30 September, 2020

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Sumanthiran On Wise Verbal Concessions In The Art Of Negotiations

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Today, 15 September, 2018, saw one of the few really intellectual activities in Jaffna at Veerasingham Hall: the first C.W. Thamotharampillai Memorial Lecture. CWT was a legendary Tamil literatist of the nineteenth century credited with discovering some of the oldest extant Tamil literature like the Tolkapiyam and other  lost Tamil Sangam works. The hall was packed to capacity.

A product of Jaffna’s Batticotta Seminary, CWT was ranked first between the first two graduates of Madras University. He was a judge and Regent of the Kingdom of Puthukkottai, and guardian to Ponnambalam and Coomaraswamy Ramanathan when they studied at Presidency College. Indeed, CWT was one of Jaffna’s finest products in the intellectual sphere.

After Jaffna University History Professor Paramu Pushparatnam’s introduction to  who Thamotharampillai was, there was a sort of mock interview of M.A. Sumanthiran, MP, by Provincial Councilor Kesavan Sayanthan. Sayanthan, an upcoming lawyer, asked questions based on common criticism of Sumanthiran and it seemed a healthy way of addressing such criticism.

For example, a question was “Is it true that you will leave the ITAK and join the UNP for the next elections as a nominated member?” Answer: No. Question, “How come you have not even rented a house in Jaffna and are so Colombo Centered?” Answer: “Why would I rent a house in Jaffna when I own one here.” Question: “Why do you say that federalism is not required? Why are you taking the party against what the people wanted and voted for?” Denying this was the cue for Sumanthiran’s lecture on “The Extent of Federalism Today.”

It was an exciting lecture that showed Sumanthiran’s involvement in supreme court cases and their subtleties. He went into the case against the Thirteenth Amendment heard by a full bench of 9, saying 4 judges said it needs to be passed by a referendum and four disagreed. One judge said it needed no referendum provided 2 key aspects were removed and they were removed to enable enactment without a referendum. He argued that the removal of those clauses ensured that what we have is not federal.

Sumanthiran went on to argue that even the best federal structures in two different countries are never alike and that every country has both, aspects of a federal state and aspects of a unitary state.

He implied that being stuck with words like federal and unitary is counter productive, and we should look at the substance of devolution rather than nomenclature.

Privately, Sumanthiran once told me that these problems of negotiation should be approached judiciously without being hung up on words that can be inflammatory. He gave the example of the brilliance in Article 18 of the Constitution. While 18(1) says Sinhalese shall be the official language of Sri Lanka, Article 18(2) brilliantly goes on to subvert it saying that Tamil shall also be an official language.

If we had been stuck on objecting to 18(1), Tamils could never have been liberated through 18(2). It is an oxymoron like 18(2) that can make Tamils get powers to take decision on those matters that concern our well-being through participatory governance.

Time to Take Root

Sumanthiran is hoping for an oxymoron like 18(2) that, while accepting Sinhalese as THE official language gave us Tamils the freedom to correspond with government in a language we understand. While the police do not respect our constitution and behave like bullies in the North and East shouting at us in Sinhalese and expecting us to understand them, the good effects of a  seemingly contradictory law are increasingly coming to be – 30 years after 1987.

Thirty years after the Thirteenth Amendment and the laws that followed as a consequence, at many official fora today there is translation into Tamil and vice versa. It is expensive but money well spent in making the Tamil-speaking people of Sri Lanka feel they are Sri Lankans.

At the Election Commission, I am able to function because every document is translated into Tamil and placed before me. If not for that, I will not be able to function on the Commission. I feel fully a Sri Lankan and not an illiterate in my own country. The commitment at the Election Commission is so deep that once when to save time I offered to work with a document in English. I was curtly told, “It is against the policy of our Commission not to provide a translation.” It has taken 30 years for the Commission to come to its present position as a trail blazer in language-law implementation.

So it will be with other concessions, even if reluctantly ceded today

MP Sumanthiran’s Risk-Taking

Sumanthiran is gambling on further oxymorons on federalism and the foremost status for Buddhism to make minorities fell less oppressed and this country more democratic – two key elements to make Tamils and Muslims feel really Sri Lankan, and for all Sri Lankans to feel equal and be equal. Words do not matter so long as we get what we need.

That attitude to not be stuck on words and to be focused on substance is causing Sumanthiran and like-minded Tamil leaders face electoral risks and the charge that they are promising people one thing and working for the opposite. What Sumanthiran and Elder Statesman R. Sampanthan are doing is bold and being politically honest and straight forward, which we want a lot more of in this country. Immediately after the lecture itself, I heard one person comment that if we compromise, the Sinhalese will take even greater advantage of us. Perhaps so, but I believe that Sumanthiran and his like-minded leader will continue taking the risk and educate the public as he did today. I am sure the public is a lot more intelligent and discerning than we give them credit for.

Heckling

There will always be critics among us and we should not bother so long as they are a minority among us. Today at the meeting a man seated just behind my family got badly worked up when he saw STF men with machine guns in the hall. I am sure many others also felt bad on seeing the STF with its malevolent reputation for viciousness against Tamils during the war. That man got up and started shouting: “We do not need guns here.” We all agreed I think but got nervous when the STF men took a special interest in our area of the hall. The man got up and told Sumanthiran not to talk nonsense. When Sumanthiran who spoke in Tamil cited some authorities on federalism in English, and repeated in English some knotty concepts he had first explained in Tamil, the man got even more agitated and said in Tamil, “I do not understand him. He is talking nonsense. Stop him. What is this English in Jaffna!”

