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The Writing Is On The Wall, But The Tamil Parties Aren’t Reading It

By Dayan Jayatilleka 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

On December 18th, the evening’s television newscasts showed the Minister for Public Security and the State Minister for Provincial Councils addressing a packed hall of uniformed Civil Defense Force personnel in the sensitive, Sinhala-majority district of Ampara in the multiethnic Eastern Province and swearing a solemn oath (“sapatha kara kiyanawa”) that the “system of Provincial Councils” (“Palaath Sabha kramaya”) will be done away with, not least because its very existence, with the capacity of nine Provincial Councils to legislate on certain subjects, flies in the face of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s policy and mandate of ‘One Country, One Law’—which, incidentally, sounds very much like “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!’ 

The Minister, Rear-Admiral (Retd) Sarath Weerasekara went on to inform the Civil Defense Force personnel that the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord was invalid because India had not held up its end of the agreement, and since the Accord was invalid, so too were the 13th amendment and the system of Provincial Councils.

The Minister of Public Security making these rousing declarations to an audience of uniformed officers belonging to the local self-defense militia drawn from the populace of the strategically sensitive Sinhala majority district in the Eastern Province which has a Tamil-speaking, i.e., Tamil and Muslim majority, has the most serious implications.

I was immediately reminded of a question raised in print by my father Mervyn de Silva (in the pages of the Lanka Guardian and other forums): “Will the East be Sri Lanka’s Bosnia?” What cue would these Civil Defense Force officers have got, and how would they conduct themselves, if the Northern and Eastern Provincial Council elections are held? How will they act during the process? How will they regard the Council and its functioning? This speech could be seen by future historians as the commencement of the priming of the largely Sinhala Civil Defense Force to function as the equivalent of the Bosnian Serb militia. 

Given that the Governor of the Eastern Province is a co-thinker of the Minister and fellow member of the same networks (Viyathmaga/Eliya) and given also that the Eastern Heritage Presidential Task Force, with its ex-military, plus Police plus Bhikkhu axis, is already active on the ground in the Eastern Province, there is a stockpiling of incendiary material. Now the obvious personalities are auditioning for the roles of Radovan Karadzic and/or Ratko Mladic.   

The Minister’s speech didn’t limit itself to the Eastern Province. He said that “the system of Provincial Councils” will be abolished, which also includes the Northern Province. 

The inflammatory speech was not an isolated incident nor is it explicable as the unrepresentative views of a notorious hawk. Days earlier, Minister Weerawansa’s party, the Sihala Ravaya monks, Jathika Chinthanaya Godfather Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara and its ideologue, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Myanmar, Dr Nalin de Silva, had criticized the Cabinet’s effort to expedite the long-delayed elections to the Provincial Councils. More recently, the Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Nikaya joined in.

In this context comes the broadside by Cambridge-educated Professor Emeritus G.H. (Gerald) Peiris, leading geographer and member of the Experts Committee headed by Romesh de Silva, PC, drafting the new Constitution.

In a series of articles in The Island, Prof Gerry Peiris attacked the governing coalition for preparing to hold PC elections instead of abolishing the institution itself. In his Preamble, Prof Peiris writes pointedly as follows:

“This article is prompted by the recent announcement that the Cabinet will soon consider a proposal to conduct Provincial Council (PC) elections without delay. The article is intended to urge that the PC system should be abolished…The article is also intended to stimulate the memory of those who appear to have forgotten the circumstances that culminated in the enactment of legislation in 1987 to establish PCs. There appears to prevail a measure of complacency among some of our present political stalwarts based on the notion that, with their two-thirds majority in Parliament, and with the 20th Amendment in place, they ought to let the status quo remain intact. This, I think, is quite silly. Apart from the fact that landslide electoral victories tend often to be brittle, those who were in the forefront of empowering the present regime are already reacting with dismay to the decision to re-establish the PCs.” (Province-based Devolution in Sri Lanka: a Critique – The Island)

At the end of Part 2, Prof Peiris concludes his essay by clearly reiterating his objective, namely nothing other and nothing less than the abolition of the PC system:

“The antecedents of the PC system sketched above constitute only two sets of reasons that justify the appeal for its abolition.” (Province-based Devolution in Sri Lanka: a Critique – The Island)

Not only does Prof Peiris’ series of articles show that he is hardly open-minded and unlikely to seek consensus about the content of the new Constitution, but he also thinks it ‘silly’ to hold elections to the existing Provincial Councils under the existing Constitutional provisions until a new Constitution comes along, whenever that may be. 

Those “political stalwarts” with their “two-thirds majority” and their “silly” thinking, doubtless wish to revive a dormant institution which may afford them an expanded electoral power-base while giving the Government’s Tamil and Muslim allies some representation in the North and East which provides an economic-developmental shareholding and enhanced political legitimacy. It would also help the equation with India.

In effect, what the “political stalwarts” seek has nothing whatsoever to do with the new Constitution and in no way impedes it. Why then does a member of the drafting committee of the new Constitution take time off from that task, step outside the usual norms, and attack an initiative of the PM, Asia’s most experienced politician (now that Mahathir Mohamed has stepped down)? 

The answer can only be that the central task of the new Constitution project as understood by Prof GH Peiris (an indisputably learned man) is to “abolish” not merely the 13th amendment but also “the PC system” (his words) and that holding elections to the PCs before that, may somehow delay, dilute, or deflect that project. 

Having just appointed a ‘Sinhala Only’ board (no Tamils or Muslims) chaired by a former Minister, for the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, thereby ensuring its international downgrading and further depleting domestic justice mechanisms of legitimacy, will President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instruct the new Constitution to be produced at “warp speed” to pre-empt his brother the PM’s pragmatic effort to hold elections to the PCs?  

What will be the fate of the Tamil and Muslim allies of the Government? Already, given what has happened and is happening– the ‘burning questions’ of the day, so to speak– they may have begun to be viewed by their educated youth in much the same way that Malcolm X depicted the collaborationist old elite of the black community in his legendary “We Sick, Massa?” speech. (Malcolm X: The House Negro And The Field Negro Speech – YouTube)

How will India and the world community as a whole respond to the abolition of the PC system which grants a measure of provincial semi-autonomy to the Tamils? It is exceedingly unlikely that against the backdrop of the peasant agitation in India, not to mention the competition with China, Prime Minister Modi would leave open space for his opponents to charge that the Tamils of Sri Lanka and the strategic achievement of Rajiv Gandhi and a Congress government were traded back to China’s ally President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in exchange for gains by the Adani Group. 

Furthermore, how would world opinion view India if a hawkish Sinhala-Buddhist militarist regime unimpeded by India, stripped the Sri Lanka’s Tamils (who have more soft power globally than do the Kashmiris) of their provincial semi-autonomy earlier obtained for them by India? 

How would political elites and legislators in the USA and the Quad as a whole, view India’s capacity to manage China within the South Asian subsystem, traditionally India’s sphere of influence? India’s action/inaction could tilt the balance between appeasement and contention/containment.     

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    Dear Dayan

    With your permission I want to share the following program related to Covid prevention and Vis D please. This may be something we want to translate into local Tamil/Sinhala news after passing it through our authorities for acceptability…in sunny places etc.

