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When God Wants To Judge A Nation, He Gives Them Wicked Rulers: Our Government & Tamils Should Take Note

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole

John Calvin wrote: “When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers”. The Bible also says in Jeremiah 23:19 “See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.”

These are timely warnings as boasts are made of having killed Velupillai Prabhakaran “like a dog,” as if justice is not to be feared. Indeed, no one of decent family kills even a dog.

That divine warning, as this article puts forward, is indeed, besides to the government as we Tamils like to think, also to the Tamil people.

We Tamils have feared and suffered much. We badly want an understanding government where we will have a say in our own governance and services and receive justice. That is democracy. I will point out our own deficiencies so that we through correction may claim our right to devolution. We have failed to run the Jaffna Municipal council. It has a new mayor after Emmanuel Arnold lost the budget vote. If the new mayor had also lost the budget vote, the Council will have been run by a Commissioner removing our devolved powers exercised through our elected officials. That is how close we were to lose our last bastion of democracy when the budget was passed on 27 Jan.

Jaffna Town Hall was destroyed by the LTTE in 1985 when it attacked the neighbouring Police Station. As such it is very difficult to find a good photo of it – photos of the Library burnt down by our government are everywhere and often presented as the original council building. Sri Lanka is rebuilding the Council but hardly 25% of the work is finished. India built us a cultural hall for Rs. 2.25 bn.  It has been finished for 6 months but we are not ready to take over because we are not ready with running costs. Our international airport with Indian help is closed. No one cares.

The situation is the same everywhere. The UNDP gave billions to our province. Then Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran was refused permission to appoint his Australian “kinsman Nimalan Karthikeyan” in charge because of a conflict of interest and blamed by the UN for lobbying on his behalf. Wigneswaran then returned the funds in a huff.

Provincial Health Ministry Doctors have only 6 hours/day duty and they do not even work 6 hours. Doctors and Nurses are allowed 120 and 200 hours overtime respectively. Analyzing that, “a nurse gets only 80 hours a month for everything outside work including sleep,” says a reporter working on a big story on this. The province has  99 hospitals. Nineteen have no doctor. Of 30-35 new doctors only 2 were posted to hospitals without doctors.

A near-new Ambulance belonging to Northern Province Health Ministry went to Colombo. On the way back it met with an accident in Kurunagala. Cost of repairs is Rs. 18 lakhs. Director of Health Services Dr. A. Ketheeswaran asked the Secretary for money. When asked why when the vehicle was fully insured for 5 years, his reply was that, according to reporters, the insurance company refused. Not trusting his lieutenants, the Secretary pursued it. It turns out that the police report said the driver was drunk. Digging further, the ambulance was taken to Colombo on a private run certified as official by a doctor. The ambulance remains parked. The driver is driving another ambulance without an inquiry or suspension because that would net bigger fish.

Similarly, a Fire-Engine donated to the Jaffna Municipality was valued at Rs. 360 lakhs. A Defender was also gifted to go before the Engine to clear the way. Instead, it is used by Municipal Administrators for their own use. Going alone the Fire-engine rolled over twice in Neervely with one fatality and is a write-off. Insurance agreed to pay Rs. 62 lakhs, its declared value to save on premiums. The present Commissioner says that he continued the valuation by his predecessor. We have no Fire Engine now.

The Provincial Education Ministry has a high female official recruited around 1995 for a job asking for an OL Credit in Mathematics when she had only an S. Later, during her confirmation this was discovered. She was put in a lower post and then strangely reverted. Recently when a newspaper highlighted this, the husband turned up at the newspaper offices with a Credit certificate from a later date, saying she is now qualified. The newspaper which claimed that she was recruited without the required certificate stands by its story. No one punished. We learn Impunity from our armed forces.

In another incident, an official without any approval gave 36 appointments in Provincial Education and went off to work for the Official Languages Commission and has since retired. Now that the fraud is discovered, Northern Chief Secretary M.A. Pathinathan is reluctant to withdraw the appointments because the appointees say they applied and were appointed with no wrong-doing by them. 

During the last elections Pathinathan was involved in backdating a transfer. To experienced SLAS officers, cheating is not a problem they cannot handle. The Governor perceived the need to punish a high-up government official but that was disallowed under election laws. In this case, K. Theivendram was to be moved out of Jaffna on 6 March 2019 in punishment for several alleged frauds according to Pathinathan,  but really as political victimization according to Theivendram and his wife who also is a high-up in the Provincial Government.  When Theivendram was transferred out, Mrs. Theivendram came to the Election Commission on 10 March or so  alleging violation of election laws. With me and a Deputy Commissioner present, Mrs. Theivendram telephoned Ms. S. R. Wijeludchumi (Secretary, State Ministry of Community Relations), to find out the status of her husband’s transfer. We two in the room could overhear both sides as Mrs. Theivendram switched on the speaker on her telephone. Ms. Wijeludchumi at the other end nonchalantly stated that the Chief Secretary Pathinathan had asked her to predate the letter to before 2 March 2020 and she had just had the letter typed and would sign and give it to him. This kind of cheating is quite normal in government service – predating, adding decisions to minutes after a meeting, etc. As my Deputy Commissioner remarked, once done and filed with a pre-dated stamp, no one can challenge it. SLAS folk are masters at this fraud.

In the Vavuniya North Zonal Department of Education (one of 12) a Management Assistant aged 29 years appointed in 2007 was in charge of pay sheets. He put his name in 6 school lists, in addition to his job. Over the last 4.5 years he has collected Rs. Two crores and 26 lakhs.  He has been under 2 accountants 2 and zonal directors who did not notice anything amiss. An inquiry has been going on for 3 months with no arrest or suspension. It has come out that the previous person in that post made Rs. 14,60,000 over 2 years. He paid it back and got transferred to the Provincial Health Ministry. The question is what auditors do. Again Tamil provincial officials have learnt of impunity from our generals.

In a Kilinochchi District Secretary’s office (of 4 offices), office furniture bought twice in one year was paid for three times. Checking, it was found that everything from pencils to bigger things was bought from that same shop. The two other customary quotations were from nonexistent shops. The shop itself belongs to a high-up at the DS office who has since transferred it to his wife. People I spoke to were reluctant to give personal details saying his wife and 2 daughters at the university “are poor things.” It shows the basis for impunity among us.

I can go on with an endless litany of our woes. Our garbage is rarely removed on the scheduled says. The collector openly asks for money or leaves it behind. I complained and it was removed once but not since then. I therefore burn or bury our garbage. Many people come in the night and dump garbage everywhere. It takes the council days to clean up. One site is a  pond near Panangkulam Nachchi Amman Kovil on Kachcheri-Nallur Road next to where we buy purified well-water for drinking. During the rains, the pond with garbage all round overflowed. We had to go with expensive Colombo water. 

To save groundwater the municipality decided that all septic tanks must be fully sealed by concrete. I complied because it is good for the environment. When our tank got full, I went to the Jaffna Municipality for their bowser service to empty our tank. At the gate itself the watcher advised me “Go to private people. These people with drag it and never do it.” I thought I should support our municipality. When it dragged on, I told the Mayor who had his own woes. I kept pressing and was told the ground is soft and their bowser would get stuck. Then I went to a Councillor who directed me to the engineer who promised to get it done in 2 days once the rains eased. Now it is over a month. The sun is shining. I have waited many days at home because I was promised the bowser which is yet to come.  We flush very sparingly as the matter is leaking out of the sceptic tank. 

We must learn to run our waste removal before we can run our province. The 3-chamber septic tank we had before never gave us this trouble with a faeces-smelling backyard. My late uncle, E.B. Anketell, Director of Public Health, told me how when he studied Engineering at University of Glasgow, his professor took water flowing out of the third chamber and drank it to show how purified it is. A municipality that insists on a fully concreted sceptic tank must provide a prompt service when tanks get full.

A measure of how backward Jaffna has become is the fictional doctorates by institutional heads who go as “Doctor” with no thesis to show – the Principals of Christian schools (Jaffna College, Uduvil Girls’ College and Angel International School) set a terrible example for their students. A Director of Education at my church, his wife (also an educationist) and bank manager son also boast doctorates. The Vice Principal of Jaffna College is also set to get his doctorate in March. Presumably this is because the Principal is pushed by the soon-retiring Bishop to be Bishop next year and the competition for his vacancy is beginning. Doctorates are on offer at Rs. 25,000 with no requirement to write a thesis. And, believe it or not, the peon of University of Jaffna’s Graduate School also boasts a doctorate! 

I am aware that Sinhalese running the state will use this article as an excuse to not devolve power to us as we deserve. But I say that although God may not punish us for uncleared septic tanks He surely will for  impunity for fraud and murder, for pardoning the murderer of a 5-year old child in Mirusuvil. This article is merely a call to get our things in order so that we may rule ourselves with justice and efficiency when we are allowed self-rule. Or we will have Rs. 25,000-PhD-holders running our Northern Provincial Government.

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    We have Gota the modern day Hitler. A murderous thieving family has been given another chance to murder and ransack this country by that bloody scoundrel Ranil and that village mutt Sirisena. To top it off, the people voted these goons back to power.

