22 April, 2021

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Rajapakse Besieged In London, After Gota Denies Tamil Region

By Dushy Ranetunge –

Dushy Ranetunge

On the eve of the Presidents visit to the UK to attend the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Gotabaya in his usual finger wagging style told the BBC that the north cannot be recognised as a “Tamil” region.

In the run up to the first Presidential election, Mahinda Rajapakse told his Sinhala Buddhist electorate that he is from the “south”. Was he not indicating that he was from the Deep South, which is hard line Sinhalese?

By denying that the North is a Tamil region, the Rajapakse’s are denying to the Tamils, what the Sinhalese take for granted in their perceptions of the Deep South and elsewhere.

The “Tamil” identity of the North is no different to the Kandyan identity of the central highlands or the Rohona identity of the South. It is folly to deny them, as they are deep-rooted identities, which are embedded in the psyche of the different communities that inhabit this island. It was the Kandyans who first wanted federalism.

The response one could expect in denying the “Tamil” identity of the North is no different to the response the Rajapakse’s could expect, if they were to deny the “Kandyan” identity of the highlands.

On the eve of Mahinda Rajapakse’s visit to the United Kingdom to attend the Queens diamond Jubilee, one would have expected that the BBC interview would have been made use of to build bridges and to hold out the hand of reconciliation towards the Diaspora Tamils. It could have been a great strategic opportunity to demonstrate the administrations credibility in terms of reconciliation.

Instead, brother Gotabaya gave his finger-wagging lecture to deny the basic identities of our northern community, enraging and mobilising the Diaspora against the Sri Lankan state, which insists on exposing itself as a republic, which has been seized by the dominant tribe, and is administered to perpetuate majoritarian prejudices.

Denying Tamil citizens their legitimate rights based on the majoritarian fears of separatism is feudal, akin to denying a wife her rights based on the fear that she might run away. These are not acceptable democratic behaviour in the 21st century.

The BBC and other TV stations interview Gotabaya knowing very well that he will not fail to shoot himself and Sri Lanka in the foot and he obliges every time. The last BBC interview was no exception.

Sections of the Tamil Diaspora in London would have mobilised against Mahinda Rajapakse with or without Gotabaya’s BBC interview, but unfortunately what Gotabaya did was to enrage ordinary Tamils, in the same manner he would have enraged the Kandyans if he had denied the Kandyan identity of the Highlands.

Gotabaya’s comments indirectly assisted the more radical elements, in enraging ordinary Tamils towards their cause. There was no reconciliation here. He was adding fuel to the fire.

President Mahinda Rajapakse was at the receiving end even before he left for London as large numbers mobilised against the Sri Lankan state at Heathrow anticipating his arrival. His speech at the Commonwealth Business Council was cancelled on the morning of the 6th, as the British did not want any unpleasant incidences during the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The British authorities obviously had prior intelligence of what was brewing later that afternoon. There was a massive lightening demonstration as thousands of Tamils marched on Marlborough House, where a luncheon was to be held attended by the Sri Lankan President. At 3.00pm my English neighbour complained to me that the Sri Lankan President was responsible for blocking the streets in central London where he had been held up.

By late afternoon, the Evening Standard Newspaper had screaming headlines “’Killing fields’ protest in central London hits Queen’s Diamond Jubilee lunch”. Channel 4 news at 7.00pm had a field day. The following day most major British newspapers carried the story.

Eggs and rotten tomatoes had been hurled as the beleaguered President fled from the Park Lane Hilton under heavy police escort to participate in various events and High Commissioner Nonis rode to the rescue with a photo opportunity with some British MP’s to save the day. Informal discussions were held between Prime Minister Cameron and President Mahinda Rajapakse on the sidelines at Marlborough House. Mahinda Rajapakse stood next to David Cameron during the Commonwealth group photograph, a thrilling prospect for a beleaguered President yearning for international recognition. There were meetings with the Maldivian President and the head of the Commonwealth.

Unfortunately Cuba, China, Russia and Iran are not members of the Commonwealth.

A small group in the hundreds loosely linked to the High Commission put up a counter demonstration, which was dwarfed by the demonstration by the Tamil Diaspora, which exceeded over a thousand. The pro-High Commission counter demonstration had sent e-mails out previously canvassing support but was unsuccessful in making any impact on the British press.

The Park Lane Hilton is unlikely to offer accommodation to the Sri Lankan President in the near future, considering the inconvenience caused to their clients.

All other heads of state attended the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in vehicles, which displayed their respective national flag. For security reasons Mahinda Rajapakse was sneaked around under high security in a Range Rover without the national flag. He was later seen smiling in the same vehicle being driven to the airport. The President left for Rome for an audience at the Vatican, perhaps yearning for solace.

