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Post-P2P, Pre-Geneva: The GR Regime’s Zero-Option Offer To The Tamils 

By Dayan Jayatilleka 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Prof Rohan Gunaratna has long been a confidant of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It is a relationship that goes back at least to the second-term of MR, though the latter did not give him the access to, let alone influence in the policy making process, especially the foreign-policy making process, that the (then) Secretary/Defense had suggested. 

In 2018, Gotabaya Rajapaksa held a very successful second annual convention of the Viyathmaga at the Shangri-la hotel. Prof Gunaratna was the key speaker on foreign policy. 

Given that relations with India are in a fluid situation, Tamil politics including in Tamil Nadu are at an inflection point, and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is facing a challenge in Geneva, it is of quite considerable importance to read the collective mind of the Gotabaya regime, through the recent statement of Prof Rohan Gunaratna, in a Sunday Observer interview of February 14th 2021.      

Let me reproduce the relevant section in extenso and then take a closer look at it.

“…The background to the Accord was India providing sanctuary, financing, arming, training, and directing the LTTE. With India compelling Sri Lanka to sign the Accord, the government faced an insurrection in the south. The unhappiness was reflected when a naval rating hit Rajiv Gandhi nearly assassinating him.

The LTTE assassinated Gandhi after returning to violence having reneged on the Agreement. The reality in Sri Lanka is that any Government devolving powers to the North and East will be toppled. The historical experience is that devolution of power to the provinces will be exploited by the separatists to secede.

Tamil politicians both TNA and others are not trusted. They are either associated with the LTTE international network or with India. In February 2016, the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran sought India’s direct intervention in the complete implementation of the Amendment.

Having suffered from Indian covert assistance to the LTTE and five other terrorist groups, Sri Lankans detested Indian intervention. Although India is unlikely to rearm the LTTE, Sri Lankans are suspicious of Indian designs especially, in the north and the east.

Increasingly, an opinion is building in Sri Lanka to abrogate the 13th Amendment along the lines of India revoking the special status, or limited autonomy, granted under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir—a region administered by India as a state which consists of the larger part of Kashmir and which has been the subject of dispute among India, Pakistan, and China since 1947.

On August 5, 2019, the Government of India, cut off communication lines in the Kashmir Valley, a region gripped by a prolonged separatist terrorism and insurgency. Kashmiri politicians were taken into custody, including the former chief minister.

The Government is aware of the LTTE planning to harness the political freedoms in the north and the east and subvert the Tamil community. If there is a revival of the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Government will not hesitate to move in this direction.

The current strategy by the separatists is to masquerade as human rights activists and provoke Government overreaction. As such, the Government did not respond decisively to the P2P protest. However, having witnessed the detrimental impact of the protest, the Government will no longer permit a similar episode as it compromises the hard-won stability and security.

The Government is also aware of the LTTE working both on the political and terrorist fronts. In addition to plotting intermittent attacks, the LTTE network overseas is building a support infrastructure in the north and the east.

After the military defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, Sri Lankans are unwilling to devolve land, police and financial powers to the provinces. The structure implemented in the North and the East should be acceptable to all parts of the country.”

(Permitting religious cults is dangerous – Prof. Gunaratna | Sunday Observer)

Unpacked, what does this mean? 

“…The background to the Accord was India providing sanctuary, financing, arming, training, and directing the LTTE…”

That is only partly true. “The background to the sanctuary, financing, arming, training and directing the LTTE” was the anti-Tamil pogrom of July’83, of which Prof Gunaratna makes no mention here. As for “directing the LTTE”, any Tamil belonging to the senior generation of the armed movement knows that the LTTE was the organization that received the least Indian training and was least penetrated by, let alone directed by India, if only because Prabhakaran was very careful not to permit it. This is why the IPKF knew little about the LTTE because the RAW had no control over it and not as much actual knowledge of its workings as it thought. Prabhakaran wiped out the TELO in 1986, accusing it of being India’s proxy. In short, India and the LTTE were not on a continuum as Prof Gunaratna implies.

“The reality in Sri Lanka is that any Government devolving powers to the North and East will be toppled.” 

This is untrue. Governments not only devolved power but had an elected Provincial Council in the North and East and was not toppled. Certainly, Mahinda Rajapaksa was not defeated electorally for that reason. It is true that an excess of devolution would topple a government, which is what happened with Yahapalanaya and the new post-unitary Constitution project. 

But that is not what Rohan Gunaratna says. He says “any government devolving powers…” This means any degree of devolution is taboo. This clearly means that the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Presidency will not devolve power to the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils. Prof Gunaratna clearly does not care how this may play in Chennai and Delhi. He obviously discounts the question as to whether a government should risk the blowback.

He then says “The historical experience is that devolution of power to the provinces will be exploited by the separatists to secede.” What? Where? When? Whom? He does not say. The bulk of the evidence, from Canada through Switzerland to India and South Africa, is to the contrary. In most cases, secession is deterred or deferred precisely by the devolution of power. What matters though is that this line, by itself or taken together with one that preceded it, tells us and the world that any kind of devolution to the provinces is ruled out by the Gotabaya camp.

Prof. Gunaratna tars the TNA and Tamil politicians. “Tamil politicians both TNA and others are not trusted. They are either associated with the LTTE international network or with India.” This means that in the collective mind of the GR camp, being “associated with the LTTE international network” is on the same footing as being associated “with India”. This is indicative that India is seen as an enemy, just as is the LTTE. 

This also means that in the minds of the GR camp’s thinkers, Sampanthan, Sumanthiran, Rasamanikkam etc. are not legitimate players because they are hooked up with either the LTTE or India. 

What this really means is that there will be no political process, no political negotiation, no political dialogue, still less political settlement, with the TNA or Tamil politicians, so long as the GR regime is in power—because there are no legitimate interlocutors on the Tamil side. 

One notes that Prof Gunaratna does not mention as exceptions, Douglas Devananda, Karuna Amman or Pillaiyan, despite the fact that they are allies of the government. Is it because none of them are willing to renounce the principle of devolution, the 13th amendment and the Indo-Lanka Accord?

Prof. Gunaratna gives a clear signal as to what comes next. “Increasingly, an opinion is building in Sri Lanka to abrogate the 13th Amendment along the lines of India revoking the special status, or limited autonomy, granted under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir…”

So, the new Constitution that the Gotabaya regime is drafting will unilaterally slash the 13th amendment and reduce the quantum of devolution, if any power is devolved. This may not await a new Constitution. The regime may move an amendment in Parliament which will probably secure a two-thirds majority, and if the courts hold that a referendum is necessary, carry the referendum too. 

Prof. Gunaratna makes amply clear that another P2P will not be permitted and that if it is repeated or anything like it undertaken, the regime will crack down hard: 

“Kashmiri politicians were taken into custody, including the former chief minister. The Government is aware of the LTTE planning to harness the political freedoms in the north and the east and subvert the Tamil community. If there is a revival of the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Government will not hesitate to move in this direction. The current strategy by the separatists is to masquerade as human rights activists and provoke Government overreaction. As such, the Government did not respond decisively to the P2P protest. However, having witnessed the detrimental impact of the protest, the Government will no longer permit a similar episode as it compromises the hard-won stability and security.”

In short, there will no longer be space for peaceful civic protest. If undertaken it will be met with repression. 

Either the regime does not care that this may trigger violent protest if not revive terrorism, or it is hopeful that it will!  

Prof Rohan Gunaratna’s bottom-line can be credibly taken as the Gotabaya presidency’s bottom-line: “After the military defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, Sri Lankans are unwilling to devolve land, police and financial powers to the provinces.”

