25 November, 2020

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The TNA Tsunami: Re-Balancing The Equation

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The TNA victory has shown that Sri Lanka remains a functioning democracy; that it functions when there is competition; and that with or without the 17th amendment and even under the tightest military supervision, the government can be electorally defeated.

Having won the war, the Government has lost the peace in the North (and earlier, parts of the East), while it continues to lead impressively in post-war politics in the more populous two- thirds of the island.

The TNA’s electoral tsunami has many dimensions and implications. The UNP’s meltdown is a far simpler matter. The TNA’s sweep denotes the resounding political and ideological defeat of the Government’s model of post war rule in the North. Paradoxically, the sweep was also possible because a war was fought to a finish against the Tigers, without which the democratic space would not have re-opened, elections could not have been held and the TNA candidates would have in all probability been assassinated.

When the post-revolutionary Sandinista government lost power in 1990, having won in 1984, it was said by analysts that the very fact that power could be transferred openly and peacefully to the Opposition for the first time in Nicaragua’s modern history, was itself a victory for the Nicaraguan Revolution. Similarly, the very holding of a Northern provincial council election in a peaceful and relatively free and fair manner, is a by-product of the war and the defeat of the Tigers by the Sri Lankan government, state and the armed forces.

It is true that the holding of the elections was due to external pressure and blandishments by India and Japan respectively. However, India itself could not hold an election in the North in 1988 and had to cobble together a joint slate. The first North-East provincial council was constituted through en election in only one province, the East. It was the decimation of the Tigers as a military force by the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration that made the restoration of a competitive electoral process possible.

Thus the political picture in the overwhelmingly Tamil North is almost exactly what it was before the war. The clock has been put back many decades to the dominance of the Federal party or ITAK. However the degree of political dominance of the TNA is far higher than it ever was for the pre-war ITAK because of (i) the convergence that the TNA represents (ii) the elimination of many political currents by the LTTE’s policy of slaughter (one can only imagine an election in which the undiminished EPRLF, PLOT and TELO contested) and (iii) the unenlightened post-war model of rule installed by the regime.

So what of the morning after? The government and the TNA have to recognise the political reality unflinchingly. What is that reality? It is that both the North and South are politically and ideologically uni-polar. Tamil nationalism is here to stay and dominates the mood of the North, while Sinhala nationalism or more correctly populist nationalism dominates the South and is as durable. The Government’s model of rule has lost some considerable legitimacy in the North and has to change. The flip side is that the TNA and the Tamils in general have to grasp that the Rajapaksa administration and more especially President Rajapaksa himself (the campaign in the South was carried by a re-energised Mahinda Rajapaksa) is the only game in town for the foreseeable future.

The TNA and the Government must find a modus-vivendi, a way to co-exist. The government must not place the TNA administration under siege and must instead try to help it evolve in a more constructive and moderate direction, softening it up rather than permitting radicalism and political militancy to influence it from within and without. The Government must recognise that the shift in the centre of gravity of Tamil politics from the Diaspora and Tamil Nadu to the TNA and the Northern Council is a positive thing. The government must also realise that the best deal available is that which can be cut with the TNA and that behind and beyond the TNA lie the weight of 80 million Tamils as well as the influence they carry in India and the West.

The TNA for its part must understand that its main interlocutor is in Colombo; that the Northern Council must not be seen as a beachhead for pan-Tamil nationalist politics, least of all of a secessionist project. The TNA must not regard itself or the Council as equal negotiating partners in a bilateral discussion between two countries, or one country and another in waiting. The realities of the government’s – and more especially the President’s –undiminished popularity in the vastly more populous two thirds of the island as well as the strength and presence of the armed forces – which, in a heightened perception of threat can always be expanded up to the 300,000 mark which Gen Fonseka had argued for and Mahinda Rajapaksa had turned down in the immediate aftermath of the war.

The Northern vote has politically and psychologically altered the post-war balance. It has re-empowered the Tamils. This is a therapeutic and almost inevitable re-balancing. The Government must recognise and respect the new equilibrium. However, the Tamil side must understand that none of this means that the massive historical reality of a decisive military defeat in a protracted war has been reversed.   In terms of power, that victory remains and constitutes the dominant reality.

The pro-Prabhakaran, pro-Tiger political rhetoric that marked and marred the TNA’s electoral campaign imposes limits on the possible. It has re-awakened memories and provided a glimpse into the project of pan-Tamil nationalist politics and the Tamil nationalist mindset.  No state can be unaffected by this revelation. The invocation of Prabhakaran’s ghost has a real-world political price tag. No leader whose popularity and legitimacy derives not only from his manifest appeal among the Sinhalese majority but his achievement in defeating the Tigers, is going to kiss and make up with the TNA on the morning after. A chill will have set in between Jaffna and Colombo; South and North.

At this stage of history, no political discussion can involve the transcendence of the 13th amendment. All effort has to be on the implementation of the amendment. The absence of trust probably means that this implementation will be graduated. Having proved its electoral strength the TNA must not try to fast track the macro-political process which will prove even more contentious after the political ‘holographic projection’ of Prabhakaran than it was before. There is much to be done in the form of consolidation and development at the local level, within the space available. If that space is under siege the effort must be to stretch it to its constitutional limit and not beyond. There are two modes that present themselves before the TNA in a politico-existential choice. One is the ‘capillary’ or ‘molecular’ mode of evolutionary change through gradualism and incrementalism. The other is that of nationalist take-off, fuelled by hyper-inflationary rhetoric.

The government has two choices as well: a Cold war and an institutional siege of the Northern PC or a lucidly Realist combination of constructive engagement and containment. The government must recognise that the newly elected Council has great legitimacy externally.

Both the government and the TNA have to build bridges to each other. Both have also to discern the red lines. If the government seeks to dismantle the 13th amendment, it will cross a red-line drawn by India and the West. While the TNA’s discourse is its own business (just as anyone’s dreams are their own), if it tries to translate it into political action and push for ‘the right of self determination’ (qualified as ‘internal’ as Anton Balasingham used to), federalism or the transfer of powers beyond the 13th amendment, it will cross a red-line drawn by the Sri Lankan state, the Sinhala people and the armed forces.  The South resisted the PTOMS and the ISGA proposals when its collective back was to the wall. It will not countenance any attempt on the part of the TNA to conduct itself as if the Northern PC were the ISGA or the PTOMS.

The Sri Lankan state contained Tamil nationalism by defeating the Tigers and is in turn, now politically contained by the international order as well as the Tamil political resurgence. The international community and most especially India must be aware that both Sinhala and Tamil nationalism must be contained. A perceived tilt of the world system towards the Sri Lankan state has now been corrected, but the external players must not encourage a perception of a tilt to Tamil nationalism which has not succeed in kicking the secessionist temptation.

