3 December, 2020

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The UNHRC Resolution: A Critical Interrogation

By Krisna Saravanamuttu –

Krisna Saravanamuttu

Krisna Saravanamuttu

The struggle for liberation sharpened only because the people realized that they were being taken for a ride. Those same realizations helped keep our struggle on track. If these are to be blunted we will become a race prepared to give up its ideals in return for concessions.” – Taraki Sivaram, former senior editor of TamilNet

Five years after the international community, the co-chairs to the peace process, and the United Nations failed to stop Sri Lanka’s 2009 genocide, Tamils appear to finally be upon a new beginning in the decades long struggle for justice. The US sponsored resolution passed an intense session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week. The motion carried and supposedly sets up an international investigation into wartime abuses.  The fact that some Tamil activists lobbied for this resolution at the Human Rights Council does not preclude a closer, critical, and more constructive interrogation. The question remains, how exactly will the resolution advance Tamil freedom in the international arena?

A political solution to end Tamil genocide

A cursory glance at the text of the resolution tabled by the United States leaves something conspicuously absent. Besides a vague insinuation to the Sri Lankan campaign to “combat terrorism,” there is not a single mention of the word ‘Tamil’ (not even once). Instead, the resolution declared “its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.” Upon closer scrutiny, minorities and religious groups are mentioned, but still no mention of the unique oppression Tamils suffer.

Tamils qualify as a Nation of people, not a minority group, with their own identity, language, culture, history and an identifiable territorial homeland. So any reference to minorities in the UNHRC resolution is irrelevant to the Tamil Question. Indeed, the Tamil People today resist Sri Lanka’s attempts to make them into a scattered minority across their homeland, for the struggle has always been about the survival of the Tamils as a Nation. There are minorities in the island like the Berghers, the mixed descendants of Europeans. What makes us, the Tamils, the target of genocide is that we are a nation with a specific claim to a homeland in the NorthEast. Of course, such arguments are nothing new to the policy makers behind the resolution. Although political will to recognize Tamil Nationhood leaves much to be desired, it is a prerequisite to resolving the island’s conflict.

For over 60 years Tamils have been oppressed by a state structure, which systematically subordinated them through genocidal violence and exclusionary policy. Thus, any genuine solution to the conflict must dismantle the unitary state structure of Sri Lanka. A regime change, it is believed by US policy makers, will oust Rajapaksa to help bring in a less obstinate government, and regional stability in the Indian Ocean.

But, regardless of which Sinhala leader controls Colombo, Tamils are structurally and systemically dominated by a state, which maintains all monopoly over violence, resources and governance. From the 1983 Black July riots to the 1993 Chavakachcheir bombing; from the 1999 Madhu Church massacre to the 2009 Mulliyvaikkal genocide, every single government committed violations of international law like genocide and ethnic cleansing.

The political solution envisioned by the UNHRC resolution seeks the full implementation of the 13th amendment coupled with the full devolution of powers to the Provincial Councils. Devolution means that unitary power in Colombo hands down power to the provincial governments, but this devolved power can be taken back by Colombo. Under the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution, the Colombo government monopolizes power over law and order, land issues, and education. The Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnamablam, and the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) headed by the Bishop of Mananar Rayappu Joseph reject the 13th amendment as a basis to resolving the conflict. Even the Tamil National Alliance in its Northern Provincial Council election manifesto rejected the 13th amendment as the starting point for a negotiated settlement.

Navi Pillay, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law

The resolution gives the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay the mandate to investigate “human rights violations and other related crimes.” Although they are complementary, human rights law and international humanitarian law address different situations. Human rights law is concerned with the protection of individual rights, while international humanitarian law deals with states and armed actors in war.

Human rights problems can be rectified in a more liberal-democratic Sri Lanka with, for example, the leader of the opposition United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe, a darling of the western world. But, human rights law cannot deal with the structural nature of Sri Lanka that privileges the Sinhala nation to violently subjugate the Tamils.

In a private meeting, a senior US official told a Tamil activist that it is US policy for the UNHRC to only deal with human rights. Thus, the Human Rights Council will never examine the Sri Lankan state itself—or its prosecution of war against the Tamil Nation—as the primary problem.

