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The 19A For The South & ‘Zero’ For The North & East !

By S. V. Kirubaharan

S. V. Kirubaharan

S. V. Kirubaharan

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labelled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today”. – Thomas Sowell, American author, political philosopher and economist.

Sri Lankan Members of Parliament successfully adopted the 19th amendment on 28 April 2015. In a Parliament of 225 members, 212 voted in favour of the same. There is no doubt that this was a historical achievement. Usually the government and the opposition cast their votes against each other.

Even though there is a minority government in Sri Lanka, the 19th amendment was adopted with huge support. Everyone close to the former President also voted in favour. Even though this amendment is widely known as removing the executive or extra powers of the President, it has other features too.

As far as local political leaders are concerned, democracy has been reinstated in Sri Lanka. But surely not! Democracy has a much wider reach and simply passing the 19th amendment is not going to bring it in fully. Democracy has to be open to all peoples not just a section of the people. In Sri Lanka, democracy cannot prevail until the ethnic issue is solved in a meaningful manner. Whenever there is pressure from the international community on reconciliation, the standard reply is about ‘30 years of war and terrorism’. But what action has been taken on the ethnic issue since the war ‘came to an end’ in May 2009? As usual, the talk-show continues.

Maithri WigneswaranThe earlier government had a President with Executive powers, which he used only for anything and everything in his favour. They had two third majority in the parliament too. But when it comes to the ethnic question, promises given to the International community disappeared, and the “Parliamentary Select Committee” was the standard answer to the ethnic question. Today, where is this ‘Parliamentary Select Committee”? It was so obvious that they were buying time, until Sinhalasation, Buddhisation, Militarisation and land grabbing in the North and East are successfully completed. They stayed in power for six years and did nothing for true reconciliation. At the end of the war, ‘devolution’ became ‘development’.

National government

Now there is a new President with a minority government. But this National government consists of Ministers from both the ruling and the opposition parties. Accompanied by much fuss and drama, the 19th amendment was adopted with the support of all political parties.

Sensible people will analyse this abnormal achievement in Sri Lanka. Four facts can be considered: Firstly, the new President was elected with the support of Tamils and Muslims from the North, East and Upcountry. In other words, if those Tamils had boycotted this Presidential election, Sri Lanka would have got the same old President for the third time. Secondly, it is a minority government but a national government and thirdly, not everyone from the opposition endorsed this government. Fourthly, the outgoing President has been carrying out daily vigorous campaigning since he lost the presidential election, blaming Tamil voters for his defeat.

In such a scenario, how was this 19th amendment passed with such a huge majority in parliament with only one vote against it? How was the opposition convinced to vote in favour?

Recently I met a Sri Lankan (friend) after a long interval. When we started to talk about Sri Lankan politics, I was shocked to learn about some campaign tools used to convince all the opposition MPs to vote in favour of this 19th amendment. What a clever job those patriots did. In fact, they are two-faced and dubious!

Tamils’ rights dragged out

Some MPs in the opposition were told that this is the best amendment to drag out any political settlement to the Tamils. They were told that there is pressure from the international community and India that the ethnic conflict should be settled at the earliest. So there is no other way than to implement this 19th amendment.

Some are innocent, out of those who campaigned for support for the 19th. But most MPs, especially from the opposition, agreed to support it, purely to drag out any political settlement to the Tamils in the Island.

By passing this 19th Amendment, the President cannot any longer practice his executive power, – like the President in 1987 – neither to merge the North and East nor to sign an agreement with India. Once the 19th amendment is passed in parliament, then parliament holds all the power. Then any bill in favour of the Tamils can only be adopted with good support of the MPs. This can then be an excuse for another few years, as was done during the war. During this period the rest of the Sinhalisation, Buddhisation, Militarisation and land grabs would be completed in the North and East. What a smart tactic!

We could even say the earlier President was honest in his speech which he made soon after the war ended. He said, “We have removed the word minorities from our vocabulary three years ago”. This does not bode well for the future for the Tamils in the North, East and also for the people in Upcountry.

13th amendment

The 13th amendment is already part of the constitution, so why is the present government delaying full implementation of it? No vote is needed for implementation. Why all of a sudden, is the daughter of the late SWRD Bandaranaike talking about federalism? Will she pass this bill in Parliament with huge support like the 19th amendment? If there is a bill on the federal system in Sri Lanka, it will raise many questions in the present situation in Sri Lanka. Would it be supported by MPs in the South? Would such a federal system merge the North and East?

We Tamils, especially the Tamil representatives in parliament, are building castles in the air. Rather than waiting for Bandaranaike’s daughter’s sweet words about federalism, why can’t the Tamil representatives put pressure with the help of India, demanding full implementation of 13th amendment. This is already part of the constitution. The thirteenth amendment is included in all resolutions passed in the United Nation Human Rights Council – UN HRC.

What is happening now is that the present government is buying time too. It is not certain that this government or this cabinet will come back to power in the next parliamentary election. Let’s take it for granted that this government will remain in power even after next parliamentary election. Then what are they going to do on the ethnic issue? It will be the same, either 13th amendment or a bill on federal system.

Anyone who knows the political history of this Island, will never accept anything until it is fully implemented. The 13th amendment has been part of the Sri Lankan constitution since 1987.

Federalism is a joke

It will be a joke for great SWRD’s daughter to find a new solution in federalism, which has never had any place in Sri Lanka. If the 19th amendment can be voted by both the government and the opposition, then what is lacking for this government and the opposition to support full implementation of the 13th amendment?

Whether today or after the parliamentary election, this issue will remain the same. We still haven’t forgotten the fate of past signed agreements – SWRD-Chelva, Dudley-Chelva, and a few others with Chandrika Kumaratunga and Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Therefore, this is the right time for political rights to be gained by the Tamils with the support of the international community. India has a responsibility. Rather than waiting until the Parliamentary election is over, let’s get into action now for a full implementation of the 13th amendment. If the present or a future government is so generous, later they can grant something better than the 13th amendment, like the earlier President talked about 13plus to the Tamils.

