19 September, 2019

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What Is Wrong With The Tamil Leadership In Sri Lanka ?

By Noel Nadesan

Dr Noel Nadesan

Dr Noel Nadesan

Present political climate in Sri Lanka, especially the Tamil politics, reminds me an ancient Greek mythology. King Sisyphus was condemned by the Olympian God Zeus to spend all the eternity in fruitless labour, rolling a rock up a mountain until it rolled back down of its own weight, again and again. Nothing could be more absurd than a life of such futility. King Sisyphus was punished for his trickery and killing. The Myth of Sisyphus was used by Albert Camus to explain the absurdity and thereafter Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard used this to compare man’s greed to earn money. Franz Kafka  compared it to man seeking political power and aspiration.

It was a philosophical metaphor that a person seeking power and money could not achieve them. Likewise, the Tamil politicians are asking power from the Colombo government but the ordinary Tamil citizens are not going to enjoy the fruits.

During the two weeks I spent in Sri Lanka including in the North, I heard many Tamils  praising Douglas Devanantha MP and Chandrakumar EX-MP. The main reason for this is that   they have been a bridge between the ordinary people and the government and people found it easier to handle their issues. This is what we call representative democracy. The Provincial government was elected to look after regional development in the North but they are also screaming for Tamils rights. They are not fulfilling people’s aspirations. Irregularities seem to be abundant in some of the more important sectors of the provincial government such as health and education.

The most essential elements lacking in the North are moral, social and political leadership. The Jaffna university incident has been the clearest example of failed leadership. I am not blaming the politicians alone for everything and even other sections of the society are not providing any guidance to the ordinary people. Temples are renovated from overseas money like whitewashing the tombstones. They do not provide any spiritual guidance to anyone. And the nature of Hindu religious establishment is that it lacked any authority. Everyone knows that Jaffna is a leading district in consumption of liquor while wall posters are seen in every nook and corner warning about narcotics.

Tamil politicians are only available through their media statements in daily newspapers and their rhetoric is very old and rusty. They are so used to life in the opposition like a wallowing buffalo in muddy lake. I could not see anyone speaking with vision about the future or providing leadership. They only ensure keeping their seats warm so that they can occupy it until their demise.
This has been our history. Crematoriums and cemeteries have seen numerous politicians with empty rhetoric.

Futile and absurd politicking by Tamils started in 1927 with the arrival of the Donoughmore Commission in Sri Lanka. Eminent Leader Ponnampalam Ramanathan argued against the universal franchise because he did not approve voting rights for members of the Tamil non Vellala lower caste and the women. He further argued that giving voting rights to these groups would be a grave mistake and suggested that it would be anathema to the Hindu way of life.

Just before independence, another Tamil leader G.G. Ponnambalam demanded from Soulbury Commission ‘50:50’ representation (50% for the Sinhalese, and 50% for other minorities) when Sinhalese were more than 65 % of the population at the time. His racist rhetoric in Nawalapitiya attacking Sinhala Buddhists and Mahawamsa  provoked the first racial riots in Sri Lanka . His speech was a pretext for S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike to establish branches of the Sinhala Maha Sabha in every part of the south of Sri Lanka. As a politician I will not blame S. W. R. D Bandaranaike to have made political capital out of G.G. Ponnambalam’s rhetoric.

It was a sad state of affair that S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike brought the Sinhala only act after the 1956 general election, but later he attempted to correct it through the Banda –Chelva pact. This was the time when everyone worked overtime to destabilize the government led by SWRD Bandaranaike. GG Ponnampalam too opposed it, adding to the opposition from the United National Party and Buddhist monks. A trivial issue cropped up in the Sri Lankan political scene in 1958 when buses were sent to the North with registration plates carrying the Sinhala ‘Sri’ letter along with numbers. The Federal Party organized a country wide protest resulting in the 1958 race riot.

I am not condoning or appeasing Sinhala politicians, but want to point out that we Tamils have many skeletons too. Our blunders resulted in turmoil and destruction. Majority racial attitudes were not countered cleverly but instead we hoisted the Tamil racist flag high.

It was the Federal Party that was most insincere by pushing a federal solution while calling themselves Tamil Arasu Kadsi (Tamil Kingdom Party) at a time S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike proposed regional councils. In the same way the Tamil United Liberation Front was formed which passed a resolution for an independent Tamil nation. If I were a Sinhala leader or Sinhala citizen these concepts and titles would have created in my mind doubts and bitter feelings.

Tamil politicians declared separation, but without any preparation for the consequence. I heard from a prominent politician that Mr Amirthalingam was told off by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for his Eelam demand.

It is true that President JR Jeyewardene’s misadventure briefly made India to support the militants but very soon India realized their folly and tried to reverse the situation. But the rhetoric of the Tamil leadership was so poisonous and powerful that many young people swallowed it including Velupillai Prabaharan. Words can be arsenic and kill us, but slowly.

