14 December, 2017

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The Hardships Of Northern Sri Lankans Under The Sirisena Government

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas

Pitasanna Shanmugathas

Pitasanna Shanmugathas

I had the opportunity to speak with Thulasi Muttulingam, a Sri Lankan Tamil aid worker based in the North. She spoke to me about the hardships, even under the new Sirisena government, Sri Lankan Tamils continue to experience.

I asked Muttulingam why it is so difficult to get psychiatric and trauma counseling help in the North. Muttulingam stated that initially the government did promote psycho-social help. However, the Rajapaksa government put a halt to providing psycho-social help because too many war stories were leaking out pertaining to the extent civilians suffered during the war. “Many organizations doing psycho-social help had to do it in hiding.”

Muttulingam criticized the NGO model as one which fosters individuals to become more dependent rather than self-sufficient. Muttulingam said that an entire generation, born after the 1980s, have grown up with the idea that “someone will always be there to handout stuff” making [people in war affected areas] incapable of standing on their own two feet and thus fostering a dependence on NGOs. As part of a solution, livelihood projects have been launched by some NGOs based in Sri Lanka. Citizens are expected to show their ability to become self-sufficient through managing tasks such as running a business. However, Muttulingam disclosed that a very few percentage of citizens are actually successful at keeping the projects running instead of closing it with some excuse. “The citizens, due to having been closed in for a long time, do not really understand how the outside world functions.” Citizens in the North produce local products such as milk, biscuits, and soaps. However, after the war ended, products from the South came flooding in and as a result, the local products do not stand a chance and citizens of the North, instead of economically trying to remain competitive, are folding in because they are not used to that competitive system.

The wider context, Muttulingam emphasized, is due to problems within the government and private employment sector. “The only draw to government employment,” Muttulingam said, “is that they pay a basic living wage that is commensurate with the cost of living—they pay about 25,000 and there is also a hope of a pension with a government job. That is it.” Muttulingam stressed the need to implement a minimum wage law in Sri Lanka that is commensurate with the cost of living. “So being paid 10,000 [rupees] a month to support your family to work 15 to 16 hours a day, it is illegal, but many companies are doing it.” The inability to live in Sri Lanka because of the cost of living, Muttulingam said, is a significant reason as to why many citizens are fleeing on boats to Australia.

The Minister of Women’s Affairs, Chandrani Bandara, asked by Al Jazeera about what programs are being considered to help war widows; Bandara responded, “We have initiated several programs like livelihood programs with credit schemes, like entrepreneurship training, counseling….credit basis for self-employment.” Furthermore, Bandara stated, “I don’t think the Tamil widows are not taken care of. Priority is given to these widows especially in those areas there are so many programs taking place. I don’t think the Tamil widows are isolated.” Muttulingam responded to Bandara’s statements by stating, “No, the widows have it really badly in the North.” Muttulingam debunked Bandara’s point by stating that being top on the beneficiary list is “not necessarily the help that helps sustain them [the widows].” Muttulingam added, “There are too many things stacked against [the widows] in the culture.”

Women are paid less than men and mothers are unable to leave their children to find equal opportunity employment. All these considerations put together keep stacking up against what Muttulingam referred to as the “female headed households.” Muttulingam explained that [the widows] do get a lot of help from the NGO model, but not from the community model, as the “community is heavily stacked against them.” Women who are enterprising and are able to stand on their own two feet, Muttulingam explained, are criticized and looked at negatively by the community. “It is again somehow damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”

Families who have resettled after experiencing constant displacement during the final stages of the war are now intent on building their dream house and subsequently end up going a little overboard. The Indian government has been providing houses for Tamils in the North. The housing will cost Tamils at least seven lakhs which alone will get them into debt. Tamils, even though they can’t afford it, will build houses that are 25 lakhs, 30 lakhs, “because for the first time they are getting to live in a house and they have all these dreams. “Companies are exploiting those dreams held by Tamils in the North by going house to house and selling TVs, furniture, DVDs, even though in some of these places, they don’t even have electricity.”

I asked Muttulingam, based on the civilians in the North she has met, if there was any truth to the claim that the LTTE used civilians as human shields. “Everywhere,” Muttulingam responded. “Every single last person in the Vanni who [was] caught in that last time frame they all tell the same story. And these are people who were part of LTTE’s most important martyr families themselves. Here it is common knowledge, and that level of betrayal for them, they expect [that] the army would do this, the government will do this, but when the LTTE did that to them [using Tamils as human shields], the shock of that betrayal…they have been heavily traumatized by that,” Muttulingam stated. Muttulingam also said that the former LTTE cadres are being marginalized and ostracized within their own communities in Sri Lanka because of the actions the former cadres committed against their own people during the war.

Muttulingam talked to me about the actions of the diaspora and the need to learn lessons from the past. “If we are going to learn lessons from the past,” Muttulingam stated, “We need to address what happened in the past…I get really worried when I see people from abroad talking about re-starting a war back here. Because the people who actually went through the war back here are left with nothing. But the last thing they need is another war. So just leave them be. Yes, we may be second-class citizens. But it is our choice to remain as second class citizens. The diaspora abroad does not get to make that choice for us.”

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    Dear Pitasanna Shanmugathas,

    Although we can never know how much you have suffered, be assured that some of us in the South read up as much as we can, and we try to understand.

    I am personally grateful that a young man like you, and a lady like Thulasi Muttulingam continue to engage with the Sinhalese, who seem to call all the shots in this country, to find some way forward for our country. I’m sure that you do this in spite of criticism from extremist elements in the North.

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      Please watch the recording attached. It is in Tamil but speaks a lot about problems encountered by former LTTE warriors.

      https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7pI2mWpafi6OWt6QTR0X2FFMVU

      We cannot blame the government alone for this. The inefficient Northern Provincial Council and the Tamil Diaspora organisations too must take a major share for the suffering of these people.

      We must thank those who produced this recording independently.

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        ” Tamil Diaspora organisations too must take a major share for the suffering of these people. “

        Including non residents Tamils of Sri Lanka?

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          Rajash

          I need to correct your ignorance emanating possibly from your inward and bogus mindset.

          Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka and its affiliated organisations are making their contributions whatever way and your ignorance will be responded in practical terms very soon.

