23 October, 2020

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Will Manmohan Singh Shake Hands With Mahinda Rajapaksa?

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Every recent Sri Lankan expatriate conversation has been on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – why the UK, Australia and New Zealand are fully behind Sri Lanka, whether India’s Manmohan Singh would and even whether he should go. Naturally tonight’s (Nov. 3) Channel 4 Broadcast has added to the anxiety of those on all sides.

Many have asked me what I think. As a Sri Lankan I want a Sri Lankan state that is multicultural and respectful of the rule of law. All the evidence I have seen points to terrible things having happened at the end of the LTTE’s rule and the life of its leader Prabhakaran  – I deliberately avoided saying end of the conflict as many say because, the way government is going, it is adding to the list of causes that resulted in that terrible war.

All the conversations I have had with friends and associates who lived through those terrible days of bombs,  and death all around them in Mullaitivu, and being shot at if they tried to flee, leave no doubt in my mind as to the accuracy of the UN Marzuki Darusman Report. The little doubt that would remain in any rational person’s head as to whether the government could be telling the truth vanishes quickly as its leaders evade an inquiry that could only help it, if things are as it claims.

Yet, plans for CHOGM on Sri Lankan soil continue under the primary case that Sri Lanka must be engaged by Commonwealth member-states to help her correct course. However, when a neighbor rapes a householder’s wife and kills his children, can he argue that the neighbor must be engaged? For minor offences such a principle would work, but not for the major ones that Sri Lanka stands accused of. In this case, the primary duty of the CHOGM is to protect and safeguard the people, rather than the system of solidarity among member states.

Britain, the primus inter pares among the members of the Commonwealth, is vulgarly rushing to participate in the CHOGM meeting. David Cameron says that he will push for accountability in Colombo, something, I note, he can do even from Downing Street. Indeed what better incentive for Sri Lanka to investigate current allegations than to be threatened with isolation? Verbal entreaties made while rewarding the Sri Lankan President with the chair of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, constitute active encouragement to do nothing.

This British attitude really reminds me of the Pakistanis privately telling Barrack Obama to go ahead with bombing Pakistanis while they publicly issue pro forma objections to address domestic compulsions! This is exactly what is happening with Britain, Australia and New Zealand. It seems to me that they want to do business with Sri Lanka, yet seem to only be annoyed and embarrassed by the Sri Lankan regime for refusing to put on a show of contrition – or at least blame the killings on a few undisciplined soldiers in the heat of battle. Sri Lanka doing this would address their domestic compulsions from the human rights lobbyists.

Unfortunately for them, Sri Lanka is not cooperating because hubris from their victory over the LTTE prevents any admission of wrong-doing. However, with government claims of no violations and zero deaths (already undercut by census figures), denying the murder of civilians is a rhetorical exercise put forth by the UPFA party and the Sinhalese right.

Sri Lanka’s denying any wrong doing, especially as Channel 4 releases a steady stream of evidence, is causing problems to western nations,  whose high standard of human rights standards seems selectively applied – for example when the US was caught this past week breaking into Google’s databases abroad, it did not become a scandal because, as government officials argued without any shame, no US laws were broken. By extension, killings in Sri Lanka too violate no laws of western nations. In this, Canada really needs to be congratulated for its principled stand, while western human rights lobbyists deserve our eternal thanks for standing on principle against their seasoned governments.

What is of greater concern, however, is the imminent participation of India, especially under the Congress which is the party of all India: South Indians, Christians, Muslims, lower castes and so on; the party of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. The argument of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s foreign policy advisors is, just like the argument of the western nations, that Sri Lanka must be engaged. Indeed, there are business and geopolitical reasons for India to engage the Sri Lankan government. But India cannot think like western nations – that is, like a company manager poring over an accounting spread sheet – all about profits and loss. The legacy of the Congress is to put principle before profit. Western reasons (with the notable exception of Canada) are antithetical to the pro-minority, pro-poor, pro-underclass values of Gandhi and Nehru. India must take a broader, principled stand rather than a geostrategic stand like the West.

The Tamils of South India have with near unanimity – unanimity that surprisingly includes Tamil union ministers – expressed their anger and hurt over the contemplated hobnobbing of their prime minister with a regime accused of egregious crimes against fellow Tamils. In these circumstances, what does the Prime minister’s participation in CHOGM say about how much the Indian Center cares about the Tamils of India?

Jonathan Miller of Channel 4 has pointed out in an article dated today the travesty inherent in Prince Charles – representing the Queen as the head of the Commonwealth – and David Cameron shaking hands with President Mahinda Rajapaksa (on 15 November). Will Manomohan Singh also do that?

