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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The single –largest Sri Lankan Tamil political group in the dissolved Parliament was the conglomerate known as the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The TNA which contested the April 2004 general elections under the “Veedu”(House) symbol of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) obtained twenty-two seats including two nominated under the national list.

Tamil National Alliance poster in Kallady, Batticaloa ~ More election pictures

The TNA led by Rajavarothayam Sambandan the veteran politician from Trincomalee is once again contesting the 2010 Parliamentary elections under the House symbol of the ITAK. It has fielded candidates in the Northern and Eastern electoral districts of Jaffna,Wanni, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai (Digamadulla).

The TNA has refrained from contesting the Colombo district that has a substantial concentration of Sri Lankan Tamils. This is mainly due to an unwritten understanding with Mano Ganesan of the Democratic Peoples Front(DPF)to prevent fragmentation of opposition Tamil votes in “Kozhumbu” (Colombo).

There is also a school of thought within the TNA that feels the alliance should focus mainly on the traditional Tamil homeland in North and East.

The Parliamentary polls in 2010 are of crucial importance for the Sri Lankan Tamil polity. For over twenty-five years Tamil electoral politics took a backseat while the armed struggle espoused by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)called the shots both metaphorically and literally.Now the tigers who claimed to be the sole representatives of the Tamil have been virtually decimated in the Island.

The tigers may have gone but the ill- effects of tigerism linger. Velupillai Prabhakaran along with his followers, minions, sycophants and fellow-travelers has wrought great and possibly irreparable harm on the long –suffering Tamil people. The Tamils are a battered and shattered people without even a glimpse of a glimmer at the end of a deep,dark tunnel.

Against such a backdrop it is of paramount importance that a pragmatic and viable political force representing the Sri Lankan Tamils should emerge.This is the need of the hour!

Tamil Voice

Redressing Tamil grievances and achieving legitimate Tamil aspirations within a united but not necessarily a unitary Sri Lanka remain unfulfilled tasks still. The Sri Lankan Tamils require a credible “voice” to articulate their grievances and aspirations. Such a voice must be elected democratically and spurn separatism and violence. In that context the 2010 poll provides an appropriate opportunity for the election of a strong Tamil voice.

In Poonochchimunai ~ Propaganda banner for the independent candidate from Batticaloa District Shanthi Sachchithanandam-pic by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai~more Election 2010 pix

Given the fact that the TNA held 22 seats in the 2004 – 2010 Parliament it is but natural to assume that the alliance is the best bet out of available choices. Even if unable to replicate the 2004 result en toto the TNA seems capable of winning a fair number of seats at the present hustings too. It would however face stiff competition from a plethora of political parties and independent groups.

Apart from the Sinhala dominated “National” fronts like the United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA), United National Front(UNF) and Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA) there are also a number of ethnic and regional parties contesting in the North and East. Broadly these parties are either pro- State or anti-State in professed ideology. Some of these parties are either appendages of the government or apologists of the LTTE.

What the Sri Lankan Tamils require at this juncture is a representative political body that would be free of extreme positions. It must be able to act responsibly and co-operate with the government in restoring lost rights and remedying problems but not turn into acolytes of the ruling regime.

It must project the image of being advocates of a distinct Tamil identity without being perceived as pro-tiger or pro-Eelamist sympathisers or supporters. While mobilising mass support from the Tamil people itshould also be able to obtain endorsement and backing from the International community inclusive of India.

Track Record

In such a situation the TNA would seem the acceptable choice among those available.Things however are not so simple. The TNA track record leaves much to be desired. To its eternal shame the TNA functioned as a slave of the LTTE in the past. Mao Ze Dong spoke of the “running dogs of imperialism”. In similar fashion the TNA was the “running dog of tiger hegemonism”.

If the LTTE imposed itself as the sole representative of the Tamil people, Douglas Devananda of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) portrays himself as the sole alternative. Douglas was fond of referring to the TNA derisively as “Tiger Nominated Agents” in the past. That label is not entirely devoid of merit.

The TNA members of Parliament from 2004-2010 consist of five categories. The 22 MP’s are from four political parties as well as non-party affiliation. The LTTE decided who should contest and where. The tigers played a big part in mobilising genuine support and vote rigging in 2004.

The TNA electoral triumph of 2004 lost its sheen when the E.U . released is report condemning the election as not being free or fair in the North and East. This does not mean that all those who won on the TNA did so due to fraudulent means. Several of those elected did so in their own right but their majorities were enhanced through dubious means. But there were some who won entirely due to vote rigging.

Had the TNA contested without any LTTE support or backing in 2004 it may have got about 12-14 seats. The tiger factor helped it to sweep the polls and get 22 seats. It was however a Faustian bargain. The TNA was seen and depicted as a voice of the tigers rather than the Tamils. They had zero credibility in the eyes of the world and rest of Sri Lanka.

When the TNA was formed there were some who thought the alliance would be to the LTTE what the “Sinn Fein” was to the Irish Republican Army (IRA). A few entertained hopes of the TNA playing a prominent role in the peace talks. This was not to be as the LTTE ruled a political role at peace talks for the TNA at the outset.

Furthermore the TNA took up the position that the LTTE should be the sole representatives of the Tamils at the talks and elsewhere. After abdicating its position the TNA disgraced itself further by functioning as members of Parliament and collecting all accompanying perks and privileges. In the words of Stanley Baldwin “power without responsibility has been the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages” .

Political Servitude

The LTTE also reduced the TNA to political servitude and ensured that such bondage was well publicised. The TNA was summoned frequently to Kilinochchi where the tiger political commissar Suppiah Paramu Thamilselvan would issue orders and instructions. At LTTE oriented functions some of these MP’s would wear LTTE badges and sing paeans of praise to Prabakharan and the tigers.

In Parliament the TNA was a pathetic lot. Apart from Sambandan few MP’s made any worthwhile contribution. Many of the TNA members acted abrasively and provocatively in the house. Notorious among them were MK Sivajilingam and Selvarajah Gajendran.

The cumulative effect of all this was an erosion of credibility and respect. When the TNA parliamentarians launched a “satyagraha” campaign within the House it was treated with supreme disdain. Neither the Government nor national opposition parties showed concern.

Rajavarothayam Sambandan-file pic~by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Likewise the TNA was looked upon with contempt and scorn by members of the diplomatic community. Though the “motions of meetings” were followed there was practically no meeting of minds. This was particularly so with India. Though TNA delegations made customary pilgrimages to New Delhi scant regard was paid.

The TNA was seen as a tiger adjunct and nothing more. People like Sambandan who complained bitterly in private about his pathetic plight was shown some pity. The end result of all this was that the TNA despite having 22 seats in a house of 225 was unable to accomplish anything worthwhile either in Sri Lanka or abroad.

Instead the TNA role seemed to be that of attending Parliament, drawing salaries and emoluments and giving regular interviews to the various media organizations run by pro-tiger sections of the global Tamil Diaspora. Some MP’s would stay on in the Wanni while others would be in Colombo, India or the West. The hapless North-Eastern people who nominally elected them were effectively short-changed.

What was lamentable in this situation was the TNA’s miserable failure in speaking out to the LTTE on behalf of the Tamil people. The TNA would criticise the government for its acts of omission and commission against the Tamil people but would not dare utter a word against the LTTE for suppressing the Tamils in the name of liberation.

From ruthless taxation to brutal conscription the tigers exploited and oppressed the Tamil people but the “elected” Tamil representatives remained deaf,dumb and blind.

The TNA remained passive spectators as the LTTE ruined the golden opportunity for a just, negotiated settlement through the peace process facilitated by Oslo. The TNA collaborated with the LTTE in enforcing a boycott of the 2005 presidential poll that brought Mahinda Rajapaksa to power. The TNA remained silent as the LTTE laid the groundwork for eruption of war through attacks by a “peoples force” and through acts like the Maavilaaru incident.

The worst however was when the war escalated and the LTTE began retreating with the people in tow. The TNA protested at the aerial bombardment and artillery shelling causing destruction of civilian life,limb and property but failed to ask the LTTE to let the civilians free to reach safe areas.

The TNA demanded international intervention to stop the war when the LTTE was beleaguered but did not even make a token appeal to the tigers to let go of civilians who wanted to move out from tiger controlled areas to save themselves and their families.There was also no condemnation of the LTTE for detaining, torturing, killing and injuring civilians attempting to escape the war zone.

Shameless Lackey

Under these circumstances the TNA was seen as a shameless lackey of the LTTE.It had little respect or clout nationally and internationally. In fact some countries like Canada denied visas to TNA parliamentarians for being supportive of the LTTE branded as terrorist by the International community.

Mortgaging their souls to the LTTE may have helped the TNA to gain Parliamentary office but it also proved dangerous after a certain point of time.

Joseph Pararajasingham was shot dead after receiving communion from Bishop Kingsley Swampillai on Christmas Eve at the Batticaloa Cathedral. Nadarajah Raviraj was gunned down in a Colombo road while travelling in his official vehicle. Sinnaia Sivanesan fell victim to a landmine placed in Mallavi by the Army’s Deep penetration squad. Ex-TNA Parliamentarian Chandranehru Ariyanayagam was assassinated along with the LTTE’s eastern political commissar Kusalyan in Welikande. Ex-TULF MP Sivamaharajah was shot dead in Jaffna.

With the threat to their lives increasing some MP’s from the TNA took refuge in the Wanni. Some stayed put in Colombo confining themselves to official residences. Some spent time abroad returning briefly to Colombo to mark attendance in Parliament. Some stayed indefinitely in foreign countries. A few of these MP’s participated in activities organized by the Tamil Diaspora.

And then came Parliamentary elections 2010!

“Soo!Manthirakkaali!! As if some wizard had waved the magic wand most of these MPS returned home. Some who had breathed fire and brimstone at the Rajapaksa regime made clandestine deals with the powers that be to guarantee their safety and security and return. Once again they were “ready, able and willing” to become MP’s and “serve” their people. A few however opted to fade out of politics.

Dismal History

Given this dismal history prospects for the TNA would indeed seem to be bleak and dreary. An unrepentant, unreformed TNA would not be a logical choice for the Tamil people. But then in democracy one does not get to elect the ideal or best choice. One can only elect the best of what is available. Very often the choice is not the better party or candidate who but the less worse or lesser of the evils.

The Tamil people who suffered under the LTTE have no illusions about the tigers. They themselves had to silently stomach several indignities and injustice at the hands of the tigers and realise what the TNA was up against. As such they would not be too harsh or uncompromisingly judgemental on some of the TNA leaders.

Not all those who got elected in 2004 were puppets propped up by the LTTE alone. Quite a few have established political credentials and are capable of mustering support on their own. As such the TNA does have the ability and acumen to winn a reasonable number of seats if the elections in the north and east are really free and truly fair (Now that is a very big “IF”)

Moreover the more politically enlightened Tamils realise that the community is in dire straits. Despite defeating the tigers militarily the Rajapaksa regime has proved woefully inadequate in addressing the legitimate political concerns of the Tamil people. There are many tragic consequences of the war like displacement, detention that have to be alleviated. It is imperative that the Tamils acquire an effective political leadership at this crucial juncture.

Therefore substantial sections of the Tamil people seem amenable to a “renewed” TNA becoming the premier but certainly not their sole representatives. While some individuals will not be forgiven the TNA as an entity seemed to have gained a reprieve.

Two recent developments suggest that the TNA is not a spent force confined to the dustbin of history. At least not yet!

One is the creditable showing by the party at the Jaffna Municipal and Vavuniya Urban council polls. The other is the impressive “Tamil” turn out for Sarath Fonseka in the recent presidential elections. It must be remembered that the TNA extended support to the General instead of the incumbent president.

These developments along with the positive feedback from sections of the international community seem to have infused the TNA hierarchy with fresh confidence and optimism.

Triple “S” Trio

The TNA is currently led by the triple “S” triumvirate comprising Sambandan, Senathirajah and Suresh (Premachandran.)

This trio has been acting boldly and constructively in trying to re-structure, re-configure and re-furbish the TNA. Some destructive debris of the sordid past have been jettisoned. Some refreshing new talent has been enlisted in the form of university academics, school principals, lawyers, doctors, social workers and other professionals. People who remained with the people have been given pride of place. At the same time several sitting MP’s have also been given nominations.

It appears that the TNA would like to gradually disown its pro-tiger past and re-invent itself as a fresh avatar. The new look TNA has to be remain steadfast to basic principles and policies while being pragmatically flexible. While garnering wide-spread support from the Tamil people it must also cleanse itself from the vestiges of tigerism and regain legitimate acceptability in the eyes of the Sri Lankan polity, India and the western nations.

The 2010 elections could provide the opening for this TNA transition and the party leadership seems to be gearing up for this by doing well at the hustings.

Unfortunately politics by itself is a vibrant dynamic that does not often progress according to plan in a linear direction. This is the nature of politics. Attempts by the triple “S” trio to re-invent the TNA has resulted in inevitable convulsions.

If the evaluating criterion is the role and positions taken by the “lame duck” Parliamentarians then the TNA has certainly fragmented. The monolithic unity of the TNA has shattered and how!

Several sitting MP’s are contesting again on behalf of the TNA but some MP’s are contesting under the betel symbol of the UPFA. Some MP’s are contesting under the cycle symbol of the All-Ceylon Tamil Congress. Some MP’s are contesting under the umbrella symbol of the left front. While some MP’s were denied nomination a few have voluntarily refrained from contesting again. A few of these are actively supporting the election campaign while others are opposing the current leadership. A few remain aloof and detached.

A simple explanation for the TNA disintegration would be the absence of the LTTE. It was the tiger whip (or gun) that brought together held the motley crew known as the TNA together. Now that the tigers are no more the fissiparous tendencies are rising. This explanation does possess a great deal of validity but the reasons for the current crisis are far more complex.