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      PART ONE
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      This is yet another instalment in the debate as to whether the Sinhalese or the Tamils are to blame for all the current ills of this country. Actually, Muslims are the top candidates right now.
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      I have read only the first sentence of the article. Hmmm! John Calvin.
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      I know a bit about him. There was the Catholic Church headquartered in Rome, with the Pope as boss. The current guy, Francis is quite a decent fellow, but some of his predecessors (especially those of about the time of Michaelangelo, the painter and sculptor) were so horrible that we ought to beatify (that means declare as a saint) our local horror, and call him St Gallageaththe Gnanasara, M.P.
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      So, we had the Reformation of the Church, and the birth of Protestantism, brought about by Martin Luther (essentially a good man, even though having first been a Roman Catholic priest who had taken a vow of celibacy, he got married – openly and publicly). There were also politics in Germany – and some things that Luther had to do in that context ought now to be excused.

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        John Calvin wrote: “When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers”.

        Srilanka is a buddhama dominated nation. True teachings of Lord budda never asked people to go after unknown gods even if SRILANKEN buddhagama followers obvioulsy not only go after gods, but they naively get caught by easy tricks being played on them by ” mentally retarded individuals”:
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        Examples

        Mahinda Rajakashe’s close men have revealed that the man would not leave his home without respecting all the astrological guidance being given to him by his uneducated ASTRLODGERs like ” Royal astrologer”, Royal Medical doctor (Eliyantha White), Galthanna man whose filthy sinhala would destroy entire youth in SL and that Valampuri man whose tricks caricated almost any senior men close to Rajapakseh remember ?
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        All these men brought to the lime light by RAJAPAKSHE biased media networks have much in common than you guys could ever guess at.
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        That is they are all MEDIA mafia supporters.
        Please think it about…. and get back to us with your thoughts… as to why you dont yet react on them… thank you.

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      PART TWO
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      I hope that nobody has yet exclaimed that I’m an ignorant guy, because this said Luther lived in America. Yes, yes, that was Martin Luther King, silly. He is never referred to as Martin L. King in proper American style. The reason must surely be because “Luther” was a name that he was proud of. That Tamil woman, “Kamala Devi”, was always referred to (and still is, by most Americans), as Kamala D. Harris for different reasons. She’s a Tamil, so she must be evil.
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      The other reformer, was John Calvin. I suggest that instead of reading about him, you read about another man who lived at the same time, but was executed. “Good people are never executed” – so we’ve been teaching our children. At his trial it was proved that Michael had read this bad book:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quran
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      Many of my fellow Sinhalese will immediately agree that the guy deserved to be executed. Read carefully that Wikipedia entry about Servetus.
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
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      Look first at the account of his death. Note also that Calvin was merciful – he said that poor Michael should not be burnt at the stake. Hallelujah!

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        Sinhala_Man: That Tamil woman, “Kamala Devi”, was always referred to (and still is, by most Americans), as Kamala D. Harris for different reasons. She’s a Tamil, so she must be evil.
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        I would have accepted this sort of rubbish from Eagle Eye.but coming from you.
        Are you behind the petition for Kamal Harris to drop Kamala and become Hillary Harris or Michelle Harris. The story goes that Vogue magazine try to portray her as white as possible

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          Rajash,
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          That was my effort at being sarcastic.
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          Yes, it may be that I was imitating the style of Eagle Eye. In actual fact, I have the greatest respect for Kamala D. Harris.

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            Cheers

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          Rajash,
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          Please just ignore EAGLE EYE. I think he is a mutatant of rare nature.
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          He does not seem to know what he is repeating on CT.
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          Kamala D Harris is now VPOTUS and she will prove the world as coloured leaders like Obama did it.
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          Then all these that would go after SKIN colour will have to see it right. It is the diversity of the homo sapiens. Some get it later and EE or the like would never see it right.

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      PART THREE
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      The question remains as to what we think about the author of this article. Our Prime Minister, Honourable Percy Rajapaksa, and our President (Even More) Honourable Nandasiri Rajapaksa, loathe this guy, Hoole. As respectable, and White-Van-Fearing, Sinhalayo, we too must heap coals on his head – that would be kinder than what was done to poor Michael Servetus.
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      Take all this into account before reading this article. I shall read it tonight. How much of a risk am I taking in writing a comment on an article that I haven’t read? Not much, I feel. Most of these articles – as well as most of the comments that will inevitably follow, are so predictable.

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      PART FOUR
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      That is why this woman Bachelet has hauled our fellows to Geneva. Is the result there predictable? Most of us Sinhalayo think so; in our country, the result of the Court Case has been decided upon months (at least) ahead, before investigation has even begun. If you digest the woman’s biography you may not be so sure.
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      We overcame Zeid Raad Al Hussein and Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, but I’m not sure that either of them is a fool. This may well be third time unlucky. The author’s name does rhyme with “Fool”, or should it rhyme with Porche – the way some ultra-sophisticated refer to the make of car that they own?
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      This Michelle may seem to look like everybody’s granny, but I’m not so sure about her being as ineffectual as my granny:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Bachelet
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      Let’s see what others say about this; but as for me, I consider Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole a hero.

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        PART FOUR (a)
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        My apologies to Prof Hoole. The article is somewhat different from what I forecast, but nothing really surprising in it. Did it have to be surprising to be worth reading? No.
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        Is Hoole a hero for writing it? Yes, he’s taking huge risks exposing these things. This is vintage Hoole, which means great!
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        Some new comments have gone in here today.
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/why-are-political-blackguards-so-often-not-prosecuted/comment-page-1/?unapproved=2376887&moderation-hash=0d542ca0d9c540300c5db797e1a62f02#comment-2376887
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        My own comments there are scattered, but most of them (about what’s happening in Russia right now) are at the very bottom.
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        But there also are comments by SJ (Professor Sivasekeram – well know in Jaffna circles), oc (‘old codger’ – nobody has ever identified the old geezer), and LM (‘leelagemalli’ – also not identified).
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        I have given links to the two-hour Youtube video on the horrible-looking palace that Putin has built at great expense. More than a billion have seen it within the eight days of its release. No, that may not be true. Some may have seen it twice – includes me. Almost two million comments.
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        I thought that number could be the highest for any Youtube video. Wrong again!
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w
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        Well, that’s only two minutes, and I’m not seeing that silly thing again!

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          PART FOUR (b)
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          I’ve been seeing this 45-minute comedy show:
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUed6Ug4Cgo
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          Hilarious in places, but nowhere near as popular as Navalny’s Russian film. BTW, Navalny may know English better than I do because he’s been at Yale University (in the USA) for more than a year, whereas I’ve never been outside Asia. More to the point, there are very good English sub-titles on the Putin Palace video, so it is easy to follow. Even kids may like it.
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          I’m just pretending to be humble. We, Sri Lankans, know that we speak better English than any American, don’t we? There are some guys who have told me that we speak the Queen’s language better than the said Queen herself. A bit doubtful, I think.
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          BTW, all my comments seem to be attracting at least one DISLIKE” . I have some idea who it could be – Charles Cooray, but there’s some pseudonym that he goes by. Of course, I could be wrong.
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        Sinhala_Man: “I consider Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole a hero”. YES, I was too, but up to the moment he said: “I was present when the question of “Citizenship” of Nanadasena Gotabahaya Rajapakse was discussed. The Chairman (Election Commission) tabled a copy of a document purported to have been issued by the American Embassy. A discussion followed, but I REMAINED SILENT”. Am I wrong in changing my opinion of him? If Professor Hoole narrated that “INCIDENT” among all those mentioned in this article and expressed regrets for that “MISTAKE” of being “SILENT” on that issue of GR’s “Citizenship”, I would certainly, as of reading today (the time I read the article) would have CHANGED my opinion and once again considered him to be a hero.

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          Dear Simon,
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          I got a response to you and Agnos ready (off-line -on a Word Document) but then had to shut down because of a 2-minute power failure which is a regular occurrence here.
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          I will post it at the bottom of the next page.
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          It is essentially the 34 losing candidates (and especially those who contested to satisfy their egos) who are mostly to blame.
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          Not one of them tried to educate the public on how to use the three Preferences that thy had. All put up posters with a cross (kathire) for themselves alone.
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          Gota would definitely have won, but it may have been possible to prevent him getting 50% on the first round if some who were not so sold on him were persuaded to give First Preferences to other candidates, and then vote for him, since they mostly were people who were not keen on the UNP types.
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          I suggest that you study the commitment, and the steady rise of this British M.P. from the Green Party. It takes time to educate an electorate.
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Lucas

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        PART FOUR (c)
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        I began to wonder what the second most popular YouTube is. Here it is, rather more adult, about four minutes. A lively singer with two pretty young women (one of them as black as me, but not as black as Hoole!) gyrating behind him. Interesting, but not my type of music.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrJtFy51fRo

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        I just found this. I’ve not heard this performance yet. Just sampled it. This is the only triple concerto ever written. 35 minutes. Whom by? Find out, I’m not telling you everything.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKMXkjFAR70
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        The recording probably made in January 2004. Two of the soloists are now dead; happily, the third has now recovered from the COVID that she got in 2004. Here’s something about the problems faced by musicians – but isn’t having to read all this a pain?
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        https://www.dw.com/en/it-lacks-any-logic-star-violinist-anne-sophie-mutter-speaks-out-on-covid-19-policy/a-55357344
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        Here she is speaking after she’d got the COVID – and giving us advice. Just about five minutes:
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        https://www.classicfm.com/artists/anne-sophie-mutter/violinist-tests-positive-coronavirus/
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          SM = the third has now recovered from the COVID that she got in 2004
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          She got Covid in 2004..

