22 October, 2017

Why The Northern Tamils Are Not Allowed To Exercise The Devolved Powers

By R.M.B Senanayake –

R.M.B. Senanayake

R.M.B. Senanayake

The President says he allowed elections to the Northern Provincial Council. But what he ahs given with the right hand he has withdrawn with the left hand. The NPC is hamstrung because the power is exercised by the Governor. Provision was made legally for it by the Provincial Councils Act of 1987 which undid the devolution to the PC under the 13th Amendment.

We have had a highly centralized state during the colonial period as well as after Independence. But after 1956 we adopted something peculiar to Sri Lanka. Our Members of Parliament who were elected to the legislative body began intervening in the Executive branch of the State at the level of the district to further their electoral power. They unofficially intervened in the functioning of the District Administration which really should be controlled by the Head Offices of the central departments and the Home Ministry in charge of the Kachcheris. This intervention created a politicized administration in the districts where the Opposition electorates were ignored for the disbursement of central government funds.  It also undermined all the principles of good public administration like unity of command- the hierarchical levels, distorted the flow of information. If we wanted the district administration to be under the control of a political head then we should appoint a provincial governor under whom the district offices would work. Various mechanisms such as a District Political Authority were tried but they came up with the problem of which Member of Parliament should be the Political ‘Authority. Whichever MP was appointed he would pay more attention to his electoral needs than that of the other ruling party MPs in the District. Of course the Opposition MPs had no influence or say whatsoever. The problem became serious for the Tamil and Muslim MPs who were not part of the ruling party. So many Muslims and Indian Tamil MPs supported the ruling party and even joined it. But the Tamil parties of the North and East refused to do so. The result was that their electorates were ignored in the development exercise of the government. After all, funds are scarce and if you are not in the bargaining process you will be ignored.

women sri lanka colombotelegraphThere are three crucial respects in which a centralized state may no longer be fit for purpose. Economically, several provinces outside the Western Province  have consistently performed below the national average in terms of GDP per capita, which is markedly different in the different provinces. So  the national economy needs regional rebalancing for it is the State and the public sector that is driving economic growth’

Public service improvement and efficiency is a longstanding goal of any government, but is especially pertinent in a nation looking to reduce its fiscal deficit. Nevertheless, the present system of public administration with its highly politicized character means that parties not sharing power in the government have little or no say in the governance of their province. This also means that the people in such province have no say in managing their affairs. The tendency in the provincial administration controlled by the central government head offices is to stifle innovation and local flexibility and to generate service fragmentation, perverse incentives and poor outcomes.

And politically the demand for devolution of power by the Tamil community has been strong for the last fifty years. Such demand will not just go away. A political system that has been captured by a small group of highly ‘professionalized’ politicians has led increasingly to deep political inequality in society between the various ethnic communities. Centralized governance has also led increasingly to deep political inequality in society.

Our post Independence experiment with centralization has failed, and it is time to embark on a new journey: a programme of decentralization that will liberate the nation, drive prosperity and growth, and provide a new platform for more innovative and effective public service reform and a society which is politically more equal.

Referendum in Scotland

We should take a lesson from the referendum in Scotland where the people voted to continue as part of the United Kingdom.

The world does not oppose an ethnic minority seeking to set up its own state. So we may not be able to treat such demands as treason or outlaw those who make such a demand as we did in the past. The Referendum in Scotland  was to decide whether the demand of the Scottish National Party reflected the views of the people or only of the politicians and their political party. The UK government accepted the democratic right of the Scottish people to decide on the issue, living up to its traditional democratic values.

The present government although a law exists for devolution of power is not allowing the NPC to exercise its powers under the law. This is not only anti-democratic  but also a violation of the spirit of the law- the 13th Amendment. The present regime is apparently not accepting the right of the Tamil people to govern themselves to the extent agreed upon. The present situation and the actions of the regime will only lead to agitation for a Federal State where the devolution of power cannot be unilaterally undermined by the Central Government.

