2 December, 2020

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Without Any Promises Made To Them, Tamils Risked Their Future

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel

Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

Historic contribution of The Tamils for the democratic transition

The last regime not only did the Mullivaikal massacre and went further to eradicate the roots of Tamil existence but also changed the governance of the country by constitutional changes and plundering of the state.

A wise coalition of leadership in the south brought out a common-candidate and the regime change was democratically effected with the contribution of all – Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.

Tamils, encouraged by the courageous call of their leaders to participate in the elections and effect a democratic transition, did not only make a historic contribution in saving the country from a fast deteriorating regime that was arrogantly dictatorial and corrupt to the core.

This change also paved the way in creating democratic space in which accountability for war crimes and political aspirations of the Tamils can be articulated but not realised within Sri Lanka without much military aggression or suppression.

If, Tamils had listened to the calls for boycott, the country would have plunged into further chaos.

Without any promises made to them, the Tamils risked their future on the goodwill and the sincerity of the coalition government. The decisive call by Tamil leaders has demonstrated to the people and leaders in Southern Sri Lanka that permanent peace based on the principles of truth, justice, accountability and equality is within reach if we collectively take courageous and bold steps to achieve it.

But what is happening now?

It is true that the coalition government is entrusted with a heavy responsibility, not only to rectify fundamental errors in good governance, rule of law and corruption that will benefit the whole country, but also initiate bold measures to rectify fundamental issues of the state which have caused a prolonged conflict and a brutal war that left whole Tamil population as victims of successive governments crying for truth and justice.

Coalition government reaping some benefits of the change, but the Tamils fast losing patience 

With the coalition government doing their best to effect the promised changes within the 100 days, challenges are emerging both in the South as well as in the North.

While the regime is busy addressing itself to resetting international relations with the major powers, reducing /blocking UNHRC-accusation against the country and removing corruption, the fear of Rajapaksas coming back and the mode of participation of the UNP and the SLFP in the new parliamentary elections are hotly discussed.

The coalition government has done well in making the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) function under a civil governor, in giving some lands back to the people, in the way this year’s Independence Day was observed, in the President’s recent visit to the North and East.

However the Tamils, of whom not a word was spoken before the elections  about their grievances for fear of losing Sinhala votes, but who acted decisively in bringing a regime change, appear to be overlooked with regard to their more serious grievances even today.

It is not the words but actions are what needed within the first hundred days of coalition government to demonstrate to the Tamils, justice will be served and they will, sooner than later, have equality and equal stake in the country that belongs to all – Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and all religious minorities.

The Tamil population of victims crying for truth and justice as well as their leaders, who asked them to vote for the regime change, are increasingly impatient and new challenges to people and leadership are fast emerging.

It is an urgent need that the coalition government under President Sirisena, besides addressing problems related to return of lands and resettlement, address itself to the release of uncharged prisoners and initiate moves to search for the missing. Although the question of a political settlement with the Tamils, need more time and effort, some basic principles of a settlement must be spoken out in all seriousness.

My appeal to the South

As a Tamil catholic priest who had besides living and working among the Sinhalese, had also accompanied the Tamil struggle for many decades, I too exhorted the Tamils to participate in the regime change. Hence I wish to place before my Sinhala brothers and sisters the following points:-

This regime change brought out by the progressive forces in the south is a unique and golden opportunity to look in all sincerity to the question as to what went wrong in our post-independent history. The system of government that we inherited and the changes that we made with all enthusiasm then did not make this island a paradise at all. The fact of a multi-ethnic multi religious population was disregarded and an exclusive majoritarian Sinhala Buddhist state was formed as eloquently shown in the national flag. We have inherited a system of government which was successively led by leaders from D. S. Senanayake to Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, we have lived through decades of conflict and war mainly due to systemic errors that overlooked or discriminated the minorities. What happened during the last regime is only a last phase of what Tamils recently accused as a genocide of the state. It is not accusing the government and the leaders who operated the system but the system itself. Instead of blaming persons who took leadership of the state-apparatus, we have to re-examine our foundations and state-apparatus to effect fundamental changes with respect to nation building for a peaceful co-existence of all people.

The present leadership has spoken of “a new culture of politics” and I appreciate the views of some leaders among the Sinhalese prepared to look at the deeper causes of conflict and war. All of us know the limitations of the international bodies starting from the UN and the super powers. Since our goal as citizens of Sri Lanka is to reach peace and reconciliation based on truth and justice, we have to dare to examine the foundations of our state that is almost accused as a failed-state.

My appeal to the Tamils

As one of you I have participated in the struggle with all my convictions on the ultimate triumph of truth and justice. As stated publicly our struggle for truth and justice has a noble/sacred cause, namely freedom, dignity and equality of a people and their basic human rights as a Tamil nation with their traditional homeland. We have gone through a non-violent phase and then a violent phase and now a non-violent internationalised phase. I have been part of all three phases. I will exhort my people who have courageously brought out a regime change, to continue have confidence on their own leaders, preserve their unity of vision and team spirit in reacting to changes beyond our control at the international levels.

Let us not forget that even the most supreme powers of the UN admitted failure in preventing the Mullivaikal massacre. The present effort of the UNHRC is conditioned by the triangular relation between the UNHRC, the Sri Lankan State, a member of the UN and the super powers. We, the victimised Tamils are the objects of their limited and conditioned concern.

The blame for the present situation of the country or of the Tamils cannot be placed only on the Sinhalese people and their leaders alone. As I explained above, we have inherited a system of government initiated by leaders from all communities. Unfortunately it has brought us all to this plight. The present regime change is a unique chance to examine our foundations and do all that is possible for a better future.

Hence, we who are either victims on the ground or diaspora-stake holders, are called to make careful and responsible moves, not upsetting the international concern for our cause, not giving the new regime to effect some fundamental changes to our governance, and not weakening the unity of our current Tamil leadership when prudence and wise collaboration are the needs of this hour.

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    S.J. Emmanuel, a Catholic clergyman, may have a right to articulate his views but they are just that – his individual Christian views that others may share or not share. What I find objectionable about him is that he claims to speak for the Tamil population of Sri Lanka when he was never elected by the Tamils of Sri Lanka. His views are his own and not of the Tamil totality. There is a plurality of opinion amongst the Sri Lankan Tamils where many in Jaffna and Batticaloa appreciate the Sirisena Presidency. We understand that it takes time to resolve issues created over the past 70 years. Sirisena is infinitely preferable to Mahinda. No, we are not losing our patience. We are in fact relieved that change has at last begun.

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        Amarasiri

        I entirely agree with you. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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          Off The Wall

          Reminds me of Lankaweb postings.It is indigestible, and leads to constipation.

          Deja Vu…. Have seen indigestion before..

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            Amere try SENNA for constipation- its a yellow flower infusion

            then Amerasena;O)

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      Where are you living Mr.Thambiah? North or South or in the West.

      Twenty five to thirty thousand families from Vali North are still , after 30 years, struggling to survive without proper shelter, food etc. Their lands and homes have been taken over by the Army and refuse to resettle them. The demography of the land, North is being changed. You want more time for the government to resettle these people in 10 villages where all land boundaries have been deliberately demolished – another 30 years. Their own properties with titles were taken over forcibly by Arial bombardment. Land issue is more important than the UNHRC or internal investigation of the war crimes. What are they going to do after investigations, Sirisena is going to punish the offenders. Recently Mr.Wigneshawaran went along with the president Sirisena to see the Presidential Palace built for Rajapaksa at Kankesanturai. This palace was built by chasing out the owners of the land. What do you say Mr.Thambiah?

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      remember, it always looked brighter when a new government came to power. like when Chandrika came.
      even this seeming change of culture did not come from inside the majority people. it has been forced upon them. take that external force factor and they would never have changed and they might even back track. it is not a change of heart yet. when MR held NPC elections it was because he could not justify not having it anymore. they can not commit the dirty crimes so blatantly any more as Sri Lanka is under international watch now.
      as far as majority Tamils are concerned there is no ‘Diaspora’ Tamils and other Tamils. there is only one Tamil Identity. whoever fights for the uplifting of his people deserve to be recognised and will be.

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      Thambiah:

      Did Father Emmanuel claim that he is speaking for the entire Tamil population of SL or you are putting words in his mouth? Navi Pillay was not elected by Tamils of SL. Neither was Basil Fernando but they spoke against the atrocities inflicted on the Tamils. By the way, who are you anyway to tell whether FE does or does not speak for the Tamils.

