24 October, 2017

Rendering Pirapaharan Relevant

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“People here do not want the war. They say they only want to live with dignity, with powers and rights”. – Rev Thomas Saundranayagam, Bishop of Jaffna[i]

Victor Klemperer, who occupied his purgatory years as a German-Jew in Hitler’s Germany by studying Nazi semantics, warned that “if someone replaces the words ‘heroic’ and ‘virtuous’ with ‘fanatical’ for long enough, he will come to believe that a fanatic is a virtuous hero and that no one can be a hero without fanaticism”[ii].

Vellupillai Pirapaharan can be a hero only if brutality, intolerance and ruthlessness are accepted as essential ingredients of heroism.

LTTE Leader

Does Justice Wigneswaran really believe that murdering unarmed civilians and child conscription constitute no bar to heroism? Or was he playing the politician, wooing the preference of Velvetiturai-voters by praising their native-son? Either way, he had given the Rajapaksas a potent politico-propaganda weapon which they will use to the maximum, against a TNA-led NPC and the Tamils.

Mr. Wigneswaran’s opprobrious remark indicates that Tamils – like Sinhalese and Muslims – continue to be plagued by politicians who place personal agendae above national/popular interests. If the Tamils are to avoid a replication of the homicidal-suicidal politics of the Tiger-decades, they need leaders who not only have the intelligence to understand why the Eelam War ended in total unmitigated defeat but also the courage to tell the truth as it is.

The TNA and Justice Wignewaran have ruled out separation explicitly[iii], much to the wrath of the Diaspora-hardliners. They are certainly not taking the Tiger path. But if they do not draw a clear line of demarcation between their way and Tiger Way, explicitly and publicly, they will fail to build local alliances (especially with Muslims) and gain international support (especially of India) without which they cannot defend the 13th Amendment, let alone achieve a more just political solution.

The LTTE refused to accept that there could be Tamil separatists or Tamil nationalists who are anti-Tiger or even non-Tiger. The Rajapaksas (and Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists) believe that every Tamil nationalist is a separatist and that every separatist is a Tiger. If the next stage of the Tamil struggle is to have a happier ending, democratic Tamil leaders must demonstrate that Tamil nationalists are capable of criticising the inhumane Tiger-ethos and eschewing the homicidal-cum-suicidal Tiger Way.

Re-antagonising Tamils; Alienating Muslims

Just as Tamils must face up to the reality of the Tiger, Sinhalese must understand that the Rajapaksa Path will lead not to a lasting peace but to a new (perhaps multiple) conflagration/s.

In his VVT speech, Mr. Wignewaran made a point which is of utmost importance to anyone committed to an undivided Sri Lanka and a sustainable peace: “When Prabhakaran was alive, the President came forward on his own to grant 13 plus and more than that. Now that Prabhakaran is no more, the President has begun to speak of 13 minus and even to the extent that there is no such thing as 13th Amendment”[iv].

That observation is spot on. During the war years, President Rajapaksa paid lip service to 13th Amendment+ because he needed Indian/Western support (or at least benign neutrality) to defeat the LTTE. According to a document tabled in parliament by the Lankan Deputy Foreign Minister, “President Mahinda Rajapaksa had assured former Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee that his intention was to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution quickly as possible and explore the possibility of moving beyond the 13th Amendment…. This assurance had been given on January 27 (2009)….”[v]. Indian National Security Advisor MK Narayanan after meeting Mahinda Rajapaksa in late April 2009 told the US Ambassador that the President “intends to pursue political devolution (‘the thirteenth amendment plus’) and will make a gesture soon to win over Sri Lanka’s Tamils”[vi].

Wigneswaran-with-Sambanthan

So the facts prove Justice Wigneswaran correct; the promise of expeditious and extensive devolution was made in order to win Indian/international backing for the final offensive. With the death of Mr. Pirapaharan and the decimation of the LTTE, that compulsion evaporated. Now the Rajapaksas are as disinclined to devolve power to the Tamils as they are to allow an independent judiciary. They want to abolish the 13th Amendment for the same reasons they got rid of the 17th Amendment, and launched a pernicious and illegal impeachment offensive against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake – concentrating all power in the Familial-fist.

Opting, again, for the non-democratic/armed path to win their rights would be suicidal for the Tamils. But if such a lethal return is to be avoided, a consensual peace is necessary. And a consensual peace is impossible so long as the Tamils are denied everything from meaningful devolution to the right to mourn their dead. (It is one thing to disallow memorials to Tiger-heavyweights; but it was both inhuman and uncivilised to destroy the grave of every Tiger cadre). This Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist approach to peace-building will play into the hands of those hardliners who dream of resurrecting the dead Tiger, in a holier guise.

Albert Hirschman, in ‘The Rhetoric of Reaction’, pointed out that those who do not want to find solutions to a problem use three methods to justify themselves: ‘it will make things worse’ (perversity); ‘it will solve nothing’ (futility); ‘it will jeopardise something good, hard-won’ (jeopardy). This analysis fits perfectly with the Rajapaksa/Sinhala-supremacist approach to a political solution in general and a functioning NPC in particular.

The Rajapaksas waged the Fourth Eelam War as the main axis of a restorationist project, to give back to Sinhala-Buddhists the place of dominance they enjoyed since 1956 and lost in 1987 due to the intervention of an external force, India. The maintenance of Sri Lanka as a hierarchically pluralist nation was the quid-pro-quo the Rajapaksas offered to the Sinhala-Buddhist South for Familial Rule and Dynastic Succession. Therefore the Rajapaksa approach to peace-building will continue to consist of keeping the minorities quiescent through a combination of terror and miniscule economic bribes and using various minority-bogies to slow-down the erosion of their Sinhala-Buddhist base.

This is the reason for the periodic incitement of Sinhala ire/phobia vis-à-vis not just Tamils but also Muslims and Christians.

In his Mahaveer Day Speech of 2005, Vellupillai Pirapaharan exulted that “the Sinhala nation continues to be entrapped in the Mahawamsa mindset…”. In the four plus years since defeating the LTTE, the Rajapaksas have proved him right. Not only have they failed to win over the Tamils; they are also alienating Muslims and even Sinhala-Christians.  If this trend continues, Vellupillai Pirapaharan might begin to seem like a prophet to not just many a Tamil but even some Muslims/Christians.

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In a surprising move, Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana announced that the government will sign a Free Trade Agreement with China before the Commonwealth[vii]. Delhi has been pressing for a free-trade agreement for years, unsuccessfully, and would regard such a pact with China as a threat and an affront. Is this a ploy to compel the Indian Premier into attending the Colombo Commonwealth, despite Tamil Nadu pressure and a manifestly unfree/unfair NPC poll? Or is this a serious move towards becoming the next Chinese pearl?

Will the Rajapaksas end up by making even the anti-Tiger Congress Party miss the Tiger?

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    Vigneswarans tiger stripes are clearly seen on his satakaya. He is just another extremist that is trying to polarize SLK citizens, leading to war and more bloodshed. Well you can see the crook in white who has dressed up vigneswaran. Here are the trouble makers for all to see.

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      Come on folks – What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander in a country where Barbarism rule at the TOP, and playing the ethnonationalist card to get votes is the majority political culture – so now the minorities follow the leader!
      Spewing racism to get votes is an old past time indulged by the racist Rajapassa regime, and now minorities follow the example of the MAJORITY!
      Elections give rise to the worst ethno-nationalist rhetoric and RIOTS..
      JHU and Weerawansa have been constantly spewing Sinhala Buddhist adti -Tamil, Muslims, Christian venom to get votes, so now it is the turn of the Tamil parties. There is no possibility of a riot in the north except by the military terrorists who are occupying the land there..

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        PERCY AIYA HAD ALSO SAID PRABA IS VEERAN

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    Now watch how the Tamil nazi desert you in droves.

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    Tisaranee,

    Your comment about the Free Trade Pact with China is irrelevant to your topic. Free Trade Agreements with China and India is not your area of competence.