We who were around him missed some key parts of the speech, to my regret, on account of the commotion and feeling threatened upon seeing the STF scrutinizing us and other people in our area.

The heckler was ignored and to his credit Sumanthiran kept going. That is a good way to handle criticism – ignoring those critics who are hysterical and virulent, including the press that highlights any attempt at peacemaking by those seeking common ground. Good ideas will prevail despite any initial hostility.

So press on Mr. Sumanthiran. Your road is the road to peace and justice.

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    STF with machineguns in a hall in which a political discussion is taking place !!
    Does this happen in any other country?

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      Yes. In the US., China, etc. Nothing wrong. Its a way to hinder terrorism and mayhem.

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        Sumanthiran is right on Buddhism in the constitution. It is of all the religions most non-violent.
        But Buddhism and Islam has been politicized and Weaponized by corrupt monks and politicians in Sri Lanka and Burma and other South East Asian counties, partly as a result of the weapoinzation of Religion (Buddhism and Islam), — a deliberate strategy of CIA and US govt.’s Asia Foundation, during the Cold War, against Communism.
        Buddhism was Weaponized by the CIA to stop Communism spreading in South East Asia after fall of Vietnam. In fact it was at this time that Buddhism was suddenly introduced to new Sri Lanka Constitution, just as in Bangladesh which like Lanka had a secular Constitution until 1970s.
        Cold War Monks: Buddhism and Americas’ Secret Strategy in South east Asia” by Eugene Ford published in 2017 by Yale University Press gives this history of Weaponization of Religion. Also, Islam was weaponized by CIA in Afghanistan and mid east and Saudi Crown Prince said Wahabism was spread from Saudi to South Asia on instructions from US CIA to stop communism and protect Israel.

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          Buddhism needs to be rescued from corrupt monks and politicians in who are running amok as Malwattha Mahanayake said..
          Today Religion is being weaponized again due to US/India VS. China Cold War in Indian Ocean which is being militarized. Also,
          US is giving military Aid and helping Sri Lankan military occupy lands of Tamils in Northeast. Sumanthiran should take this up with his American buddies.
          Also, Hinduism in Lanka is being weaponized by India today with its Hanuman Statues, Sculptures and Ravana Trail and Ram bridge and HInduthwa offices in northeast that is competing with BBS. More religious conflict ahead..

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        In that case, the STF must be present at political meetings in Colombo, Kandy, Matara, Polonnaruwa and every other place; not only in Jaffna!

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        Kumaran,
        It is more a symptom of State Terrorism in Sri Lanka.

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    Were the STF personnel present in order to give protection to Sumanthiran, given the earlier reports of an attempt on his life by some Tamil extremists? Or are they usually there in all such meetings even when Sumanthiran is not present?

    If it is the former, Sumanthiran will need to ask his security detail to be discreet. If it is the latter, that is a serious issue and the TNA parliamentarians need to take this up at high levels.

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      Agnos,
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      As far as I know Sumanthiran still has STF protection. They can not be expected to leave him alone in a public meeting. Showing special interest in a man shouting was their job. The “machine gun” was very likely a Heckler&Koch 9mm sub machine gun. Much smaller than a real machine gun. Part of STF protection is to be visible. For what ever reason Gota had the same during the recent demonstration and maybe 24/7.
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      STF has a very small number of personnel in Jaffna. Not enough for all kinds of meetings.
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      I wish to thank everybody for having ignored the shouter. Why was there only one dude disturbing?

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    International community has advised Sri Lanka government in particular and Sinhala people in general to formulate a constitution without calling it either unitary or federal and share power and territory with Tamils which will give them an extensive degree of self governance. Unfortunately Sinhalese are not prepared to budge from unitary concept, though supreme court has rued that federalism is not separation. Due to this intransigence of the Sinhalese constitution making is stuck in the very first step. Sinhalese people in order to show the world that they are serious about it have agreed to mention in the draft proposal differently in three languages, Ekiya meaning unitary in Sinhala to please Sinhalese, Orumitha in Tamil to please in Tamils and nothing at all to hoodwink the international community. Now people like Sumanthiran know that when challenged in courts, Judges will take the Sinhala wording and all trouble taken will come to zero. Therefore he is going round coming out with all these to tell Tamils to compromise their demand on federal powers, in order to curry favour of his masters India and the west who do not want to destabilise the present government. There will be no new constitution before or even after the next election.

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      @Dr Ghana Sankaralingam, you con doctor, why are you wasting your time ranting here. ask yourself what you did today for Tamil Eelam? have you loud mouthed old fart done anything for Eelam cause for the last 9 years. we do not want words, we need action. Thalaivar would have whipped your sorry ass if he was alive. ( some of my inside sources of LTTE tell me Thalaivar had survived ordeal and escaped. Thalaivar and pottu anna will be back soon, according to highly placed Eelam sources) when thalaivar is back in action, he will give a good spanking to you. brace your ass

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        eelam

        “Thalaivar would have whipped your sorry ass if he was alive.”

        unfortunately he is dead.So you also can fuck off with the grade 5 dropout.

