23 September, 2020

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Raviraj Killers Could Quite Easily Decide To Do The Same With His Teacher

By C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwaraha Gurur

Saakshaat Para Brahma Thasmai Shree Guruve Namaha.

Dr. Ariyaratne,  Reverend Sirs, my dearest brothers and sisters!

It is indeed a great honour to have been invited as Chief Guest to your Annual General Meeting and to be called upon to address you.  Dr. Ariaratne is an old friend of mine. As a student at Royal I had heard of the Teacher at Nalanda though it was much later that I came to know Ari personally. To those of us who had romantic visions of the type of work done by Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba  Bhave , Jayaprakash Narayan and  indeed even of  Mother Theresa among common people, their counterpart in Sri Lanka was Ari. His Sarvodaya Movement has now come a long way, thanks to his illustrious son and others who have transformed the Movement to face up to the rigours of modernisation in a competitive, commercial, computer oriented world.

Yet the spirit of Sarvodaya lies in our hearts. The spirit of Shramadana too has its genesis in our hearts. As the word Shramadana connotes it is the sacrifice of our efforts. Sacrifice for what? For Sarvodaya which is the awakening in all. You had set up three principles to achieve such a goal -Truth, Non Violence and Self  Denial.  So you are all in a journey of self denial, non violently and truthfully to reach the goal of Sarvodaya, which is the awakening in all.

It is the awakening of our innate basic humanity that could bring peace to this World.

Peace cannot be achieved without a change of heart. This change of heart comes when the pivot of decision making in one’s life shifts from the self to an ambience of love pervading all around us. There is natural good will, concern and love in the hearts of all human beings but most often untapped.

Unfortunately all our decision-making centers around the Self. Therefore our decisions are based on what “I” need, what “We” need or what brings happiness to “me” or “us”. When a politician has to make a decision which should bring satisfaction to most human beings around him, very often he inquires as to what the benefit would be to him monetarily or politically and thereby there is misery all around him.

A friend of mine became a Deputy Minister. I asked him what he intends doing now that he is a Minister. He said immediately “Don’t you know how much I spent on my Election? I intend earning all that money quickly!” So we spend money to obtain positions and power and then our positions and power are used to earn money. Therefore primarily our thoughts centre  around us and our welfare. To cease to look selfishly from such a stand point is to awaken into another dimension. The dimension of love and care.

This dimension of love and care is what the Major Religions of the world have been preaching to all of us all this time. Christians preached Charity, Muslims preached brotherhood, the Buddhists preached Metta (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Muditha (altruism) and Upekkha (equanimity) while Hinduism said Anbe Sivam (God is Love). We have all four religions in practice in this country. Yet there is strife, conflict and confusion. Why is that?  It is not difficult to answer that question. I am a man of religion of some sort who was forced into politics. I have found what has gone wrong.

We speak of Religion but practice naked selfishness in our lives. That is what is wrong with us. Could we therefore reach a state of selflessness? Let me illustrate.

At the request of the then British Prime Minister John Major, a Committee of  learned members called the Nolan Committee spent six months inquiring into standards that should be maintained in British public life. The first Report of the Committee on standards in Public Life was released in 1996. They formulated principles unanimously and the first principle was selflessness. They said holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.

Thus you would see selfishness is shunned even in the forum of public life. All the Religion we practice today is mere form and rituals whichever religion it may be. We pay lip service to the glories of our respective religions, we eulogize our Gods but secretly worship Satan.

If only we are prepared to move away from the worship of Satan, the devil of selfishness, we would recognize the ideal of all Religions which is “Live and Let Live”. What does Christian Charity preach? It is live and let the others live. Let us be charitable to those who cannot afford. What does Islam teach? It is brotherhood of Man. In the eyes of Allah all are equal. Let us behave towards each other as siblings. Let us live, give and let others live. What does Buddhism say? Be kind to all; be compassionate; share with others; be noble and equanimous. In other words live nobly and let others live nobly too. And finally what does Hinduism say? Love all; serve all. Loving others as themselves is to live and let live.

Thus all our major religions have stressed the importance of living and letting others live too.

Whenever such a lesson imparted by Religions was lost on societies where they paid lip service to religion and stressed the pursuit of selfish values and goals there have been chaos and violence in such societies. If we devise a scheme which benefits you and yours while it equally helps me and mine there is little chance of conflict and chaos.

