16 October, 2019

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Remembering The Martyrs And Traitors

By Mahendran Thiruvarangan

Mahendran Thiruvarangan

Remembering the past, its struggles and the actors and agents who advanced those struggles as a community is a key political act inextricably linked to our political journeys in the present. The past and the memories associated with it speak about our historical progress into the present, and therefore we tend to preserve the past in the form in which the past and its agents presented the past to us in the past. On other occasions, the voids of disillusionment and defeat into which the past leaves us often invoke romantic and illusory pictures of the past. As a result, we often desire to see the present to mirror the past without change or contamination. Our unceasing idealization of the past is not going to be a productive political practice in the long run. By keeping us within a circumscribed narrative of glorification, the past that we want to preserve and eulogize slowly weakens our critical eye. The present, as a consequence, finds itself crippled by obsolete forces. And the future appears as a blurred space in our visionless eyes. Whether we like it or not, there is a point where we need to break this self-destructive continuity that binds the past and the present in our thoughts, and rescue the present with a view to initiating political processes that would lead to transformation instead of stagnation.

My thoughts on the LTTE Martyrs’ Day event observed by the students at the University of Jaffna, despite the threats and gruesome violence they faced from the Sri Lankan Army and the Police, stem from this understanding of the interplay between the past and the present. The purpose of this opinion-piece is not to pass judgment on the rightness of commemorating the LTTE Martyr’s Day event at the University of Jaffna. I share in the students’ admiration of the idealism that characterized the lives of the LTTE cardres. I remember the LTTE cardres’ moral courage to sacrifice their education and the prime of their youth and to keep aside their responsibilities towards their families for a greater cause that had the larger community at its heart. I also condemn the brutal violence used by the Sri Lankan state against these unarmed students and the state’s unrelenting opposition to commemorating the slain LTTE cardres. But, I want to distance myself from patriotic narratives that use these martyrs to demonize those who democratically questioned the LTTE’s ideology and politics, and therefore want to think about what else a critical reflection of the past requires us to do when we remember the LTTE Martyrs in the post-militancy period.

Like many other liberation movements, the LTTE started off as an organization that struggled for the freedom of a community from an oppressive state. The sense of idealism this organization embodied drew towards itself many young people from the different parts of the country. Militancy in the Tamil context emerged as a fractured, diverse body in the 1970s and produced multiple militant groups. However, the militant movements in their initial years provided the Tamil community with a critical platform to gauge the political processes of the mainstream Tamil parties and to identify their weaknesses and failures. The rise of militancy does not re-produce a romantic picture of the previous decades of Tamil politics. It was extremely critical of the past. It did not restrict its criticism to the state. Movements like the EPRLF radically questioned the hegemonic foundations of the Saiva-Vellala, patriarchal Tamil culture. The radicality of the early days of militancy in many senses rested on the new future that militancy promised the Tamils and the discontinuity that it wanted to bring about between the past and the present.

I am not interested in re-telling a story that has been told multiple times about how the militancy turned into a hegemonic project in the mid-1980s and the rampant internecine violence that shook the psyche of the Tamil community from the middle years of the 1980s into the early years of the 1990s. This is a period when militants, especially the LTTE, heavily borrowed and disseminated problematic labels like patriot and traitor from mainstream Tamil politics and fell prey to nationalistic jingoism. And this politics continued till May 2009, though there was no formidable internal opposition to the LTTE in the North and East regions after 1990. Even though I do not consider the LTTE as the one and only force responsible for the political predicament of the Tamil community at present, its role in the tragedy that befell the Tamils needs to be scrutinized by the Tamil community, if they want to move forward in a new political path that emphasizes the importance of creating a democratic political culture. As of now, this process does not seem to be happening within the Tamil community and the excuse being “this is not the right time, as we are facing more serious problems from the state.” To resolve the conflict between the Tamils and the Sri Lankan state might take many years given the deadlock we are facing right now. Therefore our alibis for deferring our critical engagement with the past are never going to be fruitful. They only encourage us from abdicating ourselves from a responsibility that history has left us with and undermine our potential to re-configure Tamil politics in a progressive spirit. Perhaps, the end of the war and the continuous failure on the part of the state to address the political grievances of the Tamil community, continuing militarization and land grabbing by the state in the Northern and Eastern provinces and the hardships of the IDPs who have not been resettled in their own villages as they were promised by the state make us conceive our past in a positive light. But such a perception of the past is deceptive and it covers over the unsettled internal contradictions within the Tamil community.