      There is some fresh air and hope with Sirisena’s election to office. I think there is a general consensus on that. In short, he is more receptive than Rajapakse. The fear revolves around the past experience where almost every promise by the successive ruling regimes have been shamefully discarded and dishonoured. Each and every time the Tamils believe that something good will come out with the support of someone, they just end up with those hopes dashed. Such has been the reality and the frustration faced by the Tamils. Well, like everyone else, I would want to believe that this regime will be able to achieve where the previous regimes have failed.

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        “I would want to believe that this regime will be able to achieve where the previous regimes have failed.”

        action renounced, action performed are better than inaction but how do you perceive- you are just 2 legged now generally on 4 wheel drive where is the charming 3rd eye? You no Jat Butt- fully grown donkey warrior. jan&see??
        jack & jill?? mountain high??

        for every …..except in so far as it is compelled by a third force- matter more conclusive.

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    Dr. S.J. Emmanuel,
    I feel that there is a degree of rational thinking by you which has encouraged me to respond in a constructive manner.

    I totally agree with you on striving for the principles of truth, justice, accountability and equality. However, I do not agree with you on one fundamental point. As you know,this island comprises of a multi-ethnic, multi- religious and multi-cultural society. The Sri Lankan State cannot constitutionally accept nor recognize a mono-ethnic region as the ‘traditional homeland’.While, historically it is true that the north and east is where the majority of tamils lived, the State cannot grant exclusivity to any particular ethnic community.

    A fundamental historical blunder made by politicians and their followers was to not restrict the tamil paoples struggle to finding solutions to their legitimate grievances on discrimination, equality,justice and accountabilty. Had they continued to focus on their legitimate grievances, they would not have succeeded in polarizing our society along ethnic lines and instead would have won the overwhelming support of the moderate sinhalese people as well. Instead, politicians chose to raise the stakes by demanding a solution to their perceived aspirations of ‘nationhood’.As a result, the threat of ‘nationhood’ was not received too warmly by the over-whelming majority of people at that time. The threat of ‘nationhood’ will never be accepted in future as well. This is the reality.

    If the struggle for tamil peoples legitimate grievances were pursued with and placed front and center, then Sri lanka would not be what Sri lanka is today, you would not be writing this article and many thousands of our people would be among the living.

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    Tamils will do well to heed the words of this great Tamil Patriot, however bleak the situation appears… Above all Tamil unity at this stage is critical! a long and healthy life to you dear Father.

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      Father must move away from engaging only with the emotional and extremist lot in the Tamil community. He is entrapped and as a result he cannot see beyond his circle that undermines the real voices of the Tamil people.

      Some unknown 20odd screaming chaps who went on the spree to burn Sampathan and Sumanthiran’s effigies in London is the base of Fr Emanual. Neither his sectarian group GTF nor other screaming groups connected to it failed to condemn the conduct of the emotional hate freaks.

      Fr Emanual does not understand the wider Tamil views and function as an organ to promote the cause of the emotional extremists.

      Whist expressing my strong comment, I too wish the father a ‘long and healthy life’ and hope that his wise sense will facilitate marginalisation of the lumpans in the Tamil community.

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      I do not share Usha’s optimism and political vision about Fr. Emmanuel. As she very well knows what Fr. Emmanuel did in 2008 January.

      Fr. Emmanuel was not involved in the political discussions with the Sinhala opposition
      and therefore he does not KNOW what was promised, on the policies and politics. Only thing he and Surendran did was that they banned their top officials to not meet Ranil when he came to London in September. They were so politically dumb.

      I will be happy to name names if the GTF or TGTE wants me to.
      Not the other lookie loos.

      GTF canvassed and lobbied hard for the Tamils NOT to Vote and boycott the presidential elections. Until they were silenced by two major players. Once again I need to be a little discreet.

      I am aware of what promises were made and policies implemented. There performance has been pathetic and unacceptable in many ways, and the intention is not there to really improve the situation. Their major appointments speaks for itself. If and when the Parliamentary elections are held this year or next year, the UNP will see stars in not only North and East but in Colombo and Up Country as well. They are going in the wrong direction, led by Ranil himself.

      Despite the fact the next government will be a Buddhist Sinhala Unity Government with Ranil as the PM and some SLFP guy as Deputy PM. It will be a hung Parliament.

      Tamils will have to be vigilant and insist on the promises and policies to be implemented without deliberate delays and planned feet dragging by the GOSL with the President and Prime Minister blaming each other.

      The Tamils would give a royal welcome to President Sirisena despite the cold.

      Donald Gnanakone

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      BTW, I have been to jaffna twice and Trinco, Mullaitheevu, Killinochchi, and Vavuniya this week and returned only last night.

      This government needs to do hell of a lot more to come up to 2005 level. 2002 level will just only be a dream.

      Truth, Justice and Accountability needs to be expedited and not delayed even with the concurrence of local Tamil politicians. There cannot be even any discussion on reconciliation or Unity as the foreign governments and local Sinhala politicians wish and want, for their own benefit, without the above as well as some form of compensation.

      Out of the 50,000 Indian Houses promised only 10,000 have been built and that too are in shoddy condition which even the homeless are complaining. That is because, GOI is supplying 550,000 Rupees, GOSL a Big ZERO, and the Tamil victims and survivors of the concentration camps and war need 1.2 Million to build a proper home. There has been big inflation from 2009 to 2015..

      Even this days in 2015, many are without electricity, water and toilet which is a basic necessity. Elephants are still attacking families in the night and damaging their little paddy plots or home garden or teak plantation which survived the war and army destruction.

      Donald Gnanakone.

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        Hmm…

        I wonder what the Rajasigham’s have to say about this assessment.

        The siblings, even as recent as a year or so ago, dismissed every critical reservation expressed about MR. Of recent, one of the siblings want to separate out “good vs. bad” segments within the Diaspora, because that seems convenient to their new strategies. Previously the “good” segment” was non-existent in their view as they cuddled up to their Rajapaksa heroes.

        As the self-proclaimed “authority on ground realities”, I recall the siblings even as late as last year making declarations to the effect,

        1. “MR has done 75% of what he promised the Tamils”

        2. “I have personally eye-witnessed the enormity of development MR and Gota have, by the kindness of their hearts,sacrifised for the Tamils in the North” (I am now guessing DR.NR included the KKS palace as MR’s part of that kind-hearted contribution for the Tamils to enjoy!)

        3. “Tamils in the North are going around with a happy smile, encouarged by the bright future MR was designing for the Tamils”

        4. “Tamil youth are too lazy and too pampered by Diaspora money, they refuse to work in the delvelopments going on down their own roads — and that is the only reason why Gota has to import Southern labour”

        5. “The Diaspora should open their purses very generously and fund MR directly, instead of paying their own kith and kin because the kith and kin are misusing the funds so received.”

        Ah! What words of wisdom from that singular Veterinarian who was empowered with such super-human capabilities during the stint at Peradeniya Vet faculty, as he proudly (perhaps a little shyly) confessed!

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      This must be translated into Sinhala for wide distribution

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    All those Sinhalese who cherish democracy should appreciate the role played by the Tamils and also the Muslims in regime change and listen to this call by Fr. Emmanuel for truth and justice for reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

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      I have always found Fr. Emmanuel a man of peace keen on reconciliation.
      Sadly the Buddhist Sinhala extremists call him names and unjustly question his intentions. The Father wants peace and unity in all of Sri Lanka to all our people. His work in the Kandy area years ago, among and for the Sinhala good, has to be better known and acknowledged.

      R. Varathan

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        LOL calling emmanuel a man of peace is like calling Prabha a human rights campaigner.

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        Fr. Emmanuel sitting next to Castro (2002-2009) talking about how to hold LTTE accountable for victims of bus/train bombings in the south:
        http://www.defence.lk/img/20110619_C417.jpg

        Fr. Emmanuel addressing an LTTE gathering in Germany (2009) trying to convince the audience that there needs to be truth, justice and accountability for Sinhalese villages, Buddhist monks and unborn children massacred and hacked to death in border villages long before April 2009:
        http://www.defence.lk/img/20110619_C418.jpg

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      Dr Laksiri Fernando:

      Listen to Fr. Emmanuel for truth and justice? Are you sure?

      Should we also listen to call for truth, justice and accountability from TGTE?

      Please do a Google image search for Fr. Emmanuel and LTTE and you will see how this man of god has being seeking truth/justice all these years.

      It is unbelievable that one can be this naive.

      Should we also have listened to his call to stop the war back in 2009?

