23 September, 2019

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The Past Is Obdurate: Response To Dayan’s Response To TNA’s Manifesto

By TU Senan

TU Senan

Leave aside the problem of countering the ‘bad publicity’ created by Navi Pillay, the main problem now for the so-called ‘thinkers’ attached to the Sri Lankan government is about how to handle the northern election. Electoral violence needs to be justified. Most importantly the government needs to prepare for a TNA-led province and to tackle the possibility of protest and discontent among the youth that is emerging under the shadow of this change.

For this Dayan Jayatilleka has a solution. To combat the future, travel in a time machine to battle the past as though it’s the presence… It may sound like science fiction but Dayan is not new to political fictions. Look at the way he takes on the TNA’s election Manifesto.

The manifesto will have serious ‘consequences’, he warns, then goes on to describe parts of it as ‘morally repugnant’ and a ‘lie’. This may sound like a typical Dayanist attack, but there is more. We are amused to know none of these attacks were made about new points in the TNA manifesto for the northern provincial elections 2013. All the points in this manifesto he is going on about were also made in the TNA’s 2010 manifesto – in fact almost the entire manifesto is modelled on the 2001 version!

While the memories of those slaughtered by his government in 2009 are still burning in our minds as though it happened yesterday, and the four years that have passed make no difference to those who suffer, that’s not the kind of time lapse that the ex-minister for youth affairs in the north east is suffering from. His suffering is to do with the spectre of the LTTE. After claiming in 2009 that the LTTE was dead and buried, it has been a custom since then for the government and their cronies to summons its ghost to attack and possibly bury the living who dare to oppose them.

If any electoral disorder takes place in the coming days, the TNA will simply be accused of provoking it. Through this and through the spectre of the LTTE, the government will try to continue its military control in the northern region. Look at the stark warning Dayan delivers. He argues that a ‘confrontation with Colombo’ is more certain and will ‘perhaps prove more consequential’ and lead to a ‘strategic politico-military lockdown’.

This should not be taken lightly. This ‘future vision’ is also shared by Rohan Gunarathna, close ally of the regime and so-called ‘world expert’ in terrorism. He called the manifesto an ‘avatar of the LTTE’ at the defence seminar which was organised by the Sri Lanka army.

Dayan claims that the TNA is susceptible to the ‘pro-Tiger’ sentiments of sections of the Tamil Diaspora and Tamil Nadu population or to such sentiments within its own ranks or support base’. However, despite the repeated efforts made by almost all the organisations in the Tamil Diaspora to distance themselves from the old methods of the LTTE, and calling for war crimes investigation of both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government, the Diaspora continues to face vilification as supporters of a ‘banned’ organisation.

That’s not new, but look at the way the TNA’s support base is also targeted now. The moment TNA gather the storm under their feet, the spectre of LTTE will be used to crack down on them. That’s the summary of Dayan’s message.

There is no political criticism in Dayan’s article except a little lecture on ‘sovereignty’. It is ‘not shared’ he tells us, but vested in all citizens as a ‘whole’ – with further insistence on the ‘whole’. But he fail to explain how it’s ‘vested’. From the time of the French revolution to the recent Arab Spring, people have shown how they differentiate the ‘sovereignty’ of the state with that of their own. We could further debate this with learned Dr Dayan Jayatilleka if he wishes to debate. But one thing is crystal clear – the Sri Lankan state’s aspirations are not shared by the people as a ‘whole’. All those oppressed by the current regime do not share Dayan’s cosy living standards and, therefore, motivation. This is why his attempted time travel fails to threaten us.

But we must also note here the one key aspect of the TNA’s manifesto which Dayan conveniently ignores. This manifesto makes a special effort to appeal to the Muslim population, unlike the passing references in the past. This is significant – at the time Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is picking out the Muslim population for attack. While welcoming the TNA’s effort, we would also argue that it’s not enough. The TNA should also demand that adequate compensation be given to all Muslims displaced and victimised.

