4 December, 2020

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TNA’s Directionless & Docile Leadership

By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

Tamil National Alliance – composing EPRLF, TELO, Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchchi, (ITAK) and PLOTE Led by leaders Suresh Premachandran (EPRLF) Selvah Adaikalanathan (TELO) R. Sampanthan (ITAK) and T. Siddharthan (PLOTE) was formed in 2001 to present a unified approach and stand to face the problems of Tamils ever since they began in 1958. Out of this, the dominant partner is the ITAK or Federal Party as it was called during the 50s and 60s. OF the total of TNA’s parliamentary members elected in the 2015 elections, ITAK has 11, EPRLF had 2, TELO has 2, and PLOTE has 1.

Though all these parties earlier advocated Eelam – or a separate state for Tamils in the North and East, the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution in 1978, prohibited anyone propagating or agitating for separation, thus bringing an end to this 1976 demand which clearly violates the fundamental rights of freedom of speech and expression enshrined in the UN charter.

During the period, when LTTE under its supremo Pirabhakaran, took sole ownership of Tamil politics from 1980s and determined the directions of these parties, the Tamil leaders had to follow and endorse the armed struggle which was forced on LTTE due to the Sinhala Governments obduracy and continued cheatings of Tamil leaders regarding an acceptable political settlement which LTTE believed, would never be honored by any Sinhala majority government.

The armed struggle finally ended with a defeat for LTTE in 2009, unable to face the war against the Sri Lanka government which got the backing of twenty-two countries world wide, paying no heed to the problems of Tamils.

With Mahinda sweeping to victory in the 2010 elections, who was hailed as a war hero above others, TNA opted to persuade the government for a political settlement as promised by Mahinda with a 13+ solution. As usual, Mahinda neither considered nor paid attention to this matter, as he was busy building a family empire with control over the staes economy, finances and institutions. The defeat of Mahinda in 2015 elections brought Maithiri as president from January 8, 2015, and the general elections in July 2015 brought Ranil as Prime Minister. Both of them won the elections comfortably due to the open backing of TNA which the Tamil voters also endorsed and voted. It was the hope and trust of Tamils that the coalition government of good governance would deliver a permanent political settlement meting the aspirations of Tamils and TNA which called for a federal set up of government with a Northern and Eastern province council merder at the elections.

Disappointingly, the 100-day programme of the Government failed to mention any proposal as to the political settlement. Though the coalition government brought legislative measures restoring the independence of commissions including restrictions on powers of the president, the government failed to address the ethnic problem and so far has not disclosed any details or proposals as to the settlement of Tamil’s problems.

The Government has now set out to draft a new constitution and for this purpose has appointed various committees to submit their recommendations which will be presented to the Constituent Assembly, and Parliament for approval and if necessary for a referendum.

In this respect, TNA is cast with the duty to seize this opportunity and use it to the best to come out with proposals as per their own election manifesto and press for their inclusion in the new constitution. The election manifesto of TNA specifically mentioned “a self-rule based on shared sovereignty with the merger of Northern and Eastern provinces under a federal set up within a united Sri Lanka.” TNA has thus rejected a unitary form of government and this was the mandate given by the people to the TNA in the elections. TNA is thus morally, and logically bound by this people’s mandate and election pledge. Any deviation from this undertaking will be considered as a breach of its promise as well as a betrayal of the trust reposed on them by the Tamils who are yearning for deliverance.

When observing the past actions and statements emanating from the TNA leaders, there appears to be neither unity nor unanimous stand as to the steps to be taken to realise these pledges, in the face of the Government’s stalling and non-disclosure of any proposals as to the ethnic question nor any open commitment to consider them.

TNA has itself so far failed to submit their own proposals to the public but has sent conflicting and confusing statements and messages particularly from its leader Sampanthan and spokesman Sumanthiran.

TNA should without any delay review its policy of co-operation, conciliation, hoping for an acceptable solution from the Government. The two-year-old government of good governance is: jet to prove its commitment through sincerity, determination and political will and this appears to be lacking and fading when viewing the past statements of President, Prime minister, and responsible Ministers. Besides, opposition from chauvinists, Buddhist clergy, political opportunists within and outside the Government is growing in strength and size. A coalition front spear headed by the rejected Mahinda who has vowed to capture power by toppling this government and worn out prof. G.L. Peiris and their vociferous members is also engaged in a vicious propaganda against any devolution of powers to the Provinces which was once advocated by them.

The present Government has ignored or impliedly rejected the demands of the Tamils and their leaders. The promises made in relation to the immediate grievances of Tamils were also meant for instant consumption without fulfilment. Some of the promises were the release of prisoners, release of lands, action on the fate of disappeared and missing, repeal of Tamils targeted PTA.

The Government has also flatly dismissed the demand of hybrid court judicial mechanism which is the core of the UNHRC resolution of October 2015. The other proposasl in the resolution remain pure, clean and intact on paper and to be consigned to later archives.

The Government has also totally rejected a federal form of Government including the merger of Northern and Eastern provinces. The words, “a secular and united Sri Lankan state,” also appears to be detested and discarded by the Government. Buddhism, being given the foremost position with duty to protect and foster it will also remain casting a mandatory duty on State to initiate whatever steps necessary to carry out this duty. This clause allows the government in power to build Viharas and erect Buddha statues as fostering and ending in Buddhisisation, and, if necessary appropriation of civilian and state lands particularly in the North and East coupled with settlements of Sinhala Buddhists.

