27 September, 2020

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Whoever Becomes President, It’s The Same For The Tamils!

By S. V. Kirubaharan

S. V. Kirubaharan

S. V. Kirubaharan

Since the call for the Presidential election in Sri Lanka, we have seen statements, press releases and opinions from various quarters. So far, not a single Sinhala politician has made a call or a positive statement about finding a political solution to the problems underpinning the six decades of bloody conflict in Sri Lanka.

On the contrary, from both sides, the government and the opposition, there have been many verbal statements voicing the fact that they are not bothered about the Tamil’s leading political party – Tamil National Alliance – TNA or the Tamil votes.

It seems ridiculous when we see statements made by so-called Tamil diaspora leaders. What have they got to do with the Presidential election in Sri Lanka? Do they have a vote? Not even the Tamils in the ground who live with various difficulties seek out the opinion of these individuals.

Some among the diaspora demand a boycott of the elections; others say not to vote in the election and yet another funny group says ‘not to boycott the Presidential election like what happened in 2005’! The diaspora members who make public their opinion on the Presidential election are not even capable of lobbying their own government regarding a political solution in Sri Lanka.

The funny crowd which blames the diaspora for the boycott are ignorant of what actually happened in 2005. At that time, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – LTTE were in a strong position and they made their decision based on the information they had gathered. It’s true that their decision changed the island’s historMahinda Maithriy. But what has the diaspora got to do with 2005 boycott?

Today those who criticize the LTTE were the ones who had been waiting for a very long time to destroy the LTTE. Today half of these people are still working with the Sri Lanka intelligence agencies gathering information locally and internationally. The other half is regretting their blunders. Now they are unable to generate any income on pretexts relating to the LTTE. In fact, these individuals and organisations sold the Tamil nation for their self-gain.

Politics of Rajapaksa

Everyone knows the politics of Mahinda Rajapaksa who amended the constitution so as to contest for the third time. Since the defeat of the LTTE, he has claimed that “there is neither a minority nor an ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka”. Outrageously, Rajapaksa says that the 13th amendment and the recommendations of his hypocritical ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’ – LLRC have been already implemented. This is the reason why today Sri Lanka is under international scrutiny and Tamils have sympathy and support.

The people who coordinated the Common Presidential candidate are silent on the ethnic issue. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Ranil Wickremesinghe, General Sarath Fonseka, Former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva, Mangala Samaraweera and others are cool and calm about anything concerning the Tamils.

Both leading contestants feel that if they give any importance to the ethnic issue, they may lose the election. It is obvious that the Sinhala voters are totally against any political settlement. The majority of them believe that Sri Lanka is exclusively a Sinhala Buddhist country.

To win the voters in the South, on 1 December, President Rajapaksa indirectly and fearlessly admitted that he is in fact, guilty of the war crimes allegations that are being levelled against him. In other words he has admitted that he is responsible for the massacre of unarmed Tamils.

There is no difference between Rajapaksa’s statement and former President JR Jeyewardene’s statement on 11 July 1983 to UK Daily Telegraph. Jeyewardene said: “Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy”.

Whoever starves the Tamils or massacres the Tamils in Sri Lanka will get more votes in the South. This is the reality in Sri Lanka. It has taken a very long time for the international community to realise this fact.

Opposition leaders

Now let us analysis some of the opposition leaders who formed the ‘opposition coalition’ and signed a MoU on 1 December.

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga successfully served her two terms in office with a military action, code named “war for peace”. During her time in office – how many Tamils in the North and East disappeared including 600 people buried in mass graves in Chemmani, Jaffna; many others arbitrarily killed and assassinated; massacres which took place including the bombing of St Peter’s Church in Navaly, killing 120 people who had taken shelter in the Church etc. Had she apologised or delivered any justice for those victims or has Rajapaksa who replaced her, instigated any inquiry into those and many other heinous incidents?

Soon after the defeat of the LTTE, General Sarath Fonseka wanted to recruit 200,000 soldiers to militarise the North and East. Also we can’t forget the interviews that he gave when he was in charge of the military. If Rajapaksa wins in the forthcoming President election, Fonseka will gradually join Rajapaksa.

Mangala Samaraweera did the maximum damage to the Tamils. When he was the External Minister, he went around the world portraying the Tamil’s political struggle as ‘Terrorism’. He worked hard and successfully banned the LTTE in a few countries. Last October when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared that the Council of the European Union’s ban on LTTE is illegal and ordered payment of court costs; immediately Samaraweera travelled to UK to feel the pulse of the Tamils. Also he wanted to join Rajapaksa’s government as the Minister of External affairs to work further on the LTTE ban. If Rajapaksa wins in the Presidential election, he will be first opposition member to join Rajapaksa.

Former Chief justice, Sarath N Silva is the root cause of many problems in Sri Lanka. He sowed the seeds for Rajapaksa to be in the all-powerful position he is in today! He was the one who started to politicise the judiciary in Sri Lanka. One fine example is his verdict on the demerger of the North and East.

SLFP and Tamil political rights

Under the coordination of these people, today the longest serving General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party – SLFP has become the Common Candidate. During his Secretary-ship the SLFP has suppressed the political rights of the Tamils, even more than Chandrika’s father SWRD Bandaranaike did in June 1956 – with the Sinhala Only Act.

Maithiripala Sirisena may be an honest individual, but what can someone who cannot open his mouth about the ethnic conflict during the election campaign, do later?

