15 August, 2020

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Removing A Nail In The Tiger’s Coffin, On VP’s Birthday

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…..to not to be a fanatic means to be, to some extent and in some way, a traitor in the eyes of the fanatic”. Amos Oz (How to cure a fanatic)

What if after the defeat of the JVP insurgency, the Premadasa administration prevented Sinhala families from mourning their JVP-dead? What if every commemorative activity from the political to the religious was banned? What if Buddhists monks were told to stop preaching sermons (bana) and accepting alms (dane) on behalf of dead JVPers?

Would such measures have caused reconciliation or a renewal of hatred?

By turning mourning into a crime, are the Rajapaksas building-peace or seeding another conflict?

The Tigers were many things, intransigent and efficient, disciplined and intolerant, hardworking and maximalist. They were also, like fanatics everywhere, stupid, blindingly, self-destructively stupid.

That was one of the key lessons of Nandikadal.

The Rajapaksas, who defeated the Tigers, seem to be made of some of the same political genes and psychological memes as their vanquished opponents, including suicidal inanity.

How else can one explain the dangerously destabilising impeachment? Or the bottomless financial quagmire that is Mihin Air? Or the inanely brutal military crackdown inJaffna, on the Birth Anniversary of Vellupillai Pirapaharan and the Tiger’s Great Heroes Day?

According to media reports, on November 26th, some students of the University of Jaffna had commemorated the Great Heroes Day. In an ideal world, no Tamil would have reason to remember the Tigers with nostalgia, just as no Sinhalese would feel like commemorating the murderous Second Insurgency of the JVP (which targeted anti-racist Sinhalese under cover of fighting the IPKF). But we do not live in ideal worlds. Moreover,Jaffna students engaged in their commemorative activities peacefully and quietly. They did not have meetings or hold parades; they reportedly lit some lamps inside a dorm.

It would have made sense, from a political point of view, to ignore that secret deed. Had the regime allowed it to pass, the commemoration would have come and gone without creating any waves, nationally or internationally.

But the Rajapaksas are maximalists, as much as the Tigers were. And such people do not believe in compromise. They want everything their way, at any cost. Their obduracy and tunnel vision prevent them from seeing or understanding how self-destructive their maximalism can be.

Criminalising Mourning

During the Second Insurgency, the JVP imposed strict rules and regulations on how a ‘traitor’ killed by the “patriotic forces” (i.e. the JVP in its DJV guise) should be given his/her last rites. These included a ban on public mourning such as flags, gathering of mourners, funeral processions and graveside speeches; the JVP even decreed that the coffin of the ‘traitor’ should be carried below knee-level. These ‘rules’ were obeyed to the letter, outside cities, especially when the victims were ordinary people who had incurred the wrath of the JVP by violating its confusing array of dos and don’ts, from arbitrary curfews to selling Indian products, from voting to participating in ‘patriotic’ strikes.

Perhaps Mahinda Rajapaksa, who backed the JVP during its most racist and murderous phase, internalised some of those uncivil notions and indecent habits.

The Tigers too often denied those they labelled ‘traitors’ and murdered the right to a decent funeral and their families the right to mourn. Today the Rajapaksas are taking the same path.

The day after the ‘Great Heroes Day’, the military forcibly entered the hostels of the JaffnaUniversity, both male and female. “The army had entered the hostel through the water tank, broken open the doors of the girl’s hostel and put out the lamps. They had also frightened the girls by putting guns to their heads, threatening to shoot them. Some girls had fainted out of fear and shock” (The Death of Freedom of Assembly, Expression and Religion in the North of Sri Lanka – Watchdog – Groundviews – 1.12.2012) The similarity between the military’s modus operandi and that of the STF at Welikada is obvious; both were illegal searches conducted with brute force and both created more problems than they solved. They are also deadly precedents, which will be used against every real or imaginary opponent of Rajapaksa rule, irrespective ethnicity, creed or class.

The story did not end there. The following day, students held a demonstration to protest against the violently illegal conduct of the army. The riot police attacked the peaceful demonstrators. And, in gross violation of parliamentary privileges, the military prevented a TNA parliamentarian from entering the consequent scene of mayhem. This at a time when the parliament is battling the courts, allegedly in the name of legislative supremacy! In reality, in Rajapaksa Sri Lanka legislative supremacy depends on the political position of the legislator. Those legislators who support the Rajapaksas (plus their kin) are superior to the police, the military and the courts (as evidenced by the impunity of Duminda Silva and Rishad Bathiudeen vis-à-vis the judiciary and Malaka Siva vis-à-vis the military); those legislators who are opposed to the Rajapaksas do not enjoy any kind of superiority; in fact they can be as powerless as any ordinary Lankan.

That was not all. Hindu Kovils were banned from holding pujas, even though the ‘Festival of Lights’ was on the 27th of November. Churches were reportedly surrounded and demanded by masses were being held. The house of the Chairman of the Karainagar Pradesheeya Sabha was set on fire and a Killinochchi businessman threatened. The police also arrested three Jaffna University student leaders including the Secretary of the Students Union.

This year, the lighting of a commemorative lamp was turned into a crime. What will the Rajapaksas do next year? Punish mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, wives and siblings for weeping for their dead? What will the Rajapaksas ban the year after? Grief? Memory? Longing?

Mourning is a basic ingredient of closure. When the Rajapaksas criminalised mourning, they ensured that the wounds of the Eelam War would remain unhealed. Had the people been allowed express their sense of grief and loss in public, they might have been able to put the past behind them and look to the future. Since that natural human impulse was forbidden, the people’s sense of grief and loss, driven inward, festered. The end result of this abnormal process cannot but be something unhealthy to the nation.