The Government has also rejected its own Task Force’s recommendation like the hybrid court and has not given any positive signals in relation to the other recommendations. The same fate will befall on the six sub-committee’s recommendations including the final recommendations of the Steering Committee which have recommended positive and proper remedies and possible solutions to the country’s plaguing problems, mostly the Tamils problems.

In the face of this negative and hopeless political stand of the south politicians, hoping for a change in Government’s negative approach and conciliatory thinking is like “forcing a horse to drink water in a pond.”

The TNA is thus well advised to review its current approach and weigh its full trust on this faltering and deceptive government which is a divided house like the TNA, with almost nothing to show to the Tamils, TNA’s continued reliance on the Government is unacceptable as the present government is also adopting the past tactics and practice of all the previous Governments. The simple and stark truth is that the issues of Tamils will continue to be dragged on due to political compulsions and necessity of the ruling Government or any Government, exploiting the oppositions of monks to their advantage.

TNA is already facing criticism for its support to the government from Tamils all over including diaspora Tamils. TNA’s leader Sampanthan’s statement that “a solution will surely be made before 2017,” does not stand on any credible evidence, and it looks ‘as good as dead’ like the previous statement of solution before the end of 2016, as promised by Sampanthan.

While Sampanthan and Sumanthiran continue requesting th e Tamils to wait with hopes for an acceptable settlement provisions in the new constitution, TNA’s other partners EPRLF Suresh Premachandran and PLOTE’s Siddharthan are calling on TNA to quit from its participation in the Steering Committee sessions viewing the Government’s rejection of a federal set up of Government, and North-East merger. In this respect, the Chief Minister of Northern province council C.V. Wigneswaran is spearheading his own campaign insisting on the “sticking to the promises made in the TNA’s election manifesto.” The Chief Minister has made successful tours abroad, confirming his stand and support among the diaspora Tamils. His plain and forthright speeches dealing with issues facing Tamils were well received lifting his image as an honest politician and a Leader of Tamils.

However, the Chief Minister is well advised not to rest on the laurels of power position and popularity he achieved which one naturally aspires to achieve but should take steps to move forward expand the political struggles and agitation to a more effective steps. Exposing, informing and educating the public must be followed with actions along with words. Without action one can only provide temporary relief like pain killer medicines. For its part, TNA must shed its present docile and complacent approach and should force a unified stand uniting all like minded parties and groups. The Tamils who voted for the present Government are now feeling let down and the Tamils who voted for TNA must not be allowed to feel let down: There is every possibility for the Government to exploit TNA’s unconditional support is a good ground to ask for more time in the forthcoming UNHRC sessions in May 2017, to avoid positive measures. The Government having failed to implement the UNHRC proposals along with its own promises is facing a difficult session which could be critical and damaging its credibility. It will be an inexcusable mistake if TNA cooperates with the Government as an accomplice to bail out Sri Lanka by endorsing its ‘time buying’ plan and hoodwinking.

Besides TNA’s role as the Opposition Party with Sampanthan as Leader of the Opposition is not above criticism. In fact, the role of an Opposition Leader is now being undermined, being not up to expectations due to Sampanthan’s placid and compliant approach when dealing with the Government’s programme of action and conduct within and outside Parliament. Even constructive criticisms of the Government are yet to be heard, particularly regarding the corruption cases, involving past and present government officials, security personnel, etc., let alone the several promises remaining broken and unfulfilled. Arrests of released youths, torture white van abductions are also continuing while the Prevention of Terrorism Act targeting Tamils is also remaining in force, despite the undertaking to repeal it. TNA is thus cautioned not to commit any blunder in this crucial period, and also advised to launch non-violent mass agitations which the former Commissioner of Human Rights Navaneetham Pillai advocated for the oppressed people.

Thus, TNA carries the duty to initiate mass protests and agitations, and it is not befitting for the TNA Members to join an already public initiated demonstration by the public as co-supporters to way “ we also ran in the race”

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    …Thus, TNA carries the duty to initiate mass protests and agitations

    Eelaventhan Manickavasakar ..who do you think organised the Nugegoda Rally ?

    you think it was Mahinda?

    you are wrong

    it was organised by TNA and the leader of the “opposition”.

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      Tamils are in the correct path to achieve victory. For the last thirty years due to foolishness and selfishness of one person supported by sycophantic and bigoted crowd, Tamils were led down a garden path, the result of which was disgrace to Tamils. Decisions were made without any consultations with the public and executed at gun point, which brought this disaster. When Prabaharan was intransigent to any solution, Sinhalese made a propaganda that they are willing for a just solution, and if only Prabaharan is eliminated that could happen. International community helped Srilanka to get rid of not only Prabaharan but his entire family and bring LTTE to book. Now without LTTE, Sinhalese are being exposed as intransigent and the real cause of the problem of finding a solution according to international norms. Mahinda was given six years to achieve it and when he refused, was politically disposed of. This government may be given more time, but not indefinitely to drag it on. They will be given carrots as well as soft peddling on war crimes, but stick will definitely come down on them sooner or later. Tamils must show restraint and patience, as otherwise the blame will come on them, because the government at present are unable to keep the word to international community due to Sinhala extremist pressure.

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        LOL
        Any solution to be passed in so called it has to have backing of majority of Sinhalese. In order to have the backing of the Sinhalese their concerns will be needed to handle. In all these 50 years none of the SLGs ever put forward their case and defended it in any international forum.

