11 August, 2020

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Responsibility Of Majority To Minority Cannot Be Shed 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The TNA’s political manifesto for the forthcoming general elections, which was released last week, calls for a fresh mandate from Tamil people for a federal-based solution in the form of a merged Northern and Eastern province where Tamil speaking people live in majority numbers. It stated this could ensure a lasting peace in an undivided country in the future. This is consistent with the issues of community equality that have been uppermost in the Tamil polity from the early days of Independence and later from the three decades of war. In dealing with the past, the TNA has called for justice and truth over the thousands of missing persons including persons who surrendered to the military during the final phases of the war, the need to revive the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and the Office of Reparations to provide answers and justice for the war -affected people.

During the heyday of the LTTE, the political demands of the Tamil polity which sought to realise the equality between the communities in constitutional form had the best chance of being realized through a negotiated political settlement. Through its military power on the ground the LTTE made up for what the Tamil polity lacked in terms of numbers as a national minority. It had bargaining power that came from achieving military parity. During the negotiations that took place during the period of war, the LTTE demanded parity of status at the negotiating table. There was a time when government agencies themselves began to create public awareness about the need for a federal or semi-federal arrangement that could bring an end to the war. There was recognition then, as there needs to be now, that any negotiated solution to the conflict had to be embedded in the constitution. A solution that is grounded in the constitution is needed so that it would not be subject to politically motivated changes following changes of government.

However, after the military defeat of the LTTE the Tamil polity no longer has the bargaining strength it had during the war. The TNA’s political manifesto can be seen more in the nature of a symbolic assertion of long standing Tamil aspiration to be considered as an equal community within the Sri Lankan polity. The reason it can only be symbolic is that at the present time the TNA faces a government and ruling party that has been propelled to power by the force of ethnic majority nationalism and may therefore be constrained in its ability to accept their demands as legitimate. Soon after his victory at the presidential election in November last year, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that his government would not be looking for solutions in terms of the devolution of power, but rather in economic development. But until the issue of inter-ethnic power sharing and equity is resolved through a negotiated solution, the ethnic conflict will not be resolved and will continue to destabilize the country and blight its prospects for development.

Government Priority 

The entire thrust of the government’s election campaign is to ask the electorate for a 2/3 majority to engage in constitutional change. The vision is to centralise power and not to share power. The failure of the last government to govern effectively is blamed on the constitution which had a system of checks and balances. The main reason for its failure was not the constitution, but the stubborn unwillingness of the two main parties in the government alliance, and their leaders, to work together. The constitution expected the principle of consultation and consensus to be followed rather than giving to one arm of the government the power to steamroll over the others. The 19th Amendment to the constitution, which is seen by the present government leadership as a problem, shared executive powers between the president and parliament and sought to insulate public institutions, such as the courts of law and the police, from political interference.

In seeking the repeal of the 19th Amendment the government is seeking to recentralize power in the hands of a single political authority. Little is realized that the removal of the 19th amendment concentrates the power in a single individual as against the parliament which is not be the best formula for good governance over time. The TNA’s election manifesto will be at variance with that of the government in its emphasis on the devolution and sharing of political power. However, with the government and its supporters confident of victory at the forthcoming general elections, the TNA (and other minority parties) need to find a second position to which they can fall back if their first position is rejected. This can be to demand equality of citizenship which is not limited to members of one community but extends to members of all communities. There is a need to build constituencies on the basis of equality of opportunity and equal rights.

In this regard it is worth noting that government leaders have been prepared to affirm their support to the concept of equal citizenship, at least symbolically so far. As witnessed in the United States, where the campaign that “Black lives matter” has taken the centre stage, there needs to be a recognition by the members of the permanent ethnic majority towards those who are permanent ethnic minorities. In his inaugural address President Gotabaya Rajapaksa observed that he had been elected by the votes of the ethnic and religious majority and the voters of the minority communities had not voted for him. Even so, the president pledged to be the president of all Sri Lankans, even of those who had not voted for him. In a like manner, when he announced the government’s withdrawal from being a co-signatory to UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on achieving reconciliation in Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that “No one has the well-being of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multicultural people of Sri Lanka closer to their heart, than the Government of Sri Lanka.” These are public pledges and commitments to which government leaders can and need to be held.

Northern Realities 

Last week I spent three days in the Jaffna peninsula with my colleagues from the National Peace Council to attend three meetings with different civil society groups. The looming general election was not on their minds and speculations about the outcomes and consequences of the victory of one party or the other did not figure in any of the discussions. Traveling on the road and by ferry to one of the Jaffna islands was no different and brought no sign of an ongoing election campaign. This may reflect the reality that the people of Jaffna have no great expectations from the elections and those who may get elected. They may be feeling that their lives will not change whichever party governs the country. Therefore, they are not much enthused by the ongoing election campaign. Their desultory sentiments regarding elections may also be fed by what they have perceived over the past 70 years of independence. However, it was also clear that the Tamils as well as the other minority groups desire to live as citizens in Sri Lanka as brothers and sisters in a land where all enjoy equal rights and opportunities, in an inclusive, harmonious society of a united and peaceful Sri Lanka.

One of the noteworthy and less positive features of the forthcoming elections is that none of the major political parties has had much to say about how they propose to address the protracted ethnic conflict. This is the main national question that has dogged post-independence Sri Lanka for the past seven decades and led to war and destruction and to human rights violations that continue to take a prominent place in the international human rights discourse. In the face of elections, the national political parties appear unwilling to address the challenge of community rights posed by the TNA. In the alternative, they should at least address the issue of equal citizenship posed by the people of the North. Unfortunately, the current election campaigns that are being conducted in the North by a variety of political groups are more divisive and the outcome would mean a fragmented mandate that would potentially undermine attempts to negotiate with the government from a position of electoral strength.