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            Sorry, Rajash, what have I typed! There was no COVID in 2004. She got it in April 2020, and as you said, has recovered.
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            That recording had been made in 2004.

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        Sinhala man
        “I consider Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole a hero.”
        I had some respect for the guy until he came up with this plan to starve the people in order to punish Rajapaksas.
        Please see my comments below.

        Soma

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        Would some kind soul please enlighten me on this?
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        The blog below had lots of interesting comments. It’s working well. However, there is a video there, about which it is written that it’s something which is blocked from my country.
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        https://www.vox.com/22254292/alexei-navalny-russia-protests-vladimir-putin-palace-video
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        Anybody who can throw some light on this?

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          SM,
          Nothing sinister there. Some items are country-specific. Even the BBC doesn’t let you see some of its UK output here.
          However, I hope you read this bit carefully:
          “Navalny ran on an unapologetically nationalist platform, most notably calling for restrictive immigration policies to keep Muslims from the Caucasus and Central Asia out of the country and supporting Russia’s 2008 war in Georgia”
          This guy, if he comes to power, may be as bad as Donald Trump. Be careful who you support.

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            Dear oc,
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            Yes, there has been evidence of Navalny espousing “Nationalism” and not wanting Muslims around.
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            Hisemphasis has been on fighting corruption, but, as you rightly point out, if in power (but that is still a long way off) we could discover that there are things that we are not happy about.
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            What I was worried about was nobody trying to find out what’s happening there. You’ve been the exception.

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            OC
            When people are desperate, they make desperate moves.
            Think of what they did to be rid of MR and the consequences.
            I am tempted to say something similar about what they achieved by using Sajith to topple RW.
            MR & RW had to go. But there is a way to do things.
            Shortcuts often end up in short circuits.

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          Sinhala_Man, the video shows Navalny leaving the plane and being arrested. The second video show his wife playing the piano while the police search her apartment.
          She appears to be playing loudly in defiance, ignoring the policewoman who is talking to her. The commentary is in Russian.

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            Navalny’s wife is reported to have been arrested . Navalny himself
            states he fights against widespread corruption while he is being
            accused of corruption . And the West describes the situation as a
            pro-democracy protest ! The Muslim population in Russia is about
            ten percent . So , there’s no shortage in the world today to find
            someone who use his hatred against a minority in order to make it
            to the top using the Freedom of Speech to incite vulnerable
            supporters . Easy and a sharp tool !

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              ww
              Navalny’s wife was arrested on 23.1 and released on 24.1.
              What has any of this to do with Russia’a Muslim population?
              There was trouble stirred in Chechnya some years ago by Saudi Arabia sponsored militants and mercenaries encouraged by not-hard-to-guess.
              It is all over now.

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                SJ ,

                I just wanted to make it as brief as possible . Navalny’s politics
                has the smell of Muslim hatred . It is not only Chechenya
                that matters to him . Putin’s efforts to win Muslim countries
                has angered many quarters and Navalny represents them
                at least until his objectives are achieved ! I am only an observer
                watching what is unfolding in front of us . To the locals , he
                puts forward Anti-Corruption slogan but it is important I
                believe that we watch how the world community defines the
                situation . At the end Putin emerges victorious I guess and I
                have no interest in either of them because I believe in the
                following lines of comedian George Carlin :
                1.The poor work and work.
                2.The Rich exploit the poor .
                3.The police protect the rich .
                4.The tax payer pays for all three
                5.The voter votes for all four.
                6.The Banker robs all five.
                7.The lawyer misleads all six .
                8.The Doctor bills all .
                9.The undertaker buries all eight .
                10. The politicians live happily because of all of it .

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          Dear SM,
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KVu_p7Xfl0

          This reminds me GAMPAHA BASIL#S palace and however they were able to get it exonerated in between.
          As the journalist in this BBC video makes it clear, Putin denies even very obvious claims against him on having two wives the stuff.

          And also there are some reports that say, ” Nalvany” may have poisoned by himself”: Latter kind of public statements are very common also god punished SRILANKA::: right.
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          Nalvany is very popular among the young youtubers in that country.
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dyhKupq9Ew
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            Thanks. BTW, When dealing with very large numbers one gets confused – and what with us having “lakshayas” (lakh – the use is confined to our south Asian countries) and kotiyas (the Indian word “crore” is hardly known in Sri Lanka) – I’ve stated that a billion have seen the 2-hour video.
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            No, it’s over a hundred million – one-tenth of that. I’m sorry.
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            Still, that’s an impressive number, and getting Youtube to pass that information (and comments – which willnever be read!) on to people in Russia is the little that we can do.

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        Looking at this comment of mine, too, it strikes me that there may be ambiguity,
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        Michele Bachelet will try to ensure that there is accountability for what has been investigated; for proven abuses of Human Rights. I have directed readers to the facts of her life so that readers may not her commitments, and understand that she’s not goingto be a push-over.
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        it is in sri Lanak now that judgements are decided upn before investigations are even begun.

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      It goes to show the judgement of their supporters and voters. It seems the ugly record held by the Rajapaksa’s previously for racism, targeting of journalists, the murder of journalists, activists, and political opponents, and the attack on poor civilians who protested their contaminated water, did not deter them from voting for the same criminals. Are they even capable of seeing that nothing has changed, and that having clean streets did not mean it translates to good and fair governance?

      The Rajapaksa’s haven’t changed their spots, they are still corrupt, vicious, racists, and now enlisted war criminals in their regime, who will obediently do their bidding, willing to resort to violent acts against the Sri Lankan people if needed.

      The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result – Albert Einstein

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      You will find T from the North, that the Tamils have beaten the Sinhalas yet again. In the race to produce a modern day Hitler they produced Prabhakaran. A murderous thieving megalomaniac who lived in luxury while he sent young Tamils to die for him.
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      The Tamils backed Prabhakaran, voted for his TNA proxy, financed, supported and adored him…..well what can I say, were they wise? How much intelligence did these buffaloes have?
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      That recent history and the fear of a repetition has produced a Sinhala military Government, soon the country will be another Myanmar.

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        Svenson

        “The Tamils backed Prabhakaran, voted for his TNA proxy, financed, supported and adored him…..”

        Adored him?
        What do you think what would have happened to those who didn’t publicly show their veneration and adoration?

        Whats wrong with you people?

        ” That recent history and the fear of a repetition has produced a Sinhala military Government, soon the country will be another Myanmar.”

        Good observation but not a convincing one.
        What did produce the 2015-19 government?
        However, we were lead to believe this is the Sinhala/Buddhist majoritarian government elected exclusively by Sinhala/Buddhists.

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        Svenson, idiot I am not a supporter of the LTTE, they are murderers just like the Rajapaksas. If you want one Tamil who despises the LTTE or the TMVP or the EPDP buggers, it is me. I have lost way too many friends of the family and relatives to the killing spree of the LTTE. Having said that go and write your criticism to LTTE supporters. I never saw the Sinhalese as an enemy. I saw the racists on both sides as enemies of the decent people of this nation on both sides. But a fool like you could not understand my comments. You only see me through the lens of a racist from the south. Therefore, I will look distorted to your crooked eyes.

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          Tamil from the north
          .
          Who asked the international community to recognise LTTE as the sole representatives of Tamils?

          Soma

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            Somu,

            Tamils still support the armed struggle was correct path to get the freedom from the Sinhala Buddhists. Tamils did not seek that path from Britain because that colonial rule was not as slavery like under the Sinhala Buddhist’s tyranny. So they supported the negotiated freedom Britain. Now, the Rapist Army in the North East, even to pee in open space, nationalizing a Tamil land, erecting a Buddha statue and peeing on that. Going alone was decided by SJV after standing in 1975 election and checking the Tamils mood. It was attested in 1977 election by and more than 2/3 majority in Tamil Eelam. That is a perfect democratic political path. 80 % of Sinhala Buddhists, the 6.9 M, when no pressure on them was present, wanted a Hitler Plus a Rapist Military Government. Tamils, under tyranny of Sinhala Buddhist, decided to fight for freedom under leader Pirapaharan. My job is not vouching anybody’s mistake. Dead cannot come for defending. Resolution 30/1 asks to a hybrid investigation commonly what happened in the war. Tamil will be undertake the responsibly for any part of Tamils’ mistake and work with UN & IC, if they conduct the investigation. This is accepted by all major Tamil parties and even in his first speech, Gajendra Kumar said that in parliament. Bring the Hybrid Investigation, then we talk about it further.

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            soman

            “Who asked the international community to recognise LTTE as the sole representatives of Tamils?”

            Did you?
            Damn fool.
            So you are the one who gave bit of respect to the psychopath.
            Is that why Premadasa, Mahinda, …………. held talks exclusively with members LTTE (Terrorists)?

