26 October, 2020

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Political Machinations: The different Forces Ranged Against The Military In The North

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP

One of the more bizarre aspects of the post-conflict situation is the strange combination of forces trying to undermine the security forces in their work in the North. I believe their presence there is essential, and not only for security reasons, which we cannot ignore just because the LTTE in Sri Lanka has been destroyed. LTTE sympathizers are still active elsewhere, as we can see from the determination not to condemn any acts of the LTTE – except only for the occasional general admission that both sides violated international norms, followed by a catalogue of what the forces are supposed to have done, with no specifics with regard to the LTTE.

But it is not only fear that the enormous resources LTTE and separatist sympathizers command will be used again for violence that requires the continuing presence of the armed forces in the North. It is also that they still continue with massive services with regard to the restoration of basic infrastructure. Unfortunately they have not developed a system yet of recording the number of wells they have dug, the houses they have built, the roads they have repaired, the playgrounds they have constructed, so their contribution goes unsung. And trying to introduce coherence into the government narrative is of course impossible, given that it privileges style over substance, but really has no idea of the style that would carry conviction.

Meanwhile the vociferous opponents of reconciliation in Sri Lanka ignore all the work the military has done, and continue to talk of a military presence, which only they seem now to see. Most disinterested observers, on the contrary, are now struck by the absence of soldiers on the ground in most of the North. Interestingly, the assistance provided still by the military is appreciated not only by those who actually supply assistance and see how the military has facilitated resettlement, but also by the majority of the resettled. At Divisional Secretariat meetings, while they continue to draw attention to what they see as shortcomings – and also what is occasionally described, in the Vanni, as the unfair allocations decided on by politicians – there is no criticism of the military.

Ironically, I gather that it is some of those politicians, who are seen as parochial in their concerns, who are most opposed to the military. There have been regular attempts to remove the commanders who are thought the most highly of by the civilians in those areas, and there is no doubt that, if they went, we would have the type of exclusively political decision making that now happens so often in the South. And while in the South at least – though I do not think that is a good enough reason – it could be claimed that the politicians exercising authority represent a majority of the people, that is obviously not true in the North.

I should add that allowing politicians a free hand in the North would be as disastrous for those politicians as for the country. Since they necessarily represent a minority of the population, the decisions they make will naturally increase the unpopularity of the government, and lead to disaster in any election. But unfortunately they do not recognize this, or perhaps they feel that their obligation is to satisfy their supporters, and the long term consequences are not important.

So we find both opposition politicians and some government politicians united in their efforts to reduce the role of the military. Added to this however is another element that is perhaps even more dangerous. Recently we have had a spate of attacks on opposition politicians and media outlets, which unfortunately the police have not dealt with firmly. Some government politicians claim that their supporters are condemned for what elements in the military have perpetrated, whereas the military claims the opposite.

In both cases I would assume that the leadership had made it clear, unless they are particularly stupid and want the government to become unpopular, that violence must be avoided. Indeed I had what seemed evidence of this in that I was told by a TNA supporter with regard to one incident that nothing happened until after he had left, even though it was apparent to him that there were members of the forces present in mufti during the event that was later subject to violence.

This would suggest that orders were simply to observe. Though that in itself might seem an unnecessary imposition, given the state of mutual distrust that has been built up, it is understandable. What is not understandable is how later violence was deployed.

It is possible that there was excessive provocation, and even servicemen present, if they did get involved, forgot the training they had received. Representatives of other politicians could also have failed to exercise self-control. But it seems to me also possible that there are elements purporting to be supporters of the government who are in a win-win situation if they employ violence. Some elements may be racist, others may be implacably opposed to the TNA and therefore determined to remove any possibility of them working together with government – a position that obviously the extremists in the TNA reciprocate. And those in theory with the government who do not want reconciliation can work to this end while knowing that government will suffer, and that their actions can only strengthen opposition forces in the South in the long run.

Government unfortunately does not seem aware of the dangers, and by not taking firm action against rogue elements, by whomsoever they have been sanctioned, is contributing to its own downfall. Some elements opposed to Reconciliation might have thought they did not have to worry for a long time, since they could have the election to the Northern Provincial Council postponed. But given the commitment of the government to go ahead with this, it is vital that it get its act together and stops the various efforts to undermine its position.