    For your information the free trade agreement with India is a farce because of the Federal structure of India, where each state is free to charge taxes on items allowed to enter duty free under the free trade agreement. In addition there are problems in moving goods imported in to India across federal state borders. Practically nothing can be exported through Chennai because of the blocks imposed by the Pro-Elam bureaucracy, aided and abetted by the local politicians.

    Ceylon Biscuits who bought a biscuit factory at a court auction and modernized it and proceeded to capture market share, had to give up their business venture because of a nationalistic court judgement. Hence, there is no room to attract investments to manufacture and export goods to India.

    Prospects of manufacturing goods for export to Asian & African markets is much better if there is a free trade agreement with China, with protection for local manufacturers using the well established negative list. Don’t look at China with your west oriented jaundiced eyes!

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      Truth:
      Every “Free Trade Agreement” between powerful and powerless nations has been to the DISADVANTAGE of the latter. To suggest otherwise is a simple lie, as you yourself show with your CBM example!

      There is no “jaundice” in Tisaranee’s eyes. The bias is certainly in yours and how can you justify the nonsense you state:
      “Prospects of manufacturing goods for export to Asian & African markets is much better if there is a free trade agreement with China, with protection for local manufacturers using the well established negative list.”
      It is very obvious where YOUR bias is and on whose behalf this nonsense is being written – some of the bigwigs who have amassed BILLIONS of dollars in China and who are only too free with their bribes and commissions to the Sri Lankan hierarchy as has been proved ever since your friends came to power in this country!

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        Palayan ballo, u know nothing ,other than barking, writes nothing worth reading, an ace mutt.

        [Edited out]

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      Thisaranee is competent in only one aspect and that is rajapakse bashing!!

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        ABSOLUTELY CORRECT

        THIS WOMAN KNOWS ONLY ONE THING

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          Woman?

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          If you guys (NAK & Kris) do not understand clearly how honest she is when she write an article, then there is something wrong with you guys. You have been brain washed by Rajapakse “song and dance”. Are you guys telling the world that there is equal rights to all the races and religions in Sri Lanka?

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            What the hell you know about TG , she wrote a crap article about Havelock Road and its is full of crap all my life I live in Havelock Road

            How the hell you are saying she is honest, she is writing this crap for some ones agenda

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            If you can vouch for TG’s honesty what is there to talk about brain washing!
            We see and talk about short comings and misdeeds(if you want you can add more weighty words)of the present government but the agenda of the likes of TG are straight forward regime change and not correct or highlight the wrong doings. That is not acceptable especially when it is done on outsiders behalf.

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      does she have any area of competence ? lol

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    Prabahakaran was 100% correct regarding the Mahavamsa mindset of the majority.
    VP was perfectly justified in starting a liberation struggle, but the biggest mistakes he made was in killing Sinhala civilians and Tamils who disagreed with his methods of attaining a separate state. The other two mistakes was killing Rajiv Gandhi and never agreeing to devolution of power.
    But he was never wrong in his assesment of how the majority thought. Now that the RajaPoxsas’ are exploiting Sinhala Buddhist extremism to the maximum, minorities including Muslims and Christians are destined to be treated as badly as the Tamils were treated for the past 65 years.
    Muslims and Christians need to either vote for the TNA or the UNP depending on what part of the country they live in. The SLMC and the CWC are lost causes since they sold their souls to the RajaPoksas’ and the UPFA.
    Your kovils, mosques and churches will only be safe and you people will be able to live in dignity under a UNP TNA led government. Such a government may not be perfect and may have its short comings, but your saftey, dignity and the rule of law will be better assured with them than under the present racist government that has turned this country into the joke of Asia. It’s your choice…use your votes wisely at every future election.

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      Yes you are perfectly right Percy, but then after or if they win, the Rajapoksas will throw them the bait to crossover, like so many have swallowed it hook, line and sinker, leaving the people who voted for them aghast with open mouths. What do you think is the solution for that? You know Sarath en Silva is totally responsible for the mess this country is in, and will never ever be able to put this country right. It will only be the military that will finally take over this country, and Gota is working towards that goal with his ‘Deep State’ manuring, like what has now happening in Egypt. They simply cannot dismantle the judiciary, the army established by Husni Mubarak’s regime.

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        the word should be ‘maneuvering’ not ‘manuring’.

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        @ Marwab
        True. That is what the RajaPoxsas will try, and I am sure they will try to bribe or intimidate the TNA PC MPs into crossing over after the the UPFA loses the Northern elections. This is where the minority voters and the non racist Sinhala voters have to stand up for their rights and tell their MPs prior to the elections that if they crossover after winning, their houses will be burnt down. The people need to realise that the power lies with them and not the bloody RajaPoxsas. If a couple of MPs homes are set on fire the rest of them will get the message. It was peoples power that got rid of the French king the Russian Tsar and most despots since then and even during the Arab spring. Gaddafi was able to last 42 years only because he spread his oil money around, the RajaPoxsas on the other hand depend on thug politicians and corrupt cops to keep the population under control…the population needs to fight back like they did in Weliweriya. Whether a foreign power or powers will help the people of this country to kick out the RajaPoxsas is to be seen. But for the time being the minorities have to stick together and setting fire to the houses of MPs who crossover could be a good start and some food for thought for the rest who may have had ideas of doing so in future. We need to let these buggers know that their power comes from us and if they mess up there will be hell to pay. :-D

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        There should be a Law, that the Seat of a Politician who crosses over from the Party they were elected under, should be declared Vacant, and a re-election declared. After all, people in a Democracy, Vote for the declared Policies of a Party, not for an individual. Those people who intend crossing over should stand for election as Independents. Then they could jump to any side, as they wished.

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    Why do Sinhala people, Sinhala writers, politicians, other so-called experts and half-baked journalists, keep telling Tamils what is good for Tamils, what they deserve or what they can achieve?

    Is it because Sinhalese are larger in number, or because of their superior intellect? If they predict the future, why can’t they predict Rajafukse’s future? He will either reward you generously or make you disappear!

    Whatever it is, opinions of majority of the people (say even Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims) need not be correct.

    Even scientific analysis may not always be correct. When Wright brothers were trying to fly their first plane, a renowned professor said that he can prove using thermodynamics that it cannot fly!

    As scientists we know that, when majority of the world accepted that Earth is the center of the world, only a few bold individuals: Copernicus, Keppler, Galileo and a few others said no. Galileo nearly lost his life for disputing the majority opinion.

    This may be the case with the rights of Tamils living the island of Sri Lanka for several millenniums.

    Tisaranees, Dayans – you name them – the whole lot think what is the future for Tamils. Aren’t they an arrogant and really silly lot?

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      Best thing for Tamils is death than live in indignity in SL!

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        Fuku,

        That’s why they were asking for their own state leaving you in the other lot.

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          Thiru, what you are forgetting is, that you will not have your own State, you will become part of TamilNadu! Do you think that will be a better option than the present State of Affairs? At least there are some in the “Other Lot” who are better than the “Present Lot”, and will give you a better Deal!

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    “Albert Hirschman, in ‘The Rhetoric of Reaction’, pointed out that those who do not want to find solutions to a problem use three methods to justify themselves: ‘it will make things worse’ (perversity); ‘it will solve nothing’ (futility); ‘it will jeopardise something good, hard-won’ (jeopardy). This analysis fits perfectly with the Rajapaksa/Sinhala-supremacist approach to a political solution in general and a functioning NPC in particular.”

    Profound. Perversity, futility, jeopardy and utter stupidity are the basis of Sri Lankan politics. If the peoples in Wayamba and the Central Provices vote for the UPFA at the PC elections to be held the day after tomorrow, they will also confirm that most of us are utterly stupid. This is of course assuming that the people of the north do not elect the unholy UPFA alliance. If they do, they will be damn stupid too.

    This article has also provided a valuable lesson to Justice Wigneswaran, about not trying to become a cheap politician. He has to be the learned and wise judge in politics. This is what the Tamil people expect him to be. He is the miracle that all of Sri Lanka wants to happen. His election as CM of the north, should not only signal, but also materialize as a change of winds in Sri Lanka. My prayer is that Justice Wigneswaran will also influence the TNA to chart a new course in politics and action to meet the needs of the people. It will of course be a formidable challenge.