    Certainly will help our folks living in Colder climates

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha2mLz-Xdpg

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      Dear Thiagarajah Venugopal,
      I don’t know much about the old Tamil politicians but when I looked back into the Tamil political history, I found out that your father was a turncoat politician. He was in fact a ‘jumping frog’ politician. I thought ‘jumping frogs’ came into existence only recently in politics but your farther seems to be one of the pioneers. Why are you wasting your time on this forum? You can also join a political party and then continue the same jumping game that your father did. You are simply wasting the cyber space, nobody bothers to even read your comments.

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        Dear LK

        Sure and respect for sharing knowledge…kindly give me your references please will appreciate.

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    Dayan,
    It is not only the Tamil parties reading the writings it is also Sinhalese and Muslim parties also not reading the writings on the wall. Militarisation of this country means the rights of the people. It is very clear that militarisation means all citizens loose their rights to the military. There is no boundary for military. It will start with disadvantaged communities say now Tamils, then Muslims and then Sinhalese. There is no guarantee that what happened in 1970 and 1989 will not happen in 2024. Buddhist may think oppression of Tamils and Muslims is good for them. But when it comes to them there will be no one to look for help. Situations and Environments can change any time.

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      Neither the two main Sighala parties (Podu Peramuna and the UNP)!

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    Dr. D.J.
    What is your definition of’Tamils’?
    I mean who and who are included/excluded?
    My definition is:
    ‘All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival’
    What is TNA’s definition?
    What is India’s definition?

    Soma

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      soman

      “What is your definition of’Tamils’?
      I mean who and who are included/excluded?”

      Definitely 20 Million of this island’s population is included in this category, you too are included in Tamils, only different is that you want to be different.

      The reason is that the recent coverts have a problem, they need to remain extreme racist in order to fit in with the corrupt, criminals, hence a concocted identity, Sinhala/Buddhist.

      Soman you are either suffering from identity crisis or living in Cloud cuckoo land. Either way you seem to enjoy masochism.

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        Native
        OK, let me adress your wooly brain this way
        Who are you asking a ‘political solution’ for?

        Soma

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          soman

          “Who are you asking a ‘political solution’ for?”

          All people.
          Restoring the democratic rights of all people.
          Liberating the people from the clutches of fascists, and their b***s carriers like yourself.

          What do you find the most difficult part in your own stupid question?

          Are you able to pull your head from Gota’s a**e and see beyond your nose? –
          Do you find yourself comfortable by only keeping your head under Gota’s a**e? Why don’t you liberate yourself from all these bigoted Sinhala/Buddhists and Sinhala/Buddhism and find yourself free from all the ugliness associated them?

          Make it as your new year resolution.
          You will feel good about yourself.

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    Dayan,

    Who told you that Ampara is a Sinhala majority district?

    Muslims are the majority in Ampara district.

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      First of all Seasons Greeting to everyone. No one is a majority in the Amparai district nor in the Trincomalee district. In Ampara district approximately the Muslims and Sinhalese are 40% each and the Tamils who are indigenous to the east are 20%. Sinhalese are in the interior Amparai electorate , which was created by ethnically cleansing the indigenous Tamils from Pattipalai Aru and renaming it Galoya after the Tamils were chased out and Sinhalese from outside settled in the area. Later in order to increase the percentage of Sinhalese . Lahugala was taken out of the Uva province and added to the Amparai district. The Tamil speaking majority( Eelam Tamils and Muslim Tamils) live along the fertile coastal belt. It is the same in Trincomalee disctrict , No one is in a majority . It had an outright Tamil majority until the 1970s and two Tamil MPS and one Muslim MP was elected. In the 1970s there was large scaled settlement of outside Sinhalese in to this district and many Tamils were displaced and during the war thousands of Tamils in this district were deliberately targeted ,killed and ethnically cleansed , in this strategic district by the Sri Lankan state , Muslim home guards.

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        The district like Amparai is still predominantly Tamil speaking around 72% and the Muslim or Muslim Tamils are the largest community here around 37% , then the indigenous Eelam Tamils around 35% and the rest these newly arrived state sponsored Sinhalese settlers. Again like Amparai, the Sinhalese speakers are largely found in the interior towards Polonaruwa and Anuradhapura . The Tamil speaker all along the strategic coastal belt. All the other six districts in the north and east have an outright Tamil majority. The Sri Lankan state especially this government is not deliberately trying to reduce this outright Tamil majority in these districts too , using various means to steal land from the Tamils and settle , Sinhalese. Fake archeological claims,. forced military question and various ruses adopted by government departments like forestry stating these lands are needed for forestry and environmental purposes , confiscate the land and then outside Sinhalese are settled. Eelam Tamils are more than 90% in the northern province and are still the largest community in the east 40% and hold most of the land , despite all moves by the Sri Lankan state and Islamic extremists to kill displace and ethnically cleanse them and steal their lands. They have been quite successful in this east and have reduced the Tamils who are around 78% in the east to 40% ( almost half ) .

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          Siva sankara thanbi,

          “Eelam Tamils are more than 90% in the northern province and are still the largest community in the east 40% and hold most of the land “

          Total Land area of Ampara is 4415 KM2. Out of this 78% is sinhala areas. Hence Sinhala areas are 3443.7KM2. Trico district is 2727km2 and out of that 66.6% are sinhala areas. Hence the sinhala areas of Trinco are 1799.82KM2. Hence the total sinhala areas in the East are 5243.7KM2. Total area of East is 9996KM2. Though the sinhala population is 28% of East, sinhala areas are 52.45% of the East. So there goes your lie through the window. In Time this will increase since we have started confiscating land in batti and are settling sinhalese soon. In the North Main target at the moment is mullativu where sinhalayas are being settled north of weli oya. In 30 yrs time sinhala population in vanni will be sunstantial if not majority. Settling sinhala people in the east and North may be colonisation for you demalu, but for us sinhalayas this reclaining our land back. Just like the blacks in south africa are moving in to white areas by forcibly confiscating the farm lands.

          Try and prevent the sinhalayas claiming more and more land in East and North. Start with the embassies in Colombo.

          Vedda -entertainment time

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            RAVI PERERA
            The Sinhala Speaking Demela

            Forget the entertainment side of your business, can yo tell me what happened last time when you met the Hindian functionaries? Did they treat you well?
            Have they paid you X Mas and New Year bonus?

            Did you discuss about your non existent sovereignty?

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              Thala Veddo,

              Last time I met the Hindians, I was asked wether I knew you. They said your name is siva thanbi and you used to lead LTTE attacks on sinhala villages. They also said you were a well known kotiya now living as a refugee in Toronto and also smarting from defeat. Aththa neda ?

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                You racist Sinhalese rascal what you and your government are openly espousing is calling is called ethnic cleansing , which is a war crime. Using the armed forces and resources and might of the state to steal the lands/resources, heritage and history of a certain ethnic group and then destroy all evidence of their history and heritage in this area and distribute this to the dominant ethnic group. IS called ethnic cleansing . This is a war crime and you and your government should be prosecuted for espousing these actions. However, Nazi Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists are becoming more emboldened as the world which helped you to destroy the LTTE , did nothing later to get the Tamil people their just rights. This was promised by the then Rajapakse government, in return for helping them to destroy the LTTE .