If religions are to give leadership to contribute to an atmosphere of peace and harmony, as Buddhism has laid the foundations to your Movement, it is the stressing of altruism that would have a positive impact on society. This has been stressed by the Easterners from very ancient times.

In seeking to do so, it is essential to distinguish Western and Eastern Ideals. The Eastern  Ideals based on the wisdom of the ancient saints and sages were lost sight of and overwhelmed and submerged by the Western Ideals based on the Rights of the Individual after the Colonial powers took control of the countries in the East. I am not blaming the Western Nations for that. I am only trying to point out that the ideals were different. From the middle of the 18th century a number of changes took place in the West. In England the feudal system got shaken up. In France the system fell with a crash under the might of the French Revolution. These sudden or gradual breakdowns brought about in the West a rapid growth of the mundane mind dealing with concrete objects. This was the reasoning mind, the questioning mind and the so called scientific mind. This mind takes for granted the “I” principle or the ahamkara which sees differences everywhere. It distinguishes the “I” and the “you”,”me” and the “he” and this separateness gets stronger and stronger. The strengthening of the feelings of the personal self started growing on the basis “I am myself”, ” you are yourself”, “this is mine”, “that is yours” and so on. From this was born the Ideal of the Individual. Man was looked upon not as a part of the whole, a part of the Universe but as an independent man, as a self reliant self dependent being not depending on others but standing by himself with a right to exercise all his powers for his own advantage. The society thus became a group of self reliant, isolated individuals.

So the ideal of the strong, free independent Man in whom various rights were inborn, inherent, incorporated became the foundation for the Western Ideal. Such an Ideal is not quite understood by the Easterners. They do not realize that to an Englishman, an American or a Frenchman on account of the historical conditionings they went through, tyranny and oppression are intolerable outrages. Such qualities on the part of the Governors are an insult to their personal dignity, to their self respect to their pride of individuality.

But the Ideal of free, independent self reliant Man of the last three centuries had the characteristics of selfism which invariably would lead to war and disharmony. The only Peace and Harmony that might be possible under such culture was one built on toleration. “I don’t like you, I don’t believe you, I don’t understand you and I don’t trust you but I will tolerate you so that we could keep the peace.” This type of peace is not genuine. It is not built upon understanding nor mutual respect. Thus such individualistic Ideal built up selfism.

Now let us turn to the Eastern Ideal which had been nurtured by the ancient civilizations of India. In this regard I must confess Modern India in the hands of leaders oriented in the Western Ideals is fast becoming more Western in its attitudes and assertions. The Eastern Ideal I wish to refer to is the Ideal nurtured by our ancient saints and sages and followed more or less by the Indian Society until it was over shadowed by outside influences.

The Eastern Ideal is embodied in one word. And that is the word “Dharma” which in English due to the want of a better word could be translated as Duty. This Ideal is basically a by – product of the Eastern Way of Life. Their fundamental teaching was Unity. Thus the core of Hindu thought was that there was but One Existence in which all beings are rooted. However varied the appearances, however different the forms and structures, all such differences branch out from a single trunk. Modern sub atomic researches have now confirmed the correctness of such an outlook. What it meant was that each person was but a part of a whole. Such a person was not independent. He or she was a portion of a vast interlinked and interdependent order. Such a person was not, as the Westerners thought, born free. On the contrary he or she was born into numerous obligations. Thus the happiness of the individual could not be divorced from the happiness of the whole. It was upon the harmony and due integration of the parts that the whole was able to be happy and contented.

Thus an individual existed not for himself nor his separate ends. He existed for all  and for the common ends. It is like a finger in a hand. It is part of the body. It exists in the body for the use of the body. A finger cannot call itself free to do as it pleased. It existed only for the body. So too Man was part of the larger society. If you think otherwise it would be the outcome of the illusion of separateness.

Under such a view of Man and society, it was but natural that the Hindu society stressed not on individual rights but rather individual duties. Man was expected to recognize all his obligations and live as a part of a greater whole not as an independent being. There was no need for a Social Contract by Rosseau which in any event was an artificial agreement or a legal fiction foisted on society. The truth was that every person was born into a society and with his birth obligations arose naturally. Though rights and duties are the two sides of the same coin the approaches were different. The perspectives were different. The standpoints were different. When I speak from the standpoint of Rights, I say, “This is mine, I demand it as my right”. But when looked at from the perspective of Duties, I would say, “This is yours. It is my duty to render it to you”. You would notice here the attitudes are also different. From the standpoint of Rights my attitude is one which is aggressive, combative and savours of separateness. From the point of view of Duties, it is an attitude of yielding, it is peaceful and tends towards unity. When we are nurtured by a sense of duty, we look at ourselves only in relation to others and we are interested in performing our duties and not in demanding anything for ourselves.

