12 December, 2017

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Who Oils Or Massages Ellalan Rajah?

By Unoiled Thamilan –

I was so impressed when I read the article titled “Don’t Trust The Colombo TNA Leadership With War Crimes Evidence”, written under the obvious pseudonym ‘Ellalan Rajah’, in the Colombo Telegraph. By impressed, I mean that I marvelled at how the Rajapaksa regime is now able to get mercenaries to pose off as Tamil rights activists online, to work and campaign to deprive the Tamils of and in Sri Lanka the opportunity to properly and effectively fight for their grievances. In this instance, it is attempted to ‘plug’ through discouragement, an avenue for Tamils to effectively canvass the UNHRC.

Sampandan - Colombotelegraph

The TNA took the principled stand that no-one published on the National List would be put into Parliament, so no-one who has entered the Parliament through TNA has got in, violating what is called the ‘elective principle’. Basically, Tamils voted for the TNA, knowing that Sumanthiran would get into Parliament if they did.

To me (and no doubt many in Sri Lanka), the uninformed positions in the article, are a dead give-away of the fact that the author is either dead or asleep to the real dynamic of the situation in Sri Lanka. To my mind, this strongly suggests the author is not resident in Sri Lanka and has not been, for quite a while. I will not venture into the question of whether he is Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim or anything else. After all, people of all ethnicities are capable of flawed logic, and far more sadly, equally amenable to monetary inducement. Sadly, the Tamil community has its share of such, staring in the face in the form of Rajapaksa lackeys in Parliament and a few outside, misleadingly calling themselves ‘Sri Lankan Patriots’ boasting dubiously distinguished Tamil lineage.

However, the numbers of such people within Sri Lanka are few and far between, given the ravages of the Rajapaksa regime which have rendered such people ‘pariahs’ (outcasts) within the general Tamil community. Therefore, the regime is believed to be looking to deviously purchase their way into some extremist hardcore Tamil Diaspora elements, whose heart is in a cause to the exclusion of the people whom that cause is supposed to protect and benefit.

What is important, is for all Sri Lankans – especially Sri Lankan Tamils and their true friends, to know that such alienated and/or compromised people are a threat to their rights and future within Sri Lanka.

Let me share with you, a few of the dead giveaway fallacies/errors in the article concerned, that lead me to confidently conclude that its author is removed from Sri Lanka and its realities.

Interestingly, the author is ignorant of several not-so-hard-to-find facts:

(1)   The fact that all TNA Members of Parliament in Sri Lanka are democratically elected by the Tamils. The National List of TNA was published and M A Sumanthiran’s name was on it. This fact was made known to the people of the North and East, who were happy that Tamilians of stature were willing to take to politics, to democratically engage the system for their rights after violent armed struggle had failed, with the greatest harm and losses suffered by Tamils. The TNA took the principled stand that no-one not published on the National List would be put into Parliament, so no-one who has entered the Parliament through TNA has got in, violating what is called the ‘elective principle’. Basically, Tamils voted for the TNA, knowing that Sumanthiran would get into Parliament if they did.

(2)   A fact that all Sri Lankan Tamils in Sri Lanka are aware of – that Sumanthiran’s record as one who democratically fought for civil rights and liberties was beyond question. It was he, who headed a team of lawyers that filed a case in the Supreme Court overnight and reversed the eviction of Tamils from their humble lodges in Colombo at the height of the war. His genuine commitment to civil rights and liberties has led him to also fight for the rights of marginalized people of other communities (such as Muslims affected by the Deegavapi case), giving credibility and stature to what he says on behalf of his own people, the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Needless to say, there is no crisis of trust or credibility as made out by ‘Ellalan Rajah’.

(3)   The fact that in Sri Lanka today, to expect a senior lawyer with the outstanding track record and integrity of Sumanthiran in the area of Human Rights/civil rights advocacy to be appointed a President’s Counsel is somewhat like expecting the British Raj to have conferred a knighthood for services rendered, on Mahatma Gandhi.

(4)   The fact that backing Sarath Fonseka over Rajapaksa was a lesser of the evils. Who is more evil? A trained dog who attacks or the malevolent pervert who sets the dog on innocent men, women and children? If one has no choice but to be stuck with one or the other, is there not at least a chance of taming a dog for the sake of a period that might enable the battered Tamil community to have some relative relief to recuperate? By playing a part in the Presidential Election process, the TNA worked to send the message that the Tamil vote is a factor to be considered, thereby strengthening the ability of elected Tamil representatives to be able to require certain commitments from politicians in the future.

(5)   The fact that it is not possible to ever solve the ethnic question or make any gains in that direction without engaging with the main political actors. Therefore, the ability to engage with political parties such as the United National Party (UNP) or any possible political actors, be they Chandrika Kumaratunga or anyone else, is to the benefit, not disadvantage of the Tamil community.