The question I would like to raise about the Martyr’s Day revolves around an unresolved discourse left behind by the LTTE. The LTTE ruthlessly persecuted the members of other militant movements like PLOTE, TELO, EPRLF, etc. Militants representing these organizations died at the hands of the LTTE earning the ignominious title of traitor. The LTTE insisted that the community stop having any contact or association with the members of these organizations. The label ‘traitor’ in a way created a new discourse of caste and untouchability in the Tamil heartland and called for the ex-communication of those who defied the LTTE’s dictates. The LTTE assassinated human rights activists who outspokenly voiced their criticism of the LTTE. While the LTTE members who died for the cause of Tamil nationalism were honored and glorified as martyrs, these militants, writers, critics and activists who stood for democracy and justice were branded as traitors. When I condemn the Sri Lankan government for unleashing violence on the students for commemorating the Martyrs’ Day, I want to register the harsh truth that the LTTE, in its heyday, did not allow the Tamils to commemorate in public the dead cardres of other militant groups or its critics.

The memories of all the dissident Tamils do not allow one to think about the Martyrs’ Day without critically reflecting on the notion of traitors. In the LTTE’s patriotic narrative, the martyr and the traitor functioned as antithetical images, the former desirable and the latter abominable for a Tamil. The Tamil community willingly or unwillingly accepted these labels and naturalized them in the course of its relationship with the LTTE. Now, after the demise of the LTTE, these discourses and labels remain unquestioned and sometimes, especially during the election period, rival Tamil nationalist candidates invoke these labels to sling mud at each other. As a Tamil, I find it difficult to commemorate the LTTE cardres who died during the war without scrutinizing these unsavory labels and without being critical of the political culture that thrives on an empty rhetoric of Tamil patriotism.

During the early years of militancy, the Tamils collectively reflected on their past and were willing to evaluate their own actions. A similar process does not seem to happen in the early years of the post-militancy period. Mainstream Tamil politics has not resolved important questions about the LTTE, its ideology and its political strategies. Instead, Tamil political leaders want to prop-up their image by glorifying the LTTE and demonizing its critics. Post-militancy period does not seem to liberate itself from the problematic ideological realms that dominated LTTE-led militancy till May 2009. We are walking endlessly inside a narrow circle built by the past without having the ability to break it open.

This year’s Martyrs’ Day event, however, has generated a ray of hope after many years. This hope comes from the South, from the undergraduates at the University of Peradeniya and University of Ruhuna who protested against the attacks on the students who commemorated the LTTE Martyrs’ Day at the University of Jaffna. One cannot help but admire these students’ ability to transcend the long-standing ethnic divide in rendering their support to the Tamil students protesting in Jaffna. I see their protest as a critique of a government that relies on their support for electoral victory. Their act of protest, despite the fact that the attack on the students protesting at the University of Jaffna was not given much coverage by the mainstream Sinhala and English media in the South, indicates that they seem to be thinking about preventing themselves from succumbing to the vicious government propaganda efforts which continue to demonize the LTTE for its own survival in the South.

I can remember viewing the portraits and photographs of slain JVP cardres displayed at the WUS wala on a November evening when I was an undergraduate at the University of Peradeniya. These youth were killed during the JVP insurgencies. If the state does not have any issues with undergraduates at the University of Peradeniya commemorating the JVP cardres, why should it threaten the Tamil students who want to commemorate the LTTE martyrs at the University of Jaffna using violence? This is a question the student protestors in the South need to raise. Those who challenge the state for unleashing violence against the students or for its failure to uphold democracy should also critique the manner in which Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism entrenched in the state and its structures discriminates against other ethnic groups in the country, Tamil and Muslim among others. We need to persistently question the narrow divisions that meaningless patriotic and nationalistic rhetoric creates within a community and between different communities. The birth of a progressive future urgently requires such a critique.

*Mahendran Thiruvarangan  is a graduate student in English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

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    Mahendran
    Thank you. Timely writing.

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    The truth is most of the Tamil people in the North welcomed the violence that was initiated by the immature young Tamil Militants in the early days of the conflict. They hailed these inexperienced young men who started killing unarmed policemen in the north. The general public in Jaffna called these misguided youth as “our boys”. There were no intellectual community leaders like Martin Luther Jr who could show the righteous path to the Tamil people. All they had were power hungry short sighted corrupted politicians. (They were no better than the politicians of the South) Later the immature young Tamil Militants turned their guns on these Tamil politicians. (Remember Amirthalingam) The Tamil Diaspora pumped millions of money to the conflict while Prabhakaran forcefully recruited Tamil children to the war destroying Tamil culture and Tamil identity.

