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The Lotus Bud, Sampanthan & His Eelam Bud

By Rajeewa Jayaweera

Rajeewa Jayaweera

The speech by Leader of Opposition and leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan (RS) in Parliament on February 19, contains assertions lacking in conviction and credibility.

There are those who believes, he and his TNA group to be moderates. Hence the need for his recent lament to be taken seriously given the fact, electoral gains by the more radical TPNF, EPRLF and Wigneswaran combine, in the last LG elections was at the expense of the TNA vote base.

Summarizing percentages of total votes received by respective political parties in recent LG polls, RS opines 44.69% polled by SLPP amounts to almost 2% less than 45.99% secured by UPFA/UNP combine. He further claims, 55.31% voted against SLPP if votes received by JVP (6.26%) and TNA (3.06%) was included. It is indeed a strange theory. It would have been acceptable had all these parties campaigned on a common agenda, a symbol and as an alliance. Let alone a UPFA/UNF alliance, even the UPFA, and SLFP could not contest under one banner in some councils.  In such a backdrop, a comparison of 44.69% of SLPP as against 55.31% of others has no merit what so ever.

RS has deceitfully left out the fact, a larger number of Tamils in the North collectively voted against TNA. For example, only 35%  in the Jaffna District voted for TNA whilst 65% voted against. It was no different in Killlinochchi and Mullaitivu where 53% and 58% voted against TNA respectively.    

As matters stand, SLPP has emerged as the party with the single highest vote block in the LG elections, for whatever the reasons. To quote Sampanthan’s own words, “The people have delivered a verdict, and, in a democracy, the people’s verdict must be respected.” 

RS then claimed, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) failed to obtain 50% of the vote in the 2015 Presidential, 2015 Parliamentary 2018 LG elections. He needs to explain his reasons for the comparison of a Presidential election which is necessarily a two-horse race with Parliamentary and LG elections held on party lines involving hundreds if not thousands of candidates. RS has suffered a memory lapse in that, MR did secure 50.2% in the 2005 Presidential election when he and his party, as proxies of Velupillai Prabhakaran, advised the Tamil population in the North to vote for Prabhakaran’s preferred candidate MR. Rajapaksa also secured 57.9% in the 2010 Presidential election. The drop to 47.6% of the popular vote in the 2015 Presidential election was the price he paid for his regime’s rampant corruption, disregard for law & order, cronyism, nepotism, and family bandysm.

Sampanthan’s was a desperate call for the rejection of Rajapaksa’s message supposedly stated during election rallies, of the possibility of Tamil Eelam blooming after LG elections due to the framing of a new Constitution.

He then laboriously explained the various offers made by Sri Lankan leaders to resolve the national question since the enactment of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1987/88. He referred to President Premadasa’s Mangala Moonasinghe Select Committee proposals followed by President Kumaratunga’s (CBK) Constitutional Proposals in 2000 and finally MR’s offer of “maximum possible devolution” during the inaugural meeting of the All Party Representatives Committee (APRC), and Experts Committee reports besides the Tissa Vitharana Committee report. He also referred to the transformation of the current parliament to a Constitutional Assembly to frame a new Constitution which included those of the Joint Opposition who did not object at the time.

During the speech, he freely admitted, proposals of all former Presidents went beyond the Thirteenth Amendment.   

It must be borne in mind, RS and his TNA followers remained loyal to Prabhakaran’s terrorist agenda till the final hour, unlike the likes of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan aka Col. Karuna Amman who renounced terrorism several years before the defeat of LTTE and TULF leader V Anandasangree who has consistently rejected terrorism. 

Soon after the formation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by RS in 2001, he declared LTTE as the sole representative of Sri Lankan Tamils and in fact, became Prabhakaran’s mouthpiece inside the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

TNA actively encouraged Tamils in the North to vote for Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005 thus paving the way for the result desired by Prabhakaran. MR ascended to the presidency with a slim majority of 180,786 votes.

Today is not about the lotus bud, MR and his attempts to stir up the Eelam boogey. It is about Sampanthan, his Eelam bud and the periodic outbursts of “a political solution within the framework of an undivided indivisible, single country,” the top hit in the TNA pop chart after May 19, 2009. 

Since 2009, RS and the TNA have been obsequiously groveling before visiting foreign leaders and seeking their intervention, often huddled inside foreign embassies, unworthy of his position as Leader of Opposition.   