(6)   The fact that young Tamil lawyer, Niran Anketell is much more than Colombo educated. This bright youngster is sought to be maligned, on the basis that he is Colombo-educated. In fact, his education is much better. A simple google search will reveal that he is a Fulbright Scholar with a Masters Degree in International Law from a top-rate university in the United States (NYU) and has international experience and exposure in the field of Human Rights. However, despite his qualifications (unlike many others), he has not run away but lives and works in Sri Lanka. He has been a committed advocate of the rights of the Tamil people, and is also closely professionally associated with Sumanthiran as one of his juniors. This clearly irks the author, who appears to see great danger in young and capable people extending their professional skills towards democratic engagement.

(7)   The fact that the struggle for rights and justice for the Tamils cannot be led by remote control or 5-star comfort. In suggesting that ‘Tamil silks’ (silks appointed as such in other parts of the world and in other  jurisdictions) should be the new face of the Tamil National struggle, he interestingly forgets that any such person should feel enough about the cause to give up his lucrative practice and come to Sri Lanka to give leadership, as leadership removed from ground realities is like leading/advising a national cricket team after loudly playing an expensive Sony Playstation version of the game. Even hours of such experience are of very limited and dubious use in the real game.

It is clear that the article is part of a grandstanding, desperate attempt to prevent the battered Tamils of the North and East from using their elected representatives (TNA) to take their plight and unaddressed grievances in an appropriate democratic manner to an accepted, legitimate international forum.

So, I ask the following:

  • Who stands to benefit the most from depriving the Tamil people of the North and East of this rare opportunity by maligning their own elected leadership? Is it not the Rajapaksa regime? 
  • Has the Rajapaksa regime ‘got through’ to certain radical and undemocratic elements in the Tamil Diaspora who are removed from ground realities? If so, how big was the pot of porridge? 
  • Is the Rajapaksa regime now resorting to posing off as ‘Tamil activists’ online cowering behind dubious pseudonyms to mislead the Tamils of Sri Lanka?

These are the disturbing questions that come to the mind of anyone who truly cares for the suffering Tamil masses of Sri Lanka under the Rajapaksa regime, who surely deserve better than this. All must therefore now be ever more vigilant, as corruption and deception slowly creep … It is the creeping way of a regime.

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    A phenomenon I have observed over the years are these self-appointed security guards among Tamils.

    When someone pops a questions that deviate from the regular discourse, they jump in often accusing them of “traitor” etc. They also deface WikiPedia entries and comment using stolen identities etc.

    There is not much accuracy in most of the material. In fact most are hoaxes. The basic attempt is to create opinions that suit Tamil Nationalist project.

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      Vibhushana

      “When someone pops a questions that deviate from the regular discourse, they jump in often accusing them of “traitor” etc.”

      Any Sinhala or Buddhist see the issues black and white Sinhala/Buddhists jump on them and brand them being traitors and accuse them of working for NGOs.

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        Native,

        Who stands to benefit the most from depriving the Tamil people of the North and East of this rare opportunity.

        This is the question this guy asks. I have seen Tamils like this asking questions like this before. i.e. Navi Pillai is going to deliver the Tamil Homeland long being denied by nasty Sinhalese.

        I suppose you also operate with this view. My bewilderment I suppose is how on earth did you draw a line from A to B, i.e. the UN inquiry into the Tamil homeland?

        The common wisdom is Sri Lankans must be stakeholder in any decision. Its not a Sri Lankan thing, its how it happens everywhere isn’t it?

        I have gone over and over and nowhere do I see the outcome you see. Can you run me through the steps A .. B please? I think it will help people like young Anpu as well to see your wisdom in action.

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      No one uses the traitor word better than the regime.

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      This person is just as ‘credible’ as Ellalan Rajah!!

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    Ellalan Raja’s bluff has been vigorously and logically countered by our own Dutugemuna Raja, calling himself ‘ unoiled Thamilan’. Bravo! The Kandula , our Dutugemunu Raja has ridden is logic and honest truth. Of course, I do not agree with theTNA move to support General Sarath Fonseka in the last presidential elections, I have to admit I myself have been proven wrong for supporting MR at the said elections, hoping upon hope and more hope that he will do something substantial to resolve problems relating to the citizenship and communal rights of the Tamils.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,
      “Of course, I do not agree with theTNA move to support General Sarath Fonseka in the last presidential elections, I have to admit I myself have been proven wrong for supporting MR at the said elections”

      Whom we should support????????????
      Thanks

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        Anpu,

        A Dr.Jeckyl and Mr.Hyde like schizophrenic situation. One was a military man who fought the war from the front, but at the end of the war wanted to increase the size of the armed forces and during the war wanted the Tamils to go to India. The other was a man who was proposing the APRC solutions, had handled the IDP crisis fairly competently, had embarked on a colossal infra-structure rebuilding/building program in the war devastated areas and was making the right noises portending some hope.

        Who should we support now? I would yet support whoever says and promises what I think is right, in the hope that what is promised will be done. Hope is yet the only path to pursue .

