20 March, 2019

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Prepare For TNA’s Capitulation

By TU Senan

TU Senan

TU Senan

The sharpest criticism of the Tamil National alliance (TNA) to date comes from C. V. Wicgneswaran, the TNA’s Chief Minister of the Northern Province. His criticism can be summed up as follows: TNA leaders don’t listen; they don’t give opportunities to youth activists; they treat politics like a business; and they don’t have sufficient integrity to fight for the demands of the Tamil people.

Basically these accusations amount to a claim that the TNA (ITAK specifically) is a business party and incapable of leading the struggle of the Tamil masses – an assessment which matches what many of us have been arguing for some time.

This is hardly a “neutral stand” from the Chief Minister, as has been claimed. Rather it is a decisive attack on the leaders of the very party that he represents. This is the first election since the 2009 massacre where the TNA is facing this level of opposition.

TNABut these developments reflect another process at work and another key phenomenon is fast emerging. There are many voices that are now emerging outside the parliamentary process which is in opposition to the so-called “Tamil leaders”. Small youth groups have been formed. Young people who don’t ally themselves with any of these right-wing parties are beginning to question the integrity of the TNA, the TNPF and others who have turned their full attention to the electoral games. This is still a minority but it nonetheless reflects a significant process that is developing. The fact that the TNA leader in Britain classifies these new groups as “leftovers from Vanni” speaks volumes. Some leaders became a laughing stock after they publicly claimed that “the US is with us for the only reason that they care about Tamils”. Sumanthiran (or whoever runs his Facebook account) posted a picture of him with British Prime Minister David Cameron with the caption: “We concurred the world powerful countries – but littles bees are now just making noises” on his page.

In the last election they campaigned among the Tamils saying they are winning the “international community” and India to their side. This is now backfiring, particularly given the new standpoint of the UN and the west who have shown desire to work with the MaithriRanil regime. The TNA’s propaganda that the west is on their side is as false as the camp of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s propaganda that he is “anti-imperialist”.

The TNA’s hopes of turn the wheel of history back by becoming the new version of the old ITAK is failing. The section of the diaspora leaders who took a sharp right turn after the war, such as the few people form the so-called “global” group GTF, with hopes to spin their way into the pocket of the UNP, is now faced with opposition. The couple (Suren of GTF and Sumanthiran of TNA) are becoming hated figures fast.

Why this is taking place?

It’s a reflection of the increasing polarisation along ethnic and class lines in Sri Lanka and in the diaspora. TNA leaders and those in the diaspora who seek alliances with so-called ‘good capitalists’ are prepared to compromise on the national aspirations and other democratic demands of Tamils. They have to do this however by relying on the masses who are moving to the left of the TNA leaders. In fact the demands for national rights are becoming sharper as living conditions are deteriorating. Unlike the GTF, the BTF did have some muscles among the Tamils in Britain. But the current political forces will not spare them either.

The British Labour Party leadership contest has provoked a huge debate about the left of the Labour Party and unravelled a truth that the mainstream right-wing media continue to ignore or refused to give attention to. Global economic crisis and ruthless austerity measures have exposed all capitalist institutions in the eyes of the masses. In Britain, Tamils have traditionally chosen the “lesser evil” and voted Labour as have other minorities. However, the new hardships that the Tories are forcing on the majority of the working people – including a majority of Tamils – is polarising the community along class lines. The shift that is taking place to the left is made more visible by the Labour leadership contest. Apparently moving in the opposite direction, the BTF is rumoured to have hired one of the most right-wing Tory MPs, Lee Scott, who was defeated in the last election. Though the BTF was never outspoken in the way the GTF was, it also tail-ended the TNA and lobbying western governments has become their core strategy of struggle. Thus there are sharply contradicting turns – leaders to the right – masses to the left and the impact of this is starting to show.
Neither the TNA nor the GTF and BTF ever stood for any far reaching social demands – or allied themselves with even the ‘populist’ demands which might have been proposed by nationalists such as the SNP or Sinn Fein. It should not be misunderstood here – merely having demands for equality and “social justice” as the JVP propagates is not enough. Standing firmly on the side of the oppressed Tamils means not only taking up their demands and fighting for democratic rights, but also seeing how they are connected to their national aspirations. Ignoring this will cut off activists from the masses.