Velupillai Prabharan and the LTTE struggle for the last thirty years had cost a large number of lives and I do not want to go into this more as enough has been written already.

Mao Zedong firmly believed in communism to help the billions of Chinese, but Deng Xiaoping said a cat can be skinned in many ways and opened the economy resulting in the Chinese economy almost overtaking American economy. Why are we still insisting on confrontation, complaints and sulking, like children. In this day and age abstract notion of political right is very low down in the priority when considering the economic empowerment of the people. In Sri Lanka the other two minority communities have already set an example and shown the way forward.

I cannot understand the Tamil leadership. What do they have in their minds? Are they thinking outside the orbit? What is happening? I just cannot find any common thread running through all the Tamil leadership except for the fact that most of them are trained lawyers who thrive on the deeds and misdeeds of people.

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    The TNA leadership is carefully threading through the process. Though there is criticism of lack of openness and wider debate, I agree with their stance. They have been elected by the people and let them take forward the mandate by engaging in the democratic process at government level and present the outcome at a referendum for the people to respond.

    We have a history of demanding and debating issues that are un-achievable and it is time now to put the horse before the cart without gallivanting as before.

    There are positive signs in their engagement and let them help build a better future for our people as we have paid enough in blood and we need to change our attitude to achieve something out of something without being marginalised all the time.

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      Noel Nadesan,

      See below the contribution of MR on August 4, 2016 at 6:08 pm. I have taken the liberty to bring it to the fore for the patronage it deserves.

      A.E.Gunasinghe. and a member from Kandy are the two members supported universal franchise. All other members including Pon Ramanathan James Peris E W Perera D B Jayatillake D S Senanayake SWRD opposed.

      Your discoveries ” did not approve voting rights for lower caste and women ” and ” anathema to Hindu way of life ” are commendable and you deserve another visit to srilanka. In fact Pon Ramanathan opposed for the reason that simple majoritarian system will harm the minorities’ interests, which we are witnessing today.

      Can you cite your reference re racist comment by G G in Nawalapitiya. As far as I know G G was looking after the interests of upcountry Tamils when there were only very few recognised leaders from that section of Tamil community. He would have raised his voice in defence of victimised Tamils. Is there anything wrong in doing it?

      In 1956 there was a racial riots at Kahawatte near Ratnapura and many upcountry Tamils became victims. G G volunteered to appear on behalf of victimised Tamils at Ratnapura Courts whilst Sinhalese were protesting with black flags outside the Courts. Hope you wouldn’t find any new discovery in this incident.

      By the way do you know that Pon Ramanathan was deeply involved not only in Hinduism but also in Christian and Buddhist mysticism. He has written commentaries on gospel according St. John and St. Mathew.

      Please read it !

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        It is not correct to say that Douglas Devanada is popular. As a Minister for the last 25 years, he has helped several Tamils in getting governmant jobs, transfers, business permits etc, for which those people are grtaeful. But vast majority of others have no respect for him. If elections were held in first past the post system, he will never get elected to parliament.

        When Douglas Devananda arrived in Srilanka from Madras, he was wearing slippers and carrying a small kit bag. Can he account for the wealth he has at present through his earnings as a minister. His political stand has somersaulted since he joined Mahinda’s government. What has happend to his poltical slogan “Self rule in the periphery and shared rule in the center”.

        There are also several allegations against him of thuggery. What happened to editor of Thinamurasu and Maheswaran UNP MP. Will there ever be the truth about these killings coming to light. It is well known that successive governments were giving patronage to him. Only during the last 18 months after he lost his power that there are no allegations against him.

        It is sad that persons who are opportunists, publicity seekers and of questionable integrity are attempting to hijack opinion of Tamils both in Srilanka and abroad. Vast majority of Tamils have faith in TNA as they know that they cannot be bought for money or positions and are self respecting persons who do not have any hidden personal agenda to betray Tamils.

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          Hay Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

          Douglas is no different to the Tamil Tigers. Both did all the nasty things. Tell me one thing different in their conduct.

          Douglas killed many Tamils likewise Tigers too. Tigers killed Alfred Duraippa, Amithalingam & Co, Rajiv Gandhi and many others including journalists.

          LTTE too did nasty things under the patronage of governments for instance when they were honeymooning with Premadasa.

          Douglas need to be criticised and alienated from politics like the LTTE.

          Being a legal Dr, you are unable argue issues legally. What a pathetic portrayal of a Tamil boasting himself a specialist in legal matters in the medical field. You must seriously go for a surgical analysis and appropriate treatment.