In all the meetings we had in Jaffna, the issue of equal citizenship came up. The community groups we met with spoke of the problems they faced due to shortage and ramshackle state of the ferries and buses that served them, of the lack of fresh water due to the problem of over extraction of water resources by outside parties, of Indian and southern fishermen who had privileged access to fisheries resources and sand mining by vested interests. They wanted the law and the government to give them what they believed it gave people in the rest of the country, and to protect them equally. It behooves the national political parties contesting the elections to guarantee equal citizenship to all as the basic and fundamental commitment in the government they hope to form. Considering how Sri Lanka has slipped internationally in terms of development, governance and human rights considering our top position in 1948 when we received our independence after four and half centuries of colonial rule, every political party and their leaders need to take this responsibility upon themselves.

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    Dear JP As a man from Jaffna I totally disagree with you the entire premisses in which you have made your case that is TNA is representative of Tamils?? If the folks in the National Peace Council can not see the withdrawal of a Jaffna Man from the elections were due to the 70 year blunders by the FP/TULF/TNA thuggery that has let to where we are today??…….because to be elected and the elected never discussed what really mattered to the people of Jaffna or SL for that matter that is a normal life (that we had in from 1970 which was robbed out of us by 1977 by the TNA and the Indians up North and the JVP down South) we were all working hard to develop our Nation.

    In your arguments you have legitimised a party that has been responsible for creating all the armed grops including the LTTE and saying by devolution of power Tamils will be better off & compare this to America “black life matter”?????? I have never seen someone make a soup out of something in this manner before??? now I am even concerned what the National Peace Council stand for in my Nation?? The diabolical state of affairs in Jaffna is due to the 2 main parties in the country??

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    Yes, “the Sinhala Man’s burden.”
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    If you will remeber when the missionaries came to Asia long ago, they came with very good intentions, carrying what they used to term “the White Man’s Burden”. This was their “missionary hymn” – it is still beautiful for those who can set it inits context:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38fmLGSQFag
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    Other Christians who haven’t bothered to study much may find it embarrassing. It is the second stanza that troubles them. You will find many versions of this; in some the second stanza has been chnaged. It doesn’t matter insulting the people of Java, most of whom gave up Buddhism long ago.
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    Those Anglicans are an insignificant minority in Sri Lanka now, only 24,000 in the whole country, but they have got three Bishop, and one of those guys is trying to become an Archbishop after a new Bishop of Colombo is elected on the 15th of August.
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    Yes, when we all elect a new Parliament on the 5th of August, it is Sinhala-Buddhist votes that will count the most. Let us hope that the majority of those people think of themselves first as Buddhists, next as Sri Lankans, and realise that they carry mostly Dravidian genes.

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      S_M
      “Yes, when we all elect a new Parliament on the 5th of August, it is Sinhala-Buddhist votes that will count the most.”
      Exactly when did you discover that -in the school or after 1980 population census?

      Soma

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        Before I attended school at age 5, I was able to count.
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        By age 11, in Grade 5, I knew enough of the demographics of the country to know that we, the Sinhalese, were the majority. However, I thought that “we” were Aryans, and “they” were Dravidians.
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        You’re right. It was surprisingly late that I read enough to now know that MOST of my genes are Dravidian. That may have been only about thirty years ago. No census ever had anything to do with it.
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        You seem intent on preaching racism again.

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    United we stand divided we fall.
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    This is what has happened to a wonderful country.
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    Mostly responsible for these debacles are those who are clad in the saffron-coloured clothing and their fellow shallow-minded brethren.
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    From the time before I was born the Sinhalese for petty political issues concerning the leadership aspirations of yokels within the UNP caused the formation of the breakaway SLFP who till today are causing pandemonium in this once rich in many aspects island.
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    These folks have no sincere aspirations or thoughts to put a full stop to their foolish childish doings join hands together like other countries in the globe become one with English as the official language, the other two Sinhala and Tamil become the state’s equal status fellow brother and sister lingo’s.
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    With my once upon a time precious motherland now a pariah beggar colony should get together forget the past live in the present and make every effort to bring about a programme of reconciliation.
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    Inter-marriages similar to what I have experienced is the best starting point for such a purposeful project.
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    The separation of this tiny dwarf of a country is a NO-NO as far as I am concerned.

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      Dear rj1952,
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      So, I’ve got a comment in before you – and without carefully reading the article. that may be why only one person has liked my comment, and three have disliked it.
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      This comment of yours has got no dislikes and four likes.
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      Correction: your comment has got no dislikes and six likes. I’ve given you a like because you have used reasonably good language, and you have not unnecessarily insulted people. What you have said is sound. So, I have given you a “like”. Before me, somebody else also must have given you a green thumbs up.
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      I have just made a comment in which I now realise that I have said an untruth about you. It was your earlier style of writing that was to blame.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/cebs-idiotic-tariff-structure/
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      Please continue to write as you are doing now.

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    Tell that to the American majority.

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    can some one please tell me how many Tamil Political parties are contenting in the so called Tamil areas?

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    A welcoming surprise. A candid essay on political reality, in an hour of national need. Thank you, Jehan Perera.

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    Dear JP,
    As a man from North East of Srilanka, You are right that TNA was the representative of Tamils elected by North East Tamil people. However, the people of North East are fed up with TNA for their inefficiency to find any solutions during the period during the period of 2015 to 2020 through corporation with the government. So, I don’t think that TNA is calling for a fresh mandate for a federal North East merged solution but what they want to know whether Tamils trust them to continue as members of Parliament on behalf of them. Tamils do not like ruled by Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists. Tamils want protection from Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists violent threat. Sri Lanka lost its independence for for nearly five centuries from 1500 . In the past seven decades, Tamils controlled North East for three decades. So, the struggle for justice will continue until Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism loose its brutal violence.

