14 December, 2019

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Presidential Election Results: Our Message Is Clear

By R. Sampanthan

R. Sampanthan

The Presidential election held on 2019.11.16 to elect the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has been peaceful and Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been declared elected as the President of the Republic of Sri Lanka. We extend to him our congratulations.

I take this opportunity to thank the Elections Commissioner and his staff, Security Forces, all other public servants, Local and International monitors, and to all Leaders and members of all political parties for all their support and commitments in conducting a peaceful election.

The people belonging to all Administrative and Electoral districts in the North and the East have very largely voted for Mr. Sajith Premadasa who in his Election Manifesto outlined certain features pertaining to the resolution of the longstanding national question.

The Tamil National Alliance requested the people to vote for Mr. Sajith Premadasa and for his symbol the Swan. This was based on the concept of maximum devolution of power, and thereby achieving a solution to the national question within a united undivided indivisible Sri Lanka. All major political parties and leaders have accepted that maximum devolution of power is needed to find a solution to the national question.

Accepting our request and rejecting the call to boycott or to vote for a Tamil candidate and by voting for Mr. Sajith Premadasa the Tamil people have sent a clear message to the leaders of our country and to the international community, that the Tamil people are firm in achieving their rights, within a united undivided indivisible country. On behalf of the Tamil National Alliance, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Tamil people and I also urge that this unity must be preserved and continued.

Our wish is that the new President will respect the very substantial democratic verdict of the Tamil people of the North and East and it is my belief that he will do so. It is only then that we can bring about a sense of oneness and the feeling that we are all equal citizens of one country and this country will be protected and that by creating such an environment we can achieve major economic and social development which will benefit all the people of this country.

This is the message I wish kindly to bring to the notice of the new President and those who are aligned with him, on behalf of the Tamil people.

Once again, I thank all Tamil people who followed our advice and voted for Mr. Sajith Premadasa and his symbol of the swan, and also extend our congratulations to the new President.

*R Sampanthan, Leader Tamil National Alliance

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  • 10
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    Racist!!

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      I need to hear more before I comment more. About whom are you speaking?

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      Suren,
      You are a fundamentalist, racist, terrorist!!!

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        I have been telling that it is better to have a overtly racist government in power than a covertly racist one. My advice to Tamils is that what has happened is good for them on the long run. If UNP had won, it ill be another five years of cheating with USA/West and India not pressurizing them to settle the Tamil problems of accountability, fate of missing persons, return of lands and political solution. This government is a China prone one and does not have the backing of USA/West and India. Already attack is on. USA and EU have told them to uphold accountability and human rights and India in a message delivered by their foreign secretary has told Gota to settle the Tamil problem according to aspirations of Tamils . If Gota disobeys, another parippu drop is in the offing. This time there will be no Prabaharan to spoil the party. Remember that according to Indo-Lanka accord, India has the right to intervene to implement the provisions. This is the reason why Sinhalese want to get rid of the 13th amendment and TNA like fools supported Ranil in framing a new constitution. This government may try the similar trick to please Sinhala racists.

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          Dear Dr Gnana Sankaralingam,
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          That is all very well, but don’t you wish me to remain a non-racist person? Think before you blab, man.
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          You Royalists! We’ve got rid of most of them from government, haven’t we? As for me, you know me mostly as a gambada iskole mahattaya, don’t you?
          .
          My name is Panini Edirisinhe. I fear that things have got so bad in my alma mater, S. Thomas’, that I must soon reveal all. Not anonymously. We must all take responsibility for what we say and do. And all messages that we send must be clear as the title of this article says.
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          Many thanks for your clarity, Gnana, but I wish you would trust a guy like me. Tell me this clearly: have you ever found me dealing in lies and half truths?

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      Samba is more than a racist. A cowardly terrorist who worshiped the mad terrorist dog VP rejoicing of murder of innocent Sinhala babies and their mothers by the Tamil Terrorists. He will crawl and kiss the feet of GR now and till he dies. Wiggy will do the same. All Sri Lankans will join in the march of development initiated by GR or depart the island.

  • 28
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    I believe that the clear message given by the Sinhalese majority was that it’s better to have security than economic growth.
    ..
    Unfortunately they believe it can be achieved by Gota due to his proven past.
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    Hence, they are willing to ignore his shortcomings in the recent history.
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    I believe our voting patterns are changing and no party is safe. Most understand that it was a vote casted due to the successful fear campaign.
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    Once they overcome this artificially created fear, most will understand that reconciliation is important for economic growth and sovereignty.
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    Hopefully he’s a changed man and won’t fall into the same trap his brother fell.
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    All we could do is let him do his job and not pull him back like they did in the past 5 years.
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    Good luck to us all.

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      Dear Mr Sampanthan

      He questionis, will you be satisfied to return to the post independent, united, non federalist Ceylon where all races are all equal or do you want something more?

      Can we forget the past?