The British as usual managed that fine balance between the right of the citizen to protest and the rights of a member nation of the Commonwealth with no violence in law enforcement. They have and continue to fine tune their law enforcement and policing strategies.

If High Commissioner Nonis’s strategy was to tread softly ignoring the war crimes issue and focusing on the positives of Sri Lanka, then the 6th of June was a massive embarrassment before the entire Commonwealth and the British public who had up to then enjoyed a peaceful Diamond Jubilee free of such incidents and unpleasantness. Her Majesty would not have been amused.

For Nonis who has no prior diplomatic exposure it would have been a baptism by fire. But thanks to his British public school education, he delivered with a stiff upper lip, where many would have failed.

Referring to the Tamil Diaspora as “terrorists” or “terrorist rump” is a failing outdated strategy, which only exposes the political bankruptcy of the Rajapakse administration, which seem increasingly incapable of guiding Sri Lanka strategically away from the present morass. Sri Lanka needs a paradigm shift in strategy to defeat the challenges that confronts her. The present tinkering is too little, too late.

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    Good take on what happened in London. Does Sri Lanka deserve this? Why should the Rajapaksas continue to embarass us?

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      Pandukabaya,
      Of course, Sri Lanka and many many srilankans can happily withstand the socalled ’embrassement’….Probably, this embarassement will not only increase his vote bank, but also increase his standing as a tough no nonsense statesmen of the country for decades to come .. especially after his coming out of the London hotel bravely and mixing up with srilankans protesting against LTTE RUMP in London …
      Dushy’s clearly visible dissatisfaction and frustrations regarding the MR’s upright performance in London has vanished his balance and resorted to a baby crying …
      He talks about ”Tamil Region” and ‘kandyans” and ‘perceptions in deep south’ ….. Dushy, you are talking b.s. … There are no ‘Tamil Region’ or Kandyan region in SL as London has not got ‘china region’ eventhough chinese predominantly live there. By the way, I saw the word ‘kandiyan’ in many decades … Interesting to see that you, internationalist , promoting ethnic, caste based language in your writing ….. Nobody could help with ‘perception’ of anybody or any community because you can only satisfy ‘wants’ but not ‘desires’ like aspirations …
      Your grumbling and redicules regarding MR using (same vehicle, no national flag, solace in meeting Pope, no Park Hill Hotel accommodation next time…etc ) shows your baby mentality and nothing else ….. You must definitly apologies from your respected ENGLISH NEIGHBOUR for his held up in the traffic due to MR’s bad behavior … I know I do not have to tell that because it must have promptly done to ENGLISH NEIGHBOUR at the time, in style of course ….

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      Well Pandu… Be happy if this finishes with Mahendra Percy, aka Mahinda. Namal ‘will take over from him’, if you want to go by his own words to Gadaffi. Gota has his own ideas. But, Basil thinks that he would sneak through. Chamal seems to think his son must be given a shot as well. All these from a politico, who said the family rule should end when Chandrika was on the show.

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      Hardly Find Ur Article Comment Worthy. How Ever I’d Like to Ask is this the Best Picture U Could Find ???

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        I Must Rather Say, Ur Article is Not Any Comment Worthy but Comments are !!!
        I Thought Once Ravinath A. Re-Locates to Geneva Ur Aspirations too would be Fulfilled !!! Seems Like They have Again Dissapointed U !!!

        Sad Na ???

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          Rather have Fooled U Again !!!

          Have U Ever Heard of Revised Version of Sinhala Proverb “Iwasana Dana”???

          Iwasana dana rupu udayata jaya kodiya
          Meya kiw ekage kata kawath madiya
          Ikman una eka langa badu hatha ataya
          Baduwak nathi me man thamath thanikadaya

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      This is an embarassment to the British people as their cherished freedom of expression is now a hostage to Tiger Tamil Terrorist Diaspora. The writer of this article has failed to recognise that the people who really matter, like the Queen of England, have ignored the stupid anti-Srilanka demonstrators and that there were also large counter demonstrations to welcome and applaud the president for the pride he has brought upon SriLanka.