The TNA include in their manifesto the demand for “federalism” but that doesn’t go far enough for the majority of the Tamil youth living in Sri Lanka and in the diaspora. But the JVP argues that this demand is strengthening “hard liners” in the south and should not be put forward. This exposes the hypocrisy of the JVP on the one hand and the complexity of uniting Tamil and Sinhala masses around social demands on the other. The JVP has no base or influence in the Tamil community and has always based its support among ‘patriotic’ and nationalist sections. The new leadership and change to some ‘Marxist phraseology’ is not enough to cover up their own divisive politics.

The JVP’s tactics provide a clear lesson in what the left should never do! The idea that standing for the national rights of Tamils is a barrier to work among the Sinhala workers, peasants and poor is wrong – and alien to Marxism. The old LSSP built its support while standing for the right to self-determination of the Tamils. There is no middle way. United struggle cannot be built without accepting the national aspirations of the Tamils. The growth of chauvinism and Sinhala nationalism must be combated by the left, instead of pandering to it and arguing that Tamils should give up their rights for the sake of “unity”. Unity of the class is built by allowing rights and fighting for them, not by curtailing them. To my knowledge it is only the United Socialist Party (USP) that seems to be openly campaigning for the right to self-determination and other democratic demands. Even on a smaller scale they were able to bring together progressive sections in the south and north.
The argument of Sumanthiran and some TNA leaders is not far from the simple logic that the JVP follows. They argue that they have to be “moderate” in the “current context”. They share the UNP’s new found “enlightenment” that “reality should be accepted”. This means accepting that the Sri Lankan state will always be oppressive and the west will always dominate the world. Through this they justify their collaboration and compromises with the regimes and governments whose interests are the opposite to what we want. The TNA is now preparing the masses for their betrayal. In the next government they would like to be on the side of UNP.

The Tamil masses have so far taken their ‘revolt’ to the ballot boxes. But the rebellion at the ballot boxes did not transfer the necessary power to the masses who wanted change, instead to the hands of a part of the old regime that broke for their own selfish reason after they came under powerful geopolitical forces. The appearances of “change” that the defeat of Mahinda brought has evaporated and this is exacerbated by his possible return. Anger against all of these developments will grow although a real showdown is unlikely to take place inside the parliament. Those who are on the side of the oppressed should prepare for it.

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    The jvp is nationalist? Since when? They’ve always advocated anti-nationalism to the sinhalese, which is why the mahinda supporters despise them. “patriotism”? You seem to be another one duped by mahinda and his crowd, who equate patriotism with nationalism and getting tumescent over dictators

    My God, man, stop going on about topics you’ve only heard about through some vague propaganda machine. The complexities of sri Lankan politics, beyond the tamil ones, is just utterly beyond your capability to understand.

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    We can clearly see that This author is an extremist activist pandering to LTTE doctrine,anyway he will be proven wrong come Aug 17th

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    In the software industry when people write a software program they use a mechanism called “assertion testing” to test whether the program is achieving its ends.

    So when the assertion fails you instantly know to go back to the drawing board and fix the program before running the next time.

    Similarly the Tamil donkey is also trying to run a program. The program was first tested in 1948. The assertion is “We are not a Minority but a Nation”. The test failed the moment it was conceptualised. It did not meet even the Socialist definition it was based on.

    Along the way donkey tested it on the masses with “Viddokkodai resolution”. The eastern province did not agree. The both provinces combined did not agree. The donkey kept insisting and ran again with Prabakran. The blood dripping donkey then runs to UNHCR to see if the program may work there. It fails yet again.

    It has become a farce to see this donkey running here and there like a lunatic becoming a nuisance. I don’t think the Tamil donkey realised the flaw is not with the inputs but with the logic in the program itself!

