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Vanni : A Personal Journey

By Nadarajah Suseenthiran

Nadarajah Suseenthiran

Ladies and gentlemen, rather than turn to books and documents; rather than rely on statistics and figures, I propose merely to share something of what I personally experienced, saw and heard during my recent visit to the North (Sept. 2012). I will do so as truthfully as I can, and without exaggeration. It is a situation, on the one hand, of untrammeled power, expropriation and exploitation; on the other, of helpless suffering: unseen, unheard and unheeded.

My brother-in-law, a civilian, is one of the thousands injured at Puthukudiyiruppu (Vanni) by the heavy shelling of the Sri Lankan armed forces in 2009. His right upper arm’s bone was cut, and a piece of shell embedded itself there. He and his family, with two children, survived in Mullivaikkal. They were brought to Trincomalee, then to Colombo and Vavunia, and finally released to be resettled on his farm near Mallavi. The broken bone was treated with a metal plate with 6 screws. He was told that the metal plate must be removed within one to one-and-a-half years. However, several attempts to remove it failed. Because of this plate, he was unable to bend his arm, and it remained immobile for three years. He learnt to do everything with one (the left) hand. My wife and I went to Sri Lanka last August, 2012; took him to India, and managed to have the plate removed. While we were in India, we visited Thirukadaiyoor, a holy place for Hindus. One evening, we went for a walk around the temple. There were fireworks, and my brother-in-law couldn’t bear that sound: it brought back the nightmare of bombs, shells and bullets. He got into a state of panic, and we had to return immediately. He is an intelligent young man who struggles, on a daily basis, to overcome disaster.  Despite his handicap and all that he has seen and endured, he works the land and looks after his few cows.   We helped our brother; however, I come across children, women and men who suffer similarly, if not worse, but are unable to consult doctors, and are without the possibility of medical and or psychological help. We wished we could have helped them too. We grieved that our money, energy and time were so very limited.

As I talked to my relatives in Puthukidiyiruppu and made them share their horrible experiences, I came to have an inkling of post-war trauma, something Tamils in the North and East suffer. Heinrich Böll said of the Second World War: as long as the pus continues to drain from the wound of war, you cannot say the nation is free from war. I saw that, in Sri Lanka, an unseen war is still being waged, one that seeks to destroy the spirit of a people. Relations and friends, because they knew and trusted me, described their experience during the last stage of the war, how they fled from one place to another, carrying the young, helping the old; how they desperately made pitifully inadequate, makeshift, bunkers; how they hurriedly buried those killed; how they were treated by the LTTE; how their attempt to escape the shelling was prevented both by the army and LTTE.  What they witnessed and experienced is horrible and terrible, beyond my ability to describe: I leave it to your empathy and sympathetic imagination.

The infrastructure in the North of Sri Lanka has been changed, and the intention is clear. Indeed, there is no need, and no attempt, to hide it. Everywhere, land is reserved for settlement by the army. In the past, the Vanni was able to cultivate sufficient paddy for the entire North; now I met famers turned into helpless beggars, waiting for rations doled by the army-controlled administration. In this area, property, houses and land once belonged to the people. Later, they were taken over and occupied by the LTTE. Now, they are the possession of the Army. I saw land near where my father-in-law lives which belongs to a close relation of ours. She lost her husband, and was delayed returning because she was alone. That land has simply been taken over by the army, and is being cultivated by them. It is but one way in which the government rewards soldiers, keeps them happy and, more importantly, supportive. Those few civilians who still own land in the area must come personally, register and hire bulldozers at Rs. 5,000 – 7,000 per an hour; so too, with electric saws and cutting machines.  Some pretend they are going to cultivate their land: otherwise, they’ll lose possession. The temporary huts in which they live are tin-roofed. These dwellings are hot during the day and cold at night. During the rainy season, the tin roof magnifies the noise, frightening little children, particularly at night. Their day-to-day life depends on, and is totally controlled by, the army. Though the war is long over, there are still checkpoints, providing opportunity for harassment, extortion and the display of crude, arrogant, power. Passengers from Vanni to Vavunia have to carry their luggage, walk through the checkpoints and open their bags for inspection. As I said, a psychological war is still being relentlessly waged. Continuously and arbitrarily, strange measures are brought in to keep the people uncertain and fearful.

Taking advantage of the people’s desperation, there are those who promise to help would-be asylum seekers, particularly to Australia. Payment is made in advance, but I was made to understand that for the one or two boats that reach the island close to Australia, another twenty are caught by the Sri Lankan navy, winning media attention, local and abroad, especially in Australia. Those arrested and their relations face court cases. It is a lucrative business – except for the hopeful victims.

Murikandy

As you perhaps know, on the A9 there’s a junction near Kilinochchi: Murikandy.  Under a very old tree, there’s a Vinajaga temple. Though it is hundreds of years old, the temple has been wantonly occupied by the military, its sacredness to the people callously disregarded, even despised. There is no respect for their religion (Hinduism); no regard for the people’s deepest feelings. Instead, almost at every junction and bend, there’s an ultra-large Buddha statue. (One wonders what the Soul of Great Compassion would have thought of such action done in His name.) A friend told me that in front of his house there is a very old “bo” tree (ficus religiosa). Before they fled the area, neighbors advised him to cut down the tree. If not, on the pretext of the bo tree being sacred, the land around it would be seized by the army. My friend was against the cutting down of the tree – and exactly what the neighbors had warned, happened. My friend’s land and house (it was once a UNESCO office) was occupied by the military, a huge camp was setup, and under the bo tree now sits a statue of the lord Buddha. The Tamils, defeated, without defense and support, have no option but to endure and accept whatever is done to them.