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    More voices are needed and may God save them all ‘in our land like no other’.
    It is certainly a sad place for our motherland. In the name of all religions, people, peace and reconstruction (and with ‘a bulls in a china shop’ attitude) those in high places speak. If it was their own innocent kith & kin who had been murdered, left bereft of parents & livelihood, disabled, traumatised… would they still take on such a forced and indifferent approach? For some of us, these are warning signs that question their motives and sincerity…
    None of our politicians seem to remember that it is the people who voted them in and that this is a job they are doing rather than a position to be misused.
    Sadly, like is not forever… and no saastharakaraya can predict when and where. Accountability is certain, although people think that their position or connections can save…

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    But so called “Sri Lanka campaign” and the Tamil diaspora failed to prevent Rajapaksa from attending the diamond jubilee despite all their efforts. Now isn’t it a humiliation? lol..

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    Thanks Dushy for this wonderful article. The present Anti-Tamil Pro Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalist government of President Mahinda Rajapakse is not only denying the legitimate Tamil rights of the Tamil people but also the Tamil identity of the North of Sri Lanka.

    This is exactly what the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan was trying to convey at the 14th Convention of the ITAK in May 2012 when he said,

    “…Up to 500 years ago, the Tamil people established their own governments, and governed themselves. Our party symbolizes a time in history…during which our people had their own sovereign Tamil governments…Our fundamental objective is to regain our community’s Home, its historical habitat and its sovereignty.

    Unfortunately, the so called “scholars” who continue to butter the present regime to earn their daily bread are crying foul by misinterpreting Sampanthan’s speech as separatist.

    The Tamil identity of the North was established nearly a thousand years ago. Until the 10th century AD, the people in the island irrespective of their racial background were scattered all over the island with the Tamil settlements more towards Rajarata (North of Anuradapura and close to Polonnaruva). According to the Sri Lankan historian Dr. M. Gunasingham, from around 10th to 13th century A.D, (Subsequent to the Chola domination of Sri Lanka in the 10th century A.D), people who identified themselves as Buddhists and Hela/Sihala shifted their seats of rule from the ancient kingdoms of Anuradapura/ Polonnaruva (ruled alternatively by both Sinhala and Tamil kings) towards South, West and Central Sri Lanka while the people who identified themselves as Saiva and Demela moved their ruling structures from these same regions to the North and East of the island. For many centuries from then, until the Portuguese conquest of the Jaffna kingdom from the Tamil king Cankili 11, the Tamils and the Sinhalese were living in two separate regions in Sri Lanka. Just like the Sinhalese, the Tamil people of Sri Lanka also established their own kingdom/government, and governed themselves independently. The Tamil kingdom, which extended up to the eastern province, came under Portuguese domination in 1621, and this was how the Tamils lost their sovereignty, independence and their traditional homeland.

    Even after the European colonialists (Portuguese, Dutch and British) arrived, until the British united the Tamil North to the Sinhala South in 1833 for their convenience in administration, the Tamil speaking areas remained a federal region. The Portuguese, when they captured the Tamil kingdom, appointed a captain-major as the governor of Jaffna and administered it as a distinct political unit. The Dutch continued the same. The British gave credence to a united Ceylon in 1833, ignoring the historical realities that existed. This uniform administrative structure and the idea of a “united Ceylon” spelt doom for the Tamils’ distinctiveness, again, something the Sinhalese rulers had failed to achieve.

    When the European colonialists arrived, what all of them clearly observed and experienced during their period was that, in the island of Sri Lanka, there were two different Nations (Sinhalese and Tamils) having two different languages, religions, cultures, and living in two well defined and clearly and naturally demarcated (with thick jungles, lakes, river, etc) land areas with their own kingdoms within their traditional lands. The Tamils lived as a majority within their separate land area (North & East) and the Sinhalese also lived as a majority within their land area (South, West & Central). The British, on seeing the naturally existing borders of the two ethnic groups used their technology to demarcate them as two separate regions (occupied by two separate ethnic groups) and created the maps for the first time somewhere in the 1800s. In their map published in England, the area that constituted the traditional homeland of the Tamils is unmistakably shown to extend from Chilaw northward and eastward to a point near Madawchchi; south of Padavil Kulam extending to the Trincomalee district; and the Batticaloa district down to the mouth of the Walawa Ganga in the south.

    Later in 1833, the British created one government with one centralized, unitary form of administration under a governor in Colombo without the consent of the people, and in doing so ended the hopes for a Tamil nation as a distinct political entity, something that no conqueror had managed to do – to stifle the flame of an independent existence. The introduction of a unitary form of government (creating a single majority) was a tragic step in the wrong direction which led to the Sinhalese hegemony over the Tamils. It was the grave mistake on the part of the British to bind together in a common polity the two ethnic groups with no common links, and to bind them together by the whip they wielded. It was a death knell for the Tamils’ distinctiveness, freedom, independence and their centuries-old sovereignty.