For the Sinhalese, peace has been mostly good, even in the absence of the peace-dividend. For the Tamils, the time since Nandikadal has been far less salubrious. The absence of shelling, bombing, forced recruitment, child proscription and relentless fighting (in which neither side cared a tuppence about civilian safety) would be welcome. But the absence of war has been almost the sole positive development for most Tamils. The non-appearance of the promised political solution and the uncertainty regarding even the system of provincial devolution may not concern all Tamils, but the overbearing (and often persecuting) presence of the military and the absence of basic facilities, plus the regime’s inane prioritisation (according to which highways are more important than houses and international sports stadia are more important than schools) cannot but have an adverse effect on almost every Tamil. For Tamils the absence of normalcy and the rule of law is not an exception but a fact of everyday life.

This context of searing absences and asphyxiating presences is bound to create the conditions for the resurgence of separatism, perhaps even a Tiger-reborn.

Rajapaksas’ Selective Patriotism

For Sinhala supremacists, Nandikadal opened a door to 1956, 1971 (Standardization) and, if necessary, 1983. For the Rajapaksas, Nandikadal opened a door to a more ancient past, to a pre-modern, pre-democratic time of absolute monarchies when potent kings ruled over powerless subjects.

Sinhala supremacists think that they can use the Rajapaksas to achieve their racist utopia. The Rajapaksas, knowing that, are using Sinhala supremacists as shock-troops in their offensive against democracy.

The Rajapaksas are Sinhala supremacist – but only as long as Sinhala supremacism serves their purpose. This utilitarian attitude is evidenced by the manner in which the Rajapaksas respond to advice from the Buddhist clergy. In public Mahinda Rajapaksa calls any monk ‘Ape Hamuduruwo’ and imply that he is willing to do follow every request of any of these many ‘Ape Hamuduruwos’, unquestioningly. In reality, the Rajapaksas follow advice from the clergy only when doing so suits, aids and abets their own purposes. So if the clergy asks the President to abolish the 13th Amendment, he will follow it to the letter. But when the four chief prelates of the four main chapters request the withdrawal of the impeachment motion, their request will be ignored. (It is no secret that the Rajapaksa underlings threatened the Third Gem of the Triple Gems, in order to prevent the holding of a Sangha-conclave on the Fonseka issue).

Patriotism for the Rajapaksas is a means to an end, a weapon, an instrument, a banner and a mantle; nothing less, nothing more. They will use patriotism to build their familial state just as Vellupillai Pirapaharan used Tamil nationalism/separatism to win himself a country.

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    More than two years after the Government of Sri Lanka and the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) reached an agreement on a ceasefire in their military and para-military operations against each other, with Norway playing the role of a facilitator, and embarked on a process of negotiations in order to find a political solution to the demands of the LTTE for an independent Tamil State in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka to be called Tamil Eelam, the initial hopes of a negotiated political solution stand belied—at least partly, if not fully as yet.

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    The happenings in the NP has a streek far far from what the LLRC has put
    out in its Report. The Gota-Rohana plan to control Tamils is in full
    effect and no amount of Protests or Embassy Statements will make any
    change is evident todate. Sri Lanka has to experience the extremes is my
    guess.

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    Miss Thisaranee has finally admitted the absence of forced recruitment,procurement of kids as child soldiers, suicide bombings,and killings since Nanthikadal, is a good outcome.

    This admission in itself is also a positive outcome and welcome.

    TNA office bearers, once proxies of Mr Pirapiran have been preying on the innocent victims of the LTTE in the North. to get them engage in terror tactics hoping for an “Arab like Spring” in Lanka.

    The likes of Ms Thisaranee and their NGO supporter base have been working overtime to keep the West abreast and lend the TNA a helping hand.

    Unis are places where smart kids are supposed to get descent degrees and serve their communities as gratitude for the citizens who foot their expense.

    Instead these students engaging in celebrations to commomerate the life and or death of terrorist leaders, whether these come from the North or the South is just not on.

    It is more so when these activities are carried out on Public property.

    And the average punters who pay their taxes wouldn’t have any qualms about any action to stop this nonsensical acts to please their cunning political masters and handlers.

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      KAS:Quote”Unis are places where smart kids are supposed to get descent degrees and serve their communities as gratitude for the citizens who foot their expense”.Unquote

      What you say does not happen even in communist china but is expected only in dictatorial Lanka where Weerawansa (suddhata gahanwa) sends his kid to Eaton at £40k/SLRs8.4million per year. Very smart modayas.

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      ”The likes of Ms Thisaranee and their NGO supporter base” ??

      Have you read the whole article? Don’t you understand the logic explained in a manner school kids can understand?

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    I think with utter stupidity, Rajapakses have opened their own Pandora Box. Fighting multi fronts with some are extremely hard are going to wane them out.
    For example from implementing 13th amendment to Nothern elections, Dvineguma, provincial Council, FUTA, Education, health Dept, University entrances….which non of these issues were resolved for years and are being dragged on without giving any solutions to the most difficult ones like UN human rights, war crimes, CJ impeachment,balance of payment and top heavy economy are going to aggravate further problems and unless GOSL has to be very careful, foreign involvement is inevitable.

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      Foreign involvement for what?
      To promote hippy tourism once again no way but concerned only yes.

      You got what you wished for via the ballot not the bullet though the ruling now is by the gun for the gun with the gun.

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        binjiu:
        Yes foreign involvement. Why did you forget the 1987 Indian Parippu drop in Jaffna….This time it could be to Araliya Gaha Mandiraya by some F17 or B1 bombers.
        Foreigners are not stupid to accomodate and feed thousands of SL refugees every time govt. stir up communal violance against minorities or other reporters or human right activists….now sending boat people to Australia. They don’t want their tax payer money to feed our refugees and they have warned MARA about it.
        JRJ narrowley escaped arrest by Indian forces by signing the forced 13th amendment. Did you see how he looked and his face then….the so called big guy who said he only cannot do is to make man a women..ultimately ate Indian Chappati/naan.

