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The JVP & The Tamil People: Change The Party Line Now!

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The JVP must change its position on the rights of the Tamil people. The Tamils are themselves no longer demanding secession therefore, self-determination in the Leninist sense, is irrelevant, but they must have the right to manage their affairs in their areas of domicile. In this context “devolution” is a useful term; the small print obviously has to be negotiated with the Sinhalese and the Muslim people and the Upcountry Tamils to the extent that they see themselves as different from “Ceylon Tamils” (for want of a better term). Even the TNA has conjured up a verbal gymnastic posture called the “right to internal self-determination” to avoid being lynched by both sides. I wish it luck.

Hold it! I am running ahead of myself. It all started with a straw poll I sent to more than a dozen people about ten days ago. They were not all leftists and included progressives and liberals, but all were what one might call intellectuals and included former university colleagues. I don’t know what motivated me to do this out of the blue. I enquired of my sample “If the next presidential election were to be held in 2023/4, and if not voting was not permitted in so far as this straw-poll is concerned, who will you vote for?” I offered a range of choices: Sajith, Ranil, a Sajith-Ranil combo in any form, Rajapaksa-porottuwa options (Dullas, Namal etc.) and the Rajapaksa-Ranil marriage of reprobates. Of course, the left options such as the JVP-NPP and Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) also known as Peratugami were included 

Imagine my surprise (I am not making this up because I am an NPP member) when well over half replied that they would support the JVP-NPP, while nearly all the others said they had the JVP-NPP very much in in their sights but needed more time. While some respondents thought the JVP/NPP could not win, no one explicitly expressed their support for any of the other options. This was a wake-up call, frankly an unpleasant wake-up call for me. Why unpleasant? Because if the JVP-NPP is going to do well then there is work, a lot intervention and kicking arse that needs to be done to knock sense into our buggers! You don’t want a JVP-NPP government in office with cock and bull notions full of its head, do you? If the buggers are going to win you and I and all us have a hell of a lot of work to do before that.

There are three massive issues on which the JVP must be confronted and put right: one, Democracy, two the Tamil Question, and third the Economic role of the State. The JVP is humming and hawing about Democracy, it hints that it has finally seen the light, it slyly concedes that it was a bloody fool in 1971 and 1989-91 and forfeited the confidence of the people etc; good, good. However, it has not issued a full and formal admission of its errors, nor has it spelt out its current “Democracy” programme: That is, its plans for elections and future changes of government. Crucially it has not proposed a structure of government e.g. (a) Westminster, (b) Executive, (c) Legislative like the old Ceylon State Council or similar to the vast powers of the US Congress, or (d) the One-Party state. It is high time the JVP thought through the options available all over the world and publicised its views. 

The second “massive” issue that the JVP has to address is the subject of this essay, the Tamil Question which will take up most of this column. The third is the economic role of the State. I have often expressed the view that in the early stage a dirigisme state (setting directions and choosing priorities for growth) is a necessity. However, I have also pointed out in recent pieces that this is a passing phase. The state must not become an enduring encumbrance on the people (like Stalinism). It must pass away, otherwise it constrains human freedoms, stifles creativity and undermines economic productivity. The state must “wither away” to use the classical terminology of anarchists and socialists. Right now, the JVP is rightly concerned about safeguarding sate-enterprises from privatisation and fears that encroaching capitalism will reduce worker’s rights and the benefits of the people. In a philosophical sense however it would also be good if the JVP, like the anarchists, Marx, Lenin and Rosa also declares the need to protect the people from an overreaching dictatorial state. To recap then, I am saying there are three “massive” topics to discuss with the JVP: Democracy, the Tamil question and fundamental role of the State.

The Tamil Question

Observe that I speak of the Tamil Question and do not mention a Muslim or a Catholic Question. There is a reason for this. Imagine for arguments sake that some Pope or Saint, some centuries ago had proposed a damn-fool moral theory (it actually did with Galileo). Then in later historical times this becomes an encumbrance because to refute it the Church will have to anger many believers who have in the interim aligned themselves with the said damn-fool theory. 

