17 October, 2017

The UNHRC Process; The Blind Leading The Blinder

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The UNHRC Process; The Blind Leading The Blinder: Backbone needed to defy not capitulate to bigotry

His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena is no Lincoln or Lenin; not even an N.M. You need a backbone to stand up and defy racists, not to capitulate to them. Does a Sinhala politician need a backbone to cringe and do the bidding of chauvinists? SWRD would have required a backbone to persist with the B-C Pact, but not to surrender to saffron bigots and shred it. If Dudley had a spine he would have stood with the Dudley-Chelva Agreement, instead he proved another invertebrate. Sirisena says “he is neither disposed to doing things the foreign NGO way, nor inclined to help bring charge sheets against the Sri Lankan military”! That’s pretty final isn’t it? It’s no longer a question of “if” and “alleged”; it’s an ‘honourable discharge’ whatever the facts. B-C, Dudley-Chelva and now Maithri-UNHRC, fall in the same pattern, all deeds of invertebrates. The easy explanation speaks of ‘opportunism’; but opportunism blossoms on the fertile soil of an ingrained psyche of populist racism. That’s what this piece is about.

Imagine NM making Sirisena’s kind of unconditional whitewash! No not possible; and that’s why people of that calibre could not accede to the highest political office. The grip of racism, and its creed and colour variants, show how primitive human psyche and consciousness still are, and how little distance we have travelled to enlightenment (as per Gautama or Eighteenth Century Europe). The roots of bigotry lie in family, upbringing, culture, tradition and faith (rata jathika abimane). Whether there is something in our DNA that predisposes most humans to hatred of the “other” is an open question. Mind you I am not picking on the Sinhalese; if the boot were on the other foot, it would have been the same story, mutatis mutandis, with the cast of characters inverted.

President Sirisena

After Geneva

At this time of writing (mid-week) it seems likely that Sri Lanka will get an extension of time to “implement” (sic) UNHRC Joint Resolution 30/1 cosponsored by His Excellency. There is no way he can avoid responsibility as Head of State – the fairytale that he was not aware of the Resolution’s contents is worthy of the Brothers Grimm. And if the Grimm version had a modicum of truth why did he not exert his fully erect backbone and denounce Prime Minister and Foreign Minister who signed on his behalf? Has Rip van Sirisena been in deep slumber till March 2017? The story is poppycock blown up by the Sirisena-SLFP to serve current needs and deal with the Rajapaksa inspired chauvinist onslaught.

Here is my point: Maithripala Sirisena, as far as I can judge, is not a racist; sans pressure from chauvinists he is likely to address Tamil grievances and throw war criminals in the fire if culpability is proved. In other words; even decent people, except extraordinary ones like Lincoln, Lenin and our NM, capitulate and fall in line with the general mores and customs of their time. Society is tainted by inbred racism and pedestrian leaders can do no better than follow. Depressing, true and not new; a long time ago two near-contemporaries Gautama Siddhartha (d.480BC) and Socrates (b.470BC) drew attention to the shallowness of the unenlightened and untutored mind.   

The Prime Minister’s about-turn serves to underline my case. “If a constitutional amendment is moved to set up a hybrid court it would need a 2/3 majority and approval at a referendum. This is not politically feasible”. Quite! Neither a Sinhalese majority parliament nor a Sinhalese electorate would by the remotest flight of imagination countenance putting the Sinhalese military in the dock irrespective of the evidence. Such is true be it Sri Lanka, Serbia, Somalia, the States or Timbuktu. The US does not even recognise the International Criminal Court except when non-Americans are put on trial!

The catch-22 conundrum confronting the government is that if Mangala is successful in obtaining a deferment of deadline it will pertain only to the date, not the contents of the resolution. Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by His Excellency’s ministers, says:

“. . . affirms that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for their integrity and impartiality, and also affirms in this regard the importance of participation, in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the special council’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign Judges, defence lawyers and authorised prosecutors and investigators”.

