11 December, 2018

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Sri Lanka: Lessons From Geneva

By V Suryanarayan

Prof. V Suryanarayan

Prof. V Suryanarayan

Gross human violations that took place in Sri Lanka during the last stages of the Fourth Eelam War have come into sharp focus once again. The UN Human Rights Council, on March 27, after taking note of the recommendations of the UN High Commissioner, highlighted the “need for an international inquiry mechanism”. The resolution was supported by 23 members, 12 voted against and 12, including India, abstained.

It should be pointed out that when human rights violations figured in the UN soon after the Fourth Eelam War, India, along with Russia and China, opposed the move and bailed out the Sri Lankan government. What is more, India went ahead and got a resolution passed which congratulated the Lankan government for defeating one of the most ruthless terrorist organisations in the world. But as the Lankan government began to show its true colours, went back on assurances for credible internal investigation and implementation of devolution proposals, New Delhi had to revise its policy. There was also a domestic compulsion, namely the political parties in Tamil Nadu were insisting on punishing the guilty in Sri Lanka. Hence, in 2012 and 2013, India voted against Sri Lanka. In fact, behind the scenes, Indian diplomats were trying to get the resolution worded strongly. But the thrust of the resolution was to persuade Sri Lanka to have its own investigative mechanism and speed up the process of ethnic reconciliation.

The 2014 resolution represented a basic departure from the earlier ones. Mandate for international investigation means intrusion into the domestic affairs of a sovereign state. Amb. Dilip Sinha pointed out that by asking the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to “investigate, assess and monitor the human rights situation” the resolution ignored the progress Sri Lanka has made like the holding of the Northern Provincial Council election and the successful rehabilitation of the internally displaced people. The Indian delegate highlighted that the resolution was “inconsistent and impractical” because it asks both Colombo and the OHCHR to simultaneously conduct investigation. Amb. Sinha concluded that it had been India’s firm conviction that an “intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty and integrity is counter-productive”.

The Indian abstention represents a definite victory for Indian bureaucracy. They are of the view that Indian voting in the 2012 and 2013 meetings was an aberration and it needs to be corrected. They feel that if New Delhi supports an intrusive approach, at a future date, it can also be used against India itself. New Delhi has many skeletons in the cupboard—human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Mizoram and encounter killings in the Naxalite-hit areas. It should also be pointed out that in 2012 and 2013 the Tamil Nadu factor was very decisive. But the situation has changed today. The mandarins in South Block know that Indian abstention will be subjected to severe criticism in Tamil Nadu. After weighing the pros and cons the government agreed with the bureaucrats, because whatever may be the nature of voting the ruling Congress party will not be able to win a single seat in Tamil Nadu.

Colombo is determined to stonewall any effort to institute an international inquiry mechanism. Amb. Dayan Jayatilleka echoed the feelings of the majority Sinhalese when he wrote: “As Sri Lankans our rejection of an international inquiry must be unconditional. Such an inquiry is unfair, hypocritical and an affront to our self respect as a nation.” The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that got a resolution passed in the Northern Provincial Council for international investigation, naturally welcomed the UN resolution.

From an Indian point of view it will be relevant to compare and contrast Mahinda Rajapaksa’s earlier views on UN humanitarian intervention and his present policy. The Sinhalese generally refer to the period, 1987-89, as Bishana Samaya, Days of Terror. The Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP) had unleashed unprecedented violence following the conclusion of the India-Sri Lanka Accord and the induction of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). The brutality of the JVP was more than matched by the savage reprisals of the Lankan armed forces. As Lionel Bopage, former JVP leader, has written, “For every one person killed by the JVP, the security forces killed ten”. Rajapaksa was a budding Sinhalese politician; he left the shores of Sri Lanka, camped in Geneva and demanded UN humanitarian intervention to save his people. Obviously, he would not like to be reminded of his earlier stance on UN humanitarian intervention.

While Rajapaksa’s support base among the majority Sinhalese is intact, evident from recent win in the council elections in the Western and Southern Provinces, there are dark clouds hovering in the horizon. As the resolution in the UN aptly pointed out, “there are continuing reports of violation of human rights, including sexual and gender violence, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture and violation of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, threats to judicial independence and rule of law as well as intimidation of and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society, lawyers and journalists. There are also attacks against religious minority groups, Hindus, Moslems and against Christians”.