The JVP is in a similar quandary. The leadership, or at least most of the current leaders know that Rohana Wijeweera was a racist in his feelings about the plantation workers, he had no sympathy for the rights of the “Ceylon” Tamils and he formed racist alliances with Mahinda Rajapaksa. It will be traumatic for the inner circles (Central Committee and ex-military leaders) to wake up now and call Wijeweera a damn-fool racist. The obstacle to correcting the inherited standpoint on the Tamil question is the embarrassment of having to call Wijeweera plain wrong. The problem does not end there, we have the Somawansa episode. Somawansa in cohorts with racist Chief Justice Silva broke up the combined northern-eastern provincial unit. Somawansa may or may not be an intrinsic racist at heart, he may have been playing opportunist race politics, I don’t know. But the episode is an acute embarrassment to the current leadership. How can it denounce these deified Saints and Popes? 

Anura Kumara in bad company!

It is very interesting that the JVP adopted a progressive attitude towards the Muslims as against its stance on the Tamils. Saint Wijeweera and Pope Somawansa were long gone and no longer burdened the Party with their venerable bull-shit. The JVP could stretch its arms and legs (atha-paya digearala) and act progressively on the Muslim issue. The humiliation and ill-treatment of Muslims by looney extremist Buddhist monks and the Rajapaksa regime was mainly a post-2014 phenomenon (Wijeweera was assassinated in 1989, Somawansa left the JVP in 2014 but was marginalised earlier).

 It is not for me to propose tactics to the JVP leaders; they will work something out themselves. Some points though are obvious. The Tamils themselves are not (no longer) demanding Eelam or a separate state. The great majority, I think are simply not interested in separatism or dismiss it as an unattainable fanciful dream. Therefore, the theory of self-determination including the right to secession is no longer relevant. 

The NPP (National Peoples’ Power)

Perspectives on the Tamil Question and the Democracy Issue are better in the NPP than in the JVP. This is thanks to the intervention of Attorney Lal Wijenayaka, Professor Vijaya Kumar, both long established in the Samasamaja tradition, as well as many other left and liberal minded activists in the NPP’s top committees. I am confident that the NPP supports devolution of power to communities and regions and is well ahead of the JVP in this respect. The NPP also has clearer ideas about democracy. Like the JVP it rejects the executive led presidential system, option (b) in my list some paragraphs above, and both the NPP and presumably the JVP oppose option (d), the One-Party State. 

Neither has spelt out its preferences between various versions of the Westminster model, first-past-the-post or proportional representation, or between unicameral or bicameral legislatures. Nor has either proposed committee structures (the Ceylon Legislative Council of yore had some attractive features) or examined the committee structure of the US Congress and other countries.  So, you see there is still a lot of work to do in both the JVP and the NPP to flesh out how Democracy is actually to be practised. 

The State

Humans lived in communities without formal hierarchies long before States came into being. The original ‘stateless’ form was democratic in the sense that it was an association of humans with minimal hierarchy – anthropologists can enlighten us more. Formal anarchism usually associated with Marx’s great rival Mikhail Bakunin advocates stateless societies, that is forms of free associations. Socialists see anarchism as a utopian left-wing movement farthest left on the political spectrum, but running ahead of its time. Marxists have a relationship with anarchism similar to what St Augustine said about chastity: “Oh Lord give me chastity, but not yet”.

The state is bad; it is a coercive instrument; it is an imposition (for example of the capitalist class, the fascists or a foreign power) upon the freedoms of the people. But right now, I am intrigued by a more prosaic topic. The dirigisme or directive state has a role to play in the initial stages of economic growth, but there has to be a time-line when that phase can be transcended; when the impositions can pass. In the meantime, there is the JVP’s current problematic of the need to protect state enterprises from being handed over to capital. There are no abstract answers to these questions, it is concrete events and the hands-on experiences of the next three years that will tell us what to do and when to do what. In the meantime it would be useful to initiate discussion of these topics in the chambers of the JVP with its more indigenous factions and with the residual military sections if any in the Party.