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                  If the west , especially Britain , which created all these problems by handing the Tamil lands and Tamil people to Sinhalese racists like you in 1948 , had no intention to help Tamils to get their just rights , they should have just kept quiet and not interfered . Now keeping quiet and watching the fun, as well as overtly and covertly helping third rate Sinhalese racist rascals like you to commit genocide and ethnic cleansing is the height of hypocrisy. Sending Sinhalese to steal and colonize stolen Tamil lands is against the Sec 13a and the international Indo Sri Lanka Agreement. However when have Sinhalese ever honoured any Agreements?

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                  Rohan Thanbi,

                  Why have not the rest of the world openly condemned the sinhalese being settled in North and East. This type of thing is generally condemened in other parts but not in Sri Lanka and South Africa. Why ? Suddas know that South Africa belongs to Blacks and Sinhaladveep belongs to Sinhalaya.
                  All you fellow do is just watch the events that are unfolding. If you can try and stop us. Why do you not call for an international inquiry on stealing tamil land?

                  Accept man you have been defeated

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            Racist converted Sinhalese whose low caste ancestors were imported from Tamil Nadu , during the Portuguese/Dutch era to do menial service work or to work as slave labour in the hung southern Cinammon estates. The Sinhalese Sri Lankan government using force and the Sinhalese armed forces to demarcate large amounts of land in the interior of Trincomalee and Amparai districts as Sinhalese lands for sparsely populated Sinhalese populations , especially in the atrategic Trincomalee district does not mean it is yours. New comers who arrived only around 40 years ago and were settled there illegally by the Sinhalese state by ethnically cleansing the original Tamil population , who had lives in these areas for thousands of years and stealing their lands and villages , does not mean it is yours. Lahugalla which was part of the Uva makes up a good part of the so called Amparai electorate. The same trick was done further north adding Sinhalese areas along the border to the east and taking Tamil areas out of the east and making them part of Polonarruwa district. Your land ? When were any land in the north and east ever Sinhalese? Even your Mahavamsa fable calls these lands as Tamil lands and population statistics , place names , history , culture all prove these were exclusively occupied by Tamil speakers until independence.

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              Siva Sankaran Thanbi,

              “Racist converted Sinhalese whose low caste ancestors were imported from Tamil Nadu , during the Portuguese/Dutch era to do menial service work or to work as slave labour in the hung southern Cinammon estates.”

              Certainly can not be Tamil. The labour working in Cinnamon estates are rabidly anti Tamil. This group along with the other coastal belt sinhalays belive there begining is in Kerala. The characteristics they display probably prove this point. Startegic trincomalee, Ampara and Batti along with Vanni is very much the sinhala lands. You can just keep repeating the same crap over and over agin, but are unable to do anything in the face of sinhala onslaught.

              Talking about Polonnaruwar, the entirety of this distrct was under East when. the brits had only 5 provinces. Sinhalese would have been an outright majority in the east then. When was East Tamil you bugger ? East was part of ruhuna and kandy later. Tamil culture is only closer to the coast of east (settled during parangiyas).
              You have no roots in this land. You have been defeated just accept and move on

              First to fix us for war crimes . You have and will fail in this too.

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            Instead of trying to develop the country , create prosperity and harmony , all you Sinhalese and Sinhalese led governments have only concentrated and done since independence , is committing war crimes, genocide, ethnic cleansing , discrimination,. human rights abuses marginalization of minorities , especially the Tamils. All in the name of a Mahavamse fable , which any idiot can see is a mixture of myths , lies , racist venom that is jumbled up with historical facts. Oozing with Sinhalese Buddhism racism and is only narrating the history of what happened in the southern and central parts of the island not the Tamil areas.

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              Biggest prosperity is driving out 1 million Tamils out of the country.

              “All in the name of a Mahavamse fable , which any idiot can see is a mixture of myths , lies , racist venom that is jumbled up with historical facts.”

              If this is the case you can present all the facts and figures and have your homeland recognised. You know you have no roots here. You have been defeated man

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      Correct. I think what he meant was since all Ampara District Muslim MPs always bow down to Sinhala rulers (no matter what) it is essentially “not Tamil”.

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        Instead of sticking to Colombo and the southern areas , have you ever been to the eastern province and seen how Tamil the eastern Muslims are in their culture? Despite the recent moves to Arabize them by certain Islamic extremists and politicians ? All these areas are essentially very Tamil in heritage and culture. Their elected politicians may kowtow to the Sinhalese rulers and create disharmony between the local Hindu and Muslim Tamil populations , so that they can divide and rule . Even try their best to Arabize them by encouraging them to plant date palms , give Arabic names and write name boards in Arabic , as well as wearing Arabic dresses like the Burkha, Abaya , Hijab for women and the Arab thobe for the men instead of the traditional saree with the edge of the saree covering the head for the women and lungi for men. However all these have not taken root and the culture of the eastern Tamil Muslims is very Tamil. Good try Gadam

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          This does not mean the Tamils existed or owned lands in the NE. The exclusive history of England does not mean Wales or Scotland never existed. Inly brainwashed Sinhalese have come to this conclusion. All this has led to island becoming a third world basket case and leading the world in human rights abuses. Ironically most of these anti Tamil , Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and crimes against the island’s Tamil speakers are supported and led by recently Sinhalized South Indian immigrants low and high born like you , who now make up the majority of the so called Sinhalese.

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            No matter how much you try, you are a defeated group of people.

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    At a time when keeping the budget deficit under control is a tough task, holding Provincial Council elections is an unaffordable luxury with hardly any return on the investment. The team drafting the new Constitution should provide a draft indicating how the Provincial Councils can be abolished, while strengthening the rights of minorities.

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      Truth28,
      There is no need to strengthen the rights of minorities because while enjoying all the rights enjoyed by majority Sinhalayo minorities enjoy few extra rights that Sinhalayo are not lucky enough to enjoy.
      In case of Malabar Tamils, Sinhalayo have allowed them to retain a Malabar customary law called ‘Thesawalamei’ that they brought when they entered Sinhale illegally and settled down in Yapanaya.
      In case of Muslims they have been allowed to enjoy few privileges such as special marriage and divorce laws, Kadhi courts, freedom to marry several women and underage women and special leave for Muslim women.
      —-
      “how the Provincial Councils can be abolished, while strengthening the rights of minorities.”

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      Equal individual rights.

      That’s all. Nothing more and nothing less.

      There is nothing called equal community rights!! Every man is born equal, certainly NOT every community.

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    Something is radically wrong in Sri Lanka.
    Tamil politicians can speak for the welfare and rights of the Tamils, Muslims can demand rights and privileges for Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Catholics can demand their rights but Sinhalayo who are the Native people and majority in this country are not supposed to talk about their rights and how their country should be governed. If Sinhalayo talk about their rights they are branded as ‘Racists’, Sinhala Supremacists’, Buddhist Supremacists’, ‘Sinhala Chauvinists’. If Buddhist monks talk they are humiliated and ridiculed by calling them ‘Yellow Clad Thugs’, ‘Saffron Brigade’, ‘Cheewaradariyas’, ‘Skin Heads’.
    Minorities can talk about creating a separate State, Federal System, Confederation, Enclaves, Devolution of power but it is taboo for Sinhalayo to talk about abolishing PCs imposed on them by India and the need to maintain a Unitary State.
    Furthermore when it comes to reconciliation, always Sinhalayo are expected to compromise for the sake of minorities.

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      I agree with you but strangely you fail to see the solution EE. (Or greed prevents you from seeing the solution).

