24 June, 2017

The LTTE Overseas Network: A Bunch Of Sadistic Idiots

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas

The following is a commentary on an article written by DBS Jeyaraj in which he exposes the overseas LTTE network’s plot to assassinate TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran in two instances: December 12th of 2016 and January 13th of 2017. The plot to assassinate Sumanthiran, however, did not succeed or materialize due to certain unforeseeable circumstances.

Sumanthiran

Never forget, the LTTE overseas network is still alive and well. Had the LTTE succeeded in killing Sumanthiran, it would have unleashed a full restoration and strengthening of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The assassination would have resulted in greater military presence in the North. The assassination would have weakened the Tamil moderates and strengthened the Sinhala hardliners. Owing to the political climate in the aftermath of the assassination, it would have allowed the government to quickly sweep through constitutional reforms, almost without any opposition. All these outcomes are precisely what the LTTE overseas network wants! The LTTE network wants to reignite harsh government oppressive policies against Tamils, and Sumanthiran’s assassination may have resulted in the Sri Lankan government imposing such policies. The LTTE network can then turn to the Tamil diaspora and say, “look at the terror the GOSL is causing.” The LTTE diaspora network has the rationale that even the smallest sense of normalcy and peace in Sri Lanka between Tamils and Sinhalese is counterproductive to the goal of gaining a separate state!

Neelan

The LTTE overseas network, time and time again, is willing to reach their goal of a separate state even if it means carrying out actions which would result in the brutal oppression of Tamils, who are the same people the LTTE network claims to protect! The LTTE overseas network is nothing but a bunch of sadistic idiots!

This assassination plot, however, was partially foiled by an ex-LTTE member in the North who refused to carry out such an assassination, citing that if the assassination plot is carried out it would be detrimental to the wellbeing of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Subsequently, the ex-LTTE member reported the assassination plot to the Sri Lankan authorities. This is a reminder that an overwhelming majority of the ex-LTTE members are good and decent people who only want to live in peace.

January 31st is Neelan Tiruchelvam’s birthday. We must remember the virtues championed by Neelan Tiruchelvam, a man of integrity and peace. In Parliament, on June 15th 1999, Neelan Tiruchelvam said that we must “celebrate life”, we must be “fiercely committed to protecting and securing the sanctity of life, which is the most fundamental value without which all other rights and freedoms become meaningless…despite all the difficulties, there needs to be a concerted effort to develop a negotiating framework that can command the widest possible support. Such a negotiating framework must include at least minimal acceptance, by both sides, of the norms and standards relating to international human rights and a determination to restore peace, normalcy, civil society and democratic governance.” One month later, on July 29th 1999, Neelan Tiruchelvam would be assassinated.

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    Mila fing

    Studying Tamil at school properly is not enough to understand Thirukkural and other Tamil literature of thousands of years old. Tamil literature is a vast ocean and Thirukkural has a special place in the world Tamil community. Several scholars have written commentaries on Thirukkural and other literatures and each tasted its depth and richness differently. I am not a pandit or a scholar to give correct explanation. To my ability I have given what I could do.

    I believe you are a person with no knowledge of Tamils, their language and literature including Thirukkural. But I am satisfied that young Pitasanna would have understood the Thirukkural I have quoted. That is enough for me.

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      Why there is no such tamil literature in Sri Lanka? Why did not Sri Lanka contribute even a drop to so called ocean of tamil literature?

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        sach can you site one world renown Sinhala literature?

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          world reknown or not..the ocean of Sinhala literature was produced here. I am asking why did not Sri Lanka ever contribute to this vast ocean of tamil literature? why not even a drop?

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            sachooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

            “world reknown or not..the ocean of Sinhala literature was produced here.”

            Of course you are right, copied from, Prakrit, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil, …… myth from North South India, …..

            “why not even a drop?”

            The last drop from your mother India which made this island.

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              N.V,
              Welcome back. Where were you?

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                old codger

                Thanks for your concern.

                I was grounded by my Elders for wasting my time with sach, Nuisance, somass, jimy, Gunaratnam, …. KASmaalam, ….

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              Prakrit is a script.
              Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil are languages. How does literature copy from a language? Do you understand the BASIC difference between a literature and a language?

              And again why did not Sri Lanka ever contributed towards the vast ocean of tamil literature? WHY? Cant a single Tamil give a decent answer to this question?

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          Rajash that is a tough question for Sach as he studied Chandramama (Ambulimama) in his hut in Hambantota. He does not know what literature means.

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            isnt it easy for you to name tamil literature produced in SL to contribute the vast ocean of Tamil literature instead of attempting to mudsling?

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        There is original Tamil literature from Srilanka. Unfortunately it is of low standard similar to Sinhala literature, when compared to high standard of Tamil literature from Tamil Nadu.

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          I am not asking about any standards. I am asking abt quantity. Where is so called original tamil literature? There is NONE right?

