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TNA And SLMC Support From A Reconciliation Point Of View

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

TNA and SLMC/NMF support is a welcome development for the common opposition candidate although this move was partly anticipated from the beginning. While the TNA previously announced that they would take a decision by the end of December, it was not clear whether they were simply going to ask the people to vote ‘as they prefer’ or for the ‘best candidate,’ without committing themselves clearly for the opposition. Supporting the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was completely out of the question and a boycott of the election also was rightly perceived as unlikely. Among those scenarios, the present position taken by the TNA to actively support is not only positive for the opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, but also good for the future prospects for reconciliation in this badly battered country by animosity, conflict, differences of position and misunderstandings, not to speak of the war or the atrocities committed therein by both sides.

Major Reasons

Major reasons for the continuing obstacles for reconciliation in the country since 2009 have been triumphalism and unwarranted fears propagated mainly by the government, and particularly at this very moment for temporary political and election gain. The government could have been magnanimous in victory. There is no question that even on the part of Tamil politics, there were equally strong obstacles related to separatist feelings and intransigent policies. On the part of the President, it may be possible that he had some good will initially to resolve the problem amicably. He even learnt Tamil and spoke in Tamil at the UN General Assembly. But soon he got caught up with the theory of ‘melting pot’ and the illusion that economic development would automatically resolve the problem. Undoubtedly, there were constituencies within the UPFA, such as the JHU, and particularly President’s brother, Gotahaya Rajapaksa, in the Defence Establishment who were contributing to this adverse situation. Professor Rajiva Wijesingha MP has outlined some of these events and influences, and lackadaisical policies during the discussions between the government and the TNA.

Maithripala Matale 19 12 2014The position of the SLMC or the National Muslim Front (NMF) is different as they were part of the government. For some time, they were forced to remain in the government irrespective of atrocities committed to their community and religion, because if they had left the government on those issues, the situation could have become worse. It was like blackmailing and keeping the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. The BBS actually was the sword. The common opposition candidate and his winning prospects have given them some hope and hence is their departure. While the SLMC undoubtedly has a discreditable record on changing sides, some of these predicaments are understandable given the precarious situation that their community was/is placed within the political situation in Sri Lanka.

Aftermath of the announcements of the TNA’s and the SLMC’s positions, the government has accelerated its propaganda machine to discredit the opposition candidate about a betrayal of the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and the Sinhala Buddhist heritage to a foreign conspiracy and to the minorities. While the Daily News is at the forefront of this despicable propaganda campaign along with the government controlled TV stations such as Rupavahini and ITN, unfortunately some other newspapers and media outlets also have become part of this campaign through the agents planted or cultivated in these institutions.

Needed Realization

One thing that the Tamil and the Muslim communities and their political parties should realize is that those Sinhalese who would vote for the opposition candidate, this time particularly, are going against these propaganda, of course with some assurances, in order that some settlement to the country’s national or ethnic question should be reached through alternative and negotiated means. If Maithripala could invite the TNA to join hands in defeating authoritarianism, family rule and nepotism towards democracy and good governance, he or his supporting parties could also invite the TNA and the SLMC for a negotiated settlement for the ethnic question in the future.

Likewise what the Sinhalese voters and their political parties including the JHU who are in the opposition should realize are that (1) if not for the support of the TNA and the SLMC, the brutal Rajapaksa regime might not be defeated and (2) particularly the TNA has extended its support to the opposition candidate irrespective of the pressures from within and outside not to do so from extremist sections. The support is a good will gesture on moderate policies without any condition and therefore it should be reciprocated in order that peace and tranquillity in the country is firmly established.

The Opposition’s Nallur meeting in Jaffna on 30 December was a good omen for future reconciliation, if Maithripala Sirisena wins the presidential race on the 8th January. All indications are promising so far. By the time of the meeting, the Tamil translation or version of the Manifesto was available. Before his long speech, Maithripala has released a white pigeon as a good will gesture for peace and friendship. His main thrust of the speech was to highlight the breakdown of rule of law all over the country and to underline the corruption and mismanagement in the Rajapaksa administration. He has emphasised the grievances of the peasants, famers and ordinary people of both communities who are facing considerable economic difficulties. He did apologise for being part of that government in the past but emphasised that he was waiting for the right opportunity.