A recent violent incident in Kilinochchi district in the Northern Province needs mention. The shooting was attributed to Gopi, a former Tiger guerrilla. A virtual man hunt followed. According to government spokesmen, it was an illustration of LTTE resurgence. The TNA maintained it was a government excuse to justify the continuing military presence in the Tamil areas. The TNA, under the leadership of Wigneswaran and Sampanthan, represents the saner elements in the Tamil society who are eager to find a political solution within a united Sri Lanka. If the TNA gets weakened and marginalised in the hands of the government, it is likely to be replaced by more extremist forces. And there are fringe groups in the Tamil diaspora who would like to resurrect the Tigers and finance the armed struggle.

It is necessary to recall that Sri Lankan Tamils were reluctant secessionists and the genesis and growth of Tamil militancy was a consequence of the many acts of discrimination perpetuated by Sinhalese-dominated governments. Sri Lanka’s future hinges on whether Sinhalese leaders will draw the right lessons from history. Those who do not learn will be compelled to relive history.

*V Suryanarayan former senior professor, the Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Madras

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    It was known all too well for all too long that Congress cannot win a single seat in Tamil Nadu. With that knowledge it was child’s play for the mandrins in South Block to turn the Congress to their will. Could they have done that with Indra Gandhi?

    It used to be said that in mid-nineteenth century, Europe was dominated by Britain’s Palmerston. With the rise of Metternich he was eclipsed. In India it is not that the mandrins in South Block are lions but that Congress is sheep.

    When Modi and Sinha emerge to decide South Asia’s destiny, the South Block will cut itself to size and a myth shall have been demolished.

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      Indian politics does not work on the basis of relatives, size, race and religion as the way it does in Sri Lanka. Indian politics is much more advanced than Sri Lanka. Today Tamil Nadhu is ranked fourth best economical state out of the 30 states in India. That is where their importance and power runs with the Central Government. Whether Modi or Modi’s grandmother comes to power, he will not be able to deny what is due to Tamil Nadhu due to their powerful economy and their economic support to the sustenance of India. Sri Lanka is a sham whether in governance or economy otherwise living Presidents faces will not be printed on currency notes.
      For a Sinhalese harassment of Tamils is patriotism and genocide of Tamils can only happen due to heroism. At the end, a Sinhalese will shamelessly deny such cowardly acts happened and further not allow an independent international investigation all for the sake of covering up the shame further stating that all in the world are cowards, henchmen and sheep and only his Sinhalese hero’s who did the shameless cowardly act should be allowed to investigate and provide a report. Simply said, the Sinhalese race has not only achieved shame but also become clowns in the eyes of the international community to their arguments.

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        There is a lot of truth in what you have said. But it is not possible to concur with your generalistions about the majority community in the island because unlike India which is a world on it’s own with over 18 national languages and different nations and autonomous entities, with different faiths Lanka is just a small island with two nations and language with three or four different religions.

        That apart Lanka has a lopsided representation system foisted on it by the departing British colonialists to protect their interests which constitutes the underlying cause for it’s current problems,

        The Singhalese like any other people cannot be described as racist or clowns..They are also vitctims to opportunities and circumstances. If their leaders are goin to keep goading them on a negative and fruitless path, they will soon realise that the country cannot progress if they follow the slippery slope their leaders are leading them on to, and come to an amicable consensus with their minority brethren to take the country on a path of peace and prosperity.

