20 October, 2017

Tamil Question: No Heroes, No Traitors

By Vishwamithra1984

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ~Bertrand Russell

In pursuit of a solution to Sri Lanka’s nagging problem, the Tamil Question, most of our leaders chose to ignore the obvious and dug deep into the respective distorted histories of the two ethnic communities; they inhabited a comfort zone of historical superiorities, cultural dominances and vituperative politics of the times. They lacked empathy; they lacked understanding and they sadly lacked spine to tell their own supporters that there is another way but a difficult one, a more realistic one and a more honest one. When leadership fails, the whole campaign fails; when leadership slips, the supporting crews go astray and when leadership deliberately misleads, the followers swallow the sweeter pill and disregard the more unpalatable truth. On both sides, Sinhalese and Tamil are plastered with this ugly signature of chauvinism which is mistaken for patriotism.

Riots May 1958 – A Tamil passenger was taken out of the vehicle and beaten up

In a haze of inscrutably vicious landscape, Kadiresan in the North and Hearth in the arid, dry zone in the North Central province, till their land and harvest their crop, bathe in the fresh waters of the Mahaweli or off the Aandi well (Aandi Linda), clothe their young children before they set off to school with the same intense, selfless love and hope. They have immense faith in their religion, whether, Hinduism or Buddhism. They, with all their superstitions and unbending loyalty to their clergy, hold human values as dear and all-enriching; their moral compass has been set at their childhood by their parents and elders, all-unifying and all-encompassing. When they have an issue with the deed of their land and property, they trek to the closest government office, Kachcheri or a divisional secretariat, they hope to transact their problems in their own language and if it had to be referred to a court of law, they need to understand the language in which the court is transacting their business. Among the fundamental demands of the Tamil population has been the language in which our courts conducted their cases. If the language is not understood by the litigants or the accused, as in the case of Silindu in Leonard Wolfe’s ‘Village in the Jungle’, an obvious denial of fundamental rights has taken place and the majority Sinhalese, the ethnic group from which our Herath and our successive political leadership hail, are, if not guilty of deliberate suppression of those rights of the Tamils, are guilty of gross negligence in applying the rule of law due to ignorance.

The crux of the Tamil Question is language and land. These two elements remain the center of gravity for each and every ethnic group, every race and every nation. ‘The Land the Race and the Faith’ (Rata, Deya, Samaya), according to Professor Jeyaratnam Wilson, the then lecturer at the University of Ceylon and later University of New Brunswick, who also happened to be the son-in-law of S J V Chelvanayakam, the leader of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) commonly known as the Federal Party, was the proud badge of the majority Sinhalese Buddhists. It was so then and it is certainly so now. But where has it taken the majority? A majority living with a ‘minority’ mindset because every argument for and against a true reconciliation with a minority that is tormented by its own history, a minority that is cooped up in a world of celluloid heroes and fairytale-cocoons, a minority who has been more sinned against than sinning, yet has committed more killings in the name of a criminal leader such as Prabhakaran than in the name of their proud Tamil heritage are all what the current impasse this troublesome issue is confronted with.

From the early part of the Twentieth Century, the harassing questions the Tamil community had to face thrown at them by the Sinhala-dominated national leadership, despite the undeniable support they received from the leaders of the Tamil community in the likes of Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, still remain unchanged and unresolved. After hundreds of their militant cadres were sacrificed at the altar of Elam, the ‘Tamil Question’ is now being addressed in a totally different context. The context has shifted from one of Tamil militancy to ‘Tamil support’ for the election of a friendly Executive President and an empathetic Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

In politics it’s context that matters. When the context changes, the resultant setting of circumstances begin to dictate the path each party to the issue takes. If and when the parties start seeing the changed circumstances and shifted paradigm, there might be a ray of hope. If, on the contrary, the parties revert back to the old failed formula of bickering one-upmanship, the wound only will get more grave and its stench more insufferable. Yet politics is all timing. The Tamil leaders must realize one major reality. Never in their wildest dreams would they have got a friendlier regime to deal with than the one they have got at present. Both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe owe them a load of gratitude for their being in power. The overwhelming Tamil vote was one of the three blocs of votes that helped Maithripala Sirisena’s election- the other two being the Muslim and 100% of the UNP vote. President Sirisena simply cannot look the other way when the legitimate issues and legitimate solutions are staring him in the face.

