23 September, 2018

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Solidifying Legitimacy For An Independent Tamil Eelam

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

TGTE’s intervention, challenging Sri Lanka’s 6th Amendment at the UN Human Rights Committee would have the necessary effect, regardless of Sri Lanka’s response and the likelihood of it citing sovereignty issues – the usual lame excuse that it hides under. The observations and recommendations the UN body could make would have a formidable and favourable impact very definitely on correcting false perceptions; to quote TGTE’s Prime Minister, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, “we believe this campaign will contribute to solidify the legitimacy of Tamils’ campaign for an independent state. It will also mobilize and solidify the soft power of the Tamils.”  

Mounting a Challenge to Sri Lanka’s 6th Amendment

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will be mounting a challenge to Sri Lanka’s 6th Amendment to the constitution by filing a ‘communication’ with the UN Human Rights Committee. Sri Lanka’s 6th amendment, “criminalizes peaceful advocacy for an independent state.”  The ‘communication’ has been signed by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam (Red.), former Judge of the High Court of Madras, India and Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran. At this time the TGTE is making a “clarion call” to all lawyers across the globe to lend their support to this ‘communication’ it is filing. 

The Historical Parallel

This remonstration by lawyers to the 6th Amendment, and their readiness to support and demonstrate their willingness to providing implicit legal representation to this initiative to challenge a repugnant law, by adding their name, has in fact a historical parallel. It is “reminiscent” Rudrakumaran told Taylor Dibbert for the Huffington Post, “of Sri Lanka’s 1976 Trial-at-Bar proceedings taken up against Tamil political leaders, at the time, for distributing to the public, copies of the Vaddukoddai Resolution.” The Vaddukoddai Resolution, a landmark declaration of enormous significance, affirmed by all the Tamil political parties, who came together in Pannakam, Vaddukkoddai, to make the clarion call for the restoration and reconstitution of an independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam. At the Trial-at-Bar, a “record” 70 odd lawyers, including the late SJV Chelvanayagam, then leader of the Federal Party, the late GG Ponnambalam, then leader of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress and the late Senator, M. Thiruchelvam, represented the Tamil leaders, charged with handing out seditious material.

6th Amendment a Violation of ICCPR Ratified By Sri Lanka integral to UN’s International Bill of Human Rights

The 6th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution is a grave violation of freedom of thought and conscience and freedom of speech provided in Article 18 and 19 and of the right of self-determination, enshrined in article 1 of the 1966 UN treaty referred to as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Sri Lanka in June 1980. 

Furthermore the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its 2 Optional Protocols together form an integral part of the International Bill of Human Rights, the other components being the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all formulated in pursuance of United Nations General Assembly resolutions.

Prof Boyle Calls on His Colleagues to Support this “Breakthrough Initiative”

Prof Boyle, renowned international lawyer, “encouraging” his colleagues to come on board said he was signing “this breakthrough initiative” among other, because, the right to self determination for Eelam Tamils was at stake here: “The right to self-determination for the Eelam Tamils is at stake here and that is certainly why I am going to sign and why I would encourage all my legal colleagues to sign. This is an extremely important initiative, a breakthrough initiative, and I think everyone has to be behind it,” Boyle said. Article 1 of ICCPR per se guarantees that, “all peoples have the right of self-determination,” and that, “by virtue of that right, they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Rudrakumaran Confident Tamils Would Opt for Independent State If 6th Amendment is Repealed

Rudrakumaran strongly believes that the overwhelming mandate the Vaddukoddai Resolution received in the 1977 general election, “remains valid” and still stands, considering that subsequent, “elections since 1977 were held under the imposed parameters of the 6th Amendment.” As reiterated by Rudrakumaran to Dibbert, the TGTE sees, the island wide proposed referendum on the new constitution that’s being drafted, without freedom to articulate the Tamil people’s political aspirations for an independent state, to be truly undemocratic, viewing TGTE’s challenge to be a “timely” intervention. “If a referendum is to be held, it should be held in an unhindered, open political space. Otherwise it is a sham exercise,” Rudrakumaran told Dibbert, never doubting the Tamils in the island would opt for an independent state if the question was put to them freely, Rudrakumaran reiterated:   

“During the subsequent general elections of 1977, the Vaddukoddai Resolution was put forward to the people and a mandate was sought by the united Tamil political leadership at the time. The Tamils in the North-East all vehemently voted in favor of the resolution and gave a resounding mandate. All elections since 1977 have been held under the imposed parameters of the Sixth Amendment. This implies that the mandate given by the people at the 1977 general election, the last time elections were held in an open political space, remains a valid one. If anyone today wants to claim that the Tamil people have given up their political aspirations for an independent Tamil state, I dare them to resign their position and contest elections after repealing the Sixth Amendment or to conduct a referendum after repealing the Sixth Amendment.”

6th Amendment Does Not Prohibit a Call for its Repeal

Keyed up by events on the ground in the homeland and the resounding success of the rallies held by “Eluga Tamil” movement, both in Jaffna and in Batticaloa, the TGTE expects lawyers in the homeland to also part-take in this initiative, with Rudrakumaran asking them to bear in mind the 6th amendment prohibits a call for an independent state but does not prohibit anyone from campaigning for its repeal.

