20 October, 2017

When Good Men Leave Us Too Soon

By Ajita Kadirgamar

Ajita Kadirgamar

On the Occasion of Lakshman Kadirgamar‘s Twelfth Death Anniversary – When good men leave us too soon

Twelve years ago today, on August 12th, my father’s life was brutally cut short by two bullets to the chest and one to the head. A good man, at the height of his intellectual and political prowess, he was felled to the ground like a majestic tree axed because it stands too proudly in a forest that men covet for their selfish and ulterior motives.

Twelve years after the deed, the question of who really killed LK may seem like a closed case, however conspiracy theories still abound as to who gave the orders for his life and voice to be silenced.

Would it be pompous and arrogant of me as his daughter to state that with his departure, we witnessed the death of the species of noble and patriotic politician? Is it a generational phenomenon or have we finally experienced (in our lifetime) the demise of the honest, accountable, articulate, gentleman politician who puts country before self.

Lakshman Kadirgamar

If I had the luxury of saying LK must be “turning in his grave” at the present circumstances in Sri Lanka’s foreign affairs department, I would humorously throw it out there. However, since his spot in the family grave lies empty, that idiom doesn’t quite work.

Being the die-hard patriot he was, if at the age of 85 he was still alive today, he would probably weep at the wretched state of affairs in Sri Lanka. The post of Foreign Minister which he elevated to one of high esteem during his tenure (1994 to 2001, 2004 -2005) has today fallen into the clutches of dastardly thieves and base scoundrels and the government currently finds itself looking for a replacement from among its pathetic ranks. As an elder statesman, perhaps his counsel would have been sought this past week with regards to the nomination of a suitable replacement Foreign Minister.

What would LKs stance have been on the choice of candidates so far discussed? 1) A former attorney general and member of parliament who resigned in 2015 as a minister over the Avant Garde statement in Parliament; 2) A minister, also a lawyer, who despite his father having been a prominent political figure in the 90’s, who was killed by a suicide bomber, has maintained a somewhat low profile in local politics; 3) A minister with a foreign degree in Economics who has diplomatic experience, has represented the country at numerous international forums, and who speaks ‘proper’ English; 4) The recent, former Foreign Minister.

Would he recommend the one with diplomatic experience and exposure to the world stage? Or perhaps one from the legal fraternity – the older more jaded man or the fresher face with yet untainted blood? Would he vote for the one who has already held the post and knows the inside workings of the Foreign Ministry and has established relationships with his counterparts the world over? What if LK, still in the living world had mentored a worthy successor all these years? Would we be where we find ourselves today?

We will never know and I cannot presume to guess. What I do know however is that LK had a solid knack of choosing the right people to represent Sri Lanka.  In my biography ‘The Cake that was Baked at Home’ (2015), published on the occasion of his 10th death anniversary I recount stories of and from personalities he called on to serve the country.

“My father enticed other top professionals to join the service as ‘non career diplomats’. They included the likes of H.L. de Silva (Lawyer), Mangala Moonesinghe (Lawyer/politician), Warnasena Rasaputra (former Governor of the Central Bank), John de Saram (Lawyer/UN Diplomat), S.B. Pethiyagoda (Academic/FAO), Devinda Subasinghe (US-based economist) and others. Such people had fine, quick minds, they were highly cultured and well travelled and by virtue of their professions they had the kind of on-the-job training required to act independently or with little supervision.”

What certainly distinguished LK from other foreign ministers (and politicians in general) was that he was not a time server; he was not in the game to fleece state coffers or to secure his political status by devious means. To him serving his country was a calling and he once told a colleague “Since one has to die some day it would be an honour to die in harness” (to die while still working or active, prior to retirement).

“Perhaps because LK came into politics so late in life and following a highly successful UN career, his purpose and ambition were different from other run of the mill politicians and even his predecessors in the Foreign Ministry. He did not have a constituency to please for votes to keep him in office, he was not in it for the perks (travel, per diems, press coverage etc); he quite simply wanted to be a vehicle for change. As he so often said, he wanted to give back to his country.

I think to LK ‘giving back’ meant offering his services to the nation and asking for nothing in return. His vast intellectual capacity combined with international legal expertise meant he could quickly pinpoint areas for action and reform. He could see the bigger picture at all times and anticipate the necessary response. He could pick up a phone and speak to senior movers and shakers almost anywhere in the word. His years at the UN had provided him an unsurpassed network. These were some of the unique facets he brought to the table.”

By god where have all the decent men gone? The fact is, there will never be another Lakshman Kadirgamar. Never again will we have a statesman of his calibre. This sentiment originates not from me, but echoes timelessly from the multitude of people I continue to meet in this life journey of mine.

I attempt to sum up the man in the closing paragraph of my book, thus: “My anguish aside, I cannot deny my father, Lakshman Kadirgamar, was a colossus, a unique being, the likes of which the nation will never encounter again. He gave his all. He was the last of the Ceylonese. I think that’s how he would like to be remembered.”

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    Well said Ajita, LK a man who loved life with passion …a statesmen par excellence!

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      We desperately wait for a Sri Lankan of LK’s stature to unify us. To touch our hearts and minds. To stand tall over our endless bickering. About petty racial and religious differences. To make us proud of our diversity. To remind us of our common humanity, our inherent decency. To lead us to a better place. LK did all that for us. No doubt you deserve the rest LK. But, Sri Lanka misses you.

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        Amen!

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        Only person who can unite Srilanka is one like Lee Kwan Yu who was clear cut on the subject of racism and equality. LK was a politician and not a statesman, who was prepared to ditch truth and justice for the sake of patronage and personal glory. He was doing what was politically correct to become a darling of the Sinhalese and not what is correct to alleviate the sufferings of Tamils and granting justice to them. LKU was successful because he did that was correct and not that was politically correct. Basic requirement in the practice of diversity is equality, which constitution denies to Tamils., which Singapore has entrenched. There is no common humanity in Srilanka where Tamils are treated as foreigners who have to live at the mercy of Sinhalese. There is no inherent decency when lies are told to cover up crimes committed on Tamils and no Sinhala perpetrator is punished.

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          Lee Kwan Yu is very clear that your tamil culture can never accomplish it and can only be ruled- suppi! Even the LSE great minister of finance has changed his origin to Tamil nadu and married a chinese.
          government servants son and a government servant (your pop got a chit to send you to royal and england) stop your crap
          I have said this on many a previous occasion: that had the mix in Singapore been different, had it been 75% Indians, 15% Malays and the rest Chinese, it would not have worked. Because they believe in the politics of contention, of opposition. But because the culture was such that the populace sought a practical way out of their difficulties, therefore it has worked.
          . President’s Address, Debate on President’s Address, Parliament of Singapore (March 01, 1985).
          Opposition leader Nairs ashes are still at Canada and wont come back
          YOU AND TAMILS ARE NOT CHINESE- PERIOD

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            Racist Sinhalese troll . Tamils are not Chinese nor are you Sinhalese, who are largely descended from recently migrated Indian Tamil Dalits. Period. Tamil people are very tolerant and accept outsiders. Tamil Nadu is the only state in India that will accept outsiders and treat them well. It has a proud history of racial and religious tolerance. You Sinhalese do not and you are a very good example of this

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              Poooda puli padde village lout the cannibals of the island you never knew how to live in harmony like the folk of capital city colombo.
              You are not of chinese culture to keep quoting LKY. It was a chinese couple with Tippos at cambridge that accomplished the feat of a police state not one even Theresa May is unable to establish.
              Race and religious rights were established to cover the weakness of louts.
              Go to Nadu and live with underdog Vaiko as they speak english too.
              Village Jaffna tamils are world famous as conmen and inside traders……never a singapore So please hug your sinhala buruva brethren.