Mangala’s can win only a pyrrhic victory as there is no wriggle room here. The only way out for Sirisena would be to carry an amendment to the resolution on the grounds that after regime change the independence of the judiciary stands restored. This is true to a considerable extent (Mohan like creepy crawlies are no more) but it is very doubtful whether it extends to an emotion charged hot potato like prosecution of “war heroes” for crimes against mere Tamils. Dumping a habit-bound mindset for a bold new outlook takes centuries. Even those who think that the country should not countenance war-crimes by the security forces, hasten to add that “a witch-hunt” against the forces cannot to be permitted either. The likelihood of the said witch-hunt is so remote that such grave and sonorous provisos are spurious but have to be inserted to keep the rabble at bay. My point again.

What next?

What to do about the foreign judges Sirisena’s ministers inserted? Since amending the Resolution seems difficult, maybe spend two more years doing nothing, like the last two, then cook up another lame duck story and try for more extensions. Or have the whole thing dumped. An overwhelming majority of Sinhalese want the war-crimes and human rights tribunal thrown out. They believe that in a war against terrorism, the bombing of civilian camps, the white flag incident, the murder of Prabhakaran’s ten year old son, and so on, were done in the heat of anger, and anyway much was deserved retribution. Mahinda-Gota-Sarath did it, now Maithri-Ranil-CBK have no choice but to hide it.

Grown up people have no illusions, they know the eventual out come will be zilch and they know that the international community will find a way to accommodate zilch. That is my sober and sombre prediction. As war-crimes issue fades into the background, except bi-annual jamborees and partying in Geneva, a different time bomb is ticking centre stage at home. Will this government survive its full term? And if it does survive what will happen in 2020? I flagged the issue a fortnight ago and these will be my substantive topics next week. But I don’t want to leave you panting for the next instalment, so one sentence answers for now. My answer to Q1 is that it is likely the government will survive till the end or near the end its term.

To the second question my answer is conditional. If things go on the way they have for the last two years (there is no sign of change) then the Wickremesinghe administration is a one-time show, a one-term government. Come 2020 the UNP will be thrown out. When I said my answer is conditional I was alluding to the phrase “If things go on the way they have”. I have a lot to say on that score, so buy the paper for next week’s thrilling instalment.

I will conclude by explaining why I oppose the UNHRC giving the Sri Lankan state an extension of time. Haven’t I taken pains to explain that Sirisena and Ranil are slaves to a backward nationalist psyche which is stronger than them? Why then am I being difficult instead of ending with a forgiving “I say chaps its all right” pat on the back? Ah because that is the kind of compromise which will mislead the masses and do nothing to foster an enlightened, tolerant and pluralist nation. Compromise in the name of pragmatism, on this occasion, is to delude the people, I mean the Sinhalese, about the underlying truth in respect of extremism. Now is the occasion to say damn racism, don’t give an inch to capitulators. The mass mind is more receptive now than in 1948-49, in Banda’s time or under the blight of JR race hate. History doesn’t go in circles – the chakra chaps got it wrong since religion is a bit daft – change moves in a spiral incorporating progress or regress. Now is a time to take a stand, to be unpopular but right; it will yield dividends. Educate the mass for modernism and enlightenment values. NM was dead right in 1955-56 to stand against Sinhala Only and suffer the consequences. That is why history absolved him and despised the capitulators.

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    Dear Author and all readers,
    When Sri Lanka was given independence in 1947 racism was openly practiced and Tamils were publicly confronted with mob violence. The world from that time never took it seriously and the majoritarian Sinhala Governments continued with cheating the world with the help of a few ambitious Colombo centered Tamil politicians for support. This trend continued with repeated racial violence that resulted in the loss of lives, jobs, and properties of Tamils living outside North and East. After Tamils got depleted in other provinces, violence was continued to the North and East as well. But this time the youth facing the wall took to arms and India too felt soft on the desperate situation for Tamils and helped the Tamil youth to take up to arms and keep the unarmed Tamils in the north and East safe.
    Whatever happened, the leaders of successive Sinhala majoritarian Governments kept tightening the throat of Tamils without any concession. The US terror attack in 9/11 gave more opportunity to continue the genocide. It was clear from the successive destruction of Tamils, the intention of the majority Sinhalese is to make Sri Lanka a Sinhala Buddhist only Country. Even though during the period from 1947 to date, when similar annihilation of a race occurred in other Countries, the Leaders responsible were charged for genocide by the UN. How come Sri Lankan leaders are always escaping even after well documented proof of war crimes and genocide is available? Are the Tamils meant to be annihilated from the face of the world?. Sri Lanka is again getting the chance to this favor to the world.

