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The Best Solution For The Ethnic Problem Slipped Away In 2004

By V. Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree

In the long history of the Tamil ethnic struggle, the Tamil people had faced several hardships, disappointments and losses that included innumerable human lives and billons worth of properties, more than anything else, their self respect. Several opportunities that came on our way to find a solution, were missed. The one we got in 2004 due to, over two years of untiring efforts of several interest groups in the North East, particularly the Thamilar Marumalarchi Kalagam in Batticaloa, academics, journalists, civil society activities, business men and the student’s union leaders of the Batticaloa and Jaffna Universities, was the best and perhaps the last as I see it. It is a pity that some politicians who were in the forefront had failed to grab the opportunities that were made available to us, to redeem our people. Instead they used it for their personal gains and led the people into the jaws of death. Having caused the gravest damage to finding a solution, the leaders of the TNA are now putting the blame on the others. Fortunately for them and very unfortunately for the people, the label TNA (Tamil National Alliance) paved the way for them to fulfill their greed for power. The TNA label, although widely misused, is still the International Pass, that help them to achieve anything they want and also to take them anywhere in the world.

All these days the people were made to believe that the TNA was managed by the Liberation Tigers and that it was the political arm of the LTTE. This was the tactics that some leading politicians used, to frighten the innocent people, who will not dare to defy the politician’s request or order, presuming that to have come from the LTTE . They have adopted this tactics throughout in the past and even now to mislead our people.

Dharmaratnam Sivaram popularly known as Taraki, was a journalist of great repute and one whose words can be trusted. He took a lot of pain to bring all Tamil groups under one common umbrella. Strangely enough Taraki’s interpretation about the TNA appears to be entirely different from what the innocent people were made to believe. He wrote, with disgust, on 11-02-2004 an article that appeared in an English daily under the caption “Tamil Parties cannot play coy in a corner” can be construed as his “Last Will and Testament”, clearly describing the situation that prevailed in February 2004. In the words of Taraki:- “The Tamil National Alliance has been made out to be more than what it actually is. If not for a variety of external pressures, it would have imploded at inception. Contrary to the chief myth about the TNA that it is managed by the Liberation Tigers- some of its leading politicians have had no scruples in running with the hare and hunting with the hound. They have no scruples in smartly exploiting the LTTE for their own political advantage. If you ask me, some of them wouldn’t even care two hoots for the struggles and aspirations of the Tamil people”.

Although various organizations and individuals were claiming that the TNA was formed by Taraki, he himself had said that even the name TNA was imposed by the Tamil media, when the TULF and the ACTC preferred to call it the “Alliance of Tamil political parties and also that the dominant image of the TNA as the political paw of the Tiger is deceptive. The TNA was initially organized by the TULF, the ACTC, the TELO and the EPRLF on 22-10-2001 on the initiative taken by six respectable Tamil gentleman and was subsequently modified by Taraki and some others.

The main purpose of writing this article is to bring to the notice of the International Community, through the various Diplomatic Missions in Sri Lanka, the fraudulent manner in which the TNA had been conducting itself, for their personal gains. Due to the efforts taken by the various organizations as mentioned above and the untiring efforts of people like Taraki the following arrangements had been made to lead the country towards finding a solution in 2004 itself.

01. Forming a common front:- That all Tamil parties and groups in the North East should be brought under one Tamil National umbrella, regardless of their deep divisions and regardless of their long association with military and allegations of right abuses.

02. Admission of the militant groups into the TNA:- Karikalan, a senior Tiger leader in the east, had said, that the LTTE had no objection at all to the TELO and the EPRLF joining the alliance but was very keen that the two groups should be brought under the Tamil National umbrella, as soon as possible. He was also eager that PLOTE too should join the TNA. This was at a time when PLOTE, EPRLF and TELO were officially working with the Sri Lanka army in intelligence and counter insurgency operations in the North East.

