15 August, 2020

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The TNA In Transition? 

By S. I. Keethaponcalan –

Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was formed in 2001. At its inception, it was an umbrella organization consisting of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), and the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF). The organization was a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) creation. Since it was an LTTE creation, the party supported the LTTE and took orders from the LTTE.   

Rewriting History 

In the recent past, there has been an attempt to detigerize the TNA. Some of the current leaders argue that the LTTE did not form the TNA. The process of detigerizing TNA is not universal. It targets the South and non-Tamil media. In the north, the party’s nexus with the LTTE is upheld because the Tiger connection is vital for harvesting votes. It is ludicrous to argue that the TNA was formed independently of the LTTE because nothing happened within the Tamil polity in this period without the LTTE approval. In this period, trying to be active and independent within the Tamil polity could cost one’s life. Even those who argue that the TNA was formed independently of the LTTE agree that it had “cautious indirect backing” of the rebels.  

Long before the current leaders of the TNA started rewriting the history, an independent analyst pointed out that “The TNA, founded in 2001 with the LTTE’s encouragement, was the ambiguous product of the Tigers’ anti-politics: a political formation with no real autonomy and no right to dissent, but used by the LTTE to claim popular support” (International Crisis Group 2012, p.6). In 2004, the party claimed that the LTTE was the sole representative of the Tamil people. In its 2004 parliamentary election manifesto, the party stated that “accepting LTTE’s leadership as the national leadership of the Tamil Eelam Tamils and the Liberation Tigers as the sole and authentic representatives of the Tamil people, let us devote our full cooperation for the ideals of the Liberation Tigers’ struggle with honesty and steadfastness” (p.4). As I said, it is ludicrous to claim that the TNA was an independent entity its inception. The TNA members were rebels without arms.  

Transition: From Rebels to Partners 

After the LTTE was gone, the TNA became independent and making decisions without too many constraints. In 2015, the party supported Maithripala Sirisena for president and extended its tacit approval for the Yahapalana government. Some of my friends indicated that one of the top-tier leaders of the TNA worked behind the scene for the UNP campaign in 2015. During the Yahapalana government’s tenure in office, the United National Party survived at least two no-confidence motions with the TNA assistance. The TNA’s collaboration with the UNP was such that some commentators called the party a proxy of the UNP. 

One significant aspect of this collaboration was that the TNA did not try to become a part of the government by accepting ministries. The support was mostly unofficial and secretive. Why didn’t the TNA join the government? The TNA did not join the government in 2015 because the Tamil people were not there. They were mentally not ready to be part of a Colombo government. The TNA leaders feared that they would be called traitors if they join the government. It is imperative to note that the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leaders were often called traitors by the LTTE sympathizers due to their association with the Colombo government. This fear prevented the TNA from officially joining the government despite the deep desire among some TNA members to do so. This was one reason why Sumanthiaran became an “almost” minister, not an actual one.

2020 Campaign

It was against this backdrop, a recent campaign speech by Sumanthiran becomes significant. On July 11, the Kalaikkathir newspaper reported a statement Sumanthiran made at Sembiyanpattru. According to Kalaikkathir, Sumanthiran has stated that “I agree that we need to work toward development. We don’t know when we will get a political solution. In a democratic environment, one has to negotiate and patiently wait for a political solution. In this interim period, we need to improve our economic development.” Sumanthiran was indirectly suggesting that political solution is not feasible in the short run; hence the Tamils should worry about “development,” which is reasonable, and it reflects the reality.

What he said next may be very significant, and it could mark a considerable transformation of Tamil politics. He said, “even if we are to join the new government (after the election), we need strength to negotiate ministries, number of ministries, and the nature of power (of these ministries).” One, it indicates that the TNA is now ready to join the government as a partner. Two, the TNA, which hitherto asked Tamil people to vote for it to negotiate devolution of power and political autonomy, is now asking Tamil people to vote for them to negotiate ministries. In my view, this is a significant transformation. Sumanthiran argued that there had been a change within the Tamil community. He said, “expectation of our people was to secure the political rights because we can handle development issues if we have political rights. Now we see a change in this trend.” One has to wait and see if there has been a change within the Tamil community or if Sumanthiran is projecting his deep desires on the Tamil people. 

The TNA or Sumanthiran joining a UNP-led government cannot be a big surprise. The chemistry between the two is excellent. But it is certain that the UNP or the Samagi Jana Balwegaya (SJB) will not win the August election. Is Sumanthiran talking about joining the SLPP government?   

What surprised me the most in this speech was that the TNA (or Sumanthiran) is willing to join even the SLPP government. This is new. Sumanthiran declared that “this (the SLPP) government needs a two-thirds majority. But political analysts predict that they will not get a two-thirds majority. Against this backdrop, they might need our support. I have already indicated to them on what basis or condition we may join the government…In response, the government has responded with positive signals.”

This is big news. Are the government and the TNA already in negotiation, or is Sumanthiran taking Tamils for a ride? Any information on this from the government could be extremely valuable.

Nevertheless, Sumanthiran stated, “nothing could be predicted now. We cannot just say that we are joining the government and accepting ministries…But I am not saying that we will not do that.” I am sure this is news for the Tamil people as well. It would be interesting to see if the TNA manifesto, which is expected sooner rather than later, will reference its plans to partner with the SLPP government.                                       

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    Only solution is two (or three) countries in one island. Sinhala only Elam, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam. Since Muslims never asked for a separate nation they should be given the choice to live in either or both nations. If they disagree they should get their own nation.

    End of story. Until then riots, war, discrimination, human rights violations, etc., etc. will continue.

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      S. I. Keethaponcalan

      You will do well if you take time review your two paragraph.

      It was Taraki (Sivaram) who first mooted the idea of forming an electoral alliance among Eastern Tamils as competition among them could split the votes leaving the Tamils with no representation at the Parliament.

      On the other hand the need to form a Tamil National Council was widely discussed in the early 1990s including with Tamil Politicians although it was scuttled by the dominant group without giving it a fair hearing, the proposals were shot down right away according to my friend the Old Codger (UK).

      All parties should be shaken and stirred from time to time. We witnessed major split among the already established two main parties recently. Earlier MR engineered split among JHU, JVP, … (Ranil helped) widen the gap between Karuna and VP leading to permanent split and then MR engineered further split Pilayan/Karuna.

      On the Tamil side a lot of new faces appear on various media presenting what they believe is to be their wisdom, so do the Sinhalese. Most of these people think they are offering free advice, facts, ….. Any sane minded person definitely knows facts from fake news yet most of the Tamils and Sinhalese are forced to listen to these crap fearing they missed important news.

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        NV:
        OC lives in UK, what? The post-Covid CT Anonymous Commentators’ Conference (CTACC — pronounced See-Tac) I was going to propose at Galle Face Green (brown?) sometime during my next visit to SL could be held at Soho then.
        Would you be interested in joining?

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          Singar A. Velan

          The old codger I mentioned is a friend of mine who is relatively well informed, has been living in the UK for the past 40 years.

          I believe our CT comrade old codger lives in this island.

          As long as you invite soma, Eagle Blind Eye, ……………… all other racist bigoted fascist tendencies I am glad to attend your whatever it is. Can’t you change your venue Galle Face Green as this was chosen by Sarath Fonseka to interrogate the entire members of the clan, had he won the 2010 elections?

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          SAV,
          I might sound as if I live in UK, but I assure you I live in this Paradise,( and keep a low profile) though I leave it for short periods now and then.
          Does this conference include dinner at Nana’s ?

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      Gatam,
      Sinhale (now Sri Lanka) is the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo. The land that Demala people are occupying now in North and East was where Sinhala Kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa existed.
      Portuguese who occupied Yapanaya took land from Sinhalayo at gun point for tobacco plantations and brought Dravida slaves to work in those plantations and changed the demographic composition. After Portuguese and Dutch left, Malabar Vellala Demalu grabbed the land and imposed Malabar customary law called ‘Thesawalamei’ to keep land under their control.
      Descendants of slaves brought by colonial parasites will not be allowed to break this country into pieces. Please vacate the land of Sinhalayo and return to rightful owners instead of talking about two/three countries.

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        Eagle,
        “Please vacate the land of Sinhalayo and return to rightful owners instead of talking about two/three countries”
        In that case, you will be in great difficulty, because you will have to return the “kalisama” and “kamisaya” which the Portuguese Parasites gave you. Your female relatives will have to go topless because the “redda-hatte” is also Portuguese.
        Be careful what you ask for🤪🤪

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        But the Jaffna Kingdom was there when Portuguese arrived and the last king was taken as prisoner to Goa for refusing to obey to the foreigner and for refusing conversion and was hanged.

        Eagle, please do stop this invented fantasy stories. Remember Sinhalese and Jaffanese had never been in conflict or in a riot mode prior to independence. Sinhalese society is very well crystallized beautiful society; just be happy with it and live and let live.

        Meanwhile, pl do some historical readings; it might help you in the long run. Or even better do get married to a beautiful Jaffna woman, like many of your fore-bearers did. Except for this post-independence misery, our mutual value system is identical.

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        Eagle Eye,

        You keep saying the same things. It is so boring! Do you not have anything new to say? WE have all moved on from your communal and narrow mindset.

        Live up to your pseudonym.

        BTW look up different history books, not one you make up. We were all brought to this island, and not natives like the veddas. So we could all have been brought here as slaves. Native vedda is the rightful owner of this land.

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      G
      India was partitioned and did the rather moderate communal violence end? There was far far worse in both parts.
      Secession is not as simple as slicing a cake.

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        India was humiliated by Pakistan when they were separating. Britain separated the countries. India failed to protect Hindus as a country by Gandhi – Neru’s peace policies. But, there were no extensive communal war between Muslims and Hindus. on this matter before separation. When the massacre started they were liberated from Britain. By International law, Britain cannot enter back. UN was not there with the current powers. There was limited scope to save Hindus that time. Now these matters are under UN perview. UN has R2P. UN had done few jobs with peacekeepers. So IC investigation is the start UN to get involved in the separation.

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        SJV in 1949 proposed a very rich federal system for the linguistic duality, in view of Sinhalese desire for its dominance, within united Ceylon; never even considered a partition just restoration of of the precolonial architecture for the newly independent nation.

        Partion was a creation of a new country based on religion for converted people.

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          Partition…

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          Apparently the Sinhalese wants to rule somebody/nation. They are neither capable no think of any. Hence they decided to Rule the Tamils/nation and be happy with it.