        Secondly Sinhalese do NOT ACCEPT there are traditional tamil lands. If you have a problem we are ready to have a debate and prove you wrong :)

        And given that Muslims in east reject to be part of NE combined province that proposal is lost. And use your grey matter for a minute and see why should the Muslims agree to play second role to you in NE when they can have CM post for themselves in east? The best Tamils can do is work with Sinhalese in east.

        And majority of Tamils live outside north remember that

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          sach:

          “Secondly Sinhalese do NOT ACCEPT there are traditional tamil lands.”

          Which Sinhalese are you talking about? They come in a number shapes and shades? And which one of those you belong to – the dick dock monks followers perhaps?

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          Please remember Srilanka was a contiguous land mass with Tamil Nadu prior to the sea upheaval. So geologically the entire island is a homeland of Dravidian people. several urn burial sites and ancient pottery similar to those found in Tamil Nadu have been found in northern parts of Srilanka. Recently at Ibbankatuwa between Dambulla and Galewela,urn burial sites and artifacts resembling those found in Mohenjadaro Harappa have been unearthed. If impartial survey is done more archaeological sites of Dravidian ancestry will be unearthed in other parts of Srilanka. This proves that Srilanka was a part of Dravidian homeland. Recent genetic studies showed that core genetic material in everyone in Srilanka is south Indian. Are these not adequate for Tamil demand.

          Tamil people are demanding only that piece of land in which they have been living as first immigrants as their homeland. There is ample evidence that Tamils lived in coastal areas extending from Chilaw in the west to Kumana in the south. First religion in Srilanka is Saivaism with pre-Buddhist temples in Munneswaram in Chilaw, Ketheeswaram in Mannar, Naguleswaram in Keerimalai, Koneswaram in Trincomalee and Thondeeswaram in Dodra. Even Veddhas were Saivaites worshiping Murugan in Kataragama.

          As for eastern province, Trincomalee was ruled by Tamil chieftains and the area north of Mahaveli was under Jaffna kingdom at the time of Portuguese conquest. Ancient inscriptions found at Weber stadium and Kantalai proves Tamil presence for over 2000 years. The rightful owners of eastern province are Tamilized descendants of Veddhas and not Sinhalese, Muslims or other Tamils. However the first settlers of eastern province are Tamils. 2000 year old archaeological inscriptions in Tamil have been unearthed around Mahiladitivu and Kathiraveli in Batticaloa. It is in history that Muslims fleeing persecution of Portuguese were settled 400 years ago in eastern province by King Senerath. Also 90% of Sinhalese are recent settlers after independence for political purposes of distorting demographic pattern, done under the excuse of economic reasons. Therefore these people cannot stand in the way of justice to Tamil demand of a merger of north and east. I have explained previously how this could be done which will be win-win situation to all the communities.

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      Eelaventhan Manickavasakar:

      I think now you have money or at least house to live because of money stolen via LTTE.

      the problem is you don’t have a country. You don’t want to think of Tamilnadu.

      It is so tribalist towards Dalits.

      So, bully sinhale.

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        DALITS = sINALE

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    The besieged Lankan Tamil Nation goes through another period of confusion with Sampanthan’s TNA on the one hand and the radicals behind Justice Vigneswaren on the other. The latter’s recent visit to Canada confirms this where this split became public and more pronounced.

    Sampanthan and friends have adopted a position of wait-and-see allowing the Ranil-Sirisena Govt to win the confidence of the Lankan Tamil Nation through resource-allocation and economic development of the North. The weak economy and complex political situation obtaining in the South dominated by Sinhala extremists both in the Govt and outside of it exacerbates the crisis. India and the international community appear to have counselled Sampanthan and Co not to rock the boat with such matters as the Unitary State, demand for a substantial reduction of the armed forces in Tamil areas, return of land appropriated during the war, the release of political prisoners and so forth.

    Whereas, Justice Vigneswaren seems to have lost the confidence of the Sampanthan wing. He and his newfound friends in the Tamil extreme are is pushing for the N-E merger, Federalism swift allocation of resources and development of the North in particular. A weak Sirisena-Ranil-CBK-Mangala rightist combination is under pressure to win Tamil confidence dogged, as they are, by the lack of finances, rising CoL, growing unemployment, labour and student unrest and corruption being the major headaches.

    The powerful Buddhist clergy plays the familiar game of running with the hounds and hunting with the fox playing politics with both main Sinhala political groups. The economy and, by that the country, continues its slide downwards. Racial and religious tension countrywide is on the rise. The quantum of FDI expected for the development programme has not materialised. Inflation is running high and the SLR/US$ parity is moving towards Rs.165. A widely expected Cabinet Reshuffle may not be sufficient cure for the enormous malady.

    Dishonest and conflicting politics in the past two decades by both main Sinhala political parties has brought the country to a virtual standstill. Unless handled wisely and swiftly the National Question may once again get out of hand to a point where India, in general – and Tamilnadu, in particular may very likely enter our political discourse – once again.

    The territorial integrity of the country is at stake – more than ever.

    Kettikaran

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    Mr. Manickavasakar,

    Are Tamils, who voted this Government in, demonstrating anywhere. Where is the evidence that TNA is facing criticism from its supporters.

    Knowing our past, is an additional 12 months too long a period to give this government. What alternative are you offering.

    (Have you considered all the forces in play.)

    Rocking the apple cart may excite you, but does no good to Tamils.

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    Can someone please tell me what an “acceptable political settlement” is?

    Separate state? Federal state?

    The problem with a Federal State is that after 5 years, per International Law, the said Federal State could have a referendum to secede. With 99% of the population voting on ethnic lines, winning a referendum is a forgone conclusion.