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            …… and while we, all of us understand what you are asking perfectly well..,

            we choose ignore your question and not answer you because.. well, that way we can have a good old moan about Sri Lanka in general and Sinhalas in particular

            :)

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              maalumiris

              When did the stupid racist sach ever answer our questions?

              “we choose ignore your question and not answer you because.. well, that way we can have a good old moan about Sri Lanka in general and Sinhalas in particular”

              Don’t you think you deserve it when you very often defend your fellow racists who sit on their brain?

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                I normally ignore this fake Vaddhas qns certainly because it is useless. But when it comes to history of SL i do answer them..

                So instead of trying to hide from the qn..just answer..when neighboring TN created a vast ocean of Tamil literature why could not SL tamils contribute even a drop?

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              Of course …it is good you understand why i ask this question. And guess what you have NO answer…

              No matter what Tamils scream about an Eelam, the whole eelam is a lie. Isnt it? You are living a lie. But you will be facing that reality time and time again.

              How do you answer this question when Tamil kids ask? What do you teach your Tamil kids as history?

              You are living a lie and you know that..that is why i say this is theft of Sinhala homeland.

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    The LTTE committed many blunders during the war. The foremost eliminating real and perceived enemies. Politicians and intellectuals were gun down like dogs. The killing of Neelan Tiruchelvam, a mild mannered intellectual was a big mistake. It antagonized US and the then president Bill Clinton. Both Clinton and Neelan knew each other when they were studying for law at Harvard University. The pity is Neelan thought rather foolishly that LTTE, notably Prabhakaran, will not kill him.It was a misplaced trust.

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      LTTE committed 30 years of mistake. FP committed 70 years of correctness. Who achieved what?

      Do you remember Ambassador Lunstead time America refused Visa for Sampanthar? That time Sampanthar was on terrorist watch list of America my dear friend.

      Is that Chandrika and Kathirgamar forced Robert Blake go against Tamils or is it Bush gave all support because to Old King because LTTE killed Neelan?

      You know better about Clintons?

      So why Hillary Clinton said LTTE, Kurdish rebels… are fighting for freedom and cannot be compared with middle East terrorist?

      Do know there are books and some ministers saying that America was trying to send a ship to save the LTTE leaders then Sonia blocked it?

      Do you one to write one single incident happened in the past correct? At the end it was ambassador Blake who took Old King to UNHRC.

      What happened to the 21 seats one TULF got? Because Neelan is dead, nobody standing on those electorates anymore? It’s that why now TNA has only 16.

      You yet have to written one sentence so far about Navatkuli Sinhala Colonization while 100,000 Tamils Nadu refugees have no place sleep in the night? What kind of shameful politics are you now?

      Are you feeling like you have to write something for the free arrack and biryani. Aren’t you?

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    Pitasanna,

    Any assassination attempts against Sumanthiran or other leaders deserves the strongest condemnation from all people, especially the suffering Tamils. There should be no quarter given to the politics of assassination among Tamils again.

    But if you are a serious journalist, you should verify the story using your own credible sources and base your reporting on it.

    The reason people take DBSJ’s articles at face value is that often he is the only prominent Tamil journalist still writing a column for English language newspapers in Colombo. ( Commentators like Mrs. Chandrahasan, Rajan Philips and Kumar David are not reporters). That means even if he becomes unwitting conduit for someone’s disinformation campaign, say as Shamindra Ferdinando of The Island was to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa during the MR regime, people will still believe what he says. That is not a good situation for the people.

    You and other journalists should cultivate your own sources and report on it, either verifying or challenging what DBSJ says.

    Moreover, I know DBSJ has his roots in the same Kaddaiveli church community of Vadamaradchi, where Sumanthiran’s family is from as well, even though his family later moved to Kudathanai and then to Colombo. So, I believe that the claim in some older Tamil media articles that DBSJ is an uncle of Sumanthiran is likely true. I think it would have been better for DBSJ to make public his relationship with Sumanthiran (assuming the relationship is indeed true). There is no harm in making it clear, and it will strengthen his reporting of facts as opposed to him giving his ‘opinions.’

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      Agnos,

      “But if you are a serious journalist, you should verify the story using your own credible sources and base your reporting on it.”

      Yes but how to do that? DBSJ is pretty much the only one having or claiming to have contacts with the security forces. I would very much like to see DBSJ naming his sources but this of course is unlikely.

      4 guys were picked up by the police on or about 14/01. They had a large amount of cannabis and explosives. They were remanded on or about 20/01 in Kili. Another guy was remanded and the 4 re-remanded two days ago in Kili. All of this without pictures and no reporters present in Kili? A bit unusual? Normally the police is more than happy to display 10 kg of ganja and explosives. Are the local reporters asleep, afraid or unable to take the A/C train to Kili?