A Report is Not a Commission of Inquiry

It may be possible to use the High Commissioner’s investigation to subversively unearth the sophisticated nature of Sri Lanka’s protracted genocide. Be that as it may, the UNHRC resolution calls upon the High Commissioner to provide a report one year from now. In contrast to a report, an international commission of inquiry is a very different thing.

For example, the International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia (ICTY) created by UN Security Council Resolution 827 possessed the power to criminally prosecute offenders of international law. In the case of the ICTY, the tribunal would lay 66 charges of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, 22 charges of violations of the law and customs of law, 24 charges of crimes against humanity, and 2 counts of genocide.

On the other hand, an example of an internationally mandated report is the Goldstone Report. After the Israeli siege on Gaza in 2008 the Human Rights Council commissioned a report by South African Jurist Richard Goldstone. Goldstone found Israel guilty of war crimes. Yet, not a single Israeli political or military leader has been criminally charged in accordance with international law. Meanwhile, Israeli human rights violations go unchecked while settlements destroy the Palestinian homeland recognized by countless UN resolutions.

In an interview with The Sunday Leader, the TNPF’s Ponnabalam affirms, “Giving the responsibility to the High Commission to investigate is actually the weakest form of investigation that can take place under the UN system. There needs to be a Commissioner of Inquiry with a mandate given by the Council.” Sadly, the US resolution, like the two motions that came before it in previous years, continues to call upon the accused Sri Lankan government “to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.”

If not Geneva where do Tamils find justice?

Any resolution at the UNHRC that supposedly deals with Tamil suffering is impotent unless it attempts to immediately stop the genocide. The armed struggle is over but the political struggle to establish Tamil freedom must be won. As a new generation of activists demanding the restoration of Tamil Sovereignty, we must begin to explore avenues outside of the narrow political objectives and frameworks imposed upon us by the Geneva narrative. Amongst us, we are students, writers, researchers, artists, lawyers, academics, and community organizers. We need to creatively explore alternative strategies like economic and diplomatic boycotts, travel restrictions, and criminal charges based on the principles of universal justice. We must press for a UN transitional mechanism to arrest the ongoing genocide, while pushing for a UN sponsored referendum to ascertain the democratic aspirations of Eelam Tamils.

The time is now for action. Ground sources predict that in two to three years our homeland will be forever changed—scarred by army camps, checkpoints, military businesses, and Sinhalese settlements. Five years after the genocide, we continue to demand justice at the corridors of power.  Perhaps, it’s time to get off the ride, and take matters into our own hands.

*Krisna Saravanamuttu is the Advocacy and Research Director of the National Council of Canadian Tamils. You can follow him on Twitter: @KrisnaS85

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    Dear Krisna Saravanamuttu.,

    Can you ask the UN to relocate the Para-Tamils and Para-Sinhala from Lanka, to South India, and leave Lanka alone?

    The Paras, the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils have overstayed in the land of the Native Veddah.

    We want Lanka to be nature preserve, where only the original native Vedddah lives.

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      Amarasiri,

      They would never go but could only be driven away like the Diego Garcia’s because after all they all are hora oru and kallathoni talking shop. Under the pacts 2:1 very few Lankians have gone back except many monks in grass roots Dalit politics.

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      “and regional stability in the Indian Ocean.”
      As it is American national rules Lanka so what more stability does Americans need but train the forces to fight India and Russia.

      His golden goose “From the 1983 Black Julyriots” but his parents are Jaffna and nothing to claim but must take all the blame for bringing it upon Colombo folk as much as the Southerner.
      Therefore, “but still no mention of the unique oppression Tamils suffer.”
      South and North-You reap what you sow.

      Like the Punjabi Sheiks who spoilt the name of the very first Asians of the kings army to go as immigrants to Canada and ask for a separate Khalistan in Canada having failed in Punjab. The Tamils too may ask and then CIA would walk in and we could have an Indira style assassination carried out by Tamils on behalf of the Sihala.

      Or Bengal style when the west were bumbling, fumbling, rambling, just like this. Now, there is no love relationship at the centre or nationwide with the lungi or language for this case scenario. See the number of refugees for decades at TN alone and why is it that they cannot be accommodated under the several pacts of citizenship??