      Yuck!

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        Laksiris are blind to these things. It is disgusting for me when people like laksiri who has migrated to Aus commenting on SL issues and supporting separatist forces. These fellows would never come to SL and hence their lives are not affected by what happens in SL.

        But they dream to create their failed marxist state in SL.

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          Sach,

          I am normally not inclined to defend my personal record, but there are exceptions when unfounded allegations are made although under ignorance. I have not migrated to Australia recently. I was a dual citizen even in 1996 but came back and served the country until retirement in 2010. I have my right to comment on SL or any other issue. Don’t be a frog in a well. Try to have a broader outlook.

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            Will you live in SL for the rest of your life? Would your children live in SL in the future? Will what happen in SL affect them or you?

            I wont comment about your frog in the well or whatever attitude.I think everyone has an attitude. I will talk about yours later.

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              “I think everyone has an attitude. I will talk about yours later. “

              You never had any manners at night school- pedigree chum ^^^^ heyna you are just meat we say in spain- tatto to tooth you score <50 just jat butt.

              do you know the definition of attitude and the 4D's associated with it
              Coconut Head pol Buru??

              Normally we of colombo clobber you then and even today if you care to step outside the shores a stiff better than LKY- with a hammer & sickle like a praying mantis- western boys will always be western in style- rodeo Torres.

              Go wipe you own sihala educated gentlemans shoes he has more dollars in his pocket and education than the cleaner scantily dressed white British tourist – you open doors for them – maggots Coconut head sach have some self respect and pass your judgement- the forum is not the end of the world- once you let it fly there is no recovery of your tail lifting donkey poop attitude.
              can you enlighten on the 4D's now?? you learnt plain English or SinGayLish??
              ___
              "Will you live in SL for the rest of your life? Would your children live in SL in the future? Will what happen in SL affect them or you? "

              Self appointed Gate Keeper Go Poof in your own soup poor girly boy.

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        Navin,

        Don’t have a complete jaundice view of people. Don’t go too much into the past. We badly need reconciliation. People do change and we need to understand.

        Laksiri

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          So tamils past records must not be questioned, but sinhalese should be?

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            So tamils past records must not be questioned, but sinhalese should be?

            Because they are known by their temples off shore you have none but a classic pick pocket (some time ago MI5&6 visited SL to teach the nation how to stop pickpockets and on arrival the coconut heads offered the 2 spies king coconuts to drink at airport- they cocnut heads fingers did the trick so quick the 2 lost even their passports- check it out from Hultsdorf 60’s.
            Sanskrit says your very identity it should be questioned-
            all nations are ruled by minorities and it is not the rule for any race, ethnic or religious minority to force rule!! Encore, Encore!

            Sinhala
            from Sanskrit सिंहल Simhala which means “Sri Lanka”.
            Sinhalese
            from Sanskrit सिंहल simhala which means “of lions”.
            Sri Lanka
            from Sanskrit: श्री लंका which means “venerable island.” It is said that Shree or Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, resides there.
            ____________________________________________________________

            Sinhala flag Crocuta,

            Coconut head people,

            Puhul hora karen danne- guilty conscious pricks a mile.
            Sinhala ULu == Spanish Roofing S type Rustic Antique Red, Dark /Light, `Mission Clay Roof Tile` (seen even in the USA of today the spanish took the first horses to america which did not have any)the saddle came from Genghis Khan- Taras Bula a play I like.

            1 English; Shirt Spanish: Camisa; Sinhala: Amude/Camisa
            2 English: Shoe; Spanish: Zapato; Sinhala: Amude/Sapatu
            3 English: Towel Spanish: Toalla; Sinhala : Amude/Toalla
            4 English: Table Spanish: Mesa; Sinhala : Amude/Mesa
            5 English: Closet Spanish: Armario; Sinhala : Amude/ Armario
            6 English: Space; Spanish: Sala; Sinhala: Amude/Sala

            Happiness can exist only in acceptance not by hoodwinking.

            4th Feb – wasn’t that Independence day???

            Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.-George Orwell

            Sinhala Ol, Okkam boru, Aney Aiyo pissu balli.
            DEja Vue! (lies lies expose expose)

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        Navin,

        Before 2009 he was a No Body. Only in August 2009 he was made President of the GTF because of some infighting where members did not want the acting-interim President Nagalingam Ethirweerasingam to be made permanent President.

        Anyway, it is time that the GTF had proper elections and elect capable officers. So should the TGTE from Cyber Space.

        Tamils who were active and hands on regarding the Tamil freedom struggle for 40 years in Sri Lanka and in the diaspora are very well aware of these new comers claims and real contribution. Too bad that these ladies and gentleman are unable or unwilling to meet people who matter in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Colombo, Jaffna or even KL.Some have got deported from India and Malaysia and never visit SL since 1977 or after they left.

        Donald J Gnanakone

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          sadly it is not the cat-o-lic season but the warrior hindu (not put on by new found wealth) season in the indian ocean- only he can win hands down. without killing unnecessarily and bogging the fight- terrorism is profitable.gratitude is expensive.

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          “”Anyway, it is time that the GTF had proper elections and elect capable officers. So should the TGTE from Cyber Space.””

          They better keep shut and follow the leader because they are off season all in all 2 rotten mangoes gone stale : ((British Foreign Secretary David Milliband, Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague and Liberal Democrats Shadow Foreign Secretary Ed Davey all addressed the Global Tamil Forum’s inaugural meeting in London on Wednesday, 24 February 2010.))

          Look at how Wiggie the man the judge is keeping his promise: did not GTF be part of Amma being in jail- they never headed the judges warning because they are classic gameyata magic in new found wealth and UK parliament poodles.?? no one buys it all stupid they cant even count all.
          Cameron went to Jaffna to see Wiggi that is the class act of a relative of the Queen.

          Friday, 13 September 2013,
          Mr C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister candidate the TNA was prodded to field by the Establishments, found The Hindu on Thursday to bare open what would be his political agenda once given with a ‘mandate’ by a choice-less people, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island. Speaking to The Hindu, and comparing the island situation to a husband and wife fight at home, Wigneswaran addressed to Tamil Nadu that “We will fight, but sometimes we come together. The next-door neighbour must not come and say ‘you must divorce, you must divorce’. That is not your business.”
          ________
          very soon GTF TGTE what not off shore would be handed the same message-
          Like contempt of court。◕‿◕。

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    A rational view as expressed by an accepted leader of the Tamil Diaspora. One has to wait and see as to the positive outcome of the new coalition government in so far as Tamil aspirations are concerned.Bensen

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

    ” Above all Tamil unity at this stage is critical! a long and healthy life to you dear Father.”

    Though there is a slim prospect of achieving Tamil Eelam (depending on Hindian interest), Tamil unity no chance, never, never ………. in your life time, ……….. nor for centuries.

    Please don’t kid yourself.

    By the way did Father campaign for the replacement of IPKF by a UN peace keeping forces?

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      Sinhalese wouldn’t have allowed UN in.

      It’s JRJ who invited IPKF in.

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      Veddas ( many have identical Tamil names and practice Hindu rituals)only know hunting so they can dream ..reality is different …360 degree to wards poverty India by SL is sucidical soon all you will learn….still fire is burning under….

      Don’t be proud about borrowed,fake,artificial victory with the help of 36 countries …..

      China has got 5000 years civilization there was no India before the arrival of British….

      Wait for the game

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        Nepali Chaina means not available to lanka NeHa.
        the rulers have to discuss the trade that been agreed rather than anger them into WTO rebuke thats all.you never bully countrymen thinking only you are right to befriend- sikkim nagaland look like chaina but went the hindu way please take me.

        Terra Cotta is only 3300 years.

        Indira did not gift Diego Garcia in vain you see.

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        cholan

        “Wait for the game”

        What might be the game?

        “China has got 5000 years civilization there was no India before the arrival of British….”

        Thank you for informing us about Chinese civilisation. What has Chinese civilisation got to do with India?

        Didn’t Boddhidharma (Putidamo or Daruma) come from China to teach Zen Buddhism, meditation, martial art to South Indian in 6th century. Is that what you mean?

        There was no India before, however the the land mass was there for many centuries, its was not created by anyone, not even by the British.

        What is the connection between my comment and British India?

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          India is patch of tribes created for the administrative purpose of British…….there was no India 200 years ago but there were Kingdoms ….and the mighty one was Chola Kingdom once ruled SE Asia….