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      There can only be a Sinhalese and a Tamil nation in the island , just like it was before the British joined both parts and created a new island nation called Ceylon in 1833. There was never a Muslim or Islamic nation in the island and never will be however much fake Arab, converted , Dravidian Tamil, South Indian origin Immigrant Muslims like you shamelessly advocate. If you want an Islamic nation , one was created , Pakistan , for Indian origin Sri Lankan Muslims like you .please move over there

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      There can be only two nations in the island . Sinhalese and Tamil . These are the only two nations that had existed until the British created an artificial nation called Ceylon in 1833 by joining these two nations together and then giving everything to the Sinhalese only in 1948 , creating all this problems. There was never a Muslim nation and never will be despite strong advocacy from certain Islamic quarter in the island, parts of South Asia and the Gulf. Sri :Lankan Muslims are recent immigrants from South India and have no ancient history in the island. They had no history of ruling , or owning land until the late 1800s.

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        The vast majority 72% live in the Sinhalese South and largely arrived there from South India during early British rule. The 28% living in the Tamil areas ( NE) arrived a few centuries ago , first fleeing Hindu persecution in their South Indian homeland, later Portuguese killings and persecution along the then Tamil North West coast , that was part of the Jaffna kingdom. Strange 72% of them live amongst the Sinhalese but dare not ask for Islamic homelands in these areas but only demand this or encouraged to demand this , in the Tamil areas , despite sharing a common origin , heritage and language with the Tamils. Muslim is a religious identity not an ethnic identity . The Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors are Ethnic Tamil Muslims. You are part of the Tamil nation. If you want Islamic nation move to Pakistan that was created for Indian origin Muslims

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      GATAM what about a Burgher Eelam, Malay Eelam, Veddah Eelam……?

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      GATAM
      Two.
      Sinhala speaking Ealam and Tamil speaking Ealam.
      If you bring religion into the picture Tamil speaking Ealam will have to be devided into three. Hindu Ealam, Christian Ealam and Islam Ealam.
      Whichever way a considerable amount of physical relocation of people will be required.
      .
      Mr GATAM, how do you identity a citizen by the religion for administrative and legal purposes? Most of my friends who claim to be Buddhists are nowhere close to Buddhism.

      Soma

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        somass

        “If you bring religion into the picture Tamil speaking Ealam will have to be devided into three. Hindu Ealam, Christian Ealam and Islam Ealam.”

        If there isn’t any linguo religious difference in this island the Sinhala/Buddhist polity and those claim to be part of it will collapse overnight.

        With your parochial mindset and violent history you have no chance of avoiding further conflicts and blaming the “others” usual scapegoats.

        You should start thinking outside the box if you really want to see progress in this island. Dealing with Federalism is something similar to dealing with Physiological needs within Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, at the bottom of all other needs.

        You have a long way to go, but you are bogged down at the bottom for the past 65 years. What your mates and you have achieved is a 2 million are sent to Middle East to service the Arabs, another million and a half to the west as refugees, … the ones who are capable are trying their best to leave the island, …. ad you are left with dump asses, 400,000 members of armed forces, 50,000 strong saffron brigades, … and loads of lazy bumps.

        First you better start dealing with Physiological and safety needs of the people, Federalism is one way of dealing with it, then we can think about other stages, such as Social belonging needs, Self-esteem needs, and finally Self-actualization/Transcendence needs.

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      Let’s get some rationale out.
      Ceylon/Sri Lanka is only a linguistically dual country. There should be no cat in the hell’s chance for religions based solution Sri Lanka. Tamils will never want a religion based entity in any form. It is not in their vein.

      The solution to the continuing post-independence conflict lies in restoration of pre-British era entities within a unified new state of Sri Lanka. Incidentally, Lanka is the name from Ramayana attributed to Ceylon. Hopefully, Buddhist militants will settle for better name as the country has been on fire, in one for or other, since its reversal of name in the new republic.

      Let’s go for Republic of Taprobane, and all Taprobaneans will live happily ever after

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    The demand for a war crimes tribunal
    by Tamil side is based on their assumption that their side will not be subjected any investigation on the basis that all LTTE are dead and gone.
    It is not so. TNA is culpable for heinous crimes committed and will be answerable.

    Soma

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      somass

      “The demand for a war crimes tribunal by Tamil side is based on their assumption that their side will not be subjected any investigation on the basis that all LTTE are dead and gone.”

      When will you grow up?
      Forget the Tamils, I have been demanding you lot to establish an independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) covering the period from 5th April 1971 to date for donkey’s years without any success.

      “TNA is culpable for heinous crimes committed and will be answerable.”

      Of course let’s find out from TRC, including your share of the crimes or your role in the war crimes, how you benefitted from it ….. Dayan, Palitha, MR, GR, BR, Champika, Wimal, Kamal, Shavendra, …………………………….. . In your case TRC should investigate your role in 1983 riots and the burning of Library in 1981.

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      soma, How kind of you for showing an interest on TNA. Let us begin the war crimes tribunal and send these TNA bastards to where they belong.
      Could you work on getting the Tribunal to start sitting soon. Thank you.

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        Nathan

        “How kind of you for showing an interest on TNA. “

        Actually soma is looking for a place to hide himself from Tribunal perhaps he finds Sambandar’s amude a suitable place, hence he is being nice to TNA.

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      Somu,
      I have written this for past four years though I do not know why and how did it happened. In section 5 of the Resolution 30/1 the UNHRC has asked Appe Aanduwa to investigate LTTE’s crimes, not anything else in that section. So I have been asking why wouldn’t Aanduwa set up a tribunal and start to investigate the said LTTE crimes in front of the international community?

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        Mallaiyuran
        All LTTE criminals including KP and Karuna have been pardoned, released and chapter closed. Democratic space has been opened for TNA though they can be charged for aiding and abeting terrorism. All infrastructure, administrative structure and services have been restored.
        So there is no issue of investigation of LTTE until International community moves into to investigate the Sinhala side at which stage all above will have to rearested for trial. Activities of TNA will also have to be investigated.

        Soma

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          Somu,

          Thanks for the reply.
          But it is we asked UNHRC to start this. We had a reason to start armed straggle. When IC helped you against our armed struggle, you gave them the promise that immediately after war you will solve the Tamils’ problem. You didn’t. So IC started the resolution only to get us solution.

          You too agreed and signed the Resolution. Now you pulled out of that regulation too, like all the promises you gave to Tamils, India and all other IC orgs and Countries. We cannot do what you did (cancelling the resolution) as we are not a party in the signature. Further IC said you could not cancel any promise you made to UNHRC. There were 49 countries co signed it. Our problems is not solved. We have to ask why the IC helped you if they cannot make you honor your promise. So unlike you think, the IC investigation is not a written off matter.

          What I can tell you when IC comes and land there to investigate you, you go upstairs & bring back Sampanthar Aiya to 4th floor, beat him up and investigate him. That is fine with us.

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    Among Sinhalayo there is a saying: ‘oruwa peralunama thump pee kiwuwa me peththa wediya hodai kiyala’ (when the canoe overturned thump pee said this side is much better).

    The guy who wasted billions of tax payers’ (mostly Sinhala) money to draft a new constitution containing a Federal System with Jayampathy Wickramaratne after losing the battle using terrorism now says priority should be given to development instead of a political solution.
    If narrow minded opportunistic Demala politicians got this brain wave after Brits left and joined Sinhalayo to develop the country instead of demanding separate State/Federal System, the lives of Demala people could have been far better and the country could have been the best in Asia.

    Vigneshwaran did not use the money given to NPC for development and returned to treasury but keep on yelling that he needs devolution of powers to develop.

    Keeping in mind what our elders said have to keep an eye to find out whether they are genuinely interested about ‘Development’ or interested in Ministerial posts to develop themselves. Hope ‘Tiger is not coming in sheep’s clothing’.

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      “The guy who wasted billions of tax payers’ (mostly Sinhala) money to draft a new constitution containing a Federal System ……………………….”

      Which one is greater waste than the other,
      criminal misappropriation of TRC funds amounting to Rs. 600 million to distribute ‘Sil Redi
      or the
      billions of tax payers’ (mostly Sinhala) money (?) to draft a new constitution containing a Federal System ?

      “Vigneshwaran did not use the money given to NPC for development and returned to treasury but keep on yelling that he needs devolution of powers to develop.”

      Don’t you understand stupid man it is illegal to spend money if the council does not have the powers to do so?

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      Dear EE

      I am not sure what specialty/capability will tase individuals bring to the table/ministry?? a innocent question based on 70 year history of being MP’s who felt they can kill their opponents to get elected?? take the democratic rights of the votes to decide what they wanted based facts you present to them? Party and party supporters did not even allow others do their campaign in peace/make their case to the public hence we lost we all had?? so how do you trust the same with having them as insiders?? Is there a new ministry to be introduced called “New Suthentheran” FP party political news paper democratic principles?? Perhaps Uthayan and Sudar Oli rewriting history/human evolution too. Would the new department and ministry be called “How to exercise Freedom of Expression in a Democracy whilst you take away others right to live” or may be even better perhaps how to spot a “Tamil Traitor and a Turncoat who will work with the governments with their own separate party Manefesto” ?? Ministry to called How to keep the Sinhalese out of North and East whilst we have access to the entire Nation?? Unlike JVP publishes their paper in Tamil we should also have “New Suthenthiran”/Uthayan/Sudar Oli be published in Sinhala too under this new ministry???

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        or would they get their guidance from PLOTE and organisation ion mercenaries have their registered office in Colombo who try to topple the Maldives government hired by whom yet to be told to the Nation?? Any CT journalist want to write articles of this nature?

        Free Press/Investigative Journalism/Freedom of expression we want others to follow that we said examples??

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    Sumathitharan is a realist. He knows that there is no conceivable ‘solution’ to the Tamil ethnic question so long as +50% Tamils live outside North and East and not a single Tamil family in this devide can be persuaded to move back to North, notwithstanding the unconscionable propaganda of discrimination and genocide. Having lived in Colombo he knows that it is a big fat lie. And he knows that those +50% also know it a lie. His lawyer mind trained in logic is unable to be illogical beyond a certain threshold.
    .
    Sumathitharan talks Federal to maintain a foothold in Jaffna. Otherwise he is conscious of sad predicament of Tamil speaking people in Sinhala majority Federal units.

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      Sumathitharan has taken a stance that will finally lead the Tamil political class out of darkness who mislead my Tamil brothers and sisters for +70 years.

      Soma

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        somass.

        “Sumathitharan has taken a stance that will finally lead the Tamil political class out of darkness who mislead my Tamil brothers and sisters for +70 years.”

        Seriously I have been waiting for a saviour, messiah, deliverer, …. Mosses to liberate Buddhists from Sinhala/Buddhism and Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhists. Sadly all what we were/are blessed with were/are grease yakka, crooks, thieves, murderers, war criminals, Assgirias, Malawatues, Kamal, Shavendra, MR, GR, NR, ..Dinesh, Wimal, …… fascist tendencies, ….