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      Dear Suranga Gunasekera,
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      PART ONE
      .
      I can’t be studying R. Sampanthan’s entire political career, but this brief, uncomplicated article that he has written here is very clear and acceptable to me. I agree that by voting as they did, what the minorities did was to affirm ” that the Tamil people are firm in achieving their rights, within a united undivided indivisible country”.
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      This was an election in which we could first vote for a minor candidate of ascertained integrity, and then vote for Gota if people’s main concern was security. How many resorted to using the Preferential System of voting? I’d like your estimate, please. I say that only about 100K voters did. How can such a silly voting pattern indicate a clear message?
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      Prof. Kumar David wrote at least a dozen articles on how the system works. He gave clear instructions on “how to defeat Gota.” Perhaps that was a mistake. It should have been, maybe, “how to boost the votes of the alternative candidates, and then give vent to all your hopes and phobias”. It was the alternative candidates, including the JVP with whom I interacted to the maximum extent possible, who should have educated the people – objectively, and not selfishly asking that a “kathire” be used instead of 1, and 2, and 3. Had they co-operated and they would have collectively reaped the reward, by the system of voting getting known even to the “Pohottuwa supporters”.
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      Look at all those Kumar David articles. Many did not understand, and were asking silly questions. I followed up, humbly, on most of those and explained how the system worked, and how it could be used to contribute greatly towards eliminating crooks.
      .

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      PART TWO
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      The Yahaplanaya record was so bad, that the Pohottuwa had to win. Ranil’s re-appointment as Opposition leader confirms that the UNP has not learnt its lesson. These political parties don’t want the voters to know how to vote strategically, and intelligently. The UNP intelligence network was wide-spread enough for them to carry that message, not of what handouts they would give, but what the electoral system is. They did not.
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      So, the campaigns of all these parties is to blame. Was the SLPP to blame? I think not. It was not in their interest to let the people know how the Preferential System works. We are all agreed that theirs was a clearly thought out strategy of inducing fear of all non-Sinhala-Buddhists to get their votes. That’s why there wasn’t the remotest chance of my voting for Gota. Unless the family implodes, we’re stuck with their obscurantist world-view for the next five decades.
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      One group stood out, displaying honesty and clarity and no ego: the “official SLFP” led by CBK and Kumara Welgama. They clearly said, “don’t vote for the SLPP. Vote for anybody else.” What are we going to do to reward them? No, we will punish them for their honesty. They will be sacked from the SLFP, and may even be labelled by “Historians” as “traitors”. To keep this response of mine consistent, perhaps they should have said, “if you hate the UNP so much, give Gota only the Third Preference.”
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      All other non-Pohottuwa groups asked people to use “kathires” only for them. Often, they were nit-picking the faults of the other Alternatives, instead of asking the people to identify from the 33 other candidates, those who deserved to be groomed for future leadership.

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      PART THREE
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      What I did. I studied for five minutes the large facsimile of the ballot paper displayed at every polling station (Each of us visited only one. Some may not have seen, because they didn’t look). I stood there a further ten minutes, beckoning to those who were streaming past to join the queues, to study the ballot paper. A young policewoman on duty was one of the few who came. No, she did not arrest me. She commended what I was saying. I was only asking people to study that paper before they went in to vote, and three Preferences could be marked. I was careful not to indicate to whom I was voting. That would have been a serious election offence. The policewoman said it herself. “We must think very carefully before voting. The future of the country depends on selecting honest people.”
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      There are dishonest people at every level. How many of you will give timely and unequivocal support if I expose outrageous cheating in a small place that is planned for February 2020? Yesterday was the cheat’s 76th Birthday. I sent a text message: “Happy Birthday. Want to get elected? Fine. Cheat? I will expose. ” If I write about it will you study and respond, Suranga?
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      Suranga, thanks for your excellent comment. Mine has been too long, but my stream-of-consciousness will be easy to follow, because it is artless. Editing it would take hours. You are so good, that I don’t think that you’d mind my telling you that the past tense of “cast” is just “cast” and not “casted”.
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      Why, oh why, did the British spread everywhere and turn their confusing English language into the World Language that all must use?

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        Dear Sinhala_man,
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        When I went to school my worst subject was English and the best was Mathematics.
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        My wife always tell me I don’t use the correct words most of the time.
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        I appreciate your honesty and encourage you to do so in the future.
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        I honestly don’t support any party blindly. I hope UNP will learn from their mistakes and hopefully Rajapaksha’s too.
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        I believe Budhism has to rely on it’s merits for protection. Not on the legal system.
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        The poor behavior of many monks and people are affecting it negatively.
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        People are trying to overcome this by force and legislation. Can’t see how practical that is.
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        While Budhism is gaining popularity in many western nations, we are tarnishing the same.
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        Countries like Bangkok are benefiting from this.
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        If we become a Secular state all of us will benefit from this. Sovereignty and reconciliation won’t be a dream any more, while business will thrive from the same.
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        You may call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

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          Dear Suranga,
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          I’m sure
          that your wife and you are a delightful couple. I agree with all that you say about Buddhism, AND that it’s best to have a Secular State.
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          Tell your wife also this: that this Sinhala_Man is best known as a “gambada iskole mahattaya”. I subsist on a little pension. Also, tell her that you have used “it’s” where you should have used “its”, but that I had used “it’s” correctly.
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          Let me unscramble that: it’s = it is : an abbreviation.
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          As a possessive pronoun, it must be “its” – in line with his, hers, yours, theirs, etc. I must also confess this: it is difficult to give you all the relevant advice without a good deal of preparation. I’m glad that I don’t have to teach this sort of thing any more.
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          Suranga, there are some other very significant things that I have to tell you. My name, by the way, is Panini Edirisinhe. More, after receiving another good-humoured response.
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          What I have to say relates to my alma maters. Plural because I was in three schools called S. Thomas’. The last of them at Mt Lavinia is considered “prestigious”. That doesn’t mean much to me. All schools are important, although there’s no point pretending that all are equal, is there? It is best to be honest about these things.
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          I have visited Dambetenna Vidyalayam, Haputale. So far from civilization that there were Sinhalese children studying there. It’s at the foot of Lipton’s Seat. We have to unflinchingly face upto the truth, don’t you think?
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          And, ideally, if we find corruption, we must expose it, even if one has known the perpetrators for “ages”. Don’t you agree?

