2 December, 2021

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Why Have Divisions Among The Tamil Camp Cropped Up Now?

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran MP

A Colombo based Journalist asked me: There seem to be divisions in the Tamil Camp. While some time ago attempts were made to bring all Tamil Parties together, why have such divisions cropped up now?

My response was: Political Parties are formed for the benefit and welfare of the People. People are important. Not the Parties. We need to keep that in mind. Divisions among the Political Parties crop up when individuals in Parties try to use their Parties for their selfish ends. Their interests may be personal like wanting to become a Minister by joining the Government in power or amassing wealth, or religious like  using their Parties to propagate their religious fervor, or partisan like wanting to move their Parties towards a particular Camp or Group, inland or foreign. There are various expectations among Politicians and they try to make use of their Parties to fulfil their expectations oblivious whether their activities are favorable to the People in their Electorates or not.

This is wrong.

A Political Party must always look after the interests of the People for whom they formed their Parties. Some so called Leaders think, since they have been elected, all what they think and do have to be accepted by the People who voted them to power. And once the People vote them, they, the Politicians, have the right to do and act as they please. This is sheer arrogance and undermining the intelligence of the members of their Electorates.

In point of fact we Politicians must have a system whereby we could find out the views of our People constantly. But if we are arrogant and exclusive in our outlook we would lose sight of what our People think and want. Specially so when the Parliamentarians live in Colombo distanced and divorced from their Electorates.

Presently we are witnessing the arrogance of some of our so-called Political leaders.

Let me give an example of what happened to us in 2015. Our Northern Provincial Council was bent on bringing a Resolution against the genocide practiced by successive Sri Lankan governments against the Tamils. So without knowing what the views of a certain politician was or presuming he too had similar views as us, I called upon him to prepare a draft Resolution.  He readily agreed. But over three weeks had passed and he had not even started on his errand. But he would not say that he did not intend to prepare the  draft. It was patent he was indifferent to his task. I then contacted our friends inland and abroad and brought out the Resolution on the 10th of February, 2015.

This time too something similar happened. Majority of Tamil National Parties met and decided a common missive must be addressed to the High Commissioner, Human Rights Council in Geneva. A particular Member of Parliament undertook to prepare a draft. But he was dilly dallying. Time was running out. So we prepared a Draft letter on our own. We asked leaders of Parties to read and approve. Many signed but the Leader of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) though he consented on principle to sign did not sign. Finding time running out since the Report of the High Commissioner was due on the 13th of this month, we forwarded our missive with the signatures of those who signed.

Around this time the particular Member of Parliament brought out his draft which was a non-starter. For reasons best known to him, he referred to the LTTE having been mentioned somewhere earlier as co- culprits and so many years after the War where the LTTE leadership had been decimated, he referred to LTTE as co-culprits when the task before us was to refer to the atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan Government in recent times against the Tamils specially after the Resolution 46/1 was passed.

One cannot understand the reason for any Tamil politician wanting to ask the UN to make a decision on human rights’ violations of LTTE since the Sri Lankan Government is already addressing this issue to their heart’s content by arbitrarily arresting Tamils and harassing the North Eastern Tamils in innumerable ways. Tamil politicians must ensure extra judicial killings/ disappearances of Tamils will not happen in the future. The UN is willing to hear complaints of excesses by the government towards the Tamils. UN does not need to run a parallel inquiry on crimes said to have been committed by the LTTE before 2009.

This particular Member of Parliament, instead of trying to get consensus on every line and paragraph of the draft letter to the High Commissioner, HRC, UN from among the leaders of Parties, was bent on creating  controversies for reasons best known to him. Maybe he wanted to show him to be a turncoat to the Government in power or the President in power.

The document we signed listed the problems facing the Tamils today in the aftermath of Resolution 46/1. 

To answer your question indeed polarization is taking place among the Tamil National Parties now on grounds of policies. It is a healthy sign. After all united efforts must be on the grounds of agreed policy rather than seeming tolerance among Parties. Indeed the Tamils as a whole are important not individual Parties.

Justice C.V.Wigneswaran, M.P.

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    I am making this comment with just having seen the Title; I am yet to read the article.
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    “Why Have Divisions Among The Tamil Camp Cropped Up Now”.
    What’s the surprise? When were the Tamils united under a flag?
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    Our grievances are against the Sinhalese. We have watched how united they are, as a political group, in purpose, strategy and tactics. You, Justice Wigneswaran, are a major culprit!
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    Now, let me read the article.

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      Nathan,
      “Our grievances are against the Sinhalese.”