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          A relevant video on Sri Lanka war crimes and treatment meted out to LTTE surrendered or captured: Horrendous;

          Callum Macrae ‏@Callum_Macrae 5h

          More disturbing (but as yet unverified) video has emerged https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2vAER7kcxs

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    The Sinhalese would naturally not want an international inquiry because obviously all suspected crimes including genocide of Tamils by the Sri Lankan armed forces comprising of only Sinhalese will be revealed as true with complete proof and names of perpetrators. This will be a sheer damn shame to the Sinhalese race internationally where for many years the Sinhalese may find it difficult to admit that they belong to such a savage race. All this has been bought about by their equally racist leadership. If genocide is proven true, then it will be the duty of the UN having a referendum in the north. This certainly would lead to the division of the country, unless very substantial autonomy by the GOSL is agreed and compromised. In the end, the Sinhalese need to realize that all this has been bought about due to the impunity, arrogance and sheer racism of the Rajapakse leadership. The Sinhalese will never realize that the Ranil doctrine would have saved a lot of blood shed, not bring shame on the Sinhalese race and a amicable lasting solution to the northern conflict using international monitors, pacts, successful restrictions on the LTTE internationally and even a foreign exile for LTTE members without making them part of the government. When arrogance, victory, impunity with ignorance mix a race and their leadership fail to grasp the reality of humanity. This is exactly what has happened to the Sinhalese race and leadership.

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      Spark,
      You freely and confidently talk about “suspected crimes including genocide of Tamils by the Sri Lankan armed forces”. How do you know that there was genocide? If genocide happened there should be some kind of evidence. Every one killed has a name, gender, birth certificate and an address where they lived last etc. etc.. Five years have passed after the end of the war and the so called “genocide”. Did any of these human rights champions even attempted to build a database of the innocent civilians killed? Not a single name has been published as a victim of genocide. Why are they conveniently sticking to speculated numbers by foreigners who have not even stepped into Sri Lanka or haven’t even spoken to a Tamil who was in the war zone? I am yet to see even a single Tamil claiming their relative/s were tiger terrorists. What kind of accusations are these? Genocide cries are a farce which were made up by the Tamil diaspora.

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        Eusense

        You do not seem to have even a little bit of common sense. You are asking for names of victims. Go and ask the people of the North, ask those women and they will give you in thousands. The people of Jaffna will also help you to find where the bodies were hidden by the army. If they allow an open/transparent independent investigation, not only the names but also the skeletons will be reveled to the world. Why do you think the govt. is so scared to allow an investigation, why do you think they are hiding the truth, if you think there was no such genocide then prove it by allowing an open investigation, you cannot because the truth will come out. Since you have a limited thinking capacity, you may not understand these things.

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          He may be asking the list of names to add to their list of banned people. He is utterly useless.

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        You are talking about a country where repeated riots and humiliation of minority Tamils has happened 1956, 1958, 1977 and finally the genocide of 1983. If you say genocide did not take place in 1983, then why the heck did President Kumaratunge make an official apology on this incident? These were all criminal acts committed by ordinary Sinhalese with state sponsorship. State sponsorship bcos absolutely none of the perpetrators in these incidents were identified, arrested and sentenced. In such a situation, and with the credibility of information that has been obtained, all by independent UN sources, the suspected genocide of 2009 is not a surprise. The cowardliness of the GOSL to continuously disallow an independent international transparent investigation speaks a lot for what they already know and the outcome of such an investigation. You are calling for a data base from independent sectors in a country where independent inquiries are not allowed. I challenge you to go to the north, house to house and get this information and within 24 hours you will be nobody. You are talking about a country where persons who went into such acts paid with their dear life Richard De Zoysa, Ekneligoda, Lasantha, Taraki are just to name a few. Tell the GOSL to bravely inform the whole world that they are ready for any international independent inquiry on data bases, crimes against humanity and full permission and authority will be allowed for such activity. Now tell them not to hide behind that shameless underskirt that they don’t trust any international investigation. Today according to GOSL and the Sinhalese, their is nobody in this world who is not being paid by the LTTE sympathizers or diaspora this includes Obama, Ban Ki Moon, Cameron and each and every country leader who voted for the UN resolution. This phrase digests well with the Sinhalese population obviously bcos they know already about their own criminality and culture and thus what happened in 2009. However it makes the Sinhalese and their leaders clowns when it is the only repeated logic and underskirt they can find to hide from the real truth becoming public. One does not need to step into SL to find out about state criminality, their are many who fled who live to tell their tales, Frederica Jansz is another instance. Data base for all Tamils missing is freely available with the respective persons, but not with you, bcos if you are in Sri Lanka and caught with such a list you will be history. Hope you will write in future with some degree of sense.