The United Kingdom is an example of a unitary state. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which along with England are the constituent countries of the United Kingdom, have a degree of autonomous devolved power – the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament in Scotland, the Welsh Assembly Government and National Assembly for Wales in Wales, and the Northern Ireland Executive and Northern Ireland Assembly in Northern Ireland. But such devolved power is only delegated by Britain’s central government, more specifically by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which is supreme under the doctrine of parliamentary supremacy. But the UK Parliament has not curbed or interfered with the working of the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland work. In fact the ruling Conservative Party Government promised a greater devolution of power to Scotland which seems to have swung the vote in favor of the Scots continuing their membership of the United Kingdom. The fears expressed by our ruling politicians of the SLFP are different. They think more devolution will lead to secession. But their views really reflect their reluctance to hand over power to any others whom they cannot control. All the Provincial Councils in the South are governed by the ruling party and so they can control them. But where the PC is under the control of an Opposition party the rulers cannot have their way. Their fear I suspect is that if there is effective devolution working in the NPC then there may be a similar demand from the PC members of the South as well and then the rulers will be unable to have their way with them. So they do not want to make the NPC succeed. If it did and the NPC governed the Province well there would be similar demand from the people in the South as well and the power of the ruling party at the Center would be curtailed. It is this fear rather than any fear of effective devolution leading to secession that motivates the Rajapaksa regime. One solution is to have  asymmetric devolution which was once suggested by Ranil. Devolution (like federation) may be symmetrical, with all sub national units having the same powers and status, or asymmetric, with regions varying in their powers and status. Perhaps the way forward is to leave the 13th Amendment as it is and bring in a new law for the PCs in the South.

The argument that the PCs are white elephants and an unnecessary burden on the people applies to the PCs in the South than to the North. They may be abolished if the ruling party does not want provincial politicians to exercise power which will ultimately be at their expense. The new President of Indonesia- Jokowich rose to power because he ran a regional political unit efficiently and honestly. So if the PCs in the South exercise power they may emerge even as national leaders. But this will cut across the power of the political party which is more a closed club. If the Southern PCs are to continue the National Government should shrink to about 75 elected MPs with an Upper House composed of only Provincial Members.   The division of powers between the PCs of the South and the National Government should also be revised and the Concurrent List done away with for the Southern PCs. In short the 13th Amendment should be confined to the North and East only.

An effective Northern Provincial Council can remove many of the institutional sticking points which the TNA keeps harping on and which the central government ignores. Some of these are no more than irritants, but they have an outsized political potency, as they remind voters of the shortcomings of the present arrangements. They also provide plenty of opportunities that could be exploited by a devolved government determined to make trouble.

I think that if devolution is made to work then the demand for secession will decline as has happened in Scotland. It is by promising greater devolution that the Conservative Government was able to defeat the Scottish Referendum. An effective devolution will make it more difficult for any secessionist political party to win the support of the Tamil people. If nationalist parties cannot get support for independence, they will either have to embrace forms of self-government within the Sri Lankan state or limit their electoral appeal to the modest numbers of die-hard supporters of out-and-out independence.

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    Sir – Answer to your question is RACISM, FACISM and ANAGARIKA BUDDHISM. This is nothing but truth.

    Sadly only few educated sinhalease like you can understand this and write about this. So called political scientists/Professoris dont understand this and wouldnt write on this subject. They write only their so called victory Geneva and Hard Talk interviews..

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    Look here, whats your name? RMB is it? Why not turn your light on? The room looks a bit gloomy. Trying to save on electricity are we?

    As far as Tamils are concerned, Only Velupillai Prabarkaran was practical with these matters.

    TNA recently claimed yet again there had given up the idea of a separate state. Although they are not has practical as VP was. The only way to escape Sinhala hegemony in Ceylon is to create a separate state.

    Sinhala hegemony and separate state are interwoven things. TNA cannot wish for one and hope to get another. No Sinhala hegemony as well as no separate state just will not work.

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      Vibhushana

      You are an illiterate and you have no understanding of issues. Learn to write English first or write in Sinhala your mother tongue. In your case both are not interwoven. They are miles apart.

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      Vibhushana the Imbecile,

      Do you only hear voices in your head when you read things like Tamil Rights, Devolution of Power, and equality?

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      Vibhushana, as usual you seem to be high on Presidential semen.

  • 12
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    Dear R.M.B. Senanayake, You have the right words to reflect your cogent thought and mirror your unadulterated mind. I am at a loss for words to thank you enough.

