13 November, 2019

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The Service Of The Church In The Northern Province & Its Travails

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Tharmapuram

Whatever some may say, the church has a proud record of service. The people have been educated and refugees looked after, and human rights spoken up for – it is a proud witness to the immutable message that God loves each of us.

St. Luke’s Church Tharmapuram, 3 miles towards Mullaitivu from Paranthan, is a community that was formed when many Tamils came flooding there to escape the 1956 riots. With the shortage of priests, I remember my father finishing Sunday mass at St. James’ Nallur and rushing there. This beautiful community was destroyed in 1990 with Eelam War II when the Church precincts and the school in front were bombed. Over 1000 children ran out of the school but the bombing continued.

Now the community has come back. They need rebuilding. The army had occupied the church. The priest says there were blood stains on the dilapidated vicarage walls.

A Region Known for Christian Service

Rev. Dr. Sam Muttuveloe, the son of a Jaffna priest, medical doctor and now Anglican priest in the UK, had persuaded UK’s Hope Outreach to build a new Church. They did it for Rs. 20 million. Today, 18 October is St. Luke’s Day. The Bishop of Colombo, The Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey came to decommission the old church and consecrate the new. Christians from all over, the UK, Colombo and Jaffna, were present. St. Luke’s Borella had donated the new altar.

I accompanied The Rev. Fr. SS Jebachelvan, Vicar of St. Paul’s, and enjoyed the fellowship. It was refreshing to mingle with the poor, and to feast on tasty vegetarian lunch with the buffalo curd that Tharmapuram is uniquely famous for in the Northern Province.

However, the Jackboot continues even in peacetime. The Rev. Canon Julian Reindorp of Hope-Outreach who came to Tharmapuram insists his driver was under 60 kmph when ticketed in a 70 kmph zone. As a priest he could not pay the Rs. 300 to take care of it. Now the driver has to pay the Rs. 1000 fine and return to the area to get his licence back, or spend days in court and thousands on lawyers.

Clockwise from top-left: Old Old Church, New Church, Heritage Centre at CMS Practising School, Arumuham

Missionary Contributions

The Paranthan area got much-needed missionary service. A CMS Missionary with an Oxford degree was Miss. Muriel Hutchins who was my mother’s teacher at Chundikuli Girls’ College. Upon her retirement at age 60, she returned to the UK, felt out of place there after a lifetime in Jaffna, and hastened back to found Karunanilayam for unwed mothers, and St. Paul’s in Kilinochchi. She was an icon there till her death after some 30 more years of service. She took up citizenship. When she wanted to vote while bed-ridden and feeble with age, men carried her to the polling station.

Sister Elisabeth Baker, MBE, a British missionary from a wealthy family came at age 29 in 1931 and after 20 years in the Eastern Province came to Jaffna. Pooling their meagre resources, says Neville Jayaweera, she and the Rev. AC Thambyrajah built Navajeevanam in 1959 as a farm for retarded children on 10 acres of land.  She taught the boys, cycling everywhere. I too spent some time there teaching her adopted son Rev. Mahendran for his GCE OLs.

Gurukularajah Thambyrajah is perhaps from one of the last line of missionary families serving there. His father, the Rev. Thambyrajah, literally left all and took his wife and young sons to the then malaria infested wilds of Paranthan. Gurukularajah, their youngest son, stayed with the poor during the war serving as Principal, Director of Education and later as Provincial Council Member and Minister. That rare sense of camaraderie between the educated and the refugee was visible when Gurukularajah was seen seated on the floor with the choir, accompanying it on his guitar, during the Commissioning service.

Navajeevanam continues after it was handed over after the war to the Methodist Church which revived it.

Arumuham

The story of Arumuham is not atypical of the residents of Tharmapuram. I got to know him when seated next to him during lunch. He came from the hill-country fleeing the violence and married a local woman from Neduntheevu. During the war he went to Colombo on business and got stuck there. In his absence his wife had come under the care of the Church. She got baptized. On his return she persuaded him to accept her new faith. Their son is employed in government and his wife holds a managerial position in the Bank of Ceylon. When I asked him for his name he said Arumuham with a laugh, adding “It is a Hindu name but I am a Christian.” Arumuham is a regular worshipper at St. Paul’s.