      “Moreover, I know DBSJ has his roots in the same Kaddaiveli church community of Vadamaradchi, where Sumanthiran’s family is from as well, even though his family later moved to Kudathanai and then to Colombo.”

      Church of South India or something else?

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        Jeyaraja will not come here(CT).

        If Pitasanna is not publishing the PDFs Jeyaraj based his story, Jeyaraj and Pitasanna too writing what army wants and are unable to deny their association with army and its murderous plots by using ex-LTTE rehabilitated-s.

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        “Yes but how to do that? DBSJ is pretty much the only one having or claiming to have contacts with the security forces.”

        Other sources (e.g., those close to Sumanthiran, those close to the Diaspora elements who may be ex-LTTE, government servants and others) can corroborate or deny that something. With the war long over, other journalists in the North-East and Colombo can cultivate such sources.

        “Church of South India or something else?”

        I believe that it was a Methodist church, probably part of CSI. I don’t know much about the internal divisions within Christianity but it wasn’t a Catholic church.

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          Agnos,

          “With the war long over, other journalists in the North-East and Colombo can cultivate such sources.”

          What bothers me is that the northern and even Colombo based jornos apparently lack the contacts that DBSJ has or claims to have even after many years overseas.

          “I believe that it was a Methodist church, probably part of CSI.”

          They are Methodists and there is a Methodist church in Kaddaiveli.

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      >Moreover, I know DBSJ has his roots in the same
      >Kaddaiveli church community of Vadamaradchi,
      >where Sumanthiran’s family is from as well.
      >Mrs. Chandrahasan, Rajan Philips and
      >Kumar David are not reporters

      Finally Agnos and I agree on something.

      These Tamil Christian guys like DBSJ, Chandrahasan,
      SJV (Thantahai Chelva), Ranjani Thiranagama
      are all relatives and an opportunistic lot who
      will join the winning side. i.e. be anti LTTE
      and pro Sri Lankan govt.

      These Christians already have a history of
      being turncoats. They became Christians
      learnt English and joined the Colonial
      Administration.

      Ranjani Thiranagama was the the ultimate betrayer,
      she married a Sinhalese.

      SJV too if he had lived long enough would have
      become anti LTTE/violence and be assassinated
      by the LTTE.

      Who cares if the Chandrhasan’s work with
      refugees in India (OeFFer or something)
      for 30 years.

      What matters is that the Chandrhasan’s
      were anti LTTE and and know nothing
      of real Tamil aspirations. So cant report.

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        Where have I ever expressed any anti-Christian feelings toward the people I mentioned?

        But coming from a Breitbart-reading, Trump-loving punk and a nutjob like you, it is not surprising.

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    It is stupid to think some expatriate LTTE men plotted Sumanthiran’s murder. If the LTTE want to kill their enemies I can count about a hundred Srilankans who would have been targets because of their anti Tamil/anti Eelam stance.This is a ploy by the Army Intelligence unit to revive the LTTE ghost.

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      Ramesh,

      “If the LTTE want to kill their enemies I can count about a hundred Srilankans who would have been targets because of their anti Tamil/anti Eelam stance.”

      Why kill a nobody?

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      Ramesu

      “If the LTTE want to kill their enemies I can count about a hundred Srilankans who would have been targets because of their anti Tamil/anti Eelam stance.”

      If so why was it left to the Sri Lankan armed forces to kill VP.

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    Terrorism in any form and for any cause must be eliminated from the face of the earth !

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    saro.

    Your comment of Jan:31st 2017 @ 4.09 AM.is another dimension to this plot which needs attention.
    Frankly,in retrospect,it seems that there is much more to this plot than meets the eye,for the elimination of Sumanthiran.
    I was told that Sumanthiran is persona non grata with sections of the Tamil Diaspora.Probably,this section is the pro-LTTE section.
    The TNA LEADER SAMPANTHAN,is the only seasoned campaigner in the party but he is in his twilight days.As for the others in the TNA,apart from Sumanthiran the others do not reflect the standards[if that is the correct word!] of the old Federal Party.Besides,some of them are members of the Tamil Militant groups like the TELO & EPRLF.
    There is a new constitutional venture on the cards.It is reliably learnt that any CONCESSIONS? given to the Tamils will be opposed by the Military as well,this time around,apart from the usual extreme sections of the Sinhala polity.So,taking Sampanthan/Sumanthiran on board,right to the finish line is vital for the Govt:
    Thus,this so-called attempt could pass all scrutiny for justification.
    All this looks too good to be true.

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    We called Jeyarajah to come to CT. He stayed away. Tamil story tellers’ concoctions always paid though Vanni Tholikodi sin money. He stayed out of CT. It is pointless attempt to evaluate any claims from a journalist who refuse to accept independent comments.

    Before January 2015, the entire Lankan laptop Journalists team wrote only to justify Old King. Old Royals earned a name world’s fourth worst country for Journalists by killing all Tamil journalists. Jeyarajah & Pitasanna, then, were promoted as peacemaking people of Tamil community. It is such a case of these two journalist reliability.