Police powers are controversial and can be introduced in phases, linked to the behavior of the Provincial Council, but what meaning can devolution possibly have without some substantive measure of the devolution of land and financial powers to the provinces?

Since the 13th amendment already devolves such powers to the provinces, does Gunaratna’s disclosure not indicate that these powers will be revoked? If they are, what will remain as the residue? 

Is this not unilateralism, given that a bilateral accord, whatever its historical context, exists, as guarantee of such devolution?    

What will be the response of the Tamils, India and the world community at large?

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  • 15
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    “Having suffered from Indian covert assistance to the LTTE and five other terrorist groups, Sri Lankans detested Indian intervention.
    *
    “Was not DJ a member of the Indian-backed Provincial Government of one of those terrorist groups?

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      S.J,
      D.J knows that most Sri Lankans can’t remember anything beyond 3 weeks.

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        old codger

        I have a nagging question.
        Sadhasivam Durairaj the automobile engineer at Mahindra Ideal Lanka Pvt Ltd. (MILPL) his job and heading back to India. He believes the Sri Lankan plant is capable of running its operations with Sri Lankan technicians.

        Do you think the plant will survive without foreign hands?
        Given Gota’s arbitrary ban on imports do you think Gota’s enforcer Kamal (Chief Economic advisor) would allow Ideal Lanka to import necessary components, machinery, parts, .. to keep the assembly line going as the factory is capable of producing 5,000 cars per year.

        SJ and Wimal could assist Kamal in these matters as Mao’s merry men did in the 1970s, forced frugal living for the poor.

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          Native,
          I think Durairaj could read the writing on the wall. He knows quite well that a plant assembling expensive SUV’s won’t go very far. It must be a plan to supply MP’s with allegedly locally made vehicles.

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        SJ/OC,

        DJ is quoting from Rohan Gunaratna, and those are not DJ’s words.

        I don’t know why Singapore takes RG seriously. He didn’t have an undergraduate degree, having probably failed to gain any admission to universities in Sri Lanka. He benefited from patronage by JRJ, having served him as an assistant in writing a book or so.
        Of course he later studied about ‘terrorism’ in the West.

        But dropping names of militants and ‘terrorists’ is not scholarship. Calling him a professor is a travesty. RG is just a hardline Sinhalese nationalist without any serious thinking or scholarly contributions. DJ maintains formality in calling him a professor, but he is right in his criticism of RG’s hawkish views.

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          OC
          The thumbs down tend to suggest that you are right.
          Agnos
          True.
          But I simply drew attention to an interesting bit of text. I did not attribute it to DJ.
          RG and DJ were a little closer when Premadasa was on top. They shared a common foe: the JVP

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          Agnos,
          This is what the International Center for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), The Hague says about Prof. Rohan Gunaratna.
          Rohan Gunaratna is an international terrorism expert and Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He served as counter terrorism instructor for GIGN, CTSO, D88, US NAVY SEALS, Swiss Federal Police, NYPD, and the Australian Federal Police, and conducted field research in conflict zones including Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Colombia. Author and editor of 12 books including Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (Columbia University Press), Gunaratna is also the lead author of Jane’s Counter Terrorism, a handbook for counter-terrorism practitioners. He also serves on the editorial boards of the journals Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Terrorism and Political Violence.
          Source: https://icct.nl/people/prof-rohan-gunaratna/
          —-
          “I don’t know why Singapore takes RG seriously. He didn’t have an undergraduate degree, having probably failed to gain any admission to universities in Sri Lanka. He benefited from patronage by JRJ, having served him as an assistant in writing a book or so.”

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            EE

            We can always kill someone as we please with our Narratives is a SL trait…….we are rewriting indeed rewriting history through electronic media is amazing.

            See the importance of a degree…and check out the lawyers and lawmakers and MP’s who used someone else “child” to kill their opponents/decent then what else is not possible in our life???????

            The same shake hands with the world leaders of the same quality/background and discuss human rights too.

            I hope RG now will focus on the “non militant” criminals as most of the militants are always the victims of this kind of politicians we had…FP/TULF thugs. ….we have not put them behind the bars yet..the education is used for all the con/criminal/mafia activity……..love to have not so educated yet well exposed/read people doing the work is more human.

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          Agnos,
          “I don’t know why Singapore takes RG seriously.”
          I am not sure Singapore takes him as seriously as he claims. He has been caught lying and is a notorious self-promoter. But then, that cap fits most Sinhala-Buddhist “intellectuals”.

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      SJ

      ““Was not DJ a member of the Indian-backed Provincial Government of one of those terrorist groups?”

      DJ would rather want everyone to forget that unfortunate incident.

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    DJ says:
    Prof Rohan Gunaratna’s bottom-line can be credibly taken as the Gotabaya presidency’s bottom-line: “After the military defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, Sri Lankans are unwilling to devolve land, police and financial powers to the provinces.”
    *
    Were the “Sri Lankans” (whomever he means by that) any willing before May 2009?

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      SJ

      “Were the “Sri Lankans” (whomever he means by that) any willing before May 2009?”

      Perhaps the weeping widow was.

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      SJ,
      “Were the “Sri Lankans” (whomever he means by that) any willing before May 2009?”
      It could have been done in Chandrika’s first term, but Ranil made sure it didn’t happen.

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    Of course Dayan! The Tamil Nadu option is always available to Tamils.

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      Gatam’boooooo’ yes just like how Orissa is available to you and all other southern racists. Tamil racists can go to Kerala and Sinhala racists can go to Orissa. Maybe they can share the cost of the boat trip.

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        Tamil from the north

        “Tamil racists can go to Kerala and Sinhala racists can go to Orissa. “

        According genetic studies Tamils are closely related to Bengali than the Sinhalese. It appear Sinhalese are more closely related to South Indians than the Tamils of Sri lanka. .

        Therefore Tamils should go back to Bengal and Sinhalese should be sent back to South India.

        In the case of Wimal Sangili Karuppan, the best place for him to live and prosper is Andaman or Nicobar Islands.

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          NV, hahaha. Yes, maybe we can make Dayan the leader of the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is a political party in India, particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu and union territory of Puducherry).

          Dayan, congratulations.

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            NV, sorry I meant Gatam the leader of the DMK. Sorry Dayan not you. I mixed up the names.

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              Tamil from the north
              who is still on the run.
              .
              Why did you change?
              Undoubtably Dayan in his new incarnation is the best choice out of the two.

              Soma.

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    Rohan Gunaratna may be a petty professor, Dayan Jayatilleka a mediocre political scientist: But we all subjected to Dunning Kruger effect, i.e, we think and believe that we know more than what we really do.

    I like to bring a quote about Sinhalese thinkers:

    When Robert Knox said “the Cingalese are a cunning lot who mistake the low-level cunning they possess to be a high level of Intelligence,” he was not wrong by far.

    If Sri Lanka in the backyard of India is cocky not to give autonomy to Tamils, and confront India on this matter, it is wise for them to remember what happened to Georgia and Ukraine when they confronted Russia, their powerful neighbor by inviting US to their soils.

    In true democracies ( not majoritarian racist ones) separation of devolved regions are prevented by the major party being accommodating with incentives to stay together, not by resorting to genocide of a smaller nation within a country. Holland once a part of the Spanish empire split off. There are many more examples of nations splitting off powerful empires.

    Dayan and Rohan won’t like to talk about so many examples out there where true democracies prevailed by giving autonomy to smaller nations within the country or empire. This is one of the ways unstable empires disintegrate into smaller countries.