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      Ajith
      “Tamils do not like ruled by Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists. Tamils want protection from Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists violent threat.”
      Try to convince a SINGLE Tamil family living in Sinhala majority provinces of this falsehood and get them move back to North East if you can.
      If you are really serious about ‘self determination’ TNA must carry out an intensive propaganda campaign among the Tamils (All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the or the date of arrival) to move voluntarily into North East.
      The day I observe a slightest tendency among the Tamils that is happening I will switch sides to totally commit myself to TNA ideals.

      Soma


      Soma

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        Soma,
        When you are there why should I bother to convince Tamils living in the Sinhala majority provinces. Have you forgotten that in 1958 and 1983 you voluntarily at your cost sent them to North East after your excellant light shows day and night. Why can’t you move those Sinhalese living in Tamil majority provinces? You don’t need to change your ideas and attitudes and I am 100% sure that you are a Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist and you no difference to those Monks warned Tamils of another bloodbath.

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          Ajith
          “Why can’t you move those Sinhalese living in Tamil majority provinces”
          Who wants a separate Homeland? You or me?
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          Nothing terrifies a Tamil presently living among the Sinhalese than the possibility of living in a Tamil only enclave in that arid land, 50% of which is controlled by Vellars treating others as low castes and the other 50% of beards and burkas controlled by Wahabis.

          Soma

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        somasss

        “Try to convince a SINGLE Tamil family living in Sinhala majority provinces of this falsehood and get them move back to North East if you can.”

        Forget Demelas, TNA, Self Determination, North East, ….. Muslims, Tamil Speaking people, …..for a minute.

        Look at the state of the state, more than two million Tamil/Sinhala speaking people have already left this island permanently and settled all over world since 1956.
        Another two or three million couldn’t earn a living in this island, hence they have gone to medieval Middle East Kingdoms.

        There are millions of people dreaming to leave this island at the earliest opportunity. And you have half a million unproductive men under arms.

        This country is unsuitable for peace loving people, irrespective of their race(?), religion, region to live a peaceful life. Therefore they are leaving, leaving very fast,…

        Stop worrying the way things are the island will be completely vacated in a few years time. Then the remaining crooks, war criminals, invalid, …. criminals, weaker section of the society have the entire island to themselves.

        By the way before that it appears that lessor will have no say over the entire island’s physical geography and the Hindian saffronistas from the north will have ample opportunity to dislodge the southern saffronistas.

        Prepare for your own evacuation.

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          NV
          I wish them good luck.
          They have saved themselves from the risk of living in a Tamil only Homeland. During the time your Thalaivar was ruling Jaffna the only ambition of a Tamil mother was to send her children to the South – don’t deny that. (She would pawn all her jewelry and land to bribe your boys)
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          I challenge again:
          Try to convince a SINGLE Tamil family living in a Sinhala majority province to move back to North East if you can.”
          (Sampanthan aiya has decided to pass his remaining days in Colombo)

          Soma
          (Nothing terrifies a Tamil presently living among the Sinhalese than the possibility of living in a Tamil only enclave in that arid land, 50% of which is controlled by Vellars treating others as low castes and the other 50% of beards and burkas controlled by Wahabis.)

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            somass

            “During the time your Thalaivar was ruling Jaffna the only ambition of a Tamil mother was to send her children to the South – don’t deny that. (She would pawn all her jewelry and land to bribe your boys)”

            And paid handsome ransom to southern body snatchers operating from within special torture camps, police stations, STF, army, navy camps and in white vans from safe houses and later men who actively took part in these Sinhala/Buddhist businesses were/are being promoted to higher ranks with Sinhala/Buddha’s(?) blessing. A war criminal a psychopath who was found guilty of mercilessly killing 8 innocent people who were being tortured have been pardoned by his fellow Psychopath.

            “(Sampanthan aiya has decided to pass his remaining days in Colombo)”

            Trinco Sam is probably running away from Trinco based saffron clad thug Ratnapura Devananda who is bent on finding Sambandan’s skeleton from 6 feet under the Hindu temple, which will help Somadeva identify it being 3000 years old authentic Sinhala/Buddhist remain.

            Go get a life.
            Or start a riot.
            Fresh riots may give you life.

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    Dear Sir

    the responsibility of the Majority is to take all others with them as they progress is your point?? Post colonial SL needed some adjustments regards to this journey…….Sinhalese also needed to be on board equally, Upcountry Indians (not those who needed to be retuned as part of last 10 years of entry prior to Independence) needed to be on board, The downtrodden and the low caste Tamils of SL needed to be on board as none of these people had access to English education as they all possessed the same aspirations as the British and American mission beneficiaries/loaders/religious jumpers (my grandparents included) to survive under Colonial times.

    The part Buddhism played in keeping the community sprit together during the colonial times has not sunk into the greater SL because before then all others got on the Citizenship acts (they should have united with the Sinhalese then) then let to the Language issues and then let to the Religious issues. After all the debacles and blood spilling we are where we are with language use as is now (be it Religious issues to be solved later) is more than adequate for us to move forward???

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      Thank you Mr. Venugopal for being a voice of reason. I think the traditional Tamil parties have failed the Tamil people. And THey have nothing to offer than the pipe dream of eventual eelam. Which will never happen in Sri Lanka.

      Instead, they need to concentrate on improving the lot of the Tamil people within the frameworks that have already been provided.

