25 October, 2020

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Sri Lanka: A People Without A Story

By Aatish Taseer

Aatish Taseer

Four years ago this week, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam announced that their struggle for an independent homeland in northern Sri Lanka had “reached its bitter end.” The group had been fighting on behalf of the Tamil people for more than a quarter-century, and its defeat was absolute.

Today, great sections of Tamil country are still a scene of devastation. The houses are either destroyed or brand-new; the land is uncultivated and overgrown; there are forests of decapitated Palmyra palms, damaged by heavy shelling. And then there are the relics of war — graveyards of L.T.T.E. vehicles rotting in the open air; the remains of a ship, its superstructure blown to pieces and in whose rusting starboard a gaping hole gives on to blue sea.

When I first arrived there last March, I saw the loss in primarily military terms. But the feeling of defeat among the Tamils of Sri Lanka goes far deeper than the material defeat of the rebels. It is a moral and psychological defeat.

In that forested country of red earth and lagoons, it is possible to visit the bunker of the leader of the Tigers, a torture chamber of a place that sinks three levels into the ground. There, in the fetid air, infused with the smell of urine and bat excrement, one senses the full futility and wretchedness of what the rebel movement became in the end.

For the truth is that the Tamil defeat has less to do with the vanquishing of the L.T.T.E. by the Sri Lankan Army and much more to do with the self-wounding (“suicidal” would not be too strong a word) character of the movement itself. The Tigers were for so long the custodians of the Tamil people’s hope of self-realization. But theirs was a deeply flawed organization. Under the leadership of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Tigers pioneered and perfected the use of the suicide bomber. This was not simply a mode of warfare, but almost a symbol, an expression of a self-annihilating spirit. And it was to self-annihilation that Mr. Prabhakaran committed the Tamils. He was a man who, like a modern-day Coriolanus, seemed to lack the imagination for peace. He took the Tamils on a journey of war without end, where no offer of compromise was ever enough, and where all forms of moderation were seen as betrayal.

One evening, soon after I arrived in Jaffna, the capital of the northern province, I had dinner at the house of a woman whose sister had been part of a circle of academics who had published a book in 1990 called “The Broken Palmyra.” The book was, by no means, a simple polemic against the Tigers; it was an academic work that, in trying to be evenhanded, had taken account of both government and L.T.T.E. atrocities. But this was too treasonous for Mr. Prabhakaran, and my host’s sister was killed even before the book went to print.

The room that night was filled with people whose lives the tyranny of the L.T.T.E. had left forever scarred. There was the Muslim woman who, along with all the other Muslim families of Jaffna, had, one morning in 1990, been summoned to a school compound and given two hours to leave the city of her birth. They were told to leave behind their valuables and the deeds to their houses. When they asked why they were being expelled, they were told that they were lucky not to be killed. Then they were loaded into lorries and escorted to the border of the district. (Like most, this woman returned only after the end of the war in 2009.)

A middle-aged woman, working as a maid in the house, had more recent traumas. Her son had gone to work with his uncle, a carpenter, in the northern district of Kilinochchi, which would become the scene of an infamous battle. When war came, it was Mr. Prabhakaran’s express strategy to retreat with an enormous civilian population — 300,000 people, some say — and to use them as a human shield against the advancing army. It was his intention to let so many Tamils die that the international community (read, the West) would be forced to intervene, and the Tamils would be granted their homeland.

But here he made a grave mistake: he either overestimated his own importance; or else, the West’s sense of decency. For the West, occupied with problems more pressing, let as many Tamils die as had to die for the war to be won.

This was an added layer of shame in the Tamil defeat. It was not just that they had lost the war. It was also that the grass-roots movement they originated, and for which they had paid taxes and sacrificed able-bodied men and women, had, in the end, been more vicious to them than to anyone else.

When I asked what became of the woman’s son, she replied that he had not come home. “He’s dead,” my hostess clarified, “but she doesn’t like to hear that.”

The north of Sri Lanka today is a spectacle of Sinhalese triumphalism. A victorious army is rebuilding new roads, grabbing land for itself (6,000 acres, rumor has it), and displaying the spoils of war before tourists from the south.