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    oi !! Krishna !!!!!!!!!!!

    Yelling nonsense from Canada………….
    Enjoy the 20/20 victory.
    Neither Diaspora. You or the UN can take the Trophy away…..
    Indians are praising the SL victory.

    Get rid of your bad blood Krishna ……………..
    [Edited out]………….

    Enjoy the Sri Lanka victory instead of attempting to carve out a living criticising & selling your motherland as all other Sri lanka NGOs do……………..
    ANOTHER LOOSER……………………………………..

    HAPPY AVURUDU…………
    eNJOY SOME MILK RICE GET YOUR BAD BLOOD FLUSHED OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM.

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      Why is that April 13-15 is the New Year for Buddhists? Who set that up, Lord Buddha?? Any authentic references for this???

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        Rohan

        Here is an useful in depth article on this subject. This was published on Tamilnet.

        Opinion Columnist Ampalam
        The Tamil New Year day falls on Sunday, 13th April, since 2008 is a leap year. On other years, it is 14th April.

        It is not only the Tamil New year, but also the New Year of Sinhalese (Alut Avurudu) and Malayalis (Vishu), even though the Kollam Era of Malayalam begins from the month of Aava’ni (August-September).

        It is not appropriate to call it a Hindu New Year since vast majority of Hindus in India don’t celebrate it a New Year. Yet, it is an auspicious day called Mesha-samkraanti for them. In Orissa, it is observed as Paana-samkraanti. The Sikhs and some Assamese also celebrate it as New Year under different names.

        It is equally inappropriate to call it a Buddhist New Year, as Buddhists don’t celebrate it universally.

        In Sri Lanka, since both Sinhalese and Tamils share this occasion of New Year, it has been termed as Sinhala-Tamil New Year. In recent times, there is also a tendency to term it as Sinhala-Hindu New Year by certain sections.

        Since the people who practice this New Year are predominantly Tamils in Canada, the Canadian Prime Minister chose to term it as Tamil New Year and established a practice of wishing Canadian Tamils well on the occasion, in recent years. We can be sure that the Canadian Prime Minister must have also wished the Canadian Sikhs on this occasion choosing the term Vaisakhi.

        The calculation for the commencement of this New Year and the calendar based on it are entirely astronomical.

        There are two ways of reckoning the Year in the astronomical texts of South Asia: one is Solar (Sauramaana in Sanskrit) and the other is Lunar (Caandramaana in Sanskrit). The calendar and terminologies are mostly a combination of both (luni-solar).

        The commencement of New Year observed by Tamils, Malayalis and Sinhalese is a solar reckoning, but it also involves a stellar perspective. In this calculation, the entry of the Sun into the first degree of the Fixed Zodiac (Nirayana in Sanskrit), i.e., the first degree of the constellation of Achchuvini or the first degree of the zodiacal sign of Aries (Mesha in Sanskrit and Thakar in Tamil) is taken as the beginning of the year.

        Most of the Hindus observe the Lunar New Year, based on the number of full moon and new moon days, which is commonly known as Yugaadhi (Caandramaana Yugaadhi). It falls in the solar month of Pangkuni (March-April), but its corresponding date with the Gregorian calendar, the Western calendar widely used in the world today, varies.

        The co-existence of both the solar and lunar systems and even related controversies are known from the times of Mahabharata. When the Pandavas reappeared after their banishment of 13 years, Duryodhana countered them saying that the 13 years were only lunar years and they had not fulfilled the requirement according to solar years and therefore should get into banishment again. Bhishma had to intervene to say that 13 solar years were also over and Duryodhana’s almanac was wrong.

        Anyway, for some reasons the Solar New Year found much currency in the southern parts of South Asia. It is associated with the Salivaahana Era, the reckoning of which is found predominantly in the inscriptions of South India and Sri Lanka. The Era begins in 77-78 AD.

        The Solar New Year in April is also associated with the 60 years cycle that has rendered names for the years. This cycle is based on the calculation of the relative positions of Jupiter and Saturn, the two major planets of the solar system, supposed to be exerting special impact on the climate and natural phenomena in a year, in addition to the usual impact of earth’s revolution around the sun. In this cycle, the relative positions of Jupiter and Saturn will repeat after 60 years.