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      Tamil nation is Tamil Nadu where 90% of world Tamils live. Only 4% of world Tamils live in SL.

      If India honoured the Nehru-Kotalawala and Sirima-Shastri pacts only 1% of world Tamils would be in SL.

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        The Tamil nation is in Tamil Nadu and in NE Sri Lanka. Just like the German homelands are Germany, Austria and most of Switzerland. More than 95% of the Germans live in Germany does this mean Austria and most of Switzerland is not German, or Southern Belgium or Walloonia is not French? Stop posting stupid idiotic comments . You are either a southern Sinhalese racist or one of these selfish opportunistic southern Muslim, who is intent on coming here and creating trouble. EG: Encouraging a fake Muslim ethnicity , that is not really an ethnicity but a religious identity within the greater Tamil nation. You are deliberately promoting this fake Muslim ethnicity and self determination for an immigrant South Indian people , who have no ancient history of ruling or owning land and in reality Tamil by ethnicity and Muslim by religion, in order to deny Tamils justice and to deliberately steal lands from the Tamils for the Sinhalese. A few months ago you were pretending to be a moderate and caring for the island’s Tamils , in order to woo them and get them to vote for either the UNP or Sajith ( both equally racist) but now showing your true opportunistic racist colours.

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          Only 3% of the Sinhalese live in the North Central Province that was once largely Tamil occupied. This means as per your stupid login is not a Sinhalese province

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            A foolish argument. North Central Province is just a province of SL as TN is a province of India. People in the NCP never demanded nationhood! There is no record of large Tamil occupation of NCP! How about large military occupation of Jaffna, Vanni?

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              Go to many parts of the North Central Province and see the names , especially the towns and villages north and east of Anuradhapura and Polnarruwa. All Tamil origin names now Sinhalised. Eg> Nochchiyagama, Medwawachchiya, Padaviya, Bulamkulama now changed to Divuluweva. Tantiri Malai. Even your Mahvamsa fable states all the towns and villages surrounding Anuradhapura were all Tamil and Tamil Naga Buddhist Prince Dutta Kayavan had to fight with 42 Tamil chief , who were ruling around Anuradhapura. Before he could enter Anuradhapura. As per Robert Knox British prisoner who escaped from the Kandyan Kingdom describes what he saw around Anuradhapura around 1700s . He states it was full of Tamils and Tamil speech

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                o to many parts of the North Central Province and see the names , especially the towns and villages north and east of Anuradhapura and Polnarruwa. All Tamil origin names now Sinhalised. Eg> Nochchiyagama, Medwawachchiya, Padaviya, Bulamkulama now changed to Divuluweva. Tantiri Malai. Even your Mahvamsa fable states all the towns and villages surrounding Anuradhapura were all Tamil and Tamil Naga Buddhist Prince Dutta Kayavan had to fight with 42 Tamil chief , who were ruling around Anuradhapura. Before he could enter Anuradhapura. As per Robert Knox British prisoner who escaped from the Kandyan Kingdom describes what he saw around Anuradhapura around 1700s . He states it was full of Tamils and Tamil speech

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                Even during the recent past, in 17th century AD (colonial period), Rajarata (Anuradapura) was inhabited by Tamils as per the book written by Robert Knox who was the prisoner in Kandy. When he escaped from prison, he had to go through several places and when he came to Anuradapura, he says it was fully occupied by Tamils (NOT Sinhalese). This is what Robert Knox says, when he visited Anuradapura in 1679,

                “The people stood amazed as soon as they saw us, being originally Malabars, though subjects of Kandy. Nor could they understand the Sinhalese language in which we spake to them, and we stood looking one upon another until there came one that could speak the Sinhalese tongue who asked us, from whence we came? We told them from Kandy, but they believed us not, supposing that we came up from the Dutch from Mannar. So they brought us before their Governor. He not speaking Sinhalese spake to us by an interpreter.” (Robert Knox in the Kandyan Kingdom, Ed. E.F.C.Ludowyk, p 50).

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                Elara ruled the Northern kingdom of Anuradapura for 44 years. During the same period, Dutugemunu’s father King Kavantissa ruled the Southern kingdom of Rohana. Both these kingdoms were separated by the river.
                If you read the Mahavamsa, Dutugemunu’s father King Kavantissa warns Dutugemunu not to invade (Rajarata) the land of the Demelas. He also says, Rohana the region on this side of the river (Southern territory) has enough land.

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            Typo error ? Not NCP.
            Demography populationwise in North Central province is Sinhalese (90.9%). The second highest ethnic group is Sri Lanka Moors (8.0%) and Tamil population is 1.0 percent.

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              Yes now. After the so called Independence .Just like Amparai now Sinhalised to Amapara and Kantalai Sinhalised to Kantale .All once having a Tamil majority but now ethnically cleansed of it original Tamil population and out of area Sinhalese settled in these areas. Trying to do the same with the remaining Tamil majority areas. Using fake history , the Mahaveli scheme, the Archaeological , forestry departments and the rapist occupying Sinhalese armed forces , to steal and forcibly acquire our lands.

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          SS,

          There is no German homeland in Austria and Switzerland. They run according to their own laws. The NE of SL is under 100% military rule since 2009. Do Tamils really want to live under the military and Sinhala Only presidents and PM?

          Pick your homeland wisely!

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            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_German

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria

            Stop being silly and stupid. Sri Lankan Tamil or Eelam Tamil is different to spoken Indian Tamil dialects and most Indian Tamils find it Sri Lankan Tamil dialects very archaic and difficult to understand . Proving the Eelam Tamil people are different nation

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              Dear SSS

              (1) I still think you should have invited all the Indians from the hill country to Jaffna for a dignified life period. Then they would have been under the TNA rule in Tamil areas where they belong???

              (I mean the entire Indian Tamils including those who were allowed by GOSL to continue to live and work in the foreign owned teas estates (many estates) even belongs to the same Tamil politicians then just as owned by them in Malaysia too…needed slave labour)

              It is not late to do so as now you know down south is not Tamil areas correct??

              (2) then the question of Ceylon Tamils as you have correctly pointed out (as they are not even given Indian citizenship for the past 50 years as refugees) including your brother in Muslims all need to move to Jaffna?

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma,
          The behavior of Demalu reminds me the story about the tent owner who allowed the camel to put his head into the tent. Came as slaves, obtained citizenship through naturalization when abandoned by colonial rulers thanks to kindheartedness of Sinhalayo and trying to grab part of their country.
          ===
          “The Tamil nation is in Tamil Nadu and in NE Sri Lanka.”

          Keep on dreaming. Dravida Demalu tried that from 3rd Century BC and failed.

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        India was under no obligation to take back the estate Tamils as it was the British who brought them over to work in the Tea plantations and without the their labour in the Tea estates your ancestors would have starved to death and Sri Lanka would have been out with an out stretched begging bowl, immediately following independence!

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      Thiru
      I am the only Sinhalese in this forum who supports a separate Homeland for Tamils (All Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island)
      .
      The main obstacle in achieving this is the acknowledgement in the Tamil mind that Sinhala Buddhist environment is far superior to their own.
      .
      A Tamil only Homeland logically entails a Sinhala only Homeland in terms of preferences of people and hence in order to achieve this Tamils presently living in Sinhala majority provinces will have to be relocated.
      WE ARE PREPARED TO LIVE WITH THEM ONLY SO LONG AS THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE REMAINS UNITARY AS AT PRESENT.

      Soma

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        soman

        I have been looking for you.
        Forget all your foxy ideas.
        As I told you Hindians believe Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia. North is part of Tamil Nadu.