Thus in the East Religious leadership had been given from ancient times by the saints and sages setting up the norms and standards of behaviour for the society. They stressed on duties and obligations rather than on Rights and Privileges. Peace and Harmony could prevail only if we could negate our aggressive egos as far as possible and consider the wants and needs of the other person. In this connection self analysis is very important. Unless we understand our strengths and weaknesses and adjust ourselves to the environment and to those around us we must expect quarrels and controversies. It is only the person who is duty conscious who could adjust to his environment properly. He would then learn to oppose the deed rather than the doer. That is the philosophy behind non-violence or ahimsa. If our politicians without thinking of the next election and their chances of winning that election were to consider their duties towards the society today we could solve the ethnic question or for that matter any problem without difficulty.

I would therefore commit the Eastern Ideal for the consideration of our powers that be. Sri Lanka needs a leadership which is able to ask “Have we done our duties so far to all communities who are denizens of this Country?” Then naturally the question would arise “What exactly are our duties?” The answer to my mind is simple. The answer is another question.”Have we done enough for us to live peacefully and allow the other person to live peacefully too?”

I must confess there are groups among all communities who want to stress the differences and not the commonalities. When my student the late Parliamentarian Raviraj was trying to stress our commonalities and trying to get close to the Sinhalese masses he was brutally killed. They could quite easily decide to do the same with his teacher speaking to you today. In fact a lot of my students are worried about my security and safety.

But it is time we realized the futility of stressing the differences and pursuing human separateness. Those who are bent on keeping an Army of Occupation five years after the War for fear of separative ideas on the part of the denizens of the Northern Province should realise that their very presence itself could be the catalyst for separation. If the Military have done a job of work then they must withdraw from the area of erstwhile conflict to allow the people to fend for themselves, to rebuild themselves the way they want. To continue to keep nearly 150000 armed men within an area different in language, religions,  way of life and even different in topography to their own would be to sow the seeds of future conflicts. There is a feeling among the powers that be, now that the Northern Provincial Council has been established, the Military could go ahead with their secret agenda of “Sinhalasising” the North even more energetically not giving us any powers but talking about our democratic presence positively!

I have been addressing the Sinhala media to say “Api rata bethanda nemei ahanne balaya bethandai”. We ask not to divide the Country. We ask for a division of powers. But in reality our powers are diminished while the Army progresses with added enthusiasm.

We ask that we as citizens of this country with the Sinhalese, Muslims and others, but at the same time being aware that the Tamil speaking people constitute the majority in the Northern and Eastern Provinces be allowed to look after ourselves while forming an integral  part of the entire Island. Give us the power to do good to our people, to do good to our language, to do good to our culture, our religions and our way of life while being an integral part of Sri Lanka. We ask please do not foist your language, your religion, your way of life on us. Is this too much to ask? We have no opposition to our brethren coming voluntarily into our midst. But to force and foist is what we are opposed to. I started studying Sinhala in 1955 December under Mr.Hema Ellawela who later became Vice Chancellor of a University. But when I heard that Sinhala Only was going to be passed, immediately I stopped studying Sinhala. I was not prepared to be forced to study Sinhala. Why we should  resort to violence in these matters I cannot understand.

Ari is one who has always fought the deed rather than the doer. Let me hope I could learn the intricacies involved in this exercise from Ari. Because I get misquoted or misunderstood many a time. If I say we must have a Civilian Governor the media says I am trying to oust the Governor. Surely I have nothing personal against the Governor. If I say please allow a Maths’ teacher to teach mathematics to my son and not to allow the Chemistry teacher to teach him maths, does it mean I am against the Chemistry teacher?  Similarly I am asking for a civilian Governor not a former Military person.

