26 June, 2017

The Violent Death Of Two Tamil Students: Accident; Isolated Incident; Or Symptoms Of Systemic Violation?

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

As usual, there are conflicting presentations and interpretations being made in relation to the recent incident where two Tamil students riding on a motorbike had died in Jaffna. One version is that the Police had shot and killed one of them and that the other had died when the motorbike had subsequently crashed into a wall. In that case, the Police officers on duty, charged with the duty to protect and serve, would be responsible for serious violation of the law, taking the lives of two innocent civilians. This version is supported by the claim that the autopsy report had indicated a bullet wound found on the body of one of the students. The other version officially given by the Police authorities is that they had died due to an accident, where they had crashed into the wall. As usual, special investigations are to be conducted to ascertain the truth of the case. If it is somehow proven that they had been shot at by the Police officers resulting in their death, that in itself would be illegal- and criminal. But more importantly, if this is the case, then the fact that the Police Authorities at the very top of the pyramid had tried to cover it up constitutes an even worse crime against the people. It simply would add another piling case of rampant criminal injustice and abuse of power by the Police and to the litany of criminal injustice committed against the Tamil people. If there had been even an attempt at a cover up and a case of repeated criminal impunity, and If justice is to be made into another glaring travesty, on trial would not just be the two police officers but the judicial system, the system of law enforcement, the Ranil-Sirisena Regime and the State itself.

killing-of-two-jaffna-university-undergraduates-in-jaffna-kokuvilWho is to be held accountable for the death of these two students? The issue of accountability, truth and justice hangs in balance in this case, as much as accountability, truth and justice for violation of human rights related to the war. Every human life matters. The scale and magnitude does not matter as much as the issue of whether the targeting of Tamil civilians and the criminal culture of impunity still prevails. Let us try to analyze the issue at hand. This is important since there is a reputed pattern of police brutality in general and a damning culture of cover up and impunity by the State that corrode all sense of justice, rule of law and civilized decency, that has long since ravaged the political landscape in the Land of Lanka. The important question remains, what is the ultimate structural source, the generative causes, of the culture of impunity, along with such recurrent cover-ups that have cumulatively contributed towards a generalized breakdown of the rule of law and erosion of elemental democratic norms, accompanied by a cynical disregard for the value of life, and a resulting profound loss of faith in the institutions of governance?

There are piling allegations and evidence of the role of top senior members of the armed forces, the police and the defense establishment in cases of calculated murder as in the case of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Prageeth Ekneligoda, Thajudeen and others, and of involvement in cases of astronomical corruption such as in the MiG aircraft and Avant Guard cases. The situation gets horrific when the Executive President demands that he must be informed and must authorize any arrests of such persons beforehand. His argument is that maintaining the integrity of the armed forces and its loyalty to the regime overrides the issue of legal justice and equality before the law. In effect, this consideration of giving overriding priority to the political survival of the regime, and the political survival of his presidency at all costs, places the armed forces above the law. This is terrifying, given that in most cases throughout the world, it is the armed forces and its high command that have committed gross violations of human rights, even amounting to genocide against the people, as in Eritrea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sebrenica, Chile, Palestine, Vietnam, Iraq, Lybia, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela, Gautemala and so on. Only military dictatorships and fascist regimes place the armed forces above the law. Is it that President Sirisena is giving priority to appeasing and unifying the SLFP and placating the deposed Rajapakse junta? He even warns against and undermines the integrity of the very investigative agencies set up on his watch for processing and prosecuting high crimes by the previous regime. The President and the Prime Minister are seen wining and dining with the very people from the deposed Rajapakse Regime they vowed to the people they would prosecute, and some are even restored and glorified as Ministers. This alarming situation makes it imperative that we get to the roots of this corroding malignant cancer of criminal impunity that continues to inflict mortal blows to democratic foundations and to our collective civilized existence, and which transforms the entire electorate into sheer gullible morons to be plated by tin-pot dictators. The UNP is no better in its desperate and low-level efforts to save the skin of Arjuna Mahendran, who is alleged to be complicit in defrauding the country to the tune of billions. The UNP has tried to undermine the integrity of COPE. Does Yahapalanaya mean promoting corruption and intensifying the culture of criminal complicity? That is why the case of accountability over the death of the two students acquires immediacy and potency. Whether the police officers in question are to be found to be criminally liable or not, whether through accident, sudden provocation, instinctual response, criminal negligence or by calculated design, the fact is that we must eradicate the generative source of this incurable pattern of intolerable behavior by officials and representatives of the State that violates and defiles our collective existence as a civilized human community. Deliberately lying and deceiving the people, laying waste to the Rule of Law for political gain, and perpetuating the culture of impunity by whosoever must be irrevocably eradicated. The people have every constitutional and moral right to demand as such by directly exercising their supreme power and inviolable sovereignty.to depose of tyrannical and duplicitous dictatorships and establish democratic freedom and the Rule of Law for all citizens. That is the very essence of democracy!

Interdicting or transferring the police officers in such cases and paying some compensation to the victims is the routine practice. However, this particular incident of the violent death of the two Tamil students takes on far more serious constitutional and political implications and consequences. If the Police, as the primary institution responsible for maintaining civil peace and law and order, has attempted to cover it up, it is a gross violation of fundamental constitutional and human rights. The fact that it involves Tamil students adds on yet another political dimension, given that there are already allegations of repeated violations of human rights by the law enforcement agencies against the Tamil population in the North. These allegations include abductions, extortion, torture and sexual abuse. It acquires explosive dimensions given that the Tamil people in the North already feel besieged, suffocated and threatened by a highly militarized environment, where such an incident could serve to inflame passions of being continuously victimized by systemic and institutionalized violation directed against them as Tamils, by the State. It would pour fuel to an already volatile and simmering sense of being victimized, demeaned, subjugated, being preyed upon and betrayed.

