16 December, 2017

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The Story Of An Alternative Manifesto

By Mahesan Niranjan

Prof Mahesan Niranjan

We can feel the hot air. I don’t mean the extended summer heat wave in the United Kingdom, but the political air is heating up as the elections to the Northern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka approaches. The main political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) caused much excitement among analysts by successfully inviting former justice Wigneswaran (hereinafter referred to by the pet name Wiggles) to be their lead candidate. There was hot air during the run-up to his nomination. “Wiggles is from Colombo, he only knows the Nallur temple in Jaffna. The alternative candidate Maavai Senathirajah knows all nooks and corners in Jaffna, so Maavai should be the candidate,” argued some. A friend of mine had an amazing response to this: “My cousin is a bus driver in Jaffna and knows every corner of Jaffna better than anyone else. He should be the candidate for the Chief-Minister post, no?”

Then there was a period of a different type of hot air, with the UN Human Rights Chief Ms Navi Pillai visiting. She gave hopes to many, particularly to mothers and wives of missing men. Many are rightly sceptical that those are misplaced hopes. We may not know if she can bring enough pressure on our government to release the names of those held captive. Or if she can persuade that some currently behind bars were just butchers, bakers and candlestick makers, selling meat, bread and candlesticks to the Tigers. Will she be able to convincingly argue any charge against those currently in captivity, proven or not, is dwarfed by the crimes committed by some who were lucky to get their timings right in when they switched sides? Is she persuasive enough to inject some perspective that transporting a Tiger carder in your vehicle under threat of your life is a negligible crime in comparison to lining up and shooting six hundred policemen? Whatever the effect of her visit is, we can be certain that when naughty Sri Lankan children don’t do their homework, parents will be heard saying: “do you want me to call Ms Pillai?” 

Shortly after Ms Pillai’s visit, the TNA published its election manifesto. Critics suggest that much of it is a cut ‘n paste job from previous documents. Its emphasis is on why the Tamils people are different from the Sinhala people. Verbose and high on rhetoric, it fails to offer a plausible concrete roadmap on how the shattered lives of the Tamil people may be re-built. Analysts are right to challenge the TNA manifesto and ask what lessons they (the TNA) have learnt from the past approaches they have championed in various forms before coming together as an alliance in this particular form. Where are their new ideas?

Confused with these thoughts in mind, I caught up with my drinking partner, the Sri Lankan Tamil fellow Sivapuranam Thevaram, at our usual place in Bridgetown UK. Unsurprisingly, Thevaram has been busy writing his version of the election manifesto for the Tamil National Alliance!

“It is about getting priorities right, machan (buddy/mate in Sri Lankan English – Michael Mayler, is that filed under M?)” he started, “remember the day when that war criminal, Tony Blair, came to power in the UK?”

“Oh yes, I remember that well,” I said, “he claimed to have three priorities: education, education, education and education.”

“Precisely,” agreed Thevaram. “I have centred the priorities of my manifesto around three R’s.”

“Three R’s,” that certainly was music to my ears. Education has always been the priority of the Tamils in the north. So focusing on their reading, writing and arithmetic would be a great start for the local administration. Being in the teaching profession myself, and having visited the University of Jaffna several times since the end of the war, I was naturally very excited.

But the three R’s of his alternative manifesto were different!

R for Restrooms

The Tamil National Alliance recognizes that thirty years of war has deprived our people of much needed development in all aspects of their lives. For example, we observe that travellers to our Northern Province experience severe difficulties along the A9 highway. The roadside boutiques at which luxury buses stop do not have clean toilet facilities. We take this as an example of the large number of issues faced by our people which could have been easily addressed, yet centralization of power has held us back from making progress.

A Wiggles-led Tamil National Alliance administration shall, within its first one hundred days in office, build a minimum of ten public restrooms along the A9 highway between the cities of Vavunia and Jaffna. We will maintain these to very high standards of cleanliness. There shall be running water on taps, the floors shall be kept dry and loo paper will be available for those who prefer dry cleaning.  We will have clear instructions in all three languages, with suitable illustrations, on how to use these facilities properly.