In conclusion, Tamils are cheated by every politician and government in the South. This will be repeated sooner or later. Those who are familiar with politics in Sri Lanka understand the hypocrisy of Sinhala politicians. There will be a day, when we Tamils are going to regret that the 13th amendment would at least have been a better solution and that we buried all our golden opportunities.

As far as fault promises on political settlement are concerned, Sri Lanka stands the worst country in the world. In other words it has the worst record on reconciliation and broken promises. (See below)

What Presidents and VIPs of Sri Lanka said………

We have removed the word minorities from our vocabulary” – Address By Mahinda Rajapaksa at the ceremonial opening Of Parliament, May 19, 2009.

“We have removed the word minorities from our vocabulary three years ago. No longer are the Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and any others minorities. There are only two peoples in this country. One is the people that love this country. The other comprises the small groups that have no love for the land of their birth. Those who do not love the country are now a lesser group”.(Excerpt)

I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese” – General Sarath Fonseka

National Post, Canada – September 23, 2008 – “I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people,” he says. We being the majority of the country, 75%, we will never give in and we have the right to protect this country. We are also a strong nation … They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things.” (Excerpt – Stewart Bell, National Post, Canada – Monday, September 22, 2008)

Minority Community is not the original people of the Country” – President Kumaratunga (Nov 1994 – Nov 2005)

President Chandrika Kumaratunga told South African television recently that Tamils were not the “original” people of Sri Lanka. “They are wanting a separate state, a minority community which is not the original people of the country,” she said in the interview. (Excerpt)(

Minorities are like creepers…..” – President D.B. Wijetunga (May 1993 – Nov 1994)

D B Wijetunga President of the UNP said that the “minorities are like creepers clinging to the Sinhala tree.” (Excerpt)

Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy” – President J.R. Jeyewardena (Feb 1978 – Jan 1989)

“I am not worried about the opinion of the Tamil people. Now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion. The more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here. Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.” – President J.R. Jeyawardena, Daily Telegraph, UK 11th July 1983.

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    Dont write rubbish just satisfy separatists.law,order and democracy is important irrespective of race.

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      This is a good analysis.
      Kiruba is correct about the TNA.

      Sadly, the Tamil position has become weak and not strong.

      The next Parliament would be a Sinhala Buddhist, National Unity, racist chauvinist government sans Tamils. A few Tamil quislings will get a few useless Ministerial positions with the fully complement of Body Guards/PSD/MSD, vehicles, jobs for their immediate family, and Ambulance/motor bicycle policemen as their entourage.

      Nothing more while the PTA is not removed, militarization and rapes continue supported by Tamil quislings like Devananda and Pillayan gangs rule with their thugs running wild supported by the Police and the military.

      For diplomatic formalities the TNA parliamentarians are invited for talks with the foreign diplomats bringing NO RESULTS. While “WAR CRIMINALS” are being protected and not investigated, by the GOSL and the IC as per international law.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice
      Founder.

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        Welcome Donald J Gnanakone, Founder of Tamil for Justice

        Being in Sri Lanka, why can’t you amplified more on the situation of the Tamils in the North and East.

        We understand that you have travelled all over the island.

        Have you got any good luck to explain your college friend Ranil about the realities for the Tamils in the NE.

        If nothing is working in Sri Lanka, can you return back immediately and explain the State department before they open all positive channels to SL.

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          Dear Mr Kirubaharan,

          Mr. S. V. Kirubaharan, the husband of Ms. Deirdre McConnell is at it again.

          Both are active members of the Terrorist Organisation, the LTTE. However they masquerade as HR activists and have formed the Tamil Center for Human Rights, one of the many fronts of the LTTE.

          Their ideology is that of the terrorist LTTE.

          This is from the UN Press Release, NGO/345

          TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CONSULTATIVE STATUS BY COMMITTEE ON NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

          The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) this afternoon did not recommend the granting of consultative status to the Tamil Centre for Human Rights, following concerns raised about its connection with terrorist activities.

          In order to forge mutually beneficial relations between the Council and civil groups, the Committee’s 19 members review and make recommendations on non- governmental organizations’ applications for consultative status with either general, special or roster classification. Each of these carries with it distinct responsibilities and privileges. The Committee’s recommendations are transmitted to the Council, which takes its final decision as a whole.

          Non-governmental organizations with general status can propose items for the Council’s agenda, attend and speak at meetings and circulate statements. Those with special status can attend meetings and circulate statements, while those on the roster can only attend meetings. Organizations with general and special status must report every four years on their activities in support of the United Nations.

          Following concerns raised by the representative of the United States about the Centre, which had applied for roster status, the observer of Sri Lanka informed the Committee that the NGO was a well-known front for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist group banned in several countries. The Centre had published literature promoting the division of Sri Lanka and its senior officials had participated in LTTE rallies. The Centre sought to circumvent the strict procedures regarding accreditation to the United Nations by applying for consultative status. Therefore, the Committee was urged not to consider the application.

          Responding to the concerns, a representative of the Centre said that the NGO was committed to working for the protection of human rights and nothing else. It monitored and assessed the needs of Tamil people and fed them into the United Nations system, and did not have any violent objectives. It was entirely untrue that members of the NGO had distributed information produced by the LTTE. It collected money to produce material on human rights, but did not give any money to any group. While she had spoken at peace and human rights rallies, it had not been to advocate a separate State, but to speak about the need to address human rights violations.

          Several delegates noted that the responses given were not sufficient to allay their concerns. The activities of the Centre seemed inconsistent with the provisions of resolution 1996/31 and the principles of the United Nations Charter. As such, they could not support the application of an NGO connected with violence and terrorist groups.

          Committee on NGOs – 2 – Press Release NGO/345 743rd Meeting (PM) 18 May 2000
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          http://www.un.org/news/Press/docs/2000/20000518.ngo345.doc.html
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          Your wife Deirdre uses her western surname to hide her LTTE connections and that of her Tamil Terrorist husband, whenever she writes (she has done this on CT).