        This is what the problem with our MODA SINHALA RULER ASSES ARE….
        Simply because they could deceive eneducated villages, they think they could do same with international community.
        UN already decided never to happen another Nandhikandal ever in Sri Lanka..and they closely monitoring our developments.
        All depends on GON ASS DON-EY MR’S BEHAVIOR THESE DAYS….And I think his days are numbered.

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          Jayanta: Here is part of what I wrote just after 9/11. Wars are armed conflicts between countries or states. Wars are not conflicts between the individual people of warring countries. Wars are conflicts between the governments of countries. All wars are instigated by power hungry megalomaniacs, the politicians; managed by professional killers, the military; and fought by the brainwashed members of their respective populations; the canon-fodder. Politicians wearing top hats and striped pants no longer formally declare wars. Any big bully, who feels confident that he can win the war, can start a war at any time. Euphemistic expressions have replaced the word war. Politicians now euphemistically refer to wars as police actions, or border alignments, or expeditions, or air campaigns.
          The Parippu drop in Jaffna was during the cold war days today 90% of Russian income is on the sale of gas to the EU. 50% of Chinas exports are to the EU and today China is crying with social unrest. Cameron’s words to the protesting public when France and UK decided to support the rag-tag full swing was “when the time is right we will go” (it means when it is advantageous to us and to us only). So don’t expect any drop. When Bangladesh was created in 7 days by the Indians sacrificing their lives while the west just kept on saying we are concerned they were in for a big shock when Mujubur Rahaman screamed “only Allah gave us the freedom but no one else” and the 7th fleet was on its way to get India out at once (Air Marshall Mehta will never forget that). It’s all in the money and with it comes the power.
          cont.

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        binjiu:

        Also read this comment I wrote for another writer.

        Yes not only Americans (USA) but all the countries who have accomodated thousands of our war Refugees, reporters who are seeking asylum, both majority and minority who were faulty been prosecuted, harassed, tortured and jailed for no apparent reasons and who are seeking shelter in those countries etc. have all the right to come and investigate and could talk to anybody to find out the cause and truth. It is their tax payer money who are funding those refugees and they are a burden to their societies while most of those countries still contribute financially and material support to settle war effected people and others.

        More over there is no mirracle as to why people suddenly jump the boats and try to flee to other countries risking their lives without any valid reason. Surely there is something going on and those delegates have all the right to find out the reason.
        Like the way Govt.export our women to Middele east to earn foreign exchange…it doesn’t care wichever, whatever, and whoever who goes to whereever as long as they could get rid of them without fulfilling their basic requirements.
        This is the truth but the sad situation of Sri Lanka today.

        Therefore don’t think that those foreign representatives are coming here to have a jolly good vacation or having a luxurious sea bath or doing shopping and buying duty free stuff to take home like our parliament members do when travel abroad.
        They are coming because both our Government which never found a solution to the ethnic and refugee problem and the people who are ever trying to cross to their countries have become a burden to them, to their society and to their economy.
        More over if the Govt. is trying to show to the people that these visits are international conspiracy….it is the most idiotic explanation any donkey could give to another donkey to listen.
        After all what do they get from a conspiracy…..22 million under nourish people with no stable income and foreign exchange….no noticable natural resources…and a broken economy and a bankrupt society.
        Please if one should tell the Govt. Don’t act stupid, talk Bull shit and not to deceive people like Gonwanses.

        IT IS THE GOVERNMENT WITH UNEDUCATED, UNQUALIFIED, PIN PADI WANDIBATTA, DONK-Y MINISTERS WHO ARE RUINING ALL THE CORPORATIONS that is a burden to the People, to the society, to the economy and to the international society…and the more earlier they realise and act sooner the better.

        Let me have your comments…

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          Jayanta: here is the final part mate I wish you well.
          Talk of refugees and ngo’s. The refugees are an asset to multinational companies which operate industry and warehousing because they are cheap and they comply like the sewing girls in the free trade zone. Nations are not run by the elected but by mega rich multinationals. Ordinarily the refugees take up all the jobs that the western society don’t want to touch but now with the enlargement of EU by Bush and Blair force the hard working poor eastern bloc has arrived to take up almost every job of the refugee and more the service sector at ½ price. Now the advantage EU member states have is they can integrate better than the refugee from Somalia who has never been in the commonwealth and brings the burka or Sri Lankans who still look for an identity even when they are born and bred in the west. When the economy is bad and natives are forced to find jobs that don’t exist then xenophobia raises its head and that is bad image for the west and the well settled immigrants (not refugees) who have integrated into western society and boldly say yes I am an EU national- period not I am Pakistani British. Last UK riots eg. Sony Corp was set alight because almost all warehousing jobs were handled by refugees and previously it was done by locals and bag packers and how did this happen in competition of course.6 foot Somalis from the farms finish the job in 1/3 the time and it is hard work but for them it is nothing while the money they get is something they could never dream of so they all flash their new high speed BMW’s and to top it Indians, Pakistanis Asians don’t let anyone else get a job in a place that they work except their kind- therefore the backlash. Many Tamil shops were burnt (the understanding Brits paid for it all unlike SL in 83 even though these shops were uninsured and to some shop keepers it was a windfall) but the corner shop days are over it the mega markets and internet grocery. NGO’s is big time business of tax evasion a CEO for housing earns around £1/2milloin ex perks(see guardian annual survey) but the ones in the bottom of the pecking line are generally forced to work as volunteers (form of slavery)The folk who come there generally walk the streets in the west and find themselves having the good life of super markets sun and sand etc. (very small majority are different) Social workers bring in refugees so that they themselves may go up in class in a multicultural society(we all love ourselves first because we are human to know that only mum would be by our side at time of difficulty). I can talk of several EU nations because I have spent many years in these nations and even Canada or U.S. and I hold 3 western nationalities because I worked in all these as a professional. Let me stop it at that because this is a topic that can be discussed for days over a drink at a pub.

