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Paid NGO Professionals, Volunteer Activism And Rajapaksa’s Advantage In South

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

UNHRC Resolution(s) and People’s Participation in Sri Lanka; What Gives This Regime  The Advantage In Southern Society ?

“Funding has monetized human rights action. NGOs pay— or in their words, compensate—labourers or farmers who attend protests. They give them travel fare, boarding, and minimum wages for the days they miss work. While I don’t blame the participants for accepting such payment, this practise discourages the volunteerism that has driven Indian human rights movements for decades. It has kicked the wind out of sustained participation even in some iconic grass roots movements. People now ask: will you give me a biryani, a folder and a bag? If not compensated or incentivised, sometimes, they do not participate.” – Dr. V. Suresh – National Secretary, PUCL – (“Funds and Civil Liberties” / Open Global Forum – 06 January, 2014

In Southern Sri Lanka, the Resolution adopted at the 25 Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 27 March, 2014 was positioned as against the whole nation (Sinhala by default), by not only this regime, but by those who believe the war ended a 30 year period of ruthless terrorism and rightly so. Any attempt now in trying to dig out skeletons from that war, is anti Sri Lankan, pro LTTE and is an attempt to change the regime by vested(?) international intervention. People in Sri Lanka, as often argued  by the regime, is against such external meddling and they don’t want any regime change. This was proved at every election held, and the most recent elections to the Western and Southern PC’s also endorsed this regime said all government spokesmen and their statements.

The same was said immediately after the resolution was adopted, by Foreign Minister Prof. Peiris. Rejecting the resolution, the minister was quoted in the media as saying, “The fact is some of these people want to see a political change in Sri Lanka. What cannot be done internally through elections they are trying to do internationally.”

The issue of changing regime is certainly the responsibility of the Sri Lankan citizens. In recent past, from Iraq to Libiya, change of regimes with US, British and NATO interventions have brought about unwanted and unnecessary chaos. So has Russian intervention in Ukraine ended, breaking off Crimea. That creation of social and political chaos is undisputed and unnecessary.

BUT, this US sponsoring of the Geneva resolution is not about regime change. After 03 years, the calling for an accountability test comes, with the regime’s stubborn refusal to give its own LLRC Recommendations any serious worth since 2011 December. This government was given time, once every year with both previous resolutions to have its own system of actual and serious redress for the war affected. The third this March came with this government’s callous disregard for its own responsibility in mitigating injustice caused and paving a genuinely committed path for reconciliation. In providing answers for the yet unresolved political conflict.

That in effect justifies the OHCHR interventions to come and the so called “external interventions”. But that does not bring this issue of international attention on Sri Lanka, to any conclusive end. For there remains a question that was never raised on any forum, nor in any media to be answered by the people of Sri Lanka. Why had the Tamil people to rely on the international community and UN agencies for their problems ? Why couldn’t they have their issues sorted out here within Sri Lanka ?

I have heard Tamil political activists of many shades, both here and in the Tamil Diaspora answering this in many ways. The most common of them is, after the elimination of the LTTE, the Colombo regime does not care about innocent Tamil people. Colombo only listens when Tamil people have arms with them. That to an extent, was a force which compelled the Colombo regime to sit for discussions, from Thimpu in 1984 to Oslo in 2002 to Geneva in 2006. But it was not arms and weapons alone that brought about negotiations. There was always for geo political reasons, an external ally who came to play backstage in setting up  negotiations. And all such attempts failed, despite the LTTE and its arms. Arms and fire power with the LTTE did not make that decisive factor effective, on its own.

There is certainly something amiss here. Of them, the most vital factor is not just Tamil political power in the North-East, but the absence of a pluralistic, secular mindset in Southern politics. How far does the South, the Sinhala majority would go for a reasonable and justifiable solution in settling the “national question”? This has always been the major issue for a honourable compromise. The Sinhala factor, which has by now polarised as a “Sinhala-Buddhist” factor. How did that Sinhala social ideology sustain itself, gradually grow and become so rudely dominant as Sinhala-Buddhist ? It evolved against all peace campaigns, awareness and educational programmes for peace building, training in conflict resolution and even with media buying for propaganda on peace, co-existence and power sharing since early 80s, when NGOs were most active with such projects.