          Tills yesrteday your leaders licked greater China ….now at the feet of poverty India where 66% population go to open toilet according to UN.Even after 3000 years India can not develop like Greater China…

          China has got many cards they are not going to leave SL even if you pay their 7 Billion USD loan…they are not fools to built Harbour and Airport in South knowing very well these are no economically viable.

          Better live in fabricated Mahavamsa dream ….

          When Chinese play their cards you can migrate to your real ancestors land Kerala ….do you know there is coastal town in Kerala named Panadura today???? he he he still called yourselves Aryans came from India ……????

          The world have seen your muscle and power for the last 30 years and laughed shame went and beg 36 countries to silence the rebels and danced for free liquor on streets …..

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            china was shagging when it took india 8 days to break the lock jaw of muslims rats in the west to release the east fundamentalist??

            china does its own business and as it is heard it is struggling to create 10 million jobs & corruption.

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    Is there anyone in this forum elected by the people to air their views. Media is playing a poisonous serpent role against Sri Lanka Tamils.

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    History is not static, it moves. On its path there can be Mountains and Valley’s as well.

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      Pacs

      ” History is not static, it moves. On its path there can be Mountains and Valley’s as well.”

      But in Sri Lankan case there is only one thing that is Mahawanmsa which is blocking the path to progress of this island, and there are a few other, about 21 Millions of them.

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    The Tamil Diaspora needs to keep quiet and give this government more time to settle down. Our problems needs to be resolved by the people living within Sri Lanka.

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    Rev. Emmanuel’s writing is an article that is required at this time. Thank you Rev. I would have like the Rev to have included a para asking Tamils and Muslims in the North and East not to support any diaspora organizations which still carry LTTE Tiger Flag. These group only make it difficult, if not impossible for Maithri-Ranil government to move forward faster to offer the environment which the citizens of North and East want.

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      Yeah, that’s not gonna happen, considering the old codger himself is one of those Tiger flag waving We Thamizh :D

      http://i.imgur.com/XcClOhq.jpg

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    Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

    Historic contribution of The Tamils for the democratic transition

    1) A wise coalition of leadership in the south brought out a common-candidate and the regime change was democratically effected with the contribution of all – Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.

    *** Rev I endorse the above with some reservation. The inclusion of the Sinhalese is somewhat tainted by the fact that the majority voted for MR.

    2) Tamils, encouraged by the courageous call of their leaders to participate in the elections and effect a democratic transition, did not only make a historic contribution in saving the country from a fast deteriorating regime that was arrogantly dictatorial and corrupt to the core.

    *** It was more an anti MR than Pro Coalition as the manifesto didn’t contain anything positive for the Tamil. But it was better the devil you didn’t know than the one you knew.

    3) This change also paved the way in creating democratic space in which accountability for war crimes and political aspirations of the Tamils can be articulated but not realised within Sri Lanka without much military aggression or suppression.

    *** The above is spot on. At least now you can express your views without being bundled into a white van.

    4) If, Tamils had listened to the calls for boycott, the country would have plunged into further chaos.

    *** Agreed.

    But what is happening now?

    5) Coalition government reaping some benefits of the change, but the Tamils fast losing patience:

    *** I have always said that solution to Tamil Grievances is not going to come from within.

    6) The coalition government has done well in making the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) function under a civil governor, in giving some lands back to the people, in the way this year’s Independence Day was observed, in the President’s recent visit to the North and East.

    *** I take comfort from the progress so far ( although slow) and echo the words of Martin Luther; I have seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you but as a PEOPLE we will get to the PROMISED LAND ( EELAM)

    7) It is not the words but actions are what needed within the first hundred days of coalition government to demonstrate to the Tamils, justice will be served and they will, sooner than later, have equality and equal stake in the country that belongs to all – Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and all religious minorities.

    *** Slow and Steady wins the race.

    8) The Tamil population of victims crying for truth and justice as well as their leaders, who asked them to vote for the regime change, are increasingly impatient and new challenges to people and leadership are fast emerging.

    *** I hope come September we will be getting ready for a Wonderful Christmas.

    My appeal to the South:

    *** Will fall of deaf years and all you hear will be your ECHO from the North.

    My appeal to the Tamils:

    Sing the following day and night.

    ” Entru Thaniyum Intha Suthanthira Thagam”

    9) Let us not forget that even the most supreme powers of the UN admitted failure in preventing the Mullivaikal massacre. The present effort of the UNHRC is conditioned by the triangular relation between the UNHRC, the Sri Lankan State, a member of the UN and the super powers. We, the victimised Tamils are the objects of their limited and conditioned concern.

    *** I have not lost faith in the West. GOSL is on a six months probation.

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    why not some one talk about big blunders made to majority of srilankan population by tamil leaders since 1815 to date

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      Don,

      Please tell us.

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      Hi Don “why not some one talk about big blunders made to majority of srilankan population by tamil leaders since 1815 to date” Kandy/upcountry was helped to be ruled by the Tamil Nayakar’s dynasty from Vellore South India. This was a mistake from 1739-1815.
      (2) 1915 Sir Ponampalam Ramanathan went to UK to get the Sinhalese Politicians out of the jail and from execution under Marshall law. If he hadn’t gone all the Top Politicians like DS senanayake would not have started the colonisation programme in 1930’s. He would not have had a chance to manipulated Sir Ivor Jennings on the Ceylon constitution and celebrate his birthday 4th February as Ceylon’s independence day. (3) Prof Sundaralingam given all calculations to DS to how to reduce the Tamils numbers in the parliament de franchise the Indians reps.(4) SJV & Thirucelvam Propped Dudly’s government. (5) Prabaharan Helped MR to win the first presidential position in 2005. These are some of the blunders by Tamils

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        Waran ,
        you missed the important hill country of today’s misery that Lakshman Kadirgama did you at London with Blair WMD that his pet David Millband could not stop the carnage. Did fatty or Gooota assassinate LK ??

        That in the styhomes of the north some bored tamil speaking wives grunted so fatty kicked them out lock stock and barrel??

        It was Ossie corea that fired the shot but the skin head wanted the prominence to be what they are today.- ossie son of prince thailand- puddhu buddhu!

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    The crux of the matter is revealed in this rightful lament:
    “However the Tamils, of whom not a word was spoken before the elections about their grievances for fear of losing Sinhala votes, but who acted decisively in bringing a regime change, appear to be overlooked with regard to their more serious grievances even today.”

    The least the new Govt. can do is release those in Prisons, say of over 10 yrs. held under the PTA via Bail? The Minister of Justice could implement this but the above
    quoted fear creates the alleged suppression “because they are Tamils”. A smarting
    TNA/CM is the result,

    It is time the new Govt. looks seriously into this aspect too:

    ” re, Nallaratnam Singarasa, many years ago the Human Rights Committee in its view directed the Sri Lanka government to either repeal PTA or to amend the offending sections not in conformity with the International criminal law standards and norms. However six years after Mullivaikal it remains in force.

    Any criminal law practitioner in Sri Lanka especially in the Northeast knew how an alleged suspect in a case under PTA or EMR was tortured to obtain a so called ‘confession’. This was due to the fact that under the above draconian laws confession was allowed in evidence against the accused whereas it was not allowed under the normal laws of the country. ” Source: NESoHR in Tamilnet.

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    Promises? Bandaranayaka missed the boat…Dudley missed the boat..JR missed the boat and wanted to teach a lesson to Tamils and pathetically told his own Sinhalese that government can not give security to all and they must save themselves ……

    Even mentaly retarded Tamil will not believe that Sinhalese will ever solve Tamil issue

    Result ? Soon China and West will divide SL and both know where intelligent people live …

    Till then take a good siesta

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    Please correct if I am wrong:

    Did not almost 20% of the voters in the North vote for MR?

    Did not about 40% of the voters in the North choose NOT to vote?

    What I want to say is that NOT all the Tamils here were against MR. Many apparently weren’t interested enough to vote despite having the chance to send MR away.

    Note that the elections here were the most free and fair since a very long time.

    If I were a TNA leader I would be worried.

    Rev Emmanuel doesn’t represent all Tamils.

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      Northern Dissident

      “Did not almost 20% of the voters in the North vote for MR?
      Did not about 40% of the voters in the North choose NOT to vote?”

      Here is the election results, you work it out yourself and let us know your discovery:

      http://www.slelections.gov.lk/presidential2015/province.html

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    You betrayed our catholic faith……………….
    You betrayed our Tamil youth & children…… The Beast (A libheration Theology of Tamils)

    Israelites betrayed their GOD for an object of gold the called Baal
    Judas betrayed Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver…
    Emmanuel a rogue priest in robes betrayed both GOD & Jesus Christ, Tamil Youth & Children for a piece of Land called Eelam.