Then we have to face the other context- the ‘Rajapaksa phenomenon’. The lengths and breadths the Rajapaksas have attempted to drive the majority Sinhala-Buddhist community with the vocal as well as material support of the various Bala Kayas and Sènas- led by the notorious Galagoda Atte Gnanasara etc.- cannot be disregarded as ‘good-for-nothing’. Nor would an overwhelming majority of Sinhalese Buddhists forget the ‘war-victory’ against the brutal massacres of Sinhalese Buddhists by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LLTE) and its leader Prabhakaran. The wages of war are very high and sometimes come back to hurt you at the most unexpected times. History has shown us that those who disregard the past events, their development through a tough and unfriendly terrain and the unambiguous triumphs those events have led to, have suffered irreversible defeat at the political front. Within that context of ‘war-victory’, the Rajapaksas still hold a great advantage and it is that advantage that they are using now to galvanize a people who have been taught and nurtured and nourished from their school days. We all have learned our national history; it abounds with stories of bravery, uniqueness and patriotism. The awe-inspiring saga of King Dutu Gamunu, subliminal tales of the advent of Buddhism during King Devanampiyatissa, monumental edifices of Kashyapa’s Sigiri, King Parakrama Bahu’s stupendous construction of massive tanks, King Dathusena’s Kala Wewa and Aukana Buddha Statue and Samadhi Buddha Statue, the magnificent rock statues of Gal Vihare, Isurumuniya lovers and other numerous accomplishments are not only used by power-hungry politicians of the level of the Rajapaksas, they have endured to inspire a nation for more than two thousand five hundred years.

When the Tamil leadership sits at the table opposite to their Sinhalese equivalents, that shimmering glorious history is also at the table as an invisible counterpart. The Rajapaksas are aware of it. Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremasinghe should be aware of it. Now can you see the context? It has changed and it will continue to haunt many generations of Tamils to come.

Pondering on the reality of a separate state for Tamils in Sri Lanka, Professor A J Wilson in the preface to ‘The Break-up of Sri Lanka’ writes thus: “At present this is a state of mind; for it to become a territorial reality is a question of time. Patchwork compromises, even if underwritten by New Delhi, are passing phenomena. The fact of the matter is that under various guises the Sinhalese elites have refused to share power with the principal ethnic minority, the Tamils. The transfer of power by Britain to the Sinhalese ethnic majority in 1948 brought in its wake an unfortunate train of events which can best be described as a loss of perspective on the part of the Sinhalese political elites. Their anxiety for power led to the abandonment of principle”. When Wilson wrote this, the context of the ‘Tamil Question’ was quite different. The militancy of a rising Tamil movement was getting stronger by the day; open alliance with the Tamilnadu government led by M G Ramachandran and covert assistance of the Indian Center led by Indira Gandhi contributed to an fictional reality of a separate state. The year 2009 changed all that and more.

Today when they sit opposite to each other, the two communities are not equal anymore; one is a defeated enemy, the other a representative of a triumphant community. Yet the Sri Lankan Constitution guarantees equality to all people, irrespective of caste, creed, color and religion, among others. The Sinhalese are facing equal men and women at a roundtable forum, but in an unequal context. The solution needs to be one of unmitigated fairness and justice. There are no heroes; there are no traitors; only men and women trying to live with each other.

The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com

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    WHY CANNOT THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS SINHALA-BUDDHIST SUPPORTERS ACCEPT A FEDERAL LEGISLATION LIKE IN INDIA. MULTIPLE LINGUISTIC AND RELIGIOUS FACTIONS COME TOGETHER AS PROUD INDIANS WITH THEIR FEDERAL SET UP. IF SRILANKAN CAN ACHEIVE THAT SPIRIT WITH FEDERALISM, WE CAN EXCEL SINGAPORE.