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    I am not comfortable with, ‘The Tamils are themselves no longer demanding secession’.
    How comfortable are you, Prof. Kumar David, with your assertion.
    Which Tamil(s) demanded secession?
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    If anybody wants to tell me that LTTE demanded secession, I’d ask you to check your conscience.
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    Tamils asked for self-determination, I’d concede. (Personally, I have not reached that stand, even today.)
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    We wanted to see that we live as any other.
    Come up with an arrangement that would satisfy / meet that. What is the need for a negotiation … .

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      N
      “Which Tamil(s) demanded secession?”
      There are plenty of LTTE supporters around at home and abroad. At times there is the threat “Federation or otherwise separate state” from some nationalist leaders.
      The underlying thirst of some of those who write here is secession, although they are careful to avoid the term.

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      We had an era when university chancellors killed rats and dogs. They still echo in my head.
      With the attack heard from Peradeniya today, my subconscious mind woke up again. If I were the authorities, I would never let those students pardon the law breakers. All this gives us a hint that the killers will start their killing spree again with a new face.
      May those mothers and fathers who suffered in the late 80s be freed from that suffering. This country has become hell today.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW_UUPAy_tA#

      May AKD be free from the 89 MIND SET

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        Again, AKD intentionally says that RW is like a Hitler. Listen to minute 26.13 of this video below.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmnysmEo1HQ
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB94MTSAvOo
        If one goes back to that speech of RW and listens to it again, he will realize, “Some people say I am a Hitler”. See how the Sri Lankan media is fueling it with false propaganda. … This is typical Sri Lanka.
        I am against the pusillanimity of seeking salvation under the UNP.
        I am also against 89 STYLE holocausts.
        I am also against barbarians.

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          Thank you very much “leellagemalli” for giving the exact point in the second video where he wants us to listen. It’s only about 20 seconds, and I’d like all readers to go there and check. 26 minutes 13 seconds in to the 42’ 16” video.
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          To me, the comparison to Hitler is, mutatis mutandis, absolutely apt. Please, please, readers, check and tell all of us what you feel. I will give you my views later (already word processed). I want YOU to discover this, and think this out.

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            The differences:
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            Ranil is now going on 74, Hitler committed suicide at 56. Their styles of speaking were quite different. Hitler was a fiery mob orator, Ranil is a schemer. We now have full knowledge of Hitler’s atrocities. When Hitler was elected, he was personally popular. Ranil has become Prime Minister six times (I’ve been told). Each time, wasn’t he depending on others to get him into power?
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            There may have been a degree of sincerity in Hitler. None in Ranil. Only a thirst for remaining in personal power. By the end, Hitler didn’t try to show a “respectable face to the world. Ranil probably will, to the end keep smiling, but his credibility is gone.
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            It’s time to launch a new section!
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            Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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            The similarities:
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            Both were/are cruel and unscrupulous. Individual human rights were/are of little consequence to them. The tortures in Hitler’s huge concentration camps (now known to all).
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            I read this in 1965, the whole of it. Now hailed as a monumental achievement:
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            The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. Downloadable there:
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            http://elibrary.bsu.edu.az/files/books_400/N_389.pdf
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            In that format: 1039 pages. Google for other formats:
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            It was a huge tome in the school library, challenging us to read it. It made a strong impression; other material has subsequently been explored. All confirm the horrors. Now on the Internet there is graphic footage. Other accounts; for instance the experiences of the forbears of Anthony Blinken, the current American Secretary of State.
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            One has to be ready to listen to the other side. I claim to have done that conscientiously; it doesn’t amount to proof, and, ultimately, it is coherency and consistency that win the day.
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            And in Ranil’s Batalanda (not yet proven indubitably to the world) happenings were similar. I acknowledge that I haven’t got personal knowledge of Ranil’s atrocities. In Ranil’s case, comparison of Ranil’s own speeches – during and after the Aragalaya. He’s over-reaching, and now too many are testifying in a multitude of ways.