    So, once again, what is this “acceptable political settlement”?

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      A referendum must be held among all Tamil speaking people (Tamil Nation) living all over the island asking whether they desire to have a separate Tamil homeland or not. If ‘yes’ is returned an internationally supervised peaceful migration of Tamil people into the Tamil homeland must be organised to avoid Indian scenario at India Pakistan separation.

      Can there be a fairer suggestion than that?

      Soma

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        somaasss

        “Can there be a fairer suggestion than that?”

        When did you discover the ethical concept of fairness.

        I am going to be unfair to the silent majority by being a supporter of your Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto.

        Trust me I am right behind you. We will help you to carve out a small area for the purpose of building your much cherished Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto.

        Therefore referendum is not needed.

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        When the demand of Tamils to live in dignity and safety in their traditional homelands, ruling themselves without interference of the Sinhalese can be easily accommodated within a united Srilanka, there is no need for a division. It is the intransigence of vast majority of Sinhalese based on atavistic fears and supremacist mindset that is preventing this to happen. It has been told to both sides what the solution is. While majority of Tamils are prepared to accept it, Sinhalese are not willing to move forward. The institutional racism in all walks of life in Srilanka will never allow justice to be done to Tamils. Any referendum for Independence is a forgone conclusion, but has the risk of Indian Tamil majority areas also being lost. India will never agree for an independent Tamil state even if Sinhalese are willing to grant. So why think about something that will not happen.

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          Dr Gs

          “When the demand of Tamils to live in dignity and safety in their traditional homelands, ruling themselves without interference of the Sinhalese can be easily accommodated within a united Srilanka, there is no need for a division”

          Do not the majority of the Tamils (Tamil speaking peopl) presently living outside your ‘traditional homeland’ have the right to live in ‘dignity and safety’ ? What level of hypocrisy is this? It is for this reason I always suggest that all Tamils(Tamil speaking people) must be relocated into the ‘Tamil homeland’ once created. The moment you demarcate a ‘Tamil homeland’ the rest of the island becomes ‘Sinhala homeland’ ipso facto. and the Tamils who refuse to leave will be treated as outcast. I do not want to live to witness this pathetic scenario.

          If voluntary mass migration of Tamils(Tamil speaking people) into the ‘Tamil homeland’ occurs India or no force on earth can prevent that.
          (I am supremely confident that not a SINGLE Tamil will go, not withstanding the vicious propaganda carried out by the likes of Native Vedda and Vingeshwaran)

          Soma.

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            somaasss

            “(I am supremely confident that not a SINGLE Tamil will go, not withstanding the vicious propaganda carried out by the likes of Native Vedda and Vingeshwaran)”

            I have already explained to you sufficiently that not a single person will be relocated without their consent except the Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority bigots. The should be and will be relocated if necessary by force to their much cherished Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto in the deep south secured by a huge wall.

            They do not deserve to live among human being.

            Trust me I will help you find, build, and live in your promised land.

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              LOL

              I have already explained to you sufficiently that not a single person will be relocated without their consent ///

              No dear not a single tamil speaker will be allowed in (half) Sinhala homeland in case there is a separation…

              And we will make sure muslim percentage rises to 50 percent in north

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      Rajiv
      An acceptable political solution can be both separate and federal.
      Have you heard the word “autonomous”.The N&E can be that.
      There is another alternative as well.
      Repeal all those provisions in the current constitution that militates against race,religion,language, caste, creed and have an independent judiciary judiciary to enable any aggrieved citizen of the country to have recourse to obtain justice without long delays in his /her search for justice from grievances.
      Apart from that let the country have a system of good governance to get rid of corrupt politicians. That should unite the country.

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        “There is another alternative as well.
        Repeal all those provisions in the current constitution that militates against race,religion,language, caste, creed and have an independent judiciary judiciary to enable any aggrieved citizen of the country to have recourse to obtain justice without long delays in his /her search for justice from grievances.”

        We MUST evolve towards this. We CAN evolve towards this.

        Soma

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          somaaassss

          “We MUST evolve towards this. We CAN evolve towards this.”

          Please don’t dream the impossible. You never evolved in the past nor will in the future. Forget it.

          You will be forced to relocate to your promised land the Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto where you will be free to evolve whichever way you want to along with your fellow bigots Jimmy, sach, Nuisance, Gunaratnam, …….. Ravi Perera, Taraki, thrishu, Sarojini, ….. Dayan, …

          I wish you well.

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      I am afraid Rajiv is not only wrong but appears to mislead the world. Most leading countries in the world are Federal. There has never been an instance where any of these States in their own countries have opted to secede. Of course, there have been feeble attempts like when Madras in India was threatening to secede but they were all still-born attempts influenced by parochial politics. In Sri Lanka, the TNA, speaking credibly, for the Tamil people have declared they are for an undivided Island.

      GoSL has in hand more than one formulae from the Tamil political leaderships for an acceptable political settlement. The problem so far has been the bigoted obstinacy of Sinhala extremism.

      Kettikaran

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      Rajiv

      “The problem with a Federal State is that after 5 years, per International Law, the said Federal State could have a referendum to secede.”

      Could you cite the International Law you have referred above.

      “With 99% of the population voting on ethnic lines, winning a referendum is a forgone conclusion.”

      If the people expressed their general as well as particular will why not let them have what they have voted for. Why should anyone stop the 99% people’e expressed will?

      It is for the Hindians to decide whether this island remains a unitary state, united state or two separate states. Remember even the stupid Pakistanis could not stop Bengalis seceding from Pakistan though it had two powerful all weather friends.

