17 December, 2017

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The Northern Spring….

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The people want to be free.” – Thomas Saundranayagam, Bishop of Jaffna[i]

Sri Lanka is at a turning point.

The people of the North have spoken, clearly, unambiguously, democratically.

Will the Rajapaksas have the sense to accept the popular verdict, to mend their policies and attitudes towards the minorities in general and the Tamils in particular? Or will they beat the racist-tom tom with increased vigour, under cover of anti-separatism?

The TNA won the Northern Province overwhelmingly, despite concerted efforts by the regime to sow fear and confusion, despite veiled threats by the President and his brothers, despite the sanctimonious preaching of the born-again Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP). Whether this was a vote for the TNA or a vote against the regime/status quo can be argued, ad nauseam. What is indubitable is that the people of the North want to be free in their own homes, villages and towns; they do not want to live like vassals of military overlords; they do not want to be treated like political minors by the state.

By voting as they did, the people of the North have indicated that they cannot be fobbed-off with flashy infrastructure projects, that want a life of dignity and a chance to govern themselves through their own elected representatives.

The high turnout (higher than in the South) demonstrates that the Northern people want to gain these fundamental rights, as Lankan Tamils, peacefully and democratically.

Will the regime get the message? Will the Rajapaksas allow a TNA-led Provincial Council to function?

Hopefully the Siblings will neither punish the Northern people for their choice nor subvert their democratic-will via legal shenanigans, once the Commonwealth is over. Hopefully the Siblings will not use the military and faux security issues to stymie the North’s necessary return to civilian governance, post-election. Hopefully the Siblings will not create a situation where the TNA-led NPC is locked in a do-or-die battle with the army. Hopefully the Siblings will rein in their Tamil allies.

If the Rajapaksas let the TNA-led council to succeed or fail on its own merits, Sri Lanka will triumph. But if the Rajapaksas allow their desire to concentrate all power in the familial-fist take precedence over sense, intelligence and prudence, a new disaster will be born.

We are at a turning point, perhaps one which will determine the future of Sri Lanka. If the regime accepts the verdict of the Northern people, learn the lessons embodied in it and let the TNA-led PC do its democratic best – or worst – the Northern people will feel that they can hope for and work towards a Lankan future. The TNA Manifesto was not separatist; it was not ‘worse’ than the Vaddukoddai Resolution, as Mr. Pathmanathan (KP) sanctimoniously proclaimed. Therefore it would be possible for the Lankan state and the UPFA government to develop a working relationship with a TNA-led NPC – if the Rajapaksas are willing.

If the regime handles this right, the spectre of Tiger will fade away, along with the Diaspora-hardliners. But if the Ruling Siblings refuse to accept this genuinely popular verdict, if they equate this vote with separatism (as fanatics on both sides of the ethnic divide will try to do), then the Tamil people will lose hope about the possibility of democratic change and a Lankan future. And in the resultant landscape of hopelessness and alienation, the Tiger will gain a new relevance.

….And the Southern Choice

A few days before the latest round of provincial council elections, Mandana Ismail Abeywickrama fled the country.

Just hours before elections, the house of TNA candidate Anandi Sasitharan was attacked by a group of armed men.

On election day, the Al Jazeera TV channel was blocked.

Throughout the election campaign, the UPFA, from the President downwards, violated election laws, incessantly and with impunity.

The Rajapaksa method is to have elections on a political terrain which is completely tilted in their favour. The lacklustre leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe and the juvenile conduct of Sajith Premadasa also work in Rajapaksa favour. Plus a substantial segment of the Sinhala voters still believe in the Rajapaksa promises of a wondrous future.

If the UPFA’s victory in the Central and North-Western provinces stemmed primarily from these sources, then it is not a matter of major concern. But if the UPFA’s victory signify a chauvinistic-shift on the part of the Sinhala electorate, that would bode extremely ill for the future.

