15 November, 2018

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Tamil Congress/TNPF Raises The Heat On EC Member Professor Hoole

Several election violations by the All Ceylon Tamil Congress and its ally, the Tamil Equal Rights Movement, have been stopped by the Election Commission. Together these two parties are contesting as the Tamil National People’s Front and are perhaps responsible for most violations in Jaffna.

V. Manivannan with his Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam

Most of these complaints have been sent to Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole who lives in Jaffna and he in turn has passed them on to the Election Commission.

The most serious of these violations has taken place at the Maviddapuram Kandasamy Temple on 31 January 2018 where the manifesto of the party was released. News reports in the dailies Ethiroli and Thinakkural carried boastful stories on New Year’s Day of how the manifesto was released at the temple. The stories included photographs stating that Jaffna’s Chief Mayoral candidate Manivannan was present. The Facebook page of TNPF candidate Ponrasa too stated his presence and that the event was at the temple.

The holding of political events at a religious establishment is strictly disallowed by election laws. It carries stiff penalties including loss of civic rights. The TNPF lawyers who attended the temple meeting seemed to have been ignorant in inviting many reporters to come and watch, and then boasting of the event with photographs and planted news articles

When So. Suhirthan, the chief ITAK candidate for Valikamam North complained with photographs and the news articles to the Election Commission, shudders ran through the TNPF. Ponrasa quickly took down his webpages, but not before Suhirthan had obtained a screenshot. Manivannan’s friends went around asking the temple priest and others to say it was a mere pooja and that the event took place far away.

Strangely however, the police on 11 Jan. 2018 charged only the priest at the Mallakam Courts under Magistrate A. Judeson, where Manivannan and his friends practiced regularly. All seemed of the same age group. The police failed to produce the evidence of the photographs and newspaper articles.

The judge apparently warned the priest and told him not to do it again. Suhirthan followed up with another complaint saying the police were not prosecuting properly and that his complaint was against the politicians and not against the priest. A lawyer who does not go to the Mallakam courts remarked on condition of anonymity, “When we see the judge and the police day in and day out, we naturally become good friends. Our system is not perfect.”

Prof. Hoole, visibly upset by police sloppiness, stated the warning from Judge Judeson to the priest not to do it again and remarked “Big deal” in an op-ed piece. Saying that his job on the Election Commission is to uphold all election laws, he pressed the matter with Senior DIG Elections who works with the Commission.

It was under this pressure that the DIG in turn asked the police to do the case properly charging the political personages involved, claimed TNPF lawyers. Manivannan made a public speech threatening Hoole – If you pull us into dirty work, we will not let you be and promised attacks on him from 11 Feb., the day following elections. That is under investigation by the police.

All hell broke loose on 29 Jan. A case was called in Mallakam, strangely with the same case number as that of the previously closed case. The same priest, another and Manivannan were the accused. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam who participated in the religious function was not charged. But Hoole was summoned as revealed during proceedings! Twelve lawyers represented the accused. Hoole had pointed out in his Island article that Manivannan could not be the lawyer for the priest when he had a conflict of interest with the priest. This time there were 12 lawyers.

Much was made of Hoole’s absence from court. Perhaps he is hiding in fear it was said by the lawyers. He is anti-Hindu for complaining against a function at a temple, and he has accused the judge of having a deal with the accused, said K. Guruparan twisting the meaning of the phrase “Big Deal!” Manivannan said he had never been near the temple in recent times. It was a claim belied by the newspaper articles and Facebook pages already in police hands. The police this time produced some photos but not the articles and key photo of the meeting taking place at the temple. When Judeson asked Suhirthan if he had any more evidence, he said he had given all that he has. He has since said that he did not know the police had suppressed that evidence again and thought everything was in the docket. In fact the police had stated in court that they found no evidence that a political event had taken place at the temple.

Hoole’s article was given to the judge who, said a person in court, marked it and gave it to the Registrar without reading it. He then proceeded to give his judgement dismissing the case and making serious findings against Hoole, taking the accusations of the accused at face value and without asking Hoole for an explanation. “To me, it all seemed too quick and well-rehearsed as in a kangaroo court,” said the person in court.

Guruparan, coming out of court met the press and stated that Hoole has acted in a low way siding with ITAK and working against the TNPF. He further stated that the judge has ordered the Election Commission to inquire into whether Ratnajeevan Hoole has acted favouring one party and to submit a report.