        Hindians want to establish fully fledged branches of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and contest elections through out this island. Given the greedy nature of Sinhala/Buddhist politicians and their past historical experience I can safely predict quite a number of crooks will be glad to jump ships.

        The crooked Sinhala/Buddhist politicians inadvertently or otherwise will be ready to oblige the Hindians as JR did in 1987. I am taking this opportunity to warn you that Hindians could use Salami Tactics (slice by slice) and take over the entire island.

        Don’t blame me I didn’t warn you.

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          soman

          Do you think there is any difference between SLPP and BJP?

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          I acknowledge that India thinks so.

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        Somooooooooooooo we shall give you a separate land and call it the “land of the dumb and absolutely insanely stupid”. You have your cabinet right here in CT;
        Somooooo – President
        Chimpa – PM
        Ravi Perehera (Perera) – Min. of internal affairs
        Eagle ‘dumb ass’ Eye – Min. of mental hospitals, where he himself a patient
        Svenson – Min. of Defence
        Wimal12 – Min. of Foreign Affairs
        Basil Rajapaksa – Min. of Internal revenue collection and foreign aid (20% paid under the table for Basil)
        Gota – Min. of Extrajudicial killing
        MR – Min. of Propaganda

        Wow, we are getting somewhere. While you are at it, there are some Tamil racists too, please find them employment and keep them with you.

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          Tamil from the North
          who ran away.
          .
          But you have to come down from Canadian north to sign the agreement.

          Soma

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          Tamil,

          I would like the- ministry Chasing Tamils out of Sinhale

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        Soma,

        100%.

        You cannot eat the cake and have the cake too. I assume people are intelligent enough to understand that.

        There is a reason why some ethnic groups rule nations while others are ruled!!

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      Thiru,

      “If Sri Lanka in the backyard of India is cocky not to give autonomy to Tamils, and confront India on this matter, it is wise for them to remember what happened to Georgia and Ukraine when they confronted Russia, their powerful neighbor by inviting US to their soils”

      As long as the Tamils cling on to North east merger and federalism we are safe. If the Tamils say they want only the North with limited powers then Sri lanka will be under pressure

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        Ravi Perera
        Sinhala Buddhists’ Trump card is Tamils (All Tamil speaking people scatterred across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) living OUTSIDE North East.
        They consider Sinhala Buddhist society is superior.

        Soma

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        The North and East are the ancient Eelam Tamil homelands and Tamils have every right to ask for a merger and federalism. These lands were separate prior to European colonial arrival. The southern parts of the east only came under the loose control of the Sinhalese /Tamil kings of Kandy , only after the fall of the Jaffna kingdom to the Portuguese , as these Tamil chiefs had no one else to protect them. Prior to this the eastern Vanimmai chiefdom were vassal states of the kingdom of Jaffna. Most of current Trincomalee district was part of Jaffna Kingdom proper. The Tamil people of the east considered the King of Kandy as another Tamil , as they were in reality and they dealt with these eastern Tamil chieftains in Tamil and protected Hinduism in these regions. However soon the Portuguese and then the Dutch soon captured these eastern Tamil regions and made the north and east a separate colony .

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          Moreover it is not only in India’s interest but also in the interest of the west , to have a powerful Indian/west friendly Eelam Tamil nation , either as a separate nation or as a new Indian state called Eelam or living in a highly devolved federated North Indian state that has full land and Police powers and powers to take decisions with regards to lands and resources in North and East and to whom these are leased or provided to develop. The racist rapist Sinhalese armed forces also should be chased off. They are only in the north and east not for security or law and order but to deliberately create lawlessness and to facilitate the Sinhalization process. Imagine what will happen if these ancient Eelam Tamil Hindu lands are ethnically cleansed of its native Tamil inhabitants and now only anti Indian largely anti West Sinhalese and Fake Arab , Indian Tamil immigrant again anti Indian and anti west Muslims only occupy these lands. Look at what the Sinhalese are doing when the Tamil are still occupying these lands, then can imagine, what is to come . If India and the West have not learnt by now that the Sinhalese are largely very cunning , unreliable , will never honour anything and are anti Indian and West . Then India and the west deserve what is in store.

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            The Sinhalese will promise everything , however, as soon as they get what they want , they will renegade and show another face. The Sri Lankan Tamils have know this and have learnt a bitter lesson. Promised a multi racial/religious land with equal opportunity for all before independence from the British and then once Majoritarian rule was achieved from the British , showed their trues racist genocidal intentions. The same thing happened later. Promised India and the west to grant Tamil rights and federalism with land and police powers , if they helped to defeat the LTTE and once that was achieved another face. Even the so called Western backed Ranil/Sirisena government.
            If India and the West have not learnt by now that the Sinhalese are largely very cunning , unreliable , will never honour anything and are anti Indian and West . Then India and the west deserve what is in store. The Sinhalese will promise everything , however, as soon as they get what they want , they will renegade and show another face. The Sri Lankan Tamils have know this and have learnt a bitter lesson. Promised a multi racial/religious land with equal opportunity for all before independence from the British and then once Majoritarian rule was achieved from the British , showed their trues racist genocidal intentions. The same thing happened later.

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            Promised India and the west to grant Tamil rights and federalism with land and police powers , if they helped to defeat the LTTE and once that was achieved another face. Even the so called Western backed Ranil/Sirisena government.
            Sorry federated state in joined North and East and not North Indian

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          Siva Sankara Thanbi,

          North East is not traditional tamil homeland. On the contrary it is the traditional sinhala homeland. Part of it was in Maya rata and part in Pihiti rata.

          Your homeland is Tamil Nadu. You have come over the years and settled. The time there was aJaffna Kingdom it was restricted mostly to Jaffna Peninsular. Trinco was part of maya rata and later on part of the kandyan kingdom

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          “The North and East are the ancient Eelam Tamil homelands and Tamils have every right to ask for a merger and federalism”
          If I am to acknowledge this you have to acknowledge that the rest of the island belongs to the Sinhalese.
          WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THOSE LIVING OUTSIDE NORTH EAST ONLY SO LONG AS THE COUNTY REMAINS UNITARY AS AT PRESENT.

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          OK SSS my earlier comment is not limited to Jaffna but also the east(now you say east is also Tamil area) and the Vanni as well. However the east and Vanni is already populated with the Indian Tamils in great quantity may affect or dilute the Jaffna Tamil accent/slang??? How can we avoid being contaminated??

          Sinhalese have to let them live in their prime land according to SJV but not we can not loose our special Tamil heritage correct??

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      Thiru,
      “the Cingalese are a cunning lot”
      —-
      That is why Sinhalayo who are the Native people in Sinhale (now Sri Lanka) always outsmart Demalu (Tamils after 1911) who are the descendants of Dravidians brought from Hindusthan by colonial rulers.

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    Dayan and Rohan can gloat about Sri Lanka being a sovereign (whatever that means to the Sinhalese) and independent country and the Sinhalese can do as they please.

    Do they know historically some countries have disappeared from the map?
    Tamil Eelam is one of them. This can happen to Sri Lanka too!

    Poland is a country that disappeared for more than a century and reappeared by some luck after the 1st World War. When countries suppressing a nation become weaker the suppressed nation reappears.

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      Thiru,

      Historically there was no country call Tamil Eelam. For a short time there was a Tamil kingdom in the north (About 300 yrs). That too was mostly confined to Jaffna Peninsula.

      From Time to time the indepenndent countries came to gether to form India. There was an independednt tamil country and independent Kannada country . But now they have all come together to form India. At no time was Sri lanka part of this union of course we have been under foreign rule.

      This dissapearing thing is more of a dream for you since you are smarting from defeat.

