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“Pottu Amman” and the Intelligence Division of the LTTE

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Shanmuganathan Sivashankar alias Pottu Ammaan a.k.a. Pottu, the intelligence division chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was judicially confirmed dead last week when Colombo High Court Judge Kumudini Wickremasinghe allowed an amendment to the indictment filed in the trial regarding the murder of former Foreign affairs minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

Submitting a report to court ,Deputy Solicitor-General Kapila Waidyaratne asked for an amendment seeking to exclude the names of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief as chief accused in the indictment.It was stated that both had been killed in May this year in the Karaithuraipatru AGA division of Mullaitheevu district.

["Pottu Amman"]

Prabhakaran was killed on the banks of the Nandhikkadal lagoon on May 19th while Sivashankar alias “Pottu Amman” was killed on May 18th while trying to cross the Nandhikkadal lagoon by boat with a group of tiger cadres.

As such the DSG sought the exclusion of both names from the indictment and also requested that the fifth accused Muthiah Sahayadevan and sixth accused Arokiyarajah Arokianathan be made first and second accused respectively.

The defence lawyers did not object. So the judge duly allowed the amendment. Thus the drama surrounding Pottu Ammaan’s demise has “legally” reached a finale.

CONFIRMATION

Pottu Amman, senior military commander “Col” Letchumanan and a number of tiger cadres tried to cross the Nandhikkadal lagoon by boat in the early hours of Monday May 18th.They were fired upon by soldiers who had anticipated the doomed attempt.

Though LTTE communication intercepts by the army revealed that Pottu Amman was killed there was no clear identification of the tiger intelligence chief when recovered bodies were scrutinised.

This in turn had caused much speculation. There were three broad theories.One was that the body had been irretrievably disposed of by loyal cadres. Two that Pottu had escaped and was lying low. Three that he was captured by the army and was being detained in a secret location.

The judicial proceedings at the Colombo High Court have ended such speculation.

Outgoing Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona was asked by The Hindu, Colombo correspondent B. Muralidhar Reddy about the court proceedings.Replying Kohona stated:

“I have not seen the application moved before the Colombo High Court. In layman’s terms it means the government is seeking approval of the Court to remove the names of Prabakaran and Pottu Amman from the Kadirgamar murder case as both are dead and can no longer be prosecuted.

“As for the Indian request for a death certificate on the person of Prabakaran, it has not been given by our government as the legal process is still on. Once a court in Sri Lanka acknowledges death of Prabakaran and Pottu Amman, it is valid in any other court of law.”

Earlier several tiger cadres in custody had allegedly confirmed Pottu’s death to state intelligence officials interrogating them.

The confirmation of his death would no doubt bring relief to many as Pottu Amman was perhaps the most dreaded or despised LTTE leader after tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Sivashankar also called Pottu had been for more than two decades the pivotal head of its powerful intelligence division.

NAAYANMAARKATTU

Shanmuganathan Sivashankar has been with the LTTE for nearly thirty years having joined the movement in the early eighties of the previous century. When the LTTE launched its attack on soldiers in Thinnevely on July 23rd 1983 it had only twenty-three full-time members and seven part-time helpers. Pottu was one of the original thirty.

There was a time when Ariyalai was second only to Valvettithurai (VVT) in providing recruits to the LTTE. Senior leaders like Santhosham master, Kannaadi Prem and Bhanu etc were from Ariyalai.

There is a general impression that Pottu also hails from Ariyalai in Jaffna. This is incorrect. Pottu was from Nayanmaarkattu adjacent to Ariyalai. From childhood Sivashankar had moved with Ariyalai kids of his age and used to hang out more in Ariyalai than Naayanmaarkattu. This led to the misconception.

Sivashankar’s father Shanmuganathan was working as a clerk in an up – country town.The family was in Jaffna because of schooling for the children.It is said that Pottu’s father continued to reside in the “Udarata” till the late nineties. Since very little was known to the Sri Lankan authorities about Pottu the son was supremely confident that his father was in no danger.

Pottu studied at Maheswari Vidyalayam, Canageratnam MMV (Stanley College) and Jaffna Hindu College.Tall, handsome and smart,he was very popular with his friends.Apparently he did not excel in studies or sports but won a lot of essay competitions.

NOM DE GUERRE

Sivashankar was recruited to the LTTE by former LTTE Trincomalee district commander Santhosham and ex- Mullaitheevu district commander Ponnammaan. He assumed the nom de guerre Pottu which interestingly enough was a nickname used by friends.

The origin of that name Pottu is rather amusing. Pottu is the mark or thilak placed on one’s forehead. Usually Santhanam (sandal) or Vermillion (Kunkumam) is used for daubing a pottu in temples or on auspicious occasions.

The rise of the Tamil nationalist , Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) also known as the Federal Party and in later times the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in Tamil politics led to the dominance of concepts like struggle and sacrifice in Tamil political discourse. A militant manifestation of this tendency was the custom of placing “Irathappottu” or bloody thilaks.

Aroused by the hawkish sentiments of Tamil political leaders, highly emotional youths would mount platforms, prick or cut thir thumbs and place the oozing blood as “pottu” on the foreheads of the leaders pledging their blood and life for the Tamil cause.

Apparently young Sivashankar too had on one occasion climbed on to the stage in a frenzy , ripped his hand with a razor blade and placed bloody Pottus on the foreheads of Tamil leaders Appapillai Amirthalingam and Vetrivelu Yogeswaran.

Sivashankar’s emotional gesture was perceived hilariously by his friends. He was teased and called Pottu after that. The name struck and later when he joined the LTTE that was how his new comrades too addressed him.

As Pottu’s seniority increased the suffix “Ammaan” was added. Ammaan means maternal uncle in Jaffna Tamil usage. Seniors in the militant movement are addressed as “Annan” (elder brother)”Master” or “Ammaan”.

Later on when the LTTE began triggering off explosion after explosion in Colombo, some tiger leaders like it’s former political adviser Anton Balasingam referred to Pottu facetiously as “Vediyarasan” (explosion king).

VETHAARANYAM

The July 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom with its consequences was a watershed in Tamil politics. India played an active role by providing arms training for Tamil militants known as “boys” then. Sivashankar alias Pottu went to North India for arms training as part of the first LTTE batch.

After training Pottu functioned briefly as Prabhakaran’s bodyguard. It was during this period that Pottu became a fanatical follower of his leader.He served his leader with slavish devotion.Pottu’s personal loyalty to Prabhakaran was unswerving and unquestionable.

After a stint as the boss’s bodyguard Pottu was sent to be in charge (poruppu) of the “Karai” (shore) operations in Vethaaranyam on the Tamil Nadu coast. The LTTE had set up camps in this area. Pottu was in overall charge.

Coastal operations were of paramount importance in the eighties as the LTTE was heavily dependent on Tamil Nadu as a rear base.Arms, medicine and other vital supplies were sent to Northern Sri Lanka via sea from the Tamil Nadu coast. There was also a steady flow of cadres to and from Tamil Nadu by sea.

Pottu discharged his duties efficiently but ruthlessly.One of his lesser known responsibilities at Vethaaranyam was the liquidation of cadres who fell foul of the leadership or were suspected of being traitors and double agents.

They were clandestinely killed, stomachs slashed and bodies dumped in the sea.Family and friends in Sri Lanka would think the persons concerned were in India while those in India would think they were in Sri Lanka. But the poor victims would be in Davy Jones’s locker.

LTTE old timers remember a particular incident illustrative of Pottu Ammaan’s monstrous cruelty. A cadre from Nelliaddy called “Chandran” was suspected of being a traitor.About to be executed ,Chandran managed to run away after injuring a few cadres.

Pottu was furious. The escapee was caught and brought to Pottu who trussed him up in a sack tied to a rope on a tree. The sack was dashed again and again by Pottu himself on the tree trunk.He then battered the sack with an iron rod. Chandran was reduced to pulp.

MAHAALINGAPURAM

But Pottu’s stay in Vedaranyam had its pitfalls too. A calamity that befell Pottu in Vethaaaranyam had its repercussions in Madras now Chennai.

The year was 1985, when several Sri Lankan Tamil militant groups were active in Tamil Nadu. One afternoon, the residential area of Mahalingapuram in Chennai was rocked by gunfire. The venue was the Tamil Information Centre (TIC) and the events there reminded one of scenes from “B” grade Hollywood thrillers.

One man was bundling another, with a bleeding foot, into a vehicle, holding a gun to him while firing shots into the air from another gun to keep at bay the armed bodyguards of the latter. The man performing the act was Sornalingam alias Shankar of the LTTE.
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The incident at Mahalingapuram was a sequel to the abduction of Pottu Amman by the rival People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE). Pottu Amman, in charge of the LTTE coastal camp in Vethaaranyam was taken captive following an argument with PLOTE operatives.

A furious LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran assigned to his deputies Shankar and Aruna, the task of freeing Pottu Amman. A round of talks between PLOTE military commander Jotheeswaran alias Kannan and Shankar took place in the residence of a Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Member of Parliament considered to be close to the PLOTE leadership. The talks however failed .

Shankar then revised his strategy and telephoned Dr. Sivanathan of the TIC at Mahalingapuram and asked him to arrange a meeting with the PLOTE’s Kannan. Kannan arrived with his retinue of bodyguards and engaged in discussions with Shankar. At one point Shankar whisked out his gun, fired on Kannan’s foot and quickly placed his gun against Kannan’s head.

Shankar pulled out Kannan’s firearm and began firing into the air, while prodding Kannan with his own gun towards a waiting vehicle. The PLOTE bodyguards could do nothing as their leader was taken captive. Later, the LTTE exchanged Kannan for Pottu Amman.

The extraordinary lengths to which the LTTE went to free Pottu Ammaan illustrated the regard with which he was held by the tiger supremo Prabhakaran.

Shankar who later pioneered the LTTE Air wing was killed by the Army[s Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) on the Oddusuddan-Puthukkudiyiruppu road on September 26th 2001.

Kannan who along with PLOTE leader Umamaheswaran alias Muhunthan engaged in a shoot-out with LTTE leader Prabhakaran alias Karikalan and Sivakumar alias Raghavan at Pondy bazaar, Chennai in 1982 met with an equally tragic end later.

Kannan along with a group of PLOTE members including Vasudeva and Subash were lured for "talks" to Pulipaainthakal near Kiran by the erstwhile eastern tiger commander Karuna in 1987 during the ceasefire period after the Indo-Lanka accord. It was a trap and they were massacred by Karuna and his cohorts.

THAMBIMUTHU

Prabhakaran returned to Jaffna in January 1987 . Pottu too went back to Sri Lanka. At one stage he was appointed as associate leader of Batticaloa district along with Kumarappa and sent to the east.

During this time Pottu had an altercation with Batticaloa lawyer and TULF stalwart Sam Thambimuthu at the latter's residence. Sam's wife was the gutty, irrepressible Kala. She was the daughter of former FP senator Manickam and was a formidable political figure in her own right.

When Pottu brandished a revolver at Sam, the wife Kala Thambimuthu sprang at him with a broomstick and knocked it down. She then began raining blows on Pottu.

Shaken and surprised Pottu beat a hasty retreat. Security was intensified for the Thambimuthus as the LTTE began gunning for the Thambimuthus. Subsequently Pottu himself was recalled to Jaffna and the danger momentarily passed.

Later Sam Thambimuthu contested Batticaloa in the 1989 polls with EPRLF support and became an MP. The LTTE was hostile to him and abducted Kala Thambimuthu.But intense Indian pressure resulted in her being released unharmed.

In 1990 the Thambimuthus were shot dead in cold blood as they arrived at the Canadian High Commission in Colombo to obtain a visa. By this time Pottu Ammaan was LTTE intelligence chief. It son became clear that Pottu Ammaan never forgave the Thambimuthus.

AMMAANS

The 1987 period was the time when an eastern son of the soil, Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan alias Karuna Ammaan was staking his claim to be eastern regional commander. The ambitious Karuna clashed frequently with Pottu during his tenure at B'caloa.

This continuing battle of the two "Ammaans"-Pottu and Karuna-was a crucial factor in the LTTE split of 2004. Later Karuna was to blame Pottu, Thamilendhi the finance division head and Nadesan the police chief for causing his estrangement with Prabhakaran.

But Svashankar's stay in the land of the singing fish resulted in a transformation of his civil status.Manmathan or cupid struck bulls eye with his arrows. Pottu was smitten by a maiden from Mattakkalappu. They got married. Years later after Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated the Marriage registrar who legalised Pottu's union was flown quietly to India where a statement was recorded by Indian sleuths.

When war erupted with the Indian army in October 1987 Pottu was sent to Tamil Nadu again to oversee the smooth flow of supplies from the state. He moved from place to place utilising Indian fishermen to help transport goods often posing as a smuggler dealing in contraband.

On one occasion Pottu along with some Indian fishermen was arrested on charges of smuggling. Fortunately for Pottu the officials thought he was an ordinary smuggler and not a tiger operative. After languishing in jail for a while Pottu bribed his way out to freedom.

He then returned to Jaffna and engaged in guerrilla operations against the Indian army.Pottu sustained injuries in his stomach in a skirmish and recuperated in the Wanni where Prabhakaran himself had relocated to.

INTELLIGENCE

After recovery Pottu was entrusted in mid -1988 with the responsibility of administering the LTTE's intelligence wing. He remained in charge for 21 years until his death on May 18th.

The LTTE's intelligence wing was a mere fledgling when Pottu took over. It was Pottu Amman who developed it to unbelievable levels.He was aided greatly by Bosco alias Potko who at one time was a student in a Catholic seminary.

Some of Pottu's old acquaintances were flabbergasted at Pottu's metamorphosis as Beria to Prabhakaran's Stalin. One of his classmates now in Canada told me once that Sivashankar was a "mokkan" (idiot) in studies.

He was amazed at Pottu's growth in later life and observed "I just don't know how he is running the intelligence division so well nowadays". But then academic brilliance is not a pre-requisite to run an intelligence outfit.

What is required is lateral thinking, practical approaches, devious cunning, organizational skills, shrewd judgement of men and matters and above all perpetual paranoia about everything.

An indicator of Pottu's ability and talent was his acknowledged expertise in playing cards. Since the puritan Prabhakaran frowned upon card games, LTTE leaders would play discreetly.

Pottu was apparently a marvel at "Three Naught Four" and was able to gauge which cards were being held by his adversaries. He had the uncanny ability to both bluff as well as call the bluff of his opponents. This was a trait which stood him in good stead as intelligence chief.

Pottu however was autocratic in running the intelligence wing. An incident related by a veteran government official is rather revealing. This gentleman had to shuttle between Colombo and Jaffna on account of his duties. His son had joined the LTTE and was working with explosives.

Pottu Ammaan enlisted the officer to carry things from Jaffna to Colombo and vice versa. One day Pottu summoned him and showed him two boys. He was ordered to take them to Colombo and arrange for their stay. The official who had been for long a schoolmaster took a look and expressed misgivings about one.

"I am telling you from experience Ammaan. Not this fellow. He will be caught" the official demurred. But an adamant Pottu snapped back. "old man you take both or I will put you in the bunker prison". The official had no choice other than to take both to Colombo. As he feared one of the boys was caught by the Police. As a result the official himself was arrested and detained for several years until his release after the 2002 ceasefire.

Another Tamil journalist living in Colombo had a similar experience with Pottu Ammaan. The journalist was in contact with the LTTE and had met some leaders including Pottu. Thereafter Pottu used to telephone him and chat. The journalist was thrilled. But one day two tigers turned up at his residence saying Pottu had sent them. He was asked to accommodate them. The journalist living in a Sinhala neighbourhood refused and turned them away. Pottu was angry and threatened him. Fearing the worst the journalist left the country with his family.

VASANTHAN

The evolution and growth of the intelligence division has been quite remarkable.Being a guerrilla organization the LTTE lacked resources in signals, electronic, imagery or technical intelligence. But these were compensated for greatly by excessive reliance on HUMINT or Human intelligence.

The LTTE Intelligence wing was formed in December 1983. It was called the Tiger Organization Security Intelligence Service or TOSIS. It's first head was a family member of a well –known smuggler in Valvettithurai.This person now living in a western country bore the nom de guerre Vasanthan.He left the LTTE after the 1987 accord.

The first head of TOSIS also had a pilot's license. Vasanthan and Shankar had obtained flying lessons in Chennai. The TOSIS mainly functioned from Chennai during those days. It's role was minimal and somewhat nominal.

The Indian intelligence agency RAW (Research and analysis wing) held some
elementary training sessions for TOSIS. One of the early "intelligence" tasks was the monitoring of maritime movement in Trincomalee harbour.

The LTTE also ran a military office (MO)in Chennai headed by Thalayasingham Sivakumar alias Anton Master. The MO was more or less a prototype of a military intelligence unit.

Meanwhile the former LTTE Jaffna commander "Col" Kittu set up his own local
intelligence outfit. It was headed by "Ideas" Vasu who also was from VVT. Vasu along with Ponnammaan and Curdles was killed in the Kaithady bowser explosion of February 14th, 1987.

After Prabhakaran returned to Jaffna in 1987 he formed another intelligence unit called BETA-2. This was supervised by the former LTTE deputy-leader Gopalaswamy Mahendrarajah alias Mahathaya.

T.O.S.I.S

The TOSIS was re-located to the northern mainland known as Wanni in 1987. The BETA-2 and all other regional intelligence outfits were merged with it. The TOSIS underwent a renaissance after Pottu took over in 1988. He was ably assisted by Bosco alias Potko who at one time was studying to be a Catholic priest.

The LTTE gained much territorial control after the Indian army departed in March 1990. Using Jaffna as the base, Pottu began expanding, streamlining and developing the intelligence division. While Potko attended to administrative functions Shanmuganathan Ravichandran alias Charles was in charge of external operations.

Charles who adopted the name Arulventhan later was a direct recruit of Pottu
Ammaan. He was introduced to Pottu by the latter’s bodyguard Kili during the Indian army period. External operations was an euphemism for attacks outside the North – East particularly Colombo.

Charles was sent to Colombo during the "peace talks" period with President
Premadasa. He diligently set up a clandestine tiger network. After war resumed this outfit got into action. Among the early operations was the car bomb assassination of deputy defence minister Ranjan Wijeratne and vehicle bombing of JOC headquarters in Colombo.

The intelligence division was in the meantime being re-vamped. The LTTE made a systematic study of the chief intelligence agencies of the world. According to ex-LTTE members who had been intelligence operatives, the training manuals of Pakistan's Intelligence agency the Inter State Services (ISI)were obtained and utilised for training intelligence wing cadres. The LTTE also copied many methods and stratagems of Israel's Shin Bet and Mossad , say former LTTE members.

One attribute gleaned from the Israeli's was to utilise Thamizh as the language of operation for intelligence purposes just as Israel used Hebrew. Though known as TOSIS once the LTTE’ intelligence division became totally Tamilized as it progressed. Special branches were begun within the intelligence division.

One such unit was called the "viseda Vevu pirivu" or special reconnaissance unit. This was headed by Sashikumar or Sashi master who was decorated by Prabhakaran personally for the successful operation of August 8th 1992.

This was the explosion at Aralithurai where a vehicle was blown up killing several top security officials including Denzil Kobbekaduwe and Vijaya Wimalaratne.

DEMARCATED

In 1993 .the intelligence division was demarcated into the "Thesiya Pulanaaivu pirivu" (.National intelligence division) and "Iraanuva pulanaaivu sevai" (Military intelligence service). Pottu was in overall charge of the entire division in general and nationnal intelligence service in particular.

Sashi master was placed in charge of military intelligence. He held this post till 2004 when Prabhakaran appointed Charles in his place. Sashi was placed in charge of special operations and training.

After Charles was killed by the Army in January 2008 in Mannar, Sashi master was re-appointed in charge of military intelligence. Sashikumar and "Col" Sornam fought to the end in Mullivaaikkaal and died on May 15th.

The National intelligence division had five known departments.The intelligence gathering section known as “Thagaval segarikkum pirivu” was headed by Kapil Amman who was also the deputy chief of intelligence; The research and publications dept known as “Aaivu matrum veliyeetu pirivu” was headed by Maathavan master.

The special operations dept known as "viseda seyatpaadu pirivu" was under Janan master. The infamous "Karumpuligal" (Black tigers) suicide unit was also under this section.The "payitchi matrum Tholil nutpa [pirivu]“(Training and technology dept) was under Aathavan master. The administrative dept known as “Nirvaakappirivu” was under Shankar.

The military intelligence service headed by Sashikumar alias Sashi master had five known departments. The “viseda Vevu” or special reconnaissance dept was headed by Charles aka Arulventhan and later Irathinam Amman. The administrative dept known as “Nirvaagapirivu” was also supervised by Sashi master.

There were also three “Iraanuva thagaval segarippu pirivugal” (military intelligence gathering units) for the Army, Navy and Air Force. These units had to gather information about all army, navy and airforce installations, movement of personnel etc. These were headed by Gauthaman.

Intelligence division cadres were carefully screened with background checks before recruitment. New recruits underwent intensive training that lasted at times for nearly a year. Trainees were kept in isolation and had to wear masks for group sessions so that their faces were not seen by each other.

Training was varied. The black tiger suicide squad members were given specialised training that included how to walk in crowded streets without knocking on people while wearing an explosive laden suicide jacket or belt. Sinhala language lessons with proper emphasis on the “accent” was also imparted to those carrying Identity cards with Sinhala names.

A typical LTTE cell located outside the North-East had four to six members. They were called “Velikkala muhavarhal” or field agents. One did not know the other and each was assigned separate duties. Each cell was handled or coordinated by a “pirathhana muhavar” or Principal agent. At times the principal agent interacted directly with the field agents. At times an intermediary called “Idainilaiyaalar” was used.

An elaborate network of safe houses, storage facilities, dead letter boxes etc was set up by the LTTE intelligence. Earlier the tigers utilised Tamils of North-Eastern origin for setting up the supportive network. Later they focused on Indian Tamils.Graually the tigers began enlisting Muslims and Sinhalese using enhanced financial remuneration as an incentive. The ceasefire period from 2002 February was a windfall. An intricate network was stablished.

A noteworthy feature of this phenomenon was the infiltration of Police and armed forces. Initially a media personality was used to cultivate potential double agent recruits in the Police and armed forces. Huge sums of money and in some instances expensive property were given as incentives. Most of these officers were Sinhala or Muslim. Some of these personnel have been identified and apprehended. But this can very well be the tip of the iceberg only.

PARANOID

Initially most intelligence dept heads reported to Prabhakaran as well as Pottu Ammaan. Gradually Pottu Amman became the intermediary through whom everything was reported to the LTTE chief.

There came a time when Prabhakaran was virtually inaccessible to senior leaders. Only Pottu Ammaan could see the supremo at any given time. Also Pottu Ammaan was the only tiger leader who could meet with Prabhakaran while carrying arms. All others had to hand over their armd before being granted a rare audience.

This state of affairs was caused by a massive threat perception. The Indian espionage agency RAW as well as the deep penetration squads of the Army were greatly feared. The fear of the “enemy within” made a paranoid Prabhakaran become increasingly alienated from tiger leaders and cadres. Pottu Ammaan became all powerful and at one point was “controlling” the day to day activities of the leader.

The suspected RAW operation of staging a jailbreak at Vellore prison in Tamil Nadu and sending the “escapee” Kirupan to assassinate Prabhakaran was one attempt allegedly foiled by Pottu and Kapil Ammaan.

Kirupan masterminded the massacre of thirteen members of the Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) including its secretary-general Padmanabha, Parliamentarian Yogasangary and North-Eastern provincial minister Kirubaharan.This happened on June 19th 1990.Kiruban was arrested at a security roadblock and held at Vellore jail.

Kiruban and a few other tigers allegedly dug a secret tunnel and escaped from Vellore. They shot dead two Policemen when fleeing to the Rameshwaram coast. But Kiruban’s “escape” was viewed suspiciously by Pottu and his deputy Kapil Amman.

It was suspected that RAW had “turned” or converted Kiruban into a double agent and enacted a staged escape to hoodwink the LTTE leadership. Kiruban had been sent by RAW to assassinate Prabhakaran was the conspiracy theory of Pottu and Kapil. So Kiruban was tortured and executed after he was made to confess.

There is however a school of thought that believes Kiruban was innocent and was not an agent of the RAW. He had displayed much innovative acumen by undertaking such a daring escape to reach home only to be executed as a suspected RAW agent. It was felt that Pottu had acted over zealously or with an ulterior motive in handling Kiruban.

The other important counter-intelligence success by Pottu Ammaan was the crushing of the so-called Mahathaya “coup d’etat”. Again the RAW was blamed for “poisoning” Mahathaya’s mind and for “turning” a tiger cadre “Engineer” into a double agent.

Pottu first arrested Engineer who returned from India after obtaining a Jaipur foot artificial limb. His leg had been blown away earlier in a landmine explosion. Thereafter it was alleged that the tiger deputy leader was conspiring with the RAW to stage an internal coup and oust Prabhakaran. It was alleged that Mahathaya was planning to execute Prabhakaran,Pottu Ammaan and ten other senior tiger leaders and seize the LTTE leadership.

Mahathaya was arrested and tortured by Pottu Ammaan and a “confession” extracted before his execution. The videoed “confession” was screened to all cadres in order to justify the execution of the deputy-leader.

Thousands of cadres and leaders were detained and interrogated for suspected complicity. These included senior leaders like Jeyam, Yogi and Thamilselvan’s elder brother Paramu Balasubramaniam alias Moorthy. All three were re-instated later.

Many of the interrogated senior tigers were Pottu’s friends and colleagues. Embarassed to supervise the interrogation personally, Pottu delegated the task to some juniors. They inflicted much physical harm and torture. The former political commissar Yogi’s hearing was affected as a result of the torture. Jeyam then the Vavuniya district commander had his nails removed.

Hundreds of others suspected of being Mahathaya loyalists were tortured and killed. These included the 40 member contingent functioning as Mahathaya’s bodyguards.

One of the senior leaders killed was former Kilinochchi district commander Rasanayagam Gowrikannan alias Susheelan. He was arrested months after Mahathaya’s arrest.The circumstances of Susheelan’s arrest and execution shed much light on the mindset of Pottu Ammaan.

Susheelan had got married barely a month before his arrest. Three siblings of his wife’s siblings were LTTE cadres. The chief guest at Susheelan’s wedding was none other than Pottu Amman himself. He participated joyfully cracking many jokes at the bridegroom’s expense. He took his leave after wishing the new couple many years of wedded bliss.

Barely one month later Pottu’s henchmen arrested Susheelan.He was interrogated and tortured. The Rasanayagam family in Nelliaddy had been supportive of the LTTE and had a cordial relationship with many senior tigers including Pottu Ammaan. They made pathetic entreaties to Pottu Ammaan but nothing could move the intelligence chief.

Susheelan’s mother whose favourite child was her youngest son was heartbroken. She died soon after her son was detained by the LTTE. Despite many appeals Pottu Ammaan refused to let Susheelan attend his mother’s funeral. Susheelan himself died in captivity later.

A close friend was to ask Pottu later as to why he encouraged Susheelan’s marriage and attended the wedding ceremony weeks before his arrest. Pottu’s reply was characteristic. “If I tried to block his marriage or declined his wedding invitation, Susheelan would have got suspicious and fled from Jaffna. I attended the wedding to lull him into a false sense of security”.

Despite claims of an intelligence triumph by Pottu Ammaan over the Mahathaya affaior there are many who doubt whether the ex-deputy leader was indeed guilty. It is said that Prabhakaran was resentful of Mahathaya’s popularity after the formation of the LTTE’s political front the Peoples Front of Liberation Tigers (PFLT). The proponents of this theory feel that Pottu was acting at the behest of Prabhakaran to “frame” Mahathaya on a conspiracy charge just like how Soviet intelligence chief Beria functioned as the running dog of Stalin.

Another instance where Pottu Amman scored and increased his clout with Prabhakaran further was the Karuna Ammaan revolt. Pottu apparently was warning Prabhakaran that Karuna was treacherous and urging pre-emptive action. But Prabhakaran who had a soft corner for Karuna would not listen and restrained Pottu from acting. Karuna himself was not too worried about Praba but was very fearful that Pottu could fix him.

Matters came to a head when Karuna defied an order from Prabhakaran summoning him to the Wanni and revolted openly. This reinforced Pottu’s position that Karuna was conspiring and was not to be trusted. As events unfolded and Karuna chartered his own course by collaborating with the stare, Pottu’s stance was vindicated in the eyes of Prabhakaran. Regretting his earlier refusal to act against Karuna as urged by Pottu the LTTE leader began relying excessively on Pottu thereafter.

As Pottu’s power expanded he began overreaching himself by expanding an overseas network also. LTTE intelligence cadres were sent to many countries. These cadres have great influence over Diaspora LTTE structures. It may be recalled that the overseas intelligence spokesperson Kathirgamathamby Arivazhaghan issued two statements concerning the demise of tiger supremo Prabhakaran. Intelligence operatives of the LTTE played a crucial role in supporting Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP as the new leader of a re-structured LTTE and also in bringing about a settlement between Nediyavan and KP.

FAILED

Despite these proclaimed successes Pottu Ammaan and his intelligence division failed to forewarn the tiger hierarchy of the consequences of its myopic policies.

Cocooned in luxurious security, Prabhakaran failed to comprehend a changed world and consequential circumstances. Well-meaning advice was spurned. Even Balasingham’s warnings went unheeded.

As Colombo’s military juggernaut rolled on relentlessly the LTTE got boxed into a narrow littoral in Mullaitheevu. Pottu Ammaan remained faithful to Prabhakaran till the very end but there was much dissension within tiger ranks.

Pottu was blamed by senior leaders for failing to “inform” Prabhakaran properly. A revolt within the intelligence wing saw Pottu executing scores of operatives. Several dozens fled to India.

In the latter stages an embattled Prabhakaran relied on Pottu alone to communicate with his deputies. After “Col” Theepan’s death, Prabhakaran placed Pottu in overall military charge and appointed his eldest son Charles Anthony as second in command. This in turn increased bitterness within the LTTE.

The end was inevitable. The last ditch attempt to break through the military cordon and reach safety in the jungles failed miserably. Both Prabhakaran and Pottu Ammaan were killed. The last nail to the coffin was hammered in at the Colombo high court last week as both were legally proclaimed as being dead.

D.B.S.Jeyaraj can be reached at djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

366 Comments

  1. Thillaiambalam. S. says:

    DBS,
    you for this informative article an LTTE,Pottu Amman and intelligence wing. The evil damage done to the Tamil community by the LTTE is horrendous. We as a people kept quiet about the tigers all this time. Only a few exceptions like you and the UTHR (J) dared to criticize LTTE. If all Tamils had done so earlier we wont be in this position today. Please keep up your good work. The Tamils need be told the truth about the monster LTTE we created

  2. Bala says:

    Pottu Amman was responsible for many atrocities of the LTTE. He kept thalaiver in the dark about what was really happening. Finally everything ended in May. The tiger “intelligence” failed miserably in measuring the enemy’s strength.I hope that you will someday write about the rise and fall of the LTTE DBS

  3. Bandarage says:

    My congratulations to you Mr. Jeyaraj for your bold, incisive, truthful writing.May you continue telling the truth that they don’t want to hear to the Tamil and Sinhala people.

    As a Sinhalese with a lot of sympathy for Tamil people I have to make one observation. Poddu took over the intelligence division to help promote the struggle against Lankan state. But ultimately the intelligence wing only helped oppress the Tamil people. Poddu was symbol of torture and repression.

  4. Roshan Warahena says:

    Another excellent writing from the Master D.B.S.I hope that people who doubt Sri lankan Military win read this and also All the Ambasidors read this as they will have a good understanding of what was happening.
    Specialy the murderous diapora who use to bank roll this babarians(LTTE) .
    In sinhala its said MUDRERS GET MURDERED.

  5. Roger Gunasekera says:

    Evil befalls evil doers.

  6. Satheesh says:

    Why don’t you write also about the cruel way Pottu and LTTE treated the Vanni Tamils. Those crying crocodile tears for IDP situation must know about tiger horror and terror.

  7. De Silva says:

    Well written DBS. Diaspora must read this.

  8. Awas says:

    What a story..! Thanks DBSJ.
    I have doubts whether that journalist who had to leave the country was you (?).

    No, I left in 1988 due to the UNP government of the day, not LTTE……..DBSJ

  9. avi says:

    At the end of the day , all Srilankans are much better-off
    with the demise of these evil lunatics. For that, all Srilankans are eternally grateful to the military and political leadership of Sri Lanka. This account of events further proves;

    1. The fact that Karuna amman’s departure from the LTTE has nothing to do with CFA in 2002.

    2. In fact 2002 CFA strengthened the LTTE in every single aspects of their existence and operations.

    3. Absence of political leadership of Sri Lanka to deal with the LTTE decisively since 1983 until 2007.

    4. Cruel nature of the LTTE was heavily under-reported particularly when it comes to “dealing with their own”.

    5. Some LTTE agents(Tamil, Sinhala and others) are still at large in and out of Sri Lanka.

  10. Kavi says:

    Hey DBS,

    You jumped the gun! Pottu is still alive, live and kiking. Wait and see, in few months…….

    Quickly withdraw your mickey mouse story…….

    Yes . dear Minnie mouse. What about a Donald duck or Goofy or Pluto story?…….DBSJ

  11. Seelan - Batti says:

    Amazing journalism from DBSJ.

  12. R Maran says:

    I would like to add/correct some points here.

    Nelliady ?Chandran?

    After VP got married, one of the LTTE training camps cadres who were directly trained by Rahgavan revolted against VP in 1984. There were given option to leave LTTE along with Rahgavan. They were clearly warned not join any other movements. Nelliady ? Chandran? left LTTE and went Vethaaranyam hoping return to home.

    Nelliady Chandran was one of the VP favourite in the training camp. His decision to leave LTTE disappointed VP. While he was staying in Vethaaranyam, he met some NLFT( National Liberation Front of Tamil Eelam) members. Senior member of NLFT were from Vadamarahci such as Ramani, Visu…. Chandran became involved with NLFT. He always believed that he will not be killed simply VP likes him. He was abducted, tortured and killed.

    PLOTE and Pottu

    PLOTE leader Uma scheduled to address a public meeting in Thanjavur in early 1985. Pottu along with other two LTTE members seen wandering in the vicinity of the meeting venue by the PLOTE cadres. PLOTE suspected this trio as Sri Lankan intelligence operatives plotting to assassinate Uma. Pottu and other two LTTE members were manhandled by ?Kotton? master. ?Kotton? master is from Pointpedro was well known for martial arts. Later in 90s, He was killed by LTTE in pointpedro while serving as the mayor of Pointpedro. Pottu was carrying Pistol and other two were unarmed. Pottu tried to pull his pistol, It was so quick. He was manhandled before he fire his pistol.

    Pottu and his mates brought to Thanjavur PLOTE training camp B. PLOTE intelligence operation was headed by Sangili/Kandasamy. Manikamthasan recognized Pottu and told Sangili ?They are LTTE members?. They were released.

    There were some minor incidents between LTTE and PLOTE in TamilNadu before this. This was the major incident infuriated VP. He thought, time has come to teach a lesson to PLOTE. PLOTE military commander was requested by LTTE for a meeting at TIC (Tamil Information Centre- No 9 Narayanan Street). LTTE team led by Shankar shot Kannan body guard Ravi on his thigh. Kannan was not shot .Kannan was taken away by LTTE. Kannan had only one bodyguard that time. Kannan was not searched for his firearm.

    Kannan was brought in front of VP. Kannan still had his pistol with him. LTTE didn?t realize Kannan still carries Pistol with him. VP told Kannan ?Old friend, new enemy?. This incident took place at around 10.30 am and became hot news in the evening newspapers in Chennai.

    PLOTE contacted Tamilnadu police and provided various offices and home addresses of LTTE. Tamilnadu police raided the house where Kannan was kept. He was rescued by TamilNadu police.

    Thanks for the additional info. Do you know”Chandran”s full name?………DBSJ

  13. Sam says:

    This is the kind of leaders we entrusted to get us our freedom. Existence of such people within the LTTE demonized the whole organization even though it was known for its fighting sprite and supreme sacrifices. All those young men and women who fought for the cause died in vain. Pottu is disgrace for that tiger uniform. Never again

  14. Sam says:

    Very revealing. I knew Rasanayagam Gowriharan (That is is the correct name, not Gowrikannan, though he was also called Kannan) very well when he was in school. You are right that his mother was very fond of him.

    Though I heard that he was killed, I have thought all along that he died in battle. I am shocked to learn from your article that he was killed treacherously by that madman, Pottu Amman, as part of the Mahathaya purge. Had I known, I would have been even more vigorous in my denunciation of the LTTE leadership while talking with hardcore LTTE supporters. My belated condolences to Kannan and his family.

    Thank you for your condolences. I am sure his brothers in Canada and sisters in Australia will be reading this………………DBSJ

  15. Raj says:

    Posting#2 was not by Sam, but by me. The name was prefilled and I didn’t notice.

  16. Expatriate says:

    What this shows is that the GoSL and India should have found ways to take out VP and Pottu, without killing all the innocent civilians or conscripted cadres (or heroic but misguided ones who naively believed in the leadership)..

  17. Liyanage says:

    Well written once again Mr Jeyaraj and the speculation will be rife in the absence of his corpse.

  18. Ajith says:

    ok dbsj lets stop talking about the LTTE and start talking about the recent TNA support to the government. The implications off all this on the tamil refugees in the camps. With the economy heading down largely due to a government living in isolation will MR turn more towards the tamils to secure votes now ?

    The potential GSP plus being revoked, Dr Kohono visa being rejected is this the beginning of Sri Lanka becoming another North Korea.

    These are the important issues to discuss for the future not the 40 year history of the LTTE. This is over and done!!, Lets stop living in the past.

    Regards

    Ajith

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Sorry Ajith but there is a great deal to be written about the LTTE and I intend doing so. The LTTE and all what it did cannot be just wished away. It is the reluctance of the Tamil people to examine the LTTE critically and the inability to come to terms with reality that is troubling.

    As for living in the past I must say that those who dont remember the past will be condemned to relive it in the future. “Memory” is crucial. Historic memory in particular. History helps us to analyse the past, understand the present and anticipate the future.

    I will continue to write on what I think is interesting and important. It’s my choice. Likewise it is your choice to read or not read it. You are entitled to suggest or reccommend topics that I could write on. But the decision is mine. You cannot impose or dictate what I should write about.

  19. Varathan says:

    The former political commissar Yogi’s hearing was affected as a result of the torture.

    ……hearing was affected before Mahataya’s incident. ….

    Yes but it worsened after the torture inflicted on Naren………DBSJ

  20. Vinoth says:

    Once again an excellent article by Mr.Jeyaraj and you have proved time and again that when it comes to Tiger matters, you are the expert ! Just curious to know about Pottu Amman’s family. What was his wife’s name? How many kids did he have? Where are they now? It would be very helpful if you can shed light on these matters.

    His wife’s name was Vathsala I think. Not sure right now about other family details…….DBSJ

  21. sankilian says:

    where did you get all these information while you are living in Canada with western comfort. I think definitely you have researched so much to write this article.

  22. shanthi says:

    hi DBS,
    what happend to his wife & children?

    Not sure. Some say they are dead. Some say they are in a foreign country…….. DBSJ

  23. shankar says:

    dbs

    fantastic article. i dont know how you get so much information. well worth the wait. i knew you were taking your time for a good one. good that you cleared up pottus death, because too many rumours are floating aound. after your last para we can put both their deaths to rest and the rumour mills also can get a rest. i just cant undrstand all these rumours and why people float them. what do you gain in the longrun by covering up the truth. only idiots could think that there could be some sort of benefit.

    dbs, one thing that puzzles me is you mention that prabha died on the 19th and pottu on the 18th. as they were like tweedle dee and tweedledum, i thought they would try to break out at the same time. is their any credence to the rumours that prabha was captured on the 18th. i notice you always say only his body was found, not how exactly he was killed. in your earlier article on prabhas death too you say that his body gaurds ran out of ammunition. next you say his body was found in the lagoon and his family nearby.

    one lasting impression i have after reading this article is the sack incident. if pottu did personally dash this man like that, i think his sanity is questionable. he would have been the rightful heir to prabhakaran. madness seems to be a prerequisite to sucession plans in the ltte. that is why kp had such a tough time with probably another mad character nediyavan. kp seems essentialy a conman type who could glibly talk but not the mad type, so not properly qualified to lead the ltte.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Pottu & Letchumanan led one contingent out across the lagoon in boats. Bhanu & Jeyam led another by land in one direction. Soosai & Prabha went with a contingent by land in another direction while hugging the Nandhikkadal shore. Poddu was killed in the night of 18th. Praba was dead in the morning of 18th. But they found his body later & confirmed his death on the 19th.

    In this article what I am referring to is the AG dept report which says Pottu was killed on the 18th and Praba on the 19th.

  24. Kathir says:

    Dear Mr.DBS, You can produce it is as an interesting story of the rebels.But it is a stroy of a Mafia Group with its fascist tendency.Not only that it is backed by the pro Imperialist ,Saiva, Vellala and Jaffna hegemonic Tamil rulling Class .
    But there have been existing two types of tendencies within the Yarl Saiva Vellala society.One of this is a pro people tendency have been led by Sir Ponnampalam Arunachalam , Handy Perinpanayagam and then it is follwed by Pon Kandiah, Vaithylingam master, Karthikesan Master ,VA Kadasamy and others.I hope that you are a balanced product of Jaffna college and have some respect for the above mentioned interlectuals.Eventhough you may have prior knowledge of this matter ,I like to bring to your knowledge of Handy Perinpanayagam. His Commemoration society’s , memorial volume by Santhaseelan Kathirgamar gives more information on it. Please go to the site and read it ,http:// noolaham.net/project/11/1077/1077.pdf

    Thank you. I have read the book…………DBSJ

  25. Visahvajith says:

    So this chap was a lunatic, was he ?

    The brilliant strategy of eliminating Rajiv G ensured the LTTE was finished for good.

    Wonder whether history will judge recent events and say it was the Sinhalese who liberated the Tamils from a bunch of fascists

    According to DBS’s insight into this torture machine. history has already judged Sivashankar.

    .

  26. Kajan says:

    Do you really believe that Pottu Amman was killed?

    What shall I do? “Unreally” believe or really “unbelieve?…………….DBSJ

  27. Rukman says:

    Yes exactly

  28. day says:

    All bastard dead and gone, We do not talk about such idiots

  29. John Reeve says:

    There isn’t any news site which is unbias on news reporting in Sri Lanka and it is only you write the un bias news articles. Amazing piece of article and we never knew that LTTE was such a organization. Thank you for writing the article..

  30. Chudar says:

    As far as I could read in the media reports, neither the Srilankan Deputy Solicitor-General in his submission to the court nor anyone else from the Srilankan government ever has given any scientific evidence for the deaths of Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman. I wonder what makes DBSJ to declare that Pottu is dead.. Is DBSJ saying that the Srilankan government has never lied on anything?

    I suppose the LTTE was not defeated,VP was not killed and KP was not captured?……DBSJ

  31. Shiyamala Jeyaratnam says:

    As Tamils we must critically ask what we have gained by supporting the LTTE? They have proved to be as evil as the government — which they claimed to be protecting us from. Torture, abduction, killing innocent people (both tamils and Singalese)… what was it all worth? I think they (ltte) took the whole community for a ride; we have been foolish. Now we are a community without leaders, and our people back in SL are worse off than ever before.

