25 September, 2020

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Voting For Reconciliation

By M. A. Sumanthiran –

M A Sumanthiran

During President Rajapakse‘s visit to Japan in March 2013, he expressed his strong commitment to hold an election for the Northern Provincial Council. The Japanese embassy in turn, indicated that it will support the conduct of free and fair elections and further recognized quite rightly, that this election would be a milestone for the Government of Sri Lanka in the process of national reconciliation. The important role the Northern Provincial Council elections will have in any process of national reconciliation has also been recognized in  the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission as well.

The government claims to have rescued the people of the North from the clutches of terrorism. If this is so, one of the most basic freedoms that the people of the North ought to be able to now enjoy is the freedom of expression; including, specifically, the freedom to meaningfully exercise their right to franchise.

The holding of free and fair elections for the Northern Provincial Council polls is also  important for the reason for the message it gives to the peoples of the North that the Sri Lankan government is truly willing to devolve to them power, limited though it may be. If this is the reality, the government will do all it can to ensure that the people of the North are given the space to vote for their choice of candidates.

It is in light of these reasons that the Tamil National Alliance indicated to the Commissioner for Elections the need for independent monitoring of these elections, in order to ensure that they are conducted in a free and fair manner.

Sri Lanka’s election history has however, been rife with incidents of intimidation and violence. Despite the crucial importance of this election, it seems to be no exception.

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has to date received 129 complaints of election related violence after the handing over of nominations. These include a large number of assaults,  intimidation and attacks on party offices.

Last Saturday (August 17th) the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections verified that a candidate of the Tamil National Alliance and his supporters were assaulted in the Delft Island on 15th August while campaigning. The attack resulted in injuries for the supporters of the Tamil National Alliance, who had to be hospitalized as a result of them. The supporters of the Tamil National Alliance had also be told not to return to Delft. The identified attackers include the Chairman of the Delft Pradeshiya Sabha.

Subsequently, another candidate was also attacked by  the government supporters and although the father of a UPFA candidate was identified as having bandished a pistol at this incident, so far no arrests have been.

An important concern relating to the latest spate of incidents of election violence and intimidation is the involvement of the military in many of them. The Tamil National Alliance has repeatedly called for the reduction of military presence in the North and further, that the military personnel posted there are confined to their barracks. The failure to do this has had a severe negative impact on the people of the North. This impact is now also evident in the infringement of their right to franchise.

Candidates of the Tamil National Alliance have been intimidated by the Army, soon after the filing of  nominations to contest the Northern Provincial Council polls. Army personnel had gone to the residences of of these candidates and questioned them on their political activities. The intelligence operatives of the occupying Sri Lankan military in Mannaar have been visiting the houses of candidates of the Tamil coalition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) taking part in the Northern provincial elections and ‘registering’ their personal data and history, their affiliations and details of their family members. Some of the ‘visits’ have taken place during the nights.

The military has even been engaging in election campaigns for certain candidates! In Jaffna last week, they distributed building materials to people with large hoardings of the givernment candidates in the backround. The election officials who went to check on this incident were themselves threatenedsoldiers soldiers.

Needless to say, the military has no authority to engage in such acts. They are clearly acts of intimidation and in gross violation of the right to franchise of the people of the North.

It is high time the government realizes that freedom and reconciliation cannot merely be words. Unless there is some change in ground realities there is no purpose in parroting empty catch phrases to both the peoples of the Sri Lanka, and indeed, the world. If the government has failed to see this to date, let it at least now, at the time of this crucial election, recognize this. In terms of the Rule of Law, it is important that all elections are conducted in a free and fair manner. For Sri Lanka and its reconciliation, the Northern Provincial Council Elections are doubly important.

Commenting on the incident involving assault of a TNA candidate and his supporters at Delft, Keerthi Tennakoon, Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections, stated, quite rightly, that “This incident adds to the fear psychosis created among opposition party candidates by being questioned by groups stating that they are from military intelligence.”

Peoples in a country that has been ‘freed from the clutches of terrorism’ should not be living in the grips of a fear psychosis. Neither should peoples in a country to which reconciliation has come.  The time has come for us to recognize this, and to act accordingly.