It is easy to victimize the Police officers in question as the perpretrators and to prosecute and punish them – if that ever happens! Of course, all offenders and perpetrators must be legally prosecuted. But, they function as agents of the State. Are these incidents isolated incidents, or even occasional aberrations? Those who commit such violations are officially trained and commanded by the State as its official watch-dogs to enforce its writ, without question. They interpret and enforce the law as they are expected to by the structures of power and the social relations of domination they are sworn to defend. The police officers, and indeed the entire apparatus of law enforcement, are instruments of the State – instruments of coercion and violent repression. Whether in Rathupaswela, Chilaw, Katunayake or Jaffna, whether war crimes or bestial sexual atrocities, whether the politics of terror, the fundamental structural generative cause is the overriding imperative of the ruling regime governed by the dominant ideology and politics of the State.

As Karl Marx analyzed, ‘the State is a specialized apparatus for exercising the dictatorship of its ruling class’. The State is the supreme embodiment of ‘legitimate’ armed power and has the monopoly of the use of violence. It decides and dictates the ruling values and norms of social behavior. It decides whether you live or die. The institutions, culture and practice of law enforcement are extensions and reflections of the ruling ideology and politics of the State. If a State is constructed as the constitutional rule of a tyrannical class dictatorship, based on the principles and foundations of chauvinist hegemony and supremacy, all its institutions, agencies and enforcers shall function accordingly. This is particularly the case with the armed forces, including the Police, since these agencies are constitutionally required to blindly obey and enforce the dictates of the State – as defined by its ruling class. The Regime may enforce its rule and domain under draconian legislation as the infamous PTA. It may violate the rule of law as routine practice. Yet, the armed forces of the State are constitutionally required to obey and follow orders. They are sworn to defend the State and to carry out its commands. War crimes by individual soldiers are extreme expressions of the ideology and politics of the Regime in power, and ultimately of the State. Those who carry out orders and simply imbibe the ideology and politics of the State fanatically and commit abominable crimes are readily made into scapegoats to get the heat off the real source. The real perpetrators are found at the top of the chain of command that wield and exercise state power.

The most dangerous illusion is to believe that just by changing personalities and parties at elections, the basic character of the State could be transformed. There would be new slogans and promises to deceive and rob the masses, as there would be all kinds of cosmetic reforms to patch up the gaping, bleeding wounds. But, the ruling class shall remain in power, until they are overthrown by the power.of the people, once and for all. The Rajapaksa Regime, inasmuch as the Ranil-Sirisena Regime, and all successive governments before them, are simply logical projections- evolutionary reincarnations – of the very same defunct, decomposed feudal-colonial ruling class that, in turn, command a draconian class dictatorship over the State and all of society. The inescapable theoretical implication is that without a thoroughgoing, radical democratic overhaul and transformation of the State and replacing its bloodied, criminal class dictatorship with a genuine and vibrant democratic state ruled by and for the people, systemic criminal violence and violation, and the culture of impunity and cover-up shall intensify and be the order of the day.

The persistent criminal violation of human rights against the Tamil people is made possible and necessary by the policy of the State in maintaining a generalized system of militarized administration over the Tamil people. Particularly in the North and East, the armed forces, including the Police, function as agents of military occupation and political subjugation. This militarized occupation is aimed at terrorizing the Tamil people into mute submission and to facilitate continuing Sinhala colonization of the Province. It is an expression of the ideology and politics of supremacist-chauvinist domination. Or else, what is the need for such a massive deployment of security forces when the LTTE has been militarily liquidated and there is supposed to be peace and normalcy, and we are supposed to be moving towards reconciliation? Is this is why places of Buddhist worship are being constructed randomly, without any proper authorization, even where there are no Buddhist residents? Is this is why the armed forces carry on massive land grabbing, engage in agricultural projects and in setting up other lucrative businesses, while constructing permanent cantonments for their families? If the Tamil people are regarded by the State as mere ‘alien’ minorities who should submit to an inferior status, then it would be natural and inevitable that they would be shot down as having no worth or value as expendable human beings.

In a situation of military occupation driven by the politics of conquest and national subjugation aimed at liquidating any notion of Tamil nationhood by enforcing the hegemony of a supremacist, theocratic, Sinhala Buddhist Unitary State, both the occupiers and the occupied live in a permanent and volatile state of instinctual fear and volatile insecurity. The occupying forces and the occupied victims live in a state of acute anxiety, not knowing what to expect from each other at any moment. The occupying forces feel surrounded by an unknown enemy and the entire population is regarded as the potential enemy. This is while the population under occupation feels constantly besieged, encircled and threatened by a hostile force out to abuse, violate and suppress them as potential enemies of the State.

