24 October, 2017

Regime Change Not A Viable Solution ?

By S. V. Kirubaharan

S. V. Kirubaharan

S. V. Kirubaharan

The 1987 Indo- Lanka accord recognized the North East of the island of Sri Lanka as the hereditary land of the Tamil people. Under internationally agreed arrangement, the North and Eastern provinces were merged as one administrative unit.

Unfortunately less than a year after Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected as President, the merger of the North and Eastern provinces was brought to an end on 16 October 2006, after systematic manipulation. The President’s voice, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna – JVP and then Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva played an important role in this.

The President who ordered the National anthem to be sung only in Singhalese and who scrapped the Ministry which handled human rights, continues to cheat the International community by chanting the sweet word, “reconciliation”. What is lacking for Mahinda Rajapaksa to implement a viable political solution for the people who have demanded their fundamental rights for more than six decades?

The excuse given by the government is that a problem which lasted three decades cannot be solved in two or three years. So, why did they assure the international community that as soon as terrorism was wiped out, the ethnic problem would be settled?

As far as the realities, experience and history are concerned, regime change in Sri Lanka is not a viable solution for accountability and reconciliation. It is a myth created by some stooges who see benefit in it for themselves. As far as the ethnic conflict is concerned, every government in power has wanted to find a pretext to justify not solving the ethnic problem, rather than find a solution. A few examples follow:

Two third majority

In 1970, Srimavo Bandaranaike had a two third majority in the parliament. She used that to strip away the minimum political safeguards that the Tamils had under the Soulbury constitution.

Ceylon became a “Republic” on 22 May 1972, ushering in a Sinhala-Supremacist Republican Constitution, which made Buddhism the state religion.

The leftist parties, the Lanka Sama Samaja Party – LSSP and the Communist Party – CP who were for equal rights and were in coalition with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party – SLFP, drafted the new constitution, and gave a prominent place for Buddhism and the Singhalese. They not only ignored the ethnic issue, they also removed the minimum protection provided in the Soulbury constitution . It is true that not all members of the LSSP and CP supported this view, but it cannot be denied that the leaders fully endorsed it.

In 1977, J.R. Jeyawardena of the United National Party – UNP became the Prime Minister, with a five-sixths majority in Parliament. He enacted a new constitution that made him the 1st Executive President of Sri Lanka. The Republic of Sri Lanka was renamed as the “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”. Using the same majority in Parliament, J. R. Jeyawardena introduced the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in 1979, banning the Tamil militant organisations. The militancy had started only after three previous decades of non-violent protests had failed.

Then again on 8 August 1983, J. R. Jeyawardena enacted the sixth amendment to the constitution and rejected any demand for external right to self-determination for the Tamils.

The Sixth amendment, the PTA and the Emergency Law provisions became the instruments through which severe repression was unleashed on the Tamil people.

In 1989 R. Premadasa, in 1993 D. B. Wijetunga and in 1994 Chandrika Kumaratunga became the Presidents of Sri Lanka. Unlike Srimavo Bandaranayke and J. R. Jeyawardena, they had a simple majority in parliament. This was a good excuse for the three of them to continue the war saying that they were unable to bring any political solution without a two third majority in parliament. Like J. R. Jeyawardena they carried out indiscriminate bombings, killings, massacres etc in the North and East.

In fact, government propagandists are diplomatically admitting that from 1948 to 1983 mistakes were made because it was the period when the Tamils demanded their political rights, only through non-violent methods. During this period two pacts signed between the Tamil leaders and Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka (always Singhalese) were arbitrarily broken by the government. The unarmed Tamils were massacred, burned to death, raped and their properties were looted and destroyed in all parts of the island by the Sri Lankan security forces and Sinhala thugs. There were six anti-Tamil pogroms unleashed – 1956, 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983.

How many Tamil MPs in Colombo?

Presently Mahinda Rajapaksa has a two third majority in the parliament. He uses this majority only for his own benefit – removing the obstacles for him to stand in the Presidential elections any number of times in future. He also uses his two third majority to take revenge on whoever is not obedient to him and his family.

This is Sri Lankan politics and attitude. In other words, whether it is UNP or SLFP or any other party in power, there has never been any commitment to devolution of powers to the Tamils even at a minimum level.

In fact the total opposite is true. Recent statements and speeches show obvious commitment to rampant colonising of the Tamil regions! They say that if 60% of the Colombo population are Tamils, why can the Singhalese not live in the North and East?