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      If there are Tamils in Sinhala majourity federal units, then its the Sinhalese who will suffer – the bogus claims of discrimination genocide etc will continue. There must never ever be any federalism introduced here. Tamils who are just an 11% minority must either learn to live with the Sinhalese peacefully without always insisting in making everything into a Tamil issue and making huge conflicts about every minor thing, or we must seek the assistance and intervention of the UN to relocate the Tamils back to Tamilnadu. Tamils have absolutely no right to more devolution or any form of self-governance here. A relocation index had been made as a solution to several of the world’s conflicts some decades earlier. Tamils score quite high in that index. However harsh it sounds it seems that if the Tamils do not stop their unfair demands which are totally unattainable without infringing on the rights of Sinhalese people and thus creating endless conflicts and wars, then relocation with the aid of UN back to Tamilnadu or at least securing Tamils’ right to relocate to Tamilnadu, is the only solution as it is more humane than continuous conflicts and wars and loss of life.

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        PP
        If Tamils should be relocated to Tamilnadu. the same logic will require relocation of Sinhalese to the parts of India that they came from.
        Just study the demands, assess fairness and feasibility from a detached position free of racial/linguistic/religious prejudice.
        You seem intelligent enough to figure out something practical that threatens none.
        Every group has its fears and real reasons for them. Separate real fears from imagined ones.
        There is something important that all of us are losing track of in the course of our disputes.
        When the economy tumbles, it will hurt all. But we will be hurting each other as well with our petty attitudes.

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          Same old gramophone. We could not even laugh it over.
          “Zzzzzzzzzzzzz”

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            Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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          ” When the economy tumbles, it will hurt all. But we will be hurting each other as well with our petty attitudes.”
          How much poor you and Deva are now. Why Tamil media repeatedly talking of Deva’s money in Swiss accounts? Isn’t Vanni’s wells forced supply water to Velani while Vanni is sucked out to barren dry?

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          SJ,

          The likes of PP, who would prefer expelling Tamils to simply recognizing and granting the rights of the Tamil people, will get their wish when India annexes Sri Lanka, wholly or in part. That is what they will get for their treasonous wish. Given the preponderance of EEs and PPs in the South, it might be the only long-term realistic solution.

          While Marxists like you talk about anti-imperialism, it is well known to people that powerful countries–whether because of military dominance or size– have always got away with things, and small countries/communities will have to pick sides and then make peace with whatever consequences may follow.

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            Agnos
            Thanks.
            To be frank, I can get a point across to the likes of PP without being insulted and called names.
            Fingers on one hand, not counting the thumb, are too many to count the number of Tamil nationalists here with whom civilized exchange of views is possible.
            *
            Before India Annexes anything after Sikkim, Modi politics risks fragmenting India.
            Imperialism is in my view the greatest threat to humanity (even during the worst pandemic imaginable). Colonialism too had its way for centuries. But not forever.
            Why have the US and its team across the Atlantic failed to change the regime in Venezuela for so long? They may succeed eventually with a coup and bloodshed, but in the process they will lose control of more of Latin America.
            They failed in Nicaragua too.
            *
            Imperialism is now on its decline, but it is thus all the more dangerous because of its desperation.

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              SJ,

              Except that new forces of imperialism are ascendant as well: China, Turkey and Russia. The effects can be seen in Hong Kong, Taiwan, imprisonment of Canadians under transparently concocted charges, Galwan Valley, Hambantota, Georgia, Crimea, Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan.

              Imperialism is here to stay, a natural condition of the world and of human capacity for greed and power. People just need to decide which kind of imperialists they would be more comfortable dealing with. If people still send their children to be educated in India, Australia, Europe or North America, rather than China or Russia, then their actions speak louder than their words – as to which side the people in SL should choose.

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                Agnos
                Thanks for asking
                (1)
                The countries named + India + several others are potentially imperialist, but not yet.
                HK & Taiwan have been historically recognized as parts of China. The Taiwan regime claimed to be the legitimate government of all China until it lost its UN seat to PRC in 1972(?). Taiwanese secession is now America’s project.
                Britain grabbed Hong Kong by force, and denied political representation well into the 1990s. It created parliamentary democracy after UK agreed to China taking over HK in 1999.
                Detention of Canadians: Is no Canadian up to mischief in China? Countries usually turn a blind eye to unlawful activity if it is no serious threat. You should know what provoked China to act.
                Galwan Valley: Modi claimed that Chinese troops did not enter Indian held territory. Where could the conflict have been initiated and enacted? (I gave the link to a Frontier Weekly article several weeks ago exposing that most Indians died by falling off while fleeing.) You should compare the post-conflict conduct of the leaders and media of both countries.
                H’tota: Is it imperialist to take land overseas on lease? Are there any deals for a military base? The US is interested.

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                (2)
                Russian involvement in Georgia was part of an international conflict. The US pitted Georgia against Russia and Russia acted in support of two regions that sought secession. There is no Russian expansion there. Russia has been under much US induced pressure ever since it reversed the subservient role played under Yeltsin.
                Overwhelmingly Russian Crimea was part of Russia until Khrushchev (a Ukrainian) ‘gifted’ Crimea to Ukraine. Russia did not mind it even after the collapse of the USSR. The Ukrainian coup and Ukrainian hostility to Russia under US prompting made Russia react. Crimea was not invaded. The Crimean referendum was properly conducted and support to leave Ukraine was as overwhelming as that for secession of South Sudan. There was no irregularity in the process.
                What did Russia do in Syria? The US, Saudi Arabia and Qatar conspired to use Islamic terror to oust al-Assad. Syria sought help from Iran and Russia, without which Syria would be in eternal chaos. Has Russia occupied any part of Syria?
                I wonder what the issue in Iraq but for US aggression and the quagmire in which the US is stuck there. There has been a rise in Iranian influence in Iraq post-Saddam.

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                  (3)
                  Turkey has been an invader in much the same was as India has been in Sikkim and Sri Lanka. It is guilty of national oppression. It had a bad record against Armenians, who were given refuge in Tran and still live happily there under the Islamic State. (I met them in Isfahan, where they still have a strong presence).
                  Turkey was also a victim of European imperialist intervention. It is a bitterly anti-left state that is most oppressive against the Kurdish people. But I will not call it imperialist. It is not a fraction as expansionist as even Israel (which escaped your list). It receives step-motherly treatment from the EU.
                  I do not defend Erdogan one bit, but have to grant that he is a target of US regime change plans.
                  There are plenty of nasty regimes but being nasty does not make them imperialist.

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                  (4)
                  There are several criteria that define imperialism. The countries that you named fail to qualify on most.
                  But being capitalist powers, Russia ans China are potentially imperialist, unless socialism changes things round.
                  That is cause for concern, but the immediate threat to the Third World is still US imperialism and its European partners + Japan acting as a team.
                  Mao himself said that the Chinese people should join the people of the world to oppose the Chinese government if it ever it becomes imperialist. I assure you that I will be with you on that day (if I am alive to see such tragedy).
                  I am critical of Chinese capitalist practices in many contexts.
                  But overall, Africa and increasingly Latin America see in China a power that treats hem with respect. So China could become an imperialism that will need a different way to resist.
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                  As for why people send their children to be educated in India, Australia, Europe or North America, rather than China or Russia: there are historical reasons including our colonial hangover. English (as dominant global language of business) is a factor and prospects of employment in a richer country are other factors.
                  You will be surprised to know the numbers going to Russia for higher education now.

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                    SJ,

                    I don’t have time to engage in more detail even though I disagree with you. e.g., on the matter of how China is suddenly holding some Canadians on trumped up charges to blackmail Canadian justice system responding to a demand from the US for extradition of Huawei’s CFO; on Galwan valley, etc.

                    I didn’t bring up Israel and other countries that would be considered part of the US-European axis because you would have already included them.

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                      Agnos
                      Thanks
                      I know that you will not agree on many things, as there is a strong difference in the way we perceive matters.
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                      As I said, China like many other states turns a blind eye to several anti-state offences. The charges, I doubt if they are trumped up, but the offenders were selectively picked out
                      When China was held to ransom by Canada acting as a US proxy, it struck back.
                      Would you expect any state targetted for attack by the US to passively bear the punishment. Canada has done the dirty on many other countries on behalf of the US. Canada is far less independent today than it was say under Trudeau Snr.

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                    Crimea was never part of Russia. If Russia can keep it captured Crimea in 18CE, then all European can keep all the countries they captured from 15CE to 18CE. Then practically there is nothing as imperialism. Russia was the sole responsible country for the Genocide took place in Crimea. Like Britain pulled from the countries and Russia should get out first and like Japan and Germany, Russia has to pay war repatriation to Ukraine & grant citizenship to all it deported from Crimea. Khrushchev was not Ukraine President. Ukraine was war capital of USSR that time. That is why Crimea that was autonomous federation, was annexed to Ukraine. When Ukraine was leaving USSR, Russia left all arms in Ukraine and made deal, like Britain did in Hong Kong.
                    China capturing Tibet and ruling is imperialism, but US and UK having nothing with them and there are no imperialist. China has 50 years of international treaty on Hong Kong. When China was freed, it did not have Hong Kong. The current China is only by the UN definition. Taiwan is not within sea boarder of China so that land is not part of China.

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                      Lankawe computers were hacked by China but Chitanta Government willingly surrendered Colombo Pong Cing to satisfy China’s demand. Now it is not handing over Lotus Tower, it was due two years ago. Though it is China is delaying by China charged $15M. Though Philippine a friend of China but unlike Lankawe, it took China to international court had got its sovereignty established. Huwai has stolen lot of international info. No body like going to fear to China and freely have all their trade secrets. There are no countries’ patent go not infringed in China. But, China just brush if off. There is no regulation as international patent in China. How can it go like that not punished? So under no circumstances China can capture Canadian volunteers saying Aanaikku Paanai Saman ( “Pot is equal to Elephant).

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                      Baa baa black sheep have you any wool?
                      Over whose eyes are you trying to pull wool?

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                Agnos

                I won’t be surprised if SJ celebrated if China staked out a claim on the South West Coastal area of this island as far as he is concerned China did capture Kotte king and kept Vira Alakeshwara in captivity for a year.

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            Agnos, I don’t wish anything bad for the Tamils and I most certainly do not want the Tamils to be relocated anywhere. What I want is for all of us to live peacefully together. But this conflict and constant demands to divide this island, even appealing to India to annex us is totally unacceptable and actually a declaration of war and calling for war. It is nothing but war propaganda and is against international laws. In the unlikely event of India actually annexing Srilanka, you Tamils will end up as permanent pariahs and losers because when the international community kicks India out International law would allow without any discussion to relocate the Tamils who will then be formally recognized as losing invaders. So do not mess too much with threats your worse nightmares might come true. Like last time you Tamils appealed to India and they came here to “help” you, thousands of Tamils were hunted down and killed by India, before with the efforts of the Sinhalese the Indians were finally chased out. The right thing to do now is to think peacefully and set aside differences, find common interests and work for the betterment of our people.