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    This is a good analysis. Indians used to have a moral foreign policy. They were the first to argue for international concern with apartheid in South Africa in 1948. Now, they are massive violators of human rights, having adopted a policy of repression in Kashmir, Punjab, Nagaland and in the tribal regions. They adopt a realist policy regarding human rights rather than a moral policy. Morality and Mahatma Gandhi have moved out of the equation of Indian calculations. Hence, the Indian vote at the UNHRC.

    Dr Jayatilleka’s argument about self-respect as a nation is a joke. A nation that kills and rapes so egregiously cannot have any self respect. Today, some 25 nations are searching for 300 lives on a Malaysian Airlines flight , spending time and effort for the lives of people of other nations. Sri Lanka killed its own people in droves, the Sinhalese youth and Tamil civilians. How can one talk of self-respect of a nation that does not care for the lives of its own people. We live in a different world now were the is a universal approach to the preservation of human lives. It is a pity that the Sinhalese Buddhist nation which should be the first to recognise this concept of loving kindness to all which animates the search for those on the MH flight, animates also the concern for lives lost due to Sinhala chauvinism and the future violations of both Sinhala and Tamil lives by the Rajapox government.

    Prof. Suryanarayanan rightly points out that there was a just cause for the violent struggle of the Tamils carried out by the LTTE. But, that just war was fought through unjust means when the LTTE embarked on the massacre of Sinhala civilians and its own Tamil enemies. This moved sympathy away from the LTTE which eventually left the Tamils without anything.

    Sambanthan and Wigneswaran, who are on the field, are trying to deal with the immediate situation which is to get the army out of the NorthEast and establish an administration on the basis of the 13th Amendment. They are the immediate problems to be faced. If that is achieved, progress would have been made. It is then left for the Tamil people in the NorthEast to decide what they want. It is not for the Tamil diaspora which does not have the right of self-determination in the NorthEast as they do not live there. If they want other solutions, they must have the courage to come back to the NorthEast, settle there and fight for other solutions they believe in. They cannot keep their children safe in UK, France or Canada and expect the children of others to fight their wars.

    Unless they are prepared to come back to fight for other means of settlement through violence, they must have the decency to lay off and allow those on the ground to decide what is best for the present. On all accounts Sampanthan and Wigneswaran are doing a good job. The best policy of the Tamils is to sublimate their own self (which is difficult for Tamils though their religion requires it of them) and think in terms of the collective good, including that of the Sinhalese.

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      Prof. V. Suryanarayan (VS) is a mild-mannered gentleman who has many friends among the Tamils and Sinhalese in the country. He has visited, worked and taught here for many years. I believe he went to Jaffna a few years ago to study first-hand the issue of Fishermen on both sides – an area in which he has a reputation as an expert together with his in-depth knowledge of the Indo-Lankan Citizenship issues. He has a large following in the academic community in both South India, Delhi and Sri Lanka. He has written at length and his views are regularly featured in the Hindu, Times of India, South Asia Analysis and in the Delhi media. His absence from Sri Lanka in recent years appears to have resulted in some form of disconnect with key events here.

      Surely, the good Professor is far too wise to realise holding of the NPC is not an end by itself to Rajapakse who holds Elections at the drop of a hat to dupe his usually-fooled Sinhalese South and some in the world community as well. Why MR timed the WPC/SP elections end March to coincide with his widely-expected debacle in Geneva is not difficult to understand. Citizens in neither the WPC or the SP wanted the elections now and neither has the period of both Councils nearing their end. Has the Professor asked himself why Rajapakses refuse to provide sufficient wherewithal – financial and administrative – for the Northern Provincial Council to function in the 7 months delay. The Professor may have learnt in the meeting between President Rajapakse and the Indian PM in Burma, the latter has told the Lankan President India cannot take any further prevarication in the matter lightly.

