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Timely Tribute To Sandya Ekneligoda; A Wake Up Call To Gajan Ponnambalam!!

By Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

Disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda on 24th January 2010 has captured the attention of the media and the international Human Rights Organizations to such a scale due to the determined effort of Prageeth’s wife Mrs. Sandya Ekneligoda. For the past six years, she has with relentless determination and in the face of unimaginable pressures, pursued justice over her husband’s disappearance.

The now ousted semi-Gestapo regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa in a dastardly manner silenced questions, but could not dissuade Sandya Ekneligoda from pursuing her mission for justice. Despite facing a stream of abuse, insults, intimidation, threats etc., etc., she continued her campaign fearlessly. She battled her way through with sheer determination that even reached the corridors of the United Nations. Armed with steely willpower, she campaigned and used the much discredited legal system operating under Mahinda Rajapaksa to file a Habeas Corpus application to unearth the truth about her husband’s disappearance.

SandyaEven the bloody murder of the Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge allegedly killed by the state intelligence operatives did not receive as much interactive engagement from the immediate family members. Conditions were created by the State for all those associated with Lasantha to leave the country or their voices were silenced with death threats, intimidation and fraudulent legal maneuverings. Under the present government, Lasantha’s case too is receiving considerable attention like seeking the truth about the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.

If Sandya Ekneligoda had succumbed to the menacing pressures of the Machiavellian Rajapaksa regime, her husband’s likely murder would have remained unknown and with time forgotten like many hundreds of thousands of unaccounted disappearances and killings in Sri Lanka.

The change of government permitted Sandya Ekneligoda to pursue her campaign further. According to latest news, the probe has reached the final stage with several soldiers and officers being arrested. If not for Sandya Ekneligoda, the investigation would not have reached this far.

The worst of her experience was when she was confronted by the insolent monk of the extreme right wing Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagoda Atte Gnanasara at the Homagama Magistrate’s court two days after the 6th anniversary of the disappearance of her husband. BBS and Gnanasara Thero are the tools deployed by the Rajapaksa regime to whip up communal hate as a political tool. They tried to test their limits with the new government that has given the freedom to the judiciary to dispense justice in accordance with the law. The judiciary too responded in kind to assert its judicial authority.

Even the cold blooded murder of the Tamil Congress leader Kumar Ponnambalam in January 2000, who was carrying out a vituperative campaign in the media during Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga’s presidency, did not get the much needed pressure from his family that has made a name in the legal field . Their legal standing from grandfather to the grandson, along with their immense financial resources was stalemated. The initial outright effort of the family came to naught because of gossip about Kumar Ponnambalam’s extracurricular activities. These were attributed to his killing at Ramakrishna Road, in Wellawatte. In fear of humiliation, no pressures were put on the government to investigate. Investigations and pursuance of judicial process were stalemated whilst the killers are still at large without paying the price they deserve for the killing Kumar Ponnambalam.

Gajan Ponnambalam groomed by his slain father to become a barrister, did not feel an inquiry on his father’s brutal death is worthy of pursuance. He compromised his feelings for his father and his legal training at the altar of social and political expediency. Whatever may be the reasons, justice should have been sought and made to prevail. Kumar Ponnambalam’s murder is a major blot on his family’s sense of justice and Sri Lanka’s commitment to law and order in days, hopefully relegated to the past. This case must be reopened too. I hope Gajan Ponnambalam will get this process rolling.

When I think of the current efforts in the UK to go after famous BBC’s Jim, former Prime Minister Ted and many other acclaimed personalities who are either dead or in the dying stage over allegations pedophilia or rape, I wonder when the day will come for Sri Lanka to seek justice for all those who were murdered or maimed in a cold blooded manner by agents of the government.

This is why I hold Mrs Sandya Ekneligoda in high regard for her relentless effort to seek justice – a woman who deserves the highest recognition for her inspirational standing to find the whereabouts of her husband and seek justice on behalf of all of us and for us.

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  • 8
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    How about the innocent civilians !! Unlawful killings from 1958 !! Till today !! Why not Mr.Rajasingam Jayathevan raise his voice for these people !!

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      Kailainathan

      In response to your comment. This what I have said in my article:

      ‘When I think of the current efforts in the UK to go after famous BBC’s Jim, former Prime Minister Ted and many other acclaimed personalities who are either dead or in the dying stage over allegations pedophilia or rape, I wonder when the day will come for Sri Lanka to seek justice for all those who were murdered or maimed in a cold blooded manner by agents of the government’.

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        If International community took actions to stop blood thirsty LTTE early, None of this would have happened! Until LTTE was winning and killing, your mouths were shut!
        We should follow what America do to terrorists, Drone them, Bomb them, Detain them. Spying against the country is treason!

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          srinath.gunaratne

          “We should follow what America do to terrorists, Drone them, Bomb them, Detain them.”

          Where are you going find LTTE to drone, bomb and detain them. The state has already killed the terrorists and some are being held in detention. Do you know where the rest of them are?

          By the way, do you have any drones to bomb?

          I know a few members of LTTE, KP, Karuna, Pillayan, ….. Gota had few. VP did a favour to Mahinda, ….

          “Spying against the country is treason!”

          What is there to spy?

          Would you let the military intelligence know that spying against the innocent civilian is morally wrong, here I am not betting on legality?

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          Hi srinath.gunaratne sad to read this parochial comment. Who created LTTE? It was your Communal minded politicians fanatical minded chauvinistic Sinhala Buddhist Masses in robes and plain sarong clad thugs. The present President has acknowledge this, then why are you blindly harping on the same foolish argument. Try to become civilised and forward to bring about peace and stability. Get out of your box!

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        Rajasingham Jeyadevan:This is what I said in my article ….