A constitutional expert told Colombo telegraph that under the Nineteenth Amendment a Magistrate has no authority to order the Election Commission and that an inquiry into the behavior of a member of the Commission rests only with parliament. Even the Commission cannot hold an inquiry against him he said. He felt that the judge had acted hastily without studying the law and not knowing the limits of his own powers.

When asked, Prof. Hoole said “The Commission is studying how to respond. We only have press reports to go by and do not know if they are correct or not. We have asked the Registrar for a copy of the proceedings and he has so far put us off saying they need time. I hope there is some integrity left, restraining the system.”

He added, ‘I have the option to go to the Mallakam Courts and get the matter re-opened. But will I receive justice after the unusual haste with which fault was found against me? I was never served any summons to appear in court. How was my fundamental right to be heard, before passing an order against me violated by the judiciary? Usually even when a person served with summons fails to show up, the judge leans over backwards to uphold the right of reply and asks for summons to be served again. So what was the hurry to close the case in one day? Why did the police suppress the newspaper articles and the Facebook pages which clearly show both, that a political event took place and that Manivannan was present at the temple? Why was the priest warned on 11 Jan. for holding a political meeting at Maviddapuram and then discharged on 31 Jan. saying it was only a worship event? Was the warning on the 11th wrong?”

A well known women’s rights activist, said “Prof. Hoole should keep his dignity as a Member of the Commission and not get too involved. I reported the assault on the woman candidate at Puthukudiyiruppu and the police have done nothing.  That was a violation by ITAK. We all know that Prof. Hoole has vigorously pushed for police action there. It is difficult to maintain that he has acted only against the TNPF. But the police seem to have closed their investigation. Why is he even bothering?”

Notwithstanding that, Tamil newspapers that openly work for the TNPF have gone to town. Hoole is accused by Valampuri’s Editor N. Vijayasundaram of being anti-Hindu for going after Hindus. However, he has also forwarded a complaint against ITAK’s Chief candidate at the Jaffna Municipal Council Emmanuel Arnold saying that he held an electioneering procession through Jaffna town. Valampuri also has written that Hoole was placed on the Election Commission by a Tamil political party and he is working for that party and against its opponents. However, university sources confirm that he was nominated by the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations, although the final selection was by the Constitutional Council of 10 persons.

When a TNPF meeting was ordered by the Commission to be moved out of Jaffna University, Guruparan issued a public complaint in Thinakkural which described him as the Dean of Law when the university has no law faculty. Guruparan went on to assert lots of things as having been said by the Commission in its order which are clearly seen not to have been said by the Commission from the Commission’s letter that Guruparan had published on his Facebook pages.

A lot of damage is being done to the people’s confidence in the election system by Valampuri and Thinakkural. Said a journalist who once admired the newspaper for its independence in the LTTE days, ”During the 2015 elections one with the pseudonym Purushothaman wrote a series of articles claiming that the Chavakacheri result was fixed by the Elections Department. The Assistant Commissioner Akilan investigated it and as a result the Government Agent wrote asking the Editor for a correction. He sent reminders. But to no effect. So election officials do not want to do anything when their authority is ignored.” A clerk at the Elections Commission confirmed this.

 “The Commission has asked me not to comment. They have asked lawyers to look at it and advise the Commission on whether to appeal to a higher court or go to the Judicial Service Commission, after receiving the court proceedings. In the meantime I feel hindered in doing my job as a Member of the Election Commission and always find myself wondering when I act against a party flouting our laws whether I will be accused of bias against that party,” Hoole said. (By Geena Ratnam)

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    So, the hope to establish Eastern Vatican in Jaffna and reaching Tamilnadu – wish is not yet abandoned. I have they have the same hope in Kurunegala too.

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    Note the fun! At 6.05 min. the person in the video clip says that Professeor Hoole had said not to vote for their party and that too specifically. This being made into a drama involving a Commission, I referred Professor Hoole’s Udayan article and it only says that people should think seriously about voting for people who lie etc (in Tamil).

    This person is giving the cat away by claiming, and that too at an apparent press briefing, that the “naber” a word meaning some ordinary untitled person referring to Professor Hoole and saying the professor was specifically referring to their Tamil National People’s Front really a front for the All Ceylon Tamil Congress and very heavily funded by certain whitewashed Tamil groups abroad.