However strong the pan-Tamil cause is externally and whatever external pressures may be brought to bear, the vote for the UPFA and for Fonseka’s DP reveals enough of a support base for protracted military resistance, with or without Mahinda Rajapaksa, to any roll-back of the verdict of May 2009. This collective emotion which is no less tenacious than that of the Tamils and has an enormous demographic advantage on the ground is also a reality and must be recognised if Sri Lanka is not to become another Egypt or Syria someday (with an important difference—the Sri Lankan armed forces aren’t secular; they are the Buddhist Brotherhood).

The vote in the far less strategically significant but far more populous North Western and Central provinces present a clear and less complex picture. The popularity of the UPFA– read Mahinda Rajapaksa—hovers around 60% while that of the main democratic Opposition as led by Ranil Wickremesinghe averages out in the high 20% range, failing to cross 30%. The TNA and the international community must know that it is only Mahinda Rajapaksa who can deliver anything like peaceful coexistence between North and South, between the Sinhalese and Tamils. Any alternative will come from within the system, will be backed by the military and be far more hawkish.

At a Presidential election which is a popularity contest between Mahinda and Ranil, the figure for the incumbent may rise while that of the challenger/competitor/the other guy will drop below the percentage obtained at these provincial elections, not least because every defeat has a knock-on effect. The spectre of a Chandrika comeback or proxy candidacy of her son is rendered silly because the 35%-40% gap between Mahinda and Ranil cannot be bridged or significantly affected by any such aspirant spoiler.

The emergence of General Fonseka’s Democratic Party as the third force in the South i.e. among the Sinhalese, shows that the last war remains the source of legitimacy and conversely illegitimacy among the Sinhalese (with Ranil being de-legitimised by definition). It also shows the ideological direction in which discontent and dissent are flowing—towards a leadership which is rooted in the military victory of 2009 and represents a tougher minded Rajapaksa-ist nationalism without the family factor. This indicates the kind of leader and candidate the UNP must pick and the direction in which the party must shift. It must pick a new leader before this year is out if it is not to lose more votes to the UPFA and the DP. It is an imperative to avoid irrevocable electoral extinction and the resultant long duration degeneration of Sri Lanka from democracy to something else.

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    DJ,
    “..and even under the tightest military supervision” – Is it military supervision or suppression and violence by the military? Be honest in your reply – if you reply.

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      VICTORY
      The victory recorded by the Tamil National alliance was not unexpected.It was apparent even before the polls were announced that the TNA would win hands down. The only unknown factors were the amount of votes to be polled and the preference votes garnered by candidates.

      COOPERATIVE
      The Northern people have spoken resoundingly. The onus now is on the TNA to shed its provocative campaign rhetoric and get down to work seriously.The long suffering Tamil people have faced tremendous odds and courageously voted for the TNA. The TNA should be mindful of its responsibility and work for the betterment and welfare of the people.For this the TNA must discard the politics of confrontation and adopt the cooperative approach.The newly elected Northern Provincial councilmust work in partnership with whichever Government in power for the benefit of the province and its people

      PROGRESSIVE
      Likewise President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet must take cognizance of the fact that the Northerner does not vote for development alone but also for a variety of other reasons. Chief among them is the hitherto unresolved Tamil National question. The UPFA govt instead of placing obstacles must establish rapport with the TNA dominated Northern provincial council and work together for a progressive future for the North in particular and Sri Lanka in general.

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        Totally agree with your answer, TNA has so much of responsibility & Govt should support TNA in all aspects for the betterment of people

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          Good article.But if the the Tamil diaspora,so called HR activists(all cheerleaders of the LTTE) imagine that the TNA victory is a new step towards Ealam,keep on dreaming.In the meantime Mahinda will rule for a long time to come!

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            Max it looks as if Hope springs eternal, thinking MR will rule for a long time to come? Fine let us see your prediction. Then this nitwit Dayan believes the UNP should focus on a new leader. Sadly his two cents worth is minus it’s value, as he is desperately looking for some straw to hang on before he drowns.

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              But let me tell Some of these fools here who are Quick to criticise the Government especially MR.. Most people knew the TNA will win and given the History the UNP will come in a second in the North .. But MR is the First Sinhala Leader since Sir John who travelled to the North to campaign for his party.. who are Tamils.. Not even JR did this during the DDC.. and All the Nationalist elements in his Government Threatened to work out if MR went ahead with the Elections.. But he Did.. which no Sinhala leader would have done.

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              DUM,

              To be fair to other Sinhala leaders, JRJ did visit Jaffna and got humiliated and many LSSP leaders such as Colwin R.D Silva and N.M Pereira visited Jaffna and enjoyed good support until the 1972 Constitution. JRJ took his revenge during 1983. But MR is at another level; he is a master as gerrymandering; unscrupulous to stoop to any level to get what he wants! He went ahead with NPC elections because he has no way to turn to with Commonwealth conference is at stake. The chicken have come home to roost with all the promises he had made to IC.

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        Very rarely one would see comments this constructive in this forum.

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        Ranil Wickramasinghe is dead as a DODO! Time to get out!

        As for the presidential elections Dayan is dead wrong – Chandrika with Fonseka, as Joint opposition candidate will cake walk like the TNA to DEFEAT Rajapassa by splitting the UPFA and taking the minorities…

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          Hey don’t insult Dodos who are alive and kicking compared to Ranil Wickramasighe!

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      dont worry about what he has to say. at least in post election sessions, DJ has to pick up some points. He is good at that. His mission is trying to find a way to get posted to next. This is common with all kinds of egoists.

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      “tightest military supervision” –
      “Less than two days before the Northern Provincial Council election, one of the most vocal and outspoken candidates of the Tamil National Alliance’s electoral campaign Ananthi Sasitharan narrowly escaped an attack at her home.” – http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=8778

      Many more incidents like the above under “tightest military supervision”.

      “tightest military supervision” – how many army/per a civilian? Is it 1 army per 5 civilian? May be that is what DJ means by “tightest”.

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        @Anpu the Tamil Guardian.. Then it must be correct.. The same Gutter One sided trash along with the Many Pundits fielded here and similar sites.. Use to say the LTTE can never be defeated, The LTTE are the Only sole representatives of the Tamils.. I suppose that’s why in all those years they had democratic elections. Then the Int LTTE diaspora on the same paper u quoted asked the Tamils to boycott the elections.. even went far to call the TNA as Traitors..But the people of the North didn’t boycott and the Int LTTE Emigres such as GTF did a complete u-turn.. What a joke.. For Unbiased News pls go to newsfirst.lk A Maharaja news Group trusted by all

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          @DUM,
          It looks like you only accept what comes from Buddhist Mahinda Rajapakse.
          I will give you few more links.
          Is this acceptable to you http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=811026 ?