            Tell us as to why Mahinda, Vasu Nayakkar, ….. attended UNHRC in 1988 while Mahinda’s brother Gota continued his business as usual attitude, heading his Dead Squad.

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            Soma’appu’ the Banda from Hambantota with a computer and no brains, listen up. Not all Tamils supported the LTTE, the ones who did not support the LTTE were wiped out. But racist bastards like you and your racist governments of SL paved way to the strengthening of the LTTE from 1985-2009. What did you all do in 1957/58/77/83? You dragged out innocent Tamils and slaughtered them on the streets. Even the Tamils who were running for their lives back to Jaffna were pulled out of their cars and hacked to death in the south. So shut up and stop being a bloody ass. Do you think the Tamils just woke up one day and decided to carry arms against the GOSL? If that is the case, how do you explain the JVP taking up arms? You come here crying like a dying pig and remain completely blind to what the rural Sinhala youths did? Why do you think the rural youths did what they did? Do you think the JVP rose up because there was no other entertainment for them? Uneducated gamaya buggers like you will keep destroying this nation while other nations are moving forward. Rabid dogs like you must be exterminated.

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        Svenson, by the way the entire intellectual community among the Tamils either ran away from SL or they were all either murdered by the LTTE or other militants mainly EPDP and TMVP. So what do you mean by Tamils supported Prabaharan? If they all supported Prabaharan, then they will all be living or died because of natural causes.

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          So you spotted that? Very good. That is the same way Tamils refer to Sinhala Buddhists, they tar them all with the same brush. Just read anything by siterep, Pandi Kutti, Johnpillai, Mallaiyuran…….

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      The last murder committed on the orders of the Rajapaksas is Rajiwa Jayaweera. Without any investigation, the cops ruled it a suicide because they found a suicide note. Majority of times, people commit suicide in private, mainly in their own residence. They withdraw themselves from everyone to take their lives in a place that is very private to them. They don’t go to a public park to commit suicide. This was a public park and a gun shot would have brought people to the location where the body was found. Also I had a look at the way the body was placed, if Rajiwa pulled the trigger himself, his arms would have not been in that position. Even if the letter had his hand writing, he could have written it with a gun to his head. In Canada and the USA, we have so many different law enforcement agencies and it take days before they conclude it was a suicide, murder, accidental death or natural death. But in this joke of a nation the corrupt and inept cops ruled it a suicide by looking at the body and reading a note. Who are they kidding?

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      Tamill,

      Isn’t that what happened since 1931? Tamils and Muslims will have to live under Sinhalese for eternity unless SL is divided into 3 mono ethnic nations. Are you happy to live under Sinhalese (and the Chinese too)? Or you want your own nation? Remember you cannot eat the cake and have it too!

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        Gatam, go and read all my comments and come and tell me where I have stated that I am in support of the division of this nation. Whether it is a Tamil or Sinhalese, we bloody well need to learn to accept each other and live as one nation. Are you so dumb you cannot understand all my comments?

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      I must thank Tamil from the north for exposing GR. Though a Muslim, Tamil from the north has shown great sympathy for Tamil people.

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        ShanR

        “I must thank Tamil from the north for exposing GR. Though a Muslim, Tamil from the north has shown great sympathy for Tamil people.”

        How do you know Tamil from the north is a Muslim?

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        ShanR, I feel the pain of all who have suffered in this country. Universities are free in SL, people get their free education and once they complete their free education they are leaving. How sad is that? The other day I read the article from Lasantha Wickrematunge’s daughter. Man I have kids and it broke my heart to read and feel the pain of this child. Whether she is Sinhalese or Tamil or Muslim, it does not matter. We all grieve the same way. But these racists will never understand the pain this child has gone through.

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          I am not a Muslim, but I have no issues with that. Even if you think I am Sinhalese, I have no issues with that either.

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    “Indeed, no one of decent family kills even a dog.”
    Prof. Hoole,
    Most Buddhist Sinhala of Sri Lanka may not think that way. Lasantha was a friend of Rajapakse family. Mahinda worked with him as a human right activists before he became Prime Minister. Later Lasantha was murdered like a dog by this regime even though he was a Buddhist. So, killing human beings is nothing new for them.

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      Ajith
      Did Tamil leaders behave differently?
      You will know the name of an important Tamil leaders who was responsible for the assassination of Duraippaa in 1975. He encouraged the killing of ‘traitors’ but sadly was branded one himself and was killed by those whom hew once encouraged.
      How many Tamil leaders have been killed on the orders of the leader of the LTTE?
      Are the hands of the leaders of PLOTE and EPRLF clean?
      Has anyone bothered to probe into the killing of Trincomalee District MP Thangathurai in a bomb explosion in the 1990s.
      *
      So, is killing human beings anything new for Tamil nationalists?

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        SJ,
        You are trying to equate the killing of civilians by a Government is equal to killing of politicians by a an extremist group. I am not justifying the killing by LTTE or PLOTE or EPRLF. Killing culture in Sri Lanka is not started with Duriappa murder. Killing culture is part of a violence in Sri Lankan politics. SWRD was murdered for political reasons and I don’t know who was behind that murder. The Tamil politicians who went on a protest in Colombo in 1958 was attacked by the government. Thousands of Tamils were murdered in 1958 genocide.This is the culture of politics lead to violence. Thousands of Sinhalese youths were murdered in 1970. So, Violence and Killing culture has a history.
        You ask me has anyone bothered to probe killing of Trinco MP?
        What a beautiful question? I ask the same to you has anyone bothered to probe the murder of thousands of Tamils and Sinhalese?

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          A
          The LTTE was no mere armed group.
          It was effectively government of most of N&E for a good two decades. (It dominated whole regions for even longer.)
          Let us stop making excuses.
          *
          You cast a slur on an entire people with “Most Buddhist Sinhala of Sri Lanka may not think that way.”
          What can we say of Tamil behaviour during the mass expulsion of Muslims fro the North? There was far less dissent than from them than from among Sinhalese about the misdeeds of their governments.

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            Correction:
            There was far less dissent from them than from among Sinhalese about the misdeeds of their governments.

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            SJ,
            You are trying to cheat yourself.

            I am not casting slur on an entire people. You are trying to create an image here that I am against to Sinhala and you are good to all. The majority of Sinhala people casted their votes to Racist and corrupted politicians and racist policies against Tamils and Muslims. Do you deny that? You may argue that Most of the Tamils also voted for racist Tamil and Muslim people but they oppressed.

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              Look at your own words:
              ““Indeed, no one of decent family kills even a dog.”
              Prof. Hoole,
              Most Buddhist Sinhala of Sri Lanka may not think that way…So, killing human beings is nothing new for them.”
              *
              Not very flattering I will say.

              *Your constructs on my statement on casting slurs are rather amusing.

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                BTW
                Nobody cheats me so easily, not even I.

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            SJ

            “The LTTE was no mere armed group.
            It was effectively government of most of N&E for a good two decades. (It dominated whole regions for even longer.)”

            Aiyo

            Taxation without representation,
            Kangaroo courts,
            Assasination was its constitution.
            Compulsory Forced Child recruitment.
            Land grab, illegal occupation,….
            Racist killings,
            Ethnic cleansing,
            Large number of people were dragged all the way from Jaffna to Vanni,
            …..
            ….
            I was told people were allowed to open their mouth only to have meals.
            Every country in the world despised the cult and its leader.

            It was an effective government only to those who loved little fascists and cults.
            Similar to Jim John’s (1978) cult, The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project of “Jonestown” of Guyana.

            Age mus have clouded judgement.

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        SJ, don’t compare the racists among the Tamil (Amirthalingam and all) to an elected government. An elected government is supposed to behave better than all. I have seen Tamil racists in 1977-1983. Unfortunately the racists from the south nurtured the racists in the north. I am a Tamil and from the north, I have no ill feeling towards the people of the south. So don’t blame the entire Tamil community for the bad behaviour of few.

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          TftN
          You are dead right on “the racists from the south nurtured the racists in the north.” I will add “and vice versa”.
          I am delighted to know that you do not like to blame the entire Tamil community for the bad behaviour of few. I assume that you apply this principle to all communities.
          *
          In my view, all leaders with a significant mandate and authority are comparable in terms of the actions that they initiate or implement.
          The LTTE was effective government for 20 years or more.
          The TULF was virtually Law in Jaffna since 1975 until a little after 1980, when its humbug fell apart. During its heyday one could not oppose Tamil Eelam and be safe from harassment in the North.
          The leader of the TULF endorsed and encouraged the killing of ‘Tamil traitors’.
          He was as racist as some of the leaders of the South.
          One’s being in power is incidental to our talking a stand on his evil thoughts and deeds.

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            SJ, I thought one day I will marry a girl from the south meaning either Sinhalese or Burgher. A regret I carry until today is not learning the Sinhala language, which would have given me more understanding of the Sinhalese community. I find the Sinhalese community (non biased and non racist) as friends of mine. In regards to the first point, if I had studied in Colombo most probably I would have married a Sinhalese or Burgher. But what makes me truly pissed is to read these numb nuts who write racist trash here. I cannot believe racists still thrive on this old dated trick. Can’t these idiots grow up. I was against Tamil Ealam back in the early eighties and became a target even at school. You are correct, the racists from both ends of this country nurtured each other. The dumb masses had the herd mentality and followed these rascals. While these rascals from the north were sending other people’s kids to India to be trained, they were secretly sending their own kids to the USA, UK and few other countries to either get married or study. We left in total sadness and it came to a point, that it was unbearable to live in Jaffna not only harassment from Ealamists, but also the damn military.