To understand the currents, countercurrents, undercurrents and crosscurrents within the TNA waters, a brief examination of its evolution and growth is necessary. Contrary to popular belief the TNA at the beginning was not a tiger creation. It was formed independently with cautious indirect backing by the LTTE. Thereafter the LTTE took it over and controlled it.

Oct 10th 2000 Elections

The origins of the Tamil National Alliance lie in the East. The factor that triggered it off was the October 10th 2000 Parliamentary election. The results in the North-East sent shock waves to the Tamils in general and some Tamil parties in particular.

No Tamil was elected in the politically sensitive Trincomalee district. In Batticaloa only two Tamils from the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) were elected. Another Tamil won from the ruling Peoples Alliance (PA)In Amparai district a Tamil Independent backed by the EPDP was elected.

The Wanni district with six seats saw Two Sinhala(from PA and UNP) and one Muslim MP being elected. Three Tamil MP’s from the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and one from the Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) were elected.

Jaffna with nine seats saw the EPDP getting four including the bonus seat. The TULF got three. The Tamil Congress got one.The United National Party got one. The UNP won in Jaffna after 48 years. In 1952 Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan’s son in law Suppiapillai Nadesan had won. Now Thiyagarajah Maheswaran was returned.

No Tamil party got enough votes entitling it to a national list seat. 2000 saw the Tamils being under represented in the North-East. Moreover Sinhala dominated National parties and Tamil parties like the Govt affiliated EPDP had done well. One reason for the non-governmental Tamil political party debacle was disunity, fragmentation of Tamil votes and the lack of an imaginative or inspiring political agenda.

Eastern University

The seriousness of the situation was acutely felt in the ethnically heterogenous East rather than the near homogenous North. A seminar analysing the situation was held at the Eastern University. It was chaired by former “Daily Mirror” columnist Dharmalingam Sivaram alias Taraki. Several academics, journalists, teachers, professionals, social workers, undergraduates and political representatives participated.

It was resolved at this conference that the different Tamil political parties in the opposition should unite under an umbrella organization to prevent fragmentation of votes. It was also felt that such an organization should be broadly supportive of the LTTE. It was also decided that the LTTE’s approval for the move be obtained steering committee with three joint chairs was formed to coordinate the implementation of this task.

This consisted of three aspects. Firstly the approval and implicit support of the LTTE. This required guarantees of safety and security by the LTTE that it would not assassinate Tamil politicians in the opposition. In return these Tamil parties had to acknowledge the pre-eminence of the LTTE and endorse it as the sole representative of the Tamils in any negotiations.

Secondly the political parties with a militant history like the Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) PLOTE and TELO had to declare that they would lay down arms and not collaborate with the state in hunting the LTTE. They also had to sever links with para-military outfits linked to them like the Razeek group (EPRLF)Mohan group (PLOTE) and Ranjan group (TELO). All were in the East.

Thirdly the non-militant parties like the TULF and Tamil Congress had to agree to work together in a common front with the ex-militant groups. Both parties were reluctant as they felt the ex-militant groups hands were tainted with blood. Besides the TULF stood for an “unarmed democracy”. There was also the long ,embittered history of rivalry between the Tamil Congress and the FP-TULF.

The TULF was also wary because of its 1989 experience. Pressure by New Delhi had resulted in militant organizations like the Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) TELO and EPRLF contesting under the aegis of the TULF sun symbol along with TULF candidates. However none of the original TULF candidates won. Only Appapillai Amirthalingam got in through the national list(he had lost in Batticaloa)

Negotiating Process

The LTTE in the Wanni was not directly involved in the negotiating process. But Karikalan the former tiger political commissar for Batticaloa-Amparai was supportive and directly involved. Even as the talks were on the LTTE assassinated “Robert” the TELO head of Aaraiyampathy pradeshiya Sabha (this Robert is different to the EPRLF “Robert” killed by the LTTE in Jaffna in 2002). The assassination was a major setback as the TELO wanted to pull out of unity talks as a result.

The committee however persisted in its efforts and appealed to the LTTE’s military leadership of the East. The eastern regional military commander then was none other than Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan alias “Col” Karuna. The LTTE “explained” the assassination as a “mistake” due to a communication gap between the intelligence division and political wing.

Subsequently leading personalities from the TELO and EPRLF met with Karikalan in secret and discussed matters. Assurances were obtained.Likewise some TULF personalities’s also met with LTTE leaders and had discussions.

There were two hitches. The PLOTE led by Dharmalingam Siddharthan was willing for unity but the PLOTE cadres in Vavuniya (Plote stronghold) were unwilling to align with the TELO (also strong in Vavuniya) Likewise the TELO hierarchy was also reluctant to unite with the PLOTE as it feared erosion of support in the Wanni. Finally the PLOTE or its political party the Democratic Peoples Liberation Front (DPLF) opted out.

The second was the long standing antipathy of the Tamil Congress towards the Federal Party (Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi) and its successor the TULF. The Tamil Congress wanted all parties to unite under the Tamil Congress symbol of cycle and contest instead of the TULF’s sun.

Dr. Yogalakshmi Ponnambalam was then the dominant personality in the Tamil Congress as her husband Kumar Ponnambalam had been killed on January 2000.After protracted discussions held at her residence she consented to unite and contest under the sun symbol.

Similarly some stalwarts in the TULF were also reluctant to unite with the Congress and other ex-militant groups but gradually they were won over or reduced to silence.

Parallel Courses

Even as these discussions continued two parallel courses of action were also on. One was the sudden phenomenon of leaflets and statements to the press by hitherto unheard of organizations like Sankiliyan padai, Kulakkottan padai and Pandara Vanniyan padai.

While “padai” means force the other references were to regional rulers like King Sankili of Jaffna, Kulallottan monarch of Trincomalee and chieftain Pandaravanniyan of Adankapatru. All these leaflets and statements urged Tamil unity and threatened those not cooperating with punitive action. They were given wide publicity in Tamil newspapers.

The other parallel course of action was the well-meaning efforts of some Colombo based prominent Tamils to bring about overall Tamil unity. These Tamils comprised leading businessmen, professionals and social workers. Some of them were involved in discussions with counterparts in Batticaloa striving for unity. The efforts of these “Colombo” based Tamils also played a major role in unity talks.

At the penultimate stages the LTTE in the Wanni got directly involved. Some leaders of the TULF, Tamil Congress, TELO and EPRLF were contacted by telephone and urged to unite and contest under the TULF “Sun” symbol. The LTTE factor galvanised the negotiating parties into concluding talks successfully

A working agreement among the TULF,ACTC, EPRLF and TELO was reached to form a coalition known as the “Thamizh Thesieeya Kootamaippu” or Tamil National Alliance . The TNA would contest under the TULF symbol. A scheme apportioning candidates to each party in the different electoral istricts was also agreed upon.

The formation of the Tamil National Alliance was announced through a press communiqué dated October 22nd 2001.The TNA was born!

(TO BE CONTINUED)

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

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155 Comments

  1. Thanks for this great analysis.

    TNA has taken right stand and distanced itself from “Thuroga Puligal”. There are still some “running dogs of tigers/VP” trying to destroy Tamils unity. These running dogs Sivajilingam and “Kutherai” Gajendran soon will disappear from the scene. There are chances these people may become running dogs of Gotta. All the signs are there pointing to that direction

  2. Mr Jeyaraj, nothing short of coutnry’s unitary status will be acceptable for the majority of the population of the country.

    The sacrifices the country and the people were made to do and the hardships the people were made to undergo in the last 30 years (by a section of the tamil minority, sponsored by the tamil minority) will justify nothing less.

    It is time that evrybody realises this.

  3. What the TNA did to the Thamil people by licking the LTTE “kundi” cannot be forgiven or forgotten

    DBS you think Thamils wont to give second chance for TNA if they correct the party

    But I dont think that will happen

    The TNA like the LTTE must be thrown into dustbin of history

    Thamil people need new beginning and fresh leaders

  4. Dear DBS, Again a fantastic piece.The need of the hour is a pragmatic leadership as suggested by Chandrahasan,son of Thanathai selva.People who really think of the welfare of the Tamils should realize that the illfated policy of the two major tamil parties,Tamil congress and Federal party brought disaster to the Tamil people and country.I listened to a news in Tamilnadu Jeya channel that for the first time lawyers in Tamilnadu were allowed to argue in courts in Tamil language.In Sri Lanka we have been enjoying for a long time.We have to be realistic.If we want we can speak many big things and further destroy our people.Total rejection of TNA is the need of the hour.

  5. Correct to say that the TNA was a forced alliance, and there inevitably would be a breakdown when the LTTE was no longer hanging over them with a gun, but the truth is that, whilst Tamil speakers form around a quarter of the population their representation is sorely split between two Muslim parties, two Hill Tamil parties, Ganesan’s buch, heaven knows how many Lankan Tamil groups, and then the Tamils who support either of the two mainstream parties.

    Considering that many aspects, particularly the inferior role of Tamil in practice in the administration, affect all Tamil speakers equally, you’d think there would be some prospect of a coalition at least. Fuggedaboudit.

  6. Lets face it Sambandan has a stand. If the Tamils go against the Indians, then we will be forever slaves to the Singhala chauvinism.
    Poonambalam family shouldn’t be mentioned when it comes to Tamil aspirations. From GG to Kumar to Gajen….they are nothing but dirty bastards. Look how Jr has split up with TNA and what he planned to achieve for the Tamils?

  7. Dear DBSJ,

    Good come back after a long silence. I was starved without your informative and analytical articles.

    I knew that LTTE was not behind the creation of TNA. Some of them involved in uniting the Thamizh parties are no more. They were systematically assassinated and many fled the country. If I am not mistaken it was originally encouraged by the Association of Eastern Journalists. Correct me if I am wrong.

    It is sad to see umpteen divisions in the Thamizh community now. Looking at the list of candidates, it seems like all who can afford the needed deposit are contesting the elections.

    Thank you for your article once again, looking forward for the next one.

    Blessings!

  8. I hope & pray peole in North & east will use thier vote wisely.
    The would be elected representives be accountable to the poeple and bring about normalcy back to the wounded region.
    I have this hunch that North & east have ogt a 2nd chance to thrive back to what it was 30yrs ago.

    No more violence and thrive in justice.

    Give our children a chance to live and a room for hope.
    We were grown up in a hopeless enviorenment. Our education was distrupted , terror and mistrust and death surrounded our youth. I don;t want my children to grow up in this enviorenment.

    this tiny island should not be seperated or devided it’s not practicle. Its time tamil political parties regain the trust of the sihala majority… this does not mean to become stooges of the ruling polity.

    There should be sensitivity and flexibility. Learn from the mistakes in the past and overcome the misery.

    Whoever elected have a great reponsibility to rehab the war victims.

  9. DBS

    Congrats for a fine article

    I agree with you that TNA must be supported if they reform the pary and become pragmatic

    The Tamils desparately need a strong,unified political leadership and voice

  10. Thambi DBS

    Thanks thambi for this very responsible article

    We the Tamil people are in a very tragic situation. We need a united,powerful voice

    You have realised this and written with lots of feeling and sincerity

    May God protect and preserve tha Tamils

  11. Jeyaraj annai

    I respect you very much because you was one of few Tamils who bravely criticised LTTE when they was powerful

    You told then LTTE must change or face defeat and will bring the Tamils down

    Many LTTE people attacked you very badly for telling that

    Now you have shown you was right. LTTE is no more as you predicted

    My respect goes very high for you because of this true article

    You have told the truth once again

  12. DBS,
    “The TNA collaborated with the LTTE in enforcing a boycott of the 2005 presidential poll that brought Mahinda Rajapaksa to power”

    Everybody took this as gospel truth, including me. But after the presidential elections I am not quite sure. If allowed by LTTE , TNA would certainly organise the Tamil votes into one block which would enable RAjapaksha to the play the ethnic card gaining more Sinhala votes. It looks like Rajapakshe knows the numbers. I believe this time he did not want TNA support at all and quite on purpose pushed them into the other camp.

  13. after all this ditruction n suffering still tamils r holding on to thier tribal n communal politics founded in early 1900s wchich lead to all this n stil unable to learn…….

  14. Dbs Anna

    Thank you for this lovely article. You have written with genuine concern for welfare of our people

    I pray to our thamil kadavul murugapperuman that we tamils rise from this fall and become happy,peaceful and prosperos again

    I pray for you too dbs anna that you continue to use your pen fearlessly and truthfully for the benefit of our people

  15. The Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka have to select the acceptable from among a vast number of poor quality contestants at the forth coming general elections. We do not have the leaders we need, when we need them most. A very sad situation for a people who are trying to come out of virtual hell seeking the norms of earth, if not heaven. Who ever they choose, the Tamils will pay a price, which they can ill afford at this juncture of our history. May the Tamils in Sri Lanka be saved from their leaders!

    The TNA and its manifesto reminds me of an adult yet yearning for his mother’s milk!. The Tamils do not need mother’s milk now, but a different nutritional regime to re-build their persons, societies and economy, totally damaged by the mindless pursuit of an ‘Illusion’. They need a new vision, a new mission and a new strategy. What we have on offer instead is same and more of the old nonsense and utter foolishness.

    We jumped from a mildly heated frying pan into a raging fire and were badly burnt. We may be driven now to drown in the mighty ocean, because of the type of men and women we are being forced to elect!!

    -Dr.Rajasingham Narendran-

  16. As long as minorities practice minority politics and not national politics SL will go down the drain and the disunity will be used by foreign countries to destabilise .

