21 August, 2019

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TNA’s Sambanthan Ready For Armed Struggle?

By S. I. Keethaponcalan

Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan

Recently, R. Sambanthan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance, asserted that “there is a need to think about an armed struggle if it is the only way to get a political solution.” According to New Suthanthiran, presumably a pro-TNA weblog, the statement was made at the 16th National Convention of the TNA held in Jaffna on June 30, 2019. 

Meanwhile, on July 11, Sampanthan claimed, “the efforts of this government may not be to our complete satisfaction, but they are certainly better than the former regime” (See TNA’s Twitter feed). These are two contradictory messages, which emanate from the differences between the TNA’s promises to and the expectations of the Tamil people and the party’s contemporary politics. 

The first statement implies that TNA has been struggling hard to win a political solution to the problems encountered by the Tamil people, albeit without success. The second statement justifies the need to collaborate and support the UNP-led government because it is “better than the former (Rajapaksa) regime.” The twitter statement was made immediately after helping to defeat the JVP sponsored no-confidence motion. Before delving into the contradictions, I would like to highlight two fundamental problems in the first statement. 

Problems

First, Tamils are not in a position to think about an armed struggle. They do not want to think about an armed struggle. I had the opportunity to travel to most parts of the country in 2017 and discussed politics and social issues with many Tamils, including political activists. None of them indicated that violent methods are necessary to win their rights. My understanding is that the Tamils are a defeated group of people who still live with defeatist psychology. What one can sense among most Tamils is frustration. They are frustrated that the government is not doing enough to resolve their fundamental problems. 

In 2017, many people were struggling on the streets to go back to their homes. People of Keppapilavu are protesting for their land even now. On January 27, 2019, Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka) quoted a protester as saying “We plead with the President to hand over our ancestral lands back to us as promised…This is not an agitation against the government nor the Army.” 

Moreover, the Tamils have not engaged in political violence or even radical mobilization after the end of the war. There is no desire to go back to the violent past. Also, they have not forgotten the destruction caused by the war, especially during the last phase of the battle. They are still dealing with the traumatic past. Therefore, even if Sambanthan decides to take up arms, there will be no soldiers to fight. 

Second, I do not believe that Sambanthan was serious about the need to think about an armed struggle. It was political rhetoric aimed at appeasing the Tamil sentiments. However, if the statement was serious, he did not learn his lesson from recent history. The lesson is that political violence against the state will not work in Sri Lanka. So far, the state has successfully terminated three organized insurgencies — two by Sinhala youth and one by the Tamils. In a way, the Sri Lankan armed forces have mastered the art of counterinsurgency. Therefore, a TNA inspired violent resistance will be brought under control rather quickly. 

Promise and Politics 

However, the second statement reflects the reality of TNA’s politics. It is an ally of the UNP-led government, and it supports all of its actions without getting anything in return for the “Tamil people.” Conspiracy theorists suggest that individual members are rewarded handsomely for the unconditional support. 

Nevertheless, there has been a considerable gap between this unconditional support and what was promised to the Tamil people. The party promised the moon and delivered nothing. For example, during the 2015 Parliamentary election, the TNA pledged that it would achieve power-sharing, implementation of the UNHRC (Geneva) resolutions, merger of the North-East provinces, demilitarization of the former war zone, resettlement of the internally displaced, release of political prisoners, a comprehensive development program for the North-East and so on (See the election manifesto). It could hardly deliver on any of these promises. 

Summing up this reality, M.K.Sivajilingam, a former member of the TNA, pointed out that “Tamil prisoners are still languishing in prisons, lands grabbed by the armed forces are still under occupation, the accountability process is in limbo and the process to bring about a new Constitution has been stalled…” (Daily Mirror, “Tamils Won’t Support any Southern Leader: Sivajilingam,” July 29, 2019). 

The TNA has been increasingly described as a “proxy” of the UNP. The party was more animated when President Sirisena sacked the UNP government in 2018. Tamil critics complain that no such animation could be seen in relation to Tamil issues. This dichotomy is one of the reasons that contribute to Tamil frustration vis-a-vis TNA’s inaction. Hence, there has been a need for TNA to appease Tamils sentiments. The party relies on rhetoric like the one delivered by Sambanthan. One could expect more such statements from the TNA as two national elections are approaching. 

