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UNHRC Or UNSC? Government Intransigence Feeds ITAK’s Militancy & Foolishness

By D. Hoole

Prof. D. Hoole

The war with the LTTE came to an end in May 2009 with 40,000 casualties according to the UN Expert Panel. Although Lord Naseby has recently contested this figure, we know from the analysis by “The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice” that the documents Lord Naseby relied on were untruthful and made it appear that the then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s statements are from the British Military Attaché Colonel Anton Gash.

Therefore, if the rule of law is to prevail, the murderers of Mullivaikal need to be charged and punished. This was the view of the world at large, with the exception particularly of Russia and China. Those who sought justice therefore knew that no headway could be made in the UN Security Council (UNSC) with these two veto-wielding countries.

Although criticism could be made of America, its heart was in the right place in seeking justice for the victims of Sri Lanka. So it was to the UNHRC that the US turned. There the votes went by majority decisions. No country wielded a veto. It was an opportune moment for the Tamils who had suffered so much when a new sympathetic government was elected in January-August 2015. The government agreed to uphold the law and hold inquiries into war crimes using international judges. Mr. R. Sampanthan the Tamil leader had a good relationship with the government. The dark skies over Tamils seemed to lift.

There were two flies in the ointment, however. One was that Justice C.V. Wigneswaran who had been brought in as Chief Minister by Sampanthan to introduce good governance, developed ambitions of his own after he performed so well in the NPC elections using the ITAK vote-bank. He refused to campaign for the ITAK at the parliamentary elections and worked closely with the upstart Tamil Congress which had no base. Moreover, he seemed to side at the local government elections with President Rajapaksa who held command responsibility during the murders. Prof. Kumar David says that Wigneswaran and Vasudeva Nanayakkara whose children married each other, “both want to undermine the Sirisena-Ranil administration and incite racial hatred.” David seems quite right going by Wigneswaran’s explicit praises of Prabhakaran and his anti-Christian rhetoric. Sampanthan continued to work for peace, joining hands with the government.

However, the government has been cheating. Refusing to prosecute the war criminals and calling them national heroes instead, and making no progress on the devolution promised through a new constitution. In this Sampanthan is seen as working with an unyielding government. He and all peace-loving Tamils are the losers. The result was clear in the local government elections.

The second fly in the ointment is Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, scion of the Hindu Ponnamabalam family and grandson of the heiress of the Christian Clough family from Karaitivu. GG ponnambalam sold out the hill-country Tamils by avoiding voting at parliament during the citizenship Act, and then, in the words of J.L. Fernando (Three Prime Ministers of Ceylon, 1963, p. 27) 

“The Damila [Ponnambalam] bowed low before the Sinhala Lion,”  DS Senanayke, “and was made a Minister, thereby striking one million Central Tamils off the electoral registers” by voting for the Indian and Pakistani Residents Citizenship Bill (3/1949) which denied them their franchise.

GG Ponnambalam lost badly in subsequent elections. He was dethroned as the Tamil leader by SJV Chelvanayagam and his ITAK. 

Ponnambalam’s son Kumar tried to make a comeback by identifying with the LTTE and was posthumously made Maa Manithan (meaning Great man) by Prabhakaran. His LTTE positions lad to his defeat at the parliamentary elections. Kumar’s son Gajendrakumar who had been made an MP by Prabhakaran was trounced in free elections held in August 2015, and Sampanthan’s nominees were easily elected.

Now, however, the repeated onslaught by Wigneswaran and Ponnambalam, seems to be having its effect on Sampanthan’s base. That is sad because a man who took risks for his Tamil people and the Sri Lankan nation through policies that favoured peace and justice, is suddenly seen to be in kowtow with a government that calls our murderers national heroes, and seems to be turning back on promises of good governance made during the 2015 elections. 

The most dangerous aspect of the reversal of Sampanthan’s electoral fortunes is in his speech with Wigneswaran at the same event on 23.06.2018. He said, translating from an Uthayan report, 

“The war fought by the LTTE was a just war. But they were destroyed by the international community calling them terrorists. Now everyone must help as the international community helps us win our rights for a solution.”

It seems at first glance that Mr. Sampanthan has surrendered to Wigneswaran’s line of thinking. My confidence in him, however, remains. It was a just war, we can agree, given the periodic riots, state brutality, etc. The LTTE methods were violent and terroristic, but Sampanthan does not call their methods just. He does not say the international community was wrong. He asserts that we do have rights to win back.

Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and V. Manivannan

So the Sampanthan speech is technically correct. Why it is wrong is that a simplistic reading, which is what most readers will engage in, would lead to the view that the Tigers were heroes, something that Wigneswaran said explicitly, and what President Maithripala Sirisena says about Sinhalese murderers in uniform.

Sri Lanka has lost.

In this sad milieu, the ITAK is being cornered into rolling back its high principles and seeming more militant in the face of Sinhalese intransigence and Wigneswaran staking the militant high-ground. Remember, when UNHRC 30/1 was passed, the grandson of the original G.G. Ponnambalam who was bought by D.S. Senanayake, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, trying to stake a strong LTTE position, burnt a copy of the resolution claiming it had nothing in it. At the time, he was married to a strongly pro-LTTE British Tamil. 