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            No one doubts that LTTE committed crimes, but they have paid the supreme penalty by either being killed in combat or killed after surrendering. This is not of other perpetrators in the security establishment, Sinhala and Muslim civilians and Tamil groups like Douglas Devananda, who are moving freely without being brought to trial. Even those who are suspected of minor crimes like putting up LTTE posters or giving food to LTTE cadres or in some cases not committed any offence at all but forced to sign confessions, are still languishing in jail, without any trial. Please see that justice is delivered equally to all. You have gone completely off target in attacking me, and therefore need psychiatric assessment and treatment. I only did medico-legal work for a short period in Srilanka, and I have only given my experience and not claimed to be a specialist in that field.

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              Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

              What a disgusting comment.

              Tiger paid ‘supreme penalty by either being killed in combat or killed after surrendering’. Supreme at what cost?

              They are innocent and did not commit war crimes? They failed to surrender or give up knowing very well they were losing the battle. This is in fact war crime under international law. Innocent Tamils were used as fodders by both Tigers and the govt. forces.

              There cannot be one rule for tigers and another the government forces.

              What happened to the surrendered tigers is war crimes. Tigers too shot and killed innocent civilians for not listening to them.

              My friend what do you have to say about KP and Karuna? Will you equate them with Douglas>

              Please come out of your cockade vision full of stupidity.

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                You are stupid to deny that the rules are different for LTTE and government forces. Did you hear about the verdict in Kumarapuram murder where despite incriminating eveidence of murder all the army personnel who committed it have been found not guilty. This is the reason why Sinhalese do not want an impartial inquiry in order to cover up crimes committed by security forces on non combatant Tamils. If you are honest please agree for it.

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              Dr Gnana S,

              “I only did medico-legal work for a short period in Srilanka”

              Thank you for the short summary of your experience. I leave the rest for the readers to decide.

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                Medical students in Srilanka have to pass forensic medicine during their course. This is because anyone who is posted to a peripheral hospital even in his early years has to do to medico legal work. Therefore I am not an exception.

                I was forced to do medico legal work in Jaffna during early part of war, as no one was willing to do it, due to army interference. I fearlessly stood up against army pressure to declare those killed by them as death due to natural causes.

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            Dankottuwa Manike,

            “Douglas is no different to the Tamil Tigers. Both did all the nasty things. Tell me one thing different in their conduct.”

            Thanks.

            The irony is that Tamil politicians of all varieties continue with police body guards instead of police investigations, court and prison. I am not claiming that Sinhalese and Muslim politicians are any better.

            Where are the international judges?

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      Dr Noel Nadesan

      RE:What Is Wrong With The Tamil Leadership In Sri Lanka ?

      Their IQ’s are bi-modally distributed, with many close to the origin. Too many Vellahalas.

      Now getting a better understanding of the bimodal IQ distribution of the Tamils, as published in CT.

      The Story Of Two Graphs drawn by A Tamil Man: By Mahesan Niranjan Onion Prices and Tamil IQ Distributions

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/

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    “During the two weeks I spent in Sri Lanka including in the North, I heard many Tamils praising Douglas Devanantha MP “

    You lost me with that ridiculous comment. Douglas is a thug with nothing to offer the Tamil people. The small number of votes he gets is due to fear mongering and other irregular practises.

    Many make a good living out of criticising the Tamil leadership, however political power, the power to make a difference and the power to resolve the underlying issues in Sri Lanka lie with the Sinhala leadership. This commentary is completely misdirected.

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      Mr. Nadesan is very active individual who worships Mahinda & Co. Mahinda sponsored lot of his visits from Australia in many occassions. He must have come to participate in the Pada Yatra of Mahinda. Critisising Tamil leadership is his worthy investment for him and he has no interest on Tamils.

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        Bash MR, bash MR, bash MR! Is it the only ‘mantra’ you do know ajith? This particular article is nothing about Rajapakshes but the double standard and racism of Tamil leaders. Can SL see a progress with this kind of moda critics? I doubt.

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          It is important to know the background of the author and his motive behind this article.There is nothing in this article to pinpoint rascism of Tamil leaders or double standard as you say.

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          ‘Bash MR’ is a tactic used when something truthful but unfavourable to the Tamil extremist cause stated. The writer cannot dispute what is said. So bashing MR or the Sri Lanka military is used to distract the readers.

          Many of these ‘contributers’ are the same person writing under different names and ’employed’ by the separatists to manipulate the Tamil minds and keep the ethnic tensions alive.

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          Max Pingona et al would never change their attitutdes. Max, please let others to see it right let alone today. You the kind of ilk are the weeds of lanken society . Not even round up will be able to destroy you easily.

          For them MR are sacred, for us MR et all the all last that destroyed this nation.

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          Believe or not – the days those BR, MR, NR or ther others will have to see it and get ready to spend their rest of lives in prison inthe future.
          No doubt they will have to face it – for me it is clear like sun is rising and setting end of the day.