In his first speech as a common candidate, he praised Sarath Fonseka. This is enough for the Tamils to understand what the future will be under Maithiripala Sirisena. Somebody said on his behalf, that he will implement the LLRC recommendations.

What is the LLRC? On the advice of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s international propagandists, this was formulated to eye-wash the international community. The recommendations of the LLRC were not fully accepted by the international community. Also there is no specific political solution proposed in the LLRC. So, Maithripala Sirisena is going to implement the LLRC to ‘satisfy the Tamils’, who have been struggling for their political rights for the last six decades with huge sacrifices of lives and serious losses in socio-economic terms too.

As I have mentioned before in my articles, there are only two paths to a durable political solution for the people in the North and East. One is to fully implement the 13th amendment. In order to achieve this, India which is the equal partner of the Indo-Lanka accord has to take the lead. The other one is through the United Nations, of course through the support of the international community.

If the impending international investigation can establish that what happened to the Tamils for so many decades is a ‘genocide’ or ‘ethnic cleansing’, then the Tamils can continue their struggle for ‘right to self-determination’ with the support of the international community. Other than these two routes, all other bogus promises and dreams will lead to the Tamils ending-up with ‘minority ‘status rather than ‘Nation-hood’.

Those who don’t know the definition of the ‘interim administration’, say that Tamils need an ‘interim administration’. Others say that there should be a referendum for a separate state. Good to hear all these castles in the air. Can these two objectives be achieved?

As I mentioned above, if the report of the UN international investigation is a positive one, then at some stage there will a referendum as has happened in a few other countries.

Since Mullivaighzhal – end of the war in May 2009, the homeland of the Tamils for thousands of years in the North and East of the island, has been under Militarisation, Sinhalisation, and Buddhisation.

Tamil homeland

Within the last five years, about 400 new Buddhist temples have been erected in the Jaffna peninsula alone and thousands of Singhalese civilians and military personnel have been settled in the North and East.

Tamil paramilitary groups and some individuals who had personnel grievances within the LTTE helped the Rajapaksa government to defeat the LTTE. These people are the ones responsible for all that has been happening during the last five years. There is no doubt that the LTTE made mistakes. This was even acknowledged by the LTTE itself. It was waging a war against a chauvinist government and safe-guarding the people and land for nearly two and a half decades. What have those who helped the government to destroy the LTTE, achieved for the people within the last five years?

Unlike any elections before Mullivaghzhal (2009), today none of the leading candidates are talking about the political rights of the Tamils. With the defeat of the LTTE, Tamil people have become non-grata to both sides – ruling and the opposition.

Will those who coordinated to have a Common candidate, agree to support the International investigation? Will they allow the international investigators to enter the island? Will they stop the ongoing colonization, singhalisation, buddhisation in the North and East? The answer is certainly ‘No’.

Re-assure their faithfulness

All of a sudden, the EPDP leader says that “only Mahinda Rajapaksa can find a solution to the ethnic conflict”! What has Rajapaksa done for the Tamils other than spending money on changing the demography of the Tamil homeland? Can the EPDP leader explain to the people, why Rajapaksa could not settle the ethnic conflict with his two third majority in the parliament? If the EPDP leader believes that Rajapaksa has a solution to the ethnic conflict, can he firmly say what he is going to do and when?

It is believed that Rajapaksa has told his friends that if the EPDP leader is coming to see him, it means that he is coming for (salley) money.

Another joker, after heavy boozing, shed ‘crocodile tears’ with his broken English in the parliament, blaming a few for what they have done to the Tamils. But he never said a single word about Mahinda Rajapaksa. It’s obvious that these two jokers’ statements are to re-assure Rajapaksa of their faithfulness.

Let us carefully listen to and analyse the speeches made by Maithiripala Sirisena and other members of the opposition. They all say that whether Rajapaksa wins the Presidential election or not, they will never allow Rajapaksa and other leaders to be tried for war crimes!

The statement made by former President Premadasa’s son Sajith, is more racial than factual. He says that once the opposition wins the Presidential election, they will destroy the rest of the LTTE-ers who live in foreign countries.

While his father President Premadasa was having negotiations with the LTTE, this same Sajith praised the LTTE for their bravery, fighting against the Indian Army. Also he wanted to take photographs with LTTE political advisor Anton Balasingham, Yogi and other LTTE members who were in Colombo.  A special day and time was allocated for Sajith to have his photograph taken with LTTE members and he was really amazed by this gesture. We don’t know where he has hidden those photographs now!

Freedom to vote

For nearly two decades we were accused as LTTE, LTTE supporters, terrorists, etc while the Sri Lankan government tried persistently to tarnish our image, we ignored everything and continued our task internationally, all alone, seeking justice for the victims.  Of course a few non-Tamils stood with us. The government media – English, Tamil and Singhalese wrote fictional news and articles about our activities. Not only the extreme Singhalese, but also some opportunist Tamils attempted to sabotage our efforts. But we stood firm and worked hard.

However, today, with the best coordination of many individuals, international institutions, organisations, countries and also well-coordinated actions of some diaspora organisations after 2009, the international community has finally opened its eyes. Today, the human rights and political issues of the Tamils are internationalised.

Now it is the duty of every member of the Tamil diaspora to keep up this momentum with good coordination and solidarity with those who helped us to reach this stage. In any circumstance, if we are reluctant in our international task, once again we will be cheated by the rulers of Sri Lanka.

For everyone’s information – former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has a good relationship with important members of the ‘Democratic Party’ in the USA. Therefore, if Maithiripala Sirisena wins the Presidential election, then through the influence of Chandrika, the present commitment of the Americans on Sri Lankan affairs may not be there in future!