Similarly when I say withdraw the Army from the North it is said that I am against the Sinhalese coming to the North. Have we asked Ari to remove the Sinhalese volunteers sent through the Sarvodaya to the North and East? Sarvodaya is interested in humanitarian services. Who would believe the Army who are criticized for murder and mayhem in the North during the latter part of the War by the International  Fora are in fact stationed there now to do humanitarian services? We have no doubt that the Army is stationed in the North with ulterior motives. We see it taking place. Our lands are being grabbed. Our businesses are being grabbed. Our employment opportunities are being grabbed and to say it most mildly our war widows and women are definitely not safe. How long does the Government want to keep its Military Forces in the North?

The latest we hear is that a former LTTE military commander is being commissioned to restart an LTTE outfit subservient to the powers that be. Thus the White Van drama could now be enacted by a different cast.

Why does the Government not enhance its Police presence in the North and reduce progressively its Army presence if it does not have a hidden agenda? These are questions which must be posed by reasonable ordinary humane Sinhalese in the South. It is indeed their duty to do so. We must not forget that the Muslims are also stakeholders in this exercise. There are Sinhala Speaking Muslims and Tamil speaking Muslims. They should act as forces of moderation towards both sides.

Let me thank Ari and the Sarvodaya for giving me this opportunity to be with all of you today. You have constructed a window of opportunity to speak to my Sinhalese and Muslim  brothers and Sisters. Please remember always that the Tamil speaking people, whether Tamils or Muslims , are not against the Sinhalese but certainly against Sinhalisation of the North and East. Thank you once again.

*Speech delivered by Chief Minister NPC at Sarvodaya AGM  today

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    When it comes to Humanitarian Service, can we draw a line separating the establishment and civil society organizations?

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      What an exemplary Human Raviraj Nadarajah was. If he could have been killed in the heart of the HSZ, what protection are we affording people like Vignasewaran? The Governing Sinhalese and the Ghetto Security Forces are a Curse to this Nation.

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        Good riddance to bad rubbish!

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    I hope that the President and his government members read this speech and do their duty to the section of the population severely traumatised by war,so that they,as members of the nation are enabled to achieve their status as happy,contented individuals and contribute to the nation’s well being.

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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        Max Silva

        Please refrain from misquoting him.

        He did not say he was going to take up arms to eject the Military governor.

        What he said was he didn’t want chemistry teacher to teach his son maths.

        For your information Chemistry and maths are completely two different disciplines.

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          Native , Machan most of the Sinhala have no brain as they are from Lions Milk so they will think only kill one another.. Sorry Mate I am Muslim, we are shame to be SriLankans looking at what is going on with the Majority Sinhala

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          Oh Vedda, your brain work faster than others. For you information Max Silva was Portugease illegitimate great great grand kid. Simply one night romp production. Completely f****d up brain. forgive him…

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    Raviraj was killed right in the center of the city on a busy road. Yet to this day no action has been taken to bring the killers to justice. The high falutin security apparatus of the state is definitely at odds with the rule of law in this country. Government is riding piggy back on the war on terror to terrorise its own people.

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      Good riddance to bad rubbish!

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    Everybody knows former Supreme Court Judge C.V.Wigneswaran to have impeccable credentials such as justice, honesty and fairplay but until one reads this article one will not know another side to him which is his humility, kindness and decency. His recent bold actions since he became CM shows his fearlessness and moral courage. Time is now ripe for a genuine Tamil statesman and we have this in Justice Wigneswaran. May God grant him long life and good health.

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    To continue to keep nearly 150000 armed men within an area different in language, religions, way of life and even different in topography to their own would be to sow the seeds of future conflicts.

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    So the problem is Tamils of the North cannot tolerate people of “different language, religion and way of life” living among them! You know what this is called? Intolerance!

    You have precisely identified your problem. So you expect us to create this “little reserved area” allocating to it “more land per person” than any other part of the country so that “these special intolerant” people can continue to live without getting “annoyed by people different from them living close by”?????????? Is that what you want? SPEAK.

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      Don’t put your dirty hand on the language. If you don’t understand the language, please get proper English lesson from a English Teacher or English educated Tamil person. Don’t learn from broken Sinhala teacher Rajapakse or Gotapaya. It is about dealing with people, understanding people’s need. Don’t go to next door neighbors or brothers house and tell your neighbor’s or brother’s wife I want to sleep with you. IF she say you you are not my husband tell her “you can’t sleep only with your husband” you have to sleep with me as well.

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        Ajith
        I sure Navin is a Kandya.
        What you said is allowed. Only he has to leave his “Amude” ( Loin Cloth over the closed door knob. I hever realised it is Still practiced amoungst his circle.
        Please Forgive him for his expecting you to accomodate.