*The author, M. A. Sumanthiran (B.Sc, LL.M) is a Member of Parliament through the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a senior practicing lawyer, prominent Constitutional and Public Law expert and civil rights advocate

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    “Peoples in a country that has been ‘freed from the clutches of terrorism’ should not be living in the grips of a fear psychosis. Neither should peoples in a country to which reconciliation has come. The time has come for us to recognize this, and to act accordingly.”

    That is a well spoken truth….

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      Perhaps, he got the script from Ruda the TGTE PM when they met him secretly for discussions recently. So you ought to be careful about whom you credit.

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        MAS,says
        “..occupying Sri Lankan military in Mannaar…” ?

        OCCUPYING ??? Whose Land ?? Not Sri Lankan Land ??

        MAS…
        CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG ! Okay, you are a SEPARATIST & an LTTE er only.

        Go to Hell, live with VP in next room.

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          John

          “Whose Land ?? Not Sri Lankan Land ??”

          No its not Sri Lankan land but our ancestral island.

          “Go to Hell, live with VP in next room.”

          We are too decent to demand you to go hell.

          However I can ask you to go back to your ancestral land, South India. You can live with M Karunanithy or next door to Jayalalitha.

          Sri Lankan state operates kallathonies services to Australia. If there is enough demand they can reschedule their itinerary and take you to Tamilnadu.

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          Oh calm down and try and use the few brain cells you have left to understand that it is not normal for military to camp outside YOUR house without a significant reason apart from intimidation. Any view such as yours is disastrously detrimental to our nation. & it is the likes of you John, who have ruined any sense of equality for ALL Sri Lankans.

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        Well your credit is a liability, better dont do that. Keep it to yourself. You credits are needed for your motherland. So don’t waste them.

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    Mr. Sumanthiran:

    You should remember that American citizens are highly monitored. I mean, the freedom is not unlimited. Freedom does not mean that the citizens can play the way they want.

    Reconciliation is a political word in Sri Lanka. For Tamils, Reconciliation means revenge and getting what they they did not get after 30 years of violence. Reconciliation needs to be earned and not to be given. So, you may demand it from Rajapakses. But, you won’t get it from Sri Lankan majority citizens.

    As you are grown up in Colombo, perhaps, you don’t know, (wink, you don’t write those things here), who real tamils are. In Jaffna, Tamils cut Tamils into pieces. Tamils don’t allow other tamils to come into the temple and they inundate it with water.

    So, all these fair elections, 17th amendments are BS. Forget Jaffna or how Jaffna Tamils treat Batti – Tamils or Estate Tamils or how Indian Tamils look at Jaffna Tamils etc., etc. You know how high caste Tamils kill and treat low caste tamils even in Tamilnadu ?

    You are just creating a different picture in here.

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      usual rubbish from Jim Softy

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        Jim Nutty strikes again!

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      “Reconciliation is a political word in Sri Lanka. For Tamils, Reconciliation means revenge and getting what they they did not get after 30 years of violence. Reconciliation needs to be earned and not to be given. So, you may demand it from Rajapakses. But, you won’t get it from Sri Lankan majority citizens”

      RECONCILIATION IS JUST A WORD THAT THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF SRILANKA HAS NO IDEA. IF HE WAS THAT GENUINE AS THE MAJORITY FOOLS OF THE NATION ADMIT, HE COULD HAVE PASSED THE COMMITTEE FOR OVERSEEING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LLRC not last week, BUT ATLEAST 3 YEARS AGO. MS PILLAY IS SCHEDULED TO BE IN THE COUNTRY FROM TODAY. SO HER VERDICT WILL ATLEAST LEARN HIM (MOST CORRUPTED LEADER OF THE COUNTRY, SINCE INDEPENDENCE, BUT HIS ALL TRICKS WORK TO THE MAJORITY FOOLS TO HELL BENT ON HIM WHATEVER HE DOES)A LESSION.
      WE THE PEACE LOVING, RESPECTING DEVOLUTION OF POWER SO THAT TAMIL SRILANKENS CAN FINALLY FEEL THEIR GRIEVANCES ARE ADDRESSED, WILL STAY WITH ALL WORRIES SO LONG THE ISSUE IS PROPERLY ADDRESSED.

      MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE IS A MURDERER NOT ONLY FOR TAMIL SRILANKENS BUT ALSO FOR SINHAELSE FOLKS. THIS I DARE TO EXPRESS TODAY, LOOKING AT THE MANNER HOW HE HAS BEEN SOFAR IN THE POST WAR EPISADES. LOOK AT THE MANNER HOW HIS RYTHLESSNESS ACT TOOK THE LIVES OF POOR YOUNG SINHALA BOYS IN WELIVERIYA. CAN HE GIVE THE LIFE TO THEM AGAIN ? THIS MAN IS A CURSE. BY ANY MEANS, UNO AND OTHER WORLD BODIES SHOULD PUT ALL PRESSURE TO CHARGE RAJAPAKSHES BRINGING HIM TO HAGUE.

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        LLRS was headed by pro-LTTE tamils and it was praised by the Church and all other anti- Lankan elements.

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        LLRS was headed by pro-LTTE tamils and it was praised by the Church and all other anti- Lankan elements.

        LLRC was another set up Mahinda Rajapakse and Sri Lanka just as the RAJIV-JRJ agreement set up JRJ and Sri Lanka.

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        Reconciliation may be too big a word for you Dan. It is certainly not earned but you need to be educated to understand that.

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      Jim Softly, How would you bring about reconciliation between Sinhala and Tamil people?

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      Jim softy

      “Reconciliation means revenge and getting what they they did not get after 30 years of violence.”

      Reconciliation is in fact about restoring democratic rights to all people which they hoped to achieve over the past 65 years but miserably failed due to stupidity of the majority.

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        What is that democracy you are talking of? Have had this in Sri Lanka.

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          Lanka Liar

          “What is that democracy you are talking of? Have had this in Sri Lanka.”

          This is what I wrote earlier:

          restoring democratic rights to all people

          Emphasis is on democratic rights.

          It is for you to work out.

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      When the Temple entry problem was heated in the late 1960s, Selvanayakam cried that he was a Christian and did not like to make any contributions.

      He supported discrimination of a section of Tamils.

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        Mokkan I thought you already had been paid for this month. Please keep quite. Go to your God father Doglas’s site and write something. This site is not suitable for you. There is site called “Doglas our masters Site.”

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          Why are you barking? Now your dollar collections are dwindled because of the demise of the LTTE.

          Who is paying you now?

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    Talk of reconciliation is useless until you fall in line isn’t it really? So what are your plans? Get elected then run riot calling for more powers isn’t it? They know it too. I suspect Rajapaske is several moves ahead of you. I would be surprised if this scenario has been pre-empted already. Indeed if Rajapaske’s political calculations are right you not falling inline is electorally beneficial to him.

    From my vantage point I see few things clearly. This is a scenario played back 1958-1972. Chelvanayagam did not play ball just like you. The usual “Ghandian” methods were used triggering riots. One of his Ghandian means was to tar over Sinhala “Sri” in car number plates.

    When the 1972 constitutional changes were made Chelvanayagam had excluded himself and the entire northern population from having a say with the changes. The Senate and Privy council were abolished. Ceylon renamed to “Sri Lanka” making “Sri” permanently part of name unable for Tamils to spell the name. Buddhism was given state protection etc.

    The next bunch of constitutional changes are coming. Unless you play ball, they will steam roll over you just like in 1972. I suspect the nazi’s in the crowd will make things hard if you decide to fall in line. Well, this is the kind of stuff leaders are made. I do not envy your position. Although you have an opportunity to make the needed paradigm shift to finally emancipate Tamils from Chelvanaygam curse Tamils got embroiled. All you need is some backbone.

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      ”backbone”?
      Millions of backbones of ethnic minorities can’t make up for the political power of the ruler (= ethnic majority in Sri Lanka) – that’s the accepted norm in the present world:

      ”Nations are well-governed when the executive respects the independence of the judiciary and permits judges to render opinions without fear or favor. In much of the developing world, unfortunately, freedom to follow the law and not the president or prime minister is a rare privilege” – Will Rule of Law Survive in Sri Lanka? Prof Rotberg, 3 November 2012, http://robertrotberg.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/will-rule-of-law-survive-in-sri-lanka/

