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When Will The Tamil Leaders Let Jaffna Rest In Peace?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

I am neither surprised, nor overly worried about the Tamil students of the Jaffna University beating the Sinhala students. Intermittent inter-ethnic conflicts in various locations have occurred in the past and will continue to happen in the foreseeable future which is, hopefully, transiting from Nandikadal to a more rational and settled period of race relations. Of course, it all depends on whether the current indicators, which are seminal, would turn into a consolidated and irreversible trend.

What is disconcerting, however, is the fact that the violence of the Jaffna students had taken place at a time when the usual litany of complaints, starting from “1956” to “1983”, have receded into the depths of healing time. The unwanted violence unleashed by the Tamil undergrads had exploded just when the political climate has begun to change, though tardily, to ease tensions and resolve issues within the framework established under the Yahapalanaya regime – a regime, mark you, enthroned by the Tamils, the Muslims and the NGOs and their masters in West. This makes any Tamil violence counter-productive. They will be putting their own security and future at risk if they revert to violence again. Besides, at a time when the international community is ganging up against terrorist violence as never before – and the violent Tamils are still on the international list of terrorists – any violence raising its menacing head in Jaffna will have a hard time in convincing the world that they are the victims of a democratically elected state allied to the West.

In the latest outburst of violence there is some consolation in the fact that the Tamil student leader was caught by the cameras wielding only a solid piece of wood and not a kalashnikov. There were also heartening and spontaneous efforts made from both sides to douse the flames of wrath. In a calculated move the state has played down the import of violence which is commendable. However, in dismissing the campus rumpus as another one of those passing events, it should not be forgotten that the violence has its roots in the indigenous Tamil political culture to exclude non-Tamils from the Jaffna. The campus violence cannot be dismissed as a sporadic outburst of some misguided students. What took place in Jaffna campus is a part of the political culture that has dominated Jaffna in the post-independent era.

In many ways this incident fits into the Jaffna-centric violence driven by their political obsession to preserve Jaffna as the exclusive domain of the Tamils. It is another episode in the recurring criminal chain of ethnic cleansing to keep the Muslims and the Sinhalese out of Jaffna. It is the latest manifestation of the Tamil propensity for mono-ethnic politics. It is also a micro-mini replay of the Vadukoddai violence that was aimed at carving out a racist state for Tamils only. In fact, the language used to excuse Tamil violence in the Jaffna campus echoes the Vadukoddian slogans of “demographic colonisation”, “the primacy of Buddhism”, cultural invasions and even the “vamsa chronicles”, etc. Recycling the Vadukoddai slogans is another way of reviving the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism that dragged Jaffna all the way to Nandikadal.

The overwhelming post-Independent streak of Jaffna reveals that the North has lived ONLY (emphasis is mine) by the sword of anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism. There was no space either in the feudal fascist-casteist (Vellahla) phase, or in its morphed manifestation of fascist—Prabhakaranist tyranny – the only two dynamics that dominated Jaffna — for liberal, democratic, socialist or humanistic politics. The closed society of Jaffna resisted the liberal and pluralistic winds of change that swept the south. Behind the ubiquitous cadjan curtain there was space only for authoritarian cults of fascist casteism or fascist Prabhakaranism. Both cults ruled Jaffna with an iron fist, denying the hapless Jaffna Tamils even the right to walk in the sun. The arrogant leadership of Jaffna always assumed that they knew what was best for their people and led them by their noses to Nandikadal. In the end the leadership of both cults paid with their lives for their arrogance and folly.

There is no one else to blame except the narrow-minded, short-sighted but cocky leaders of Jaffna who overestimated their power and, consequently misled themselves and the people, missing the best opportunities of power sharing that came their way, with international guarantees. When the end came they had no one else to blame except their own arrogance and stupidity. With no one else to blame in the last days the Tamil leadership turned on the Tamils. They blamed the Tamils who were deserting them in droves and running into the shelters provided by the vilified Armed forces. The immorality of Tamils killing Tamils, even when they were fleeing in the hope of finding safer alternatives, reflects the ruthless and obscene politics ingrained in the political culture of Jaffna.

Throughout its history Jaffna politics was driven by hate politics. The Vellahla leadership that steered peninsular politics justified their hate of low-castes with Hindu dogmas revised by Arumuka Navalar, the revisionist who elevated sudra farmers (Vellahlas) to the status of Brahmins in Jaffna. Under the cover of Navalar’s Saivite sanctions, the Vellahla elite oppressed the imported Tamil slaves and the low-castes as if they were a breed of beasts not fit for human society. In the post independent period they diverted their hate politics towards the Sinhala-Buddhist of the south. The Vellahlas maintained their grip on power in the peninsula by stoking hate politics against these two sectors. The Tamil leadership waged wars against both.

Tamil spiritual and secular leaders joined hands to keep the fires of hate politics burning. Arumuka Navalar, the greatest religious icon of the Vellahlas, led attacks on the low-caste schools to prevent them from coming up. Even their revered leader Sir. Ponnambalam Ramanathan did his utmost to retain the oppressive caste system. In the twenties he went to London on a special mission to legitimise the casteist system. In the sixties, Prof. C. Sutheralingam, the caste fanatic, made a desperate bid at Maviddipuram Temple to keep the low-castes out of the sacred premises.

According to Prof. Bryan Pfaffenberger the Tamils hated S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike not because of the Sinhala Only Act, though it was there in the background, but because of the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act which was aimed at dismantling the pernicious caste system. Language was to protect government jobs. But the attack on the caste system was to threaten the entire way of life that was sacred to the Vellahlas. When the Vellahla leadership switched their anti-low-caste politics to the Sinhala-Buddhists in the post-independent phase they were making their last stand to save their feudalistic and colonial powers and privileges. The hidden agenda in the Vadukoddai Resolution was to protect and maintain the Vellahla supremacy at any cost. And when they declared war against the Sinhala-Buddhists at Vadukoddai it was the last throw of their political dice. It was their biggest gamble.

It can also be argued that they were pushed into the Vadukoddai War by the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist mania generated by them in the post-independent era, with promises of a Tamil Eelam. Over the years it gathered a momentum of its own, raising unattainable expectations. They had steered post-independent politics demonising the Sinhala-Buddhists which left no room for compromise. Besides, with S. J. V. Chelvanayakam’s “little now and more later” tactics he was dragging peninsular politics, step by step, to the bitter end of mono-ethnic extremism. Tamil expectations had reached the giddy limit by 1976. At this point the Northern leadership was in a dither unable to deliver their promises. They were hoisted by their own petard. The disillusioned Tamil youth, partly influenced by the JVP youth and partly by Southern missteps, were at their throats demanding solutions. The desperate Tamil leadership rushed to pass the Vadukoddai Resolution, declaring war, as a politically expedient move to get out of their predicament. The Tamil leadership legitimised violence and opted for a military solution, abandoning the democratic mainstream. The ageing leadership urged the Tamil youth to wage the Vadukoddai war against the demonised Sinhala bogeyman. The Vellahlas were hoping to ride into power on the backs of the misguided Tamil youth drawn from the low-castes mainly. The Vellahlas youth went abroad with their parents to pursue careers in middle-class professions.