Maithripala apparently didn’t make any cheap overtures to placate the Tamil voters, as Tamils, to win over votes or sympathy. On the TNA support, he has said “I did invite the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to support the opposition and President did the same. But the TNA has accepted my invitation.” He has also categorically stated that “there is no written agreement between myself and the TNA.” It is at this meeting that he revealed that there are over 40 political parties and organizations supporting his candidature now. He also said the following.

“By stopping the sounds of guns you cannot establish unity and full fill the needs of people. All religions in Sri Lanka stress about the importance of creating peaceful minds among people. We should aware on problems faced by our own people and need to solve them.”

Above is a very clear statement or sentiment for reconciliation and acknowledgement of grievances of the Tamils.

TNA Statement

It is very clear from the statement issued by the TNA that they have not unduly taken the opportunity to place demands or make claims on behalf of the Tamils or on their own interests. At this election, they have taken a firm stand first and foremost on the overall national issues.

Explaining the reasons for their decision, they have said “The values of democracy, good governance and rule of law have suffered unprecedented assault under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.” Then they have highlighted major deviations from those cherished norms in the country under the present regime: (1) Inexorable move towards dictatorship under the presidential system particularly after the 18th Amendment (2) Subversion of the independence of the judiciary and the impeachment of the Chief Justice (3) Devaluation of Parliament as the country’s main legislative body (4) Abolition of the 17th Amendment and thereby subverting the independence of the state institutions and commissions and blatant political interference in appointments and (5) Subversion of the free media and civil society organizations.

Therefore the main conclusion of the TNA has been that “it is essential for the health of Sri Lanka’s democracy that the authoritarian and dictatorial trajectory on which the Rajapaksa regime has set the country be reversed urgently.” This is particularly why they have decided to support the common candidate at the presidential elections.

The statement has nevertheless underlined that the “The Rajapaksa regime has been particularly harmful to the wellbeing of the Tamil speaking peoples of Sri Lanka.” Referring to the discussions that they have had with the government on reconciliation or more precisely on a political solution, the statement says “Despite the opportunity presented by the end of the armed conflict, the Rajapaksa regime has signally failed to engage genuinely in a process of evolving an acceptable political solution, except to engage in deceitful and dilatory exercises.”

Challenges

The above is something that Maithripala Sirisena and the Common Opposition should particularly note down for their own future dealings, hopefully not in the distant but short to the medium term. It is true that the main thrust of efforts in the first 100 days would be on what is outlined in the candidate’s Diary. However some of the basic grievances of the displaced Tamil community as outlined in the statement with respect of resettlement, rehabilitation, housing and livelihood could be addressed parallel to the major reforms during the 100 days. These are the challenges for the opposition learning from the Rajapaksa mistakes. Maithripala has vouched for the full implementation of the LLRC Report.

Reconciliation is not something that one could achieve overnight or within a short duration of time. Sri Lanka may have to go for a parliamentary election by April. What is important before that is to show the political will and resolve to achieve reconciliation and perhaps take the first steps in friendly talks and establishing goodwill between political parties and among the people while addressing the urgent issues. The civil society organizations that are behind the common opposition could undoubtedly play a major role in this respect at the people’s level – on bridge building, consciousness raising and education.

Winning Prospects?                       

One may say that I am expressing wishful thinking and there is almost a week to go for the presidential elections and in between anything could happen particularly in the context of government’s propaganda against the so-called ‘Maithripala-TNA Secret Agreement.’ But my bet is that people in the South, by and large, will not listen to that nonsense. Not that they are completely or largely free from those xenophobic fears, but different issues have come to the election forefront.