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    The question is not if BUT HOW MUCH military is enough? Be specific – need to have the numbers here Rajiva or just shut up and stop prating nonsense.
    As is this whole piece is a giant red herring – merely to defend the Rajapassa military dictatorship.

    All the kings horses and all the king’s men in Jaffna will not be enough to keep Macbeth – aka the paranoid and pathological white van goon called Gotabaya happy – that his skin is secured?
    Get real man there is no rest for the truly wicked – do some literary analysis and – real math!

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    Government should get an opinion survey in each District in the Northern Province on peoples perception of the Army and the people they propose to nominate and use the survey results to face the Provincial Council election.

    They must also remove the Police Powers and the Land Powers from the 13th Amendment, to minimise more powerful political machinations after the election.

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    Rajiva rides again!
    Here goes the man who, if the truth bites him in the backside would still display a pathological difficulty in recognising it, mouthing his usual plethora of platitudes.
    When a monument to deceit and dishonesty is erected in this country it will bear a striking resemblance to Rajitha Wijesinha.

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    “Government unfortunately does not seem aware of the dangers, and by not taking firm action against rogue elements, by whomsoever they have been sanctioned, is contributing to its own downfall.” The biggest rogue elements are the rajapkse’s to who you are indebted for putting you in Parliament. You had no chance of setting your foot there. CT, why burden us with Rajeeva’s BS?

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    The master hypocrite says, “Government unfortunately does not seem aware of the dangers, and by not taking firm action against rogue elements, by whomsoever they have been sanctioned, is contributing to its own downfall.”

    We are all aware of who these “rogue elements” are – the very same “whomsoever” that “sanctioned” them, of course! Who else, dumbo?!!

    Now get your head out of that ass it’s in and maybe you will see better…

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    Prof. Rajiva ,

    The problem as I see it is not with the security forces per-se. The problem instead is with the excessive, shortsighted and paranoid security consciousness of those at the helm of the defence establishment, who have been permitted to dictate social and political policy.Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke has pointed this out in definitive terms in an interview that appears in the dbsjeyraj.com today. The Defence Secretary stands indicted on this score. This is a major impediment to reconciliation. The defence establishment should not be permitted to cast an ominous shadow over political decisions, four years after the war, as it is at present. While security considerations are important they cannot continue to be gross. Greater sophistication has to replace the gross. The President has to review the situation urgently, before the situation further deteriorates.

    There is an unwillingness to trust the Tamils here. The noise of the Tamil Diaspora and Tamil Nadu have to be filtered out and dealt as separate issues. Only an aggrieved Tamil popluation here, can be a prey to these elements. They should not be yet viewed with jaundiced eyes.

    The land issue is being mishandled in a manner that can be viewed either as extremely stupid or extremely malicious. The land confiscated by the LTTE should be handed back to the legal owners. In instances, where such land has been parcelled out to other Tamils by the LTTE , alternate land should be provided to the new settlers. The lands in the HSZ should be restored to their rightful owners and other lands have to found for the purposes touted by the government.

    The Tamil version of the national anthem should be permitted to be sung in Tamil now. The government should stop efforts at tailoring a Tamill leadership to its measure. It should instead draw Tamils of standing and stature into the SLFP.

    It should also stop using ex-LTTErs working with the security establishment from interfering with the lives of the Tamils. Intelligence gathering is no doubt necessary, but it should be sophisticated enough not to be become a nuisance to the people. The LTTE curse should not be permitted to continue under a different guise.

    I have also noticed that the Police are subordinate to the armed forces in the north. This is probably true in the east too. The police are reluctant to take action on behalf of the people who have issues with the armed forces or the ex-LTTE cadres associated with them. There is an urgent need to separate the Police from the defence establishment. They should not be under a defence ministry any longer.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Yours is a sensible voice indeed, Dr. Narendran.

      Prof Wijesinha also makes the surprising statement that no system has yet been developed to record the wells and other building that the soldiers are supposedly constructing. With the availability of mobile phones that can take photos I wouldn’t have thought that difficult. It is also important to keep such records for the future and decisions regarding property ownership and use.

      I actually think it is much better for soldiers to be involved in traditionally civilian activities, especially hard manual work that keeps them fit and allows them to keep an eye (and ear) on security without carrying a gun, rather than “war games” (as our soldiers in Australia are, when not actually off in other countries killing people).