 However, Gajendrakumar has now divorced her. A day or two ago, he married a Christian divorcee (an oxymoron) believed to be accountant Diana Naagaruby Kandasamy of Chinnaalady, Caradive (who like his grandmother married twice). (Details are given because he seems to have kept them under wraps while a newspaper gave different details). 

Still yearning for succession to the LTTE mantle, during the recent UNHRC hearings on Sri Lanka, he went again to Geneva seeming to demand punishments for war criminals using the same resolution he had burnt as useless. There he made a pitch for switching from UNHRC to UNSC in New York. At the UNSC the Tamils have no one to talk for them while there are countries ready to veto anything against Sri Lanka. All the painstakingly gathered eye-witness testimony and video evidence is in Geneva; not with the UNSC. The many activists in Geneva fighting for justice for victims pleaded with Gajendrakumar not to jeopardize their work which was slowly but surely moving forward. According to a Muslim activist there, the other activists fled from Gajendrakumar merely on seeing him.

Gajendrakumar addressing the political meeting at the Maviddapuram Temple

And then something happened today at the Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC). V. Manivannan is Gajendrakumar’s sidekick. During the Local government elections, Gajendrakumar was the chief speaker releasing the party manifesto from the Maviddapuram Kandasamy Temple. It was a serious breach of election law. There were front-page headlines in the Valampuri and Ethiroli newspapers about the manifesto being blessed at this famous temple. There was a Facebook page. There was a photograph showing Gajendrakumar speaking at the temple.

Yet, the police only charged the Iyer. When that was dismissed and the Election Commission complained to the police, a case was filed against Manivannan whose part was minor. The police suppressed all the evidence, putting the photos and news cuttings in the file without mentioning them in the B-report to court. The case was naturally dismissed for lack of evidence. Police action was strange. During elections enormous diaspora money to throw around was evident.

 Today, this Manivannan who was prepared to take the fall for Gajendrakumar, moved a motion at the Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC) saying that the war-crimes hearings be moved to UNSC because the UNHRC “had no powers to conduct war crimes trials.” The UNP and EPDP decided to support the motion. It was clear that it would pass. ITAK opposed it because it was not true. Mayor Emmanuel Arnold said it concerned a matter so close to Tamil hearts and identity that it should not be demeaned through the JMC where it would have no meaning. To the untutored public, a motion at the UNSC seems clearly superior to anything at UNHRC. The ITAK erred grievously in seconding this motion though member N. Logathayalan, not wanting to be seen opposing it. It passed nem. con. without a vote. 

By pushing this harmful resolution, Gajendrakumar has scored a major victory for his decrepit party. However, this resolution will yield nothing and thwart the delivery of justice. We must build on the work already painstakingly done in Geneva.

The government has to deliver on the promises of 2015 made on good governance and justice to Tamils. Or it could lead to greater militancy of Tamil youth as seems clear from the ITAK’s electoral reversals. The Sirisena and Wickremesinghe government will bear the responsibility for devaluing those Tamils like Sampanthan who come forward to take risks for us Tamils – and thereby jeopardize the well-being of this nation. 

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      Lets start a “FUND_ME” page and collect money to send Jim the Dimwit for English tuition.
      I feel sorry for the guy. He is trying to write but cannot write that falls within CT policy.
      On and Off people do get struck down bot repeatedly.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      What has got into you today?
      VP’s ghost?
      Do you know any poosari or kapurala who can exorcise VP’s ghost?
      Would you prefer a Tovil ritual?
      It will cost you not and arm and a leg but a bottle of Gal and some muss.

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    [edited out]
    Interesting! This is exactly the problem with “HOPE” liberals. Always miss the target to identify the problem and not to come up with a practical solution to deal with it in real life.

    The best political decision Sam made was to introduce Wigs to Northern people. You play defense based on the offense you get it. Team carrot will exchange guards with team stick based on the changing political situation in south. Obliviously, team carrot’s innings is coming to an end in near future and team stick is getting ready to play defense in the next innings. Is it that hard for text book smarts to understand the reality? Perhaps it is the problem with rusty tap waters coming from 19th century schools?

    If we can avoid a nuclear missile issue with tough talking personalities then why can’t we group together tough talking Viggy with MR&Co to sort out SL’s problem? You make a deal directly with leaders who have the talent to sell their vision to their own people.

    Obliviously MR is that leader and only Viggy can sync with him. But that doesn’t mean they can resolve the core issue. And who cares about the outcome of their bromance instead of giving some feel good “HOPE” to people?

    However this time MR&Co will have limited options to take more pay day loans from east and need to sell more real-estates to the dragon while getting bangs from West and India. So enjoy the show while it lasts!

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    We know D. Hoole that the 40,000 figure is an utter lie first appeared in a book written by a LTTE sympathiser Gordon Weiss. There is no independent corroboration. All the UN reports on the ground, and independent diplomatic communications point to a much smaller number. Therefore anyone who peddle such falsehoods (including D. Hoole) have to be considered as anti Sri Lankan and/or separatist sympathisers.

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      It should be way over 40,000.

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      40,000 figure is an utter lie first appeared in a book written by a LTTE sympathiser Gordon Weiss.

      First time? Could you give me the page number please?.