Enthusiasm Gap 

Now the question is, will the Tamil predicament change? The answer is an emphatic no. The government is not doing anything because it fears that concessions to the Tamils will undermine its electoral gains in the forthcoming national elections, especially the presidential election. The TNA continues to support the UNP-led government because of the belief that a Rajapaksa led government will be detrimental to Tamil interest and wellbeing. Hence, it will extend unconditional support to the UNP while talking tough. 

In 2015, when the TNA was tacitly supporting the UNP backed presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena, some of us advocated an electoral pact. The idea was ruled out due to the fear that a formal pact could backfire on the candidate. The same fear will deter an agreement in 2020, and the TNA will extend tacit support to the UNP candidate. 

It is imperative to note that Tamil frustration could become a problem for the UNP. The party cannot win the forthcoming presidential election without Tamil votes. The party does not have adequate support within the Sinhala community to win without minority votes. Tamils, on the other hand, could be less enthusiastic to vote for a presidential candidate in the next election. This possible enthusiasm gap could be costly to a UNP candidate. 

The current politics of the TNA could also hurt it in the parliamentary election. In the past, the Tamils have voted for the party mainly due to lack of acceptable alternatives. This time around, however, Wigneshwaran, former Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, has his party, the Tamil Makkal Koottani (TMK). One can expect the TMK to give TNA a run for its money if it decides to contest the general election.  

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    shoudn’t sampanthan resign the leadership because he could not get the tamils all these things he promised?”For example, during the 2015 Parliamentary election, the TNA pledged that it would achieve power-sharing, implementation of the UNHRC (Geneva) resolutions, merger of the North-East provinces, demilitarization of the former war zone, resettlement of the internally displaced, release of political prisoners, a comprehensive development program for the North-East and so on (See the election manifesto). ” morally it seems to be wrong for him to continue as leader,for duping tamils.

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    Dr K says rightly. Such scholars who can understand the ground reality should tell not only Tamil but the youth of other communities to refrain from violence. It is not possible under the prevailing security measures.
    People of any community are not organized. Therefore, the only solution is to organize people and chase these corrupted political liers and parasites irrespective they are Tamil, Sinhala or Muslim.
    I think that the young generation is realizing this and would gradually use their universal franchise to change the administration and its custodians of this country to enable all human beings to live peacefully.

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      Yep we preach non-violence and patience only to the oppressed people, meanwhile violence is an everyday reality faced by those living under Sinhala military occupation. So called ‘prevailing security measures’ is an underestimation of the situation in North-East, which is a military surveilance state. Just ask any Eelam Tamil living there if they could freely mobilise without intimidation from the military. Who needs your universal franchise when it is used only to give legitimacy to the oppressive state?

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        No need for Tamils to take up arms. They will get all what they want within a united country very soon. Ask Dayan Jayatillake, he knows what is going to happen..

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          You have been satying this.

          Sori Singalam have brought in other powers to check and hedge against Hindia. Even if Hindia wants to, Singalam will sabotage it.

          With buddism given fore most place and Singalam’s monopoly over the so called forces (i.e. violence), nothing can be done.

  • 4
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    Sampathar and Abraham putting Suicide Backpacks on Vellala Youth in Colombo, like the Muslim Politikkas did to Zahran and Ibrahims …….I like to see that………

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      No. Vellalas and Brahmins only want low caste, underprivileged Tamils to go Kaboom while they live in Colombo and enjoy parks, cocaine, European hookers, blue label Johnny Walker etc.,

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    Who is going to lead the armed struggle?
    Mr. Sampanthan ayya is too old. Perhaps Maavai can lead in the battlefield, while Sam Sum can be the advisors.
    What a joker bunch! They need to be held accountable to the Eelam Tamils for their deceitful, failed politics.
    By the way, which Sinhala leader is TNA going to endorse this time?

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    “there is a need to think about an armed struggle if it is the only way to get a political solution.”

    sampu must prove first his fitness for armed struggle.He must take a AK47 ,run with it,do a somersault,roll over the ground twice fire at some targets given and then we must see how much he has scored on speed,accuracy and fitness.No point like amir telling boys will be boys and encouraging and prabha inside a bunker 24/7.This time we want someone who will like richard the lionheart lead from the front.

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    Sampanthan or for that matter the Tamil political class has NEVER presented a draft proposal for consideration which encompasses at least 50% of Tamil Nation (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) scattered across the island.