In order to maintain their grip on power, the Rajapaksas have been trying to propel the Sinhala electorate towards greater racism, minority-phobia and insularity. The fate of Pakistan should serve as a reminder of the dangers of this path. Pakistan became a full fledged theocratic republic not at birth, but almost 30 years later. This transformation happened not under the aegis of the country legendary founder, Mohamed Ali Jinna, but during the rule of the solidly pro-American military dictator Zia ul-Haq. In his first address to the nation (after deposing President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) General Zia announced that Islamic laws will replace the existing legal system and an Islamic society established in Pakistan. The new ruler needed to create a support base for his military regime and religious extremism was the weapon he chose to achieve this end.

President Zia’s anti-democratic measures were deeply unpopular in the Pakistan of that time. But three decades on, they have become entrenched in the country and in the popular-psyche. Today a new generation which had grown up under Islamic laws regard these as the natural order of things and violently opposes any reforms. “They are often described as the Zia generation: Pakistanis who have come of age since the 1980’s when the military dictator Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq began to promote Islam in public education and to use it was a political tool… Today the forces he let loose have gained such strength that they threaten to overwhelm voices for tolerance in Pakistan’s feeble civilian government”[ii].

This is what Vellupillai Pirapaharan tried to do with the Tamils. This is what the Rajapaksas are hoping to achieve with the Sinhalese. The Siblings are engaged in a radical transformation of the Lankan state and society, to enhance the state’s identification with Sinhala-Buddhist interests and to make society confirm to the cultural ethos of Sinhala-Buddhism. They seem to think that such an ideological tectonic shift would strengthen their capacity to hegemonise Sinhalese and dominate the Tamils and the Muslims.

In the coming weeks and months, the Rajapaksas might use the Northern vote to reignite Eelam-phobia in the South, especially in time for the next round of provincial polls. After all, if the Sinhalese really believe that the TNA stands for separation, that the Tamil people voted for Eelam and the resurrection of the Tiger is imminent, they will inevitably turn to the Rajapaksas for reassurance and protection.

That path will enable the Siblings to tighten their grip on power; it will also ignite a new ethnic conflict.

That is why it is necessary to make the South understand that the people of the North voted not for separation but against subjugation; and that a functioning NPC will be a bulwark against separatism rather than a stepping stone to Eelam.


[i] The Sunday Times – 15.9.2013

[ii] New York Times – 11.1.2011

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    Great piece. It is high profile Tamils in public office now who are talking about democracy, freedom, unity and the rule of law. It is the government that is eroding those things away. Isn’t that the world turned upside down…. GO TNA!

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      See, a few or ago so, Rajashpke himself insisted that the candidate Wiganswaran would not get enough votes. Now the results have made it very clear – that Rajapakshe power greedy machninations cant even know the pulse of the tamil people.

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        Brilliant piece T! Hats off as always..
        Indeed the Rajapassa brothers are intent on following the Pakis Military Business model by DIVIDING the Communities, distracting the Sinhala modayas and consolidating the Rajapassa deep state..
        They will see the attack of a Church in Peshawar as an inspiration to do the same in Lanka especially as Ranil Wickramasinghe is dead as a DODO!
        For the northern Spring to blossom into a Lanka Spring Ranil the opposition dictator must be REMOVED! He has made the UNP irrelevant and unethical and undemocratic, by chasing away the best and brightest and keeping the foolish nincompoop Sajith dangling..
        A future presidential elections with a solid joint opposition candidate either Sanga or Chandrika with Fonseka and Sobitha as mentors, will cake walk like the TNA to DEFEAT Rajapassa by splitting the UPFA and taking the minorities…
        The massive vote of the UPFA signifies the TOTAL disenchantment with Ranil and with the JVP.. rather than love for Rajapassa. If Dayasiri has been with the UNP the Kurunegala outcome would have been different!

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      I remember Wyatt (New Jersey ?)promoting Sumanthiran.

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        And happily so. He campaigned for hard in the north to assist in securing this victory. He did not do it because he seeks a separate state. he did it because he is going to unify every Sri Lankan behind democracy and the rule of law. Sumanthiran is the man who will bring Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims together under the same rule of law applied equally. He will be the one who will ensure everyone can read whatever newspapers they want and watch what channels they want. It is coming Jim….

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    Anti-Sinhala buddhist and anti-Rajapakse Journalists are having Orgasm.

    The question is what Tamils did since 1964 when they began Tamilnadu. Created two trillionaire politician families.