      Native Sinhalayo did not invite Tamils to their country but they accommodated Tamils brought to their country by colonial rulers, gave them citizenship and allowed them to stay in this country. Sinhalayo allowed Tamils to live in any place, buy land, practice their religions unhindered, build ‘Kovils’ in any part of the country. Sinhalayo gave Tamils free education and health services without discriminating. If the descendants of those who decided to live in this country with Native Sinhalayo feel uncomfortable and have grievances, best thing they should do is to return to their ancestral homeland leaving those who are willing to live peacefully with native Sinhalayo.

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        Eagle Eye,
        With the reputation you have earned for yourself in this Forum, your rubbish does not qualify for a response. Sorry.

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          Nathan,
          “With the reputation you have earned for yourself in this Forum, your rubbish does not qualify for a response.”
          —-
          Among Sinhalayo there is a saying ‘natanna beri miniha kiyanawa polowa edei kiyala’ (The guy who cannot dance says the floor is crooked).

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            Eagle Eye,
            The proverb you quote is in Tamil too!

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        Allow decent Tamils to live in Sinhalese Aryans country peacefully.Decent Tamils like Ananda Sangaree. LTTE killed decent Tamils like Tiruchelwam, Kadiragarmar, Alfred Duraiappa, etc. Wigneswaram and Sambandan (Rajavirodhi) terrorists oriented Tamils. In another 5 or 6 years’ time, they will die without giving anythings to decent Tamils. There is no nation for Tamils in this world. Tamil population worldwide India 69,026,881 Sri Lanka 31,35,670 Malaysia 18,00,000 Singapore 19,84,49 Mauritius 72079. Sri Lanka’s 75% Aryans Sinhalese, Tamil 11.5%, and Indian Tamils 4%.

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          Sinhalese are not Aryans, especially you. Your name is a dead giveaway to your recent South Indian origin. Neither is the country a Sinhalese land. A myth and lie now being created by Sinhalese racists and encouraged by the establishment, to falesly claim the entire island for the Sinhalese, when in reality large parts of the island from ancient times was Tamil and Hindu. What has Tamils living in India, Malaysia or anywhere got to do with the Tamils in the island,their fight for just rights and the mariginalization and discrimination being perpetuated on them by the Sinhalese led Sri Lankan state? Your so called decent Tamils are Tamil quislings , who sell and betray the rights of the island’s Tamils. At the time of independence the Tamils were around 26=28% and the Sinhalese around 66%. Now due to deliberate marginalization and ethnic cleansing activities by the Sri Lankan state, the island’s Tamil population has reduced from around 26% to 15% and the Sinhalese population from 66% to 75%. This itself proves the planne structureal genocide of the island’s Tamils by all Sinhalese led governments since independence. Now the identity of the remaining 15% is in great danger too and needs protection.

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            Siva Sankaran Sharma
            “A myth and lie now being created by Sinhalese racists and encouraged by the establishment, to falesly claim the entire island for the Sinhalese, when in reality large parts of the island from ancient times was Tamil and Hindu.”
            —-
            From 3rd Century BC, Dravidians invaded Sinhale but Sinhala Kings did not allow them to have a permanent foothold in this country. Apart from few Dravidians who entered Sinhale after 12th Century and settled down in Yapanaya, there were hardly any Dravidians in this country before Europeans colonized this country. Dravida population increased dramatically after colonial rulers brought millions of them from Hindustan to Yapanaya and Central highlands to work in their plantations, to build roads and railways. During British rule, they settled Dravidians from Yapanaya in the coastal areas in the East and brought large number to Colombo to help them to operate the Government machinery. After this, in order to facilitate the movement for Dravidians, British built the railway connection from Colomba to Yapanaya and Madakalapuwa.

            From Devundara Thuduwa to Peduru Thuduwa is Sinhale, Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.
            These are facts that no one can deny.

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              Eagle,
              “From Devundara Thuduwa to Peduru Thuduwa is Sinhale, Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.”
              Maybe, but there must have been at least a few Para Demalu in Puttalam, Negombo, Colombo, Panadura, Kalutara, etc because those are all Tamil names?

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            Yes. Siva, 26 = 28. So typical you. :)

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      Nathan,

      “Our grievances are against the Sinhalese.”
      I don’t agree with the above statement. Our grievances are not against Sinhalese or Buddhists or Islamists people. Our grievances are against the ruling regimes and those people who deny the equal rights of the Tamils in this island.
      I don’t understand why they need to write letters to UNHRC Commissioner now a week or two before the session? Are they giving new evidences about human rights violations of the government?