    At the end what happened ? . After 30 years you have had your ancestral homes destroyed, your communities are disintegrated and your identities are shattered. Have you earned the respect internationally ? When you people go to a Western country and show your passport they think you are a Tamil Terrorist / drug smuggler / or a suicide bomber. You are subjected to harassment and discrimination.

    The Tamil Diaspora collected billions of dollars by force from the poor Tamils who do odd jobs in the Western countries in harsh winters. This money was given to KP. KP gave all your hard earned money to MR. MR and family became super rich.

    Talk to your hearts, all you guys have contributed to this destruction ( material / cultural ) of the Tamil people one way or another.

    What the country need is not another racial war,both nations have to work for peace and prosperity forgetting hate.

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      Prashan;Quote”When you people go to a Western country and show your passport they think you are a Tamil Terrorist / drug smuggler / or a suicide bomber. You are subjected to harassment and discrimination.
      The Tamil Diaspora collected billions of dollars by force from the poor Tamils who do odd jobs in the Western countries in harsh winters”.Unquote

      Chav.It’s your Sinhala only point of view. The north could never have reached these dizzy heights if the uncivilized backed by the so-called intellect’s of the south JR did not unleash terror on Tamil minorities living in Colombo before and after independence and had no connection with the north itself- the world took note and opened its doors to them while you the Sinhalese have never apologized for the display of your inbred animal instincts.
      Get educated Prasan- 2010 at a ceremony the British PM Cameron was wooing the BTF (every Tamil is not BTF like you have SLFP, UNP etc.) considering them to be professionals now and to have come up like the Jewish people in a short span. The BTF alone runs 1500 registered businesses employing 150k personnel and has a turnover of £2billion =LK Rs 420 Billion that’s almost ½ Trillion Rupees. The Tamils are spread throughout the western world and have turnovers over and above your poor begging nations GDP or Budget therefore the politicians in SL are trying to rob them as they have done for all these years. So they call you the modayas who send their women as housemaids to the Arabs to be fked and beaten so that the macho men like you could have food on the plate.
      Get civilized then say sorry as you have nothing to lose because you are a begging nation like the yellow robe you follow. Bush is unable to go to Genève as there is a warrant out for him and Blair who has apologised is still traveling because he has diplomatic immunity and the present government is a coalition with very little to rein in on him. Both the American and British people want it and that is the difference between the west and your begging nation of the uncivilized.
      no interlectuals- Heard of Ananda Coomaraswamy well that is the only name the west knows even after 100years and no konde bandepu bandit vijayas offshots.
      Your descendants will be known as Chinese button-eye toilet tissue. LOL!

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        [Edited out] Why mtchang do you hide behind all these idiotic names? You are a confirmed LTTE supporter and therefore you have to isten to the truth,

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          And what is that, tell? Your inferential skills are clearly below the belt. Pannan kotte trying to paint me into a corner won’t work.

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      Latest and greatest list of achievements by our DieAssParayas:

      A warrant was executed at a Scarborough address and a debit card lab was dismantled. Numerous safes, hundreds of forged debit cards and $10,000 in cash was seized, police said, adding they made four additional arrests as well.
      Last week, two more suspects were arrested in Vaughan, and more goods seized, including $35,000 in cash.

      Nirmalarasan Kanagalingam, 32, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, 16 counts of fraud over $5,000, 16 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, four counts of theft under $5,000, four counts of breach of probation, two counts of breach of recognizance, possessing a credit card forgery device and participation in a criminal organization.

      Vinotha Rajasrikumar, 26, of Brampton is charged with breach of recognizance – aid & abet.

      Pirakalathan Sithamparanathan, 20, of Toronto is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.

      Mithun Indrakumaran, 19, of Vaughan, is charged with 15 counts fraud over $5,000, 15 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, three counts of theft under $5,000, participation in a criminal organization and six counts of breach of undertaking.
      Krishnajith Ramesha, 21, of Toronto, is charged with five counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, theft under $5,000, participation in a criminal organization and breach of probation.

      Nishanth Ganeshamoorthy, 19, of Toronto is charged with five counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, theft under $5,000 and participation in a criminal organization.