          “S V Kirubakaran of 9, rue des Peupliers, 95140 – Garges les Gonesse, FRANCE is accused of threatening Douglas Wickremaratne, a British national living in London, with the same fate as Lakshman Kadirgamar, the Sri Lankan foreign minister who was assassinated by a LTTE death squad”.
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          (http://www.island.lk/2007/10/01/news8.html)
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          Deirdre is reported to have said in Tamil at an LTTE rally near the UN in Geneva on 3rd April 2000, “TOMORROW THAMIL EELAM WILL BE BORN FROM BLOOD” (“Naattu-kor Thamil Eelam Nalei Pirarakkum, Naleki Eratthathil Pirakkum”) to the great applause of the LTTE supporters in the audience”.

          “In Ottawa a few years ago, she turned up at a LTTE event and presented herself as an advocate of children’s rights.” says Dushy Ranetunge who was present at the meeting.

          “On the 2nd of June 2000 the “Bangkok Post” a Thai national newspaper exposed her as presenting herself to the Thai authorities as being a representative of Amnesty International. Amnesty International issued a denial”
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          (http://www.island.lk/2007/10/01/news8.html)
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          Kirubakaran says that ALL the Tamil MP’s are simplistic IDIOTS to have been led by the nose to a gallows that he says is the 19A

          He waxes eloquent about the 13A which his own organisation the LTTE and the Tamil politicians have rejected.

          Then he writes of a Land Grab, when that Land Grab is the Exclusive Tamil Homeland claim of Tamil politics since 1922!

          Re “We still haven’t forgotten the fate of past signed agreements – SWRD-Chelva, Dudley-Chelva”

          What you have forgotten is that both of those were SECRET AND PRIVATE AGREEMENTS and did not have either Legal Standing or Approval of the people.

          However can you list what was implemented and NOT implemented over the years?

          Re “Those who are familiar with politics in Sri Lanka understand the hypocrisy of Sinhala politicians.”

          Those who are familiar with Tamil Politics KNOW that the Tamil Politicians were subjecting over 60% of the Tamil people of the North to Abject Slavery.

          Every time the govt tried to emancipate and empower these helpless and downtrodden Tamils, the Tamil Politicians filibustered it by inflaming Ethnic sentiment, making FOOLS of the impoverished Tamil polity. Even the building of causeways connecting inaccessible villages were objected to (see below, quotes from Mr Sebastian Rasalingam). The Hansard of the relevant period will also stand witness to it as the objections were raised in Parliament.

          The Tamil Ruling class to which the Tamil politicians belonged, literally OWNED the Tamil polity. These Human Rights Pretenders OWNED and controlled ALL PRIVATE LAND and Means of Production and hence the livelihood of Northern Tamils. The Tamil polity was totally dependent on them to eke out a MEAGER Living and a place to stay which too were Ghettos.

          These poor Tamils were kept IGNORANT by FORCE by denying them any Education. Thus manipulating their sentiments was easy for the Cunning Tamil Politicians.

          Re “In conclusion, Tamils are cheated by every politician and government in the South.”

          Those who cheated the Tamils are Tamil Politicians as I have shown above. I hope you will try to contest it but I doubt you will.

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          References

          Sebastian Rasalingam on building Causeways in the North.

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          The anger against Colombo doing things in the North reminds me of the anger of the Tamil parliamentarians in the 1940s. It was against the Colombo authorities building causeways connecting villages in the North. The real anger was that such “intrusions” disturb the power and caste structure enjoyed by the Lords who ran the affairs of the Tamils.
          Unquote

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            OTC – Organisation of Traitors and Cowards.

            What can you gain by talking all these about Kirubaharan and his wife?

            Do you think that they can’t write about you and your wife?

            There are ample for it.

            You all are branded impostors of Eelam Tamils, guilty of felony the Tamil struggle.

            As usual this is a pattern of resentment

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                Dear Ranetunge, Hary, Param, suku, James and David,

                Note to the CT Moderator – I have edited the original comment by removing certain specific references as I believe those were the offending terms that I have used. Though I strive to write within a civil boundary, on reflection, I believe I should not have been assertively explicit without simultaneously adducing proof. I am sorry about my lapse.
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                To Ranetunge

                Re “This is an exaggerated comment by OTC”

                Then the UN must be doing the Exaggeration.
                Look at the URL with a Magnifying Glass.
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                http://www.un.org/news/Press/docs/2000/20000518.ngo345.doc.html
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                To Hary
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                Re “Sorry OTC, what you are trying do is slinging mud on the author”
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                I beg to differ. Throwing MUD is relating UNTRUTHS about others. Relating the TRUTH is and Expose’ in journalistic jargon. Colombo Telegraph has done many such expose’s.

                Mrs Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell did not REFUTE what V. Namasivayam wrote exposing her LTTE employment or who her husband is. That proves that V. Namasivayam was relating the Truth.

                What I am doing is UNMASKING two people who worked for the LTTE at Eelam House. Whose ideology is therefore the same as the LTTE’s.

                The LTTE did not defend any Human Rights and that goes for their employees. Mr & Mrs Kirubaharan are therefore not Human Rights Defenders though they try to fool the world by pretending that they are.

                (please see V Namasivayam’s comment at https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/change-but-no-change-in-sri-lanka/comment-page-1/#comment-1799709)
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                Re “There is no reason that you talk about his wife and others, especially with pseudonyms”
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                This comment is posted as M.N.I.N. Perera which is not my real name and hence it is a Pseudonym. Unless I declare it to be a pseudonym (as I have done here) no one will ever know that it is not my real name. On Internet discussion boards such as CT, you cannot judge who posts under an OWN name and who does under an assumed name. I choose to be honest and declare to everyone that I am using a Pseudonym.

