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Post-Geneva, Devolution To Be ‘Disappeared’

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The morning after Geneva, no more Mr. Nice Guy. The devolution of power, framed for ‘separatism’, is on a death-list for disappearance and elimination. Here’s the (triangulated) evidence.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has finally articulated a stand on devolution of power that places him on a collision course with his giant neighbour.

“He stressed the sovereignty of Sri Lanka will not be betrayed by allowing these countries to achieve their geopolitical needs by introducing separatism under the guise of power devolution. The President made these observations addressing the ‘Gama Samanga Pilisandara’ programme held at Pitabeddara earlier today (March 27).”

“…He noted that the sovereignty of Sri Lanka would not be betrayed by allowing other countries to achieve their geopolitical needs by introducing separatism under the guise of power devolution.” 

The President’s Media Division’s release reads:

“…We are not ready to bring back separatism in the name of devolution of power and betray our sovereignty to fulfill their political needs. The people of this country gave power to us to bring these basic things back on track.” 

The Sri Lankan polity and the international community must be most grateful to the President. These being his first public remarks on the Geneva vote, he ended any confusion as to whether he would respond realistically, by moderating his discourse and centering his course– or by doubling down. He doubled down, interpreting his mandate as including the rollback of devolution (“The people of this country gave power to us to bring these basic things back on track”). He’s going to the bitter end with his hardcore base, just like Trump.

The President’s remarks left little doubt as to whose ‘geopolitical needs’ he thought were to be served under the guise of devolution. He accused them of seeking to ‘bring back separatism’.

He overlooked the salient fact that separatism was not ‘brought’ in under the name or through the ‘guise’ of the devolution of power, but displaced federalism as a slogan in the 1970s, when devolution/autonomy had been thwarted for decades, since the coerced tearing-up of the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam Pact of 1957.

He left no doubt at all that he was hostile to the idea of devolution, which has bulked large in the UNHRC resolution as well as the official statements of India, made in Delhi, Colombo and Geneva.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa obviously doesn’t share the broadly held view the world over, that the devolution of power to ethnic minority areas, making for a measure of autonomy, is the best vaccine against separatism. Instead, he holds the opposite view that devolution of power is on a continuum with, and actually makes for, separatism. A reform which for Realists is the alternative to secessionism and thus the solution (or part of one), is for President GR, the stepping stone to secessionism and thus the problem (or part of it).

President GR perceives devolution and sovereignty as antinomian choices in a zero-sum game. He certainly didn’t inherit this opinion from his elder brother Mahinda, or his father, the right-hand man of SWRD Bandaranaike. The first attempt at the devolution of power was the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam Pact of 1957, and DA Rajapaksa was very much with Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike when the defeated UNP as well as the Buddhist clergy linked to ‘Sinhala Only’, took to the streets against it.

Paradoxically, President Gotabaya and his fellow ex-military brass seem to have got their views on devolution and the 13th amendment from Lalith Athulathmudali, the Oxford-educated, hawkish, pro-Israeli, Minister of National Security of the UNP government of President JR Jayewardene, at the time they served in the military.

The implications of the President’s hardened stand on devolution are three-fold:

1. So long as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in office there will be no implementation of the 13th amendment and the devolution of power envisaged in the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord. The Provincial Councils will be reduced to a mere facade: Viyathmaga’s Ven. Dr. Medagoda Abeytissa urged their abolition while Sinhala ultranationalist SLPP MP Gevindu Cumaratunga exhorted in Parliament that the system of PCs remain only as a developmental agency devoid of legislative power.

2. So long as the Tamils of Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka are denied devolved power, the Tamils of Southern India will be disaffected, potentially generating domestic geopolitical dissonance in India; extremism and restiveness in its Southern cone when it is facing a buildup by an axis of its rivals on its Northern tier. 

3. So long as devolution is unimplemented while Sri Lanka permits projects on its northernmost islands bordering India, which can be perceived as violation of the annexures of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord, and creates potentially dual-use (electronic intelligence) artificial islands thrusting into the Indian Ocean/Indo-Pacific, Delhi’s strategic ‘buffering’ gains of the Indo-Lanka Accord will be disintegrated.    

The President may think he’s imitating India on Article 370, but India has a secular Constitution and federal system of linguistic states. Given the glaring asymmetries of size, space and strength, President GR’s stand may turn out much more like the fatal abolition by the parliament of former Yugoslavia, of the autonomous status of the province of Kosovo.

