17 December, 2017

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Will Tamils Help Electing Mahinda Again?

By Helasingha Bandara

Prabhakaran’s infamous boycott at the 2005 election backfired and paved the way for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s emergence which did not help the separatists’ course. The country as a whole benefited from the boycott that time as MR played the lead role in vanquishing Prabhakaran and his murderous marauders.

Suren Surendiran,

Suren Surendiran,

After the war Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) had the most conducive political and social atmosphere to be the best-ever leader that Sri Lanka had seen. He had everything in his favour to create a country in which all communities: religious, ethnic or otherwise to live in peace and harmony. He could create a country in which all its citizens feel Sri Lankan irrespective of their ethnic and religious backgrounds. He could create a country in which everyone has equal right to education, employment and prosperity. Sadly MR, despite having the political cunning, did not have the intelligence to realize that he had the best opportunity to adorn the history books as the best-ever leader of Sri Lanka who could make this island the true wonder of Asia.

Instead he chased an unrealistic dream to become an uncrowned king of modern times. The chasing of glory only for himself and his family became the order of the day and as a result he discarded all the rest who played vital parts of defeating the Tigers. The best example was the imprisoning of Sarath Fonseka, the former army commander who played not any lesser role than what MR played. Being surrounded by opportunists who sang praises of MR for a job, he gradually developed dictatorial traits. To do so he needed absolute power and such power was mostly purchased. He needed a group of people to help him sustaining that power through improper means. That resulted in making Mervin Silva and the likes to act with impunity. The judiciary and the security forces were politicized and the country started experiencing complete lawlessness. The poor became poorer because the wealth of the country was allowed to be thieved by the Rajapaksa cronies.

While going on that path he naturally forgot that the Sri Lanka population is more politically aware and active than its other south Asian neighbours. He forgot that the Sri Lankan citizen does not appreciate lawlessness, corruption and malpractices. He went along the path of securing power and wealth for his current family and many generations to come while making allowances for the evil to raise its head with impunity. No doubt that most Sri Lankans today feel sorry for him that he did not turn out to be the leader that they expected to. They feel that it is time for him to go peacefully. But Tamils may not let that happen.

As long as Tamil Diaspora keeps on clamouring for a unrealistic dream of a separate state within tiny Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa the vanquisher will keep on winning on the claim that he and his family are the only people who would not allow Tamils to carve out a separate state.

In an interview with Al Jazeera’s Jane Dutton, Suren Surendiran, director of Strategic Initiative for the Global Tamil Forum said that as soon as MR loses power he would be arrested and taken to The Hague to be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is absolute ammunition for MR to shoot at the common opposition candidate to corroborate the so called international conspiracy theory that some of his Ministers have already talked about. This statement would be enough for MR to inculcate fear in the minds of the Sinhalese that a defeat would mean his arrest.

If Tamil Diaspora is truly concerned about the wellbeing of Tamils in Sri Lanka, as Rajiva Wijesingha put it, they should stop exaggerating the civilian casualty figures of the war and predicting what would happen to MR if and when he loses. Such claims would work in favour of MR. It is a fact that the gullible majority of Sri Lankans can be swayed with minimum nationalistic feelings. If Tamils want a regime change the Diaspora has to distance itself from this election and avoid making unnecessary comments.

On the other hand TNA may decide not to support the common candidate or to boycott the election all together. Either of those actions will tremendously favour a MR victory. Tamil leaders within the country should seek fair equal opportunity policies from a future government and should agree with whoever is willing to give them those. On that principle if the common candidate agrees to such demands they should support him. This should not mean that they try to squeeze out an agreement to have a separate state out of the tricky situation that the common opposition candidate is in.

The common opposition would be able to justify to the nation that we cannot live in the modern world divided on racial or religious lines. Equal rights for everyone in education, employment and civic engagement are a must and the only way forward.

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    ” Will Tamils Help Electing Mahinda Again? “

    It’s possible… there are many Tamils still believe that Rajapakse’s continuation will isolate Srilanka and will help their separatist goal in the long term.

    :-)

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      This is the thinking of TNA and separatists and their argument is rational.

      Due to this thinking and this rationale TNA would most probably go for a boycott.

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        You are mistaken they will play him his style Bihari Babuva not Haryana.

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      Greedy Mahinda Rajapakse wanted 6 years more – to be the corrupt Dictator of Lanka – and now he will have 2 years less!

      This corrupt dictator and his family members and in laws and casino and drug cronies have looted Sri Lanka and they must be held ACCOUNTABLE. Nivard Cabraal at the Central Bank and PBJ must also be tried in open court and sentence for life for FINANCIAL CRIMES and piling on the national debt while Jarapassa looted national funds.

      All the lands that the Jarapassa family and cronies have grabbed for themselves and to build fancy hotels via military take over of land must be returned to the people.