                A Law lecturer from the Jaffna University, a prominent member of Fr Rayappu Joseph’s “Tamil Civil Society” writes under three (3) pseudonyms, Aachariya, Tamil Chanakyan, Manimaaran. Although I have challenged him and KNOW his real identity, I have not exposed him, because I respect his desire for anonymity.

                Hence in the future, focus on the contents instead of the “Name”. It is IDIOTIC to do so.

                I have very good reason to write about his wife. She writes to CT as Deirdre McConnell. Anyone reading her articles will think that she is an unbiased foreigner. I was also fooled by her.

                The following comment of mine was addressed to her BEFORE I knew who she really was. She could not respond because my comment contained facts that she could not challenge.
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                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/change-but-no-change-in-sri-lanka/comment-page-1/#comment-1799516
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                Read it and if you can refute what Deirdre could not, please respond here.

                Her cloak of innocence was blown to bits and Deirdre’s true nature was exposed by another reader, V Namasivayam.

                He said “Deirdre was in the payroll of the LTTE at Eelam House under Shanthan and then moved to Paris and married and living with LTTE’s one man Tamil human rights group run by Kirupakaran. She is the editor of her husbands public reports and writings” (https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/change-but-no-change-in-sri-lanka/comment-page-1/#comment-1799709)
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                Not ONCE did she mention her employment with the LTTE or that her Husband was a Tamil employed by the LTTE. She writes in her maiden name to FOOL the UNSUSPECTING.

                Re “An educated person will never do these sort mean writings. This sort of task can be done only street thugs”

                Blowing the whistle on LTTE sympathizers who are spreading LTTE propaganda under a HR cloak is a CIVIC duty. Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing are dangerous.

                To Param,

                Re “What can you gain by talking all these about Kirubaharan and his wife?”

                Exposing their REAL agenda stops them from misleading the public.
                The public will start thinking and wonder why the points raised by me are going unchallenged. That will make their propaganda difficult to sell. They are not targeting people like you. Their target is the unsuspecting and uninformed foreigner.

                Re “Do you think that they can’t write about you and your wife?”

                I will be glad if they do. Because unless they also answer the questions raised by me about what they have written, their propaganda would be exposed as Lies.

                To suku,

                If you are attempting to address my comment then I am not sure of your meaning.

                To David,

                Most of what you have written is answered above and at the Link I have provided (a reply to Mrs Deirdre Kirubaharan).

                To James,

                I cannot speak on behalf of Donald J Gnanakone and I have addressed a comment to him challenging what he has written.

                But if you conclude that anyone who has facts to counter the Racist Drivel that Mr and Mrs Kirubaharan or TGTE’s Usha writes, is driven by jealousy, then I am sorry to say that you are a First class Idiot.

                To ALL,

                No one that has attempted to defend Kirubaharan and to whom I have addressed this comment has ventured to answer the questions that I have raised on Kirubaharan’s article. Neither has Kirubaharan nor his wife has ever defended what they have written or have been able to answer the questions raised about Tamil Politics, the UN Panel of Experts etc.

                However my reply to Kirubaharan has made the worms crawl out of the woodwork.
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                Kind Regards,
                Off the Cuff

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            Desperate Johnny-come-lately.

            Desperate Johnny-come-lately.

            closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

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            Sorry OTC, what you are trying do is slinging mud on the author.

            There is no reason that you talk about his wife and others, especially with pseudonyms.

            An educated person will never do these sort mean writings. This sort of task can be done only street thugs.

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            This is an exaggerated comment by OTC

            The UN Press given by the OTC doesn’t refer Kirubaharan’s organisation as a terrorist organisation or even supporters of the LTTE.

            This was exaggerated version of the Sri Lankan government media and the journalist on government payroll.

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            This is from the UN Press Release, NGO/345

            TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CONSULTATIVE STATUS BY COMMITTEE ON NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

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            OTC,

            “The Tamil Ruling class to which the Tamil politicians belonged, literally OWNED the Tamil polity. These Human Rights Pretenders OWNED and controlled ALL PRIVATE LAND and Means of Production and hence the livelihood of Northern Tamils. The Tamil polity was totally dependent on them to eke out a MEAGER Living and a place to stay which too were Ghettos. These poor Tamils were kept IGNORANT by FORCE by denying them any Education. Thus manipulating their sentiments was easy for the Cunning Tamil Politicians.”

            True but partly history simply because so many Vellalah have left and will never come back. The non Vellalah have entered new space thru buying land, educating themselves etc. Many government servants, academics etc are today non Vellalah. When the elderly Vellalah retire others often take over.

            In the ghettos many have converted and I believe that official statistics don’t have correct numbers. Conversion is a protest against the existing discrimination that partly is based on Hinduism. Note that not only Vellalah discriminate. All the castes look down at the so called outcastes and even among the outcastes there are differences due to where they live,their profession etc.

            The leadership of the LTTE was non Vellalah but not outcaste.

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              Dear Heretic,

              I wrote the following,
              The Tamil Ruling class to which the Tamil politicians belonged, literally OWNED the Tamil polity. These Human Rights Pretenders OWNED and controlled ALL PRIVATE LAND and Means of Production and hence the livelihood of Northern Tamils. The Tamil polity was totally dependent on them to eke out a MEAGER Living and a place to stay which too were Ghettos. These poor Tamils were kept IGNORANT by FORCE by denying them any Education. Thus manipulating their sentiments was easy for the Cunning Tamil Politicians.

              You replied, “True but partly history simply because so many Vellalah have left and will never come back.”

              Thank you for being truthful and confirming what I wrote. Not many Tamils will have the courage to do that.

              My response was aimed at Nullifying Kirubaharan’s tongue in cheek comment viz “Those who are familiar with politics in Sri Lanka understand the hypocrisy of Sinhala politicians”.

              He tries to hide the Tamil politician’s sins by blaming the Sinhalese. This is the usual tactic. I am sure he did not expect someone who had facts about the actual situation, vis a vis the Tamil politicians, to challenge him.

