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What Is The Under-Lying Purpose Of Reconciliation

By R.M.B Senanayake

R.M.B. Senanayake

R.M.B. Senanayake

The Government is reported to be appointing a Special Bureau for Reconciliation according to a newspaper headline although the body of the Report refers mostly to the implementation of the LLRC Report. But the LLRC Report although it will help in the process of Reconciliation is not equivalent to Reconciliation. One wonders whether the newspaper or for that matter even the Government understand the true meaning of Reconciliation and its significance. Reconciliation means that despite all that they have suffered during the war (for which the LTTE is as much responsible as the Sinhalese) they are willing to be part of the same State under a scheme of devolution of power- a State which will continue to be dominated by the Sinhala Buddhist majority. They of course want the right to manage their own affairs in the North and East.

Scotland and England have been united for three hundred years and the Scots have not suffered like the Tamils. Yet large numbers of the Scottish people are not willing to continue to be part of the United Kingdom despite the devolution of power to them with a promise of more devolution by the British Government. The Referendum will take place next week and it is expected to be close.

So can we expect the Tamil people too be willing to continue to be part of the Sinhala dominated State unless they are given a wide devolution of power less than Independence? What does Reconciliation mean? If it means anything it must mean that the Tami people are willing to be part of the same state, a state where as a minority they can never hope to influence its decisions?

Do we promote such Reconciliation by the Government holding war victory parades and continuing to occupy the North? Isn’t it a constant reminder to the Tamil people of their defeat and humiliation. Who will ever think it promotes reconciliation?

The Army units were stationed in the North in the 1960s even after the Sinhala Only Act was passed and the Tamil people did not object to it because it was for the control and prevention of illicit immigration and smuggling. The Tamil people were not in sympathy with South India then and did not oppose anti-illicit immigration and anti-smuggling control. But the Army then was largely confined to barracks and there was even fraternizing with the top bureaucrats of the North.

The LTTE committed many atrocities on the Tamil people throughout the period they exercised power. But human beings generally value the present more than the past. They allow the past to recede in their consciousness while the present exercises a string effect. So does anybody think the activities of the army in the north helps in reconciliation of the Tamil people to accept the Sinhala dominated State?

Individual freedom is very important to all people even the poor. They like to be free to carry out their daily activities however hard or difficult they are. The fishermen like to engage in their fishermen without having to obtain permits from the military. They like to hold their private meetings and get-togethers or even parties without having to obtain prior permission from the military. Who likes the Army barging into private meetings? It may be necessary to gather Intelligence of any illegal or seditious activity. But to use the blanket powers of the Prevention of Terrorism Act in peacetime is an unnecessary restriction on personal freedom. The Army must be subtle in its activities of gathering intelligence instead of being like a bull in a china shop. The curtailing of personal freedom will not promote reconciliation in the sense of endearing the people to the Sinhala dominated State. People associate the State with the government and any disaffection caused by the present authorities will be generalized to include the Sinhala State as a whole. So the present regime having won the war is likely to lose the peace if it doesn’t promote reconciliation. The UN has recognized the rights of minorities to enjoy freedom without being subject to discrimination. It has not recognized a right of a minority to self determination but has accepted the social and cultural rights of a minority.

Immediately after the war ended there were several allegations against the Government. According to Chris Patten “The government was alleged to have interned more than a quarter million displaced Tamils, some for more than six months, in violation of both Sri Lankan and international humanitarian law. Conditions in the camps were said to be appalling, access by international agencies was severely restricted, and independent journalists could not even visit. Barbed wire and military guards insured people could not leave or tell their stories to anyone”. But the Government has listened to the voices of reason and compassion. Most of the displaced have since been settled although not all and some have not been able to recover their lands.

The Government has listened to international opinion. It must do whatever more is required to win over the Tamil people to be members of the singe Sri Lankan State. It must provide personal freedom to the Tamil people to the same extent as the Sinhalese in the South. Is their surveillance of the Sinhalese in the South?

All anti-government activities by civilians cannot be considered as seditious or subversive. The LTTE lost its popularity but excessive harassment of people in the name of Intelligence will only help in hardening the attitudes of the people against the Government which ultimately means against membership of the Sinhala state which will be looked upon as a source of harassment to be tolerated but not willingly. A country can’t be held together only by the military. Previous Empires like the Turkish Empire and the Russian Empire could not be held together by military force. Let us try to win the Tamil people and that requires restoring the personal freedom of peoples, accompanied by making the Northern Provincial Council functional. Since the administration of the NPC is under the Governor under the Provincial Councils Act though an alternative option was provided in the 13th Amendment it is the failure of the Governor to spend the moneys voted by the Central Government, rsther than the failure of the NPC. If the Chief Minister cannot control the Chief Secretary and give directions to her how can he implement any policy.