        “some of my inside sources of LTTE tell me Thalaivar had survived ordeal and escaped. Thalaivar and pottu anna will be back soon, “

        hahahhahaha.Both the donkeys are dead.Pottu and thalaivar went together into the mangroves(inseparable buddies)there was a firefight thalaivar came back to where soosai was without pottu.Probably pottu died and thalaivar burnt his body.Then thalaivar went again into the mangroves to break out again,this time without his buddy and with his 50 or so bodyguards died in a massive firefight that lasted 3 days.24/7 bunker Thalaivar for the first time in his life gave a good fight.

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      Constitution!
      Britain has no written constitution. But they adhere to the ‘VERBAL’ constitution reasonably well. They did not hesitate to hold a plebiscite for the Scottish people to ascertain their wishes as to whether they would like to go way from the United Kingdom. But our written constitution state Sinhala and Tamil are are official languages . But do they adhere to it?. Whether a constitution is written or Verbal does not matter. It depends on how it is implemented.
      Lots of concessions have been given by the Tamils- Federalism to District councils – Regional Councils -separate state to Internal self government authority (ISGA) North east provincial councils together and now separate provincial councils under the control of the governor appointed by the central government.
      Kaluthai theinthu katterumbu ahiya kathaiye.( A donkey finally ending up as an ant)

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    Prof. Hoole has always been very brave in sticking to his principles. It is that stand that prevented him from functioning as the VC of the Jaffna University although he was appointed to it. The word oxymoron is liberally used in this article and dissecting the word would be out of the main theme. The 1978 Constitution has very tricky provisions and to understand it requires a very good understanding of the language and the law. As an example article 4 describes the people’s sovereign power into three branches exercised by three different parties. The executive and legislative power respectively is exercised by the President and Parliament respectively and that division is explicitly stated. However, the judicial power is to be exercised by parliament through a system of courts and tribunals with the exception of matters involving parliamentary privileges. Therefore separating the judicial power into a system of courts and tribunals (with the exception of parliamentary privileges) is not explicit but the separation does exist. Therefore for all practical purposes the three branches of Government are separately exercised, independently and inter-dependently. Same can be said of the religion, language etc. I must appreciate the likes of Prof. Hoole who understand that it takes a pretty long time in Sri Lanka for a policy to bear fruit and he is now witnessing some of the policies well implemented in some quarters. As a senior citizen I take the effort to learn Tamil and I see a lot of similarities in Sinhala and Tamil, perhaps having the same Sanskrit and other Indian languages as the origin. I am happy to note that learning all three languages is a part of the present curriculum. I see that there is some hope for the amity among communities in the distant future.

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      Thank you for a well articulated observation. Wish there are more people who think like you and we can hope for a better future for us all in a peaceful, prosperous nation.

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      The similarity is because Sinhalese is founded on Elu which is a Semi Tamil Dravidian dialect. Old Sinhalese or Hela is Elu mixed with Prakrit and very similar to its Tamil mother in its structure and pronunciation that modern Sinhalese , which has deliberately introduced Sanskrit words like what Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu have done in the last two centuries to deny and hide their origin from Old Tamil. Coming back to Sinhalese 35-40% of its vocabulary is still based on Tamil. Its grammar , syntax , lexicon and its alphabet is 100% based on Tamil and not on Sanskrit of Pali. The Sinhalese grammar Sidhas Sangharawa is based on the Tamil Vira Soliyam. Contrary to popular belief it was not Sanskrit that influenced Tamil but the other way around. Tamil is far older than Sanskrit, even Sanskrit fanatic Indian Prime Minster admitted to this truth. Both Tamil and Sanskrit extensively borrowed words from each other. Tamil more so. Language borroweing words from each other is trivial, as all languages do. However Sanskrit borrowed the Dravidian/Tamil grammar syntax and lexicon. A language borrowing another language’s grammar syntax and lexicon is a great thing , showing how much this language influenced the other. This is what Dravidian/Tamil did to Sanskrit. Indo Aryan is the only group amongst the Indo European family group that has the Dravidian retroflexes . Even now all modern Indo Aryan languages like Hindi , Marthai ETC still use the Dravidian/Tamil way of grammar and sentence formation. Compare a sentence formed in Sinhalese Hindi and Tamil the words are arranged in the same consequence compared to English or German. Eg I go home. As for Sumanthiran I am very disappointed in him . he is trying to fool the Tamil people with a dud constitution , where they are not going to get anything, after all this struggle sacrifice and heartache.

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        real siva
        “Old Sinhalese or Hela is Elu mixed with Prakrit”

        It is not mixed with prakrit.It is prakrit.Don’t contaminate history to suit yourself.