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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Tamils

        Stop posting rubbish. This racist nonsense and lies especially coming from a recently Sinhalised South Indian Tamil low caste , whose ancestors arrived here only during the Portuguese /Dutch colonial era as indentured labour or slaves. Now their Sinhalised Buddhist and Catholic descendants beating the anti Tamil drum. Eelam or EEzham is the ancient Tamil name for the island and the native language Elu is a simple semi Tamil Dravidian dialect. For all formal purposes proper Tamil was used by the local Naga rulers and chieftains. Hela or old Sinhalese is basically Elu+Prakrit and is closer to its Tamil mother than modern Sinhalese , that has now been deliberately been Sanskritized to prove it is Indo Aryan.

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma,
          Demalu do not feel ashamed to tell the same lie again and again.

          Eelam is the name used by Tamils in India to refer to the land of Sinhalayo (Sinhale).

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Tamils
          This should be changed to:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Tamils_After_1911
          Because there were no Tamils in Sinhale before 1911. British created a new ethnic group called ‘Ceylon Tamils’ in 1911 at the request of a Demala person in the Census Department. All British documents before 1911 use the term ‘Malabar’ to refer to people who came from Hindusthan. Sinhalayo called them ‘Demalu’.

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          Most Tamils came to Sri Lanka during the protugees and dutch time. Only a minority of the sinhalese came during that time. Hela or old sinhala would have been very different to present day sinhala . But does not matter it has evolved and it is only at a different stage of the cycle of evolution. It can not be anything closer to Tamil since it does not sound ugly

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            RAVI PERERA
            “Most Tamils came to Sri Lanka during the protugees and dutch time.”
            You are correct. During the Portuguese and Dutch period, tens of thousands of low caste Tamils from South India were settled in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka for Cinnamon, Coconut and other plantations. They all got converted to Catholics to avoid the Hindu caste discrimination and eventually/finally became Sinhalese. Some of them even adopted the Portuguese surnames to hide their original South Indian (low caste) identity. For example, Perera, Silva, Fernando, and so on. Later during the Buddhist revivalist period instigated by Anagarika Dharmapala (who was born into the same Sinhala Catholic family), many of the coastal Catholics (Sinhalised Tamils) converted enmass to Buddhism and became Sinhala-Buddhists.
            Dr. Paul E. Pieris has published extracts from the Portuguese tombo records which gives the original Tamil names of the present day Sinhalese with Portuguese surnames before their conversion to Christianity and later Buddhism.
            Professor K.M. de Silva in his book `A History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the migration of the Karawe, Salagama, and Durawe castes from Southern India to Southern Sri Lanka between the 14th and 17th centuries AD.

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              Continued from above…
              RAVI PERERA
              Only those Tamils who came to Sri Lanka during the British period still remain as upcountry Tamils. Why did the British bring a labour force from South India to their Tea and Rubber estates in Ceylon? Why didn’t they recruit Sinhalese, Ceylon Tamils or Muslims to work in their Tea and Rubber estates?
              It was not because the Sinhalese refused to work due to their ego/proudness (if that was true, tens of thousands of Sinhalese will not do menial jobs in the Middle East like slaves – exploited, abused, raped and humiliated), the British did not prefer them because they were lazy (not hard working). On the other hand, since the Ceylon Tamils were hard working and English educated (due to the American Missionary), the British recruited them to do white collar jobs not only in the Ceylon Civil Service but also in other British held colonies. The Muslims on the other hand were fully engaged in business and trading. Don’t you think that the Sinhalese claim to being proud people who refused to work in the Tea and Rubber estates under the British is the biggest lie ever told by the Sinhalese nationalists?

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          As believed and chronicled by the Mahavamsa, Vijaya and his 700 followers who were forced to leave their own country (Bhārata/Hindustan) came to the island looking for shelter. They were credited for creating/forming the Sinhala race in the island they called as Tambapanni. Prior to the advent of the Sinhala race, there were other human beings (non-Sinhalese) inhabiting the island Eelam when Vijaya set foot in the country, known as Naga (Tamils) and Yakka (Veddas). The Sinhala race that Vijaya and his 700 men formed produced their progeny only after importing females from one of the South Indian kingdoms (not Sinhala women). There is no record that Vijaya and his men brought females from where they came or took women from the ila people of Eelam (except Kuweni from the Yakkas for a short period). Besides the then inhabitants (before Vijaya) not being Sinhala, neither were they, nor Vijaya and his men, Buddhist as Buddhism had not arrived in Sri Lanka then. Today, it is absolutely hilarious that the progeny of Vijay and his men (Sinhalese) wants to call this island Sinhala-Buddhist just because they became a majority by enlarging their population after mixing with everything that landed on the shores of the island. Now their historians and archeologists are finding ways and means to create a new history for the Sinhalese by denying the Mahavamsa.

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      Thiru
      “When countries suppressing a nation become weaker the suppressed nation reappears”
      You are admonishing India or Sri Lanka?

      Soma

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      There is a reason why some ethnic groups rule nations while others are ruled!

      The political version of the old master-servant.

      “by some luck”!

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    From what Prof. Rohan Gunaratne says and thinks we can only conclude that his deep-seated conviction is, “The only good Sri Lankan Tamil is a dead one.” He is not prepared or willing to trust any Tamil politician, whether he is an ally of the government or is in the opposition. With this kind of mindset, how will it be possible to solve this problem? There appears to be hardly any difference between the views of the majority of educated Sinhalese and the views of the grass-eating Sinhalese on the issue of addressing the minority Tamil question. If the minority communities are not treated well, they will not allow this country to prosper and it will remain a bankrupt Beggars’ Colony forever. If they feel they are going down they will drag everyone down with them!

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      Captain Morganan,

      Tamil question is more on the lines of Tamil aspirations. These Tamil aspirations directly clash with the sinhala aspirations. Hence there wont be devolution to satisfy Tamil aspirations. Good luck try and bring us down

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      Captain Morgue, such a defeatist mentality!

      Do you think the military will sit idle?

      What happened to minorities in Turkey, Israel, Japan, China, USA, Germany in the 20th century, etc.? Look where they are now!

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      Captain Morgan,
      “From what Prof. Rohan Gunaratne says and thinks we can only conclude that his deep-seated conviction is, “The only good Sri Lankan Tamil is a dead one.”
      —-
      That is the conviction of Sinhalayo from 3rd Century BC.

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    Prof: Rohan Gunaratne [RG ] had authored a small book titled War and Peace in Srilanka somewhere in the mid-80s. Foreword by Prof: Ralph Buultgens[ New York university].
    RG also was one of the first to have interviewed Prabaharan, and this was quoted in his little book. I was trying to retrieve this book from my library to reread before I POST MY COMMENT, but I am unable to locate same.

    First and foremost! Dayan has effectively demolished the views of RG.
    RG styles himself as an authority on International Terrorism.No more no less.
    His foray into political affairs is rather amateurish, as could be gleamed from his essay in the Sunday Observer. No doubt easy meat for Dayan!

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    Democracy encourages devolution.

    More devolution works against separatism and strengthen the unity of a country.

    Democratic governments need not have any fears in granting more devolution.

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      SL was never really a democratic country and never will be.

      The only trace of democracy SL had was in de facto LTTE controlled areas! They enjoyed power devolution until 2009 when they were defeated.

      90% of world Tamils live in India where power has been devolved to Tamils, etc. It is only 35km from Jaffna whereas Colombo is over 300km away.