      The only lasting solution is to divide the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably. There will be a Sinhala only nation with their fair share of the island. There will no Tamils and no Muslims in it (they will have their own Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam). Sinhala will be the only language in it and it will be a Buddhist state.

      No more discrimination, no more race riots, no more war, no more war crimes, no more political solutions.

      What more do you want? But if you want the entire island, then you are part of the problem.

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        GATAM,
        Sometime back I made a similar proposal to give 25% of land in the North to Tamil speaking people (Demala Tamils+Demala Muslims). There were a large number of ‘Thumbs Down’ for that.
        Do you think Tamils who live in Colombo will be willing to move to a Tamil Elam in the North?
        If your proposal is implemented this country will experience a similar situation that prevailed after partition of India. Blood Bath!

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          <i< " Do you think Tamils who live in Colombo will be willing to move to a Tamil Elam in the North?"
          Why are not willing to return to Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE, Lankawe?

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        GATAM
        Muslims are parasites clinging on to Tamils and Sinhalese for sustanance and not a respectable ethnic group entitled to be invited for discussion.
        What the idol worshiping Sinhalese need is some arrangement to get rid of these stinking heyenas from their midst.
        Prabakaran’s solution is not acceptable either
        .
        Gatan, can you multiply by 1000 in order to understand how we feel about you ********.?
        Do that arthimetic operation to the following:
        /
        GATAM / November 7, 2020
        Sri Lankan Buddhists are the most intolerant, superstitious, jealous and naive people I have ever met across 34 countries I traveled. They would worship any tree, clay thing, alien or politician for benefit. World Buddhists must steer clear of this intolerant tribe.
        /
        Soma

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          They are not an ethnic group but a religious identity . Islam is a religion and people who practice Islam are called Muslims. They are spread throughout the world and belong to different races, ethnicities, linguistic groups and sects. It is a world religion, just like Christianity , Hinduism and Buddhism , not confined to a certain ethno religious group like the Jews or Sikhs to be classified as separate ethnicity. Even here the Sikhs still call and identify themselves as Punjabi as their primary identity. You do not get a Christian , Hindu or Buddhist ethnicity. 99% of the Muslims in Sri Lanka are of South Indian origin and Tamil by ethnicity . 1% are of Malay and other ethnicities like the Bohra, Memon and other Pakistani and North Indian ethnicities. Only in Sri Lanka a religious identity has become an ethnic identity , done deliberately during the British era and later by all ruling Sinhalese led governments , to divide and rule the Tamils. To be fair to the British , they did not take this Arab or origin and the term Moor seriously , as other than calling them separate , they were lumped with the Tamils for everything , as they knew these people were of Tamil ethnicity and if there was any Arab or any other origin it was minimal.

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            Funny and strange that only the ethnic Tamil Muslims in the island were lumped into this artificial Muslim ethnicity , that is only found in Sri Lanka but the Malays and Borah who were Muslim too were not but were correctly identified by their ethnicity , as they should have been.
            Using a world religion and a small of amount of Arab or other ancestry and an incorrect name ” Moor” that the Portuguese gave to all South Asian Muslims, to justify yourself belonging to another ethnicity , would have been laughed off in any other part of the world but in Sri Lanka it was encouraged , first by the British who are the basic cause for all these troubles and then by the Sinhalese so they can divide and rule. If they want a separate identity from the rest of the non Muslim Tamils that is fine but it should clear it is just a religious and not ethnic identity and they should be correctly classified as Tamil Muslims and not Moors , as they hardly have any North African or Arab in them. Their selfish opportunistic elite encouraged first by the British and then later by all Sinhalese led government , have used this term ” Moor ” very conveniently to brainwash

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              The Tamil Muslim masses to consider themselves as Arabs and hate their own actual Tamil origin , ethnicity , heritage and worship anything remotely connected to the Arabs and radicalize , as well as Arabize them.

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      Dear EE

      Excellent summary.

      You for some unknown strange reasons keep falling back into the same trap (set by the ghettos) by generalising other Sri Lankans who were taken for ride by the few as “minorities”…….they were normal citizens living normal life and minding their business all along and this folly (FP/TULF/TNA) took them all for a ride and put them at harms way historically is what I have been writing on the CT??

      In this process the “folly” has indeed created a “Majority” feeling insecure that we need to rectify……..we should send the FP/TULF/TNA to each and every Sinhala village to seek forgiveness is very good way for “Peace and Reconciliation”…and they can also explain why they were not their to mediate their factions on the last phase of war in the front line instead living in Colombo??

      Should their be a next riot in SL the rioters should be send to the homes of TNA and no one else who are all innocent bystanders ?? that is what did in Jaffna 1970-1977-1981 to their opponents little did you know.

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        T.V,
        “Dear EE
        Excellent summary”. So you agree with Evil Eye that your own ancestors were not native but brought by the Dutch from Malabar?

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          OC
          There is this proverb in Tamil about losing one’s nose being all right as long as it is bad omen for the enemy.
          Many of us are occasionally tempted that way, but TV breaks all records.
          I am not sure if there TV has any enemy other than FP/TULF/TNA.

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            Dear SJ

            I respect everyones politics as long they do not point a gun at one to tell them what to do. It is ones birth right…..and have grown up with neighbours/relatives/friends (to date) who were all life long supporters of the FP…they get Sutrhenthiran mailed to them then/some were in the groups too.

            It just my politics is different I expect others to respect that too.

            However all went very wrong when the thuggery started well in earnest right after the 1970 elections orchestrated by certain leadership then moved with attempted killings and actual killings too. All this is in addition all other low life events that I will not share for the time being.

            All what transpired thereafter we all know.

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              No-party with ideology could deliver nothing regards to human rights in any form to anyone let along to Tamil speaking people of SL.

              Nor were their evidence that Tamils were dying in SL because we went from English to Sinhala either…..I look at life a Bit different because none of these folks (not the public but the so called leadership) were complaining about English language when Sinhalese were disenfranchised/Other Tamils were disinfranchised for centuries etc??

              I have no such animosity towards fellow man and woman of Sri Lanka irrespective and justice is for all and not for the few??

              This was a double down on the Citizenship act drama by the FP telling someone how they should live in their spaces in the upcountry already set the Ceylonese Tamils on the wrong foot with those we want to cohabit???

              Very many Sinhalese families could have been employed in the planation sector then….the JVP uprising was all about lack of opportunity……….even now many Sinhalese ladies who work overseas and go through hardship could have been gainfully employed in their Nation too in the planation ???

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                “No party with such undemocratic ideology” could…

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                T.V,
                “Very many Sinhalese families could have been employed in the planation sector then”
                You are so badly out of touch regarding the preferred employment of Sinhalese and Tamils. You need to read up.

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                  Yep with the bad publicity and the history agree…should we have looked at it positively as a solution to future problems then we would be been in the right track leaving no space for any ambiguity as to what is a gainful employment and what is not…..better than washing toilets in far away places….I dod the same too.

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                    We would have ended this cooperate slavery and likely would have put the land to better use than the stupid tea.

                    In the process solved Nations problems a long time ago where any Indians who were naturalised in SL also would have assimilated into be a normal citizenry not tied to the stupid tea estates like a cattle confined to hard labour and sacrifice too.

                    Very many of the Estate Tamils could have settled in Jaffna where they would have been welcomed in 500 000 where they have respect from the Jaffna man who would have delivered the ultimate justice to them as a Tamil walking the SJV talk.

