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Time To Face The Music In Geneva!

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

A few weeks ago, the word from Delhi on US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka the UNHRC Sessions in Geneva was ‘yes’.  Let us translate: ‘Yes, we will vote ‘yes’ on the resolution’.  No surprises there because a) India voted ‘yes’ in 2012, and b) India is India (read ‘Not Sri Lanka’s friend) and c) this is an INDIAN Resolution, an INDIAN doosra although it is being delivered by the USA.

The latest though is that India is ‘undecided’.  Now, in diplomatic circles, this indecision would be correctly read as evidence that the main protagonist is trying to extract the maximum juice from the Sri Lankan orange while not appearing to be anywhere near the fruit.

Delhi has a problem.  It is called ‘Tamil Nadu’.  No, it is not Tamil Nationalism, which has been safely offshored to Sri Lanka.  It is about elections and related arithmetic.  It’s a political reality that figured in the calculations of all Indian political leaders.  So Delhi needs to ‘deliver’ something that’s at least halfway sweet to Jayalalithaa.  On the other hand Delhi has to do this without appearing to be the bad guy that Delhi is because that might constitute the last brick in the Great Wall of China that India is building. So Geneva 2013 would ideally (for India) end  with Sri Lanka agreeing to India’s ‘solution’ (plus some other benefits, just like the Indo-Lanka Accord was not just about sorting an ‘ethnic’ conflict) for the price of the resolution being ‘watered down’ or even withdrawn (by the USA, not India, of course!).

Sri Lanka’s main strength at this point is the fact that it is weak.  In other words Sri Lanka is in ‘Nothing to Lose Land’.  There’s no way that the Government can agree to India’s proposal (a re-hashing of the various Eelam proposals or Interim Eelam proposals) and still hope to retain popularity among all ethnic groups.

Equal rights by definition cannot exclude anyone.  A 13A Plus, in the way India envisages, would concretize an Eelamist myth regarding traditional homelands. That would threaten the Sinhalese.  That would exclude the Sinhalese.  Equal rights can be obtained in other ways and should be obtained too. Sri Lanka doesn’t need India’s permission or India’s recommendations on such matters.

We must recollect at this point that those who ruled India (either as whole or in part) have always attacked the Sinhalese; one remembers the Chola invasions and the tyrannies of the likes of Raja Raja and Magha.  Dr. Manmohan Singh is but a 21st Century avatar of these gentlemen.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa observed recently, ‘Sri Lanka is like a volley ball; everyone is taking turns at punching it to cover up their sins’.  He did not elaborate, but here’s a list that ought to be read by whoever is negotiating defeat for Sri Lanka in Geneva:

We have the German SPD needing to cover up history of killing millions in the 20th Century. We have the USA, wanting us to forget the monumental crimes against humanity in all parts of the world as well as against the First Nations in America and African Americans. We have Britain’s genocidal conduct in colonies and subsequent crimes against humanity as partner-in-crime of the USA. We have India and the Kashmir they want the world not to talk about.

The bottom line though is that given the amount of bucks and weapons of mass destruction these countries possess and given Sri Lanka’s poverties in these respects, the ‘cover up’ will continue.  But since Sri Lanka can only be expected to be goaded to sign agreements against Sri Lanka’s interest, each one more pernicious than the ones that came before, this is as opportune a moment as any to call India’s bluff.

Sri Lanka can take the following position:

‘Go ahead.  Table the resolution. We’ll face the vote, we’ll face the music.  All we can do is do our best and we have.  We’ve done what you have not done, ever. Try rescuing 300,000 people held hostage by the Al Qaeda (or by the US Marines), trying feeding them 3 meals a day.  Try thinking about releasing over 10,000 terrorists after rehabilitation.  Stop. Don’t even try. You cannot.  So let’s cut to the chase.  Let’s take the vote. We want to see who are friends are.  Ms. India, go ahead, vote.  We want to know where you stand, so that we can decided in which direction we should move.  Wait, did we hear someone mention China? Maybe we heard wrong. So, to get back to the point, vote.  We have little to lose, but even in defeat we would like to see the face of the enemy, we would like to know the names of those who did us in.  Simple. 

