25 October, 2020

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The TNA President’s Avurudu Gift To The Sinhala Hawks

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

It was doubtless in the spirit of the Sinhala-Tamil New Year that the Tamil (ultra?) nationalists presented the Sinhala hawks the gift of a set of exquisitely moronic remarks to the visiting Indian parliamentary delegation. Here we are, with the 13th amendment and provincial level devolution hanging by a thread, the most important state official in the island advocating its abolition and an opinion poll in the Daily Mirror with its sophisticated metropolitan readership showing only 33 % in favour of retention, and what do the Tamil nationalists do? True to form, they disown and denounce the 13th amendment and call for an interim administration outside the Sri Lankan Constitution and supervised by India and/or the UN.

The report by Meena Srinivasan in The Hindu says that: “In Jaffna, where the MPs spent nearly two days, the emphasis was on the need for transitional administration and for India to shed its “obsession with” the 13th Amendment — which followed the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987 — as it was “inadequate”. Civil society groups said starting with a clean slate would work better…Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) member and lawyer Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam reportedly emphasised that the 13th Amendment was not an adequate starting point in addressing the problems of the Tamils…President of TNA Suresh Premachandran said: “We told the visiting MPs that the ongoing genocide has to end here. There are serious livelihood issues prompting Tamils to leave the country. We need an interim administration, overseen by India or the United Nations, until there is a final political settlement for the Tamils.”… One of the BJP MPs asked them if the Northern Provincial Council elections would provide a “window of opportunity.” In response, civil society members are said to have prescribed a “transitional administration” model, outside the current Sri Lankan Constitution, as an alternative, where in Tamil representatives have actual powers in realms of education, health and livelihood issues. “In this model, the Sri Lankan government will also have a role and so will representatives of various communities. If the government is willing to engage with this option, we could work out the modalities,” he said.” (‘Shed Obsession with 13th amendment: SL Tamil Parties to Indian MPs’, The Hindu, April 12, 2013).

Now it was wildly generous of the Tamil civil society representatives to assure the Sri Lankan people that in their proposed model which is an alternative to the 13th amendment, “the Sri Lankan government will also have a role”. Tempting as the offer is, I rather think the Sri Lankan government will – and certainly should– decline to “engage with this option”, as will the overwhelming bulk of the country’s citizenry.

In no country can there be an administrative arrangement outside that country’s Constitution. This does not mean that no alternative models should be explored but they have to be incorporated into the Constitution by means of reform along the lines prescribed by the Constitution. Any model outside the Constitution will by definition be unconstitutional and illegal. The very advocacy of such a model implies that those who advocate it not only have scant regard for the Sri Lankan Constitution but do not respect the need for any Constitutional process and reform either. Hence they are not urging a radical reform of the Constitution but a model which is extra-constitutional. Doubtless they are aware that a reform of the Constitution will require a two thirds majority in the parliament and consent at a referendum. The advocates of a model outside the Constitution and the constitutional process obviously do not care about the democratic principle of deriving legitimacy from the consent of the majority of one’s fellow citizens. It is by means of successive, interlocking referenda that the Good Friday accords were ratified.

Thus the thinking of the advocates of this model is not lost on the reader: manifest here are an utter disregard of the need to convince a democratic majority of the fellow citizens of the island, a refusal to accept Sri Lanka as a single country and to respect the sovereignty of the Sri Lankan state.

Almost as dangerous as the Northern Tamil ‘civil society’ model, and in one sense even more so, because he is a leader of the predominant Tamil political formation, are the views of TNA President Mr Suresh Premachandran who may well be the Chief Ministerial candidate of the TNA at the Northern Provincial Council elections, and thus may well be the next Chief Minister of the strategically sensitive North. It must be recalled that Mr Premachandran was an EPRLF strongman supporting his comrade Mr Vardarajaperumal’s threat of a Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1990, and that was not against a Sinhala–Buddhist Rajapaksa or an SLFP administration but against the manifestly multiethnic, multi-religious, multi-lingual and multicultural President Premadasa and his UNP administration. Old habits die hard.

Apart from the lunatic reference by Mr Premachandran to “the ongoing genocide”—which if it had a tincture of truth, would have drastically foreclosed the possibility of the portly parliamentarian making these remarks to a visiting Indian parliamentary delegation—there is his demand that “We need an interim administration, overseen by India or the United Nations, until there is a final political settlement for the Tamils.”

What is the position of the TNA with regard to its President Mr Premachandran’s statement? Unless and until the TNA and its leader publicly distance themselves from it we must assume that they either concur or do not strongly disagree or are unable to exercise control and will be unable to do so in future.

Clearly Mr Premachandran has in mind a Kosovo type protectorate of the UN and/or India. Equally clearly he has forgotten that Sri Lanka, unlike former Yugoslavia, did not lose the war; it won it. A state that under diverse, successive administrations, and with a war raging, refused this path of capitulation, is hardly likely to treat this demand with anything other than the contempt it deserves. Such a state, a nation and an army are hardly likely to take a second look at these negotiating demands which were last advanced by the late Anton Balasingham.

Merely out of curiosity, what is the “final political settlement” that the TNA’s Mr Premachandran envisages and advocates for the Tamils? For such a political settlement to have to be preceded by “an interim administration overseen by India and the United Nations” and for it to be positioned beyond such an interim administration, it would have to be pretty far out indeed. What is the ‘interim administration’ interim to? There is only one ‘settlement’ that would match that description and that is Tamil Eelam or a Greater Tamil Nadu.

What then should the response of the Sri Lankan State be, under this or any future administration?

The denunciation by the Tamil nationalists of the 13th amendment on grounds of ‘inadequacy’ is the best evidence that it is not, and is not regarded as an adequate platform for their project. Thus the Government can proceed, albeit with alertness, to implement the 13th amendment by electorally activating the Northern Provincial Council as promised and in the time frame promised to our oldest (and wealthiest) Asian friend, Japan. It can also proceed to treat that Council, whatever its composition, transparently fairly and even generously, in a manner credible and convincing to the neighbour and the world community; especially to world opinion. This is the way—and there is hardly another—to regain the moral high ground and replenish some of the ‘soft power’ that we have lost, post-war. The economic costs to us of disappointing Japan are likely to be prohibitive, as the state will have nowhere to run and no one to run to for financial support. If there is manifest adventurism on the part of the radicals in the TNA who may seek to push beyond the Constitutional parameters, the country’s basic law permits the Council to be dissolved, at least until a generation of Tamil politicians are elected who would accept the realities of domestic geopolitics and power.

Both Tamil and Sinhala nationalisms have to be contained and can be contained within the framework of mutuality and reciprocity. Red lines must be drawn above and below, beyond and behind, the existing scheme of provincial devolution. Between the positions of the President of the TNA and the hawks in the South who advocate the abolition of the status quo, lies the Middle Path.

There is of course another, less moderate, prudent and pragmatic way to go. The Hindu reports that the Northern “civil society groups said starting with a clean slate would work better.” It is not without reason that it is counselled that one should be careful what one wishes for. Democracy is such a marvellous thing that the vast majority of the Sri Lankan citizenry may not only agree with the Tamil nationalist slogan of the need to “start with a clean slate” they may also have more than one instrumentality through which to grant that wish. If pushed by Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Diaspora radicals, the TPNF and the TNA militants, a clean constitutional slate, ‘cleansed’ that is of the existing provisions for provincial devolution, could well be the wedge issue that the next election is fought on, just as Sinhala Only was at the historic elections of 1956. The Opposition as it is currently led will get creamed far worse than Sir John Kotelawala did then, particularly with a candidate who is seen to have all of Sir John’s deracinated ideological and socio-cultural negatives and none of his macho-militarist positives. The abolition of the 13th amendment is likely to be used as a defining electoral slogan as the centre of gravity within the regime and its ruling troika continues to shift to the Neo-con hard Right; a creeping displacement which may impact on the choice of candidacy. The Sinhalese also have an Option B for an electoral backlash and ‘clean Constitutional slate’ with devolution resolutely rolled-back back to Year Zero: after all, there’s always the General.

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    IN OTHER WORDS: “Look here you stupid Tamils you are a minority and have to learn to know your place. You can have your 13th amendment and be done with it and if you do not like that then even that shall be taken away”.

