19 September, 2019

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Sumanthiran Addresses Jaffna’s Anglican Leaders

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

The status of Sri Lanka’s new constitution is generally subject to several misconceptions, besides confusion over whether it is good or bad, and necessary or not. To clarify these doubts, the Anglican Archdeacon for Jaffna, The Ven. Fr. Sam Ponniah, on behalf of the Church’s Regional Board of Social Responsibility, invited M.A. Sumanthiran, MP and heir-apparent to the TNA’s Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, MP, to speak to all priests and church officials of the archidiaconate on its merits. In attendance were leaders from Jaffna, the Vanni, Trinco and Batticaloa. 

Fr. Ponniah had also invited Justice C.V. Wigneswaran or lawyer K. Guruparan to give a response. The latter two kept stalling so finally he went ahead to have only Sumanthiran last Saturday (16.02.2019) to speak at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Chundikuli with the promise to have the opposition on another day should they ever “find time.” 

I am merely making a limited paraphrased record of the 2-hour event as a Member of the Election Commission with the duty to educate the public on their right to franchise. However, my duty also it is to promote the franchise of the people, I disclose that I am uncompromisingly for devolution since it gives everyone the right to a say in his affairs. The meeting-record follows with what Sumanthiran first said, and the questions raised and the answers he provided.

The draft constitution by a Panel of Experts and subcommittees appointed by the Constitutional Assembly (the entire Parliament), as planned, with approved amendments was to be submitted to the Constitutional Assembly, and the Cabinet was to make that into a Bill.

However, with the departure of many SLFP MPs from the unity government, the latter lacks the two-thirds majority it had in passing the 19th amendment.  Most Sinhalese support devolution but when asked why they are against a federal state, they say it will lead to separation. Mahinda Rajapaksa, MP and Leader of the Opposition says he supports devolution but will not support a new constitution until elections are held. Nothing is therefore likely to pass as things are. 

The main tussle is between the words unitary and federal. Unitary means there is only one source of laws whereas federal means powers are also given to authorities away from the centre to make laws with the guarantee that such devolved power cannot be withdrawn. We must not be hung up over words and must focus on content. The epitome of a unitary state is the UK but it has more federal than unitary features, for example giving Scotland the power to separate if the people so want. 

In expressing the middle of the road position, unfortunately there is no word for federalism in Tamil or Sinhalese. The Sinhalese have circumvented this by inventing the word Pederal. So to avoid confusion the TNA thought of Aikiya Raatchiyam (united country) and Orumiththa Naadu (United Country), and chose the former. To avoid confusion and rabble rousing, the “draft of the draft” therefore uses all these words in Sinhalese and Tamil, one after the other in line. He noted that neither the BC Pact nor the Dudley Chelva Pact used the word federal but devolved many federal powers to the North-East. Even the 2000 proposals drafted by Neelan Tiruchcelvam  and G.L. Peiris under Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, had powers for the periphery which we opposed then but now would be very happy to accept.

If the current constitution-making fails, would Sampanthan be unfairly devalued among the Tamil people like Amirthalingam was for trusting JR and being cheated? Yes, that danger is there and that is why it is imperative to at least achieve a few steps forward with this government doing anything that can be. Our options with the alternative government are worse. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has done nothing to advance federalism, but we can talk to him. We are also talking to Rajapaksa. Ranil speaks of development. Speaking to our youth, I find 9 out 10 Tamil youths unemployed. I asked where they are planning to find jobs. They replied that they plan to go abroad. It shows the urgency of development through our Provincial Council.

Why is the TNA supporting an extension of UNHRC resolution 30/1 of 2015 on War Crimes? It is the only way to keep Sri Lanka under continued scrutiny by the world body. If not, there will be no way to examine and pursue the issues of punishment. Otherwise the war criminals will get off. We need carefully to balance our stance. Remember, there are two international instruments establishing that war crimes were indeed committed. One is by the UNSG’s Panel of Experts. The other is the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka. Both reports are agreed that terrible crimes were committed by the government and the LTTE. Can we argue that the killers of Joseph Pararajasingham and Raviraj should be let off but not those who killed Lakshman Kadirgamar? This is what the Attorney General asks me when I try to speed up the process. The reports also show that the LTTE executed persons in its custody in the last 3 days of the war. Are they to be let off while prosecuting those who massacred Tamils in the last days? We need to accept those reports in whole and cannot pick and choose those to be prosecuted. Our credibility is at issue. To identify the culpable we need a Truth Commission.

Why cannot you implement the powers already legislated under the thirteenth amendment? Police powers are not there under the thirteenth amendment but land powers certainly. Exercising the devolved powers needs enabling legislation by the Northern Provincial Council. We of the TNA drafted ten acts to be passed urgently. Former Dean/Law at Colombo Mr. Selvakumaran came and stayed in Jaffna for six months to work on this. But nothing was done because the then Chief Minister believes that it must be shown that nothing positive may be obtained from the Thirteenth Amendment. So they passed a smacking 434 emotive resolutions but not the needed laws, stuck in the policy of all or nothing – either a full konde or full tonsure (kattinaal kudumbi, siraichchal mottai).

Why are you doing nothing about the occupied lands at Kepapilavu? To the contrary, things are indeed being done. The residents under Mr. Rajapaksa were allotted lands elsewhere, built houses and moved. Now, legitimately, they want to move back home and are prepared to give up lands allotted to them. However, the army has thrown a wrench into the works. It has told the government in writing that continued occupation of Kepapilavu is essential for national security, but if the president asks them to leave, they will. In these circumstances the President is reluctant to ask them to leave. If he does so, it can be gist for negative propaganda, and a lot worse if the Army refuses to move. We are working on suggesting that the army relocate to Nanthikadal, arguing that the change in direction of the coastline gives them better vantage. In the North 80% of the land has been returned, not 90% as claimed by the government.