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      1. India is not a federal set up
      2. There is no ground for a federal set up in SL
      3. Federal set up is geo politically harmful for SL

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        sachoooooooooo the stupid

        “1. India is not a federal set up 2. There is no ground for a federal set up in SL 3. Federal set up is geo politically harmful for SL”

        We know you sit on your brain hence you cannot comprehend anything that others say.

        Have collected the paddikkama from HLD M? It seems you too need two of them now.

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          welcome back! Where were you? Kind of missing your vulgar!

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            srinath gunaratnam

            Thanks.

            I was grounded for a couple of weeks by my Elders for wasting my time with you, somaass, jimy, sach, …….

            Sorry must go.

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        1. India is a quasi-federal set up. Since central government does not interfere in he internal affairs of a state, the net effect is federal in nature.
        2. There is every ground for a federal set up in Srilanka, which was never a single entity for any contiguous length of time. Tamils had sovereignty over parts of the country at the time of Portuguese conquest, which British forcibly attached to rest of Srilanka without the consent of Tamils and was not returned to Tamils when they left. Therefore in order to rectify this injustice without dividing Srilanka, federalism is the answer.
        3. Srilanka geo-politics depends on the agendas of powerful states like India, China and US and nothing to with Sinhalese or Tamils. If Sinhalese steadfastly refuse to share power and territory with Tamils, it will be imposed from outside.

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    Terrorists were Erased from our Mother Lanka but how can the Citizens of the Country forget how these bastards murdered innocent unarmed civilian, men women and children etc.

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      Namal Perera

      How the country forget the bastards who killed and maimed unarmed civilian men, woman and children in the 1958 riots long before so called terrorists came to the scene. It was for such things which gave life to LTTE.

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      Namal,
      When and who erased Terrorists from Mother Lanka? It is unforgeetable those terrorist basterds who put petrol on civilians in streets and burnt them and those terrorists murdered thousands of civilians since 1958 and those who bombed and shelled each and every inch of land. you don’t find the brutal terrorists anywhere in the world who drilled eyes of prisoners. Where in the world brutal monks go around the country with thethirst of blood?

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      Terrorism arises when there is a group of people are suppressed/subjugated by another[which can be the majority/State]. State terrorism [I do not hear about this in SL] gives rise to counter terrorism.
      There were bastards on both sides of the civil war causing death and destruction. They need to face an INDEPENDENT inquiry by an expert FOREIGN & LOCAL Judges.

      If the GoSL is not willing for that, there is no need to have a LOCAL inquiry, as the outcome is already predictable like the judgement of MP Raviraj’s murder.

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    This is not a Tamil question but a Sri Lankan question?

    A solution will bring peace and make the two communities live together.

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      Thamilan

      Can you present an outline of a ‘solution’ which covers at least 90% of the Tamils(Tamil speaking people) scaterred across the island? Can you at least give me the reference of such a proposal?

      Soma

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        Soma,

        Politicians should forget about racist solutions. eg: Make all children (from kindergarten) study at the same school and grow up together.Perhaps study English, Singhalese and Tamil.

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    It’s a restless hungry feeling
    That don’t mean no one no good
    When ev’rything I’m a-sayin’
    You can say it just as good.
    You’re right from your side
    I’m right from mine
    We’re both just one too many mornings
    An’ a thousand miles behind – Dylan

    Vishwamithra1984,

    It’s a well written intellectual examination of a problem. But unfortunately, in the human-condition – even in the US of A right now – the human actions are carried out at a much more baser level.

    The seed of our nation’s destruction is ingrained in every Lankans’ genes.

    There is no greater curse.

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    Vishwamithra1984 –

    RE:Tamil Question: No Heroes, No Traitors

    “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ~Bertrand Russell

    Yes, Para-Sinhala considered the Para-Tamils, Para- Demala not to be to be the Para-Tribe and the Para-Sinhala not to belong to the Para Tribe.

    That is the Belief or Hypothesis of the Para-Sinhala.

    The Hypothesis or beliefs of the ancients and the Church was a geocentric model. and proved t be incorrect by the heliocentric model of Copernicus, the Copernican Revolution.

    So, you need to focus on the fact that the Para-Sinhala are Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, just like the other Paras, in the Land, and widely expose this fact, and bust the Para-Sinhala Myths, as well as the Para-Tamil myths.