If this statistic of 60% of the Colombo population being Tamil is correct, then how many Tamil parliamentarians are elected in Colombo? Those who talk about such figures should be able to explain why no Tamil parliamentarians are elected from Colombo.

Truly speaking, mistrust has taken very deep root among the majority of the people in each community in Sri Lanka. The moderates are minorities within their own community and have no voice.

Extra-judicial killing of Rohana Wijeweera

Look at the attitude of the extreme political party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna – JVP. They are not worried about what happened to their members who were affected in their armed struggle against the state in 1971 and 87 to 89. On 13 November 1989, Rohana Wijeweera was captured alive. Without any inquiry or legal process, he was killed on the following morning and the security forces cremated his body. This extra-judicial killing committed by the Sri Lankan security forces is ignored by the JVP. If anyone is interested to know more about this story, read the book, “A soldier’s version”, written by Rtd Major General Sarath Munasinghe.

On 10 November, 2004, BBC Sinhala service, Wijeweera murder investigation not priority – JVP” Since the killing of Rohana Wijeweera, his wife widow Srimathi, four daughters and two sons were taken in to ‘government care’ and now their house is located inside the Welisara Navy Camp. Why has their freedom been denied by every government? Are any members or the Minister of the JVP concerned about them? No.

But when it comes to the Tamil people, the JVP was in the forefront to file a case on the merger of the North East. Who motivated them? Some say Indian decision makers motivated Mahinda Rajapaksa and then he used the JVP and Sarath N. Silva to achieve his goal. In other words, the advice for the demerger of the North Eastern provinces was a gift given by India, in return for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bogus promises. India trusted Rajapaksa too much, overlooking the fact that the North and East are predominantly Tamil-Speaking and the historical habitation of the Tamil People.

Demerger of North and East

The bench of five judges of the Supreme Court on the demerger of the North East were all Singhalese: Sarath N. Silva Chief Justice; Nihal Jayasinghe; N. K. Udalagama; A.R.N. Fernando Judge; R.A.N.G. Amaratunga. They unanimously declared that the merger of the Northern Province with the Eastern Province was unconstitutional, illegal and invalid.

The interesting news is that the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, Mr Wigneswaran is a person equal to these five, he too was a Chief Justice. He said during his campaign in the Provincial council election that the North and East should be merged together. This is the position of the TNA manifesto as well.

At the beginning of the Supreme Court order President Rajapaksa said that he would make a careful study of the decision of the Supreme Court. (BBC Sinhala, 16 Oct 2006)

On 6 January 2010, President Rajapaksa stressed that he would never merge the North and the East under his administration.

Is the Sri Lankan judiciary independent from the President? If so, how come the President called the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to meet him to discuss its functions? The JSC refused and they faced the consequences.

Then what is happening to the criminal charges faced by Douglas Devananda and Rishard Bathurdeen who are Ministers in the present government. What action the Sri Lankan Judiciary was able to take against these Ministers? I can quote a few other examples.

Oslo declaration

What is happening to the highly controversial “Oslo Declaration” of 5 December 2002? Introduced at the conclusion of the 3rd session of peace talks between Sri Lanka government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – LTTE, the “Oslo Declaration” stated that “the parties agreed to explore a solution founded on the principle of internal self determination in areas of historical Tamil habitation of the Tamil speaking peoples based on a federal structure within a federal framework within a united Sri Lanka.”

In fact the Norwegian government, the Co-chairs and Sri Lanka owe an explanation to Tamils as to why the “Oslo Declaration” was ignored, even after Sri Lanka eliminated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – LTTE. The donor countries, European Union; Japan; Norway; and the United States known as Co-chairs, met in Oslo on 25 November 2002 and laid a foundation for lasting peace in Sri Lanka.

The man who represented the government of Sri Lanka during the peace talks was Prof G. L. Peiris. He is the present Minister of External Affairs and travels the world, justifying Sri Lanka. Like Chandrika Kumaratunga did before him, he pleads with countries, complaining that Sri Lanka is a developing country and not to support any resolution against it.

Statistics

During the merger of the North Eastern provinces the statistics of the population in the area was 65% Tamil; 18% Tamil speaking Muslim and 13% Singhalese. When the Eastern province is considered as a single unit, according to 1981 statistics, the population was 40% Tamil; 32% Tamil speaking Muslim and 26% Singhalese. These figures speak volumes.

