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“Our” War Heroes Of Mirusuvil & The Tamil Terrorists

By V. Kanthaiya

Warning & Disclaimer: This article may cause increased blood pressure, increased adrenaline rush, and tooth grinding and tantalization to type in filth in the comment section, to those who identify themselves based on their ethnicity and not as an individual. They are kindly advised not to proceed below this line.

It was in 1991. I don’t remember the month or the day. I was just 5 years old then. In the morning about 7.00 am, shells started to land in our village from the Palali Military Base, with the distant gun fire sound. It was a routine pre-emptive attack by the Sri Lanka army. My mother was going to uncle’s home, just to check whether they were moving away. Their home was just 100m from ours. I followed mother. I felt the bullets whizzing off my head for the first time in my life. Then I fell down. It took me some time to feel the pain in my thigh. Initially my mother could not figure it out why I scream at all. She had thought that I just fell down and injured myself. But when she saw the blood streaming from my thigh, she immediately understood that I got injured from the firing. Then things happened very fast, one of my relatives took me to Acthuvely hospital on his cycle holding myself on his shoulder.

Sunil RatnayakaThe bullet which struck my thigh did not exit. It stayed inside. The doctors could not spend time to further investigate my wound as the hospital was being flooded with more civilian casualties. The hospital staff though I was injured by a shell splinter and dressed the wound, not knowing that the bullet was inside. Since I kept on screaming, my mother decided to take me to Jaffna hospital. The journey was an unforgettable one in my life. It was on a bicycle, since there was no ambulance, not even any motorized vehicle. It took three hours and It took another two days to the Jaffna Hospital operate my wound and remove the bullet.

This story is quite a normal incident in a war zone, especially in the North and East of Sri Lanka during the period of armed conflict, and this is not the main story I wanted to tell my readers. It is about the evening news broadcasted on Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation [SLBC], on the day I got injured. The evening news broadcast of the state media said that a large number of terrorists killed and nearly same number of terrorists were wounded in a pre-emptive attack carried out by the security forces. But the reality was the opposite. The few LTTE cadres who were in the forward defence line had fled the scene at the very beginning of the attack. This was the practice of the LTTE in the early years of 1990s, a time the organization was more of a guerrilla outfit. It never tried to hold the territory losing its limited resources, and it knew that the Sri Lanka army would withdraw in couple of days back to their previous lines, if not on the same day.

However the state media plainly told that a large number of LTTE cadres had died in the attack. It just cited the security forces spokesman, and it never mentioned about the large number of civilian casualties of the same attack. And I don’t think never ever during the thirty years of this armed conflict that state media had disclosed any civilian casualty in the north caused by the security forces, while extensive coverage given to the atrocities of the LTTE. For the state media and even for the Sinhala language based popular private media, whoever killed in an attack by the security forces is a terrorist, no matter whether it is a male, female , child or even an infant. On the day, a bullet from a gun belonged to Sri Lanka army wounded me, I simply became a terrorist, despite the fact that I was just five years old, and I couldn’t carry a gun and I didn’t pose any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. This is how most of the Tamils in this country became terrorists. In fact, one does not need to involve in an act against the state to become a terrorist. Your race and religion itself is enough to be, in better words, to be called a terrorist and be punished. Most of those ‘ Tamil terrorists’ were killed or were wounded had the same story of mine, and I am sure that no one of my sinhala brothers and sisters would be interested to hear it, since they too believe that whoever their ‘War Heroes’ killed or wounded is a terrorist, except those two school children and the young man killed in Weliweriya in August 2013. They have been told, and are being told by the state that the war was conducted with zero civilian casualties. But the state didn’t tell them that it has simply assumed that whoever killed by the security forces was a terrorist and that’s how it arrived at the conclusion of “Zero Civilian Casualty”. Strangely the same State calls the former LTTE leaders who are directly implicated with the crimes against the Sinhala civilians such as Aranthalawa massacres and the killings of surrendered 600 police personnel, the democratic leaders of Tamil people, even though they are not democratically elected by the Tamils. They are namely, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan a.k.a Karuna Amman, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan a.k.a Pilliyan and Kumaran Pathmanathan a.k.a KP. They are another wonder of Sri Lanka, the terrorists turned angels for the majoritarian society.

Let’s look at the other side. I want to draw your attention to the case of eight Tamil civilians massacred by Sri Lanka Army. Initially fourteen army personnel were remanded and then only five were charged and now only one of them, former staff sergeant R.M.Sunil Ratnayake was found guilty of massacring eight civilians including three teenagers and one five year old child. The surprising aspect of this verdict is that the court of law has decided that it is possible for a single man to detain torture and massacre eight civilians at a particular point of time, without the support of any other individuals. I leave this point to the common sense of the reader.

Again the story I wanted to highlight about this verdict is not the massacres. It is about “OUR WAR HERO” Sunil Ratnayake. Already there are several pages created in facebook to ‘ Save Sunil Ratnayake’. To be called as a War Hero, this former Staff Sergeant of Gajaba Regiment has not done any heroic act to save his country or the people for whom he fought for. He has barbarically murdered eight civilians, citizens of this country including a five year old child. Yet this society calls him a war hero, not a murderer. Nowhere in this world, except Sri Lanka such a savage psychopath would be called a ‘hero’, thus it is no wonder why this country is called Wonder of Asia. In fact, no one would be surprised even this country is called ‘The Wonder of the Universe’.