      However, if working in civilian occupations they should be subject to policing by civilian police, and civilian courts of law. In addition to existing systems of military discipline. Also, the military should not be taking employment opportunities from civilians in developing and constructing civil infrastructure. Nor should military officers be allowed to own or control civilian businesses.

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        Dr. Romesh Seneviratne,

        Thanks. The armed forces are deployed in many non-military tasks all over Sri Lanka. For example, they renovated the old race course buildings in Colombo. The navy keeps the canal system in Colombo clean. The armed forces have also constructed houses and renovated schools in the Vanni and the peninsula. They are help with funerals in the deep Vanni and rush the sick to hospitals in their vehicles. The civil affairs section of the army , played the role of the police for a few years following the war and it won the respect of the people. Many civilians approach the civil affairs offices of the army to report problems even now. However, they are directed to the police. Now that police stations have established everywhere, their role is diminishing. However, the army is yet the stronger and dominent presence in the Vanni. In the Peninsula the army plays a more subdued role now.

        The campaign to paint everything that involved the government and the armed forces black, has diminished the Tamil politicians very much. The failure to acknowledge the many things that were right, make many doubt whether even genuine grievances are falsehoods or exaggerations. Their moral authority is as diminished as of those wielding political power at the centre. The government has also lost its moral authority on a count of issues I have mentioned in the previous comment.

        Two key elements missing are TRUTH and TRUST. Unless there is scrupulous adherence to truth, trust cannot be built. It is politics as usual here, despite that it is only four years since the horrendous war ended. The plight of the direct victims of the war is the least concern of those engaged in gutter politics.

        Dr.RN

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          Well I guess you say what you are paid to say by the government !

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          Dr RN

          Thanks again. I fully agree.

          Let me give you an example of effect of the propaganda you have spoken of. After I read your comments I was so impressed by your knowledge of the facts on the ground I rang my mother (a member of the Tamil Diaspora who has not been back to Sri Lanka for many, many years). I read the three comments above, over the phone.

          Frankly, she refused to believe what you have written about the good that is being done by the Sri Lankan armed forces and government, because it conflicts with what she has heard, over and over, from other sources. Despite the fact that you are writing on the basis of first hand knowledge and obvious lack of bias.

          Last night I read an “open letter to the Sinhalese people” that a Dr Rajasingham Narendran wrote in 2005. I assume this is yourself. I was very moved by what I read. I am sorry about what you have been through and very impressed by your strength, integrity and honesty. If indeed you are the same person.

          One point regarding the “High Security Zones”. Though I think compensation should be paid to the prior landowners, it is sensible (and inevitable) that the Sri Lankan military decide, on the basis of strategic considerations, what parts of the island need greater defence. Military bases will no doubt be expanded in these places, though they should be manned by Tamil-speaking people as well (preferably bilingual). It is logical (and inevitable) that they will fortify the weak points in their defence against the Indian-trained LTTE and other militant groups – Trincomalee, Mannar and Jaffna in particular.

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            Dr. Romesh Seneviratne,

            It was my story.

            On the Palaly- KKS HSZ , the government will be making a mistake of immense proportions if it insists on proceeding with the acquisitions. The link between the Jaffna man and his land is unique not only within Sri Lanka, but probably in the world. It is part of his identity and label. This even transcends his name and ancestry, because there is no family name system in Hindu Jaffna. He continues to identify himself with the village he comes from for generations after his family had abandoned it. It establishes who he is, his origins and spatial relationships. Further, when it comes to agricultural land, it is based on the sheer physical toil that has gone into improving the land and make it productive over several generations . It was a love with the soil and its careful tendering that has made the soils in this area the best in Sri Lanka for agriculture. My paternal great grand mother was from Vasavilan-an agricultural village in the area- and I remember visiting her as a child. The memories of the agricultural practices I saw and the efforts that went to it are yet fresh in my mind. This link with the land cannot be exchanged for money or alternate land!! The Thesawalamai customary laws make sure the collective village identity remains instant even if the ownership of the land changes hands.

            The Jaffna Tamil is a special breed. He is different from other Tamils. He is a creation of a unique environment. He has been moulded over the millennia into something unique. He has his positives and negatives, but the combination, make him unique. He has a questioning mind and a love for his land unlike any other. The soil and air run in his blood. He may live anywhere in this world, but his link is first to his village, then to the peninsula and finally for the country. In the present circumstances this does not extend beyond the peninsula!