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          SJ, the logic behind relocation is to separate warring parties by relocating one of the party if it happens that one party has a homeland outside of the territory. It has been suggested by scholars as a method of conflict resolution and prevention of future wars for some of the world’s insolvable ethnic conflicts. So the suggestion is from detached third party scholars¹ and not something that I had come up with. More than feasibility the important factor is viability of a solution. Any solution should fit the size and the natural topography of the land we are fighting over and that is the most important factor but almost everyone forgets. This island is relatively small and does not have any natural barriers within it to separate Tamils and Sinhalese nations. If it was larger with a natural barrier then the solution would have been simple, and in fact there would have been no conflict to begin with as Tamils and Sinhalese would have been in their respective areas. Geographical separatedness is so important in this connection, that it has been laid down a criterion for self-determination. Geographical separatedness is actually the basis of differentiation and evolution of nations. (1/7)

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            Relocating the Sinhalese to India does not fit the logic behind the proposed solution, as Sinhalese do not have a homeland outside of this island. Anyways why India? There’s as much evidence for a Sinhalese country in India as there is evidence for a Sinhalese country in Africa or anywhere else in the world. If there actually was a Sinhalese country in India or anywhere else like there is a Tamil country in India, maybe that would have been an option. But since there isn’t such a Sinhalese country its pointless trying to relocate people into a non-existent country. The reason there isn’t a Sinhalese country anywhere else is that Sinhalese are a product of this island. In other words Sinhalese are the natural population of this island. There is no debate about that. Likewise there is no debate that Tamils are the product of Tamilakam and are a relatively recent diaspora (recent in this context) of Tamilakam despite all the hundreds of books/articles containing all sorts of bogus claims produced by Tamils to counter this. The present Tamil settlements are a result of colonization from Tamilakam after the invasion by Kulasekara Pandyan’s general Aryachakravarti in 1284 AD. (2/7)

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            Also there is absolutely no debate that the Tamils became a people and a nation in Tamilakam and that the first Tamil state formation was there and not here. Anybody rejecting this would have be living in a twisted reality and attempting to rewrite the history of the entire region, with all sorts of falsifications, misinterpretations of archaeological artefacts found etc. and that’s what the Tamils here have been attempting for the past 90-100 years, without any success. In my opinion this rewriting of history angers and alienates the Sinhalese more than anything as it is appropriating Sinhalese historical and cultural heritage.
             
            Despite all the propaganda/demands of the Tamils, no international body has recognized that Tamils have any right to self-determination. If the validity of such a claim is taken up in the UN, then the verdict will most likely be that Tamils do not fulfil any of the criteria for self-determination. To begin with Tamils are not sufficiently differentiated from Tamils in Tamilnadu to be considered as a people deserving self-determination in Srilanka and as pointed out the area Tamils claim as a homeland is not naturally geographically separated from the rest of this small island. (3/7)

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            The boundary of the proposed Tamileelam is an artificial boundary drawn by the British and runs a whole 750+ km, cutting through villages etc. All the ingredients for future border conflicts and resource conflicts particularly regarding access to water, are already present in the event Tamils establish a separate state – we will end up like Israel-Palestine. Tamils must understand that there is no International law that allows secession. The UN resolution on self-determination was meant for people under colonial rule to achieve independence as a process of decolonization. As far as I understand until now it has only been applied to people who have been under European colonial rule. Sinhalese can argue that if decolonization was to be applied correctly and completely, that Sinhalese had been the victims of Pandyan imperialism and colonial rule and as consequence of that had lost territory to the Tamils and therefore Tamils do not have any right to a separate state here. Which is actually what we are doing too and it is also the historical truth. Even after the Chola occupation in the 11th century there were no permanent or wide spread Tamil settlements. (4/7)

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            Tamil fundamentalists and their solution to the ethnic conflict is a separate/federal state. Until recently I thought a separate state could be a solution. If you look at my posts from 1-1.5 years ago you will see that I thought so, but I don’t think so now, since especially after reading comments here I think there’s nothing that can contain Tamil nationalism as its foundational basis is hatred against the Sinhalese. Tamil nationalism simply needs to be negated legally and internationally – therefore the Tamil-Sinhala conflict, claims and counter claims should be taken in the UN which can ask the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion, alternatively make India a part in the conflict, which they actually are, since Tamilnadu(/Pandyan territory) is today part of India (+ training Tamil rebels, IPKF) and take the issue directly to the International Court of Justice (if India annexes Srilanka as some want, then it would be a good opportunity for us to take this to ICJ). This way we can either negate or validate Tamil nationalism and claims and in the unlikely event Tamils do get to secede, then we will get international guidance in how to divide and organize the countries peacefully. (5/7)

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            In my opinion, Srilanka cannot be partitioned as a solution to the ethnic conflict, as it will only take the conflict into another dimension, which will be much worse than now. All demarcations/partitions of countries/territories I know of has led to long lasting conflicts. Example: Partitioning of British India, where Pakistan and India were partitioned – India and Pakistan are still fighting. North-South Sudan – South Sudan is in conflict. As another possible solution to our conflict and drawing from the principals in the establishment of Israel, where Israel was declared the Jewish homeland by the UN, Tamilnadu could be declared the Tamil homeland and Tamils can be granted the right to return if they wish. This way Tamils are free to choose what they want. In the case of Jews and Israel it turned out to be a tragedy as Arabs had been occupying the Jewish homeland for a long time and sections had to be partitioned, but in the case of Tamils and Tamilnadu no demarcation is necessary. (6/7)

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            In any case its high time that the Tamil-Sinhala conflict is taken up for at least discussion and review in the UN. All accusations levelled by the Tamils – i.e. discrimination in language, university admission, so-called colonization etc. must all be taken up, together with an international investigation of the burning of the Jaffna library and what was lost in the fire, which I think later became a vicious tool of anti-Sinhala propaganda and was used by Tamil fundamentalists to brainwash Tamil youth.
             
            ¹ Andrew Bell in the book “Ethnic Cleansing” makes references to some examples of population transfers which had effectively ended conflicts and prevented further conflicts. Eg. relocation of some 3 million ethnic Germans who had lived in Czecoslavikia since the 11th century back to Germany. Ref. page 238: “The transfer of Germans from Czechoslovakia after World War II satisfies all our requirements: it was orderly, humane, fairly well organized, especially in the later stages, and it achieved a resounding success in solving a seemingly insolvable ethnic conflict. Its success was measured by the fact that no more problems between Czechs and Germans or between Czechoslovakia and Germany have recurred since the transfer was completed” (7/7)

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            PP
            I said: “If Tamils should be relocated to Tamilnadu the same logic will require relocation of Sinhalese to the parts of India that they came from.”
            What I meant to impress upon you was that the logic that applies to an ethnic group if applied to others will yield awkward results.
            I oppose asking anyone to relocate against his/her wish. That seems the consistent position of the UN and other international fora.
            *
            Why are we destroying ourselves to the joy of those who want to subject us to their control?
            *
            It is time for serious dialogue. Keep out of the hate speech in CT. Let us talk about the real issues faced by the ordinary folk.

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        Why don’t you relocate all the Buddhists in Myanmar and Vietnam? In Myanmar, they can join the Buddhists and Murder Bangaladesh refugees.

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      According to the Sri Lankan government statistics 51% of all the island’s Thamizh ( Eezham and Indian origin) live in the north and east . 70% of the Eezham Thamizh live in the north and east Other than in Colombo 90 % Thamizh living in the Chingkalla areas are of Indian origin. From which statistics are you quoting Choma?
      Even if 1% of the Eezham Thamizh live in the north and east and the rest anywhere , even at your home, they have every right to demand the north and east as theirs , as this is their ancient homeland and they still live there. They are not demanding Chingkalla lands down south. Do not try to muddy waters and mislead . You are very good at it. Trying to sound very reasonable in very racist to the core.

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    What one has to be clear about is what exactly is a political solution? A bit like the antisemitism charges against the British politician Jeremy Corbyn, whatever we have, there will always be someone saying this is not good enough! There was no line Corbyn could draw and say this is about the Jewish people and this is about the Israeli government, because anything he said or did was portrayed as antisemitic by some.
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    Similarly among Sri Lankan Tamils, the affinity towards separation as the only political solution is in direct proportion to how far away from Sri Lanka they actually live, or how good their memory is of emotive lines of text they have memorized from the Suthanthiran newspaper of 1975-1977. When continuing to parrot those lines, they do not recognize that a war was fought and lost — at enormous cost to our community — between then and now.
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    In Sri Lanka, there is a constitutional arrangement for devolution of power. That is the 13th amendment. There is underwriting for its implementation — e.g. when MR was dragging his feet after the war, Indians twisted his arms into holding elections. How competent were the elected Tamils in running the Provincial Council and using whatever powers/resources it had for the betterment of the people in that province ?

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      I wonder who the owner/publisher of Suthanthiran was.

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      Please sing that all old Tamil song Singar a Velane Deva and dance and it will suit you

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        PK
        Get your information right.
        There was no dance for the song, which was a hit for the vocal-naathasvaram combination.
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        That besides, SV has made a very sober comment.
        Do you not have a way to respond sensibly rather than resort to cheap jibe.

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          Do not be silly. It still does not stop him from dancing to this song. You can dance to the tune of any song . May be you should join him and in the dance and then we can judge who is the better dancer and the worst Thamizh traitor

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            Dancing piglet,
            Between two items, superlative comparison is inapplicable.
            So the superlative applies to one outside:
            Would it not be one pretending to defend Tamil interests by calling others traitor (in the good old tradition of killers of Tamil leaders)?

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          Please Have fixed your eye glass properly. He never said the movie had the dace scene for that song.

          Please read PK’s comment before you write your sarcastic, vile comments. You used to always push PK to raise up against Muslims because to prove your pretentious race relation, while you could not live a peaceful life in UOJ or with diaspora Tamils, you cunning use him to achieve your objects. So I had advised him to be on alert, when he reply to your pretentious comments, right in this CT threads.

          You area person continuously die hard to ridicule others comments don’t preach please. They was nothing nasty to ask a person to sing and dance a song, which he has purposefully accepted as his pseudonym. Both parties meaning only jokes, but are grabbing to preach Satanic Bible. Sorry man, Please man fix yourself

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            Back to having a fix, eh?

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    Thank you.

    1. You have not mentioned about the PLOTE being part of the TNA please?
    2. What TNA saying is they have capabilities to deliver development to the entire country holding ministerial post?
    3. Would this be acceptable to the Sinhalese people that TNA hold a government post having killed all their opponents (physically and politically)for doing the same??
    4. Would they be asked to make a public statement as to whom they killed in the past to be elected just to do the same after few hundred thousand mother Lankan Children Died??
    5. They still want to talk about political solutions in their manifesto??
    6. Yes it would be natural for all the Minority parties to work with each and every government is what the Manifesto should state otherwise Tamils and Muslims should reject these Ghetto parties??
    7. Tamil and Muslim future is better under mainstream parties for development work as suppose to elect a parties that has segregated them from the mainstream politics and majority of the Nation??
    8. It is a crime against humanity of these parties are allowed in the government after made us all loose whatever we had in our life at gun point??
    9. Why should Tamil people and Muslim people being allowed to be in the hands of these parties by GOSL???
    10. Should learn something from the upcountry Tamils and their way of life and progress they are having would be a better rehabilitation for TNA??