Our administration shall seek the cooperation of the provincial governor in raising funds for these restrooms by a Pay2P levy. We fully appreciate the valid criticisms of the 13th Amendment, i.e. that all power is in the hands of the Governor. However, we believe that the Governor will feel sufficiently embarrassed to veto our Pay2P proposal and will yield to the voice of the elected body. That, we believe, will set a precedent for councils across the country to work imaginatively towards clawing back power that has been centralized via the Divineguma Bill. Up and down the country, we shall hear the call: “If the Northerners can do it, so can we!”

Thus we seek from our people a mandate to be innovative in power sharing.

R for Religion

We recognize that religion has been a serious issue in our politics. Though much of our historic violence does not have its roots in religion, we can identify several instances of religious intolerance showing its ugly head. The Sinhala-Muslim rioting, the chasing away of the Muslims from Jaffna and the recent attacks by the BBS and similar organizations on mosques and churches, and the incredible amount of hatred these groups are able to propagate, with clear support from powerful quarters, should worry all Sri Lankans.

We recognize that the ultimate solution to such intolerance is to tell the people the truth: that the God they believe in does not exist. But that solution is theoretical and our people are not ready for it yet. We learn from history that in Sri Lankan politics — and we have heard it time and again from clever analysts — we cannot afford to aim for theoretically optimal solutions. We need to be practical.

In line with pragmatic politics, a Wiggles-led Tamil Alliance administration shall, within its first one hundred days in office, build a minimum of ten multi-faith places of worship, as per floor-plan outlined in the attached diagram.

When this innovative step is adopted widely, schemes to smuggle Buddha statues to school playgrounds overnight and those that surprise citizens in a particular location with archaeological findings that prove or disprove historic land ownership will be eliminated.

We recognize that followers of each religion will be keen to play prayer songs over loudspeakers. We accept that such high-decibel prayers are necessary to reach out to those in the community who are slow to adapt to the Faith. We further recognize the issue that if the auspicious times of any two religions coincide, and they compete for use of the acoustic space, tensions will increase. We will use technological solutions to address this problem by distributing wireless headsets to all citizens and travellers within radio reach of these places of multi-faith worship. We will seek funding from the diaspora to pay for the cost of leasing four frequency bands from Sri Lanka Telecommunications to implement this plan.

R for Reconciliation

The three decades of war has killed many, destroyed property and left much mutual hatred and suspicion across our communities. Everybody in Sri Lanka can legitimately claim to have suffered in one way or the other as a result of the war. We may all agree that reconciliation is an important aspect of our future, but often the discourse on the subject drifts very quickly into deadlock: “who started it first” and “the other side should make the first move.”

We say: “Let peace begin with me!

To be precise, we believe that the way forward is to re-gain the moral high-ground lost by the Tamils. We acknowledge without reservation that much evil was committed by Tamils, in the name of Tamils and without the informed consent of the vast majority of the Tamils, and we wish to distance ourselves from that evil unconditionally.

A Wiggles-led Alliance administration shall, within its first one hundred days in office, identify one hundred families from Sinhala and Muslim communities who suffered as a result of the war and help them in re-building their lives. These families will be chosen at random from Jaffna Muslims, families of Aranthalawa baby monks, relatives of Keppitigollawa villagers and children of the 600 or so policemen ordered to surrender by the Premadasa administration. We will engage the diaspora and persuade them that the gesture of re-building the lives of those on whom evil was perpetrated in our names is likely to be far more effective than running around cricket grounds waving flags.

Our administration will take the view that gaining the moral high-ground will shame the Sri Lankan government into acting. We will expect them to reciprocate by releasing the names of political prisoners held without trial for extended periods, offer amnesty to those who have been through a legal process and found guilty, repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act, grant dual citizenship to our countrymen who left as a result of the war, implement the use of Tamil language for official purposes and de-militarize the governance of Sri Lanka as a whole – the Northern Province in particular.

We will give the government three months to respond in the above way. Should they fail, we will identify another one hundred families upon whom evil was unleashed (by Tamils, in the name of Tamils, without the informed consent of a vast majority of Tamils), and help them in re-building their lives.

People of the Northern Province, we urge you to join us in this struggle to innovate and to re-capture lost moral territory, by electing us to office.

Please vote for the RRRR symbol!

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    Brilliant!!!