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    New King said in the election that “No leader, ….will be prosecuted “. Why does he need back bone to implement this?

    Did he sign the resolution 30/1? You may say he had the Golayas to sign. In the Old Royal times it was always New Face Actresses in the FM services to Geneva, from Kathirgamar to Kshenuka. Didn’t Old Royals say the joint statement of Krishna and Peris released in Delhi was Peris statement only and not India- Lankawe statement? New Royal can anytime replace Mangala and say they did not sign. Did Yahapalanaya government honor what Old King said with UN SG Ban Ki Moon at Colombo? Did Sirimavo honor what Don Stephen to British government and tea traders?

    Instead of those fruitless stories of having back and not, let look at the truth. Why, if he is true, New King needs a backbone? If he has to come back to power he needs a support. Last time he was not brought by Sinhala Buddhist, but UNP’s middle class, TNA and Muslims. If he wants to come back, where he thinks this base is going to lost? Further Muslims and Tamils may vote in higher percentage. UNP middle class is unlikely to vote New Brother Prince.

    We don’t even have to go there. Didn’t this rogue say in the election that he will not seek second term? You started that CC game. Don’t you remember that they promised to have a CC and have him abolish the EP within 90 days and get out of there?

    Kudikaran Paechchu VidinnChaale Pauchchu. Those all are Sinhala leaders’ promises. When Sun take bath in the west sea and re-emerges in the East sea, it all washed?

    You stop your truth seeking journeys in these rubbishes.

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      Mally,

      You obviously didn’t believe the Jelly Back Right,, But the Yahapalana suckers did. How cool.

      BTW, did you hear Jelly Back say he wants more women in Politics to” clean” it up.

      That will upset the UNP .. Right..

      Keselwatta senior, I am told didn’t want Sirima anywhere near him, specially on certain days.

      Have you heard it?.

      Dr Ranil will be too old to contest even if he gathers confidence next time.

      Besides, Sambnadan , Abraham on his side, with Singapore Mahendera at the back on a big TV screen, it wouldn’t be the Box Office stuff in the Villages.

      But Jelly Back and Chattu show will be a crowd pleaser. especially if the former tell our Dalits that he saved the Nation from the UNP ,Diaspora . LTTE and the UN.

      Jelly Back is not stupid.. Don’t you think.?..

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        You know about Prof: David; he likes to talk controversial, but not useful. His evaluation of Jelly
        Back is: non racist; backboneless.

        This Gala-bola is about the speech Jelly Back made at Palali Army Camp, last week. He said there that he has backbone to save all defense people. Prof:Kumar is denying that.

        Who know who is correct. I don’t know the accuracy of those. Is that possible Jelly Back has programmable or Inflatable Back Bone so they both can be correct?

        When Kegalle Jayamanna died, Jelly Jack fired only Dilrukshi for filing cases against Defense people. What does that means? Jayamanna was not a defense person or Jelly Back needed double backbones to save the Jayamanna?

        Jelly Back stood against the Double Doctor in the CC election, but telling now, if he had lost he might have been coffined. Then why………?

        During the last election Double Doctor said he had files on Jelly Back. Isn’t Jelly Back repeated that and Double Doctor was subdued.

        Yesterday, Abraham too said, like Prof: Kumar that Jelly Back has no Backbone. I don’t know if that is something unexpected of Abraham.

