19 September, 2019

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We Cannot Find A Solution Within The Framework Of The Unitary Constitution

By Suren Surendiran

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has recently been under scrutiny by the Tamil media. The organisation’s close association with TNA and some western agencies that are critical on the political aspirations of Tamils, viewed suspiciously by the larger sections of Tamils. Following are excerpts of a telephone interview with Suren Surenthiran, the spokesperson for  the GTF by Tamil/English weekly Oru Paper.

Oru Paper: In your interview to Alan Keenan of International Crisis Group, you said the following:

we don’t prescribe a solution, because we don’t think we have the expertise or the knowledge or the right to prescribe to Tamils in Sri Lanka what they should do; but we do have a role and a responsibility to play, since we wouldn’t be the diaspora except for what happened in Sri Lanka, which made us leave. But the TNA is elected and is there and has the right to propose solutions

Referring to your previous interviews to international media such as ‘Al Jazeera’, you used to spell out the ‘two states solution’ as the final solution for Eelam Tamils.  Two main political parties which operate in our homeland differ in this stand. While the Tamil National Alliance has taken the position of finding a solution within the unitary state of Sri Lanka, the Tamil National People’s Front is for the solution suggested by you. i.e . One country and Two Nations.

Can we assume that the GTF is now taking the TNA’s stand and you are for a solution within the framework of the unitary constitution?

Suren:  Not at all, I am sure you have seen many of the recent interviews given by me on behalf of GTF to daily and Sunday newspapers and other media outfits in Sri Lanka and internationally. I have very clearly stated our position. Here’s an example where in one of the newspapers the third time in the past 6 months it was re-iterated that “Tamils have lived in the North and East of the island for many centuries and historically have established those parts as their homeland just as the Sinhalese in the rest of the island except the ‘up-country’ where Tamils from Indian decent have lived. Just as we Tamils, respect this historic fact that there is a Sinhala nation in that island, we want the Sinhalese to acknowledge and respect that there is a Tamil nation in that island too”

As GTF, we want to expose the fact that theSriLankanState(note, not just the government as governments do change) does not have the will or the courage to address the Tamil people’s genuine grievances and the Tamil National question. By systematically exposing this continuous failure by the State with facts and by being and be seen as the most reasonable party to the conflict, we want the international community and other non-governmental bodies to acknowledge that unless there is external engagement and pressure, there will never be peace and stability in that region.

Remember, many of the successful liberations of the recent past around the world have been by adopting similar strategies.

Oru Paper: If an umbrella organisation of Tamil diaspora doesn’t possess the expertise or knowledge to prescribe a solution for Tamils, is the diaspora seriously lacking something here?

Suren: It is true that I said that as GTF, we do not want to prescribe a particular solution. If we prescribed a particular solution, then there will not be any space for any negotiations.

However, that doesn’t mean we can negotiate certain fundamentals. For example, I am born a Tamil or the fact that Tamils have lived in the North and East of the island for many centuries and historically have established those parts as their homeland or the fact that there is a Tamil Nation as well as a Sinhala Nation in that island.

The point about lack of expert knowledge – I clearly told Alan on the phone that the current ground reality and the fast changing circumstances are better known and understood by Tamils inSri Lankamore than us.

Yes, I did say that the TNA are the democratically elected representatives by the Tamils in the island. Therefore, they have all the rights to negotiate for a solution on behalf of the Tamils.
Oru Paper:  On the same ICG report, it says “Many believed that the end of the war and elimination of the separatist Tamil Tigers (LTTE) would open space for greater political debate and moderation among Tamils, while encouraging the government to abandon the hard- line Sinhalese nationalism it had cultivated to support its war efforts and agree to devolve meaningful power to the majority Tamil-speaking northern and eastern provinces.”

TNA’s leader Sampanthan, in his parliamentary speech on 7th December 2012, expressed similar sentiments. As the only diaspora organisation that is openly supporting the TNA, do you subscribe to the view that the demise of LTTE has opened up new avenues for a meaningful solution?

Suren: In the history of Sri Lanka, post-independence, as you very well know there had been many phases and approaches Tamils have taken to free themselves from successive oppressive regimes and the State structure including its constitution that doesn’t treat Tamils as equals.

Although none of these phases and approaches have delivered the freedom we seek, all of them have incrementally added to create awareness within the island and internationally. During the history many points of references have been created and established – some temporarily and others permanently. To refer to some of the examples of points of references – the many pacts and agreements signed between Tamil representatives and the governments in power at different stages which were never implemented, the fact that the Tamils came together and passed a resolution in 1976 calling for an independent state, the fact that the TULF won an overwhelming majority in 1977 on a mandate for a separate state, the establishment of Thimpu Principles, the signing of Indo-Lanka Accord, the fact that a de facto state was successfully run by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for a considerable amount of time, the broken Ceasefire Agreement, presenting of a solution based on the document referred to as the ISGA document etc.