The State of State Schools in Jaffna

Paranthan is rising, but Jaffna? Going by figures obtained by a Jaffna Municipal Councilor, there are 99 education zones in the country of which NP has 12 with 983 schools. 878 schools have a primary section. These presented students for the Grade 5 Scholarship Exam from NP this year. Not one student from 458 schools passed the cutoff mark. 18,363 students appeared for the Grade 5 Scholarship Exam. Of these only 2,240 passed the cutoff.

From the richest Jaffna Zone, of 2789 students presenting from 92 schools, 537 had passed the cutoff. They represented 45 schools. That is, from the remaining 47 schools not one passed the cutoff. From Valihaamam 124 schools presented 2,606 students. Fifty-nine of these schools had only 309 students passing.

From the Islands’ Zone, 54 schools presented 612 students. Only 21 schools had students passing and these numbered 35. From the famous Vadamaratchi Zone, 73 schools presented 1505 students. Only 47 schools had anyone passing. These numbered 206. In Thenmaratchi, 54 schools presented 876 students. Only 101 students from 54 schools passed the cutoff. That is, 25 schools failed to have even one student passing.

In Kilinochchi District there are 104 schools with a primary section. Ninety-four schools presented 2,752 student. Sixty-eight schools together had 306 students passing.  Mullaitivu District has two Education Zones. From the Mullaitivu Zone, 55 schools presented 1589 students. Thirty-three schools had 218 passing the cutoff. Thunukaai Zone, has 61 schools. Of these 58 schools presented 829 students. Fourteen schools saw 34 students succeeding.

Mannar District seems the worst in the North. Madu Zone has 52 schools. Of these 39 presented 493 students. Fourteen schools had 27 students succeeding. In the Mannar Zone, there are 88 schools. Eighty-three schools presented 1809 students. 103 students from 26 schools passed the cutoff.

In Vavuniya District, from Vanuniya South Zone, 79 of the 96 schools presented 2,296 candidates. Forty-five schools had 327 students passing. From the Vavuniya North Zone, 63 of the 76 schools presented 655 students. Nineteen schools had 47 students passing.

In summary, of the 878 schools in NP, 458 schools failed to produce even one student passing the cutoff.

Destruction of the Educational Enterprise

The take-over of mission schools, I think, is a disaster – the educated uneducated.

In NP, the exodus of the educated is compounded by reduced birth rates. There were 20,506, 19,090 and 18,363 in the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. In contrast the numbers for Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar have remained steady.

The NP Provincial Council is playing political intrigue, seeming to show that nothing can be done with PCs. The Education Ministry’s allocation to the NPC for school expenditures was reassigned because estimates were not put forward. Some details in rupees are Vaddukoddai Hindu College 1 million, Ilavalai St. Henry’s 25 million, Urumpirai RC School 12 million, Kilinochchi Ramanathapuram Vithyaasaalai 14.5 million and Vallipunam School 10 million. The Kilinochchi GA, Suntharam Ariyanayagam was furious at a development meeting in Jaffna. He promised to spend the money even if there is no approval. The GA for Mullaitivu, Rupavathy Ketheeswran responded that if Ariyanayagam can do it, so can she. The Ministry has promised not to take the money away if estimates can be submitted by January. It is precious money for the most destitute areas. Do NPC politicians care

The neglected status of the North is best summed up by what Mano Ganeshan, Minister for National Languages and Social Integration, stated after he allocated Rs. 400.77 million just for the North-East out of his ministry’s total allocation of Rs. 850 million, and this was returned by the NPC without submitting any estimates: “I am one of many who fought for the NPC. Now I am eagerly awaiting the day its term ends.”

Lawlessness by Northern Officialdom

When I returned from Tharmapuram, I was aghast to see the front part of my old school across our home turned into a Heritage Centre. The Board declared that it had been opened by the Chief Minister who should know the law.

The Assisted Schools and Training Colleges (Supplementary Provisions) Act No. 8 of 1961, Section 7 reads:

Property vested in the Crown may be used for the purpose of a school.

(1) Any property vested in the Crown by a Vesting Order may be used by the Director for and on behalf of the Crown for the purpose of conducting and maintaining a school. The provisions of the principal Act shall not apply to a school so conducted and maintained.

(2) Where, at the date of the Vesting Order in respect of any property, that property was used for any religious purpose by any religious body which is the owner of any place of public worship, abutting, or situated in the immediate vicinity of that property, the Director shall make available to such body the use of that property for that purpose during such hours as that property is not required for the educational and extramural activities of that school, but shall not permit the use of such property for any religious observance or worship by anybody other than the body which at the date of such Order was the owner of that property.