Cry for Independence

For 69 long years, successive Sinhala governments have been relentlessly pursuing and perpetrating acts of genocide on the Tamil people; the marginalization of these people was systematically engineered. Slowly the Tamil people became a subjugated and persecuted race. All peaceful protests by them against discrimination were violently crushed; numerous state sponsored pogroms were unleashed at them. It took some brave youth, nearly 3 decades, after constant repression, to mount an armed rebellion that lasted another 3 decades, one that was defeated in May of 2009 through large scale and indiscriminate bombing, intentional and intensive shelling of the ‘no fire zones’, use of illegal and chemical weaponry, summary executions and the wanton killing of civilians; of even children, including deprivation of food and medical aid; one that can be best described as a holocaust with documentation to prove it.

The mass atrocities carried out against these oppressed people, fighting for the right to self-determination, have gone unpunished.  The blatant land grabs and state sponsored, often calculated colonization of their historical habitats, intended to change the demography of the area with a view to obliterating this ethnic community hasn’t ceased; the disappearances, incarceration, torture and rape endured by these people haven’t ended;  the use of the still not repealed ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act to imprison persons without charge for an indefinite period of time and tortured to extract confessions without being able to see a lawyer, continues; the brutality and coercion of an already large and ever expanding and menacing occupying army that still holds sway in Tamil areas, go unchecked. This together with majoritarian Sinhala Buddhist governments, ruling the roost, amounting to what can be described as unremitting hegemony over a people who are virtually held against their will, has been the story of their lives.

No Federal Arrangement, TNA Sworn to Secrecy to the Detriment of Tamils – Tamil People increasingly Skeptical of Outcome 

From their stubborn stance to maintaining a unitary system, new regime or old, there’s no hope a political solution akin to a federal arrangement, will be offered.  A federal system of government being the second option of the Tamil people, in view of the existence of the 6th Amendments which prohibits them opting for separation. It is on a federal manifesto that the TNA campaigned at the last and previous general elections and won a mandate, but they themselves, in an act of betrayal are backtracking from the federal model with talks of continuing the unitary nature of the state and going for province based rule (But not mentioning the extent of the powers devolved), and the acceptance of both national and provincial sovereignty – Mr. Sampanthan’s latest shocker revealed in an interview he gave in Tamil to IBC, not a word about the powers of the president and or the central government. On the 22nd of February, Sampanthan speaking in parliament, for the record, went through an epic list of broken promises (one which he has done before) and the views of India, the Co-Chairs and the US et al pertaining to past political solutions – but not a word about the specific political system he is backing or expecting.  

Unlike the Tamil People’s Council, the TNA has not been transparent with their dealings with the Tamil people. The TNA has already started talking for an island wide referendum without telling the people what’s in it, having taken an oath of secrecy at steering committee level, they have kept the people second guessing their every move, but for how long? They have been muzzled to the extent the silence on the actual contents of the constitution envisaged, is deafening. The TNA, I am afraid has been pushed into a corner involuntarily or voluntarily and could be in a jam without them knowing it. It would seem they have almost agreed to something, without consultations and without taking the Tamil people with them, weakening their position entirely to the detriment of the Tamil people. What if it might be a glorified arrangement that might amount to nothing, that might put the Tamil people in a worse off state?  This raises the fundamental question as to the rationale for TNA’s seemingly over confident demeanour, supporting a countrywide referendum on the constitution that is perplexing to say the least. People on the other hand are increasingly skeptical of the outcome of the constitutional exercise. 

Tamil People Must Say No to a Referendum on the Constitution, Some Tamil Leaders Abetting Deception Must be Stopped

TGTE is against conducting a referendum on the constitution. In his 2017 New Year message, Rudrakumaran warned the Tamil people of the, “Sinhala attempt to defeat the Tamil people by giving effect to the new constitution with their consent.” Also warning them of the, “dangers of some of the Tamil leaders themselves saying the new constitution is beneficial to the Tamils, thereby hiding the conspiracy of the Sinhala state,” Rudrakumaran implored, categorically stating, “to stop the Tamil leaders in their tracks from abetting this deception is the Tamil people’s Responsibility in 2017.”

TGTE’s Twin Goals: Securing Justice and Achieving a Referendum, Not Country Wide But Only for the People of the NorthEast and the Eelam Diaspora

The TGTE has two primary objectives, both vital and indispensable for forging ahead with building a truly egalitarian, fair, law abiding, secure and prosperous society that espouses democratic and equitable principles – one, securing justice for the victims of the continuing genocide taking place in Sri Lanka, the other to achieving a Scottish style “Independence” referendum conducted by the UN.

Not including those who had to flee pogroms, seeking refuge elsewhere, most of whom are not prepared to forgo their stake in their beloved motherland, often labeled separatists and worse still terrorists, despite their peaceful advocacy for equitable power sharing based on justifiable and legitimate grounds, there’s no denying, on the other side of the spectrum, the much depleted but significant number of Tamil people living in the homeland, haven’t got the political space to freely articulate their political aspirations. Most specifically they lack the freedom to peacefully advocate for an independent state; to actually free themselves from the unrelenting stranglehold and domination successive Sinhala regimes have imposed on them.