    This essay, like Sampanthar broke in army barrier and Chavakacheri Suicide Jacket, is one sided. It purposefully ignores what the defense department, which investigates this case, has to say on this case. It is going ahead on its own theory of why LTTE would want to kill Sumanthiran, instead of taking a note on the Defense ministry’s communique which said rehabilitated rebels had nothing to do with this attempt. Author is inventing why LTTE would want to kill Sumanthiran, but rather not reporting of established facts of any source. Unlike in Lankawe, Sumanthiran makes his speeches within diaspora without protection.

    This child is such an ignorant failed to hide his association by ignoring department’s communique, but attempting to show Jeyarajah has better information.
    Author has stayed out from explaining why Kegalle Jayamanne committed suicide. Unlike he did here, he has not speculated on why Dilrushi was fired. Most famous murder attempt was on CV and Sampanthar, two months ago by some Sinhala Army LTTEs. A Sinhala army officer had warned CV. TNA asked to increase CV’s protection. Neither Pitasanne nor Jeyarajah has included that in their article. Why Patasana did not write a comment when Denish said the army may stage a coup?

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      Why would DBS Jeyaraj write articles for CT? He is an established journalist who has been in the field for decades before CT was even created. If you have factual/empirical information to debunk what DBS has asserted…then challenge him on it by publishing such empirical information. As far as DBS’ credibility goes, I can’t think of one instance where DBS Jeyaraj has been debunked on factual information he has written. DBS Jeyaraj is one of the most cited journalists as it pertains to the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict, in several books by both Tamils and Sinhalese and even in human rights reports. I can recall an instance where Human Rights Watch cited his information on sexual violence against Tamil women. Why many journalists do not publicly make their sources available is due to harm that may come from individuals by doing so. It is the role of the individual who is sceptic to publish empirical information debunking any claims made by DBS Jeyaraj. In turn, DBS Jeyaraj can respond to such assertions that is how critical dialogue occurs. This is what people successfully did, for example, with Rohan Gunaratna.. many of his publications on al-Qaeda were debunked by individual who put out empirical information refuting Gunaratna’s claims…subsequently Gunaratna made many retractions. If you can successfully provide empirical evidence refuting DBS Jeyaraj’s statements then I’m sure if it is correct, he will put out a retraction. The Sri Lankan government has already confirmed that the individuals being held were former LTTE cadres, and we know the names of the former LTTE cadres, if such a statement was not true, the Sri Lankan governmetn would have published out a statement debunking it… this defense communique you talk about is non-existent..there is no such communique. If there is such a communique, provide the source. But this touches on a wider point,in general, the LTTE and LTTE supporters have a long history of denying assassinations and assassination attempts committed by them… in the case of Rajiv Gandhi,Neelan Tiruchelvam, Appapllai Amirthalingam, Rajini Thiranagama, etc. so the fact that the LTTE supporters would deny this assassination attempt is indicative of how remorseless they are…the LTTE supporters need to learn how to take responsibility for their actions and the atrocities they have committed against their own people and then look at the atrocities committed by the other side

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        Young man Pitasanna, DBS J is a lier, read this CT article. He was exposed!

        Letter From A Colombo Telegraph Reader – A question For DBS Jeyaraj
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/letter-from-a-colombo-telegraph-reader-a-question-for-dbs-jeyaraj/

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        In one of your previous blog, I referred to you as a “forcibly recruited child journalist”.

        You have been forcibly recruited by the Sundaram’s and DBS’s to keep LTTE alive, so they can get mileage out of it.

        Mind you even anti LTTE’ers are want to keep LTTE alive for their own financial gain.

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          Rajash,

          “Mind you even anti LTTE’ers are want to keep LTTE alive for their own financial gain.”

          True

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        Unfortunately, my source is in Tamil. But I am sure this came out in English and Sinhala too. Most probably Hettiarachchi released this in Sinhala or English. Unlike you said, Hettiyarachi has said the concocted story was telling that non rehabilitated youth carried out this plan. Here he is denying the 4000 non Rehabilitated LTTE cadres or rehabilitated cadres were not involved in Sumanthiran murder attempt. You can see he is claiming that as per the defense ministry data’s, this is untrue and 2nd time he reiterated rehabilitated youths noninvolvement.
        Here we go: “பாதுகாப்பு தலைமையக்கதின் தரவுகளின் பிரகாரம் யுத்தம் முடிவுற்று 6 வருடங்களுக்கு மேலாகியும் தற்போதும் புனர்வாழ்வளிக்கப்படாத முன்னாள் விடுதலை புலிகள் அமைப்பின் உறுப்பினர்கள் 4000 பேர் உள்ளனர். அவர்களால் தான் மேற்படி தமிழ் பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களு்ககு எதிராக புலிகள் அமைப்பின் முன்னாள் உறுப்பினர்கள் கொலை அச்சுறுத்தல் விடுக்கின்றனர் என்று கூறப்படுகின்றது.ஆனால் அது உண்மைக்கு புறம்பான விடயம். அவ்வாறு வெளியாகும் கருத்துக்களையும் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ள முடியாது. புனர்வாழ்வளிக்கப்பட்ட விடுதலை புலிகள் இயக்கத்தின் உறுப்பினர்கள் இந்த விவகாரத்தில் தொடர்புடவில்லை என்பதே எமது நிலைப்பாடாகும்.”