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    Dear Sir

    TNA has nothing to contribute to Nation Building or the Ghetto building and let me highlight your trip to Jaffna and your observations are pointing to those conclusions one should make??? Can you share the achievements of the NPC during the 5 years, can you share each and every MP’s surgery times discussing what needed to be done for economic empowerment?? Can you share the Master plan/check list/mile stones/reporting done by the MP’s, Councillors and Provincial Councillors please?? Dis you ever watch the NPC meetings telecasted…topics discussed……please JP leave us alone we have been played enough for a 100 generations to come??

    Tamil Nadu Indians are fine, Singapore and Malaysian Indians & Ceylonese are fine, Sri Lankan Indians are fine……do you know why???? they all been doing thriving business with GOSL for the past 4 decades……bypassing the Sri Lankan Tamils……..now we are literally the toilet washers for the same….what more do you want from us…I will give you some topics to analyse for National Peace Council ??

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    Dear JP

    When was the Peace Council established please??

    The Peace Council understanding why the Tamils from South not moved back to North and East because??? the land is mined and no where to put the foot down?? too many army and have no more space left?? The entire space is taken over by the Sinhalese settlers no more space?? even though they know the Sinhalese people are terrible and kill them any moment they are forced to live down south and spend all their capability and money down south not up north where is is needed for economics?????

    Can you and your team write an Economic article as to why you disturbing my peace by saying I should live under devolution and under TNA and Indian rule in Jaffna???

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    Federalists are a combination of Tamil speaking Vadukkdai Tigers under sheep skin, English speaking NGO Monkeys in white uniform and Sinhala speaking egghead Donkeys with a lion tail.
    The writer falls into the second category.

    Soma

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      Soma,
      Tigers, sheep, monkeys?
      What about Foxes, blood thirsty Lions?

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        They are not or pretend to be Federalists.

        Soma

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      somasssssssss

      I believe you are attempting to tell us something in your own cryptic way, perhaps in your southern style of lamentation, I mean in South Indian language.

      Please say it in simple language that can be understood by people of this island.

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        NV
        I am trying to decrypt the Federal language to uncover the post war Vadukkodai action plan for the benefit of Sinhala modayas.

        Soma

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    Dr Jehan P
    “But until the issue of inter-ethnic power sharing and equity is resolved through a negotiated solution, the ethnic conflict will not be resolved and will continue to destabilize the country and blight its prospects for development.”
    If your ‘ inter-ethnic power sharing ‘ self determination’ , ‘power devolution’ are all synonymous then FORGET IT.
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    In view of EXISTING demographic distribution of Tamil speaking people across the island no Einstein can think of a ‘solution’ that can satisfy ‘political aspirations’ of at least 90% of them.
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    Even the so called ‘Federal solution’ leaves +50% of Tamil speaking people within Sinhala majority Federal units. And I bet they will be worse off than at present. I don’t wish to see that happen.
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    A remote possibility exists if this +50% can someday be pursuaded to relocate to North East. You reckon they will?
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    In the last analysis if this +50% are happy as they are the whole issue is a waste of time.
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    Tamil hypocrisy is nowhere evident as when this +50% Tamil speaking people outside North East is brought into discussion.

    Soma

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      somass

      Please refer to my comment above which is broadly based on many years of my ELDER’s observation.

      I still encourage people to leave my ancestral island however my concern is that all the powerless descent people are continuing to leave this island whereas the noisy minority is not only consolidating their power but also staying put.

      If we could cleansed the land of you lot I think rest of the islanders should be allowed to stay wherever they choose to. The biggest problems are two types, one how to get rid of the criminals, neo fascists, fascist tendencies, saffronstas including the northern varieties, war criminals, thugs in uniforms, Aryan amude wearing a*******s, you, …. two how to liberate Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhists and Buddhists from Sinhala/Buddhism.

      How can you help us?
      As a goodwill gesture would you like to first deport yourself back to your ancestral homeland in South India?

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    The majority and Minority ethnic groups this differentiation in a multi-ethnic country retards the progress f the country. This is what is happening in Sri Lanka. To be born in the Majority community is not the authority given to discard the needs of the minorities. The educated Majority community should understand that the economy of the country will worsen so long there is no unity among all communities. We have seen this after 1948. It is difficult to find abroad moned politician among the Majority community.

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    Dear JP

    I urge the Peace Council to establish facts/investigate the killing fields in Jaffna 1970-1977-1981.

    I urge the peace council to establish facts regard to Muslims in Jaffna (for the time being leave a side the LTTE persecution of the Muslims) historically……how they lived and how much interaction we all had,,,(until Hon Durriappa built(not rebuilt) the entire Jaffna city centre that thrived with the help of Muslim businesses),,they fell into the same pecking order of various casts but under Religious category too, investigate my Fathers school where we had a “low caste principle” and a “Christian principle” I was there and I know the stick they got.for not being an acceptable Hindu in a “Karainagar Hindu College” . Then the Hon Late Premadasa government procedurally changed the name to “Thiagarajah Maha Viddyalam” as a respect to my Father who was assassinated in 1981 DDC elections. The NPC changed the name to Karainagar Hindu College is the greatest achievement of an administration after the Tamils have lost all they had during the horrors of the war???? Take away what you need as this has several implications when you talk about devolved power? that begins with human rights??? what you saying is you want to have peace at my expense???

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    Dear JP

    Please establish some facts regards to North and East….land mass, population growth, community compositions, boarders even in a devolved segments, the history of the Muslims/Christians/Hindus and the harmonious life they ever had???? Do not be misled by some Fathers standing up and speaking SJV politics….there is lot more behind the scene. If I am not mistaken SJV is a Christian.

    The point I am making Is there is no such needs for anyones survival anymore as the ground realities and the world realities have changed……now we have 20++ million people in an Island. When the discussions started (not with the majority of the Sri lankn’s) but the self employed FP/ITAK/TULF (we voted or told at gun point to vote) and the GOSL the population was around 5-6 million.