    His ‘Sahalan’ Vasudeva Nanayakara has once again lapsed into ‘Aralai’ (irrelevant nonsense spoken in old age). What is in the 13th amendment has to be implemented as per intent and spirit. This should apply to all provinces. The constitution is not a document to be applied in bits and pieces as it suits the whims and fancy of the government in power. This is the challenge confronting the NPC and it should be a fight on behalf of all PCs and all the peoples in Sri Lanka.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Narendran

      You mentioned that Vigneswaran is the miracle that all of Sri Lanka wants to happen and you have expressed the hope his election as CM will materialize as a change of winds in Sri Lanka.

      I never thought you can be so naive.

      Vigneswaran alarmed by Seeman’s critical statement over his Hindu interview critisiging Taminadu politicians for exploiting the SL Tamil issue convened a special news conference and refuted his Hindu interview. This “flip-flop” showed he has no strength of character.
      He has later said he would like to meet Tamilnadu CM Jayalalitha. Perhpas he may be wanting to fall on the feet of Jayalalitha as beg her mercy like what those stupid ADMK MLAs used to do.

      Vigneswaran again idolised Pirapaharan and the murderous LTTE at a TNA rally held in Nallur on the 18th. At that meeting he once again described Pirapaharan as a “Great Hero” and declared that the whole world knows about the great heroic deeds of the Tigers who were called terrorists. He said “we should rule ourselves. That self rule can be within the state (Sri Lankan state) or as a separate state (Tamil Eelam).” (Here is the link to this report appearing in Tamilwin – http://news.lankawin.com/show-RUmryJSdMXnw4.html)

      These cheap speeches demonstrate that Vigneswaran has become yet another cheap Tamil politician who wants to ride to power using the extremist Tamil communal card. That is why he joined the TNA bandwagon which is the easiest path to political office in North East Sri Lanka. What a shame for a man who held the highest judicial position in Sri Lanka. In fact he is a disgrace to the entire high judiciary of Sri Lanka. I do not respect him any more.

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        Naga,

        I appreciate your comment. Miracles are rare, but do happen. Justice Wigneswaran has everything it takes to be the miracle, but has also the circumstances around him to make him a disaster. This is the reason I have said elsewhere that he has to be the learned judge in politics and not turn into an archetypal politician.

        Dr.RN

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          Why don’t you contest as an independent candidate with your manifesto and those who allied with. You know what people want. you know how to get Sinhala rulers support.

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          Dr R N;
          As you says ” Miracles are rare, but do happen”.

          There is only one miracle happened.

          That is M P Jarapassa’s and clan’s Coffers got filled with.

          “Helping Our selves HAMBAYA THOTA Foundation”.
          ” LTTE coffers, looting Project completion”.
          “My Clan Taking 20% Commission On all contracts”.
          “Grater Colombo area Land deals are under the table Agreements”.
          “Defence Purchases Approval, after chasing out of Sarth Fonseka”.
          ” Arms Dealing On International Arena With Help of KP’s contacts and Groups”.

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        /* These cheap speeches demonstrate that Vigneswaran has become yet another cheap Tamil politician who wants to ride to power using the extremist Tamil communal card.*/

        well Ranil plays the gentlemen politics and stay in opposition forever. Meanwhile MR uses JVP, JHU, BBS, Ravana sena etc. etc. to woo the sinhala buddhist votes and he stays in power forever.

        What is your advise for Wigneswaran to tamil hardliner votes ?

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        When C.V. Wigneswaran was a Supreme Court judge, he maintained his consistency, decency, stature and reputation to the highest level. As a Colombo Tamil, he did not favor anybody, he was very strict in is judgments even if it was Tamils or LTTE.

        Today, C.V. Wigneswaran is not a judge but a politician. When you engage in politics, you should be a politician. A politician cannot think of his/her stature and reputation. To win the Presidential election in 2005, Mahinda Rajapakshe went to the extent of bribing Prabhakaran to win the election by preventing the Tamil people from voting. Fortunately, Wigneswaran has still not gone to the extent of mimicking someone like Mahinda Rajapakshe but if the necessity arises, as a politician he may have to stoop to that level. At prabakaran’s home town Wigneswaran is praising him as a hero and at another place he says the idea of a separate state is dead and gone along with the LTTE. This shows that Wigneswaran is following the steps of successful Sinhala politicians like Mahinda Rajapakshe.

        As a politician who is campaigning to win the election, Wigneswaran has to win the hearts of the Tamil people who were suspicious (due to various reasons) about him right from the time he was selected by the TNA. Why should Wigneswaran win the hearts of the majority Sinhalese? It is not the Sinhalese but the Tamils who are going to vote for him. If he wants to get votes from Prabakaran’s village he has to praise Prabakaran. If this kind of politics works for the Sinhala politicians then it should work for the Tamils as well.

        Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Diaspora are worried that Wigneswaran with his Sinhala in-laws might lean towards the government and betray the Tamils (we have seen many such traitors). TGTE and GTF are worried that they will become irrelevant if Wigneswaran becomes the Chief Minister. The Sinhala politicians are calling him a Tamil terrorist supporter. Obviously, Wigneswaran has to turn into a competent politician to cope with all these and get the votes from the people.

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      Rajasingham,

      You truly surprised me with the analogy and the statement:

      ” ‘those who do not want to find solutions to a problem use three methods to justify themselves: ‘it will make things worse’ (perversity); ‘it will solve nothing’ (futility); ‘it will jeopardise something good, hard-won’ (jeopardy). This analysis fits perfectly with the Rajapaksa/Sinhala-supremacist approach”

      It was just couple of months ago you reassured us on your continued faith in Rajapaksa and his earnest desire to do fair by the Tamils!

      For four years or more you have been in the forefront condemning and blaming the Diaspora for basically the same sins of “perversity, futility and jeopardy”!

      We are indeed glad you have seen the light. Perhaps your recent recuperation was beneficial, not just to the body, but for the mind as well.

      However, you need to also take the responsibility for stupidly and nearly single-handedly providing the necessary Tamil support to the regime in the last six years that actually contributed to the current situation where the “Sinhala-supremist” sentiments, as you identify, has overtaken over the rationality of the majority in this country. Without your and Dayan’s help such sentiments would have been tamed – instead of being celebrated so shamelessly as happening today.

      You do owe an apology not just to the Diaspora, but to Tamils in general and in fact also to the majority of Sinhalese for your contribution in supporting the regime in bringing the country to this shameful “rogue” status – please see JC Weliamuna’s acceptance speech.

      In the absence of your apology, your trying to re-discover some seeming “opposition” to the regime at this 11th hour will be seen as nothing but your desperate and feeble attempt to regain some credibility among the several bridges you have so callously burnt in the past six years.

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    Tisaranee’s expertise is more of the English language and Sinhala politics. She is absolutely mistaken in trying to dictate and decide who the heroes of the Tamils should be.

    Even Sampanthan nor Wigneswaran can dictate who the Tamil people will have as their heroes. The racist chauvinist Sinhala GOSL can destroy the cemeteries of the Tamil freedom fighters but will fail for generations to shake the resoluteness of the Tamils as to who their heroes and freedom fighters are. Their spirits, hopes and determination cannot be destroyed. The Sinhalese (Not only the GOSL and SLA) freak out at any sight of a Black or White flag of mourning/protest leave alone the Tiger flag or their hero Prabaharan’s photo.

    What are they so afraid of?

    Since the race riots of 1983, the Sinhala military has built up for 30 years spending over 50 Billion dollars and it is foolish for people like Wigneswaran to even utter rubbish about Arm Struggle and picking up arms. He has no bloody clue about Tamil struggle and definitely about Tamil armed struggle. When did he speak up or stand up for Tamil rights while he was a magistrate, judge and finally Supreme Court Judge? All his life it was about his promotions within the judicial service.