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            I do. Many thanks again for your help. We are school mates.

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              Thanks, Suranga.
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              Now the question is how do I do this?
              This article is about elections, and what I have to say is about how an election was fudged four years ago. I wrote three articles then. They told the whole story, but there was one thing that I didn’t know how to do at that time: how to embed a document that is not already on the Internet. I did not, therefore, include the very balanced and reasonable request that I sent out, well in time, to all the “big wigs”.
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              I succeeded in such embedding that about seven months ago, on a quite different subject, but on a Presidential Election in a different country. The problem is that the CT moderators are strict – as they ought to be – regarding relevance.
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              If I try one method, then submit another comment in the event of failure, it’ll be considered “trolling” – however serious the content, and however noble the aim. One cannot hijack the comments on an article by breaking the sequence. However, this seven month old article is doubly relevant. It’s about the Presidential Election in a country adjacent to us. And the embedded document is the report of an Elections Monitor with roots in Jaffna:
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
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              Obviously, I will write one short clear article about our schools, but the problem is that the public dismiss them as elitist and exclusive, and few may read it, thinking it remote from their lives. So, they tend to ignore it. A second article becomes a joke.
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              Yet, I’m no elitist. Who else will talk about Dambetenna Number 3 Vidyalayam? Correct, I overlooked there being two other schools on the estate closer to civilisation.

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              Dear Suranga,
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              Your comments
              show you to be a simple, uncomplicated guy who plays with a straight bat.
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              However, I’m sure you’re intelligent enough to work things out for yourself if you are given all the facts. This is what happened four years ago:
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              1. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/belief-in-the-worth-of-teachers-at-s-thomas-colleges/
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              When I was in school, there were many Old Boys who had come on the staff as first choice of vocation. The school in Mt Lavina is still pretty well run. But they are getting dragged down by the three Branch Schools, which don’t really have to be in this sort of mess. There was concern when that news first broke, but firm action was not taken.
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              2. So, then there was this:
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-whited-thomian-sepulchres-the-pharisees-who-cheat/
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              And finally it dragged on and on:
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              3. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-thomian-pharisees-are-unrepentant-why-this-matters-to-all-sri-lankans/
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              I’m being open in giving you all the facts. I don’t think that you should try to plough through all those comments. So much that is said is irrelevant. The crux of the matter is that the school community is so contemptuous of the teachers that they don’t think that there is a need be fair play.
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              Let me not complicate matters for you. What I have given you here will always be there for you to check all the facts regarding what happened earlier. When I start talking about the present situation, you’ll be able to get back to all the History here.
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              However, use your time well; don’t waste it on things that must now be forgotten, provided we manage to get all these elections that have to be held. Be critical even of what I say. That’s all for now.
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  • 12
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    some good point .
    give them their rights .
    simple requests .
    nothing more

  • 10
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    Sampanthar’s Claim is like’Kakkai irukka panam palm viluntha kathai’ Meaning, As the crow sat on the Pamirah tree the palmirah fruit dropped to the ground. The Tamil people have decided long before Sampantahar’s advice, to vote for the lesser of the evils- here the two evils. Not that they love Sajith.

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      K.Anaga, You deserve praise for your finding. I am eager to hear the next one!

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        Wait till Sajith shows his true colours. There is a feeling among UNP that they have lost the confidence of Buddhists. To get back them UNP will resort to racism and Sajith who hopes to contest next time will lead that to project him as saviour of Buddhists and of Sinhala nation . All talk of reconciliation and justice will be thrown to the winds.

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    Landslide victories in immature and tribal nations often bring a devastating sense of hubris that undermines equality and fairness, justice and tolerance, legality and sincerity. The last pogrom against Tamils of the north was when Junius Richard Jayawardene garnered a five sixths majority at a general election.

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      The last anti Muslim riot was in 2019.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda, You said it best!

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        Dear Thappu,
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        Yes, Lasantha
        has said it very effectively in a handful of words. The question is: “When warned in time, why don’t we effectively counter evil. Repeat, when informed with enough time to check?”
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        How long do we take to assess and understand a situation? Are we so dumb that we will always say, “We can’t be sure”
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        Are we so suspicious of others that we say, “How can we know that there is no ulterior motive?”
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        Are we so self-centered (I wrote “selfish”, and then realised that to be an unsuitable word) – so self-centered that we say, “that does not concern us directly”.
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        I don’t know any Tamil. In my whole life, I have spent fewer than fifteen days in the Northern Province. Ten of those were in 1968, so they don’t count, do they? Yet, I comment a good deal on what happens in the North. Why? We assert that every little bit of this island (and other bits obviously appurtenant to it) constitute one indivisible unit.
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        If we assert the above, then we must do what we can to ensure Justice in all parts of it. I don’t mean interfering. The caste system is very complex and goes deep. It is not suitable for today. We, Sinhalese, also have it. If we keep talking crassly about how it operates in the North, we’re merely interfering, preventing more serious reformers from working quietly to bring about change.
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        One country must have one law. True. Muslim marriage laws must be changed. Yes, but talk about it with sensitivity.
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        Please start checking on my record before you trust me. Lasantha Pethiyagoda is a real name. Sinhala_Man is not. My name is Panini Edirisinhe. Check on me. If I reveal something that will happen early next year will you stay quiet and see me thrown to the wolves?
        .