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    Food for Thought for all educated Sri Lankans seriously looking for unity and reconciliation. RMBS is proud product of the old, very efficient and respected Civil Service. Such men (and women) were trained to think first as Sri Lankan – with race and religion playing no role at all – and the system of governance benefited from their learning, training and administrative experience. It is not surprising in our appalling system such men are kept furthest from the echelons of power and advise.

    There is much for serious readers, administrators and political leaders to learn from RMB’s thoughts in this well-structured and useful piece. It is our fortune that such men continue to make available their wisdom and altruistic thoughts to the country regularly.

    R. Varathan

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      Varathan,…… you said it right. Mr. RMB.Senanayake had the guts to express his opinion on this issue, which is the gospel truth and hats
      off to him. There are many, educated Sinhalese people, like RMBS, who like to express their views on the misuse of the constitution, which affects the Tamils,but they prefer to remain silent rather being called
      a traitor by those who does not understand what is right or wrong with
      no basic knowledge in political systems. “silence is gold” they say. The reason for all these misunderstandings is due to educated people not taking to politics. He rightly said that NPC was given by the right hand (election to please the international community & UN) and withdrawn the powers vested in the NPC with the left hand, thus depriving the NPC to function normally. CM, NPC is blamed for not utilizing the funds allocated to the PC but many do not understand the administrative obstacles placed in utilizing the funds as decisions on areas of spending & priorities are made by the Military governor and the Chief Secretary, where as the CM, NPC is a mere figure head. In other countries, the CMs of other provinces would have questioned the
      discrimination shown towards NPC by the Central govt.as governors do not make decisions for the other PCs.

      He also rightly feels that this small country should not have been divided provincially but on linguistic basis to make administration easier and to please the minorities, in a United Sri Lanka, as N/E
      are Tamil speaking areas (Tamils & Muslims) and culture is almost the same. India devolved powers to federal states on linguistic basis in a federal set up and this is a success story. Running seven other provinces is considered a white elephant as language, religion and culture of the majority are the same in all these provinces.What was discussed between JR & Rajiv &13 Amendment is all about devolving powers to N/E

      What is this big fuss made about, handing the Police & land powers
      to N/E PCs. People want their grievances heard by the Police who are proficient in Tamil language and complains recorded in the language
      they talk and write. Sinhala candidates too could apply if they are proficient in Tamil. There are thousands dangling in prisons due
      wrong recordings, for crimes not committed by them. PCs should have the control of lands in their respective areas in order no un authorised colonization takes place or land grabs done by powerful individuals, as being done now. What is the fear here, unless under phobia, when the N/E is flooded with security personnel,very much more than the requirement and can be deployed if there is a requirement
      but people want them in barracks during peace time to get on with their lives without hindrance.

  • 12
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    A penetrating analysis, both honest and candid. It appears that RMBS having observed the way in which the NPC is hedged in and trammeled has burst forth in impatience and with anger.

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    The author is delusional if he thinks effective devolution will eliminate secessionism. Its not the average Tamil that wants to break away but the politicians and the high caste land owners that want it. All they want is to control their own populace and keep them under their thumb to benefit themselves.
    Also, comparing the situation in UK with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to the SL situation is silly at best. The NPS in SL has a total of approximately 4% Tamils and we have to cater to that? Lets get real here.

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      Rajiv you illiterate

      Her is some information for you. Go back to school and learn.

      Ethnic groups : Sinhalese (74%), Tamils (18%), Muslims (7%), others
      (1%)

      United Kingdom

      Total population 64.1 million

      Scotland 5.29 Million ( 9%)

      Tamils are 18%

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      With all due respect to reader Rajiv, I wish to disagree with his conclusion “The author is delusional if he thinks effective devolution will eliminate secessionism” On the contrary effective and meaningful devolution, by design denied to the NPC by the Rajapakses for over an year, will remove much of the argument for Separation – both in local and international eyes.