The Sinhala speaking people of Sri Lanka has been told again and again, from the beginning of the ethnic conflict, that the war was against the terrorists, then gradually all the Tamils were branded as terrorists. In fact, this technique is just a replica of the Nazi method used to brainwash the German people that the Jews were subhuman, who were conspiring with the Bolsheviks to bring down Germany, and like the Nazi Germany, the technique was quite successful in Sri Lanka.

The collective Sinhala ethnic conscience has continuously failed to realize that not all the ‘Tamil Terrorists’ killed, wounded, forced to disappear, or sexually assaulted are not a terrorist who posed a threat to the national security and sovereignty . One such example is myself, whom the state declared a terrorist, when got wounded at the age of five. One may say this is just a collateral damage, an exception in the way the state treated the Tamils. No! This has been the norm and this is the norm. Suppose the state and the majoritarian media has informed the Sinhala society that all the Tamils are not a threat to the sovereignty, Sunil Ratnayake would NOT have become a ‘Hero’. At this point it is necessary to ask another question? Given Sunil Ratnayake has slited the throat of a Sinhala child, would he be praised in the same way?

The State has effectively trained the majoritarian community, so that they would be indifferent to the atrocities committed towards the minority communities. One such example is the war crimes of the Sri Lankan State. When the visual evidence of the rape and murders by the Sri Lanka security forces at the end of the final battle in Wanni emerged, It shocked the world, not the majoritarian community of Sri Lanka, which simply brushed it off as a Diaspora conspiracy to tarnish the image the its ‘War Heroes’. In 1972, a single photo of a small girl running naked to save her from the napalm bombs published on the New York Times shook the collective conscience of the American Society. This single photo destroyed the belief of the American society that their forces are fighting against the communism to establish the global peace. However, in Sri Lanka when the gorier photos of Issaipriya, depicting her alive at the hands of the 58th division of Sri Lanka Army and lying dead, emerged, the Sinhala society simply kept mum.

When I asked these questions to a Sinhala friend of mine, he smiled and told. “My dear Friend, You live in a society which considers eating beef is a sin and it is more of a heinous crime, whereas serving fish curry in an alms giving is completely acceptable. You can’t ask people why they do certain things or why they don’t do certain things. They are just behaving in the way they were trained to behave.’

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    When Dresden was carpet bombed the Germans kind of knew getting bombed and dying is part and parcel of living with Fascism. The Tamils on the other hand are still groping in the dark.

    Ceylon is a shared resource. The moment your Chelvanayagam drew a line demarcating Tamil exclusive Tamil nation you have declared war on Ceylon.

    Just like the German fascists your Chelva encroached on land your culture is not entitled to. You are “naturalised Malabar”. Meaning a citizen of Ceylon but naturalised coming from a foreign culture.

    Its not like as if you did not have rights of minority before. Hell, Moslems have same rights you have. Not only that Moslems (Marakkala) have been in Ceylon longer than Tamils have.

    So in a nutshell, you would have been treated in exactly the same manner had your Chevalayagam of whatever had done the identical thing in another country.

    So you need to pay for the damages your savage culture has done to Ceylon.

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      Moda Budha vibu, where is u r brain? between u r legs..

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        JAMIS MUTHU BANDA

        ” Moda Budha vibu, where is u r brain? between u r legs..”

        Vibhushana hears voices in his head. Read the following excerpt:

        Voices in people’s heads are far more varied and complex than previously thought, according to new research by Durham and Stanford universities, published in The Lancet Psychiatry today

        Science Daily
        March 10, 2015
        http://www.sciencedaily.com/

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      Vibhushana “So you need to pay for the damages your savage culture has done to Ceylon. “

      Vibushana you low intelligence creature; who turned Heavenly Ceylon to Hellish Sri Lanka?

      successive Sinhala politicians and modayas lie you whoo keep electing them.

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      @Vibushana

      Idiot understand that most sinhalese would have originally come from south india too and sinhalese culture is very similar to south indian culture so don’t try to act as it you are the native and the tamil is a foriegner.

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      Idiot understand that most sinhalese would have originally come from south india too and sinhalese culture is very similar to south indian culture so don’t try to act as it you are the native and the tamil is a foriegner.

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      Hmm Thats why the Tamils celebrate the LTTE WAR HEROE@S day in November. The Black Tigers of the LTTE and the Entire LTTE military regiments..Because they are all heroes who threw kisses and flowers and tried to spread democracy.. WOW..cant even compare sunil to such war heroes. I mean the Black tigers who threw flowers at Gandhi and commuters all for peace..

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        kama

        “I mean the Black tigers who threw flowers at Gandhi and commuters all for peace.. “

        That could be one reason as to why Premadasa find the LTTE valuable to fight Rajiv’s forces. He could not send his own armed forces to fight the Hindians as you know he didn’t have confident in his own army.

        That could be another reason as to why MR paid VP a lot of money just before the elections because he didn’t trust his supporters.

        VP delivered both.

        Now MR is blaming himself for killing VP and his LTTE.

        MR desperately needs his LTTE to win his next elections because he couldn’t trust his own supporters.

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          Yes and look What Happend to Premadasa. Thanks for confirming my Point.