    I believe the talking head in the video is Mr. Guruparan. Difficult to be sure with his FBI glasses on.

    Guruparan teaching law subjects to our poor Jaffna students, must be careful how he uses words.

    A lawyer cutting his own neck like this is unheard of in the annals of history!

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    Sabai Sabash: Prof Hoole, as an EC official can not ask People not to vote a Certain party. That is illegal. HE should nit stay there anymore.

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      What and where is Hoole professor? He has written articles opposing Hindu figures and caused anxiety among the Tamil public. Is he fit to hold the office of Election Commissioner?

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    Tamils do all illegal. Work in the name of equality. I heard TNA supports legalising homosexuality.

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      Jimmy, who delights in taking up contradictory positions all the time,

      I don’t want gays persecuted for their sexual orientation. That does not mean that I’m gay. In fact the thought of gay activity sickens me.

      But I do think that Ranil W., Malik Samaraweera, Sagala Ratnnayake, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, and a few others in the cloister, MUST DEFINITELY be punished for certain Public and POLITICAL actions of theirs.

      On the other hand, Mangala Samaraweera has been a pretty good Minister. the one guy who is open about his orientation. It is his business, and I hope that he serves us for many years to come.

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        Sinhala_Man,
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        “contradictory positions” and “gay activity” ?! I am getting wild ideas of what you are writing about:)
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        I agree on Mangala.

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          Really, really, Lone Wolf!

          I hadn’t realised the possibility of a double entendre there. You see how much of an innocent I am . . .

          And I happen to be very, very tired.

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    So what is S Ratnajeevan H Hoole up to?The vain arrangement of his name should entitle him to some penance. Is Hoole then a non Hindu ? He can run up to Emmanuel for protection can’t he. Those barbaric Hindu types who worship elephants , horses and even their own bloody lingam have to be taught some basic manners. They need to be uplifted from their semi barbaric tribalism and taught a thing or two about leading a civilised life. Extreme cowards these guys, at the slightest sense of danger they lift their fricking verti and run for life shouting andavalai poda purukkan or some such gibberish. Why oh why have the cultured Sinhala people to put up with this riff raff. The closest they should be allowed is through a civilised exchange on C T

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      Dear Percy,


      Please explain “vain arrangement of his name”. I have never seen it written by him the way you have written it.

      He is usually called “Jeevan Hoole”. Doesn’t mind one bit if the Professor part of it is omitted, or the DSc.

      He signs his comments “S.R.H. Hoole”. I believe his e-mail address is based on that.

      Wikipedia will tell you that he is Samuel Ratnajeevan Herbert Hoole.

      He may have faults like being brash and untactful, but a more honest, approachable and decent man you will not find.

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    The writer starts with an allegation that the TNPF has done several elections violation. But unable to quantify with facts. So the writer has intention to accuse TNPF even before start to write this article, caused the article is biased.

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    Supporters of All Ceylon Tamil Congress / TNPF employ all sorts of uncivilised and barbaric methods to discredit and humiliate TNA and its leaders. Social media specially the Facebook is used to do the dirty propaganda by name calling and mud slinking on TNA. Photo-Fit pictures of M A Sumanthiran MP, their number 1 enemy, and Sinhalese (so claimed) girl was exhibited to claim sexual misbehaviour of the former. There are fake pictures of scam news claimed to have published by anti-TNA media. Mr Sampanthan is another target of these campaigns.

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      Saro
      The TNA is not an outfit of angels. It should have been sent home for good in the 1990s. (You may remember that it made a deal with the LTTE to stay on board.)
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      The Tamils have suffered enough of the FP and ACTC and other fake leaders. It is time that they woke up.
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      Nasty conduct is not the preserve of just one group, and Sumanthiran is not rejected by many for the reasons that you seem to imagine.
      I think he too should go, but for a completely different set of reasons.

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    If complaints of this nature this comes his way, SRH Hoole must tell the complainants to go to EC directly instead of acting as a conduit. Needless to say he must keep off the case/s.