      The Military business complex that Gotabaya Jarapassa built up to ensure family dictatorship must be dismentelled along with the abolition of the executive presidency to restore proper democracy.

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      Tamils vote will not give a win to Mahinda, but TNAs stand will give a win to Mahinda. If TNA talks to Mahinda and sign an agreement with Mahinda, then the Sinhalese votes will turn against to Mahinda and he will loose. IF they announce to support opposition, Mahinda will use that to create a fear among Sinhalese and they will vote for Mahinda. So, I think it is better for the nation and Tamils to go with Mahinda.

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      Helasingha Bandara –

      RE: Will Tamils Help Electing Mahinda Again?

      Possible.

      There are a lot of idiots among the Tamil people.

      1. Thee assassinated Rajiv Gandhi

      2. They Expelled the Muslims

      3. They took money from Rajapaksa in 2005 to Elect him.

      4. They may continue with their stupidity.

      5, Their average IQ is 79.

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    Tamils have learnt enough of Mahinda and have also experienced enough of his rule, never ever to vote for him again and never to abstain from voting again!

    Sengodan. M

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      Helasingha Bandara writes

      “If Tamil Diaspora is truly concerned about the wellbeing of Tamils in Sri Lanka, as Rajiva Wijesingha put it, they should stop exaggerating the civilian casualty figures of the war”

      If Rajiva believes casualty figures are being exaggerated by diaspora then he should be able to give an exact figure together with details of all war victims. I am sure Helasingha Bandara could help Rajiva in a thorough investigation of war crimes and crime against humanity which were committed by all parties to the conflict covering the period from 5th April 1971 to date.

      “This is absolute ammunition for MR to shoot at the common opposition candidate to corroborate the so called international conspiracy theory that some of his Ministers have already talked about.”

      If the stupid masses are going to buy this conspiracy theory and naive enough to vote for MR then of course they don’t deserve an alternative government. Please let them vote for MR and suffer the consequences.

      Helasingha Bandara now blames the Diaspora for all the ills that would befall on this island.

      It used to be Up country Tamils, then Ponnaampalam/Chelvanayagam, then Amirthalingam, LTTE and now the latest bogey is diaspora.

      Diaspora does not vote for the winning candidate nor the one that loses the elections. It is the Sinhala/Buddhist vote that makes the difference.

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        Vedda

        This is not the time for Tamils to talk about war crimes and crime against humanity which will make the Sinhala-Buddhists to continue to support the Rajapakshes. This is the time to keep their mouths shut until the Rajapakshes are defeted.

        What Helasingha Bandara is trying to say is, Prabakaran brought Mahinda Rajapakshe to power in 2005 and now the Tamil Diaspora, people like Suren Sureendran is trying to help Rajapakshe win again.

        Watch the TV interview above, see how stupid Suren Sureendran is helping the Sinhala-Buddhists to vote for Rajapakshe.

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          Exactly , to diffuse the situation , Maithripala could issue a vague statement , like this ” when we come to power we will go through all the available domestic mechanisms to settle the matter amicably ” in this way Maithripala could cater for the both parties i.e Sinhala & Tamil Nationalists .

          Yes i agree ,Surendran is dumb to utter such stupid rhetoric when an Election is announced , hopefully he will realize the damage he has done and do some thing about to rectify .

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            You should not take the injured for granted or is it that you have not understood their culture in your quest for a lefty to oust the animal?

            With Tamils and even in the west: If you forget the lesson of experience then you cannot discriminate between right and wrong. So can you be vague and expect a vote? or is it pittu!

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          Silva

          “Prabakaran brought Mahinda Rajapakshe to power in 2005 and now the Tamil Diaspora, people like Suren Sureendran is trying to help Rajapakshe win again.”

          If Sinhala/Buddhists want to remain stupid and endure pain and suffering they are free to do it.

          I have no doubt VP helped to elect MR by enforcing an elections boycott only with 100,000 possible votes the most. However MR received 4,887,152 votes.

          Do you think VP campaigned from his bunker in Vanni for MR to receive such a large number of Southern votes.

          It is not Suren who is going to vote for Mahinda but the majoritarian Sinhala/Buddhists. I was only trying to put the facts and Sinhala/Buddhist stupidity in perspective.

          Any time is good time to talk about War crimes and crime against humanity.

          Many decent people and I have been talking about it for the past several years. We will continue to talk about it until the cows come home or over many moons, and rightly so, covering the period from 5th April 1971 to date.

          Simple questions why should the Tamils support Srisena’s candidacy? What is in it for them. Only today he is reported to have said Banda’s aspirations would be realised. Banda’s name evoke bad memories. What did Srisena mean?

          Helasingha Bandara should focus on positive messages rather than finding scapegoats from every nook and corner. Scapegoating minorities have been a traditional vote winner, you better change it otherwise you will continue to blame minorities for every problem in this island.

          As a Tamil Suren also shares his stupid gene with his Sinhala/Buddhists brethren. It should not surprise you.