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda 
      “Tamils of the north” must be corrected as “Tamils all across the island”.

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        somass

        ““Tamils of the north” must be corrected as “Tamils all across the island”.”

        Now that you have your man at the top, you should gently remind him to ethnically cleanse Tamils and Muslims from the South as he tried during the peak of the war surprisingly that move was stopped by Sarath N Silva.

        Has Gota offered you a job yet or a business opportunity?

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          Really, NV,
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          I’m sorry to hear you say this sort of thing even sarcastically. Of course, I know that the various strategies that Soma, Real Revolutionary, and Eagle Eye adopt exasperate our patience.
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          Sarcasm is often misunderstood. Do you know what happened to Jonathan Swift? I sometimes fear that I repeat myself. That comes from trying to show off with the ittle knowledge that I have.
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          On the other hand, I hope that you will be at your sharpest when I start revealing some of the goings on at Bauddhaloka Mawatha in relation to what are called “The Colleges of S. Thomas, the Apostle, 1852”. I wonder how familiar you are with the places referred to?
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          The problem for me is that I’m a little too familiar with the places.
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          Now, isn’t that the problem that we have with the trio of commenters whom I have named. I know that at one level we find them so boring and predictable.
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          I wonder if you agree with me that Champa is different. She is a decent thinking human being with whom we sometimes have to disagree. Do you know who she really is? Of course you know me, all that you want to know As for you, NV, I think that Amarasiri and you are fantastic.

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    All legal citizens in the country have the right to live in peace under one flag. Those who demanded 13 demands must completely forget that, live as Sri Lankans. Its worth noting that governments can be formed without bow down to any extremist political groups. Lessons to be learned.

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      Dear “A southerner from Matara”,
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      I’m in broad agreement. However, you have used the following words that are not really the best: “right” (think also of our obligations); “demand” (let them ask rationally and reasonably). “extremist” – a conversation stopping word.
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      “Lessons to be learned.” Only by others, not by us as well?
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      Looking at all that again: “legal”? Do you imply that there are “illegal citizens”? That is highly provocative. Don’t use lightly.
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      Very seriously: “Couldn’t our President have provided us with more convincing statements regarding his citizenship?” Didn’t he owe that to us?
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      Shouldn’t he have presented himself in Courts a little more than he did?
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      We have doctors in Sri Lanka. Was he always so sick that he had to be in Singapore when he had to be in Sri Lanka?
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      If you really want to know how much I have been away from this country, and why, I’ll tell you in such a way that you can check veracity. Aren’t there double standards here? Am I not also being treated as a “Second-Class Citizen”? I direct that last question mainly at Tamils who assume that all of us, Sinhalese, are in clover.
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      I’m in full agreement that before the Royal Park murderer was released, we should have paid attention to Tamils who have been in detention for long periods without charges being brought against them. The murderer, Jude Jayamaha, was young when he committed that horrible murder. How old were those Tamils when they were detained?
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      Colonel Karuna?

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      A southerner from Matara, A few questions rise to the surface. You say that all legal citizens in the country have the right to live in peace. Why do you say, ‘legal citizens’, why not simply say, ‘citizens’? Are there illegal citizens, as well. Does having the right guarantee that right? Thank you.

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      A southerner from Matara

      Before you drop names, .phrases, ……………. you must have the courtesy of defining and explaining those words, group of words, …………. ideas behind words, ….
      -.
      Please define and explain to me the following words or group of words:

      legal citizens
      country
      under one flag, what a flag means, which flag, …. why under one flag
      live as Sri Lankans, what makes a Sri Lankan, what benefit do the people get by being a Sri Lankan, …. where did the name come from, ……

      “extremist political groups”

      Who are these extremist groups? Saffron clad thugs, ….?
      Single handed generals,
      Crooks with an genocide agenda,……………..?

      By the way did you get a willi extension and an e******n on the day of Gota’s coronation?

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        Dear Native Vedda,
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        I think that you are spot on with your queries. Sometimes I have a problem with your English. I don’t quite understand that last question of yours. I just don’t understand what you are asking.
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        Perhaps the problem is that I’m too pedantic.
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        Of course, I have some jokers in the school in the valley below my house whose English is even more stiffly correct than mine.
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        By the way, we’re missing nimal fernando, aren’t we? He would have had some interesting things to say about flags and anthems.

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    True, the Tamil people rejected the call to boycott. But given the serious miscalculation of publicly expressing support for SP too early, it is time for Sampanthan to retire, too, as suggested in this piece:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-a-geriatric-puzzle/
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    “The video has a clear message: Tricornermountainge Sampath should go. He has nothing further to contribute. His continued time in office has no purpose.
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    He needs his remaining years to stay quietly and repent his role in the failed experiment that brought upon those whom he claims to represent unimaginable misery. We should wish him good health so he may have a chance to reflect.”

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    I don’t think you will get what you want from GR. He acknowledged that your people didn’t vote for him, so don’t hold your breath. You will have to wait until SP becomes president to even think of someone willing to even consider your proposals, maybe after a decade or so.

    Did GR ever say anything about any devolution of power? I think not.

