4 April, 2020

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Ripe Time For Tamil Voters To Elect Young & Committed Leaders To The Causes Of Tamils 

By Kumarathasan Rasingam  

Kumarathasan Rasingam

It is election year for Sri Lanka. A general election has to be held before August 5th 2020 for a new Government to rule the polarized and divided country of majority Sinhalese and minorities with Tamils and Sinhalese politically pitted against each other for the last 72 years. 

This election is unique and historical as the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his sibling Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have frankly declared their objectives to make Sri Lanka a SINHALA-BUDDHIST STATE, with Sinhalese considered being the owners of the Island, and Buddhism being the only religion that should be protected and fostered by the state.

Thanks to the President Gotabaya for being frank, honest and forthright, with non-acceptance, non-recognition and burial of the 72 years old ethnic problem. This mindset has sapped the country politically and drained it economically. This is like an ostrich burying its head under the sand and concluding nothing is visible and in existence around it.

The victims of this agenda of Sinhalization, Buddhisization coupled with Militarization, particularly Tamils waged all forms of resistances violent and non-violent and they were crushed with no mercy for the civilians by the rampant 99% Sinhalese dominated Security Forces. However, Parliamentary democracy, prevailed with Governments changing but each Government ensuring their victory by relying on racism, communalism, chauvinism and hegemony clinging to protection of Buddhism and Sinhala race with open discriminatory moves and policies aided by Maha Sanga [Myth] and Buddhist extremists. 

Not to be undone, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and opposition leader Sajith Premadasa are also vigorously pursuing these lethal weapons to achieve their political ambitions of power and position. President Gotabaya has declared his intent with no qualms to make Sri Lanka a SINHALA-BUDDHIST STATE and is proceeding with his agenda along with the assistance of Security Forces to silence the critics if any.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe promised to build 5,000 Buddhist Viharas in the North and East – the traditional and historical homeland of Tamils [where a few/no Buddhist live] while the Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa promised to protect Buddhism at any cost  to accelerate the Buddhisization in the North and East. 

In this debilitating process involving marginalization of minorities, it appears that no one, even International Community, United Nations, UN Human Rights Council can put a brake to this nazist style policy. Even India, home of Lord Buddha whose preaching’s are heard in day to day prayers of Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka, is turning a blind eye to the desperations of Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka who face a gradual extension..

However, the only available option for the minorities in Sri Lanka is to register their protests and voice their unanimous opposition with one voice in the upcoming general elections this year. In order to make this a reality, only parties with candidates who are bold, sincere, honest, determined and dedicated to the causes of all Tamil speaking [North, East, Upcountry and Muslims] as well as possessing the required courage and determination to put a halt to the Buddhisization and Sinhalisization and restore the status quo which existed in the Northern and Eastern Provinces before 2009. 

If one looks at the track record of Tamil parties, particularly Tamil National Alliance formed in 2002 with the promise of leading the Tamils after the defeat of the armed struggle by the Liberation tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE], it is crystal clear that all leaders have been functioning as empty vessels and engaged only in promoting their party and interests. Occasionally they make barren sounds and eloquent speeches in Parliament and in public to show the voters their existence as parties. In fact the failures and the reasons for them could be their lack of political courage, determination and a program of ground action and/or adoption of a submissive attitude and alternate policy of conciliation and good will which were neatly exploited by the successive Sinhala Buddhist Governments in power since 2009. 

The chauvinistic Sinhala Government’s machinery is rolling on pretty well knowing the sterile, faint and fragile position and strength of Tamil National Alliance and other Tamil political leaders.

At present, there are 20 Tamil political parties declaring to continue the struggle to win back the lost causes of Tamils. The latest party being Peoples Progressive Party formed on January 28, 2020 led by Arun Thambimuttu. Therefore we now have twenty Tamil leaders and all have declared their intentions to fight single handedly or aligning with one or two other parties after settling their competing demands like number of seats, choice of candidates etc. The survival of these parties depends on the survival and continuation of the sufferings and miseries of the Tamils which commenced in the worst forms during the civil war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE] and Sri Lankan Security Forces.

The mushroomed Tamil political parties’ leaders after 2009 put the blame on Tamil National Alliance’s {TNA’s} failure for their births. The stark truth is the existence of vacuum for a sincere and dedicated leadership. There is no denying of the fact that the leaders of these parties exploited the empty performances of TNA and formed their own parties all of which carry the familiar words ‘TAMIL’ or ‘NATIONAL’ and or ‘LIBERATION’. There is also no gainsaying of the truth that the leaders of these almost one man initiated parties are motivated and focussing only to boost their self-image, popularity and plant an individual mark in the traumatised Tamils’ history. Almost all of them have no agenda or ground map for action, except issuing timely statements updating the latest moves of Sinhala Government’s agenda of Sinhalisization and Buddhisization. Furthermore, unity has been a continuing cause of cancer afflicting the Tamil leaders and the body politic of Tamils since 1948. 