  17. Dear Mr. Jeyaraj,

    this is a bit off the topic. But kindly publish this, so some Tamils who think that we Sinhalese are all out to eliminate Tamils from Sri Lanka can see, that this is not true.

    In fact, I always said, if two different races can harmoniously coexist on this planet, it’s the Tamils and the Sinhalese. We are so similar!

    http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20100327_05

  18. 18. Nimmi:- DBS is too optimistic about future of Tamils. I see no hope. We are doomed. Such is fate
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    I am a Sinhalese who has lived with Tamils for quite for some time in my life. I have great hope for the Tamil people. They will rise again. But Tamils must realise they also need to work together with the Sinhalese for peace and prosperity. It is not a one way street.
    But if you think the future of Tamils is a the establishment of a seperate state, then you are right if you are not optimistic about that.

  19. There is no doubt that TNA is the running dogs of the LTTE. While they created hatred among communities but look after themselves. They are now irrelevant to the Tamils in Srilanka. Only Douglas Devananda and EPDP have helped Tamils during critical times. When food was on short supply in Jaffna peninsula due to LTTE attacks on ships, Douglas Devananda arranged food shipments from Southern India. Moreover, EPDP has never run away from Tamil community but they stayed with the Tamil community and helped especially under privilege people. On the other hand LTTE and its overseas supporters used under privilege people as cannon folders.underprivilage people as cannon folders.

  20. Kumar

    Dont try to do propaganda for Duggie and EPDP here

    EPDP responsible for killing and abduction of so many Tamils suspected of supporting tigers in jaffna.

    EPDP asks businesspeople for money and if they refuse to give killed them as tiger supporters

    EPDP also killed many TULF supporters saying falsely they were tiger supporters

    Duggie made millions through deal with INdia to import food stuff to Jaffna

    Today Duggie and his younger brother Thayanantha make millions through many deals like running transport buses, buying and selling goods and getting detained people released for money. Kappam goes on regularly

    EPDP joined military intelligence to establish terror in Jaffna

    Other Tamil politicans ran away from Jaffna to escape EPDP

    Even now EPDP runds Island areas like a dictator.Other parties not allowed to do election campaign there

    Dont try to deceive readers with your bullshit about EPDP kumar

  21. DBS,
    As a Singhalese, I can only hope that the Tamils of the north and east will reject the communal politics and work with the other racial groups to work together. That is the only way this country can go forward and bring permanent peace.

  22. You are right when you said that a solution should be found within a united sri lanka, if not in a unitary sri lanka. Yes the solution should be found within united sri lanka.

  23. Nice article DBS
    Helps non-Tamils like me to understand intricacies of Tamil politics.

    I too wish the TNA to reform and play a responsible role

  24. dear jey,

    it has been some time since u wrote an article and i was just waiting like a hungry man waiting for the waiter to bring food in a hotel.every article of yours is a revealation about srilankan tamil history.

    i hope tna is successfull in its new avatar shorn of lttes backing it should evolve into a matured party representing srilankan tamils voicing their aspirations and discontents.one of the perplexing thing i have noted in recent past i dont know whether u read rajapakshes interview i guess fifteen days back in hindu where he said he was opposed to federal structure citing incidents in india where congress president was not given due respect by the concerned chief minister hence i am wary of federal structure.

    it is churlish on rajapakshes part to cite some trivial incident to deny the aspirations of tamils of north and east.personally he is committed to 13th amendment which is nothing but merger of north and east of srilanka into a single state to be governed by a chief minister.in fact one chief minister was there shri.varadaraja perumal though he had to subsequently take refuge in india.

    india is a federal country though powers are unequal with centre having an upper hand when u go down the history of indian politics u can find governors of the states doing the bidding of centre acting as an agent of central government even going to an extent of dismissing chief ministers though this has been not happening due to supreme court verdict in bommai case.rajapakshe cant take refuge if he wants a genuine democracy to flower not only to benefit tamils even to sinhalese and other communities he needs to give powers to provinces which will result in power reaching the people in a remote village.

    let all provinces get reasonable power and he can be a president who will oversee the overall structure of srilanka rather doing that he cant cite some trivial incident and assume that if he visits kandy temple what if the chief minister of that province does not receive him it is not a mature comment from a politician of rajapakshes stature.

    ps-shan and other sinhalese friends please eschew the idea of unitary srilanka it has been the cause of all the problems and i hope that federal srilanka does not mean establishment of separate eelam.

  25. 28. Ranjan from Toronto

    I wish that all the sections of the sri lankan politics accomodate each other and live harmoniously for a united and prosperous sri lanka.

  26. Hi Mr. DBSJ.

    As usual, excellent writing.

    Post-LTTE TNA, will emerge stronger under Mr. R Sambanthan and will emerge as a strong voice for N & E people, irrespective of ethnicity.

    Eagerly waiting for the next part.

    # 26 Kumar,

    Are you the “Doggie” Devananda’s propaganda secretary?

    #14 Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka;

    How are you doing in your new job?

    I always disagreed with your opinions, nevertheless, glad to see a fellow Sri-lankan shining.

    All the best to you!

  27. Siva,

    Please tell me why Tigers supporters shouldn’t be killed?

    Excerpts from DBS article

    “The tigers may have gone but the ill- effects of tigerism linger. Velupillai Prabhakaran along with his followers, minions, sycophants and fellow-travelers has wrought great and possibly irreparable harm on the long –suffering Tamil people. The Tamils are a battered and shattered people without even a glimpse of a glimmer at the end of a deep,dark tunnel.”

    “From ruthless taxation to brutal conscription the tigers exploited and oppressed the Tamil people”

    This is what Traitor VP and his supporters brought to Tamils. LTTE supporters deserved the same fate what our people had.

    I am not supporter of EPDP, compare to traitor VP, Douglas is better. Douglas brought food/medicine to Tamils. VP stole all the foods/medicine that was sent to our people and used this as a weapon against our in the height of war.

    Wake up man

  28. Wow…..some more rewriting of history by Mr.Jayaraj. Get this straight, TNA was created by LTTE as its political face.
    Anyway it is a superbly written article with great command of the language. If only facts were right…..

  29. Guys, the majority of SL Tamils knew whether VP or Doggie fought for the Tamils.

    The few who try to promote the traiteors as heros will only be laughed at.

    The elections results in Tamil areas has told us in the past and will continue to tell us in the future whether VP or Doggie is the traitor.

    But, at the end of the day all these election results will not provided a solution to the Tamils as in the past ,since 1948, unless there is some foreign intervention.

    The Sinhalese polity is incapable in looking Tamils as equals. All these unitary country talk is just to keep the Tamils under sinhalese control and not to live with Tamils in harmony.

    DBSJ is right that Tamils are in a pathetic situation today because the International community (IC) could not influence or control the Tigers. The Tigers lacked the political savy to win the IC.

    But, that does not mean Tamils should surrender to the Sinhalese in SL. They should have a clear goal and make use of the relatively richer, influential and strategically placed Diaspora to continue their struggle in world capitals and expose the injustices of the SL govt relentelssly until the IC decides to act in SL.

    At that time, the IC will decide unitary or separate. The Sinhalese leadership has no capactity in doing the right thing for the Tamils due to greed, and is continue to risk a separate country for Tamils.

  30. At that time, the IC will decide unitary or separate.

    The IC won’t do anything of the sort. Westphalia precepts stand high and it’s not going to go around interfering. India is a different matter, and is the only country that matters. The diaspora are largely an irrelevancy.

  31. Aravinda Fernando (#36)

    It looks like that you havent read or understood what DBS has written here about the formation of the TNA.Otherwise tou wont have exposed your stupid ignorance this way

  32. I endorse what Sulakshana says about Aravinda Fernando’s comment

    I just cant simply understand how anyone could accuse DBS of not getting his facts right about the TNA when he has outlined its origin with lots of details

    I think writing for readers like AF is casting pearls before swine

  33. Comment # 38.

    Remember Kosovo – IC will decide, but UN and/or India will be the instrument.

    Beg to differ on diaspora. – The single largest threat to the Sinhalese polity in its ambition in controlling Tamil destiny after the LTTE’s demise is the diaspora. Not the TNA or any other the local Tamil group. Ther White vans will take care of those threats easily.

  34. To
    DBS Anna

    Thanks for writing this article on TNA at this time. Good for our people to know all the facts before voting

  35. 37. M FERN:

    majority of SL Tamils knew whether VP or Doggie fought for the Tamils… The Tigers lacked the political savy to win the IC. Tamils should … have a clear goal and make use of the relatively richer, influential and strategically placed Diaspora to continue their struggle in world capitals and expose the injustices of the SL govt relentelssly until the IC decides to act in SL.
    At that time, the IC will decide unitary or separate.

    Food for thought for the Sinhalese.

  36. The point is even now TNA can not do anti LTTE politics. They have to be genuine in serving the interest of the Tamils. EPDP and Kruna’s Groups will never become major force in Tamil politics. They are seen as nothing more then murdering gangs of SL government.

    There is simple problem here is that some people are refusing to accept this reality, Tamil people always support the LTTE. They do recognise their sincere effort to create separate state. And in the process they carried out assassinations and ill treatment of people who seems to be betraying the cause.

    No point in trying to fool every on by saying Tamils going to vote TNA because they have forgiven them for supporting LTTE. They will vote because they know in absence of LTTE a party aligned with LTTE will do better service to the people.

    By the way TNA has not asked forgiveness or given up the
    rights of Tamil, they are still taking a firm stance against the oppressor.

  37. Timely & topical article Mr.Jeyaraj.

    Once again you’ve minced no words and have told the tale truthly

    Awaiting the next one eagerly

  38. Dear Dbsj

    At last one from you. We were waiting and waiting and bullshitting on the blog. Good one you selected. Very relevent and timely and good that you meticulously gave the history of the TNA. I also was not very sure of its history. It was like a sambol for me.

    One thing is clear, the demise of the LTTE has paved the way again for peaceful politics to appear again in tamil areas. the Sinhala leaders should encourage this without using violence and intimidation on tamil politicians in future and also accede to any fair and reasonable demands without being arrogant. Otherwise when you cut the ground under the feet of the tamil politicians and undermine and humiliate them they lose their importance and respect to their people and the vacuum is filled up by opportunistic elements bent on creating mischief.

    This is a golden opportunity for sinhalese and tamil politicians to make a fresh start and rethink their past policies and behaviour and try to earn the respect of the people for their mutual benefit in strengthing the democratic process and thus keeping out those who think that the bullet is better than the ballot. The ballot has its shortcomings but we have to refine it and get it better and better in order to serve the people instead of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    On a more serious not, DBSj your photos are as usual out of this world. The snarling sambanthan with the glass looks like the beauty and the beast. The sinhalese will get the shits and be terrified out of their wits. I can see many restless nights for them, especially on full moon poya nights with dreams of sampanthan looking like a carnivore going to gobble them up, then mahinda appearing beaming with raised hand, then sambandan and so forth

  39. Hey XSrilankan @# 44

    After reading your idiotic comment I was happy that you have severed links with Sri Lanka &call yourself EX Sri Lankan

    Good riddance of bad rubbish

    Please,please remain ex – Sri Lanka

    Dont ever think of becoming Sri Lankan again

  40. Sri Lankan Tamils will never forget the treacherous activities of TNA (or more appropriate name of Tiger Nominated Agents.) Up to now we could not find any credible Tamil politician to vote for. The best option now is to vote for parties against the UPFA and strengthen the opposition in order to prevent the government getting two third majority.

  41. Dear DBS, Thanks to bring an article like this to make our people to think of their past mistakes.Before we are deceided and urged for the decimation of reactionary ,criminal and Mafia LTTE or Tamil Tigers. Now our arch enemy is TNA or Tamil National Alliance.Both of them are anti -people ,anti -Srilanka and a pro-imperialist stooges. Tamil have suffered for the last 60years not only by the Sinhala Zovinism but also by the Tamil racism.The TNA is the continuation of the Tami racism.
    Therefore it must be totally defeated in the coming parliament election.Before LTTE was the arch enemy of the Tami people ,srilankan people ,Indian peopl and Southasian people .Now TNA is the arch enemy and it must be defeated and anihilated from the political scene of the people.
    Here we can hear some words of the genuine voices like ,Dr. Rajasingam N -22,Nanthakumar-4, Jan -23,and 25 ect. As he mentioned about the TNA is ont only the running dog of the LTTE but also it is the running dog of the Imperialism .I hope the Dayan Thilaka also making a mistake in asking to reform the TNA. TNA canot be reformed and it must be totally anihilated just like LTTE

  42. Unlike in 2004 where you had pro-terrorists but non-violent TNA running for election, we now have in the North-East pro-government terrorists, the EPDP and TMVP contesting and winning elections. Discussion of TNA cannot be made without any reference to these two groups and the role they play in Tamil polity. Will these two terror groups let the Tamils vote the way they want to and why is it any different from the way the LTTE didn’t allow the Tamils to vote freely? These two groups have powerful backing, the Rajapaksa regime who after all were responsible for the murder of the three TNA MPs.

    If those elected in the North East did not necessarily reflect Tamil aspirations in 2004, that certainly is not going to happen in 2010 with the Rajapaksa regime in full control. The 2010 Presidential elections sort of gave it away on how the Tamils will vote in a free election. Don’t you think the regime and the two terror groups are aware of this and are working behind the scenes to ensure a favourable vote for them in the North East irrespective of how the Tamils vote. Unlike in the Presidential elections where in the lead up to it, there was some uncertainty on how the Sinhalese would vote, with the Parliamentary elections, the results are almost certain in the Sinhala south freeing the regime to artificially massage the Tamil vote.