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    If in Canada, there can be a French Quebec why can’t be there a North & Eastern Territory with a regional Government? The Canadian system would have sorted SL problem long time ago. The Indian government and the west aided GoSL to victory in the understanding the Tamils will be treated fairly by the Singhalese. They deceived them by not doing so. Time to put our house[country] in order. But it is not going to happen with the current government.

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      Canada is a very large and developed country. Not a model for small SL. Despite language differences, their main religion unifies them. Not so in SL.

      The Indian model better suits SL. Tamil Nadu language is only used in Tamil Nadu. Not in Gujarat for instance. SL should adopt the Indian model. 90% of world Tamils live under the Indian model and they are fine with it.

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      India and USA did not help SL in any way to beat Tamils in war. They disrupted the war. SL army won on their own accord with Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian and Israeli weapons purchased for cash.

      If USA really wanted to help SL they could have easily stopped LTTE funds collection in western countries and bombed LTTE ships. USA knew all this but did not stop. India stopped all weapons sales to SL, even to Tamil Karuna group.

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        Dayan, do you not see a parallel between Yugoslavia and Sri Lanka, where existing devolution was taken away resulting in split up of the country.

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          Dayan did you hear that Jaffna Municipal Council has formed an outfit of officers to enforce health and environmental issues. This is in keeping with 13th amendment which entitles provincial councils to exercise police powers. Solutions to problems will never materialize without precipitating a crisis. This is a brilliant move to check mate Sinhala racism, which northern provincial council failed to do, despite provision in the constitution.

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            Dr.GS
            A few chaps can wear some old LTTE uniforms and help to enforce health and environmental issues but there is nothing you can do to to cure the Tamil mind of the complex that Sinhala Buddhist environment is superior their own.
            .
            Sinhalese need not worry until you start doing something about THAT.

            Soma

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              Dr.GS
              Is “to enforce health and environmental issues ” another word for cleaning public toilets?

              Soma

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              Soma, Sinhalese have gone on a panic mode, by arresting the mayor. Enforcement officers of Colombo Municipality are also wearing similar uniform., but no action taken. Is this not a case of racial discrimination. This uniform is not the exclusive property of LTTE , as similar uniform is worn by police officers in several countries.

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                Dr.GS
                “Solutions to problems will never materialize without precipitating a crisis. “
                That is why they arrested the man. Implemented Sinhala only, Fought the war to end.

                Soma

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          In view of the EXISTING demographic distribution across the island with +50% of Tamils (Tamil speaking people) living outside North East there is NO conceivable model for political power distribution based on geographical units of devolution.
          .
          IT IS OF NO FAULT OF ANYONE THAT NO ONE HAS EVER PRESENTED A DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR DISCUSSION (NOW THAT WE HAVE COMPLETED ONE ROUND OF WAR AND WOUNDS OF TAMIL SEPARATISTS ARE HEALING)

          Soma

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            Soma it is very easy to solve. If plantation areas are annexed to Tamil homeland, then 90% of Tamils will be in that unit. If Sinhalese are intransigent this will happen.

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              GS
              Do you have the foggiest idea of the geography of the “plantation areas”?
              Do you know the Tamil population of N&E now, and where the rest of the N&E Tamils live now?
              *
              Choose one of your favourite adjectives to aptly describe your suggestion.

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              Dr.GS
              One good idea from Tamil intelligentsia.
              Connecting air space can be negotiated.
              India and UN can bear the cost of an overhead bridge.
              I wish to see more proposals on table.
              Earlier I said NO ONE HAS EVER PRESENTED A DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR DISCUSSION.
              .
              For the first time someone has come up with a proposal which can satisfy political aspirations of at least 90% of Tamils.
              Next step is to present your idea to TNA and discuss with Muslim Congress.
              Don’t waste time.
              As far as Sinhalese are concerned they are strongly opposed to any Tamils ( that particularly includes those who practise Islam ) living in Sinhala majority provinces.
              I acknowledge that Tamils feel the same.
              Some Tamils in plantation areas can be exchanged for the Sinhalese settled in Tamil majority provinces.

              Soma

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                Dr.GS
                Your acknowledgement that NE Ealam doesn’t solve the problem is the most valuable contribution coming from a most educated Tamil. Let us move forward together.

                Soma

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      “…He noted that the sovereignty of Sri Lanka would not be betrayed by allowing other countries to achieve their geopolitical needs by introducing separatism under the guise of power devolution”
      Ah, but this is a land like no other. Everything is subject to change. Nandasena the paranoid loose cannon may hurl furious threats , but when the string tightens around his reproductive apparatus, he will get his Foreign Secretary to re-translate it into something innocuous.