    In his speech Sampanthan only speaks about restoring the legitimate rights of the Tamils (including the Tamil identity of the North) which we lost to the Sinhalese via the colonial rulers (British).

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      Exactly! Before the tamils came illegaly all of the north was sinhala. So what is the problem in saying that north is not tamil but belongs to all and any ethnic group should be able to buy property which is prevented by Thesavalami, that was a British creation, and live there as the tamils do in else where in the island. What is a tamil identity? It is a personal thing and does not relate to a land. You can call the north is tamil dominated which is a fact. But that does not give them the right to have an Ealam. Tamil Diaspora has the money and connections ans is with the LTTE rump and some mis-guided sinhalese, probably who has some ting to gain is agitating in the world scene for an Ealam illusion, which they could not get with arms.

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        Garawi

        Why are you uttering rubbish?
        Who told you that the Tamils came illegally to the north? Any academic or archeological source available?
        History says Sinhalese came illegally in a boat and took over the country that was already occupied by people.
        There is no such prevention in anybody buying property in the North. Who is preventing you from buying. There were many Sinhalese shops, guarages, bakeries, etc before the war. What exactly do you know about the Thesavalami law. You are simply blabbering with utter ignorance. Thesavalami was not a British creation, try to learn something before commenting in a public forum and make yourself a laughing stock.

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    Dushy Ranetunge writes:

    “The “Tamil” identity of the North is no different to the Kandyan identity of the central highlands or the Rohona identity of the South.”

    How about our ancient identity in the middle of the island which is inadvertently/conveniently ignored by you in your report.

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      Gota did not deny tamil ‘identity’ but he only said north cannot be a tamil only region just like the rest of the island is not Sinhala only.
      You are mistaken!

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        garawi

        On what basis did he make the decree?

        When he made made this decree did he consider all factors such as history,kingship, philosophy, politics, economy, religion, culture, way of life,intruding globalising economic forces backed by massive military power, ………………………..

        I don’t understand these words, which I happen to hear from ordinary people when I go to the local market to sell honey.

        I am confused.

        Could you untangle the web Gota weaved.

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    William McKinley the 25th President of the United States said the following:

    Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not conflict, and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.

    Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness, and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of earth.

    I wish our leaders can learn that peace is more important than war!

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      Excellent comment. Thanks

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    Dushy Ranatunga and Mr Naganathan seem to be assuming a similar perspective of what is best for Sri Lanka. The former equates Tamil nationalism to Kandyan identity, which seems a rather weak attempt at drawing analogies.

    The latter is promoting an idealism that is impractical in the present context of this 21st century. It would be very calamitous if Sri Lanka had to be divided, like when India was partitioned on the basis of religion, resulting in millions of dead people and many millions of remaining Muslims being persecuted through the years.

    In fact, India is home to more Muslims than the whole population of Pakistan. The two countries have since fought many disastrous wars and created an unnecessary enmity between Hindu and Muslim brothers.

    I feel that, like when Arjuna Ranatunga waved his finger at the White umpire Hair (a hitherto unprecedented act from a “native” to a “master”) it did break the status quo and Sri Lanka earned respect for standing up to bullies who attempted to stifle the talent of bowler Muralidharan.

    I feel that the paradigm shift that Dushy is talking about has already taken place. This is completely regardless of the significant issues that plague governance within the country. Former spokesmen for the government toed the lines like Duleep Mendis and Anura Tennakoon did in the 70’s. This would have made the colonialists happy. Not so, when you thumb your nose to the imperialists and do what is best for the country (as in concluding the long drawn out war successfully).

    Much more needs to be done to correct all the wrongs done during the period of war, to the aggrieved parties. That is the responsibility of whatever goverment is in place. However, partition is not the answer.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda

      You are no longer ruled by colonialists.

      If you are your own master there is no reason for you to feel inferior to that of your former masters.

      All you have done is replacing the white masters by brown shahibs. The island is ruled by Brown masters and the people are being treated like their slaves and denied their right to stake in the country’s resources, wealth and political power.

      Your leaders have to earn respect whether it from your former white masters or from your own people.

      Please teach your leaders how to treat their own people respectfully then the rest of the world will treat your leaders with greater respect than now.

      Is it too much to ask from your leaders?

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    Gamini Perera says:

    “I wish our leaders can learn that peace is more important than war!”

    Sri Lankan leaders’ very existence depends on conflict and war. In fact they thrive when there is conflict/war. If there is no war/conflict they are capable of creating one for their own survival.

    Peace is a virtue for many people of this world but Sri Lankans consider it as a vice.

    Peace does not give Sri Lankan leaders glory.

    I hope you are not disappointed.