However, they did not even once seek the assistance of foreign leaders or governments to convince Prabhakaran to accept peace offers from different Sri Lankan Heads of State. 

What did RS and others in TNA do about CBK’s offer to hand over the North and East to LTTE Supremo Prabhakaran for ten years without the need for any elections and of MR’s offer which in his own words, “went beyond the Thirteenth Amendment?” Why were they not accepted, and the death and destruction taking place brought to an end?

What were the efforts made by these Tamil leaders to save nearly 300,000 Tamil civilian human shields held hostage by LTTE during the tail end of the conflict, and were finally rescued by the Sri Lankan armed forces? 

Finally, did RS, who was an MP continuously since 2001 even once make a declaration in Parliament calling for “a political solution within the framework of an undivided indivisible, single country” before May 19, 2009, the day Eelam bud was ‘nipped in the bud’ (pun intended).? If not, why not?

Can we have some answers?

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    UNHCR meeting is coming. TNA has to give some thing to their donators that is the GTF, BTF who got panic about throat cutting gesture. So, Sambanthan talk about a Eelam bud. Was that before the elelction or after that. Anyway, all these have beome stand up comedy now.

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    Dear Rajeewa it has been told to you several times that the decision to create Ealam depends solely on India, which does not seem to have been penetrated into your bigoted mind. At present India will never allow the creation of Ealam and whatever anyone tries will not succeed. However at any later date, due to intransigence of Sinhalese to arrive at a fair solution with Tamils by sharing power and territory equitably, and continue to burden Tamils with injustice and harassment, then India may decide enough is enough and establish Ealam. At that stage whatever anyone tries will not succeed. It is increasingly becoming clear to international community that it is intransigence of Sinhalese that is causing any progress towards reconciliation and restorative justice. This government may be given leverage to delay the process but that may not be for long. Therefore without finding fault with Tamils, arrive at a solution according to international norms, if not the country may have to face ignominy of a forced solution being imposed, like what happened in 1987.

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      Dear Gnana
      Instead of venting your standard diatribe, why don’t you respond to the core issue i.e. why did Sampanthan not convince his ‘leader’ to accept any of the peace proposals of three Heads of State, all of which he termed “went beyond the 13th Amendment” – especially that of CBK?
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      Speaking of bigoted minds, take another look at your contributions to this forum during last one year for a better understanding of the term
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      Get real. This is not 1987. It is 2018. There are limits of what India can do, can not do, will do and will not do. For details, follow developments in the Maldives.

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        Rajeewa
        I think it is futile trying to convince Sakkara who is blinded by racial prejudice. This is the man who claimed on this site that there are 4000 Hindu temples buried in Anuradhapura!
        An absolute bigot!

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          Percy the stupid, do not try to distort facts as I never claimed anything like that. There was ceremony held recently in Colombo Tamil Sangam where a book was released, in which the author has claimed that there are remains of over 100 Hindu temples and over 400 Tamil villages lying buried around Anuradhapura. If the government says that it is not so, they must arrest the author or else they must permit Tamil Archaeologists to carry out excavations to expose them. Do not be racist and allow truth about ancient Sri Lanka to be brought to light.

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            Sakkara you stupid idiot. You are a bloody liar as well.look up your past posts and you will find that you claimed 400 villages built under Anuradhapura. Just because some racist Tamil claims that do you think that the govt is going to excavate. Tamil archaeologists ? They will say that there were 100s of Hindu temples under Colombo as well. Archaeologists like Parker, HCP bell, Paranavitana have never ever even hinted at such an outrageous claim concocted by an unnamed author and propagated by Sakkara the stupid. The whole story about a Colombo Tamil Sangam is a bloody lie manufactured by Sakkara who is gaining a notoriety for his communalism.

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              Percy do not display your ignorance due to your racist mind set.. If somebody has claimed something he must be allowed to prove it. Since this has been published in a book, there may be proof for it. There is a challenge thrown at the government and racists like you. Accept the challenge without coming out with stupid reasons to deny it. Allowing only Sinhalese to do archaeological work and not Tamils amounts to racial discrimination. Archaeologists of old aged lived in a time when there were no modern equipment and technique. Now it is different and no one can tell lies or distort facts, like how Sinhala archaeologists did.

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        Rajeewa – I am sure you are following developments in Amapara .!!!!!!