England, Australia and New Zealand can ignore the murder and rape of “those poor Black Tamils” in Mullaitivu and carry on doing business with Sri Lanka. But India has to be mindful of whether the decision to participate would send an awful message to her citizens of the South; about how much the Indian state cares for them and whether they are seen as full citizens whose feelings the Center listens to.

As a Sri Lankan I trust that my fellow compatriots from the Sinhalese community will agree with me in the sentiments expressed here. We must all want inquiries into the mounting allegations against the state so that our land will be free of murder and respectful of the rights of all citizens. I find that the Sinhalese are either vocally against a discussion on this topic or silent. Newspaper editors are reluctant to publish an article like this.  I challenge those Sinhalese who care about a united Sri Lanka to show that they care enough to ask for and push and boycott for an inquiry when there are credible allegations that their fellow citizens, even children, were brutally killed in cold blood. It is for you to tell us Tamils if Sri Lanka is one country or two.

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    Manmohan had better stay away!
    The sick and excessive CHOGM “cultural” pageant at the Chinese Pond in Colombo, which is quite uncultured it seems – with lots of gyrating dancing girls – is both a celebration of the WHITE MAN’S BURDEN – British colonialism’s benefits to the natives o9f Asia and Africa, and the “arrival” of Rajapassa military dictatorship on the WORLD STATE – For all the world to see! Strange world indeed.
    The Sinhala Buddhist nationalist Rajapassa is today carrying and celebrating the WHITE MAN’S BURDEN – the notion the British Colonialism was the best thing that happened to the native’s of Asia and Africa! Manmohan should maintain his dignity and refrain from embracing the WHITE MAN’S BURDEN morphed into a celebration of military dictatorship in Lanka!

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      Universities have been closes to prevent PROTESTS. Colombo residents are already under LOCK DOWN with roads being closed for various idiotic security exercises before the British Commonwealth of Clowns beings..

      There is MASSIVE SECURITY OVER-KILL – In democracies protests are standard but Protests are being blocked – shows the absence of democracy in reality despite the CHOGM hogwash about Civil Society Voices being heard and democratic values being “engaged”!

      All CHOGM stands for is a BUNK and SPIN!
      Thus we here “Ministerial sources said that the government wouldn’t want any visiting leader to experience a situation similar to that faced by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in November 2010 and June 2012, in London.” Civil society will be under LOCK DOWN during the CHOGM circus in Colombo.

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        Moral of the Tale: CLOSE DOWN and BURY the colonial relic organization – the British Commonwealth of Clowns!

        No need for Rajapassa or anyone to take over as Head of a British Colonial Relic that today celebrates Colonialism Racism, and third world dictators!

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          The Rajapassa Grease Yakka brothers are putting a SECURITY cordon sanitaire around the CHOGM delegates circus to prevent MASS PROTESTS and the reality showing through the sick and canned cultural PULP FICTION!

          Like a true ASIAN DESPOT written about by colonial authors Rajapassa is to name baby elephants after heads of state.

          Seems that British colonialism which was about getting rid of Asian and African despots so that the white man could rule the world and exploit its resources, was better than Britain’s embrace of Asian Despots like the Grease Yakka Rajapassa, today!

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          The White Man’s Burden has been embraced by brown man Rajapakase who loves WHITE ELEPHANTS such as the British Colonial relic – Commonwealth of Clowns and Hambantot Port and Airport!

          Only in the Miracle of Asia!

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    They both have Tamil blood on their hands, who cares if they shake hands or not?

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      Manmohan probably not having Tamil blood but not sure about the other.
      By the way his Satakaya also a Tamil practice.

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    The Tamils of Tamil Nadu with near unanimity support Tamil ‘aspirations’in Sri Lanka, though the Sri Lankan Tamils with near unanimity AVOID Tamil Nadu like the plague when seeking asylum. Is there a simple explanation ?

    While one brother presents himself as a Tamil Sri Lankan, the other does his best to justify the creation of the fantasy Eelam (the bastardisation of the name Hela, as Sri Lanka was previously known) with very limited success.

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    Thiru

    “They both have Tamil blood on their hands, who cares if they shake hands or not?”

    MR has blood but Manmohan has blood and Rajives Ghost.
    What a fantastic investment your megalomaniac VP made on you behalf

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    Professor,

    Smarting from defeat aren’t you

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      It seems that this professor bloke was born after 2009.Not a word about the 30 year terror created by the blood thirsty defeated Tamil terror thugs. Pregnant mothers’ bellies were ripped open.Innocent poor villagers were hacked to death.Thousands of civilians were murdered in cold blood.It seems that this professor has never heard of these things.These ungrateful thugs even bumped off Rajiv Ghandi.It seems that this professor guy has not yet come to terms with that UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT AT NANDIKADAL!Professor your Ealam was so near but now it’s a fantasy dream!Keep on day&night dreaming.