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        Mallaiyuran

        It’s unbelievable say 40,000 killed during final days; a totally fabricated story through hatred towards SL military & its people.

        The reason for even small number of deaths could have been LTTEs trick of making human shield, so hold that terrorists responsible for that.

        If you cannot bear up defeat, committing suicide is better than making/supporting wrong allegations.

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          It’s unbelievable say 40,000 killed during final days;

          I understand that. Believable is Zero Casualty. Otherwise would the Lankaweyans be known as “Modayas”?

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        Mallaiyuran,

        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        The Cage

        Author Gordon Weiss
        Country United Kingdom
        Language English
        Publisher The Bodley Head
        Publication date
        19 May 2011
        Pages 352
        ISBN 1-84792-139-6
        The Cage: The fight for Sri Lanka & the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers is a book about the final stages of the Sri Lankan Civil War written by journalist and former United Nations official Gordon Weiss. According to Weiss up to 40,000 civilians may have been killed in the final stages of the civil war.[8][9]

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          Hela,
          Please read my comment.
          “First time? Could you give me the page number please?”
          I need know the truth on that. Can you answer to that question?
          Is the page 352 establishing that Gordon established that number?
          Could you bring here what the page 352 saying about the number, instead of Wikipedia?
          (Gordon did not establish that number. At the end of the war, he was not sure how many died, though he did not believe the government number Zero Casualty. He said people were feeling it could be 10,000-40,000.Then he did not have access to put and real evaluation. )
          Lord Naseby is trying to answer to the number 40,000. Because he know reconciling numbers with UN’s latest number 100,000 is unthinkable.

          UN reports started with 40,000 and UN has now passes 100,000. We know when the investigation is over it will be beyond 150,000. We have the patient to the truth to come out.

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      Helass

      “We know D. Hoole that the 40,000 figure is an utter lie”

      For the sake of discussion I agree with you.
      If it is a lie please furnish the alternative number of death that you believe is the right one and tell us how you derived at the truth.

      ” Therefore anyone who peddle such falsehoods (including D. Hoole) have to be considered as anti Sri Lankan and/or separatist sympathisers.”

      I agree with you for the sake of argument.
      Aren’t you yourself peddling in lies by not providing the exact numbers?

      By the way JVP continues to campaign the state killed 60,000 innocent civilian between 1987 and 1990. Dr Mahinda went all the way to UNHRC armed with photos and figures, exposed state’s brutality against its own people.

      Therefore it is not too late to charge Dr Mahinda as an anti Sri Lankan and/or terrorist sympathiser.

      What shall we do with you for being a liar and Dr Mahinda being a terrorist sympathizer, financing LTTE just before 2005 presidential elections, money laundering, …………………………… ?

      Have you already hidden yourself behind your great grand daughter?

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        NV
        “If it is a lie please furnish the alternative number of death that you believe is the right one and tell us how you derived at the truth.”

        The real figure is 40,000 Tamils, 83,000 Sinhalese and 67,000 Muslims. When the Muslims were asked to leave they set on foot with no belongings and were subjected to untold murder, torture and rape similar to Polpot evacuation.
        Soma

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          somass

          “When the Muslims were asked to leave they set on foot with no belongings and were subjected to untold murder, torture and rape similar to Polpot evacuation.”

          Another Mahawamsa myth by Monk somass.

          Could you cite confirmed/verified report on “were subjected to untold murder, torture and rape”. Since the day “In the Muslims’ political history, the forceful eviction has been recorded and remembered as “ethnic cleansing”. – Mohammad Agus Yusoff, Athambawa Sarjoon, and Zawiyah Mohd Zain in Social Science 2018 “
          no one has accused LTTE of murder, torture and rape.

          VP’s baby brigade stole everything from the Northern Muslims. Later Gota and his goons stole everything from VP’s treasury including cash and jewelry part of which once belonged to Muslims. I was one of the first one to raise this issue in my various telephone calls, letters, and by unofficial reports among Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim diaspora.

          If you believe the death toll was 40,000 could you let this forum know the details of those who were killed by Gota’s goons. How many of these were part of those who surrendered to Gota’s goons, and their details.

          Your real figure 67,000 Muslims does not tell us if it was the number Muslims murdered/killed/butchered, ………… or the number of Muslims evicted from North. Could you clarify and confirm.

          Read the following report:

          The Quest for Redemption:  
          The Story of the Northern Muslims
          Final Report of the Commission on  
          the Expulsion of Muslims from the Northern Province  
          by the LTTE in October 1990 
          2nd Edition 
          2012
          By Published by Law & Society Trust (LST)
          3, Kynesy Terrace
          Colombo -08
          Sri Lanka

          Available on web.

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        NV,

        Your bullshit aside, the casualty numbers reported in UN situational reports are available in public domain. Go find out if genuinely interested in finding the truth.

        If you need a detailed review please read http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=121568 for the submission by Professor DM Crane and Sir Desmond de Silva, QC

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          Helass

          Well let us see how well Sir Desmond de Silva’s report was received by Pat Finucane’s widow:

          Pat Finucane’s widow calls de Silva report ‘a whitewash’
          Geraldine Finucane says British government ‘engineered a suppression of the truth behind the murder of my husband’

          https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/
          dec/12/pat-finucane-de-silva-report

          By the way what were his key points on his report and supporting evidence, if you don’t mind jogging my memory?