    Thandaman family is another rich family who became rich with Estate Tamils.

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      why dont you talk about the wealth of Rajapakshes but of Thondaman´s ?

      As it is beocming clear to every one, nobody is the problem to the country today it is the Rajapakshe brutal politics.

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      Jim softy

      “Anti-Sinhala buddhist and anti-Rajapakse Journalists are having Orgasm”

      Don’t you think it is a good think to have regular orgasm? It will help you to relieve your tension and feel god about yourself. You should at least give it a try, take Fathima Fackusima for a night out.

      Make sure you take all the necessary precaution and toys.

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      Jim: You are wrong. The Tamils today are different. You watch, M.A. Sumanthiran will be president and he is going to save Sri Lanka and unify all its people under freedom and democracy. I promise that this is going to happen. You cannot hold a great man like that back. He is going to represent all Sri Lankans someday and help them get a better life….

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        Wyatt,

        I applaude your optimism but we Tamils are not interested in ruling the Sinhalese. We don’t want to buy trouble unnecessarily as we have enough on our plate to build a nation from scratch.

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      What happen in TN doesnt matter to us, what matters is what happens in SL. Rajapakse has not being a good leader for most of the time.
      Hasnt law and order eroded in this country?
      Why is Rajapakse protecting goons of the caliber of Duminda, Mervin, Rishad, and now Johann (Johnston)?
      The problems in economic policies?

      MR hasnt given anything for MR followers like you to support or speak for MR. Isnt that why you are talking about a TN?

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      Jim Pissa:
      The first thing you need to do before posting rubbish on this page is to ask your (government) tuition teachers to help you understand English. If they succeed in that which should take another ten years. they can begin to teach you to write basic English. If that routine doesn’t achieve anything else, it will keep you off the pages of CT! Hallelujah!

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    why are we wasting time talking about Rajapakse’s billions and Thandamans millions.
    Were the Tamils concerned about anyone’s monies.Get lost buddies.

    Rajapakse’s monies did not buy the Tamil votes.It looked like garbage to them in comparison to the peacefull life they were looking for.

    Get that ? the ones who are so anxious to talk about monies and the millionaires.Looks like money is the key spring board for the south.

    The north is happy with the ‘mallikai puratchi’

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    Let it be an eye opener. Well written. Make it or break it, choice is given.

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    No sweat Ms T.

    The Govt wouldn’t do any of those that you are speculating.

    What you ought to worry is what instructions do the CM recieve from the LTTE proxy Sambandan and his new allies PM Rudrakumaran and Father Emmanuel.

    Will the senior TNA partner Prema, allow the Chinese to do the A9 Express?.

    Will Sambandan take caveats throgh his legal counsel Sumanathiran not to allow any land for the Yarl Devi to reach Jaff elecna?.

    Looking at the drubbing the UNP and the others got in the adjoing PCsthere is no need to play Eeelam card.

    TNA ” Manifesto” reprinted on a glossy brochure will be enogh if there is a need for General or a Prez election.

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      Rajapakse has not being a good leader for most of the time.
      Hasnt law and order eroded in this country?
      Why is Rajapakse protecting goons of the caliber of Duminda, Mervin, Rishad, and now Johann (Johnston)?
      The problems in economic policies?

      MR hasnt given anything for MR followers like you to support or speak for MR.

      How can you white wash Gov

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      K.A. Sumanaskera aka The Man Needing Most Aliases:
      Even YOU should be tired of your drivel by now. Oh, but I forgot, you get paid by the word (even though none of it makes ANY sense!
      If there is an annual prize for the most stupid comments on a website, you’d win it year after year after year……

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      K.A. Sumanaskera aka The Man Needing Most Aliases:
      Even YOU should be tired of your drivel by now. Oh, but I forgot, you get paid by the word (even though none of it makes ANY sense!)
      If there is an annual prize for the most stupid comments on a website, you’d win it year after year after year……

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    Hello Tisaranee,

    What a glorious endorsement of the TNA win. I wish I can share your great optimism.

