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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The Conclusion of the long drawn out war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization has been welcomed by all sections of Sri Lankan society in particular and the international community in general.

Even as war ravaged Sri Lankans breathe a collective sigh of relief and attempt to get on with their lives in a post – war scenario ,it is important to note that the armed conflict’s end does not necessarily mean the national question generally referred to as the “Tamil problem” has been satisfactorily resolved.

Among the many aphorisms attributed to the Prussian soldier and military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz the most famous one defining war stated “War is not merely a political act, but also a political instrument, a continuation of political relations, a carrying out of the same by other means,”

If we are to use Clausewitz’s definition of war as a yardstick to gauge the Sri Lankan conflict, it would be prudently practical to recognize that the underlying reasons leading to such bitter and savage fighting must be identified, understood and addressed effectively for a lasting, durable solution.

It is also pertinent to realise that the intensity and prolonged nature of the conflict has spawned a set of new ,related problems. The consequences of war have created problems that are different from what were regarded as the original causes of the conflict. In short the consequences have gone beyond the causes.

A major area of criticism against President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government relates to the absence of meaningful action to address the fundamental causes of the conflict. Just as a military offensive was conducted satisfactorily there is an imperative need for a political offensive aimed at redressing valid Tamil grievances and accommodating legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka.

While the Rajapaksa regime is to be faulted for not effectively and efficiently addressing the political causes of the conflict it must also be acknowledged that the government is attempting in various ways to rectify and resolve some of the consequences of this conflict.

Some of these attempts are far from being perfect and do have flaws but that does not obliterate the perceived sincerity of purpose in the efforts undertaken. There is also the fact that many of these tasks remain incomplete with much to be accomplished. Nevertheless it must be accepted that a great deal has also been achieved in various spheres in this regard.

Ex-LTTE Cadres

One such issue is that of former tiger combatants or ex-LTTE cadres. The manner in which this is being handled has caused much dissatisfaction and led to criticism.Basically this criticism cannot be totally discounted but the same time it must be said that despite faults some progress at least has been made on this front.

The phenomenon of LTTE surrendees posed an unexpected challenge to the government when the war ended. LTTE members numbering more than ten thousand had surrendered to the Army at different times and different places.

This was an unexpected reality that went against the grain of conventional belief about the LTTE. The LTTE with its cyanide capsule culture had projected an image that no tiger cadre could be taken alive by the enemy. An LTTE fighter would die in battle or swallow cyanide and commit suicide but would never ever be captured alive or surrender to the enemy was the general impression.

This however has not been the case in practice and there have been many instances of individual tiger cadres being captured or surrendering over the years. Nevertheless the myth persisted that no LTTE fighter worth his salt would be caught alive. Dramatic episodes like the Kumarappa – Pulendiran incident of 1987 or the Kittu – Kutty Sri affair of 1993 re-inforced this impression of the LTTE.

Even during the penultimate stages of the war much of the rhetoric emanating from LTTE ranks spoke of a fight to the finish rather than capitulation of any form. It was anticipated that the LTTE may court death en masse rather than surrender to the Sri Lankan armed forces.

This attitude was certainly true of the LTTE hierarchy and military command. A large number of senior tiger leaders including the Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran along with a sizeable number of fighters fought to the very end. Several committed suicide by blowing themselves up or consuming cynaide.

There was however another side to this saga. While LTTE fighters were fighting to the death on the one hand ,thousands of other tiger combatants on the other were surrendering at different stages as the end of the conflict was drawing near. This process began after the fall of Paranthan and accelerated when Viswamadhu was taken.

LTTE members in small groups broke out from LTTE controlled areas clandestinely and turned themselves over to the Army. Some escaped in boats and surrendered themselves to the Navy in Jaffna and Trincomalee. Many inter-mingled with civilians and moved into army – controlled areas as part of the internally displaced.

Conscription

The number of LTTE surrendees had exceeded four figures in early May 2009.The last stages of the battle of Mullivaaikkaal saw a very large number of persons both civilians and combatants surrendering to the armed forces. In fact the flow was so huge that the Army asked civilians and combatants to form two separate queues and move forward for processing at that time.