          Make sure you know what you are talking about else you will incriminate yourself for lying in the court of humanity.

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    Views expressed are correct. The UNSC will not be able to act as Russia and China will veto. Ponnambalam is simply fooling the ignorant Tamils. It is a credible point of view that both the Tamil and Sinhalese leaderships are locked into nationalist positions that will lead them to disaster. But, what is the need to bring salacious information about Ponnambalam’s second marriage and his Christian connection?

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      Mama Sinhala,m
      “What is the need to bring salacious information about Ponnambalam’s second marriage and his Christian connection?”
      May be, that is due to an unwitting expression of regret for having abandoned the faith that gave succour and status as former trustees of the said Mavidapuram temple generations ago.

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    Cheap article. This appears to be written to expose Gajan’s second marriage. Ponnampalam’s dynasty is not known to marital harmony, but mixing it with Hinduism and attempt to degrade his political orientation will not work in North. TNA is not the way catch back TNA lost to TPNF in LG.

    Recently there are E-Mail circulated that Father Emmanuel was working with UNP to snatch the NPC CM from Hindu CV through Sumanthiran. Outside of this, those dividing of NPC with Hindu-Christianity divisions are directly associated with Yahapalanaya.

    Ranil side is suggested in full swing in manipulating everybody including Sumanthiran. Ranil has lost Tamils votes and instead of over trying to win again, at least dividing and destroying is better option for Ranil. He very cunningly destroyed TNA and striped it into one Party, FP. Now they are working on destroying the FP on the lined of Hindu-Christian. [edited out]

    On the Sinhala votes’ side, if any important Old Royals member appears in EP election, it would be flushing Ranil out into drain. Old King is concerned of he standing, because of the uncertainty of America. So, he is not phoning Ranil this time to change the constitution. But, he wants to lock Elder Brother Prince inside the house. Younger Brother Prince is unlikely to break the control of the King and try to stand on his own. Son Prince is not in a condition to stand against Ranil. Old Royal may want to back off this time. If so, Old Brother Prince is making troubles. It appears for the first time Son Prince and King are asking Ranil to Bring in Mahendran. This appears to be a drama. Because, they are calling Udayanga to come back to country. That may be to warn Old Brother Prince to not oppose Ranil. If Gajan and Old Brother Prince are controlled, Ranil can come back. [edited out]

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    [edited out]
    Sinhalese never supported jvp and will not do so in future, so how come idiots from jaffna with phd’s support murderous ltte gang ?
    Tamils with higher education got issues since all these stupid vellas or baptised hooles are nothing but leaches sucking from the state but give nothing to poor homeless tamils that got whacked from the state due to their idiotic support for the ltte.
    Why not find a common ground with destitute people from all walk of life ? After the war, GR first reaction is to help North/East and asked myself and my brother’s help since we do care about people in these areas, specially the poor.

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    Part I
    The last paragraph makes some sense. The main body is just an after-dinner gossip to another.
    Prof D Hoole mentions Lord Naseby who nit-picked the Mulliwaikal casualty figures. He is not able to convince his own peers and so why should we bother?
    D H says ` “Therefore, if the rule of law is to prevail, the murderers of Mullivaikal need to be charged and punished……..”.
    This is what ALL our leaders want.
    D H considers Mr. R. Sampanthan countable because ~ “……..the Tamil leader had a good relationship with the government…”.
    There are other forces.
    D H identifies two flies in the ointment (or is it the soup?) Wigneswaran and Gajendrakumar. From this point she gets very personal and Hoolean. She says ~ “..Wigneswaran and Vasudeva Nanayakkara whose children married each other…”. What the hell has this to do with his stand?
    D H then goes for Gajendrakumar. After the boring reviews of GG P& Kumar P, she says ~ “……….A day or two ago, he married a Christian divorcee (an oxymoron) believed to be accountant Diana ………of Chinnaalady, Caradive (who like his grandmother married twice)…”
    Is this not a personal matter? D H’s example of an oxymoron is “Christian divorcee”. Oxymoron is joining up opposite to stress something – the most famous is ‘deafening silence’.
    D H considers Gajendrakumar to have breached decency. But D H goes on to drag the grand-mother of Gajendrakumar into the foul-mouthing. Disgusting. By the way where did she get the spelling of Caradive? There is a campaign to Sinhalize the names of our villages. If D H wants to cooperate with ‘them’, it is her prerogative.

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      The old adage goes: “if you throw a lot of mud some of it sticks”. Seems D H has a lot of mud to throw by raising matters relating to Ponnambalam’s private life. Cheap shots amount to “shooting on the foot”.

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        Lal
        Much more on the thrower’s hand.

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    Dear Hela,
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    There’s little point arguing over these figures. In a war situation lots of things happen. Now that it’s over, we must become more rational.
    .
    The first step should be investigation.
    .
    It wouldn’t be sensible to talk of punishment until facts are established. There can in any case be no way forward unless we stop playing this blame game.
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    Until the facts are agreed upon, no conditions should be laid down.
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    I haven’t properly studied this article, and I’m typing this into a mobile which keeps jumping about.

