4 April, 2020

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UK’s Sri Lankan Candidates & Distasteful Crusade Of The Constrained Media

By Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

It is unhealthy news reporting in the Sunday Island datelined 10 May 2015. The news headline ‘Two pro-LTTE Conservative MPs defeated in British poll. Only one candidate of Lankan origin romps home’ spoke of the unpleasant crusade of the constrained media.

The news is clearly a cheap media spin, to continue with the never ending anti campaign between Sri Lankan Diaspora communities in the UK. Having engaged in the election campaign from the dissolution of the House of commons for the election on 8 May 2015, and knowing the intricacies of the campaign process, the mischievous whirl in the Sunday Island appears to be an effort to continue with the age old agenda to embroil in propping up animosity without reporting the factual account in a broader sense. Tamil Diaspora cannot be analysed or visualised with a redundant binocular, instead one needs deep engagement with the communities.

My two colleagues and I had a meeting with the Conservative parliamentarian Mr Lee Scott on the day of the dissolution of the parliament on 30 March 2015 at his constituency office in Gants Hill. In the meeting, a wide range of issues including political resolution to the conflict, war crimes, efforts of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils etc., were discussed. The primary objective of my meeting was to influence Mr Lee Scott to reform the APPGT to be more open and transparent in its conduct and reflect wider collective views of the Tamils. He was under pressure from a section of the Tamils in his constituency for this change. One of his Tamil constituent (Name withheld) had engaged with him and his exchanges speak of changes wanted in the APPGT under the newly elected parliament.

Uma

Uma

First letter to Mr Lee Scott:

‘Dear Hon Scott MP
‘As your constituent, I am very concerned about the stand taken by the APPG (T) you lead by associating with the constrained, sectarian and hate groups.
‘The bigger Tamil Diaspora is intelligent stock and the time has come for the APPG (T) to open its door for true democratic voices of wider Tamil Diaspora to be heard.
‘Kind regards.’

Reply of Mr Lee Scott:

‘Dear Sir, The group is not with any one group and there are at least 5 groups involved. Regards Lee’

Reply to Mr Lee Scott:

‘Thank you for your prompt response and my apologies for the delayed reply.
‘I was in the forefront of the Tamil national liberation struggle to exercise out right of self-determination to establish a separate state.
‘I am fully aware of the five groups you are referring to. They are interconnected groups i.e., off-springs of the British Tamil Association (BTA) that ceased to function following the proscription of the LTTE in the UK. Of them two are the multiplier effect of the GTF.
‘Tamil Diaspora in the UK is in excess of 350,000 persons. Almost all of them speak at same wave length on the rights of the Tamil people but differ in their approaches to achieve the objective.
‘I was associated with the Tamil Democratic Congress and this group was systematically kept out of the APPG(T) when the parliamentary group was set up. Even their campaign to join the APPG(T) was denied.
‘The groups like the branch of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the UK, Tamil Information Centre (TIC) and Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka are some of the leading groups that are not engaged with the APPG(T). There are a host of vibrant socio-religious groups in existence.
‘Having engaged with these groups, I understand the frustration they feel and as a constituent of yours, I appeal to you to do your best to open up the forum to hear the wider voices and engage with wider representations.

Reply of Mr Lee Scott:

‘Dear ….. as soon as election is over and APPGT is reformed, happy to do so and meet anyone that wishes. regards Lee.

This engagement of a former member of the LTTE moving away from the constrained work of his past, speaks of the progressing changes taking place within the Tamil community in the UK. Colombo media is remote to the changes taking place and even the frontline GTF, BTF and the other splinter groups are going through a process of change. To make hammer blow statements to brand the United Kingdom MP’s as pro LTTE without prima facie evidence is only an imaginary projection that the constrained Sri Lanka media must avoid in the future.

Ranil

Ranil

It is not only the APPGT, even the All Party Parliamentary Group for Sri Lanka too needs to be reformed. The scandal ridden Sri Lanka Group has not truly represented Sri Lanka and knowingly played its limited role to prop up the unacceptable practices of the government of Sri Lanka. According to news and information available, some members and associates of the APPGTSL have benefited financially, even through clandestine process, and the scale of corruption is beyond comprehension during Mahinda Rajapakse regime. It is time for Rt Hon the Lord Naseby to say goodbye to the APPGT-SL, as the longer he stays, he will be a unfavourable influence for the fusion of Sri Lankan communities in the UK.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Sri Lanka is totally disconnected with the Tamils, needing the formation of the APPGT to represent their voices. Though constrained by engaging only with a limited group of five, the APPGT was much more a representative body of the Tamils than the APPGSL. The MP’s attached to the APPGT understood the feelings of the sizeable Tamil voters in their constituencies from the on-going complaints received from their Tamil constituents on the issues affecting them in Sri Lanka.

The pressure on the APPG-T to change its restricted engagement is much felt now and if Mr Lee Scot was elected there was hope he would have helped in the process of change.

The Sunday Island’s claim quoting Amal Abeyawardene of the Conservative Friends of Sri Lanka (CFSL) that: “We are happy to see the re-election of friends of Sri Lanka such as James Wharton, Andrew Rosindell, Matthew Offord and Bob Blackman. Liam Fox is also a strong ally of Sri Lanka and we have also now got our own MP in Ranil Jayawardane”, is very mischievous. Maththew Offord MP is my constituency MP and he did not contribute in any way during his last five year term as MP to prop up Sri Lanka. Further, Bob Blackman MP will be very careful not to upset his large Tamil constituency voters to take an extremely sensitive stand against them. Liam Fox paid a heavy price over his scandalous engagement with the Rajapakse regime and he will be careful in his conduct in the future. What CFSL failed to understand is that there is a powerful Tamil campaign group Tamil Friends of Conservatives (TFC) that had made earmarking progress in engaging with the Conservative Party.