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        Ajith,
        Who elect these regimes? When you answer it, you’ll know that your logic is bunkum.

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          Who elect these regimes?
          Tamils do not need to behave like Sinhalese. It is a fact that Sinhalese are 75% of the population. So they contribute more in selecting regimes. Similarly, Tamils elect Tamil politicians. Muslim politicians elected by Muslims.However, in electing the ruling regimes Tamils and Muslims also contributed. For example, in 2015 majority of Tamils and Muslims contributed in electing that Regime. Once again, Tamils are fighting for their rights, not to steal Sinhala peoples rights.

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            Ajith,
            Be mature. Read your first comment. I can’t help you, if you pretend not to have understood my response. Take care!

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      “Our grievances are against the Sinhalese.”
      What a revelation, and we claim not to be racist.

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    A Political Party must always look after the interests of the People, Justce Wigneswaran says. Agreed.
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    It was for that purpose, Hon. Justice Wigneswaran, you were handpicked to be the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council. You were representing TNA. You don’t any more. Why did you divide the Tamils? (Don’t tell me, someone asked you, and come up with tales. Here, I am asking you. Kindly tell your ‘tale’. (If you could not work with TNA, you should have bowed out and retired from Politics.)

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      In associations you find that crooks get in, and in order to take the association according to their agenda, make life miserable for good people, who without staying back and fighting, leave the association, and allow the crooks to have a free hand. This is exactly what Sumanthiran is doing, and those who left TNA due to machinations of Sumanthiran have blundered.

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    Our Northern Provincial Council was bent on bringing a Resolution against the genocide practiced by successive Sri Lankan governments against the Tamils., Justice Wigneswaran writes.
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    Which interests of the People is served by passing a Resolution against the genocide. What chances of success does a resolution of that kind bear?
    (The threshold for establishing Genocide is complex. Proving Genocide against Tamils is a Herculean task. Take baby steps, first.)

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      Why Have Divisions Among The Tamil Camp Cropped Up Now?
      ——
      Tamils have never been a united people since ancient times.
      Only now are some trying to unite

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        Yes ancient times it was Chera, Chola. Pandian, Pallava kingdoms and other petty Tamil kingdoma fighting amongst themselves. If they had all been united as Tamils,how powerful they could have been. No, even non Tamils like the Sinhalese used the Pandian Chola rivalry to their benefit. Ultimately these ancient powerful Tamil kingdoms, that at one time ruled large part of SE Asia and other parts of India, destroyed themselves, due to this infighting and disunity. The Chera are no more Tamils but have evolved into a new ethnic grouop called the Malayali and ancient Tamil Cheralam has now become Malayali Keralam. The northern Chola and Pallava lands have now become Telugu. Also many parts of once Tamil lands have become Kannada.

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          In Sri Lanka or Ceylon the indigenous Tamil or semi Tamil Dravidian Naga and Yakka tribes who converted to Buddhism have evolved over the centuries into Sinhalese, with a virulent hatred towards the part of the population that had largely not converted to Buddhism or converted and reconverted back to Hinduism and remained as Tamils. Also add to this all the ancient to medieval Tamil immigrants and invaders from South India, who settled in the southern , western and central parts of the country, including the descendants of the hundrends of thousands of low caste and untouchable, indentured labour and slaves from South India, who were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch. All now Tamil hating card carrying Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists or Sinhalese Catholic racists. Even the immigrant descendants of the ardently Tamil, Muslims of Tamil Nadu, now deny they are Tamil and have become Anti Tamil fake Arabs. Now fast discarding their ancient Tamil Islamic Sufi culture and faith to some Arabized Wahhabi culture, that is deliberately being promoted and encouraged by their politicians and elite for their own selfish political and economic gain. Using religion and a fake Arab origin and now Arab culture to create an artificial division to retain power.

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            Medieval Tamil Chetty immigrants fron South India, like the Colombo Chetty and fairy recent Tamil immigrants from Southern India like the Paravar or Bharatha, now have started to deny they are Tamil too and claim all sorts of imagined origins. Only the indigenous Eelam Tamils from the north and east, largely descended from indigenous Dravidian Naga tribes, 10Th century Chola and some ancient North Indian immigrants and the estate Tamils who were imported into island from South India by the British in the 1850s, have remained Tamil and are trying to unite to safeguard their common identity and what is remaining of the ancient Tamil homeland, that has not been stoled by the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan state, to preserve this identity. Selfish Tamil politicians and people should not destroy this unity of what is remaining of the Tamil people, further and for their own selfish personal movtives and petty gains.

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        Why Have Divisions Among The Tamil Camp Cropped Up Now?