It was in this context, after the 2009 genocide, that the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was formed. The TGTE has always maintained that the Eelam Diaspora is part of the Tamil nation constituting a nation of people, as Prime Minister would say: they are “two sides of the same coin.”  The lack of any political space in the Tamil homeland is what makes them different.

In my article: captioned, “At Last diaspora Eelam Tamils recognized to vote on Separate Eelam,” I wrote of the resolution passed by the Tamilnadu State assembly: “The Tamil Nadu State Assembly during the time Jayalalithaa was Chief Minister, “in a historic move, unanimously passed a resolution, bringing in arrangements at the level of the UN Security Council to conduct a referendum among Eezham Tamils in the island as well as in the diaspora on the question of a Separate Eelam. In addition the resolution demanded the Government of India to stop calling Sri Lanka a friendly country. The resolution also included the earlier demands ie., Independent International Investigations on Genocide and War Crimes as well as imposition of economic sanctions on Sri Lanka.” 

Read my article on, “Follow UK’s Example – Hold That Referendum On Independence In The NorthEast“, where the UK bowed to the aspirations of the Scottish people articulated in 2011 general election mandate the SNP received: “..that the United Kingdom (UK) government (and the Westminster Parliament), despite campaigning hard for a “NO” vote, did not place obstacles but bowed to the Scottish people’s aspirations articulated in the 2011 General Election win for the Scottish National Party (SNP), and cooperated to holding a referendum, to leave it to the people’s will, speaks volumes for the triumph of democracy; indeed speaks volumes for a triumph for self-determination; for decency, for peace. Why can’t Sri Lanka follow UK’s example and hold that referendum on independence in the NorthEast and Let the People Decide.. either way.”

And since the Brexit vote, Scotland’s First Minister has announced that a fresh referendum is highly likely, Scotland expressing its opposition to leaving the EU.

Sri Lanka’s Response and UN Human Rights Committee’s Observations

Fortunately, the UN Human Rights Committee is best positioned to address this challenge to the 6th Amendment and give its observations. The UN Human Rights Committee, not to be confused with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), is the UN body established to monitor the implementation of ICCPR. The body meets three times a year and expects State parties to submit a report, “one year after accession and whenever it asks for one,” usually every four years,” on the progress, or lack thereof, it has made in implementing  and complying with its obligations under the treaty.  After which, the Committee would, “examine each report and address its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of concluding observations.” The Committee has also, from time to time, by way of interpreting the articles, made ‘general comments’ and ‘general recommendations’.

One anticipates and desires Sri Lanka would be forced to submit its report and compelled to respond to the Committee with respect to this challenge mounted by TGTE. More critically, the TGTE would be very interested to find out the Committee’s own final observations and recommendations. Whether raising sovereignty issues would work for Sri Lanka this time on, like how it does time and time again, is another issue. As for Rudrakumaran, he holds little hope that Sri Lanka would demonstrate the kind of, “moral courage” expected of civilized nations.

Observations Would Solidify Legitimacy for an Independent State; A Referendum in which the Tamil People Cannot Truly Articulate Their Aspirations is a Sham

In the interview he gave Taylor Dibbert, Rudrakumaran very clearly articulates TGTE’s belief that the challenge to the 6th Amendment and the resulting observations the UN Human Rights Committee is expected to make would very definitely, “solidify the legitimacy of the Tamils’ campaign for an independent state. Furthermore he points out, a referendum, while the 6th Amendment is in force, which prohibits the Tamils people from articulating their political aspirations freely, is a sham:

“While this campaign is predominantly a legal one, it also has a political dimension. We believe this will contribute to solidify the legitimacy of the Tamils’ campaign for an independent state. It will also mobilize and solidify the soft power of the Tamils… It is our belief that given the present Sri Lankan government’s duplicitous political exercise of drafting a new constitution and a call for a referendum, this campaign is a timely one. The Sixth Amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution prohibits the Tamils to articulate their political aspirations freely. If a referendum is to be held, it should be held in an unhindered, open political space. Otherwise it is a sham exercise…” Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran 

TGTE in the Thick of Action in 2017

Just as Rudrakumaran had promised in his new year message, the “TGTE would be in the thick of action,” in 2017, as always, in a mainly two pronged effort which includes the following:

1. “strengthening the process of seeking justice before the international community,” and simultaneously,

2. “exposing the conspiracy by the government of Sri Lanka in the form of a new constitution.”

In this regard, while, the Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) is “shining a light” on Sri Lanka’s non-compliance of UN HRC Resolution 30/1, releasing its damning 2nd spot report with recommendations, the work  towards, “solidifying legitimacy for an independent state,” through the filing of a ‘communication’ at the UN Human Rights Committee, challenging the 6th Amendment, is being vigorously pursued.

And as Prime Minister Rudrakumaran, “looks forward to the support of the Tamil people across the world for our efforts in this direction,” as well as lawyers,” I cannot reiterate how absolutely critical this initiative is for bringing international understanding , support and further legitimacy for our work. The support we get would only strengthen our case. The Human Rights Committee’s observations and recommendations, it is hoped, would call upon Sri Lanka to comply with its treaty obligations, on the grounds it runs afoul of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights it has subscribed to – this treaty being a key component of the International Bill of Human Rights.

To be continued..