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      Very nice!
      At the same time there are other priorities such as getting PEOPLE CENTERED DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES and STRATEGIES and PROCESSES in place, and EFFECTIVE AID CO-ORDINATION right.
      Development under WIggles needs to be PEOPLE-CENTERED – NOT a pile of kick-back intensive white elephant infrastructure. Hence,
      1.Setting up a DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH and COORDINATION UNIT – to identify DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES, STRATEGIES and COORDINATE AID adn MONITOR AND EVALUATE delivery of development assistance is important.
      2. A proper poverty and vulnerability assessment and areas and families that are poor and vulnerable and in need of homes and livelihoods should be identified and targeted for poverty reduction assistance.
      3. Get aid for this from international donors and have targeted and TRANSPARENT cash transfers to poor families for poverty reduction in the Northeast.
      Basil Rajapassa’s Divineguam is a political patronage system and will not reduce poverty.

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      O’Sulaiman,
      Brilliant rubbish he comes out with after a few beers!

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    Forget the important R……. Rajapakse.
    If TNA gets land power, within 100 days change the name of Nadhikadal to Rajapaksepuram.
    :-)

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    Brilliant!

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    Excellent! In addition, some flowers to Gota would also be a good symbolic gesture. Kicking it to the sea is upto him to choose. If the Wiggles group adds one flower per missing man without a record, Gota will find it hard to kick all of them all the way into the sea, I hope.

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    Niranjan,

    Just as you correctly recognize that “…the God they believe in does not exist…. [b]ut that solution is theoretical and our people are not ready for it yet,” you have to recognize that Tamil nationalism and Sinhala nationalism are not going anywhere. One can only hope their impact on civic life becomes less and less in practice.

    I think despite the moderate views of Sampanthan, Wigneswaran and Sumanthiran, the TNA manifesto does a bit of pandering to this reality on the ground. There is no need to over-analyze it, especially when one sees how the other side that has almost a monopoly on power behaves.

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      “reality on the ground” is TAMIL GENOCIDE.

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        Anpu,

        I would say that there were mass scale atrocities and war crimes, and Tamils need to insist on a proper investigation of and accountability for crimes committed by both sides. It is one thing to say what happened was of “genocidal proportions,” but to call it genocide as such is problematic for a number of reasons, including the fact the LTTE was committed to a war. By using loaded terms like that, Tamils risk their real grievances not being taken seriously.

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          Agnos,
          Prof Boyle says it is genocide and I tend to agree with him. http://www.tamilnet.com/img/publish/2009/09/BoyleBookGSP3.pdf

          More in detail account http://tamilnation.co/indictment/index.htm

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            Anpu,

            Boyle can speak about it in such a way, but that is not settled opinion. The GoSL and others could provide many counter arguments, and some of them would be valid. Tamils shouldn’t remain fixated on it and overuse it in a world where powerful countries’ consciences remain unstirred even in the face of clear and present genocide.

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          “The film also addresses the culpability of the Tamil Tigers, themselves responsible for committing war crimes and for preventing civilians from trying to escape the carnage. Since 2009 there has been no independent judicial investigation into what happened and the Government of Sri Lanka continues to say the video evidence of war crimes is faked. A UN Panel of Experts reported to Ban Ki Moon that as many as 40,000 civilians may have died during the first few months of 2009 – mostly as a result of government shelling. A more recent internal UN review concluded the figure could be higher – 70,000 or even more.

          No Fire Zone also brings this story up to date. This is still a live story – the brutal repression and ethnic restructuring of the Tamil homelands in the north of Sri Lanka continues – journalists and government critics are still disappearing.”

          http://distrify.com/films/6715-no-fire-zone-the-killing-fields-of-sri-lanka

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      But Agnos, is it not irresponsible for your “moderates” to do this “bit of pandering to reality,” as you call it, without giving thought to how the other side will perceive it? Is this not what happened back in the 70’s when TULF “moderates” were pandering to the reality of local emotions by claiming they will make slippers from Sinhala skins and other such rubbish?

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        “…were pandering to the reality of local emotions by claiming they will make slippers from Sinhala skins and other such rubbish?”

        I suspect you are a Sinhalese guy using a Tamil name.

