26 September, 2020

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Scots Have Voted! When Will Eelam Tamils Vote!!

By Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

The conduct and the outcome of the Scottish referendum for a separate state of Scotland has taught us many lessons. Beyond the outcome, peaceful campaign and management of the referendum are far reaching and is a lesson to be learnt by the pseudo democracies world over.

It is the will of the British parliament to accommodate a peaceful referendum for secession that must praised. The process was handled with mature sense throughout which is praiseworthy. There was no anti-Scot hate feelings let lose in the media or in the campaign. There was no police baton beating, not a bullet or tear gas being fired, there was no white vans or kidnaps or any form of physical violence. Instead all these were translated into responsible political debates and campaigns, paving the way for free and fair voting.

It was a very respectable campaign for a country that manages its affairs with an unwritten constitution. Respect for the views of the aggrieved, common-sense, mutual trust and to face the outcome with the broader shoulder were evident in the entire process of the referendum.

For the Scots, two issues were fundamental. Their Gaelic identity as a nation of people and their desire to govern themselves with their own fiscal strengths, as the heavily centralised financial control by the Westminster was an issue that were elementary to the campaign of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

The British media played a laudatory role to invoke mature debates on the Scottish separation. From the politicians and political pundits to ordinary civilians, all argued their views sensibly. When the first opinion poll gave a point lead to the ‘Yes’ vote, there was a sense of sadness amongst people in the South and it did not any way turn into highhanded anti-Scott/SNP tirades or animosities anywhere.

There was general fear that a ‘Yes’ vote will have serious consequences in political and economic sense for both the divide. The opinion poll in favour of the ‘Yes’ camp sent the initial shock wave through the financial market. If the ‘Yes’ vote had prevailed in the referendum, there would have been serious financial turmoil for the UK economy that could have led to unimaginable consequences.

Whilst I am writing this piece, one thought that overshadowed my thinking was why didn’t the tin-pot leaders of absurd democracies like Sri Lanka did not engage as spectators in the referendum process to understand the way a democracy should function on a very sensitive issue that involved parting of territorial sovereignty of a region.

A referendum of this nature is diabolical  for Sri Lanka and if there is a remote chance of this happening, the nation of Sri Lanka will be soaked in blood and the rabid crusaders will spearhead a campaign of vituperation of unimaginable scale. Without the guarantee of international security, a referendum of this kind cannot happen in Sri Lanka. The very entrenched government machinery would have undermined the effort to make it free and fair.

In the Scottish referendum campaign pro ‘Yes’ campaigners argued their case very well. They made use of the length of time since the announcement of the referendum to undertake a very interactive campaign. Whereas the ‘No’ camp pitched their campaign only lately. SNP leader Alex Salmond said the Scottish referendum is a “once in a generation opportunity” and results showed the demand for separation had grown from 10% thirty years ago to 45% a week ago in the referendum.

Though the Westminster was accused of spreading a fear campaign about the separation, the campaign on the whole was a mature process of claims and counter claims by both the parties.

Scots were promised wide raging devolution to the scale of a federal governance by the Westminster leadership in the campaign. The Labour Party that has major say in Scotland would have been the victim if Scotland had separated as they would have lost sizeable chunk of parliamentarians in the House of Commons. The composition of elected MP’s from Scotland in the 2010 election will confirm the scale of damage for the Labour Party.

Stat UKThe former Prime Minister Gordon Brown was praised for his mature campaign to influence the voters. Even Prime Minister David Cameron’s emotional appeal to the Scots went very well despite the Tories accounting for one parliamentarian from Scotland.

There is also need to consider a comparative analysis between the demand for referendum by the Scots and their counterparts Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The charter of the UN under article 1 states that: UN is ‘To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace’. The Scots wanted this right to be exercised, though they did not suffer physical or mental persecution under Westminster rule. Their right to self determination was progressively recognised to the extent of some decision making powers being devolved to the Holyrood and though symbolic they successively gained recognition to use the Scottish currency notes in par with the British sterling pounds.

Though there is historical parallels between the Scots and the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Tamils faced heavy handedness of the state of Sri Lanka to exercise their right of self determination. The British, handsomely handed over the exclusive territorial control to Colombo at independence without any regard to the separate sovereignties that existed when it took control of the island. It thought, the adequate safeguards in the Soulbury constitution will progressively transform Sri Lanka into a mature democracy. But all what happened in the post era was the hegemonic crusade of the majority exerting its overall control over all the minorities and Tamils became the primary persecuted race in the country.

