20 February, 2019

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Was Ms. Vijayakala Maheswaran Wrong?

By Nanda Wanninayaka

Nanda Wanninayaka

For most of you, this could be stale news. But I thought of writing this piece even at a later time after Vijayakala Maheswaran’s controversial speech. My first hand experiences in the North since June this year made me write this piece. Being 6 months in the North on and off (at least 3 weeks per each month) won’t be enough for me to come to a right conclusion about the subject but I would report what I saw. I don’t speak Tamil but can manage with the little English I know and sometimes in Sinhala as I found many people I meet in the North can speak some Sinhala. Besides, I think I am good at the universal language, the sign language ☺

I have no connection or whatsoever with the then State Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs, Ms. Vijayakala Maheswaran. I even didn’t know if such one ever existed before her speech came to the limelight. But with all those hullaballoos about her “controversial” speech at Veerasingham Hall Jaffna on July 02, 2018, I thought of reading the full English translation of her speech “for the heck of it.”

Apart from the controversial and illegal part of “reviving the LTTE,” I don’t find anything wrong in what she talked in the rest of her speech. Ms. Maheshwaran must be really lucky not to be in jail for talking about reviving a ruthless terrorist outfit that dragged the country back to the Stone Age, literally. If this speech was made in any other sovereign state, she would have been counting the bars in a cell by now. But Sri Lanka is a funny country with funnier constitution which is less funny than a Kushwant Singh’s sarcastic column! I would refrain from making any comment about judiciary here as, at this age, I don’t have much time left to be in a secluded cell for several years. I have better things to in my life.

About child abuse/rape/killing which Ms. Maheshwaran talks, she is right. It is true these were not committed by the Sri Lankan military but mostly, the people of the neighborhood were the perpetrators. (There are some allegations that Ms. Maheshwaran herself tried to save one such accused of the high school girl Vidya rape and subsequent killing being, I don’t know.) What I do know is that the post-LTTE era has compromised the rigid law and order which had been implemented in the North by the terrorists. So, naturally, maybe the people might think that the “known devil” was better.

It was the same with the extensive substance abuse by the youth and the men at large in the North. The LTTE was trafficking drugs to sustain their organization but they did not sell them in Sri Lanka, well, at least not in the North. Drug trafficking was one of their main ways of illegal fundraising to the so called “liberation struggle” but they ensured the drugs would not make their way to the North. But now, after the conclusion of the bloody war, one can read from the press that large hauls of drugs are being captured by the police and the Special Task Force (STF) in the North and East. I myself have seen numerous times the youth spend hours under street lights in Jaffna just loitering till late hours of the night. I cannot see what they do but I just have a friendly word or two and find most of them are intoxicated. I don’t think this happened during the LTTE era. Terrorism should be condemned at any level, but didn’t the women in the South themselves kind of “approve” the rigid jungle laws implemented by “Deshapremi Janatha Wyaparaya” – the terrorist unit of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) for that matter? People, especially women, love to see the men being controlled at least by a terrorist outfit if the authorities cannot do their job any better?

I am not a legal expert. But as everyone knows damn well, atrocities were committed from both sides during and the immediate aftermath of the war. There is no point in harping on these forever. A government military has to abide by the international ethics of war no matter how hard it is. They will be forced to retaliate when the opposite happens from a terrorist group. But this is why a state military is trained how to become a professional military. One cannot justify an illegal retaliatory action a state military commits by pointing at a ruthless terrorist or guerilla group’s heinous acts. This is where the state military has to draw the margin. A terrorist organization has the luxury of ignoring international war ethics. This is why they are called “terrorists.” So, the better thing to do is to forgive and forget. There are allegations and reportedly, hard evidence too, of atrocities committed by both the military and the terrorists according to what I read, hear and see. So, why not we go to a South African model Truth Commission in which all parties are pardoned and integrated to the society? It is never too late, even after 9 years of conclusion of war.

I am not the best person to comment on Ms. Maheshwaran’s complaint on Thennamarachi not being named as a separate district. The same is requested for Kalmunai by the Muslim politicians. My personal view is that there are more sensitive things to pay attention on at this stage rather than creating more divisions on demands of this nature. First, let us work on what we can agree, and then the rest. Let’s not complicate things anymore. Enough damage has happened for three decades and let’s forget some of not-so-important issues.

Maybe I am wrong, but I cannot rule out the possibility of a long term plan by the authorities to weaken the youths and the men in the North by getting them addicted to drugs and then their “possible” revival with an armed struggle could be foiled in a cheaper way. This happened to the Chinese under the British rule during colonial times. It could happen here too. But, then again, I have never seen any Sri Lankan leader designing such long term plans for anything good or bad. They just want to see the results before the next election comes after 5 to 6 years and reap the cheap benefits by that time. So, long term planning is the last thing one could expect from such shortsighted leaders I guess.

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    Write anything if you can make a living. Do you have evidence for what you are saying. there is lot of contradiction in what you say with respect to drug addiction by youth in the North. REad the related parts in three paragraphs. Are you selling Vijayakala. What doe sshe have to show in order to her position and what she has done. I know she and Ananthi Sashitharan who stole Rs 3.5 million which she says I have it and I will spend it for the election, all Screwmed for LTTE -EELAM. IT looks you are looking for positive comments to say whther vijayakala is OK as she had been given a position in UNP.
    PArliament has FOUR FOLD REPRESENTATION OF TAMILS. I think there are about 40 tamils for 11% Tamils. All muslims, Tamils and christians are over represented even when so-called Buddhists represent all three mosque, Hindu kovil and the Christian churches. Why don’t you write an article about that. but, you may get nothing.

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      Dear JD,

      First I have to tell you I don’t make a living by writing on current affairs and I am not a career journalist. I do write for $ but only on ICT for Development related content at the moment. Besides, if I write my stuff for money to any website or printed publication, they won’t be able to afford to pay me as I am VERY expensive even though my English is not perfect. CT doesn’t pay any money to me, I only sent one article to it for publication as I thought that article needed wider publicity as it was about the floods in the North. Otherwise I write only for my own blog, which is free for anybody to read. I hate to promote my blog or any other works of mine here in CT but now that you asked, you may read my writing about the North here. https://wanni.wordpress.com/palmyra-peninsular/ Rather than jumping to conclusions, you can read what I perceive about the Northern sentiments.

      As per drug addiction of the youth in the country, the South was already been infected with the drug menace beyond control thanks to our own political goons’ direct and indirect involvement. Only the North was saved from this till the war ended and then these guys expanded their tentacles to the North too.

      I am not aware of MP Vijayakala’s alleged frauds you mentioned here as it was not about her other affairs that was my intention to talk here. I try my best not to exceed any of my writing beyond 1000 words as people these days don’t read even beyond 300 words, unless of course the reader is a retiree or an ardent reader. I don’t think I have any reader from the second type.

      I don’t mind the comments to my essays being positive or negative. I am not an entertainer but just a simple writer. Besides, not even Elvis Presley could entertain everybody. I am not a fan of UNP and never voted for them. As far as I understand, the UNP was/is/will be the worst political party in Sri Lanka and we suffer due to their shortsighted decisions to grab power. As per your concerns about the proportionate representation in the parliament, I can’t do much about it as I voted only in 2005 for the candidate I thought who would bring the war to an end and it just happened as I expected. I don’t believe in Westminster style democracy anyway so don’t vote for any idiot since. The only parliamentary candidate I could vote for, late Mr. Lakshman Kadiragamar is dead and gone and I don’t waste a single minute by walking to a polling center anymore hence. I am not worried about ethnicity as I am a Sri Lankan than being Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim and when it comes to my religiosity, I am just an atheist. If you want to talk tome further, you can reach me through my social media accounts for a friendly chat if not, just here in this forum.