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    Well said. No doubt Rajapakse thrives on the war and derives sadistic pleasure from harrassing Tamils. Not every Tamil was member of the LTTE. Many were forced to conscript, some were child recruits, many were human shields.

    Yet the government treats them all as traitors and hard core tigers. They are not even permitted to remember their dead or light a lamp in the privacy of their homes.

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    “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel” – said Samuel Johnson.
    This is true of the Rajapakses.
    But why are they preventing young tamils from mourning their dead.
    Already,tamils in the north have to obtain the army’s permission to bury their dead.
    When a tamil family in the north,wishes to bury the body of the father who died of vilence in custody, in prison,the police state that it is a matter of “national security” and cannot be allowed.
    The magistrate agrees,without querying how a burial becomes so.
    Is this the judiciary who are now fighting the executive,in the ‘impeachment’ affair?
    Why did not the CJ or the Judicial Services Commission ask the magistrate the reason why he allowed the request of the police?
    Will the public have any sympathy for them?
    Will the police give the same reason to relatives of the 27 prisoners who were shot dead in cold blood recently? Especially as some were shot with handcuffs on,according to the media? Why has the state not issued a message of condolence in the media? Does not such an omission tend to ‘approve’ the massacre?

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    Mourning the dead? Atleast the so called Sinhala nationalists should follow the example of king Dutugemunu fighting King elara but also issuing a decree to honour his grave.That is the outcome of a civilisation.What we see today in the rajapakses is out and out timidity ,insecurity and utter ruthlessnes going in the garb of religion.Thisaranee is right people overcome death through mourning for the dead whether it is the JVP or the LTTE.How long are we going to wait untill someone liberates SL from the strangle hold of a self appointed luni monarch

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      MARA lunatic is trying to get back the lost prestige that occured during last few London, England tours. Remember rotten eggs and tomatoes thrown at him but closing windscreen in the SUV prevented from hitting him….and the rebuke he faced in front of the rest of the CW delegates, and turned back from hosting the London university presentation……
      Now he is trying to get those revenge through these intimidations of tamils and tamil students while international community send various messages for him to stop them. So he play cat and mouse game both with local and international community. Remember he brought on the CJ impeachment on the same day the UN was hearing SL human right case.
      He wants to show that he is a VVIP similar to IDI AMIN to get International attentin by doing these kinds of thuggery.

      Very soon MARA will be castigate as an Intanational Rowdy and a Pariah by the International Community with a Travel ban…and also could be arrested and brought to Hague for possible war criminal and crimes against Humanity.
      I assume that day will not be that far.

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        Just recently Obumer administration has given MR a reprieve from being prosecuted in the US because he is head of state.

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          binjiu:
          You are wrong…they again re-opened the file this time in DC high court. The case is yet to be herd.

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          Jayantha:
          Good luck if you think a DC can change the decision of Obumer administration 80% of whom are Jewish. The bottom line is Syria and Iran is the major concern for the west. The Indians have been given the contract to lay the gas pipe line at Hindu Kush so that the line feeds the west for another 30 years and Russia need not supply however the Indians have not put their boots down because Pakistan won’t let. Energy is of concern to the west and Spain’s major export item is tourism- Spain’s unemployment is at 25% with 55% of 16-24years unemployed. Honestly folk in the west are fed-up of war so you must have plan B which is by the vote to get the tyrant out or a revolution like the French to give individual rights not race, religion, cast etc. that’s the way we lived at Colombo everyone was uncle and aunty and we just scaled any wall while playing- of course Jaffna was no go if you spoke Sinhala (bas**rds) but all five fingers are not the same.

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          binjiu:
          You are wrong…DC is to 80% jewish….It is a mix of all…after MLK 1968 Assassination lot of them went to NY. This time the MR verdict is linked to LLRC and truth and reconciliation…MR is heading for a fix with Jaffna student riots. CW support is dwindling with lesser countries on our side and MR to be extra vigilent.
          I have been to Jaffna couple of times with no problem of communication before the war…I been a sinhalese. May be only now after the war. Takes time to heal.

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        Jayantha, your sentiments are appreciated that a travel ban for this moronic thug is implemented. But have you noticed that the International Forces continue to tolerate this buggers antics and people like Shavendra Silva and a few others who are accused for the massacre of the surrenderees continue to enjoy Diplomatic postings in the very Capitals of the Countries who pay lip service to democracy.

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          Gamani i appreciate yours too but the reality is a politician has to sandwich the lies or he gets hung like Dr Kelly of UK (Iraq case)
          As yet the kangaroo court is only for Africans on top of that the Argentinian head is linked to a pedophile case. The DC case is stuck as it would open up a Pandora’s box eg Musharraf is in London and the tax payer is forking out £1million per month for his security and there are other South American cases in the US.R.M is still not 80 to die soon like in the issue created by the Chilean Pinochet for Maggie. Dead men tell no tales.

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        “Very soon MARA will be castigated as an International Rowdy and a Pariah by the International Community with a Travel ban…and also could be arrested and brought to Hague for possible war criminal and crimes against Humanity.
        I assume that day will not be that far”.

        What happened to Idi Amin?
        He was also considered a Rowdy, and would have been hanged in the Hague. But Saudi Arabia sheltered him until his death.

        May be Mara is hoping that China will do the same for him?
        I doubt!!!!