          What about this?
          Reports of Violence in Sri Lanka Ahead of Elections

          [ Sep 20, 2013 22:45:12 GMT ] [ New York Times ]

          The thugs first appeared around 11:20 on Thursday night, a dozen or so men lurking outside her house. Two wore army uniforms. Ananthi Sasitharan — a Tamil candidate in the first provincial elections to be held in 25 years in the former insurgent stronghold here — said she woke her three daughters and prepared for the worst. She called a few friends, who soon appeared and persuaded her and her daughters to sneak out the back. It was a good thing they left. [ Full Report ]

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          @DUM,
          Have you got enough? One more
          Candidate’s home attacked ahead of historic Sri Lanka poll

          [ Sep 20, 2013 13:03:34 GMT ] [ BBC ]

          A Tamil opposition candidate says several of her aides were injured in an assault on her home, on the eve of a historic poll for Sri Lanka’s north. Ananthi Sasitharan said armed men surrounded her home and attacked campaigners. She left and was unhurt. A lawyer said he believed they were from the army but the army denies this. Voters in the north are set to elect their first ever semi-autonomous council, four years after the army defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. [ Full Report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24171429 ]

          – Sri Lankan soldiers accused of pre-election attack – AP

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    This article contains lot of positive thought which is most welcome but at the same time seems to reveal a slight fear psychosis the author harbours that the TNA may revive the separatist cry which is far from the truth. If the government takes one step towards genuine reconciliation, I am sure the TNA will take two. In the current global political context almost nine out of ten Tamils will agree that separatism is gone for ever at least with the demise of the LTTE.

    Let us wait and see how things evolve.

    Sengodan. M

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      Sinhala electorate is gyrating towards Sinhala Buddhist authoritarian militarist government by supporting the UPFP, while Tamils are moving towards a democratic TNA.

      That seems to be the paradox now.

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        The Northern people have spoken resoundingly. The onus now is on the TNA to shed its provocative campaign rhetoric and get down to work seriously.The long suffering Tamil people have faced tremendous odds and courageously voted for the TNA. The TNA should be mindful of its responsibility and work for the betterment and welfare of the people.For this the TNA must discard the politics of confrontation and adopt the cooperative approach.The newly elected Northern Provincial councilmust work in partnership with whichever Government in power for the benefit of the province and its people

        Moderates and progressive minded sections in civil society, as well as those in government ranks such as the Left Alliance, had thrown their weight behind this historic event in the face of hawkish Sinhala nationalist sentiment that initially threatened to derail the election.

        President Rajapkasa for his part upheld his pledge to restore the political rights of Tamils in the North by holding the poll in spite of that opposition. Implicit in that move was an endorsement of the principle of power sharing based on the 13th amendment, under which provincial councils were established, as a basis for resolving the national question that has plagued the country’s political landscape for decades. The president’s message on the campaign trail in the North as well as the North Western and Central provinces, consistently included an appeal to resist the divisive forces of communalism

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        @Thiru can u tell us why the pro-LTTE factions in Tamil Nadu well-endowed Emigtres based in the West. The so-called ‘Trans-national Government of Tamil Eelam’ (TGTE) and Global Tamil Forum (GTF) have issued statements a few months ago to Boycott the Elections, and not to participate in these elections??????? and at the same breath shout for democracy????? well it shows the Northern voter as stopped taking orders from the Int LTTE emigres.. And in a Complete U-turn the TNA suddenly issued silly statements praising Prabhakaran manage to get the support of the Int LTTE emigres??? who then in a complete u turn said we support the TNA.. after the Tamils of the North did not listen to their Boycott..

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        How do people come to the conclusion that sinhala ppl voted for the UPFA?
        Many Tamil and muslims candidates compete in election under UPFA ticket.

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    Since the present viceroy to Northern Province is not effective enough to control the voting pattern of Tamils, should the government now consider replacing Chandrasisri with Dayan?

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      NV,

      Are you serious?

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        DJ is a wee bit better than MARA~

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        Anpu

        “Are you serious?”

        Please see my comment to naysayer Vibhushana below.

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      Native Vedda,

      You have a very good idea. He is rearing to go!

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        Thiru

        Keep your friends close, your enemy closer.

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          I am puzzled!

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            Thiru thiru enu mulikathey! He says, thou shalt understand your fiends visibly well than the ad hoc friends.

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            Thiru

            You said

            “You have a very good idea. He is rearing to go!”

            If Dayan is appointed as Northern viceroy which is unlikely, you should welcome him and keep him closer.

            You can keep an eye on him.

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            dont mind it you are always!

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      Do not send him up the gum tree but give him a better rocking chair for life.

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    This is a resounding victory not just for the TNA, but is also a resounding “yes” vote to the central theme of its manifesto. i.e. the Thimpu principles: Tamils on the island are a nation, the NE is their homeland, and they have the right to self determination in their homeland. The Thimpu principles were also the central theme in the much maligned global Diaspora referendum that occurred in 2009. Thus the political aspirations of the Tamils in the NE and those in the Diaspora are in complete harmony.

    The TNA and others have observed how the 13 amendment and the NE provincial council does not grant self determination to Tamils. I have realized that even though this is true, it does something just as important: It completely takes self determination of the Sinhalese in governing the NE. With these elections there is nothing the Sinhalese can do to advantage themselves in anyway using resources in the NE. The Tamils cannot either. So today the NE is officially a failed state or rather a failed region.

    The tier 2 officials at the Pentagon who have been assigned the task of managing SL, can check off two important milestones in the march towards the endgame. (the tier 1 one guys don’t have time for this. They are too busy managing the oil producing region in the middle east) They now have a legitimate non-militant elected Tamil leader in the NE. Justice Wigneswaran will now be the negotiating partner with the GOSL in the months ahead. They have also turned the NE into a failed region.

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      “It completely takes self determination of the Sinhalese in governing the NE.”
      Why don’t we consider self determination of the world in governing the lawless Sri Lanka?

      Why should the world let the lawless Sri Lankan authoritarian regime rule the North-East?