      Finally, thanks for contradicting with me :-)

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      JD,

      that should well be a match to you than the writer of this article right ?.
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      Just read it and get the points well, he has been telling the truth, our people have done mountaineous failures during their terms as a politicians, and try to pick few words being publicly made by nothern ministers – is that right at all in a civilized society ?..
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      The problem is MR and MS led groups are civilized and cultured as their rhetoric tend to give the feel they are… lately held man made crisis in politics in SL, these aforementioned men never thought about the grrievances of this country. Over 42% of lanken folks live under poverty according to statistics – mal nourishment level in young children are rapidly on a rise, but what Rajakashes have beend doing is just abusing state funds for their his EXTRA vaganza celbrations though his appointment was illegal as entire world endorsed it but LOCAL media stood in favour him so that the grass eating folks would stay as have been made by them for ever.
      .
      Yet today, not many in tihs country would respect COURT vidict stood against Rajakashe ballige putha .. dont you know that ?

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    Nanda,
    “About child abuse/rape/killing which Ms. Maheshwaran talks, she is right. It is true these were not committed by the Sri Lankan military..”

    I thought you will be interested in this
    “The report by ITJP provides graphic details of the torture and rape of both men and women by members of the Sri Lankan security forces under the period in office of the new government. This abuse occurred in both secret and identified sites, including Joseph Camp in Vavuniya, which ITJP named in previous reports as a torture site. The most recent “white van” abduction involving torture and sexual violence known to ITJP occurred as recently as December 2015.” http://www.itjpsl.com/reports/silenced-report

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      Dear Anpu,

      I was not aware of this report and the authenticity of it also is questionable as I am not an investigative journalist. I cannot comment on something I don’t know. What I have seen recently is that in the cases of the rapes and killings of high school student Vidya, 6-year-old girl in Jaffna and the pregnant woman in Kilinochchi were earlier put on to the military’s account but in all these cases, the perpetrators were found to be either known to those victims or close relatives. So, I wouldn’t accuse military or anyone for something they didn’t do or I don’t know of. In Sri Lanka, unfortunately, most of the child abuse perpetrators have been their close relatives or people known to them. This is common in the North and South.

      If you have strong evidence as mentioned in the report you are referring to, I think there will be enough lawyers in Sri Lanka to appear for the victims and we have a better judicial system of late I guess.

      My intention in this article was to provide the surface truth in Ms. Vijayakala’s speech and an investigative journalist should have covered these claims with more research. I am not a career journalist. I am just a random writer.

      Thanks for your input anyway.

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        Nanda Wanninayaka

        Your defense of security forces is impressive however not plausible given the many cases being reported while many more unreported in the media and the victims or rape/abuse survivor’s reluctance to report the crimes to the authorities, for fear of their life , stigmatised being a loose women, fear of losing future family life, …..

        It is not what you hear matters but what you don’t hear.

        “I cannot comment on something I don’t know. “

        In a public forum like CT pleading ignorance is not a good defense since you have in some way tried to defend the security forces despite their pattern of behaviour since 1971, beginning with abuse of Premawathie Manamperi’s, …… Krishanthy, STF mass rape in the east, … and other sexual assault on men women and children,.. and numerous unreported cases .

        “an investigative journalist should have covered these claims with more research. “

        Well there is no guarantee the investigative journalists would live to tell the tale.

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          I never defend anybody for any crime. I am just a citizen journalist writing my ideas. I am no human right activist. My area is educating the kids, teenagers and the youth. Here I am not an education ACTIVIST. I am an EDUCATOR. This where I walk the talk.

          I don’t try to correct incorrigible adults. It is a waste of time. I can see it in this forum itself. Most people are extremists who ask for the full pound of flesh without sacrificing. But I am glad at least there are a few people who understand what I am tying to say.

          Besides there are people who are better prepared, equipped and organized for depending human rights who work with millions of $. I work without a budget and I gave up my luxury jobs in two big blue chip companies in Sri Lanka and also at the Ministry of Education with a lot of perks as I did not feel I could do what I want with any of them. My resources and capacities are limited. I work for the last three years without ANY salary with the ad-hoc income I get by designing websites and writing on ICT for Development related content. So, do not compare me with those so called Civil Society Champions. I am a single citizen and my strengths are local and foreign volunteers to teach kids in Jaffna, Nuwara Eliya and Anuradhapura. I closed down the Academy in my own village after 20 years of operating to move its resources to a Muslim village in the East. I haven’t done anything for the Muslims in Sri Lanka as yet. .I feel guilty for that.

          I write as I feel I should. If you think I should walk the talk that is fine but my walk is with the kids at least to prevent them resorting to violence. I strongly believe education solve most of the problems in the society.

          I keep telling this, and reiterated in one of my lectures on “How To Develop Sri Lanka After Civil War” in Japan in 2011, that the main solution citizens expect is an economic solution.(I will write my next article on this to CT if they are willing to publish it.)

          I strongly believe that the North needs a reliable irrigation system. I don’t understand why the environment is all green up to Vavuniya and suddenly becomes very dry beyond Vavunia. Something is wrong somewhere and somethings has to be done at least at this late stage. (If you know the reasons for this odd situation, please enlighten me. Some say Sinhalese officers sabotaged projects to irrigate the North but some say such plans were disturbed due to the outbreak of the Civil War. Then again, I am not an irrigation expert but I have worked as a farmer with my late dad and the family till I left the village for my high school education. Since then, I have not done much related to farming.

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        Dear Nanda,

        Thank you for your reply.
        For a moment forget about the above report. What do you think of LLRC report? How much of the recommendation has been implemented by SL govts?
        http://www.itjpsl.com/ has prepared many reports. pls read them when you have time.
        From the home page of the above site – “ABOUT US
        The International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP) is administered by the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa under the guidance of transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka.

        ITJP both collects and stores evidence for any future credible justice process but also intervenes where we can to assist victim communities in Sri Lanka in seeking accountability.”

        itjpsl@gmail.com

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          Dear Anpu,

          I don’t think the LLRC recommendations were not that difficult to implement. I don’t remember them well now but I did read them when the report was out.

          This is mainly a question of acceptance the brothers and sisters of the North by the South. We won’t be able to do that till this majority sentiment is sorted out. Majority/minority concept is just mathematical. We all are governed by the Constitution, which is the basic law of the nation. It should identify every citizen has the same rights, responsibilities. First thing to do is taking our the religion part. I don’t entertain the idea that ANY religion has to have a place in the constitution or administration. That part has to be taken out and it could be replaced with basic values of any society. The priests’ job should be at their places of worship, not in the administration directly or by proxy.

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            This sentence (I don’t think the LLRC recommendations were not that difficult to implement) should be corrected a “I don’t think the LLRC recommendations were that difficult to implement”.

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          Dear Anpu,

          I don’t think the LLRC recommendations were not that difficult to implement. I don’t remember them well now but I did read them when the report was out.

          This is mainly a question of acceptance the brothers and sisters of the North by the South. We won’t be able to do that till this majority sentiment is sorted out. Majority/minority concept is just mathematical. We all are governed by the Constitution, which is the basic law in the nation. It should identify every citizen has the same rights and responsibilities under an undivided sovereignty. The first thing to do away is the religion part. I don’t entertain the idea that ANY religion has to have a place in the constitution or administration. That part has to be taken out and it could be replaced with basic values of any society. The priests’ job should be at their places of worship, not in the administration directly or by proxy.

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            Dear Nanda,
            Thank you for your comment. Happy New Year.
            What percentage of majority think like you? I guess it is a very low percentage.
            How old is LLRC report?
            How old is 13A?
            How old is BandaSelva Pact?
            How old is DudleySelva Pact?

            Tisaranee Gunasegara ” Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group.”