    Soma
    (I am the only Sinhalese in this forum who supports a separate Homeland for all Tamils)

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      soma

      if sampanthan had given a proposal for all tamil speaking people to be given a separate state consisting of north and east would you say yes to it.If you say no,then all other sinhalese will also say no,so that may be the reason he did not put forward a draft proposal for which you are complaining about.What is the point of putting out such a proposal if it is definitely going to be rejected?

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        Shankar
        As far as I am concerned the only practical solution is one SEPARATE Homeland for ALL Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) scattered across the island. It must emphatically stated that the proposed Homeland should accommodate ALL Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka which includes those who practice Islam as their religion as well and entails physical relocation of Tamils falling outside the envisaged boundary of the Homeland.

        Soma

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          soma

          when you say homeland are you meaning a separate country recognised by UN?

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            Shankar
            Of course provided it accommodates all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island and UN make arrangements for the relocation process.

            Soma

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              soma

              so can the north and east which is considered the traditional homeland of the tamils and muslims be considered as the unit of seperation?Also what happens to the sinhalese living in the east and some living in north etc.?

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                They too will relocate and occupy the space left by moving out Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) 

                Soma

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                  soma

                  so the new country formed will be the current provinces of north and east?You are okay with that?This is important and may be the major sticking point in forming the solution you propose.At one time i used to hear my sinhala friends always complaining that 11% want one third of the country and two thirds of the coastline(I don’t know whether those figures are correct because i have not measured the land and coastline of the north and east),Under your proposal of course it will be 25% instead of 11% that will occupy the new country.I;am okay with that.what about you?

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                    Obviously the Tamils ( all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion j – Hindu/Christian/Islamic, caste or the date of arrival)  are entitled
                    for a Homeland proportional to the total number of Tamils, not less.

                    Soma

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                      soma

                      lets make it simple.Can all the tamil speaking people have their traditional homeland of the north and east provinces as their new country in UN?

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              somass

              “UN make arrangements for the relocation process.”

              So you are prepared to return to your mother country with or without your Tamil brethren.
              When you go take your other brethren Weerawansa, Dhaya, Dayan, Mahinda and his clan, CV Wigneshwaran, EE, Taraki, ……………… all those active saffron clad thugs, Assgiria, Basil, Chana Jayasumana, Navin Nayakka, Shenali Waduge, Sivagilingam, Maharajah, Leader Writer of Island news paper, ….

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          You are again promoting ethnic cleansing!

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    The writer has correctly diagnosed that Tamil people had enough of the violence. It is also suggested that TNA has not delivered on its promises. Whether an alternative Tamil leadership will deliver results is a moot point. But most Tamils believe that TNA and Mr Sambanthar did not make the effort. Considering the attitude of ruling and opposition mainstream parties even an alternative Tamil leadership may not be able to deliver results.
    Mr Vigneswaran has shown leadership and has demonstrated that he will speak out about Tamil grievances courageously. He must be given a chance provide leadership to Tamils. He is also a learned man who has the ability to think through the issues faced by the Tamils.
    Mr. Sambanthar’s call for unity of Tamil people so that he can remain as Tamil leader must be ignored. His recent combative messages must also be ignored as empty rhetoric delivered for the purpose of the imminent elections.
    In the Eastern Province TNA is even more unpopular. It is blamed for different issues faced by Tamils here. Here the the Tamils fear the Muslims more than the ruling Sinhalese. The fear is caused by encroachment and conversions. TNA has not addressed these issues until the demonstrations organised by the venerable Budhist priests. It is hoped that TMK will more actively bring these issues into the open with aim to resolve them satisfactorily.

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      Shan, I wish I could avoid disagreeing with you; but, I am unable to.
      .
      We have had not just enough of violence, but more than that! You cannot fault TNA for that. You seem to suggest that Sampanthan did not make the effort. Anything in particular?
      .
      Your kind words about Justice Wigneswaran does not in any way imply that Sampanthan is not as educated, does it? Sampanthan has to look at things differently because he is the face of Tamils.
      .
      You yourself admit that even an alternative leadership may not be able to deliver results. I’d word it better. NO alternative leadership would be able to deliver. The government is blind to reason. Your assault on Sampanthan is unwarranted and hence unfair. Remember, it is the diplomacy of Hon. Sampanthan that is protecting us at least this much. It is the diplomacy of Sampanthan that is keeping the outside world on our side.