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      In my opinion, this man Hoole, should not get involved in the Jaffna politics since he is a member of the Election Commission. Are any of the other two EC members getting involved in the politics in the South or in any other part of the country. Hoole should not have been appointed to the EC because of his past political comments in the commentaries he had been writing in Colombo Telegraph and other journals. More over, he is a Christian religious fanatic and a well known anti-Hindu. At one time it was reported that he ran away to some foreign country when the court and police was after him. He is a disgruntled man because he was refused even a lecturer’s position at the Jaffna University. Hoole is nothing but trouble.

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        “At one time he ran away to a foreign country when the court and police were after him”.

        Mr/Ms. You sound like Douglas Devananda’s election candidate. The case got dismissed long time ago.

        The people even old lawyers like us were scared to go near the Kayts courts with a murderer friend of Douglas being there. Those were bad times for the Tamil people if you were not in his pay. His judge appointee for Kayts was Mrs. Joy Mahadeva a woman who was his friend. Birds of a feather flock together. They were times when MR and Douglas roamed together as bosom pals. They even prayed together bare-bodied at the Nallur Temple and bathed at certain ponds. I hear the poor kurukkal had no choice and was shuddering. Some say he even fainted.

        The shame is on Douglas Devananda and not Mr. Hoole. We heard Professor Hoole defended himself magnificently in the courts. No lawyer wanted to come forward to fight his case that night when he asked us for fear of certain armed rowdies on the way into Kayts who cut off people’s hands and let them bleed to death! It was a B case when no evidence was there for the charge.

        The rot is within the Tamil people.

        With a little money they divide a whole community for power and position!

        Tamil Congress was always trouble.

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        Naga,
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        “In my opinion, this man Hoole, should not get involved in the Jaffna politics”
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        Is he involved?

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        Naga

        In your opinion no one from minority community is fit for the job. Is that you are trying to say in a long winded way?

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          Native Vedda

          You are wrong. I ddn’t mean that. There are better people in the Tamil and Muslim communities than this guy.

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        Dear Naga,

        A view from the South – for all that it is worth.


        Yes, Hoole is trouble to you guys who try to manipulate because he is outspoken, and speaks the truth – which guys like you find inconvenient. That he may be disgruntled may be true – with guys like you always on hand to distort what he says and does, what else do you expect?.

        See what Sabai Sabash has said above. Since I know absolutely no Tamil, but wish people in the North well (and even apologise on behalf of my community for the harm that we have done to you); well I have studied what Sabai has said. Thanks, Sabai.

        The problem with our Yahapalana government is that although all the atrocities committed by the Rajapaksas are obvious to us all, Maithri has been scared to act. But thank God that he has appointed Hoole to this position. He seems to be acting firmly and independently when he sees something wrong.

        I agree with those who have said that it would be sensible for Hoole’s own good to be careful about what he does. Yes, a member of the Commission must act with poise and decorum, but hasn’t it become quite clear to us by now that far too many of our officials blind themselves to what they see going on because that is the safest course?

        And come to think of it, Mahinda Deshapriya also has been very clear and outspoken. The third member of the Commission seems to be much more cautious. That may be for many reasons. Nalin Abeysekera is a lawyer, who was the Legal Draftsman. He is at least 75 years old. I have studied in the same three schools as he has, but I have never met him. Now he belongs to the Colombo Elite. On the other hand, I have met his father, around 1978, a gracious old man he was then: Stanley Abeysekera, MBE.

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      A complaint to a member of the Commission is a complaint to the Commission.

      Even if you do not like Prof. Hoole, learn to accept the fact that he is a part of the Commission.

      I am so glad that a Tamil living in Jaffna is on the Commission and our people have access to the Commission.

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        A complaint to a statutory body has to be through formal channels.
        One can complain to a member, but the proper thing will be for the member to take it up with the executive of that body.
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        What a member of a body does in a personal capacity is another matter; but it should be clear in what capacity anything is done. It will be healthy if organizational affiliations are not referred to when statements are made or actions are taken in a personal capacity.
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        There is something called institutional discipline, in which the country lacks badly.
        There is always one too many person speaking on behalf of any organization.
        In more disciplined societies designated spokespersons make statements on behalf of organizations and tat is proper.

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    Gajendrakumar was teaching division to Tamil Parties just because of his hatredness on Sumanthiran M.P. (It is not our stand that Sumanthiran is correct. If Mangala and Sumanthiran compete for the World Greatest Lair title, after Mangala being removed from Foreign Minister, Sumanthiran is the undisputed leader on that) . Now all the parties worked with Kumar has taught Kumar that what it means by “Division”. Kumar is left alone in the LG election

    If Tamils stand as Christians – Muslims -Hindus, or North-East-Up country, or this party-that party, the Sinhala Chauvinism will walk over them.