Furthermore the TNA should come out against the rising caste discrimination in the north and east – another division that the government wishes to exploit. And of course it should support the Sinhala working class’s struggles against this regime. A number of emerging campaigns in the south have been brutally put down by the regime – this must be opposed by the TNA.

Their manifesto could have even gone further in appealing to the poor Sinhala soldiers based in the north and east to quit this government. Enough funds should be made available for those solders to return home, with jobs provided and to lead a decent life without intimidation, restriction and threat of further conscription to the army.

But of course we cannot expect such revolutionary tactics from the TNA for the foreseeable future. In fact Dayan’s and the likes of him needn’t fear a serious threat from that particular quarter. Sadly, when it comes to providing an economic alternative or perspective, there is not much difference between the SLFP, the UNP or the TNA.

*TU Senan, Writer and activist based in UK. Author of the book ‘history of resistance’ and regular contributor to various Tamil magazines. Also an international coordinator of Tamil Solidarity campaign. 

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    Dayan is always right – I mean he knows what is good for Tamils and Sri Lanka.

    If you dispute him he will bring the bogeyman.

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      As the TRUE Buddha said: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

      What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.. Sinhala racist rhetoric at elections and TRIUMPHALISM is matched by Tamil nationalism today as Northern elections approach!

      Gota the goon, Balu Sena and Rajapassa’s inane Sinhala Buddhist nationalists TRIUMPHALISM after defeat of the abominable LTTE along with regime cheerleaders like Dayan the opportunist are RESPONSIBLE for the force of the TNA’s insistence on self-determination.

      Having been pulvarized and humiliated and lost their lands and homes to the Rajapassa military dictaorship and the racist BBS and Buddhist takeover of archeological sites this is the response from Tamils, and I a Sinhala Buddhist support them today.

      This is the Tamil REACTION and Response to Rajapassas and his Sinhala Buddhist racist Balu Sena’s military colonization and dictatorship in the north east.

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        “As the TRUE Buddha said: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”

        Then, why are they calling this Newton’s Law?

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      Sri Lanka is today a ROGUE STATE – very similar to Basha Al Assad’s Syria.
      Most intelligent Sri Lankans, Sinhala and minorities alike, would like to have their self-determination from the criminal Rajapassa regime and send Rajapassa and his brothers to hell!

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    Time travel? The only time travel is by those such as this author– and the authors of the TNA manifesto– who seem to think that the present time is prior to May 2009!

    The TNA’s manifesto would have been far less dumb in the years before the massive historic fact of defeat (for one side) and victory (for the other).

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      A very poor riposte to Senan’s valid criticism of your article Dr Jayatilleke. The man has literally blasted your arguments against the TNA’s manifesto into smithereens. Your response is so weak and pathetic.

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        Indeed Dayan — Piranha is so right. You sound so school-boyish! Wonder what your graduate school thinks of you now.

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      Hooray just u wait u Sinhala bullshit muppets……

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      “who seem to think that the present time is prior to May 2009!”
      For Tamils nothing has changed prior and post 2009. They always wanted to be free and treated as equals allowing them to dictate their destiny. Tigers were only a group that thought they could achieve this through violence and they failed because of the international community which did not agree with the violence but not the cause.

      So talking about 2009 is like fear mongering using the TNA in Col. it has no effect on TNA as its not going to be elected from Col votes.

      “The TNA’s manifesto would have been far less dumb in the years before the massive historic fact of defeat (for one side) and victory (for the other).”
      My personal opinion is that on this Tamil issue there cannot be a winner and looser. Either its a win/win situation or both lose, unfortunately that where we are now.

      After so much of horror and for so long the south has not been able to break the will of the Tamils and I don’t think they ever will. So its better sooner than later that it honestly looks at a just solution that will allow Tamils to live with dignity preserving their heritage.

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      Dayan,

      Think of what happened decades later in Germany after world war I – World war II. Victories are not permanent and etched in stone.

      Poland disappeared from the map for more than 100 years!

      I thought you are familiar with world history but I doubt it now.