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                Mad creature , I can picture you foaming and frothing from your vile racist mouth whilst posting your garbage. I do not have to say anymore. Your comments reveal what a low life racist garbage you are. Go and jump back into the dustbin or hole from where you emerged

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                  Rohan

                  Is your attack aimed at me the son of first nation?

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            Please do not display your uncivilised mind by resorting to false personal attack when you are unable to counter the arguments sensibly. I was placed first in the Royal entrance test and did not need anyone to help me to get in. I also have a world renown degree, which I obtained on merit and thus I do not need any help to get a job anywhere. You are a scum from a third grade school and no where near me in status. You seem to be suffering from inferiority complex. For your information if the leader was any other Chinese than LKY, things would have been different in terms of racial equality and economic development. It is his vision on these matters which he imposed with iron fist to deliver immense success to Singapore. LKY has always been saying about the intelligence and diligence of Ceylon Tamils in helping him in his noble mission. It is you who is coming out with crap to run down Tamils.

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      When you write about a person, you should give the correct picture. LK was a non entity until he was given the post of Foreign minister by CBK. This is only by chance and not by design CBK was looking for a Tamil to join her cabinet in order to show the world that she is acting fair. That post was offered to Neelan Thiruchelvam and not to LK. Neelan a gentleman however refused to accept it until Tamil problem is solved and recommended LK for the post. LK who had other ideas jumped at it and accepted it. What LK did to the country is unquestionable, but he was lucky as at that time world was moving towards eradicating terrorism in whatever form. But what LK did in the process of defending the country is despicable. He blatantly lied in international forums about atrocities committed by security forces on Tamils such as Chemmani mass graves, Binduniweva massacre of child soldiers and bombing of Navali church housing refugees. All his education at Trinity and Oxford did not prevent him to be a honourable man with integrity. With this glory and popularity among Sinhalese he became greedy of becoming the head of state one day. Again what he did was disgraceful for a person of his stature. He threw principles to the wind, married a Sinhala lady and converted to Buddhism in order to present himself to the Sinhala voters. Unfortunately he died in disappointment firstly being refused the post of Prime Minister and then to be physically eliminated by a person from Sinhala community who had thought that LK would be an obstacle for his ambition of becoming the head of state. Though LK had achieved accolades from several quarters, he had morally descended to low levels for his personal gains.

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        Seems like you are jealous of another tamil who had no racism but human decency. If not for his campaign to ban LTTE innocent tamil people are still suffering from Prabkaran th war monger and dictator/ terrorist. .

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          Sunjay,
          I am pretty sure your not ignorant of the lies that LK portrayed to the world with a straight face. I have no intention on pissing on a dead man but question your decency as a human being.

          Prabakaran was a creation of the Sinhala south and their actions against innocent Tamils for decades.

          You guys a bunch of hypocrites who take SIL on Sunday and kill on Monday.

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          Anyone in the world is expected to have high integrity in order to be praised. One of the cardinal sin in every religion is telling lies, which LK did, purely for his personal gain. Every great school in Srilanka including Trinity preaches their students not to tell lies. LK being a Trinitian has let his old school down. What Prabaharan did is was wrong and for that he was correctly labelled a terrorist and eliminated. Bringing him into the debate and trying to cover up the crime committed by LK is not acceptable. Only selfish and unprincipled Tamils will join any Sinhala government. Even now the government is continuing to harass Tamils and denying their rightful place n Srilanka. If LK was a true gentlemen, he should have told CBK that he would prefer to resign rather than tell lies. This is where Neelan stands tall as a principled person when compared to LK. When you say that he had no racism but human decency, you seem to be a person who is off the head. What human decency when LK did not feel sorry for innocent Tamils slaughtered by security forces. Please stop shedding crocodile tears for innocent Tamils as even eight years after the demise of LTTE, Tamils are continuing to suffer under Srilanka security forces.

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            Dr GS”
            One of the cardinal sin in every religion is telling lies….”
            *
            Then religion must be a highly sinful institution as there are so many lies told to us from childhood.

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              My dear learned SJ

              Do I need to remind you the thirukurral verse on how lie can be justified provided it is used in a well meaningfulmanner?

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                Dear KR,
                My learning or otherwise apart, the issue is not whether a lie is justifiable or not, but whether what is uttered is a lie or not.
                *
                To invoke Valluvar (a wise and secular thinker) to justify all manner of lies is not honest.
                He said that “a lie can be likened to truth if it yields good free of fault”.
                That is a highly contextual utterance, and no excuse to whiten every lie.

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              Slime Jar
              “”Then religion must be a highly sinful institution as there are so many lies told to us from childhood.””

              idiotic communist- religion and morality.
              anyone who resorts to the formula: ‘It’s so, because I say so,’ will have to reach for a gun, sooner or later.
              religion delves with faith — belief in the absence of or contrary to evidence — leads to force.

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                D
                Religions take the position ‘It’s so, because I say so’ or rather ‘It’s so, because it was said so’.
                Many a sin has been committed in the name of faith.
                Enjoy your faith.
                A communist does not object to anyone’s faith. It is religions that fight each other.

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                  Oh slime,

                  “”Many a sin “”
                  What is sin? What is moral? What is it to be unselfish? Naked fakir and partition with an endless war that gives a few the right to prosper while they eat the same food.
                  Altruism is the curse that has to be taken away.
                  communist and fascist are just two sides of the same coin Hegel Thickhead.

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                    “Sin” as defined by those who invoke religion.
                    I recognize good and bad and right and wrong, all in context.
                    *
                    Your style is amazing.
                    I am at a loss to place it between those of two well known American Donalds– the duck and u-no-hoo.

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                  SJ

                  “Many a sin has been committed in the name of faith.”

                  I am not sure whether we can quantify/qualify sin, however faith in Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Adolf Hitler, Abimael Guzmán, Weeping Widow Siri Mao, Velupillai Prabaharan, Rohana Wijeyweera, MR, GR, ………………too led to the destruction of people, nation, … culture livelihood, …………………………………

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              SJ

              “Then religion must be a highly sinful institution as there are so many lies told to us from childhood.”