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    The TNA has come one full circle; It is time for them to hand over the baton to some other groups to evolve a new approach to address Tamil grievances Time is ripe for both Sampanthan and even Ranil to hang up their boots!

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    The Tamil voters are fed with the cock and bull stories of TNA and other Tamil Parliamentarians. It is time to call for 100 % BOYCOTT to all the Elections including the presidential race. let the Arya Sinhala Buddhist have all by themselves.

    The Tamils can no more afford to install BENAMI RULERS AND SUFFER IN PERMANENT SERVITUDE.

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    Tamil politics need desperate restructuring, if the Tamil voter want to have some help and if Srilanka needs some solution. Because of that, I like If Tamil politicians begin confrontation. It does not have to be armed struggle. But, TNA is experienced. they just want to have eternal employment

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    S. I. Keethaponcalan, Oh, I like the pedestal you stand on. You could criticise any amount; you don’t have to offer solutions!
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    Of the people you have spoken to not one of them indicated that violent methods are necessary to win their rights. Did they indicate any methods that would win their rights?
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    You say that they have not forgotten the destruction caused by the war, especially during the last phase of the battle. The norms of war were all broken during that final phase. Why would anyone be surprised that there was so much destruction.
    .
    Hon. Sampanthan was not leaning towards another armed struggle. He was only venting his frustration at the way the Government was conducting itself. The implication is that without another armed struggle we would have to remain perennial prisoners in our own lands.
    .
    You also say that in 2015 when TNA was tacitly supporting the UNP backed presidential candidate, ‘Some of us advocated an electoral pact’. The idea was ruled out due to the fear that a formal pact could backfire. Was that not a valid concern?
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    S. I. K, You are a man for conflict resolution. If you have nothing that TNA could take up, simply stay quiet.

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      Thappu,
      You are right. I don’t Sampanthan meant that he is going to organise an armed struggle to find a solution. It is purely under frustration after supporting the united government formed in 2015. It is not only Sampanthan but many other Sinhalese also frustrated after the failure of this government to implement at least 10 percent what they were promised in 2015. It is not only Tamil issue but also the failure of the government to take actions against those who robbed the nation, who murdered jourlalists and human right activists, increased violence against Muslims and bring back the Buddhist Monk violence. The whole country now gone back to 1950’s much worse than before the independence. It is not the Tamils who should take arms. It is the Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils should get together to defeat the country falling under Fundamentalism.

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    Soon after British left, if Hon. D.S.Senanayake put racist fascist bigots Chelvanayakam and Ponnambalam in a dungeon, lock it and threw the key to the sea and warned the rest to learn to live like Ceylonese or get lost the so called ‘Tamil Problem’ could have disappeared. That is the way President Lee Kuan Yew handled things in Singapore. He said go to hell with democracy.
    The first Sinhala-Tamil riot happened in August 1939 when G. G. Ponnambalam attacked the Sinhalese, as well as the Mahawamsa at a meeting in Nawalapitiya. He humiliated Sinhala race and declared that the Mahawamsa was a fabrication. His provocative racist speech triggered the ethnic conflict in this country although many keep on saying that problem started after Bandaranayake made Sinhala the official language. Ponnambalam told Demala Government officials not to learn Sinhala.
    Ponnambalam is the one who asked for 50:50 when the Demalu was only 10%. In order to gain political leverage Chelvanayakam asked for an ‘Exclusive Zone in North East’ for Demalu and depicted Sinhalayo as the main enemy of Demalu.
    We are paying the price for the failure of Sinhala politicians to handle the descendants of slaves brought by colonial parasites.

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      EE

      Go home
      Seeman needs you.
      South India is your ancestral homeland.
      When you go take your Tamil/Saivaite, Arab/Caliphas and Sinhala/Buddhist with you.

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      you can lie.

      You forgot homeless, not-even-worth-toilet shit called Anagarika.

      The name itself say that shit is not worth human living, leave alone he couldn’t get boner with women.

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      eagle eye

      “Ponnambalam is the one who asked for 50:50 when the Demalu was only 10%.”

      he asked for 50% for all minorities.At that time minorities were 40%.He asked for that so that the majority will never dominate the minorities.