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      @fake patriot

      can u tell us why the pro-LTTE factions in Tamil Nadu well-endowed Emigtres based in the West. The so-called ‘Trans-national Government of Tamil Eelam’ (TGTE) and Global Tamil Forum (GTF) have issued statements a few months ago to Boycott the Elections, and not to participate in these elections??????? and at the same breath shout for democracy????? well it shows the Northern voter as stopped taking orders from the Int LTTE emigres.. And in a Complete U-turn the TNA suddenly issued silly statements praising Prabhakaran manage to get the support of the Int LTTE emigres??? who then in a complete u turn said we support the TNA.. after the Tamils of the North did not listen to their Boycott. Thimpu principles yes the same which were Rejected by the LTTE who was the then main Tamil Insurgent group and who slaughtered the other Groups to be the sole representative by the GUN and Not the Ballot.. The same LTTE which the Int Emigres Support.. What a Joke..

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    Lets wait and See how the TNA will function and if they will deliver.. As the Northern voter wants to get On with life the Local TNA campaign was Jobs and economic prosperity, But for the Int LTTE emigres their campaign was the Creation for EElam.. So we will see which voters the TNA will work for??? But they won.. But let me tell Some of these fools here who are Quick to criticise the Government especially MR.. Most people knew the TNA will win and given the History the UNP will come in a second in the North .. But MR is the First Sinhala Leader since Sir John who travelled to the North to campaign for his party.. who are Tamils.. Not even JR did this during the DDC.. and All the Nationalist elements in his Government Threatened to work out if MR went ahead with the Elections.. But he Did.. which no Sinhala leader would have done.

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    Oracle of Delphi has spoken!

    For Tamils the election victory of the TNA is like giving water to more than 147,000 thirsty Innocent Tamils who were massacred, without water, food or medicine, or proper shelter. We must not forget it or be complacent.

    We must not forget to bring justice to the massacred Tamils, and the left behind destitute families, war-prisoners and the people dispossessed of land and jobs by the government.

    The war criminals and Genocidaires must be brought to justice too. Otherwise the Sri Lankan government and the armed forces will go on with impunity against the Tamils.

    These are the urgent tasks before Tamils.

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      YOU’RE FORGETTING THAT THE JHU, BBS, THE GOVERNMENT’S OWN MP’S AND MINISTERS AND OTHERS WILL HAVE VERY, VERY MUCH MORE TO SAY ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THIS ELECTION. AND ALL THAT IT PORTENDS.

      YOU REALLY THINK THESE ORGANISATIONS AND PEOPLE ARE TRULY GOING TO ALLOW THE TNA TO EXERCISE ANY OF THE POWERS GIVEN TO IT BY THE PEOPLE ? YOU’RE LOSING SIGHT OF REALITY IN THE EUPHORIA OF THE ELECTION WIN, AREN’T YOU MY FRIEND.?

      WAKE UP CHARLIE. THIS IS SRI LANKA. EXTREMIST TO THE CORE.!yOU REALLY THINK MR HAS NO BACK-UP PLAN, PLUS PLAN NO.2 AND 3. yOU THINK HE DID NOT KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION WOULD BE? THINK HE GOT THE EXTREMISTS TO HOLD THEIR PEACE WITHOUT SHOWING THEM THESE BACK-UP PLANS ?

      eVER ASKED YOURSELF WHAT MADE THESE EXTREMISTS KEEP QUIET AND ALLOW THE PC ELECTION TO GO THROUGH ? BECAUSE MR SHOWED THEM WHAT HIS PLANS WERE AND THOSE PLANS PLEASED THEM.

      IN OTHER WORDS, THIS ELECTION WAS HELD MERELY TO BULLSHIT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THE uN ET AL.

      COME, COME. MR IS NO DILETTANTE!CALL HIM AN EVIL GENIUS IF YOU WILL. BUT DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF UNDERESTIMATING HIM. THAT WAS PRABHAKARAN’S DOWN FALL. THAT WAS HOW HE LULLED THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT INTO COMPLACENCY WHILE HE SILENTLY WORKED OUT THE SINO-LANKA DEFENSE AND ECONOMIC LINKS.THAT’S HOW HE ALSO PULLED THE WOOL OVER DELHI’S EYE THIS TIME AROUND BY HOLDING THE PC ELECTION SUPPOSEDLY WITHIN THE AMBIENCE OF THE 13A.

      THE REAL MR IS THE MAN WHO PLEDGED 13A PLUS !

      THE PLUS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND THE TNA IS GOING TO LOOK BLOODY STUPID, THE TAMILS ARE ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE DEEPER ANGUISH AND SHAME.

      ALL BECAUSE THE TNA AND TAMILS IN GENERAL ARE SO STUPID THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DESPERATELY BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY SEE AND HEAR IS WHAT REALITY IS.

      THE REALITY IS THAT THE TNA WANTS SOMETHING THAT THE WHOLE RACIST/RELIGIONIST EXTREMIST BLOC WILL NEVER ALLOW ANY GOVERNMENT IN COLOMBO TO DELIVER.

      ARE THEY ALL SO DUMB THAT NO AMOUNT OF KILLING, SUFFERING AND AGONY CAN OPEN THEIR EYES TO THE TRUTH ?

      oNE MAJOR PROBLEM HERE IS THAT THE DIGNITY SOUGHT BY THE TAMILS DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME DEFINITION IN THE SINHALA DICTIONARIES.

      yOU SEE MY FRIEND, MR WILL LOSE RE-ELECTION IS HE DARES TO ALLOW THE TNA VICTORY TO FIND FRUITION IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE SET-UP THAT IS ANATHEMA TO THE EXTREMIST PERCEPTIONS HELD BY THE RACIST/RELIGIONIST SUPREMACISTS

      BANDARANAIKE LOST HI LIFE FOR MUCH, MUCH LESS.

      WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THOSE EXTREMIST FORCES WHICH KILLED HIM ARE NOT A TEN THOUSAND TIMES MORE ORGANISED, SOPHISTICATED, BETTER ENDOWED [ IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN]AND POWERFUL TODAY ?

      MR IS NO MATCH FOR THEM. SIMPLY BECAUSE HE IS NOT A MAN OF HIGH MORAL CHARACTER OR OF POLITICAL/SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY.

      THEREIN LIES THE TRAGEDY OF THE TAMIL NATION.

      THIS IS BASICALLY WHAT PRABHAKARAN ALONE SAW AND UNFORTUNATELY ALLOWED DESPERATION TO LURE HIM INTO THE WAYS OF EXTREME VIOLENCE.

      AND IN DECADES OR A CENTURY TO COME, THE DUST FINALLY SETTLES ON THE BLOOD OF THE HAPLESS VICTIMS OF SINHALA/BUDDHIST RACISM AND ETHNIC HATRED AND RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE, WHEN THE NAKED TRUTH CAN NO MORE BE PAINTED OVER WITH SOFT HUES FROM THE PALETTE OF HUMANITARIANISM AND DEMOCRACY, HISTORY WILL EVEN FORGIVE PRABHAKARAN.