          We need financial support. Please dip your hand into your purse and contribute to one our affiliated organisation doing pioneering work. We will provide you with receipt and funds given will be fully accounted for.

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            so speak for your organisation instead of having a swipe at others with your corrupt mindset.

            Make a constructive statement perhaps in the lines of …..

            “My organisation Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka and its affiliated organisations are making their contributions whatever way they can….. I have no doubt there are many individuals and other organisation in the diaspora are also raising funds”

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              Rajash

              Need swiping on you because your purse only reach Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and to eat Jaffna curries.

              Tell the readers what else do you do other than boasting yourself and blabbering in these columns?

              Be a Guru to yourself first without pontificating to others. It appears you do not have any other meaningful preoccupation except discharging your garbage herein.

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                oh you poor thing you cant swipe at me.

                I repost your comment:

                “Tamil Diaspora organisations too must take a major share for the suffering of these people. “

                so you are shooting yourself at the feet.

                as regards dipping in to my pocket …go and dip in to your undiyal

                Now get lost!

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            Rajasingham Jayadevan,

            “Please dip your hand into your purse and contribute to one our affiliated organisation doing pioneering work.”

            In addition to funds we need returning professionals and sustainable projects that survive without diaspora funding.

            Any examples of the “pioneering” projects?

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              nice phrase “pioneering” projects.

              full of hot gas!

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              Dear Lone Wolf,
              Since you are living in Srilanka, I need your help.
              I am a retired professional living in UK.
              I want to do some service to my people in Srilanka.
              There are several Tamils who are homeless due to the war.
              I want to form Housing associations to build houses for them.
              Sinhalese people are building Buddhist temples all over the place.
              I want to build Hindu temples all over the place to counter it.
              Problem is that I want to play out from these for my existence.
              Could you kindly let me know how I could do this.

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                Dear Dr Gnana,

                Are you unsatisfied with your existing channels in the North?

                “There are several Tamils who are homeless due to the war. I want to form Housing associations to build houses for them.”

                As you know plenty of steel and other houses are going to be constructed. Why don’t you find another activity to serve the people? Something original instead of copying others.

                “Sinhalese people are building Buddhist temples all over the place. I want to build Hindu temples all over the place to counter it.”

                For this you need very deep pockets. There are already many Hindu temples and my advice is to repair the existing temples instead of investing in new ones. There is a shortage of Hindu priests and you would find it difficult to employ a priest. In addition running a temple requires a healthy cash flow. It might be impossible to attract people (=cash) into new temples when there are so many traditional alternatives. Erecting Hindu statues would be cheaper.

                Why don’t you return to serve the people as a doctor? While working as a doctor you can assess the needs of the people and then serve them in another way also.

                If you absolutely must construct houses and temples there are many organizations that can help you. I am sure that they will not reject an offer of Diaspora funds.

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                  Gana/Lone Wolf – There is an organisation called Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka. They specialise in running Hindu Temples.

                  Gana – you also stated and I quote “I want to play out from these for my existence. ” Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka” also specialise in this vis a vis Hindu Temples.

                  As Lone Wolf said there are shortage of Hindu Priests in the NE. They are all emigrating to the west where Tamil Diaspora is building Hindu Temples in competition with one another.

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                    correction – I said Tamil Diaspora are “building Hindu temples..”
                    I mean they open Hindu temples any nook and corner of London streets… lease out any derelict building …opposite pubs and butcher shops and brothels…just put a statue of your chosen disciple inside a room….and say “aro hara”

                    bloody disgrace to the Hindu Religion

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                    Rajash

                    Your Saivar Kade Masala Dosa is stimulating your brain to say anything and everything.

                    What is this story about ‘Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and to eat Jaffna curries’. So you are a Colombo 7 man enjoying the luxuries? I read in another column that you hate Muslims.

                    It looks like you are neither a Hindu nor supportive of Muslims. Please say something about the Christians and Buddhists. I like to know where you stand you Colombo 7 grokking frog.

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                      The best place for Jaffna curry is Renuka Hotel- PALMYRAH RESTAURANT – real authentic jaffan style

                      try t out. Better than what is offered by Kingsbuty or any other hotels –

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                      Rajash

                      Reply to your comment at 9.50am January 9.2017.

                      I now realize that you have serious multiple problems. We all thought that you were mentality incapacitated but now realize even your tongue has limitations to taste food.

                      Your tongue and mind are not coordinating well.

                      I pray for you. Let Almighty Allah be help cure your illness.

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                      Ayub Khan “Your tongue and mind are not coordinating well. “

                      “my wife says that they are coordinating very well.”

                      Ayub Khan “I pray for you. Let Almighty Allah be help cure your illness”

                      Do I have to be halal for your prayers to have any effect on me!

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    Young Shamugathas says goods flooding from the South killed the manufacturing in the North.

    Not only the North, but Industries and the jobs in the South, East West. Yamba and the Central ( Batalanada’s new 5 divisions to give Eelaam ) will be killed whole sale, when Modi uses Batalanda’s ETCA to send Hindians en mass to take over what ever is there .

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Not only the North, but Industries and the jobs in the South, East West. Yamba and the Central ( Batalanada’s new 5 divisions to give Eelaam ) will be killed whole sale, when Modi uses Batalanda’s ETCA to send Hindians en mass to take over what ever is there .”

      How?

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        Dear Native,

        May be , just like Ranil, Malik, Mangalan, Akila, and Sagala, you also don’t have kids or grand kids to worry about their jobs going forward, competing against Indians under Batalanda’s ETCA..

        BTW Did you read about that Yank who kicked up a stink on a KIWI flight , because he got a seat between two Indians?.

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          HoaxWagon replaced VolksWagon.

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        Based on the same logic the author is using

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        Native Vedda,

        “How?”

        Our industries are unlikely to survive with competition from India and China if there is real free trade.

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          Lonely Wolf

          “Our industries are unlikely to survive with competition from India and China if there is real free trade.”

          Survival of the fittest does not mean the strongest but the one that learn to adapt and change.

          Joseph Schumpeter – Creative Destruction

          Mr Morita’s Walkman is another example, creating new markets with new products (innovation, creativity, improving technical know how) for which there was no market until Sony produced it.

          Stop moaning, groaning and mourning about competition without which the poor consumers are being supplied with products that are inferior, expensive, …. and punished living in a captive market.