The Tamil leadership went as far as they could, living on anti-Sinhala-Buddhist hatred. Inside Jaffna, they defeated their Tamil rivals in electoral politics by pursuing hate politics that demonised the Sinhala-Buddhists. Any attempts to co-exist in a multicultural, pluralistic society was anathema. Those who were inclined to co-exist were stigmatised as “collaborators”. Competing Tamil parties scored electoral victories by wielding the sword of Sinhala-Buddhist hatred. The Biblical judgment that condemns those who live by the sword came down decisively to crush their arrogance and bitterness at Nandikadal. For a while, before the fall at Nandikadal, there were ample opportunities for the Tamil leadership to negotiate a peace deal with honour. But the hatred of Sinhala-Buddhist blinded them to the new possibilities. The Tamil leadership chose to live by the sword of hate. In the end they died by the sword of hate.

What is ominous in the latest Jaffna outburst of violence is the re-birth of the venomous hatred that led to Nandikadal. Hate was written all over the faces of Tamil students wielding their home-made weapons. Though the latest Jaffna incident can be dismissed as a manageable aberration, it nevertheless signals dangerously that Jaffna is ever ready to revert to Vadukoddian violence on the slightest pretext. And, as will be shown in due course, there are rabid elements waiting for an opportunity to exploit the ingrained strain of anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism for their own profit and glory.

In a febrile attempt to explain the campus violence the NGO and other assorted pundits have rushed to recycle the hacked theories that led to the futile Vadukoddai war. The latest theoretical construction claims that too many Sinhalese students have been sponsored by the state to occupy academic places in the exclusive homeland of Tamils and, what is more, they are manipulated by the Army and the state to enforce”cultural colonisation”. Predictably, Jehan Perera is in the forefront of this propaganda campaign to demonise the Sinhala-Buddhists and white-wash the Tamil violence.

His theoretical jiggery-pokery has been consistently to keep the fires of anti-Sinhala-Buddhist hatred smouldering. Throughout the longest war in Asia he not only sided with the Tamil Pol Pot but even went to the extraordinary extent of conferring the Pol Potist ideologue, Anton Balasingham, the Tamil translator at the British High Commission, with a doctorate which he knew was a lie. Now that “Dr.” Balasingham and his master are no longer there he has thrown his weight behind V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of the northern province, who is making a strenuous bid to take the place of Velupillai Prabhakaran, dressed not in military fatigues but in symbolic and ritualistic Hindu garb, with an unmistakeable dash of holy ash splashed right across his forehead. This symbolism, unfortunately, is not a soothing display of spirituality. Rather, it represents militant Hindu fascism.

Falling in line more with the extreme politics of the Tamil “Surya Devan”, Wigneswaran’s political conduct indicates that he is bent on keeping peninsular politics tied intransigently (Surprise! Surprise!) to the extreme end of Hindu-Tamil racism. His egregious resolution branding all Sinhala leaders as “genocidal” killers of Tamils, his prickly relations with the TNA which is, at least, making a show of wanting to find accommodation with the Sri Lanka state, his role as the Abominable Tamil Showman attempting to fill the vacuum left by his Surya Devan, his demand for a disproportionate share of power bordering on a separate state, his latest resolution on Jaffna violence in which he raises the evil ghosts of the destructive Vadukoddai Resolution etc., reveal his ineradicable mono-ethnic extremism. Apart from adding Prabhakaran to his political pantheon, he is also known to be a devotee of Swamy Premananda who was convicted of raping 13 girls and also murder in India. Using his judicial credentials, he pleaded with the Indian Prime Minister to pardon Swamy Premananda which, of course, was rejected.the fall

It is also well known that Wigneswaran is allied to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of India – an extreme, right-wing, anti-Muslim political organisation that spits racial hatred, provoking inter-ethnic violence. VHP programme is to cleanse India of Muslims. It is not surprising, therefore, to find Wigneswaram participating in VHP platforms in Delhi and urging Indian Hindus to lead a pan-Hindu regional front to protect Hindus. He is noted among the Muslims of Jaffna for marginalising Muslims, almost treating them a non-persons. Despite Muslims of Jaffna raising issues of education, health and welfare with him, he has turned a deaf ear, refusing to give them even a hearing.

Painting a dismal picture of Jaffna under Wigneswaran’s rule, Prof. Rajan Hoole states: “Hindu nationalism, already a festering phenomenon in Tamil run institutions, particularly in Jaffna University, attained a more open manifestation in the form of the northern province chief minister, C.V. Wigneswaran. His rise to power in 2013 signified a deep rot and was a sign of things to come.” As in the south, the rot in Jaffna begins at the top. Wigneswaran represents the worst elements of the hate politics of Jaffna. He wriggles like the worm in the pus that oozes out of the incurable hate politics of Jaffna. But what is most depressing is the rot that is eating into the Jaffna University. Of the 17 universities it is the most scandal-ridden tertiary institution. Academics giving an “A” for a lay has sullied its integrity. Jockeying for academic positions, unqualified hacks getting promoted over the qualified, and funds flowing into private pockets are unacceptable in a community that reveres education on the same plane as Ganesh – the God of knowledge. Dr. Noel Nadesan, the Tamil expatriate journalist and activist of Melbourne who was targeted by the LTTE, wrote after his latest visit to Jaffna : “The most essential elements lacking in the North are moral, social and political leadership. The Jaffna university incident has been the clearest example of failed leadership.”

There is a growing awareness among the Tamil intellectuals now of the failure of the Tamil leadership. The absence of a genuine leadership that can think out of the racist box and move forward to a more pragmatic phase of peaceful co-existence continues to plague peninsular politics. The silver lining among the dark clouds over Jaffna, however, is the opening up of free space in the post-Prabhakaran period for the Tamils to engage in reappraising their past. But no new thinking has emerged to re-evaluate the hate-filled politics of the past. Nor has a new leadership emerged to take Jaffna out of the pit into it has fallen.

Getting out of this plight is not easy. The atavistic pull of the racist past is ingrained in peninsular politics. If you remove Sinhala-Buddhism from their agenda they have nothing to go on. Wigneswaran represents this menacing force. It is the racist extremism, currently spearheaded by Wigneswaran, that will be the biggest stumbling bloc to any future reconciliation. Reconciliation demands moving away from the Tamil intransigence of the past and advancing closer to multi-ethnic co-existence within the natural boundaries of the nation. The Northern leadership threw all what they had, including children, to pursue their elusive goal of Eelam. And they failed. Unfortunately, there are no signs that their tragic history has taught them any lesson as a guide for their future.

