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With Maithri, Ranil & Mangala – Real Change Should Occur For Tamils Too

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Would Tamils be forced to play the ‘waiting game’: Examining some legitimate questions and concerns that Tamils have about their future in the uncertain world of Sri Lankan politics that they are inexorably tied to.

Part 1

I would like to offer my congratulations to President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Co and wish them the very best towards restoring this island paradise, with a rich heritage, now known as Sri Lanka, to its original glory, where all its inhabitants, living there since pre-historic times and having their distinct traditional homelands in the island, are treated with equality, their distinct socio, political, cultural, ethnic and religious identities and rights preserved and furthered; where real change occurs for Tamils too; meaning the Tamil nation[1] is recognised as such and can govern itself, be it in a united and undivided country[2] – or otherwise.

I say “..be it in a united and undivided country or otherwise” – “otherwise“ because I believe a referendum is a fair, just and democratic way to decide our future destiny whether we live as one country or two.[3]

I can`t help but part take in the people`s euphoria

However I can’t help but be happy and part take in the people’s euphoria that a new chapter, even a new era is beginning in Sri Lanka with the hope of real change. That makes me happy for the people, for every community holding on to a glimmer of hope albeit based on its distinct needs.

I only ask and hope that with Maithri, Ranil and Mangala, real change should occur for all – and for the Tamils too!

Here I proceed to examine some legitimate questions and concerns:

Did the Tamils win the presidential elections for Maithri only to lose it for themselves? Can Maithri Ranil and Mangala really deliver,“to those with the biggest stake in change”

It is an indisputable fact that the Maithri, Ranil and Mangala ticket – the Rainbow Coalition received the total and unconditional support [4]of the Tamils with presumably nothing in return, helping them to win with an “overwhelming number” of Tamil and Tamil speaking Muslim votes that made the difference between victory and defeat – its abundantly clear with the release of the final results and several info-grams – that 70-80% of the Tamil vote went to Sirisena.. “the scales had been tipped in a very closely fought election,” the NDTV reported.[5]

So will Tamils have a big stake in the change? Can Maithri, Ranil and Mangala really deliver change to Tamils? Now these may be dumb questions, because in Maithrpala Sirisena`s own words, we know. he made,”no deal with the TNA in secret or in the open”.

There is no doubt that from the start Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe had it so good. Happily for them neither did they promise nor had they to deliver anything to the Tamils.

Maithri - using Children in politicsWe know that as the Presidential elections started to reach fever pitch Maithri spelt out[6] his unflinching position to the people that mattered to him – on the subject that he thought mattered to them; which his opponent would surely exploit to the max if not explained.

We know Maithri was all out to assure the Sinhala people he wasn’t going to withdraw the army from the North. It shouldn’t be forgotten he was the Secretary of Defence at one point during the war. Responding to allegations that he was going to withdraw the military from the Tamil heartland and that he was going to divide the country, Maithri went on the offensive and clarified his position to the Sinhala masses so that there wouldn’t be any ambiguity.

I quote:

“…In response to the false allegations levelled at us that after we come into power we will divide the country, leave room for a war to arise, for the LTTE to re-emerge and remove the military presence in the North – as your presidential candidate and as our coalition I would like to clearly state that we have not at any instance made any agreement with the TNA or the Muslim Congress in secret or in the open with the intention of dividing this country or dividing power among these factions.”

End quote.

It’s plain to see, is it not, that Maithri’s comment that, “we have not at any instance made an agreement to: “.. dividing power among the factions,” if simply analysed eliminates the possibility of any kind of decent power sharing arrangements envisaged by the Tamils?

We also know that this clarification was also directed at the followers of the JHU who joined the coalition on condition that the new government not accommodate any demands for a federal solution.

Now consider the 63 page manifesto[7] of Maithri’s – it lists eradicating terrorism as one of his many achievements whilst in office as secretary of the SLFP, the only achievement he cares to name, describing terrorism, “as the most serious socio political challenge Sri Lanka faced during three decades in recent history.”

You must know the biggest and most unconscionable omission in the Maithri manifesto is the lack of any genuine conciliatory offers or measures to the Tamil community – the way it was “silent” about Tamil concerns – were rather revealing.

One thing I am not sure, but someone must know that there were several inquiries whether the manifesto was published in Tamil in addition to English and Sinhalese, up to now I don’t know the answer to that. If there was no translation I would conclude that there was no attempt made to inform the Tamil people, because there was nothing in it for them.

There was no mighty hurry to pacify the Tamil people or address their particular grievances, although when mentioning relief for lands being taken over, Maithri did see it fit to only address the grievances of and announce relief and compensation measures to the “citizens” of Colombo who lost out as a result of their properties being expropriated for beautification purposes.

Maithri didn’t see the national question or reconciliation as one of the crises facing the country only mentioning crises facing, ” the total breakdown of the rule of law, fraud, corruption, wastage, inability to identify national priorities, environmental degradation and moral and spiritual degradation as obstacles to the country’s march forward.”

Titled “A Compassionate (Maithri) Governance, A Stable Country – there was no mention of a political settlement for Tamils, no concessions offered, not even a mention of Tamil concerns or the national question in general. Though it mentioned constitutional reform – it didn’t include promises to examine the unitary character of the constitution which is the bone of contention for Tamils that perpetuates a majoritarian stranglehold on Tamils and dominates over them – or give due consideration to adopting a federal structure that would give Tamils a power sharing arrangement. The constitutional reform mentioned was to scrap the executive presidency and revert to a parliamentary system for which they needed a regime change.

Maithri made sure he made it loud and clear to the Sinhala people that he wasn’t going to permit the UN investigators into Sri Lanka or, cooperate with the UN mandated international probe and vowed that he, “will not allow President Rajapaksa, his family or any member of our armed forces to be taken before any international war crimes tribunal,” with the Arab News portal[8] stating the obvious that any move to cooperate with the investigation would be unpopular with the Sinhalese people: “Resisting international pressure to cooperate with the UN-mandated probe is seen as popular among the Sinhalese community from which both Rajapaksa and Sirisena hail, ” the news portal said.

So is the present Maithri government, “the same government with a different face?” The world icon M.I.A shares her insights and analysis with Channel 4 News[9] in her own inimitable style, coming out as the best ambassador in the hour of need to explain to the world, Tamil concerns.

Will Tamils and Tamil politicians as usual be forced to play the ‘Waiting Game’ this time to get past the Parliamentary Elections. Or settle for the 13th amendment qualified in the proposed amendments to the 19th amendment that may be introduced before the 100 days are up?[10]

Was regime change a set up planned in Singapore in 2013 and were some Tamils in on it and Is it true that they have been short changed? [11]

It’s my feeling Sinhala politicians have a fear complex that stifles their inner urge to be decent and statesman-like. They are in fact forced to play the race card for fear of losing elections. And Tamils have been the victims of such unconscionable behavior. And sadly for us we saw it in this election too. Frankly does this attitude not go against all Buddha’s teachings and shouldn’t this not come to an end.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the ‘waiting game’ as the, “stratagem of deferring action and allowing the passage of time to work in one’s favour” or the postponement of action or decision in order to gain advantage.”

It’s my conclusion that Tamil politicians have been, at peace times, almost always been invariably forced into playing a ‘waiting game’; postponing their agenda in the hope and anticipation the right moment would come by – favourable to the new colonial masters, in the not so distant future, to pop the question to the powers that be, waiting for a more receptive Sinhala leader – one at that they can place their faith in – evident by what Meera Srinivasan for the Hindu wrote: that when asked whether, “the TNA was hopeful of realising its long-pending demand for substantive devolution of political powers to the Tamils in Mr. Sirisena’s leadership — given that his manifesto is silent on the subject, Mr. Sampanthan said “we would rather repose faith in Mr. Sirisena.”[12]

“Repose faith in Mr. Sirisena“, Sampanthan summed up the fate of Tamils.

Repose faith – in the hope that the other side is listening, that what the TNA are, “looking for is a permanent solution.” :

“We are looking for a peaceful, honourable and a permanent solution within the framework of a united and an undivided Sri Lanka.” were Sampanthan`s words

And understandably it seems and more so at this juncture they have to play the waiting game – For Tamils it’s a routine exercise having to endure one betrayal[13] after another, having come to the end of their tether with the Rajapaksa regime, it’s only natural for the TNA to feel they can do with anyone but the old guard, “accusing the “regime of being particularly harmful to the well-being of the Tamil-speaking people of Sri Lanka.”