  32. kanthan says:

    How long more we are going to talk about LTTE? Why we are not talking about those 300000 people in the concentration camps constantly? Do not tell me that you have written articles in past about the concentration camps. In my point of view most of our very high profile people have not done enough to help our people. I do not know what else to say.

    I dont think you know what a “concentration” camp really is………………DBSJ

  33. David says:

    You must be really sure that Prabhakaran is dead. I hope your are not only depending on what GOSL is saying. In case, I say in case, if he is still alive, it is going to be a disaster for everyone involved saying he is dead …

    For Jeyaraj no problem. He just would say, that GOSL is to be blamed as they told that he is dead.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The Govt says Praba is dead and that his body was cremated and ashes scattered in the sea. In that case those who say VP is not dead must produce the body. The onus is on those claiming VP is alive to simply produce the man.

  34. Vinod Joseph says:

    Dear Mr. Jeyaraj, I doubt if any other journalist based in the West has even half as much knowledge of the LTTE as you do. Though I enjoy your blog a lot, I am compelled to suggest that you ought to write a book on the LTTE rather than give it all away on the internet to gluttons like me.

    Thank you. Some others have suggested this too. We’ll see but not now……..DBSJ

  35. UK says:

    Excellent .I think,Pottu’s wife name is Vathsala, from Vantharumoolai.Is it correct?

    I think so too………DBSJ

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much DBS annai…and we need to know about other LTTE leaders too . (Kapil amman,Banu,Sosai,Tamiendhi..etc..)

  37. TCK says:

    Very well researched and detailed report. How wonderful if it were about ‘Pottu Amman’ a deceased Tamil Polical Leader that drove a community to be a part of Sri Lankan Nationalism.

    Unfortunately it is about ‘Pottu Amman’ a deceased terrorist that try to drive a community to be a part of a miguided illusion.

  38. Sen says:

    Thanks D.B.S.J for the good story, if we start to believe everthing the SL government says, well everything in this world is good !. SL courts are mouth pieces of the government, there is no independence. Pottu may be dead or may not be yet. Only a few know the correct answer to that. Not you or me !.

    if we belive them, then Tissainayagam is a crimnal, the Channel 4 tape is a forgery and the IDP is will be going home in weeks. (well you may not publish this comments)

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I cant speak for you but I certainly know the answers to some questions if not all.I suppose you wont believe the govt about VP being killed and KP being captured too.You are entitled to your fantasies. Meanwhile we’ll wait for Godot…….

  39. confused confucius says:

    Thanks for giving something readable. Why wasn’t Pottu’s death celebrated in Colombo?

    I think the govt may have played it down because they didn’t identify his body ……..DBSJ

  40. Sriyan Chaminda Pasqual says:

    My GOD.
    What a story.
    This is the people that LTTE sympathizers are supporting.
    They helped these events by Funds, Ideology and sympathy.
    What a waste.
    Thank GOD that the curse is over now.

  41. citizensl says:

    comment 34 and comment 10
    “You jumped the gun! Pottu is still alive, live and kiking. Wait and see, in few months…….”
    “In case, I say in case, if he is still alive, it is going to be a disaster for everyone involved saying he is dead ”

    its rather incredible/pathetic/sad to to see how some peelam supporters still live in a dreamland……
    don’t worry chaps peelam is just around the corner…Velu P and Pottu along with Elvis and JFK are still alive and kicking….so keep sending money to KP’s account.
    we eagerly await Velu P’s b’day speech…till then remember to send your salaries and unemployment/refugeee benefits to KP’s account….

  42. hasan says:

    You are a excellent writer. You do lot of research and write something after you are convinced. I am also convinced that Pottu is dead.
    But you are little bit harsh on the people who say “We don’t believe the Government”. Yes it is true that most of the Government announcement in recent months are reliable. But you know the announcement of the Government in the past were mostly unreliable. When someone doesn’t believe the government, it doesn’t mean, it is a fantasy.

    I am harsh to those who are harsh. But You’ve misunderstood. Fantasy is believing VP & Pottu are alive. Not about believing the govt all the time…………DBSJ

  43. Gayan says:

    Where were the human rights champions?The self proclaimed protectors of the tamils while all these things were done by Pottu & LTTE.?Where was Mano Ganesan ?why didn’t he speak out of these crimes against Tamils? .

    As per the SLA ,Pottu amman’s two sons were killed during the final stages of the liberation of North.Thankfully evil DNA wont pass to the next generation.

    I think TOSIS back was broken with the LRRP bumpingoff Charles in Mannar .Charles was in charge of colombo & south in general .And TOSIS was never the same again

  44. R Maran says:

    Hi DBS,

    Nelliady Chandran

    I do know his full name. But, I can’t recall it now. By the way, meeting between LTTE and PLOTE Kannan was arranged by Mahendran not by Dr Sivanathan.

    Regards

    R Maran

  45. Sam says:

    I’m not trying to defend the LTTE here, but most of the cadres were passionate about the freedom and they truly believed in the cause by laying their lives. Few lunatics like Pottu ruined everything for the rest. LTTE may be ruthless, but this doesn’t make our goverment as the liberators or saints. The sri lankan military is know for far worse attrocities.

    Mr. DBS, I hardly have seen any ‘insider’ article on how the state terror machines have ruled our north and east for the past 30 years. If you really want to shed lights on the injustice, you should also talk about the ‘brave liberators’. Bad mouthing LTTE gives more and more ‘thavidu’ to chew for most of these singalese chauvinistic ‘cows’ who want to justify the actions of a terrorist gov. Again, I’m not trying to defend the LTTE here.

    By the way, I read each and every atricle you write, you are great writer.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Being critical of the LTTE does not mean being supportive of the govt or armed forces and vice versa. Nowadays after the LTTE’s fall a lot of people write by starting ” I/we am/are not defending the LTTE but……..” and then go on to do just that.

    The LTTE’s atrocities cannot justify the armed forces atrocities. Likewise the armed forces bad conduct cannot justify the LTTE’sbad conduct.

    The negativity of the LTTE cannot be attributed to a few people alone. It goes far deeper than that and in a way symptomatic of the deterioration of the Tamil people

    If more Tamils had “Bad mouthed” (as you put it)the LTTE when it was powerful the Tamil people wont be in this position. I criticised the LTTE when it was powerful and have suffered for it. I am only being consistent. Tigers may be dead but “tigerism” is not dead. It has permeated Tamil consciousness , society , attitude and approach. Until the collective conscience of the Tamil people is awoken and the Tamil people face up to reality nothing tangible can be done. We as a people will implode and disintegrate.

    I have on numerous occasions written aboiyt the state , armed forces and their excesses andhuman rights violations. In fact I pleaded with the LTTE to not enforce a boycott as it would bring Mahinda to power. I knew what lay in store for the Tamil people . But the LTTE got 180 million rs from Mahinda and went ahead.

    The LTTE was wiped out and the Tamil people are now bearing the brunt.All of a sudden the “voices” that refused to criticise the LTTE and called me a traitor for doing so are now questioning me as to why some types of articles are not being written. I do not know about others but as for me I will decide what to write and when to write. I will certainly write about the state and armed forces when I want to do so.

    As for your sarcasm about “brave liberators” the tragedy is that they did LIBERATE 300,000 people from the LTTE’s clutches. What is happening now is ironic. The same “liberated” people are being detained indefinitely. But the govt has given a deadline. We have to wait and see whether it will be honoured. If not , the time to criticise would be then

    We also need to pressure the UN into conducting an impartial inquiry about the way the war was conducted. The conduct of the armed forces as well as the LTTE with regard to civilians has to be exposed. it CANNOT be one – sided as some people want

  46. Navin says:

    Call me paranoid but I don’t like to dismiss Pottu as just dead without any solid proof. The man is just too crafty a person to simply die in battle without a trace.

    He could have simply jumped into the lagoon in the dark and swum a shore at a distance away from the army and crept into the bush. God knows what kind of accomplices may have waited for him there.

    There were also reports that the FDL was breached during the battle. Pottu could have also taken advantage of the moment and slipped through unnoticed.

    Besides, the bodies of more or less all other LTTE cadres were found except that of most important Pottu. It seems too much a coincidence.

    It isn?t that I believe Pottu is alive or I would like to. I wish him dead as much as anyone could.

    The fact is that we have no proof of his death and Pottu is no ordinary LTTE cadre but THE Pottu Amman. All what I have heard from GR, SF and others is just rhetoric and nothing more.

    Sri Lankan courts concluding Pottu dead is not a significant event. I won’t be surprised if they were to conclude in a later day that the man is undead.

    If VP was alive, he would have shown his face the moment he was out of danger but not Pottu. The fact that there has been no news of him or any activity having any connection with him is again no proof of his death either. Pottu is an elusive figure and we may never know of his fate for certainty.

    His file should have been left open and I hope greater sense would prevail upon the state intelligence apparatus to be on the lookout for any trace of this notorious criminal for all his life time even if official government policy is that the man is dead and gone for good.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Well Navin , Good to be vigilant but there’s a negative side too.

    Continuing to search for an elusive person legally presumed dead is a novel suggestion. But this will be a good pretext to keep the State repressive apparatus intact.The draconian PTA can be retained and used at will against any perceived enemy. The Tamil people will be continuously harassed under the excuse of searching for Pottu Ammaan. There’s a limit to paranoia.

    Even if Pottu or Praba are alive what can they do now Navin? It’s all over ain’t it?

  47. vijay says:

    dear mr.dbs as a journalist what is your view on thisanayagam and channel 4 video clip..atleast as a tamilian you must write about it…rather writing about dead tigers like pottu as a tamil journalist fight for the people of idp by writing…..

    I have been writing about the Wanni Tamil civilian (IDP) plight for years and years…..DBSJ

  48. kittu says:

    nalla kathai sollureenka. kekka nallai irukku. sollunkoo…
    sollunkoo… Maran Annoi all the people who know the stories have not yet dead. pls tell training camp stories….
    komediyai irrukkum…

    “Innoruva vethanai;ivarhalukku vedikkai” (MGR film song)……..DBSJ

  49. wimal says:

    hi Jeyraj

    I am waiting every week impatiently to read your fantastic articles with full of background info.Please do write a book on both sides gosl and the ltte.We will get that at any cost.You are like Rohan Gunaratne who has this kind of knowledge.

    Well done

    Wimal

  50. Arun Vincent says:

    the so called thecia poraattam is full of murder, betrayal, torture arrrogance cruelty and what not. But still there are many who admire these ruthless bastards.
    Why the God was so late in punishing these two legged animals!

  51. bali says:

    DBS
    you forgot some names from ariyalai, moddai prem (ravilochanan kidu assiaant), nada ( ariyalai camp incharge) , sumanthiran (nimal , incharge for jaffna koodai ) janam ( kandi , incharge of thivu )

  52. bali says:

    Hi DBS
    you forgot somes names . njanam ( kandi incharge to Thivu ) moddai pream ( ravi , kidu assistant 0 , nada ( ariyalai camp incharge) , sumanthiran ( nimal , Jarl kodai incharge ) .

  53. georgethebushpig says:

    Meticulous! I join the chorus that calls for a book. The former cadre of LTTE and other groups that live in Canada have many stories to tell. You certainly could pull it all together. Many in the south have no clue what really went on. I hope the right time will be sooner rather than later for you.

    Thanks.Let’s hope so………..DBSJ

  54. kittu says:

    “Nelliady Chandran”
    Thaiyanithi( iyakap peiyar : Ruban) studying at nelliady but from kapputhu. he went to karai for a charity mission…..
    very honest & nice person…

  55. jeyapaalan says:

    இந்தவீடியோவின் ஒரிஜினல் பிரதியை பார்க்க

    இதை பார்த்துவிட்டு சொல்லுங்கள் புலிகளினதும் புலி பினாமிகளும்
    செய்து வரும் பிண த்தை வைத்து பணம் சேர்க்கும் வேலையை

  56. Ariyaratnam says:

    Please find pottu’s family members and destroy them all. This is my advise to Suseelan and nellijady Chandran;s family. DBS anna this is going to happen very soon. I know there are group of tamils started searching for LTTE cadre’s family members in India, Malaysia and Thailand.

    Now I am writting you a shocking news. Two of the the top level LTTE Leader’s sons kidnapped and killed in Thailand last week.

  57. Sarva says:

    Hi Maran,
    I also like to add some info, His name is Thayanithi and he studied at Hartley College with suseelan’s Batch. He stayed in Trichy at the swami Premanantha’s asramam for a while after he left the ltte. He went to Vethaaranyam to go to Jaffna. I don’t think he was member of NLFT but NLFT was helping so many people who left their movement and nowhere to go. When Thayanithi’s father came to madras to look for his son, VP told one of the LTTE’s Nelliady political office cadres to inform him that his son was a traitor and we killed him. But that cadre told the father that his son went to SL on a mission. That Nelliady guy who is living in aboard now also labelled as a traitor but because VP like he was allowed to go aboard.
    The 1984 revolt in the training came was organized by Venu. Ragavan was in Madras at that time. Lots of cadres were really unhappy about VP’s wedding but later change their mind because of Poonamman and Radha. For a long time Venu was hiding in Karnataka state with the help of some small Indian left groups from the LTTE and Q branch Police.
    Hi DBS,
    I don’t know why you did not mention Visu, Newton, karuna and their part in the TOSIS because they were in the TOSIS before Pottu.

  58. Karunakaran says:

    DBS,
    What you are trying to achieve by writing these kind falsely exhibiting the internal things of LTTE with your paranoid exploited mind?

    I think you are innocently believing that the decisions made by a Linux Administrator and his power craving brothers are enrich and flourish that Island.

    Just trying to tell the truth and make people like you see the true light……………….DBSJ

  59. miller says:

    “Even if Pottu or Praba are alive what can they do now Navin? It�s all over ain�t it? —DBSJ

    DBS, you are sometime 100% right. I agree with you. Return of Pottu is a joke.

  60. shankar says:

    dbs,
    what your article clearly conveys is that the ltte had more or less self destructed itself by ihe foolish vendettas of their senior leaders, except pehaps for soosai who seemed the only fellow who kept out of politics and fought like a military commander. the srilanka security forces had to only administer the coup-de-grace. the killing of mahattaya who was a superb military commander was a disaster. breakaway of karuna who was also a intelligent military commander was the load that broke the camels back. how can they blame him for joining the forces. when he was called to the wanni by these 2 madmen mahattayas fate was clearly written. after that too did they leave him in peace. they massacred his men, fellow tamils who had fought hard against the srilanka army, even to the extent of folowing them to the middle east. balraj died of overwork, and theepan who was a middle level commander had to shuttle back and forth from muhamalai to killinochi to see that the defence does not crack. and the defnce did crack at the pooneryn to paranthan road and everything fell down like a pack of cards after that. what were these 2 great military commanders prabha and pottu doing in the meantime. hiding inside the bunkers and like 2 rats tried to get out of the sinking ship on the 18th. after the fall of killinochi did they even try to disperse the ltte cadres so that they will not get trapped in mullavaikal. i am not surprised that they were 2 ‘mokkus’ in school. all credit to the rank and file ltte cadres who fought so courageously against overwhelming odds inflicting so much casualties on the forces, even while being led by such mediocre leadership. just imagine with that quality what could have been if karuna and mahattaya had taken over the leadership long time ago and had not got offside with india too. but they did not possess the prerequisite qualifications for leadership which is a touch of madness. they were only good ,sane military commanders.

  61. R Maran says:

    Sarva,

    Thanks, Yes his name is Thayanithi.

    I agree with your comments on NLFT. But, LTTE considered Thayanithi’s association with NLFT as betrayal. This what i heart from LTTE members after he was killed. By no means, i intend to say LTTE.was right in killing him. I have lot of respect for NLFT.

    R Maran

  62. Amirthakaliyan says:

    It looks like that VP was only a figure head and Pottu was running the whole show in VP’s name during the late years. The main reason was VP’s ill health. He was over weight, had high pressure, diabetic to the worse due to uncontrolled diet, cholesterol, piles and above all madness. With all these conditions how one can live healthily in a bunker.

    Those medical doctors in US and UK who were funding this game should have realised this long ago.

  63. Frank Cooray says:

    Another fantastic article by DBS. David, when are we going to see the bestseller called ” The RISE and FALL of Srilanka’s LTTE” ? [or something to that effect]
    your well researched reports are second to none as they are always interesting and unbiased. I can’t give you enough credit. All I can say is if I want to read the truth about what’s happening in Sri Lanka I look for your reports.
    Once again, thanks for the excellent piece and I am waiting for the day I can read a novel by you about the history of the Tigers as they have profoundly affected the course of history of our country. It will be essential reading for all communities so that everyone will know the actual story and learn lessons so that it will never be repeated. And coming from a master writer of your calibre it’s guaranteed to be a blockbuster.!!

    Thank you for the suggestion and wishes.I am thinking about it……………DBSJ

  64. miller says:

    DBS, you are a master ………Good luck……… For the God sake, I would tell you this, please do be careful. Take care

    Thank you for your concern Miller. I will be careful…………..DBSJ

  65. basu Sri says:

    Excellent article, but what intrigued me the most was that nomentionwas made of the role of Pottu Amaan’s rolein Rajiv Gandhi’s murder. Was this deliberate ?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear Basu Sri

    Why should you be intrigued? I have not written about Pottu’s role in ANY assassination perpetrated by the LTTE in this article. So why be concerned about Rajiv Gandhi assassination alone? But I did write about how Indian sleuths had flown the marriage registrar who officiated at Pottu’s wedding to India and recorded a statement. Anyway this is only a journalistic piece about Pottu and the LTTE intelligence division. This is not a thesis or a biography about Pottu.

  66. neo says:

    HI, i have been vivid reader of your site , thanks to frontline( Hidu magazine) while you have narrated all the events in the Pottu life i did not see the role pottu played in Rajiv Ghadhi assn.. …..and the vain attempts he made to rescue his cadre. there is also a roumour that pottu got paid from RAW monthly . Whats your position on this? did pottu Fail in underestimating indian investigating agencies who followed sivarasan?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Not only Pottu but Praba and the LTTE failed due to the errors of both underestimation and overestimation. As for Pottu getting paid monthly from RAW I think Nedumaran and Vaiko will know more about how RAW pays its informants within LTTE supportive elements in India

  67. miller says:

    DBS, let me ask you this. Do you know how many innocent people massacred in the last battle in the hands of SL forces?

    No Miller.I dont think anyone has the exact figures of innocent people killed by both the forces and LTTE in the last battle…………………..DBSJ

  68. Jay says:

    DBS,

    Being a 35 year old Indian Tamil, I have grown up with Srilankan Tamils kids in Chennai.
    Then suddenly when I was in the 8th grade around 1989 poof entire families just disappeared to Europe and Canada.

    Around that time, I asked one of my srilankan tamil freinds Why is LTTE fighting Indian troops when the Indian troops came down there to help tamil people after Elephant Pass disaster.
    Reply I still remember after all these years was that “If not for Indian Army interference we could have already gotten eelam.

    I never gave much thought about LTTE or Sri Lanka until MAy 2009, when I woke up to LTTE elimination.

    Iam currently addicted to your writings and this fascinating sequence events for the last 25 years.

    I have reading up all your writings over the last 10 years and Iam fascinated by these characters and the history of Srilankan Tamils.

    There are many real life experiences which should be learnt by the entire human race.

    Thanks for documenting it.

    My sincere request for you to post all your old articles all the way from 1987 or so.
    -Jay

    Thank you. I dont have many of my articles but am trying to recover them………DBSJ

  69. l Premarajah says:

    Very good artical Mr.DBS

  70. Can the govt please give us a chronology of Pottu’s attrocities especially the bomb blasts in Colombo.

  71. Exceptionally handsome man unlike the normal Tamil

  72. Human says:

    A lot of you guys requested DBS to write a book about LTTE.

    The book should be evidence based non judgmental critical analysis.

  73. shantha says:

    When I talk to my close contact last time in Vanni on 16th May, he told me that Pottu amman’s 10 year old son was killed by a bullet. This was happened while they were at the Camp. Pottu was devastated by his son’s death and didn’t want to leave the area. He was very quite after this indecent and he blamed his son’s death on Praba closed aids told.

  74. Sirimevan Silva says:

    Please publish your articals in a book. They are important

  75. P.K.Rajan says:

    Your response for comment # 46

    ..”The negativity of the LTTE cannot be attributed to a few people alone. It goes far deeper than that and in a way symptomatic of the deterioration of the Tamil people..”

    A sweeping statement. May be written by you in a moment of pain and frustration. If you really beleive i would request you to elaborate.

    Actually what I mentioned here was an understatement not a sweeping one. Maybe I will elaborate on this some day when and if I feel it would be helpful for the Tamil people……DBSJ

  76. rana says:

    Dear DBS

    I eagerly wait for your articles, well written about a paranoid . I don know why RAW encouraged these type of stupid peoples at the begining. They should have been kicked out of India right when they started their movement. This cost us Rajeevs life, one of the best PM’s we had in India. I am not sure whether this stupid fella is dead or not but whatso ever I guess even he is alive he will face the same fate as this stupid KP is facing now. They were never fighting for innocent tamils, they were fighting to meet their whims and fantasy.
    Regards
    Rana

  77. Siriemvan Silva says:

    Thank you DBS.

    publish all your articals please

    will send more requests.
    publish all articals about LTTE in one book

  78. Edward Dhammasumana says:

    Most brutal man ever to born in the world!?

    Not quite…………..DBSJ

  79. wijayapala says:

    Hi DBSJ,

    “Initially a **media personality** was used to cultivate potential double agent recruits in the Police and armed forces.”

    Could you explain what you meant by LTTE using “media personality” to cultivate double agents? Do you mean that the LTTE used journalists?

    I think that line is very clear and needs no further “explanation” Wijayapala……..DBSJ

  80. Vinod Joseph says:

    Human #73, actually I (and many others I know) are sort of hoping Mr. DBSJ would write a book on the LTTE that would be not be evidence based and would contain lots of judgmental and non-critical non-analysis!

  81. Nanban says:

    To All
    Why are you guys writing very old informations . some of the names are in 1983 _ 1987 . that time fram every one knows the stories , pls dont mention any names .

  82. Upul Darmawardena says:

    Dear DBSJ,

    Could you please?please arrange a way for us to read all you articles…….

    Upul

    Upul, whatever I write nowadays will be posted on this blog & http://www.transcurrents.com…….DBSJ

  83. shankar says:

    to comment 44-gayan

    you were saying that because pottus two sons were killed evil DNA wont pass to the next generation. i also probably would have had that same view except recently i had an experience that made me think that it is not so black and white.
    i bumped into a hugh very ferocious looking american pitbull terrier which had broken its leash and came towards me. it just came and stood near me and was very friendly and let me pet it. contrast this to some years ago where i had to fight of another pitbull that was trying to take a chunk off me. you may be aware that pitbulls have such a reputation many people are calling for a ban.

    i was so surprised by this one and asked the owner how come it was so different. he said it is the way you bring up the dog. he had lavished a lot of love and attention on the dog since it was a puppy. i think the same applies to humans too. love and affection and the environment you create from a young age can overcome DNA defects.

  84. Jay says:

    This message is for poster shankar who has written an excellent summary on why LTTE failed and who were the real heroes.

    Key Lessons Learnt Here are-

    1. “True Leader is made not by his own capabilities but by people surrounding him. If a leader cannot choose his leadership group wisely he is destined to fail”
    Prabakaran was a hyped out to be a great leader only because of great story telling by people surrounding him.
    Initially he had lucked out by having a great leader like Mahataya by his side, Mahataya saved Prabakaran ass during IPKF days.
    Mahataya also choose Balraj, Theepan and Karuna who were responsible for subsequent victories for LTTE.
    When Mahataya was killed, LTTE fate was sealed because most of the subsequent leaders who were chosen by Mahataya were great military commanders but not talent cultivators.

    2. “Group Think needs to avoided where every person of the group just rubber stamps every decision without any critical analysis and dissenting opinion. Leader needs to form a consensus before make decisions”
    Prabakaran never had a strong decision making structure he relied too much on Pottu Amman and kept on making blunders after blunders when finally it caught back with him.

    3. “If you are at war be always at war or if you want to choose peace don’t turn back achieve peace it at all costs.
    One of the biggest reasons for LTTE failures is this ceasefire from 2002-2006. These four years changed LTTE so much that after 2006 it was no turning back. They should have realized this and should have salvaged what they could have got without a war.
    Prabakaran was counting his chickens too early by setting up civilian administrators and undermining overseas procurements. This had created dissents with Military Commanders like Karuna who felt that they did not deserve the respect they needed. Probably many commanders in the Northern Command felt the same.
    LTTE had become soft, conventional and many of the top leaders unmotivated was a clear sign of disaster. Plus changing KP in the middle with unreliable overseas people and when the crunch time came they could not deliver.

    4. “ Leader should know when to fight and when to cut and run”
    Prabakaran was a selfish person, he always craved for the artificial high of being praised as a great leader thus kept on prolonging the struggle. LTTE lasted so long despite Sri Lankan army’s numeric superiority and technological advantages are because of luck and many miracles. Plus idiots were running SLA. Luck will turn against you sometime and Prabakaran should have known.

    5. “Demographics played a key role”
    Tamils are migrating Sri Lanka to western countries at a rapid pace. If your population is dwindling and Sinhalese population is booming then you are doomed. Tamils in North never had such a critical mass population wise to prolong this any longer. Karuna’s breakaway was the final nail in the coffin with Eastern Tamils no longer involved.

  85. Dilshan F says:

    Super article. I am gaining so much knowledge of the LTTE and its operation.

    Learning from the past will defenitely help all of us in the future Tamils and Sinhalese alike.

    We also had these types in the JVP. they also killed their fellow citizens in the name of political idealogy.

    Sometimes its frustrating when you dont write and we have to be waiting patiently till you do.

  86. Kannan says:

    The Tamil Tigers were not formed in a vacuum. They were the result of 40 years of state oppression and the delegitimizing of constitutional politics. While I agree with DBS that the Tiger history should not be pushed under the carpet, I believe the same goes to state terror. The Tigers had a symbiotic relationship with both the UNP and SLFP governments. The Sinhala hardliners pushed the Tamil people to the corner and the Tigers benefited. I fear history will repeat it’s self unless both Sinhalese and Tamil people critically look at their history and learn from it. DBS what do think about the verdict against your fellow journalist Tissainayagam?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I have been signing petitions demanding his release. I am in touch with some of Tissa’s friends. There is a group of old Thomians and people concerned with human rights who are actively working behind the scenes for Tissa. Most members of this group are Sinhala.

    I am also trying to get a copy of the judgement. If and when I get it I will write on it provided it does not affect his efforts to appeal.

    We have also been posting on http://www.transcurrents.com many,many articles, statements & press releases calling for REAL justice on the Tissainayagam matter from the time he was detained. If you had followed those you would have known my stance

    As for now I call upon President Rajapakse to directly INTERVENE and release TIssa with an unconditional pardon.

  87. Kannan says:

    Part of Tissainayagam’s statement to the court.

    “I was and am still an advocate against terrorism. I have criticised terrorism in whatever form. I never advocated violence, my objective was to generate non violent means of resolving the conflict, my research, writings and work was towards achieving this.”

    “I always agitated against violence, fought for justice and for the oppressed” — Tissainayagam.

  88. Mr. Thanabalasundaram says:

    It is well known that pottu escaped, the sri lankan army had intercepted communications by Colonel Ram asking for help to get the “big bird” (Pottu), and “wounded bird” (sornam) out of the east long after the war ended. So Pottu is definitely around, maybe in colombo even. The security forces are well and truly rattled about not being able to have got pottu’s body. So much so that the army intelligence has confirmed that he made it out to the top brass. So the proverbial final nail into the coffin may not be yet driven in yet, DBS.

    You are only referring to some news reports. You have misread even those. But you can keep the coffin open till the last nail gets rusty Thanabalasingham…………DBSJ

  89. Marcus Marianayagam says:

    Comment 20 and 22
    I remember reading in the Ministry of Defence website that three of Pottu’s sons were killed in May 09.

  90. nanban says:

    to all , why are you guys writing all names , some of the names are in time frame 1983 to 1987 , please do not write any names . Thanks

    Tell us a way to write without naming names will you, Nanbaa…………..DBSJ

  91. Rajiv says:

    This is a very insightful and informative article. We the Tamils of Sri Lankan origin should strive to integrate all facts and information related to LTTE and other ?liberation? organizations in the introspective and soul searching process that is so essential for us to move forward as a distinct ethnic grouping in a globalized society. VP, Pottu and the likes of them passionately spearheaded the degradation of the near utopian life and culture that most of us once enjoyed. A glimpse into the life in those days was provided by DBS? article paying tribute to his friend and the relevant comments in the blog.

    The mention of Sam Thambimuthu brings back nostalgic memories of the wonder years in Batticaloa. Let me add a personal touch here. Sam uncle and Kala aunty were very close friends with my parents. They contributed in their own way to the betterment of the Tamil people. Unfortunately, their value was never appreciated by the likes of VP and Pottu who dreamt of a la-la land with zombies incessantly paying obeisance to the self-styled Thesiya Thalaivar. May the Almighty bless their son and grant him peace and strength.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thanks for the reference to Sam Annan & Kala akka Rajiv.

    I was just a cub reporter for the “Virakesari” in 1977 when I was transferred at short notice to Batticaloa as Staff correspondent for B’caloa in place of the veteran VS Kathirgamathamby. I was introduced to the Thambimuthus by my old friend “Mandoor” Mahendran.

    These wonderful people embraced me with genuine affection , friendliness and typical Batticaloa hospitality. Apart from helping me to “settle” down temporarily in B’caloa they were also helpful in getting me many valuable contacts and news sources. The talkative Kala Akka would regale me with old & current political history whenever they invited me for a meal at their place,

    Sam took me around to many parts of the sprawling B’caloa and Amparai districts showing me places and introducing people.

    I remained in touch with them after I returned to Colombo and would meet them at SHARAZ where they usually stayed. Later as the ethnic crisis escalated or deteriorated Sam was to me and quite a few foreign journalists a steady, reliable source of news. Many of the massive human rights violations perpetrated against the Tamil people of the east by Police, Army and STF would have gone unreported or under reported but for the quiet work of Sam and Kala.

    Their commitment to the Tamil cause was tremendous. Very few know that it was young Sam who went across to India by “country boat” in 1958 to alert leaders and media there about the prevailing anti – Tamil violence

    Kala herself had a long political tradition being the daughter of Senator Manickam who himself resigned from his senatorial position when he felt the Federal Party that nominated him to that position was compromising its principles.

    What a tragedy then that Sam and Kala were killed as “traitors” by morons who have weakened the Tamil community to irredeemable depths. But this process of “traitorisation” goes on.

    The Tamils are doomed until they realise that they are a “sick” society

  92. Natives says:

    I am glad to see that there are more requests in this blog for a book on LTTE and Sri Lanka from DBS. DBS has shown that he has the most impressive breadth and depth on the details of the Sri Lankan civil war. I am waiting for the day when I can place an order for DBS book on Amazon.

    This article shows how tamils destroyed their own for freedom. But this method of terror brought more terror and misery to everyone and at the end resulted in total annihilation of their own kind.

    There is a saying in Tamil ” Arasan Andru Kolvan, Deivam Nindru Kollum” meaning the King will punish immediately; but the GOD will punish belatedly.

    Thank you. I do hope I can live up to your expectations………..DBSJ

  93. dingiri says:

    It would be interesting for someone to do a comparative study of the VP and Pottu, and Vijeveera and Gamanayaka the hopes they gave their people and how they dashed them. How while claiming to champion their cause at a public level they privately had only contempt and utter disregard for people as individuals.

    Also true of Stalin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein. They only have time for graniose causes like “glory” and “liberation” but dont give a damn about the individual.

    What baffles me is how the dumb masses never fail to fall for these demagogues.

  94. Rain Bow says:

    Thank you DBSJ for the factual report and for being consistent in reporting the atrocities committed in Sri Lanka by both parties. I still do not understand why some fanatics have not woken up and accepted the reality.

    I join with numerous others who have requested you to publish a book on the history. I strongly believe your documentary would be unbiased and interesting. I also like to know a bit more about Soosai.

    Take care and bless you!

    Thank you “Vaanavil”. I do hope there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rain bow…..DBSJ

  95. basu Sri says:

    Mr. Jeyaraj:

    Thank you for acknowledging my query regarding the Rajiv Gandhi Assisination.

    I urge you to write a comprehensive book on the rise and fall of the LTTE, with your in depth knowledge of the events of this very sad and tumultous phase in the history of Sri lanka, where so many innocent lives were lost on both sides, this would be a very important historical document.

    It has been my previlege to be closely associated with a number of Sri Lankans, both Tamil & Sinhalese during my early years of study at the Madras Christian College in the early seventies and later in the United States.

    I have followed with dismay the loss of lives on both sides of this terrible conflict, and definitely the course of Indian history was changed with the murged of Rajiv Gandhi.

    I have been following your writings over the years, and I greatly admire your courage in standing up to the LTTE.

    The LTTE was indeed a great misfortune that befell on the citizens of Srilanka both Tamils & Sinhalese.

    thank you

    Thank you for sentiments expressed Basu Sri and your suggestion…………DBSJ

  96. raj says:

    i guess every writer in Sri Lanka is afraid of white van, otherwise, they could have written many. You too seems to be afraid of white van abducion so U did not criticize about Tissanayagam’s sentence. Am I right?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    No you are DEAD wrong.

    I live in Canada now where there is no white van abduction.(at least not yet) The only violence I’ve suffered here has been at the hands of LTTE goons though I receive lots of threats and abusive mail & calls from “Sinhala” hawkish elements.

    Anyway I resent strongly you “sneering” reference to my colleagues in the media in Sri Lanka about fearing the white van. Journalists of all ethnicities are facing great danger in Lanka but some are battling the threats as courageously and as practically as possible. I have the greatest regard and respect for them all and will not and cannot criticise any one if they do “give in” to the threat to their lives.

    I dont want any scribe to face experience death, assault, detention or exile in the name of press freedom while they and their families suffer. People like you who “sneer” at journalists for having fear are despicable scum as far as I am concerned.

    About Tissa I am reproducing a response I made earlier to a comment by KANNAN here

    “I have been signing petitions demanding his release. I am in touch with some of Tissa’s friends. There is a group of old Thomians and people concerned with human rights who are actively working behind the scenes for Tissa. Most members of this group are Sinhala.

    I am also trying to get a copy of the judgement. If and when I get it I will write on it provided it does not affect his efforts to appeal.

    We have also been posting on http://www.transcurrents.com website many,many articles, statements & press releases calling for REAL justice on the Tissainayagam matter from the time he was detained. If you had followed those you would have known my stance

    As for now I call upon President Rajapakse to directly INTERVENE and release TISSA with an unconditional pardon.”

    By the way RAJ – if and when I write on Tissa I will definitely condemn the antics of pro – tiger Diaspora shedding crocodile tears for the alleged persecution by the “sinhala” state of a “Tamil” journalist. I will write about how Tissa tried hard those days to get funds from rich Diasporic Tamils to carry on with his journal. But the Diaspora preferred to donate to the LTTE to buy arms rather than finance a journal in English. Now some of these rascals are beating breasts over Tissa

    While these disgraceful elements try to portray the Tissa affair in crude ethnic terms there is a dedicated group out there trying to do their best for Tissa. Some have begun writing too. This group is multi – ethnic and many in this are Sinhala something which the pro – tiger Tamil diaspora does not understand

  97. georgethebushpig says:

    Human,

    No actually what we want DBS to write is a biased, completely concocted and totally judgemental book about the LTTE. Obviously you dont have the same respect we have for a journalist with integrity and courage who has put himself on the line on numerous occasions battling the worst of the Sinhala and Tamil nut cases!

    Human, you are actually a peach!

  98. nathan says:

    Mr DBS I am your fan but do not say ltte is brave
    and intelligence they are not because when SLG
    stupid and lack of leadership they look like that.in front of MR & BROTHERS they are headless chicken.also the previous SLG were too much concern abot india and INC otherwise they could have done what they did to JVP not once,twice
    in that sense we were bit lucky.time to learn from
    mistakes.

  99. UGK says:

    Sri Lankan Airlines requests its pilots to work 3 days without pay.

    And what has this got to do with this article on Pottu Ammaan?……..DBSJ

  100. zoyza says:

    Dear DBS.

    Every day you are writing some unwanted things which may help for my beloved Sinhalese murderers.

    there are many sinhalease dictators such as anakarika Dharmapala, senanayakke, Rajapakshe and etc. I am ashamed to be buddhist.

    The Lord buddha never taught such a stupidity things.

    When will you stop this childishness of pretending to be what you are not?………DBSJ

  101. Edward says:

    I write my comments especially criticising Tamil politics, especially Tamil Separatism. This article of Jeyaraj I like very much

  102. Praveen says:

    I always thought Karuna is the best hope to dig the Tamils out of the hole VP put them with the unstinting support of Pottu Aman.Ultimately Pottu put VP in a hole for good.
    I stiil think Karuna is the best person to lead the Tamils in Srilanka to a peaceful and prosperous furture they enjoyed before VP look charge.Pro LTTE diaspora should not have any influence on the future of Tamils who are living in Srilanka after the misry they helped inflict on them e through the LTTE.
    You have omited the details of the brutal massacre of Karuna suppoters incliuding his brither by Pottu and VP If Karuna went to meet VP his fate woukd have been as same as Mahathaya .between the lines

  103. MS Selliah says:

    Let me reproduce a part below:
    Pottu was furious. The escapee was caught and brought to Pottu who trussed him up in a sack tied to a rope on a tree. The sack was dashed again and again by Pottu himself on the tree trunk.He then battered the sack with an iron rod. Chandran was reduced to pulp.

    Surely there must have been some witnesses to this incident. In comparing this brutality of a Tamil by a Tamil was nothing to the release of Channel 4 video of killing Tamils allegedly by SL soldiers.

  104. Praveen says:

    I always thought Karuna is the best hope to dig the Tamils out of the hole VP put them with the unstinting support of Pottu Aman.Ultimately Pottu put VP in a hole for good.

    I stiil think Karuna is the best person to lead the Tamils in Srilanka to a peaceful and prosperous future as they enjoyed before VP look charge.Pro LTTE diaspora should not have any influence on the future of Tamils who are living in Srilanka after the misery they helped inflict on them through the LTTE.

    You have omitted the details of the brutal massacre of Karuna supporters inciuding his brother Reggie by Pottu and VP. If Karuna went to meet VP his fate would have been as same as Mahathaya .

    This proves the fact that Karuna is lot smarter than both Pottu and VP. and enhances my conviction that he is the best leader to move the Tamil community forward.

    I hope the Diaspora Tamils have read this article.Thanks for providing another piece of exciting reading material.Please write another article on the battle to crush Karuna loyalists in the East.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Praveen

    I have been writing so many articles on the Karuna split and related developments since 2004 March. I called upon the LTTE leadership to resolve the issue amicably as otherwise Karuna would be compelled to join forces with the Govt. I warned that the Karuna revolt would ultimately affect northern and eastern Tamil relationship and weaken the Tamils in the long term.I wrote that the LTTE leadership was making a mistake by thinking that the Karuna revolt could be settled through military means.

    I was attacked by the tiger and pro – tiger elements for this. One notorious tiger propagandist asked people to spit on me. But ultimately I was proven right. The Karuna split was responsible to a very great extent for the decline and fall of the LTTE.

    I have been writing articles on the east for a long time. I’ve exposed the human rights violations and atrocities of both the LTTE and Karuna faction TMVP and also the army and STF. If you had read these particularly about the LTTE – Karuna faction fighting in 2004 you wont be asking me to re-invent the wheel again by asking me to write about the karuna battle in 2009.

    But Karuna is not the leader to take the Tamils forward. He is as evil as Prabhakaran and at present a stooge of the Rajapakse regime. Karuna and Pillaiyan and Douglas have been running assassinationn squads on behalf of the state and to enrich themselves. They have no moral right to leadership.

    None of the present crop of so called Tamil leaders both ex – militant and ex- democratic are fit nor capable of acting positively in the interests of the Tamils and providing visionary leadership.

    The LTTE has either demolished or undermined independent, responsible Tamil politics. What we have now are anti – LTTE and pro – LTTE configurations of Tamil politicians. Those who unashamedly behaved as political slaves of their tiger masters are now trying to change colours because the LTTE is no more.

    Never before in the history of the Sri Lankan Tamil people have they had such a motley group of disgraced, disgraceful people masquerading as their political leaders. But I suppose a people get the leaders they deserve.

  105. Dilshan F says:

    DBSJ is there an archive for your writings ?, I mean from days before as well.

    I read a lot and I am priviledged to read articles from you. I also read many back issues. I know I can browse and search Transcurrents but perhaps when you have the time an Archive chronologically and searchable would be great for ardent readers like us.

    I remember reading your column ‘ Behind the cadjan curtain’ ( hope I am right ) but it would really be great to read about what happened in the past your thoughts ect.

    Maybe thats why a lot is asking from you a book on LTTE. or better on the whole story including the mistakes done by the Army, and Governments as well.

    Good luck

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Dilshan,
    I have never thought that my writing was so important enough to collect and retain my articles. As I’ve often written in my responses here I dont have a complete archive of those. Nowadays its flattering to read requests from so many readers about old articles and I sometimes regret my disinclination to retain them. Some of my friends are now trying to collect some at least.

    As for “Behind te cadjan curtain” articles only “The Island” archives would have them now I think

  106. Nostradamus says:

    Thanks for the insightful article, DBSJ.

  107. sankilian says:

    you deserve real praise for this writing DBSjejaraj

  108. P.Padmanaaabhan says:

    vanakkam, DBSJ.

    There has been reporting under the title “POTTU AAMAN MONOPOLISED ACCESS TO PRABHAKARAN” to your afoersaid article in the SUNDAY EXPRESS , Coimbatore edition dated 13th Sunday 09 at page 5 (State) .

    So much of laudatory words for u, thiru.DBSJ! I am appalled ! bewildred. Will go through patiently later all posting and the whole of atricle above to know why the praiae is for ?

    from this side of palk straits, I am also waiting for book publication of the whole of series of articles in DINAMANI tamil daily by one thiru.Paavai Chandran of the history os eezham tamils struggle.

    I am a tamil nationalist with enormous worry over the withering tamil identity , language and culture under the dominant Indian economy within Indian polity albeit its facade of federalism. I strongly belive that Indian polity is only an eperimentative having been created by colonial master on the basis of a dark indian sub continent which had been subjected for hundred of years to manipulative vedic ideologies that surprisingly paved way for caste divisions which are perpetuating automatically and spontaneously so powerfully even today for the reaons that caste feelings are so emotionally entrenched in 99% of ecah of the ethnic stock of people.

    Caste and reliogion are intertwined. It is not easy for a human to xtreicate himself from caste identity and feelings. the refrences afioresaid in this discussion here to castesim and religion are unvaidable since they simply wipe out ethnic idenity and our commitment to foster the identity and develop the language. Unless we have our own sovereing state and supportive economy, it will never be possible. that is why awakened tamils like me supported and woudl continue to support the efforts and struggle of eezhamite tamils to revive their own sovereign State in the neighbouring island . Surely their experiences holds so much for us . I am so saddened that the eexhamite tamils are such a desperate and hopeless situation. I need to read the whole of what thiru.DBSJ has written. But, tamils do NEED a sovereign State of their lown- do u agree dear DBSJ? Practicality is there no doubt. But conceptually what do u feel abotu the suggetion , Sir.