People in the North and East should not allow anyone to buy them. If this happens, they will end-up going ‘from the frying pan into the fire’.

In the coming Presidential election, there will not only be the two leading candidates, there will also be a few others candidates. Therefore, it is not a must that people in the North and East cast their vote for either of these two candidates. Using their freedom to vote, they can cast their ballot for anyone of their choice.

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    Honestly, the article is much too long to read. Seems a tradition in Sri Lanka: articles are either too short (look at Daily Mirror posting articles of one phrase and no relevant information – even today) or too long.

    Writing = skipping!

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      Its true but very informative than other articles.

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        The heading conveying the substance of the article is SHALLOWEST THINKING among the flimsiest margin of Tamils.

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      The situation in Sri Lanka today is very similar to 2005 Presidential Election. The Sinhala-Buddhist votes are split into two between the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

      Due to Gota’s BBS, the Sinhala-Christian votes will go to Maithripala Sirisena. Even if they bring the Pope, the Christians are not going to vote for Rajapaksa. Again due to Gota’s BBS, the Muslim votes are also going to Maithripala Sirisena. By sending a few Muslims on a pilgrimage to Mecca is not going to change anything. The Muslim people have come to a stage where they do not trust even their own political leaders. Even if Hakeem or Badurdeen ask them to vote for Rajapaksa, the Muslim people will not listen.

      Exactly like in 2005, the deciding factor is going to be the Tamil votes. The Tamils need not vote for Rajapaksa, even if they refrain from voting just like what they did in 2005, Rajapaksa can win. Looks like the Rajapaksas have already negotiated and convinced the Tamil Diaspora to support him. From these articles and a few comments by the members of the Tamil Diaspora, it is clear that the Tamils are trying to do the same thing that Prabakaran did in 2005. Unlike the Muslims, the Tamils will listen to their leaders. It all depends on TNA, how they decide, will they listen to the Tamil Diaspora or take their own decision.

      What the Tamils should understand is, at this moment the Rajapaksas will promise you 13A++, full implementation of LLRC, etc, etc and even more because if Rajapaksa wins, with the TNA support, he has a 2/3rds majority in parliament to amend the constitution but however President Mahinda Rajapaksa has NEVER ever kept his promises. He will promise you everything today but after he wins, he will not give you anything. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already fooled you enough, please do not trust him anymore, I am sure you will be able to work out things with Maithripala Sirisena who keeps his promises.

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    For the Tamils living where? I think the Tamils living in Sri Lanka have to make choices based on hope that there will be a person whom they will vote for the presidency, who will make a difference to them. The present circumstances are unique and the whole country has to make a very critical and wise judgement. This is an opportunity for the whole country to unite to express a common wish- CHANGE. Whether it will be for the better or worse only time will tell. There aren’t any astrologers capable of predicting this. The proven past, dictates a need for change. The unknowable future will depend on reasonable surmises, much hope and the result of fervent fears. Our collective Karma,will have the final say.

    ” Ellaam aven sayal” ( Every thing is ‘ His’ action)

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Correction: —- fervent prayers.

      Dr.RN

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        I noted a thumb down for the correction! How many dumb readers like this read the CT?

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          Were you hert by this shelling? ‘Don’t cry for Argentina!

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          Navin

          “How many dumb readers like this read the CT?”

          I know at least two of them, sach and Nuisance. Both share the same script writer.

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            Not only those, you should include yourself “Uru Warige Booruwa” also.

            This Booruwa put his nose into every sh** hole he sees.

            Booruwa’s repeatation is very boring and smell like “pig pen too”

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              Sinhala Banda

              “This Booruwa put his nose into every sh** hole he sees.”

              It is to help those who are already in it to get out and live sane life.

              “Booruwa’s repeatation is very boring and smell like “pig pen too”

              You shouldn’t put your nose where it shouldn’t be unless of course you enjoy the odour.

              Odour:

              A distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one

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          I feel sorry for you Navin.

          What is your profession.

          Are you working for the City Council, I mean cleaning the streets.

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            Balasundaram

            “Are you working for the City Council, I mean cleaning the streets.”

            Whats wrong with cleaning the streets or working for councils?

            If true you should be grateful to him.

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      Dr Rajasingham Narendran, well said,and thank you.

      It seems to be fantasy of Tamils well settled overseas, to see Sri Lanka sink more and more in the mud, until she is “occupied” by a foreign power for reason of atrocities committed by the Government.

      This is treachery by non resident Tamils.

      Sri Lanka, has a chance to get back to the civilized path. Tamils who are compelled to live here must grab the opportunity to overthrow the ruling gang and install a more moderate, righteous government.

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        Don’t blame overseas or homeland Tamils for sinking of Sri Lanka. It is your racist Sinhala leaders responsible for sinking of this beautiful nation. You Sinhalese elected those racist politicians to come to power and you allowed them to politicise and break the law and order. it is a cumulative effect of your racism. You must understand that you need to accomodate Tamils and Muslims in the welfare of the nation assuring that they are equals as Sinhalese and they should have their say in decision making. They are not there to be squashed in the middle of the play ground of your power game. Think about the days when Tamils were burnt in the streets of Colombo how many of those criminals faced justice in this country. Did your Sinhalese ever asked justice for Tamils? Never. Now only you realise how bad is Mahinda Rajapakse when he started to put his hands on his Sinhala enemies. You allowed him to kill thousands of innocent Tamils.