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    Yes the Goat has responded to what the other goats voted him for. One of his first acts was to ban the singing of the national Anthem in the Tamil language again . The language and mother tongue of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Indian origin Tamils and the Sri Lankan Muslims . The mother tongue of 25% of the country’s population A national and official language in par in Sinhalese ( only on paper but not in reality, if it was on par he cannot ban the use of singing the National Anthem in Tamil, and should be used everywhere in the island and all public , servants police and armed forces should be fluent in both languages like in may other countries ) . By this act the goat has declared openly that the island’s Tamil speakers making up quarter of the country’s population and their language do not belong and only the Sinhalese belong. All the grass eating racist goats who voted for their Captain Billy Goat will now be very happy , with this first move and will now forgive and ignore , what ever Captain Billy Goat , his family and his acolytes will do . They can resume and continue loot plunder , kill commit human rights abuses and war crimes , especially if th e4victimes are Tamil and Muslims and even starve all the ordinary goats , as Captain Billy Goat is now teaching the Tamils and the Muslims a good lesson.

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      In the US there are around 50 million people that speak Spanish as their first language but have use English in their day to day Life as English is the official language.

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        Stupid creature the Spanish speaking population other that in places like New Mexico only recently migrated to the US. Tamils have a far older history in the island than tthe Sinhalese , in fact most of the so called present day Sinhalese including you , are descended from indigenous and immigrant Tamils and the Sinhalese language is owes its existence to Tamil. Racist Sinhalese like you are trying to cunningly portray the island’s indigenous Tamils as recent immigrants and as such have no rights and use examples of large recently to migrated populations to highlight this . instead of examples of places like Switzerland Etc. You are a nasty despicable lying creature. However the latest news is the Goat got frightened and backed out due to the backlash

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          Ah, good, Rohan, if this means what it seems to:
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          “the latest news is the Goat got frightened and backed out “.
          .
          So, does that mean that you can sing what I understand is a word for word translation of the National Anthem in Tamil, and to the same tune? That would indicate that you are affirming your allegiance to the Democratic something something Sri Lanka.
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          I won’t understand a word of what you’ll be singing. There seemed to be no need to know Tamil. I’m too old now. Even if that were not the case, there’s not much purpose in an individual Sinhalese learning much Tamil, because the Tamils he meets know Sinhalese. That’s being pragmatic. However, basic Tamil is taught in most Sinhalese village schools, and the kids prefer it to learning English. Want to know why?
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          More important, after all this hedging, hawing, and insulting from our side, do you sing the Anthem happily? If you do, you’ve been wonderfully forgiving. If you don’t, I’m sorry. I apologise for what some of those Sinhalese who’ve been harassing you have been doing.
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          I want you all to be happy in this country that is both yours and mine. Never mind the order of the possessive pronouns. Never mind which linguistic group is minority, and which, majority. We exist, after all, as individuals. As such we are equal, and ought to enjoy equal rights. That is not always the case.

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      Rohan, Be cautious about from where you ‘hear’. Be even more cautious in what you say.

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      Rohan

      once i saw a u tube video some Sri lankan people have participated in a minor event in Nepol. There all the groups were asked to sing their National Anthem. I always like to here my National Anthem & we are proud of it. I was eagerly prepared to listen, but they sang in Tamil. This is what happen when allowed to sing it in various languages. In India 60 million Tamils can sing one National Anthem but in SL they can’t. Most countries in the world do not allow this. Inside the country that should not be a problem.

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        Do not display your ignorance. Indian national anthem is in Bengali and not in Hindi which is the language of the majority. In Singapore, national anthem is in Malay and not in Chinese which is the language of the majority. New archaeological evidence is emerging that Tamil language was used for administration and communication in Sri Lanka before the origin of Sinhala language. So for anyone to prevent singing of or even refuse to sing national anthem in Tamil is nothing but rank racism. Those people are only forcing Tamils not to give respect to Sri Lanka national anthem in Sinhala.

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          Dr Gnana Sankaralingam

          Man who said Indian National Anthem is in Hindi. You mind it, all Indians sing one National Anthem in one language. Singapore is an Island earlier belonged to Malaysia. Recently Chinese & others migrated there. We know new archaeological evidence always emerging when you are fast sleep (in your dreams )

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          Dear Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
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          This is what I call an excellent comment. I know from your friend Prof. Mahesh Nirmalan, that you’ve had many bitter experiences with racist Sinhalese. The result is that sometimes your comments are shrill and bitter. However, here what you say is very balanced and justified by the context.
          .
          Now, I hope that you don’t say that I’m being patronising! You’re a bit unpredictable, you know.

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        latha,
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        I’m disappointed in you.
        Tell me what happened. They sang in Tamil. So what? What are the “various languages”? Only two, unless some of the next generation of kids decide to sing it in English. That could happen, you know.
        .
        I live in a village. I used to teach English, a language which I shall be conceited enough to say that I know very well. However, our education system is so run down that very few people here effectively know any English at all. They get A Grades for O.Levels, but can’t converse even with me in English. Why “even” with me? I’m a good English user who understands just how difficult it is for a person to reach my level, if living in Sri Lanka.
        .
        Do you think that in a neutral situation, you have the right to decide when and where the Anthem ought to be sung, and in what language? Underlying your comment is the assumption that Sri Lanka is more your country than it is “theirs”.
        .
        You will find some eye-opening comments below this article; tomorrow is the last day for comments:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-categories-of-presidential-candidates/
        .
        To get back to “latha”. Do you think that the anthem was deliberately sung in Tamil, to make you uncomfortable? I remember it happening once in the Maldives, about thirty years ago. They didn’t warn us, and some crazy Sinhalese started saying that it was the Eelam National Anthem. I’m never that naive, but some of those who had thought of singing in Tamil may have meant mischief, while the others followed innocently.
        .
        In a pluralistic society, we cannot afford to be so puerile. To have posted that comment of yours, I judge you to be underestimating the task of reconcilliation before us.

