19 October, 2017

Response To “Cameron, Kudos For Your Trip To Jaffna”

By S. Sivathasan

S.Sivathasan

S.Sivathasan

In a communication addressed to Prime Minister Cameron, by some Tamils purporting to be near and dear to Obama, it is said “You met with three TNA members, all three of whom live most of their time in Colombo. We regard all of them as too sympathetic to the Colombo government”. What a preposterous position for anyone to take! Political positions are taken by physical proximity of a community’s leaders to power centres!

It is further said “We wish you had been able to meet with elected representatives, who live in and represent the North East”. In saying so, is it suggested that the three leaders are unelected and therefore have no credentials to represent the people, to champion their cause or to speak up for them?

In what light is Cameron to treat this assertion? What is the message that the readership of Colombo Telegraph will inescapably glean from such misleading statements? Publishing it in the public domain is  obviously designed to convey the idea that whatever the seeming togetherness of Tamils, know it on our authority, that they are riven into multiple splinters. They are located:

  1. In the capital, Colombo
  2. In the North
  3. In the East

At the summit is an enclave in US, friendly to Obama. So Cameron, ignore this triumvirate and lend your ears to this caucus. So we, ‘Tamils for Obama’ are more legitimately placed to speak for the Tamils residing in Sri Lanka. How tenable is this usurpation?

What is the position, composition and nature of the TNA group? They are the top leadership of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). R. Sampanthan, handpicked 43 years ago by SJV Chelvanayakam, the respected Tamil leader, for a leadership position one day. He assumed the mantle a quarter century ago, has symbolized people’s aspirations and lived up to their expectations. He moved deftly among many a landmine and has brought the Tamils to where they are now. They have ceased to be voiceless and able spokesmen have surfaced.

Not stopping at that and being mindful of infusing fresh blood into the TNA, he inducted five years back, a man of promise in MA Sumanthiran into politics. The latter had displayed his concerns for the community more than a decade ago, is learned in law and has trilingual capability. By making studied discourses in Parliament and at international fora, he has helped the Tamil cause come to centre stage.

Justice Wigneswaran, elected by the North with an unprecedented majority and a resounding preferential vote, enjoys the endorsement of the community. Where he is, North or South, has become the first port of call to visiting political personalities. Since he became Chief Minister, the Northern Province and the Provincial Council, are very much in the counsels of nations that matter. He holds the great responsibility of delivering through democratic means in a post war environment.

The Tamil leadership now has the unenviable challenge of converting decades of adversarial politics and boycott stances into an era of promise and peace for the North and of cordiality with the South. The battles that lie ahead are not in the familiar terrain of North East. They have much to do in Colombo at the power centres and in the foreign domain. When Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Beijing, Geneva and a few western capitals wield more influence on Sri Lanka, Tamils have to respond appropriately to the emergent situation.

How will Tamils measure up to the changing environment and what will be the response of the leadership? It is intellectual resources that are called for in the areas of history, politics, international affairs and relations with neighbouring countries. They have to immerse themselves intensely in such pursuits. It is intellectual caliber they need, to engage extensively with enlightened leadership in modern nations and in institutions. Subtle nuances in negotiations too will be of great importance.

The present Tamil leadership is certainly capable of picking talent, composing study teams and drawing on their expertise. The study teams will throw up hopefully, men and women of commitment and character to take the people forward. The “three TNA members” may be faulted only if they do not enlarge the number to ten or more in the near future. The diaspora too has a good and sustained part to play and to proactively assist in the process. Did not Tholkaapiyar, the great Tamil scholar say “Ulakam enpathu uyarnthoar maaddae” two thousand year ago? The world is on the side of the learned and the righteous.

When challenges of this magnitude face the Tamils in all climes and when the concern of the world is drawn to happenings in the North and the rest of Sri Lanka, is this the time to conjure up non-existent issues of divisions and magnify them? Do not the ‘TFO’ know of the strong determination with which Cameron made his presentation in the House of Commons? Do they not recall the acclaim with which the House received it? Is it to throw cold water on his resolve that this letter of mischief was sent?