        It is because all political parties established since the time of independence to win the rights of Tamils had failed miserably. Always they including Wigneswaran try to wriggle out of their failures by blaming all others other than themselves for their failures.

        All the existing Tamil nationalist political parties are bankrupt to the core and thrown out to the dustbin of history and It is an opportune time for the Tamils to rethink after learning lessons and travel in a new path.

        Such a political party formed to win the rights of Tamils should have carried out a SWOT analysis in the first place and identified the strengths, weaknesses,
        opportunities and threats of Tamils in the context of Sri Lanka.

        Having identified the strengths, Weaknesses, opportunities and Threats, analyze possibilities to strengthen the strengths, convert weakness as far as possible into strengths, capture opportunities, and formulate strategies to face threats.

        Then formulate vision, mission, strategies and tactics to face short term problems and win the rights in the long run.

        Are the Sri Lankan Tamils ready?

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      There is a case of genocide charge has been filed against Myanmar by Gambia, a Muslim country in International Court of Justice (ICJ) for expelling 750,000 Rohingyas. You have to wait for the verdict in that case and if that act is declared genocide, then expelling of 500,000 Indian Tamils, killing of 200,000 Ceylon Tamils and forced exodus of 300,000 Ceylon Tamils will qualify to be labelled genocide. Since independence, Sinhala ruled governments had genocidal intent of getting rid of Tamils, but circumstances had prevented from executing it. Ethnic cleansing of areas inhabited by Tamils, settling Sinhalese from outside and changing names of those villages, amounts to cultural genocide. There is enough evidence that in the guise of fighting a war, Tamils were deliberately targeted and killed.

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    We had high expectations from you to serve the people when put nominate for CM…….

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      Mr Wigneswaran is either ignorant of the role of a leader or leadership and hence this article..

      What are the skills expected from a leader? And what is leadership?.
      A Leader should exhibit leadership qualities.

      Leader should lead, influence and guide his followers towards the goal..

      The leader is above the followers in formulating strategies, tactics and he may not openly disclose his strategy in order to keep his opponents outsmarted.

      The leader should always interact with the followers, but should not blindly follow the followers.

      The leader should be able to take even unpopular decisions in the interest of his party. The followers expect the leaders to lead them. They expect the leader to be an outstanding personality. a man of intellect and proud to be his followers.

      Does Wigneswaran exhibit any of the leadership qualities? Does he have any idea of how to win the rights of Tamils.

      It is better for Wigneswaran to retire and engage in religious activities

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        Srikrish this is exactly what I have said about lack of leadership quality of Wigneswaran, which you did not agree at that time. He demonstrated leadership quality in early life as prefect at Royal College and as the last Tamil president of students union at Law College. Since then he has lost it. As a politician you need only leadership skill, but as a Chief Minister you also need organisation skill, which he never had and came a cropper. In addition he appointed catchers who had no clue of running an establishment leading to disaster. In 2015 he came to UK to get funds from Tamil expatriates for northern provincial council , where at the meeting he did not have any concrete plan how to utilize the funds to be donated, and went back virtually empty handed. Few months later Bishop of Jaffna came to UK asking for funds to improve St. Patricks College and was pledged £135,000.

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    Wigneswaran is a TRAITOR to the Tamil cause. What is the Tamil cause, it’s not a separate state but equal rights. Wigneswaran has been passing resolution after resolution when the Government was granting the lands back to the people which shows clearly he did it in order to strengthen Rajapakse support in the south. He does not believe in the unity of the Tamils, he even does not consider or talk about the plight of the Estate Tamils. He should be kicked out of politics for good.

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      Buddhists 1,
      “What is the Tamil cause, it’s not a separate state but equal rights.”

      Can you please tell:
      • What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?
      • What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority?
      • What is legally, constitutionally and legislatively given to the majority that is not given to the minorities?
      • What is it that the Sinhala Buddhists are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala Buddhists?

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        Buddhist, unfortunately for you Wigneswaran was elected by the people fair and square., so are other traitors to Tamil cause such as Devananda and Ayngaran. This is not the case of Sumanthiran , darling of Sinhalese and Muslims, who does not hesitate to run down Tamils, who has got in surreptitiously by swindling of votes helped by government. Who said that government is handing lands back. They make token gesture of releasing a few, but make appropriation of other lands in the pretext of forest reserves, archaeological sites and Mahaveli zones, which in total context amounts to loss of land to Tamils.

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      It is now clear Tamil rights cannot be fairly and reasonably realised with Sinhalese being majority.