In Thiruvadinilai in Chulipuram it is even more difficult to stop land-grabbing, and effecting demographic change because that is in a high-security zone. There isn’t the faintest sign that steps are being taken to fulfill the legitimate aspiration of the people, aspirations for which they fought, for which they suffered, and for which they are now being ruthlessly victimized.  Rather, the attempt is to abolish the 13th amendment or to undermine those rights through the Divi Neguma project“(Divi Neguma” has come to have a military connotation, such as “Jaya sikuru” and “Rivi sera”.)  The state acts as a robber, openly grabbing land. It colonizes, and attempts to permanently change the demographic composition. It is left to a very weak civil society (frightened, preoccupied or indifferent) and a crippled opposition to stop and reverse these developments; to usher in justice and humanity, equality and dignity. It is sad but, to be frank, I don’t see grounds for hope. Successive governments have planned, and carried out, the destruction of the Tamils. Still, I call, urge and plead:

Implement genuine resettlement and reconciliation

Stop the increasing militarization

Stop the cultural and economic invasion.

Remove the high-security zones: they are no longer need

Implementation the 13th amendment fully

Set up a civil administration, one that will not be interfered with and dictated to by the Army

Release political prisoners

Respect the independence of the Judiciary

Talk given by C.N. Suseenthiran at a conference, Bad Boll, Germany. Nadarajah Suseenthiran arrived in Germany in the early 1980s, as a refugee, and has lived there since. Well known in international Tamil Literary circles, his special interests include subaltern groups, women’s rights and the exile experience.

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    The key aspect of the writer’s concern is demographic change due to social engineering implemented under the aegis of a governing state and its military establishment. Developments and events over time will prove the credibility or lack of it in the writer’s assertions.

    The Israelis, in their plan to expand the new territory (nation) it acquired in 1948 displacing traditional Palestinians from their homeland, have gone on to annexe parts of Egypt,Syria and Jordan after the 1967 war.

    In a further expansion drive under the rubric of a claim from the Torah (ie of a chosen people)the Zionist aspiration of a “Greater Israel” is being implemented where the West Bank (Palestinian land) is “occupied” territory and a fierce campaign to exterminate the resistance in Gaza under the democratically elected Hamas government has been under way.

    Manipulation of social demographics is not new to Sri Lanka. The Gal-Oya scheme and Minneriya “colonies” are examples from the past.

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      LP=“Developments and events over time will prove the credibility or lack of it in the writer’s assertions”.
      Why go that far when you are no different from the Bangladeshi’s. Indian gave their life for the freedom of Bangladeshi’s their own culture in the 70’s yet they are worse off and are claiming to be Burmese and applying for refugee status in Europe. Lazy Sinhala Buddhist will never make it but keep on begging while the Jews are known for much scientific research firsts.

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    N. Suseenthiran

    You have been living in Germany for about 30 years – coinciding with the entire duration of the war. You were unable to visit Sri Lanka during this period not because of the government but because of the LTTE which considered you as a traitor because of your literary and political activity in the diaspora promoting democracy and pluralism in Tamil society in opposition to LTTE’s fascist domination. Now that the government has militarily defeated the LTTE you were able to visit Sri Lanka and enjoy a holiday and see all your relatives in the Wanni. Yet you have nothing positive to say about the government or about the developments underway in the north and east.

    You are enjoying your freedom in Germany. You were able to seek refuge in Germany because it shed its fascism and became a democratic and open society. If the Germans were ethnocentric and xenophobic they wouldn’t have accepted you and many other Tamils like you as political refugees. They gave you asylum because they believe in humanitarian values. You are enjoying the benefits of such an enlightened policy. But when it comes to the north and east of Sri Lanka why you take a totally opposite approach? It looks like you like the north and east to remain an exclusively Tamil area. If the Tamils can live in Colombo and in other parts of south, why can’t the Sinhalese people live in the north?

    Tamil people suffered immensely during the war, especially during its closing stages. Sinhalese and Muslim people also suffered during the war. Over 70,000 Muslims were evicted from Jaffna by the LTTE in 1990. Many Sinhalese people who had lived for decades in the north had already fled by then because of threats from the Tigers.

    It is true much more needs to be done by the government in terms of post-war rehabilitation and reconciliation. It is also true the government is making many mistakes in how it is going about these objectives. Yet don’t you think Tamils as a community too should take some steps towards reconciliation. Don’t you think it would be more constructive if the Tamil people work with the government in post-war developments rather than take the confrontational path of the TNA? Have we learned any lessons from the terrible war? Don’t you think the attempt to keep the north as an ethnically-cleansed Tamil area was one of the major causes of the war? Don’t you realize the ideas and causes you were promoting in the diaspora – pluralism, the upliftment of subaltern groups and women’s liberation, etc are more conducive to reconciliation and eventual resolution of the ethnic problem in a multi-cultural Sri Lanka?