In my mind, all of these points of references and others have opened up new avenues for a meaningful solution.
Oru Paper:  Can you tell us about the progress on your proposed ‘joint declaration’ and the four pillars programme?

Suren: We have collectively seen remarkable progress on all four pillars at different levels. Just to remind the readers, what these four pillars are:

  1. Coming to consensus amongst Tamils and Tamil speaking people through their political and non-political representatives in the island and in the Diaspora, which is commonly referred to as a ‘Common Declaration’
  2. Addressing the socio-economic needs of the people living in the war affected areas
  3. In seeking justice – Progressing with the call for an international independent inquiry into the alleged breaches of international human rights and humanitarian laws
  4. Engaging with the civil society in the island without prejudice

Progressing all these above four pillars with the understanding and assistance from the international community.

Oru Paper:   Your recent meeting with UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera was viewed suspiciously by the Tamils. Are you trying to forge alliances with TNA, UNP and other pro West parties inSri Lanka for a regime change?

Suren: Understandably, it was viewed with suspicion. Firstly, this was a meeting that wasn’t a formal GTF meeting but was private in nature.

Unless we engage with people within and outside our community, we will not achieve our desired aspirations. In many conflicts around the world including ours many engagements are and were made of which some are/were disclosed and others not. Some are recognised and others were not.

Also the fact that many stakeholders (political, non-political and media) in Sri Lanka and internationally wanting to engage with the GTF inevitably proves that the strategy and approach adopted are by and large working for now, is our assessment.

Oru Paper:   Finally, do you believe a regime change backed by external forces would be beneficial towards achieving the political aspirations of the Tamils?

Suren: Our own experiences as Tamils over the past sixty four years since independence, with various different regimes that have been in power, including the current regime.  However, the oppressive and dictatorial nature of this regime coupled with corruption in an unprecedented level, nepotism and the State sponsored human rights abuses that prevail with impunity have particularly helped the grievances of the Tamils to be focused at the international level.

Again like I articulated in one of the previous answers, unless there will be international involvement and pressure brought to bear on this or any future regimes, an acceptable political solution will not be found, is our assessment.

 

 

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    The reasonable solution is empowering people at village level, with local units demarcated on language-blind ecological basis.

    These can finally end up as seven river basins in Sri Lanka.

    Until the present economic or other refugees die they will agitate, but after that their children will forget Tamil language and the religion based on worshiping a shiva lingum.

    A Tamil Christian is as good as an Erick Solheim when it comes creating a homeland in Sri Lanka.

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      C. Wijeyawickrema

      “A Tamil Christian is as good as an Erick Solheim when it comes creating a homeland in Sri Lanka.”

      I thought Solheim was a Kandyan Scandinavian Sinhala/Buddhist who was on crusade to preserve the Sinhala/Buddhist state. May be he was confused he mistook Sinhalese for Aryans.

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    Whether the Rajapakses like it or not the final formulae, forced into the country by the short-sighted communal policies of the Sinhala extremists in 1956 and carried on since – is a “One country two nations” formulae. This, as I have written a number of times, is better than two different countries in the island as feared by the late Dr. Colvin R. de Silva, in his historic and visionary speech. Surendiran sticks to the LTTE position of a totally Separate State, which will not work. We have to take into consideration the fears and the feelings of our Sinhala brethren as well. Despite the terrible wounds on the Tamil Nation, destiny has decreed Tamils and Sinhalese must live together in the little island.

    It is left to our managerial skill, diplomacy and religious foundations to work out the way. The obstacles on the way are the LTTE-inspired Tamils, mostly located outside the country, and the Buddhist Sinhala chauvinists of the militant Buddhist clergy and the JHU variety. The ordinary and the more rational Tamils and Sinhalese are prepared to embrace each other in a future united Sri Lanka. We need to make space for our now considerably large Muslim brethren as well in a future political arrangement – acceptable to all. We have seen too
    much blood and divisive hatred in the past. We can and must do without this in the future. To para-phrase Obama “Yes! We can” should be our political slogan – of the Sinhalese and Tamils.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan, Rajapakse became President only because Prabaharan took money from Rajapakse and asked the Tamils not to vote in the elections. So for what LTTE got in return and for all the suffering that the people of SRi Lanka from North to South to East to West are experiencing today, the blame has to go to Prabaharan.