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        old codger

        “…. he will get his Foreign Secretary to re-translate it into something innocuous.”

        You mean he will get Secretary to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Admiral Jayanath Colombage to beg Hindia not to abandon them.

        India cannot abandon us: Sri Lanka
        The Hindu
        27 February 2021

        Do you really think he needs his reproductive apparatus?

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          Native,
          “Do you really think he needs his reproductive apparatus?”
          We must be careful with words. CT has got a new set of moderators.

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          NV
          “Do you really think he needs his reproductive apparatus?”
          I think yes.
          If the backs of Tamil separatists starts itching again.

          Soma

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      ‘But it is not going to happen with the current government.’

      It is not going to happen under any government. Devolution leads to demands for independence. Look at Scotland and Wales, the break up of the UK is on the cards. ‘It’s for the people of Scotland to decide our future, not Boris Johnson’ – Nicola Sturgeon.

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        Svenson the black Sinhalese Viking. What an odd name. So what if they separate? They were separate nations at one time and unlike the immature and largely racist Sinhalese who are fed with silly myths, that the land only belongs to them, the English majority are very sophisticated and mature and will accept this. Wales will not separate but Scotland may , as it has large territory almost 30% of Britain’s landmass despite having 5% of its population and can exist by itself. Like the Tamils of Eelam, it has a long history as a separate nation from the English from ancient pre Roman times and only got joined with England and Wales due to the ascension of James 1 of England and Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots

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          Similarly the Sinhalese have never ruled the Tamils from the North and East of the island, on the contrary it was Tamil kings and dynasties that largely ruled the so called Sinhalese kingdoms. This is the reason most Sinhalese upper castes are of South Indian Tamil descent. It was the British who united the then separate Tamil lands with the Sinhalese lands down south to create a new colony called Ceylon now called Sri Lanka in 1833 and then gave the entire island to the Sinhalese, which they had no right to and left in 1948. So other than what the British did in 1833 and in 1948, what right do you Sinhalese have to claim sovereignty over the Eelam Tamils and their land in the north and east as yours and prevent us from separating or self determining. If you had historically ruled us and our lands and were the subjects of the Sinhalese, before European colonisation then it is another story but we were not. It was largely the other way around. Even the so called Tamil Sinhalese Kandyan kingdom that under the rule of Tamil kings loosely ruling the southern parts of the Tamil eastern provinces after the fall of the Jaffna kingdom for some time does not make this legitimate, as the eastern chiefs and the kings of Kandy were all Tamil.

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            Rohan25,
            Who taught you the history of Sinhale, the Land of Sinhala people who evolved in this country and speak a unique language called Sinhala? Tell him/her to buy the text books on history of Sinhale/Sri Lanka published by the Department of Education and throw away the history books written by Tamils that contain distorted history of Sinhale.
            —-
            “Similarly the Sinhalese have never ruled the Tamils from the North and East of the island, on the contrary it was Tamil kings and dynasties that largely ruled the so called Sinhalese kingdoms.”

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              Eagle,
              Rohan is right. Most of the kings were of South Indian descent. Sinhalayo never ruled the island. Read the Mahavamsa. That is, if someone taught you to read.

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                Old Codger,

                “Most of the kings were of South Indian descent. Sinhalayo never ruled the island.”

                If Sinhalayo never ruled the island, the dominant language would be Tamil. Common sense eludes the Eelamist mind.

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                  Yes even the British ruled the island and so did the Portuguese and Dutch rule most of the island. Yet English, Portuguese or Dutch did not replace Sinhalese or Tamil . The language of the rulers and masses can be very different. At one time French speaking Normans were ruling Anglo Saxon or English speaking England. Similarly mostly Tamil speaking rulers were ruling Sinhalese speaking lands and later Portuguese , Dutch and English speaking rulers were ruling Sinhalese and Tamil speaking lands and many other lands too. Sinhalese was always the dominant language in the Southern, Western and Central parts of the island but not in the entire island. Tamil had always been the dominant language in the north and east and is still the dominant language in all eight districts of the North and East and now even in the central Nuwara Eliya district. Remember the Sinhalese only became a huge majority due to the assimilation of hundreds of thousands of immigrant South Indian indentured labour in to the Sinhalese identity .These people only arrived in the island a few centuries ago, during the Portuguese and Dutch era. Hope this fact that has eluded you brings some peace to your mind.