          Yet Why has CMB Telegraph not reported the news, Today How Jaffna University Held a Commeroation for the ‘Black Tigers’ at the Uni Ground’s…. Those Heroes of the Black tigers..

          so Amm where are the opening Lines BY CMB telegraph and this writer at This out rage???? so let me remind them…

          Warning & Disclaimer: This article may cause increased blood pressure, increased adrenaline rush, and tooth grinding and tantalization to type in filth in the comment section, to those who identify themselves based on their ethnicity and not as an individual. They are kindly advised not to proceed below this line..

          LTTE Black Tigers commemorated in Jaffna university..

          The LTTE Black Tigers were commemorated in the Jaffna university today, the Jaffna media reported.

          Commemorating the LTTE is banned in Sri Lanka since the LTTE is listed as a terrorist group.

          However Jaffna university students had commemorated the LTTE Black Tigers by lighting candles.

          The first Black Tiger was Vallipuram Vasanthan, who drove a small truck laden with explosives into a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camp in Nelliady, Jaffna peninsula, on 5 July 1987, killing himself and between 39–100 Sri Lankan soldiers.

          Black Tigers were specially selected and trained LTTE cadres whose missions included mounting suicide attacks against military and civilian targets.

          Civilian targets included places of worship, ports, airports and assassinations of high-profile Indian and Sri Lankan dignitaries, among them Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa.

          From their formation in 1987 until the defeat of the LTTE in 2009, more than 330 Black Tigers made suicide attacks on land and sea, mostly in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

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            kama

            “However Jaffna university students had commemorated the LTTE Black Tigers by lighting candles.”

            Aren’t you forgetting that the JVP terrorists openly commemorates their fallen heroes not only through out this island but in the west as well.

            Is it to do with your hypocrisy, double standard, racism, bigotry, selective amnesia, ……?

            Remember when the petty Naval rating swiped his gun at Rajiv he said he meant to kill him.

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              JVP terrorists openly commemorates their fallen heroes not only through out this island but in the west as we????

              YES WE HAVE SEEN THEM in London, Canada, France , Norway, Tamil Nadu Australia, and the List continues But JVP U say???? Never seen a JVP flag with a Tiger in the Middle, Never see a JVP flag with a Tiger Running across a Cricket Pitch in say London.. Yes certain people do have selective amnesia as you have put it..

              Remember when the petty Naval rating swiped his gun at Rajiv he said he meant to kill him.

              ‘said he meant to kill him’ Yes Thats is some swipe, and that is some kill.. Yet It was the Very same ‘HEROE@S of the Jaffna Uni That Killed Rajiv. Ment to and actually doing something are two different things..

              Remember That. When we call out all criminals we do on all side, wonder who really preaches double standards. still Jaffna Uni stuents.. Misguided but your excuses????

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                kam the dim

                Are you related to Champa?

                Read following news items that you chose to ignore:

                JVP Commemorates Fallen Heroes

                Sunday, 05 April 2015

                Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna commemorated the 44th anniversary of the 1971 insurgency at Tangalle Town Hall on Sunday. The top leadership of the party including leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, General Secretary Tilvin Silva, Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath and former leader Somawansa Amarasinghe took part. Incidentally, JVP founder leader Rohana Wijeweera was a native of Tangalle.

                http://www.asianmirror.lk/
                news/item/8029-jvp-commemorates-fallen-heroes

                Find good photograph of the commemoration:

                J V P UK committee commemorated the fallen April heroes in London

                http://www.sesatha.co.uk/Event_News/
                20150405_April_Heroes_Commemoration/index.htm

                April Heroes commemorated in Napoli
                SUNDAY, 29 APRIL 2012

                The second April Heroes commemoration to be held in Italy was held at Via Pasquale Square in Napoli on 25th April with the participation of the Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP Parliamentarian Anura Dissanayake.

                A large number of Sri Lankans in Italy participated. Representatives of left parties in Italy including Attorney of Human Rights Nicola Vertano representing Rifondazione comunista party participated.

                The final Commemoration of April Heroes Parliamentarian Dissanayake is participating in Italy this year will be held in Catania in Sicily on 29th April (today).

                http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=..&limitstart=6700

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                  Tangalle Town Hall???

                  Hmm You said word wide. Did not Know Tangalle Town Hall is word wide..

                  Still You have Not mentioned One word re the LTTE Glorfication Around the world from Cricket Pitches of London, to the streets of Canada, Australia, South africa, USA, and the halls of the UN Human rights and Indian Tamil Nadu state and Now Jaffna Uni..

                  ha ha maybe these lines apply to you

                  ‘Warning & Disclaimer: This article may cause increased blood pressure, increased adrenaline rush, and tooth grinding and tantalization to type in filth in the comment section, to those who identify themselves based on their ethnicity and not as an individual. They are kindly advised not to proceed below this line.’

                  OHHH YOUR LIKNS ARE TOTALLY DEAD re JVP.. Like the CONVO.

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              Native Vedda,

              “Aren’t you forgetting that the JVP terrorists openly commemorates their fallen heroes not only through out this island but in the west as well. Is it to do with your hypocrisy, double standard, racism, bigotry, selective amnesia, ……?”

              Were the JVP supporters allowed to commemorate straight or even some years after the insurgencies? I really do not know.

              Remembering 1971 in 2015 is quite different from remembering 2009. Especially when the political and social status of the former war zone is a big mess.

              To my best knowledge the students at Jaffna University were allowed to commemorate even Black Tigers. Is this not progress?