        Tamils have suffered throughout the period of independence. There is nothing to loose even if Mahinda continues. Tamils are prepared to corporate with Sinhalese who are there to understand their grievances. They are in the opinion that Srilanka will change positively if Mahinda goes out. Don’t bully them using dirty racist comments.

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          You are courageous Singhalese.

          Long live Ajith. Its obvious your view will not be taken by Singhalese, even by Rajapaksa and Sirisena and his group.

          Keep on telling them.

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            Polu Sunil

            Read the comment of bol Ajith very carefully. Like you, he is another LTTE loser trying to fish in dirty water.

            Whatever happens in Sri Lanaka, you get No Peelum man!!!!!!!!!

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              Sinhala/Buddhist stupid bigoted Banda

              “Whatever happens in Sri Lanaka, you get No Peelum man!!!!!!!!!”

              Pakistan’s population in 1971 was about 70 million.

              Pakistan’s all weather friend was relatively powerful.

              Pakistan’s other bosses were nuclear armed US, UK, ….

              Pakistan’s another little friend Ceylon provided facilities for Pakistani’s American made planes.

              Yet Bangladesh was created out of Pakistan.

              Please go away, revisit South Asian past, still you won’t learn anything.

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        Sollan

        Wherever Wishkey Chandrika involves, there is no righteousnessmy friend. Ask Victor Ivan, he may have more stories to tell than in his book. This [Edited out] does not have any decency. We all know how she ran the show for 10 odd years while in the big chair. What a horrible period we all were then in that time.

        I could not beleieve Vijaya K (The genuine man with a good heart) was married to this corrupted woman. May be a real Karume for Vijaya K.

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    Article reflects the reality though unpalatable for many.

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    My first question, is Kirubaharan a Citizen of Sri Lanka? If he is not then he is one of those who is living overseas comfortably, educating his children overseas but trying to create trouble for Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka. If he and his gang are truly interested in the welfare of the Tamils in Sri Lanka then he should go to Sri Lanka, become a Citizen if he is not, contest an election and then see if the Tamils in the North and East want to support him and his ideas.

    Why was Prabaharan killed? Who killed him? It was Rajapakse who gave Prabaharan money to block the Tamil votes. You cannot tell that LTTE made the decision at that time to block Tamil votes, it was LTTE that was bought by Rajapakse at that time.

    I am sure you and your organization would have got money from Rajapakse or KP to write this article. Or it may be that you and your group who are living comfortably overseas do not want a solution for the minority issues in Sri Lanka. If there is a solution in Sri Lanka for the minority issues then you and your group will have no say.

    Tamils and the Tamil Politicians in the North and East are capable of deciding their own future so please BUTT OUT! Let the Tamils in the North and East vote for Maithree. For a minority group to live peacefully in a country they need the support of the majority community. Buy not voting they will create enemies in the majority community and they will have no peace in their life.

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      When did the majority community support the minority communities when they faced injustice and oppression?

      Did they support when the Tamil estate workers who had lived in the island for generations and played a constructive role in creating wealth for the country by their tears, sweat, blood and toil were deprieved of their franchise?

      See what is happening to them today following the mudslide which wrecked their homes and lives.
      They have been left in the lurch and left to their worn devices to fend for themselves.

      Did the people of the majority Sinhalese community indicate to their leaders when the Tamils were deprived of their language in 1956 that it was wrong and elect leaders who supported parity of status for both Sinhalese and Tamil languages? No.

      The Minorities are treated as second class, in the island of their birth, they are denied of their dignity and self respect and what has the majority community done about that?

      Did the majority community as a whole stand up and unequivocally and wholeheartedly condemn the atrocities perpetrated on the minority community in 1958,1977,1983.,2009?

      Why are the diaspora Tamils seen and regarded as enemies and spoilers by the majority?
      If the Sinhalese majority community has the honesty and capacity to admit that the Tamil diaspora is their own creation, then that it self will solve half the problem.

      But will that happen in the forthcoming election?
      No that is not likely.

      So what is the point in expecting the Tamils to vote when they will be effectively disenfranchised by a preponderant majority vote which will in all likely hood bring back the current incumbent considering the fact that this election is being held when the 18th Amendment is in force and there is a judiciary appointed and obeying the dictates of the executive.
      The EC himself is not a free agent of the electorate at large.Any orders by him to the service chief’s can be vitiated by the Ministry of Defence.

      Is it not ludicrous for people like Park ,Ajantha and such others to readily assume that Tamils in the diaspora are all living in luxury without working hard in their adoptive countries ?

      If the Tamils cannot live in the country of their birth and made unwanted and are chased out, why feel jealous?
      They have gone, that’s it.
      A lot more can be said but what is the point?

      Whatever happens will happen Che ‘ Sara Sara.
      I have no hesitation is seconding the comment of Tamodaya in these columns.

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        Uthugan, the reason for the minority plight in Sri Lanka is the fault of the minority politicians. Take Thondaman and Rauff Hakim, both these guys are TRAITORS of their own societies. They take money from the government, hold ministerial positions and do not look into the issues of the minorities.

        When Justice Wigneswaran was elected as the CM, entire Sri Lanka, including most of the Sinhalese thought that he will have the freedom to bring about change. But what is happening, the diaspora, most of them if not all of them who are not the citizens of Sri Lanka are trying to create trouble for him once again by not getting the Tamils to vote. In my opinion Justice Wigneswarn should change the name of the party from Tamil National Alliance to Sri Lanka National Alliance and contest in all the electorates during the next Parliamentary election.