Sampanthan’s enthusiasm and faith in this Maithri, Ranil, Mangala Regime is real, he has called on the Tamils to be, “patient on demilitarisation,”[14] the Tamil Guardian reported; showing an optimism that makes Tamils play the “waiting game“ hoping against hope that the situation will change for them.

Despite the fact that, “Prior to the election, over a hundred war affected women and a number of women`s groups in the NorthEast called on the future president `to take, immediate steps to demilitarise the country, particularly the North and East and return all lands occupied by the security forces, police and others to their rightful owners and to provide compensation.”

The thought that 16 out of 19 divisions of the military still occupy the Northeast is mind boggling – Tamils need to see some action on the ground.

Is the Tamil expectation for power in the areas of competence, resulting in adequate measure of self rule , “hope or illusion?“

On Truth vs Hype – Sri Lanka – Hope or Illusion, NDTV reporter Sreenivasan Jain stated the obvious when he said, “one of the reasons credited for Sirisena`s victory was the fact that the coalition of Tamils parties known as the TNA came out and endorsed him at the very last minute leading to an overwhelming vote for him in the Tamil areas of the North and East.“ It became clear that Samapanthan was talking in riddles and with a lot of hesitation, struggling for the right words to use as he answered Sreenivasan`s question whether he is convinced that (this vote) is going to finally result in him (Sirisena) going to meet the demands of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka – which is concrete greater autonomy ?

Map Usha“We have discussed it with the president after his elections – other political leaders – the Indians are aware of the Tamil position – I am not saying he would do everything possible – i am confident that he would come up with an excellent scheme of devolution ( pressed what that was in real terms by Sreenivasan) we would want something more credible – division of power between the center and provinces that would give us an adequate measure of self-rule in matters of economic concern, social concern, cultural concern (Jain asking if it included police powers, land powers) yes yes of course yes.“

Is Sampanthan`s overreach beyond what the Maithri Ranil Mangala team have in mind? Have the Tamil people`s aspirations and TNA`s vanguard proposal for Federalism for which the Tamil people have duly given them a mandate been quashed by Ranil`s 13th amendment mantra?

Ranil is a good man in many ways – he spearheaded the cease-fire and peace process, that started with the promise of Federalism (internal self-determination) but never went far – yet some say he worked behind the scenes with the Americans and had meetings in the US on aid allocation where the LTTE wasn`t able to attend; that he orchestrated the split between renegade Karuna and the LTTE that later did the dirty work as paramilitaries for the government against LTTE during the so called cease–fire. Although the LTTE established a defacto state some say dejure state, the cease-fire itself weakened LTTE`s military prowess immensely). It did not bring the peace dividend for Tamils that was promised – not only did Chandrika torpedo the peace process in a power struggle that resulted in Ranil being sacked as prime minister (with plans a foot for Chandrika to appoint Kadirgamar for the position of PM that did not materialise because of Rajapaksa`s vehement opposition) a move that propelled Rajapaksa into prime minister and then president – which led to him unilaterally abrogating the cease-fire agreement and engaging in war.

Some say because of the Tamil boycott of the 2005 presidential elections we ended up with Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers who turned out to be worse – worse than was ever imagined or envisaged – who now stand accused by the Tamils of genocide of the Tamil people.

Ranil`s courteous response to some pertinent questions I asked him through his #AskRW twitter hashtag shows he saw the 13th amendment with land powers (the police powers he wasn`t sure about) as the political solution to the Tamil national question:

Usha Sriskandarajah ‏@UshaSris  Dec 1

@RW_UNP Does your 13th amendment include land, police and fiscal powers? #AskRW

Ranil Wickremesinghe‏@RW_UNP

@UshaSris The existing 13th amendment will apply but with a depoliticised police.

When asked about the possibility of a referendum he replied no one asked for it in this country:

Usha Sriskandarajah ‏@UshaSris  Dec 1

Would you @RW_UNP Follow UK’s Example & Hold That Referendum On Independence In The NorthEast #AskRW https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/follow-uks-example- …

Ranil Wickremesinghe‏@RW_UNP

@UshaSris No one has requested it in this country.

When i pressed him for an answer he did not reply.

Usha Sriskandarajah ‏@UshaSris  Dec 10

@RW_UNP No one has asked b’coz Tamil aspirations cant be fully expressed under 6th A. Would you abolish this law that’s undemocratic? #AskRW

As a result of this Twitter exchange I had with Ranil, (hats off to Ranil for courageously opening his communication line to any one on twitter for questions, the TGTE Media issued a press release which I give below:

No one made the call for a Referendum in Sri Lanka: Ranil’s Tweeted response:

Map UshaThe Sri Lankan Opposition Party Leader, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, has said that no one in Sri Lanka had called for a referendum to determine the political resolution pertaining to the Tamil people. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said this in response to a question posted via Twitter by Mrs. Usha Sriskandarajah, a member of the TGTE Senate, asking whether UNP would follow the UK example and hold a referendum on independence in the NorthEast of the island of Sri Lanka similar to the one held in Scotland. When Usha Sriskandarajah followed with a comment saying that no one had asked for it because Tamil aspirations could not be fully expressed under the 6th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution which criminalized even peaceful advocacy of independence, and asked Ranil Wickremesinghe if he would abolish the undemocratic 6th Amendment, he failed to respond.

I still think Ranil is a very reasonable man and can be trusted to bring about change for the Tamil people if he gets the support of the Sinhala people , but what would that change entail beyond the 13th amendment[15] is hard to say – the only thing he said in that direction is the correction he made to NDTV`s Sreenivasan`s reporting – that he did not say he supported full autonomy for the Tamils.

Should we Tamils and will the Sinhala masses give emerging statesmen like Mangala who offer a ray of hope, a chance to demonstrate the “political will” that’s hitherto been lacking or rarely seen in Sinhala politicians to achieve genuine peace and reconciliation?

What a breath of fresh air this Mangala is – his plan,[16] “to achieve national reconciliation in the civil war-ravaged island-nation,” must resonate well with Tamils who were crying out for some comforting words from the new government:

Showing the courage of his convictions, Mangala in direct opposite to Maithri promised, “to demilitarise the Northern Province, order a domestic probe into the excesses reportedly committed during the last phase of the so-called Eelam War IV in 2009… dismissed apprehensions that such a probe may upset the majority community in the island, proposing to take suitable steps to provide relief and justice to victims of the civil war that tore the country apart for nearly three decades.. initiate a dialogue with the one-million-strong Sri Lankan diaspora scattered across the globe to seek its help to rebuild the North….expressed the hope that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will respond positively to President Sirisena’s invitation to join the government and actively participate in executing its plans to transform the country into an inclusive liberal democracy…

Introducing the most hopeful proposals so far, Mangala may be the man to break the vicious cycle of subterfuge, procrastination and deception that Tamils have been facing with previous governments.

I couldn’t help but read parts of Venkat Narayan’s report and feel a tear coming in the corner of my eye:

I quote:

“When he made an appeal to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who fled the island during riots and civil war and living in India and other parts of the world to return home, a journalist said former LTTE cadres and banned Tamil terrorist groups may come back and make trouble again, the minister said nothing of the kind will happen.He explained: “They all are our people. They left their homeland for certain reasons. We are now trying to set things right by running an inclusive government. For decades, we have been trying to achieve national reconciliation without success. People of all communities have voted our government to power. There is a consensus that we all must live together in peace and harmony.”He said it was primarily to dissuade the Sinhalese from voting for the opposition that the previous regime tried to instil in their minds the fear that the LTTE will be reborn if drastic steps are not taken to put the Tamils down. I have met some of the people in London whose groups were banned by the earlier government. I do not believe that they are terrorists.”
He said there are already lots of proposals made to achieve national reconciliation, such as the Thimpu Proposals, the Mangala Moonesinghe Proposals, the CBK (Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga) Proposals, to name but a few. Who would go for a new Parliamentary Select Committee? There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. All these years we failed to achieve national reconciliation because there was no political will. Now there is a political will. We are optimistic about pulling it off this time,” the minister asserted.”

End quote

Do we suffer fools gladly – like Dayan Jayatilleka[17] and Radhika Coomaraswamy?[18]

The worry is people like Dayan could act as spoilers for the forthcoming Parliamentary elections – the only saving grace being his recent campaign for his old boss did not sit well with the voters who made Maithri the victor.