              It was what he calls the Sinhalese Govt that enacted the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act in 1957 to emancipate the underclass. But that remained a Dead Letter for 14 years in the North where the Political and Administrative establishment was TOTALLY TAMIL.

              What other proof is needed to show what a Lying Hypocrite Kirubaharan is?

              The Tamil underclass slowly began to be emancipated only after the PSDA was amended 14 years later in 1971, empowering the Police to prosecute on a public complaint.

              The Tamil Political and Administrative establishment in the North objected to the govt developing the North as seen by their objections to connecting remote villages populated by the underclass by building roads and causeways.

              What didn’t they object to?
              Education, Travel in Public Transport, removal of prohibitions in entering Tea Shops, road building, desegregation of fresh water wells etc .. The list pervades every aspect of life.

              So what is this Joker Kirubaharan and his hurrah gang writing about?

              I am glad to note what you say about the diminishing Old Vellala Supremacist mentality.

              Re “In the ghettos many have converted and I believe that official statistics don’t have correct numbers. Conversion is a protest against the existing discrimination that partly is based on Hinduism”

              Yes I agree. This was why Buddhism also flourished amongst the underclass.

              Re “Note that not only Vellalah discriminate. All the castes look down at the so called outcastes and even among the outcastes there are differences due to where they live, their profession etc.”

              Yes you are absolutely right.

              Re “The leadership of the LTTE was non Vellalah but not outcaste”

              Yes they were Fisher folk but still considered by the Vellala to be beneath them. They would not be entertained in a Vellala household. Then again it was a class struggle between Northern and Eastern LTTE that became the beginning of the end for them.

              Here is a short excerpt from the prose of Dr. Nagalingam Ethirweerasigham, the Sri Lankan Olympic Silver Medalist.

              “Annai, Why should I not drink water from the well near St Anthony’s church? I asked with concern. Is it bad water? No. You won’t get sick from that water. Low caste people are not allowed to draw water from our wells. So they dug their own well. High caste people do not eat or drink with them.”

              “That well is reserved for the low caste people. Others are to drink from the well at the roadside. Who gave you water from that well? asked Ammah. Simeon. Ah, we should teach him a lesson, said someone from behind”.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                OTC,

                “But that remained a Dead Letter for 14 years in the North where the Political and Administrative establishment was TOTALLY TAMIL.”

                As I already wrote somewhere else the administration we have in the North today is almost totally Tamil and mostly even Jaffna Tamil. There are some Muslims and Governor Palihakkara. Some doctors and vets are also not from here.

                Hindu temples continue with segregation based on caste. Some are only for one caste like the small one where I belong. The only non Vellalah is the Brahmin. The bigger temples have different days for different castes during their festivals. There is a very recent court case regarding a caste based problem during a festival in a major temple in Manipay. Unfortunately I don’t have the details but the case will continue.

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            Thank you Off the Cuff for brings all these information to the readers notice.

            Even though these were very old accusation by Sri Lanka and its media, after going through which is given by you, I SALUT KIRUBAHARAN AND HIS WIFE?

            Thank you very much for reminding us about this brave couple, who have worked hard to achieve this great job. I doubt any Tamil organisation would have went up to this level.

            There is an accusation by the government and their media that every Tamil and all their organisations are front organisation of the LTTE.

            Does this accusation taken seriously by any Western countries? The Western countries need facts on Sri Lanka and people like Kirubaharan and other organisations are providing it perfectly.

            To my knowledge, many Tamil organisations stop their activities soon after the end of the war.

            But Kirubaharan still remain in the arena and has created jealousy among some Tamil traitors and organisation which have come up like mushrooms after the war. I was told that they found it difficult to compete with Kirubaharan.

            After reading all about Kirubaharan, his wife and their organisation, I would like to recommend Tamils of all parts of the globe to honour their decades of tireless work.

            Of course, if the Off the Cuff considered being a Tamil person, as I said above he or she find it difficult to compete with Kirubaharan and may be jealous of his good durable work.

            If the Off the Cuff is considered to be a Singhalese, that of course understandable.

            Kirubaharan’s latest article, “The 19A For the South & ‘Zero’ For the North & East!” has been registered in the history of Sri Lanka.

            Kirubaharan should be honoured for writing this marvellous article, giving the right information, reminding the Tamils about their future in Sri Lanka.

            Well done Kirubaharan, continue your good work, never bow down to any threat and motivated humiliation.

            Bravo Kirubaharan and his wife.

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              Dear David,

              I have responded to my all my critics in my comment of May 10, 2015 at 12:34 am above. You are included in it. This is in addition to what I have written there.

              Re “Kirubaharan should be honoured for writing this marvellous article, giving the right information, reminding the Tamils about their future in Sri Lanka”

              There are MANY, like you, who still worship and honour, the Murderous Megalomaniac Prabahkaran, despite the lives of a minimum 100,000 Tamil children that he destroyed.

              Why don’t you nominate him for the Noble Peace Prize? He may stand a good chance of winning it. Ha ha.

              Kind Regards
              OTC

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          This is a work in progress on a daily basis. I have met many personally, and also via phone and email expressing the current situation to all parties.

          The US embassy is there to provide feedback to the State Dept. on the political and social situation in SL. That is their job. So is the USAID being accountable to all their financial assistance to various groups under various guises. I would not publicly criticize the faults of all above, but privately deal with it truthfully, and honestly as well as diplomatically to obtain the best results for the people who are suffering immensely.

          The 81 Government Ministers and deputies are still in cloud 9 with their appoinments and do not comprehend the harsh ground realities. MP’s in Parliament including the PM have lost or no mandate to govern this long and need to seek a new mandate from the people immediately without using delayed tactics and tricks.

          Donald Gnanakone
          Tamils For Justice.

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        Dear Donald J Gnanakone,

        Re “The next Parliament would be a Sinhala Buddhist,…”

        That is an idiotic observation of a Tamil Supremacist.

        Sri Lanka is a Democracy where each person has one vote.