        But what unexpected was Vellala Sampanthar demonstrated he just don’t have belly, unlike a moth, he has a mouth too. At Vavuniya meeting, Vellala Sampanthan patted his belly and said to Selvam that he had eaten Appa. I wonder if he was declaring that he was ready for Sadukudu with Jelly Back. If that is what it is then Vellala Sampanthan is wrong as he is still not equal to Jelly back because the both Aappas are different types. Jelly Back ate the Sinhala Appa with Miris Sambol, that energize the consumer. But Vellala Sampanthan ate Tamil Aappa, the excess toddy used in that make the consumer drowsy for many long hours.

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    Dr Kumar seems upset about the Extension.. Sorry can’t help it mate.

    Although the Contents stay intact that is not a problem for the Jelly Back as you called the Yahapalana President.

    Another one more Extension again with the Contents intact will see the Jelly home and hosed .

    And will come out as the greatest Sinhala President who saved the nation and the armed forces from the LTTE Diaspora and their UNHC .

    Then ask for another term f to continue the good work.

    It will be pretty convincing as there won’t be any poor among the inhabitantstoo, if the Jelly Back make true of his promise to eliminate poverty in 2017.

    Dr Batalanda Ranil will have his work cu out. Wouldn’t he ?.

    Unless Dr Ranil adopt Chaturi the same way he adopted Rajilth’s puppy..

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    The writer claims: “Maithripala Sirisena, as far as I can judge, is not a racist; sans pressure from chauvinists he is likely to address Tamil grievances”

    After all these years, what the writer fails to understand is that you don’t need to be a racist to deny the Tamil people their aggrieved demands, you just have to be Sinhalese!

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    AKD, “You need a backbone to stand up and defy racists, not to capitulate to them. Does a Sinhala politician need a backbone to cringe and do the bidding of chauvinists”?

    This shows that the man is doing the right thing. If it is because he does not have a back bone. So be it.

    What AKD does not like is the fact that MS is in charge and not Ranil. Perhaps in AKD’s view Ranil has a good back bone, but to take decisions you need a good head not a back bone.

    For once I am glad that I voted for MS.

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      Utopian thoughts can easily be spread, but do you think will there be practicable ?

      In a society everyone would easily be tamed to stone anyone if he or she would go to a private college, for the university education, what more talks you need to add when focusing on basic human rights ?
      JVP from my days on ( I mean 80ties at schools and universities) were very much into theory, else they would have been succeeded by now.

      That Samarasinghe with his crossed eyes attacks anyone without focusing on the facts.
      Lately whoever that Maithree Gunaratne has been – flown to nothern areas by an airport plane – that the JVPers interpreted as govt money was abused by MG for that trip, he promised to have paid the bill by him to that travel.

      Likewise, JVPrs are like Kindergarten politicians. They should work with the pulses of the nation. This particular folks are very much into abusive nature than oppositemindedness. Else JVPs should have been given more mandate in last twoo elections, did the nation do ?
      They even became jokers in that eleciton.
      Lately, the men that louded on high bills had spent millions for their vehicle purchases. Yes somewhat cheaper than those of other ministers and MPs, but like in Venisiulan president, JVP politicians did not avoid taking the chance.

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    Even after two years,to set-up a Hybrid Court, 2/3 majority in Parliament and approval at a referendum is a must,according to the PM.
    Buying Time! After two years,perhaps or just before the next session of the UNHRC[ assuming MS-Ranil are still around and not resting on their Laurels!] they may move that amendment and put it for a vote,and then turn round and say NO WAY to the UNHRC.
    The same technique of B-C pact and Dudley-Chelva pact.
    Perhaps other nations faced with similar situations may take a Leaf from Srilanka- A land like no other!

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    “- nor inclined to help bring charge sheets against the Sri Lankan military”!
    Herein lies the truth- it goes without saying that ‘they’ committed something big enough to be ‘chargesheeted’, doesn’t it?