Little do they realize that their credentials are weak and credibility is poor. Are we to prove to the world that the enemy of the Tamils is not without but lurks within? Just a few days back a hill country Tamil earned the wrath of all Tamils. Now the ‘Tamils for Obama’ are incurring the enmity of Tamils worldwide.

For the good of the community and of humanity, we have to bury our perverse frailties in the deep,deep Atlantic or in deepest Pacific.

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    Tamils for Obama!Bloody hell these buggers are living in far away the US and shedding crocodile tears.a bunch of fraudsters.How about Tamils for David Cameron?Who knows in the end it will be Tamils for Mahinda!

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      TNA was the political wing of LTTE. I don’t why my followers have no thought to bring war crime allegations on TNA for supporting Suicide bombing. Everything UN has told about LTTE should be redirected to TNA.

      Pray me

      There is no goat but ballah :)

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        how about KP and Karuna?

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      Why wait till the end . Already we have tamils for mahinda headed by katuna, kp, Murali, douglas et al all thieves

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      But Obama is NOT for Tamils! :)

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      Your Gota and Basil are either US green card holders or citizens so who are you to say Tamils for Obama can’t have a say.

      The reason that there is even a Tamils for Obama is because you lot drove them away with your anti Tamil pogroms, and now you want the people you ethnically cleansed from SL to keep quiet about what is going on back home, how convenient of you lot. Drive the Tamils away then cry foul that they are protesting from outside SL.

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      Max you Sinhalese Racist Moron and a Sexual Predator,

      The following is the truth.

      Tamils for Obama
      Tamils for Cameron

      Tamils for Criminal Mahintha you are joking aren’t you. The only Tamils for Criminal Mahintha are the following.

      His Tamil Relative who was chased out of India.
      Karuna the War Criminal
      Muthia Muralitharan who doesn’t want to dig the past just in case he finds his balls buried.
      Douglas the looser.

      Sinhalese for Chinese.

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    Well said.

    Donald Gnanakone
    Tamils For Justice.

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      Well said.

      Fathima Farzana
      -Tamils for Douglas’ Abortion Clinic

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        Fathima (Lorenzo)

        Have you overdosed on idiot pills?

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    R. Sampanthan, handpicked 43 years ago by SJV Chelvanayakam, the respected Tamil leader, for a leadership position one day. He assumed the mantle a quarter century ago, has symbolized people’s aspirations and lived up to their expectations. He moved deftly among many a landmine and has brought the Tamils to where they are now. They have ceased to be voiceless and able spokesmen have surfaced.

    Again what a joke.

    Mr. Sampanthan is the Tamil leader who said LTTE was the sole representative of Tamils. Therefore, he is indeed responsible for the plight of Tamils today. As for his voice, he can thank MR, GR, SF and SLA for that!

    If not for GOSL and the military he would still be singing the tune “LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils… LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils… LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils… LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils… LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils… LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils… LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils.”

    Mr. Sivathasan, you seem to be having a big problem remembering recent events. Better get checked out. There is nasty disease out there that hits people particularly when one gets old where this is the most common symptom.

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    What is the position, composition and nature of the TNA group? They are the top leadership of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). R. Sampanthan, handpicked 43 years ago by SJV Chelvanayakam, the respected Tamil leader, for a leadership position one day.

    Handpicked by Chelvanayagam was he? Generally after 43 years of public service one must be able to list achivements. What are they? Other than wining elections has he delivered any of the promises?

    Its being 4 years since Mullivalikal debacle. Has he given leadership to build a single dwelling for a familiy? Has he done anything to prevent Indian fisherman stealing the best catch from their beleagured brethern of Jaffna?

    What are his pet causes other than Tamil nazism? Is he interested in alleviating poverty? Does he champion caste abolision in Jaffna? The guy is a dud really isn’t it?

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      Vibushana,
      There is nothing wrong in what Sivathasan said. First allocate the adequate funds and land powers to the North in terms of the Provincial Act and remove all obstacles that occurs through the Governor. Then you can see how North prospers. Even genuine Police Officers engaged in duties honestly will not be given punishment transfers. If this is done no one will dare to plunder the wealth of Sri Lanka and run to foreign countries to dumb which is of no use to Sri Lankans.