If one peeps seriously into the popularly labelled “Geneva campaign” in Sri Lanka over the past 03 years, no political party was involved, either in supporting the international call for reconciliation, accountability and power sharing, nor in offering an alternative to the Southern polity. Thus in Sinhala mainstream politics, it was this regime’s campaign against the UNHRC and its resolutions that was carried over by politically organised extremist groups. The Southern Sinhala opposition was extremely careful in intervening publicly. They never ever took a clearly articulated stand on Geneva resolutions in public campaigns. Their statements were very cautiously worded and nuanced media releases, intended to keep the extreme Sinhala groups unruffled. In short, politics in Sinhala South was only based on “anti Geneva” campaigns. In the media and out on the streets there was no choice to choose from.

Thanks to this regime, North and the Vanni as a Tamil society has taken new life in voicing their own concerns and demands. The regime’s arrogant refusal in offering the war effected their due relief and respect in reconciliation, helped the TNA to re emerge as the strongest democratic Tamil political representation. For the first time this year, justifying their stand in supporting the Geneva resolution on this regime’s arrogance of neglect and disregard, the TNA now calls for an international investigation on war crimes. “We have no other alternative, 05 years after the war” is their simple, straight forward argument.

The Sinhala South sees no such prospect in democratic, secular and pluralistic politics. Southern pro Geneva campaign was a total mismatch to this State sponsored, all covering anti Geneva politics of Gulliverian height. Pro Geneva intervention in South was a slender, isolated effort shouldered by a few Non-governmental Organisations (NGO) restricted very much to the English speaking urban Colombo elite. In the Southern mindset, they lack credibility. They also don’t have the ability and the capacity to reach grass roots for political activism. It is also unfair to expect these NGOs to take over the political responsibility of the Southern political parties in the opposition. NGOs in Sri Lanka are never a political entity, though they do take up principled positions on political issues. That, only as civil society organisations, outside party politics. Therefore, in the absence of alternate political interventions in the South, the regime dominated Sinhala politics, scripted and produced the social ideology and that is Facistly Sinhala racist.

That by itself is no complete answer to the debacle of NGO activism in human rights, peace building, ethnic harmony and power sharing. The first ever Non governmental organisation that came forward to facilitate inter racial justice and equality in society was the “Movement for Inter Racial Justice  and Equality”. This was popularly known as the MIRJE, forged in 1979 after racial riots, pioneered by Rev. Fr. Paul Casperz. The MIRJE brought together numerous social organisations and respected personalities that included “left” political and trade union activists as well. A membership driven movement in its initial life, MIRJE could reach North and South in its hey days. Had small membership driven committees in the provinces and was truly a multi ethnic organisation. It lost its robust presence when MIRJE took more into donor funded programmes and at the same time, the Northern representation lost out with armed groups gradually taking over Tamil politics. By 1990, MIRJE was no more an organisation to talk of.

The other non governmental organisations that emerged during late 80s and early 90s were very much individual centred. This was during the period when international donor agencies were increasing funds for internal conflicts based projects by the “civil society”. Sri Lanka gained importance in conflict resolution especially after the 1983 pogrom that threw huge numbers across the Palk Straits. Rough and unconfirmed estimates of money that came for peace and ethnic conflict related projects in SL during the early 1990 period, totals to about 600 million US dollars per year. This was primarily for civil society organisations, when the State had no tab on money that came for such non State organisations.

The question is, how representative these organisations are, of the civil society. Most unfortunately none of these Colombo centred organisations though non State, are  representatives of civil society.  Camilla Orjuela who had done a study in SL titled “Dilemmas of Civil Society Aid: Donors, NGOs And The Quest For Peace In Sri Lanka” (Peace & Democracy In South Asia, Volume I, Number I, January 2005) notes, “Civil society is thus more than its organisations; it is the sphere of voluntary organisation, in which civil society organisations function.” Bottom line of such assumptions is, civil society activism is all about voluntary participation. They are not collectivism on “per diem” payments.

Almost all organisations that came round to compete for donor assistance were very much middle class professional groupings. They had to maintain a very professional presence to compete for funds and was therefore restricted to projects they designed to attract funds. These Colombo centred NGOs thus turned out as professional organisations that hired civil society representation, for their project activities. They were outsiders who went about training local activists on peace building, who also turned out to be careerists, living out of NGO retentions. This dependency isn’t difficult to understand in the Sri Lankan context that still believes in a welfare State to take care of its responsibilities, free of charge. NGOs have basically removed volunteerism in a society that seeks free services for easy living, despite its shift to a free market, over 35 years ago.