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              TftN
              Thanks.
              But not so loud.

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                SJ, at the end of the day decent people on both sides need to live together. Racists must not be given a platform to promote their garbage. Now these tricksters have come to these on-line platforms to promote their rubbish and we need to chase them away. This can only be done when we are strong meaning people like you and me and many other good people. A racist needs to be exterminated like how you would exterminate pests.

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        PLOTE/TELO/EPRLF crimes are not just about the known politicians they killed in Jaffna for the TULF. The world yet to learn the real truth of all the human rights violations in Jaffna in a scale not heard before……so the war crimes are not just about LTTE/GOSL issues. Any crime investigations in SL the Indians (Tamil Nadu Politicians) will be standing in the docs with the TNA as part of any criminal investigations regards to what happened in our Nation to answer all our questions. (1977 ELECTION RESULTS NEED TO BE REVISITED BASED ON THIS OUTCOME AM SURE Mr Hoole will agree as a God fearing man)

        (every idiot is reading the narratives put out by the same in the social media and have become a Pundit in my home town politics/killing fields)

        The full story or no story…as we need to put the Indian on the map for what they are..having they put the British on the map for all the crimes they complaint about etc. We will compare notes and act accordingly at The Hague……Tamil Nadu is not part of Sri Lanka and is for Indians to deal with their local politics. nothing to do with Jaffna/Sri Lanka.

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          GOSL argument should be to the UN for an inclusive investigation?? where all the parties stand infant of the tribunal for all that took place since 1970 onwards.

          UN can let us know if the JVP had foreign hands too for our records.

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      Of course not. Look at their record, they killed poor people who protested that one of their own cronies was polluting their water, they kidnapped, and assassinated, journalists for speaking the truth, and even Prabakaran’s son was killed while eating a biscuit. Is this the Buddhist way? Their supporters keep thinking the end justifies the means.
      They lack compassion, remorse, humanity, and their killing sprees do not give them sleepless nights. That is scary. The previous lot may have been incompetent, but the country was not living in fear, openly racist policies, and the minority living in fear to this extent.

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        Dear Ashan,
        While the beginning of your comment is acceptable, there is indeed a question that arises with ………….”The previous lot may have been incompetent, but the country was not living in fear, openly racist policies, and the minority living in fear to this extent.”………..
        So we had that situation and what did we do with it. Should we not look inwards and ask “Are we deserving of that freedom because we do not appreciate it”. There are so many systems, ways and means, but finally it is what WE make of it that matters. Have we as a nation and people used it wisely ?
        Having had that freedom you say we had, what was the final result. Two heads at cross purposes not going anywhere, breakdown in security ending in hundreds dead, corruption and nepotism endless,
        just dragging on downwards.
        Finally let us not rail at the politicos alone, yes they are to blame for what THEY DO, but look inwards of what WE have done to ourselves – yes, we the voters, the people of this country, those who can make a change but do not or will not.
        What Prof. Hoole has courageously brought out are the ills and misdeeds of the administrators in the north, but that is no better than anywhere else in the Island….contd…..

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          ….contd………
          The future is not in words but what in we, as a united nation, with proper administrators and following due process of the systems in place, can achieve.
          It is in the hands of all of us to sit together to reach common ground for our own better future. Finger pointing does not get us anywhere, unless the finger is showing the correct path.

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      How was Velu?

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    So what should Tamilians do?

    (1983 and 2009 are out of the question.)

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      Go to USA, California,, Kamala Haris there. Her Tamil blood, why she working for the USA? More than 78 million Tamils in the world, no nation for Tamils, No prime minister for them, No president for them, no national song and no flag also, sad and bad

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        N. Perehera, I will join you on your trip back to Orissa. I will get off in Kerala and you can continue to Orissa. Then the natives of SL can live peacefully.

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          Actually the ancestors of most Chingkallams are not from Orissa, Bengal , Bihar or Jharkhand but from then ancient South Indian Thamizh country. Modern day Keralam ( Cheralam) and Thamizh Nadu. This Perera(Pear) should definitely get off with you in Kerala or failing that Thamizh Nadu. His name suggests that he is descended from one of these thousands of South Indian slave or bonded labour , who were imported into the island first by the Portuguese and later by the Dutch , to either do menial service work, like fishing , toddy tapping, or to work as slave labour in huge southern spice estates. Now claiming to be true sons of the soil. Speaking a language that is a mixture of Thamizh, Samaskirutham and Pali , all originating from India and following a religion that originated in India and the founder a Hindu. However hate India and Hindus and in the name of Chingkalla Buddhism destroying ancient Hindu temples and symbols, especially in the NE.

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            Hindu Lord Buddha will weep , at the sight of all these ancient Hindu symbols , that he worshipped being destroyed in his name and his statues being forcibly being installed by the so called Archaeological department and the rapist Chingkalla armed forces in the same place where all these ancient Hindu symbols and statues , that Lord Buddha himself worshipped. Shows how much respect that show to the actual teachings of Lord Buddha or the things that held dear and revered. Destroying everything he held sacred all in the name of Chingkalla Buddhism .

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        That is why now the “Tamils” are being armed to face China..the second job opportunity after tea plantations historically. It was the Sikh’s then in the colonial armed forces and have them now completed the scope of getting rid of Indian Congress and Indra family then…the second phase started that was to use the FP/TULF folly to connive with the Tamil Nadu gutter politicians to destroy Sri Lanka and now that is completed after 50 years.

        Extreme religious fanatics running secular India and NPC had the religious fanatics too.

        Now the UN withdrew to and demanded GOSL complete their scope and now the GOSL being ensured SL will never see a normal life ever again.

        Funny enough some Sri Lankans running around and making funny comments thinking they know what happened except it their mere thoughts and actions they themselves played into the status quo….a third world mentality at display. Anything for a dollar.

        Strange enough someone at some point always thought they were “winning” along the way..failed to notice what the body counts of their own children were telling them?????

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      GATAM

      “So what should Tamilians do?”

      Let them go back to their ancestral homeland in South India. When they go let them take their Tamil brethren with them.
      Where would you like to go?
      South or North India?

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    ‘When God Wants To Judge A Nation, He Gives Them Wicked Rulers’
    ,
    My understanding is that God judges individual hearts, not nations. On the other hand, he did send that plague of locusts to starve Egypt into submission didn’t he? And he did send the angel of death to kill the firstborn sons of the Egyptians while sparing the Israelites. Nice guy, seesm to have forgotten his own commandment not to kill. Do you think he is related to the Rajapakses or to Prabhakaran?

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      Svenson: My understanding is that God judges individual hearts, not nations.

      TFN: Read the Bible – the stories about Sodom and Gomorah. God burnt these two cities to ashes. Only Lott’s family escaped but not his wife.

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      Svenson

      Does not God have anything better to do?
      He/she seems to favour only Israelites.
      Is he/she an Israelite or pro Israelite?

      “On the other hand, he did send that plague of locusts to starve Egypt into submission didn’t he? “

      Did he?

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      Why did Prapakaran kill around 300000Thamizh around 145000 in May 2009? Ethnically cleanse more than a million Eezham Thamizh and chase them to the west and made another 1 million Indian origin Thamizh stateless soon after independence. Commit war crimes , genocide and use the force of the state to marginalize and deny Thamizh people the use of their language, higher education and employment. Steal their lands and steal using the Chingkalla armed forces , the archaeological and forestry departments to create fake history and plant Buddha statues everywhere and destroy ancient Hindu temples and any other proof that Thamizh people lived in this island from ancient times.

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        Even according to your government statistics the LTTE killed the most around 3000 Chingkalla and Thulluka civilians and most of them were really not civilians but thugs and criminals who were sent to the NE to harass the Thamizh. Pretend civilians. Racist Chingkalla kurangu trying to compare a guerrilla armed force that only came into existence because of state sponsored Chingkalla racism and only killed around 3000 so called civilians with a government that committed genocide, war crimes , ethnic cleansing and deliberately killed more that 300000 Thamizh and chased away more than a million is a joke. Only racist with pea sized brains with no reasoning power will do this. A government is supposed to protect all its citizens irrespective or race or religion and treat them equally not indulge in rape , ethnic cleansing , genocide and war crimes , that all Chingkalla governments have done since independence. The LTTE and Prapakaran would not have come into existence if there was no Chingkalla racism , especially anti Thamizh racism from the state. That is still going on unabated. This is why the world is worried and also China ,Porkistan interference.