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Sri Lanka’s position is this
    ‘Go ahead. Table the resolution. We’ll face the vote, we’ll face the music. All we can do is do our best and we have. We’ve done what you have not done, ever.
    We tried to kill 400,000 people but managed only 100,000. we oculd not kill 300,000. but manged to rape and torture most of the females. You coudl not manage this Afghanistan, Iraq, even Vietnam or Nagsaki and Hiroshima. We are only second to Hitler.
    Let’s take the vote. We want to see who are friends are. Ms. India, go ahead, vote. We want to know where you stand, so that we can decided in which direction we should move.
    We will decimate the 300,000 and the balance in other part of country by forcing them to migrate or kill slowly and get rid of the Tamils from the country before you could pass any punitive resolution. We have aslo started with Muslims. We will get rid of them also

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      Why dont you ask Manmohan for a patch of land from tamilnadu?
      so that we can deport whatever the balance available here to there.

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        In 1983, the whole world gave asylum to Tamils and now even our Sinhala brothers too are abusing the same facility to seek economic benefites available in those countries.
        In a similar manner let this Government creat a sitation like 1983 so that the other world can open its door. They all would like since they have found that all those rejected by Sri Lanka are contributing to the developement of their country, one of such example is Toronto, Canada.

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    DIASPORA LTTE ACTIVISTS POSING AS HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS

    dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/17912

    maybe CMB telegraph should publish this article..as there will never be justice to all, when the other side is unacconted for.

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      Why dont you bloody sinhala fool use your damn sinhala budhist name…

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        As a Respect for lowcast tamils

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          why not give respect to all Races.
          Why Only to Law cast tamils.

          Do you Think That Malinda S also An another Low cast Tamil Like Upcountry Indian Tamil.
          still He has not gone to that level,
          if he write like this maybe sometime?.

          Malinda Trying To Give dead ropes to Jarapassa To Get another LAPTOP.

          Yes they Have Many Stolen From That Maniac Pirapaharn’s Cave.

          I think, Malinda forgot What His Grand mother taught,

          CRABS WILL DANCE [to the Music in Geneve] UNTIL THE WATER BOILS.

          OF COURSE, THEY WILL [entourage also] DRINK, DINE, DANCE IN SWITZERLAND LIKE LAST TIME,
          NOT ON THEIR OWN POCKETS,
          BUT FROM OURS, [WE, THE POOR SRI LANKAN’S EXPENSE].

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        Why are you so worried about his name, Kovian? Is DBS Jeyaraj also a “damn sinhala budhist name”?

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    The writers deduction is one side, may be. Will he not take into
    account the internationalized aspect of the Tamil issue- D I A S P O R A.
    This community support is getting powerful and has to come into
    recognition, so much so GOSL cannot ignore them as they might another
    interfering country?

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    Malinda I agree that this government ended LTTE terrorism. But, that is not the end of the story.

    LTTE terrorism is only the symptom of a deeper malaise. What MR and his government had done is to treat the symptom. MR is still refusing to find a solution to the underlying cause, namely, denial of the rights of the Tamils to live as equal citizens and to govern themselves in their traditional habitat where they have lived as independent people for centuries.

    Unfortunately Malinda you have again demonstrated your racist outlook.

    You said:

    “A 13A Plus, in the way India envisages, would concretize an Eelamist myth regarding traditional homelands. That would threaten the Sinhalese. That would exclude the Sinhalese.”

    You should understand that traditional homeland does not necessarily mean a separate nation called Eelam. I do not subscribe to that interpretation of the Eelamist. India too does not interpret this as meaning separate nation. Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 has clearly recognised that northern and eastern provinces have been areas of historical habitation of Tamils. A merged North East provincial council where Tamils can exercise legislative and executive power is what India wants as a reasonable solution to the Tamil problem. It is nowhere near the quasi-federal system India has in place to ensure unity in diversity in that vast country.

    Chandrika Kumaratunga was even prepred to give more than the provincial council to the Tamils in her failed devolution package.

    Do not worry about India’s vote. New Delhi is not prepared to dance to the tunes of Jayalalitha or Karunanidhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made this very clear in his speech. UNHRC resolution will again be a watered down resolution and in any case it will not be binding on Sri Lanka. In fact, I agree with you that Sri Lanka need not bother much about these resolutions. However, MR cannot any more postpone the settlement of the Tamil problem. If TNA is not prepared to talk, he should talk to other Tamil leaders who will be willing to sit with him in a genuine effort to settle the problem. There are no more excuses for MR. He should act now. Now is the time to put an end to this decades long problem that has tarnished the image of Sri Lanka.

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    What Malinda is advising the Rajapaksa regime to do is suicidal. Despite the resolution at the UNHRC do nothing and see what happens – economic sanctions will be next and this will squeeze Rajapaksa’s balls hard enough for him to see sense. The US ambassador has already warned about this. The impact of the withdrawal of EU trading benefits are already damaging the economy. The Indian regime is getting smacked in the face by Rajapaksa time and again and Manmohan has no choice but to do something to save face. Rajapaksa is going to learn a very hard lesson soon.