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        Rajeewa Jayaweera

        “Get real. This is not 1987. It is 2018. There are limits of what India can do, can not do, will do and will not do. For details, follow developments in the Maldives.”

        All what I am told is India is 20 miles away from this island whereas China is only 3500 miles closer to this country.

        For any bigoted mind this does not make much difference.
        In 1971 and between 1987 and 1990 India was in worse conditions than now.
        With your uncontrollable itch for recycled typing don’t bring foreigners into this island to grope your women folks.

        Remember immediately after the war had ended even the National Hangman and his brother told media that without Hindia they would not have won the war.

        If I were you I will tuck my bogus pride between by legs and say sorry to those who knew much about Geo-politics, International relation, Bilateral relation, Dependent economy, Strategic Partnership, …..

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        Rajiva,
        “Get real. This is not 1987. It is 2018. There are limits of what India can do, can not do, will do and will not do”
        Well, maybe India is not interested in Eelam. But it just might decide to swallow the whole country. Personally, I believe being a state (or two ) in the Indian Union would not be such a bad thing. For starters, we wouldn’t need to support a white elephant of Sri Lankan Airlines.
        Given our past record, I believe all the loud patriots will disappear underground and reappear with fashionable Indian names.

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          oldcodger

          VP is not there to protect the bogus sovereignty of this island. This around the women folks should allow the card board heroes to hide behind them instead push to the front, …………. Do you think Rajiva, Dayan, Wimal, Rajeewa, Gnanasara, Gota, …….. will have enough room in Sambandan’s amude to hide from the Hindian IPKF mark II?

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        Rajeewa I will reply to you in detail later, but what happened to your diatribe about the antics of Lord Naseby, where he has been showed the door by EU. Also you were conspicuously silent about the expulsion of the criminal army man from UK, where other Sinhala bigots jumped up and down to defend him and treat him as a hero.

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        Dear Rajeewa, yes it is not 1897 but 2018, but geopolitical situation round Sri Lanka remains the same. In sporting term, game is still on but players have changed sides. In 1987 it was India and Russia on one side against USA and west with China as an observer. Now it is India, USA and West on one side against China with Russia as an observer. You are unable to grasp this reality in an intelligent manner. You ask why Sampanthan could not convince Prabaharan to accept any of the peace proposals. If Balasingham could not convince Prabaharan to accept 2002 accord, how can you expect anyone else could do that. You are making such foolish statements knowing very well that all decisions were made by Prabaharan only. You are talking of developments in the Maldives, where the ex-President called for military intervention by India to get the regime ousted. India does not gain anything by intervening as unlike Sri Lanka, Maldives cannot do much to destabilise India. Further do you know about the meeting Modi had with Trump, where trump had advised Modi not to get in. I am sure USA has better plan for Maldives arming dissidents and sending Maldives into flames like other Muslim countries. In 1987, there was only Bangladesh which had became independent, while now several countries which faced similar problem like in Sri Lanka where minorities had been subjected to discrimination and violence have either become independent or received wide scale autonomy. If you think that India is powerless, why should President, PM, Foreign minister and Navy commander take trouble to assure India that nothing inimical to its interest will be permitted to take place in Hambantota harbour leased out to China for 99 years. Why is China worried that if MR comes back to power he may cancel that lease. When in 1987, USA let down Sri Lanka faced with Indian threat, do you expect China which is less powerful and have not much resources to counter India in the southern front, will not do so.

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      Dr. Gnanan,

      If India tried to create a Eelam then it will be the end of current India as we know of. However, you writing seems to be threat to Sinhalese which can be summaries as “Give what we want or face the wrath of our big brother”. So it is wise of you to know that intimidation will not work on us. Tell India to do as they pleased. We Sinhalese won’t give Eelam on a silver platter.

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        Shenali
        _
        Listen:

        “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth” – The Awakened One, the Buddha.

        I just want to add one more.
        Four things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, the truth and your stupidity.

        Well read the following and learn:

        Swami Vivekananda told this story at the Parliament of the World’s Religions on 15 September 1893. It was his second lecture at the Parliament. He told—[Source]
        I will tell you a little story. You have heard the eloquent speaker who has just finished say, “Let us cease from abusing each other,” and he was very sorry that there should be always so much variance.

        Continued:

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          Old codger
          India to swallow the whole country.?Why won’t it swallow Kashmir first?