Unlike the Labour Party, the Conservatives have gone further to commit themselves in their election manifesto for a political settlement in Sri Lanka. According to the former British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers, the Conservative Party manifesto has expressed its commitment to the UN investigation into Sri Lankan atrocities and pledged to work towards a political settlement for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Villiers has further said: “I am a strong supporter of the British Tamil community and if I am re-elected I will continue to work with them to support efforts to secure a fair and inclusive political settlement in Sri Lanka, which delivers equality of treatment for Tamils and give them an all sides of the community, an effective voice in government.” The Conservatives’ Theresa Villiers has held on to her seat in Chipping Barnet – a constituency of the London Borough of Barnet.

I heavily campaigned for Uma Kumaran who unfortunately lost to Bob Blackman in the election. She was very focused and kept on saying that she will represent all the communities in her constituency if she is elected. Amazingly, even the Sinhala voters during telephonic campaigns enthusiastically and overwhelmingly supported her saying she is our Sri Lankan candidate.

In Ed Millaband’s public campaign in the Uma Kumaran’s constituency in Belmont Square on 3 May 2015, some Tamils present took exception that the Labour Party failed to match the commitment of the Tory’s to confirm their stance on the Tamil issue in their own manifesto. Tory’s commitment to the Tamils destabilised the traditional Tamil votes for the Labour. It will be an issue that will continue to pressure the Labour Party in the coming months and until the next general election.

Beyond the polarised positioning of Tamil and Sinhala campaign groups, remains an internationally well respected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe. His party is attached to the international right wing political grouping and because of his influence he could play his influential role to take forward Sri Lanka in the path of honour in the world map. The partnership between Ranil, President Maithiripala Sirisena and the former President Chandrika are the only and last ditched hope Sri Lanka have and they are in a unique position to address the historic illness of Sri Lanka. However hard it may be they must proceed to the finish to end the historical crisis facing Sri Lanka. Beyond them there is not a single politician from the South of Sri Lanka who could stand tall to deal with the challenges. The fate for the Tamils too is same. If the present Tamil leadership fails, the future looks very bleak with a leadership with lack of vision and petty mindedness that is showing the signs of strong emergence already.

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    Please stop talking about Singhalese and Tamil candidates. They are British citizens and contested as Conservative and Labour party candidates.
    The day we have Tamils contesting in the Northern and Eastern provinces as UNP and SLFP candidates( like in the 1950’s), our problems will be no more!

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      Amen.

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        Dear Rajasingham Jayadevan,

        “I was in the forefront of the Tamil national liberation struggle to exercise out right of self-determination to establish a separate state”

        My goodness a “Hero” overlooked by the Tamils!!!

        Which front were you in the forefront of?
        The fighting front or the cowards front that used children to do the fighting?

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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        Dear Thamilan,

        I believe what you are saying is that they should engage in National politics instead of sectarian politics.

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          Yes. I do.

          We don’t want sectarian politics in the United Kingdom. See what happened to Sri Lanka over the last fifty years by sectarian politics!

          My name(Thamilan) doesn’t suit an integrated society I believe in.
          So in future I shall be writing under the name of Britlankan.

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            Thank you and I agree with you.

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      Face the music man. If you have one MP in Commons all they will focus on is the rights of Tamils and the wrongs of the Sinhalese. Jananayagam of TAG contested and almost lost he deposit because she had just one horn to blow and the British people have got wise they know who the terrorists are, they know how the terrorists were funded by people like the TAG, BTF and the GTF; they are aware of the extortion and the housing a card rackets of people who sought asylum here in Britain and then ripped off the councils and the country.
      There is one MP of Sinhalese origin and he will have walked the length and breath of his constituency and spoken of what is good for his constituents. RIP Simon Hughes the white Tiger and all the other paid organs of the LTTE fronts. My they fry in their own oil!

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        peter casie chetty

        Tamils for Labour would have voted for Cameron in the recent elections as you know he started his first hustings in Jaffna.

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          It is a surprise why only NATIVE VEDDA replies all critical comments about this article!!!!!!!!!!!

          Already there are six replies from NATIVE VEDDA.

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            Peter

            “It is a surprise why only NATIVE VEDDA replies all critical comments about this article!!!!!!!!!!!”

            What do you think?

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            Why not advice him to ‘go get a life’, instead of writing inanities here.

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              Ramuuuuuu

              Writing inanities is far better than lying through keyboard.

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              Dear Ram,

              The Tamil man in a mask is an idiot who is delusional and thinks that his mask deceives the CT readership en masse.

              Though by his reply to you “Writing inanities is far better than lying through keyboard” he has tried to take the Moral High Ground, he was foolish to do so when on this very webpage an example of his LYING and IDIOCY is available to the CT readership (please see my post of May 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm below).

              I have challenged him to disprove what I have written but it still remains unchallenged, yet again.

              Raju on the other hand, is an idiot, to come to the pretender’s defense, believing as he does, that the Mask is the real thing.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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            Because he is the rightful owner of Srilanka, not you and me.

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        Good observation peter casie chetty

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      Well said mate

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    Thamilan

    “The day we have Tamils contesting in the Northern and Eastern provinces as UNP and SLFP candidates( like in the 1950’s), our problems will be no more!”

    Why do we need two parties competing each other? Lets have just one.

    I suggest we should have “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer” ( One people, one empire, one leader) and appoint MR as the Aryan Führer.

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    Time for integration guys.

    Let’s forget the past

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      Jagath Fernando

      “Time for integration guys.”

      We know it is a branch of sub branch of Calculus.

      What can calculus add to problem solving?

      What does calculus add for this island?