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            Native Vedda,

            UNHCR process is moving forward towards a conclusion. No one has control over it now. Let us await the outcome.

            The on-coming elections are a different issue and has to be viewed from the circumstances prevailing now. The train has to change track soon, before taking all of us to inevitable destruction. Our thoughts have to be on the present and future.

            Tamils have to exercise much wisdom at this juncture, to prevent the election focus to be diverted to the Tamils.

            Dr.RN

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              Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

              As you know I have never defended the self destructive Tamils or Sinhala/Buddhist either.

              If Sinhala/Buddhist voters believe in this clan hatched conspiracy theories and vote for MR then it appears that they don’t need an alternative government. It also mean the majority people haven’t been sufficiently persuaded/educated to reject this brutal regime.

              If people are going to reject this regime the voting process should be based on demerits of the clan’s rule than on actions of diaspora or lack of it.

              Tamil bogey is the only reason that is going to persuade the voters to support MR so be it. We have seen the the same bogey in the past 66 years. Those who support regime change should put across a set of robust arguments and work hard to win the election against clan’s rule instead of scapegoating every one who have no base expressing their personal opinion.

              As you know final report of UN investigation would be based on political decision/expediency, therefore this should not have any bearing on election. If I am not mistaken GTF supported another alleged war criminal Fonseka in the last presidential elections. What Suren says or does is irrelevant to the whole debate on as to why MR should be kicked out from holding unlimited powers.

              Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.

              Jawaharlal Nehru

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                Tamil bogey is the only reason that is going to persuade the voters to support MR so be it. We have seen the the same bogey in the past 66 years.

                Bogey 1) evil or mischievous spirit 2) standard golf score for good player.

                *** Grandad I thought you are an intelligent individual although sometimes you put the spanner in the works like A R Rehman. But that is understandable as everyone has an off day.

                But let us have some clarity on this Bogey Manthiram.
                Are you suggesting that Tamils have an Evil & Mischievous Spirit or are you saying it is a trait in the Majority Gene.
                Alternatively are you saying it is an excellent putt by MR using the best Golf Club in the Country ( The Race Card)

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                  kali,

                  Remember this from NV,

                  The sihala culture includes ….Sunday sil Monday kill…….. Kill the Vedda..Rob the Buddha… and Blame the Sudda.. It is as simple as that……

                  So you must appreciate the alternative not just feed ideas- good try hole in one bolf.

                  smarting solicitor.

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              UNHRC dammit!

              At least get that correct before turning coats

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                What is your problem dammit.

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              The ÛNHR is not an institution that is taken seriously by the USA or UK until and unless they have reports of crimes committed by States that do not tow the line. They have never been able to throw the book at Israel because the two main ‘blocks’ support them. Their news agencies and media ignore the fact that there are more crimes committed by the “Democracy” but highlight the so called misdeeds of the Syrians,Iranians, the Libyan and Venezuela. Probably hoping to change teh regime there and get more support from the Latin Americans because he stands in the way. Oil prices are dropped and who is supposed to suffer n- Venezuela and Russia. The problem is that European exports have been hit. Christianity is an absolute farce as are the other Abrahamic faiths and their faith is leading to a lot of bloodshed. The UNP and CBK support these countries and will go to them at the drop of a hat. Ass kissing at its worst.

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                It seems you never met palestinians outside of their homeland even Hindia where they come for education- all female students fear them and some are aggressive to all and very rarely they complete a 5 year course on time and the average is 8 yrs.

                To understand Israel its people the creation and the relationship of London and New York with it read the best seller
                The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sands a well informed critic.

                You know the mill of justice grinds slowly but surely

                Its just taking a turn if you follow current affairs.

                The reason for the delay is clear in european history especially roman emperor and Henry 8th join to fight back the ottomans.
                If you forget the lesson of experience then you cannot discriminate between right and wrong.

                Your culture is different from theirs so you must read and then see for self in person rather than trolling from the past.amen!

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        Uncivilised wise man aka Uruwariage Buru Puru Putha

        Your Suren Surendran now looks like a member of BBS with no rooof (heir) on his head. He has all excellent qualities to be a memmber of BBS.

        As the leading consultant of your beloved Thamil Die-Ass-Poo-ra, you could suggest him to join the BBS.

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          Sinhala Banda

          Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

          Abraham Lincoln

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      ”Sampanthan had further emphasized that the views expressed by Sirisena, on television, during the press briefing on Friday, seems more realistic and that he likes Sirisena’s political agenda that has been revealed so far.http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-78393-news-detail-sampanthan-favours-maithripala.html

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        ” ” Maithripala Sirisena declared himself as the common candidate for the upcoming presidential election. He Began his speech by reciting verses of the Dhamma pada said he will endure media freedom, abolish 13th amendment and will also change the current electoral system. “

        What’s not to like.