      WHY ? BECAUSE ENLIGHTENED BUDDHIST THOUGHT ITSELF WILL BE THE FINAL ARBITER: IT WILL DEMAND TO EXPOSE THE CAUSE WHEN THE FINGER OF ACCUSATION IS TIRED OF POINTING TO THE EFFECT.

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    Its truly the Tamil Spring (Tamizh vasantham), a vote for peace and federalism within a united Ceylon. This is our very own Jasmine revolution (mallikai puratchi) where the Tamil electorate exercised its franchise in the true democratic spirit. Congratulations Wigneswaran. Please now deliver on the development front. We need investment, jobs and a life of dignity free of military rule.

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    Dayan,

    Just leave aside matters like separatism,federalism which are very serious topics.

    The The TNA asked for very simple things, like replacing the ex-military Governor though being a public servant holding high office openly campaigned for the government, by a civilian. The TNA asked for a heavy reduction of the intimidating presence of the army in towns and villages. Incidentally, in which democratic country does the military involves itself directly in election campaigns?

    Why not write your sermons on these simple glaring matters, first?

    Sengodan. M

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      he wont write those thing, he is just another Sinhala man. Tamil hater and never allow ordinary sinahala people think and use their top of their head…

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      You cant remove military from Northeasily. Actually comparing Northern election with any other eection (even in other parts of SL) is wrong. This is a post war situation and it is just 4 years after the war.

      For example in 80s election in Kashmir was controlled by Indian military and finally the gov became indian military controlled. You didnt see such a situation in SL. SO as a post war country SL has done when it comes to democracy.

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    Dayan:

    “The TNA and the international community must know that it is only Mahinda Rajapaksa who can deliver anything like peaceful coexistence between North and South, between the Sinhalese and Tamils. Any alternative will come from within the system, will be backed by the military and be far more hawkish.”

    The TNA and the IC also know that MR is a very deceitful person. He had four years to deliver what he had promised but stalled it. You had already mentioned that even this election (Northern PC) was due to the pressure from the IC. Do you think the CHOGM will happen in SL if MR had refused to hold elections as promised? It is abundantly clear that MR and his regime would not give even an inch to the Tamils. Doesn’t it look like that from land to other matters, international pressure bears its mark. Shiv Shankar Menon once famously remarked that the Rajapaksas have to be dragged screaming before anything can be accomplished. So, Dayan, it is crystal clear that MR is not going to deliver anything that is positive to the Tamils. The pressure has to continue from beyond the borders until the regime relents. What kind of a fool can screw a golden opportunity to become a statesman and win over both the Sinhalese and the Tamils. After all, he had shown that he can never rise beyond being a politician, a crooked one at that.

    The Tamils had tried every possible means with the system. The several round of talks initiated by this regime with the TNA came to nought because there was never any intention to discuss issues seriously by the regime with the TNA. There is nothing positive that can emanate from the system and history bears testimony to that. MR had that unique and distinct advantage but he grossly screwed it. His idea was the total subjugation of the Tamils but that has failed miserably. Prabhakaran took up arms and he failed miserably. If you now think that a deadlock could pave the way for a “hawkish” army to intervene, what do you think would the end result – a separate nation for the Tamils, perhaps?

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    The TNA’s electoral tsunami has many dimensions and implications.

    Well, nothing a quick dismissal of the council cannot solve. A care-taker under Douglous will function more efficiently anyway.

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      Vibhushana

      “Well, nothing a quick dismissal of the council cannot solve. A care-taker under Douglous will function more efficiently anyway.”

      That will reconfirm Sinhala/Buddhist brand of democracy.

      Doughlas does not have any experience of Provincial Councils. The experienced old hand is Dayan the former minister of North East Provincial Council.

      If you want to prevent the Northern Council functioning please appoint Dayan.

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      Absolutely.

      But for that the govt. should topple the northern PC first.

      Let the courts do it.

      2 court cases pending. According to the 6 amendment, TNA CAN be grilled. A lesser evil TULF was grilled in July 1983.

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        Smarting badly Eh? Bloody JOKER!

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    Hey there Native,

    That will reconfirm Sinhala/Buddhist brand of democracy.

    I suppose what we saw from TNA was “Tamil/Hindu” brand of democracy was it?

    All I saw was political porn playing to the lowest common denominator – fear. There is no “skill” involved is there? Sinhala BBS does it all the time pulling massive crowds. Its lazy politics, cheap gimmics exercised by those who have no achivements to speak of and no policies for the future.

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      Vibhushana

      “Sinhala BBS does it all the time pulling massive crowds.”

      Don’t all Sinhala/Buddhists parties playing on Sinhala/Buddhist fear and their Mahawamsa mindset?

      Please correct me if I am wrong, aren’t you one of the founder member and foremost ideologue of BBS, not on paper but covertly?

      There is not much product differentiation among SLFP, UNP, JHU, JVP, BBS …………….is there? This has been the case since Anagarika the homeless one.

      You stupid people vote for war, the more hard line position a party takes regarding the minorities the more votes it gets in the lections. This is the case since the late 1950s.

      “Its lazy politics, cheap gimmics exercised by those who have no achivements to speak of and no policies for the future.”

      So is true with all your Southern racists. Rice from moon, Eight measures of free grain, war for peace, Sinhala only language policy implementation in 24 hours, a few slogans which won votes. All your southern electionering in the past was based on either anti people anti minority or as you said lazy politicking.

      You will do well to remember your (Sinhala/Buddhist) past stupid political sloganeering.

      By the way give me one example of your achievement that stick out in this world.

      I will give you just a few achievements,

      war crimes perpetrated against Sinhalese in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991, a war that lasted for nearly 30 years,

      violations of all rights enshrined in the constitution and world norms,

      ministers and their brats peddling in drugs,

      contract killers serving as protectors of people and representing them in the parliament,

      war criminals are being elected or appointed to high offices,

      perpetuating 10% economic culture and unused infrastructure grandiose projects,

      Sending in the brutal army to kill those who demanded clean water

      Setting cultural institutions on fire with the active participation of ministers and policeman

      Planned riots against minorities with state connivance,

      Producing historical novels based on myth as history,

      million more to mark your achievements.

      This is an intellectually bankrupt country with morally degenerate leaders and people.

      Stop digging if you want to come out of the pit.

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        Man,

        You can be deadly serious: I like that matching your humor with seriousness!

        You got the shit out of the Sinhalese extremists.