      Is it possible to learn integration without some knowledge of differentiation?

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    Please don’t waste your time to comment about this racist “THE ISLAND”…..from the day one this newspaper vomit anti-tamil articles….

    On 13th July 1983 when the entire world shocked and watched Tamil massacre thanks to Big Nose Emperor this shit newspaper published the photos of Afghanistan deaths completely blackout massacre…

    There is another shit so called national newspaper always print news under the captain SRI LANKA TAMILS when the news concerned this shit paper say SRI LANKAN …

    Another Sinhala daily bankrupted DAVASA was responsible for anti Tamil riots 1971…1977..1981 …by vomiting anti-Tamil articles and editorial …even written by an ex-Supreme Court Judge …

    Buddha is good the daughter of the owner of Davasa group was blasted into pieces in a bomb explosion …

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    can’t we get this ranil to come and run UNP instead of our ranil?

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      shankar

      “can’t we get this ranil to come and run UNP instead of our ranil?”

      Do you still want Ranil Jayawardene to run the Uncle Nephew party?

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    Its time we ended this debate and look at us as Ceylonese or Sri Lankans. If you look at the voting patterns of January 8th, anyone will see that MR got the majority in predominantly Sinhalese Provinces. If MS is pushed to accede anything with even a whiff of “eelam”, his days are numbered and if MR/GR gets back in, we can kiss good-bye to the Queen of England and David, John Kerry and the USA, India, the UN etc etc and all re-introduced good order by My3 and welcome back the Chinese, who will make this a territory and a base for their expansion. If that happens, the nation may go the way of North Korea. The media should also stop vilifying articles against MR/GR now. It was to a great extent the vilification of My3 prior to 8th January that made people sensitive. After ALL, MR/GR did no other Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or even an Englishman would have done: made the country safe from extremism!!

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      Dear kumar,

      Good comment. I think criticism of MR is for bad governance and corruption but he still commands respect as a person instrumental in ridding the country of terrorism. That is why the observation that you make “If MS is pushed to accede anything with even a whiff of “eelam”, his days are numbered” is valid.

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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    The thing about Lee Scott who lost his seat to a labour Party candidate in the UK general election is that he seemed to be prepared to do or say almost anything in order to get the support of the Tamil Tiger and Tamil separatists grouplets in his constituency. This is because he appeared to be under the delusion that Tamilian British voters were dominated and controlled by those people and all he had to do was attend their rallies and meetings and his re-election was assured. British people should be grateful to the voters of Ilford North, including its Tamilian British voters, for finally rejecting such an unprincipled politician.

    It should also be noted that another Tamil Tiger apologist, Simon Hughes of the Liberal Democrats, also lost his seat. However Robert Halfon, another Tiger apologist in the Conservative party, has been appointed as Deputy Chairman of that party. However, that appointment is more likely to cause embarrasment to the Conservatives than damage to Sri Lanka. This is because Sri Lanka, now has a new formidable friend in John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, and British governments are now likely to make little progress in their campaign of intimidation against Sri Lanka with a friend like John Kerry on their side.

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    The primary objective of my meeting was to influence Mr Lee Scott to reform the APPGT to be more open and transparent in its conduct and reflect wider collective views of the Tamils.

    WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?

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      The prime objective of this artlce is [Edited out]

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        [Edited out]

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          [Edited out] [Edited out] [Edited out] [Edited out] [Edited out]

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      Mohan,

      A good question “WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?”[Edoted out]

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    RJ “I heavily campaigned for Uma Kumaran….” did you promise her block votes of your Wembley Temple disciples “..

    “She was very focused and kept on saying… that she will represent all the communities in her constituency…”

    why does she need to keep on saying that? She is obvioulsy standing for Election in England. or did she feel uncomfortable being surrounded by you and your temple block voters when ever she went out campaining ?

    here is the giveaway

    Amazingly, even the Sinhala voters…upported her saying she is our ….Sri Lankan candidate.”

    I went to vote as a British and not as a Tamil Diaspora or a Sinhala Diaspora or as a Sri Lankan

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    I can see why there is a hype over Ranil Jayawardane election victory

    The Tamil diaspora in the UK out number the Sinhala Diaspora by hundreds of thousands, but there is not a single Tamil MP in House of Commons.

    Why?

    Tamils have hundreds of Thousands of Diaspora Groups ( the writer has formed one recently) and all these diaspora groups are lobbying the Tory Party, The Liberal Party and The Labour Party. They are just sick and tired of the Tamil Diaspora.

    Ranil Jeyawardene won becsuse he stood in disapora free Hampshire and there was no diaspora hangers about that campaigned for him, local Tories campaigned for him

    As you can see from Lee Scott’s tone of reply …he is also tired of the various groups of Tamil Diaspora.

    Indra Gandhi famously said to the Tamil Groups…go and unite and come back as one!

    Even after Mulliyavalaikall….The Tamils ithin Sri Lanka and without Sri Lanka are as divided as ever.

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      (the writer has formed one recently)

      You are wrong Rajash, since 1998, he has formed several organisations, diaspora groups and media.

      There are a few other interesting stories before 1998.

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        Nathan,

        Let’s hear them all – they are likely to be much better read than tuk-tuk stories!

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    Hi Rajasingham Jayadevan

    Hope you won’t mind, Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah receing more comments, (Jayalalithaa Acquitted) than you. 90% of them are positive one.

    Usha is more popular person who loves by the Tamil community.

    Do you think that Nativa Vedda may send her a negative comment?

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    When will we never learn?

    It is pie-in-the-sky to think that any foreign government or politician can influence the outcome of the mess that we have got ourselves into. As for Sri Lankans who make their homes, and lives, overseas, those who enter into the politics of their adopted lands succeed only if, first and foremost, they deliver on issues that matter locally; whether that be North East Hampshire, Rouge-River, or anywhere else.