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        KA,
        “It is now clear Tamil rights cannot be fairly and reasonably realised with Sinhalese being majority.”
        —-
        When Tamils brought to Sinhale/Sri Lanka by colonial rulers were given citizenship in this country, they were given equal rights. What more rights you want?

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          “When Tamils brought to Sinhale/Sri Lanka by colonial rulers were given citizenship in this country, they were given equal rights”

          When and which citizenship law did govern kallathonies from South India?
          Whatever rights they enjoyed they were removed in 1948 &1949 and some of them were deported forn flimsy/racist reasons, thought they toiled their productive life for this island, earning the country very important foreign exchange and wealth.

          Some rights were restored (on paper) only after Hindians got JR by his b***s.

          As I told you before pull your head from wherever it is now?

          Go home (South India).

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    Political Parties are formed for the benefit and welfare of the People
    ————
    Was that supposed to be sarcastic?

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    And once the People vote them, they, the Politicians, have the right to do and act as they please
    ——-
    They think that way because they get away with it all the time.

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    Divide and rule over them!

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    MR.VICKEDNESWARAN Is a shameless guy and he is responsible for breaking the unity of tamil people.what ever said and done MR.SAMPATHAN is responsible for him to enter the tamil political field.he broke the trust and dreaming to be the sole leader of TAMILS IN THE ABSENCE OF SAMPANTHAN.AT THIS RATE IT IS BETTER FOR ALL TAMIL POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS TO GET ADMITTED TO ANGODA MENTAL HOSPITAL BEFORE MAKING ALL TAMILS BECOMING MAD BY READING THE STATEMENTS .ALL THESE IDIOTS ARE THINKING ABOUT FUTURE ELECTION AND GANGING UP AGAINST ONE GROUP AGAINST OTHER.THEY ARE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT TAMILS PROBLEMS ANY MORE.
    .

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    By-gones are by-gones. Let us be united and tow in compliance with the Indian Constitution. We have had enough hardships since the regime of Bandaranayakes. We missed a number of opportunities provided by India to solve our problem in an amicable manner. As it is, the best remedy is to send a message to India that if the Sri Lankan Government keeps on dragging the implementation of the 13th Amendment, it is far better to request India that North-East Province be an Independent Territory within the Union of India. The Defence, Monetary and Foreign Affairs will be undertaken by India which means Sri Lanka or China or even Pakistan cannot be a threat to the Tamils in all respects. It is time that Sri Lanka Tamils be prepared to integrate with the Tamils in India. There are Four BJP members of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly with whom Tamil political leaders should have close association. What is required is far-sighted thinking among the Tamil politicians and get rid of emotional speeches.

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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM,
      “It is time that Sri Lanka Tamils be prepared to integrate with the Tamils in India.”
      —-
      What a great idea. Take all the Tamils to Tamil Nadu and integrate with the Tamils in India. All the problems solved.

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        If North-East Province is recognized as an Independent Territory within the Indian Union, it becomes a part of India and includes Kachchativu and other islands around Jaffna. The Chinese will be automatically chased out. Do you want to live under China’s domination and be affected with Corona virus as well as the suffering of the consequences of Sri Lanka’s inflation.

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          AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM,
          “If North-East Province is recognized as an Independent Territory within the Indian Union, it becomes a part of India and includes Kachchativu and other islands around Jaffna.”
          ====
          Keep on dreaming!

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            You will become vigilant, when there is a sudden Indian invasion.

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      What is this unity you are talking of ?

      Were not Tamils united under TULF in 1977 and gave them a resounding mandate? Did they fulfill the mandate?

      LTTE was the sole representative of Tamils

      Where it lead us?They could not achieve anything, but we are still trying to solve the problems created by them such as political prisoners, missing people, illegal land acquisition for military purposes., war widows, handicapped and …….?

      Even if all the Tamils are united we will get a maximum of 20 seats in Parliament and be still minorities in parliament.

      On the contrary if we unite with moderate Sinhalese, Muslims, Colombo Tamils and Upcountry Tamils under a common programme , But for god’s sake, do not enter into any agreement or pact with anyone ,that will lead to sure disaster.!

      We may become even majority in parliament and the possibilities are endless.

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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM,
      “..if the Sri Lankan Government keeps on dragging the implementation of the 13th Amendment,…”
      —-
      In 2002, Ranil Wickramasinghe signed a Ceasefire Agreement with LTTE and handed over almost one third of the country to 11% of Tamils in the North. After that Prabhakaran ran a de facto State in the NE. But Tamils violated the CFA and continued to kill members of the Armed Forces and Sinhalayo to get nothing less than their separate State Tamil Eelam. Because the CFA did not bring the desired results the Government had no choice other than to launch a military operation to eliminate separatists.
      Due to the decision to reject 13th Amendment by Tamils and fighting to create a separate State, thousands of lives were lost, thousands got disabled, billions of worth infrastructure facilities and property were destroyed. After creating such a mayhem, Tamils are once again asking the Government to implement 13th Amendment.