    The word Peace is impossible with human right abusers be granted enclaves in the name of what?? a reward for working with GOSL to finish off the LTTE?? the is even before Karuna left the LTTE??

    tHERE ARE tamils who had nothing to do with all there above and where do we go please???

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      Oh shut up. Constantly rambling and posting nonsense , that no one else understands, or have to read a hundred times , to get some idea of what you want to say, which is usually blaming all Thamizh , the FP , the TULF , then the LTTE and now the TNA other than yourself . No blame on the Chingkallams or their parties , who are the real cause of the problems or the Thulluka opportunists. Please try to keep it short and simple , even if it is garbage. There are a few others who also ramble here but at least their posts and messages are clear. Yours definitely is not.

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        Dear Pandi Kutti,
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        I agree. Mallai writes too much.
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        That may also apply to me!

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          Dear SM,
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          that may be very true. You sometimes dont know where you began your comment. Dont you go for a walk on daily – how can you come with that many chain posts a day ?
          :
          What is wrong with you ? It is better for us the CT readership to agree on shorter comments. I will also respect the guidelines. Only person I find could be smart – is SJ. He is always subtle with his responses. We should all learn to shorten our ” lenthy posts”.
          I know you enjoy a lot as a retired person, if you could add as much as you can. But it is worth to focus only on the topic of each article.

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          SM you may, so does, Mallaiyuran ,Siva Sankaran, looks like he hardly posts now and now Rohan or Rohan25 but it is still easy to read and understand these post and the message is clear and conveyed. This matters. Whereas this person keeps on posting everywhere , in all forums far more than anyone. Everything is gibberish , so difficult to understand and convoluted. Most people I think just ignore his posts and if you take the effort to read them , it just has the same core message . He is from Jaffna and for some unknown personal reason only blames the Thamizh people ( Of course not himself), their parties , organizations for everything. No one else . Just blame the victim not the perpetrators . This is why some Chingkallams love him

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    In case of Muslims, do majority Sinhalayo have to take the responsibility because Sinhala Buddhists saved their ancestors from persecution by Portuguese, allowed them to settle down in interior parts of the country, allowed them to marry Sinhala women and convert them to Islam and on top of all that gave citizenship without any conditions attached?

    In case of Demala people the colonial parasites who brought them to Sinhale should take the responsibility. Sinhalayo did not invite Demala people to Sinhale. But after exploiting them and making money those colonial parasites ran away abandoning them in Sinhale. Sinhalayo who felt sorry for these Stateless people gave them citizenship without conditioned attached.
    If they did not want to live in Sinhale they had the choice to demand the colonial parasites to take them to their countries or relocate them to their ancestral homeland.

    After doing all these things to Demala and Muslim minorities what did Sinhalayo get in return? Racism, Federalism, Separatism, Extremism, Butcherism, Terrorism.

    Instead of asking majority Sinhalayo to take the responsibility Jehan Perera should tell the minorities to behave like civilized human beings and be grateful to Sinhalayo for what they did to them.

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      Eagle Eye,
      Your final para is the icing on the cake. Give it the publicity it deserves.
      ‘Instead of asking majority Sinhalayo to take the responsibility Jehan Perera should tell the minorities to behave like civilized human beings and be grateful to Sinhalayo for what they did to them’, should be right at the top, – the opening para.

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      Hello again, senile , crazy Eagle Grandpa, looks like you have not had your meal again or did not receive your tablets on time again and have started to feel grumpy and decided to vomit on this forum again , with the same senile , demented ramblings , that we all now now by heart. Native Sinhalayo Para Demala slaves and now even Para Muslim humbugs. Why don’t you change the tune for a change and see the effect? Native Thamizh , Para, Chingkallams from Thamizh Nadu and Odisha and see the reaction. All the Chingkalla extremists like the rotten Pear, Chomass, Little Willy will have a fit. Your own Thangachchi who has got disgusted with your antics and has now deliberately abandoned you , at this below average nursing home to starve and rant , may relent and take you back and feed you with nice Jaffna Uridh dhal Thosai and Parithiturai Vaddai. For your information it was not the Chingkallams who saved the Muslims but the Eezham Thamizh who saved them and gave them refuge in the east, it was their land and ruled by their chiefs to give refuge and lands, not the Chingkallams. The Chingkallams did not want them in the Kandyan lands and were chasing them off and were killing them. Get your facts correct.

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        Pandi-Kutti,
        You wrote the same BS before and I gave the reply but it has not gone to your head.
        I feel sorry for your lack of knowledge on history of Sinhale. Probably, as a descendant of a slave from Hindusthan you must have been bombarded with the distorted history of Sinhale by Chelvanayakam and his gang to justify that North East is their ‘Traditional Homeland’.

        When Muslims pleaded to save them, King Senerath of Kandy ordered Sinhalayo to accommodate them in interior parts of the country including the East. It was not Eezham Thamizh who saved Muslims.
        Muslims settled down in Kandy and the first Mosque was built on a piece of land given by Dalada Maligawa. They settled down in Gampola and threw stones at Buddhists who were participating in a ‘Perahera’ and started the first Sinhala- Muslim clash in 1915. British used that opportunity to massacre hundreds of Sinhala Buddhists.

        Try to understand the true history of Sinhale and stop writing rubbish in future.

