19 December, 2017

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There Is Something In The Air In The North Of Sri Lanka

By TU Senan –

TU Senan

‘It’s a ghost of the past,’ shouted the media in the south. The northern media, however, was relentless in creating the ghost of a new future.

The North had not seen an election of this kind for decades. In the first and only Northern Province Council (NPC) election, held in 1988, a dismal number of people turned out to vote – so embarrassing that the number of votes were not even widely published!

Then the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) in control of the north, with the Indian army, won all seats. Contrast that to the second NPC election 25 years later. On a 68% turnout 78.48% of the votes went to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) under the party name of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK). The TNA won 30 out of the 38 contested seats.

Voting did not take place under normal conditions. The government will most likely use this result to boost their false propaganda that democracy is blossoming in the country. Basil Rajapaksa declared that the very holding of an election in the north is itself a ‘victory’. But the level of election-related violence and the numerous breaches of electoral rules give the lie to any such claim.

The reaction of Tamils in the north to the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and their puppet, the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), had an element of being a ‘political revolt’. The ruling party, their candidate, and the authorities tried many tricks – not to win the election but at least to prevent an outright majority for the TNA.

In the run-up to the election President Mahinda Rajapaksa and others in the government even admitted that they will not win. However they hoped to kill two birds with one stone: firstly, in response to critics who oppose his hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, he hoped to brag that ‘free and fair’ elections had been held under his watch in the North for the first time since the 1980s; and secondly, to prove that the government enjoys significant support among Tamil masses. But both ‘birds’ flew off unharmed.

During the election campaign the TNA was able to hold meetings and the leading northern daily paper, Uthayan, acted almost as a ‘party paper’ for the party. However, a number of TNA candidates came under attack and intimidation, in particular Ananthi Sasitharan, the wife of disappeared political leader of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). Just a day before the vote, pro-government groups released a bogus Uthayan paper with a headline claiming Ananthi had defected to the government. This was swiftly reported by Dan television – the only Tamil channel in the country and very pro-EPDP.

Hundreds of incidents of election violence were recorded, including a number of shootings. These were mainly between the EPDP and the SLFP – although both stood under the same symbol of betle leaves! Angajan Ramanathan, the SLFP’s Jaffna district organiser, was challenging for the same territory as Douglas Devananda of the EPDP. Douglas even said that not all betle leaves are good – some are rotten!

People are sick and tired of the EPDP who expect to be consulted before anyone carries out even minor tasks in Jaffna. But they now feel able to breathe a bit after Douglas was challenged By Angajan as apparently being a ‘close friend’ of the president’s son. A number of EPDP thugs were reportedly won over to Angajan’s side, reflecting the jostling for power and position with little regard for principles.

Both groups fought a number of street battles during the election. It wasn’t ‘safe’ to be at the pro-government election rallies. One of the main slogans of the ruling party, that they ended the culture of violence, severely backfired.

‘Development’ rhetoric was another key feature that dominated the pro-government propaganda.

There has been some development since the end of war. However, pro-TNA Uthayan repeatedly reported that this was only possible because of ‘Indian’ aid.  Such vigorous propaganda limited the ruling alliance’s ability to gain from the so-called ‘development’. Feeling the heat, the SLFP’s leading candidate Angajan Ramanathan attempted to put a pathetic twist on this. He wasn’t only interested in building bridges and roads, he claimed. He also sought the ‘development of the people’! In the same election speech Angajan went on to claim that his “aim is to create a young generation that can think about self-determination”! Having been side-lined by the TNA election campaign offensive, many – even the ruling party candidates – resorted to ‘Tamil nationalism’ in the campaign’s last days.

“Through us you can even achieve Tamil Eelam and the right to self-determination,” declared one ruling party candidate. This reflects the SLFP’s absolute desperation to get votes once the writing was on the wall for the result. Just days before Election Day Suresh Premachandran, a key TNA leader declared: “if you call us Tigers for defending Tamils, we shall be Tigers”. This was carried in a banner headline on the Uthayan’s front page. At the same time the Sinhala media carried news of a court challenge by the racist Buddhist monks’ party to stop the northern election. Despite the enormous resources allocated by the pro-government groups to determine a favourable outcome, the result was sealed for them.