    You proclaimed to the world that our Prabakaran is jesus Christ in person………..
    Rayappu ran away with the statue of Jesus Mother from Madhu into the wanni to see her son………….

    You survived but not our youth and children.
    Its okay !!! Where is the promised tamil land called EELAM ????
    Are you going to sacrifice our lives again? Not this time.

    Kindly leave us alone and you remain where you are. Permit us to gather our lives.We do not need any promises from anyone.

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    There is no hope for Sri Lanka. Comments are more illuminating than the Article itself. Comments are from the citizens and reflect the electorate.

    Sinhalese and Tamils both show no willingness to compromise; the Sinhalese more so than the Tamils. Fr Emmanuel only asked Sinhalese to show a little gratitude. Is that so difficult?

    The politicians are in the “business” only to make money. Today’s news is that ex President’s brother in law in the USA spent US$ 400,000 for consultation fees. To whom he paid it, even the Treasury does not know. Current President appointed Governor of the Central Bank’s son-in-law has made several million (or is it billions) through insider trading. The Rajapaksa thieves, Mara, Gora, Bara is another story. Looks like SL has been swindled to the tune of at least US$ 25 billion. Translates as they have already bankrupted Sri Lanka. Maithripala Sirisena, or Ranil do not have the balls to put them in jail pending a proper investigation, and court action.

    President Mathripala is now hooked on the drugging effect of power. He will try to hold on to it whatever the cost. JVP’s sound is getting weaker and weaker. Looks like MARA is making good on his promise to bring out the files. There is a strong possibility Maithripala is being black mailed either for his own past misdeeds, or for those of his kith and kin. How can a person sacrifice his brother? No way. JVP may be suffering from similar restraints.

    Ranil is a mystery. Why did he have to declare, that the ex President peacefully handed over power? It was a blatant lie. Why was he always treated so nicely, politely and with all courtesy. Was there no deal between Ranil and MARA that Ranil will manage the Opposition as the Government’s Obedient Opposition and that as a quid pro quo Ranil’s personal freedom and government perks will be guaranteed? When so many were getting whitevanned how did Ranil escape even without a scratch?

    The democracy “thing” is not working. It cannot work in Sri Lanka. Imagine a President and Prime Minister held hostage by an enemy Parliament trying to run a government. They are really hostage to a Parliament full of hostage takers who want their pound of flesh. Can it work? Never. Because the electorate is dumb and cannot understand the arithmetic of democratic power.

    Theruwan saranai. May God save our country.

    But do we as citizens deserve divine mercy? We don’t, because most of us are not only illiterate but because we are also arrogant bastards.

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      Indra,

      Don’t take the views expressed here as ‘representative’ of all Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people of our country. In fact several are quite ‘extremist’ views. The majority of our country don’t know to read and express themselves in English. That makes these responses by far a tiny minority.

      For a majority of our people ‘out there’ any chance of peace is welcome. They are not even concerned about regaining all their rights and responsibilities at this stage. These are initial steps towards reconciliation as a nation and the building of a new Sri Lankan identity.

      So I don’t think we need be so pessimistic about the future of the country. We have got ourselves some ‘space’ for democracy (arguably in need of some stability in the coming months owing to the old guard’s attempts to arouse communal feelings) and need to get the help and support of all progressive Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people to make sure the detractors become the minority.

      For this purpose I think the Rev’s article is a very welcome one (as are some of the responses from those like Laksiri and Donald).

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        Ban_na moorty, Bana sihal buddhist banna pickpockets all and sundry.

        Beetle_Juice Buffoon

        Hypocrisy embedded in the Buruva mule that does not get pregnant but bleats all along.
        Pronounce Hippocratic.

        failed state to sly slime state.SSS
        Hammer and sickle (☭)
        to send the kids to west at £35,000 per head per ano.
        sajith is hora boru like ranil the new hedge fund kote_la_wala (pol gaha yata walle ne de??)in the hole under the coconut tree –
        coconut heads sihala.
        weerawansas to bandas to man on street.

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    The deadly mistake was made by the TNA by supporting this government. The fact is, first statement made by the present government was, not pulling back the forces in the north,instead would be putting up more army camps. So you can just imagine what the the tamils are going to expect.

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      you are living in hell because the cat-o-lic tamils have now created a sihala cardinal for all its troubles – how did they do it by shoting we a treated bad and took to guns
      while buddhist & muslim hold hands . the northern hindu is still hurting in his butt from his own untouchable shit.
      modi listens to hindu not tail between legs screaming in tam`ill.
      get trained by Tibetan how to see language??
      crusaders are crusaders and can only be challenged that style- they go poof when the time is right which is now.

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    Rev. Father knows the History. We are no match to teach him. He knows well what DS did. He gave all the promises to England. He bought the Tamils minsters with a copy of coffee. The he got the Soulbury constitution ratified and disenfranchised the Tamils.

    Can Father explain when he endorsed the New Royal Government, how he differed from the Tamil ministers who ratified the constitution?
    Unlike Old King’s and JR’s times, Others’ times (SWRD, Sirima, CBK) the IC was not involved. But JR duped India (– in other words Rajive). Old King took all the brian and weapon helps from America. Then Blake accepted in congress that Lanka had cheated him. That was only about what did up to the war. After war, he fooled Sonia and Manmohan Sigh on 13+.

    Lanka said parliament did not have 2/3 to solve Tamils problem. When Parliament had 2/3 they said Prime Minster did not have Muscle to do it, so they needed EP. When EP and 2/3 was there they faked PSCs and with upper house for 13A.

    Lankan government is serial killer. Father gave his hand to bail out it. “Past murder is not an explanation for current murder of a serial killer. Until proven guilty…. again this serial murderer, Lankan government is innocent.” Is the Tamil community has left over with it any more strength in their society to take one more murder and New Royal Government prove it’s not innocence? Father may be a good mason to white wash his and TNA’s mistakes, but he is not explaining honestly the events took place deep from his heart.

    JVP was fighting from 1970, Sirima’s time, all the way through JR’s time up to Premadasa’s time. JR called Tamils “Come up, if want, I can give you war”. He did not call the Sinhalese to give them war just because the JVP fought against the government. The New Royal government has arrested many who live in democratic world peaceful life and returned to see their relatives. When did any government arrest a JVPyer last time? Why Jeyakumari in side? Why Vipushika is in welfare center, not with relatives? Isn’t it this new Royal government’s “Kottiya avila ” story?

    Isn’t America has asked Ranil to find out what the Old Royal Government has been doing with 150,000,000 US dollars and American PR firms? Why now Rev. Father has released America from the problem it had with the old government and bought all the problems of the new Royal Government to us only? Why should America share the Royal Government’s brutality, cheating, illegality with us? Isn’t India and America helped the Old Royal Government to win the war and ensured his dictatorship can thrive? Didn’t when the diaspora died to keep America, India and IC tied into this problem, TNA and Rev. Father released them and let them go on their direction?

    UN is openly saying that it is watching the new government until the next September. What for though? I do not really understand what comedy is this? This March they gave one time differing, isn’t it? Then what are they waiting for until next September to see from the New Royal Government? How one more time the Sinhala Intellectuals pulling out their magical cheating out of thin air so that they get entertained on the smartness of these liars magic?

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    Can I thank Fr Emmanuel for this piece of article in which he appeals to all sections of the Sri Lankan society for moderation and mutual respect. Can I also wholeheartedly thank the ‘moderation’ and wisdom some members of the GTF are displaying in this instance. Can I also appeal to those with too much ‘sudanthira thaham’ (the thirst for liberation) that blinds them to a point where ‘they would not hesitate to cut their own noses off in order to be a bad omen at another’s party’ to quench their thirst at some remote river in some Western capital……rather than wishing for more blood shed in SL. Guys, with the cancellation of the ‘Port city deal’ announced today we can see the Indian diplomacy is at full force.