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          Dear EE

          Please do not burst their bubble……they could be just innocent, could be kids brain washed in Tamil Nadu training camps who went around Jaffna and killed so many Tamil people (victims are known as Traitors, somebody who sleeps with so many people, some one suspected of giving information to the GOSL, other Tamil groups started killing each other hung them on posts while the Tamil Mothers begged for mercy, Teachers (I know some personally tortured to death by ironing, Tamil, school principles and Sinhala policemen, cicil service. Soldiers and other Mother Lankan Children, who could be someone left the groups and left the country and got married and made babies and told the foreign Governments all the pokies for their fate, could be drug traffickers, could be the Indians/Singaporean/Malaysian Tamils doing thriving business based on the ongoing misery of the Nation, could be secret services of other Nations who have paid some people money to troll full time and prevent Nations analysing what has happened to them and their loved ones?? Some who left the country who comes back and doing thriving business and spinning money need biotic environment, some one is very sick and needs help…….all vary and all shapes and sizes.

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            Truth and facts are the last information these folks want?? that is like pulling the carpet under their feet. You seen even the authors of the respective article can respond at time like that in other CT articles?? yet it proves the point people are willing to shut you up “not by making a case” but by all other means even in a forum like this???

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              You will also now understand why we the Tamil people of Jaffna were in the front line and took the bullets from 1970 – 1981 well before the same folly embarked on the total killing fields engulfing the entire Nation. This time they quarrelled amongst themselves (what can you quarrel about – who will kill whom etc) and some ended up in the laps of the GOSL……they are all in Parliament paid by the Tax payers and voted in by him many Tamils? Ask the election commission(if they were formed then) to recollect the memories of the 1977 free and fair elections?? and 1981 DCC chiotic seems are all covered in the GOSL responses nd have you ever read what they did to provoke the same??????you will not read that in the CT and the Tamil net.the life’s and the rights that was all taken away then?? it it a wonder GOSL has to do what they had to do save the Nation and now this a new manifesto for a new deal???? this is how we lived the life of 1956….

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                sorry for the mistake…it should eead voted in by ” how many Tamils???” and addition…..”Under what circumstances??”

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          “King Senerath of Kandy ordered Sinhalayo to accommodate them in interior parts of the country including the East.
          Hey Eagle Moda,
          Don’t tell Harris or Mubarak or Hezbollah that you settle them in East. While one of them catch and hold you the others will put farmer’s branding on you buttock like doing for cattle. Be careful Bald Eagle, you will burned to ash.

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          Crazy Eagle Grandpa , stick to eating the Thosai and Vadai that your Meenachchi makes and try not to dabble and deliberately misinterpret history. First of all the east was never Chingkalla land. Chingkallams only arrived in the east after independence , deliberately settled by the Chingkalla state to change the demography of the east. Population statistics also prove this. It was ancient Thamizh land and Thamizh Vannimai chiefs ruled the east. The Eezham Thamizh and the Thamizh Vedda are the indigenous population of the east. Everything ancient in the east is Thamizh not Chingkallam or Indian Thullukan. From time to time the some Thamizh chiefoms in the east may come under the loose control of the Thamizh/Chingkalla kings of Kandy but they still reamained Thamizh land ruled by Thamizh . This is a fact and do not try to change history. Yes the Chingkallams first reluctantly helped these South Indian origin Thamizh Thullkans when they first fled to Kandy from the North West coast. However when more and more of them started to arrive , they did not want them there and started to attack them and kill and loot their belongings or whatever little was left. In desperation King Senarath asked the eastern Thamizh Vannimai chiefs if they can settle these fleeing South Indian Thamizh Thullkans in their lands and they obliged, understood and these are Thamizh lands not Chingkallam.

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          Among the medieval Vanni chieftaincies, those of Panankamam, Melpattu, Mulliyavalai, Karunavalpattu, Karrikattumulai, Tennamaravadi and Trincomalee in the north of the island were incorporated into the Jaffna Kingdom. Hence the Vanni just south of the Jaffna peninsula and in the eastern Trincomalee district usually paid an annual tribute to the northern kingdom instead of taxes. The tribute was in cash, grains, honey, elephants, and ivory. The annual tribute system was enforced due to the greater distance from Jaffna. The arrival of the Portuguese to the island caused a brief loss of some of Jaffna’s territory. Queirós, an historian of Portuguese origin, says of the Jaffna kingdom:
          “This modest kingdom is not confined to the little district of Jaffnapatnam because to it are also added the neighboring lands and those of the Vanni which is said to be name of the lordship which they held before we obtained posession of them, separated from the proceeding by a salty river and connected only in the extremity or isthmus of Pachalapali within which the lands of Baligamo, Bedamarache and Pachalapali forming that peninsula and outside of it stretch the lands of Vanni.

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            Crosswise, from the side of Mannar to that of Triquillemele( Trincomalee being separated also from the country of Mantota( Mannar) in the jurisdiction of Captain of Mannar by the river Paragali; which ends in the river of the Cross in the midst of the lands of Vanni and of others which stretch as far as Triquillemele which according to the map appears to be a large tract of country” which indicated the kings of Jaffna just prior to capitulation to the Portuguese had jurisdiction over an area corresponding to the modern Northern Province of Sri Lanka and parts of the northern half of the eastern province and that the Portuguese claimed these based on their conquest. Following Portuguese defeat by the Dutch, the Mannar, Jaffna islands and the Vanni lands were reincorporated into the Tamil Coylot Wannees Country by the early 18th century.
            Which indicated the kings of Jaffna just prior to capitulation to the Portuguese had jurisdiction over an area corresponding to the modern Northern Province of Sri Lanka and parts of the northern half of the eastern province and that the Portuguese claimed these based on their conquest. Following Portuguese defeat by the Dutch, the Mannar, Jaffna islands and the Vanni lands were reincorporated into the Tamil Coylot Wannees Country by the early 18th century.