      May 2009 is not the end of the world for Tamils – they are a resilient race – ask the sage of Asia, Lee Kuan Yew. If Dudagemunu is alive today he will confirm it.

      As I said earlier, you seem to want to have the last word on anything!

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      You read your article, it appears to be threatening than criticism. Hell, situation for srilanka is also not same before 2009 Dayan. The whole world is watching at you, you cannot sell any more LTTE garbage threat to victimize Tamils in North. You use force this time, you will see where it will lead to.

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      Dayan’s usual threatening game is not going to scare the Tamils. The Tamil political stand for freedom struggle (self-determination/autonomy) is consistent right from independence till now. Pre and Post 2009 does not make any difference to the Tamils. If 1983 did not scare the Tamils, why should 2009 scare them?

      From 1948 to 1976 the Tamils struggled peacefully for their freedom. It was all that hardships, riots, and violence against the peaceful struggle by the Tamils and its outcome/achievement was the VADDUKODDAI RESOLUTION, the foundation for the next phase.

      From 1977 to 2009 the Tamils continued it with an armed struggle for the freedom of SL Tamils. The military defeat in 2009 is not the end for the Tamils. It was all those killings that took place during the 30 year war especially the human rights violation and genocide in 2009 gave rise to the International interference in SL. The outcome/achievement of the armed struggle was Internationalizing the domestic problem and involving the IC (the west, India and UN) in the Tamil freedom struggle. Today, the Tamil Diaspora is much more active than pre 2009.

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    Dayan is right there will be serious consequences but on the other hand what is the TNA to do? The government is not giving them anything.Should there be problems in the north this government must be held totally responsible.

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    I too have issues with the TNA manifesto where it talks about the Muslims. Islam is a religion and not a language and those who follow Islam are Muslims. Muslims speak Tamil so why should there be a differentiation by mentioning those who follow Islam? They all should be treated as Tamils and the TNA manifesto should have tried to bring this point out. This is exactly what the “Jaffna” politicians did to the “Cooli” Tamils in the upcountry during Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam days. At one point I thought TNA would change and become a national party and not a regional party under the leadership of Justice Wignesvaran, but with this manifesto I doubt it would ever happen.

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      …the TNA sould change and become a national party and not a regional party….
      For that to happen the party should open out to all sections of the people of the island irrespective of their religious affiliations or the language they speak and get rid of the tunnel vision it has burdened itself with over the years and be prepared to see the larger picture.
      That will happen only when it dares to speak about day to day mundane problems common both to the people of it’s own constituencies in the NE and the rest of the country as the author of this article has said about the support that should be afforded to the soldiers discharged from the army to have secure jobs;apart from the often suppressed campaigns for freedom from repression and the immunity enjoyed by supporters of the MR regime who commit atrocious crimes and escape punishment for their actions against human right activists, journalists,trade unionists,the unemployed and dispossessed.

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        I agree with most of what you say. The TNA should endeavour to broaden its base, look into matters that affect the broad masses in the South as well. They should strengthen their relationship with all oppressed people in the island including the ordinary Muslims. After winning the elections they should practically demonstrate to the other provincial councils that the system of provincial councils can work well and it will be for the betterment of all for the provincial councils to have more autonomy.

        Sengodan. M

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          Amen! Now it is with right minded Sinhalese to approach to their section to take an example of India to see win-win situation. I am happy to see that there are number of Sinhalese who are fair minded in their comments.

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        You are right,Uthhungan.

        We have had one Lessons Learnt Commission. The Tamils should have one of their own and examine our politics
        of the last 70 years and see why it has not borne any fruit but has only resulted in more misery for the the Tamils.
        Perhaps even such a commision will not be of any use.Fanatics never learn; true of the Sinhala kind as well as the Tamil kind

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      how will you sinhalese accept a Tamil party as a national party?!!!

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        It would have been proper if there was a response from a Sinhalse for this.
        If the Tamils are grateful to the Sinhalese for being released from the tyranny of the LTTE,have not all right thinking Sinhalese appreciated the leader of the TNA for the principled position he took on the ouster of the Chief Justice Ms.Bandaranayake from her post?