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    The Indian PM is damned if he goes, damned if he doesn’t.

    Let us just hope that if he does go, he politely turns down any invitation to inspect any Sri Lankan ‘guard of honour’. There are too many Vijitha Rohana’s these days, waiting for an opportunity to grab their fifteen minutes of glory.

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      MaSi should take it seriously!

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    Hoole where you were for long time you didn’t show your face and Tell us where do you stand?
    As you said LTTE gone but government didnt want to give up the power share

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    Rip van Winkle has woken up to join his bro to liven the debate.

    Hip, hip, Hooley!

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      That is cheap, Thiru. You claimed to be a retired engineering academic from a good university! Why don’t you behave in a civilized way and write a decent article pointing out if/why Ratnajeevan is wrong. Discuss the content if you have a valid point– not just hoot at the author.

      Or is the claim you made about your background not true, and you are indeed just a thug?

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    How many times have they shook hands!

    They are not Tamils!!!

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    Injustice appears entrenched – the rape and killing of a woman in Puttoor which was diagnosed as such by forensic examination, is held by police to be due to drowning,to protect the perpetraters.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=36796

    This will not be mentioned during CHOGM.

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    Ratnajeevan Hoole is an arch racist who has been tring to lead ordinary Tamils once again along the garden path like many commentators here. Not so long ago, Hoole was hallucinating an ‘Indian Intervention’ in Sri Lanka for its north to be a Judeo-Christian realm. He also lamented saying “Buddhist temples sprouting up in the East while living comfortably abroad.” And preached his answer: “it is clear to me that some form of separation is the only answer.” So, it’s a lie for Hoole to say now that he want “a Sri Lankan state that is multicultural”.

    CM Wiggi has invited invited the Indian PM. A for us, we just couldn’t care less whether he is coming or going; that is his politics. If he takes his Sampoor with him the better. I think CM Wiggi should weigh up his chances of developing the North in the face of polarized opinion by ‘educated’ buddies like Hoole.

    Everyone knows that Velu and his terrorist gang had spilled Gandhi blood in the hands of all the people in Tamil Natu? I bet, Hindians are glad that Rajapakse brought Rajive killers to justice in spite of the few civilians were killed. Everyone knows, all wars were followed by civilian deaths.

    They say, 300,000 German civilians in Dresden and half a million Japanese civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were killed at the end of WW11 by unnecessary bombing by the British and the US forces. Of late, Neocons have killed a million or so civilians in their illegal war in Iraq. Only God know how many civilians are being killed by drones.

    If so, Tamil civilian deaths in the Sri Lanka war is not unusual or unique. Its a result of an acknowledged war against terrorists, not the result of an illegal war.

    Hooles have deliberately forgotten that Velu had forced the civilians to tag with him and be an unwilling shield to his gang. Just like Velu had decided when and how to kill many a Tamil civilian like Amirthalingham MP, he also decided to when to fire heavy weapons from hospital premises and civilian abodes. All he wanted was to get a return fire and civilians killed so that his agents in foreign capitals could cry blue murder in cold blood by Sri Lankan forces.

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      Get your facts right: Hoole is not a friend of Velu. He was chased out of his dream job by Velu. Velu did lot of bad things. Dies not mean we should also behave like that terrorist. What you are doing, is to paint anyone who points out that Tamils in our country are not being treated well into one category — LTTE. That is pathetic if not unpatriotic.

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        what I wrote in the first paragraph of my comment above was Hoole’s words uttered at a meeting organized by Canadians for Peace in Toronto on August 17, 2008 as the keynote speaker.

        When Ratnajeevan Hoole was appointment as Vice Chancellor to the University of Jaffna, he was hunted by the LTTE alright. Starting from A.T. Duraiyappah, the SLFP Mayor of Jaffna who was killed by Velu on 27.7.75, hundreds of Tamil leaders [I can list them if you want] must have been killed before Rajapakse packed him to hell. Had Hoole not left the country quick enough, he would have met with the same fate as Duraiyappah, Amirthalingam MP and et al.

        So, one would have expected Hoole to hate LTTE. In spite of LTTE chased him out, by Nov 2008, Hoole appears to have been saddened by the LTTE’s plight. One could witness it from Hoole’s rant at the said meeting. Hoole was spiting out venom not against the man who chased him out but the very forces and the government that was trying hard to finish his supposed fore. One can only conclude, Hoole and Velu has the same goal.

        So we conclude that Hoole is as much dangerous or a worse racist and a separatist than Velu.

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          You misunderstand (or deliberately misrepresent) completely. LTTE was evil, everyone knows that. But still Tamil people have issues that need to be solved. An easy way not to face up to that responsibility is to reject anyone who raises those issues as Tiger. This is what you are doing.