      Aruncumar Ravindran, 21, of Woodbridge, is charged with 15 counts of fraud over $5,000, 15 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, three counts of theft under $5,000, participation in a criminal organization, six counts of breach of recognizance, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of proceeds of crime.

      Maheswary Vijayakumar, 45, of Toronto, is charged with perjury and obstruct justice.

      Sothilingam Vijayakumar, 43, of Toronto, is charged with perjury and obstruct justice.

      Kayanthini Vijayakumar, 20, of Toronto, is charged with breach of recognizance – aid & abet.

      Srimylan Srivigneswaran, 20, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, five counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of traffic in credit card data, possess credit card obtained by crime, possess proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.

      Prasad Thiruchelvam, 28, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, four counts of unlawful use of credit card data, four counts of use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.

      Nijanthan Nagendiran, 23, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.

      Nirojan Kulasakaran, 22, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.

      Pratheeb Krishnapillai, 26, of Ottawa, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.

      Sujan Sivakumaru, 21, of Markham, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.

      Chandrakumaran Tharamarathnam, 30, of Whitby, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device, participation in a criminal organization and breach of probation.

      Kajenthiran Vijayakumar, 39, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device, participation in a criminal organization, two counts of breach of probation and five counts breach of recognizance.

      Sajevan Sivakumaru, 18, of Markham, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device, participation in a criminal organization, two counts of breach of recognizance, two counts of obstruct police, and two counts of personation with intent.

      Pararajasingam Ampalayanar, 38, of Toronto, is charged with five counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, forgery of a credit card, possession of a credit card obtained by crime, possess credit card forgery device, possession of property obtained by crime, participation in a criminal organization and five counts of breach of recognizance.

      Janarthanan Ratnasingham, 27, of Markham, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, four counts of unlawful use of credit card data, four counts of use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.

      Arthick Antonito, 26, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device and participation in a criminal organization.

      Andrew Jesudasan, 21, of Thornhill, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device and participation in a criminal organization.

      Arjan Mahendrarajah, 20, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, 16 counts of fraud over $5,000, 16 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, four counts of theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device, participation in a criminal organization and breach of probation.

      Vigitharan Selvaraj, 22, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, 21 counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime, four counts of theft under $5,000, two counts of possess credit card forgery device, 21 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, forgery of a credit card, possession of a credit card obtained by crime, participation in a criminal organization and instruct commission of offence for a criminal organization.

      LOL!

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        SSS:Quote”Latest and greatest list of achievements by our DieAssParayas”Unqote

        What you have provided is not even a court service but an apron string attached to a kaha sarema. It would have been better if you spoke about “convictions” for murder and robbery and then to be fair talk of the registered business that are an asset to Canada. The resource rich Canadian government and opposition won’t be listening to the Tamils if they were not professionals who are an asset to the nation. Have you ever given a thought as to why the Canadian government does not give emphasis to other resourceful countries Diasporas?
        Have you seen the movie Kolaba Sanniya go watch then see the mirror you will find it there?

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          This is Western Justice not Yellow robes and Rajapakses. So you see your people cannot ever live decently and honestly. You are all thieves and criminals and you will always be wherever you are. It is better to be an honest racist than a dishonest refugee my friend. Wait till they find out how you guys have lied on you refugee applications.

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          GGPons:Quote”Wait till they find out how you guys have lied on you refugee applications”.Unquote
          That’s not a very imaginative response, halfwit. “Gota” would kill you even faster than I would.

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        dai bogus sivasankaran sarma parish, did you visit your uncle croydon bikku. he is being served halal lamb, pork and beef. he is done for 7 years. your other very old uncle(77)tried to grope a masseuse. your cousins of turd lankan army sexually abused haitian kids. again the same sinhala primitive savage pariahs had sex with corpses of dead tamil women fighters. pariah, you talk as though sinhala race is free from criminal activities. sinhala pariahs are equally bad if not worse. you are an unemployed vagabond as such you have plenty of time in hand to list and research but unfortunately i can’t afford to spend time like you.

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          My dear ghetto dwelling, barely literate DieAssParayas, what I posted wasn’t a list of your achievements collected from various sources; it was all from a single bust. LOL! If I actually had the time or inclination to research and post a more comprehensive list of your heroics it would probably crash the CT servers and I’m sure our resident dole [Edited out] Rama would appear in there somewhere.

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        Is collecting newspaper cuttings of Tamil felons, the latest fashion in Canada? Once a racist always a racist whether you live in Colombo or Timbuktu

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          M Y Foote says:

          “Once a racist always a racist whether you live in Colombo or Timbuktu”

          For a moment I thought you meant the white racist and rednecks.