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        The Ceasefire Agreement was a farce one. It was not signed in the presence of one another. Moreover, the parties (UNP, ARMY & the LTTE) to the Ceasefire Agreement were violators of Human Rights.

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    CVW, isn’t it a good point to make that all politicians before being elected to submit a manifesto documenting the plan of action during their tenure in legislature and `to carry out the specified task when elected and if not done, elections commissioner to be empowered to remove him from legislature? That may solve the present crisis.

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    Eagle Eye: You did not read correctly what Ayathuray Rajasingam stated. He did not say that all the Tamils in the Northern and Eastern provinces should migrate to Tamil Nadu. What he said was that those two provinces should be detached from Sri Lanka administratively and be made Indian Union Territories, in effect forming a de facto Greater Tamil Nadu. Not a bad idea, I must say!

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      The Northern and Eastern Provinces shall be one Independent Territory within the Indian Union like Pondicherry and will not be linked to or joined with Tamil Nadu where atheists are ruling. Even the Sinhalese can associate with the Tamils in the North-East Provinces.

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    Petty squabbling among the so called Tamil leaders is making outsiders who want to help find a solution wonder if these leaders are truly committed to their cause – and worse, they’re even beginning to have doubts about the genuineness of the cause.

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    Eelam Tamils have their own identity.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Tamils
    They are not immigrants.
    The Tamil Kingdom existed from long ago.

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    I fully agree that Tamils have all the rights to have self determination in the North East Sri Lanka whether Tamils had a kingdom or not. The population statistics available from Census from 1800 (more than 200 years) clearly proves that Tamils are in majority in the North East. I don’t think any migration (internal or external) happened between the arrival of Portuguese until British came to this island. (more than 300 years). Tamils in this land have a distinctive language, economy, culture similar to other races. In fact, none of the races in Sri Lanka island claim that their culture is pure and most of us (Sri Lankans/Ceylonese) follow British or White culture. For the sake of identity we wear Sarees and Sarong only for weddings and ceremonies, eating Kiribath only for new year but cakes for Birthday and even weddings. So, Sinhalese think they have a different identity then they should accept Tamils identity and their self determination rights.

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      So why don’t you Tamils take it up in the UN and settle the issue once and for all? Scared your bogus claims will be exposed and rejected?
       
      FYI, Tamils do not fulfil a single requirement to qualify for self-determination given in the Principals of self-determination, as Tamils are a recent diaspora of Tamilnadu and are not ethnically differentiated from Tamils in Tamilnadu. Also, the territory the Tamils claim in this island, that is the northern and eastern part of the island is not geographically separate from the rest of the island, as the border is not a natural border consisting of a natural barrier, but is just an artificial boundary drawn by British colonial rulers. So even the requirement for geographical separatedness is not fulfilled in the Tamil claims. Ironically the island you Tamils with all your history and cultural attachment in Tamilnadu are fighting for, is itself rejecting you by its natural geography and topology – you people simply do not naturally belong here – listen to what nature says, and let the Sinhalese people be in their island, without trying to chop it up, and in the process chopping the innocent Sinhalese up too.

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    Settle the Tamil issue once and for all – get the UN to give the Tamils the right to return to Tamilnadu. Whether the Tamils actually do return or not should be matter of choice, but when they have that right, their unjust demands on Sri Lanka are eliminated, and a huge political issue is resolved, not only for the Tamils and the Sinhalese, but for India and this whole region too.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      “Settle the Tamil issue once and for all – get the UN to give the Tamils the right to return to Tamilnadu. “

      UN should give my people the authority and resources to deport all those descendants of Kallathonie Thonies back to their ancestral land, South India.

      When that is actually imposed I want you to take all Sinhala/Tamil speaking people with you.

      I will be grateful if you could take Wimal Weerawansa, Eagle Blind Eye, ….. Champika, Dhinesh, Udhaya, ………………. Bandu De Silva, Dayan, Gota, Mahinda, …… Shavendra, Kamala Gunaratne, …………………………… with you in the first ship/thonie back to your country in South India.