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          gamini and shanthi:

          Many times the international community takes longer time to gather more informations and meanwhile advice and warn on certain conditions to fulfill. For instance they gave certain conditions as to LLRC and accountability issues, which upto now GOSL has not shown any progress. Infact without implementing them it is just doing the opposite. The recent prison massacres, CJ impeachment,unnecessary arrests of Jaffna univ. students, suppression of media personnel are some.
          Therefore Govt. is in very bad books at the moment, and the resent visits by many foreign govt.delegates are mostly on fact finding missions.
          I wonder with all these notices given, why govt. does not adhere to their advises. It’s utter stupidity. But I am sure they will never allow any further suppression or mass violance on both minority or majority population. MR should act fast or will have to face the judgment.
          #2) I don’t think China has any idea of accommodating MR if he is in trouble….other than MR buy a property in some remote place and hide. China is in for more commercial and business deals and they told about it when they met Indian Foreign Minister. More over China has much more trade with US and Europe and they don’t want to jeopardise them, other than giving us some help in UNHRC.
          What I only say is all the world leaders love Sri Lanka and it’s people. only thing they say is to correct our human rights record and to give more democrecy and justice to everybody….and I think this request is a basic fundamental of any democracy. I wonder why MR cannot understand this….may be he has another long term vicious plan to be the next KING according to his astrologers have told him, and to stay in power for a countless number of generations. It’s all utter stupid and nonsense which will never work in the 21st century. By buying the opp.party members or employing your 350 some family members to top govt. positions or changing the CJ…doesn’t work that way.
          All I know is the sudden rise to top and winning the war made MR go intoxicated with pride….and that pride could to turn into nightmare unless he uses his brains well. Only time and his actions will tell.

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          As long as RM keeps on building the NE to include all races than a ghetto he is a friend of the west because that is what they want in the problematic multicultural west too. Once idi ran and the Indians came to UK problem solved so why use the 50k American forces stationed at Saudi to care for the puppet king to capture Idi? Just die without a state funeral. Saddam was different – it was a personal fight by wanker bush to cover his fathers and cheny’s $80billion oil theft via kuwait.

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          Jayantha: Quote”say is all the world leaders love Sri Lanka and it’s people. only thing”Unquote
          In the west love means when the man let’s say gets a transfer to another corner of the country the couple go for a divorce or both have other affairs- nothing bound in heaven or hell very practical the heart does not run the mind there is enough fish in the sea. SL case eg if you are living and there is a slum surrounding you where folk have regular brawls and your kids have to watch it then it’s a major problem for you and you are concerned. That’s the same in a global village where the calm west is concerned about SL- you don’t have resources that the west badly needs to say it’s of strategic importance to us and go to war like Bush Sr did Gulf war 1. China yes because its now buying up German products and brands (this year alone $1.3 trillion investment)- china does not want to pay for technology transfer too. This case of China purchasing Germany is death for the west so South China Sea rendezvous 2014.

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          binjiu:
          It is not MARA building NE, he is Genocide, ethnic clensing and segregating the NE. He is planting 30 some buddhist statutes in NE while blockin access to Hindu kovils, mosques and churches. He is creating Sinhala only villages in NE. it is just a waste….and never going to work….may be another Air parippu drop could be expected soon.
          You are crazy to say bush a war with Saddam for Cheney’s loot of US$80 billion Iraq oil….with 5000 US soldiers dead and 30,000 wounded with 2 trillion US$ loss. No comparison at all.

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          Shanthi:
          According to my recollection. Idi Amin was not a mass murderer. More than a killer he was a Kanibal. He did not chase UN inspectors by force and killed the refugees in cold blood. That’s why UN treat Nanthikandal as a Jenocide similar to Ruwanda.
          I think now UN has enough evidence to prove it….but still giving time to SL to follow LLRC recommendations and if it fail definitely there is a chance of prosecuting MR brothers….and also other senior military offrices.
          No…no way in China. China has more business deals with west than with us.
          May be there might be some chance in Uganda or Swaziland…

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    Dear Tisaranee,,

    I am very reluctantly writing this comment as I respect your directness, passion, sense of mission and advocative journalism. However, in recent times you seem to have lost your objectivity and investigative skills. The Rajapakse government is no doubt making many mistakes, while also doing many things right. It is important to point out what is right and highlight what is wrong objectively, unemotionally and less shrilly.

    The incident at the Jaffna campus was manufactured to elicit an expected reaction. It was not intended to mourn the war-dead. The lamp lighting (theepam) was in commemoration of Maveerar day- VPs birthday and the LTTE cadres. It was not held in memory of all the war-dead including VP and his cadres. You know as well or better than anyone else the LTTE modus operandi of provoking incidents to gain publicity mileage. The Jaffna campus incident was similar in nature. The Karthikai Villakeedu could have been an ideal occasion to mourn the war-dead in every Hindu Tamil home, quietly and with the solemnity the occasion demands. No one would have objected to this.

    It is rather simplistic to draw parallels with the JVP -related mourning , in the circumstances that prevail in the north today , where many subtle and blatant efforts are being made to keep the LTTE ideology and objectives alive.

    Please highlight the real problems in the north and east , especially the mistakes the government is making using proxies unacceptable to the people and the political interference and administrative venality it tolerates. Please highlight the war-related civilisational decline in the north and east and the extreme poverty among a
    wide swathe of the war-affected.

    The problems of the war-affectefemales are mind boggling. This aspect has to be investigated and reported with vehemence and missionary zeal. The lack of employment, unemployment and under-employment issues need highlighting urgently. Please use your skills and reputation to advocate the ‘ Real’ problems of the war-affected in the north and east. You can do this better than anyone else in Sri Lankan journalism, considering your contribution to highlighting the venality and beastliness of the LTTE in its heydays.