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              Sinhalese lands indeed , all these lands were 100% Tamil then. now after independence converted to Sinhalese ( Puttalam, large parts of Amparai and parts of Trincomallee)

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              Vannimais in the Batticalao and Puttalam districts were under the control of chiefs of Mukkuvar origin. Puttalam was under Jaffna kingdom sovereignty in the 14th century, where it served as the second capital of the kingdom during the pearl fishing season. This is the reason these South Indian origin immigrant Tamil Muslims, now calling themselves Sri Lankan Moors, settled along this once Tamil North West . Puttalam, Chilaw/Negombo regions that was part of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom , when they fled their South Indian homeland. as it was then ethnically Tamil and for trade purposes. With the strengthening of Portuguese influence in the Kandyan and Kotte kingdoms, Vannimais in the eastern Batticaloa and Amparai districts came under the nominal control of the Kandyan Kingdom after the sixteenth century, although they had considerable autonomy under their chiefs. The Vanni Chieftaincy in the Puttalam districts came under the control of Kotte Kingdom. By the 18th century, the Batticaloa and Amparai (Panova) chieftaincies had been reincorporated into the Malabar( Tamil) Coylot Wanees Country.

              References

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    Dear EE

    I am not a historian but a guy born 1963 and have been through enough and witnessed enough to share the need for a solution that is sustainable given since 1970 FP/TULF have taken the matters to new level was only made possible by the Tamil Nadu support/training and poisoning of may children matching the demands stage after stage for blood. All these were well underway well before the 1977 elections/riots just following the JVP blunders down south.

    The Nation did not need this as we had million of other things we needed to do as part of the development work to lay foundation for a greater future. this was just like any other Nations who had to find their way our dudligently the post colonial nightmare/Cold War nightmare.

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    As I said we need to map the death of Mother Lankan children from 1948 to 1970, 1970-1977-1981, 1981-1983 to 2009 vs mile stone events as we know them will show the world and our future children causes and effects and the part FP/ITAK/TULF played putting our Nations children in harms way. The ugly then killed the innocent not the cause root of the issues that was the ITAK/TULF??. This was even after FP/ITAK/TULF open invitation/support/lack of objections/CRYING FOUL OF FOREIGN INVIOLVEMENTS as the elected ?? for the violence that was unleashed on their opponents in a democracy where they were enjoying all the democracy they needed without any interference from the GOSL then??

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    The solutions are simple we just have to start delivering what a MP should deliver to their constituents does n to matter who is elected?? the system works as best as it could in a developing country which has been on hold for 50 years?? that means whoever we elect we need to know they have the capacity to deliver Economics/Working within the system/departments and contribution they can make too to enhance the system………there can not be anymore discussions on all other counterproductive things such as PC, Devolutions etc specially in a secular country like ours?? they need to serve all and their manifesto need to reflect this to be a public servant??? Whoever can not do this should not goto parliament and go and ask the Tamil Nadu to do what they did before?? feel free and take your children with you?? as others do n to want to sacrifice their children for this folly anymore please.

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    Dear JP,
    “However, it was also clear that the Tamils as well as the other minority groups desire to live as citizens in Sri Lanka …. ” If fact, this illustrates the core of the problem. If an informed person like yourself can write, then we have long way yo go for a durable peace in the country.
    .
    Let me clarify: Ceylon/Sri Lanka is a two-language nations in a unitary state at the time of independence. Ceylon Tamil community, a millennia-old society, had never considered themselves as a minority group but only as a people.
    .
    A nation and a country are not one and the same; but can be same as well in a mono cultural country like Italy.
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    Only during British colonial period there was maximum interaction between these two peoples and the majority/minority complex came only after independence, merely by lumping population of the whole country for political purposes.
    .
    For factual purposes minorities in Ceylon/Sri Lanka are then Christians, Muslims, Malays, Burghers and Upcountry Tamils. Minorities are protected by the entire nation and their rights are different.
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    A people have the right to control their own destiny and have intrinsic right to self determination.

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    Insincere hypocrisy is the norm of Lankawe, now. Jehan PhD wrote in 2014 that King was willing to work with NGO, after a long antagonism between King and NGOs during Chitanta time. First of all A government, two times selecting “Mahinda Chitanta” as the name of the government while it’s both terms were marked with war crimes by international agency, it even demeaning the words of the languages, not just making the Sinhala Buddhists as Modayas. What happened, as per other reporters of NGO attended to the meeting was King was bullying NGOs to supports Chitanta Government or face consequences. That time Nimalka was living outside Lankawe fearing to return to country. Mervyn was waiting for her to come back to finish his duty. Jehan PhD mercilessly overturned subject of that meeting only to protect him. Now he saying Sampanthan Aiya is out for Self Determination mandate, but guaranteed to lose. After TNA loses in the election, he will come back and tell that Tamil parties have no sense of Tamil People as much as Sothern NGOs and political parties have. Jehan PhD while campaigning with “Mangala the Liar” to the Western Politicians and diplomats that OMP Office, TRO, IC Investigation, Land release, Prisoners release all done as per UNHRC Resolution 30/1,

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      Seriously, please direct me to “sincere hypocrisy”.

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        “please direct me to “sincere hypocrisy”

        “Kaiyilai Vennaiyai vaithukondu Neyukku alaivaan Ean? “
        Why would somebody wander searching for ghee while having butter in their hand?
        மலைகெடுத்தோர் மண்கெடுத்தோர் வான்கெடுத்தோர் ஞானந் தலைகெடுத்தோர் தற்கேடர் தாம்
        Real fools standing on the mountain and ask where is the mountain; standing on the earth ask where is earth and standing under the sky and ask where is the sky? There are no answers for that kind of fools.

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          Kindly cut the c*** and give us a lesson on “sincere hypocrisy”.