    Even after his retirement it was all about, me, me, me for various positions. As I have written previously, RAW and Sampanthan and other EP MP’s have bailed out Mavai, Sivagnanam, Sittrampalam and Vidyaharan by nominating Wigneswaran as the CM candidate. Now he will have the pleasure of negotiating with the Rajapakses in their native language Sinnhala for money and powers which has already been in the Sri Lankan constitution for 36 years.

    India has not only failed miserably but has been responsible for the killings of tens of thousands of Tamils since the IPKF years and the last onslaught of the Rajapakses killing 100,000 Tamil civilians and using chemical weapons, cluster and phosphorous bombs 5 years ago.

    Although the Tamils will not use arms and ammunition as weapons of choice in any armed struggle, that does not mean that Tamils have given up their goals, objectives and aspirations. Tamils demand Justice, Truth and Accountability. They will fight for it, in more than sophisticated as well as very high tech ways where the Sri Lankan army and Sinhalese boots on Tamil soil will become a moot point. Pouring in over half a million troops and Police will not resolve the Tamil-Sinhala war and that war will become more intense in the coming years. See how quickly 5 years have passed and thanks to the Tamil diaspora’s collective effort the noose is getting tighter on the Sinhala necks as well as the War Criminals. Both Sri Lankan and the 4 US citizens of Sinhala origin.

    There is also the 66 Million Tamil factor from Tamil Nadu who will always keep the pressure on the Central government as well as the GOSL. There are also Tamils of Indian origin from Africa to Fiji and elsewhere who are slowly waking up getting aware of the gross discrimination and military oppression and suppression of the Tamils in the Island helped by the draconian laws and the Police/Military.

    The Tamils have their own non violent weapons such as boycott, sanctions, and trade union action. They also weigh in heavily of the $6 billion annual inward remittances, and 30% of the 1.2 million tourist that pours in using foreign and Indian passports. Only 20% of the remittances originate from the middle east from all 4 communities. The Tamil tourist fill the Sri Lankan airlines seats, and hotel/motel rooms. Of course many stay out of Sri Lanka or do not use the Sri Lankan airlines.

    The foreign direct investments and promotions are also constantly affected from India, Singapore and Malaysia as well as the diaspora. The Sinhalese underestimate the strength of the economic power and influence of all Tamils rather foolishly. Without benefiting from it they are always provoking the Tamils to act against Sri Lanka with all their might and strength. How stupid that can be?

    As for Tissaranee’s articles which are always interesting reading this particular one has missed the mark rather badly although she has got some of it right regarding the Rajapakses.

    13th Amendment is dead, and most of the Tamils do not care about it. That does not mean that they have given up on the Island. Tamils will work diligently to win their full rights not only in the North-East Province but also in the Western Province as well as the entire up country. It is only 65 years of independence from the British and the time/years fly by while the strength of the diaspora grows daily.

    Meanwhile, the Tamils in North America are looking forward to giving a right royal welcome for the Sinhala Royal visit next week to America. It will be an event in the UN and NY, like no other.

    Donald Gnanakone
    Tamils For Justice
    Founder.

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      Gosh Gnanakone, Why do you Tamils need this much sophisticated machinery, planing, financing, cunning and politicking to “do” 15M Sinhalese?

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        Thiru says;

        “Pirapakaran is a hero to 99% of Tamils living worldwide”???????.

        IN my area, east and some of the north,
        not even 9% believe Pirapaharan is hero.
        For us Tamil people are the Heroes.

        91 % of them are telling openly, Pirapaharan and his clan had cheated the Sri Lankan Tamizar as a whole,
        taking Bribes from Rajapassa and Believing him .
        And He put Tamizar of Sri Lanka in front of the world as COWARDS.

        Like Mahendra Percy Rajapassa cheated Sinhalese Bribing Pirapaharan.
        Better come and speak to Sri Lankan Tamizars who got battered in the war.
        They will tell and give you the real picture of HEROISM

        Is not that a shame for Tamizars in Sri lanka??????.

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    Pirapakaran is a hero to 99% of Tamils living worldwide.

    He has made mistakes, nevertheless he put Tamils as a people on the World map.

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      Thiru,

      Sadly we have to ponder as what sort of people, in many ways, we have been put on the map. Tragically the LTTE almost buried us underground as a people, where we mattered both. Let not what could have potentially been, bury the reality of what was.

      Dr,RN

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        I agree, I once had an opportunity to meet some people from Poland-their question to me was whether I was a “tamil tiger”, not something I am proud of !
        Instead of being known for our culture, ancient language, we are as a community being bundled together with the Taliban and Al-Quaida !

        Yes, he is a hero for those living comfortable lives abroad and whose Saturday afternoon pastime was to hold boards supporting the tigers before going back to their homes ! (and who did so when we suffered at police stations and army stops showing our national ID here in Sri Lanka)
        I also doubt that mothers who gave their sons under duress consider them hero’s

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          This is the trouble, you decide what Tamils should be: They decide what they want to be!

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            Thiru

            “This is the trouble, you decide what Tamils should be: They decide what they want to be!”

            Unfortunately this was not the case during the so called liberation struggle.

            Hindians imposed LTTE on Tamil people.

            I was told Tamil people had a choice, they could only open their mouth to have their meal. Sadly you couldn’t test LTTE’s popularity among the stupid Tamils.

            They were denied their right to freely elect their own representatives in those elections.

            VP elected MR for a fee, Tamil people didn’t have much choice did they?

            The question you should ask yourself is

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              Native Vedda,

              VP elected MR not for free…..It was the deal for RS 500 million.

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              Alan

              “VP elected MR not for free…..It was the deal for RS 500 million.”

              This is what I wrote:

              “VP elected MR for a fee, Tamil people didn’t have much choice did they?”

              It is time to see an ophthalmologist. Hurry up.

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          Probably they were Polish tigers.

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        Do you think that LTTE buried your people in 1958, 1977, 1983?

        What would have happened in the North East if there was no LTTE?

        Indo_Lanka accord, 13th amendment? 13A +?, Oslo agreement? Peace talks?
        What happened before LTTE?
        Genocide
        Cultural destruction
        Economic destruction
        Forced Demographic changes

        Who do you think Wigneswaran has to talk about militarisation, colonisation, land grabbing, corruption, white van abduction, missing persons,?

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          Ajit,

          If not for the LTTE, we would have survived better as a people at least in the north and east. They paved the way for the destruction of the north and east and contributed in plenty to the destruction wrought. I know from your many comments how strongly you feel about the Tamil tragedy. I appreciate it very much. However, I know first hand the enormous contribution of the LTTE to the tragedy that befell the Tamils. It was akin to the story of the man who fell from a hill top and was yet alive, being trampled to death by a mad bull!

          Dr.RN

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            TIGERS ARE ONLY A RESULT OF THE CONFLICT.
            IF THEY HAD WON THE WAR IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT STORY
            EVERYTHING HAD TO GO WRONG FOR THEM TO LOOSE;
            9/11, KARUNA FATOR, REJECTING RANIL’S WILLINGNESS TO GIVE EVERYTHING, KILLING RAJIV, TRUSTING THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TOO MUCH (FOR HELP), NOT BLOWING UP THE JETLINER…….

            TAMILS BACKED THE MAN WHEN HE WAS WINNING.
            WILLIAM WALLACE (BRAVEHEART) WAS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT,
            FINALLY BETRAYED, HIS SUCESSORS WON.

            IF NOT FOR PRABAKARANS THERE WILL NOT BE A SINHALA OR TAMIL NATION IN THE ISLAND COUNTRY, HERO OR VILLAN.

            YOU CANT GO TO VVT AND SAY PRABA WAS A VILLAN.
            BUT, HERO WORSHIP IS NOT NECESSARY, UNLESS YOU DO NOT WANT A SOLUTION AND MAY BE THATS WHAT THEY WANT.
            ACCEPTING CRUMBS OR REJECTING IS THEIR CHOICE.

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              King,

              I had occasion to be seated in a van opposite VP’s house in VVT during the last ceasefire agreement. Everyone else had gone to see VP’s house, which had a name board- ‘The house of the President of Tamil Eelam’. A ten year old boy who live in the opposite house approached me and inquired why everyone was coming to see that house. He had not been told the reason by his parents.