If Scots were given the opportunity to exercise their right to self determination, its counterparts – the Tamils in Sri Lanka, have  much greater claim under the same right as there are a systematically persecuted race. The right exercised by the Scots will never materialise  for the Tamils due to the stubborn internal and regional constraints. However, if Tamil politics take a mitigating path to gain federal arrangement within Sri Lanka or to join India, there will be some hope of a referendum with international engagements.

The outcome of the Scottish referendum was a right one and was in the best interest Scots themselves. Business is normal in the United Kingdom following the referendum and the promises of wider devolution to the extent of federal states for the union regions and even to the English towns and villages will be a process from now onwards in the UK, whilst Tamils in the north will be struggling to manage the Northern Provincial government with the excessive outmanoeuvring and skulduggery of the state.

Persecution of the Tamils will continue until they are brought to the subservient standard to a manageable minority.

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    This is a futile attempt to compare chalk with cheese. The Tamils in Sri Lanka are no different to their counterparts in Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji etc. It’s time they realized that they are a minority and must learn to be part of the System.
    Thus far, no further.

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      L. Perera,

      What “System” have you referred to? Can you be more specific please? Is it a democratic System or a Sinhala Buddhist hegemonic system? What is it?

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    Jeyadevan

    “Scots Have Voted! When Will Eelam Tamils Vote”

    You are day dreaming.

    You need to learn to Crawl then Walk before you Run.

    We have just been born and things are moving in the right direction. Referendum only works in a Civilised Democracy. Sinhala Lanka is neither Civilised nor Democratic. Changes have to be forced on Sinhala Lanka.
    The master has spoken.

    ” Modi has already conveyed the message to the Headless THUG that he means business when it comes to the implementation of the 13th Amendment and there is no compromise.

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      Kali – You mentioned in your comments that Mr. Modi has asked the President to implement the 13th A but are you aware that a website carried an article captioned “IMPORTANCE OF PSC AND 13A’ and it said that Mr. Modi has stressed the need to resume PSC. and he had further stated that all leading political parties (including JVP & JHU ) should meet to resolve the Tamil issue, making a mockery of the whole issue, if that really happened. Do not know whether this report is true or not but TNA ,you may remember, has bragged in the media that in their meeting with Mr.Modi,in Delhi, prior to the Modi/Rajapakse meeting at the UN,that they were able to convince him that that PSC
      is non functional as most parties do not take part in the meetings
      and that he assured that he will get the SL govt. to implement the
      13A in full and the BJP delegates who made an official visit to SL recently said the same thing about implementation of 13 A

      Based on the above press reports,the Tamils of N/E sincerely expected that the President may present a solution on his return but the above media report would have upset the people as it looks like that Mr. Modi has brought the Tamil issue, back to square one. In fairness to the Tamils, TNA should make a clear statement as to whether this report
      is true and if so, whether Mr.Modi has back tracked on his assurances.
      Popularity is at stake if TNA does not make a clear statement to the people as to what transpired at the Modi/TNA meeting. Are the Tamils
      Taken for another ride is the question.?

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        Lanka Watch

        The Prime Modi’s assertion according SL news is a spin and is not supported by official statement of India or Indian media reporting.

        India’s External Ministry spokesperson Akbarseen very openly said what was expected from Sri Lanka. What is reported on US meeting of the two leaders is one way story of Sri Lanka.

        Sri Lanka specialises in manufacturing stories and the rabid media props it up and persons like you are the real victims to believe them 100%.

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          Silverline,

          What you said may be correct but why TNA always
          maintain stoic silence when external affairs ministry personnel
          or ministers make such bold releases. Why don’t TNA confront them in the TV or media and keep the people informed of the actual happenings as they could lose their popularity by staying silent.
          This is what the Govt is expecting to happen as there is no way
          TNA cannot be defeated by votes in N/E.

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        A very interesting article on 13th Ammendment by young man Kumaravadivel Guruparan (C.W.W. Kannangara Merit Award from the President-Island 3rd Arts stream A/L 2004. 1st in Jaffna District. http://www.jaffnahindu.org/php/imggal/displayimage.php?album=3&pos=3 )

        http://sangam.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Article_on_13A_for_Junior_Bar_Law_Review_Oct_2013.pdf

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    All what we could learn here is that this country is filled with racism and racists who need many more generations to understand human values and self determination. There are significant number of people who believes that Tamils history in this land extends only to British ruling. All majority politicians know how to convert racism into a political victory and not to suprise current regime is hopeful for their next term despite being widely critised

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    I have news for all the Sinhalese MORONS:

    Stop gloating over the Temporary difficulty faced by Jeyalalitha. But this has come at the worst time for MR as BJP is now working hard to build its power base in Tamil Nadu and the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is a vote winner.