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            Percy,
            “Why won’t it swallow Kashmir first?”
            It has, my dear. But it is currently having indigestion (and has the staying power to get over it).
            But do you think our laid-back people will resist for 70 years? And resist for what? Don’t we want cheap sarees/parippu/onions/cars/ gardeners/ doctors/ and a rupee 3 times its present value? It is getting expensive for us poor Sri Lankans even in India.

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        Continued

        Shenali

        But I think I should tell you a story which would illustrate the cause of this variance. A frog lived in a well. It had lived there for a long time. It was born there and brought up there, and yet was a little, small frog. Of course the evolutionists were not there then to tell us whether the frog lost its eyes or not, but, for our story’s sake, we must take it for granted that it had its eyes, and that it every day cleansed the water of all the worms and bacilli that lived in it with an energy that would do credit to our modern bacteriologists. In this way it went on and became a little sleek and fat. Well, one day another frog that lived in the sea came and fell into the well.

        “Where are you from?”

        “I am from the sea.”

        “The sea! How big is that? Is it as big as my well?” and he took a leap from one side of the well to the other.

        “My friend,” said the frog of the sea, “how do you compare the sea with your little well?”

        Then the frog took another leap and asked, “Is your sea so big?”

        “What nonsense you speak, to compare the sea with your well!”

        “Well, then,” said the frog of the well, “nothing can be bigger than my well; there can be nothing bigger than this; this fellow is a liar, so turn him out.”

        That has been the difficulty all the while.
        Addresses at The Parliament of Religions
        15 September 1893

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        Shenali, neither did Pakistan did give Bangladesh on a silver platter, Indonesia give East Timor on a silver platter, Yugoslavia give Bosnia on a silver platter nor Sudan give South Sudan on a silver platter. The same rule applies to Sri Lanka, if Sinhalese refuse to accommodate Tamil demand of autonomy within undivided Sri Lanka. Please come out of your bigoted mind and approach the problem rationally.

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            Percy

            Brilliant.
            Thanks for keeping it brief

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    I am wondering if you are a Sri Lankan living in Sri Lanka and looking for the Country to regain the lost integrity and happily engage in development as in India, Singapore and other peaceful multinational Countries? You are a bad egg capable of disrupting the Country going forward even after a lapse of 2 years of good Governess. The top Leaders need to take care all the expertise, Journalism, Academicians, and executives see to the development in order for the future generations be friendly with the world order and be happier than you are.

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      Richard
      Agree with you there was a two year lapse in good government,but more accurately it is 3 years.The past 3 years was riddled with corruption and lack of good leadership.

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    Today, TNA and its leaders are a spent force among the Tamils in Sri Lanka. They keep holding to power thanks to the UNP and diaspora Tamils, who influence the local Tamils through various bribes including moneytary assistance to their families. This deceptive team is trying their best to pretend they are the majority representatives in the North and the East. When you look at the electoral map of LG polls Mahinda’s Lotus bud has gradually and systematically crept into these so called Tamil only areas. What does it mean? Tamils have realized the importance of being One Nation One Country under a national leadership. Sri Lankans believe that there are still a lot of Kadiragamars among Tamils, and it is their time to come forward and serve the Nation!

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      RP

      I am unable to grasp your typing. Please re type in entirety in lucid English, Tamil or Sinhala.
      Thanks and Rest in Peace (RP).

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    Rajeeva,

    You are trying to ignore the period before 1984 which lead to the call for Eelam. It was Sinhala Buddhist terrorism that lead to Eelam demand. The recent attack attack on Muslims with the decorated lies by Buddhist Sinhalese fundamentalists clearly illustrate that minority communities not safe in Srilanka. You, Dayan and Mahinda speak the same language and the same tactics to bloodbath of minorities. The whole world is now understand how Buddhist Fundamentalist terrorism treate minorities in Srilanka and Myanmar. You want another bloodbath of minorities in this soil. As the UNHRC chairman pointed out every ten years you want to take blood of minorities in this island. In 2009, you massacred 40,000 innocent Tamils and now you want to double it including Muslims. The reality is Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism never stop its violence unless a super power put a stop to this cruel behaviour.

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    TNA has said in parliament several times that they accept “a political solution within the framework of an undivided indivisible, single country”.
    The Rajeewa gripe is “They did not say this before 19 May 2009”. Do you mean that the way out is a military solution?
    Rajeewa savours the success of SLPP at the LG polls. How much of this success is due to the resurrection of language/religion-divide?
    Does it worry you that others too may pick this up?