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      Dear Author

      Please also refer to as how the FP/TULF/ITAK/PLOTE/TELO “voters” feel about the TNA doing whatever will be appreciated as the other Tamil speaking Sri Lankans may have a different view point as to how to exercise their rights in the Country according to their personal believes and choices.

      We will be devasted if the GOSL reward the TNA any mistrial position until all the component party crimes are all investigated since 1970 and justice delivered accordingly. Yes we Tamils are very surprised after having lost all we had to this folly SL government will entertain them with ministerial position means we will not have democratic rights any more is what being told to us by the GOSL??

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        Here comes the rambling joke that does not make any sense of what he posts. Another SJ. Blames only the Thamizh but not anyone else

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          PK
          I can understand your sad plight.
          But that is life– full of indigestible truths for sick minds.

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            Thank you S J Cheta. If you plight is sad , yours is even sadder , as a self hating Thamizh constantly fawning to Thamizh haters. If you cannot digest this sad truth, you really are bad Cheta

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              Piglet
              Still hurt by some itchy bit of truth?

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      Ennath Manassilakkuvan Coheyunnilla ( I cannot understand). Chettanukku Malayalam Ariamo( Do you know Malayalam)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y8p2srSndg
      Chettan Paadanum . May be you will do this better than writing

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    Dr. Keethaponcalan,

    Well said

    These are all positive developments.

    Let us move forward from LTTE days.

    Let Tamils also pursue dynamic polices like other communities in Sri Lanka.

    Days of violence are over.Praying for international intervention is futile.

    “unity is our strength”.has become obsolete and better discarded, instead diversity is our strength.

    .Let there be members of Parliament from various political parties.

    Sumanthiran speaks sense in taking a less traversed path and we need more and more sumanthirans!..

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      srikrish
      “Days of violence are over.Praying for international intervention is futile. “unity is our strength”.has become obsolete and better discarded, instead diversity is our strength.
      Are you a grand child of Don Stephen? Isn’t that what Don said to have the Soulbury’s unitary constitution get ratified by Tamil Ministers, a little before he disenfranchised the Tamils votes?

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        Dear Mallaiuran,

        I follow all your valuable comments with interest, I will try to response to your comment to the best of my ability.

        D.S Senanayake at the time of acceptance of the Soulbury Constitution had taken the Tamil members at that time for a ride and won the vote with more than the required 75%majority in the then State Council..

        However, this has nothing to do my comment. Nevertheless, let me proceed to counter your point, admitting my lapse in presenting a clear picture in my first attempt..

        Firstly, I referred to the present non-violent phase in Tamil politics… In the absence of violence, only option available is international intervention, but the previous experiences had shown that it is a useless unrealistic dream..-just to hoodwink the Tamil voters.

        Further 12 % of Tamil unity will automatically invite 80% of Sinhala unity resulting in tragedy for the Tamils as happened on numerous occasions.

        What happened when Tamils unitedly sent a single party to Parliament?

        In 1947-Tamil Congress,1956 FP,1977 TULF,2004 TNA/ LTTE %.What happened? Disaster !

        Sinhalese are usually divided, so are the Muslims and the up country Tamils -They are all better off.

        Let the Tamils at the 2020 election not vote for a single alliance or fronts.

        We, the Tamils do not want any sole representatives.

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          Please read Dr. Lionel Babbage recent two parts essays. Don is a communalistic, riot criminal, punished by British administration. It was Sir Pon Ramanathan got him out of prison by traveling on ships during WWI on dangerous sea routes. One favor Pon Brothers asked was a representation for Tamils in Colombo. But Don showed his butt. Pon Brothers told Muslims not to ask for separate representation for them; what they needed was one united Tamils. If Muslims liked that seat, Tamils Hindus would forgo what they get on talent based, to Muslims. But Muslims too didn’t listen. Tamils leaders wanted Tamils, Sinhalese Muslims together.
          “In 1947-Tamil Congress,1956 FP,1977 TULF,2004 TNA/ LTTE %.What happened? Disaster !
          I don’t get it. For example do you mean Tamil congress disenfranchised Tamils? Or Do you mean FP brought the Sinhala Only……..What base you have to accuse the Tamil Parties for anything Sinhala Buddhist leadership did?
          ” In the absence of violence, only option available is international intervention, but the previous experiences had shown that it is a useless unrealistic dream..-just to hoodwink the Tamil voters. “ Again, what you mean? IC is hoodwinking for Tamils votes? Why do you talk about votes here? This is responsibility of all Tamils parties, all Tamil organizations, and even individual activists like Kirupakaran.

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            Mallayuran,`

            A short history of Ceylon for your information since your comment is inaccurate in several instances. I am personally not taking any stand on these matters.

            The Ceylon National Congress was inaugurated in 1919 with Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam as the first President.The prominent Sinhalese members were Sir James Pieris, FR Senanayaka,DB Jayathilaka, EW Perera and CWW. Kanangara, DS Senanayake, P de S Kularatne, H. W. Amarasuriya, W. A. de Silva, George E. de Silva and Edwin Wijeyeratne.

            In 1920, with the resignation of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam due to controversy of having a seat in Colombo for a Tamil, Sir James Pieris was elected as President of CNC.

            Can you single out DS – a golaya at that time and blame him?.

            During this period FR was a prominent leader, but DS was only a shadow to FR.

            In 1924 DS was elected unopposed to the Legislative Council of Ceylon from Negombo and following the death of his brother F.R. n 1925, Don Stephen took his place as a leader.

            Only In December 1942, Senanayake became the Leader of the House in the State Council,

            It is interesting to note that DS Senanyake refused to be knighted due to patriotic reasons.

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              Mallaiuran,

              This is in response to the rest of your comment.

              Let me clarify. There is a resounding call by all Tamil Nationalist parties and alliances during the present election to unite under their banner and if the Tamils are united under their banner, they could achieve the impossible demands for Tamils.

              This is a call repeated at every election since independence

              But the past did not validate this thesis.

              I am challenging this thesis from past experience.

              In 1947, Tamils united around Tami Congress, but Tamils could not prevent citizenship Acts and government sponsored colonization.

              The again In 1956 Tamis elected FP but could not prevent Sinhala only Act and 1958 communal riots.

              In 1977 Tamils united under TULF and the elections followed by 1977 riots and later by 1983 riots.

              Later the Tamils United under LTTE and genocide against Tamils was the result.

              Again, the threat of international intervention will not be forthcoming, it is really a vote-catching slogan on the part of political parties striving to get the votes of Tamils.

              The lesson learnt is that Tamils being united under one banner is not going to help the Tamils in the future as well.

              My appeal is to look for an alternate strategy!

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          There is a saying in Tamil “Aakka Poruththvan Aara Porukka Vaenum” (The one waited until the ingredients get collected and the food get prepared must wait until the food cool down to start enjoying it). Whether TNA hoodwinked or not, from 1948, we waited 72 years to make negotiations with many Sinhala Buddhist governments. The current government is not anything new but the same one promised to IC that a solution is possible only after they defeat LTTE & killed the 150,000 Tamils but did nothing for solution. UNHRC has said Lankawe’s one-sided withdrawal from the Resolution 30/1 is not valid. But they had given to government time until March 2021. If they say the government could not withdraw from R 30/1, then neither UNHRC can withdraw its time for Lankawe government until March 2021. So it is unlikely they do anything further on that until March. IC is not the one fixed the election for Sampanthan Aiya in August. So don’t worry about what hoodwinking Sampanthan Aiya doing in the election, but just wait for UNHRC what it has got to tell about international inquiry, in March 2021.
          No point in us talking about Sinhala Parties getting united, because even in those era when they were not united, UNP and SLFP did only one and same thing to Tamils; Starting with a promise a new relief but added additional burdens.

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          Thanks for reading my comments

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    In Srilankan politics anything can happen. So, TNA may thinking of joining the SLPP government and Mahinda Family (SLPP is Mahinda Family Party) also thinking that if they don’t get two third majority, it is no harm to give some ministerial posts to TNA to get two third majority if the TNA gets sufficient numbers to meet Mahinda Family requirement. There are lots of “IF”s in this formula. Mahinda Family’s immediate focus is to get two third majority from Sinhala voters only. So, during this electin campagin Mahinda needs lots of racism propaganda, lots of anti western (America) propaganda, anti Muslim Propaganda. The weakness of UNP in this election is a positive for Mahinda Family. But if the Sinhala voters knew that there is a secret agreement with TNA, then it is possible that some Buddhist Sinhala groups and Sajith group to turn against Mahinda family. Recently Vasudeva stated that devolution of power will be included in their new constitution. There is also some doubt among Sinhala people that the Mahinda family is hiding a truth about MCC agreement with USA. The economic impact of Corona is necessitate the assistance from USA, India and China. Further, there is a believe among Sinhala that Ranil group of UNP and Mahinda Family had already in an agreement.

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    KP, usually I avoid getting into this topic because just like Lankan politics, this discussion is nothing but a broken record. These are the facts, 1) from the time of independence Tamils have been demanding Autonomy and devolution of power, which repeatedly have been denied by all governments 2) The truth is initially Tamils asked for more and after realizing they are not going to succeed they settled for the above. 3) In the meantime no government genuinely made any attempts in negotiating other than taking away what ever the rights Tamils were left with 4) No Tamil party ( meaning primary other than few individuals) ever joined the Govt other than supporting indirectly hoping to benefit, which again did not happen. 5)Eventually realizing these facts and loosing hope in conventional politics, LTTE took over the matter, getting the support of the frustrated community and tried forcing it through non conventional methods.6) now, what is S suggesting the only option not tried yet, which again does not guarantee the desired results but may make the lives of affected Tamils little better,through development, which I believe is the need of the hour. (cont)

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    If you take the struggle of minorities elsewhere including few who took up arms , there are many who had settled for such solutions.(what Sumanthiran suggest). If you follow the course of Sinn fein, ETA , Hamas, PLO —etc, each followed different course (but there are similarities ), with different outcomes but have negotiated with their arch rivals and some even managed to wield some power(may be temporary). But if people are adamant in continuing the same, the results are not going to be any different. In the meantime the really affected Tamil community which is already in a hopeless/helpless state, will not be around,to see the outcome.(what ever it may be). As psychologist say some have Emotional thinking and then there others with intellectual/critical thinking. What is optimal for life is balanced or healthy thinking. Tamils seems to have plenty of the first two.