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                      Anyone who did not get into University out of few thousand tuition centres in Jaffna could have been put to good use in the plantation/agriculture in the hill country instead of bomb making in Tamil Nadu training camps a not so productive contribution to Nation building.

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                      Is Sri Lankan children are recruited into all the successful industries in India specially Tamil Nadu in thousands please???

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                      Anyone who did not get into University out of few thousand tuition centres in Jaffna could have been put to good use in the plantation/agriculture in the hill country
                      Thiyagaraj,

                      You are a nasty person to condemn the Up Country Tamils as uneducated, worthless category. Last time when you shed ponds and pools of crocodile tears for Up country Tamils, trying to cling on to my comment I asked, if your crocodile tears are true, why don’t you or your father talk about their plight. You right away said “You are not in that”. Now why are you coming into that with kind of comment? How million of sins your father remitted to your colleges to bring you up this form a man? Be honest.

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          Dear OC

          That was responded to earlier to EE with regard to referencing all that and am not sure where I did that. I will get back to you on that.:)

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            Dear M

            I did not say that…it says instead of we all fighting (Jaffna crowd) to get into Universities we should all diversify….where every one should be able to work everywhere including the tea plantaion. We should all diversify and share the burden/hardship etc?

            I am not in favour of those folks stuck in the tea plantation forever… and should spread to Jaffna too specially Jaffna dopes not have not enough folks to work the land and generate economy. We are all Sri Lankans correct? and Tamils to be specific?

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              Dear M

              “How million of sins your father remitted to your colleges to bring you up this form a man? Be honest’

              What was this all about Mr M??

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          old codger,
          Not by Dutch but by Portuguese.
          If they are not from Malabar why the hell they use a Malabar Customary Law called ‘Thesawalamei’?
          Colonial rulers identified Dravidians in Sinhale as ‘Malabars’. In 1911, a Demala guy who worked in Census Department changed “Malabars’ to ‘Ceylon Tamils’. There are no evidences to prove that Tamils are Native people in Sinhale. SJV Chelvanayakan realized this and started a project to distort history of Sinhale. First thing they did was ridiculing ‘Mahawanse’, the Great Chronicle of Sinhalayo as fiction. Now Vigneshwaran is carrying forward that project.

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            Eagle,
            “why the hell they use a Malabar Customary Law called ‘Thesawalamei’?”
            There is no such law in Malabar (Kerala). And the language in Kerala is Malayalam, not Tamil. The ones who were brought from Malabar were your own ancestors, now known as Ambalangoda Sinhalayo.

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “…………………………… but Sinhalayo who are the Native people and majority in this country are not supposed to talk about their rights and how their country should be governed. “

      Who are these Sinhalayos?
      If you think the descendants of Kallathonie converts are the Natives, as usual you are wrong. Your ancestors may be living on this island many many years that does not qualify them as being the NATIVES, instead you are simply a descendant of Kallathonie.

      “Furthermore when it comes to reconciliation, always Sinhalayo are expected to compromise for the sake of minorities.”

      Reconciliation requires sending all those Kallathonie descendants back to their homeland in South India, including Sinhalayos, Sinhala/Buddhists, …..
      There is no two ways about it.

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        Dear Native,
        .
        Frohe Weihnachten /Merry Christmas to you and your family !

        Let s hope that all mighty divine forces will take good care of all srilankens, that have been caught by mlechcha Rajaakshes today in my home country.
        :
        Greetings from Central Europe.

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          leelagemalli

          Happy Holidays.
          How are you ?
          I understand Covid is spreading at a higher rate.
          Take care .

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        Native Vedda,
        “Who are these Sinhalayos?”

        By asking this question you yourself confirm that you are not a ‘Native Vedda’. Vedda Eththo who lived with Sinhalayo in Sinhale for thousands of years know who are ‘Sinhalayo’. So, refrain from asking dumb questions and becoming a joker.

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          Native,
          “Who are these Sinhalayos?”
          Surely you know that Sinhalayos, who are descendants of a lion, have tails, which are well hidden normally, but come out when they go looting and taping.
          Sinhalese , Tamils, Muslims…. have no tails.

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            old codger

            Thank you
            Happy Holidays.

            I know what you mean.
            However I find it difficult to understand Eagle Eye’s rant.

            Am I wasting my time trying to understand his incoherent pointless historical claims?

            Essentially my worry is that if we refuse to listen to him what will happen to his mental health, …. aren’t we giving up on our fellow Human(?) Being?

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        Vadda’s son

        Why do you personally attack EE just because u disagree? Is it because u lost the argument?

        Sinhalas cannot be kallathoni because there is no other place that have Sinhala presence and no Sinhala language! Their only refuge is SL.

        Some other tribes in SL have a presence in South India. But no one should be sent outside the island. They can split the island into 3 nations and live separately.

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          GATAM

          “Why do you personally attack EE just because u disagree? Is it because u lost the argument?”

          Are you being serious?
          Argument?
          With Eagle Blind Eye?
          You must be joking!!!

          Argument is based on reasoning and evidence.
          What has Eagle Blind Eye got to do with reasoning and evidence?

          “Sinhalas cannot be kallathoni because there is no other place that have Sinhala presence and no Sinhala language!”

          I guess you have missed most of the history of this island and Sinhala/Buddhists. I suggest you start catching up with Sudharshan Seneviratne, H L Seniviratne, Gananath Obeyesekere, R A L H Gunawardana, Osmund Boppearachchi, ……

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            Native Vedda (who do not know Native Vedda Eththo and Native Sinhalayo lived in Sinhale for thousands of years)
            The problem with you is you learn history of Sinhale from Sinhalayo who had free education from Sinhala tax payers and later betrayed Sinhalayo to please their ‘White Masters’.
            —-
            “I guess you have missed most of the history of this island and Sinhala/Buddhists. I suggest you start catching up with Sudharshan Seneviratne, H L Seniviratne, Gananath Obeyesekere, R A L H Gunawardana, Osmund Boppearachchi, ……”

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              Eagle,
              “The problem with you is you learn history of Sinhale from Sinhalayo who had free education from Sinhala tax payers”
              Stop lying!!
              The biggest contributors to the economy are Tamil estate workers and Muslim garment factories. Free education is wasted on your tribe.

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    There is no cure for EE s lunacy. We have to live with his idiosyncrasies. He is asking a silly question “There is no need to strengthen the rights of minorities because while enjoying all the rights enjoyed by majority Sinhalayo minorities enjoy few extra rights that Sinhalayo are not lucky enough to enjoy.”

    Well, the answer is simple. 75% of Sinhalese are occupying 95 percent of the armed forces, the administrative service, foreign service, diplomatic postings, heads of the government corporations, etc.

    State sposored Sinhala colonization in the east has reduced the Tamils a minority in the province.

    In the Trincomalee and Amparai both majority Tamil speaking people, you find the Governor is a Sinhalese. In the Trincomalee and Amparai districts the Secretary and key officials of the administration are Sinhalese.

    Sinhalese can write a letter in Sinhala and get a reply in Sinhala. But when a Tamil writes a letter in Tamil he gets a reply in Sinhalese. In Ninety Percent of politice stations a Tamil cannot record his statement in Tamil, It is done in Sinhalese and the Tamil man signs it without understanding the contents! These examples can be multiplied many times over!.