          Just returned from a 2 weeks vacation in the country, today, we see nothing wrong but the traffic jams in colombo – I believe, all will set its way better for all if people would see it right let alone today.
          Maxes will not allow average to see it right is a greater threat to lanka.
          I believe, we need to destroy the kind of maxes by feeding them with facts but facts. Today no portraits of Meeharaka Rajaakshes are seen in lanka.. nor are there the portraits of Mr Sirisena or Ranil…. today, the country looks as had been prior to MR s dictator rule.

          Please gods, help Maxes TO CHANGE their prion filled mind sets to heal this nation. Tamils, Muslims and sihnalse all seem to be doing well today as had not been the case prior to 08th of Jan 2015.

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      I too agree that Douglas is a thug and would have helped a lot just to maintain his MP seat for the last 20 years. Other than that I agree with Dr. Nadesan. Just compare between Nazeer Ahamed and CV. NA is always wearing a suite and meeting foreign diplomats and businessmen to bring investment to the East as Chief Minister. CV is always wearing & looking like a Hindu priest talking unwanted politics (which is Sampanthan’s job) instead of regional Northern developments. CV is not fit to be the Chief Minister to the North. I thought that with his background (good upbringing in the south and his Sinhala in laws), he would have bridged the two communities together by now.

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        Shawn – You said it right. C.V. with his family connections with the Sinhala elite and been a Royalist, he has direct access to
        the President and the PM, who may have been his class mate and his contemporaries who are holding higher positions in the Govt.,
        he could have worked hard for some kind of reconciliation among the two major communities, through these people , instead he got on the war path with the Govt. in power, to play to the gallery.

        On every body’s lips in the North, the question is what has he
        done for people of the Northern province as the CM. He is involved in parliamentary politics and undermining the good name the TNA has among the Tamil community by trying to usurp power
        in TNA.

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      Spot on Richard.

      Dr Noel had been a staunch critic of LTTE, but what surprises is even after six years since LTTE’s demise, still he keeps talking and mingling with a group of people who seem to do dirty works for Douglas. It is unfortunate that he could not reconcile with the other people that Douglas could not buy all these days. Even if Northern Provincial council did wonders, no chance Douglas will hear anything different than what he has been hearing from this crowd. If he found this hard to reconcile with common Tamil folks, how could we expect it from the majority, he should venture out of his comfortable zone and find out what majority of Tamils think, bearing in mind his friend Douglas is still an MP, thanks to the proportional voting system.

      His sums up of “In this day and age abstract notion of political right is very low down in the priority when considering the economic empowerment of the people” is very simplistic and it only shows that he deserved to be in MR’s camp. The method to find solution for issues confronted by Tamils may not be acceptable but existence of the issue is undeniable and it gets worse as time passes. Leaders promised how they intend to sort it out time and again including the recent one pursuing Amendment 13A, but then they prefer economic empowerment to the political solution. Bring political stability to the region first, every thing will start flourishing including economy. Economy wasn’t in bad shape nor was education when youths took up the arms for books. People must be contended with the status quo, they could enjoy all that economy empowerment brings but the feeling of being ill treated or discriminated based on ethnicity in your own country or leading a life under watchful eyes of forces who makes you feel like you are on notice would only prove such happiness is temporary.

      You can get some concessions by having an association with MR, but not a lasting solution for the vexed issue. A unity government is the way to sort this out but recent agitation by MR fiction would put a bunk on what TNA may be working on with the Government. I tend to agree that provincial councils should focus on running the council than poking it into political issue. Disappointed with the performance of NPC, I think despite all hardships with LTTE’s rejection, Perumal managed better than current administration, though it was not just NPC but NEPC.

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    A here, there, everywhere and nowhere essay! Nadesan doesn’t tell us much about what is wrong (about Tamil leadership), nor does he give us any new thought on how to fix it.

    However, I think, the comment about ex-MP Chandrakumar is worth noting. Couple of years ago, thesamnet published an interview with him during a visit to London, in which I heard much sense spoken about ground realities and the way foprward. Chandrakumar needs to distance himself from Douglas, and Douglas’ corrupt and barbaric ways.

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      Chandrakumar left EPDP several months ago.
      He is still socially very active but resented by the TNA.

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        Thanks, good to know.
        The TNA has to learn to be inclusive and reach out to Chandrakumar and Mano Ganeshan. Otherwise they will only be proving to the world their politics is centred around Jaffna, middle class, upper cast interests.

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          The TNA has its secret deals with Mano Ganesan. The TNA avoids fielding a candidate in Colombo to please him.
          To the TNA Chandrakumar is an enemy (like Douglas).

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    The contemporary Tamil Leadership is a LTTE diaspora funded project in Sri Lanka. Their main aim is to take revenge for the annihilation of the LTTE. Punish those who contributed the annihilation of the LTTE. Take money from the Sri Lankan government by classifying all those who died fighting for the LTTE and those sneaked off seeking asylum in other countries as people missing in action. Also the take Vellala non occupied land in Jaffna and hold it for appreciation for future profit making. MY3 and Ranil are being contracted to do these.