What does development in a country mean? The continuous improvement in standard of living and quality of life of the citizens are known as development. However, Human rights and security are also part of development. The promotion and protection of human rights, guarantees against oppression and discrimination; stability for investment and growth all count very much on security for the people.

In the North an East – reconstruction of roads, buildings, bridges, villages which were destroyed in bombing and shelling does not necessarily contribute to development. Of course, what is happening in the down South of Sri Lanka is development – New airport, new harbour, extension of railway track, new highways, etc. The question posed is – why all these happening only in the South but not in other parts of Sri Lanka?  Is it to re-establish the Kotte Kingdom in the future?

Chandrika Kumaratunga

Those who are in favour of regime change in Sri Lanka should go through the interviews and statements of Chandrika Kumaratunga who was the President from November 1994 to November 2005. For example, listen to Chandrika Kumaratunga’s BBC HardTalk interview of 31 October 2001. It is well known that she is the only person who can defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa in the next Presidential election.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga told South African television that Tamils were not the “original” people of Sri Lanka. “They are wanting a separate state, a minority community which is not the original people of the country,” she said in the interview. (Excerpt)

In fact Tamils lived in this island for more than 3000 years and there are historical evidence for it.

General Sarath Fonseka

General Sarath Fonseka who contested the last Presidential election said the following : “…thirteenth amendment is now out dated. It was dated 20 years ago, during the war. Now we have better understanding within the communities. We have better respect towards communities. There is no mistrust…all the communities to live together, like take example from America, how blacks and the white live together. They live like one country one nation…Still live together as one Nation…” 

On 23 September 2008, General Sarath Fonseka said to Stewart Bell of National Post – Canada, that  – “I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people,” he says. We being the majority of the country, 75%, we will never give in and we have the right to protect this country. We are also a strong nation … They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things.”   

Opposition UNP and TNA

President D. B. Wijetunga from May 1993 to November 1994 of the UNP said, “minorities are like creepers clinging to the Sinhala tree.” (Excerpt)

President J.R. Jeyawardena from February 1978 to January 1989 of the UNP said, “I am not worried about the opinion of the Tamil people. Now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion. The more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here. Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.” Daily Telegraph, UK 11th July 1983

Regarding the Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s purported future visit to war torn Northern province, the chief opposition UNP Whip, John Amaratunga said last week in Parliament  that, “if the Indian PM arrives in Sri Lanka without an invitation from the Sri Lankan President, he should not be allowed to come here. John Amaratunga further said that ‘they suspect that this move is an attempt to separate the country’.

I think these few examples are enough for the International community and the local polity to understand that regime change in Sri Lanka is not a viable solution for the ethnic question or for accountability. Those who are for regime change either want to let Rajapaksa(s) off the hook, or they expect their favourites to form a new government where they can have their shares!

Regime change in Sri Lanka will only pave the way for an excuse from the international community that, a new regime needs time and space for its transitional period. By that time Tamil people would be completely wiped out from the North and East. It is obvious that a new regime will not accommodate anything new on accountability and reconciliation. This unchallengeable fact has to be understood by the international community.

Albeit this is my point of view, I am not advocating anyone to vote for Rajapaksa or his political party. It is a fact that voters from the North and East are the deciding factor, especially in a Presidential election. Therefore if the Tamil National Alliance – TNA wishes to collaborate with any common candidate, they must sign an accord for political solution and accountability before the election rather than be fooled after the election. This is the experience of the Tamils since 1948 or even before!

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    I think, you have not learned anything from your friends Kumar, Joseph, Sivaram and others
    Is it true that you just escaped from ????in PARIS?
    Good luck

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      To our knowledge his Flat in Paris was ransacked by unknown people.
      For his good or bad luck he was not in his flat during the attack.
      We were told that French police is dealing with this matter.
      LONg LIVE KIRUBA

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      Good question: if 60 percent of Colombo is Tamil-speaking why are there no Tamils from Colombo District in Parliament? It is because racism and discrimination against Tamils is so entrenched and deep in the fabric of Colombo society that it is invisible..
      The Rajapakse regime’s policy of attacking and disappearing Tamils during the war has its pre and post-war parallel in SYSTEMATIC DISCRIMINATION against TAMILS in the PUBLIC and GOVERNMENT SECTOR – particularly, politics, administration and education sectors. The Sinhala Only policy works BY OTHER MEANS in the public sector today.
      The Sri Lanka Higher Education sector and Universities in Colombo and the South are notorious for discrimination against highly qualified Tamils entering the system. While intellectual freedom itself is in short supply, qualified Tamils are DOUBLY VICTIMIZED, discriminated against and scapegoated due to the ENDEMIC RACISM and ENVY and JEALOUSLY of English speaking minorities. Qualified Tamils who apply for jobs at all levels, but particularly senior posts in Administration and academic Lecturerer and Professor positions in the universities of Sri Lanka are systematically discriminated against. As a result there are very few Tamils in administrative and academic posts and there is a brain drain of the Tamil minority from Sri Lanka.