    Finally, how come a super Sinhala supremacist is doing in Australia? Dishwashing?

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      Thanga,
      Demalu and Muslims who live in Sinhale (later Sri Lanka) are people who came from Hindusthan as asylum seekers, coolies to work for colonial rulers or illegal immigrants and settled down in this country because Sinhalayo gave them citizenship. When foreigners come and obtain citizenship in another country they are expected to learn the language of Native people. Blame Chelvanayakam and Ponnambalam who told Demala people not to learn Sinhala. If Demalu are not willing to learn Sinhala and become a part of Sri Lanka they are free to return to their traditional homeland across Palk Strait from where their ancestors came. Sinhalayo did not invite Demalu to Sinhale.

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      Dayan’s article and comments clearly prove SL cannot remain one nation. Not possible at all.

      The only cure for SL is to split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably. All Sinhala colonizers in Tamil and Muslim Elams will be relocated to Sinhala Only Elam and all Tamils and Muslims in Sinhala Only Elam will be relocated to Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam.

      Unfortunately, greedy people of all 3 tribes oppose this only solution. So SL is condemned to suffer regular riots, wars, war crimes, Tamil colonization, discrimination, Sinhala superiority, Buddhist supremacy, etc. Things are getting worse. Gota is a Sinhala extremist and only a bigger Sinhala extremist like Champika can replace him. Only fools hope this will change.

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        GATAM
        Muslims are not an independent entity.
        They are parasites clinging onto the other two.

        Soma

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    ‘One Country, One Law’—which, incidentally, sounds very much like “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!’
    .
    Absolute rubbish. It sounds like you can twist anything to justify your (current) stance.

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      Stanley

      “Absolute rubbish. It sounds like you can twist anything to justify your (current) stance.”

      Please clarify your stance (if you have one).

      By now you should have known what happens when stupid people allow one family, one kleptocracy, bunch of madmen, war criminals, …… , accumulate power and wealth under one man.

      It is unclear whether you defend one crazy little man a foreigner and his Gundas controlling the thought, words and action of 21 Million people (Rambo Rambukwella wants to control Media).

      Have you noticed more than 10 politicians and two single handed generals have talked about CORVID vaccine (perhaps another money making venture)?

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      If the island is split into 3 for each ethnic group they all can have their own laws. Tamil Elam will have Thesawalami, caste laws, ban cattle slaughter, Tamil diaspora investments. Will be a rich country. Muslim Elam can have Sharia, burial, total Islamic banking, Arabic investments. Will be a rich country. Sinhala Only Elam can have their own laws and Chinese investments. Will be a moderately rich country.

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        G
        Be serious.
        It is not easy, but worth a try even for you.

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    Dear Dayan

    Thank you for the links.

    Prof Peris does not conclude anything except give some facts/back ground info for us to make some sense of what did really happen from some historical prospective…..lot of us commoners do not know much or read the Suthenthiran news paper and FP./TULF hate speeches stage after stage and then have become the beholders of “perceived truths” somehow??

    He was a lecturer too in the Colombo University law faculty and is very strange when GG/Amir/SJV and many more lawyers who took the same oath could have “alternative facts” and sanction killing spree in Jaffna even before the 1977 elections and still able to practice law/not barred from the system??

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    The writing has always been on the wall depending on for whom and where one sought to read.
    *
    It was on the wall for the left in 1956, when it failed to learn its lessons on seeking shortcuts to power and not being able to come together under a common programme. It was given a second opportunity at salvation in 1963 but opportunism got the better of political wisdom.
    *
    It had been there for long for the minorities since before the Sinhala-Muslim riots over a century ago. But it was meant for the majority as well.
    When we choose starting points, each to suit one’s specific agenda, we can on hindsight talk about the wring that one missed.
    *
    13A was the perhaps best possible outcome after a series of missed and willfully destroyed opportunities. But the impression among the majority is that it was imposed on them from outside, and it was so also for reasons people seldom dare discuss.
    There was no will on anybody’s part to make it palatable to the majority. The LTTE did willful damage to 13A and the JVP acted with venom.

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    Government is trying to show that it is planing to do away with provincial council system to put pressure on tamil parties to SOFT PEDAL UNHCR MARCH 2021 resolution and try to bargain UNHCR 2021 AGAINST PROVINCIAL COUNCIL=DO YOU NEED PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OR DO YOU WANT TO GO OUT AN ATTACK US AT UNHCR 2021 ? This is the plan of the government as they know very well POLITICAL COVID -09 IS AWAITING FOR THEM IN UNHCR IN MARCH 2021

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    “The Writing Is On The Wall, But The Tamil Parties Aren’t Reading It. “
    Sampanthan Ayya has answered for this already. It had appeared in some Media. I am coming here because he did not answering to Tamils’ satisfaction about Sumanthiran MP pledging International Investigation to his new Secret Solution. Sam & Sum, the Iradaiyar as known, wanted five years on agreeing for a Secret Solution in lieu of International Investigation. But Ranil dodged on both issues. Tamils cannot accept them two playing again the same trick to obtain just a worthless minister post for one person on 150,000 human sacrifices. In fact Sumanthiran did not get even his Minister position. So pathetic! They have to take other Tamils Parties when they talk with diplomats. That is the first step to convince Tamils that they two have become unified & more sincere and honest this time. Then they all have to tell together that so more Secret Solution; No more developments; No more Referendum; first we need to know about the where missing persons are kept. The relatives are on the rain & shine for three years, counting on US & EU. No more waiting on that. So International Investigation on government is the first step. Sampanthar Ayya’s answer was not in that style.

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    Sampanthar Ayya now should stop trying covering these up.
    Thero worked with Varathar. He is correct on Tamil political parties’ side. But he did not win an election from Sinhala Buddhists’ side, so lack experience of that side politics. Yes, Tamil leaders look like want to one more time to spoil the UNHRC meeting. But Thero is missing the point that Royals may not change the constitution in a hurry, while having all protection from 20A. They just want to walk on the successful foot sept of Ranil that making TNA to ask for another secret solution, to thaw any effort of UNHRC countries can attempt. The very first step of preparing a devolution package is informing the Sinhala Majority that there is a need that they must share the power and the government will be preparing a constitution to that effect and Sinhala Buddhist, like they granted 2/3 in the last election, they must give 50% for the referendum on constitution. Ranil made fool of Sumanthiran MP during the Coup, allowing Old King to whatever he wanted, and he even blocked the quo warranto case that Sampanthar Aiya brought in CoA. But Sumanthiran PC was dancing baila in the parliament with Ranil, for everybody to crackup.

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    Then Sumanthiran challenged that if Secret Solution is not coming forth, he would resign. Then he said when Yahapalanaya comes next time, he will get it.
    Now he is blocking the UNHRC proposal with his unwanted condition, a solution for him. Government without any trick or treat uses Sumanthiran foolishness him to talk for them. When UNHRC start to sit and talk with government, government will tell that they are talking to Sumanthiran for a possible solution & that will take 4 years, so UNHRC has to wait until that. Otherwise, If UNHRC refers Lankawe to ICC and some kind of punishment starting from there, and then it will immediately derail the new Secret Solution by the uprising of the Sinhala Buddhists’. It is Sampanthar Ayya’s greatest sin he briought in politically inexperienced Sumanthiran into this and now not replacing Sumanthiran and Sritharan with Thavarajah and Kanageswaran, PCs. Sumanthiran is turning out to be worse than GG in his greed to get a Paperboy Minister post, selling all Tamils. No Federal constitution can be good for Tamils because Catalina, Hong Kong, Crimea, Quebec, Kashmir…..none of these countries, when they feel dissatisfied, are able to get out from mother country, whether the central government is very good like Canada or very bad like China.