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      “Which Tamil(s) demanded secession?”
      There is nothing wrong in demanding secession where the state has a policy of genocide of a group of people who are denied the basic human rights. The state sponsored massacre of innocent civilians in 1958, 1977, 1983 and 2009 are clear examples of genocide policy of Srilanka state. There is no relationship between Tamils demand of secession or federalism to the state policy of genocide of small groups. Even the Easter Bombing could be a part of state policy of genocide of small groups.
      The British Government gave an opportunity to scotish people to decide on their right to secede recognising the fact they have the right to administer their matters even though there was no state sponsored massacre of scotish people.

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        Ajith,
        You have ‘quoted’ my question. Thank you.
        Have you answered it?
        (I went thru your response. I don’t see the answer.)
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        Demanding secession is right, is wrong, is not my question.

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          At least now you have a clear answer on this page to “Which Tamil(s) demanded secession?”.
          Some illnesses are hard to cure.

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        ‘There is nothing wrong in demanding secession where the state has a policy of genocide of a group of people who are denied the basic human rights.’
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        This assumes genocide. It also assumes a right to secession. All assumptions. Simplistic solutions to complex problems. The sort of slogans that the politicians proclaim at every election.

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          Svenson

          “This assumes genocide. It also assumes a right to secession. All assumptions.”

          Thanks for mentioning assumptions, there have been many.
          To start with Buddha visited this island by air, cleansed it before Vijaya took over the land, …. This is a Sinhala/Buddhist country, … Rajapaksa’ won the war, Sri Lankan armed forces are peace loving men …. holding UN charter in one hand and the other tied behind their back fought hence there have been no death on the other side, Civilians were liberated from terrorist, Super patriotic hero Gota never ever ran away from this island, ….. Kamala too fought single handedly and won the war, ….. The armed forces not only fought LTTE but also fought the west, USA, UK, Europe, Diaspora, ….. Australia, Canada, ….

          Add as much as you want.

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    IF There is going to be a parliament election next year due date in march not a single party will win enough seats to form a government.Right now its looks like SJB May get 100 seats and JVP May get about 40-45 seats balance may go to SLPP ,TAMILS AND MUSLIMS PARTY.ANY PARTY WANTS TO FORM A GOVERNMENT SHOULD GO BEHIND TAMIL AND MUSLIM PARTIES BY MAKING SUN AND THE MOON OFFER,SO JVP OR SJB SHOULD BENT THEIR BACK SIDE AND WILL FIND A WAY TO CHEAT TAMIL PARTIES AFTER FORMING THE GOVERNMENT.SJB OR JVP WILL NEVER CHANGE THEIR POLICY TO PLEASE TAMIL PARTIES.

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    All of Europe is not happy with Russia today. Gas and oil prices are unaffordably high. With the dawn or New Year it will exceed the affordability levels. Its impact is 3-4 times greater for all foodstuffs in Europe today. Before the Russian-Ukrainian war, the price of oil decreased by 3-4 times. After the COVID crisis, not only Sri Lanka but the whole world has turned upside down.
    The Rajapaksas are just another bunch of stupid country leaders to China, but the Rajapaksas and their ignorant henchmen in Sri Lanka interpreted the opposite. The media coverage of fasle TV made people look very foolish. Derana is doing the same thing today. I am dumb. What do we expect from the nation if a rain of lies rains from dawn to dusk through the country’s media? Isn’t it similar to GOBBEL’s theory in Germany back then?

    But our Rajapaksa-led groups made a foolish attempt to show that we came close to China rather than the West. The truth is that neighboring India has been our main savior in the past few months.
    This was balanced by the late Honorable Minister Mangala Samaraweera, but today the situation is similar to an unclear situation.