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    Dear Mr Hoole,
    .
    we perfectly know how much you sacrificed by making every effort to convince that SRILANKA would become a pariah state if uneducated former criminals would be back to power. Each time you stood against LTTErs they compared yours with that of late Mr Kadirgamar but recent years the very same Rajakashes and their biased media make every effort to paint the picture, you as an agent of TAMIL diaspora.
    .
    Now no doubt, with HARDER UN resolutions are ahead of us, in the the pipeline, WIMAL BURUWANSE would restart spreading ” conspiracy theories” because his CRIME inveistigations are reported to be exonerated last week. That sent the message across, if you are politicians you may use two or more passports no matter violating laws. So he can wake up from his hibernation mode to work on his racial/extremist agendas. Wasideva is currently punished by god, and I have no doubt, he would survive it.

    However shame on to that unethical bastard – by name MACO became a lap dog to Rajaakshes clan in order then US citizen Nandasena be given presidential nomination. I think any citizen yet today should have the right to question why the law was voilating by them in that regard.
    :
    TO BE CONTINUED

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    Prof. Hoole,
    I do not think that is tale of only Jaffna. It could be any city town in Sri Lanka.
    But on number of incidents North may be little better from what I hear

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    Prof: Ratnajeevan Hoole has highlighted the state of affairs in relation to corrupt practices in the North of the Island state of Srilanka., A Land like no other……….
    The Tamils in the north are by no means alone.
    Their Sinhala brothers and Sisters down south of the country are equally good if not better!
    In that sense there is a deep down amity and goodwill when it comes to corrupt practices.
    Would it not be possible to resolve the National Question on the corruption parameter?
    To hell with the UNHCR!

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      Plato

      What % of total collection/commission to be handed over to one stop man?

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        Native.
        20%.

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          Plato

          Thanks.
          However its too small a commission for rare commodity, besides Lalith also involved in those transactions/distribution.

          Do you think ultimately all the benefits will accrue to the well oiled well connected rich from Hindian charitable Act.

          Will India have say in who gets what and so on?
          Can it overrule its vaccines reaching certain saffron clad thugs and anti Hindian shameless racists? For example Wimal, Udaya, Elle, ….. ?

          One more thing, Sri Lankans irrespective of their ethnicity boast about their literacy rate (percentage of the population of a given age group that can read and write.), high standard education, morale values (for some, simply being a Sinhala/Buddhist country) …… are unable to discover any vaccines by themselves.
          Why?

          Most probably they are deeply involved in analyzing Indian toilet habits.

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    Dear Prof. R Hoole
    What a sorry state of affairs, in the functioning or more appropriately non-functioning of the civil administration of the Northern province. I am appalled to hear your plight to empty the septic tank. One has to ask what is the elected member doing about this nonsense. It seems that no one is accountable. They have the authority but not the responsibility. It sounds like jungle law
    How about the media, are they that busy they have no time to waste on little things as they might rush to admit?
    Hope you get this sorted out soon

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      RN
      There something more sick about the caste-ridden society of Jaffna.
      *
      After the heavy rains not long ago, some lands with houses occupied by depressed castes were flooded. To expel flood water the only was to cut a narrow drain canal across adjoining property occupied by ‘high castes’ .
      Pleas for compassion fell on deaf years. The flood victims approached a TNA MP from the area to intervene on their behalf. But his response was: “These people got me elected, and how can I antagonise them?”
      So the victims had to move out until flood waters receded by seepage.
      *
      We seldom find such stories among narratives of the woes of the Tamil nationality.

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        Surely the high caste Tamil did not want his property get polluted from water polluted by low caste Tamils.

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        Dear SJ
        The selfishness of us Tamil people is beyond redemption. Why are these people so parochial, they fail to see the tip of their own nose even in front of a mirror?
        We are our own enemies; when will we learn to live and let live?
        Near to the temple but far from god!!

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          RN
          Thanks.
          It is this parochialism that has hurt the just cause of the Tamils for fair treatment as a nationality.
          Your last line reminds me of the song by MLV 70 years ago:
          ”Kovil muzuthum kanden
          ….
          Devaathi devanai naan engu thediyum kandilane”.

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          R.N.
          Despite intense propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South during or after the war has changed the residence to Jaffna.
          .
          Not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY ever will.
          .
          Why? Because they know it is a big lie.
          Tamil racist donkeys on CT have proved that even Goebbels is wrong!
          .
          At times I feel sorry for these silly donkeys over the time they are wasting.
          HOWEVER, the day these hypocrites show some trace of success and my Tamil brothers and sisters develop a tendency to leave us, that day I will feel ashamed as a Sinhalese and become an active suppoter of their political ambitions.

          Soma

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            Soma
            A majority remain outside, not all. A few of my close friends have returned.
            *
            There are various factors to consider. A good number are refused access to their land. There are those whose homes and surroundings have been made uninhabitable. Many have not the resources to start from scratch and the necessary infrastructure to support.
            Had the government created attractive conditions to enable return and restart, it will be another context. Still there will be many who have been long used to a different environment, especially the youth, who will find it hard to return.

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    Although we Sri Lankans inherited a democratic system based on Christian principles we have not been able to foster the democratic system of governance since independance.

    There was a gradual decline of the democratic system and values in Sri Lanka.

    What we are left with at the moment is an ailing democracy that is running on life support.

    Unless the majority in the country value democracy and we get a new educated set of political leaders that value democracy and have the political will to protect democracy Sri Lanka plummetting towards anarchy.

    How ever still what we have is much much better than the draconian Communist Party government in China.

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      What about Russia, dear Whimpy Kid? Please see above. I’m sorry that there’s so much of bold there – it becomes difficult to read.
      .
      Just a bit for emphasis is all right, but even then, I fear it is a bit selfish – a cheap way in which to get attention at the expense of others.
      .
      But at least my mistake is not as bad as that made by the guy who brought COVID into the world. Even the Rajapaksas, who are so sure that COVID dead must be cremated, have no idea how the Pandemic began. I hope they don’t see this comment. If they do, they will immediately give us an answer that is both “unverifiable” and “unfalsifiable”.

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    Although we Sri Lankans inherited a democratic system based on Christian principles we have not been able to foster the democratic system of governance since independance.

    There was a gradual decline of the democratic system and values in Sri Lanka.

    What we are left with at the moment is an ailing democracy that is running on life support.

    Unless the majority in the country value democracy and we get a new educated set of political leaders that value democracy and have the political will to protect democracy Sri Lanka will be plummetting towards anarchy.

    How ever still what we have is much much better than the draconian Communist Party government in China.

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      “…we Sri Lankans inherited a democratic system based on Christian principles”
      *
      Really?

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    You all may write many positive criticisms about the Gota government but it falls on deaf man ears So long as they have grabbed the two-third majority by bribing 8 traitors there are many more traitors waiting to sell themselves like Prostitutes for money The DEMOCRACY is dead after Mahinda density too control of power. Poor rural masses can expect worse things to happen Judicaray was bought over by Gota

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      K
      You are out of focus when you talk of “bribing 8 traitors”.
      Bribing was a strong possibility in the coup attempt to topple RW’s government.
      With 20A it was bullying mostly.
      A Muslim will know how things are under the new order.

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    If I were God I would separate out the wicked ruler for punishment and save the Nation let alone giving them wicked rulers. I know that is what Satan wants.
    .
    And also reserve a special place in hell for people like Hoole with dark hearts wishing ill for the poor nation all the time. The other day he shamelessly came out with a plan to starve the poor people asking outside world to impose economic sanctions.

    Let us pray to God to save poor people from wicked rulers and little devils like Hoole conspiring against the very people who gave him free education and free health.

    Soma

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      soman

      “Let us pray to God to save poor people from wicked rulers and little devils like Hoole conspiring against the very people who gave him free education and free health.”

      Do you seriously believe you will find god who will save poor people?
      Who gave him free education and where did they find the resources to fund free education? It was up country Tamil Speaking people of this island who worked harder to provide every basic necessity.

      By the way it was Pon Ramanathan who convinced D S Senanayake (incidentally who opposed) and other elites the need for universal free education.

      By any chance you are related to Fake News King Donald Trump?

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        NV
        I hate these people who want God to punish people for the sake of wicked rulers. Always reminds me of that lady Secretary of State who said “Price is worth it” refering to reported deaths of nearly half a million Iraqi children due to American sanctions.
        When Hoole proposed economic sanctions he probably had only Sinhala children in his mind. Sweet music to Tamil racist donkeys.
        .
        Shouldn’t we pray to save the PEOPLE from wicked rulers – ALWAYS – instead of subjecting them to further punishment who are already suffering under wicked rulers.? What kind of logic is that?

        Soma

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          Another lady secretary who visited Tamil Nadu Amma admin from the US said regards to the death of late Hon Con Qaddafi another head of state who was part of the non aligned movement….she became the unelectable even in the US where democrats choose not to vote or voted for Trump in 2016.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlz3-OzcExI

          We live in a world of smoke screens..one has to learn to see through all that for justice for humanity.

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          soman

          “Shouldn’t we pray to save the PEOPLE from wicked rulers “

          On the contrary leave them alone.
          In the past 100 or so years we have seen and heard many from Anagarikka to Sarath Weerasekera wanted to save people. Look at the state of the island. Singapore a small area of rocks which started very late and doing very well for its people. The leaders didn’t go out to save any particular religion nor ethnicity.

          The country strives for excellence, betterment of living standards, …..

          Pakistan’s core idea of nation building process, involves preserving and promoting Islam at any cost and destabilizing India through Kashmir.