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  • 8
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    Can we start with a definition of Eelam, geographically, ethnically and politically, then its implications, then its feasibility, and then in that context all speculative claims including those of the writer and the “TGTE”.

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    Minister Samaraweera, who allegedly had talks with these folks must now clarify how a federal state will not eventually lead to separation. It is only idiots like Samaraweera who would think rest of the world can’t see the separatist agenda of pro-LTTE groups.
    Thanks heaps for this article CT.

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      Nuwan

      “Minister Samaraweera, who ……………….. must now clarify how a federal state will not eventually lead to separation. “

      Simple.

      Unless Hindia is being relocated near China, a federal state will not eventually lead to separation.

      You should have understood this simple Hindian strategic policy which Hindia is consistently maintaining for the past 69 years, no Eelam.

      Did you think it was the little islanders who single handedly stopped this island being divided into two separate countries, under the war criminals, MR, Gota, Fonseka, and by Jegath Dias, Kamal, Svendra, …… ?

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        The English language is a patch work of languages like its constitution
        No wonder you are still stuck deep down in the mud-hole.-till you evaporate!
        How sad isn’t it?

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    Sinhale politicians from South were never intelligent people. At the very beginning, they expressed their all concerns. So, if the southern politicians were patriotic, they would have sided with the west and made Sinhala the Only Official language and should have asked Tamils to learn Sinhala if they wanted employment, Sinhaa flag would have stayed Sinhala, Country would have Sinhale.

    Secondly, Sinhale should not have changed the constituion in 1972 severing connections with Britian. That would have helped to stay as a country without satisfying indian political interests of playing into Tamil Tribalism.

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      I 100% agree with your statement: “Sinhale politicians from South were never intelligent people.”

      Sometimes you do say intelligent things !

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      These people like frog in the well: these people must go out see the outside civilized world how the democracy works and how people live happily and peacefully: Canada is a good example where English speaking people and French speaking people live under a federal system of government;
      Please read this the Genocide of Tamils and judge for yourself the reasons for a separate state for Tamils
      https://www.academia.edu/29486541/Importance_of_an_Independent_Homeland_for_Tamils_in_Sri_Lanka_Genocide_of_Tamils_in_Sri_Lanka?auto=download

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    We all have hobbies in retirement and this is Usha’s. Look at that picture, she was so pretty when she was young, even her name (Usha means the Dawn) is beautiful. Now in her old age she fills her last years with hatred and vengeance. That is no way to prepare for the next life. If she is lucky though she might be reborn as a Sinhala Buddhist!

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      To be reborn as a dumb Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist would be the most unfortnate thing that can happen to her.

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        Sammy:

        At least she will have a country of her own.

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          SINHALESE DONT HAVE A COUNTRY OF THEIR WON AND THEY WILL NEVER.

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      Ooops! This is sexism!
      This is also anti-geriatrism!

      Not an enlightened comment to read.

      We will never forget how Usha acted as Madhavi. She sang and danced classical and got married soon after. She writes such good English, sings and dances classical.

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        If her father in law was alive he would have caned her for joining the wretched tiger – former commissioners son a piece of meat.

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      Taraki

      “We all have hobbies in retirement and this is Usha’s.”

      Do you?

      Apart from championing Sinhala/Buddhist racist causes (yet to be defined, bashing Tamils, gloating war criminals, defending MR, clan and cronies despite their record on neo con, ….. ) what sort of other hobbies do you waste your time on?

      “If she is lucky though she might be reborn as a Sinhala Buddhist!”

      Oh dear, please wish her being born a Sinhalese and/or Buddhist not the racist Sinhala/Buddhist, as one of you.

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        Fact: Only porrikies of Bombay speak in Tamil.
        I am yet to hear well to do Indian Tamils of north India speak Tamil outside of home.-
        its dying by the day even in their homes.
        You ruined it by letting in a catholic crusader from Malaysia bring in the war. His son Chandra finally live with his Sinhalese secretary.

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      Taraki,
      Please quote her exact words of “hatred and vengeance”.
      You owe it to all writing here.

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    Does anyone take Transnational government of Tamil Bullsh1t Eelam pantomime jokers seriously???

    As usual, ship load of bullsh1t by Usha Sri Scumbadaraja.

    You Damn fools must explain how you fund TGTE terrorists group.

    Ush, you give dumb Tamils “Moda Choon”.

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      Johnny boy

      “Does anyone take Transnational government of Tamil Bullsh1t Eelam pantomime jokers seriously???”

      Not really, not any wise or intelligent person, except you.

      “As usual, ship load of bullsh1t by Usha Sri Scumbadaraja.”

      When did she meet you? Bloody hell, did she find ship load of bull s**t from your head?

      “You Damn fools must explain how you fund TGTE terrorists group.”

      Please contact KP who initiated or founder leader of TGTE after receiving lots of advice from Hinidans.

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    Usha,

    I am part of the Tamil diaspora and my children (born abroad) are not at all interested in Sri Lankan/Tamil politics.This applies to my relatives/friends children as well.

    Our problem has to be solved by Tamils born and living within Sri Lanka.