Even when the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa acts magnanimously toward the Tamil people, by building new infrastructure projects, for instance, the Tamils seem to feel that their defeat is being rubbed in their faces. And they are not wrong. It is simply one of those intractable situations where nothing will feel right. For the loss the Tamils feel is really the loss of a story. They are now a people without a story, a traumatized people, devastated by decades of war and migration, whose dream of self-determination was hijacked by the nihilistic vision of their leader and turned to nightmare.

“We lost something,” a Tamil artist in Jaffna, T. Shanaathanan, told me, “but we do not know what. The war is over, but there is a kind of psychological warfare now. Before, people looked at us with suspicion, with the feeling that you’re Tamil, you might be a terrorist. But now they look at us as if we’re nothing.”

*Aatish Taseer is the author of the memoir “Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands” and the novel “Noon.” This article first appeared in the New York Times.

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    “The room that night was filled with people whose lives the tyranny of the L.T.T.E. had left forever scarred. There was the Muslim woman who, along with all the other Muslim families of Jaffna, had, one morning in 1990, been summoned to a school compound and given two hours to leave the city of her birth. They were told to leave behind their valuables and the deeds to their houses. When they asked why they were being expelled, they were told that they were lucky not to be killed. Then they were loaded into lorries and escorted to the border of the district. (Like most, this woman returned only after the end of the war in 2009.)”

    This war was a Sinhala-Tamil Racist war, because of racial discrimination.

    Looks like LTTE and Prabakaran was more “humane” than Hitler and the Nazis.

    Nevertheless, they have to abide by the victors rules now, just like Germany had to with 6 million Nazi Soldiers, yes Nazi Soldiers dead, 3 million Nazi-German Civilians dead. They also caused 25 million Russians and many millions of others to be killed.

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      Amerasiri
      Prabhakaran was the real follower of Adolf Hitler.

      Nazis and LTTE had Catholic Church for their money dealings, and other activities.

      Nazis and LTTE killed people and burnt them right away.

      Ethnic Cleanising was done by both LTTE and Nazis.

      All the dissidents, educated and political rivals were killed by Nazis and LTTE.

      The same style of HATE propaganda was unleased by LTTE and Nazis against their opponants or critics.

      LTTE/Nazis were behind the GOLD of their own people.

      Only one difference. Nazis did not run any pawn shops but LTTE ran pawn shops to screw the gold of the Tamil people.

      Can you cite a single LTTE incident/behaviour other than Nazis?

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    As a Sri Lankan(Sinhala father and a Tamil mother)I had the best of both cultures.We as children were shown how you maintain your identity by working on the similarities rather than the differences,that love and respect for one another could build up individuals which could serve the community in different ways,without really wanting recognition or popularity.Destruction of human life can never bring anything positive.We learnt that building bridges between individuals of diverse sections of society,religions and cultures bring positive results.As children we made aware of acting according to our conscience and what the Principles of our religion (in this instance Christianity) was based on.Our children have suffered due to mindless individuals thinking that destroying people would help build up a Nation.Everyone has to take a share of the blame for what happened.We as a people have still not learned to take the good’things’ from other countries and adapt it to suit our needs.We don’t seem to hyave learnt from our mistakes and we tend to put stumbling blocks in front of those trying to do the correct thing.WAR HAS ENDED WITH GREAT LOSSES ON ALL SIDES.LETS JOIN HANDS USE ANY HELP THAT IS GIVEN AND MOVE FORWARD.

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      Nelun

      Yours is a voice of sanity. Thanks.

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      You are right. Why cannot Tamils(hindus) and Sinhalese(Buddhists) think about the “similarities”?

      For example Buddhists and Hindus follow the same HINDU Calander. That is why we celebrate NEW YEAR on the same day at the same time.

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    Mr. Ameresiri:
    I am sorry I don’t understand this comment.Can you please clarify?You are writing like a certain woman contributor to these pages!

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      Cibinatus,

      Very simple explanation. During 1990’s when the LTTE was at its peak, you had to be Tamil. Even though Muslims spoke Tamil, they had to go. They were disposable. The Sihala people had already been chased out previously.They were ethnically cleaning Muslims out, from villages, and targeted killings in the mosques as well.

      My point is that LTTE had their own triumphalism. Had they managed to separate the country, the Sinhala and Tamils who were chased out would never had an opportunity to come back. Even now, 4 years after destroying the LTTE, probably close to 90% of the Muslims were or are not able to get back to their former homes and lands.