          You are talking about your people the Tamils and Sinhalese. I completely agree with you you.

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        SSS:Quote”My dear ghetto dwelling, barely literate DieAssParayas, what I posted” Unquote

        “Mischlinge” even the educated north Indians don’t call themselves Aryans! Just go to Patna and ask any “babua” who you are(they are very hospitable folk and can show you proof beyond 2k years) because that’s where the bandits roam. Vijaya was a bandit on the run neither a Guajarati or Bengali- period. Asoka was exactly like Henry the 8th around 40 wives so one of his offshots came with the “potha danda” that is your Buddhism. However the Chinese have an original script(because they were civilized while you roamed with the southern monkey- polygamist Sir Richard Attenborough video 50 mins) written during Buddha’s time and it is called Mahayana (like the Hindu Gautama the Mahayana permits marriage so no yellow robed pedophiles) the best works of Gautama anywhere are seen at “Longman Caves” at Loyang and the monastery close by is Shoaling Temple. The CPC gives respect only to the Buddhist but it is seen as a philosophy of life “not a religion” as Gautama said- Gautama died a Hindu too. Go see if you are a Buddhist/Singhalese.
        Why don’t you fanatical Sinhala/Buddhist invite the Dalai Lama who is respected very much by the French, Swiss and overall west? Forget politics why not? I have met a Rin poche who was a relative of the king of Bhutan and he had not even plucked a flower in his life and I gave that man life for 3 months by mere accident. Sri Lankan monks are just a disgrace to the race and Buddhism.
        Why is it that the high castes of India don’t become Buddhist? Because the Potha was written 500years after Gautama’s death and I am sure you don’t even know what your grandfather thought even in this age of press and script. Don’t our parents often say alas generation gap? Be honest to yourself and find out by visiting Patna who you are without thinking like “Mischlinge”. I am neither Singhalese nor Tamil go find out for self without talking bollocks Sinhala Buddhist.
        Happily Agnostic.

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    This type of idealism is present in the young especially university undergrads. When we get older idealism is replaced by the stark realities of life and tempered by interacting with society and the world.

    Let the young dream and indulge as it is of no harm to anybody. They are our future. To brutally attack and crack down on them is indefensible. Let there be civilised discourse and dialog, fredom of expression. Then there will be greater understanding and reconcilliation. Peace cannot come under the jackboots of dictators.

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    The major differences between the JVP phenomenon and the LTTE phenomenon are:

    * While the JVP insurgency wanted to overthrow the government, the LTTE fought a sophisticated war to establish a separate state of Tamil Eelam.
    * The JVP insurgency was very elementary and arose and fought among the Sinhalese. The LTTE wars were presented as between the Tamils and Sinhalese by the GOSL and the LTTE.
    * The JVP insurgency had no serious international dimension, whereas the LTTE phenomenon had major international dimensions.
    * Both JVP insurrections were quelled comparatively easily, compared to the several wars with the LTTE.

    In both instances however the government had no compunctions regarding taking life (Sinhala and Tamil) establish its supremacy. 2Si2mil2a2r2 the JVP and the LTTE had no compunction in taking Sinahala and Tamil life, respectively.

    Further, during the JVP insurrections, in which Tamils were not involved, the security forces showed no animus towards the Tamils.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      DRN:Quote”The JVP insurgency had no serious international dimension” Unquote
      You never ever thought why Indira backed Sirimavo during this period and let her hide temporarily in a ship close to Colombo Fort and also donated the Diego Garcia islands to be sold to the Brits for 50K but to be utilized by the US marines? Neither did you know that the North Korean embassy at Horton Place had 3 helicopters all readied to be assembled and that this was confiscated.In short the dimension was beyond your comprehension.

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        Wuliangguobinjiu,

        Are various instances of assistance to the Sirimavo government during the first JVP insurrection equivalent to the,
        1. Involvement of India in what is now popularly referred to as the ‘Parripu drop’
        2. Involvement of the Indian government in training Tamil militants.
        3. The signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord
        4. The induction of the IPKF
        5. The involvement of Norway
        6. The ceasefire agreement signed with the mediation by Norway
        7. The ceasefire monitoring by the Scandinavian countries
        8. The intense involvement of the ICRC and various INGOs and international agencies.
        9. The international network embracing various activities of the LTTE
        10. The intense international focus on Sri Lanka and many more.