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      leelagemalli,
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      You have said this about Europe: “Gas and oil prices are unaffordably high. With the dawn or New Year it will exceed the affordability levels.”
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      Yes, we know that people in Europe are anxious; many suffering great discomfort. We have no knowledge of Winter; all comparisons are relative.
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      Imagine then the situation here in Lanka. Think of the disparity in income levels. The queues have now mostly disappeared mostly because people have no money to spend. We admit that increasing Rupee incomes by printing money is going to be counter-productive.
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      Children need milk – either mother’s or in the form of powder. You once asked why not liquid milk; you just don’t understand the unfeasibility of that (not to speak of pollution caused by Tetrapaks:
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      https://www.forbes.com/sites/ikebrannon/2021/05/10/tetra-pak-recycling-the-complicated-economics-of-drink-containers/?sh=795a3c895430
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      The devil is in those details.
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      Each day we wake up to a new complication; and no hope of improvement.
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      Hardship there, yes, we grant that. But here, malnutrition already; starvation is becoming the reality.

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    Kumar David: Have you not seen and read the NPP’s Policy Statement titled ” RAPID RESPONSE” which runs into 23 pages? Your questions (1) Democracy (2) Tamil Question and (3) Economy are all answered and the broad-based policy statements are explained. Your attention is drawn to pages “20” and “21” which relate to “Democracy” under the title “Sri Lanka Nation” and “Tamil Question” under the title “Sri Lanka Nation” respectively.

    As regards “Economy” which is as important as many of the social problems too is addressed. For this purpose, NPP has already set up a “Policy Council” on whose recommendation, I believe, the Leader AKD makes it clear at all meetings with the public, that a Government of NPP will NOT do “Business” but provide all necessary “Infrastructure” (finance, tech. know-how, targets, market, etc) to “Small & Medium” entrepreneurs to handle a larger segment of the economy.

    Already a detailed “Implementation Plan” is in the pipeline based on the “Policy” of “Rapid Response”.

    Please forget “1971”, “1989” and any more such events under “Wijeweera”, “Somawanse” or many others and get ready for a “CHANGE” and a “NEW BEGINNING” under a different brand of TRUE PATRIOTS – National Peoples Power – NPP.

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      This is the full, 2 hours and and 7 minutes, video of AKD’s speech, and the question-time, in Milan, Italy on 11/11/ 2022.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSiRmfS4nrU
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      Very clear, but about 15 minutes in to the recording, the sound drops for about about ten minutes, then returns to normal. The questioning is frank, and AKD gives his explanation for not raising the issue of Gota’s citizenship on nomination day for the Presidency.
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      Thanks, Professor Kumar David for the excellent discussion in this article.
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      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela. (NIC 483111444V)
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        Sinhala_Man,
        Thanks for the opportunity, given to me to view the video by AKDin Milan>
        I am totally in agreement and happy with what his responses and answers to various question raised by the parties, except the Tea Industry!!???
        JVP (Not NPP)is solely responsible from deactivating a corporate body, in existence since 1860, to move away their headquarters from Colombo to New Delhi, during Chandrika’s tenure of presidency, on a matter, not even “bargaining for a piece of toast”!!??
        Whether the piece of Chicken included in the FREE meal as part of the worker package, was 125, 150 or 149 gms!!!
        It was not the making of AKD therefore not personally responsible, but the Thakkadiyas Weerasangili Wimal W!!!??? It was JVP nevertheless and an apology forthcoming would be welcome, even though belated to heal the “rupture”!!!??
        Wish them (JVP/NPP) well in their endeavours and hopefully success too in their future endeavours at Governing!!
        Seems to be signs of future success, perhaps well-deserved too!!!

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          Mahila,
          It’s interesting that AKD is aware that the Damro group is very successful in Tamilnadu and Kerala. Most of our politicians are ignorant about this, perhaps because the owner of Damro keeps to himself and doesn’t make a song and dance, unlike some casino owners who want to be the Finance Minister.

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            AKD seems to know a lot about greenhouses, what ails our agriculture, etc. He doesn’t suffer from illusions about our 2500 year old agricultural expertise.
            OK, Sinhala Man, I am impressed. I will grant that AKD is the second most knowledgeable politician in the island. Second only to you-know-who.