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      Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (from “Life of Reason I”,Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás)

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    So, my guess is right. Suren met Man-gala to have a common plan for a regime change with neo-colonialists’ backing. Together they must have planned a rumour-mongering campaign to sully the image of the President as a way to topple his government.
    Leela

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      If the country had been under colonial masters, the situation would have been much better today. I think after independence, what the folks have achieved is much less.

      At the time Premadasa took the lives of over 50k youth of the country, we never hoped to see a leader of that sort in the in country, but today, the situation is 100 times worst than then under ruling thugs. So MR is the worst leader that the country has ever produced. Those who know nothing about the inside stories would still be happy the manner his regime handled the gain defeating Ltters within the country, but it was a collective deal.

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      Modaya,

      What else did you guess???
      Why don’t you guess who your father is???

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    I think Suren Surendiran has no sincere interest in any of Sri Lanka’s Tamil people. He didn’t issue a word of criticism when the Tamil Tigers were using there own people as a human shield to hide behind as the Sri Lankan forces advanced in the closing stages of the war. Not once did he call upon the Tigers to separate themselves from the civilians. He’s articles in English for the UK paper The Guardian are still available on their web site to be read by anyone. He stands condemned by his own silence on the question of Tamil Tiger depravity.

    Instead he’s found a cosy niche in the UK as supposed spokesman for Tamil migrants living in the UK which enables him to move in certain influential circles in that country. The overwhelming majority of those migrants have no intention of ever returning to either Sri Lanka or Tamil Eezam, if ever it came into existance. After all, when the Tigers had what Surendiran calls their own “successfully run” de facto state, that state did not provide for the educational, health or moral needs of its people. Such trivial details were left to the government of Sri Lanka and individual Tamil families and religious organisations, so long as they didn’t criticise the Tamil Tigers’, of course.

    Suren Surendiran is part of the northern Tamil people’s problems, not part of their solutions, in my opinion.

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    Before the foreign invaders came to Sri Lanka…..it was mainly ruled by Indian Kings who brought their wives also from India. If you google ….you could see the whole history and nobody could deny or re-shape it.

    When the British ruled they built everything from Tar roads, to schools,universities,harbours,airports,tram cars,lorries, busses, vehicles,ships, army,navy,air force,Police,hospitals, train service upto kandy, all companys…walkers, Vitols, Ceylon Oxygen, Gas Co, Elephant House, Parliament, Tea, rubber , coconut plantations etc..etc..

    Also if the British did not invade Sri Lanka….we could have still been ruled by Indian Kings.

    So British did a great help to us by Invading Sri Lanka and uniting the country under one government.

    But what did our Political Crooks did after Independence. They along with the YELLOW ROBE SINHALA GON HARAK MAF……A TERRIOR…TS RUINED THE WHOLE COUNTRY. THOSE PIN PADI PIN KANNA PINGUTTARAYAS NOT ONLY DID NOT ALLOW THE PEOPLE TO CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES IN ENGLISH, BUT ALSO DID NOT ALLOW OTHER RELIGIONS, RACES AND COMMUNITIES WHO HAD TALENTS, EDUCATION AND GIFTS TO COME UP IN LIFE……..OTHER THAN THEIR FUC….NG SINHALA MODA PA…A RACE…….NO BODY ELSE COULD BECOME THE PRIME MINISTER OR PRESIDENT OR MANY TIMES A MINISTER. REMEMBER I AM ALSO A SINHALAYA…..BUT I WRITE THE TRUTH…..AND IF ANYBODY CAN CHALLANGE WHAT I WRITE PLEASE DO SO.

    BEGINNING FROM CRAZY BANDA AND THE YELLOW ROBE CROOK TERRORIST SOMARAMA UPTO RAJAPAK…YA, THEY ALL RUINED OUR COUNTRY…..UPTO THE TIME POOR RIZANA WAS BEHEADED IN SAUDI ARABIA…….WHILE TRYING TO HELP HER PARENTS.

    IF RIZANA HAD THE LEAST ENGLISH EDUCATION…..SHE WOULD HAVE GONE TO UK OR USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR NZ TO WORK AS A BABY SITTER OR IN A DAY CARE OR AS A NANNY WHERE SHE COULD HAVE EARNED 20 TIMES MORE THAN SAUDI…WHERE THEY ALSO SCR…W OUR WOMEN IN THE NIGHT.