      Having pointed out the Tamil racism, the original Sinhala Racism that was the core cause of the conflict, that is under the Sinhala skin for a long time, based on the Myths of Mahanama has to be pointed out.

      Now, we have the Sinhala Triumphalism and racism to deal with again.

      DeJa Vu.

      According to the racist Monk Mahanama, and many versions, believed by many Sinhala Buddhists, taught in Schools and Sunday Dhamma Schools:

      1. Sri Lanka Belongs to Sinhala Buddhists.

      2. Founder of Sinhala, Vijaya’s grandfather was a Lion

      3. Vijaya landed on the island on the day Lord Buddha visited.

      4. Lord Buddha visited Lanka 10 times.

      5. Lord Buddha was born in Lanka.( Lord Buddha’s parents were Hindu).

      6. Demonize the original natives, Yakka, Nagga, Veddha and their beliefs including Jainism and Hinduism.

      Want to know the facts?

      Lord Buddha’s lineage goes back to East Africa, to 70,000 years, and the Tamils and Sinhala are from the South Indian gene-pool.

      Myths, Beliefs and Myths do not Mix Well and are not accepted by Myth believers, even in the face of facts and unbiased data.

      Examples abound.

      Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, Molecular Biology, Gene origin analysis etc.

      Adam and Eve are Myths, The closest to Adam and Eve is in East Africa about 70,000 years ago.

      There is NO such thing as the Sinhala Race. You can talk about a Southern Indian Gene pool.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genographic_Project

      There is a Table There that shows the gene diversity and original location of the genes.
      SOUTHERN INDIAN GENE POOL:
      Mediterranean 4%
      Northern European; 2%
      Southwest Asian” 58%
      Southeast Asian 35%

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        Right on,Mr Ameresri.I agree with you wholeheartedly.Thanks for thid detailed analysis, and keep on writing.

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        You talk so much and praise LTTE goons. Can you explain about the honeymoon of LTTE and UNP which caused many thousands killings by LTTE.

        Bhikku Mahanama was from the Tamil Pallava Royal house of Kanchipuram. Can you prove it is wrong?

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    With no mention of Tamil Genocide but everything else, it is clear who is funding this story.

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      Of course. Any story that doesnt mention “Tamil Genocide” TM must be funded by the Sri Lanka government just as all storys that do are funded by Gnanakone, TGTE and the GTF. There must be a lot of money to be made by Journalists the world over.

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    This is one of the most important and perceptive articles published by Colombo Telegraph, imo. For it raises the vital question that every Tamil person originating from Sri Lanka must eventually face: How did it happen that the political leadership of the Tamils of north Sri Lanka became hijacked by a gang of political criminals and merceneries (some of them clearly psychotic) who then led them to a total catastrophe?

    This article by Aatish Taseer (a British born writer of Indian and Pakistani parentage)and the book to which it refers, “The Broken Palmyra” by Rajan Hoole and others, should be read and pondered upon by every Tamilian Sri Lankan who wants to try to ensure that the tragic history of the Northern Tamils of Sri Lanka is never again repeated.

    Sadly, “The Broken Palmyra” seems to be out of print these days and urgently needs republishing and translating into Tamil and Sinhala.

    Well done, Colombo Telegraph for bringing this to readers’ attention!

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    Absolutely inaccurate and biased article.
    Let the TGTE and GTF respond to the NY Times and I have already written to them. The author has no idea what Nirmala his hostess has done and her roots as well as deep connection with the LTTE itself.

    This is not the forum to discuss such delicate matters.

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      Why is this not the forum? Is there something to hide?

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        @David…. Because this is not A Forum. Period. This Op ED appeared in the NY Times.
        Besides that, I do not wish to enlighten fellows who are in total darkness. I have passed the information to TGTE and GTF and let them write whatever they want for public consumption or for the NY times.

        I do not wish to participate in discussions with all and sundry in this website. I will refrain from using the necessary adjectives that people deserve. Check on Lanka Securities Ltd, where this author’s father was the Chairman as well as his investments in the SL stock market. It is rather mysterious, devious, revealing and interesting. This was before he was murdered 2 years ago.

        I am busy on a book and film projects, and cannot waste my time.