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          Dear Mahila,
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          I’m glad that you listened and that it cleared the air for you.
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          There was a god deal of echo in that recording, wasn’t there? There seems to be much less of that in this recording, which may have been from a different microphone:
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB94MTSAvOo
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          This is only the question and answer session. It had been given before I posted the full two plus hours by “leelagemalli” on this same page; I saw it only later.
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          It was said that “a prophet is not without honour, except in his own country”. Given the present situation in the country, I think that I’d say that I hail him as a hero already, but I certainly don’t “worship” him!
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          There are so many of these recordings that it is sometimes confusing. I’ll look at what is said about the tea industry, after we recover from the next power cut. I live in “tea country”, and I used to visit as estate schools more than was strictly necessary, because that is where the need is greatest. Not knowing Tamil was not a great handicap since most Tamil speakers also know Sinhalese. But we should never attempt to force Sinhalese on Tamils, especially where there’s no benefit to the learner.

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    The National question is not a mere Sinhalese-Tamils issue.
    There are three Tamil speaking minority nationalities. The FP tried lumping them together, but addressed only the issues of a section of one of the three nationalities.
    History, geography and cultural factors besides betrayal by NE Tamil leaders has ensured that the Hill country Tamils are for all purposes a distinct nationality.
    Only a third of the Muslims live among Tamils and they have rejected a Tamil identity in stages since early 20th Century.
    The HCT & Muslim national issues have never been addressed by any formulae proposed by Tamil nationalists since 1949.
    *
    As for the JVP, it was born as a parochial Sinhala nationalist faction, with Rohana Wijeweera participating in the disgraceful January 1966 demonstration organized by the SLFP-LSSP-CP(Moscow) alliance then in opposition, and getting dismissed from the ‘Prking Wing’ CP.
    In 1970-71 it spoke of closing down tea plantations and planting manioc and sending the plantation workers to India.
    In 1987-89 it was blatantly anti-Tamil and has since rejected any form of devolution nmore vehemently that the UNP or SLFP or their offshoots.
    It joined hands with the JHU to defeat the PTOMS for tsunami relief, and to split the N-E provincial council.

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      Absolutely agree, SJ.
      And, by the way, there was an article in the last Sunday Morning about the plight of the estate community:
      “Worst-Affected Amidst the Crisis”. See
      https://www.themorning.lk/articles/weHmAg52wIUjRVGYLkSD

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      SJ,
      “In 1987-89 it was blatantly anti-Tamil and has since rejected any form of devolution nmore vehemently that the UNP or SLFP or their offshoots.
      It joined hands with the JHU to defeat the PTOMS for tsunami relief, and to split the N-E provincial council.”
      It seems you are set to offend not only the LTTE supporters, but also those who promote the JVP as a viable alternative.

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        OC
        When have I not upset people by making a valid comment.
        It is a hazard of life one learns to live with or die of.

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          “When have I not upset people by making a valid comment.”

          Valid comment?
          Or perhaps self inflicted myopia?

          “It is a hazard of life one learns to live with or die of.”

          Self-harm or perhaps masochism, the belief that pain is a liberating force.

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            The rambling goes on unhindered.
            NV, search outside the room.
            Wish you an early recovery.
            Take care. Go to bed early and sleep well.

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              Chiv

              You didn’t believe me.
              Now see this man has done it again.

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                Take care, go to bed early and sleep well.
                And avoid quacks at any cost.

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      Well said SJ.

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        Svenson

        “Well said SJ.”

        Bulls**t.

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          Now you are signing as “Bulls**t”
          Just relax.
          You should believe that you are going to be better.
          Take care and GWS.

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    The core National problem since 1948 is associated with explotation of Buddhism by the major National Political parties/leaders (UNP) along with racism. Unfortunately, the so called Leftists who are supposed to be the The formation of the SLFP from UNP by SWRD Banda incorporated the racism through Language and Buddhism. Later the so called leftists also fallen into the mask of Buddhist Fundamentalism and racism to form the Sinhala Buddhist philosophy. The power of the numbers of Buddhist Sinhala philosophy (majority) dominated politics which day by day destroyed the rule of law and judiciary ignored the exponential growth of corruption from top to bottom from all corners and finally reached to bankgruptcy status. Even now we want to keep the corruption to continue ignoring the need of the rule of law and judiciary to find a way by cheating and dividing the people in the name of race and religion.