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        “Good question: if 60 percent of Colombo is Tamil-speaking why are there no Tamils from Colombo District in Parliament?”

        Kapila,——————————————————–Tamils in Colombo do not vote for a Tamil. They vote for Sinhalese because in Colombo they feel safe with Sinhalese.

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    Dear S. V. Kirubaharan -………………………………………..
    Regime Change is viable………………………………
    It will be a new equilibrium , devoid of Family Hegemony…..
    Throughout history, ALL regime changes were viable……

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      True charactor of Jihadi Amaraya is in the dotted lies.

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    Hello Kiruba! North and east became one unit and remained merged for almost 20 years.Did your leader Prapakaran support the merger?Did you support the merger?The killer Prapakaran sent the suicide bomber and killed Rajiv ghandi who got the N and E merged at least temporarily.Had idiot P accepted Indo-SL accord with foresight ,thousands of lives could have been saved.In the absence of Prapakaran,people like you who worked hand in glove with the Tigers also should be tried in ICC.

    Developments…
    You and your LTTE rumps are living luxury lives in the foreign countries with the money collected from innocent Tamils.
    .How many schools have been built in the N and E? Whio is benefiting?Our poor children.So many roads have been newly built.Who is benefiting?Our poor farmers and their families.Fishing net factories have been built.Who is benefiting?Our fishermen.When you went to Vanni to teach Engklish to the Tiger leadership was there a bridge between Sankupitty and Keratheecvu?Now there is a bridge.Who is benefiting?Our poor tamils.
    LTTE rumps who were also responsible for some of the LTEE killings have now become HR champions.This is a lucrative business.
    Didnt the LTTE asked the Tamils to boycott the presidential election in support of Mahinda?Didnt LTTE get large amount of money from Mahinda?

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      Ramany, you’ve said it all. These rump LTTE had done nothing for poor Tamils in Vanni to date, but they act as if they shed buckets of crocodile tears for them. When are we going to learn the reality.

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    One can not knock Kiruba for his political nous….Sooner the LTTE proxy TNA sign this MOU with the New Leadership Council of the Wise Men, better chances the CC will have…Prez election could be as early as close the Tamil Sinhala New Year,after Ms Pillai make her Presentation and Mr Cameron mobilizes the British troops…

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    Nanthikadal losers back!

    Muslims have NOTHING to do with Tamil.

    It is an insult to Muslims to say “Tamil speaking” Muslims. We are no longer Tamil speaking.

    Muslims are a DISTINCT world ethnic community. We don’t believe in worshipping the cow. We kill it halal and eat it!!

    Tamils are misled Muslims. All action must be taken to bring Hindus back to the Islam fold.

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      So you are Arabic speaking Muslim.

      If not for Tamil speaking, your community would have been finished by now the Buddhist. Do you know what BSN is doing?

      Do you have any history other than speaking Tamil.

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      Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has to do some more work for your to understand what language Muslims speak in Sri Lanka.

      If you deny that Muslims are not Tamil speaking, then you are qualified to do a DNA test on everything!

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    A good summary of how the tamils have been ‘led up the garden path’ to find no rainbow at the end – by successive governments.
    Tamils wish to live as equals in every sense of the word,and be allowed to manage their own affairs by themselves.
    But,this is not being allowed and they are being persecuted.
    A man’s house is his most prized posession,but tamils have to watch while the army demolishes their houses – also their temples,statues,schools etc.
    This crime is perpetrated only in sri lanka – not in any other country.

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      justice, you had your field days and we gave you justice you deserve.

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        We know that you are a Muslim because you are an idiot.

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    before talking about regime change take care of your butt .. lmao.

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    Kiruba and his gang supported/support LTTE even today. What the hell he has to bark on Indo-Lanka pact of 1987 which was opposed by LTTE goons!