    Best regards,

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

      You are nothing but a MARA goon decoy….[Edited out]
      You are the same Leela

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      Tisaranee,

      Please also write about,

      * The shortage of teachers in the Vanni schools and the situation in which teachers travel to and fro daily to their schools in the Vanni, from their homes in Jaffna.

      * The inability of the Jaffna farmers to sell their produce at reasonable prices. Many farmers have stopped growing vegetables this year because of the losses they incurred last year.

      * The problem of alcoholism and drug addiction in the north.
      * The problems caused by foreign remittances in the hands of immature and valueless youth, which is setting the wrong trends in Jaffna.
      * The lack of skilled workmen and lack of work ethics among the few available in the north.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Doctor – you can do better than Tisaranee to write of the good
        deeds of the Regime in the NP – but you fear to do so as you are
        a “behind the scene” supporter of MR and cannot match what Tisaranee
        has to vent so often. You can specialise on what the Army is
        doing in the NP, despite the LLRC position re this.

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        Rajasingham,
        Are you connected to Rajasingham of Asian Tribune?
        Why do you always add “Dr.” to your name in these blogs?
        There are many educated readers contributing their comments herebut do not publish their educational qualifications like you do.
        Instead of asking Tissaranee to highlight the problems faced by Tamils in the North, why don’t you do it yourself???

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          Shanti,
          Did you also notice something else? I write under my own name in full.

          Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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        Most of these can be solved by having the elections for the Northern Province and have a systemic plan for educational, health, social and cultural matters and executing them. This was suggested in submissions to LLRC by many Sinhalese with experience in civil administrative service.

        Now the reverse is happening – anything and everything with the aim of getting political support for the government.

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      DRN:Quote”It is important to point out what is right and highlight what is wrong objectively, unemotionally and less shrilly.”Unquote

      Whatever you are requesting for does exist in the west in a more profound way. Youth issues drugs crime etc. The agricultural and fishing policy and protectionism has created major issues for many EU nations and the US. China and Russia have similar issues which you are not aware of because the press is gagged so the only way is to visit and see for self.
      The north is a former war zone and it’s going to take ages to change because if you give a thread of hope to ltte there is bound to be disaster. Can’t you see the thousands who arrive at the airport on a daily basis? If you are looking for peace as they say the breed counts no one can change that easily.
      Its hard but then rule by the gun, guilty until proven innocent etc by Rajaporkistan is unacceptable in a civilized world. Is SL civilized anymore for having voted MR to power?

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      Do Tamils need enemies, as when the Tamils have people of the ilk of Dr. Narendran to look after Tamil interest? No wonder KP is party to those who betrayed VP in their struggle and today enjoy MR’s hospitality. To quote this Dr. Narendran, ‘The Rajapakse government is no doubt making many mistakes, while also doing many things right. It is important to point out what is right and highlight what is wrong objectively, unemotionally and less shrilly’.

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      I am happy that DR Rajasinham NArendran took the initiative to explain how these dishonest and corrupt NGO businesses – such as one this Miss [Edited out] Gunasekara is doing – continue to neglect true Tamil problems and instead make big issues out of LTTE propaganda events because that works for the foreign forces (which are the financial suppoerters of these NGOs)who want to exploit Tamils’ mayhem to their advantage.

      The way I think, the govt also can organize counter movements to these LTTE propaganda events. That would eventually harm the Tamils more than anything else though that would confuse these NGO businesses.

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      The Rajapakse government is no doubt making many mistakes, while also doing many things right.

      The Rajapakse government is doing everything wrong . As I wrote elsewhere, the Sri Lankan economy would have collapsed a long time ago were it not for foreign loans, many of which are taken at high-interest, and foreign remittances. You know what they say about paying off one credit with another credit card. The balance on the second credit is still positive. Raja Gang has been selling off the country, in parcels, to the highest bidder (usually Chinese because no one else wants to invest). Hotels, expresseways, ports, coal power plant, even the sand in Jaffna (Douglas is doing a good business). Few of these ventures are profitable, so the national debt simply accumulates, leading to a serious balance of payments crisis. At the same time, the prices of essentials have been rising, while the average local wage has remained largely stagnant. You may verify for yourself that while Ranil Wickremasinghe was Prime Minister, inflation was constantly in the single-digit range . Raja Gang thinks its clever by implementing price controls, but in the long-run, that prevents businesses from growing. There are social ramifications here, as well. Sri Lankans may not be starving to death, but lack of proper nutrition (due to inadequate income) and lack of affordable healthcare are serious issues. As a doctor, you are no doubt aware of these issues and the long-term effects. As the income inequality grows, you will see these issues become more pervasive.

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      Please tell us about the right things done in the North – we know a lot of things that seem (because some of them have short-term benefits and long-term disasters – unsustainable development) to be right are done in the South.

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    dear thisarani,
    i am very proud of you.if there is another two like you we would be able to defeat this bloody regime.
    roshan

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    THIS IS THE BEST THING OUR RAJA HORA EVER DID FOR THIS STUPID UNDERWORLD COUNTRY

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    Failure to restore economic justice in the North and East might remove the coffins lid.

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      Ho ho Bringing the dead back to life?

      Failure to resolve the economic issues causes the removal of the core aspect of EU- human rights.

      Listening to the people UK has taken the lead and cut it’s funding of £80million to the UNHCR by 80% therefore it becomes an observer like SL.

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    Thank you Thisaranee. May you be blessed

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    Dear Tisaranee,
    Barkis is willing. ;)

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    Shanth wants to know whether Dr Rajasingham Narendran is related
    to K.T. Rajasingham, journalist, scholar, pundit, analyst, commentator, bootlicker and betrayer. All Raja singham’s and Raja paksas seem to be talking the same language whether they are in a tribune or simply speaking like Asians. As his name suggests, K T is responisble for kilo
    tonnes of MR propaganda for the money that comes from the External Affairs Ministry in Colombo.

