25 September, 2020

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The TNA Challenge

By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

TNA as expected has got the mandate of Tamils for what they pledged in the manifesto so also Ranil. Ranil will find it easier to run the government with the support of SLEP members backed by a President Maithri who is accommodative. As a result the bargaining power which Sampanthan relied has not materialized unless and until Ranil faces a successful no confidence motion with the backing of entire opposition members.

At present there is little chance by Ranil to depend on TNA except on occasions when he needs their votes. The question of Ranil meeting the election pledges of TNA is almost nil in the face of Ranil/Maithri’s combined stand. Ranil, Maithri and Mahinda have already rejected federalism.

They have also rejected Independent International Investigation and also promised to protect the war criminals whose names will soon be known officially from the UN report.

Accountability and culpability will become an eye wash in the internal investigation process promised by Ranil, where there is little chance for the prime accused to be convicted even if charged.

Sampanthan TNARanil has promised granting powers to village councils and rural civilian committees thus rejecting even any 13+, and clothing. The Provincial councils with more powers with minimum control by Centre especially over land and police. The past consistent breaches of pacts, Agreements undertakings remain as bitter experiences for the Tamils. Hence an agreement guaranteed by the International community can only ensure its compliance by the Sri Lankan Government.

Tamils heap their trust on Sampanthan mostly due to respect, maturity and been the most senior veteran in politics right from SJV’s period. Though Sampanthan at times send conflicting and confusing signals about his approach. Jet Tamils have to adopt a wait and see approach in the coming years. As there is no alternative strong opposing party to TNA. TNA is well advised and forewarned not to deviate from their election pledges. The world saint valluvar in one kural has stated “A king who is not advised or criticized for his wrongs by anyone will ruin himself without anyone to ruin him”.

TNA’s election manifesto is silent on the question of Independent International Investigation but facing mounting criticism from local and diaspora Tamils, TNA changed its stand and is now calling for International Investigation. TNA’s urgent concerns requiring immediate steps, as mentioned in the manifesto include the return of Lands seized by the security force.

But Ranil’s statement to New York Times about the disappeared appears to close the issues. Forever leaving the relatives of missing in despair. There are people who are missing whose names are not found anywhere, which means either they are not living now or they left the country”.

Minimum presence of Army in the North and East release of political prisoners information and full statistics as to the dead, disappeared and detained. This what the TNA wants.

The statements of Ranil/Maithri regarding the above urgent concerns are as usual neither promising nor obtainable. Justice Minister has changed the hitherto called political prisoners into criminals facing prosecution.

Ranil has said that land problems are no more serious issues. Independent International Investigation is never possible or acceptable as it is ruled out by Maithri and Ranil. Those who committed the worst war crimes will go unpunished and will not be hauled up by outside bodies. Maithri and Ranil are determined not to reduce the army presence but camps could be reduced.

It is apt to quote. What Ranil said in his interview to Hindu “political solution will be worked out within the 13th amendment and will maximize it if necessary.

“There are no questions about land. I think a lot of people are satisfied with it”.

“Police powers ruled out to provincial council but will be through an Independent Police Commission”.

Besides, a merger of Northern and Eastern provincial council looks a distant dream under Ranil and Maithri Etc.,

The TNA’s pledge of a federal solution appears like a dream for Tamils, which has become a curseful formula for the Sinhalese politicians.

TNA is pretty well aware of the chauvinistic policies of Sinhalese Government and politicians. From 1923 and it will be futile to expect the demands of TNA delivered on a platter. There are several challenges and battles ahead even to meet the urgent concerns and priorities of Tamils in the North and East who will not be satisfied with anything less in meeting those concerns.

Tamils can accept soothing words, gestures, promising statements, like all are Sri Lankans, all are now happy with the ‘good governance’ which has not entirely embraced the life’s of Tamils, though democratic freedoms and values destroyed by Mahinda have been resurrected.

TNA is therefore duty bound to proceed with a programe of action and not words, reliance on promises, political flirtations and trusting even accepting Ministerial portfolios will only jeopardize the just causes of Tamils. In this respect, Sampanthan’s stand of not accepting any cabinet portfolios is laudable and he must to stick to it.

TNA should exploit the current international awareness of Tamils problem to the maximum particularly with diaspora Tamils as there are ominous signs that the west particularly USA is tilting to support Ranil’s government and preserve it from falling even at the expense of Tamil sufferings human right violations.