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            kama,

            “Yet Why has CMB Telegraph not reported the news, Today How Jaffna University Held a Commeroation for the ‘Black Tigers’ at the Uni Ground’s…. Those Heroes of the Black tigers..”

            The reason is that quite simply there was nobody there to report what happened. There are not many here in Jaffna who are active on CT. It is a small place and there is general lack of interest in national media.

            I am sure that films and pictures of the recent Black Tiger event at Jaffna university can be found on internet.

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      I have worked as judicial medical officer in the war zone and I am a medical witness to the atrocities committed by the Srilankan Armed forces on the non combatant Tamils.In none of those cases the perpetrators had been brought to justice nor the victims compensated. In some instances the relatives were asked to sign a form that the victims were LTTE cadres, in order to give the death certificate without which the money and properties of the dead person cannot be touched by the relatives.

      Recently addressing a gathering in London about war crimes investigations to be conducted by the Srilankan government, I said “Like in the past sham trials will be conducted by a panel of government lackeys, where witnesses will be threatened, false evidence will be led by the security forces to cover up the crime, some scapegoats will be found and majority of culprits will be allowed to go free. This is the reason why the Tamils are sceptical about the outcome of any such internal investigations”.

      The above case is a good example where only one person has been convicted. How can this be when bullets discovered from dead bodies have been fired from more than one gun. Even he nay be absolved of the crime in the appeal.Even if he is convicted in the appeal, he will be given special treatment in the prison, allowing to be at home most of the days and released after few years. What happened to the sailor who attempted to kill Rajiv Gandhi is a good example of how these criminals would be treated.

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      Vibhushana you Sinkalam:

      Let me give it to you straight.

      When Dresden was carpet bombed the Germans kind of knew getting bombed and dying is part and parcel of living with Fascism. The Tamils on the other hand are still groping in the dark.

      *** Like GRANDAD says below you have got your Freedom in between your legs.
      When you Sinkalams Practiced Fascism for 64 years you kind of knew loosing Freedom to the New Colonial Master is Part and Parcel of reality.

      1) The THUG was booted out
      2) Port City Cancelled
      3) Chinese Submarines ordered out never to return again.
      4) Sampur taken over
      5) The construction of the Bridge between Tutucorin and Thalaimannar has begun with the free flow of 1200 Millions starving Indnians coming to eat Gothas rotten Nuts.

      There is light at the end of the Tunnel and we have come out of the Tunnel and seen daylight after 64 long years.

      Can you see FREEDOM Come FREEEDOM Go. Ours has come back and yours gone forever. How sad. At least you have changed your name in time

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    I being a buddhist believe in KARMA and am sad to say that it will come some where down the line to haunt all ofMother Lanka . All thanks to our great politicians.

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      No it won’t. Kamma affects individuals not races.

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        Paul you English or shall I say Englis:

        Get it righ man It is Karma not Kamma.

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    This is all hogwash. Who stared shooting & bombing ? No co-lateral damage in afganistan, iraq, lebennon,Yemen, vietnam, germany,france UK ? Every country has suffered from this when fighting.Just be happy that terrorism was destroyed , you can live freely and write against the state like this now. Were you in a position to even think a bad thought of prabakaran when the the God was alive ?

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    I am a Sinhalese, but I would never call him a war hero because he deliberately murdered innocent people. He deserved his punishment.

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      likewise . He is no war hero .

      and as for this guys statement about beef and fish . I have wondered the same thing and infact argued this point with my parents . I think the bottom line is that there is a fog if ignorance in every society. Ive seen it everywhere I have lived .

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        Abhaya “likewise . He is no war hero . “

        Anhaya you are definitely a coward

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    V.Kanthaiya,

    Yours is a narrative, almost evey Tamil from the north and east can identify with. Every family has experienced it either directly or indirectly. Some have experienced it in the south too. Some Sinhala and Muslim families have also have experienced such horrors.

    What you personally experienced as a five your old is saddening and sobering. However, the related events you ‘remember’ have obviously been told to you by your elders. This is how ‘Group/communal/ racial memories’ are created and perpetuated. This is the dangerous consequence that has not been recognized by the so-called leaders in this country. These memories will be hard to erase, unless we are free of collective experiences such as your’s for at least two centuries.

    What you have not stated is that the LTTE deliberately provoked ‘enemy’ retaliation against civilians. This was their modus-operandi till their very end. My family and several others in the vicinity were the victims of this ploy against the IPKF. Of course the SL armed forces and the IPKF cannot be excused for reacting against civilians, when such a ploy is deployed. Civilian safety should have been their main concern.

    The ‘Zero casualty’ story was arrant nonsense. Both sides fought the war with scant regard for the civilians. It was a murderous, brutal and callous war.Both sides are guilty of major and widespread contravention of Geneva conventions.

    Further, as much as the Sinhalese were made to believe that every Tamil was a Tiger, the Tamils were also made to believe that every Sinhalese was a marauding lion! The Sinhala and Tamil political formations, the armed forces, the LTTE and the media on both sides of the communal divide created and perpetuated these mass myths.

    The cause and effect factor in this conflict was never studied objectively and presented to the people. This gap was filled by myth, lies and absolute distortions. We are yet doing the same!