  43. #14 Dayan Jayathillake has finally landed in the correct forum. I note he was chased away from the Sunday Leader blog by Suren Siriwardane (under Milinda Moragada piece)

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Your comment has nothing to do with my article and only displays your antipathy towards Dayan. I have released it this time but will not allow such posts in the future

    I have been posting Dayan’s articles on http://www.transcurrents.com for many years now. He is one of the few writers who responds to reader comments frequently. Though I have been disappointed by most readers who simply attack him on a personal level without discussing the pros and cons of his views. It is a pity that readers do not engage him constructively.

    Dayan has also been posting his comments to articles written by others .He also posts comments occasionally to my articles. I appreciate his input greatly

    So please understand that this is not the first time Dayan has commented here.I also think it wont be his last

    As for your reference to “The Sunday Leader” and insinuation that Dayan has been “Chased away” I have not read the article or comments in question

    It is also not a matter of concern or interest here

    But I must say it is laughable to say that anyone could “Chase” Dayan away from any website

    I dont think Dayan is in desperate need of fora to publicise his views. Newspapers like “The Island””Lakbima News” and “Daily Mirror” publish him regularly and would continue to do so

    In addition websites such as “Transcurrents” “Groundviews” and “Sri Lanka Guardian” will also post his articles

    He is also published by reputed international journals of an academic nature. Also many international media organs interview him frequently

    So get it out of your head that Dayan has no place to articulate his views and that he has been chased away

    Let me end this on a personal note by saying that I value Dayan’s writing greatly and will continue to post them as long as I run these websites. I am honoured that he contributes to Transcurrents and my blog through articles and comments

  44. TNA is the only hope for the SL Tamils (NE) they have given their stand correctly they will have to solve their internal politics in a democracy way.

    They are joining the hands with India what ever the sin caused by India, Tamil only can go with India and solve the issue.

    Because India is protecting SL now with bigger cost and will be able to influence the MR.

    With refer to the resent interview by the MR saying no (federal method) solution

    The only hope is to influence India to act.

  45. I don’t think post-1977, once Sivasithamparam joined the TULF, the Tamil Congress ever had a major constituency. It was always a party of GG’s family. It looks like Mr. A. Vinayagamoorthy, the lawyer who used to be with TC, is now contesting in Jaffna under ITAK. Maybe Gajen Ponnambalam’s desire to make his party in his own image contributed to that. It appears there hasn’t been any discussion of that in the english language news sources that expatriates usually follow.

  46. Tamil-speaking people in the NE need to support the ITAK and give them a chance to find a negotiated solution to the conflict.

    “Velupillai Prabhakaran along with his followers, minions, sycophants and fellow-travelers has wrought great and possibly irreparable harm on the long –suffering Tamil people. The Tamils are a battered and shattered people without even a glimpse of a glimmer at the end of a deep,dark tunnel.”

    I urge DBS to write a comphrehensive article on this subject; our children and future generation ought to understand above truth clearly.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear KC

    I share your concern but I do wonder whether there is any use in writing? I have been repeatedly criticising the LTTE on certain aspects and warning that the tigers are undermining the Tamil people

    Now it has happened.

    But even now I see any realisation or remorse in those sections of the Tamil people who contributed to this situation

    In fact they are worsening a bad situation by their tragi-comic tactics

    I really dont know what good will come by writing on the lines you’ve suggested though I often think about it

    In fact I am so dejected by the Tamil plight and the continuing march of folly by these so -called Tamil “nationalists” that I feel like “Thamarai ILaith Thanneer” (Water on a lotus leaf)

  47. Singala modayas think they can pack Sambandan home. By Doing so they think the Tamil mouth is Shut . Tamils are no modayas like the southerners. They will vote for MR to suffer more. Good Luck Southerners

  48. #55 Bob,

    You need to revisit your comment and post a decent new comment.

    What are you trying to achieve by posting your comment?

    I don’t believe anyone is trying to pack Mr. Sambanthan home.

    Only people can do that and in this case it’s the Tamil voters in the up coming parliamentary election in Trincomalee.

    Please leave the Sinhalese alone, they can’t decide his fate.

    FYI: Modayas exists in every community.

  49. it makes me laugh when tamils say ‘sinhalaya modaya’.

    at the end of the day tamils are the people who were fooled.

    please tamil brothers stop those kind of attitude.

    sorry mr jeyaraj i am off the topic.

  50. #55-Bob

    You are constantly using the word modayas to describe the sinhalese. It shows you have not moved closely with the sinhalese. See what the modayas did to the LTTE. So who was the modaya? Have you seen how many good chess players the sinhalese have. Can you play chess if you are a modaya.

    I don’t know how this concept of sinhala modayas originated, but i suspect must be due to the fact that tamils were entering university much more than their national percentage. This is not a very good yardstick to judge IQ. Our system of education is one big cram course where you have to just sit and cram and cram and burn the midnight oil. Additionally the parents keep on pounding tamil children saying if you don’t study because you are a minority you will be finished and scare the shit out of them. I know very talented cricketers in junior school dropping out of the game due to parental pressure.

    Also you have to understand that the vast majority of sinhalese did not have great schools like in jaffna and colombo and also dedicated teachers.

    So you are the modaya to judge others like this. Your constant reference to this word shows that racism works both ways.

  51. And bob continuing on that note of cramming i once met a guy from jaffna who was doing a internationally renowned professional course and was stuck in the final stage. He could not speak 2 words of english properly and i wondered how the hell he had come to this final stage. He told me he used to put his feet into a bucket of hot water and also put a hot water towel on his head starting one month before the exam and sleep only about 3 or 4 hours.

  52. #2 – Shan wrote:

    “The sacrifices the country and the people were made to do and the hardships the people were made to undergo in the last 30 years (by a section of the tamil minority, sponsored by the tamil minority) will justify nothing less.”

    Who do you think suffered more during these 30 years, the majority or the tamil minority? What hardship did the majority go through in the South that they are not going through even now or will be free from in the future? Other than Colombo, how has life changed for the people in the South now that the war is over? If anything, the war gave jobs to the poor in the South who became soldiers and earned a living for their families. Sure they lost limbs ad lives in the war, but it was either that or continue in poverty like they are bound to return to now that the war is over. Even in Colombo, the disappearances continue even though the war is over, only difference is that more Sinhalese people are now disappearing. Fools in the government are gloating over the fact that there have been no bombs since the war was over. Gee, I suppose the bomb that turned the residence and van of that opposition supporter into black rubble during the Presidential election does not count as a bomb, it was a fire-cracker was it?

    “Mr Jeyaraj, nothing short of coutnry’s unitary status will be acceptable for the majority of the population of the country.
    It is time that evrybody realises this.”

    Ahhh…..Music to the separatists’ ears. See, its people like you who guarantee that a “united” Sri Lanka will never be in peace and gives bounds of hope to those that want a completely separate state. You are the people who will sow the seeds for Prabhakaran number 2 , whether he surfaces 10 years, 50 years or even a 100 years from now.

    Remember the famous saying: Even if one suffers the torment of hell and is ground under the unrelenting wheel of oppression to be broken in will and rendered completely submissive – his offspring, born after the fact, and fresh in blood, knows none of it , and will therefore rise in full, just like he did.

    Also: One may try to completely destroy a species of plant by burning, uprooting, etc., but none of that touches the seeds of the plant germinating in the soil.

    #35 – Maran:

    ” am not supporter of EPDP, compare to traitor VP, Douglas is better. Douglas brought food/medicine to Tamils.”

    Then why did Douglas lose the last elections in the Wanni and Jaffna to the LTTE supporting TNA so badly?

    “VP stole all the foods/medicine that was sent to our people and used this as a weapon against our in the height of war.”

    How do you use food and medicine as a weapon? Were they throwing food at the people at the height of the war? Perhaps they tried to tie the people up using string-hoppers?

  53. #55 Bob,
    So for you Singhalayas are the modays. Then what would you call the Tamils who for 30 years totally backed a murderer and has absolutely nothing to show for that?

  54. #54-kc.

    DBSJ did write once an article ( for LTTE 33rd anniversary) prior to war ended detailing the infinite suffering of Tamil people brought by LTTE. I am a Sinhalese who looked upon the end of war with uncontrollable sorrow. Yet how the diaspora supported the holding of civilians while the the SL forces had closed eyes and ears and proceeded with the attack was most distasteful. Only a handful of the Tamils had the courage to say “Let my people go”. And only DBSJ had the courage to talk about “Course correction”.

  55. 60. Rajah

    On the one hand, we accused GOSL use food as weapon by establishing various blockade. When War criminal VP used the same method to make Vanni people obey them, Some Mathanamthhas can’t accept this.
    You are asking me how food can be used as weapon. This shows your literacy level. Mate, come to me I will show you how to use food as weapon. Once I stopped your one meal, you will come to me crawling and begging.
    Open blind eye and read various reports that were written by AI, UTHR………..

  56. Dear DBS

    Some of the Tamil political parties are supported by Tamil Diaspora Tigers. Tamil Diaspora Tigers are divided in two group. One is headed by Uruthirakumar and he is a moderate leader. The opposing leader is Nediyavan. He is a fanatic and want to start the war again. The point here is Nediyavan is sopporting Ponnambalam. If Ponnambalm wins only god can help Tamils.

  57. Dear DBSJ
    “The Tamils are a battered and shattered people without even a glimpse of a glimmer at the end of a deep,dark tunnel”
    Very True sir
    But they never lost their hope. Once had hope on Mother India then on friend Norway Now on the Surgeon UN.
    let us have hope.
    Sivasi

  58. Great article DBSJ, although you took your time since the last one.

    Diaspora can do a big favour to the Tamil community by not pushing toomuch for a separate state in this little island.
    What you guys can do is help your kith and kin directly to lift their living standard, just like the way you did help to build a ruthless terrorist outfit. Atleast now wake up for yourselves and stop destroying this beautiful island and make your own relations’ lives miserable. I know there are some people who will say lifting the living standard of Tamil people is the government’s job,but lets face it
    if you can colllect millions and millions of dollars to kill people, surely you can spend some money to help people to live.

  59. Thanx DB,

    BUT all those are history repeating, nothing else. Most important thing in Tamil politics in post LTTE arena is find a way of joining with main stream politics and parties. Tamils must send representatives to the parliament through main Sri Lankan parties and pay a major role within the parties to hold major responsibilities head to head with Sinhalese leaders to achieve country level goals & objectives, rather than distinct Tamil objectives which will open doors North & East to bring prosperity & development in style equally as other parts of the country in the future. Grievance politics or Tamil based politics won’t give any better to Tamils. Gathering all ruined Tamil parties won’t strength Tamil values but will again drive in the same ‘Grievance chanting’ path and work away from Sri Lankan national politics.

    This is the point that all educated & intelligent Tamils who willing to lead modern era of Tamil politics must understand today.

  60. Srilankan tamils should unitedly vote for Rajapakse party, if they wish to avail any reasonable previleges in near future. They should trust the national leader keeping away race , religion and creed.

    None of the Tamil leaders or political leaders at the moment have any capability or integrity to represent the Tamils.

    It would be in their best interest for common Tamil people to follow a powerful Sinhalese leader who has the autority and power to do something good, than rely on infighting tamil political leaders and splinter groups.

  61. LTTE WILL CAME BACK IN FULL FORE WITH THE SUPPORT OF WEST

    SL idiots had to suck the Chineses ass again – but that will not happen. India – No way

    Wait Till April

  62. Timely article from dbs jeyaraj. It is clear that gotta set up a

    trap in the name of tamil nationalism and some of so called

    tamil nationalist media is bought by government intelligence.

  63. DBS
    This is a good article.but for historical purposes i very much like to know whether Mr Amirthalingam was the first defeated canddidate to be nominated as Member of Parliament on the National List?

    I am not sure. Hope someone will clarify…………DBSJ

  64. 65 # Sivasi

    ” But they never lost their hope. Once had hope on Mother India then on friend Norway Now on the Surgeon UN.
    let us have hope. ”

    Ever heard of ” operation successful, but patient dead “. Prognosis does not appear promising.

  65. 57. wickramaratne

    We Tamils are the real “Modayas”.

    How on earth we accepted the “Greatest Tamil Modaya VP” as our leader unless we are “modayas”.

    Sad reality,,,

  66. Dear DBSJ,

    You are so partial and just try to critisize LTTE. I dont LTTE is right in everything but You being in Canada, just write against us .

    I hope you are the son of a Tamil mother who had the milk from her breast. Do not betray tamils. I know you will not publish this. But atleast I want you to feel it.

    Karikalan

  67. DBSJ

    Beautiful well written analysed article

    This brought to the light of Anal Eyesd Patriotics of Dogclass Devananda fan like Kumar. Now I realize Why this Dogclass does not use Toilet paper

  68. Dear All

    Please accept my appologies for writing ” Singala modayas- I did nit mean it . Shankar says I did not move with the Sinhala commmunity. I studied in Colombo ( Hot hammered by Singala Thuggeries during lunch time by Lunch plates . yes It Was Royal College. 90 % of whom I speak or correspond are sinhales in SL OZ UK USA. I should not have commented in such an indecent way . What I am Trying to say is If the Sinhalese Politicians are clever – This Phrase never erupted & Ill be not writing like this btw My wife is from Karalliyatta in the Kandy area & we had our wedding in Porumwa ceremony- Reason being my family was in fear to travel to Kandy to witness my wedding.