          Let us ignore Hoole for a moment. He is not important. What are issues (in your understanding as a Sinhalese) that ordinary Tamils in Sri Lanka face, simply because they are Tamils? Everybody has problems. But Tamils have slightly few more problems because they are born Tamil. Are you aware of any of them?

          Let us start discussing from this point, shall we?

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            Sunil J,
            Please tell us, what are the problems that Sinhalas do not face but a Tamil face in this country because he was born a Tamil?

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              I asked first; so, “after you”!

              You are the patriot, you should know what the issues facing some of our fellow citizens are. Or is yours a type of patriotism that says there is no problem, we just have to send all Tamils back to India and keep the island for ourselves?

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            Sunil J,
            Don’t you get it, we have been saying Tamils have no special problems for being born Tamils in Sri Lanka. Any problems that Tamils face here, others also face them regardless the ethnicity. Hence, the question of Sri Lankan citizens being send to India does not arise.

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              Dear Patriot,

              Please think a little, putting yourself in their shoes.

              “What if I were a Tamil? What if I get arrested because some neighbor telephoned to say I behaved suspiciously? What if I had a house that has been forcibly taken over and me thrown out? What if I need official communication with my government — a birth certificate, a death certificate?”

              And please think. Why on earth were there so many Commissions (Sansoni, Moonesinghe, Witharana’s APRC, Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation) and Pacts (Dudley, Banda) in recent past? Were people doing that wasting their time when there is no underlying problem? All these were set up by our governments to address some problem, weren’t they? All these came up with some solid recommendation, didn’t they? Our governments failed or refused to implement any of these recommendations, didn’t they? And now you say there is no underlying problem. Something does not add up, don’t you think?

              Oh come on!

              It is easy to bury our heads in the sand and say every Tamil who tells us there is a problem is a Tiger (as you have done to Hoole). It is easy to blame it all on some Tamil diaspora idiots (which is what they are), or some noise making Tamil Nadu jokers (which is what they are). It is easy to ignore Tamil issues because we have such a strong army that if the Tamils tried anything funny, we can put them down instantly. Torture, rape and murder. It is also easy to argue from an armchair that our army doesn’t discriminate when they torture, rape or murder… “Oh, look, our brave and heroic soldiers have done it to Sinhalese also, no?”

              Is this your position? Is this patriotism?

              If you really want to know more, start from Nirmal Dewasiri’s recent writings. Talk to some Tamils. Think a tiny little from their side, as to how they perceive it.

              Or, as you now do, follow our patriotic leader and gloat: “we won, they lost, end of story.” And in his cabinet, please note, our leader has a terrorist who killed 700 policemen, a guy who shot another senior politician in broad daylight and another who tied a government official to a tree in public. Is your patriotic mind closed to these also (just like it seems closed to the issues of the Tamils)?

              The Tamils have a tough time. Prabhakaran hijacked their true grievances and enjoyed a period of running his terror campaign. Even four years later, anything and everything Tamils say or do by peaceful means to persuade the rest of the country about their problems will be rejected as coming from Velu’s LTTE by the likes of you. You do not have the courage to examine your conscience about your version of patriotism.

              That is just sad.

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          Well said Patriot.All Hoole wanted was the VC post and Velu wanted Eelam.Hoole was hell bent on getting it by any means.That is why he approached Thamilchelvan through Mavai,Suresh and Sivajilingam.Then in the LLRC he testified”The public had severe misgivings about minister Devananda once.Bet he has worked hard and seems to have earned a place among the Tamil people as judged by recent elections where he had the highest preferential vote in Jaffna”.This is to please DD and get the VC post,but fortunately university council rejected him.Velu also did the same thing.During Premadasa time they said Tamils and Sinhalese are brothers and sisters.Their aim was to get arms.Basically they are both opportunists.

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    waste of funds,could have funded the education system in SL.
    Its a party by the podian to the loku sudu matthaya.
    infirioty complex. After this thamasha again begging bowl. inviting the racist to thrash us again.and we are paying

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    Will Manmohan Singh Shake Hands With Mahinda Rajapaksa?

    [Edited out]

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    how can mr singh shake the hands of a notorious liar. if he did he would have looked the other way when shaking the hands of a war criminal.

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    “professor bloke was born after 2009.Not a word about the 30 year terror created by the blood thirsty defeated Tamil terror thugs.”

    [Edited out]

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    mr singh has decided against attending the commonwealth conference in pariah state of shit lanka. as i said before mr singh didn’t want to shake the hands of war criminal rajapaksa. instead of letting murderer rajapaksa to host the conference he should have been transported by smelly airline, shit lankan to the hague to face war crimes charges. his brother the smelly pariah gotapeea should be transported as well. the black monkey army of rapists and child molesters should be rounded up and put in gas chambers.

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