The masses are no longer prepared to buy the ‘development’ rhetoric. Unemployment is rising fast in the north. Huge numbers of families are slowly drowning in debt. Small businesses are beginning to suffer as the banks stop lending and deny overdraft facilities. Poverty is widespread. Desperation means people would be ready to vote for the devil if he offered a clear way out of the misery they suffer. But the government and its puppet Douglas Devananda are seen as an obstacle to any relief of the day-to-day suffering.

EPDP has a reputation as a boneless creature that does not fight for anything that the Tamil masses want and need. Unless you are on the EPDP’s side, you will lose out on everything – that has been the unwritten law of the north so far. Add to this the pain of the increasing role of the Sri Lankan military. The military is imposing itself on every aspect of life, including the prize giving day in the schools.

And of course the election process itself was not immune to galloping militarisation. People reported seeing military personnel putting up posters and bringing people to the ruling party’s meetings in their trucks. SLFP posters are displayed at a number of military camps – and remained there even after the 19th when electoral rule demands their removal.

The Navi Pillay factor cannot be under-estimated. The visit by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights prior to the election had a significant impact. The Omanthai check-point, a remnant of the war and a major irritant, was removed during the visit. All army personal were withdrawn to their barracks. Further special ‘decorations’ were made by the government – in the hope that Navi will at least give them some praise. But her statement that the Rajapaksa government is increasingly dictatorial went down like a bomb-shell.

Mirroring this was the TNA propaganda that they are engaged in ‘diplomacy’ with ‘international community’. The Tamil word ‘Rajathanthiram’ means bit more than diplomacy – a kind of Napoleonic manoeuvre. Sumanthiran spoke of this in every meeting. This illusion, created by TNA, will have consequences in the long-run, but for now it has lifted the confidence of the masses. “Navi Pillay came, Omanthai gone,” was how one student acknowledged the reasons for the government defeat.

People are undoubtedly happy that they no longer live in a war zone. But the government has nothing to heal their wounds. The granting of democratic rights and investment made to create decent jobs and services could have won some votes for the government. If they managed a genuine attempt to reach out to the national aspirations of Tamils, they could have given the TNA a run for its money. But the government’s continued chauvinism and increasing dictatorial measures destroyed all support.

The vote for the TNA is not a vote for a return to war, as some of the pro-government media reported in the south. It is not a declaration of a ‘third Eelam war’ as the TNA wanted the Tamils to believe. It is a vote against the government and their corrupt mafia puppets.

There was no failure on the part of the government to communicate its only partly veiled threats. Basil Rajapaksa said that if the government is not successful the so-called ‘Uthuru Vasanthaya’, the name given by the government to the developments in the north, meaning Northern renaissance, will be stopped. This statement was widely reported in the North and it contributed to the anti-government mood. He also warned that the Sinhala settlements ‘had not begun’.

The message of the voters in the north is this – the regime can be changed. But the TNA has no plans whatsoever to deliver what the people want. Of course the TNA could face repression soon after CHOGM is held in November. The monks’ Jathika Hela Urumaya party has said it will not let the TNA rule. The JHU could stage stunts against the TNA but this could backfire and instead further strengthen TNA support among the Tamil masses.

Comments made by TNA candidates during the election could be used to nail them ‘legally’. The justice department has been brought into the wide selection of Rajapaksa family puppets. The ex-Chief Justice was recently banned from leaving the country. Through this the current regime will make sure that the TNA will retain its support among the Tamil masses. It will reinstate the fear and hatred that is already rising. But if certain rights are allowed – even if only that a certain level of normality returns, peoples expectation would be higher. And of course the TNA will soon be discredited.

In speech after speech TNA representatives boasted that they have the ‘international community’ (IC), and India on their side. Among other lies they claimed that if they win the IC’s investments will be directly channelled to the North. This dishonest propaganda successfully hid the rotten role of the Indian state that defends the current regime. At the same time this helped forces in the south to fan the flames of chauvinism using anti-Indian and anti-imperialist rhetoric. A television channel flew the Indian flag just before they announced the NPC results.

The TNA manifesto was much debated for the reason that it mentioned the ‘right to self-determination’. But there is nothing in the manifesto on economic policies or a plan to achieve any improvement in people’s living standards. In fact the viciously neoliberal UNP and its leader Ranil Wikremesinghe are basically promoted by the TNA as it fully complies with their economic policies.

Instead, many TNA leaflets read like typical Tamil funeral notices in the sense that they detailed the candidate’s educational and family background, the names of kith and kin who are known, etc. Sarawanan’s leaflet was one such tragedy –( ‘Presidency College and Nehru university educated, Colombo university lecturer and brother of TNA leader Suresh Premachandran, Dr Kanthaiya Sarawanan B.A hons (pol.sc), MA, PH.d (senior lecturer), etc.)