      As to VS quoting Dayan J “such an inquiry is unfair, hypocratic and an affront to our self-respect” VS will learn Dayan has said the very opposite in several of his many writings in recent times. He has even
      advised the Rajapakses to face an Inquiry (not local) now that they are “convinced” they have nothing to hide. This frankness has brought him into some flak with the Rajapakse Brothers – more with Gothabaya.
      What will Dayan J’s reaction be if the Nazis after WW2, the Pol Potists of Kampuchea or the Generals in Burma were to seek hiding space in this strange logic of sovereignty.

      A repeat and early visit by the Professor becomes all the more necessary as he seems to believe “the support base of the Rajapapakses among the Sinhalese is intact” going by the recent WP and SP elections. Ranil Wickremasinghe, on the other hand, claims the Rajapakse support base in the South is eroding to the extent of a quarter million votes in the WP and substantially in Galle.

      This sudden discovery of the “resurgence of the LTTE” and the Gopi melodrama during the weeks of the Geneva debacle is as false as the Grease Yaka stupidity a few years ago. The common factor is both were the creation of the same fertile brains in the Defence Establishment – not known for creative or rational thinking.

      The Professor has not been remiss in all his analysis. He is perfectly right in describing “Sri Lankan Tamils as reluctant secessionists” for the many eminently good reasons he puts forth.

      R. Varathan

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    Makes good sense. The last paragraph is significant. Bensen

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    1.”In fact, behind the scenes, Indian diplomats were trying to get the resolution worded strongly”?
    There have been reports India diluted the resolutions of 2012 and 2013 before voting with the US.

    2.”resolution ignored the progress Sri Lanka has made like the holding of the Northern Provincial Council election”?
    HOLDING the election is enough?? Till today the elected body remains powerless and the reins of the Council, including the *Presidential Task Force for Northern Development, continue to be held by the Governor appointed by the President: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/colonization-schemes-what-did-the-b-c-pact-say/
    * Presidential Task Force for Northern Development: not a singleTamil among the 19 members. All armed forces have representatives: http://reliefweb.int/report/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-appoints-new-task-force-rebuild-north

    3.Chief Minister Wigneswaran has been pointing out the failure ofdevolution of power in many meetings:

    i.
    ‘’Despite the overwhelming mandate of the people, steps have been taken to stymie the progress of the Northern Provincial Council – undermining the already insufficient 13th Amendment even further. At one time it appeared that legal steps would be taken to abolish the 13th Amendment.’’ – Brother Bernard And The National Question, 31 March 2014, https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/brother-bernard-and-the-national-question/

    ii. He also appealed to the university academics to take the message to the South polity:
    ‘’…..Let me conclude by making a request to you – the academic community and the intelligentsia of society:
    Exert your influence on the Southern polity to make them understand the needs of the North and East in the post-war context…..” – The Way Forward , Keynote address by the Chief Minister of NPC, 13 February 2014, https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/engagement-with-diaspora-accelerated-provincial-development-the-way-forward/
    But as the UGC is politicised they haven’t posted his speech on their website where the (politicised) academics’ speeches (like those of the President’s speeches) are posted: http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/news-and-events/1299-national-conference-on-qpost-war-socio-economic-development-and-reconciliation-of-people-in-the-northern-and-eastern-provinces-of-sri-lanka-.html

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    ”Sri Lanka’s future hinges on whether Sinhalese leaders will draw the right lessons from history”? It doesn’t look likely.

    Dear Professor, pl let me point out – pl pardon me if you’ve already noted it:

    ” …In each, the party previously in opposition gained decisive power on a platform that promised fundamental change. After each election, there were missed opportunities for initiatives that could have addressed many concerns of Tamil community members, while simultaneously respecting the concerns of all but the most radical Sinhalese nationalists. In each instance, however, Sri Lanka’s political leaders chose not to expend their political capital in this way but instead, to accede to demands of the radicals. … it will be useful to seek lessons from periods when Sri Lankan political leaders, like President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had such overwhelming political support that they were in a position, if they chose, to expend political capital by taking concrete steps toward communal reconciliation. …” – Prospects For Post Conflict Reconciliation And Development In Sri Lanka: Can Singapore Be Used As A Model? Prof John Richardson, Text of a presentation at Global Asia Institute Speaker Series (2010), National University of Singapore, http://groundviews.org/2010/11/05/prospects-for-post-conflict-reconciliation-and-development-in-sri-lanka-can-singapore-be-used-as-a-model/

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    ” It is necessary to recall that Sri Lankan Tamils were reluctant secessionists “

    I invite the good professor to read the article on Lankaweb by Kanthar Balanathan. It is a truer expression of what took place than you would read here.