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      TNA may or might be wrong or mistaken. But before you call them a donkey check yourself if you have four legs to stand. You should have read the history thoroughly or at least on matters you referred. What you said about what happened in 1948 or 1977 election results is substantially if not absolutely a bundle of blunders. Read first and then comment on them. Remove from your computer the pernicious virus or thoroughly clean it.

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        I have read your history. The particulars relating to 1977 election results are here.

        Following this resolution, the TULF went further and contested the 1977 election for the very specific purpose of obtaining a mandate from the electorates in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to establishment a separate state. The TULF did not get the mandate they sought, because only 47% of the combined electorate voted for them. Although the TULF received a mandate from the electorate in the Northern Province, ONLY 27% of the electorate in the Eastern Province supported them.

        http://www.island.lk/2003/04/11/featur01.html

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          Vibhushana
          It is time you run to your mother and suck her breast for your daily dose. then you will have enopugh energy to be arse holed by your masters. Stop spouting rubbish.

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            I think your psychology is an interesting one. I have come across this with Tamils before.

            When things that are quite emphatic is presented the donkey goes haywire. As if living in the delusion is preferable.

            Here’s some more interesting numbers for you.

            However, the TULF must surely have been surprised and disappointed by the fact that ONLY 32.5% of the electorate in the Batticaloa district, with its 71% Tamil majority, voted for the TULF agenda at this election.

            So 70% of the Tamils from the east rejected the Voddokoddai resolution. Remember how the east broke away with Karuna Amman at the crucial moment? The east was never part of the donkey’s agenda.

            Imagine if that call was answered by your dimwit politicians early on! So much heart ache would have been prevented isn’t it?

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              Imbecile Vibhushana,

              Your mendacious approach manifests as to the level of your stupidity and hatred you have for the Tamils. Keep at mate it will only give you many sleepless nights!

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      This Sinhala Monkey from Kerala is living in his fabricated Mahavamsa world ….

      Listen Monkey Sri Lanka Tamil from has gone away from her shores to the Western capital long ago …the real solution will be fro the west …

      The country will be certainly divided by one power sooner or later ..and outsiders know Tamils are not donkeys but brilliant people …got it?

      By the way when LTTE was at its peak were you hiding under bed with your wife ?

      Monkeys without backbone are commenting about Tamil politics …Cowards

      Cheers

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        Cholan:

        The name Cholan itself is Indian.

        go back to your homeland, India.

        You people don’t go, because you all become Dalits.

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        “By the way when LTTE was at its peak” the TNA leaders were hiding in Colombo, with police protection provided by the Sinhala govt. Their own leaders like Amirthalingam were bumped off by the Tigers.

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      Vibushana! Assertion Testing may work in the software industry to fix the boolean logic. However in the human world abortion is a crime Even though the Assertion Testing on you failed you were still brought in to this world mentally retarded.

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      Imbecile Vibhushana,

      You are indignant because you started a program from 1948 without properly testing and an initial feasibility study to sinhalese the whole island! This program hit massive snags along the way by way of violent revolts both within the Sinhala and outside. You have come through with fighting fire with fire but now you have hit even bigger snag, which is programatically complex and interwoven with other programs around the world! This time, you have no way-out but to make compromises to achieve a united end through accommodation and fairness. Do you now get it?

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    It is not, can anyone make sense of TU Senan’s mumbo-jumbo; it is, can he!

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      Nathan

      Indeed this is a very relevant question:Can any one make sense of this piece ? “class”; “masses” and ethnic politics all in a murky sambhar…

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    TO: SENAN How is it that the entire Tamil community of NE have been voting to the TNA/ITAK. They are likely to get not 20 seats but 22 seats.

    Are u trying to break the TNA. if so join hands with TULF and Ponn’s TC.

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    “The Tamil masses have so far taken their ‘revolt’ to the ballot boxes. But the rebellion at the ballot boxes did not transfer the necessary power to the masses who wanted change, instead to the hands of a part of the old regime that broke for their own selfish reason after they came under powerful geopolitical forces.”