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          Ram you Sinkalam:

          I wold have asked him to recite the following:

          “Buddham saranam gacchami I go to the Buddha for refuge. Dhammam saranam gacchami I go to the Dhamma for refuge. Sangham saranam gacchami I go to the Sangha for refuge. Dutiyampi Buddham saranam gacchami For a second time, I go to the Buddha for refuge”.

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      H.Bandara

      Excellent article with down to earth advice very much to Tamils. With time extremely limited, it is strategy that counts for everything. At this time we Tamils have to keep our eyes wide open, ears to the ground and our mouth shut. Any writing calls for extreme circumspection.

      In the last century,around the world in 80 days was possible. Even in this century, resolving our problem in 40 days will not happen. “Either you give this or we will not give that” is poor strategy and the poorest bargaining stance.

      From now to January bad days will build up to critical times. Getting rid of an evil regime is basic for all ethnic entities to survive together. This is the need of the hour.

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        Unfortunately you favourite Modi chaddi walla will not permit a change.
        Its not the necklace but now over SARC head there is a new train the longest in the world carrying all the electronics spares etc to the west and its supported by Germany Russia – Silk Route – China/Madrid due at Madrid on 16Dec in time for Semana Santa.

        So if it (Basil) aint broke why make it!

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      If you want Mahinda to lose, then the stupid fools like Suren Sureendran and others in the Tamil Diaspora should keep away from the Sri Lankan election leaving it to the TNA to talk.

      Prabakaran made Rajapakshe win the election in 2005 and now people like Suren Sureendran is trying to help Rajapakshe win again.

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        Silva

        From Suren Sureendran’s photo above I guess he has the looks to qualify as a Sinhala/Buddhist monk. He could soon replace Champika who also shaved his head symbolically to impress Sinhala/Buddhists voters, to show his gullible supporters his close proximity to Buddha-hood.

        “If you want Mahinda to lose, then the stupid fools like Suren Sureendran and others in the Tamil Diaspora should keep away from the Sri Lankan election leaving it to the TNA to talk. “

        Let the TNA deal with election alliances, horse trading, …..

        Those who are outside the country has the right to campaign for justice to war victims.

        The Sinhala/Buddhists majoritarian voters should realise that its not worth voting for MR while serious allegations of war crimes are still hanging over his head.

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        Yes, this is about the ONLY thing Sri Lankans should be grateful to the murderous Prabhakaran, and which paved the way for his own and the LTTE’s demise.

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          Ram

          If anything Sri Lankans should be eternally grateful to VP, Hindia and International Community for the decimation of LTTE.

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        Silva:

        Wake up man and what makes you think that Tamils want MR to loose. We want him to win so that we can cripple Sinhala Lanka from outside and force the subjects to Put him on a One Way ticket to the Hague.
        When hunger becomes the order of the day following sanctions and the Country grinds to a halt what will you do other than get rid of the Moron who is the cause of the misery.

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      How come the super smart Tamils, did not learn from Vellupialis, moronic actions till he was done in ?

      Don’t tell me that the Tamils can learn.

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        Kiri Yakka.

        What are you talking about.

        The super smart Tamils are super fast and that is why we have learnt from our mistakes and taken the Safer Route and as a result Sinhala Lanka is facing a dangerous future.
        Win or lose MR and the country are cooked. I mean is going to be clobbered. Make no mistake.
        Fasten your Seat Belt.

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      Anybody who tries to get the TNA support will be doomed. But anybody who can get the Tamil’s support without TNA will get additional Tamil votes without loosing their Sinhala votes.

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    Tamils always dig their own grave.

    Lend them a spade!

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    There is nothing to loose in this electoral contest for Minorities in Srilanka.

    If the opposition common candidate wins some semblance of decency, democracy,independent judiciary and free speech may be honored.Rest is for negotiation before Parliamentary elections.

    On the other hand if MR manage to wins it cann’t get any worse within the island, but with the support of India and International community some form of solution will be forced on Srilanka, either a UN sponsored referendum and separation or federalism and/or annexation of part of Srilanka by India.

    Now it’s the Sinhala majorities turn to decide what they want as a solution for mother lanka and her minorities.

    VP must be laughing where ever he is hell or Heaven depending on who you talk to .

    Namo Namo Matha.

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    When it comes to admitting war crimes committed during the final phase of the war, irrespective of their educational level most of the Sinhalese fall into the same morality index of that of Prof. Rajiva.
    A vehement denial despite all the evidence.
    Tamils yet again face the same dilemma, the known devil vs the unknown angel. I am sure MR will approach the Tamil parties and promise heaven and above for their support for his candidacy.
    Conveniently missing is the common voice about minority rights from the combined opposition.