The Church’s Teachers’ Training College is the Zonal Education Office. My Practising School by its side is now the Heritage Centre. It has some 30 students. So it becomes a government office. Similarly the Methodist Church’s Vembadi has the office as a shrine room.

We who insist on devolution and the observation of the law by the government, must stop bashing minorities in our midst. The law demands the return of these schools to the Church. After I wrote to the Bishop Dhilo, he raised it as a concern with the Minister who has agreed that if any veted school is not used for teaching, it must be divested. Can a Tamil Chief Minister not understand what a Sinhalese Minister can?

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    Did you get back your house?take Dr.Gnana’s advice and give the rascal a good beating by the thugs.
    You will be dead by the time the courts give it to you.Even better insure it and burn it down.

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      Here are verses from the Christian Bible:

      “Slaves, be obedient to your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ.” [Ephesians 6:5-9]
      “Let as many slaves as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor.” [1 Timothy 6:1-3]
      Jesus recommends that disobedient slaves be beaten. [Parable of Luke 12:47]
      Jesus recommends that disobedient slaves may be killed [Parable of Mathew 24:51]
      When Onesimus the slave ran away, Paul the Apostle returned him to the owner [Epistle of Paul to Philemon].
      “Infidels and Gays Should Die So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired”. (Romans 1:24-32 NLT)
      “They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman”. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

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    Dr Hoole, We have no issues with New Testament Christianity. The life of Jesus Christ was as noble as the Buddha’s. He was persecuted by the Jews the same way the Buddha was persecuted by the Brahmins. Both those groups were hellbent on preserving their lie-based privilege and exploitation of peoples in the name of God.

    But what we do have issue with, the forcible conversion in the 15th and 16th centuries and missionary conversions of the Poor and morally compromised Tamils by the British. Some of these people, like it is happening today, ‘converted’ without any real understanding of the new ‘religion’ and the went for a small cash payment and clothes etc. They acquired mainly Old Testament Jewish names readily in Jaffna, and still carry those names.

    Yes, it is true, missionaries running evangelical and Pentecostal churches have always ‘helped’ refugees and the poor, partly prime desperate people for conversion, in these fertile recruiting grounds.

    National progress of Sri Lanka cannot happen until these people understand what happened to their ancestors and become Sri Lankans, with a proper understanding of god and religion. Not the version of the so-called Church of England and its splinter groups, as we both know, had nothing to do with religion but Henry VIII’s divorce.

    These are facts presented without prejudice.
    Peace be with you and your fellow Christians.

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      Jesus was crucified as a Jewish victim of Roman aggression. Roman governor Pilate, condemned him to death and got Roman soldiers to torture and crucify him.
      Jesus was a bigger threat to the Empire than to his people.
      The Jews rejected his claim to be “Son of God”, but that does not amount to persecution.
      As a people in an occupied land, the Jews had not much choice when Pilate cunningly shifted the burden on them.

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        Dear SJ,
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        I have long been familiar with the story of the crucifixion of Jesus, and I’ve read something of Roman History. I’m not going to make a deep or detailed study of it at this stage of my life.
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        The impression that I have is that Jesus was rejected by the Jewish High Priests, and clergy in general, as well as by the Jewish Herodian dynasty. As you know there are so many Christian sects that there wouldn’t be general agreement on this.
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        I feel that Pontius Pilate was genuinely unconcerned about the petty quarrels among the Jews. Topics of this sort rouse a lot of emotions. It doesn’t sound important enough to me to warrant getting opinions from others, but I didn’t want to let this particular view to go unchallenged.
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        To me, your views on this, are akin to the theory that Kit Marlowe didn’t die in the inn at Deptford, but went underground and ghosted all the plays of William Shakespeare. Your scholarship is usually sound, and I wouldn’t usually want to challenge you.

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    Dr Jeevan Hoole,
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    “Similarly the Methodist Church’s Vembadi has the office as a shrine room.”
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    Vembady and Jaffna Central are now national schools. Nothing to do with the NPC in my humble opinion. Who and when decided on the shrine room?
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    “Can a Tamil Chief Minister not understand what a Sinhalese Minister can?”
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    Is the CM not going to be at least temporarily out very soon? I agree with Minister Ganeshan.
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    Because of the fact that almost no child passes Grade 5 in most of the government run schools in Jaffna parents tolerate the mess of Jaffna College and Uduvil Girls’ College where despite the mess some kids pass.