    Sorrry Sorry Sorry Sorry
    budusaranai

  69. Further Friend after my apology DBSJ should know about the Diyagala Muduna Pasale – Called Diyagala Boys Town School of Printing – adjoining St Benedicst Cricket Grounds. This was funded by Germa Govt..Those who want to beleive me I was ths asst editior- being a Tamil for the most Popoula SITTHARA – carton.magazine.Those who remember kelum & DEDUNU IN” iTHIN eeTA pASSSE . sARATHMADU USED TO ASK ME SOME TAMIL IDEAS TO INSERT It Was Camiluss Perera and Chinthana Jayasen who were running the show. . If you have a copy of 1980-1982 editions please see the imprint for my name. Imprint is a mandatory requirement by thje govt for archives purp[ose. If I have offended any one ., please accept my apppology

  70. Let me end this on a personal note by saying that I value Dayan’s writing greatly and will continue to post them as long as I run these websites. I am honoured that he contributes to Transcurrents and my blog through articles and comments

    So you’re going to be reprinting the one where he advised Mahinda not to have elections in the East but to put Karuna in charge by force.

    I gave up taking seriously anything Dayan wrote after that.

  71. Dear R Pathmanathan and shankar,

    Thank you for standing against bob’s “modaya” statements, but as a Sinhala I was not very offended or upset (unlike some others here). As you pointed out there are modayas in every community and we are no exception.

    Shankar, the last paragraph in #46 was hilarious and I was laughing until the “shits” came out. Yes there are Sinhalese out there who are irrationally terrified of the prospect of Sambandan and the TNA sweeping the Tamil vote even though there is no more LTTE or terrorism.

    Personally I am an Anandasangaree fan and would like to see him succeed, but his support base was destroyed by the LTTE. If the TNA unifies the Tamil votes and wins the democratic vote fair and square then we Sinhalese will have to negotiate with them in good faith.

  72. Comment # 43.

    Navin, while you have highlighted the important points in my comment you have missed the main point, SINHALA GREED.

    In my humble view, SINHALA GREED will be the most important factor that will determine whether SL will remain unitary or not in the long term.

    The SINHALA GREED to control the Tamil destiny is now becoming increasingly visible to the international community. The Tamil wife has said no many many times to her unfair raping Sinhala husband. But, with the help of likely minded friends, the Sinhala husband has managed to beat the shit out his Tamil wife recently in Mullivaikal to submission. But, the hospitalized Tamil wife is still saying no to her unfair husband, as expected.

    Can we expect the world to allow this relationship to continue for ever?

  73. I am neither Singhala not Tamil. I’ve been following the Tamil issues for more than a year now and I don’t understand one thing: why the Singhalese panic when there’s talk about Eelam. Why Tamils must work with the majority harmony and so on. Why they are not allowed to seek independence. No autonomy is allowed, no federal solution is allowed, not to speak about independence. Tamil lands are colonized … perhaps no Tamil majority areas will exist in 20-30 years.

    People are saying the LTTE was bad. But the SL government was at least the same. Out of 100,000 people that died in the conflict a minority was Singhala. Most of them were Tamils, so the answer is obvious.

    I don not agree with children used in the conflict, that was a mistake. Perhaps there were other mistakes made by the LTTE, but they only tried to defend the people. Look what happens now. The Tamils are at the mercy of SL military.

  74. Comment 75 – Karikalan

    Are you saying that just because DBSJ is in Canada that he should not deplore the actions of some Tamils when it should be deplored?

    I challenge you to look into the eyes of mothers in Jaffna who have lost thier children at the hands of the tigers. DBSJ is fearless enough to write against what is wrong, are you?

    He has not betrayed anyone. When you die you do not take your ethinicity of being a Tamil with you. DBSJ has been loyal and faithful to humanity and you have betrayed that in the name of separatist politics. A Tamil who has blood in his hands or who advocates same is not a true Tamil at all, regardless from whose breast one was fed. Grow up.

  75. Comment 75 – Karikalan

    Are you saying that just because DBSJ is in Canada that he should not deplore the actions of some Tamils when it should be deplored?

    I challenge you to look into the eyes of mothers in Jaffna who have lost thier children at the hands of the tigers. DBSJ is fearless enough to write against what is wrong, are you?

    He has not betrayed anyone. When you die you do not take your ethinicity of being a Tamil with you. DBSJ has been loyal and faithful to humanity and you have betrayed that in the name of separatist politics. A Tamil who has blood in his hands or who advocates same is not a true Tamil at all, regardless from whose breast one was fed. Grow up..

  76. If TNA dominates the North and the East ,it will be another disaster for theTamil inhabitants of these two regions.

    Rajapkasa are not going to let Sampathan call the shots this time around. He may call Hatrtals and Satyagrahas and civil disobediences as he has explicilty expressed in his election manifesto.

    If the already long suffering Tamil people are stupid enough to follow this coward again after the monumental tragedy he bestowed upon his own people by siding with VP, then that is their prerogative. One thing for sure is no Eeelams and no Homelands under Rajapaksas.

    It will be aunitary state y with a multicultural mix , where people can live and work in any corner of the country irrespective of their race , caste or religion.

    The biggest loser at the election will be Hon Ranil Wickremasinghe.He is now totally dependant on the good will of Sampathan. If Sampathan fielded TNA cndidates UNP won’t win any seats in their traditional strong holdl in the capital.

    If TNA scores a decent number of seats Ranil will be a total captive of the Sampathan led pro Tiger Diaspora.I am not sure how the true Sinhala UNPers will stomach that.

  77. Great work again..
    Many Tamils are dejected (as per your reply to KC) by the attitude of the so called ‘nationalists’ breakaway mob….I think this mob is sponsored by Nediyavan and Co who are battling their own factional fighting with Ruthrakumaran…
    Equally it is disgusting to see many Tamil ‘Independent’ groups trying to split the vote…(sponsored by Mahinda!)
    I hope the Tamil people are sensible and will unite in their votes…
    Or else..
    Ini Kadavul thaaan Thamizhalara kapatra vendum…

  78. wije 80,

    Thanks for that comment

    You correctly said

    Singhalese has to respect the out come of the election without singing the same song that TNA also LTTE

    Now we need a solution for our motherland a long lasting one

    As a nation lets listen to NE people what they want to say

    We can solve this in the united SL,

    But pls don’t distoly their feeling

    We have to respect the ex LTTE also like the Army they also fought for a reason

    And pls except that Tamils also belong to this SL like a Singhalese or any other SL

    Who also have a long history in SL

  79. #73. Nostradamus
    “Ever heard of ” operation successful, but patient dead “. Prognosis does not appear promising”
    The case is about identical twins. They just attached to their abdomen
    They are ready to donate their body parts to each other. But some other Patients also deadly needed
    Kidneys and livers. If the operation was successful both will live as brothers for ever
    • “In fact, I always said, if two different races can harmoniously coexist on this planet, it’s the Tamils and the Sinhalese. We are so similar!” as Gamini perera says#24
    Let us pray for the safety of the twins
    Sivasi

  80. 55 Bob it is nice of you to apologise for what you said.

    When I was a kid ( about 60 years ago) people used to
    say that Tamil and Muslim people had a little poem, and it goes like this.

    “Sinhalaya modaya, Herali kanna Yodaya”. which means
    Sinhalese are stupid and eat a lot of Jack fruit.

    Now I know this will put a lot of my Sinhala brothers’ noses out of joint.

    Cheers

  81. Sampanthan is the fella that the Sinahlese must be careful. He is more dangerous thatn Prabahakaran. He won’t sleep until he acheives what he wants for the Tamils.

  82. 81. M FERN

    The Tamil wife has said no many many times to her unfair raping Sinhala husband. But, with the help of likely minded friends, the Sinhala husband has managed to beat the shit out his Tamil wife recently in Mullivaikal to submission. But, the hospitalized Tamil wife is still saying no to her unfair husband, as expected.

    Can we expect the world to allow this relationship to continue for ever?

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    Well said Sir.

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    85. Kalu Albert

    It will be aunitary state y with a multicultural mix , where people can live and work in any corner of the country irrespective of their race , caste or religion.

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    Unitary state has brought in a lot of problems to sri lanka. Why not try some other way out within a united sri lanka.

    It is very much in the interest of everybody including Sinhalese to come to terms with this and find a political solution within a united sri lanka.

    FIND A POLITICAL SOLUTION. FIND A POLITICAL SOLUTION. YOU HAVE ONLY GOT A MILITARY SOLUTION IN MULLIVAIKAL.

    Don’t underestimate the undercurrents in your country. Today the Tamils may be defeated, tomorrow they may make a come back.

    See what is happening in Chechnya. A handful of chechens are daring the might of a super power Russia.

    The population of Chechens is hardly 12 lacs or 1.2 million and the population of the Russia is 14 crores or 140 millions.

    They are still not admitting their defeat at the hands of the Russian Govt.

    This is a golden oppurtunity. Take it up in all sincerity. Give a political solution to the Tamils.

    That is good for your island nation.

  83. DBS

    I agree with you that we only have the right to choose the best of what is available in democracy. The choice is not the best or ideal but the best of the worst or the lesser of the evils

    In that sense I have strong criticism of the TNA. I endorse what DBS says about the shemeful way in which the TNA licked lTTE boots

    But in today’s situation I will support the TNA at the polls. I agree with DBS that Tamils need a strong unified voice.I feel TNA is the best of what is available. I strongly urge the TNA to act responsibly

  84. 89. marusira | March 30th, 2010 at 4:38 am
    55 Bob it is nice of you to apologise for what you said.

    Thanks for accepting my appologies. The Main reason I stated SM – it belongs to the sinhalese politicians. Since the 50s they made tamil community as slaves. If in a Parlimaent we are called ” Para Demla ” by the Presidents Brother. PD then turned to SM as the sinhala masses from the villages were not educated & the education standard in south is not comparable to Jaffna Colombo & Kandy. IF the Sinhal Politicians would have given an equal respect this kind of situation would have not occured. I also would like to point at this time when the IPKF Jawans entered Jaffna, they were surprised the landscape , houses and all the houses had wells.. These Indian pesants have to walk atleast 5 miles to a pot of drinking water.The Southerners saw this too.They wanted to destroy Tamil culture and the hard earned wealth of Tamils.It started with Jaffna Library.

    Rathere than spending money to destroy the tamil culture and its identity these SM polticians spent the country’s wealth in an appropriate way. Just imagine how many billions these SM polticians spend – just to destroy the Tamils. As some one already commented , there will be no trace oh Tamil inhabitants in SL. It will happen soon after the April Election. But Sambanthan
    must come to power

    Just imagine the SM politicians have invested this money ( Its not theirs- It was begged ) country would have prospered in 80’s. We could have been equal to China and India would have begged us

    budusranai

  85. ‘Sinhala modaya’ was a very popular Sinhalese song in the 1960s I believe. Whimsically self-critical.

    Perhaps some of the Sinhalese posters (or DBS himself who must have heard it many times) could give us the name of the singer and a link, to the music or the lyrics.

  86. In my perception, this election is very crucial one for Tamils in the Island. Moreover, it is paramount important for all Tamil political parties to unit as one and run with a common political agenda. If we do not understand the important of unity now, we are going no where. We will end up as slaves for rest of our lives (unless other feel pity and provide piece of bone). Basically we will be spineless after this election.

    When TNA formed in the past, “In an interview, Adaikkalanathan explained the contradiction behind the TELO supporting a group to which it was once opposed. While the TELO does not accept internecine killing and can never forget what the LTTE has done, he says it would be betraying the Tamil people to oppose the LTTE, because victory could only be achieved if all Tamil groups set aside their differences and present a united front” Selvam may have other view on this, that is the reality, we can achieve nothing by facing different direction. All Tamil political parties should unit now. If not now, we will never unit.

    I am happy TNA choose to involve India. Western/other countries can provide auxiliary support but without Central India, we cannot go anywhere (unless entire Tamil Nadu get involved, which is very unlikely). In Tamil Nadu, after MGR, no one there genuine, courageous and possess power. It is important that we get Central Indian support to get any meaningful solution.

    At least for the betterment of our future generations, we should unite and learn to forgive and forget certain things. I have a request DBSJ, would you write an article that would stimulate Tamils to forget the difference and unite as one.

  87. TNA lost a golden opportunity immediately after the 2004 elections. There were 23 Tamil MPs(22 TNS+1 EPDP) from
    North & East and there ware about 35 Tamil MPs(an all time record) in the Sri Lankan Parliament and the ruling party did not have a mojority. Remember the 3 rounds of voting to elect the speaker who was finally elected with a single majority.
    The TNA(whether controlled by LTTE or not) could have opted for a non collusion course with the Government and achieved or demanded many things. Instead they yielded to a single person-Paramu Thamilchelvan, and just drew their pay check for six years.
    Even if they had supported the Government late in the game when LTTE was gone, early this year ,or the then TULF supported Chandrika in 2000(I guess DBS would write about Anandasangaree and his break up of TULF in Part II) they could have helped to garner the two third majority, which is necessary to make any constitutional change.
    How can they expect to achieve anything for the Tamils with the 10-12 MPs they are exoected to win. Even amongst them Sivagnanam(Interim Governing Body famous) and Saravanabavan(Sabra Finance famous) would jump ship along with Mrs.Maheswaran(Kerosene famous) of the UNF at the first Caarrot shown, irrespective of the undated resignation letter. The other key candidates on ‘cycle’ and ‘table’ symbols are not worth talking about and everyone knows where they would end up if they win.

    We expect 8-10 TNA, 3-5 EPDP(on betel symbol), 1-3 PLOTE/EPRLF, 0-2 TMVP,and 2-5 Eastern Tamil MPs on National Parties to go to Parliament from North & East and unless there is a broad understanding amongst them, nothing could be achieved for the Tamils or National Question. After the election there could be another attempt to unite the Tamil Parties and Groups like earlier due to the shortfall in representation, but Mahinda could easily break any such coalition amongst the MPs so it could only be an out-of -parliament Assoiciation aiming at the next election.
    It is reported that Mrs Amirthalingam and Varatharajaperumal had returned and they could play an important role in that direction.