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          “Because this is not A Forum.”

          Then why do you comment in it, Donald?

          “Besides that, I do not wish to enlighten fellows who are in total darkness.”

          Then why mention it at all? Isn’t it the fact that you simply want to slander someone by dropping innuendo and hints that have no basis in reality, whereas to come out with it in full will force yoy to actually defend your false claims? Isn’t this what you did when you suggested on this very site that Tamara Kunanayakam had performed sexual favours for MR? I can quote you in full if you’ve forgotten.

          “I do not wish to participate in discussions with all and sundry in this website.”

          Again, why are you commenting in that case?

          “I will refrain from using the necessary adjectives that people deserve.”

          That’s a good way to avoid being edited by the moderator or revealing yourself to be a racist as you have in the past.

          “Check on Lanka Securities Ltd, where this author’s father was the Chairman as well as his investments in the SL stock market.”

          What is the relevance of that to the article, and why should we check on something you think is relevant? Or are you now going to say that you don’t want to reveal these great secrets and/or this isn’t the forum (in spite of already mentioning it in this forum)?

          ” It is rather mysterious, devious, revealing and interesting.”

          So why not come out with it instead of being mysterious and devious yourself?

          “I am busy on a book and film projects, and cannot waste my time.”

          If those are anything like your comments here, you are already wasting your time.

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        Yes there is, David. The Sri Lankan story of the murder of the heroic young doctor Rajini (also spelt Rajani) Thirinagama on the 21st of September 1989.

        I’ll share with you, and the growing number of Colombo Telegraph readers, what I know, as best I can.

        What I have discovered in the last three days explains, quite easily, the panic those who had her killed are in. There seem to be quite a number of them still at large. Some who wanted her killed, some who ordered it, some who tried to make money out of the murder they’d been party to, and some who tried to use it as a propaganda tool, knowing full well that the Tigers had “executed” her. And some who tried to blame others for it (including the Sri Lankan government, Indian soldiers and rival Tamil political groups).

        I didn’t know the full story (and still don’t). But the witnesses and victims – Rajini’s daughters and her three sisters, her husband and her mother – seem to want the truth to be known and the murderers identified, arrested and punished. This is suggested by the 2005 documentary titled “No More Tears, Sister”:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C803NOvmTqk

        After watching the documentary, which was made by a Canadian film studio with the full cooperation of Rajani’s surviving family, I was able to piece together the motive and method for the murder, and who was likely to have been involved. The film contains deeply moving statements (one doesn’t hear the questions) by Rajini’s sisters, daughters and husband, and by her aged mother. They are a highly talented, indeed brilliant, Sri Lankan family and the film they played key roles in the making of makes this obvious.

        It was because she was a brilliant student, pretty, bilingual and medically qualified (in the University of Colombo) that the bosses of the Tigers wanted her on their side. They wanted her to be the public face that poured out, from London, the Tiger poison against the Sri Lankan government and the “domination of the oppressed Tamils by ethno-religious chauvinists, saffron-robed thugs and hooligans (as they liked to call Buddhist monks at the time) and a fascist state run by a Sinhala Racist Government intent on genocide of the Tamil people”. That’s why they organized for her to get a Commonwealth “scholarship” to Britain in 1984, after she and her older sister, Nirmala, had been lured into the trap.

        The trap becomes clear when you know how the Tiger leadership operated via their headquarters in London. They were experts at creating terror and hatred, “whipping up a crowd”. To get Rajani’s support they convincing her that her sister was being tortured in prison by the Sinhala government, and the Tigers were the only ones who could “liberate” her. I’ll let Nirmala tell her own story, as she pleases.

        It’s an extraordinary story, David.

        It’s also 2.30 in the morning for me here in the Antipodes, and I’ve been working on this for 18 hours straight. So I’m going to post this now, and continue tomorrow when I’m feeling fresher.

        Please watch “No More Tears, Sister” in the meantime. I’ve also expanded the information (and corrected a few things I knew were incorrect) on Rajini Thirinagama’s entry on Wikipedia.

        In addition I’ve compiled a 180-paged document with some of the relevant evidence (that some people obviously don’t want to talk about) on my Scribd site. It includes documents relevant to the murders of Rajini Thirinagama and the Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappa that I have found on the Internet in the last few days.