    When the British left, at Independence, the ‘Tamils’ were grossly over represented in the Sri Lankan civil service, armed forces etc. This was a wilful act on the part of the British and I don’t need to explain their policy. The proportions gradually fell but have yet to reach the 11% that they represent in society. The vast number of educated Tamils (educated free by the tax payer) who are abroad is evidence that they got an excellent deal in Sri Lanka. The JVP insurrection(s) point to inadequate job opportunities for all islanders, and not a problem peculiar to the Tamils.

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      Lankaweb?
      What do you expect to find on the pages of Lankaweb?

      Those who support and oppose the government are given space in this website.
      Has anybody who opposes the government ever found space in Lankaweb??

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        Youn obviously have NOT read the article nor have any intention of doing. It does not support the government in any way, but negates the constant propaganda against the state.

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      1.Prof Priyan Dias addresses LLRC, 07 October 2010:
      ‘’If we do not feel guilty for the Northern military uprising we cannot go anywhere in the future as a country.’’

      2.Mr. Mangala Moonasinghe to LLRC, 17 August 2010: ‘’…so, who started terrorism – it was we – and then gradually naturally the youth, Tamil youth, went into terrorism in the north. … So terrorism did not come on its own. We created them sir, we created them.’’ (Moonasinghe is a former Sri Lankan diplomat and MP)

      3.Jayantha Dhanapala’s submission to Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), 25 August 2010: ‘The lessons we have to learn go back to the past – certainly from the time that we had responsibility for our own governance on 4 February 1948. Each and every Government which held office from 1948 till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other groups could live in security and equality.
      Our inability to manage our affairs has led to the taking of arms by a desperate group of our citizens. We need to rectify this bad governance and the first and foremost task before us is to undertake constitutional reform in order to ensure that we have adequate devolution of power. We need to have State reform; we need to have rule of law established; we need to ensure non-discrimination amongst our citizens; we need to have devolution of power and a tolerance of dissent and a strengthening of democratic institutions.”

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      Ram

      1.Prof Priyan Dias addresses LLRC, 07 October 2010:
      ‘’If we do not feel guilty for the Northern military uprising we cannot go anywhere in the future as a country.’’

      2.Mr. Mangala Moonasinghe to LLRC, 17 August 2010: ‘’…so, who started terrorism – it was we – and then gradually naturally the youth, Tamil youth, went into terrorism in the north. … So terrorism did not come on its own. We created them sir, we created them.’’ (Moonasinghe is a former Sri Lankan diplomat and MP)

      3.Jayantha Dhanapala’s submission to Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), 25 August 2010: ‘The lessons we have to learn go back to the past – certainly from the time that we had responsibility for our own governance on 4 February 1948. Each and every Government which held office from 1948 till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other groups could live in security and equality.
      Our inability to manage our affairs has led to the taking of arms by a desperate group of our citizens. We need to rectify this bad governance and the first and foremost task before us is to undertake constitutional reform in order to ensure that we have adequate devolution of power. We need to have State reform; we need to have rule of law established; we need to ensure non-discrimination amongst our citizens; we need to have devolution of power and a tolerance of dissent and a strengthening of democratic institutions.”

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      Ramu

      “When the British left, at Independence, the ‘Tamils’ were grossly over represented in the Sri Lankan civil service, armed forces etc.”

      Could you sight evidence for your claim.

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        Heh heh hey!
        “Could you sight evidence for your claim”

        Good question! Some people casually make stories up. It can be Kanthan Whoever or Ramu.

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      Mahavamsa, Lanka web, Daily news and several other racist govt.controlled newspapers and people like GLP, Dayan, Prof. wijesinhe, etal are responsible for the downfall of Sri Lanka. These people will go down in history as the cause of shame for the sinhala race!!