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      Thamilan
      Why do you call yourself Thamilan?
      There are many diaspora Tamils with Sri Lankan citizenship and interested in the affairs of the Sri Lankan Tamils. It is the diaspora Tamils who could help their kith and kin in Sri Lanka. The atmosphere in the North and East at present are not the same as was before the war.
      The people in the North are more greedier than before, no social justice, falsehood prevails from young to old. Cheating and cutting other mans throat is a common feature. The government is adding fuel to the fire. Drug habits among the school children is much prevalent and destroying the Tamil community very rapidly. Jaffna doesn’t seem to be a region belonging to the Tamils.

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        Sellam,

        Yes. I am a Thamilan from Yarlpanam.

        I comment on the real situation in Sri Lanka and want a solution to our problem to come from within Sri Lanka.

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          Thailand
          I am not sure how you have analysed the current situation within the Tamil society in the North of Sri Lanka. The Tamils there cannot, will not and not capable of solving their problem. In the first instance there is no proper genuine leadership to lead the Tamil race. Moreover the Tamil community there have become very selfish and not interested in the community any more. And the present leadership is taking a mean advantage of the situation. What I have observed in the community is that each man is for himself and not interested in politics. How are they going to solve their problem. There is a racial divide in Sri Lanka which is rapidly growing and the majority race is all along subjugating the Tamils. The International community is not at all concerned about the sufferings of the Tamil community. Can we compare Eastimore with Sri Lanka?

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        good comment: At least think of Human rights irrespective of your ethnic background. At least think of the affected people in Eelam: Pl. take a look at the article how even UN failed to protect the 147,000 Tamils in Mullivakkal:

        UN SYSTEM OWES SRI LANKAN TAMILS REMEDIAL JUSTICE

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    Evidence of advanced stage of virtual realty here.

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    We are not abandoning Federal Solution : Sumanthiran

    We are not going to abandon Federal System. We are firm in that the solution delivered to us should be based on the Federal System, said the Spokesman of TNA and MP, M.A.Sumanthiran.
    Speaking further, in an event to recruit new members to the ITAK, held at the Office of the party at Point Pedro, presided by MPc S.Sugirthan, he said, We have not abandoned Federal System but, had made some compromises in what terms should be used.
    In Spain it is said as Unitary state but Federal government is prevailing there. In Australia it is stated as Federal Government, Unitary state is prevailing there. If we look at the system in Britain which is the origin of all Unitary states, but power devolution there is better than in any Federal State. If “Unitary state’ is used in the Constitution that will make all subsequent words in all definition into Unitary State. That is why we are opposing the use of unitary state.
    The word ‘Unitary state’ should not be used in the constitution. It will be dangerous if it is used. We will not agree to it. But Federal system should be in the content. If it is to Federal system, the powers should be devolved fully. Centre should not have any influence on it. The powers devolved shall not be revoked by the Centre, without the consent of the states. That is Federal system, he explained.

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      anpu,
      There are many Federal States/Countries.
      They are all prosperous.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federation

      Politicians of each ruling regime have deliberately misinterpreted the word “Federal” to mean “Separation” – only to entrench themselves more in power so that they themselves can benefit personally.
      See how the ruling elite of Sri Lanka have given themselves benefits which no other countries’ lawmakers have.

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        Justice

        Read the main article.

        Soma

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    I did not bother to go through the harangue this good looking author has penned. The title is enough. Another war! So many lives lost! Bomb explosions everywhere! Good heavens the author is encouraging several things. One: to make this government look inept and tempt a change mid-term. Two: to raise Anti-Tamil feelings amongst even moderate Sinhalese and vice-versa. Three: to grow the former LTTE foreign run money generating avenues such as “taxing expatriate tamils” etc. Four: Create racial tensions to the extent that this government cannot cope with

    If the author expects foreign intervention, that is a mistake. Their interventions if any, were for their advantage. I was told by many credible souces that when IPKF was stationed here , it was expected that Tamil women should be in the streets without underclothing so that they can easily be prayed upon. Is it that, what the author is hoping for the Tamil women here while the author is in the salubrious climes of USA?

    I believe is a united Lanka where everybody has the same rights and obligations. Let meritocracy be one of the pillars of Sri Lanka. For all that let there be aunited effort and talks of division means destruction.

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      Good Sense

      “I was told by many credible souces that when IPKF was stationed here , it was expected that Tamil women should be in the streets without underclothing so that they can easily be prayed upon.”

      Actually the IPKF was providing laundry service to Tamil women, men and children. Didn’t the IPKF offer you a job?

      “I believe is a united Lanka where everybody has the same rights and obligations.”

      If you believe that you will believe anything.

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      Good Sense,
      You have typed:“I was told by many credible souces that when IPKF was stationed here , it was expected that Tamil women should be in the streets without underclothing so that they can easily be prayed upon.”

      Really, I don’t think that being prayed on is a bad thing, do you? Only, what has underwear got to do with it? I am not a praying person,but as far as I know, one can pray at home, in a church or temple, mosque etc. With or without underwear.I suppose the IPKF was praying in the streets?