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          Only thing contaminated is you and not me . Sinhalese diehards want it both ways . Hela as truly indigenous to the island but a Prakrit, As they want to be Aryan and not Dravidian. Truly indigenous people of the island were Dravidian or Veddoid.. not Aryans. The Prakrits are any of several Middle Indo-Aryan languages formerly spoken in India. Texts written in these languages date from the 3rd century BC to the 8th century AD or later. This means Hela is not indigenous but an import from northern India and the local Tamil dialect ,Elu is indigenous. You cannot have it both ways. Old Sinhalese or Hela is a mixture of the native Tamil dialect Elu and the imported Prakrit and was very close to its Tamil mother in pronunciation and structure this is a fact and you coming here screeching and abusing me is not going to change this truth. Sinhalese is built on a strong Dravidian/Tamil foundation on which there is an Indo Aryan super structure has been built. Even now with all the deliberate Sanskritisation of modern Sinhalese its vocabulary is still 35-40% Tamil derived , as Tamil or its local dialect Elu is the basis or foundation of Sinhalese. Take of all the Tamil origin words from Sinhalese , there will be no such language called Sinhalese . It will be just Sanskrit of the Prakrit Pali. Sinhalese grammar syntax lexicon and alphabet are 100% based on Tamil and not on Sanskrit or any other Prakrit language like Pali . This is not what I state but renowned unbiased Sinhalese historians and linguists. Only Sinhalese die hards and fanatics do not want to admit this truth and are creating chaos by trying to spread lies and brainwashing the masses.

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        How many retroflexes do Hindi etc. have? Tamil has three formally recognized pairs of retroflex–non-retroflex pairs. (A study 30 years ago identified five pairs.)
        *
        Tamil grammar until much late had grammatical rules only for letters and words.
        Classical Tamil had no strictly specified word order, although Subject-Object-Verb is now the norm. (Even now, in simple sentences a change of word order will not lead to loss of meaning.)
        So there is no question of other Indian languages adopting that pattern from Tamil.
        *
        Panini’s grammar for Sanskrit precedes the first known Tamil work of grammar by centuries.
        The earliest Tamil script system branched from a derivative of a West Asian script.
        Indo Aryan languages still retain a ‘grammatical gender’ and do not have the long ‘e’ and ‘o’ vowels. The Tamil script lacked symbols to indicate long ‘e’ and ‘o’ vowels in writing and what came into being is post-Beschi.
        There is need to rethink fancy theories about Tamil being the source of everything under the sun,

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          Well said, Prof. That is really quite constructive thinking.
          .
          I must confess that I am in some respects a bit childish; feel flattered – utterly illogical, of course. But I don’t mind inducing a chuckle or two!
          .
          Childishly,
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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          ” Panini’s grammar for Sanskrit precedes the first known Tamil work of grammar by centuries. “
          Once again SJ is starting his own PhD out of the blue sky. Is he man of learned in any faculty? Though the work can be anything in Language, the customs of English is about the literature or the creations. “a literary work based partly or wholly on fact but written as if it were fiction. hagiology. literature narrating the lives (and legends) of the saints. lucubration. a solemn literary work that is the product of laborious cogitation.
          Grammatical books normally not in that. Further West was not in that those days, either. So, not any Tamil Work is comparable to a grammatical book Panini synthesized. As to be the best in the art of doggery and slippery, SJ is comparing Panini with an unknown First Work of Tamil. The man who reads only the enemy’s scripts, showing his shame of not knowing what is the first known Tamil work by avoiding naming it. He just doesn’t want to get caught in by somebody cornering him with his inferior knowledge in Tamil.
          Sadly, the Western Pundits dating Tholhapiyam (that is what SJ had in his mind, if he is dragged in to defend him- Silly of him) much ahead of any known work in Tamil. This includes the “Pathin En Kanakku” too. So SJ’s pundit’s calculation is, Tamil had its Grammatical Book well ahead of any literature work appeared in it. But for their need, these pundits redefining that at least a 1000 years needed for grammatical book appear in one language after having had its literature books appeared. Veda’s appearance is dated 1000 years ahead of Panini.

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          It is said Tamil-Brahmi came from Hebrew like languages. That is, the Brahmi came from Aramaic. This appears to be a theory of not that much inferior to Tamil came from Sanskrit. In the Tamil-Sanskrit case, When the truth came out, it revealed that Sanskrit is not an original Language at all, only it was Sinhala like secondary language, born out of a corruptive use of the native Dravidians who were forced to use an underdeveloped, invaders language, with their Dravidian Tamil. They ended up creating Sanskrit over 1000 years period. This is always the case, when you hear a language has adopted the grammar from another language. That means that language speakers were native of the grammar language and circumstances forced them to evolve into the new language.
          In those times when there was no proper writing form had developed, one society pick up words from another society to speak up their daily needs, but they don’t borrow the grammar. They stick on their way of their speaking with the newly borrowed words and let it evolve in the due course.
          The Aramaic theorists are only trying to compare the sound system in the writing form. They are not looking at the natural geography. Further they want to discount the connection the Middle East and Tamil has- Umma, Ulakam,….(Sumerian – Dravidian). Indus Valley codes are not yet deciphered. In that condition PhDs like SJ are comparing an unknown work of Tamil with a Panini’s Grammar. Whether Akasthiyar put it in first or Panini put it first, the grammar of Sanskrit is the Tamil Grammar adopted at least a 1000 years before Panini completed his work.
          “ There is need to rethink fancy theories about Tamil being the source of everything under the sun, “ There is need to rethink by cutting and pasting some enemies Satanic verses SJ hoping to burry back the truth that have started merge out.

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            Sad Mallung
            “Sadly, the Western Pundits dating Tholhapiyam (that is what SJ had in his mind, if he is dragged in to defend him- Silly of him) much ahead of any known work in Tamil.”
            Can you please name just one “pundit”.
            *
            Meantime, keep on amusing us.

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      good sense

      “It is that stand that prevented him from functioning as the VC of the Jaffna University although he was appointed to it. “

      i don’t think that was the reason.I think hoole feels from his writings at that time it was because he was a christian.Unfortunately using this excuse his job was taken.