        You though I am one liar like you. Now, are you put here the PDFs I asked and clear your name that you are not a party in this game or go ahead and show everybody who you are?

        I said DBS cannot write article not just to CT, but to any forums there comments are independent from forum. You may be new. But my elders told CT organizers are experienced journalists forced out of Lankawe. That means they are Dubious Jeyarajah’s nightmare.
        There can be thousand quoting of Dubious Jeyarajah’s writing. I give one quoting that will give the hint where all dubious writings are getting ready to go. Recently Brooklyn’s Federal court judge said he did not wanted to punish young LTTE chaps as now better information has reached America about the truth of the genocide war.

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        Exactly where HRW has used DBS’s quoting? When was it? Let us talk about it.

        Did you read Brian Seneviratne’s Book of Sexual Violence against Tamil women? Where is DBS in that? Do you know UNHRC has 6000 witnesses for it? Did DBS appear in front of it to report about sexual violence against Tamil women? Whom do you fool? As per UN, Lankawe army is one 22 in the world use rape as its weapon. Can you show me that you or DBS has shown it in your writings? You never use real facts in your writings!

        The Sri Lankan government has already confirmed that the individuals being held were former LTTE cadres, What does that means. Anybody convicted? Meaningless talk! Please stop that kind funny writings or elaborate it.

        ” in the case of Rajiv Gandhi,Neelan Tiruchelvam, Appapllai Amirthalingam, Rajini Thiranagama, etc. so the fact that the LTTE supporters would deny this assassination attempt is indicative of how remorseless they are…” If you are a real writer can you provide me that LTTE officially accepting or rejecting any of these accusation. You are not a writer; you are a comedian to write comics like that. You have no idea what takes place in the world.

        One time Rohan provided info to CIA. But Rohan foolishly wagged his tail against another powerful Tamil organization. But you and DBS are fooling around with poor people held as virtual prisoners by army. That is why you and Dubious are not yet challenged. When International Inquiry takes place all your writing will be trashed. Wait for an International inquiry.

        You try to interview Sampanthar like politicians. But that all are acting to show that you are balanced. But Tamils have to see any balanced-ness in you writing yet.

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          http://tinyurl.com/jba8rok

          That is HRW report in question, check the footnote on page 18 of the report they cited his information on sexual violence against Tamil women

          Once again, the burden of proof to prove that DBS is reporting false information is on the individual making the claim not on the journalist who has written the story, journalists have a right reveal their sources due to fear that harm may came to their sources. However, you do not have any empirical information to debunk DBS sources instead you just want to scream senseless gibberish.

          The statement you have quoted in Tamil claiming it is a defense communique is false. There was no information released officially by the defense secretary or the Sri Lankan government refuting that the four captured were ex-LTTE cadres. You won’t find a Sinhala statement or a PDF because no such information was released by the GOSl in fact we know the four were ex-LTTE cadres we even know their names as that has also been publicly released

          Let’s say for argument sake DBS made up the story. If he made up the story why did he do such a horrible job. He left a lot of holds in the story. For example, DBS clearly states that the EX LTTE cadres were not charged under the PTA but if he was a writer with a political agenda the first thing he would have done is falsely write that the four were charged under the PTA. In fact we know they weren’t charged under the PTA but instead were charged for carrying explosives and drugs as this has been publicly released information by the Sri Lankan government. Another doubt if DBS was making up this story when he was supposedly speaking to Sumanthiran DBS says that Sumanthiran refused to say that the LTTE were making a comeback instead what DBS claims Sumanthiran said was that these four ex lTTE cadres were impoverished and desparate and were misled by the wrong people. If DBS had some sort of political agenda, he could have easily written a false statement saying how Sumanthiran claims that there is a revival of the LTTE instead Sumanthiran as reported by DBS refuses to say that the LTTE is being revived and instead Sumanthiran says that these were merely fourn misled individuals

          As far as LTTE denying the assassinations as late as 2002 at the LTTE press conference Prabhakaran when asked whether he killed Rajiv Gandhi refused to comment. Balasingham then in 2006 to Indian state television finally admitted that the LTTE killed Gandhi and asked the Indian government to be magnanimous to the LTTE but Prabhakaran still refused to apologize for the murder and there are several other incidents you can search it for yourself

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            Utter rubbish. This gang is the A Bunch of Sadistic Idiots. Please read again and try to understand why are contradicting you in every sentence.