        “When I think of the current efforts in the UK to go after famous BBC’s Jim, former Prime Minister Ted and many other acclaimed personalities who are either dead or in the dying stage over allegations pedophilia or rape, I wonder when the day will come for Sri Lanka to seek justice for all those who were murdered or maimed in a cold blooded manner by agents of the government….”

        The sexual allegation in the UK came about not because Prime Minister David Cameron ordered an inquiry! But due to investigative journalism followed on by Jim Saville case and then the police took over.

        And again you show your stupidity of comparing private and personal sexual activities of ex MPs and other public figures, in the UK to mass murder of innocent Tamil men women and children, who surrendered to the Sri Lankan Army, under the watch of ex President Mahinda Rajapakse

        Are you suggesting that the British PM is aware of these sexual activities and keeping quiet?

        You have a scatter brain.

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      Rajasingham Jayadevan

      RE: Timely Tribute To Sandya Ekneligoda; A Wake Up Call To Gajan Ponnambalam!!

      “The now ousted semi-Gestapo regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa in a dastardly manner silenced questions, but could not dissuade Sandya Ekneligoda from pursuing her mission for justice. Despite facing a stream of abuse, insults, intimidation, threats etc., etc., she continued her campaign fearlessly. She battled her way through with sheer determination that even reached the corridors of the United Nations”

      “The worst of her experience was when she was confronted by the insolent monk of the extreme right wing Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagoda Atte Gnanasara at the Homagama Magistrate’s court two days after the 6th anniversary of the disappearance of her husband.”

      A brave lady. Fortunately we have Yahapalanaya, to protect her. If not she would have disappeared. Yes, this is the tip of the iceberg, but this tip is her husband. She is not waiting for others, she is taking action, to make them do justice.

      If all the victims kith and kn did the same, it would have made it more difficult for the killers.

      Please support her in her mission, to find out what happened to her husband and the father of her children. Yes, there are thousands of Sandya Ekneligoda’s in the country. Can’t we at least support one such victim?

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksxncifngDE

      If I would have been the policist here, I would use an injection to tame this Rhyno man.

      Wording is no second to one grew up on the street.

      Why the courts did not consider all this …

      Human association should be limited to this man.

  • 14
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    You waste your time by advising Kumar’s son.

    Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is busy destroying Mr. Sampanthan, Sumanthiran, Mavai, TNA, Tamil nationalism, and Tamil’s right to self-determination.

    His ambition is to be a MP in the SL parliament and take oath under 6th amendment. 69th amendment says Tamil have no right to have separate state.

    He is good in fooling Tamils who still believe in a separate state.

    Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam doesn’t know any politics.

    This is the problem in SL. Who ever come through family politics, earn bad name for their families.

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      Gajendran Kumar’s political naivety and ambition should be not be clouded with his private and personal family matter.

      It is distasteful for the author to suggest that Gajendran Kumar and his family doesn’t care about the murder of his father.

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      I am no admirer of Gajendrakumar or his new ‘grand alliance’.

      But what is there to commend about the TNA or other Tamil outfits?
      They have been fooling the Tamil population with false promises for now over 60 years. They spurn any friendly hand from the South, antagonize the Muslims. Keep mum when the LTTE goes on a killing spree or abduct childen for cannon fodder.

      Tamils are leaderless.
      They have only careerist charlatans for MPs and PC members and ministers.

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        SJ

        “Tamils are leaderless”

        You mean after VP.

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        SJ
        Tamils are leaderless.

        You must have some guts to stay that on this authors blog.

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        Native Vedda

        Sorry to differ.
        It was because they were politically leaderless that they ended up with VP.
        The contests were all along about personalities than policies (like much of the Tamil debates on this and other websites).

        The Sinhalese had a tradition of contested political views, tarnished after the left faded away, but still there.

  • 13
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    Rajasingham Jeyadevan there are many Tamil mothers, wives, sisters , brothers who are bravely fighting to seek to find what happened to their beloved son, husband,brother who surrendered to the army. The same applies to Sinhala mothers , wives and sisters who wants to know the fate of the missing army personnel.

    Why dot you write about them? You just wrote an piece that everything is hunky dory in the NE and upcountry

    You just want to make cheap publicity from a current affairs high profile case in Sri Lanka !

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      Rajash

      What is wrong with you?

      You must comment sensibly without allowing your emotions to run high.

      The write-up has punchy points. You could have raised them to prove that you are a real Kotiya or a Singhaya.

      For instance. RJ mention of ‘gossip about Kumar Ponnambalam’s extracurricular activities’. You should have asked what are these extracurricular activities.

      Is it playing with the marbles, hula-hoop, batta game, pussy chasing etc. or more seriously the grown ups hanky-pankies?

      I am really getting fed up with you. You never listen to my advise. You are progressively proving to be a stubborn little twit. Hope you understand what I mean. Don’t take it personally.

      Still I love you my darling. We must meet one day and sort out your deteriorating metal capacity to respond in a mature sense.

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      Rajash

      Hope you understood the theme of my article.

      Charity must start from home. Being a barrister groomed by his father, Gajan Ponnambalam must take the bold step to seek justice for his fathers death and go further to reach the ‘ many Tamil mothers, wives, sisters , brothers who are bravely fighting to seek to find what happened to their beloved son, husband,brother who surrendered to the army’.

      I am willing to team up with you when you come out of your anonymity to espouse the very cause you are advising me to promote. Just arm chair talk from a cold corner of the world is not helpful.

      I am going again to Sri Lanka again soon. Are you willing to join me to take up the issues you are suggesting.

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        “Hope you understood the theme of my article”
        Seek cheap publicity.

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        Rajasingham Jayadevan

        “Rajash Hope you understood the theme of my article. “

        Let’s help Rajesh. Now and then, he misses the theme of the articles.