      Tamils complain about lack of merit system and don’t practise it at their Uni.

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      GS, you say “Prof. Hoole has always been very brave in sticking to his principles. It is that stand that prevented him from functioning as the VC of the Jaffna University although he was appointed to it.”
      Do you seriously think that it was his sticking to principles that persuaded the powers that be to appoint him to that post?

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    Verbal concessions in the art of negotiations are only with gentlemen. Sinhalese are not gentlemen in the field of politics which has been proved since independence. Sumanthiran must explain to Tamils when he says that there is no need for federalism, why he has failed to convince Sinhalese that there is no need for Unitarism. UK is a good example where the state does not call itself any such names but has devolved extensive powers to Scotland. Why this self proclaimed pundit in the art of negotiations has not impressed on the Sinhalese to follow UK in sharing power and territory.

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      Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
      “Sinhalese are not gentlemen in the field of politics which has been proved since independence.”
      —————–
      Did Demala invaders behaved like gentlemen? They were the most ruthless barbarians who destroyed the Rajarata civilization of Sinhalayo and forced Sinhalayo to move to the South. Sinhale was a Unitary state and it will remain like that. Sinhalayo are not going to budge to the demands of the descendants of Kallathonis.

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        eagle eye

        your own mahavamsa says you too are descendents of kallathonis doesn’t it?

        Rajarata civilisation was not destroyed.It shifted from anuradhapura to polonnaruwa.Raja raja chola and rajendra chola could have destroyed the sinhala language and culture and religion,but did not.Be thankful for that tamil tolerance.If the muslims had invaded instead of tamils you would be all muslims by now.

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          Tamil tolerance? What is Tamil? Simply a language ryt? Stealing other people’s homelands, heritage, history is tolerance? Werent you saying in CT that your Tamil homeland should be expanded with sections in upcountry? Isnt that theft ?

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            sach
            coming from bengal and marrying the yakka queen and after taking the land kicking her out with her two children,what do you call that?if not theft what is it?As for tolerance i suggest you read history of the world about invasions and what happened to those who were invaded,then you would appreciate the cholas tolerance and administration of their vast empire.Read about these

            1.read about the ancient kingdom of champa when the vietnamese invaded.

            2.read about Attila the hun who brought destruction to civilized europe.

            3.read about the spanish invasion of south america and the diseases they brought with them resulting in the loss of civilisation,culture and language.

            4.read about Timur when he invaded india.

            5.read about the mongol invasions.Especially about their invasions of china,persia and eastern europe particularly hungary.

            6.But most of all read about the the muslim invasions of india which attempted to convert india in a 1300 year period.Will durant the famous 20th century historian has described this as the most severe ,bloody and protracted conquest in history.We hindus are lucky after even skulls of hindus were used to build forts we have still survived with our religion,culture and language intact.

            After reading all these your anger against the cholas will dissipate,i am sure.

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      Gnana, I have just seen this article, and already there are many comments, yours being the last. I understand your complaint, and even see it as necessary to point out the dangers of this present trend to get past obstacles in ways which you see as devious.
      .
      However, don’t you realise that you are going too far? I have repeatedly urged you to interact with people like me who are willing to treat you with respect. To little avail. Stop talking about “advanced white countries; come live amongst us. I’m not saying that there aren’t risks, but what else to do to solve all the problems that face us.
      .
      A welcome and disciplined articel by Prof. Hoole.

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    Dr Jeevan Hoole,
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    With reference to your picture of the “elite of Jaffna”: are you serious?:)

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      Lone Wolf: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” hast thou not heard?

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        beauty and the beast.The beast is dead.

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      lone wolf

      what he means is the second eleven after the first eleven was wiped out by prabha.

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      lone wolf

      however i must say that Edirveerasingham,asian games gold medalist is an exception.

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      Lone Wolf,

      Yes, Hoole is serious. What he means by elite is high-class. That bloke Nagalingam, who is in the picture, was a gold-medal winning high jumper. So, he has all qualifications as high. Gold is the gold… gold, gold, gold.

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    Breaking News:
    The Nobel prize for history has been awarded to Vigneshwaran for rewriting the history of Sinhale. This decision is based on the information he has presented in a letter written to Gallege Punyawardana, President of the Sinhale Secretariat. In that letter he says:
    1. Dravidians lived in Sri Lanka before the birth of the Buddha
    2. Sinhalese as a language came into being only in the 6th or 7th Century AD.
    3. Recent DNA reports show that modern Sinhalese to be the progeny of ancient Dravidians. By Dravidian I mean Tamil. Those who spoke Sanskrit could not pronounce Tamil. They refer to Tamil as Dravidian.
    4. Sinhala language is made up of Tamil, Pali and other dialects at that time
    5. The Sinhalese qua Sinhalese have never occupied Northern Province entirely. The Sinhala speaking people came into being much later in history than the original Sri Lankan Tamil and they occupied the South, South of the present Northern Province.
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    P.S.: President should appoint a commission to do a review of the verdicts given by racist Vigneshwaran as a judge.

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      Eagle Eye

      Did you ever think or write about the mental contours of Ex Chief Justice Sir Arthur Wijeyawardene, who as Chairman of the Official Language(s) Commission presented a report in 1955 or 56 retracting from the position of the political parties for both Sinhala and Tamil?