The free market from 1978 had its toll on society. It forced the creation of an elite in Colombo, culturally alien to the majority. Any who could enter this culturally elite society could negotiate funds as civil society representatives. It is they who now dominate the NGO sector. It is also the free market that allowed a free flow of donor funds into the country. [quote] Along with the influx of foreign aid, a professionalisation of civil society organisations has taken place, and the division between paid NGO staff mainly concentrated in Colombo and voluntary based groups in other parts of the country has widened. The gaps between an English speaking middle class  NGO community and volunteers with different (cultural) background make it difficult for the peace NGOs to mobilise the masses.[unquote] writes Camilla Orjuela in the study previously mentioned above. This does not seem to evolve any different to the funded human rights and civil rights organisations in India, from what Dr. Suresh has to say in his article in Open Global Forum with which I would have no qualms, agreeing.

With no political will in either the ruling leadership and in the opposition to reach out for a justifiable, reasonable political solution to the national question in SL, this reasons out why this regime has no opposition even from the civil society. This also reasons out why such a political void can not be filled by a civil society movement through issue based campaigns. NGOs representing not the people but the projects they have been provided with funds to implement can not go out to reach the people with paid staff. These organisations therefore remain as elite organisations that could send representations to Geneva, but not the grassroots. That in fact is the difference between paid professional life and volunteer activism.

The Sinhala opposition not willing to take up any of the Tamil political demands for dialogue in the South, we would have very little opportunity in seeing the South participating in serious dialogue over the Geneva resolution. This regime meanwhile with a passive civil society at home, would take on the international community with greater venom.

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    slowly voices of sanity are coming through.

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    The regime’s arrogant refusal in offering the war effected their due relief and respect in reconciliation, helped the TNA to re emerge as the strongest democratic Tamil political representation.

    TNA will emerge as the only democratic Tamil political representation regardless. They use common recipe used both in Tamil polics India and SL. In India the Tamils are defined as victims of “Aryan Hindu Invasion”. In Sri Lanka Tamils are victims of “Aryan Sinhala Colonisation”.

    The xenophobbia keeps out Congress and BJP out of Tamil Nadu. In Sri Lanka it keeps mainstream policial parties UNP and SLFP from competing in Jaffna.

    Only one party benefits from the xenohphobia whipped up. Its the land owning Tamil top castes that benefit from keeping political competition out of Jaffna and Tamil Nadu.

    Frequent yells of “colonisation”, the ethnic cleansings, terrorism, destruction of places of worship etc are all manifestations of the Tamil xenophobia.

    Traditionally the left-of-center parties of SL have known this all along. The language act of 1956 and the special disabilities act to abolish caste discrimination were all instruments used to break Tamil high caste monoply. The right-of-centre parties such as UNP have tried to accomodate Tamil caste system in the political space.

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      What amply exhibited in your post is that you have no conceivable defence of the Sinhala Buddhist arrogance since 1948!

      “The language act of 1956 and the special disabilities act to abolish caste discrimination were all instruments used to break Tamil high caste monopoly.”

      Wow! It was all done to help the lower caste people of the North! All the faults of the LTTE aside, they were the entity that broke down the caste barrier within N&E conspicuously while the Sinhala Caste System is largely intact! Your ostensible attempt elevate the Sinhala Buddhist blunders will not wash; you need to go back to the drawing board and try again. As I said before, objectivity is a trait that this person is completely devoid of; he/she seeks out materials to feed his/her bigotry.

      This imbecile tried all sort of things to belittle the Tamils on these forums; every time he/she has been put right and when cornered, this person disappears only to appear again with another garbage.

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      Re: “The language act of 1956 and the special disabilities act to abolish caste discrimination were all instruments used to break Tamil high caste”

      What has language act got to do to break up the Tamil high Caste? do you mean to say that the low caste Tamil were speaking SINHALA ONLY?
      LTTE and other rebel groups could be credited with abolishing the caste issue to a great extent!!
      Sinhala parties and governance and their discriminatory policies ruined the Tamils lives, in fact it affected the poor Tamils more than the well to do Tamils.

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    It is nothing but a selfish and racist mindset for majorities to suppress the rights of minorities by practicing discrimination in covert or overt forms.

    Denying a place for the minority communities in the national landscape. Selectively taking over their lands and properties etc. For instance insisting that national schools belong only to a certain religon or community, denying children the right to education, practice their religon or culture. Prohibiting and placing restrictions on the building of places of worship belonging to minorities. Attacking their lifestyles and cultural practices. Indulging in hate speech etc

    These are essentially racially motivated practices and an affront to humanity, similiar to the apartheid practiced once upon a time in South Africa. Yet they are the norm, accepted and practiced by the majority. Hardly any one condemns such behaviour. The govt, establishment, media, law enforcement and judiciary turn a blind eye on such incidents.