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            Native (fake) Vedda,

            I totally agree with you for once. Competition is very, very important.

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            However free markets alone don’t all problems. See the mass pockets of poverty in the United States, Canada and Australia and Latin America, especially amongst the Red Indians/First Nations people, blacks in the USA, aboriginals in Aus, Incas and Maya’s and so on.

            We need mixed economies with targeted help and a lot less corruption and get rid of the Catholic church for preventing birth control and sex education.

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              Good student with no education

              “I totally agree with you for once. Competition is very, very important.”

              Stay tuned, you will learn more.

              Whatever the competition is its for the state to proactively promote Endogenous Growth, with investment in human capital, innovation, and knowledge.

              It is a huge subject in itself. Lets not go into it.

              I am not for free market nor for free riders.

              Sick industries should be allowed to die. No point sustaining it for the sake of nostalgia.

              Some years ago, an university senior lecturer in Economics told me the study of Economics has moved on, since Adam Smith, however he was using lecture notes that he prepared 20 years ago.

              Another Professor from Anuradhapura told me a particular caste from the South has been dominating the selection, appointment and promotion of lecturers in Universities (it sounded like a Free Masons had taken over the Uni). Another senior lecturer said as far as he knew, there were professors who never published a single peer reviewed research paper but were promoted merely on the basis of whom they knew rather than what they knew, a classic example of nepotism. Another well meaning senior professor told me that the Sinhalese and Tamil academics write in their respective languages which is not subject to international peer review. What he implied was, those academics chose not to face the world outside their own circle. This is also true with Archaeological department churning out books in Sinhala in order to avoid international academic review.

              Go back to Japan’s MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) how earlier on (1960) the ministry anticipated glut in supply of ships and transformed ship building industry and workers to focus consumer electronics (by grant, training and other measures).

              Here in this island Civil Servants are recruited to various department on the basis of whom they knew, promoted on the same basis, and serve as b***s carriers to politicians or immediate boss.

              Knowledge, talent and hard work remain unrewarded hence the real hard working members of Civil Service are demoralised, demotivated and have burden not only to themselves but the entire nation.

              So you will have to decide whether you want to bury this island before the next tsunami or stop sinking.

              Learn, think, write, …. publish an article here on CT, let our fellow commentator have an opportunity to intellectually hammer you. Too much complacency, too much regressive nationalism of a few noisy minority, too much patting on the back, too much self promotion, …….

              The rest of the world is not going to wait until you silly little islanders discover fire, wheel, zero, Brahmi, world is not flat, electricity, flying machines, ….. satellite, nano technology, ….

              The first hurdle for any progress is resistance to open their mind to anything new, second resistance to change, fear of the unknown, ….

              My Elder once told me, when computers were first introduced in banks in the early 1970s, he heard and old employee saying ” this will not work, one cannot maintain millions of accounts and millions of transactions on machines. Its like throwing a handful of salt into the ocean”. This was the man who thrived on manual ledgers, spent all his life 12/7/52 earning over time, who refused to renew his skills, gather knowledge, ….

              Now its up to you to learn, teach, ….. The mixed economy can wait. If you don’t bake large enough cake you cannot distribute equitably to all. Think how to bake a bigger cake before its being distributed.

              Your petty nationalism took you on a downward spiral and its getting worse.

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            Native Vedda,

            “Stop moaning, groaning and mourning about competition without which the poor consumers are being supplied with products that are inferior, expensive, …. and punished living in a captive market.”

            Very true. It is even possible that some of SL industries manage to compete and export to India, China etc using FTAs.

            I have found a reply from Angoda to my previous concerns.

            “The person (referred to in the article) Mr. Harsha Thilakasiri was admitted to the hospital on the 10-09-2016 after having taken an overdose of his medication. This patient was admitted to my unit by the duty medical officer around 6 p.m. The patient was admitted by one Mr. Lankendra Thilakasiri(younger brother of patient) and he has signed as the guardian of the patient and one Mr. Chandana Ranasinghe as one of his friends. There had been similar kinds of episodes in his past since 2013 and he had been a patient of mine in the private sector. This patient was admitted under the Mental Health Act as an involuntary patient and prior to the expiry of 12 hours he was examined by the next senior level doctor who also has training in psychiatry for more than five years. Due to the continuous risk of suicide and significant foreseeable risk to self and to his mood, after explaining the diagnosis and the risks and benefits of alternative treatments available for this kind of conditions, we decided to commence a course of electro convulsive therapy.”

            http://island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=158418

            Publishing details of a patient in this way is not correct. I am very serious. Are you?

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              Lonely Wolf

              My Elders once told me look Veddah boy listen listen good, all human being are mad, the difference is the degree of their madness from one another.

              I am beginning to understand what my Elder said to me many many moons ago.

              By the way I read the island news item when it was first published. Thanks anyway.

              Privacy and confidentiality do not exist in this land or any other part of the world.

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    Who has no hardships under this government? But you guys helped this government come to power; so you are part of the problem and you can not complaint now!

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    Pitasanna,

    Your report is quite accurate. Tulasi’s insights are that of a person who has seen and heard it all from the victims. I will only add that it is the efforts of these women that are keeping large segments of the northern society yet floating and hearths burning. Even in instances, where the men have survived the war, the women are yet abused. Domestic violence is rampant. Women and children have been abandoned by men who have taken second or third wives! Drug addiction, alcoholism, unemployability, promiscurity and sheer laziness are afflictions that characterized large segments of the male population. The number of youth lining up in front of liquor outlets, is a disturbing sight.

    Survival is yet a battle for many and it takes precedence over rights.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      This is a truly pitiable state of affairs.
      I thought there WERE some govt supported psychiatric & trauma counselling programmes going on in the N and E.