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    Dr DJ is as smart as a rat in a poison well! Only in sri lanka would such mediocre posers be considered as intellectuals. Compare him with any intellectuals writing for the economic and political weekly of india and this sad fact of a sinhala chauvanist posing as marxist would be obvious.

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    It is time tested method of Sinhalese & our beloved doctor Dayan is no exception to talk about & bring in LTTE whenever they are in midst of losing an argument.

    If the Reconciliation & Rehabiliation of Northern Tamils happened well for last four years as the Sinhalese govt shouts from rooftop, what is preventing UPFA from garnering maximum votes in democratic elections ???

    Before jumping the gun about TNA Manifesto, Dr Dayan must have waited to hear the approval or rejection of TNA Manifesto by Northern population which is what matters at the end of the day in a Democratic Society.

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    No sir:”THE PAST IS NOT OBDURATE” The past is what one particular person or organization chooses to constuct as the past,what he or it chooses to remember and chooses to disremember.
    The TNA manifesto does exactly that.It has chosen to put together a revanchist manifesto that will only create problems for the Tmils who live in the island while the overseas Tamils draft documents and undertake fruitless demonstrations and believe their pipe dreams.
    Right Narendran Rajasingham:You said it right.

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    The Muslim and Tamil issue you are referring to is the past what happened in Jaffna.
    But this is the same Sinhala government and the politicians of Tamils
    Divided the Tamils as Muslims Hindu and Christian. The people now
    Have more info than us to know what exactly the truth is. But the colombo
    Telegraph has to bring it out as the people or any journalist can’t do it from our country.
    So be positive and talk positive in a discussion.

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    A talented article. Well done!

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    Goers
    So you accept Tamils are from aseparate state called tami Eelam .

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    How will you accept taminil party as a national party
    No and no body you said it then how the Tamil people can call them self as a
    Srilankan. The Tamil party was the opposition
    In srilankan Buddhist government only getting
    Tamils aspiration for Tamil Eelam (vaddukoddai resolution )
    The manifesto is still lacking but the Tamils
    Aspirations are taken well as a political party
    Long and hard way to go butttt we will get their for
    All Lankans and the eelams people.o

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    No separatism! No federalism! No devolution! That is the order of things in the mindset of all Sinhala chauvinists!

    Sengodan. M

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      [I] Yes NO seperatism is in the mind of sinhalese. I dont see any problem with that [\I]

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    TU SENAN:

    Right now, you LTTE – Tamils or, if you say that you are not LTTE, then the TRIBALIST TAMILs don’t understand the reality.

    So wait and see how the future unfolds.

    For me, Dayan Jayathilake fits well with what India wants. You LTTE – Tamils who are almost dieing for your own country are hallucinating and can not realize the reality.

    Just wait until your dying days, remember how Balasingham was crying in his last days.

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    It is hard to break the WILL of the Tamils.They gave up their lives for a cause that was dear to their hearts and hoping their children will have a better life – freedom to live in their homeland.Simple.
    Not asking for more land but to let go of them from the tyranny of all gvernments.
    Everyone has only one life to live.The Pursuit of Happiness is the choice and the Right of each individual human being.
    If the Rights are taken away from an ethnic race by a democrazy government the Will of these people gets stronger and more committed.
    Keeping them under control is not the answer.The ‘will’ has already been committed.
    One can see the Tamils conitinuing to experience such evil acts by the government.Roads and buildings are not what the Tamils were looking for.
    In the end the southern tourist poured into the north to see the Tamils in the manick farm and behind wired fences.languishing by the road side along the vanni roads.Was this the
    promise’
    A year later from behind the wired fence came the voices strong and clear- again.
    We are not EXHIBITS.They huddled further away from the wired fence.