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      “The vast number of educated Tamils (educated free by the tax payer) who are abroad is evidence that they got an excellent deal in Sri Lanka. The JVP insurrection(s) point to inadequate job opportunities for all islanders, and not a problem peculiar to the Tamils.”

      You are trying to explain if the peoples controlling the government took the arms it is for jobs, if the peoples oppressed by that rule took arms it is just for fun?

      It appears to be very hard to make you realise who are these Tamil Diasporas and how did they studied even beyond the standardisation and became to be capable of getting jobs in foreign land while JVPyers did not not know to find within their government, even after the pampering of the laws.If you figure it out you will understand that Tamils were not favoured minority. What it is telling is, even the colonial rulers could not straighten the the Mahavamsa Modayas’ Dog Tails. If you think, even to the worst menial jobs, Whites had to bring Tamils from Tamil Nadu. After disenfranchise 3 million estate workers the JVPyers were not fit to man that jobs, so the Tea Industry has lost it’s international competitiveness.

      But there is one way to make understand how the Tamil nadu Tamils got the jobs in Sri lanka, Sri Lanka Tamils got jobs in western countries, But the JVPyers could not find jobs in Sri Lanka. If the Tamils can beat these Mahavamsa Modya out of the country and make them to go as refugees to foreign lands, they too will come to know to go the other lands and find out superclass jobs. When the Royal Family spends the 80% of the budgets and practice nepotism, JVPyers not going to win any job by taking arms against the government they elected it to come to power. What the JVPyers should have done is, instead of letting government to beat the tamils and sending them as refugees to foreign land, they should have asked the Tamils to beat them and send them to foreign lands as refugees.

      You know, your’s this kind of jealous over whatever Tamils are getting is the reason now Whites are coming back to investigate your government. At least now, somebody has to stop these jealous and have to start to think.

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    I am somewhat disappointed that learned gentlemen are
    making comments here to defend India’s so called
    professional diplomacy when Sri Lanka had no such thing.
    Perhaps true to a point.

    But who on earth caused the first intrusion into Sri Lanka’s
    sovereignty? It was Congress Party leader Indira Gandhi. They
    twisted the arm of the J.R. Jayawardene and sent troops to
    Sri Lanka. They were the so called Indian Peace Keeping Force.
    It has all the shades of Russia going into Crimea because the
    Parliament there wanted it. Then they interfered directly and
    their High Commissioner J.N. Dixit called the shots.

    What do you call this? Is it not Indian intrusion? They are
    a bunch of hypocrites who are interested only in themselves,
    not Sri Lanka and not her Tamil population. The Brahamins of
    the South Bloc may have embarked on this coup because the
    elections are under way and the Congress Government faces
    a rout.

    But the last thing India can speak about is anything being
    intrusive. Their fishermen are poaching in Sri Lanka’s territoral
    waters. That is not only intrusion but looting the island’s
    national wealth.

    The foreign policy paan wallahs, by doing what they did, have
    ensured only one thing – Greater embarrassment to India and no
    one else. Rajapaksa Government does not trust them. This is why
    he wanted to thank only Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff
    for the excellent support they extended. The Tamil political
    parties and the diaspora feel betrayed but cannot sever their
    links with India and find themselves orphaned.

    Mr Suriyanarayana – you are wrong when you say that the Indian
    bureaucracy has pulled one off. They have done great harm to your
    great nation. It is a slur on leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal
    Nehru and other distinguished Indians.

    Please stop pontificating about intrusion. The terrorism India
    created and gave all the encouragement including military hardware
    is why so many thousands died and so many lost their limb. Intrusion
    is as dirty a word as India when you talk of the Human Rights
    Council. Be honest to thyself before you preach to Pakistan and China.
    If they were gutty, national minded and forthright,Dilip Sinha
    the Indian Ambassador should have declared his country’s position
    much earlier.

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      Indira Gandhi helped the Tamil armed rebels to train in India.
      But JRJ unable to cope with insurgents in the South and in he North at the same time asked Rajiv Gandhi to send the troops to deal with the LTTE. JRJ had more than one motive in getting the Indian troops. He wanted to pit the LTTE and the Tamils against the Indians. He achieved more than that.
      Some readers need to learn what Globalisation is and what belonging to an intergovernmental organisation like the UN means. Having the Commonwealth where members feel that they don’t have to abide by gound rules seems to be detrimental to the UN. Let’s phase out the Commonwealth and make the UN much more effective.