    The fallacy is that while practicing such racist methods that a country will be able to develop and become the wonder of the region. Such mindsets and practices lead to social unrest and conflict not development. No way that a country can develop whilst trampling on the rights of 30% of its people. Problems need to be solved, conflict needs to be resolved, things dont happen on their own. Unless the people can change their way of thinking and doing, nothing good can emerge. The onus is on the educated youth to speak up and lead the way.

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      Don’t forget that Sri Lanka suffered under colonial rule for 450 years. During the Dutch and the British periods it was the Sinhala who suffered with their country being flooded with indentured labour brought in from India. the so-called discrimination that the Tamils of today are good at mouthing, was what they did to the Sinhala especially during the British period. Independence brought about changes which ‘did not protect the rights of the Tamils to at least a third of the Civil Service jobs’ etc.

      ” Prohibiting and placing restrictions on the building of places of worship belonging to minorities “. If your comment is with reference to Saudi Arabia, then it is understandable, which prohibits this completely. Do you suggest that this is racially motivated, and is it practising apartheid?
      The moors could not even buy land in Sri Lanka till the year 1815, though they were allowed to trade. Minorities do NOT have more rights nor privileges in Sri Lankan society than the Sinhala majority.

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        During the Dutch and the British periods it was the Sinhala who suffered with their country being flooded with indentured labour brought in from India. the so-called discrimination that the Tamils of today are good at mouthing, was what they did to the Sinhala especially during the British period. Independence brought about changes which ‘did not protect the rights of the Tamils to at least a third of the Civil Service jobs’ etc. –

        Why blame the Tamils if this was done by the Dutch and British? How many Tamils and Muslims are there in the Civil Service today?

        The moors could not even buy land in Sri Lanka till the year 1815, though they were allowed to trade. Minorities do NOT have more rights nor privileges in Sri Lankan society than the Sinhala majority. –

        Do minorities have equal rights? Can the Govt take over large tracts of lands belonging to minorities without justification?

        Prohibiting and placing restrictions on the building of places of worship belonging to minorities “. If your comment is with reference to Saudi Arabia, then it is understandable, which prohibits this completely. Do you suggest that this is racially motivated, and is it practising apartheid?

        – There are no minorities in Saudi Arabia. Expats are allowed to practice their religon and have churches and prayer meetings within their residential areas.

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          The Tamils and the Muslims are guaranteed equal rights by the constitution. What the Tamil want are privileges that they enjoyed under the British which they will never get. There is no land belonging to a minority.

          There is state land and there is private land. If private land is required for a public building or a road, the government pays to acquire it. It can do what it wants with state land.

          There are no churches/kovils etc. at all in Saudi Arabia, and no priests are allowed in.

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    Kumar

    In your 3rd from last para you say “The free market from 1978 had its toll on society. It forced the creation of an elite in Colombo, culturally alien to the majority. “

    I believe the Colombo Elite have existed much longer – probably from the days of the dutch. these are the upper and upper middle-class english speakers, whos families have inter-married over generations and are quite a mish-mash of ethnicities and religions. What they have in common is their western-oriented lifestyle and snobbish attitudes about both the sinhalese and the tamil middle and lower classes – whom they used to employ as drivers and servants.

    For most of such Colombo Kultur crowd, anything western (used to be british, now more so american) is better than local. You are right, they have no idea of how to mobilize the majority of the nation’s citizens – sinhala or tamil-speaking. Ranil Wickramasinghe belongs to this group who has zilch appeal to the masses. Sajith Premadasa seems to be able to use his father’s appeal to the low/middle class sinhalese. If he would now find politics of accomadation and genuine re-concilliation with the estranges Tamils, we would have a winning chance at peace.

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    Dears must see the latest U tube video below; it is self explanatory — therefore I am not adding comments:

    Callum Macrae ‏@Callum_Macrae 4h

    More disturbing (but as yet unverified) video has emerged https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2vAER7kcxs
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    Unimpeachable truth, articulated very clearly.

    Unfortunately, the NGO or INGO sectors have been institutionalised the world over to such an extent that the institutions have become more important than their original mission, and vested interests have taken over what has become an industry. This is similar to the situation where the churches have become more important than Christ’s message. The survival and sustenance of the institution over time has become the primary concern. This change in dynamics is probably inevitable . It is a human condition. It was estimated once that only 15% of international aid reaches the recipients. The rest going to pay salaries and benefits to the institutionalised staff.