    If you feel Tamils need their own state you should fight for it in India I think……….DBSJ

  109. Edward says:

    We are making desperate attempts to get Pottu’s people hauled before courts.. lets hope and pray we will succeed .i desperately want to see them behind the bars

  110. ECHO says:

    “None of the present crop of so called Tamil leaders both ex – militant and ex- democratic are fit nor capable of acting positively in the interests of the Tamils and providing visionary leadership…..DBSJ”

    100% true statement. I hope young generation would understand this fact sooner than later.

  111. Sam says:

    Mr DBS! One thing I have been pulling my hair over since the end of the war is that how come our ‘Thasia Thalaivar’ didn’t escape into the jungles or out of the country? We all know how selfish he was and how motivated he was to save himself at any cost. Usually he stays far away from the battleground.

    After fall of Kilinochchi, he should have figured out the inevitable end. He would have certainly known that they are vastly outnumbered and it’s a matter of time before army closes in. But he stayed in, what was his logic? I don’t think he didn’t have means to escape, they had planes/submarines and all. I just can’t figure it out why he stayed.

    Not surprisingly he threw women and children in the path of army, which lead to the vast human casualties. Thankfully these two maniacs are not around anymore to give our SL forces more reasons to make our lives miserable for the rest of our days.

  112. Hot Curry says:

    oh my fellow Tamils who are dancing according to the situations, calm down sit and think.
    Time will come and we will know who and who are dead and who and who will be dead…. wait until the game begin.

  113. Kumar says:

    DBS response to comments 105

    Best hope for Tamils in Srilankan is Douglas Devananda. He is fighting for ordinary Tamil people. Well to do Tamil people don’t like Devananda because his party members are mostly ordinary low class tamil youths.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Decent people of all communities dont like killers, corrupt profiteers of war and those who run killer squads while getting money from the state intelligence.Not because his party members (?) are low – class as you put it. Even many LTTE guys were “Low- class” as you put it. Some of the EPDP killer squad are from the so called “high – classes”.Douglas could not even “contest” polls under his EPDP Veena symbol.If he is the “best hope of Tamils” then there is very little to hope for.Its a hopeless situation

  114. Kumar says:

    புலிகளை தட்டிக்கொடுக்கும் இடத்தில் தட்டிக்கொடுத்து இடித்துரைக்க வேண்டிய இடத்தில் இடித்துரைத்து இருந்தால் புலிகளின் தலைமையும் காப்பாற்றப்பட்டு இருக்கும் வன்னி மக்களும் இந்த அவலத்திற்கு உட்பட்டிருக்க மாட்டார்கள்.

    The history wil judge him/them including suppoters of LTTE (புலன் /புலம் பெயர்ந்த புண்ணாக்குகள்) as the destroyers of tamil nationalism and geniune issues of Sri Lankan tamils.

    உப்புப் போட்டவர்களுக்கே உலை வைப்பதில் கில்லாடிகள் புலிகள். எல்லாப் பாவங்களுக்கும் சேர்த்துத் தான் புலிகளின் இன்றைய அவலம். சும்மாவா சொன்னார்கள் அரசன் அன்று கொல்வான், தெய்வம் நின்று கொல்லும் என்று.

    இதுரை காலமும் புலிகளின் தாகம் தமிழீழத் தாயகம் என்று அவர்கள் சொன்னார்களே தவிர அவர்கள் தமிழரின் தாகம் தமிழீழத் தாயகம் என்று சொல்லவில்லை இது சாதாரணமாக பார்ப்பதற்கு பெரிதாக தெரியாவிட்டாலும் கூர்ந்து நோக்குவோமாயின் அன்று சகோதர படுகொலை முதல் இன்று வன்னிமக்கள் சிறை பிடிக்கப்பட்டிருப்பது வரை அனைத்தும் இக்கோஷத்துக்குள் அடக்கப்பட்டிருப்பதை காண முடியும்.

  115. Daya says:

    Dear DBS,

    Your response to # 109

    If you feel Tamils need their own state you should fight for it in India I think.DBSJ

    This is what every Tamil should understand. Any attempt at creating the Tamil homeland in an isolated island with a majority more than 80% non -Tamil is certainly bound to fail – again and again.

  116. Surane says:

    Do you know who killed Lalith Athulathmudali?

    Doesen\t everybody? why this now? Any new ideas?……………DBSJ

  117. Dr P Nadesan says:

    Whatever said and done to me being a Sri Lankan Tamil living in Australia Pottu Amman is a Hero. He may have killed many thousands with bombs and committed much carnage, But, he did that for us, for the LOVE of the Tamil people. Our Great Great Leader, Piripharan, also sacrificed his life for us the TAMIL people. Don’t forget the past my dear TAMIL brethren

  118. R Maran says:

    Kumar 115,

    Well said mate.

    R Maran

  119. Stephen Jones says:

    None of the present crop of so called Tamil leaders both ex – militant and ex- democratic are fit nor capable of acting positively in the interests of the Tamils and providing visionary leadership.

    One of the trouble is that so many have been killed. Raviraj did appear to be a man of some talent and principle, despite living in times when it was difficult to deploy either.

    Anandasangaree appears honest, but probably suffers from irrelevancy.

    There is also the age-old problem of the Lankan Tamils ignoring their Hill Tamil counterparts, even though in a unified Sri Lanka it is clear that many of the problems are the same (and many are shared with Muslims). I’d like to see an alliance under Mano Ganeshan, but the difficulties seem immense.

  120. Megaladonn says:

    Greatest SL Tamil Intelligence Leader of all time. Sure he has made some mistakes. So does CIA, Mossad, ISI men/women too. Looking forward to seeing articles on Soosai, Jeyam, Bhanu, Sornam, Sasikumar Master etc.

  121. Noyal Nadesan Australia says:

    DJ

    Great analysis. He was one of the man who made many mistakes and keep us away from tamil politics. If he would have been taken away earlier, I could have run a tamil political party in northern Sri Lanka and brought possible a peaceful solution with the help of Douglus Devananda.

    Anyway, we still got time.

    Thanks again

  122. V.Kumar says:

    Thankyou Maran #119.
    A clarification Kumar #114 is not me.
    I now add my initial V.

    Dr P Nadesan#118.
    Are you talking about sacrifications…ordinary tamil civilions made more sacrifications inorder to save this LTTE and it’s leaders…do not foget that…end of the day
    leader is for people not other way around it will not work.

    பிரபாகரன் என்கின்ற ஓர் தனிமனிதன், தனது தவறான, பாசிசத்தனமான செயற்பாடுகளால் தான் அழிந்துபோக முடிவெடுத்தால் அதற்கு நாம் பொறுப்பல்ல. அதேநேரத்தில், புனிதமான தேசிய விடுதலைப் போரை, பயங்கரவாதமாக்கி மண்ணையும், மக்களையும் அழித்து ஒரு சமூகத்தையே ஊனமாக்கி நிரந்தர அடிமைகளாக்க வரிந்து கட்டிக்கொண்டு நின்றால் அதை நாம் அனுமதிக்க முடியாது.

    புலம் பெயர் தேசத்தில் வாழ்பவர்கள் ஐந்தரிவுள்ள புலிகளாக செயற்படாமல் ஆறறிவுள்ள மனிதர்களாக செயற்படுவார்கலோ அன்றுதான் தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு விடுதலை

    எனிமேலாவது மனிதனை மனிதன் அழிப்பதை நிறுத்தி ஜனனாயகமாக மனிதர்களை நிவகிக்க முற்படுவோம். அதற்கான மனிதர்களை தேடுவோம். அப்படியற்ற மனிதர்களையோ அமைப்புக்களையோ இந்த உலகுக்கு சுட்டி காட்டுவோம். நண்பர்களே இனிமேலாவது தவறான தலமை துதி பாடாமல் தகுதியான மனிதரை இனம் கண்டு எம்மக்கள் வாழ எம்மால் முடிந்ததை செய்வோம். மக்களை மனசார நினைத்து விட்டாலே தவறான எந்த தலமையையும் விமர்சிக்கும் மனம் தானாகவே வந்து விடும். என்னொரு பிரபாகரன் உருவாகாமல் இருக்கவும் எம்மக்கள் சுகந்திர காற்றை சுவாசிக்கவும் கருத்து முரன்பாடுகள் இருப்பினும் அதை கடந்து ஒன்றாய் செயல்படுவோம்

  123. Dilshan F says:

    #120, Steven Jones.

    I think that you are unaware of the social fabric of the tamil community here in Sri Lanka. There are caste systems, Upcountry, Eastern ect. Educated, Uneducated. Tamils are not just one section of society just because they speak the language. Singhalese are also the same but not as much divided lot.
    What the Tamil community respect is an educated leadership, not so much as a gun toting freedom fighter – though it was supported by some or most for some time. It is the nature of both Sinhalese and Tamil political leaderships to nuture radicals to ‘things’ done which cannot be done by them. ‘The boys’ as the LTTE were called at one time lost their boyish charm and grew into a set of killers and wiped out the TULF which gave them support and legitimcy. We could say the same of the JVP as it was the Russian / Cuban influence and at the time that was responsible for its bith. I remember when a simple note could stop an entire factory, when Managers were killed and professors were murdered all in the name of ‘Fighting for the masses’ .

    I am not sure that there is much leadership left in both communities. I dont dislike MR as he stopped the war. But too much power in the wrong hands …

    Current situation Jaffna – a first hand report.
    The Ac buses that ply are under the control of Devananda. The service meted out to the Tamil civilians lack courtesy . My employee said that even Army was more cordial.

    SO this is not just a Sinhalese Tamil issue its about corruption, greed and power. true ingrediants for social injustice.

  124. Megaladonn says:

    I happened to find some old photos of Pottu and others.
    http://sundaytimes.lk/970119/plus4.html

  125. Nissanka says:

    Thank you DBSJ for writing yet another excellent story.

    Now everyone knows what the angelic boys were upto.
    It is a pity that wilingly or unwillingly some very intelligent
    Tamils were in their pocket, and carrying the Tiger
    flag for demonstrations all over the world. Were they
    thirsty for Sinhala blood or plain naive.

    To get rid or this monsterous LTTE, our SLA shed
    so much blood. The finest young men and women of
    Sri Lanka were sacrified for this cause, and we all are
    indebted for these people forever. One has to remember
    that it was not forced conscription that brought those
    fine young people to the SLA to lay down their lives
    in front of these vicious killers. It was the love of the
    motherland. They knew what was waiting for them.
    It was death or worse which was getting captured
    by those monsters. I am sure there must have been
    many sacks filled with Army captives hanging from
    trees getting hammered by wooden poles or worse.

    Now the diaspora must realise that it was really
    an humanitarian rescue of the Vanni IDPs and not a
    bogus rescue, as some quarters has suggested.

    I hope he (Pottu Amman) gets his own medicine if he still alive and
    in custody.

    I wish to take this opportunity to salute the
    Sri Lankan armed forces for the sacrifices they
    made in rescuing our fellow citizens/tamil brothers and
    sisters from the clutches of vicious LTTE.

    Long live Sri Lankan Army.

  126. Velayuthan says:

    My Grand daughter had a son – we gave him the name Poddu Amman.

  127. wickramaratne says:

    hello mr jeyaraj,
    first thing please excuse me for my bad english.
    I think in your blog, readers can express their opinions.

    Dear mr jeyaraj , as far as i know journolism is good for people.When people in danger, i think its journerlists responsibility to let them know.

    After read your latest article on poddu, loads of tamil people start to realise what kind of leaders they had for their freedom struggle.Sometimes they(people) treat their as gods.
    I am not over here to tell, when and what to write.But mr Jeyaraj i think it would better if you release this article before everything happend.

    May be you had security issues.But we have to compliment or criticise a person when they live.

    Thank you very much .I am a sinhalese and good fan of you.

  128. Dr P Nadesan says:

    Your readers may be confused – I am the one who did the report on IDPs. I have nothing to do with Devananda & clan. I am very much in favour of creation of the Tamil Ealam

  129. shankar says:

    to comment 105-paveen and dbsj response.

    praveen, one thing that tamils would have learnt from this is the danger of having one strong leader etc. what if that leader makes mistakes and does not listen to others. i think it is better to spread the risk without in future putting all eggs in one basket. in fairness to tamils they did not put the eggs, prabha put it at gunpoint. but never again these sole leader and strong leader types. now we havea lot of leaders representing their particular constituencies and they must learn to talk and discuss matters with each other and learn to work as a team. i prefer it that way.

    dbs, i think you have to give some time for the former militants to reform. they are going through a transitional period, and must be having difficulty in adjusting. now that the democratic process has started they will have to polish up gradually if they want to survive in politics.

    i was intrigued by your statement that karuna is as evil as prabha. can you elaborate. are you referring to the 600 policemen killed. it was a horendous crime and my heart goes out to their families. maybe orders were given by prabha. if so karuna has no choice but to obey or be killed. i dont know what happened. maybe you can shed some light on this. i think it was one of the most shameful episodes.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The flashpoint that triggered the collapse of the truce with President Premadasa was when Karuna surrounded several police stations in Batti – Amparai on the grounds that a Muslim tailor who stitched uniforms for the LTTE had been assaulted by a Sinhala policeman. There was a tense situation. Former LTTE political commissar Yogi was in Colombo at the time. Minister ACS Hameed acted as intermediary between govt and LTTE and got an assurance that the cops would be let off if they surrendered. This was done and Yogi himself returned to the Wanni. Thereafter Karuna singled out the Sinhala and some Muslim policemen and shot them dead in cold blood in the Rufuskulam jungles.

    The massacre of Muslim worshippers in Kattankudi and massacre of Muslim civilians in Eravoor Saddam Hussein village were also unilateral acts by Karuna

    Of course now he talks like a “baba” saying he was acting on the orders of Praba and Pottu or that Pottu was responsible for some acts

    But I am not talking of this past alone

    Even now the Karuna faction is up to all sorts of dirty things in the east. The people know or suspect but are afraid to open their mouths.

    This tiger has not changed its stripes

  130. Krishna says:

    Dear DBSJ

    I do go by the SL Govt.’s assertion that Pottu Amman is dead but how come they do not have possession of his body ? Was it charred /destroyed beyond recognition ?

  131. Ajith says:

    DBSJ,

    Lessons learnt from the LTTE struggle for the tamils are as follows:

    1. No one wins anything by making everyone their enemy.

    LTTE first started alienating its own people by killing its fellow militants. Then it killed rajiv ghandhi and killed the very same people who fed them. Then it alienated the world with its hawkish stance while its enemy (MR and SL state) went on creating allies over a 30 year period. In 1983 would have we dreamt that one day the singhala army, india, china and pakistan will all join together to defeat the tamil struggle ?

    2. Sole representation does not create a nation but stiffles one.

    Nelson Mandela did not win the rights of his people by demanding everyone should worship him. East Timor did not go about it that way. The only leader who achieved it was Lee Kwan Yew of 1960′s but he was a political leader not someone who shows a gun and bomb to everyone.

    On that same note, nations who are ruled by dictators with violence also collapse. The list is endless.

    3. Use fighting to talk not talk to fight.

    IRA did the former. They used violence to increase their bargaining power. LTTE on the other hand used talking to regroup to fight. No one wins anything by fighting forever. Especially if a minority fights a majority. The majority has the numbers and the minority does not. Today the tamil population is much smaller than what it was in 1980′s. You use your victories in battle to win the war for peace.

    4. Always evaluate and change solutions to resolve your problem. Dont make the solution to become the problem.

    Separation was a solution to a problem. But soon it became the problem. Beacause for various reasons it was the wrong solution to our fundamental problem (economic, political and ethnic equality). So Federalism, Provincial councils and separation were solutions to resolve our problems. But for the LTTE solution became its problem!!.

    I had no intention to hurt your feelings but I am not sure how we could learn anything by looking at Pottu’s life. After all wasnt he just the henchman for VP ?

    Regards

    Ajith

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear Ajith

    You haven’t “hurt” my feelings at all.

    But why do you want to “learn” from me? I am not trying to educate anyone.

    I am simply writing something which interests or I think is important.

    People can read it or not read it.

    That’s all.

  132. Sam J says:

    Hi DBSJ,
    I was shocked that each and every information you wrote was 100% accurate.I was in Jaffna from 1980 till mid 1990′s.I have seen all the tamil militant groups activities.some of the LTTE caders were very friendly with me. one of them told me about the “Green boat”. this is the boat Pottu Amman travel from Tamil Nadu to Jaffna. he said that Pottu used to bring the boys who were not faithful to VP and killed them in the middle of the sea and dumped them. so the LTTE caders know that if any one going on the green boat won’t make it on this side of the shore.
    The LTTE was so strong and very popular amoung the tamils in SL until the “return of the King VP” in 1987.the destruction of this group started immediatly after that.first VP ordered to kill Kittu and luckily he survived but later he was killed by Indian navy. then Mathaya and his group.no one knows what happened to Pathuman.
    The Pro LTTE dispora are selfish idiots. when ever we critisise the VP’s action, they are the one gave unconditional support to their Thalaivar”. In my view, Pottu was far more dangerous than VP. I am still not convinced about the declaration of Pottu Amman’s death. The defence secretory once said that they could not find the body of Pottu Amman. But I do agree with DBS, even he is alive, he is like a dead man. the point is, he is not deserve to live after killing so many innocent people.

  133. Vasi Sachchi says:

    #105 ‘None of the present crop of so called Tamil leaders both ex – militant and ex- democratic are fit nor capable of acting positively in the interests of the Tamils and providing visionary leadership.’
    What do you think about R Sampanthan as leader?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    He and Anandasangaree are the last of the old guard or the 1977 TULF MP’s elected on the rising sun ticket.. Soosaidasan, C.Rajadurai and KP Ratnam are alive but not active in politics

    I have a lot of regard for him as a person but no respect. The shameful manner in which he and the Tamil Mp’s conducted themselves in functioning as minions of the LTTE is deplorable. They were required only to “bend” their head a little but instead they chose to prostrate themselves. The public silence of Sambandan and colleagues over the problems faced at the hands of the tigers and their sycophancy towards the LTTE is disgraceful

    They have forfeited all moral right to lead the Tamils but due to the racist policies of the ruthless Rajapakse regime a section of Tamils will vote for them I think. Unless the Tamil national question is settled justly and reasonably there will be dissatisfaction in Tamil ranks and the politics of protest and identity politics will continue

  134. Mahesh says:

    One should analyse the cause and effect of everything in the balanced form of mind.

    Many a well meaning movements start with all the good intentions and they go way ward. VP was an adolescent when he started the movement of TNT.

    That is the age when one gets agitated for an ideal. In the later days he might have gone berseck, he might have drunk the wine of success and lost his balance.

    My question is what prompted the idealist and a puritan and a fired VP to even start his movement?

    Definitely he would not have started with the intention of killing thousands of innocents.

    Why did he start? What were the social and political reasons for this ordinary middle class adolescent boy to start his movement. He might have gone wrong later. But what prompted him to start his movement.

    What prompted him to be so.

    Until one knows the reason behind these things and addresses these issues, I am afraid that lasting solution to this problem will be elusive.

  135. Rukshan says:

    To be honest… I like LTTE more than GOSL… But I am not dictating or being rude…

  136. Karunakaran says:

    Very illuminating article

  137. Uditha Thenuwara says:

    I write my comments especially criticising Tamil politics, especially Tamil Separatism.

  138. Karan says:

    DBSJ, do you remember the time when Pottu was gunning for Taraki and Sivaram got frightened and changed his politics and become tiger supporter

    Please also write about that.

  139. Rajan says:

    #124 Dilshan F

    You are absolutely correct. It’s mainly a social problem but there is also a political consequence of it. I’m a Tamil, so I can say this. Do you know the worst kind of racist in Sri Lanka? It’s the Jaffna Tamils. I’m not from Jaffna but grew up there, so I know these people very well. They looked down on everyone; for them Singhalese are ‘modayas’, Vanni Tamils are ‘kaddans’, upcountry Tamils are ‘thodakaddans, and Indians are ‘vadakathayans’. Oh my god, I have never seen a group of people who is so arrogant and uncivilized but claimed to be educated.

    They suffer from superiority complex and will go to any level to bring others down. Even if you look within Jaffna community, they do segregate among themselves. They looked down on the people from islets, Vadamarachi or Thenmarachi. And add the caste system on top of it; you can see this place as hell on earth for someone who is not from Jaffna.

    After the independence, obviously Singhalese wanted to turn the table around and set out to claim their superiority. Also they wanted a payback for what they went through in the hands of these educated Jaffna Tamils. But unfortunately, they saw no difference between Jaffna Tamils and others. Singhalese started to pass laws which would marginalize Tamils and create resentment among all.

    You also have to remember that Jaffna Tamils always felt that they are so special that they would never live under Singhala rule. So they came up with Vaddukoddai resolution legitimizing the quest for separate land. Other Tamils had to join this bandwagon mainly due to the atrocities committed by our forces.

    The worst part of this whole saga is that what started in Jaffna ended up in Wanni. For what Jaffna Tamils set out to do, the Wanni Tamils paid the price dearly. Most of these Jaffna Tamils have settled down in foreign countries as refugees while the real refugees are still behind the barbed wires. Now these people are in the west, they really believe that they are far superior race just like the Jewish did. But this race only include the Jaffna Tamils, no other Tamils can join this.

    Bottom line is that as people we all need to change. It doesnt matter if you are Singalese, Tamils or Muslims or whatever, we are all people/human beings. Our people need to learn about diversity, tolerance and acceptance. Judge another person for what he/she stands for, not for where they are from or what their daddy did. People need to grow up. Show compassion to each other, break that ethinic barriers; soon we all can feel that this little island belongs to everyone and no one is better/worse than other.

  140. Vasi Sachchi says:

    # 92 Rajiv….the son Of Sam uncle and Kala aunty is a splendid young man by the name of Arunmozhi Varman Vetkaratheeshan Manickam Thambimuthu, affectionately known as ‘Arun’ or ‘Ratheeshan’ and your thoughts and prayers are answered as he’s very well by god’s grace.

  141. Compassion says:

    I wondered why no writeups . Now I know. It needs a lot of work to put together. well done sir.

    Unfortunatly the fact is a lot of Innocent individuals were murdered by LTTE and to some extent by others as well. EPDP, Karuna & Pillayan are still continuing. If you have money and you are Tamil in SL one of these group will come after you with the help of the Intelligence unit of the SL Defence. So it has not ended.

    Some of the Ex LTTE members especiall who left between late 84 to mid 86 will tell you they anticipated most of what went on. This group included atleast 2 of the original 30 you mentioned. Ragavan for one and the other being Nasan. Nasan was the former “thamilendi”. He was incharge of finance. Nasan is not a person who can kill a person. What is important is during this time a lot of the university drop outs also left the organization. These were drop outs not because they didn’t have the ability to study but they choose to fight for the Tamils cause ( not for VP ). One thing which is not mentioned is that these group left because they didn’t won’t to function under an autocratic rule. They asked for Central Commitee. VP getting married was just a side issue. One of the ex university student who left was Ravishankar. He was still living in Jaffna waiting for his next move ( which is to leave SL) and when he was arrested by the IPKF he killed him self by taking the cyanide even though he left LTTE months before.

    Those who called these as traitors and write from the west (the mouth piece of VP ) what will they say now. If they would stoodup and told VP Listen early enough we would have not lost this many.

    So what is my point.
    It is time for us as Tamils to get rid of these VP/LTTE tails/followers as well as the current ex militants who are still using the Gun ( Douglas/Karuna)and to ellect individuals who will have the Tamils cause and not on building their own kingdoms.

    We (Tamils) miss Neelan & Raviraj.

    Neelan was Killed by LTTE & Raviraj was killed by EPDP (with the blessing of Chandrika? may be You will know DBS better than me.

    Don’t worry. What happend to VP/LTTE will happened again. Wait and see for the Rajapakse clan to fall down like a pack of cards. It won’t be by the gun. This is not a wish.

    You reap what you sow.

  142. raj says:

    I am talking about journalist who are afraid of expressing their views in Sri Lanka. Look at Lasantha. We should not consider whether they are Tamil or Sinhalese,. Instead, all should condemn any type of media suppression regardless of where it comes from. I did not know Tissanayagam was a Tamil until recently. It doesn’t matter whether he is Tamil or Sinhalese, all good citizen around the globe will never heistate to condemn Lasantha’s killing or Tissanayagakam’s imprisonment. I am not fanatic about politics.

    I am not interested in knowing about LTTE or any deep politics. It is boring. Since I never lived in their control or being active in Sri Lankan politics. I will never participate in Sri Lanka politics. Dishonesty among its citizens is very high regardless of they are Tamil or Sinhalese. Politics in Sri Lanka is a very dirty compare to any western countries. Western countries have high moral than South East Asian countries.

    Can you name any country that has white van abduction in the world? It is absolutely wrong!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    You are sitting in comfortably in the west claiming that you are not interested in the “boring” LTTE as you never lived there and demanding that the endangered journalists should write and die like Lasantha?

    Has anyone said white van abduction is right?

    By the way if you are not “interested” why dont you simply quit commenting here?

  143. UGK says:

    GOSL recruits 2 LTTE cadres as ministers (karuna and Pillayan).
    GOSL releases 2 top LTTE cadres after a short term in jail (Daya Master and George Master).
    And yet GOSL throws journalist Tissanayagam in jail for 20 years because he is a terrorist?

  144. Sam Rajandran says:

    However, GOSL said Prabhakaran and Pottu dead. The story about Prabhakarans dead given is quite strange. Tried to flee in an ambulance. Well … alright then.

  145. kirupaharan says:

    I learnt a lot from this article. Thank you

  146. Nehru Gunaratnam says:

    lets face is, not only the LTTE even the U.S intelligence will put you out cold if you get in there way!I am not with the LTTE of the Srilankan Goverment. Next time if your willing to type so much please take some time to get the exact information.

  147. shehan says:

    Wow! This is great!

  148. Chandra Sittampalam says:

    Dear DBS, I strongly suggest to you and your ilk who are good at journalism to listen to your inner selves. DBS, please practice your profession on the basis of your inner convictions.

  149. Rajiv says:

    #141 Vasi Sachchi

    Thank you so much for the information. Arun was a small boy when the tragic event happened. It is very heartening to learn that he is doing well. Our prayers are always with him.

    regards and best wishes

  150. Karan says:

    The LTTE and Pottu briught misery to Tamil people. Good they are not living

  151. Raja_h says:

    Hi DBS
    can you use your contacts to find out whyb GOSL is yet to confirm to India (by way of death certificate/DNA etc) the death of LTTE certain leaders.

    Why dont you use your LTTE contacts to find out why GOSL should “CONFIRM” to Inida by way of death certificate/DNA etc the death of certain LTTE leaders who are Sri Lankan and not Indian citizens?…………………..DBSJ

  152. Praveen says:

    After reading the transcript of Sampathan’s interview I decided to revist your column.To my surprise you have rxpressed similar vies to mine rgarding Mr Sampathan.
    Of one looks at his CV,he has helped in inflicting more damage to Srilankan Tamils than any elected politicians .He has helped to decimate the Poulation fro 20 to 25 percent to just over t12 percent.This decrease is the result of the handy work of the LTTEThese people were either killed by the LTTE and the Srilankan army.Others who had connections overseas took the opportunity to settle in Western countrie which would not have been possible if not for the war.Who ever left in Srilanka were deneid a proper jobs,eduavtion for the children and politcal and social freedom.This is one of the reasons for the dirth of leaders in post LTTE era. proper education except the priviledge one in Colom

  153. Thamizan says:

    POTTU AMMAN: He is living in Tamils hearts not dead.

  154. Praveen says:

    After reading the transcript of Sampathan’s interview I decided to re visit your column.To my surprise you have expressed similar views to mine regarding Mr Sampathan.

    If one looks at his CV,it is all negative achievements He has helped in inflicting more damage to Srilankan Tamils than any elected politicians .Him and hiss cohorts helped to decimate the Population bringing it down from 20 to 25 percent to just overt12 percent. These people were killed by the LTTE and the Srilankan army.Others who had connections overseas took the opportunity to settle in Western countries which would not have been possible if not for the war.Who ever remained in Srilanka were denied proper jobs,education for the children and political and social freedom. The privileged ones in Colombo however avoided this injustice.

    Sampathan who is supposed to be a wise politician who descends from the so called higher class Northern caste(as one your readers put it) became a lap dog for Praba and Pottu His excuse was that he feared for his life. Yet .he was running around like a mad one for that matter trying to save his beloved Pottu and Praba when the two mates were facing imminent demise at the hands of the SL army.

    In comparison Karuna’s CV is full of vision,bravery and compassion.He saved six thousand young lives in the East, whom Pottu and Praba would have sacrificed to extend their longevity.He liberated his fellow Tamils from extortion fear and most importantly the loss of their beloved children to the brutal Terrorists.

    A logical analysis of Karuna’s actions and the current information regarding the behavior of Pottu Aman indicate the massacre of the six hundred unarmed police men was also an act of Pottu .

    I also agree with your comment about Devananda . These two will be the most capable people to move the Tamils forward I am sure there are thousands of Ttamils in the Diaspora who think along the same lines.People like you who can influence Tamil public opinion should make a relentless effort to drill sense into the misguided ones like Dr Nadesan.

    I think we are on different wavelengths particularly on Karuna & Douglas………….DBSJ
    Cheers

  155. citizensl says:

    comment 140
    “I’m a Tamil, so I can say this. Do you know the worst kind of racist in Sri Lanka? It’s the Jaffna Tamils. I’m not from Jaffna but grew up there, so I know these people very well. They looked down on everyone; for them Singhalese are ‘modayas’, Vanni Tamils are ‘kaddans’, upcountry Tamils are ‘thodakaddans�, and Indians are ‘vadakathayans’. Oh my god, I have never seen a group of people who is so arrogant and uncivilized but claimed to be educated.”

    hats off to you Rajan you’ve touched on one major root cause of the terrorism issue, I’m glad that at least one tamizh on this blog can think this way rather than crying for Velu P and Pottu mommy……
    along with the IDP (the non LTTE innocent IDPs) resettlement, the muslims and sinhalese who were ethnically cleansed by the Jaffna “racists” need to be resettled as well. The ethnically cleansed muslims have been living in IDP camps for nearly 20 years…..they should go home before the vanni IDPs……

  156. Tamil-Sydney says:

    >>Let me reproduce a part below:
    Pottu was furious. The escapee was caught and brought to Pottu who trussed him up in a sack tied to a rope on a tree. The sack was dashed again and again by Pottu himself on the tree trunk.He then battered the sack with an iron rod. Chandran was reduced to pulp

    DBS, while I do not dispute any of the atrocities commited by pottu, I want to dispute “The sack was dashed again and again by Pottu himself on the tree trunk”

    Was Pottu that stong (like an iron man) to put a full adult in a sack and dash it against a tree trunk?

    I agree that the iron rod portion was quite possible;

    Once again, I am not here to deny any atrocity. I point that ‘the logic is not smooth’ here.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Pottu used a pulley.he also had henchmen to help him. Please dont try to be too smart and talk about “smooth logic” and query was Pottu strong like an iron man etc. Anyone with modicum of common sense would understand easily. Does one have to write an elaborate graphic description of a sordid, despicable act?

    The point to be emphasised here is the atrocity. You think you are very clever by saying I am not here to deny any atrocity and then try to “negate” the atrocity indirectly by trying to be claiming to be “logical”. This is nitpicking like plucking hair from an egg. (muttailey mayir pudunga). This type of quirky reasoning may appeal to tiger and pro – tiger elements which is why the Tamil people are in this tragic plight today

    But then “logic” was not a strong point in Tamil politics otherwise the Prabhakaran phenomenon would not have emerged. Please spend your time profitably by inculcatiing your “logic” to the tiger diaspora running around like headless chickens

  157. Tamil-Sydney says:

    >>51. Arun Vincent | September 12th, 2009 at 6:21 pm
    the so called thecia poraattam is full of murder, betrayal, torture arrrogance cruelty and what not. But still there are many who admire these ruthless bastards.
    Why the God was so late in punishing these two legged animals!

    I never support violence/murder, etc etc;

    However, all armed struggles in the past would have all types of murders, tracherous acts, betrayals (both sides); And their struggle has won. Example Russian revolution (or struggle I would prefer to use);

    I do not believe LTTE lost just because of their atrocities. They failed to act politically and they antagonized all countries. Also a freedom fight by a minority people WITHOUT the support of an external entity would fail.

    Apart from that, with all the murders/atrocities commited (on the civilians, mostly Tamil), I still think India did the most damage to Sri Kankan Tamils;

    They started it by providing training to ‘boys’; We, ‘educated’ ‘clever’ Tamils were really fools that believed that India wanted to help us; Then India finished it;

    If the SL gove will not dance the way India Govt want, India may again train our ‘boys’; I am confident ‘our people’ will be smarter this time and will not bite the hook;

  158. chennai tamil says:

    So finally Tamils are left at the mercy of state mercenary Devananda & Karuna .

  159. Shavi says:

    incorrect article a tamil from denmark

  160. Tamil-Sydney says:

    >. Gayan | September 12th, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    As per the SLA ,Pottu amman’s two sons were killed during the final stages of the liberation of North.Thankfully evil DNA wont pass to the next generation

    So how about MR, GR, and SF ‘s genes? They also have to be stoped.

    However, much common-sensed than you, I do not share the same view. Only the criminals have to be punished; I do not want MR, GR, and SF’s sons/daughters etc punished or killed just because their parents are criminals;

  161. UGK says:

    DBS you have a strange attitude.
    Why do you mock tamils who live in the west by saying ‘You live in the west comfortably so you cant comment on Sri Lanka’?
    I am sorry but this is an idiotic way to talk.
    Tamils in SL are afraid for their lives to say anything against the GOSL. They get praised if they condemn LTTE.
    It is thanks to the efforts of the tamil international community that this situation has gained such global attention. And we are not all terrorists and LTTE funders either.
    I know tamil people in Sri Lanka. And they have told me that they dont dare to speak honestly in public.
    I have lived in Sri Lanka myself.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    UGK , I dont know why you use these initials but at face value you sound like an UKG kid but then you are not and are only pretending., You pretend not to have understood what I wrote or the context in which I wrote.

    I really dont need to respond to the likes of you but I am doing so to expose your trying to twist what I said and also emphasise a particular point .

    I never said people living abroad should not comment on Sri Lanka. I cant say that because I am living in Canada and writing to Sri Lankan media about Sri Lanka. Only a MORON would say that I (DBSJ) said this but then you are really not a MORON but pretending to be one

    The response was to some guy sitting in the west and “sneering” at my journalist colleagues in Sri Lanka for not daring to write critically about the govt. He was also mocking them for being scared of the white van and even pointing to my good friend Lasantha as an example for others to follow. In short this aperture in the posterior sitting comfortably in the west was asking my beleaguered colleagues in Lanka to write and face death.

    I have the greatest respect, regard and concern for the serious, genuine, honest journalists in Lanka who face tremendous difficulties. If any one is courageous enough to write critically (even if they do their managements wont allow) I will be supportive to the best of my ability. But if others choose to remain silent I will not hold it against them. How can I living in Canada expect those in Lanka to write and face danger?

    So that is what I said and please dont try to twist things will you? If you had displayed this energy in criticising the LTTE the Tamil people wont be in this mess

  162. UGK says:

    Telling tamil people abroad that ‘they live in the west so they cant comment on Sri Lanka’
    is like telling Rwandan and Zimbabwean refugees that they cant talk about their native homelands because they are not currently suffering there.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    UGK pretending to be Upper Kindergarten UKG

    Once again you are trying to be smart.

    I have already responded to you in another of your comments and am reproducing it again here for your perusal in case you’ve missed it or pretending to have missed it

    But just a little bit of advice to you pro – tiger vocal warriors of the diaspora. After bringing the Tamils to this sorry state you all should apologise to the Tamil people and maintain contrite silence. Instead you all are trumpeting like great heroes. My advice is simple. Keep your mouths shut. You tiger acolytes should keep “mum” for a while. That’s the best you can do for the Tamils in Lanka.

    Here is my earlier response -

    UGK , I dont know why you use these initials but at face value you sound like an UKG kid but then you are not and are only pretending., You pretend not to have understood what I wrote or the context in which I wrote.

    I really dont need to respond to the likes of you but I am doing so to expose your trying to twist what I said and also emphasise a particular point .

    I never said people living abroad should not comment on Sri Lanka. I cant say that because I am living in Canada and writing to Sri Lankan media about Sri Lanka. Only a MORON would say that I (DBSJ) said this but then you are really not a MORON but pretending to be one

    The response was to some guy sitting in the west and “sneering” at my journalist colleagues in Sri Lanka for not daring to write critically about the govt. He was also mocking them for being scared of the white van and even pointing to my good friend Lasantha as an example to follow. In short this aperture in the posterior sitting comfortably in the west was asking my beleaguered colleagues in Lanka to write and face death.

    I have the greatest respect, regard and concern for the serious, genuine, honest journalists in Lanka who face tremendous difficulties. If any one is courageous enough to write critically (even if they do their managements wont allow) I will be supportive to the best of my ability. But if others choose to remain silent I will not hold it against them. How can I living in Canada expect those in Lanka to write and face danger?

    So that is what I said and please dont try to twist things will you? If you had displayed this energy in criticising the LTTE the Tamil people wont be in this mess

  163. Pathman says:

    “The end was inevitable. The last ditch attempt to break through the military cordon and reach safety in the jungles failed miserably. Both Prabhakaran and Pottu Ammaan were killed. ”

    Dear Jeyaraj tell us how he died – the full sequence of events – when, where – etc

    When you have the time or when you get more details later please

  164. Vasi Sachchi says:

    #155 Praveen… I am going to have to disagree with you when you suggest Mr Devananda or Mr Muralitharan are better qualified to carry forward the aspirations of Tamil people in comparison to Mr Sampanthan. I believe Sampanthan’s CV is much better. I do not remember the population to be 25% before the start of the war. Though the real reason maybe that Sampanthan feard for his life, he has never come out and openly acknowledged this as an excuse for supportting LTTE and in his latest interview he has suggested a solution within a unitary Sri Lanka which I do not think contradicts him in any way as I do not recall him ever saying that the only solution for the conflict was a separte Tamil Ealam as mandated by the LTTE. Please correct me if i am wrong

  165. Pathman says:

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Pottu & Letchumanan led one contingent out across the lagoon in boats. Bhanu & Jeyam led another by land in one direction. Soosai & Prabha went with a contingent by land in another direction while hugging the Nandhikkadal shore. Poddu was killed in the night of 18th. Praba was dead in the morning of 18th. But they found his body later & confirmed his death on the 19th.

    Dear Jeyaraj

    you have already written some details about the last days of Prabhakaran

    My humble request to you is that you should get more details and write more on this when you have time in the future

  166. Pathman says:

    85. Jay | September 13th, 2009 at 10:13 am
    This message is for poster shankar who has written an excellent summary on why LTTE failed and who were the real heroes.

    Key Lessons Learnt Here are-

    1. “True Leader is made not by his own capabilities but by people surrounding him. If a leader cannot choose his leadership group wisely he is destined to fail”
    Prabakaran was a hyped out to be a great leader only because of great story telling by people surrounding him.
    Initially he had lucked out by having a great leader like Mahataya by his side, Mahataya saved Prabakaran ass during IPKF days.
    Mahataya also choose Balraj, Theepan and Karuna who were responsible for subsequent victories for LTTE.
    When Mahataya was killed, LTTE fate was sealed because most of the subsequent leaders who were chosen by Mahataya were great military commanders but not talent cultivators.

    2. “Group Think needs to avoided where every person of the group just rubber stamps every decision without any critical analysis and dissenting opinion. Leader needs to form a consensus before make decisions”
    Prabakaran never had a strong decision making structure he relied too much on Pottu Amman and kept on making blunders after blunders when finally it caught back with him.

    3. “If you are at war be always at war or if you want to choose peace don’t turn back achieve peace it at all costs.
    One of the biggest reasons for LTTE failures is this ceasefire from 2002-2006. These four years changed LTTE so much that after 2006 it was no turning back. They should have realized this and should have salvaged what they could have got without a war.
    Prabakaran was counting his chickens too early by setting up civilian administrators and undermining overseas procurements. This had created dissents with Military Commanders like Karuna who felt that they did not deserve the respect they needed. Probably many commanders in the Northern Command felt the same.
    LTTE had become soft, conventional and many of the top leaders unmotivated was a clear sign of disaster. Plus changing KP in the middle with unreliable overseas people and when the crunch time came they could not deliver.

    4. “ Leader should know when to fight and when to cut and run”
    Prabakaran was a selfish person, he always craved for the artificial high of being praised as a great leader thus kept on prolonging the struggle. LTTE lasted so long despite Sri Lankan army’s numeric superiority and technological advantages are because of luck and many miracles. Plus idiots were running SLA. Luck will turn against you sometime and Prabakaran should have known.

    5. “Demographics played a key role”
    Tamils are migrating Sri Lanka to western countries at a rapid pace. If your population is dwindling and Sinhalese population is booming then you are doomed. Tamils in North never had such a critical mass population wise to prolong this any longer. Karuna’s breakaway was the final nail in the coffin with Eastern Tamils no longer involved

    Very Good analysis. I agree completely

  167. Pathman says:

    Dear Jeyaraj

    Just to thank you for this article and all your earlier ones

    Appreciate your good work

    please keep it up

    Pathman

  168. dr. TRN says:

    just a small thought on J Tissa nayagam and the verdict… I just can’t finish reading all the comments on this blog.

    If karuna , Pillayan & Devananda can be pardon and given state patronage and the luxuries they enjoy. Why is this journelist of minimal ‘terrorist connections’ as GR says it been sentanced for 20yrs?
    Isn’t there some toher motive behind this judement?
    I also read an article yesterday that Gorgr master was relaesed on bail… so why the PTA ON A JOURNALIST?

  169. Somasunderam says:

    Looking at your website I dont think you’re making any money at all for the time and effort you put in.

    Its a great sacrifice I think and we appreciate it

  170. Rajiv says:

    #130 – DBS wrote:

    “The massacre of Muslim worshippers in Kattankudi and massacre of Muslim civilians in Eravoor Saddam Hussein village were also unilateral acts by Karuna”

    The Kattankudi mosque and the Eravoor Saddam Hussein village are places very close to my heart since they were built by my father who was the leading builder in Batticaloa at that time. I grew up watching these landmarks being constructed. I knew many of the initial residents and worshipers personally. They were certainly poor; but they were the most caring, generous and respectful.

    Almost all those who worked on these projects were Hindus and Christians from outside Eravoor or Kattankudi. The Muslims in the vicinity were very magnanimous in providing them with meals and in some cases even shelter. It was such a labor of love. Even though many years have passed, It still breaks my heart to read about the desecration of these places in the name of “liberation”.

    The societal decadence has reached such a level that today the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes against humanity are being hailed as heroes and leaders. God help us.

  171. Das says:

    ஊடகவியலாளர் நிதின் கோகல்

    அடுத்தது என்ன?

    ஒரு சிறிய நாடு பயங்கரவாதத்தை முற்றாக வெளியேற்றிவிட்டதுடன் மேற்குலகுக்கு எதிராகத் தொடர்ந்தும் உறுதியான நிலைப்பாட்டில் நின்று வருகின்றது என்பதை ராஜபக்ச இறுதி ஆய்வு முடிவாக எடுத்துக் கொள்ளலாம்.