      ”After each election, there were missed opportunities for initiatives that could have addressed many concerns of Tamil community members, while simultaneously respecting the concerns of all but the most radical Sinhalese nationalists. In each instance, however, Sri Lanka’s political leaders chose not to expend their political capital in this way but instead, to accede to demands of the radicals. … it will be useful to seek lessons from periods when Sri Lankan political leaders, like President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had such overwhelming political support that they were in a position, if they chose, to expend political capital by taking concrete steps toward communal reconciliation. …” – Prospects For Post Conflict Reconciliation And Development In Sri Lanka: Can Singapore Be Used As A Model? Prof John Richardson, http://groundviews.org/2010/11/05/prospects-for-post-conflict-reconciliation-and-development-in-sri-lanka-can-singapore-be-used-as-a-model/

      Harold Macmillan in his book, Riding the Storm 1956-1959, said: ”In a curious way, the political life of Ceylon is more like that of Whig politics in the eighteenth century than one would suppose(about his visit to Ceylon in 1957 – witin less than one year 1958 pogrom was unleashed on the Tamils and the following year a Buddhist monk assassinated the Prime Minister for TRYING to give concessions to ethnic minorities)”

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        /*
        1958 pogrom was unleashed on the Tamils and the following year a Buddhist monk assassinated the Prime Minister for TRYING to give concessions to ethnic minorities
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        The “pogrom” was delayed for one year was it? Why was there delay?

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          Don’t know? Well, let me explain. 1958 riot happened after the then govt passed an act to abolish caste discrimination. Chelvanalagam begins to run amok disfiguring Sinhala name boards.

          This is the “Tamil cause” in a nutshell really. Its a load of bullshit. A colossal waste of everyone’s time.

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            Vibushana, it may be in your best interests not to expose yourself in such an apparently ill informed way. You may understand something if you really cared to know about it – there was always 2 sides to a coin. Until then my friend your view smells of b***-****.

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            Vibushana has much to learn rather than broadcast ignorance. The 1958 attacks on Tamils in the South started after the Tamils in the North tarred vehicle number plates opposing the newly introduced “Sri” letters – an unnecessary provocation. Hundreds of Tamils in the South were then massacred by armed mobs running riot – the first major pogrom against the Tamils. Thanks to the Governor-General at that time – Sir Oliver Goonetilake – he used the Police to bring this down quickly. What Govt. Act for the abolition of Caste discrimination are you jabbering about?
            It was only an ignorant fool who will make the laughable claim
            the frail, gentle and ageing SJV will “run amok disfiguring Sinhala name-boards”

            Show some learning and decency before you make comments in these pages, please.

            Varathan

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          ”Why was there delay”?

          Are you so nasty to ask this question?

          If you want to know the answer: we were only beginning to learn how to unleash pogroms on Tamils. We had a trial in 1956. Some of our parliamentarians took some time to work out the real one in 1957/8.

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      Vibhushana

      “When the 1972 constitutional changes were made Chelvanayagam had excluded himself and the entire northern population from having a say with the changes.”

      The flawed process of constitution drafting started with UF manifesto which did not define what its components would be, read the excerpts:

      [THE MAKING OF THE CONSTITUTION

      The Mandate

      The manifesto of the United Front of the SLFP, LSSP and the CP
      stated, inter alia:

      “We seek your mandate to permit the members of
      Parliament you elect to function simultaneously as a
      Constituent Assembly to draft, adopt and operate a new
      Constitution. This Constitution will declare Ceylon to be a
      free, sovereign and independent Republic pledged to realise
      the objectives of a socialist democracy; and it will also secure
      fundamental rights and freedoms to all citizens.”

      Neither the Common Programme nor the manifesto offered any
      indication of the content of the proposed new constitution, except
      that it will “secure fundamental rights and freedoms to all citizens”
      in a Republic “pledged to realise the objectives of a socialist
      democracy.” The latter expression was not defined or clarified. ]

      Reflections on the Making and Content of the 1972 Constitution: An Insider’s Perspective – Nihal Jayawickrama

      The Sri Lankan Republic at 40: Reflections on Constitutional History, Theory and Practice

      Edited By Asanga Welikala

      By the way that was the time stupid people voted for free grain instead of manifesto.

      My elders tell me SJV took a principled position on “Constituent Assembly” and opposed it.

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        The flawed process of constitution drafting started with UF manifesto which did not define what its components would be, read the excerpts:
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        A draft that did not define components? Kind of defeats the point of a draft isn’t it? A draft normally means incomplete. Components comes after the process is complete. Nevertheless how many parties thought it was flawed?

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          Vibhushana

          As usual you refused to see the wood for the trees.