If they were shot at, it is neither by accident, nor as an aberration that the two students met their cruel fate. Nor are the police officers involved the real perpetrators. Transferring or prosecuting them will not address the real issue at hand – even though individual citizens and officers of the State found to be guilty of crimes must be legally prosecuted. But, this will only be an exercise in patching up the cancerous wound, plastering the surface, while it festers and spreads inside. If there is ever to be peaceful coexistence and if reconciliation is to have any meaning and impact, the entire ingrained ideological tribal-feudal mind-set that generates the hateful and spiteful perception of the Tamil people as ‘alien’ minorities living in the privileged Land of the Sinhala-Buddhist nation, at best to be tolerated and subordinated, and as the historical enemies of the State, must be dismantled and overthrown. The State has to be subjected to a profound, radical and irrevocable process of democratization and humanization, so all nations, nationalities and religious communities can all share and nurture this land and function as equal partners and architects of the State. The first and foremost foundational and enduring solution to this engulfing crisis of civilization lies in resolving the burning issues of injustice, oppression, betrayal and national subjugation felt by the Tamil people by negotiating a democratic solution that would provide dignity, equality, security, autonomy and democratic freedom, based on the right of national self-determination – however defined. Dismantling the regime of military occupation, along with the supremacist – hegemonic, unitary State that necessitates it, is a fundamental and essential requirement in this process of pursuing a negotiated democratic political solution. Then only can we begin to bury the horrendous legacy of enforced division, violent conflict, brutal terror and internecine war to achieve enduring peace, national unity, reconciliation and democratic freedom as the people of Lanka, within an undivided and united country.

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    Dear Ajit, what you say is the truth. Agents of the state meant to protect, are seen to be against the minorities. What chances do we have of any reconciliation? They talk of armed gangs roaming around in motor bicycles without number plates in an area where there are1.5 armed personnel for every 10 public, and the state pretends that they have no knowledge who these gangs are? Police minister walks out of the meeting when this was asked with a tongue in the cheek smile.
    Are we working towards truth and reconciliation? My foot!

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    Dear Ajith you have clearly stated the root causes of our conflict and war. what is needed for a genuine reconciliation is the radical change in the mindset of all our people. Changing governments and political leaders is only a part of the solution or way to reconciliation. The majority Sinhala Buddhist population, possessed by a mahavamsa mentality encouraged by the Buddhist leadership, is deeply convinced that they possess and dominate and protect this island as a Sinhala Buddhist island and state. Even the Governments and political leaders who come into power, unable to meet the just demands of other people to have equal dignity and right, misuse the military and police to subjugate the others. Those who join the services are filled with the mahavamsa mentality. Hence they too, when sent to the North or East among Tamils and Muslims, live with a constant fear of Tamil or muslim terrorist,and exert maximum fear and threat among the people. This was the situation long before the LTTE or the war. Hence the basic liberation needed is a liberation from the mahavamsa mentality of possession, domination and subugation of the others as enemies and non-humans.

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      “The majority Sinhala Buddhist population, possessed by a mahavamsa mentality encouraged by the Buddhist leadership, is deeply convinced that they possess and dominate and protect this island as a Sinhala Buddhist island and state”

      This is true. Germans believe Germany belongs to Germans not English or French. The English believe that Queen is the custodian of Anglican church. Minorities must accept this fact.

      +50% of Tamil speaking people continue to live among the Sinhala Buddhists even after the war giving lie to the propaganda that they are discriminated against.

      Soma

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        Palestinians still live in the West Bank surrounded by Jewish settlements. According to you Soma that proves they are not discriminated! God save us from people like you!

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        “Germans believe Germany belongs to Germans not English or French.”

        Tamils believe Eelam (former Jaffna kingdom)belongs to Tamils not Sinhalese.

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          Eela Tamil

          “Tamils believe Eelam (former Jaffna kingdom)belongs to Tamils not Sinhalese.”

          Don’t be silly.

          The entire island was known as Eelam where kings of all sorts were known to have ruled. There were neither Tamil nor Sinhala Kingdom.

          The borders moved so often across the island no one knew exactly where the the kingdom started and ended.

          Tamils and Sinhalese are free to believe in anything that they chose to however the fact remains the island belongs to whoever consider it their habitat.

          somaas is a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto builder. You sound like one who failed to build your Tamil/Saivaite ghetto.

          I have a message for both miserable ghetto builders, go home, back to South India.

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            South India is a ghetto for Tamils,Keralite Malyalease,Telugus and Karnadakese.
            While the rest of the Northern subcontinental landmass is a ghetto for Gujeraties,Bengalis’s,Punjabis, ,Assamese,Kashmiris and a host of others. They all consider themselves as Indian and that is reflected in the Indian National Anthem.
            But Nepal,Sikkim and Bhutan all have their separate ghettos and a common border which their people need not have a visa to cross into India.

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              Correction
              Read Karnatakese for Kamadakese.

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              Uthungan

              “South India is a ghetto for Tamils,Keralite Malyalease,Telugus and Karnadakese.”

              Well, is and no.

              It is a melting pot.

              Chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, come from all parts of the ghetto. MGR -Malayali, Karunanithy – Telungu, Jayalaitha – Kanarese, Viko – Telungu, …… not restricted to Tamils.

              Its been a story of people moving from North to South. My Elders tell me people who were born bred in the North of India and surrounding countries keep moving into the South, looking for employment, opportunities, ….. relative peace.

              Its not bad for a greater ghetto.

              Please look at the history of Hindians who now insist on making Maha Bharatha, Ramayana, Vedas …. as part of Indian History.

              RSS is actively promoting violence to transform India into a Hindian/Hindu ghetto. The way things are soon we will see this island being made part of the Hindian/Hindu ghetto.