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      Ajay,

      A perspicacious comment.The problem with many expatriates who come here on visits is their inability, mostly through a mental refusal, to accept that things are much much more better than have been led to believe. This leads to what we call in Tamil,”Muttayilay mayir pidungurathu( Trying to find hair on the surface of an egg)” syndrome. This results in occasional incidents and instances, though not rare, a being blown into multiple epidemics of sorts.

      The post-war attitude of the TNA and sections of the Tamil Diaspora, combined with the short sighted political decisions, of the government, have combined to keep the TNA out of the reconstruction, reconciliation and development activities in the north. The TNA having been associated with the LTTE prewar, should have moved to work with the government on the issues of the war-affected and sublimated its avowed but failed political agenda.

      Unfortunately, they did the opposite. The government too tried to set up its proxies to displace the TNA. This has pushed the TNA back into its old ways. The TNA is yet led by the legal fraternity and this makes it more prone to get enmeshed in legal arguments rather than on solving the livelihood and social problems of the Tamils.

      The TC, FP, TULF or the TNA have not done anything create institutions that would take forward the economic, educational and social interests of the Tamils. This is in stalk contrast to the efforts of Arumuga Navalar, the Ponnambalam brothers, Veerasingham (co-operative movement) and Rajaratnam (Hindu Board) of a era gone by. Further, after the Ponnambalam brothers, no Tamil political formation or politician has also made common cause with the Sinhalese and Muslims, on problems confronting them or the whole country. This was unfortunate.

      The government too has been very unwise in many of its post-war decisions, despite the its laudable efforts and success in the IDP, LTTE cadre and development issues. The public servants in the north and east have also been blight on the people. The LTTE members who are now associated with the government have also helped undermine the public perceptions of the government. The paramilitary groups working with the government have also done more damage to the government than Mahinda Rajapakse perceives or is ready to concede. Sri lanka has been unfortunate in having brought forth cheap and mediocre politicians to the fore from all communities. This has been the rule than the exception.

      I am sad one more golden opportunity to achieve communal harmony has been missed.

      One question I have for the author is where the Buddha statue he mentions is located in Murihandy? I am a frequent traveler on the A9 and have yet not noticed one near the age old Pillaiyar temple. Further, the vicinity of these temple has been vastly improved and there is no organized army presence there. Tamil- Hindus and Sinhala -Buddhists stop to worship at this temple. In fact a public collection to build a Sivan temple at this location is on going.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        The diaspora is represented by two extremes, one who are unwilling to accept the defeat of the LTTE and are unwilling to move on and the other government acolytes like you who will do/say anything for their own personal glory…two sides of the same coin

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        Bet you won’t “see ” the defament to a shop reported elsewhere in CT
        insulting Muslims either just like the Buddha statue since BBS is now supported by your gota

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        Dr, don’t just blame TNA and accusing TNA as proxy of LTTE. The current leaders of TNA from Sambanthan to Suresh hate LTTE more than govt or Sinhalese hate. The problem is govt with its shortshight push them into current situation. See Ananthasangari’s frustration of Govt. Tomorrow u will say Anandasangari also LTTE supporter, if he starts to talk of rights of Tamil. It is obvious govt planned to colonize north with sinhalese for political purpose, accept the truth. Don’t try to paint the govt.

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          Good this doc wont under stand and never will.

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            TNA are the elected representatives of the people,but are shut out from making decisions affecting the people.
            The military governer makes all decisions.
            And,the TNA is blamed for demanding their rights.

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      Ajay:

      Wherein did you find in Suseenthiran’s article of his praise of the LTTE? In fact, he has mentioned that the people had complained of the LTTE’s actions too. So, don’t put words into someone’s mouth.

      The often skewed flawed argument that Tamils live together with Sinhalese in Colombo and the majority are Tamils and Muslims does not really hold water. R. Sampanthan had categorically made this very clear on this issue. Would you welcome someone (let it be anyone) coming and grabbing your land, and let that be anywhere? If it is bought in the normal course I don’t think that there will be any issue. But if you are forcefully deprived of your land and so grabbed to deny them of their rights, especially if it is done rampantly, then it will and has become a major issue. You should know of the reaction of the Colombo residents for the actions of UDA in removing them from their abodes. In the East and North, it is a case of land grabbing from their rightful owners. Can you figure that?

      What the LTTE did with the Muslims, by forcefully evicting them from the North, for whatever reasons, was, and is, very, very wrong. It was not just a foolish act, they were merely given 48 hours and had to leave with none of their belongings. For this, and only this reason, I am not going drop a tear for the LTTE. It was gross injustice. If you ask whether we raised the hu ha, yes we did but as much as the SL regime is behaving, that was the attitude of the LTTE then.