    You have failed to mention the ‘armed revolt’ that was thrust on the Tamil masses, you refer and the terrible consequences. Have you personally seen the consequences of the last war on the war=affected masses, you shed tears for and the society at large?

    It is lesson that should not be forgotten at least for a millennium!

    I will not comment on your remarks on CVW, and summary of what he said when in the UK recently, as this is a hot topic in CT and the print media.

    My concern about the TNA is it is yet trying to run with the hare and hunt with the dogs. it is trying to cater to multiple constituencies within and without Sri Lanka! It has define itself in clear terms and spell a clear vision for the Tamils. Talking of history, while camouflaging Tamil political failures is deception at its worst.

    However, I feel the Tamil masses here now know which side their bread has to be buttered, through recent unforgettable lessons. There is no alternative but the TNA for the Tamils at this juncture, but a new and more sighted leadership has to emerge soon. The alternatives available now are unsightly to even contemplate. The left failed the Tamils and left them in the lurch.

    Further, there is no alternative for the TNA, for the sake of the Tamil masses, to align with the governments at the center and work towards first resolving the ‘Bread, Butter and Water’ issues of the Tamils. This is a chance they have to take.

    Future leaders have to take this mission forward to the next dimension of sharing meaningful devolved power, if the circumstances permit it in a spirit of good will and true democracy.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Incidentally,

      Development- diverse, complex and spread around the island- will create its own dynamics requiring efficient, much more devolved and delegated governance. There will be greater democratization and localized decision making. As governance becomes more complex and demanding, under a true democratic arrangement, devolution will become a necessity for all provinces and not only those with a Tamil majority. Devolution will become the rule, on terms dictated by development, progress and prosperity.

      We have to understand this equation and work our strategy accordingly.

      Dr.RN

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      “You have failed to mention the ‘armed revolt’ that was thrust on the Tamil masses, you refer and the terrible consequences”

      I don’t agree with that the terrible consequences Tamils faced at the end of last war are due to armed revolt. It is true war has consequences whether it is in Sri Lanka or in USA. Similarly revolutions against Dictators has similar consequences. In Srilanka, we have seen terrible, cruel outcomes even without armed revolts. It is a charcteristic feature of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism. In 1958, people were dragged to streets and burnt. In 1977, people travelled in trains have been butchered. In 1981, passangers travelled in Boat were butchered, In 1983,thousands were massacred al over the island and businesses were burnt. In 1989, thousands were massacred in the South. The reality is that don’t ask questions against those who are in power.The response will be the same whether it is against an individual, or a group or a community.

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    Cheap Justice Wigneswaran is a thankless person. After the UNP government gave all the freedom and benefits to the people in the North and East, Cheap Justice passed the worst resolution any tamil could pass. He is under the influence of his Child’s father in law Vasudeva who is supporting Mahinda Rajapakse. I begin to wonder if Cheap Justice Wigneswaran has become so cheap that Rajapakse was able to purchase him.

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      what freedom and benefits did the UNP give the Northern Tamils?? What fantasyland are you living in??

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    Right of self- determination want NOT apply for Tamils in Sri lanka.
    Neo- Liberal political class(UNP) CBK MS) in power is/was back by US hegemony is will lead to split nation and countries in the line of races, religion and ethnic basis.

    Sri lanka Tamil struggle has certain part of political program by within Democratic revolution . It has to led by class of Proletariat.
    That slogan of ‘self-determination’ will undermined national and democratic political struggle for economic liberation of whole nation
    and split countries into pieces by demoralization of masses of people.

    JVP is outfit of anarchist cum terrorist since its birth 1965. It want change by sudden sporadic action of hit and run policy of gorilla war
    How can such political party become Marxist -Leninist Party of masses of Proletariat?

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      He he he Freedom in North-Easr how much is a kilo ??