Now Radhika is another case. She continues her harangue without let, talking down to the Tamil Diaspora as irresponsible and self-absorbed as she engages in serious innuendo. If you read her latest article on “Why the elections last week made me triumphantly proud of my country“ she aligns the TNA with the fundamentalist Sinhala Buddhist supremacists JHU – JHU joined the Sirisena coalition on condition that a federal model or any power-sharing arrangement will not be on the table for the Tamils. She calls us Tamils “minorities” – She being a Tamil shouldn’t be referring to us as minorities -that’s a no no for me. And there is no denying that it was the Tamil speaking vote i.e. Tamil and Muslim vote that secured the victory for Sirisena. She goes on to use the words “terrorist” that’s a no no for me too and fund raising and mobilisation. (what a contrast to Mangala) How is it only she can be “triumphantly proud of her country“ and wants the best for it – is it because as long as everything is ok in her world she is happy – Can’t the Diaspora want the same for the people of the NorthEast?  Is that not reasonable to ask? I give here parts of her article :

I quote:

“Particularly interesting has been the slow transformation of the rhetoric of both the TNA and JHU…..There is no leader, the people of Jaffna have no stomach for violence and even the irresponsible and self-absorbed diaspora are strangely talking about Mahatma Gandhi….It is the split in the Sinhala vote more than the minority vote that delivered this election to M. Sirisena… we must ask- “how can the terrorists and violent rebellion ever come back? .. The western countries and India, especially after this election, will not tolerate fund raising or clandestine mobilisation.“

End quote:

On the other hand the `genocidal` Dayan[19] who rejects the idea of Tamil Nationhood and has no qualms about taking pride in covering up war crimes for Rajapaksa at the UNHRC is typically assuming the role of spoiler wasting no time to put a spanner in the works on Mangala`s proposal for national reconciliation:

I quote:

“The Foreign Minister is bullish and he is on the record. ‘”All these years we failed to achieve national reconciliation because there was no political will. Now there is a political will. We are optimistic about pulling it off this time,” the minister asserted.’ (Ibid)

What is the Foreign Minister upbeat about pulling off? ‘National reconciliation’ it would seem. Why has no one pulled it off as yet? Going by Minister Samaraweera’s version it was because “there was no political will”. I am deeply appreciative of this perspective because I had mistakenly thought for thirty years it was because of the war and the obduracy of the Tigers, and in the decades before and the half-decade after the war, it was the lack of broad bipartisan consensus. Now I know different. It was the lack, not of consensus or of a reliable peace partner, but precisely of political will. Well, you live and learn.“

Mr, Dayan Jayatilleke is flawed in his argument – `lack of bipartisan consensus` means lack of political will – in my book? Let me remind his short memory that there has been no southern consensus at all ever since independence.

Dayan I say to you:

“Do not pass the buck. It was your kinsmen who were unreliable peace partners. You should blame it on your hawkish boss who came to the table with little integrity and not on the Tigers, It was Rajapaksa who claimed the peace process and the cease-fire agreement were both unconstitutional and later abrogated the ceasefire.“

Do we ignore this man who takes pleasure in wallowing in triumphalism – who is now left to swallow the bitter pill of his candidate Rajapaksa’s loss – Do we let him stew in his own ( genocidal) juice for he has missed the bus and his time has long gone?

Would Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka come out of its insecurities and show it’s a mature democracy and truly give Maithri Ranil and Mangala their support so that real changes could occur for Tamils too, leading to prosperity for all? Alternatively would the Tamil National Question be a non issue like how it was in the presidential elections and would the charade be played out again at the parliamentary elections?

This is the question for Sinhala politicians and the Sinhala people to answer – The end result if they don`t give their support would only help make Rajapaksa and his family make a comeback through the back door and all would be lost.

Let’s face it, Tamils have been exploited, betrayed and used time and time again. As Thomas Raj Johnpulle rightly surmised, “will Tamils be taken for a disposable napkin again?[20]

I think as he said the TNA must run in Colombo too and in all the Tamil strongholds to increase their seats in parliament!

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -Martin Luther King

It’s time to reflect on Martin Luther King’s words. [21]

It’s time to show courage and conviction and negotiate the best deal for Tamils, This is not merely a patriotic duty but the bounden duty of our Tamil leaders.

And what better time to do it than now.

Let them not succumb to fear and suffer mediocrity.

Let’s resonate with Shakespeare, appreciating that time and tide wait for no man. Let’s act in spite of our fears. “If you fight your fears and seize the opportunity it would lead you to victory and to fortune`[22]`:

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. -Shakespeare

Let the Sinhala people hear what Prime Minister David Cameron said[23] a few days ago and open their hearts to the Tamil people.

“Scotland spoke, we listened and now we are delivering”

With these words Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of the Bill he would be introducing in Westminster that, would in his view make, “Hollyrood (Scottish Parliament) the most powerful devolved parliament in the world.”Although the Scottish National Party (SNP) standing firm on its commitment to Scottish independence found the new reform plan watered down, it’s no denying here we have a rare phenomenon, where leading UK political parties, honouring the “vow” they made to clinch the ‘no vote’ in the Scottish referendum for independence, putting away their differences, accepting the Smith Commission report, reaching a remarkable consensus on devolving significant powers to Scotland assuring Scots substantial home rule, giving them, as Nick Clegg said, “the best of both worlds” be it in the United Kingdom!

Announcing the draft legislation Cameron spoke to the people of the United Kindom:

I quote

“These are new powers for Scotland securing our united future..Be in no doubt who ever forms the next government after May the 7th these new powers are guaranteed. The Scottish parliament would have more control over its tax and spending making it one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world. The Scottish parliament would combine the freedom to decide what happens in Scotland’s schools, hospitals, surgeries, police stations with the responsibility of determining how around 60% of the public money is spent. Because for the first time the majority of the money the Scottish parliament spends will be raised here in Scotland. This includes a substantial new package of welfare powers worth 2.5 Billion pounds to tackle long term unemployment, disability and poverty. We have already moved the Scottish parliament to extend its franchise so that 16 and 17 year old can vote at the Hollyrood 2016 elections. And here we are stating in law the permanence of the Scottish parliament so that there can never be any question Hollyrood is here to stay.”

Contrast that to this island and the predicament of the Tamils.

Here we are with only a glimmer of hope thus far after this election of securing a decent devolution package – one which we have sought with no avail so far.

The need for devolution or autonomy or power sharing or self- determination whichever way one might call it, became apparent soon as independence was gained from Britain and before the ink dried on the unitary constitution. Things became critical as time went on with more oppressive and discriminative measures taken against us by successive Sinhala governments that resulted in the occupation of our lands, persecution and marginalisation of our people, bigotry, even worse genocidal acts being perpetrated against us and wars. Not that we, when the situation became untenable, resolved to break-away, even fight violence with violence.

Here we are with many of our men women and children dead and gone, crippled, orphaned, widowed and traumatised.

I like to end by quoting Sanjayan Rajasingham who makes a clarion call[24] to all communities in Sri Lanka to change to effect change:

I quote:

“In the end, society is changed by the everyday acts of ordinary individuals, in classrooms, offices, fields, towns, cities and villages. If we don’t change, things won’t change. Only when we become a new us, will we begin to see a new Sri Lanka.

Of course it won’t be easy. Change never is, and there will be failure, discouragement and disappointment. But since when do we only fight for something because it’s easy? We want equality, freedom and justice because they are good and because they are right, not because it’s easy to get them. Whether we win or not is a different matter. But you can be sure that we have a better chance of winning if more of us try.“

“The first step to a new Sri Lanka is with us. We need to act,” Sanjayan says.

[1] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/s-j-v-chelvanayakam-the-father-of-the-tamil-nation/

[2] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebecers-form-a-nation-within-canada-pm-1.624141

[3] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/follow-uks-example-hold-that-referendum-on-independence-in-the-northeast/

[4] http://www.ft.lk/2014/12/31/tna-thumbs-up-for-maithri/

[5] http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/truth-vs-hype/truth-vs-hype-sri-lanka-hope-or-illusion/352756

[6] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XxyZgMPE8s#t=51

[7] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Manifesto-English.pdf

[8] http://www.arabnews.com/world/news/666671

[9] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxP4micahCc

[10] http://ceylontoday.lk/16-82743-news-detail-unitary-status-to-remain-pm.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

[11] http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=37606

[12] http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/tamil-national-alliance-backs-opposition-candidate-in-sri-lanka-presidential-polls/article6738507.ece

[13] http://www.tamilnation.co/forum/sivaram/041010t.htm

[14] http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=13494

[15] http://ceylontoday.lk/16-82743-news-detail-unitary-status-to-remain-pm.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

[16] http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=118038

[17] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-new-governments-real-agenda/ 

[18] http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/37334

[19] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/tamil-perspective-dangerous-and-genocidal-dayange-chinthanaya/

[20] http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2015/01/will-tamils-be-taken-for-disposable.html

[21] https://play.spotify.com/artist/4lWl4G5wgAH9i3GwumUDkB

[22] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuG-TJdYnUA

[23] http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-30915457

[24] http://srilankamirror.com/features/item/1735-insignificant-individuals-and-a-new-sri-lanka

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    Of course Usha just had to weigh in on this one too.