      FYI
      ₹ 37.00 = LKR 100.00
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      China Saranam Gacchami
      Hindia Saranam Gacchami
      IMF Saranam Gacchami

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    Today, when you see this comment, the UNHRC 46 session’s first day might be going on. So far we have achieved anything through the good institution, for the last 12 years. Well, the Government has shown this September too how effective it is in frustrating Tamils’ cause. Thinking that we are balancing the government’s handling of us, our politicians are falling prey to Appe Aanduwa’s techniques.
    This time the Government has very successfully split us into groups, whether we are seeking justice for Tamils as a whole, or for LTTE or only for the Tamils who are politically active in Colombo. Nationalists of Tamils have split into many political groups and each one sent a different message to UNHRC. We need to focus, refocus & focus on our object again and again, after every chaotic incident disturbs our grouping, unity & organization. Our focus cannot be only for defending any person or group, after all our accusation on our opponent is, the war imposed on us by them as “a war without witness”. So then how much there left to defend LTTE, without international investigators come inside and review the remaining evidence? Under the legal principles, one witness is enough to start an investigation on LTTE. So, we have be to open in our dealings.

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    Our point is not that never any crime took place under LTTE. But our point is, if there is one, under what category that crime has to be investigated. A freedom fighters cannot be labelled as terrorist because Aanduwa has no other technique to defend in 72 years of genocide. Some group launched lawsuits to have LTTE’s name removed from those countries’ list of terrorist organizations. Number of cases has been won on this matter by those groups. Further LTTE is decimated. But no country is removing LTTE from their list because of Aanduwa is cunningly blocking those governments.
    The reluctance of the nations to remove LTTE from their terrorist list is clearly indicating that IC is expecting from the groups representing LTTE’s past interest to show much more refined and matured political & diplomatic conducts. Without changing us, throwing more money on lawyers or local catfights to destroy unity will not help. International investigation cannot be imposed by Tamils on the International Community, but the international community has to be convinced to undertake one on behalf of Tamils.

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    I can cite here many Tamil leaders’ illusioned mistakes of the past on this matter. But that only will damage Tamils’ cause, further, additions to what they all have done. Diaspora Groups and North East politicians must stop greed in the name of “I did it” and should turn out to be sincere to the Tamil community. Here they have a solemn duty to Tamils, by their own undertaking. So, they cannot be hypocritical and blame each other. Bala Annai showed much more maturity in his diplomatic thinking, even at the time he was dealing with the tiger alive. Neither the diaspora group or Northern East Nationalist are showing that capacity.
    Our question to IC is what happened to the 150,000 Tamil people who were living on the plain that faced the devastation by bombs of $400B. We want an inquiry to start on that and then only there can we also explain why we started to fight & our urgent need for 72 years is a political solution. In that process if LTTE is convicted of having committed serious crimes, then we may not be able to defend our soldiers but may end up accepting the guilt. That is only in a circumstance of worst come the worst. It’s all then, God willing.

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    But fearing of that Appe Aanduwa may going to put a counter blame that LTTE too did War Crime, ethnic cleansing, and/ or Genocide, we cannot back track on International Inquiry leaving the in the middle of the without any kind of justice for them. If we spoil the international inquiry by the fear of LTTE is going to be investigated, that is only cowardice. Ladies and gentlemen, “LTTE could be investigated” cannot be one of your concerns for you to stop ask the international community for an investigation on the 2009 war. If for any reason Tamil leaders fail to secure an IC investigation Aanduwa will grab that opportunity to hang as many Tamils as possible accruing that they are LTTEyers, current LTTE activists and LTTE revivers. Aanduwa keep singing the cradle song of internal investigation to the international community, hoping that they will fall asleep on this matter. It is Tamil choice to ask for international investigation seeking justice for Tamils and in that if LTTE too was investigated face that outcome or surrender to Aanduwa’s game and have all the Tamils investigated as LTTEyers in local courts.

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    There was no need for Sumanthiran PC to sneak in that question of 1990 northern Muslims evacuation. This game is like the mother who, to make her child sleep, she put the light off and invokes the ghost to appear in the dark to make the boy close his eyes & sleep. We can’t afford to be children to see Sumanthiran’s ghosts in the dark and stop demanding for International Inquiry. Further there is no doubt that those who are defending LTTE have already started to see the ghost in the dark.
    This turmoil was a good opportunity for the good judge to explain the nitty gritty of international investigation to the Tamil people. TNA misinterpreted the OISL report in the past. Tamil people need to know what to ask from UNHRC & UN and then what can come out of it.
    UN is not asking Tamils for any apology for genocide crime LTTE did not commit, unlike the way Sumanthiran is trying to convince the Tamils. Sumanthiran tried this trick because so far none of the North East politicians has explained to Tamils what the UN is and what to expect from them.