    The birth of the freedom fighters as ‘liberators’ clearly spells what was in their hearts.To them the best course of action to find their freedom was an armed struggle after years of trauma.
    The war is over.The government still gives excuses.
    They were not aware that the Vanni district was the largest electorate and over the years a flourishing bowl of food etc.They were shocked to see there were more than 300 thousand Tamils in that area and on their hands to give shelter and food.census had not been done for years.So much for the government’s intelligence !
    The government went into a frenzy.
    I see there are some Singhalese on this thread who understand the issues of the Tamils.What is happening after the war is also visible. However the change needs to come from the southern people.
    TNA’s efforts are limited however they have been ardent and committed to speak on behalf of the Tamils and other minority People.

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      I hear you loud and clear. One can only hope the Sothern politicians realize that oppression is not acceptable in civilized society.

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    Dear Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka ,discourses are to be defined as a combination of various statements. They “give speech acts respectability and thereby answer the questions, which can be taken seriously and who has the right to speak,”To create a new political culture is not only to make, individually “original” discoveries, it also and especially means to disseminate critical truths already discovered, they speak to >> socialize ‘and they thus vital base acts element of coordination and intellectual and moral order will allow.That a mass of people is brought there to think the real presence of coherent and consistent way is a ‘philosophical < Genie discovered < a new truth, the family farm small groups of intellectuals remains so Antonio Gramsci.It is an illusion to believe that the madness or delinquency or crime of an absolute external forth speaks to us. Nothing is in our society and their power effects more inward than the misfortune of a madman or the violence of a criminal. It's just been in it, from the outside is a myth. The word coming out of a dream in which one holds tenaciously. One points to the 'lunatic' the outsider role of the artist or the monster. However, they are caught in a net, and they are acting within the systems and strategies of power.Discourses have a definite order and develop in society, especially exclusionary and oppressive effect. Because they act as instances that determine what can be taken seriously.

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    Dayan’s invective against the TNA is both threatening as well as patronizing. As some one remarked he thinks his word is the last on any subject, especially on Thamil related affairs. To Dayan the words sovereignty, unitary constitution, the supremacy of majority rule are all sacrosanct. Take sovereignty, if sovereignty is vested in the people, why cannot the Thamil people exercise that sovereignty as they wish? Both the Portuguese and the Dutch did not alter the borders of the Jaffna Kingdom after conquest. They kept them intact. It is the British who unified the Northeast provinces with the rest in 1833 for administrative convenience. Logically speaking the British should have handed back the Jaffna Kingdom to the Thamils, the Kandyan Kingdom to the Kandyans and the rest to the low country Sinhalese. In fact the Kandyans proposed the creation of 3 states on the basis of federalism when they appeared before the Soulbury commission. For the elucidation of Dayan, what the Thamils are seeking is the restoration and reconstitution of the state of Thamil Eelam. Why should the Sinhalese oppose Thamils demand for their own independent state? As for the defeat of the LTTE in May, 2009 it is not the end of the road for the Thamils. It was a set back, but we can build on the enormous sacrifices made by the LTTE and the people to carry on the struggle for equality and justice for another 100 years. The Irish struggle for independence lasted for 129 years! This is what exactly the TNA election manifesto is about. It is the same manifesto published by the TNA in 2010 parliamentary elections. Rajapaksa claims that he has liberated the Thamils from the clutches of LTTE terrorists. If this is true (no Thamil asked him) why the Thamils have consistently voted against Rajapaksa and his UPFA in every election post 2009? Is Dayan saying the Thamil people are an ungrateful lot? Come September 21st, the Thamil voters are going to reject Mahinda Rajapaksa one more time and this time decisively and resolutely! There are more than 1000 reasons for Thamils to reject Mahinda Rajapaksa, the UPFA and EPDP Quislings! Thamil voters are no fools to vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa because he has built a few roads and bridges (not a single house for the IDPs) for the use of the Sinhala armed forces. On the other hand they are waiting to square accounts with Mahinda Rajapaksa who has robbed their lands and farms to build army/naval bases, cantonments, viharas, stupas, hotels, golf courses, tennis courts, restaurants, health resorts, farming etc.