Why are you filing cases to save the Ranil government but not against what the army does to us? We did file a case for you when Parliament was dismissed. What if we had sat back? The illegal election would be over by now and a new government in place. If we had let that happen, can you argue for your rights as you do now?

Good things are happening. The Office of Missing Persons has been established. Although the outcome of our giving limited measured support to the government is not much to date, the folk on the OMP are good people who work with dedication and we are hoping for good progress. The Truth Commission I think is in line next. As I said, if we fail, it will be bad for the Tamil people. What is the alternative?

End Note: All went well including the tasty vadai and tea. However I am not comfortable that the meeting was before the side Altar (with what seemed to be a tabernacle)before which we are expected to genuflect. And the eats were served at the place reserved for receiving the Eucharist – the host and wine, not vadai and tea. O tempora. O mores.

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    YOU ARE ONLY ‘ARGUING FOR YOUR RIGHTS’, BUT WHAT IS THE OUTCOME. It appears that you want to go on arguing without achieving anything to fool the Tamil people.
    Wish you luck.

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      What is wrong with that ?

      why you think he has been fooling the TAMIL srilankens ?
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      I think we sinhalayas too should be vocal about our rights being pruned by some rascal politicians in the south. Or not ?
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      I hold the writer as one of the few that have guts to articulate the aforementioned issues.
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      I respect him more since he was among the few petitioners that bravely stood against Rajapakhse fake govt during 51 -day political coup in October 2018.

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        Yes! they have been fooling the Tamils. The interest and efforts made by SamSum to ‘restore’ democracy ‘ for the Sinhalese were not stretched to restore same for the Tamils. I can write pages and pages in this regard, but it won’t serve any purpose to you, who feels that the the rights of the Sinhalese are pruned by giving equal rights to Tamils.
        When they fight for your democratic/constitutional rights they are fine, but when the Tamils fight for their rights they are terrorists? You want to be a ruling class?

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      Lankens in general are misled by myths AND improper definitions. Not even reponsible experts would want to CLEAR it yet.
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      Be it with terms in sociology, psychology, medicine or whatever, many REPEAT the same mistake very often.
      .:
      That is common and part and parcel of their culture. General knowledge of the average is really low. You can check it by asking simple question from a cross section of the society. I think only a few UNIVERSITY DONS seem to have noticed this sofar.That is why Dr Dewasiri repeated, that people would not change their attitudes and they need lot more time to stay discussing about the very topics (devolution of power, astrology, invisible powers, buddhism practising in the country – BUDDHAGAMA and several topics, people are not yet familiar for open discussions/criticisms).
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      Only wayout would be improve the awareness of people about Federalism and Devolution of power. They need to organise workshops with the assistance of professionals (local and foreign).
      So long people would be misled by mixed definitions, they would look at any kind of devolution of power as if they try to drive away the poisonous snakes from their yards.
      I notice this also with our friends towards the PSYCHOLOGY and PSYCHIATRY. Most mix it up the two terms interchangeably, as if Rajaapakshe often mix it up billions with millions.

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        Before creating awareness about federalism, Sinhalese people need to accept that Tamils of north and east constitute a ‘people’ and thereby have the right to self determination. The island does not belong only to Sinhala Buddhists. Until they accept this, they will have to live with insecurity forever, ruling over Tamils under military boots as there will never be real peace.

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          Mr Thamiz
          Demographics have changed over the centuries. Let us start with the EXISTING demographic distribution of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) across the island. If you are talking about North and East for Tamils you must forward a solution for the Sinhalese too. Why should Tamils have the right to live anywhere? My proposal is to relocate the +50% of Tamils outside Northeast into the .Northeast.

          Soma

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            Soma, when the two states or self-administered regions become viable, it will be a reality that there will be considerable ‘others’ in these regions. Just as there are Tamils in the south, there will be Sinhalese in the north and east (thanks to colonisation). Steps should be taken to protect minority rights. The eventual reality is that they will be absorbed into the identity/culture of the majority, just like many Indian origin Tamils and Tamils of north west calling themselves Sinhalese now (precisely why Eelam Tamils do not want to prescribe to minority politics). Identity is not fixed but fluid. I hope I have answered your question.

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          we can do like Israel. Remove all tamil back to Tamil Nadu. final and real solution. you can tell your Western masters

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            But DNA and history has proved that it is not the Eezham Thamizh but the Chingkaalms are largely of Thamizh Nadu descent. Therefore we must remove all Chingkallams back to India. Most to Thamizh Nadu and the rest to Vangalam.

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      Now do you understand the difficulty of trying to democratically win minority rights in a self centered racially bias society?

      Other than arguing for the rights: what options does he have?

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    What is preventing Luxman Kadirgamar’s killer being tried if they have found the Person. There appears to be some confusion (created or otherwise) as to who killed Kadirgamar? Attorney General has to speak in that tone to safe guard his inability whether created or not.

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      The same theory of the premeditated killing of Jamal khashoggi-the Saudi Journalist got killed not allowing his return from the Saudi Embassy in Istandbul on the 02 Oct 2018 – is being applied to lanken BROAD DAY MURDERS.
      Killers of JK is already recognized by locally and internationally, but AMERICANS and other powerful nations cover it up.
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      Any killings in our home country are being kept away from the PUBLIC, by whom? by MAIN DAMAIN media.
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      If the KILLINGs and the prima facie information collected by investigations would have been given more publicity – to the very same manner, their calculated coverages made on BOND BANK SCAM within last 3 years, people would have reacted accordingly.
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      Both Lanken STYLE of abusive POLITICS and REACTIONS of MEDIA promote CRIMES in srilanka. This is a known fact. Crimes and politics are inseparable in this rotten hell.
      BBS led by an aggressive monk led crimes against innocient minority muslims few years ago.
      Today, INCUMBENT president himself confessed, that these RIOTS inflicted on MUSLIMs were mlechcha acts of Rajapakshes. THe motive was to mislead UNHRC and their attention showing self-made riots painting the picture infavour of LOCAL extremist groups. These extremists be them hidden behind SANGA constumes or lay people, both are men and women led by RAJAPKAHSE hedgemony.