Ironically, the answer came in the speech published in Veerakesari, another leading Tamil daily, on the day of election results in an attempt to glorify ITAK’s history. The speech was made by Rasamanikam in 1972.

In the speech Rasamanikkam argued for the ‘complete equal economic policies’.  He attacked the 1972 constitution to establish a ‘socialist republic of Sri Lanka’. We demand ‘economic equality’ – we are the real ‘Sama tharma vathikal’, he declared. We may not expect such a change in the TNA for now, but we must demand they test the limits of any power given to them. They must engage in a vigorous campaign to not just defend the land but also to seek out opportunities to improve the living conditions.

Only one proper hospital exists in the north for a population of about 1.5 million. The TNA should fight to improve Jaffna hospital conditions and build a new hospital. This and provision of other much-needed services, including support for victims of violence against women, would create jobs and fulfil gaping needs in the community. The TNA should stand strongly against all planned privatisation of services and must oppose the government’s horrendous free trade zones.

Resettlement and getting the land back to the people and other economic demands are all linked to the national aspiration of the people. ‘We desire freedom at any cost’ declared Rasamanikkam. But the Tamils have been paying the high cost for decades. Through the NPC election once again they show their willingness to fight on. The TNA’s reputation and support will shatter if they fail to give expression to this desire.

This regime can be challenged – this is the message which many in the south want to ignore. ‘The rumble of discontent can grow into an explosive roar’ writes Mark Amarasinghe in the Times which must be noted. Workers and progressive forces should take this opportunity of a weak moment to strike against the Rajapaksa regime and fight in the best traditions of the Sri Lankan working class.

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    A good ” as is ” situational analysis.

    Interesting times are ahead for the motherland. Are we heading towards a saner co-sharing of the land or will actions of parties involved lead to an International Protectorate within a Srilanka ? Let us be wise in how we work this through.

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    Thank you very much for your valuable, dispassionate, informative and sufficiently analytical piece on the Northern elections. You have informed us of many things that others have overlooked.

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    Hello Tu Senan,

    There was no doubt that TNA would win the elections overwhelmingly, that is if the votes were counted properly without the usual switching of ballot boxes etc. Despite the shenanigans by parties alligned to President Rajapaksa to disrupt fair elections one can conclude overall the elections were fair.

    Despite your assertions that a win for TNA is not a win for LTTE aspirations, I have very serious doubts what the long term prospects this win for TNA will bring for the ordinary people of Sri Lanka. TNA have no stated long term plan. No idea how to lift the standard of living of the people in the North. TNA concentrated their efforts in winning the elections. The campaigning was purely based on the arousal of racial sentiments. Beyond winning the elections,what TNA plan to do in the short term or aspire to achieve in the long term – your guess is as good as mine. President Rajapaksa tried his best to dissuade the Tamil people from going the way they have gone. Even though his power at the moment is absolute, he knows the win for TNA is a win for Eelamists.

    As far as I am concerned it is a sad outcome. This overwhelming win for TNA will strengthen thier resolve to go to the next level – to openly agitate for a separate state.

    I said this before and I say it again that TNA has run on the sympathies of those who still harbour raw wounds from the 40 year old war and the still quietly active Eelamists. Like I said before, TNA may deliver to the Tamil people the separate state that LTTE failed to do. And when active travel restictions with visas and other obnoxious travel documents appear, business restrictions are imposed on the basis of race, border disputes lead to skirmishes, open warfare will follow and apocalyptic bloodletting festivities will begin and continue ad nauseum.

    This election outcome has dire consequences to the Tamil people, the broader Sri Lankan people and also the world outside with continuous refugee flows to the much favoured countries such as Australia, England, Scandinavia and even far flung Canada.

    I suggest that the Israeli armament brokers restart business in Colombo to ply their outdated and unrealiable armaments on the unsuspecting Sri Lankans. And open a second outlet in Jaffna. Secondly I suggest the world media who thrive on reporting carnage to start slowly making their way to Sri Lanka, or even set up permanent bases to report from. Thirdly I suggest the broadly ineffective UN observers start setting up their useless observation points. The red cross must get on with replenishing blood banks in earnest.