Northern obsession with power politics at the expense of all other existential considerations dragged the Tamils to depths of a bloody hell. Prabhakaran personified this megalomania. The power he acquired did not save the Tamils. Under him the Tamils were subject to abject servility with no dignity or self-respect. The vast mass of Tamils of all ages – from school children to the aged – were forced to serve him obediently, on their knees. Of course, the apparatchiks who were a part of the oppressive one-man regime were pleased. But the others were waiting for an opportunity to escape. When the end came they voted with their feet to escape the Prabhakaranist gulag.

It is the vilified Sinhala-Buddhists and their Forces that lifted the Jaffna Tamils from the misery of the war declared by their leaders. Their leaders financed the war. They directed the war. They mobilized the forces for the war. And when the end came where were the Tamil heroes to serve the needs of the abandoned Tamils? The money that flowed from the Tamil Diaspora to kill the Tamils suddenly stopped. There was no money to build peace for Tamils. There was money only to kill Tamils.

The award-winning French film Dheepan captures the plight of the Tamils who were trapped in the Vadukoddai war. In one critical scene, Dheepan, who escapes the LTTE violence, is confronted in France by a war-mongering agent collecting money to buy arms. Dheepan says he has given up fighting. He is thrown to the ground and kicked for refusing to contribute money that goes to kill the Tamils. He survives. The film ends with Dheepan settling down in his new home in France, surrounded by multi-ethnic families. He finds peace only in a home away from home, far, far way from his fellow-Tamils killing each other.

Dheepan is fed up of fighting. He wants to lead a normal life. Politics has not taken him anywhere. Is there any point in chasing a mythical homeland that can’t give Tamils their peace? Dheepan settles for peace and normal family life. He has stopped chasing illusions of homeland that bleeds everyone to death.

Dheepan symbolises the life experienced by Tamils trapped in the violence and hate engineered by their leaders. His life experiences confirm that Tamils have lost their capacity to find peace among his own Tamil community, whether in Jaffna or France. Isn’t the violent outburst in the Jaffna campus another sign of the inability of Jaffna Tamils to find peace? Isn’t this innate and chronic violent culture of Jaffna a threat to all communities – most of all to the Jaffna Tamils? Does this mean that they are doomed to live in perpetual anger and hatred of their non-Tamil neighbours? Is Dheepan saying that there is peace and happiness in a non-violent home abroad than in their violent homeland?

The Tamil leaders have shown their capacity to lead the Tamils to Vadukoddai and Nandikadal. But can they lead the Tamils to live in peace without killing each other?

After dragging the Tamil people into a futile 33-year-old war the Tamil leadership owes it to the Tamil people to lead them into a safe haven of peace. Blaming the Sinhala-Buddhists is no longer the solution. They tried that trick long enough and failed. It is time they took responsibility for their stupidity that led them to Nandikadal. It is time they opened their eyes and, for the sake of the war-weary people of Jaffna, committed themselves genuinely for peace and reconciliation. The Tamil people deserve a future without Tamil Pol Pots and Boko Harams. They deserve a future that will save them from their Tamil saviours who had led them so far only into death, destruction and despair.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala,

    Very good question: Answer – When the bloated armed forces leave leave the people in peace and freedom.

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      This rotten writer, will die with malice and curses.

      When will tamil leaders jaffna in peace – this will start Modapalas stop making every efforts to take apart the tamil people. And Modapalas of the nation should finally recognize that Tamil, Muslim, Burgher us all are the same – we bear the same passport even if we have different religion and other factors.

      Ballige puthas of any racial natures should be subjected to rehablitations, then only we can see the minority folks will not need to fight furhter for their rights. Nationalism of any forms must be stopped inthis c ountry be it from Tamils or sINHALSED; It is the key enemy for permament peace but peace.

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      Award won rabbel rouser is against upto his job. This Pala will never be able to see it right AS it is the case with Dayan Jayathilaka.

      The kind of writers are just the EBOLA VIRUS lanken peace – these men to have been given refuge in Australia or anywhere is a greater mistake. They are held in a mental asylum in those countries, so they behave this way as no others. If they open to the world, they would and could dilute their aggressions against the minorities and the folks that only work on the peace but peace.

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        Is Seelwathi married to Samuel a or vice versa.

        Or, are they living together until Mangalan’s LBGT Amendment kicks in, in Batalnda Ranil.s Federal Constitution ….

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          You have no good arguments man – just batalanda and Mangalan… latter will tame you as no other sooner than later. No doubt about that.
          Having watched to Satana this week, I realized the current committees being appointed by the govt to outreach masses in terms of a new consitution and getting people s thoughts across – have never been done before… until now.. by any former men even if you grasseaters attack the current rulers.
          Even JVP had to agree with them, rather than being against, but Join t Oppostion men bring 2.50 rupee thoughts thinking the folks would back them. They are worried of not being able to scare the nation with the fairy tales on BIllas and Electric chairs. Today, they are being marginalized as LTTE men were marginalized in 2009.

          No sooner these men coming from UPFA constitutent parties will have to see it right, they will have no political survivial in the future, since the current rulers are on a genuine way to clear everything towards the transparency and accoutability. It is hard them to achieve everyhting in a speed but they move towards a better way no doubt about that…

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            Good arguments ? He just knows Batalada and few bits only.. better to wait longer if you expect him to add good arguments – pigs might fly.

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          irrelevant crap from a confirmed lunatic who has lived his life in darkness.

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            Who is this Sumanasekara ?

            I guess he was first as ” Leela” Can anyone please expose this man ?

            He is like the penis of Jarapakshes.

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          Tell me if you have skletons in you cupboord only you should deny any investigators to allow all check in your place. Likewise, you and JOINT sick people of MR et al to deny the bill which allows all the checks are because of your crimes and their revealations.

          Sumansekara is the most abusive appologists set by Raja to represent him on this forum.

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          Sumanya is either baggage boy of MR or married to Modapala That is why the both seem to add the kind of thoughts.

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        Modawathie Jayasingha,

        You should praise the author H L D Mahindapala. I have shown some of his articles on the Jaffna Tamils caste system to Tamil catholic friends (ie low caste Tamils). They totally agree with his criticism of the Jaffna Tamil caste system. I don’t see why you should be different.

        [Edited out].

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          Why should we praise a bugger who make every effort to divide the communities further ? You could torch him if you have been that down with the thoughts rise again the kind of rabble rousers. These men should be hung by their balls in order to achieve our last goals- whichi is peace for all.

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          Condom supporters of your kind are the wild weeds to date.

          We can t achieve anything so long you guys stay born fools. Be it a good move or not, you guys are proxy Rajaakshes. That is the saddest truth. Typical village mentality of lanken folks.