    இந்து சமுத்திரப் பிராந்தியத்தில் அதிகளவிலான விளையாட்டுக்கள் நடைபெற்றுக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றன. சிறிலங்காவுடன் விளையாடுவதற்கு அமெரிக்காவுக்கு ஒரு நெம்புகோல் தேவைப்படுகிறது. அதற்குப் பயன்படுத்தவதற்கான சிறந்த ஆயுதமாகப் பிரபாகரன் இருந்தார். அதேபோன்று ஸ்கண்டிநேவிய நாடுகள் புலிகளுக்கான ஆயுத வழங்குனர்களாக இருந்தார்கள்.

    ஜெனரல் சரத் பொன்சேகா என்னிடம் கூறினார், அவர்கள் (புலிகளின் தலைவர்கள்) கொல்லப்படுவதற்கு 10 நிமிடங்கள் முன்னதாக அவர்களைப் பாதுகாப்பதற்காக பாதுகாப்புச் செயலாளருக்கு (கோத்தபாய ராஜபக்ச, அரச தலைவரின் சகோதரர்) தொலைபேசி அழைப்பை தூதுவர்கள் ஏற்படுத்தினார்கள் என்று.

    அந்த நேரத்தில் போர் நிறுத்தத்தைக் கோருவது என்பது புலிகளின் தலைவர்களைப் பாதுகாப்பதற்காகத்தானே ஒழிய மக்களைப் பாதுகாப்பதற்காக அல்ல என்பதை எந்த ஒரு முட்டாளும் புரிந்துகொள்வான். ஏனென்றால் அப்போது அங்கே மக்கள் யாரும் இல்லை எனத் தெரிவித்திருந்தார் சரத் பொன்சேகா.

    இந்தப் பிரச்சினை இரண்டு விடயங்களைக் கொண்டது: படைத்துறை மற்றும் அரசியல்.

    தமிழர்கள் கோரிக்கை விடுத்தது போன்று சுயாட்சி போன்ற ஒரு தீர்வைப் பெற்றுக்கொள்ளப் போவதில்லை. நான் உறுதியாகச் சொல்கிறேன். ஆனால், சிறிலங்கா அவர்களை இப்போது மதிப்புடன் நடத்த வேண்டும். ஒரு பிரபாகரனின் சாவு மற்றொருவர் உருவாவதற்கு வழிவகுத்துவிடக்கூடாது.

    இது ராஜபக்சவுக்கான சந்தர்ப்பம். விடயங்கள் பிழையாகச் செல்வதற்கு அவர் அனுமதிக்கக்கூடாது. அளவுக்கதிகமான அனைத்துலகத் தலையீடு இதில் இருக்கின்றது. இந்தியா அவர்களிடம் “அனைத்துலக அமைப்புகளில் நாங்கள் உங்களுக்கு ஆதரவாக இருப்போம். ஆனால் அதற்கு அர்த்தம் நீங்கள் நீதியாக நடந்து கொள்கிறீர்கள் என்பதல்ல…..” எனக் கூறியுள்ளது.

    எனவே உண்மையான சோதனை அமைதியை வென்றெடுப்பதுதான்.

  172. shankar says:

    to comment 112 -sam

    dear sam
    don’t pull your hair. at least you seem to have some. others after thalaivar’s death tried to do same without realising they were bald.
    use simple logic to solve a problem. dont look for complex answers. i believe prabhaharan miscalculated in the following ways
    1. he thought the forces would grind to a halt with the mounting casualties. with dead bodies and wounded piling up public opinion would turn against the war. the govt countered this by censoring all news of casualies.
    2. he thought the army would refuse to continue because of the casualties. he miscalculated because even if the army was reluctant and so many deserters prove this, gota is a man equally ruthless as prabha, and it was not the forces choice to go on or not.
    3. he thought the western nations especially the US would bail him out. in fact hilary clinton and millibrand went flat out to save him, but gota told them to piss off.
    4. the most important reason was that he thought their will be a change of government in india and the BJP will stop the war. if that had happened gota would have told india too to piss off. gota has a one track mind. he cannot see the big picture, just like prabha.
    5. he relied on the civilian factor. he thought by using human shields the war will grind to a halt. gota had a simple answer. no news coverage whatsoever. also prabha thought the civilians will be with him. when he found that they dont love him that much though he had spent so much on posters with his handsome face, it was too late.once the stampede started nothing could stop it, not even bullets or suicide bombers.
    so sam iam just using logic, not any information i have, to get into the mind of a man. maybe dbs can add something to it, or suggest iam wrong. iam always open to correction.
    as for the submarines, i dont think those contraptions were seaworthy. and even if they were the navy was on full alert and i doupht these could have been noiseless. prabha would have known they would have been shot out of the water, and a watery grave would have not been to his liking. he had a grand plan to escape to the east and join rams cadres and then kp would arrange to get out of the country. kp got ram out, so this was entirely feasible, but i think the forces were tipped off by his physician who was captured.

  173. Nanban says:

    Hello Mr. DBS and all writers and readers!
    What is the purpose of you writing very old stories, (1983 ? 1987) , every one knows that . And you guys mentioning the names that are still life. Are you trying to tell at you are Journalist?

    “tell me the old,old story, tell me the old old story”.I like to tell old stories……..DBSJ

  174. dr. TRN says:

    #156
    my point about JT verdict based on PTA -are there hiddden motives for his imprisonment other than this minimal proven involvement with the LTTE?

    Christian ethnic tamil Journalist !! are these the discreminatory words?

    About this article I salute you for being brave. Truth about the terror and ruthlessness of the LTTE and its leadership is not a myth but a reality. I like your responses to many comments especially about the future tamil political leadership and your vision.

    At present I’m reading abour MLK and civil rights movement in USA in the 1930-60 and I can see the genuine efforts taken by the these visionary leaders and how they won thier demands slowly non violently but ultimately permanent solutions were given by the obstinate federal states and blacks won their quest for equal rights.

  175. HelpTamilsFrom LTTE says:

    Comment from DBSJ as a reply to comment #152 confims what people with common sense think. Only LTTE supporters think differently. Tamils need to be saved from LTTE and LTTE supporters

  176. john jr says:

    # comment 30 John Reeve.
    Hello sir! How do you do? Thanks for reminding me of my father, who had passed away a few years ago.

  177. Nanban says:

    Hello Mr. DBS and all writers and readers!
    What is the purpose of you writing very old stories, (1983 1987) , every one knows that . And you guys mentioning the names that are still life. Are you trying to tell at you are Journalist?

    “Antha naal (1983 – 87) Gaabagam vanthathu , nanbane, nanbane , nanbaney”……..DBSJ

  178. Navin says:

    155. Praveen:

    In comparison Karunas CV is full of vision,bravery and compassion…

    Are you serious? Where was this compasion when he murdered 800 policemen in cold blood? What crime did they commit to deserve such a fate? What a brave man and a visionary!!!

  179. Fran says:

    Issues concerning the people of the island, specifically the minorities larger than Pottu. I hope people of all walks of life recognize it, so that energy should be in right place.

  180. Nanban says:

    DBSJ! Are you against LTTE or against Tamil people? why are you not writing about SLA war crimes?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Hard as it may be for you to comprehend I am not against anyone. If you go and read what I’ve written over the years (Not one or two but many hundreds) with an open mind you wont even ask me this Friend (Nanban)

  181. KVS says:

    171. Rajiv | September 15th, 2009 at 7:46 am
    The Kattankudi mosque and the Eravoor Saddam Hussein village are places very close to my heart since they were built by my father who was the leading builder in Batticaloa at that time. I grew up watching these landmarks being constructed.

    Rajiv, are you sure that it was your father who was the contractor then in Batticaloa?

  182. Tamil-sydney says:

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Pottu used a pulley.he also had henchmen to help him. Please dont try to be too smart and talk about ?smooth logic? and query was Pottu strong like an iron man etc. Anyone with modicum of common sense would understand easily. Does one have to write an elaborate graphic description of a sordid, despicable act?

    The point to be emphasised here is the atrocity. You think you are very clever by saying I am not here to deny any atrocity and then try to ?negate? the atrocity indirectly by trying to be claiming to be ?logical
    ———————————————————————-

    Dear DBS

    I am afraid you are making comments that are not professional;

    It seems that you are irriated to face comments; I do not have act smart;; However, You guess that I am acting smart; I do not understand how you became next to God to make such comments;

    I am NOT HERE to negate anything; If I wanted to, I will write it straight forward; I do not have to write in an indirect way;

    The only reason I wrote that is that, you are one of the journalist I have respect and while I was reading that article ‘the logic hit’ ; It was simple as it; It was like ‘when you are doing a very smooth drive in your car, you feel a slight bump;

    When there is a smooth flow, and if you feel like there is a small jerk (no matter small it is), you fwill notice;

    On the contrary, If I THINK that you are making up things, THEN I WILL NOT BOTHER TO READ YOU EVEN.

    Sorry about the capitals; But I was not happy ; And I did not expect such a rude reply from a respected journalist;

    To reply to your question, ‘no you do not have to write the sordid details’.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I dont know what you mean by “professional” but I am certainly not going to keep silent when some smart alec tries to “needle” me unnecessarily while claiming not to do so.

    Also I dont get irritated to face comments. If so I wont have a comments section at all and waste valuable time responding to the likes of you. But when pseudo – intellectuals try to act smart then I respond and respond hard (not rude)

    By the way if you feel a bump you first try to find out what is wrong. The vehicle, the driver or the road. You should ot try to make “snide” remarks at the driver by pretending to praise his driving while raising doubts about it.

    No I dont think you are a “direct” person at all and no I am neither god nor next to god in identifying you. It really doesen’t take much you know. You guys stick out like sore thumbs. Sadly you think you are not exposed.

    Finally if you do not want sordid details written then you shouldn’t have focused on it in the first place.

    Usually GENUINE people with REASONABLE doubts write to me at my e- mail to clear them up. And I oblige if I am sure of their bona fides.

  183. KVS says:

    To: 181. Tamil-sydney | September 15th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    No I totally agree with the comments made by DBS to you. You think that you are smart and now you are hit by a road block instead of a slight bump. This hit shall rectify your cereberal.

    Read back all the comments you made in this article. All the so called bumps to you were those which highlighted the attrocities of the LTTE mainly of Pottu.

    I have seen many Tamils in Australia who are little educated in their respective fields but they think very high of them. It is in my view the typical Jaffna mentality.

    In justifying LTTE violence to Tamils you tried your best by mentioning that in all the freedom struggles there was treachery. Learned men never find an example for a wrong thing from the wrong source.

    LTTE is dead. do nt try to rejuvenate it.

  184. Fran says:

    No surprise of pottu’s action so is SL’s action including the war crimes and injustice to the people who were ” rescued” and living behind the barbed wire.
    Unfortunately, good journalist who are living in SL will pay with their life if they write about it.
    There will not be any long lasting peace unless all atrocities commited by both parties come to light. It is an noble task of free media and journalist to bring it out without bias.

  185. Tamil-sydney says:

    >184. KVS | September 15th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Sorry, I do not care idiots like you; You hate Tamils just because they are Tamils AND you are always jealous that most Tamils are much more educated than you mediocre soul; That is why you have to make comments like “I have seen many Tamils in Australia who are little educated in their respective fields but they think very high of them. It is in my view the typical Jaffna mentality”

    If you have told ” “I have seen many Tamils in Australia who are well educated in their respective fields but they think they are experts in other matters” then that personal opinion can be respected;

    Also, you do not have intelligent; Otherwise you cannot make a totally wrong judgement like “In justifying LTTE violence to Tamils ….”

  186. P.Padmanaaabhan says:

    DBSJ in my posting 109: “If you feel Tamils need their own state you should fight for it in India I think���.”
    Dera Sir, they are the same words printed by another participant in the ongoing discussion under ur article on thiru. KP. I have replied a lot there by adverting to hitsorical and social factors of the past and included the post independent massive ve economic welfare schemes. We have had our Tamil Naadu state and even “semmoohi” status to our language. The dravidian politicians were serious at one stage for “maanila suya aatchchi” state autonomy after entombing the most stupid separate Dravida Naadu for dracidians ( of Malayalees who were historically Tamil speaking cheraas, Kaandigaas, teleugus and tamils) . Authentic tamil nationalism was NEVER felt by tamils as a single cohesive ethnic stock of people owing to the historical divide poltically as Cheraas,Chozhaas and Pandyaas. Then castes diviisions from historical times for several hundreds of years. Alien invasions follpwed by European colonialism facilitated moulding of modern single polity of British India which in the post colonial period is Union of India. Creation of linguistic states alleviated the ethnic stocks of people to feel secured and enjoy democratic process. Concentration in the modern Indian State is on economic betterment. In every realm of life the stress is on economic betterment. For an average tamilian of post British colonial period there is indeed very limited scope to feel the need for their own sovereign State. For what European sovereign states are seeking to get stabilized ina Union, in a way in the indian sub continent the British colonial masters had neatly created. So the wily Dravdian leader very carefully making his moves and read him in the following relevant quote from DINAMANI daily tamil news paper of 16.9.2009 web edition:
    “சென்னை, செப். 15″மாநில சுயாட்சிக் கொள்கை வலுப்பெற குரல் கொடுப்போம்’ என்று முதல்வர் கருணாநிதி கூறியுள்ளார்.
    அண்ணா நூற்றாண்டு நிறைவு விழாவை ஒட்டி, சென்னை வள்ளுவர் கோட்டம் அருகே அமைக்கப்பட்டிருந்த அவரது உருவப்படத்துக்கு முதல்வர் கருணாநிதி செவ்வாய்க்கிழமை மலர் தூவி அஞ்சலி செலுத்தினார்.
    இந்த நிகழ்வில், துணை முதல்வர் மு.க. ஸ்டாலின், அமைச்சர்கள் அன்பழகன், ஆர்க்காடு வீராசாமி, துரைமுருகன் உள்ளிட்ட பலரும் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

    அஞ்சலி நிகழ்ச்சி முடிந்ததும், அண்ணா நூற்றாண்டு நிறைவு விழா செய்தியாக அவர் கூறுகையில், “பேரறிஞர் அண்ணாவின் லட்சியங்களையும், கொள்கைகளையும் உணர்ந்து, கடைப்பிடித்து தமிழக மக்கள் எல்லா உரிமைகளோடும் வாழ வேண்டும். நாடாளுமன்றத்திலும், மக்கள் மன்றத்திலும் அவர் தொடர்ந்து எடுத்துரைத்த மாநில சுயாட்சிக் கொள்கை வலுப்பெறுவதற்கு குரல் கொடுப்போம் என்ற உறுதியை மேற்கொள்ள வேண்டும்.
    அதற்கென அனைத்துக் கட்சிகளும் இணைந்து வேறுபாடுகளையும், மாறுபாடுகளையும் களைந்து நமது நாட்டில் சமத்துவம், சமதர்மம், சகோதரத்துவம் போற்றிட சூளுரை மேற்கொள்வோம்” என்றார் முதல்வர் கருணாநிதி.

    பிரணாப் முகர்ஜிக்கு கோரிக்கை: மாலையில் சென்னை பல்கலைக்கழக வளாகத்தில் நடந்த அண்ணா பிறந்த நாள் நூற்றாண்டு நிறைவு விழாவில் பேசியபோதும், இதே கருத்தை முதல்வர் வலியுறுத்தினார். அவர் பேசியதாவது:

    1970-ம் ஆண்டில், சென்னை அண்ணா நகரில் திமுக நடத்திய மாநில சுயாட்சி மாநாட்டில் அப்போது “பங்களா கட்சி’ என்ற மாநிலக் கட்சியின் தலைவரான பிரணாப் முகர்ஜியும் கலந்து கொண்டார்.

    “”மத்திய அரசிடம் அதிகாரங்கள் குவிந்துள்ளன. முக்கியமான அதிகாரங்கள் மத்திய அரசிடமும், முக்கியத்துவம் இல்லாத அதிகாரங்கள் மாநில அரசுகளிடமும் உள்ளன. மாநிலங்களுக்கு அதிக அதிகாரங்கள் வேண்டும். அதற்காக அரசியல் சட்டத்தில் திருத்தம் கொண்டுவர வேண்டும்” என்று அப்போது பிரணாப் பேசினார்.

    கேட்கும், கொடுக்கும் இடங்கள்… இப்போது நான் கேட்கும் இடத்திலும், அவர் கொடுக்கும் இடத்திலும் இருக்கிறார். உடனடியாக இல்லாவிட்டாலும் எல்லா இடையூறுகளையும் கடந்து மாநிலங்களுக்கு அதிக அதிகாரங்கள் கிடைக்க பிரணாப் முகர்ஜி முன்வர வேண்டும். ”
    (to ocntinue i)

  187. P.Padmanaaabhan says:

    “”எந்த மொழிக்கும் திமுக எதிரானது அல்ல. தமிழ் மொழிக்கு மத்தியில் உரிய இடம் வேண்டும் என்பதே எங்களின் கோரிக்கை. இந்தக் கோரிக்கையை வங்காளம், தெலுங்கு, கன்னடம், இந்தி உள்பட அனைத்து மொழி பேசுபவர்களும் எழுப்பலாம். \

    இந்தி எதிர்ப்புப் போராட்டத்தின்போது “இந்தி ஒழிக’ என்று திமுகவினர் கோஷம் இடவில்லை. “கட்டாய இந்தி ஒழிக’ என்றுதான் கோஷமிட்டோம். அதில் இன்றும் உறுதியாக இருக்கிறோம். (he is total liar! I was participant in anti Hindi agitatation in Tamil naadu from 25th jan 1965 onwards from which date of Republic day of India. Hindi was to en throned as the sole offial language of union of India. The agitataion resulted in a greta awakening to the tamil people and persons like me are tamil natiion;ist roday with convition that union of india must convert itself into a union of sovereign states as in Euorpe of EU evenwhile retaining sufficient unity poltically, economically and militarily to face Chiense and Pakisthani threats-Padmanaabhan)

    அரசியலில் ஈடு இணையில்லாத அளவுக்கு நாணயத்துடன் விளங்கியவர் அண்ணா. அவருக்கு இன்று நாணயம் வெளியிடுவது பொருத்தமானது’ என்றார் முதல்வர்.

    முன்னதாக, அண்ணா உருவம் பொறித்த ரூ. 5 நாணயத்தை மத்திய நிதியமைச்சர் பிரணாப் முகர்ஜி வெளியிட, முதல்வர் கருணாநிதி அதை பெற்றுக் கொண்டார்.

    Will add more later in continuation thiru.DBSJ.

  188. Tamil-sydney says:

    Dear DBS

    >>No I dont think you are a “direct” person at all and no I am neither god nor next to god in identifying you. It really doesen’t take much you know. You guys stick out like sore thumbs. Sadly you think you are not exposed.

    You are wrong; Again, the ‘smooth drive’ was an example and going to make 100 % is similar isimpossible; I made that remark only to explain my position; If the comparition is not matching drop it pls; I will have to re-phrase the whole thing;

    Sorry I do not ‘needle’ you or anyone’ I always tell direct what I think; I do not insinuate;

    >>Finally if you do not want sordid details written then you shouldn’t have focused on it in the first place.

    I do not; But when I read, I cannot selectively stop reading it; The moment I passed the lines I felt ‘the logic hits’
    However, I will repeat; If I think that you are making up things/stories, I will not read you nor will I spend time to respond;

    And if all you expect from me is like “Dear DBS, this is another master piece; Wonderful”, again I am not that kind of person”.

    >>Usually GENUINE people with REASONABLE doubts write to me at my e- mail to clear them up. And I oblige if I am sure of their bona fides.

    Only reason I did not email you was that I iamagined, being a famous media person, where will he has all the time to read a mail from an unknown Tamil, let alone write a reply; Posting comments is another thing;
    I have seen you replying as and when needed;

    If you have a strong conviction that Genuine people will email direct, then I will obey that;

  189. Tamil-sydney says:

    184. KVS | September 15th, 2009 at 9:54 pm
    >In justifying LTTE violence to Tamils you tried your best by mentioning that in all the freedom struggles there was treachery. Learned men never find an example for a wrong thing from the wrong source.

    Dear sir

    Where did I justify? I merely mentioned the fact AND my opinion; Stalin killed many and he won;

    VP killed many and fianlly he lost;

    MR/GR/SF killed many and they won’

    Read the last sentence; Do I justify the killing/atrocities commited by MR/GR/SF and co?

    My view is that LTTE lost due to many other reasons; They were brutal/ruthless/murderers;

    And the successive gove of Sri Lanka were at least 10 times worse;

    Err, can you talk about the atocities committed by the govt? Or are they so holy that you cannot speak about them?

  190. Tamil-sydney says:

    184. KVS | September 15th, 2009 at 9:54 pm
    >In justifying LTTE violence to Tamils you tried your best by mentioning that in all the freedom struggles there was treachery. Learned men never find an example for a wrong thing from the wrong source.

    Dear sir

    Where did I justify? I merely mentioned the fact AND my opinion; Stalin killed many and he won;

    VP killed many and fianlly he lost;

    MR/GR/SF killed many and they won’

    Read the last sentence; Do I justify the killing/atrocities commited by MR/GR/SF and co?

    My view is that LTTE lost due to many other reasons; They were brutal/ruthless/murderers; But it was not the reason they lost; If it were true, do you think that massmurderes/ baby killers /and even killer of unborn babies COULD HAVE WON?

    And the successive govte of Sri Lanka were at least 10 times worse than LTTE;

    Err, can you talk about the atocities committed by the govt? Or are they so holy that you cannot speak about them?

  191. Somasunderam says:

    I hope the pottu ammaans in Sri Lankan intelligence are also wiped out

  192. angelo@ colombo says:

    Hi David,

    Fantastic writing as allways..

    Any thoughts on the Life and 20th death anniversary of Rajini thiranagma.

    Best Regards

    Angelo

  193. வெள்ளைவாகனன் says:

    #87 Kanan,
    “State oppression…
    Do you know the meaning of word oppression?…then ask any one who lived under LTTE control specialy in vanni they will tell you what is oppression is my dear.

  194. V.Kumar says:

    # 172 Das…
    Well said sir.

  195. V.KUMAR says:

    #129 Dr P Nadesan.
    ” I am very much in favour of creation of the Tamil Ealam…”

    Before you create Tamil Ealam, create a society who can live there with respect.
    You guys are the worst discriminators of mankind…
    You discreminate using place of birth,education, cast system, wealth…ect…
    Then how do you unite to form a society?
    If you truely believe in VP and his Tamil Ealam then why did you leave to Australia? You should have stayed in vanni and defended VP.

  196. Ananda-USA says:

    #140 Rajan said…

    [ Bottom line is that as people we all need to change. It doesn�t matter if you are Singalese, Tamils or Muslims or whatever, we are all people/human beings. Our people need to learn about diversity, tolerance and acceptance. Judge another person for what he/she stands for, not for where they are from or what their �daddy� did. People need to grow up. Show compassion to each other, break that ethinic barriers; soon we all can feel that this little island belongs to everyone and no one is better/worse than other. ]

    Bravo, Rajan .. this is indeed where all of us should be headed .

    We need to think and act as One Sri Lankan People, with One Sri Lankan Destiny, living in One Sri Lankan Nation. Sri Lanka should belong to all Sri Lankans equally, not PART by PART but as WHOLE. Our community differences should be the just the colors on the fabric of the nation, not the fabric itself, to be enjoyed and preserved in our private lives.

    One Nation, One People, One Destiny. I am optimistic that, with some wisdom and luck, this will happen in the years ahead.

  197. Nathan Vaithilingam says:

    You are a funny guy Jeyaraj.
    —————-

    Hello Mr. DBS and all writers and readers!
    What is the purpose of you writing very old stories, (1983 1987) , every one knows that . And you guys mentioning the names that are still life. Are you trying to tell at you are Journalist?

    “Antha naal (1983 – 87) Gaabagam vanthathu , nanbane, nanbane , nanbaney”……..DBSJ

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Oops I forgot a word.Let me write the first two lines here

    “Antha Naaal Gaabagam Nenjiley Vanthathey ,Nanbaney, nanbaney,nanbaney
    Intha naal andru pol inbamaai illaiye ………Athu En, En , Nanbaney?”

    Its from “Uyarntha Manithan” movie sung by TM Soundararajan and picturised on Sivaji Ganesan and “Major” Sundararajan

  198. Praveen says:

    Ref Comments 165 & 179
    If Sampathan was scared of loosing his life,he should have gone overseas instead of being a proxy for the Tigers.May be, he hasn’t heard the saying “it is better to die standing rather than living on knees”.

    Karuna and Douglas on the other hand were brave enough to stand up to the Tigers.They stood their ground amidst numerous attempts and plots by the VP Pottu duo to kill them using brain washed suicide cadres.

    Karuna in particular had the vision to see the futile dream of VP and saved six thousand young men and women from certain death.He helped save the Easterners from the pathetic plight the Northern Tamils have been facing to date.If both these guys were selfish, they could have been enjoying a comfortable life in a Western country.I am quite happy to accept these as brave, visionary and compassionate deeds.

    What we ought to remember is that Karuna was under the direct control of VP and Pottu when these police officers were captured..With the information in this article about the personality and mental attitude of Pottu and on the balance of probabilities, the massacre took place on the orders of Pottu Aman. In combination these factors indicate that Karu and Doughie is a far better combination to bring justice and prosperity to the Tamils living in Srilanka than the pretenders in the TNA who have been deceiving the people in the North and the East for over thirty years.t

  199. Nissanka says:

    140 Rajan

    Congratulations for coming out and saying what many people are afraid of saying. I have mentioned about
    the caste system in SL before. Humans will always
    find something to put down and descriminate other people.
    When I was a little boy growing up in Galle area, when
    the dhobi (People who wash clothes for other people)
    comes to our place to collect dirty clothes, he/she is
    not allowed to sit on a chair. He/she has to sit on the ground or a very low bench. This was the accepted practice
    those days. We were not allowed to play with the
    dhobi’s chlidren. Now after visiting varioujs countries
    I understand what a demeaning way to treat another
    human being. It is not their fault, it is our fault.

    These Jaffna Vellala caste people living in Canada,
    USA, UK Australia etc. should tell the local western
    people that although we are cleaning toilets over here
    back home we are really high caste people. I like to see the
    locals’ response. In SL the toilet cleaners are called
    Sakkiliyas. Supposed to be high caste Tamils will have nothing to do with these people. They are treated worst than animals. In western countries it does not matter whether you are a professional or a bus driver, or a cleaner
    you ae treated the same way. But some of our goons
    are trying to take the class system over to these countries too, but in vain.

    So there you go my friend Rajan, I can go on and on
    about this class system. As you correctly said, all these
    factors contributed to this uprising, and the uprising by the
    Sinhala youth (JVP).

    Hopefully when SL economy develop and become more modern, things will change. It will take a very long time, beause some people like the way it is.

    God bless all.

  200. Anonymous says:

    #182 KVS wrote:

    “Rajiv, are you sure that it was your father who was the contractor then in Batticaloa?”

    The fact is what it is. BTW Rajiv is just a pseudonym. If you are from Batticaloa and not so young you would by now have figured out my real name.

  201. shankar says:

    to comment 131-krishna

    haven’t you heard of the resurrection.

  202. Stephen Jones says:

    Thereafter Karuna singled out the Sinhala and some Muslim policemen and shot them dead in cold blood in the Rufuskulam jungles.

    If referring to the famous ’600 policeman case’ you’re in disagreement with the UTHR (Jaffna), which reckoned Karuna wasn’t around.

    Karuna was in charge and ordered the execution………………DBSJ

  203. oruvan says:

    Hello DBSJ
    Why don?t you write an article about SLA war crimes and Tamil civilians living in Manik Farm and north east Refugee camps ?

    Good idea! Why dont you write something and send it to me please?………DBSJ

  204. manachaadchi says:

    I know your history Jeyaraj. I do not want to waste any of my precious time to write about you or expose about you. Time will come. I will meet you in person with proofs.

    Please do not tell anyone that you are a Tamil. I admire about your writing when I was in Colombo. Until then you was a supporter.

    If you are a Tamil and a son of truthful parents, I will give you a month time. I will expose your history, profile.

    Good luck!

    heh,heh,heh, Why one month notice. Start now will you?heh,heh,heh ………….DBSJ

  205. Maavaiputhalvan says:

    Do something to your nation as a proud journalist before you leave the world or become a fully mental person.

    “Naan En Piranthen?Naatukku nalamenna purinthen”……………..DBSJ

  206. afool says:

    #196 V.Kumar

    Mr Kumar!
    Are you really a literate? If you are, then ask your father, mother and your grandmother, grandfather, why Dr P Nadesan is saying in his comment that he is in favor of a Tamil-Eelam. They will explain it to you, that is if you are really a Tamil family. And yet, you are asking why wasnn’t Dr Nadesan stayed in Wanni and had helped the VP. Can you tell me, which other minority nation in the world had fought a big war like the one LTTE fought in in Srilanka, with-out the help of another country? With whose support LTTE fought all these years? Do you think the LTTE is made-up of just the field fighters who participated in the fightings in Srilanka onlly? Any-way, I should not answer for the DR but did the DR tell you he is an LTTE member or a sympathizer? Do you know now, why the LTTE silenced many big mouths like your’s using their pestles? Because you people vote, talk and write thinking the injustices Tamils suffered over the years will be over by your shoutings and writings. Selvanayagam, Amirthalingam and N.Thiruchelvam had what plans to achieve Tamil-Eelam when they promised Tamils in 1976, at vaddukottai, that they will get Tamil-Eelam for Tamils? Did they think they can get Eelam by shouting with their big mouths like yours and writing with their pens like the people who are writing here?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear FOOL

    I dont know whether V.Kumar will take A FOOL seriously and reply but I just want to enlighten myself through your wisdom.

    What has the LTTE achieved for the Tamils through 30 years of armed struggle?

    Were the Tamils affected drastically during years of non – violent struggle?

    Where are all the tigers now?

  207. Giri says:

    Hi
    I’m an Indian Tamil living in the US. Mr. DBSJ, your article is amazing with the amount of details. My opinions on the Sri Lankan civil war is very much like the Govt of India and I know many here disagree and dislike it. Definitely Govt of India made many mistakes but I think Mr. Rajiv Gandhi tried to make amends and had good intentions to help the Sri Lankan Tamil people if he had lived and won in 1991. I believe he would have tried to rectify his earlier mistakes if he had not been assassinated. And I believe VP’s eventual defeat started with Mr. Gandhi’s assasination because he started to lose sympathy and support internationally. You’ve rightly compared Pottu Amman to the blood hound, Beria. I totally, absolutely despise our Indian Tamil paper Tigers, Nedumaran and Vaiko and the likes. They were minions of LTTE. Whatever support they and their cohorts tried in TN, didn’t make an iota of help to the Sri Lankan Tamils. I call them – ‘Eriyara veettil kuLir kaybhavargaL’.
    Your journalistic service is absolutely essential to the Sri Lankan people. Pl continue this historical analysis so that eveyone learns from the History. I have also read articles by the elder Tamil journalist, T. Sabaratnam. Although he wrote praising Prabhakaran, I was impressed by his historical perspective to the Sri Lankan Tamil problem. I was also imperssed by articles of Mr. KT. Rajasingham.
    I pray that the politics in Sri Lanka improves, even though it will be chaotic, for the benefit of all.

  208. P.Padmanaaabhan says:

    VaNakkam thiru.dbsj.
    i have reda in full ur acclount against late thiru.pottu amman and LTTE. Let me tell u for once- I NEVER LIKED THEIR VILONCE AND ILL DEEDS & CRIMES INCLUDING ASSASINATION OF Thiru.Raajiv in TN.
    BUT IF VIOLENCE IS TO DEFEND ONESELF OR IN RETALIATION, DEPENDING ON CIRCUMSTACES & FACTS, as that ontained in Eezham over years of past five decades, then cirucmtantially and fcatually they deserve another perspective, Sir.

  209. P.Padmanaaabhan says:

    To thiru.Gir in 208: “have also read articles by the elder Tamil journalist, T. Sabaratnam. Although he wrote praising Prabhakaran, I was impressed by his historical perspective to the Sri Lankan Tamil problem. I was also imperssed by articles of Mr. KT. Rajasingham.
    I pray that the politics in Sri Lanka improves, even though it will be chaotic, for the benefit of all.”

    ur posting in 208 was not there when i began drafting and uploaded mine in to appear as 209. The postings were there up to thiru.FOOL in 207 only

    could u give please post here the links of such articles if available in the web.

    sorry to all for the typo erros in spelling or otherwise in
    my posting above in 208 as it appears now to me.posting .

    anbudan
    P.Padmanaabhan at 02:35 AM IST on 17th Sep 09.

  210. Would Like says:

    Dear DBS,

    I would like you to compile all the information that you know GOOD and the BAD as it happened and write a book on this whole matter.

    Please consider publishing the whole story as a book. I am one of the them among who wish to read.

    Thanks for your writing.

  211. shankar says:

    dbs

    there seems to be a clamour for a book from you. i think it is a good idea. only thing don’t make it too bulky or expensive. i have found lots of books on the shelves including adele’s, steve waugh , shane warne, former primeministers all going at half price, still no takers. the internet is also probably one of the reasons, but the sheer size of the books and the price are also mitigating factors.
    since so many people are waiting anxiously why dont you immediately start off on one as let say called dbs. jeyaraj’s book 1, which has about 100 pages and then go on to book 2 and 3. since sri sabaratnam has given a good one from the beginning, why dont you start from the end, with future scenarios included and go backwards, because that will be more interesting than going into very old stuff.

    i hope you dont think i am being too smart to advise you, a professional. frankly i dont know much about bookwriting, only that i was struck by the clamour for a book from you and wanted to give my views as a layman and potential cusomer.

    Thanks for this piece of advice. It’s really sound…………DBSJ

  212. Anonymous says:

    Hello DBSJ,
    Excellent account. Please keep writting gives us alot of info we dont know.
    By the way, did pottu leave VP and try to vanish?

  213. Anonymous says:

    also where is soosai?

  214. Tamil-YSdney says:

    200. Nissanka | September 16th, 2009 at 6:29 am
    140 Rajan

    >>These Jaffna Vellala caste people living in Canada,
    USA, UK Australia etc. should tell the local western
    people that although we are cleaning toilets over here
    back home we are really high caste people.

    Excellent suggestion Nissanka; How about telling the sinhalese govi the following?

    BTW, last week you did a good week cleaning the toilet mate; WHo am I? I was your duty supervisor; You know I have been promoted; Do not worry, you also can be promoted; Keep on working hard;


    These Govi Sinhala caste people living in Canada,
    USA, UK Australia etc. should tell the local western
    people that although we are cleaning toilets over here
    back home we are really high caste people

  215. Tamil-Sydney says:

    >145. Sam Rajandran | September 14th, 2009 at 3:35 pm
    However, GOSL said Prabhakaran and Pottu dead. The story about Prabhakarans dead given is quite strange. Tried to flee in an ambulance. Well … alright then

    Sam, he is dead; However, for the sake of argument lets say he lives in a Jungle in Vhailand; What can he do ? Isn’t it same as dead?

  216. V.KUMAR says:

    # 207 afool.
    Yes you are spot on DBS and thank you.

    As you said I am not taking this seriously as the comentator already accepted that he/she is “afool”.
    This clearly shows…
    புலம் பெயர்ந்த மக்களில் ஒரு பகுதியினர் தாம் சிந்திப்பது இல்லை யென்று திடசங்கர்ப்பம் பூண்டுள்ளனர்.

    நாய்க்கு உடம்பின் எந்தப் பகுதியில் கல் அடிபட்டாலும் காலைத்தான் தூக்கும். அதுபோலவே, நமது சமூகத்தின் ஒரு பிரிவினரும் இலங்கைத் தீவின் இனப்பிரச்சினை தொடர்பில் கட்டுரை வரையும், நாடகங்கள் அரங்கேற்றும் புலி ஆதரவு அறிவுஜீவிகளும், குறுந்தேசியவாதிகளும் 58ம் ஆண்டைப் பற்றியும் 83ம் பற்றியும்தான் இன்றுவரை பேசுபொருளாக கொண்டுள்ளார்கள். 83ம் ஆண்டுக்குப் பின் ஆரம்பித்து இன்றுவரை நடைபெறும் அரசியல் கூத்துக்கள், பயங்கரவாத கூத்துக்கள், படுகொலைகள், இன சுத்திகரிப்புகள், பிற சமூகத்தினர் மீது நடத்தப்படும் கொலைவெறியாட்டங்கள், ஒடுக்கு முறைக்குள் ஒடுக்குமுறை போன்ற பல விடையங்களை பேசாப் பொருளாக, வசதி கருதி புலிகளை தாயார் பண்ணும் வகையில் தவிர்த்தே வருகிறார்கள்.

    Unfortunately fools like them are leading our community that’s why we have not achieved any thing even after 30-40 years of struggle and hardships (we had all the moral support in this world).

    My strong suggestio to “afool” is…”ஐந்தரிவுள்ள புலிகளாக செயற்படாமல் ஆறறிவுள்ள மனிதர்களாக செயற்படுவார்கலோ அன்றுதான் தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு விடுதலை”

    You do not have to be litrate to use your commonsense and think rationally, you fool.

    LTTE silenced not only our right to speak (in your words big mouth) but also our geniune strugle as well.

    30 வருடமாக ஆயுதத்தை நம்பிய தலைமை இன்று மரண ஓலத்தையே தனது அரசியல் ஆயுதமாக்கிக் கொண்டு உள்ளது. ஆனால் 30 வருடம் உறுதியான அரசியலுடன் விவாதித்து இருந்தால் ஏனைய சிறுபான்மை மக்களை மட்டுமல்ல பெரும்பான்மைச் சிங்கள மக்களது ஆதரவையும் தமிழர் போராட்டம் பெற்றிருக்கும்.

  217. Daya says:

    Re.#209

    Dear P.Padmanaaabhan,

    “BUT IF VIOLENCE IS TO DEFEND ONESELF OR IN RETALIATION, DEPENDING ON CIRCUMSTACES & FACTS, …”

    I also tend to agree. BUT IF VIOLENCE IS DIRECTED TOWARDS 3RD PARTY INNOCENT NON COMBATANTS THE ONLY PERPECIVE THEY DESERVE IS PERPETRATORS OF SUCH VIOLENCE MUST BE TOTALLY DESTROYED.

    Thanks.

  218. KVS says:

    TO: 186. Tamil-sydney | September 16th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Sorry, I do not care idiots like you; You hate Tamils just because they are Tamils AND you are always jealous that most Tamils are much more educated than you mediocre soul;

    TamilSydney, I am an idiot and I hate Tamils becos my father is from the extreme north of North of SL [Karaveddy] and my mother is from extreme south of East [Thirukovil]. I have a right to hate Jaffna man as well as an easterner becos I have set my legs in both provinces. There is no regionalism inside me.

    Again never assume that only non Tamils find fault with Tamils. In Jaffna, the educated people thinks that they know everything in their field but it is not. They have proved beyond any shadow of doubt they are the master of idiots.

    Secondly, Stalin killed many and he won;MR/GR/SF killed many and they won but VP killed many and fianlly he lost;

    Stalin killed but he did not win becos of killing. MR/GR/SF killed but they did not win becos of killings alone. But your man did killing killing killing and finally killed himself. This Killer [and you] looked at the kiling side only of the winner but never looked at the side that would finally made them winning. The so called educated elite of Jaffna who were holding pandam to this killer did not realise this until May 17. Now they are talking big as they know everythiing. If you want to know how big, read your own comments.

    Why I do not criticize SL govt. Why should I? That is the job left to my Sinhalese friends.

  219. Jayan says:

    It is high time that Tamils of Sri Lanka to think about the cardinal mistakes done by the LTTE and make sure these things will never happen again in Sri Lanka or else where. The biggest mistake of all is totally believing in a phycopathic killer and his buddy, Pottu Amman. We all know the reason for this, fear of the LTTE. The truth is lot of Tamils gave kappan to them, willingly or mostly out of fear. At least hereafter Tamils should not give any money to Political or other groups. When they have lot of money, they are sure to run amok and be a problem than the solution.
    The LTTE is the ideal example.

  220. Saba says:

    Hi DBSJ

    Another informative and interesting article. Another quill to your journo hat.

    All these years I was under the impression that “amman” (mama) was used as a position in the LTTE ranks. Thankyou for clearing it.

    I used to argue with the Tiger supporters ” Why VP always changed his deputy and never had a continuous one. This is either VP does not trust his deputy that he may take over him one day or waiting to pass on the reins to his son”. Now I understand that there was more to it.

    I am sure that you have enough UNBIASED material on LTTE to write a thesis. Why not affiliate with a University and start writing?. Someone in future is going to do it even a non Srilankan may do so.
    It will be much appreciated and welcomed by others if its written by a person who was reporting the ins and outs of the front for the past 30 years. Think about it

    regards
    Saba

    Thanks but a small clarification.What do you mean by “unbiased” and “biased” material?…….DBSJ

  221. Sindian says:

    Dear DBJS,

    I am an Indian & could get lot of insight into the goings-on in SL after reading your well researched informative articles.

    My sympathies are with the suffering common citizens in the troubled areas of SL

    Tigers controlled vast areas in east & north SL for a long period. Did they create any useful infrastructure (other than military) for public like schools, colleges, hospitals, stadiums, temple/church/mosque , marriage halls, transportation/road etc.

    Pl throw some light on these.

    Sindian

  222. Saba says:

    Clarification to response on #221

    What I meant by “unbiased” was that you have been neutral in your writing. Never fail to call a spade a spade and have given due credits when it was deserved. Your analysis of events gives a better perception of the events, past and present to the reader. This is what I have noticed in your writings over the decades. Hope this clarify the query.

    Do think about writing a thesis, which will be helpful for the future generation.

    regards
    Saba

  223. Jayan says:

    Because of the war, all communities in Sri Lanka had to suffer more than 25 years. Now the right thingking people in Sri Lanka should make sure that this will never happen again. At all cost we need to check fundraising activities by various groups. These funds will certainly make monsters, like the LTTE & Prabhakaran. Tamils should think twise before they give money to charities or political groups.

  224. Buddhadasa says:

    Ref Comment 200 It was a shame how the Sihnala people treated some of their own because , these people worked in a laundry.Free education in Sinhala helped the children of these poor laundry workers get a university education and break off the poverty cycle which was the main reason for their parents to work in a laundry and face this inhuman discrimination.

    I would like know whether the poor low caste Tamil families also benefited from the privilidge of educating their children in Tamil medium, the same as the Sinhala families. .

  225. karan says:

    Re #133 Kittu was killed by the Indian Navy? I thought he took his own life with Kuppi when cornered.

  226. Nimalan says:

    V Kumar 217

    Well done

    You not only cannot straighten dogs tail but also tigers tail.

    நாய் வாலை மட்டுமல்ல புலி வாலையும் நிமிர்த்த முடியாது.

  227. Siva Selvam says:

    Great article.In regards to the posted comments I am very happy about Shankar, Jay etc analysis, but please do not publish the crap like from Dr Nadesan of Australia who is a Tamil racist. Finally, I think Karuna was more ruthless than Pottu. .