      HEY GUYS; IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION on this, we have enough prima facie evidence which we can collected and submit to you.
      Thanks,

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    THE CAT LEAPS OUT OF THE BAG!

    “We must not be hung up over words and must focus on content. The epitome of a unitary state is the UK but it has more federal than unitary features, for example giving Scotland the power to separate if the people so want. In expressing the middle of the road position, unfortunately there is no word for federalism in Tamil or Sinhalese. The Sinhalese have circumvented this by inventing the word Pederal. So to avoid confusion the TNA thought of Aikiya Raatchiyam (united country) and Orumiththa Naadu (United Country), and chose the former.”

    SO, IF THERE ARE UNITARY STATES WITH FEDERAL FEATURES AND WE MUST NOT BE HUNG UP OVER WORDS, WHAT IS THE NEED TO INVENT A NEW, ‘MIDDLE OF THE ROAD’ WORD ? WHY NOT JUST USE THE EXISTING WORDS IN ALL THREE LANGUAGES FOR ‘UNITARY’?

    IT IS ALSO A LIE THAT THE SINHALESE USE THE TERM ‘PEDERAL’ BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ONE. THE TERM FOR FEDERAL IS “SANGDEEYA”, WHILE “PEDERAL” IS A COLLOQUIAL USAGE.

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      An old lap-pussy pussy roars in CAPITOLS.
      It is a hardly audible meow Dr Dayan Jayatilleka.

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      Self Proclaimed ONE AND ONLY ANALYST DJ,
      .
      Please sake of the torn NATION, dont try to misinterpret what the writer articulated above. I ve been living in Europe for decades, and i wonder why our people become “mimose” each time hearing about federalism. It. Wrong interpretations have fully misled the people. Just therefore, what is wrong with introduction of unitary state style but giving some devolving powers to the provinces. That is just going an extra mile extending and empowering already existing provicial adminstrations or not ?.
We thought you are much more educated than WIMAL BURUWANSE and the like uneducated men that have become STARS for thelanken populace. And if you would continue to use the Prefix, Dr, please also behave giving it a value, consider about the VALUE of a TITLE and how the doctors earn those title; Dr Merkel would not use the title unncessarily, so are the many german politicians. They are so humble AND exemplary to do so.
      Further to this, if I may add so, your usual statements should not be preoposterous to the same degree as those coming from Udaya Gonthadipila or the like men, that leave it for their day today survival tricks being within prevailing abusive politics in the country.
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      To me and many others who lived a while out of lanken hell, federalism is not AT ALL partioning the land or paving the way any future leaders to go for it. Unfortunately, locals have been misled by you and the like SO CALLED analysts as reiterating that it is virtually the start for an Eelam.

      The fact is that Federalim has been very successful in Europe, Canada and several other developed world today. Switzerland has gone an extra mile by empowering their bezierks- tiny administrative units (Bezirks) within Cantons. Within Basel, you have independently functioning areas.

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        they are all Christian and one race. Their history do not apply to Sri lanka. Sri lanka have been threatening by Tamil through out history and now even threaten more by rest of Indian. so, don’t bring bullshit here

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      If you don’t have a word in Tamil for Federal use the word ‘Suya Adch’ self rule in States.
      It is not the word that matters. It is the action arising from the word that matters. You may provide various ‘articles’ in the constitution, but if that is not implemented, the whole purpose is lost At least.every secondary school educated citizen should be able to read an understand the constitution. If an individual has to run to a legal luminary to get the cluases interpreted the constitution has lost its meaning. Further each legal brain may give different interpretation similar to the aftermath of 26/10/19,facts and fiction to suit their political leanings. Constitution, sometimes is a form of escapism to do the wrong and get away with it at least for some time, until it is finally sorted out at the constitutional courts. Along with the so called experts, have at least a couple of laymen who may ask questions, which may enlighten the ‘framers’ to think twice before finalizing.

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      It is Thero spear heads the campaign of “Federal” means “Separation” to get the MoFA. The Sinhala Only Supreme Court said Thero is wrong on that campaign. (Please read Thero’ writing on CT for his arguments.)

      Margi UNHRC diplomat played magic with words in May 2009 and evaded implementation the agreed term between Old King and UNSG in Colombo. The explanation given was “we never articulated specifically anything to do with in any time frame”. The end was Obama’s State Secretary John Kerry chased Old King out of Temple Tree House. Now Ranil plays the game with “Foreign and Commonwealth” means as the Sinhala Nationals Living in Foreign countries.

      It is not the cat, it is the lion came out in the “Devolution” (the Secret Solution). Thero, Ranil, New King, Mangala and Old King’s devolution is another 72 years and another War Genocide, but no solution.

      Thero and Old Brother Prince’s Zero Casualty Theory is over. NPC’s resolution to an IC investigation has to go on!

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      Let us avoid the personal when it comes to ideas.
      Dayan and Sumanthiran are agreed on what is a sound idea. Let us take it as a victory for good sense.
      We must also realise that bringing in federalism distorts many issues that are primarily questions of law and law enforcement; such as using the Mahaveli Authority for the rowdy colonisation of System L (Weli Oya) without a drop of Mahaveli water. It does no good to the colonists. The law has not been enforced.