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              Anpu,

              There are a lot of “would haves” and “could haves”s in the history. The only thing we can learn from the history is not to repeat the silly mistakes in the history. At least at the moment there are no killings happening. Shouldn’t we start from there and build one nation rather than going backwards on DC, BC or India’s 13A and hurriedly finalized LLRC? At least the civilians on the either side don’t need a war. I don’t know about the politicians and Diaspora (I mean Sri Lankan Diaspora, I don’t want it to be divided.)

              My guess is we are not late as yet. It is never too late.

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            Nanda,
            A friend of mine has sent me this
            “Forwarding this article on Jaffna in the early 1970s by the then SP Sundaralingam.
            I think you would be interested in reading it and recollect the Jaffna we had known those days. http://www.island.lk/2007/03/25/features7.html
            I thought you and other readers would find it interesting.

            From the article
            “The police, nearly 1,000-strong, manned 24 police stations in the six districts of the Northern Province and was the main law enforcement agency. Though Pallaly camp was the military base, the army and navy played a very minor role in the region. The six army outposts comprised about 700 soldiers while the naval base in Karainagar had 100 personnel and two patrol boats that had little to do except occasionally patrol the shore to prevent illegal migration from Tamil Nadu and the rest of south India. “

            How many soldiers are there now?

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              Anpu, You know only a part. I lived and worked near the army camp at Palaly. It was a time when the police was doing the ‘job’ for Srimavo. They were not protecting people or serving the public. They were serving their masters.
              .
              One day, the OIC, of Chunnakam police, dropped by as a friend. I used to travel to Jaffna from Palaly quite frequently. He knew it. He advised me to avoid the trip the next day!
              .
              The police did go amok, as warned.

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                I think there were sufficient Tamil speaking policemen in the North before the war broke up. I went to the Jaffna Police Station recently to lodge a complaint on my lost Wi-Fi router. It was the cleanest police station I saw in Sri Lanka. Police were very friendly. There were some Tamil speaking policemen and WPCs too. The numbers won’t be sufficient at the moment and I think more people from Jaffna would join the police service. When compared to South police in Jaffna are lest corrupt as I heard. I don’t know. Maybe people say these things to please me or maybe they are true. I have seen in the rest of the country also young policemen are less corrupt and friendly. Things are changing, maybe not in the pace you and I would like to..

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              This is a question of NOW and THEN. I don’t think I can read the article in The Island right now but if it compares the situation BEFORE and DURING/AFTER war, the reasons to deploy more military and police forces are obvious. None of us, the citizens have a say here. The elected government and the defense establishments have to assess the needs and deploy the military accordingly. We, the citizens cannot object this as it is a question of national security.

              For instance, I didn’t like the presence of military in my village in Anuradhapura but with the security of the village became a big concern with constant terrorist attacks, the military presence was a necessary evil. No child should see gun wielding soldiers or terrorists in any village. Under normal conditions, a substantial police force is sufficient to a village to maintain the law and order but this was not the case during a war.

              If the danger and suspension reduces, I am sure military presence would be reduced as it already happens by returning lands held by the military back to the legal owners in the North.

              Why don’t we work together and learn to trust each other rather than doubting each other? I go to North with a clear conscience and I extend my warmth to the people and the kids there and they reciprocate the same towards me. If I do good, they will trust me and respect me. If I do bad or even if there was a false rumor that I do bad, I am sure that I would be dealt with accordingly. A lot of my friends asked me not to take a risk by starting a Horizon Academy in the North as yet but I don’t mind even if I am killed when I go there next week as far as my intentions are pure. Besides, we don’t live for 1000 years and I have already lived the prime of my life and ready to leave the planet at any time.

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            Nanda,

            This is written by another good hearted Sinhalese Mr Aawahnee Menids.
            “Since around 4 BC, Sri Lanka has been inhabited by the Sinhala ethnic group originating from the Aryans of North India, and the Tamil ethnic group, originating from the Dravidians of South India. The Jaffna Peninsula in the north has, for the most part, been ruled by the latter group, while the rest of the kingdoms in the country, including the capital kingdoms were ruled by the Sinhala people. The differences in race did not stop these people from coexisting for centuries, and their ability to peacefully prosper must be understood and appreciated.
            As the Mahavamsa only details the history of the capital kingdoms, which were invariably Sinhala-Buddhist, the Sri Lankan history that is taught to children is extremely Sinhala-centric, with only a few paragraphs mentioning the Jaffna Kingdom and the Tamil people.
            By failing to holistically explain the history of the Tamil people of this country, who have always lived here, the curriculum allows for a vacuum in knowledge. This lack of understanding that the island is as much Tamil as it is Sinhala gives way to a dangerous narrative—that it is the Sinhalese who rightfully exist in the land and the Tamils and Muslims are outsiders, who migrated later on.
            This false narrative is further allowed to propagate by the fact that after Grade 5, the syllabus rarely mentions the indigenous Vedda people, who have lived on the island long before the migrants from both the South and North of India arrived on its shores.”

            We need to fix this. We need to educate the true history.

            Is this true history https://www.sangam.org/2011/08/Aryan_Theory.php?uid=4446

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              I strongly believe every citizen has the same rights irrespective of who came first. Science say we all came with asteroids and that is it. These erratic history chronicles were written by interested groups’ whims and fancies.

              There is no point in arguing on these by gones Today we all are humans and can think and act better. There are differences and that is the beauty of it. I feel very happy to spend most of my time in Jaffna simply because of this difference.

              We can go forward irrespective of these differences. . Let’s not wait till governments do this. Let’s start with the kids and youth to respect the differences and still be friends. If we argue, we can do so till the cows come home but what is the point?

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                Correction of this sentence (Science say we all came with asteroids and that is it.)

                Should be corrected as “Science say we all came with asteroids to the Earth and that’s it.”

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              Anpu,

              I know the history is written by winners and there could be a lot of misinterpretations. To be honest, I too sported a grudge against Tamil when I was first taught about the Dutugemunu – Elara war in ancient Anuradhapura at Grade 2 as a 6 year-old school boy. It was during 83 Black July I started sympathizing with the Tamils when I was an 11-year-old. So, maybe the way of teaching history should have a different approach as you say.

              The teacher who taught me the Elara – Dutugemunu war also taught us that Elara was a just king and he punished his own son with death sentence as he broke the law and also King Dutugemunu respected King Elara who he killed at the final battle by building a tomb and ordered people to respect the tomb when passing by. But, at the end of the day, Elara was a South Indian invader and so was Prince Wijaya though from the present day West Bengal. But Wijaya won and history was written by his descendants I guess. This is a common phenomena throughout the world.

              The best thing to do is forget these age-old grudges and be a good example for the children of this beautiful land by teaching them to share and care.

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                Thank you Nanda.

                I agree with you “The best thing to do is forget these age-old grudges and be a good example for the children of this beautiful land by teaching them to share and care”

                Outbidding is still going on
                “Neil DeVotta has called the broad framework of this process ‘ethnic outbidding’. It is this politics of ethnic-outbidding – electoral competition between the UNP and SLFP to persuade Sinhalese voters that they are the best equipped to ensure Sinhalese dominance – that marginalized Tamils from the state, reinforced the ideology of Sinhalese ethnic and political supremacy, and eventually created conditions for the Tamil separatist insurgency.” https://www.india-seminar.com/2007/576/576_jayadeva_uyangoda.htm

                How many ministers in this govt think like you? ZERO

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                  Anpu

                  ““Neil DeVotta has called the broad framework of this process ‘ethnic outbidding’.

                  It is also known as competitive racism, practiced by a noisy minority who also use it to bring the country under fascist control.

                  SJ will be happy to have them at the helm of Sri Lankan state power. He loves all the petty dictators.