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      Lone Woolf,

      You are absolutely right about JC and UGC. Students there obtain fairly good results despite mismanagement and rampant corruption mainly because they attend private tuition centers. Sadly Bishop Thiagarajah is using these results to score a brownie point in his battle against the concerned, well-intended alumni and the Trustees.

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      Is it not correct to say that there now are many things happening in law courts in the United States relating to “the mess of Jaffna College and Uduvil Girls’ College”? What is happening there may be described as Anglican Bishop Thiagarajah using the money given him by some Congregationalists in Boston to fight against the Trusties of that very fund.
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      There was a time when CT was providing us with what amounted to a ball by ball commentary on the stand-off between the Management Boards of the two Jaffna schools and the Trustees in Boston. Mental fatigue?
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      We’ve recently been talking (in the South of the country) a lot about how harmful the Grade Five scholarship exam is to the development of children. That it is here regarded as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of schools indicates to me just how much you in the North are reduced to maintaining the most basic functions of Education. For me to trot this out as indicating that we should be concerned about “all round development of the child” would be to do a Marie Antoinette – asking you to eat cake if you don’t have bread.
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      Having first introduced that caveat on the relevance of what I’m saying, I’ll give you links to that debate, later in the day.

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        Hi Sinhala_Man,
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        An interesting observation, if not a shaded insinuation ” Anglican Bishop Thiagarajah using the money given him by some Congregationalists in Boston to fight against the Trusties of that very fund.”
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        What funds should the Bishop use if he needs legal assistance to fight the case brought by the Trustees related to the use of the fund? Personal funds? If his sole source of income itself is an allocation from the fund of the “Congregationalists in Boston”, what option does he have? Should he lose the right to fight his case?
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        Incidentally, could you also offer your thougts on what funds are the Trustees using for their legal services in the fight. Is that what the donor’s to the fund had in mind?
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        I am sure you have a fair mind.

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          Hi Kumar R.
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          Good points made by you!
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          Yes, money that should be spent for good purposes frittered on lawyers, who must be sharks even in the U.S.!

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        I think that a Jaffna person must go in to all this. I’m not bothering with all the pages that got downloaded from here:

        https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lkhgbyrkhw4eayp/AAAjiRjmG7dcdIS4LvCdkGCwa?dl=0

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        I find this very sad.

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    Dr Jeevan Hoole,
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    “In NP, the exodus of the educated is compounded by reduced birth rates.”
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    There is a problem with quality and quantity. Just to remind you of the fact that, for instance, Kilinochi-Jaffna Water Project project has been based on an “estimate” of significant increase (think it mentioned 3 lakh increase) of the population in Jaffna Peninsula justifying the cost of the project.

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    Ratnajeevan Hoole,

    Yes it is true that the church has done immense service in the Country,

    Is it selfless is my question?.

    “Ends” and “means”
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    The end justifies the means.

    The end is the conversion and the means is the service.

    If it is selfless why is that the church had not done only marginal service among the Muslim communities,Because the Church is convinced that service will not lead to conversion among the Muslim
    Ends do not justify the means.

    There are some observations in Jaffna that the Church render more service among the Hindu Community than among the Christian Community.Why?
    This is a paradox ?

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      “The end is the conversion and the means is the service.”

      Is not this means better than piercing and killing on the kamuhu point like Saint Maanicavasagar of Thiruvsagam fame got 8000 pacifist Jaina priests killed because they would not convert? We are still celebrating that gruesome religious event with Thiruvilas. Or our King martyred his son and priests in Jaffna and in Mannar killed 800 in cold blood for converting to terrorise others from accepting a loving Saviour.
      Jesus is against violence. He appeals to many even Gandhi. I hope you will think the issue through rather than repeat what you are being told.

      People must have the right and education to decide the religion they want to be in. It is about their own souls.