    Therefore these Yellow Robe Pinguttara pak…..yas and the PIN PADI HORA MARA PRESIDENT AND THE PARLIAMENT CROOKS ARE THE ONES WHO RUINED OUR COUNTRY.

    NOW THE POLITICIANS ARE SO CORRUPT THAT EVEN TO LAY A TWO MILE ROAD….THEY LOOK FOR FOREIGN LOANS AND FUNDS……WHY…..BECAUSE THAT’S THE EASIEST WAY TO MAKE COMMISSION. NOTHING ELSE. I BET ANY POLITICIAN COULD CHALLANGE ME ON THIS.

    THE DAY THE PEOPLE GET ALL OF YOU ARE VERY NEAR..WATCH YOUR SELVES.

    Gota is nothing but a Psycho Nut case. He need to go to USA and get his brain checked. I am telling this after analysing what he talks in the media and the way he behaves in Public.

    Yesterday he suddenly became the Economic Minister…..He was telling that we waste lot of foreign exchange by importing stuff like Ginger and Ganja which we could grow in Sri Lanka. Also he is telling that foreign countries are planning to invade Sri Lanka…..I was just laughing hereing them.

    Please watch the following clip.

    http://varunamultimedia.com/videos/btv/youtube/sirasa-news/final-cut_-18-01-13/play.html?1

    First it was Gota’s wife who imported foreign Dog to lick her c……t wasting our foreign exchange, when there are so many good dogs available to do the job…..and after chasing Fredrica Jancz.

    Second what a MAD country in the world want to invade Sri Lanka where 70% people live like VEDDA (native) community, live in cadjan houses,(see Rizana’s parents house) where 70% people are under nourished and with 40% under employed and with no noticable natural resources. Those countries could find better natural resources in Swaziland, ethiopia or in ivory coast.

    Also Basil Rajapakse said there were one million tourists came to Sri Lanka last year where I could prove not more than 300,000 came during whole of last year…….and now robbed Divineguma 85 Billion Rupee Fund after chasing CJ Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake.

    Also President say he will punish all wrong doers, when after killing so many people Mervin Silva is languishing freely without been arrested.

    What a bunch of jokers these are……

    Gota and the whole Rajapakse clan are insane and need psychatric treatment before ruining the country and taking it towards a precipice.

    This is very dangerous and some Doctors and Clergy should seriously advice them to take mental treatment.

    Infact the whole Parliament is a bunch of Crooks and should be Burn down for good.

    We don’t need a parliament run by crooks, rapists,Drug dealers,bribe takers, thugs, thieves, party jumpers, 87 million PIN PADI OPPOSITION LEADER TAKING MORE FOREIGN TRIPS THAN SERVING PEOPLE etc…etc..

    Therefore THE PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE BURNED DOWN AND DELEGATE THOSE WORK TO SUPREME COURT.

    ALL CORPORATIONS, SERVICE SECTOR, ADMINISTRATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS RELATED ISSUES SHOULD BE GIVEN TO FOREIGN PROFESSIONAL EXPERT COMMUNITY….OR SHOULD BE RUN BY A PANEL OF LOCAL QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL EXPERTS.

    ALSO ALL YELLOW ROBE SINHALA EXTRIMIST G…N HAR…..AS SHOULD BE KEPT AWAY FROM POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE COUNTRY.

    All they did was ruined the whole country which British developped and gave us everything FREE when they left…..now gone to PIGS….run by SHIT EATING PIGS.

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      Leave hiim please the idiot does nt know what he is talking about: This shows to everyone – they are just overwelmed by their power. That is it.

      How can the bugger come with Ganja import ? What would the responsible say about the Ganja import ?

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      Mahela says:

      “Before the foreign invaders came to Sri Lanka…..it was mainly ruled by Indian Kings who brought their wives also from India.”

      Weren’t those Indian Kings invaders? If they weren’t they were the pioneering Kallathonies. Kallthonies do not have place in future Sri Lanka.

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    The entire country needs a new contitution formulated pay a panel of experts. The politicians and other citizens should be permitted to make submissions . Ther should be also public debate in the media. The issues concerning the minorities should be addressed within the framework of the new constitution. The constutional should not however be formulated exclusively by politicians of the ruling party/ collision as in the lat two occasions. There are multiple problems in this country that have their roots in the failure of constitutional rule and the constitutions. They can be addressed only through a new constitution. Piecemeal solutions will only worse our problems, especially if proposed by the type and quality of men dominating our parliament and orchestrating events.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      The good Doctor should consider leaving this Dr thing away. Adds no value for the discussion!!

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    Do the Sinhalese claim the South and the West as Sinhala Homelands?