    Thank you Dayan for making your position VERY clear. You have not disappointed me.

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      But then… forget Dayan. Do YOU agree with Ponnambalam’s call for an interim administration? Interim between current state of the world and what? Do you agree with the claim of “ongoing genocide”? Are these realistic claims / calls? Who in the world is going to support the setting up of an interim administration outside the SL constitution? Indians?? Even if they wanted to, they can only do it by force. And do you remember the last time they tried to so something by force?? Forget your likes/dislikes for Dayan and think of the reality of the situation.

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        “Do you agree with the claim of “ongoing genocide”?” – YES

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        The majority Sinhala-Buddhists and their Sinhala leaders including their government have proved to the world that they are incapable of governing the minorities. It is time for the minorities to govern themselves.

        What interim administration, it is time for the Tamils to demand for a Referendum for self rule. It is the Tamils who should decide their future in their land. If the world (IC and UN) supported Kosov and South Sudan there is no reason why they should not support the Eelam Tamils. If India supported the creation of Bangladesh then why not support Eelam. The Tamils have only lost the battle but not the struggle for freedom.

        The next step should be the ‘Eelam Referendum’ for self rule and not just an interim administration. The Tamil spring that started in Tamil Nadu should spread to all the Western countries, the Tamil Diaspora should take the lead. The Tamils around the world should persuade the IC and the UN to support a Referendum for Tamil self rule in Sri Lanka.

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          //If India supported the creation of Bangladesh then why not support Eelam.//

          Was this not an argument/hope of the 70’s. India did send in an army of 100000 to Sri Lanka — and what happened? Do you think they can be persuaded to come back again?

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            They will come back in new form called through peace force backed by UN. It is in the hands of unity of Tamils.

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            India won in Bangladesh because it enforced justice. It has never been accused of killing innocent people. In Srilanka it failed in 1987 because it tried to force injustice on Tamils and in the process had committed crimes. Had India come to liberate Tamils from Sinhala racists and create an independent state for Tamils it would have ended victorious. Even now if India comes to enforce a half baked solution on Tamils it will fail ending up in killing innocent Tamils. Unfortunately the ruling North Indian racists are blind and insensitive to the suffering of Tamils, and will continue to make the same mistake as before. However if India changes it’s policy and embarks on a mission to liberate Tamils from Sinhala racists, then they will certainly win as justice will be on their side.

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          Does this so called referandum include Tamils living out side of the north? if not you better take the word Tamil out and insert peole of the north.

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        @Chandra

        The reality is that you cannot oppress a minority forever. Learn from history.

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          And what is your solution to make lives of oppressed minorities better? Do you honestly believe that crying “genocide” and calling for this “interim administration” actually going to help??

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            It was genocide, and hiding and pretending as if you dont know make only you looser.

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      The Sinhala and Tmail ultra nationalists are exactly the same – they seek to polarize things and politically benefit from the mess..
      Dayan’s position plays to the status quo – that the minorities should accept being second class citizens!

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        No, the Tamils should not be second class citizens. I have always opposed that. They should fight for equal rights as well as for provincial autonomy. They should be guided also by Realism as the Irish Catholic minority in Northern Ireland, led by Sinn Fein/IRA has been. However, Tamil politics has hardly ever shown that level of maturity.

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          Dr.DJ,
          You said fight for Provincial autonomy, Then what else the TNA is fighting for? Many rounds of talks TNA had with Govt was well within the parameters, and you know that one of the Indian delegate (i think he is from trinamol Congress) told in Delhi I doubt That Sri lankan govt will ever share any power with tamils in north and east.Thinking Suresh as candidate for Chief Minister I wonder who is going mad now.

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          For any ethnic group to be first class citizens, they must be the rulers. In Malayasia, Chinese are 35% of the population controlling the economy but they are second class citizens as they are not the rulers. In Singapore Malays are the rightful owners of the land but are second class citizens as they are not the rulers. Sinhalese living in western countries are enjoying economic prosperity than an average Sinhalese in Srilanka, but are second class citizens.If and when Tamils become rulers of their lands without any interference from Sinhalese, then only they will be first class citizens. Tamils will never have equal rights with Sinhalese under a Sinhala rule. Tamils will never be able to arrest or put to trial any Sinhalese who commit crime on them. Sinhala controlled army will interfere in the day to day life of Tamils to prevent justice. Can Tamils settle large number of Tamils to alter the demographic pattern of any area as being done by the Sinhalese. Can Tamils build their places of worship after demolishing budhdist temples. So let us not talk of equality.

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        I know there was JVP and LTTE terrorism in SL and people were killed and injured (people = civilians, “unlawful combatants” and armed forces), which is the nature of these unfortunate activities.

        SL is a third world country with an under developed economy and as a results there is a lot of poverty among both Tamil and Sinhalese communities, but at the same time there are also very rich Tamil and Sinhalese people. Politically, the electorate (both Sinhalese and Tamil) are immature and shortsighted. The politicians are even worse, they thugs and some are criminals! The people and the leaders do not have a vision for the country and I have yet to hear any discussions on the big picture for the country.

        Having said all that, can someone please explain, without getting emotional, but just stating facts that will stand up to scrutiny (not propaganda) and explain how Tamil people (excluding the Tamil people of Indian origin, I think they have a good case and I do get it) in SL are second class citizens. I would like to read a well thought out narrative on this, based on recent history, i.e., since independence. Please please please, do not get emotional! At the moment all I read in posts are ‘he said, she said’ stuff without any facts, logic, or based on events that are supposed to have happened 100’s of years ago, which is not relevant in today’s society.

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      OK, Crazy, so what’s your position then? Do you agree with Suresh’s slogan? Please state you solution concretely so you don’t disappoint us.

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        Best one tamil rule themselves, Choice of the name yours. If you want call tamil ealam or republic of sinhala tamil federation. choice is yours. Let us know sooner better.

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          IC not going tolerate sinhala bullshiitsm any more…

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            IC IS THE BIGGEST BULLSHIT EVER!

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              OutRider

              Bullshiters know their fellow bullshiter hence they do know how to handle them in the fullness of time.

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        Ok Dayan. Reconciliation and Reaching out, Process based: Compensation, Cultural Regeneration, Free Education with emphasis on Engineering and English Language Skills, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Development. While this is going on and it must go on as fast as possible, let us talk about this ‘Political Solution’ and what all the fuss is about and we will have to talk to everyone who is busily stirring the pot. It is not a political initiative that is required but one of another sort that appears to have begun…
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bREFYFJH-Rs&feature=player_embedded
        It seems that the die is cast and brute force is going to be engaged by strategic competence. The threats and violence will provide the footsoldiers of what Kiri Yakka called the WOGS.

        It will be a long haul that will take in the re designing and re engineering of the entire political process in ways that ensure that the cream of the nations talent is in parliament and in the administrative services (we could start with the North and East) of the government and not in diaspora. No sooner this gets going than the government will find that it has the moral strength to tell extremism where to get off and to deal with war criminals and the common type as well. Much of the breakdown in law and order and the culture of impunity stems from the economic insecurity of key players. I do not know exactly how the specialists deal with this and I do not think that a mansion in Timbuktu will do the trick, but Suharto was fed and clothed to the tune of something like 10 billion USD over his thirty odd years in power so this should not be an issue to the powers that be and clinkers in the pocket are still one of the greatest motivating forces though this may change shortly.

        The alternative will be the fragmentation of the population into ever increasing minority groups and its progressive decimation, clearing the way for global access to vital natural resources.

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      Not implementing the 13a is unconstitutional in the first place….!!
      What’s wrong in asking for an interim administration for the NE? DJ cunningly wants the NE governed with military boots, doesn’t he?

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    TNA working on separatist agenda act as if they won the war, asking for self administration, rather than doing logical thing of licking the wounds.
    What Sinhala hardliners say is right , abolish damn 13A, recipe for disaster, if not they will not stop with PC’s but make PC means for achieving separate state in N&E.

    Both SLFP & UNP should take a note of it, who will run this SL Govt. for next 100 years, now the “Iron is Hot” ,cut it, abolish 13A

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    In the west you see people living on govt. dole beeing helpless and useless, I thought it was just in the western world. Looking at Dayan it looks its the same in asia too. As long as he was on govt. dole with perks he was helpless and useless. Now he cannot stop writing.