        Once again, the 60 years cycle is peculiar to Tamil astronomical texts. The names of the years are widely used only by the Tamils. The system is essentially a southern innovation despite the names being in Sanskrit.

        Even though the beginning of the year and the beginnings of the months are calculated on the basis of the sun’s transit, it should be noted that the names of the months in Tamil indicate their origins from lunar calendar.

        The names of the months originated from the names of the constellations in which the full moon will occur in that month.

        Chiththirai:
        full moon in Chiththirai constellation (Spica)
        Vaikaasi:
        full moon in Visaakam constellation (α, β, γ, ι of Librae)
        Aani:
        full moon in Moolam (Aa’ni) constellation (ε, ζ, η, θ, ι, κ, λ, υ, μ and ν Scorpii)
        Aadi:
        full moon in Uththaraadam (Uththara-Aadam) constellation (ζ and σ Sagittarii)
        Aava’ni:
        full moon in Aviddam constellation (α to δ Delphini)
        Puraddaathi:
        full moon in Pooraddaathi constellation (α and β Pegasi)
        Aippasi:
        full moon in Achchuvini / Asvini constellation (β and γ Arietis)
        Kaarthikai:
        full moon in Kaarthikai constellation (Pleiades)
        Maarkazhi:
        full moon in Mirukaseeridam constellation (λ, φ Orionis)
        Thai:
        full moon in Poosam constellation (γ, δ and θ Cancri)
        Maasi:
        full moon in Makam constellation (Regulus)
        Pangkuni:
        full moon in Uththaram constellation (Denebola).

        These full moon days are festival days in the classical and folk traditions of South Asia since time immemorial. Note how they mark the festival days in the Tamil tradition. For example the full moon day in Pangkuni was celebrated in the sandy stretches of the Kaveri delta, as Pangkuni Muyakkam, according to Changkam literature. Today, it is the most important annual festival day in the Siva temples of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka as Pangkuni-uththaram.

        Therefore, the Tamil calender is actually Luni-Solar, despite its base of reckoning is in the sun’s transit. This is because, accuracy is achieved better in calculations based on the sun’s transit.

        A unique reckoning, exclusively based on the sun’s transit through the constellations is the traditional Maldivian Calendar.

        Coming under a common pattern of extreme peninsular India and Sri Lanka, comprising Tamils, Malayalis and Sinhalese, the Dhivehi (Maldivian) calendar also begins in April, with the entry of the sun into the constellation Asvini / Assidha. But, they take it as occurring on the 8th of April (the precession position of roughly 9th century AD).

        The concept of the Maldivian calendar is unique to suit its equatorial location, climatic fluctuations and to help them in ascertaining the arrival of the schools of fish, compared to the agrarian based calendars of the rest of South Asia.

        There are 27 months in this calendar based on the sun’s transit in the 27 constellations (Nadchaththiram), each month having 13 or 14 days.

        The original ideas behind the designing of the solar calendars were to make them coincide with the equinoxes and solstices.

        The vernal equinox was occurring on the 14th of April, at the time when Varaha Mihira, the astronomer of Ujjaini, perfected the solar calendar. Today the equinox takes place on the 20 / 21st of March. The date advanced due to the precession of the earth’s axis. For the same reason, the Winter Solstice, i.e., the returning of the sun from the tropic of Capricorn towards north, which was taking place earlier on the 14th of January, now occurs on the 21 / 22nd of December.

        Our astronomers were very well aware of this shift caused by precession, which in their term is Ayanamsa. However, they didn’t want to change the dates of the New Year of April 14th and Thaip-pongkal / Makara-samkraanti of January 14th, which was originally the Winter Solstice.

        Their argument is that the calendar is not merely solar but also stellar.

        The beginning point of the zodiac in their opinion is a fixed star Asvini, and the sun’s transit in it is important.

        For the progressive year, for which the beginning date would change along with vernal equinox, they have another reckoning called, Saayana Year (of the Moving Zodiac, opposite to Nirayana or the Fixed Zodiac).