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    Further to my comment on 11-12-22: Referred to “20”. Its heading is “Political Reforms”. Read the fol:

    * ” A strong parliament with Cabinet accountable to Parliament instead of an Executive Presidency where power is arbitrarily concentrated in one person.
    * ” A President elected by Parliament as the Head of the State and Armed Forces.
    * ” A System of Government led by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, following the principle of check and balance among Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

    PEOPLES’ REPRESENTATIVES: * Abolish Special Privileges granted to elected Representatives.
    * Ensure the right of the citizens to access information about the Assets and Qualifications of those elected as Public Representatives and the Right of the citizens to challenge false information.
    * Constitutional Reforms to include the Right to RECALL Peoples Representatives.
    * A pool of Public Vehicles for MPs and other means to encourage sharing of Resouces.
    CONTINUED…….

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    Part 2: Section 21: SRI LANKA NATION: * ” To introduce a new System of Governance that decentralizes political and administrative power based on Democracy, Equal Representation, and participation, affirming the Sri Lankan Identity of all Nationalities in the country and to make the Provincial Councils formal and efficient Institutions.
    * ” A Commission with powers to prevent discrimination against any individual or social group based on Nationality, Religion, Caste, Language, Gender, or Sexuality”
    * ” Steps to acknowledge Cultural Differences between different communities and to promote coexistence within this cultural diversity.

    Any observations? Thank you.

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      Simon

      Thanks

      “Steps to acknowledge Cultural Differences between different communities and to promote coexistence within this cultural diversity.”

      You are talking about “UNITY IN DIVERSITY”.
      We we should welcome your idea of Sri Lanka
      subject to the following concerns:

      The hidden agenda of “Presidential Task Force to protect archaeological sites in the Eastern Province? “

      Purpose of President Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s 13-member “One Country, One Law” task force?

      Every politician pledges loyalty to Sinhala/Buddhist country. How and when did this island become Sinha;a/Buddhist country?

      Where is the mechanism to prevent the stupid racists being elected to top offices and parliament?

      How would change the idea that just by being majority they could do anything irrespective of hurting minority community?

      ….
      ….
      This is only a warn up session I have another million and one quarries.

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        Dear NV: Thanks. Yes, “UNITY IN DIVERSITY” is the “GODLY ANSWER”. To get to that “Unity” one must know, “God is Life” and that “Life” is his/her own. In Ancient Mysteries (though some discard it as “Mystery) it has been revealed that all are about God “WITHIN” you……. “Man” as God and not “Man” as a powerless Sinner. So “Unity in Diversity” is a possibility and achievable, provided we are “Godly”.

        In my advocacy, there is no “Minority” or “Majority”. The only principle to follow is KNOW, LOVE, and RESPECT. That is the way to solve any problem.

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    Strange the JVP has a virulent anti-Thamizh history, primarily made up of Chingkallams who belong to communities or castes, with a recent South Indian Thamizh immigrant origin. Recently Chingkalised descendants of predominantly low or backward Thamizh castes, who were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch colonials, from then Thamizh Kerala and Thamizh Nadu and settled along the western and southern littorals and in the huge southern spice estates to work as indentured or slave labour or to do menial service. These people now makeup around half the present-day Chingkallams and ironically are the biggest anti-Thamizh, Chingkalla Buddhist Fascism, and the fake Aryan origin for the Chingkallams and for a pure Chingkalla Buddhist state. They espouse socialism but in reality practice Chingkalla Buddhist racism/Fascism. Ironically it was discrimination by the Chingkalla upper castes and denial of meaningful employment and opportunities, that gave birth to the JVP but now in the name of Chingkalla Buddhist extremism and Fascism, they want to deny these rights to the island’s Thamihz, especially to the indigenous Thamizh from the north and east, who have an ancient history on the island and have had their own homeland.