      Your suggestion that the Tamils too should do their part to move towards reconciliation is laudable. With a regime that bears the trademark of being duplicitous in about anything and everything that it embarks on, it has lost the time, space and opportunity to heal a nation except for consolidating its power. If it had moved with the same speed towards attaining national reconciliation as it had in getting the 18th Amendment to consolidate its power, then there wouldn’t be such acute pressures in Geneva. Quite opposite to the way you deride the TNA, which unfortunately is what this regime wants the Sinhala masses to believe, Sampanthan pleaded with the President to get down to serious business with the TNA. After all, they are the elected reps of those areas. Despite at odds with some of the TNA reps, Sampanthan pleaded with the Prsident to take the TNA into confidence and work together for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement. He even mentioned to the President that once the TNA is on board the problems in Geneva, with the USA, and now India will go away and the country as a whole will prosper and we can look forward to the future. If today, TNA makes a statement that it has the confidence that the regime is sincere and that everything will be ok, believe me, all those international actions will slowly go away. Instead of going around the world to plead with its case, if only the SL regime had sorted out the mess with the TNA, then it would not be faced with the headache it is facing now. But you know what this regime did? Under the pretense of talking, it took the TNA on a merry-go-round and left it in the lurch in the Parliament building. For some 15 months it was simply bluffing its way around and I salute Sampanthan for his magnaninimous patience even though the members of his party and the diaspora were getting impatient, noting the devious ways of the regime. If at all the regime wants to escape from the noose, it should start GENUINE talks with a fixed time-frame to settle the issues facing the Tamils. What do think of your President and his goon brother Basil, who made PROMISES to everyone internationally, including India, to implement the 13A fully, and what more with a plus, renegading on that promise. What kind of pariah leaders do you have who cannot even honour their own words? From US to Europe and India, these countries supported SL in its war against the LTTE, and also listed the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. Today, the regime stands utterly discredited and anything they say and claim is taken with a pinch of salt. If you think and believe that the regime is talking for the Sinhala masses, you are sadly mistaken. It is all about greed and power – just pitting the Tamils against the Sinhalese is not just good political expediency but also good political business. If the need arises, they won’t give a hoot to turn the guns against the Sinhalese. This is but the sad reality but because it has been turned into a Sinhala versus the Tamils problem by the Rajapakses, you just refuse to see it.

      The time and opportunity for even Sampanthan to help this regime is fast fading. For the regime to ignore this advice will be doing so at a colossal cost and peril.

      I don’t quite grasp

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        @jansee..What has he mentioned about the LTTE.. He has given a detailed account of the bad thing by the Lankan army and people but nothing just one word aboout the LTTE.. This is Typical of the Western LTTE entity who will never give a detailed account of the LTTE atrocities..and this lnehow their attempt to escape the shelling was prevented both by the army’ It was the LTTE alone that prevented the escape.. Even the Redcross During the Two day ceasefire by Gosl said it was the LTTE that prevented FACTS. Now the LTTE was only Banned in 2006.. But not before in the west India only after 91.. And Lanka lifted the Ban on the Many Occasions of Peace Talks from 85-06.. Now we see your True hidden feelings about your LTTE.. You only hate LTTE because They expelled them.. But They did not just Expel They Murdered Many Muslims and sinhala Civilians.. The suicide Bombs which Even Killed Children, And Hacked Children.. But the Murder Of Tamils and Tamil Political Class.. If this Fool Actually Talked with the PEOPLE.. THEY WILL TELL HIM HOW THE LTTE FORCEFULLY ABDUCTED ONE CHILD FROM THOSE FAMILIES.. AND WHEN THEY NEEDED MORE THEY WENT TO THE SAME FAMILIES AND BY THREAT OF DEATH TOOK THE OTHER CHILDREN.. CLEARLY THIS FOOL HAS NOT MENTIONED THIS AND YOU DONT SEEM TO HATE THE LTTE FOR THAT.. AND NOW TO THAT CROOK Sampanthan AND THE TNA.. why didnt the TNA speak up when they did this to Tamil civilians.. Why didnt Sampanthan and TNA CONDEM THE MANY SUICIDE BOMBINGS OF THE LTTE WHICH KILLED CIVILIANS.. THE MURDER OF KADIRAGAMA.. Today they say Human Rights.. But back then They couldnt even think of the Term when they were Run by the LTTE.. At least Amirthalingam HAD THE GUTS TO STAND UP TO THE ‘BOYS’ WHICH HE HELP CREATE but knew they were worse than the ENEMY.. And it was the BOY that Killed HIM..NOW WE SEE THESE LTTE WESTERN ENTITY groups Invite TNA and only them who were NOTHING BUT gutless criminal PUPPETS OF THE LTTE.. WHY NOT ALSO INVITE COL KARUNA. Douglas devananda, Mano ganesh.. WHO ALSO REPRESENT TAMILS.. AND HUGE GROUP OF THEM THE FIRST TWO WERE ONCE CALLED THE BOYS. KARUNA THE GREAT HERO… WHY HAVE THEY BEEN SIDELINED.. IS IT BECAUSE THEY REALIZED THE LTTE WERE THE SOLE GRAVE DIGGERS OF THE TAMILS AND DID THE RIGHT THING????????yOU FOOL..

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          ponnudurai:

          It looks like your ostrich head is not just working overtime but also dumb-time. His is a situational report and is writing about his experiences and what the people told him. So, you want him to write the people praised MR and GR? I wonder how one can make a dash when shelling was continuing incessantly? Of course, may be you have this fantasy that the SL regime sent special helicopters inside the bunkers to help the civilians flee from the war zone. Your fantasy ought to have limits.

          That the LTTE has carried those acts you have mentioned are not being disputed but what is grossly wrong is your failure to hold a regime equally, or even worse, than the LTTE. Or have you conveniently forgot about the murders and disappearance of more than 70,000 Sinhala, particularly youths, by also a Sinhala regime. You figure out the competition between a bloody regime and the LTTE for blood thirsty tyrants title.