    Even Modi has given his support to the beleaguered Jeyalalitha and these are empty words as they were conveyed by Loony Swami.

    You are BORN LOSERS.

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      stupid kali, you stupid tamils are born incompetent idiotic losers…remember vellamullavaikal slaughter??? if you stupid tamils had a brain as small as a madatiya ete then you would have saved lot of tamil fools there

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        ela kolla

        The medicine has worked keep taking the prescribed dose and you will be cured. Take it 4 times a day for as long as you live. Hopefully you wont be blacked out by the Moderator.

        You are BORN LOSERS.

        to complete your CV

        THUGS
        CRIMINALS
        LOOTERS
        RAPISTS
        LIARS
        BRIBERS

        Adi Paniyum coolies.

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          stupid kali, you’ve not improved a bit in terms of using your brain…sorry i forgot, you don’t have a brain in between your ears

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        ela kolla idiot.

        I give you credit for confirming that you are the Number 1 Moron.

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          kali banistani

          Tamil speaking Sinhalam

          “I give you credit for confirming that you are the Number 1 Moron.”

          If true are you the number 2. Congratulations.

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            GRANDA:

            You are definitely senile. What else do you expect when you are in your late seventies who cant differentiate A Sinkala Moron. There are 20 million of you around. The more you are attacked the more become agitated and don’t worry that it is normal in half animals.

            But you have come forward and you are Moron No 2. I also know now that you have a soft spot for ela the kola.

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              kali fool, i have to remind you again the thousands of your tamil relatives slaughtered like dogs in 2009…

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          kali fool, i have to remind you again the thousands of your tamil relatives slaughtered like dogs in 2009

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            ela kolla you half animal

            First of all the only human race which is half animal and half human is your race. Even African women never produced an off spring breeding with an animal.
            That said Hitler slaughtered 6 million Jews and died in a Bunker and look at the Jews they control the World.You killed 140,000 at Nanthikadal but your Boss the Headless THUG claims he rescued all the Tamils.

            Which is correct you IDIOT yours or the THUGs

            I am waiting for you to admit you are half ANIMAL before you go on spreading hate. Bloody ANIMAL.

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            ela kolla half animal ( Cross Breed between Lion & Primitive Human )

            Who is the Liar you or your Boss the Headless THUG from Hambanthotta Jungle. Answer it you IDIOT.

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        LOL
        Undoubtedly Ela kollas brain is be smaller than the samallest tamil brain plus Ela kolla has the smelliest madatiya eta.

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          roy fool, you are not alone …you have the dumbest fool to accompany you

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        ela kolla ( half animal)

        Do you know that animals don’t have any brain therefore no thinking power and you have a dominant ANIMAL Gene. SAD .
        Intelligence is not something you can buy from a Shop. You either have it or don’t. In your case it is the latter. Feel free to admit Moderator wont edit you out. I will have a word with him to allow you to confess.

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          kali fool, i wonder you were born during the times of indian army occupation in north…check your DNA….[Edited out]

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            ela kolla you Half Animal: Does it ever haunt you that Sinkalam is the only Race on this Planet which is half ANIMAL. No wonder you behave and speak like an animal.

            You haven’t answered my question man. You are indeed half animal and that is why you are jumping from tree to tree.
            It is your DNA that needs to be checked to see which is the Dominant one. The Lions or the Primitive Woman. It is the first and that is why you have this ANIMAL instinct. What do you eat Humans or other animals. I think a mixture of both.
            By the way where do you sleep. Is it under a tree in the Hambanthotta Jungle.

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              kali fool, i know for sure you were born during the times of indian army occupation in north. that’s the reason you sound more shittynadu

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            ela kolla

            You better check your DNA. You will see DNA of people of Erivirrar Patnam are consistent with yours.

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              GRANDAD:

              I am not sure if we can check your DNA at your age. But if we can it will show an Animal Gene and man you cant get away from it.
              Learn to live with Historical Truth and it hurts. I feel sorry for you lot.

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                kali banistani

                You too must check your DNA and you will see a greater affinity with ela kolla. Your ancestors too must have come from Erivirrar Patnam.