    She just missed a wonderful opportunity to just stay silent.

    Cheers!

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      Dear Ms Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah,
      Senator of the “self styled TGT Eelam”

      Part 3

      You say “One thing I am not sure, but someone must know that there were several inquiries whether the manifesto was published in Tamil in addition to English and Sinhalese, up to now I don’t know the answer to that. If there was no translation I would conclude that there was no attempt made to inform the Tamil people, because there was nothing in it for them”

      I too am not aware whether Maithree’s manifesto was published in Tamil or not. Let’s assume that it was not published in Tamil.

      Of course their would be people amongst the peasantry who could not understand English. Some of them would be unable to even READ Tamil, their own language, though they had a vote.

      The TNA, the Tamil peoples elected representatives did house to house campaigning in the North. They carried the message to the village and the illiterate.

      Did the TNA give the wrong message because they were ignorant of English? No madam most of the Leaders of the TNA have an excellent command of English judging by their oratory in Parliament. Some in the TNA can even debate in Sinhala.

      No madam the Tamil electorate understood fully why they were voting for Maithree. They voted for the same reason that the Sinhalese and Muslims who voted for Maithree did. And that was to bring down a corrupt govt.

      For the Tamils of the North it was more than that. They wanted to end the Tyranny of Douglass Devananda, the EPDP chief! They achieved both and three cheers to them.

      It looks to me as if your interest is different and that you are more interested in stirring the ethnic pot than anything else.

      Kind Regards
      OTC

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        Dear Ms Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah,
        Senator of the “self styled TGT Eelam”

        Part 4

        Links to Parts 1,2 and 3 are given at the end of this post.

        The Real reason that prevents a fair devolution of power has always been Land.

        No sane government of Sri Lanka can agree to give you control of the area of Sri Lanka depicted on your websites (40+% of the Land mass and 60+% of the Coast line)

        http://www.tgteparliament.com/
        http://www.tgte-us.org/
        http://tgte.org/
        https://ta-in.facebook.com/tgte.uk
        http://www.tgte-homeland.org/

        The East was never a Tamil Kingdom though Peninsular Jaffna was a Tamil Kingdom for about 400 years.

        Here is a Dutch govt record found in their National Archives that establishes the boundary between the Tamil Kingdom of the North and the Sinhala Kingdom in the South at Elephant Pass, the meeting point of Peninsular Jaffna with Mainland Lanka.

        Hence your spurious claim to the East is untenable and is false as the ENTIRE eastern seaboard up to Elephant Pass was part of the Sinhala Kingdom.

        http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/location/?id=813

        Neither Mangala, nor Ranil nor Maithree nor anyone else for that matter, has a mandate to barter away the Birthright of the Sri Lankan population to give you control of the totally lopsided claim to Land that you make in your Eelam Map.

        Why don’t you discuss and justify why 40% of Lanka should be controlled by the 5% of Tamils (living within an area which is overwhelmingly uninhabited) when double that number of Tamils live outside it, in the balance 60% and sharing it with non Tamils?

        The natural resources of Lanka is owned by All her citizens and the benefits should be shared equally by all of them.

        Please be brave enough to Justify that claim of yours without running away this time too.

        You say Now Radhika is another case. She continues her harangue without let ….. She calls us Tamils “minorities” – She being a Tamil shouldn’t be referring to us as minorities

        Come on Usha how petty can you get?
        If you call the Sinhalese a Majority who or what is the Minority?
        Is this the typical Majority Complex that like minded Tamils such as you are afflicted with?

        Radhika says (http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/37334)

        quote
        There are still many obstacles are ahead and the promises and the expectations may never be fulfilled. In addition, the discourse and rhetoric of fear, rumour, darkness and hatred is still trying to make a comeback. It is true that the minorities did make a difference in this election but we must also ask why the former incumbent’s share of the Sinhala vote dropped from 65% to 55%- that is what made him lose the election since the minorities have always voted against his policies. It is the split in the Sinhala vote more than the minority vote that delivered this election to M. Sirisena. To see it as anything else is to deliberately obfuscate the issues.
        unquote

        I have shown in parts 1, 2 and 3 of my response to you (linked below), that you have been trying to obfuscate issues as Ms Radhika Coomaraswamy correctly observes.

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/with-maithri-ranil-mangala-real-change-should-occur-for-tamils-too/comment-page-1/#comment-1755422

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/with-maithri-ranil-mangala-real-change-should-occur-for-tamils-too/comment-page-1/#comment-1755451

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/with-maithri-ranil-mangala-real-change-should-occur-for-tamils-too/comment-page-1/#comment-1755462

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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        Dear Off the Cuff,

        I agree with most of what you have said in these postings and I admire your courage in persisting in challenging Usha and the TGTE despite all the negative votes. I think, though, that Maithripala Sirisena should have published his manifesto in Tamil as a sign of respect for the Tamil language and culture, let alone gaining Tamil votes (which he may have been confident of winning anyway because of his pledges to rid the country of corruption, nepotism and poor governance).

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          Dear Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam,

          People like Usha are opportunists and social parasites.

          The concern they show for the Tamil people in the North does not exist. It is all deception. They are looking for positions to inflate their ego.

          Read this comment by Aia, I have given it a thumbs up though I do not agree with some of the things he/she says.

          The negative votes just go to show that those who read it could not challenge what I wrote since I base my comments on facts.

          I agree with you that the Manifesto should have been published in all three languages but Usha did not know if it was published or not. I did not know it either. Hence Usha’s intent was to stir the Ethnic Pot.

          The Tamils wanted Devanada out. The only way they could do it was by voting Rajapaksa out.

          Just look at what Radhika says in her post at DBSJayaraj.com and how Usha makes a Catty comment

          Kind Regards
          OTC

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            Dear OTC,

            You refer to a comment by Aia, but did not say what it was. I was also unable to find the post by Radkika Coomaraswamy at DBSJeyaraj.com.

            I too doubt the sincerity of people who claim to be champions of human rights and protectors of the wellbeing of Tamils turning a blind eye to the despotism and terrorism of the LTTE. I recognise that there is a difference between separatism and terrorism. Usha and the TGTE are still arguing for separatism (thinly disguised, at times), though they now claim to have abandoned terrorism as a means to achieve it. Usha admits she realised the futility of ‘armed struggle’ after, in fact, her side had tried it and lost. This is not a true renunciation of violence, as far as I can see.

            While I think the LTTE is unlikely to regain support among Tamils in Sri Lanka who know first hand what it was like when the LTTE was running what Usha calls a “de-facto” state, the global network of the LTTE has not been defeated. There are still active Facebook and YouTube sites that continue to portray Prabakaran as a great hero, leader and military genius who was only defeated by overwhelming odds. I welcome any efforts to challenge this propaganda and hero worship of a violent thug, who started his career as a teenage killer with the murder of the Tamil Mayor of Jaffna in 1975, followed by armed robberies and other crimes before declaring himself the “leader” of the Tamil people and establishing a cruel military dictatorship with funds from the Diaspora.

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              Dear Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam ,

              Sorry I did not give you the link to Aia’s comment. The comment is in the next page. Here is the link

              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/with-maithri-ranil-mangala-real-change-should-occur-for-tamils-too/comment-page-2/#comment-1756047

              Here is the link to Ms Radhika Coomaraswamy’s article

              http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/37334

              There are two factors that expose the pseudo humanism of Usha and her followers.

              1. When Prabahkaran was cornered the street protests in all the major cities of the world reached a fever pitch. Highways were blocked and a Sea of terrorist flags of the LTTE flew. Fasts unto death were staged.

              They said the protests were to prevent Tamil civilians getting killed.