              I am not sure about lies whether they can be qualified or quantified. We also read many moral stories from childhood, enjoyed cartoons, ………………… all lies and imagination. The outcome of exposing children to religious practices, cartoons or moral stories have to be tested in a control experiment. Until then we cannot be sure.

              I am sure as a child the weeping widow Siri Mao would have read Sinhala Jataka Pot Vahanse and yet presided over the first mass war crime in post independent Ceylon.

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                  trunket

                  Brilliant
                  Thanks

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        Well said. That is the real picture.

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        sankaralingam
        Who is/was your ideal Tamil leader? Parayabakaran?? Your pessimistic look at everything while living in the west is a curse for the Tamils living in SL. People like you are the reason why Tamils in SL will never achieve anything.

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          Eusense, why don’t you divulge your name without attacking others. Prabaharan was never elected by Tamils to be their leader, but usurped that position as other Tamils due to fear were not willing to take up Tamil struggle for justice. You are an outright racist who is continuing to deny the rightful place for Tamils in Srilanka. Every government assures to international community that they will settle Tamil demand for autonomy, but do not carry out their word due to Sinhala opposition by people like you. If you think that Tamils cannot achieve anything without the consent of Sinhalese, you are sadly mistaken. Do not blame Tamils living in the west for all your racist stand. In Srilanka Tamils are living in fear with no freedom of expression, while those in the west are freely expressing their views as Sinhala racists cannot do anything about it. Tamils in Srilanka want to live as first class citizens in their land of historic habitation, in safety and dignity without any interference from the Sinhalese. This they have demonstrated several times democratically, which racists like you do not want to know. If Sinhala racists in the west can live like dogs with their tails tucked between their legs, why cannot Sinhala racists in Srilanka behave the same way. Remember that your attempt to hoodwink international community will not last long.

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            Your persistence in thrashing the irrational positions of others, mainly Sinhalese, is commendable. With their entrenched position your battle seems unwinnable.
            *
            The fault is in your assumption that governments do not carry out their word due to Sinhala opposition by people like Eusense. It is misleadingly distorted.
            *
            Let us say, hypothetically, that Eusense and others recognise their silliness, and turn a page to go along with you, what next … … ?
            *
            The error is not in Eusense being entrenched in his/her opinion, but the attitude of the Sinhala leadership that is stubbornly conceited.
            *
            It is the Sinhala leadership that is arrogant, and cocky! The failure of the governments to carry out their word should be laid solely at their feet, and not shifted to Eusense and crowd.
            *

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              Thappu

              “The fault is in your assumption that governments do not carry out their word due to Sinhala opposition by people like Eusense. It is misleadingly distorted.”

              Did you say the great such scholars Prof Gananath Obeysekere, RALH Gunawardena, H L Seneviratne, ……………….. were/are opposed to governments carrying out what it promised or the right policies?

              “The error is not in Eusense being entrenched in his/her opinion, but the attitude of the Sinhala leadership that is stubbornly conceited.”

              Please let me know as to why, how,….. the stupid voters vote for the same old frauds, crooks, bigots, racists ….. time and again?

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            sankaralingam
            Why does it matter to anyone whether I divulge my identity or not? If you don’t agree with what I write show me where I am wrong. Calling me a racist is taking you no where! Your assumption that I am a racist is outright wrong! I am not a racist but I am dead against terrorism and those who support terrorism whether they are Tamil, Sinhalese or any other race. In my world terrorism should not exist. I have stated this many many times and in many occasions have stated as a young kid our family had a Tamil physician, accountant and even had a close neighbor who was Tamil. I had no animosity against anyone of them and none of them ever talked about being discriminated or had problems with any other Sinhalese in Kandy.
            I would never oppose rightful existence of any race in SL. But I would oppose any attempt to obtain that by terrorism. Rightful existence is enjoyed by every Tamil other than separatist Tamils and diaspora like you, who support terrorism. Thousands of Tamils are doing better than most Sinhalese all over the country. They are wealthy businessmen, Professionals and other service providers. They do not utter anything close to your complaints. People like you who encourage Tamils in SL to keep complaining and engage in terrorism without suggesting steps to improve their lives calling Sinhalese like me as racists are a curse for the Tamil race. Instead you should persuade them to learn Sinhalese, move to the south if needed and enjoy life.
            If you are fighting for separatism and self rule please come back when the Tamil population is above 50%. Until then you will have to live as a minority as every other minorities living in other countries. But sadly, Muslims will achieve that first.

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              Eusense you are a coward living in the west and churning out racist writings. You are afraid to give your name for fear of being arrested for spreading racial hatred. You say that you are against any form of terrorism, but why are you silent on state terrorism that is still being carried out on Tamils. For your information the biggest terrorists in Srilanka is the government and the security forces who have killed more people and destroyed more properties than any other entity in Srilanka. This is the reason why Sinhalese do not want any impartial international inquiry on the atrocities committed by security forces on Tamils. The root cause of the problem in Srilanka is Sinhala racism which you are refusing to accept. There is legislative, executive and judicial discrimination of Tamils which needs to be eradicated for justice. There is no peace for Tamils in Srilanka, and tolerance is not acceptance. Why should Tamils learn Sinhala, when Tamil was used for administration and communication in Srilanka several centuries before Sinhala. Tamils living in Srilanka among the Sinhalese are not making any complaints because of fear of repercussions. Do you sincerely believe that there is freedom of expression for Tamils in Srilanka. If you hold a referendum among Tamils where they could vote without fear, then all of them will vote for independence. Please come out of your racist mind set and leave Tamils alone to rule themselves.

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                Sankaralingam,
                Calling people who do not agree with your paranoia “racist” is not taking you or Tamils anywhere. My advice, work with the Sinhalese if you want to achieve something. Millions of Tamils in SL are doing better than you who live in the west.
                I don’t know what kind of a doctor you are but I feel you need some psychological counseling. Plus you are not going to live for ever. So get the best out of your remaining life and be happy.

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                  Eusense you are a confirmed schizophrenic coming out with one track mind to slander Tamils. Tamils are always willing to live together with fair minded Sinhalese who believe in equality and justice and not bigoted racist like you, who want to keep Tamils suppressed by denying their basic rights. For your information, I am at least in peace of mind in this country, which I did not have in Srilanka due to Sinhala racial discrimination and violence. We know what the people in Srilanka including doctors are resorting to, in order to amass wealth, which we acquire by legal means and paying taxes correctly. Do you sincerely believe that Tamils who are doing well there are happy, than relying on divine help to ward off Sinhala atrocities.

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                    Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

                    At this age Bloody Nuisance is unable to find her Padikkama hence she is forced to spit/vomit here in this public space.
                    Please bear with her.

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                  Bloody Nuisance

                  Could you hold on until assache finds your Padikkama.
                  Thanks

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        Well said Dr.G.S.
        The ‘TRUTH’ stands by itself.

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      This has nothing to do about her father but she is jockeying for the next FM as she did with her elephant story sometime ago. CBK seems to want her personality in this position. Nothing is going to change as long as The Donald is president. – no back handers from either side will be accepted or will it?