  228. Mangalika Godage says:

    incredibly handsome man that will double beat the heart of any woman

  229. indrajith says:

    Congratulations DBSJ not only for a well researched and written piece but also for giving a space for the silent majority of Tamils (and Sinhalese) to voice their opinion. As a Tamil, it is heartening to read comments by your readers such as KVS, V Kumar etc who are clearly standing head and shoulders above the morons who assume all wisdom and knowledge for themselves and their fellow ilk despite all the death and destruction they have caused and encouraged. There may be many vocal fools, but the hope for the future of Tamils lie in the balanced and forward thinking fellow Tamils who are concerned about how to move forward rather than looking back selectively and playing the 1958, 1983 broken records. True liberators are ones who themselves are liberated from all malice, hatred and vengeance and not some fascists, sadists or megalomaniacs claiming to be liberators.

  230. Shekhar says:

    good article on areas of LTTE few people know about. Keep it up

  231. Stephen Jones says:

    Karuna was in charge and ordered the execution………………DBSJ

    Not what the UTHR seems to think.
    All circumstances surrounding this tragedy, point to it being a consequence of a decision taken by the LTTE leadership at local level, about which the area leaders came to know only after, the policemen had surrendered —i.e. probably after 6.00 p.m
    http://www.uthr.org/SpecialReports/spreport3.htm

    If you do have evidence to the contrary post it here, and sent a copy to Hoole.

    No why should I do that? You take my response and post it to Rajan if you want……..DBSJ

  232. SURESH says:

    GREAT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

  233. Sriyan Chaminda Pasqual says:

    222. Sindian

    My dear.
    They (LTTE) cut of the Tamils from rest of the island.
    They destroyed the infrastructure so that people living under them had no options but to take arms.
    No cinemas / TV / Sports / Proper schools Etc.
    No agriculture / Fish industry.
    People under 30 years of age now have seen only violence for all there life (Both LTTE & GOSL).
    They destroyed the Hindu culture, Tamil political mainstream, Tamil journalism.
    How many Hindu temples were there before this????
    And, how many still standing.
    Tamil parents in North and East couldnt send there children to school because of LTTE.
    Parents from rest of the country send there children to school but had to stay guard at school gates for the whole day.
    No wonder everybody celebrated the end of VP.

  234. shankar says:

    dbs
    in your response to comment 134 you have mentioned the racist policies of the rajapakshe regime. what do you mean by that. can you clarify. so far he has only militarily defeatedthe ltte, that too after severe provocations during the ceasefire culminating in the mavilaaru incident of denying water to the farmers which was the last straw that broke his patience. any way you cant have an armed group and a parallal government in the country.
    mahinda has not in any way during his political career as far as iam aware done or said anything that has in way contributed to the present ethnic crisis. i think his hands are clean. i may be wrong and stand to be corrected
    now i think he has brought in tamil as an official language so i think he is trying to correct previous racist policies.
    he has given sarath fonseka a kick upstairs.fonseka probably was mouthing off a lot of unnecessary things such as the country rightfully belongs to the sinhalese.
    so far i have not seen racism in mahinda, but i stand to be corrected.

    Deeply touching to see your faith in Mahinda…………….DBSJ

  235. Don says:

    129. Dr P Nadesan
    I am very much in favour of creation of the Tamil Ealam

    My comment:-
    My friend, are you willing to go from Australia to SL and fight for Elaam? I do not think so. But you seem to be willing to preach it in the comfort of the west. You also said previously that Pottu and VP fought for the Tamil people. Not so. Terrorist always find a cause to hang into to justify what they are doing. Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, Hitler all did that. The latter was an Austrian fighting for an Arian German race!! Before Hitler Germans did not know the meaning of Arian!! Do you know the misery of the Tamil people today? These bloody LTTE freedom fighters eventually had to hide behind the skirts of the very people they pledged to protect in the last days of the war. What great bravery!!
    Have you got any friends or relations stuck in Wanni in SL or missing? Although being a Sinhalese I got and I cannot find where some are even with my connections. LTTE made the plight of the Tamils worse and DBS is justified in having a shot at them when ever possible because just like me he probably feels for the innocent who were caught , harassed and killed in this senseless conflict. I agree some of the high caste Jaffna Tamils inflamed the fire of this Elaam business. But one day you may realise, if you want Elaam because Sinhalese are discriminating Tamils, then Tamils also do discriminate very much their own kind!! I know because I have lived with them and seen it.

  236. Torontonian says:

    Thank you DBS for an interesting article. You’ve taken great pains to write and we sure appreciate it

  237. UGK says:

    DBS i think you go well with Gotabaya.
    DBS behaviour is reminiscent of Gotabaya.

    You seem to be knowing Gota very well. How?…………….DBSJ

  238. UGK says:

    Sindian ,
    Dont rely on DBS to paint an honest picture of Sri Lanka. if you read TAMILNET thats enough to get honest picture of Sri Lanka.

    I thought you were UKG but now you seem to be LKG…………DBSJ

  239. Keselwatte says:

    The Sinhalese and the rest of the country are going to pay a very heavy price for dismissing the genocide as ‘LTTE propaganda’.

    There is a saying in tamil: ‘Padukkeravanne ellupallaam, padukkera maadherie naddikirevanne ellup-aelaadhu’

    It describes much of the idiots living in the South and West of the island.
    The tamils do not have to lift a finger. The GOSL is going to bring the country to ruin (infact they are already in the process of it).

    Dont sympathise with the Sinhalese and the tamil hating muslims when this happens. They put their fingers in their ears and scream propaganda at any attempt made to explain the problems that started since the 1950s.

    When they live under a Burmese style junta, they will swallow it hard.

    And there is no way in hell that any devolution of powers under any amendment is going to be implemented.

    I know all about Buddhist monks and how much they influence politics.

    The civilians in the camps will also NOT be released on time. Infact many will remain there for years.

    Maybe when all the evidence of war crimes has been thoroughly hidden and destroyed, they might be let out.

    By that time the demographics will have changed completely. They will end up a minority and alien community in their own neighbourhoods.

  240. Arthur Ramesh says:

    After the fall of Hitler, a German Priest named Martin Neimuller said the following in the Nuremberg trial:

    “The Nazis first came after the ‘Trade unionist’, I didn’t speak up because I was not in the Trade union.

    Then they came after the “Communist”, I didn’t speak up
    because I was not a “Commi”

    Then they came after the “Jews”, I didn’t speak up because I was not a “Jew”

    Then they came after the “Catholics”, I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

    Finally, the Nazis came after me and there was no one left to speak for me.

    The same can be said of the “Tigers”. Initially the Tigers were killing the sinhali armymen. We tamils, rejoiced it. Then the LTTE killed unarmed Sinhala civilians and armed tamils groups. We were stunned but were silent.

    But the moment LTTE started killing unarmed Tamil civilians like Sam Tambimuthu, Neelan Thirchelvan, we Tamil must have raised hue and cry. But we failed.

    Now that the Tamils of Vanni are behind barbed fence there is no one left in the world to speak for us.

    History repeats itself.

  241. raj says:

    Jeyarajah, sorry for your misunderstanding. I am talking about the danger journalist face in Sri Lanka regardless of they are Tamil or Sinhalese. I do not expect any journalist to write without parameter s and to face consequences like Lasantha did.

    Regardless of we are Tamils or Sinhalese, or even any race, we always should stand up for freedom of expression around the globe. I strongly believe that regardless of their view, journalist should have freedom of expression without any fear like white van aducation.

    By the way, we are very much occupied with politics and never address our social issues such negative impact of dowry.

    I would congratulate you, if you (Jeyarajah) write about negative impact of dowry system existing in Sri Lanka.

  242. shankar says:

    dbsj

    it is not that iam having faith in mahinda, it is just that i am a bit puzzled that so many tamils automatically assume he is a racist, though i can see not much evidence to justify that from his track record. maybe you have a premonition of the future and it may well be that he could join the illustrious list of former leaders who were racists and are the cause of todays plight of this beautiful country. but one thing for sure, he can’t do whatever he wants, unlike those former mob, because india will be closely watching him, and it won’t take much for india, now that prabha is dead, to switch sides to the west if mahinda plays foul with the tamils. then japan too will follow suit, and mahinda will be left only with china, out of the big three in asia. india and japan are rather alarmed at his close friendship with china.

  243. Ananda-USA says:

    Response to #240 Keselwatte:

    The delay in releasing IDPs, willy nilly, so to speak, without screening, demining, and other preparations is being held out as some dark plot by the GOSL against Tamil people. This self-serving stand by the LTTE Diaspora, and their lackeys worldwide, ignores many real issues.

    Demining is needed NOT ONLY for preserving the limbs and lives of the residents of the Wanni, but also to prevent them from being dug up and used in Improvised Explosive Devices against other people, including the armed forces personnel.

    Who will dig up mines and hidden caches of LTTE weapons? The committed LTTE cadre hiding now among the IDPs and elsewhere in the country, and released prematurely before detection with IDPs returning to their homes, will do it.

    In addition to these issues related to the danger of mines as explosives, how can IDPs survive without any infrastructure necessary to life?

    Without shops, where will they buy groceries?

    Without police, who will protect them from again being taxed and conscripted by LTTE cadre?

    Without medical centers, who will provide medical care?

    Without schools, how will they educate their children?

    Without buses and bus stands, how will they get about?

    Without post offices, how will they communicate?

    Without village/ town administrations, who will attend to local administration, or gather taxes?

    Without jobs, how will they earn money to live?

    Without markets, where will they sell their goods and services to earn a living?

    People released and asked to fend for themselves without any help provide fertile grounds for the resurgence of terrorism. We see this very clearly in Afghanistan, in Somalia and elsewhere.

    The LTTE would love the IDPs to be released into a VACUUM that can step into and fill again. LTTE agents in Sri Lanka and in the Global Diaspora, are AGITATING to get that freedom of movement for the LTTE cadre .. brainwashed indelibly over 30 years, and trained to snap to attention when the command is given.

    The GOSL and the SLA, KNOWS ALL OF THIS and is not going to fall into that TRAP of laissez-faire terrorism again. Not only the Wanni IDPs. EVERYONE in Sri Lanka needs to be able to live in peace and security .. and this is the ONLY WAY TO GUARANTEE IT! We have paid TOO HIGH A PRICE to get rid of the LTTE, we can’t throw that INVESTMENT in LIVES & TREASURE away.

  244. Manoranjan says:

    Sinhalese are very innocent people.We Tamils are also like that

  245. sankaralingam says:

    you are a good writer.This is excellent artical

  246. Stephen Jones says:

    No why should I do that? You take my response and post it to Rajan if you want……..DBSJ

    Because there are only two sources on events in Sri Lanka that many of us are prepared to believe by default. And you’re one and the UTHR is another.

    When as in this case it seems the two of you have received different information then there is a moral requirement to attempt to reconcile the facts.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I am a journalist and UTHR is a Human Rights organization. I will not disclose my sources to anyone and neither will UTHR. So we cant “reconcile the facts” as you want. We would not have written if we were not sure of our sources but you will note that I am very firm in my position whereas the UTHR account can be construed as conjecture also.

    There is also something you need to be aware of.Professional etiquette prevents journalists from questioning another on matters like this. There will be discrepancies in different accounts and we do not draw attention to those individually. These are basic professional courtesies

    I cant understand why you are getting so excited about this matter.This is something that need not have been discussed at all

    Just give it a rest will you?

  247. Mutharaiyan says:

    Pottu is not from Ariyalai. He from Nayanmarkatu.he belong to Ahamudaiya mudali caste. I know because he is my relation

  248. V.KUMAR says:

    Thank you, #227 Nimalan and #230 Indrajith.

    புலிகள் சந்தர்ப்பங்களைவிட்டு பிழையான முடிவுகளை எடுத்தார்க்ள் என்பதைவிட புலிகள் இப்படித்தான் முடிவெடுப்பார்கள் என்பதுதான் அடிப்படை நியதி இதனை 25 வருடமுன்பே எம்மைப்போன்ற பலர் கூறியதுதான்; என்றாலும் நல்லதொரு ஆக்கம் – நன்றி

  249. George de Silva says:

    DBS , one is amazed at the quality of your writings especially since you live way away from Sri Lanka. As you have said the most obvious issue is that the lack of unity and name calling amongst the tamils led to their own downfall (vide Karuna split etc). What cause do you see will unite the tamils in the future? Will it still be Tamil Eelam, or the provisional government of tamil eelam?

    I think the Tamils will fragment further. Unity like Tamil Eelam will be desirable but not be attainable.Without proper leadership Tamil society will implode further.SAD!……… DBSJ

  250. NANTHAN says:

    POTTU story is unbelievable.

    Your imaginations are flying.

    But I tell that Pottu was killed when he tried to escape but Prabhakaran was dead on the day of TSUNAMI. His body was in the A/C coffin which was smuggled to Vanni by RED CROSS.

    Mmmmmm! Look whose imagination is flying. Do pigs have wings Nanthan?…………DBSJ

  251. Kanthan says:

    If all Tamil people had supported Pirapaharan fully then the tamils will not be where they are now.

    Perhaps they will all be dead or in IDP camps or abroad now,Kanthan………..DBSJ

  252. Prem says:

    Yes LTTE was ruthless, but
    How about white van abductions, para military operations, state sponsored killing of Tamil intellectuals like kumar ponnambalam, journalist who voiced for justice behind bars, burning of jaffna library, bombing of st. peters church , Navaly, city round ups, chemical bombing, looting Tamils properties, Tamil youths were lined up and shot on Jaffna streets,and many more. Have we forgotten or just in the state of denial?.. Every sri lanka citizen need to blamed, not just one group.

  253. Don says:

    240. Keselwatte 253. Prem
    I do agree with both of you but LTTE created the greatest threat to a united SriLanka. A terror group of minorities holding up the majority and dictating terms. Not hesitant to kill ANYBODY who opposes them. The GOSL finally thought the best is to meet the killing with more killing and they got over the terror. History often repeats itself. Look at the lessons of the WW2. When Germans carpet bombed England, England and U.S. carpet bombed the Germans with unheard ferocity & ruthlessness. U.S. dropped 2 Atomic bombs on the CIVILIANS in Japan killing or maiming 2 million which finished the war. Sadly this seems the only way terrorist understand. But civilians gets killed or brutalised in the process. I can remember Israeli advisors advising an army group few years back. Saying when one of them is ambushed in the west bank, they go and kill at least 10 Palestinians (civilians included) in retaliation and that is how they teach the enemy the cost of a killing. When Gota was ambushed, the SL intelligence roped in about 2000+ Tamil youth from Colombo and I believe up to date some of them are missing. That was the pay back.
    These are terrible acts which I never support but dont forget we are all human. When you take the sword to the other, he may kill you or will kill you, your family and all the relations. There are no rules of engagement. Once this is done, you cannot say the other party was unfair because both the parties are violent. We cannot expect justice by breaking it.
    Average Sinhala man and Tamil man can live in harmony any time. I have seen that because as a Sinhalese I have lived like that. But when we become greedy and try to grab more, trouble comes. In the 1970s when I used to live in Jaffna oft and on, it was a perfect society. Then why on earth did terrorism start among these relatively well off people?
    There is no ethnic group in this world that has equal rights. Even in U.S. where black man is President, the blacks are still oppressed. Do many of us who live in the west have equal rights of the white man? No way. So what are we fighting about in SL?

  254. Nirmala Devi says:

    Dr P Nadesan is a Tamil Tiger supporter. We must not take his views as gospel truth

  255. ps_ramaesh@yahoo.com.sg says:

    So much have been written on the last days of the LTTE in Wanni.But not much was written on how many innocient people perished there. The information you provided seemed to be very accurate. Sure, you must be knowing the approxiamately exact casualties of the innocient people.

    Please shed some light on this and also please enlist the ways you think best to help IDP people to restart their live after the decades of brutual war.

  256. Srinath says:

    Being a trade union leader I can say a strike should be mounted as the very last resort

  257. Mallika says:

    Rohana Wijeweera was murdered cold bloodedly. Where were the so called NGOs, INGOs, Human Rights Pundits, UN Chiefs, etc.

  258. Manel says:

    In Tamilnadu there are more than 60 million Tamils. In Sri Lanka there are about 18 Sinhalese, and we are confined to this little island only. The Diaspora Sinhalese are useless; they only think about their family. There is nothing to be divided in this tiny land. Tamils can come and live in anywhere they like including Beliatta I don’t care. But we Sinhalese must be able to live everywhere.

  259. JEGA says:

    MY FEELINGS SO HURT WHEN I HEARD LTTE LOST AND PRABA AND PODDU GOT KILLED.

  260. Buddhadasa says:

    Comments 239 & 250 response.
    Comments of the poster and the response indicate that the Pro Tiger Tamils overseas will fragment the Tamil community further, . Tamilnet has been taken over by the pro LTTE loby in the Diaspora and they use it as their unofficial mouth piece to achieve their goals.

    In the recent article in the Tamil net regarding the talks between the TNA and the government.the writer says that Sampathan must negotiate a deal to satisfy the Eelam goals.How arrogant and stupid is this demand? Few Eelamist overseas haven’t twoken up to the fact that the LTTE has run its race and is kaput.

    The cunning politician Sampathan is, he is trying to save his ass cutting a deal to support the government. Only way he can side line the real leaders like Douglas and Karuna, is to join forces with the Rajpaksa regime. Also Sampathan must be thinking that if they can get at least a few seats at the next election, they can help topple the government by siding with the UNP if an opportunity arises.So he wil ltry his best to keep the LTTERs happy. He also knows that the LTTE funds will come handy during the election campaign.

    The Tamils who lived under the dictetorship of the LTTE and suffered all along mentally and phisically should not get hood winked by the TNA.

    The government should make sure the pro Tigers overseas, are prevented from interfereing in any discussions.Any solution to the present crisis should involve only the Tamils who are living in Srilanka.

    We must thank DBSJ for running an impartial forum where people can express their honest opinions rather than jut read the pro LTTE propaganda twenty for seven.

  261. Mavady says:

    Mutharaiyn # 248

    Pottu’s father Mr.Shanmuganathan who is from Vaddukoddai and very well respected family and good caste.(But this not very important here). I know his family very well. Pottu lost his own sister in the “Mavidapuram” battle. Pottu is much senior to me but as far I heard pottu was fun loving modest person in his teen age. I think he turned to be “ brute” after he joined with LTTE as their culture of the organisation. Not only Pottu but many nice boys such as Prasath, Malaravan,………etc turned to brutal torture kings during those days. In order to keep the organisation very discipline, LTTE used severe punishment and torture techniques. But some extent these were too much and not acceptable.
    Twenty years ago Dr.Rajani Thirangama (UTHR) wrote “Broken Palmyra” which clearly explained the human rights violence committed by LTTE and other groups. Still time to time UTHR producing reports and indicating how innocent people have been suffering from the hand of armed forces and so called freedom fighters. Later stage “Kovinthan” wrote “Puthiyathor Ulakam” and high-lighted the PLOTE’s internal killings.(This is a very good book and say how some boys trapped into this so called freedom fighting and lost their lives for nothing. The moral of the story not only for PLOTE but can adopt to other Tamil armed organisations as well. That is why LTTE killed Kovinthan.) Even DBS mentioned many times on his articles about these atrocities committed by both sides. But no-body seem to listen or pretend not to listen. If we woke up early and talked against these things we could have been saved lots of human lives. But indirectly we did encourage mafia style thugery activities. Today we lost everything including our pride.
    Like many other readers in this thread , I would like to see the “book” from DBS on his butifull writings. Hope that will be a very “educational” to our younger generation.

    Mavady

  262. Anonymous says:

    to comment 144-ugk

    iam surprised at what you say that daya master and george master have been released. they are senior ltte members aren’t they. otherwise you don’t get the title master. is it payback for what they have given to the GOSL. i have always felt that something fishy was going on during the war. the govt seemed to know with pinpoint accuracy the movements of the ltte. see how theepan was ambushed when they were gathering at one point to organise a counter attack.

  263. ashok says:

    Exellent article. I check daily to see if you have posted anything new and this was worth the wait.

    Hope you don’t mind me telling this, but you seems be quite agitated these days. It reflects on the comments that you have made here. You must be under lot of pressure from all directions, but please don’t try to lose your cool. I admire your work so much and wish you could be beacon of light in these dire conditions.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Ashok. It is true that I am under pressure particularly from frustrated pro – tiger elements but I am used to this.

    At times I retort harshly. At times I quip.At times I make humorous observations. At times I make cracks at their expense. At times I quote Tamil film songs or poetry.

    I dont think I do this because I am agitated.

    As far as possible I reply seriously to deserving comments. With a few guys I’ve got to like I sometimes write in lighter vein just to lighten up things.

    Anyway thanks for your concern

  264. Mahesh says:

    If the LTTE were as bad as they are now painted to be, then why did the Tamils support them. Why were the Tamils asking for a separate home land. Why did they hate or take up arms against the state. If the state is so good then why did they fight against it.

    Not everybody could be pressurised to take up arms. not everybody could be convinced to die for a cause.

    I don’t understand. Did the State commit no atrocity and is 100% in the right and only the Tigers are wrong. Or the blame must be shared between them or only the Tigers must be blamed for this sorry state of affairs.

  265. Gayan says:

    Reply to comment 161

    Tamil Sydney

    I’m surprised that you ,self proclaimed more common sensed man than me,is trying to whitewash a brutal low life terrorist and his crimes in this forum cunning manupulation of words .

    I understand your feelings at this moment is that of a utterly defeated war mongering terrorist symperthiser trying to downplay the unexpected shocking loss and hide behind new found love for justise & equality .That is unfortunatly is not a quality of a more common sensed man but that of a low level COWARD.

    Me, the less common sensed man on the other hand has always shown where my loyalties lay without hiding behind a fake blanket.

    Unfortunatly Your heartwarming cry for new found love for justise wont bring back that murderous terrorist to life nor will encourage innocent “boys” to fight again (as you have predicted in comment 158) for a lost cause on behalf of racist cowards like you.

    Welcome to reality.

  266. Mahesh says:

    #254, As for your statement

    ‘A terror group of minorities holding up the majority and dictating terms’.

    What is it that you mean by saying minority holding up the majority. In any civilized country minority and majority live in equal terms.

    Nowhere does a majority try to trample upon the minority.

    It could be argued precisely that since they don’t number up, the minorities use the terror tactics.

    As for your stating

    ‘There is no ethnic group in this world that has equal rights. Even in U.S. where black man is President, the blacks are still oppressed. Do many of us who live in the west have equal rights of the white man? No way. So what are we fighting about in SL?’

    In every civilised country including US the oppressed are given some protection. In the US the blacks are given reservation in the Govt. jobs. It is inclusive growth.

    I am afraid that you are justifying the hegemony of the majority that is sinhalese there.

    This attitude of ‘we’ and ‘they’ is the root cause of all the trouble in SL. It is being exacerbated by your monks.

    When you mix religion with politics it gives a heady mixture. Unless you don’t separate these two, things will not move towards normalcy. The victory that you will get will be over corpses.

    History repeats itself for one who will not learn from it. I hope and pray that it doesn’t happen to you.

    Even after so much of cost to men and material people not learning from the past is really something to be concerned with.

    Remember Treaty of Versailles. It is said that the one sided treaty and the inhuman and undignified treatment meted to the Germans gave rise to a person called the Hitler.

    Versailles Treaty led to the WWII.

    Try to learn from other countries at least from India.

  267. UGK says:

    Don,
    You dont seem to understand what the root cause of the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka is.
    I am wasting my time explaining. I am getting tired of it. So many people across the globe that can understand my debate. But the Sinhalese (not all but most) seem to have a very hard time understanding.
    I believe that there is a deep rooted genetic fear that Sinhalese have of tamils. Something that gets handed down over the generations. The fear that Buddhism did not arrive in Sri Lanka prior to Hinduism (nor the rest of southern Asia).
    As for some of the tamils talking about caste, please give that nonsense a rest. I am also fed up with this caste politics and internal bickering within the tamil community.
    ‘United we stand, divided we fall’
    Im afraid it is the latter with tamils.

  268. wesley says:

    In comment # 265 Mahesh asks : If the LTTE were as bad as they are now painted to be, then why did the Tamils support them ?

    The article in the link below by Nirmala Rajasingam may help to answer your query.

    http://www.opendemocracy.net/article/the-tamil-diaspora-solidarities-and-realities

  269. DBSJ , this is a meticulous piece ! Thanks.
    **********
    To Tamil-YSdney

    Fantastic posts !!

    I can see here…. that for you ….the right to freedom of speech and expression is not negotiable.

    Your passion for the oppressed shines through !!

    Carry on righting the wrong !!!!

    **********************************

    244. Ananda-USA | September 17th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    The delay in releasing IDPs, willy nilly, so to speak, without screening, demining, and other preparations is being held out as some dark plot by the GOSL against Tamil people.

    To answer your questions, the GOSL does have a dark plot to delay the release of the IDP’s.

    They say there are mines on every corner. But how does the army walk through the land looking for the armed combatants without being blown up if there were as many mines as Sri Lanka Army say.

    Lack of free media and independent organizations allows the government to report unsubstantiated figures.

    The opposition politician has gone on the record saying there is a drastic amount less mines in the country than the government is saying.

    The government stated there were approximately 80% of the mines from the time of hostile fighting; whereas this opposition politician believes there is only 20% of Vanni area is mined.

    I believe this is being used as an excuse to keep people in concentration camps, as is the thought that there is a terrorist hiding behind every palm tree.

    Recently the government had a huge media blitz with the announcement to the world media on the release of 6.000 of IDP’s from the concentration camps.

    Mavai Senathiraja, a parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance(TNA), however reported that in fact only 580 of these people were released, but were immediately re arrested and sent to another concentration camp.

    Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said it was not possible due to the extent to which they checked and rechecked for the umpteenth time while they were languished concentration camps.

    This contradicts the word of the government official in the city who confirmed the need for the security checks begin all over again and this was delaying their release.

    In my mind this is another excuse, as is the statement that they cannot be released before their houses are repaired.

    It is hard to believe this latest Sri Lankan Government’s fibs because of the past statements made by the president in Time magazine. He was reported saying there have been zero casualties of the war.

    Recently, one government official said, that there are no human rights violations in Sri Lanka while Palitha Kohona said only losers are prosecuted under UN war criminal tribunals. And he sees no point in offering a political solution to the Tamil people.

    The Sri Lankan Army told the world media of how it has conducted a huge hostage rescue, but tell me are these innocent people free or still living as hostages in concentration camps?

    The liberation of NE Tamil people?

    I t is a peculiar concept of liberation. In my opinion, Sinhalese liberators have now become the occupiers of the Tamil homelands.

    While they are using excuses to keep the 300,000 innocent civilians detained, many fear indefinitely , the Sinhalese are colonizing Tamil Homelands land and selling them off to the ‘investors-vultures’.

    Also, it is a shocking thing to see that the 188million dollars paid by the UN, as well as the many millions more donated to Sri Lanka by countries and organizations worldwide are being used to imprison the300.000 Tamil minority

    People released and asked to fend for themselves without any help provide fertile grounds for the resurgence of terrorism. We see this very clearly in Afghanistan, in Somalia and elsewhere.

    After reading your comments, I believe you to be a well-informed, intelligent man

    But I am sure the whole world can see the Sri Lankan government is using delaying techniques in order to keep the Tamil civilians within the walls of the concentration camps indefinitely.

    I’m shocked that you have allowed your mind to be filled with such a biased view of the Tamils, tainted with assumptions, despite your obvious astuteness.

    Your comments do not paint the Tamils as human beings, worthless of pity, freedom and basic human rights. Can you not see that these PEOPLE are suffering, constantly marred by pain and desperation. You seem to be completely void of one side of the information, choosing only to see the official point of view.

    You and the readers of this fine forum can see that the north east of the island is immersed in the militaristic, barbed wire regime.

    The Sri Lankan government is acting as an occupier rather than the liberator it claims to be.

    It is ruthlessly trampling the human rights of the ordinary people as seen by the many political prisoners that are languishing in Sri Lanka for many years without trial.

    1600 political prisoners arrested on suspicion under Emergency Regulations (ER) and Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), languishing in various prisons in Sri Lanka for several years without being produced in the courts.

    Recently, some political prisoners launched a hunger strike as their requests placed in previous hunger strikes had not been taken into consideration despite promises by legal authorities that their cases will be taken for trial.

    In response the Sri Lankan Government brutally put down the hunger striking detainees. They were severely assaulted some of them had sustained injuries in the episode

    Also, many Sri Lankan Tamil families have been left with questions following the mysterious abductions of their relatives.

    With no explanations, the worried family members are forced to appeal for help in finding the missing during an assembly of relatives of missing civilians in Colombo.

  270. shankar says:

    comment 263 was mine.

  271. shankar says:

    to comment 152-raja -h

    you are asking why srilankan govt is not giving death certificate to india. i don’t think you can read too much into that, and think that these guys are still living. why should the govt rush this, especially knowing the significance to the rajiv case. they will wait till all the due legal proceedings are finished and then give it in due course.

  272. gopalanki@yahoo.com.sg says:

    Very interesting article. As a Singaporean of Tamil Nadu origin I am very much interested in the political history of my ancestral land. You provided valuable insight.

  273. Saroj Wijesinghe says:

    I forgot to add. If History divides people then throw it in the grabage can. Didn’t Henry Ford say History is bunk?

  274. Saroj Wijesinghe says:

    Poddu Amman is a great tiger hero

  275. NANTHAN says:

    LTTE men – Big or small – are uneducated and cannot speak in English. Then how did they communicate with FOREIGNERS?

  276. NANTHAN says:

    To Manel Post#259

    Why should you think about the 60 Million in India? India is another country but our ancestoral land.

    Politics based on Language is the trouble in Lanka.

    I still support the Official Language act of 1956 because it enables all the correspondences must be in Sinhala and Tamil but that was not implemented.

    S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake’s government imported thousands of TAMIL type writters to all Sri lankan government departments.

    Tamil medium recruits are still asked to be profficient in Tamil Type writting. Must be profficient in Sinhala in three years.

    Tamil politicians never admit this fact. As a former public employee, and worked in Sinhala areas I found TAMIL type writters in every government department.

    REMINGTON or ADLER, the maker of Tamil Type Writters, once informed me that the Sri lankan government was the biggest customer of TAMIL Type writters.

    Learning Sinhala/Tamil is not a rocket science if you have the will to use them. But it is always impossible for any person engulfed with RACIST thinkings.

  277. Saroj Wijesinghe says:

    I think Tamils must mourn Poddu and Praba

  278. Don says:

    268. UGK
    Friend,
    If I don’t understand the root cause of the ethnic problem in your opinion but you do not care to explain, how am I to understand? I have more Tamil, Muslim and Burger friends than Sinhalese and you say I don’t understand. Sorry to say but if you have close Sinhala friends, I don’t think you would say what you are saying. Also 80% of people in the debate on the ethnic issue get emotionally worked up. We got to analyse the facts and make logical conclusions not argue on junk like who came to SL first, Sinhalese or Tamils etc. Presentation of facts is what DBSJ does the best but he is also getting shots from emotional diehards from both sides, much to my great amusement.

    Not fair no, Don to be amused at my expense (just joking)…….DBSJ

  279. shankar says:

    to comment 158-tamil sydney

    don’t blame india. start looking inwards. india trained the militant groups after july 83. ltte bit the hand that fed it. this has been the hallmark of the ltte. they get the maximum help from someone and forget it the next day. of course india trained all the militant groups, not only the ltte. why should the ltte be the sole this and sole that. it was upto the ltte to cultivate the goodwill of india and develop a strong relationship with it. rajiv ghandhi’s actions may have not been to its liking, but what he was doing was only the first step.ltte should have gradually got into his good books and got more and more out of him. if you don’t know to play the game don’t participate.

  280. shankar says:

    to comment 187-padmanaaban

    don’t just try to find excuses. where there is a will, there is a way they say. sovereign country of tamilnadu is definitely achievable. if the people of tamilnadu are apathetic, then you must provide proper motivation. motivation will come when the indian army runs amok in tamilnadu. our first shot was fired when the mayor of jaffna was personally shot dead by prabhaharan. the first step for you is to find out who is the mayor of chennai.
    after you get your seperate state we will embark on ours. you are the dog, we are your tail. we will follow you.

    Vetri allathu Veeramaranam. Shankar I doubt whether Padmanathan relishes humour……DBSJ

  281. shankar says:

    dear padmannaban

    regarding my earlier comment, though some fool amputated the tail by discarding katchativu, no problem, we can always fix it back on.

  282. shankar says:

    padmanaaban

    in your comments 187 and 188 your tamil words are all looking like sinhalese to me or close to sinhalese. are you sure you dont have any sinhalese ancestry. if we delve deep enough we might find that your ancestors might be sinhalese siblings of the king who got chased out and tried to get a pandya army.

  283. shankar says:

    to comment 199-praveen

    you state that if karuna and douglas were selfish they could have lived a comfortable life in the west. are you sure of that? isn’t the west infested with the ltte. and is it that easy to get a visa to the west. they opted for a comfortable life in srilanka under the protection of the state. it was definitely a wise decision than going to the west, i woudn’t have given a rats ass of survival for them in the west.. karuna has been taken to all the high class prostitutes in colombo at state expense. would he have got all that in the west. give karuna a rest, mate. i want decent tamil politicians to emerge like for example, hmmm—————come to think of it, nobody comes to mind. that must be the root cause of the problem.

    ps -can you make some inquiries about who cut that little girls throat like cutting a chicken’s,in trincomalee recently, after ransom was denied. i know some of pillayans crowd was arrested, and he said they had left him long ago. unfortunately they were shot dead by the police ‘trying to escape’, so we wont know who masterminded it. anyway i am sick of all of them, if you want to say their fart smells nice, go right ahead.

  284. Rajkumar says:

    Very good article. LTTE,Pirapa and Pottu ruined the Tamils

  285. John Lee says:

    Dbsj .very good article.Learnt a lot

  286. tamil-sydnet says:

    >>280. shankar | September 19th, 2009 at 8:18 am
    to comment 158-tamil sydney

    dont blame india. start looking inwards. india trained the militant groups after july 83. ltte bit the hand that fed it. this has been the hallmark of the ltte
    ————

    Only a child will believe India tried to help Tamils !!!

    India wanted to ‘control’ SL and at that time SL was well friendly with China and the West; India found a way to disturn Lanka by traning young Tamils;

    Unless you have an agenda, or unless you did not watch the scnes from 1981 till now, you can see the damages done to us (Tamils and Sinhalese) Sri lankans;

    Do NOT SAY ‘DO NOT blame India”

  287. tamil-sydnety says:

    Corrected version; Delete the previous one pls;

    —————————————————————Gayan
    ——-

    Read your own comments and see who is a racist; You are inputting words/sentences saying that ‘I meant ‘ those’

    Well sir, I do not think you are that smart; You are well below the average;

    YOU TOLD, since their parents are murderes, all his kids should be killed IF the parents are Tamils;

    I said, no it is not correct; Even if their parents are murders, I do NOT WANT SF/GR/MR’s kids and kins KILLED; Similarly I do not want the kids of LTTE bigmen killed;

    USE YOUR LITTLE BRAIN AND SPEND DAYS thinking who is racist

  288. tamil-sydney says:

    >270. Mawatha Silva | September 18th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Sir

    Is your surname God or little God ??

  289. tamil-sydney says:

    253. Prem | September 18th, 2009 at 3:21 am
    Yes LTTE was ruthless, but
    How about white van abductions, para military operations, state sponsored killing of Tamil intellectuals like kumar ponnambalam, journalist who voiced for justice behind bars, burning of jaffna library, bombing of st. peters church , Navaly, city round ups, chemical bombing, looting Tamils properties, Tamil youths were lined up and shot on Jaffna streets,and many more. Have we forgotten or just in the state of denial?.. Every sri lanka citizen need to blamed, not just one group.
    ———————————————-
    Umm,I think it is not fashioable to talk about the atrocities commited by the government; I am writing the atrocities commited by both sides on this forumn; Also I am raising questions as and when I feel like;

    HOWEVER, I am given an LTTE supporter tage automatically; Even DBS annoi was quick to weite harsh on me;

    I so not know; maybe we should not talk about the criminal activities commited by the successive sri lankan government and armies;

    However, one thing is clear; We should give priorites to free up those miserable people in IDP; And we should make sure that people should NEVER suffer this much in future;

  290. tamil-sydney says:

    >278. Saroj Wijesinghe | September 19th, 2009 at 7:16 am
    I think Tamils must mourn Poddu and Praba

    A lot of Tamils will miss Balraj and Theepan rather than the 2 you metioned;

  291. tamil-sydney says:

    >275. Saroj Wijesinghe | September 19th, 2009 at 4:25 am Poddu Amman is a great tiger hero

    Oh no; But there were others in LTTE; who were great heros;

  292. Ramya says:

    Hi DBSJ

    As Maran ans Kittu mentioned……….
    Nelliadi Chandran
    Such a pathetic killing of a genuine boy with the hopes of freedom and life.
    Sent by the mother willingly to join and serve for these stupid idiots in 1983.
    Thayanithy Sivasubramaniam ( Ruban)Born in 07.Nov 1966 and originally from Vadamradchi. Father Point Pedro and mother from Kapputhu. Lived in Navalar Madam Nelliady .Studied in Hartley college.( 1983 A/L batch) Well mannered and a sportive person.
    Joint with the LTTE in 1983 sep and killed by that bloody idiot on ( between 5th July and 8th July 1985) The mother still cries and waits ( if there is a chance to come back) for her dearest son. Because we have no evidence for this. A killing without witness!!!!!!!!
    Reward for a mother like her and Kannan’s mum.(Nelliady )
    This idot didn’t like him to become a beloved to VP. His father died due to the heart attach shortly after his eldest son’s crutial death.
    If you need the whole story I will give you DBSJ.
    Thank you for bringing out the truth to the world which was so blind so far!!!!

    Thanks once again.

    Hi Ramya, why dont you send me an e -mail to dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com please?……..DBSJ

  293. shankar says:

    comment 287-tamil-sydney

    you have missed the point. i have mentioned july 83. before that india did not have much interest in srilanka. while the riots were going on and just after that indira ghandhi was furious, specially at the arrogant attitude of JR.jayawardene.
    she was contemplaing an invasion but ditched it in favour of givng the tamils some protection by training up a tamil army.
    you are right in a way. countries do not have permanent friends, only permanent interests. i am not so naive as to think that india was only thinking of the tamils. as long as the tamils interest and india’s interest coincide then india will help. an invasion was ruled out because it might encourage tamilnadu to also seperate one day. at that time in july 83 security of the tamils was paramount especially with the president saying they deserve it. so without trying to just find fault with india take your mind back to july 83 and how vulnerable we were and how arrogant the sinhalese leaders were and give credit where it is due. indira tried to do something for us, we accepted the help and paid her back by killing her son.

  294. shankar says:

    dear padmanaaban

    you had asked gir fr a website. he seems to have not come back to you so i will give it.
    type in http://www.sangam.org
    then go to search on the lefthand side of the wesite and type in T.sabaratnam
    then it will come up with his book on pirabaharan.
    i warn you do this when you have plenty of time, because when you start you won’t be able to stop.

  295. shankar says:

    dear padmanaaban

    remember what i said. sovereign country of tamilnadu is achievable. just follow his footsteps page by page, but not making his mistakes. his major mistakes i think came after the book ended so you will have to read some more when you get to that stage. you padmanaaban can achieve what periyar and anna coundn’t.

  296. V.KUMAR says:

    I found the following article reflects the reality…readers may like it…

    என்ன கொடுமை தலைவா!

    சாதாரணமாக உன் அன்பைப் பெற்றவர்கள் காச நோயில் இறந்தால் கூட அவர்களை மாமனிதர்களாக்கி அழகு பார்த்த உன் உயிர் பிரிந்து இரண்டு நாட்களாகியும் உன்னை விசுவாசித்ததாய் சொல்பவர்கள் ஒரு சொட்டுக் கண்ணீர் தானும் இன்னும் வடிக்கவி்ல்லை.

    கேட்டால் நீ இன்னும் இறக்கவில்லை என்கிறார்கள், என்னதான் செய்வது அவர்களைச்சொல்லியும் குற்றமில்லை.

    இந்தப் பெருமையெல்லாம் உன்னையே சாரும். ஈழ மக்களை ஒரு வகை பிரம்மையில் வாழ வைத்து, அவர்களின் உணர்வுகளை ஒரு வகை தனித்திசையில் மட்டும் சிந்திக்க வைத்து, நேற்று மாலையும் உன்னோடு 30 வருடம் கூடவே இருந்த தயா மாஸ்டர் சொன்னது போல உனது இருப்புக்காக ஈழப் போராட்டம் நடத்தி முடித்து, இன்று நீ விண்ணுக்கும் சென்று விட்டாய், ஆனால் பார் உன்னால் உருவாக்கப்பட்ட இந்த விசுவாசிகள் தம் கால்களைத் தரையில் கூட வைக்கப்பயப்படுகிறார்கள்.

    மோட்டுச் சிங்களவன்,மோட்டுச் சிங்களவன் என்று கும்மாளம் போட்டுக்கொண்டு, அந்தச் சிங்கள சமுதாயமே பார்த்துப் பரிதாபப்படும் அளவுக்கு ஒரு முட்டாள்ச் சமூகத்தை வளர்த்து விட்ட முழுப் பெருமையும் உனக்கும் உன் புலன் ஆய்வுத் தலைவர் பொட்டம்மானுக்குமே சேரும்.

    கல்வியிற் சிறந்து விளங்கிய ஈழத்தமிழர் சமுதாயம் இன்று இந்த அளவு முட்டாள் சமூகமாக மாறிவிட்டதை நினைக்க வேதனையாய் இருக்கிறது.

    அதையும் விட, நீ உருவாக்கிவிட்ட இந்த கலாச்சாரம் இன்று உன் மரணத்துக்காக ஒரு சொட்டுக் கண்ணீர் விடக்கூட ஒரு மனிதனை உன்னை ஆதரித்தவர்களில் உருவாக்கி வைக்காதது மாபெரும் கேவலமாகப் படுகிறது.

    சமுதாயத்தின் அடிமட்டத்தில், அனைவராலும் ஒதுக்கி வைக்கப்படும் ஒரு போக்கிரி கூட தான் செத்தால் தன்னை நாலு பேர் நல்லெண்ணத்துடன் தூக்கிச் செல்ல வேண்டும் என்று நினைப்பான்.

    உலகெல்லாம் உனக்கென ஒரு படை இருந்தும், இன்று அவர்களால் உனக்காக ஒரு மெழுகுவர்த்தி தானும் ஏற்ற முடியாமல் போயிருப்பது நீ வளர்த்த அதே மூடர் கலாச்சாரத்தால் தான் என்றால் அது மிகையாகாது.

    தமிழீழம் கிடைத்ததோ இல்லையோ, மக்களை எப்போதும் உணர்ச்சி மேலோங்கிய ஒரு நிலையில் வைத்துக்கொண்டு, உண்மை பொய்களை பிரித்தறியும் பக்குவத்தை அவர்களிடமிருந்து பறித்தெடுப்பதற்கு உன்னால் வளர்த்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட பரப்புரை மருத்துவர்கள் தம் காரியத்தை செவ்வெனே செய்து முடித்து, அதே பொய்ப் பரப்புரைகளால் உன்னையும் மக்களிடமிருந்து மறக்கடிக்கச் செய்து விட்டார்கள்.