    But there will always be a never ending supply self-appointed brown sahibs looking for ways and means to cultivate ‘friends’ of Sri Lanka. Conservative ‘friends’ of Sri Lanka? What a hoot! The trouble is that there is always a supply to hand of foreign politicians who will willingly smile and indulge our western oriented gentlefolk who have the time and inclination to embark on such nonsense.

    Sri Lankan issues MUST and WILL be decided on in Sri Lanka.

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    congrats Ranil Jayawardena – wish we had such a popular ranil – alas!

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    Form me its look like, Native Vedda and Off the Cuff are the same one individual.

    However, it is better than writing anonymous letters and petitions regarding friends.

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    Raj

    “Form me its look like, Native Vedda and Off the Cuff are the same one individual.”

    Why have you come to such a stupid conclusion?

    OTC is a noted liar and a plagiarizer. I have nothing in common with such person.

    For you to assume the unimaginable is the ultimate insult to me.

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      Dear Raj.

      The imposter who is ashamed of his own ethnicity has nothing in common with me. I am sorry but you are mistaken.

      Here is a small sample of his idiocy.

      On March 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm writing a comment on CT this imposter wrote,

      quote
      “I have already forwarded a scanned copy of SPEECHES and WRITINGS OF SIR PONNAMBALAM ARUNACHALAM Kt to CT. Obtain a copy from CT, read it and re read it. Arunachalam had never said anything about Thamil Eelam. end quote

      Note the emphatic statement he has made about Sir Ponnambalam Arunachelem (which I have typed in Bold) after foolishly posting (on CT) Sir PA’s 1922 speech that contains a reference to Eelam in FULL.

      This is a section of the speech Sir PA delivered in 1922. Note that Sir PA DID Speak about Tamil Eelam and this idiot was lying when he said that he did not. Check it out yourself.

      “…………..It has far higher aims in view, namely to keep alive and propagate these precious ideals throughout Ceylon, Southern India and the Tamil Colonies, to promote the union and solidarity of Tamilakam, the Tamil Land. We should keep alive and propagate these ideals throughout Ceylon and promote the union and solidarity of what we have been proud to call Tamil Eelam”

      This joker has been caught red handed several times. He tries to cover up his deficiencies by wisecracking and intimidating his opponent. He tried it with me and repeatedly fell flat on his face, attempting to do that. Now he is afraid to challenge me directly and instead resorts to cowardly remarks while addressing others.

      Unfortunately he does not have the integrity to admit when he is wrong.

      ———-

      To The Tamil hiding behind a Vedda’s mask,

      If you have the GUTS deny what I have written above to Raj.

      Re “OTC is a noted liar and a plagiarizer. I have nothing in common with such person”

      The only truth in that statement is the last sentence.

      Any intelligent person can ascertain where the TRUTH lies simply by reading the comments at the following link if what I have already written to Raj is insufficient.

      The comment at the link below lists SOME of the numerous occasions that you have Lied (links to the discussions are embedded in that comment).

      You FAILED TO REPLY it then.

      Care to try now?

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/govt-releases-425-acres-of-former-hsz-jaffna-lands-to-its-rightful-owners/comment-page-1/#comment-1801985

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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    All critical comments are answered by Tom Dick and Harry, but not by the author.

    So what conclusion one can have?

    He or she may be full of stupides.

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      Singham

      Same old hate mongers and drifters waiting to discharge their unending blanks without contributing sensibly on the issues in the article.

      Unlike SL, UK democracy is a mature one. Politics and governance have evolved progressively from monarchies, to the present day responsible democracy and a country that is managed until now without a written constitution. Parliamentary laws, judicial decisions, customary laws etc., are the embodiment of the constitution of the UK.

      Bi-partisan arrangement and mutual respect between the ruling party and the opposition plays an important part towards responsible governance.

      In that, the civil servants are the backbone to maintain the continuity. Any major decision of the former government will not be undermined and in particular on foreign policy – measured and policy-wise changes are implemented.

      As regards Sri Lanka, Labour and the Tory’s are at same wave length. What is said, promoted and put in the manifesto by the Tory is said by the Labour.

      On this, Tory supporting Sri Lankans will blame Labour is bad and the Labour supporting Sri Lankans will say Tory is bad. Being a Labour Party member, I support both the parties for bringing the Sri Lanka issue to the international fold.

      Tory’s have done more than the Labour overall, thanks to the Civil Servants for taking the measured way to captivate the reality.

      Civil Servants during Labour government went heavy against Mahinda before David Millaband went to Sri Lanka to seal the British stand on the Island.

      The very critical statements of the then British High Commissioner who joined hands with the American Ambassador to raise very many contentious issues without fear confirm this.

      Sri Lanka got a poor system of governance and Mahinda made it worse by making the whole body politics into a crony culture.

      Intolerance of successive governments towards the vulnerable minorities and youth and progressive decay in the calibre of parliamentarians elected has relegated Sri Lanka to the bottom end. Transformation is much needed.

      Tell me one Scot being arrested, incarcerated or shot for democratically advocating separatism. Tamils did this in the 70’s that turned into full scale internal warfare because, the much needed tolerance and respect for democratic demands and agitations are not there in Sri Lanka. Causes of failures are rewarded handsome whilst people wanting relief falling victims to the decaying politics of Sri Lanka.

      Miithri, Ranil, Chandrika and Sampanthan, Sumanthiran and possibly Vigi are the only last ditched hope and if this moment fails, BBS and Sivajilingams will dictate Sri Lanka forever.