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    Even Wigneswaran was in the bench of five judges he would have given the same judgement. Legally it is said judgement was correct. The way it was merged was wrong and unvalid. It was the mistake of JR and India. But Tamils can say it was India. The writer never won’t find fault with India. If India wanted to see the merger remained It would have given pressure on GOSL, the same way they stopped the tingering of 13thA.
    Actually India too like demerger. But it won’t say openly.

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    ” as the hereditary land of the Tamil people “

    Tamils make up a third of the population in the Eastern province and have lived there for a mere 2 centuries. One must be rather dim to accept such a proposition.
    The President was quite right to de-merge the two provinces. ‘International agreements’ are not made at the point of a gun. We see one such being attempted in Afghanistan, and the President there resisting it.—————
    How soon will the Central province become a hereditary land too.? The statement that ‘60% of the population in Colombo is Tamil ‘ is laughable, when the attempt is to include all the Muslims there, the very same Muslims who were NOT fit to live in the ‘EElaam’ that Prabhakaran fantasised about.
    The Tamils like the rest of us MUST learn to live within the constraints of democracy. Temper tantrums of the last 90 years is not about to earn them privileges at the expense of the rest of us.
    This was what a world leader said recently:
    from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians”.

    The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation! Fonseka’s quotes must be seen in that context.

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    Putin’s speech in full:——————————————–
    ” He said: “In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians”.

    The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation!

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      ——————“The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation! “——————

      when ever Hitler addressed the Army/German people , they used to do the same thing.

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    /* Regime change in Sri Lanka will only pave the way for an excuse from the international community that, a new regime needs time and space for its transitional period. By that time Tamil people would be completely wiped out from the North and East */
    ……………………………………………………..
    if you wait till MR implement (if) any solutions by that time tamil people will be wiped (by your logic) as well. -:)

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    Dear Mr. Kirubaharan,

    The news quoted below flashed across my mind after reading your trying to find a suitable candidate among the tested lot to challenge the present regime. What Sri Lanka needs is a Common Man’s Candidate not a Common Candidate. Prez MR knows that none of the tested lot have the common man appeal and therefore not scared of maneuvers of opposition.

    “The giant killer: Kejriwal stuns political rivals barely a year after launching AAP

    Perhaps a way to understand Kejriwal and his campaign would be examine how he understood the language of mass media better than other political heavyweights.

    First, he was far more accessible to the media than the others. It was a subtle message to readers and viewers that he was, in fact, far more accessible than the established political parties and their leaders.

    Second, Kejriwal understood better than others that dramatic moments worked better than studio debates which established parties were comfortable with. So using the good offices of Left leaders, the trio of Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Sisodia would hold a string of press conferences, taking on those perceived to be the mightiest in the land. From key political personalities to corporate groups, the Kejriwal canon would fire indiscriminately, but consistently, and script a new language of drama rarely seen these days.

    Third, Kejriwal also understood the subversive better than the others. This was because he was the subversive in many ways. He wouldn’t have a fancy car, drive his Maruti Alto, wear his shirt untucked, and wear his “clerk” look that left opponents confused and his admirers stunned. Here was a small man dominating the big picture. This man would use the Delhi metro trains to storm Vijay Chowk and India Gate, while his political opponents were busy travelling in their Toyota and Mitsubushi SUVs.”

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/specials/coverage/myindia-myvote/chunk-ht-ui-myindiamyvote-delhi/yes-he-can-how-kejriwal-became-people-s-champion/sp-article10-1160455.aspx

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    Quote;Presently Mahinda Rajapaksa has a two third majority in the parliament. He uses this majority only for his own benefit – removing the obstacles for him to stand in the Presidential elections any number of times in future. He also uses his two third majority to take revenge on whoever is not obedient to him and his family -Kirubakaran.

    Yes. This is the right thing to do as many people are yet attempting drag the country in different directions including you. It has to stop.

    Quote: “devolution of powers to the Tamils”-Kiru… Its not necessary as Tamils enjoy the best from both worlds.
    Further these are not Tamil areas, but were areas where people there s choose to spoke Tamil icluding the Southern fisherment who went for fishing.
    There were sinhala dry fish mudalai’s of the south who came to Thondamanaru to purchase dry fish who spoke in Tamil to those who spoke tamil and in sinhala to those who spoke sinhala

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      You must be a fisherman or from fishing community to talk about Thondamnaru and fish business.