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      No actually I couldn’t stop writing even on govt dole and perks:)) Please see Groundviews for years 2008-9 and Colombo Telegraph for 2011-2013 (Jan).

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        Yes Dayan – you are right. You were writing non-stop — actually singing hosannas as pay back.
        In fact, promptly after confirmation of your appointment to France didn’t you write an article titled something in the line of “MR is the best President one could have hoped for?”

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    When the Indian government proposed the PC system, after long consultations with the TULF and its tacit concurrence, the TULF rejected it under pressure from the LTTE , as inadequate.

    When the Interim Council idea was mooted, as a stepping stone to elected PCs the LTTE, TULF and JR’s government sabotaged it.

    When the north- east PC election was held, the TULF did not contest, the LTTE did everything to sabotage it and the EPRLF won with IPKF patronage.

    The EPRLF- controlled N-E PC and the Premadasa government in combination, made sure the PC system was enfeebled beyond its inbuilt debility. Chief Minister Varadarajaperumal colluded with India to create a Tamil National Army and declare ‘Unilateral Declaration of Independence’. Premadsa responded by dismissing the PC and forming an alliance with the LTTE to get rid of the IPKF.

    The Supreme Court decided that the merged N-E PC was invalid in law.

    Mahinda Rajapakse appointed the APRC to recommend ways to resolve the Tamil-problems. It did so on the platform of the 13th amendment, but the government consigned it to the dust bin.

    After the war, the TNA demanded that northern PC elections in the north under the present, but much debilitated PC system, while Mahinda Rajapakse was promising home-grown solutions on the basis of the 13th amendment +.

    Now that the PC elections are likely to be held under the much mauled 13th amendment, the TNA is rejecting it and demanding a ‘ A Transitional Administration’ with Indian and US supervision.

    Where are we headed as a nation? Are we fatally cursed? Are we mad ? Are we incapable of learning from history and solving our problems rationally? Do we understand what the people need and are crying or?

    It is a bloody shame!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Are you hoping against hope that the PC elections are not held esp after these comments?
      The TNA has always maintained that (esp after Divinaguma + de-merger) the 13 th is not sufficient !

      Are you hoping for a postponement? Scared your man Douglas(another syncopates of the government) won’t win?
      He might :-)

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        I have been saying it for a very long time. Where were you then?

        Dr.RN

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          Do not worry. Douglas is heading towards oblivion. Even if he wins, it will be a tragedy. Anandasangary wants to be CM too! The UPFA may project Ms. Thamil Selvam as its CM candidate! Whatever the shenanigans, the TNA is likely to emerge victorious.

          However, if the TNA wins and fails to act wisely , and if the government does not respond to that sequel wisely, it will be greater tragedy for the Tamils, who have already had enough and more of their share .

          Dr.RN

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            The TNA has been acting more wisely than your BBS supporting Gota and you !
            At least they have not sold us for personal glory as you did –remember the lauding you did of the government as part of the “diaspora group” ????

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              I will do the lauding yet, when it is warranted and will continue to so. The interests of the Tamils and the others in this country take precedence in my line of thinking, than political loyalties or dogma. When the TNA supported SF for president, an act of utter stupidity and rank opportunism, I unequivocally condemned it. The TNA, unless it changes, will continue to be an albatross around the Tamil neck. Similarly, MR is becoming with time a millstone around Sri Lanka’s neck. He has lost his way. He too needs to change tack.

              Dr.RN

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        If so Dev, I would not have said in this very article that the 13th amendment should be preserved and the NPC elections held this year, would I? Do you have a problem understanding English?

        “What then should the response of the Sri Lankan State be, under this or any future administration? …Thus the Government can proceed, albeit with alertness, to implement the 13th amendment by electorally activating the Northern Provincial Council as promised and in the time frame promised to our oldest (and wealthiest) Asian friend, Japan. It can also proceed to treat that Council, whatever its composition, transparently fairly and even generously, in a manner credible and convincing to the neighbour and the world community; especially to world opinion.”

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          My comments were for the RN not to you Dayan.

          As for you, I am still grinning like a cheshire cat at your turn in recent times !
          Maybe you can enlighten me? For examples, and this is only an example mind you….

          Did you speak up for the Tamils when Tamils visiting Colombo were expelled in June 2007 ?
          It was I believe the CPA and Sumanthiran appearing on their behalf who spoke up !

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            You should be not smiling like a Cheshire Cat , but like a stray cat on a hot tin roof, anticipating what is likely to happen. Incidentally, Dr. Dayan has consistently advocated that the 13th amendment and the PC system be applied to the north. He has also promoted the cause of Douglas Devananda as the CM. I have promoted the cause of an appointed Interim Council of experienced and technocrats for five years, as a stepping stone to elected PCs and changes to the PC act to make devolution under the unitary concept more meaningful. Contrary to your attempted mischief, I have been against Douglas Devananda playing any political role in the north. In fact, on one occasion, in the presence of many, I told Douglas that he should enjoy his cabinet position in the centre and forget about his ambitions in the north.

            Dr.RN

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            No Dev, I was busy helping the State as best as I could, to defeat the LTTE and ward off international intervention to save the skin of those fascists. of course I certainly didn’t speak out against Suma and the CPA’s efforts either, though many government and pro-government voices did.

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              Nice one. The Savior of the Fascists. Which Fascists? Definitely not the T-Type Fascists but certainly the S-Type Fascists. You choose very clearly and your choices stand out for the world to see. But it is more than that. You are more even than an apologist for the S-Type fascism.

              You led the political discourse for its legitimization at global level. You may or may not have noticed it but you were the chief spokesman for T-Type Fascism and you still are. The cold and slimy Fascist in you cannot help but show up in the threats you make: the last one referred to ‘cleansing’ of a sort that the world is familiar with as being a mainstay of the Fascist political repertoire.

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    India is unlikely to ditch 13A which was obtained after much coercion of the then govt. It has come up in so many discussions and meetings etc. Now if TNA says forget 13A, it is back to square one?

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      13A hasn’t been working for 26yrs. If only Tamils wait for a few more months to confirm a lot of injustice, they could have had some reason in October to demand international action.

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    This is how the game is played. This is Sri Lanka. There are lots of things going in the background.

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    It is typical to the particular writer- contents that need to put in few articles are being compact in the current so that the readership would not easily get what the message is.

    I have read his articles again and again, but except the one titling on LATELY HELD VIGIL in CMBO, all other incl the current one are not in plain langauge so that everyone can easily get it. I am well aware – there is no many of the writer that could have practical knowledge about the addressed topics.

    Indians in general use their specific wording NOT knowing the impact of them in the aftermath of each discussions – this I have experienced very many times listening to their – political discussions on their nation TV.
    Using the term “ongoing genocide against tamils” is no means acceptable. So I would raise the questions ill and mean treatments paid by the FRENCH and GERMAN to their refugees. This DJ should have seen in France two years ago.

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    As things are in this country, very soon the UN, the Western powers and the Islamic world would split it in the ethnic lines as it happened in the former Yugoslavia. The Serbs were denying the rights and attacking the Croatians, Bosnian, Kosovians and Macedonians. Ultimately what happened the world got in, each of them got it’s own country.

    Sri lanka wouldn’t be able to fight and resist their might as Yugoslavia was a very stanch ally of Russia, the US and the NATO bombed them to submission.

    If the Sinhalese and Buddhist majority not going to change their present attitudes towards the minorities this would happen very soon in Sri Lanka.

    Now the second resolution from the UN has come, then the next, then the next. Then the world might decide, enough is enough, the Sinhalese and the Buddhists are very unreasonable to the minorities and they treat them very badly, and world would go on to split it for them. The UN Peace Keepers would do the rest.

    This happened in Sudan and Indonesia. The majority Muslims in these countries denied the rights of the minority Christians, consequent to this the UN ensured that they got their own countries – Southern Sudan and East Timor.

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      That’s possible Gune, except you have to recall what happened AFTER the IPKF came. Unlike Serbia which has the incentive and the diversion of EU membership, the Sinhalese do not. They’ll keep fighting along a long border.

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    Great to hear Mr.Suresh Premachandran speak so boldly, he is a democratically elected leader personifying the sentiments of his people. In the hell called Sri Lanka, it is a must for the UN forces to move in and protect the Tamils and Muslims. The writer is a well known stooge of MR and hope to get back some plump posting by targeting the TNA now, there is a sure hidden agenda here!