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      Sadly, as cynical and depressing as what you say is, I have to agree with you Native Vedda. Personally, I think the same applies to most international governments, and even the UN and other humanitarian organizations. If not, things would never have got to the stage things have in Sri Lanka, or the Middle east, or Africa… There doesn’t seem to be any real will to resolve conflict anywhere in the world. There is far more to be gained for the powerful from conflict and war.

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    Hello Dushy:

    How come the queen did not read the petition and listen to Refugees in London and met Rajapakse ?

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    Native Vedda,

    of course i am disappointed!

    I voted twice for JRJ, but left Sri Lanka in 1985 because of his antics.He is the Godfather who wrote the script for all this abuse of power.

    When JRJ attacked buddhist monks,got the supreme court judges stoned no one complained.because he was english educated, his autocratic style was accepted.

    When the Meddamula boys are doing it we are shocked.Everything that is done today,JRJ and Premadasa did worse!

    Educated at Royal or Hambantota Maha Vidyalaya all our leaders are corrupt.We have no future,Sinhalese,Tamils or Muslims..

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      Gamini Perera

      Since independence people of the island have been allow to exercise their universal adult suffrage. People being stupid they continue to elect candidates whom they thought were less stupider than the average voters.

      The election process itself is a competition between two or more lesser stupid people, who usually are impaired of vision.

      The rot started earlier on just after independence when bigots, racists and saffron clad thugs were allowed to chart the course of the country’s destiny.

      It did not start with JR nor would it end with MR as long as the stupid masses are determined to remain stupid.

      Time and again people supported elected those politicians who had the most outdated, racist, reactionary, and inhumane policies. JR and Premadasa were only two of many.

      Don’t blame the leaders do blame the people for they who elect their leaders in their own mould.

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    Dushy, which memebers of parliament did Rajapakse meet

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    Dushy, Whatever happened to you?In the thick of the LTTE mayhem in mid 1990s, you wore unusually patriotic clothes. Anyway, why did you suddenly decide to drop tosh in public? Are you writing to please thyself, or dressing to please Uvindu? Or have you missed out on a deal? It is like, as they say, nothing wrong when you say something wrong, something wrong when you say nothing wrong. Forget all, but who the heck are you to declare boarders for everybody else after the government has done the deal by wiping out the nasty lot? Now the country, not the North or the South or any other part, if you didn’t know, belong to everybody.

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      Holly Molly Rubert !!!
      Certainly this Comment will NOT Go Well with Dushy !!! He Always Thought He is More Superior / Greater than Uvindu !!!

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    very sorry dushy, you can sell this in london, but definitly not in sri lanka.

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    History said USA belongs to Native Red Indian Americans. Same is true for the largest island nation Australia and also New Zealand to give a couple more examples. History say, Tamils in SL have crawled from Tamil Nadu in India to evade hardships and discriminations by their own people.

    Tamils have freedom to live any part of Sri Lanka and they are every where. It seems Colombo 6 where many Tamils escaped from north and east live today is a part of so called Tamil nation. Tamil Diaspora is full of opportunists and freeloaders that covertly ride on bandwagon of LTTE terrorism to get citizenships in the western countries and to remain there at the expense of and traducing Sri Lankans who live in Sri Lanka. The real problem is, why Sinhalese cannot live freely in all parts of their own country?

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      Gotaimber

      Here we go again, history lessons for the benefit of stupid people by stupid people.

      I love to hear/read your version of the island’s history, which always has been exclusively rightful purview of Sinhala/Buddhist people.

      Would you educate me as to how the “Tamils in SL have crawled from Tamil Nadu in India to evade hardships and discriminations by their own people” while crossing 20 miles of sea?

      Sorry I am unable to understand how they manage the trip across the reasonably deep sea. Perhaps the Tamils possessed supernatural abilities!!!!!. May be they too followed Buddha & Manimehala.

      I am confused.

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        Hey Native again

        No wonder why you are confused. As indciated in some other forum, you are bloody the thickest person that we all could smell in this web.

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          Mark Webber

          Try your best to educate me, one day in the not so near future you might learn something from my people.

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        Easy…. They crawled on rafts made of disposed banana stems after bananas and leaves were eaten. I have seen them landing and crawling on roads at the mercy of Sinhalese who fed them out of compassion even in 50’s and 60’s. Brother, the essence of my sarcastic comments earlier were to cast some light on the freedom that Tamils enjoy in all over Sri Lanka while for some reason Sinhalese do not have the same freedom to live where they wish to in their own country.

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          Gotaimber says:

          “Sinhalese do not have the same freedom to live where they wish to in their own country”

          Do my people have the right to live in any part of my ancestral island, with our own lifestyle intact?