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    What Is Wrong With The Tamil Leadership In Sri Lanka? I will tell you. They are Sri Lankan politicians like all the rest.

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    How come that it was the Tamils of the North who came up with the most progressive ideas of the time under the Jaffna youth Congress?
    How come that Jaffna pioneered the cooperative movement and ran the only genuine cooperative societies in the country.
    How come that the best Marxist theoreticians of all traditions up to the 1960s came from the North?
    The EPDP has a dark side which the writer conveniently skips.
    There is much more to the Tamil national question than what is outlined in this essay.
    Opportunism of any kind cannt be tothe benefit of the people.

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    Thank You Dr Nadesan for your clear and incisive take on the matters. Balanced and searching, and pointing to all those things that our Tamil politicians have swept into corners, hoping people will forget, or lose sight, of them.

    Recalling, Ponnampalam Ramanathan and universal franchise, evoked memories of my father telling me about those times when only Landed Proprietors and Nobility were entitled to vote. How many of the present would love a return to those innocent days.

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      Spring Koha,

      Your comment here is not up to your usual standards of astuteness. Dr. Nadesan has a questionable past and does not say clearly what will work for the Tamils in Sri Lanka and how it will work. And he brings up the discredited claim that “Tamil Arasu Kadchi” meant “Tamil Kingdom party.” In Tamil, ‘Arasu’ can mean several things, including ‘government.’ So Tamil “Arasu” was meant to be a Tamil “self-government,” which can equate to Federalism.

      Though there is a separate Tamil word for Federalism, that word would not be widely understood by the common man, hence ‘Arasu.’

      People like Nadesan are like brokers who put themselves in between the people and the regimes in power and say, ‘hey, if only you had hired me, I would have helped solve all your problems!” But they really have nothing to offer, other than blanket criticism of elected leaders, and they usually seek some benefit for themselves as agents and brokers.

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        I agree on the first point about willful distortion of the meaning of ‘arasu’ which at the time meant state or government.
        Kingdom used to be written more as ‘irachciyam’ like in “Kandy irachciyam”.

        But it was dishonest to avoid the official name in English.
        If what was in mind was a federal state for the Tamils (really N&E Tamils) that should have reflected in the English term as “Tamil Federalist Party” or some such thing. After all it was a party led by scholarly people with access to leading Tamil and English scholars.

        i would rather avoid personal attacks. Any writer’s true motives, however well concealed, come through the text.

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    Yes Tamils are leader less !! Why don’t you come here and take off !! We miss our leader!! Then you will understand !! The realitys here !! You think in two weeks time you understand Tamils !! Regarding university incident “”Remember !! This is orientation !! It should reflect the culture of that area !! Food habit !! Language !! Life !! Etc’s !! To the new students to be familiar with !! So don’t politicise or any cise this issu !!

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      Trib alism at best. IF Simhala people were that tribaslist, how would be the Yaffna university ?

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    The Tamil Leadership is in a difficult situation.We must understand.
    On one side the many issues of the Tamils in the Post-War period,and on the other the uphill task of engaging with the Govt:
    The Govt:in turn is caught between the Extreme elements of Sinhala society and Reconciliation with the Tamils.
    Thus,it would be more appropriate to say that the TNA finds itself,as in Greek Mythology,torn between Scylla and Charybdis!

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      //The Tamil Leadership is in a difficult situation. We must understand. On one side the many issues of the Tamils in the Post-War period,and on the other the uphill task of engaging with the Govt://

      What post-war Tamil issues have the Tamil leadership addressed with imagination or competence? There still are Tamils languishing in jails without charge. There still are ex-combatants committing suicide due to poverty. Meanwhile there are resolutions being passed in the Northern Provincial Council about the technicalities of the term “genocide” by those who collected keys to their new cars from Governor Chandrasiri, but made a big deal about their declining of his invitation to have a cup of tea with him.

      Between Paul and Sekara in comments above, we have the answer: “opportunistic Sri Lankan politicians,” are what these morons are.

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        There still are ex-combatants committing suicide due to poverty. —

        Now, they have time to think they may be refelcting about how barbariec they were, the way they killed innocent human beings.

        That is called Post war Trauma. They can not tolerate it, they committ suicide.

        All because of greed and selfishness of overseas living Tamils.

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    “I heard many Tamils praising Douglas Devanantha MP”

    Oh really? Put your hands across the heart, and please tell us, whether more praises or more abuses you heard from people about Douglas. You could’t be serious if you had heard more thumps up than thumps down!

    Also,can you please tell us whether we had more wrong Sinhala leaders or more wrong Tamil leaders? If you are writing an article of this sort, you can’t just put a few tid bits, like a conversation in a coffee shop!