      “We are paying the price for the failure of Sinhala politicians to handle the descendants of slaves brought by colonial parasites.”

      what slaves are you talking about you spiv.Colonials brought people to work in both tamil and sinhala areas and you may be one of them,i am sure,but predominantly there have been tamils and sinhalese here before the colonials came and they far outnumber the ones brought by the colonials.Was elara and his soldiers slaves?Was magha and his soldiers slaves?Was the pandya aryachacravarti’s and there soldiers slaves?Was raja raja chola and rajendra chola soldiers who ruled sri lanka for 200 years slaves?Tamils are full of the descendents of these soldiers.That is why a 11% gave a thundering fight to 75 % for 25 years even without an air force.

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        Shankar,
        All those soldiers that you are talking were either killed or chased away back to Hindusthan. There were few Demalu at the time Portuguese invaded Sinhale. Those were the Demalu who were brought by Elara during the time he ruled. While he was dying Elara requested King Gamini Abhaya to allow the people he brought to remain in Sinhale. King Gamini Abhaya promised that he will allow those Demalu to stay in Sinhale and he honored that promise.
        If it is not for the slaves brought from Malabar, the present Demala population is around 3%.

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          eagle eye

          “All those soldiers that you are talking were either killed or chased away back to Hindusthan.”

          these were victorious soldiers,not defeated ones.no sinhalese defeated raja raja chola and rajendra chola.Similarly magha was not defeated and the subsequent 400 year rule of the jaffna kingdom by the aryachakravartis.Only for a brief period of 17 years sapumal kumaraya defeated an arya chakaravarthi and ruled jaffna with his capital at nallur and built the nallur temple.The defeated aryachakravarthi returned after fleeing to madurai,with a huge army and defeated sapumal kumaraya.Some soldiers may have been killed as you say in battle,but victorious armies don’t have that much of casualties,unlike defeated armies.In addition to all these soldiers there would have been many service providers coming with them.So your contention of slaves is a fallacy unless you are meaning the sinhalese slaves that the tamils called koviar(goviya),defeated captives become slaves(they were about 7%)of the population at that time.

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          EE

          There isn’t any credible evidence to suggest those soldiers ever returned to their homeland South India. We have witnessed all these killings and mind boggling unlimited violence being perpetrated on innocent people by the descendants of those mercenaries.

          You and your mates behaviour fit exactly how the mercenaries would have behaved in the medieval times.

          Please go home.

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      The racist Tamil leaders of the past like Ponna, Chelva, Sunda and the Ponna brothers have caused so much misery to the nation. Mostly to Tamils. Some innocent. Chelva is the most bigoted of the racist bunch who advocated terrorism at the Vadukolai gathering of the parasites and mad dogs. Talking tough to frighten the Sinhala people and the terrorism the racist bigot advocated only lead to the most humiliating defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan forces. The present leader is a gutless closet terrorist, a bum kisser of scumbag VP. He’ll fade into oblivion.Fast!

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      EE/HLDM – It is sad you always mislead when the Nawalapitiya/GGP issue comes up. Neither GGP nor the Tamils gathered “attacked the Sinhalese”. Some Sinhala goons tried to create trouble and this was contained ably by the efficient Police. As for 50/50, please be honourable and honest. GGP proposed 50% of the seats in Parliament to the Sinhala majority and the balance to the Tamils, Muslims, Malays, Burghers and Indian Tamils – who were all in the minority. Under the 50/50 formulae suggested the Sinhalese would still be the predominant majority in the House. It is misleading the Sinhalese in the latter issue the Sinhala communalist forces gradually built up a national constituency beginning then. This has today grown up to be an uncontrollable monster with dozens of extremist Sinhala Buddhist sub-divisions showing up every few years, even the winning Sinhala parties cannot satisfy. Only Statesmanship, political prudency and honesty can solve the issue. The SWRD/Rajapakse variety of chicanery can never provide the answer.

      You know that more than any other.

      R. Varathan

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        R. Varathan

        The violent incident that took place in up country was due to trade union dispute and had nothing to do with race riots.

        Neither Eagle Blind Eye nor HLD M would not provide credible evidence to support their claim. As far as HLD M is concerned he does not know whether he is coming or going as for EE’s typing is concerned he believes just dropping a few names would destabilise rational readers.