              2. In contrast, for 30 years, Prabahkaran snatched Tamil children from mothers arms and sent them to the slaughter like cattle. There was not a HUM in protest.

              They were definitely not interested in saving civilians!

              Listen to this BBC documentary, “Hard Talk” where Mr. Javier Aguilar of UNICEF was interviewed by BBC correspondent Stephen Sackur (3:28 onwards).

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gXbFPoDWSI

              He says they have reports of about 8000 missing children. He also states that this is just a minute fraction of what went on (4:20 onwards). He also state that during the last 6 months at least 200 children per month were taken from their parents for the war effort including 9 year olds (4:38 onwards)

              If 8,000 is a minute fraction, what would the whole be?
              40,000? 80,000? 100,000?

              What did these pseudo Humanists do for 3 decades for these children?

              Absolutely nothing.
              What are they doing now?
              Absolutely nothing.

              Ms Adelle Balasingham trained and commissioned the Baby Brigade of the LTTE. Her gift to the children was a necklace with a Cyanide capsule as the pendant. Evidence available is plentiful and includes BBC archives.

              Do you hear Usha or the TGTE or the GTF or ANY Tamil overseas organisation wanting to hold her to account for this heinous war crime?

              She Lives in the UK immune from the ICC and the UNHRC, under the protection of the UK govt, right under the nose of all these Tamil Separatist organisations.

              She may never be held to account and will die a Natural Death.

              The problem we have is not an ethnic issue but an issue centered on Land. Land has always been the core issue.

              No govt will be able to solve this issue until and unless the Tamils learn to share Lanka’s resources equitably with the rest of the population.

              When the British arrived here Lanka had 85% forest cover. That means except for the Veddhas 85% of Lanka remained uninhabited.

              When the Dutch occupied Peninsular Jaffna, the Eastern Border of the former Tamil Kingdom ran through Elephant Pass. On the other side of the border was the Kandyan Kingdom of the Sinhalese. Thus the WHOLE Eastern Seaboard came under the Sinhala Kingdom.

              Please see this record in the Dutch National Archives.

              http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/location/?id=813

              That is irrefutable proof that the Separatist claim to the East of Lanka is a Fraudulent one.

              Lanka’s population was first estimated in 1789 to be 1,200,200. Subsequently there had been a Census in 1827 giving the total as 889,584 and in 1871 which gave a total of 2,400,380. But a detailed breakdown is unavailable.

              Data is available for the 1881 census and it shows the population mix as follows

              Sinhalese 1,846,600
              Tamils 687,200 (includes Indians)
              Moors 184,500
              Malays 8,900
              Burghers 17,900
              Others 14,500

              The first time Indian Tamils and Sri Lankan Tamils were separately enumerated was in 1911. This showed that there were more Indian Tamils (531,000) in Lanka than Lanka Tamils (528,000).

              This allows us to estimate the Lanka Tamil population in 1881 to be about 343,000. An estimate of the Tamils in Lanka during the time of the Tamil Kingdoms would be very much lower and would be around 150,000 – 200,000 (or even less).

              Now take a look at the Eelam map where it is claimed that about 40% of Lanka is a Traditional Tamil Homeland. The coastline claimed is 60+%. Hence the total boundary of this Eelam is around 2000km in length.

              Here are the geographic features of Lanka

              Sri Lanka has a land area of 65,000 km2 and a coastline of 1,562 km (probably more than 2,000 km if the coastlines of lagoons, bays, and inlets are added). The coast-line itself consists of a wide range of geomorphological features such as head-lands, bays, lagoons, peninsulas, spits, bars, and islets. It encompasses a variety of tropical habitats including wetlands (about 120,000 ha); lagoons and estuaries (45 estuaries and 40 lagoons totaling about 42,000 ha); mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrass beds (the total extent of mangrove coverage is between 6,000 and 10,000 ha); coral reefs (about 50 linear km of major reefs); and coastal sand dunes, barrier beaches, and spits (sand dunes occur along about 312 km of the coastline).

              You can do your own calculations and see how ludicrous and Physically impossible that claim is.

              How these people of about 150,000 – 200,000 (or even less), of the Tamil Kingdom, defended and held on to such a Land Mass with such a long and porous boundary and coast line, against a population 8 times their size beats all Logic.

              Honesty and a will to share Lanka as equals is what is required.
              Sadly that has not been forthcoming yet.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Dear OTC,

                I agree that the Tamil Eelam land claim was exorbitant and that Trincomalee was controlled by the Kandyan Kingdom. The Tamil Eelam map, as depicted on the TGTE logo and other Tamil nationalist material is indeed a greedy land claim.

                I also agree with what you say about Adele Balasingham and the failure of the British authorities of holding her accountable for giving cyanide to Tamil girls, at the very least – which is documented on video:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqbj8PHTtHY

                Any international inquiry into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka should examine the crimes of the LTTE and its international operations – including its propaganda and funding activities, which were all orchestrated from the West – mainly the UK, where the Balasinghams were based, the USA (where most of the funding came from, especially early in the war) and Canada, which accepted large numbers of Tamil refugees relatively late in the war, and was also late in banning the LTTE.

                Any International Inquiry should also examine the role of India in arming and training the LTTE and other armed groups as well as human rights abuses committed by the IPKF. The role of Seeman and Vaiko should be looked at, since they openly supported the LTTE, and continue to sing the praises of Prabakaran.

                I have mixed feelings about an international inquiry, since the UNHRC is likely to be biased against Sri Lanka, if the reports of Yasmin Sooka are any indication. You have drawn attention to the UN report that dismissed the charge of the LTTE using human shields, for example.

                At the same time, the UNHRC is going to proceed with its inquiries and I know that my father, Brian Senewiratne, who is, like Usha a ‘senator’ of the ‘TGTE’ plans to go to Geneva this March along with others who are focused on drawing attention to alleged crimes by the government and the armed forces and minimising the crimes of the LTTE. The focus on the months at the end of the war, rather than the whole war, suits the agenda of those who are focused on human rights abuses and possible war crimes by the Rajapakses. Such a focus means that people like Adele Balasingham evade justice, once again.

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      Dear Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      The Good News for sri Lankan Tamils is that There arew fewer and Fewer Mootals (முடால்ஸ்) and Madus (மாடு) Left in sri lanka, and that helped Maitripala sirisena to be elected in 2015.

      There were more Mootals (முடால்ஸ்) and Madus (மாடு) during 2005 including the Maveer Mootals (முடால்ஸ்) and Madus (மாடு) VP, who helped Mahinda Rajapaksa win.

      What you can do for the Sri Lanka is keep most of the Mootals (முடால்ஸ்) and Madus (மாடு)) outside Sri Lanka.

      Cheers.

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      Hi Ms Gorgeous!

      Unless and until you disown the LTTE, we are not friends, ok?

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    .
    Until we get a true leader like Gandhi or Mandela, Nothing will change.

    Remember, still 48% of Sinhalese voted for MaRa.

    :-)

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      prabhakaran followers talking about a Gandhi LOL

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        sach

        “prabhakaran followers talking about a Gandhi LOL”

        It is because Sinhala/Buddhists are not following Buddha’s teaching.

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          why should buddhists follow buddhas words? There is no rule that people of a certain religion should follow the religious leader…

          Your logic is like that of our old fool Muhammad Fazl who argued Muslims killing to save islam is justified because Muhammad asked to do it when Buddhists killing to save buddhism is NOT justified because Buddha did NOT ask for it…

          NO one is bound to practise his or her religion

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            @Sach the circus clown has joined us back after a long nap under Mahindaraju’s skirt. First of all if Buddha was your religious leader, then who is your God? Buddha never claimed to be anything. He was a great human. But you follow him? But your low class behaviour is not a reflection of this great human. Your behaviour resembles your Dr. Merwyn Silva, the common street class thug. Are you a follower of him? Sach, it is a fact that you are a racist piece of shi&. So, go and jump in the ocean.

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        Did Rajapakse, former PMs and presidents practice Buddhism?

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

    RE:With Maithri, Ranil & Mangala – Real Change Should Occur For Tamils Too

    “Would Tamils be forced to play the ‘waiting game’: Examining some legitimate questions and concerns that Tamils have about their future in the uncertain world of Sri Lankan politics that they are inexorably tied to.”

    I would Rephrase this to:

    Would Tamils, Muslims, Christians and others be forced to play the ‘waiting game’: by the “Sinhala Buddhists Examining some legitimate questions and concerns that Tamils, Muslims, Christians and others have about their future in the uncertain world of Sri Lankan politics that they are inexorably tied to.