      Similarly, I fear the following comments also are contestable “Its not the average Tamil that wants to break away but the politicians and the high caste land owners that want it. All they want is to control their own populace and keep them under their thumb to benefit themselves” Surely, even a child knows VP and the other leaders of the different militant groups and the many thousands of youth that joined him – were very much for the break-away. They were not from the high-caste. The current popularly elected TNA Council represents the will of the vast majority of the Tamil people and are in record their struggle is within the confines of an undivided Island of Sri Lanka.
      BTW, the composition of the current TNA leadership is not entirely composed of high caste scholarly men/women, lawyers and so forth like in previous decades. There are ordinary teachers, workers, housewives now in the echelons of the Tamil leadership.

      Please keep the mis-informed Sinhala electorate educated in context. If you recall the JVP was vehementally anti-Tamil and communally oriented in the earlier years. They have since understood and accepted historical events in context. They have changed their policies accordingly and are seen regularly visiting and welcome in the Tamil-dominated NEP. I believe their changed attitude will take the country towards unity and reconciliation, given the right opportunities and encouragement by the ruling clique.

      There is no other peaceful way than for the TNA and the Rajapakse regime to work together – after a protracted and dismal record of destructive conflict of over six decades.

      R. Varathan

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      Rajiv

      “All they want is to control their own populace and keep them under their thumb to benefit themselves.”

      Its sad we should not allow it to happen.

      Instead of the politicians and the high caste land owners you want the Sinhala/Buddhist to have control over the land and the average Tamils.

      Its very sad.

      “Lets get real here.”

      How do you propose to that?

      Please bear with me as you know I am bit thick.

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    Mr.Senanayake,

    You have an excellent precis on the devolution issue in Sri Lanka.

    Further, police powers are being denied to the provinces including the north and east, because the government fears that what it does with the Police will be done by the PCs too. The government wants the Police to continue to be its hand maiden and para-military arm. It is also making the armed forces into an arm of civil mis-governance.

    Powers relating to land in our constitution, well explained by Mr.Sumanthiran in parliament recently, are being subverted to not only dilute the Tamil presence in the north and east, but also to grab lands for projects undertaken by the armed forces and government cronies. It is suspected that there is much coruption involved in the share of the cronies benefitting from such deals.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    “Why The Northern Tamils Are Not Allowed To Exercise The Devolved Powers”

    Because they are Tamils, not the same as us the Sinhala Buddhists who own this island endowed by the Buddha!

    This is a Sinhala Buddhist country, isn’t it?

  • 6
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    Based on the CT news, CTED from the UN is arriving in SL today for 3 day visit.

    Hope RMB Sena or others who are real patriots and agree with his dissective analysis and the solutions he propsed will officially pass the above analysis to the UN DELEGATION directly and or through civic organisations.

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      No wonder why those signatures are sought on blank UN-headed sheets up in the North by the TNA. The completed forms are to be kept secret for 30 years.

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    We will not be served rightly due to very prevalent caste system. Its always better for an non tamil to be at the helm. Then the machinary works better and equality.

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    Well said, RMBS. Greater devolution will only ensure greater cohesion and not division! For that there must be a political will.

    Sengodan. M

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    How can the demand of the LTTE proxy TNA for one third of the Island, for less than 5 % of the population ,be similar to Scottish people pleading to get back their 2000 year old Nation from the invaders and the occupiers, English…..

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      ” How can the demand of the LTTE proxy TNA for one third of the Island, for less than 5 % of the population”

      It is unreasonable demand on the part of the TNA if they are still pro Tamil Eelam.

      Now the question you have to ask yourself is what percentage/ratio of the land is acceptable to you and willing to part with?

      Will you agree to 5%, 10%, 25, 50%, 60%, 75%, 90%, 100%?

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        0%

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          Nuisance

          “0%”

          I am not interested in your brain capacity and its activity.

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            Nuisance has no brain, therefore no capacity issues here.

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            100%

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            Dear Native,

            You are a bit harsh…

            It is in fact, must be 100 percent for all ethnic groups, including our friend Poorten’s clan and even your clan in Mahiyangana and Wanni…

            Exactly the same as the inhabitants in Diaspora Lands.

            That is what Zero percent is…

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          This clearly shows that your IQ is 0%

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      See every time a topic about Tamils come up, this racist prick Sumanasekeram will pop his ugly face up to say something to annoy people. Bloody sakiliya, why don’t you go and clean the toilets.