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      Dr rn,
      Did you receive the article i emailed you?
      Anpu

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        Now it is also available on the net http://ticonline.org/newsdetails.php?id=1015&vtype=h

        “The second – if Ceylon wakes up. “They have a hinterland producing tea, rubber coconut and graphite and we have no natural resources. They have Civil Service which the British have trained and gradually turned over to the Ceylonese, selected by the same rigorous examination as the British. They have better roads and railways. They have better schools and a University. They have an independent Judiciary with appeal to the Privy Council. Above all they have an English educated middle class. If Ceylon wakes up and follows our policies, then investors and trade will surely flow there and not to us.“ “

        “Singapore Airlines was set up by a Sri Lankan Tamil, J Y M Pillai, who ran it for the first 20 years “

        “Chinese majority … 75% of the population “

        “The first President was a Malay, the second Eurasian and there have been 2 Presidents of Indian origin”

        “All religions have equal status though Chinese Taoists/Buddhists are in the clear majority”

        “Executive Presidency of the country (responsible for safeguarding the foreign reserves and Civil Service independence) should be rotated among the 3 races. “

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          Hi Anpu

          This article should be published in CT perhaps you can organise it

          In addition this article should be translated in Sinhala and Tamil and published in the local newspapers.

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          Appu,
          According to Ajit Kanagasundaram,
          I have already mentioned how they made Malay the official language and English the working language of administration ( all children are also taught their mother tongue – Mandarin, Malay or Tamil as a second language)

          Interestingly, wasn’t this Bandaranaike’s solution (sinhala Only with reasonable use of tamil!)
          and differs not much, perhaps except for the crucial English bit.
          For example, the above becomes:
          “I have already mentioned how they made SINHALA the official language and English the working language of administration ( all children are also taught their mother tongue – e.g., Tamil as a second language)

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            There are few pertinent points missing in Ajit Kanagasundaram, article that are very crucial to where Sri Lanka is now

            (a)The first most crucial point is Mahavamsa. The belief that Buddha set foot on Sri Lanka. He left his tooth and foot print in Sri Lanka for the destruction of the country.

            The Sinhala politicians of all colours don’t care about the country. They hood wink the Sinhala masses. The Sinhala masses are so gullible that they can be fooled by declaring every full moon a dry public holiday.

            I mean doesn’t the Mahavamsa tell the exact Month and on which specific full moon Buddha attained Nirvana?

            cant they even work out that simple fact?

            (b)unlike Singapore Sri Lanka is a two nation country a Tamil Nation and a Sinhla Nation (sorry Fathima Muslims are neither here nor there) each proud of their nation hood with ancestral lands. Singapore didn’t have that complexity.

            but these complexities aside Ceylon was far ahead of Singapore. The politicians exploited (a) and (b) for personal power and greed.

            All Sri Lankans are now paying the price.

            Neither Davos or Toronto convention of Expatriate Tamils is going to solve the problem.

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              LOL when this fool cannot answer the qn drag mahavamsa into it….the problem is not with any mahavamsa but with tamils’ tribalism

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                yes Tamil liberalism holding back economic development in the Sinhala south.

                LOL – you dark Tamil liberalism for every woes of the Mahavamsa mind-set

                do you know which full moon in which month Buddha attended Nirvana?

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          Anpu,

          I just scanned that article by Mr. Kanagasundaram. It seems he refers to the ACF-17 massacre but misstates it as MSF and the number murdered. With some corrections like that, it can be published on CT and elsewhere.

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            Thanks Agnos.

            I received the Microsoft word version of the document via a friend of mine and I will pass your comment to my friend.

            Mr Kanagasundaram email address is available on this link. http://ticonline.org/newsdetails.php?id=1015&vtype=h

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          SO did they make ethnic enclaves and made Singapore a federation?

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        Anpu,

        Thanks. I received it, but did not know it was from you.

        Dr.RN

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      Hope at the end of the conference they will come up with a good plan http://www.developnortheast.org

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        what is this conference going to achieve?

        why are NE elected politicians attending this conference and spiting the Sri Lankan govt and the local Tamils?

        do they think that Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora can revive the NE economically?

        NE cannot be revived by few thousand pounds of funds raised by Tamil diaspora during every November drunken Tamasha bash

        What NE needs is a mega scale economic investment like the one planned for the Sinhala south.

        so go back and work with the govt.

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          Thanks Rajash.

          “NE cannot be revived by few thousand pounds ” TRUE.

          But there are many charities doing a good job.
          (1)
          December 2016 – Sydney’s Abaya Karam charity has raised approximately hundred million Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR 100,000,000) for two orphanages in Northeast Sri Lanka.
          (2)
          http://assistrr.org/ another charity doing a good job.

          “do they think that Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora can revive the NE economically?” Yes and No.

          “What NE needs is a mega scale economic investment like the one planned for the Sinhala south.” TRUE

          http://developnortheast.org/agenda.html
          info@canadiantamilcongress.ca

          “so go back and work with the govt.” Though TNA is the official opposition, they are working with the govt.

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            I did visit the web site. The delegates are packed with medical doctors.

            Seems to be a medical conference?

            not sure how much it cost to bring all the NE Provincial councillors and accommodate them in Toronto.

            That money would have been better spent on refugees on the ground in the NE

            This conference is an exercise in futility.

            I am sure GTF and TGTE will want to show their egoistic importance and will be soon be organising their own conference.

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              “Seems to be a medical conference?”

              I have already asked them and I did not get any reply.

              “I am sure GTF and TGTE will want to show their egoistic importance and will be soon be organising their own conference. ” Agree.

              TIC already had one in UK
              http://www.ticonline.org/images/eventfiles/Flyer_English-Ff_788.pdf

              Have not seen the outcome yet.

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              Rajash,

              “This conference is an exercise in futility.”

              Unless there is a hidden agenda that has nothing to do with the official goals. Find out who travels and especially who they meet.

              Where does the cash they bring with them end up? Financing an orphanage?

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              “Conference seeks to bring together community leaders, advocates, academics, content experts, professionals and other stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions and programs to address the needs of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The Conference’s goal is the development of sustainable, interdisciplinary and comprehensive solutions for immediate, medium term and long term health and educational priorities. The larger focus of the Conference is health, education, and economic development.”

              http://www.developnortheast.org/index.html

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          Rajash,

          “do they think that Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora can revive the NE economically?”

          Yes. The politicians and higher government servants count on the diaspora.

          “NE cannot be revived by few thousand pounds of funds raised by Tamil diaspora during every November drunken Tamasha bash”
          I agree

          “What NE needs is a mega scale economic investment like the one planned for the Sinhala south.”

          You will later find out how successful the Megapolis, Hambantota Zone etc plans have been in the South. I am afraid that very little will be achieved in the South and trying to do the same in the North would not be any better.