            He is at the heart of the ‘ National Problem’ in Sri Lanka. Unless this is understood and intelligently dealt with by the government and the Sinhala polity, there will be no end to this aspect of our national travails.

            Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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              Corrections:

              Tending ( not ‘ Tendering’)
              Intact ( not ‘ instance’)

              Dr.RN

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              Dr.Romesh,

              The problem relating to state-owned land in the Vanni, is exemplified by the bit of history I quote below:

              “1908/ 1910/ 1912: During ‘Durbars of Tamil Chiefs in Jaffna and Batticaloa’ the British governor is told that the inhabitants of the two districts are not interested in the ‘Settlement of the Vanni’, though the latter was of the opinion that the Tamils had the right of first refusal in this area. Tamils do not want to go into the Vanni because of the unhealthy climate, but they do not want to admit Sinhalese or Indians there either.”

              ( I have presented a more complete listing of this history in my comment in response to Dr.Dayan Jayatilleke’s recent article on the Northern Provincial Council and devolution in CT).

              There has been a historical reluctance to move out of the once overcrowded peninsula into the Vanni or the east. Although land was offered to Tamils in the Gal Oya project in the east, there were few takers. The Jaffna Tamils who were adventurous enough to move into the Vanni, lost their social status.

              Dr.RN

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              Dr RN

              My mother and her family also identify themselves as Jaffna Tamils – our family, on my mother’s side, come from Uvuvil, where my great-grandfather built a house next to the Uduvil Girl’s School (which still stands there, though I haven’t seen it since I was a child). My grandmother, Daisy attended and later taught in Uduvil Girls School, after graduating in mathematics the University of Madras, in the 1920s. I have vivid, very valuable memories of the time I spent in Jaffna on the occasions we holidayed with my cousins, aunts and uncles who still lived there when I was a child.

              The Jaffna peninsula is an ecologically unique place. My most serious pastime, as a child, was collecting butterflies (in the old Victorian style!). I think I was the only child in Sri Lanka who did so, back then – it was not exactly a fashionable hobby!

              Whenever we traveled to Jaffna, or anywhere else, I would take my butterfly net. I was very serious about it, and spent a lot of time hunting butterflies and collected specimens all over the island. The Jaffna peninsula had several species of butterfly that were not to be found anywhere south of Elephant Pass. The mudflats and open scrubland beside the causeway between the peninsula and the mainland was populated by several species of butterfly that are common in Africa, uncommon in India and not found on the mainland. These included small orange-tips, yellow orange-tips and crimson-tips which belong to the Pierid family and a rare species, also originating in Africa the British called The Joker (a butterfly of the Byblia species).

              So I strongly support the creation of wildlife and nature reserves and sanctuaries in such precious habitats (even if damaged, nature can regenerate). I feel the same way about the beaches and, especially, the coral reefs in Jaffna and along the East Coast. These reefs also provide Sri Lanka’s best defence against tsunamis. Apart from being an obvious attraction for tourists.

              I also fully support demilitarization. But not because terrorism has been defeated, It hasn’t, yet. My opinion is that warfare has changed to a degree that the best “military base” in Jaffna would be a building within the existing Jaffna University equipped with computers and surveillance equipment manned by patriotic, multilingual students, supervised by patriotic, multilingual teachers. Just to keep an eye on those pesky Indians who attacked us last time! No guns or missiles necessary. Provided the civil society is not armed.

              I favour no guns in Sri Lanka outside the hands of a (multi-ethnic) military and police force, and none at all in the Jaffna peninsula or other areas of priceless ecological value, such as the forests of Wilpattu, Udawattekele and Yala. What do you think?

              Too idealistic?

              Romesh

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              Dr. Romesh,

              My maternal grandmother was also from Uduvil and was a hostel warden in the Uduvil Girls School there, before getting married. She was the most versatile person I have interacted in my life.

              Your knowledge of butterflies is amazing. Yes, Jaffna is a unique place and helped evolve a unique type of man- an extraordinary combination of the good, bad and the ugly.

              A big dose of idealism and much less of cynicism is what we need urgently in this country.

              Dr.RN

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      A narrative in accord with the ground situation and the continuing concern of the Tamil people in their areas. No one asked the army to be removed from the North. They must remain providing the necessary services and their presence in the unlikely event of pressures the Police cannot handle. The role and the integrity of the Police should not be interfered with. This was the law and the pre-war reality.