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    Please give peace a break. Your proxy TG… or what ever they call themselves are ruining any peace efforts. As for the writer, she not only seems but believes she is a nemesis. Living away and trying to control the affairs of the Tamils is an insult to say the least. There are able and caring people both Sinhalese and Tamils here in Sri-Lanka who could bring peace, if all work to gather.
    Nihilistic policy of big Mr. VP ruined us big time. You must realise that you can only negotiate from a position of strength. What do we have in the North and East, tombstones and people who have lost everything; their dignity, homes and the lot. Sadly you do not seem to know their real sufferings . I could probably write a book on this given the time.
    What are you people trying to do?. You can be rest assured that writing this kind of articles may suit a few extremists but not the majority of Tamils or Sinhalese
    Please do the decent thing lady. Write on issues which could and would accelerate the healing of the wounds sustained over the past 50 years or more. I wish you would get the top diplomatic job(FM) in the Rudra’s cabinet; that is, only if you haven’t been offered or hold the portfolio yet

    Please , please Give peace a chance. We deserve it and the nation as a whole will appreciate it

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    Dear everyone include Sinhalese who are members here,

    For Sri Lanka Tamils will need create a Tamil Eelam Independence state because there is no justice to SL Tamils. Sri Lanka country is Sinhalese and Buddhist only when you can see BBS group, includes Buddhist Monks groups and Mahinda Rajapaska groups. Buddhist monks and Sinhalese people are very worrying about future Sri Lanka might no longer to be Buddhist state and the reason Muslims are being rapidly growth the popular due to having a more child compared with Buddhists-Sinhalese families.
    In the future, there will create a another biggest violence against Muslim and kills muslims or even in Tamils because they are being growth the popular and Sinhalese people thinking they are worrying about future Sri Lanka become no longer in Buddhist country.

    For the Tamils, There is no justice Tamils, discrimination against Tamils by Sinhalese. In 1948 to present, there are mass over 100,000 Tamils people were killed by SLA governments and cleansing ethnics.
    SL Security forces are planning destroys our Tamils and culture in North and East. SL army is human trafficking and drugs trafficking spreads to Tamil youths in North and East for getting a destroys them life. No Sinhalese people can hear news of trafficking yet.

    Tamil Eelam is reason for SL Tamils need live there and permantly peaceful. We can together families again from diaspora Tamils. Eelam Tamils people will happy if TamilEelam is there means there is no problem, end of human and drug trafficking. We and my family never came from South India but they were born or lived in North of Sri Lanka and Eelams for years.

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      please please learn english and write this.

      In anyway are you the same person who wrote the article about Prabhakaran’s historical errors. Because it is a pain to understand the language in both.

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    A referendum must be held among all Tamils (Tamil speaking people) in the island asking their preference for a Tamil Homeland in the North/East.

    Soma

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      You mean on the condition that they all migrate there lock , stock & barrel.

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        Of course KAS.

        Once contours of the Tamil Homeland is defined the rest of the island becomes the Sinhala Homeland. It goes without saying that all Tamils (Tamil speaking people) should move into the Tamil Homeland.

        You will notice that I am the only Sinhalese who supports Ealam.

        It is the responsibility of patriots like you and me to enlighten the Tamil racist donkeys here that they can’t have the cake and eat it too. And for sure they won’t.

        The main impediment against forming their dream Ealam is this Tamil desire to live among the Sinhalese.

        Soma

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    The glamorous Usha and many of the commentators are flogging a dead horse. There will be NO Tamil Eelam as long as the Indian Union exists, period. If the Sinhala idiots give Tamil idiots in TN more excuses to keep the Eeelam pot boiling, and thereby cause the secession of Tamilnadu, nobody, China/Pakistan/USA will be able to save us from the wrath of the Chola second coming. It is only India that is in the way, whatever our super-patriots might think. So please keep your loud mouths shut.

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      old codger

      ” It is only India that is in the way, whatever our super-patriots might think.”

      The super smart ass patriot needs to feed their paranoia, otherwise the idea of their Sinhala/Buddhism might crash, collapse and die.

      Would you want that to happen if you were a Sinhala/Buddhist? Their very survival depends on Paranoia.

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        Dear Native I thought you said Diaspora..

        Because once they partition it and force us in to the 2/3 , Diaspora will have to give Dr Ranil those Millions, they promised to feed the poor rural Sinhala Buddhists, Sira rice, Croton Mallun and Keeramin from Hindustan..

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        NV,
        Please read the very interesting article in last Sunday’s Times Plus, titled “Who are we?” about Sri Lankan DNA.

        http://www.sundaytimes.lk/170305/plus/who-are-we-231172.html
        5 days ago – Pioneering research on our gene makeup could debunk traditional thinking on ethnicity and help forge the call that ‘we are all Sri Lankans’.

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          old codger

          Thanks for the link.

          Now I have enough scientific reasons/evidence to round up all those Kallthonie Tamils/Sinhalese/Muslims and then ethnically cleanse them from this island. Need to send them back to South India.

          The scientific facts stated in the articles were known for more than 25 years, yet our so called historians still commence their history typing with the Vijaya myth as if it was fact.

          Thanks again for the link.

          Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority need Mahawansa myth else their existence will start to crumble, along with their privileges including impunity from all forms of crimes.

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          old codger

          Thanks for the link

          Now that it is scientifically confirmed that I am of West Eurasian heritage, it’s time to absorb these pesky aboriginals into the majority. Otherwise, their incessant bleating of “we are different” is getting on our collective mainstream nerves

          Just like any other self respecting country with Native populations !