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                  I believe any type of reconciliation should happen among the citizens first. I don’t trust ANY politicians and they would do the opposite. Different people can suggest different things from time to time.

                  I can’t comment on these people’s (like Jayadeva U here) as their behavior has been questionable to many. I never read their writings in depth as I don’t trust these people either. They have vested interests like many of the others. I trust the sentiments of the people in the North and South than these so-called “experts” and “advisers.” From the likes of Jayadeva U to Prof. Nalin de Silva, there are different schools of thoughts. I am not sure any of the people in that level have understood the citizens’ sentiments.

                  In short, I don’t trust the governments. Late president Ronald Reagan correctly said, “Government is not the solution to the problem, government IS the problem.” Period.

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    It’s not a case of reviving the LTTE but to illustrate the fact with so many state security force being present in the North, still there are violence,rape and drug pedalling going on. It can mean only that the state security forces are behind it.

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      Naman,

      I think this is a ridiculous statement. Bigger military presence is available in the South and yet violence, rape and drug trafficking happens in even a bigger scale. Even in most progressive societies these things happen. To change this, we, citizens have a bigger responsibility than the military. Most of these ugly things happen with the dirty politicians citizens vote in both in the North and the South.

      I cannot understand why you guys protest military in the North. Sri Lanka is a sovereign country and the defense authorities have every right to position military in strategic locations in the North or South. If there was such a good alert before 1980’s thousands of people wouldn’t have lost lives. Terrorism should not be allowed to revive at ANY cost. I have listened to the people in the North and they are quite happy about what military is doing for their welfare and security. There would have been atrocities against civilians during the war and that is part and parcel during a war whether we like it or not. Smart thing is to prevent a war than complaining after letting a war happen. At least now, we should become one Sri Lanka. This North and South debate should be over within the next few years and we need to become one nation. We both have to start trust each other. Civilians already do this and only the politicians and extremists harm this process.

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        Nanda Wanninayaka

        “Bigger military presence is available in the South and yet violence, rape and drug trafficking happens in even a bigger scale.”

        Does it mean we disband the armed forces if they are not fit for the purpose?

        “Most of these ugly things happen with the dirty politicians citizens vote in both in the North and the South.”

        Well your statement is not clear. Are you accusing TNA politicians Trinco Sam, Sumanthiran, C V Wigneshwaran, Mavai Senathirajah … and their colleagues being involved in criminals acts?

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          I don’t think there is a single current politician who has a good track record. They are corrupt, racist, and extremist. Name one politician who is not. I talk about ALL politicians irrespective of their ethnicity.

          //———-

          “Does it mean we disband the armed forces if they are not fit for the purpose?”

          No, we need to give them freedom to act without political interference. In most recent crimes, where there was no political involvement, the police found the culprits. This means they are good enough and effective.

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    Honestly, a Waste of Time reading the TOSH.

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    Who is Vijeyakala Maheswaran? What is she? What is her qualification to be an Educational Minister? What is her basic education? What are her assets? Whom does she represents. What happened to the inquiry where she went to the help of a murderer who along with 7 others raped and murdered a teenage girl named Vidiya. Is there any justice in Sri Lanka? There are many more questions for Ramil to answer on her behalf.

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      “What is her qualification to be an Educational Minister? What is her basic education?”
      Why do you want to single her out? How many ministers in the cabinet are qualified enough to handle their portfolios competently? You are being unfair!

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        Sellam!
        Education is not The only criteria to be a politician/minister’
        What do you think of the educated professor GL peiris? Ravi Karunanayake and various other lawyers excluding those who have ‘qualified’ by foul means. The essential qualification is to have service mentality and honesty.. Work is normally done by officers under a minister, who must posses common sense in abundance.Higher the education bigger the fraudulent capabilities, that too in style.
        With regard to Vije Kakla she is the wife of Manennai/Man Maheswaran. (Meaning Kerosene and Sand dealer).
        It is a waste of time to talk about the qualification of MP’s and Ministers. The educated people avoid politics for fear of being swept away by Tsunami waves of the Murderers and Rouges in politics.

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        I will explain Mr. Estate Labourer

        Since the time of D.S.Senanayake most of the Sinhala representatives were not well educated except a few. But among the Tamil representative mostly all were well and thoroughly educated politicians. whom the majority Sinhalese depended upon them. All Tamil politicians were well educated then and now most of the Tamil politicians have no basic qualifications. They are all party nominees. An uneducated person who lost in the elections is begin nominated to parliament or local bodies. That is the situation.

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          Well, I guess you are right about Tamil politicians are being more educated than their Southern counterparts. But did it make any difference. Take Vigneshwaran for instance. Do you approve his utterly racist statements? TNA folks are much better and accommodating when compared to this ex-judge.

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      Dear Sellam,

      I too have the same questions. I didn’t see any politician in Sri Lanka after late Mr. Lakshman Kadiragamar who deserved a place in the parliament. But people vote for them. Vijayakala wasn’t heard of till this controversial speech was made. Now she has become the “Mervyn Silva of the North” and will win the next election with a huge margin. I never whitewashed her in this article. I just said what she said were mostly true and she herself is (reportedly) party to the most talked about child abuse case in the recent times, that of the bright girl Vidya. But this won’t be counted by her voters. This is the situation in Sri Lanka and they (politicians) know it well.

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        Nanda
        Money talks in length

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    I agree with what Nanda Wanninayaka has written above. The state, military and the police have no excuses to retaliate to the illegal actions of terrorists, as he says after all they are terrorists and other actors must demonstrate they are not. Drug trafficking, gangsterism , rape and bribes taking by police and other government employees have reached an intolerable proportion. The police have become the by-standing witnesses and in some cases accomplices of the perpetrators.

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      Saro,

      So according to your logic, you wouldn’t even defend your house or family members if they got attacked. Pretty liberal views you have regarding the society.

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        Shenal,

        You can, but within the legal framework. I know this is not easy. But we are in a civilized society and we need to stick to basics. You are entitled to self-defense, but not organized crimes.

        Military did their best under the difficult conditions and this doesn’t mean they were perfect. A war was new to Sri Lanka and nobody was prepared for it I guess. Military needed time to get adjusted to tackle the problem professionally. Even then, things could go wrong as we cannot expect someone with a gun to be a saint. This is why I didn’t join military even though I was sleeted to all three forces when I was a youth. I cannot kill even a venomous snake. How can I kill another human?

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    she does not seem to have any interest at all in bringing the man responsible for giving the orders to kill her husband,unlike prageeth ekneligoda’s wife.Crocodile tears at the funeral only.Again crocodile tears when a child got raped and killed while she got swiss kumar released and he nearly escaped.

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      Shankar,

      This is why she is good for politics. Politicians will do anything, sell anything including their mothers for votes. She knows sympathizing with the LTTE is a vote grabber. Sonia Gandhi in India also wants to pardon the killers of her husband, Rajiv. Pardoning is a good quality but if someone is doing it to grab votes, then there is a problem.

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    I would have given a pass to Vijayakala Maheswaran if she voiced her disgust when the Vidya murder & rape occured. Of course, not only did she not voice her opinion, she helped the mruderer/rapist get away. No charges there but that’s not a suprise.

    All she was doing was playing to the gallery for cheap political gain. One would think that it would backfire but, then again, this is Sri Lanka. All politicians are teflon dons. Ask the current PM – Batalanda and the Bond Scam and still untouched.

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      Rajiv,

      Unfortunately, this is the country we live in and these politicians from all ethnic backgrounds know this well. We are a nation that voted Mervyn Silva in over 100,000 votes. We all know who he is. With this unwarranted publicity Vijayakala got, she will also win the next general election with a huge margin. And you know well Badurdeen will be voted in by his people too even if the whole country becomes a desert. We are at fault. Not them.