      What is becoming increasingly clear is that there appear to be two strands of governance, which is an unhealthy factor. The President’s
      authority should be totally unquestioned and, more importantly, it must be exercised justly and lawfully, more specifically in the Tamil-dominated areast.

      More than one PM, many Ministers and the President have told the country and the world the LTTE was defeated and finished. Ranil, quite rightly, asks why retain the dreaded PTA if the enemy was long vanquished. Invoking a non-existent LTTE, an unfriendly outside world and exaggerating the resource and influences of the diaspora are merely to distract the attention of the Sinhala South that is fastly identifying the woods from the trees.

      There is still room for reconciliation if the regime seriously seeks and expands on it.

      Senguttuvan

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      You are out of mind. See how developed countries react to different kinds of security threats.

      Sri Lanka suffered for 30 years. Tamil-expats are trying it hard again. TNA and there are many extremist tamil elements in Sri Lanka. Tamilnadu govt, some Church members are there to influence tamils.

      Yet, Security forces should wait until they get organized and launch a successful attack.

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        Take the Tamil people living in the north a d east as a major factor in your equation. They are in no mood to stomach another Insugency. The government should understand this sentiment and win over their hearts and minds.

        Dr.RN

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    Well said Rajiva. But one thing I am worried about is that there is no one the government to listen to these issues as you look at them as to why we are declining day by the in the effort of human empowerment.

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    Noticed all this gentleman’s writings are about how power should and could be consolidated for the greater good of his pay master.

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    Rajiva
    Why on earth have you been wasting your talent for years and decades?

    ”The military continued to engage in activities that fall within the remit of a civil administration, including the authorisation of community meetings or events, and the registration of civilian families in many northern villages, whether they had been displaced or not. Female-headed households reported feeling particularly insecure as a result of military visits. ……. The military leadership continued to control the approval of humanitarian projects in the north through its membership in the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province (PTF). The PTF places particular restrictions on the provision of mental health care and psycho-social activities. Because of government restrictions, no comprehensive assessment has been conducted in conflict-affected areas, and there is no comprehensive data on the needs of the most vulnerable groups. No IDP profiling has been done since 2007. The government, UNHCR and the UN Office for Project Services launched a survey of protracted IDPs in 2011, but the project was abandoned in December 2012 due to obstacles placed on it by the PTF” – Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 29 April 2013, http://www.internal-displacement.org/8025708F004BE3B1/(httpInfoFiles)/DB8A259305B071A8C1257B5C00268DDC/$file/global-overview-2012.pdf

    ”Conflict-affected areas remain highly militarised, which has made progress towards achieving durable solutions more difficult. The military has become an important economic player and a key competitor of local people including returnees in the areas of agriculture, fishing, trade, and tourism. It has also been involved in areas that would normally come under civilian administration. It continues to occupy private land, thereby impeding IDPs’ return. The government has failed to make durable solutions a priority, and humanitarian organisations have faced funding shortages and restrictions on programming and access” – Sri Lanka: A hidden displacement crisis, *Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 31 October 2012, http://www.internal-displacement.org/8025708F004BE3B1/(httpInfoFiles)/0F7746546306FCB3C1257AA8005845A6/$file/srilanka-overview-oct2012.pdf

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    Yaaaawnn! The sage has taken to the stage again!

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    This country suffered for a long period since independence and still we continue to suffer. The law and order is a nightmare issue in this country. What was the problem? It is recognized by all political establishments inside our country and internationally that Tamils have been treated unfairly and there should be a political mechanism to solve this problem. Recognizing this reality since 1956 several efforts were made to resolve this issue by devolution of power (Banda-Chelva Pact, Dudley-Chelva Pact, DDC, Thimpu Talks, Rajiv- JR accord, LTTE-SriLanka peace Talks based Oslo Talks, Mahinda Rajapakse’s All Party Conference) and so on. All these efforts accept the fact that North-East of Srilanka is traditionaly inhabited by Tamil Speaking people and the devolution of power is an essential mechanism to resolve this problem.