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                  Lester,
                  Perhaps you don’t know that even Parakrama Bahu was of Indian descent. Don’t embarrass yourself in public. Go read the Mahavamsa.

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                O.c.
                That is the way to happiness.
                I am happy to see someone happy.

                Soma

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              EE, “Who taught you the history of Sinhale, the Land of Sinhala people who evolved in this country and speak a unique language called Sinhala?”
              Why does Sinhale speak Sinhala? Seems lost the plot. That is progressive manufacturing of Data for manipulation of end results
              “Tell him/her to buy the text books on history of Sinhale/Sri Lanka published by the Department of Education”
              Doctored over a period of time for last 70 years by the Sinhalese government. Also to Boot the directive of a then Boot licking Minister of the Madam (1st woman prime Minister of the world to abandon teaching history as a subject in schools fearing that the youth will have to be taught of the Massacre and genocide of 1971 insurgents).
              “and throw away the history books written by Tamils that contain distorted history of Sinhale”. Beg your pardon EE, their are proud and leaned Sinhala Historians, who seem to have a different view. For instance, Our Heritage by S. F. De Silva in English and translated to Sinhala/Tamil as part of the school curriculum in the 1950’s.
              I respectfully disagree with you on that issue. The truth is the other way around. Wrong call.

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      Nman,

      North and East combined territory no way. It will never happen. Treating Tamils fairly does not means devolution of power to a combined North East. I have moved with the embassies in Colombo and I know this as a fact.

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        To move with embassies, since you are not a politician, diplomat or journalist, you must be their lavatory cleaner.

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          RP might have moved moved with embassies.

          Even cleaners have eyes and ears, and mind you many of the intelligence moles permeates the target organisations through these sort of jobs or roles.

          Firstly, RP does not get a simple fact that what ever embassies said by mouth, however high embassies authorities are, must be taken with pinch of salt.

          Further, whether RP understood the intention of whatever embassies said is another question.

          Essentially, reading state of mind (i.e. the actual intention and meaning) is very difficult just by discussion or conversation.

          Sori Sinhalam not only violate but completely abrogate written understanding, the Sori Sinhalam think what ever said by mouth as it understood can be held on to.

          Usual Sori Sinhalam drama, like what happened in the recent Mrs. Sri Lanka contest.

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        RAVI PERERA
        the Sinhala speaking Demela

        “North and East combined territory no way.”

        How about North East and Tamil Nadu combined territory?
        Little islanders don’t get to decide it.

        Please confirm it with your mates at the high commission when you go there to have your Onion pakoda and masala tea next time.

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          NV
          How about all your reluctant relatives back into that territory as Rohingyas?

          You think the little islanders are intelligent enough to refrain from that.

          You clever guys must learn a lesson from that gentle Indian Prime Minister Shashtri if you have an iota of love for your +50 brothern trapped outside that territory. Didn’t he want to give an opportunity to the estate Tamils to live back in their motherland as equal citizens in an environment of their own language, religion and culture among their kith and kin?
          Native, why don’t you visit the tea estates for once.

          Soma

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      Naman,
      Why should Sinhalayo who evolved in Sinhale and developed the country from scratch give part of their country to ‘Paradeshi’ people brought by colonial rulers to work for them and abandoned in their country?

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        ‘Paradeshi’ are people who descended from those cast away on a boat from Kalinga, go read your Mahavansa, Dumb Eagle!

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        Eagle fool

        You bloody Bangladeshi paradeshi piss off back to your hell hole the beggar land Bangladesh from where your fore bear Vijaya came from. Eelam is a Part Of Tamil nation which straddles the seas between South India and the Island of Eelam.

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        EE, “Why should Sinhalayo who evolved in Sinhale and developed the country from scratch”
        You mean that, The Son of the King, who was the Son of the Lion, who was made “Persona Non Grata”, by the father King, due to his inhuman attitudes and morale did a favour to the then existing Kingdom of Queen Kuveni, to “develop it from scratch”. You mean the “Usurpers and traitors”. Probably they did, one of them is clearly accepted. Raise inhabitants by his relationship with Kuveni and the 700 consorts imported from the South Indian Chola, Pandya heritage, to become this blessed Resplendent and Devine country, renown for unlimited killing for expression of dissent. Not by all, but by a significant parcel of the progeny.