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      When the Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists blood thirsty Mahinda & Go (includung Mahindapalan)and those who came from the pedigree of the Lions in the Indian jungles are hanged for the crimes against humanity in the courts of this land not only Jaffna but also the whole island will be in rest in peace.

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      The days of Salmon Rushdi, people criticised him

      But today, these men like Modapala, Dayan Jayathilaka bring articles even worst to the nature of sharpen swodes but to divide the nation further. Peoples thoughts will get apart reading them. No healings will be the case, but wounds will become festated… if not tamil leaders focuse on their issues who else ? If not sinhalese leaders focus on their communities who else ? I was saddened ot see at the time, that Rhysanna gilr was about to beheaded the way Muslim MPs retarded to help her saving from beheading. That I saw as a greater mistake done by Muslim powerful men. But today, this man as a writer brings the kind of articles making us all apart.
      Why these men behave so,.. what advantages they get from ?

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      RE: When Will The Tamil Leaders Let Jaffna Rest In Peace?

      You should ask:

      When Will The Para- Tamil Leaders and the Para- Sinhala Leaders Let Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, Rest In Peace?

      Is it the low average IQ of 79?

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

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        ASAW ASAW ASAW LISTEN LISTEN AND LISTEN DON DON DON…DUM DUM DUM.

        THERE IS A NEW APOSTLE BY THE NAME OF AMAR ASIRI FAKEER NANA LABBEY RE-EMERGED MORE RECENTLY.HIS MISSION IS TO INSULT SINHALESE, BUDDHISTS AND THEIR CHRONICLE MAHAWAMSA .HIS ALMIGHTY SEEMS TO BE GOD INDIA HIS ANGEL SEEMS TO BE INDIAN DATA BASE.

        HIS FIRST REVELATION IS SINHALESE FROM INDIA AS SINHALESE HAVE SOME PERCENTAGE OF GENETIC AFFINITY WITH NORTH INDIAN POPULATION.AND THEY CAME HERE AFTER FULLY CIVILIZED WITH INDIAN RELIGION AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES.SINHALESE BUILT GREAT CIVILIZATION IN ENTIRE ISLAND WITH INDIAN KNOW HOW. BUT SEE WHAT LATEST SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS REVEALS I QUOTE BELOW.
        QUOTE Since scientists developed the ability to decode the genome and compare the genetic makeup of species, some people have been stunned to learn that about 98.5% of the genes in people and chimpanzees are identical. This finding means chimps are the closest living biological relatives to humans, but it does not mean that humans evolved from chimps. What it does indicate is that humans share a common ancestor with modern African apes (i.e., gorillas and chimpanzees), making us very, very distant cousins. We are therefore related to these other living primates, but we did not descend from them.

        coming back to main topic I feel wadduk kuddai deceleration is still living very much in heart and minds of new generation .traditional historical home land theory.nobody is doing any thing to erase this from heart and minds of new generation either Tamil politicians of politicians in south. with this idealism in mind words like sanhindiyawa is a bullshit. idea of how to fighting against Sinhalese occupied forces of Tamil home land is shining in their minds.in south how to eradicate terrorism exist in north fueled by tamilnadu and financed by diaspora that is there to engulf part of our mother land is shining in youth of Sinhalese. somebody should break these mind sets of both parties.issue is who will be that person. Tamil politicians of north or jaffna or Sinhalese politicians in south.I feel Sinhalese politicians have traveled extra kilo meters forward but Tamil politicians is traveling extra kilo meters back ward.as such gap is widening instead of narrowing. That is the main reason for jaffna university clashes between students of two communities. nothing else.

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      When Will The CT Editors Let CT Rest In Peace?

      Puke!!!!

      The loony doesn’t seem to go away!

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      HLD Mahindapala does not know what sort of damage he is dong to poor Sri Lanka. He started his opinion saying that he was not overly worried of “Tamil students of the Jaffna University beating the Sinhala students.”… What sort of impression this give about SL Sinhalese people… short sighted ..stupid ..

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        Not really :) Not many would read his articles(sic) more than a few lines!!!

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        That is the real nature of some sinhalaya living and enjoying greener pasture for their own. That they have been doing from the day one. These men are born parasites. No other men bring the kind of articles studyin the situation and the impact of their thoughts. Actually, even if we see some deficiencies in many areas, we have to work on getting any parties together right at the moment, if not now when, but the kind oof men produced by mother lanka have always been doing the same fo rtheir popularity and aggressiions harboured in their hearts. In the end, they themselves would not know for what purpose if not to spread spiteful thoughts… they did the job.

        See, with all of JO becoming laughing stocks but the govt moving smoothly to the targets which is improving the human rights rather than violations- we face it today thought in a snail move – but those inspecting bodies will undoubtedly see the realities as it is. – it has been bloody hard to make aware some people, but that is common in many of the devleoping countries. Even if the regligion of the majority folks has been a philosophy that promotes non-violenism, but most of them behave other way around.

        Sumansekaras or others that have the similar style near to HDL or Dayan Jayathilaka, any genuine moves being made towards peace will not find its stumbling blocks since more than had been before will turn to see it right sooner than later.
        God bless our folks – may buddhas bless be there to turn the vicions mind sets of the abusive men of this country.

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        AVB

        “HLD Mahindapala does not know what sort of damage he is dong to poor Sri Lanka.”

        Yes.

        He is further exposing the stupidity and low average IQ of the Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils and Para-Muslims in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, for the world to see.

        Right to know the truth and expose stupidity.

        Hello Copernicus, Galilo and Kepler.

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        AVB

        “HLD Mahindapala does not know what sort of damage he is dong to poor Sri Lanka.”

        You should know Tamils and Sinhalese are stupid people, however, both are not that stupid to believe everything that this very unhappy man types.

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      Tamil leaders will let Jaffna in peace once HDL or other rabbel rousers of the same kind stopped attacking them.

      Anyways, them being in mental asylums they have to be busy iwth some stuff… unfortunatley, the guys have choses writing based on Rabbelrousing not thinking twice.