    One time Sampanthar was unting Tamils very well. After 2015 of his bid to save the UNP, his magic and TNA’s unity are gone through the roof.

    Kumar a divisonist, so cannot hold leash on this job. CV, who care less about the parties is the one suitable to unite Tamils.

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      Mallaiyuran: why did you exclude Castes. which caste you are of ? Can you unite Tamils ever. Only uniting factor is TAMIL.

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        Softy,

        I did not try to exhaust all the kinds of divisions existing within Tamils. It is known Gender discrimination exist in Tamil communities. Dowry imposed on females side is their main obstacle for progress. I was paying attention to the division politically important. It does not deny the other divisions’ existence.

        So I did not pay attention to Castes, which is not politically important for them.
        Sinhala caste system is politically important for Sinhalese, but not the Tamil Caste systems to Tamils. Basically all Tamil castes are united against the Sinhala Hegemony. They have been unitedly voting for FP, TULF and TNA. Oppressed castes have contributed more than their fair share to Leader Prabhakaran’s cause. He too, on his side, tried his best to smooth out the castial differences by recognizing their services.
        From Sirimavo time Sinhala Chauvinist Leaders have been attempting to split Tamil politically too, based on caste lines, by using Shanmuganathan like coolies. But Shanmuganathan ended as traitor of Tamils and Friends of Sinhala Chauvinist leaders, but never was success in splitting Tamil politically on caste lines. If your dream is making a Shanmuganathan or his acolytes out of the outcaste Mallaiyuran, we need to wait until our next birth to try any luck of it.

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      Mallaiyuran…..The Tamils never learn and will never unite……..that is why the Sinhalease, who are known as the majority with a minority complex are are walking all over them….literally walking over Tamil dead bodies…for decades.

      We Tamils must take our share of the blame for where we are today.

      .

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    [Edited out] Please avoid typing all capitalized comments – CT

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    Kottady chanthi Guruparan seems to take after his father and grandfather.

    He boasts everywhere that he went to oxbridge after his degree. No sign of it.

    Gangaiyil kulithum Cam riveril kuliththum annamaha mudiyatha paramparai..

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      The grandfather was called Kottady Chandiyan, not Kottady chanthi.

      All in the genes. The Commission including Mahinda Deshpriya must first inquire into hate speech against their own members. Heavy threats have been published against Professor Hoole by this party. They spread hate-news through press conferences and news media for political gains and and as free press. They succeeded once with LTTE and Jaffna University lost the chance to be uplifted to a true academic institution by a world renowned scholar.

      Vithyananthan, Kailasapathy were true scholars and they worked hard to make Jaffna great. Kuruparan is now making it a laughing stock.

      Kuruparan is paying his debts to the Ponnambalams. His father could not be elected VC Jaffna because of his caste and religious fanaticism. The Ponnambalams tried really hard in their own inimical style of making up falsehoods in Colombo to keep Professor Hoole out calling him a Christian. When he was covering VC duties, Kumaravadivel treated faculty members like they were mere worms.

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        Hate speech, threats against the OTHER is the hallmark of Tamil politics. Tamils NEED some one to hate. Since early 1900s Tamil politicians taught Tamils to hate Sinhalese…..Hatred towards the OTHER is in your genes.
        The more hate speech is thrown towards the other the Tamil public vote. That is the electoral history of Tamils…………

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        Mani vannaaththi,
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        “His father could not be elected VC Jaffna because of his caste and religious fanaticism.”
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        Caste has not been a problem for a VC and today Hindu fanaticism is a merit.

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          LW
          I think that there are efforts to boost Hindu fanaticism. However, I have information on failed attempts to provoke hatred, which show that the public is not falling for it.
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          To explain everything in terms of a single variable is dangerous.
          For example, Sumanthiran’s lack of appeal has less to do with his faith than with his views, sadly some that are healthy. There are other views expressed by him that I think are seriously flawed, but nobody cares, because they fit with their own views.
          It is ugly to bring in personal matters the way some do here regularly, dragging in sensitive and offensive matters. (Such sensationalism is something that I warned CT about on several occasions.)
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          A person who was the first preference to be VC was sidestepped, not by the Jaffna society or any part of it.
          There was distasteful politics in the appointment of the VC and in preventing the appointed VC from doing his work.
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          Too many people played dirty.