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      Economic sanctions will not squeeze Rajapakse balls, it will squeeze the common man’s balls, and will only harden his resolve, as all collective punishments do.

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        I wonder what has happened to the Common Sense of this MR apologist Davis Blacker. He says that Economic sanctions will not squeeze Rajapaksa’s balls but that of the commoan man. Obviously, it is only then the common man will castrate this Bugger MR including David Blacker. Economic sanctions definitely should be brought on this corrupt Nation.

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        David Blacker

        “Economic sanctions will not squeeze Rajapakse balls, it will squeeze the common man’s balls,”

        Doesn’t the common man/woman vote for Rajapakse out of his own volition?

        Common man/woman does not have to obey order.

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        David Blacker:
        “Resolve” against what? Starvation of all but the governing elite and lapdogs like you, Blacker?
        Life isn’t that simple and predictable as you and your Lords and Masters are going to discover, though the ultimate victims are those Sri Lankans who did nothing to contribute to this mess that you and your Lords and Masters are the only beneficiaries of!

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    Malinda,
    I’m sorry to say, you’re talking absolute rubbish.
    Germany’s SPD (Social Democratic Party) was banned by the Nazis, its leaders persecuted, killed and exiled. Post WW2, Germany paid billions of Deutsche Marks in reparations to people and countries it had persecuted and ruined. Today’s Germans who are not responsible for the sins of their fathers are still paying for Nazi Germany’s wartime sins.

    Here’s Germany’s listing of reparation payments:
    http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Aussenpolitik/InternatRecht/Entschaedigung_node.html

    The post-war SPD was key enabler of reconciliation with countries and peoples destroyed by Nazi Germany. Willy Brandt, Germany’s SPD Chancellor who had resisted Hitler during wartime, fell to his knees on a visit to Warsaw in 1970, as an act of asking for forgiveness from the Polish people. The German SPD is a shining example to Sri Lanka’s miserable politicians, past and current. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Brandt

    If GoSL behaved with a millionth of the humility and self-awareness of post-war Germany, it would have more allies in the international arena. And unlike those devious Brits, the Germans have been good friends to SL.

    GoSL still can’t bring itself to even utter the word “sorry” for its post-war actions. Perhaps you can tell me why GoSL is still holding Tamil suspects in detention without charge?

    Sri Lanka’s famous and deserved victory in the UN in 2009 has been squandered. Its friends have been weakened and its enemies strengthened all due to the insane hubris of the current regime. Worse, GoSL plays the China card, forgetting that we’re situated in the Indian Ocean and not the China Seas. GoSL has gone back on all of the promises it made to India during Eelam War 4, a war which it could not have won without Indian diplomatic and intelligence support.

    Delhi indeed has a problem and it’s called Mahinda.

    p.s. if the US really wanted to screw GoSL, all it has to do is enforce the Iranian oil sanctions. Lamborghinis don’t run well on pol-thel.

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      Mango:
      Have you, at long last, “seen the light,” or are you just testing the water before taking the big plunge?
      What do we do with people like you who have actively contributed to the devastation that has been visited upon ordinary Sri lankans up to now?

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        Dear Mr van der Poorten,
        No need to test the water when it’s clear the post-war situation’s being handled so badly. I have no hesitation in supporting the State when it finally finished off the LTTE, albeit with heavy civilian casualties. But the Forces sacrifice their lives and limbs to enable MR to set up a permanent kleptocratic dynasty. Consider how well Eelam War 4 was fought; with cunning, intelligence, strategic thinking etc and now, the complete reverse.

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          typo! it should say But the Forces did NOT sacrifice their lives and limbs to enable MR to set up a permanent kleptocratic dynasty.

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    Once again a poor sample of petty journalism by a “Chief Editor” If the intention is to gain the attention of the Boss and the ruling clique to keep the job and livelihood, there are far more decent ways to realise this than trying to use drivel on India – a neighbour who has come to our assistance on many occasions in recent times. No less than every Govt from 1948 is in record of acknowledging this fact. Not that the Indian Govt, the establishment or the media there will take notice of a non-entity in the media.