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    FROM THE ABOVE POINT OF VIEW INDIA WANTS TO HAVE THE CAKE AND EAT THE CAKE.HEART TO HEART INDIA WANTED THE AMERICAN RESOLUTION TO GO THROUGH AND TO PLEASE RAJAPAKSAS BY ABSTAIN FROM VOTING.IT IS SONIA MAGIG AND MAHANMOHANS LAST SUPPER.SITHAMPARAM,VASAN,THANGAPALU AND OTHERS HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE OTHER THAN RE-ACTIVATE TAMILNADU MOOPANAR OR TAMIL NADU INDRA CONGRESS IF THEY WANT TO WIN ANY FUTURE ELECTIONS IN TAMILNADU.

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    Where were the Tamil Human Rights Activists when:::>>

    * Tamil children were forcibly enslaved to fight in so called liberation war..

    * When political opponents were assasisnated by the LTTE….

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      Remember Kathirgamar, Neelan Thiruchelvam,Rajan Hoole and many others who were murdered or were in hiding from the LTTE for their opposition to the LTTE’s activities. So, don’t talk crap.

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      sinhala_voice

      “Where were the Tamil Human Rights Activists when:::>>”

      LTTE thought about it and killed a number of Tamil Human Rights activists, for example Dr Rajani Thiranagama was gunned down in Jaffna.

      All those atrocities committed by LTTE and others were documented by University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna)

      http://www.uthr.org/

      Did Mahinda the former champion of Human Rights, document all those atrocities committed by JVP and ask UNHRC to investigate their terrorist acts?

      Former Human rights champion Mahinda took evidenc to UNHRC

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      Where are you going to be when the OHCRC’s inquiry take place?

      Are going to hide with the name of boycotting or, if have any truth in what you are saying, are you going to invite the commission and present the facts.

      You know why the foreign governments proscribed LTTE. You know why they supported King’s government. Now the King’s government has caught the tails of the tiger.

      LTTE fought for freedom. They courageously stood in the war until their end. You had the courage to kill. Now face the inquiry with some self respect.

      Face the inquiry with some guts. Stop crying like where were you? where was he? where was she?

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    The Sihala Buddhist say they are from north India but have no DNA. So they are invaders like the Kashmirs (last Maharaja Knight Hari Sing (1925-1961 Hindu Rajput of the Deccan plateau Maratha Dynasty.)

    INDIA GETS BACK LOST PROPERTY “|”Portugal lost effective control of the enclaves of Dadra and Nagar Haveli in 1954, and finally the rest of the overseas territory in December 1961, when it was taken by India after military action (although Portugal recognised Indian control only in 1975, after the Carnation Revolution and the fall of the Estado Novo regime).”|”

    CAN WE HAVE THE SAME IN OUR BACK YARD.

    SOUTH BLOCK/ TURKISH/Kerala KOTCHI COUP Soup & Alu_Porotas.

    SWISS HAVE THE 2 LARGEST CONTAINER SHIPPING IN THE WORLD &
    STILL UPWARD MOVING – BUT NO SEA, YOU SEE??
    Lanka marine posturing to fight India by proxy with American training.

    Will the next PM be attached detached like Atal Bihari Vajpayee the man who fathered the nuke until Musharraf showed off.

    May be by 2020 Lanka would be ripe enough for the grabs like Crimea but different style like Iraq.

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    Muthu Ramalinga has made some very pertinent points.
    It is an eye opener.

    Prof. Suriyanarayana is a known erudite scholar. One
    important point he makes is about India supporting
    two previous resolutions in 2012 and 2013. He says it
    is to correct that error that India abstained this time,
    or so he argues in so many words.

    If he is right, that is the biggest gift for Rajapaksa.
    He can now say that the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement is an
    intrusion. He could say he supported it earlier but needs
    to correct that mistake.

    Therefore he could say he will seek other methods to
    resolve the ethnic crisis.

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