    Make no mistake however. What is on offer, at least with my limited understanding of politics, is a reasonable settlement that protects the Tamils’ rights for safety, honour and dignity in a way that does NOT threaten the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka – either overtly (enforced separation) or through stealth (a federal solution). The Indian diplomacy is a very mature institution and there are very good reasons why they have limited their ‘solution’ to full implementation of 13A…..perhaps with all it’s limitations. The Indian establishment fully understands the dangers of a Federal solution including the rights for a plebiscite at a future date. The Tamil leadership must be wise enough to see this reality. There is a beautiful word in Tamil and that is யதார்த்தம் (or reality). If – as in 1987, the Tamil leadership fails to see this யதார்த்தம் and act accordingly, a ‘West Bank’ type of solution is what awaits the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Remember MR & GR nearly delivered that solution……..we will not be third time lucky.
    Dr Mahesan Nirmalan
    Manchester Medical School

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      Dr.Mahesan Nirmalan:

      Why are you hiding behind a shield and attacking the message instead of the messenger.
      The message is loud and clear. There are still dark forces still at work in Sinhala Lanka. If you havent heard let me give it to straight from the Horses Mouth.
      Evem MS is giving mixed messages. Just listen to his speeches if you are not hard of hearing.
      My friend you are not going to get anything from the Majority unless you fight for it.
      So come out of your closet and face facts.

      Can I also appeal to those with too much ‘sudanthira thaham’ (the thirst for liberation) that blinds them to a point where ‘they would not hesitate to cut their own noses off in order to be a bad omen at another’s party’ to quench their thirst at some remote river in some Western capital……rather than wishing for more blood shed in SL.

      *** Yes you are right. Thirst to be free not slave like you. It doesnt matter where you live. Just try saying the samething to the American JEWS.

      *** Guys, with the cancellation of the ‘Port city deal’ announced today we can see the Indian diplomacy is at full force.

      *** You really are ignorant. What has that got to do with Tamil Rights. If Modi wants to solve the Tamil issue he can do it with one phone call. We are still talking about talks. Wake up

      What is on offer, at least with my limited understanding of politics, is a reasonable settlement that protects the Tamils’ rights for safety, honour and dignity in a way that does NOT threaten the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka – either overtly (enforced separation) or through stealth (a federal solution).

      *** Can you tell me what is on offer unless I am missing something.
      We have been through this before my friend and look where we are.

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        “If Modi wants to solve the Tamil issue he can do it with one phone call. We are still talking about talks. Wake up”

        spoton!
        the buddhist & muslim 2 rats together play the game and have put you to shame indefinetly.

        tamils play christ thoppi why because the fisherman wants to be king .

        where are the hindus ?? like the Dr manchester with his tail between his legs when the force is directly there for modi to click.
        Tibet wants its language but they dont mention it like you have partioned india in their internal issue (nosey ghetto of fishermen cat-o-lick) only school that educated you and the 3rd grae hindu college??
        then why does he not call- you are at fault endlessly you don’t or can’t see hindu mole??

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          Javi

          How did you manage to escape the net without being edited out.
          Modi”s priority is to sort out the Jihadists.

          Havent you heard he is setting up an Indian Ocean Fleet of super fast vessels consisting of Fishing Boats From Tamilnadu to stem the ide of Chinese Submarines and Pakistani Warships.

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            I have lived and enjoyed life during my young days and know what the hindu breathes but it is the northern Tamils who went there after (madras) 70 and stuck to madras that are your problem. I remember speaking to several JT and Indian tamil students then and asking them what they think of north – they were averse- I went singing & i still enjoy Maratha company.
            They won’t beg from you because they were the warriors not punjabi who fought islam, portugese, british. Lankan’ are boasters in a little shell.
            You lose this golden op;portunity because thev low class is bogging you you are lost for a full cycle- its a fact brother.
            I dont mean killing but this isd the only way avaliasble to pluck freedom so i am for wiggi- he can do it.

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            “How did you manage to escape the net without being edited out.”
            “consisting of Fishing Boats From Tamilnadu to stem”

            You are jack of all trades international but not master of your own destiny.
            It stems from caste control. little over 20 years ago – Once a decoy was sent to kumar shopkeepers home (his wife controlled the computer& housing you know what i mean??)
            the bugger sat on a rocking chair opened a bottle of brandy had a drink and behaved like ruling class which he was now practicing that is his inner interest. but the poor cat-o-lic of the forest brigade in the dog pond area who assisted (he was first tiger gagan pathma cricket time) is dead now. we know how you think not from this site but in the real. of who controls you- terrorism is profitable and gratitude is expensive that is how even weerawanse see- up starts

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    “The Indian diplomacy is a very mature institution and there are very good reasons why they have limited their ‘solution’ to full implementation of 13A…..perhaps with all it’s limitations.”

    Thevaram,

    Old King’s Horoscope reader did a better job than you are doing for Tamils. He made Old king to lose only two years, you are making Tamils to lose the entire future by your fortune telling.

    Good reasons? Is that what the planets are telling or is what you are telling? -be rational in your propaganda please!

    India Limited with 13A? I did not see that statement from Indian government. Where did you see it?

    Did you limited it to 13A or India Limited it to 13A.

    Thevaram with you limited political knowledge what do you understand by
    1). full implementation of 2).13A…..3).perhaps with all it’s limitations.

    You are cutting your nose thinking you are bring bad omen to Diaspora by talking with out any substance, but at the bottom, menial way to tease diaspora, aren’t you? .

    You all these time showed your anti-Diaspora hate, including GTF too. Now you are fooling others with praising Father on one point. Remember Rev. Father is a dangerous tiger in the eyes of the New Royals. (Even you can not negotiate with them and have it changed. (If you can, I challenge you, please get it done for the good intentions Father showed) They refused lift the ban on any diaspora organization, including GTF. Father is man specifically baned with in the 400 peoples. Father can say anything, but the followers of Father counted under PTA as terrorist group! That means, at this juncture you too.

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    THE TRUTH IS THE SINHALA GOVT IS NOT PREPARED TO SETTLE THE TAMIL ISSUE. TONLY SOLUTION IS A REFFERENDM . THE TAMILS ARE WISE AND THEY WILL VOTE WISELY . REFENDUMS WERE HELD IN SUDAN,QUBEC , SCOTLAND . IF THE TAMILS VOTE FOR SEPETATION SO BE IT . THERE WILL BE TWO NATIONS IN ONE COUNTRY ( eg EAST TIMOR AND WEST TIMOR ) . THE WORLD HAS NUMEROUS SU H EXAMPLES . YOU CANNOT RULE THE FRONTIER OF SRI LANKA ( NORTH, NORTH EAST AND NORTH WEST ) CONTINUOUSLY WITH THE ARMY AND HOLDING 10. 0000 ACRES OX LAND THAT BELONGS TO THE NORTHERN TAMILS . THIS SOONER OR LATER WILL LEAD TO ANOTHER PRABAKARAN AND ANOTHER WAR .THE PROBLEM IS THE SINGHALA GOVT HAS A FEAR OF TAMIL NADU WITH A POPULATION OF 85 MILLION PEOPLE JUST 27 MILES AWAY ( PALN STRAIT ) . THE GOVT OF SRI LANKA SHOUL GET AWAY FROM THIS FEAR AND PAVE THE WAY FOR TWO NATIONS TO LIVE PEACEFULLY SIDE BY SIDE . IN 1956 THE WORLD ATLAS HAD 120( COUNTRIES/NATIONS) THE 2015 WORLD ATLAS HAS 196 NATIONS. WHERE DID THESE NEW NATIONS COME FROM. THEY WERE ALL NEW NATIONS CREATED TOSATISFY THE TRADITIONS. CUSTOMS AND ASPIRATIONS OF PEOPLE . THE BIRTH OF TAMIL ELAM SHOULD NOT BE A SUPRISE . I ENCOURAGE THE SRI LANKAN GOVT AND THE EDUCATED SINGHALESE POPULATION TO THINK IN TERMS OF CREATING TAMIL ELAM .THOSE WHO READ THIS MAY THINK THAT I BELONG TO THE TAMIL DIASPORA . I AM NOT ,. THEY MAY THINK I AM A TAMIL FROM JAFFNA . I AM NOT . MY BIRTHPLCE IS VEYANGODA , SRI LANKA , I LIKE ALL OF YOU LOVE MY ” MAUBIMA” .

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    Rev. Emannuel,

    Truly a sad situation for the Tamils.

    (however, one cannot forget the Sinhalese who suffered LTTE terrorism)

    You want to look in all sincerity to the question as to what went wrong in our post-independent history

    Roots and cures of the causes are these :

    1) stop blaming successive governments.

    2) Start looking at, and praying for the mental states of both races

    3) Realize that all and everything began with Racism!