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    I agree. What you say Sri Lanka could have been made into after the war by MR, should be aimed at by the joint opposition. Prof. Rajiva has expressed the same sentiments. The likes of Suren Surendran, should not sabotage the possibilities. The GTF, TGTE etc., do not have much following and have made it possible for this government to use them as the ‘Goni Billas’ to scare the Sinhala community. The future of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, does not defintely lie in the dacay of the Sri Lankan State. Sri Lanka and the Sinhalese are not the enemies of the Tamils. The enemies are the political forces have progressively taken all the people hostage and made them hostages, of course starting with the Tamils. There should be no confusion on this issue.

    Further, the Tamils should vote, even while ‘Holding their noses’, as you have suggested. Possibilities for better times should never be foreclosed, even if the past dictates caution at best and utter disgust at worst. The TNA I am sure will learn from history and act wisely. The TNA should not demand anything, but the full implementation of the 13th amendment in both letter and spirit, as laid down in the constitution and the other provisions in the constitution regarding language rights. Otherwise, it should demand and support what is good for the whole of Sri Lanka and all her citizens.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,

      “The GTF, TGTE etc., do not have much following and have made it possible for this government to use them as the ‘Goni Billas’ to scare the Sinhala community.”

      From GTF website

      “GTF has developed a strong collaborative working relationship with the democratically elected Tamil leadership in Sri Lanka and actively engaged with the TNA to help strengthen their voice in the international arena. We also continue to establish working relationships with various political and non-political organisations in the south of Sri Lanka.” http://www.globaltamilforum.org/ (http://www.globaltamilforum.org/get-involved.aspx – Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Malaysian Tamils, Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamil (NCET), United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC), Swedish Tamil Forum (STF))

      I know there are many other Tamil groups…..

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      The LTTE/TNA nexus is undeniable from it’s very inception. It has never been broken, though great effort is made from time to time to deny such.

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        Ram you Sinkalam:

        No body is denying it. They were conjoined from Birth and you cant separate them without killing both.

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      The 13th amendment ++ is all that is needed to bring up the tamil bogey of likely separation.
      The TNA, it time it talked of 13A++ earned strong editorials even from moderate newspapers like the Sunday Times:
      see: The TNA on the road to secession (2013):
      http://www.sundaytimes.lk/120603/Editorial.html

      see: If we have arms it is to Federalism and beyond (2013)
      http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=86870

      The TNA lives on saber rattling with the Sinhalese extremists
      and the Sinhalese extremists live by saber rattling with the TNA.

      The election will be a time for the TNA to (a)Ask as usual for merging the North and the Easdt (b)giving police and Land powers (c) accepting the right tio self-determination.

      Now, which candidate will accept these, or some of these, is the great question.

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    Cut to the chase. Tamils would not be interested in 13A-. It has to be 13A+ (not a separate state). If the Common Opposition would not give 13A+ for the Tamils there would be hardly any difference between current regime and the Common Opposition. In Sinhala they say “පැදුරේ ඉඳලා බිමට වැටෙන්න බෑ!” (one who sleeps on the floor mat cannot fall down) for the Tamils.

    Let the south decides who they want. It would be their own battle. Otherwise let the Common Opposition come to the table with sensible proposals for a 13A+ sans separate state IF the need the Tamil vote.

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    The views and comments by Suren Surendiran (SS) shows a deeply frightening immaturity and gosh, that is plain dumb talk. One feels stupid at his comments, particularly when he veneers away from the subject being discussed. His answers should be limited to whether Tamils should/would vote for MR or otherwise and the reason(s) therefor. This is the instant question confronting the Tamils of the North and East, instead of believing that he can usurp the powers and authority of the UNHRC. It is a bewilderment that such a shallow thinking can represent the mouthpiece of the Tamils.

    Having said that, one may scratch his head to wonder when Tamils were encouraged to vote for Sarath Fonseka the last time around, the very SF who had been the number one enemy when the war was ravaging and the Tamils were being bombarded daily. Not that Subramaniam Swamy’s cynical askance had in anyway bruised Tamils’ sentiments but then it was a case of “between the devil and the deep blue sea”, and after the TNA had extracted assurances from SF on some of the Tamils demands. Not voting at all would not have been an option as the fateful memories of abstaining during MR’s first salvo ended up as even more fateful end for the Tamils’ armed struggle.

    It is no doubt a catch-22 situation but not voting should never been an option as this would fall into the lap of MR for him to dearly continue with his wayward ways against the Tamils. The voting for the opposition candidate should be considered as voting against MR, if that contributes to his defeat. Of course, this does not mean the “other” candidate is going to give the Tamils everything they have wanted on a silver platter but then the issue here should be to defeat MR. This would not also mean that Tamils would be accorded an easy time by the majority Sinhalese. That is not in their blood, in the majority of them but the instant issue is to confront someone who has become a “devil” to larger section of the SL population.