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        Nanda Wanninayaka,

        Granted, we are at fault but look what is on offer? Nothing but corrupt politicians are given nominations. Any/all newcomers are usually the offspring of the current corrupt bunch or are the catchers/hangers on/thugs & enforcers of the current corrupt bunch.
        You have to admit that the options we the people have are pretty thin.

        Most people in the country are only concerned about putting food on the table, keeping a roof above their heads, having a stable job and being able to educate their kids. Except for the Colombo crowd, not too many people are concerned about the constitution or democracy.

        So, the same goes for the people of the North and the East as well as the South. They vote on who offers them the biggest pie in the sky although they never even get the crumbs of the pie. This is politics everywhere.

        As for Vijayakala Maheswaran, just like the rest of the politicians of the country, she has nothing to offer the people except lies and rhetoric and the occasional “bath packet” and some booze in return for their vote. What’s amazing is that, while living in Colombo, she thinks she knows whats best for the people of the North.

        As I mentioned in my previous comment, I would have given her a pass if she was consistent in her statement/comment with all crime. After all, her husband was killed by the LTTE and now she wants them back. That tells you all you need to know about her ethics and morality.

        That said, I wholeheartedly agree that she will win big at the next election.

        God bless Sri Lanka and her people be they Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or any other race.

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          I understand your sentiments. It is only an agony of choice when you go to the polling centers at any election. This is why I don’t vote anymore but that is not the answer. Not voting makes these dirty politicians’ ascent to the positions they want even easier. We are not mature enough for the Westminster style democracy. But we have no options either. All the revolutionaries, freedom-fighters and leftists showed us they are not any better. But I won’t be pessimistic about future. I teach teenagers. I am sure, if they are given the right education (do not expect this within the public school system) and exposed to English language reading more, they will understand and might make better decisions than we made.

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    is she in charge of tamil schools or all schools
    i havent seen the subject allocation yet

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    Nanda , the difference is you are one of the very few who could take your self out of the situation and look without shades and report. But majority of Lankans either do not have or had lost that ability long before. To understand all you need is to see the political history since independence. There is four families which ruled in past 70 or so years. Senanayaka, Bandas, JR/RW and Rajapaksas. It is like a musical chair where the fate of the country is decided by these clowns.The public is in co dependence and enabling these criminals.End result is total break down and dysfunction. One has to step away from the load of crap to realize this fact. After stepping out if a person cannot still ” see or smell” then they are considered to be brain dead. But Lankans prefer not only rolling on but throwing at people who try to make them aware. Have A Happy and Prosperous New Year Buddy and keep writing.

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      Chiv,

      I know what you mean. I don’t know as to why voters in the sub continent go after a few political families who have proved again and again they are only plunderers of public money and traitors are voted in. We will have to wait for a long time to see our own Imran Khan to rise to the top.

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    Nanda Wanninayaka, Ms Vijayakala Maheswaran is no angel, is a politician and people know that. She gambled with what she is supposed to have said. It might have paid off but the 26 October ‘removal’ and ‘crisis’ might change this. The voters will decide.
    .
    Your question, “Was Ms. Vijayakala Maheswaran Wrong?”.
    Technically “Yes”. But our politicians do this all the time.
    .
    By the way, the Vithiya rape/murder/filming accused nearly got away with it. Locals believe that a then DIG, the then Dean of Law, Colombo University and a politician helped him. The politician was Vijeyakala.

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      K.Pillai

      “Your question, “Was Ms. Vijayakala Maheswaran Wrong?”.
      Technically “Yes”. But our politicians do this all the time.”

      Of course our politicians are at it all the time therefore we will do justice only if we remembered the other politicians, like Wimal Sangili Weerawansa who is obsessed with carpet bombing of Northern Sri Lanka and the parliament. He also wanted to evict Ranil from Temple Trees by his mobs.

      He is a celebrated card carrying public racist usually he is not being taken to task.

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        Veddha the answer to the question “Was Mrs Vijayakala Maheswaran is wrong?” is : She is legally and prudently wrong but morally and pragmatically right.

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      Pillai, she knows well enough that these misdeeds of her won’t be counted in voting. People voted for a thug like Mervyn who was accused of (but not proved) many a crime. Same will happen with this one.

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    Thank You Nanda. I wish you, your Family and all the readers/bloggers and their Family a wonderful and a united new year.

    We all argue because we all want something better for Mother Lanka and itself is very empowering.

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      Thiagarajah ,

      Thanks. I think we have to be blunt in a forum like this and should be able to call spade a spade. I have no vested interest in any of these parties. I lived 30 of my 46 years in Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura and I saw things and I talk with my experiences.

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    [edited out]
    Most simply and bottomline, to become a clerk in Govt job in this country suddha imposed tamils to have a pass of 5th grade in nineteen forties.
    Today our country education state minister is unable to communicate its majority community in their language!
    Be shame man as a citizen of this land! FAH MF

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    First off, thank you Nanda for such a brave, and candid interpretation of the happenings in Sri Lanka lately. You have hit it on the head, as it were! I wish there were more Sinhala people writing articles like these with translations in the other two languages.
    The situation in the North, in particular, is crisis-ridden. The last 30 years have created a culture of violence, very much unlike the quiet and tranquil Jaffna that most people have been accustomed to, in days past. Alas, gone are the days when the annual Thinakaran Cultural festival- back in the 60’s and 70’s- brought together people from all ethnic backgrounds for 2 weeks of fun and merriment. – Ironically, the entire gala was organized by the Jaffna Police, and attractions like carnivals (remember Circus Pacipia from Colombo?), and fireworks(Gintupitiya) were hugely acknowledged by folks young and old, behind the ‘palmyrah curtain’!

    The violence and anarchy over this period- thanks to the rebel organizations, the Indian Army, and the Sri Lanka Army- has now spilled over. There are no jobs for the youth, no industries, no projects, no rehabilitation in the post-war period. Add to this, there is the large scale influx of drugs(Kerala ganja) believed to be aided and abetted by criminal elements trying to eek out an existence, and also ex-personnel from the Armed forces. What is going on now is a re-installed reign of terror. Unfortunately, this is symptomatic of the whole country now,

    Do we have any role models anymore? Even parliament has become a ‘battleground’. Has any action been taken to punish these parliamentarians who attacked police officers inside the chambers a couple of weeks ago. If not, then we have a precedent-setting trend, which is only going to continue., and before long, it will be the new ‘normal’, if it goes unchecked. Whatever happened to those principles of RESPONSIBILITIES and CONSEQUENCES?

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      Dear Ivan,

      I have been teaching the kids in Jaffna English and ICT for the last 6 months free of charge. When I vent there, I was under the impression that the kids there were very studious and could speak English much better than their Sinhalese and Muslim counterparts in the South. I even taught them at a faster pace thinking they understood. (I don’t speak.understand Tamil as yet.) And the kids started dropping out. Junior kids still come and all 20 AL students totally stopped. When I asked the Catholic father who coordinates the project, he contacted the students and parents and they have said they don’t understand anything I teach!!! But we were asked by our parents when we were kids to study like the kids in Jaffna and they are very studious and have a good command of English!!!

      Maybe there was such time in the past. But not anymore. Maybe the three-decade-long bitter war that reduced Jaffna to rubble, students in Jaffna don’t seem that interested in studies as they used to be 30 years ago. I have heard my parents say that the schoolboys and girls in Jaffna study so hard by even putting their feet in a basin full of cold water under their study tables not to fall asleep during nights and read books with kerosene oil lamps after their hard days’ work in their farms. I wish that was the case today too but, unfortunately, it is not so anymore here. Here boys are looking for quick jobs and leave schools early. Girls are happy to end up as a cashier-cum-salesgirl in a mobile phone accessory shop – or even more common – end up as a machine operator at a garment factory doing the same boring job of stitching the same part of the same dress for eternity. Where are those doctor, engineer, lawyer, accountant, teacher, etc. aspirants that we were told by our parents to take examples as when we were schoolboys who had no such great dreams? I feel sorry for this situation and SOMETHING MUST BE DONE immediately before it is too late. The kids are extremely talented but they have lost their way. I don’t know why the people don’t understand the gravity of this. If we see ISIS style youths from the North in future, we are to blame, not them. Because we have not done our part by raising these kids’ and teenagers’ hopes for a better future even 9 years after the war.