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    “We must not be hung up over words and must focus on content. The epitome of a unitary state is the UK but it has more federal than unitary features, for example giving Scotland the power to separate if the people so want. In expressing the middle of the road position, unfortunately there is no word for federalism in Tamil or Sinhalese. The Sinhalese have circumvented this by inventing the word Pederal. So to avoid confusion the TNA thought of Aikiya Raatchiyam (united country) and Orumiththa Naadu (United Country), and chose the former.”

    SO, IF THERE ARE UNITARY STATES WITH FEDERAL FEATURES AND WE MUST NOT BE HUNG UP OVER WORDS, WHAT IS THE NEED TO INVENT A NEW, ‘MIDDLE OF THE ROAD’ WORD ? WHY NOT JUST USE THE EXISTING WORDS IN ALL THREE LANGUAGES FOR ‘UNITARY’?

    IT IS ALSO A LIE THAT THE SINHALESE USE THE TERM ‘PEDERAL’ BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ONE. THE TERM FOR FEDERAL IS “SANGDEEYA”, WHILE “PEDERAL” IS A COLLOQUIAL USAGE.

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      Shut up racist of very recent low caste South Indian immigrant origin , now beating the anti Tamil drum

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      The pussy-pussy meows again. Go back to sleep. Baby its cold outside.

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      BP DJ is upto his job again. He waited few more weeks to get attention. But things did not work out in that line. Now time has come the bugger to send the message across. So does his sinhala medium men in Colombo (Wimal Weerawanse, Udaya Gonthadipila and the like men).
      :
      DJ the most abusive man in lanken lime light would make every effort to paint the picture in favour of extremists promoting so called beloved patriotic leader Rajaapskhe.
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      DJ seems to be dreaming of becoming future minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRs, even if his has been changed time time.
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      We know this man and his selfish agendas since 2015 more. Please DJ give lankens a break. That can save your future.

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      It is the ‘words’ that matters when interpreting. We are all trying to Escape from the Sinhalese with regard to power sharing even after the courts have ruled that Federalism is not separation. The need to refer the word federalism for clarification/definition was to satisfy the Sinhalese. The Srilankan judges cannot have their own interpretation/meaning of the word . They flow from some dictionary meaning to the word.All of us are trying to cheat our selves and be satisfies that we have not been cheated. Perhaps we are all in a’ fools paradise’

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    Thank you Prof.

    “In Mullaitivu District, colonisation is a bigger issue than development. Firstly, our people’s lands were grabbed and given to the Mahaweli Authority through gazette notifications,” Sriskantharajah said. “Moreover, lands are being given here to people of other districts, for example people of Anuradhapura District in the name of Mahaweli. Tanks are being restored but lands are not given to the people who lived here.”
    “Furthermore, In Semmalai, a place where not a single Buddhist lives, a statue of Buddha has been constructed. I informed the President and he instructed the construction to be halted. But the Buddha statue was opened as planned. The Pillaiyar Temple which was there has been destroyed.”
    “In addition, the people of Keppapulavu have been protesting for two years, requesting their lands to be released. They spoke to you as well. However, the lands have not been released yet. Even now, those people are waiting at the entrance to submit a petition to you. They were not allowed inside.”
    “So, before development, you should stop colonisation. The gazette notifications and circulars that were published in the past are the reasons for these encroachments to continue. I respectfully request that you should hold a separate meeting with the Department of Archeology and the Forest Department regarding the Mahaweli development and take necessary action to stop these encroachments.”
    Prime Minister Wickremesinghe reportedly responded that he would return to discuss the issues the TNA MP had raised.

    https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/colonisation-more-pressing-development-mullaitivu-tna-mp

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      Anpu,
      In 1930s, British renovated few irrigation systems and gave first priority to to Demalu but they refused to come because they were scared of malaria. Sinhalayo took the challenge and went and developed the area.
      When Mr.D.S.Senanayake started settlement schemes in the former kingdoms of Sinhalayo in the North-East, destroyed by Dravidian invaders, Demal people were also given the opportunity to settle but they were scared of malaria and refused to come. Our Samasamaja Party scumbags told Sinhala people that there are malaria mosquitoes as big as elephants and discouraged. But ‘Weera Sinhalayo’ from the South went and opened the land despite heavy casualties from Malaria. Now the descendants of those Demal cowards talk about Sinhalayo colonizing their land. Your land is in Tamil Nadu, not in Sinhale. North-East of the country is where the Sinhala civilization flourished.

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        My friend Appu, We need many people like. it is time to become or go global. We need global connection. the first step is to contact ISI and get trained by them. Send strong Sinhalese patriotic youths to ISI school in Pakistan. Pakistan have all spy tool with supper English education. Pakistanis are smart . they copied everything good from British while strongly maintaining their Islamic culture. We need send thousand of Sinhalese youths to Pakistan intelligent military school, and when they come back , they will be like proud and brave military officers like General Museraaf.
        And when we have a few thousand Musraafs in Sri lanka, all those communists scumbags and fake Sinhalese will disappear or will run into Tamil Nadu for refugee status.

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    S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole says ~ “……Speaking to our youth, I find 9 out 10 Tamil youths unemployed. ……It shows the urgency of development through our Provincial Council…….”.
    Social workers say that unemployment in N&E is twice that national average. Are the jobs in the other provinces created by the respective Provincial Councils? Or is it in spite of the Provincial Councils?
    Some PCs are doing well in other areas – for example a PC ordered chairs at SLR 1 million a piece!
    If and when the chairs are unpacked, the taxpayer may cough SLR 2 million a piece.
    .
    As to how the CM spends the so-called funds allocated to the N & E Provincial Councils is scrutinised by the Governor down to the last cent. The power devolved to the CMs is negligible.
    The PCs are being used as a tool to oppress.

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    “Most Sinhalese support devolution but when asked why they are against a federal state, they say it will lead to separation.” They are like those persons who refuse to fly in an airplane fearing that it might crash, which is of course, a theoretical possibility!