    Why all these efforts failed?
    1.There is a trust problem.
    2. The two major national political establishments (SLFP and UNP)are using this issue for their political advantage within Sinhala masses. Instead of creating mechanisms to increase the trust between communities they concentrated in destroying the trust between two communities by introducing the following:
    1. State Sponsored Colonisation of Tamil areas.
    2. Sinhala only Act.
    3. Sinhalisation of armed forces (Army, Navy, Police).
    4. Language based standardization of University admissions.
    5. Political unwillingness to implement the shared powers or accepted devolution.
    As Sivathasan pointed out South always wanted to keep their political power over the North.

    Now, we come to the point of Rajiva’s military contributions to the North after the war. They may be doing a good developmental work but they are an occupied Sinhala military on people’s eyes. You cannot bring the trust under the prevailing political environment. You cannot build military establishments, Buddhist Statues and building roads for those people who were affected by the war. You cannot force trust on people. It is those people who live in that part should decide on what development they need and what political authority they need. When you talk about military, you ignore the fact that it is a Sinhala military. Particularly, the people living in Vanni who are really suffered in the war and every one of them lost their kids and kins and wounded in the war. Not all of them are suffered by LTTE, most of them were suffered by the military for nearly six decades. You don’t have a multi ethnic military. It is 100% Sinhala military and 19 out of the 21 units are in the North. Rational thinking person will understand this fact.

    The fact is you don’t trust the Tamils. You don’t trust the people. You are talking about security of the Sinhala people. You are not worried about the security of Tamils. as long as your fear of security continues you are going to justify the acts violence against Tamils, denial of political rights and you will have to keep 100% Sinhala military and political authority (dictatorship)on Tamils.

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      Excellent analysis. Most of the articles in the Colombo telegraph only beat around the bush and nothing can I perceive. Trust is missing between the the two groups. What a boy of 12 years old, of-course he was son of VP, could do to anybody. What was his crime? The photographs clearly indicate that he was apparently under the custody of singhalese army before his execution (Tiger cubs are very few and their chance of longevity is limited because of the competition for food and the other predators are always behind them). Whoever so killed him has followed the same rule. Everybody should condemn the atrocities committed by the Tigers but surely the methods used by the army can never bring any reconciliation in the island. Slowly things are moving to square one. No reconciliation and absolutely no.

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      and this comment, Ajith, is worth more than RW’s entire article’s worth of tripe.

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    I too feel its not the presence of the military thats the problem as the armed forces are all over the country and rightly so.the issue is making the military get involved in civil matters from chairing meetings at DS offices to opening ceremonies etc,also the serious issues of land grabbing is there so is the forcible colonisational activity these are the despicable things which make the people hate the military apart from that the army seems to be getting along fine with the people esp in jaffna district and many soldiers can speak Tamil too,its the Govts actions of alienating and looking at Tamils as aliens from India (while forgeting the Origins of Vijaya !)thats making an issue out of this!

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    Rajiva, being a member of the Liberal Party to say that the Military is used to re-build the Northern part of SL? Why should the military be involved, is this not a civilian job. In China you see that the military is involved in civilian activities and I have not seen this happening in any democratic countries, especially where there is no war. Are you not ashamed to suck up to the regime? You are a disgrace to the Liberal Party of SL. Equally I am pissed off with the other members of the Liberal Party members not for kicking you out of the party. You are a disgrace for not being honest to your own party ideals. From your comments you imply that all those who are against the military occupation of the Northern part of SL are LTTE supporters. That is not true, most of those who are against military occupation are not LTTE supporters but supporters of rule of law and democracy. Do not think all of us are mad like you.

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      Rajiv, why con. Give up your Liberal camouflage and join the racialists

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    Ninety percent of the Nothern infrastructure developments Govt. carried out in order to consolidate it’s power base. Why Govt. did not allow Red cross to build 400 houses in North while asking for a 10% commission.

    Why Govt.acquiring peoples cultivable and residential land amounting to over 6,000 acres giving phony reasons. Isn’t it the development and survival that those people are looking foreward to after 30 year war and people trying to adjust to the new life. Why Govt.impose it’s own terms when it comes to foreign Investment and development in the North restricting the privileges those people deserve.

    How come white van abductions, printing press burnings, attacking opposition party members and their supporters still continue after end of the war. How come military in uniform teach school children in Jaffna.

    It is the last thing that any citizen wish to see a Military personal in arms roaming in streets during their day to day activity. That’s why many governments keep them out of sight from general public.