    To insist “Tamilnadu is a problem” to Delhi and the MM/Sonia administration or to note “India is not S/Lanka’s friend” is to expose one’s lack of understanding about existing dynamics of Delhi-States relationship there. If the intention is to complicate Indo-Lankan relationship with the infantile comment “India has always attacked S/Lanka” this irrelevant vitriol will be ignored. And what an analogy MR has chosen that this Editor choses to repeat – of “Volleyball” MR is not known to make relevant quotes – given his intellectual or oratorical depth. What he had in mind was not volleyball – but a Punching Bag.

    By all means criticise or attack India or anyone else for that matter. But observe standards of journalistic behaviour. Above all have some consideration for the reading public.

    I hope one day soon we will have occasion to read something sensible,
    free of provocation, one conforming to accepted journalistic standards and value from this “Chief Editor” of a rag which is unlikely to enjoy a circulation of more than a thousand copies a week. One need not be a rocket scientist to predict the man will not warm the seat far too long.

    Senguttuvan

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    “Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 has clearly recognised that northern and eastern provinces have been areas of historical habitation of Tamils. A merged North East provincial council where Tamils can exercise legislative and executive power is what India wants as a reasonable solution to the Tamil problem” – Naga.

    We are with you – all the way. The problem is a back boneless regime and a short-sighted clergy enjoying disproportionate political clout.
    The Tamil political leadership has agreed with India and the international community with the addendum “within an undivided Sri Lanka” It has been a Sinhala problem for sometime now. The formulae is there, the climate is right, the Rajapakses control the Parliament and the Opposition. What is lacking is courage and political statesmanship.

    Senguttuvan

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    All the arrogance, bluster, and attacks on every single journalist, human rights groups, and critiques of the government, has not paid off. Until the Rajapaksas open the country to investigations into the alleged atrocities committed by our troops, and until thousands of families get answers to the whereabouts of their missing family member, we will be look upon with suspicion and distrust by the international bodies.
    Once again, the people pay the price for what the government does. Loans are now being refused, and the noose will gradually be tightened on Sri Lanka. The Rajapaksa’s blaming Tamil lobbies and nations for our misfortune will not work anymore. Mahinda will be the Mugabe of Asia.

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    The President said the basis of the plan would be the ‘13th amendment plus 1’ – meaning implementation of the existing constitutional provisions for provincial councils, but adding an upper house to Parliament, modeled on the U.S. Senate, with numerically equal representation for each province.”

    This is what the President told Ambassador Robert Blake in 2010.

    You are claiming, “A 13A Plus, in the way India envisages, would concretize an Eelamist myth regarding traditional homelands. That would threaten the Sinhalese. That would exclude the Sinhalese. Equal rights can be obtained in other ways and should be obtained too. Sri Lanka doesn’t need India’s permission or India’s recommendations on such matters.”

    Why did the 13th amendment + a Senate become a threat to the Sinhalese between 2010 and now? Is there something that we are not aware? Do the BBS, SH and JHU have something to do with this change or they being used as an excuse to change track? Forget about what India envisage. Let the President tell us, the people of Sri Lanka first, what he envisages!

    The Sinhalese will not face any threats from within for millennia, if I am to judge by the prevailing circumstances. If an extreme segment of the Sinhalese-not the majority- are paranoid and perceive a threat, it is not the problem of the Tamils and other minorities. They should seek psychiatric treatment.

    You also say,”Equal rights by definition cannot exclude anyone.”

    You are absolutely right. Please explain how these proposed equal
    ‘Equal Rights’ will be practiced in real life as it exists in Sri Lanka? Are the overbearing and now increasingly dictatorial and unprincipled Executive; a submissive ( to the Executive) and low grade parliament; an evicerated judiciary; and an over politicized and venal public service, capable of delivering these equal rights, let alone defend the lofty concept? I fear even the 13th amendment plus concept, if implemented will be neutralized by these very forces at play here.

    What we need is a whole sale overhaul of the system of governance in the country, starting with the constitution.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Why doesn’t Mr.RogerPox threaten to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against all the countries who are likely to vote against Sri RajaPakistan at the UNHCR? Ooops! Sorry…I forgot. Sri RajaPakistan does not have any nuclear weapons yet. :O “White Vans,” bribes, threats and blackmail is effective only against opponents in the country. Maybe it’s time to get some help from persecuted democratic countries like North Korea and Iran on how to build our very own “Inter Continental HOOmanitarian Ballistic Missile (ICHBM)?” Since Mr.RogerPox has a penchant for naming anything and everything after him…so one day we could name Sri RajaPakistan’s first ICHBM as the “AaadambaraKaara HOOmanitarian Patriot RogerPox Missile.”