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        I’ve just noticed that “latha” was not actually in “Nepol” (I guess Nepal is meant) but that her hobby is listening to our National Anthem on Youtube. Further, she had this desire to hear all the groups participating in “a minor event” singing their various National Anthems.
        .
        Is this a credible story, I ask readers to judge for themselves?
        .
        When most of us comment we do so because we feel an urgent need to improve what goes on around us. This comment has clearly presented us with some silly made up “experience” with a view to creating hatred between Sinhalese and Tamils.
        .
        Pathetic, but also vety sad.

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    TNA to put forward demands for their support in Presidential Election wasn’t appropriate as anyone agreeing to them will result in defeat.Tamils and other minorities know whom they should vote.They don’t need political parties to guide them
    Ranil W was not supporting Sajith P

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    Very open, straightforward and diplomatic statement from a down-to-earth simple man of a politician. Thank you Samba.

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    This Election results clearly showed Tamil speaking and Sinhalese are divided and do not trust each other. This divide started with independence and it is now over seven decades. Politicians in both sides failed to find an amicable solution to the concerns of both communities and I don’t think this will be resolved ever. Past 70 years characterised with protests, riots, violence, economic destruction, social unrest, wars, terrorism (state and non-state), International intervention, breakdown of law & order, corruption, unlawful deaths, massacres, and suffering of the people. In total this country is failure. The country lost its independence and now it is gone back into the hands of Big powers.
    Lost Nation!

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      Ajith,

      “Politicians in both sides failed to find an amicable solution to the concerns of both communities”
      I don’t agree with “both sides”
      Tamils have tried.

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    was wrong with is required and asked for must be a “Well Defined”, “Well Balanced” Local Government System operational within , an “indivisible Country” as stressed by the writer. In the past, before the “13th Amendment and “Plus” added for political gain, we had those Municipal, Urban, Town and Village Councils. What was wrong with it? Nothing. Those institutions were managed by the “Elected Representatives” and never paid “Salaries” and other “Perks”. The SERVICES rendered were executed by a band of PAID Local Government Servants, recruited and administered by a Central Authority called “Local Government Service Commission”. That wholesome system was replaced with Provincial Councils and Palath Sabas, filled with “Paid” representatives who enjoyed much unwarranted perks and given the freedom to engage in corruption and crimes and made it a Stepping Stone to Parliament. This must be GOT RID of and re-establish a PROPER Local Government System and a SERVICE within the country.

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    Correction to my comment: In the first sentence, it must begin with “What is required and asked for…….. and delete the first words “was wrong with”.

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    “Tamil people have sent a clear message to the leaders of our country and to the international community, that the Tamil people are firm in achieving their rights,”

    Descendants of slaves brought to Sinhale illegally by ‘Para’ colonial parasites who were occupying this country illegally talking about achieving their rights. What a joke. If you guys have problems in living with Native Sinhalayo, go and complain to Portuguese, Dutch and British Governments. ‘Para’ people from these three countries are responsible for bringing your ancestors, exploiting them to the maximum to make money and abandoned them here making them Stateless. These ‘Para Suddas’ are the worst human rights violators in the world.

    Native Sinhalayo also sent a clear message to Malabar Wellala politicians by rejecting Sajith Premadasa who said in his election manifesto that he will devolve maximum power and create nine mini-Kingdoms and a Senate represented by ‘Uwa Rajawaru’ from these nine mini-Kingdoms.

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      Eagle,
      “If you guys have problems in living with Native Sinhalayo, go and complain to Portuguese, Dutch and British Governments.”
      When your females come back from Dubai with Muslim babies, who do you complain to?
      When your Loki Hamuduruwo does colonic irrigation on your young males, who do you complain to ?

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    President Gotabhaya Rajapakse should sideline these Wellala elite politicians and address the problems of low caste Demala people who are about 70%. The top priority of these ordinary folks is development that will create job opportunities for them but the top priority of elite Wellala politicians is creating a Federal System so that they can continue to keep the low caste Demala people oppressed.

    Should scrap ‘Thesawalamei’ which is a Malabar customary law and give land to Daliths.

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    The problem the Sri Lankans have is, the minority have a problem called national problem & the majority, the Sinhalese don’t have such problem.

    We had a war with terrorists who wanted a separate country on racial basis & it’s over now. it’s crystal clear that the country will never be divided.

    In a democratic environment power is given to people so the term power sharing doesn’t have a meaning.

    Why should we share or decentralize power/administration on racial basis?

    That’s the burning issue we have to address.

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    MUSLIMS OF SRI LANKA WISH THE NEW PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA, EXCELLENCY, GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA THE VERY BEST AND PRAY GOD ALLMIGHTY BLESS HIM IN ALL HIS ENDEAVOURS TROUGHOUT HIS TENURE IN OFFICE.
    The election of HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the office of the 7th., President of Sri Lanka on the 16th., of November 2019 is a happy day for those Sri Lankans who love their “Maathruboomiya”, Mother Sri Lanka, be they Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Malays or Burghers.
    The section of Muslims who voted HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa to become the 7th., Executive President of Sri Lanka feel honoured to be partners in the victory of the majority community who have voted HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa to make it happen, by the grace of God AllMighty.
    The Muslims of Sri Lanka wish the new President of Sri Lanka, Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa the very best and pray God AllMighty bless him in all his endeavours throughout his tenure in office to achieve success and to serve the people of Sri Lanka as promised. The Muslims of the North and East, especially the Eastern Province look forward to be “FREED” from the oppression of the TNA, The dominating Tamil Administration (Tamil government officials and government servants) and the Public Service stooges of the TNA and Tamil political power brokering entities under whom we have suffered for decades, with the “EQUALITY OF GOVERNANCE” promised in the presidential election manifest of the SLPP and HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, Former SLFP District Organizer – Trincomalee District, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener – “The Muslim Voice”.