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    Leave aside the problem of countering the ‘bad publicity’ created by Navi Pillay, the main problem now for the so-called ‘thinkers’ attached to the Sri Lankan government is about how to handle the northern election. Electoral violence needs to be justified. Most importantly the government needs to prepare for a TNA-led province and to tackle the possibility of protest and discontent among the youth that is emerging under the shadow of this change.

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    First of all Navi Pillay’s visit or her speech didn’t help the cause of Eelamits as much as they scream it so. Actually the very element that created a reaction from the SL gov side was her mention about SL going towards an authoritarian state. I do not think there is anything for the eelamists to cheer for. And with the end of the war, Northern election is a reality the gov would have to face as it is bound constitutionally to hold elections as in other parts of SL. If by protest and discontent among the youth, the writer is meaning to say discontent among Sinhala people, you are very much ill-advised and it goes onto show how illiterate you are on the Sri Lankan reality.

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    For this Dayan Jayatilleka has a solution. To combat the future, travel in a time machine to battle the past as though it’s the presence… It may sound like science fiction but Dayan is not new to political fictions. Look at the way he takes on the TNA’s election Manifesto.
    The manifesto will have serious ‘consequences’, he warns, then goes on to describe parts of it as ‘morally repugnant’ and a ‘lie’. This may sound like a typical Dayanist attack, but there is more. We are amused to know none of these attacks were made about new points in the TNA manifesto for the northern provincial elections 2013. All the points in this manifesto he is going on about were also made in the TNA’s 2010 manifesto – in fact almost the entire manifesto is modelled on the 2001 version!

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    As I understand what Dayan is saying is in a post war situation, as LTTE is out of the picture the bargaining power is less. Also though unaccepted the TNA manifesto 2001 is a product of LTTE. It is an open secret that TNA was LTTE proxies and its manifesto is based on the LTTE’s objectives. So I believe the manifesto does not help the reconciliation in SL, a term freely used by TNA. TNA has not taken any effort to make the people in rest of SL believe that they have given up separatism. Any sane gov would not be ready to devolve power with elements having separatist tendencies. TNA has not realized this simple truth or arrogantly ignore that believing they can bully the SL state with the help of India and International community. That is a very short sighted view.

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    While the memories of those slaughtered by his government in 2009 are still burning in our minds as though it happened yesterday, and the four years that have passed make no difference to those who suffer, that’s not the kind of time lapse that the ex-minister for youth affairs in the north east is suffering from. His suffering is to do with the spectre of the LTTE. After claiming in 2009 that the LTTE was dead and buried, it has been a custom since then for the government and their cronies to summons its ghost to attack and possibly bury the living who dare to oppose them.

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    First of all, gov didn’t slaughter people. The ones who slaughtered people were the LTTE by using them as a human shield and shooting at the fleeing civilians. If by slaughtering you mean, the killing of tiger top brass, we can do nothing about that but feeling sorry for your wounded ego. And I really do not understand how the rest of your para answer any of the points made by Dayan.

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    If any electoral disorder takes place in the coming days, the TNA will simply be accused of provoking it. Through this and through the spectre of the LTTE, the government will try to continue its military control in the northern region. Look at the stark warning Dayan delivers. He argues that a ‘confrontation with Colombo’ is more certain and will ‘perhaps prove more consequential’ and lead to a ‘strategic politico-military lockdown’.

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    There will be military presence in the northern part of SL as long as gov feel it is fit to call them back. Also there will be military camps just like we have military camps in the rest of SL. That is not something unique in SL, but it was the case in almost all the wars throughout human history. So it will prevail here too. The confrontation with Colombo, as I understand is not of military nature but would be of ideological nature. The very reason of the confrontation will be the TNA’a arrogant my way or highway attitude.
    So SL gov will also react accordingly and the people in North will not be benefitted from that and on a larger scale, SL will be victimized. That all the people in SL will be victimized.