        Lesson Plan
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        http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/building-reading-comprehension-through-139.html

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          Look Amarasiri;

          what ever the political difference people may have, you don’t make a joke or fun out of the death of some one’s kith and kin. what ever may be the circumstances that lead to the death.

          Now lets talk about the theme.
          This is a typical Rajasingham Jeyadevan tactic.

          He picks on one of the hot stories in Sri Lanka, that was covered in CT as well ; he give his two penny worth opinion that no one asked for and write it on CT and then hijack the issue to attack his opponents.

          I don’t need fuxxxng lessons on reading.
          People like you don’t have the brains to see through Rajasingha Jeyadevan’s foxy ploys.

          Amarasiri – where is the link between journalist Ekneligod’s disaapearance and Kumar Ponnambalams’ murder?

          Look at the heading “A Wake Up Call To Gajan Ponnambalam!!….you might think this is about Gajan’s stance on some political issue..but no Rajasigngham Jeydadevan is demanding that Gajan investigate his dad’s death.

          What a hypocrite and [Edited out]. What right he has to demand publicly any family to investigate the murder of their kith or kin?

          then he conclude his article with his two penny opinion on the investigations in the UK of ex politicians and celebrities on possible sexual crimes.

          so tell me what is the theme?

          The theme is for idiots like you

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        Rajasingham Jeyadevan:I am willing to team up with you..I am willing to team up with you…”

        My foot …I don’t want to tarnish my reputation…

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          Rajash

          See Amarasiri too vouches my judgement of you with his comment ‘Let’s help Rajesh. Now and then, he misses the theme of the articles’.

          Don’t keep on harping. You are losing your credibility.

          Gajan Ponnambalam is a not an ordinary individual. He is in the public eye. His responsibility towards his dead father is being questioned and he needs scrutiny.

          What is ‘fuxxxng lessons’. You are creating new words for the dictionary. Whatever said you need to learn F*****g lessons hard way as your brain stops somewhere in the negative territory and it is strange.

          Then you say,’My foot …I don’t want to tarnish my reputation…’. What do you mean? You imply that your brain is in your foot? How can you save your reputation when your brain is in your foot.

          Think Rajash think before tapping the key board too fast. You must start using the pen instead. It will help you great.

          I am really getting fed up with you. Please do something to correct you.You are going to loose a good friend. I cannot keep on advising you. I am also now old and must settle with compromising health conditions.

  • 14
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    I endorse the writers’s praise for Mrs. Sandya Eknelligoda to trace the whereabouts of her husband, his final resting place and destination. It would be recalled that when the matter was raised at a UN forum as to the whereabouts of Prajeeth, the then Attorney General, Mohan Peiris sidetracked the issue by stating that something to the effect that Prajeeth had been seen in some country in Europe thus putting the issue temporarily to rest. He did a preemptive strike to help the Rajapaksa for which he was rewarded by being made the Chief Justice. Bensen

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    There are many “Sandyas” in the north and east whose husbands were incarcerated by Gota under the PTA merely on omplaints of the police and army, and still remain in custody without trial.

    There are family members of those massacred in the north and east on 115 occasions from 1956 to 2001 by the army and police, for the only reason that they were tamils.

    When these protest, army intelligence in civvies are threatening them.

    Why is Jayadevan concerned only with this one case which has been mentioned umpteen times in the media?

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      Dear justice,

      Rajasingham Jayadevan is a Tamil, and it is good that he says this of a Sinhalese victim of Rajapaksa rule.

      Wherever possible, I have written about Tamil victims. If we write only about the losses on our side, the litany of atrocities becomes a predictable exercise of political propaganda.

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    Yes, she deserves the highest praise. Instead of giving her that praise, her husband’s murderers tried to cloud the issue by talking about aspects of personal life designed to humiliate her.

    Sandya Ekneligoda has single-mindedly been pursuing this one objective of ensuring justice for her husband. I found myself seated next to a lady on the 30th of December 2014, at a meeting of Dr Vickremabahu Karunaratne’s NSSP, in the New Town Hall, on Greenpath. It was only politeness for me to speak to her before the meeting commenced. She identified herself as the wife of Prageeth Eknaligoda. She was then convinced that her husband was alive – somewhere. Quietly determined she was, to ensure that he was found; I think that in wishing her well in her endeavours, I may even have voiced some skepticism. I’m sure that by now she must have accepted the harsh truth. I saw her a year later – same place, same date; I’m not a member of Comrade Bahu’s party, but I do support so much of what he has done – again unappreciated by so many – for so long. That second time I did not get an opportunity to speak to her; a woman of great character. One wishes there were more of her ilk!

    I have also found something that Sandya Eknelligoda had written to CT many years ago:

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/1000-days-after-disappearance-of-prageeth-ekneligoda/#comments

    Yes, while we may feel that not ALL our expectations have been fulfilled during the past 14 months, there has been a tremendous improvement in the Public Life of our country.

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    People like me who came to the UK long before you came and got your PR by claiming Asylum know all about you.
    You started supporting LTTE and [Edited out]. Even then you like to play double game by having links with Colombo and Madras. During this period you licking you know what is it of Prabaharan. But because of your big mouth you fell out with Balasingham .
    Bala, taught you very good lesson by informing LTTE in SL and you were over the moon. You were boasting in London saying LTTE leader has asked you over to Vanni. But when you arrived in the jungle LTTE kept you in dilapidated building without food or water to teach a lesson to you.
    That is when your wife approached your local MP and cried saying that you are a diabetic and you are being tortured and certainly will be killed if the British Government does not intervene. Then the British spoke to Bala and got you released. Now you are trying to lick the SL government. What a creep!!