    Yes! Yes! Yes! USA, India and all other counties of the world who are jealous of the achievements of Sri RajaPakistan! BE AFRAID…BE VERY AFRAID! The “AaadambaraKaara HOOmanitarian Patriot RogerPox Missile” is here!!!

    Our great nation defeated tourism through a “HOOmanitarian Operation!” Next we shall defeat the world with our (AHPRMs).

    Ask NUTS what the benevolent RogerPox Sirs can do for you…but what you can do for the RogerPox Sirs!!!

    Maaa…throooo…boooo…meeeeeyaaarrr and Jaya waaaaay waaa!!!

    Sri RajaPakistan Zindabad! :)

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      OH OH

      Looks like PresiDunceBean forgot to take his medication.

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    Malinda, despite all your literary efforts, it is difficult for you to hide the fact that underneath you are probably an ardent patron of extremist Sinhala elements. When talking about an international event, as a national editor you should perhaps be talking about the sentiments of all Sri Lankans, not about the specific sensitivities of only the Sinhalese.

    In fact all decent Sri Lankans are concerned that 4 years after the war, the government is still talking about talks. Despite several previous commission reports (which have been consigned to the dustbin) and the final LLRC, no solutions have been put on the table for implementation.

    Instead of solving ethnic issues it seems that the government’s running dogs have recently been let loose to exacerbate the situation. What is your take on that?

    The tone and manner of your challenge to the “guilty countries” that are poised to vote against SL sounds like the kind of threatening rhetoric we have noted on BBS platforms. All wind and no crap!

    Engaging in “smoke-screen” development projects in the war-torn areas is commendable, except that it is also a devious way to scavenge enormous “commissions” by those fortunate enough to be given the tenders. Why don’t you investigate details of these projects and expose the people, agents and costs involved?

    The economic rights of future generations have already been mortgaged by the present regime in its borrowing spree to fund these projects and other wasteful expenditures ala Mihin Lanka. It seems that we are now going to borrow a further one billion US dollars at commercial rates, this time to bridge the budget deficit.

    Malinda, we all know that it was a foregone conclusion even before the meetings began in Geneva that the vote will go against SL.

    Be that is it may, without your usual hollow posturing, you should be advising the regime to start mending fences both at home and abroad, before tilting at windmills in Geneva.

    That,Malinda, would be the Miracle of Asia!!

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    Whatever the International Groupings do is going to hurt the already suffering Sri Lankans more. It will only hurt the Regime’s pride in being able to enjoy their holidays abroad, if sanctions are set on their excessively extravagant travel, by India closing their airspace.

    We suffer due to a despotic rule of an insane regime, so insane that any pressure from the outside is manna from heaven. Those who value Sri Lanka must rise up in Sri Lanka with no help from anyone overseas to find our home grown solution to exterminate this band of brigands bent on destroying what is left in this country, namely unity, environment, amity, law and order, and governance.

    How about admitting the total failure on all of these fronts. That will be the start of the true reconciliation. Then a mass protest of our people to protect the country from plunder. They just have to rise up from their inertia if we are to protect Sri Lanka from within.

    All foreign powers be it China, India or USA have only their interests at heart NOT ours and are NOT the solution to our severe internal problems.

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    This man who is a Rajapakse apologetic writing bullshit.

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    One interesting thing is that the fun and games at Geneva has weakened the present Indian government because it’s got itself into the position of appearing to have to choose between its own citizens in Tamil Nadu or a foreign country, Sri Lanka, in a strategically important position off its southern coast. And this is all down to the blundering of its own political leaders over the years.

    Personally, I doubt that the resolution “against” Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva is an Indian resolution. To me it has the smell of North America and the UK, although it’s India that has voluntarily walked into the trap they’ve set for them.

    So at present it looks as though the Indian government is going to come out of this weakened due to disaffection from Tamil Nadu politicians incited by thousands of copies of Callum McCrae and Channel 4’s snuff movies circulating there. While the Sri Lankan government will come out stronger because of the political distrust of the three ugly sisters (USA, UK & India) and Sri Lankans unified anger at poaching by Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lankan waters.

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      Candidly:
      Does it take a lot of practice to write absolute gibberish like this or do those you serve provide you with the material at no charge?

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    Sour Grapes Malinda, its sour grapes!

    Man, I am still laughing hours after reading this rants and rave by this Sinhala-Buddhist racist Malinda. In Sinhala we call it “Dukata kiyana palkavi”. I have seen and heard in our villages, when the so called ‘chandiya’ gets cornered, he lifts his sarong above the knees and comes up with ‘Pora talk’ exactly like what Malinda has come up with. This kind of pora talk may temporarily relieve him and those who feel hurt by what is happening in Geneva but it is not going to change anything.