    The people want a civilized democratic solution. Common Sense (pamphlet)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

    Have you heard of Monk Mahanama and the Mahawansa?

    Now, remember, the Sinhala, the Tamils, Muslims and others are Paras, Para-deshis, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

    The Vedda Tribe

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

    Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFCuZwexRw

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    Usha, are you a Sri Lankan, I mean a true Sri Lankan who has Sri Lankan citizenship and has voting rights in Sri Lanka today? If so you have the right to talk about a referendum, otherwise you have no right to talk about a referendum. By asking for a referendum you are once again putting the Tamils in the North and the East into difficulty. You and your LTTE friends have done enough to harm the Tamils and Muslims. At last the Tamils and Muslims in the North and East have not listened to the request of the Diaspora but have taken the decision of their elected politicians, namely TNA and have voted for Maithree. Have you guys not got it yet? The Tamils have told you to BUTT OUT of their internal matter.

    Why should Maithripala withdraw the army from the North, when you guys are carrying LTTE Tiger Flag in Canada, USA and UK? You diaspora do not have the guts to go to Sri Lanka, unlike Justice Wigneswaran,Sumanthiran, and Sambanthan. You guys are living a comfortable life abroad but at the same time taking LTTE money or collecting money from LTTE sympathisers and creating trouble for the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Do you at least ever hope to go to Sri Lanka and live there, or if you have children are they planning to go and live there? If not why not allow TNA to make the decisions to govern their own people. As long as you guys gather around LTTE Tiger Flag Sri Lankan government should not move the army out of North. That does not mean the army should be on the road, but they have to be inside all NOrthern Army camps.

    Educated you, are you stupid or what? Do you know what would have happened if TNA or Maithree have come to an agreement to agree to any requests of TNA in writing? Mahinda would have won, and I am sure, although you say differently, deep in your heart you would have liked it, as you and your group want the trouble to exist in SL so that you guys can enjoy the spoils of LTTE.

    In my opinion SL government should conduct an inquiry meeting international standards into the activities from 1983 to end of the war. This inquiry should cover both LTTE atrocities and SL armed forces atrocities. This also should include by bringing before the law all the LTTE soldiers and key leaders (member of your group as well) who are now comfortably living outside Sri Lanka as diaspora. I wonder what would happen then to those diaspora members who were actively involved in the war?

    You live in a country where democracy functions. With the election of Maithripala democracy is in its infancy once again in SL. Yes it will take time, and it will take longer when you and your group are rallying around Tiger Flag outside SL. If you want a true reconciliation then you have to first give up flying the Tiger Flag.

    Try to be honest to yourself first. Just because you are educated does not mean that you are correct. If you are truly worried about Tamils in the North and East the first thing you should do is to go there either by yourself or better with your whole family, get your citizenship and then take democratic steps.

    Otherwise, please do not spoil what TNA is trying to do.

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      Dear Park

      “Do you at least ever hope to go to Sri Lanka and live there, or if you have children are they planning to go and live there?”

      Yes they will.

      In order to Rule (like they ruled before the Social Disabilities Act was amended), if ever there is a separate Eelam. In fact they are the de facto govt of that mirage.

      Usha will take any opportunity to stir the Ethnic Pot but she will not answer any probing questions.

      Here are a few she ran away from
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/five-years-on-tamils-still-under-siege/comment-page-1/#comment-1269953

      http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-1002155040

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/five-years-on-tamils-still-under-siege/comment-page-1/#comment-1272271

      There are many more.

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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      Park,

      “At last the Tamils and Muslims in the North and East have not listened to the request of the Diaspora but have taken the decision of their elected politicians, namely TNA and have voted for Maithree.”

      Are you stupid or what? Father Emmanuel and BTF in this very CT asked the Tamils to vote, only MaRa’s friend Rudrakumaran asked the Tamils to boycott.

      Also do you care to explain how a referendum would put Tamils in “difficulty”? The only people it would put in difficulty are the Sinhala chauvinist. Referendum is a democratic right and your encouragement of denial it to Tamils make me wonder if you one of them.

      Are you thick enough not to understand the fact that every family in North and East has member in the diaspora and the diaspora’s speak for their families.So you want the diaspora to stop caring about their families? Are you in your right mind?

      So you worry about Tamils more than diaspora that you were no where to be seen when MaRa slaughtered Tamils in 2009. It was the diaspora who in the freezing cold and rain with their children in a strangers land voiced against the slaughter. All you people who try to keep diaspora away definetly have a hidden agenda that’s is keep Tamils as second class citizens forever. You are nothing but wolf in a sheep clothing.

      The TNA who you for unknown reason highly respect was LTTE’s idea and hence have been accepted as representatives of Tamils in TNA party constitution, which gives diaspora all the reasons to carry the tiger flag. Also if JVP terrorist can enter parliment what’s wrong with tiger flag?

      Your constant whining about the tiger flag, is nothing but a scaremongering tactic used and failed by Sinhala racist like MaRa. Honestly I think you like the Tamils to suffer under a military rule. Are you a sadist?

      And finally who gives a hoot about you opinion on war crime? Let the victims family decide and they demand a complete international investigation. And why start in 1983? Why not 1948 or 1956?

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    Allow me to illustrate how incredibly fruitless and hollow this Tamil journey this has been. The so called Tamil Cause in Ceylon evolved in 3 stages.

    The first phase, lasted between 1930 – 1944. Here the Tamil leadership says low castes should not be given the power to vote. They claim “Low caste Majoritism” is unacceptable.

    The second phase, lasted between 1944 – 1952. Here the Tamil leadership says majority Sinhala should not get their full 78% entitlement to vote. They claim “Sinhala Majoritism” is unacceptable and want to reduce it to 50%.

    Tamils are presently in the third phase that began in 1952. Here they lay claim to 50% of the island territory in order to escape “Sinhala Hegemony”.

    Ceylon has another less known chronicle written by a Franciscan Catholic Monk Fernao DeQueyroz. He chronicles the Portugese efforts to convert population in Jaffa in a book called “Temporal and Spiritual Conquest of Ceylon” (English Translation).

    King Sankilli of Jaffna had signed a treaty written in Sinhala and Portugese. Sankilli is married to a Buddhist wife who rather commit suicide than become a Christian. Sankilli massacre 50 thousand converted Sinhala Catholics etc. Essentially its a story of a struggle of the Sinhala people of Jaffna to keep coerced conversion by Catholic missionaries after conquest.

    The 10ce Chola invasions had left the entire dry-zone of the island under South Indian rule. Here the first Malabar settlements appear in the island. Although when the Portugese arrive 500 years later none of the Malabar exists in the north.

    So even the present Tamil presence in the north east is because of the British. It is only temporary. It might last another 100 years. After that it WILL become Sinhala following natural order. Sinhala is THE culture of the island just like Tamil Nadu is Tamil and Kerala is Malayalee.

    In a nutshell, the “Tamil Cause” is hollow and useless. It has only wasted everyones time and energy.

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      Imbecile,

      Why are you so insistent on making you look an idiot? Why do you write lies? What do you gain out of it?

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        @Burning Issue, in regards to Vibushana, it is not that he is trying to look like and idiot, he is like that naturally. His momma dropped him on his head when he was born.

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    I never knew that there were Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu bigots until I came across this article. Bascially, it blames all the ills on the Sinhalese while portraying the Tamil community as lily white angels. Not a word about the violence, terrorism and hate attacks carried out by Tamils on the Sinhalese and Muslims of the country, or the fact that the TNA basically sold its soul to the LTTE and has never outrightly condemned the said organisation for its brutality and open racism. There is a trust issue for sure, but it is also up to the Tamils to extend their hand of friendship to the Sinhalese. Playing the victim card and crying blue murder is not going to help reconciliation in any way.

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      Let me tell you what will help reconciliation, complete withdrawal of army and an international investigation into war crimes. That will create trust among the Sinhalese and Tamils. Of course you don’t want it because you want the Tamils to be second class citizen.

      If not for the violence and hate by SWRD and JR in 1956 and 1983 there would have been no LTTE.

      So it is perfectly fine for Sinhalese to play the victims card to West and use that to massacre Tamils in 2009 and use LTTE as scaremongering tactic to keep army in Tamil areas but if Tamils play the victim card you people lose your mind. Double standard pretty much?