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      Gowda, be logical: if I wanted a post from the Govt, would I take on the BBS, which has received the public endorsement of the highly influential Sec/Def…and would I continue to advocate the 13th amendment and the holding of the NPC election in Sept 2013, when the same top official has opposed it?

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        Dear Dayan, What prevented you from implementing the 13th amendment by prevailing upon the govt. you racist,genocidal regime you defended so vehemently, you could have vouched at the UN after the resolution in 2009, that your govts. priority was to implement the stale 13th amendment when your boss was speaking of 13+. You are an ignored and used force just like Thamarai Gunanayagam. First start speaking of giving justice to the missing 146,679 Tamils before buying time for once again discussing the already spent out 13th amendment!

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          nice piece of reply

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    Looks like Dayan is also obsessed with the 13th amendment that the Tamils never accepted as a solution. His argument is that if Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Diaspora continue with the Tamil spring, the Sinhala-Buddhist MR has a chance to win the election. It does not make any difference to the Tamils if the country’s leader is MR or any Sinhala-Buddhist. As far as the Tamils are concerned, right from DS Senanayake till MR it was the same. None of them did anything good to the Tamils and therefore we do not care who the next President/government is. Our struggle started in 1948 and it is still continuing, of course in different forms. We may have lost the battle but we will not lose the struggle for freedom.

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      Not necessarily MR. Wrong ‘R’.

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        Dayan,
        As President, the right R should take responsibility.

        Dr.RN

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          Dr.Rajasingham

          The wrong ‘R’ or rather GR is much more powerful than MR and it won’t be long for him to take over the country either by ousting his brother (military coup) or by winning the next election. What you should remember is GR (or even SF) is against devolution. These two men (potential candidates for becoming the next president) are Ultra-nationalist Sinhala-Buddhists (anti-minority) and very dangerous.

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            DS Senanayake settled the Sinhalese in Tamil areas and disenfranchised the estate Tamils. SWRD Bandranayake brought the Sinhala only and unleashed violence against the Tamils (58 riots), Sirimavo Bandranayake brought the republican constitution and removed the earlier constitution’s safeguards for minorities, JR Jayawardena unleashed violence against the Tamils (83 riots), the so called multi-ethnic Premadasa used the LTTE to get rid of the IPKF and played a double game but did nothing to implement any devolution, Chindraka wasted 11 long years as President but did nothing, MR used the LTTE to win the election and then got rid of it with a promise to devolve power and the rest is history.

            What difference will it make to the Tamils if the next President is GR or SF or Ranil or any mother’s son/daughter who is a Sinhala-Buddhist? None of the above were saints, they were all hostile to the Tamils so why should we care.

            Our struggle for freedom will never cease. What Tamil Nadu is doing is the right thing, the Tamil Diaspora should follow suit.

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            “GR is much more powerful than MR and it won’t be long for him to take over the country either by ousting his brother (military coup) or by winning the next election”

            Nice try siva!

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      Siva,

      It does make a difference to the Tamils who the country’s president (or the government) is under the given circumstances. This is the hard reality whether one likes it or not. It might not be correct for one person to talk on behalf of the whole community, subjectively. I do agree with you, however, that there had been a general tendency for the Tamils to be ‘aloof’ if I may put it mildly on broader national issues given the feeling that as you say “none of them did anything good for the Tamils.” This was exploited by the LTTE in my opinion for their extreme political objectives.

      Do the Tamils have a ‘struggle for freedom’? Yes in a way one can call it like that but in my view not in the sense that the LTTE called it. We all have ‘struggles for freedom’ in various ways. It is not too late for the Tamils to resurrect their broader solidarity with the progressive sections of the other communities (both Sinhalese and Muslims) like they did prior to independence i.e. Jaffna Youth Congress and try to resolve the problems of the country in a rational and a peaceful (nevertheless forceful) manner. I am not in the habit of continuous argumentation. Therefore you may post your view but don’t expect me to reply.

      Laksiri

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        Dr Laksiri Fernando

        My response to your first paragraph, the reason why I am saying the country’s president (or the government) is not relevant to the Tamils is clearly stated in my comment above.

        Regarding your second Paragraph, the Tamil ‘struggle for freedom’ does not necessarily mean violence/forceful manner (militancy cum terrorism). The Tamil struggle for freedom began at independence when the British handed over the whole country to the Sinhalese on a platter without the consent of the Tamils who were equal partners throughout history. Our elders have already tried the so called ‘rational and peaceful’ method by struggling peacefully for 30 odd years and failed, LTTE struggled violently for another 30 odd years and failed (lost the battle) but you can see very clearly that our struggle for freedom has not ceased. There are several different options left (of course not violence). Our next option is the Tamil spring which has already started in Tamil Nadu. Very soon it will spread to other countries via the Tamil Diaspora. We have learned that involving the IC and the UN is very important to continue our struggle and that is our next objective.

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          Siva,

          I am making an exception to you and writing this response. I am not convinced about the said ‘answer’ appeared before to my first paragraph. Roughly until 1983 Tamils lived in the country with some difficulties, except the Tamils in the hills whose conditions were appalling from colonial times. It was in addition that in 1948/49 they were disenfranchised and citizenship not given and many Tamil academics considered class reasons than ethnicity. Wasn’t the Tamil Congress supported it and why?

          I have a different opinion on the so-called colonization schemes which started well before independence whatever the weaknesses or ethnic biases in allocations. I think a central government should have the responsibility to allocate land to people where and when needed but through consultation when social sensitivities are involved. Therefore it was a question of implementation and consultation. If the country had a provincial council system at that time this could have been easily sorted out.

          While I agree with your point on the Sinhala only and the 1972 constitution plus 1958 riots etc. until even closer upon 1983, there were dialogue and even cooperation between Tamil and Sinhala leaders even on the horrible 1978 constitution. It is the extremism on both sides that spelled disaster to the country, and also was opportunism on both sides. I don’t think it is correct to blame only one side and say our elders tried peacefully. Didn’t the LTTE paved the way for MR’s victory in 2005? Didn’t the TNA supported SF in 2010 elections and why?

          This is regarding your comments on the next freedom struggle or the Tamil Spring. I am glad that you are not in support of violence (not necessarily!). I have no hesitation to recognize the sentiments in Tamil Nadu, except some violent acts. I am not sure how those would evolve however. I keep my fingers crossed. I live in Sydney and recently gave a talk on ‘conflict and reconciliation’ and two interlocutors were Tamils who questioned me when I mentioned about ‘war crimes and accountability issues’ and continuing discrimination on Tamils. I appeared defending the ‘Tamil cause.’ I think they were trying to complement and appreciate my stance. They were very relieved to see the war is over and wanted to see a permanent peace is back. What I want to say is that the picture is not that simple. People have different views and experiences. Extremism on both sides might be our worst enemy whatever form it springs up.

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            Dr Laksiri Fernando
            Thanks for making an exception and responding.

            Regarding the controversy surrounding All Ceylon Tamil Congress leader G.G.Ponnambalam and the Citizenship Act, it is correct that G.G.Ponnambalam supported the D.S. Senanayake government by voting against Citizenship Act No.18 of 1948 which deprived a million Tamils of Indian origin their citizenship.

            That was the time when the power hungry Ponnambalam was believed to have been secretly negotiating with D.S. Senanayake to join the Cabinet. S J V Chelvanayakam who was the deputy leader of the Tamil Congress, broke away in protest and formed the Federal Party. The burning battle that took place between the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) lead by S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) lead by G.G.Ponnambalam in 1952 was over the Indian citizenship act. The ITAK declared Ponnambalam a traitor. Even today you find such traitors in the Tamil community (eg: Douglas Devananda).

            Right from the day the British gave Sri Lanka independence and handed over the entire country including the historical Tamil homeland to the Sinhala leaders, the Sinhala leadership had a hidden agenda. They wanted to transform the multi-ethnic Sri Lanka into a mono-ethnic (Sinhala) country. The first Sinhala leader, DS Senanayake started the Sinhalization process by colonizing the Sinhalese in Tamil areas, changing the Tamil area names into Sinhala names and systematically dilute their (Tamil) strength until finally they all assimilate/naturalize and become Sinhalese.