At the political level, people are opposing the third term, family rule, corruption and violence by the government goons at various levels. They want to free themselves of those evils. The opposition has given a promise to abolish the presidential system in addition to establishing rule of law and good governance. There is a clear roadmap in the opposition candidate’s Diary for the first 100 days. The Rajapaksa manifesto in contrast is a repetition of the old slogans and promises. On the issues of sovereignty, territorial integrity or unity of the country, the people in the South would consider the credentials of Rajapaksa and Sirisena to be almost equal. They would not see an imminent danger of separatism. One may say that the voters are not that rational. But they are not that irrational either.

At the socio-economic level, although some developments have taken place, the vast majority’s basic needs are not addressed and corruption impinges on the benefits as the people feel or perceive. The opposition’s rather exaggerated propaganda on corruption (2/3 commission!) has been effective. The decisive sections of the election undoubtedly are the rural voters both in the South and the North. They are traditionally concerned about two main issues: Land and Education. Here land does not mean ‘real estate,’ but land for cultivation and other related essential needs such as water, fertilizer, marketing etc. These are completely unaddressed issues by the Rajapaksa development trajectory particularly during the last five years with obsession for mega projects and large commissions.

Who is worried about ‘Lowa Dinana Maga’? (The way to conquer the world). That is the thoughtless title of the Rajapaksa manifesto this time. It shows the mentality of a megalomaniac. This election will be won, on the contrary, by the opposition candidate on the basis of ‘basic needs’ and ‘basic rights’ of the people.     

The opposition has put forward the strategy of an all-party and a national government. If this strategy materializes and put into practice with care and caution, it may pave the way for reconciliation at the political level. It would be left for the civil society organizations to prepare the people, educate them and change their consciousness in order that this golden objective is achieved.

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    Excellent analysis as usual by the erudite and practical Dr. Laksiri Fernando.

    Hope his hopeless and self declared political scientist of a student ,Dayan Jayatillke ,reads this article by his former Guru and learns even now how political developments should be interpreted not with personal agendas coloring one’s view but with a clear,unbiased mind. Hope always springs eternal!!

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      “The opposition has put forward the strategy of an all-party and a national government.”

      Has this political “scientist” bothered to think as to how a government made up of Hela Urumaya and TNA and the Muslim Congress can make decisions relating to the security and foreign policy of our country?

      HU wants the army in jaffna, TNA, out. Hakim wants a Muslim “adminstrative district”, HU, not.
      c
      These pseudo “scientists” going around offering opinion and analysis have no admin or operational experience to see how rdiculous a government led by Ranil and Chandrika will function. chandrika will wake up by 3 pm nd Ranil will be practicing Mr Bean routine all day!

      This is why the Sri Lankan people will never elect Sirisena as president. Thank God for that.

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        Email

        “These pseudo “scientists” going around offering opinion and analysis have no admin or operational experience”

        Did you mean Dayan and Nalin?

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          Native Vedda

          You are a master of commenting on comments but nothing original of your own. Is it due to lack of grey matter.

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            Original,

            If you can read between lines of what Native writes, you will find plenty of messages. I have also seen him writing good responses on many occasions.

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            Original

            “Is it due to lack of grey matter.”

            If you are biologically implying that I didn’t have a spinal cord surely I wouldn’t be sitting here and typing whatever I type.

            If comments are stupider than the the original then someone somewhere has to say so. I have taken upon myself to full fill this as an important religious duty.

            By any chance Dayan and Nalin are related to you.

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              Native Vedda

              You have proved that you dont have any Grey Matter.Grey Matter is up the top and Spinal Chord runs down the back

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                Original

                “You have proved that you dont have any Grey Matter.Grey Matter is up the top and Spinal Chord runs down the back”

                For your information, Grey matter is also present in spinal cord

                (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11008/)

                which is mostly absent in Sri Lankans, I should say all Sri Lankan men.

                When all of you are sitting on your brain the question of top does not arise.

                Nothing personal, calm down.

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        Email,

        Have you heard of APRC and its proposals? It comprised of all parties except the TNA; I am sure TNA would have accepted the proposals if MR had started the negotiations predicated on the proposals. Your problems is implicit that you do not want to give anything to the Tamils. Why don’t you say so publicly rather than prevaricating with absolute nonsenses?