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        what makes you think we want reconciliation with those who funded terrorism in this country? No we dont

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          @sach, it is not just about you Sach. You are simply a retard who has found a computer attached to a keyboard and the internet. This is about the general sane population of SL. That will leave you out……dumb retard!!!!!!!!!

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    Usha, as an old foggy who has returned from Canada after 30 odd years, I like to offer some advice on your strategies to win Tamil domination in Sri Lanka. Your current method is ineffective.

    We have tried and failed to mobilize public opinion in Canada through Internet “FORUMS”. They have limited potential mainly because they become drinking holes for the deprived misfits without any plans.

    After several years of hard work to change Canada through the Forum Party I managed to win 97 miserable votes! So I gave up and came back to good old SL.

    I have plans for Sri Lanka. But don’t expect to see me contest elections here. Lets keep in touch.

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    The female version of Dayan Jayathileke.

    Total waste of time.

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      Comparing Apples to Oranges?

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        No. Its comparing apples to two coco (nuts) ie: Usha and Dayan. One being a Tamil chauvinist and the other being Sinhala chauvinist. We need moderates. NOT people with superiority complexes .

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    “With Maithri, Ranil & Mangala – Real Change Should Occur For Tamils Too”

    Here we go again; communal politics, played this time with a change-of-party flavor. What about the Burghers, Malays and the Muslims. Are they not citizens worth consideration? Or are they to be considered as a burden on the majority race as asserted by an excommunicated General, now reinstated with full rights by the Maithri-Ranil combo?

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    Dear Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah,

    Many thanks for your profoundly and truly articulated article.
    I highly appreciate your thoughtful presentation.

    “UNITED AND UNDIVIDED” must be the theme.
    I hope like yourself, Mr.President and Mr. Prime Minister along with their steering group they may do something very positive for our Tamil community.

    They are true leaders not like Rajapaksa family.
    They are not power hungry leaders or money greedy leaders.
    They truly want do better for people and the country.

    As you I myself also pray for the good.

    Your thoughts are commendable and praiseworthy.

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    Usha or should I call you LTTE spokeswoman?
    As you have stated correctly Sirisena may have come to power through the minority vote by wairing the modi suit, but have you ever thought that the Sinhala majority will accept this man as president of this country???? He backstabbed our President Rajapaksa, who is truly a Sinhala king. And Sirisena is just a common man who betraid his own kind and the country.

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    Your talk about “Tamil nation” is the problem and until you give up that notion you will feel aggrieved regardless of what the government does short of giving the Tamils their own country. Why should there be a Tamil nation within a unitary Sri Lankan nation. Everybody regardless of race or religion should be able to live in Sri Lanka as equals not as members of different “nations”.

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      Let me tell you why. First that island never exited as unitary state, it was the brainchild of British not the Sinhalese or Tamils.
      For a unified nation to exist there need to trust among it’s people. Honestly do you think such trust exist? In 2009 half of the population silently watched and encouraged MaRa’s massacre worse they even lot crackers and served kiri bath.
      Tamils don’t have the security and identity, the two fundamental need of a civilization, in a unified state.

      It’s nice to hear the words like “live equal”, but what has happened in that island is far from it. To start there is inequality even in the call for justice for the victims of war crimes. Tamils want an investigation, Sinhalese don’t. Why not just leave the Tamils in their own? If dividing countries is such a crime how did so many countries form?

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    Change is abstract, all communities should work towards progress / productivity in partnership with the new government.

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    Dear Ms Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah,
    Senator of the “self styled TGT Eelam”

    You say “It is an indisputable fact that the Maithri, Ranil and Mangala ticket – the Rainbow Coalition received the total and unconditional support [4]of the Tamils with presumably nothing in return,”

    Let’s see how true that assertion is shall we?

    The Tamils of the North did not vote for Maithree en masse, some Tamils voted for Mahinda.

    Your description is deceptively inaccurate.
    A little bit of hide and seek there Madam?

    An accurate description would be that a majority of Tamils voted for Maithree and helped in bringing the present “Rainbow” govt into power.

    It is similar to how they brought the “Rainbow” coalition of Mr Wigneswaran’s TNA into power in the Northern PC.

    Why would they vote for Maithree instead of Mahinda whose development program in the North was unprecedented in the History of Lanka either under the Tamil Kings or Colonial govts or post independent govts?

    Let me refresh your memory

    Watch the following 3 videos of the District Development Council of the NPC.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCBWqJ0WOCU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNpzECALZBU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y84QZcPU3nY

    This council is normally chaired by the Chief Minister but the Northern Council has a Co chair appointed using Presidential powers of Mahinda Rajapaksa. That Co chair is Minister Douglas Devanada, the Head of the EPDP another Tamil Terrorist organisation which escaped massacre by Prabahkaran by siding with the govt.

    To the majority of Tamils in the North and to Mr Wignesvaran’s provincial govt of the TNA, getting rid of the authoritarian clutches of the Head of the former terrorist organisation the EPDP was of Prime Concern.

    The TNA has consistently requested for a civilian governor for the NP. Though vociferous on the subject they never got that. In fact Mahinda extended the term of that Governor when it expired.

    The ONLY way to get rid of Devanada and hope for a change in the governor was to defeat Mahinda. The alternative was the Prospect of Devanada’s Authoritarian rule in the North for the next 8 year 2 months.

    Today they have got what they wanted and have achieved both of their objectives and yet you claim they got NOTHING in return!

    That is good propaganda for the Eelamist Separatists but is not the TRUTH.

    Kind Regards
    OTC

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    Usha,
    Excellent as always. Keep up the good work.

    In case you missed it.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-new-governments-real-agenda/comment-page-2/#comments-1753581

    Comment by Ranjan January 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    An extract from Dayan’s article in Lanka Guardian back in 1982, “The steady, selective liquidation of Tamil militants is accompanied by the parallel process of a deliberate attempt to ‘de-legitimize’ and ‘criminalize’ the political-military struggle in the North” “The armed actions in the North are not terroristic and alien to Marxism-Leninism but are in fact typical of an early stage of a protracted peoples war of national liberation” “The sudden, spectacular and successful military actions by the urban guerillas against definable sources of repression and visible institutions of the State, begin to convince broader and broader layers of the populace that armed struggle is possible as well as morally justifiable and absolutely necessary to break free from oppression” This guy is the worst opportunist in the island, much worse than Mervin Silva

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    Usha S articulates the thoughts not merely of the Diaspora Tamils but also of those Tamils living in the island today. Her language is not confrontational nor is it grounded on racial prejudice. She gives expression to her thoughts regularly in these columns.She is a passionate Tamil Nationalist. I believ e she has not said the Sinhalese and Tamils cannot live together in an undivided Island.
    The Southern majority Sinhala Buddhist electorate must take note of this.

    Clearly, there is a change in the entrenched positions of both
    Sinhala and Tamil hardliners. More significantly, leading members of the Buddhist clergy like Rev. Maduluwave Sobita Thero, the Ven. Rattana Athureliya Thero, the JVP, key figures of the JHU like Champika Ranawake – important components of what is referred to as hardline Sinhala supremacists – now use a different rhetoric referring to the National Question. There is more space than ever
    to reach a workable formulae to the vexed question. The new administration of President Sirisena is well poised to win the confidence of the long alienated Tamils. It is the more aggressive
    section of the Sinhala polity that must seize this new and welcome
    opportunity – Carpe diem, if you will. The influential Prelates in Kandy should recognise the current dispensation and attempt to break the deadlock so that the country can, at last, be united and move forward for economic development and stability.

    Backlash

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    Only a month ago you said that it will make no difference to the Tamils whether Sirisena wins or Mahinda wins! Now you are singing a different song! You cannot expect too many things to happen too soon.

    Sengodan. M

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      Sengodan,
      “Now you are singing a different song!” One does not play the same song when mood changes!

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        Dear Anpu,

        Has the mood really changed?

        Then why do we the same old lyrics again and again?

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          OTC,

          You play the same song all the time. So keep on playing. There are few followers. They will be hear your song. I am not interested.

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    Usha,

    I have followed your writings and have always thought you were a bit vacuous (harmlessly stupid and truly meaningless-dumb).This paper of yours notwithstanding its references to sources, proves this to be true.

    Please stop insulting the intelligence of everyone-particularly the Tamil intelligentsia which is embarrassed by your long winded and meaningless diatribe.