  88. #93 Bob

    Bob has initially used inappropriate languages against Sinhalese, now he is using inappropriate languages to accuse India. It is ashamed that he calls himself as Tamil. Majority of Tamils are decent people and never use these sorts of languages. Probably he is unable to digest the defeat of LTTE.

  89. 95. surya
    ExcellentAnalysis
    In this Global I live called earth There is NO One Country and no 2 or 3 Nations. Its devolution of Power. You rule and administer your own community, which has traditional laws and identity. But the SM are trying is to implement their laws and their style ( Eating Karawila in the premisses of temple while pirith is performed ). This SM should know those kind of attitude is mot accepted or welcomed in the tamil traditional culture. SM – Dont under estimate para demallas. We lost the war not because of your Soorayas. It was with the support of IC. . But I like Wimal Sooraya – He can talk but no one cares
    Ayuowan

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Bobby Boy

    You used the term “Sinhala Modaya” in this forum and was reprimanded for it. You apologised publicly for it as a mistake.

    But now I find that you are using an abbreviated form of Sinhala Modaya . You are saying SM very often in your posts

    You may think you are clever but your conduct is inappropriate.

    Please refrain from this practice in future

    Also your conduct is typical of the “arrogance” displayed by many Tamils towards the Sinhala people due to a false sense of racial prejudice and pseudo- intellectual superiority.

    In the aftermath of the Nandikkadal debacle such arrogance is stupid and laughable

    The Tamils are the real “Madayar”

  90. Could anyone please explain…who are these independents?
    What is their policy for tamils in Sri Lanka?

    The details of Independent groups contesting for Jaffna
    [ Saturday, 27 February 2010, 09:37.15 AM GMT +05:30 ]

    The leaders of the Independent parties contesting the election are
    1. Suntharalingam Sathiyaseelan
    2. Shanmuganathan Manoharan
    3. Fernando Joseph Anthony
    4. Kathiravelu Sevel
    5. Senthivel,
    6. Sivabalan
    7. Valli Nadaraja
    8. Nagamuthu Thanikasalampillai
    9. Mahinda Thilakumara Udugama
    10. Mohamed Abudhabi Vaheer
    11. Sokkalingam Arunachalam
    12. Anthony Nayagey

  91. Dear M FERN

    Navin, while you have highlighted the important points in my comment you have missed the main point, SINHALA GREED.

    If you were to ask many Sinhalese, they might give their own perspective that TAMIL GREED has been the “main point.” Most of the pro-Sinhala websites out there say that Tamils who form 12-18% of the population want 1/3 of the country and 2/3 of the coastal areas.

    If you do not agree that this is TAMIL GREED, then it is likely that we Sinhalese don’t see ourselves as GREEDy either.

  92. Dear bob,

    This SM should know those kind of attitude is mot accepted or welcomed in the tamil traditional culture.

    I did not understand- what exactly is not welcome in Tamil traditional culture? Eating Karawila near a temple/kovil?

    Congratulations on getting married in a poruwa ceremony. My cousin got married in UK in a Jaffna Tamil Saiva ceremony.

  93. Comment # 101

    Dear Wije,
    In my comments, I am simply refering to the fact that as humans, why the Sinhalese people want to continue to control the destiny of the Tamil people?

    I can only see “SINHALA GREED” as the reason.

    Why? Because, otherwise, you will either treat the Tamils as equals in words and deeds, most importantly by providing equal constituitional protection as the Sinhala Bhudist culture or let them find their own way in their own country.

    The weaker Tamil wife was wedded to the stronger unfair husband by the British match maker. The Tamil wife only asked for separation, when the adament Sinhala husband refuse to treat her equally, and that is the SL problem. When the wife seeks for separation she is asking what is rightfully hers, not an allocation of the total property based on the hight and weight of the parties.

    The most of the Sinhalese web sites you are referring are going by a simple logic of dividing the total property (country) between the parties based on the % of the two races, which is rediculous, if you understand my husband / wife story.

  94. My Dear FERN 103,

    Do not you see “JAFFNA GREED” as the reason for seeking two third of the land area of Sri Lanka as the settlement of the matrimonial property out of which only 10 per cent is subject to Thesawalamai.

    Why do not she separate without asking for the land which is not her matrimonial property.

  95. Comment 98 – I appreciate Mr Jeyraj’s prompt defence of the Sinhala people against the ignoramous comment of Bob.

    However I do not wish to call Tamil people modayar in general simply because a few imbeciles use this sort of insinuations against Sinhala people. Even in the Diaspora there are descent people who discuss issues pertaining to them in a civilized manner with educated ,logical and sensible writings and arguments.

    Even in Srilanka there are some people who derided the Sinhala people with the same sort of comments and I responded on those occasions as well.

    This derogatory term is mainly aimed at the rural Sinhalese who are the underprivilaged class although they are the majority.

    At the presidential elections these people proved beyond doubt that they are not modayas anymore.

    They will certainly prove that yet again by rejecting the politicians who went around in January telling pokies assuming that the “Modyas” would bite their bait.

  96. #103 M Fern,
    Yes, sometimes couples separate and divorce when marriage do not work. But then the separated partners do not divide the house physically by building a wall right in the middle and live in the same residence. Further more when two partners separate one partner certainly does not get most of the rooms in the house while the other partner ends up with all the kids, the cat and the dog and the mother-in-law.

  97. # 104

    Dear Kolumban,
    You are saying “Why do not she separate without asking for the land which is not her matrimonial property”.

    So, basically what you are saying is what MR is saying today, after sending his Tamil wife with severe injuries to the hospital. There was no historic Tamil homelands in SL (When the Portch/Dutch/Brit arrived in SL, we were one happy big country and the whole country, if not proportinately (>75%), belongs to the Sinhalese ). – Interesting. – You may have to buy and destroy all foreign history books to make this point. I knew locally in SL we are good at buring libraries and operating white vans to take care of this task. Not sure, what MR will do outside SL to destroy/re-write history books.

    By the way, by manking the above statement, you are basically siding with the Sinhala supremists those who claim it is fair for the Sinhalese language and relegion to have an unfair edge in the constituition. But, by agreeing with that you are automatically saying Tamils deserve a separate country.

    Good luck in preserving a united SL in the long term.

  98. # 106

    Dear Ranjan,
    Are you saying that eventhough the wife came into the marriage with proportianately more property than her husband, the husband has to be rewarded for treating his wife unfairly, at the court of law
    by dividing the combined property into 50/50 or even more to the husband?

    I rest my case.

  99. Good Day to you all. I got a Sh** from my Be(i)tter half for my posting on this blog. No Dinner Last night. Thank God a KFC was close to home.As I said B4 , she is from Kandyan Sinhalese .No arguments on our race.But Her Grandfather told me that he will shoot me in the 80s. He is no longer living. Buth this gentlman exchanged the ” Bulath ” with my parents.All I am trying to point is , it was a mentality among Sinhalese that the Tamils are their enimies.My Kids – though they dont speak the Tamil & Sinhala languages, they understand and somertimes converse whenever wants something

    Its a wekll known factor now MR will gwt the 2/3 Majority with any cost.EC – DD is still under a gun on his head
    I am willing to bet – Wimal Werawansa Will be the next PM

    budusaranai

  100. 104. Kolumban

    Why are you bringing thesawalamai in this. Not all the land in the North and East are owned by individuals. Only the properties owned by the individuals qualify for inheritance under thesawalamai laws.

    We are talking about the rights of the Tamils as a whole.

    for this you have to accept the areas generally inhabited by the Tamils as their homeland. This home land can be traditional or historical.

    Tamils have been living in those parts of the lands historically.

    Even before the Dutch came the island was ruled by both the sinhala kings and the tamil kings.

    The whole island was united by the Dutch and the British and they made it into one for the purpose of administration.

    When the Sinhala and the Tamil divorce happens (I don’t wish it to happen) this property has to be settled based upon historical records.

    You cannot ask the wife to go out of wed lock with empty hands.

    Even if the wife had come into the marriage with empty hands the husband has the responsibility to give some solatium for the wife when the divorce happens due to his arrogance or fault.

  101. I read DBS article and reading interesting comments from others but some reason I didn’t feel writing something back. Because, it seems to me this election is like a entrance exam to the parliament school and whoever win the election can go to the parliament and enjoy the perks and privileges. Other than that nothing exciting. I cannot feel politics in this election. I don’t follow much of Sinhala politics but Tamil’s politics at the moment very pathetic and I cannot see any single one who has a vision and could be able lead our people to the right direction. Needless to say that LTTE is the main reason to this situation. Even today I think our people not realised this dangerous situations. Diasporas who did protest in the western cities last summer planning to fly for holiday in Jaffna peninsula. LTTE sympathisers who took the group photo with VP in the past, lining up to Temple Tree to take photo with MR. People already set up business empire with LTTE illicit money in the West, trying to invest in SL and make more money. Everybody forgot the affected people in the NE. There is no proper infrastructure or project not created by Diasporas Tamils to rehabilitate the affected people in the NE. They could argue that GOSL won’t let them to do anything. But I’m not ready to agree this argument. Right or wrong so many young people from the LTTE, and other armed groups, died in the past. Their families are destitute at the moment. So many families lost their breadwinner of the family and now rely on Government rations. So many people become disabled, lost their properties, lost their earnings…..etc. Do we really care about for these people? Do our politicians fight for these people? But we are talking about holiday in Jaffna. I know we have personal, emotional and other reasons to go Jaffna; but we can’t have a holiday there while there are so many people suffering. We need to help them and we need to insist GOSL to help them. But by travelling to SL we help MR to clear his name from the war crime and fill his hole in the budget. I know there many Sinhala poor people also affected by this war but their politicians and their community organisations from the inside and outside of the country generously help them. Our politicians who have no policies or objective but fight each other for their own benefits. Diaspora Tamils trying to make more money over dead bodies.

    We like it or not MR will be the king of SL for another X amount of time. Hope he will deal with the situations wise fully. I think he has a real intention to resolve the problem within the united Sri Lanka could build and develop the country as long as other political parties supporting him in his good deeds. He already build the bridge to North from South. After three decades people move freely and meet each other. They started to integrate themselves. Each communities slowly and slowly understanding each other. This is a good start to the multicultural society. Politicians and communities leaders should encourage this progress. But majority community should not take or forcibly occupy minorities’ land or assets. That is very crucial. Government should carefully handle this issue otherwise this honeymoon won’t last long. Tamils votes split already and have no impact on politics. TNA may win more seats but nothing much they can do as they will be teased as LTTE proxy and their voice won’t heard in the parliament. Thasthawathy Karuna, Pliai & Duks no use any more and will be missing in action soon. If they are really concern of their people; all Tamil speaking parties should form a single party and work together. Tamil people living inside and outside of the Sri Lanka work hard to achieve this task. People wasting time with VK Resolution and Trans- Government should stop these nascence and help their community in a practical way. I will be lucky if I could see these changes in my life time???

  102. DBSJ,

    Nice article tracing TNA’s history.

    However, the TNA should be forced to vanish into the woodwork by the Tamil people without being given any chance to compound their torture of Tamils and other citizens of Sri Lanka. Many of the TNA MPs rightly should be serving time in prison for their treasonous activities of the recent past.

    There should be no quest of “Tamil aspirations” separate from Sri Lankan aspirations common to ALL PEOPLE of Sri Lanka.

    Please do not tout the TNA as a reformed “democratic” Tamil voice reaching out for separate “Tamil aspirations” in Sri Lanka by “mobilising mass support from the Tamil people itshould also be able to obtain endorsement and backing from the International community inclusive of India”. Anyone advocating foreign interference in Sri Lankan politics will earn the enmity of most Sri Lankans.

    Witches stirring that communal pot again will only perpetuate the agony of all of our people, irrespective of community.

  103. 110. Mahesh

    Tha main cause of trouble is because the Srilankan Tamils (wife) instead of being oyal to Sinhalese (husband) has started to flirt with (cousin) Tamilnadu Tamils.

    All kind of Tamil boasting about home land & anchestor kingdoms and glorification will only make the conflict worser.

  104. 110. Mahesh:

    Even before the Dutch came the island was ruled by both the sinhala kings and the tamil kings.

    To use Elara, Maga or Rajasinha episodes to portray Tamils as having ruled over Sinhalese is nonsense. The first two were invaders and all 3 were of Indian origin.

    The whole island was united by the Dutch…

    The Dutch did NOT unite the country. It was the British that was ultimately able to get control over Kandy.

  105. Dear M FERN

    Thank you for your resposne.

    why the Sinhalese people want to continue to control the destiny of the Tamil people?

    The answer that most Sinhalese would give to that question would be “we do not want to control the destiny of the Tamil people.”

    *Some* Sinhalese might then ask you, “why the Tamil people want to continue to control the destiny of non-Tamil people?”

    What would your response to that question be?

  106. M FERN,

    Are you saying that eventhough the wife came into the marriage with proportianately more property than her husband, the husband has to be rewarded for treating his wife unfairly, at the court of law
    by dividing the combined property into 50/50 or even more to the husband?

    You missed Ranjan’s point. The analogy of husband and wife is rather inadequate to describe Sinhala-Tamil relations.

    In a normal divorce, one party- the husband or wife- will *physically* leave the house and move far away. In Sri Lanka the Sinhalese and Tamils share the same island.

  107. 110. Mahesh:

    Even before the Dutch came the island was ruled by both the sinhala kings and the tamil kings
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    Before the dutch came it was the portuguese who arrived here in 1515. They initially came as traders but greed took over and they attacked the 3 kingdoms that was there namely the Jaffna, kotte and Kandyan kingdoms. I know S Joseph won’t like this talk of kingdoms and would consider it as boasting, but history is history and cannot be erased.