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    Rajasingham Punchibanda!

    I am glad people are finally recognizing your sycophancy of the M.R regime and that there could be a cash reward for your services especially since you sign the name Dr.

    I think i feel sorry for the animals that you are treating! Perhaps you will be saying that they should sufffer because they are animals instead of treating them…
    Cannot trust a doctor who advocates bombing of hospitals….

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      Narendran boasts that he writes under his own name.
      We know the reason – he is a ‘protected species’ of worm.
      The armed forces and police know him for what he is – a ‘whitewasher’ of the regime.He is safe in the knowedge that no white van or masked gunmen will come for him.He always criticises the tamil leadership and praises the army and police. He is a Devananda in the making.He is a secret informant to the military regime in the north.According to him,there is complete Rule of Law in the north and all are living happily.
      He says that the incident at the Jaffna campus was “manufactered ……….” The students lighted lamps like tamils did all over the world – and had even informed the DIG and explained the meaning of the festival and the DIG had agreed. Narendran probably informed that they are celebrating “Maveerar Naal”.
      We know what happened.

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        Justice,

        It is time you selected a more appropriate nom de plume, as justice is an absolute misnomer. Justice implies blindness to prejudices, objectivity, ability to listen to other view points, rationality and balance.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Suryagamage Nilan,

      By bestowing on me a new name you have taken me into your clan of web pretenders and cowards without my explicit permission.
      I have strong objections to becoming a member of your clan of pretenders and cowards.

      Please feel sorry for yourself, before feeling sorry for the animals I treat. The likes of you want to invite further bombing of hospitals as the now gone VP did. It is really comic that the likes of you do not understand that this is exactly what I do not want to happen again to the Tamils. Do not find fault with me for disagreeing with your morbid strategy . I have witnessed and am yet witnessing the results of such strategies.

      My mother, brother and gardener were killed in cold blood by the IPKF because of this morbid and warped LTTE strategy and left to rot for ten days. I was surrounded by machine gun wielding IPKF soldiers the day after I had cremated my mother, brother, gardner and a neighbour’s watchman in the scrub. I was beyond fear. I have been a victim of both Sinhala mobs and murderous Tamil liberators. I have learned to separate the Sinhala mobs from the Sinhalese and the Tamil murderers from Tamil. I have also interacted with the best of the Sinhalese and the best of Tamils. I need not be a sycophant to earn a living, nor protection from white vans. Why? I have seen enough, experienced enough and am old enough, not to fear death. This gives me the freedom to be what I want and say what I want.

      I am also a Hindu and a scientist who understands that death is inevitable and not in my hands to determine or run away from. Fortunately, I also understand the value of wisdom.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        VP wanted hospitals bombed!
        Your mother,brother and gardener were killed by IPKF & this is the fault of LTTE which fought the IPKF and killed more than a thousand of them!
        Strange logic!!!

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          Justice,

          Your are beyond your depth. Please do not enter deep waters, if you do not know how to swim. Do not let your love for the LTTE and sympathy for its ideology, make you deny facts or obfuscate them.

          The LTTE laid a land mine on the road near my house and an IPKF vehicle was blown up at night. The IPKF went on a rampage next morning and shot dead everyone they found in the vicinity!

          The same thing happened at the Jaffna hospital in the same time period. They fired at the IPKF from the hospital roof, and the IPKF retaliated by killing doctors and patients.

          A similar strategy was followed by the LTTE till its final collapse.

          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    So your names are “Jayantha & Gamini” eh?! Natives of the land I assume?!

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    According to woolybidgeja Weerawansa the drummerboy has high ambitions for his son at Eaton paying 40,000 Pounds/year.Not bad for a ex JVPer with stolen money, the miracle of Asia.

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    Teaching smart politics to the Tamils and Sinhalese political leaders is like teaching dogs to speak. Prabhakaran never listen to the smart Tamils, and the Rajapaksa regime will never listen to the smart Sinhalease either. The SLFP, UNP, TNA all are useless political parties, and run by the foolish, ignorant and self centered politicians. The Sri Lankans intellectuals need to start a new political party, otherwise no hope for Sri Lanka. I urge the Sinhalese to speak up and stop living in illusion. The truth is country has been fighting since the independence, thousands of people have died, thousands of intellectuals have left the country, the education system and the justice system are in chaos. The politicians are fooling everyone. They say “wonder of Asia, miracle of Asia, knowledge hub” etc to fool the Sri Lankans to keep their power, in order to rip off the country to build their wealth. They are very good in fooling innocent people, in fact they are extremely good in fooling people, because they have been doing it since 1948. The country is fighting since the independence, more than 100,000 people have died, last week Tamils commemorated Tamil Tigers, and celebrated Prabhakaran’s birthday in Sri Lanka, India and also in the Western Countries. The history is repeating itself, but many of the Sri Lankans are in denial. It appears to me that whether you are Tamils or Sinhalese you all meant to live below the Westerners, Indians and Chinese. You have been fighting since 1948, keep fighting for another 100 years then call yourselves as wonder of the world, miracle of the world, knowledge hub of the world etc.

    Sri Lankan Parliament has decided to probe the charges against the chief justice without an accepted mechanism. In Malaysia, the charges against the chief justice are probed by three chief justices of Commonwealth countries. There is also proper system adopted in India. Clearly, the UNP or SLFP does not want to improve the system when they are in power. Have they done anything to solve the ethnic minority’s problem since 1948. Have they achieved anything significantly since they got independence? Fighting since 1948, had the longest civil war in Asia, has the highest percentage of brain drain in Asia, education and justice system are chaos. But they call themselves as “wonder of Asia, knowledge hub, miracle of Asis etc. The SLFP and UNP leaders have proved for decades that they are incapable to govern, but too good in fooling others.