        FYI, I attended a few TULF meetings as a barely 10 year old, but politically aware kid then, and I never heard anything like that. I even spoke in one. Amirthalingam and Mangayarkarasi were not some uneducated drunks to make such statements.

        Of course there was the rhetoric of “liberation.” And things like “Say you are a Tamil, hold your head high.” Or Standardization and “why should some Perera be preferred over a Kandasamy for university admission when the latter had higher marks?” and things like that.

        From my personal experience, I would say such claims about slippers and skins are utter lies or possibly uttered by uneducated drunkards who sometimes were not prevented from getting on the stage at such meetings.

        Coming to the “pandering” part, all politics involves some pandering, just as all religions are just pandering to their adherents when the reality is that there is no God. It is voters of the North-East who will vote for the TNA, and if Tamil nationalism is the reality on the ground, the TNA may feel they have to appeal to them in those terms.

        As for being irresponsible, I let my wife and kids go to temples and pray, fully knowing that there is no God and they are wasting their time and energy. Is that “irresponsible” of me?

        As for how the “other side ” perceives it, that side has its hands full, having elected utterly evil thugs like the Rajapaksas. Do they have some special perception? Let me tell you this… whatever the TNA manifesto may say, Wigneswaran, Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are infinitely better politicians than the Rajapaksas and their hangers on, so the other side needs to reflect on their own complicity in electing such people, instead of the bogey of extremism among Tamil nationalists.

        And let me tell you, right at this moment, many conservative people in rural parts of Maryland, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado say they want to secede from their states because they perceive those states as liberal. Though secession is pretty much impossible in the US, these people feel the need to vent their frustrations by calling for secession, and the state governments as well the Fed Govt. give them complete freedom to articulate their views and frustrations. Nobody sends a white van or passes a law saying they can’t peacefully articulate their support for secession.

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          Agnos, if you spoke at a TULF meetings at the age of 10, you must be a very clever person. In fact you are so clever that you would hide a pumpkin in a plate of rice! Do you remember what you spoke about?

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            Thiru Sambanthar
            Why don’t you believe Agnos?
            Boy in this clip looks 10
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c19t09Zz-0Y

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            I had so many things to say in my post, but all you got fixated on was my speaking at 10? I don’t care whether you are skeptical. It is the truth. The main point in my speech at that time was about youths working tirelessly for Tamil people’s ‘liberation’ and that since the youths had decided to support the TULF, the people should vote for the party. One doesn’t have to be “clever” for this.

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    Though good suggestions, looks theoretical and does not look practical for the lay peoples’ eyes.

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    This wishful thinking is unrealistic.
    Only a regime which has moral principles and ideals will respond.

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    Very funny

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    Brilliant satire,as usual.Regards to thevaram.May he sing for long
    One line in the essay is very relevant and i hope Tamil politicians and their handlers –local anfd foreign — take it seriously.And it is this:
    we cannot afford to aim for theoretically optimal solutions. We need to be practical.

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    Good suggestion especially the second R.

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    Professor Niranjan, Thank you for this marvellous proposal. The seriousness of what you say is enhanced by the levity in which you phrase it. Magnanimity should ideally come from the majority, and as a Sinhalese Buddhist I am ashamed that it has not been forthcoming. I hope the majority has the moral capacity to at least respond.

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      Building of loos along A9 is a marvelous proposal?
      may be as a magnanimous gesture HLS can organize a group of people and start building loos along A9, and even better, Tamil Nadu is in dire need of loos. Both tamils and Sinhalese can express gratitude to India for the IPKF and the parippu dropping etc by building loos there.

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    R & R in the ex Homeland with a dual passort perhaps is the only tangible benefit, that the Diasporians can expect in the short term.

    It will be a blessing ( not the kind that Niranjan’s BTF boss Reverend usually provides)for the eldery ex well offs, who are now languishing in utter boredom,having nothing to do except be on call for BTF duties..

    This is subject to Vella Wiggis,behaving himself independent of Sambandan, Premachandran & Sumanthiran Co.who have stitched up deals with the hardcore Canadian Diaspora Financiers.

    Niranjan surely can’t be serious about these funds going to build Loos and pay for Books.

    If Wiggis, assuming he can get the job,an dteam up with the non TNA factions and work for the good of the inhabitant population there, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds ,Diaspora enterprenuers may enen get a chance to help establish businnesses to help the poor who sacrificed a lot to please the Diaspora.