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    I decided to write under your column because the other E.Manickavasakar has already made up his mind with his title “empty promises”. My only request to him will be “let him walk a few miles in the shoes of the affected Tamil” , who is right now living in North and East in such desperate state,feeling hopeless and helpless and then let us know his opinions.

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      C
      Do you know “the other E. Manickavasakar” personally?
      The E. Manickavasakar I know went through very hard times since the 1980s. I have totally disagreed with him on the national question, but he has been far more honest and selfless than any of the present rival Tamil leaders.
      Rejecting his call is one thing personalising the argument is quite another.
      *
      I will be happy if the entire Tamil and Sinhala disapora will be less vociferous on the national question, especially since they are not the ones that will face the music.

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        I will be happy if the entire Tamil and Sinhala disapora will be less vociferous on the national question, especially since they are not the ones that will face the music.

        Please explain me what is Music, who is rendering and who is facing music?
        Tamil Diaspora will be vociferous about the problems in Tamils Eelam & War-Crime Genocide. In now only in UNHRC; they want it UN. Of cause Sinhala Counterpart brothern not going to shut their mouth and back off. That replies are important for Tamils locally and outside to understand Sinhalese. They should talk and express them more and Sampanathan Aiya must read them all before he propagate his Secret Solution. JR said he & Sinhalese will be happy if Tamils starve and die. You happiness may be ultimate sorrow for Tamils.

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    In real life, if a third party lets me down, I do not seek revenge for their lapse but drop them like a hot potato.
    I firmly believe and follow the precept once bitten many times shy.
    =
    The TNA being the mainstream opposition political party, should never go into an alliance of any sort, especially a matrimonial one where the criminal petty-minded rajapukas are the other partner.
    Since post-independence on a few occasions, they had promised to seek a just resolution to this visible ethnic discrimination.
    =
    Unfortunately, Sajith is sitting on his brains openly taking the side of the rogue Buddhist monks and the other not even worthwhile referring to the human garbage to keep on dividing the ill-fated nation to sinker further into the abyss.
    =
    The better of the devil is the UNP who have been always supported by the Tamil’s, they should have the balls to implement and put into reality the aspects of the 13th Amendment which has been lying idle since 1987.
    =
    Down with the Rajapuk’s is my wail of joy, they have to be culled and got rid of forever.

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    TNA is a bundle of contradictions. Initially, they were considered a political wing of LTTE. Tamil Arasu Kadchi’s ego did not want to be a part of the other Tamil parties. But as the reigns were held by the LTTE they had no other alternative but to be apart of the TNA.. It is said that Sambanthan and a few associates were very happy that LTTE was silenced. Almost all the Tamil parties support a federal form of government but do not want to get-together to achieve it. Each one wants to be a leader,desp[site the fact they do not possess leadership qualities. One cannot understand why the parties take different routes despite the goal being the same. The sincerity of the so-called leaders in doubt?

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      Agree with you 100%

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        Anpu, I trust you. For that reason, I am unable to understand how you ended up in agreement.
        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
        You go to a bargaining table with ‘a demand’. Usually that demand is ‘more’ than you would agree for. That is the practical way.
        Even after demanding ‘separation’ no one came up with ‘federation’ as an alternate and feasible solution. Does this justify the demand or not.

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          Nathan, I agree with you as well. may be not 100%— with both of you. I agree 100% with “Almost all the Tamil parties support a federal form of government but do not want to get-together to achieve it. Each one wants to be a leader,desp[site the fact they do not possess leadership qualities. One cannot understand why the parties take different routes despite the goal being the same. The sincerity of the so-called leaders in doubt?”

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            The goal may be the same, but the strategy and tactics different

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      Mr Kanapathy Varunan
      “Almost all the Tamil parties support a federal form of government but do not want to get-together to achieve it.”
      If I were a Tamil I would strongly oppose Federalism for the simple reason that +50% of Tamil speaking people fall within Sinhala Majority Federal Units, who will be subjected to downright discrimination in the hands local politicos wielding land and police powers and handling financial resources.

      Soma

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        Soma!
        You are free to oppose it,. but the reason you give is not acceptable. It is because of the Sinhala people ‘s discriminatory attitude you need a place of your own., If the Tamil people from the Sinhala majority areas are illtreated, they may come to Tamil federal units. It is because the Tamils do not have even the basic power the Sinhalese treat the Tamils as downtrodden. Don’t forget the fact there will be Sinhalese living in the Tamil areas as well. During the repeated anti-Tamil riots where were, the Tamils packed off in cargo ships?

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    Over the years Tamil political class have been using various permutations and combinations of Tamils, Tamil Nation, Ceylon Tamils, Tamil People, Ealam Tamils, Eazam Tamils etc.etc. to bamboozle us.
    Let’s settle this for once and for all.
    What is TNA’s definition of ‘Tamils’ in respect of a political solution?
    I mean who and who are included/excluded?
    My definition is “All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival.”
    Any sensible person should acknowledge that this must be the first istep in any meaningful discussion.
    Once this is settled we can then move on to a geographical power devolution model which can satisfy political aspirations of at least 90% of ‘Tamils’

    Soma

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      soma

      “Over the years Tamil political class have been using various permutations and combinations of Tamils, Tamil Nation, Ceylon Tamils, Tamil People, Ealam Tamils, Eazam Tamils etc.etc. to bamboozle us.”

      Don’t be silly.

      The words crooks often used to bamboozle you stupid people are as follows:

      Sinhala/Buddhis 2/3 majority.
      Sinhala/Buddhist country.
      Making Sinhala as the Official language in 24 hours
      Mahinda/Gota single handedly won the war.
      8 measures of free rice imported from the moon for each citizen.
      …..
      ….

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        Native
        Why do you always evade the question what is TNAs definition of Tamils whereas my definition is “All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival.”?

        Soma

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          somass

          “….what is TNAs definition of Tamils….”

          Please contact

          Tamil National Alliance
          தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பு
          දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය

          6, 1st Lane,
          Point Pedro Road,
          Jaffna

          Please refer to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_National_Alliance
          Manifesto and policies

          1 The Tamils are a distinct People and from time immemorial have inhabited this island together with the Sinhalese People and others
          2. The contiguous preponderantly Tamil Speaking Northern and Eastern provinces is the historical habitation of the Tamil Speaking Peoples
          3. The Tamil People are entitled to the right to self-determination
          4. Power sharing arrangements must be established in a unit of a merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a Federal structure, in a manner also acceptable to the Tamil Speaking Muslim people
          5. Devolution of power on the basis of shared sovereignty shall necessarily be over land, law and order, socio-economic development including health and education, resources and fiscal powers.

          The TNA also stands for,
          ….
          ….

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            NV
            There is no mention of the fact that +50% of the Tamils (All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival) live in Sinhala majority provinces and how their ‘political aspirations’ are addressed.

            Soma

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              somass

              “There is no mention of the fact that +50% of the Tamils …………………”

              Please contact

              Tamil National Alliance
              தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பு
              දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය

              6, 1st Lane,
              Point Pedro Road,
              Jaffna

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      Lots of Chingkallams too, but you keep quiet but keep on highlighting castes , regions and origins amongst Thamizh , to deliberately create divisions. Divide and rule. Now divisions amongst Chingkallams. Religion . Poutha Chingkallams, Catholic Chingkallams, Protestant Chingkallams. Region, Low country Chingkallams and Kandyan Chingkallms. Even now most Kandyan Chingkallams , even the so called lower castes consider the low county Chingkallams , especially the ones living along the western and southern coasts, as not really Chingkallams . Caste; Radala ( the ruling Kandyan aristocracy , descened from Tamil Naickers and Pandians from South India) Govikamma( Vellalar, lots of then largely descended from Thamizh Vellalars) , Karaiyar( Karawe) , Salagamma( Cinammon Peelers) Durawe ( Nalavar or Nadar) Berewe( Paraiyan) Hunu, Bathgamma( Pallan lowly agricultural workers) , Dhoby caste, Barber caste and the list goes on . Most of these castes are descended from recent low caste Indian Thamizh immigrants who arrived in the island during the Portuguese and Dutch area as slave/indentured labour. Now all have become pure Chingkalla Aryan beating the anti Thamizh drum. Just like the homeless one. Lastly racist more than 50% of the island’s Thamizh live in the NE and most of the Thamizh living in the south are Indian origin or Thullukans and the Eezham Thamil. 70% of them live in the NE .

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      Dear Soma

      I am glad you are showing signs of separating the Tamil Political Class whom I call the Sicilian Mafia in Indian Ocean from the innocent Tamil speaking Sri Lankans. It was never our fault that India and GOSL allowed these undemocratic forces to operate in North and East unchallenged since the independence. I know FP/ITAK/TULF supporters voted for Separatism in 1977 and then on their way to their businesses down Southend to their Cilvil service work places all around the country too. They all spoke fluent Sinhalese as they had a well established life in both part of the country……and had several Sinhalese who worked for them too used to visit us up North for all occasions as part of the community spirit/family etc. Normal people doing normal things but never allowed to think for themselves/questions the ethics of what the FP/TULF were saying to them since the Independence. This was a perfect arrangement for the FP/TULF as people Never asked troubling questions you have raised?

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        This was until 1970’s people started seeing the folly for what its worth…the folly turned to the youth and encourage them to decimated their opponents who are adopting life to the 21st century progressive politics within minority communities based on the political realities that was presented to them in SL.

        Before we can feel our way around this reality as People of Jaffna we have lost our children to the training camps in India and the rest is history……..yes up until 1977 we Tamils took the bullets and try to do our best by now the flood gates were wide opened to foreign scams by the TULF we could not survive this strangely enough even the TULF got wiped out in the process?? Now the flood gates are closed by the GOSL and the armed forces loosing their life’s the FP/TULF/ITAK/TNA are creeping into the vacuum again?? the question is who is keeping this vacuum open to these people and why?? we have no answers?

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          The questions never got answered is why the Tamils did not move back to Jaffna after the war has ended in 2009 in line with the FP/TULF talk tells you that they do not support this folly?? the other parties have vacated the space until North and East become a wasteland for a cleanup later?? This creates a dilemma for the living in these spaces as there is no one to support them Economically?? Specially a party that has no economical knowhow and do want to play blame game for their survival will do anything and say anything was proven in NPC admin? during the term they were only fighting in the council and delivered nothing?? They blamed the GOLS/ then the Chief Minister and then the world and then the Diaspora (who like the Tamils who do. not want to leave the South) will not return back to Jaffna??

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            The others who want to return have to face the same FP/ITAK/TULF/PLOTE/TELO one side and the LTTE politics in the other side watched over by the armed forces?? If you are a liberal minded who never supported any of the above is very hard to work for change in this space?? a space only for businesses specially foreign businesses to spin money that comes to the North but it is not doing anything to the space on a permanent and constructive basis?? By current design this can not do anything other than what is described above by the Author??