      The headline of Ceylon Daily News the following day was a strident “Change Your Policy – Government Told. This was despite the admonition of the Prime Minister, Sir John Kotelawala – “The Commission has gone beyond its terms of reference.

      Since then what? Half a century of bloodletting.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      Vigneshwaran was unaware of the fact that a Dirty old Lion (beast) copulated with a sexually excited innocent young women and produced the Sinhalese race according to the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

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        oh really? if he knew he would have built a kovil for him ryt. Hindus have this special affinity towards rapists

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      This is what Tamils need for so called reconciliation. Sinhalese need to declare, Tamil is the oldest language, Sinhalese are actually Tamils, this country was ruled by Tamil kings and there was no Kashyapa but Kasi appan bla bla bla

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    The Kingshbury Hotel in Colombo is named after Ratnajeevan’s ancestor Kingsbury. And the reason why an ‘h’ was added was because Dhammika Perera cannot pronounce it with an ‘sh.’ Here are a few more examples – Preshident, Aushtralia, Resht House, Esh Tee Ep, Shtart-up … the list goes on. The only thing that Dhammika can pronounce correctly is ‘shit.’ Kishi, kishi!

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      No. It is a gift by KP to VP’s yaman, using money he collected monthly from us poor and hungry overseas students.

      Kingsbury Hotel is named after the Kingsbury Buddhist temple in, England to show they are very posh Buddhists who live in London.

      Wanduramba Kassapa a Buddhist monk residing at the Sri Sadhathissa Buddhist temple in Kingsbury, made the temple famous by not so Buddhist means.

      The Kingsburies at Jaffna College were Maths Professors of the puritanical mission tradition.

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        It’s not Kingsbury. It’s Kingshbury Hotel… as in Queenshbury, Shtrawberry, Rashpberry. Get your spelling and pronunciation right.
        Try saying Bashil Rajapaksa.

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    Nowhere in G.Britain’s constitution does it say that it is a unitary state, but it behaves like one and Ireland and Scotland enjoy much federalism. A civilised constitution indicating a civilised nation..

    The two damning words in Sri Lanka’s Constitution are
    1. “foremost (place to Buddhism),” and,
    2. “unitary.”

    Since Article 29(2) of the Soulbury Constitution then shown by Britain as the inviolable protection for the minorities has been unconscionably and repeatedly violated and with the rapidly increasing encouragement of the Buddha Sangha, to keep the words “foremost,” especially in the context of a “unitary.” state is double jeopardy and asking to be killed exponentially as is happening from 1948.

    It is simpler and cheaper for the nation and Sumanthiran to argue for the deletion of just these two ominous words from the Sri Lankan constitution; it will save him his breath and show the world that the Sinhala-Buddhists are civilised as claimed.

    Even after 2000 years, we are worse than the Neanderthals who religiously kept their tribal pacts. (There are quite a few well meaning Sinhalese but CT goes all the way to highlight the plights of the minorities at great risk).

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    Gnana, Sanakaran, Hoole,

    You all racists can have day dreams about never existed Homeland, federal , Self determination for Northern Province. Besides, Tamil masses never asked these unless forced up on them too.

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    I was wondering if sumanthiran was a hindu would Hoole write this same article supporting him?

    The stakes are too high for the tamils to be taken for a ride yet again due to religious brotherhood.

    For example hoole says

    “Privately, Sumanthiran once told me that these problems of negotiation should be approached judiciously without being hung up on words that can be inflammatory. He gave the example of the brilliance in Article 18 of the Constitution. While 18(1) says Sinhalese shall be the official language of Sri Lanka, Article 18(2) brilliantly goes on to subvert it saying that Tamil shall also be an official language.If we had been stuck on objecting to 18(1), Tamils could never have been liberated through 18(2).”

    Why would anyone object to 18(i) before 18(2) was given.The tamils would have only asked that tamil also should be included as an official language.They would not have wanted sinhalese not to be a official language.Does hoole think he can fool us into thinking that unitary and federal are the same by giving such examples.Also does sumanthiran think that sinhalese are modayas as well.

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    I don’t know Sumanthiran is wise or not in the negotiations but the reality is whether it is half baked or full baked new constitution will happen during this government or in a future government. Both President and Prime Minister are now going in opposite direction and how long this government will survive? WE all know how many times in the past 70 years we had derived proposals through various all party conferences and agreements and nothing happened. In every time them made new constitution they removed the rights of Tamils or agreed matters.

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    Thanks Ratnajeevan Hoole for a well articulated article.

    What Sumanthiran does is realistic and practical.

    .Let us hope that he succeeds in this endeavor.

    He needs a lot of patience and hard work.

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      Dear Sri-krish,
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      I wish to second that assessment of yours.

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    All racists in this forum,
    Self determination, federalism, tamil elam, police powers, land powers, Tamil Homeland issues in mythology are settled on the bank of Nanthikadal on May 2009 when annihilating LTTE and killing so called sun god Prabhakaran.
    Therefore, howsoever you all are loud, nobody will listen and Sumanthiran or any other has to settle for nothing here.