        The population is 75% Sinhala and 70% Buddhist.
        Under the circumstance, only an IDIOT would expect anything else.

        This is like expecting a Tamil Hindu govt in overwhelmingly English Christian Britain where the govt is by Christian English for centuries.

        Unless of course we perpetuate a situation where less than 25,000 electors are allowed to elect ONE MP (as in Kaytes) while elsewhere in the Sinhala areas even 150,000 electors get only ONE MP. Which is a devaluation of the Sinhala vote where 6 sinhala votes get equalized to 1 Tamil vote.

        No Electoral district in the North has over 80,000 electors but all of them get ONE MP each. Whereas in the Sinhala areas the majority of electorates have almost double that number of electors and still get only ONE MP.

        Which is a worse situation than the 50/50 demand by Racist Tamil politician GG Ponnambalam from the Donoughmore Commission which was rightfully rejected outright.

        Re “….government sans Tamils….”

        Even the illustrious Foreign Minister Luxman Kadiragama was seen as a quisling by the Racist Tamils.

        Re “For diplomatic formalities the TNA parliamentarians are invited for talks with the foreign diplomats bringing NO RESULTS”

        There are no results because of the intransigence and unfair and fraudulent demands of the Tamil politicians.

        The LAND GRAB called the “Exclusive Homeland of the Tamils” is the Primary cause. That was the racist demand made by the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in their election Manifesto of July 1977.

        Give up that fraudulent and racist demand and you will see immediate results.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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    ‘In other words it has the worst record on reconciliation and broken promises’

    Not true. The USA is the worst, ask any Native American about broken promises.

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    Yes, no one talk about Native American genocide like Tamil in Sri Lanka except by PEOPLES’ TRIBUNAL ON SRI LANKA

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    Let all that happens in the other eight provincial councils, happen in the northern provincial council too.
    This is the simple and straightforward solution to the problem, but this does NOT happen, as the military has the last word on mode of governance in the NPC.

    Every government pampers the military which gets the largest chunk of every budget of every government, while many citizens live below the poverty line, even in the south.

    No national leader dares to oppose any action of the military – “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” attitude – because they are all “heros”.

    There are people who think that Tamils will “run away” with the northern landmass and affix it to Tamilnadu.
    This will never happen, and India will never allow it to happen.

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      Justice,

      “Let all that happens in the other eight provincial councils, happen in the northern provincial council too.”

      The infamous missing land and police powers? Do the other provinces have police powers? I have always thought that all the provinces have to follow existing national laws.

      “This is the simple and straightforward solution to the problem, but this does NOT happen, as the military has the last word on mode of governance in the NPC.”

      Are you saying that politicians don’t decide on the future of the North and NPC? Can you please elaborate.

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    The 19th amendment is for Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankans. It is for everyone in the nine provinces. It is about limiting the executive power of the presidency and ensuring good governance.

    Dr.RN

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      The 19th amendment is for Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankans. [Edited out]

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      Dr.Rajasingam

      19A is only for the seven provinces and not nine. Could you please elaborate as to what good governance means within Sri Lankan government.

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      Dr.Rajasingham – could you please defined Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans, thank you.

      There is no doubt that you live in Colombo!
      Under present government why are you afraid to say that you are a Tamil.

      This where the defintion of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan makes you to feel that you are not an equal citizen.

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        Dear Sellam and Jeya,

        Watch the three videos of the District Development Council meeting of the Northern Province where CM Wigs was reduced to a mere spectator by Tamil Strongman Douglas Devenada during the MR govt.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCBWqJ0WOCU
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNpzECALZBU
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y84QZcPU3nY

        What Maithree did by removing Douglas Devanada, was to unshackle the TNA led NP from their chains.

        The NP govt tried all it’s tactics to get rid of the former Governor of the NP who had a military background. For 10 years they failed. Within weeks of the govt change a civilian governor was appointed.

        Quote from Hindu newspaper

        “The Tamil-controlled provincial administration has long accused the outgoing Governor of preventing them from functioning freely and running a parallel local government.

        The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had, for long, been appealing to the Sri Lankan government to replace Mr. Chandrasiri – who has a military background – with a civilian governor for the province. Despite the party’s repeated requests, President Mahinda Rajapaksa reappointed Mr. Chandrasiri in July 2014, enabling him to continue in the same position.

        Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, had then voiced concern over the excessive powers vested in the Governor of the province who was reporting directly to the President. Despite holding elections to the Province in September 2013, and the Tamils democratically electing their Chief Minister, the Provincial Council was not allowed to function smoothly, according to TNA members.

        Retd. Major General Chandrasiri’s replacement now, that too with a seasoned diplomat, signals a change in course of the Sri Lankan government under President Maithripala Sirisena’s leadership.”
        Unquote

        Please don’t try to play down what the govt did for you and the NP Tamils.

        Re “Under present government why are you afraid to say that you are a Tamil”

        Don’t be an IDIOT. The name itself identifies him as a Tamil. Though he need not declare his Tamil ethnicity every time he writes, he has done so many a Time on CT.

        What is there to Fear?

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          Give the wrong to get the right one.

          Now we know who this OFF THE CUT is.

          Can appreciate your stupidity OTC.

          If there is no fear why have you written your comment as OFF THE CUT?

          In an educated circle, this is known as act of a stupid idiot.

          OTC has family full of traitors.

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            Dear Jeya,

            You asked Dr Rajasingham Narendran “Under present government why are you afraid to say that you are a Tamil”

            I asked you not to be an idiot by asking idiotic questions because anyone even with an iota of intelligence, will know that he is a Tamil.

            Now you make an idiotic response PROVING that you are an IDIOT.

            Namely, you ask “If there is no fear why have you written your comment as OFF THE CUT?”

            You were originally asking about Dr Rajasingham and I gave you an appropriate reply. Now being the idiot you are, having already forgotten your ORIGINAL question, you are asking about me.

            I don’t declare my real name because unlike Dr RN, I fear LTTE/TGTE/BTF/Rabid Separatist GOONS (like you) locating my home and attempting to harm my family.