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      [Edited out]

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      Hey guys, I have a good idea – masses believe that Wiggie stand onthe way whenever whatever good steps being brought to introduce for the benefit of the reconciliation… that is there while JO from Southern bring their thoughts. Why not Wasidewa the most senior leftist known to us could tame Wiggie as his family man…. like harmful coconut beetles to be controlled, some reserachers use an some other coconut beetles, why cant we place Mr Wasidewa the most veteran in left politics in the country to teach Wigneswaran and get him tamed allow all the good moves towards the recociliation process. Whowever regardless of the race and relgion would have any ultra nationalistic thoughts should be sensed, by any suitable approach, then only we could drive the journey to the end without getting it stumbled.
      The mentioned leftists could do a greater work in the line of Reconciliation if they could sense it meeting with the demands of the hour. Basta

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      No western politicians even if they are against to ruling parties would add the thoughts that could make them apart rather than bringing them to the focus being addressed. But lankens of this nature to add negative and provoking thoughts make it very clear the thinking patterns of ultra lanken natinalists. No matter any harm being done, but they just need to allow their mind sets to leave their thoughts targetting the rabble rousing rather than anything.
      Like the ones waiting to see ill happennings to please their rotten fantasies, current writer bring articles of his kind one behind the other… for me most of them contain about Races, Caste Systems and this time about tamil leaders that fight for their injustices. Ina democracy we should be happy such leaders do thei rpart more or less. As one commentator added – some muslim leaders had failed to do so had caused higher damages to their community as we experienced iit in the recent past. Today they again do pour their energies to achieve their goals which are the equal rights. What is in their wrong ?

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      When the armed forces leave Jaffna LTTE will be back in Jaffna kidnapping Tamil kids on their way to school and brainwash them in to become suicide bombers. And the Tamil diaspora who finances the LTTE will send their kids to the top universities of the West.

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    No one is trying to keep the sinhalese from settling in Jaffna voluntarily you stupid moron. Its just that they dont want to.

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      Stupid moron is YOU Tungsan, because you forgot to pick up your brains when you left the rugby field.

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    Peace.

    I am no Latin scholar but believe that to translate the word “Pax” (for example, in the phrase ‘Pax Romana’) as “Peace” is not quite correct.
    “Pax” really indicated a peace enforced by military might.

    There are, I suggest, two very different kinds of peace: ‘Negative peace’ is merely the absence of overt war while ‘positive peace’ is the presence of harmony which, in turn, is the product of true justice.

    Universal

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    HLDM.

    In your articles, can you also include the role played by Singhalese leaders in creating the present political climate?

    You never write about your leaders! Why not?

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      HLDM is the only person brave enough to touch this subject matter. It seems no one is capable of denying whatever he brings to the front on caste dynamics in Jaffna society. Rather the typical, almost habitual, comments such as those blaming the Sinhalese, military etc.
      On brutality, stupidity and corruption of Sinahala politicians, a lot is written, said and even acted. No need for HLDM to repeat.

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    “When Will The Tamil Leaders Let Jaffna Rest In Peace?”

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    It maybe a better idea altogether if HLD let the Tamils Rest In Peace. The last thing they need is an ageing has-been-hack who for long exacerbated the issues the Tamils faced with his own selective take.

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    HLDM,
    In the sixties how many Tamil people voted for Prof C Suntharalingam ?
    P
    If democratically elected SJVC’s leadership was so bad why SWRD and later Dudley signed pacts with him ?

    How did you manage to get a job in the Lake House ? Is it through your wife’s connections ?

    Above all when are you going back to ST with 3 lahks to get permanent visa as an investor in promoting Tamil bashing ventures ?

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      If democratically elected SJVC’s leadership was so bad why SWRD and later Dudley signed pacts with him ?

      SWRD should have deported SJVC as he was Malaysian.

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        Yes,

        Please deport C Wigneswaram (alias Wiggie) to lavish and upscale Cambridge Place, Colombo 7, where he belongs.

        That will expose Wiggies hypocrisy and hopefully keep from ruining Northern Province. NP could do with proper leadership!!

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        SWRD should have deported SJVC as he was Malaysian.

        SWRD should have stayed back in London
        He didn’t know Sinhala when he came back to Sri Lanka.

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          Rajash

          “SWRD should have stayed back in London”

          He would have started an English version of Pancha Maha Balavegeya or joined Oswald Mosley of British Fascists.

          Instead,he should have gone back to his ancestral homeland in Tamil Nadu.

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            Native Vedda,

            Good to see you back in action. I thought you must be on your two week vacation in Mother Lanka, now rid of the LTTE menace thanks to Mahinda Rajapakse the Great. I hope you had a good vacation there, if that is where you went. Did you go to Jaffna? Its very safe there now. Or you preferred to stay in Wellawatta(Col 6)or better still Colombo 7, where all the Vellala Tamils prefer to reside and then complain of discrimination!

            In fact you are correct for once! The Bandaranaike’s (SWRD mob) are in fact Sinhalised Tamils. Their original ancestral Tamil name was Neela Perumal. After much bootlicking became Nayaka pandaram. This Nayaka Pandaram became Pandara Nayaka, which eventually evolved to Bandaranayaka!! Honest!

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              Good student with bad education

              “I thought you must be on your two week vacation in Mother Lanka,”

              The idea of vacation is a state of mind. For those who have nothing better to do in their life long for vacation elsewhere.

              I am on vacation 24/7/52 though I do work full time. Don’t bother to learn how it works, its beyond you.

              “now rid of the LTTE menace thanks to Mahinda Rajapakse the Great.”

              Not so fast, during and just after the war MR was the main puppet on Hindian’s puppet show on this island. Hindians in New Delhi were the puppeteers. VP won the war and two elections for MR. Finally Hindians got rid of MR on 8th January 2015 as they did with VP.

              “This Nayaka Pandaram became Pandara Nayaka, which eventually evolved to Bandaranayaka!! Honest!”

              Yet he sold you Pancha Maha Balavegaya/Sinhala only language policy and the Sinhala/Buddhists bought it wholesale. What a stupid lot you are.

              And now you believe MR won the war. You lot never learn do you?

              Name one Sinhala/Buddhist who does not share Tamil gene or culture of South India.

              You got a lot to learn and got to start somewhere. Any time is good time.

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    What’s the effort you have taken? Rather than stirring the ethnic

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    HLDM

    Please rest in peace.

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    “Falling in line more with the extreme politics of the Tamil “Surya Devan”, Wigneswaran’s political conduct indicates that he is bent on keeping peninsular politics tied intransigently (Surprise! Surprise!) to the extreme end of Hindu-Tamil racism. “

    To make it fair, this is the extreme politics that MR resorted to. When Surya Devan is alive and kicking Sinhalese butts big time, MR had the necessary reaction. When he continued it with a bit of oversupply, people did not hesitate to rejected him.

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    HLD, do not forget the maniacs of yahapalanaya, namely, thiru, samuel jayaweera, jayasinghe women, ajith etc., etc., who are diagnosed badly with MR phobia. It seems, even when they have a bad stomach, reason is MR. This bunch of maniacs too are a tumbling block to a peaceful Jaffna because they tend to inject various racists poisons to Tamilian brothers through media.

    Just as the racist Tamil political leaders and the diaspora gundas are dangerous, above mentioned lickers also are a black spot for a better Sri Lanka.

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      Max be honest to you. You guys licking the smeared back sides of Rajanos do anything and everything to cover up the truths related to high profile frauds being carried out by Meeharaka Rajakshes on broad day light.