    References;

    Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people:

    Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

    http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

    Yes, The Sinhalese Have Their Origins In Bengal, Odisha

    The genetic, cultural and linguistic relation that the Sinhalese population shares with the Bengalis and Odiyas, though of scholarly interest, has remained largely ignored by the popular masses, writes Indian Express’ journalist Adrija Roychowdhury.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/yes-the-sinhalese-have-their-origins-in-bengal-odisha/

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    The liberal Vishwamitra errs when he/she notes “…one is a defeated enemy, the other a representative of a triumphant community…” The “War” was between a small number of Tamil militants (LTTE) and not the larger and wider Tamil Nation. This is a mistake most Sinhalese deliberately make – including the lumpen majority and the better informed academicia.

    As to “Never in their wildest dreams would they have got a friendlier regime to deal with than the one they have got at present. Both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe owe them a load of gratitude for their being in power” While this is true and undeniable the trouble is the shots on the Sinhala side is called by the various Mahanayakas and the Gnanassara thug-monk and fellow travellers in the streets. Against a vocal Sinhala majority army of crazed extremists in streets throughout the country the wimpish duo of Sirisena-Wickremasinghe will rather take safe cover – the once pauperish Sirisena in defence of his new found illegitimate spoils and the traditionally wealthy Wickremasinghe of what is left of his ageing political career.

    By all accounts, it looks like the Sinhala side – by denying political and economic opportunities to the Tamil Nation, both by omission and commission, expedites the early arrival of the spectre of a Separate State in the North-East – the historical home of the Tamil Nation.

    Kettikaran

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      Crap couched in articulate English is still crap.

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    I wonder all the Sri Lankans will see the current true picture as Vishwamithra has elegantly written.
    It is easy for the JO to create trouble for the current GoSL which is trying to bring in the new Constitutional changes. But if they truly have an heart to see peace in Sri Lanka, they do have to help the GoSL to bring in the NEW CONSTITUTION.
    Let our country be a real peace loving, Law abiding Corruption free country.

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    The choice of whether the Sinhala majority to continue to deny the Tamils of their rights or grant them equal status in the new constitution [2017] .
    Let them decide wisely.

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    Tamil political masters always made one cardinal mistake. That is bartering votes for a ‘solution’. As I have mentioned many a occasion on this column minorities should never ever take sides en bloc between this 50/50 divided cut-throat , mean Sinhala politics. Vishvamittra believes Sirisena Ranil combo is the best that ever happened to the Tamils. It is quite the opposite in my view as those of us who voted for Rajapaksha (majoriry Sinhala Buddhista) consider that ‘solutions’ to problems of this nature and magnitude should not be achieved on ‘pay back’ basis. Moreover the whole shift was achieved by malicious propaganda that Rajapaksha was anti minority. This is a dangerous ploy because political leaders have vote bases and it pits one section against the other.

    The other modus-operandi of Tamil political class is hand twisting of Sinhala leaders at the helm at a given point of time by external forces. Neither method will lead to peace between two communities.

    Any ‘solution’ achieved against the will of the majority will soon degenerate into physical conflict.

    In fact in view of the present demographic distribution of Tamil speaking people in the island there is NO conceivable federal model that can satisfy at least 90% of Tamil speaking people.

    When you argue that a ‘solution’ to Tamil and Christian Tamils in the North would be sufficient leaving the majority Tamil speaking people in midst of Sinhalese it takes away the very raison d’etre for a ‘solution’ in one go. Moreover the Sinhalese should be concious of what is lurking behind this attitude.

    Soma

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      soma,

      “When you argue that a ‘solution’ to Tamil and Christian Tamils in the North would be sufficient leaving the majority Tamil speaking people in midst of Sinhalese it takes away the very raison d’etre for a ‘solution’ in one go. Moreover the Sinhalese should be concious of what is lurking behind this attitude.”

      I was scrolling down the posts sure to find you, there you are; you did not disappointed me!

      You conveniently omitted the East why?

      The Tamils know very well about your ilk!

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        BI

        “You conveniently omitted the East why?”

        Tamils in the East poses a dilemma to me.
        Do you think those who practise Islam are willing to be accommodated in a Tamil Homeland ?