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      K.Pillai

      If I am not mistaken Rajeewa Jayaweera’s father Stanley Jayaweera was a diplomat attached to Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka, Madras in the 1960’s. He was then a deputy high commissioner who was close to then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu K Kamaraj.

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        If I am not mistaken, Stanley Jayaweera was government agent Jaffna when the famous satyagraha took place. When stayagrahis blockaded the entrance to Jaffna kachcheri, Stanley Jayaweera was lifted by police personnel and sent over the wall but unfortunately as there was no one to hold him he fell on the ground. In his later years he had realised his sins to Tamils and has become a born again Christian and as God fearing is doing a good job. I suggest Rajeewa also converts to Christianity.

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          Dear Gnana
          GA Jaffna during satyagraha was Neville Jayaweera, author of ‘Vavuniya Diaries’. Have you already forgotten the comments you made ??? Slipping up are we!

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            Rajeewa Jayaweera

            Excerpt from:
            Into the turbulence of Jaffna
            (a chapter extracted from the author’s unpublished memoirs, titled “Dilemmas”)by Neville Jayaweera

            The story of my immersion in the turbulence of Jaffna actually begins in Badulla, in July 1963. In April of that year I had completed three gruelling years as the General Manager of the Gal Oya Dev.Board and had asked for a posting where I could catch my breath, so to say, and recuperate. The Sec. to the Treasury obliged by sending me as Government Agent (G.A.) of Badulla, where I had served as Assistant (AGA) few years earlier and where Trixie my wife, and I, quickly settled down to a more leisurely and spacious life, working amidst the welcoming and verdant villages of the Uva province.
            http://www.island.lk/2008/10/05/features2.html

            The Satyagraha took place in April 1961 two years before his assignment Into the turbulence of Jaffna.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

          According to new items from archives the Satyagraha took place in April 1961 where as Stanley Jayaweera was serving in Madras as the deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka. Through out his carrier he served as professional diplomat.

          His brother Neville Jayaweera was sent to Jaffna in July 1963.

          Rajeewa could confirm the above.

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            Native / Gnana
            The point I was trying to make was, it was Neville J and not Stanley J who had been GA Jaffna as stated by Gnana.
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            I made a mistake between Satyagraha in 1961 and the Hartal organized by SJV and GG Ponna sometime in 1963 after NJ assumed duties supposedly to protest the Sinhala Only act he was sent to implement.
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            FYI SJV and Ponna with a crowd marched on the Kutcheri. They turned unruly. SP van Sanden wanted to disperse them. NJ disagreed, went out and invited a small delegation into the Kutcheri for a discussion. He assisted SJV up the stairs.
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            The delegation demanded the meeting to be held in Tamil as they spoke no Sinhala. NJ declined as Sinhala was the official language and he spoke no Tamil. He proposed a compromise – hold the discussion in English which was readily agreed and discussion went on smoothly thereafter.
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            From that date, NJ had the most cordial of relations with SJV and Ponna. No further protest marches took place during his watch till they protested his transfer to Trinco by UNP government, in April 1965.
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            Most newspapers including Tamil papers carried photos of young NJ, the all-powerful GA holding a frail SJV by his arm and assisting him up the stairs. It helped a lot to defuse tension. Ordinary Tamil people deeply appreciated the gesture.
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            To invite a small delegation into the Kutcheri rather than baton charging was a brilliant move on NJ’s part.
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            During his stint, NJ unofficially permitted the use of Tamil language in the Kutcheri. You will find it somewhere in ‘Dilemmas’.

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    K.Pillai

    If I am not mistaken Rajeewa Jayaweera’s father Stanley Jayaweera was a diplomat attached to Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka, Madras in the 1960’s. He was then a deputy high commissioner who was close to then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu K Kamaraj.

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      K.Pillai,
      So what?
      Did Kamaraj do anything to frighten the Junior Jayaweera?
      Why cut the story short?
      It will be helpful to get an insight of Rajeew’s mental make up.

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        Uthungan

        It was I who mentioned Kamaraj not K Pillai. When are you planning to visit your optician?

        The point that I was making was that the father of Rajiva was a rounded person and a seasoned diplomat with integrity.

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    Uthungan

    It was I who mentioned Kamaraj not K Pillai. When are you planning to visit your optician?

    The point that I was trying to make was that the father of Rajiva was a rounded person and a seasoned diplomat with integrity.

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