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    This should not be taken lightly. This ‘future vision’ is also shared by Rohan Gunarathna, close ally of the regime and so-called ‘world expert’ in terrorism. He called the manifesto an ‘avatar of the LTTE’ at the defence seminar which was organised by the Sri Lanka army.

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    If the think tanks of the gov treat the manifesto as an avatar of the LTTE, there is little won by the part of TNA. It has just made SL gov’s opinion on TNA as a mere LTTE proxy strengthened and looks like extremists in the eyes of many moderate Sinhalese who have been calling for power devolution. In other words TNA has proved that gov’s claims of untrustworthiness of TNA have some merit in it.

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    Dayan claims that the TNA is susceptible to the ‘pro-Tiger’ sentiments of sections of the Tamil Diaspora and Tamil Nadu population or to such sentiments within its own ranks or support base’. However, despite the repeated efforts made by almost all the organisations in the Tamil Diaspora to distance themselves from the old methods of the LTTE, and calling for war crimes investigation of both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government, the Diaspora continues to face vilification as supporters of a ‘banned’ organisation.

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    Actually this para is laughable. First the so called diaspora that is now walking as with HR charter in their hands have been supporting, funding and approving ANY terrorist act of LTTE until the gov forces defeated them.
    What is the point of distancing yourself from the LTTE ones the terrorists are defeated? If you needed to make a point that you are not a part of terrorists you should have distanced yourself much earlier, like when LTTE killed civilians in suicide bombs, massacres in border villages, child soldier recruitment. Etc.

    In the same manner what is the point of asking for war crimes investigation of LTTE as LTTE is not anymore. This is just shrewd tactics to cleanse the author and the people in diaspora from the blood of the people who were killed by LTTE, whether they are Tamil, Sinhala or Muslims. And sorry mister we do not buy that.
    And where has the diaspora distanced itself from LTTE rather than in UN sessions, media. Diaspora till today venerates and idolize the terrorists as they did before and do not have any concern for the lives of people killed by LTTE.

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    But we must also note here the one key aspect of the TNA’s manifesto which Dayan conveniently ignores. This manifesto makes a special effort to appeal to the Muslim population, unlike the passing references in the past. This is significant – at the time Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is picking out the Muslim population for attack. While welcoming the TNA’s effort, we would also argue that it’s not enough. The TNA should also demand that adequate compensation be given to all Muslims displaced and victimised.

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    Actually this paragraph itself shows the reason why TNA is talking about Muslims. The recent unfortunate rise in islamophobia and gov’s approval of it has created a sense of betrayal on the part of muslims. The TNA is trying to milk it. This is not the caring or concern of muslims but using the current situation to one’s own advantage.

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    Furthermore the TNA should come out against the rising caste discrimination in the north and east – another division that the government wishes to exploit. And of course it should support the Sinhala working class’s struggles against this regime. A number of emerging campaigns in the south have been brutally put down by the regime – this must be opposed by the TNA.

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    Ironically the ones who has helped to fight caste discrimination in the north has been SL gov. As I can remember once Sirimavo B’ life itself was saved from a bomb blast, because she was attended by a gathering of low caste Tamils. Many low caste Tamils won the right to enter a temple, travel in a bus with high caste tamils thanks to the SL gov at the centre. If not for the SL gov, the low caste Tamils would be trampeld upon. Even at war high caste Tamils with connections fled SL and settled in west while sending the low caste Tamils to the cannon fodder.
    In the same way we understand that TNA’s much publicized concern for Sinhala people who were victimized in protests is just a PR initiative.

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    Their manifesto could have even gone further in appealing to the poor Sinhala soldiers based in the north and east to quit this government. Enough funds should be made available for those solders to return home, with jobs provided and to lead a decent life without intimidation, restriction and threat of further conscription to the army.
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    First there never was a threat of conscription in SL. All the SL forces are voluntarily recruited soldiers and the reason they are stationed in the former war zones is for the defence and security of their mother country. They didn’t join the forces simply because of lack of jobs or lack of decent life. In SL there is opportunity to get a decent life without joining forces. The driving force for the soldiers to join military was the love for their motherland (majority).

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