        I however do not yet see a person in the horizon on whom I repose my hopes on, other than Ranil Wickremasinghe. He is yet an unproven commodity in the presidential seat and impressed me by his performance as prime minister for two years. However, his role in sabotaging the Chandrika proposals for constitutional reform and his stance on CJ. Shirani Bandaranaike impeachment game, yet bother me,

        We as a country are in a choice less dilemma. The best among those who come forward is the only choice available and MR definitely is not that choice. We have to yet hope and continue to hope that miracles will happen, despite the probabilities being rather low.

        Dr.RN

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          How about Kariyawasam. Fellow is Thamil, but understands and respects the majority Orissa-Bengali gene pool of Sri Lanka. No elections needed- UN and their forces must place him in the honorary position.

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          The TNA is doing what Prabaharan did. Everything was and is a failure. Sumanthiran was asking the Tamils to submit their evidences to the TNA in the International investigation. What a joker he is? The Tamils are not concerned about the presidency as to who wants to be the president. They want freedom and freedom from occupation. They want self esteem. The Tamils never had a sincere, and a worthy leader and they wont have any one now or in the future.

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      Dr.R. N,

      Voting for SF was a case of choosing between, two evils which no doubt was not an easy decision. Possibly when a common opposition candidate emerges for the next Presidential election without a reasonably clear cut stand on the National Question, Tamils will once again face the same dilemma! They will have no choice but to carefully weigh the pros and cons in making a decision. Boycotts will no longer serve any purpose!

      Sengodan. M

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        .
        Voting for SF was to make sure SF and MaRa/GoTa never get together again.
        :-)

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      Dr RN

      I fully endorse your stand , but my earnest request is to take advantage of the next and final available opportunity, which should never be missed at any cost , to get rid of MR & Similar elements

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        Another MR Paraiah like Subramaniya Samy. Ranil wanted be the Opposition Leader for life so he does’nt want MR to lose the election.

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          Nadarajah M

          “Another MR Paraiah like Subramaniya Samy”

          What exactly did you mean when you wrote MR Paraiah?

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        And elect who pray? RW? CBK? SF? Sampanthan?

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      Finally admitting this mistake, better late than never !

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    Brilliant Andalusi. The regime has been masters at splitting parties and communities.it is unfortunate that there are people who fall prey in every community.
    S

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    A very good exposure of the traitor masquerading in the name of Ellalan Rajah!

    Sengodan. M

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      Pls don’t resort to calling people Traitor etc. We are trying to recover from a sad episode post 2009 when this approach was taken to the max and a particular group even published a paper called “karuppu” – Black list so to speak. We cannot live in the west and still take this approach. it is shameful. We cannot rise any higher than our accusers if we ourselves descend to that level. Please engage in the debate with civility so that we can all move together albeit via different paths. Thank you for your understanding

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    Ellalan Rajah deserves our thanks for rattling the TNA cage.

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    I don’t know what made TNA to vote for Sarath Fonseka in the presidential elections in 2010. The available options were:
    1. Support Mahinda
    2. Support Sarath.
    3. Ask Boycott the Elections.
    4. Do Nothing.
    Supporting Mahinda
    You cannot ask the Tamil people to vote Mahinda because Mahinda is responsible for the massacre of thousands of Tamils and who is in support of Sinhala Fundamentalists. If Tamils would have decided to support Mahinda, then Sinhala masses and Fundamentalists definitely go against Mahinda and Sarath would have come as President if there was a genuine election.
    Support Sarath
    I assume the TNA agreed to support Sarath because they believed that Sarath will get massive support from Sinhala masses because his forces defeated LTTE. Opinion polls were on that direction and the UNP and other liberal forces were supporting Sarath. TNA wanted Mahinda to go out and Mahinda and GOTA will be arrested and charged for his crimes and there will be a change in the governance because Sarath cannot govern without the support of UNP. There may be some international influence on their decision to support Mahinda.
    3. Boycott the Elections.
    The boycott of Elections in 2005 by LTTE was criticized by international community as anti democratic and put the blame on LTTE to bring Rajapakse to the power. TNA did not want to do that.
    4. Finally they should have kept silence and it would have given similar criticisms like boycotting.

    The reality is that Sinhala masses still believe that Sri Lanka is only for Sinhala Buddhists. Sinhala leaders are not prepared to challenge that believe. From DS Senanayake to Mahinda Rajapakse the difference is they are different individuals but they are common in terms of their believe about Sinhalese and this island.

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    What matters most is, who can deliver what the constituents want. Sumanthiran has delivered and there should be no doubt about it .Whether a person is from Colombo or Jaffna does not matter at all. Sumanthiran is a person who can speak all three languages and we live in a country where all three languages are spoken. We cannot be the frog in the well. This applies to all the communities. For example what is the use of having Thondaman as the guardian angel of the Upcountry Tamils? NO use, he is only there to pocket the money for himself and not worried about the welfare of the people. Similarly I can name a few Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslim politicians. Unlike all these politicians who do not care for their own people, Sumanthiran has done a lot for the Tamils. There should be no doubt about it.

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    I took the name Ellalan, not after the great king of Lanka (I would not dare) but after my first thoroughbred race horse, and like my thoroughbreds I too am thoroughbred Hindu Vellala from Vaddukoddai.