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      Naman,
      In Sinhale/Ceylon/Sri Lanka, Dravida invaders tried to do exactly what European invaders did in Canada; wipe out Native people and grab their land. From 3rd Century BC Dravidians invaded Sinhale 52 times before 1505 but Native Sinhalayo chased them away. Unfortunately, the Native people in Canada could not do that.
      After Sinhale gained Independence, Dravidians brought to this country by colonial rulers made another attempt to wipe out Native Sinhalayo and grab their land but that attempt was also foiled by Sinhalayo. The Sri Lanka Armed Forces and Sinhalyo went through hell and made enormous sacrifices to protect their country from the 53rd Dravida invasion. Dravidians who got defeated are wasting their time talking about ‘Thamilizh Eelam’ ‘Traditional Homeland’, ‘Tamil Areas’, ‘Tamil Land’, ‘Devolution of power’, ‘Sinhala colonization in North East’. Now these things are irrelevant.
      —-
      “If in Canada, there can be a French Quebec why can’t be there a North & Eastern Territory with a regional Government?”

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        Naman
        Is there anything you can do to to cure the Tamil mind of the complex that Sinhala Buddhist environment is superior their own?
        .
        Sinhalese need not worry until you guys start doing something about THAT.

        Soma

    • 0
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      The French Quebec was there because it was annexed in the process of a British conquest of French territory.
      The real national question is not about recent migrants either.
      The true owners of the land have been marginalized for centuries.
      The First Nations are asserting their rights and the movement is gathering momentum. Will the immigrant nationalities defend their cause?

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      Naman
      “But it is not going to happen with the current government”
      A temporary relief for the Tamils living outside North East.

      Soma

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    “…We are not ready to bring back separatism in the name of devolution of power and betray our sovereignty to fulfill their political needs. The people of this country gave power to us to bring these basic things back on track.” “…

    Excellent. This is the exact mandate handed to Gothabaya – prevent separatism at any cost. The UNHRC resolution is a loaded gun. First will come the so-called “investigations”, then the “recommendations” of the “international experts” and finally some pressure towards appeasement in the form of devolution. It looks like the efforts of the Tamil diaspora have failed yet again. By going forward with this resolution, they have pushed Gotha into a corner. He is on the defensive and will not budge.

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      I wonder why these super-patriots are so fixated on words like “separatism”?
      It seems that separatism in their puny minds is worse than murder and child abuse put together. That’s probably why they justify murder to prevent it.
      Just in case some idiot is about to accuse me of being a separatist, I am not. But, as in the case of divorce, I understand why people might resort to it.
      As in a marriage, the solution is to fix the underlying problems, not use legalistic arguments to deny that they exist. The day that a Buddhist monk is arrested for publicly questioning the ethnicity or religion of an aspirant to public office will be the day that separatism starts to die.

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      Lester,
      “…appeasement in the form of devolution.”
      —-
      When low caste Tamils in Yapanaya say we do not want devolution, the whole thing will get bogged down.
      Go to You Tube and listen to what Arun Siddharth say.

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        EE
        What do you have against Dalits?
        Why do you repeatedly use the term “low caste” to describe them, when they fully reject its use.
        Are you deep down with the worst caste-ridden reactionaries?

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          The guy has never had anything sensible to say, like being tied to a pole he just keeps going in the same old circular mode.

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        Eagle Fool

        Sinhalayas are the low caste Tamils , no wonder you have an inferiority complex about the Tamils.

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      Lester
      What you are trying to say is, the Sri Lankan government and its leader should not and will not budge to International pressure/interference. As a first step, withdraw immediately from United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and tell India to roll up their Indo-Lanka pact and stick it up their … Also, tell UN, UK, US, EU and India to go to hell. Excellent, this is the exact mandate handed to him by the majority in order to prevent separatism.

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        Lanka Canuck,

        What I am saying is the Tamil diaspora should give up with these resolutions, as Gotha will never give in. They even recruited Lasantha’s daughter to make Gotha look bad before the elections. The losers at the end are actually the Tamils, as GOSL “doubles down” on militarisation of the North and East. Any kind of sanction or international pressure will increase the level of nationalism, leading to the election of future hardliners/Gothabaya’s.