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        On the flip side, the Govt is packed with extremists and they are doing a good job at it; hammering the Tamils, Muslims and Christians.

        Rajapaksa worships two people in his political life, JRJ who gave the country it’s Executive Presidency and VP, who continues to give, after his death.

        Something must give, No ?

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          Ane! “whoever” thinks and believes the speech on “…VP, who continues to give, after his death…” must be stupid no?

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        If you have a Will and Courage to find a political solution you can do it. If the people elect the opposition candidate Maithiri that means the Sinhalese people are no longer to listen to the LIES because Mahinda is the only one who still continue with anti tamil propaganda and raising fear about national security. TNA is not a foregin political party and seperation is not their primary objective. They want to find a political solution based on sharing the power with other communities. This is accepted by all political leadership including Mahinda. Mahinda promised openly that he will go for 13+ but his power greediness made him to play double game. every common man irrespective of Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim will agree that people should have freedom from military intervention.You don’t want to see a man with an arm in your bedroom when you wake up in the morning. Tamils immediate expectations is to reduce the military presence in normal life, proper functioning of provincial administration without any intimidation. Reconciliation is about understanding between two parties in equal status and recognising each others concerns and creating trust. Both sides should assume what I will do in his position and vice versa. Tamils should think how do I react if I am in the opposite side and Sinhala should think what I will do in the opposite side.

        The real challege for the incoming government is to create the necessary enviornment for a peaceful negotiations.

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      The cat is out of the bag – DJ can be tracked down in this web-news:

      “Coordinator of the meeting, minister Dullas Alahapperuma has strongly criticised media minister Keheliya Rambukwella for avoiding his responsibilities. He praised, to a round of applause by the others, media ministry secretary Charitha Herath for having garnered the support of Dr. Dayan Jayatilake on behalf of the president. Charitha said, “After the election, we will hand Dayan over to Sajin Vaas Gunawardena. Sajin Vaas knows well about the subjects which Dayan is interested in. later on, Dayan too, will address Sajin Vaas as sir.”

      I hope DJ might leave for an Overseas trip by mid-Jany.15??

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      I have no doubt MS would be th enet leader after 8th of Jan, in case MR would be elected with a thinner margin, the situation will not be easy for them to go for their authoritarian rule as it is the case in ISrael.And the fact that the current election is not GOING to be a free and fair election – there will be all kind of anormalies with the results if the current coalition would be reelected. They the devious man in power will take every illegal action to stay in power is becoming clear ot everyone right these days.

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      Leaders are to lead people with clear vision of the future. If Leaders are led by groups of people, countries would bend down to hell like SL…

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando

      Thank you on the issues raised.

      “TNA and SLMC/NMF support is a welcome development for the common opposition candidate although “

      “The EU Heads of Mission recalled the EU’s longstanding conviction that a peaceful environment is essential for credible elections”

      http://colombogazette.com/2015/01/02/lanka-surprised-at-eu-statement/

      All these issues can be secondary as there is a question as to the credibility of the election.

      So, the Primary issue now is the Election going to be full of fraud or going to be with minimal fraud.

      Mahinda Rajapaksa is very confidant that he will win, because the frauds have already been committed.

      “හොර ඡන්ද පත්‍රිකා හමු වේ” Fraudulent Ballots

      “ඡන්ද පත්‍රිකාවේ SHE 000200-P.E 2015 Government Press PV යනුවෙන් ද සඳහන් කර තිබේ.”

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/sinhala/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13466:2015-01-02-17-24-50&catid=41:local&Itemid=74

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      It is just simple, if you have almost no choice with evils and lesser evils you dont have any other alternative than supporting less evil.
      JHU has always worked on the radical agendas- so would they agree with any secret pacts alleged to have made with TNA. The same with Hakeems. Just to misguide the vulnerable masses, devious agenda of cold blooded MR supporters are being in function right at the moment. These 3 days are crucial for undecided masses to think ONLY alternative is to support for democracy- leaving terror or other false billas (conspiracies) deliberately being spread in the air these days. People of this country are perfectly aware of all the realities but they are sadly easily manipulative. I mean the rural masses.