          Do I give a hoot what you think of me and my feelings? And who really believes you or this regime of what the truth is, being compulsive and habitual liars, as many have found out belatedly. Your sort of bargain, even under the pretext of sovereignity, has very little takers and by and large, it looks like goons like you are going to be very responsible saviors to tighten the noose around the necks of Mahinda and his gang by fuelling the rhetoric that thrives this regime. Good luck and best wishes. Your regime has tried all the tricks in its bag but nothing seems to be working. After Africa, now it is Japan, next it could be the Antartica where these goons should be consigned to for disgracing the “land of the Buddha”.

          Kadirgamar was not murdered by the LTTE. As much as Lasantha Wickramathunga was murdered by your regime, so was Kadirgamar, by a politically incensed members of the regime who feared that a Tamil may become the PM. For heaven sake, don’t cite your investigations and reports, nothing from the regime bears the hallmark of even the remoteness of the truth. Remember zero civilian casualties.

          I am happy that Karuna is sleeping in your lap, after murdering 600 of your policemen. He must be laughing all the way at the stupidity of the Sinhala masses and how this regime has taken you fools for a ride. Grab another two pillows to continue with your dreams.

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            @jansee Kadirgamar was not murdered by the LTTE.. Hmm the same EU that now you and your Western LTTE entity are using to Vote against sri lanka for socalled War Crime.. Carried ou the investigation and Stated it was the LTTE.. THe European union that is.. and Yes col Karuna once the darling of every Eelam Tamil and LTTE western entity who had posters and Tamil women of the West wanting to more than shale his hand.. Murdered sri lankan policemen.. and this was during the 90’s peace process.. And even after that The government were willing to Put peace insted of justice.. Col Karuna was along with potu amman carried out Kandy sacred tooth Bombings. And helped the LTTE control Vast areas of the wanni back during the late 90’s and early 2000.. But then the LTTE wanni Leadership satrted to liquidate the eastern tamils who wanted Peace during the 2002 CFA.. and Col Karuna had the vision to Know peace and not war to save the flower of the Lankan Tamil youth.. And for the sake of peace We had to put away Justice.. Just like when we were forced to do when we went for peace with the LTTE.. and Captain prabarakaran Amman were wanted criminals by India let alone SL… So today look who is asking for peace.. The western LTTE entity who prepared for war by funding and Arming the LTTE.. along with tamil nadu politicians.. Justice is when its equal.. tah mean Those LTTE western tamils who are accounted for.. I mean even Antons wife today is a HR activist.. While back in the day giving cyanide capsules to children (force fully pressed to die).. Thats not justice..

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              ponnudurai:

              A number of decisions made during a time when western govts were squeezing the LTTE, and particularly the muted stand and approach during the last phase of the war, have now been reconsidered. That the USA and EU are the proponents of the latest UNHRC resolution shows how diametrically the situation has changed. The army’s recent report on absolving ITSELF of the crimes it has committed has been considered as a whitewash. The evidence of war crimes surfacing almost every other day has meant, among various things, that this regime thrives on lies. Even those within the country were bemused and laughing at the Govt’s incredible claim of zero civilian casualties. The existence of the LTTE provided the bogey for the regime to cover many of the atrocities it committed. Murders of journalists, white-vans, abduction have become the hallmark of this regime and have continued unabated even almost four years after the conclusion of the war. The govt pinned the blame on the LTTE for the 17 ACF workers’ murders but eventually the truth came out on the complicity of the regime in their murders. The murder of Kadirgamar has all the hallmarks and the regime’s footprints of a heinous crime.

              The near annihilation of the support to Karuna and Pillaiyan among the Tamils in the Eastern Province speaks volumes. They have cuddled up with a regime which has blood of the Tamils on its hands. If instead of Karuna and KP, the Sri Lankans want to send MR and GR to face war crimes and crimes against humanity, well that is their choice but I doubt very much the Rajapakses will follow your line of thinking. They will sacrifice not oly them but also you before being hauled up.

              Don’t give the crap that this regime was ever honestly and sincerely interested in peace. All the peace talks were only staged dramas to show the world that the regime was/is sincere. The problem was the recalcitrant LTTE provided the erfect excuse to cover its sinister behaviour which now lays exposed. Remember the APRC, the Eminent Persons Panel appointed by MR, the Soctland Yard investigation on Raviraj, what an endless list. Literally, this regime has taken everyone in the world for a ride, and the how it fooled India can be a classic example of a regime made up of lies. What kind of pariah leaders you have who promised the full implementation of the 13A, and even a plus at that but were simply lying through their teeth. So, no one now wants to believe the promises of this regime and its credibility is so utterly shattered that there is no more confidence that this regime will conduct an impartial investigation. From the time it opens its mouth to the time it closes, what comes out are all lies. After making fake promises for 15 months, it perpetrated a pack of lies to discontinue the talks with the TNA and I believe will be regime’s greatest regret now that this has come to haunt it.