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            Lone wolf

            Paranthan Chemicals; Vaalaichennai paper factor, KKS cement factory can be revived.

            IT Park/out sourcing services another option

            But I agree with your assessment that foreign inward investment to Sri Lanka specially from US;UJ Europe is not going to happen.

            Despite the end of the war the political/social and economic environment is not stable

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            “Yes. The politicians and higher government servants count on the diaspora. “

            I am afraid they would be counting pennies.

            There is a misconception about Tamil diaspora. The Tamil diaspora mainly consist of

            (a)largely professionals
            (b)Majority low income workers
            (c)few small time business owners (grocery shops/restaurants/gas stations/Hindu Temples as a business venture)

            There are a few handful of big business entrepreneurs Lyca/Lebra/German Container millionaire

            Now compare this to Indian diaspora.

            The Indian diaspora on the other hand have millionaires/billionaires/mega billionaires – controlling large business empires. They control vast amount of assets. These guys are investing in India in mega scale and contribute to the GDP of not just India but GDP of the country of their chosen abode.

            Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora can certainly contribute in small scale – reviving various facilities in their old schools/ modernising the local hospitals; funding orphanage and other charities./financing education of bright students/

            They have however lobby groups to lobby foreign govts. But that is only limited to Human Rights etc.

            The Sri Lankan govt failed to get inward investment from the West to rescue them from Chinese loan fiasco.

            What does that tell you?

            The West are prepared to risk China getting a foot hole in Sri Lanka but they are not prepared to risk investing in Sri Lanka. As they know it would be water down the hole.

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              Rajash,

              “The Tamil diaspora mainly consist of (a)largely professionals”

              The meeting in Canada appears to be an outing for male Jaffna Vellalah professionals from your group A to meet their former class mates of similar background in diaspora.

              Who pays for their travel? Why choose Canada in mid winter?

              The Jaffna guys appear to belong to the expert panel/committee/whatever it is called of the NPC Ministries of Education and Health.

              What do these guys know about economic development?

              Expected outcome: donation of some high tech toys for doctors that can be used by about 2 doctors in NP. Digital data base for JTH that will not reach primary care centers in the villages. Tablet computers for big elite schools in central Jaffna where the offspring of the guys study.

              It is important to keep these guys happy so that they will not emigrate.

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                Lone Wolf

                I heard of a donation by one of the diaspora group to JTH.
                HiTec Video conferencing room.
                I heard it was used only once as a demo when installed.

                what a waste

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                  Rajash,

                  Let us wait for the results of the conference in Canada.

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      DR RN,

      “Women and children have been abandoned by men who have taken second or third wives!”

      What can the men offer for the 2nd and 3rd wives? Why do the women accept them at all?

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        Lone Wolf,

        Absolute misery and more children. The women look for security, which turns out to be a pimple dream/ mirage. The men move on, leaving additional burdens on the poor women.

        It is a vicious cycle. Ours is a heartless and exploitative society at its core.

        Dr.RN

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          Dr RN,

          I don’t know exact numbers but many men have died or migrated. There must be more women (maybe 60-70% of total?) than men in the NP and they lack political power almost totally.

          If there were more female decision makers here life of women and children might become better.

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      “Survival is yet a battle for many and it takes precedence over rights.” this seems a sweeping statemnt.

      What has the text preceding this punchline to do with the supposed conflict between survival and rights?

      Survival is not possible without securing human and fundamental rights.
      If you are talking of political rights, its violation too is a threat to survival. Let us not discourage the oppressed from fighting for their rights.

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        Seekers,

        Survival relating to food, shelter and other basic necessities of life!

        Dr.RN

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    Pitasanna Shanmugathas thanks for highlighting the plight of the war widows and ex LTTE fighters.

    However you cant help taking a swipe at LTTE in all your articles and thus your real message get blurred. That is a shame.

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      Shanmugathas just to illustrate my point that your objective of having a swipe at LTTE at everything you write the real facts get buried: certain facts.

      The gem of a fact in your article is this:and I quote:

      “the Rajapaksa government put a halt to providing psycho-social help because too many war stories were leaking out pertaining to the extent civilians suffered during the war.”

      This is the crux of the matter and the prevailing issue.

      You should have gone to the cleaners with this fact but instead you conveniently brush over this fact.

      and even worse in your penultimate paragraph you have a swipe at LTTE and in your final paragraph you have a swipe at the Diaspora that they are preparing for another war.!!! (even though I am not a fan of the diaspora organisations).

      You failed to conclude your article with any constructive suggestion pertaining to the Headline of the article

      You are indeed an apologist for the Army and the Sinhala Govt.

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        If I was to focus the entire article solely on the lack of psyco-social help, I would not have been able to cover the vast amount of topics I did such as the lack of a minimum wage laws commensurate with the cost of living, the discrimination against female headed households by Tamil males in the North, the the urgency felt by citizens of the North to buy expensive houses even though they can’t afford it and fooled into buying useless luxury goods, the dependency of Tamils in the North on NGOs, the inability for Tamils to compete in the business sector due to having been exposed to the war and having been closed off for a majority of their lives. Bear in mind that Colombo Telegraph urges writers to be concise in our articles, so with that requirement in mind, I was still able to discuss a vast number of topics and I believe the article is a fair representation of my discussion with the aid worker.
        The reason why I ended the article that way is because it should make the reader reflect. The Tamils in the North are facing all these hardships, and people in the diaspora by talking about separatism are losing focus on the main problems faced by the people in the North. Rather, what people in the diaspora should do is raise awareness on these issues faced by Tamils in the North and see how these issues can be addressed under a united Sri Lanka. Advocating a separate state, not only will it not happen, but it is completely useless in helping the suffering Tamils in the North and only works to prolong their agony.

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          “If I was to focus the entire article solely on the lack of psyco-social help”

          I think you are missing the point again.

          it is not the the “lack of psyco-social help”

          it is the Denial of it.! To cover up the war crimes of the Sinhala Army.

          do you understand the difference?

          ask your aid worker !