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      Sinhala_Man

      I am sorry to say Hela and rationality don’t mix.

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    Part II
    D H then brings in ‘Wigneswaran’s anti-Christian rhetoric’. Heard the modified “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings the Hoolean song”.
    D H constantly rubs in this Hindu-Christian divide. The voters are sophisticated. Jaffna has a Christian Mayor and the Nallur councillor is Christian. Nallur is where the Nallur temple is.
    .
    Prof D Hoole, please try and understand the grave hole we are in. Good relationship with the government does not count at all. SLPP proved at the LG elections that the language/religion-divide alone matters. The expose’ of frauds has no effect.
    GL Peiris is openly questioning the need for Provincial Councils. High ranking Buddhist clergy unashamedly suggest Hitlerian solution. Gobellian forces are spreading a canard that GoSL and Wiggy have a secret pact.
    Nit-picking on going to UNSC means nothing.
    To cut a long story short: Please do not tread into areas outside your scope.

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    Anyone,who is not familiar with the politics of Jaffna would think that Jaffna society is deeply divided on a Christian-Hindu basis.
    Anyway, why should the essayist highlight the private life of Gajendrakumar[ His first wife is referred to as Pro-LTTE- QUITE MISCHIEVOUSLY!] while the issue is all about the UNHRC and UNSC?
    This is in bad taste!

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      Plato

      Your remark about ‘in bad taste’ is absolutely right. What is not flexible at five, cannot become flexible at fifty is rustic wisdom of Tamils.. Soaked in the same pool of character assassination her consort is prone to, the saying becomes truer.

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    I am a regular reader of CT from the day one it started publishing. I don’t agree with many of the opinions expressed in the articles published in CT, but I respect the contributor’s rights to express their views. I also appreciate the writers of these article for maintaining some standard. Most of them especially Dr. Dayan Jayatilake, whom I disagree a lot, maitains high standard in his writings. I thoroughly enjoy reading them. Unfortunately, this article is a 3rd grade slanderous one which won’t be considered for publishing in any respected media.[edited out]

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      I don’t understand why some of things I wrote was edited out. While allowing these kind 3rd grade writers slanderous articles, our opinion is censored. I don’t see any other writer, other than one other Hoole, writes like this. Referring someone by her/his religion has anything to do with the context of this article. In this day an age, is it worth to mention whether someone marrying a divorcee or marrying for the second time. What is to do with UNHRC or UNSG? I don’t think you would encourage tabloid kind of gossips here. I am glad almost all other contributors of CT maintain a higher standard.

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    The writer is poorly informed of the politics of Kumar Ponnambalam.
    Kumar P contested the Presidential Election in 1982 on the Tamil Eelam platfoem, much to the embarrassment of the TULF, which was totally insincere about the Vaddukkoddai Resolution of 1976, which it used merely to win the 1977 elections.
    Kumar P was among the few Tamil leaders who had the courage to speak up against state oppression and even act to protect victims of oppression. Dr VB Karanaratne has much to say about Kumar P’s personality.
    It was the FP/TULF (now TNA) leaders who went behind the LTTE early this century to secure parliamentary seats.
    Kumar P got little political benefit from defending the LTTE.
    *
    The comments on the personal life of Gajendrakumar are in very bad taste.

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      Presidential Election in 1982 on the Tamil Eelam platfoem, much to the embarrassment of the TULF,

      That is absolutely wrong. Straighten your facts. I yet have to come to know somebody standing on TULF ticket for presidential election. Further, FP who convened (Not TULF) the convention did not systematically boycotted any parliamentary-PC elections in Ceylon after that, other than some sporadic protests. That is story of TNA which was formed by LTTE. You may want to understand what the 6th amendment is, before you start to laugh at Vaddukoddai Resolution. After 6th Amendment, Tamils did not jump into sea and commit suicide, but went for an armed struggle.

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        Mallung
        It is difficult to unscramble mallung mind.
        I wonder if you are among those who decided to “jump into sea and commit suicide”.
        Now that you seem to be alive, I wonder if you jumped too hard and landed in a far away place.
        *
        My point was:
        Kumar Ponnambalam contested the Presidential poll, after challenging the TULF to contest.
        He contested on the Eelam issue. The TULF refusal to support him, showed that the TULF was insincere about Eelam and had taken the Tamils for a ride.

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          Is that your certification of “sincere exemplary Politicians” of Kumar is going along with LTTE’s “Maamanithar” (Bahue, from whom you are quoting, does much on that) designation or are you eyeing this opportunity, which is the baffling of your professional rivals, Hooleys, to undress them by making the Hindu Gajan’s father as the greatest? Is that your opinion that Kumar was hoping to win 1982 presidential election and thus declare Tamils Eelam like Mujibur Rahman, but not for name seeking to further enhance his flourishing law practice in Colombo?
          When you say TULF was not sincere, is that your opinion that in 1982, if TULF had found that the stand of Separate State was having some disadvantages, they still should have continued on it for some reason that you are thinking of? If so, can you share with us your thoughts that why is that TULF should never have given up on Vaddukoddai Convention?
          Sampanthar has said TNA was not separate state and Pirapaharan, the creator of TNA, too negotiated with SL government for a solution. Would you describe this as Sampanthar’s thinking that the separation cannot be used for election winning, or is it Sampanthar being insincere to Vaddukoddai Convention?