            However I can very easily write as “Jeya” or “Arunachelem” or “Pubudu” or “Miliband” or “Bandara” or “Brown” or “Alfred” or whatever I fancy, to hide my identity just as effectively (or more), as Off the Cuff. But I chose not to be dishonest.

            But I cannot expect an IDIOT to understand that!

            My reply to Param, suku, Hary, Ranetunge, David and James will be posted as M.N.I.N. Perera. Since that is not my real name, my Identity will still remain hidden.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              Then do you agree that you are[Edited out]

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              My Identity will still remain hidden.

              We know your identity.

              How is your temple which feeds you and your family?

              You got a PhD in writing petitions and anonymous letters.

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                Dear Jeya,

                You need not provide more proof of your idiocy. What you have provided so far is more than sufficient.
                Keep staring at your Crystal Ball.
                You might get enlightened one day!
                Ha ha haa.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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              However I can very easily write as “Jeya” or “Arunachelem” or “Pubudu” or “Miliband” or “Bandara” or “Brown” or “Alfred” or whatever I fancy, to hide my identity just as effectively (or more), as Off the Cuff. But I chose not to be dishonest.

              You can say that you are Jeyadevan as well!

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                Dear Hary,

                Do you know the meaning of the phrase “or whatever I fancy” within the context it was written?

                Obviously you don’t. You need to get some help in English.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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                  So you agree with the name that I suggested!

                  We can’t understand why you are so jealous of Kirubaharan?

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                    Dear Hary,

                    If you can interpret what I wrote in my response (May 10, 2015 at 9:48 pm) as an “agreement”, you should start taking lessons in English comprehension as soon as possible.

                    Unfortunately for you this discussion is taking place in English and not Tamil.

                    Kind Regards,
                    OTC

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                      Ha Ha Ha

                      I feel sorry for you J

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                      Dear Hary,

                      Your sympathy is misplaced.

                      Undoubtedly your poor English comprehension is the reason. Ha ha haa!!!

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                  Make hay while the sun shines. Is it your full time job?

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          OTC,

          “Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, had then voiced concern over the excessive powers vested in the Governor of the province who was reporting directly to the President.”

          My understanding is that all the Governors have the same powers in their provinces. This is something that the TNA and especially the former supreme court judge must know but deny to accept. It has to do with our peninsular obsession to be different never mind what it costs.

          “Despite holding elections to the Province in September 2013, and the Tamils democratically electing their Chief Minister, the Provincial Council was not allowed to function smoothly, according to TNA members.”
          Or the NPC doesn’t know what and how to do and needs more time to learn what to do with the power they already have.

          “Retd. Major General Chandrasiri’s replacement now”
          New Government Agent (a Jaffna Tamil) in Jaffna and many other districts also.

          I think that I am repeating facts again.

          Regarding fear: maybe less of the government and more of our own. I also try to hide behind a fictive name.

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            Dear Heretic,

            Re “My understanding is that all the Governors have the same powers in their provinces”

            Yes you are right.
            The Governor of any province represents the President in their respective provinces and hence reports directly to him. The colonial governors had a similar function.

            The mindset that the North is untouchable by the govt of SL was cultivated by Percival Acland Dyke, a powerful colonial GA who was a law unto himself. He was referred to as the “The Rajah of the North”.

            Re “Regarding fear: maybe less of the government and more of our own. I also try to hide behind a fictive name”

            You cannot write the Truth and live in the North where many former terrorists live if you can be identified. We understand that you will be in danger if that happens. Hence don’t give too much detail about yourself, you have already disclosed enough. Instead of “Heretic” you could have used a Tamil name but I think dishonesty would be abhorrent to you.

            [Edited out]
            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              [Edited out]

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      Rajasingham Narendran

      for your next P.hd do your Thesis on ‘Charity’.

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        I did my MSc and PhD on how to make infertile cows produce milk without getting pregnant and determining the safety aspects of the milk so produced. That background is enough to make the likes of you more charitable in intent, word and deed. Malattu Martileyum Paal edutha anupavam enakku undu (Tamil).

        Dr.RN

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    The Tamil question, whether it be in the Constiution or not, is not going to be talked
    of by a minority government nor so called National Govt. because everyone knows the
    Politics behind the National question. If there is anything to brought up by the TNA,
    it will have to be after the Elections next when all the hassle is settled and a new
    constituion framed by the newly elected parties. The 13th Amd. or Co-operative
    Federalism (Modi) will all be ready by Sept. in time for the UN Report to be watered
    down????

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    It is certainly true that there are ONLY two types of Sri Lankans as MR said. The sad fact it that among those who comment here, the majority are those who hate the motherland.

    TNA duplicity was again evident as the 19th Amendment was going through Parliament. It was against the Amendment and said so on multiple occasions, yet it was it’s bigwig Sumandiran who was at the forefront trying to persuade the opposition to vote for the amendment. The TNA did likewise.

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    Yes of course the sirisena, Ranil’s government is dragging on the Tamil issue. It is no surprise. The Sinhala Government, whoever in power is not going to devolve powers to the Tamils. It is for certain. The government has already taken over 10 villages in Vali North by chasing out the Tamils. The Tamil leaders like Sumanthiran, Wigneshwaran and Sampanthan are playing in the hands of the present Sinhala government and it is too late now. Mavai Senathirajah and few others are not talking anything. The priority for the Tamil leaders to see that the Army is withdrawn from the north. Can they do it? They can’t do it as the Army is already setting up permanent structures within vali north and they are not going to release any lands. So what are these Tamil leaders going to say later. Mr. Wigneswaran said in an interview to an Indian press that he has faith in the present government. What an utter nonsense it is. The TNA MPs voted for the enactment of the 19th amendment. Is there anything advantages in the 19A for the Tamils. Why are these Tamil people in parliament?
    The Tamils needs a referendum to determine their fate. This is the demand the Tamil leaders have to put forward and fight for it. There is no other way. Will they do it. It is a big question.