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    If you see the Al Jazera news channel above, Professor Rajeva is right, Suren Sureendran is a stupid idiot. This is not the time to talk about war crimes, this is the time to get rid of the Rajapakshes. It is Suren Sureendran’s boss/leader V. Prabakaran who accepted money from the Rajapakshe and brought him to power by depriving the Tamil people of the North from voting. Now Suren Sureendran talking about war crimes and sending Rajapakshe to International Criminal Court will only help Rajapakshe win the election again. This stupid fool should think before uttering rubbish which may turn in favour of the Rajapakshes.

    YES, from the above news channel it looks like the Tamils will Help Electing Mahinda Again.

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      Silva

      VP controlled 100,000 votes the most however MR received 4,887,152 votes from the South. There was no evidence to suggest that the 100,000 voters would have supported RW. This must tell you something about the Southern voters.

      Denying the people the right to vote is detestable while the large number of votes that MR received should be considered as the major contributor to the establishment of clan based rule or paved the way to an emerging dynasty.

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    ‘Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth’ – Sherlock Homes

    So there is only one possibility. Surendiran and the diaspora are being paid by MR to create an atmosphere in which he is bound to be re-elected!
    :)

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    All Tamil diaspora organisation should change their constituion and become a social group. Have their annual dinner dance in November of each year dance to sinhala bailla songs and buy raffle tickets hoping to win a holidy for two to Sri Lanka , flown by Sri Lankan air lines accomodation at army run hotels and conducted tour of Buddhist stupa and Sinhala ArmyWar memorial.

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    In 2020,south part of Sri Lanka will be sinhala Buddhist country ….north will Hindu kingdom ..defeat of mahinda is most important and only think need that come true ..all monk of JHU come from south ..and bbs too..600 years happy of Christian and Muslim will end soon.God bless maithri …and true bloodbath ..

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    Excellent Analysis Helasingha. Good thinking.

    The Tamils too often forget that the paranoia ridden Sinhalese Majority votes based on their historic fears of the long gone Chola Dynasty. Sinhalese Buddhism is culture borne out of this fear. Deep down the Sinhalese fear the minorities. No need to feed that fear.

    Mahinda is feeding that, by asking Geneva to provide him an electric chair. The Sinhalese do not want their savior zapped. Out of the goodness of their heart will vote for him. And by doing so save him from the zapping that the Tamils expats would wish on him.

    So what Helasinha is saying is that they are dumb and in their dumbness they may help save the Sinhalese Prabaharan .

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      Another example of tamil ultra nationalist tribalism. Calling Sinhala is a culture born out of fear of tamils and that Sinhala fear their invaders of past like cholas is a sign of Tamil tribalism, because in a democracy where numbers matter they cannot do no harm to sinhala.

      The once who were invaded were not sinhala but tamils in north. That is why you are tamil just like the pakistani muslims claim arab ancestry and regard their arab invaders highly. Sinhalese were the ones who did not go down.

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        pity that you have not read about thst Kallathoni called Vijaya.

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          there was no kallathoni called vijaya….you people believe in mahavamsa ne?

          between what has that got to do with tamil tribalism?

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    If Tamils openly support MR that is the history lost for him because who is other side another SWRD follower, Sinhal only Masters student, then all ant Tamils will vote Mithri.
    Tamils are not going to gain anything out of this election , follow the 2005 boycott for both side let them get elected by their own because color of the flag change is not going to give anything to Tamils

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    People like Surendran and Rudra in the Diaspora have become yesterday’s men, who still seek some attention. The leadership responsibility of the Tamils living within Sri Lanka has resolutely shifted to the mature leadership of Sampanthan, Senathirajah, Wigneswaran, Sumanthiran and others.

    Diaspora activists should stop–no ifs or buts–articulating their fanciful notions of Eelam. Those who were closely allied to the LTTE should do a lot of soul-searching about their own complicity in leading the Tamil people to destruction. They should realize even at this late stage that a solution that comes close to federalism is what is possible, and the vast majority of Tamil people within SL–as well those in the diaspora–are more than willing to give it a chance, despite continuing fears about physical security.

    It is legitimate to stay focused on war crimes–I am all for bringing out the truth about the war crimes and ensuring justice– but there should be no unrealistic expectations or exaggerated claims. Diaspora’s focus should be on helping the people stand up and lead normal lives, as the war years have devastated their lives.

    Some of my friends in the diaspora recently collected funds to help the people affected by the drought in the Vanni and are thinking about how to conserve water resources in the Vanni.

    Sinhalese masses should not fall for propaganda from Rajapaksa acolytes about Tamil ‘conspiracies’ and they should trust the TNA’s mature leaders within SL.

    They should support the common opp candidate, and reach back to the time they voted overwhelmingly for CBK for President for the first time in 1994, giving her a mandate for change and peace.

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      How do you say sinhala people should trust TNA? Are you mad?
      TNA was the proxy LTTE for 30 years which supported terrorism against Sinhala people and SL. DO you want us, the sinhalas to trust TNA?
      The TNA which passed resolutions against SL? The TNA which tries in every opportunity to support separatism in SL? Do you think we are that dumb?