              There isn’t much difference between the Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto builders and the Hindian/Hindu ghetto builders. Is there?

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            stupid vedda
            How many times do I have to tell you who cares about whose kingdom when and where it was. Nothing is going to change by talking history. What matters is who the majority in SL now. Learn to live as a minority in SL as other minorities live in every other country. Don’t like it? migrate to Tamil Nadu or where ever Tamils are a majority.

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              Nuisance the stupid I

              Go find your spitoon.

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                your hollow brain is my spitoon

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                  Nuisance

                  “your hollow brain is my spitoon”

                  Have you found your spitoon?

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          ET

          “Tamils believe Eelam (former Jaffna kingdom)belongs to Tamils not Sinhalese.”

          That is quite understandable. The problem is they also believe that they have the right to live anywhere in the island. +50% of Tamil speaking people live in areas outside your Ealam and that constitutes the major part of ‘national problem’

          Soma

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            soma,

            We Tamils also understand your chronic insecurity that is founded on total untruth! But we do not want you to rule over us when we have our own nation because you are insecure. Do you understand this? You assimilated all the Indian migrants into the Sinhala fold and you can do it again with those Tamils who wish to live in your nation. This does not negate the desire for the Tamils of their nationhood. Do you get it? You should also need to pay attention to those Sinhala who live within the Tamil nation. This is not a oneway traffic as you seem to portray!

            The way forward is to empower the Tamils politically and at the same time promote and galvanise a Sri Lankan collective identity. This is the only way and I hope that the Sinhala take the mantle.

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      FATHER S:J:EMMANUEL

      Hence the basic liberation needed is a liberation from the mahavamsa mentality of possession, domination and subugation of the others as enemies and non-humans.

      Remove the country from the Mahavamsa Mentality and leave it with the bible Gang.

      Why Tamils want to suffer in sinhale when their motherland is in just 16 km away.

      Ajit Rupasinghe, A racist communist, is looking for Attention preaching his BS ideology.

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        Jim Softy,

        When are you returning back to Tamil Nadu, the place from where your ancesters came?

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      Father continues to confuse what is going in Lankawe. Father seems to be lacking watching what is going the media. There is no one Sinhala Political Leader is interested in Buddhism and Lankawe land. If so, none of the leader would have brought the country as one of the poorest nation in this world. Nobody was worried when the lands were given to China for commission. Not one single leader is protesting when China hacking computers and capturing Nuraicholai like institutions. The current Lankawe politicians’ only interest is power and money.

      Father theory of Sinhalese want the land for them is outdated idea. Right after Anagarika Dharmapala, there was some pure Sinhala Racism. Don Stephen was showing it. Solomon Dias Ridgeway West changed it. He proposed the Federal Goverment for Lankawe. He swallowed it for capturing power. He came to Buddhism only to capture power. A Kandyan elite, while enjoying the Sinhala plutocracy, he was advocating Socialism. His duplicity and hypocrisy is such like that. Sinhala Monks killed him only because of the money dealing.

      The same case when he tell that they are scared of LTTE. Like in the Kokuvil murder under which they forced two army intelligence workers to go to a shop burglary and arranged Ava gang to cut them. Then they are calling the LTTE has been revived. Is this diagnostic drama is to protect their land? That notion is really comment. Why would a real patriotist would go on creating fear mongering dramas to scare his own people, whom he claims he is protecting with his patriotism?

      First thing, it was so many times agreed army will in barrack. Violating that agreement these rowdies had gone out to still to spy the Tamils. What is really happening is, the defense is telling to the colonising Sinhala people that they will pretend like beating and the people have to pretend like crying. The LTTE fear is a coordinated drama by the defense and the Colonised Sinhala People. They colonise not to protect Buddhism. They colonize only to loot and live. Why would somebody go to the most poorest province from well doing provinces? Because they know Tamil areas may not have jobs but lot of Thalikodies.

      Father has all rights to confuse him with his fancy theories. But he should not corrupt the ordinary civilian with his bogus theories.

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      farther sj
      You seem to be hell bent on genuine reconciliation by the Sinhalese. What were you doing when your terrorist friends were suicide murdering innocent Sinhalese and Tamils all over the country. Did you think of reconciliation when you were witnessing those brutal murders? If you are a real man of the cloth you wouldn’t have allowed the perish of generations of Tamils and innocent Sinhalese.

      You should be ashamed of your self for writing hateful posts against other religions. Is that what the Catholic church stands for ?????

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    I don’t thing you will expect justice from a state that created a politicised, Sinhalised institutions since 1948. You shouldn’t expect that it will change in the future. 1948 was the beginning of the disease of the humanity and now we are reaching nearly end of humanity in this island. The meaning of term “geocide” is now more relevant and more meaningful.

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      India should offer dual citizenship to Tamils

      Soma

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        Not only Tamils but also those who unlawfully entered into this country to introduce Buddhism (lion born Indians -Sinhale).

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        somaaasss

        “India should offer dual citizenship to Tamils”

        India should give full citizenship to Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims and prepare itself to receive 21 million of them of its lost tribes, including somasss, jimmy, ……….. at a later date.

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        soma,

        You are a despicable embodiment of the Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism! You say on numerous occasions that there is no conceivable solution for the Tamils. In reality that is not the case and you very well know it too! It is your arrogence and inherent fear of nothing that deny the Tamils of their democratic Right. This you cannot conceivably prevent from materialising. You heard the president saying about a constitution that reflects the ethnicity and devaluation that will prevent future conflicts in Sri Lanka. You and your ilk need to come to terms with this reality!