    The portuguese managed to get at the coastal areas but were thwarted in their bid to advance to the interior kandyan kingdom.

    At the time the portuguese arrived the kandyan kingdom included the east because i remember the kandyan king sent his emissary to meet the portuguese in trincomalee.

    The jaffna kingdom consisted only of the north and a very small portion of the east.

    Therefore for the eelamists to include the east in their map of eelam does not correspond to the jaffna kingdom as it was when the portuguese came and hence the grouse by the sinhalese that the tamils who are 12-18 per cent of the of the population want one third of the country and two thirds of the coast line.

    If you go back the 10th century of course when the Cholas were at their peak you can chuck in the east as well as anurathapura and pollonnnaruwas, but how far back are we to go like this. It is better to stop at the point where the colonilal powers arrived otherwise Navin will be getting restless. If you talk of the whole island ruled by tamil kings he will burst a blood vessell and go back in time to vijaya and say other than the direct descendents of the 700 vijaya band and the veddahs the rest including him should be sent back to india.

    I believe that the tamils have 2 options left.

    1. Tell the international community we want what was ours in the 16th century, which is the north.

    2. Tell the sinhalese leaders in lieu of independence for the north give it the same powers to administer itself as the tamils do in tamilnadu.

    As for me i would prefer the second option, but if the sinhala leaders are stubborn there is no other solution but to ask for independence for the north.

    The second option is a win win situation for both communities and the problem is gone forever.

  108. 109. bob :- I thank you for your truthfulness. Many of my friends married across the racial barrier have excellent married lives. Hope this applies to you also although you may end up in the dog house oft & on! That is also a part of the happy life!
    111. mavady:- You seem to see the SL situation in a balanced way. Good thinking and good luck. Don George

  109. The first two were invaders and all 3 were of Indian origin.

    Sinhalese are of South Indian origin. Your point?

  110. Dear Wiji,
    I think we have beaten this to death.

    1. #115 –

    “Some* Sinhalese might then ask you, “why the Tamil people want to continue to control the destiny of non-Tamil people?”

    What would your response to that question be?”

    M FERN’s response would be, “Please show me the magic on how the Tamils can control the destiny of Non Tamil people in SL, when the constituition raises the Bhudist relegion above all? – Remember, earlier I mentioned, Tamils would like to see the deeds matching the words.

    2. #116

    I think I addressed the most important point, dividing the property on a divorce.

    You said “You missed Ranjan’s point. The analogy of husband and wife is rather inadequate to describe Sinhala-Tamil relations.”

    In my view, the analogy works very well and the example Ranjan and you have used here are rather inadequate, house. Yes, the divorced wife and husband do not have to share the same house by putting a partition in the middle, but not an impossibility though in some very very poor countries. If you would have choosen a scarce item, like articles sighned by famous figures of the past, then dividing them between the two based on contribution or other a resonable manner is the only way.

    Wiji, above all, I can understand why the Husband / Wife Tamil analogy is making you to feel very uncomfortable. I am sure, it will make all EDUCATED & FAIR MINDED Sinhalese people to feel uncomfortable. Those EDUCATED & FAIR MINDED Sinhalese people would have done the right thing, accept Tamils as equals in word and deeds or let them go apart with what they deserve.

    – The SINHALA GREED has shocked the civilized world
    and continue even today when the SL state did not show magnamity to Tamils after destroying the LTTE. As I said earlier, the SINHALA GREED is the single reason that is going to divide SL.

    Any how, lets face it, husband/wife issue is a very good analogy for the SL problem. I hope when world leaders can use this analogy to drive sense to the majority in SL.

  111. 111. mavady | March 31st, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Good Comments and thoughts. But No one is wiling to invest in NE . You know what happened to Tsunami Funds TRO Funds. There are money hungry crocdiles to grab it. There is no guarantee you will get a good return fior your investment. Even the Business proper , there are singala thugs and monks to destroy it

  112. 117. Shankar

    At the time the portuguese arrived the kandyan kingdom included the east because i remember the kandyan king sent his emissary to meet the portuguese in trincomalee.

    The jaffna kingdom consisted only of the north and a very small portion of the east.
    ____________
    It is not who ruled the East but who lived there.
    I am not good in history but I understand there were Wanniyars who were like Navabs or administrators of an area and were paying some sort of taxes to Kandyan or Jaffna Kingdoms at different times and later to Pritoria -Portuguese

  113. 113. sjoseph

    Tamils were loyal to your country. They never flirted with the Tamils in the main land.

  114. 119. Stephen Jones:

    That they are not Sri Lankan Tamils.

    I believe what Mahesh may have meant was at the time the Dutch arrived, _different parts of the island_ were ruled by Sinhalese and Tamil kings referring obviously to Jaffna, Kandy etc. But his language is ambiguous and can easily mislead those who do not know history.

  115. Dear DBSJ

    Why are you not insisting on a Secular Srilanka… you just mentioned NOT NECESSARILY UNITARY SL . Perhaps. that is the bedrock of the hatredness. A Constitutionally Secular SL will obviate the separatist demand.

    ….

    It seems like everyone either curses or eulogises VP. No one thinks that his political mistake of not enlisting the Support of TN/India Parties and masses is the is the single most reason of all the mayhem that happened in Vanni and happens today in Tamil majority areas of SL. The SL Army victory belongs neither to MR’s nor FS’s skills but enabled by the blind eye of India and particularly that of TN.

    It is VP’s Political Mistake … so why no one is serious on putting it Straight. I can argue that the current leaders in India will give a damn for such overtures but the wind will change one day. It can happen in an year or two or in a decade or two but the wind will change for the good of the Tamils in SL.

  116. #122-Puma

    It is not who ruled the East but who lived there

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    There is a teeny, meeny, moany, weeny difference between living in a rented property and owning the property. The jaffna kingdom maybe could have purchased the east like the way the americans purchased Alaska for 600000 dollars, but of course they would have had to give some money for it, not some plantains and karuttha kolumbans

    While the Sinhala leaders are trying to steal the North, the tamil leaders are trying to steal the east, and they are holding hands and running round and round the mulberry bush.

    Even now they are not serious in negotiating and solving this problem fair and square, even though they have been presented with a golden opportunity to do so. They have built a brick wall around them with inflexible and unrealistic positions are are just peeping over it and looking at each other.

  117. All the available evidence suggests that Lanka has been populated by the same racial groups as the rest of South India since archaeological records began.

    The language split appears to have been exactly that. A split in which part of the population standardized on Prakrit and part on Tamil.

    The political control of the Island varied. On occasion it was unified, and on occasion the nominal rulers were based on the Indian mainland. We must be careful not to apply the examples of the present intrusive nation state to an organization that depended on local chieftains granting or shifting allegiance.

    The coast of the East was populated by Tamil speakers, either Lankan Tamils or Muslims. The interior was near deserted, probably because of malaria. The claim to the North East as a traditional homeland is fraudulent, and when the original 1976 declaration came out it referred to the ‘Homeland of the Tamil-speaking Peoples’ because historically the Muslims needed to be roped in to give the claim veracity.

    Nevertheless the Jaffna Kingdom had been in existence for hundreds of years, and the area remained almost exclusively Tamil speaking until the present military occupation. It was also almost certainly Tamil speaking when it formed part of the Polunnuwara Kingdom.

  118. Dear Anonymous,

    I am neither Singhala not Tamil. I’ve been following the Tamil issues for more than a year now and I don’t understand one thing: why the Singhalese panic when there’s talk about Eelam.

    Answer: Whereas there are “Tamil homelands” inside and outside of Sri Lanka, there is only one “Sinhala homeland” and it is in Sri Lanka. In a larger sense, the Sinhalese see themselves not as a majority but as a minority.

    There are about 16 million Sinhalese in Sri Lanka and perhaps 2-3 million Sri Lankan Tamils, so the common perception is that the Sinhalese are the definite majority. But next door in Tamil Nadu there are 75 million Tamils. A few of us understand that there are vast differences between the TN and SL Tamils and that the two cannot be equated. However, it is hard to convey these differences when the S. Indian media blares the plight of the Tamils but ignores LTTE acts of terror.

  119. Dear M FERN,

    M FERN’s response would be, “Please show me the magic on how the Tamils can control the destiny of Non Tamil people in SL, when the constituition raises the Bhudist relegion above all?

    1) Suicide bombing
    2) Army of child soldiers
    3) Ethnic cleansing (Jaffna Muslims in 1990)

    Now that the LTTE is destroyed, though, I would agree that the “magic” is gone.

    In my view, the analogy works very well and the example Ranjan and you have used here are rather inadequate, house. Yes, the divorced wife and husband do not have to share the same house by putting a partition in the middle,

    House is the best analogy because married couples live in houses, just as the Sinhalese and Tamils live in SL. You can draw an artificial boundary but you cannot physically separate the island.

    accept Tamils as equals in word and deeds or let them go apart with what they deserve.

    I think your husband-wife analogy applies only to the Tamils who “left” Sri Lanka; comparable to the divorced wife who physically left the presence of the husband.

  120. Dear shankar,

    Your understanding of history is interesting although I believe that the Tamil nationalists made a mistake in trying to ape their Sinhala counterparts by appealing to history, because as you pointed out the Jaffna kingdom comprised only the north (and not the east, but it did control a bit of the west coast actually). The strongest argument for Tamil nationalism had been that the Tamils were only safe in areas where they formed the majority (until the war began).

    Tell the sinhalese leaders in lieu of independence for the north give it the same powers to administer itself as the tamils do in tamilnadu.

    I have two questions:
    1) Earlier in the previous century, why did many Jaffna Tamils strongly call for building the Jaffna-Kandy railroad?

    2) Why was there resistance to creating the Jaffna Municipal Council?

  121. #123. Mahesh,,
    I appreciate your personal opinion. The Sinhalese also should believe this. if it is NOT true, then the majority people should believe so..

  122. the Sinhalese see themselves not as a majority but as a minority.

    That is of course the problem; a majority with a minority’s chip on its shoulder. A disproportionate sense of victimhood is held by the Serbs and Israelis.

  123. There is no pint now in talking about Tamil Homelands and seperarte staes and fighting about history. These did not worked and will not work in the future as well. When we look at the present situation we see Tamils have largely colonized South and totally ethnic cleansed North. Sri Lanka belongs to all its citizen, not part by part but as hole. If any community try to violate the rights of other communities rights to live any part of SL it will create another roound of violance. Stop this Tamil Tamil Tamil and more Tamil grievences ,problems,oppression,aspiration etc. crap.Not only Tamils but other communities has thier grievances,aspirations and problems and all must be addressed. Just cut it out.

  124. we see Tamils have largely colonized South and totally ethnic cleansed North

    The person that ‘ethnically cleaned’ the North of Sinhalese was Jayawardene, who was afraid of retaliations for his government’s pogrom of July 1983. People still say you can’t get a decent loaf of bread in Jaffna because all the Sinhalese bakers were moved out.

    The truth is though that there never were many Sinhalese in the North. The reason so many Tamils moved to take administrative jobs in the rest of the country was the lack of water and good agricultural land.

  125. “Stop this Tamil Tamil Tamil and more Tamil grievences ,problems,oppression,aspiration etc. crap.Not only Tamils but other communities has thier grievances,aspirations and problems and all must be addressed. Just cut it out”

    Agreed.

    Les start from home.

    Fix the constituition so the Tamil/Hindu/Muslim/Burger sections enjoy the same rights and protection as the Sinhalese/Bhudist sections. That means SL should be in a position to deliver the same sentenses for burning a church or vihara. That means the starting from the Police to Judicial systems should be fair and square and should not pay attention to the suspect’s ethnic back ground.

    Would that SINHALA GREED would allow us to do this?

    If we can pass this first test then continue to impress the minorites (like in Canada) with other changes to the system, so the minorities want to be part of United SL ( like how Quebec wanted to in Canada) and do not want to miss out by going separate.

    Does that SINHALA GREED can stomach all this stuff? May be not, that is why we need 400k soldiers to keep the United SL going and posting comments to stop talking / thinking they are Tamils.

    Again, the Sinhalese husband should be a likable , loveable and a fair person for the Tamil wife to shut her mounth , love back and remain married to him and carry his last name (Sri Lanka). Other wise, the Tamil wife will shred the name Sri Lanka and will fight for freedom with dignity in the divorce court.

    I

  126. # 133,

    Dear Stephen,
    Is there any validity for the Sinhalese to fear the TN Tamils today? Come on. It is all about SINHALA GREED.

    In those days when TN had 3 or 4 separate kingdoms and each King can have is own way, yes there was a reason for Sinhalese to have a fear in their minds.

    Today, the TN Tamils only have a State under the Central govt, which solely controls the foreign policy / Defense etc.

    So wheere is the fear coming from? Help me out please.

  127. #134 DW

    Tamils have largely colonized South
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    If the sinhala leaders think that just because tamils are there in the south there will not be a seperation of the north, that is yet another strategic mistake on their part.

    In the case of a newly formed nation there will be UN rules to facilitate the transfer of people if need be. Anything circumventing the UN modalities such as the idiot slobodan milosoviv’s ethnic cleansing strategies will result in the same consequences as the former yugoslavia with serbia losing more and more territory.

    So don’t think that the tamils in the south can be held as hostages for ever. If you don’t follow the option that i pointed out in comment #117, they will become a thundering liability for the sinhalese, not an asset that they think that they are now. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    My advice is for both sinhalese and tamils whom i love equally.

    Prevention is the best cure they say.

  128. The reason so many Tamils moved to take administrative jobs in the rest of the country was the lack of water and good agricultural land.