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      Then Tamils in Colombo must be chased out.

      Sinhalese and Muslims too cannot tolerate these Afro skinned south Indian language speakers.

      Yuk!

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        Rabbit and Pork,Scarpa Flow!

        Ha ha ha
        Ha ha ha
        。◕‿◕。

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        FF just because you cant understand Wigneswarans speech dont get angry with the Tamils. If you request he may give a very simplified version of it even in Sinhalease. But remember with good education you can not only understand good speeches but also will behave well. It is not too late to enroll in a good school. Try a Tamil school. I doubt they will take you in. Good luck

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      You guys have proved over and over again several times since the 1950s that you do not tolerate people, of different faith, language etc.

      What is the explanation you are going to give to the Tamils for the 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983 and several other STATE ORGANISED POGROMS against the un-armed innocent Tamils all over the island, including the Capital Colombo in broad day light, which went over for several days un-abated. finally the Tamils were sent off in leaky ships , (that also thanks to India)to the Tamil areas. Why? you could not even give them protection. When the world came to know about this, you guys changed the tactics and started bombing, shelling, arresting, abducting in the Tamil areas itself, after not allowing the independent journalist to go there. Bombing shelling were going on for several years in the North destroying churches, temples, schools, libraries with precious human lives inside!!!Why did you guys burn the Jaffna library, can you give a reason? You guys are mentally sick!!

      Sinhalese have to get treatment for selective amnesia. May be you guys think that you are a superior race and others have to tolerate all your inhuman behaviour.

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    Kinady shot in Amazon forast? Tamil must explained…

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    This is a thought provoking piece coming just after the excellent contribution of Sharmini S in the CT. Much has been lost through the misinterpretation of the essential basis of all religions of Sri Lanka.The recovery of their original beliefs, founded in human love, will lead to essential goodness in Sri Lanka. It is a well-timed message in Justice Wigneswaran’s speech.

    There is however, no need to extol the Eastern wisdom over that of the West. The idea that one is born into obligations and the analogy of the finger as a part of the body that has to function in harmony is the justification of the evils of the caste system. No reformist Asian thinker wanted that system. Harmony has to be achieved in the context of social justice which is rooted in notions of equality of individuals and sexes (often denied in Eastern traditions). Gandhi, Vinobha Bhave all decried the idea that one is borne into obligations determined on the basis of caste. The excessive belief in the notion of karma was not accepted by leading Eastern religious thinkers. “Anbe Sivam” is a slogan of a Tamil Siddhar, Thirumoolar, one of eighteen among whom are counted 2 singalavar- Cattanattar and Pulastiyar. They belonged to all castes. This was so with the 63 Nayannars or Tamil Saivaite saints none of whom were constrained by obligations that attached to birth in seeking the God within them and recognising the equality of all souls, human and animal.

    What went wrong in the West was that an extreme form of individualism set in with Thatcherism and Reagonomics in the 1980s. It brushed aside the contesting notions of communism and socialism which sought to distribute wealth in an equitable fashion. It is this emphasis on wealth that has to be decried. ” Ill fares that land to labouring ills a prey where wealth accumulates and men decay” sums uo the malaise of the West at the present times. The absorption of those neo-liberal values by Indians and Sri Lankans today is evidence of the spread of these ideas. They also make it possible for religious and ethnic chauvinism to be spread with ease.

    In any case neither the struggle against Rajapakse for human rights nor the struggle of the Tamils for self-determination or devolution can be couched in the form of any political theory other than that of the West. It is no good telling them that to love everyone when they go around shooting everyone who crosses them equally. Rajapakse probably will claim the Rajadharma to rule in Sri Lanka and that his “horrorscope” states that this was his obligation. The world has changed. We have to keep values of our religion which are good like denying ahamkara which must be commended to all but use notions of plurality in democracies and basic notions of human rights to resist injustices of tyrants.

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      kabaragoya

      A Muslim friend of mine told his father he was in love with a Tamil girl with whom he wanted to spend rest of his life. The first words the Muslim father (I prefer gentleman) uttered were “Anbe Sivam” – Love is God.

      That is for me is the essence of humanity, coexistence, integration and respect for others.

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    @Navin

    he just said 150000 armed men, these ppl has no moral values, most of them are rapist & murderers. At night they are trying to go to war widows’ house to rape.