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      Nizam,
      In Trinco district, are in Seruvala or outside? You surrendering so many with a noise of HE HE HE HE HE….( I hope you not laughing, are you?). Listen man, other than Seruvala all Trinco voted almost 95% to Vaalaiththodam Jr Is that why the King grinding you so hard and you wiggling with the sound of HE HE HE HE HE….

      Listen, keep calling your All Mighty to saving your HE HE HE HE HE…. from UN Electric Chair at Hague, because that one going to be the next ceremony for Kiribath and crackers. Do you remember how Sinhalese celebrated Vaalaiththodam Sr’s death ? “Nainar Sethathu Nallathu Nallathu; Kiribath Soothukku Nallathu Nallathu”.
      Sinhalese voted unanimously to King to take care of Muslims rowdies man. You guys have been the traitors of Tamils one time. But this is about against whom? Muslims?
      Don’t be such a lunatic man!
      You can say your king is wearing a new cloth. But by the past experience, even the children are seeing you and your king are fully naked. (pavum)

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      Muslims are big opportunists. Gotabhaya should scrap muslim marriage and divorce act (mmda) and ban niqab polygamy and child marriages.

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        VADC – Why blame the whole community for one guy commenting under a Muslim name? If you ask Douglas, Karuna, Pillayan, Arumugam, they will also say the same. Are Muslims blaming all Tamils for that? Everyone has the right to support whoever one likes. By the way, once MMDA is scrapped, polygamy and child marriages won’t stay, FYI.

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      We want people like you Nizam

      Thank you.

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      Dear Noor Nizam,
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      You sound much too servile.
      .
      It is disgusting to me.

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    Dear Mr. Sampanthan Tamil politicians must do what the Tamil people want them to do rather than formulate policies according to their agendas and impose it on the people giving false reasons to do so. The problem with Tamils is that none of the so called leaders beginning from G.G.Ponnambalam, to Amirthalingam and to Prabaharan did what Tamil people wanted them to do, resulting in disaster for the community. This trend is continuing unfortunately. Sumanthiran may be a legal luminary but is a political nincompoop. Look at what happened during the last five years, when you supported the government blindly at the instigation of foreign powers who did not want to rock the boat. It was a case of cheating by time wasting, resulting in nothing. It is good that an extremist government has come to power, which will expose the country as an intransigent lot. It is easier to confront an enemy who behaves like an enemy, rather an enemy who pretends to be a friend. Take this government head on, and if you are afraid to do it, please do not give excuses.

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      Thank you Dr.
      “what the Tamil people want them to do ” Could you please list them?

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    Dear Sam, you and TNA backed the wrong horse – the US puppet and FAKE Human Rights horse that used ethnicity and religion to divide countries, the UNP hourse that wanted to sell Sri Lanka with SOFA and MCC agreements so that the US war machine could set up military bases in Lanka to fight China and Iran and destroy multicultural Asia just as it has done Africa and the Middle east in order to loot?!!
    Thank god Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country and hope that True Buddhism will prevail because Ahimsa or non-violence is the core of True Buddhism and the minorities can thrive.
    Hope Prez. Gota will have a proper inquiry on the foreign hands who staged the Easter Carnage which was claimed US- Saudi owned ISIS and Mr. Al Bagdadhi! US the fake human rights exporter of half the world’s military hardware, USA which is “addicted to war and violence” as Tom Dispatch and Micheal Klare have written.
    But Sam you should retire – go home and hand over to the next generation of Tamil youth who do not live in the past – the time warp of Fake Tamil nationalism that you and TNA spout for your own advantage and corrupt political gain. TIme for doddering dodos to go home. Finally, US puppet Bondscam Ranil has resigned, when will you?!

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      How can Gota have a proper inquiry, as it was he and Mahinda with consent of Sirisena who organised it, being instigated by China with the support of Pakistani intelligence agency who were working with Muslim extremists in eastern province. When those terrorists who were caught admitted that they joined the movement to take revenge for the atrocities committed to Muslims, why did they kill Catholics and Tamils who had not harmed them. To brainwash them not to kill Buddhists but others cannot be done by other than Pakistani agents who have gained their confidence. The fact that the people who gained by these bombings are Gota and Mahinda shows that China which wanted to bring them back to power was behind it. So instead of blaming US and Saudis to cover up the truth, expose the China and Pakistani connection.

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    Wait till parliamentary elections Mr. Sampanthan. Tamil people will send a clear message to TNA.
    It is deceiving of you to say the vote for Sajith is a nod for his manifesto. Tamil people would have voted for Sajith even if you haved asked them to vote for Gota, out of fear. But you have done your part for your master, Ranil, by co-signing the 13 demands and then expressing your support to Sajith, helping the Rajapakse campaign.

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      TNA will get the votes if they get rid of the top three – SAM/SUM/SEN combination who are nothing but stooges of foreign power who have once again let them down, and field candidates who will genuinely work for Tamils and not for any foreign agenda. For a start Vigneswaran has to be taken into TNA, as he will do better as an MP than a CM.

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    What a contrast to his long time mate, Dr Ranil’s Speech last Night..