    They are definitely going to table the resolution and we have no choice but face it. The GOSL has done nothing with regard to the LLRC that they agreed last year and therefore they have to face the consequences. This government with the dictator Rajapakshe fully deserves it.

    From the channel 4 documentaries and several other information provided by none other than our own SLA, it is very clear that the GOSL under the leadership of MR and Gota did not rescue the Tamils but have tried to completely annihilate the Tamil people as a whole. It is none other than Gota who has given direct orders to the SLA junior officers to kill every Tamils.

    What Malinda is unable to understand or pretending not to understand is, unlike America fighting in a different land, Sri Lanka was killing its own citizen, it made its own citizen as IDP and it has to feed none but its own citizen. The so called “terrorists” are not outsiders but Sri Lankan citizen and if they are really rehabilitated, the GOSL has only done its duty.

    Please do not be a fool by trying to threaten India with the China card. You are only trying to convert Sri Lanka into a Chinese satellite state but do you think India will keep quite? Finally, it will become a situation where India and China will divide Sri Lanka into two parts and share between them; the Foolish Rajapakshe government has already laid the foundation for it and you are only promoting it further.

    My dear Malinda, we have a lot to lose. By just loosing the GSP+ most of our garment factories are closing down. We do not have to wait till the defeat which in inevitable to see the face of the enemy. We already know very well who is going to vote against us but they are definitely not our enemies and waiting to know them (like our cornered village chandiya lifting his sarong and waiting) is not going to help us in any way. You have to admit that we are going to lose very badly and we fully deserve it. Simple.

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      Not only Pora Talk but also Baba Talk.

      It is good if stupid idiots like Malinda can keep their mouths shut without giving such Pora Talks and Baba Talks and mislead the fools who follow him (if any). He is making himself a laughing stock in public. He has totally lost his credibility as an educated person.

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        Suresh careful, this bugger is supposed to be another Harvard Graduate. Looking at his level of intellect, one wonders whether there are synthetic products from Haravrd as well?

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        As per Patriot Wimal Weerawanghsa’s [ Hival Modawngsa] words. this is BABA HUKUN TALKS By Harvard educated Malinda Senavirathna.

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    What galls me is that people like Manhoman Singh who presides over one of the most corrupt, opportunistic and dishonourable administrations should be preaching to SL on what it should do with respect to the SL Tamils. I suppose MS must be thankful that issues like the SL question are helping to keep the spotlight away from the sins of his own administration.

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    Same old, same old! Kicking against the same hard brick walls. Perhaps the GOSL and its supporters should turn their eyes inward and see the damage they are doing to this beautiful country by their intransigence.

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    Why is this Malinda Senaviratne crying???

    While LTTE & GOSL were in war, GOSL looked angel to World and LTTE ruthless terrorists but now with demise of LTTE, in the diplomatic war between GOSL & Eelam Tamils, it is the Sinhalese who look more like villains of the day..!!!

    The current mood in TN is for an independent Tamil Eelam and not devolution of powers. With GOSL not accepting the advice of Delhi to co-operate with US for passing it as unanimous resolution & with China/ Pakistan/ Iran/ Japan /Thailand/ Indonesia all Asian countries in favor of Sri Lanka, it is only natural of Delhi to play second fiddle to USA in countering China’s influence on Sri Lanka..!!!

    Rajapakshe is desperate to avoid UNHRC debacle but not desperate enough to go against the wishes of racist Sinhalese wishes in not allowing UN special teams to investigate War Crimes against Eelam Tamils. Have the GOSL accepted that Tamils deserved to be treated equally in administrating their own destiny by voting for Provincial elections???

    It is fun watching the events unfolding in rapid pace against GOSL..!!!

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    Malinda,

    You have got the wires crossed. If bashing India makes you feel good, go ahead because the Indians will care two hoots.

    The SL Tamil struggle for freedom is gathering momentum (Internationally) even better than when there was a war. Nobody has ever achieved freedom by struggling for 30 years or 60 years. It has to be a step by step affair and takes several decades.

    From 1948 to 1976 the Tamils lead by SJV Chelvanayagham (NOT INDIA) struggled peacefully for the freedom of SL Tamils. It was all that hardships, riots, and violence against the peaceful struggle by the Tamils and its outcome/achievement was the VADDUKODDAI RESOLUTION, the foundation for the next phase.