        I’ve called the document “The Tall Tales of the Tamil Tigers: an analysis of propaganda”.

        The full version that is published on Scribd costs $5.00. But thirty-or-so pages, which provide necessary links for independent forensic and historical investigations into the murders, is free.

        The full documents and supporting evidence will be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

        Thanks, as usual, for your incisive, succinct and always entertaining comments, David. I love reading them!

        Romesh

        P.S: Aatish, I don’t think you’re correct about Sri Lanka being populated by people without a story. We have many stories. True stories. Different stories with a common thread of suffering at the hands of warmongers (of many shapes and colours) in London.

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      Uncle Donald can’t stand the article.

      Writer exposes raw, brutal nature of “Talented Mr. VP”, Uncle Donald’s hero.

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        Velupillai Prabhakaran is the Hero of Millions of Tamils around the world. Wait for the May 17th Memorials around the world other than in Sri Lanka thank to the PTA and State Terrorism…

        Tamils cannot even fly a Black Flag in memory of the 12 year child of Prabhaaran who was brutully murdered by the Sinhala racist. Issaipriya was raped, tortured and murdered. And 100,000 other Tamil civilians in 2009.

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          Uncle Donald,

          Talented Mr. VP is a hero to LTTE fans. Such as yourself. Not to Tamils. Sorry!

          Yes, state brutality is a huge problem in SL. Not only to LTTE fans, but the whole population. I support anything to resolve this horrible legacy of SL.

          However, your tears for 12 year child of VP makes me laugh. Sorry again!

          The extent LTTE fans are willing to go. To promote their lie. They stop at nothing. Balachandran’s death is a valuable propaganda asset for you guys.

          You don’t give a damn about Balachandran’s death. Or any other child’s death, for that matter.

          Your unwavering support to the worst terror outfit, humanity has ever seen, the LTTE, is ample evidence of that.

          Have a nice life Uncle Donald. You cannot fool Sri Lankans with your crocodile tears.

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          “Velupillai Prabhakaran is the Hero of Millions of Tamils around the world.”

          Millions of deluded believe Stalin and Hitler to be heroes too. That doesn’t make them anything other than mass murderers.

          “Wait for the May 17th Memorials around the world “

          “Tamils cannot even fly a Black Flag in memory of the 12 year child of Prabhaaran who was brutully murdered by the Sinhala racist.”

          The brutal fact is that there is no evidence of this whatsoever.

          “Issaipriya was raped, tortured and murdered.”

          Again, no evidence of any such thing.

          You can have as many memorials as you like; but you can’t have Eelam.

          “And 100,000 other Tamil civilians in 2009.”

          There’s no sign of any such thing. The recent IDAG Report is probably the best estimate so far of the actual deaths, and it says this: The computations also suggest that a range up to 15,000 truly civilian people were potentially killed in the conflict zone during the last five months, with an additional 2, 000 – 3,000 having died by either being shot, shelled or having drowned whilst trying to flee the battle zone.http://www.scribd.com/doc/132499266/The-Numbers-Game-Politics-of-Retributive-Justice (page 76)

          Donald, why have you slunk away from my questions about you slandering the author? You say you are too busy writing storybooks and movies, but you seem to have time to blabber a bit of absurd rhetoric. Have you been stumped by the questions?