      Peace in SL can only be achieved when TNA is destroyed and then Rajapakse is taken out.

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        Hyposcrisy and crocdile tears of this lady yet again burst out!

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          i didn’t shed tears for anyone crocodile or gecko ? Is your comprehension that poor?

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        You are distorting it and suppressing critical facts–such as the violence of the State, with the support of the majority of the Sinhalese population against the Tamil population–that gave rise to Tamil militancy. I don’t know if you were born after the pogroms against Tamils had killed thousands of them, and so was fed with only the news about LTTE atrocities that targeted innocent Sinhalese civilians, or if you are conveniently and selectively focusing only on the LTTE violence and not on the racism, violence and thuggery unleashed by the State, supported by a majority of the Sinhalese society.

        But with the end of the war, and the TNA bringing in people like C.V. Wigneswaran and Sumanthiran into the leadership, there is a chance for a reset. As for trusting the TNA, Fonseka and many others did. Sampanthan called Sirisena a friend in parliament, well before the latter had crossed over to the opposition. If such people can trust him and the TNA, what is your problem?

        If it was the first case, where you were constantly exposed to LTTE violence but wasn’t aware of how Tamils oppressed and subjected to horrendous violence, you should try to shed your biases, learn more facts, including some historical facts, that will point you to the racism and violence unleashed by Sinhalese society against Tamils, and put the LTTE’s violence–and the TNA’s past silence concerning LTTE actions–in the proper context. I knew for a fact, as I was closely aware of some Tamil media personalities involved then–that the LTTE forced the TNA to call itself a ‘proxy of the LTTE.’ They did so under duress.

        Given past actions by the State and its military, a small (but not negligible) segment of the Tamil population does still consider VP a hero for his resistance to the State. A rational person can clearly understand that, and why, in seeking their votes some TNA stalwarts may have to speak to them in a certain way.

        But your accusations against the TNA sound shrill; if you don’t want to do anything to learn the facts, if you can’t see the difference in Tamil politics with leaders like C.V. Wigneswaran and Sampanthan vs. the politics of the Rajapaksas, and don’t want to grasp the opportunity for change, then I am sorry to say that you are infected by the same virus of racism that has infected a sizable segment of the Sinhalese population. My appeal obviously won’t work with such people, and I am not going to spend my energies trying to convince them.

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          I have answered this qn several times in this forum itself. It is just a time waste nothing else.

          Anyone with a brain and see what happens in SL will understand with TNA there will be no end to this.

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    Dear all,

    You all are still polarized on ethnic lines and reacting to the news and discussion accordingly.

    Real issue here is call of an early election, two years a head! Once this is allowed to happen all future presidents also can call for early elections when they see beneficial to them.

    Did anybody think about this and effects early election will have on the country and its economy? How it will affect the average person in the country? Even though election call is issued by president’s office I strongly believe the election commissioner’s office should consider all these factors and decide when to hold the election.

    Kindly requesting all to stop being polarized on ethnic lines; if we do politicians are going to use this to their benefit.

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      Deepan !

      I think you are in a coocoo land. Are you aware of the Supreme court view of Rajapaksa’s third term contest which document was not submitted in parliament as it should be and the bench did not fully agree but forced upon them.

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    As commented earlier in this column, Tamil votes will be the deciding factor in this election under the current political situation, where the race for Presidency is expected to be tight. There are nearly two million Tamil votes,all over SL, including the Up Country Tamil votes, who are generally sympathetic towards the Tamil cause and what TNA should do is to advise the Tamils to vote according to their conscious
    -ness and keep away from taking sides,officially so that the candidates
    contesting the EP election will not drag TNA and their agreements in their propaganda meetings to garner votes of the gullible people. Tamils are experienced enough to know as to whom they should vote.Its a ploy by the ruling party that they did not have prior discussions
    with TNA so that TNA will blunder in siding with the opposition, which makes things easier to win the minds of communal minded voters.

    EP election is not so important as the Parliamentary election to the Tamils. If TNA remained neutral, they can talk to the winner without impediment on the Tamil issue after the election is over and in the meantime, make the alliance stronger with a tie up with the Muslims
    of the East. TNA should play their cards well this time, unlike last time.

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    The article is well and correctly explained. however, why didn’t the past governments over a long period of time consider to grant what the Tamil leaders were asking for, devolution of power to the Tamils ( e.g. federalism or the Indian system of Governance). So it was understood that no Sinhala government whether Rajapaksa or anybody coming to power will consider granting any devolution to the Tamils but subjugate them. D.S.Senanayaka could have done it in the initial stages when the Tamil leaders were fighting along with him for the Independence of Sri Lanka. The Tamils were part of it and now have to be slaved by the majority. Dudley Senanayake could have done it. Bandaranayke could have done it. Why didn’t’ they do it, the Tamils were crushed every time they demanded freedom.