    The evolution of the Buddhist Sinhala politics and the ‘ play safe’ manner in which the opposition has dealt with post-war issues including the Geneva process, have been discussed objectively by Kusal. At every turn in our post-independence history, the opportunism of our politicians has led this country astray. What is wrong is with our politicians and not with the Sinhala Buddhists. Many a sin is being committed in their name by disingenuous and dastardly political forces.

    We should learn to differentiate the sins of the politicians from the people on whose behalf they claim to speak and do.

    A government that is tainted beyond what can be imagined, is now intent on controlling the equally tainted NGO industry. This is a worrying phenomenon. In the process even the few grass roots NGOs that are rendering yeoman services in various sectors of our society, will be bulldozed.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendram

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    …and what would we do without our community of NGO professionals? So good for the hotel and restaurant trade, not forgetting the bars at sundown. Nice work if you can get it!

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    If you look deep, you will come to know the truth that Tamils have not been Radicalized, but victimised. New Delhi felt threatened by two major issues in the 60’s-70’s; one was the Tamil Nadu’s self-determination drive, and the other one was Sri Lanka’s foreign policy. President J R Jayewardene increased Sri Lanka’s bilateral cooperation with the United States to develop Sri Lanka. So, New Delhi decided to hijack the internal conflict of Sri Lanka to deal with Tamil Nadu Nadu’s self-determination drive and Sri Lanka’s foreign policy. New Delhi trained and supplied arms to the young Tamils to fight against the Sri Lankan government, and also to undermine the Tamils n Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka by turning them as terrorist groups. In the past history Tamils had done well that is why the Tamil language is widely spoken in Asia than Hindi or any other Asian language. Somehow Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka got fooled by New Delhi and accepted arms to fight against the Sri Lankan government.

    MGR was an actor didn’t see the motive behind the New Delhi’s deal. Prabhakaran did not see either, because he did not even pass the 10th grade. The LTTE was created to act as a puppet of India; however that didn’t work, because of the Tamil diaspora. The West wanted a foothold in Sri Lanka, so it decided to influence the diaspora and pushed the LTTE to fight against the IPKF. India felt devastated, and was desperate to ban the LTTE and control the situation. The only way to bring the LTTE under control is by its radical approach to the situation. The assassination of the Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi created a pathway to ban the LTTE, not only in India, but all around the world. The Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination helped India to ban the LTTE and control the situation. Here comes the billion dollar question. Who was really behind the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi? Why the Indian intelligence (RAW) could not prevent the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi? Was it necessary evil to allow Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to die, in order to save India by banning the LTTE which turned against India, and decided to work with the Western Countries to achieve its goal so called “Tamil Eelam”? I let you to answer.

    The British promised a homeland for the Jews, and delivered; but India has not delivered anything to Tamils even though Tamils have died for India. The Union Minister Sudarsana Natchiappan defended India’s abstention on the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC, arguing that it was aimed at neutralising the influence of China. He also said that “leaders of the Tamil National Alliance were under the influence of the diaspora, which, in turn, was controlled by the remnants of the LTTE”. Minister wasn’t suffered in Sri Lanka; that is why he is making an unsubstantiated accusation that all Tamil diaspora are remnants of the LTTE. Tamils suffered under the ruthless Sinhalese regimes. But New Delhi hijacked Tamils struggles for its own interest and created the Tamil armed groups. The Tamils and Sinhalese have suffered for 30 years due to the New Delhi’s political blunder. Now the Tamils have upper hand since last Thursday, because the UNHRC passed the resolution to investigate the last stage of war. Now India and Sri Lanka are in trouble, because the Congress and Rajapaksa regime have been fooling the Tamils. I am a Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. I never supported the LTTE which was created by New Delhi for its own interests. I urge the Minister to provide evidence that all of the Tamil diaspora are part of the LTTE. It is easier to fool the world that all Tamils are LTTE, and they deserve nothing than delivering what is right and acceptable to Tamils.