              I had to with much difficulty explain that he was a leader of the Tamils. He knew about Gandhi, but not VP. I had to reluctantly draw parallels. This was probably one of the most embarrassing moments in my life.

              Most folk in Jaffna are not hero worshiping VP. When provoked most use bad words in response. This is one of the myths being circulated about the Tamils as a people.

              Dr.RN

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            what a joke? Why then the destruction happened before LTTE and happening after LTTE? At least after LTTE, it is come clear the motives and agenda of the Sinhala state is nothing other than genocide.

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      Yes, Praba put tamils as most ruthless, barbaric, cyanide eating terrorist in the world Map

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        The Judgement day has not come yet:

        Wait to see the criminals against humanity, who said they defeated terrorism go behind bars in the Hague!

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      At what cost did VP put the Tamils on the “World map”? I as a Tamil cannot accept VP as a leader who sent out confused young people on suicide missions. He did not know his limitations; he left the Tamils in pathetic situations as opposed to before. Killing Neelan Thiruchelvam was a calculated travesty. There were opportunities to settle for federal solution but he was hell bent on achieving a separate state! Unfortunately he will remain an anathema to a few but a hero to many Tamils.

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    What is so special about the nothern Tamils that they want a seperate system for themselves? Other Provinces did and will survive with out the provincial councils.
    If the need for a special system for the north is nothern specific then they must quit the the lie about it being a Tamil problem as most Tamils living out side the north don’t see any thing in it for them if not for more trouble.
    Stupidity or may be bordering it is the expectation that the IC will deliver like the Indians did in 87.
    Tamils in Sri Lanka,at least the Eelam day dreamers will be doomed untill the day they realise that there is nothing exceptional about them and join the main stream politics and strive for a discrimination free society with equality.

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      “What is so special about the nothern Tamils that they want a seperate system for themselves? Other Provinces did and will survive with out the provincial councils.”

      They need a system to govern their provincial affairs, because the national system misgoverned them time and again,perversely. The war and its aftermath have not changed this equation, because the present government has once again tried to thwart democracy through its corrupt and criminal proxies, notwithstanding its commendable efforts in restoring and enhancing infrastructure.

      If the government had acted wisely after the war, the need for the Provincial Council would have been rendered mute. The Tamils are yet convinced that the north and east are their places of last refuge, if the communal fires being set alight now, become a conflagration.

      The manner in which a crusade was mounted against the Muslims in the past year and the quite visible hand of the government in it, are a warning to all minorities that attitudes have not changed in the political circles in Sri Lanka, despite the horrible war.

      The northern and eastern Tamils are a special people because they are an ancient people and share the ownership to the whole island, as much as the Sinhalese do. They are special and precious, because they have been forced to consider the north and east as their places of last refuge. The hill country Tamils are special, because they have spilled their sweat and blood, and laid their miserable lives for the prosperity of this country.

      Every community group in Sri Lanka is special, because they are an important strand of what we are today and because they are citizens of Sri Lanka.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Dr Raja,

        You are talking a load of rubbish,

        Go read the history of Tamils: They have more than 3,000 years of history as a nation in the North-East of Sri Lanka.

        Just because you carry the title Dr., don’t think you can sell your opinions as facts and, something to be reckoned with.

        During King Solomon’s time there is reference to trade with Tamils of Illam, that is the North-East of Sri Lanka.

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          I am sorry Dr Raja,

          I apologize for my blunder, in fact I should have been supporting your argument.

          Thiru

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        “They need a system to govern their provincial affairs, because the national system misgoverned them time and again,perversely”

        The so called “misgovern”was by whom? by the sinhalese or the Tamil politicians representing the north? Isn’t time Dr.to bid adiue to finger pointing and move forward.
        As far as I can remember certain section of the nothern politicains never weivered from notion of seperation. They never allowed the north to really be a part of Sri Lanka as it should have been in a democratic country.They always hijacked the public selling the seperate state dummy.
        Every Tamil politicain who wished to live in a democratic Sri Lanka had to pay for that wish with their lives. That is how specials these Tamils who ask for seperation of power.
        Why not give,at least at this late stage, All equal Sri Lankans a chance.
        The Tamils in the hill country are not asking seprate powers and are very wisely working with the majority and are improving their lot by the day.
        We know How the Jaffanites value colombo.We know for them even a clerk job in colombo is taken in high esteem and is valueable and it fetches a very good dowery in Jaffna.
        It will also be interesting to know what these seperatists are planning to do for their subjects that a central government can not or would not do!
        I hope this election will clear all the misapprehensions that the populace in the north are all for sepration.

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    It is rather premature to properly assess the historical role of Pirapakaran. What the TNA’s CM candidate expressed was not purely his own thoughts. He gave expression to what rings in the hearts and minds of overwhelming numbers of Tamils. That is a fact,however unsavoury it may be to most Sinhalese who look at Prabakaran as a ruthless terrorist. The traditional ‘Mahawansa’ mindset of the Sinhalese also fosters such thoughts. Tissaranee has simply given expression to such thoughts!

    Sengodan. M

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      The facts on the ground has repeatedly shown the failure of hero worship of Tamil separatist terrorism. Tamils can continue on that path though the result will be continuous failure.

      That Tamil supremacist Donald bugger thinks, the might of global Tamil power can conquer comparativey smaller Sinhala nation. His ilk have tried this for 2,000+ years now. The results on the ground show another fact – the tenacious survival instinct of the Sinhala nation.

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        You made me laugh buddy. If not for India and other 8 countries, you will be fighting LTTE eeven after the natural demise of Pirabakaran. Very pity that your mind is absolutely with false pride. To your astonishment, India miscalculated the Rajapaksha intention and supported him covertly which resulted in death of civilians.

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          At the same time if not for India there would not have been a Prabhakaran at all.
          Sadly the miscalculation is on your part brother.
          Think and think hard. If the Indian government wanted the Tamils in the north anything more than the 13A they would have put it in then and there.
          They had no option but to support SL gov.to eradicate terrorism because Karuna and Jaya,leave alone many others,were not safe in their own homes but the centre had to predend otherwise you know to fool whom.
          As Jaya said,during the hight of the fighting,civillian casualties are a fact of war. Do not forget also,IPKF is responsible for many civillian massecres.
          Finally, TNA CM aspirant Mr.wiggs has delivered a kick in the backs of those TN meddlers.So you take the hint!

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            NAK

            “At the same time if not for India there would not have been a Prabhakaran at all.”

            If not for India there will still be Prabaharan.

            Your stupid Sinhala/Buddhists didn’t win the war. The stupid Tamils won it for you under the leadership of their great hero.

            Both stupid people now have to come to terms with Mother India.

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            Oh NAK, you are naked man. If there was no pirabakaran( I think you refer to vadamachari incident), your sinhala rasicts attitude would have appeared and known much earlier to global community than now, that way, many tamil civilian lives would have been saved.

            Yes India miscalculated to help a criminal who is problematic to everyone. And for the very fact, would you not be worried as much as me for all the deterioration to your land.

            “They had no option but to support SL gov.to eradicate terrorism because Karuna and Jaya,leave alone many others,were not safe in their own homes but the centre had to predend otherwise you know to fool whom.” _ I would consider this statement as asinine.

            Finally, TNA CM aspirant Mr.wiggs has delivered a kick in the backs of those TN meddlers.So you take the hint! – Are you sure? Immediately he refused of his statement and he expressed to meet Jayalaitha.

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    Thanks to the Railway service Non Vellala ex captives in Killinocchi, can now bring their kids to Colombo if they need specialist care, without paying Vellala prices for transport run by Vellala Coach owners.

    Jaffna inhabitants and their Colombo Vellala visitors now have access to the second best Teaching Hospital with 40 Condultants and 400 Medical Officers, in a state of the art facility.

    If the LTTE proxy Sambnadan’s intention is to help the inhabitants of the North it is too easy to build on this foundation that the Govt has already put in place.

    But he has nothing of that sort except creating the Eelaam his God Son couldn’t deliver.