A unified concerted action from various fronts is the need of the hour to utilize the present opportunity and any failing or faltering by TNA will only bring their political downfall paving way for violent extremism.

The Sinhalese Governments and politicians are always united when the occasions arise for the suttling and sinking of any meaningful and just political proposals to solve the 60 year old ethnic problem with Tamils being humiliated and defeated even after adopting politics of conciliation, peaceful and armed confrontation.

‘It is just might is right’

It is apt to quote what Thanthai Chelva said about UNP and SLFP.

“The snake in SLFP’s Srimavo would be venomous only in biting, but the snake in UNP’s JR would be venomous just by its merely looking at”

As mentioned earlier, it is left to TNA and Sampanthan to stick to their pledges and promises with necessary strategies to face the local and International hurdles. The trust and support of Tamils in the North and East should be placed for bargaining on equal footing lest history will record ‘A let down ‘with irretrievable dire consequences for the lives of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Support of the Tamil diaspora and the signature campaign of TGTE (1.5 Million signed) are matters that cannot be dismissed lightly by the UN or International Community.

*M.K. Eelvaventhan – Former Member of Parliament Sri Lanka – Member of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Representing Canada

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    Tamils have might too. Arguably, greater might than every before – they are international and wealth and deeply unhappy about the racism against Tamils in Sri Lanka. They are currently engaged in a political process which we all hope will deliver a just peace. It is a mistake to think that just because the war is over, one can go back to subjugating Tamils.

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    my dear keelaventhan you have no moral right to ask or request or even to advise TNA-sampnthan-sumanthiran as what to do in sri-lanka about tamil problem.you and your panhandling friends in Toronto tried every thing under the sun to discredit TNA during election period in srilanka and openly supported bicycle gajendren in order to create some sort of problem in Jaffna and continue to engage in panhandling among tamils in Toronto.[Edited out]

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      If you cant go to parliament when you were a MP what right you have to talk about all these. Hang around in Canada enjoy their hospitality. It is better you do some work for what you get. Your endorsement of GGP – what happened to it. Soon you will go out of business

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    Eelvaventhan,

    “it is left to TNA and Sampanthan to stick to their pledges and promises with necessary strategies to face the local and International hurdles.”

    Indeed.

    Why don’t you then concentrate on solving problems in Canada and other places where members of your gang of “key board warriors” reside?

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    Eelaventhan is a GTE reprsentative in Canada, which is part of the Diaspora Tiger organization. What else can we expect from him. Is he or his children (do not know if he has any, if he has) and his grand children going to become Sri Lankans and go back to live in Sri Lanka if Sampanthan gets what they want? Do the Grand Children even write and read Tamil? Why is this guy trying to control the Tamils in the North and East and create issues for them. Its not him who faced all the challanges due to Prabaharan’s actions. Its the people on the ground, and those are the people who have voted Sampanthan and his team to represent the Tamils. Further the Tamils have voted in such a majority to support ITAK to directly send a message to the Diaspora Tamils… “Back Off from our issues”.

    So Mr Eelaventhan its time for you to enjoy the old age pension you get from the Canadian Government and keep quitezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Otherwise go back to Sri Lanka and contest an election in the NOrth or East.

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    All the problems of the Tamils cannot be solved all at once. Federalism is the idealist goal of the TNA. It is a long term goal. It will take time for the people in the South to understand that federalism is good for the whole country. So, we have to be patient. It is wrong to conclude that the TNA pledged to achieve federalism during the current term of the parliament. The TNA for the present has to concentrate on the existential problems of the people such as release of occupied lands, re-settlement of people, finding a means of livelihood for the affected people etc. Already a good start has been made in Sampur soon after the elections. This process has to continue in Valigamam North and elsewhere.
    It is easy to make grand standing making demands such as ‘we shall have nothing short of Eelam’ or ‘we should have federalism within a couple of years’. It is very easy to make such demands from the cool climes of the West. But is that pragmatic?

    Sambanthan is a very mature politician whom the Tamils trust. He will definitely deliver something to the Tamils. Let us have hope and wait patiently for some time.

    Sengodan. M

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      “Sambanthan is a very mature politician whom the Tamils trust. He will definitely deliver something to the Tamils. Let us have hope and wait patiently for some time.”