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        Dear Rajasingham Jayadevan,

        Pandering to the Tamil Block vote by western politicians is an established fact in the Political Landscape of Western countries with a sizable Lanka Tamil population. The UK with a 350,000 strong Sri Lankan Tamil population is no different. It’s all politics and attributing it to anything else is naive and foolish.

        You can see how Politics overrides Human Rights if your study how the UK govt depopulated the Chagos islands.

        Lee Scott is Jewish. In 2005 he won North Ealing with a margin of 1,653. In 2010 his margin was 5,404.

        Thus a swing of 827 votes in 2005 or 2703 votes in 2010 would have cost him his seat.

        In 2010 the White voter turn out was 35,545
        The Jewish turn out was 4843
        The Asian turn out was 7288

        He polled 21,506 votes
        Labour 16,102
        Liberal 5966
        Others 3444

        As a Jew he would have been assured of the Jewish vote. With the white vote split the Asian vote takes Kingmaker status. Not something an avaricious politician can ignore.

        The Tamil vote within the Asian group is a BLOCK Vote just like in Northern Lanka. It is available to the politician who gives the Tamils the most.

        You wrote “The primary objective of my meeting was to influence Mr Lee Scott to reform the APPGT to be more open and transparent in its conduct and reflect wider collective views of the Tamils”

        Thus you have stated that the APPGT is partisan.

        You wrote again “They are interconnected groups i.e., off-springs of the British Tamil Association (BTA) that ceased to function following the proscription of the LTTE in the UK. Of them two are the multiplier effect of the GTF”

        Thus you identify that partisanship to be for the LTTE.

        After doing that, to complain about the “Island Newspaper” identifying some UK MP’s as pro LTTE, is not very wise or intelligent.

        You wrote “I was in the forefront of the Tamil national liberation struggle to exercise out right of self-determination to establish a separate state”

        I asked you which front you were at the forefront of?

        You have failed to respond because obviously you were not at the Fighting front.

        Then you write about a right to self determination.

        Let’s look at your claim.

        Demographics of Lanka is as follows

        Lanka Tamils 11.15%
        Indian Tamils 4.12%
        Lanka Moors 9.3%
        Burgher 0.19
        Malay 0.22%
        Chetty 0.03%
        Others 0.1%
        Sinhalese 74.9%

        With such a diverse mix how do you justify your claim for a Tamil right of self determination to the exclusion of others?

        Then you talk of a separate state.

        The North has been ethnically cleansed by the LTTE and now is mainly populated by “Lanka Tamils” which is 4.85% of Lanka’s population.

        The greater part of “Lanka Tamils” 6.3% lives amongst a diverse population of Sinhalese, Moors, Malays, Burghers, Chettys and others OUTSIDE the North.

        The “Indian Tamils” (British indentured labour) is 4.12% of the population and are domiciled exclusively in the Sinhala hinterland of the Hill country.

        Now please justify your separate state claim and it’s boundaries.

        You wax eloquent on UK’s democracy forgetting the fact that the current problem in Lanka was created by the UK Govt who left it unsolved and abandoned.

        Though you claim to be intelligent your approach is simplistic. A failing of short sighted and tunnel visioned activists.

        I hope you have the ability to Justify your claims.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          OTC
          “You wrote “I was in the forefront of the Tamil national liberation struggle to exercise out right of self-determination to establish a separate state”
          dont you know that

          He was in the forefront of Labour Party but they lost
          He is now in the forefront of Conservative Party campaign that won
          He was in the fore front of the massive victory of SNP
          Nigel Farrage consulted him
          HE was the brain child behind common candidate in Sri Lanka
          He was in the forefront of tuk tuk drivers in Sri Lanka
          He is in the forefront of reviving Hindu religion in Wembley
          Andrew Strauss consulted Rajasingham Jeydevan beofre firing Kevin Piertersen
          you name it …he is in the forefront of everything
          the universe does not fucntion without him
          the sun shines through his axxx

          The British court has ruled that only letters that Prince Charles wrote to UK poliricians can be published.
          Prince Charles letters to Rajasingham Jeydeavn is still confidential

          This guy is amazing!

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            Dear Rajash,

            Re “This guy is amazing!”

            Yes I agree, he criticises Lee Scott and the APPGT as pro LTTE and cries foul when the Island Newspaper does the same. From what he has written I believe he does not know much about SL (and even about UK) but is critical about SL to obtain popularity amongst like minded Tamils.

            Braggadocio is a sign of an empty head.

            Re “you name it …he is in the forefront of everything”

            Except the fighting front, ha ha haa.

            I was happy to note what you wrote earlier about “I went to vote as a British and not as a Tamil Diaspora or a Sinhala Diaspora or as a Sri Lankan” and gave a thumbs up for it.

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              Off the Cuff

              Thank you for your statement: ‘I was happy to note what you wrote earlier about “I went to vote as a British and not as a Tamil Diaspora or a Sinhala Diaspora or as a Sri Lankan” and gave a thumbs up for it.’

              I am able to identify who this Rajash, Rajah R and Kumar R is, who is on a sadistic trouncing path whenever my and brother’s articles and comments are published in the Colombo Telegraph.

              Having identified this person now, it is not my intension to sink to the low level to respond in kind in these columns. There is loads of factual account to write about this person. But I desist. I will do my homework and take through the due process.

              At this stage, circumstantial reasons are directing me to the clear identity of this person.

              Despite your critical comments and personal vituperation in anonymity, you have helped me to find the identity of the person for which I wish to thank you again.

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                Dear Rajasingham Jayadevan,

                If you are afraid of criticism from anonymous critics you are writing to the wrong Website. A near 100% of the people who write to CT are anonymous, despite the names used, but still you post articles on CT. Why?

                I note that you have skipped the questions that has targeted the subject of your activism. Namely the “Right of self-determination to establish a separate State” and it’s boundaries. Why? Afraid to discuss it openly?