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    What do you reckon Professor?.

    Have the Vellalas under Sambandan given up on having a Homeland in the North?..

    If you do a piece to convince me that they have ,in the name of reconciliation which you are on about big time, I may even tick Sira’s box.

    Even disregarding Sira’s other bullshit like giving us Good Governance without Commissions and Law and Order without his brothers , son and the daughter in law engaging in nefarious activities.such as bashing even cops kids, hoarding FX in gunny bags. illegal sand mining and creating rice shortages to jack up the prices.

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      Rascist Sumane,

      I am sure you are under the influence of cocaine imported by Mahinda & Co. You are an illegal immigrant from the jungles of India. Stop speak nonsence.

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    Summasekara,

    Have your racist governments dropped the colonization schemes started by Senanayake to fullfill few racist bigots dream? When will you learn?

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    Since 2009 until the end of 2014, we in sri lanka have Progress, stability, Economic Growth and Peace. The last time our nation was like this was the PRE 1956 election.. As it was during the 56 election and now 2015 the so called ‘Common Candidate or the Common Opposition’ is going to contest.. this will only bring disater as it did from 56 until 2009… History does repeat itself.. and thats why a MR victory is crucial a Leadef who has a clear policy for the nation.. The Common Candidate is no leader and has made promises that politically cannot be kept. We will see a Great disaster in sri lanka if he wins.. Broken Promises and the usual communal CArd all will be played.. Then God help sri lanka

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    Time is ripe for dropping the past anomisities and misunderstandings between Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims. This can be achieved with mutual respect, patience, and a give and take policy. All must act in a trustworthy manner.
    The signs for reconiliation are good and has to be natured and safeguarded. E.g. the speech made by Mr. Sampathan to the media announcing their decision on the support to the presidential candidate, he was very clear and unambiguous as to why they choose to suport Maithree.

    It is easier to create distrust and conflicts but working towards peace is a tough task. To achieve this end all good thinking people, from all communities must come together urgently.

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      dcn

      In 1956, rewriting of history was proposed and discussed. Dr. Colvin R de Silva, a reputed student of history wrote;

      PLACING A DIFFERENTIAL EMPHASIS was the need.

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    The man who as Deputy Minister of Defence in 2009 nodded to everything that was done then is now releasing doves above the heads of the people who were crushed. You really cannot make it up!

    The man who woke up everyday for five years singing the praises of MR, and supporting everything he did, now says how evil he was. You really cannot make it up!

    But Mathripala is the best that WE the people have to do the job and so WE the people, especially those of our minority communities, must come out and put our ‘x’s in the right place. Afterwards, we can deal with the New King and his puppeteers. They are already very shy about committing to specifics.

    Ofcourse, all this might never be needed if Gota decides that the country is risk from ‘foreign forces and conspiracy’. Then, all bets are off.

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      “But Mathripala is the best that WE the people have to do the job and so WE the people, especially those of our minority communities, must come out and put our ‘x’s in the right place.”

      Hope Maaru Sira will go around all the polling booths bearing the “right place” so that we can put our ‘x’s there! We have the branding iron ready.

      In the meantime, why don’t you try to resusciate the charismatic, charming and erudite journo you introduced to ‘journalism’, D. Sivaram, to come and campaign for Maaru Sira.

      You are an incurable piece of Skhit.

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    Dear Dr.Fernado;

    TNA And SLMC Support From A Reconciliation Point Of View

    I have some problem understanding the Euphoria surrounding the endorsement by TNA of its support for the common candidate.

    Let me pick up some points and I will give you credit for your candid admission and my disapproval on some which are contradictory.

    1) Among those scenarios, the present position taken by the TNA to actively support is not only positive for the opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, but also good for the future prospects for reconciliation in this badly battered country by animosity, conflict, differences of position and misunderstandings, not to speak of the war or the atrocities committed therein by both sides.

    ***The decision by the TNA is more ANTI MR than PRO MS.

    It is better the Devil that is showing signs of breaking out of the House of Horrors than the Devil who is turning uglier.