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        Tamil from the north

        “See every time a topic about Tamils come up, this racist prick Sumanasekeram will pop his ugly face up to say something to annoy people. Bloody sakiliya, why don’t you go and clean the toilets.”

        I am highly offended by your above comment as I am one those ugly people who is happy to clean toilet as my day job. You don’t agree with an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work?

        Do you think its demeaning job?

        What did you mean by sakiliya

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          Dear Native,

          “What do you mean by Sakkiliyas”

          They are definitely not Tamils from the North.Neither they are members of the TNA, nor the Diaspora.

          And they don’t even have relos to send them dosh from Scarborough or, East London or New Jersey.

          That is why I represent them, their interests, their needs and them and their and their children’s’future in my motherland…

          Appreciate your comment, ..

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          Hey NV, you damn well know what Sakiliya mean. Toilet cleaning maybe an honest living for you, but it is a job without any skill. That is what these hoodlums should be doing. They should not be in the parliament. If you are offended by that comment, go and jump in a lake, tough luck for you buddy. If you cannot take criticism of Sumanasekeram, please by all means take him with you when you go to the lake.

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        Disgusting!

        I doubt if this guy is Tamil. Apparently no decent Vellala would use that kind of word. It was used against Vellala K.A.Sumanasekra is not a excuse.

        The usage of the word attempted to spread its devastation in full strength by mentioning a job to reinforce it. My entire body pained to hear it.

        CT had the necessary tool to edit. They too missed it.

        All Tamils in general and commentator K.A.Sumanaseka in specific deserve apology.

        Shame!

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          Mallaiyuran,

          Vellalas who treat Sakkili people as equals would have felt the same pain, I guess.

          They are the ones who need an apology from this Tamil who claims to be from the North.

          I have no problem.

          But Wellala Gardens would have been Smelly Gardens if not for those people who are still treated as second or third class citizens by their fellow inhabitants even to date….

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          Hey Mallaiyuran, am I a Tamil, yes I am – 100%. But I hate racists of all sides. I was never taught to hate the Sinhalese and I never will. Have you ever seen me writing anything derogatory towards the Sinhalese. These racists (Tamils and Sinhalese) have written so many comments laced with racism towards each other and my blood boils when I see this. The word sakiliya is used in my comments not referring to the stupid caste system the Tamils have but to show these racists are so low in their intellectual capacity and bloody ignorant. So, if you take my comments out of context, then what can say. I ran away with my family as we could not live in the north with the LTTE buggers and the thugs from the armed forces. We lived a very comfortable life and we lost it all. This was all due to racists pigs on all sides of the ethnic divide. So, if my words are too strong, so be it.

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    Hats off to you RMBS people like you should continue the good work, your analysis is perfect. We need people of your calibre at this oppurtune moment. You deserve to be appointed the Governer of NPC.

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      what a stupid article….this [Edited out] must be day dreaming

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    RMB:

    Why The Northern Tamils Are Not Allowed To Exercise The Devolved Powers.

    There is a lot of soul searching amongst decent Sinhalese like yourself but you are a tiny minority. MR belongs to the majority the 20 Million Racist.

    As for the above let me answer it in a few words. It was an arranged or shall I say forced marriage and there was never the intention to consummate. To have baby ( that is for the elected NPC to function) we need to have in vitro fertilisation with outside help.

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    What for?

    Tamil Nadu is just 40 km away and there is enough power devolution to Tamils there!

    Look at a map!

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      Fathima

      It is not for the Islamic State of which you are a member by choice rather than by birth to dictate policies to Tamils. You can tell the muslims to go to any muslim country but not us we will simply not bow down either to IS or BBS.

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    [Edited out] people like RMB will write anything if they are [Edited out].

    NO, tamils and muslims should never be given a chance to enjoy equal rights let alone devolved power. these 2 minorities are the main reason why SL is in doldrums.

    get rid of them, SL will prosper and will truly be the miracle of Asia.

    Stupid MR – it’s over to you to make SL the miracle of Asia. if you need to be the president again, work towards driving tamils and muslims away. then you’ll get votes otherwise be ready to get back to medamulana.

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      nike

      “NO, tamils and muslims should never be given a chance to enjoy equal rights let alone devolved power.”

      Strangely enough I have to agree with you.