    If the GFT get the West to install TNA to take care of a Tamil Homeland in the East and the North ,what can the Indian Tamils claim as their Homeland?.

    Don’t the the Colombo Tamils who in total are similar to the combined North and the East population need a Homeland as well?.’

    Last but not least where can we house our current biggest ethnic group the Muslim people of Arabic origin?.

    These are the puzzles the average punters are faced with , when the high flying ex citizens come up with these Western backed demands?.

    Mr Suren reckons their Western buddies have set precedents in the past coming to divide land according to the wishes of liberationists,like the LTTE and their proxy the TNA.

    If that happens, our inhabitants would be hoping that the interests of the above groups are also are taken care of without any discriminations.

    Otherwise 90 percent of the inhabitant population will be packed like sardines into half the land mass.

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      Ado mokka read Mahela, you have brain use it.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Do the Sinhalese claim the South and the West as Sinhala Homelands?”

      They claim to be the chosen Aryan people and the owner occupier of the island since the Kallathonie thug asylum seeking Vijaya stepped foot on our ancestral land.

      You say:

      “Otherwise 90 percent of the inhabitant population will be packed like sardines into half the land mass.”

      No need for that.

      The 99.99 percent of the population always can go back to their mother land, India. We are not stopping you from leaving this land. In fact we want you to leave. Go and settle down in Bihar, a state in which you would feel very homely.

      Drop your Tamil brethren in Tamilnadu.

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    Dear Suren,

    I have been a skeptic of the Eelam idea like everyone else. However I have and will support meaningful devolution of power to the periphery.

    Up until CBK was president I had hope that we might see movement and progress in this direction. With this regime solidly ensconced in power, “devolution is anathema to us” platform, there is no hope.

    That anti devolution view point does not arise from a top down view, as in a diktat of the ruling family. It is a bottom up process.
    Widespread political support and popularity of this government stems from this basic premise, that they are the protectors of the Sinhala Nation.

    The Sinhalese are deeply fearful of the minorities. I believe Sri Lanka is unique in that the majority behaves like the minority. They genuinely believe that they are the victims of various conspiracies. That the minorities are aliens and that we have taken over their country. The vulgar triumphalism acknowledging the war victory as a conquest supports this ethos.

    Given such a mindset, sharing of power is neigh impossible. We, the minorities live in fear of another pogrom. There is hatred everywhere, beginning to manifest openly, subtle antagonism from public officials such as in Banks, Hospitals, police wherever we go to get services.

    The Sinhalese would hark on the 2500 year history but have no inkling what the next decade ought to be. It looks like the majority will live with a militarized state, in abject poverty, put up with despots and be happy that they have won the war than share power and embrace multiculturalism in order to protect their history.

    In the meantime like minded citizens will fight an unwinnable war of ideas that conflict with the Sinhala Bhuddist ethos.

    I am patient yet, and hopeful that sanity will prevail. But at the same time I am despondent that another pogrom would happen.

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    The goodwill built by the TNA leader Sampananthan in engaging in a constructive dialog with President Rajapaksa and other political parties is undone by the confrontational actions of the Tamil Diaspora.

    According to the census of March 2012, 1.06 million people accounting for 5.2% of the population live in the Northern Province. This includes 172,000 people in the Vavuniya District and 99,000 people living in the Muslim majority Mannar District. Hence, there are about 900,000 Tamil people, accounting for 4.4% of the population, who live in the Northern Province. Some live half the time in other parts of the country. Most of them want their children to qualify and become eligible for migration. There are few who like the get-rich-quick approach of embarking on hazardous boat journeys to Australia, with the funding of their relations living abroad.
    The wealthy Tamil Diaspora should get a comprehensive opinion survey of the needs and wants of the people of Northern Province and then focus on satisfying their needs.

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    The Global Tamil Forum led by expatriates, such as Father Emmanuel and Suren Surendiran, are out of touch with reality in Sri Lanka’s North and East. Theirs is a tired cliched rhetoric that we had heard from the likes of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, Naganathan, Amirthalingam, Yogeswaran and now Sumantiran. This rhetoric has taken us no where.

    We as a people are worse of now than we were in 1956 not just because of short-sighted chauvanist Sinhalese leaders such as S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, his wife – Sirimavo and now Mahinda Rajapakse, but also because of the shrill polemic of ethnic hatred espoused by Sri Lanka’s post-1956 Tamil leadership. Its time for a tempered commonsense now.