    Read this portion of his speech too.
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    Who would believe the Army who are criticized for murder and mayhem in the North during the latter part of the War by the International Fora are in fact stationed there now to do humanitarian services?
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      Who would believe the Army who are criticized for murder and mayhem in the North during the latter part of the War by the International Fora are in fact stationed there now to do humanitarian services?

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      Who would believe those who supported terrorism by providing it political, ideological and financial patronage for 30 god damn years, when they say “we want the army out of N & E because having the army there is an impediment to peace” ??????????

      Besides, CM has said it clearly that they do not want an army with a different racial, cultural and religious background stationed in the N & E. Why bring the different background of the military if it is their discipline that is the issue? The slip is clear. No point trying cover it up:-)

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        There is no slip. Would you like to be governed by the Indian army? Would you be comfortable being told what to do by a bunch of people who don’t share a language, culture or religion with you? The feeling people have is that they are under the jackboot of an occupying force. What he says he doesn’t want are armed persons coming there by force. He is totally ok with Singhalese coming there of their own volition as private citizens. What heis against is people coming in their through the power of the government and by force.
        S

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          First india is a different country. North and east are a part of SL.

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            sach

            “First india is a different country.”

            India doesn’t consider Sri Lanka as a separate country. For them Sri Lanka is the Sinhala State of India part and partial of the Indian union.

            Get used to the idea of being a Sinhala Indian.

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          Oh yes yes. First ape to ever walk Sri Lanka was a Vellara Tamil and Sinhalese are little green men from Alpha Centauri– a star system 4 million light years away! So very different from Tamils. Speaks an “alien” language that Tamils have never heard of or have any need of. Worships gods that Tamils have no respect for. Have a culture which is in stark contrast to the Tamil culture.

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            sach

            “First india is a different country.”

            India doesn’t consider Sri Lanka as a separate country. For them Sri Lanka is the Sinhala State of India part and partial of the Indian union.

            Get used to the idea of being a Sinhala Indian.

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    I do sincerely hope and wish, this Chief Minister Mr. Vigneswaran will “LIVE AND WORK” on the most eloquently presented ideals in the presence of Dr. Ariyaratne. I admire you for the words uttered and forget “I”;”ME”; “MINE”; concepts and work for the common good of “ALL OF THE COUNTRY CALLED SRI LANKA AS A ONE ENTITY OF A NATION CALLED SRI LANKANS”.

    Cheers.

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    Raviraj was trying to stress our commonalities and trying to get close to the Sinhalese masses he was brutally killed.

    Raviraj was the 13 th TULF member killed by someone. In all cases they were guilty of getting “close to Sinahala masses”.

    I hope this guy did not plant any trees remmembering them.

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      As long as you think that raviraj, maheswaran and Co were killed by the LTTE there is no hope. I’m sure you also think that Lasantha was also killed by them. Perhaps even the killings at weliweriya were done by them. What a convenient bogey.

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        You missed kathirkaamar. I do not think LTTE did it. It was done by MR kind of people.

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        how do you know who killed them? But we know maheshwaran and co were not in good terms with LTTE

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        Probably by Wahabis.

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      Good riddance to bad rubbish!

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      Is that “someone” same as the departed Terrorist Leader, this CM called a Hero, soon after taking his Oath?.

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    MR KP Plans have backfired after the TNA swept the boards in the North. What is MR going to do with KP after hosting him for years, thinking of handing the North to KP for the favour he did to MR sacrificing VP and part of the LTTE cadre. KP obviously does not want to play second fiddle to Wignasewaran. So Tamils beware of KP who will try to unseat Wignasewaran with MR’s support like how Raviraj Nadarajah was removed. KP is another MR and I pity the Tamils of the North as they will have to suffer like the Sinhalese in the South under MR. So Tamils beware of these dubious characters.

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    Neslon Mandela of Sri Lanka?

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    This is EXACTLY what should happen!

    Please repeat your act of bravery on this piece of dirt as well.

    Just imagine the nonsense we all have to go through IF Jeyaraj was alive!

    A stitch in time saves nine.

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    Is wiggie getting ready to kick the bucket like lasantha?Maybe he got a premonition just like lasantha did.Wiggie can you write down who is going to do it and this time within 25 years of your death we will bring the bugger to justice provided he has not died of natural causes.