    Tu Senan, despite your hope that a TNA win is not a win for Ealam, despite your belief that ‘Suthanthiram’ is nothing but an illusion propagated by TNA, I defer to say that your hope is in vain. The TNA win has made absolute the polarised divide of the North and the South. All evidence suggest that that is the case. Sooner rather than later the fireworks is sure to be reignited.

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      I disagree. You have leaders like M.A. Sumanthiran in the TNA. He is not advocating for a separate state. He is advocating for the rule of law under democracy, freedom, unity and equality for all regardless of faith or ethnic background. Please get behind him because he is the best hope to keep the nation from becoming authoritarian….

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      ..border disputes lead to skirmishes, open warfare will follow and apocalyptic bloodletting festivities will begin and continue ad nauseum.

      Ah… now you are beginning to realize the crucial role and responsibility of the Americans in underwriting the security of the Tamil people in the NE. The bloodletting you describe, will not occur if there is a permanent American military presence in Trincomalee. Make no mistake, a final just peace on this island will be an American peace (Pax Americana). It is the same peace that prevails on the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan and in Western Europe. In each of those regions North Korea, China and Germany respectively, will dare not stir up any trouble because of the overwhelming military dominance of the United States. The same will apply to Colombo/New Delhi when it comes to the security of the NE.

      The Americans are not stupid nor are they shortsighted. They did not pass the resolutions at the UNHRC without appreciating the burden it meant for them. One could argue that the broad wings of the American military apparatus already protectively shades the NE.

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      It is not the TNA that will determine whether there is going to be a demand for separate state. It will be the policies of the Sri Lankan state that will determine this out come. For instance in the past 4c years, while people are living under the trees and tarpaulins as their houses remain damaged in the war, the Sri Lankan state spent its resources to build 28 Buddhist statues along A9 in the North. As a BBS rep you too are party to this warped sense of priority. It is these kind of insensitive actions that will exacerbate the North – South divide

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        N.K.Ratnam,

        In fact you are not correct. BBS do not advocate building of great big statues. There are other elements who are for it. I do sympathise with you that many Tamils had to live under tarpaulines for inordinately long periods. To the casual observer offten the resources may not seem to be properly prioritised. Unfortunately there are far too many competing forces for scarce resources. Therefore some will need to wait their turn.

        Unfortunately the TNA win will further polarise the two main communities in Sri Lanka. To find a common ground will be a uphill task. Despite my dire pessimistic views of what is in store I fervently hope that Sri Lanka will remain a single entity.

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          Wov, what an excuse? Aiport,sea port, cticket stadium, cine complex, casino building are such high priorities than people who are suffering in Tarpaulins

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          “Unfortunately there are far too many competing forces……….Therefore some will need to wait for their turn.”

          Lord Buddha didn’t have to wait for his turn to have 28 of his statues erected along A9.

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      BBS Rapper,

      You are not as dumb as I thought and I agree with you on some and disagree on some.

      1) There was no doubt that TNA would win the elections overwhelmingly, that is if the votes were counted properly without the usual switching of ballot boxes etc. Despite the shenanigans by parties alligned to President Rajapaksa to disrupt fair elections one can conclude overall the elections were fair.

      If the elections were fair TNA would have got 99.9% but voters were Intimidated including CMs sister.

      2) Despite your assertions that a win for TNA is not a win for LTTE aspirations, I have very serious doubts what the long term prospects this win for TNA will bring for the ordinary people of Sri Lanka.

      It depends on which ordinary people you are referring to Sinhalese or Tamil. It was definitely a win for LTTE aspirations and every candidate who did not endorse LTTE lost in previous elections including Mr.Sambanthan who got 7 votes. Whether we stay a United Lanka depends on how far you are prepared go to meet Genuine Tamil Aspirations.

      3) TNA have no stated long term plan. No idea how to lift the standard of living of the people in the North. TNA concentrated their efforts in winning the elections.
      The above depends on how much the centre is willing to give to the Northern Assembly.

      4) The campaigning was purely based on the arousal of racial sentiments. Beyond winning the elections,what TNA plan to do in the short term or aspire to achieve in the long term – your guess is as good as mine.
      It is bit rich coming from you when you whip up racial hatred to achieve your brand of Buddhism so we are not prepared to take lectures from you.

      5)President Rajapaksa tried his best to dissuade the Tamil people from going the way they have gone. Even though his power at the moment is absolute, he knows the win for TNA is a win for Eelamists.

      Your masters power wont be absolute after March 2014. No one is going to dictate to Tamils especially you and MR. We are different people.