    The Tamils have lost everything since they have allowed India to equip the criminals with arms to fight for their freedom. The genuine freedom fight was hijacked by India for its own interests. Prabhakaran was a criminal, wanted by the Sri Lankan police for smuggling and murder chrages. The Sri Lankan government could not put Prabhakaran in jail, because India gave refuge to him and made sure he becomes an incurable cancer for the Tamils and Sinhalese. India’s refuge made Prabhakran as one of the most dangerous man in the world. India made the Tamils and Sinhalese to suffer by equipping the uneducated criminals.

    Nelson Mandela wanted to take up arms to fight for his people’s freedom, but fortunately the South African government put him in jail. This has changed everything, it made Nelson Mandela to choose non violence method for his people’s freedom. The South African jail made Nelson Mandela as a wise leader. Today the South Africans have their freedom, at the same time Nelson Mandela became one of the most respected leader in the world. There is no comparison between Mandela and Prabhakaran or Ghandi and Prabhakaran. Last week the Tamils commemorated defeated Tamil Tigers, and celebrated Prabhakaran’s birthday. I really feel sorry for the followers who gave-up their lives, especially for the young people, they have wasted their lives. However, these events are creating more disaster for the Tamils, it will drove the Tamils away from their rights and freedom. These events are clearly proving that the Tamils have not learned anything from the past, but they are still under the grip of India and the Western Countries. I am a Sri Lankan Tamil, I have an Australian business degree and done lots of research about world history and politics. My research is equal to two Phd’s, but the Tamils do not want to listen to me, even if they want to listen to me the Westerners and Indians won’t allow them. The Westerners know how to divide others, the Indians follow the Westerners. The Tamils are to be blamed for their current status in their own country. This is the outcome when you listen to the foreigners and kill or ignore your own intellectuals. Sadly, history is repeating itself, but the Tamil leaders believe something new is happening. China and India are the future superpowers, they will never allow the Tamils to get Eelam under any circumstance, if they do it will set the precedent to divide their own countries. The Westerners are using the Tamil diaspora leaders to create a drift in South East Asia, but the Chinese leaders are too smart for this trick.

    I urge the Tamils to stay away from the LTTE and remove Prabhakaran’s picture and Tiger flag from your minds, houses and offices. The Tamil Armed groups have killed thousands of innocent people, intellectuals and political leaders more than al-Qaeda. The Armed Groups have been eating your dignity, rights and freedom. You are not better off since they have taken the arms, in fact they have taken you backward. They only served India’s and the Western countries’ interests at the expense of innocent Sri Lankans. I urge you to build your leadership which has been destroyed by the Tamil armed groups. Create a think tank website for the Tamils, listen to the Tamil intellectuals, rather than listening to the foreigners. Do everything to get back your dignity, rights and freedom. Remember, late is better than never.

    I also urge all the Sri Lankans who have been affected by the Tamil Armed Groups to sue India and the Western Countries. India is liable for creating the Tamil armed groups, and the Western Countries are liable for making them as the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world. The Western Countries knew how much money have been poured into the LTTE by the Tamil diaspora, but did nothing. Canada banned the LTTE in 2006, but millions of dollars poured into the LTTE in 2007 and 2008. The CSIS knew everything, but did nothing. The Westerners are happy as long as the rest of the world is divided, kill each other and the West get to talk about war crimes, democracy and human rights to undermine others. The Westerners are only 8% of the world population, therefore they will do everything to divide others, in order to rule the majority.

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    Dear friends!

    The Para.8.150 of the LLRC Report says:

    “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people. The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

    Para 9.285of the LLRC Reports says:

    “The Commission, strogly recommends that a separate event be set apart on the national day tp express solidarity and empathy with ALL VICTIMS OF THE TRAGIC CONFLICT and pledge our collective commitment to ensure that there should never be such blood letting in the country again. Based on testimonies it received the Commission feels that this commemorative gesture, on such a solemn occasion, and at a high political level, will provide necessary impetus to the reconcilliation process the nation as a whole is now poised to undertake.”

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    Well said.You have summarized the present state of our country.May be LTTE remnants trying to gather momentum again.But must say this stupid government added some fuel to that just like they did in 83 July riots.Stupidity to the core.

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    Thankssssssss, Tisaranee.
    All Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and Burgher school students should read this.

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    In an ideal state of affairs-If the SL government has pro-actively launched a condolence campaign for all the loss of lives of Civilians, combatants during the war of 3-4 decades to coincide with November last week, there would have been no such uprising. Nothing to lose lot to gain

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    Jay Gunasekera (Dec 04) – That is the path of upward mobility, Sir, in this Miracle of Asia. You begin in a wooden shack in Kadawatha; curse the Tamils and Indians in the open in the company of the Mullah brigade – All to reach political heights fooling the dregs right along. A forked tongue and speaking (conning?) abilities help. Then things fall into place. Wifey, who had trouble getting the bus fare from Kadawatha to Pettah, now to L.A. in the US of A for annual visits to Disneyland flying Business Class. It is no longer Kahata-Hakuru for visitors to the shack. It is now tea at McDonalds/Pizza Hut at Rajagiriya. And now rattharan putha at Eaton. Papa ain’t doing badly either; with hairdos at Rs.1,750; a girl-friend and two here and there and in that great goal of Prema to reach the Million Homes for the riff-raff. So Charlie Dickens, the wise old Owl, was right when he penned in his days long ago “it is the best of times” It certainly is for WW and dear folks at home. Who said things are rotten in Sri Lanker??

    Senguttuvan

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