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            @Jansee. you keep saying The murder of Kadirgamar has all the hallmarks and the regime’s footprints of a heinous crime. When it was Investigated by the Very nations who are now bringing thr res against SL.. and even the USA condemned the LTTE for this crime.. Its like how even in 2006 the LTTE denied that it took part in killing Gandhi.. First this is not about GOSL.. Its the hypocrisy of the Western LTTE entity like you who have stilled denied LTTE crimes.. We Lankans Gave all our support to end the LTTE no matter what just like the sections of the Lankan Tamils who gave the LTTE and the Other Boys all thei support to achieve Eelam.. even if it ment they turned the entire nation to a war zone which it happened.. So we are not gong to standy by and see a criminal group in the west and TN politicians escape justice by accusing one side for this Brutal war.. Its tuue the 13A and + never should have been promised by the President..as It cannot apply now.. As the Eastern province is now Muslim than the Tamils majority.. But Sri Lanka needs a New constitution. A constitution that will serve all Lankans.. But we will not fight for it as now we will fight for this injustice against the UNHCR who are worse criminals The western LTTE entity. And hey the west only Banned the LTTE in 2006 and not before. so no it didnt help GOSL as you have again falsely stated.. Now again The murder of Kadirgamar’ The investigation is conducted by EU and USA all condemed the LTTE than the other crimes you mentioned has the hall marks of the LTTE as well.. which was similar to The murder of Kadirgamar.. But you are one of those people who still think thumbi is still alive.

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              Please show me the investigations that were conducted by the US and EU on the assassination of Kadirgamar? Their version was picked up from the then official version of SL. That was then but now with a regime utterly discredited this could change if there is an independent international investigation. That was what Mahinda uncle bluffed the world by appointing the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP). They were invited by your president to monitor 16 incidents and one of them was the Kadirgamar case. Instead of holding firmly your ostrich head into the sand, read their final report why they left SL in disgust. The regime never wanted the truth to come out – so don’t just shoot empty bullets.

              Actually, we are not even bothered about you at all. We know that lackeys like you of the regime and this regime will only carry lies in their platter. This matter has taken an international dimension. Shout as much as you can but the wheels will continue to grind. Stop that if you can.

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        jansee,

        If you think pointing out Suseenthiran doesn’t have even one little thing positive to say about the government defeating the LTTE or about postwar developments amounts to saying he is praising the LTTE, then it is not my fault.

        About land grabbing, the LTTE also grabbed the lands and houses of thousands of Tamil people. LTTE also grabbed land from bordering Sinhalese and Muslim areas. Sampanthan never said a word against these atrocities. Instead he said in parliament, “The LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamil people.” He back-stabbed Chandrika over her political package and he went behind foreign governments helping Prabakaran alienate the Tamil people from the rest of the country. What Sampanthan is asking now is much less than what Chandrika offered.

        In squandering away the opportunity that arose soon after the war ended to find a reasonable political solution to the simmering ethnic issue, Sampanthan is equally responsible as MR. Though both the Sinhalese and Tamils had reached the point of exhaustion after 30 years of large scale death and destruction and had understood the reality there is no peace unless both sides compromised, both MR and Sampanthan, instead of taking advantage of the change of heart among all people and the general conciliatory atmosphere in the whole country, unconscionably pushed the country back into the same old, same old racist politics. They are two sides of the same coin. They both know it is by whipping up racist passions that you can win elections and consolidate your power. They mutually reinforce each other’s narrow ethnonationalsim at great peril to the country. It is symbiosis, my dear.

        As Tamils we have to criticize MR. But that criticism will have no validity whatsoever unless we criticize Sampanthan and TNA first.

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          Ajay:

          What makes you think that Sampanthan had not compromised? What do you think of a regime that took the TNA or a merry-go-round for 15 months. While the TNA was waiting for their last meeting, the Govt members just simply didn’t turn up? Demanding that the TNA participate in the PSC is as duplicitous and deceitful as the Rajapakses are? You can wake up a sleeping person but how do you do that with one who is pretending to sleep? For all this regime may look the other way, Sampanthan will be the best bet to achieve something that will placate both parties. Otherwise, it will only get worse from what it is today.

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    The situation in the North after the defeat of the LTTE is like the situation created in the Southern States after the American Civil war. Like in the book and film “Carpetbagger” where the ‘Northerners’ went to South and captured the every aspect of life there, here the ‘Southerners’ have gone to the North and are capturing everything in the North giving very little for the Tamil citizen there. Even the cafeterias along A9 from Omanthai are run by the Army. Gnanam Hotel and many other place have their name boards only in Sinhala and English. The vendors selling palm (Tal) products are mainly from Ratnapura and those products are made in Ratnapura (Sunday Lankadeepa carried an article on this little over an year back). I too have seen many statues of the Buddha by road side from Omanthai beyond. Are there so many Buddhist there? It puzzles me. (BTW: By accident of birth, I was born to a so called Sinhala Buddhist family, and I am still a Buddhist with a real understanding of the teachings of the Buddha).

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    These narratives are heartbreaking, yet apart from argue for or against them, none of us comes up with any helpful ideas. We seemed condemned to repeat mistakes and reap more tragedy in the future. I for one am utterly pessimistic.

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    G. Pandith says:

    “Are there so many Buddhist there? It puzzles me.”

    According to Sinhala/Buddhist historians and commentators in this forum and elsewhere confidently state that according to history and traditions there were hundreds of Buddhists temples built by Sinhala Buddhists through out North East which once belonged them before the arrival of Tamils from South India who destroyed all Viharas hence a need to rebuild new ones to get the historical situation right by these new symbolism which they believe will right the wrongs by the Tamils.