            Even after being deceived several times (broken promises) by the Sinhala leadership, unfortunately the Tamils (even the LTTE & TNA) still continues to trust the Sinhalese with some hope that they will devolve power.

            Knowing the Sinhala leadership very well right from independence, the Tamils should stop trusting (negotiating with) the Sinhala leadership. Whoever becomes the country’s president (or the government) is not relevant to the Tamils as long as their goal/objective is clear. It is time for the Tamils to take their struggle to the next level (Globally) and seek support from the IC, UN and India.

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    Would Chief Premachandran swap his SGA for even a 13 A plus plus?.

    How cool it is not to report to Rajapakasa or most likely the Common Candidate of Sobitha, going by the popularity of the new wave of pretty faced Facebookers’ Vigils.

    Thanks Dayan for unmasking the hidden agenda of Sambandan and Sumanathiran.

    It will be great if you can enlighten the ordinary punters about the real workings of this impending SGA too.

    For example the Chief of the SGA, Mr Prema will have his Mansion close to Thuraiappa stadium looking towards Tamil Nadu over the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

    What about Mr Sambandan and Mr Sumanathiran?.

    Are they going to relocate to the SGA Territory?.

    Is Mr Sambandan going to shift his Chambers from Hultsdorf?.

    Shouldn’t the Diasporians withdraw their applications for duals ,now that the SGA boss only reports to the Central Govt of India and the UN, or is it TN and UN?..

    This sort of info will be of great help to us punters, when the “Colomboan’s Spring” forces Rajapaksa to the Ballot Box.

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      Your comments are in the usual strain. Don^t you think that the
      elected Tamil Leaders are doing their utmost in a difficult situation
      and have no hidden agenda, except for matters turning against their
      good wishes for the Tamils.

      It is people like DJ who are hiding behind MR, supported by your likes.

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    It was TULF’s fault, then LTTE’s fault, now TNA’s fault…..!! Great Dr. Are you suggesting ‘non-moronic diplomat’, that Tamils should stay like a sheep of herd fo a long long time before someone to consider giving ‘something’ for them? Do Tamil leaders dictate the policies of the government???

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      No, I want the Tamil leaders to be like the Sinn Fein/IRA and accept devolution within a unitary state.

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        Dayan , if sinhala bulshits behave like brits, of course TNA will behave like sinn fein. Why dont you compare with south sudan, east timore or kosovo…dont give stupid argument, enlighten sinhala masses, educate them problem will be solved within 24 hrs…

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        “Sinn Fein/IRA and accept devolution within a unitary state.”

        To put it in your style they Sinn Fein accepted the process because Belfast is the 2nd largest yacht manufacturing sites in the world nothing else stopped England from leaving.

        What has dry Jaffna got for Sinhalese bigots to be holding forth?

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          ONE

          “What has dry Jaffna got for Sinhalese bigots to be holding forth?”

          Panam Kottai and Karutha Kolumban.

          Why does the state rush to colonise the entire North East under military occupation?

          Seriously the Sinhala/Buddhists bigots love their Tamil/Saivaite bigots brethren so much so they want to live next door to each other. State is helping the Sinhala/Buddhists bigots to relocate from the down South to North.

          What a benevolent state and its people, you should be very happy about them.

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        why are you holding on unitary state ? why a federal or quasi federal because heart of the issue of tamil problem is the Land and demography the security and sense of belonging followed by rest of the things

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        I wonder where did you get Doctorate? Unitary states by nature have crushing power in many sphere and will have more centralization, if that’s the case what power councils will have except rubber stamp posts? How cunning you cover power sharing in unitary states?

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        You cannot have effective devolution under a unitary state as the legislature controlled by the Sinhalese will be supreme over any legislature controlled by the Tamils. Tamils want to rule themselves without any interference from the Sinhalese, in which situation the writ of the Sinhalese will not run in areas governed by Tamils. If this arrangement can be met without division of the country it is well and good, but if the Sinhalese are not willing for that then the solution is an independent Tamil state. Knowing the Sinhala mindset, 90% of them are not willing to concede anything to the Tamils especially after the defeat of LTTE, and therefore it is likely the international community are going to step in and force a just solution as was done in other countries.

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    When NM and Colvin spoke in Parliament – before they capitulated jettisoning long held principles – more than once they said since the just demands of the Tamils are not met, the passage of time will result in their earlier demands being inadequate. As Amir was to say later “too little – too late” So it is with the so-called concessions under the 13A. It is a quarter century since then and it is deja vu again. Unless the Rajapakses move in and act resolutely even the Interim Administration, or whatever one might like to call it, might not be adequate. The Tamil people feel let down and taken down the garden path on the promised NP/PC elections. Sept 2011 became 2012 and now we are in 2013 – extending the long trail of kadavanu poranduwa. We are now moving towards the 2 Nations in 1 country suggestion of Gajendran Ponnambalam’s TNPF that will be heard more frequenly in the national discourse. Or the more chilling prospects of a total Separation, which JJ and friends in Tamilnadu will continue to insist on. This was the same dilemma of Jinnah, who merely wanted to threaten
    Nehru and friends with the call of a separate country for the Muslims – the poetic dream of Iqbal. But it ended up in with the birth of Pakistan after the blood of over a million was spilled. Heart of hearts Jinnah knew his project will be a failure. The Lankan Tamil project – pushed to the wall by Sinhala obstinacy across several majority administrations – might well be a more successful one.

    “In no country can there be an administrative arrangement outside that country’s Constitution….” says one whose political learning, wisdom
    and proximity have all been rudely done away with. The answer is the Constitution as it is urgently needs more than just a change for sometime now. It has been criticised from day once since it was introduced in 1978.

    Senguttuvaan

    Senguttuvan

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      Even so, the Constitution cannot be replaced by something that the vast majority of citizens disagree with. It can only be replaced constitutionally or at least democratically.

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        Dayan,

        A president who hook or by crook mustered a 2/3rd majority to push through the 18th amendment , could have worked miracles, at a time he enjoyed popular support, to resolve the Tamil problem. He , prevaricated and played games instead. He stands indicted for once again pushing this country towards an abyss.

        Dr. RN

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          If MR had followed advice of these guys he would have not just lost his 2/3rd majority and the popularity over night but paved the way for political instability. Who knows; ‘Tamil Spring’ would have become reality. But MR is no fool; he know his onions.
          Leela

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            I wonder, whether he knows his onions or the difference between onions and potatoes! He has a history already and it has not been recorded in a manner he would have wished and this country would have deserved.

            Dr. Rajajasinham Narendran

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        G.L.Paramasivam (Australia) writes –
        “Dr. Jayatilleka states further in this regard ‘In no country can there be an administrative arrangement outside that country’s Constitution’

        Each time the official path is used to act unofficially – administration happens outside the country’s Constitution. A Government that has not been able to contain such development has only itself to blame for weakening the country’s administrative systems. This has resulted in the likes of Dr. Jayatilleka – who has held senior positions – not showing awareness of Democratic Facilities. Those arrangements are facilities and are beyond administration towards recognizing the high contribution by citizens to govern themselves.”

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    Dayan,

    Any thoughts on the New Year Gift to the Tamil and Muslim Hawks ?

    Its been a long time since you left MIRJE (Movement for Interracial Justice). I share your frustration in not being able to sell the 13th Amendment to neither the Tamils nor the Sinhalese, nor anything else but a useless future.

    But it seems that you are happy to blame only one side for it. Perhaps its time for you to join Constitutional party – so that you are in the right side of the constitution.

    Mr Vardarajaperumal’s threat of a Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI)
    was not aimed at any person in particular as you claim. You don’t declare UDI against a another man ? . Perumal was driven to it due to complete inaction of the Preme. So we are seeing a repeat. Not that I support it. But there is no need to support one set of morns against another. No point crying about foreign intervention either. Foreigners are invited or invited themselves only when the house is out of order. There is yet again a very big danger in that.

    Without wondering why the Tamil people and parties are not buying into your deal, go ask them, unless you wish to be a spokesman – which you are becoming.

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      They aren’t buying for a variant of the same reason the Sinhala nationalists aren’t buying. It is the flip side of the coin. The Tamils think it is too little, the Sinhalese think it is too much. Which confirms to me that it is in fact the best available practical option…a Middle Path or Golden Mean.