03. Acceptance of the symbol ‘Rising Sun’:- It was only at the eleventh hour that ACTC was persuaded to contest under the common ‘Rising Sun’ symbol at the 2004 General Election..

04. How the Tamil National Alliance should contest: – Only on the basis of its common symbol and policy is the overwhelming opinion among Tamil nationalist interest groups this time. The sentiment was strongly echoed in the unanimous decision of the Trincomalee district branch of the Tamil National Alliance on Monday.

05. LTTE’s wish:- This was the wish of the LTTE too.

06. Killinochchi remains mum:- Everyone, friend or foe, will agree that a solution to the ethnic problem came very near to us in 2004 but unfortunately why did Killinochchi remains mum on the matter is a mystery?

Killinochchi did not simply remain mum. The plot itself was hatched in Killinochchi by a couple of persons, greedy for power, ultimately resulting in the complete destruction of a freedom movement.

LTTE had agreed to come under one umbrella, agreed on a common policy, agreed to accommodate the militant groups EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE regardless of their deep divisions and regardless of their long associations with the military and allegations of right abuses. This was at a time when PLOTE, EPRLF, and TELO were officially working with the Sri Lankan army in intelligence and counter insurgency operations in the North East. In spite of all these hurdles cleared, what went wrong in Killinochchi? If it was an attempt to sabotage, the peace process, it should be investigated properly, although very late now.

If the dream of all those who worked and fought to bring all political parties under one umbrella had been fulfilled, the following could have been achieved:-

  1. All Tamil political parties would have come under one umbrella.
  2. All the candidates would have been under the National umbrella.
  3. All of them would have contested under the common symbol the ‘Rising Sun’.
  4. All the seats would have been won by the TNA.
  5. A Cease fire would have been declared.
  6. Talks would have commenced between the government and the TNA.
  7. Something positive would have been achieved immediately or soon after.
  8. All those who faced death would be leaving today.
  9. All the leaders including Prabhakaran will be alive today.
  10. The Tamil people would have regained their lost prestige

Under these circumstances things would have been much easier than ever before, to come close to a solution, since both the Government side and the TNA side, had a reasonable chance of commencing peace talks, with the LTTE giving its full consent and co-operation. It is a pity that not only a Golden opportunity was lost to end the war and to bring back peace but also prevented the disintegration of the LTTE that came down a lot and agreed to bring all parties under one umbrella, achieving almost hundred percent unity

The Federal Party gave up its long established political identity when the TULF was launched. The Federal Party in 2004 existed only on paper. We should not forget that the TULF itself is the result of the political merger, between the Federal Party and the All Ceylon Tamil Congress. The Kilinochchi district only kept mum means that all the other seven districts had agreed on a common policy and common symbol. Those who were in the forefront should be held fully responsible for the great disaster that followed the Parliamentary Elections of April 2004, one after the other. Starting with the continuation of the war, followed by unfortunate deaths of several thousand LTTE cadres, their combatants, several thousand innocent civilians and many leaders from all groups sacrificed their lives which brought the war to an end. They should also be held responsible for the thousands of missing persons, who were made missing and the kidnapped ones. Finally the sacrifice of the Heroic leader with his entire family brought the Heroic history to an end with the eradication of the LTTE itself. It is very unfortunate that Killinochchi took a different stand very foolishly, even without consulting the leadership, although the leadership had already decided on a common policy and common symbol. Killinochchi wise- men did not show the way for a solution but only showed the way for the destruction of the Tamil nation. Without realizing the seriousness of the situation, some who were in the forefront with a hidden agenda of their own, arbitrarily took a decision contrary to a just decision already taken by the leader, brought all the activities of the LTTE to a grinding halt, pushing the Tamil Community into a dark future. The Tamil Community will never forget the Killinochchi wise-men for the valuable contribution they made to destroy the Tamil Nation