        Soma

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    Dear Soma,
    MR became president by giving money to LTTE by some means. This led to LTTE preventing Tamils to vote for Ranil.W. Lots of deaths could have been prevented had there been fairer election in 2005.Can MR explain to us how he spent the Tsunami funds donated by Foreigners.

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      NAMAN:

      IT is better if you tamils Explain how LTTE got money and screwed up Tamils ?

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      Narman

      I believe quite the opposite. If MR was not in power in 2009 war would still be continuing and we would be sinking in a pool of blood. Remember Tamils rejected even what Ranil offered and supremely confident of their military machine decided go for the final Vadukkodai objective irrespective of the cost in blood. Sampandan was fully behind this push providing all political support and asking the international community to accept LTTE as sole representatives of the Tamils. Not even a word of request was made to LTTE by him in the final days to release the innocent civilians held hostage.

      Soma

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    This is not a Tamil/Sinhalese problem.
    It is the problem of affluent and non affluent!

    Affluent from any race intermingle use their contacts and thrive, They close the door to the non affluent! They inter marry and make merry!
    Look at Vigie, MR family,

    Non affluent try to think reasons for his inability and blames race, religion or caste!

    Until we make a society where law and equality applied without the barriers, Any stupid federal solution is not going to solve affluent and non affluent problem. Do you think politicians from either race want this to happen?

    Jaffna elite feels humiliated to take orders from Sinhalese, They want to abuse the poor Tamils, So they poison the minds of poor Tamils, it is a problem of race.

    Grow up Wishwamitra,
    Write to make a fair society, Most of the evil in our society will disappear with that.

    Then we can talk about devolution!

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      Srinath,

      Brilliant; you are simply a genius of contradictions!

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    Dear Vishwamithra and others!

    The Para – 28 0f the UN Expert Panel Report says:“After independence, political elites tended to prioritize short-term political gains, appealing to communal and ethnic sentiments, over long-term policies, which could have built an inclusive state that adequately represented the multicultural nature of the citizenry. Because of these dynamics and divisions, the formation of a unifying national identity has been greatly hampered. Meanwhile, SINHALA-BUDDHIST NATIONALISM GAINED TRACTION, ASSERTING A PRIVILEGED PLACE FOR THE SINHALESE AS THE PROTECTORS OF SRI LANKA, AS THE SACRED HOME OF BUDDHISM. THESE FACTORS RESULTED IN DEVASTATING AND ENDURING CONSEQUENCES FOR THE NATURE OF THE STATE, GOVERNANCE AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS IN SRI LANKA.”

    The Para – 8.150 of the LLRC Report says:“The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.

    The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

    What is your opinion about these two conclusions?

    Will it be possible to find solution to the problems of Lanka unless the Sinhala nation rejects its imaginary and false Doctrine: “Aryan” – Sinhala – Sinhalese – Theravaada Buddhism – Lanka with one to one correspondence?

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    The political project to keep the unreasonable political clout the vellala jaffna politicians enjoyed in british time is what ultimately became a terrorist problem in SL…

    History, facts and research shows that

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      Here is anther genius who masked Sinhala aggression very well! Your problem is that the Tamils obediently accept your Magavamsa myth and shut up.

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    There was a time when there were moderate Tamil politicians of the Left who realised the fallacy of ‘bartering of votes’ as a solution wouldn’t work in the long run to solve the national question.
    They tried to explain the futility of that but were called traitors and could not even conduct public meetings in what was regarded as Tamil territories without being targeted with stones, clubs, catcalls and violence when they tried to say that ‘only an organically arrived solution by consent between the minority and majority communities would last instead of one dictated and or imposed by a foreign country or external source’.
    They said that because they saw the reality on the ground, which was that the both the majority and the minorities were living together in each other’s midsts while also living as a majority in what they regarded their traditional heartlands within the boundaries of the island in the N,E,W,&S.
    Now another opportunity has been presented to amicably solve all contending issues of the National Question with a Tamil as Leader of the Opposition to formulate a new Constitution having learnt lessons from mistakes made in the past to allay mutual doubts and suspicions and arrive at a consensus solution based on the principles of justice, democracy, equality and peace for all and to embed that consensus as clauses in a constitutional format as a lasting solution.