    Tamils in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya had suffered due to the recent floods with the rice crop washed away. This has been the story for the past three years. No one in the diaspora cared for them. The Vanni Tamils had been used as cannon fodder in the war before that by both sides to the conflict. The diaspora kept mum. Tamils in Batticaloa are rudderless when compared to a far sighted Muslim leadership, sections of whom are intent on a gerrymandering exercise to redemarcate ward boundaries with far reaching implications. Our economic future is at stake.

    Its time to say good bye to the Global Tamil Forum resident in West Europe and North America and evolve our own leadership internally. For one, the Global Tamil Forum no longer matters. Its ex leader – Nagalingam Edirveerasingham is now an Advisor to the Military Governor of the Northern Province and is resident in Jaffna. I had the privilege of meeting him last week. This only indicates that many of its earlier proponents realize that the GTF is now a movement with little promise. The international geopolitical situation is such that Rajapakse can only be removed from power if there is an alliance with the political opposition in Sri Lanka’s South, not otherwise. The Tamil separatist cry and hackeneyed rhetoric is dead. We need a new ideology, one tempered by Tamil Hindu values of common sense, pragmatism and realpolitik.

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    Mr Surendiran let me point out to you once and for all what the solution is:
    (i) The presently functioning provincial councils are the political solution nothing more nothing less. Furthermore, the provincial councils will function as they have for the last 25 yrs with the powers that have been devolved to them at present nothing more nothing less. Take it or leave it it is up to you. There is therefore no need to discuss this issue any further.

    (ii) tamil, sinhala are the national languages and english the official language and this also is the case for sometime now so nothing to discuss there either.

    (iii) There will not be any ‘tamil homelands’. If there is to be any ‘tamil homeland’ then for fairness sake and to do justice by the others there should be six homelands in the island a sinhala homeland, a tamil homeland, a muslim homeland, a catholic homeland, a malay homeland and an indigenous people’s homeland. Since this is ridiculous and absurd, there will not be any homelands in a country smaller than even Scotland. I read a funny letter in the Island a longtime ago by a Burgher who said the Burgher homeland is from Bluemandhel Road to Bambalapitiya junction and it was meant as a joke! The whole point of the letter is that in a multicultural country where the people live side by side it is absurd to demand homelands at the expense of the others.

    (iii) If any tamil person is unhappy to live alongside the sinhala, muslim, catholic, malay, indigenous people and others they are welcome to leave and live in a society and country where they are happy to live in such as the west, canada, australia, india or where ever else but do so quietly without harassing the others and creating scenes and spreading stories about how bad sri lanka is such as you are doing in your adopted countries. This is what Mr Surendiran should have done in the first place peacefully not create a big war situation.

    So I think overall there is nothing to discuss or find a solution to. The political solution was implemented in 1987. It has been functioning for 25 yrs and that is it. Take it or leave it.

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    As I told the Daily Express:

    “English have lived in the South and South East of the island for many centuries and historically have established those parts as their homeland just as the Welsh in the rest of the island except the ‘up-country’ where Scots from Celtic decent have lived.

    So Mr. Surendiran, what are you doing in my country, building kovils and blocking roads carrying a flag of a proscribed Terrorist organization?

    PS – Have you noticed even the BBC has started to call a spade a spade
    No more Algerian Militants or Rebels: just plain ALGERIAN TERRORISTS.

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    In the ongoing saga Ethir working with the Sinhala Governor is to be welcome, in a way. To me, it is an indication the regime and the army are coming out of their delusionary prejudice every Tamil Nationalist is a crouching Tiger. If this means the Rajapkses are entertaining the views of selected Tamils – outside the quislings and the proxies – with intent of an early transfer of local governance to them, they deserve to be applauded.

    A useful suggestion is now being made in several quarters for an entirely new Constitution to replace the divisive Dharmishta model of JRJ. If this reflects the changed mood of the Sinhalese and the long
    pending aspirations of the Tamils – plus the emerging apprehensions of the Muslims and others – I would think this needs to be spelled out soon for national acceptance.

    Senguttuvan

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      Mr Sengutuan, it is not only the ex Western Tiger Ethir, but also the thotoughbred Tiger KP are among the “quislings and proxies”.

      It is the NGO funded Feral Cats in Colombo who are the spoiltsports now plus the hardcore LTTE rump of Rudrakumar,Suren,and the Reverend.

      Looks like you have taken cue from Dr Rajasinhham whom you used to group with the Qs&Ps.

      But his affection for our SB ex CJ since late , perhaps entitles him for an excemption.

      New Constitution or should one say the alternative one ,that Professor worked on for a long time is worth considering.