      Well Sinhala police and Army has got freedom to sell drugs freely in NE thus making extra bucks

      Cheers

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    Dear Senan,
    It is true that Tamil people are concerns about TNA and they are not doing enough towards achieving a viable solution. However, we should understand that TNA is in Parliamentary poltics like many other parties among Tamils. Though Tamil people have concerns about their ability, there is no alternative upto now to TNA to become a challenge. Yes LTTE gave a tangible leadership but unfortunately, the powerful nations got together to overcome LTTE. TNA has to choose between Mahinda and Maithiri and people’s choice was Maithiri. In the coming election people have to make a choice between Ranil and Mahinda again. Definitely Mahinda is not the choice.

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      “Yes LTTE gave tangible leadership but unfortunately, the powerful nations got together to overcome LTTE”
      Tangible leadership?
      That is the best joke of the 21st century.

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        Even in the 22nd Century that will be the truth.

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    It is simple, do not trust any politician. TNA is not transparent. And those with whom TNA had talks also not transparent. Secret talk is a conspiracy. There is no honesty basically. Trying to do something with Vaddukoddai resolution. Only god knows. The validity of the Vadducoddai resolution can not be erased. It is a resolution made and has it s value. No up or down in the Value. One day it will fetch its value. Vithya will not win and it is to argue that the self determination has lost its value. TNA faces are not bright. There will be some announcement emerge just before the election and spread in the north east just before the election and they see that it does not reach the south. The UN aid to North also an election gimmick. Tamils in TN and SL has no power now and any one can do any thing to them Like what happened to the kingdom of Paari.

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    Shut up and put up and make it better. You Tamils started the war and paid the price with innocent bystanders. Stop thinking you are different to the rest of the the country and get on with life and all will fall in to place. You are more worried about getting bogus sympathy form the world “We Tamils are being done by the majority Sinhalese” bull. Get moving and start getting Jaffna up and running and work with the current Government and not wanting separate state and self government. You will not handle the pressure of running a country because your cast system will take the better of you. Is it not the reason your less cast is not allowed in the high class temples?

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      Tamils started the war?? Nice little piece of attempted revisionist history, or are you attempting to live up to your name, Donkey? The anti-Tamil pogroms and all the state sponsored violence against Tamils before the LTTE came into existence never happened? Go read some history, Donkey, not the false Sri Lankan state version.

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    WICKEDNEASWARN IS WORKING ON SOME AGENDA.HE HAS NOW PROVED THAT HE IS A TURN COAT.HE SHOULD HAVE AWAITED TO AIR HIS IDIAS TILL THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER.IF HE HAS ANY PROBLEM WITH SUMANTHIRN HE SOULD HAVE NAMED HIM IN HIS STATEMENT INSTED HE IS TRIYING TO SPOIL THE CHANGES OF ALL TNA CANDIDATES.HE WICKED HAS ALREADY LOST HIS RESPECT.GRUVE SARANAM VICKEY IYAA.

    @PARAGON – Please avoid typing all capitalized comments – CT

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    New Tamil parties are also there to fool tamls.

    How did Pabakarans and his closed associated ? All luxury lives.

    While they complained to outside saying the southren govt did not do anything for tamils.

    Even When they went to CFA talks, his close associates were emptying bottles of Whiskey and some went behind prostitiutes.

    Now the lesser gods of LTTE want an opportunity to be rich at the expense of others.

    Just spread Tribalism and criticize your own saying that they are bad you are the only choice and then start exploiting.

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    To those interested:

    Senan has referred to Chief Minister Wigneswaran above and appreciated his stance. Dr.Muthukrishna Sarvananthan had in a previous article been critical of the CM and this had elicited a response from the CM’s office. Dr.Sarvananthan has responded in turn defending his stance in the same link:

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/is-the-chief-minister-of-the-npc-ethically-morally-fit-to-govern/

    There are wheels within wheels in Tamil politics ( as it is in politics everywhere) and only dissension within political formations, help shed light on the realities.

    Democracy is at work in Tamil politics!