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    I have always thought you were a vacuous (harmlessly stupid and truly meaningless, vacuous is a smart-sounding way to describe something dumb)

    This ‘paper;’

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    Unlike Usha’s buddies Ranil & Mangalam, Sirisena has to worry about whether his children and their grand kids are going to live in a united Srilanka, as it has been for 2500 years ,

    Or are they going to live in the dismembered country.

    Mind you, Children and grand children from Eleven Siblings will be considerably hefty clan,which carries Sira name,

    And imagine they and their fellow Sinhala brethren getting crammed in to that TNGTE Map of Srilanka.

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      Sumanasekaram,

      “Unlike Usha’s buddies Ranil & Mangalam, Sirisena has to worry about whether his children and their grand kids are going to live in a united Srilanka, as it has been for 2500 years”

      What was the situation prior to 2500 years? Isn’t it a lie to say that Sr Lanka has been one country for 2500 years? Did the history start from the advent of Buddhism? What was the religion in Sri Lanka prior to the arrival of Buddhism?

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        The Island has been the same for 2,500 years but the difference is
        Tamils ruled most of the NEP until the arrival of the Portugese.
        This is why Tamil politics refers to Two Nations in one country.
        That is what is denied by armed might from the South now – against which the LTTE rose. It is time now to review the whole
        question. Do we live in peace and unity as 2 nations in one country with necessary adjustments or does the South insist on denying justice to the North and hold them as a subject nation under the jackboot.

        Backlash

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      ah Sumane is baaaaaaccccccccckkkkkk! . Welcome donkeyman.

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    Dear Ms Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah,
    Senator of the “self styled TGT Eelam”

    Part 2

    You say “So will Tamils have a big stake in the change? Can Maithri, Ranil and Mangala really deliver change to Tamils? Now these may be dumb questions, because we know and in Maithrpala Sirisena`s own words he made, “no deal with the TNA in secret or in the open”.
    There is no doubt that from the start Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe had it so good. Happily for them neither did they promise nor had they to deliver anything to the Tamils”

    Then the inevitable questions that arise are
    1. Are the Tamil People Dumb to give something for nothing?
    2. Is the Elected TNA PC government Headed by a former Supreme Court Judge Dumb to give something for nothing?

    They are NOT Dumb as you seem to imply madam.

    They were informed in no uncertain terms that NOTHING in the Constitution that required a referendum would be touched. That the Military camps in the North would remain and that the Unitary State of an undivided Sri Lanka would remain.

    Yet they voted Maithree. Why? Because they were idiots?

    No Madam it was because they had the wisdom to realize that they could not get what they wanted ANY OTHER WAY. And they got what they wanted by voting Maithree.

    We in the South disregarded the racist campaign of Mahinda who re-ignited the fear of a divided country and the re-emergence of a Tamil Diaspora backed LTTE, because that was the ONLY way he could counter the Corruption charges to which he was losing ground (he had no defense) and capture power. That he came very close to doing so by selling his ideas is apparent.

    The Tamils of the North got what they wanted from this election as I showed you in my previous post.

    (https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/with-maithri-ranil-mangala-real-change-should-occur-for-tamils-too/comment-page-1/#comment-1755422)

    Now let’s discuss that most important question of yours so far “So will Tamils have a big stake in the change?”

    That depends on how far the Tamil leadership is prepared to change to seek Justice for the people of Sri Lanka without confining themselves within the narrow boundary of desires of a small section of Tamils who live in the North or run so called “Transnational Govts” overseas.

    It depends on whether you eschew the politics underlined by the following speech, delivered in 1923 by Sir Ponnambalam Arunachelem, at the Second General meeting of the FIRST Ethnic based Political Party in Lanka, The Ceylon Tamil League formed in 1922!

    Please note that this was 25 years before Lanka achieved Independence and while we were under a Colonial Govt.

    Quote “…namely to keep alive and propagate these precious ideals throughout Ceylon, Southern India and the Tamil Colonies, to promote the union and solidarity of Tamilakam, the Tamil Land. We should keep alive and propagate these ideals throughout Ceylon and promote the union and solidarity of what we have been proud to call Tamil Eelam. We desire to preserve our individuality as a people, make ourselves worthy of our inheritance… We are not enamoured of that Cosmopolitanism which would make of as neither fish, fowl, nor red herring” unquote

    Kind Regards,
    OTC

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    I have a simple message to this lady who is the spokes person for TGTE, stay with Rudrakumaran, sho is hatching his plan to resurrect LTTE, you are a crony pf same clan. Sri Lanka should stay as one country undevided with Sinhalese, Muslims, Tamils and other communities living together in one country, not Tamils and, Muslims living in a ghetto. If Sri Lankan Sinhala politician take your sugar coated advice, Sri Lanka will be doomed, with another Tamil Sinhala riot of unimaginable proportion, you and Rudrakumaran know who will be worse off, So please stop your stupid, ignorant theories, stay overseas, where you live in comfort with your children and family, follow Prabhakaran choice to keep his wife and children overseas, you know the joys they had.

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    I have a simple message to this lady who is the spokes person for TGTE, stay with Rudrakumaran, who is hatching his plan to resurrect LTTE, you are a crony of same clan. Sri Lanka should stay as one country undevided with Sinhalese, Muslims, Tamils and other communities living together in one country, not Tamils and, Muslims living in a ghetto. If Sri Lankan Sinhala politician take your sugar coated advice, Sri Lanka will be doomed, with another Tamil Sinhala riot of unimaginable proportion, you and Rudrakumaran know who will be worse off, So please stop your stupid, ignorant theories, stay overseas, where you live in comfort with your children and family, follow Prabhakaran choice to keep his wife and children overseas, you know the joys they had.

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    Usha,

    Please refrain from putting pressure on both the TNA and the Sri Lankan government for goodness sake. At the dawn of the New Year, no one was certain that MS would win; against all odds, MS has won with a clear manifesto to bring about changes. It is extremely conceivable that the TNA leadership was on the same page as the MS contingent prior to elections. We need to trust the TNA leadership; it knows what is best for the Tamils and Sri Lanka as a whole. Remember, it is extremely important that MS and RW get the policies right for the nation as a whole including the constitutional changes. In effect, the wellbeing of the Tamils is predicated on how well is Sri Lanka as a whole will be shaped.

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    The fact that at least part of the ‘manifesto’ was known to the Tamils long before it was revealed to the rest of us in Sri Lanka is well known. DBS Jeyaraj, another Sri Lankan living in Canada, exposes the happenings in Singapore between Mangala Samaraweera, the TNA and other LTTE proxies. It is therefore quite conceivable that parts of it were written in Tamil first.

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    There will not be a solution to the problems Tamils are facing until they (Tamils) drop the notion of there being a Tamil Homeland in Sri Lanka. Tamils migrated in hoardes in more recent times or as invaders in the past and they are a minority community. If they are willing to be treated and treat others as equals will not encounter difficulties. The Sinhalese are tolerant, humane race will accept other races but they will not accept unreasonable demands as made by racist Ponna, Chelva and Sunda.

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      Tamils will go back the moment you hand over Buddha back to India and migrate with the Tamils. Tamils will get off in Tamil Nadu while Sinhalese in West Bengal.

      “Sinhalese are tolerant race”
      Of course they are, the world did witness their “tolerance” in 1956, 1983 and in 2009 and the attacks on mosques and countless murders of politicians and journalist who dare to criticize them.

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    I don’t know about other two, but Ranil does not want to give Eelam any more. He promised to make Jaffna a mini San Francisco. [Edited out]

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    lal loo

    “There will not be a solution to the problems Tamils are facing until they (Tamils) drop the notion of there being a Tamil Homeland in Sri Lanka.”

    There won’t be any solution to any of the problem in this island as long as you continue to build a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto in Indian Ocean.

    You tried, paid a heavy price, and it seems you haven’t learned anything from past mistakes, it is typical of Sinhala/Buddhist stupidity.

    If you are talking about the past you should be the first one to leave and go back to Bihar.

    Your tone and content prove that your ancestors were the members of Vellaikkara Pdei (South Indian Mercenaries)

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    I see many commentators here, in Parliment and some among the “intellectuals” who were no where to be seen in May 2009, have a policy of rejecting an inquiry into war crimes and constant denial to Tamils their security and identity, but somehow happen to “care” about Tamils, want them to live as “equal” citizens want the diaspora away.

    If you care about Tamils why drive and reject the very kith and kin of the people who you care about? Your stand in Tamils and diaspora is nothing but contradictory.

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