      But the bottom line is it has to get past the post with the approval of the great majority of the inhabitant population who are mainly Sinhala Buddhist and also Muslim rural poor.

      The portfolio ,that your Western LTTE and the local Fereal Cats have prepared since Nanthikadal against the Lankan inhabitants and Lankan in particular is formidable.

      But It will be bloody hard to present it to the inhabitants, in support of your anti Dharmista version that you want installed.

      Even SF,ex CJ ,Sumanthiran and TNA will be hardpressed to market it even with the support of the anti Dharmista politicians like Karu Jayasooriya and Mangala Samaraweera.

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      Whole of sri lanka is everyone’s homeland understand, one country, one people. Therefore no more political solutions only power sharing as per the Provincial Council system as it functions at present. So there is nothing to discuss any further. If there is anyone who does not like this they have the perfect freedom to go live anywhere else in the world of their choosing.

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        i have already left the s**thole for good.not everyone is so lucky like myself. i have no doubt if all tamil people could , they would. there are thousands of sinhala economic refugees all around the globe . they too have left the s**thole permanently. some of these sinhala economic refugees who have no intention of returning to the hell hole write a load of crap on lanka toilet web.sri lanka is not only a s**thole but also a hell hole . above all i live among humans. don’t you think i am very lucky.

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        monkey

        “Whole of sri lanka is everyone’s homeland understand, one country, one people.”

        When Germans were forced to build their country modeled on “ein volk ein Reich ein fuhrer” we know where that slogan took them to.

        Whole of Sri Lanka once belonged to my people. The ownership of my ancestral land was never officially transferred to your people.

        Tamils and Sinhalese illegally grabbed our land and then fought each other over it.

        Although Kallathoni Tamils and Kallathoni Sinhalese enjoy constitutional recognition my people are completely left out of any legal framework.

        The island never belonged to your people nor will it in the future. Sooner you understand this simple truth better for all of you.

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    what’s this unitary bollocks. unitary doesn’t mean the country is united. it’s an artificially imposed outdated concept which has no relevance to modern society at all. people’s ambitions, desires and expectations change on a daily basis. i bet majority of sinhala thickos don’t really know what unitary concept means. even the bikkus and mahanaai- aks ( followers of mongolian buddha) who make a lot of noise about it , really don’t know what it entails. their primary objective is to make trouble by shouting unitary slogans.

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    Reader Sumanasekera might note the talk of re-hashing JRJ’s Constitution is relatively old hat. It gained further leaf of life
    when Prof Tissa Vitharana was asked to handle the APRC. In the recent
    informal talks between groups of academics from India and Sri Lanka
    this subject is said to have come up again. But both sides were reported to have been intimidated to work on the basis of absolutely no visitation to the 13th Amendment. The Indian side cannot be pressurised but have asked how there can be forward movement when one particular VVIP official from the Lankan side tries to browbeat both sides. Clearly, the Rajapakses fear a backlash from the Sinhala hawks of the JHU/PNM if they cross the rubicon. The other condition is the unitary nature of the Constitution is Holy Cow as far as The Family is concerned. So the old story of the dilemma of eating the cake and having it comes to the fore. It looks like once more it will take the forced coming into scene of outside forces to pump sense and backbone to the ruling clique to move towards peace and unity – without imposing pre-conditions. But like in the cases of Citizenship and Language Parity both of which were settle in 1987, the obstinate majority side has no option but to yield to reason.

    Senguttuvan

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      6.6 Billion worth State of the Art Hospital in NuwaraEliya. in addition to the New Regional Airport.

      Could this be the Capital of our Tamil brethren of Indian origin,,who were harshly categorised as Kallathonies?.

      Didn’t Rajiv know about this segment or didn’t care?.

      Would this make the 13th irrelevent to the 21st Century Lanka?.

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        K.A Sumanasekera

        “Could this be the Capital of our Tamil brethren of Indian origin,,who were harshly categorised as Kallathonies?.”

        Of course they are your Tamil brethren for you share their DNA.

        I mean all of you, namely your Sinhala/Buddhists people, your Tamil brethren of Sri Lankan origin and your Tamil Brethren of Indian origin who are descendants of Kallathonies.

        Unlike you the latter were brought to my ancestral land by your colonial masters in their white Kallathonies. It was neo slavery.

        There is no harshness in categorising kallathonies as kallathonies.

        You say:

        “Didn’t Rajiv know about this segment or didn’t care?.”

        He did remember them. In fact Rajiv was aware of them hence he arm twisted JR and got him to reinstate their citizenship under the Indo Sri Lanka agreement.