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        Jadam , as even per your government statistics 70% of the Sri Lankan Tamils live in the north and east and 51% of all Tamils in the island live in the North and East and these two provinces , at least the northern parts of the eastern province are far closer to India than to Colombo , so they can merge with India. Sri Lankan Tamils will be happy and so will India. We can also merge the North Central Province and may be even Uva with India too, as some here had already posted only very small percentages of the Sinhalese population live here .Also Polonaruwa was founded by the Cholas and Anuradhapuram by the Naga. Since you are very fond of the eastern Muslims and want self determination for them, may be the southern eastern Amparai district can merge with Sinhalese areas , as you say they love Sinhalese and they can be eternally tortured by them. Hope you are happy with all these suggestions. It is a win win situation Jadam.

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        Wingeswaran can climb up a telecommunications tower and look northwards. No binoculars necessary.

        Soma

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          soman

          “Wingeswaran can climb up a telecommunications tower and look northwards. No binoculars necessary.”

          Are you getting ready and being compelled by your perverted habits of “FLASHING”?

          Do it.

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      Srikrish,
      “More devolution works against separatism and strengthen the unity of a country.”
      —-
      Not in Sri Lanka where the descendants of Dravidians brought by colonial rulers who came out with a bogus claim that North and East of the country is their ‘Traditional Homeland’ and passed Vaddukkodei Resolution to create a separate State and launched a terrorist campaign to achieve that objective.
      Ranil Wickramasinghe gave one third of the country on a platter to Tamils assuming that they will give up separatism and stop terrorism but they did not give up separatism or terrorism. Even now they have separatism in mind but pretend that they have given up to deceive Sinhalayo. Sambandan has told at a meeting held in Madakalapuwa ‘our aim has not changed but our strategy has changed’. During ‘Jadapalana’ Government Sumanthiran drafted a new Constitution to abolish ‘Unitary State’ and break the country into nine almost independent units (Confederation).
      Sri Lankan Government gave a chance to be satisfied with Devolution but Tamils did not accept that offer. In 2009, the separatists were defeated. There should not be any more talks on Devolution, Federalism or Separatism. Chapter Closed!

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      srikrish,
      “Democratic governments need not have any fears in granting more devolution.”

      It is Malabar Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya who clamor for Devolution with more powers. Devolution with more powers means giving greater authority to Malabar Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya to oppress low caste Tamils (Dalits).
      Low caste Tamils in Yapanaya told the Sub-Committee on Power Sharing of the Constitution Drafting Committee of the ‘Jadapalana’ Government not to give Land and Police powers to NPC because they know what is likely to happen.

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    Rohan is a self appointed Terrorist expert. He is nothing but a paid “Coolie” who sings the songs which his masters want. Its true India funded and trained LTTE. But for him to say that TNA cannot be trusted is lunatic. The same way this Govt claims to have got 2/3 majority TNA too has collected major votes in the North and East. If we are to stop such an act (India and LTTE) again in a similar way or in a covert way, then its the duty of the Govt to ensure that it does not provoke anyone by its actions. The most important speech that should have been given by this self prophesized pundit Rohan is to advice the Govt how not to provoke another country or group.

    With the recent actions not only against India but also against Japan – Eastern Port MOC cancellation, awarding three Islands closer to India to China for the power plant, cancellation of the Japanese light rail etc., are definitely going to boomerang on the Govt.

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    e LTTE was not taken into consideration by India because of its behaviour in joining hands with R.Premadasa. The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord cannot be abrogated by Sri Lanka unilaterally and is binding to date. Hence by virtue of the 13th Amendment North-Easy Province should be devolved the necessary powers to meet the aspirations of the Tamils, whether the Sri Lanka is willing or not. The reluctant to devolve powers to the North-East Province is the result of giving islands to China and excavation of some Hindu temples by the Archeological Department as well as the shooting of the Indian fishermen. The excuses given by Sri Lanka are unacceptable because Rajapaksas were avoiding the building of confident building measures after the defeat of the LTTE. Instead, Rajapaksas were demonstrating their ego of challenging India. There is no foundation that devolution of power would topple a government. Devolution of power to the Provinces will only strengthen the unity of the people like in India, Switzerland, Canada, Malaysia, etc. The Sri Lankan ruling politicians are still under the impression devolution of power is Federalism and that Federalism is separation. Fat commissions would be neutralized, had powers are devolved to the Provinces

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      Ayyathurai,

      “Hence by virtue of the 13th Amendment North-Easy Province should be devolved the necessary powers to meet the aspirations of the Tamils, whether the Sri Lanka is willing or not”

      There is no North East Province. There is a North and then and East. (Though all these provinces were created by British). You talk about the 13th amendment. India did not honour its dues as per the 13th amendment. Even during the peace talks mediated by Norway, the plan was to give the Tamils only the North (With Federalism). Now that is also unlikely. You may be hoping that there will be a merged North East Federal state. That will not happen. [Edited out]

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      Any international agreement can be abrogated unilaterally by a sovereign nation any time. But why bother? There are other ways to bypass them.

      Provincial councils are defunct for over 2 years now. PC CMs are in parliament now!

      Where is devolution?

      And SL can change provincial boundaries if it wishes. This is an internal matter. No international agreement can effectively block this.

      Trinco must be brought under the North Central Province. Until then no PC is possible.

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    The peaceful Pada Yatra from Pottuvil to Polikandy included the active participation of the Tamil speaking people (Tamils and Muslims) of the northern and eastern provinces. Peaceful (non-violent) campaign/protest is part of the democratic process and must be encouraged rather than stamped upon as it allows for the peoples’ voice to be heard. It will enable the minorities (Tamils and Muslims) to appeal with confidence to the conscience of the local and international community. The repetition of non-violent campaigns similar to P2P will have full international and local (moderates) support for the down-trodden and oppressed minorities (Tamils and Muslims).

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      They achieve nothing so they must be allowed.

      Don’t forget Tamils had similar campaigns from 1930s to 1970s. They failed. The rest is history.

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        “Don’t forget Tamils had similar campaigns from 1930s to 1970s. They failed.”
        Don’t forget, there is a world of difference between then and now. During 1930s to 1970s the Tamils did not have even the local (full Tamil) support but now they have not only local (minorities) support but also international support (India, UK, US, EU, UN, etc.) for non-violent peaceful campaigns including international interference too.

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      Dear LC

      Agree with the freedom of expression part.

      When one is expressing and thinking their life is not what it ought to be and blaming the GOSL(any GOSL) ??

      So what is this what it ought to be in a Nation that has gone through a horror and only now we are beginning to lay some foundation of law and order for great things to come for all??

      So how one decide they need to protest aganist the GOSL for what??

      Maybe they needed to protest against their MP’s in the last 70 years for not having a job scope/action list/progress report/surgery report during their tenure??

      So one goes and protest and start another chin reaction within another generation we will all go back to the same old vicious cycle of falling apart??

      so what is their grievances then?? one must have an objective?

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    Dear DJ

    Actual events….not as what you have corrected what was said that is LTTE was the least beneficiary from the Indians…spot on.

    (1) You have not mentioned anything about the EPRLF (I understand you were a member of etc) who did try to covert the North and east merger into a separate state led to GOSL suspending the PC and JVP filing a case against this merger in the courts and have them separated then in 1988? EPRLF was with the IPKF to survive the LTTE onslaught on them then…you are a member of the same??

    (2) The SJV’s “little now more later has always been the FP Mantra ??

    Anyhow there must be reason GOSL is narrating matters the way they are doing now your conclusion seems spot on regard to doing away with the PC;s….is not in the UN report too…..you see what is going on Kashmir once Pakistan has an elected a head of state who speaks for his country in-terms of “progress and to be free from miserable history” even the UN resolution for a Kashmiri Self Determination through referendum can be broken and the peace annexed by force under false flag?? UN has not sent any military??