          What has been Sri Lanka’s Nation building process?
          Who benefited from the process?
          More than 2 million people have left this island permanently. Another 2 million of so toiling in Middle East. Some of them are doing exceedingly well outside this island.
          Why?

          Those who left this island know there is no hope living in this rat infested island.

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        Native Vedda,
        Tamil speaking up country people did not pay tax. Free education was provided with Tax Payers’ money.

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          Eagle the Economic Illitrate Blind Eye

          Did you consider Tax on Producer surplus, Tax on Exports, Tax on profits made by exporters, ……. Tax on consumption?

          Profits are made when production costs are kept minimum. Up country Tamils have been paid pittance.

          Dumbo
          Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt – Mark Twain

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    What I consider a ruling body is the composition of Govt and Opposition MPs, PM, President, Police and Armed Forces. They all rule as “lawlessness” is prevailing today.

    So wicked rulers also include all the above plus the Buddhist Monks, Deshapremies, and all Racists who are also ruling over others.

    This group also includes those create divisions among the same race, for example still the Jaffna Tamil Politicians do not consider or care about the issues the Upcountry Tamils are facing.

    So all in almost all those who poke their noses into politics are wicked!

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      Buddhist1,
      “Jaffna Tamil Politicians do not consider or care about the issues the Upcountry Tamils are facing.”

      Malabar Vellala Demala politicians do not care even for the low caste Demala people in Yapanaya. These Vellala politicians who make big noise about Human Rights treat low caste Demala people as sub-humans and violate their human rights. But for some strange reason UNHRC or NGOs do not see these Human Rights violations.

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    Dr. Hoole
    Don’t wait for the self rule to clear your sceptic tank.
    That takes a litte bit of time.
    Sorry to hear that you are using the toilet sparingly.
    Before praying to punish people for apointing Nandasena pray for your sceptic tank.
    THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AT THIS POINT.

    Soma

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    Dear S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – if the Tamils were united we wouldn’t have lost the war. The Tamils are not blameless for the current state of affairs.

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      Rajash

      “Dear S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – if the Tamils were united we wouldn’t have lost the war. “

      Are you sure if the Tamils were united Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan (TVP) would have allowed Tamils to win the war?
      Hope you will review your understanding of TVP .
      By the way TVP was actively fighting for the Sinhala/Buddhists .

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      R
      United for what? A tyranny in the name of Tamil Eelam?
      Unity under a jackboot, be it the state, a foreign power or a local despot, will only deliver slavery.

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      Rajash,
      LTTE carders in the East left because they were not treated properly by Tamils in Yapanaya and they did not want to live in an Eelam controlled by Tamils in Yapanaya who look down upon Tamils in Tirikunamale and Madakalapuwa.

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      Rajash
      Terrorists cannot win a war. There comes a time when those who feel ashamed to be associated with terrorism as a means securing a political goal rally round the affected party.

      Soma

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    We were better and obedient educated citizens under foreigners,crime was so law I believe ,but people lived side by side regardless.but seems we were happy,but independent came itself as surprise ,but India fought for it for their good and doing well and accommodate all religion and language and proud of themselves and patriotic,
    But our case …..

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      Cugan,
      Yes, life under foreigners was good for Vellala Demalu who became obedient servants of Brits and monopolized the Administration but it was hell for Native people in Sinhale who were oppressed by Brits and Vellala obedient servants.
      ===
      “but India fought for it for their good and doing well and accommodate all religion and language”

      India did not get Independence because they fought for it. After fighting WWII, Britain got bankrupt and could not maintain a loss making colony and decided to leave.
      Have you heard what Hindians call ‘Hinduthva’?

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      Assam; My Country, My Home 101 east
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJlgJGijcsI

      Do you know if all the 200000 ++ SL refugees and their newly born in India hold Indian passport?? do you know their plight to date?

      Even the Indians Tamils came to UK as “refugees from Sri Lanka” have the British Passport some 30-40 years ago.

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    I agree SM,

    “Abddassa Kale Labuth Thiththa Lu”

    Any way we should not give up hope for a better future for the next generation.
    Sri Lanka is a very beutiful country it should not be like this.

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      Who to blame and who destroys how many uprisings

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      Well, the people wanted “a strong military man” as President. You can see what we’ve got. A weak, cowardly thug, who bullies innocents.
      .
      Last year, you remember, he complained that the Royal-Thomian cricket match wasn’t cancelled despite his request. Never mind that it was played, no catastrophe followed from that, but I mean to say, this strong guy couldn’t order the cancellation of a schoolboy cricket match. What’s happening this year?
      .
      http://www.dailymirror.lk/sports/Roy-Tho-in-Hambantota/322-204660
      .
      It sounds as though we’ll play a two-day match in Hambantota, the idea being, I suppose, to sustain the claim that it is the second-oldest encounter in the world. Why two days? The players are not fit enough to last three days. Never mind. Trivial issue. Let the Organising Committee decide. Yes, they over-rule the Principals of the schools.
      .
      But elsewhere – we thought that Biden would prove to be a wimp. It now looks as though he’s got the guts to take tough decisions where he must
      .
      https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Biden-executive-orders-nail-in-coffin-oil-and-gas-15906911.php

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    Dear SRHH

    Thank you for the excellent summary of the state of affairs in Jaffna.

    With the caveat/understanding that I as a Tamil do not share your Politics/Sinhala references etc but share the following thoughts on your kind writing. On a separate note I am also impressed that Hon Sumathiran MP mentioned your name in his Parliament speech to clear your name for the records on some other issues is noted with Respect.

    The NPC had Ministries of Local Government/Agriculture/Health/Education/Woman’s Affair. Most of the issues you have touched based with are all related to the above departments. The war ended 12 years ago.

    There were elections and people voted and paid salaries to respective elected to deliver goods at the NPC. Based on the manifesto and the understanding of the job scope what was delivered and what was not please. We need a table will help please.

    400- 500 resolutions were passed and we witnessed horrible arguments in the NPC meetings/gatherings too..very disheartening indeed….to be a resident must be a burden indeed.

    We had parlimentarians from Jaffna from TNA and the same was elected by the people to run the NPC show too.

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      Leaving the GOSL/Army/Sinhalese out kindly give us an explanation as to what went wrong since the war ended please. You can touch base with all that has been promised to the people by the TNA and what was delivered to date and what was not etc please. Some “why not” delivered you have stated but one must revisit this as they were all paid for their job duration…if this was a volunteer/charity work done by the elected then share with us too.

      Based on your article above in 2021 can you ask some of the our Jaffna University students to do some gap analysis and come up with some rational as to what is really happening here please and how they see this engineering challenges then we can takeout further.

      Then we the CT readers can get together and come up with some solutions/way forward etc.

      Thank you

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        Please share with us the NPC and the TNA MP’s manifesto related to development work please…you can ask the students in the Jaffna University to write article on this subject first please.

        Ask them to incorporate the Economists within the TNA who planned the City and Rural planning and the respective coasting expertise of each project as projected/planned please.

        How each job was prioritised how the NPC and the elected went about executing one after the other since the war ended in 2009.

        We need to get serious with all the action list as now you are highlighting issues even with the Municipality and the Mayor as well?? LG elections elect the respective Municipalities based on a case making to the public correct??

        It will be good the students have NPC/LG/MP’s manifesto pledges incorporated for the said development work please.

        I promised to take the matter up with our GOSL respective departments/Diaspora/Tamils from India, Malaysia and Singapore I know who can afford most of things you mentioned as the immediate needs..be it funds/expertise/engineering capabilities -study/design construction and commissioning etc, we can talk to the respective governments wherever we live regards to Fire Engines/Ambulances etc. We need to look at the TNA economical planning first to execute all the above please.

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    What a shame on with flashing Dollar AC holder can’t even clear his own pit!

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      Dear Cugan

      “What a shame on with flashing Dollar AC holder can’t even clear his own pit!”

      what does this means pls?

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    Rajash

    “Dear S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – if the Tamils were united we wouldn’t have lost the war. “

    Are you sure if the Tamils were united Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan (TVP) would have allowed Tamils to win the war?
    Hope you will review your understanding of TVP .
    By the way TVP was actively fighting for the Sinhala/Buddhists .

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    Does the LG and MP’s hold regular town Hall meetings and when was the last such meeting were held please.

    Do you have access to any MOM’s you could share or any websites the CT commenters can make reference to various discussions/action list/updates on various issues discussed by the public and the elected, where the elected go to update the public etc??

    We should create a country based action group who will share their children and their expertise/site visits and study work for their homeland from Malaysia, Singapore to all the way western countries. They will bring back the scope and get the study work done in their respective countries using various Engineering companies at their own coast and deliver design packages for your execution.

    This will also give opportunities for technology transfer to the Sri Lankan University students etc.

    For all this take place you need to start talking all issues from a prospective as a Sri Lankan and not as a Tamil/Sinhala/Muslim etc…..party politics can be there after the elections/elected as you represent all the folks who live in the land who needs services from us the elected/employed etc?

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    Once the Covid restrictions are over armed with a Camera I will visit all the countries and go door to door to each and every Tamil home and present them the economical plan and explain the gaps after getting permission from our GOSL and the respective departments.