How did we miss this golden opportunity, should be properly investigated to identify, as to who the real culprits are. February 2004 was a crucial month for us. The article of Taraki referred to here appeared on the 11th Feb, 2004. On the 15thFeb 2004, four days after Taraki’s letter appeared in the papers, the TULF’s nomination board met on the 18th Feb, 2004. About a month earlier the TULF Member brought a youth and kept him in the TULF office as a typist, targeting me. He vanished from the place after coming to know that the CID was after him. When all those who were interested in bringing the political parties under one umbrella were toiling hard and almost succeeded, the said Member was busy reviving the Federal Party on the orders of somebody, 28 years after the founder died, as the leader of the TULF. This was a deliberate act on the part of the said Member to disrupt efforts taken by many organizations as described above, to sabotage the unity efforts that was going on for more than two years. Taraki’s article clearly shows that the selection of ‘Rising Sun’ as the symbol was made with the consent of the LTTE. Furthermore admission of all the political parties, irrespective of their past conduct, was also approved by the LTTE. This included the TULF also.

This group could have easily, honestly and democratically won 22 seats at the April 2004 General Election on the ‘Rising Sun’ symbol but rejected that opportunity for reasons known only to them and adopted unfair methods contrary to democratic, principles, used intimidation to prevent other parties from functioning and won 22 seats undemocratically. However up to now they have not regained the good name they lost in 2004. They should also accept responsibility for the 500 political murders and for the injury sustain by over 1,000 others from April 2004General Election till May 2009. Not only that, they are also answerable for the war that continue after 2004, for the deaths of several thousands of people who died during the war or because of the war, for injuries caused to the people missing persons and for our present pathetic plight. Time is still not out. The TULF had not wronged anybody. It was founded by two great leaders Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam Q.C and Hon. G.G. Ponnambalam Q.C and led by three presidents M/s. G.G. Ponnambalam, S.J.V. Chelvanayakam and S. Thondaman. After the TULF was formed, the founders of the Federal Party the ACTC and their founder members, never indented to have their respective parties revived.

I wind up with an extract of a statement issued by the late Mrs. Mankayarkarsi Amirthalingam which is given below:- “My husband preserved the registration of the Federal Party for the sole purpose that no undesirable elements could misuse its symbol and the name. He never wanted to revive the Federal Party.

It is a pity that some of those who have been groomed by him have attempted to misuse the name of the Federal Party and are trying to revive it. They have only breached the Trust he had placed on them.

Thus I categorically make it clear to all that I have neither approved nor blessed the revival of the Federal Party but instead condemn it as this act is a ploy to destroy the TULF which was formed by our great leaders”.

Those who do not know the history of the TULF should know about it and joint the TULF, the symbol of which is the ‘Rising Sun’.

*V. Anandasangaree Secretary General – TULF

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    Mr Anananthasagaree,

    You are the one who should take responsibility to destroy the TULF.

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      V. Anandasangaree, ————————————————————————————RE: The Best Solution For The Ethnic Problem Slipped Away In 2004——————————————————————————————————————————–The Best Solution For The Ethnic Problem Slipped Away many times, because the average IQ of the Pras in the Land of native Veddah Aethoo is around 79.————————————————————————————————-

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      —But the average IQ of the Pras in the Land of native Veddah Aethoo is around 79.—Reference:

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings ———————————————————-Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

      Rank
      ——– Country
      ———————– %
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      Singapore 108, South Korea 106, Japan 105, ……….Sri Lanka 79 .

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

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      Dunno all the intricacies of conflicts between political personalities, parties, ………… etc. But, I raise my hat to Mr V. Anandasangaree for defying my hero good old Prabakaran – the only SL principled patriotic political personality I have encountered in my lifetime; all the others are in it for themselves – during the height of Prabakaran’s powers, even when great fearless Sinhala heroes were falling down at his feet with “political settlements” (what’s wrong with our memories, eh?) ————————– Gotta give a man his due.

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        Nimal,
        ————————– Wasn’t it VP himself who said that the Sinhalese can’t remember anything for more than 2 weeks?