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        Here is another Sinhalese, Nanda Wanninayaka, with what it means to be a ‘good Tamil’ – one who is law abiding and aspiring to be a doctor, engineer, etc. In other words, a good Tamil is one who accepts the status quo, so naturally, Prabhakaran, who fought Sinhala Buddhist hegemony would not be in his good books. A people who are struggling with existential issues amidst militarisation cannot build themselves back. If you are genuine with your concerns, then what you can do is press for demilitarisation of north and east for a start. At least, it will bring some semblance of normalcy.

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          Dear Thamizh,

          If we accept Muralitharan as a good Tamil and try to OWN him we should be ready to accept bad Tamils too. Because we all are Sri Lankans. What is good for you could be bad for me and vice versa.

          What I reiterate is we should be one nation. If a separate country is the answer to the problem, we can consider it. But it is a problem to the answer. Creating an”Israel” in South Asia will bring more misery to the people of both sides of the fence. Tamil Diaspora will be happy to see a separate state because they already live outside Sri Lanka. But the citizens in Sri Lanka will be the ones to suffer in an unending border war if a separate state is created in Sri Lanka. If you forget this simple truth, I don’t know how to answer you.

          People here want a peaceful living. Of course there are a lot of difficulties the people in the North undergo and these things should be solved in a discussion table. We will talk, talk and talk before sorting to guns.

          I lived in a so called “border village” and the terrorists attacked it multiple times and a lot of farmers were killed. A lot of people in the North also were killed. So, I know the pain. Do you want this to happen once again? No people in the North or South want to see this.

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            Nanda,
            “We will talk, talk and talk before sorting to guns.”
            We talked, talked .. from 1920.
            Talked for 50 odd years.

            “Setting aside the fortunes of Sri Lanka’s political leaders, what can be predicted with greater certainty is the lasting impact that the crisis will likely have on government efforts to address the legacy of serious human rights violations in Sri Lanka, including by investigating mass atrocities committed during the end of the civil war. Prior to the 26th October, the government’s promised agenda on justice and reconciliation was already grinding to a halt. While an optimistic reading of the current situation might highlight the potential for the broad pro-democracy mobilisation seen in recent weeks to be converted into renewed cross-community support for addressing Sri Lanka’s past and breaking the cycle of impunity, the current cloud of government dysfunction will undoubtedly further hamper the chances of meaningful progress.
            Moreover there remains a significant gap between, on the one hand, the public’s response to violations of the constitution in recent weeks and, on the other, levels of public awareness and empathy regarding the multitude of ways in which the rights of minority communities are routinely violated by the state elsewhere across the country – including through militarisation, ongoing land occupation, and high levels of surveillance, to name but a few. That so many Tamils have simply not felt like stakeholders in the recent political battle taking place in Colombo, despite their worst fears about how it might unfold, is as telling as it is troubling. That sense of alienation may well intensify as Rajapaksa embarks upon exploiting the role played by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) party in keeping Wickremesinghe in office. Despite making a number of overtures to the Tamil community during his bid for power, Rajapaksa and his supporters have been quick to resort to dog-whistle racism in defeat.” https://www.srilankacampaign.org/a-retreat-from-the-precipice-for-now-19-december-2018/

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      Ivan

      “The violence and anarchy over this period- thanks to the rebel organizations, the Indian Army, and the Sri Lanka Army- has now spilled over.”

      Not necessarily in that order.
      I take it that you too are suffering from selective amnesia.

      Sinhala Only language policies in 1956.
      Riots in 1956 and 1958
      Police attacks on peaceful protests.
      Riots 1960 & 1961
      Deprived of development, opportunities, equal treatment, employment opportunities …………..
      Standardisation, deprived of higher educational opportunities
      Majority mindset.
      Paranoia of the majoritarian
      Shrinking Sri Lankan economy
      1972 Constitution
      Tragedy inflicted in 1974 by the police at Fourth International Conference on Tamil Studies
      1977 riots
      Continuous Human rights violation in the North as well as in the East, police and armed forces brutality with impunity.

      The Jaffna library was burnt down in 1981

      1983 riots

      Do you now remember these incidents, organised attacks, targeted discriminations, …. impunity, … ?

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        Native Veddah,

        All these are by gones, History is full of this in most countries in the West too but they put up everything and united as civilized people. We argue about all these bitter incidents and divide ourselves further. The present day kids are not responsible for what their parents or grandparents did. So, let’s give these kids in both sides of the fence a decent education and then let them decide their fate with broadened horizons?

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          Nanda Wanninayaka, I suppose Native Vedda has brought out some inconvenient truths for you to face and your response is “these are bygones and happen in most countries in the West too” – avoidance at best. You have exposed yourself. Your Sinhalese privilege makes you say that. We are not dealing with individual acts, we are talking of state sanctioned atrocities for which no one has been brought to book. Who cares, ‘lets move on’ to teach kids how to be law abiding ‘good citizens’ of this deeply problematic sinhala buddhist state! I don’t know what you describe as decent education, I surely hope it will include these inconvenient truths. But what is chosen to be taught in the curriculum is largely decided by those who hold the power, and we know which group is wielding the power in sri lanka!

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          Nanda Wanninayaka

          “We argue about all these bitter incidents and divide ourselves further.”

          The fundamental problem is that those who perpetrated injustice since 1948 not only do not want to own up their mistakes but blame the victims. If the perpetrators do not acknowledge their part in the entire mess there is no point trying to reconcile communities, people, ………… The question is do those who believe in majoritarianism really understand the problem? Do the so called leaders, people, …………. want to address the issues?

          This is what you commented earlier:
          “The violence and anarchy over this period- thanks to the rebel organizations, the Indian Army, and the Sri Lanka Army- has now spilled over.”

          You commented as if “the rebel organizations” started violence and anarchy and Sri Lankan armed forces, politicians, rioters, state functionaries, racists, rapists, arsonists …. didn’t have any part in the origin of violence.

          If a liberal person like you could miss the point what chance do the victims have for justice from the bigots, racists, …………….?

          “So, let’s give these kids in both sides of the fence a decent education and then let them decide their fate with broadened horizons?”

          Fine. However what is the guarantee parents, uncles, aunt … religious bigots won’t pass their venom down to the kids? Look at the faces of podi hamuduruwos protesting in the streets for and along with saffron clad thugs.

          Hope there is a better future for the kids.

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            Native Vedda,
            “If a liberal person like you could miss the point what chance do the victims have for justice from the bigots, racists, …………….?”
            If Nanda Wanninayaka is the example of a Sinhalese liberal then they are actually part of the problem. They give legitimacy to this state. They lump the violence of the aggressor and the oppressed together, never addressing the root of the problem. They ask us to ‘prove’ the injustices committed on our people and accountability is not in their book- in this case, he questions the authenticity of the ITJP report. Their privilege often affords them to shed their ‘ethnic’ label which others could not and lets them brush aside atrocities as bygones.

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              I think you misinterpret or misunderstand my explanations here. What I keep telling is atrocities were done by both sides and if we go back to history and just harp on these there won’t be a hope for a better future. One party tells that the terrorists in custody should be released and the military should be punished for their war crimes. The other party says the terrorists did mass destruction of human lives and property and should be punished hence.