        Also the leader of LTTE Prabaharan took money from Rajapakse and did not allow the Tamils to vote, at last what happened the same Rajapakse regime killed Prabaharan. The diaspora who are asking or trying to ask the Tamils not to vote are the KP group. KP is funding them and these diaspora, who are not Sri Lankan citizens are trying to tell the citizens of Sri Lanka in the north and east not to vote. This group of diaspora is holding the tiger flag and creating more trouble for the Tamils in the North and East who wish to have their peaceful lives back after what Prabaharan did to them. They are doing this for money they collect internationally and the money they get from Rajapakse through KP. None of them are going back and none of their children are studying in Sri Lanka.

        All the Tamils in Sri Lanka should vote at the Presidential election. Once they vote, as Tamils votes are very important in this election the winner will definitely remember the support the Tamils gave him and will look after the welfare of the Tamils.

        Some times I wonder why, even the blood thirsty Tamil diaspora who were asking for the neck of Rajapakse is today asking Tamils not to vote in order to get Rajapakse elected again!

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      PARK, this article seems to be critic of everyone except the TNA.

      In my reading I found no clue that he is supportive of Rajapaksa or KP.

      I presume that he may be a friend of KP!

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    In Tamil there is a proverb that says it does not matter whether Rama or Ravana is governing. I would say in the present circumstances, it will be preferable for Vibishana to be the alternative to Ravana! He also rebelled against his brother Ravana and crossed over to Rama. Ravana called him an ingrate and traitor too.

    Dr.RN

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    Either way Tamils are doomed!

    So BOYCOT the election.

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      Tam,
      Not only the Tamils are doomed. Every minority in every country is doomed. I guess that is why they are called “minority”!
      A majority persons migrating becomes a minority in the new country and they are doomed too.

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        Not sure Tamodaya -aka Lorenzo from LW who boasts his IQ is among the 1% super intelligent understood the irony
        LOL

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    Whoever becomes President, it is the same for the Sinhala too.

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    Ramuuu

    “Whoever becomes President, it is the same for the Sinhala too. “

    As majoritarian Sinhala/Buddhist what are they going to do about it?

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      they will keep on propping passa for the next 30 years while passa would be slaughtering AlShabab, I.S. and muslims at home to keep the american master cosy.

      Very soon they may end up sending their men to syria.

      News
      World news
      Kenya
      ICC drops murder and rape charges against Kenyan president
      Blow for court’s credibility as key prosecution witness refuses to testify in Uhuru Kenyatta trial and another admits lying.

      Reacting to the news on Friday, Kenyatta said he was excited and called for a case against his deputy, William Ruto, and another Kenyan to be dropped as well. “One down, two to go,” he said.

      Only a dirty bomb will stop the rats from jumping ship again.

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    “Whoever wins it will be the same for the Tamils”. Of course yes, so far as the “WELL TO DO TAMILS” like you keep on asking “WHAT IS FOR TAMILS” at every turn of events. You all must learn to ask “WHAT IS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC” and try to be inclusive in the Sri Lankan context to expect any thing from a government, which necessarily is Sinhalese majority one. That is the wish of the ordinary Tamils and Sinhalese of the country.
    It not surprising that this article airs the ideology of the “WELL TO DO TAMIL DIASPORA” living their cushy lives in the west because their perks totally depend on the misery of the innocent Tamils living here in Sri Lanka. They are disturbed to see the current political developments that seems well on course for a just society in Sri Lanka. Park is very right to say that you or your organization may have been paid by MR or KP for this article to prevent the Tamil votes for MS, because LTTE is no more there to do part two of 2005.

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    Excellent article

    It is a multi-baral.

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    No surprise.

    This is written by V. Piraparaharan’s brother, S.V. Kirubaharan.

    He hasnt left anyone here.

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    “I am sure you and your organization would have got money from Rajapakse or KP to write this article.”

    Non-sense, he is a friend of KP and related to Rajapaksa’s family.

    Rajapaksa got relatives among the Tamils.

    It seems that this chap wants Rajapaksa family to remain in power.

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      Correct, Rajapaksa’s brother-in-law is one Thirukumar.

      Kirubaharan, is it true that you are related Rajapaksa’s?

      We want your honest answer.

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        Come on Kirubaharan!!

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    It is a pitty, there is no courageous Muslim to put forward their argument .

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      The Aluthgama riots in June brought home to Muslims their utter helplessness in the face of atrocities unleashed upon them by the Rajapaksa regime.

      They raised their hands in supplication to Allah Subhanahu Wa Tha’ala and begged for protection. Allah heard them.

      Suddenly Maithripala Sirisena breaks away from the Government, and agrees to become the Common Candidate. RW unequivocally agrees to support him. CBK floats in. Sobitha is ecstatic. AKD joins in. And so on.

      This is the miracle from Allah. The impossible has been accomplished. This is the fulfillment of Allah’s promise to protect us. The Common Candidate is bound to win the election. No force in the Universe can detract from the divine command: Maithripala shall be President. He shall establish a righteous society. He shall restore democratic institutions and the Rule of Law. He shall provide for every human being in Sri Lanka, whether believers or not, to live with dignity.

      It is our duty as Muslims to show gratitude and embrace Allah’s gift, and it is our duty to vote for Maithripala Sirisena the Common Candidate. Rajapakse has no choice but to pack up his bags and leave. If he tries any gilmart Allah’s wrath will descend upon him. The same wrath and more will descend upon Muslim politicians if they decide to support Rajapaksa’s candidacy.