      6)As far as I am concerned it is a sad outcome. This overwhelming win for TNA will strengthen thier resolve to go to the next level – to openly agitate for a separate state.

      It may be a sad outcome for you but for us it is full of Hopes. Whether we reach the next level depends entirely how you play the game.

      7)I said this before and I say it again that TNA has run on the sympathies of those who still harbour raw wounds from the 40 year old war and the still quietly active Eelamists.

      No a correction from the 64 years old war. Yes we are Eelamist same as you are Sinhala Nationalists.

      8)Like I said before, TNA may deliver to the Tamil people the separate state that LTTE failed to do. And when active travel restictions with visas and other obnoxious travel documents appear, business restrictions are imposed on the basis of race, border disputes lead to skirmishes, open warfare will follow and apocalyptic bloodletting festivities will begin and continue ad nauseum.

      I take it that the above is a threat but by then there would be lots of Businesses from Tamil Nadu and you would be the weaker pary.

      9) This election outcome has dire consequences to the Tamil people, the broader Sri Lankan people and also the world outside with continuous refugee flows to the much favoured countries such as Australia, England, Scandinavia and even far flung Canada.

      The above is absolute rubbish and the following is the shape of things to come.
      Tamils will be happier and stronger and self sufficient.
      For you lot I cannot comment as it is not job.
      Refugees will be flooding back to Eelam

      10) I suggest that the Israeli armament brokers restart business in Colombo to ply their outdated and unrealiable armaments on the unsuspecting Sri Lankans. And open a second outlet in Jaffna. Secondly I suggest the world media who thrive on reporting carnage to start slowly making their way to Sri Lanka, or even set up permanent bases to report from. Thirdly I suggest the broadly ineffective UN observers start setting up their useless observation points. The red cross must get on with replenishing blood banks in earnest.

      We will consider your advice and as regards the last point and if proof was needed as to why need to part company you have confirmed it.

      11) Tu Senan, despite your hope that a TNA win is not a win for Ealam, despite your belief that ‘Suthanthiram’ is nothing but an illusion propagated by TNA, I defer to say that your hope is in vain. The TNA win has made absolute the polarised divide of the North and the South. All evidence suggest that that is the case. Sooner rather than later the fireworks is sure to be reignited.

      This time it wont be fireworks ( if you mean 125 mm Calibre Guns) but fire crackers to celebrate Freedom and you will be invited and you are welcome to attend.

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    The sad thing is that the people of the North had no option but to vote for the TNA because the Government, by its policies, gave them no other choice. Mr W will now have to juggle the expectations of the people with the Government, the diaspora, Tamil Nadu, India etc. It is an unenviable and impossible task. I too believe there are serious problems ahead.

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    Soul mate of Dayan Jayathilake?

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    The first train to Jaffna should be a goods train with ample stocks of Grass,Hay and Poonac was my first reaction to the nothern election results,but then I realised how difficcult it would be to make a choice between ones monthly aid check and ones concious.
    This vote has all the hall marks of a blackmail. I just cant belive the people in the north are that ignorant.
    Also one has to agree with the Dougals factor which seem like a mirror image of what Pillayan delivered in the east.
    In 1977 these people were sold the same dream and they don’t seem to have realised their folly.

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    From my earliar experience I would like to say this, “There’s no different between the so called Varatharasapperumal period and the latest Vigneswaran’s. both of them are in the same mood to get at least something to the Tamils. But the reality will be the worst. So very soon Vigneswaran will declare the Tamileelam and run away to Rajasthan as did by Varatharajaperumal.wait and see!

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    Mr senan ,
    you have pointed out so many facts without favoration. yes i don’t know whether the TNA have a vision and mission ,other than election rheotic talks. but the tamils had no choice .i asked one shopowner in jaffna one day before election why you are going to vote for TNA.he told it is not for TNA but in protest to GOSL only they are voting to TNA. GOSL continuously capture tamil people’s lands .and doing planned sinhalese settlements in tamil areas.did very little to uplift the wartorn families income and living conditions other than the roads and government offices.
    TNA must not take a stand to confront with the GOSL, but to take as far as possible efforts to join to achieve to upgrade the living standards of the people.

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    Good to see a left view expressed on a judgment day! Whether any school of thought declare a line based on their philosophy or not, the oppressed nation of Tamils evolved through a distinct history differed from other exist in the NorthEast. Indo-Lanka accord cannot be undone for recognising the territorial integrity and the collective right of the Tamil people. It will continue to remain as international agreement and have to refer to by interlocutors.