    “I heard from a prominent politician that Mr Amirthalingam was told off by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for his Eelam demand.”

    You must have some sort of credibility to make a statement of this sort and expect people to believe. There are so many people who make up so many statements.

    “I am not condoning or appeasing Sinhala politicians”

    Oh really? Didn’t you bring a lot of Tamil disapora members to meet Rajapakses, KP and the likes after 2009? Don’t you think people would suspect why you were chosen by the Sri Lankan government for this expedition? Even our regular visitor here (although his credibility is thin too) Rajasingam Narendran thought you were taking people around on useless trips.

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      Rohan,

      “Even our regular visitor here (although his credibility is thin too) Rajasingam Narendran thought you were taking people around on useless trips.”

      In which coffee shop did you hear this or is this something you brewed?

      Dr.RN

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      ” I heard from a prominent politician that MrAmirthalingam was told off by Mrs. Indira Gandhi for his ‘Elam ‘ demand.
      That prominent politician must be Dr. Noel Nadesan’s friend Douglas Deveananda of Choolaimedu fame.

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    “The most essential elements lacking in the North are moral, social and political leadership. The Jaffna university incident has been the clearest example of failed leadership. “

    Oh really? Go back and read what your friend DBS Jeyaraj has written about this dispute. It was very clear to the people with the right mind and brain in working condition that the University was not at fault and the politicians had nothing to do with that as you try to portray.

    Okay, prey tell us! If you were in the university leadership or in the political leadership, in which way you have avoided this? Your respect leader Mahinda and your hero Gotabhaya sent the firing squads or thugs to take care of things.

    You are among the noisy lot who claimed that LTTE was the reason for all evils. Your mob suggested that once LTTE is wiped out everything would be fine. You were doing the dirty job for Mahinda by ‘bringing the diasora’. What have you achieved? BLOODY NOTHING!!!!

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    Dr.Nadesan,

    The grand old Tamil poetess, Auvaiyar, in one of her profound poems says, ” Neer Alaway Ahumaam Neeraambal—” (The level to which the water lily grows is limited by the level of the water). Which means that we will get the politicians we deserve. They will be truly representative of us, in our massified, quantitative democracy. If we reach heights, they will too. If we hit the lows, they will too. We are at our lowest now!

    In post-independent Sri Lanka, the decline of the quality of the politicians has been in tandem with the decline in our quality as people’s. It has been a very synchronized process!

    The problem is with the massified democracy we practice. We are unable to select our politicians, while having the vote to elect them. Our vote is cast on very parochial basis and not on the basis of profound ideals or vision. As a result we do not bring to the fore leaders, who can lead us towards profound effect goals. We cannot retract from our massified democracy.

    This is the tragedy of our democracy, as it is in many parts of the world. The big question is how we can have a better democracy? The Singapore way! We can do better by selecting candidates for political office on the basis of qualifications, performance and personal qualities. Atleast, we will have the chance to vote for our choice among the best available.

    If we cannot find a solution to this problems, we are doomed.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      “The problem is with the massified democracy we practice. We are unable to select our politicians, while having the vote to elect them.”

      True in the west therefore only 50% generally vote but the nomads get along reasonably well.

      You cannot be like them because values are different as Singapore saw it too.

      You need education of the senses and emotions than all the ideas of the world.

      “The Singapore way! We can do better by selecting candidates for political office on the basis of qualifications, performance and personal qualities.”

      The world has always been ruled by Passion never by rationality.

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    Dr Nadesan,

    “”Mao Zedong firmly believed in communism to help the billions of Chinese, but Deng Xiaoping said a cat can be skinned in many ways and opened the economy resulting in the Chinese economy almost overtaking American economy. “”

    Crooked Third face of Carl Jung!

    Stalin and Mao both needed and cheated the American public and Roosevelt (president in wheel chair) to create their totalitarian regimes or both would have been subject of Japan and Germany and Italy.

    A little over 30 years ago Bill Clinton opened the doors of WTO to a starving China (2 eggs a week for family of 8) The Chinese assisted by FDI principally from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and followed by EU overcame starvation and provided employment to 350 million but yet 400 million are unemployed. You are dravidian and even LKY says you (protestor and content recurring) cannot repeat prosperity alone but under direction.
    May 2009 you had no international friends like Rwanda had and presently you have none either.
    The way forward is you are in a mess just back off there is too much of god and poverty there.

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      Or is it the greed of the western corporations looking cheap labour?

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        Shark in boots, Maybe the arabs need more women to keep them at war so perhaps you can help, ?
        Even the Germans are in a big way installing Robot’s to Chinese manufacture when there is an unemployment of 400 million.
        Scandinavians have been into robotics before EU quotas of refugees.
        UK will be going the same way- Robotics No trade unions no holiday pay no medical schooling and housing.

        keep your god and your poverty is Trumps message to the scrounging outside world.