    From 1977 to 2009 V. Pirabakaran continued it with an armed struggle for the freedom of SL Tamils. It was all those killings that took place during the 30 year war especially the human rights violation and genocide in 2009 gave rise to the International interference in SL. The outcome/achievement of the armed struggle was Internationalizing the domestic problem and involving the IC (the west, India and UN) in the Tamil freedom struggle.

    From 2009 onwards, the Tamil diaspora (NOT INDIA) has taken it over to fight for the freedom of SL Tamils internationally. How they influence/lobby the IC (including the UN) to act in our favor and pressurize the SL government is wonderful as we see today. Right now it is progressing very well in the right direction. The GOSL is getting fucked left, right and center at Geneva. US, EU, UN and India are acting very tough this time as everybody expected.

    What started in 1948 domestically is progressing well today internationally. It is step by step in different forms but definitely in the right direction for SL Tamil freedom. Weather it is by War or by Peace, the Tamils will never ever give up.

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      PARAMASIVA

      What started in 1948 domestically is progressing well today internationally. It is step by step in different forms but definitely in the right direction for SL Tamil freedom.

      DREAM ON!

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      This wouldn’t have happened if Banda-Chelva pact was signed and implemented. JR was the culprit. SJV Chelva continued his fight till the end of his life (1977) and created a monster called V Praba along with the Vaddukoddi Resolution.

      V Praba did not stop with his 30 years war; he also created another monster called the Tamil Diaspora (LTTE rump) all over the western world. V Praba was much worse than SJV Chelva and today the Tamil Diaspora seems to be even worse than V Praba. July 83 was the main cause for this. Tens of thousands of Tamil refugees left Sri Lanka after the July 83.

      History seems to be repeating again. This time it is against the Muslims. When the British gave the country back to us we were one of the best in Asia. Today we are one of the worst in Asia. This is due to nothing but ethnic/religious conflict that has taken our country backwards by several centuries. Do we have to go through the same process again and take Sri Lanka back to Stone Age? The Rajapakshes are creating all these problems for their continued survival. They must be regretting that they finished the LTTE.

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    This is the best example of third grade journalism coming from a “chief editor” or rather a cheap editor. I wonder how much he gets paid for such stupid and immature journalism. Instead of analyzing the situation and coming up with some valuable suggestions at diplomatic levels, he is waiting for a bull fight. “You better wait, we are watching who is going to vote against us”. While all his masters are talking about Western conspiracies, he is talking about Indian conspiracy and playing the same old China card. Yaawn!!!

    Malinda, my advice to you is change your career path. Journalism does not seem to be your cup of tea. Even armature journalists and those who simply write articles (non-journalists) write better than you.

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    Malinda’s advice on what position Sri Lanka should take (in the last paragraph of his lament) made me have a hearty belly laugh.

    Sri Lanka is an insignificant speck in the world ruled by a despotic regime only supported by a handful of pariah states. It’s economy is in the doldrums and it’s dependence on China for development and funds has all but made it into a distant province of China. As such Sri Lanka is in no position to threaten even the poorest and insignificant country that votes against it. Bangladesh has replaced Sri Lanka as it’s largest trading neighbour and giant India will not care too hoots about threats from it’s truculent paraya neighbour.

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      PEERA

      YOU NEED THERAPY

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        Rambler

        When did you escape from mental asylum? My advice to you is go back to Angoda.

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          DR. PSYCO

          YOU’RE JUST JEALOUS BECAUSE THE VOICES ONLY TALK TO ME

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    Are the Sri Lankan public so blind to let such idiots misilesd them down a path which will eventually lead us to a ‘Zimbabwean’ like situation!
    Wake up Sri Lanka.. we are still the Paradise on Earth except that the Devil has taken charge…. time to make a change!!!!!!!

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    Agree with Silva, get a day job Malinda!
    Are the Sri Lankan public so blind to let such idiots mislead them down a path which will eventually lead us to a ‘Zimbabwean’ like situation!
    Wake up Sri Lanka.. we are still the Paradise on Earth except that the Devil has taken charge…. time to make a change!!!!!!!

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    India was the biggest culprit. Last year India voted against Lanka only after getting the resolution diluted. They were only helping Sri Lanka and at the same time satisfied TN. India actually cheated the Tamils last year, we do not want them to repeat it. This time we do not want India to interfere with the resolution. Let India refrain from voting if they want to satisfy TN but we do not want India to dilute it like what they did last year. Sri Lanka should be taught a bitter lesson and this is the only chance.

    Callum Macrae has done a great service to the SL Tamils and that too during our worst and debilitating period in our history. Our race will be ever grateful to him unlike the TN politicians who use us to feather their own nests.