    Sumanthiran’s and Anketells pedigree is ambiguous to say the least.

    So much for dubious lineage!

    While rank novices and briefless barristers like Anktell blow hot air, I every year spend millions of rupees supporting charities in the North and East. That is addition to tens of millions I spend on advocacy that helped secure the UNHRC Inquiry.

    As for being bought by the Rajapakse’s; I am fortunate enough to say that money is not material to me. That is, not to say that their agents have not expended every effort trying to induce me with the lure of business opportunities. On the other hand, I could buy the Rajapakse’s.

    And, I am fortunate and privileged enough not to descend in to the murky political underworld and make dubious compromises; and take a principled position in the best interests of my race, creed and stock!

    As for not being in Sri Lanka, as much as yearn to reclaim my birthright, regrettably I have been warned by the Foreign ministry of the country of my nationality and by senior intelligence officers within the Sri Lankan security apparatus that I should not.

    So when I see the “sole representatives” -a term also used by the LTTE-of the Tamils cavorting with the murderers of my own blood; I naturally recoil with horror and raise questions about their bona fides.

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      If you can buy Rajapakse’s, then you must be a billionaire.
      I am surprised billionaires reading CT.

      :-)

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      “I too am thoroughbred Hindu Vellala from Vaddukoddai.”

      Nobody bothers about your Hindu Vellala Caste. So please keep it to yourself!

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        “I too am thoroughbred Hindu Vellala from Vaddukoddai”

        This information need to be communicated to history departments of Jaffna and Peradeniya. We should publish this unique findings on journal of royal asiatic society, albeit in small print in the advertisement section.
        Genetic make up of this thoroughbreds (AKA tharuthalais) need to be analysed so that Srilankans could produce more cohorts of such henchmen.

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      Is Galleon Raja out on parole?…

      Or is it Ravi, who has the power of attorney for Galleon Millions, stashed away in Swiss Banks?…

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      “Sumanthiran’s and Anketells pedigree is ambiguous to say the least”
      Is this Ellalan Rajah a pretender in some dubious sort to be the successor of Raja Rajan Sankili.

      Sumanthiran not taking Silk is all too well known. Only if you know the quality of men who took silk and became PCs under the Rajapakses. There was a very young one – son of an eminent senior, who cannot write two lines in good prose but now elevated to Ministerial rank. It is no secret this is because The Royal Family does not want the senior to take Cases against them. A quid pro quo, did you say.
      Then there is another – also a young one who was nothing more than a clerk to a successful but swollen headed senior of the Lingam variety. The latter became a PC because he carried posters in demonstrations for the ruling clique. As an Indian ex-Supreme Court judge remarked
      “you don’t need to know much of the law to succeed with the Govt. All you need is to know the Law Minister (read the Rajapakses) well”
      What a grotesque reputation for the repuration of our senior lawyers.

      Apparently, Sumanthiran and Anketell are lawyers of high personal integrity and moral courage. The absence of a PC behind their name, in the circumstances, appears to be a plus point. Dr. Colvin R. de Silva not being made QC in no way prevented the exposition of his legal brilliance and learning.

      Ellalan Rajah brings Tamils a bad name.

      Kettikaran

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      Ellalan Rajah

      ‘take a principled position in the best interests of my race, creed and stock!’ – having gone that far to elongate your credentials in anonymity, why not take another principled stand to disclose your true name.

      ‘As for not being in Sri Lanka, as much as yearn to reclaim my birthright, regrettably I have been warned by the Foreign ministry of the country of my nationality and by senior intelligence officers within the Sri Lankan security apparatus that I should not’ – What a façade. I have heard this nonsense from many gutless who bury their heads in the sand thinking that they are somebody. So, you have been advised by the intelligence officers – a privileged position that we do no enjoy when we decide to go to Sri Lanka.

      A person with so much conflicts within must first liberate himself before expressing his Kavinda Mani comments without understanding the facts and sensitivities.

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      Your reference to “thoroughbred Hindu Vellala” triggered my memory: that you are the same guy who wrote as “Tamil Diaspora Activist” to call C.V. Wigneswaran an “Ettappan.”

      See this thread and the comments there:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ettappan-wigneswaran-and-war-crimes/

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      Ellalan Rajah

      “I too am thoroughbred Hindu Vellala from Vaddukoddai.”

      Does it mean that you are endowed with two willis, one made of gold and the other one in diamond?

      If true how blessed are you?

      What sort of dowry range are we talking about?

      You need to hire a complete battalion to protect you.

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    How many of you gentlemen who have commented on this column LIVE AND VOTE IN SRI LANKA?

    If you can’t tick off yes to both, you opinion matters only in your own mind.

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      And you are ? LOL

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    TRAITORS ARE EVERY WHERE NOT FORGETTING THE VERY TNA.

    BTW, Who the hell is this ELLALAN RAJAH ?
    In the same vein who the hell is this UNOILED THAMILIAN?
    A thamilian sans Palmyrah Toddy.