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      nimal

      “police powers, land powers,”

      how are you going to get away from those two powers.So far you have because foolish tamil politicians are running after the elusive plus of the 13th amendment.If they had instead insisted on the full implementation of it conflict between india and srilanka is inevitable.This is a government to government agreement signed by the two heads of state with no tamil signing it.It is legally binding by international law unless you can prove duress for which you have to take india to international courts.Best of luck then taking on india which is like VP taking it on .

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      Nimal,
      Can you get rid of the 13th amendment of the constitution now? Why you couldn’t do that after May 2009 when the Buddhist Monster Dictator was in power and with the new government? Do you know your Monster dictator is now begged India again to come back to power. I will challenge you if you can touch the 13th amendment of the Constitution.

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        Wut are you screaming about? Dictators don’t hold elections. That’s what this government does. “Buddhist Monster Dictator” LOL. Hey dumbazz did you know that film Da vinci code was banned in Sri Lanka when “Buddhist Monster Dictator” was in power ? Go away idiot with your fake outrage.

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          Pissu Hutan

          “Wut are you screaming about? “

          Malei Poll

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    Elam,

    I cannot sto laughing for your comment that Megalomaniac Prabhakaran alias Thalaivar and Pottu Amman are coming back.

    When you go to hell, you can find both of them there.

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    Nimal alias LAL. The writings seems to have pattern.

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      Dear “chiv”,
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      I agree. The sort of attitude that is displayed by Nimal Tissa Wijethunga doesn’t help at all.
      .
      These fellows are among the worst racists that you can find anywhere.
      .
      I’m sure that you have guys as racist among Tamil speakers, and it is for those of that community to pull them down.
      .
      We have to be concerned about what happens in the whole of our country; when we comment, we can’t be sure that we know everything that is relevant. That is the problem with many; they just don’t express their feelings, and so the evil prosper.
      .
      We must also be concerned about what is happening in the rest of the world, especially the countries closest to us, and not merely with what the headlines tell us about the U.S.A. and China. There are to be elections in the Maldives on Sunday. Massive rigging seems to be expected.
      .
      We should at least try to find out in those places.

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        Sorry, that last sentence should have read, “We should at least try to find out what is happening in those places.”
        .
        In this country, we’re all in this soup together, Sinhalese or Tamil-speaking doesn’t matter..
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        Worldwide, we have all got to help in whatever way we can, to fight corrupt politicians. Even the rich counties have their Trumps.

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    No doubt he is the sole protector of the Tamils, for ‘ his honour rooted in dishonour stood and faithful kept him falsely true.’ Here comes his able aide

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    “CWT was a legendary Tamil literatist of the nineteenth century credited with discovering some of the oldest extant Tamil literature like the Tolkapiyam and other lost Tamil Sangam works. The hall was packed to capacity”


    Tolkapiyam is a literary work of Tamilnadu, just like all the other sangam works. They were not written by Sri Lankan Tamils. Where are the works of Sri Lankan Tamils? The answer is, well nothing. All they do is talking about Tamilnadu sangam literature. Sri Lankan Tamils don’t even have their own language. Their language is south Indian, So is their literature

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      yet they call themselves a 3000 year old civilisation :) and they inhabited the island from the beginning……..I think these Tamils living in SL had invented the cloak of invisibility in Harry Porter. They could cover them selves up with it so no one saw them living here

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    Ajith,

    Yes. 13th amendment will go off ultimately and not very far.

    I challenge you and so called Tamil leaders to get a single thing on those non-existing mythical demands for Northern Province.

    Please note that we fought India’s war as well in annihilating LTTE and killing so called sun god.

    Besides, we are hundred percent sure that Tamil masses will never purchase those once again to unnecessarily destabilize their life and to disturb the hard earned peace.

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    One must remember and appreciate that all along Tamil leaders wanted justice. They opted for the next level through the B-C pact. That was short lived and the Dudley-C pact never took off.
    SJV C was the father figure. R Sampanthan is accepted as today’s father figure. He is honest, sincere and loyal and continues to search for that elusive justice.
    Sampanthan is perceived to have let the ‘other’ side know that he is prepared to eschew federalism. This is because the ‘other-other’ side (loosely knit but powerful) has gone rabid.
    Sumanthiran (an associate of Sambanthan with same qualities) is trying to defuse the simmer in N&E.

    SRH H is contributing his mite through the CW Thamotharampillai memorial event. One is at a loss as to the relevance of Kingsbury here. The mock interview by the ‘Provincial Councilor Kesavan Sayanthan, an upcoming lawyer’ is based on the assumption that N&E are fools!
    .
    SRH H implies that the “Tamil also’ works because he is presented translations at the Election Commission Office. But SRH H, what matters most is the N&E person’s inability to lay a complaint with the police in N&E.
    .
    SRH H makes mountain out the ‘heckler’ incident. SRH H rubs-in that there is room for dissent now. The protester questioned Sumanthiran’s use of English and the need for armed guards. SRH H publishes the photo of the protester. Is there a message here to the ‘other-other’ side: “Here is another person for the whitevan Service”
    SRH H Please note that showing opposition is good. The ‘other’ and the ‘other other’ sides must not think that it was a walkover.

    PS: We appreciate your effort but do not bugger this.