    Our story can be likened to that of the monkey that divided a slice of bread between two feuding cats. Unfortunately, we have had and have, many vicious monkeys among us, playing that cunning and selfish game.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Narendran,

      Why don’t you study the cause and effect on this conflict objectively and present to the people? Where do you want to start of the conflict? Do you want to start with Mahawamsa period or Do you want to start with Foregin invasion or Do you want to start with the so called independence from British or Do you want to start with LTTE? Do you think this conflict is communal or something else? Do you blame those who started the conflict or those who reacted to those actions?

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        Ajit,

        I have been trying to do that for more than a decade.

        Dr.RN

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          Naren,

          You may have been trying for a decade but the fundmental cause of the problems lies with the ruling side (Arasan ev vali kudimakkalum av vali). Ruling side is controlled and manipulated by Buddhist Fundamentalism. 1958 riots, rise of the 1970 JVP extremism, 1977 riots, Rebellion of Tamil youths including LTTE, JVP rebellion in 1989 and Mullivaygal massacre of Tamil in 2009, recent attack on Muslims all are the effects of Buddhist Fundamentalism. How and who is going to deal with the fundamental cause?

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      Rajasingham,
      You said “Both sides fought the war with scant regard for the civilians.?”… Do you have brain capacity to understand that one side was Rebel group which took arms and other side supposed to be Democratic Government which represent all people including criminals and rebels.. … How ugly a national Gov get in par with Rebels with arms.. You seems not be able to understand this difference…
      About your other comment on perceptions of 5 year old boy… If you can, think about a dog in this experience writer explains.. The fear dog get from gun sound, and pain it get from gun shot or long painful ride,, are these learn from mother dog and other elders dogs?? You mixed up perceptions with instincts…
      I suspect your perceptions may be playing a hidden agenda without the knowledge your conscious mind…

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        AVB,
        One was a dejure government and the other was a defacto government. Both fought a conventional war with features of terrorism. Both had control of territory and had the arms of State. VP was even called the President of Tamil Eelam and the LTTE demanded and got equal recognition at conferences and meetings.

        Unless we understand this fundamental fact, we will lose our objectivity.

        Dr.RN

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        Well said AVB.
        This man Rajasingam thinks he is all knowing and speaks nonsense contrary to what really happened. Perhaps he wants to win favor with the extremist elements who are ruling the roost, like what Kadirgamar did for the the Tamils and rewarded with a rousing Buddhist funeral.

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    As a Sri Lankan, this would not be the first time I hang my head in shame!

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      There were so many Sinhala soldiers who helped Tamils…..so many Sinhala families helped Tamils…..

      Unfortunately there are bad guys and they are in control.

      :-)

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        aratai

        “Unfortunately there are bad guys and they are in control.”

        How come the bad guys always have had upper hand?

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      you have passed many times you should have hanged your head…I remember you endorsing ISIS when they were killing others in FB [Edited out]

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        sach

        “you have passed many times you should have hanged your head”

        You would have missed him hanging his head in shame while sitting on your brain.

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    This is an excellent expose’. I empathise with your feelings for I have a grandson who is five years old. Your mother must be adored and congratulated for her courage and determination to save you. Bensen

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    “the Sinhala speaking people of Sri Lanka has been told again and again, from the beginning of the ethnic conflict, that the war was against the terrorists, then gradually all the Tamils were branded as terrorists”

    What is the role of the media in this crime. Not only the Sri Lankan Media But also the media all over the world. The journalist did those things on selfish motives. There wasn’t a single media to write the truth. Even now they are singing the lies

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    This is an excellent piece of writing, concise and stating the salient facts. Your dear mother must be congratulated and praised for her attempt to save your life under such difficult and dire circumstances. I empathise with you your feelings for I have a grandson who is five years old. Best wishes to you. Bensen

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    Whoever support sunil rathnayake​​ even after mirusuvil murder can be blamed …but anyone who support prabhakaran , or his terrorism cannot point his finger to those who treat this man sunil as a hero..and that includes you kanthaiya

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      jay

      You might want to include others in your hall of fame. Here is a list of other war heroes:

      Gonawila Sunil

      (Was he employed as a bodyguard to Ranil Wickremasinghe when he served as Minister of Education?)

      Arambawelage Don Upali Ranjith alias Soththi Upali

      (Was Upali directly involved in assassination of Lalith Athulathmudali?)

      Usliyanage Chinthaka Nalin Perera alias Chinthaka Amarasinghe

      (Was he popular among some members of People’s Alliance?)

      Dhammika Amarasingh

      (Was he close to two MPs?)

      Ajith Dhammika alias Kalu Ajith

      Atapattu Hewasam Liyanage Don Wasantha Dharmasiri alias Kaduwela Wasantha

      Sanjeewa Perera alias Baddegane Sanjeewa

      (Was he a member of Chanrika’s security details?)

      Moratu Saman

      (Was he involved in Kumar Ponnampalam’s assassination?)

      Koswattage Donald Nihal Wickremasinghe alias Nawala Nihal

      (Was he close to many Police Officers?)

      Kitulgamaralalage Ajith Wasantha alias Vambotta

      Jayakody Arachchige Ruwan Perera alias Olcott

      Kamal Dammalarachchi alias Dematagoda Kamal

      Sinniah Gunasekeran alias Kimbula-Ela Guna

      Thel Baala

      Prince Colum alias Prince

      M.K. Imtiaz alias Anamalu Imtiaz

      Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda

      …..

      ……

      ….

      Jay

      They too fought a different kind of war.

      However the net effect was that they mostly killed innocent people. Therefore you must celebrate them at par with other war criminals.