    However, there is no record of anyone refusing to board an aircraft due to worry that the journey might end in disaster. Claiming that federalism will lead to separation is just a pretext to deny the Tamils any rights at all. This is one reason why the Tamils hardly bother to celebrate Independence Day!

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      Estate Labourer,
      “Claiming that federalism will lead to separation is just a pretext to deny the Tamils any rights at all.”
      Tell us “What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?’.
      I asked this question several times in this forum but so far there was no proper response. Those who responded tried to evade by saying ‘Sinhala Modayas cannot understand the problems of minorities’. Can you at least give a proper answer?

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        A part Sinhalese part Malay now living the good life in Melbourne Australia , thanks to his Tamil wife’s relatives, has not right to talk on behalf of Sinhalese or anyone and spread his racist venom

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    “there is no word for federalism in Tamil”
    What about this?
    federal constitution கூட்டாட்சி அரசியலமைப்பு
    Federalism கூட்டாச்சிமுறை

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    Isn’t it interesting. The Anglican leaders call up Sumanthiram to question the delay of the separate state project. So who are these so-called Anglicans? They are the members of the cult known as the ‘Church of England’ that is not a church by any means, but cult started by the vile, syphilitic British ruler Henry VIII. They spread the virus through the countries colonised by the British Jews. Jaffna became one of the mainlands of the disease due to many Tamils exchanging their loyalty to the Sri Lankan state for British blood money, their names and religion. When the British left, they created hundreds of schools in the peninsula to spread this germ.

    Sumanthiran comes from this tradition and so is Hoole who has infiltrated the state structure in the form of the Electoral Commission. He petitioned against the October 26 government, but is blind to the regime not holding local government elections! They are all foreign agents.

    The bottom line is the Sinhala Buddhist establishment, the historical owners and guardians of the land, knows them and their ways, and will never allow a Federal constituion in this land.

    So suck British leather, Sumanthiram, Hoole and others of that cult.

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      You must thank your white colonial masters (portugese, dutch, british) for robbing Tamil people of their sovereignty and handing it over in a platter to the Sinhalese when they left. If there is anyone who suffered immensely and continue to do so because of colonialism, it is the Tamils.

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        “If there is anyone who suffered immensely and continue to do so because of colonialism, it is the Tamils”

        Tell it to the marines. It was your own MP’s who let us down so low.

        Portuguese and Dutch ruled the Tamil people and Sinhalese people separately. Study man.

        Sir. Ponnambalam Ramanathan and GG Ponnambalam, calling them leaders of the Tamil people, why did they not ask for devolution when Soulbury and the British were consulting them?

        They looked down on their own people. Sucked up to the Sinhalese to build their personl empires.

        Crazy theory.

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      Wow Warnakula
      You said the absolute Truth.
      They’re Anglicans to the Brits & to some Colombo elite, then become Catholics to Vatican, then show a Methodist face to Velupillai’s clan at the end Evangelicals to the US & Canada – it all boils down to Rothchilds & Rockefeller Globalist Luciferans.

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      There was no Sri Lankan state any time at all in history , so do not fabricate history. Prior to the arrival of Europeans the island had three kingdoms one Sinhalese , the other Sinhalese/Tamil ( the Kandyan kingdom was a Sinhalese Tamil kingdom and not just Sinhalese as now being portrayed. Its court languages were both Sinhalese and Tamil and there were Tamil inhabited areas in the Kandyan kingdom proper ) and a Tamil kingdom . All three ruled by Tamil kings. The Portuguese and the Dutch captured the Tamil kingdom of Jaffna and the Sinhalese kingdom of Kotte and ruled them separately as two different colonies. They did not capture the Tamil Vanni or the Kandyan kingdom , these remained independent until around 1803( Vanni) and 1815 the Kandyan kingdom . It was only in 1833 a new colony called Ceylon was created by the British . So stop lying. It was the Sinhalese who invited the Dutch and the British to the island . The former to dispose the Portuguese and the later to get rid of the Tamil king of Kandy. They meekly surrendered to the Portuguese , whilst the Tamils fought against Portuguese rule and lost. Sinhalese soldiers fought for their Portuguese masters against the Tamils. Your name Waranakula denoted your recent South Indian Tamil immigrant origin. What a joker.

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      Mr. / Ms. W,

      You got church history wrong it appears to absurd limits. -Anglicanism is not a cult nor was the Church of England all about Henry’s divorce, nor changing to Anglicanism about blood money. The whole of Jaffna, leaving out the Roman Catholics and Muslims sought and obtained baptism into the Dutch church and into Protestant puritanism. The free mission schools and even a University were there from the Portuguese times and soon, Jaffna’s primary – tertiary education became unrivaled in Asia.

      The English people also wanted a return to the original pre-Roman Catholic Church in England, because of Rome deviated from the teachings . Britain had its own ancient brand of Christianity, the celts for one, which were ascetical. Ireland had coptic hermits teaching and officiating during Roman Times. There was internal protests already against the Pope because he was making Christendom seem like a temporal empire when Christ had adviced that – one could not serve God and Mammon at the same time. . Henry 8 was well versed in the RC Church’s Theology and the Prayer Book he commissioned deleted many errors which the RC church had fallen into.Of course there was much property and money in it for Henry by confiscating Roman Catholic Abbeys, manuscripts etc.with promises to open Cambridge and Oxford in place.

      Only the Truth can set us FREE.

      Let no one block the light that “shines in the darkness” ( ground of one’s soul).