    “Don’t Trust The Colombo TNA Leadership With War Crimes Evidence”,

    In that case the people should not trust all the TNA RATS who had taken refuge in Colombo when Velu Anna was alive.
    Also the DIASPORA who were never near even in Colombo.

    Then leave it to the JAFFNA MAN who face the brunt of the war & others keep off.

    “Voting for SF was a case of choosing between, two evils”
    THE SHAMELESS TNA POLITICIANS AND THE NORTHERN MAN CHOSE TO SUPPORT
    “SARATH FONSEKA” who had casued so much hurt and provided an opportunity to exaggerate figures in the war front in the final days, who wanted to double the military strength at the end of the war & most of all WANTED TAMILS TO GO TO INDIA……………

    Undoubetedly, MR happen to be the better of the evils. Though he too is now disregarded. To say the least some infrasructure development in place to see.(In the days gone by, how long did we take to arrive in Jaffna from Vavuniya by road ?
    At a time no train service, where all the sleepers had gone to erect bunkers…….
    As such, considering the present, we need to recognise some achievement for which we did not forkout.
    THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE FOR THE DIASPORA (THEY DON’T LIVE IN THE NORTH BUT JUST BARK FROM OVERSEAS) & THE COLOMBO TNA THE TONGUE IN CHEEK PROXIES WHO CAN NOT BE TRUSTED WHO NEVER VISITED THE WANNI………… HOWEVER, IT IS SOMETHING FOR US THE NORTHERNERS…..

    YES. It was a mistake to recon MR but to the Northerners there is something & a change from the times of Velu Anna. A some what improved state of life and have some earning from business that has been good.

    Lets wait for the next elections to weigh the evils and we the Jaffnians have no choice unless we break up the southern politity into Caste creed, Race, Religion, up country & low country Yet are we sure of our man???????????????????????

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    Do not disturb.
    The fox in the photograph who have misled us time and time again has fallen asleep.

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    “The fact that all TNA Members of Parliament in Sri Lanka are democratically elected by the Tamils.”

    Who did elect who is going to contest and where? Isn’t that was a handful of people at the top of the party? These political parties talk a lot about Democracy, Rights & Freedom but in reality these are not available within any political party in Sri lanka.

    Isn’t the correct way for the party members at the grass root level select the candidates for the elections?.

    At the moment, the parties field candidates elected by a few who control the party. It is not the choice of the people. For example when TNA field some rotten eggs, the people may not have any choice other than voting for them. But the real gems may be out there but not considered by the party leadership.

    THERE SHOULD BE A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FROM THE BOTTOM TO TOP WITHIN ANY PARTY TO SELECT CANDIADTES FOR ELECTIONS. THEN IT COULD BE CALLED DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE.

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      Kabi,

      “THERE SHOULD BE A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FROM THE BOTTOM TO TOP WITHIN ANY PARTY TO SELECT CANDIADTES FOR ELECTIONS. THEN IT COULD BE CALLED DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE.:

      This may be true in countries with high standards of living and education, as in first world countries. But even in the US, that method resulted in George Bush, widely regarded as vacuous among the more educated people, being elected twice. But given the checks and balances in the US system, it didn’t lead to too disastrous results, though one could say the Iraq invasion and the great recession can be thought to have been caused by his incompetence and were in fact disastrous.

      In third world countries where the education, literacy, rationality and general knowledge levels are not high, and raw passions lead crowds to behave in irrational ways, having educated, mature leaders of good character who have sound judgement decide on party nominees, albeit with input from the rank and file, is the right way to go until the populations of those countries have a high level of maturity and rationality.

      Pure democracy of the kind you advocate can lead to situations like those with Hamas in Gaza, Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt, Hitler in Germany, the ISIS in Iraq, all becoming entrenched in power. At one point, had the LTTE contested in the North-East, it might have won by a wide margin, but subsequent events showed that its leadership clearly was mentally ill. The problem was despite having a deranged leadership, many people were willing to disregard that because they thought the other side was even worse (partly true), or for the symbolism of “resistance to tyranny” that the LTTE provided. And the MR regime similarly has no business to be in power, but it has been elected and re-elected.

      So I am all for democracy but society ought to make sure that it brings out sagacious leaders who then have some say on party nominees.

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        “great recession can be thought to have been caused by his incompetence”

        Before blaming Bush for the Financial crisis, please have read of this article;

        Did Bush cause the financial crisis?

        By Greg Wood
        BBC North America Business Correspondent, New York

        “Consider the terrible consequences of the ‘anything goes’ Bush Administration, whose irresponsible non-regulation of financial institutions has led to this crisis.”

        Those words, from the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, sum up the charge against George W Bush – that in the eight years of his presidency he actively pursued policies of deregulation which caused the biggest financial and economic meltdown since the Great Depression.
        It is a grim legacy for President Bush to contemplate as he enters his final days in office – but is it true?

        Market collapse
        He certainly presided over a widespread failure of regulation.

        On his watch, the US authorities did little to prevent the sale of millions of mortgages to people who could never afford them.