      On the other hand come to think of the island Tamils, Sinhala/Buddhists and Muslims are the descendants of Kallathonies mostly from South India. Therefore I suggest all of you go back to Tamil Nadu and continue your stupid war.

      You will do well to remember this is the land of Veddahs and will remain as such for the foreseable future.

      You as a Sinhala/Buddhist you have a choice. The choice is between Bihar and Tamil Nadu. By the way your long lost cousin Lalu is out of prison and would be glad to meet you at the airport.

      How soon can you leave. When you go please take your Tamil speaking brethren with you.

      • 6
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        as always same old garbage posted by garbage vedda.

        please note that your comments don’t make any sense. try again, maybe you can post something sensible then

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          Agreed

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            Nuisance

            “Agreed”

            Agreed to remain stupid forever?

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          nike

          “as always same old garbage posted by garbage vedda.”

          Aimed straight at garbage bin.

          “please note that your comments don’t make any sense. try again, maybe you can post something sensible then”

          It makes sense only to those who are sensible.

          I will, until you wise up by learning.

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            you need to try harder, because your posts are not sensible at all.

            by the way, mohomud rajapaksha is sending your type of morons to makka free of charge. seems like you’ll start to like him.

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              Approve

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          If NVs posts ARE garbage, you guys should be shit eating pigs. That is for sure. You guys could better go on licking the asses of the one who promote high crimes in the coutnry today. For me Rajapakshe not worth to sweep the roads.. to be honest. They have just made entire nation a laughing stock to this day.

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        I agree with you, that Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims should go back to India or share this land with equal rights in this island.
        Native, I need one clarification from you, what is the language you spoke before these Sinhalese and Tamils arrive?

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    MR held Elections to the NPC expecting the Tamil traitors under KP who contested under UPFA will win. Had they won, then MR would have had no issue as that was the plan and pact MR had with KP. Now both MR and KP are sulking.

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    i’ve no idea whether to laugh or cry after reading this kind of bull. [Edited out]

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      Silva

      I suggest you learn to cry because the way things are turning out we are going to cry for a very long time.

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        Yet another fake. CT please note.

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          Ram(anayake)

          Which one of you is fake. You or the other one. Can you own up.

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        Ram,

        I suggest you be rest assured that only the bigots like you will cry for a long time! Many Sinhala are misguided, and they will soon accept the reality by embracing the minorities as equal in every sense of the word.

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        Yes Ram.
        Your “we” means you Tamils………. Of course.

        That rogue Reverend & Surendiran have stated that they are totally behind the TNA and the FOX Sampanthan.

        So now begin to cry as these guys are taking you for a very very long ride.

        It appears the Reverend wants to create more Martyrs.There will be lot of Tamil Saints to come into the annals of the Catholic Church in the future.

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    Why power should be devolved only to Northern Tamils ?

    How about the Tamils living in other areas ?

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      Jim Softy

      You really are thick ( not softy).

      Why power should be devolved only to Northern Tamils

      To stop large scale colonisation by you lot.

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    Why power should be devolved only to Northern Tamils ?

    What about the Tamils living in other areas ?

    Tamils in other areas don’t like power ?

    Some thing is fishy here.

  • 7
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    Jim Softy, you breath smells fishy. Go and clean it with bleach.

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      1. We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), persistent trolling and mindless abuse will not be tolerated.

      Why hasn’t CT deleted this Tamil from the North?

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        Hey Taraki, you call this persistent trolling? How do you put up with racists hoodlums. How do you tolerate these low lives?

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    That is why the Tamils needs a referendum to decide for themselves about their future, whether to be under Rajapaksa or go separate. It has to be that. But the thieving Tamil leaders of the TNA speak one thing in the North and another in the South.
    It is disgusting and shameful to view a photograph wherein Mavai Senathirajah was almost falling on his feet before Rajapaksa and Sampanthan shaking hands with Rajapksa
    Is Rajapksa who has blood on his hands worth shaking hands by the Tamils and who has deprived of nearly 30,000 people from vali-north being resettled in their own lands. And now the Tamils living abroad with foreign passports will have to obtain permission from Gothabaya to visit their relatives.