              What I say is forgive and forget and go ahead. Give a break to both parties and forgive their past mistakes. Having said that, let’s minimize the possibility for terrorism and war crimes in future by strengthening the people’s unity and economic opportunities and by introducing rigid laws for the said actions. Let’s unite for that. Not to divide.

              “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. – Buddha”

              I am an atheist but trust Buddha is right in this. Not only Buddha all sensible people know this universal truth.

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              Thamizh and Vedda,

              Please do not brand me Sinhalese or liberal. I am a Sri Lankan and a human. That is enough.

              I think you misinterpret or misunderstand my explanations here. What I keep telling is atrocities were done by both sides and if we go back to history and just harp on these there won’t be a hope for a better future. One party tells that the terrorists in custody should be released and the military should be punished for their war crimes. The other party says the terrorists did mass destruction of human lives and property and should be punished hence.

              What I say is forgive and forget and go ahead. Give a break to both parties and forgive their past mistakes. Having said that, let’s minimize the possibility for terrorism and war crimes in future by strengthening the people’s unity and economic opportunities and by introducing rigid laws for the said actions. Let’s unite for that. Not to divide.

              “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. – Buddha”

              I am an atheist but trust Buddha is right in this. Not only Buddha all sensible people know this universal truth.

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                Hello Nanda,

                There was a grave asymmetry in the war in the Wanni, with the GoSL using massive force indiscriminately against its own citizens. And the LTTE leadership was wiped out, but the perpetrators of war crimes are still in and out of the armed forces. If your goal is reconciliation, and ensuring a non-recurrence of armed insurrection and state terrorism, then there has to be a clear emphasis on accountability for war crimes and condign punishment, as well as reparations. ‘Forgive and forget’ won’t do, and it is often a mantra resorted to by those who indulge in State terrorism to avoid any accountability. State terrorism happened during the JVP era as well, and yes, I am willing to support accountability for that as well, but it is entirely up to the Sinhalese people themselves to agitate for.

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                Nanda Wanninayaka


                “One party tells that the terrorists in custody should be released and the military should be punished for their war crimes. The other party says the terrorists did mass destruction of human lives and property and should be punished hence.”

                You keep missing the point.

                Those who are detained have not been charged nor found guilty in some cases even after 20 years, they are innocent until proven guilty. If the authorities do not have sufficient evidence to charge them on what basis they
                are being detained or in your own words “terrorists in custody”?

                No truth, no reconciliation.

                There is a tried and tested reconciliation process available to this country. The South African state has successfully achieved what it set out to achieve seek truth and then reconcile victims and perpetrators through Truth and
                Reconciliation Commission of South Africa:

                Concepts and Principles are available on
                http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/report/finalreport/Volume%201.pdf

                Please visit this website and see how truth and reconciliation process was successfully carried out.

                You haven’t still explained to us why you call yourself Sri Lankan. Where, when, why and how you became a Sri Lankan?

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                Dear Nanda well said. We the people of Sri Lanka do not have to explain this to anyone why we believe what we believe expect for others to know that ‘we choose not to kill them because they hold a different opinion’ as to what the solutions should be to all our problems etc.
                What has been proven in the war is the offered solutions are not the solutions. Infect they have compounded the problems we had in the first place beyond solutions/reasons. One may even say we were driven to this point purposely misusing our children as mercenaries for others geo political ventures too is a truth yet to be discussed at the UN. In the process people like me and you have paid the unlimited price loosing everything that is ours. It is the others who need to explain this to us and not the other way around.
                Punishment for the ‘compounding elements’ to the problems should be they be part of the answers from now on in a mindful way. This is what is termed as ‘forgive and forget’ not because we accept this as ok????. Hence the inclusion of the TNA and JVP in the mainstream politics opportunity to learn from each other for the journey of cohabitaion.
                We do need to record all the crimes by everyone since 1970 and have a Truth and Reconciliation accountability such we do not loose facts for the future generations. No one is exempted from this accounting activity from North to South and East to West.
                We are not part of 1948195619771983 whatever. You can see how something then was upped and upped to get here by the same???
                The reason we are stuck is ‘National Question’=TNA=Extreme Sinhala elements=Extreme Muslim elements and they do not represent Sri Lankan people period. We were taken for a ride at gun point through out the country.

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                  Further what others need to offer to you is to say we want to join you in what you do now the ‘right to return’ has been put in place by the good governance…..not a single word of duty/responsibility nor any naming and shaming of those who do not want to return in ship loads????

                  This is a game changer for many. Just as none of them were ever seen at the front line in the final phase of the war too who supported others children to die for them………then what would they know about the soldiers been at the receiving end of the bullet for the past 50 years????????

                  This is the ‘war crime’ that need investigation along with the miserable deaths of the innocent in the final phase??????

                  Now we begin to get the full picture of what did really take place in our Nation………..There was no China issue then in 1970. So can someone explain why other were arming and training our children overseas then??

                  Most of our Children should be running the most lucrative Fishing Industry in the world by now??? applying known best practices/employing all Sri Lankans???? Exceptional tourism from all the islands.

                  I know what happened to our fish stock for the past 70 years…stolen when we were too busy killing each other.

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        Native Vedda, now thats too harsh. How can the state education system, history textbooks, ever mention these? They are in direct contradiction to the Sinhala Buddhist civilization that existed for 2500 years on this island and should be brushed aside as these are just uncomfortable for the community that Nanda Wanninayaka hails from – no accountability. His Sinhalese privilege affords him to brush it aside as he was not on the receiving end.

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          thamizh

          “now thats too harsh. “

          Truth has to be told, irrespective of their race(?), religion region, gender, party affiliation, …………. For too long people have been fudging the issues.

          The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off
          by
          -Gloria Steinem?
          -Joe Klaas?
          -Anne Kristine Stuart?
          -David Icke?
          -Bill Cosby?
          -Erin Brockovich?
          -Anonymous?

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            Native Vedda, not only truth be told but there has to be accountability for reconciliation. Unfortunately, calls for accountability, demilitarisation has been buried. The bar has been set too low now that the Tamils are merely fighting for crumbs. The collaborative Tamil polity seems to have led the Tamil people to this state. History repeats – a new government will come to power and everything will start over from the beginning, hoodwinking with their time buying exercises again until another one comes to power. This reminds me of the story in Tamil, ilavu kaatha kili – parrot hoping the cotton tree will bear fruit one day.

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    I am really laughing when I see all of you shouting about Sinhala Tamil story,First o all understand The Government issued a stamp commemorating the arrival of VIJAYA from whom the so-called Sinhalese descended through Sri Lankan lady Kuveni, stop talking about who came first, the Vijaya and 700 boys did not like Kuveni so Vijaya married a princess and 700 boys married girls from Madurai in India, so we are all bloody Tamils. Now Buddha is born Hindu, from Nepal or Buddhagaya India, so he is Born Hindu, lived a Hindu, preached the interpretation Hindu philosophy. Unfortunately, Vijaya supposed to have come from North India forgot his language so mixed up all south Indian Languages and Tamil got the Sinhala which has even English. Tamils brought Buddhism to Srilanka, and Sangamitha and others landed in Jaffna and established Buddhism and that is why all the Buddhist viharas are there Because Buddhism lost out in India, Tamil Buddhist who wanted to remain Buddhist moved south of Sri Lanka and the Tamils who reverted back to Hinduism Stayed in the north. If you want my statement on a DVD send me your email and I will send it to you. Tamils must retake Buddhism as Hindu Buddha and treat him like SAI BABA. After all, why are Tamils and Sinhalese fighting over an Indian Saint when we do not want to identify as Indian,Haven’t Sinhalese got their own Saints? Sinhalese must find their own Saint forget Dum Indian if they hate India so much. Mr.Sripathe Thillaiampalam, President of Eelom Tamil Association of America..