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        Hello Native,

        I usually find myself under a deluge of crappy information when things cannot be defended succictly in one or two sentences.

        So in a nutshell you do accept TNA won hollow victory with cheap tricks didn’t you? Thats all I wish to establish at this moment.

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          Vibhushana

          “So in a nutshell you do accept TNA won hollow victory with cheap tricks didn’t you? Thats all I wish to establish at this moment.”

          I will cross sword with TNA when I meet them here in this forum.

          Why do you think I agree with you? I agree with none of you. How can one agree with self destructive stupid people?

          I see no difference between stupid Sinhala/Buddhist nationalists and stupid Tamil nationalists.

          You both share the same genetics,
          more or less same culture,
          both are superstitious
          both share myth
          both rage 24/7/52,
          both greed driven,
          both want the world to love them but they don’t love each other,
          both self serving
          both corrupt from top to bottom
          both love to think they are a peace loving people

          Both irredeemably stupid

          The Tamil parties represent their stupid people and your Sinhala parties represent their stupid people.

          Now you want me to measure who is more stupider than the other. I don’t think I will be able to invent a device which would help us to measure comparative stupidity. I am sorry to disappoint you.

          I hope you have come out of Ponna’s 50 50, Vattukkottai, LTTE and other historical thrash. Hope this new NPC elections will keep you going for the next 30 years.

          I assure you I will be still around to respond to your comments.

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            Dear Native,
            u have such a brilliant brain. U r arguments are just well balanced and true. I wonder who u r,…..come out and tell who u r and name…..I salute u r courage and honest. I still believe Sinhala srilanka and tamil ealam must be friendly nations of this free world.

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    Jansee,

    President Rajapakse does not have to agree with Thimpu principles or tamil nation theory to show he is a statesman. Problem is with the tamil racist who want a homeland in Sri Lanka. Don’t get too excied, you have won only the Northern Provincial council.

    You have not got a mandate to govern East, since it is well and truly in the hands of the government, and you never will rule East just like you never have in the history.

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      Ravi Perera:

      Nowhere in my comment had I mentioned about adhering to Thimpu principles or even a tamil nation theory, for that matter. So, get your ostrich head out of the soil and re-read what I have remarked. MR had a unique opportunity to win over “both Sinhalese and Tamils”. The TNA had reiterated many times over that it will work within a united SL. If that is not explicit enough, then you have to get your brains washed.

      It was MR who promised the whole world of the 13A PLUS. You may dance with him on your head, that is your choice but that does not diminish the fact that he had created a trust deficit that has come to haunt him. When he raced to conduct the elections in the East soon after the eviction of the LTTE, he had been shifting his goal posts until he was pinned down by the IC. If you would care to recall his statements that he would call for elections in the North, similar to the East, once the war is over. Whatever the excuse(s) said may be hollow – after all the presidential elections and the local council elections had already been conducted soon after the war.

      Yes, the Tamils are excited over the win in the NPC. With all the intimidation by a recalcitrant army that has no place in the day-to-day lives, Tamils had braved to vote overwhelmingly for the TNA. If you are sore with that, as MR is also, then it is your problem. Talking of the East, we will take one thing at a time. As you say, let history and time be the judge.

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    Given the polling behaviour at the 2013 elections out of the total registered voters in the North TNA has been able to secure 49% which by no means suggests that the TNA manifesto has beset that of the governments’, but also that it’s a true representation of the sentiments of the Tamil community in the North. Leaving that aside, since 1948 both Sinhalese and Tamil politicians (most of them in the past coming from elitist backgrounds) in the country have been using identity politics to gain political power based on secessionist ideologies in what i would call a ‘flawed’ democracy where people are being continuously duped for the benefit of a vested few. Are these the true representatives of the people? Are they voicing the needs and aspirations of the people of Sri Lanka?

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    Wasn’t the turn out only 62%?.

    How may of them were day trippers or postals from the Vellala neighborhoods in the Capital?.

    Are the other 38% just ordinary nincompoops, who will let Vellalas do whatever they like?.

    This Tsunami won’t be even 3.5 on the Richter ….

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    Not ‘under the tightest army supervision’as Dayan puts it but under ‘open Army and para military intervention'( I don’t know how he calls it democracy when early in the morning of the election day the house of a TNA candidate was attacked by them). Hats off to the Northern Province voters who in spite of state terrorism showed by voting in large numbers that it is their ‘righta’ and not ‘bogus development’ that matters.I expected he will call it a ‘functioning democracy’ immediately after election victory of TNA and he has done it.It is typical of him to high light what he wants while ignoring other facts,like the attrocities committed by the government in a ‘so called democracy’.I can understand this because it is necessary for his next posting.An educated mercenary who may even accept a Minister’s post in NPC if he could manage it.

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    Can any sensible person attribute the victory in the NWP and CP polls as due to the popularity of MR? Was there a decent poll? Did not the Government machinery along with the physical and finacial resources used in garnering or buying votes of the unenlightened?Distributing alcohol to each and sundry,free distribution of mobile phones which have become a status symbol to the villagers, brainwashing the voters with an endless propaganda through the State media print and digital. From the inception it was like a race between two men one whose hands and legs were tied to a pole and asked to run the race.Can this scenario criticize RW as ineffective and praise MR skyhigh?When can the Sri Lankan voters have a level playing field ?Over to you DJ.

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    An Ram Dayan you were part of the NE government installed by IPKF in an “election” which you now say was not a true election. You were part of the SL delegation trying to white wash the massacre that took place in the final stages of the war. You were then kicked out by MR and you then started writing articles critical of the government. Why should we take anything you write seriously. The first and foremost qualification for a person to be considered an intellectual is intellectual honesty. Saint Thiruvalluvar says:எல்லா விளக்கும் விளக்கல்ல சான்றோர்க்கு
    பொய்யா விளக்கே விளக்கு which means not all that emits light enlightens but intellectual honesty is the only lamp that enlightens the learned.

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      Aani, Jokes apart this man Dayan has an ego problem and he believes he can bluff everyone.