          Yoheswaran used Independent state stand of 1976 convention in his 1977 election. Kumar opposed Yoheswaran on that. Yoheswaran defeated Kumar Ponnampalam by 2:1 ratio. 1982 TULF did not place a candidate. It was said that 1982 election was a federal election and placing a Tamil candidate and distracting the Tamils from voting for the Tamils’ preferred Sinhalese candidate would be disadvantage to Tamils. This is why they accused LTTE’s decision to boycott of 2005 election too. Further, for various reasons, on and off, Tamils boycotted selected elections. TNA did that in EPC too. But 1982, Kumar stood on his own ideals got only 170,000 for all Ceylon. In NPC, CV alone got 195,000 for Self Determination. Could you describe how these are explaining Kumar has been sincere but TULF was not sincere in 1982 election?

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          It is difficult to unscramble mallung mind.

          You pretty well descrambled it. In other words your prayers got answered i.e. “ If not attracted to American trap of Brian Drain, at least jump into the sea, so the Appe Aanduwa supporters can get a job.” What a relief for having disposed a million Tamil competitors into the sea, without losing a penny but only by offering a support to SLFP’s EPs! Even the Old Royals managed only 150,000, when they alone! Thiyagarajah, Hooleys ……are one or two in a million, who dare to return. Be happy, you will do in managing them too well.

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            Stop your rubbish. Go and have fun at some in the diaspora paradise where you are living. At least learn to write some coherent grammatically correct sentences.

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              I know Jaffna University is too much worried about dumping rubbish. Because it is below 12,000th in recent ratings, it always wants to have the available places reserved to it to dump.

              Dougie supported Chitanta government had 174th out of 179 in Media safety. Rabbit ran fast too fast one time!

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    ” GG Ponnampalam sold out the hill country Tamils by avoiding voting at parliament during the citizenship act “

    This is incorrect. G G P and other Tamil congress MPs including SJV Chelvanayakam did vote against the Citizenship Act No 18 of 1948.

    Again J L Fernando’s quote is incorrect. Indian & Pakistani Residents ( citizenship) Act No. 3 of 1949 was brought in due to Nehru’s pressure to redress the injustice caused to the upcountry Tamils by the Citizenship Act No. 18. When the bill was presented GGP and other TC members except SJV Vanniasingam & Sivapalan, voted for it because they expected a substantial number of upcountry Tamils to be granted citizenship. But they were deceived by DS Senanayake and Sinhala chauvinist govt officials who rejected thousands of Citizenship applications for flimsy reasons. The sole purpose of bringing this Act was to grant citizenship and not ” which denied their franchise” as stated by Fernando. 52 MPs voted for this bill including Peri Sundaram and George Motha who were MPs from upcountry. Thondaman opposed first but later changed his mind. Anyhow atleast a few thousands were able to get citizenship under this Act.

    In fact GGP and Tamil congress did offer unreserved-support to upcountry Tamils’ demands. The impression that GGP sold out upcountry Tamils is incorrect and utter lie. On 16.7 1947 GGP signed a pledge to the Ceylon Indian congress supporting citizenship and franchise rights. One whole day was spent by him arguing their case before soulbury commission. There are many more and due to limitation of words I stop here.

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      MR
      GGP could not have been so daft as to imagine that the Indian & Pakistani Residents (citizenship) Act will restore to the Hill Country Tamils what was taken away by the Citizenship Act.
      DSS knew what he wanted and GGP knew well what DSS wanted. People of their calibre are not easily fooled.
      Parliamentary politics I can assure you is make believe theatre.

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      DS never gave 1/100 clue to any Tamils of what he was up to, though they bailed him out. GG’s grudge started from 50:50 for which Upcountryers did not support. They were already bought by DS. He split and destroyed them with in the group of Tamils. Then he made peace with his own enemies, the Tamil Muslim and brought MMDA to keep them tied with him. It is not on Indian Pakistani Citizenship Act, even on ratifying the constitution, C. Suntharalingam and other Tamil Ministers were fooled. Not at that time, even recently we all saw what happened to Kathirgamar, after dedicatedly worked for SLFP.
      It is not Tamils; even diplomatically well experienced British government was fooled. DS refused to attend Soulbury Commission. But at 11th hour, Britain naively pampered DS with unitary constitution to get the Trinco. Under Soulbury’s S 29, Indian Pakistani Citizenship acts are a clear violation. But, Privy Council gave the verdict the way DS wanted, still hoping to get the port.
      To revenge Tamils, Sonia helped to win war. In 2012, Cheated by Old Royals, Manmohan Singh very pathetically said, “if we tell Sri Lankan Government is not listening; what can we do?” Robert Blake conceded in American Congress “Gentlemen America is cheated”. At June 2016 UN Meeting, Ex Sec. Kerry said “some SLFPyers did not cooperate.” Apparently he did not come to know the Yahapalanaya’s January and September 2015 elections Moto was “No Leader, No Commander, No Soldier Will be prosecuted”. America released the secret of the $18B story to Mangala. He talked very nice to American agents, but as soon as he became the Finance minister, he had passed “Foreign Exchange Fraud Amnesty Act 2017 and protected the whole 18B from international governments freezing that in their lands. I can write a lot but no space about the sheepishness of last week (6/25/18) New York Times’ imbecile article which claims China cheated Lankawe. But China claims Lankawe cheated it in Hangbangtota deals. There is nobody ever guessed what the depth of the Aappa Diplomacy is.