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      Noel Rajaratnam

      “People like me who came to the UK long before you came and got your PR by claiming Asylum know all about you.”

      Please explain to us what exactly did you mean when you typed “People like me who came to the UK long before you came”

      Is there a caste hierarchy among those Sri Lankans, those who went to UK before 1972/74 or as students, asylum seekers who went there before 1988, and other asylum seekers arrived there after 1988?

      Do the UK court treat your people differently based on caste hierarchy or on date of arrival?

      Are you being offered exceptional discounts when you purchase from Amazon and other stores?

      Please bear with me as I am bit thick.

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        Native Vedda

        Noel Rajaratnam does not sound like someone who had come before the asylum claimers. He seems to be a bogus asylum claimant.

        He is more of a Gajan Ponnambalam worshiper not responding to the very issue of the son not responding to the call for justice over his fathers death.

        Kumar Ponnambalam made his son Gajan a man by spending for studies in the UK to become a barrister but the son failed to provide the justice to the father who shaped him to become somebody. He represents the very profession that delivers justice and why the son is unable to seek justice for his father?

        This is what Noel should question instead of dogging about the writer with his fanciful story in broken English. He is a man claiming that he had settled in the UK well before the culture of asylum claimants but is struggling to spell out queens English that he should have gained with his long stay.

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          K Sundram

          If the family does not want to investigate the murder of Kumar Ponnambalam its a private and personal family affair.

          Rajasingham Jeydavean has no right to give a I quote “wake up call” in public to Gajan

          Hs motive is to poke fun at the death of Kumar

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            Rajash

            Are you the spokesman for Kumar Ponnambalam’s family.

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              K Sundram “Are you the spokesman for Kumar Ponnambalam’s family. “

              No I am not

              on the same token who are you or Rajasingham Jeyadevan to pass judgement on Gajan vis a vis , how his education was financed etc etc
              did you finance his education, did Kumar borrow money from you to educate him?

              and who is Rajasingham Jeydevan to give a public wake up call to Gajan?

              why is Rajasingham Jeydevan and you lot, 10 years after the death of Kumar, decided to crucify Gajan?

              are you lot self appointed investigators of his murder or is this all a good entertainment?

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    It must be mentioned that in the Case of Sandhya Ekneligoda, the web media played an enviable part by taking up every detail to the hilt &
    supported her to pursue the matter at the worlds highest forum – UN, like the Doctor re his sons murder in Trinco. This is unique and Gajen
    forgetting his father, even at this stage is a matter that will never come-up is my opinion.

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    OK… OK … lets get back to Ponnambalam’s murder..
    On who0se watch was it? Lets it investigated too.

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    Noel is correct. [Edited out]

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      Noel Rajaratnam and Gamam

      I take considerable exception to your slanderous comments made in anonymity.

      These are being made without any verification and I demand that your true identity and contact details are revealed to the Colombo Telegraph for me to take formal legal proceedings against you.

      This demand must be published to ensure that both the Respondents are made aware of their responsibility to respond to my request and those who had read their comments are aware of my intention.

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        Rajasingham Jayadevan

        “These are being made without any verification and I demand that your true identity and contact details are revealed to the Colombo Telegraph for me to take formal legal proceedings against you.”

        Are you being serious?

        What have you lost that you had before?

        This is the only forum which gives us plenty of space to have fun. Where is your sense of humour?

        You have a choice. Either you reason out with your opponent or just ignore. It would be very healthy.

        That is what I do when you publish your article/comment.

        Relax.

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          Native Vedda

          Responding to a naive is not painful.

          But a sadist who make libelous comments in anonymity needs to be dealt differently.

          I can understand the difficulties faced by the CT to keep this debating column going healthy.

          When persons like the ones I challenged and few other conditioned minds undermines the very purpose of this column to make dastardly accusations in anonymity, a way must be found to deal with them.

          I am prepared to stand up for scrutiny on my articles. But the stubborn hate mongers who are heinous in their claims must not be allowed to spoil this forum.

          I sought advise from my solicitors who successfully launched a libel case against a radio station for me.

          In order to protect the good work of the CT, I have decided to hold my breath without even going into the detail of the advise given. A matter that I will discuss if I get an opportunity to meet the editor of CT.

          I trust that responsible debates on the issues in the articles are maintained without prevarications by the dastardly elements.

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            Rajasingham Jayadevan

            As you are a man of the temple, I have only a few words to say to you.

            Summa Iru- Just be.

            Excerpt:

            Summa Iru is a state of mind where there are no polarities, no likes or dislikes, no attachment, in short the state of Godhead where all religions lead to. It is the egoless state in which one would be in the spirit of ‘Thy will is done’ – a state of complete surrender to God wherein one loses the self in the presence of the Absolute. One immediate prasāda of ‘Summa Iru’ is ‘sukham’ or ‘inbam’ (state of happiness) which leads to peace and helps in the path of meditation.

            A subtler interpretation of ‘Summa Iru is, be in such a state whereby neither external objects and their acts, nor thoughts flowing from citta samskaras (i.e. of the recollection of past acts), enter the mind. In other words neither new samskaras nor old ones are allowed to sway the self even to the littlest extent. Saint Tayumanavar says, ‘Sindaiyai adakkiye, summa irukkindra tiramaritu’. Arunagirinathar refers to this as ceyal māndu adanga.

            Ontological Significance of ‘Summa-Iru’ in Tamil Scriptures
            by Dr. S.R. Jayavelu, Madras

            Published in Saiva Siddhanta Vol. XXIX Jan-June 1995 Nos. 1-2,

            If what Noel Rajaratnam and Gamam typed had pricked your ego, you should seek solace in meditation.