        They failed to police the market in mortgage-backed securities which has now collapsed with such devastating consequences.

        And credit default swaps, those multi-billion-dollar bets on other people going bust, went virtually unregulated.

        In recent days, Congress has been holding hearings to determine how the regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) missed numerous warning signs – “Red Flags” – about Bernard Madoff, the man accused of running a gigantic Ponzi scheme which has defrauded investors of at least $50bn.

        The image of Mr Bush as the arch deregulator and the Democrats as the champions of stricter rules for business does not quite tally with the evidence

        Paul Kanjorski, the Democratic Representative who is chairing the hearings, argued that the SEC’s failings were – in part – due to chronic understaffing, implying that the Bush Administration had starved the agency of the resources needed to do its job.

        In the blame game for this financial crisis, George W Bush comes a close second to greedy and unscrupulous Wall Street bankers.
        But there are serious flaws in this argument.

        Deregulation started long before President Bush came to power, and it was enthusiastically pursued by both Democratic and Republican administrations.

        Here is just one example:
        The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 separated the activities of commercial banks, which take deposits, from investment banks, which invest money. It was repealed in 1999.
        That relaxation of the rules enabled commercial lenders, like Citigroup, to trade instruments such as mortgage-backed securities and collateralised debt obligations.

        ‘Far-reaching reform’

        Many see the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act as a major, direct cause of the current financial crisis.

        But it was signed by a Democratic President, Bill Clinton, and supported by many other Democratic politicians, among them the scourge of Bush deregulation Nancy Pelosi.

        What is more, President Bush actually increased the burden of regulation on US companies, enacting in 2002 what he called “the most far-reaching reform of American business practices since the time of Franklin D Roosevelt”, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

        A response to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals, including the collapse of the energy group Enron, Sarbanes-Oxley significantly increased the reporting requirements and accountability of company boards and management.

        As president, he bears the ultimate political responsibility and his party has paid the ultimate political price
        So the image of Mr Bush as the arch deregulator and the Democratic Party as the champion of stricter rules for business does not quite tally with the evidence.

        But Mr Bush is not entirely blameless.

        Affordable home ownership, especially for African-American and Hispanic borrowers, who had traditionally found it difficult and expensive to get a mortgage, was a key policy goal of the Clinton administration and one enthusiastically carried forward by President Bush.

        A laudable aim – but there is evidence that it led to severe political pressure on mortgage providers to lower their lending standards, spawning the now infamous “NINJA” loans for borrowers with “No Income, no Job or Assets.”

        The mortgage finance company Fannie Mae was also being urged to fulfil its mission of helping low income homeowners by buying up more and more risky loans.

        This political pressure, as well as rock-bottom interest rates and unscrupulous lending practices, helped to inflate the sub-prime housing bubble.

        President Bush must take his share of the blame.
        There is no doubt that George W Bush is a natural supporter of deregulation and that his administration did nothing to stop all sorts of questionable financial activities in the private sector (even though it did not condone them).

        As president, he bears the ultimate political responsibility and his party has paid the ultimate political price.

        But this financial crisis has many causes, being – as it is – the product of conflicting human emotions and imperfect markets and organisations.

        It is impossible to blame it all on one man.

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          You are picking up a tangential comment. I didn’t say Bush was solely responsible, but his incompetence clearly had a role. I will leave it at that.

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    Real Ellalan’s Missus got in to hot water in Mullative only a couple of months ago.

    The real War Widows got cheesed off watching this Ellalan’s Widow wanting to find out what happened to her beloved husband, when he himself made hundreds of innocent children and youth disappear by making them in to Sand Bags for the last battle.

    And the real war Widows were even more irate to see the Vellalas from Colombo escorting her around and making her appear as the face of the War Widows in front of Ms Pillai and her Western audience.

    Then there is Abraham who doesn’t carry any LTTE baggage. He was never in the Military service of the LTTE

    He did his studies , got a decent degree and made it to the highest court of the land,living in the South, among the so called genocidal Sinhala Buddhists attending the schools there, going to Sinhala Buddhist Uni and now making decent bucks practicing in Genocidal Sinhala Busddhist courts run by the Sinhala Buddhist Dictator.

    Not a convincing resume. when Abraham stands up in front of an an Independent Tribunal and say he is a victim of Genocide, Discrimination and denial of Human Rights…

    Probably these are the issues which are worrying the heavies in the Diaspora as well as the Vellalas in Colombo.

    So these oiled and non oiled pretend Ellalals are having a go at each to protect their interests and mark their territories.

    But the non Oiled Ellalan is pulling the long bow to drag Rajapaksas in to their own home grown shit fight..

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    “Pure democracy of the kind you advocate can lead to situations like those with Hamas in Gaza, Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt, Hitler in Germany, the ISIS in Iraq, all becoming entrenched in power. At one point, had the LTTE contested in the North-East, it might have won by a wide margin, but subsequent events showed that its leadership clearly was mentally ill. The problem was despite having a deranged leadership, many people were willing to disregard that because they thought the other side was even worse (partly true), or for the symbolism of “resistance to tyranny” that the LTTE provided. And the MR regime similarly has no business to be in power, but it has been elected and re-elected.”