          I wrote “The flawed process of constitution drafting”. Here the emphasis is on process.

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        SJVC and his party never appreciated any NATIONALIZATION OF foreign companies and the schools like the UNP.

        He joined UNP in 1965-70 and never opened his mouth about any “Tamil problem”.SJVC and his FP always had the same policy of UNP.

        SJVC never appreciated the introduction of TAMIL language in schools.

        His Church the CSI was making millions at that time by running schools in Jaffna, His “minority” Christians benefited from the schools.

        Selvanayakam & Co opposed the formation of the Jaffna University. He and his party waved black flags when Rt.Hon.Sirimaavo Banadaranaike, then PM came to Jaffna to open the Jaffna university.

        Those were his “principled” positions for the interest of his masters in England and not for the Tamils who voted him.

        Later Selvanayakam’s son-in-law A.J.Wilson, a well known CIA operative, came and created the Presidential System to have UNP in power always but their calculations went wrong when Chandrika was elected.

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          M.Sivananthan

          “SJVC and his party never appreciated any NATIONALIZATION OF foreign companies and the schools like the UNP.”

          SLFP’s U turn on the issue is well recorded and its there for all to see and learn, this is particularly so during its rebirth after UNP rule came to an end in the early 1990s. After 30 years of Socialism not only SLFP learned to live with but actively encouraged privatisation.

          SLFP’s anti imperialism stance went with the wind as soon as it was launched. In fact if not for imperial USA and India MR would be still living in the bunker so would your dear little leader VP.

          “His Church the CSI was making millions at that time by running schools in Jaffna, His “minority” Christians benefited from the schools.”

          The only difference is that the private sector and cronies are making millions out of running “English medium” schools with support of great visionaries, the same visionary party opposed private schools and English medium schools about 35 years ago. What a learning curve.

          ” Presidential System to have UNP in power always but their calculations went wrong when Chandrika was elected.”

          The same system benefits the ruling clan which promised to reconstitute the constitution, but stopped when it suited them.

          Hypocrisy gone mad yet you support the madness.

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          M.Sivananthan

          While we are on the subject of American returned CIA agents, could you shed some light on American citizen/green card holders who returned to wage a nasty war with the whole hearted support of the American agencies.

          I suppose latter US returnees are non CIA agents who are patriotic and has nothing to do with Matale and other pits. How did these non CIA agents managed to get Green Cards in the first place?

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            You refer Gota and others.

            Tamils are not Sinhalese. Gota and others left because of USA backed UNP.

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              Mokkan you dare calling Gota. You were told to call him “My Master”. You may not get paid this month ok.

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            Native dont waste your time with Mokkan.

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              You are a paid donkey by LTTE hooligans to bark here. If you cannot write anything go and beg for dollars to pay your mortgages!

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              M.Sivananthan

              “You are a paid donkey by LTTE hooligans to bark here. If you cannot write anything go and beg for dollars to pay your mortgages!”

              Is this your response to my comment earlier?

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      Vibhushana
      “When the 1972 constitutional changes were made Chelvanayagam had excluded himself and the entire northern population from having a say with the changes.”
      The drafting of 1972 constitution was flawed from the outset. The UF manifesto sought mandate from people at the general elections to transform parliament into Constituent Assembly without spelling out details of what it was intent to include or exclude in the proposed constitution.
      Please read excerpts from the horse’s mouth:
      { THE MAKING OF THE CONSTITUTION
      The Mandate
      The manifesto of the United Front of the SLFP, LSSP and the CP
      stated, inter alia:

      “We seek your mandate to permit the members of
      Parliament you elect to function simultaneously as a
      Constituent Assembly to draft, adopt and operate a new
      Constitution. This Constitution will declare Ceylon to be a
      free, sovereign and independent Republic pledged to realise
      the objectives of a socialist democracy; and it will also secure
      fundamental rights and freedoms to all citizens.”

      Neither the Common Programme nor the manifesto offered any
      indication of the content of the proposed new constitution, except
      that it will “secure fundamental rights and freedoms to all citizens”
      in a Republic “pledged to realise the objectives of a socialist
      democracy.” The latter expression was not defined or clarified.

      Reflections on the Making and Content of the 1972 Constitution:
      An Insider’s Perspective

      By Nihal Jayawickrama

      The Sri Lankan Republic at 40: Reflections on Constitutional History, Theory and Practice is a
      edited by Asanga Welikala.}

      Remember this was the time the stupid people voted for free grain.