          How did the Sinhalese arrive in the island?

          I suppose your people would have used solar powered Jumbo jet sails to ferry your people from Sinhapura, in Lata land, about 2,500 years ago.

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        You are very much of a confused soul. Don’t those tamils live in Wellawatta have their own carnival festivities in Colombo unabated. Did anyone force them not to wear a pottu on their foreheads? If you ask a fight others will not hesitate to send you to hell. Talk to the point brother with some sense. You started history and I gave a good lesson on it. You are a menace in India, in the west and the rest of the world just freeloaders to survive while blaming those who feed your mouths.

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          gotaimber

          Go back to your comment (Gotaimber – June 9, 2012
          1:37 am): “History say, Tamils in SL have crawled from Tamil Nadu in India to evade hardships and discriminations by their own people.”

          You have already forgotten the history of your own comment which was made only a day ago leave alone the past 2,500 years of history.

          I have just confirmed some facts with my elders about the ancient history of the island.

          They did confirm that a monkey from South India came flying and confronted the then King Ravana. Ravana being Ravana insulted the monkey. Monkey being an emissary of North Indian God Rama set fire to Lankapuri. Then the monkey brought its fellow crawling monkeys to built a bridge with their bare hands across Sethu Samudra.

          Followed by Rama the Monkey soldiers fought a war with Lanky soldiers, and destroyed Lankapuri. I am sure the South Indian monkey soldiers came crawling and kicked some a…s in Lankapuri.

          It didn’t stop there. The Pandyas and Cholas of South India when they were bored with ruling their own dynasties, visited the island on a regular basis, seeking fun. They all played games such as kicking Lanky a…s as a past time. I am reliably informed all of them came by ships except the South Indian monkies.

          The North Indian Gods also came to Sri Lanka in 1987 and stayed there for about four years. The North Indian IPKF gods did not know the purpose of their prolonged visit to the island, but one can assume that they too were bored and sent to Sri Lanka to kick some Tamil a…s. They did kick some Tamil a…s.

          I am told they first came with 6 Tuplov (cargo planes)load of Chappati floor escorted by two Mirage 2000 (fighter jets), when the Sri Lankan soldiers were hiding behind their women folks.

          The Indians , including Buddha knew how to fly, sail or build bridges across the Palk strait.

          My elders confirm that never in their life time they have seen Indians crawling to the island, except the monkey soldiers.

          My historical problem is with both Tamils and Sinhalese. You both came from India on Kallathonies, grabbed my ancestral land as a consequence my people have been confined to pockets of areas in the island. We lost our ancestral land to Vijaya and his thugs, Tamils, Portuguese, Dutch, Brits, and lost our livelihood too.

          Please look at your version of your history.

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        Ha haaaa… Now you don’t look like a tamilian and talk like a aboriginal in sri lanka. Then you must have a treaty with aboriginal chameleons in Australia and Eskimos and Native Americanos in the North America instead coughing up and vomiting venom for Tamil Diaspora all these days. What a crappy commenter, a freeloader changing the color like a chameleon??????

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          gotaimber

          What made you think I am a Tamilan?

          Earlier you roared like a lazy lion now you seem to be wriggling out of history (your chosen topic of the day), like an eel. Whats the matter with you?

          Aren’t you a descendant of lion?

          Lets start talking about the history.

          You say:

          “What a crappy commenter, a freeloader changing the color like a chameleon??????”

          Did you really understand what you have just stated above? If so please break down the cryptic code so that people like me too can benefit from your message.

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    This “traitor” …Dushy…gloats when Sri Lanka is humiliated by LTTE terrorists…the a-hole safely resides in London, with his LTTE rump pay…as usual back stabbing Sri Lanka…

    Sri Lanka has an NATIONALIST Government…under President MR…who politically lead Sri Lanka to victory over terrorism….
    Sri Lanka’s victory is the envy of US – UK – EU….bogged down in Afghanistan & Iraq…

    Sri Lanka will not bow down to LTTE rump – Western terrorists nor you traitors such as Dushy…

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    I cannot agree with you more when you say
    “Denying Tamil citizens their legitimate rights based on the majoritarian fears of separatism is feudal, akin to denying a wife her rights based on the fear that she might run away. These are not acceptable democratic behaviour in the 21st century”…

    You need courage to rise above such fears…and unfortunately, Extreme Sinhalese fear Tamils so much that they do not have this basic courage. Sad state of affairs for ALL

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    No country ravaged by the British Empire for centuries can raise their heads until they take the battle to the colonial masters. Dushy is a happy boy to be a slave to a so called democracy which is still doing the same old thing not by the bayonet but with democratic slogans. Not that the Rajapaksas are anything worth other than robbing the war victory to establishing another dynasty like Bandaranayake, Senanayake et al. So your attempt of fishing in troubled waters on behalf of the Tamil diaspora that gives a feel good environment for you and your children in quite different from what SL is plagued with in an atmosphere Tamils trying different tactics to win a separate state through do gooders of the west.