While a large number of LTTE cadres identified themselves openly as combatants and surrendered there were many who did not reveal their identity. They posed off as civilians and found refuge in the various IDP camps. Subsequently many of these cadres turned themselves in to the authorities when repeated appeals were issued that all LTTE members in IDP camps should voluntarily surrender or face repercussions. Some were apprehended upon information received from the IDP civilians.

An important cause for this large-scale surrender was the conscription factor.

Most of those who surrendered were youths who had been forcibly recruited by the LTTE. Some were “unwilling volunteers”.

The LTTE had insisted that each family in the Wanni had to provide one recruit to the LTTE. In the latter stages the tigers demanded two per household.It became an accepted norm that no family dared refuse or defy.

So many families would decide which of the children should join the tigers. In a spirit of self – sacrifice boys and girls would opt to join the movement and thus protect other siblings from being recruited.

Brothers would opt to join so that their sisters would be spared. Elder sisters would join in place of younger sisters. Usually siblings would decide that the cleverer among them should not be deprived of higher education and so the comparatively less studious ones would join thereby enabling the others to continue with studies.

Thus the LTTE had enhanced its membership quantitatively through these methods but there was a qualitative drop in the calibre of new members. Forcibly recruited youths and those who “volunteered” unwillingly do not make the best fighters. The motivation is not there.

Cannon Fodder

Also a hard-pressed LTTE threw in these youths without adequate training or experience into the frontlines of war. As a result thousands of youths were virtual cannon fodder and had perished like sacrificial lambs. The surviving youths knew that death was inevitable if they continued to fight.

When the Army began advancing and tigers retreating there were opportunities to cross over to the other side. Just as the civilians did, these cadres too exploited the situation whenever possible and made their escape. One does not know whether the LTTE leadership realised their folly in forcibly recruiting youths. Even if realization dawned in the ultimate days it would have been too late.

It must also be emphasised that conscription or forcible recruitment was not something pioneered by the LTTE.

There was a time when none of the Tamil militant organizations had conscripted or forcibly recruited members. There would be intensive propaganda activity aimed at enticing new members into militant folds but there was no actual recruitment by forcible means.

Conscription or forcible recruitment was introduced by the Indian espionage outfit known then as the Research and Analysis wing(RAW) during the period when Annamalai Varatharajapperumal was chief minister of the North – Eastern Provincial council.

When former President Ranasinghe Premadasa began demanding that the Indian Army known by the euphemism “Indian Peace Keeping Force” (IPKF) should be withdrawn there was increasing pressure on the Indian establishment to do so. Rajiv Gandhi at the tail end of his prime ministerial term announced a phased out withdrawal of the IPKF.

It was a foregone conclusion then that the North – Eastern provincial council would not survive a predictable LTTE onslaught without IPKF protection. So a decision was taken to raise a militia to protect the provincial administration. In typical double-speak it was called civilian volunteer force officially but projected to the Tamil people as the Tamil national army.

Three pro – Indian outfits , Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front(EPRLF),Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front(ENDLF) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) were entrusted with the task of mobilising a civilian volunteer force cum Tamil National Army.

Since very few were ready to join the new force then , the RAW instructed the EPRLF, ENDLF and TELO to forcibly recruit youths. Thus began forcible recruitment in Tamil militancy. The LTTE adopted such methods after 1995. The LTTE and later its off – shoot the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) took conscription to new heights or depths.

Most of the surrendees therefore were forcibly recruited conscripts or unwilling “volunteers”.

There were also others. Not all the tigers were ready to die particularly when they knew their cause was lost. The right to life is the greatest of all human rights and there was nothing wrong in these tigers too opting to surrender in order to save their lives

Leap of Faith

Many of this category who surrendered were married with children. A large number belonged to non – combative sections of the LTTE like the Police force, political, propaganda, media and administrative cells, the banking, immigration, taxation, prisons sectors etc. There were also some from the fighting divisions.An assortment of LTTE members and families were among the large IDP population.

It is also noteworthy that the very act of surrendering to the armed forces was by itself a gigantic leap of faith for these tiger cadres. The notion had been instilled into their psyche that getting into the clutches of the army would result in death, torture, inhuman detention and sexual violations. Despite these fears thousands of tiger cadres had risked surrendering to the army than facing death. In a sense surrender was the lesser of two evils. In actual terms there was indeed no choice.