    Decent loos along the A9 is a top priority, especially when the Human Rights of our females are concerned.

    Isn’t it a pity that Ms Pillai picked Helicopter ( or was it fixed wing ) rides to look into how much bad shape the poor excaptives in the North are?

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    Dear Prof. Niranjan,

    Brilliant. I think the person or persons who drafted the Pongu Thamil declaration forgot to include self-indulgence as a right of self-satisfaction.

    I have been informed by a ExCo member of the OPA that a Committee is deliberating on amendments to the Constitution of DSR of Sri Lanka. Your drinking partner Mr. Sivapuranam Thevaram could contribute a lot from the “northern” view point and enjoy the stuff that cheers in the bar after the meeting. It is well stocked with all local and western stuff but sadly no “northern” stuff. Though “Wiggles” is said to have graced the OPA events as Chief Guest or Panelist, he is said to be a teetotaler. (This will not go well with the cheerful northerners, whom I know. According to market indicators, consumption of the stuff that cheers have gone up by nearly 500%.) I am pretty sure that all Palmyra trees in the Northern Province will vanish within 5-years if Wiggles become the CM. (Palmyra Development Board, will be reduced to a name board without products for selling.This will be done purposely by the NPC to weaken the economy of the central government because all profits from selling Palmyra products go to PDB, an institution of the central government.)

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    So, building of loos along A9 highway has become top priority,er???

    Sengodan. M

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      Yes, to pander the Sinhala Tourist.

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    Good if Wiggles accept the challenge. however the trouble is Wiggles may have other priorities and in any case he will be under obligation to TNA agenda.

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    Excellent satire. I do enjoy this guy’s articles though I may not always agree with them. A sense of humour-where would we be without it!

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      Why not tell the guy where you disagree — he might even learn something.

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    Great Niranjan,
    I believe your simple strategy —“We will give the government three months to respond in the above way. Should they fail, we will identify another one hundred families upon and help them in re-building their lives.” should work.
    And this is the only effective solution.

    Do we have to wait for TNA to do it? You can start doing this to some Sinhalese families and I have to do the same to Tamil and Muslim families…. We can organise van/car load of people go to other communities in weekend and help them by cleaning their veggie patches, animal barns or any manual work to help them out. No big things, just extend the love and respect..
    Anura

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    This is disappointing. I am really annoyed with Sivapuranam.

    He should have sneaked his ideas before the manifesto is published. Might have influenced Wiggles.

    Now it is too late. It looks like that Wiggles has been taken for a ride by the “warriors” down the Maveera Lane in VVT. Wiggles appears to be robust in recreating the old songs and dances and also seems to enjoy these kind of rides.

    it is too late for Sivapuranam to contest the election. Anyway let us be positive now , we maylobby Wiggles to induct him into his advisory panel.

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    Very, very good! Posters might like to read a poem by this wise human being, it is called The Tamil Man’s Genes

    http://groundviews.org/2011/01/21/the-tamil-mans-genes-2/

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    Dr. Niranjan has suggested that putting up his friend’s Bus Driver cousin as a candidate is a joke.
    No, I personally think that might be better than either Wigneswaran or Maavai Senathirja. Of course,Niranjan can always get away from any comment by saying that he is trying to be satirical.
    However, the bottom line is, the TNA has NOT asked what should be the determinative crtierion. The determinative criterion is weather the person has a VISION for the Future? Both Wignes and Maavi are till looking at things with the pre-Eelam Vaddukkoddai vision that has FAILED US. So the bus driver cousin might do better because a bus driver at least has to look in front.

    Further more, you yourself mention to tell the people the truth: that the God they believe in does not exist. Well surely, an orthodox Hindu who goes to Nallur Temple cringing with the mystical fear of the Gods in his bones is not going to say any of that.

    Or, if the God you are thinking of is Eelam, he is not going to tell about the God that failed. He is no Arthur Koestler, but a very orthodox rich conformist Tamil from Karuvakaddu – a modern version of the Turbaned leaders that we had in the 1920s and who did very little for the people but moved imperiously to aggrandize their own social stratum. These Colombo layers are worse than the local bus drivers.