    Therefore the Sinhala/Buddhists, their state and their rulers are duty bound to change all Tamil names of places and roads to former Sinhala names. In this regard there has been tremendous afford on the part of Sinhala/Buddhists patriots finding old names and inventing etymology in order to prove that the old names were indeed Sinhala/Buddhist names, demanding official reinstatement the old glory in words, language and monuments.

    What is wrong with this Sinhala/Buddhist revival?

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      Native Vedda:

      Are you saying that the demolition of the Babri mosque in India by the Hindu goons was right, citing that the place originally had a Rama temple there? Do you agree with the Talibans of Afghanistan who blew up, despite wide international condemnation, the historical Bamiyan Buddha statue? Can you talk some sense here?

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      Native Vedda! You sound just like a Zionist. Never mind about the demographic patterns that have evolved through centuries, WE were there FIRST (a thousand, two thousand? years ago). These non-Buddhists who have lived and worked those areas for centuries grabbed our land, and erased all signs of our religion. Our Buddhist heritage is screaming out for restoration up there. Get rid of alien idols and places of worship. The way to restore the presence of our forefathers up there, and plant our non-violent tolerant religion is to dig the place up and, too bad if a Hindu kovil is on top, get rid of it!

      Native Vedda — there are some so-called scholars and commentators in these pages who believe that your kith and kin were the original peoples. Why stop at displaying the ‘true’ religious character of this land 10 centuries ago– CLEANSE the land and get back to the simple ways of life and worship that YOUR people must have had before we imported Buddhism.

      Do you think there is any difference between your kind of militant-religious based Buddhist revival and the back to the Bible stuff of the Zionists?

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      Sorry, Native Vedda,

      re-reading your contribution makes me regret my expostulation. You are surely writing with tongue in cheek. That’s the problem with entering these blog discussion, skimming entries & tossing off responses too quickly. Anyway, I take back my direct attacks on YOU, but the rest remains.

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    What a joke… This sentence should say it all..’were treated by the LTTE’ thats it the rest its all about Sri lankan Army.. No doubt we all know where the truth lies.. now this big bogus claim about Army settlements.. Well that is a a BIG lie.. because i too made the same journey and stayed in Mullaitivu town with a friend who is now a pastor who gave his job to help with the EFFORTS of reconstruction.. Now The Paranthan road is been constructed and up to PTK its good.. But due to the heavy rains that area is prone to flooding.. thus the progress is very slow.. Now in that area there more churches than hindu kovils, yes i saw the many many many grave yards of the vehicles that have been piled up and rusting and see the odd scavengers that come and cut the iron to sell.. as there is a organised gangs making money.. and the check points well there are only by these sites and the main paranthan road where they only stop large buses and search.. no cars and most importantly bicycles and cycles which is the mode of transport in that area. And the many buses come from colombo where most Tamil expats come to visit and also curios Lankans from all over to see the LTTE strong holds. and their submarines and weapons etc etc.. Now the army..whilst my stay with my friend went to the main PTK town for food (not really good) but there is one muslim guy from colombo who has open a good restaurant and food is goos but dont know the name as all the signs there were in Tamil and not even in english.. So had a long chat with this soldier from one of the camps there.. who had been in the army for over ten years.. He said to me we went to war not for a single groups of people but for everyone in the nation.. then he took us to one of these restaurants in PTK and he met this young girl… naturally one could see they were more than friends.. when i told me they were going to get married and might move to norway as her family were living there.. i asked them if they were ok that you were a soldier and a sinhelese he said yes they had no problem and the biggest shock i got she was a former LTTE fighter. then i asked him about these land cliams are the army soldiers getting any land here.. He said that was not true at all. and to my shock he started to condm the Top brass saying that have a good luxury life and that they sometimes dont even get good food.. let alone land.. Then he gave me a tour of Mullaitivu.. and showed me the progress the army made in demining and now that the progress is slowed down due to the fact that it has been taken from army hands to private hands. to my disgust he started to condem the leaders of GOSL for not speeding up Progress of demining and Building houses especially those people who live near the beach on the way to Farah ship.. But i saw good houses that were clearly not inhabited and asked why dont they be moved there.. he said that cant happen as there are deed holders for this property.. and they cant just give land like that as it will cause alot of trouble in the courts. Espically there was a place where there were good houses about 20plus clustered and mad in uniform.. i said why not here.. he said these are the houses of the LTTE heroes… I sometimes wondered whos side he was on.. but thats how he and all the soldiers there call and say it as these were built by the LTTE for their heroes who the Sri Lankan army has alot of respect. and he told me even they have land deeds which have to be honored.. I dont him to go to hell better to give it top the people. in Mullaitivu we help train the civilians in Life skills and i took 5 former Black Tigers to CMB and train them to repair Mobile phones which was funded by the army and also private donors. yes life is not easy but this Prejudice Liar who is writing lies have to be counted.. Things are slow but there is progress and not the Horror as he claims.. I support GOSL and most of soldiers and my stay in kytes even the navy might not like Certain people in GOSL and prefer UNP. BUt the civilians in the North and east have Respect for the Armed forces.. One of the Black Tigers said to me when i took him to CMB the LTTE lied to US about you sinhala people. we lived a lie and were never show this new world of life.. I only wish my brother was here to see it.. I asked what happened to him.. he too was a Black tiger and naturally blew himself up in a operation.. who know he might have even killed one of my friends. But that is the reality… Yes Go today to the wanni, Jaffna.. and speak to everyone there..But dont go with the hate like this writer and Like many of us onces had.. Today the Good thing what happend when the war ended and thaks to prabhakaran houses and bunkers Tamils and sinhala muslims are meeting each other and they all see that they are the same.. Thats the difference from foreigners such as these fools who wrote this rubbish