        The North Korean embassy involvement is the only international dimension that was noteworthy , though insignificant, in the JVP insurrections.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          DRN:Quote”Involvement of India in what is now popularly referred to as the ‘Parripu drop’”Unquote

          Look do you hold your nose the other way around NO! Though they were nonaligned it was the Chinese coming in by proxy via N.K. and the Singhalese being the majority it was easy to control the land. With the Tamils you only trust yourself and will kill even you teacher to be there so generally powers prefer stupid folk they can control.
          North Korean embassy; when the crow flies it would be 100 meters to her home at Roesmead. Embassy owned by Omars (Bhoras) behinde sir lalith rajapakse.
          It was a different Bullet Chess not mulagathani mix of inter war etc.

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          DRN:Quote”The intense international focus on Sri Lanka and many more.Unquote

          A blitzed Britain with the US drew the boundaries after WW2. The British did not want the partition but needed the American cash to rebuild. The Chinese were battered by the Japanese and had no control of boundary lines while only the Russians were not tired. So in the north east of India there are Chinese looking folk who cannot identify themselves with the Indians even today- because its communist china they are calm. This is what Mao wanted in his famous Indo Chino Bhai bhai surprise war (the Chinese have returned all prisoners of war but India have not even today). China is their main fear not all weather Pakistan (Kashmir Brahmin is Indira) north east is a big chunk over the Himalayas and that would keep Nepal (Hindu kingdom) as a barrier out of focus. Delhi is Brahmin and will always be to take care of the nation. The only SC PM for 2 years was to appease the SC’s and west and the PM was always at unease. VP was a low caste cannon fodder for Delhi plus TN was the key player convincing Delhi at a time when Karu was removed form CM post due to fraud- the vote mattered. Honestly Delhi never gave a toss to what happened in SL because China is the main issue. OK RAW had folk like Telugu man Rao as director when VP was trained but they were decent folk. The unlimited western Money power changed him. Canny JR/dickybird seduced the young couple Rajive and Sonia with talk of how Nehru and he hid together during the independence and him seconding Japans independence. Even today the IPKF folk living in the north would like to wipe out whole of SL by air for having hoodwinked them and their beloved PM. There are so many there still without limbs due to landmines and are ever ready to send in their relatives if the call comes and you can be assured it would be worse than the hammering at MulliK.

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        wullangobijou What has Diego Garcia to do with the JVP insurrecetion . Are you going Bonkers?????

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          A little bit of knowledge is good for nothing.

          Nothing exists as wholes and parts in their natural context.

          Take a book and read plus learn to travel.

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      So that justifies murdering innocent civilians? Doctor of watever. I hope we do not find out that your certificated were purchased on the street of Croydon in the UK. Many many of these doctorate can be bought for £50 and we know that.

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        GGPons:Quote”Many many of these doctorate can be bought for £50 and we know that.Unquote

        Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.

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    It is a lie to say that LTTE was a response to state oppression. LTTE and Tamil political leadership used the so called state oppression as a cover to further their long cherished project of creating a mono ethnic state for Tamils. They nearly succeeded it. Many parts of the North infact became mono ethnic (the only such areas in this country).

    They saved their particular fury against Sinhala Buddhists. Because Sinhala Buddhists forms the core of this country’s culture and civilisation (this is not a negation of contributions and the rights of other cultures in the country). It was just like what the Western colonialists tried to do for over 400 years (It just doesn’t look like a coincident that these forces are now joined together).

    The main element of the failure of Tamil state building project remains that it was set to build on a land also considered as part of their heritage by another community, Sinhala. Accordingly the only way the Tamil state building project could succeed was by eliminating this other community which explains LTTE’s numerous massacres of Sinhala civilians. The fight against Sinhala Buddhist core culture may also explains the leadership provided by the Catholic church in the LTTE project. The resistence by Sinhalas who are a tiny group in a global scale (even when compared with global Tamil presence) at the end proved to be more resilient than many thought. It is pure survival instinct whih is still underestimated by almost all commentators, many politicians and NGO pundits.

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      Hela says:

      “LTTE and Tamil political leadership used the so called state oppression as a cover to further their long cherished project of creating a mono ethnic state for Tamils.”

      What you perceive is not the truth. You can perceive anything out of your sheer stupidity. It is a freedom you enjoy and cherish most. I have nothing to complain about it.

      Even if the Tamils want to establish a mono ethnic state for Tamils whats wrong with it given that the Sinhala/Buddhists have already successfully established a mono ethnic Sinhala/Buddhist state out of my ancestral land?