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      “Now another opportunity has been presented to amicably solve all contending issues of the National Question with a Tamil as Leader of the Opposition to formulate a new Constitution having learnt lessons… “

      Mr Utugan, didn’t Sampanthan batered votes for a ‘solution’ this time around too by asking all Tamils to vote for Ranil/Sirisena. Any ‘solution'(for which NONE exists as +50% Tamils live outside North East) proposed by Ranil/Sirisena will be viewed by those who voted against (+50% Sinhala Buddhists) as ‘pay back’ for the votes. Allow me to repeat : … minorities should never ever take sides en bloc between this 50/50 divided cut-throat , mean Sinhala politics.

      Soma

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        Soma
        Are you saying minorities should not take sides when it comes to a Sinhalese like MaRa who looted all in the island irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity.?
        What ‘ bartering of votes’are you on about here that involves Sambanthan who only happens to be the Leader of the Opposition by some irony of fate?

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          Uthungan

          somasss is a typical member of the noisy minority a great proponent of Sinhala/Buddhists chauvinism, likes to build a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto in the Southern hemisphere.

          I have promised to help him.

          A ten square mile area is more than sufficient to confine the entire noisy minority.

          somass will be expected to round up all his fellow bigots and take them to this 10 square mile Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto.

          Do you have any objection in principle to building a separate Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto?

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            Native
            Why bother when Soma and the rest of his bald headed yellow robed chauvinist bigots are already in a 10sq. mile SB ghetto with MaRa holding his kurakkan shaded shawl over their heads?

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              Uthungan

              Lets legitimize the Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto, which hopefully confine his activities and noise to this area, and let us live in peace.

              He would be happy living with his fellow bigots.

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                NV. Uthugan

                No amount of anti Sinhala Buddhist propaganda or vilification of worst kind by the likes of you or passing resolutions on ‘genocide’ has been successful in motivating a single Tamil to move residence from Sinhala areas (areas outside perceived Tamil homeland) into the Tamil majority areas.

                As I always say the day I observe any tendency among the Tamils(Tamil speaking people) to leave Sinhala areas (areas outside perceived Tamil homeland) I will be in the forefront campaigning for a separate homeland for Tamils(Tamil speaking people).

                The challenge is to get a single Tamil (at least Sumathitharan) to move voluntarily.

                Whatever you say there seems to be some inherent superiority in the Sinhala Buddhist society which makes majority of Tamils(Tamil speaking people) stick among them. (Even that menial life in Tea estates is thousand times preferable living in Tamilnadu)

                I repeat: The challenge is to get a single Tamil (at least Sumathitharan) to move out voluntarily.

                Soma

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      Uthungan’s thoughts are peace-centric. Howeever, a Tamil as Opposition Leader could be a cosmetic arrangement in a house where the overwhelming majority are extreme Sinhalese – suspecting all Tamils as subscribing exclusively to the Separate State Agenda. The move to make Mr. Sampanthan as OL may well be more to please and mislead India, the UN and the world – a mere time-buying exercise. The Sirisena-Ranil Govt is no match to the Sinhala supremacists Mahanayakes like the vocal and activist Bellanvila high priest. The sudden turnaround we now see of the semi-retired liberal CBK is proof of the grip the fanatic wing of the religious-racial cabal holds the country hostage with.

      Sinhalese may only regret their narrow obstinacy until the next round of blood and war – sooner or later. The absence of VP does not mean the lack of capacity to continue the struggle to regain Tamil rights – momentarily via peaceful agitation – as we saw in the 1960s.

      Kettikaran

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    Vishvamithra is journalistically bankrupt. So, he is trying to dominate on these Crap issues and get publicity. LTTE rump and those who are looking for their own country but not Tamilnadu are say Hurray to vishvamithra.

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    Tamil question will be a question until the doomsday or until the Tamil politicians realize that creating ethnic cocoons is not the answer.

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      In other words as long as obstinate Sinhala only Buddhism paronic cocoon lasts the same Tamil cocoon will also match it and continue relentlessly in the same dooms day calendar.

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