    You can’t ask the monkey to change its tricks; once you have trained the monkey to do tricks to make money as an entertainment. You can retrain the monkey, but meantime you can’t make money. Likewise the Sri Lankan leaders have trained the Sinhalese people to get votes, if the leaders try to change the people’s ideology they will lose the votes. The leaders have been encouraging language, race and religious disharmony among the people since 1948, in order to keep their power for generations. Hatred is in every Sinhalese’s blood; therefore uniting the country is impossible. It is very easy for the Rajapaksas to fool the people who have been fighting since the independence. The damage is already done, it is impossible to fix it or unwind. Let’s push for an international solution. It doesn’t matter whether New Delhi voted for the US backed UNHRC resolution or not, but I want to know what New Delhi is going to do for Tamils and how it is going to deal with the ruthless Rajapaksa regime. Remember, we were fooled by too many, we won’t easily fall into anyone’s trap anymore.

    Singaporean Foreign Minister called on countries to engage constructively with Sri Lanka and look to the future rather than dwell on the past. The world must know one important thing; we are not dwelling in the past. What we face in Sri Lanka is a real discrimination; we are not living in illusion. I have been to Sri Lanka in 2012. As a Tamil I couldn’t even get tickets to see tourist places as a local; the staff refused to sell local tickets to me even though I produced enough evidence that I was born in Sri Lanka. Mr K Shanmugam is a Tamil; he is a Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, because he is from Singapore. If he is from Sri Lanka he would not have got that position. He does not know about the racist Sinhalese regimes as we do who were born among them. Let him talk, but we will push the international community for political solution. Now is probing the war, but it will be a political solution. We were fooled by too many, but not anymore. After all, we are Tamils :-)

    Banning the Tamil organisation is a dangerous move; it will widen the gap between the Tamil diaspora and the Sinhalese. Dividing the country into two is getting more practical and imminent under the Rajapaksa regime. The Rajapaksas are the most foolish leaders I have come across as government leaders in the world’s political history. The worst thing about the Rajapaksas is they are doing everything to divide the country after killing thousands of innocent people. When I compare the West with the Rajapaksas; the West is unbelievably powerful. The West will triumph. Why do I say this? I tell you the reason why I came to this conclusion. I started Asia Unites in May 2013, but not even one Tamil, Sinhalese or any other Asian donated one dollar to the organisation. It says a lot about the West and its powerful propaganda and the East’s foolishness. Just wait and see how the West is going to spin their heads; they deserve it, because of their stupidity. Don’t you think we are underestimating the intellectuality and the Western powers when we call Sri Lanka as wonder of Asia under the Rajapaksa regime? President Rajapaksa has underestimated the Western powers, the UN and the Tamil diaspora. He has been calculating everyone as he calculated Prabhakaran. He is not smart enough to know what is coming. If he does, he won’t talk about the general election in 2016.

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      ” Mr K Shanmugam is a Tamil; he is a Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, because he is from Singapore. If he is from Sri Lanka he would not have got that position “

      Hogwash. We did have, recently, a greatly admired Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kathirgamar. You might with benefit take a moment to ponder on his fate at the hands of his ‘kith and kin’ instead of having a verbal dirrhoea.

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        Lakshman Kathirgamar was admired, because he sold his soul for the crumbs. Who killed him is still a mystery!! Sri Lanka has a tradition of “framing/stage managing murders” The “rulers” are the judge and the jury in all the cases!! The whole world knows that there is no law and order in the “miracle of asia”

        Lakshman Kathirgamar is another Kruana, Douglas or KP!

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          If, as you say he sold his soul for a pittance, then it follows that his enemies were the Northern Tamils ie the LTTE terrorists. There was no discernible reason for him to die by what the Americans call friendly fire.

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    The one glaring ‘NGO’ activity of the recent days was the regime change carried out with violence in Ukraine by the US funded ‘NGO’s, funded by the US State Dept. (US$ 5 billion) and the most deceptively named NED, the National Endowment for Democracy. An election that is not supervised by a Western NGO is now ‘suspect’. Such is the power that the West demands over us and our affairs. Your contention that it was Russia that interfered with Ukraine is thus invalid.

    The political parties may give cash, packets of rice and transport etc., but that is the way politics is practised in the East. It is no different to a company carrying out ‘marketing’. As long as NO violence or thuggery is employed, there is no guarantee that the participant will actually do the bidding of the party, though he may accept the gifts.

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    We all know the solution of kusalingham and the like minded out of touch Marxists and NGO activists to the so called “national question” which is to partition the country along racial lines. We don’t believe dividing a small island into self governing authorities along racial lines is a good idea. Kusalingham and the the rest should get it into their thick heads that this country cannot be ruled according to the whims and fancies of a fringe minority like him. Until then he will continue to utter this nonsense about a “national question” and continue to make a fool out of himself.

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