      If you are a globalised liberal (you want us to believe it) and if you hate “ghettoisation” of the island I suggest you abolish all your laws on immigration and land. Let the people from all over the world come and settle in this country if indeed you don’t want to live in a Sinhala/Buddhist “Ghetto” owned by claptocracy.

      Your hypocrisy knows no bound.

      My people have had history of living all over Sri Lanka with freedom to roam around in our amudeys. It is the Sinhala/Buddhists together with their Tamil brethrens who “ghettoised” my people into pockets of this island not other way around.

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        Hey Vedda,

        One can continue to lie though it doesn’t change reality on the ground.

        How much ever you shout, there is no mono ethnic area in Sri Lanka except some parts of the North. Sinhalas have always kept their doors open (to their detriment at the end). And the other point is amude has been the national work uniform of farmers belong to all ethnicities. So don’t try to claim IP rights for amude.

        Just try to redraw attention to some aspects of what I wrote earlier if you are interested in critically examining why LTTE martyrs failed in the past and why they may fail in the future.

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          Hela:

          “there is no mono ethnic area in Sri Lanka except some parts of the North.”

          Of course not yet.

          Soon it will be.

          The organs of the state, rulers,the Sinhala/Buddhist monks, the Sinhala/Buddhist thugs, etc have been working overtime to transform the country into a mono ethnic, mono linguistic, mono religious, racist state for the past 100 or so years.

          I must say to large extent they have been successful, but at great cost.

          The 1947 & 48 racist immigration acts were the first in a series of practical ethnic cleansing measures the state had introduced, backed by Sinhala only language policies.

          Probably you are not aware of these “unimportant state actions”. The whole process is aimed at building a Mono Ethnic state through assimilation for which the foundation was laid by perverted protestant Sinhala/Buddhists (mostly by the born again Buddhists), who followed exactly what protestant Christian did to expand their religion, way of life and culture.

          So Hela (a derivative of Eelam according to some Sinhalese Scholars), you too are working very hard to convince rest of the world that Sinhala/Buddhist state is generous, liberal, humane,…one.

          Your conditioned mind will always look for silly reasons to manufacture consent.

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    As far as the proud we Sri Lankans concerned, every passing day, we bow our heads to our valiant troops, who participated, laid down their lives, injured and of course survived in fighting the Tamil deadly terrorism.

    Oh what a relief we have now in Sri Lanka due to the absence of Tamil terrorists???

    P-R-I-C-E-L-E-S-S… in any currency!

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    Hela:Quote”Because Sinhala Buddhists forms the core of this country’s culture and civilisation (this is not a negation of contributions and the rights of other cultures in the country).Unquote

    Mokada bangh dakuna patte gas gembo hela handa de, wasse natuwe de?
    You must know that your famous world cup captain said the same down under to the thieves of UK and they in turn gave the captain a kick up his butt because Vijaya was a bandit on the run. Go to Patna capital of Bihar and check with any “Babua” where the bandits roam join them and they tell will tell you the story beyond 2k years. Don’t you think it’s better to hear it from the horse’s mouth than second hand?
    BTW Your descendants will be known as Chinese button-eye toilet tissue. LOL!

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      And your people came down to carry the buckets we used to have at the end of the garden because of the smell.

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      Hey gu–binji,

      Don’t talk about things you don’t have a clue about. Try and find what Hela means and who Hela are.

      World saw what dakune gas gemban could do in the cricket field and the battle field.

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        YRHela:Quote”could do in the cricket field and the battle field.”Unquote

        Cricket: Even retired English cricketers now work in a chain store for a few bob that is the state of cricket.

        Battlefied killing your own folk is like killing babies.LOL

        While you just cannot play football to be there. LOL

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        HelaQuote”Try and find what Hela means and who Hela are.”Unquote

        You are making me laugh very loud. Siya bewa vine achi lagata going duna dekak pa in that was Hennessy after brandy (made from vine) the first brewers were the Roman Catholic priest during time of war so that folk don’t get hepatitis from water. I know baddegama before your ancestors were born. Do you Sanskrit,Pali,Hindi the way I do then if you know come travel with me (see above 1stDec at 9:04pm first what I say about Vijaya and Buddhism) Honestly, I have my foot print at Lumbini and I will tell you who you are and what is Buddhism taking you all the way to China. Your story is good for hippy tourism no problem because you need the money that way we are friends but this Gu bij mehe naha ohay theyenne thama uura yate ennawa nede ;) kamak na malli. It’s the Chinese who first gave the potty to the westerner like giving the press to them. I don’t like differences in race,religion,cast etc to take precedence whether you are sinhela,demla,marakkala, lansi etc.I believe in the individual rights-That’s all. Good luck life is short learn to say sorry for the misadventure of 83 to non Jaffna tamils at Colombo first because this is what spawned it all in such a beautiful place with beautiful people.
        Happily Agnostic.