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    On the other hand, how much we are criticizing Sumanthiran for hijacking the UNHRC’s 46th sitting to his cause, that much we cannot deny him his right to participate in the group action we want to launch. Like Tamil people need to know what international inquiry is, Sumanthiran too needs his education on how to be honest if he wants to be a party in this matter. He just can’t put up some calculations that he is too smart, and that the people are only Modaya. At least Tamil Nationalists should not stand on the opposite of Sumanthiran and rock the boat to and fro the helpless Tamils are in, for their political survival. They need give the Tamil people the precise explanation of what is going on.
    Tamil Nationalists should not bring their laundry to the junction to wash off. Instead, they must again and again try to resolve it within and bring the combined decision and the instruction for people to follow up. They should not divide within them and form sub-parties to fight and destroy Tamil people’s confidence. This is a democratic + diplomatic struggle. Everybody has the right to contribute to the main cause or against it.

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    We activists are not the Tamil people appointed judges to arbitrarily punish or pass any judgement on anybody on this matter. But Tamils have tools to do that in due course. So, we don’t have to get into unnecessary depth to make this as something personal on Sumanthiran. Neither, at this time, we spend our precious time on defending LTTE in Sumanthiran’s court, but we should gear our action to seek international Inquiry against Appe Aanduwa. Can I ask how many of you still have not come to your senses that you are defending LTTE only on Sumanthiran’s court and on the other hand you were still not successful in making IC to inquire into the 2009 war? How many of you are convinced that you have no option as, from this point onward, to give up pursuing the IC for an inquiry, to save LTTE by blocking the inquiry on LTTE, in this way. Whether IC is going to turn on LTTE or not, we need IC inquiry and if LTTE is investigated on framed up charges, be prepared to face it. There is a saying in Tamil, for these Tamils, that “fearing Moonlight, there is no point in running out of the house and becoming a vagabond”. Don’t create an artificial problem, but if a real problem stems from your fault or not, face it!

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    Those who are rushing to defend LTTE on the imaginative court, please tell me something about your resoluteness or infirmity, while you are missing the opportunity to sue the Aanduwa. How many of you have rested your case on that unless you have vigorous defenses to save LTTE, for the unknown crimes it committed, one should not ask the UN or UNHRC for international inquiry into war. Did it stick to any of you that this kind of stampede to defend LTTE may create some kind of doubt in the listeners’ mind that “this boy looks like saying that his father is in the hay stall”.
    The problem here is Sumanthiran attempted to float an idea that the Tamils were equally criminal and he, like a gentleman, was accepting the fault on behalf of Tamils because the IC had been asking him to do so if Tamils wanted to take forward their case. He did this just right after he met with the American Ambassador and some other diplomats. He used the previous meetings to reinforce the Tamils’ feeling that he was true, and Tamils will have to confess to some crime that they didn’t even know if anybody was accusing them with, irrelevant is they be convicted on that.

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    The following is an outside point. If somebody disagrees with me, it is ok I can take your pick too. In a recent statement, the American Embassy said the government is responsible for its people and answerable to them. I don’t know the context of it, but just let us apply it here. Could this statement be interpreted that even if the Aanduwa had successfully counter sued LTTE, then it is not going to relieve the government from its duty for the minority citizens like Muslims or Tamils? American Embassy didn’t mention about the UNHRC session, but mentioned that it is still working with the government of improving the human right issue, sustainable economy, investments on rewarding projects…….After this statement, how many of you are still not convinced that if Sumanthiran had thought he was opening the bottle and letting loose the Genie, then that Genie didn’t come of the bottle, but only a pop sound came, indicating that bottle was clean vacuum, even no air in that.

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    The comments I read here before I went to write this indicate that commentators are not thrilled that somebody is just blaming Sumanthiran for failing on the issues. Some are even commenting only on Justice CV’s past failures rather than anything he mentioned here. Our Tamil politicians may not magnify other ones’ shortcoming for no use because these will stand on the path of reconciliation as tall mountains. I will not worry if Sumanthiran had dodged to write drafts and resolutions or use those opportunities to promote something to his favor. But it was a serious issue that somebody demanded the Tamils to apologize for the evacuation of Muslims and he said that felt ashamed that he was a Tamil. A damn serious talk like that only shows Sumanthiran’s capacity to judge things and his need of education to understand Tamils’ situation.

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    I refer to the often quoted saying, “Think Globally, Act locally”.

    But Wigneswaran has a diametrically opposed wisdom formulate – “Think Locally, Act Globally”

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