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      Dear K.Pillai,
      .
      I have noticed a few things about you!
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      You write very well. You are very fair. You sometimes find fault with Prof. Jeevan Hoole, but you end up saying that you appreciate the positive contributions he makes.
      .
      All of which is very nice of you.
      .
      Thanks

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      Tamil leaders ALWAYS opted for minority rule over majority. They enjoyed it when Brits were in power. They lost it when Brits left. Tamil elite saw this since early 1920s.
      That is why Arunachalam said he wanted an eelam in 1922.
      GG asked for 50-50 between 75% Sinhalese and 25% minority. Is that justice or injustice?
      When people in SL were suffering from lack of lands when East of the country were devoid of people did not Tamil leaders block Sinhalese returning to their ancestors’ lands claiming a fake Tamil homeland?
      And here isnt Sumanthiran saying they can hoodwink the Sinhalese by playing with words and get what Tamil nationalists want?

      Tell me if Tamils desired a pan Tamil homeland in this country based on a fake history would not Sinhala leaders act to protect the interests of their community? What is wrong in that?

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    Pillai,

    What sort of justice you want?

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      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga your question “What sort of justice you want?” is of the sort from a person after a night of Poya sermon asks “What is Buddhism?”

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    Tamil chauvinist and nationalist of political classes has done every way and means to partition and divided Island of Lankans land for World Tamil Rough Regime in our soil last 75 years . Even while aspiration of Tamil Rough regime back by UK USA and some western nation who had been looted wealth of colonial rules of UK of British rules since 150 years from 1815 attempted destroy ours 2600 years civilization by GUN point.
    They( white -racist) were failure to do so by 150 of massacre of Sinhalese -Buddhist by British Empire . After that UK back- founded of ruthless Tamil political classes has taken over the duty by Tamil political -federalist leadership of FP, TULF TNA,LTTE and other Tamil terrorist outfits destroy our nation by GUN RULE politics . That was reason War of Tamil Terrorism launch 30-years WAR against majority people and its undermined very foundation of system democracy by LTTE and TNA joint venture ?
    This defeated war of Tamil-terrorist was not one hand by LTTE, on the other hand it was back by UNP leadership of JRJ, R.Premapala & leader Ranil Wicks of UNP Christian democratic and SLFP of CBK federalist leaders was support by whole heartedly ….Tamil cause.
    Now TNA want that same claim for Tamil Eelam in different form by so-called constitutional changes. …proposed by Sumathaiaian

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    I remember the pile of nasty attacks on Thamotharampillai by the author over a long period until some years ago.
    I am pleased that he has now come to terms with the worth of the man.
    *
    The FP started with federalism as an answer to a question over which it split with the ACTC.
    The proposed federal state failed to take into account the majority of “Tamil speaking people” who lived outside the North and East, and least of all the Hill Country Tamils who were at the core of the conflict in the ACTC.
    The FP was never clear about the kind of federalism it wanted and simply cited precedents for federal systems to address the national question. It never bothered to take their case to the Sinhalese, and antagonized the Left solely to defend its electoral political territory.
    Tamil nationalists rather sought the backing of imperialism and later India to achieve their goals.
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    It think that it was irresponsible of Sumantiran to make a sensitive public utterance on federalism without discussing it at least within the FP before he made a public pronouncement.
    Strictly it should have been discussed by the TNA.

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      SJ
      “The proposed federal state failed to take into account the majority of the Tamil speaking people who lived outside the North and East ,and least of all the Hill Country Tamils who were at the core of the conflict in the ACTC”.
      The hill country Tamils we’re working class and represented by their elite Kangani Leaders who were more close to the Periadorais and white plantation interests controlled by British Agents.
      An equally large section of the Tamil plantation workers were loyal members of the trade of the LSSP&the CP at that time during the 1947 elections.
      The British Plantation interests panicked seeing the vote count at the said elections and the loss of profits due to impending higher wage demand and better living conditions.
      The Indo-Pak Disenfranchisement Act was the result.
      The Federal party’s crocodile tears about splitting up with the ACTC is because of it’s principles for standing up for Tamil workers franchise deprivation can only be taken with a pinch of salt.
      is just hogwash. The GGP’s and SJV’s colluded in the ACTC with the UNP and the British Plantation interest.
      The so called split by the FP from theACTC is only an opportunistic excuse to be swallowed by the gullible.

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        Uthungan

        However for SJ his darling weeping widow was right when she signed the Siri Mao – Sasthri pact to get rid of most of the hard working up country workers. Has he ever blamed SLFP or the weeping widow and her merry men for all their racist/stupid actions including stagflation during her rule?

        He would have preferred China ruled this island and or Pol Pot reigned this island or Abimael Guzmán.

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        Uthungan,
        Your text is not happy reading for loyalists of the FP, which dropped the citizenship issue in their negotiations after 1957.
        You are right in your assessment of the Citizenship Act as the outcome of two concerns of the UNP: one class and the other race.
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        I am not sure of membership of plantation workers in left parties, but wherever there was no Hill Country Tamil candidate that they could trust, they supported left candidates, mostly LSSP, enabling the LSSP to secure seats in the Hill Country.
        There was also the concern of the Kandyan Sinhalese elite that there was excessive electoral influence of the Hill Country Tamils.

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    Dear Uthungan, NV, and SJ,
    .
    Intelligent comments from all of you.
    .
    It looks as though Jeevan is definitely in the Paradise Islands. I’ve given links to how we could follow events there, tomorrow and Monday:

    .
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/russian-warship-deal-resurfaces-due-to-sirisenas-unusual-intervention-to-protect-ravi/
    .
    Check there.

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