        The justifications of the arguments need further scrutiny since the constellation Asvini itself was not the beginning of the zodiac in the remote past. It shifted from Mirukaseeridam, through Rohini and Kaarthikai as testified by literature and now is in Uththaraddaathi first quarter.

        The recent development is a call from Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to the world Tamils to observe Thaip-pongkal as the Tamil New Year Day. A law has been passed recently in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly to this effect in February 2008. Mr. Karunanidhi is reported to have said that this change marks the rise and revolution of Tamils.

        The arguments for the need of this new myth are not clear.

        Disowning the beginning, cannot disown the concepts and science behind the system.

        Whatever pros and cons can be said about April New Year can also be said about Thaip-pongkal, which is Makara-samkraanti to the rest of India.

        The only difference it can make is that the Tamils would lose one of their secular festivals of astronomical significance that links them closely with the Dravidian legacies of the South.

        The critics of the DMK government’s move feel that such exercises of ‘shallow myths’ in the name of the noble venture of forging a prestigious global Tamil identity, remind of the Jayalalitha government’s effort to ban certain folk practices and the subsequent quick retreat from it.

        One has to see how fervently and colourfully the April New Year is celebrated by the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka, reminding us of the forgotten folk culture of the Dravidian South. It was the same before the war among the Tamils of Sri Lanka too.

        Anyway, the doyen of Tamil writing, Puthumaippiththan, wrote long back in one of his short stories Kayittaravu, how the reckoning of time is an attribution we ourselves impose on us. (Naangka’laakap poaddukko’nda vakka’naika’l).

        Authentic, academic details on the topic can be found in L.D. Swamikkannu Pillai’s works, ‘Panchanka and Calender’, ‘Indian Chronology’, and D.C. Sircar’s book on Indian Epigraphy.

        http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?artid=25298&catid=99

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    You sketch a picture of monopoly over violence by the SL government from 1983 to 2009. How much more idiotic can one get? Have you not read about the acts of terror committed by Prabhakaran and his fascist outfit? Do you have any views on that matter?

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      You guys are still counting to find the biggest murderer. Your tone suggest you believe central Gov forces murdered less than rebel/terrorist group belong to minority… like cricket scoring!! Do you really feel happy with lesser count for your central government or do you want to say Gov killed more? How easily some people forget the basis of recent human civilization?

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    The write is conflating the political aspirations of the Tamil people with grave human rights violations and seems to have an expectation of general justice from Geneva. The unconsidered use of the word Genocide as a catch all phrase to define the Tamil condition is quite unhelpful and only confuses the issue which spans a much wider spectrum of individual and group rights violations.

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      Sri Lanka is NOT his motherland, and by his own account he has NEVER set foot in Sri Lanka. He is well versed in all the vile propaganda carried out by the LTTE rump, which he’s accepted as fact. Is there hope for such a person to realise the truth ?

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    Tamils around the world beyond the borders are united since it is established that there was a genocide in the island of Sri Lanka. The right of self determination is the only way to stop the genocide and the united Tamil force will bring the civilized world to the side of justice.

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    The problem in Sri Lanka is not a TAMIL related problem, its a minority related problem. Tamils like to make as if its only them who are hurt by the regime. Which is not correct, yes Tamils are affected but its the result of the regime hurting the minorities. Its time every one, especially Tamils stop talking only about Tamils or only about Northern or Eastern provinces, its time to talk about minority issues, let it be religion based or race based minority issue, it does not matter. At the end its a MINORITY ISSUE. We all have to start thinking more openly than the narrow way the Tamils have been thinking so far.

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    Mr. Saravanamuttu,
    Is your council is also banned in Sri Lanka?
    People like you are the reason that Tamils in Sri Lanka are suffering.
    You say “Tamils qualify as a Nation of people, not a minority group, with their own identity, language, culture, history and an identifiable territorial homeland.” I would say the same that the Sinhalese qualify for the same home land you are talking about. Sinhalese territory is the whole of Sri Lanka where they would live with the Tamils in harmony. A bunch of Tamils living in Canada (including you) are not the one’s who will decide who live where and when!
    You say “For over 60 years Tamils have been oppressed by a state structure, which systematically subordinated them through genocidal violence and exclusionary policy.”
    Give details and list this oppressive actions of the state. What exclusionary policies do Tamils are subjected to while the Sinhalese are inclusive? What genocide are you talking about? These genocide d should have names, shouldn’t they? So, publicize the names of the victims without hiding them.