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            Dear maalumiris,
            If you read the article carefully, you will see that the West Eurasians arrived later. The Aboriginals (so-called Sinhala and Tamil) are the majority, though some of them don’t want to admit it.
            You would have read that SL Tamils are genetically different from TN Tamils.

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            maalumiris

            “Otherwise, their incessant bleating of “we are different” is getting on our collective mainstream nerves”

            There are other studies on genetics, which may be of use to our supremacists, who lead this country as if it is their “god” given right.

            Here is an abstract:

            Genetic diversity analysis of major Sri Lankan goat populations using microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA D-loop variations

            By

            Pradeepa Silva, C.M.B. Dematawewa, Maheshika Kurukulasuriya, Yuri T. Utsunomiya, José Fernando Garcia, Rudolf Pichler, A.K. Thiruvenkadan, Saravanan Ramasamy, Jian-Lin Han, Kathiravan Periasamy

            Abstract

            The present study aimed at the genetic characterization of five major goat populations of Sri Lanka including four indigenous populations (Jaffna Local – JFL, Kottukachchiya – KOT, Southern – SLS and North Central – SNC) and one stabilized crossbred (German Boer x indigenous goats, also known as “Sri Lankan Boer” – SLB). Genetic diversity was evaluated using 15 microsatellite markers and the mitochondrial DNA D-loop variation. Allelic diversity and observed and expected heterozygosities were moderate, but less than Eurasian and Indian goat breeds. The overall mean estimated inbreeding coefficient (FIS) was 0.069 and significant heterozygote deficiency was detected in JFL (P < 0.001), KOT (P < 0.01) and SLS (P < 0.05), indicating population-specific drift or selection of the loci assessed. Genetic differentiation among populations was low and the phylogenetic clustering pattern was in line with the geographical location of goat populations. Although pair-wise Cavalli-Sforza and Edwards chord distance clustered SLS and SLB separately from the rest of the populations, Bayesian clustering clearly showed lack of discrete genetic structure in Sri Lankan goat populations despite significant morphological and phenotypic differences among them. Mitochondrial DNA D-loop sequences revealed significantly high haplotype diversity with the existence of maternal haplogroups ‘A’ and ‘B’. Analysis of mtDNA sequences indicated maternal origins of Jaffna Local, Kotukachchiya and Sri Lankan South distinct from the other goat populations.

            sciencedirect.com

            maalumiris

            This could form a basis for further studies of Human/Inhuman behaviour of people of this land.

            If you find any difference, please let us know.

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      Good suggestion..i think in order to win eelam, eelam supporters should start a movement to free TN from India…then you can focus on SL. :)

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    ” It is the diaspora Tamils who could help their kith and kin in Sri Lanka. – Sellam”

    It is the same Diaspora who destroyed the Tamil Children & Youth for over 30 years through Velu and the LTTE to make their greener pastures look even more greener.
    Leave us alone……; enough is enough.
    How many Tamil virgins hopes have been destroyed by the Diaspora who visited SL after Velu & the ltte was sunk.??? Diaspora need to look into these incidents & not about homeland.
    We point the finger at the forces but it is our own tamils who destroy us.

    Wonder whether TGTE teamed up with AHRC’s Basel f’do in geneva…………….. or did f’do team up with his clergy Emmanuel?

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    I HOPE AND PRAY THAT SOME ONE IF THEY CAN FIND A COPY THE FAMOUS BOOK BY LATE TAZIE VITTACHIE ” EMERGENCY 58 ” MAKE MILLIONS OF COPIES OF THIS BOOK AND DISTRIBUTE AMONG PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND PEOPLE AT UN TO READ THIS BOOK SINCE THIS THE CLEAR PICTURE OF BASIS FOR THE CONFLICT

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      Emergency ’58 – The Story of the Ceylon Race Riots
      Kanapathipillai ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it to drink’

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      You mean what happened during the time when Blacks were not even allowed to travel in a bus in US?

      SL had been far advanced when it comes to treating minorities then

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      Mr Kanapathy

      Also distribute among the Tamil children living in Sinhala areas. That probably may encourage them to relocate themselves into Nort/East which is the only way to achieve Ealam.

      Soma

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      Dear Kanapathiillai: I have his book Emergency “58 the story of The Ceylon Race Riots by Tarzie Vittachi
      I quote from a passage on page 117 – conclusion “the terror and hate that the People of Ceylon experienced in May and June 1958 were the outcome of that fundamental error. What we left with?” a nation in ruins, some grim lessons which we cannot afford to forget and a momentous question: Have the Sinhalese and the Tamils reached the parting of the ways?”
      I got his from Amazon – old book in good condition> a very rare book.

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    Is FM Samare a Lawyer…Or will Dr Ranil PhD Melb, will appear for TGTE and Mr Rudrakumaran?…

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      You forgot to mention Velala Rudrakumar. How come you forgot, getting old?

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    It’s time to pay Boyle ‘s quaterly fee. God bless All Tamil racist Eelam… but please donkeys… hurry up and pay your share!

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    Aj,

    Funny you mentioned your PM Vellala Rudra,

    I was reading the Oz Srilnakan NGO Liyanage’s interview with Karuna Amman , the greatest Commander the LTTE ever had..

    Thavalar was there In a photo taken in his hey days with all his Inner Circle standing by his side.