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    Dear Sripathe,

    I would like to get that DVD and my email ID is nanda.wanninayaka@gmail.com.

    I was never an enthusiast of Sri Lankan history because my socialist father used to listen to more foreign news than local stuff. So, I too became more interested in the rest of the world than in Sri Lanka.

    Besides, most of the monks who chronicled Sri Lankan history were biased according to the sociologists I studied from for a short period.

    What you talk about Sri Lankans being a mixed nation is true. And there is nothing wrong in it. I read somewhere in the recent past that the Sinhalese have ore genes in their DNA with South India than the North or Eastern India where they say they came from according to Mahawamsa chronicle and other legends. Aren’t these reasons good enough for us to unite as one nation rather than creating an “Israel of South Asia” and start killing each other once again? I think Sinhalese have to go an extra mile forward and embrace their Northern brothers and sisters to start with. A friendly smile can do a lot more than what a bullet can do. I have never had a hostile encounter in the North as yet even though I speak Sinhala and some English when Sinhala doesn’t work. I would start learning Tamil from a good Tamil teacher from Jaffna if any of you can introduce me to one who can teach Tamil to me in English. I mainly want to learn Tamil because I enjoy Tamil music and literature a lot. I have read Sinhala translations of Tamil literature when I was a school boy but would love to read them in Tamil. I don’t think I am too old to learn another language or two as yet.

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    Nanda “I cannot rule out the possibility of a long term plan by the “authorities” to weaken the youths and the men in the North….I have never seen any Sri Lankan leader designing such long term plans for anything good or bad..”

    Nanda don’t be gullible…. There is the institution i.e “authorities” and there is “politicians”. Sinhala Politicians to be specific.

    The Sinhalese politicians of all colors, over the last 70 years had one common objective when it comes to the Tamils.! “Destroy them”.

    So is it not conceivable that there is an “authority” a black state, independent of the Sinhala political parties, but created with the blessing of all the Sinhala political parties to weaken the youths of the north with drug peddling prostitution etc?

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      Rajash,

      To be honest, I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing, hearing of or meeting any “good” politicians in Sri Lanka other than Lakshman Kadiragamar from ANY community. I know he is not that recognized within the Tamil community as what he stood for was much different from what some Tamils expected but for me, he was a decent politician with an integrity without any stain to his name related to corruption. I think he should have been made the Prime Minster in 1999 when Chandrika became the President for a second time. But she never had that courage. If he contested for the Presidential Election in 2005, even Sinhalese would have voted for him to become the President too. Of course extremist elements in all ethnic backgrounds would have objected as it happens since Independence. .

      Again, I clearly say, ALL politicians are corrupt and MOST of them are extremists in Sri Lanka irrespective of their ethnicity. I can’t single out any ethnicity as good or bad here. I don’t stand for Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims. I am a Sri Lankan and a proud one at that. I am optimistic and strongly believe the new generation will change things for better. Let’s hold on till that day comes.

      I agree with what you say about drug mafia in the North and it was that made me write this essay even though I knew well, most Sinhalese would not be happy about it.. But there are a lot of Sinhalese who understand the reality. A lot of them helped my work in Jaffna by providing a few PCs, books, scholarships. A Sinhalese lady in UAE is sending all books her in library to start a mini library in the village I work in Jaffna. Tamils in the Diaspora has not helped these kids as yet for the simple reason that they don’t trust me as yet. But a Tamil family in the Diaspora spent over 6 million LKR to teach the kids in my village which is 99% Sinhalese. We had only one Tamil family coming to our academy in my village as there were no other Tamil family in the close vicinity.

      I have no clue about prostitution in the North as this was never my concern. I saw some reports Anuradhapura also was a haven for prostitution during the war as a lot of troops were around Anuradhapura as it was a transit point of the troops.

      All I want to see is Northern girls should be given a good education as I see their hopes are limited after the Civil War and they are content with small jobs after secondary education. I teach around 20 Advanced Level girls in Jaffna but don’t think ANY of them would be selected to university. ALL of them have failed mathematics and English at OL and chances are that, if they don’t pass mathematics at the OL exam they sat for last month, they will have to discontinue their Advanced Level by April and enter the job market while they are still teenagers. Can’t we work together to change their fate rather than arguing for the things we cannot change? Boys’ fate is even worse. But I find those boys and girls are extremely talented and creative.

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        Tamil Diaspora are helping lots of children/schools/community schools in the NE. The issue is that there is no concerted effort. Each Diaspora organisation have their pet project/s..and there is competition, for funds, among the diaspora organisation. Some People like “direct sponsorship” and sponsor a child to attend established schools.

        However it is the responsibility of the Government to support these kids, build the war ravaged schools and hospitals. But since the end of the war the successive governments have turned a blind eye to the needs of the Tamil kids in the NE and war widows in the NE.

        The more the Diaspora organisations & NGS and Goodwill organisation and liberla minded people like you pour in money and assistance the government is happy…as they don’t have to fund these.

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    I don’t comprehend what you talk fully as I have not undergone what you have. For me, from Bandaranaike to Vigneshwaran all politicians from both the parties are crooks and only create divisions at a time they should have done the other way round. But this is the last thing one can expect from these greedy blood seeking vampires. I won’t single out one race for this All politicians are equal and only people like Lakshman Kadiragamr, S. Thondaman K. B. Rathnayake must have been the few exceptions. .

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    I wrote this comment to one of the above comments. But I now feel that this explanation applies to most of the other comments as well. So, if it is okay to republish this as a comment, please approve this again or just ignore the earlier reply which is 100% the same and publish this. It will save my time.

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    I fully understand the feelings of Vijayakala and support her fully. Furthermore, I wish a certain Tamil leader was a alive and active today, so that things could be put right by stopping the Simhala leaders acting like monkeys and affecting the Tamil people adversely.

    Those days this great Tamil leader did ‘adjustments’ whenever things deviated from good to bad.

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    Elara and Gemunu war.This is a plain falsehood by Mahanama of Mahawanse.I read of the war during my 6th std,. Today I realise that it is pure fabrication. Only explanation I come across as to how Elara died is either he was throttled by Gemunu or stabbed from behind by Gemunu.I also belive that Gemunu was sent to do this deed by his mother, who was disgusted by the l;ooks of Kavantissa.She was an ungrateful woman who forgot that it was kavantissa, for what everreason, helped her over the embarassement of being pregnant and being thrown out of the house by her father.

    There are many in the description that does not tally with nature.

    I also believe that it was the people of Anuradhapura who declared wat.

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      Most of the good Kings who ruled Shiri Lamka are not Simhala. Take Parakraabahu. He was not a Simhala. The King that Simhala people brag about, Dutu Gemunu, spent his youth as a sort of Chandiya like Mervyn Silva, hiding from his father’s soldiers. His religious convictions are similar to that of Mervyn Silva, who brags that he saved the Kelniya Temple by unlawfully acquiring some land from its genuine owner. What Mervyn Silva did for Kelaniya area Dutu Gemunu did for the whole country by killing a just and good King who was much older than him.

      It was motivated by political ambitions. Though Dutu Gemunu means, Evil Gemunu, the Buddhist clergy white washed all his misdeeds and the war campaign, where thousands of Tamils, including civilians were brutally slaughtered was covered up by a religious garb.

      Elara is acknowledged as a just King even in the Mahavamsa. He applied laws of the land in a non nondiscriminatory fashion, the best example of which is the death sentence given as punishment to his own son on a traffic offence.

      Finally, on his death bed, the incomplete Ruwanveli Saya was covered with white cloth to fool him, so that he may depart to the net world happy. In other words, his whole career up to his death was a big cover up or a whitewash by the Buddhist priests of the time.

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