    The legacy of Indo-Lanka Accord and advanced negotiated political move was birth of TNA. All the parties and militants group who were interacting until then, became one entity. It was a marriage between all divides of the same cause. It was a united efforts that gave natural birth to TNA. Unity further progressed and in the making of history, unlike Indo-Lanka accord, came into being as an International agreement of Sri Lanka Monitoring Missions and interaction of TNA. Though LTTE represented at Oslo talks, it was TNA who articulated the democratic voice of the people.

    The Time has come to renew the international agreements and the obligation of the interlocutors and the other international agreements they have agreed with or without Tamils.

    The economic and social welfare program cannot be carried out without proper survey of war losses, the needs, the resources, the manpower that projects may cost. It will be ice breaking exercises to get to know the severity of war and undevelopment.

    The NPC cannot continue to allow and refrain from stopping the continuing structural genocide that is taking place. As agreed no family member can allow the resting tomb of their loved ones destroyed. NPC has to rebuild the cemeteries to its original form. For this kind of history, REBUILDING IS IMPORTANT.

    As there is no development in North&East for such a long time, therefore there is hardly anything else to rebuild. Building in a planned manner for 21st century is more important. Preserving rain forest is also equal importance and take action against military carryout further deforestation.

    The voting reflects not only Vanni Tamils and Jaffna Tamils but also Sinhalese who lives there (not unwelcomed militant colonisers), Muslims and plantation Tamils of Vanni. TNA must consider the bonus seats represent these people highly affected war and also by Tamils.

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    I write from a dispassionate viewpoint of someone who is involved with the struggle to overcome tyranny in Ireland. Yes it can happen anywhere. Good news is accurate news no matter what one’s politics are. This is good news. It would appear there is a wonderful opportunity now for the people’s chosen ones to fulfill their mandate and provide leadership and policies which will serve the people well. A momentous and onerous duty which I wish the party well with. God bless the work.

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    I really believe the country’s situation will get ugly. The Rajapaksa regime has less qualified and inexperienced ministers in the key positions. And the TNA’s preference vote winners do not have experience either. What’s Ananthy’s qualifications? Red flags are popping in both sides. Thirty years ago China wasn’t even in the picture, but it is now. The situation has got complicated, but the leaders are not smarter than the previous leaders. Therefore, people will continue to suffer. Election does not mean anything, people had elections in the 1970’s and the 1980’s, still the country fell into a brutal civil war. India is happy with the inexperienced TNA leaders, and China is happy with foolish Rajapaksa brothers. It seems the people are cursed, because they don’t give a damn to the country’s intellectuals. Blessed people value the knowledge and appreciate the people who have the knowledge; but the cursed people who disregard the knowledge, and ignore the people who have knowledge.

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    TU Senan,

    I endorse most of what you have written which is on the record. But have my reservations about the following.

    This regime can be challenged – this is the message which many in the south want to ignore. ‘The rumble of discontent can grow into an explosive roar’ writes Mark Amarasinghe in the Times which must be noted. Workers and progressive forces should take this opportunity of a weak moment to strike against the Rajapaksa regime and fight in the best traditions of the Sri Lankan working class.

    You are just starting out in life but I am an old campaigner in this field and let me give you a word of advice.

    Mark Amarasinghe is day dreaming and he may be Half Western and Half Sri Lankan Sinhalese and living a cosy life somewhere in the West. It is a wishful thinking and nothing more.
    I have lived through the Night mare of what the Sinhalese have done to us for the last 64 years and they will never willingly give you anything out of their own free will and you have to fight for it. Prabakaran was a creation of Sinhalese atrocities and even with absolute proof they are not willing to show any remorse buy deny everything.
    Rajapakse is a President for life and will not be dislodged from within as the Elite and the poor masses alike adore him for killing LTTE and embarking on Ethnic Cleansing. For your information my friend the RACE CARD is a potent weapon and a vote winner in Sinhala Lanka .

    What you will hear from the above is not a Roar of Discontent but a Roar Thunder in appreciation of what MR stands for. So forget it.

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    The north is heading for war again.

    Hope Elam war V will wipe out not just the Tamil armed groups but also their entire racist tribe as history shows.

    Muslims will be the largest minority in 2021. Everyone should work towards that. After that Tamils (misled Muslims) should be taken into the Muslim fold for its own protection.

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