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    Sumathithran is not so clever as I thought. Sumathithran and Sambandan have not shown any original thinking. They are just following the same foolish strategy adopted by all the previous Tamil political masters who went before them (excepting Prabhakaran): selling Tamil vote bank to the party with less than 50% Sinhala votes. This is not the way to tackle a NATIONAL PROBLEM. When will they realise that +50% Sinhala votes DOES matter? Another two or three election cycles perhaps?

    Sumathithran is trying to better Einstein. Trying to find a ‘solution’ that can satisfy political aspirations of at least 75% of the Tamil speaking people scattered across the island without relocating +50% of them.

    Soma

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      somass

      “Sumathithran and Sambandan have not shown any original thinking. They are just following the same foolish strategy adopted by all the previous Tamil political masters who went before them (excepting Prabhakaran): “

      They are following the tried and tested path just like you prating same old bigoted slogans, tried and failed policies, no innovative ideas, ………………….. more of the same, …………. why democracy, unity in diversity, Federalism, ………….. how to achieve it from a bottom up approach, ………………… .

      Now you seem to miss your leader Prabaharan, whose elimination from the scene has denied you and your leaders the opportunity to win elections, form governments, …. and make loads of money, enjoy unlimited power, use, misuse and abuse power, commit more human rights violations, ………………….
      I can understand your desperation.

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    It is not the word “unitary” and “federal” is the problem in Srilankan politics. It is the political opportunism played by both UNP and SLFP. The Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists are power hungry criminals. They are not bothered about ordinary Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims. They want to exploite the difference in the ethnicity to create a fear among ordinary Sinhalese. Can you give us a name of a President or Prime MInister’s family gave their life in this war or problem whether it is JVP or LTTE liberation struggle? None. Only Poor Sinhalese and Tamils lost their lives.
    Dr. Dayan is a extremist Christian. He is a crook and he likes the war between Hindus and Buddhists.

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    Will someone list down the merits of federalim and demonstrate that at least 75% of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island) are more benefited than at present please. For my life I can’t understand how those +50% Tamils who are going to be trapped inside Sinhala majority federal units will be any better off. On the contrary they will be reduced to second class citizens. It is for this reason I am opposed to federalim.

    Soma

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      somass

      “Will someone list down the merits of federalim”

      Being the leading doomsayer of the island will you now tell us the demerits of federalism? This is the umpteenth time I have raised this question.

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        If you want it so badly, let Me list the demerits of federalism.

        It is not prevalent in any independent, formerly non-colonised country.
        2. It exists only in former colonisers who ‘federated’ to exterminatev native populations through guns and poisoning of their drinking water (eg. USA, Cananda, Australia, SOuth Africa).
        3. It was imposed in former colonies after ‘independence’ to protect the left over coloniser mulattos by dividing the native peoples on religious grounds (India, Kenya and other countries).
        4. In short, Sri Lankans who respect their mothers will never want this colonial trap. Only bastards would welcome it.

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        NV
        You want me to tell you the demrits of going federal. Read my comment again. I can write a whole essay, the main point is those +50% Tamils who are going to be trapped inside Sinhala majority federal units will be heavily discriminated. Under federal people will be walking from province to province. There will be a Wingeshwaran in every province. There will be one Perumal after another in Jaffna. (That is why I always say a federal Sri Lanka will need huge military resources to keep it federal.) Mavil Arus and Aluthgamas will be common occurrences.
        Federal is the beginning of the next cycle of bloodshed.
        I challenge you to write down one advantage and show how that benefits at least 75% of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island)
        Federalism is an unwilling compromise on the part of Tamils who fought a war on Vaduckodai principles and an unwilling sacrifice on the part of Sinhalese who faced that deadly war.
        Such “unwilling” compromises don’t last long.

        Soma

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          somass

          Stop being too clever and do something useful in your entire life that you have missed in the past many years.

          “You want me to tell you the demrits of going federal. Read my comment again. I can write a whole essay, “

          Type your demerits on Federalism in an essay format and see how that essay withstand critics. Hopefully that will at least put a full stop to your bullsh*t.

          Leave your concerns about security issues to the Hindians. Let them do the worrying.

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    Sumanthiran sounds like the gov’t spokesperson than he is for Tamils. TNA has essentially agreed to devolution within the PC system, which has quasi federal structures that either party can manipulate by words in their favour. Given that TNA is part of the UNP gov’t (atleast unofficially), I can understand Dayan J’s fear mongering of this toothless PC system that he once advocated. In reality, TNA is the best thing that happened to the Sinhalese – they have compromised enough to accept unitary structure, while burying accountability and demilitarisation.

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    Vellala elite politicians keep on jabbering about a ‘Tamil Problem’/Ethnic Problem’. But when confronted they have failed to tell what is this bloody problem they are talking about. As far as I am aware, the most serious problem faced by Demala people in the North is a customary law called ‘Thesawalamei’ brought to this country by Malabaris. At the moment, Vellala Demalu who own about 80% of land in Yapanaya use this to ensure that land in Yapanaya do not go to the hands of low caste Demala people. Most of these land owners do not live in Yapanaya. They live either in Colombo or Greener Pastures.
    Why Vellala Demalu are dying to get Land powers to their hand? The answer is ‘to keep the low caste Demala people denying access to land.’
    Why Vellala Demalu are dying to get Police powers to their hand? The answer is ‘to brutally oppress low caste Demala people with a Police forces consisting of Vellala people.’
    It is for these reasons the low caste Demala people in the North told the Sub-Committee on Power Devolution not to give Land and Police powers to NPC.
    ————-
    For the benefit of low caste Demala people who are about 70% of the total in the North, scrap ‘Thesawalamei’ law. Ironically, the NGOs and Civil Society leaders fighting for human rights or the Christian Church is not doing anything to the plight of low caste Demala people in the North who are oppressed by Vellala elites.