    Finger wagging you go about bashing. How was it beheading for fighting against the invader of his mother land. Dushy is a cat’s-paw of Tamil economic refugees.

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    “what the Sinhalese take for granted in their perceptions of the Deep South and elsewhere.” This statement by Dushy is misleading. Does not he aware of many tamils living in deep south and the large tamil community in Colombo. Why are you misleading.

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    Naganathan says that “The Portuguese, when they captured the Tamil kingdom, appointed a captain-major as the governor of Jaffna and administered it as a distinct political unit.”
    Does this mean that only the Jaffna peninsula was recognized by the Portuguese as “the homeland” of the Tamils?

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    Gamini P says he left SL in 1985 due to JRJ’s antics. That is fine. We do not all have such chances.

    We have decided to fight from within to change the status quo as we still believe in hope that one day the order will change back to good. There is a large number who think this way, so support them in their endeavor rather than justify your existence overseas as having no future in SL.

    We have a future we must all help those who see a positive future and assist them in achieving that.

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    Hey Gamini perera ,

    Don’t be so pastemstic, of course we srilankan do have a future, just because few corrupt leaders abused the office, does not mean the end of the road for us, we all srilankans must demand for the abolishment of the executive presidency, that is the only way forward for us, it’s a quite fruitless effort attacking on persons, when the system guarantees the president impunity for life.
    JRJ(royal educated ) introduced this highly corrupt system and enjoyed until his demise , then came this “podi miniha “ RP and abused even more , luckily he got vanished in to thin air , subsequently CBK came to power promising the abolishment of executive presidency , we all know the rest . finally Human right champion , a true southern Sinhala Buddhist came to power ,yet again promising to get rid of the executive presidency , he did the exact opposite (18 th Amendment ) and started looting the country as never before in SL history , what else do we need !!!
    We srilankans are deeply polarized and divided in to party politicks etc etc , believing his /her desired leader would not abuse the office and deliver the promises , say we get rid of this megalomaniac , there is no guarantee who ever comes next , is not going to abuse the system again , only way , I mean the one and only way to achieve this dignified goal , is to scrap the executive presidency !!!!!!!

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    So what’s the problem? Tamils who were born in the North are Tamils of the North. No body needs to reemphasized this normalcy. There’s nothing to deny. But we must not forget that in Kandy or in the Southern part of Sri Lanka the Sinhalese have not restricted from any one buying land or establishing their businesses. Tamils, Muslims can buy land and build houses. No Sinhalese have come out and screamed about Muslim owning more than half the properties and businesses in Kandy district. What Tamils are trying to do is to ask a strong hold in this area so no other race can establish their presence in the North. This is not possible. Sinhalese or Muslims should be able to buy land and do businesses in Northern part of Sri Lanka too. As a writer I think, you need to understand what the Defense Secretary is trying to say and not go in to unnecessary conclusions. No one should be taking any thing in ‘granted’ in our mother land and this belongs to all of us. They can call themselves any thing they want but no area will be separated under any race. These are all LTTE-TNA and Tamil Nadu talking. Well said, Defense Secretary.

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    Gota didn’t deny a Tamil person’s right to state that he/she is from the North. So it is wrong to draw parallels with the Kandyan’s right to claim of being Kandyan or a South based person to claim of his Southern origin. What he emphasized is that no region is solely for one ethnic group which is quite right. You may acknowledge Kandyans do not reject the right, Rohana people have to settle in Up country or vice versa. So let the North be not identified as solely of ‘Tamils’ . I think the writer being an opponent of Gota hardly tries to find fault with his statement to BBC.

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    It appears that the writer has not CORRECTLY understood what Mr Gotabaya had said to BBC.Pl go through the interview with BBC and rewrite the article pl.

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      What are we talking about Channe-4 and UNHRC, just come to your own land and see how your own people talk about a country which got no dictatorship but Government and leaders who are democratically elected. What else? Nothing but traitors and covereds who hide behind western freedom and influence. I am sad to say but our noble race is such, we will do any thing for money. We are the only race who does not protect or our own. Mr. Dushy Renatunga, our Defense Secretary is doing what’s good for all of us.