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    Dr Ajith Rupasinghe is a anti-Sinhalese person.

    His all political essays are target on that an opposed majority Sinhalese people.

    All his political ideology, his few handful of party members base on anti-Sinhala propaganda advocated by Dr Ajith.

    This is tragedy of revolution of Sri lanka.

    No body knows what will happen to Sinhala majority working class people of Sri lanka ?

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      W.Milton

      “No body knows what will happen to Sinhala majority working class people of Sri lanka ?”

      You are rest assured Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority has a long term plan, they are not interested in Sinhalese working class, 60 years of their rule should have taught you a lesson.

      Well if you want to save the Sinhala speaking working class, firts you need to liberate Sinhalese and Buddhists from Sinhala/Buddhists.

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    “If there is ever to be peaceful coexistence and if reconciliation is to have any meaning and impact, the entire ingrained ideological tribal-feudal mind-set that generates the hateful and spiteful perception of the Tamil people as ‘alien’ minorities living in the privileged Land of the Sinhala-Buddhist nation, at best to be tolerated and subordinated, and as the historical enemies of the State, must be dismantled and overthrown.”–Rupasinghe
    In one sentence you have summarized the malaise affecting the blessed isle.And I am afraid there is little chance of it being changed, your incisive analysis notwithstanding.

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      Karl S

      I am one Sinhalese who is privileged to live among relatives, friends and office mates NONE among whom who look at Tamils as “hateful and spiteful perception of the Tamil people as ‘alien’ minorities living in the privileged Land of the Sinhala-Buddhist nation,” This kind of vicious untruth cteates an extremly poisinous mind set among the Tamils. Ask Vibeswaran or Sumathitharan if they have ever experienced an attitude like this from their Sinhala environment.

      Truth be told, they do however belive that creation of Ealam on the North will soon lead to an amalgamation with Tamil Nadu and eventually the Sinhalese will be on the receiving end and live in constant fear of subjugation. Rejection of RW-VP pact, the modus operandi of Ealam War IV, and the decision of the Tamil political class to destroy the sacred tooth relic at Dalada Maligawaa has led even me to believe that this could be reality. In short what the Sinhalese suffer is fear psychosis, not any rejection. Added to this is the emerging fear that the exploding Muslim population will be a real irksome scenario in the not too distant future whose ethical mores are dissimilar to those of Sinhalese and Tamils which are identical.

      Soma

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        somaaasss

        “I am one Sinhalese who is privileged to live among relatives, friends and office mates NONE among whom who look at Tamils as “hateful and spiteful perception of the Tamil people as ‘alien’ minorities living in the privileged Land of the Sinhala-Buddhist nation,”

        Precisely this what I have been saying for donkeys years, except one.

        You claim to be a Sinhalese which is not true. You are the rotten apple, part of a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto building noisy minority, who is bent on poisoning Sinhalese and Buddhists.

        “Truth be told, they do however belive that creation of Ealam on the North will soon lead to an amalgamation with Tamil Nadu and eventually the Sinhalese will be on the receiving end and live in constant fear of subjugation.”

        The Hindians consider this island as part of Akand Bharatha, a Sinhala state of Hindia.

        I can’t help you to cure your paranoia though my Elders can help you see the continent in much enlightened strategic environment.

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          NV

          “The Hindians consider this island as part of Akand Bharatha, a Sinhala state of Hindia.”

          You see they consider it “Sinhala” state.

          Soma

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            somaaaas

            “You see they consider it “Sinhala” state.”

            Only Hindians consider this island as part of Akand Bharatha, a Sinhala state of Hindia.

            I sincerely do not know what part of the Sinhala state of Hindia would be carved out and annexed to Tamil Nadu during next restructuring of Akand Bharat.

            Andra used to be part of Madras state. Telangana used to be part of Andra, Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand was was part of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand from Bihar, ….. .

            Lot things are in pipe line.

            Your celebration is premature.

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        Yes Soma –

        You be holder of the Lord Siva’s another name,

        “privileged Land of the Sinhala-Buddhist nation,” – this kind of vicious untruth cteates an extremly poisinous mind set among the Tamils, and Particularly minority of Sinhalese as well

        Truth be Told – and that is what you did above statement

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    Right now, those policemen shot at the students are in jail.

    If there is a trade union for policemen, they should sue the govt. Because, a chek point barricade is crashed means violence against the people who manned it and it is a self-defence issue. If police Authorties did not give permission to shoot that is the fault of authorities. Policemen should sue the police-authroties and the govt.

    Ajit Rupasinghe is one who worships Pabakran. He values the opportunity to go infront of Pabakaran. Because of that, never take serious what ever thrash this AH says.

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      Jim brain softly speaks utter rubbish , Racist element of the highest order who keeps repeating the humbug story made up by the Racist Police that they crashed into the barrier while he damn ignores the truth.
      The truth is the incident occurred without witnesses except the presence of the Racists like Jim Brain dead softly.
      In SL Everything happens without witnesses , only witnesses are the so called protectors of Tamils who are ready to kill and bury the truth.
      Same as Lasantha , Raviraj, the Ruggerite and many more.
      This is their religion and their ethical nature of their profession. Kill and Hide the truth, The government of Sirisena is aiding and abetting as same as the last Regime,

      This cursed country will never REFORM. In the name of Lord Buddha all the criminality takes place.