    Hamas in Gaza & Brotherhood – did they come through the process I argued?

    ISIS in Iraq – Which election did they contest and won?

    Hitler in German – Hitler never had more than 37% vote in any honest elections. Had German been a true democratic he would not have come to power.

    Your arguments has no basis at all. You take some stupid examples and ignoring very best examples for democracy!

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      Yes, Hamas won elections resoundingly in Gaza. The Islamic Brotherhood did the same in Egypt. Though the ISIS hasn’t contested elections, in Sunni areas of Iraq, Sunnis alienated by Maliki’s Shiite sectarianism supported ISIS increasingly and might well have elected the group if an election were held.

      So my point stands: For Democracy to be meaningful, there must first be an enlightened citizenry throwing up sagacious leaders. Otherwise it is just a meaningless numbers game that won’t lead to peace, stability or progress.

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        Agnos,

        I’m talking about true democracy and you are talking about TERRORISTS like Hamas and ISIS. So there is nothing to argue about that. You conveniently forgot your point about Hitler. Why do you take these few rotten examples rather than looking at best democracies in the west?

        Are you saying Tamils do not have that enlightenment (you propose) to choose whom they want to contest in elections? And only the handful people at the top of TNA has that enlightenment!
        – This is a typical TULF mentality “Podiyal to fight and we to negotiate”

        Like southern politicians the TNA top wants to keep a tight control over the Party. Thereby only a tiny bunch of people will contest elections repeatedly and they play racial cards and Tamil people will not have any other choice than voting for them.

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          “I’m talking about true democracy and you are talking about “

          Even Rishad Bathiudeen the minister of commerce seems to be a school drop out- he does not observe like you.He was rebuked many atimes but like a gypsy he pestered them- that is not democracy/`culture` of the west or china.
          He was shunned by the Chinese (CDN issue) trying to get `true cinnamon` branded in china. Chinese do not use true cinnamon.

          Dont drain yourself for Pan_Islam but keep this in your memory.

          Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.- [the two rotten plums means problem down there].

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          I brought up the Hitler example only to show that given the support he had in German society, he could have been elected easily. It seems I have to explain every little point to you.

          As for the best examples of the West, their experiments with democracy started centuries ago and they have had time to refine it, put in place constitutions with checks and balances, and the institutions that ensure order is maintained; they are still struggling with it. What is more, despite claims of the West being Christian, it is largely secular; people act with a high degree of rationality and enlightened self-interest. You can’t transplant that to countries like Sri Lanka at this time.

          “Thereby only a tiny bunch of people will contest elections repeatedly and they play racial cards and Tamil people will not have any other choice than voting for them.”

          You have got it upside down. It is often the people who are chosen to contest based on local popularity–who would have been chosen by local branches–not necessarily by the top leadership– such as Sritharan of Kilinochchi or the wife of Elilan, who tend to be more strident about Tamil nationalism. It is to balance out that situation we need sagacious leaders at the top. And if people don’t like the TNA, they don’t have to vote for it. If those within the TNA don’t like it, they can always test their popularity by forming another party. Anandasangaree did it but was rejected.

          The TNA should still put in place democratic processes within the party and give more opportunities to fresh faces, but the people at the top have to act as a restraining influence against moving to extremes.

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    There is important factors has been omitted by TNA and some writers just blame that Mahind Rajapasasa by who Killed so-called thousand of Tamil during last battle in Nadaikadal..the simple factor that was War battle between Govt. and LTTE and support by western proxies forces financially and weapons to undermine nation Sovereignty and Democracy. We as a Nation having full Right to Resist war against LTTE-Tamil terrorist? And fought against evil anti-establishment forces in Our Soil? Is just cause.

    Is this that what type of WAR? To be Divided Sri Lankan into land and Soil two; One For Tamils and Other for Non-Tamils…. that against anti-sovereignty by Tamil terrorist of War was last long 30 odd years.
    To protected Sovereignty and Terroritoril Integrity duty and responsibility of NOT ONLY Manhida Rajapakasa Govt. which was all elected pervious Govt. had been committed to safeguard Democracy elected Governance of State management, which that vital interest of Majority People of Sri Lanka

    The war against divided SL had come to end during Period of MR being power systemically since 2004 to 2009. Needless to say War on strategy and tactics launch by MR Govt. was far more advance than previous elected Govt. MR as core leader of Politician, who has led totally military defeated LTTE in 2009 May. Is that end of WAR bring Stability and PEACE in Island.
    How that comes to WAR Crime,?

    I see do not agreed that any class or race or religion point of view that was WAR CRIMES! Or against Humanity? Specially Tamil Political class inside country and Diaspora outside Island has wrongly interpretation to achieve by their own Goal of Tamil Eealm! by labeling so-called “War Crime”.