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            It is both the denial (by the gov’t) and lack of psyco-social help. The reasoning behind it, as stated in the article and as you point out, was due to the fact that the government realised that war stories depicting the extent to which the victims suffered were being made public so the government put a halt to psyco-social help and now, as stated in the article, there are organizations that perform psyco-social help in a COVERT manner without being recognized by the Sri Lankan government. There is certainly a denial of psyco-social help by the government but it would be wrong to suggest that there is no psyco-social help at all, as organizations in the North still do psyco-social help but do it covertly which is what the aid worker stated in the article.

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          Shanmugathas “Bear in mind that Colombo Telegraph urges writers to be concise in our articles, “

          so why waste one whole paragraph on taking a swipe at LTTE which is not related to your Headline

          In future please stay focus on the subject matter.

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            Like I stated before, the reason why I ended the article that way is because I wanted to end on a note of reflection. In order to understand why Tamils in the North are still suffering we must acknowledge what happened in the past and that both the LTTE and GOSL are responsible for the current problems Tamils face in the North and the East. The Tamils in the North are facing all these hardships, and people in the diaspora by talking about separatism are losing focus on the main problems faced by the people in the North. Rather, what people in the diaspora should do is raise awareness on these issues faced by Tamils in the North and see how these issues can be addressed under a united Sri Lanka. Advocating a separate state, not only will it not happen, but it is completely useless in helping the suffering Tamils in the North and only works to prolong their agony.

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          Pitasanna,

          Thank you for your article. I believe that you live in the USA or Canada.

          “my discussion with the aid worker.”

          I would describe Thulasi as an activist interested in development, animal welfare and journalism. She is among the very few diaspora Tamils to have returned to Jaffna.

          I have found her unbiased independent articles in the Financial Times but assume that they are published elsewhere also.

          Please continue your work.

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            Thulasi Muttulingam is also an aid worker. At the time I interviewed her, she was working for the aid organization- ZOA Sri Lanka.

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              Pitasanna,

              “At the time I interviewed her, she was working for the aid organization- ZOA Sri Lanka.”

              Not any more. I think that she has her own aid organization now.

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                Humans of Northern Sri Lanka

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      Yes, you are right in saying that Pitasanna Shanmugathas’s message get blurred.

      But the fact remains that the area of the militant Diaspora and reality of war affected civilians are far apart. Take for example the results of the last general election in the North-East. The LTTE cadres and many Tamils abroad supported Kumar Ponnampalam’s party but the Tamils within Northeast voted for TNA. That shows Tamils who remain within the northeast have come to a stage of compromising with what is available. Tamils abroad must learn from the past and realise no foreign powerful force will come to our aid to gain independence. Kosovo, East Timor, Kosovo, Eritrea and South Sudan were created by parties that had their self interests to do so. Now, Barack Obama is out of world arena and no other government will support us in our endeavour to be free of domination.

      The anti-TNA Tamils express their anger at Sampanthan-Sumanthiran with vulgar and anti-social language. The diaspora must realise that their dream will remain as such in a country where even Federalism is a dirty word. The Southern nationalists will exploit the situation to come back to power by arousing communalism. As happened in 1958 and 1965 the extremists among Buddhist monks are exploited by extremists for their political ends. We should not be a party for the situation prevailed during 2009 – 2015 repeated, that will lead to the decimation of weaker communities.

      Only way out of the political dilemma is to compromise with the present government and gain more by step by step. Tamils are left alone to work out a solution. Southerners must be convinced that Tamils are also against their mythical fear of separation. 60-year confrontational politics left us with nothing while Southerners gained their ultimate goal of marginalising the ethnic minorities. The continuation of such path aids them more than us.

      Grass root Tamils have no more to lose. They have no strength or resources to fight. Charitable NGOs and diaspora cannot keep them dependent for ever. Opportunities can be created to made self sufficient.

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        Saro,

        “Only way out of the political dilemma is to compromise with the present government and gain more by step by step. Tamils are left alone to work out a solution. Southerners must be convinced that Tamils are also against their mythical fear of separation. 60-year confrontational politics left us with nothing while Southerners gained their ultimate goal of marginalising the ethnic minorities. The continuation of such path aids them more than us. Grass root Tamils have no more to lose. They have no strength or resources to fight. Charitable NGOs and diaspora cannot keep them dependent for ever. Opportunities can be created to made self sufficient.”

        I agree.

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        Saro

        I completely agree with you.

        Tamils back at home are confused. They need clear messages and not muddled messages. Whether from Tamil diaspora or commentators or politicians.

        The diaspora organisations could not stop the carpet bombing of Tamils May 2009. Not a single country in the West came forward to help.

        That talks volumes about the so called Diaspora organisations

        They have not learnt their lessons.

        Leave Tamil Politics to Tamils back at home

        financially funding small scale local projects improving schools, hospitals supporting charities etc are great

        But the problem with the diaspora is they think they think they can bite more than they can chew , but end up spitting it out. Leaving nothing for the local grass root Tamils to have a bite.

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    These people will never be happy.

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      Are Wiplpattu Muslims happy? oops

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        They are Jaffna Muslims. They must be resettled in Jaffna not Wilpattu.

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          are they Sunni or Shiites?

          which one you detest?

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          That doesn’t answer my question!

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          Ic when you said these people are never happy you meant the Jaffna Muslims then.

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    Tamil Nadu has plenty of opportunities for Tamils. A shorter trip from Jaffna than coming to Colombo.

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      Syria has lots of opportunities for Muslims. They have to rebuild Aleppo. So you lot together with the Wilpattu displaced will be welcome with open hands by Assad.

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        But Tamil Nadu is much closer to Jaffna than Syria to Colombo, isn’t it?

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          is it?

          so you prefer Tamil Nadu not just for the proximity?

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          Is the law of proximity a halal? Is that why Muslims don’t want to be resettled in Jaffna instead staying closer to Jaffna in Wilpattu?

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          FF
          If your logic is to apply to all nationalities, Europe and the Middle East will be severely overcrowded.
          By playing to SB chauvinist gallery you are not helping the just cause of the Muslims.

          A significant section of the Sinhalese and Tamils are of recent (at most a few centuries old) India origin. Others go back a longer way.

          Believe it or not, Tamils here got along better with their Sinhalese neighbour than with Tamilnadu Tamils. Ask the Tamil refugees in India about how they feel among their ‘kinsmen’ there.

          This island had Buddhist and Hindu identity which until 10th Century cut across the language divide. Islam entered the island before Christianity under most amicable conditions.