      SJV would have taken a principled position on Constitutional Assembly which was brought to life by stealth.

      You are free to have your own perception of what SJV did or didn’t do. Please do not expect the generally informed readers to accept your versions as authentic recent history.

      Truth is important to be left to the stupid.

      “He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
      – George Bernard Shaw

      You have a very bright future in politics indeed.

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    Occupation army is threatening the voters in the North (which has also seen the erection of scores of Buddha statues in the last 5yrs) that if they don’t vote for the government they will have problem. Sinhalese colonies have been planted furiously in Mullaitivu, Mannar and Jaffna districts.

    TNA is in for a shock at the election results. Democracy and Buddhism are another matter.

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      What about the Churches and crosses in the North and east? Catholic church partnered with LTTE and built many churches in Vanni while Vanni people were suffering without food during the time of LTTE.

      Christian/Catholic Churches support LTTE even today.

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        1.Churches are all over the country. If you don’t want to see you don’t have to be blind not to see you don’t wish to see.

        2.LTTE
        LTTE is under the boots of the occupation army in the North and the East. State terrorism that started in 1948 is well and alive and 2 days before the UNHRC Chief comes a Ministry of Law and Order is formed:

        https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxbk4wYolphwYzBlNTI3OTctODgxZi00ZjY4LWI3YmUtYzI5OTgwNTJhM2Ni/edit?authkey=CMXB69MF&hl=en#
        Prof Priyan Dias addresses LLRC, 07 October 2010:
        ‘’If we do not feel guilty for the Northern military uprising we cannot go anywhere in the future as a country.’’

        https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxbk4wYolphwMDM1YzVmNDgtZTNhNC00MGUzLWI3ODktODRmYjRiYWIyYWY3/edit?authkey=CNSAqig&hl=en#
        Mr. Mangala Moonasinghe to LLRC, 17 August 2010: ‘’…so, who started terrorism – it was we – and then gradually naturally the youth, Tamil youth, went into terrorism in the north. … So terrorism did not come on its own. We created them sir, we created them.’’

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          Davidson cries about Buddha statues but nothing about the Christian crosses in majority Hindu areas during the rule of LTTE.

          Why are you Catholics/Christians support LTTE and robbed banks?

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        Saddo.

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    Vibushana:

    The poltical map of the Sinhala regime is predictable, but what the
    Tamils want is 5 star-democracy that is backed by the IC. The past
    actions of the Sinhala Govt. are stepping stones in the anti-Tamilian march which the tamils have now resorted to attack from an intelligent
    position/status, utilising the support of the I/C?

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      Tamils want is 5 star-democracy that is backed by the IC.
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      I think they are very likely to get it.

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        Sinhalese leaders will never serve Tamils justice unless the majority of the Sinhalese voters refuse to be cheated by unjust/unBuddhist Sinhalese leaders.

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    Sumanthiran@,
    with much more interest, we the peace loving sinhalese srilankens (SRILANKENS) read your articles. You are a great, fearless, tamil politician with all skills to fight for the success of the tamil problem in the country. Your fearless articulations help all of us to learn more about the problems of your community. Current political situation is comprehensible none of us that stay silent but wholeheartedly waiting to see things becoming good for your community. Dissidents incl. opposition UNP all seem to have no room to express them within the violent atmosphere that the current murderous govt created in the country to this date. Journalists and their families are intimidated by all kind of their rhythless mechanisms as read on the tabloids all these days, human killing has now taken the style of a death row of a butcher house. If UNO and the powerful west would not see the reality of island nation, today, we will have no other options than living in dark in the years to come.

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    Rebuilding community resilience in a post-war context: developing insight and recommendations – a qualitative study in Northern Sri Lanka, International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2013, 7:3,
    http://www.ijmhs.com/content/7/1/3

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      Another CRAP article published in a journal. Probably the shortened version.

      That paper summarizes problems of the world and not only in Jaffna. Why did the authors of the paper became RACIST ONLY by selecting a just one ethnic population only in the North ?

      Tamils had war problems only for thirty years. Sinhala people had since 1969 0r 1971. Why didn’t they sample from the East or from other areas ?

      Why didn’t that paper address issues related to caste discrimination ?

      It is another racist study.