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    Noel Nadesan wrote here on May 4, 2014

    Strong minds discuss ideas, average mind discuss events, week minds discuss people – Socrates

    MR Spencer, I can understand your troubled mind.

    Now, does this fit you Noel Nadesan?

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    “During the two weeks I spent in Sri Lanka including in the North, I heard many Tamils praising Douglas Devanantha MP and Chandrakumar EX-MP. The main reason for this is that they have been a bridge between the ordinary people and the government and people found it easier to handle their issues. This is what we call representative democracy.”

    “Tamil politicians are only available through their media statements in daily newspapers and their rhetoric is very old and rusty. They are so used to life in the opposition like a wallowing buffalo in muddy lake. I could not see anyone speaking with vision about the future or providing leadership. They only ensure keeping their seats warm so that they can occupy it until their demise.”

    You have hit the nail on the head .This facts are what the Tamils don’t want to hear but the sad truth is that the TNA is very corrupt and only wakes up during elections to spur the people to martyrdom with their soul stirring speeches,.Wigneswaran spends all his energy to inform the Tamils that he has no power and that is why he has to send back the allocation to the central government. hat a looser.

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    Noel Nadesan

    A.E.Gunasinghe. and a member from Kandy are the two members supported universal franchise. All other members including Pon Ramanathan James Peris E W Perera D B Jayatillake D S Senanayake SWRD opposed. Your discoveries ” did not approve voting rights for lower caste and women ” and ” anathema to Hindu way of life ” are commendable and you deserve another visit to srilanka.

    In fact Pon Ramanathan opposed for the reason that simple majoritarian system will harm the minorities’ interests, which we are witnessing today.

    Can you cite your reference re racist comment by G G in Nawalapitiya. As far as I know G G was looking after the interests of upcountry Tamils when there were only very few recognised leaders from that section of Tamil community. He would have raised his voice in defence of victimised Tamils. Is there anything wrong in doing it?

    in 1956 there was a racial riots at Kahawatte near Ratnapura and many upcountry Tamils became victims. G G volunteered to appear on behalf of victimised Tamils at Ratnapura Courts whilst Sinhalese were protesting with black flags outside the Courts. Hope you wouldn’t find any new discovery in this incident.

    By the way do you know that Pon Ramanathan was deeply involved not only in Hinduism but also in Christian and Buddhist mysticism. He has written commentaries on gospel according St. John and St. Mathew. Please read it !

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    Nothing wrong. We are ready to accept a good leader in whom we can trust that he woud not be racially bias and think of our country as one nation. We still respect leaders like Ponnambalam and Arunachalam Ramanathan brothers . We do not need opportunists like Vigneshwaran. It is a fact that the people of this country lived in harmony for generations.This country was blighted by the curse – racialism – introduced by the political greed of the Rogue SWRD Banda!He together with the uneducated Sinhala Bawuddhayas – who has no knowledge of the Buddha`s teaching at all – deceived by the parasitic Budhdist monks( Here,I mean the saffron clad Kahakadayaas only) did irreparable damage to the nation. The cancer is being nourished by the politicians of both sides for their own benefit.Time is running out!We have a shortage of good leaders. We want to live in this smass country in peace harmony .. What is wrong there?

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    What more can I say Dr.Noel Nadesan.

    There is not a single person fit for political leadership to represent the Tamils. The present leadership, as you have said, are all media politicians enjoying the fruits of life given by the Tamil people. The god forsaken Tamils, what are they going to do?

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    There is a fear among the Tamil leadership about what happened to Tamil leaders Aalalasundaram, Tharmalingam, Raviraj, Joseph Pararajasingam, Amirthalingam, Joheswaran, Thiagarajh etc etc

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    Mahinda’s crony is back in business, he is the person who welcomed the re-election of Mahinda in 2010, praised the voters for electing him! The worst ever undemocratic and corrupt government in Sri Lankan history. He was very frequent visitor to Sri Lanka during Mahinda’s regime. No one knows what he has got from that dictator regime. Seeing the sign of Mahinda’s rising, he is back in business preaching about democracy!. Sri Lankans are much clever than this runaway, Mahinda was sent home and democracy is restored. Better put up in Australia and don’t interfere in Sri Lankan affairs.

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    Dr Noel Nadesn,

    Thanks for an inspiring article.

    But I want to make some comments. I have a problem even in your caption and the focus of your article-THE Tamil leaders?

    Are you on a blame game like most of the Tamils?. Why blame the leaders for our misfortune?

    As Dr Rajasimgam Narenthiran points out, “People get the leadership they deserve”

    Why we always refuse to take responsibility? Always, We blame others for all our misfortunes.

    The fault is always on others, we are blameless!