          We have had a long tradition of communal tolerance in the island and some bigoted individuals are out to destroy the prospect of restring it.

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      Syria, Iran, Iraq has plenty opportunities for Muslims. Particularly ISIS is recruiting girls for sex slaves. Something to consider.

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        And child bride. Your brain may meet the criteria

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    A bit of a frank assessment read for a while. What is TNA and it’s affiliate NPC doing? Aren’t they the so called representatives of Northern Tamils?

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    Regarding psycho-social help in the North I enquired about this of a psychiatrist I knew to be engaged in such work.

    I am told that what Thulasi says about organizations providing psycho-social care during the Rajapakse govt being unable to function, is correct. “They had to leave the areas where they worked.”

    However, “today there is improvement & work is catching on but there is a lot more to be done in order to provide care to all affected persons.”

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      Thanks for enlightening us on that.

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    Sadly , attention to PTSD and other forms of mental illnesses including stress related issues are inadequate in all of Sri Lanka. The entire nation only has a handful of qualified medical Psychiatrists leave alone counselling Psychologists. Most have fled to the West over time during the past 4 decades. The Psychiatrists remaining in SL are concentrated around Colombo and people are not even awarness of simple treatable illnesses like depression, bi-polar disorder or more difficult ones like paranoid-schizophrenia and delusional behavioural disorders in SL. I had an experience when I had to deal with a person who was convinced she was poisoned by her in-laws with Arsenic poison; she displayed all the symptoms but she was a diagnosed Paranoid-Schizophrenic who was refusing to take her medication. Why? Because she herself was a medical doctor with a brilliant mind and a PhD but was completely fucked up in her brain; her aggressive accusatory behaviour when she accuses everyone of plotting against her meant she needed to be institutionalized. So when i took her to a top hospital where she knew the doctors as well, the Nurses and staff were not even aware of mental health breakdowns and did not know how to cope with her episode. To this date she remains untreated and untreatable and ruining many people’s lives when she becomes paranoid.

    So it is not a Northern thing. Why are suicides so high in SL? not just in the North. Hell, they do not even have sympathy for people who are high functioning Down’s Syndrome children(we called them mongoloids back then) or high functioning Autistic kids.

    This is not a Sinhala-Tamil issue. Tens of thousands of Sinhalese still have PTSD in the military and thousands who saw their loved ones killed by your Tamil Tiger bombs, or saw children and wives hacked to death in the border villages also need trauma counselling and treatment by Psychologists and also Psychiatrists who can prescribe medicines. Our nurses are useless when dealing with mental disorders. So are most doctors.

    This is an EXCELLENT article to raise awareness but don’t blame the government when it does not have the resources nor the training nor the awareness at the highest level to deal with these issues.

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      Further to my previous comments based on those of practitioners in the field of psychiatric & psychosocial care, I received the following:

      “Government is simply not interested and has really not invested in any services. Whatever services that are there is by a few committed individuals who try and provide some basic services. It is a struggle.”

      I believe there are only 2 nurses in the psychiatry unit in Kilinochchi, whereas the story is very different in Colombo.

      It seems that there is a real lack of understanding of the need for psychosocial care at the highest levels of government, as well of concern. Any body involved with reconciliation must surely pay attention to this.

      I believe that former President Chandrika Kumaratunga is engaged in reconciliation and wish that someone working with her would direct her attention to this problem.

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    I asked Muttulingam why it is so difficult to get psychiatric and trauma counseling help in the North. Muttulingam stated that many Di8asporas like Shanmugatasans created the problem by funding the LTTE.

    The Minister of Women’s Affairs, Chandrani Bandara, asked by Al Jazeera about what programs are being considered to help war widows; Bandara responded,they have to be given in marriage to the Diasporas like Shanmugatasans.

    Muttulingam also said that the former LTTE cadres are being marginalized and ostracized within their own communities in Sri Lanka because of the actions the former cadres committed against their own people during the war. So under the LTTE, it was a Dog eat dog situation. Cardres killing their own Tamils damn Zeid.

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      This Muthulingam and Shanmugadasan seem to be apologists for the Srilankan army.It is common knowledge that the army fired and shelled civilian dwellings and entire villages in the Vanni forcing the population of 300,000 to be cornered into a narrow strip.Even LTTE cadres were trapped.The harrowing tales of the victims have become public by the testimonies by Petitioners who testified in Mullaithivu Magistrates court cases to trace those surrendered to the army in the last days of the war.Each and every witness talked about the military using cluster bombs and chemical weapons.No witness faulted the LTTE. [Edited out]

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        he never writes about any thing…. He only have conversation with others ….what he writes is not his opinion but what others told him…

        sort of hiding behind the likes of “Thulasi Muttulingam’s” petticoat.

        strangely enough he only talks to hand picked women.

        I referred to him elsewhere as a forcibly recruited child journalist.

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    Tamils are fighting for “TAMIL” and for Tamil rights. But, most of HARIJEN Tamils are living in utter poverty in Sri lanka. I heard they eat punnakku as food instead of human food. Anandasangaree like people earns money representing them but only write an article to the news media once in Six months. There are many Tamil politicians just like that.

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      jim softy dimwit

      “But, most of HARIJEN Tamils are living in utter poverty in Sri lanka.”

      You are right, most of them now live in down South and have already converted to Sinhala/Buddhism many generations ago.

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      I heard budhist monks are drinking cum from young boys because they couldn’t afford to buy proper drinks. Very sad poverty is affecting every communities :(

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    what to the so called first class citizens have that tamils do not enjoy?

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      sachoooooooooooooooo the stupid II

      “what to the so called first class citizens have that tamils do not enjoy?”

      What do you think they do have?

      Nuisance is still looking for her Padikkama. Go find it.

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        Take your hat and give to her or him

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    THanks Pitasanna for reporting on the reality of northern lives. There’s so much false and misleading news meant to re-ignite ethnic tensions, that it is refreshing to hear specific and credible facts.

    As for the dearth of psychiatrists, unfortunately this is a problem not only in all of Sri Lanka, but the whole world. In the US, every day many former soldiers continue to commit suicide, after having waited for months and years to get an appointment to see a psychiatrist.

    Psychiatry is not a very popular profession, and its practitioners are in very high demand. A practical solution would be to advance the roles of psychologists (not considered medical doctors) to counsel Sri Lankans with mental issues. But that would be a long-term solution.