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      Dear M

      Hon Sumanthiran is the only one with no historical attachments to FP and therefore clean man to speak with any moral credentials as an elected MP for Jaffna and why you attacking him please??

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        Thiyagaraj,
        Hon Sumanthiran is the only one with no historical attachments to FP

        “.Kakkai chiraginile Nanda laala, ninthan, Kariya niram thondruthayye Nanda lala ” You are the next Bharathi; in your freedom endeavor composings, all the black in colors are Holy Krishna’s avarthars. I think you envisage more Krishnas than the Un-gifted blind people! I don’t know you and Bharathi are so great so sad.

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          MP for Jaffna and why you attacking him please
          You keep praying the Blacks in your customary way of “Offering and Taking”. I too pray sometimes but by Ninthasthuthi, my way.

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    Sumanthiran, MP must get out of this game. UNHRC has to follow right procedure of dealing with the Genocide, without the input of Tamil crook political parties if they are not willing to unify but trying to outsmart all others. TNA MPs are behaving like hyenas to scavenge on the meat of dead Tamils. It was Sampanthar Ayya made speeches in northern political meeting in 2015 that the UNHRC investigation is over and in September 2015 all the Royals are going to Hague. But it is same he still blocking an investigation taking place on the 2009 Genocide.

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      Dear M

      I think the experienced Sampanthar Ayaa can be a material witness to FP/TULF death squad running in Jaffna at the Hague first, he can produce his intervention as a public servant in the said killings and representation of the victims and the funerals he attended to show solidarity with the families of such victims along with other Lawyer collegues (my family included), he can publish FP/TULF internal meetings MOM,s, memos on all the killings in Jaffna from 1970-1977-1981, hate speeches by FP/TULF stage after stage.

      We will get to the next bit later we need to prequalify who speaks for Tamils correct??.

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    Irrespective of “Ethnic Divide” and the respective “Rights” issues, writing has been on the wall, that this Provincial Council System has FAILED. This system has been made a “Playing Field” and a “Training Academy” for corrupted criminal local agents of the “Central Command” held by the “Representatives” of the people elected to run the “Central Government” affairs of the country. It is useless to waste time explaining why and how this system has been used and abused to “Train” and provide “Resources” for the “Budding” “Central Command” brigade. Why keep such a “System” that can never be corrected and used for the betterment of the people? When our “PEOPLE” do not know how to elect their representative to the “Central Administration” what more can you expect from these PCs?

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      Yes, …Why keep such a “System” that can never be corrected and used for the betterment of the people?… the final test of anything is what has it has achieved. The PC system has been tested for 30 long years at a colossal cost in holding elections, providing infrastructure to house and run the show and of course the salary and car benefits to the councillors.
      Is the expenditure commensurate with the returns to society.
      Is this not an unnecessary layer of governance. Cannot a system of giving more power to the next lower strata at lower cost, be put in place by a concerted effort by all parties, if interested in the country and not political expediency.

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        Ferryman: You dealt with the “economic” aspects very correctly. Thank you for the input. In the “Olden Days”, we had a very successful Local Government System and that was “Village Councils”, “Town Councils”, “Urban Councils” and “Municipal Councils”. These Councils also had elected members and their “Service” was “Honorary” and NO perks. The Administration was carried on by a category of Public Servants called Local Government Service Employees all of them were appointed and administered by the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) headed by the Commissioner of Local Government. This was under the Ministry of Local Government. All these Councils were established under STATUTES passed by the Parliament. It worked very well and those elders still living will speak for it.

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          Simon

          Thanks for the lesson in Local Government history however you didn’t mention which century you are talking about.

          Was it before the advent of Portuguese?

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            NV: The best way to bring your attention to the period, I am talking about is to bring to your memory of an “Excellent”, “Exemplary” and a well-meaning “Honorable Gentleman” named Late Mr. Alfred Duraiappa – the then Mayor of Jaffna MC. I have had the “Fortune” of meeting him in 1963 and sit down for a lunch of “Those”, “Idly,”, “Wade” and taste “Tea” in an “Aluminian” cup in the company of a section of the employees of the Municipal Council. Those good old days memories still reverberate in me and I consider that to be my “Fortune”. Wish you and your Loved Ones All the Best and a “Virus” free New Year and the period beyond.

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              Simon

              Thanks for your best wishes.
              Same to you.

              “I am talking about is to bring to your memory of an “Excellent”, “Exemplary” and a well-meaning “Honorable Gentleman” named Late Mr. Alfred Duraiappa – the then Mayor of Jaffna MC.”

              I am told he was a relatively efficient administrator though bit corrupted and was the favourite Jaffna son of the SLFP. I was also told he was responsible or inadvertently caused the death of 11 innocent people when Weeping Widow’s thugs in uniform attacked a large crowd gathered to listen to Tamil Scholars speaking on various titles.

              By the way was it the reason why your brethren VP killed him?

              By the way my mates tell me how Duraiappa helped his cronies to stock essential food stuff, bicycle tubes and tyres, baby milk, Chinese poplin, ……. sugar, flour, … siphoned off from Coops, Ration shops, …..

              A brief summary of what happened in Jaffna during Durraippa’s time that the Jaffna man remembers. Must be difficult time especially when weeping widow was reigning/ruining the island.

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                NV: My “Brethren VP”. Of course yes, if he was NOT under the “SPELL” of “KALI”.

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          Most of our ills would have not come about if we had followed Singapore. Enlightened leadership was absent in SL with political greed to fill that empty space.
          “In the 1960s, Lee’s government made this unique bilingualism compulsory in all primary and secondary schools. In 1987, Singapore became one of the first countries in the world to adopt English as the language of instruction for most school subjects, including math, science, and history.
          According to the Constitution of Singapore, the national language of Singapore is Malay, which plays a symbolic role, as Malays are constitutionally recognised as the indigenous peoples of Singapore, and it is the government’s duty to protect their language and heritage. “The national language shall be the Malay language and shall be in the Roman script […]” (Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, PART XIII) Also according to the constitution, the four commonly used languages of Singapore are English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, with the lingua franca between Singaporeans of different races being English, the de facto main language.”
          Please note the grace and sense of the reality, of LKY a Chinese, “recognised Malays as the indigenous peoples of Singapore.”
          Also note those dates are significant for us. In 1956 we brought up the language issue and may be he realised the mess we made. He corrected it.

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            Further reconciliation : Malay language shall be in the Roman script.
            This eliminates people studying Malay as such, but enough for people to converse by not even knowing script.

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            “Please note the grace and sense of the reality, of LKY a Chinese, “recognised Malays as the indigenous peoples of Singapore.”

            So is that your new Mahawamsa? What is place for Arabic in Singapore? Why Roman letter for Malay? Then where the Pali stands in your Sinhala Buddhist Mahawamsa nation? You are writing your own history and installing the Sinhala Buddhist constitution the way you like?
            Please, if your brain is damaged, to install Sinhala Buddhism in Ceylon, don’t compare Singapore’s straight forward justice with Lankawe convoluted Mahawamsa History. Don’t confuse religion to politics, as usual.