    There was no doubt that TNA would win the elections overwhelmingly, that is if the votes were counted properly without the usual switching of ballot boxes etc. Despite the shenanigans by parties alligned to President Rajapaksa to disrupt fair elections one can conclude overall the elections were fair.

    Despite your vainglorious endorsement of the TNA win, I have very serious doubts what the long term prospects this win for TNA will bring for the ordinary people of Sri Lanka. TNA have no stated long term plan. They had concentrated their efforts in winning the elections. The campaigning was purely based on the arousal of racial sentiments. Beyond winning the elections,what TNA plan to do in the short term or aspire to achieve in the long term – your guess is as good as mine. President Rajapaksa tried his best to dissuage the Tamil people from going the way they have gone. Even though his power at the moment is absolute, he knows the win for TNA is a win for Eelamists.

    As far as I am concerned it is a sad outcome. This overwhelming win for TNA will strengthen thier resolve to go to the next level – to openly agitate for a separate state.

    I said this before and I say it again that TNA has run on the sympathies of those who still harbour raw wounds from the 40 year old war and the still quietly active Eelamists. Like I said before, TNA may deliver to the Tamil people the separate state that LTTE failed to do. And when that finally occurs there will be active travel restictions with visas and other obnoxious travel documents, active business restrictions, border disputes, more warfare, more destruction and the bloodletting festivities will continue ad nauseum.

    This election outcome has dire consequences to the Tamil people, the broader Sri Lankan people and also the world outside with continuous refugee flows to the much favoured countries such as Australia, England, Scandinavia and even far flung Canada.

    I suggest that the Israeli armament brokers restart business in Colombo to ply their outdated and unrealiable armaments on the unsuspecting Sri Lankans. Secondly I suggest the world media who thrive on reporting carnage to start slowly making their way to Sri Lanka, or even set up permanent bases to report from. Thirdly I suggest the broadly ineffective UN observers start setting up their useless observation points. The red cross must get on with new blood banks in earnest.

    Tissaranee, despite your hope for the South to understand that the TNA win is not a win for Ealam, I defer to say that your hope is in vain. All evidence suggest that that is the case. Sooner rather than later the fireworks is sure to be reignited.

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      sore loser get lost man ;-)

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      BBS Rapper,

      You are just copying and pasting. It is the same old left overs from yesterday ( we call it Palam Choru) and it looks like you have run out of ideas.
      Do you have anything new to add. Otherwise please take early retirement. A BBS pension.

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    Sumanasekere- Most of you are agitated.Still play the race card.Now they have added the instructions Sambandan and Sumanthiran will give CM Wigneswaran.
    The list is getting longer.

    Ofcourse S&S will give instructions.They chose him.So whats you point here,if there is one.

    What is a ‘caveats’? is it a kind of Palmyrah sweet?

    You seem to be worried that the Chinese will lose their jobs in Sri Lanka if Suresh Premachandran will not allow land in the north to build the railway to Jaffna.

    How did you think the Yarl Devi ran – was it flying ?

    Too bad but you can send the Chinese to the south to do build another air Port or harbor development.These too built are on the verge of collapse.The oil tanks in Hambantota sea is sinking.The engineer just sent his report.
    The peacocks are being hit by the planes arriving at Mattala.Leave the site,build another one.Be happy with the Chinese.Tamils have no problem with your love for the Chinese.

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    The various ‘Springs’ of the past couple of years have not led to the Paradise that the people expected. The reality is that the circumstances post ‘spring’ are infinitely worse than pre ‘Spring.’

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    [Edited out]

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    ‘pre spring’ waiting for the KUYIL to start its serenade.

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    TG believes that TNA will deliver the Tamils to their Chosen Lands.

    That is what they all believe.

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    Don’t forget Spring turns into Summer and then to FALL and then to WINTER!! :)

    Egypt is a good example. Muslim Brotherhood (like TNA) was a mono ethnic Muslim only party that WON a landslide. But what happened? The ARMY had to take over!

    History repeats.