                I also note that you have not denied that you accused the Lee Scott led APPGT of being partisan towards the LTTE.

                Hope you have all the facts to prove that your activism, namely, “Right of self-determination to establish a separate State” has a solid foundation and is not a pipe dream without substance.

                NOTE
                An intelligent person would focus on the content of a comment or an article instead of looking for the “Thombu” of the writer. On Internet discussion sites such as CT, anyone can write as “Rajasingham Jayadevan” or “R Jayadevan” or “J Rajasingham” or whatever.

                If you think it cannot be done you are ignorant of the technology.

                I have posted this comment as M.N.I.N.Perera but could have used R Jayadevan instead. To be anonymous, I need not use a pseudonym such as “Off the Cuff”, R Jayadevan would have done a better job!!!

                You said “I am able to identify who this Rajash, Rajah R and Kumar R is, …… you have helped me to find the identity of the person for which I wish to thank you again”

                I suggest that you limit what you write to areas of your expertise lest you make a fool of yourself.

                Nothing that I have written could have helped you to identify Rajash. If you say it has, then you are an ignoramus about the workings of the Internet. I have been a very hard critic of Rajash’s comments and I believe that the previous occasion was the only time I have complimented him.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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                  M. N. I .N. Perera /aka OTC

                  “I have been a very hard critic of Rajash’s comments and I believe that the previous occasion was the only time I have complimented him”

                  I agree OTC we have been critcal of each other a healthy debate is what democracy and freedom of speech is all about.

                  I dont think any one writting in CT or commenting in CT is doing so with the aim to get highest number of thumbs up or complimentry comment. If you agree with me well and good if you dont you have the right to do so.

                  But I agree with you OTC that there are people who write articles in CT for the sake of cheap publicity and the more they write the more they exspose their stupidity.

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                    Dear Rajash,

                    Re “I agree OTC we have been critcal of each other a healthy debate is what democracy and freedom of speech is all about”

                    Agreed

                    Re “I dont think any one writting in CT or commenting in CT is doing so with the aim to get highest number of thumbs up or complimentry comment. If you agree with me well and good if you dont you have the right to do so.”

                    Some do and Some don’t.

                    I started writing to CT after I read an article by Ms Sharmini Serasinghe, about 2 years back. To me the thumbing down was more important than the thumbing up as it gave me an indication of the numbers that had no counter to my arguments.

                    Re “…..there are people who write articles in CT for the sake of cheap publicity and the more they write the more they exspose their stupidity”

                    A responsible writer will be able to defend what is written. Any writer who does not do so exposes their ignorance of the subject matter that was written about. Research findings are accepted after publishing them in peer reviewed publications and successfully defending them.

                    We are not infallible and will make mistakes. Anyone who is not prepared to admit a mistake when acceptable and verifiable evidence is presented, is a fanatic and does so due to stupidity.

                    It is indeed stupidity to focus on the messenger instead of the message.

                    Kind Regards,
                    OTC

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                  OTC

                  Why are you going off the track when I have herein written on a subject that is different to your question. I have actively campaigned for the “Right of self-determination’ to the extent of establishing a separate State. Even the very important Conference I organised in the Ealing Town Hall in 1997 was on this theme. The Tamil Guardian I found, during my management, clearly articulated my position on the subject.

                  I will write on this again at the right moment for the wider readers and there is no need for me to respond to every tom dick harry and the off cuts in response to their menacing crusade.

                  Using the pseudonym name for positive contribution and questioning positively is one thing and abusing it to slander speaks of the depravity of the person and is libellous to the victim.

                  Here is my email address: raj.jayadevan@btinternet.com and with all honesty contact me for a meaningful discussion.

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                    Dear Rajasingham Jayadevan,

                    Re “Why are you going off the track when I have herein written on a subject that is different to your question”

                    Everything that I have written is based on the information that you have supplied in your article. Hence I have not gone off track.

                    What you are trying to do is to sidestep the difficult questions that I have raised. In the beginning you tried to focus on my pseudonym and when that was countered you are now saying I have gone off track!!!

                    You labeled Lee Scott and the APPGT as pro LTTE and you cry foul when the Island Newspaper does the same. Isn’t it foolhardy to do so? I noted this in my previous comment to you and you have not denied it even in your latest reply. WHY?

                    You have yet again skipped the questions that has targeted the subject of your activism. Namely the “Right of self-determination to establish a separate State” and it’s boundaries.

                    It is one thing to talk about such things at places that you have no opposition, it is quite another to do so in the face of opposition.

                    Why are you Afraid of an open discussion?
                    Why do you want me to write to you privately?

                    If you believe in your own activism and believe you can justify what you say in a PUBLIC FORUM with DIVERGENT views, you should not be afraid to air them publicly. In fact you should welcome such an opportunity.

                    Hence let’s discuss this pet activism of yours, openly, and prove that you have a justifiable case of a “Right of self-determination to establish a separate State including it’s boundaries”

                    I am sure there will be many who will look forward to what an activist who is at the forefront of pushing for the “Right of self-determination to establish a separate State” has to say. I for one is certainly looking forward to it.

                    Kind Regards,
                    OTC

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                RJ “I am able to identify who this Rajash”[Edited out]

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                  Editor/Moderator
                  you should have Edited out Rajasingham Jeyadevan’s indirect threat to me “I am able to identify who this Rajash”

                  it seems to me you are being discriminatory

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                    You revealed your identity and it is my intention to follow the due process as I said already.

                    You cannot hide your identity and go on your crusade to heap abuse on others.

                    Time has come to answer and hope you will have the guts face the criminal investigative and judicial process.

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                      What a joker….

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    Native Vedda and Off the Cuff are writing comments for the best analytical article written by Rajasingham Jayadevan.