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    According to the Tamil National Alliance MP M. A. Sumanthiran, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has made a statement that both parties had committed mistakes (‘weradi karala thiyenawa’ according to the translation appeared in TV) in the civil war. He made these comments addressing the youth conference of the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchi party at the Youth Hall in Jaffna. Sumanthiran does not know the difference between ‘Mistakes’ and ‘War Crimes’. What kind of a dumb lawyer?
    ——————
    Sumanthiran also claimed that Mahinda Rajapaksa, two weeks earlier, had accidentally stated that the war heroes have committed war crimes. This is a bloody lie. Mahinda Rajapakse told that no war crimes were committed but there were few isolated incidents where individuals had committed crimes and they were investigated and punished. He also told that defeating terrorism is not a war crime. This is how these Wellala politicians are misleading the ordinary folks. Arun Siddhartha who appeared in ‘Salakuna’ program in Hiru TV told how TNA is telling lies for their political survival.

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      Eagle Evil,
      .
      The very same Rajaakshe never accepted his son who committed hinous crimes. -today than no times in the past, we are sure of them having done such crimes.#
      So do you think the man of his nature would utter any truths ?
      :
      But all is clear that Thadjudeen killing was premdidated by Rajapakshes family. No interogations were held yet, since Rajakshe s wife was also involved in the murder.
      :
      And the very same Rajakashe never admitted that the his illegal PM position did lot more harm to the nation than any good.
      But as you know SC finally stood against their coup.
      Not a single judge in that two panels was on their side.
      Even today you the like of OBSEQUEOUS men kowtow him and his murderous kith and kin for some reasons.

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    Recently, at a meeting held in Yapanaya, PM told NPC has not done much to improve the lives of ordinary folks using the powers given to them. He said Armed Forces have done more work for the betterment of ordinary folks. He even said, if NPC is not doing their job properly the powers given to them will be withdrawn and the Central Government will address the problems faced by ordinary folks. PM is right. Wellala politicians who dominate NPC is not bothered about improving the lives of ordinary Demala folks who belong to low castes. Forget about giving more powers or Federal System that will benefit only Vellala elites.

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      Who is PM to comment about Yalpanam NPC. Has he done his job properly. You tie the hands of NPC and then say they have not done their job properly. EAGLE EYE you seem to be living in a make belief world.

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    Even postings of minor employees TO the Jaffna Teaching Hospital are for non-Tamil speaking persons from other Districts.
    Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are in cuckoo land about a New Constitution.Every now and then they declare that everything will be Hunky Dory once it is delivered nicely baked with icing and all.
    Next time it would not be Vadai and Tea but a piece of the constitution cake with wine at the premises of the Mavidapuram Temple.Of-course the egg in the cake would be a camouflage.
    I have just pulled out Somerset Maughams Cakes and Ale from the shelf;
    SJ. you are cordially invited to gate crash.

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    “ Can we argue that the killers of Joseph Pararajasingham and Raviraj should be let off but not those who killed Lakshmana Kadirgamar? This is what the Attorney General asks me when I try to speed up the process. “: Ratnajeevan is not a lawyer. It is not that bad that he is not able to understand it. But it is laughable PC lawyer Sumanthiran too lacks understanding on Tamils’ question to release the fake Tamil arrests under PTA. No persons involved in those murders are considered as political prisoners by Tamils or has been asked the Aanduwa to release them. .
    In reality and specifically with Ranil’s contention, those who ordered to kill Kathirgamar became EP of the country. Ranil said this in parliament, where Sumanthiran too go. We don’t know if Sampanthar or Sumanthiran went to meet Pillaiyan, but what known is only Old King and Old Son Prince are going and meeting Pillaiyan (Joseph Pararajasingham murder accused). As Pillaiyan had told that Old King paid for him to take care of New King, he is kept in prison unlimitedly. As we need a witness against Old King, we asked TNA must appear to Pillaiyan and should bring him out. That is why AG is worried about leaving him out alive. Raviraj’s Murder case was inquired by Sinhala Speaking Jury only and the Rapist army who killed him was released. PTA is not applicable on Rapist Army or Sinhala Political Leaders when they hired Tamils Paramilitary to carry out the murders. Other than Pillaiyan, no Sinhala person involved in those shooting are arrested under PTA. Then can Ratnajeevan explain why Joseph Pararajasingham and Raviraj and Lakshmana Kathirgamar Murders are put together by AG and Sumanthiran could not ask AG about that?

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    “ It is the only way to keep Sri Lanka under continued scrutiny by the world body. If not, there will be no way to examine and pursue the issues of punishment. Otherwise the war criminals will get off. :
    I don’t think that is fitting very much with Sumanthiran’s new slogan “Mannipaum, Marappaum”. Further that is signal to UNHRC to drag that for another 70 years of negotiation.

    “ It has told the government in writing that continued occupation of Kepapilavu is essential for national security,……..In these circumstances the President is reluctant to ask them to leave. If he does so, it can be gist for negative propaganda, “ :
    This is why Tamils want international investigation, not local. The main reason Sinhala Leaders carrying out Genocide on Tamils is to convince the South with their patriotism and win elections. So Tamils cannot expect that trend to reverse as long as democratic elections decide the ruling party in Lankawe. President is keeping army in North to make the South believe that there is LTTE and that is how he wants to win the election.

    “ So they passed a smacking 434 emotive resolutions but not the needed laws, stuck in the policy of all or nothing – either a full konde or full tonsure (kattinaal kudumbi, siraichchal mottai). “
    Though the Tamils’ struggle against the Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism took the current shape, “Tamils’ freedom fight”, only after 1948, when the British rulers left the country, but the problem was felt as early as 1918, shortly when Ramanathan returned from Britain. The Chauvinism became Genocidal racial hate after Universal Franchise and State Council.