      He will deliver something to Hindu and Christian Tamils in the Northern province, thoroughly antoganise the Muslim Tamils in the process. His greatest achievement will be to leave 50+% Tamil speaking people helpless among the genocidal, barbarian Sinhala modayas.

      Blindly he is treading on the trail of blood.

      Soma

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    Another presumptuous article by a pro terrorism man.

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      Tamils in the North and East voted for the TNA hoping to get Justice for the 75,000 innocent Tamil civilians brutally killed by Heavy weapons supplied by India, Pakistan and China. It was sad that the present Govt. is protecting the war criminal’s for the brutality they committed against a Minority race in Sri Lanka.

      As SJV said only God can save the Tamils.

  • 3
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    This is not the time for confrontation, but strategy and money.
    1. Tell your 2 million, and rapidly expanding, diaspora to get rich quick.
    2. Invest in the South. Think not skyscraper, but grassroots. Formulate a plan to buy the Southerners.
    3. Start multi-million dollar manufacturing and trading enterprises. Install Sinhala Racists as the Managers remunerated with glamorous pay and glittering perks. Employ thousands of ordinary Sinhalese in normal jobs.
    4. Start schools, technical colleges and universities and offer subsidized high quality education within Sinhala communities. The theme: Tamils are noble. Curriculum should be formulated by qualified psychologists. Emulate the British colonials of the 19th century.
    5. Invest in Diaspora directed and Sinhala Racist managed media – tv, radio, newspapers, magazines, websites. Employ large numbers of Sinhalese.
    Produce dramas in Sinhala promoting the concept Tamils are noble. Brain wash. Give employment for thousands of Sinhalas.
    6. Encourage the smartest of your Racist Sinhala managers to become Sinhala politicians attached to UNP/SLFP/JVP
    7. You will be able to add many more to the above.
    In brief you purchase the Sinhalese. In 15 to 20 years’ time you will be able to buy off the most influential Sinhala racists with glamorous jobs glittering perks. The Sinhala nation would love to eat out of your hand.
    By 2040 you will ask “why do we need partition when we are Master of the whole Island?”

    Be positive, do not treat the concept as subjugation of the majority, (a mistake by the Colonials) but building a just and equitable society where every citizen is given an equal opportunity. Feel privileged to take the lead.

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    TNA taking on the opposition leadership in the parliament is one thing and delivering its promises in its election manifesto is another thing. Opposition leadership will strengthen its talk shop way path and lots of time will be spent on all kinds of issues thus prevaricating the core issues affecting the Tamils. Opposition leadership may even prove to be a time passing exercise by conducting wider arm chair politics.

    TULF paid a heavy price for taking on the opposition leadership in 1977. Major anti-Tamil violence soon after the election, no-confidence motion moved against the opposition leader and introducing the oath of allegiance in the parliament are the product of the opposition leadership of the Tamils in the parliament that further strengthened the militancy of the Tamil youngsters.

    TNA must strengthen its party level structures and become an able and accountable political body without being a collective voice of loose cannons of various Tamil leaderships. This will strengthen its grass rood level work and overseas branch activities.

    What TNA did not achieve is to push ahead for a memo of understanding being signed with the government and play a participatory role and deal to correct the historical failures it is campaigning for.

    I hope that that this opposition leadership will not further strain Tamil/Sinhala relationship is Sri Lanka.

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      Dr. R. N,

      I suggest to you to read and digest the excellent article written by Rajan Phillips appearing in today’s Sunday Island. It makes it very clear how 2015 is NOT 1977.
      I wonder why CT has not carried that article as often before it has carried the articles of Rajan Phillips.
      Sengodan. M

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        Sengodan. M

        The comment you responded is mine and not Dr RN’s who is my brother.

        Please read the weeks political analysis in the Sunday Times of Sri Lanka. Comments under the subheading ‘Conflict over appointment of Opposition leader continues; different moves and contradictory statements’ confirms my worry of TNA embroiling in the time wasting leadership earning more harm.

        The opposition leader is for the Prime Minister is waiting and will it happen with this appointment?

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          Dr. R. N,

          Sorry, I mistook the earlier comment to be yours. There is an interesting interview to the ‘Athavan T V’ given by Sumanthiran which clearly explains the role of the TNA and its leader accepting the position of leader of the opposition. If you have the time, please listen to same, which takes about 27 minutes.