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    As FATHIMA said, it is simply RUBBISH.

    WIGNESWARAN is INDIA’s CHOICE. So, GOSL will not change him. TNA can only make him their voice.

    Other than nothing happens.

    GREEDY WIGNESWARAN. HE IS KILLING HIMSELF.

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    It now time that the people realise that the sanctimonious Ariyaratne is a racist in disguise. We have quite a few dangerous specimens like him.Bensen

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    My only prayer is that what can be easily imagined in our circumstances, does not come to pass. I believe that Justice Wigneswaran has yet tasks to fulfil and he will live to serve his karma.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Just accept some Sinhala people into the North so that it is not entirely Tamil and we could all move on. If there is harmony between Sinhala and Tamil populations in the North there is no need for southern people to station an army in the North to make sure that Northern people are not trying to take away good chunk of this country for themselves. Right? But then its too much to ask from you guys no?

      North and East are sparsely populated areas. Good part of that land is uninhibited and unused. Well, Tamils may aspire that this land should exclusively belong to them but I as a Sinhalese do not subscribe to that belief. This is not even a Sinhala Tamil issue. If today, people of Hambantota or Badulla were to make similar noise to what the Tamils in the North are making, I would take the same stand. Those areas like land in the North are sparsely populated and people living there do not have exclusive rights to that part of the country. The resources must be shared among all people.

      After group of people living in a sparsely populated area shows intent to separate the government must ensure that does not happen. One way of doing that is to settle people of Sinhala and Musliem ethnicity in the North. The government only has to create enough diversity in the population so that people cannot cook up exclusivity stories. After that North can have whatever powers they want, police, land and beyond. No one would care.

      Like you suggested sometime back, we can have national land allocation policy but part of that policy has be the population of the North and to a lesser extend East needs to be diversified. If what the Tamil population wants is to govern themselves there is no reason to oppose this proposal. However, since they are opposed to changing demography, that indicates they have this idea that North is theirs. Well then what is “North”? Where does this North end? Just above the Kandy district?

      Anyways, useless talking about these things. I see no difference between CVW the present CM of North and the most racist vicious sections of Tamil Diaspora. Both make the same demand. He is trying to trap the government and the government in return is trying to outsmart him.

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        There is no problem in Sinhalese living anywhere if they choose to. The problem is the government sponsorship of families from the south to settle in the north and east not because there is no room in any of the other seven provinces but to marginalise the ethnic linguistic minority everywhere. Tamils live in Hambantata not because the government brought them there but they moved there on their own and bought houses with their money. This important difference is willfully and purposely ignored in your argument.

        You live in your home comfortably but you insert a friend of yours in my house to disturb my peace and harmony. That is a malicious act.

        You fo not stop bringing southern families but grab the homes and lands of people who have been living there from time immemorial and settle the military and their families. There is no end to the marginalisation of the people who live there.

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          I’m tired of hearing that Tamils are not against Sinhalese themselves coming and settling in North and are only against government sponsored settlement programs. How nice?

          Tell me who on earth is going to move and settle in the North as it is today from the South when the Northerns are themselves moving to the South??? I have said this before and I will say it again, the government does not need to give incentives to Tamils to come to Colombo, buy land and settle down because Colombo is a developed area.

          People move from undeveloped parts of the country to developed parts by themselves in search of better life. If you want to move people to less developed parts the government needs to step in and provide them incentives or “sponsorship”. We are no fools. We know you know it. We know exactly why you are so bold as to say that you are not against people moving to North by themselves. At the pace it will take place, that would give Tamil separatist enough time to setup some political arrangement which even if not called Eelam buy name would give them the same set of benefits.

          How dare you say, I’m disturbing peace by inserting friends in your house. What the bloody hell have Tamils being doing in Colombo and Up country for so many years? Eh? Who injected Indian Tamils in Up country? Oh let me guess, it was the British and Sri Lankan Tamils are not responsible in any way for lands lost by original inhabitants of what are now tea estates to Tamils of Indian origin! How convenient for you.

          Settlements are only bad when Tamils have to give something and when land is taken away from “others” and given to Tamils its all good. You are so selfish. If you guys are this selfish now, I can imagine how things must have being when 50% or so of this country’s civil servants and good number of white collar workers were Tamil!

          Where did I say new settlers to the Northern province will grab lands belonging to Tamils. Do all the shrub jungles in North today belong to Tamils? Even if they don’t, unless the government settles some non-Tamils in those unused lands now, I’m sure they will in a few years time.