    என்றாவது ஒரு நாள் இந்த உண்மை வெளிவரும் போது, அன்று இதே மக்களுக்கு உன்னை மறந்து போயிருக்கும், இல்லை உன் கதை ஒரு கடந்த கால வரலாறாக மாறிப்போயிருக்கும், அன்று வேண்டுமானால் உன்னை மிக மிக நேசித்த உன் குடும்பம் மட்டும் மீண்டும் கண்ணீர் சிந்தும், ஏனெனில் அவர்கள் இன்றும் வெளியுலகுக்குத் தெரியாமல் கண்ணீர் சிந்துகிறார்கள்!

    ஆனால், அதை வெளியில் கொண்டுவந்தால், தமிழீழ மாயை மறைந்து தம் வங்கிக்கணக்குகள் வறண்டு போகும் என்பதால் உன் தலைமையை வழிநடத்திய தலைகள் சிந்திக்கின்றன போலும்.

    எனவே, நீ மறைந்த கொடுமையை உன் கடைசி ஆதரவாளன் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளும் அந்த நாளில் அவனால் கண்ணீர் சிந்தக்கூட முடியாத தூரம் காலம் சென்றுவிடும்.

    சிங்களவன் பிரச்சாரம் செய்கிறான் அதை நாங்கள் எதிர்க்க வேண்டும் என்பது அடிப்படை, ஆனால் அந்தப் பிரச்சாரத்தை எதிர்க்கும் சக்தியை நீ தொப்பிகலவை விட்டுச் சிதறி ஓடிய போது அவர்களுக்குக் கொடுத்திருக்க வேண்டும்.

    அப்போதெல்லாம் சூப்பர்மேன் நீ எனும் பிரம்மையை உன் பிரச்சார மருத்துவர்கள் அவர் பங்கு மற்றும் உன் பங்கு நிதி திரட்டல்களுக்காக தொடர்ந்தும் பேணி வந்தார்கள்.

    15000 சதுர கி.மீ நிலப்பரப்பை வைத்திருந்த நீ, பின் வாங்கிப் பின்வாங்கி முள்ளிவாய்க்கால் புற்தரையைச் சுற்றி ஒரு சில மீற்றர்களுக்குள் முடங்கிக் கிடக்கும் வரையிலும் கூட உண்மையை உண்மையாய் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ள உன் சீடர்கள் மறுத்த காரணத்தினால், நீ தான் சூப்பர் மேன் ஆச்சே திடீரென ஆமிக்காரனுக்கு கண்கட்டு வி்த்தை காட்டி உன் படைசூழ அம்பாறைக் காடுகளிலோ இல்லை அட்லாண்டிக் கடற்கரையிலோ காற்று வாங்கிக்கொண்டிருப்பாய் என்றுதான் நம்பினார்கள்.

    உன் தலைக்கு ஆபத்து நெருங்குகிறது என்கிற உண்மையை உண்மையாய் மக்கள் அறிந்திருந்தால் ஒரு வேளை தாம் போராடும் காரணத்தை நேரடியாகவே தம் ஆர்ப்பாட்டங்களில் முன்வைத்து, தம் கோரிக்கையை நேரடியாகவே உலகறியச் செய்து, ஆம் அவன் தான் எங்கள் தலைவன், அவன் தலைமைதான் எங்களுக்கு வேண்டும் என்று அவர்களை ஒன்று திரள வைத்து, இலங்கைக்கு எதிராகப் பாய சந்தர்ப்பம் பார்த்துக்கொண்டிருந்த உலகின் மிகப்பெரும் வல்லரசுகளான அமெரிக்கா,பிரிட்டன்,பிரான்ஸ் போன்ற நாடுகள் இலங்கை அரசை யுத்தத்தை நிறுத்தி லட்சோப லட்ச மக்களின் தலைவன் அவன், ஆகவே சமாதானமாக அதிகாரப் பகிர்வுக்கு செல்லலாம் என்றாவது பேச வைத்திருக்கலாம்.

    உன் மருத்துவர்கள் அதை விட வில்லை, மாறாக தமிழர்,தமிழர் என்று மறைமுகமாக மக்கள் மேல் பாரத்தைப் போட, மக்களா? அவர்களைத்தானே நாங்கள் விடுவிக்கிறோம் என்று அரசாங்கம் அதற்குத் திரைக்கதை எழுத, பேச வந்தவர்களும் நிலையாக நின்று நேரடியாக எந்த விடயத்தையும் கையாள முடியாமல் மூக்குடைந்து போனார்கள்.

    மக்கள் எனும் போர்வையில் அவர்கள் ஐ.நாவில் எழுந்து நிற்க முடியாத அளவுக்கு அதே மக்களின் விடுதலை என்கிற அரசாங்க வாதத்திற்குப் பலம் இருந்தது, அதற்கும் காரணம் நீ எப்போதும் ஒரு போர்வையைப் போர்த்தி ஒளிந்து கொள்ளத் துணிந்தாயே தவிர, உண்மையாக மக்களுக்கு உழைக்க வில்லை.

    உலகத்தில் எவனொருவன் உன்னை எதிர்த்து சிறு கேள்வி கேட்டாலும், அவனுக்குத் துரோகி,ஒட்டுக்குழு என்று பட்டம் சூட்டி அழகு பார்க்க உன் பரப்புரை மருத்துவர்களுக்கு அதிகாரம் வழங்கினாயே தவிர உன் கூடவே அதுவும் உன் ஆரம்பம் முதல் முடிவு வரை துரோகிகள் இருந்தார்கள் என்பதை நீ தெரிந்து கொள்ளவே இல்லை.

    இப்போதும் உன் மருத்துவர்கள் தம் பரப்புரைப் பலனால் உன்னை உயிரோடு வாழ வைத்திருக்கிறார்கள்.

    அதற்காக இன்னும் சில காலத்துக்கு உன் பதிவு செய்யப்பட்ட ஒலி,ஒளி கசமுசாக்களை வைத்து அவர்கள் படங்காட்டினாலும் வியப்பதற்கு ஒன்றும் இல்லை.

    ஆனால், என்றாவது இந்த உண்மை வெளி வராமலா போய்விடும்?

    வரும், நிச்சயமாக வரும், ஆனால் பரிதபம், அந்த நாளில் மீண்டும் ஒரு தடவை தெருவில் இறங்கி உனக்காக ஒரு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தும் சக்தியைக் கூட இழந்திருப்பார்கள்.

    உன் மருத்துவர்களின் முகங்கள் கரி பூசப்பட்டு, தாம் வாழும் வாழ்க்கையை அவர்கள் வாழப் பழகியிருப்பார்கள்.

    இப்போது போட்ட கூப்பாடுகளை நியாயப்படுத்துவதற்காக இனனும் சில காலங்களுக்கு உன் இன்டர்நெட் படை இலங்கைத் தீவின் எந்த மூலையில், அரசாங்கம் என்ன தவறு செய்தாலும் அதற்காகக் குரல் கொடுக்கும்.

    இப்படியே ஈழம் காணப்புறப்பட்ட உன் போராட்டம் இன்டர்நெட்டோடு குறுகி, ஒரு சில காலத்துக்கு இலங்கை அரசை விமர்சிக்கும் பணியைச் செய்து விட்டு, இன்னும் சில காலங்களில் முற்று முழுக்க சினிமா பாடல்கள், திருட்டு வி.சி.டி வெளியீடுகள், நட்சத்திர கிசுகிசுக்கள் மற்று நடிகைகளின் ஆபாசப் படங்களை வெளியிடுதல் என்று திசை மாறிச் சென்றுவிடும்.

    அதற்கு ஏதுவாகவே பல தமிழ்த்தேசிய இணையங்கள் அதையும் இதையும் ஏற்கனவே சம நிலையில் பேணி வருகின்றன.

    அதன் பின்னரும், இன்னும் சிலர் அமைதியாக வீட்டில் இருந்தாவது அழிந்து போன ஒரு உரிமைப்போராட்டத்தைப் பற்றி மனம் வருந்திக்கொண்டிருப்பார்கள், அவர்கள் உண்மையான உள்ளம் கொண்டவர்களாக இருப்பார்கள், அவர்களை இறுதி வரை தேடிக் கண்டுபிடிக்க முடியாது.

    ஏனெனில், அவர்கள் அப்போது உனக்கும் பயந்தும், இப்போது இனி வரப்போகும் நிலை மாற்றங்களுக்குப் பணிந்தும் தம் குமுறல்களை அடக்கிக்கொள்வர், நேரம் கிடைத்தால் மாற்றுக் கருத்து இணையங்களில் தம் கருத்துக்களைச் சொல்வர்.

    காலஞ் செல்லச் செல்ல உன் மருத்துவர்களிடம் சிகிச்சை பெற்ற பலர் தம் அன்றாட வாழ்க்கையில் இந்தக் கருத்துக்களை வைத்து எடை போட ஆரம்பிப்பர், பின்னொரு காலத்தில் உன் கதை அழிந்தே போய் விடும், இப்போது முதல் முன்னெடுக்கப்படப் போகும் ஈழத் தமிழரின் புது அத்தியாயம் இனி வரும் காலத்தில் முக்கியம் பெறும்.

    இதை வாசிக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு புலி ஆதரவாளனுக்கும் ஆத்திரமும், அழுகையும் வரும், ஆனால் சிந்தனை மட்டும் வராது, ஏனெனில் அவன் உன்னால் சிந்திக்கப்பழகவில்லை.

    ஆத்திரத்தைக் கொட்டப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், தேவையான அளவு கெட்ட வார்த்தைகளில் திட்டப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், கண்ணீர் வழியும் படங்களைப் போட்டு மாவீரர்களுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், ஆனால் சிந்திக்கப் பழகவில்லை.

    எனவே, அவன் மீது திணிக்கப்பட்ட சிகிக்சை பலமிழந்து, அவனாக வெளி வந்தால் தான் அவனுக்கும், அவன் சமூகத்துக்கும் அவனால் நன்மை.

    அதுவரை, இனி வரும் புதுப்புது அத்தியாயங்கள் பற்றிய வாத,விவாதங்களுக்கு உலகம் தயாராகிக்கொண்டிருக்கிறது.

    இந்த அத்தனை உண்மைகளின் நடுவிலும், நீ மறக்கப்பட்டு விட்டாய்! மறைக்கப்பட்டு விட்டாய்! அதுதான் உண்மை.

  297. Nissanka says:

    297 V Kumar

    Can we have translation of this. I think DBSJ started this
    blog in English so that a cross section of people join in
    in the reading and the discussion of all the subjects relating to all the ethnic groups of Sri Lanka. My observation is that not only Sri Lankans, but there are other
    citizens are also reading this blog and contributing by way of comments. Therefore, by all means go ahead and insert
    your writings in Tamil, but can the other people have a translation of same. If not gradually this will become a Tamil blog.

    I hope many people will agree with me.

    I understand Nissanka’s concern but I can assure him that my blog will be in English…….DBSJ

  298. Selvan says:

    DBSJ,
    Thank you for your detailed article. One crucial point you have mentioned which has gone unnoticed. I would confidently say the basis for the creation of tamil youth taking up arms, all the credit goes to the so called Former politician Thanthai Chelva and his federal party (Thamil arasu kadchi). They were cause for the generation of tamil youth to take up arms. They were the ones who fed the tamil youth to hate sinhala people by doing so they benefitted with their votes to go the parliament. But unfortunately the youth over powered them with arms and that arms struggle caused us current state. I can remember onec Late Mr. G:G Ponnambalam Leader of Tamil Congress party in a public arena saying to Federal party to not to instigate young tamil blood (Ilam raththathai thoondavendam) and poison them as that would lead to disastrous end. Like you mentioned it was during Federal party meetings people like Pottu Amman and other youths had pottu with blood. This was the initial stage of this disastrous end created by Federal party and its leaders, just to get votes for them to sit in Parliament.

  299. priya says:

    Why there are false rumours that pottu is alive ?

  300. priya says:

    DBSJ, There are some tamil politicians like thol. thirumalavalan saying that Prabhakaran is alive and leading the struggle. From whom do they get directions to lead the struggle.

  301. shankar says:

    to comment 298-nissanka

    now can you see how tamil citizens will feel when they go to government departments and get landed with documents in sinhalese all these years. recently too one guy i know went to a pradeshiya sabha in colombo, and had to come out to a shop and ask the sinhalese man whether he could fill up the form. the man was very nice and did all that and refused any remuneration, which goes to show how easily we can live together if all these irritations are got rid of. the sinhalese and tamils complement each other like bread and butter. each has their own strenghs and weaknesses, but together they are a formidable team.

  302. Ramya says:

    Hi Kumar 297

    Thanks for the article.
    it is good to do some translation by DBSJ. Even some Tamils can’t read Tamil now.
    What a reality! When we read it in Tamil it’s beautiful you know.
    “Unmaikal Kasakkum” but one day it will become so sweeter than the honey.
    NO MORE SUPER MAN stories in our lives anymore!!!!!!
    Even this morning I was telling some one that how much we have been wrongly navigated by those money collectors in overseas even during the final pace of the war.
    Knowing very well that they are going to loose the battle, and still telling to the world that the omnipresent Hero leader will ” Ullai varaviddu Adippar”.
    What a shame to our people that their leader has brought them like beggars in the camps. Can their brain washers accept this truth even now?
    What they do is to mourn for their beloved leader , on Fridays drink some vine and beer with their sorrowful followers and sit and chat about the next step of how to raise the money for REFUGEES. Because they don;t have anyone (blood relative) in Vanni camps. All have settled very well with their older generations in Western countries and having the pension from both governments. Though it is from Sinhala government doesn’t matter! But we will not buy any thing from Srilankan shop ( Bull shit). Their parents and relatives should live in Colombo comfortably and can eat the same bull shit. This is TIGERISM they say.

    Will wait and see. As the writer says TIME is the medicine for many sickness. It will heal all the wounds of our people in Vanni camps and God may bless them for their peaceful life back in their own homes. It may be the hut or shed it will be their palace after these struggle.

    Thanks

  303. V.Kumar says:

    # 298 Nissanka.
    Sorry mate nothing intentional. I am not good in translating, my knowledge is limited.
    I agree, if DBSJ can translate (time permits) it will be good for who can’t read tamil.

    #303 Ramya
    Agreed 100%

  304. Nissanka says:

    302 Shankar
    304 Kumar

    Thanks guys for being polite about what I wrote. For a minute
    I thought whole hell would break loose.

    If you saw my earlier writes, you would have noticed that
    I am against what our politicians did for this country after
    independence including the language policy. Cheap populace politics has brought this country to this situation.
    All those politicians who made Sinhala official language
    didn’t speak Sinhala at home. The children were educated in English, but the ordinary Sri Lankan had to give up
    English education. Therefore, Sri Lanka which had a very good English education, made a generation of youngsters who cannot speak. Now finally they have woken up and everybody want to learn English.

    Shankar, when you read my English, you know that I am not an English scholar either, but I am trying. Keep reading DBSJ and we all will improve our English. I am not ashamed to say that some of the words DBSJ use, I check the dictionary to get the real meaning, because I want to improve my English even at this age.

    God bless you all.

  305. Bharati says:

    GoSL does not have evidence that Pottu is dead and is claming it because they can’t find him alive. Most of us believe he is dead only because he is not been heard from..

    -Bharati

  306. Ariya says:

    118. Dr P Nadesan | September 14th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Whatever said and done to me being a Sri Lankan Tamil living in Australia Pottu Amman is a Hero. He may have killed many thousands with bombs and committed much carnage, But, he did that for us, for the LOVE of the Tamil people. Our Great Great Leader, Piripharan, also sacrificed his life for us the TAMIL people. Don’t forget the past my dear TAMIL brethren
    ——————–

    What a pathetic fool you are, Nadesan!

    Don’t forget the past, Nadesan, because for the likes of you, other Tamils died, and SL Tamils lost their dignity!

  307. Gayan says:

    Tamil Sydney (Reply to #288)

    I believe i have got under your racist skin a bit .hehe

    Your new comments have deteriated in quality .A hastly written reply by you is lacking in substance & sense.This happens to people with little knowladge /Low IQ with a racist mindset like you.I believe even you dont know what you have wriiten, let alone the rest of us.

    Though a thorough analytical reply to the subject matter (For a simple example Pottu’s sons were no kids-They were self styled Lt of LTTE at the time of their demise)by me would bury you in this forum ,im not lowing myself to your level.In fact your reply was so low in quality ,i’m disapointed even to reply.This will be my last reply to you.

    Also i understand your state of mind at this moment is that of a defeated terrorist symperthizer licking his wounds after this unexpected debacle that befell LTTE and racist sepretists as i have mentioned earlier.

    I know it hurts that while your heros Pottu/.VP is dead and gone for good while your enemies (MR/Gota/Govt /Military as well as moderate Tamil/Sinhala leaders & people ) are alive & well.

    As i mentioned earlier .Welcome to reality .

    Sleep easy .Let your hatred lay to rest .

    Bye Bye -SAYANARA !

  308. sydney_tamil says:

    >308. Gayan | September 26th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Your post will tell your IQ and the level of racism you have;

    This is my last reply to a foolish racist like you;

  309. N Raghavan says:

    #307 Ariya.

    Are you an active member of the JHU?

    Just curious, didn’t find your comment genuine.

  310. Thamil in Timbuktoo says:

    Pottu is alive, some of the people on this blog are 100% right. I saw him last week at the Edward Street Starbucks sipping on a Latte. He still looked tall, handsome and smart

  311. thinagar says:

    todays journalist are white colar terrorists.

    if the world is in peace no journalism, weapon manufacturing factory,

  312. V.Kumar says:

    More information about Pottu in “The Nation” paper.

    http://www.nation.lk/2009/10/04/militarym.htm

  313. anuladevi says:

    I’m a Sri Lankan of sinhala origin and do acknowledge that there have been injustices and crimes committed against the Tamils by the successive SL govts, but, Pottu amman tops everything. He was killing his own people at such a rate and with such monsterous cruelty. How could the Tamils still support the murderers? It eludes any sense as to how most Tamils treated them as heroes. Surely , surely there must have been Tamil leaders who would have struggled for your rights peacefully. How come you all have become so blinded by hatred against the Sinhalese that you overlook the kind of cruelty practiced by Pottu amman and prabakaran, kiiling your own people and kids and women. It is shocking to realize this mentality. As long as a Tamil tortures and kills a Tamil it is ok, is it?

  314. afool says:

    # Comment – 314, Anuladevi

    I do not know how old you are but it seems, you do not know the history of the Tamil struggle in Srilanka. Please take a history book and read about it before you come here to ask, why we Tamils were/ are supporting an armed struggle to achieve our political rights or even a Tamil-Eelam.

    1) Where did you learn, that Pottu Aman was killing Tamils in large numbers? If you believe the commentators here and make-up your mind then i can only feel sorry for your stupidity. Apart from other armed Tamil militants, LTTE only killed a handful of Tamils whom they believed were traitors to the Tamil course.

    2) The problem is, these handful of murdered Tamils have their vocal supporters, who have a loud voice in the media. There fore, these supporters make it look like, the LTTE killed a large numbers of Tamil civilians. If you have a common sense, ask a question to your-self, why then the majority of the Tamls are the supporters of the LTTE. Think, why even the Tamils who lived under no LTTE control in Jaffna district supported the Tiger favored Tamil political parties during the past elections. The REAL TAMILS believed that only the LTTE is genuinely fighting for the Tamil rights.

    3) Which other Tamil leaders, you want to lead us? If you was a Tamil and knew our history, you would not be asking a question like this. Our Democratic Tamil leaders who were leading the Tamil struggle before the LTTE, intentionally took the young people like Prabaharan and others to the armed path to finish of their political rivals, and to get their parliamentary seats, changed their tone and started enjoying the fruits of their labour, after went to the parliament. The very same democratic Tamil politicians, who took us towards the separation goal, forgot about why they were elected overwhelmingly by the Tamils of Srilanka, started cheating the very same Tamil masses, after they got their parliamentary seats and the political favoritism by the SINHLALA government. So Tamils came to a point to love and respect some-one ( LTTE) who really stood for them, nothing else.

    Now I think you may have understood why Tamils supported the LTTE? It is very simple for a neutral observer like you to read and understand, unlike many of my people who write here have their personal reasons, for not understanding.

  315. jcnars says:

    Respected DBSJ,
    We lost the track (paathai marivittom)…the cause for which the struggle started was a genuine one, which i’d say even holds true now. It holds true now because of the GoSL treating tamils as 2nd class citizens.

    What do you say to our families in SL now?
    What is the way forward sir? Should the eelam tamils take the suffering given by govt? Without taking a gun what should we do in a peaceful way to get out of the suffering?

    I think persons of courage and deep knowledge abt SL like yourself or Tissai (when he gets released) should show the direction.

  316. V.Kumar says:

    # 316
    The most important thing to remember we also lost lot of golden oppertunities to gain support to our issues and put pressure on GOSL.
    Will we get another one?…Only God knows.

  317. JK says:

    Dear Sir,
    Do you have more detail about “KILI” the latters bodyguard?
    I just like to know.
    Thank you

  318. kaluyaka says:

    258 Mallika

    You are right when you say where were all those NGOs etc
    when Rohana Wijeweera was killed.

    JVP and Wijeweera put Sri Lanka back 25 years by their
    jealous indoctrination of the young of SL. Their policy was
    make every one poor, and not every one rich.

  319. sarath jay says:

    As a Singhalee, I can understand the the struggle LTTE staged for their people. Like majority Singhala people I condemn the tactics they used against GOSL as well as thier own poeple.
    Tamils are Sri Lankans just as we are. The reality is the massive gulf between the two communties excaberted by the war.
    The gulf can only be bridged by political means. I know my Tamil frieds will laugh at me for saying this but there are genuine political leaders such as Sajith Premadasa and CBK who have always meant well and new ones emerging. Suppoort them. Let the past be a bitter lesson for Singahla people as well as Tamil people. Armed conflicts do not solve fundmental issues.

  320. kaluyaka says:

    Sarath Jay 320

    Are you serious by suggesting that CBK is genuine.
    These are the people who destroyed this country
    and let Sri Lankans (All communities) suffer.
    May be if you recycle her she can purchase another
    castle in UK.

    Sajith Premadasa could be a candidate because
    he is from a different generation with new ideas.

    Most important thing is to get some genuine
    Tamil young intellectuals, but again I don’t blame
    for not coming forward because the white van will come
    and gobble them.

    We can’t win. Can we ?.

  321. Meikandan says:

    Thanks DBSJ for the article. But let me write a few common aspects of armed struggles. In any armed struggle, there is always a chance of people belonging to intelligence or caders to make right and wrong decisions when deciding whether ‘someone’ is traitor or not.

    Mathaya could have been supportive to RAW’s offer or he was not sure what to do, or he was simply innocent — the fact of the matter is, we don’t really know what was happening at the time. But we cannot speculate that Mathaya was finished off due to his ‘popularity’. If that is the case, Bhanu (known as the most friendly person with public) or Theepan (who became very popular after successive military victories) should have been ‘finished off’ as well.

    One thing everyone knows is, that Prabhakaran himself did not want to punish Mathaya in a haste. It took him some time to decide it.

    With regards to Susheelan, I feel sad. Because many at the time said, he was genuine to the cause and wass a brilliant and friendly side of the LTTE, but was in the wrong group at the wrong time. Pottamman should have been more diligent in this case instead of focusing on ‘purging’ too much. It is also not right for Pottu Amman to play with Susheelan’s life as he let him get married all the while knowing he was going to be interrogated. But, comparing Pottamman to Beria and Prabhakaran to Stalin is a bit of excessive comparison. Stalin not only targeted ‘traitors’ within army, he also found thousands and thousands of ‘imaginary’ traitors within scientists, engineers, intellectuals, farmers etc. That kind of massive scale purge did not happen in eelam. Paranoia is part of every intelligence organization (CIA, ISI, etc).

    Sri Lankan forces intelligence has abducted and caused the killing of more than 80000 sinhalese in the name of JVP purge and tens of thousands of innocent tamil youths in the name of counter insurgency. Whatever Pottu did was nothing new or even close to the activities of world intelligence organizations.

    Comparing with many other armed struggles, Prabhakaran did his best not to allow LTTE in to going in to an uncontrallable killing spree of own tamil citizens. Mistakes were made in wrongly identifying some people as traitors (including one of my close friends’ brother). But I lived in Jaffna during LTTE presence in 1990 – 1995. They enjoyed full support of the population for the struggle. Unlike some people would like to spin stories in their comments here, LTTE was not involved in ‘finding’ imaginary traitors. .

    Some of the methods and tactics could have been debatable, but all the tamils still have high regard for the LTTE’s struggle because they know Prabhakaran never sold himself out compromising the goal.

    DBS as a journalist has some good talent in writing. I also know DBS is one of the peoples that have the best interests of the Tamil community in their hearts, albeit not favouring the methods of LTTE. It is important we do a critical analysis of the past, but we have to learn from it and move on a suitable path in the current world order to regain tamil rights.

    While we do critical analysis, we should not only focus on the negative side of some LTTE individuals, but also the positive ideals and developmental, social reforms the LTTE administration wanted to lead on. It is always worthwhile to look at both pros and cons.

  322. V.KUMAR says:

    # 322. Meikandan
    Hope you live in one of the western country and enjoy democracy and freedom.

    Good luck with your thoughts with LTTE.

    I am confused …are you approving LTTE’s method of opperation???
    If so could you please outline us their achivements for the tamils in last 30 years in Sri Lanka ???
    Where are they now???

    “/They enjoyed full support of the population for the struggle…/”

    Then why did they rely on child soldiers???
    Why did they force 1000′s of tamil youths to fight for them in vanni???
    Then why did they introduce the pass system to leave Jaffna???

    “/ Whatever Pottu did was nothing …/”

    You mean kiling 1000s of youn tamil boys from ohter movements/politcal organisations so Pottu amman can kill tamils…???

    “/Mistakes were made in wrongly …”/

    They were not just mistakes …they were fatal mistakes.

    “/While we do critical analysis, we should not only focus on the negative side …”/
    You look at those comments negatively…problem with your view…you are making the same mistake as LTTE
    These comments were made inorder to educate LTTE to do the right thing and we wanted to see them as a powerful political force.
    புலிகளை தட்டிக்கொடுக்கும் இடத்தில் தட்டிக்கொடுத்து இடித்துரைக்க வேண்டிய இடத்தில் இடித்துரைத்து இருந்தால் புலிகளின் தலைமையும் காப்பாற்றப்பட்டு இருக்கும் வன்னி மக்களும் இந்த அவலத்திற்கு உட்பட்டிருக்க மாட்டார்கள்.

    “/ negative side of some LTTE individuals…”/

    They are not individuals. They are part of the organisation and that organisation said to be the sole representative of tamils in sri lanka …when they fall everything will fall apart so we have the right to critisize them.
    And finally…

    தங்களின் சொந்த ஆதாயத்திற்கும், தங்கள்நிலையை மேம்படுத்தி கொள்வதற்கும் கிடைத்த ஒரு வாய்ப்பாக, கருவியாக இலங்கை தமிழர் பிரச்னையை கையான்ட இந்தப் புலம்பெயர் தமிழ்த்தேசியப் பற்றாளர்கள் கையாளுவது நிற்காத வரையில், இவர்களால் இலங்கைத் தமிழர்களுக்கு எவ்வித நன்மையும் கிடைக்கப் போவதில்லை.

  323. Meikandan says:

    #322: V. Kumar.

    Your question,

    I am confused …are you approving LTTE’s method of opperation???

    Mr. Kumar, if someone can justify the murderous chauvinistic, cruel atrocities of the Sri Lankan state and the IPKF on Tamil people, then I have no problem approving the methods of LTTE in return (albeit I disapprove their methods of dealing with wrongly identified traitors).

    Unlike you and some others here try to tell stories, Pottu and LTTE did not kill ‘thousands of young men’, rather they punished mainly the traitors who ‘used the struggle and betrayed tamil interests to our enemies’. This is common every where. During U.S civil war, or even U.S war of independence, this was common (although not acceptable from humanitarian point of view). Yes there were personal revenges taken by bad seeds within LTTE claiming in some cases that the people killed were ‘traitors’. But it does not mean every one of those people killed were ‘innocent’.

    During the Indian freedom struggle, the people who stuck to violent rebellion, did indeed engage in ‘weeding out’ the traitors. But they are called ‘freedom fighters’ including Bagath Singh, who never showed mercy towards any traitors. Enlighten me on that if you can. Should we call him murderous ‘soul’??

    “/ Whatever Pottu did was nothing …/”

    Read my comments again. Learn it with context. Whatever Pottu did was indeed nothing compared to the countless atrocities committed by GOSL thugs and IPKF under the guidance of misguided Delhi administration. This is undisputable as the records speak for themselves. If you can disprove this, please do so. You, like some others here keep on giving the sermons about LTTE’s execution of Telo caders etc. But, you should know the rift among eelam liberation organizations was actively encouraged and nurtured by RAW of India. At boiling point, it is a matter of which organization wins the other. Again, I am not a supporter of inter-eelam liberation rivalry, but it came to that.

    My point here is, what Pottu did was gung-ho to you, then be neutral and be more critical of IPKF and GOSL atrocities as well. “Don’t just blame the dead horse (which is LTTE as of now)”. Instead of chanting along with the winners, criticize all sides. Since LTTE is out of the picture now, why don’t you folks focus on the practical thing. That is to criticize the real oppressors now. Why keep on going on and on about a horse that died in mid-May???

    Many here say that LTTE supporters did not criticize them. You should know, it was due to the criticism of LTTE supporters starting during peace time, that kept LTTE from minimizing their fetish for violence with regards to Sinhala people. That in turn made the LTTE more mellowed in dealing with its own inside trouble makers like Karuna as well. Even if Karuna had his reasons for the split (which we now know were very superficial and questionable – Pillaiyan himself claims Karuna was never honest with dealing with LTTE money), there is no justification for Karuna to go to the opposite camp and betray every thing he fought for (A “Running dog of sinhala nationalists”). In other liberation struggles, people who fall out, do not engage in such dirty deeds for their own personal benefit.

    “They were not just mistakes …they were fatal mistakes.”

    Then how would you classify the mistakes of GOSL, that

    ” Rounded up and summarily executed Tamil youngsters village after village in the east”

    ” Other iyakkankal like EPRLF that aligning with IPKF executed youngsters in 1988-1990 who did not want to be part of EPRLF’s IPKF supported army TNA”

    ” The so-called IPKF that made the tamil civilians to lie down and killed them by running over by Tanks (Long before Chinese did the same to their own people in Tianenmen square)”

    ” The same IPKF that rampaged Jaffna Hospital and killed 70 patients, nurses and doctors”

    ” The same IPKF and its tamil mercenaries who forcibly entered tamil homes and molested young tamil girls”

    ” The SLN thugs that hunt tamil fisherman (both from eelam and TN) with glee.”

    And finally your ‘pon moli’.

    “தங்களின் சொந்த ஆதாயத்திற்கும், தங்கள்நிலையை மேம்படுத்தி கொள்வதற்கும் கிடைத்த ஒரு வாய்ப்பாக, கருவியாக இலங்கை தமிழர் பிரச்னையை கையான்ட இந்தப் புலம்பெயர் தமிழ்த்தேசியப் பற்றாளர்கள் கையாளுவது நிற்காத வரையில், இவர்களால் இலங்கைத் தமிழர்களுக்கு எவ்வித நன்மையும் கிடைக்கப் போவதில்லை”

    I laughed when I read your above comment. Could you tell me what ‘kind’ of athayam we get out of supporting the liberation of Tamil people??

    We gave money, not gained money. We funded development projects in Tamil Eelam, not made money out of it. Don’t just throw around empty words to advance your argument. Think before you say something. Your argument defies logic.

    If anyone who is going to gain from massacring tamils in Wanni, it is going to be the Indian business wallahs and policy makers who actively supported it for cheap business and geopolitical reasons. “How fatal and cruel is that”??

    There was no single ‘beggar’ on Wanni streets during the peace time. That is how LTTE ran the administration. This was even referenced by sinhala politicians at that time to this. Whatever the help channelled to Thamil Eelam was utilized in full capacity (unlike in southern Sri Lanka where sex slave business thrives and never a shortage of beggars on the streets).

    “They are not individuals. They are part of the organisation and that organisation said to be the sole representative of tamils in sri lanka …when they fall everything will fall apart so we have the right to critisize them”.

    I agree that LTTE did not have to proclaim they were the sole representatives. But, let me ask you something. We have Douglas, Sangaree, Karuna, and the TNA (friend of LTTE) in the picture now. Do you think that presence is making any different to the well being of people?? Or for that matter, do you think, the likes of Neelan Thiruchelvam were alive today (I strongly disagree with LTTE assassinating Neelan, by the way, one of the grave mistakes – even while considering Neelan was pro Chandrika), this Rajapakse regime would allow them to speak for tamils ??

    ” could you please outline us their achivements for the tamils in last 30 years in Sri Lanka ???”

    Let me list the positive factors of LTTE’s struggle.

    (1) They proved to tamils, it is possible to build a state and gain freedom given the right geopolitical and military approach.

    (2) They proved to Tamils, it is possible to believe in our abilities and advance the struggle.

    (3) LTTE refrained from becoming too friendly to China and anti – India countries for the very reason, it wanted the good relations with India. By LTTE’s defeat, it taught Tamils that ‘never trust the big brother’ who only treats his neighbours shoddily.

    – See, if you look at things closely, there is a lot of positives you can take out of it.

    - When Eritreans suffered immense defeat in 1977, after almost getting close to victory against Ethiopia, they did not go around the bush, blaming themselves and doing “Oppari” as many of us are still doing. Instead, they regrouped, and used matured political acumen from their blunders to win better political support. Eritreans were also involved in “Sahothara padukolaikal, and they fought within each other due to the ‘dividing tactics’ of the powers involved in the conflict”. But they grew out of it and won their independence.

    If Eritreans continued to do oppari sermons as some of us like to do, they would still be doing oppari.

    Just because, there is a dead horse available (LTTE) we cannot just blame everything on the dead horse and escape from real ‘responsibilities’.

    How long are we going to play this blame game?? While we play this blame game, Rajapakse and co will finish off the remaining tamil population in Sri Lanka. Do we want to act unitedly or keep on harping and blaming the LTTE for everything??

    How about for a change, discussing the ways and methods we can bring the people out of concentration camps and re develop north east to bring back old glory? Why not take both ‘negatives’ and ‘positives’ from LTTE and chart a new course, instead of ‘issuing’ purani and demonizing Pottu Amman and Prabhakran, who are dead anyways?

    Can we be practical? If any of the commentators here had better ideas to lead the struggle, why sitting on the fence and still criticizing VP??

    Lets keep for an argument’s sake, your cruel VP and his henchman Pottu is dead and gone. The political field is wide open for you folks in Sri Lanka to try and advance your methods. But you all know that MR and Gota’s white vans will be waiting for you, so you won’t go, unless someone takes the side of the oppressors.

    So, instead of ‘picking’ on the diaspora, show your true colours and see what you can do for the people there. Neengalum onrum seiyamal, seipavanaiyum kurai koori kondu kaalathai veenadikkatheerkal”.

  324. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar:

    I wrote a detailed reply to you. For some reason, it has not appeared in the comments section so far. Just wanted to let you know, I provided my counter arguments.

  325. Meikandan says:

    Thanks DBS Jeyaraj for the updates of my comments. I thought, I might not have pressed the submit button on my detailed reply to V. Kumar.

    The point I wanted to make through my long post was this:

    (1) We can argue endlessly about whether LTTE was right or wrong on certain issues. From different contexts and perceptions of different individuals, people can argue them to be right actions and wrong actions. Definitely LTTE was not a saint, but hey which armed liberation organization was 100 % correct? Or for that matter, which democratically elected government is 100% saint? Look at India, while boasting it is the largest democracy, and the land of Gandhi, Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose (the three great ‘olukka seelarkal’), look at what they did. Even they were happily involved in the continuous massacre of Wanni civilians. Taking revenge on the LTTE for Rajiv killing is no excuse to unshameful supporting of genocide by Colombo.

    (2) If we spend the remainder of our life time harping on ‘VP and his henchmen’, it is not going to help the Tamil cause in the future. I would rather support any democratic effort by diaspora or the tamil people in Sri Lanka to reshape the tamil struggle in a more acceptable form to the current world than wasting my time on ‘LTTE mongering’. Leaders like Mano Ganeshan should be encouraged and given the political support, while parties like TNA can reshape themselves and align with the right forces to take forward not only the tamil rights issue, but the issues of all the minorities in Sri Lanka. I would be even happier, that messers Douglas, Karuna, Siddharthan, and Sangaree aiya reform themselves and help chart a new chapter in tamil political history by coming together and form a common platform along with Mano Ganeshan, TNA and SLMC. I doubt they ever will. Karuna and Douglas are wedded to their own unreformed ways.

    (3) Last and least, if someone lost their loved ones due to the excesses of LTTE caders, it is understandable, but do not demonize the whole armed struggle as there were thousands of good tamil boys and girls, who only fought for gaining the rights and died. Think about people like Susheelan. He was a true fighter with an excellent attitude towards the ‘sanangal’. Everyone who knew him, had a good opinion of him. He fought for the tamil rights, but in the bad circumstances, executed by Pottu. But, does it mean, we have to demonize all the actions of Pottu or Prabhakaran. The answer is NO. Prabhakaran is not a “Kadavul avatharam” not to commit any mistakes or not to have any ‘flaws’ (unlike some people who like to call him that way). He was just one of the many thousands of tamil youngsters who set out on liberating his people.

    - Even after all this, if you want to perform illogical sermons, it is up to you. But, with tamil people at a critical juncture and facing an unstoppable slow genocide in the island, ‘demonizing games’ are the last things we want to play.

  326. V.KUMAR says:

    #326. Meikandan

    Happy to see you that you are moving on from LTTE myth/illusion and try to see the real world and started recognizing other organisations/people and their work towards tamil comunity in Sri Lanka.

    We predicted the current situation in your words “/people at a critical juncture and facing an unstoppable slow genocide in the island,”/…long ago and we did support people like DBSJ who atleast tried to direct LTTE in the right path.

    Our frustration is LTTE proved us right.They should have proved us wrong.

    Critizing the leadership is not to side line him but to get the best out of him.

    The following is DBSJ’s respond to one of the reader. If he permits I would like to reproduce it here…
    This also elaborates my frustration/point in a structured manner to you…

    ” DBSJEYARAJ RESPONDS: Dont give me this sanctimonious nonsense. Dont blame the postmen for bringing bad news. You are utterly wrong in calling me indifferent or you dont know the meaning of the word. Is there ANY journalist who has written so consistently about the Tamil cause as I have? Not LTTE but Tamil.But then how many of you supported me publicly when I criticised the LTTE openly and urged them to change course?

    Dont blame others for the Tamil predicament. The current crisis is mainly due to Velupillai Prabhakaran. How many times have I written urging the LTTE to do “this” or not do “this”in the interests of the Tamil people? What did I get? Continuous bashing by tiger supporters, physical assaults, int9imidation, threats, abusive telephone calls, emails, anonymous letters, vilification campaign, the stopping of the newspaper I edited etc.How many of you sanctimonious cats expressed solidarity then?

    My right of free speech and free expression was severely curtailed by the LTTE and goons. Except for a few souls (For whom I have the greatest regard) no Tamil sympathised let alone supported me. Now you guys are preaching to me about “journalism” and how to practise it.

    In the open letter I wrote after my paper was stopped I stated that the LTTE is causing the greatest harm to the Tamil people and challenged tiger stalwarts to a public debate. No response but for threats, vilification and intimidation.

    Yet when Anton Balasingham approached me in 2000 and requested my support to get the LTTE ban lifted I responded positively. I did so ONLY because he PROMISED me that the LTTE will enter negotiations and opt for a settlement within a UNITED Sri Lanka. So I backed the LTTE despite angering many friends. I did so ONLY because I wanted the tigers to settle politically thereby emancipate the Tamils. But they DEFAULTED and I resumed criticising the LTTE

    Did I not ask the LTTE to give up an unwinnable war and go in for a negotiated settlement umpteen times? Were people of your ilk supportive then? You guys mortgage your minds and souls to the LTTE and now cry out for the people? Yet you go and demonstrate with tiger flags and chant “our leader Prabhakaran” How hypocritical and stupid.

    Did I not argue strongly that the LTTE should mend fences with Karuna in the long term interests of the Tamils? Did I not repeat again and again that the LTTE should stay the course and not abandon the negotiating table? Did anyone listen? Even on Mahinda government’s ruthlessness did I not plead with the LTTE not to enforce a boycott and enable a racist regime to emerge?The shameless LTTE got just 180 million rupees from Basil.This is the price of betrayal. So who is responsible So if you are in the blame game start with Prabakharan and do so under your own name.

    I am like a father who warns his son that he would crash his exam if he keeps on playing instead of studying. But he passes with flying colours. Will the father be sad that what he predicted did not happen. No he would be happy to have been proved wrong. On the other hand if the boy does crash will the father be happy that what he said came true. No he will only be sad at what has happened notwithstanding his warning coming true. I am in that position.

    Even on the current crisis it was I who WARNED of a forthcoming HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE long before all the media and human rights organizations and NGO’s did. But did anyone pay heed? You tamil supporters of LTTE thought the Thalaiver was going to let the army in and whack them. Now you run around like headless chickens.

    If the Tamil people are to extricate themselves from this morass they must first recongnize and acknowledge that Prabhakaran has brought them to disaster. That will be the beginning of redemption and renaissance. Instead if they persist in supporting this man who has done the greatest damage to the Tamil people I can see no way out. The comic scenes of waving tiger flags and shouts of our leader with Praba’s portrait makes me think that we have no future at all.

    THE LION SHARE FOR TAMIL TROUBLE LIES WITH THE TIGER

    “Theethum Nandrum Pirar Thara Vaaraa”.

    Usually I keep these thoughts bottled up inside me and remain passive to all the bullshit said about me by all you so-called Tamil patriots but somehow you succeeded in making me erupt. God bless you

    DBSJ”

  327. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar,

    We all know in hindsight now (Some of us including DBSJ may have had better idea beforehand) that LTTE listened to the wrong group of people in the diaspora. Believe me, this group, all the while knowing that the situation was grim made all the diaspora population believe that ‘the military turn around’ was still possible and stick to the same agenda in the protests. While the debate about holding prabhakaran’s pictures and tiger flags were good, I still have my doubts whether the Canadian politicians or for that matter other western politicians would have changed course if there were ‘no’ flags. Because, I think, things were already too late in March, April, 2009.

    We all know now the shortcomings (including misjudgements and flaws from LTTE as well) that led to the downfall. If LTTE knew this current phase of war was going to be catastrophic (some sources say now, when Kilinochchi fell to SLA, many in LTTE thought that a diplomatic intervention was the full guarantee to stopping the war), then either they should have switched to guerilla mode dispersing all the caders, or as DBSJ and few others suggested earlier, should have continuously engaged GOSL (that was greedy to start the war in earnest due to LTTE’s international isolation) in peace talks to expose its duplicity. But after 2006 October, it is well known pulikal were disinterested in negotiation due to deteriorating ceasefire.

    In my opinion, the factors that did LTTE in are as follows.

    (1) Not building an inclusive political think tank and shadow diplomatic core in the diaspora countries during the peace time (This potential group of intellectuals, political analysts, journalists, etc. could have provided a strong front in support of eelam liberation and LTTE as an opposition to calculated, and cunning anti terror propaganda by Colombo). LTTE missed a strong opportunity here.