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              Native
              You may have heard of German Swamy aka Gauribala an acolyte of Yogar Swamy.
              He had the word “Summa Iru” in Tamil tattooed on his forearm.
              He had even authored a book on the subject.
              The last I saw of him was at Katragama in 1972 on the day of the ‘water cutting festival’ with Parrick Harrigan. Both of them, bare bodied and clad in loin cloth were begging alms from pilgrims.

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              Native Vedda

              ‘As you are a man of the temple, I have only a few words to say to you. Summa Iru- Just be.’

              I am aware of Summa Irukka Soothram as well and have the influence (when I was young) of German Swamy who was an exponent of this Sootram. You do not need to be a man of the temple to practice Summa Iru.

              I am not the full embodiment of the temple I represent, and Summa Iru will not work with those who scavenge in these columns in anonymity. By being Summa Iru, I lost the Tamil Guardian and Tamil School I founded and my belief is to be truthful and uphold fairness in my conduct. It is my way of live.

              I had come across enough of the inwardly scatterbrains- a product of three decades of war and they have come on my way from nowhere and Summa Iru will not work with them.

              If everyone practices Summa Iru in honest sense, the world will be a better place to live.

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              Native Veddha
              the opposite of Summa-Iru is sumanthukondu iru

              I am sure you understand in what context you can apply it here.

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                Rajash

                I am giving up on you. You won’t change. You are going bad to worse.

                I repeat what Amarasiri rightly said.

                ‘Let’s help Rajesh. Now and then, he misses the theme of the articles’.This is your baggage.

                You will come to a point when you need me. Do not fail to contact me.

                I am frustrated.

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                  I am giving up on you.

                  [Edited out]

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    Well now, once again, we’ll have to revive some home truths.

    The fact is that for far too long we have fostered,tolerated, even turned a blind-eye to the Rule of Law. Getting justice in this blessed country has become a lottery. The majority of our political class have skeletons of one sort or another in their cupboards, so they will all be coy in these matters.

    IF only all the families of those with missing showed the persistence of Mrs Eknaligoda, then we might get something done.

    Meanwhile, expect the proxies to insult the grieving, and disrupt the search for the truth.

    The ghosts of the pasts are now starting to haunt us.

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    At the traitor LKs baiting the Trinity Rats did GG junior in? Correct? The country is trying to avoid a Milosovic(MR) going to Hague by fooling the so-called International Justice types. I wish the Xi Jinping take over the Southern Port and Airport as debt repayment ASAP.

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    It is a brilliant write up. Do you recollect why Laxman Kadigamar couldn’t become Prime Minister ?
    People like Gomyn Dayasri are predicting young voters are going to bring back MaRa or something to that effect.
    So it is going to be back to square 1.

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    sandiya eknaligoda is[Edited out]

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    Sandya E, [Edited out]

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    I have followed the comments on this article and comment her, despite fact that I generally avoid doing so on essays written by my brother.

    I ask one question- isn’t it easier to pursue a case of a prominent individual who was murdered in Colombo and on which evidence is easily gathered, to expose the attitude of a government and the failure of law, order and judicial mechanisms?

    The Kumar Ponnambalam murder was a test case that should have been pursued. This murder was a forerunner for many that followed. It facilitated impunity.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran there are many Tamil MPs, Journalist, commentators who were murdered. Ravi Raj and Maheswaran to name two MPs.

      Your brother has some personal motive to drag Gajan to the mud. and he does it very cleverly by hijacking Sandya Ekneligoda court case as the headline subject of the article.

      Ponnambalam family by generation, we all know, are in the public eye. That does not mean they should grieve the death of their family members in public or pursue the circumstances of the death in public

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    I cannot probe his motives. The murders of those you mention are being probed because the alleged perpetrators are Tamil paramilitary cadres/ leaders. Pillaiyan is in remand for his possible involvement now.

    The murder of Kumar Ponnambalam is different. It is much more significant because of his political stance, writings and the reactions of the government of the day. Further, Gajan has the legal training, wherewithal and the political connections to pursue the case firstly as a son and secondly as a politician who is speaking for the victims of the war- dead and missing.

    Dr.RN

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      OK Lets not dwell on your brothers motives.

      You have argued your points very eloquently, unlike your brother.

      Kumar Ponnambalm was murdered way back in year 2000. There are all kinds of speculation surrounding it. So Gajan has all the right as a son to to first treat this as a private family affair. He may well be pursuing and investigating the murder. He may decide to make it all public. We need to give the grieving family the space because of the surrounding specualtion.

      I don’t think demanding an investigation of his fathers murder or making the facts public, is a prerequisite to demand an investigation of the mass murder of Tamils that took place 9 years after his dad was murdered.If the family decides to keep it private they should be allowed to do so.

      Your brother seems to be more interested in exposing the alleged extra curricular activities of Kumar Ponnambalm than his murder.

      Further not all members of the family are bright as their siblings or ancestors. You and your brother is a good example. It is obvious who is the brighter one.

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        Rajash

        You carry some form of personal prejudice towards me in all your comments on anything I write. You do this by taking cover under your pseudonym name.

        With regard to the murder of Kumar Ponnambalam, there is a case to answer.

        In my next writing, I intend broadening the scope to touch on very serious issues for a wider debate to demand a criminal investigation and further if possible to see, justice is delivered.

        In your own comment above, you have stressed that ‘Tamil mothers, wives, sisters , brothers who are bravely fighting to seek to find what happened to their beloved son, husband,brother who surrendered to the army…….’ and further go on question as to ‘Why don’t you (I) write about them?’

        You cannot have one rule for an outspoken leader and a lawyer murdered in the broad day light and another for many other victims you refer to.

        I await to engage with you in my next write up. I hope you will respond in a mature sense by putting your prejudices against me aside .

        ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’—— Winston Churchill

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          Rajasingham Jeyedevan

          you have not responded to the points I have raised.

          Anyhow my advice to you is this. Before you rush pen to paper and then push the send button to CT please scheme out carefully what you want to write. what is the subject matter, what is the key message.Perhaps send it to your brother to proof read it.

          Taking this article you have written there are three unrelated subject matters

          Sandya Ekneligoda pursuit to find what happened to her husband
          Your pursuit of Gajan Ponnambalam
          Sex scandal of past politicians and public figures in the UK

          there is no common thread, you call it theme, to link all these three subject matters you could have been better off writing three separate articles

          Trust me I m not on a personal crusade against you, it is just that your writings and posturing is just irritating and meaningless

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            Rajash

            CT is a democratic forum.

            Remove your mask of ‘Rajash’, and respond to the issues in an open and transparent manner.

            Unfortunately, you will not enjoy the comfort of anonymity if you request CT to publish your articles. You must send them your photograph and your full name.

            Instead of engaging in shadow boxing in the sidelines, I invite you to the public domain. You will have a better readership than in the comment section.

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              Mr Rajasingham Jeyadeavan instead of shadow boxing and using diversionary tactics,, please respond to the points I raised above.

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                Rajash

                You will get my response to your idiocy only in your dreams.

                Good luck to you.

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                  Rajasingham Jeyadevan…You gave a wake up call to Gajan. It’s high time you wake up from your dream world.

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      Rajasinghams,
      Your joint urging of Kumar Ponnambalam to pursue the investigation of the murder of his father, and condemning him for not doing so, would have some merit if only:
      (a) While you were cuddled within the embrace of MR regime, you had not explicitly advocated that the Disapora should be forward looking and not dig up the past, and in that spirit not pursue any international interventions for credible investigation of war crimes that may have caused thousands of civilian deaths. Can you deny advocating that?

      (b) Even when internationals visited Jaffna in the recent years, and mothers, wives and daughters wailed for initiatives to account for the “surrendered but missing” civilians, had you not advocated that all such initiatives should be subordinated to what you felt was the single, the mother-of-all urgency of diversion of water for El Dorado plantations, thus diverting attention from the public cry for mass-murder investigation! Surely, such “murder of thousands” is not second to the murder of a single prominent journalist, is it? Even if you think otherwise, could you show some evidence of your public comments on the murders that went uninvestigated of several prominent journalists, priests and other leading voices whose stature was no second to that of Ekneligoda.

      (c) Having now very explicitly asserted that your own parents were slaughtered by none other than the undisciplined Indian army, if only you had displayed your own conviction of “sons duty” that you want to hold so dear in Ponnambalam’s case, by pursuing the investigation of murder of your own parents, up until the murderers are brought to justice.

      Instead all you do is offer sanctimonious rhetoric, and deceitfully, and with abundant hypocrisy, use a prominent incident to shed crocodile tears with utterly selfish ulterior motives to denigrate your obvious new “enemies”, namely the CM and his supporters. Utterly reprehensible – particularly for someone who has had the privilege of education and exposure, well beyond what the Kelaniya Mervin can boast of despite the “Dr.” title!

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        Kumar R.

        A feminine in Kumar R portrayal using the names in reversal to suit the circumstances to hide the identity. A well known anti- Dr R Narendran and R Jayadevan hate monger.

        You have earned the reputation for shadow boxing like the one who is using your R initial as his pseudonym name that you have used previously to menace us.

        Deception is the game that you specialize in and if you truthfully reveal your identity in an article in the CT with your true name and photographic display, we can a have much more meaningful debates on issues.

        Our duty to our mother and brother were responded in a much bigger scale than you have portrayed herein. Possibly you are so naive and is still struggling to relieve yourself from the clutches of the terrorism inhibited you and is, still not privy to the facts about our dear ones.

        I am glad, at least you know of our dear ones fate in the hands of the IPKF.

        Issues that you raise herein to extend your shadow boxing is not worthy of response from us. I invite you to raise these issues in an article in the CT and I and those who know us will respond in kind to make you walk like the king without his clothes.

        Even the family members and friends of the Tamil human rights activist and feminist who was allegedly shot dead by Tamil Tigers cadres in Jaffna in 1989 for criticizing them to did not reach the corridors of the Courts. They could not go beyond, because of the constraints faced.

        I have sufficiently explained why Kumar Ponnambalam’s family should have taken the legal route in my article and I do not want to add any further to extend your shadow boxing.

        I wish you to move around by yourself throwing punches at the air and get the satisfaction you get thrilled of.

        Please get ready for the next round of shadow boxing as I intend taking up some pertinent issues on Kumar Ponnambalam’s death.

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          Rajasingham,

          Your garbled blabber of obtuse references (“ A feminine in Kumar R.”?! Did you mean “A female in Kumar R.”? Why are you over extending your verbal capability well beyond capacity? Whom are you trying to impress?) and illogical and inconsistent thought process (read the last two sentences, and see if you still think they make sense together?) only confirms you discomfort and shame in finding yourself unable to provide some rational, legitimate response.

          My questions were simple and straightforward:
          What right or credibility do you have to advice Gajan how he needs to pursue the murder of his father, when you are incapable of demonstrating that you moved even a little finger to bring to justice the murderers of your own parents?! What does the tangential apology “Our duty to our mother and brother were responded in a much bigger scale” mean? If it is not mere escapism why don’t you spell out what those ”bigger scale” mean? Or are you too shy to give the details for some reason – perhaps got some pay-off as compensation from IPKF to satisfy you, and that you are too ashamed to reveal? Of course your refusal and tangential reference would naturally lead to speculation of that sort and it is up to you to stem them! You are the transparency champion – remember?