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    Norwegians programmed our BBS dudes to attack only the Muslims.

    Are any of these Mr Sumnathiran’s TNA victims Muslims?.

    If it is a case of Tamils attacking fellow Tamils in the Delft, what can the rest of the contry do about it?.

    Can the free distribution of Building materials to poor people in the North presumably potential TNA voters , an act of intimidation and thuggery?.

    Coudn’t Mr Sumanathiran make them better offers after the TNA boss Sambandan’s recent fund raising visit to the well heeled Canadian Diaspora?.

    Would the PS Members who are financial members of the TNA giving the flick to Mr Sambandan and his new Vellala buddies be considered a violation of their right to franchise?.

    Were these inhabitants of the North allowed their right to free franchise when the LTTE, hand picked the current Vellala squad of the TNA and gave them how to vote cards?.

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      ”Norwegians”? Where is the ”LTTE rump”??

      Norwegians created BBS to be the best of chums of MR and GR !!!!!!!!!

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    Ban TNA, SLMC and BBS for reconciliation.

    Otherwise never be any reconciliation.

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    This open and honest article has evoked he usual come back by the majority singhalse who are against the Tamils.Dan says- we the peace loving singhalese.So,what have the majority Peace Loving Singhalaese contributed to Peace in the whole of Sri Lanka.
    More attrocities are being piled on to the plate.Not only in the north but in the South too.It affects the whole country.We see many pre election violence not only in the north and east but all over the coutry.
    As someone who recently visited SL said of the weliveriya incident and the attack on the Mosque in Grandpass – ‘Do they Care’.
    I have been pondering over these words- simply put.
    The family in the gosl ‘do not care for you and me’.
    It is them and only them.
    Mr Sumanthiran has rigtly and aptly brought these concerns to all.
    The begining of rconciliation should begin with an established peacefull environment.We lack this

    The ARMY should stay indoors.The opposition parties not only Delft but in other areas take the upper hand because they know they have the backing ofthe army.

    This is Intimidation to create a Fear Psychosis.Why is the army knocking on doors of prospective candidates for the upcoming elections.Why does the army want to knowwhi is standing for elections.
    Is it Army Buisness?
    Is it enshrined in their Job description.?

    This is what the entire Sri Lankan public should stand up against.We just saw it happened in Weliveriya when the army showed its muscle to the peacefull protestors.

    The GOSL created the CaFF to show the world.Now it is a farce.If the government does not uphold the rules written in the CaFF then surely we do not see a Fair and Free Governmet to stand for all its People living in Sri Lanka.It has failed to RESPECT the Rule of Law.

    Well then what do we do,write lengthy articles give our opinion from time to time and see who responds or else take some valid action to create a better Sri Lanka.
    Untill then the LLRc has become a farce and so the CaFF.

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      Sumanthiran comes from Amban-Kudaththanai. He belong to a fishing clan. He pretend that his relatives have no problem but they have to get help from Douglas Devananda.

      Sumanthiran is a Colombo based politician and not Jaffna based. His Bishop Thiyagarajah of CSI always a good buddy of Mahinda Rajapaksha.

      Sumanthiran is now behind the dollars. That is why he comes to Canada. His party is not registered and have no official bank accounts in Sri lanka. He collect in the name “TAMIL” swallow the money for himself.

      Sumanthiran or his TNA never be there to solve any problem but to screw the Tamils for their own interest!

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        Even sadder Saddo.

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    This open and honest article has evoked he usual come back by the majority singhalse who are against the Tamils.Dan says- we the peace loving singhalese.So,what have the majority Peace Loving Singhalaese contributed to Peace in the whole of Sri Lanka.
    More attrocities are being piled on to the plate.Not only in the north but in the South too.It affects the whole country.We see many pre election violence not only in the north and east but all over the coutry.
    As someone who recently visited SL said of the weliveriya incident and the attack on the Mosque in Grandpass – ‘Do they Care’.
    I have been pondering over these words- simply put.
    The family in the gosl ‘do not care for you and me’.
    It is them and only them.
    Mr Sumanthiran has rigtly and aptly brought these concerns to all.
    The begining of Reconciliation should be a well established peacefull Environment.We lack this

    The ARMY should stay indoors.The opposition parties not only in Delft but in other areas take the upper hand because they know they have the backing of the army.