    Using this same stale argument, we can say that the lack of water and good agricultural land in Hambantota forced the Rajapakses into politics and the military.

  129. 138. shankar:

    Very correct.

    If Sinhalese are not careful Tamils will be their undertaker though they are small in numbers they have all kinds of people and international laws to corner Sinhalese.

    It is time to hold back both your temper and sympathy towards Tamils and act in your own best interest in a carefully calculated manner.

    This is why I said though people like Ranjan disagreed with me on sympathetic grounds, if you can strike a lawful deal with India to send back Indian Tamils, do it and get rid of them for Sinhalese will not get another chance. That is one less problem to deal with.

    If someday we have to divide this country like a cake, entire N & E from Puththalam to Batticalo and part of Colombo and whole of Dehiwala and Wallewatha will go to local Tamils. Then, all areas with tea and all foreign exchange from tea thereafter will go to Indian Tamils. Sinhalese are lucky if these two groups also do not request a land corridor linking their respective halves.

    Neither China nor Russia will back Sinhalese all the time. Even if they were not in agreement with views of the west, UNSC operates by west and east striking deals and making compromises and we will end up been traded for someone else like Israel. That already happened last May where China and Russia withdrew their objections for a non-binding UNSC resolution on Sri Lanka provided that west agreed to discuss the HR report on Israel.

    Indian Tamils may not be valuable to Indian central government but the fact is Sinhalese are even less important to them.

    All in all, Tamils have some bargaining power in the world whereas Sinhalese have none.

    Anyone who knows Maslow’s need hierarchy will tell you that Diaspora Tamils are not going to be content with anything less of Eelam. Hence Sinhalese are in here for the long haul.

    The best and only defense for the Sinhalese is to stick to the rules and take advantage when the opportunity is there.

    This idea of establishing ethnic harmony is a lost cause because powerless Sinhalese been the majority and powerful Tamils been a minority is not a stable arrangement. It was a stable configuration in the past because this island was isolated but not anymore.

  130. In comment 138 i mentioned tamils in the south as hostages. That was a mistake on my part . A hostage is a person who is unable to leave whereas the tamils in the south are free to leave whenever they want.

    The point i was trying to make was that some people seem to be thinking that the tamils in the south are going to be an impediment for the north to seperate. In my humble opinion it is not.

    The sinhalese are welcome to settle in the north.

  131. #131-Wije

    I have two questions:
    1) Earlier in the previous century, why did many Jaffna Tamils strongly call for building the Jaffna-Kandy railroad?

    2) Why was there resistance to creating the Jaffna Municipal Council?
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    I believe the jaffna -kandy railroad was was built by the British and completed in 1902, so iam a bit confused when you refer to the last century.

    Before the railway was built jaffna traded with kandy using carts and caravans using oxen through jungles so naturally there would have been a clamour for a railway. What is your point?

    With regard to the jaffna municipal council if there was any resistance to its formation i presume it would be from seperatists who don’t want to have anything to do with the srilankan government. I remember the first mayor of jaffna Alfred durayyappah being shot by prabhaharan. Again what is your point?

  132. #140-navin

    Don’t get paranoid. Then your judgement will become clouded.

    You missed my point. Some sinhalese keep on harping about the tamils living in the south. They think that that will offset any chance of seperation because the seperatists will be worried about the tamils living in the south. The seperatists coundn’t care a buggerall about that, and i explained why. I also said i wish the sinhalese will go and settle in the north in substancial numbers so that i can stop hearing this on and on about tamils living in the south.

    I have also explained in detail why the tamil and sinhala leaders should start moving from their unrealistic positions and meet somewhere halfway and sign an agreement and finish this thing off without putting us poor people in a soup in the future.

    You misconstrue what i say and get on to your pet project of sending the indian tamils away. Now stop worrying about the Indian tamils dehiwela and wellawatte and tell me what you are going to do about the chinese who are going to come in substantial numbers in future. Ostensibly they will be coming as maintenance and supervision roles but really military personnel who will be able to quickly double up as armed forces in the event of a war with the USA, to protect their energy supplies. We might end up like Okinawa.

    How are you going to send them back? Then the indians moving into Trincomalee to counter this. And the russians playing chess.

    They say when dwarfs play with giants they get crushed.

    I hope i have not made you restless.

    Have a good night.

  133. Dear Shankar,

    I believe the jaffna -kandy railroad was was built by the British and completed in 1902, so iam a bit confused when you refer to the last century.

    Currently we are in the 21st century. 1902 would be the 20th century, so it is the last (previous) century).

    Before the railway was built jaffna traded with kandy using carts and caravans using oxen through jungles so naturally there would have been a clamour for a railway. What is your point?

    With regard to the jaffna municipal council if there was any resistance to its formation i presume it would be from seperatists who don’t want to have anything to do with the srilankan government. I remember the first mayor of jaffna Alfred durayyappah being shot by prabhaharan. Again what is your point?

    Jaffna Municipal Council originated not recently but during British times around the time when the railroad was built. It was apparently opposed not by separatists but by Jaffna Tamils living in Colombo who didn’t want to pay extra taxes for owning land in Jaffna.

    The issues of railroad and opposition to municipal council demonstrate that separation or even federalism from the South was furthest from the Jaffna people’s minds back then. Large-scale support for federalism/separation began only after 1956 Sinhala Only.

    Therefore I argue that the real “solution” is not really devolution of power, but rather sharing of power; something closer to what we had prior to 1956.

  134. 143. shankar:

    If Tamils can lawfully campaign for a separate state, I don’t see what is so taboo about Sinhalese trying to get Indian Tamils out of the equation. I’m not interested in starting a fresh round of dialog with India on the matter and I also don’t thing there is any room for that now. I’m just saying what they did in the 70 was the right thing to have done. However, if the opportunity arises, I believe Sinhalese should grab it even now.

    At the recent GTF conference there was cross party support for Eelam demand and even Blake sent his compliments. Similarly, you have highlighted very clearly how international laws could be interpreted in favor of Tamils and I believe you are correct in that.

    Hence the need for the Sinhalese to be extremely protective. It may look like paranoia to you for it is not your ass on the line. The battle is been fought in multiple planes. Though ordinary Sinhalese and Tamils may aspire to live in peace, Diaspora are in no mood for that. Given the power structure, this will go on for a lot longer. Most importantly, if Sinhalese compromise in good faith of ordinary Tamils that could used against them by the Diaspora. On the other hand not to compromise at all is also foolish. Hence Sinhalese need to act in a calculated manner.

    I don’t see why the Chinese need to colonize this country? In the age of aircraft carriers and satellites the so called strategic location of this country is been greatly over estimated.

  135. # 145. Navin,

    If an oppotunity arises, Indian plantation Tamils also should grab to get Indian citizenship and come out of slavery in srilanka.

    Srilanka will do a great favour to Indian plantation workers, using its good diplomatic relations with India and help them get Indian Citizenship.

  136. # 143. shankar

    there is a difference.

    Chinese will come in big numbers to help and develop srilanka and will be landing with full acceptance of Srilankans.

    Indian plantation Tamils were forced on Srilankan people by the British.

    it does not matter much, even if srilanka becomes a naval base for China (in future) as long as they develop and remains a friendly nation to srilanka.

    Providing access to China is the only way to checkmate India or USA, if they think of any mis-adventure.

  137. # 140. Navin,,

    Navin has offered a good suggestion for peace in Srilanka and satisfy all the people concerned.

    Indian Tamils may be offered Indian Citizenship and asked to leave north.

    Srilankan tamils may be be offered north & east for their own and separate it from srilanka.

    I also agree with navin that Sinhalese are less important to India. However it may not be true that Indian Tamils from srilanka are not valuable to India.

  138. 147 sjoseph

    it does not matter much, even if srilanka becomes a naval base for China (in future) as long as they develop and remains a friendly nation to srilanka
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    I may be digressing here because iam not interested in the problems of india, only Srilanka, but your statement is naive to say the least.

    What is the point of Srilanka being friendly with India and having a naval base there, when there are territorial disputes with China. Has China given up it claim to oil rich Assam and other eastern states and the himalayas where they are building massive roads even without any people except goats living there. Obviously it is for military transport. Look at the map and see how funny those eastern states look with bangladesh practically cutting them all off from india. They look like a country on its own , not part of India.

    So the question is not whether Srilanka is having friendly relations with India, but whether China is having friendly relations with India. With orientals you can never tell. They may not say anything but you don’t know what they are thinking. Confucious said think thrice before you utter any words. I know for a fact that the Chinese are fuming over the British Macmahon line demarcating the two countries and will never accept that and also will never accept that taiwan is not part of China. When the attack comes it will take everyone by surprise. The Chinese are not an aggressive people. They generally live and let live and don’t interfere with others, but they won’t tolerate any nonsense, and can be extremely tough when necessary.

    I again say that when dwarfs play with giants they may get crushed.

    I would like Srilanka not to be overly friendly with anybody, sort out all our problems within ourselves by negotiating in good faith , not to rely on any external powers economically, just mind our own business and get more and more efficient.

  139. # 86 I agree with you.

    # 99 Ganesh. “who are these independents?”

    These are the real selfish and oppertunist people.

    “தம்பி எப்ப போவான் திண்ணை எப்ப காலியாகும் என்று ஒரு கூட்டம் காத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறதும் தெரியும்…

  140. This idea of establishing ethnic harmony is a lost cause because powerless Sinhalese been the majority and powerful Tamils been a minority is not a stable arrangement. It was a stable configuration in the past because this island was isolated but not anymore.

    Half way to self knowledge. The truth is that the problem has always been that the SInhalese are a majority with the mindset of a minority and the Tamils a minority with the mindset of a majority.

    The Sinhalese are the most powerful in Lanka and always have been. Life will improve when they realize it.

  141. Using this same stale argument, we can say that the lack of water and good agricultural land in Hambantota forced the Rajapakses into politics and the military.

    You could say so if there were thousands of public servants from Hambantota. The truth however is that public service has often been taken by those from areas where the private economy was weak; look at the disproportionate number of Welsh or Scottish public servants or teachers in the UK. Now this can only happen when you have a stress on education, which was true of Jaffna, Wales and Scotland.

  142. #151-Stephen jones

    You may be right. It could be one of the many factors, but don’t you think the explanation could be more simple. Sometimes we look for complex answers and miss the simple ones right before our eyes. From the day humans have been creatted bullying has been part and parcel of our behaviour. The strong will always try to take advantage of the weak. You find it practically in most marriages with the dominant partner doing it. You find it in all schools and universities and workplaces with the strong personalities dominating and harassing the weak. You find it in society too with people with means doing it to those without means. Most of the time they don’t even realise they are doing something wrong until the receipient of the undue attention has had it upto their eyeballs and show their displeasure and retaliate.

  143. 151. Stephen Jones:

    You have missed my point. Sinhalese being powerful in Lanka doesn’t count in the modern world with countries and communities starting to interact more closely. That is exactly what is happening between Tamil community of Sri Lanka and Tamils elsewhere particularly that of South India.

  144. I would like every boy, girl, man and woman to know that the tamils living in the North and East of Sri Lanka are not the same as tamils from Tamil Nadu or from up-country.
    If you were to ask a native lankan tamil to make a conversation with an Indian tamil, it will be difficult for them because there are so many variations.
    The ONLY similarities between Indian tamils and lankan tamils are that we watch the same traditions and the hindus worship similar Gods.

    So with that out of the way, I would like to start a discussion on the future of Sri Lanka.

    Firstly, the greatest power we have in joining us together is sport, especially Cricket. Me and my brother, are keen fans of Sri Lankan cricket team, and I would like to see all tamils in Sri Lanka to be as well. In order for this to be achieved, I would like the GoSL and Sri Lanka cricket to put plans in place to build cricket stadium and facilities in jaffna, batticaloa, Trinco. This allows the Sri Lankan team to play there as well. It will bring more Tamils into mainstream.

    Secondly, there are contries in the world that have distinct minorities eg South Africa and New Zealand. These countries have its minorites represented in their National anthems. So I am recommending that a small tamil part should be added to the current sinhala anthem, and that every Sri Lankan should know the full sinhala and tamil anthem off by heart!

    Thirdly, the political solution. I, to be honest do not know a lot about politics, but I do know that a tamil will never be the leader of Sri Lanka. It will always be a sinhalese, therefore I am recommending the GoSL to introduce an Act which allows the tamils to elect a Sole Representative for them. Then this representative can directly deal with the President. A mini tamil parliament can exist in Colombo.

    An alternative solution would be to introduce a Federal system, with 3 states.
    • The Northern Province and the Eastern Province (excluding Ampara district) as one state called Tamil Ealam. Capital Trinco.
    • The North Western, North Central, Ampara district and Central provinces merge as another state. Capital Kandy.
    • Sabaragamuwa, Uva, and Southern Province form as another state. Capital Hambantota/Galle.

    Colombo being the administrative capital of Sri Lanka.

    Each of the 3 states have equal power, but the differences being:
    • Tamil Ealam having Tamil as main language used everywhere with sub English.
    • Ceylon state; Sinhala used in its Federal Parliament, with Tamil and English being sub-languages.
    • Sinhala State: Sinhala is the sole language used, with English being sub.

    Finally, there is no more LTTE, thank gooddness for that. So why is there a need to keep the North and East congested with tanks, army personell, and Ak47s. The tamil people there have seen enough of that, they need to freed of these as soon as possible.

    Please feel free to support or question my opinions, but I personally feel that if these are carried out, then Sri Lanka can easily develop into a great 1st World country that we can be proud of.
    However, if no action is taken, then I personally feel that there will be a quiet period for another 20-30 years, and then the tamil unrest will begin again and we will all be back to the early 70s!

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