          With what audacity would you champion the murder investigation of Ekneligoda, when you stood in the front lines with Dayan and MR hand in hand discouraging the Diaspora efforts towards impartial investigation of the cruel rape and murder of countless Tamil civilians?

          Aren’t you deviously trying to leverage the convenient opportunity of Ekneligoda incident to pursue your need to undermine and disparage Gajan, and perhaps through that the C.M. just in pursuance of some other selfish goal that you have in mind and you are too ashamed to admit? Just as much as you craftily tried to leverage the “slipper-less student” issue or the “drinking-water” problem – the sneaky pattern of Rajasingham continues regardless!

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            Kumar R.

            What a scatterbrain on an evil mission in man’s exposé –a real mundane mindset reflecting downright weirdness.

            Onus in on you, when you are challenged, to prove that you are a man by disclosing your true identity.

            Unlike other media, I am sure CT will facilitate the space to reveal your identity.

            You must be in your dreams to expect me to respond to your ludicrous and belittling crusade against us.

            Scavenging the thesaurus to let loose your verbal diarrhoea speaks of your hyper tensed mental state and your wicked pursuit to get sadistic satisfaction.

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              Rajasinghams,

              So despite all your grandstanding and boasts of “handling at a bigger scale”, all you guys did towards seeking justice for the murder of your own parents and sibling is absolute DIDDLY-SQUAT (the caps were intentional)! Right?!

              You can escape responding to that, but the readers are now better informed. And, be sure, this will come-up again, and again, to haunt you – you can run, but can’t hide as the saying goes.

              What shameful bigotry that you would turn around and try to pick on and advise Gajan as to what he needs to do! A sheer con-artist, if there was one!

              If you nincompoops are so ignorant to realize, despite your educational background, the privilege of anonymity in journalism, I am certain CT will be able to educate you! All you have to do is ask CT.

              What is this compulsion you have that you so desperately want to take a peek in my pants? Are you that depraved? And deprived as well? Noel was right – you just confirm that you are indeed a creep!!

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                Kumar R.

                You do your homework on your own to find the details you want without shilly-shallying through your posterior.

                I am not someone to be tampered by your obsequious obsession. You will find me a hard rock to crack with your scatter brain logic.

                Let us go for a public discourse either in a public platform or if you are fearful, by disclosing your certified identity and publishing your menacing ill logic’s in the CT.

                Then only you will realise your own insensitive pulses and the fate of the the nude king.

                If you have got your knickers twisted, either you only only your bearded kingkong can help.

                Please go and tight bolt your nuts.

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                  Rajasinghams,

                  In truth then YOU DID DIDLY SQAUT in finding justice for the murder of your own parent! You have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to show otherwise!! And, now you have the NERVE to advise what Gajan should do?! Bigotry at its best!

                  Your squirming, befuddled blabbering, and insipid retorts only expose your current self-consciousness and guilt resulting from my pointing that out something that had escaped you when you decided to pen the article.

                  What’s more, I am glad I helped expand your vocabs – I still recall when in my response under one of your early articles I chose to use the phrase “knickers in a twist” how that sent you romping into a tickled state of fetish fantasy! Glad I was able to educate you on that.

                  Nevertheless, your puerile addiction to such fetishes still remain and are vividly exposed even in this one para response of yours– where, while I inquire about the murder of your parents, you continue to relish on dreams of “my posterior”, “nude king”, “bearded kingkong” (I would hate to speculate what exactly you had in mind)! What a repugnant creep?! I am not the only one who thinks so!!

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                    Kumar R.

                    A banal feminine with the puerile mindset even forgetting to flush out her posterior discharges in her own back garden is using CT as her emission basin.

                    The rant of an insolent degrade with the pussyfooting crusade is only good for her (little) bearded villain buddy.

                    Give up the mantras you learnt in the Vanni jungle and become a true reformist to take on the challenges ahead, even arguing for justice for our late Kumar Ponnambalam.

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                      Rajasinghams,

                      Just continuing to shed crocodile tears for Ponnambalam, having done DIDDLY SQUAT for your own parents! Shameless little twit!!

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                      Kumar R.
                      [Edited out]

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    Why not elaborate on his “activities “? It’s an open secret. From very regular masturbatory massages at Ratne clinic at Thunmulla in his classic Mercedes 180 with dark tinted glasses to sinhala girl prostitutes.

    Don’t attack the suffering son. He’s doing his best to achieve Eelam and is a brave fighter. Gajan is making sure war criminal GOSL is held accountable.

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      Santhanam

      That is the motive of Rajasingham Jeyadevan.

      He starts praising Sandya Ekneligoda, then question Gajan’s inactivity on his dad’s murder and shed crocodile tears that Kumar’s killers are still at large and then he touch on the police investigation on the sex scandal of British politicians and shed crocodile tears why the same is not happening to the war widows.

      The he claims there is a theme. Well if sex is the theme what has that got to do with war widows.

      Rajasingham Jeyadevan motive is to shed some crocodile tears as and lay the platform to provide entertainment on Kumar’s sexual activity and perhaps how aided it?

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        Santhanam & Rajash

        I read the article and all the comments.Where is the reference of sex and prostitutes in the article?It seems you both know more than what the writer or others know. Is it to do with the extra curricular activities of KP? Please enlighten me. This is becoming a thrilling discussion. I am being educated and tell me more about the hidden kinky stories.

        Jayadevan too. Please explain what were KP’s extracurricular activities you are referring to.