            You and Dubious wants to write stories together with Rapist Army and you want somebody to disprove it? Isn’t it the army arrested Jeyakumari as reviving LTTE. Now you are not capable of disproving the statement of Defense secretary but, think if you just arrogantly deny then defense secretary will go wrong or Media reported it will go wrong? Unlike yours and Dubious’s secret talk with the army, Hettiarachchi publicly announce his statement. The entire Lankawe knows that other than two chaffs who write uncorroborated stories. It is not simply that, even State minister of Defense has said that Police in full control of North,; there is no defense problem. He is referring about the revival of LTTE.

            Four names were announced, nobody convicted. But Hettiarachchi’s statement is final. This army described by Denish in the parliament as could capture the government. This is army printed 2nd Uthayan during NPC election. ( I wonder who could have been paid for to edit that 2nd Uthayan?)

            I challenge you come back to CT when the fours are hanged for attempted murder of Sumanthiran.

            Everybody knows Sumanthiran was targeted by army because on the Sinhala Jury case he asked who ordered defense rowdies to murder Raviraj MP. These guys murdered their girlfriends. Then the murderers were killed. Kegalle army personnel is dead.

            “Balasingham then in 2006 to Indian state television finally admitted” You are really dump enough for not being able to under Balasingam like guys English.
            1. Balasingam cannot accept or deny anything for LTTE.
            2. Balasingam never accepted or denied anything.

            That is how all you story of LTTE planning to kill Sumanthiran.

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      There is something fishy in this whole affair. The people who will benefit most by this episode is the government. There is international pressure on the government to reduce the military presence in Tamil areas and to return the lands occupied by them to owners. Government is unable to carry out this due to Sinhala opposition. So it is trying to find an escape route. No one believed earlier suicide kit discovery. Now this will be used to justify keeping army in large numbers and not returning lands as promised.The timing of RAW warning to Srilanka that LTTE cadres are re-arming themselves shows a sinister agenda. When the government is unable or more correctly unwilling to control the sword wielding Tamil group working in tandem with military intelligence, this arrest of former LTTE cadres for alleged murder plot appears imbecile.

      As for DBS Jeyaraj, his credibility was always questionable. He has failed on several occasions to uphold journalistic principles of “Fact is sacred, but comment is free”. He often collects information from his contacts with biased views, adds his concoctions and presents it as if he has a first hand knowledge of everything. He has his own agenda as well as those of his pay masters. Naturally he has to satisfy both. At present government is not happy about an impending de-proscription of LTTE by European union. The announcement by them of the involvement of Tamil diaspora wing of LTTE is to prevent this happening. LTTE abroad will not stoop to such thing and spoil their name. Why should they do it as they gain nothing by assassinating any Tamil leader in Srilanka. It is better for commentators to think properly before they write.

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        Dr Gnana S,

        Here is a fresh example of how a Sinhalese member of the security forces has been sentenced to death by a court in Sri Lanka for killing 8 Tamil civilians. It is not usual but happens. Of course the case still continues and has already taken about 16 years!

        http://www.ft.lk/article/595469/Eight-civilians-murdered-in-Mirusuvil–Convicted-Army-Officer-appeals-to-SC

        “In the High Court Trial-at-Bar, a former staff sergeant R.M. Sunil Ratnayake attached to the Army was found guilty for the murder of eight Tamil civilians and sentenced to death.”

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        Dr Gnana S,

        “There is something fishy in this whole affair.”

        I agree.

        “The people who will benefit most by this episode is the government.”

        Maybe but not only the government. Also the Tamil moderates gain from this alleged plot.

        “LTTE abroad will not stoop to such thing and spoil their name. Why should they do it as they gain nothing by assassinating any Tamil leader in Srilanka.”

        I totally disagree. The LTTE overseas is desperate for media attention like all terrorists. Killing Sumanthiran would have shown the world that they are still alive and even kicking. They really need attention and funds.

        They are not a bunch of “sadistic idiots” and are able to analyze their media needs and co-ordinate command, transfer of funds and transportation of personnel and material including explosives.

        The alleged attack failed. What I consider partial media black out has even so far denied overseas LTTE media attention.

        I am sure that if correctly investigated with the help of Interpol overseas LTTE can be proved to be behind this plot. There is nobody left to fund and co-ordinate terrorism in the North.

        http://www.ft.lk/article/595245/TID-confirms-Sumanthiran-was-target-of-assassination-plot

        “A security analyst who spoke to Daily FT on grounds of confidentiality, said overseas pro-LTTE networks remained active and well-funded. Lacking livelihood support, disillusioned and finding social reintegration difficult, ex-LTTE cadres living in the Northern Province remain highly vulnerable to persuasion by these networks overseas to carry out contracts in exchange for money, the analyst explained.”