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      Nonsense you Idiot:

      For your information Sinhala Lanka ( The Animal Kingdom) holds the record for the number of Race Riots in which you slaughtered thousands of innocent Tamils which we will never forget.

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        Kali,
        There is no substance in your post. ‘Nonsense you idiot’, ‘ animal kingdom’ are not answers to my post. Either say why I am wrong or atleast give credible evidence of genocide and slaughter that you and others keep repeating. Why are you hiding names of people who were slaughtered??
        Please don’t answer my post if you have nothing useful to say.

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          If she (?) had anything useful to contribute, insolence would not be ONLY argument. The insane hatred in her words are palpable.

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          Nonsense:

          You must be toddler not to know what you lot have done to Tamils. If you don’t know it after it has been well documented how are you going to understand and how can any one convince you. MR your Boss has denied everything he has done and no doubt you are his heir apparent.

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      If you were one of them, you could be the one who would raise their questions today. See, the langague barrier they the minority folks suffered at the Peradeniya ? Cant you know that man, if you really got degree completed there ? I myself felt ashamed looking at the way that Tamil students had all kind of problems just not knowing the langague of the majority folks. If English was recoganized as the langauge to be the medium at the local universities, nothing like the problem would have been the case. If former politicians brought sinhala above other langagues, they could have done enough providing the minority folks with all facilities for learning Sinhala or English. Once I met few tamils in Bonn or Bern that wanted to seek the assistance of sinhalese. These men appointed for the embassies are also not reasonable enough to bear those positions. That is the truth man, we cant go against the truth. You cant say that we did not have ethnic problems in the country.

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        siri,
        It appears that you are muted or hate Tamils. Tamils are living in a country where 85% of the population speaks Sinhalese. If Tamils need to progress they need to learn this language. This applies to anyone, the more languages you learn the more chances you become successful. Look at the rich Tamil businessmen and professionals living in the south. What would their situation be today if they decided not to learn Sinhalese and English? They are smart and hence rich and successful. You keep preaching that Tamils should be taught in Tamil and should not learn Sinhalese. But who become victims at the end? What about this Saravanmuttu guy writing from Canada, how come he learned English? Why didn’t he stick to Tamil only.

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          In the 60’s there were hardly any Muslim students at university level. Today they are well represented, and this includes the young Muslim women which is really remarkable. What’s more their mastery of all three languages is commendable. They will go far.

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    eusense ,
    You said “Sinhalese territory is the whole of Sri Lanka where they would live with the Tamils in harmony.”
    I guess you know that latest Lanka Geographical map and one country definition was formally done by British in 1815? Was there a country with central control in years 1715, 1615, 1415 ? According to Mahawamsa, it was one country 2000 years back under DutuGamunu and couple of periods after that. This is not uncommon for lot of present countries. Even though there was an emperor in Japan, it was set of multiple countries in the history, autonomously managed by Shoguns. Japanese still say “going back to my country” when they are visiting their parents live in another state where they were born. In SL, Karawa, Durawa, Salagama are “Jathies” not casts!!! Why we fight now???

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      This is the criminal nature of eusense. His is pride being sinhalese above everything. I am also sinhalaya but i would not allow you guys to see only sihalaya have rights for anything in the country. That is the nature of idiotic MR.
      Poor eusense is not taught to see beyond. I wish I could you know personally at least during my next visit to lanka. I really dont think that many would like you as a person so long you bear this kind of radical views about being sinhalese.

      Ane paw I really feel the ilk of Eusense will not allow us peace in this country.

      He should better learn to see things unbias, then only he would ever be able to live this life. So as with DJ, Eusensse may be going through all the unnecessary torments being unable to think right…. anyway, hope at least years ahead of you will teach you things as they really are.

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        siri,
        You seem to be going nuts! Why all this personal attacks? If you can rebuttal my post do it, other wise you know what you should do!