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          Lester
          Why should the Tamil diaspora give up when the UN, UK, US, EU and India are in their favor? The more and more hardline the GOSL takes against the Tamils and “doubles down” on militarization of the North and East, the international pressure/interference will increase or rather “doubles down”.
          Remember, the East Bengal or East Pakistan was not known as Bangladesh, a separate nation or even a nationality by anybody in this world until India intervened and made them a country. No state (country) on this planet has designated South Sudanese as a nation until UN intervened and made it a separate country. All nations (separate countries) that have come into being in recent years following the United Nations intervention and referendums such as ‘Kosovo’, ‘East Timor’, ‘Montenegro’ and so on were NEVER recognized by any state/country or international organization in this world as a separate nation or nationality until they were established as separate countries.
          The Sri Lankan Tamils had and still have a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory in the North & East of Sri Lanka where they lived for several centuries as a separate nation with their own language, religion and culture. Even Dr. Colvin R de Silva recognized the two nations in the country (Sinhalese & Tamils) when he said, “one language two nations, two languages one nation”.

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            Lanka Canuck,

            You are joking if you think UN can create a fake state in Sri Lanka. UN could not prevent USA from illegally invading Iraq. UN is just a proxy for Western countries. USA has no interest in Sri Lanka, since Sri Lanka does not have petrochemical resources. Even Trincomalee Harbor is of little use to spy on China, since the US already has thousands of soldiers in Pakistan, Korea and Japan. USA invaded Iraq to steal their oil. USA is staying in Northern part of Syria to steal their oil also. USA has sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, as these countries are major oil producers. Afghanistan is very rich in minerals. Can you see the pattern now?

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              Lester,

              You must be talking through your hat. Looks like you cannot see beyond your nose. LOL!

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                If the Indo-Lanka pact is in ‘favor’ of Tamils, why are they still holding on to it? Why cannot the GOSL withdraw or cancel the Indo-Lanka pact? If the UN is in ‘favor’ of the Tamils, why cannot the GOSL withdraw from UNHRC just like what US did during Trump’s presidency? Why are they still with UNHRC?

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              Lester,

              Do you not think in the immediate presence of State if India Sori Sinhala independent State is indeed a fake State construction.

              Hindia had finally put the fake image of separate and independent Island State to the rest in 1987.

              Most of the Sinhalese and even Tamils do not know that it was on Mount Batten’s personal plea appeal (and of course not by Sinhala’s persuasion) finally Nehru agreed to provide resemblance of independent and separate State to the Island. It may well be Mount Batten’s being also the unofficial wife of Nehru might have smoothed Mount Batten’s personal plea.

              It is true UN alone cannot achieve anything, and of course there would be no UN without those Western powers.

              US has very big in the Island and it so far went along with Hindia’s line, which brought the Chinese to the so called Indian ocean geographical pivot, which Hindia cannot do anything about unless by force.

              Now, BJP juggernaut is rolling out the avalanche of Akand Bharat, to which if the current image of Nehru’s congress say no it will be history.

              The first causality of Akand Bharat will be the appearance of what left of independent and separate Sori Sinhala State, politically, militarily and above all geographically.

              When Biken say justice has to be upheld in the Island, the connotation is very deep.

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                One thing I missed is that whether one agrees with Akand Bharat or not altogether a different question.

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                KA,

                It is just the wish of separatists that SL is divided along ethnic lines by some outside power. One separatist on this website even compared SL to Yugoslavia. The fact is, SLA is battle hardened and battle tested after 30 years. The SLA can easily defeat the Indian Army, excluding the use of nuclear weapons. The Indian Army cannot even defeat militants in Kashmir or protects its borders from China. If the Indian Army is this weak, India cannot dictate terms to any other country. The only reason India has not already been overrun by China or Pakistan are its nuclear weapons.

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          What you said is already happening in the call for Sinhale, Sinhala language only etc. by bald headers.

          This is actually at Gota’s instigation. The politics of it you had already said.

          However, there is one more politics in that.

          It will be soon from Sinhale to Chinkale.

          The Chinese will be ecstatic that the derogatory reference for Chinese is another State’s name.

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        If the government does that, who will fill our begging bowl?

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          Who is begging at Geneva? Check TamiNet for daily begging update.

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            Lester

            “Check TamiNet for daily begging update.”

            Is Tamilnet your favourite website catering you on international affairs?
            Brilliant choice.

            “Who is begging at Geneva?”

            Hope India votes in favour of Sri Lanka at UNHRC: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage – India Today 01/03/2021

            ‘India First Approach’- Interview With Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8w6DfoLMmE

            Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage yesterday confirmed that India has assured Sri Lanka of its support to protect the country’s sovereignty during the UNHRC sessions. – Daily news 18/03/2021

            India cannot abandon us: Sri Lanka – Secretary to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Hindu 26 Feb 2021

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              Vedda,

              Those are just diplomatic maneuvers. Remember, before “Nanthikadal”, your heroes were doing a lot of maneuvering to force Mahinda to back down. But no one came to help. At the end, they came out waving white flags like shy schoolgirls.