        It looks like money motivates today while earlier there were suicide bombers available free of charge.

        “The security expert also noted the presence of stocks of Kerala marijuana the TID claimed it had found in the possession of ex-cadres arrested in connection with the assassination plot. Drug trafficking operations would be difficult in the heavily garrisoned Northern Province without collusion from sections of the armed forces, the analyst explained. The assassination plot the TID had uncovered raised several questions, the security expert noted, since many rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres had been compelled to become informants for state intelligence units following release.”

        Fishy?

        “When a suicide jacket, a stock of explosives and ammunition were recovered in Chavakachcheri in the Jaffna District in March 2016, police investigations revealed that three ex-LTTE cadres arrested in that case were partially rehabilitated military informants. The trio was working with military intelligence at the time of their arrest, a Police Spokesman said at the time.”

        Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?

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        The comments pouring in dilute the discussion, if there is one!

        The author of the article writes with a purpose, not for a purpose.

        It would take more than journalistic skills to establish that, in fact, there was an attempt to assassinate M.A. Sumanthiran, even before knotting it to The LTTE Overseas Network!

        The only source of Pitasanna Shanmugathas is DBS Jeyaraj. It is no surprise that the comments have veered into lampooning DBS.

        DBS can defend himself. But, my question is, why shoot at someone who is not even on the scene.

        Concentrating on Shanmugathas, what I notice is that he brings in DBS to buy credibility to what he writes! Give him the credit if he deserves or challenge him if he doesn’t.

        What are Shanmugathas’ journalistic credentials. None. He wants to be included in the picture. That is his purpose.

        He continually brings in Neelan Tiruchelvam to raise his value as a writer. Would Neelan, if alive, give his works a nod. Your guess is as good as mine.

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          As far as my journalistic work goes, I have done interviews with several individuals who played a role during the ethnic conflict–aid workers stationed in the North, Erik Solheim, Sampanthan, Human Rights Watch (Jo Becker), Rudrakumaran, MK Eelaventhan, Bob Rae and several other individuals. I have published some of my interviews on CT–you can see them for yourself. We all have a responsibility as Sri Lankans to speak out about past and ongoing human rights abuses. As far as my position on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, I consistently take the United Nations position. The UN position states that human rights abuses were committed by both the GOSL and the LTTE. As it pertains to the GOSL, crimes such as shelling hospital, numerous violations of the Geneva Conventions such as executing LTTE soldiers who surrendered during the war and with the case of the LTTE human rights abuses such as using civilians as human shields, forced recruitment of children into armed combat,etc.. It is with that position of speaking out about human rights abuses committed by both LTTE and GOSl, that I conduct many of my interviews and do my journalism. As it pertains to DBS, once again, a journalist has a right NOT to reveal his or her sources as revealing such sources may result in harm to certain parties. It is the responsibility of the individual who is making the claim that certain sources are false to provide factual and empirical evidence refuting any written statements by DBS. Thus far, nobody has been able to do that against any information which DBS Jeyaraj has published (to my knowledge). If you feel so strongly, go find empirical information, not speculative opinion, that clearly refutes what DBS Jeyaraj said and publish that information. But you can’t, because you do not have such information. As far as whether or not Neelan would agree with me…I know he would because his position time and time again on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka was that human rights abuses were being committed by both the LTTE and GOSL. This is also the standard to which I hold myself when speaking out about human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

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            It was not my intention to run you down, but you are asking for it!

            My comment was my observation as a reader. Your emotional outburst brings to mind the theory of Reciprocal determinism set forth by the psychologist Albert Bandura.

            Let me take you up on your very rejoinder.

            … As far as my journalistic work goes …

            Carrying out interviews doesn’t make one a journalist. It makes one a reporter.

            … As far as my position on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka …

            Have I challenged your position on human rights. Why is that a part of your rejoinder?

            … As it pertains to DBS, once again, a journalist has a right NOT to reveal his or her sources …

            Have I questioned the tactics of anyone?

            … But you can’t, because you do not have such information.

            I can’t what? How sure are you that I don’t have that information? What makes you believe that I’d share any such information I have, with you?

            … As far as whether or not Neelan would agree with me…I know he would …

            Your explanation as to how you ‘know’ that Neelan would agree with you is simply laughable.

            As at present, you are an aspiring journalist in borrowed plumes!

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        Dr Gnana S,

        Here is a link to my earlier comment where I wrote that the PM has admitted that the missing are dead.

        http://tamilguardian.com/content/missing-and-disappeared-persons-most-likely-dead-says-sri-lanka-prime-minister

        “Responding to further questioning on the fate of thousands of others that surrendered or disappeared and had not returned home, he said,

        “They are most probably dead. This is why the missing persons office and the TRC are there. We have to find out what happened.”

        I share the opinion of the PM.