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    Tamil Terrorist Leader Mr Piraharan didn’t take the Key from Dr Batalanda Ranil to become the Premier and Rule the North East Eelaaam under UNP – ISGA… No wonder the Barber in Killinochchi was “mum……..One thing though, If Mr Pirahaparan was alive there wouldn’t have been Mahinda, Wimal Weerawansa, Generals Shavendra, Kamal, Ajith, Gallage and so many other brilliant brave sons of the Sinhala inhabitants…..No Star General then and now Field Marshall Ponny would have done a deal with Mr Pirahaparan , Dr Ranil and Vellala Sambandan and moved to Colombo with our troops “lock stock and barrel.”.. And that would have been the deal……… As for the Wahabis No Limit, Fashion House, and all the other Rich Muslims would have had to vacate even from Batti… And all would have been in the South where they now pick on the Bikkus and Sinhala Buddhists………I thought Ananda Sagaree was a smart guy…… ,

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    Instead of the past and what might have been, why not be reconciled and start a new chapter under the right and just God who rules and reigns in love, paid for our karmic nature so that none would perish. He alone as the Creator and Redeemer can restore all things back to what they were intended to be, and gives peace in our hearts. If other things have failed, is it not worth giving a trial to invite the true God into our hearts through a prayer request. Try it and see the effect.

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    There is no ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.—– It was only a hoodwink to cover the real motive which is a Separate State/Tamil Eelam. Actually the best solution to defeat the separatist agenda has been slipped away in 2009. When the LTTE was vanquished in 2009, Mahinda should have abolished all Provincial Councils which were forced upon on us by India as a solution to LTTE’s separatism/terrorism. With the defeat of LTTE, the purpose for maintaining Provincial Councils disappeared. If it was done, the Tamils in the North would have been learnt to live with Sinhalese in harmony, the same way other Tamils in the South live among Sinhalese.<<<< If there is no development in the North, it was due to deliberate attempts by Tamil dominant NPC and other Tamil Parliamentarians.—— Every time a Sinhalese President try to develop the North and bringing in prosperity to Tamil people, Tamil Politicians hinder the attempt by raising political issues especially separatism demanding self autonomy to North by dividing the country. —- The selfish Tamil Politicians want ordinary Tamil people to stay poor, unemployed, sick and infirm while they enjoy all wealth and comfort. They never aspire anything good for their own people.—– That is the tragic truth in the North. —— For fear of losing their grip on innocent Tamils, they don't let any Sinhalese President to develop the North and take durable, long term measures to uplift the lives of Tamils. They don't let Tamil civilians to enjoy the dividends of peace even after 8 years of eradication of terrorism. Once the Provincial Councils are abolished, all ethnicities including Tamils in the North will reconcile/cohabitate with Sinhalese and live peacefully and happily the way they did prior to 1970s, to be precise, before the emergence of bloody LTTE terrorists.

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      Champa you are 100% right.—–Soma

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      Champa ———————————————————-“There is no ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.”——-If true I will be the first person to celebrate the —————————————————– I think you are on this occasion right. The problem is common to all of us irrespective of caste, colour, language, gender, ………. which many cool people consider to be really a ‘Sinhala/Buddhist Fascism’. ——-

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        NV, as long as +50% of Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) prefer to live under Sinhala Buddhist Fascism there will NEVER be a solution to the Tamil ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. That is why I support a separate Tamil Homeland for all Tamils (Tamil speaking people). Educating Tamils about genocidal nature of Sinhala Buddhists in important in this aspect so that they will begin relocating themselves into the North East voluntarily. You are the best supporter of my agenda. Keep up your good work. —-Soma

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        Dumb native Veddo: there are muslim problems, Tamil problems because sinhala – buddhist mondset is so laid back and let the dumbd dance to theirt tune. But, everything has limits. Remember what happened to mighty LTTE.