    2) Major reasons for the continuing obstacles for reconciliation in the country since 2009 have been triumphalism and unwarranted fears propagated mainly by the government, and particularly at this very moment for temporary political and election gain. The government could have been magnanimous in victory.

    *** Accountability is a Pre Requisite to Reconciliation and the Tamils cannot move on until those ( MR and his Clan) who are responsible for the Genocide are punished. MR and his cronies cannot be part of the reconciliation and this is where I have problem with MS as he was part of the EVIL EMPIRE.

    3) On the part of the President, it may be possible that he had some good will initially to resolve the problem amicably. He even learnt Tamil and spoke in Tamil at the UN General Assembly.

    *** My dear friend he was the Commander in chief of the Armed forces who forced innocent civilians to move to designated safe heavens and then shelled them causing carnage. It was a hollow victory and he doesn’t have the mental capacity to be Magnanimous as he was the Architect of the Genocide. MR is a master of Deception and speaking Tamil helps him to deceive and Tamils wont fall for his tricks. It is not Tamil that he needs to learn but the Language of Love.

    4) But soon he got caught up with the theory of ‘melting pot’ and the illusion that economic development would automatically resolve the problem. Undoubtedly, there were constituencies within the UPFA, such as the JHU, and particularly President’s brother, Gotahaya Rajapaksa, in the Defence Establishment who were contributing to this adverse situation.

    *** I fail to understand how you can say that he got caught up with the theory of melting pot. But you are correct with the second part. He assumed correctly that economic development would automatically resolve the issue of his hand in the Genocide so decided to build sky scrapers over Tamil burial to hide the evidence. The mothers and wives are still looking for loved ones and Mrs answer is that he is also looking but cant find any.

    5) The position of the SLMC or the National Muslim Front (NMF) is different as they were part of the government. For some time, they were forced to remain in the government irrespective of atrocities committed to their community and religion, because if they had left the government on those issues, the situation could have become worse. It was like blackmailing and keeping the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.

    *** I have a problem with your above analysis. Even by staying with the GOSL for longer than necessary SLMC couldn’t have stopped the attack on their community as SLMC were there only for perks without real authority. But MS was a different cattle of fish and he had more clout than SLMC within GOSL and he could have done something to stop the attacks but he failed.

    6) The BBS actually was the sword. The common opposition candidate and his winning prospects have given them some hope and hence is their departure. While the SLMC undoubtedly has a discreditable record on changing sides, some of these predicaments are understandable given the precarious situation that their community was/is placed within the political situation in Sri Lanka.

    *** BBS may be the Sword but the men wielding it were under the patronage of Gotha. Why didn’t the common candidate leave as soon as his conscience became untenable. You might say better late than never but try saying to the bereaved families.

    7) One thing that the Tamil and the Muslim communities and their political parties should realize is that those Sinhalese who would vote for the opposition candidate, this time particularly, are going against these propaganda, of course with some assurances, in order that some settlement to the country’s national or ethnic question should be reached through alternative and negotiated means.

    *** You are counting the Chicken before they are hatched and the past pattern of voting by the Sinhalese masses don’t fill me with any confidence

    8) If Maithripala could invite the TNA to join hands in defeating authoritarianism, family rule and nepotism towards democracy and good governance, he or his supporting parties could also invite the TNA and the SLMC for a negotiated settlement for the ethnic question in the future.

    *** The above is the million dollar question and here is my caveat and I invite you as Sinhalese who can read the Sinhala Pulse better than me to answer the following.

    Assuming that MS after the election embarks on a programme to address the Tamil Grievances without a word in the Manifesto and devolves power to the North & East how will the Sinhala Electorate react.

    I say that we will have Riots on the Street which will make previous riots look PUNI. We will have Tamil Rivers of Blood.

    9) He did apologise for being part of that government in the past but emphasised that he was waiting for the right opportunity.

    *** Actions speak louder than words and we will wait and see.

    10) Maithripala apparently didn’t make any cheap overtures to placate the Tamil voters, as Tamils, to win over votes or sympathy.