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    whether what this dbsj says is true or false, does the editor or some responsible sub not see the way this hack pads his pieces with irrrelvaant tit bits and irritating verbiage? Is he paid by the word? in which case it is even worse.

    Very sorry journalism indeed.

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      Agreed

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    Is it not possible that killing Sumanthiram could have been put on the military.

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    Hundreds of people have been evicted from their lands, made homeless bereaved of permanent earnings because of the atrocities committed during and after the war. The writers are not concerned about their plight. They clutch at every straw to revive a psychosis of LTTE fear perhaps because it would be sensational to readers and invite harsh or heinous comments. Isn’t it like flogging a dead horse?

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      Take a look at many of my other articles I have published on Colombo Telegraph. I repeatedly talk about the hardship of war affected civilians, especially Tamils. I have even published interviews I did with people like Sampanthan. You must not jump to conclusions about my stance on human rights in Sri Lanka if you have not viewed my work as a whole.

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        Young Shanmugathas is on the right track. His is a balanced article and worthy of someone who looks at peace-making in positive terms. Blaming everything on the Sinhalese and Sinhala Govts will only breed counter-productive action. GoSL has slowly but surely done several things to improve the lot of the Tamils and the North – in the past post-2009 years. Yes. Very much more has to be done. The Sirisena-Ranil Govt engages difficulties with their own extremities – as we all can see. Compare this to what the lot of the Tamils was when the LTTE ruled the roost. Notably the transport, power, communication facilities – for starters. There is a sea change in these areas benefitting the people in the North-East.

        DBSJ’s journalism has benefited the Tamil Nation – then and now. He is an asset to the country in general and to peaceful Tamils, in particular. He carries a treasure trove of data and information in recent Lankan politics. Breaking his legs, harming or trying to dissuade him can only be the work of sick minds. Let the Tamil Nation also do some give and take if we are to see a peaceful future.

        Kettikaran

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        I repeatedly talk about the hardship of war affected civilians, especially Tamils.

        But from which end? Why did it happened to Tamils?

        Why the war started.

        What happened when Tamil started their Satyagraha, when their learned MPs like SJV, Naganathan, Rajavarodhyam, Navaratnam, Vanniyasingam…. were sitting in Galle face?

        Have you ever written about the 158, the answer to Galle Face satyagraha?

        When Tamils were in the height of their problems, selfish China communist Shanmugadasan marched to Maviddapuram to split Tamils. Is that bloodshed needed when LTTE eliminated the caste system without a second person did know about it? Did LTTE split Tamils to eliminate the caste system?

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    shan.

    I endorse your comment.

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    If you analyse carefully, the only people to benefit from this so called assassination of a high profile Tamil moderate politician are not the Tamils or the LTTE or the diaspora but the Sinhalese the armed forces and the Sri Lankan government. This is just a drama played to hoodwink the world the UN and for the army to remain in the north or increase their presence and the justification for further Sinhalisation of the Tamil north and east.

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      Cool story, bro :D

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    strange, Strange and strange

    Organisation that claimed to be sole representative of Tamil population in Sri lanka knew nothing on this until security forces intelligence found it. now they shedding crocodile tears. what a pity.I feel yahapalanaya blindly trusted them. count on them. It is a historical mistake if yahapalanaya continue this foolish acts with regards to dealing with ruins or shadows of LTTE. Otherwise we may see repetition of incidents that were experienced by general public from Donra to point peduru and Colombo to batticoloa for thirty odd years soon. if corrective actions are not taken soon. constitution changes might not enough but human sacrifices may be an essential requirements.demons never change their eating habit even if environment is changed.only human blood can heel their thirty nothing else. Peace is the time terrorists can use for rearming and regrouping for next waves offensive till then we can see shedding of crocodile tears.we wish sumanthiran may not be present day Alfred Doraiappa.

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    sach ( 2nd Feb 5.57pm)

    You are wrong to say NONE. There were many Eelam scholars in Tamil language grammar and literature and some of their books are available in Noolaham website. We call Eelaththu Ilakkiyam – Eelam literature – and this is nothing to do with recent Tamil Eelam literature. Unfortunately we do not have the record of history of Eelam literature existed thousands of years ago.

    Our scholars / writers starting from Eelaththup Poothan Thevanar are well recognised and respected by Tamil readers and intellectuals from south India. Without doubt some of them are more talented than the South Indians. If you could read Tamil literary magazines ( not commercial one ) from Tamil Nadu you will be surprised to see how they appreciate Eelam literature.

    In modern Tamil literature we have many talented poets shot story writers and literary critiques . In fact South Indians have openly accepted that Eelam poets are far better than their poets in style contents and expression. A number of our poets from North East and Up country have published anthologies and some of them were given Sahitya Academy awards.

    If you need to know the names of these writers and poets please refer Noolaham website.

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    You can take We Thamizh out of VVT but you can take VVT out of We Thamizh :D

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