      As a little islander you should be bit realistic about your ability to effect changes or stop changes taking place.

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    Given the history of the Sri Lankan state’s treatment of Tamils and broken promises, the new constitution is certain to be a huge disappointment for Tamils. No surprises there.

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      With every passing day, the Sinhala Nation, misled by the Buddhist clergy and Buddhist Sinhala extremism, makes the prospect of a division of the country inevitable – despite the gallant efforts of Mangala, CBK, Ranil et al. The discussion has begun to enter the political discourse in the South. The question is will the birth of the Tamil Nation see as much bloodshed as the Indian partition (1947) or will good sense prevail in the Sinhala South allowing Tamils now in the South to decide which way they wish to go. India cannot be expected to remain bystanders in such a horrendous scenario. And now we have the new factor of China – who are here in large numbers just as they calculated – courtesy the Rajapakses. Will the fate of a future Sri Lanka left to be decided between India and China – active contenders to regional supremacy and the vital sea lanes.

      R. Varathan

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        Mr Varathan

        “will good sense prevail in the Sinhala South allowing Tamils now in the South to decide which way they wish to go.”

        There will not be any bloodshed. Sinhalese will provide all material assistance for them to relocate which they must. As I always say the moment a Tamil homeland is created the rest of the island becomes Sinhla homeland. Why do you think any Tamil will opt to stay?

        Soma

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          Extremists like Soma might remember when partition happened in India (1947) there were more Muslims in India than Pakistan. This was so until about the 1980s. Indian Muslims post-1947 continue to hold very high offices in the Judiciary, Uniformed Services, State Services, and in every other field of human activity including Business. One became President, several V/Ps, many Chief Ministers of State, leadership in Sports, Bollywood, the Arts. India was Secular to the letter and judiciously separated religion from politics. Pakistan chose religion and remains in ruins and in the process of disintegration.

          What route will Buddhist Sri Lanka take?

          Varathan

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    “Thus, TNA carries the duty to initiate mass protests and agitations,”

    More importantly TNA should initiate a mass campaign to encourage Tamils(Tamil speaking people) who are presently living in areas outside North/East to relocate themselves into the envisaged Tamil homeland. For this is the only path to achieve Ealam with least resistance. Only way to prove to the International community that there is no future for the Tamils(Tamil speaking people) among the Sinhalese. Only way to offset the population imbalance created by colonisation schemes in the East carried out by early Sinhala governments.

    Soma

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    “The Government having failed to implement the UNHRC proposals along with its own promises is facing a difficult session which could be critical and damaging its credibility. It will be an inexcusable mistake if TNA cooperates with the Government as an accomplice to bail out Sri Lanka by endorsing its ‘time buying’ plan and hoodwinking”.

    TNA must display its disappointment and displeasure loudly and effectively locally and internationally before and during UNHRC session in March. There is a possibility that this government, too, might disappoint the minorities like its processors. Joint Opposition and un-Buddhist monks will try their best to arouse the hooligans to disrupt the government activities. They shouldn’t be the reason for postponing and disappointing one-quoter of the population. The majority have been having their say and way for far too long and it has been a dismal failure with mounting debts and begging bowls. There are compelling reasons for the government to change course at least to see if it works better for the whole country .

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    Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

    Even at your mature age you are unable to think wisely and practically.

    Is it article to justify asylum application in Canada.

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      The image is that of the father of the writer who passed away some years ago I understand.

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        That is the image of Eelaventhan himself

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        Friend of EM
        Thanks and I am terribly sorry about that.
        Normally he writes as MK Eelaventhan, and he has been quiet for a long while and I thought that he was no more and that the name was is son’s.

        My sincere apologies to him and I wish him a long and healthy life.

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          Sekara: Good of you to instantly acknowledge the error and apologise, though you will find it difficult to hide an element of prior wishful thinking, in recognition of services rendered by MKE and his ilk to the community.

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          Sigma
          That part on wishful thinking is MOST UNFAIR.
          I am not from the tradition of politics that “sentences” traitors to death and celebrates the death of those who disagree; or even the one that eternally judges people as good or bad.

          I never agreed with MKE on many issues, but there were matters like Hindutva and the propagation of the Baghavad Gita as a universal ‘Hindu’ text where we agreed for completely different reasons.
          He can be extremely subjective, but always outspoken, and even got into trouble.
          I was no admirer of his views, but respected his frankness.

          As I said earlier, we often imagine in others traits that are ours.
          Thus I suggest that it will help us if we can be a little less judgmental on others.

          There is the interesting narrative that when a sage wanted to know from Krishna how many of the people on earth were good and how many bad, he asked Suyodhana (Dhuryodhana) to look for good ones and Yudhishtra (Dharma) to for the bad.
          Both returned negative answers. Suyodhana could not find a single good person and Yudhishtra not a single bad person.
          I think that there is much sense in the story.

          Difficulties in perception are in one’s mind.

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    Instead of beating around the bush why does’nt Manickavasagar just say that he wants a separate country? The Chief minister of the North is an outright racist
    and a coward who from being a Chief Justice is now wetting his pants in fear of the Tamil diaspora.

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      Justice, not Chief Justice. Please do not give him more credit than he deserves.

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    Much of this is subjective old hat.
    The divisions in the TNA are not based on policy. They are about rivalry for position.

    To insist on a Federal Tamil State at this point of time is not to achieve anything but to provoke further resentment among the Sinhalese against federalism.