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      jim softy dimwit

      “Right now, those policemen shot at the students are in jail.”

      When were they sentenced?

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        Brain dead Jim softly will never change from his ideology, that is kill ,kill ,kill. mantra. Pure evil born evil and die evil too.
        There’s no medicine for it , it’s in the warped brain , he is not happy and does not let others live happily either!!!

        Curse of Jim brain dead softly.

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        DUMB NAtive Veddo:

        When were they sentenced?

        If they were arrested by the Tamil-Eelam police you can sentnece them.

        In Sri lanka, political views and politicians run the country and there is no system.

        If there is a system, they should sue the govt.

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    Following is the other side of the story. Tamils attacking police and forces.

    Three4 (3) shocking acts of racism by Tamils have taken place in the month of October 2016 alone – the Sri Lankan Navy, State Intelligence Officers and Sri Lankan police officers have been attacked and hospitalized by the Tamil ‘public’. People do not attack law enforcement officers. They were attacked while on official duty and because they were Sinhalese. Would the public have done the same to a Tamil navy officer, a Tamil Intelligence officer or a Tamil policemen? NO. These law enforcement officials carrying out their duties were brutally attacked because they were Sinhalese. That is racism.

    October Four Sri Lankan Naval officers came under attack by Tamils in Arippu, Mannar resulting in hospitalization of an officer. Such acts are nothing but racist. They were attacked because they were Sinhalese. Would they have been attacked had they been Tamil? No.

    Also in October was another racist attack by Tamil civilians upon 2 National Intelligence Bureau officials in broad day light. Six sword wielding Tamils had cut them and one officer has a head injury as can be seen by the photo.

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    I have the same love for the Sinhala people as I do for the Tamil and Moslem people and for all of humanity. I consider myself first and foremost a human being, before I get categorized by an accident of birth. I shall not justify any chauvinist ideology of supremacy that is aimed at subjugating and oppressing another nation or community. Chauvinism is a poisonous ideology applied by colonial-imperialist powers to divide, conquer and rule. It is this very same ideology and politics of domination that is being applied by the ruling class and by every successive government in power, precisely to divide, delude and dominate the people, in the service of their imperialist masters. Due to this ideology and politics, the country has being turned into a pathetic, dependent beggar state that has mortgaged the future of generations living and yet to be born, and which survives by pitting one against all. We survive according to the law of the jungle as dictated and enforced by our rulers.Yet, we refuse to know the game, but prefer to become hapless pawns by turning against each other. The State has become an instrument of vicious violent repression directed against the Sinhala-Buddhist people as against the Tamil and Moslem people. The vast majority of the people have been thrown into the depths of poverty, misery and degradation, while the few corrupt parasites who wield power amass fortunes.

    I have written extensively to provide a scientific critique of the disastrous ideology and politics of both the JVP and the LTTE in order to learn the lessons paid in blood. This is in the interest of formulating a path of struggle uniting the people of Lanka towards achieving genuine national independence, solidarity, dignity, equality and democratic freedom so they may reap the harvests of the 21st Century and become masters of their shared destiny. I have tried to identify the generative structural causes that account for the legacy of murder, rape, torture and sheer bestiality as springing from a defunct feudal-colonial State as being fundamentally responsible, and called for the unity of all oppressed people of Lanka in the common struggle to overthrow foreign imperialist domination and achieve liberation.

    I challenge anyone to seriously confront this analysis and path of struggle with the objectivity and maturity called for. I am only amused by some of the comments that find entertainment by indulging in frivolous and knee-jerk responses and insulting jabs, which only display their poverty of theoretical analysis and intellectual sophistication. But, I do appreciate the serious and engaged comments, even the ones’ that disagree.Let us try to raise the level of discourse and debate to a higher level where it could be productive and enlightening.

    We are facing a spiraling and deepening organic crisis that threaten to engulf and destroy us from within through internecine war and violence, being played by foreign powers in league with their respective domestic ruling class agents. Let us engage seriously to discuss, debate and struggle over the structural root causes so we may join hands in eradicating this legacy of domination, exploitation, oppression and WAR,and lay claim to a bright and prosperous future for our people.

    Best wishes,

    Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

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      Dear Surendra

      It is time you spared some time to look at the human history and the existing world around in a more objective angle in place of your powerful moralistic telescope. Why don’t you ponder over questions like how many nuclear war heads are required to maintain sustainable peace. Is B subjugating A leads to less conflict than A subjugating B?

      Soma

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      Bravo,Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe,Make your like increase

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    I do not agreed with him Dr Rupasinghe has any love with majority Sinhalese working classes in Sri lanka.

    In fact all his essays are line with Tamils had been discrimination by People of Majority Sinhalese. He is against Majority Sinhalese People because their are Buddhist-Sinhalese , he call all Sinhalese are “Chavnanist”.

    If you go western World -USA, UK ,EU countries,New Zealand, Australia, & Canada you can see White Racism dominated factors of every event from Employments, Visas, Residence, Education, Health and social life their are discriminated White Racism by of different colours of People their different roots Ethnic and Religion basis by supressed Chavnanist politics of their so-called system of “democracy”.