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    R.M.B. Senanayake,
    You ask:

    “What Is The Under-Lying Purpose Of Reconciliation”

    Merriam-Webster Online defiens reconcile as follows:

    1
    a : to restore to friendship or harmony
    b : settle, resolve
    2
    : to make consistent or congruous
    3
    : to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant
    4
    a : to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy
    b : to account for

    To Sri Lankan rulers and the Sinhala political elite the purpose is 3 above:

    To cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant. That is what is expected from Tamils: To submit to Sinhala Buddhist supremacy and hegemony over the island.

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      R.M.B. Senanayake

      “The Government is reported to be appointing a Special Bureau for Reconciliation according to a newspaper headline although the body of the Report refers mostly to the implementation of the LLRC Report. “

      Yes, they have appointed BBS and Sinhala “Buddhist” Racists to attack Muslims, Christians and Tamils, with sate security and police force protection.

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      Thiru,
      Reconciliation with whom? Innocent Tamils had nothing to do with Tamil terrorist.

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        Hi eusense, I quote your passage9 comment) addressed to Thiru; “Reconciliation with whom? Innocent Tamils had nothing to do with Tamil terrorist” May I ask, Why was this intention? Are you trying to convey your misguided thinking to the readers? Why was this separation of the innocent from the terrorist? When many of you have conveniently equated all Tamils to be as terrorist?

        However,Do You know how the Tamil terrorist had evolved? They were created by like minded people of your calibre, who were bent on terrorising the Tamils from 1956-1983: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction; Since 1955 false propaganda against the Tamils were spread by SWRD and his MEP to capture the governance. He was craving for this power while he was within UNP cabinet.To justify to claim this power he advocated ‘the Sinhala only official language policy’ That too, to be introduced within 24 hours of capturing the governance. This slogan ‘the Sinhala only official language in 24 hours’ was introduced in his election campaign to promote his chances to win. He went on saying that the Tamils were favoured by British during the colonial rule. So he was going to justify and nullify this discrepancy by removing English from its official status. Assuming that this would make Tamils illiterate so they can’t be employed within government services. As the result this would make Tamils to migrate, and would reduce their numbers. This was spot on assumption. Further physical violence against Tamils left no other alternative but to migrate in large numbers during the 1960’and 1970’s. This was how SWRD came into power. His plan had worked even for the future terrorist state of SL, conducted through his widow and daughter. Also JR who also had sung the same hymn with SWRD and to continue the policies of keeping Tamils out of all government services. From 1956 to 1983 state terrorism which needed to be stopped and defended by the Tamil youths. Which you had categorised them as terrorist. Moreover, they did what the state had done to Tamils. Could you blame them for doing the same as the Sinhala state? Today the innocent Tamils are again being terrorised by the occupying army and the police since 2009 through ‘Mahinda Chnithanaya’. Is there any proper judiciary to compensate or to provide justice to Tamils? This is why the Diaspora is seeking help from UN, to protect those innocent Tamils living in Srilanka.They are calling for justice. Would you blame the Diaspora for telling the truth and exposing factual on the ground situation to the whole world?

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      R.M.B Senanayake –

      RE: What Is The Under-Lying Purpose Of Reconciliation

      Expose Sinhala “Buddhist” and Tamil Racism and chauvinism, and move on.., so that they will NOT go after each others throats, kill each other and try to send each other for the next life and rebirth, soul and anatta …

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    Lying purpose is Land Grab

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    R.M.B. Senanayake,

    I am sad to say that the conditions of the Tamil people of the NorthEast are similar to those of the people of East Timor under the jack boots of the huge Indonesian Empire before East timor’s independence.

    Let’s pray that the UNHCR investigations confirm the genocide of Tamils during the last phase of the war and recommend a referendum in the NorthEast.

    Then only the arrogant Sinhala political elite, who have been oppressing Tamils since independence will learn their lesson – for good.

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      Referendum to create another ISIL like monster to practice genocide on the Christians and Muslims of the North & East? The ethnic cleansing of Muslims from Jaffna to be repeated in Batticaloa?

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    The LLRC report is overshadowed by the Buddhist Commission report and hence is not being implemented in toto which would have ushered in peace and contentment.

    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/05/25/losing-the-peace-why-the-llrc-report-is-not-implemented.