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    My tribute is not related to that complex issue of Tiger terrorism and separate nations. But my old man died of a heart attack quite unexpectedly in 1999. Your late father was a good acquaintance of my old man; he came to pay respects at my Amma’s house. I had just flown back a day before his funeral. I was so scared because Intel said there were Tiger lurking to get at easy targets and both he and CBK were main targets. In both cases when your late father and CBK came to the house, I came and said hello and quickly went to the farthest end of the garden in case there was a suicide bomber like a coward! Living in America had made me soft and paranoid.
    Then their alma mater wanted to carry out the tradition with with their old boys to do the guard of honor; your late father had insisted on becoming a pall bearer. My mother told Sugandhie many times that he should not come to the open cemetery. Your late father, a brave Trinitian had none of it. I remember my mother telling CBK also not to show up. Nevertheless your brave father showed up quite in the open. Sure, he had SP Marso and security personnel but we all know that not even the tightest security is totally safe. He attended the funeral. We saw how tense the security people were.

    As a small insignificant fry, I never got a chance to know this giant of Sri Lanka but when I saw your note, I just wanted to say thank you. An elegant classy Trinitian and an erudite scholar like him is rare. I am not a Trinitian; but I think their sense of brotherhood and team spirit is amazing. Thank you.

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      Thank you for this wonderful insight into an incident I was not aware of. If I do a 3rd edition of the biography ‘The Cake that was Baked at Home’ with updates, I will certainly add this story. Yes the Trinity brotherhood is quite amazing

      Kindly send me your contact details to ajitakadirgamar@gmail.com

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        Canny CBK had your dad where she wanted him. CBK had Vijaya the same way.(I knew both before politics) I met him your dad at his home and b_club. To put it bluntly he held the post of FM as any defence lawyer would have defending his client.
        right and wrong are relative terms and we all do what we know best as professionals.
        Patriotism is the food we eat as a child.(see the difference in the north and south unlike colombo then) Hope is to walk the walk then the road comes into existence. Only the Truth is Right but it keeps on changing to revert to the same old thing.

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    Undoubtedly the most brilliant Sri Lankan of recent times . An immeasurable , untimely loss to the nation and her people.

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      Ajita Kadirgamar

      “Twelve years ago today, on August 12th, my father’s life was brutally cut short by two bullets to the chest and one to the head. “

      Has the state and successive government done justice to your family in the 12 years since your father had been assassinated? There are question yet to be answered, who pulled the trigger on whose order particularly in a high security zone, …. ?

      Have you had the time and opportunity to reflect on all the investigations the state supposed to have carried out, intrigues, political machinations, security lapses, timing, ……… during and after your father ‘s untimely death?

      May he attain Nibbana

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        NV

        It is quite evident the daughter wishes to deftly sidestep the issue of the “unresolved” murder, and instead let it remain a mystery, consciously or not preserving the heroic image of her father.

        LK gets murdered in the highest security residential neighbourhood in the heart of Colombo, protected 24/7 by a security detail of no-less-than 100 trained personnel at any time, closer to midnight when there is little distraction of day time traffic or otherwise.

        If the best trained officials of Sri Lanka’s most elite investigation teams could not de-mystify that simple murder, of what good are they, professionally for any other crime? Are they truly that inept?!

        What is more — Honorable Bagwathi of the Eminent team, who personally demanded that this crime be included in the list of investigations required of his team, soon thereafter threw in his papers in disgust, explicitly declaring that the Government machinery adamantly and forcefully blocked and undermined every effort of his team to investigate this murder.

        Does that give any hints as to who may be responsible, and why exactly this remains unresolved for 12-years?

        Leaving no stones unturned in unearthing the truth would be the most sincere tribute one could pay to a loved one. Feel-good glorification does little justice to such earnest sincerity. What LK deserved on that count, I suppose, is debatable.

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          “LK gets murdered in the highest security residential neighbourhood in the heart of Colombo, protected 24/7 by a security detail of no-less-than 100 trained personnel at any time, closer to midnight when there is little distraction of day time traffic or otherwise.”
          Kumar dont forget one thing, the country is Sri lanka. Anything is possible. (what you quote of 24/7 security? Are you serious? In sri lanka?
          Its better for her to move on and enjoy the memory of her loving father and remind rest of the nation how great he was than getting her self also killed. The only one LK and there will be another one oneday if God willing and SL is blessed enough.

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            S Gunawardena,

            Don’t you think your comment is just a sorry excuse.

            Are you suggesting that not only were the 100+ security detail so inept that they allowed the murder to take place in their midst, but the so well trained elite top-notch investigators in the country were equally inept to carry out this simple investigation of a murder that place in the most protected area of the country!

            There is a limit to being gullible.

            Are you not confessing to something in your phrase “than getting herself also killed.” Why play hide-and-seek?

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          “”Leaving no stones unturned in unearthing the truth would be the most sincere tribute one could pay to a loved one. Feel-good glorification does little justice to such earnest sincerity. What LK deserved on that count, I suppose, is debatable.””

          There is the wisdom of the foolish too.
          Don’t distress yourself for the dead.
          Eight women in ten may be jealous.

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          kumar,
          Didn’t the terrorist Parayabakaran think he was well protected by his “best trained” terrorists ?

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            Eusense(less),

            Is it still a mystery to you as to who killed Prbakaran?

            “If the best trained officials of Sri Lanka’s most elite investigation teams could not de-mystify that simple murder, of what good are they, professionally for any other crime? Are they truly that inept?! “

            Would it help if I explain to you my concern in Sinhala instead?

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              Kumar
              I don’t care who killed parayabakaran. I am glad that a stupid mass murderer has been annihilated.
              My concern is people like you who support terrorism. SL will get you too soon.

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                Bloody Nuisance

                “I don’t care who killed parayabakaran. I am glad that a stupid mass murderer has been annihilated.”

                Thanks for your typing however if it was good for a stupid mass murderer in the North why it is not good for the stupid mass murderers MR and GR in the South?

                Is sach still looking for your padikkama (spittoon)?

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                  Stupid vedda from the missing persons list,
                  Hey, for a terrorist like you MR and GR are mass murderers. For terrorized but peace loving Sri Lankans they are saviors of our country by annihilating a brutal group of stupid Tamil terrorists.

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                  Dumb Native Vedda: Are you still mouring the death of the Sungod, the tamil killer

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                    Jimassofty the dimwit

                    The bloody Nuisance needs extra Padikkamas will you be able spare a few?

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                Eusense

                “Kohedda yanne? malla pol” – response and spineless back tracking!

                Not surprising, just typical from a kavung hole.

                When you can’t defend and realize the folly of your asinine comment, just call the other a “terrorist”, and retreat to the dark crevice your emerged from. Well done on that count – go have one more kavung!

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                  kumar,
                  As you try to say the killing of LK was not solved by the “best trained officials of Sri Lanka’s most elite investigation teams could not de-mystify that simple murder”. That is fine with me if they are inept!
                  But that is the same what happened with Parayabakaran. His highly trained terrorists were inept too.