    There are forms of autonomy other than federalism with greater devolution of power and access to power for the people rather than politicians.
    Devolution of power in matters of social, economic and political life of Tamils and Muslims, is attainable through devolution in forms other than federation.
    Using a term to which the Sinhala is allergic for even the wrong reason is not political wisdom. I would even say that it is calculated mischief for a few.

    Politics is about the possible. There is still a strong desire among many Sinhalese to settle the national question in a fair manner. These tendencies are weakened by intentionally provocative moves that rely on foreign pressure to achieve certain petty goals, which have little to do with the welfare of the Tamil people.

    I agree that the TNA is a lost cause. But its rival groups and their sponsors among the diaspora and other unknown hands are even more lost.

    Why do we not challenge the NPC to do its duty by the people by acting within its legal powers rather than waste time passing idle resolutions by the score? Will it not strengthen the trust of Tamils about the capacity of their leaders to govern properly?

    Why cannot the Tamil parties agree to (i) demand full implementation of the 13th Amendment and (ii) make constructive proposals for its improvement to ensure greater autonomy within a united Sri Lanka?

    The answer is simple: keeping the national question in boil is essential to Tamil nationalist politicians. A solution means diversion of attention to other real issues and thus loss of livelihood for the few.
    Much the same applies to their counterparts in the South.

    It is time that a fresh, sensible Sinhalese leadership moved in and joined hands with serious minded people among the minorities other than vote-gatherers.

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      “I agree that the TNA is a lost cause.”

      Oh, come on, Sekara! You are too harsh. These days, the TNA are not doing any harm to the Tamils. Isn’t that itself a great achievement for a Tamil leadership?

      “But its rival groups and their sponsors among the diaspora and other unknown hands are even more lost.”

      Absolutely.

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    Ealam Tamils demands are unjustified, unrealistic, unnecessary and based on lies, myths, fantasies, ignorance and stupidity, were fed by their colonial masters to divide and rule the Sinhala-Buddhist country.

    Tamil stupid demands cost valuable Sinhalese’s lives.

    No need for a new constitution, just abolish the 13 amendment and make the great language of Sinhala the only official language of Sri Lanka.

    Those who don’t want to assimilate with Sinhalese must make them face Tamil Nadu and give a good kick up the back side.

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      Johnny English

      “Tamil stupid demands cost valuable Sinhalese’s lives.”

      Had the Sinhala/Buddhist racist establishment valued Sinhala people’s lives it would not have killed so many innocent people in 1971 and between 1987 and 1990.

      Johnny, I think your little brain under your bump needs respite.

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      Lol! John your current (whatever it is) job is all wrong for you. I suggest “stand up comedy”
      You will be a $millionaire overnight.
      Also why sinhala? that is relatively new,lets go back to the original language “sanskrit”.

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        Also why sinhala? that is relatively new,lets go back to the original language “sanskrit”.

        Tamils arw the Sinhala and Sanakrit experts. but, Tamils use tamilized- Sanskrit words.

        If you don’t know sinhala has lot of Maghadhi Pali) influence.

        I heard Tamils homeland was a continent just 84 million years ago (even before the time of Dinosaurs) and it is under the sea near Mauritius.

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          Mr. LINGUISITC PTOFESSOR, Sinhala came from Tamil. As you claim, its all in Youtube. Sinhala is not a language, it is just a dialect of Tamil.

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    Or is it Pali?

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    Mr Manicavasagar
    Tamil cause is a lost cause for ever. There is no point in harping on the old stories. The Tamil political leaders then and now are not worthy of their names mentioned.

    As an example Amirthalingam and wife Mankaiatkarasi spoke one thing in the North and another in the South. That is what Sambanthan and Sumanthiran are doing now. Mavai , one of the trio is very silent nowadays.
    On the whole politics is a dirty game .

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      Tamil political leaders have been driving their flock towards a mirage, in true sense of the word. Thousands dropped dead in the run.

      Soma

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    Through out his career Eelaventhan has been a rabble rouser and a rebel lambasting everyone except himself. He has been in and out of political parties. He was expelled from FP and later from TULF. He joined the TELF, but it virtually folded up after V.Navaratnam the founder of the party left Ceylon. In 2004, he was appointed by the LTTE as a TNA national list MP, but he lost his jmembership when he absented himself without leave for more than 3 months. His attempt to get the LTTE to re-nominate him ended in failure, because of his performance in the parliament earned him the nick name court jester.
    Today, he is facing deportation by the Canadian immigration after losing his battle to gain immigrant status. If by chance he is deported, very unlikely considering his age, that will be his third deportation. He was expelled by India not once but twice as persona grata.
    It is easy to criticize others but it is difficult to deliver. If he is interested in the cause not his self he should go back to Sri Lanka where his services might prove useful. Unlike during Rajapaksa’s dispensation, today he is safe to return to his native land. His name is not in the terrorist list although he is a member of the TGTE committed to win Tamil Eelam.
    During the 2015 parliamentary elections Eelaventhan laboured hard appealing to the people in the Northeast not to support the TNA but vote for TNPF led by another discredited politician Gajendrakumar. And predictably Gajendrakumar’s party lost deposit in all the 5 electoral districts it contested. It was a repeat performance like 2010. Even the EPDP, UNP and UPFA did better than the TPNF!