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    The resolutions against SL’s human rights violations proposed by America at the UN general assembly were presented before the Geneva advisory committee. What was special about this resolution was the appointment of special independent international monitors to probe into the human rights violations in SL. The report they prepare after arriving in SL shall be submitted in September and at the next Geneva assembly. If the special representatives don’t receive the support of SL, the report of theirs without SL co-operation shall be accepted by the Council.

    It is indicated that only 5 to 6 votes will be in favor of the SL Government and about 30 votes will be against it. India, Thailand, Indonesia and Iran may refrain from voting.

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    Malinda. We should not forget that so many countries helped us in so many ways to overcome the LTTE. They could have easily refused to help us had they looked at it as another ” Internal Affair ” that precludes international intervention. And your reference to history seems to be a well timed one. Chola king Raja Raja though he was powerful enough to extend his kingdom to several lands in the far-east, only the northern part of SL had fallen under Chola rule in his time. It was Rajendra I who subjugated the whole island and made it a colony of the Chola empire ( present day TAMIL NAADU !). This tragedy occurred in the 36th year of one of the most ignoble misrulers of Sri Lanka. His name was also Mahinda! (Mahinda V 982-1029). Maagha was not a Chola. He was from Kaalinga and some historians say he had a claim over the thrown of SL. Possible. He invaded the country around 1215) and seems to have set up a military government and ravaged the country for 40 long years. Yes. That was a very dark period in our history. Even then those ruthless conquerors did not sell the islands and blocks of valuable lands or natural resources of our country to other foreigners. Nor did the borrow heavily from any institution like World Bank or IMF on the pretext of developing the country and burdened generations of citizens with loans beyond redemption. We can not say this UNHRC trap was set on us by India or any other country. Only those with vested interests in the present system cannot see that it is of our own making. Made in Sri Lanka by some Lion Brand people mislead by over enthusiastic patriots and some boot licking journalists!

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    Malinda. We should not forget that so many countries helped us in so many ways to overcome the LTTE. They could have easily refused to help us had they looked at it as another ” Internal Affair ” that precludes international intervention. And your reference to history seems to be a well timed one. Chola king Raja Raja though he was powerful enough to extend his kingdom to several lands in the far-east, only the northern part of SL had fallen under Chola rule in his time. It was Rajendra I who subjugated the whole island and made it a colony of the Chola empire ( present day TAMIL NAADU !). This tragedy occurred in the 36th year of one of the most ignoble misrulers of Sri Lanka. His name was also Mahinda! (Mahinda V 982-1029). Maagha was not a Chola. He was from Kaalinga and some historians say he had a claim over the throne of SL. Possible. He invaded the country around 1215) and seems to have set up a military government and ravaged the country for 40 long years. Yes. That was a very dark period in our history. Even then those ruthless conquerors did not sell the islands and blocks of valuable lands or natural resources of our country to other foreigners. Nor did the borrow heavily from any institution like World Bank or IMF on the pretext of developing the country and burdened generations of citizens with loans beyond redemption. We can not say this UNHRC trap was set on us by India or any other country. Only those with vested interests in the present system cannot see that it is of our own making. Made in Sri Lanka by some Lion Brand people mislead by over enthusiastic patriots and some boot licking journalists!

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    The writings by Malinda should be taken with a pinch of salt. As somebody said he is pleasing the boss to keep his position. He is full of patriotiism with daughter studying at leading christian school. When time comes he will sent them to the West for igher studies, the West he so much hates.Grow up man, we know who you are.

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      Yes there are many parents at this school, my self included, who are really disturbed by the fact that this racist sends his children to this school. This is a school the prides itself on inclusion and is happily multi-ethnic….so why does this guy who goes on and on about sinhala Buddhism send his children here?????Why not one of the leading sinhala Buddhist schools malinda ???? We remember your outbursts after soma hamuduruwo,s death nd your stand on the conversion bill…..but then again, for all his anti-west rhetoric, his family members spend a lot of time back packing around america!!! Hypocrisy at its best!

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    Malinda must be a damn fool to expect India to vote for us when so much of Pressure mounts on India to vote against Sri Lanka at United Nations not only by Tamil Nadu but from several other states including the opposition BJP.

    This entire article has no meaning, utter rubbish. A complete waste of cyber space. The last part of this article sounds very childish, no professionalism at all. This is how the kids react when they are hurt. A man who is supposed to be educated and grown up should never react like this in a public domain. Utter Shame!

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