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                    Oh poor ignorant Eusense,

                    You must be the Royal prince of the kavung village!

                    My question was whether there is any one so idiotic and gullible to believe that the murder mystery remains unresolved only because of such gross ineptness of the most elite investigating team of the country. NOW I KNOW OF AT LEAST ONE SUCH IDIOT- Thank you for the confession, intentionally or otherwise!

                    Ingirisi tikkak barinang, matta singhalen vistara karanna puluang. Ehemma try karamudha? Kamathi nam kiyanna. Habai, kavung patthata thialla katha karanna wennawa.

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                      He is full of army loot and living in the usa so is afraid of investigation. since of late he has mellowed down because of uncertainty.
                      All wars are economic no matter what politicians on any side of the spectrum say.

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                      Kumar R

                      ” NOW I KNOW OF AT LEAST ONE SUCH IDIOT- Thank you for the confession, intentionally or otherwise!”

                      Please stop insulting, sach, jimmy, Shenali, HLD M, ………

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        Native,
        LK’s mysterious murder whether ordered by the infamous, cowardly fat pig or by those in Colombo based criminal, power-hungry, political mafia, we do not know. What we know is CBK, defeated, corrupt King Kong and spinless, ever-so scheming, back-biting, stinking Yahaplanaya monkeys have collectively done precious little to clarify, what actually happened to the nation. That is how a much loved national hero is treated in death. Therefore, what the heck? Who Killled Vijaya Kumaratunga? Who killed 60 000 in ’89? Who killed Richard de Soysa? Who killed LW? Who killed Tajudeen? Who shot civilians at Rathupaswala? Who massacred prisoners in the middle of Colombo at Welikada? In broad daylight? Who gave those blood-thirsty, sickening orders? Who are the butchers in uniform, willing to pull the trigger at Sri Lanka’s own citizens? Based on barbaric orders given by criminal politicians? Where are the countless independent commission reports summoned on those grave matters? Please feel free to exapand my list. My fellow ctizens, I give you the DUMB Sri Lankans! Have a nice future!
        Cheers Indeed!

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          Ben Hurling,
          “My fellow citizens, I give you the DUMB Sri Lankans! Have a nice future! Cheers Indeed!”
          Why don’t you drown yourself in that stagnant and putrid water??
          What a rascal with a Sinhala Buddhist (in your own words to me) ideology has lost his noodles. Moron life is a paradox and lankawe former slaves of English East India Company lie to themselves unlike the Caribbean who knows where they come from. It’s your faith that makes you kill like cannibals for survival and glory. Studies and surveys have proved that 90% of the people in any given nation are patriotic.

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          Ben Hurling: Agree with you wholeheartedly. All the signs of a failed state.

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        “”Have you had the time and opportunity to reflect “”
        The CBK familial media circus goes on and on like Marcos familial therefore in the name of drugs `Rody` can kill citizens at will. she is like the wounded animal that Rajafuksa let off the leash for his own familial to swindle.

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        Imbecile vedda trying to be Sherlock Holmes???

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      The Oracle

      “Undoubtedly the most brilliant Sri Lankan of recent times .”

      However he was not qualified enough to be appointed as Prime Minister.
      What was the qualification(s) the country or SLFP looking for in a potential Prime Ministerial candidate?

      “An immeasurable , untimely loss to the nation and her people.”

      Ask yourself a question, who benefited from his death.

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        Native Vedda,
        “”Ask yourself a question, who benefited from his death.”
        Now ask your good self and your sponsors as to who benefited the partition that the naked fair approved Both across the divide eat the same alu parathas and chappathi and have similar names eg there are patels who are muslim and hindu.

        you plan to bring sense to a score village post’s to bring a nation of 21 million together??
        It would be easier to build the great wall with the technology we have at hand.

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      LK was always an opportunist. It was not brilliance but the unfortunate timing for Prabakaran by the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

      The whole world had a fascination on fighting terrorism and the opportunist he is LK was able to frame LTTE as terrorists which turned the tide against it.

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    Agree 200% with what a grateful daughter has to say about her father whom there never ever will be a replacement, and would like to add that if he was made the Prime Minister, as some wanted him to be, but most unfortunately for this country, was blocked by racist swindlers, this country would have been streets ahead today. His security too should never have been the Army but the STF which is far more suited for security.

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    Well said ajitha

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    There was nothing good about him. He was a nasty arrogant useless creature , who thought, he was far too good for his own people and looked down upon them. He originated from the same village in Jaffna as me and we are relatives, not close lets say from related families. Second third cousins. He is one of the biggest modern day Tamil traitors and did immense harm to this own people both locally and internationally, just to pander to his own bloated ego and for his selfish ambitions. He was running behind the Sinhalese and was behaving like one himself. Ironically he met his end not by a Tamil or the LTTE ( they were the convenient scapegoats) but by some members of the Sinhalese establishment, who taught that this jumped up arrogant Tamil was getting too big his boots and had ambitions, that was not suitable for a Tamil. Just like what they thought about low caste Premadasa. A jumped up low caste who became too big for his boots too. Just like Premadasa they bumped this arrogant nasty Tamil traitor, who was getting too big for his boots and then as usual conveniently laid the blame on the LTTE. Sinhalese praise him as they are happy about the harm, this evil traitor did to his own people. He may be a darling to his own children who would have never been brought up as Tamils or even to consider themselves as Tamils , however no self respecting Tamil, will ever consider him good. To us he will be a nasty arrogant evil traitor to his own people who got what he deserved.

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      Kutt, you are Another racist tamil, this the very reason tamils never have peace. RIP Mr Kadirgamar! You are the best of Ceylonese!

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        He is not racist he is stating the obvious but to racist Sinhalese like you ( unfortunately the vast majority) any Tamil stating the obvious truth is racist. This opinion about LK is what more than 99% of the Tamils hold about him. They are all not racist or LTTE supporters. He is traitor and did immense damage to the Tamils for his own personal glory and ambition. He had no moral integrity changed his religion from Christianity to Buddhism not because of belief but to gain favour with the racist Sinhalese Buddhist electorate. Told a lot of lies and misinformation regarding the plight of the Tamils in the UN and the west and these idiots believed him as he was a Christian Tamil. Even his close relatives like Pandi Kutti spurned him and thought him a disgrace to the Tamil people. Of course to Sinhalese racists like you he will be a hero.

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          Bless you Rohan for saying the ultimate ‘TRUTH’. But will the good lady who baked her ‘Cake at Home’ add these facts to the future updates she is contemplates on..

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          Rohan

          I respect your opinion but not this one where you say:
          “He is traitor and did immense damage to the Tamils for his own personal glory and ambition.”

          As far as I am concerned there is no such thing as patriots and traitors. This dichotomy is the wrong path every group small or large representing only their respective immediate group interest tend to use to exclude “others” who don’t share their own group interests. We have seen this in mainstream politics, “revolutionary struggle”, “national liberation struggle”, sheer terrorism committed by state and non state actors.