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    Contd
    The TNA has abandoned its confrontational and separatist politics and instead campaigning for autonomy for the Tamils in a UNITED Srilanka. R.Sampanthan, who is the leader of the TNA, wants a solution to the national question that will be acceptable to all the three major communities in Ceylon.
    Constitutional process got stalled for a few weeks because of ultra Sinhalese – Buddhist SLFP ministers who are still close to Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, the Steering committee headed by the Prime Minister has resumed sittings.
    Eelaventhan who is a prophet of doom and gloom should study the constitutional process carefully without mistaking windmills for giants like Don Quixote.
    Unlike the 1972 and 1978 constitutions, Tamil Representatives are fully involved in the constitutional process. This is real progress. The six committees (Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Law and Order, Public Finance, Public Service, and Center Periphery Relations) have submitted unanimous reports and they look encouraging, Notably the Sub Committee on Center Periphery Relations chaired by T.Sidarthan, MP is very progressive. The committee has recommended the abolition of the Kachcheri system and vest the entire administration in the hands of the Provincial Council.
    It is true the constitutional process is painfully slow, but it is moving in the right direction. Tamils have immense faith in President Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and TNA leader R.Sampanthan that they will jointly solve the national question once and for all. They should not fail the country and the future generations. For the country to progress communal peace is a must. So let us give the constitutional process a chance to succeed.
    Demagogues like Eelaventhan should exercise patience till the constitutional process is completed and until then not to upset the apple cart.

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    Double talk of all politicians has brought Lankawe to stand still. During the 2015 elections campaigns, TNA made a pact with CC in order to support them. But TNA’s double talks have suppressed that pact. In other words, all pacts Lankawe made with FP, India, USA during war, UN, and UNHRC were torn off by Lankawe. But the TNA-CC pact was torn off by TNA by suppressing it.

    After making a pact with CC, TNA got along with CC to say in the campaign that they never agreed on any matters. TNA’s act of this was like a mother killing her child. Now, Yahapalanaya has let down TNA on the promises of 2016 constitution is making and action plan for UNHRC March 2017 sitting. So, TNA reduced itself to a toothless snake by killing its own pact.

    When TNA released a statement in December 2014 saying that CC will bring a solution, which will address responsibility and accountability with transitional justice, within 90 days, CC campaigners immediately denied having any pact with TNA and made TNA leaders to sound like bunch of drug addict scum buckets, talks in hallucination. Then, they went further and promised in south that no leader, no commander and no soldier will be investigated, army will be withdrawn from North. CC campaigners promised reducing EP’s authority with 19th amendment within 90 days. Though only within about 6 months, those promises were still accomplished. Now, not with in three months, even after three years Yahapalanaya is not bringing transactional Justice or a constitutional solution for Tamils. When America was cheated, Ambassador Blake said in Congress that America was cheated. But when TNA realized it has been cheated, TNA fooled Tamils to believe that it was working on a secret solution with government until everything exposed completely naked.

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    Though government promised a 90 days solution for TNA, it never talked anything about Tamil even after it passed the 19th amendment, well after the august election and until September 30/1 UNHRC resolution was passed. The promises made to Sinhala South also did not go well with every one of them. On the important matters, it had made complicated promises to Sinhalese. While it activated TNA to go for campaign for it in the North, it went dangerously against Tamils in South.

    Some Sinhalese who got tired of Old Royals trannies, murders, white van kidnappings, corruptions, etc. were ready to untie with Tamils and take the country to new direction. But the campaign for CC put the wedge to that change. That positive change was not nurtured; that positive change was not cultivated; that positive change was not bought up. But rather it was nipped on the butt. CC never educated the Sinhala South about unity of Tamils and Sinhalese; It never talked about a secular democratic government for Lankawe; But rather demanded TNA to unequivocally declare in the North of its commitment for unitary government and it promised in South to preserve foremost place for Buddhism. While denying the existence of the agreement with TNA, CC team infused fresh anti Tamils sentiment by promoting the Genocide war as heroic patriotism against Tamils. There they issued a not asked for promise of No, leader, no commander, no soldier investigation. One of the CC (or even the main) promoters was Sobitha Thero. He could have easily persuaded to campaign to take the country from Ayatollahs administration to secular democracy. But CC team deliberately went ahead with a new lease for Sinhala Buddhist Opportunisti-sm during the election campaign.

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    Though complicated, Yahapalanaya is struggling to have the promise given to South of no investigation fulfilled. But the remote control of that is misplaced accidently in UNHRC by Mangala. Yahapalanaya then issued another promise to UNHRC with constitutional change to recover the remote control. But the appearance of New American president have given new hopes, new path, new ideas to recover the remote control in UNHRC and bring it back to home so that 2015 elections promises made to South can be fulfilled.

    While TNA was campaigning in the North for Solution, Justice, land release, North East- Merger, Power devolution, Army withdrawal, Freedom for PTA arrest and release of all missing persons in hidden locations, CC team campaigned in South proposed economic developments by arrest of corruption, No investigation on Murders Tamils but, investigation for the murders done in South. But these promises became unfulfillable as the war heroes of the North are ones carried out murders in the South too. Unfortunate for Yahapalanaya, neither investigation of corruption nor impunity mask needed for North became lift-able in South. So, though the SLFP-UNP coalition talk was displayed as promising to IC (West), the fueling of anti-Tamils sentiment promoted in 2015 January & August elections, recreated the same groups with the original anti-Tamil racial philosophy, but with new names as Yahapalanaya and Joint comedies. Yes, the line between SLFP and UNP became murky, But the line between Yahapalanaya and Joint Comedians become prominent. So the Same old Sinhala politicians, with the same old Philosophy of anti-Tamil racism, reestablished full scale antagonism to each other competing for the name of best Tamils beaters. The Old Royals, after with some shuffles, are reborn as New Royals. So Appe Aanduwa has locked itself the strong anti-Tamil cocoon it weaved for election.