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      Fathima Fukushima,
      dont talk of Egypt, they are superior level while Sri lanka is in Begging Level still. Sinhala means Beggers in Middle East, even now someone from Govt is in Middle East asking for Oil for credit but no Arabs like to give them so they buy from Black market. What a Shame. This North will be KOSOVO soon, this is what the MR pushed for, then this Leela, Jim and Sumanasekara will have to fly a SINHA LE… Lions Blood one of Fucking Lying story…

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      Fat ” Mama ” Fuk U Shima,

      You have gone completely bonkers you silly Tart. It looks like you are expecting a BBS baby in the Spring and you are going through morning sickness with your hormones rising in the morning and throw up while you post this garbage.

      Eat a lot of food that you crave for like “Halal”. I know Gotha banned it on the advice of your common law partner BBS but ask him he might be able to smuggle enough from the Army In Egypt.

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        kali-stani

        “You have gone completely bonkers you silly Tart.”

        We do know she has gone completely bonkers from her comments.

        How do you know she is a silly Tart?

        Can we see evidence to support your claim?

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          Forein Vedda,

          Having a sharp pungent smell by eating a lot of Halal banned by Gotha. The smell comes from the message. You seem to have a lot of sympathy for her plight by the way are looking for some hanky Panky. Good luck and wear some protective clothing.

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            kali-stani

            “Good luck and wear some protective clothing.”

            Pass your advice to Jimmy Softy.

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              No Foreign,

              Jim the Sooty is senile and Fat “Mama ” is virile. I want you to have her. Go for it (her)Come on dont be shy.
              I have heard a lot about you.

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          Foreign Vedda,

          Go for it ( her) mate don’t miss a golden opportunity.

          Hindu-stani

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    Thank you TG for another soul searching analysis. As I can see from some of the comments above we are fast losing the ability in Sri Lanka to appreciate an in depth analysis of a situation. What a shame! You can only blame SWRDB for his messing up of our excellent system of education that has now produced the likes of Some above.
    Your comparison to Zia’s Pakistan is such an eye opener. I am afraid that whether we like it or not, we are getting there soon possibly in our life time. That is shown by the ease with which the Govt swept through the other two provincial councils in spite all their mis doings. In fact most of the election violence is not with the opposition but within the ruling clans as to level of corruption and radicalism. Just like in Pakistan!
    Such a shame that all this is in the name of Buddhism!

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    TG,you are correct.
    “……………….voted not for separation,but against subjugation”.
    Tamils want to be free and equal citizens under a Council free of corruption,nepotism and favouritism.
    They want to prosper through strict discipline and under just governance.

    Those who say that tamils want ‘separation’ want to sabotage this,as they are worried that tamils,by virtue of hard work,honesty and diligence,will achieve this goal – whereas the southerners have to please the siblings or their supporters to achieve anything.

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    Why TG does not talk about Tamil – Hindus ? They are also threatened.

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    Well written article, Tissaranee!

    Intellectuals like you should make it clear to the people of the South that the TNA is NOT for separatism. All that they ask for in the first instance is the FULL implementation of 13A, which is already law. If the government genuinely takes that first step towards reconciliation, the TNA will take two steps to make reconciliation a success!

    Sengodan. M

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    There are two problems with the half-wits that come out of the woodwork every time that the likes of Tisaranee publish something that, even if you disagree with it, is intelligent and logical.
    1)They seem to believe, all these half-wits, that their collective intelligence will elevate them to being wits
    2)They don’t seem to understand that sound and fury, by themselves, even if well compensated, cannot stand up in the absence of substance.
    These are truly pathetic intellectual midgets parading as giants thanks to their patrons!

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    This time Muslims voter 90% to TNA…. SLMC lost the seat my dear.. Moors are from India, and they called Tamil Moors, while Tamil Hindus are living togather and studying to gather… Muslim Support TNA as we are Tamils also. Praba is the one made mistake but TNA will not make mistakes…

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    If I had a rupee for every time you latte-sipping kalu sudda journalists predicted “a new ethnic conflict”, I’d be able to afford one of those Lamborghinis in the new Colombo showroom.

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      You have violated my Copy Rights. The Letter of Demand from my legal eagles is on the way. I might consider an out-of-court settlement for a
      new Lambroghini – provided it is cherry red.

      Punnakku

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    Jim TREAD softly
    TNA and the Tamils are on their Homeland.They are not in the south waiting to led across the mahaweli to their chosen land —HOMELAND.