    This is Intimidation to create a Fear Psychosis.Why is the army knocking on doors of prospective candidates for the upcoming elections.Why does the army want to know who is standing for elections.
    Is it Army Buisness?
    Is it enshrined in their Job description.?

    This is what the entire Sri Lankan public should stand up against.We just saw it happened in Weliveriya when the army showed its muscle to the peacefull protestors.

    The GOSL created the CaFF to show the world.Now it is a farce.If the government does not uphold the rules written in the CaFF then surely we do not see a Fair and Free Governmet to stand for all its People living in Sri Lanka for a Fai and Free Election Process.It has failed to RESPECT the Rule of Law.On the other hand that was the Intent by the family in the GOSL.

    Well then what do we do,write lengthy articles give our opinion from time to time and see who responds or else take some valid action to create a better Sri Lanka.
    This certianly lies with the Majority Singhalaese.
    Untill then the LLRc will remain a farce and so the CaFF and the Rule of Law with a failed Justice System.

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      Army should be indoors. it is good. They did so before 1976.

      That is why the VVT smuggler gangs were able to roam Jaffna and kill hundreds of Tamil people freely.

      Army presence in Jaffna is good for ordinary Jaffna Tamils!

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        If they go indoors you will have more toilets to clean. More work for you Mokkan. I see your point you get more money.

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    This open and honest article has evoked the usual come back by the majority singhalse who are against the Tamils.Dan says- we the peace loving singhalese.So,what have the majority Peace Loving Singhalaese contributed to Peace in the whole of Sri Lanka.
    More attrocities are being piled on to the plate.Not only in the north but in the South too.It affects the whole country.We see many pre election violence not only in the north and east but all over the coutry.
    As someone who recently visited SL said of the weliveriya incident and the attack on the Mosque in Grandpass – ‘Do they Care’.
    I have been pondering over these words- simply put.
    The family in the gosl ‘do not care for you and me’.
    It is them and only them.
    Mr Sumanthiran has rigtly and aptly brought these concerns to all.
    The begining of Reconciliation should be a well established peacefull Environment.We lack this

    The ARMY should stay indoors.The opposition parties not only in Delft but in other areas take the upper hand because they know they have the backing of the army.

    This is Intimidation to create a Fear Psychosis.Why is the army knocking on doors of prospective candidates for the upcoming elections.Why does the army want to know who is standing for elections.
    Is it Army Buisness?
    Is it enshrined in their Job description.?

    This is what the entire Sri Lankan public should stand up against.We just saw it happened in Weliveriya when the army showed its muscle to the peacefull protestors.

    The GOSL created the CaFF to show the world.Now it is a farce.If the government does not uphold the rules written in the CaFF then surely we do not see a Fair and Free Governmet to stand for all its People living in Sri Lanka for a Fai and Free Election Process.It has failed to RESPECT the Rule of Law.On the other hand that was the Intent by the family in the GOSL.

    Well then what do we do,write lengthy articles give our opinion from time to time and see who responds or else take some valid action to create a better Sri Lanka.
    This certianly lies with the Majority Singhalaese.
    Untill then the LLRc will remain a farce and so the CaFF and the Rule of Law with a failed Justice System.

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      This open and honest article…

      If only he could be so open and honest about his recent meetings with TGTE…

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      You ask Sumanthiran why he is going to see Mahinda through back doors to get favours for his relatives!

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    Hi Navin- Is there a written law whom Mr Sumanthiran should meet and whom he should not meet.
    You seem to have some doubts.Ask him the question and I am sure he will give you an honest answer.

    How about asking the President why he went to Belarus? Is there an emergency in te country that he should be there when the head of the Un is specifically arriving in SL to meet to discuss the HR issues.?
    Ask- wait for the answer.

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      That is just an another red herring to deceive the gullible nation again.

      What kind of tourism boom could bring his trip to this particular nation Belarus, whose democracy index is seen to be far from that of Rajapkashe country. Ours is lower to that of the largest democracy -India. Anyway, buduma budu sarnai us srilankens :(

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    One week go to Canada and talk to the LTTE rump and come.

    the next week talk about reconciliation.

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      Even if he according to you may be in touch wiht LTTE rump, but he has good arguments, that is what matters to us all who respect democratic values in this country. Ramifications of Pillay^s visit will show your maharaja a lession, is my great hope. Jaya niyathai.

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