            So we wait and wait and wait whilst the same folly rewrites the history quite literally covering all its track………the new generation have not got a clue what did take place in Jaffna a Tamil Crime on Tamils from 1970 to 1977 complementing the JVP handy work down south.

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              Under the SLFP government we had great educational materials/subjects at schools, the Teachers training programs was good and we had great teachers to teach us all the good subject sat an amazing way, there were control on talents leaving the country/brain drain well managed by the government, we choose to become a Republic of our own is another amazing thing, government passed constitutional changes that were directed at addressing the Majority of the SL citizens and we had policies similar to that of India. Bothe the Lady PM’s worked very well together managing geo political events at that time too. A very balanced socialist government in place and NM Perara was there too.

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                This is the first time we really got to test the FP/TULF capabilities with regard how badly they have not performed their elected functionalities since Independence other than successfully aggravating the Sinhalese community from day one. Our youth and the Economy needed was not all ending up in the Universities but to diversify the Economy and opening up new challenges to the youth how well to utilise Fisheries/Agriculture and Technical college education that prepaired plumbers/electricians/moulders etc etc….we we lacked in the North nd am sure was the same South too. The SLFP government provided a good mic political parties working together Nationally/Regionally/internationally to lay the foundation for a greater future.

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                  A bunch of Lawyers who nothing better to do spent time on nit picking all that any government has to do instead of supporting the changes and running around to ensure every locality enriched itself/coming up with new proposals that needed to be discussed/incorporated for better yields/new technologies this folly undermined all we did as a Nation full time even when they were not elected by the masses??? There is a reason someone does not elect you then you got the message correct?? no ..no ,,no but somehow it is different with this folly up North?? Then came the 1981 elections whoever tolerated the most undemocratic and not so so so Free and Fair elections which elected the 1977 TULF having realised this folly has taken the matter too far wanted to change…this foly realised the game is up started killing the opposition. You can have million issues in any governments in the wrold as is natural but when someone focused on negative life with thuggery was hard to manage specially in a developing country which had to deal with post colonial realities??.

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                    We did not need people who specialised in the constitutional law making but people who can dedicate their life working in a community needs and able to deliver them to support the daily life?? somehow this folly focused on telling them all that their problems are because the GOSL this and that and we need Federalism/Separation etc will solve all our problems etc??

                    No educated and patriotic person with interested in Nation building g will ever think like this wanting to be the elected MP representing the masses in a developing country?? Spent time stage after stage what happened in 1948, 1956 and ensured 1977/1983 and 2009 will happen through their deeds putting an innocent population in harms way? Now the entire Nation is dragged into a black hole who should have been the leading beneficiary of all the Tiger Economies in Asia starting from 80’s….be later than where should have been in the first place a leading Asian Tiger Economy

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                      If we deeply analyse how Thailand/Indonesia/China/India/Singapore/Malaysia we would have and should have been the destination for all the investors as a Natural choice then…….there would have been not enough Tamil people let alone the Entire Sri Lankan population to meet the employment needs of a thriving economy. This would have employed PEOPLE FROM all the South Assia association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and put the entire Indian continent in the map making SAARC. a success too. very many Indians never had to travel far away places for work could have survived in a thriving economy making Park strait a place to be for the entire world??

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      Yes Chingkallams also have lots of combinations to justify discrimination that also bamboozle us. Kandyan Chingkallam , Low Country Chingkallam. Poutha Chingkallam , Catholic/Protestant Chingkallam. Govigamma Chingkallam , Karawa Chingkalla, Salagama Chingkalllam and all sorts of other Chingkallams too. Just read the Chingkalla marriage columns they only want their own type or Chingkallam. What is the definition of A Chingkaalm ? All Chingkaalms or only Chingkalla Poutham and which Chingkallam to rule ? Only Radala or Govigamma Chingkalla Pouthams?
      Please define Chomia or Chomavathi

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    MR.SUMANTHIRAN is trying to feel the pulse of the voters and other candidates from his own party.leave alone sumanthiran none of opponents such as POTTU VICKEY ,GAJA PONNAN are not serious about LTTE and its self determination as they call it.they use the name of LTTE like srilanaka GAL ARRACK to rouse the people and get coked in to TAMILS FREEDOM if there is going to be any.most other TNA candidates will not attack SUMANTHIRAN very hard on this matter.heart to heart they like the proposal to get the ministry position but will be sitting on the fence to wait for the outcome of the elections.some of them like SARAVANAPAVAN who is always attacking SUMANTHIRAN will keep quiet on this matter as he will be happy even with a deputy minister post to further his business interest.SUMANTHIRAN is taking a chance as lot of young guys who were 9 to 10 years in 2009 is not much aware and not interested in MUULIVAIKAAL affair and only interested in expensive motor bicycle.none of these guys are even not ready for a peace full protest against the government.SUMANTHIRAN has a chance to get some of this young guys voted.as i feel his victory depend on young voters together with old FEDERAL PARTY VOTE BASE.

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    KP – what is TNA consist of now or does not consist?

    Not Just TNA the entire country need to move forward.
    if there is indeed an agreement either with the UNP or SLPP, then the respective Sinhala political parties need to put that in their manifesto and be open about it when they go to the hustings…..and buy in the Sinhala masses; and the Buddhist Clergy Sangha etc.

    On the contrary what is happening when the Sinhala parties canvas in the NE they say Development! Development! Development! ! & Reconciliation! Reconciliation!Reconciliation!
    when they canvas in the South they scream we will never give anything to the Tamils and divide the country This is a Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist country !

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    The TNA members were rebels without arms. (There no definition that rebels should carry arms. Here Pongalan thinks world doesn’t know who TNA is so he wants to use it to discredit TNA to world with his poison feeding. Or do Pongalan wants UOJ VC?)
    After the LTTE was gone, the TNA became independent and making decisions without too many constraints. In 2015, the party supported Maithripala Sirisena.
    Some of my friends indicated that one of the top-tier leaders of the TNA worked behind the scene for the UNP campaign in 2015.
    Why didn’t the TNA join the government? The TNA did not join the government in 2015 because the Tamil people were not there.
    TNA In Transition: The TNA did not join the government in 2015 because the Tamil people were not there. One has to wait and see if there has been a change within the Tamil community or if Sumanthiran is projecting his deep desires on the Tamil people. He said, “Expectation of our people was to secure the political rights because we can handle development issues if we have political rights. Now we see a change in this trend.”
    This is extract of Keethaponkalan’s essay.

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    The internal fight had costed reasonable amount of votes for TNA in LG election. Even before that IHW had predicted TNA to lose votes as it was badly cheated in the Secret Solution deals by Yahapalanaya. Now with the increased internal fights & split of CV team, TNA is expected lose even more words.
    Pongalan is using Sumanthiran’s talks to prove that TNA has fearlessly transitioned it’s polices from Rights to developments. Pongalan’s slick games here is to come back after the election and claim that he said Tamils wanted rights but arrogantly TNA transitioned into developments, so he had very precisely predicted the loss of TNA. For all these, Pongalan did not attempt to have anything confirmed from TNA’s leader or FP’s leader. Pongalan is too happy to interpret what he read from media as Sumanthiran’s election meeting speeches in his own way. Unfortunately though Pongalan did not come to know that yet, but immediately, Sampanthar and Mavai has been denying everything Sumanthiran said, even Sumanthiran’s Sinhala media interview which Pongalan had written here it as TNA effort to detigerizing in south( The process of detigerizing TNA is not universal. It targets the South and non-Tamil media which is a shameless concoction of what happened. ”I don’t know what is detigerizing )

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    Sritharan split Suresh and Ananthasangari from TNA. Sumanthiran sent out CV. Now they are trying to highjack TNA. They both have no important official positions in TNA or FP, though Sumanthiran is TNA’s spoke person. Sampanthar is the leader of TNA and Mavai is the leader of Federal party. Pongalan claiming that he is a doctorate Conflict revolutionist, vainly loading all what Sumanthiran want to say, on TNA’s final decision in their executive committee’s meeting. This is what the proof for Pongalan to determine that TNA is in transition. Pongalan’s contradiction is while saying TNA is fearlessly transitioning now, but saying earlier it feared to join Yahapalanaya people because they were not with TNA. Pongalan never minds to explain from where TNA had the courage now for the transitioning. He is covering it up as Sumanthiran said the people have changed that is why TNA is transitioning. I ask something from this guy: Can this guy become an open minded person, instead of a cook like this, and write a public letter to TNA ” Gentlemen I don’t think people have transitioned as you think that they want development not, rights. If you don’t’ poll and study the people’s opinion you may make a blunder and lose the election!”
    Comedy Thamai, Pongalan doing excellent in twisting incidents.

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    SJ, read properly before you comment. I believe Tamil community in general,has suffered directly or indirectly , in the aftermath of a 30 years of civil disturbances. I was talking about the plight of the most affected people who live right now in North and East, including widows, people with severe disability, children with out a parent, poverty and so on. There is nothing personal in saying “walk in their shoes before giving an political opinion”. It is you who is ignoring the sufferings of those affected people. I did not say any thing personal about EM all what I said was about his opinion. Your purpose seems to be nothing but nitpicking. Read the comment and explain what is personal about it. Also read your own comment “he has been far more honest and selfless than any of the present Tamil leaders”. Do you know them all personally to give such a sweeping comment. Do I take that as, ” all the current leaders are selfish and dishonest people”.(according to you). I am not so naive to question your comment.

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      C
      “My only request to him will be “let him walk a few miles in the shoes of the affected Tamil” , who is right now living in North and East in such desperate state,feeling hopeless and helpless and then let us know his opinions.”
      That comment addresses a person who knows the suffering of the people far better than several who shed tears for them here.
      I strongly disagree with his views and analysis, but I respect his honesty. I stand by my statement:
      “… but he has been far more honest and selfless than any of the present rival Tamil leaders.”
      I have been a student of Tamil nationalist politics for long enough and have seen an heard enough to make that comment.
      Your interpretation suggests poor linguistic skills; seek help from someone who knows language.
      *
      You can easily torpedo my statement by naming a single Tamil nationalist leader here who has been impeccably honest, let alone selfless.
      Give it a try!

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    Dear Sir

    She has an amazing future where the Indians are connected through the upcountry Tamils to Sri Lanka, Muslims connect the Arab and and other Muslim countries to our Nation, The Sinhalese and the Tamil diaspora will connect the rest of the world her economy/her growth nd future well being. We need to do what the Upcountry In deans are doing is to have a party such Workers Congress and now they have mainstream party candidates who are happy to take the Hon presidents and hon PM’s message to the public that is to unit for a greater future.

    Past is past and let us lay great future for next generation of Mother Lankan Children to cherish their diversity/culture/environment/strategic location etc.