    *** Tamil voter is not stupid and they know if the Manifesto is devoid of Tamil Rights then their grievances will not be addressed.

    11) The opposition has put forward the strategy of an all-party and a national government. If this strategy materializes and put into practice with care and caution, it may pave the way for reconciliation at the political level. It would be left for the civil society organizations to prepare the people, educate them and change their consciousness in order that this golden objective is achieved.

    *** It is with reluctance I say that I am not optimistic of a Home Grow Solution as Sri Lankan history is riddled with atrocities on the minority and the Sinhala mind set cannot be changed so easily.

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    Already JHU is a bit disgruntled and they want to recheck with Rajapakse if he would repeal the 13th amendment because they want to reduce the powers of NPC and increase the power of Governors. TNA wants the opposite and remove the army from the North. That means Maithripala has agreed to do what TNA wants and also what SLMC wants. He is promising what is not at all feasible just to hoodwink the voters. TNA and SLMC want to get whatever possible from a burning house and plunge this country to disaster again. Can a bunch of people with diverse political views and interest, and more importantly without an open and explicit MOU rule this country with oneness of purpose? A big NO!

    Chandrika and Ranil have no relevance to the country at the moment. These two bankrupt spineless individuals have cometogether with the only puprpose of opposing MR with vengeance. ‘Rata kohoma giyath kamak nahe, Mahinda gedera yanna one’ that is their mantra. Maithripala is the horse for these two jockeys!

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    Dr.Laksiri Fernando.

    Certain points suggested by you may be correct with regard to the present government and the joint opposition. But when the Tamils are concerned reconciliation with the Sinhala people is far far away. Why did the Tamils asked for Eelam. It was because the Majority Sinhalese did not want to accommodate the Tamils in power sharing. So many agreements and so many talks over the past 70 years proved futile. The war was over and we will not talk about it at the moment, but the Sinhala government could have done a lot after the war to the Tamil people who had suffered immensely by improving their livlihood. Instead their properties were confiscated, over hundred thousand army personnel are stationed in the North, Provincial council elections were held to show the International community that the Tamils in the North were given the power to rule themselves but immediately after the Provincial council elections in the North, the powers vested in the provincial council were removed and the Governor who was a military man was given all the powers.
    These actions do not show any form of reconciliation or unity with the Tamils. it is not certain that if the Opposition candidate comes to power, whether he would reverse those short comings and execute the Tamil demands.

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    The decision of the TNA To support the common candidate MS and the reasons for that decision are admirable.The TNA has been consistent in their opposition to the 18th amendment which had eroded the independence of the Judiciary,the Police and politicised the Public service.It must be noted that the SLMC voted in favour of the 18th amendment,though they now regret for having done so!
    There were initial reports of the Tamil Diaspora calling for a boycott of the Presidential poll or vote as you please to any candidate.The stand of the TNA has demonstrated that they are not dictated by the Tamil diaspora.
    They have laid down their policy to the effect that they are committed to the evolution of a just,reasonable,workable and durable political solution within the framework of an undivided Srilanka.
    Since,the TNA is joining hands with the rest of the country on NATIONAL issues it is imperative that the CC AND THE CONSTITUENT PARTIES address the Tamil national question on a priority basis upon forming the next Govt:

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    What he fail to point out is that, for the past 5 years TNA’s only demand was to remove the army from the North, remove high security zones and they wanted police and land powers. TNA never wanted or never said they want to negotiate about the democracy, good governance or rule of law with MR. If this is TNA want, then TNA should give another chance to MR and negotiate about good governance with him since they don’t want previous demands anymore that TNA hang on to for the past 5 years.

    Now, the question is which TNA statement should people believe, is it the one we heard for the past 5 years or the one they came up with few days ago. If anybody say that, TNA have not unduly taken the opportunity to place demands or make claims on behalf of the Tamils or on their own interests, that is the most stupid, dumbest, insane thing to say. Judging by TNA’s past 25 year history they never ever missed an opportunity to place demands or make claims.