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        Reason is not automatic.
        One side is right and the other is wrong,
        but the middle is always evil.

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        What’s the use if none accept it.
        Leela

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      Yeah, that really helped Vardarajaperumal, didn’t it? See where he wound up? They went against the multi-ethnic Premadasa and wound up with the mono-ethnic Rajapaksa. Such intelligence! Now they’ll go against MR and wind up with GR or SF. Way to go!

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        GR would be the best bet. SF belongs to something else.

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        Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        “They went against the multi-ethnic Premadasa and wound up with the mono-ethnic Rajapaksa”

        You are eternally grateful to VP.

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          Your appreciation may be great, but you express ingratitude being ingrate with ungratefulness.

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        I fully agree with Dayan. Both Gota R and Sarath F are ultra-nationalist Sinhala-Buddhists (Anti-minority). The way things are happening in SL, GR is much more powerful than his brother (MR) and can take over the country either by election or a military coup. The chances for SF in taking over the power is much less but it cannot be ruled out. Both these men are against devolution. Everybody knows that GR is not only anti-Tamil but also anti-Muslim.

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      PS: Not that I have anything against SF. I would welcome his full participation in politics. But then, I am not a Tamil. He has been very clear in his consistent public pronouncements about his lack of faith in devolution.

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    I agree with Dr.Dayan that asking the indian delegation to scrap the 13th amendment is a mistake by the tamil leaders.The 13th amendment should be accepted by the TNn as a starting point on the path to devolution.It has to be allowed to work and then the weak points can be noted and India told to plug it up,but for the first term of the northern and eastern provincial councils we should try it out and see the strenghs and weakness.Without trying it out first if you keep telling it is useless the suspicion arises in the mind of outsiders that you do not want devolution but only Eelam.Also when the government rejects it the suspicion arises in the minds of the outsiders that the sinhala leaders are not interested in devolution but only in assimilation.So we have the situation where the two parties are heading in opposite directions.

    The way to stop that is for india to be firm with both and just say let us first start with the indo lanka accord that has been signed by the two governments,implement it fully and after some time review the results and see what modifications can be made to it,if it is necessary to do so.Otherwise there is not going to be any results to solve the problem and it is going to be a stalemate again.Much time has already been wasted by both parties trying to achieve unachievable and unrealistic goals and in the meantime the world passes by,investment that should rightfully belong to us goes and gets bedded down in other countries and both the tamils and sinhalese are the losers in all this due to their lack of maturity.

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    The idea of an interim administration has been really mooted by the LTTE remnants who are represented in Sri Lanka by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Kajendran. This guy Suresh Premachandran who is waiting impatiently to grab TNA leadership when Sampanthan exit the scene has now openly subscribed to the idea. Gajendrakumar and Kajendran sabotaged the New Delhi conference of Tamil political party leaders convened by Natchiappan with their persistent demand for “self determination”. The idea of the convener was to get a consensus of the Tamil political party leaders to ask India to get Sri Lanka to agree on the full implementation of the 13th amendment. In fact ENDLF made this proposal but was vehemently opposed by Gajendrakumar and Kajendran.

    As Dayan has rightly pointed out this absurd demand for an interim administration overseen by India or United Nations will only strength the hands Sinhala hawks. I personally feel this government will not make any move to devolve more powers to the Tamils. MR will not even convene the Parliamentary Select Committee he earlier promised. The Tamil Nadu student unrest has started losing its steam. The Eelam issue will be kept in the boil by DMK and ADMK for a little more time until the Lok Sabha elections next year. Once that is over these two Dravidian parties will conveniently forget about the Eelam Tamils. That will not prevent the LTTE remants continuing to fund the Eelam agitation from Tamil Nadu and abroad.

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    “exquisitely moronic remarks”……..what do you call the remarks and statements made by Tamara and Mahindha Samarasinghe attacking people like the UN Rights Chief Ms. N. Pillai?
    If she was so evil why did your government vote for her RE-election???

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      Do what Sri Lankan government paid representatives – political and diplomat- said and say justify the moronic remarks of Suresh Premachandran, who aspires to be the future leader of the TNA? Sumanthiran has now contested Premachandran’s stance! What is the message of the TNA? Is the TNA a collection of a motley crowd with divergent and insipid thoughts? Given the fact it is, is it capable of leading the Tamils wisely? Oh! Dev, open your eyes and contribute something positive. You can call me any number of names and accuse me of many things, but it will not help the Tamils or change me.

      Dr.RN

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        Come come you cannot stand the fact that the TNA is not only talking for the Tamils but also speaking up Tamil speaking muslims (deafening silence of the muslims MP’s is shocking).

        The TNA is making up for the historic blunder made by the LTTE in driving out the Muslims from the peninsula……all this growing unity among the Tamil speaking communities is of course anathema to the likes you and masters !

        Stop having this hatred towards to your won people all for the sake of …..(fill in the blanks with what you get from the govt)

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          Dev,

          I even love you! I will miss you and your jack-in-box comments very much, if you absent yourself from this scene. How can I hate my own people? I of course vehemently disagree with those who peddle and promote divisiveness even after life time of tragedy, in terms of my own life.

          Dr.RN

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    The majority, meaning the one-man one-vote reality, is not always right. In most developing countries more so – as in the case of India.
    Look at the lot that is ruling T’nadu for over 40 years. And that is also a State that has a large number of highly educated voters. Did the majority’s decision in 1956 serve us well. That nation whose majority voted Mrs B in 1970 finally had to do with being charged for committing an offence for cooking rice in one’s own home – on two specific days a week and that too by someone who hoodwinked the entire country with the false promise of bringing “rice from the Moon”

    It is up to educated and visionary leaders to lead the public – as LKY did in Singapore. Populism can win elections but, in the long run, will ruin the country. That, seems to me, has been our burden.

    There is nothing sacrosanct about JRJ’s Constitution. It needs to be changed in many areas – to reflect today’s needs.

    Senguttuvan

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    Dayan,

    the 13th amendment or provincial council elections or any of these political tamashas are irrelevant.

    1) Tamils were living in North and east for a long time( just ignore the fact they were living in their own kingdom for the sake of simplicity

    2) They have their own language and culture. ( Different from the people you refer as majority. Here again I would not call them as majority because it would not be appropriate to compare ” majority ” with another people living in another land. Unfortunately , the ” majority” song has been on air for a long time by many sinhalese leaders and of course the monks.

    3) it would be absolutely criminal if some body says that Tamils have no problem in living with ”majority sinhalese”. The memories are still fresh that Tamils ran away to their land many time when they were massacred by sinhalese during the riots. I remember the day I was in fort station Jaffna when the jaffna mail train from Colombo came with injured people from south. Needless to mention how happy they were when they arrived in Jaffna as they felt they were back in their own house.

    4) do you think the Tamils would feel the same now? the answer is no.

    5) What is happening in Tamils land is ? genocide?, militarisation? colonising criminals from south? Budddha appearing everywhere?

    6) one thing is clear. They would like to live in their land safely. They do not need to depend on another group of people calling themselves ‘majority

    7) the solution? leave them alone , let them decide how they want to live in their land.

    TWO NATIONS,LIVE LONG

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      sinhala friend,
      I have no doubt that Dayan consider you are an extremist. But we nationalists do not think so; we think you are Tamil nationalist and another separatist. So, we do not undermine you value your culture and your language. But we object you constructing history. I must insist that there had never being a N&E kingdom leave out a Tamil one. But we’ve read about many a Tamil kingdom in South India. To be honest, Tamil kingdoms in Sri Lanka proper were nothing more than sojourns of Tamil raiders. Only in 14th century one such Pandian invader could establish his kingdom in Jaffna. Before that it was only a feudatory that paid tribute to the Pandyan Empire for over hundred years. Before that there is no record of even such a feudatory.

      No wonder Tamil culture and language have a close affinity to that of present day Tamil Nadu. Anyway it’s good to know your mindset and shed the federal ploy. Good to know also that up coming separatist leaders unveiled their new roadmap to Eelam. Good that you let the world at large know that nothing less than ‘Eelam’ would satisfy Tamil craving.