    Our leaders blame the Sinhala leaders for our tragedy and you in turn blame the Tamil leaders themselves for our tragedy.

    Both are on the blame game!

    And ultimately the Tamils will overcome with self-pity.

    The Tamils want everybody to feel sorry for them and have pity on them and expect the international community, USA ,UK, EU and India to come forward to solve all their problems like a benevolent god because they are the wretched creatures and they need everybody’s help to restore their life sympathy and care.

    This is the language of beggars.

    Beggars never evoke respect. On the contrary they always create contempt.

    Tamils are in a sorry state- pathetic!

    But is there a way out?

    Why not? But the Tamils must be ready to think?

    Think out of the Box?

    Are we ready?

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    Noel Nadesan in his effort to impress us, quotes Greek mythology. King Sisyphus, Olympian God Zeus, Albert Camus , Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard , Franz Kafka to say that “…….. a person seeking power and money could not achieve them”.
    Wrong Noel. Surely surely. Look at successive GoSL including the present one. Look at the jumbo cabinet. Some politicians may not keep power but will keep the wealth!

    Noel: “ Likewise, the Tamil politicians are asking power from the Colombo government but the ordinary Tamil citizens are not going to enjoy the fruits”.
    Come off this well hogged statement. Tamil politicians have always asked for justice.

    Noel again: “…………….I heard many Tamils praising Douglas Devanantha MP and Chandrakumar EX-MP. The main reason for this is that they have been a bridge between the ordinary people and the government and people found it easier to handle their issues……”
    The well-to-do contact Douglas who greased his contacts in Colombo “to handle their issues”.
    This might be good for the Noel-ilk but for ordinary citizens? And Noel calls this scheme “ representative democracy” – my foot.

    Noel yet again: “………. The Jaffna University incident has been the clearest example of failed leadership”.
    What the hell has this to do with leadership? Does “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings” ring a bell Noel?

    Our message to Noel is “We are tired of this Oh-ye-men-who-crawl-upon- this-earth advice”.

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    Dr Nadesan can’t be a Vellala. Otherwise he would have been a senior member of the Thamil National Alliance.

    I always wondered why the TNA leader hired that Sinhala Buddhist reject Prince Anura, as their leader in Parliament,

    And gave him a luxury vehicle too, although the Prince put the knife into a previous Govt, which was trying to do a deal with the TNA.

    I am glad to hear Dr nadesan mentioning the word Vellala, because when I talk about it, brick bats come as missiles from every corner of the planet..

    Vellala CM is the only one who has given our inhabitants notice of the Model which he wants in the North East.

    And his model has a separate model for the UP Country Thaminlians .

    Dr Nadesan is spot on here too. vellala Sambadn seems to be sitting on his palms..

    While his mate Batalanda Ranil is turning every stone to find support for a new Constitution to give Sambandan Federal Eelaam.

    But the VAT, UNP Poojitha , and F*****CID, arresting and harassing even Buddhist Monks, and insulting the 2 Million dalits who went on the Padha Yatra seem to be turning off even Batalanada’s hired labour in the Yahapalana Parliament.

    Bit of a shemozzle..Isn’t it?.

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      Moddu Lion born Sumana Thero,

      Do you know whether you born to Indian Lion or Burmian Lion? Do you think you are related to Dr Nadesan?

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    KASmaalam

    “What is wrong with the Tamil leadership in Sri Lanka”

    You should know better, it is the completion between Sinhala speaking Demelas and Tamil speaking Demelas gone wrong.

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    The author has tried to quote Soren Kierkegaard to support one point of not much significance to his essay.May i quote from the same Soren Kierkegaard for consideration –
    ” There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true “.

    Rajeswaran

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    The author has tried to quote Soren Kierkegaard to support one point of not much significance to his essay.May i quote from the same Soren Kierkegaard for consideration –
    ” There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true “.

    Rajeswaran

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    kas sUMANASEKARA

    “But the VAT, UNP Poojitha , and F*****CID, arresting and harassing even Buddhist Monks, and insulting the 2 Million dalits who went on the Padha Yatra seem to be turning off even Batalanada’s hired labour in the Yahapalana Parliament.”

    You are so stupid ! You cant count ? There were no more than 20,000 people and 1000 buses and 400 Prados but not 2 Million Dalits!!! No way.

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      Did you go to College with Duminda!!!!Or was it Maths Tuition Class..

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    This country has only TWO problems..

    Minority ultra racism or tribalism ( tamil tribalism needs specially researched and a good source for anthropological studies)

    Sinhala people ( the yahapalana supporting fake intelligentsia) lacks common sense.

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    Who wrote this ?Is it Noel or Nadesan??

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    there appears to be many worshipers followers of Mahinda not for anything but for something. Everyone knows what will be provided for these people. People are not stupid to believe what is said but the background, situation and they are very clever than these stupid writers.

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