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          Dankottuwa Manike

          I think its all hidden in this paragraph

          “When I think of the current efforts in the UK to go after famous BBC’s Jim, former Prime Minister Ted and many other acclaimed personalities who are either dead or in the dying stage over allegations pedophilia or rape,”

          Now when you think of it this paragraph is completely unrelated to the subject matter of the article.
          link this to the following statement “…because of gossip about Kumar Ponnambalam’s extracurricular activities. “

          hey bisto Rajasingham Jeyadevan’s real motive is unmasked

          He is going to reveal it all soon..and he blames the readers for it too.

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            Rajash

            I cannot read anything wrong within the context of the article.

            When you leave out the extension in your quote of ‘I wonder when the day will come for Sri Lanka to seek justice for all those who were murdered or maimed in a cold blooded manner by agents of the government’ you are bound to mean differently.

            Please do not pick and chose and respond and try to respond in an overall context.

            You have responded so many times to this article. What are you trying to prove. If you want to score points against the writer, please do not not abuse this forum.

            Also do not scandalise this forum to extend your personal agenda against individuals.

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              Dankottuwa Manike

              The people who scandalise this forum are those who use this forum to write articles here to venge their personal frustration and vendetta against their nemesis

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                Rajash

                So vituperation to vulgarize this meaningful debate forum is your answer?

                You seems a very frustrated man.

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                  You seems a very frustrated man

                  I am not using abuse language or vulgarising this meaningful forum
                  Yes thank you to CT for providing this forum
                  but I do get frustrated time to time for the reasons I step above and also some times when CTs editorial seems biased

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                    Rajash

                    You are abusing the freedom offered by the CT and then cry foul about it.

                    I feel sorry for you.

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                      You meant to say I am enjoying the freedom offered by CT?
                      I am not crying foul, but I accept readers criticism of my comments including yours

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                    Rajash

                    Go and take a long sleep and try to ‘Summa Iru’ for a while.

                    Just imagine how frustrating time are when I try to help you redeem yourself from your worrying sickness.

                    I too is frustrated with you.

                    Irresponsible Mahinda on one side, not acknowledging my Draft Mahinda Chinthane and you on the other side going at a tangeon, I feel suicidal.

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      Santhanam

      ” Gajan is making sure war criminal GOSL is held accountable.”

      Please explain yourself.

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        Native Vedda

        That is the whole idea of the “Genocide” resolution!

        When the International Community adopts that resolution and hauls the SL Army, Air Force, Navy, STF, Home Guards, all Sinhalese politicians and, if necessary, the whole Sinhalese population before the International Crimes Court the question of Kumar Ponnambalam too will come up, but not Eknaligoda as he is Sinhalese and not eligible.

        Native Vedda, have a sense of humor.
        Many Tamil intellectuals, true and pseudo, writing here have a subtle sense of humor which operates through their subconscious.

        Do not betray your lack of humor by responding to what they say.
        These are gems for generations to preserve

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    Rajasingam Jayadevan.

    So you want to take Legal action for slander eh?
    In Legal parlance,Libel action for damages.

    I do still remember the Libel action filed by Premadasa when he was PM against Anura Bandaranaike.He asked court for damages running into Millions.

    C.Thiagalingam Q.C who appeared for Anura began his address to court saying that the Plaintiff[Premadasa] was not worth one cent!
    This matter was later settled by both sides.
    So remember when you sue for slander you must be prepared for the worst.
    You must have a sense of give and take,and as Native has quite rightly said a sense of Humour as well.
    I am at a loss to understand your concern for the murder of Kumar Ponnambalam all of a sudden!

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      Plato.

      ‘So you want to take Legal action for slander eh? In Legal parlance,Libel action for damages.’

      Under English Law:

      Let me quote: ‘If someone thinks that what is written about is either defamatory or damaging, the onus will be entirely on the person writing to prove that his comments are true in court. In other words, if you make the accusation, you’ve got to prove it!’.

      The remedy is not damages only. It can : ‘Range from an order for compensation, an injunction to prevent further publication and/or a voluntary apology.’

      The case handled by Thiagalingam QC will not have any bearing in this situation. Please read the outcome of the libel case R Jayadevan (me) Vs IBC Tamil to know how the matter was settled out of Court. Google search of the case will help you understand.

      Slander is a false or malicious claim that may harm someone’s reputation and the burden is on the slanderer to prove it.

      You suggest’Give and and take’— at what point?

      My ‘concern for the murder of Kumar Ponnambalam all of a sudden!’. It was always in my mind. Kumar was my good friend and interacted quite well with me and he had great regard for me. I am sad inquiry into his his death died down and his family is responsible.

      Beyond our friendship, (unlike so many other deaths) his should have gone through the process to break the innermost failures of the state to conduct a free and honest investigation and his family did not discharge their responsibilities like Sandya.

      If Sandya Ekliyagoda can do it single handilym with sheer determination,why not those who were close to Kumar who have the legal acumen, status and the resources?

      There utterances herein in the responses of a sycophant who always reflects his animosity in anonymity for reasons best known to him.

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    R.J.

    Thanks.

    If you can lay your hands on the Book Trial of Oscar Wilde,pl read it.
    Incidently this book was presented to my late Pater in 1940 with the compliments of GGP Snr.before he took Silk.

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      Dead right Plato.

      More Singhalese than Tamils, for whatever reason, expressed concern about Kumar Pomnnambalam’s murder at a time when, Kumar P, the boldest critic of the government at the time was cruelly disposed of.
      The TULF (now TNA) was, for whatever its reason, muted in its response. It was still a time for political mystery murders.

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    S.J.

    True.He was indeed a fearless critic of the Government of the day.
    Unfortunately,he did not follow that precept discretion is the better part of valour.

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    S.J.

    True.He was indeed a fearless critic of the Government of the day.
    Unfortunately,he did not follow that precept discretion is the better part of valour.

    The good that men do are interred with their bones.
    Its only the slander that remains.

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