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      However the PC’s will be used later when the time is right by the US/India/UN?? meanwhile TNA enterprise can carry on with normal life ..grand children down south without ever having to deliver things in the North as elected for the past 70 years except what we know “death”.

      Nothing has changed ever since……Citizenship act in 1949 issues a southern problem they brought to the north and made a living out of that ever since…they lived down south then and still do??….I smell something..got to go..

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      If you accept you want to be a turn coat and a pimp to sori sinhala whims and fancies every body can move, and no need for paragraphs of turn-coat-gibberish.

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        So India had proxies in SL called FP/TULF and sold children to be trained as mercenaries who will weaken a Nation by assassinating all that moved including attempted mercenary toppling of Maldives then the Indian went and helped. Then LTTE went on their separate ways that did not suit the original intent and use that is to serve Indian interest of sabotaging all Nations around her. These TN trining camps were one of the worlds most successful places. In the process Ceylon Tamils have lost all they had….I think KA you are saying I am helping the Sinhalese to destroy the Tamils correct? Think about it and get back to me.

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          I am not even sure what you all trying to save as FP/TNA has even seen to the LTTE? FP kingdom in Jaffna but you have very left to rule? As you know before/during/after the war Ceylon Tamils did not return from the South tells you anything? They also do not want to be ruled by the thugs? What can one do? That land space need to be empty for the foreign military bases to come and be patient.

          India will not accept foreign bases .

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        KA

        Further more….people who objectively state fact about the TNA does not men they support Sinhalese/Tamil/Muslim/China/India/West/UN/LTTE/UNP/SLFP/SLPP/JVP…. the respective segments school of thoughts either…?.

        More than the facts there lies the human right issues that requires further investigations….and perhaps the answer to the problems all along.

        One can even say that is where most of SL think we need to be for a better future. Now we are managed by mis informations/private interests/burying history brigades as they all been exposed already. No where to go…yet we ask please do not take us down with you is a fair request correct?

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    March with the Tamils in the next P2P, Dayan.
    It is not a separatist March.
    There probably is good in you, show it.

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    Devolution with proper acceptance of Sinhalese and Buddhist clergy is a wiser solution to Sri Lanka to bring peace and stability within the country and external to the country which is necessary for economic development and welfare of all the people. Sinhalese should accept that Tamils as brothers and sisters, not as enemies.
    Gotabaya solution will not solve the political and economic problems of the country. Depending on China only for everything and making enemies with India and western world will not do any good to Sri Lanka.

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      Ajith
      “Sinhalese should accept that Tamils as brothers and sisters, not as enemies.”
      Ready with open arms.
      As I always say:
      /
      in respect of a political solution Tamils have two options.
      A SEPARATE Homeland for ALL Tamils scattered across the island
      ‘OR’ the right to live anywhere.
      I BEG OF MY TAMIL BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO GO FOR THE LATTER OPTION.
      /
      Another oft repeated comment of mine is:
      /
      Average Tamil is an honest guy.
      More reliable and dependable in business dealings.
      Tamil public servants in Sinhala majority areas do an exemplary job.
      Tamil judges are more unbiased and impartial.
      EVEN IN THE MIDST OF 83′ MAYHEM I WOULD NOT HAVE HESITATED TO TAKE MY CHILD TO A TAMIL DOCTOR.
      /

      Soma

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        Soma,
        “Average Tamil is an honest guy.
        More reliable and dependable in business dealings.
        Tamil public servants in Sinhala majority areas do an exemplary job.
        Tamil judges are more unbiased and impartial.”
        I see we agree on something.
        But why then are Tamils and Muslims not represented in proportion to their numbers in the public service?

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          I am concerned as much as you are.. 70 years of animosity has led to this sad state of affairs.
          In an environment where Tamils are no more demanding ‘political solutions’ (where political solutions are not possible due to existing demographic distribution) I will be a committed activist for ALL OTHER Tamil grievances.

          Soma

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            soman

            “(where political solutions are not possible due to existing demographic distribution)”

            When you have a corroded brain/mind and if are a born racist/bigot it is difficult see beyond your nose, hence you should pack your bags and go back to your country of choice (south India). Come back in about X number of years.

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            Soma,
            “I will be a committed activist for ALL OTHER Tamil grievances”
            If grievances were addressed in 1956, this discussion wouldn’t exist. Not only Tamils, the Burghers left early. All sorts of morons were put in high places purely due to their ethnicity/ religion. Now we have scientists who get advice from Kali Maniyo.

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              Old codger
              We cannot go backwards but we can move forward.
              Only if you want to.
              But if your priority is ‘accountability’ at the cost of peaceful coexistence between our children you can forget we had this discussion.

              Soma

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                Soma,
                Accountability is a symptom which will disappear when the disease of inequity is cured.

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        Those ‘thumb down’s are Sinhala racists or Tamil racists?

        Soma

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          soman

          “Those ‘thumb down’s are Sinhala racists or Tamil racists?”

          Does it matter?

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      Ajith,
      Sinhalayo accepted Tamils as brothers and sisters when they gave citizenship to Dravida slaves brought by colonial rulers and abandoned in Sinhale. But ungrateful Demalu started to kill Sinhalayo to grab a part of their country to establish a separate State based on a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’.

      “Sinhalese should accept that Tamils as brothers and sisters, not as enemies.”

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    ‘The historical experience is that devolution of power to the provinces will be exploited by the separatists to secede’, – Rohan Gunaratna.
    I would appreciate someone letting me know from which or whose history Rohan Gunaratna manages to draw this conclusion.
    .
    ‘The bulk of the evidence, from Canada through Switzerland to India and South Africa, is to the contrary’, -Dayan Jayatilleka.
    Dayan Jayatilleka is beyond correction.

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      Nathan
      ‘The historical experience is that devolution of power to the provinces will be exploited by the separatists to secede’, 
      .
      Does the word ‘Perumal’ ring any bell in your head?
      Has the word Vadukkodai slipped out of your memory?
      Are you new to Colombo Telegraph?
      .
      Prabakaran may be dead and gone – marking time in paradise for the next strike. But Perumal is live and kicking.
      I would rather vote for Vadukkodai devolution than going full Federal.
      For devolution saves me only 3 months of time – not worth. Sumathitharan in liaison with TGTE has already prepared the UDI document.
      .
      A Federal Sri Lanka will need huge military resources to keep it Federal.
      .
      Sinhalese should negotiate the future of +50% Tamils living outside NE before any agreement over devolution in order to save the country from another episode of Rohingiyas or Muslims under Prabakaran.
      .
      SINHALESE WILL ACCOMMODATE THEM ONLY SO LONG AS COUNTRY REMAINS UNITARY AS AT PRESENT.

      Soma

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        soman

        “Does the word ‘Perumal’ ring any bell in your head?”

        Perumal who?

        “I would rather vote for Vadukkodai devolution than going full Federal.”

        Somu,
        are you being serious?
        Have you ever had the time or interest in reading Vattukkottai Resolution?
        Seriously, whats wrong with you?

        Here is the link to VADDUKODDAI RESOLUTION:
        https://www.sangam.org/FB_HIST_DOCS/vaddukod.htm

        “A Federal Sri Lanka will need huge military resources to keep it Federal.”

        It is Hindian’s problem not yours.