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    I really feel sorry for what you went through when you were five years old although I am Sinhalese after all Srilankan, prefer to be and call myself as simple as it cos we all are human beings after all born in this lovely island.The articles of this caliber is full of venom which might create some more terrorists and ignite another war which none of us want to see again and lots of children will suffer just like you did as a child as an out come.Because my feeling is that you are sowing seeds of hatred I frankly think we should refrain from flaring up a situation we had in our island for almost for three decades with all most all the population suffering except for a handful of civilians and politicians.We should at least contribute by not spreading hatred among the youth in our island and let them live in harmony among them.LET THEM LIVE FREE.

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      Machang no venom in this article, just try to educate poor sinhala masses.

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    Our Lankan Society is morally down to is lowest in Mankind.

    1. Sunil Ratnayaka . War Hero
    2. Sepala – The ist lankan to Hijack a plane a national Hero.
    3. The idiot who attacked Rajiv Gandhi – A hero in fact, he was so popular that he entered politics.

    Where do we go from here ……. A societies morality ebs from a wrong is wrong and a right is right no matters which race it originates from .

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      0. the psychopathy praba, who killed hundreds of thousands,mis son god!

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    I think those who praise Sunil need to read the witness statement from the massacre. The ‘heros’ peeled the skin of the body of a 5 year old child while he was still alive. Dresden, et al, are quite different.

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    The “Save war hero Rathnayake” is surreptitiously inserted – why?
    Does CT think that the court of law has erred?
    The Mirusuvil massacre was only one of many by the SL armed forces.
    Many “war heros” of same calibre as Rathnayake are now top brass in the army, navy, air force and police.

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    You bet, before the end of MS rule, this war Hero SUNIL R will receive a Presidential
    pardon, as probably already promised instead of havng to charge the 8 others too and make
    it a full-scale pardon! No Appeal that could hamper this move is to be noted. This sentence after a decade is just sufficient to meet a UN benchmark for September aruguments! Sunil will qualify for Nomination in 2020 elections for recognized achievement!

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    These are the fellows who want a hybrid tribunal consisting of their idiot judges to try genocidal mahavamsa maniacs.

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    V. Kanthaiya

    I am a Tamil born in Jaffna and got a distinguished degree in the West and speak with absolute fluency.

    I joined the Tigers and know what is arm battles are about.
    [Edited out]

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    I respect the writers right to his/her opinion, but disagree strongly the with the comments “The Sinhala speaking people of Sri Lanka has been told again and again, from the beginning of the ethnic conflict, that the war was against the terrorists, then gradually all the Tamils were branded as terrorists.” This is just not true and in my humble opinion a form of hate-mongering that the writer accuses the governments of the time of doing…
    Sunil Ratnayaka is not “our war hero” and the judicial system of Srilanka has branded him a criminal. That fact itself should show the writer that this country considers murderers as criminals. If the writer is going to accuse the mass majority of the sinhalese as racially bias based on someone opening a FB page exalting a racist, the writer him/herself generalizes an entire race based on a few extremist opinions. Which I believe is the point the writer was making when accusing the state(of that time) of trying to merge the term tamil with terrorist..
    This kind of sentiment is detrimental to Srilankan society as a whole and we must strive to look beyond these petty things as race, religion, casts, so that at least future generations won’t have the same unfortunate situation as the state firing upon a five year old and hiding behind the term “casualties of war”.

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    he is a great war hero who killed brutal tamil terrorists

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      ela kolla

      “he is a great war hero who killed brutal tamil terrorists”

      He is zero, one of the notorious war criminals this island has ever produced. He is great in that he is the greatest hora of this country.

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        stupid vedda, sunil killed LTTE terrorists and he’s a great war hero

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    Sunil Rathnayake is a great sinhalese war hero and he should be released ASAP

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      baludeen

      “Sunil Rathnayake is a great sinhalese war hero and he should be released ASAP”

      So that Sunil Rathnayake could continue to commit mass murder through out the island particularly in the south.

      Since you like murderers that much why don’t you keep him in your house as a pet?

      Now we know who a Sinhala/Buddhist war hero is. To be a Sinhala/Buddhist war hero one has to commit war crimes and crime against humanity at unprecedented level. I am sure Sinhala/Buddhists are capable as they have aptly proved it in the past, including in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991.

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        rubbish vedda, you didn’t disappoint me with your stupid comments

        sunil has killed LTTE terrorists and he’s a hero

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    There was only one side terror in 1956 1958 & 1977. I mean the killings rape and other atrocities committed by State Armed Forces and some Sinhalese on Tamils. There was no LTTE or any other Tamil armed groups engaged in a war against the government forces or Sinhalese during these years. So Sir how do you define the “cause and effect / fundamental fact ,” in these barbaric acts. Furthermore where do you place the killings by starvation of thousands of up country Tamils and deporting the rest 5 lakhs to India in 1970s ( there was no LTTE at this time and deported Tamils were British Subjects or Ceylon citizens by their birth -not Indian citizens) Did they ask or fight for Eelam or a separate land in 1948 when their citizenship and voting rights were denied ? Was there a provocation by these Tamils in 1948 and 1970s?

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    Dr R Narendran

    My comment was directed to you. Sorry I failed to mention your name.