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    The politics of Tamil-left base of Trotskyism and Tamil Eealm- chauvinist are similar role play by the politics of Tamil Separatism. And Tamil political ideology of LTTE and Tamil Trotskyism are related to each other interdepends on adventurism of extremism by partition of island for Tamil puppet regime in North..

    Both in terms of politics & its classes of Left and right are in essence is that working on country -revolutionary elements and anti-democratic forces are behind USA and UK; and that represented the vested interest of all round surrender national unity to be split our people to the Foreign powers.

    These forces are behind that aim of destroy of democracy and development in near future ..by hidden agenda of USA and UK interest !!!

    More or less politics of Tamils left -oriented are obviously Tamil separatism is different path but aim is to be established as Tamil state in North-east. .That politics of Tamil -left want surrender National sovereignty
    to Imperialist powers.

    The write talk on backbone Sinhalese leadership ? By and large that so-called Tamils leadership who want to sold & surrender national sovereignty to USA and UK our island remain in independent country 2300 years.

    We as majority Sinhalese having backbone to safeguard country independent and sovereignty .
    We are the majority of Sinhalese do not want surrender national sovereignty to Tamil -chauvinist .
    We will fought until our last life to safeguard our land and soil ….Sri Lankan .

    The the-left of Trotskyism advocating having similar roots of to be established Eealm regime in North-eastern province. There is no Tamil -socialism in Globe ??????????

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      Ranjith Gunawaradana

      “By and large that so-called Tamils leadership who want to sold & surrender national sovereignty to USA and UK our island remain in independent country 2300 years.”

      What is national sovereignty?

      Was the the Island one country until British Colonial power administratively unified it?

      When did this island first use the word national sovereignty? Please cite evidence?

      Please ignore this comment if you haven’t got any response.

      Or please contact war monger Dayan, HLD Mahindapala, AKD, Bonapartiste Vasudeva, Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, ………. Prof Nalin de Silva, …. in case if you need advice.

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    The politics of Tamil-left base of Trotskyism and Tamil Eealm- chauvinist are similar role play by the politics of Tamil Separatism. And Tamil political ideology of LTTE and Tamil Trotskyism are related to each other interdepends on adventurism of extremism by partition of island for Tamil puppet regime in North..

    Both in terms of politics & its classes of Left and right are in essence is that working on counter -revolutionary elements and anti-democratic forces are behind USA and UK; and that represented the vested interest of all round surrender national unity to be split our people to the Foreign powers.

    These forces are behind that aim of destroy of democracy and development in near future ..by hidden agenda of USA and UK interest !!!

    More or less politics of Tamils left -oriented are obviously Tamil separatism is different path but aim is to be established as Tamil state in North-east. .That politics of Tamil -left want surrender National sovereignty
    to Imperialist powers.

    The write talk on backbone Sinhalese leadership ? By and large that so-called Tamils leadership who want to sold & surrender national sovereignty to USA and UK our island remain in independent country 2300 years.

    We as majority Sinhalese having backbone to safeguard country independent and sovereignty .
    We are the majority of Sinhalese do not want surrender national sovereignty to Tamil -chauvinist .
    We will fought until our last life to safeguard our land and soil ….Sri Lankan .

    The the-left of Trotskyism advocating having similar roots of to be established Eealm regime in North-eastern province. There is no Tamil -socialism in Globe ??????????

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    It is US interests in Sri lanka, Pro-american Sinhale and Pro-USSR India that created all these problems. Now, the Sri lankan govt is run by US emabassy. NEw-Delhi is full of CIA agents. Tamil uprising all over the world is because, CIA is behind.

    What if abolish the 13th amendment and ask Tamils to shutup. Ask Tamils to learn Sinhala and integrate with the majority. those who can not move out of the country.

    that will solve al the proboems and others have time to clean the parliament too.

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      what if we ask the sinhalese to learn tamil and abolish sinhala as an official language, it will solve the problem.

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        Why don’t we abolish both Sinhalese and English and change over to English (with and America accent)?