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      At first the general Tamil population considered the original movement an answer to ‘fight’ the terrible mistakes made by successive governments, -specially those in the field of education,governance and in the day to day living of the majority of the tamils in the country. This was not just an ethnic issue as the the more sane people of all communities realised later on, along with using that as an excuse the caste issue between the tamil groups were made evident-the group who had been sat upon by their own people, for example not even tolerated in the same room or allowed to eat from the same dishes,had the opportunity to dictate to and even destroy the moderate and sensible civil and political individuals in their own community ,also keeping the antagonism of the majority sinhalese by targeting economic and political areas and individuals with affected them.
      The Tamil well to do business groups,academics in Sri lanka and out of Sri lanka have to take a big share of blame for what their own community suffered.No big businesses were set up in the North by them,hospitality industry-nil–other than, ironically enough the Ceylinco group.
      They never used the destructive ability of the rebel groups to harness it and turn it for the good of their own people.Foreign elements continued to use the divide and rule policy and were able to boost their economy through selling their arms and ammunitions!!EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESTRUCTION FELLOW COUNTRYMEN BOTH IN HE NORTH AND THE SOUTH-NO ONE IS INNOCENT.FORGIVENESS HAS TO BE HUMBLY ASKED FROM EACH OTHER-NO BUT WE DON’T HAVE THAT HUMBLENESS DO WE?!!
      THE OTHER FACTOR IS THAT A SRILANKAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE IN ANY PART OF SRI LANKA AS LONG AS LEGAL PROCEDURE IS CORRECTLY FOLLOWED.THE LEGAL SYSTEM HAS TO BE OVERHAULED-NOT IMPOSSIBLE-SOMETHING WE MIGHT WANT TO LEARN FROM AMERICA AND OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH USE THERE LEGAL SYSTEM WHICH ENABLES THE COMMON MAN TO GENERALLY HAVE A FAIR DEAL IN EVERYDAY LIVING.NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE IF REAL RELIGION RATHER THAN CEREMONIAL RELIGION IS FOLLOWED.

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    About the author who wrote this opinion in NY Times yesterday.
    Born in London to Salman Taseer (Pakistani Businessman and politician who was murdered on January 6, 2011) and Tavleen Singh.(Indian Journalist). They were unmarried, and separated shortly afterwards.

    Taseer grew up in New Delhi, before going off to a residential school in Kodaikanal. He is only 32 years old.

    Later he graduated in French and Political Science at Amherst College, Massachusetts.

    His father hated India according to some articles this guy has written.

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      Why are you attacking the author, Donald? Is it because you have no attack on his writing? What has his parents’ marriage, his age, where he grew up, his school, or his father’s feelings about India got to do with what he says about the SL Tamils?

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        Of course David. Donald, shall we talk about your marriage and divorce case? About your Sinhala bitch as you called her in public forums? Your so called wealth as you claim and what is your wealth according to your divorce case documents which are public documents and in the internet. I posted the law link once but CT edited out it.

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        @David -The author is not an innocent journalist. Check out his connection with his hostess, and the unnamed Muslim woman. As I said the article is biased, and absolutely inaccurate.
        I haven’t even begun to attack the author yet, and it won’t be on this forum, but with NY Times, if I do so.

        Many, asked me who this young author was, and the details given were simply basic, which also was checked with Wikipedia. So he is not just a “pretty face”, and the majority of the CT readers were not aware of his Tamil Nadu college education or other details. Nor his GOSL connections either, nor what his Father’s business relationship with the Sinhala politicians, Bank of Ceylon officials and the GOSL itself. After all the BOC belongs to all the people of Sri Lanka??? This was just 3 years ago, and you buggers are looking at somebody else’s Kakoosiya like the K karraya and waiting while the country is being robbed and ruined.

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          Gnanakone,

          1. wikipedia is such a credible source. just about anyone can edit an unmonitored entry.
          2. then you tell us what we are supposed take as accurate and unbiased and then we will decide how to take your words.
          4. i appreciate your concern about the country.
          3. why are you being strangely polite to blacker these days?

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            *1. wikipedia is not such a…

            5. is having been connected to LTTE now a crime in your protocols?

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          “The author is not an innocent journalist. Check out his connection with his hostess, and the unnamed Muslim woman. “

          What is this connection, and how is it relevant, Donald? And why and how should I check out this alleged connection if you yourself are unwilling or unable to point it out? You persist in dropping irrelevant and (presumably) ad hominem comments about authors, and then scuttling away with lame excuses of being busy when you are called on it.

          “I haven’t even begun to attack the author yet, and it won’t be on this forum, but with NY Times, if I do so.”

          Well, until you do so with the NYT, what’s the point crowing about it?

          “Many, asked me who this young author was, and the details given were simply basic, which also was checked with Wikipedia.”

          But no one on this site has asked you about the author, Donald. Why should they — do you have some “special connection” to him that is relevant? Wiki says nothing about these “connections” to mysterious Muslim women, nor to his hostess, as you claim. It only mentions his relationship with the daughter of an English prince, and about his parents divorce. What is the relevance of his personal life to this article? Why are you wriggling and squirming at my questions, Donald?

          “So he is not just a “pretty face”,”

          Is it really necessary to mention your sexual attraction for the author in this thread?