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    Mr.Sivathsan,

    Thanks. Well said. Timely too. In fact, what is unfolding now, is four + plus years too late. Let us not miss our bus as a people this time too.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

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    completely agree with the author

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    The Sinhala mans latest hero of the moment is Murali while his new devil is Cameron. Oh how deeply ingrained is racism and communalism in the Sinhala man. No need for BBS or Champukas or Modawansas. They have it all in their blood, from the time of DS to Nari Banda and now Sarath Fonseka and Kothabaya.

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    Kind request to, Tamils for Obama, GTF, BTF, Tamils for justice,Upcountry Tamil,vanni Tamil .. all xyx_tamil, @tamils, please stay united for a common good cause to uplift the suffering Tamils of Srilanka. Please dont make them to suffer from disunity. They need you more than ever now.

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    Tamils for Obama…..Hahaha. Well how many followers do they have?. Oh on Twitter they have 76 followers. Wow that’s a lot. Must be a damn powerful organisation. Oh I am really scared…trembling. What a powerful lot like the Transnational, TransMartian Governement of Rudrakumaran. So when is the next Muliyawaikal TfO?.

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    Thank you Mr Sivathasan, you certainly hit the nail on the head. I am a Sri Lankan, a proud Sri Lankan, a Tamil and a proud Tamil. I studied at Jaffna Hindu College and I continue to define my cultural identity through ‘Thirukural’, ‘Sivahamiyin sabadam’, M S Subalaxmi, Nallur Temple and Keerimalai. I grew up in Bandarawela then went to the University of Colombo where I lived through the flames of ’77 and ’83. Despite these events I have also forged a deep relationship with the Sinhala people of my country and have grown to see them as close friends, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, uncles and aunties. These interactions also allow me to see Ruwanwelisaya, Dalada Maligawa, Mihintale and Polonnaruwa as an extension of my own cultural identity (‘Mage urumayai’ or rather ‘Mageth urumayai’). My mother still lives by herself in Talawattugoda and is looked after by this extended family of mine. That is the reality of Sri Lanka I am keen to protect and promote. Saying this does not mean that I either deny or am ignorant of the violence, hatred or the injustice that currently exists – sadly for all sides of the equation. I am aware that many of my Sinhala, Tamil & Muslim friends cannot identify with these sentiments nor have they shared these experiences – thanks to the National Language policies of the 50s and the twisted ‘Jathika Chintanaya’.

    The rhetoric brandished about on the election platforms of the TULF in the 70s, based on Kasi Anandan’s emotive poems and Vannai Anandan crude prose was, in my view, an effort by a small group amongst us to become big fishes in a small pond. The ‘Genie’ that they let out in the process consumed these very people and reduced us – as a community, to ashes on the battle fields of the Vanni. Looking at the final outcome in 2009, one cannot but recall Kamban’s very subtle observations ‘Varanam porutha marbum, Varaiyinai eduththa tholum……………… verum kaiiyodu Ilankai pukkan’.

    Through some – perhaps divine, intervention from the ashes of the Vanni has emerged a pragmatic leadership, whose aim is not the mutilation or humiliation of Sri Lanka, but the restoration of Tamils as equal citizens of the Country……as equally proud co-owners rather than illegal squatters of this beautiful land. Can I use this forum to appeal to my friends in the Tamil diaspora, including the members of the Tamils for Obama Group, please do not play with raw/primitive human emotions of a wounded people – whether in Sri Lanka or in South India. It has consumed us once…………..and let’s not experiment with the same formula once again. Some of us may argue that, “freedom cannot be won without sacrificing an entire generation” to quote a friend of mine. Perhaps…..but the irony in this argument is that it is not yours or my generation we are hoping to sacrifice. It was Rasaththi’s husband, Rasamalar’s sons and Parvathi’s daughters who we are proposing to sacrifice while yours and mine continue to attend the best public schools, the best possible universities in the world and get married in five star comfort with champagne and single malt whisky flowing freely…………to actively seek that is hypocracy of the worst order.
    Dr Mahesan Nirmalan
    University of Manchester.