    Govt. is showing an invisible monster called “Terrorist” to control and supress the general public.The so called Terrorist is the same beast that appear on the other side of the coin.

    By using Military for civil service in the name of curbing terrorism, govt. is waging a psychological warfare against the Nothern Tamil community to keeping them under bondage.

    Prof.Rajiva should do more homework before writing nonsense.

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    “One of the more bizarre aspects of the post-conflict situation is the strange combination of forces trying to undermine the security forces in their work in the North.”

    Please define “work”. What is legitimate for the state military and what is being done unofficially outside their mandate and authority.

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    This guy who is a poodle of the Rajapakde has the incredible capacity to talk nonsense.
    Do you need 200,000 soldiers in the North that is equivalent to 1 to 5?.
    mind you almost 4 years after defeating the Tigers.
    Why do you need a military man as the Governor. Do the other provices have military Governors?.
    If the army does all the work connected to infrastructure, where will the
    locals find jobs?
    Jaffna is an open prison, Please go and check for yourselves instead of
    torturing us with such idiotic nonsense.

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    1. Prof Rajeeva recently had a meeting in Chettikulam DS division in Vavuniya and odered to give 400 acares of land belongs to Tamils to Sinhalease. This land was given Tamils in 1990 by Premadasa. Find his true face.
    2. He talk about Tamil politicians representing only small number of minorities, how he is going to then justify EPDP given with full poweres in Jaffna, Rishard Baduideen in Vanni, Karuna in Batti- do they represent the majority???
    3. As Fonseka said, security forces duty should be safeguard the country and people and act on emergency. Not running saloon, restaurant, involving in development work and depriving local community to participate and earn from those work, not running farms and not targetting young widows and girls ect ect
    4. Why government is placing General Chandrasiri as governor in NOrth, Major General TRD silva as GA in Trinco?? Simply because they were assigned with some special task- colonization with Sihalease in North East (I am not talking about the Sinhalease who purchase the land and settled here)

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    It is a plain and simple military dictatership especially in the north and east to prop up this unpopular government.
    Rajiva is a shoddy apologist for this state of affairs,and he knows it.
    He is “singing for his supper”.

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    Rajiv, why not give up your Liberal camouflage and join the racists?

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      Capricon:
      You are mistaken. He never was a liberal. He always was a Rajapaksa crony and, therefore, a racist.
      Does that deal with your problem with this guy?

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    CT must take note that this readership-less “writer” has taken up a task to write his own book. The political machination series is just his attempt to publish chapter by chapter to get some publicity. later he will bind it all to add to the list of his publications. cheap trick. why not CT advise this unwelcome author to sum up all his “i told president such and such, but why he no listen to me?” and “dayan is awesome, so was tamara, i was their side kick, so me too awesome” pieces that he calls writings and tell him to put it online as a seperate book or even print it and publish it? then he will know how much is dearly read.

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    “Job cheat ‘professor’ arrested”

    The above is not you: Is it?

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    The bane of SL are the intellectuals as is evident from what this
    man writes. He should be ashamed when re reads the Comments here – no
    one is prepared to support his views. I guess he has a task to write
    in this manner at given intervals under the supervision of Gota!

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    Rajiva is a shameless apologist for the Rajapaksa regime who is trying here to justify the continued militarisation of the north and east. Military governors involved with civilian matters simply suggests military rule and nothing else. The LTTE threat is a convenient ruse to keep the military in these areas so that they could continue sinhalisation of tamil people’s lands and oppression of the Tamil people. Rajapaksa is determined to capture power in the northern province also by whatever means and the military is there to make sure that happens. Rajiva is fooling no one.

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    dude rajiva,

    i don’t read much of what you write. here is the last i read from your above rant:

    “LTTE sympathizers are still active elsewhere, as we can see from the determination not to condemn any acts of the LTTE – except only for the occasional general admission that both sides violated international norms, followed by a catalogue of what the forces are supposed to have done, with no specifics with regard to the LTTE.”

    it works like this: you say my boys did this and this rights violations then they are morally obliged to pick a few lines from your “catalogue” and say their boys did them!

    how dumb ageing can make a man! or is the learned professor trying to pretend to be a mentally retarded?

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    One thing Rajiv agrees. People of North will support rebellion because Sinhala racist governments will never address and solve th erightful aspitrations. Racist sinhala government will treat them badly and have to manage them millitarily. Racist Government has no other option

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