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        Now now Mr. Christian. You sound like Mr. Hoole himself. The story of a Hindu saint (not Manikavachakar as you claim but Sambanthar) impaling Jains is pure myth uncorroborated by either contemporary Jain or Hindu evidence. Contrast that with the Crusades and the inquisition where Christian massacres of Muslims and Jews is well documented. As to the ‘800 killed in cold blood’ in Mannar (once again the numbers are wrong – its 600), they were Paravars brought to Mannar by the Portuguese to replace Muslim pearl divers from Kayalpattinam who had been evicted. This was a strategy to expand Portuguese colonial influence just as the French used Vietnamese Catholic militia to help subdue independent Vietnam. Jesus against violence?? He called the Jews ‘sons of the devil’, ‘a brood of snakes’ etc while the Book of Revelation describes cannibalism by the ‘believers’ prior to the last day. Christian charity is a ploy to seek converts. It’s a sham.

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    “UK’s Hope Outreach to build a new Church. They did it for Rs. 20 million. “

    Hope Outreach is to be thanked so very much for giving the Anglican/Christian tharmapuram community a very nice church. Something so very beautiful for a comunity that has faced unbelieavable events in their ife. The design looks so nice and I love the subtle lighting of the cross hanging from the altar area. i am happy for all those girls in the photo. They seem to be so happy with their church. They can have their weddngs too in a beautiful church. Using a beautiful sanctified space will inspire good Christian culture in their homes. Sorry the people who have suffered the most had to worship in an old delapidated church before, holding weddings and baptisms in such a tiny space.
    The Rev. Canon Julian Reindorp and the sons of Fathers Muttuveloe and Thambyrajah being present is special. It is not always that one gets to see a new Anglican church being commissioned. Not just the Tharmapuram Christians all the Christians in Sri Lanka are in their debt.

    May the love of our Lord the Lover of souls spread and His mission and Commision be fulfilled from the Tharmapuram Church.

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    The handful of Hoole-Christian sect moan and/or whinge is natural.
    Travails? My foot. What the hell does RSH H want?

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      The main question is not about Christianity or SRHH, but respect for the law and minority rights from a people who opposed Sinhala Only and Hindu officials who dominate educational institutions in the North.

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        Jaffna Citizen,
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        The Hindu-Christian issue was not an issue until Jeevan returned to Jaffna and was denied the VC post. Though I was quite open to Jeevan’s initial plea he made, I believe two years ago, in these columns for support of his candidacy, with every passing article of Jeevan since then, I sigh one more great relief, one more time grateful that collective wisdom prevailed avoiding compromising the UOJ VC position!
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        The latest example, perhaps not immediately obvious, as you can see in this article is his callous, insensitive, un-dignifying reference to “retarded” children, a term that has been abandoned in civil discussion since at least 30 years ago even in the most isolated parts of all progressive nations. Am I glad Jeevan is not at the helm of academia still harbouring and penning such archaic if not idiotic notions that seem so fully baked into the man he is! Will he apologize to all the children he just insulted?! Definitely not! Trump doesn’t either. Narcissists do not see the need to take responsibility.

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          If your comments are based on public interest, you should not be mischievous, trying to score points by using misleading arguments. If Hindu-Christian unity were the norm in Jaffna, is Hindu society that produced several luminaries so weak that one man questioning orthodox historiography through articles in English could make them so insecure? Arguments could go on and healthy people normally take them in their stride. No one need fear to argue about facts.

          Or, are you trying to make silly arguments to justify why a person with his academic resources in Engineering was refused an opportunity to serve the students at Jaffna University?

          Using the term retarded is not an issue if it is done with concern. You acknowledge that retarded children need help. Differently-abled is a polite term that enables you to pretend that they are normal and need no help.