        You ask:

        “Would this make the 13th irrelevent to the 21st Century Lanka?.”

        13th was never relevant in the first place. However under Sinhala/Buddhist rule constipated constitution is irrelevant anyway.

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    Folks there is nothing much worry to about this interview.

    Oru paper is a Tamil weekly paper.

    Suren Surendiran himself translated it into English and sent to websites with his latest photograph taken with Miniter of Foreign affairs.

    This how Suren works around the clock.

    This is enough for him.

    Suren political knowldge is Zero.

    Suren is looking for a venue, where he can be considered as an important person among diaspora. This is his destiny.

    First of all let him sort out his problems with militants in the BTF.

    Stop your show game

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      Raj

      Thanks for your insider information which is very useful and educational.

      You say:

      “Suren political knowldge is Zero.”

      Please tell me the name of one Tamil person whose political knowledge is closer to or greater than .0000001. I am yet to meet one.

      I am intrigued by how this man whom you describe as a one with zero political knowledge propelled into the limelight.

      If what you say is correct his elevation in the Tamil Diaspora only shows intellectual bankruptcy of the Tamils.

      Why couldn’t you educate him assuming that your political knowledge is far superior to him but within .0000001 range?

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    All this is our Govt’s fault in a way. They should tell US, Europe, Canada, Australia, India and whoever hell else who tries to interfere in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka that the political solution in terms of the presently functioning provincial councils were implemented over twenty five years ago and that that is it and they could go hang themselves.

    We are not going to hand over a huge chunk of sri lanka in terms of the north and the east to whoever as US or India or whoever hell else wants. Sri Lanka the whole island is the homeland of all its people and we have a power sharing mechanism in terms of the presently functioning provincial council system to take into account provincial concerns only nothing else and we have adopted Sinhala and Tamil as national languages with english as the official language. This is it and the Govt. should make this loud and clear once and for all to any international busybody who tries to interfere in our internal affairs and tell them sri lanka is not for sale as they think and tell them to go hang themselves if possible.

    By the way if there is anybody who is unhappy with this they can go live as minorities in the West, India, US or any other country of their choosing of course as second or third class citizens and they have the perfect freedom to do that. What anyone does not have a right to do is harass their fellow citizens to grant un grantable and unviable demands which cannot be met under any circumstances. If anyone wants to live in sri lanka they should realise that rights come with responsibilities towards their fellow citizens as well.

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    Sumane,

    Why wasn’t Thonda, the leader of the Indian Tamils, there at the airport opening do? I don’t know if it was ditto on the Hospital
    too. One wonders if the Hospital will ever come up now that the
    Indian gift of an ultra-modern Hospital in the Nanu Oya area is
    a reality.

    Senguttuvan

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    Where is this MANGO fellow?

    He disappeared from this forum when his biography was brought in.

    Also about the drama of KP which was well coordinated by his friend R Gunaratne based in Singapour.

    Mango and R Gunaratne are smart but not smart enough.

    Mango how is your off licence business going on?

    Dont prepare anymore hit list.

    Tamils cannot effort to loose anymore activists.

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    Hi, Native Vedda,

    You’re making interesting point about indigenous people of our mother Lanka. I have same argument as to the right of “Yonaka” people in Sri Lanka. I think it was the “Yonaka minisu”, the real owners. And others Sinhalese and Tamils are new comers to the Island.

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    Ahmad Nadvi – My understanding is Sonagarkal, sometimes referred to Yonakas by the breed of new Islamist neo-historians here, gained their identity from Islam. Now if the Tamils and Sinhalese have been in the island for over 2,500 years how come this Islamic identity that started in the 7th century is more antique. By all accepted historical evidence here Muslims came here during the time of the Portugese.
    Is it time you changed your supplier of abeen (opium) Or is it that since the Saudis too have rejected you, some of you are trying to create “new” history.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      Don’t you remember Ibn Battuta’s (1304-1368) travel to the island and Maldives where he had several concubines and wives. The Arabs, Nabataens and others ruled the waves. They spent several months in South Asian countries until suitable monsoon winds changed directions which carried them to and from their destinations.

      What did these Arabs do between period awaiting for changes in wind direction. They probably enjoyed hospitality in our land. Was there nay contraceptive that women could use to prevent unwanted pregnancy?

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    My good Native Veddah, you are in Ole Blighty where the expression –
    ‘One swallow does not make a summer’ – is all too well understood.
    In spite of Ibn Batuta, Orabi Pasha and the like, in between trade winds these high-potent Arabs may have done what Hugh Heffner is up
    to in our days.

    Senguttuvan

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