    4) Take steps to remove Racism with modern day DNA-readings. A good start will be looking at the Harappa Ancestry Project’s Graph of World Admixtures that show that TN-Tamils, Jaffna Tamils, Sinhalese all having almost the same genetic structure. Yes, Bengalis and Gujaratis also went to Tamil Nadu – admit this. http://www.harappadna.org/page/5/

    5) Realize that Jaffna Tamils were a secluded community removed from the greater Tamil Nadu population. They thrived as an atypical and carefully cultivated society of ancient convention, which cannot constructively operate in modern context without succorance of another.

    6) Realize that Jaffna Tamils need to live in Symbiosis with others, rather than be Parasites. When Tamils came South to set up shop after independence, they did so without much regard for the Sinhalese. They sucked up the resources of the South, with little caring of the struggles of the Sinhalese. They demeaned the Sinhalese, and then shouted “Pogrom” when they Sinhalese hit back in retaliation.

    7) Admit that when the Tamils came all over the south to set up shop, there was some intent of colonization on what they believed was theirs originally.

    8) Sinhalese to admit to their successive pogroms against the Tamils, and that it was probably race related, although it was an excuse, rather than a reason.

    9) Sinhalese to quit harping on Mahavamsa, and trying to prove 1 or two % point Aryanism over Tamils. (Someone actually said that the difference between Apes and Man is 1%, but that is a whole different scale of percentages….rather like the dna between apples and oranges – apples being the Granny-Smith, Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious etc. varieties, and Oranges a whole % point different– what a disgrace, when you consider the difference of Lankans compared to Chinese and Europeans). http://www.smoothieweb.com/category/fruit-smoothies/apple-smoothies/

    10) Tamils to realize that Sinhala-only policy was much needed because mixed races, Muslims, and Tamils controlled most of the Lankan resources; Sinhalese were the marginalized and disadvantaged majority.

    11) Sinhalese to admit that the language policy should have been more gradually implemented, and that the reasons in implementing it so radically was to hurt the minorities as much as possible and drive them away. However, it did give them a grasp on the processes and procedures of the Nation, otherwise, the Sinhalese would have been sidelined throughout. However, it was hoped that that minorities would have joined in with the Sinhala language and become one with the majority.

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    I saw this comment in this article:

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/we-do-look-alike-probably-are-both-dravidian/#comments

    In the early 20th century the Tamil elite, reacting against Sinhala ‘Aryanism’, began asserting the superiority of the ‘pure Dravidian’ Tamil race over the ‘hybrid mongrel’ Sinhalese (calling the Sinhalese “a race of hybrids” and an offshoot of the Tamils/converts). At a meeting in Navalapitiya in 1939, GG Ponnambalam attacked the Mahavamsa and the Sinhalese in such extreme terms that the people attacked him, and the first Sinhala-Tamil riots began.

    Nimal Fernando
    March 5, 2015 at 11:39 am
    Reply

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    Native Vedda

    Yet another misunderstanding?

    A look at the info you posted confirms that I was correct and about 20% of votes in the Jaffna and Vanni districts were for MR. I am pretty sure that about 40% didn’t bother to vote despite all the hype.

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    Dear Mr/Mrs/Mas/Ms: Kali, Mallaiyuran, Thondamannar, Siva Sankaran Sarma, Sach etc. etc.
    The mere fact that you guys comment on these issues mean you care and the mere fact that you guys comment on these issues regularly mean you guys care very deeply. I respect you for that tremendously. You care for a Country, a Culture and a People you left behind or currently live with…….that is taken for granted.

    However, I think it is necessary to point out that prolonged conflict always destroys a people- morally, culturally, spiritually and socially. If through our mindsets/past experiences…..perhaps hatred towards someone in your own lives who was unfair to you or discriminated against you……or through loyalty towards someone close who was killed as a result of all these…… or whatever, we prevent the emergence of a consensus, we will be be left in a situation where there is nothing left on either side that is worth fighting for. Please make a brief trip to the West Bank Cities when you have some time and you will know what I mean. What prolonged conflict has done to that society and to those people – both Israeli and Palestinian. Look at the repercussions of that conflict on the wider Region. Is that what you really want for the people, country and the Region you deeply care for?

    Guys, the reality is that 13A – within a Unitary constitution, is there to stay and people like you must give it a chance. 13 A – through Provincial Councils that are resourced and empowered to function and meet the day to day needs of the local people, allows the space for the minorities to protect their proud culture, identity and enables them to develop and grow as a people. It is certainly not the Utopia that was promised amongst the thunderous applauses of the 1977 election campaigns in Jaffna and the surroundings, but it is certainly the result of careful thought and consideration of some very intelligent people – including MR G Parthasarathy, a very renowned diplomat from the Region. It does not threaten the territorial Integrity of the country as it is not a federal arrangement. There is no scope for a plebiscite and the ‘Centre’ is always more powerful than the ‘Periphery’. Politicians – on either side, who argue to the contrary are merely on a self-serving agenda. We all know what that breed of politicians did during the previous regime while preaching ‘Deshapremaya’ to you and I.

    Once again remember that ‘Prolonged conflict ALWAYS destroys a people to a point where there will be nothing left worth fighting for’….. Please try and become someone larger than your current selves.
    Best wishes
    Dr Mahesh Nirmalan
    Manchester Medical School

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      There were two Parthasarathy’s/One was in Mrs. Indra’s government. He was the one an expert like Kissinger. He was appointed by Mrs. Gandhi to take care of Tamils matters. JR complained to Rajiv of G.P. Rajiv fired him immediately and put the other one. He was neither an expert like G.P nor supportive of Tamils.

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      #2including MR G Parthasarathy, a very renowned diplomat from the Region.”

      you talwekalle Jaffna combo you preach the past- bringing the dead back to life.

      The fresh face due in autumn as foriegn secretary is a higher figer than G.P. and again a Delhi Cantonment boy with proved diplomacy at China and US because he understands culture and speaks Mandarin and English and he is a brahmin tamil.

      First impression is the last impression that is Delhi culture.

      GTF invited tamil porriki and opposition to UK and finally Lady Shri Ram College girl of RAW singh (she is present F.S.) assisted in putting Vaiko in a cage- see how much they know but have no shame because terrorism is profitable.

      Long time hereditary GTFish have no SEA <")))))-<<")))))-< Quite a Phew!!!!

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      I reply because you had mentioned my name and thanks for the courtesy.

      I am not a person who is against power devolution. Actually I was once a supporter of federal set up being the ignorant one then. I think many people who call for federal belong to that category. But I support 13 A. I am a very vocal supporter of 13 A among Sinhalese.

      But I will tell you one thing many Sinhalese including me do not trust the tamil politicians and especially TNA.

      I am very much opposed to fedearl set up because that will be the end of SL and we Sinhalese and tamils both will lose our sovereignty. That is an issue of national interests and security concerns. That is not racism

      I dont think tamils face a west bank type situation in SL, and most of Sinhalese get an idea on Tamils and their lives on how Tamils live among us. As we see, many Sinhalese cannot understand what problem they have looking how tamils live in South.

      And I do think we need to get deeper into the real causes of war and conflict and the past actions of Tamil leaders (not only Sinhala) need to be looked at. Otherwise it is unreasonable.

      And finally this conflict is a history debate. So I think seeking an end to this would only solve this issue.

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        “”I reply because you had mentioned my name and thanks for the courtesy. “2

        what it means from Manchester campus psychologist??

        Sach Coconut Head night school class of pick-pockets just like the Sirisena family of scammers.
        we heard your oratory school drop out neuvo familial hiking at Colombo recently (he is tea country reaserch st, and mango never the ancestral cinnamon garden to know what a club or spade is to claim hearts or diamonds
        of cola, colaba, seylan,setting. just pol_gala welle- raaa, baddO!!!
        kallu kadde po ah dee. nitin hita_gene (song sung blue)

        Ranil is head cat-list to future hedge fund shoot to boot.
        Salli kiyanne malli.

        sihala buddhist alone never make the island prosper or live with dignity- pick-pocketing prostitute. get all the commission kakkas together for new gamayage run rule fool pohul- passe nool.

        double murder like mick_ey Spill(ane)ing one lonely night.

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    Mahesan Nirmalan

    1)Once again remember that ‘Prolonged conflict ALWAYS destroys a people to a point where there will be nothing left worth fighting for’…..

    *** Why did you think we took up arms. Precisely because of the prolonged injustice and Brutality by the Majority. When the families of the missing ones thought the agony was at an end GOSL managed to get UNHCR to prolong the Agony by 6 LONG months and they are they have all been prescribed ANTI DEPRESSANTS.

    2)Please try and become someone larger than your current selves.