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            Ferryman,
            ” Most of our ills would have not come about if we had followed Singapore. ”
            Why all those good things you mention are attempted only in Singapore & only after it separated from Malaysia? Why was nobody had thought of it doing all that in Malaysia and keep all of them together like you want to keep the Sinhala Buddhist Lankawe as unitary country, even without 13A.

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        Ferryman,
        Please don’t convolute the things happened in PCs as the PC system’s fault. It is based on Indian systems and it is working fine in India, especially for Tamil Nadu, Gujrat, Kerala, Kanata…… Please don’t put forward a fake argument as PCs were tested for 30 years. In reality the North East government did not function even for one year, though all Southern partners, which were unnecessarily split in 7 provinces functioned for full 30years & failed by unpunished corruption and crime and impunity for the criminals. Impunity to crime means, when a southern Pradesh Saba leader raped a Russian woman and killed her British boyfriend, British Crown Prince had to come to make the murder case to move forward. You cannot imply Central government was successful by declaring the PCs did not work out for 30 years. In total the whole Lankawe is declared now as failed country not because of PCs but because of Appe Aanduwa. Can you explain me from where did you get your 30 years?
        1). PCs was bought to give right to Tamils for rule North & East by Tamils. But Government dismissed NEPC within one year of Varathar’s Government. Then it was ruled by Rapist Army Commanders.

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        2). Varathar Government was not elected by Tamils because that time North East Tamils boycotted election. Rajiv planted, Varathar later ran to India and he accused as a RAW agent.
        3). North East was split by Government after few years.
        4). There is an option to merge non performing Provinces to merge and reduce the overhead. None of the Southern provinces who didn’t wanted provincial administration were merged or abolished and made as Administrative District under Central government.
        5). After Kudumpimalai war, improperly split East’s election was held under dangerous Muslim & Tamil Paramilitary and Rapist Army terror and fearing to stand in election TNA didn’t contest. Pillaiyan a Shadow SLFPyer said the CM position he held was not good even to him to appoint his peon. But he said he was hired by Old King to murder New King. His case of killing TNA MPs is falsely dismissed.
        6). Never North election was held until Manmohan Singh refused to talk to Old King in plane. That feared Old King that India may come back and he conducted only one the election.
        If PC is not working, the solution is not as you falsely attempting to label it as “did not work for 30 years”. They should consult the country which sponsored for and have to compare with Indian system and should bring it to match with India.

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        F
        The PC system was retained halfheartedly by successive governments. Without devolution of power to PCs and from PCs to lower levels, the problem lies not in the PCs.
        *
        Of failure is a criterion to be rid of the PCs, what about parliamentary government? Has it delivered?

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          ….”parliamentary government? Has it delivered?”…
          Unequivocal No No.
          But then we must have a parliament (or a Dictatorship or a Junta) and unfortunately, the system has got so corrupted that is what we are stuck with it, and unless a new constitution with some qualifications for contesting and some pre-requisites for sitting in parliament is introduced, I cannot see any change.
          But let us change what we can. Either abolish the PCs or get them going for the betterment of our country.

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    There is so much accumulated leave and its year end, though no travel or outdoor activity is possible I decided to take few days off to focus on physical and mental health, preparing as much to face a yet another challenging year to come. So here I am going through every article and comments. I find this one amusing in that, the pattern is so consistent with no leaveaway for different thinking. DJ says writing is on wall which was there for years which he failed to read ,ignored or written in language foreign to him. He called MR as most experienced after Makathir, which I am sure will make , even MR blush. Poor Makathir in his twilight must be totally confused with the comparison.

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    If you see the comments many here seem to have right away got struck with ownership of Ampara. So they just could not getover further without knowing the answer. Ultimately the great message of DJ that ” autocratic GR trying to override the noble cause of MR “got lost among readers. What a pity. DJ try again but be wise to keep it simple for our biased readers.

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    Just to correct a factual error :
    …..appointed a ‘Sinhala Only’ board (no Tamils or Muslims) chaired by a former Minister, for the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
    There is a Ms. Anusuya Shanmuganathan in the Commission.
    May be a slip.

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    Just to correct a factual error :
    …..appointed a ‘Sinhala Only’ board (no Tamils or Muslims) chaired by a former Minister, for the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
    There is a Ms. Anusuya Shanmuganathan in the Commission.
    May be a slip.
    Tharaka Balasuriya, was appointed as State Minister for Regional Co-operation on the 12 August 2020 and his father is Dr. Jagath Balasuriya a former Cabinet Minister and Governor North Central Province is Chairman HRC.
    Cannot expect much enforcement of Rights in favour of applicants for redress..

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      Ferryman,
      ” Cannot expect much enforcement of Rights in favor of applicants for redress “
      So you think Ms. Anusuya Shanmuganathan will not deliver any justice for the applicants. But there are lot of people in CT may not accept that. They think Chinese (communist) Shanmugathan, one time SLFP leaning tower, did lot to Tamils from getting from Siri Ma O.
      BTW, how did you categorize Anusuya Shanmuganathan as not a Sinhala Buddhist? I though you don’t go by names, a non standardizing person. You are seeing here some other clues? You may know the Chinese ( communist) daughter personally?

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        Dear M,
        ” Cannot expect much enforcement of Rights in favor of applicants for redress “.
        Surely in context, I gave the Chairman’s relationship to a sitting Minister and Chairman’s profile and posed this above question. Chairman + 3 against Ms. A.S.

        …”how did you categorize Anusuya Shanmuganathan as not a Sinhala Buddhist”.
        My earlier comment in respect of a Magistrate was when he was guessed to be a Sinhala “Buddhist” just by name. I gave examples from both ethnicities, so OBVIOUS inference and my objection was to the religion only ( It would indeed be good if you check on Ms.AS yourself to know her ethnicity and religious faith.). May be being superficial and eager to just say something, in your haste, you tripped on yourself.
        “But there are lot of people in CT may not accept that”.
        Whatever !! Good luck to “YOUR lot of people in CT “ in this season of goodwill. Their choice.
        This nonsense is indeed very tiresome.
        Cheers

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        Dayan’s article mentioned only ethnicity and so did my comment.
        “categorize Anusuya Shanmuganathan as not a Sinhala Buddhist”.
        From where did you pull out the “Buddhist” part ?

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          My earlier comment in respect of a Magistrate was when he was guessed to be a Sinhala “Buddhist” just by name.

          Freeyman?
          So, becuase of your context maxim, when you pass a rule that works and when you withdraw it cease?
          What was the purpose of mentioning Anusha name here when some body commented that the justice was not possible because Sinhala Jury Only Commission there? Why didn’t you correct that person that commissioners irrelevant of their race, they would function justifiably? With in your contest, did you mean Tamil are same like Sinhala Buddhist, no difference? Now are you indicating that Chairman is a Sinhala Buddhist so Tamils will not be able to sway anything using Anusha? Why you have some difficulty to think strait forward?
          Good luck to “YOUR lot of people in CT Is that a white Van type of threat? Or just soft one like dismissing from CT? What is the meaning of that?

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            ..” What is the meaning of that?”..
            Difficult to explain to someone who takes an obvious metaphor to mean in a literal sense. Remember marbles and a compass ? Marbles you said take to court and use compass to go north or south.

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