    How fascinating,

    One can’t fool all the people all the time!

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    What a shame.

    350,000 couldn’t elect even one Tamil while the UNP London scored and scored well..

    Just like in the ex Motherland ,the division among Elite (Vellalas) and the Dalits come across quite sharply by this election result.

    LTTE is all about Dalits, getting control but Elite used to sleep with them when Prabakran was around.

    Whether It is fear or favour is a moot point.y .

    But now I think it was more fear, especially after the Tory Victory..

    UNP London and the Elite ex LTTE, stitched up the deal to get Ranil through the back door with cousin CBK’s help.,

    It worked, although 5,8 Million realized the shifty dealings among CBK, Diaspora,, Sira UNP, JVP, JHU and even Fonseka.

    Now that Ranil and CBK have even promised to give Federal to Sambandan,of course the Elite Tamils went for the Tories.

    Because they know that Millibands are full on Tiger supporters.And they will support Eelaam at any cost.

    Elite Tamils may want a Homeland but they wouldn’t want an Eelaam because they wouldn’t want to live in one..

    More so the Vellals in London , NYC and Australia. than our locals in Cinnamon and Wella Gardens.

    Canada I believe is mainly Dalit Turf.

    So a Federal probably sounds better for the Elite than Eelaam..

    And surely there can’t be 9 Federal States on 25,000 Sq Miles. right..

    Just imagine spending Winter Holidays totally in Jaffna and Trinco,

    What are their kiddies going to do there , when the Sinhala Elite go partying in Colombo.

    With Eelaam in place, even the Sinhala Elite will be uncomfortable to share their Turf with Eelaamists specially when Jayalalithas mob start frequenting the Eelaam to worship at Nallor.

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    KAS “350,000 couldn’t elect even one Tamil while the UNP London scored and scored well..”

    4 Million votes and UKIP won 1 seat.
    350,000 dispersed all over UK is a drop in the ocean. Despite Sinhala racist going around with white tiger label.

    so wake up

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    The Tamil ‘die ass pora’ need to live in the real world, quoting tamil population numbers and manufactured grievences need to stop for the benefit of tamils. The ‘die ass pora’ keep gloating, boasting the influence they have in UK politics, yes David Cameron made a trip to Jaffna, that was done for his own political benefit, Ed Milliband had no spine, he was a lame duck leader from the the inception of his leadership. He will be replaced by his brother David Milliband, who was not taken serious in anywhere in the world as a foreign Minister. So ‘die ass pora’ get real, live in the real world, the tamils could not even get a Tamil MP in [Edited out] of tamil community in London, that shows the host and ethnic community does not respect or recognise tamils as worthy to serve in UK parliament.
    It was mentioned that Ranil Jayawardena contested in a ‘die ass pora’free community, that shows that tamils can only win in tamil [Edited out]

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      Tilak de Silva

      “The Tamil ‘die ass pora’ need to live in the real world,”

      So do the Sinhala/Buddhist “smart ass patriots”.

      “The ‘die ass pora’ keep gloating, boasting the influence they have in UK politics,”

      The Sinhala/Buddhist smart ass patriots too are gloating, boasting about winning the war and trusting their all weather friendship with China is almost like a scene stolen from Diaspora gloating, boasting about the influence they have in UK politics.

      Get real

      Remember the Tiger slayer lost in the the presidential elections though 75% of the voters are Sinhala/Buddhists. Though he tried his best to evoke anti minority sentiment (racism) nearly half of the Sinhalese and Buddhists have woken up to the fact MR should go. And they did sent him home. As a consequence MR continues to suffer from withdrawal symptom. So do you.

      Get real.

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        Native Vadah
        You have to put your 2 cents worth comment. Yes,Sinhala Patriots will boast and gloat, after suffering for 30 8yearsunder a murderous grandiose despot supported by major tamil ommunity in Sri Lanka and overseas. So far there is a miniscule of tamil community who regret his actions and they are silent, not wanting to face reprisals on meldia. You along others have a slogan ‘ racist’ for Mahinda Rajapakse, have you loked at racist behaviour of velupiss parabahkaran, kiling tousands of Muslims in North and East, get real please.MR was the only politician who had the courage to take this low cast murderous despot, yes there were collateral damage, call it what you want, wars never end peacefully All other politicians Tamil and Sinhala lived from the war. So you keep defending this despot, until your old age and beyond, someone will write an epitah.

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          Tilak de Silva

          “You along others have a slogan ‘ racist’ for Mahinda Rajapakse, have you loked at racist behaviour of velupiss parabahkaran, kiling tousands of Muslims in North and East,”

          I am really bored with your stupid typing. As with other Sinhala/Buddhist racist you too are barking at the wrong tree.

          I have said this many times before and will say it again, listen, listen good:

          VP was a psychopath, racist, terrorist, megalomaniac, child killer, despot, war criminal,………… ….. was no different to MR.

          Please stop asking me to repeat the above whenever you are aroused. Go find a man, women or use your hands.

          You are a stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, very, very Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid man/woman.

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            Native vedda
            It is easy for you to blame MR for deaths of multiple people, men women and children, that happened in defense of Sri Lanka against the tamil so called revered leader vp. In war as I said there is collateral damage, SL army never took children by force away from parents and gave a gun to shoot anybody. Courageous soldiers fought for the country, you don’t need to be STUPID to understand that, of course being STUPID is your hallmark.

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              Dear Tilak,

              The statement “Remember the Tiger slayer lost in the the presidential elections though 75% of the voters are Sinhala/Buddhists. Though he tried his best to evoke anti minority sentiment (racism) nearly half of the Sinhalese and Buddhists have woken up to the fact MR should go. And they did sent him home” is more or less correct subject to the following observations.