      Allah is able to do all things. Wallahu a’la kulli shai’in qadeer.

      Faizal, do you have your answer? Do you know to whom you have to vote for on January 8th?

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      It appears the Muslim leaders we have are morally corrupt and sway whichever way the wind blows. Remarkably there were Muslim apologists in the Rajapakse government even after the Aluthgama atrocities. Need I say more.

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    Sinhala or Tamil, all right thinking people people are in the same boat. Our system needs to be depoliticised and the rule of law reestablished.Another term – could be 8 yrs,for M R can ONLY worsen the current situation. Hence lets be practical and sensible. Lets vote MS and hope for the best. At least we will know that no single family can screw all people all the time. Also lets admit MS’s team is not too bad.

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      shelton

      “Sinhala or Tamil, all right thinking people people are in the same boat.”

      Its not true, one law for the Sinhala/Buddhists and another for the minorities.

      The JVP is allowed to publicly mourn/remember their fallen comrade whereas Tamils are banned from attending temple poojas as normal on 26 November each year.

      Sinhala/Buddhist terrorist in chief Rohana’s posters decorate the rallies whereas posters of Tamil terrorist in chief VP are completely being banned in this island.

      I can give you another 1001 examples of how minorities are not in the same boat.

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    Yes Kiruba, only our Thalavar can save Tamils. Thalavar should be proud of you even in his grave. Keep it up my tiny dicked friend

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      Hey So-called Mighty [Edited out]

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      Mighty, you miss the point, KIRUBA is greater than Thalavar,

      Thalavar left everyone in a mess. See what is happening to his own cadres, I mean women and men.

      United Nations is kept alive by Kiruba. There is great differences between Thalavar and Kiruba.

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    I refer to the last para of this emotive[understandable] essay.
    In the coming Presidential election there will not only be the two leading candidates ,there will also be a few other candidates.Therefore,it is not a must that people in the North and East cast their vote for either of these two candidates.Using their freedom to vote,they can cast their ballot for anyone of their choice.

    Rather patronising advice.Besides this is neither Fish,Flesh nor Fowl.The Tamil voter should be in a position to decide the winner,side by side with the Sinhala voter to change the present Autocratic form of governance in the country and restore the Rule of Law.

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    Kirubaharan,
    You say “So far, not a single Sinhala politician has made a call or a positive statement about finding a political solution to the problems underpinning the six decades of bloody conflict in Sri Lanka”

    For a “political solution” there should be “political problems”. What are they? What are the rights Constitutionally & Legally denied to Tamils in Sri Lanka? Why not publish these so that the citizenry knows them and forward them to the competing political parties and find out who will grant them? Of course, I assume you have a long list!

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      You are right, Mahinda Rajapaksa says the same. These Tamils have no list.

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    This is an excellent opportunity for the Tamils for someone from the TNA to contest the presidential elections.
    The underlying message should be the right of self determination which is a right embodied in the UN conventions.
    Since the Tamils have a Hobson’s choice, this is an opportunity to field a Tamil candidate to test the waters as it were. Although the Tamil candidate has no chance of winning in a majoritarian Sinhala community, it will provide an opportunity to the International community to gauge the feeling of the Tamils living in Sri Lanka. Unlike in a general election, this provides an opportunity to find out what the Tamils living outside the North and East feel about their situation.

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    Dear Mr. Kirubaran,

    It is not the result of the presidential elections in 2015 that will decide the fate of the tamils is sri lanka. It is the likes of GTF, and other self serving, individualistic ego boosting tamil diaspora oragnisations that worsens the plight of innocent tamils living in Sri Lanka.

    To give life to these lifeless, sorrowful groups, they are aptly endorsed and supported by the sri lankan tamil politicians who are unable to face the electorate or who have got voted out by the electorate. The “elected” representatives of the tamils people have to cozy upto to these groups of deluded tamil expatriates to earn their per diem.

    How would the above mentioned hot pot of guardian angels function if one not at the expense of the innocent and peace loving tamils living in Sri Lanka ? The more the tamils of sri lanka are PERCEIVED to be suffering, will this delusional bunch of overseas tamil oragnizations stand to gain credibility and moreover earn their money by way of donations. You lot are a disgrace to the tamil community. You lot have no clue or any interest at heart for the genuine well being of the tamils in Sri Lanka. All you want is for the tamils in Sri Lanka to continue suffering to earn your living.

    You lot are worse than Mahinda, Gotabaya, and BBS put together.

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      michael pereira

      Today I am happy to say I learned something that I never thought would be possible.

      Crocodiles do shed tear.

      Thanks

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      It is not the result of the presidential elections in 2015 that will decide the fate of the tamils is sri lanka.`

      Miguel Ángel,

      Lands will be in labour, and an absurd mouse will be born.

      Suppress your passion, swallow your saliva or it will depress you.

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    GTF is for in publicity.

    They voluntearly seek media interviews

    They don’t work like other organisations.

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      They don’t work like other organisations.

      True ! listen to TNA cause the ball is in the court of
      the majority to negotiate.
      atleast something concrete
      or
      no confidence pensando!

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      Day and night Suren Surenthiran of GTF keep telephoning all Colombo media as well as BBC and Al Jazera, pleading them to interview him. This was disclose by one of good friends who is a politician in Sri Lanka.

      There is no doubt that he looks for very cheap publicity. He may contest in the next Presidential election in Sri Lanka.

      Cheap people, cheap path.

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        Suren Surenthiran of GTF is a funny.

        GTF and BTF are all family business.