          “and the majority of the CT readers were not aware of his Tamil Nadu college education or other details.”

          What is the relevance of his education to this article? Are you suggesting that there is something inferior or deviant in a TN education?

          “Nor his GOSL connections either, nor what his Father’s business relationship with the Sinhala politicians, Bank of Ceylon officials and the GOSL itself.”

          How are these things (even if they were true, and not just a figment of your imagination) relevant to this article? Can you spare the time from your busy schedule of book writing and filmmaking to explain?

          “This was just 3 years ago, and you buggers are looking at somebody else’s Kakoosiya like the K karraya and waiting while the country is being robbed and ruined.”

          Come, come, Donald, there’s no need to use gutter language. You pal the Hound Dog Sengu will get all upset and tangle himself up in knots again in this thread too.

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            Blacker:
            Your recent “epiphany” notwithstanding, you have excellent credentials as an apologist for the Rajapassas and this “critique” of Gnanakone is little but one of your usual diversionary “analyses.”
            What “our Donald” (as opposed to “The Donald!”) has to say about this writer certainly provides some context that would otherwise have gone unmentioned. It certainly is food for thought. Major business connections to this regime (and any previous ones) would certainly be relevant to this discussion and any similar discussion, even if if Mr. Gnanakone has behind him a rather checkered career, as I understand it.

            And please don’t trot out the accusation that this is an “ad hominem” response because what people are and do in other parts of their lives cannot be divorced from what they write, no matter how sanctimoniously.

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              “you have excellent credentials as an apologist for the Rajapassas”

              Lol, you keep repeating this mantra, but whenever I ask you to quote me, you are silent. No doubt this time it will be the same.

              “and this “critique” of Gnanakone is little but one of your usual diversionary “analyses.””

              What analysis? I’m simply asking Donald to explain what all these hints and innuendos have to do with the article. Why are you trying to prevent this?

              “What “our Donald” (as opposed to “The Donald!”) has to say about this writer certainly provides some context that would otherwise have gone unmentioned.”

              What is this context you speak of? Can you tell us what his parents’ marriage, or some alleged “connection” with some unmentioned woman, or his father’s supposed “connections” with some company has to do with his analysis of the Tamils? You seem very keen to attack the author but not his writing. Why is that; do you not understand his writing? Or are you unable to counter it? What do you find objectionable in his writing?

              “Major business connections to this regime (and any previous ones) would certainly be relevant to this discussion and any similar discussion”

              Perhaps, but what are these connections? When I asked Donald, he says he is too busy writing books and making movies. Can you explain instead?

              “And please don’t trot out the accusation that this is an “ad hominem” response because what people are and do in other parts of their lives cannot be divorced from what they write, no matter how sanctimoniously”

              Unless you can establish the relevance to the argument of what they do in other parts of their lives, it most certainly is an ad hominem attack. The term means “an argument made personally against an opponent instead of against their argument.” Don’t you know that? So what is the relevance you are claiming?

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      This idiot doesn’t want people to discuss his marriage life and divorce. But talks others. Get lost rascal.

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      Unfortunately Uncle Donald’s arsenal of ammunitions is extremely limited.

      Low level, below belt line punches & kicks are the best he got. Desperation really.

      Uncle Donald launched similar despicable attacks on Ajita Kadirgamar as well. Based on LK personal life. Awful.

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      Did LTTE too follow Pakistanis?

      LTTE also anti-Indian and under the command of the Catholic Church!

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    How on earth NY Times published this article ? whole story is based and absolutely inaccurate facts.

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      Karunaratne:IT is not enough to dismiss the article in one line as :biased” and “inaccurate”>Tell us more:where is it inaccurate and how is it biased?Do tell us,please

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    I’m sorry for all the fisherman and farmers in the North of Sri Lanka: they suffered under the LTTE and they have been slaughtered by the SLA. And they are buried again by the Tamil diaspora which is more interested in scoring some meaningless point, rather than genuinely investigating what happened and recognizing the enormous responsibility of the LTTE. Rajapaksa is a war criminal, no doubt about that. And Prabhakaran as well. Until you’ll reach that point, nobody in the international community will listen.

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      Celerati Editorial:
      Exactly!