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                  stupid fruit salad vedda, go back to your cave

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              stupid vedda, it’s certain that you’re a fruit salad…no need to go looking for your identity…because if you find it, you’ll cry

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      Poor Gali, seems to have gone full retard after yet another ‘unrivalled leader of We Thamizh’ showed its true colours and bit the dust :D Cry baby cry :D

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        Sarma Sinkalam

        Moron No 3.

        3 Down and 20 million to come forward. CT wont have space.

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          kali banistani

          “CT wont have space.”

          Your name will be counted from 2 to 20 million

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            GRANDAD:

            Even though you are in your laate seventies you are spot on

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          I know it’s too late for you now but you should never go full retard, Gali :D

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            Sarma SINKALAM

            It is hurting isnt it. Keep taking the medicine and it can only get better. [Edited out]

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              Why are you posting the note you got from the STD clinic here, Gali? Has the syphilis finally managed to reach your brain, presumably with great difficulty, considering its size and..unusual..location towards your posterior :D

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                Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

                “Why are you posting the note you got from the STD clinic here, Gali?”

                He does care about you. Probably he was wondering whether you had been to the same brothel and hired the same male/female prostitute.

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                Sinkalam:

                Ellam Inba Mayam

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      [Edited out]

      Where is this Elam you speak of . can I buy a plane ticket to visit your imaginary paradise.

      Cheers

      Abhaya

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        never mind buying a plane ticket to imaginary paradise Eelam
        you can’t buy a plane ticket to your real paradise Hambantota

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    Loser, it is not “Elam” Tamils who should vote. It is TAMIL NADU Tamils.

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      Tamodaya Madaiya;

      At least you know who the spokesperson is for the Tamils. Well done we are getting closer.

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    If you believe that there is genuine democracy is practiced in the island of SriLanka (Illankai) you should agree that North East people should be given an opportunity to express their opinion about self determination of Tamils. The leaders represented Sinhalese of the island have categorically and lawfully accepted that North East of Sri Lanka is predominantly a traditional homeland for Tamils of Sri Lanka. Banda-Selva pact, Dudley-Chelva pact, Indo-Lanka accord and Oslo agreement between SriLanka and LTTE, All party conclusions of Rajapakse are real evidence for this truth.

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    One note of caution:

    Not all buddhists in Lanka spoke Sinhala; and not all kovils were built and attended by Tamil speakers.

    Buddhism in South Asia was a multi-ethnic faith, as was (and still is) worship at kovils.

    Thus any analysis that is predicated upon the logic that if it’s buddhist it has to have been Sinhalese, and if it’s hindu it has to have been Tamil is flawed.

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    It’s a folly and stupid to compare the Scottish with the Tamils of Sri Lanka. However it’s not surprising coming from this author.

    Secondly Alex Salmond made a tactical error by seeking a referendum from the Scottish people. If there was a referendum in England to vote “whether Scotland should continue to be part of the union” The result would have been a resounding NO and Scotland would have got there independence with their own currency

    How many Sinhalese would vote to give a separate stare to the Tamils, even though the Tamils have voted for a separate state in every general election fought on Separatist manifesto since 1959 and as recently as in the PC election

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    Hurt by Jayalalitha going to jail!

    Self immolation Tamils in SL?

    Tamils’ hope of an Indian PM dashed! :(

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      Tamodaya Madaiaya:

      Modi was charged by US of Genocide and banned from going to US. See where he is now shaking hands with the President of the Mightiest Nation.
      It is the power of India that has made it possible but the diference with your Lanka is that you have no power except a “Pichai Pathiram” . 620 Billion Dollars in debt to Cheenavedi.

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    Scots may have voted. So have the people from Qubec. Not once but twice.

    So comparing the GOSL to the British Govt. is nothing but stupid. Tamils might get to vote may be in 800 years time.

    Be realistic.

    Donald Gnanakone
    Tamils For Justice.

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      Donald

      LTTE compared other struggles and finally lost. The frustrating lost syndrome must have opened your mind broader now.

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      We may not live DG, but in 80 yearstoo it can happen

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      Wisdom has sunk in to Gnanakoon after the final battle in 2009.

      Keep it up.

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    Jayadevan,

    Just to alert you to my response to the last comment in our mutual excanges (Oct 1st). Unfortunately it is now in the “Older comments” section – and thought you may miss that, unless of course an option in CT sent you an automatic alert.

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