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          Edwin Appu I think like in Switzerland, the state should promote all 3 langauges equally.

          Don t you think if we knew Tamil we would have found much easier to communicate with them. Today, I can even write in sinhala whenever I add my thoughts to blogs,… that seem working. You should also join to

          SL VLOG…. you tube that is good blog

          There they criticise bieng unbiased to any parties.

          You can also promote eating lanken KARANCOCU curry or Middle east open Heaven thoughts.. etc… .

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            Hey, nice to have you again.

            Though I know about Jabara (I had no idea that you meant ජපන් ජබර and that it was a food for some life forms). කැරන් කොකු මාලුව on the other hand is lovely.

            By the way, AKD is a good guy. He does not know much about reactive power. But he knows how to speak Sinhala. He speaks Sinhala like a native. He enjoyed the village lunch offered by the temple. He dealt with the food doing it justice. But the same cannot be said about the discussion that followed with a dozen or so villagers firing embarrassing questions at him. I felt sorry for him fighting a loosing battle trying to defend himself. Most of all, the final and completely unexpected and unorthodox blow by the priest that floored him was a beauty to watch.

            You guys are cowards and missed a golden opportunity to taste a great meal. කරුමේ කරුමේ. There is nothing one can do about it.

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          As one who may have sent your child to SAITM you too need to add your thought to those articles too Edwin.

          You the like rich guys from Matugama should raise a word against any half baken items left by Rajanoo regime.

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            My 2 children were educated in the US and both have PhD’s. One in microbiology. He works for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

            Now you know why I don’t care for PhD’s. If my children can get a PhD’s it cannot be such a tough thing. Get some BS (Bull Shit), get MS (More of the Same) and then PhD (Pile it High & Dry). Cashew eating stuff.

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    AKD, Why are you so worried about the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka and its implementation, when we all know that these are just tools to hide the fact that they are powerless do anything about big countries, who are the greatest violators of the same by several orders of magnitude.

    Take the US for example: During the 4 years of Obama rule here are some of his major achievements. (The full list would be too long for a comment).

    1) Foreign arms sales increased to $ 278 billion compared to 128 billion under Bush.

    2) US Special forces operations increased to 138 countries compared to 60 under Bush.

    3) Destroyed Libya putting the civilian population at great risk from the relatively very high safety under Gaddafi.

    4) Record number of bombs dropped in his 8 years. In 2016 alone 26,000 bombs were dropped by drones and other US aircraft. (i.e.) an average of 72 every single day.

    5) A 10 fold increase in drone warfare. American Centre for Naval Analysis concludes that drone warfare is more than 10 times deadly for civilians than normal bombing. 90% of those killed were not ‘intended targets’ and only 2% were militants. Obama had personally authorized 506 drone strikes by the end of 2016.

    Not bad for a Nobel Peace Prize winner eh?

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      AKD is the leader for their party, but not matured yet to lanken and global politics.

      Sure, his speeches are sensitive enough- focusing on each facets. But that will not be enough.

      Just attacking the rival men would not change anything.

      The system should see changes.

      COPE president did a good job, but that must not be the licence to say that JVPers are the alternative.

      COPE president himself proved, that he was not fully unbiased .. Just letting the culprit men to spread their thoughts were given room in there.. JO should be marginalized by every means should be made very clear

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    David has always been a Tiger trying hide in a red suit. I have been following him from Premadasa times.

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      Tigers would have bumped him without any remorse. In their eyes he would be a traitor as he is a Tamil who does not support LTTE. That is even worse than being an enemy like you and me.

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        So then he should have especaped from LTTE usual assasination tactics.

        Late Kadirgamar was also a tamil. He was but better than sinhala ministers or even former president when it goes to protect the nation from a terror group. Had he failed to do the job in getting LTTErs and their broader activities on the west earlier on, MR would not have grabbed the kind of credit to have eleminated terror within the country.
        There Rajapakshes should be much obliged to late Kadirgamar. I though sinhalaya… loved – had premiership been given to Kadirgar then… that would have been written in records .. also IC would have changed the attitudes of extremism in the country.