    *** You mean MONSTERS. Do you have any Growth Hormones which you can prescribe I will be grateful and preferably on the NHS .

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    “”Without Any Promises Made To Them, Tamils Risked Their Future””

    this is very much the real you- antichrist1
    in the bible it is said never make a promise because you don’t know the future.
    On fridays i eat cat-o-lics because your destiny hangs on the middle east crusade of the 3 blind mice. Here we are in the indian ocean with strong faith in who we are and where we come from not middle east conflict of the western christ.

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    Thevaram is back again with his “Palaiya Puranam- 13A”.
    First you want to understand what Tamils problem is, before you imply that Tamils like me willing to prolong the problem, without to solving it. The prolonging is part of Tamils overall problem. Soulbury Constitution had the equal rights for Tamils and Sinhalese, by treating them as Ceylonese. Sinhala Buddhist ID was created, eventually, for political survival by Sinhala Intellectuals. SWRD brought the Sinhala Only, then pretended like he like to solve it, then cancelled the Banda – Selva pact. Any rights taken over by the Sinhala Only was never simply repealed, but today, Singing National Anthem in Tamils is terrorist act. Sinhala Intellectuals’ successive governments, instead of solving the rights taken away by an earlier law, they remove a new one. This is harder pinch than the earlier punch. So the Tamils talk shifts to new one. Then they start to rock the cradle as negotiations. When they could not prolong the rocking they deliver even a harder pinch. This is the political maneuvering of the Sinhala Intellectuals. So, if you call something as Tamils problem, it prolonging too. 13A is not solution for Sinhala Intellectuals prolonging the solution. 13A was solution to minimize Rajiv Gandhi’s pressure only. The new government’s plan is to change the constitution prevent Tamils influencing the election result like last time. Once they have done it, they want to have changing the constitution closed for ever to make that Tamils problem never get solved. So, in the meantime, they are using to sell the 13A and keep Tamils cool, not bothering them. If the Tamils keep quite at this time, here after, the Lankan constitution will be ever changed to accommodate Tamils. So, this prolonging or using delaying techniques is a part of the Tamils overall problem. It is not Tamils’ action is prolonging solving of the problem.

    I am not the one insisting on or proposing to prolong the conflict. It is thoughtless action of those who consider them that they are superior and can to lead Tamils by sitting on the couch. Successive Sinhala governments, prolonged the problem, without solving it. From 1948, when Tamils had to fight for disenfranchising as the priority, Tamils set have changed a lot and their priority has changed a lot. Any change from Tamil did not work at any juncture of this struggle. Now it is time to get the IC’s full involvement through UN, unlike in the past, not one country like England, India, China, and America. All these countries, one time or other, have been easily fooled by Lankan Sinhala Intellectuals. Allowing Sinhala government to solve it themselves is only an age old recipe to prolong that is our main problem at this time. That is why we did not like to see UNHRC prolong the investigation.

    I am not the one proposing the failed 13A, to prolong and fool everyone. That prolong techniques purely yours. 13A is here from 1987, not from 1977. But the 13A did not work all these time. Varather was seated by India to test the Lines of the 13A. Varathar complained it has no authority. Pillaiyan was seated by the Lanka; he complained it has no authority. The candidates from both sides of the contract, or the India-Lanka Accord, accepted the fact. There is no authority to rule even a village council with 13A 13A is a technique to bring Tamils(only Tamils, not depriving the Sinhalese, unlike in PTA like Act) under EP’s representative, the Governor’s rule. In India this if a state has to come under governor, it has to be proclaimed at the parliament. With 13A it is continuous process.

    13A can be subjected to repeated Supreme Court harassments. Wimal, single handedly broke it into North and East. Shiranee allowed younger brother prince to take the developments powers, over and above provinces. Chandra Siri, without consulting of elected ones, had hand over the authority back to Central. It is clear 13A cannot stand any legal challenges that are bound to come in the feature too. 13A not accepted by Sri Lankan Singhalese, Eelam Tamils, TNA, LTTE… There was never a referendum on that in the Tamils’ section. UNP never implemented, not even out of North and East. SLFP never implemented, not even out of North and East. Last government had the PSC set up to erase it completely. Only, they were waiting the election to pass. They lost it. So the 13A survives until now. Otherwise, by now it should have been gone. But it will go out in the near future, nothing can stop it.

    I do not want state like you “13A delivered by the greatest souls and it is Good”. I know the sinister purpose of the Sinhala Intellectual who drafted that. It was drafted to enslave the Tamil’s land under an EP. I am not going pretend as a constitutional expert like you did when declared it as “GOOD”. Most of my grasping of it is coming from Satyendra’s booklet. Read it, if you have not for. But if you have a constitutional point that you could not accept on that booklet, bring it to CT; we talk. If you don’t bring anything here, we have to assume, that either you do not want to know what is 13A, but wants to preach, or you do not have any objection to Satyendra’s explanations and you too now accept that 13A is a fake amendment.

    I repeatedly cited past negations, war and Indian involvement as the failed activities to settle the problem. Time is for the Tamil leaders to stop and think for a moment. Sampanthar and Father had accepted that diplomatically making international community into the problem is the way to solve it. Lanka is continuously putting different techniques to push away the IC. Sirima took India’s help, JR felt that is oppressing and he contracted with West, Premadasa opposed India, Chandrika worked with West. But as a superseding technique, Old King used China to prevent IC involvement in Lanka. Further, during foreign countries’ involvement time, Kathirgamar was used to isolate Tamils from IC. In this time, he successfully prevented Sampanthar getting even a visitor visa to US.

    Now, after 2009, and China’s meddling, countries have found some glitches in their past actions. They will not confess, but ready to listen to the Tamils grievances. Tamils have to recognize that for the IC countries, their own interest in Lanka will only give them a ground for them to get involved. Lankan Sinhala Intellectual will talk of sovereignty to keep them out. But considering these up and down in the IC involvements, Tamil have to keep IC engaged in to this, instead allowing the Sinhala intellectuals dislodge the IC from the problems like in the last election after which IC is progressively withdrawing from involving into our problem.
    For example, without America having a problem in Sri Lanka, America is not going to remember the Tamils problem to talk in UN. Sinhala mass has not faced any serious issue themselves to decide that they would like to go ahead and solve the Tamils problem. The New Royals have asked UN to defer the tabling of the UNHRC report is only because of Sinhala are not ready to see the report. The Sinhala Intellectuals are not just asking UNHRC to postpone presenting it in September either. They are asking to give it up. UN has given a time until September to show constructive improvement if to drop it. Because of the change in the government by the last election, it will completely dropped in September, or instead of deferring UNHRC many appoint another commission to delay further. At least, may release, not bounding it for action, like the Expert Panel report and Internal Investigation report?
    So, the 13A is not developed to solve anything. It is not a solution for Tamils’ problem. There is nothing to implement in 13A. Nobody is in the world, at this time, willing to implement that. No international counties have asked (other than India) to implement it. When the peer review was going on of Lankave in UNHRC, two year ago, only India talked about 13A. All other countries expressed disappointment on India not showing interest in advancing the investigation and try to solve the problem. Now, Rev. Father and Sampathar have made all countries to push backward the inquiry. All countries are now in India’s situation at the peer review time.

    Talk of implementing of 13 A can only retuning back to the start. That is, Tamils may have to take arms, like in 1980s and 1990 and 2000s. America has to come back to suppress it. Things have to back to UN. A new Dhayan has to defuse that in UN. Going beyond him/her, UN shows some interest to get involved. Then a new Father Emanuel and Samparther turn the direction of the problem. Then a new Thevarm will come back and sing his Puranam about prolonging the problem and solving everything with the 13A.

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      Mallaiyuran, Loku amly pethi kapala neyama tel dala
      (large sword fish sliced is best when grilled after curing)

      malli did you marry OTC or are proposing to him please be discreet lets us know soon???

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        Javi.

        “Mallaiyuran, Loku amly pethi kapala neyama tel dala”

        Please clarify whether it is Dhala dhel or pol dhel.

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          It’s PinYin- miris malu getting warm slurp slurp!

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        Good one!

        It looks like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s story. He keeps abandoning me and running away in the middle of the nights. When I wake up in the mornings and look for him, he is missing.

        ha ha ha

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          PinYin:

          No can do!

          with Ambulthiyal

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      Mallaiyuran

      Are you getting confused with Thevaram? Thevaram is this one Prof. Mahesan Niranjan. His latest
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-a-null-hypothesis/

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