    However, I hope the TNA comes power, but as a very very weak minority government in the province.

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      Manoharan: Will you vote for the TNA next week?

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    Manoharan got a point.

    While the Sinhala Buddhist bus drivers and their fellow inhabitants educated their rural poor kids to gradually get rid of the ” Colombo Layers”,. Visionary Prabakran, made Martyrs out of the poor rural non Vellala kids for three decades.

    Just imagine how many of the Five Hundred Commanders who perished in Puddithikurruppu would have made the cut in Politics, Economics Science and Engineering?.

    Now the Old Siver without the turban of course, have filled the void and are trying to put in place plans to keep the Colombo Layers in perpetual power.

    Then there is a strong possibility that the same Colombo layers may have other plans too,to use the ex captives once agian for a “another go” to fullfil the Eelaam dream of PM Rudrakumaran and his Deputy and spritual Leader Reverend Emmanuel.

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      You may be suffering from OCD – obsession with vellarlas!

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    This guy should concentrate on writing engineering papers rather than a weekend paper after a few beers!

    May be he is not getting anything significant with engineering research, and wants to move on to uncharted waters.

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      Thiru,
      He is trying to be funny. For him TAMIL GENOCIDE is fun.

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      Thiru — the guy talks about massacres done by the Tamil side, and says (in R3) that the TNA should distance itself from this past to gain the moral high ground. He may not be as successful an engineer as your good self, but why is that relevant? In fact, given his obsession with toilets (I remember reading another article by him in groundviews about toilets, you can look it up), he is likely to be from the toilet cleaning caste. But then, Thiru, why is even that possibility relevant?

      What IS relevant is this. Would YOU — given everything we all know about the bad things done by successive Sinhala governments to the Tamils, and the outrageous acts committed by the Sri Lankan security forces over 30 years– would you have walked into Anuradhapura market square and shot at random? Would you have gone to Aranthalawa and butchered those baby monks? Would you have chased away your Muslim neighbours with 24 hour notice? Would you have taken a pistol and shot Thiranagama? Would you have tied a bomb to your belt and blasted Thiruchchelvam?

      Would you have encouraged your own children or your nephews (who are likely to be of the same age group as those Tigers who carried out those massacres) to do any of the above? If not why not?

      You see, Thiru, if you would’t do it, and you wouldn’t encourage your own children or nephews to do it, then you cannot condone it. You cannot encourage other people to do it. You have no moral authority to seek a better future based on these barbaric acts done by other people (whom you probably funded). It has already been established, thanks to the Tigers, that counter-barbarism will not win. As such, you have no choice here but to agree with the author of the article that the future politics of Tamils has to be based on distancing themselves from those evils of the past — unconditionally, if I may borrow Mahesan’s language.

      Thankfully, Thiru, there is now a good trend. Sumanthiran has very clearly expressed regret over chasing the Muslims away. Wigneswaran is a welcome change to Tamil politics because those who shake his hands won’t feel Aranthalawa blood on his fingers and palms. And, as Agnos has said above, the trio are infinitely better as representatives of their people than the thugs chosen by the Sinhalese to rule in Colombo.

      (BTW Wigneswaran’s personal wealth or his postcode or his fear of God — pointed out by Manoharan above — is irrelevant. What he does in office is what matters. I am hopeful he will learn from bus drivers and look forward.)

      Forgive me for the long response — I know you like to take short stabs.

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    Prof,

    Your Article should have been titled. The Story Of My Life and instead of the three “R”s it should have been the Three “L”s.

    Location Location Location

    1) Location Based in the United Kingdom( I don’t mean the extended summer heat wave in the United Kingdom)

    2) Location: Place where I say my Thevaram and read my Thirupuranam and consume large amount of Alcohol ( usual place in Bridgetown UK.)

    3) Location: By the time the discussion got to the Third “R”
    “Reconciliation”
    You were highly intoxicated and things were beginning to fall apart as you were starting to talk nonsense.

    But my advice to you is in future please don’t consume large amount of Alcohol before you discuss issues of such importance which goes to the heart of a Nations ( I mean Eelam) intergrity.

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    Prof,

    If asked I will be quite happy to advise you on what is wrong with your analysis the Third “R” Reconciliation.

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