    Army units stationed in the North in the 1960s commenced periodic slaughter of tamils which culminated in the 1983 pogrom which among other causes made tamils to take up arms.
    What are these “anti government acts” by civilians referred to – civil protests against injustice in the north and south are being brutally suppressed by the army and police.
    Even 27 prisoners who rebelled against continued harassment were shot dead in cold blood,and a commission is unable to identify the shooters.

    This is a feeble attempt to whitewash the military regime.

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    RMB Senayakake says that Scots haven’t suffered as Tamils did.

    Scottish Language is not english. The advantage of Union for English was, Scots gave up their Gaelics and began talking English.

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      JimSofty

      “Scottish Language is not english. The advantage of Union for English was, Scots gave up their Gaelics and began talking English.”

      The para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils should give up the two Para-Languages, Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil, and learn Para-English, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      Then there will be peace between the Paras.

      After all the the paras and their Languages are Para..

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    This is what I have been saying many many times.

    Tamils should learn Sinhalese – India
    September 16, 2014 at 6:24 am | lanka C news
    The acting Indian high Commissioner in Jaffna S D Moorthi says that the Tamils in Jaffna should learn Sinhalese.

    Expressing his ideas at a ceremony participated by Tamil nationals, he said that the Tamils should learn the mother tongue of the country in order to grow the relationship.

    He pointed out that 50% of the people living in India knows the Indian mother tongue “Hindi” and Sri Lankan Tamils also should learn Sinhalese.

    He further said that if Jaffna people are interested in learning Sinhalese, India can support it.

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      Nuisance

      “Expressing his ideas at a ceremony participated by Tamil nationals, he said that the Tamils should learn the mother tongue of the country in order to grow the relationship.”

      Did he actually say Tamils should learn “the mother tongue of the country”

      “He pointed out that 50% of the people living in India knows the Indian mother tongue “Hindi” and Sri Lankan Tamils also should learn Sinhalese.”

      Did he actually “the Indian mother tongue is Hindi”?

      Interesting.

      Could you let us have the source.

      FYI

      The number of individual languages listed for India is 461. Of these, 447 are living and 14 are extinct. Of the living languages, 63 are institutional, 130 are developing, 187 are vigorous, 54 are in trouble, and 13 are dying.
      http://www.ethnologue.com/country/in/

      The official language in India is Hindi and Tamil. Tamilnadu and a few other states are legally allowed to use their own mother tongues as their official language.

      Hindi speakers amount to 41% of the population whereas only 165 million out of 1.3 billions consider Hindi as their mother tongue.

      Why are you lying?

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        [Edited out]

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        Native Veddah is the best person to be the Minister of National Integration. It is easier for Sinhalese and Tamils to become Veddahs than them learning Sinhala and Tamil. Comrade Vasu is already a “Novice” Veddah due to him being lost in Democratic Socialist Jungle of Sri Lanka and without any knowledge in Veddah language, he preaches Vedi Bana.

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        Sorry typo:

        “The official language in India is Hindi and Tamil. Tamilnadu and a few other states are legally allowed to use their own mother tongues as their official language.”

        Should read as follows:

        The official language in India is Hindi and English. Tamilnadu and a few other states are legally allowed to use their own mother tongues as their official language.

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        Vedda,
        You continue to show your poor intellectualism. What I posted here was not my words. The source, date and time is posted too. Don’t you know how to check those up? If you have questions ask Mr. Moorthi he is the one who said all this. I don’t need your barrage of who speaks what in India. For god’s sake learn how to respond to posts! Just writing irrelevant posts don’t make you smart.

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    The army continuing to “occupy” the North?

    How can an army “occupy” its own country? There are more and more Tamil people joining the army and there continues to be a drive to attract Tamil youth into the police. That’s all part of reconciliation – Tamils living among Sinhalese and Sinhalese living among Tamils, sharing each others language and culture. Becoming friends again.

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    Scotland and England have been united for three hundred Years? Height of ignorance. Scotland has been abjectly colonized and made to assimilate into the fold of England through untold violence. They have lost their language and culture. So was the plight of the Irish. Nothing comparable has ever happened to any community throughout history in Sri Lanka.

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    The purpose of reconciliation is to create a country and society with equal rights irrespective of religion, ethnicity or any other such division that you can think of, for every citizen. That also assumes that that is the desire of everyone demanding ‘reconciliation’. It is NOT to create a privileged minority group simply because they believe that they are entitled to it, and demand it. It is sad that there are politicians willing to do the latter. They must NEVER EVER be voted into power.

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