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            Dear SJ,


            Thanks for a wonderful comment.

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            SJ,
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            Sorry for the delay.
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            “I think that there are efforts to boost Hindu fanaticism. However, I have information on failed attempts to provoke hatred, which show that the public is not falling for it.”
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            You are correct.
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            “It is ugly to bring in personal matters the way some do here regularly, dragging in sensitive and offensive matters. (Such sensationalism is something that I warned CT about on several occasions.)”
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            It is ugly but we do not live in a beautiful world. What people consider sensitive and offensive is subjective. I do not care about what people say about my caste and lack of faith in any religion. Do you?
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            “A person who was the first preference to be VC was sidestepped, not by the Jaffna society or any part of it.”
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            Whose first preference and especially why? Was he first preference because of a clean campaign and clean character or something else? Jaffna Society, if such a thing exists, does not appoint the VC and I would prefer a stronger verb than “sidestepped”. Crushed?
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            “There was distasteful politics in the appointment of the VC and in preventing the appointed VC from doing his work.”
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            Who is preventing the VC from doing his work, how and why? Unfortunately distasteful politics continue at the UoJ and rest of Jaffna. I am not claiming that other parts of the country are any better.
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            “Too many people played dirty.”
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            Yes but that goes for all the people involved.

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    The police really need to redeem their reputation. The newspapers show Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam speaking at the temple. They merely mention that Manivannan was present.

    Why did the police charge Manivannan and not Gajendrakumar? Manivannan as reported said in court that he had not been to the temple in a long while.Gajendrakumar is shown speaking. Is Manivannan taking the heat for Gajendrakumar. No one has noticed that he was the centre of the ceremony at the temple, not Manivannan.

    Why did the police find no evidence of a political meeting at the temple with two newspapers and TNPF Ponrasa’s Facebook page with them? They explicitly state that the TNPF held its manifesto release at the temple.

    In the video here, Guruparan admits that something happened when he says he checked with the people concerned and they said they opened the packets containing the manifesto sheets after coming out of the temple. So the notices were in the temple, whether in packets or not.

    Guruparan argues that photos and news articles were produced by the police in court, Why then did the police say there was no evidence that a political function took place at the temple?

    If the photos were produced, how did the judge not find anyone guilty?

    Money works wonders in Sri Lanka. For the TNPF funded by the diaspora, money is easy.

    How much did it cost the Tamil Congress to get the police and the judge on their side?

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      15 persons of a same group gathering in one public place is meeting here and police prior approval needed. If 15 people of TPNF visited a temple prearranged to puja, it was TPNF’s puja and it was TPNF political meeting. A camouflage with puja doesn’t fail to expose the meeting taking place. Temple is public place. If the election rule prevent meeting at temple, TPNF should not engage TPNF sponsored Pojas. It is irrelevant weather the party organized the poja or the member organized it.

      Gajendrakumar lost all his friends, now seeking the support of the police? Next is Chandrika or Ranil or Old King or New King’s support? He should not have two faces to hide behind the rapist Army or Police. This is what Sumanthiran also did.

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    Bad day for Truth when unprincipled lawyers gang up like this to discredit the Election Commission.

    The party is calling him names and libeling. The Election Commission must disseminate the laws on election violation on radio for many candidates do not read and inform about the Commission.

    I have worked with Professor Hoole on training election candidates in all the Tamil districts and I have seen his total dedication.

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    An interesting observation by Chelvam that while Gajen was also at the temple, Mani was charged! Connections and money certainly help. I remember five years ago, police disrupted a VP Birthday celebrations event at the University of Jaffna, leading to clashes and several students getting beaten up. Immediately following that incident, there were reports that Gajen was summoned by CID to an inquiry. He left the country that evening. Came back after several weeks, with everything somehow forgotten. As sung in Les Miserables: “…just a game for a rich young boy to play…”

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    Head of Law UoJ,

    “Guruparan, coming out of court met the press and stated that Hoole has acted in a low way siding with ITAK and working against the TNPF. He further stated that the judge has ordered the Election Commission to inquire into whether Ratnajeevan Hoole has acted favouring one party and to submit a report.”