    Dr.RN

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      On reading Dr.Sarvananthan’s reply, a friend whom I trust very much, informed me that Rasaiyah Nirmalan Karthikeyan was linked to Tamil NGO (Not the Pt.Pedro Institute) in Jaffna during the war years. Subsequently, the ministry of defense after inquiries refused to recognize this NGO, despite many appeals. Was this NGO which was functioning as a Think Tank and a development oriented Action Force, prior to its forced take over by the LTTE, compromised as a result? This NGO was the outcome of the vision of young Peradeniya graduates in the late 1970s to late 1980s.

      The implications of this information, in view of Kathikeyan’s links to TRO, are not hard to guess.

      Once again, wheels within wheels!

      Dr.RN

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    Tamils who can pen a few words are all lost. They sound hilarious too. Readers, have fun.

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    Senan
    Starving Tamil masses and struggling Tamil Youths looking for employment back in the Sri Lankan NE doent give a damn about the Labour Paty Leadership Election.

    Perhaps you are tryting to show off your half baked knowledge about British politcs but miserably failed.

    Left wing youths in the NE are not going to take up arms any more. However if there is an alternative to TNA it is good for democracy and good for Tamils.

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    How ironic is that a Muslim Journo has to tell us how the Caste and the Class are tearing the Tamil Politicians apart..

    Prabakran killed Vellalas. But he couldn’t kill the Class and Caste differences.

    Now that Prabakaran is no more , the Caste in combination with Class have taken over the main Tamil Political Outfit, the TNA in Srilanka.

    British Tamil Forum which in fact was the Tamil Tiger Forum in England sort of gobbled up the TNA.

    Now the BTF drives the whole agenda and Suren Surendran who is the BTF boss even dictates what the Yahapalanaya should and shouldn’t do with regards to the Tamil issues in Srilanka.

    UNP London,which has so many Tamils as members was instrumental in getting Surendran and the Reverend to become part of the Yahapalanaya.

    It wasn’t that difficult because they belong to the same Caste and Class, which is the Elite caste.

    Rudrakumaran the PM and his International Eelaam are now left with only the non Elite in the Diaspora.

    This division in fact is more amplified in the Political Arena in the North.

    Ponna Party , and Ex Tiger Party Crusaders are fighting tooth and nail to get the inhabitants under there wings.

    While the TNA is left only with the Vellalas who are sort of Fly in Fly out Bosses and Landlords… .

    In,fact the TNA is called absentee Landlords Party.

    The influence of the Ponna Party and the CFD is so strong that even the TNA appointed Vellala CM is now totally aligned with the Ponna Party.

    A good example of how alienated the TNA is from the non Elite ( It is not politically correct to call them Dalits ) the Muslims in Muttur had to organize a Meeting for the TNA leader Vellala Sambandan to address the inhabitants there…

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    Park – u state that the UNP govt has given all the freedom and benefits to the tamils in the NE. For the benefit of the CT readers, Can u please elucidate the statement.

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    USP might work if the Northern and Eastern border is patrolled 24/7 by armed forces. Any more devolution towards the North cannot include the removal of armed forces (on its sea-front at least). We wouldn’t want Tamil Nadu slowly encroaching N&E. SMU a moderate and modest approach that the Lankan masses will be able to work with within their ability.

    Ranil-JVP pact is a contradiction. American system with Soviet system will produce such incongruence, that our sea-border will be soon gravely compromised (besides the fallacy of using American money in Soviet style).

    Rajapaksa with Communist-Weerawansa holding his hands might only work if Rajapaksa becomes ultimately good, and rejects excess loans and global currency speculation with part of the loans, and gets down to the nitty-gritty of how to bring the country to true development from within the ability of the masses.

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      *United Socialist Party (USP)…..not SMU (was thinking of Social Market Economy)

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      *USP is a moderate and modest approach that the Lankan masses will be able to work with, within their ability.

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      *USP might work if the Northern and Eastern coastline (not border) is patrolled 24/7 by armed forces.

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