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    Dr. DJ, I hope this article is of relevance to current evolving scenario.
    Political stability of the union of India and its impact on Sri Lanka ( http://www.ft.lk)
    Published : 12:01 am May 4, 2012 | 645 views | No comments so far | | E-mail to friend
    Sri Lankan politics took a dramatic turn when President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the administration in 2005.
    Since then, he has been both a controversial and a charismatic leader who successfully prosecuted the war against LTTE despite pressure being brought to bear upon him to scuttle the war effort.
    There has been a steady escalation of anti-Sri Lanka statements since then especially from Tamil Nadu. This is in the aftermath of the Geneva debacle.
    Calls for retrieving Island of Katchchativu
    The separatist agenda and the calls for creating a separate state for Tamils are becoming increasingly more aggressive than it had ever been. There have been calls by the ruling State Government legislators to retrieve Katchchativu Island, which had been ceded to Sri Lanka through an agreement.
    The Government cannot be oblivious to the fact that forces arrayed against Sri Lanka are very formidable. The latest statement came from former Chief Minister Karunanidhi, who said that “India should prevail upon the United Nations to help carve out a separate Tamil Eelam from Sinhala-dominated Sri Lanka.”
    This is an incendiary statement calculated to revive separatist movements across the length and breadth of India. The separatist movements in India seemed to have been in abeyance for some time due to effective counter terrorist actions by the Indian Government.
    The Central Government should now be more vigilant as if it lends leverage to pressure from Tamil Nadu political parties over the Sri Lankan ethnic issue, it would have a spill-over effect on other states, thus destabilising federalism in India.

    The extreme form of such an exercise would be that forces inimical to Central Government authority could seek covert assistance from China and Pakistan in different forms. It is therefore imperative that the Centre must strengthen the stability of the Union before it embarks upon dictating terms to its neighbours.
    Imprudent to expect the Congress Party to stay in power
    Karunanidhi seems to have woken up from a long slumber to hit media headlines. Is he not aware of the burning political issues that the Centre is beset with such as in Khalistan, Kashmir, Assam and other states?
    It is interesting to note how politicians in Tamil Nadu strike emotional chords for their political survival. The dangerous precedent that Sri Lanka should be mindful of is that as long as the Congress Government stays in power, it can rely on its support, but it is imprudent to expect the Congress Party to form the government after every election.
    If Sri Lanka fails in its reconciliation exercise, it would one day have to face a tough administration in Delhi sympathetic towards Tamils in Sri Lanka. Politics, after all, is the art of the possible.
    Sri Lanka’s ethnic issue would one day be a bargaining exercise for India’s party coalitions and we have to be very mindful of this real possibility. This could be a political net into which we ourselves would fall if there are no meaningful political reforms where ethnic Tamils could live with dignity. This writer urges a Lebanese type pact with Tamil parties.
    Resurgence of Tamil nationalism
    Before and the immediate aftermath of the defeat of LTTE, there have been some utterances of Tamil Nadu politicians which caused some pain to the Central Government as there were indications of the resurgence of Tamil nationalism and this would one day spread to a Greater Tamil Nadu with a part of Sri Lanka.
    For India, stability of the state of the Union is of utmost importance. It cannot possibly allow resurgence of any separatist ideology in any part of India. Indian secret support to the Sri Lankan Government and its backing for crushing the LTTE is in the long run a great victory not only for Sri Lanka but also for India as President Rajapaksa rightly expressed that he fought India’s Al-Qaeda.
    The decimation of the LTTE also paved the way for oil companies to commence exploration work with ease as the security situation been eased to zero level, entailing lower political risk for offshore investments.
    Simulating worst case scenarios for Indian Central Government
    China is a rising dragon in Asia and its influence is increasingly felt in the region. As far as China is concerned, it has very few internal troubles with separatist agendas, especially in Tibet, but its military might and one-party rule can crush any rebellion within days.
    As for India, a rebellion in one part of the Union would spread to other parts and maintaining law and order would be cataclysmic and would result in the breakup of the country. If Tamil Nadu breaks up from the Union, it would be in a position to support the secessionist movement in Sri Lanka morally, politically and militarily.
    When the Indian Central Government is in trouble, Sri Lanka cannot expect any assistance from India as it would be concerned with her immediate threat and Sri Lanka will have to rely on China.
    Pakistan too would be embroiled in Punjab and Kashmir issues over the unfolding scenario and would not be in a position to intervene in Sri Lanka. China is the only country Sri Lanka could resort to, owing to sore relations with the West and China would fully exploit the situation with ease.
    Even the breakup of the Indian Union would entail the US and Europe weighing their strategic options in the region. Newly-Independent Indian States (NIIS) would then provide new markets for the West, but battle for supremacy in the Indian Ocean against all odds.
    Sri Lanka could be a battle ground for super powers as we would have to rely on China’s support to curtail any future incursion from Tamil Nadu and the US and West might resist Chinese intervention in the region if we don’t mend fences with the West.
    It is high time we revived our lost relations with the West. The Port of Hambantota is already a Chinese strategic asset. It would be interesting to see how India would react to Chinese oil exploration companies meddling in Sri Lankan waters close to the Indian shore when India is in search of oil in South Sudan. Discovery of oil in Sri Lankan waters would further polarise regional politics and re-demarcate the political landscape.
    (The writer is a freelance journalist and a Political Lobbying and Government Relations Consultant. A member of the American Association of Political Consultants)

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      Mr. Srinath Fernando surely knows the incendiary statement you apportion to Shri M. Karunanidhi has been mentioned by many other
      Indian and world leaders too. Why even Sinhala leaders
      of the past and present as well (CBK, Mangala Samaraweera) The UNP 1977 Manifesto and CBKs of 1993/94 made reference to this in different words. The point is a Separate State option comes into play only if natural justice and the compelling needs of the Tamil Nation (NEP) are continued to be denied. A more caring world with instruments such as R2P cannot be ignored – just because the Buddhist priests want attention and a platform. TNA has agreed to work within an undivided Sri Lanka. The present resounding mandate that TNA received on Sept 21
      should open the eyes of even the most obstinate Sinhala extremist
      that the option of if Sri Lanka is to remain undivided is with the Sinhalese. May wisdom prevail in making the choice.

      Senguttuvan

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      Srinath,

      What is the need for these unnecessary and unfounded fears?

      The Tamils in the North have voted and their message is clear to one and all. They want to live in freedom and with dignity. They are crying for autonomy to manage their own business and not for separation.

      Why not advise the government to seize this opportunity and build bridges between the North and the South?
      Opportunities do not always knock at the door.

      If the government seizes this opportunity to go for proper devolution and thereby a genuine reconciliation, peace will prevail for ever and everybody will be happy.

      It is simply a matter of adapting an attitude of ‘Live and let Live’!

      Sengodan. M

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    We should thank the international community, particularly US and UN human rights council, Tamil Diaspora and Tamil Nadu politicians for their continued pressure on Sri Lankan state to hold the Northern Province Election. The Sinhala states for nearly 25 years denied Northern Tamils to exercise their fundamental basic right to express their voice.