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    Dear Sinhala_Man,

    You are so into identifying and condemning what you feel are “personal” attacks. Right?. How about a look-straight-in-the-eye observation on Hela’s comment regarding the Hoole diatribe:

    “D H then goes for Gajendrakumar. After the boring reviews of GG P& Kumar P, she says ~ “……….A day or two ago, he married a Christian divorcee (an oxymoron) believed to be accountant Diana ………of Chinnaalady, Caradive (who like his grandmother married twice)…” & “D H considers Gajendrakumar to have breached decency. But D H goes on to drag the grand-mother of Gajendrakumar into the foul-mouthing. Disgusting.”

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      Are you trying to awaken people pretending to be asleep?

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        No — just letting them know their pretensions (of higher-morals) don’t go unnoticed!

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    “Although criticism could be made of America, its heart was in the right place in seeking justice for the victims of Sri Lanka.”
    The writer got it wrong. Americans did not care damn about victims of Sri Lanka. They do not care at all for the victims they created in Iraq, Libya, Syria. So you think they care for the victims of Sri Lanka. Their heart was not with victims of Sri Lanka but with getting a foot hold in Sri Lanka, particularly controlling Trincomalee harbor to stop or reduce Chinese influence and block China’s efforts to expand trade relations. They got what they wanted thanks to Ranil and Sirisena. I do not think they will bother too much about the victims in Sri Lanka in future. US left UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) calling the UNHRC ‘a cesspool of political bias.’ But in future if they feel they could use UNHRC for their political gains, they will jump to the cesspool again. They are hypocrites.

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      I couldn’t agree more. These pro American iimperialists are the curse of the Buddha’s land

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      I accept the Editor’s decision. I was harsh. My apology.

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    “….and thereby jeopardize the well-being of this nation. ,….”

    Prof. D. Hoole: in which “well being nation” are you living ?

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    Estate Tamils have no right to Sri Lankan citizenship. The day Ealam or Tamil Homeland is established they along with all other Tamil speaking people scattered across the island including those in Colombo should be relocated into the Homeland.
    Sinhalese should realise that the greatest danger is not Ealam but the Tamil desire to live among the Sinhalese. ( The reason being there is an inherent superiority in the Sinhala Buddhist society). Along with the Tamil demand for North and East Sinhalese should demand the hill country and Colombo back.
    Soma

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      somass

      “Estate Tamils have no right to Sri Lankan citizenship.”

      For a change I agree with you on this issue on a broader sense. The descendants of Kallathonie Sinhalese, Buddhists, Tamils, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Malays, ……………………………… also have no right to Sri Lankan citizenship nor should they be living, exploiting, ruining …………………………… the island’s natural resources.

      When are you leaving?

      What has been Estate Tamils’ contribution to this island, its wealth creation, …………………………. and how you are planning to compensate them for under paid labour exploited life over 200 years?

      Think about the adverts:
      Laojee: Sri Lanka’s most popular & number 1 selling tea brand
      Ceylon Tea, symbol of Quality
      Ceylon Tea Only Ozone Friendly Tea in the world.

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        Stupid NAtive Vedda: Sinhala People did not invite them. It is your beloved anglican Colonail masters who broguth them here by force. IT is the western way to exploit weaklings on earth and make them create wealth. that is what almighty the Creator does. He controls you stupids.

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    News Flash..well old news now, but US withdrew from the UNHRC, and Nickki Haley called the UNHRC a cesspool of self serving hypocrisy! What more can you say, thank you Nikki you are my kinda girl.

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      wannihami

      “but US withdrew from the UNHRC, and Nickki Haley called the UNHRC a cesspool of self serving hypocrisy!”
      -.
      Maybe, MR and Vasu went all the way to Geneva to have a bath in the cesspool hoping to defend his then mates JVP terrorists.

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      How are you Uthayakumar Abhimanasingham? Are you still boasting on Facebook that yours is the most prominent land-owing feudal upper-caste family in Jaffna?

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    Having read this article more carefully, I have to say that I agree with the conclusion that this government has to do more, much more, to ensure that all citizens are treated equally and are allowed to live with dignity. The government has done disappointingly little. I know that this is not a very original observation, but it is my sincerely held view.
    .
    Tamils are right to feel that not enough has been done for them. All Tamils. I also know that too many Sinhalese feel that denial of all injustice is the safest course of action. I don’t agree, but Tamils must realise that to get all perpetrators of War Crimes actually punished is unlikely to ever happen. Taking up that position is almost condoning chauvinistic thinking.
    .
    I know the pathetic plight of the Up-country Tamils at first hand; the “Ceylon Tamils” who are ethnically identical with us, but speak a different language, have some who are very articulate. It is possible to arrive at an understanding of some issues that confront Tamils, and I have commented where possible. But not with most of what is stated here. There appears to be too much in-fighting here for me to say anything useful on all that.
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    The need for those who want progress and reconciliation to sink differences and work together.