      What you have written here all true, then why don’t write your comments with your own name? Thondamanaru is a vast area.

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    As a full blooded Sinhalese I accept every argument put forward by the writer. My only qualm is that he has not condemned the killings of the civilians by the LTTE in their pursuit of attaining their Political objective. However a good majority of the Sinhala civilians killed by the LTTE had similar mindsets as some who have commented above against this writer who is Tamil, but not a combatant terrorist. So what difference does it make of those Sinhalese civilians who perished although they did not represent the Forces with gun in hand, their words and deeds are bad enough and they can not be classed as innocent Sinhala civilians to escape the wrath of the Tamil Militants of the LTTE.

    Be that as it may, what is required at present for this country to come out of the current impasse, is a genuine Leadership commitment without racial bias that will force down on the masses to accept all Sri Lankans as equals to earn and live anywhere in the country, that one likes, without homeland concepts or Devolution of Powers to parts based on ethnic division. Further the Rights of all Citizens should be protected and every one holding Office in Governance and all those who provide security in the Forces should be held Accountable. A strict adherence of the Law without Bias, is a sin qua non for all to live peacefully whether one is from the majority or the minority. There should be no quota basis, based on ethnic balance but a system on pure meritocracy. This is the final goal that this society should aim at, if it is to move with the rest of the world towards civility. If a Black can become the President of America, although the Whites wielded power before and still does, with all it’s faults and shortcomings to virtually dominate the whole world today, I fail to understand why we Sri Lankans boasting of a high rate of literacy and also boasting of a History over Two Thousand six hundred years claiming to be a very hospitable Nation are unable to recognize fellow Human Beings as equals. What tomfoolery we practice for a few of the Corrupt in this society to thrive at the expense of us masses?

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      ” unable to recognize fellow Human Beings as equals. “

      You are mistaken in your belief that it is EQUALITY they demand. Equality has been available for a long while. All the Rights that you have are theirs too, BUT they want more and more.

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      I agree with you -Valid points :) – I wish more of your kind of lanken seniors.. to teach those who stay mum today..

      Secondly, I wonder why the rulers get backward to reenforcement of law and order eventhough we are all aware that A strict adherence of the Law without Bias, is a sin qua non for all to live peacefully whether one is from the majority or the minority. -as you clearly pointed out..

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    For the writer infrastructure in south is development but it is not in the north. LTTE and NGO’s pilfered the billions of dollars poured to North east aftermath of Tsunami by the GOSL and the donors.

    Also he says colombo tamils statistics wrong but use same source to argue the population percentages in North East.

    He is like a ostrich trying to hide his small head while leaving his naked rump open everybody to see…..

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      North east aftermath of Tsunami by the GOSL and the donors.

      This is nonsense.

      Sir, you are lack of affairs in Sri Lanka.

      Do you remember a case against Mahinda Rajapaksa on misuse Tusunami money?

      The author is right on development in Sri Lanka.

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    Kiruba,

    Regime Change Not A Viable Solution:

    We are no longer talking about a Regime Change and after March 2014 there is going to be a Complete Overhaul of Sri Lankan Society. The Racists can Bark but they cant Bite anymore.

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    While we agree with much of what SVK says here in the search for justice for Lankan Tamils, I hope he will not mind if I say he should be a little more professional and have his articles proof-read before he goes public.

    Justice CVW was not a Chief Justice.

    This 60% Tamils in Colombo is more about Tamil-speaking people because the official position is the city is inhabited roughly 30% a piece by three major communities with the balance formed by other immigrant communities.

    Tamils are not interested in regime change in the Central Government. All they want is to be allowed to carry on with their lives in peace and to work for their livelihoods in their own homes and agricultural lands, much of which misappropriated in many instances with State inspiration in the past few decades in the guise of the “war”

    Kettikaran

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      Kettikaran managed to find atleast one fault with hundreds of article written by SVK. Well done.

      By the way, are you a government propagandists?

      The way you are justifying about 60% Tamils in Colombo, is bizzar.

      Now you are talking about Tamil-speaking people.

      Don’t you feel that you trying to hide an elephant with a small piece of paper.

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    Kettikaran managed to find atleast one fault with hundreds of article written by SVK. Well done.

    By the way, are you a government propagandists?

    The way you are justifying about 60% Tamils in Colombo, is bizzar.
    Now you are talking about Tamil-speaking people.

    Don’t you feel that you trying to hide an elephant with a small piece of paper.

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