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              Sri Lanka is begging even Bangladesh for currency swap. Bangladesh has 70 billion dollars in reserve, while Sri Lanka does not have even 5 billion dollars. Sri Lanka received 5 billion worth of military equipment from Pakistan, when Pakistan is bankrupt. Sri Lanka will next beg Somalia, the most failed state in the world.

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                By looking at how things are happening in ‘Buddhist’ Sri Lanka with 2500 years of history and heritage, it seems Gautama Buddha gave all his wisdom to others and gave his begging bowl to the Sinhala Buddhists, or rather the Sinhala Buddhists have taken only Buddha’s begging bowl leaving the rest to others, that’s why they have been begging every country on earth for loans and aid. They are not only begging the West but also China, India and now Bangladesh for loans, aid, and grants.

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    Sri Lankan voters must decide devolution or not. It is an internal decision.

    Just put 13A to a referendum. Why fear voters?

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      GATAM

      Yes, the 13A is for the North & East. Have a referendum in the N&E. Let the people of N&E decide.

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        GATAM, Sri Lanka does not fear voters, but is mortally scared of India. Since 13th amendment has been approved by UNHCR, it will be implemented militarily.

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        Indeed, 13A was aimed at addressing the rights of Tamil speaking people of the N&E, in fact it ought to have been an asymmetrical devolution arrangement! Referendum, if any, is to be had it should be confined to the Tamil speaking people of N&E, period.

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        If the recollection is correct, the famous talks with Indian government by SL in Delhi, Mangalore, Bangalore and Chennai in circa 1984/87, post the failed Thimpu talks, evolved the 13th amendment – which was devolution of Powers to Regions (NE first),
        JRJ/LA/GD the 3 senior SL politicians (Not RP) who were involved claiming that devolution can be entertained but it cannot be confined to the N&E provinces only as it may be deemed discriminator. Others to must enjoy devolution by those exalted and enlightened “TRIO”. They wanted devolution to all the people, thru’ the DDC, which India struck off, first of all as not meaningful, in the circumstances.
        The TRIO, then suggested the 9 Provinces as the unit and not the North east as separate Region, that became ultimately the 13th Amendment as it stands now and the devolution to the Provinces – by the Provincial Councils act of 1987.
        It is therefore, manufactured lie or concoction that the 13th amendment was thrust by India at gun point and Parrippu Drop.
        The Parrippu Drop and the overflight was to signal that the SL refusal to accept the food to the NE citizens being starved by the Govt. embargo.

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    Paradoxically, President and his fellow ex-military brass seem to have got their views on devolution and the 13th amendment from Prof. Nalin de Silva.

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    This trait of Mr. Lanka will keep his reign short. When he gets angry he ends up admitting to killings, kidnapping and torture. When drubbed in Geneva, he refuses any reconciliation, there by letting others know it was never in his agenda. What Lankans consider as strength is nothing but childish behaviour. A mix of oppositional defiance and passive aggressiveness. He cannot be a politician other than head of a junta helped by racist monks/community. Putin just announced that he owns Russia until 2036 (why not after???). Either way the end dosent look any good (internal or international ). So just get used to it.

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    Gota has no option other than to fully depend on Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism. He is prepared to make the whole world except China as enemies of Sri Lanka. From the day 1 he took the power, he decided to eliminate Mahinda Rajapaksa from the politics. Now he has eliminated Srisena from the politics. He eliminated those Muslim politicians who were in support of Mahinda and Ranil. He completely ignored Tamils and Tamil politicians. He confirmed that he has two faces and now he has gone back to his monster face. He brought the country under his and his military rule. In other words, he is in the process of creating Buddhist Sinhala only country (“Sinhale”) with only for Buddhists.
    However, creation of “Sinhale” for China means there is a necessity to create another country for others by the world. There is no alternative other than this. Sovereignty

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      “In other words, he is in the process of creating Buddhist Sinhala only country (“Sinhale”) with only for Buddhists.”