      You please ask your guys wihtin your circles your conscience is not questionable. We must not allow idiotic men to represent us, but you the ilk as if intoxicated as nothing could take you back – behave so ugly.

      Maxes of your kind are the plenty inthis country and the same time have been the IBOLA ot this nation.

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      I dont want to disgrace the beggars living in Pettah, but one of them lately added me, Rajakapskehs this Rata kewa… he said it with a pain. But these MaxES will never get it even if they own good langague skills.

      Future generations will curse on Maxes for their conditional mind sets- since they are the stumbling block to any good move inthis country, Ballige putha Rajaakshes abused state funds as no others. This week we got to know there was no other option than taking their assets to the state by force. Come will be the days, even almost everything of those fraudsters will be confiscated even without making any statements. Then the men fought against Rajakashes corruption and abuses will finally find their peacein mind.

      Gone were the days to just find out the information related ot the allegations levelled at Rajanos, but now slowly the authorities have to make it tangible. We are inthe latter process now. Jayawewa… we wish to have a MAXES Sumanya free world to allow srilanken a properous state.

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      No worth to add anything coming from the cesspits of Maxes or the like.

      These men are identical twins when it goes to defend Rajapaksehs. Sumansekara, Sach, Max et al.. are appointed to save the bums of Maharaja.. they collect big sums from the grabed funds by MR et al. That is how they merry go to Korea too.

      MR controversy will see its end soon is becoming clear us today than yestreday.

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    Answer will be

    When Will The North Indian Brahmin – Tamil Leaders Let Taminad Rest In Peace?

    Until that, tobacco farmers and dalits keep on playing the Tribalism game.

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    There is no one Tamil who responds to the Article. Instead, they blame at the title.

    I have heard, Tamil leaders in those days agreed to the Sinhala only act, if presented, only if Tamil tobacco farmer high castes were handed over the full control of lives of Dalits living in the North. They di dnot get that, that is why Tamil leaders talked against SWRD.

    they wanted even the Jaffna UNiversity as a Hindus only university.

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    Good analyses Mahindapala. Please keep it up.

    Wigneswaran 7 others are trying to drum up ethnic hatred, & talk of genocide so that they can continue to enjoy positions of power at Sinhala Gov expense. Tamils no doubt want to continue playing the victim. It helps them to claim refugee status & live on welfare in the gullible west.

    If the conditions are so bad in Jaffna, why are the Jaffna Tamils living in Tamilnadu as refugees, leaving it to comeback & resettle in Jaffna. Surely not because of the 6 months of free rations being given by the Sinhala Gov. I heard even SJV’s son has comeback to Jaffna to resettle there !!

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    there is a saying in tamil… everything is for good..’ellam nanmaike’. mahindapala’s writings proves one theory. people used to say that english educated people studied with members of all communities and friends all over…it is only after swabasha came into being every thin has gone to dogs..
    they praise enhlish education and english schools on this ground. that is it gives you a liberal and non-parochial attitude,international outlook etc. mr.M is a very good example to prove the opposite that eng. education is not sufficient to develop the said attitudes. it was also argued that all discriminatory legislations which gave rise to minority grievances were brought by english educated DSS,SWRD and their colleges mostly english educated. on the other hand the first generation tamil leaders were also from the same elite group. thanks mr.M for helping to degrade english education. i do not want to forget even some HIGHLY ENGLISH EDUCATED retired senior judges and academic who were with jathika chinthanaya and bhasha peramuna -FRJ & even jej.
    -dayal

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    “When Will The Tamil Leaders Let Jaffna Rest In Peace?”

    WHEN all (if not eighty percent) Sinhala-Buddhists are united and rallied around a true Sinhala Buddhist leader such as Hon. D.S.Senanayake.

    We need to be aware that the Enemies are within ourselves. They keep us divided not allowing us to be united. We need our own “MODHI” to unite us.

    The games played by various minorities and the citizens of other countries (Diaspora) will be over at that time. They are just “games” to hoodwink their innocent, unsuspecting followers.

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    It is when you leave this world and please take the Tamil leaders with you as well. They are no good either. The Sinhala leaders will follow suit. Wigneshwaran should remain to lead the Tamils. Long live Mr.Wigi.

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    When Will The Tamil Leaders Let Jaffna Rest In Peace?

    Its simple,

    THE DAY YOU REST IN PEACE!!

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    After the war ended and refugee camps were set up, ALL Brahmins and Brahmin priests were housed seperately from the sons of soil the lower caste Tamils. Their food was cooked separately, and the Army enabled their education to be done separately from the hapless low caste Dalits who fought and died for LTTE. The ugly nature that CASTE plays in Tamil Hindu lives is ignored conveniently by the Vellalas and Brahmins. This is a cold hard fact. All the Brahmins were housed separately in the camps. Every ARmy commander knows this because they were given orders to house these so called superior(so called) Tamils separately. So much for the great Equalizer Tamil Eelam. Eat Straw Tamil facists. Your low caste Dalits and VVT smugglers would never have been treated equally or allowed to enter through the front door or sit at the table with Ponnambalams, Chelvanayagams or any of those Tamil Aristocracy.

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      I do not how far is the truth you presented nevertheless it is a raw fact.
      Tamils are their own enemies. Amply exhibited much more in foreign lands. Their children are the best, they have a bigger houses, they have a better car. Competing against each other. Selfish and jealous lot. They in their hearts have not much benevolence toward other Tamils. Better be aware of their own misgivings before blaming the Sinhalese. Having said there should be little doubt that Mahindapala’s writings, just a cover up hiding his hatred of Tamils collectively.

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    HLD Mahindapala again pedals his “We Sinhalese are caste free, corruption free, strict adherents of the teachings of Buddha and living in an egalitarian society compared to the barbaric Tamils”. HLD M earns his living writing such stuff. He says “ ………..complaints, starting from “1956 to 1983”, have receded into the depths of healing of time”. He starts with “Tamil students of the Jaffna University beating the Sinhala students”. The man equates the student brawl to the violence inflicted on Tamils by the Mahindapala ilk goons and worse “How dare Tamils retaliate?”

    HLD M knows that only the extremists will pay attention to the article – the extremists are in the minority.

    The important and hot topic right now is corruption. HLD M is not worried at all.

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    My elders tell me Mr Amirthaligam’s Missus wanted to use Sinhala Buddhist Skins as a substitute for Crocodile Skins.

    And they are the forefathers of this crop of Vellala Politicians.

    But my concern is Baqtalanada Ranil putting our Sinhala Buddhists to Rest in Peace.

    In his latest clip of Ataka Nataka , Batalanada Ranil told his Yahapalana CC experts in Kotte, that Monk Mahinda was a Kallathoni.

    How cool is that.

    Does he hate Rajapksa so much…

    But he made me laugh too, when he said the new Kallathonies coming under his GIE ( Give Indians Everything ) ECTA are going to provide hundreds of thousands of jobs to our Sinhala Buddhists in the South.