          Sengodan. M

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    Mr.Eelaventhan

    You have settled in Canada – an affluent, peaceful and a very secure country. But you still keep on harping on Sri Lanka. Why? [Edited out] So you keep pestering the people in Sri Lanka to take notice of you.

    But unfortunately even here in the north you are now mostly forgotten except for some lonely old men. They too have nothing to do as their children have moved to the west like you and keep sending money for their upkeep. So they while away their time reminiscing about the politics of Ponnambalam and Chelvanayagam. For the others, especially the younger generation, you’re at best irrelevant, or at worst unheard of. Your kind of politics has lost its meaning for them for quite a while now. Sadly you’re out of touch with reality here. The younger generation has had enough of your suicidal fanaticism and racist politics. They want to rebuild their lives. They want to move ahead.

    The youth in Jaffna want to live their lives just like their cohorts everywhere. They want to get a good education, find interesting work, travel and interact with the youth from other communities and countries. In other words they want to enjoy their lives, not engage in racist violence. What’s wrong with that? They are the social media generation. They stay connected to the world, looking for new horizons. They are eager to breathe the fresh air of cosmopolitanism. It is not easy to segregate and brainwash them with your destructive, discredited ideology anymore. Those days are long gone.

    I think you should move along too. For your own good. You need to wind down and take stock of your life. It’s time for detachment and contemplation. You deserve some spiritual solace and tranquility in the evening of your life.

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    It looks too many cooks are going to spoil the soup. As observed from a comment above, here we find a “cook” from abroad adding some more ingredients to spoil its flavor. This type of “rhetorical” presentations at this moment will definitely be deployed to awaken the “Dogs” lying aside licking the wounds to go for a kill to quench their thirst and hunger. For you it is far too a distance to know the ground realities and feel the aspirations of the people of this country and on the other hand you cannot “give up” or “relinquish” some dogmatic approaches once embedded into your blood stream. Better you live with it and “go” with it. Let us work out a solution slowly and most importantly let it be a “Home Grown” one that could be consumed for our healthy living in peace. This is an appeal to you and your “KIND” from abroad.

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    Mr.Manicavasakar!

    I fully agree with your pertinent and excellent views of the present political situation in Sri Lanka particularly between the TNA and Ranil and Mairthi team.

    One thing I feel is that Mr.Sambanthan should not have demanded for the Opposition leadership and should not have accepted it. Mr.Adailanathan was nominated as Chairman of the Select Committee which name was proposed by Sumanthiran and seconded by a Sinhalese MP. This was another mistake and that position should not have been accepted by Adaikalanathan. It seems Mr.Sambanthan Trio (Mr.Sambanthan,Sumanthiran and Mavai Senathirajah) has a hidden agenda which is going to hurt the Tamils very badly in the long term. Mr.Sambanthan won’t be there to be held responsible. Mavai Senathirajah is incapable of carrying on and Sumanthiran is a Colombo man. The position of the Tamils will be in square one with Sinhala colonisation in the North will be activated in full force by the Government.

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      Sellam:

      Tamils are better off in Tamilnadu.

      Because, then it is Tamils versus.

      always, win-win situaion

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        Jim softy

        “Tamils are better off in Tamilnadu.”

        Therefore all Sinhala speaking Demelas must consider going back to their motherland Tamil Nau.

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          Native Veddah,

          Going by the current mood in TN for sometime, our Yakkos will not be accepted there. As things are in the island soon they will have to do the reverse kallathoni run to the fastly industrialising Bharat where, believe me, they are running short of hands. The void is being filled by unwelcome Muslim dregs from perennially famished Bangladesh. Destination for our lot now has to be the UP, Bihar, Odissa, West Bengal from where came the Vikram Singhs, Vijaya Singhs, Jaya Singhs, Kirti Singhs and such other BC’s (now OBC, OC etc.,)As we all know, this lot came here 2 millennia ago lead by then playboy Vijay Singh. It’s now time to balance the books. True some of them carrying these names merged with the island’s Tamils in the North East – but that’s a different matter and can be later considered under Any other Business.

          For God’s sake, don’t come with your standard reply “both Sinhalese and Tamils should go across the Straits and leave the island to my people” Because the Vedavar also came from Bharat soil – which today’s Maha oora and clan might not be aware of. Even if they do, they may not have the humor to do the reverse trek – now that MO has his double cab and all.

          Backlash

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