    Are the Sinhalese that naïve to believe a statement “ I invite the TNA so did the president but they accept my invitation” just like that TNA accept MS invitation, really !!!!

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      Sad-ith

      Let me answer it on behalf of the TNA. The statement from the TNA is borne out of frustration since elected as it was the Sinkalam Chandrasri who was controlling the budget the adminitration and everthing else. Mr.Wigeswaran was CM is all but name.
      Political Freedom is more important than Economic Freedom. How would you feel if India ruled you and dropped a few food parcels. What will be your statement.
      Would it be ” MORE OF THE SAME PARCELS” Please. Wake up man.

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        Ka-lie

        TNA is frustrated because they couldn’t their eelam project rolling, now they see an opportunity with bunch of traitors, as usual they will use this opportunity. Northern CM has the same powers as the other CM’s in Sri Lanka he cannot get or give any special privileges.

        Really!!! You people are now talking about political and economic freedom in Northern Province !! man, you have such a short memories. Before 2009 can any of you at least dream about such a thing. Now people in the North can vote and has the freedom, but it is the TNA who deprive the political freedom by not allowing the people to vote according to their aspirations. WAKE UP MAN, OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THE REALITY !!!

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          SAD-ith

          You are a SAD case. Wait for Sanction to be imposed and when you go round with BEGGING Bowls you will know what Political Freedom means. Only a few days to bring you lot to your knees.

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            Ka-LIE

            Keeeeep dreaming Mr lie, first you dreamed about your bloody eelam, now dreaming about sanctions. God bless your sorry soul !!!!

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              SAD

              Hambanthotta Thugs like MR never give up easily and you are no different to the Hambanthotta THUG. The latest EU ban on your rotten fish which is taking effect immediately is just the begining. You cant sell it to Cheenavedi asa they want to export theirs to you. So what are you going to do man. Just read the NEWS.

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          Sadith

          “TNA is frustrated because they couldn’t their eelam project rolling,”

          Neither TNA nor its predecessor TULF seriously believed in Thamil Eelam project. Tamils knew that the Vattukottai resolution was only a bargaining chip and was dead on arrival the minutes it was passed.

          Mrs B and JR falsely believed in their own Machiavellian ability to weather TULF’s little storm however both failed to heed to regional strategic interests. Sri Lankan armed forces and police acted as the recruiting sergeant for Tamil militancy. Militancy does not take root in vacuum.

          “Before 2009 can any of you at least dream about such a thing. Now people in the North can vote and has the freedom, but it is the TNA who deprive the political freedom by not allowing the people to vote according to their aspirations.”

          Just because freedom was denied to people before 2009 does it mean they should be denied forever. I suppose you don’t really believe in cumulative and qualitative improvement to their life.

          You should revisit this island’s history covering the period just before and after its Independence.

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            Grandad:

            You really are talking rubbish. Even with Army Intimidation ( Even Wigneswarans sister was warned by the Army not to vote for TNA) and rigged votes TNA polled 87% and it was peoples spontaneous endorsement on TNA policies which was a carbon print of LTTE.
            What we couldnt acieve with Guns we will acieve through back door.

            EU fishing ban to hit Sri Lanka
            Jan 3 (SL) Sri Lanka will have no choice but to face the fishing ban by the European Union which will take effect from Jan 15. Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathne said that the govt is ready to face the ban and accused former Fisheries Minister Rajith Senaratne of mishandling the matter which led to the EU to impose a ban on Sri Lankan fisheries imports. Minister said that the Fisheries Ministry has taken the necessary steps to protect the fishing industry.

            *** The latest Sanctions are just a warning 5 days before the Election to people like you that there is more to come.

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    Dear Dr.Fernando;

    I am disappointed that you havent answered my questions. I admit I set a tough exam paper but you could have at least had a go at it and there is always the chance of a retake.
    As regards MR speaking fluent Tamil I heard his recent speech in Killinchi and it sounded like Hitler speaking Hebrew.

    By the way Happy New year to you and family. ” Puthandu Nalvalthukal”

    Hope it is a New Dawn for all Sri Lankans

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