    People should not have to fear speaking to a counselor about their experiences. All conversations they have in a medical setting SHOULD be confidential and RTI should make it clear that this information is not to be shared with anyone but the counselor and patient.

    Another issue that the youth of the north share with similar populations around the world (those recovering from war trauma), is the over-dependence of handouts from relatives abroad. El Salvador is a good example, where unemployment is high due to the lack of domestic industry and services. This in turn is fuelled by people not being trained to be independant as a result of relatives in the US sending money. The youth get used to free money and do not strive to become independent. Another related issue is the return of the criminal diaspora, as a result of deportation by the US of those refugees who committed crimes in the US. These deportees (who were children when they went to the US), have no idea about the culture of the country and are misfits. They are priviledged because they speak English and they carry guns (thanks to their gangs in the US and in El Salvador). They quickly organize in to criminal gangs and extort money from the Salvadorenos.

    The situation with the rape of a young woman in Jaffna last year at the hands of elements who had returned from Europe is reminiscent of the situation in El Salvador.

    Tamils in the North need to be introspective and recognize the aspects of their lives that they have a responsibility to change, while seeking their rightful share of state resources. One such area of reflection should be the status of women among Jaffna society, where an independent woman is seen as abnormal. Another is the abuse of the poor and lower classes as LTTE fighters during the war and their subsequent abandonment by those in power in the Tamil areas and diaspora.

    If the diaspora Tamils really want to uplift the northern Tamils, they should not just send money orders, but should move to the north and teach the youth and children English, computer literacy and programming. They should help integrate these youth with the rest of the island, and help them learn how to leave peacefully in a world that is increasingly multi-ethnic and multicultural.

    The TNA politicians should not waste their time and public resources passing resolutions calling for removal of Buddha statues and movement of people within the island, but rather use the diaspora money to educate the youth of the North with skills and knowledge that will help them become independent. Instead they seem to be driven by rich elements in the diaspora who want nothing but revenge and a way back to the lucrative business of influence peddling. War to them was a profit-making industry.

    I hope the people in the North are smart enough to demand better foresight from their politicians and advocate for putting the needs of people who actually live on the island, instead of the distant warriors of the West and Tamil Nadu.

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    I must commend the writer (it appears that he is outside the country) for contacting people in the North and highlighting problems faced.

    Widows, in whatever province of Sri Lanka, whether war or not, is in really bad shape. The mechanism whether Central Government or provincial is woefully inadequate although political authorities may say that they are doing something (which is not a lie). Counselling and psychological treatment is almost nil. Every widow has a story of her own to tell and needing a solution unique to each of them although war-widows may have a story with some common aspects.

    If manufacturing is a sector to be encouraged, then flooding of imported goodies discourages local manufacturing. I am not for one moment advocating the 1970-1977 policies of economic isolation. But I do support setting up manufacturing units in every part of the country with a view to export. In this regard special attention may be paid to the areas affected by war.

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    Pitasanna Shanmugathas:

    I think your suggrstions for handling of problems in the North and East too are very superficial. You need to understand that Tamils suffered only because of since 1976. but South suffered from both the LTTE and JVP and it is since 1971. I think the south suffers less from psychological problems because of buddhism. christianity and even HInduism do not have any solution to that.

    I heard many house hold in Vanni are without men who can a earn a living for the family.

    with respect to LTTE cadres, why Tamils politicians only talking reconciliation which is a political word and federal solution. Why Don’t they address peoples issues. See how Dali cheif minister is addressing Tamil harijan poverty. Does he talk anything like that ?

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      jim softy dimwit

      “You need to understand that Tamils suffered only because of since 1976.”

      Here we go again.

      1915, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977, 1981, 1983, between 1976 and 2009, since 1948, ……………

      “but South suffered from both the LTTE and JVP and it is since 1971.”

      You elected and empowered the Sinhala/Buddhist thugs to run the country and why complain now?

      Don’t you have b***s to say
      “Yes we the Sinhala/Buddhists cocked it up in a big way from the start and continue to destroy Sinhalese and Buddhists”

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      In the past you said Indian Tamils migrated to north and settled down and they are continuing to settle down. So Tamils are still suffering from the Indian invasion. It’s not my logic , it’s yours.

      In the past you said , Christians are converting Hindus into Christiams. So Tamils have been culturally suffering from the time of independence. Again it’s your logic.

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    If Chelvanayagam, Ponnambalam, Prabakaran,etc sought psychiatric help, non of this mess would happen.

    Garbage Nadu Ealamists, go and get some psychiatric help!

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      Johnny boy arrested development

      Are you crying out for help?

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    Pitasanna and Thulasi,

    “Muttulingam criticized the NGO model as one which fosters individuals to become more dependent rather than self-sufficient.”

    Not only the NGO handouts exist. There are also considerable government handouts.

    In my humble opinion the main problem is the dependency on remittances from family members abroad.

    All these handouts together have created a mostly passive population. There are many unemployed and underemployed who prefer easy life instead of studying, starting small businesses or hard work.

    The Jaffna dream is emigration or a government job.

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      fully agree

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    hindu culture is to blame. widows are worst than rats, as per hindu culture.therefore it is not the sri lanken governments fault for this, tamils should change there idol worshipping ways and become muslims.
    as there is no god but Allah and Prophet Mohamed is the messenger of Allah.

    idols cannot do u any good or bad. hinduism with castism is the worst nonsense coming from india. statue culture has killed india. see modi destroyed 6trillion in wealth nobody talks. why? because the hindu idol culture is regressive.
    statue is made for millions in a poor country where people are killing thesleves in thousands/rapes- all due to hindu culture of idol worship.

    brahamin caste killing the dalits and getting away scott free / sathi- widow jums in the pryre of the cremation of husband.

    this develish religion called hinduism is to blame.
    kali the devil -where people were sacrifieced for statues.

    in thousand years with hinduism india was a basket case.

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    Tamils in the North or any where else in the land must understand that the politicians are not serving it’s people the way that should be. In places like in Tamil Nadu it’s even worse. Just because one is a minority must not feel persecuted as it is happening to all, respective of ethnicity.SL is a third world and what do you expect out of our politicians and out of our officials? Some are more equal than the others.

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