    It is not going to work for the Tamils, not now not in the future. There are no sincere Tamil leaders to lead the Tamils. A person like R.M.B.Senanayaka may be better candidate to lead the Tamils with sincerity and unselfishness.

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    Good analysis RMBS.

    Don’t hold your breath though. Ours is a country of fools, always governed by a bunch of fools, for the benifit of fools.

    The vicious cycle of violence will continue…………

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    Professor Laksiri is Preaching ‘soon after you finished crossing the river throw the raft into the river”. The exact Sinhala intellectual way of preaching. (I know he is going to say “I did not say that”, but that is what he meant). Anyway there are three super enlightened ones. Buddha started it. DS envisaged it that in the future a professor going to revive it, and he decided to use it. As soon as ministers signed and ratifies the Soulbury constitution, DS threw the raft into the river. Now, the professor paving the way to the past to happen. Did someone asked why did not Banda- Selva pact, Dudley – Selva pact were not implemented to devolve the power Tamils asking for? Why there is an special interest only in 13A after the land, police and North-East merger are taken off?

    13th Amendment was brought by JR to fool Rajiv. He set up the Vijithamuni on one side and set up the 13A on the other side. The 13+ , upper house all from Sinhala Chauvinist leaders to fool the Indian Hanumans like Rajiv, Sonia, ManMohan Singh, Narayan, Shive Shankar Menan….. None of them were ever intended to implement. There was no workable provisions built in to implement them. LTTE did not accept that. TNA never accepted that. UNP and Premadasa never wanted that. JR bought it only to fool Rajiv. That is “Why The Northern Tamils Are Not Allowed To Exercise The Devolved Powers”.

    India, for the past 10 years, could not save its fisherman from Lankan Army. Watch China. With in Two years of its fishermen’ arrival, to protect them from European Union’s harassment, it has brought three submarines and berthed in in its, Lankan harbors. Sinhala Buddhist or the Mahavamsa Modayas forcing even the other communities to pay for the protection for the Chinese want for their fishing boats by paying the interest for the harbors China built it in the Lanka land for its use.

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    Mr. Senanayake,
    Thank you for a clear and concise analysis of the issues. The concept of Asymmetric devolution was mentioned by Bradman Weerakoon in the mid nineties as a solution. But CBK and her supporters were not in favour of it after she was elected President and the clergy hemmed her in. She could not get a watered down solution past her party conference in 2000, I think, and she saved face by Tabling it in Parliament for it to gather dust.

    I don’t think that anyone advocating 13th A as originally proposed will get elected, let alone even hinting at Asymmetric devolution. It is all a political dance around the fire by the two parties during election time.

    The impending elections reminds me of what a Nigerian friend said, during the eighties, when I asked why does Nigeria alternate between Civilian government and Military government. He said when the Civilian government has made enough money by corruption, the Military say, enough, Now it is the Military’s a chance to make some money! In Sri Lanka we need not fear such outcome as the Military has made their money and continue to do so in the Private enterprise sector. But then Greed is an unquantifiable factor.

    In Sri Lanka making money is between the SLFP and coalition partners alternating with the UNP. Some political entrepreneurs from all three linguistic groups keep switching parties at opportune time to continue to maximise their “earnings.” Donors and lenders fuel such passions. All in the name of democracy and development.

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    Look! how a wise man like RMBS is treated by several members in this forum. Don’t you get a clear vision of the direction why politicians in Sri Lanka contest to win election in the South hiding the reality and competing to suppress minorities and make enemies with Tamil diaspora abroad. No other issue matters to win election in the South!

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    An excellent article by RMB! Analytical, precise, fact based and most importantly, devoid of egotism, fluff and verbosity. In retirement, RMB continues to demonstrate characterestics which distinguished him when he was in service. Neville Jayaweera

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    Dear Mr RMBS

    Most of the Tamils (globally),,as well as many Sinhalese friends, would agree with you that quest for separation/independence would recede,
    once more devolved powers are granted. This has been proved by
    the Prime Minister of UK David Cameron in 2014 in respect of Scotland.
    Is it not possible for you to lead a campaign to your President,with the
    leaders of the faiths, in addition to some senior Politicians from all
    sectors, to educate him of the facts that he is unable to see from his
    position of mere greed? .

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