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      Sellam,

      “The Tamil leaders like Sumanthiran, Wigneshwaran and Sampanthan are playing in the hands of the present Sinhala government and it is too late now. Mavai Senathirajah and few others are not talking anything.”

      Please name our better politicians so that we will know who deserves our votes.

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      The following link to an article wriiten by Namini Wijedasain the Hindu answers Sellam’s concerns:

      http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/blink/cover/article7184146.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

      Something is definitely happening and it is wise to let it unfold, without shortsightedly undermining it. The release of land in Sampur is a landmark development.It is not an easy task to untangle the Gordian knot.

      Dr.RN

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      Sellam,

      “This is the demand the Tamil leaders have to put forward and fight for it.”

      Do we have a lot of power to make demands even if all the Tamils in SL supported TNA? We must demand some things but they must be reasonable. If they are not we will end up with nothing.

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    By S. V. Kirubaharan –

    Can’t you explain this to the TNA and its oppotunistic leader like MA Sumanthiran.

    Tamil rights are on sale by MA sumanthiran

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    Why people like Kirubaharan writing these rubbishes after legitimizing the LTTE which usurp all the rights of the Tamils and lead them to a tragic path. The whole Tamil Society was fragmented and atomized by their Fascist politics and those who benefited by the war are only those who went abroad whom the LTTE rhetorically claimed locally as Traitors and when they are abroad became Nationalist as soon as they become Tiger Stooges. Tamils who are living in Sri Lanka need a more thoughtful leadership which understand the predicament of the Tamil community due to its past suicidal politics and prepared to engage with the South constructively. People like Kirubaharan are not going to return to the country and have no moral authority to talk about Human Rights after compromising with the LTTE.

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      You cant be Kopal, you may Bopal!

      As long as people like you exists, we need people like Kirubaharan.

      He is the best to conduct intensive classes to racists like you as well to the Tamils leaders.

      What he writes may rubbish for you and other racists, but his writings alerting the people who are without any political rights for more than six decades.

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    very correct analysis of what is happening I hope the so called leaders will wake up to the realities and act soon to remedy the situation

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    The author is right about Federalism.

    Read what Dayan Jayatilleka said in his latest article about Federal solution:

    Federalism in the North and East of this small island adjacent to Tamil Nadu will enable a base for Tamil Nadu expansionism, global pan–Tamilism and the Tamil Diaspora. It will be a dual use base, the trade-off being that it will also serve as a beachhead for US and India on our soil. It will be the embryo of a Tamil Kosovo, a Tamil Kurdistan or Tamil Israel.

    In a relatively small island with no defense in depth, a de facto federal unit in the North and East will leave us in the same situation as the boy Prince Gemunu, scrunched up in bed with no strategic space–a Tamil Kingdom, an extension of Tamil Nadu, in the North, and the Indian Ocean at his back.

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    If Kiruba calls himself a Political Scientist , I will agree one hundred percent.

    This is one of the best insights that I have seen from Diaspora about their take of the current Political machinations in their ex Motherland.

    Kiruba is no ordinary , average Tamil.

    He has a lot of knowledge and experience with GTF , TNGTE . the two representative organizations of the one Million Diaspora.

    He also has experience dealing with Diaspora friends in high places in the West.

    As he correctly says, CBK’s Federal states are just pie in the sky stuff, hoping to buy time.

    With the objective of getting Mangala to become the leader of the UNP and the Exec PM, so that he can be the puppet of the Bandaranaiyakas.

    ( Sensible Elite may still remember the song and dance that Mangala made when he joined Sirikotha when Ranil was in the outer )

    I mean Kiruba knows how CBK and Mangala sabotaged every effort Ranil made to stop the war in the 90s.

    Just imagine how many lives would have been saved on all sides, if the Madam used her Political Scientist skills then.

    Agree with Kiruba that 13A is the best option.

    Even joining N&E , is not a problem if the Vellalas in Colombo give up on having their own Eelaam with full Police Powers without any Military presence.

    An Economically vibrant , free North East where all inhabitants have access for business, jobs , leisure, jobs and residence will be most welcome by everyone in the South.

    And they couldn’t careless who runs it, whether it is Sambabdan or Baththudeen or even our now experienced Vellala Vigneswaran.

    As Kiruba says this is all buying time.

    To get Elite, Anglicans, and the Vellas into power, hoping to bring the good old 60s back and marginalize the majority.

    And make room for CBK to groom the two Children to become PMs in future.

    Will it work?.

    As a betting man , I wouldn’t put money on it.

    Because CBK, and offside Mangala have underestimated the intellect of the great majority of the Sinhala population in the Country..

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      Kirubaharan has bought a pint of beer anc chocholate for Sumanasekera,
      so he is boasting about him. Before you him a title, don’t fail read the other critical comments.

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    Comments made by Donald J Gnanakone then followed by Off the Cuff prove that Kirubaharan’s article has touch veins.

    Whatever they say Kirubaharan has proved him as a very analysis.

    This make Off the Cuff and a few others to be jealous of Kirubaharan.

    Kirubaharan is a matured person, who will not take notice of these comments of certain motivation.

    Gnanakone is double tongue and he has no policy at all. It obvious that he writes with so psydonom.

    Those days he was writing insulting comments Of USHA SRISKANTHARAJAH, now it is turn of Kirubaharan.

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    ” Democracy has to be open to all peoples “

    Quite, demonstrated well in the LTTE-loving Cameron land, where the following occurred at the recent general election.
    100,000 votes equate to 3 Parliamentary seats,
    1.4 million votes get 56 seats, and
    4 million votes equate to a MERE 1 seat.

    Just what we need in Sri Lanka, as demanded by the LTTE proxies

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    [Edited out]

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    Mr Kirubakaran please leave the sri lankan tamils alone we do no neet any LTTE leftovers to come and disturb their peace. They have suffered enough as a result of your projects. No one needs your type of human rights.

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