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    Hi Suseenthiran!
    Thanks very much for all your “HARD-work”.I would be grateful if you could explain why this was case…I agree with most of what you presented here,yet don’t you think that…Have you thought about looking at this problem from a different angle?.The political sociology establishes the link between sociology and political science. Involving theoretical and systematizing as well as historically-empirical aspects it deals with the social and socio-psychological conditions and consequences of political action, with the origin, structure and effect relationship political systems, the interdependencies of construction, expansion and modernization of political, social and economic systems, the development of power and the influence of social Groups and actors in this interconnected effects.This provision of the field of knowledge is reflected in the subject classification of this information service : policies and ideas, political systems and systemic crises including historical experiences, political control and their Institutionalization.
    Dear Susee!The basis of a general rule of sociology, the author is working on a typology of autocratic (non-democratic) systems. They will form the basis for a systematic comparison of the structures of power in autocratic systems past and present (like theocracy, ancient tyranny, despotism, authoritarian dictatorship, patrimonialism, sultanism, totalitarianism) form. The totalitarian type of regime can be more specific in this way in its specification as similarities with other autocratic system comprehension. It is also about a more nuanced historical classification of autocracies (or dictatorship) of the 20th Century. ;-)

    P.V.Sri Rangan
    Germany
    15.03.2012

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      Sri Rangan

      You have too much time to waste, but a poor sense of humour.

      A duck is funnier than you, see how it nails a bartender:

      A duck walks into a bar and asks, “Got any grapes?”

      The bartender, confused, tells the duck no. The duck thanks him and leaves.

      The next day, the duck returns and asks, “Got any grapes?”

      Again, the bartender tells him, “No — the bar does not serve grapes, has never served grapes and, furthermore, will never serve grapes.” The duck thanks him and leaves.

      The next day, the duck returns, but before he can say anything, the bartender yells, “Listen, duck! This is a bar! We do not serve grapes! If you ask for grapes again, I will nail your stupid duck beak to the bar!”

      The duck is silent for a moment, and then asks, “Got any nails?”

      Confused, the bartender says “no.”

      “Good!” says the duck. “Got any grapes?”

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    The problem with all our people is they have forgotten they were too scared to open their mouths when LTTE was present and now they are free to tell lies.

    Please return to Germany and dont return

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    //The duck is silent for a moment, and then asks, “Got any nails?”

    Confused, the bartender says “no.”

    “Good!” says the duck. “Got any grapes?”// Bitter truth!

    Rambler!,thank you for your interest.

    I come now to the last point of my presentation.The consideration of the power as a relationship that has developed between people in the form of communication and common action, and not primarily directed at outsiders, where it not going to the subordination of the will to a foreign will within a community, but to this community itself and the actions of their co-actors. The more intense the combined actions of the actors, the more power is increased.To sum up,we can say that there seem to be several way to solve this problem.As long as we operate a policy of all-understanding and all-forgiving and humans indicate that we do not remember to change the situation, because they neglect the moral of the cultural identity and cosmopolitanism are, as long as we are for a really only moderately successful political colleagues found.

    Finally,all I have to say is that I think we should leve this aspect of the problem for the time being and call it a day.Good bye,Rambler! :-)

    Best regards,

    P.V.Sri Rangan
    Germany
    16.03.2013

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      Sri Rangan

      Good ……… Got any grapes?

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    Hey!! Nadaraja Suseenthiran, This is the year of the Snake. Are you a born in the year of the Serpent??

    Did you really enter the Vanni ? How great. I thought they were and are yet a “NO GO” zone as VP and the LTTE are holding sway with the funding sent by you guys for the last 30++ years.

    Did you bribe VP or Pottu or Castro or anyone of the boys to get in there?
    The last time when the Wembly Kovil duo visited with Pounds 50K gift for Velu, the Brother In Laws were provided a Castro guest house.

    Hope, you did not have to under go such hardships or pay any taxes.

    Nadaraja Suseethiran, now I realise your predicament. You have lost your investment in the LTTE.
    Now you war monger return to where you came from after 30+ years. Your crocodile tears are good for the gullible Diaspora and S.J.Emmanuel.

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      Dickie, dickie, why do you go on hilariously exhibiting your ignorance and stupidity? The job of Pottu and Castro has been dutifully taken over by Basil. I am sure you should have heard about Basil? Which Basil? The commission Basil?

      So, your dickie head pronounces that only those born in the year of the snake can be bitten? Dickie, dickie?

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        Dickie:

        Correction: So, your dickie head pronounces that only those born in the year of the snake can bite? Dickie oh dickie?

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    [Edited out]
    Or
    Are you trying to impress a certain quater of the Diaspora or S.J.Emmanuel for any future persinal gains or to re-coup your losses??.

    This article will discourage not only the UNHRC in Geneva also that hemorrhageing Navi Pillai……..and the hardened GOSL critic.

    You have not done any good to further the cause. It appears you do not know the art of lying between your teeth.

    Its a sad effort.

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    Nadaraja..

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