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            Jaffna_Citizen,
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            (Part 1 of 3)
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            Let me address each statement of yours in detail
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            “If your comments are based on public interest, you should not be mischievous, trying to score points by using misleading arguments.” – Where exactly was your mischief-sniffing nostril when Jeevan credited his daughter Anbini on a seemingly “public interest” question, “why men are not allowed to touch young girls, if Krishna can?” How much of serious public interest was that? Would you count that as anything but mischievous? How about Jeevan’s article that infuriated the Indian diplomat just about a month ago? Did you read Jeevan’s article detailing at length the primitive jungle that “kattu pathai” was where “girls and even married women” were rubbing themselves vigorously in public to entice the intellectual Tamil cultured boys? Remember what happened to the girls that the Tamil boys touched – and then it was the Tamil boys that Jeevan would choose to sympathize with and not the girls impregnated by the Tamil boys! I am sure you would like to have different rules for different persons – but it doesn’t work that way! Who was making misleading arguments or trying to score points? Ever heard the wisdom “use a thorn to pick a thorn?”
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            “questioning orthodox historiography” – that is a terrible attempt at a typical Dayanistic defence! That attempt means only one thing – and you know it!
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            “healthy people normally take them in their stride” – Is your reference to Anbini or to Jeevan?
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            Jaffna_Citizen,
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            (Part 2 of 3)
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            “No one need fear to argue about facts” True. I always wondered why Jeevan shies away from answering forthright – and I am not even a luminary, Hindu or otherwise! One other concern – Jeevan and few others use the excuse that users of psuedonymns are somehow less worthy. How come Jeevan is fine with pseudonym-defenders – a whole trove of them to date, starting I believe with Erasmus, Chundukuli girl, and now you after possibly another 20 or so in between who all faded away for good reason?! Dayan had similar , convenient front-line defence, up until he was caught clandestinely using pseudonyms himself! Oh – grow up!!
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            “academic resources in Engineering was refused an opportunity to serve the students at Jaffna University?” Please note my relief was in Jeevan not being appointed as VC. That position right at the helm requires many managerial and diplomatic skills that Jeevan has repeatedly proved he lacks! Skills such as sensitivity (remember Katubedda, temple dancers), skills in polite discourse (you yourself noted the impolite reference to challenged children), effectiveness (has appreciation of Jeevan increased or decreased over time, with each passing article he has published in these columns in the last two years?), bigotry and religious intolerance (inventing and promoting ”Christian majoritarian advantage” and then denying that). Not just me, but even Sinhala_man has repeatedly spotted much flaws in many aspects, ending up calling him a “over-grown schoolboy” but only affectionately!”

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            Jaffna_Citizen,
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            (Part 3 of 3)
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            In any case, since you raised the concern about Jeevan being refused the opportunity to teach Engineering at UOJ (not the VC concern I had), can you explain why SL totally ignores the opportunity to use such exceptional talent available in the palm of their hands to strengthen institutions elsewhere in the island other than Jaffna? Why a temporary parking space in Elections Department? Is the rest of the country so damn full with Engineering talent and resources that Jeevan’s extraordinary talent will not count, except in UOJ? I have asked this from Jeevan, but I guess his modesty intervenes.
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            “Using the term retarded is not an issue if it is done with concern. You acknowledge that retarded children need help. Differently-abled is a polite term that enables you to pretend that they are normal and need no help.”
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            Isn’t “differently-abled” sufficient for you to understand that they are not normal? What implication does “differently” suggest to you? Please explain that to me. Why do you think the term “retarded” is abhorred in cultured circles? Why do you think World Bank dropped the language “under-developed nations” Would they be justified in returning to that usage whenever they acknowledge Sri Lanka needs “assistance” (which, unfortunately is eternal)!? Don’t invent excuses. A blunder is a blunder – Learn (and teach Jeevan) to take responsibility – not use span-cloth excuses!
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            Guess who the “educated uneducated” is.

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            Jaffna Citizen,
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            I do need to re-iterate my most emphatic and extreme disgust on your grotesque manipulation “Differently-abled IS a polite term that enables you to PRETEND that they are normal and NEED NO HELP.” (Capitalization mine for emphasis).
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            Are you not implying that the motivation behind the change in terms by the progressive society was aimed at “PRETENDING that they are normal and NEED NO HELP”? What a rascal you are – distorting the most humane considerations of a whole society just so that you can defend Jeevan in what can only be described as the most unholiest and wholly unorthodox to be the “Christian way?”
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            Is that what Christianity taught you in it’s seemingly Jaffna version?
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            Do you now understand why you are and your minions are indeed a disservice to the Religion you only PRETEND to uphold?!

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    Jeevan,
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    Did the Missionaries effectively help or hurt the Native Americans whom they saved through Jesus?
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    Did the British mean to help Ceylon or to help themselves, with their magnificent gift of roadways and railways traversing the country?
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    Are the Chinese helping Sri Lanka or helping themselves with their magnanimous credits to build up Hambantota, and now a new city in Colombo?
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    On a lighter note perhaps, given that you have had more-than-sufficient exposure to dignified thinking, how come you still think it is not improper to announce “retarded children” or “adopted son” (instead of just “son”)? Old dogs certainly have a difficult challenge I guess!
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    PS: Have you informed Dr. Muthukishna of Point Pedro Policy Institute on your enlightenment about incidence of conversion from your discussion with Arumuham – I assume Dr. M. is still keeping count!

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