        I really think you are going crazy. You say “I am also sinhalaya but i would not allow you guys to see only sihalaya have rights for anything in the country.” What are the rights the Sinhalayas have but not other races?
        Answer this question if not I will have to call you a retard.

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          Man, you were born yesterday ?

          I know it very well from the Tamils I met in Frankfurt and several other locations in Europe, the way how they struggled themselves for their rights. For example, they have been cheated by some embassies for taking a passport which is not the case for sinhalese… is the the equality you ve been talking about ? Once I heard dozens of similar cases in London too. Whenever I find time, I will complete the list. U sound to be very like ignorant. So u cant know the realities. Telling that we have not had an ethnic problem will not bring anything right. If I am retard, you should be a man with all mental problems not to see things by your own eyes and add your comments to this and other forums.

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            next few days, I will be away from my posts – cos, I ll have to concentrate on my reports, also will be travelling a lot. But dont get this wrong, my being away means not that many would hail your comments. You cant intimidate any of us. Your one sided comments make many of us feel irritaing to be honest.

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              siri,
              It is good that you are fighting for Tamils. But refrain from supporting Tamil terrorism.

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            siri,
            I don’t understand what you are saying. You say: “For example, they have been cheated by some embassies for taking a passport which is not the case for sinhalese… is the the equality you ve been talking about ?”
            What is “cheated….. for taking a passport” means? Are you saying they were subjected to extra scrutiny? I can’t comment on this not knowing what your story is. So, that is a right the Tamils don’t have??? Do you know that the Blacks in America did not have the right to vote, own land, get an education etc. etc until few decades ago? The Blacks won all their rights with perseverance and patience but not by violence. Even today there is discrimination going on against them in spite of so many laws trying to protect equality?

            20 years ago Muslim citizens of the US had no problem traveling in and out of the US. But today if you have a Muslim name you need at least one to two extra hours to come in or travel out of US. Why? All muslims are paying the price for Anti US terror activities of few muslims. But nobody complains. Similar actions on Tamils in SL will be nothing but Human rights violations and will be investigated by the UNHRC!

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              It is easy enough if you’d followed how they got to these various countries and then burned/destroyed the passports (becoming illegals), so that they could NOT be returned to Sri Lanka. The Embassies would not issue them with a new passport without the old one being produced, so that they could visit Sri Lanka on holiday to display their new found wealth.

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      AVb,
      I don’t know what you are trying to get at.
      When I said ““Sinhalese territory …….” I was repeating what this Sarvanamuttu guy is saying about Tamil territory. He says “Tamils qualify as a Nation of people, not a minority group, with their own identity, language, culture, history and an identifiable territorial homeland”. I don’t know whether he means that Sinhalese has no such territory in Sri lanka!

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    Krisna, all this is sadly a bit too late. Notwithstanding the many years that governments in Colombo pursued policies against the Tamil community, it was the abdication, and flight, of the so called ‘smart’ Tamils after the pogrom of 1983 that has now left a much beleaguered rump to fight for its survival. Very few of those who left for other climes will return again to SL (except, perhaps, to holiday, and, yes, even build a holiday home). For all the violence perpetrated on the Tamil community by the political goons, the Tigers and their proxies gave them hell – from 1984 to 2009. The boys did avenge all of the earlier indignities that were visited on the Tamil community, and they took many notable scalps, and led this small country on a merry dance. Honours were even till the end, and it was only VP’s bad judgement that led to the final ignominy in Nandikadal lagoon – but, hey! that’s what you get when you leave the fortunes of a whole tribe in the hands of a half-educated fighting man. So,Krisna, maybe it’s time for you and your other starry eyed compadres to get proper jobs and live fuller lives in the countries that have given the Tamils refuge, and in which you have made your homes. Fighting long distance proxy wars is so very yesterday.

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    I’m a telugu guy and I guess that gives me a degree of neutality. The moot point how a democratically elected govt army(signatory to Geneva convention) should behave during war and in normal times and I’m afraid SL army deserves strongest condemnation. Sure LTTE(non state actor as opposed to state actor like SL army) has its share of appalling behaviour but nothing can condone the actions of state actor , SL army. I think the appropriate words to describe the actions of SL army will be ethnic cleansing, beastial, sadistic….I think its a joke for SL govt investigating their own army and I hope UNHRC conduct a fair probe and bring perpetrators to justice…May justice prevail!!!