      If the country had only Buddhists and Christians, it will develop very quickly. Look at Korea (Buddhist/Christian/Confucian), Japan (Buddhist), China (Buddhist/Confucian). Buddhism is inherently atheist, therefore, there is no compulsion to convert others or perform daily useless rituals. A study in the UK found that people who watch the most TV are twice as likely to have poor mental functioning. Religions that emphasize performing the same rituals over and over again have a similar effect. Why do you think East Asians are so successful compared to Indians? India cannot even achieve 1/3 of China’s accomplishments, because the people are stuck with a backwards caste mentality.
      Unfortunately, Gota has no mandate to create a Sinhala only country. Because of Budhdism, this country has been welcoming invaders for two millennia. Going forward, SL will have to find a way to integrate the ethnic minorities. Integration is different from separatism.

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        Lester,
        “Religions that emphasize performing the same rituals over and over again have a similar effect. “
        Does your punditry have an explanation for tree-worshipping, Pirith as a Covid cure, child monks, not killing cattle but only humans, etc?

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          O.c.
          He doesn’t have to exercise his punditry as we have inherited the whole package from our ancestral motherland.

          Soma

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            Soma,
            A little secret that Lester doesn’t know. East Asians are better at everything than South Asians because they eat beef.

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              You could be right, seriously.

              Soma

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            soman

            “…….. as we have inherited the whole package from our ancestral motherland.”

            True including your stupid gene as well from your ancestral motherland in South India.

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        Lester

        “If the country had only Buddhists and Christians, it will develop very quickly. Look at Korea (Buddhist/Christian/Confucian), Japan (Buddhist), China (Buddhist/Confucian).”

        Japan has been practicing other religions such as Shinto, Christianity, Confucianism, Ryukyuan, Ainu folk religion, …..

        I wonder whether you sleep type …..

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        But you and most Chingkallams have not developed. All your posts prove this

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    Sorry, I couldn’t finish it.
    “Sovereignty does not stop creating another country for the people who are in need of Sovereignty”.
    Possible outcome: “Sinhale” under military rule Buddhist Sinhala with the border of a newly created Nation under democracy.

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    Gota is so dumb that he cannot understand that any small country taking on a giant neighbor will be in trouble. There are several examples in the world for him to learn from.

    But he and the dumbos around him including the bhikkus have learning difficulties.

    Cyprus, Georgia and Ukraine come to mind as striking examples. Sinhalese Buddhist hubris seems to be blinding them before the fall.

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      “Gota is so dumb that he cannot understand that any small country taking on a giant neighbor will be in trouble.”

      If that country is India, no problem. India is only a giant in corruption and poverty. When IPKF soldiers came to Sri Lanka, they were shocked by the rate of high development. They asked the Tamils in the North, “what are you fighting for?” I read this in a book by Hoole.

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        Lester,
        “If that country is India, no problem. India is only a giant in corruption and poverty.”When IPKF soldiers came to Sri Lanka, they were shocked by the rate of high development.”
        Empty Sinhala Buddhist rhetoric as usual. Perhaps you could explain why the LKR is only worth one-third of an Indian Rupee today while in 1987 it was worth 2 Indian Rupees?

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    I hope South Block has taken cognize of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s rhetoric seriously. Gotabaya lived 10 years in the US, but he did not learn anything or forget anything from that country.
    His remarks at Matara were certainly addressed directly to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Dr.S.Jaishankar told Sri Lanka that it has to choose between “Support for Sri Lanka’s unity and territorial integrity is CONDITIONED by an abiding commitment to the aspirations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka for equality, justice, peace and dignity.”
    But Sri Lanka’s rulers are not listening. What next? Annexe Northeast as a Union Territory. Today, Sri Lanka poses a security threat to India’s southern flank!
    India then repeated the same message in a pre-vote statement prior to the vote on Resolution 46/1 on 23 March 2021. It said: “India’s approach to the question of human rights in Sri Lanka is guided by two fundamental considerations. One is our support to the Tamils in Sri Lanka for equality, justice, dignity and peace. The other is in ensuring the unity, stability and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. We have always believed that these two goals are MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE and Sri Lanka’s progress is best assured by simultaneously addressing both objectives.”

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      Those with anything between their ears and wisdom would have got the message and there are those who have neither and thus choose to ignore it, only to regret their folly later.

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      “I hope South Block has taken cognize of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s rhetoric seriously. “

      Oh please, at the least part of the south block, RAW, Hindian establishment, anti-Tamil Tamil and other Brahmins are already thinking how to smoothly facilitate, aid, abet the dismantling of the so called mere skeleton of 13 pubic hair on the paper, and firmly establish the Island as Theravada Sinhala Buddhist ghetto.

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