          I have known Tamil Buddhists all my life, a good practicing Tamil Buddhist passed away some years ago, and another passed away a few years ago, another passed away just after the tsunami, two were born in supposed to be Hindu family and the third one was born in Catholic family . The conversion from one religion to another should not be taken as part of political ploy or used to judge his moral integrity. We do not know the circumstances under which he converted to Buddhism, if that was true.

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            Thanks native. I would have respected him if converted to Buddhism in real faith but his conversion was calculated political and very cynical to make him acceptable to the larger Sinhalese electorate and ultimately become the Prime Minister of the nation. In order to do this he deliberately married a Sinhalese woman and converted to Buddhism. whilst portraying himself as a devout Tamil Christian to the west in order to damn his own people to misery and find favour with his Sinhalese masters and electorate. . What a hypocrite. He ironically died at the hands of the same Sinhalese whom he tried so hard to please. I have nothing against Buddhism but Sinhalese Buddhism, Like most good Tamil Hindus also respect and worship Lord Budda who was born a Hindu and died as a Hindu.

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      pk
      Reading your post and of other separatists Tamils, I will guarantee that Tamils are doomed for ever!

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    How I wish we could have cloned him. May he rest in peace.

    Thanks Ajita!

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      “How I wish we could have cloned him.”
      So you could have continued with the genocide with and able figure lying with a straight face to the international community.

      Why do you hate Tamils so much?

      I do understand a daughter trying to frame the father in an imagined position. I feel like throwing-up seeing one falling over other to sing praise.

      You show care and respect to a person after he passes on by doing whatever possible for the family and loved ones to find closure. Has any one called for a proper investigation? Identified the real murders without scapegoating LTTE. At least investigated how the murders escaped from a top security area. Who helped them escape.

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    I respect your father who came from a good school and very rare to be cherry picked from a country like Srilanka , but I will not trust any politicians and the ones who talks too much of religion,they are bloody bunchof crooks. .

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    Not only SRI Lanka needs a radical change in politics. You see more 90 Mps are without GCSE qualifications in parliament..what can you expect from these people?
    All are crooks except JVP .
    So only choice you have..
    Best among all is JVP ..
    Sri Lanka is sold out to CHINA…only left out is interest to pay for many generation.
    Sorry to say ..sri Lanka has got highly educated people.
    Look at what hold for future. ..
    What is needed is clean leadership to take forward this country ..
    RANIL AND M&S fear for their life .they would not take action.
    It is politics.they will protect all crooks in turn they could be protected if government changed.
    Is it simple logics
    Nothing .
    It is two crooks or thieves having a deal to protect each other ..

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    LK & SF were honest and sincere in carrying out their duties. If one of them was chosen by the majority of the majority SL will be in an eviable position in Asia and internationally.

    Sadly I have a feeling the majority of the majority are going to bring back the 2005 -2015 regime. Poor Chandrika.

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    This country has FORGOTTEN the yeoman services rendered by Late Mr. LK in turning the mind set of the “World Powers” during the height of LTTE insurrection. When and How that “Turning Point” came about and Who brought it to light; all that have been FORGOTTEN. Instead, we “VENERATE” and have “CREATED” KINGS to bury the real “HEROES” of the past persons like Late LK. Thank you, Aitha for penning this contribution and bringing to surface the present situation that we are faced with. Every citizen must get at the “Hidden Truth” that this article is trying to covey. Thank you again for doing that. That is the greatest contribution you have done in the NAME and HONOR of your Late Father Mr. LK.

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    Great man indeed, was Kadirgama, it seems, for his time. I wonder how he would have fared in the modern context of the infusing of alliance monetary funds from either BRICS or IMF-WorldBank.********** So,…….. is it that “rare caliber of English speakers,” irrespective of race, that should rule with the masses? They did, since independence, but the masses along the line got very disgruntled with that rare-caliber-of-English-speakers scenario.*************To pacify all, an upliftment of unnatural funds was infused into the country after the end of the LTTE era, so everyone could have some shot of the elitist lifestyle. Country moved away from the reality of the situation of the masses, to a temporary artificial utopia of possibilities*************** I blame: 1) Country Elite since independence for creating colonial upper-class societies for themselves on the backs of the masses, 2) Northerners for thinking that all Sinhalese were therefore living that lifestyle, where even the JVP insurrections couldn’t convince them of otherwise.

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      Correction : So,…….. is it that “rare caliber of English speakers,” irrespective of race, that should rule the masses?

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    My acquaintance with late Mr Lakshman Kadirgamar was brief but pleasant. I used to go for meetings at his place as a member of a committee on constitutional affairs and reconciliation during the latter part of CBK’s presidency. We discussed many other matters as well. He himself dotted notes of the meeting and immediately thereafter dictated to a secretary, while we were hanging around chatting. I think he mostly used his memory for the dictation. Those were precise, without unnecessary details. Another quality of him was to take suggestions from the members of the committee always positively, and to follow up on the agreed matters. He humbly reported on them at the next meeting. He of course, lead the committee.

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    Mr. Kadiragamar was a great man. [Edited out]

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      Jimassofty the dimwit

      “Mr. Kadiragamar was a great man. [Edited out]”

      Why?

      Please ask HLD M if LK was a great man.

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        Dumb native Veddo: I wrote about those christian – extremists who are relatives selling image to earn money

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    I do not understand the purpose of this writing by the daughter of the Tamil politician LK, who claims to be a patriotic person and who failed the Tamil nation. If he had stayed without joining the government , he would be still living . How could he justify his propaganda against the Tamils to the International community. If he was very powerful in the CBK government, he could have settled the Tamil issue. He did not. Wholeheartedly he was not against the Tamil nation but was supportive of CBK and thus elected as the foreign Minister. CBK, also suggested to her party that LK should be given the Prime Ministerial post which was rejected by the Sri Lanka Freedom party. He never had any inkling of the Tamil issue because he was not a Tamil Northerner but a Colombo Tamil. and he was not concerned about the Tamil issue. How could he be patriotic?

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      Sellam,

      It is an affirmation of your “frog in the well” intellect that you would choose to write “because he was not a Tamil Northerner but a Colombo Tamil and he was not concerned about the Tamil issue.”

      Let me enlighten you that a significantly larger share of “Colombo Tamils” are concerned and involved at least as much those Northerners on the plight of the Tamils. What might come as an even bigger surprise to you is that there are a very large number of rational Sinhalese, in Colombo and elsewhere, who share that same concern about the unfairness of the Sinhala regime’s relentless hegemony on the non-Sinhala population, regime-after-regime.

      Unfortunately, those fair minded true non-racist patriots of the nation are silenced not just by the Sinhala hooligans who pass for politicians in SL, but more tragically are also silenced as you do by the high-handed, obstinate Tamils who take it up on themselves to so casually, yet wholly dismiss and disparage the sincerity of those you refer to as the unconcerned “Colombo Tamils”!