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      Nathan,
      Best example is Tamil Nadu. Didn’t they try to separate and learnt a bitter lesson? After that India amended the Constitution banning any attempt to separate. Yet, there are several separatist movements going on in India. Sooner or later India will be balkanized.
      —-
      “I would appreciate someone letting me know from which or whose history Rohan Gunaratna manages to draw this conclusion.”

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    Those who need peace, freedom and financial stability and able to migrated to western world disregarding the white supremasy as it is less effect on thier life and do so on both majority and minority communities.
    Those who chosen to stay most of thier time muster thier energy and intellegient to counter each others actions from both majority and minorty groups. The energy not at all used for much needed development and economic strengthening of the country. How long this can go on? Some foolish thinking is government sponsored colonised program to convert or eliminate the minority group can be a success at some point.
    So far all successive govt including MR avoid direct collision with UN, Western countries and India.Because of the new found love with China, prresent govt prepared to directly loggerhead with all of them thinking big brother always with them.
    First step and not the final step of western world will be trade restriction/unfavorable conditions and various sactions to destabilise the economy and turn the people’s anger on the present govt. Then naturally people to choose someone as leader who is friendly to the western world. If this is not work out, they start to care more on the minority rights and forcing UN peace keeping force to ensure the rights of the people.

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      If failed, directly or indirectly train, arm, regroup, provide logistics and limited enemy information to withhold a land mass from the legitimate government. In return setup their own military base and it will become permanent. To counter if you align with China, they will make sure country in unimaginable debt and it will be like pawn shop later. If a Sri Lankan not trust a fellow citizen (regardless of the group represent) ultimately we are the losers.

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    Rohan Gunaratna (prof? what a shame) is a fraud. He made lots of money from LTTE not directly but indirectly.
    I must admit I was one of the victims to his fraud. during the years of the height of the LTTE once I was flying from Colombo to London. After checking in I had some time to wild away so walked in to one of the bookshop , perhaps the only shop selling books and there was shelf stacked with books proclaiming to be about LTTE and its inner workings etc etc all of them authored by one Rohan Gunaratna.
    So out of curiosity I ought one book randomly and started reading it at the departure gate. I knew from page 1 the book was a load of rubbish and lots of false statements in fact basic lies. He wrote from what he read in the newspapers!. I ditched the book in the bin after reading the first few pages. the English and the content was unbearable!

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    Professor Rohan Guneratne is not quite right in the head. In other words he is a first class nut case. Having family connections to Matara myself I am well aware that there is a family of Guneratne’s who are all insane and also coincidently rabidly racists and prone to violence. This particular Guneratne sees the LTTE under his bad and every where else he looks. Any sane person will give him a good pat on the back and let him go quietly. But unfortunately for Sri Lanka he met an even worse nut case who believes everything said by Rohan Gunerante squared called Nande the murdering megalomaniac. It is like Himmler meeting Hitler. What a pair of douchbags. Poor Sri Lanka to have the misfortune of having these two in charge of its government policy. I think the author of this article too shares similar racists sentiments but is wise enough to keep them covered specially because he now is the opposition spokesmen on foreign policy.

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    Does anybody know who are these ‘Tamils’ Dr. Dayan is talking about?
    In other words what is his definition of Tamils?
    My definition is:
    All Tamil speaking people scatterred across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival.
    .
    Does anybody know TNA’s definition of Tamil Nation?
    (Is it Hindu/Christian Tamil speakers in Jaffna?)

    Soma

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      @Soma – What is in it so important to define an ethnic group by Date of arrival? Is it to claim whoever comes first claim the ownership of the island? Mahavamsa reference to Prince Vijaya (Indo-ariyan settler) date of arrival as 543 BCE in mannar. Hence, the birth of Sinhalese people and culture. There are several indigenous clans Yaksha (Yakku), Naga, Deva, and Raksha (Rakus) lived in this island before the prince arival. However, lack of archiological research not many information available. Tamil or Sinhalese culture defined today may be evolved and mixed with the aborigins culture as well. What is important here is not the definition rather a broader vision to let everyone live in harmony.

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        Dayan
        Why I always include ‘date of arrival’ is to indicate those arrived during the colonials such as estate Tamils.. Most Tamils are as ancient as the Sinhalese.
        I devide our people only into two categories . Those who speak Sinhala language and those who speak Tamil laguage. A legal or Administrative demarcation/ recognition can be made only on this criterion.

        Soma

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    If failed, directly or indirectly train, arm, regroup, provide logistics and limited enemy information to withhold a land mass from the legitimate government. In return setup their own military base and it will become permanent. To counter if you align with China, they will make sure country in unimaginable debt and it will be like pawn shop later. If a Sri Lankan not trust a fellow citizen (regardless of the group represent) ultimately we are the losers.

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      Can’t trust the separatists.

      Soma

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        soman

        “Can’t trust the separatists.”

        Separatism in this island is as you know it is Hindians problem not yours, leave the worrying to the Hindians.

        If and when the need arises for Hindia to deal with Separatism in this island, let them deal with it. A country with stupid people, stupid leaders, racist saffron brigades, ….. cannot resist the temptation being clever, brave, capable, ……

        Premadasa colluded with VP who got rid of IPKF(?), and paid the price. The war should have been brought to an end in 1987 however it dragged on until Hindians in 2005 decided to completely wipe off LTTE from the face of the earth.

        Next time around if Hindian IPKF Mark II arrives, get all your politicians, members of saffron brigade, … Wimal, Udhaya, Prince of Darkness Sarath, Amarasekera, Shenali Waduge, …… enroll in IPKF Mark II.

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          NV
          Can’t help but agree with your proposition that next to God is Hindia as far the fate of the islanders is concerned.
          .
          But unlike God Hindia can only control organised groups such as Governments, military forces, terrorist outfits etc but not PEOPLE. Hindia doesn’t seem to have realised that
          Hence the failure of the high handed tactics.

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            NV
            Sorry, something happened, let me continue.
            Hindia doesn’t seem to have realised that high handed tactics are a failure IF peace among the people is their objective.
            .
            Tamil political class never failed to place Hindia above God and whatever devastation that formula has brought them they never stop praying to Hindia for intervention.
            .
            However insignificant Sri Lankan state vis-a-vis mighty Hindia there is a mutual hostage like situation. For +50% Tamil speakers live outside NE in Sinhala majority provinces.
            .
            In view of the demographic distribution pattern no Einstein can think of a solution imposed by outsiders.
            And you don’t have to be an Einstein to realise that nothing can happen against the wish of the majority. I mean nothing PEACEFULLY can happen against the wish of the majority.
            Peace has to EVOLVE. In that environment each group will be naturally considerate of the requirements and sensitivities of the other.

            Soma

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              soman

              If Hindia is too close to Tamil politicians Tamils would not have suffered for such a long time in the hands of Sinhala/Buddhists majoritarians.

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                NV
                Kneel down, turn northwards and pray again.
                Go to Jaffna, climb up a telecommunications tower and wave your spots-and-stripes flag.

                Soma

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            soman

            “But unlike God Hindia can only control organised groups such as Governments, military forces, terrorist outfits etc but not PEOPLE. “

            All Hindia has to do is to drop some goodies from sky. It won’t cost much for Hindians. Anything free will do the trick.

            “Hindia doesn’t seem to have realised that”

            Hindia doesn’t give a damn about people or their peaceful protest. .
            Look at Kashmir now, Nagaland earlier, former Kalistan, …… Refer back to 2017 pro-jallikattu protests in Chennai, although it was non political peaceful protest, the nasty little functionaries did not let the protesters go peacefully. Look at the 2020–2021 Indian farmers’ peaceful protest, like the criminals in the Sri Lankan police and armed forces will never allow peace to prevail.

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