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      Dr. M. Nirmalan

      Good that you convey your sentiments of broad mindedness.

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      Thank you very much Dr.Nirmalan.
      The author of this essay has mentioned in the fourth para from last about the capacity of the Tamil leadership to pick up talent to take the people forward.
      With people like you and many others with similar views,I am sure the raw primitive emotions and idiotic rhetoric of the 1970s which led our people up a political blind alley will not repeat itself and that we would cohabit this beautiful island as equals with our Sinhala neighbors in peace and tranquility.

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      Thank you very much, Dr. M. Nirmalan for your sober sentiments.

      Sengodan. M

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      Dear Dr. Nirmalan,
      I bow my head to you indeed!!
      You are the essence of Sri Lankan soil!!!
      You are the mindset Sri Lanka needs now!!!
      I am of the same vision, however a Sri Lankan that believes this land belongs to Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher, Malay, and what ever else there are in SL… Also, all religious denominations.. we all have enough love and respect for one another…
      We were all living in harmony until we accepted the foreign funded problems coated with ethnic flavors…
      We all fell victims of it, while arms and weapons and ammunition makers made bundles of money… the military suppliers of both sides got sickly wealthy, while innocents died in vein for no fault of theirs!!
      This viral divide is difficult to stop as long as foreign funded diasporas and other elements with agendas keep pestering and resurfacing old wounds they themselves created.
      Why cannot we embrace each other and be bound by our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, and whatever else.. Why are we fooling ourselves?
      I hope someday I will have the honor of meeting you and embracing you for the wisdom you exude, Dr. Nirmalan.

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        Strawberry Pukkai,

        You are no doubt MRs agent and by the time you achieve your dream of meeting and embracing the Dr, MR would have completed ethnic cleansing.

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      Dr:

      During your previous comment you stated that you are Silent Majority. But in reality you are minority speaking a language which is alien to
      the 20 million Sinhalese who are all born Racists and the proof is in the pudding. We have not achieved anything in the last 63 years by talking and any solution is not going to come from within. I also have rich and powerful friends in Sinhala Lanka but they all speak one language and that is Dominance.
      My friend yours is the Rhetoric and you are trying to please everyone but in Sinhala Lanka it is not going to work and hasn’t worked for 63 years.

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    MR. Sivathasan,

    What you say is absolutely true! How can a small bunch of people living in distant US decide what is good for the Tamils in the homeland? Let them keep their pipe dreams to themselves and enjoy their delusion. The people in the ground led by their representatives have to find their way forward on their own and according to their own wisdom. Let those Tamils who are for X or Y or Z sing hallelujahs to their Demi gods and feel happy! Nothing will come out of it!

    Sengodan. M

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    Tamils for Obama’s letter to Mr Cameron was idiotic. These morons need to keep their mouths shut and not try to divide the Tamil people and their leaders. If they want to write letters to any one they should get some one who knows how to write in good English.

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    Cum-moron’s Jaffna visit achieved nothing.

    Tamils tried to prevent him from coming to SL and FAILED.

    Now they are looking for a reason to not to weep.

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      Fathima (Lorenzo)
      You keep shooting yourself in the foot time and time again not realising it.
      Its equally the case at LW.

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    Dear Mr. Sivathasan, I wish more of your contribution to the CT. It will serve as a valuable guidance to those who have been chosen to rebuild the shattered community and also make us learn enlighten things from you.

    When people of NP were fortunate to have a visit by a youthful leader of a world great nation to their refugees’ camp and also met the NPC CM and others, it is regretted that our nursery students find fault with that great leader that he should have done this and this and not that and that. Aftermath of the NPC nominations, I read some one’s sarcastic comment on the issue of giving nomination only to those who lived and familiarized with the local population. If that is to be the criteria, the right choice would have been the bus conductor serving that route daily, the comment concluded.