      13A is gospel only to a few like Dayan. It is not acceptable to majority of Tamils or Sinhalas. That’s a fact. The government should not waste time and money on this un-solicited, un-welcomed un-invited white elephant. Come what may, we should have a plebiscite and scrap 13A. Thereafter, empower people at district level or village level with a new amendment.
      Leela

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        leela,
        Saivasm is an ancient religion dated back to 1st civilization however it wasn’t popular much before cholas and it was their project spread saivasm and they ruled Lanka to vietnam, during their period (dated back 300bc) more 100000 thoudand temples being built including significant number of temples in lanka

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        Leela thank you for the reply

        It seemed you did not read my first point- 13th or 14th and your new amendment are political Tamashas. No point of talking about it

        secondly, I wonder what made you to come to the conclusion that majority of Tamils do not accept 13th or 14th amendment

        ”3A is gospel only to a few like Dayan. It is not acceptable to majority of Tamils or Sinhalas. That’s a fact. ”
        Have you ever had a free election / referendum among Tamils? Of course it has proved beyond doubt that what the sinhala mindset about Tamils. That is the main reason for the Sinhalese political leader to come to power. Anything to tamil? That is it, coming to power. Creating riots to humiliate and committing genocide. This is the main reason for the problem in Ceylon. Start from SWRD!!!!
        All you sihalese know is about LTTE and VIP.
        This is the sinhalese mindset. you can not change. sadly the Tamils still trust the Sinhalese.

        You can have many amendments the way you like. Unfortunately it is not going to work for Tamils. It would be a waste of time.

        one thing is clear. Tamils have to find a way just for their mere survival. It should not depend on the mercy of Sinhalese.
        I am a strong believer of natural selection for survival. There should be some mutation to survive in that place. We will wait and see. In other word , they will have to find a way to defend themselves, the way you or me may not like it.

        finally, we could go on discussing about kingdom and so on. and of course MAHAVANSA. It would be pointless. be pragmatic, fair, and be positive, if not leave to the nature. no tamashas

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          The fact that 17th amendment was passed in parliament under emergency and curfew and by MPs bussed there under duress is the first point to show none with self-respect would have liked the bill and thereby the PCs. Next, the fact that not just LTTE ever allowed PC elections to be held in the N&E but also fought tooth and nail with IPKF. And that shows, all those Tamils who backed LTTE to fight IPKF rejected 13A in toto. Next, the fact that TNA hadn’t uttered a word to the contrary of LTTE stand in parliament or at least demanded PC elections then as they do now show those who elected TNA at the time didn’t want PCs. Next, the fact that TNA boycotted the first PC election in the East towards the end of the war also shows they and their electorate didn’t want PCs. But they had participated in other elections. Why

          I can understand Dayan and co but why TNA wants PCs now?
          Leela

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        Leela,

        What Kingdom did semahaperumal/ Sapumalkumaraya capture on behalf of Parakramabahu , the Great? What is the story behind the village ‘ Nalluruwa’ in Panadura? why did Fa Hien report that the King of Jaffna provided him security to visit Adam’ Peak?

        There was a Jaffna Kingdom, even before recorded history. It was conquered at times by Kings in the South. A Jaffna King also was an Emperor of the whole island once, and was paid annual tribute by Southern Kings. The venerated Tooth Relic was in the possession of this King at one time.

        I have summarised M.D. Raghavan’s glimpses into Tamil history in Dbsjeyraj.com, sometime back. It highlights many facts that have been conveniently buried, in the history of Sri Lanka that is being peddled.

        Refusal to accept recorded history, does not deny history!

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          Thank you Dr Narendran

          as an ordinary lay man , I know only the living memories. I was 6 months old when my parents left Colombo to Jaffna during 1956 riots. Since then I have been witnessing what is happening to Tamils. It is good to know the history of Tamils. Thanks for your information

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          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,
          I am no fool to deny Tamils have ruled entire Sri Lanka at times. There were no known local Tamil (lets call them Bhumiputra Tamil) have become a Sri Lanka king. All known TAMIL kings that ruled Sri Lanka were Chola, Pandiya or Chera. Ellara (235-161BC) too is known to be a Chola. Mahawamsa talked highly of his fairness for all in governance. However, we wouldn’t even know about him if not for Mahawamsa. Whenever Invaders were defeated, they were either killed, chased back, run back or willingly went back. None seemed to have stayed in the jungles like the defeated Sinhala kings to win back their seat. These are vividly explained in Deepawamsa, Mahawamsa, Culawamsa.

          If we move on to more recent times, Raja Raja Chola is a Chola King. He invaded Lanka in 993 years. And Cholas remain in control of Lanka for 62 years until Vijayabahu1 drove them out in 1055. I think most of the Cholas had gone back or were assimilated in to greater society for no Tamil who stayed back tried to retake their seat for the next 150 years from. Even after 150 years no Bhumiputra Tamil challenged for the throne. Kalinga Magha had to come from India to overthrow the ruling invader that had come earlier and plunder the nation. Marga ruled Lanka for 21 years (1215–1236). Vijayabahu 111 direct descendent of Vijayabahu 1 (1220 to 1224)moved to Dambadeniya and ruled from there.

          Indrapala Karthigesu claims; Aryacakravarti dynasty of Jaffna began in 1215 by the same Marga. That means Aryacakravartis are not Bhumiputra Tamil either. So, far no Thambiah and co has unearthed proof of any previous Tamil kingdom of Jaffna. Actually the said Jaffna kingdom had become a tribute paying feudatory of the Pandyan Empire in 1258 for it had sent a lot of men to suppress resistance from Sinhalas kings of the south. When Pandyan Empire became week after Muslim attacks, Jaffna kingdom was allowed to be independent in 1323. If there had been Bhumiputra Tamils, how come only Indians have become Tamil kings always?

          In my opinion, if invader kings had not run back to India when they were beaten but stayed on with Bhumiputra Tamils this country would have turned Tamil or a mixture of Sinhala-Tamil long before Mahawamsa was written in the 5th century. Question is whether there was a tribe called Bhumiputra Tamils. If there were, I would be speaking Sinhala today, or I doubt you would be speaking Tamil Nadu Tamil. Perhaps we would be speaking a new language called SinhalaTamil or something.

          Anyway, if recorded history were not true or valid, surely Thambiah, Devananda and like historians could explore chronicles, monuments, rock edits etc that are available in whatever form in India, Sri Lanka and elsewhere to uncover the true history of Sri Lanka. But use few shortcomings and attack Mahawamsa as a fabrication and a down right lie and throw dirt sying it is Sinhla Buddhism to make up new Tamil stories will not be history.
          Leela

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    Dayan has a hidden agenda.

    He wants to bail out the government from the Geneva trap.

    He knows very well that if TNA accepts 13A as a solution to the national question and once the elections are conducted, the international pressure will cease.

    Then Dayan be once again a hero among the Sinhala Buddhists and he will be on the top of the world.

    Those who had actually studied the provisions of 13A and the Provincial Councils Act No 42 of 1987 and who had carefully followed the history of the Provincial Councils in the seven provinces for the last 25 years or so and the Eastern Provincial Council for the last five years will have a different perspective.

    The Politian’s in the south as well as the bureaucrats are not devolution friendly.

    As a result the Provincial Councils functions as another central government department and the impact on the day to day life of the people is minimal.

    Further remember the context in which the independent institutions have been destroyed.

    Should I remind how the Devineguva Act was rushed through parliament and the government did not want to assign any role to the Provincial Councils.

    While the Divenegamuva Act envisage to tackle rural and urban poverty, a genuine partnership between the central government and the Provincial Councils would have enhanced the effectiveness of the objectives of the devenegamuva Act.

    It is a pity

    When even democracy, the provisions of the Constitution and Law and Order are selectively implemented and when the independence of the supposedly independent institutions had been compromised and made irrelevant how could anybody would have any trust in any solutions.

    The first priority even to TNA is the restoration of the democratic institutions in the country.

    My appeal to TNA is to be careful about Dayan and his foxy persuasions be firm and clear with your objectives, have a flexible strategy, participate in negotiations in good faith.

    Whatever the consequences, contest the Northern Provincial Council elections as a plebiscite without committing yourself in any way and win with a thumping majority and show the world who are the real representatives of Tamils .

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      No hidden agendas but the facts he has brought to the surface. Truth is painful to the many that have not vision to see them.