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    TNA’s doubled talked back fired on it not achieving anything for 3 years after supporting CC to come to power.

    During 2015 election campaign, the foreign governments acted only with a narrow minded wish of regime change, utilizing TNA. So, we write here on CT describing this act as, to save their favorite UNP, IC was killing TNA. That day of our casual expression of the past experience has become Today’s enlightened foretelling. As Tamil cannot get anything out of UNP or SLFP, but something is only possible if there is change in the mind of UNHRC and UN.

    Now TNA is fully leaning on Kathirgamar to survive for next election. Thanks for Kathirgamar to take Lankawe case to IC. Kathirgamar wanted to get free arms and support to Chandrika and Old King against LTTE. So he went around the world and vilified Tamils freedom war as terrorism. 32 countries listened to his messages. They got involved into Lankawe’s war. By the grace of Kathirgamar who sacrificed his life for his masters’ political opportunistic deeds, now the IC has come to know who Appe Aanduwa is. They know all facts. If they act on the facts on their hand TNA will be saved. If they don’t act this time, TNA will be split forcefully. IC will be handing over the political decision of Lankawe’s fate in the hands of Sinhala Buddhist. The result will be fatal. Lankawe will be turned into a Chinese province for the commission received on corrupted contracts.
    TNA has lost the ability to act now. Sampanthar may soon withdraw from politics by the blunder was done in 2014-2015 elections.

    For seventy years from the time they cheated Soulbury, Appe Aandu has not done anything positively.

    Unless IC acts urgently, especially Tamils will become international Orphan community.

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    Mallaiyuran in his long rigmarole is firing on all four cylinders blaming everyone except himself. The decision to support the CC by the TNA was not taken lightly. Between an autocratic and communal minded Mahinda Rajapaksa and mild-mannered Maithripala Sirisena the choice was clear. The TNA could not have asked the Tamil people to vote for Mahinda who was celebrating the victory of the armed forces with pomp and glory.
    Although Mahinda claimed during the war that he was conducting a humanitarian operations (not war) against the LTTE to liberate the Tamils from the clutches of the LTTE (no one asked him) after war he treated the Tamils shabbily. He humiliated the Tamils by confiscating more private lands and allowing the armed forces to lord over the people in the Northeast as they pleased. Not a single house was built by the government to the war victims. IDPs remained in camps without basic facilities. So the TNA supported the CC after talking to Sirisena, Ranil and Chandrika. There was no pact only trust on both sides that the national question must be addressed. It is true the Yahapalanaya government has not solved all the pressing problems faced by the Tamil people. The Tamil people are frustrated. More could have or should have been done. However, some progress has been made.
    The army which was harassing the people is now confined to barracks and the Police powers vested in the armed forces have been withdrawn. In Vali North 1947.5 acres of land have been released out of 6381.5 acres occupied by the army. In Sampur 1055 acres of land have been completely released a year ago and re-settlement is in progress.

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    Contd
    The draconian PTA has been suspended and replaced with one based on international standards. Out of a total of 217 political prisoners 118 have been released. A law was passed by the parliament in August, 2016 to create an Office of Missing Persons (OMP). The govt. has co-sponsored the UNHRC Resolution 30/1. What more space for democracy has increased. The mid-night calls by the army and the police have ceased.
    The Constitutional Assembly has been created and in two months time the draft constitution will be ready. And for the first time the Tamil representatives are s participating in the constitutional process unlike in 1972 and 1978.
    So not everything is lost and the TNA is hoping a satisfactory political solution based on self-rule for the Tamils in their historical habitat will be worked out to solve the national question. The only stumbling block is Mahinda and his ultra Sinhala – Buddhist nationalists. TNA is pinning its hopes on the IC as well as the goodwill of the fair-minded Sinhalese.

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    right now, there are too many Tamil politicians. Tamils are over represented in the North. One reason is most of the Tamils are in the South. right in the middle of the war, as soon as security people allowed Tamils moved to South.

    So now, that should be a concern to Tamil politicians too.

    Yahapalana govt is not going to reduce the number of politicians. they keep on increasing until it helps the each party.

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      The new constitution is going to double the Tamil
      Politicians and reduce the Sinhala politicians by10%. So it’s all going as planned.

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    Every Tamil racist donkey here now seems to be more focused on their right to stay in the Sinhala homeland than creating the Tamil homeland.

    Sumathitharan must be wetting in his pants.

    My intention is to bring the issue of” Right to stay in the Sinhala Homeland once the Tamil Homeland is created” to the fore as the main subject of discussion.

    Soma

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    LTTE remnants living abroad and have no connection with SL should shut up and keep quite. Sampanthan and Sumanthiran, unlike UNJUST Wigneswaran are capable of getting the best deal for the Tamils. When I say Tamils not only for Jaffna Tamils, for all the Tamils living in Sri Lanka and for all the minorities. Petty minded LTTE remnants living abroad with their educated children who do not even speak Tamil and who do not even marry Tamils are creating trouble so that they can collect money from the working class Tamils abroad and build homes and run in Tesla cars. Crooks of the highest order.

    When an investigation is conducted of the atrocities during the war, which includes LTTE atrocities, foreign judges should be appointed ONLY to investigate the actions of these LTTE remnants abroad and detailed reports to be presented to the overseas governments where they are living so that they can be kicked out of those countries.

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