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    In 1949 the Federal Party (ITAK) was formed to nonviolent agitation. It turned into armed struggle and now diplomatic agitation. Other than the earlier two formats, in the current diplomatic fights, there is considerable Tamils Diaspora contribution also exist. But whatever the format and whoever contributed, the achievement on these struggles is zero! So all diaspora Organizations, without any exemptions and all internal political parties like, TNA, TPNF or even TMP have done nothing. This is the case of past leader of ITC, ITAK, TULF, LTTE and current political parties. Weather one want to count it as 100 years, from 1918, or only 70 years from 1948 no change in the end result. But what has been interesting is, some of them, to keep others under their jackboots in election, easily blame that the other one as has not done thing. One of the main reasons for this non achievement is the Sinhala Leaders’ time and again cheatings and Tamils reluctant to go for with beggar bowl and be fooled again and again. SJV took this lesson from DS and latter from Dudley and decided firmly not to accept any personal perks in lieu of Tamils rights. This was accepted by current TNA leader Sampanthar and followed by NPC CM CV, too. Now it is interesting to watch Sumanthiran or Ratnajeevan who claims that they are the FP, blaming CV as “ kattinaal kudumbi, siraichchal mottai “

    The new trend of TNA is to run after perks and minister posts, abandoning the hard object, Tamils Rights. The reality is a new power hungry plight has been successfully set up by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, within TNA. It seems the TNA leadership has lost its lesson, because of the Mahudy(piper) Ranil. The TNA leadership is, now, dancing for Ranil’s latest music of “Mannipaum Marappaum”. Further there are two views has come out in the news, one from Sumanthiran another from Sampanthar. No official statement from TNA confirming or rejecting the conflicting views as individuals’ views or TNA’s view.

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    NPC was under TNA. CV was selected by all five parties to lead them in the election. MP Sumanthiran drafted the manifesto for NPC election, in September, 2013. The main idea in that was internal self-determination. I am not sure what that is; but latter it was explained by TNA leader Sampanthar as Federal Constitution (But recently Sumanthiran contradicted that explanation). Northerners voted extremely-overwhelmingly for that idea and 80% voters too tuned out in that election. Sampanthar claimed it was a new Mandate (Thought East was not in that) against Vaddukoddai Convention, which’s theme- the separate state, which was Navaratnam’s idea, TULF borrowed.

    In January 2015 the first crack in TNA’s resolve for fighting for Tamils Rights appeared. TNA supported a War Criminal, whose name was in the OISL’s report listing the criminals, to be the EP. This made OISL redraw its report, dropping the 42 criminal’s names. Now TNA’s is position is “Mannipaum, Marappaum”. In 2015 we have been arguing that, with the 65 years of experience, only way to deal with Sinhala Leaders is going for an International Investigation, establishing the Genocide; reclaim the Tamils’ lost self-determination. But TNA took a “U” turn from 2013 election manifesto and supported a war criminal, in 2015. TNA was exchanging the Genocide – War crimes for the Secret Solution. This was deal that TNA and Ranil agreed to get a fake constitutional solution, without Sinhala Mass knowing of it. So every Tamil did know it will not come forth. Sampanthar, from 2015’s 100 days election promise to until now he was saying it will come this Devali or Next Pongal. In August2016 Sumanthiran said, that September it would come and then Tamils would say they didn’t get their Tamil Eelam and Sinhalese will say the Tamil Eelam was given. Last year Sumanthiran said that it was coming and if not he would resign.

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    Now, after everyone is clearly seeing that no negotiated constitutional solution is possible, ever in the Lankawe History, Sumanthiran is saying that it is not coming in this government, but it will come in the next government. Nobody knows how and when Sumanthiran got that promise from a government of which’s EP candidates’ name are yet to be published by any party.
    It is not surprising TNA’s somersaults of recent past. In 2015 Sampanthar told Chandrika If Ranil was the candidate then Tamils may not be able to vote for CC. After that the new entrances in TNA steered the TNA to the feet of Ranil. TNA’s member parties were isolated and eliminated. It appears TNA has set is basket waiting for its rewards in the next election. In other words it may destroy all the hard fought 70 years of Tamils’ freedom war.

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    The Hooles have always been supporting the anti-Tamil elements. Their contribution to make the Tamils as third class people continues. The Sinhalese leaders have honestly reveled that they will not offer the Tamils justice or Federal solution. Instead they will offer and the Tamils must accept the foremost place to Buddhism and the unitary government. The Hoole is trying to create an image that something great is on the offer and the people like Wigneswaran and Guruparan are fools not to accept.

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      Wizaran,

      OH NO!

      We have had Wigneswaran and Guruparan. What did they do? So much badly needed money returned to the government because Wiggie could not appoint his nephew in charge of the money. He was adamant.

      Wigneswaran’s whole term in office as CM was wasted on making resolutions that could not be implemented. The most unpractical and inefficient man.

      All pompous talk and total betrayal of the Party. He was a foolish appointment.

      Federal Party should educate the masses.

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    Mr Thamiz
    You are ready to let +50% of your brothen to be sidelined, discriminated and absorbed into the majority – a slow, painful historical process. What people like you don’t realise the whole thing smacks of stinking hypocrisy. Let us have one Homeland for all or two Homelands one for Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival) and one for the Sinhalese. Tamil commentators on CT give me the impression that nothing scares a Tamil than the thought of living in aTamil only enclave.

    Soma

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      Soma, do you realise what you are saying?
      “You are ready to let +50% of your brothen to be sidelined, discriminated and absorbed into the majority – a slow, painful historical process.”
      This is exactly what Tamils have been complaining about ever since independence.
      Ever heard of Sinhalization – a well documented and an ongoing process? Tamils losing out their identity is an eventual outcome of this one homeland you are talking about, regardless of how you choose to spice it up with plurality, multiculturalism, individual freedoms and what not.

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