        GTF is a small kingdom runs by King Suren Surenthiran, there are no members in the GTF. Everything is him.

        Suren has sidelined Fr Emmanuel. Father is unable to open his mouth about the GTF.

        BTF runs by his BIL Root Ravi.

        BTF has members but there is no democracry within the BTF. Recently Root Ravi was in Canda. Now his right hand man in the BTF is Sutha. Sutha is YES man to Ravi.

        BTF and GTF has two permanent members. That Root Ravi married Suren Surenthiran’s brother. So the husband wife are the reliable members of the GTF and BTF.

        These are people leading the Tamil politics in UK.

        What a wonderfull political lobby

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    LEON.
    Your suggestion will ensure the victory of the incumbent President.He would then continue to be a Blotch on the Landscape for ever.

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      Thiagarajah.
      Neither candidate has approached the TNA requesting Tamil votes. What does this signify? It simply means that they can win without the Tamil votes. What do the Tamils get by voting for Mahinda or Sirisena.?Absolutely nothing. The question is why vote at all?. Don’t you think that if the Tamil vote would impact either of these two candidates,they would have approached thenTNA. Sirisena has said that if the investigation. carried out by the Human Rights Council requires the Rajapase clan to be hauled before the ICC, he will not permit it. Also none of the candidates has indicated that they would implement 13+ or 13- so where do the Tamils stand ?. and the best option would be for a TNA candidate to contest. The number of votes will give us for the first time the information of what the Tamils feel under a majoritarian Sinhala Government not only in the North and East but the outside as well, you won’t get this information in a general election.
      If the Tamil votes are crucial, both candidates would have by now approached the TNA by now. Isn’t that an indication that both candidates think thet can win the presidential election without Tamil support?.

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        [Edited out]

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        please tell me Leon why Sri lankans (78% who are not tamil) should pay for a GTF referendum ? if TNA try to subvert even a straight forward election for their own greedy apartheid games- laws should be passed protect sri lankans and should be done without delay. it is ok if tamils do not want think as sri lankans and only want to whine and pretend they are the only ones who have suffered but it is not ok to highjack a democratic process of a country to play their dirty games.

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          Pal you have got it wrong. I never said anything about GTF or referendum, what I am saying is that this a golden opportunity to gauge the true feeling of thenTamil not only those living in the North and East but those living in other parts of the country. This information will not be available in a general election.
          By the way fighting for the right of self determination is a democratic right according to UN conventions to which SL is a signatory.

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        Leon

        You argue like an absolute idiot.

        In 2005, Mahinda paid a huge sum of money to Prabakaran to stop the Tamil votes. Did anybody know that secret until the day of voting?

        What makes you think that neither candidate has approached the TNA requesting Tamil votes? You will only know the secret during the final week of campaign.

        During 2010, SF made a mistake. Seasoned politicians do not make the same mistake twice.

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          Ok smart guy. Let’s wait for it in the final week of the campaign. Hope you are right.

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          You argue like an absolute IDIOT.

          The so called Messanger,

          I thought you are lost in the bush in SL.

          Are you satisfied with your fact finding mission to a western government. Money speaks.

          You are not courageous to be in SL, the government backing you is courageous.

          You are neither diaspora nor Tamil, you are representing a western government.

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        Leon, you are right.

        There is nothing what so ever on My3’s agenda for minorities other than the common theme of law and order.

        Corruption, family rule, dictatorship, etc, etc has no much effect on the Tamils. At least Mahinda Rajapakshe has done some economic projects in the N/E. Voting for My3 is saying goodbye to this but in return for what? When My3 is getting the support of Racist Sinhala-Buddhist JHU Party, what else can one expect from him? Why should the Tamils continue to support these Sinhala-Buddhist leaders at the Presidential Election and then get screwed left, right and centre? Why don’t we learn lessons from our past mistakes?

        It is time for the Tamils and the TNA to think out of the box and field their own Presidential Candidate instead of supporting the Sinhala Buddhists expecting them to do good to us. Right from independence, tell me which Sinhala Buddhist leader did anything good to the minorities?

        Sampathan is well respected not only in the North & East but also in the rest of the country and across the globe. He could be one of the Candidate who will sweep the Tamil votes and also pick the disgruntled voter in the South.

        With 70% Sinhala Buddhist and Sinhala Christian votes getting split between two candidates & 14% Muslim votes also equally split, it is time for TNA to garner about 16% Tamil Votes to ensure that no candidate gets the 50% required in the first stage of elections.

        This will prove that the Tamil votes are important (King makers) and no candidate will be able to get 50% of the votes to get the president ship without the Tamil support.