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      Kali,
      There is no substance in your post. ‘Nonsense you idiot’, ‘ animal kingdom’ are not answers to my post. Either say why I am wrong or atleast give credible evidence of genocide and slaughter that you and others keep repeating. Why are you hiding names of people who were slaughtered??
      Please don’t answer my post if you have nothing useful to say.

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      Sriharii
      What made you come to a conclusion that SL was involved in ethnic cleansing? Do you know the real meaning of ethnic cleansing? If EC was happening whether there was war or not Tamils will be killed systamatically on a continuous basis until no Tamil can be found in the country. Do you know what percentage of Tamils live in the south? How many of them were killed systamatically in the south? EC should start in Colombo where the most Tamils live in SL. How many of them were ECd by the SL army in Colombo? Answer my questions. You write fiction here!

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        Eusense
        Yeah I used the word ETHINIC CLEANSING deliberately becoz that’s what it is when 40,000 people may have been killed(mostly tamils as per the report of Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka)during the final stages of civil war and when you consider that figure relative to population of SL and especially Tamils of course it is ETHNIC CLEANSING of worst kind(God knows how many are still missing????). EHINIC CLEANSING makes it more sense when you read news articles like Sinhalization of tamil area(http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2008/10/sinhalisation-of-captured-tamil-areas.html). As expected SL govt and right wing forces typically question the veracity and neutrality of reports (ring a bell to some lunatics who still question whether Holocaust really happened). I cannot help if truth sounds like fiction to you. Let the Justice prevail!!!!

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          Srihari,
          Ethnic cleansing happened in Jaffna when Tamil Terrorists evicted ALL Muslims in Jaffna.
          There are no Tamil areas in Sri Lanka. Where Tamils claim to be a Tamil area was inhabited by Sinhalese prior to invaders from Tamil Nadu arrived. They were savage like people who killed and destroyed a magnificient Sinhala civilisation built over centuries.
          What are Tamils doing in “Sinhala Areas” like Colombo, Nuwara Eliya?
          Jaffna will accommodate a large Sinhala population soon. If necessary with assistance from the military. More and more Tamil girls are opting marry and raise families with young, handsome soldiers. The correct terminology is re-Sinhalisation of liberated Sri Lanka.

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      Sad to say that your claimed for Telugu neutrality is more than suspect, when your words betray that you have accepted the version of events as narrated by the LTTE rump. The only ‘ethnic cleansing’ attempted by the Army was to move the 200,000 Muslims from the Puttalam area back to their original homes in the Northern province from which they had previously been evicted by the Tamil terrorists. I myself do NOT believe that this was what the term ethnic cleansing was meant to convey.

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    Krisna:

    Take comfort from the fact that the Resolution has been passed despite Traitor India deciding to abstain. The West was constrained up to now by Indias role in Undermining the effort of the West to bring MR to justice for obvious reasons. But the prospect of Congress being routed has opened a Window of Opportunity for the West to finally punish MR for his Crimes against Humanity.

    If not Geneva where do Tamils find justice

    I pin my hopes on the Iron Lady to finally deliver FREEDOM JUSTICE & EQUALITY To the Long Suffering Tamils and India is the only Country that can make it happen.
    The Racist Sinhalese can Bark but they cant bite anymore.
    We will get to the Promised Land

    The only Army that has set foot on Sinhala Lanka since Independence is the IPKF but this time it will be TNA under orders from the Mercurial Iron Lady.
    The Cinemas in Tamil Nadu are now reverberating with songs from ” Ayirathil Oruvan”
    We will soon be singing the song of Praise for the Iron Lady.

    Just reminisce the following quote.

    Anda Paramparai Meentrum Oru Murai Ala Ninaipathil Enna Kurai.

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    Anyone else wondering where the Tamil women are in all this? I keep seeing men talk about male interests that claim to represent all tamils. What about justice and unique needs for the women? What about a political solution for women? What about widowed Tamil women, women who have experienced rape, women who have no economic security?

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