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      Strange that they hate the estate Thamizh, stating that they do not belong when the ancestors of most of the JVP members and the estate Thamizh, are of recent South Indian Thamizh origin and primarily belong to the same communities and castes from Thamzh Nadu. The only difference is one lot arrived a few centuries ago and has now converted to a Chingkalla identity, whilst the other has retained their Thamizh Hindu identity. Maybe resenting them for this. As for the Muslims rejecting/denying their Thamizh identity what a joke. They can reject and deny as much as they like for perceived political and economic benefits but the stubborn truth is they are of Immigrant South Indian Thamizh descent and whatever other origins are only minuscule, however much they want to blow it up and highlight it. Yes hate and reject their Thamizh identity but want everything from the Thamizh and always come to the island’s Thamzh when they need help or refuge. Migrated to the then Thamizh Northwest coast when they fled South India, then to the Thamizh east, fleeing the Portuguese and then the Chingkallams, when no one else wanted them, go to the west and claim refuge and asylum claiming they are ethnic Thamizh not as Muslim or Arab.

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        72% of them live amongst the Chingkallams and only 28% live amongst the Thamizh but only want exclusive Islamic homelands and enclaves in Thamizh areas, and will never dare demand one in the Chingkalla areas, as they know what the reaction will be. They think the Thamizh are weak. so can dispossess and steal land from them. Of course, the JVP loves them because the island’s Muslims denied rejected their actual Thamizh identity for political convenience and connived with the Chingkallams to discriminate, and commit Structural genocide and war crimes on the island’s Thamizh, especially in the east, where they arrived as refugees claiming to the Thamizh, with the intention of ultimately taking over ancient Thamizh Hindu lands in the east. You scratch my back and I yours and the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

        Of course, there is a difference in the history, culture and language of the native indigenous Thamizh from the north and east and the estate Thamizh from the central parts of the country, despite sharing a common ethnicity and religion. Just like the history or origins of the Anglo-Saxons or English-speaking European people from the UK, Australia, USA or Canada. This cannot be denied but this does not mean these, downtrodden estate Thamizh should be discriminated against or denied their just rights by anyone, especially the Sri Lankan state.

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    PART ONE
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    To absolutely forget race is desirable, but very difficult. Professor Kumar David is one of those to whom it doesn’t personally matter. Yet, he knows that it is a factor.
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    I’ve always leaned over backwards to counter racism.
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    When the 1971 insurrection took place, the leadership of the JVP used racism, but many grass-roots members were idealistic, and free of such considerations. I was a teacher in Kandegedera MV, and I realised how pervasive racism was among most Sinhalese. Minorities are always conscious of their plight.
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    Now that I’ve begun to support the NPP, I feel that its supporters are less racist than average Sinhalese. However, the grass-roots supporters tend to be nostalgic about what I consider to be the “nasty old Soviet Empire”. They tend to regard Gorbachev as a man who let down the side, and may not realise how nasty Putin is. They even may not even know that he is strongly anti- Marxist.

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    PART TWO
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    One problem that is felt at grass-roots is the paucity of Tamil orators, and so most supporters are Sinhalese speakers. English is not now a problem, however abysmal the knowledge at village level. Among the National Level leaders, Tamils appear to have only Saroja Paul-Raj, whose Sinhalese also is perfect, and I think that she knows English. A young woman destined to go a long way. Other Tamil speakers must join and make a difference.
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    I can find no fault whatever in AKD; it may be unfortunate that all his public speaking is in Sinhalese, but there he’s brilliant. I have heard Vijitha Herath speak English, somewhat clumsily. Many of us, I’m ashamed to confess it, used to smile knowingly when Rohana Wijeweera used to speak, but there is no easy solution. On the other hand, it isn’t a major problem.
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    From the non-JVP Sections of the NPP have come lots of fluent English speakers. But Tamil remains a problem. However, I’d like to emphasise that attitudes towards “Tamils” and “Muslims” is not a problem. Kumar is quite right to draw attention to this issue.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (Zero knowledge of Tamil)

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