Several United Fronts including Memorandum of Understandings were formed and signed when all of them have been dumped in the quickest time. The latest act of unity was initiated on October 21, 2019 where six parties signed a Memorandum listing six demands for the Presidential candidates Gotabaya Rajapakshe and Sajith Premadasa. Both the demands and Memorandum are now consigned to dust bin and dead after their outright rejection by President Gotabaya and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa.

The present 20 leaders are continuing to weaken the causes of Tamils by infighting, jostling for chairs in Parliament, hurling abuses at each other, settling old scores and personal hostility while focusing to promote self-interests. It is therefore better late than never for the Tamil voters to pick, choose and elect young, aggressive and dedicated candidates who believe in ground action and face the challenges of Government and not contented with issuing mere statements shunning, hobnobbing and meeting with Government ministers, President or Prime Minister. It is to be noted that competing claims for the leadership of Tamil National Alliance are currently pushed by Sumanthiran and Wigneswaran. The need of the hour is young leaders who are capable to establish contacts with Foreign Diplomats and Dignitaries and convince them to help us in redressing the remedies for our grievances without further delay so as to not to sow the seeds for militancy among the Tamil youths. In this respect University Students can and should play the key role and lead in shaping the destiny of Tamils as has happened in some other countries. 

To sum up, it is opportune time for the desperate Tamils to pack up the part and time passing old politicians and pick up a new generation of young, energetic, sincere and courageous young leaders dedicated and committed to the causes of Tamils.

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    It is all Tamil greed, hatred, revenge and lies. I don’t think diaspora talk help even the Tamils living in Sri Lanka unless lay people sinhala are those specializing in compassion meditation.
    In Christian terms, Sri lanka is a secular country. Sri Lanka has given it’s over 2600 year religion ONLY THE FOREMOST PLACE and has not declared BUDDHISM AS THE STATE RELIGION. How come 99% buddhist Sri Lanka became 70% buddhist Sri Lanka. Is it not being destroyed by others ?
    The govt and only most of the Sinhala politicians SUPPRESS sinhala people saying DO NOT TALK the word Sinhala instead say Sri Lankan. On the other hand NGOs, International community and Minorities talk about and VISIT MINORITIES TO MINORITY POLITICS. Even the international community has double standard for sinhala and for minority ethnic groups. Anyway, Sinhala youth must Learn Sinhala and look for employment opportunities among Tamils.
    It is a shame that you remind politicians name as they do not have established any reputation as people WHO DO WHAT THEY TALK.
    FYI, i HEARD, there will be 145 political parties contesting. So, what will be the out come, even if voters understand. They will be asking minister posts. How do we overcome with politicians who say we give nominations to actors and actresses , drug lords, and wealthy criminals. I here one very socialist politician has a bank account of Rs 600 million all earned within 5 year period.
    Your only worth reading part is THE LAST PARAGRAPGH. Do not vote to imbeciles who are experts in embezzlement. Do not trust political parties or peramunas or fronts. They all play the same crooked and sinister game.

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      JD
      “Do not trust political parties or perumunas or fronts”.
      Thank you for your valuable advice to not vote for imbeciles.
      We Lankan voters will make sure to not vote for the Sri Lanka Poddujana Perumuna imbeciles in the coming elections.

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    Your asking help from the foreigners is working. I feel as you are a diaspora member, you are not writing for Tamils because, you are writing only part of the Tamil community.
    Sri Lankan political system or the Machinery is extremely polluted, corrupt system.
    Sri Lanka needs (assuming each represent only 100,000 voters). That is also questionable as politicians themselves say, meetings with the public always ask ONLY to solve their problems with the govt ADMINISTRATION which is used to not to work Sri Lanka needs only 130 politicians. There are more than one way to prove it. presidential election had only eligible voters including those who did not vote, votes rejected etc, are 13 million. Yet we have 225. These two 225 include those extras came to parties via the proportial system and they are not at all answerable to voters of an electorate. Then there national list MPs included in the party. They are making 145 new parties this time. Old parties can not win an election on their own. They all need alliances. IS IT DEMOCRACY OR JUST LACK OF DISCIPLINE and reigning ANARCHY at the top.
    Only a DICTATOR WHO DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND NGOs can solve this problem. I think, the HYBRID war is working behind to ruin the parliament.
    Rules need changing.

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    Did Sampandan get a house in colombo for his servitude to Ranil Wickramasinghe ?

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      “Did Sambandan get a house in Colombo for his servitude to RW?
      That is what TELO leaders Srikantha and Sivajilingam allege as the reason for their disappointing disassociation with the TNA.

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    K R

    There is no “ young aggressive and dedicated” Tamil in Srilanka willing to contest in the next election. Suppose you find one or two with some of your expectations to contest, Tamil voters won’t cast their votes to them because these Tamil voters are a peculiar “ chekku Maadukal “ who always go round and round of old idiotic cunning selfish federal party members. This is our history since 1956 elections!!