              Dragging religion into a National question was a cunning ploy. Sinhalese are 75% of the population and that includes all Religions though an attempt is made to show that all Sinhalese are Buddhists.

              It is undisputed that MR tried to sell the Victory over Terrorism by an undisguised deluge of Racist propaganda. MR banked on arousing Sinhala Nationalism to cover the sins of corruption.

              What the election result drove home to ALL is that the Sinhalese are not fools that can be taken for granted and led by a Nationalist nose ring. Not even the deluge of racist propaganda could change the minds of a sizable section of the Sinhalese who saw through the propaganda blitz and wanted good governance. They made the difference between a MR win and a MS win.

              I hope the politicians who campaigned for good governance irrespective of ethnicity keep that in mind and not embark on policies that can alienate them.

              I don’t agree with the waking up part which implies that they were sleeping earlier, which of course is malicious.

              Don’t allow the like or dislike of the messenger to rob you of a rational assessment of the message that is delivered. I have directed a separate comment to the Tamil in the Vedda mask.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Off the cuff
                I read your comment with respect. I agree Sinhala voters voted in the last election and MS won but, I need to mention that MS won with Northern voters deserting MR, reasons I respect. Yes MR used his defeating LTTE has a national reason for him to be re elected and failed. Primarily he was over confident, called presidential election far too early and of course plot by CBK was another factor for his defeat, unfortunately that his politics, if one wins, he is a hero, loser the villain. As long as Sri Lanka becomes a unified peaceful country, everybody wins,

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                  Dear Tilak,

                  Yes of course without the minority votes MS would not have won.

                  But everyone knew the minorities would go against MR thanks to the antics of Douglas Devananda and the BBS. That’s why MR concentrated on the Sinhala vote by his racist propaganda.

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            Dear Wisecracking Tamil in a Vedda’s mask,

            What EXACTLY is the relevance of your comment “Please stop asking me to repeat the above whenever you are aroused. Go find a man, women or use your hands”

            What are you asking Tilak to do to subdue his arousal?

            I am assuming what you wrote had a decent purpose, though it’s not immediately apparent. Hence the request for clarification.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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    @ Tilak de Silva….

    1: if Tamils have no problem when the hell there were Banda-Selva pact…..Dudly -Selva pact …JR-Rajiv Feroz Khan pacts ??????? All these people are fools .

    2.What to do to day Tamils have become political force in the west….why not ask your Sinhala housemaids to become a political force in Arab countries???

    Remember what happened to Murderpakse during his last visit to Great Britain??….and still Doggapaya IS NOT WILLING to travel to west why ?????

    Remember this is the last chance for Sri Lanka (Ceylon is much better) already uncle Sam has warned what will happen if there is no solution for Tamils ….time is running out

    Can you tell me today how many Tamils are in high posts in the government? in Army? Police? Diplomatic posts? Customs department? Why the hell there are Sinhala so called governers in North and East …Tamils are not qualified?????

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      Cholan
      Yes those pacts were in place but due to lack of trust mostly by Tamil leaders, they fell away. Answer to your question why Army Police other forces have noTamils in leadership position, because none of the candidates are suitable right now, and given the mistrusting Indian Govt: making meaningless comments, govt is right to keep Sinhala commanders in position, I hope with time and more trust from Tamils, situation should change.Yes Rajapakse s speech in Cambridge/Oxford university was disrupted by tamil ‘die ass pora’, shit happens in politics. It is not Tamils are not qualified to govern in North and East, they are incompetent to understand the reality.

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    Tilak de Silva

    Here we go again.

    It was the official policy of the Sri Mao government which introduced just after the attempted coup in the early 1960s that only Sinhala/Buddhists were recruited to the armed forces, police and other key jobs.

    Please go away for now and come back once you have mastered the contemporary history of this island.

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      Native veddah
      You professed to be so informative display psuedo intelligence, perhaps you are dementing or have 5 second concentration span, in times of crisis majority community will depend on persons of authority from that community to be in power of the appropriate institutions, in Sri Lanka, Sinhala and Buddhism are the national institutions, though to my knowledge there were police ASPs, DIGs, Air force had high ranking officers who were Tamils, that was the reality. So once again get real, go into your hideout and hibernate, save yourself the stress of reality.

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        Tilak de Silva

        ” in times of crisis majority community will depend on persons of authority from that community to be in power of the appropriate institutions,”

        Oh, is that why the Sinhala/Buddhists elected/appointed

        JR (Chettiar),
        SWRD Banda (Panda Nayagam),
        Sapumal Perumal (Demela),
        Kathirkamar (another Demela),
        Sir Pon Ramanathan (another Demela),
        Raju Kumarasamy (another Demela),
        Tamara (another Demela),
        VP to fight the Hindians (another Demela)
        Karuna to fight VP (another Demela)
        Last three rulers of Kandyan Kingdom (Demelas from Madurai)
        Many members of Vellaikkara Padei from South India( who protected Buddha’s Tooth)

        However the racist and paranoid Sri Mao found the minorities unfit to man the armed forces followed by the subsequent rulers.

        “Sinhala and Buddhism are the national institutions”

        Stupid man/woman so are the other languages and religion.

        Do you know there is another fast growing category of people in this island. They the Sinhala/Hindus.

        Those high ranking officials were recruited before the weeping widow took charge of the state institutions.

        ” So once again get real, go into your hideout and hibernate, save yourself the stress of reality.”

        I say you come out of your Mahawamsa Mindset bunker mentality and paranoid existence, meet the real people, live in the real world, ….

        Did you do any good deed today?

        Or are you planning to burn down Tamil/Muslim owned properties just after the next general elections? Perhaps the rebuilt Jaffna library can be a good target for you.

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