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    Mr. Sivathasan
    I do not want to nit pick in your response, however, I should point that TFO letter said “You met with three TNA members, all three of whom live most or all of their time in Colombo” WHICH IS A FACT.
    “We wish you had been able to meet with elected representatives who live in and represent the northeast”. tHIS DOESN’T IMPLY IN ANY WAY THAT THE THREE ARE NOT ELECTED.
    “When you went to the Jaffna Public Library, there was a group of mothers and wives of Tamil men were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan government and never seen nor heard from again. We wish someone from the TNA had guided you to meet them and so you would have heard their complaints and grievances.” THIS IS AN OVERSIGHT ON THE PART OF THE PM OR HIS ADVISORS AND AM SURE THE PM REGRET THIS OVERSIGHT.

    “We also wish you had been able to visit the Tamil-inhabited eastern province and its many war victims.” AGAIN THIS IS A VALID POINT BECAUSE IT IS NOT THE JAFFNA PEOPLE ONLY LOST THEIR DEAR ONES BUT ALSO PEOPLE FROM THE EAST.
    MY POINT IS NO POINT IS POINTING A FINGER AT TFO.

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    I can not believe these stupid Tamils did their best to move CHOGM away from Sri Lanka, then they did their best Ca-moron to not to come to Sri Lanka. Now they are having Orgasm on that visit.

    What kind of idiots.

    Do you people have any shame.

    You people prevented Mana Mohana Singh(alaya) to come to CHOGM. with that you prevented him from visiting Jaffna too.

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      Ho, ho ho…
      Care to comment on how the Tamil diaspora made the war crimes and human rights issue the only talking point of the CHOGM.
      How it managed to stop the two major countries leaders from attending the meeting?
      How it turned all the press conferences into war crimes and HR only conferences?
      Did you see how Rajapaksa squirmed and got angry at these meetings and showed his nasty side to the world?
      Did you hear how the moderator at the press conference plead with the journalists to ask questions other than about war crimes?

      I think the Tamil diaspora did a goog job although I didn’t agree with their call to India and Canada to not go to the meeting. Manmohan and Harper would have helped to highlight the war crimes and HR violations much more if they had attended. The diaspora was stupid it this reect.

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    As happened in the past, Tamil politicians will squabble among themselves due to caste and social differences, and ultimately shoot themselves in the foot!

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    Mr.Sivathasan,

    I take issue with some of your misguided analysis of the following

    “You met with three TNA members, all three of whom live most of their time in Colombo. We regard all of them as too sympathetic to the Colombo government”.”

    *** For me where they live is not what matters but what they say and do. Let me analyse the record of each one by one against the back drop that it was Prabakaran who put Jaffna on the World Map.
    We are not born Terrorists but made into Freedom Fighters by the Sinhalese atrocities spanning 63 years.
    We are the victims in this sorry Saga and we don’t have to apologise to any one.
    So on that note let us look at:

    1) Mr.Wigneswaran: When he was elected as the CM candidate I immediately thought he was God sent. But he disappointed me when he chose to take the Oath before Manhintha who is considered to be a War Criminal making it harder to take him to the Hague.
    MR is a born Racist and whether you work with him or against him you are not going to get anything from him

    His second biggest mistake was to alienate the Tamil Nadu Government to please the centre and he found this out to his cost when Mr.Sambnathan was given a cold shoulder by the Iron Lady. Because in the end they are our saviours especially when BJP is poised to assume power where she is going to be a formidable force.

    2) Mr.Sambanthan: It is on the record that when he challenged the Tiger Supremo he lost out to him. Whether we like or not Prabakarans message is going to be around for a very long time and any one who ignores it will do so at their peril.
    3) Mr.Sumanthiran: I was full of admiration for him and his talents but that alone will not take you the promised land and you need to be close to your electorate. He disappointed me when I found out that when he attended a party organised by MR he took his children with him and MR asked the Children have you ever been to your fathers birth place Jaffna. The children answered no our dad wont let us go there. Read what you can in to that.

    You have to judge the politicians on their records and if people have a perception based on the above can you blame them.
    Actions speak louder than words.

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