    Mr Sampathar only thanked the Thamilians in the North and the East. And made it clear in uncertain terms that the new President must heed their call.

    When I looked at the Graphic representation of the last Vote on the Lankawe Map, it is exactly the Map which Mr Piraharan was waving.,

    Instead of the LTTE Tiger brand RED it is now in Green from Mannar over Jaffna right up to Keselwatta Kid’s seat in Hambantota.
    It is amazing..

    What bothers me now is what to do with the Thamill vote which Keselwatta Kid received in the other parts bar Maskeliya ,which amounts to over One Million..

    I don’t know what Keselwatta Kid agreed to give Sampathar to get that overwhelming vote.
    All I know is what was in that Siva List of 13D .

    How is President Nandasena going to heed the call of the North and East Tamils,ignoring the Thamilians in the South?.

    Do the Thamils in the South have to be included too in Mr Sampathar’s 13A and Mr Sivajilingams’s 13D?.

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      K.A. Sumanasekera,
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      A typical mischief-making comment from you!

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    Sinahalese have a sent a clear message too.

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      charles

      “Sinahalese have a sent a clear message too.”

      What was the message again?
      Racing to hit the bottom?
      What was/is the average age of Fascist regime?
      Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice……………………….

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        Dear Native,

        Sampathar is no Spring Chicken either..Neither is Sivajilingam .

        Do you know how old that Selvam is?.

        Anyway what matters is who is behind the Regime.
        All the Pros are behind Nandasean So are the Artistes..
        They are patriotic to the max too..
        Don’t you worry about the Bottom,

        I think if a few more Selvams join our Pros even the poor inhabs in the North and the East who have been fooled by the Vellalas, can pick themselves up and get a decent life for them and their Kiddies. going forward.-

        Unless they have rich uncles like you.
        And hoping to get them over too to the Promised Lands .like the One Million who did it while Mr Pirahaparan was around.. –

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    Sampanthan Aiya,
    For god sake resign or retire from Tamil politics along with your crony Sumanthiran. For the last 5 years both fo you have cheating/misleading the Tamil people telling them unimaginable lies to suit the 21st century great fox Ranil. Where was this Sumanthiran during the 30 years of war? He wa comfortably living in Colombo and you were in India. The day both of retire/resign from Tamil politics, will be a new era for Tamils. This doesn’t imply Douglas and his stooges will have D-day, these rascals are worse than you guys.

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      velu Rasiah

      “Where was this Sumanthiran during the 30 years of war?”

      Were you looking for him?
      Did Pottu Amman order you to get rid of him?

      “you were in India”

      Did Sam live in India for 30 years? Gosh.

      “This doesn’t imply Douglas and his stooges will have D-day, these rascals are worse than you guys.”

      Do you regret Douglas is still alive?
      Poor little VP, attempted more than 50 times and failed all, were you given the contract?

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    after 70 years of independence Sri Lanka is still struggling to get an identity of its own.
    is it a Sinhalese country
    is it a Buddhist country
    is it a liberal country
    is it a capitalist country
    is it leftist country
    is it a country for all its citizens?

    no!

    it was a Bandaranike country
    it was a JRJ country
    now its a Rajapakse country

    unfortunately it was never a country of its citizen and never will be

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      Rajash

      “is it a Sinhalese country”

      No, only 52.25% of the voting population has been converted being Sinhala/Buddhist Fascists.

      “is it a Buddhist country”

      No, only 52.25% of the voting population, the Sinhala/Buddhist Fascist believe it is a Buddhist country.

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    Our message is clear too.

    Soma

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      Soma, India’s message is clear too.

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      somass

      “Our message is clear too.”

      What was the message again?

      Are you satisfied that you have managed to convert 52.25% of the voting population into Sinhala/Buddhist fascism over 60 years hopefully the will done in the next 60 years.
      Impressive.
      By any chance you happen to know the average life of a Fascist regime?

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    Sambi the Humbug,

    The poor people of North and East have been brain washed by Good for nothing Tamil / Muslim politicians.
    Who are only interested in fanning communal unrest and hanging on to power while enjoying the perks and privileges entitled to members of parliament.

    I am not surprised if some of these humbugs have Swiss accounts and black money stashed away for their safety and security.

    Most of these people live the good life in Colombo while the electorate is suffering.

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    It is a clear message how pathetic this small minority is.

    They have voted for the political party that conducted the pogrom against them in 1983 !

    They have voted for the party that burned down the Jaffna library.

    They have voted for the man whose father was killed by Tamil God Prabakaran !

    They have voted against the man who freed from Tamil Pol-Pot Prabakaran !

    The destruction of minorities is because they form race/religion based parties which are exploited by small time politicians like Hakeem and Sambandan.The only way for these small timers to remain public figures is by exploiting the small mindedness of minorities.

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      Oh, just shut up kebab.
      .
      It is you, who are a small man. Big or small, I don’t know. Sampanthan is a good man.

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    Excellent article by Sampanthan

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      Yes, such a good article, that it is best responded to in the simple straightforward way that you have.
      .
      Unfortunately, my comments are often too long.
      .
      But then, you have his father’s name: “Rajavarothiam.” How do you Tamils manage to pronounce all that?
      .
      Anyway, a great guy:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Sampanthan
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      Ah, I see that he’s so good because he’s had so much of his education in our Sinhalese schools in the South.
      .
      Seriously, Mr Sampanthan, you’ve been doing a difficult job very well. Thank you so much. As a Sri Lankan, I’m most grateful to you for all that you have done.

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    can someone pls tell me what is this tamil question?

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