    The same lot of Western Rulers from USA, UK and EU countries comes our land and teaching on equality of all People are blatant lies and hipcoracy of Human Rights of Western Democracy! When many people living Western Civilizations said to me that Their moral and Norms of Democracy has no relationship with Equality, fraternity and Solidarity of other People of World.

    Dr Rupansige talk of “Chavnanist of Sinhalese-Buddhist” are few numbers of compare with World total population of seven 7 Billions that people are concern.

    The out of that Total the world population that numbers of Sinhalese Buddhist are Iota of that. I have reasonable doubt that why Sinhalese Buddhist are bully by Western world on slogan of “Chavnanist” Ideology?

    Tamils are victimise of Sinhalese Buddhist is another myth created by Tamil Terrorist of LTTE & TNA and by the Western Political agenda.

    Is Dr Rupasinghe is flowing similar Western path of Lucrative Business of Politics as followed by Dr Wickmabahu?

    We want you Stop Anti -Sinhalese Buddhist propaganda ,agitation lunch by Western Ideologies of USA and UK & EU countries.

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    AJIT READ THIS ARTICLE.

    esterday’s lead story of this newspaper highlighted the rise of an allegedly armed criminal gang in the North by the name of AAVA. It further alleged that the AAVA Group was, recently, responsible for assaulting two State intelligence officers in the North.

    The report added that this gang was mobile and its members riding on motorbikes were also involved in acts of extortion. The article said that the criminal gang was recruiting to its ranks, unemployed youth.
    One charge that this newspaper has often heard currently is that Jaffna, once famed for its industriousness, has since lost this sheen.
    Easy money from the West is attributed to this state of affairs. During the Tamil terrorist war years which had its genesis post-1977, saw hundreds of thousands of Tamils from all parts of the country, particularly those of Jaffna and Batticaloa origin, seeking refuge in the West, India and Australasia in particular.
    Those of them who were successful in obtaining refuge in the rich West and Australasia, almost regularly used to remit monies to their families still living in Sri Lanka. The beneficiaries of such largesse also included, Tamils living in the North.
    As a result of this conduit of funds, which made access to easy money in the form of remittances possible, there was no reason for the youth remaining in the North, such as in Jaffna, to find work. They were reasonably, if not well looked after by their families living in better economic climes.
    This has naturally resulted in ‘plenty’ of idle hands living in Jaffna, particularly among its youth. This idleness is caused not necessarily on account of the lack of jobs, but due to the need of having or wanting a job not arising as such youth are well looked after by the members of their families now living abroad.
    Such remittances sent in favour of these youth are generally denominated in US dollars or similar such high value foreign currency.

    For example, a monthly remittance of US$ 300 as per yesterday’s average buying rate for telegraphic transfer quoted by banks will have amounted to Rs 43,707, probably more than sufficient for a young man living in his own house in Jaffna to meet his needs.
    Therefore, why work?
    In fact, this newspaper is privy to reports saying that a number of these youth, used to receiving easy money from the West, are currently leading indolent lives, one of which features is drunkenness. There are also reports to say that not only drunkenness, but even the taking of other more dangerous stimulants such as narcotics by the idle youth of Jaffna is also on the rise.
    Jaffna is a society which has been scarred by 26 years of war. A spin off from those war years and even before, for instance during the period 1977 and leading up to the Sinhala-Tamil riots of July 1983, was the rise, first, of economic refugees.
    Subsequently, the substance mainly took the form of political refugees, some even fleeing from their lives. They were caught up in the war between Tamil terrorists and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). And, in between, not least by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), particularly in those 2½ years spanning the period July 1987, the month the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord was signed, to March 1990, the two poles in that calendar, when the IPKF, by force as it were, were first inducted to the war ravaged North and East of the country, followed by their subsequent departure, respectively, after being unceremoniously kicked-out by President Ranasinghe Premadasa.
    It was those remittances, sent by those political and economic refugees, mainly Tamilians of Jaffna and Batticaloa descent, that have become the sustenance not only to those idle Tamil youth in Jaffna and elsewhere in the country, but also in part, to Sri Lanka as a whole.
    Remittances are the island’s number one foreign exchange earner. That also may be the reason for the alleged crime wave in Jaffna.
    Therefore, the need of the hour is to strengthen the law enforcement agencies in the Northern Peninsula, backed by intelligence. The alleged crime wave in Jaffna may not necessarily be driven by want, but by idleness, that will also have to be treated, the burden of which would once more fall on GoSL.

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    Why Tamils want to suffer in sinhale when their  motherland is in just 16 km away. jim softly.

    This type of trash is trotted out ad nauseam   by the likes of jim softly and others of the same mind set.