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    Comments to Mahendran’s fine article by Dot Rajasingham and the usual clowns have nothing to do with Mahen’s fine article.

    Dot unfortunately he think’s he’s an intellectual just because he is a dot… Just like Dr. M.R. and Dr. Karunanidhi

    Knowing a little about International relations history from the newspaper does not make you an intellectual of the calibre of Mahen….

    Wallugobilla like Raja has no hope of ever reaching that level and hence Raja always wants to parade his identity as dot…

    It must be that he cannot claim usual caste identity so uses Dot as a substitute…

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      nilan:Quote”Wallugobilla like Raja has no hope ….”Unquote.

      pankotte suppi Quest for CUM,

      Oiiinnnnkkkkk!!!Oiiinnnnkkkkk!!!Oiiinnnnkkkkk!!!Oiiinnnnkkkkk!!! LOL!!

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    Thank you, Thiru.

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    dai bogus sivasankaran sarma, copy and paste specialist. mind you i know about your education and your high standard. so stop bragging your achievements you ignorant fool. i know you are a homeless donkey living in cardboard city and looking for leftovers. anyway have you visited your uncles in prison . how are they doing. their crimes are a lot worse than these tamil guys committed. you come from a master criminal race and you are complaining about tamils. how strange.

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    Talk of Verbal Virtuosity my foot there is so much we learn from the gifted Jewish folk- period.

    Read between the lines and he is thumping on the point that he says he does not want to discuss- pankotte suppi.

    In short he should deliver his story to the boat people they would believe him.

    Justice = Turn pankotte suppi over to the Afghans for punishment. If he returns then Obumer would offer him road to nationality. SL needs developer’s not stupid writers who feel the face and kick the ass .

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    Wuliangoebels; Or Goebels for short seems to be having a spate of verbal diarhea that he does not seem to be aware of…

    Willu-Goebels I suggest that you go to Germany and see whether they like your Aryan behind! or would take you straight to the gas showers that they are so good at.
    You could even learn the technology to use in Sri Lannka Mr. wullu goebels!

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      It’s just like a rash on your butt, if you keep scratching it, it will only get worse!

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    Undergraduates from south had always been vocal and united, be it north or south. The undergraduates of the South never discriminated or harassed any Tamil undergraduate in all the thirty years of the conflict. Tamil students were always welcome and they did study in the universities in the south. Sad to say all Sinhala students in Jaffna University were driven out by the tigers at the start of the conflict. They wanted only Tamil, mono ethnic Jaffna, which some of the Tamil parties and their international supporters still advocate. So for people who comment about Sinhala Buddhists being the wrong doers, please wake up.

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    Hey Wullu

    You and your broken Tamil ‘Panankotte’ shows you have a leaking Sinhala behind!
    Perhaps you should revert to your good old amudays to stop such embarassment. I know you put an Amuday on the Tiger Supremo!
    Well done and we know only people of your calibre and sexual inclinations get up to such fun.

    Get MR to suck it and make it into Mahinda Soup for the Southern masses!

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      suryagamage nilan:

      “Perhaps you should revert to your good old amudays to stop such embarassment.”

      Amudey is our national dress.

      Please stop ridiculing the minimum piece of clothe that prevent us from exposing our very thing. I still think western G strings were fashioned on our good old amudeys.

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      Surya nilan:Quote”Well done and we know only people of your calibre and sexual inclinations get up to such fun.”Unquote

      [Edited out]

      Please note, the comment language is English. – CT

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    Nilan – My reading is our friend Wulli..jiu is either a jolly Sindhi,
    Memon or Borah boy (Septuagenarian) floating in the Dubai area (if one were to believe what he says) He is out to have some fun in these pages. He is apparently well-travelled, knowledgeable, interested in Lankan politics and wishes Sri Lanka well. Am I right, bhai? There is an assured place for you in the Tamil Nation of the NEP – at the right time.

    Senguttuvan

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    It is good to have this article as part of the discussion. Thank you.

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