    Please pedal to a far away place.

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    The long and short of it is that the credibility of the Election Commission suffers when Hoole is a member of the Election Commission. He has published several anti-Hindu articles in Colombo Telegraph and elsewhere. He is a divisive figure. He has brought caste often into his tirades against the Hindus. The Election Commission needs to get rid of him. It should not have such a tainted figure projected as an independent person. Objectivity goes missing when such a divisive figure and a self-promoter in the worst Tamil style sits on the Commission. Either he should resign or should be booted out.

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      My dear Friend, Mama Sinhalam,

      I know that we respect each other, although you have desisted from contacting me, despite my revealing even my e-mail address.

      There is some truth in what you say. Hoole is such a staunch Christian that he may be a divisive figure to you. His strong disapproval of caste discrimination is often expressed without the tact that ought to be used in discussing such matters. Yes, he shows little respect for certain aspects of Hinduism, but he doesn’t strike me as being “anti-Hindu”.

      He is a totally independent figure, and not one bit tainted. However, I’m sure that he and I would think differently on many subjects. We must all be mature enough to accept diversity.

      I consider Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole to be an asset to all Sri Lankans who want to live in a Sri Lanka where there is justice for all.


      May you never again be forced by thugs to pronounce “baldiya”, and utter the “Mama Sinhalam” lie to save your life.

      Mine is going to be a protest vote THIS time; for the JVP.

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        Dear Sinhala Man, Thank you for your restraint in commenting. I regard Hoole as biased. He himself boasts of his own high caste origins quite often. He riles against Arumuga Navalar who is held in high esteem by most Tamils. He thinks that the oil lamp should not be lit to begin functions as it is a Hindu symbol. So, the examples go on in his writings in the CT. He is obviously biased against a large section of the community and in my opinion should not be a member of the Election Commission. You are entitled to think otherwise. I do not condone what the Tamil Congress did at releasing the manifesto at a temple. But, in these matters justice must be seen to be done. It is my belief that the Election Commission cannot be seen to do justice when it has biased people like Hoole.

        If I had the chance I would vote for the JVP too. Other politicians are crooks and the major parties simply alternate each outdoing the other when elected.

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      Mama Sinhalam

      Well said. He is a divisive guy. However, there is no way he could be booted out. When other members of the Election Commission conduct themselves admirably this fellow shoots his mouth off and gets unwanted publicity.

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    The uninformed and non-stop personal attack on Professor Hoole of the Election Commission the last two weeks in the Tamil dailies and other media is a cheap attempt by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam’s Tamil Congress trying hard to show people that they are doing something for the the Tamil people, and that only to the the Hindus.

    The ITAK candidates keep asking what this party has done for so long besides changing names -three times one for each year. Their leaders are intellectually bankrupt, young, rich, entitled and extremely ambitious men. They want power and prestige asap without working honestly for them.

    The same boys also run the Hindu peravai, which is going in parallel for Professor Hoole with the very same attacks. These attacks are obvious excuses for calling press conferences and giving media interviews to detract from the basic question: They do not know what else to say to the people howling for answers. An .

    The war has destroyed the fabric of Tamil society which is being exploited by these men throwing diaspora money about and inciting hatred.

    Onru pattal undu vaalvu. Irandu pattal anaivarukkum Saavu. No division.

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    The Ponnambalam money comes from the Clough family fortune. The Clough’s are a Jaffna Tamil very Christian family with acres of rubber in Malaysia.

    GG married for money across religion, because the Clough’s wanted their daughter married in Jaffna as everybody knows.

    Kumar Ponnambalam was no anti Christian but felt a part of the Christian community here, rightly. His wife ‘s slogan however was No Christian VC for Jaffna.

    Gajendrakumar raised on Clough money did not spend a cent on the poor Tamils. He is still using diaspora money to buy Tamil votes with nothing to show.

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      I cannot see how Kumar P’s wife’s alleged slogan ‘No Christian VC for Jaffna’ becomes relevant here?
      *
      Are we still in search of far-fetched theories about why the ambitions of certain people went unfulfilled?
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      The answer may be closer to home.

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        SJ,
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        “I cannot see how Kumar P’s wife’s alleged slogan ‘No Christian VC for Jaffna’ becomes relevant here?”
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        Thank you. I also fail to understand this claim.

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