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          Jimmy has changed her name!!!!!!

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            old codger—————–Jim softy/Jim Hardy is suffering from identity crisis. He couldn’t decide whether his ancestors were from Keralam, Tamilaham, Andhram, Vangalam (Bengal) ———————————Melayur, Malayadvipa, Portugal, Holland or Britain. HIs ancestors could have been part of mercenaries of Nanadesi merchants or Dutch Batavians.

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      jlike in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983

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      So Champa there is Muslim problem now! There are NO Muslim terrorist. But you may create one in the future.

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        Shrikharan, Oh, don’t have any hopes buddy. The Tamil politicians are already against the New Prevention of Terrorism Act. Meaning it is good. The government should add more tougher laws to it like sending all offenders to jail over 100 years, in addition to freezing all bank accounts including their kith’s and kin’s and dispossessing all their movable, immovable properties.

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      Champa : “There is no ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.”———-=-Yes, but only a Para Indian Problem from the Paras from Kalinga, Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, and Tamil Nadu,— on the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.————————————————————- ——————————————-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. —–Journal of Human Genetics 59, 28-36 (January 2014)———————————————–http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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    No Mr Andarasagaree TNA was supremely confident of the invincibility of the militrary muscle of the LTTE – hence the decision to go for the Vadukkodai objective in one go. I don’t believe in gods. But I have no explanation as to how the offer was turned down. —– Do not despair Mr Andarasagaree. Everything happens for good they say. The 2004 solution you cry over did not include the Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) living outside North and East. Any solution that ignores this aspect is bound to end up in rivers of blood. As long as 50% of Tamils choose to live outside North and East THERE IS NO SOLUTION TO THE TAMIL ETHNIC PROBLEM..—–Soma

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      धन्यवाद! सोमस जी (Thanks somass ji) —————————-“No Mr Andarasagaree TNA was supremely confident of the invincibility of the militrary muscle of the LTTE ” ———————————————————–Could you cite evidence and source of such opinion articulated in any of the defence/strategic/military/……………………………………………………………analysis.————— “”” hence the decision to go for the Vadukkodai objective in one go””” ———————- Vaddukoddai objectives were dead on 14 May 1976, on arrival as far as everyone else knew . — Where were you, digging larger foundation for your Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto or planning the 1977 riots?

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    Why Tamils are looking for solutions away from their motherland. It is like Mr. anadasangaree is now allowed any where in Yapanaya or He is not allowed as the TNA leader. Serious problems need serious solutions. PAbakaran was the solution. Unfortunately Mahinda Rajapakse killed him. If Pabakaran were living now, all the Tamils would be in the west, if not in Tamilnadu or in the South.

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    The best solution was the BC pact of 1957 – within hours aborted with “morning-after” pill by SWRD B cabinet. The abortionists are still active.

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    *V. Anandasangaree Secretary General – TULF>>>>King without a kingdom??

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    There were number of missed opportunities.
    The solution for ethnic problem slipped away when the LTTE failed to cooperate with India after the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord.
    Later when the LTTE murdered the TULF leaders, they missed another opportunity.
    When Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvam was assassinated, another great opportunity was missed. Had Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvan been not assassinated, there would have been a change of heart among the Sinhalese who would have realized the importance of co-existence of Sinhalese and Tamils as partners.

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    JimHardy; “Why Tamils are looking for solutions away from their motherland. ?” ——–Yes. Their Motherland (of Para-Tamils) is Tamil Nadu in India, Bharat.-The Motherland of Para- Sinhala is Bengal, Orissa, Kalinga , Bihat and Tamil Nadu..——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–” If Pabakaran were living now, all the Tamils would be in the west, if not in Tamilnadu or in the South.”— Yes, and they will need Rs. 1 Million each for an Exit Permit from Eelam.

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    Mr.Anandasangaree and all Participants,
    Is it not a well proven fact that a person who blames and denies never can do something good? Look at yourself and see if this is not true!

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