    (2) Over reliance on their self confidence and not taking in to account the damage the Karuna’s betrayal will cause towards LTTE’s military machine.

    (3) Losing Balraj, Thamilselvan, Charles and other key operatives within a short span of time.

    (4) Crippling of maritime capability

    (5) Reduction in funding due to bans

    (6) Allowing the successful infiltrations of SLA aligned paramilitary men in to even the body guards core of some LTTE leaders.

    (7) Became over relying on conventional force while the real strength of liberation organizations with limited resources lay in guerilla and semi – conventional operations.

    Many short-comings could have been compensated if the first action I mentioned was executed successfully (building strong political work groups) and the last action (converting in to guerilla mode to minimize damage).

    But again, LTTE listened to the wrong advices from outside and started to expect the countries should treat it like another state. That was the mistake. They should have known, until they reached a solution or win the independence, they were not going to be treated in par with government.

    Having said all this, let us not belittle the sacrifices all the boys and girls made for this struggle by continuous demonization. It is not going to help.

    I had my differences with DBSJ’s earlier columns during peace talks and before that. But I never agreed with the way some of the people who purpoted to be tiger supporters dealt with the journalist. In my opinion, even for arguments’ sake someone imagines, that DBSJ was indeed in bad faith to derail the struggle, that was not the way to treat a journalist in a civilized country. I heard the late Anton Balasingam and like minded lot of LTTE never approved of it.

    To V. Kumar: It is worthwhile to learn from the positives and blunders of LTTE. But make sure in the process of commenting about them, the sacrifices of our young ones is not belittled.

  328. V.KUMAR says:

    #328. Meikandan
    Thanks for the reply. I also repect people who made the supreme sacrifice in this strugle which include LTTE and civilions, there is no issue about it.

    I am surprised you missed a point…I will also emphaiss on building a bridge with India and wining their support…because GOSL will listen to India no one else. Rajiv’s case almost over this is an oppurtunity to do so.

    …”/LTTE listened to the wrong group of people in the diaspora. Believe me, this group, all the while knowing that the situation was grim made all the diaspora population believe that ‘the military turn around’ was still possible and stick to the same agenda in the protests”/…”/But again, LTTE listened to the wrong advices from outside../”

    This is the group I mentioned earlier:
    தங்களின் சொந்த ஆதாயத்திற்கும், தங்கள்நிலையை மேம்படுத்தி கொள்வதற்கும் கிடைத்த ஒரு வாய்ப்பாக, கருவியாக இலங்கை தமிழர் பிரச்னையை கையான்ட இந்தப் புலம்பெயர் தமிழ்த்தேசியப் பற்றாளர்கள் கையாளுவது நிற்காத வரையில், இவர்களால் இலங்கைத் தமிழர்களுக்கு எவ்வித நன்மையும் கிடைக்கப் போவதில்லை.

    The same group(s) have control over LTTE’s wealth and media overseas and they did mislead sri lankan tamil population and LTTE. What did they accomplish ? their own survival (finanace, career, fame…ect).

    They are the people who realy did belittle the sacrifices of all the boys and girls made for this struggle not the people who criticised LTTE from out side ( I just want make this point clear).

    Where ever SL tamils live we have this group, I do not know where you live but can you identify this group in your area?… because they are the people you have to deal with first.

    I am afraid these groups are still in control. They are in the process of creating another same LTTE in SL because that is the only way they survive.

    If they repeat this process …you know the result?

    At last but not least my point is:

    எனிமேலாவது மனிதனை மனிதன் அழிப்பதை நிறுத்தி ஜனனாயகமாக மனிதர்களை நிவகிக்க முற்படுவோம். அதற்கான மனிதர்களை தேடுவோம். அப்படியற்ற மனிதர்களையோ அமைப்புக்களையோ இந்த உலகுக்கு சுட்டி காட்டுவோம். நண்பர்களே இனிமேலாவது தவறான தலமை துதி பாடாமல் தகுதியான மனிதரை இனம் கண்டு எம்மக்கள் வாழ எம்மால் முடிந்ததை செய்வோம். மக்களை மனசார நினைத்து விட்டாலே தவறான எந்த தலமையையும் விமர்சிக்கும் மனம் தானாகவே வந்து விடும். என்னொரு பிரபாகரன் உருவாகாமல் இருக்கவும் எம்மக்கள் சுகந்திர காற்றை சுவாசிக்கவும் கருத்து முரன்பாடுகள் இருப்பினும் அதை கடந்து ஒன்றாய் செயல்படுவோம்.

  329. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar:

    A Prabhakaran was created mainly because of the chauvinistic and cruel atrocities of the Sri Lankan state. Not because, Tamils wanted violence.

    Also let me clarify another point about the ‘group’ I mentioned. Most of the time you don’t know who is in the background, and it is understandable that due to security purposes these men operate like that.

    But let me make a point here. Not all the people who collected money for LTTE abroad was intent on enriching themselves. I would say, a minority was in it for money (but that is good enough to bring disrepute). The others were steadfastly honest and genuine to the cause, I hear. Many of them truly believed the wrong promises given by the few who thought they knew the real pulse of the situation.

    Another point I want to drive home here. You and I can have our own opinions on Prabhakaran. But, you take the man as a whole and his life, with all his positives (honest to the cause, aspirations for a free tamil nation full of development, science, culture etc), and negatives (adamant at times to the point of not listening to reason, wrongly believing in ‘short term compromises amounting to thurokam’ , thus being inflexible), we cannot deny the fact, he was a freedom fighter of a caliber.

    If you and I truly don’t want to have another Prabhakaran, it depends not only on ‘all of us’ changing course. But also, it depends on the following.

    (1) Can international community and particularly the ‘untrustworthy big brother India’ give the right respect to a ‘democratically oriented, non-violent tamil rights movement’??

    – So far, I am not seeing any encouraging signs on this. You say, we need to patch up with India, since the Prabhakaran issue is not there. But there needs to be a basis for it. An India, that props up Rajapakses at any cost (even undermining tamil refugees rights, and be ready with counter loan if IMF was going to stop the loan to SL thugs), do you think, the current India run by such shameless policy makers who will prop up war criminals will come to the aid of us??? I have my doubts.

    My own opinion: There has to be patch up with India, no doubt. But the current ilk in Delhi, the Sonia gang with puppet prime minister Manmohan Singh, and particularly the ‘tamil prejudiced’ policy makers MK Narayanan and SS Menon are not the kind who have the best interest of innocent tamil civilians in their heart. Remember these were the guys, who backed Colombo with arsenal, intelligence and diplomatic cover to carry out the High Security Zone massacre in the Wanni war (albeit in the name of “Prabhakaran hunt”). I would say, we need to work closely with the civil society and grass root organizations of India and through that change the policy and thinking of the current derogatory lot if possible. Definitely, the tamil emancipation will not reach finality if we believe in the current ‘poli India Congress’. Manmohan does not have the leadership or understanding of the tamil issue like Indira Gandhi (and he does not seem to care, as long as GOSL allows his folks to invest in Sri Lanka).

    The only way I see India will support tamil rights again, is the very possible Chinese intrusion in to the Island (with MR is closer to China than India). But, I doubt whether India Congress has the spine to stand up to China.

    - Another aspect, India has a bad history of using the Tamil youth and interest as its cannon fodder to achieve its short term goals. Indian policy makers do not act according to long – term strategies. They act according to ‘race’ conscious mind set and crooked thinking (particularly MK and SS Menon). They are also shameless people (Unless MK Narayanan will not take it on the chin with glee when he was forced to walk to his hotel during SAARC summit) who will give up their own dignity and honour for a peacemeal geopolitics from their tiny neighbour – Sri Lanka.

    - There needs to be some positive change from Indian side. If there is no change in attitude, then it is better to live with the sinhalese than being used by the selfish lot in Delhi.

    (2) The USA, and EU are taking up the humanitarian issue right now. But I would say it is mostly due to their ‘disappointment’ with Sri Lanka in ‘having their way’ or ‘sharing the spoils of war’ than with the true concern for Tamils. Of course there are some genuine concerns from the Obama administration and EU about the Tamils in camps, but the main driver behind their recent moves to implicate GOSL in war crimes is their ‘disappointment with the attitude of Rajapakses’.

    - But this is something we can work on. Work on these differences and frictions and build the support for our struggle in a democratic way.

    - Your question: “Can you identify this group”?

    Sorry, V. Kumar, I am not in the knowhow of this group. Also, let us stop creating more frictions among ourselves. For sure, the sinhalese do not identify, villify or betray their own folks regardless of their differences. We all know, that a section of a pro-tiger people villified and engaged in name calling of DBSJ. We don’t want to repeat the same thing they did and start a villification campaign on them. Further infighting among us is only tantamount to disaster.

    (by the way I am a sympathizer and supporter of LTTE’s struggle, but not necessarily all the methods)

    The onus is not only on Tamils not to resort to violence again, but also on how the GOSL, the current congress, and the IC are going to handle the mess.

    If these forces keep on issuing sermons, that GOSL can do whatever it does, and Tamils should bend on their knees and continue taking it until they are completely eliminated, then there is every chance, a new version of Prabhakaran, with the backing of a state (with its own intentions) will emerge.

    - I disagree with your advice to align with the current India congress. We can work with them, but not allow them to use us as cannon fodder again for their petty interests.

    The current lot in Delhi are in every sense have bloody hands like Colombo. No more excuses of Rajiv Gandhi.

    - We are finding out the true intentions of these Delhi folks, now the LTTE is dead horse.

    I am happy to exchange views in this good forum where some good sinhalese contribute their comments too.

    To DBSJ: Please continue your writing. But, even if some people ask misinformed questions, my polite suggestion, do not use harsh language. You may be exasperated at the same type of questions, but as a senior journalist with your skills, you will be held in higher regard if you use less harsh words.

    Just my suggestions because I care about your writing.

  330. V.KUMAR says:

    Hi folks,
    Intersting article I found in the MoD website….

    Lessons from Military strategies
    The word “Strategy” is a military term derives from the Greek word “stratagem” which means “art of the general”. Being strategic means, one must know where he presently stands, and next one must know where he wants to be, and finally one must find ways how to get there. Sri Lanka’s President & Commander in Chief Mahinda Rajapaksa and his team of defence officials headed by Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, provide a perfect example of being strategic for they accomplished a mission that was deemed impossible a quarter century. With the strategy they devised, not only they could defeat the most ruthless terrorist outfit seemed to the world but also they were able to paralyze international network that backed terrorist in this country.

    The importance of strategies used during the humanitarian operations now have been top listed to integrate with the context of Marketing by one of the most acclaimed Marketing specialists Dr. Uditha Liyanage in Financial Times today.

    Ten Lessons from Military to markets

    By Dr. Uditha Liyanage

    The LTTE was intransigent and they were considered invincible. Eelam War IV did the seemingly impossible. How was it possible, and what core military strategies made it possible? Importantly, is it also possible to translate these winning military strategies into market strategies?

    Here are 10 such winning strategies – from the Military to Markets.

    1. Begin by defining your role and scope.

    From the Military: Two key conclusions reached at the outset of Eelam War IV, importantly, framed the role and scope of the military. The first conclusion was that the, “LTTE will not take the talks to a finish, that is, the LTTE’s unwillingness and inability to see negotiations with the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) as a viable option. The second conclusion: “The LTTE can be finished”. That is, the LTTE’s invincibility was a myth.

    These two inter-related conclusions that clearly formed the bedrock of the military strategy were reached on the basis of intimate knowledge of the enemy’s ideology and its capability. Predicated on the two conclusions, the pivotal role of the military was: “Eliminate the LTTE” (not merely fight, nor weaken) and the scope was: “Wherever they are”. The defined role and scope, then led to the setting of many a specific goal and path. Moreover, in working out the path, the steps to be taken and the milestones to be achieved were set in specific terms. The larger tasks were neatly broken down into sub-tasks and so on. To the Market: First and foremost, one needs to figure out the organization’s strategic role and scope.

    Who and where you want to be?” (Role and scope) are the twin questions that need to be answered, in depth. Then, only then, should you ask, “Where do you want to go and how do you get there?” (Goal and path)

    Figuring out the competitor’s thinking pattern and belief system or competitor ideology assessment (CIS) is often not attempted deliberately. An analysis of the competitor’s response patterns, over time, in multiple situations, and a reading of the ideology and life styles of the competitors’ key decision makers could make such an assessment possible.

    2. Gather strategy-critical intelligence, not mere information.

    From the Military: Not only did strategy-critical intelligence uncover the LTTE’s deep-seated ideology and unexpressed intentions, and its fighting capability but it also pointed to the LTTE’s key targets and its implementation plans.

    The Intelligence Unit was restructured prior to the commencement of Eelam War IV. Many of the new recruits (replacing senior officers) did not have long years of intelligence-gathering experience. They were picked mainly from the infantry. “A “nose” for intelligence and an unwavering commitment to the task were the twin attributes that dictated their selection, forming a small team that did an extra-ordinary job.

    To the Market: Gathering strategy-critical intelligence and not mere information is a lesson to be learnt by business organizations. If, for instance, the objective is to increase one’s market share, then the source of additional business and how to capture it becomes strategic. Now, collecting that information which will help win that incremental business ought to be the focus and no other. A directed and concerted effort to collect such information should then ensue.

    Collecting strategy-critical intelligence must be a continuous exercise carried out by a dedicated team, and not only by an outsourced ad hoc one.

    3. Select your top performers for top positions and back them to the hilt. From the Military: The best people for the clearly defined role of “eliminating the LTTE” were not selected on the basis of their experience and seniority alone. In fact, the most battle-hardened officers were not favoured, largely because of their experiences associated with fighting the LTTE on previous occasions, which may well have hindered, not helped, adopt a new strategy.

    A mainstream and a common stream were created for promotion. High-performing officers placed in, say, seventh or tenth in the hierarchy were brought in-to the mainstream, and were moved up to command important formations and occupy pivotal positions at Army Headquarters.

    To the Market: Selecting and promoting employees on the basis of their competence and indeed, performance, over any other criterion, help achieve one key thing, among others. That is the creation of an overall performance culture in the organization. The primacy of performance is thus established.

    4. Win the support of all those who matter.

    From the Military: As a leader, winning the support of his core team and that of others in the organization is absolutely necessary. In fighting Eelam War IV, there was the congruence of organizational vision and personal purpose. The Sri Lankan Army’s vision was to defeat, in fact, annihilate the LTTE. This was the self-same purpose of every officer and soldier. A mismatch between the two would have put the whole military strategy in jeopardy.

    Healthy relationships were established with allies. While material and moral support was received from China, Russia, Pakistan and others, the support of India was critical to the whole mission. Winning the support of the general public, and correcting false and misplaced information, was another key aspect of winning the support of many who mattered. Indeed, the negative campaigns launched in various quarters had to be addressed. The website titled http://www.defence.lk was a resounding success and it almost single-handedly fought the propaganda war of the LTTE.

    In winning the support of the people, the choice of language and effective communications played a key role. During the final stages of Eelam War IV, in particular, expressions such as “fighting terror” were supplanted with “saving the people” and “humanitarian mission”. This entailed the repositioning of the “warrior” as a veritable “saviour”.

    To the Market: Aligning the organization’s vision with the individual’s purpose is key. The employee’s identification with the organization depends largely on this score. The personal values/belief system and that of the organization must be congruent. The larger role of the organization in society must be one that the key employees in particular, not only endorse, but also subscribe to. This is a key human resources management function.

    Managing stakeholder perceptions in winning support is another key lesson to be learnt. What information to provide (and not) and how is a critical question in this regard.

    5. Provoke the enemy to err strategically.

    From the Military: The LTTE, while not altogether abandoning their guerrilla operations, especially in the jungles, began to develop in the mould of a conventional army. They started to defend and protect land and developed their fire-power as a typical conventional army would. The Sri Lanka Army, on the other hand, always fought a conventional war. Hence, it was a direct confrontation, over a long period of time. The LTTE’s increasingly ambitious project made them transcend a guerrilla operation, while the Army attempted to overpower them in a terrain they knew less than the enemy did.

    There was a shift of strategy in Eelam War IV. From deploying large formations in the battlefield, small teams were deployed. Conventionally, the Army fought on the chief supply lines, which were around 20 km long. This was changed. Small teams, comprising four to eight men, away from main supply lines and in thick jungles moved forward and confronted the enemy at multiple points. This put the LTTE off balance, and got them to commit the strategic error of a radical shift from a guerrilla outfit to a full-blown conventional army, markedly weakening the former mode, their critical point of difference vis a vis the Sri Lankan Army. Consequently, the LTTE avoided the Army in the jungles. Importantly, the artillery procured by the LTTE which accounted for almost 70 % of its expenses, proved irrelevant and ineffective in the new theatre of war.

    To the Market: Departing from an organisation’s competitive strengths that are rooted in the collection of inter-connected capabilities, by adopting a strategy that does not make it superior nor differentiated vis a vis one’s competitor, is a recipe for defeat.

    For instance, a company whose competitive advantage lies in operating in a narrow segment of an industry and offer “more value for a higher price” value proposition may be provoked by a competitor, whose value proposition is akin to “less value for a lower price” in relation to the industry, as a whole. When the latter attacks the former player’s narrow industry segment, a knee-jerk reaction on its part to lower price in order to ward-off the mass-market player is fraught with danger. It amounts to abandoning the strategic position, and indeed, the stand of the company. A change of role and scope in the face of competitive pressure is a denial of one’s identity and position, although a careful change of the goal and path to keep competition at bay, may be prudent, on occasion.

    6. Surprise and disorient the enemy.

    From the Military: It is typical to identify the enemy’s weak areas and attack them while leaving the strong areas to be fought out another day. The Sri Lankan Army surprised the LTTE by doing the exact opposite of this typical approach. It confronted the LTTE’s strongest positions.

    Fighting at night was never the case for the Army. However, many major operations this time were carried out at night. The LTTE never expected this. In the past, it was the LTTE that had struck at night. The Army’s increasing ability to fight at night got the LTTE on the back foot, and made them defensive.

    In addition to taking on the strongholds of the LTTE, at unexpected times and places, the Army launched several operations simultaneously on various fronts. The multi-prong and multi-front attacks were not expected by the LTTE. They put the LTTE off-balance, and in total disarray.

    To the Market: Unconventional though, attacking the competitor’s strengths and strong-holds first, and making multiple and simultaneous competitive moves could confuse the competitor, making it vulnerable.

    A strong competitor, for instance, may have a distinctive and a differentiated benefit that it has been offering its customers, over a long period of time. Now, an attempt to dislodge this competitor by either making a proposition that is superior to its strong point of difference, or challenging its value perceptions of it, in the minds of the customer, could put the competitor in disarray. Once you succeed in doing so, then the weak areas or the competitor’s points of parity with the rest in the industry could be dealt with, to the detriment of the competitor. In like manner, one could first attack a competitor’s strong markets, say, geographically.

    7. Make the enemy defensive and never let up.

    From the Military: Throughout Eelam War IV for almost three years, more often than not, the LTTE was on the defensive and reacting to the moves of the Army. The Army retained the initiative and engaged the enemy with all its force and surprise attacks. The pressure brought to bear on the enemy was never relaxed.

    Pinning the LTTE down on many fronts, all at the same time, denied them of any respite to regroup and to gather its resources. The LTTE was compelled to be engaged on many fronts, and they could not, as they did in the past, retract and regroup. The thrust was never weakened nor abated.

    To the Market: “Attack, stop and attack” or a “fighting” strategy is commonplace in business. A concentrated, short-duration attack on the competitor with a heavy burst of a campaign, and then being silent for a while, before taking on the competitor again, is dictated, in part by cost considerations, and also by reasons related to the perceived effectiveness of a discontinuous program of action.

    A more continuous, competitive thrust, called “pulsing”, is the alternative approach. Here, the continuity of low weight-level competitive activity is reinforced periodically, by waves of heavier activity. A “pulsing” strategy draws upon the strength of continuous activity, and keeping the pressure on the competitor, not giving it breathing space to marshal its resources and reserves.

    8. Set strategy-based performance standards.

    From the Military: Importantly, previous Eelam Wars, over two decades, had one central measure of performance and success. That was the land mass that was captured from the LTTE. How many square kilometers of a particular territory have we captured –was the question that indicated the success or failure of a military campaign.

    The experience of capturing land mass was that, although it helped to keep the enemy at bay, soon after the land capture, the task of holding the captured land, proved to be costly, both in terms of the men who had to be stationed, and importantly, the casualties that ensued, when the LTTE regrouped and attacked the captured areas with renewed ferocity.

    In Eelam War IV, a different measure of success, indeed of performance was determined. It was not a matter of land mass, but the number of LTTE cadres that were killed. From “land to kill” proved to be a pivotal shift in focus and measure of success.

    It is important to note that “fight to kill” is rooted in the overall strategy that was adopted: Eliminate the LTTE, not weaken them, nor keep them on a defensive mode. To the Market: Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are used by many organizations to set targets and monitor progress. Importantly, setting KPI’s that emanate from one’s core strategy is a critical lesson to be learnt from the military success. What is your overall strategy? If it is to capture market share, for instance, then what are the key drivers (not outcomes) of the expected performance? They should constitute the critical KPI’s, and not those that are conventional, which will be monitored anyway, through typical financial analyses.

    9. Establish direct command and co-ordinate at the top.

    From the Military: The Army Commander of Eelam War IV kept the key divisions and formations under his overall control. He directly commanded some key Divisions. A direct chain of command was established, which went down to the grassroots.

    The “hands on” approach of the Commander made him remove key officers and replace them with others, on the run, as it were. The intimate knowledge of what was unfolding made him appreciate the need for flank protection, when it was required, relocate counter-attack forces, and importantly, ask key questions from those in the battlefront that often challenged their assumptions about the enemy and its maneuvers. Importantly, this “hands on” approach by the Commander helped him adopt emergent strategies when pre-planned deliberate strategies did not seem prudent, given the unexpected emerging ground situation.

    To the Market: Being on the field, at the scene of action, and managing by being there, walking around or otherwise is a leader-behaviour that pays off. This is another lesson. If the view from the top provides the vantage point of vision for co-ordination and alignment of multiple competitive moves and activities, then such moves must not be delegated, but made by the top brass of the organization. The popular notion of strategy and policy formulation at the top and overall co-ordination being left to the lower levels to handle, may well be dysfunctional and, in fact, flawed in many a context. This approach, however, need not necessarily thwart delegated power and authority being exercised by others.

    Importantly, a “hands on” leader-role helps organizations to bridge the planning and implementation phases. The separation of the two-planning by those at the top and implementation by others, often fails in complex settings, where emergent rather than deliberate strategies work.

    10. Play it straight; it drives performance.

    From the Military: “I implemented strict rules and standards. I sat on Tender Boards and was personally monitoring every detail”, said the then Commander. Importantly, the appropriate and effective arms, ammunition, battle tanks, and armoured carriers got purchased as a result of the transparent procedures. There was no compromise on quality and effectiveness when it came to vital procurement.

    To the Market: Conformance to standards, and good governance, and high levels of performance are often seen as being independent of each other. The positive impacts of conformance on performance are often ignored. A transparent procedure, as was evident, enabled a positive outcome and the leader’s integrity allowed him to punish the offenders without a negative impact on the rest.

    The morally upright leader has a distinct advantage of pushing through his performance agenda. His source credibility is heightened and his acceptance enhanced. Indeed, the clarity and transparency of the modes of reward and punishment, devoid of any hidden agenda, makes the whole organization function better. Another vital lesson, for sure!

  331. V.Kumar says:

    #330. Meikandan

    …”/by the way I am a sympathizer and supporter of LTTE’s struggle, but not necessarily all the methods/”

    However I am a sympathizer and supporter of Tamil’s struggle in Sri Lanka…huge difference between the two.

    இதுரை காலமும் புலிகளின் தாகம் தமிழீழத் தாயகம் என்று அவர்கள் சொன்னார்களே தவிர அவர்கள் “தமிழரின் தாகம் தமிழீழத் தாயகம்” என்று சொல்லவில்லை இது சாதாரணமாக பார்ப்பதற்கு பெரிதாக தெரியாவிட்டாலும் கூர்ந்து நோக்குவோமாயின் அன்று சகோதர படுகொலை முதல் இன்று வன்னிமக்கள் சிறை பிடிக்கப்பட்டிருப்பது வரை அனைத்தும் இக்கோஷத்துக்குள் அடக்கப்பட்டிருப்பதை காண முடியும்.
    புலிகள் சொல்லலாம் மக்கள்தான் புலிகள், புலிகள்தான் மக்கள் என்று. உண்மை அதுவல்ல. தயார்பட்ட மக்கள் கூட்டத்துக்கு ஆயுதம் தேவையில்லை. ஆயுதம் ஒரு கருவியே அன்றி வேறில்லை. மக்களின் பலத்தை அழிக்க அணுக்குண்டாலும் இயலாது. ஒரு சின்ன உதாரணத்தை இங்கே கூறுகிறேன். சிலகாலங்களுக்கு முன் இரஸ்சியாவில் ஆர்ப்பாட்டங்களுக்கு எதிராக கனரக ஆயுதங்களையும் அதாவது தாங்கிகளை கொண்டு வந்த கணமே மக்கள் வெகிண்டெழுந்து நினைத்து முடிப்பதற்குள் அத்தனை தாங்கிகளையும் கைப்பற்றி சாரதிகளையும் சிறைப்பிடித்தனர். இப்படி ஒரு நிகழ்வு எம்நாட்டில் நடந்ததா? சொல்லும். ஓட ஓடத் சூடுவாங்கி இறந்த இவ்வளவு சனமும் ஆமியை எதிர்த்து கல்லடனும் பொல்லுடனும் ஓடியிருந்தால் எத்தனை ஆமி எம்மண்ணில் நின்றிருக்கம். வன்னிக்குள் இருக்கும் அவ்வளவு மக்களும் வெகுண்டிடழுந்தால் 50000 ஆமி எங்கு நிற்கும் எத்தனை பீரங்கிகள் எமைக் கொல்லும். தலைமை என்றும் ஓடி ஒழிக்கும் போது மக்கள் என்ன செய்வார்கள் பாவம்? இவர்கள்தான் மக்கள் போராட்டுத்துக்குத் தயார்படுத்தப் படவில்லையே. This is a fact and we have to live with it.

    Your stand is not going to help to create a united society like sinhaleese…MR brothers may go tomorrow but someone else will take over and finish the job for them. They do not worship political parties like religeon.

    For you LTTE is a religeon and VP is GOD… for me it is a poloitical organaisation (no other decent word I could not find) and VP is another leader. He should go because he could not do the job and some one else should take over and continue the strugle.

    உங்களியையே உள்ள உண்மையான நேர்மையான இராஜதந்திரமும் புத்திசாலித்திறனும் கொண்ட தலைமையை உருவாக்குங்கள். உங்களது எதிர்கால வாழ்வுக்கு புலிகளின் வாழ்வும் ஒரு பாடமாக அமையும்.

    “/Sorry, V. Kumar, I am not in the knowhow of this group…/”

    Me too…if you do not want to identify these culprits who realy did belittle the sacrifices of all the boys and girls made for this struggle…this is the worst thing you can do to all the boys and girls and I feel sorry for them too.

    Whatever geniune sacrifices we make towards this struggle will be brought down by these groups again.I can guratee that because they care about themselves nothing else.

    தமிழர் தமது பலத்தை மிகைப்படுத்திப் பேசி மார்தட்டுவதைவிட தமது உண்மையான பலவீனத்தை கண்டறிவதே அவர்களின் பாதுகாப்பிற்கும் எதிர்கால வளர்ச்சிக்கும் வளம்சேர்க்கும். தமது பலத்தை கண்டறியாதவரை 21ம் நூற்றாண்டிலும் புராணங்களும் புளுகுகளுமே தமிழர் வாழ்வாகவும் வழிகாட்டியாகவும் இருக்கும்.

    “/let us stop creating more frictions among ourselves. For sure, the sinhalese do not identify, villify or betray their own folks regardless of their differences…/”

    UNP, SLFP, JVP…can do politics side by side…they have differences but they do not try to wipe out each other…they follow a dempcratic system because of this sysytem the sinhala leadership has been surviving even though LTTE tried to eliminate them by using sucide bombers.
    ஆனால் ”வடக்கு கிழக்கில் புலிகள் மட்டுமல்ல மற்றைய குழுக்களும் இயங்க புலிகள் வழி சமைக்க வேண்டும்” என்றும் கோரப்பட்டது. இதுதான் புலிகளை உசுப்பேத்திய ஓரே ஒரு பிரச்சனை. இந்த நிபந்தனை இல்லாதிருந்திரதால் புலிகள் இந்திய இராணுவத்திற்கு நிச்சயம் சலாம் போட்டிருப்பார்கள். புலிகள் தம்மை தவிர எந்த ஒரு இயக்கமும் இருக்க கூடாது என்பதில் முனைப்பாக இருந்த ஒரே காரணம்தான் அவர்களை இந்தியாவுடன் மோத வைத்தது என்பதை புலிகளின் பல முன்னைநாள் போராளிகள் அன்றே ஒப்புக் கொண்டார்கள். மக்களின் நலனில் எந்தவித அக்றையும் கொள்ளாத புலிகள் தமது இருப்பை மட்டும் முன்நிறுத்தியது என்ன நியாயாம்? காலா காலமாக சிங்கள இனவாதிகளால் பாதுகாப்பு அச்சுறுத்தலுக்குள்ளான கிழக்குவாழ் தமிழ் மக்கள் இந்திய இராணுவ பிரசன்னத்தில் பாதுகாப்பாக இருப்பதை உணர்ந்தார்கள். புலிகள் மெதுவாக மக்களிடமிருந்து ஒதுக்குப்பட்டார்கள். இதைக் கண்ணுற்ற புலிகள் இனியும் இந்த நிலை நீடித்தால் தாம் முழுவதுமாக மக்களிடமிருந்து ஒதுக்குப்பட்டு விடுவோம் என்ற நிலையில் இந்திய இராணுத்துடன் மோதுவதே தம்மை காக்கும் என பிரபாகரன் உணர்ந்தார். புலிகளின் தலைவர் பிரபகாரனின் இந்த தனிப்பட்ட முடிவு தமிழ் மக்களின் தலைவிதியை மாற்றியதுடன் இந்தியா தமிழர்களுக்கு எதிரான ஒரு நாடாக மாற்றப்பட்டது.

    Uniting our community is not easy. The damage is severe. We were united society under TULF until late 70′s. When miltancy took over the struggle unity was impposible and it is same still now .If you want to know more about unity please click the following link read the comment #546.

    http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/615

    புலிகள் சந்தர்ப்பங்களைவிட்டு பிழையான முடிவுகளை எடுத்தார்க்ள் என்பதைவிட புலிகள் இப்படித்தான் முடிவெடுப்பார்கள் என்பதுதான் அடிப்படை நியதி.

    I do not know how long is going take for you to understand that politics is a game and if you want to win the game you have to play by the rules of the game. I am not going to argue about the rules of the games. The rules were set by the powerful players of the game which includes India.

    When you said that you do not want to negotiate with Sonia Ghandi…you are out of the game.

    On the other hand Sinhala politician negotiated with wife of Rajive Ghandi who sent the fighter aircrafts and almost invaided Sri Lanka (Many sinhalees got hurt by him) in order to achieve their goal.

    “/….if we believe in the current ‘poli India Congress’. Manmohan does not have the leadership or understanding of the tamil issue like Indira Gandhi (and he does not seem to care, as long as GOSL allows his folks to invest in Sri Lanka)…/”

    You take any country in this world Politian act on their own interest or their country’s interest inorder to influnce the local voters. Currently you can see how Canada and Australia are treating the boat people like criminals in order to satisfy the local population (own interest).
    Indira Gandi created Bangaladesh in India’s interest. Same Indira Gandi created Panjab problem inorder side line the local political party so congrees can win the election (here party’s interest).

    Same Indira Ghandi created tamil militancy by providing training to tamil youths. She use this as scare tactics to control J R Jayawardana who was sliding towards US (again Indian interest).She never promised a seperate state for tamils in Sri Lanka. India always want to have an Influence united Sri Lanka.

    Learders always talk a lot when they are in opposition when they have chance to rule a country they do it differently.
    If you want to wait… for a leader who has understanding of the tamil issue in Indian central govt and who can act in the interest of sri lankans tamils (not the interest of India)…GOOD LUCK!

    எல்லாம் அந்த பூகோல மயமாக்கல் ஜாம்பவான்களின்ர உலக ஒழுங்குப்படிதான் நடந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது. பிரித்தானியாவின் முக்கிய அமைச்சர் ஒருவரின் கருத்தைப் பாருங்கோ.

    We have no Enemies
    We have no friends
    We have only Agenda.

    “know your enemy, know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster” – by a chinese General

  332. kumar says:

    Here is my reading, based on my intution, of the last moments of the LTTE leadership. On May 16-17, a massive explosion was heard in the area where the leaders were holed up, and the blaze lasted for a long time. My reading is the leaders had held a meeting shortly before that and realised their time was up. They decided to blow up all their arms and ammunition. Nadesan and the other guy, I forget his name, were asked by the leadership to surrender in the hope that they could keep the movement alive. But though they approached the military with a white handkerchief, the military was not going to take a chance with them, especially Nadesan who had been the police chief and was close to VP. They were killed at pointblank range, undoubtedly with blessings from Colombo. Meanwhile, VP asked a close bodyguard to fire into his forehead. Why he didn’t have his pill he famously flaunted remains a mystery, The manner in which his eyes were open suggest to me a person who was waiting for the bullet. Pottu’s end remains a mystery. Since his body was not found, it’s likely he descended to the depths of the ocean in a failed attempt to escape. This is my reading of the last moments. I have no way of proving it. But DBJ’s piece was very revealing. I had no idea how the leadership had become the Tamil people’s Frankenstein.

  333. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar:

    I am glad that I was able to communicate with a person like you. I am glad you mean well for our people, and is very frustrated by what happened to our struggle.

    I did not say, we cannot negotiate with Sonia Gandhi. But my question is: On what basis?

    I am truly concerned here. What are the chances, like in the past starting with Indira Gandhi government, we will be taken for a ride by India?

    I agree with you on certain things you said in your last post. The world of today is run by ‘globalization’ jambavans. I agree. I do accept that LTTE has put many people in a position to blame it for the failure by claiming ‘sole representative mantle’ and keeping much of the think tank away from its decision making (even though, at times they showed inclination to get the opinion during peace times).

    When you take full responsibility for a project and keep other workers out of decision making inputs, if you fail, you are the one to be blamed. That is what has happened to LTTE today.

    LTTE tried to adapt to the new situation, but it was too slow and at times unwilling to see the changing reality. They were caught in two minds right from the start of the Eelam War IV. On one hand they did not want to be wrongfully labelled as terrorists, thus desisted from aggressive attacks. But, the enemy took the time of peace to restructure military, and most importantly build globalized political support by making full use of the ‘War on Terror bandwagon’. LTTE lost out in the political front, not only by not being able to compete with Colombo in the geopolitics, but also by still not involving new political thinking from wider tamil circles.

    You made a valid point. “ஓட ஓடத் சூடுவாங்கி இறந்த இவ்வளவு சனமும் ஆமியை எதிர்த்து கல்லடனும் பொல்லுடனும் ஓடியிருந்தால் எத்தனை ஆமி எம்மண்ணில் நின்றிருக்கம். வன்னிக்குள் இருக்கும் அவ்வளவு மக்களும் வெகுண்டிடழுந்தால் 50000 ஆமி எங்கு நிற்கும் எத்தனை பீரங்கிகள் எமைக் கொல்லும். தலைமை என்றும் ஓடி ஒழிக்கும் போது மக்கள் என்ன செய்வார்கள் பாவம்? இவர்கள்தான் மக்கள் போராட்டுத்துக்குத் தயார்படுத்தப் படவில்லையே. This is a fact and we have to live with it”.

    This is what I am saying the ‘weakening’ of the political side of the LTTE. People who have had good political education on the focus and goals of the struggle, would have been better prepared mentally to join and beef up the strength of LTTE. But it seems the mistakes of not putting emphasis on political mobilization of people, has resulted in utter destruction.

    “If you want to wait… for a leader who has understanding of the tamil issue in Indian central govt and who can act in the interest of sri lankans tamils (not the interest of India)…GOOD LUCK!”

    You misunderstood what I wrote. What I really meant is the following.

    ” An India that will take us for a ride even to the extend of completely using us and leave us with nothing, we don’t want it”. As I said before, Tamils will be better off living as second class citizens in Sri Lanka rather than being used up and left with nothing by India.

    Also, India has already lost a lot of its leverage with Colombo by endrosing and actively helping Colombo to annihilate LTTE fully. Please click the below link and read the article by a critical Indian policy analyst Brahma Chellaney.

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/10/08/tamil-tigers-rajiv-gandhi-opinions-contributors-sri-lanka.html

    India can continue to blame that ‘tigers are the main culprits behind disaster’. Pro-tiger elements can continue to demonize New Delhi. But the truth is:

    Both LTTE and India lost out due (LTTE lost very badly while India’s power waned in Sri Lanka) to different reasons.

    India lost much of its leverage on Colombo due to continuously devising policies harping on IPKF expulsion from Sri Lanka and Rajiv Gandhi assassination.

    LTTE on the otherhand, not allowing itself to mature further politically and involve wider circles of tamils to chart a new political chapter to win international support.

    All in all, my sadness is all the sacrifices made by the fighters and civilians has been wasted by inflexibility from LTTE, and the general attitude of tamils ” Athu pediyal parthu kolvarkal, naam emathu velayai parpom”. Even people who tried to express different ideas and opinion (Like DBSJ), were villified and by some sections called as “Thuroki”.

    V. Kumar: Don’t worry, whoever did propaganda and myopic stories, by selling LTTE’s and peoples sacrifices and efforts, do not have much luxury any more. With LTTE out of the picture, they cannot bluff too long that ” Thalaivar maaveerar naalukku urayatruvar”.

    Many genuine supporters of iyakkam are either moving on for the more people based democractic struggle, or just minding their business.

    No one from pulam peyarntha thesam will dictate methods to the eelam thamil community about future efforts towards gaining their rights. They will organize themselves in such democractic ways, when there needs to be globalized support for obtaining our rights, we will do our bit for our brothers and sisters back home.

    Lets work on good faith. Lets find unity in diversity of opinions.

  334. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar:

    I think the following interview by an Indian “Arundhati Roy” will give you real idea about the type of people who run the current Indian establishment. In an interview that critically analyses the grim situation of eelam tamils, Arundati does not take sides. She points out the mistakes of all sides including LTTE.

    Here is the link:

    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2009/11/situation-in-sri-lanka-absolutely-grim.html

    The stand out comment about the India establishment is as follows:

    “Indian civil society is a vast and varied creature. Most people in India have absolutely no idea what happened in Sri Lanka, because the Indian media was careful not to report it. ” The section of the Indian establishment – those with a ‘voice’ are increasingly developing a ghoulish fascination for State power and its ability to crush people”. There is a great admiration for Israel and its methods among this crowd. It is shameful. So this section has no problem with what has been done to an ethic minority. They have tolerated a huge amount of state brutality in their own country, in Kashmir, in Nagaland, in Manipur for years”.

    We will be kidding ourselves if we can go ‘along’ with this Indian establishment lot and get something for our people. The chances are, they will give false promises and use us again to advance their own interests. When Tamils are subjugated completely, they will look for another minority or section of aggrieved sinhalese to exploit for their cheap gains. This is why, while feeling the need for patch up, I said originally, what is the basis? and whether the current Delhi lot can change at least some of its attitudes.

    I hope you understand my concerns.

  335. Peadenik says:

    Indira Gandhi created the monster.Rajiv tried to tame it and paid with his life.Srilankans as well as Indians have to be thankful to the Sikhs for eliminating Indira. Otherwise Srilanka would have been divided by now and the armed struggle would have spread to Tamil nadu to achieve Praba’s dream of a GlobalTamil Homeland.
    The recent actions of the Indian Government strongly indicate that the mistake of Indira had to be rectified at any cost.Indira was the worst Prime Minister of India.

  336. Meikandan says:

    Mr. Peadenik:

    The ‘myth’ of Prabha wanting to create a ‘Global Tamil Homeland’ was concocted by the ever lying RAW and the aligned policy makers of India to suit their short term interests.

    Your comments:

    ” The recent actions of the Indian Government strongly indicate that the mistake of Indira had to be rectified at any cost.Indira was the worst Prime Minister of India”.

    Oh yes. I am sure, if some insurgents fighting in your state/ area were to be eliminated by India ‘at any cost’, meaning including your loved ones and innocents have to pay with their lives for the ‘elimination of terrorists’, I am sure ‘you will gladly agree with India for killing your own family in the name of fighting terror’.

    It is because of the attitude of people like you, the Indian establishment behaves like this.

    My friend, there is a saying: ” Headache and fever has to come to each person for them to feel the pain”.

    Since you are sitting safely either in India or southern Sri Lanka, the ‘rectification at any cost in north east’ may be irrelevant to folks like you. But, when the same problem comes to your door step, I wonder how you will react. Will you still say, “at any cost”.

    Be sensible when you post your comments.

  337. V.KUMAR says:

    335. Meikandan

    On top of her comment I can also add some. The tamil nationalists movement in Tamil Nadu like Vaiko, Nedumaran, viduthalai siruthai, diravida kalakam ect also prevented Indian govt from stepping in.

    They all have links with LTTE. The Tamil nationalist in Tamil Nadu do not realise that whatever they say it back fires and scare the central govt. I would say this is one of the main reason central govt (CG) never backed the seperate state solution to SL. CG believe if they divide SL evetually they have to seprate Tamil Nadu (TN) such a way these TN nationalists deliver speaches in public and in parliment aswell.

    On top of that LTTE also exposed its anti Indian policies by challenging IPKF (almost 2000 soldires killed) cream of that is killing Rajive (RG), Neru family in India like a royal family in England, killing a member of such family is the worst thing we can do. These are past incidents but we have to deal with facts generation to come.

    East Timor the latest country to gain independence from Indonasia.They never had a fighting force like LTTE what they had political recognition from Portugal,USA/UN and neighbouring Australia. After loosing two hundread thausand civilions they gained the freedom.Australians and East Timores are not conected by culture or language but Australia only looked at the human rights violation in East Timor.

    What I am trying to say is having tamil nadu close to us did not help us ( may be too close).
    If you place two state solution to India it will scare them again.

    Most important thing to remember is… what happened us is a diaster eventhough some people predicted still it ia diaster.We need to pick up the pieces and start again. We need to try and see everything ( we do not know until we try it).

    The word in my mind is reconciliation.The magical word sorry from LTTE or from whoever represents LTTE to tamil community in Sri Lanka (this will patch up our diferences ) also to India.This is my personal view.