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    Can some one tell the current GoSL, what steps it should take Sri Lanka into the 21st century.

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      Jogan

      Surely your national terra leader fat VP can do that again if he wants.

      He tried few several occasionsto tell the appropriate steps to SL governements. But resulted him in having a very good mud bath in Nandikadal lagoon.

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      That’s why the present Leaders and the Government was voted in and majority of the people understands that correct steps will be taken by the GOSL into the 21st Century. Some very conveniently forgets that this Government was elected by Majority of Sri Lankans. So we have to patiently wait and see. You and I might not like what we see but tell this to the Sri Lankan voters. I will tell you exactly what’s wrong in this country. We just don’t have a strong opposition. We have the weakest opposition as a Nation. The blame should go to the Opposition Leaders and not the people who are running the country.

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    http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/19290-pulathup-puligalltte-protest-against-mahinda-in-london.html

    ‎”Although the LTTE is banned in Britain as a terrorist organization the British Police did not take any action against this open manifestation of LTTE identity or links.

    Section 13 of the British Terrorism Act of 2000 under which the LTTE was proscribed says as follows –
    E+W+S+N.I.This section has no associated Explanatory Notes(1)”A person in a public place commits an offence if he—

    (a)wears an item of clothing, or
    (b)wears, carries or displays an article,

    in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or supporter of a proscribed organization”.

    Despite these provisions no attempt was made by any London bobby to even question the youngsters wearing apparel bearing the insignia of the LTTE or waving Tiger flags. What is more these “Pulathup Puligal” were allowed to not only demonstrate or march on the streets but also to engage in many provocative acts including the burning of the Sri Lankan national flag.”

    ‎”The Rajapaksa couple was seated with others like Babli Sharma, wife of the Commonwealth Secretary- General, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his wife, and New Zealand Prime Minister John Philip Key and his wife.”

    ‎”Later on when the official group photograph of the Queen and guests were taken , Cameron and Rajapaksa posed side by side. The Sri Lankan president was on the extreme left of the front row standing next to the British PM. This is a sight that could irritate the Diaspora demonstrators considerably.”

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      “The important question however is why did the President place himself in this predicament and make himself vulnerable to decisions made by weak forces incapable of withstanding pressure?
      What are the facts and reasons that led to this decision and what is likely to happen hereafter?
      What are the contours of the volatile demonstrations by the LTTE and pro-LTTE elements of the Tamil Diaspora and what are the ramifications of this unhealthy phenomenon?”

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    Yes…. Rajapakse told in the run up to the first Presidential election, “I am from south” in a proud manner. He would have indicated that he was from the Deep South, which is hard line Sinhalese. But, did Rajapakse say south is only for Sinhalese? or did Gota say Tamils cannot live in outside the Northern area including Hambantota?. Gota said clearly in the BBC discussion, North cannot demarcate as only for Tamils but other communities also can stay.
    According to Thesavalame law other communities don’t have freedom to buy a property in North easily, always priority for Tamils. But Tamils can buy any property from anywhere else in the country. Is it reasonable? Is it not human rights violation? Neither Gota nor President said Tamils should go away from North. Gota meant, Tamils can stay and they practice their culture freely but cannot say that area is only for Tamils. Is it unreasonable? If we demarcate North is only for Tamils then; in return if other communities say, Tamils should leave from other areas to North; what would happen?
    Please understand both side in balance way. Nothing to demarcate areas community wise as Gota said any Sri Lankan can stay anywhere in the country according to their requirements. The problems would arise when people need to demarcate areas community wise.

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    There is a lot of sense in what the writer says here and he says is in black and white. I admire his courage. Many of the so called sinhala patriots are blinkered and find absolutely nothing wrong in the utterances and actions of the Rajapaksa brothers.Gota’s interview will do nothing to endear him or his government to the tamils and will seriously damage any reconciliation efforts that may be in progress.

    Even in the face of sustained opposition from the tamil diaspora Rajapaksa shamelessly keeps visiting the countries where the tamil diaspora live in large numbers and have the ability to mount demonstrations. It does a lot of damage to Sri lanka but what does he care as long as he can make these visits at the expense of the poor taxpayers of Sri lanka.

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    Piranha says:

    “Rajapaksa shamelessly keeps visiting the countries where the tamil diaspora live in large numbers”

    After all he is a Sri Lankan politician of Sinhala/Buddhist variety, one should not expect him to be ashamed of anything at all.

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    Why do we even read these hard-up jounalist Dushy Ranatunge?

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      No one is forcing you to!

      But, read it anyway, it might help to broaden your mind – that is if you have one.

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