    The Tamils like Nagar, Iyakkar and Veddas are the indigenous people of the island. I am not saying this, Mahavamsa records it. When Duttu Gemunu, a Naga prince wanted to fight against the Tamils, his father says the kingdom ruled by them is more than enough and therefore let the Tamils on the other side of (Mahaweli) Ganga rule theirs. When Duttu Gemunu (161 BC to 137) marched his army to fight King Ellalan who ruled north Ceylon from Anuradhapura he has to fight and defeat 32 Tamil sub kings before he reached Anuradhapura. He also killed around sixty thousand Tamils in the war. How could there be 32 Tamil chieftains in the area of Anuradhapura alone, if there were no Tamils or Tamil settlements?
    Between BC 247 and BC 29, 8 Tamil kings have ruled from Anuradhapura out of a total of 19 kings. The other 11 kings were not Sinhalese but Nagas.
    Similarly, King Valgambha had to fight seven Pandyan chieftains to re-assume sovereignty at Anuradhapura. If you read the book written by Robert Knox, when he escaped from prison, he had to go through several places and when he came to Anuradhapura, he says it was fully occupied by Tamils (NOT Sinhalese). That means even recently, during the 17th century Anuradhapura was inhabited by Tamils. Many Tamil place names in Anuradhapura even today reveal the above fact.
     On the other hand, not a single stone inscription, cave writings, structures, or anything else (artefacts) found in Sri Lanka during the ancient period says anything about Hela/Sihala/Sinhala. There was NO such race/tribe/nation called Sinhala/Hela during that Early Historic Period. When Buddhism was under attack in the Tamil country, in order to protect Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the Maha Vihara monks assimilated all the Buddhists of Sri Lanka belonging to several different tribes (Naga, Damila, etc) into one group and called them Sihala. The word Sinhala/Hela first appeared in the Pali chronicles only in the 4th century AD and that also ONLY twice in the beginning chapters of the entire Deepavamsa/Mahavamsa. The story of Vijaya shows immigrants from Bengal and Kalinga (Orissa) came and settled down in Ceylon as immigrants.
    Anyway, if  the argument is that Tamils have to go back to Tamil Nadu, then today’s Sinhalese should go back to Bengal and Orissa from where their ancestors came as immigrants, cinnamon peelers (Salagama), toddy tappers ( Durava) etc.

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      Thanga

      Duttu Gemunu, is not the name given by his King father who was very resolute towards his bad attitude son, for that reason the name given by his father was Thutta Kaimunu – THUTTA KAIMUNU
      means – child that always poses bad attitude in Tamil – during the period of Thutta Kaimunu dialect Sinhala was not born yet – but during translation of Mahawamsa from Pali to Sinhala it was conveniently envied into Duttu Gemunu!

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    “Why Tamils want to suffer in sinhale when their  motherland is in just 16 km away.” jim softly.

    This type of trash is trotted out ad nauseam   by the likes of jim softly and others of the same mind set.

    The Tamils like Nagar, Iyakkar and Veddas are the indigenous people of the island. I am not saying this, Mahavamsa records it. When Duttu Gemunu, a Naga prince wanted to fight against the Tamils, his father says the kingdom ruled by them is more than enough and therefore let the Tamils on the other side of (Mahaweli) Ganga rule theirs. When Duttu Gemunu (161 BC to 137) marched his army to fight King Ellalan who ruled north Ceylon from Anuradhapura he has to fight and defeat 32 Tamil sub kings before he reached Anuradhapura. He also killed around sixty thousand Tamils in the war. How could there be 32 Tamil chieftains in the area of Anuradhapura alone, if there were no Tamils or Tamil settlements?
    Between BC 247 and BC 29, 8 Tamil kings have ruled from Anuradhapura out of a total of 19 kings. The other 11 kings were not Sinhalese but Nagas.
    Similarly, King Valgambha had to fight seven Pandyan chieftains to re-assume sovereignty at Anuradhapura. If you read the book written by Robert Knox, when he escaped from prison, he had to go through several places and when he came to Anuradhapura, he says it was fully occupied by Tamils (NOT Sinhalese). That means even recently, during the 17th century Anuradhapura was inhabited by Tamils. Many Tamil place names in Anuradhapura even today reveal the above fact.
     On the other hand, not a single stone inscription, cave writings, structures, or anything else (artefacts) found in Sri Lanka during the ancient period says anything about Hela/Sihala/Sinhala. There was NO such race/tribe/nation called Sinhala/Hela during that Early Historic Period. When Buddhism was under attack in the Tamil country, in order to protect Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the Maha Vihara monks assimilated all the Buddhists of Sri Lanka belonging to several different tribes (Naga, Damila, etc) into one group and called them Sihala. The word Sinhala/Hela first appeared in the Pali chronicles only in the 4th century AD and that also ONLY twice in the beginning chapters of the entire Deepavamsa/Mahavamsa. The story of Vijaya shows immigrants from Bengal and Kalinga (Orissa) came and settled down in Ceylon as immigrants.
    Anyway, if  the argument is that Tamils have to go back to Tamil Nadu, then today’s Sinhalese should go back to Bengal and Orissa from where their ancestors came as immigrants.

    What we need today is more intellectuals like Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe’s calibre. He is being vilified Sinhalese extremists for his forthright views.

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      “Why Tamils want to suffer in sinhale when their motherland is in just 16 km away.”

      Why this has become a so difficult to answer question ?

      Eventhose who ran away out of fear of LTTE are coming back from Motherland to this badland Sinhale.

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    Well said, Ajith! Hope this will open the eyes of the ‘Yahapalanaya’ government!
    Sengodan. M

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    Thanga:

    King Ellalan who ruled north Ceylon from Anuradhapura he has to fight and defeat 32 Tamil sub kings before he reached Anuradhapura. He also killed around sixty thousand Tamils in the war. How could there be 32 Tamil chieftains in the area of Anuradhapura alone,

    No one can provid evidence to prove that Anuradhapura was a Tamil kingdom. the obvious fact was Tamils were occuping a Sinhala – buddhist kingdom by chasing out Sinhala people to south. the name anuradhapura itself says it.

    You add a letter and say anuradhapuram. the truth is anuradhapura, Vijithapura, and there were two kingdom at the four doors of the major kingdom.

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    Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe for president!

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