    Sambandan is now a total captive of the Diaspora which is working overtime to create a situation so that their IC can intervene and deliver them the Eelaam.

    Sambandan and his ex Militant mates on their own can not produce a Prabakaran.

    Neither they can launch another Eelaam war for the parents of the youth in the North and the rehabilitated ex LTTE middle leaders under KP would be on guard.

    Vellala Wiigy’s own in law Minister has said that there won’t be any Police Powers or Free Hold Titles to him.

    Surely Wiggy can’t be that dumb not to realize it.

    But being a captive of the pro LTTE TNA and the Diaspora , Vellala Wiggy has no option but to obey the instructions from his handlers.

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      There he goes again with his OCD – get help man – OCD can be treated!

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      Did a Vellarla woman jilt you?

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      Tsunamisekera:
      If one were to attribute a caste to you based on the unadulterated b.s. that you keep producing, we’d have to invent one!
      We are all convinced that your masters pay you by the inch with no concern whatsoever for the fact that it amply portrays your lunacy!

      PLEASE take your pills or, preferably, get one of those capsules that the Tigers used to hang round their necks. If you bite into one of those, you would be doing the WHOLE WORLD a favour!

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      Wiggy is no Vellala
      That man Brahmin
      The former is Shudra
      Latter top dog

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        What’s up, Brother Galbanis? Your grumbling is more madness than method. What are you trying to say, if you know that at all. Is the hot weather playing pandu with your mental settings?

        Maalu Pan

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          No Brother, English not my 1st language.

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    The Tamils are a force to recon with so these mini Tsunamis will not hurt them a bit as a matter of fact they will grow stronger & that to the Jaffna Tamils according to the former PM of Singapore Mr Lee Kuan YU THIS WORLD IS RULED BY THE THE letter J JEWS,JAPANESE,JAFFNA TAMILS.

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      Tamil starts with ‘T’ you idiot.

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      Janitors!

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        Fathima:
        There she goes again, the lady without the “c” in her last name!

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          Fukushima for your information is the scene of the terrible Nuclear disaster in Japan.

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    “””””Vellupillai Pirapaharan can be a hero only if brutality, intolerance and ruthlessness are accepted as essential ingredients of heroism.””””””””

    “Hero (male) and heroine (female) came to refer to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero).
    If you go back to Sri Lankan recent history since Independence, Tamils were subjected to continuous harassment, discrimination, and massacres. The law of the land was favoured to these atrocities. Tamils were in a weaker position unable to challenge or get justice and have to follow the orders and have to accept whatever it is given. For example, when Jaffna library was burnt by who ever it is it was a unlawful crime and the criminals have to be under justice. This never happened because the victims were weaker Tamils and criminals were powerful Sinhala. Similarly when innocent unarmed civilians were murdered or children and pregnant women were murdered or raped by Sinhala thugs and military in the streets of Capital, up country and heroism was enjoyed in South. When Velupiilai Pirapaharan took up the arms, then only Sinhala Sri Lanka realised that it is difficult to use thuggerism and the so called ethnic rights stopped in the South. His courage and his armed struggle finally lead to Sinhala Sri Lanka to realise that they are facing a stronger side and felt that they are weaker and came to the negotiating table and to agree for discussing in front of an international stage based on the principle of internal self-determination for Tamils. The determination and the courage of Velupillai Pirapaharan is the necessary ingredient that every Tamil to respect him as a Hero and it is a Heroism. During this path Pirapaharan encountered resistance and cowardice acts of betrayals and he has to deal those acts with brutality, and ruthlessly. It is not his goal. He never targeted children, hospitals, schools or random attack on unarmed civilians as Sinhala state machinery did throughout the six decades before, during and after war.
    Justice Wigneswarn is contesting in the TNA accepting the aims, goals and vision. The aim of the TNA is to win the fundamental rights of the Tamils accepting the fact that is North East of Sri Lanka is traditional homeland for Tamils and Tamils have the right of self- determination within a United Sri Lanka. Tamils believe that the Sinhala states were against to their fundamental rights and it uses undemocratic, unlawful, unjustice and violent methods against them. In this regard, Tamils rightfully believe Pirapahran fought for their rights. No one has the right to question or force Tamils to change that believe. Justice Wigneswaran have the right to go with the people he wants to represent and no one has the right to question about his opinion. It is his fundamental right. You don’t have to be a criminal or politician or supporter of brutality to have that opinion.
    You don’t need to give any weapon to Rajapakse for propaganda. He knows Sinhala voters. He can synthesis hundreds of weapons to get the Sinhala votes, but not the Tamil votes. But he is definitely going to get a good number of votes in the NPC election through the methods and techniques he was capable of doing in any circumstances. He has the power and will to go on that line and it is not secret.

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      Ajith,
      Your thoughts are correct and rational.
      Your last two sentences are worrying – what happened earlier in presidential and other elections may happen again.
      The Elections Commissioner may even fall ‘sick’ on election day & ‘recover’ after the counting is over.
      The Monitors must monitor not only the polling,but also the counting.

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        We should note that election monitors are from commonwealth and sent by Kamalesh Sarma. The journalists should monitor the monitors as well. It is true party agents must monitor the counting very carefully and raise with monitors immediately.

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      Ajith,

      The TNA shouldn’t get carried away in the heat of the elections and say things they will regret later. VP may have been motivated by real desire about Tamil liberation in the beginning, but as time went on, he committed many atrocities in the name of liberation that Tamils cannot condone or ignore.

      Somewhere along the way, some sort of glory became the obsession, and he crossed many lines that he should never have. Such was his obsession that he was willing to sacrifice the lives of thousands of children; and in the final stages, he sacrificed not only his own family but also thousands of innocent Tamils.

      These are not the actions of a normal heroic person.
      There are many psychological conditions that afflict the human mind, and VP clearly had some of those that blinded him to what he was doing.

      The problem is that Tamils have been victims of State atrocities and oppression for so long that they lost the ability to look at their own side’s atrocities ob jectively. By focusing constantly on the enormity of the other side’s evil, many Tamils have been conditioned to black out the negatives of the LTTE, and focus only on the “resistance to tyranny” factor, and it is from that angle that they see VP as a hero.

      The TNA’s mature leadership knows this well, and they should be careful about the language they use, even in election platforms.

      Tisaranee and other Sinhalese need to remember that even after the TULF’s Vaddukoddai resolution, which advocated secession, the TULF leaders were willing to try out the powerless District Development Councils. So whatever they may say in election platforms, the TNA’s senior leaders are pragmatic people who will try to work with whoever in power in the South, without resorting to violence. And with the LTTE no more, there is no longer a militant movement that will target the TNA leadership with violence for being pragmatic. So the conditions now are not the same as in the late 1970’s.

      Sinhalese who worry about Wigneswaran’s speeches need to instead focus on the continuing oppressive conditions in Sri Lanka that make Tamils look at any resistance–even the self-destructive kind– as heroic. As long as Sinhalese continue to be in denial about State atrocities and terrorism, these conditions will exist. There must first be a sizable movement among Sinhalese for an independent, impartial investigation of all war crimes, and the need for justice. Such an investigation can include the State’s atrocities during the JVP years as well.

      Decrying secessionist tendencies without doing anything on such fronts is pointless.

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        Agnos,

        The Northern Provincial Council election is not about Development. If it is only about development and working with the government forgetting all other matters, I don’t thing there is a necessary to TNA in this election. Tamils can either choose SLFP or UNP to do that because the funds, approvals have to come from whichever party rules in the centre. Actually Rajapakse government has done a good job in opening banks, laying carpet roads, building infrastructures. Security wise there are 19 out of 21 units are there. There are large number police forces are there. There are number temples (Buddhist and Hindu) are flourishing. Ministers are coming and going opening several buildings. If people wants this What is the purpose of TNA contesting? Why Tamils should vote for TNA?

        People are expecting more from them. They are making big noise about manifesto and LTTE. They will find excuses but there motive and agenda is much more than you think. You don’t need to convince them. you call for impartial investigation is laughable. In their dictionary “Justice” is not available.