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    This is an excellent political analysis except for the ridiculous proposal at the end of the article.
    Kirubaharan rhetorically poses the question “What have they got to do with the Presidential election in Sri Lanka? Do they have a vote? Not even the Tamils in the ground who live with various difficulties seek out the opinion of these individuals?”
    Having said that he ended up asking the people to vote at the forthcoming elections. Is he not himself part of the Tamil Diaspora?
    It is unfair to dismiss the role of the Diaspora and their contribution in advancing the struggle during the last 5 years. Of course there is a faction within the Tamil Diaspora who criticise the role of US and its allies. They foolishly burnt the draft resolution on the streets of Geneva much to the chagrin of foreign diplomats. Gajendrakumar in his wisdom described the US resolution as no use to the Tamils.
    Now to the central question how should Tamil people vote at the forthcoming elections? According to Kirubaharan “it is not a must that people in the North and East cast their vote for either of these two candidates. Using their freedom to vote, they can cast their ballot for anyone of their choice.” Why this obvious and dubious contradiction?
    In the 2005 election the LTTE made an honest but a costly mistake. They did not read Rajapaksa’s ‘horoscope’ carefully. They did not read his “Mahinda Chintanaya” either. The plea by R.Sampanthan asking LTTE leadership to support Ranil Wickremesinghe did not find favour with the LTTE. Of course we are trying to be wise after the event.
    During the 2010 presidential elections Thamil people voted for Sarath Fonseka en-masse despite his track record of using the military to kill innocent Tamils. In asking people to vote for Sarath Fonseka, the TNA was choosing the lesser evil. When your foes are two, one should secure one of them as an agreeable help (to himself).
    The 2015 presidenetial election is no different. First and foremost Tamil people should exercise their franchise. Secondly they should vote for the common candidate who has promised to repeal the 18th Amendment, implement the 17th Amendment, form a national government consisting of all parties and address the problem of the minorities. Sirisena can go only thus far. Sirisena knows that in order to defeat Rajapaksa he has to play the same game as his opponent.
    Boycotting elections is the last thing we should do. From State Council days, every time we boycotted the elections it turned out to be an unmitigated political disaster for Thamils. In democracy people should use their voting right unfailingly and sensibly. The right to vote is the only weapon Tamils have right now.
    Voting for someone else other than the two candidates will be a waste.
    Today, unlike in 2010, there is some glimmer of hope that Rajapaksa can be defeated at the polls. The stranglehold Rajapaksa and his siblings had on the SLFP and the government is slipping. There is dissension in his camp. A section of the Sinhalese has become sick of his authoritarian style of governance, subjugation of the judiciary, undermining the rule of law, corruption, nepotism and inefficiency. For the first time in 10 years party stalwarts are jumping a sinking ship. Rajapaksa can no more count on the war victory to win Sinhala – Buddhist votes. All what is required is an 8% swing vote to defeat him at the polls.
    If Maithripala Sirisena wins there will be change and hopefully change for the better. Good governance combined with democracy and freedom will benefit the Tamils who are reeling under the twin constrains of dictatorship, authoritarianism and Sinhala – Buddhist hegemony.

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      Respected Gentleman

      You have written a long comment, in-between you have contradicted your criticism on Kirubaharan.

      Here are those,

      “First and foremost Tamil people should exercise their franchise.”

      “Boycotting elections is the last thing we should do.”

      “Boycotting elections is the last thing we should do. From State Council days, every time we boycotted the elections it turned out to be an unmitigated political disaster for Tamils. In democracy people should use their voting right unfailingly and sensibly. The right to vote is the only weapon Tamils have right now.”

      “If Maithripala Sirisena wins there will be change and hopefully change for the better. Good governance combined with democracy and freedom will benefit the Tamils who are reeling under the twin constrains of dictatorship, authoritarianism and Sinhala – Buddhist hegemony.”

      Thanga, you and Kirubaharan have two things in common.

      You both don’t recognize Mamanithar Ponnambalam’s only son, Gajendrakumar. Kirubaharan ridicule Gajendrakumar in his articles. Those they were best pals.

      “Gajendrakumar in his wisdom described the US resolution as no use to the Tamils.”

      You both defend the TNA blindly. There were occasions, even when TNA was not in a position to defend them, you both have done it.

      All these are common in politics

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    The argument that TNA is influenced by the Thamil Diaspora is repeated ad nauseam. The TNA only listens to the Thamil Diaspora but act on their own mindful of the interests of people in the North and East. The second argument advanced is Thamil Diaspora should not meddle in the affairs of their kith and kin living within the country. Well, if the Thamils living inside the country are treated equally and not shabbily then Thamil Diaspora will keep away. But that is not the case at present. There is no political space for Thamils inside the country to articulate their opinion freely and without fear.

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      Well Thangavelu,

      As usual winter is heavy.

      So far how much money you have contributed personally, not to your kith and kin, to the welfare of the Tamils living inside the country?

      Argument and counter argument doesn’t bring anything to the people inside the country. Have you been to the North and East, recently? Go and see.

      LTTE cadres are sleeping on verandas of Temples, churches and schools. The people who supported the struggle are without a penny, food and shelter.

      Before you talk politics, what have you done on these issues? Be a humanist, before you become a politician, sole diaspora rep of the TNA. Are you a share holder of the TNA?

      Be democrat, permit others freedom of expression. This what the Canadian constitution says.

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    This election is a best bet thatTamils should unite and nominate a common Tamil candidate to become third winner of the election to show the unity. This result will determine whether Tamils need politcal solution or not.

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    Kirubaharan, [Edited out]

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    Kirubaharan,

    This is a good article. You get the point that Tamils in this elections have to obtain a similar outcome as in 2005 but by a different method. This time let us not boycott but let us for the first time in a longtimme vote freely.

    It is my prediction that anyways Tamils don’t care for either candidate heavily and Tamil votes will cancel each other out 50:50. So basically this is the same effect as a boycott, just achieved in a novel way.

    Also it is good to exercise vote freely, to develop this civil society and depend less on centralized decision making.

    Let the Sinhalese choose their president, Tamils don’t need to give a vote bank to either side. As we saw in 2010 anyways this just bothers Sinhalese and they vote for the other side.

    Tamils though as neighbor should educate Sinhalese that this so-called opposition is dangerous and I really believe is being proped up by foreign embassy. Not even worthy of contesting elections, but that is for Sinhalese to uncover or decide.

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