    The Armed struggle by the youths was due to the failure of the Sinhala hardliners and the moderate Tamil leaders. The Tamils are aware that there are good apples as well in the Sinhala community. Prabahran did many wrong things. It was because he gained more power. Murdering the people and his own people and the leaders was the grave mistake he made and heart to heart not negotiating for a settlement.
    The Tamils have come to a stage, they are not at all worried about who the president would be but they need a referendum to determine their fate in Sri Lanka and if the new common candidate assures them then they might consider which is far out of sight.

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      federalism will not work in SL.

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        sach

        “federalism will not work in SL.”

        Why not?

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          aswer,

          because we say so :)

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      Sellam….The answer is simple, as successive govts cheated the Tamils
      by abrogating several pacts signed with them without an involvement of a “third party” and the failure, as you said,was due to Sinhala hardliners, subduing the moderate Tamil leaders like SJV. Chelva & Sampanthan by unleashing terror tactics over the Tamils and as a result, the youths of N/E took up to an armed struggle,which too resulted in a failure and loss of lives.
      The situation is different today as India & Sri Lanka, as two sovereign
      countries entered into a pact,India being the mediator, to give Tamils,
      devolution of power to N/E as one province and India is bound by the pact to settle this issue when the two leaders meet next, the latest,
      other wise India becomes a traitor to the Tamils . Some argue that the
      pact was signed by a previous govt but a pact signed between two govts is a pact, which cannot be abrogated without the consent of two. govts.

      It is a pity that if the youths armed struggle did not take place, the
      India/Sri Lanka pact would have come into force long back and the country would have been on its path to success. with peace prevailing
      in all parts of the country.

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    Please look at the Tamil POV.

    Tamil separatists think continuation of MR will further ISOLATE SL and MR will continue to give them UNFAIR benefits against Sinhalese and Muslims!!

    This seems very odd but this is how Tamil separatists think.

    SL has been isolated from the west during MR’s govt. EVERY YEAR SL gets bashed at the UNHRC. West has STOPPED giving loans to SL. Now they are investigating SL’s alleged war crimes. The report is due in 4 months. It will be a DAMNING report (obviously biased towards LTTE but there is nothing SL can do than get further isolated from the west).

    If this CLASH with western governments continues TAMILS believe there will be a UN INTERVENTION, sanctions and even restrictions in CRICKET.

    With the north Tamil ONLY, IF the UN intervenes for a referendum, it will say a BIG YES for TE.

    But Tamils don’t like to vote for MR. So they are likely to BOYCOT voting for Sinhala candidates this time too.

    This is EXACTLY what Tamils did in 1982. Tamils knew JR was on a collision course against Endia and LET him continue.

    The LEAD Kobbekaduwa got over JR from the north and Batticaloa district was VERY LOW because a Tamil candidate contested and won MOST votes.

    (This does NOT mean people should vote for MS!! He has NOT made it clear he will SCRAP 13 amendment. Bandit Queen and CFA Run-nil are with him which is a VERY BAD sign.)

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    PLEASE DONT FOGET THE FOLLOWING TAMIL GUYS WHO WIIL AT ANY COST EVEN TRY TO CAST HORA VOTES IN ORDER TO HELP MAHINDRAJAH TO WIN AT ANY COST.
    1)LORD KARUMAYA KARUA AMMAN
    2)MODA PUTTHA PILLIYAN
    3)GENRAL LUCKEY DOGLES DEVANADA
    4)MONEY MAN KUMARAN PATHMANTHAN
    5)ARUN SAM THAMBIMUTTU.
    6)HALF TAMILIYAN FROM THIRUKOVIL M.A.(D)PIYASEAN MP

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    I do not think, after a brutal terror campaign, Tamils has any influence in democratic elections of the country. Not in the near future. If TNA sided with the common candidate that’s the end of him. If TNA sided with MR, that is end of MR.

    May I have a comment about the views expressed in the Aljazeera segment as well.

    Well, Aljazeera helped Rajapaksha with few extra votes through this program, by selecting Suren, Rajiv and Harsha, I guess.

    Let me ask a simple question – Why should Sri Lankan voter kick out a leader who ended a 30 year war (in 2009) within 5 years of concluding the war, maintained an economic growth over 8% since. To benefit who? People like Surendrans, Rajeevas and Harshas. I don’t think so. Will the presenter vote out if she has such a leader.

    Listening to Suren (who can lie through his teeth for the Ealam project)has no relevance in this matter or voting power. He is not a citizen in SL and no say in this matter and will never be allowed in to the country.

    Harsha is a young economist, who has little or no experience or expertise in the complex nature of the socio-geo-political environment country is facing.

    Rajive has joined the opposition

    So, Aljazeera, as always, picked what they need.

    People and Rajeiva (and the nominated common candidate) will cheer the winner, but he articulated the situation reasonably.

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