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    Stupid NAtive VEDDa is aReal Fking AH. Sinhala people who devrloped the UNIQUE sinhala buddhist civilizations hadno rigths in Srilanka. On the other hand, Indian Tamils brought by British and Malabari Tamils brought by ‘Dutch have more rights than the Sinhalas. YOu people deserve another round of Kelani tyres aropund your necks.

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      Jim softy Dimwit

      Please let us know what exactly did you mean by “Stupid NAtive VEDDa is aReal Fking AH.”?

      What exactly is the “UNIQUE sinhala buddhist civilizations”?
      What is Sinhala/Buddhist civilisation and why it is unique?
      What rights do the Sinhala/Buddhist Kallathonies converts from South India lack.
      We know they lack humanity, compassion, sense of right and wrong, brain, …………………………and suffer from paranoia and jealousy.

      Look at your face in the mirror you may look like the Tamil film villains.

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    Dear Friends,

    Don’t waste time responding to the rubbish that Mallaiyuran is writing from Toronto, Zurich or New York.

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      Franky

      “Don’t waste time responding to the rubbish that Mallaiyuran is writing from Toronto, Zurich or New York.”

      You may have a point there.
      However could you also evaluate the typings of soma, Hela, wannihami, …………………….. Jim Softy the dimwit, …………….

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    Thankful for bringing out the second marriage info. Some say it is in bad taste. In politics it is relevant. It helps us judge the Ponnambalam people. Can we believe them?

    They go as Hindu leaders but in our religion a woman can have only one Lord. These are hypocrites who want acceptance as our Hindu Leaders. Pottu and holy Ash do not make people Hindu. What is in their heart? Black.

    Mrs. Kumar wanted Jaffna VC to be a Hindu. Kumar liked Russians. All Hypocrites.

    Grandfather GG was bought. What motivated grandson to work to upset work at UNHRC?

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      Thank-ful(l of BS).

      In our religion a woman is her own “lord!” – No one needs to lord over her.

      I guess your religion perhaps explains why Ratnajeevan was in sympathy with the intelligent, cultured, but “helpless” Tamil boys (of your religion ?) when they impregnated the poor, uneducated, village girls of Katubedda! Or why Jeevan decided that he would address a gathering of a prominent (your religion) girls school in celebrating the women heroes of Tamil ealam, lordly-stealing that honor and opportunity from his well accomplished spouse or daughter. Possibly the two damsels were both busy enjoying ironing the lord’s shirt and tie!.

      I realize chauvinism is a curse, but didn’t realize religion had an active influence on that.

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    Kumar,
    Unless you are a propagandist who tries to score by hitting below the belt, comments and writings, to be useful, must be honest, logical and the context must be clear. Most readers would have forgotten the origin of the Kaubadde girls’ story. You have been repetitively pulling it, twisting and kneading it, to make some points against a relative of the author of the article and make him look ridiculous.
    A casual glance at your comment may give the impression that this gentleman (the author’s relative) was running a brothel for his Tamil co-religionists in Katubadde.
    That says more about you and the quality of your mind rather than about those your darts are aimed at.

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      Thankless, (continuation – 1 )

      My point is this. Jeevan was grossly irresponsible and uncouthly prejudiced (plus plainly idiotic, unbecoming of an academic) in his condemning the Katubedda women collectively as whores. He was repulsively chauvinist and a rabid racist when he sympathized with the Tamil boys who were “forced” to marry those village girls whom they had made pregnant. What exactly did Jeevan think should have happened to the girls? And to the children born? Is Jeevan’s bigotry on account of the fact that they were poor? Or because they were uneducated? Or because they were Sinhalese? Or, because they were women/girls (who, if of Thankful’s religion, needed to be “lorded over”)?!

      Education, cultured upbringing, excellent schooling, disciplined religious exposure, and multitude of other privileges Jeevan had been entitled to up until these latter years of his life should have made a brave, fair and responsible man out of him that would in humility and in courage acknowledge and take responsibility for his failings including the writings about Katubedda. This is just one example, among the other several blunders of Jeevan that I have criticized rather directly and not un-harshly (calling a spade a spade) in these columns. I will be happy to list them if you like, but I am almost sure you are not a stranger to the concept of web-archives, that could also serve as a good resource for your curiosity looking for more clarity on the Katubedda girls story and the discussions that followed, rather than letting your imaginations of brothels take over your mind.

      Having made such despicable characterization of a whole community at Kaubedda, Jeevan’s running away from taking such responsibility is not an option!

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    D.Hoole,

    According to the Western intelligence communities who are very active in Sri Lanka, the actual casualty figure is 4000.
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    According to Nikki, UNHRC is a cesspool. So nobody believes what UNHRC say anymore. UNHRC 30/1 is based on lies.
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    Speaking of racism, it’s obvious that you are envious and jealous of Mr. Wigneshwaran’s sons marrying Sinhala ladies. You think that Wigneshwaran is a ‘sell out’ and betrayed the Tamil community by letting his sons marrying into Sinhala Community(according to some Tamils, Sinhalese are their sworn enemy.)
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    Estate Tamils were contract workers. They were supposed to go back to their mother land Tamil Nadu, once their contract was over (as all Tamil were).

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