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    alleluia,
    at last the time is right for us tamils to join our unsoiled hands together and ensure that we elect smart honest tamil’s who are bold enough to contest in the Tamil spoken and also they must endeavor to enter parliament from the Colombo district electorates.
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    I wish all these Tamil/Muslim human gentlemen/ladies all the best and hopefully, it will be a poll which it has any malpractices for which the Yakko’s are well known to get their corrupt, criminal uncouth unsavory thugs into the hall of power.?
    =
    cheers, R. J.

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      Tamils Elect so called Leaders. They come take in the first opportunity duty free vehicles, dispose them with huge margins, and boast they are looking after the interest of Tamils. Great Sampanthan is also not an exception to this. If the Tamil Leaders have kept quiet, Tamils would have got more. Some Tamils live in Overseas enjoying life, talking about these issues in forums. It is game of becoming rich.

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    Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island ) need leaders who recognise the naked fact that the present demographic distribution of Tamils have made it impossible to create a SEPARATE Homeland and physical relocation of Tamils have become a historical necessity.

    Soma

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    Remember JR famously said “Each Tamil I killed, I will get 100 Sinhala votes. I am a politician, what you expect me to do?” UNP followed exact same path all along. Now UNP says that they lost because TNA supported them. Should it get more Racist than this for Tamils to simply boycott the parliament and use that time to help NE development? Why waste time to create stable state in Colombo? Just get MPs get elected, and gather in some building in NE on a regular basis, use all the MP privileges, use the time to deal with IC. Bring the Tamil plight to IC. Lot of work to be done there. No one focusing on that. Gather 100s of overseas lawyers and experts via technological means, and try to reach ICC, UN, UN agencies, friendly governments, and all helpers overseas. Nothing illegal there. As occupiers, racist Colombo has to maintain state functions on colonized land. Everything would happen as its now. Why waste MPs time to useless talk and educate permanent racist people.
    Instead strengthen NE human structures and lives until the day is ripe.
    Co-habitation with Sinhalese is a pipe dream that would never happen. Sinhalese demand and exercise all right in West, citizenship in 3-5 years but deny the same for, no 1 forex earner up country Tamils for 200+ years. Only right NE Tamils get is Genocide and Death. But country’s backbone is hardworking minorities. Recently a 85+ year old Sinhalese elderly who was an “orphan roaming boy or ice boy” in and around British army camps in Colombo in 1940s, wrote to Queen and started receiving British Military Pension. He was not even enlisted nor gone to school ever. Tamils received only banned chemical BOMBS and genocide in their own land. This shows how Sinhalese from top to bottom, use their entitlement in the world scene. If you hear diplomat Ravinath Ariyasinha speak in UN or Rev Cardinal start talk to media, its obvious.

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      Respondent Lakmal Perera states, “Remember JR famously said “Each Tamil I killed, I will get 100 Sinhala votes. I am a politician, what you expect me to do?” I refuse to believe that JR ever said the words attributed to him here; he was a smart enough politician to ever say something as stupid as that.

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    JR forced millions of Tamils out, Gota killed and destroyed half a million, and Sinhalese mostly talk now, why rest are not finished off yet. Does it deserves MPs to be in Sinhala Parliament? Gamini Dissanayake took train load of Sinhalese to destroy Jaffna library. He was Oxford educated. If Tamils see the pattern from 1948 till today, not a single self respectful Tamil would sit in Sinhala parliament. Up country Diga or Thonda won’t issue statements under threat if not for greed for a SEAT. Hard work of Tamils from 1948, would have landed them as a world class society. Fear of a Tamil Singapore next door, makes racists wet their sarongs.

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    Untill some one coes along in a millenium ” Wiggy” fits the bill

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      Tamil youth leaders did many stupid things during their heydays.
      CVW was a rather late entrant, but has shown that he can match the most idiotic of the Tamil youth leaders.

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    Dear Kumarathasan Rasingam,
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    As I said here:

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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/expanding-university-education-argument-for-an-asian-model-to-promote-eastern-knowledge/
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    your article has a noble title, but considered carefully, it is more than that. You have suggested the approach that Tamil voters ought to adopt to retain for themselves some self-respect, and ensure a life of some decency until this madness of “Sinhala-Buddhisisation” has run its course. People like me, who are committed to maintaining and re-building some degree of pluralism in our country, will all rejoice at what you have mapped out for us.
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    I hope that SJ and you will not protest too strongly at the apparent contradiction to be seen in my comments in this other article:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/my-humble-request-to-my-sinhala-brethren-especially-the-buddhists/
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    There I have had a few kind words for two much older Tamil politicians, C.V. Wiggie and R. Sampanthan. Well, the fact is that those two are more decent human beings than any politicians that we, Sinhalese, have come up with. I’m trying to recognise virtue when I see it. My comments there come quite early.
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    The fact is that at this moment I’m trying to defeat four pious crooks, three of them in Pharisaical cassocks, in a much smaller picture. The picture of the four S. Thomas’ schools where the diversity of the backgrounds is still being maintained.
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    Thanks, Rasingam for your civilised article.
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    Panini Edirisinhe (aka Sinhala_Man)

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