    HeHeHeHeeeee…

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      Your elders should also be punnnaku eaters for sure, from what you drop here. The kind of people s thoughts rae irrelevant to us the folks that seek only peace for all in this country.

      Go and see it in mirror you the bugger has been doing a greater mistake not being able to sense th truth but truth. This folks have been looted by your men and you fo rth elast few years alone. Consequences are being met at the moment, and ruling govt and the people have to face it.

      Ask your God father to give interviews to each allegations, that way only way we can see the wayout to come out of the mess entire nation have been been fallen to.

      Longer you wait to clear it, longer it will take to see its END but certainity of getting them corrnered sooner than later is the focus of all.. basta.

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    Oh Seelawathi, my darling can you please tell me one thing in Mahindapal’s article which is not representing the real situation in Jaffna. Most of the comments against Mahindapala’s article are not objective criticisms. They are mostly mud slinging comments. If Mahindapala is writing incorrect things, instead of attacking the writer, Tamils (including Seelawathie) should expose them. Seelawathie has the habit of going beyond attacking the writer to attack President Rajapakse. Let me tell you that today Tamils in North and East live in peace because of Meeharaka Rajakshes.

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      Puranappu,
      Quote:
      “Let me tell you that today Tamils in North and East live in peace because of Meeharaka Rajakshes. ” Unquote

      then tell us enlighten us please with constructive arguments… as to why the very same magical leader failed to do the least in the line of reconciliation and fund management.

      If you guys further LET fool that it was MR who singlehandedly allowed the war to be ceased …. please explain more.. if a cricket match is won no minister of sports would have been put on the altar.. in the same manner, if not for a good commander and his forces, nothign would have worked to achieve the war victory… that should be crystal clear to anyone with a bird brain… but not the ilk that have been fooled by Rajano….and his media men.

      And also a man who left the country for greener pastures- none other than Gotabaya the second magical power to you gullible folks – in theUS to possess such skills than anyone who stayed and fought further being part and parcel of the lanken millitary… to have as your media units paint it to have that skills in terms of collecting information to attack LTTE ? ….. this is like any blatant lie go viral in lanken community.. I believe people s gulliable mind sets were abused.. you should beleong to those naive folks.

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        Cracking the skull of fellow sinhala Srudents by Tamil students is that part of Reconciliation ?

        How many times that has happened in Majority Sinhala – universities when Tamils go to the Kovil ?

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        What ever it is, members of the LTTE – thamiz front wish Mahinda Rajapakse back. Because, they can not continue the exploitation and manipulation of the world and making their wallets fat.

        They miss their singing their usual tunes.

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          jim softy dimwit

          If you cannot think straight in English please do write in Tamil or Sinhala, some of the readers are fluent in all three languages.

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        Oh Seelawathi,

        Instead of answering my question again you have gone to your favorite job of Rajapakse bashing. Probably somebody must be paying you $$$s to do this. President Rajapakse did not take the whole credit for crushing Tamil Terrorist LTTE. He always gave the credit to armed forces who played the major role. Sarath Fonseka and the armed forces were there under previous Presidents and PM Ranil but they failed to crush LTTE. It was Brutas Sira who gave all the credit to MR by saying he is ‘Maha Rajano’. Now Sira has forgotten what he said because he has a problem in his brain.

        Rajitha who kept on saying ‘Hora’ to MR recently told in public that MR did not rob but the people around him did. Those ‘Horas’ who robbed during Rajapakse regime are now with the government and government is not taking any action against them. Yahapalana Sira also protect them for his survival.

        Very conveniently you forget the ‘Great Bank Robbery’ that happened under Mr. Clean and the way he tried to protect him.

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          PURAN APPU,

          If I may remind you be it from MR or Current regime both belong to developing world – south asian politics. So we can be avoid 100% abuses or corrupted nature. So what matters is the size of corruption deliberately carried out by your Rajano. All the statistics sofar make it very clear, him becoming the most abusive state leader that the independent mother lanka ever produced. From the day tsunami embezzlement upto 2015, his has been a record. Today, even if you closely study the allegations being levelled at him for furher investigations have been increasing. This is unique to his nature. No matter entire world and the cabinet ministers have to say, he ruled the country not respecting any norms.

          Further, to correct you here, Maha Rajano is being used to name him since the public speech delivered by one dobby Artiste -Jackson Anthony. That speech outreached masses – the vulnerable, gawky masses since the bugger artiste including other artists of the day became part and parcel of the MR regime. They were abused to paint the name almost every corners.This is really ridiculous. All these made MR turned to intoxicated power greediman.He lost his respect to everything. He abused srilankens airlines thinkin it was was his air taxi. To that time even, it was making all losses ranging to Billions. But his brain cells did not allow him to grasp the gravity. As a rabid dog would bite anyone come across, he ruled the country into all bancrupsies.

          May be he thought, there exist nobody else to do the job-he and his uneducated family mmemembers are the most capable able men to represent us. Now you guys know since Mr Sirisena et proved within the first 12 months.

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          Not only Rajiitha but also SBD made the kind of contradictions. But nothing will block them being captured by the investigations which are being underway. Even if the investigations are on a snail move, future of Rajakshe and their joint abusers are in danger. Here we dont need to rely on Royal Astrologers but like the sun will rise and set, their jail sessions are certain. We can also compare it with the offsprings, siblings of Gadafi.. his regime never respected the norms, but where they the families ended up ?

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    Truth is bitter for many, especially for those who would like to see a wonderful country is fully disintegrated alone the lines of shallow political beliefs. They will be very critical of the messenger but they have very little to offer as counter arguments. Some will play to the tune of sinister Machiavellians; bent on fulfilling their forefathers’ wishes. For some time, the corridors of power will be frequented and dominated by these Machiavellians.

    Yet the truth will ultimately prevail, what is Right cannot be interpreted as wrong because what is wrong will always be wrong though it appears to be an entertaining concept for the detractors as they continue to pummel the messenger with abusive words and vulgarity.

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      Kautilya

      “Yet the truth will ultimately prevail, what is Right cannot be interpreted as wrong because what is wrong will always be wrong though it appears to be an entertaining concept for the detractors as they continue to pummel the messenger with abusive words and vulgarity.”

      Are you saying that HLD M is the neo-messiah of this island?

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    When will this guy stop spewing his hatred of Tamils??

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    Hi Mr. Mahindapala

    How did sudden empathy for people of Jaffna arise from you ?

    “When Will The Tamil Leaders Let Jaffna Rest In Peace?”

    Let me rephrase

    When Will people of Jaffna Rest In Peace?
    The short will answer will be when people like you you rest in peace in some kadal. and let them rest in Peace.