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          Ajith,

          I think you misunderstand my position. I am not saying that the NPC is all about development, but the CM will have to work with those in power on any issue, even while being critical of them.

          “…you call for impartial investigation is laughable.”

          Such an investigation in all likelihood will be an international investigation.

          Regardless of all the negative experiences of the past, Tamils and Sinhalese are going to live within SL. Tisaranee has been progressive in her views, at least in the last several years, and if Tamils can’t even work with people like her, then there will be constant strife; it will not help anyone.

          Also, the old slogan of discarding development for ‘liberation’ should give way to a sober, realistic view where the economic upliftment of the battered Tamil people in the country is second only to ensuring their physical security, dignity and basic freedoms. It is unconscionable for the well-fed diaspora to advocate dreamy positions that don’t take this into account. Any idea of succeeding in the quest for separation with international support is far-fetched. It is not even a distant possibility and it will be a sheer waste of Tamil people’s energies.

          The TNA should make it clear that it stands for federalism and no more than that. Then they should make the case for the physical security, including getting SLA confined to barracks,release of innocents languishing in jails, caring of those maimed and disabled by war, security of the widows and orphans, language rights, fundamental freedoms, etc. At a time when the rest of the world is growing by leaps and bounds, economic empowerment of the people is also an important goal, which can only happen with the lessening of tensions. Once so empowered, you will see things can change for the better; empowered people will be better prepared to survive even in the face of great deal of adversity, and more and more Tamil aspirations may be attained or the aspirations themselves may change.

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    When Prabaharan was alive, the fear of Prabaharan made the Sri Lankan regime maintain law and order in the South. With Prabaharan gone, the fear is no more (other than in the case of Got-a-baya who is scared of everything). Hence the regime is turning its guns on civilians in the south. At times I wonder if Prabaharan, although he violated law and order, was in some way, was also responsible for maintaining law and order in the southern parts of Sri Lanka!

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      Prabaharan didn’t go anywhere…..He was sent to the arms of virgins in heaven by the very same Gota.

      Prabaharan didn’t maintain law and order anywhere. He destroyed it.

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        You did not understand what I was saying. When Prabaharan was there Rajapakse regime did not do the atrocities that they are doing now in the South, because they were scared that Prabaharan will equate himself to Rajapakse, if Rajapakse did it. NOw do you get it! After the demise of Prabaharan, Rajapakse is showing his colours and he is no different to Prabaharan. Remember Prabaharan was a war lord, Rajapkse is governing a democratic country.

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      Who surrendered to the Chingala army with a white flag?

      So who feared whom during the war?

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    This is very good.

    We will again have more Tamil cemeteries than computers in the north!

    Tamils will again come with white flags to the feet of Chinglam soldiers.

    Tamils will again cry genocide and genital-o-cide.

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    VP’s desire was to correct 3 issues in the north and east.
    1.Abolish caste system
    2.Abolish dowry system.
    3.Girls to be treated as equal to their menfolk.
    I may be wrong,probably someone on this thread who understands the aspirations of the Tamils which led he Tamils into an armed struggle will explain this better.

    It was only in the 90’s that the Tamil women were allowed to join the LTTE.They were the most feared in the LTTE outfit.The largest army camp in Poonery and Mankulam were out run by the women Tigers.

    The upliftment of some issues detrimental to people and the environment in the north and east was beginning to blossom when the war ended.

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      @Hannah. You are fairly accurate and the girls were “fearless” well disciplined fighters following instructions and directives 100%. Cannot explain/expose where I got that information in this website.

      The girls started training in the eighties and the first female fighter to die was Malathy. Just google or check on Tamil Net thye exact dates and information.

      As for the goals and objectives of the LTTE leader you have simplified it. There were other objectives. But VP gave the Tamils self respect, dignity, and pride which no Tamil politician in India or Sri Lanka could ever do not only in the past, but in the future as well.

      That is why VP is now so revered by millions of Tamils worldwide, and even among those who did not ever support the LTTE. They reluctantly give respect to the LTTE leader VP. There has never been any race riots or attack on Tamil homes and shops in Colombo after 1983 thanks to the LTTE. That paronia still continues, nearly 5 years after their barbaric deaths. LTTE also helped to organize and galvanize Tamil Nadu and the Tamil diaspora.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice. (USA).

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        I agree with Donald Gnanakone here and am pleased he uses gentle
        and polite language. Thalaivar – the vananga mudi will remain the memory of all Tamils in the world. It was sadly this dream of the
        mudi, arguably, that brought his premature end. Many think this dream of the 1st Tamil Emperor in the modern world, woven to his
        head by Tamilnadu at the instance of RAW, that ended him.

        Varathan

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    When are we ever going to learn.If you make a demi-god of a human being you will always have problems.WE HAVE DONE THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND NOT LEARNT.Religion in our country is at text book level where for most it has stayed a subject to be passed at all cost because it is compulsory.If all religions are followed properly, first by the Religious leaders,then they can pass it on to the correct principles to others. When you are unsure and ignorant of the essence of the religion you feel you have to protect it regardless of whether you hurt others in the process-totally against all religious principles.
    PEOPLE THINK, TRY NOT TO LET OTHERS THINK FOR YOU ALL THE TIME.WE CAN BE A GREAT COUNTRY AND BE AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS.WE HAVEALL THE INGREDIENTS.WE HAVE TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHERS COUNTRIES AND WORK OUT THE BEST SYSTEM FOR US.

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      NELUM dEAR, THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE RAJAPAKSA CLAN’S IDEA OF A ‘GREAT COUNTRY’ DIFFERS IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY FROM WHAT SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS A ‘ GREAT COUNTRY’ IN THE DEMOCRATIC SENSE OF THE WORD.fOR EXAMPLE, THEIR IDEA OF A GREAT COUNTRY IS;

      A] ONE IN WHICH THERE’S AN IMBECILE LIKE RANIL HEADING THE OPPOSITION. : B] ONE IN WHICH THE MEDIA IS CLONED OUT OF THE SPIRIT OF THAT WHICH CONTROLS LAKE HOUSE.
      C] ONE ON WHICH THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND AG ARE PARAGONS OF VIRTUE… FROM THE RAJAPAKSA VIEW POINT…IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!
      D] ONE IN WHICH YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH ANY CRIME AND EVEN BE A SITTING MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT IF YOU WORSHIP AT THE RAJAPAKSA SHRINE.

      AND LOTS MORE…BUT SPACE DOES NOT PERMIT. AH, BY THE WAY, BE SURE YOU ENTER ANY ACCOUNTS IN WHICH YOU’VE BEEN HAVING UNDECLARED ZERO BALANCES IN YOUR ANNUAL ASSETS DECLARATION BECAUSE IT’S NOT THE iNLAND REVENUE BOYS WHO WILL HAUL YOU TO COURT BUT THE GOVERNMENT’S ENTIRE MACHINERY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE A CJ WHO HAS WRESTLED WITH HER CONSCIENCE AND STOOD UP TO REASSERT HER DIGNITY… WHICH BRINGS ME TO RAUFF HAKEEM…ONE HELL OF A JUSTICE MINISTER WE’VE GOT THERE WHO PREFERS HANGING ONTO HIS PORTFOLIO INSTEAD OF RESIGNING… SOMETHING HE SHOULD HAVE DONE BEFORE THE 18TH WAS PASSED.

      YOU’D AGREE THAT WE’VE REALLY GOT ONE HELLUVA GREAT COUNTRY EVEN AS IT IS. SO BLOODY GREAT IN FACT THAT MANDANA ISLAMIL, ROMESH AND THEIR KID HAD TO RUN FOR THEIR LIVES LAST tUESDAY TO LIVE IN THE STATES AS REFUGEES.SO THEN, I’M ALL EARS. DO TELL ME HOW WE MAKE THIS A GREAT COUNTRY? THROUGH ELECTIONS? COME ON. THE EASIEST THING TO DO IS TO STUFF THE BOXES. BUT YES, IF MOST OF THE COMMENTS IN THESE WEBSITES ARE ANYTHING TO GO BY, THERE DEFINITELY ARE SIGNS OF A GROUNDSWELL OF PUBLIC OPINION THAT’S BEGUN TO CLAMOUR FOR CHANGE.. AND IT’S GATHERING MOMENTUM BY THE HOUR.SO THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU JUST MIGHT GET YOUR ” GREAT COUNTRY” MUCH SOONER THAN YOU EXPECT IT.IN FACT, YOU ARE A POSITIVE PART OF THAT CHANGE JUST BY BEING A POSITIVE ELEMENT ON THIS SITE.CHEERS BABE, LET’S DRING A TOAST TO CHANGE EH ?