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    No wonder you were with Anti lTTE People. There is no doubt what LTTE made a mistake when they asked th muslims to quit in sucha short time. It was tactical mistake. There has been several spys of government in teh ranks of Muslims. LTTE should have idnetified them and eliminated them. Not asking all th emuslims to leave.
    Howvwer rest of teh story is one sided. I have met people who went with Pirapaharan as he retreated. They went with him not because they were forced to but they felt safer. They thought he will win as he did in ‘unceasing waves’.
    But they International community let teh Tamisl down especailly Bush and Sonia. LTTE was libeartion movement. They fought fo rthe oppressed Tamils. There are no compromises on the liberation. 60 Years of history has shown us what racist governments have done to us.
    US and India shoudl have armed the libration movemnt. Indra Gandhi did but after teh Nehru family was after bribes starting with Bofors by Rajiv.US shoudl have armed LTTE as they did in Libya, Their pride coudl not allow LTTE to be strong that one coudl do on therie own without nternational police US.
    It is US moral repsonsibility to correct the injustice they committed on ordinary Tamisl and their defender LTTE. The atrocities commiite dby State sponsored terrorism and state terrorism is well documented

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      Did you believe a smuggler-criminal Prabhakaran of a malayali origin can “liberate” any one?

      I think you are not aware of the murders of these LTTE goons or justify those murders, robberies, smuggling drugs in the name of Tamil Liberation!

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        To our Sinhala friend Sivananthan who masquerades as Tamil.

        1. I doubt VP was of Kerala origin. His family names do not
        support this.
        2. If you believe it is a negative factor to be of Kerala origin,
        I am afraid you have much to learn of Keralites and their proud
        role in India and the outside world.
        3. VP/LTTE did commit those crimes you list including the
        unpardonable one of shooting their own, when they tried to
        escape the fascism they had imposed on the Tamil civilian
        population.

        Senguttuvan

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          Ignore this sinhala mad sivanandan fool, western basher. Sad think live in canada…..What a laughing joker.

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    Tell mr Raja.Why should the “international Community”come to the rescue of the Tamils?Where in the woirld has the
    “International Community”come to aid anyone?Have you heard of the Palestinian?Besides passing resolutions in various places they cannot realy do anything.
    The Tamil coomunity’s beiiief — especiallty held by the diaspora commuynity- that the their struggle will be victoruos with the help of the Internationa Community only displays their naivete and political simple-mindedness.

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      Cincinnatus,

      It was, in a way, the international community – in this case the African Union under the urge of Tanzanian leader Julius Nyrere, who saved the Ugandan people from the strangle hold of that madman Idi Amin who, almost alone, ruined that relatively prosperous country of Uganda. A combined army from the OAU (?) nations entered and got rid of the dictator – with the UN and the world community approving of the move. Until then Uganda was the most favoured place to live in East AFrica, with a prosperous economy and the much sought after Makerere
      University that produced the educated of that region. Today, Uganda, even under Museveni, is a highly corrupt, economically ruined near basket case.

      Senguttuvan

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        Would you like to move to Uganda? Do you believe it’s a nation that has been “saved” by the “international community”?

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          Blacker:
          WTF don’t you READ what Senguttuvan has to say before you start one of your stupid diatribes? But then your need to sing “Hosanna to the King” in your usual manner only leads to the usual “Don’t bother me with the facts” response I suppose!

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            Perhaps you should read what he has said before springing so gaily to his defense. Look, I’ll dumb it down for you to save time:

            Cincinatus to Sengu: “When has the IC intervened to save anybody?”

            Sengu to Cincinatus: “They did so in Uganda and saved the Ugandans from Idi Amin.”

            With us so far, Aney Appo?

            Me to Sengu: “Have the Ugandans actually been saved and placed in a better position than say the SL Tamils?”

            Aney, do you get it now?

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    Yes,Senguttavan Uganda,in its develepment after the British intervention is the example for SriLanks.There is in fact no such thing as the International Community.It is merely a loose confederation of nation states, each of them seeking only to assert their national interests.The interevention in Uganda was no different:Britain,after sponsoring/supporting the dictatorship for awhile intervened to defend its economic interests.Other interventions were for similar reasons.Oil,for instance.Too bad that neither Sri Lanka nor the Palestinians have oil.Perhaps,if they find oil in the North,the IC may finally intervene!

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