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    “Apart from adding Prabhakaran to his political pantheon, he is also known to be a devotee of Swamy Premananda who was convicted of raping 13 girls and also murder in India. Using his judicial credentials, he pleaded with the Indian Prime Minister to pardon Swamy Premananda which, of course, was rejected.the fall

    It is also well known that Wigneswaran is allied to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of India – an extreme, right-wing, anti-Muslim political organisation that spits racial hatred, provoking inter-ethnic violence. VHP programme is to cleanse India of Muslims. It is not surprising, therefore, to find Wigneswaram participating in VHP platforms in Delhi and urging Indian Hindus to lead a pan-Hindu regional front to protect Hindus. He is noted among the Muslims of Jaffna for marginalising Muslims,…”

    Wiggy seems to be enjoying and taking counsel from well noted psychotics in the region. No wonder why he is suggesting to re-merge northern and eastern provinces. Well, I really don’t know when he and his LTTE gang will understand that all provinces (Separately defined for administrative purposes)in Sri Lanka are part and parcel of the unitary and sovereign state of Sri Lanka.

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      Peter Pan

      It is also well known that the saffron clad thug Gnanasarais is closely allied to Ashin Wirathu of Mayanmar who heads an extreme, right-wing, anti-Muslim theocratic organisation that spits racial hatred, provoking inter-ethnic violence.

      The the saffron clad thug Gnanasara is also a close ally of Gota who ran the state security services as his own, declared open the office of Cobra Head party.

      What does it say about the polity of this island?

      “I really don’t know when he and his LTTE gang will understand that all provinces (Separately defined for administrative purposes)in Sri Lanka are part and parcel of the unitary and sovereign state of Sri Lanka.”

      I wonder whether you really understood the concepts of unitary and sovereign state.

      Please educate me. When were these ideas crept into this island and who first enforced them in this island?

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        Kallathoni NAtive Veddo:

        So, what is your point ?

        Read below, from Huffinton post

        There are innumerable accounts in the international media and academia on aggression against religious minorities, especially the Muslims, in the Buddhist majority countries in South and Southeast Asia. They report incitement of violence by ‘militant’ Buddhist monks of the the MaBaTha and the 969 Movement against the Rohingyas in Burma, Thai monks against Muslims in Southern Thailand and theBodu Bala Sena against Muslims in Sri Lanka. Human rights groups are calling for international responses to Buddhist ‘fundamentalism’, ‘ethnic violence’, and ‘neo-Nazi’ religious nationalism. Western and international Buddhist leaders are urging Buddhists in Theravada Buddhist countries, especially Burma, where there is widespread violence and displacement of Rohingya Muslims, to uphold social pluralism and Buddhist principles of non-violence, mutual respect and compassion.

        Indeed, aggression and violence of any individual or group towards another must be condemned and stopped. However, one-sided, dualistic depictions of majority aggression and minority victimization further polarization and conflict rather than peace and harmony. The vast majority of monks and lay people in the Buddhist majority countries abhor violence and have lived in mutual harmony and with respect towards other ethnic and religious communities for centuries. A deeper perspective on the religious conflicts in Asian Buddhist countries calls for a balanced investigation of the historical challenges Buddhists have faced and continue to face in maintaining their religious identity and culture.

        Buddhism which had its origin in 5 BC in India disappeared from the country of its origin due to internal dissension, revival of Brahmanism and Islamic invasions. The destruction of the great Buddhist University at Nalanda by Muslim invaders in 12 AD signified the demise of Buddhism in India. Other Buddhist societies like the Maldives and Indonesia also experienced decimation of their Buddhist cultures due to Islamic conquest. The process of violent Islamization continues to date as in theChittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh where the Buddhist tribal communities are facing religious persecution and cultural destruction. The destruction of the Bamian Buddha statutes in Afghanistan in 2001 received international condemnation but the bombings in Bodh Gaya at the seat of the Buddha’s enlightenment in July 2013 by Muslim extremists allegedly revenging for the violence against the Rohingyas in Burma, received scarce attention.

        As Buddhism began to be wiped out of India the challenge of safeguarding the Buddha’s teaching and Buddhist culture was taken up by the neighboring countries. Support from the state and the monarchy was crucial for the peaceful acceptance, spread and survival of Buddhism in these lands. Buddhist monks made great sacrifices to preserve the Buddha’s teachings for posterity and safeguard Buddhist cultures against internal and external forces of destruction. The Tripitaka, the Pali Canon, was first written down by Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka in 1 BC. The vinayamonastic disciplinary code, vipassana insight meditation and other aspects of Buddhist teaching were passed down with difficulty from teacher to teacher in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and other Asian countries. These sacrifices have made the Buddha’s universal teachings readily available to the international community today.

        The arrival of European colonizers since the 15th century halted the Islamization of India and the Buddhist countries of Asia. However, during British colonial rule and Christian proselytization, Buddhist monastic education and Buddhist culture lost their traditional state patronage in Sri Lanka and Burma (Thailand escaped western colonization). With the arrival of Hindu and Muslim immigrant groups from India into Burma and Sri Lanka during the colonial period, Buddhist communities became further marginalized economically and politically. Many monks, like many lay people who participated in nationalist resistance and struggles for democracy including the recent ‘Saffron Revolution’ in 2007 against the military regime in Burma, lost their lives in the process. These divergent developments laid the basis for the emergence of current grievances and ethno-religious conflicts.

        Buddhist societies today feel threatened by a confluence of political, economic and cultural forces beyond their control. Globalization and the capitalist consumerist culture which amount to a form of ‘economic fundamentalism’ drive people away from the simple, ecological and harmonious way of life associated with the Buddha’s teaching. Evangelical Christian proselytization, relying on economic incentives to convert poor Buddhist, Hindu and animist groups create tension and aggravate inter-group relations. So do alleged efforts by Islamic groups to establish Muslim settlements within Buddhist and other religious communities. The absence of international financial networks of aid and mutual support, such as, those of Christian evangelicals and the Wahabi Muslims make many Buddhists feel relatively powerless in their own countries despite their numerical majority. The higher fertility and population growth rates among Muslims exacerbate fears of Buddhists (as well as Hindus in India and Christians in the west) over their numerical majority status and the cultural identity of their countries. There is a growing feeling that compared to the more authoritarian Islamic countries which are closed to outside cultural influences, the relative openness of Buddhist societies make their cultural survival precarious. There is concern that the Buddhist identity in South and South East Asia may finally be wiped out by the internationally powerful universalizing religions of Islam and Christianity. While aggression or violence of Buddhists or others should never be condoned, the rise of current conflicts need to be understood in relation to these broader realities.

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    Thank you Jim softy;

    I hope ignorant Muslim bigots and other anti Buddhist forces will understand, why Buddhists have to be united to protect our noble way of life. They have the audacity to insult and demean our origin and our religion Buddhism in our Buddhist country.

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