    முடியாததுதென்று ஒன்றில்லை. முற்றுமுழுதாக ஆயுங்களை நிராகரியுங்கள் (wepons created more frictious among us nothing else). கால் நுhற்றாண்டுகளாக தமிழ்மக்கள் பட்ட துன்பங்களை மனதில் நிறுத்துங்கள். அவர்களுக்கு சேவை செய்யவேண்டும் என்பதை மட்டும் மனதில் எண்ணிக் கொள்ளுங்கள். ஜனநாயக வழிக்குட்பட்டதே போராட்டம் என்பதை மறந்துவிடாதீர்கள். இனவெறிகருத்தும் மதவெறிகருத்தும் ஆரொக்கியமான அரசியலுக்கு உதவாதவை. பேரினவாதிகள் என்று சொல்லி முழு சிங்களமக்களையும் அலட்சியப்படுத்தாதீர்கள்
    தமிழ்மக்களைவிட சிங்களமக்களிடையே தான் முற்போக்கு சிந்தனை கொண்டவர்கள் நிறையவே இருக்கிறார்கள். அவர்களுடன் சேர்ந்து ஒரு அரசியல் கலாச்சாரத்தை வளர்த்துக்கொள்ளுங்கள். வடக்கும்-கிழக்கிற்கும் அவர்களை அடிக்கடி வரவழையுங்கள். கூட்டங்கள் கலந்துரையாடல்களை நடத்துங்கள். ஊர்பூரா சுற்றிக்காட்டுங்கள். இதன் மூலம் நாம் இலங்கையர் என்ற மனவுணர்வை வளர்த்துக் கொள்ளலாம். போரின் கொடுமையும் பொருள் உயிர் இழப்புகளை அடிக்கடி நினைவு படுத்திக்கொள்ளுங்கள். இது சினிமாவசனம் அல்ல உண்மையில் வானமும் வசப்படும்.

    This is people strrugule and does not belong to some one’s family or individual.

    We have the balance of power in Sri Lanka. What we need a good political leadership who can capitalise this opportunity on behalf of Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

    எனவே தமிழ் மக்கள் கடந்த கால தவறுகளில் இருந்து படங்களைக் கற்றுக்கொண்டு தங்களின் உண்மையான தேவை என்ன? அதை எவ்வாறு அடைவது சாத்தியம்? வெறும் உணர்சியினாலோ, உணர்வுகளினாலோ பலி எடுப்பதையும் பலி கொடுப்பதையும் தொடர்ந்தும் கண்டும் காணாதுபோல இருக்கப்போகிறார்களா? இல்லை, தமது ஒளிமயமான எதிர்காலத்தை தாமே அமைக்க முன்வரப்போகிறார்களா?

    But what is happening as you said … “/Thalaivar maaveerar naalukku urayatruvar/”.
    Still they want to make a living out of it. This is sad . I do not know how far people are going support this??.

    Thanks for exchanging your view.

  338. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar:

    Again I am glad you and I are taking the time to discuss each others points. Although we differ on certain things, we both have the best interest of our people in our hearts like many thousands of tamil souls.

    I also hear that the tamil nationalists from TN messed up on India stepping in. But whatever the excuses India Centre can have for backing Colombo, the central government still messed up by shamelessly propping up Colombo even while knowing there were chemical bombs rained on Tamils, shelling of hospitals and schools. A killing of a ‘Rajiv Gandhi’ however ‘Royal’ they may be in India, does not equal ‘helping genocide’ or whole scale massacres of civilians.

    Again, RG’s assassination is not justification for killing tamil civilians. Also, IPKF were combatants, and they were in conflict with LTTE. So, their deaths cannot be equated with killing civilians. IPKF left many hundreds even a thousand women with no future (after raping), and ended up killing 8000 tamil civilians during their stay. If India center can justify the killing of tamils just for one life of RG, then it is the same logic of LTTE. LTTE supporters justify the killing of RG because of the 8000 tamil civilian loss caused by IPKF under Rajiv Gandhi’s command.

    This debate will go on endlessly. So, this type of sorry excuses from India Center is not acceptable. Likewise LTTE’s excuse for RG assassination is not also a mature one (Long term interests of Tamils should have been thought of before embarking on that ‘revenge’).

    You said, two state solution scares India because they are worried about TN splitting from India center.

    Then, India shouldn’t have supported armed resistance in the first place. Most importantly, if they cannot help tamils now, at least “upaththiravam avathu kodukkamal irukkattum”.

    I agree with you there are progressive sinhalese. I am all for true democracy and equality in Sri Lanka. But for true democracy to flourish, we don’t need the likes of Karuna or Pillaiyan in parliament. We need to groom good statesmen of international caliber to advance our cause. With Rajapakse gang at the helm, they won’t allow honest, selfless and sharp tamils taking leadership of democratic path in Sri Lanka. It can only happen when we work together with reformist and progressive sinhala, muslim and other communities.

    - Let me tell you something. I would rather trust like minded sinhalese than Indian Central Government.

  339. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar:

    There are two groups of remaining LTTErs. One group is very realistic and wants to honour the sacrifice of poralikal, makkal and the leadership (pay the right last respect) and chart a new democratic mode of struggle. The second group wants to continuously keep tamils under a myth of ” Thalaivar varuvar” and make their short – term gains.

    But, we all know that the first group that tries to be honest with the people will eventually win out (After all how long can someone bluff, there will be a time sooner than later that the people themselves will call the bluff).

    - It is amusing to me that the Gandhi family can be ‘Royal’ to Indians. In a vibrant democracy, the Royal family does not participate in the democratic process, solely for the reason that their clout and influence will abuse power. That is why, in England, citizens from Royal Family do not go for democratic leadership.

    - Also just to give a bit of background on Nehru. I have respect for him, but we need to know some aspects. The same Nehru, around late 1930′s held the election for Indian National Congress (INA) leadership cunningly while Subhash Chandra Bose (the most popular person among INA and Indian public) was away in West Bengal on party work. Gandhiji and Nehru held the election and ‘facilitated’ the election of Nehru to INA leadership. Nehru knew, if Subhash ran against him, he would lose. So, he did it today’s cheap politics ways.

    The point I want to make is: No one is perfect. Even Gandhiji was not perfect. He advised the British Raj authorities to ‘hang’ Bagath Singh at a later date since the hanging at a volatile situation might cause inconvenience to ‘British Raj’. Gandhi as a freedom fighter himself did not persuade the British to reduce Bagath Singh’s sentence, but hang him at a later date.

    The deceit and double dealing is part and parcel of the Indian Congress’s political psyche right from Gandhiji days (I know it is in the other countries as well, but it exceeds limits in the sub continent).

    So, Tamils will be better off not to align too much with the Congress establishment, but at the same time we don’t need to antogonise them.

    - Also, India that worried too much about TN splitting now has the Maoist threat in its hand. We all know that China favours a weakened India and they will even try splitting it.

    I wonder whether India has all the capability to go and ‘smoke’ China due to that. Because we all know India will be in ashes if it tries that. I am waiting to see what India’s response will be when trouble brews in its own backyard due to Maoists. Now, the funny part is some comical Indian intelligence people trying to connect a ‘dead’ LTTE to Maoists. Even a baby will laugh at the low IQ of these people.

    Kumar, the reality is India did it to Tamils because they know they can take us for a ride and get away with it.

  340. V.Kumar says:

    #336. Peadenik

    “/ …at any cost./”

    A true Sri Lankan will not be proud of this because sinhala brothers and sisters also went through this when the GOSL crushed the JVP rebelion.

    This clearly shows one thing our narrow minded political leaders’ inability to create an economy where every Sri Lankan can have their basic needs fulfiled so they can live in peace.

    These narrow minded/corupted political leaders have been ruling Sri Lanka since 1948 (British departure), nearly 60 years but so far they could not out lined monitory policies to create an economy/jobs.

    If you can replace them “at any cost” with a genuine leader/political party who has a vision for whole Sri lanka…

    What we need is a leader like Lee Ku Wan (Singapore) “at any cost”.

  341. V.KUMAR says:

    Sunday, November 22, 2009
    மாவீரர்களின் அர்ப்பணிப்புக்களை கொச்சைப்படுத்தாதீர்!

    அடக்கி ஒடுக்கப்பட்டுவந்த எமது இனத்தின் விடியலுக்காக துடிப்புடன் ஆயுதம் ஏந்தி போராடி தம்முயிர்களை நாட்டுக்காகவே அர்ப்பணித்தவர்கள்தான் இந்த மாவீரர்கள்,போராளிகள். அவர்களின் இழப்புக்களை கொச்சைப்படுத்தி வியாபாரம் செய்யாதீர்கள்.

    இந் நாளில் அந்த உத்தம ஜீவன்களுக்காக ஆலயங்கள், தேவாலயங்கள், பள்ளிவாசல்களில் விசேட வழிபாடுகளை மேற்கொண்டு அவர்களது ஆத்ம சாந்தியடைய வேண்டும் என்று பூஜியுங்கள். அவர்கள் போற்றப்பட வேண்டியவர்களேயன்றி மறைக்கப்படகூடியவர்கள் அல்ல. கடந்த 30 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு மேலாக தமிழினத்திற்கு ஒர் விடுதலையை பெற்று கொடுக்கவேண்டும் என்பதற்காக தன்நலம் இல்லாமல் அல்லும், பகலும் விழித்திருந்து ஆன உணவின்றி கல்லிலும், முள்ளிலும, காடுகளிலும்; தமது பாதங்களை பதித்து இறுதியில் தங்களின் உயிர்களையே இந்த நாட்டிற்கும், மக்களிற்கும் தந்துள்ளார்கள்.

    அவர்களது இழப்புக்கள் அளவிடமுடியாதவை. ஆகவே புலம்பெயர் தேசங்களில் செல்வ செழிப்புடன் வாழ்ந்து கொண்டு ‘நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழம்’ என்று ஒர் குழுவும் அதற்கு பணம் சேகரிப்பதற்காக மாவீரர் தினம் என்று ஒர் குழுவும், இந்த ஆண்டு பொட்டு அம்மான் உரையாற்றுவார், தலைவர் இன்னும் இரு ஆண்டுகளில் உரையாற்றுவார் என்று ஒர் குழுவும், அதிர்ச்சிதரும் வீடியோ வரும் என்று ஒர் குழுவும் மீண்டும் மீண்டும் எம்மினத்தையே ஏமாற்றி பணம் சம்பாதிப்பாதிப்பதை கண்டிப்போம்.

    போராட்டம் என்ற பெயரில் இவர்களால் சேகரிக்கப்பட்ட பணங்கள் எல்லாம் இங்கே கட்டிடங்களாகவும், தனிநபர் பெயரில் வீடுகளாகவும், வர்த்தக நிலையங்களாகவுமே உள்ளது. உண்மையாக இனத்தின் மீது அக்கறையிருக்குமாயின் வன்னியில் மக்கள் பசியோடும், பட்டினிpயோடும் வாடியபோது அவர்களது பசியை போக்கிட இந்த சொத்துக்களையாவது விற்று அவர்களது பட்டினியை போக்கியிருக்க வேண்டும். மக்களிடம் சேகரிக்கப்பட்ட இவ் சொத்துக்கள் எதுவுமே அந்த மக்களை சென்றடையாத நிலையில். தொடர்ந்தும் மக்கள் பட்டினியால் வாடியபோது அந்த மக்களுக்கு உதவபோகிறோம் என்று யுத்தம் முடிவுற்ற மே மாதத்திற்கு பின்னரும் தமிழர் புனர்வாழ்வு கழகத்தினர் நிதி சேகரித்தனர் என்பது சுட்டிக்காட்டதக்கது.

    நம் மக்கள் உயிருக்காக போராடிய போது கூட மக்களாகிய உங்களிடம் பணத்தை கறந்த இந்த கொள்ளை கூட்டத்தினர் குறித்து எச்சரிக்கையாக இருங்கள். இனப்பற்றையும், விடுதலை உணர்வையும் வியாபாரம் ஆக்கும் முயற்சிக்கு துணைபோய்விடாதீர்கள். கடந்த பல ஆண்டுகளாக அனுபவித்த துன்பங்களில் இருந்து வெளியேறி அவலத்திற்கு உள்ளாகி நிற்கதியாகியுள்ள மக்களிற்கு உதவிடும் வழிகளை கண்டறியுங்கள்.

    தேசத்திற்காக தம்முயிர்களை அர்ப்பணித்த போராளிகளிற்கு உங்களது உதவிகளை வழங்குங்கள் அதுவே நீங்கள் தாய்நாட்டிற்காக தம்முயிரை அர்ப்பணித்த வீரர்களுக்கு ஆற்றும் அஞ்சலியாகும். வெறுமனவே மாவீரர் தினம் என்ற பெயரில் இங்கிருந்து கொண்டு கார்த்திகை பூ என்றும், மெழுகுவர்த்தி என்றும் விற்பனை செய்து மேற்கொள்ளப்படும் பணப்பறிப்பு முயற்சிகளுக்கு துணைபோகாதீர்கள்.

    நொந்து போயுள்ள மக்களிடம் தொடர்ந்தும் சுறண்டும் இவ் கொள்ளை கூட்டத்தின் செயற்பாடுகள் அனைத்தும் நிறுத்தப்பட வேண்டும், நாட்டிற்காக தம்முயிரை அர்பணித்த போராளிகளின் குடும்பங்களுக்கு உங்களது உதவிகளை செய்யுங்கள். அவ் குடும்பங்கள் தொடர்பான விபரங்கள் தேவைப்பட்டால் நாம் அவற்றை இயன்றளவு சேகரித்து உங்களுக்காக ஊடகங்கள் ஊடாக அறிவிக்கின்றோம். பிள்ளைகளை பலிகொடுத்த பெற்றோர் இன்றும் அயலவரிடம் கையேந்தும் நிலையிலேயே வாழ்கின்றனர். இவற்றுக்கு முற்றுப்புள்ளி வைத்து அவர்களும் எமது சமூகத்தில் தலை நிமிர்ந்து வாழ்வதற்குரிய உதவிகளை புரியுங்கள் அவையே நாம் ஒவ்வொரு போராளிக்கும் செய்யும் அஞ்சலியாகும். இதைவிடுத்து மண்டபங்கள் அமைத்து பூ தூவி, தமிழகத்தில் உள்ள பிழைப்புவாதிகளை இங்கே அழைத்து பேச்சு பேச வைத்து, படம் காட்டுவதல்ல போராளிகளுக்கு செய்யும் அஞ்சலி. எந்த எதிர்பார்ப்புடன் தம் உன்னதமான உயிர்களை நாட்டுக்காக அர்ப்பணித்தார்களோ அவ் வீரர்களின் தியாகங்களுக்கு நாம் மதிப்பு செலுத்தவேண்டுமாயின், அவர்களது குடும்பத்தினருக்கு நாம் செய்யும் உதவியே நாட்டுக்காக தம்முயிர்களை அர்ப்பணித்த போராளிகளுக்கு செய்யும் சமர்ப்பணமாகும்.

    தொடர்ந்தும் ஏமாளிகள் போல் இந்த பிழைப்புவாத கூட்டத்தினரின் போலி பிரச்சாரங்களுக்கு மயங்கி விடாதீர்கள். இவர்கள் துணியளவும் அந்த மாவீரர் குடும்பத்தினருக்கு உதவமாட்டார்கள். இதனை கடந்து சென்றுள்ள ஆண்டுகள் வரலாறாக பதிவு செய்துள்ளன என்பதை தெளிவுபடுத்தி கொள்வதுடன். உங்களது உழைப்பினை சரியான வழியில் செலவிடுங்கள்.

    வர்த்தக நிலையத்தை மூடி உங்களது வியாபாரத்தை பாழடிக்காமல் அன்றை தினம் உங்களது வர்த்தக நிலையங்களை திறந்து அதன் மூலம் கிடைக்கும் இலாபத்தை மாவீரர்களாகிபோன போராளிகளின் குடும்பங்களிற்கு வழங்கி உதவிடுங்கள். கடந்த காலங்களில்தான் அச்சுறுத்தல்கள், பயமுறுத்தல்களிற்காக உங்களது வர்த்தக நிலையங்களை மூடி உங்களது ஒத்துழைப்புக்களை இங்கிருக்கும் புல்லுருவிகளுக்கு வழங்கினீர்கள்.

    இனியாவது நாம் மேலே குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளதை உங்களிடம் வருகைதரும் புல்லுருவிகளுக்கு சுட்டிக்காட்டி இதனை உரிய முறையில் உரிய போராளிகளின் குடும்பங்களுக்க வழங்க முன்வாருங்கள். இதை விடுத்து வர்த்தக நிலையத்தை மூடுவதோ அல்லது இங்கு பிழைப்புக்காக மாவீரர் கொண்டாட்டம், பிறந்தநாள் விழா நடாத்தும் இவ் கூட்டத்தினருக்கு ஸ்பொன்சர் செய்வதோ மாவீரர்களுக்கு செலுத்தும் காணிக்கையாகிவிடாது.

    நாம் போராளிகளின் தியாகங்களை கொச்சைப்படுத்தவில்லை. புல்லுருவிகள், பிழைப்புவாதிகளின் செயற்பாடுகளைதான் விமர்சிக்கின்றோம். இதில் தவறு இருக்கின்றதா! இல்லை நியாயம் இருக்கின்றதா என்பதை உணர்ந்து செயலாற்றுங்கள். விடுதலையின் பெயரால் பணம் சுறண்ட முயலும் இந்த கூட்டத்தினரின் முயற்சியை தொடர்ந்து அனுமதிக்க முடியாது. ஆகவே மக்களாகிய உங்களுக்கு நாம் இதனை தெளிவுபடுத்தி உண்மையின் பக்கமும், நியாயத்தின் பக்கமும் வழியமைத்து கொடுப்பதற்காகவே மேற்குறிப்பிட்டவற்றை உங்கள் கவனத்திற்கு தருகின்றோம்.

    மக்களாகிய நீங்கள் இங்கிருந்து விட்ட தவறுகள்தான் எமது தாயக தேசத்தில் இரத்த ஆறுகள் ஒடுவதற்கும், முகாம்களில் மக்கள் முடக்கப்படுவதற்கும், அங்கவீனர்களாக வாழ்வதற்கும் வழியேற்படுத்தியதுடன், இன்று ஆயிரக்கணக்கான இளைஞர், யுவதிகள் போராட்டம் என்ற பெயரில் தவறான பாதையில் வழிநடாத்தப்பட்டு கை, கால், பார்வை இழந்து அங்கவீனர்களாக தடுப்பு முகாம்களிலும், புனர்வாழ்வு முகாம்களிலும் வாழும் நிலை ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது. இவை குறித்து மக்களாகிய நீங்கள் சிந்தியுங்கள்.

    தவறுகள் இடம்பெறும்போது அவற்றை தட்டிக்கேட்டு நல்வழிகளை தெளிவுபடுத்தியிருந்தால் இன்றைய இந்த அவலம் ஏற்பட்டிருக்க முடியாது. மண்மீட்பு, இறுதி யுத்தம், ஆனையிறவு முகாம் தகர்ப்பு, பூநகரி முகாம் தகர்ப்பு என்று ஒவ்வொரு முறையும் உங்களை தேடி புல்லுருவிகள் வந்தபோது பணத்தையும், நகைகளையும் அள்ளி அள்ளி கொடுத்தீர்கள். இவ்வாறாக பணத்தை சுறண்டி கொண்டவர்கள். உண்மைகளை மற்றையோர் வெளிப்படுத்தியபோது துரோகிகளாகவும், மற்றையவர்களின் கைப்பொம்மையாகவும் வீண்பழி சுமத்தினர்.

    நியாயத்தின் பக்கமும், உண்மையின் பக்கமும் நின்று தயாகத்தில் என்ன நடக்கின்றது என்ற உண்மையை கூறிய எத்தனையோ ஊடகவியலாளர்கள் தாக்கப்பட்டும், அவர்களது வீடுகள், வாகனங்கள் என்று விடுதலையின் பெயரால் கொள்ளையடிக்கும் புல்லுருவிகள் கூட்டத்தினரால் தாக்கப்பட்டனர். அப்போது யாராவது வீதிக்கு இறங்கி போராடியிருந்தால் எமது தாயக விடுதலை சரியான வழியில் சென்றிருக்கும், அன்று அதனை கண்டிக்க தவறியதே இன்று இவைகள் எல்லாவற்றிற்கும் பிரதான காரணியாக அமைந்தது.

    இவை எல்லாம் கடந்த கால வரலாற்று பதிவுகள், இவற்றை மீண்டும் மீண்டும் உங்களுக்கு நாம் தெளிவூட்டவேண்டிய நிலையில் உள்ளோம். ஏன் என்றால் மீண்டும் பழைய தவறுகளையே விட்டு ‘நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழம்’ என்ற போர்வையில் வெளிநாடுகளில் முன்னெடுக்கப்படும் இவ்வாறான நிகழ்வுகள் நாட்டிலே முட்கம்பி வேலிகளுக்குள்ளும், மீள்குடியேற்றப்பட்டுள்ள மக்களையே பாதிக்கும்.

    ஆகவே எம்மை பொறுத்தவரை தொடர்ந்தும் மக்களை அழிவுக்கும், துன்புறுத்தலுக்கும், அச்சுறுத்தல்களுக்கும் உள்ளாக்கும் முயற்சிகளுக்கு அனுமதிக்க முடியாது. அவ் மக்களின் இயல்பான வாழ்வுக்குரிய உதவிகள் குறித்தே செயலாற்றி வருகின்றோம். நீண்டகால இனப்பிரச்சினைக்கான தீர்வு விடயம் குறித்தும் அரசுடன் தொடர்ந்து நாம் பேசி வருவதுடன், எம் மக்களின் இனப்பிரச்சினைக்கு ஒர் சுயகௌரவத்துடன் கூடிய தீர்வை பெற்று கொடுப்பது குறித்தும் எமது அரசியல் முன்னெடுப்புக்களை நாம் தொடர்ந்து முன்னெடுத்து வருகின்றோம். இன்றைய நிலையில் எமது மக்களிற்கு சமஷ்டி முறையிலான தீர்வு திட்டம் ஒன்றே சிறந்த தீர்வாக முடியும் என்று கருதி அதற்காக தொடர்ந்து குரல் கொடுத்து வருகின்றோம். ஆயுத போராட்டம் மூலம் ஒர் தீர்வினை பெற்றுகொள்ள முடியும் என்ற நம்பிக்கையை எமது மக்கள் இழந்துள்ள நிலையில், மக்களின் கருத்துக்களுக்கு மதிப்பளித்து அவர்களது தேவைகளை உணர்ந்து செயலாற்றிவருவதே பொறுப்புள்ள அரசியல் கட்சியின் கடமையாகும். அதனையே நாம் முன்னெடுத்து வருகின்றோம்.

    சாத்தியப்படாத விடயங்கள் குறித்து மக்களை தொடர்ந்தும் யாரும் ஏமாற்றுவதை நாம் அனுமதிக்கபோவதில்லை. இன்று மக்களின் மீள் குடியேற்றம் அவர்களது பாதுகாப்பு குறித்தே அதிக அக்கறையை செலுத்திவரும் நாம் மக்களுக்குரிய தேவைகள் குறித்து அரசுக்கும், உதவிக்கரம் நீட்டிவரும் சர்வதேச நாடுகளுக்கும் எடுத்துக்கூறி மக்களின் இயல்பு வாழ்வுக்கு எம்மாலான உதவிகளை தொடர்ந்து முன்னெடுத்து வருகின்றோம். தாயக தேசத்தில் சொத்துக்கள், சொந்தங்கள் அனைத்தையும் இழந்து துன்பத்திலும், துயரத்திலும் வாழும் எமது மக்களின் மறுவாழ்வே எம் முன்னால் உள்ள ஒர் முக்கிய கடமையாகும். ஆகவே எமது தாயக உறவுகளின் மறுவாழ்வு குறித்து அக்கறையுள்ளவர்கள் அனைவரும் கைகோர்த்து மக்களின் இயல்பு வாழ்வினை மேம்படுத்தும் பணிக்கு உதவிடுமாறு கேட்டுகொள்கின்றோம்.

  342. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar:

    I disagree with your opinion on ” Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam “.

    I want to know why are you refusing the option for ‘separation’. If you believe in true democracy, the tamils need to have option like ‘naadu kadantha thamil eela arasu’ as option. Because past history suggests, the sinhala government has failed miserably in treating minorities equally.

    If you are a true believer in democracy, then you have to respect the approaches of some people favouring ‘separation’ if all other options fail. Also, saying something like ‘sathiyap padatha vidayangal’ is not true in the current world. Right now or for the next 10 years, conditions may not be favourable for separation. But, let us say, the Sri Lankan government is still not prepared to treat tamils equally in the next 10 years and the conditions arise internationally and locally in favour of a federal/confederal or separate state solution, then we have to be ready for it democractically. Also, the ‘transnational government’ exercise could act as a deterrant towards government of Sri Lanka to start treating tamils and other minorities equally, if not GOSL will face continuous bad press from the diaspora.

    Also, another thing I would request from good thinking people like you.

    If you are asking the diaspora and TN tamils to move completely away from “separation”, then you should be able to provide a framework or model of a practical political solution that can be advanced to give all mirnorities a dignified solution. But, without giving such alternative, bad mouthing the transnational government will not help.

    Sure, we can all help with the development projects. But, if GOSL repeats the same discrimination to Tamils in the development projects, we will be back to square 1.

  343. Manatamilan says:

    Hello Jayaraj!

    Vanakkam……….DBSJ

  344. V.Kumar says:

    # 343. Meikandan.

    “/ want to know why are you refusing the option for ’separation’. If you believe in true democracy, the tamils need to have option like ‘naadu kadantha thamil eela arasu’ as option. Because past history suggests, the sinhala government has failed miserably in treating minorities equally/”.

    /”…But, if GOSL repeats the same discrimination to Tamils in the development projects, we will be back to square 1…/”

    I am happy you asked me these questions.

    British ruled this world (sun never sets in British Empire). Nations fought for freedom from British and they got it eventually.

    Can you tell me how many of these nations are successfull (except very few like Singapore, Hongkong…)?
    What happened to majority of them? They asked for power to rule themselves when they received the power what did they do?

    Ginna divide India and formed Pakistan. It’s been ruled by army dictators ever since created. They have a power full army and islamic state what happened to people?

    When Mugabe led the freedom struggle from white/British occupation he was the hero but now what happened?
    Just have a look around you (you can add any…).

    British never prepared them to handle power !

    I am afraid I have to add Vanni under LTTE governing aswell !
    When they were given power to rule how did they use it?

    If tamils in SL truly believed in seperate state majority of them should have stayed in vanni under LTTE and defended the teritory but what happened they migrated village by village and settled in western countries. I am not blaming them.

    The basic needs of any human race (including tamils in SL) food,shelter,education/jobs,security and health care.

    If they are denied access to basic needs people will migrate to another country where they can have them. Neither tamil nor sinhala leader so far failed to provide these ( lot of sinhala friends also left Sri Lanka eventhough SL has been ruled by sinhaleese last 60 years).
    What percentage of our tamils chose to live under LTTE’s rulling in Vanni or Jaffna?…more tamils are living in the south or left to a western country.

    Do you think western countries treating minorities equally ? . I would say a big “No”…still we are happy here why? our basic needs are fulfilled and we are satisfied.

    Even though these countries are not ruled by the tamils we are glad to live here.

    It is not seperate state or who rules it…it is ” how ?”.

    How it is being ruled?

    How factor is determined by us (people back to square 1).
    I will concentrate on social reform with our society.
    You said about discrimination of sinhala govt…Do you know how discrimanotry we are ???

    We discriminate our own brothers and sisiters using cast,the job they do, education ,place of birth,wealth ect. on top of that we have now political divisions like LTTE,EPRLF,PLOTE,TULF,TELO ( 30 வருட ஆயுத போராட்டத்தின் சாதனை)…ect.

    Muslims were minorites in Jaffna did LTTE treat them fairly?
    Did they treat members including family members of other groups fairly in vanni? Did they allow them to live there?
    Before pointing the finger towards GOSL we (tamils) failed miserbly in treating not only minorities but also our own brothers and sisters.

    My personal expirence we have high level of discrimination in our society we do not tolerate each other even we try to kill each other.

    Only a fair society can produce a fair leader.

    Do you believe our society has the maturity to rule themselves?
    Do you believe our society has the maturity to create a leadership who can satisfy the basic needs of people? So far not.
    It is not seperate state or united country or who is ruling… how it is being ruled is important.
    I rather live in south and enjoy little bit of freedom and acceptance than living in vanni under a dictator.
    தெரியாத பேயை விட தெரிந்த பிசாசு மேல்

    You are talking about true democracy…for whom?…tamils live in SL particularly in north east.

    Tamils living in abroad can only play a facilitator role.We should not take decisions on behalf of tamils live in SL and try to enforce the decisions on them and it is not fair to them because they face the consequences not us.

    That is not democracy.We can educate them or guide them to choose the right leadership and policies with reality.

    In reality the options are the basic needs for this people and there is no gurantee that seperate state will deliver them to our people.

    This is not only for us but also to our sinhala brothers and sisters. In the current situation I have my own doubts about Sarath Fonseka’s (SF) leadership. If he gets elected as president a very good chance he will create a powerful armed forces. What about people and their needs? SL can join the list Pakistan, Burma, Bagaladesh…ect. I hope he will prove me wrong.

    Social reform and responsible socitey is my wish which can produce a leader who can use the power (not to abuse it) to construct a nation it does not matter seperate state or united state.

    This is my view and I have my strong reasons to believe it. I am unable to reveal all the reasons because of its sensitiveness.

  345. Meikandan says:

    V. Kumar:

    I agree with you that our ‘community’ has to mature so much to rule themselves. But, that does not mean, we should not aspire or should not start towards it. You got to start somewhere to achieve something.

    If we keep telling ourselves ‘we are not mature, we discriminate ourselves, so we don’t deserve a country’, then “WE WILL NEVER MATURE”.

    If you apply this ‘logic’ to every country in the world, then no race on earth deserves a country.

    Just because, many countries that got independence, never faired well, does not mean every new country ‘will’ fail. This mindset is ‘slavish’.

    Hong Kong, Singapore are good examples of liberated countries prospering. We need to learn from them. I rather look at the positive examples than negative examples. How come you forgot about the United States? They won independence from British, and look at their maturity and advancement today. It is all in our minds.

    I understand your frustrations. I feel similar regarding where we are now. All the organizations, that set out to liberate their tamil people ended up fighting each other. We can blame RAW for it, but if they were all matured enough, there wouldn’t have been any fight. We would all have been united.

    Social reform and responsible society is utmost important. But that does not mean, we have to lose all the self respect and get eliminated to have ‘basic needs’ as you mentioned.

    Still, there is an opportunity to have a united Sri Lanka with federated powers to minorities. But, the majority rulers (I mean rulers, because the average sinhala person will be friendly to the idea if explained by his/her leader the right way about ‘federal’ and ‘atutonomy’) does not see it that way and still think, all is ok now that the ‘terrorism has been defeated’. The majority leaders still miss to address the root causes that caused the problem. On the other hand, the Tamil parties as usual are divided and making things worse (immaturity). The tamil parties have not formed a common platform to advance the social, and political causes of Tamil people. This gives a good excuse to SL rulers not to solve problems.

    In my opinion, when LTTE was there (with its rights and wrongs), there was a strong force to espouse and advanace the social and political causes for tamils. But, after them, instead of uniting, TNA, PLOTE, EPRLF, Sangaree aiya, EPDP are all pulling in different directions.

    I disagree with your comments saying ” Theriyatha peyai vida therintha pisasu is better”.

    The same theriyatha pei (Pulikal), matured from a rag tag guerilla force to a defacto government having own police, court, economic projects, and so forth. Even during the 2004 Tsunami, the SL government itself conceded that LTTE emergency response and relief work was much better coordinated and quicker than the Sri Lanka government response. That itself is an example that “Tamils are better placed to rule themselves than by being ruled by others with discrimination”.

    Your analysis points out flaws in LTTE system. Repressions of opposite opinion, stubbornness and so forth. But if you compare the guerilla LTTE of 1980′s and the one of after 2000, indeed there were improvements. Evolving of a nation in to a free country is not easy task (especially with Tamils not used to ruling themselves in the last 300-400 years due to foreign invasions and controls). There will be mistakes and blunders in attaining this maturity.

    Look at how Britain evolved. It did not evolve in to civil society overnight. Do you know, the British kings of 200 years ago had their own way of repressions and discriminations on their masses (and the masses still have discriminations). People of different opinion were identified as traitors (due to immaturity of the ruling establishment) and executed. But, did ever British people say, ‘we are immatured and we don’t deserve a country’. A BIG NO!. They learned from their mistakes and evolved in to a society they are now (They are still not perfect, and let me tell you, the humans are never perfect). The same applies to USA.

    Just because Tamils have social discrimination among themselves, does not mean they don’t deserve an option of separation if their existence is threatened. Then the sinhalese, with their heavily caste oriented Kandy, coastal discrimination do not deserve a country as well.

    You made some valid points about existing problems in the Tamil society and polity. But your argument of tamils are not matured to rule themselves is very weak, and if your argument can be applied to all the races and countries, many countries are not qualified to have a country (including U.S.A that grew out of a violent history of infighting, armed rebellion, black slaves and so forth).

    If one does not want to repeat some of the mistakes of LTTE, like ‘denying’ the rights for others in society to have their own views, then we should not brand the tamils who want to have the separate state option for good reasons, as fraudsters. We are free to disagree with the separate state option, but if we call names these people (who prefer a separate state), then there is no difference between the intolerable nature of LTTE and the attitude of us towards these people.

    If we want to learn something form the 30 year armed struggle, that is to respect different opinions, even if we don’t agree with it or follow it.

  346. V.Kumar says:

    #346. Meikandan
    It is true, the real frustration is they always prove me right, I expect them to prove me wrong and I am happy to accept the defeat same time our people will gain what they want but that is not happening.
    A good democracy must have a strong geniune opposition(s) but that is lacking in our case.
    This type of exchange of view should take place in large scale which includes our so called “தேசிய ஊடகங்களையும்” including GTV.

    I had a chance to see GTV only one analyser is appearing again and again and repeating only his view point about the current situation.I believe his name is abiman. It is called brain wash. This is not a healthy democrazy.I like see atleast three or four view points there. Then only viewers/people can decide which is right and wrong. People should decide but here GTV is taking the decision, that is wrong.

  347. Ajantha says:

    I think I have responded to one of your articles earlier. However, I enjoyed reading your article and it is with full of quality. I need to request you to write a book or articles which would help our nation (Sinhalese, tamils, Muslims etc) to understand what a beutiful society and country it was and try to make it again. I especially admire Tamil culture which is one of the best in the world on human grounds. I always felt homely when ever I spoke to a mother of a tamil youth as she always thought all kids are hers. I never felt a difference between my mom and her. This is the truth which can not be changed but right now it is hidden. Please write some thing to bring this back so that peice can be restored in our country.

  348. Free Thinker says:

    It is amazing how the Tamils have opened up their thought processes after the demise of Prabakaran.

    I can’t imagine how an uneducated lower, caste Tamil can hold nearly three Million Srilankan brethren hostage to the extent that the Tamils living overseas even could not disagree with him even in thoughts.My understanding was that the Tamils were caste oriented indipendent ,hard working people who were proud of their achieve ments in Academia and Commerce. i

    Srilanka with only two million people is too small for autonomous regions divided on the ethnicity of their inhabitants.

    A large country like Indiaeven has a lot of problems with their Federal States.Tamil Nadu eventually will rebel against the Central Government to become a separate Tamil Nation.So will others like Punjab and the Muslim dominated states.

    World leaders in the 21st century would not want these sort of conflicts that plauged the 20th century,the likes of Yugoslavia and Russia.

    Tamil people living in Srilanka should strive to achieve parity with the Sinhalese in what ever they are lacking at present.This can only be achieved by full cooperation with the a Government that has good voter support

    Certainly an Ethnic group that is less than fifteen percent of the total population can not expect to have two separate provinces for themselves.

  349. Meikandan says:

    Free thinker: Your comments.

    ” can’t imagine how an uneducated lower, caste Tamil can hold nearly three Million Srilankan brethren hostage to the extent that the Tamils living overseas even could not disagree with him even in thoughts”.

    First of all, in an equal society, there is no rule saying only the higher caste should rule. Second, everyone, including yourself, have to concede, that though VP was not educated through the schooling system fully, the man had a voracious interest in learning and science. There are rights and wrongs. But, it takes more than ‘something’ to lead a military movement for 30 years.

    In my personal opinion and in many right thinking peoples’ opinion, Prabhakaran took arms for his people. May be some of his methods and approaches are debatable. One needs to learn from his mistakes, and one needs to admire his thirst for freedom.

    He is not the best (for that matter, no politician or generals are the best), but he is certainly better than the war criminal southern leaders. So let us stop the unnecessary talk of ‘low caste’ and ‘uneducated’ here. One of Sri Lanka’s most successful leaders – Ranasinghe Premadasa was a charismatic leader who set benchmarks for development in the country. But he was a drop out from middle school. How come you never commented on that??

    A true leader who is curious to learn does not ‘need’ a University education. Look at G.L. Peris. He has all the academic credentials. But, can he run for the presidential office?

    Even Freethinker, you won’t vote for G.L. You need to have that personality of inspiring and leading other people to be a leader. It does not have to come necessarily from academics.

    Also, Freethinker, instead of giving sermons to the victims (Tamils) who have been dealt massacres by the subsequent governments from South, people like you should spend quality time ‘reforming’ the south and the polity. Because, as long as the backward thinking ‘Mahanayakes’ and communal minded politics, prevail in the south against the minority groups, this beautify island will never see the light of the day.

    If Terrorism is the main issue and excuse the southern polity had so far, now it is absent. What is stopping you from sharing powers with others and learn to live in equality?

    The war has ended alright. But, attacks on Tamils like the mentally retarded “Balavarnam Sivakumar” in broad day light until killing the poor guy still continues. What does it tell you?

    This kind of attitude from Sinhalese will sow the seeds for yet another separatist campaign. So, ‘grow up’ and learn to treat others as brothers first, instead of ‘preaching’ to Tamils.

  350. Priyankara says:

    DBS

    You should be thanked for this article and the Tamil People should understand that it is the LTTE who did most damage to the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Generations were destroyed. Hindu leadership were destroyed. Young generation were deprived of the education. At least we hope there will be no repition in future

  351. Meikandan says:

    Priyankara:

    We also hope that there is no ‘REPETITION’ of sinhala dominated state sponsored genocide of Tamils in the future as well.

    I agree to a certain extent with DBSJ, that LTTE also contributed to the damage, but only partially, mainly due to its approaches. But, I believe, it is the politically immature Sri Lankan leaders and their unquestioning sinhala supporters who do not know the meaning of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ that have been the curse of the beatiful island.

    So let us put it this way Priyankara. As long as there is no repetition of the sinhala atrocity on other minorities, Sri Lanka can find permanent peace. Otherwise, GOOD LUCK with your false hallucination. If you don’t check your crop of leaders’ whole attitude, very soon, Sri Lanka will be mortgaged out to regional and world super powers. Then you can try talking about ‘empty’ sovereignity and development.

    The political bankruptcy of the Sri Lankan state has been proven beyond doubt by the repression of press freedom, and denial of basic rights to all Sri Lankans by the current government. Also, look who are running for presidency. One is a former army general aka ‘war hero’ who openly said that there is only ‘limited’ place for minorities in the island. Other, the Mahinda Percival Rajapakse, who is intent on having a family cum military junta in Sri Lanka.

    Although not the best, at least Prabhakaran did not go around massacring sinhalese like a war criminal of the caliber of the two presidential candidates.

    So in summary, Sinhalese have been ‘blessed’ with worse type of future leaders in the name of ‘defeating’ terrorism.

    Welcome to the new Banana republic of Sri Lanka.

  352. Free Thinker says:

    ” Praba did not go around massacring Sinhalese”. Are you kidding??

    What about the Central Nank? What about the Kandy Temple?? What about Sri Maha Bodhi???.Rajapaksa klled armed Terrorists.Sinhala victims were poor husbands wives and devotees who were going about their day today affairs.

    Please wake up pal.

  353. Meikandan says:

    Hello Free Thinker:

    For your information. The number of innocent tamil civilians killed by the successive Sri Lankan governments in the name of ‘defeating terrorism’ is more than 100000.

    The number of innocent sinhalese civilians who were killed in tiger attacks in the span of long 30 years is under 7000 (Including, Central Bank, Dalada Maligawa, Maha bothi, etc).

    I think the number speaks for itself. By the way, the numbers closely match with the totals of Amnesty International and UN bodies.

    We know you guys listen to the lying ‘jayaweva’ stories and ‘zero civilian casualty B.S’ of southern leaders. I guess only sinhala nationalists ‘like’ to believe such garbage.

    Let me know if you don’t know the difference between 100000 and 5000.

    As long as people of your caliber keep living in denial, it is easy for your leaders to keep fooling the majority as well. I can guarantee one thing. With this type of thinking without logic, Sri Lanka will never grow up. It will always be a ‘handmaid’ of superpowers. In other words, a ‘call girl’ nation in the Indian Ocean.

  354. Reader says:

    A good one DBS

  355. V.KUMAR says:

    No one was born as lower cast but with people’s attitude yes…lower cast exists.

  356. Arivu says:

    உலக வரலாற்றில் எத்தனையோ கொடுங்கோல் ஆட்களை பற்றி அறிந்துள்ளோம். ஹிட்லர், முசோலினி, ஸ்டாலின், சதாம், ஜப்பான், இன்னும் பலர். அனால் போட்டு அம்மான் மட்டும் கொஞ்சம் வித்தியாசம். அவர் போட்ட பலரும் எங்கட சொந்த இனத்து மக்கள். அத்துடன் துவக்கு இல்லாத ஆக்களும் நிறைய. உலகத்தில ஒருவரும் செய்யாத கொடுமை. கடைசி கால கட்டத்திலும் நிறைய அப்பாவிகள போட்ட பெருமை அவரைத்தான் சாரும். வாழ்க போட்டு

  357. V.Kumar says:

    PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS IN ENGLISH SO THAT ALL COULD READ THEM……………DBSJ

  358. You have really great taste on catch article titles, even when you are not interested in this topic you push to read it

  359. Daniel says:

    DBS
    I have been reading your writings for years.They are truthful and informative. Your contribution through your writings to the overall Tamil cause is indeed impressive

  360. Danny says:

    Good article with absolute facts

  361. Ajath says:

    How come interpol is searching pottu amman now?

  362. Prathee says:

    DBSJ, I agree the article is a good one it speaks the truth. While it paints the cruelty of the Pottu it leads some of the readers to miss interpret that the LTTE did more atrocities than GOSL.

    I am against the most of the LTTEs actions, but still I supported them over GOSL. Because GOSL did even more than those by LTTE. It is like choosing from bad and worse. Therefore when you are writing such articles please mention some of the related atrocities by GOSL too. So that the readers will not be miss led.

  363. KALU says:

    Srilankan tamils lived honestly and peacefully in Prabha’s reign. Sense of belongingness remained. Prabha took up arms for srilankan tamils and died for them. Whatever atrocities ltte might have done, now the worst is happening against tamils.

    God! how srilankan tamils can achieve freedom. It seems, it never happens unless and until diaspora persistenly and consistently bring the world attention for Srilankan state terrorism & the plight of tamils there.

  364. Selvaraj says:

    And, what the hell do you know about Tamils, loudmouth? You and your ‘Indians’ meddled too much in our affairs for long.

  365. kalu says:

    Split of Karuna Amman an important aspect in the failure of LTTE. Karuna gave the vital information to the Govt. Further, the Tsunami crippled the hopes of the great Prabhakaran. Prabha totally demoralized and lost all his hope with both the incidents.

    Other things like 9/11 after these two things for the failure of ltte.

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