    Dr Dayan Jeyatilake and few other opportunistic racists started a fear mongering campagin against TNA and its manifesto even before BBS and other Buddhist fundamentalists started their campagin. Every one knows very well that TNA, Federal Party and Tamils wanted a solution based on tangible devolution for North East people that can provide security, maintain law and order and improve well being of the people. Even the agreement between LTTE and Government was based on those principle.

    LTTE and Sri lanka engaged in the war for 30 years, both sides were ruthless, undemocratic and denied people to express their voice freely. However, there was a justifiable political reason behind LTTE war. Dr D.D and others couldn’t come out from the “Mahawamsa mentality” though they have been provided with the valuable training and education on values of social and human rights. You cannot deny the facts that Sri Lanka military violated norms of war and humanity during the six decades of war against Tamils. The ordinary sinhala youths who joined military for livelihood who is not responsible for this, but those who ordered them should be blamed and punished. If you deny these facts you are not a human. The people like DR DD aree much dangerous than those fundamentalists to the society.

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      1. first of all whatever the external forces were (indian centra gov, japan) it was SLG that held elections.

      2. Tamil Nadu politicians didnt call for a election or a 13 amendment. The only thing they said was referendum, war crimes. Power devolution was never in their agenda. That is exactly why students in TN vilified Wigneswaran and asked India to stop election.

      3. Tamil diaspora (pro LTTE) ones didnt want an election earlier as power devolution is the last thing they need. :D so TD and TN pressurized SLG (directly) to have elections is a lie.

      4. DJ has been calling for implementation of 13 since the end of war. How can he be of mahawamsa mentality.

      5. Sinhala youth didnt join forces as a source of livelihood. They did it for their mother country. It is the love for their country that made them soldiers. It was during the worst times of war, one could see longest queus in army recruitments.

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    What we are saying to the TNA now is, “bring it on”!

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    Aiyoo what a shame…10% Basils Northern Spring (Uthuru Vasanthaya) turns into a Tamil Spring (Demala Vasanthaya) :-D

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    Ajith,

    Don’t blame DJ for Mahawansa mentality. Mahavansa mentality will get more and more strengthened, when tamil supporters talk of bogus tamil traditional homelands which can not be justified with historical facts

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      Dear Ravi Perera,

      There is nothing personal but I would expect Dr DJ should not be part of that one nation, one language and one religion extremism. Traditional homeland is not bogus, it is real and facts support this. Can you give historical evidence to prove that Sinhalese lived as a majority community under Sinhala administration in the North East of Sri Lanka for at least past 50 decades.

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        what is there for the Tamils to show? (I ask this to learn)

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    Dayan you were part of the NE government installed by IPKF in an “election” which you now say was not a true election. You were part of the SL delegation trying to white wash the massacre that took place in the final stages of the war. You were then kicked out by MR and you then started writing articles critical of the government. Why should we take anything you write seriously. The first and foremost qualification for a person to be considered an intellectual is intellectual honesty. Saint Thiruvalluvar says:எல்லா விளக்கும் விளக்கல்ல சான்றோர்க்கு
    பொய்யா விளக்கே விளக்கு which means not all that emits light enlightens but intellectual honesty is the only lamp that enlightens the learned.

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    DJ has two main ploy in this article, one; a way of frightening the Tamils, telling the world this as revival of Tigers a way of cautioning the International Community. Secondly holding a candle to Mahinda to get another posting, and stirring the Sinhala Buddhist nationalism. This man with a twisted mind. Either he is ignorant about Ceylon history, or trying to fool all. Had some respect for him as an educated person, but he another racist spilling the beans of poisonous communalistic racism, trying to out- bid others /shadows that he fears. If one ask what has, he tried so hard to paint in his article tsunami. In one word he tried to instil a fear psychosis not only to Tamils but also to the Sinhalese. His understanding of democracy is mere holding of elections. Is Srilanka a democratic country under MR? However, was this election fair? Were you not aware of physical, psychological intimidation of voters in the Northern province electorate, since the announcement of this election.

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    I think the victory of TNA is a message to other Provincial Councils to vote for righteousness. Priority should be given to the educated & experienced.

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    External pressure will checkmate Mahinda. 13th amendment will last unless an over-roll constitutional change take place, yet a solution for the North-East a must, that is what is the people of North demonstrate.

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    Emergence of Democratic Party is a new phenomenon in our electoral politics. No doubt that it has to appeal for both UNP and UPFA type of voters. Nepotism and high level corruption by politicians of both center and local were some of its slogans. On the other hand impotency of the UNP leadership to lead the party with an aim of building a broadest alliance has contributed to emerge Sarath Fonseka as an alternative leader.Long ago I predicted that the JVP would fill the vacuum created by the old left and nothing more. I think breakaway of Peratugami is decisive factor in bringing down JVP’s electoral strength.

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    Will Dayan appeal to the President to allow the NPC to function like all other PCs,without interfearence by him through the governor?
    Or,is he afraid that the tamils are going to ‘run away’ with the nothern province?
    Dayan earlier justified the ‘army occupation’ as necessary in view of his perceived ‘external threats’ to the ‘sovereignty’ of sri lanka – he wrote volumes on it.
    What does he feel now – does he approve the army’s action during this election,including assaulting undergrads who lit crackers to clebrate TNA victory?

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    Use TNA’s own racism to crank up violence against Sinhalese, Muslims and the government. Then the military can take over matters.

    Opposition EPDP are not saint either. They too are waiting for their turn!!

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      Fathima:

      When the “military can take over matters” I pray that you would be the first hero/heroine to be hoisted right up to hell. Have you forgotten about the recent travesty in Weliweriya where civilians were fired on by the army with live bullets. They even entered a Church to cause mayhem inside. When the guns are turned on you, and if you still live to tell your story, I will be glad to “lend my ears”.

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    .
    TNA’s victory has given Gota the upper hand.

    Gota will use Sinhala hardliners block police and land powers going to Northern council. He has all the reasons to colonize North with Sinhala army and their families.

    If Mahinda is smart, he will send Gota back to US and keep Sinhala hardliners under his control. If not, we’re heading for Eelam War V.

    :-)

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      Gota may be the savior of the Sinhalese and the ultra Buddhist monks, but to the Tamils, he is irrelevant. He tried to do away with the 13A. In fact, he fired the first shot at it. Then he tried to dilute it with a committee to withdraw the land and police powers. Then, he sent his goons to the court to get an injunction to stop the polls. None of what he desired happened. The Tamil’s question has gone beyond his and MR’s grip. The TNA has a resounding victory. It will make good sense for the regime and the elected TNA reps to work in a cohesion way to make sure SL doesn’t get tarnished more than it has been now.

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      where were you during 4? behind sari?

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        I was with Gota, far away from war zone.
        :-)

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