    What they will expect is for TNA to keep the wolves at bay — the invadors from the south.

    After the results were released and I saw that Mannar recorded the highest I knew mahinda and bull Gota wanted to settle 500 Singhalese from the south in Mannar.This is governent colonisation by force evicting the tamil and Muslim
    Many land owners both Tamils and muslims from Mannar are still lnguishing at the Manik farm.
    Thanks to MR he announced this a couple of months ago at a meeting in the south with much pomp and glory that he can do what he wants.
    This irked the Muslims.The scales tipped.

    Well,the muslims voted for TNA.They knew they could trust TNA’s words as against the lying government.Mannar voted 73% same as Mullaitivu did.

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    It is a breath of fresh air coming from a far way place breezing in to invigorate the internal organs namely nostrils.
    I am in broad agreement with everything with A Yes and No Agreed and Disagree.

    1) Will the Rajapaksas have the sense to accept the popular verdict, to mend their policies and attitudes towards the minorities in general and the Tamils in particular?
    No he wont because it is nor in his nature to accept peoples verdict,

    2) Or will they beat the racist-tom tom with increased vigour, under cover of anti-separatism?

    Yes he will beat the Drum as hard as he can because there is an Audience prepared to listen to his brand of music all night long.

    3) The TNA won the Northern Province overwhelmingly, despite concerted efforts by the regime to sow fear and confusion, despite veiled threats by the President and his brothers, despite the sanctimonious preaching of the born-again Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP). Whether this was a vote for the TNA or a vote against the regime/status quo can be argued, ad nauseam. What is indubitable is that the people of the North want to be free in their own homes, villages and towns; they do not want to live like vassals of military overlords; they do not want to be treated like political minors by the state.

    The election was rigged to save face as otherwise MR and his cronies wouldn’t have got 14%;

    Yes we want be free From Tyranny , Domination and Subjugation and above all want to live with Dignity so the ordinary folk can walk the Street safe and our Women can live without fear.

    4) By voting as they did, the people of the North have indicated that they cannot be fobbed-off with flashy infrastructure projects, that want a life of dignity and a chance to govern themselves through their own elected representatives.

    There are no flashy infrastructure projects, flashy cars and it is all a flash in the pan to fool the outside the World.
    I have driven round the length and breath of Eelam and I have not seen any Infrastructure Projects unless they are being built underground in bunkers.

    5) The high turnout (higher than in the South) demonstrates that the Northern people want to gain these fundamental rights, as Lankan Tamils, peacefully and democratically.

    Will the regime get the message? Will the Rajapaksas allow a TNA-led Provincial Council to function?

    No they wont and will do everything to undermine and it has just been amply demonstrated in the Supreme Court .

    “Sep 27 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday, ruled that land powers were vested in the government and not in the Provincial Councils. In its judgment, the Court explained that the Provincial Councils would have legislative competence to make statutes to administer state lands only if those lands were made available to the Provincial Councils by the government. It added that the President’s powers to make grants remained unfettered”

    This has become necessary even before CM has taken office. But I take comfort from the fact this was an Agreement reached between Two Countries and One country cannot interpret it without consulting the other and that amounts to ” SUPREMACY OF LAW ”

    National( Sri Lankan) vs International ( Indian )

    6) Hopefully the Siblings will neither punish the Northern people for their choice nor subvert their democratic-will via legal shenanigans, once the Commonwealth is over. Hopefully the Siblings will not use the military and faux security issues to stymie the North’s necessary return to civilian governance, post-election. Hopefully the Siblings will not create a situation where the TNA-led NPC is locked in a do-or-die battle with the army. Hopefully the Siblings will rein in their Tamil allies.

    No this will not happen and will not be allowed to happen after March 2014 for the reason as a lot of things coincide.

    a) Dead line by UN for MR to address the issues is set for March 2014
    b) New Government takes office in India

    7) If the Rajapaksas let the TNA-led council to succeed or fail on its own merits, Sri Lanka will triumph. But if the Rajapaksas allow their desire to concentrate all power in the familial-fist take precedence over sense, intelligence and prudence, a new disaster will be born.