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          Seelawathie, AKD is not an extremist. But being a Tamil, he cannot help being biased to some extent. But his leftist ideas have mellowed him down to a great extent.

          Those days Prabhakaran decided how history should progress in Sri Lanka and perhaps to some extent even in the Indian region of influence.

          He took out so many good leaders such as Lalith, Gamini and Kadiragamar. If not for Prabha’s interventions, the fate of Sri Lanka would have been quite different and better.

          Viewed this way MR did a great service by taking him out, not only in terms of eliminating terrorism but removing a devil who had the power to change history.

          If not for chicken curry, he would have been very much alive today, murdering more and more people, mostly Tamils. It was the extra buoyancy of his body, which was bloated beyond limits due to his love for chicken curry, that he could not remain submerged in the Nanthikadal on that fateful day. He floated up at high speed like a submarine surfacing under emergency conditions, almost getting air borne, and became the target of Nimal the young Army private who shot him.

          It is indeed ironic how Sri Lanka’s fate hung on chicken curry, Prabha’s bad Sinhalese, lack of the sound නෑ in the Tamil alphabet and Nimal’s misunderstanding of Tamil, on that day.

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            Edwin
            You are right on AKD not being a racist.

            He was a Trotskyite from school days and parted company with the LSSP in 1977 or so to co-found the NSSP led by VB Karunaratne and Vasudeva Nanayakkara among others.
            The NSSP was soft on Tamil nationalism since early days.
            AKD, in fairness to him, did not defend the misdeeds of the LTTE, some of which VBK was rather soft about.
            AKD has an empiricist streak, like the NSSP from which he parted company some years ago, which has made him adopt stands that are not quire Marxist.

            He nearly put all his political eggs in the ‘common candidate’ basket, initially in the hope that Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero will be the candidate whose sole task would be the elimination of the executive presidency.
            I think that he is still sentimentally attached to what some reasonably claim was his brainchild.

            Even when we disagree with him, his comments are serious, even informative, and free of any personal agenda. thus it will make sense to discuss the issues than resort to personal attack, based very much on misinformation and prejudice.

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              SJ, thanks for that. your comment reveals many things that I did not know about AKD. He is also a friendly guy. He used to call us (his students) machan, but even now I address him as ‘Sir’ out of respect for a Guru.

              VB is quite different, He is highly opinionated and never tolerates even the slightest criticism. he is in the same mold as Kim Jong Il.

              I don’t think he has ever criticized LTTE for their brutal acts. It is true that Tamils had grievances. But then, which minority in the world does not? Come to think of it, which majority does not? Take any group of people, they have grievances. But were those grievances so bad that they had to indulge in such brutal acts?

              In my opinion those Tamils who migrated to greener pastures on grounds of racial discrimination and violence are quite happy that about the conflict. Otherwise who will take them?

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                You are hard on VBK. He argues vehemently, but that is not the same as being opinionated.

                On serious matters, let us set aside the politics of secession and causes for it for a while.
                There has been a cruel war and lives (S,T&M) have been destroyed. It is time that the people at home put their heads together to restore the victims to ‘normal’ life.

                While an inquiry is needed at some stage for the country to know what really happened, there is no case for a witch hunt.
                The demand for foreign judges has only made it very difficult to have even a fair local inquiry.

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                  SJ, I do not know how well you know VB. The name SJ must be pseudonym. I have been at school with him and then E Fac. He is too perfect. I have not known anyone debating with him and winning.

                  He shines in everything he does. Swimming, maths, robotics, sculture, politics, debating even sex. May be I am jealous of him.

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                    Dear Edwin
                    I know him for many years, but after he left school.
                    I debating with VBK, as in the case of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, one can at best draw (I mean break even) but not win.

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    Bobby Pereira.

    Prof: Kumar David has spent a better part of his life with the political philosophy of Trotsky.
    The Tigers would not have had him anywhere close to them.

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