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    Ion,

    I have identified in my other writings that,

    1. The Tamil militancy was the monster born from the collective rape of the Tamil community by Sinhala political animals &

    2. The Tamil militancy monster was nurtured by the short sighted Tamil political leadership that could not provide an alternative vision and leadership. The Tamil poltical leadership failed the Tamils from the time of emergence of G.G. Ponambalam and Chelvanayagam on the political scene.

    Further, do not forget the role the likes of Sundaralingam and GGP played in the disenfranchisement of Lantation Tamils.

    Dr. RN

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      Maya,

      The above comment is addressed to you.

      Dr.RN

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    Dr R Narendran

    When Tamil militancy was born, it was not a monster. Each and every liberation organisation is born with good intention but none lasted with the same intention. Most deviate as time passes by. World liberation organisations are no exception. Russian Chinese Cuban South African history shows the same.

    I agree to your second point. What can Tamils do when there is no other worthwhile leader to lead. Can you show a single leader, tamil or Sinhalese whom Tamils could follow now. Remember Tamils were with UNP SLFP and left parties before sinhala only Act but then what happened. I need not repeat here as you know very well.

    GGP did support the Indian Pakistani Residents Citizenship Act under which citizenship was granted to up country Tamils. Peri Sundaram Motha and Thondaman at the latter stage supported this Act. Indian PM Nehru too supported.

    When the Citizenship act was brought C Sundaralingam and Sittampalam were in the cabinet and supported this Act.
    Under this Act up country Tamils were decitizinised. D S Senanayake had an Agreement with Sundaralingam, details of which are not known, before Sundaralingam did vote for this Act. After a few months Sundaralingam resigned when he realised that he was cheated by D S. but Sittampalam continued.

    GGP was not a party for de citizenship.

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      Maya,

      All infants, including those who become monsters, are innocent at birth!

      Further, why did SJV leave the Tamil Congress to found the ITAK/FP?

      Dr.RN

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    War heroes ,riot heroes,rape heroes, murder heroes, kidnap heroes, ethanol heroes, drug heroes, white van heroes, comment heroes, political heroes..we have all kinds of heroes. No worries !

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    Dr R Narendran

    I wish to point out some facts to set this matter correct.

    On 22.08.1948 a public meeting was held in Jaffna esplanade by TC seeking permission from the public to join the UNP government. SJV, Vanniasingam, Sivapalan, Kanagaratnam ,GGP and others addressed in this meeting. Thereafter they joined UNP and GGP became a Minister in September (?) 1948.

    On 16 07 1947 GGP signed a pledge with ceylon indian congress supporting citizenship and franchise rights to the up country Tamils. As per their pledge GGP and other TC members including SJV did vote against the citizenship act No.
    18 of 1948 that was passed on 20.08.1948 and came into force on 15.11.1948.

    In December 1948 SJV, Sivapalan, Vanniasingam did vote against indian Pakistani residents citizenship act but GGP and other TC members voted in favour. ( George Motha ,Peri Sundaram and later Thondaman accepted this Act)

    On 18.12 1949 ITAK/ FP was formed stating that GGP has betrayed up country Tamils.

    If ITAK/FP was formed on the issue of up country Tamils, and if they were so genuine, why did they vote in support of implementation of Indo Ceylon agreement implementation bill by which nearly 5 lakhs Ceylon Tamils were deported to India.
    Why didn’t FP include the citizenship issue in 1957 and 1965 Pacts although FP pressed for an early settlement verbally in 1957.
    Why did they remain silent in Parliament when up country Tamils were attacked by Sinhalese and Police, specially Bogawantalawa incident.

    I can go on and on but as you are familiar with the ceylon history I prefer to stop here.

    I am not a supporter of GGP or SJV and their company. All are cheats and I had first hand experience when I was living in Jaffna.

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      Maya,

      Thanks for the clarifications.

      We have been led by a bunch of demogogues, some with brains and some without, but all with no vision for the people they represent. With a miniscule exception this also the situation today. The Tamils vote for the TNA not because they support it, but because are no better alternatives. They Tamils were never permitted a choice by he TNA or its previous avatars. I have experienced their tactics in 1977-78.

      One more titbit from history: As SJV was senior by age. GGP proposed to DS.Senanatake that SJV should be appointed to the first cabinet instead of him. DS refused saying that he did not trust the lean and hungry looking man , he likened to a Shakespearean character desscribed in similar words in Julius Caessar. I think it was Casca. However, we made him the ‘Eelathu Gandhi’, a description and image created by the master propanandists in the ITAK/FP.

      Further, according to the grapevine, the dispute between SJV and GGP was rooted in their respective attitudes on the caste issues. SJV, though a Christian, was apparently more caste concious than the gregarious GGP.

      Dr. RN

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    Dr R Narendran

    Please read Panagoda Days written by Mr Rajavarothayam MP for Trincomalee but published after his death by Pro Sivasekaram, to know more about our MPs detained after 1961 Satyagraha.

    It is available in Noolaham website under English publications.

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      Maya,

      Thanks.

      Dr.RN

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    V. Kanthaiya

    Our” War Heroes Of Mirusuvil & The Tamil Terrorists

    *** Before I comment on this let me give you the following.

    Sinhabahu or (“Lion-arms”), was the son of a Vanga princess and a lion. He killed his father and became king of Vanga. His son Vijaya would emigrate to Lanka and become the progenitor of the Sinhala people.

    The 5.8 million who voted ( the majority) for the THUG are half Animal half Human. They kill for a living.