    It was taken before Thavalar bid farewell and gave best wishes to the Team LTTE to go to the final talks.

    Vellalal Rudrakumran apparently was the Legal Eagle whom the Thavalar sent to Oslo.

    He must have been real Lawyer, unlike the other dude, Dr Dr Singham who had only a half PhD.

    Vellala Rudrakumran I believe is doing a roaring trade representing the rich asylum seekers.

    He must be getting big Bux even in New Jersey, because NYC lawyers charge USD 500 per hour.minimum.

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    KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

    “He must have been real Lawyer, unlike the other dude, Dr Dr Singham who had only a half PhD.”

    Please compare and contrast Dr Mervyn Silva’s and Dr Singham’s PhDs. I still believe Dr Mervyn Silva’s tree bound PhD is more “rigorous” than Singam’s one.

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    Good governance is defined by the UN and other experts, as accouuntability, transparency, rule of law, efficiency and participation.

    This definition, when applied to problems and issues in SL will bear fruiits of good governance such as;

    a) Truth and honesty will rise up when accountabilty and transparency are practiced.
    b) Justice, dignity, equality and peace in the pracice of the rule of law and efficiency and
    c) Puttting more thoughts and ideas togethe,r when there is particpation by all..

    The present GSL, though bettter than the past rotten and racist governments, has not started bearing enough fruits on Tamil; political issues and day to day probl;ems. There are only empty promisees as it was in the past 65 years,

    It is either beacause they are either unable or unwilling to address Tamil issues and problems.

    The politicians in SL fiddle when darkness falls.

    The best solution will be to accept the UN as the arbitrator, to which, TGTE and other legal experts have approached.

    The legal; experts from all sides of SL, should stuudy this submission by TGTE and express ttheir views, remembering that whatyever the outcome of the submission be, let us plan for peace, stabilty and protection ogf all of us, a unique and lovely people in our blesased and beautiful island.

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    Hi Old codger,

    Sri Lankan Tamils and diasporas want create a TamilEelam independence State where is in North and East for protect their. It will be happen in the future and hopefully UN will sort out.

    Over 90% of SL Tamils do not support Sri Lankan Cricket because of genocide since 4th Feb 1948. Diaspora Tamils and SL Tamils do support TamilEelam cricket where players in Australia.

    Old codger think it will no happen Tamil Eelam. He doesn’t like Tamils people living in North and East. SL Tamils people never came from South Indian (Tamilnadu) They came from North (Eelam).

    Sri Lankan Tamil are not same Indian Tamils! Why I should go to India because I never been there and my family doesn’t came from there. We are came from TamilEelam. Sinhalese came from North India.

    We do not need Tamilnadu separate the country to be Tamil Eelam because we didn’t came from. We came from North and East for Tamil homeland.
    SL governments and Sinhalese people do not like Tamils people living in North and East so they want them push out of the country.

    TamilEelam is for Eelam Tamils which will bring a peaceful Tamils, better jobs, good lifes, together family again, economy and most peaceful.

    Sri Lanka will never peaceful for Tamils and always wars and trouble in everywhere caused by Sinhalese/monks and Military

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      Athan,
      “We do not need Tamilnadu separate the country to be Tamil Eelam because we didn’t came from. We came from North and East for Tamil homeland.”
      You have not understood what I wrote.
      If Tamil Eelam is created, then the Tamils in India will want Independence. Therefore India will never allow Eelam in Sri Lanka.
      The UN is not going to help you either. Big countries like India can afford to ignore it.
      ” Sri Lanka will never peaceful for Tamils and always wars and trouble in everywhere caused by Sinhalese/monks and Military”
      True, but Eelam is not the solution.

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        Good times Bad times.
        Now that neither USA or UK want global trade but individual while China India and EU want it.
        The recent shooting at Kansas, India leading the would in Arms purchases things would be different for Sri Lanka as a whole. The Tamils want to bog Sri Lanka unless Lanka gives them their share.
        In short Lanak would lose its soveriginity in full like before 1948. What does it matter because Lanka never fought for freedom to understand freedom. The question is would the south and deccan of india after north south split (geographic food – wheat – rice) where north india joins Pakistan and bangala.
        Presently the largest tourist to India are Bangladeshi after the west.(there too Bangladeshi’s from UK are settling in the south – rice, hospitals etc)

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      Athan,

      Are you volunteering to fight and prepared to procreate in order to produce offsprings to sacrifice to the course? Fools like you want to create Eelam for the Tamils for peaceful living! Would you accept the Muslims? How are you intending to protect the boarders? I do not see any difference between people like you and the likes of such and jimsofty et al!

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      Athan what will you do about the upcountry Tamils? Is Nuwara Eliya going to be part of Eelam too? Are you going to sit and eat at the same table as these poor people? Answer the question that Usha has always dodged.

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    TAZIE VITTACHIE ” EMERGENCY 58 ” MAKE MILLIONS OF COPIES OF THIS BOOK AND DISTRIBUTE AMONG PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND PEOPLE AT UN TO READ THIS BOOK SINCE THIS THE CLEAR PICTURE OF BASIS FOR THE CONFLICT

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    Usha.

    Dont bother to reply to SJ.

    He is raising this issue to curry favour for an extension as a Council Member of the UOJ.

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