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    Sampanthan did not say arm struggle is needed. What he said was that the governments only listens to armed strength and do not bother about political strength. So this is a planned misleading srticle. Secondly, TNA told the people it only want to change that terrible government and not making any pacts with the new government. So all the promises that this article say are not true, but the manifesto of TNA that it intends to achieve, All in all this article looks like it intendeds mislead Sinhalese masses with its twisted propaganda..

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      srivas

      these are serious allegations you are making against the author.If the author has any decency he should refute what you say and show some proof.In the alternative that the author is a fraud and does not reply,you can provide readers with some refernce material on what sampu said and the TNA manifestoI too felt that the cautious sampu would not go that far like amirthalingam to talk about violence to achieve objectives.Violence begets violence and srilankans have had a belly full.

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    There will never be a merger of north and east. Muslims in East do not want to merge it . No arm struggle for some time if tamil hardliners can remember 2007-2009.

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      charles

      muslims in sri lanka will come down from their perch when modi cracks down on them.He has already started on kashmir.They can’t be having their own countries all over the world where they have settled either through invasion or invitation.

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      charles

      Whatever you, your Sinhala, Demela, Muslim brethren may wish for yourselves and the country, it is for the Hindians to decide how all of you are going to share, live, the land, and resources. It’s too early for you to ….. ….

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    Dear Sir thank you for the analysis.
    On behalf of all the Ceylonese/Sri Lankan people the
    TNA(FP,TULF,TELO,PLOTE,LTTE……) and the JVP should be put on trail instead we are enetertaining the killers of the ‘fellow countrymen’ to the parliament??
    The race/religious/language identity parities should be banned before the next election and the Provincial Councils abolished??
    No one should be allowed to contest on this basis in Sri Lanka ever again and a National Security Act to be enacted soonest………….applied to anyone and everyone who will ever mutter a word of race/language/religions should dissaper under this act never to be seen again…….there is one identity that is a Sri Lankan.
    We should go back to the 1981 where ‘Development Councils’ are set up to manage local developments under the supervision of the respective government department for an efficient/critical path progress. The appointment of those who can stand for this election should have an ‘Economist’ background not any Tom, Dick and Harry who have blood in their hands……………and brought Tamil Nadu Political standards to Sri Lankan shores.
    However should the New Suthenthiran allowed to be publishe this kind of material again?? they should get the all the Tamils around the world to come with their children and be in the front line and not the local children. The Tamil Nadu Military training camps with the Indian Government consent should be opened again publicly.
    Other Nations where Tamils live should give the instructions openly and immediately for all the Tamils around the world to be enlisted and migrate back to India for this activity immediately where they will be trained for this purpose in Tamil Nadu State Sponsored Terrorism activity on other Nations.

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    SJV started an unwarranted act then (a very southern issue) regards to the Indian Workers/citizen ship issue and brought that to Jaffna and the lost elections in the North…..the message was clear then……..subsequently we were force fed with the same as the deeds were accumulated over time to create more miserable stories for the world to justify this project that we live today.

    Perhaps New Suthenthiran can tell the world how many Sri Lankan refugees got Indian citizenship having been there for the past 40 years??? their human rights aspirations met by the Tamil Nadu gutter Politics ???

    The Suthentheran paper yet to go on trial for the hate/lies/thuggery they wrote and unleashed on the innocent Jaffna Tamils who had nothing to do with their project and took the Jaffna Tamils mandate at gunpoint????? now the same paper have the nerve to start the same crime on our people once more/allowed tells you how the Tamil Children are about to be used once more by this folly?? after all the death and misery we been through………..and the same want to rule our people too thorough devolution of power??

    We should never vote for this mafia again does not matter what form they take……..enough is enough. The focus should be on the Tamil crime on Tamils for the past 70 years investigated by an International panel………..including the Foreign State sponsored Terrorism where our children were misused/allowed to die for someone else evil deeds.

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    Armed struggle is a foolish idea. The North and East are fully militarized. It will be difficult to capture any land. Not to mention, the Tamil demographic (11%) is declining. If there is another war, the demographic could be reduced to 5% or 6%. Meanwhile, the Muslim demographic is increasing faster than the Tamil and Sinhala demographic combined, which means if Tamils do not increase their numbers, they will be “crowded out” by Muslims.

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      Lester, for one thing I must commend you for acknowledging that North and East is fully militarized, something even many liberals fail to do. Acknowledging is the first step.

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