    The stories you have narated are a tip of the Iceberg.

    Krishanthis killers were pardoned by the THUG.

    Again the story I wanted to highlight about this verdict is not the massacres. It is about “OUR WAR HERO” Sunil Ratnayake. Already there are several pages created in facebook to ‘ Save Sunil Ratnayake’. Universe’.

    *** The above is typical of the Sinkalams. The 8 who were killed was again the Tip of the Iceberg. There are clips available in which Soldiers have openly admitted bringing you men every night killing them in cold blood and disposing of their bodies. I can never reconcile with the Sinkalams for what they have done.

    The Field Marshall SF under whom all the killings at Nanthikadal happened has vowed to Defend the Armed Forces in an Internal Inquiry and no woneder Mangala was Globe Trotting to convince the World that they have the mechanism and Expertise for a cover up.

    The Vibushans ( Sinkalam turned Tamil) Sumanasekaras, Jim Softy, Don Quick Shot Peace Lover are all part and parcel of the AXIS Of EVIL.
    But thankfully they can never rear their heads again.
    It was eveident when the people took to the Street destroying everything in their sight in anger after the brutal killing of Vithya. This is the new order post the THUG nd there is nothing theSinkalams can do except watch because the Big Brother is watching. .

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    I have a message for the 5.8 Million Sinkalams headed by the THUG and the likes of Vibushna ( Sinkalam turned Indian), ela kolla, Jim Softy , SumanaSekara.

    There is a New Regional order and you will never be allowed to rear your ugly head again and threaten the Freedom of The Eelam Tamils and the Security of India.
    Just look at the turn of events and if you have any Brains work it out.

    MS agreed to give Nomination to the THUGH.
    The head of RAW in a phone call told MS of the consequences of MR becoming PM.
    So MS has modified his tone and agreed to Give MR the nomination with conditions attached.

    a) He will only be allowed to contest from Hambanthotta against the powerful Premadasa.
    b) He will only be allowed to contest as an MP not for PM.

    Life begins at 68 for MR the war winning Criminal.
    Humiliation the ultimate word.

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    Thank you for the article. I have read it completely without any raise of blood pressure, adrenaline rush or tooth grinding.
    I have few points to mention here. What ever the war it is a foolishness of mankind. Even though it is a foolishness, wars are happening every day. 100s and 1000s of people are dying daily.
    The fools are having 100s of reasons to start a war. They are not finding a single reason to not to start a war. Eventhough it is faught at south or north or where ever they are cruel.
    Now we are dividing us between sinhala society and tamil society. But as a nation we all suffered. According to this author he has injured him self. I know and most of sinhales know that 1000s of common tamils died in this war. And ….1000s of sinhalese too. Suicidal bombs aimed just civilians. The terrorists killed even neonates, kids, pregnant mothers and all kind of people here in south too. Those were not collateral damages. Those were aimed at them.
    But I don’t tell that Sri Lankan army has never killed a common tamil. If I’m telling so I also will become a liar. We have to see and analyze these in a balanced mind. I think majority of sinhala society is also knowing this.
    We were also having a hard time in 1980s too. 60000 people were killed. There were some similarities between these two massacres. At that time all killed were antigovernment persons according to news. But I don’t know how many innocents died.
    According to this author ”ALL TAMILS WERE BRANDED AS TERRORISTS”. But i need to ask …HOW MANY TAMILS IN SOUTH WERE ATTACKED OR KILLED DURING THIS ERA OF WAR? No This auther is lying. He himself seems to be a terrorist still. He wants tamils to believe that all sinhalese are thinking as such. All we were living peacefully here. There was no division among us. We were friends. This author wants to make a good argument. But finally he is running towards racism.
    There were Tamil doctors working with me. Has any of sinhalese doctor considered them separately or as a terrorist? My 2 co interns were tamils, my registrar was a tamil. And I had 3 good HOs who are tamils. I loved to work with them. THEY SHOULD BE THE ONES TO CONVEY THIS MASSAGE TO THEIR COMMIUNITY. I know common tamil people also thinking us as their eternal enemys. YOU AND ME SHOULD BE THE ONES WHO SHOULD HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH.
    The war has ended with blood and tears of 1000s of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. Whatever the lost is lost. We must find the ways to not to have further wars. WE SHOULD NOT POINT OUR FINGERS TO EACH OTHER ACCUSING ONE ANOTHER. THAT’S THE POINT WERE WE START ANOTHER WAR. WE MUST FORGET WHATEVER THE THINGS HAPPENED DURING WAR. WE MUST FORGIVE EACHOTHER TO HAVE THE PEACE IN ALL MINDS.
    (Regarding beef and fish issue the responder is not having a knowledge of at least the basic core of buddhism. He can’t be a buddhist. So I’m not going to comment on it. It is so much deep.)

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      Dear Dr,

      I want to ask you the question that why Sunil Ratnayake is called a hero, even though it is proved in the court of law that the people he had killed are civilians, including a five year old child.

      Did any sinhala language based newspaper informed the people about the large amount of civilian casuality of the war? They were intoxicating the masses with the “VICTORY”, while thousands of Tamils (Who are also srilankan citizens) killed and detained in concentration camps.

      Suppose the Sunil Ratnayake killed sinhalese people, will he be called a hero?

      You are just trying to say “All is well”. You can never understand the frustration of the Tamil and I am sure You don’t genuinely try to understand.

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