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    Dayan,

    Bad scene. I am all for the middle path. But no point blaming the Tamil politicians which you are clearly blaming. The hope of any kind of re-conciliation is now gone.

    The Tamils are playing reactive politics. The Muslims are pushed into the same predicament. Its fairly clear that the current and aspiring Sinhalese politicians have no interest in any form of re-conciliation.

    Then perhaps the best thing is to let the Tamils decide what they want, the Muslims to do the same and let the Sinhalese learn to live with it. The Tamils are unlikely to learn – because they are over-educated, the Sinhalese are unable to learn because they are un-educatable.

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      Reason is not automatic; but the middle is always evil.

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    well said Dayan,

    Really appreciated your fearless, straightforward and above all realistic analysis of the current issues we are confronting in this country. Hope your voice is heard by the ones who occupy higher positions and use people like you who love this country to come out from this grave situation. You are a source of rational opinion to Sri Lankan intelligentsia specially the youth. pls keep on educating Sri Lankans.

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    Dayan does not give a solution to the question he poses, he merely takes puck shots at the TNA, claiming they will settle for nothing less than Tamil Eelam. He pretends to vouch for the 13th Amendment, knowing full well it is a failure. Provincial Councils are merely another opportunity for Rajapakse to appoint his yes-men to cushy administrative positions.

    In fact, the optimum resolution to the Tamil Question is a federal solution combined with a total withdrawal of the military from the Northern and Eastern provinces. The bottom line is that each region functions best when it can manage its own affairs. Interference from the Centre leads to political and economic upheavel, destroying the potential for any sort of growth.

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      Dayan’s fear is that if the Muslims keep on getting hounded he would lose their vote which he took for granted locally and internationally. That day would be the conman’s downfall-Amen.

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      Lester,I agree with you that a Federal system is the best with a slight modification to a quasi federal system that is prevalent in India,but it has to be done in a step by step process with trust building up between the two communities every step of the way.Now the mistrust is the biggest problem with the sinhalese thinking that the tamils want to take a chunk of the land for eelam and the tamils thinking that the sinhalese want chase them out to tamilnadu unless they become sinhalised.

      So the indo lanka accord should be implemented fully to set us on the direction of decentralization versus centarlization.It is like a fork in the road showing left side decentarllization and right side centralization.No road in the middle.The rajapakshes are balking at making the left turn because decntralization will kill their hopes of concentrating powrs into the rajapakshe clan and create a dynasty like the north korean one,while the tamil leaders are also balking at taking the left turn of decentralization because they are still hoping for eelam.They know that decentralization will gradually reduce the thirst for seperation because it is a form of self governance with the people getting the additional benefits of being part of a graeter entity.So both these guys are balking at that fork on the road purely for their own selfish self interests.

      In India quasi federalism has withstood the test of time with over 25 ethnicities and linguistic groups living as one country so i don’t think a full federalism model such as the one in switzerland is necessary.Quasi federalism is quite enough for sinhalese and tamils to live in unity and harmony for generations to come as generations have already shown us the path in india thanks to Jawarharlal Nehru’s wise decision to embark on the decentralization path,opposite to what our leaders such as SWRD decided thinking that they can bully and batter the tamils into submission.

      Quasi federalism should be the ultimate goal but it has to start with the indo lanka accord implemented fully and end with when there is complete trust between both communities with them both tasting the benefits of decentralization and the synergistic benefits of the north and east being part of the whole of srilanka instead of being a separate country.

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    “.. I want the Tamil leaders to be like the Sinn Fein/IRA and accept devolution within a unitary state…” This may be an acceptable formulae – without the complication of the nature of the State coming in. But the problem is the Defence Secretary – a super-egoistic State employee to boot – but with enormous powers and ambitions, has made it clear even this is totally out. His language is in consonance with that of the Sinhala Buddhists extremists/the political radical priests, whose shrill voice is becoming louder, and he knows his chances of upward mobility lies in placating this chauvinistic electorate ??? The country’s future appears to be trapped in between the power-play of the main actors within it.

    Senguttuvan

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      All what the Defence Sec say’s is Terrorist free Srilanka should be for all inhabitants to live, work and raise families in part of the land mass.

      It shuold not have ethnic enclaves run by communal politicians,especially when when these same politicians encouraged, applauded and protected the Terrorists and their separated land for 30 years.

      If this is extremism, what do you call your mate’s demand to run autonomous regions on their own, and exclusively for the benifit of their Ethnic community?.

      Th

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    Can we take the race card from the argument ? All we need is just constitution that cater for the whole SL people with independent judiciary , and police.

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    Is this SGA the new ploy of Sambandan and Sumanathiran?.

    With the Diaspora IC and Ms Pillay pointing both barrels at the inhabitants,will the Govt knucle down , when Sambandan fronts up at the next round and say,” give us the Police Powers and the titles to the Land Bank and everything will be Okay.

    If not our major partner and the ex militant will take it for himself and Rajapaksa wouldn’t have even a deck chair in the SGA.”

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    ISGA demand looks like the Eelaam promise they made during the last election but in a different wrapper to fool the northern electorate.
    Otherwise it looks nothing but a crazy demand. So, the nothern electorate can get theselves fooled that ISGA will eventually get them their dream Eelaam and vote for TNA. TNA knows that since they won the local gov.elections they have not done anything for the people of the north and even the money allocated to them was sent back to trasury.

    DJ seems convinced 13A is the solution but the question that solutiion is to resolve is not very clear.There was a danger the the President was mulling over abolishing the 13A and go for a panchayat type grama rajya solution and DJ quietly put a stop to it by adding 13A in to the 2009 geneva resolution.

    I am convinced provincial councils will not solve anybody’s any problem,especaially the Tamils problems what ever they have,except for a few politicians of their cash flow problems.
    Since we have come so far with it,guess there is no harm in giving it a try. Better to test and fail than not knowing it.

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    Yes, we need to start with a clean slate if we are going to solve the Tamil question. First the Tamil people should get rid of Suresh Premachandran who has no right to represent them as he is one of the architects of the gun culture that destroyed democracy in north and east. He should be charged for the war crimes he has committed against the Tamil people as the handler of the infamous Mandayan Group, the death squad of the EPRLF in the late 80s. This has been authenticated by three well known and well informed contributors to the Colombo Telegraph. In response to the article titled “‘There Are Two Matters’ – TNA MP Suresh Premachandran” that appeared on CT on 12 Nov 2012 they wrote as follows:

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran wrote on 14 Nov 2012:

    “I have seen Suresh Premachandran being escorted along the A9 road in Chavakachcheri by a convoy of military and police vehicles to the annoyance of others using this road. From whom does he think he needs to be protected in Jaffna, as it is obvious that he is being protected by the army and police? Why does he think the protection he requires is not needed by the people of Jaffna? Why is what is not a nuisance or problem to him, is a problem for the people of Jaffna?

    He ordered the murder of many Tamils in his role as the head of the Mandayan group of the EPRLF in his heyday! It is such men who have taken up the cause of the Tamils now! Most of what he utters is nonsense, and the few facts left are couched in exaggerations and hyperbole. The Tamils are indeed a people to be pittied with politicians like this to represent them! What is worse is that he wants to succeed Sambanthan!”

    Senguttuvan wrote on 14 Nov 2012:

    “Comments here on the past of Suresh P are disturbing. He is already Persona Non Grata in some Western countries. If the TNA is to be accepted as one worthy of representing the Tamil Nation, both locally and internationally, those in its leadership and allowed to speak on behalf of the TNA should be above reproach.”

    And finally none other than the leading scholar and international authority on the subject Dr. Native Vedda, PhD, University of Bintenne wrote on 13 Nov 2012:

    “TNA MP Suresh Premachandran says:

    “People can’t express their own views.”

    Just after the last Parliamentary elections this man claimed to be the sole representative of the Tamils.

    When LTTE was around he never uttered a word against LTTE’s murders, undemocratic activities, etc. Did the LTTE allow the people to express their own view? I was told that the people opened their mouths only to have their meals.

    This man was running EPRLF’s own intelligence department for a long time. During IPKF’s occupation EPRLF was running the NE council during which time people of the North East was denied democracy.

    Now this man is complaining about space and democracy. What a funny sort of chap he is.”

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