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            Where did you read it or hear it? Couldn’t you ask from them whoever thought out it? Are they incapacitated to explain it? Or was it a result of Deva’s badu’s hallucination?

            Or How many times you asked anybody says blue sky to show a clear sky or a blue ocean to show you a transparent ocean?

            Take a clean bath dear grease monster! You will see an enlightenment within you.

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              Who else produces gems like:
              “Insincere hypocrisy is the norm of Lankawe”
              BTW, sincere is the opposite of insincere you should know.
              *
              Stop waffling and tell us where one finds sincere hypocrisy.

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                You thought you can show me your run runaround forever. I wanted to get you on the proper path before give you the answer. Now you came and accepted you could not create your Vithandavataham from what I wrote so went for the inverse and tried prove it was false so my sentence also false. First a vile Vithandavathi masking him with “kindly –please” like words to drag others into his cesspit is nothing but he exposes his sincere hypocrisy.

                Good save your teachers who taught the current form of logic you use. Any Moda teacher took the classes for you did not tell the inverse need not to be right under any general condition. As a sincere hypocrisy, you could not bring out your Vithandavatham from the line I wrote, so you wanted to bring out a theory that always inverse also true if one theory is proved true. So in my sentence I wrote “insincere”, a synonym to hypocrisy, you put an antonym there, “sincere”. This is not showing your delinquency in English, but your sincere hypocrisy too. Nest time don’t overtry the subject you have no acquaintance.

                Now, here take this and lick your wound: https://www.jstor.org/stable/43801844?seq=1

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                  I only asked you to direct me to “sincere hypocrisy”.
                  To put it mildly, you are pathetic.
                  *
                  Cheer up, as there is hope since you now see the stupidity of your phrase.

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                    You saw where to find it after for long you beating about the bush but in end coming to my way. I showed to you how to ridicule. You are vile nasty hypocrite, after losing on your bet for long to ridicule me but only making you bloody fool, you pretend with “please, kindly” ?. You ever did know what is the meaning for the word kind? Have you shown to anybody that damn thing in your life?
                    BTW, sincere is the opposite of insincere you should know Dear learned ( – hoping you to read it as uneducated fool- the way you read insincere as sincere) professor, while your boss were lecturing politics for you and me, I heard, but forgot; you keep it in memory, because it seems is a very rare, strange object for you.
                    “Stop waffling and tell us where one finds sincere hypocrisy. Can you show any capacity to read and understand what I posted as replay?
                    “stupidity of your phrase. Hahahahahaha My Phase? Is that Royals certified Royals politics? Bit the dust but mustache dirt free? You are writing on a English site for your class nincompoops?

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    TNA released it election manifesto on 19th. (Can CT post a PDF of full version of it please?) Muslim parties, Sinhala Buddhist parties, Tamil Opponent political parties and Sinhala Buddhist Monks too have expressed very harsh opinion on that. Old King said TNA is trying to get it from him with pen, whatever Leader Pirapaharan failed to get with arms; so that will not happen. New King said TNA is asking something the government said it would never want to give; so that TNA is not fair. (TNA, you better ask what he wants to give). SLMC Harris said TNA is not seeking a solution to Tamils but digging pit for burry Muslims,. Earlier Hezbollah said Blood River will flow (Blood Bath). Now Ayatollahs have said the same. Sumanthiran asked if that is the path Buddha taught to Sinhala Buddhist Ayatollahs. Blood bath has become a handy phrase to bully Tamils for Sinhala Muslims racists after the defeat of Tamils’ freedom war in Mullivaaikkaal with Tamil genocide. Mavai has said TNA is a tree carrying fruits that is why it is taking stones. Now Jehan PhD is on that with his long term plan that stretches beyond election.

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    1970 – No armed forces north or east the way they are today….not enough armed forces to even defend the GOSL then the Indians have to come save the Nations during the JVP uprising…..no one seem to recall the reasons for this uprising to date, there were no displaced Tamil people, no one loitering in the jail nor were there few hundred thousand dead due to war/riots/refugees?? Anybody end up in Jail from 1970 onwards were due to FP pushing the youth to do the killings fields in Jaffna that they could not get in the ballots…create, create and create even when you are not elected by the Jaffna people?? Yep sounds like democracy to me.

    TNA & LTTE Manifestos created the all the misery that we have today. Answers are to create more of the same should get the racists Sinhalese(minority) to achieve all they wanted is rid of this menace “Tamil” from the SL courtesy of the FP. We Tamils had nothing to do with it…….count the number of votes vs Tamil population historically will tell you the story for those who never found out anything of the violence that was orchestrated by the FP/Tamil Nadu exceeds any savagery by all others in the history of our Nation…..

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      Everyone have the right to stand on their own point of view; only facts will attest to the truth and the suffering is experienced by the masses.

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    It is also vital

    1. Someone account for all the dead Mother Lankans dead since Independence…..poverty/violence in the form riots/security services/political killings/how did the youth were armed/foreign interference a foreign state sponsored terrorism/how the media was misused then by all the ghetto news papers and politicians irrespective of the political believes and now.
    2. Truth, Peace and Reconciliation can not happen without this documentation not necessarily for the convections but for facts for the next generations. convections……we do not have enough resources/space even to punish the guilty does not matter who.
    3. For all to come infront of the people and say all they need to say for the public accountability….that includes all and no one is exempted specially the elected ti here their reasons……..we need to know and record since we are all the victims is the point/then analyse what went wrong and how?
    4. We do not need an International panel for this and we are good to do this ourselves? This is not a party political event nor is a religious/language event is a human event for human needs period.

    Or we move forward with as a one Nation without any further a do?

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      Well, all would trace the same except couple of millennia is long enough to put roots.

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