      How unfortunate?!

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    Ms. Kadirgamar,

    It is understandable that you have admiration for your father and want to express it. But you should also try to understand why within his own Tamil community he was not held in high regard. It was not just among LTTE supporters; the broader Tamil community and as some of his relatives also had serious reservations about LK.

    Dr. Sankaralingam above has referred to some of the reasons; though I am not sure if all of his assertions can be proven, his criticism of LK on the Naval Church bombing and Bindunuwewa massacre, etc., is accurate, and I remember it well.

    I can point to some other reasons as well. LK didn’t find any problems with JVP and had words of praise for them and cultivated their support, even though under Somawansa Amarasinghe at that time, the JVP was still a hard line Sinhalese nationalist party with anti-Tamil views at its core.

    And he used the LTTE’s use of child soldiers as a club to beat the LTTE at international fora and appeal to the emotions of foreign ministers and diplomats, including Lloyd Axworthy, then Canada’s foreign minister, in getting the LTTE banned, but after Karuna split from the LTTE and used child soldiers even more to commit various atrocities in the East and Colombo, with the support of his government, he pretended not to know anything about it.

    In other words, he was hardly the principled man that you make him out to be.

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      Agnos: In otherwords, He was not a Tamil Tribalist. what do you except from Principals. Not letting Tamils do what ever they want. I agree to that. That is why Tamils want Mabhinda Rajapakse hanged. If not, Ranil Wickrmasinghe was the answer. Do you think, Tamils kingdom would have stablished one you like. YOu people definitely will be coolies in that. His daughter is a Christian extremist HIndus know live and let live but not anyone who believes in moddle eastern faiths.

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        “2who believes in moddle eastern faiths.”
        Yeah the two of you from north & south got something stuck where the sun don’t shine. What the two need is 3H enema.

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    Lakshman Kadirgamar entered Lankan politics with a proven record of harboring anti-LTTE views. He conveniently ignored the reasons for the emergence of Tamil liberation movement – he just could not have been that daft. CBK found in him a good marketable commodity – Christian with a Tamil name.
    CBK found Lakshman said what she wanted to hear but can he be an MP? Not from a Tamil speaking electorate because Lakshman’s just could not address an election rally in Tamil. An Anglican-Christian Tamil from a Sinhalese electorate? No no no. H was selected as national list MP in 1994 on the People’s Alliance (PA) list for the General Elections.
    Lakshman’s ambition was insatiable. As FM he painted LTTE as the only villain in the infamous conflict. To SWRD B conversion from Christianity to Buddhism worked. So LK converted, divorced his Christian wife and married a Buddhist (his funeral was according to Buddhist rites). He proposed UN declare Wesak day a holiday.
    LK’s assassination was unfortunate. LTTE is blamed. But there is another credible explanation. Some extremists saw him getting closer and closer to PM’s job. Did this group do it?
    Lakshman probably never understood as to why the conflict came about and so never came up with suggestions to bring about peace.

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      “”Lakshman probably never understood as to why the conflict came about and so never came up with suggestions to bring about peace.””

      How could any human offer a peace fig to village trout who think that they are the most brilliant trout’s on earth? Standalone classical Greek made love to standalone Sanskrit but there the man finally died a Jain at Shravanabelagola. The bridging language at Nadu is English and almost all billboards at Chennai are in English while the village vote kills unity with the rest of the nation. The Sinhalese came from all over just like you (from a few states of the subcontinent and Nadu the closest was influential) they created a patchwork language like the Anglo Saxons so they may find and form a community. You are 1% and anti-social trout on CT unlike the bright and prosperous Basque people and not willing to budge- keep belching and farting from overseas until you are no more.

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      LK’s true colours were exposed in a post-tsunami interview he gave to BBC as the Foreign Minister, defending the Government as having treated Tamil areas not differently from affected Sinhala areas – when the truth to the contrary was so glaringly obvious, not just to the Tamils – but to independent NGO’s deeply involved in the rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Here is a sampling from that interview:

      “BBC: What is the government’s response to the accusation that aid is being withheld from Tamil Tiger areas?

      Kadirgamar. Totally and horribly false – this is being put about by mischief makers and propagandists.. Take the food situation in the first two months. Earlier on there were accusations that people in the Tamil areas were starving and had no water – that was a load of rubbish..”

      BBC: It is not only Tamil Tigers who are saying this. Local NGOs are saying it. Western Aid organisations.. Let me tell you what John Charly from Refugees International said – he says that the Government when faced with the choice of spending foreign aid in Galle in the south or in Tamil areas in the North and East, the government would give it in Galle where its Sinhala constituencies are based

      Kadirgamar: That is a wholly unsubstantiated allegation.

      BBC: This is not a Tiger rebel saying it, is it

      Kadirgamar: I do not know who he is

      BBC: He is a western NGO. He is one of many NGOs who is saying that this government is withholding aid to Tamil Tiger areas

      Kadirgamar: I am sorry – that does not impress me in the slightest….

      That is LK’s proud history..

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    The loss of one’s father under such circumstances must be devestating.

    However, Lakshman Kadirgamer provided the intellectual cover for the mass atrocities and genocidal acts perpetrated by Sri Lanka’s security forces.

    No one should be killed Lakshman Kadigamer.

    Equally no one should defend the actions of security forces that bombed the churches of St Peter and Paul, Chemmani massacres and the blockade of Jaffna that resulted in thousands of Tamils dying because they were denied food and medicines.

    He has blood on his hands just as much the war criminals who served in the government he was a member of.

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    Since the appointment of LK as a FM by CBK, the SL main stream media made me to believe that LK was a honest and sincere FM. After reading 15 over comments about the real LK in the above columb I got enlightened and withdraw my earlier comment on LK.

    I stand corrected by what one ardent SLFP supporter friend told me few years back. That is the smart patriot Dr.DJ has written a column asking MR regime to restart a full investigations into the death of LK.

    I eagerly waiting for columnists like
    Mr.Poorten, Dr.DJ and HLDM ( who married a lady from the ancestrol village of LK ) to write a column enlightening the CT readers on the political principles LK followed and who were or what were the possible reasons for the elimination of him.

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      “”who were or what were the possible reasons for the elimination of him.””
      The dalada maligawe bombing the LTTE solicitors at southhall can enlighten the CT readers but non have done so.- money changing hands let the bombs be placed.
      So in the same spirit let some LTTE members first shed light on this mystery
      murder as the finger points them.
      At the BBC interview he clearly said- `We have not received a red cent of aid as yet` after all that hard work and a crescendo in collection a rat came out.

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    Would it be pompous and arrogant of me as his daughter to state that with his departure, we witnessed the death of the species of noble and patriotic politician? Certainly Arrogantly hiding the Elephant.

    Lincoln said to be having been showing his gracefulness in his ordinary life. His nobleness fought the Southerners to release mainly the slaves.