    This will not be allowed to happen for the following reasons

    a)Mahinda making overtures to Modi

    It has now transpired that Uddhav Thackeray’s unannounced visit was in response to an invitation from the President. Interestingly, his visit came soon after the BJP had announced Narendra Damodardas Modi, as their candidate for Prime Minister.

    b) The Jayalalithaa factor

    Jayalalithaa’s relations with Modi are on a better footing than her relations with the Congress Party. Therefore, in a probable scenario of the BJP forming the next government in India, Jayalalithaa’s stock would rise higher with corresponding increase of her power of interference in Sri Lanka’s ethnic problem. Yet, probably Mahinda Rajapaksa is presumably under the impression that anti-Muslim fundamentalist stance of the government matches well with that of Shiv Sena’s anti-Muslim role and therefore they enjoy an affinity of some degrees. He could, therefore, be thinking that the BJP goodwill is a winnable target.

    But MR Is WRONG

    And the Southern Choice will be a Fried Chicken if MR doesn’t heed the warning as Dark Clouds are gathering and he will be in for a battering and will pay a heavy price for the following

    A few days before the latest round of provincial council elections, Mandana Ismail Abeywickrama fled the country.

    Just hours before elections, the house of TNA candidate Anandi Sasitharan was attacked by a group of armed men.

    On election day, the Al Jazeera TV channel was blocked.

    Throughout the election campaign, the UPFA, from the President downwards, violated election laws, incessantly and with impunity.

    The Rajapaksa method is to have elections on a political terrain which is completely tilted in their favour. The lacklustre leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe and the juvenile conduct of Sajith Premadasa also work in Rajapaksa favour. Plus a substantial segment of the Sinhala voters still believe in the Rajapaksa promises of a wondrous future.

    If the UPFA’s victory in the Central and North-Western provinces stemmed primarily from these sources, then it is not a matter of major concern. But if the UPFA’s victory signify a chauvinistic-shift on the part of the Sinhala electorate, that would bode extremely ill for the future.

    In order to maintain their grip on power, the Rajapaksas have been trying to propel the Sinhala electorate towards greater racism, minority-phobia and insularity. The fate of Pakistan should serve as a reminder of the dangers of this path. Pakistan became a full fledged theocratic republic not at birth, but almost 30 years later. This transformation happened not under the aegis of the country legendary founder, Mohamed Ali Jinna, but during the rule of the solidly pro-American military dictator Zia ul-Haq. In his first address to the nation (after deposing President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) General Zia announced that Islamic laws will replace the existing legal system and an Islamic society established in Pakistan. The new ruler needed to create a support base for his military regime and religious extremism was the weapon he chose to achieve this end.

    8) President Zia’s anti-democratic measures were deeply unpopular in the Pakistan of that time.
    This is what Vellupillai Pirapaharan tried to do with the Tamils.

    I beg to disagree with the above as Prabakaran was a means to an end and we Tamils have a Democratic Tradition deep rooted in us from the Colonial Past and in fairness to the Sinhalese they have the same Democratic Tradition but this has been eroded by the Sinhalese Racists high jacking the Sinhalese electorate .

    In the coming weeks and months, the Rajapaksas might use the Northern vote to reignite Eelam-phobia in the South, especially in time for the next round of provincial polls. After all, if the Sinhalese really believe that the TNA stands for separation, that the Tamil people voted for Eelam and the resurrection of the Tiger is imminent, they will inevitably turn to the Rajapaksas for reassurance and protection.

    I live in hope and the above will not and must not happen and hopefully after March 2014 he will be jetted of to the Hague and will stand in the Dock just like Milosevic did .
    WHAT A MOUTH WATERING PROSPECT

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    Kali-stani

    “I beg to disagree with the above as Prabakaran was a means to an end”

    Minor correction, stupid psychopath Prabakaran was a means to a self destructive end.

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      Foreign Vedda,

      No you moron you will be foreign before you know it. We would have parted company and you need to Grow Up otherwise your life is going to be a misery.

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    kali

    Why the hell are you blaming me for stupid psychopath Prabakaran’s self destructive end?

    You blame yourself.

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      Foreign,

      You really are thick. You dont get it do you.

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