    There will be no guns involved but with reasoning and humble request for their input for change………so we develop our Nation from 3rd World to 1st World…we need websites made for this activity as will be the most transparent human empowering work ever
    undertken by the Lankans…which we can repeat through out the Nation building bridges with all who live in the blessed land.

    I also understand the Chinese have ways of cultivating rice crops(special.breed) in salinity affected water too. May be ideal for Northern crops.

    Water and Waste Management do we have a National plan?? or is it left to the each district to do their own work??

    Once you start thinking in this way just as the Executive Presidency non requirement TNA made the case you will also realise Provincial Councils only add additional layers/coast/confusion regards to job scopes that requires delivery…it is this layers and conflicts (not just the politics) that has resulted in the non deliverable nature adding to the incapability for such task that is the epidemic no one want to admit??

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    I agree with Rumble 2021,

    University students and civic groups should hold the politicians accoutable.

    Not only in Jaffna this should happen every where throughout the Island.

    The electrorate should be on the ball, reporters also have a significan roll in this.

    Politicians should not be allowed to get away with ” Seenibola Talks” and playing the race card which has been the trick of choise that has been used by the Sinhala as well as Tamil and these days the Muslim politicians also to control the electorate.

    Are Sri Lankans mature enough to ask for a merit based system without the need to go behind politicans for Jobs etc?

    The politicians job is not giving jobs by breaking the system, the politicians role is creating jobs and putting a good and fair system in place.

    Unless our people grow up and put aside narrow minded politics Sri Lanka will always be a third world country while politicians and their cronies become more and more properous.

    The Sri Lankan electorate voted for Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksha (who is not a proffessional politician) expecting that He will put a good system in place, hope this is delivered before the next presidential election.

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      Dear WK

      We need to educate our people through publication of the job scope of all the elected officials job scope fully defined and parked in the GOSL website, news media should have section just for this typeof education explaining the working practices of the elected. We should continuously update this by revising the best working practices from various democracies as well as gathering feed back from our Nations electorates on at regular intervals.

      After the election day party politics stops and the service part/accountability starts period.

      This way we will also force the parties to select qualified candidates who are not for the “job scope” with proven track record for the said service.

      This has become a space for all the invalid/personal agendas/thugs/foreign interest etc…then the same allow to approve legislations that governs the Nation??? what you expect??

      We need Technocrat Colleges and this must be a basic course anyone should attend and pass before they can be fielded as candidates to serve people in a democracy.

      All the other drama makers can do so without having to hold the office and face the tune of the Law enforcement accordingly.

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    Having lived through this kind of work in 70’s in Jaffna.planned/executed to perfection by the MP’s and the Mayor and the Councils then until 1977….I can tell you is so simple to do….we just need to remove the politics and work with the central government all goes smoothly just indeed.

    To hold the elected GOSL accountable it is best and only fair too we do not put obstacles and let them execute the National plans that we all support until the next election…ask the Indians/Singaporean/Malaysian this has all worked for them to date.

    Create volunteer groups from the schools/colleges/Universities to do plenty of Environmental work is a good investment for TNA. There are plenty of areas TNA can expand and need to expand and make themselves relevant in a democracy. Otherwise people will not vote for us next time?? voting at gun point days are over.

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    Sinhalayo are facing an uphill task to convince Demalu (Tamils after 1911) that Sinhalayo did not invite them to come to Sinhale.
    Why should Sinhalayo take the responsibility to look after Demalu brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers to do the dong key work for them?
    If Demalu have a problem in living with Sinhalayo in Sinhale please direct your problem to Boris Jonson, Prime Minister of Great Britain if you from tea plantations. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands or António Luís Santos da Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal if you are from Yapanaya.

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      Aiyo EE what are you talking aney even NV is more grown up than you no?

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    I agree it is time for those minorities to wake up from their slumber. Options may be limited, but they keep repeating the same old methods which did not yielded even an inch of progress. Also remember especially for Tamils ” enemy is usually in “.

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      chiv
      “I agree it is time for those minorities to wake up from their slumber.”
      .
      Tamils also should come out of this mentality that Sinhala Buddhist society is superior to their own.
      .
      Despite intense propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South during or after the war has changed the residence to Jaffna.
      .
      When arrangements were made for the estate Tamils to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India. Even if they are given land in Jaffna they will not go.

      Soma

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    To be frank should the Tamil voters were “allowed” (a funny word in a democracy) to vote and choose their future in the 1981 DDC elections their choice we would have been a leading Nation in the world today. It was even more critical only we TULF had them vote for a separatism mandate going no where with the 1977 riots that ensued too??

    Our beautiful future was brought to a violent end by the FP/TULF and the respective armed wings then in 1981 now form the TNA (40 years on)………..for all the intentions and purposes of our discussion where the GOSL and our Nations soldier’s saved TNA with their life to date??

    This is a bizarre state of affairs the TNA spend the last 40 years safeguarded by the GOSL and now having conflicts that we know nothing about please??

    Perhaps TNA and the GOSL should make a joint statement to the people of Jaffna as to what the conflicts are then we can work out a way forward??

    One has to demystify this scenario to us all please as we all need a home to return too in ship loads to Jaffna??

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      “Perhaps TNA and the GOSL should make a joint statement to the people of Jaffna as to what the conflicts are then we can work out a way forward??”

      Having known the FP/TULF/TNA since Independence as elected party officials in various roll play (MP’s , Ministers, Councillors, Mayors in democracy vs all other party and non party elected officials) it is now becoming clearer that the TNA (FP/TULF/PLOTE/TELO…) have no capacity to deliver their job scope is proven beyond reasonable doubts. We also know of the extra judicial killings/thuggery and the pending trials make this entity not fit for the purpose of serving the people until their names are cleared??

      The GOSL need to look at the legality of a party? crime free? capability? track record? policies/manifesto for for purpose? to qualify to be part of a democracy?? Should the GOSL fail we need to get the UN to look at the history of violence in Jaffna a Tamil on Tamil crime??

      This is not for the TNA nor the GOSL to “normalise” as to what is a Nation belongs to all and all her subjects deserve to be served by the elected over and beyond party politics?? nor this is a Gods Devine allowing FP/TULF to play god with us since inception dating back to 1948??

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        It is for progressive politicians like Mr Sumathran MP to be critical a self look at the party history should he wish to carry this party forward to “serve” people….if this party has any personal wish list that should not involve any “job scope in a democracy” and should be done out side of this parameters….then the “Law and Order’ will govern the activities. Historically a bunch of lawyers took cover under the law/oath and made a living from the system/tax payer and committed thuggery/violence/killings/treason/treachery etc.

        This is a luxury our Nation should never afford to anyone ever again as this violates the fundamental concept of a democracy?? It is the behaviour of the elected/political meetings/party news paper writings/behaviour towards the fellow mans right to choose what they prefer has created a ambiance of intimidation/thuggery/patronising/victimisation etc has now become the “normalised” thinking process preventing us from progressing further….playing god/devils advocacy etc all need to stop by all not limited anyone in particular.

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        Can the GOSL make a statement to the nation/world that FP/TULF/PLOTE/TELO has no outstanding crimes to answer to the law and order of the Nation since 1970? if not why not??

        if not then what happened to the Police records and respective investigation?? when would they be reopening the cases??

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    It is only fair we make space for the new refugees to the western shores as the same wars we created around the world continue to generate more destitute everyday…now we have a home with no war means we can all go back and help her heal too??

    Once we are home then we do not need articles but can see all this for ourselves and find solutions??

    So should the Diaspora be shipping fire engines/ambulances/septic tanks instead of luxury cars as the cars will not have space in Jaffna correct??

    Should we all bring fishing boats/trawlers and some agricultural equipment and some construction machinery will help?? they are easy to ship the current mode of transport too.

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    Dr. Hoole,

    It is good to highlight the ground conditions and the terrible state of affairs in SL.

    But in the past 2000+ years, has anything said in the Bible been true in real life?
    The answer is no, though some people will stretch the truth to give their own (mis)interpretation.

    That being the case, it is better to stick to rational and cultural/aspirational morality arguments, and avoid quotes from religious texts that long ago lost their relevance.

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      Agnos
      Agree, but one can make exception for succinctly put thoughts, purely for wit and poetry.

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      Dear Agnos,
      .
      I prepared a response to you many hours ago, but it was stymied by a power failure.
      .
      I will put it on at the end of the next page of comments.

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      I have dealt with Calvin, what about Jeremiah?
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah
      .
      Don’t take any of this too seriously. I have a brother-in-law named Jeremiah Collins. He’s of Irish descent.
      .
      I occasionally ‘innocently’ call him by that name, to his embarrassment. Nobody else calls him that. He’s “Jerry”. He’s quite a decent guy. They’ve been Aussies for generations.
      .
      Although you have the horrid clergyman, Mr Collins, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, that surname is apparently of Irish (Catholic) origin.
      .
      https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=collins
      .
      You see, I hope how all of us can indulge in “Kohea yanne? Malle pol” stuff. Just ignore such stuff!

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    Prof Hoole,

    It is true that you and your family members were harassed when you were doing your duty as a member of the Elections Commission. But that is no reason for the title of your article referring to God giving a nation wicked rulers.

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