    A party drawing a manifesto it we will do now get what we want later (political solution) is not a progressive party nor a progressive change. It is acting from a weekend position and not from its strength. Any party represent Tamil people do not have to operate from a weekend position but from the strength Tamil people who as great people as the rest of the National composition. They are intelligent people, very forgiving people because of their culture/heritage and they know how to share and care.

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    The fact of the meter that gets in the way is our Ego. We need to document all that happened in Jaffna for what it is from 1970 to 1977, 1977 to 2009. Without this account of all the killings and oppressions and irregularities we can not move forward. Simply because we have basis to work with……one need to know himself or herself for the journey…honesty/transparency/sincerity/respect for the other.

    In my elects if the TNA can form a party without the Tamil name and field candidates and get voted in with National policy I will vote for them myself as we will then be One Nation from day one. The Ministerial post will mean something to all her subjects and the Nation will be free and fair nation where we will all live together without caste, race, religion, language ghettos……….

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      Oh my god are you for real? Rambling and rambling posting a lot of nonsense that only makes sense only to you and not to anyone else.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4VVoLE6Owo
      Chettan Malayala Mashup paadanum . May be able to do this better than these nonsensical rambling posts in English

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        Dear PK

        I enjoyed the song and is cool.

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          Valare adhikam nandi. ( Thank you very much) Chetan oru malayaliyano? ( Elder brother are you a Malayali?) . Evite ninnu varunnu? ( Where are you from?)

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        We have frequently had long obnoxious ramblings about the origins of ethnic groups on these pages.
        You may have noticed too.

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          Yes Cheta., also your constant fawning to Chingkallams and Thullkans and nit picking and nastiness towards Thamizh.

          Chetan please listen to this nice Carnatic song and hope you find peace in your wicked evil heart

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfmuxJIVlmg

          If you cannot understand Malayalam , then something for you in Tamil

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjFEvkg4qKo

          Nandi chetha. Pattukal kelkkuka, aswadikkuka. ( thank you elder brother. Listen to the songs and enjoy)

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    Tamils do not worry too much about this parliamentary election or any other election in this island. These elections divide people and create hatred against unknowns. It is important to keep our identity, culture and our language and our economy. Over the decades Tamils were successful in keeping our identity and economic status. We Tamils never depend on the Sinhala state for anything. Their focus is to eliminate Tamils and Muslims and to create a Sinhala only Nation. Sinhala political leadership tried to achieve their goal but still they couldn’t succeed. It is impossible to get a solution from Sinhala political leadership by parliamentary election. There is nothing wrong electing or selecting any Tamil member to the parliament. They can’t do anything. Now, politicians talk about development. What development they are going to bring from South? Even South of Srilanka is not a developed region. Roads and buildings are not development. With another war, they can destroy buildings and roads. What happened to those so called development of Hotels, Airports, Cricket stadiums and so on? So, if it is safe from Corona and military or thugs, go and vote for anyone according to your conscience.

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    SJ, again it is you who is making a personal statement. Listen buddy, I am not here to advance my “linguistic skills”. May be if you had offered such services years ago, I may have considered it.It is nothing to do with linguistic skills. You tend to see things as black or white. The fact is there are plenty of shades between the two. When young I too may have had such view, but not any more. My comments pertain to difference in opinions on “way forward ” considering the reality, which some how was distorted by you to difference in personalities”. Whether you were a student or a master of Tamil Nationalistic politics dose not matter because the consequence and outcome of such politics after 70 years , is very clear to most of us. One more thing, stop comparing between people ,when it comes to honesty is there a scale or a meter available between impeccable and just honest.

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      You don’t have to advance your language skills if you make and read sentences properly.
      *
      I did challenge you to name a single Tamil nationalist leader here who has been impeccably honest.
      I concede that it is too much to ask of that lot.
      Can you even name one who has been honest in all his public dealings?
      *
      You threw an offensive challenge at person, I believe without knowing his character and contribution.
      If you are proud of it be so.

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        You say “One more thing, stop comparing between people ,when it comes to honesty is there a scale or a meter available between impeccable and just honest.”
        *
        We compare people most of the time. An when honesty is a criterion, it will be compared.
        I wonder why some people are referred to by others as impeccably honest and not just honest.
        *
        Blood pressure and body temperature need meters to measure but there are things in life assessed by means other than meters. Character is one, and decency another.
        *
        I can ask you not to instruct me. But I will not do so because it is pointless.
        ps.
        I missed an ‘a’ before person in my previous input.

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    Why did CT allowed the Grease Monster get into that?

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      For the most apt answer ask “Why did CT allow Mallung in?”

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    Before commenting on this article, my kudos to the management of CT where ‘ a hundred thoughts can contend’ in the virtual world of Sri Lanka without fear. It had attracted many prolific commentators with views ranging from one end of the spectrum to the other end. This is a unique achievement. CT’s management can be proud of it.
    As for this article GP has highlighted the position taken by Sumanthiran. It is timely as the election is around the corner. We must appreciate Sumanthiran for airing his position. So far his position has not been appreciated by many Tamil political leaders and activists. We have to wait till the election to know whether Tamil people will accept. As pointed out in the article TNA’s unbridled support for the UNP will be severed and future arrangements will involve development and progress in Tamil areas and ministerial positions in return for their support to a mainstream party.
    The apparent contender for the representation of Tamil people is Wigneswaran and the party founded by him. Though he has made several policy statements, we have to wait for election manifestos from both parties to compare them.
    Election manifesto is not the main problem for TNA, because Tamil people know that who ever forms the government will not help in bringing back normal life to the Northeast.

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    SJ, this will be the last on this subject. 1) “I can ask you not to instruct” It is you who said ” you have poor linguistic skills , SEEK HELP from someone who knows language 2) Not once I have instructed you other than stating as an answer “not to compare” 3) “We compare people all the time”. Who is we ???. The typical voting public who have been voting all these years based on comparison like “who killed more?? who is LESS corrupted ??? who is bad but not worse ????”. or is that, “who is more honest Gandhi ,Lincoln or Mandela” 4) Sorry buddy I do not judge people by comparison, I go by how people are remembered or seen in history, by their deeds ,so I am not up to your kind of “name a person challenge”.5) I know there are few who have put their family and self in harms way by remaining and representing the community, during the peak of crisis, which alone is remarkable and to me worth remembering..6) Where as in your perspective honesty is comparable to BP and body Temperature. 7)”Offensive challenge”( in your linguistic skills) means considering the plight of the desperate people in future decision making. 7) It is you, who make offensive comments at others (CT readers Mallai, Kali,Dr. S) and then “play the victim” or call it sense of humor,is that a defense ???. GROW UP

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      C
      You have questions, and I answer.
      1. You misinterpreted a statement. If poor language skill was not the reason then it’s gross dishonesty. Choice is yours.
      2. “One more thing, stop comparing between people”– I wonder what it is if not instruction!
      3. “We” is common idiomatic usage also refers to a people in general. Strangely you have not come across it. (Check in https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/we)
      4. You do not judge people by comparison. Jolly good. Did I say you did?
      But comparison of character, conduct and performance happens in society (excluding you perhaps).
      5. Ditto.
      6. You asked: “…when it comes to honesty is there a scale or a meter available between impeccable and just honest”.
      I used two quantities that you may be familiar with and proceeded to name things that are not measured by “a scale or a meter”. There is distinction between ‘impeccably honest’ and plain honest. People make such distinction.
      (ctd)

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        7. Challenges in any form by ones who start sentences with silly adjectives, and make not very intelligent remarks do not trouble me. If one seeks to look silly I do not obstruct and, depending on how bored I am, I even give a helping hand.
        Where have I played the victim, and why should I?
        I was annoyed by the unfair reference to EM in a place remote from the location of the relevant text.
        If at all I have objected to CT’s inconsistency in its policy trolling etc., again in very light vein.

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          Dear SJ,
          Please permit me to add this question despite its being out of the topic

          I think you seem to be well read in many areas, wh ynot you take time to bring us articles on this or other forums ? I think many would agree with your thoughts .. for sure. improvement of awareness is almost the key for rebuilding our society. I think you can do lot more than you ever guess if you really want to.
          _
          Have a great weekend and I ll be back to you guys over the weekend or latest Monday.

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            Dear LM
            Thanks.
            An essay takes long and I have not written for CT since some years ago.
            I am no spring chicken and have commitments elsewhere. (I write in Tamil locally.)
            Besides, personal circumstances restrain me further right now.

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    Eagle Eye,

    You keep saying the same things. It is so boring! Do you not have anything new to say? We have all moved on from your communal and narrow mindset.

    Live up to your pseudonym.

    BTW look up different history books, not one you make up. We were all brought to this island, and not natives like the veddas. So we could all have been brought here as slaves. Native vedda is the rightful owner of this land.

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      Historian
      I like that tail bit of history.

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      Historian

      Thank you

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    Dear Author

    The future manifesto by the TNA should include (after loosing the name and changing the party to a National party to serve all) environmental solutions to waste management/Land management/sustainable farming/fisheries and fish stock management in the park strait and SL surrounding seas/water management/National&Regional&International diplomacy and economic cooperation/should field candidates who are (not lawyers) but qualified economist/city planners/town and country side planers/Technology experts/talk some very progressive green home buildings/resource management in general..there is a 70 year gap in the TNA party politics that needs changing to be relevant to the people……..no more National questions/no more stage speeches about Buddhism and Racism etc……The Tamil news papers specially the Nationalist news papers should be published in all 3 languages….the same emphasis for the Southern new papers who create ghetto political arguments. That will be revolutionary and mindful way forward to Truth and Reconciliation a very uniq Sri Lankan style we do not need any world experts to advise us etc.

    Please consider and see the response…hold town hall meetings to explain economics to the people and how you can be of assistance to shape their life……….that is Mr Thiagarajah’s and Hon Duraiappa’s and manynother Great Sons of Jaffna’s Tamils way will yield answers to all the Nations needs please.

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    Dear Sir

    Until we can find ways to stop building mosques/temples/churches/viharas and start building educational institutions fit for time (do not just follow foreign educations and institutions) but something for for Mother Lanka and futuristic, science & technology that has solutions to entire human needs, laboratories to test the water/soil and all forms of poisons in packaging/food and the environment as a whole, invest the time and money recycling and reuse.

    The population growth is a huge issue SL yet to discuss so please use the parliamentary times how to manage this and land the best optimal way without any divisions……this is the Natures way of telling us that being united is the only way forward.

    Think of parameters that defies human dignity/survival can only be heard when we ask others how we can ‘serve’ them rather than telling them/fear monkering on race/religion/language as their future threats?? We can do this because others are doing it because 2 wrongs does not make anything right? Build memorials in your respective electorates that pays tribute to all the SL who have died not just someone we I support, you support etc?? this is the religious way to live not the other??

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