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    All you can write anything you want but don’t forget the face these all happened because of the racist Sinhala politicians , even after the war still continuing the same racism
    This shows two nationality can’t live peacefully in one island

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    “Opting, again, for the non-democratic/armed path to win their rights would be suicidal for the Tamils. But if such a lethal return is to be avoided, a consensual peace is necessary.”

    A minority does not decide the country’s fate. Then it can not be a democracy.

    What TG says simply is that the GOVt needs to maintain a hugh army in the North.

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    ‘This is the reason for the periodic incitement of Sinhala ire/phobia vis-à-vis not just Tamils but also Muslims and Christians.’

    TG’s grievance is Christians.

    Rajapakses and Sinhala buddhists are barrier for it.

    Is there no baptism among anglicans ? How did TG get a buddhist first name ?

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    If T(p)issa Rani is aware of the history of the Catholic Church, she would not take such comments seriously& quote as well:-
    Quote: “People here do not want the war. They say they only want to live with dignity, with powers and rights”. – Rev Thomas Saundranayagam, Bishop of Jaffna[i]

    Why don’t this T’Rani quote some thing of that rogue priest S.J.Emmanuel?
    What he had and does state will be more apporpriate in the current context & will carry more weight than that of those Thomas & Rayappu..

    Like how Mangala confused Sarath Fonseka, Sampanthan & the TNA has screwed up onetime sane Judge Wigneshwaran in that for him to make an OPPROBRIOUS remark and this is just the begining as he swirls violently in a Political Cess-pit that he had been pushed into..

    Yes… Velupillai the so called Rep of the Tamils was offered 13++ BUT he REJECTED it. HENCE, THE 13++ HAS NOW GOT BURIED WITH Velu AT NANDIKADAL & THE GRASS TOO HAVE GROWN OVER.
    Wignesh, you are not velupillai. hence you will be offered nothing at all. Ask Sampanthan & TNA what they could offer to the TAMILs afterall they together with LTTE & Diaspora had sacrificed & destroyed Tamil youth & Children in a senseless war.

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    Jim Softly
    you stand corrected.The Tamils were NEVER a MINORITY in Sri Lanka.Have you forgotten your history.The Tamils had their OWN KINGDOM.Under the British we came under one banner.
    In a DEMOCRACY there is no Minority and Majority because ALL citizens of that great DEMOCRACY follow the same LAWS of that country.

    This simple theory cannot be undestood by the Singhalese.
    Untill they do the Tamils will continue to ask to go their own way.I haven’t seen any TAMIL wanting the whole of Sri Lanka as their own.Why is it that the Singhalese are avaricious wanting the whole country?

    They then throw the RELGIOUS CARD thinking they will fortify themselves and call Sri Lanka as a Singhala Budhist country.
    So much is being said by so many people who are not Tamils.

    In the end,what happened to the NATIVE VEDDAS who were converted to follow Budhism.I believe from Ceylon history Sangamitta arrived from India and preached budhism.How did they convert the NATIVES of SRI LANKA.What was the religion the natives followed.
    Did the converted Budhists run amock amongst the natives and harrassed them – which is conversion by threat and bodily harm.

    I hope a historian on this thread will shed some light on the last para.
    Thanks

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      I am a historian and I think what happened was that the people got tired of worshipping a lingam . that is the long and short of it .

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        Mr. Premawardena, the self-claimed historian surprises me. Sir, the presence of the Lingam in Hindu temples is part and parcel of the Hindu religious-idol worship culture. Lingam represents the origin of worldly life. It takes much intellectual depth and deep study of Hinduism to understand this.

        Thamilthambi

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    “Abolish Caste System” was one of the core objectives of Maha Veera Prabakaran says Hannah Rajaratnam who seems a sensible and pragmatic person.

    TNA at the center is 100 % Vellala.

    The Team in the Territory now is over 80 % Vellala,or only 2 non V candidates according to a Pradesha Saba Member in Pt Pedro who was in the TNA.

    Is this why the aspiring Vellala CM now calls Mr Prabakaran a Hero?

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      KAS – It is now clear beyond any doubt you suffer from Vellala-phobia
      or obsessed because you are not born Vellalar. I can’t think of any Guli to cure you in Sri Lanka of Kuweni’s folk. There may be some hope for you in Vellore – the CMS American Hospital. Please get yourself cured soon. This blog is becoming a bore with your regular plea to be admitted into the Vellalar caste.

      Varathan

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        Oh I welcome him. I have a friend there.

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    Hi – To friends who are beating the drum about the vellala caste.The Tamils do not mention this in relation to any candidate who is standing for elections.Why is it so important for those other than the Tamils to beat this caste drum.
    At this juncture its of no use.Children of TAMILS fought in he war.They stood shoulder to shoulder.So forget about the Noerthern caste system.

    I think our singhala friends on this thread should take care of their own caste system.
    If todays president was a Kandyan the southern singhala would have a grouse.
    At this time lips of the kandyans are ziped.

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      HR,

      Sinhalese now have only a two tier system. Kurunduwatta and non Kerunduwatta Caste, thanks to the 30 – 40 years of free education in the mother tongue.

      V Wiggy’s current Hero could have done the same if his core aim was to abolish the Vellalas.

      Instead he decimated a whole generation of lesser caste talents and paved the way for the Vellalas to reign supreme.

      And they have done it to a Tee,with the crowning glory coming soon.

      Vellalas in the West are now with the Colombo Vellalas all the way.

      Poor Praba must be wondering what went wrong.

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        K.A Sumanasekera

        “Sinhalese now have only a two tier system. Kurunduwatta and non Kerunduwatta Caste, thanks to the 30 – 40 years of free education in the mother tongue.”

        I can see the difference between those caste. One is very, very, very ……….stupid and the other is irredeemably stupid, thanks to 30 – 40 years of free education in the mother tongue.

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    If Premawardene was a historian he would not have made this ? statement about the Lingam.
    ‘According to Thamilthamby – Lingam in Hinduism represents the origin of Life.
    Why is Retd.Supreme Court Judge Wigneswaran being bashed.
    To Singhala friends, its shamefull to talk about his caste when many in the north and east do not talk about caste system anymore.
    So forget it.

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    Donald -thanks fo the info.
    Varathan- He was gentle and polite to me for having given a somewhat correct info on the LTTE girls.

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    What Donald & Hannah will never be aware of the countless Condoms discovered inside the 1-4 base of the LTTE……….
    Wonder why the LTTE base was strewen with so many countless condoms.

    Unfortunately you armchair critics did not have the previledge to visit it after its fall.

    Rest I shall leave it to your imagination.

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    Sumanasekere- So you are thankfull for a free education in the SINGHALA LANGUAGE.—WO!!

    great.
    Now you know – one of the many reasons why the TAMILS want FREEDOM from the OPPRESSORS.

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      HR,

      Didn’t realize the mother tounge of the Vellalas is English.

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    Thundermannar- The doodles from colombo breezed in armed with the guns in 1 hand,the geneva convention in the other and pockets stuffed with condoms.
    So what is this about ?still on the attack mode.

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    Sumanasekere- You are desperate or playing dum dum.While the south studied in the official lanuage which was the Singhala language the Tamils whether they lived in the south, north or east had to study in their mother tounge.

    Muslims had a free choice- english,tamil or singhala.
    Mixed marriage kids – Tamil /singhala were allowed to study in Tamil,singhala or English.

    Now the educators are desperatley trying to get English teachers and can’t find any.They are trying to re vamp the English education that was lost for 30 yrs or more.

    Why now?

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