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          You live in your home comfortably but you insert a friend of yours in my house to disturb my peace and harmony. That is a malicious act.

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          Really? Anyways, whoever this government settles in the North I’m sure they won’t be suicide bombers, handlers of suicide bombers and terrorists. Do I need to remind you how LTTE would send suicide bombers to Colombo years in advance and make them blend into the society waiting for their missions? That’s the kind of Tamils that we had to put up with for past couple of decades. If we could live with even the worst scum like that for decades, I’m sure you guys could easily manage to live with couple of hundred petty thieves! Good Luck.

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    “”I have been addressing the Sinhala media to say “Api rata bethanda nemei ahanne balaya bethandai”. We ask not to divide the Country. We ask for a division of powers. But in reality our powers are diminished while the Army progresses with added enthusiasm.”” (CVW)

    Reality of what powers is my first question? The Second question is whether the Army has progressed with added enthusiasm in providing humanitarian services? Whether the NPC under CM CVW cannot match the pace of the Army is the last question.

    CVW must not forget that the Army works according to a chain of commands from top to bottom but he cannot give the same commands to the TNA Members of the NPC. Oh common CM CVW, what is happening to the fighting spirit of ex-combatants under your command? They know that you were positioned before your retirement to command respect but not to lead and command. Hope you will learn before you complete your term, the difference between politics of judiciary and politics of governance. You have already shown by example that interpretation of law to pass judgements and interpretation of law to govern are “different” in Sri Lanka.

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      In order to devide the POWER, there should be more than one powerful group.

      Devision of power is not a good idea. IF Tamils are to be considered the only powerful group how about the other people who has no numbers to show ?

      Devolution of administrative duties is something different.

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    Justice Wigneswaran’s excellent speech clearly contains a few warning signals of what the Rajapaksa brothers are up to. Reviving a compliant LTTE seems to show how desperate the Rajapaksa brothers have become in the face of an international onslaught against the regime. Troubled times ahead for the country.

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    To “Professional”,

    You are naive and poiltically bereftto cast aspersions on the Cheif Minister. The carrion calls of those who profess patriotism ignore the fact staring in their faces that attempts by successive leaders to address minority grievances fell into deaf years.

    All they managed was offering band-aid solutions to keep themselves in power and placating a few sycophants among minorities and bestowing on them perks and privileges to silence them.

    The very purpose that the voting populace of the North elected him with an over-whelming majority was to elect a leader; a leader who will lead and command respect. And this is what he is doing. This is what voters in the North want. Not a lackey genuflecting before the President and snoring during pariamentary sittings because he does not care two hoots for the people. All such lackeys want is obtain as much perks as possible and sell their souls to carry out the President’s bidding of bringing Northand East under his control and colonise them with Sinhalese by sheer force.

    Demilitarisation is Number One priority in the Chief Minister’s list. At long last TNA could emerge as the solution to the 65 year old scourge which marginalised the island’s ethnic minorities. Time is not far when Muslims too would get redress for their grievances following our CM’s example. If all the upcountry Tamils, Muslims and NE Tamils shed their pesky differences and unite, then this island could become a Shangri-la.

    Britain and US are melting pots with diverse ethnic groups being treated equally at least in constitution and legislature. Why should we not follow that example?

    There is absolutely no need for military presence anywhere so overtly now that the war is over for all intents and purposes.

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      “Britain and US are melting pots with diverse ethnic groups being treated equally at least in constitution and legislature. Why should we not follow that example?”

      Agreed on what is happening in Britain and USA but that is the very thing that we do not want to happen in Sri Lanka. That is why military presence is essential in N&E for another 15-years at least. Military presence will prevent INGOs coming in to add fuel to melting pots.

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      very well said, Pearl. well said.

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        “Well said Pearl well said.” Oh dear Raja, dear Raja.

        Intentions are very clear. Go back to pre-1948 position and start discussions on power sharing in a unitary state. If a melting pot status would solve the problem let us agree on it but without destroying national identity. Melting pots in UK, USA, Western Europe and Australia have Christian religious identity protected. If those so called protectors of human rights can do it then it is not a violation of human rights if Sri Lanka protects Buddhism while treating the country as a melting pot.

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    WIKNESWARANS COMMENT IS HUNDRED PERCENT TRUE

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