    The family said to be, by Colombo news media, was asking the Yahapalanaya government to reinvestigate as they were not happy with the way Kathirgamar’s government closed his death case. Ranil offered two times in the parliament to investigate if Old Royals would take that challenge with him.

    Right after the local government elections in 2010, Sampanthar said in Parliament if Kathirgamar comes back, he will be able to the effect of his deed.

    Lankawe honor war criminals as heroes. Like of those, Traitors has been honored as Nobles. Many times the word noble is interpreted as related to royal highness of people behaviors. A noble person identified with the grace he/she possess. A man caused 150,000 deaths in five months nowhere can be rated as Noble. If he is alive he too would be tracked to UNHRC war crime investigation with Nambiar and Ban-Ki-moon.

    Even there would not be a mature Sinhalese to not to know what the position of Tamils in Lankawe is. Kathirgamar volunteered to work with Sinhala Imperialism to claim the self-proclaimed Nobleness on the destruction of Tamils. There is no Tamil at all who respect Kathirgamar for a penny. Bandanakes and Ratwattes who employed him might want to see him as their watch dog.

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    Kathigamar could not enter politics for long time because of his distance with the reality of Tamils. Kathirgamar could not stand in a Sinhala or even mixed electorates like Colombo. He was fully aware no Sinhalese going to vote for him even if he wiped out the entire Tamil community for their advantage. Never Sinhalese accepted his contributions. Mangala and others still standing as they were the one convinced Condoleezza to pressure EU to support government.

    The family said to be, by Colombo news media, was asking the Yahapalanaya government to reinvestigate as they were not happy with the way Kathirgamar’s government closed his death case. Ranil offered two times in the parliament to investigate if Old Royals were ready to consent on that.

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    Kathirgamar may be a traitor but was sincere in his works. Ajitha misses even that only triat her father had. Ajitha Kathirgamar is apparently here to ask some favours from Ratwtte & Bandaranake, families. But she hopes to fool the readers.

    She is completely in out of line when she attempt to fool everybody even after the Vattakottai Convention took place and all Tamil were united under TULF, Kathirgamar set out to fix the Modaya government that was slipping from 1948. What a comedy. Radhika honestly showed she was after UNSG.

    Chandrika in her second term, after becoming confident that anything she would do will not after the Sinhala votes any more, wanted give Prime Minister post to Kathir, the Tamil Pariah. Chandrika thought giving the Prime Minister post will boost his dedication and ability to effectively work against LTTE on the international arena. But Old King too jealous to let that go to Kathir.

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    [Edited out]

    The fact remains that Tamils will be most reluctant to accept him as their own. If the Sinhalese do, that is good for them as he did great service often lying to the world about the plight of the Tamils.

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      “If the Sinhalese do, that is good for them as he did great service often lying to the world “
      Even LK would appreciate this as he himself dumped his Tamil wife for a Sinhalese and gave-up on the Christian faith and portrayed himself as a Buddhist for recognition.

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        His first wife was a Pakistani Christian and not a Tamil, but I think they were divorced several years before LK married a second time. If you ask LK’s friends they will tell you that after he came to the limelight, LK was requesting his friends to find him a Sinhala lady for marriage. This clearly shows that LK had ulterior motives in order to be acceptable to Sinhala voters. If the daughter is honest, she must let the people know the views of LK on Tamil problem and the solution he had to offer. There was CBK/GLP/ Neelan proposals which was being debated with strong Sinhala opposition and LK did not utter a word supporting it. Whatever good he had done, LK died with blood in his hands and venom in his heart.

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          Despite reservations about LK’s politics, I think that vilifying him as a person is uncalled for.
          Similar things can be said about many ‘great’ Tamil leaders.
          As long as private life remains private and has no impact on public life or society, it is only decent not to leave the private life of people out of public didcussion.

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    I vividly remember an interview with Mr Kathirgamar in ETV prior to the landslide people alliance victory in 1994. Interviewer asked on Mr Kathirgamar’s views on Tamil national struggle. I recollect, Mr Kathigamar was visibly shaken by question and fluffed the reply. Rest, as far as Tamils are concerned is history.

    Ajita
    Let us be clear, He was a great man, But, I disagree with your opinion that “He was the last of the Ceylonese”. He had a tunnelled vision and paid the price by earning the wrath of innocent Tamils.
    May he attain Nibbana ( with a clear conscience that dead should not blighted with hatred)

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      Ken,

      “Great man – with a tunnel vision”? Not oxymoronic?!

      Great men are singularly defined by great vision; great foresight – not tunnel vision, particularly a vision that narrow and that self-serving that it would betray one’s own community.

      LK was just “The convenient Tamil” for the Sinhala polity.

      That sentiment is not out of hatred but rather the truth, as the two interviews mentioned above alone clearly show.

      There is much merit in “calling a spade a spade” don’t you think?

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        Kumar R

        Well, ( one of the catch phrases, the eloquent LK would have used to start the discussion).

        He had great qualities, hard work, excellent command of English, the ability to pick the best people to do his job . I believe he fought for what he thought was for the greater good of the people.

        You would not disagree that he would have been a better president than the Medamulana monster, who was one of the reasons, I left the country.

        I fail to see the oxymoronic perspective given, we are discussing a legacy.

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          Ken Robert,

          I hate to have to belabor the point, but “great men” are defined by selfless intentions, broader visions and deeper insights.

          Those with tunnel vision, particularly those who choose to intentionally confine that scope with selfish motives, can never be great men. They can be great conversationalists, great managers, great orators, great workers, great athletes, great fathers, great dancers and great con artists, but not great men.

          Perhaps we set the bars differently – no offense intended.

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            Kumar R.

            “I hate to have to belabor the point, but “great men” are defined by selfless intentions, broader visions and deeper insights.”

            I can only see most mothers all over the world past and future fit into the above classification. We did/do have most destructive women however broadly speaking they aspire to have vision for their immediate family and insight into members of the family.

            Men are arrogant asses.

            The most destructive woman in this island was SJ’s old flame the weeping widow Siri Mao.

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    ken Robert

    Good to see you again. Where you been?

    History is only an approximate of our perception and on the record expression of our paranoia.

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      Native

      I have not abandoned CT or it’s learned readers.

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    It is wise for relatives to refrain from writing about their own kith and kin as their views are expectedly tainted and biased and objectivity can be lost. Opinions will be divided depending whom one talks to. SL has had a few great Statesmen and if LK was one of them, let history decide..

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      We know that you are Sinhalese and not a Tamil, as Tamil would have correctly spelt it as Pirapakaran and not Pirabakaran. Tamil has strict rules as to how Sanskrit origin words are to be spelt in Tamil. Like my surname Sharma becomes Sarma or Devraj becomes Thevarajan or to be even more proper Thevarasa. Thanks for keeping it brief Sinhalese Pirabakaran oops Pirapakaran

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        RSS
        Do not be so sure.
        A Sinhalese is likely to have dropped the “i” after the P.
        I know plenty of Tamils who use “b” rather than “p” to spell that name.

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