    In my point of view still TNA is far from national politics, which still working as TNA is Tamil racial political Party; is NOT as national politics were involved, that form methods the very inception the rooted goes back Eealm path of state concept and proposed by various forms that suited to Big power politics by SJV- FP ,then TULF-Amrtihligam; and ongoing TNA present context of politics follow the by suit to similar path and model in deeds by core leader of TNA.

    What I convince that thinking tank of Tamils and its political class in TNA, its hard of core leadership group who dominated Tamil politically in Center still not yet REMORSE and REVIEW policy of past Eealm; even after lost of Tamils hundred thousands People in North and Sinhalese and other people in south that TNA is NOT regret at all line of Tamil politics.
    TNA having still enough room to be redress and renaissance her policies reciprocatelly rectified her past great errors on behalf vital interest of Tamil and Majority of Non Tamils in Sri lanka, that back to democratic path of upheld nation Sovereignty and Terroritoril Integrity.

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      Piyadasa Yalagala

      “the simple factor that was War battle between Govt. and LTTE and support by western proxies forces financially and weapons to undermine nation Sovereignty and Democracy.”

      Support by western government, of course they supported the government in numerous ways. UK was selling arms to Sri Lanka, US donated a ship, Hindians provided everything else.

      I am bit thick, therefore please bear with me. What are these two things Sovereignty and Democracy that you believe this country possesses? Could you elaborate on the idea of sovereignty.

      When did it get it and where did it get it from? What does sovereignty entails the people?

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    Ellalan Rajah! Just read your very enlightening comment above.
    Thank you for explaining your stock.
    A. You dare not name yourself after the great king,
    B. But take the name of a horse.
    C. At the same time, you named your horse after the great king.
    D. That means you profess that even a horse is of better stock than yourself.
    Your lineage is very clear now. Deepest sympathies.
    PS – Very sorry :( I believe intelligent Tamils might have bet on the horse, but not you.

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    I should thank elilan rajah for this comment. Having received all these crtisisms, he should change his name into Ettappan rajah or Ehelapola raja.

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    Dear commenter ,you have refer to me feed back?
    On Question of sovereignty and democracy you believed possess this country….
    Yes I understand that people point of view, we have to have this system at the rise and risk of Capitalism in Sri lanka; that World most popular form of Government the Sovereignty and Democracy exist since 1948 an Island.

    I quite believed in past modern political history of Sri Lankan growing into democracy peacefully with all ups and downs last 67 years, because it has democratic institutions. While habits and values of capitalist market economy,( including pre- capitalist) ,that when transferred to political sphere make for a democracy and sovereignty. All that we had last 67 years to have was Republic Constitutions of SL and a Elections and we had a democracy is conventional accept norms by of Western point of view of values Capitalism.

    After the Second World War ongoing present International Order accept by legally binding UNO and its agencies , where experience democracies of Sovereignty of capitalism arose at the same time was most popular a model for the rest of the world, but an anomaly. Sovereignty and democracy that subject to rule under capitalist governing laws. Each countries and Nations has led different path of democratic development; certain( Nations) democracies economic growth a stage of robust economic development curtail and limited political liberties. Sri lanka case is different from others nations that our superstructure (Politics, legal, civil management, Institutions means democracy organs, cultural and Ideas) has far more advance than her economy base.

    The result of that Sovereignty of People rights has been limited excise in Democracy of ruling class in power other developing countries. On the other hand In last end that democracy and sovereignty are two sides of same coin ,trends that reinforced each other managed and administrating by Capitalism system in operation by what ever Ruling party in POWER.

    Does Capitalism lead to sovereignty and democracy and how? Is different political phonemenal of dialogue need to discussed and address by politics classes in SL. In our case is concern Generally No anarchist or Terrorist take upper hand to undermine minimum rights won by Public ongoing capitalist order that to under name of
    so-called “socialism or Liberation” or “Salvation” particular group or class vested interest of few anarchist in Sri Lankan Soil.
    In central question of Capitalist era and its system does not necessarily lead towards sovereignty and democracy at all. That has deal with different ways and means of Mass politics parties to achieve by the people and the for the people.

    The political victory of English and French revolution show well related to the perfecting of the concept of modern sovereignty through that of national sovereignty.In fact all terms modern European theory of sovereignty is no doubt capitalist sovereignty a form of command that determines the relationship between citizens and state of a function of democracy and development. This will apply Sri Lanka too as Capitalist democratic state.

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      Piyadasa Yalagala

      Is it possible for you to translate your comment into to plain English.

      What is Sovereignty?

      Where did you get it from?

      Who does sovereignty relate to the people?

      What benefit do the people get out of sovereignty?

      What does sovereignty work?

      Why does a country need sovereignty?

      When does a country lose its sovereignty.

      Where does sovereignty reside?

      How do you protect sovereignty if it is not tangible?

      Is there such thing as people’s sovereignty or consumer sovereignty?

      If there is people’s sovereignty how do they exercise it?

      I have another 1000 questions.

      When did this idea of sovereignty originate and where from?

      Please bear with me as I am bit thick and want to be educated.

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