It is also commendable that most of the surrendees were accepted by the armed forces with a great deal of compassion. Certain controversial acts of commission and omission may have been done during the heat of battle but it is certainly an indisputable fact that a very large number of LTTE surrendees were spared and detained without being summarily executed. The rules of war were followed scrupulously in these instances. Otherwise there would not have been such a large number of surrendees.

There was much confusion and deficiencies in catering to the IDP’s during the initial post-war stages . The government had gravely blundered in failing to anticipate such a large influx of IDPs and thereby making adequate arrangements to accommodate it. There was also no proper screening and identification process of IDP’s or surrendering tiger combatants in the early days.

After many mishaps and much confusion the Govt finally got its act in reasonable working order. When the figures were finally tabulated and data bases compiled the govt found itself saddled with nearly thirteen thousand LTTE combatants. They were housed in twenty places in the north and east at the start.

Initially the govt was in a quandary. Though authorities realised that many of the youths were conscripts and unwilling volunteers, the fact remained that they were indeed LTTE members. They could not be categorised generally as IDP’s and treated as such. There was a need to screen them effectively first. Thereafter a policy decision had to be taken on their future. Were they to face legal proceedings ?or be re-integrated after rehabilitation ? or both?

There were also questions of security,logistics and political sensitivity. With loose talk of LTTE sleeper cells and bombastic pronouncements from internationally active LTTE elements the question of security was of crucial importance. The govt could not take chances with security as the possibility of some cadres escaping from custody could not be ruled out. The govt was also fearful of the pro – tiger Diaspora influencing these surrendees and transforming them into a lethal fifth column.

Political Sensitivity

There were also issues of logistics and political sensitivity. The state found it rather difficult to cater to these ex –tiger cadres.The govt would certainly have liked to enlist the services of external organizations to assist in dealing with the LTTE surrendees. But due to previous experience the Govt was wary or virtually paranoid about NGO’s.

It feared that NGO involvement would lead to disproportionate focus on negative rather than positive aspects. The govt suspected that some NGO’s were responsible for “leaking” negative information about IDP camp conditions to the western media. Given the links between some NGO’s (not all) and the LTTE in the past the govt was also concerned about potential collaboration detrimental to the national interest.

Then there was the question of media exposure. The fact that thousands of LTTE cadres had surrendered was something the govt could have used to derive much propaganda mileage. But the govt desisted from such a course due to two factors.

One was that the govt did not wish to violate acceptable norms by publicly exposing these surrendees amounting to prisoners of war. It was also unsure about what kind of statements would be made by these detenues.

The second reason was that it feared the exercise may turn out to be counter-productive. The media could provide negative instead of positive publicity by sensationalising matters and spotlighting defects rather than merits.

Thus the Govt decided to tackle this issue independently with the help of international organizations such as UNICEF and IOM rather than other non – governmental organizations. It also decided to restrict media access to these surrendees. In the preliminary stages access was denied to even family members.

Screening and interviewing of the surrendees enabled the authorities to profile each person individually. On that basis two broad categories were identified. The first category comprised those regarded as “hard core” and those belonging to suicide cells known as “Karumpuligal” or black tigers.

The LTTE had at one point of time, 1500 cadres enlisted as black tigers or suicide commandos.Of these black tigers 548 had surrendered to the armed forces. In addition there were 737 persons classified as hard core members. They were people with long years of experience in the LTTE and suspected of being involved in major offences under the law.

These 1285 persons were separated from the others and housed in three different detention facilities. Two were for men and one for women. The ratio of men to women in this category is roughly two to one. These persons are kept amidst tight security conditions and there has been very little access to them.

Investigations are continuing with these persons and the chances are that many would face legal proceedings in due course. As for the black tigers there is a strong possibility of them receiving an amnesty after undergoing an intensive reformatory rehabilitation program. A final policy decision is yet to be taken.

Rehabilitation and Re-integration

The second and much larger category consisted of “soft elements”. These were mainly the conscripts and from the non – military sectors. These persons were seen as people in need of rehabilitation and re-integration into society at large. The final count in this class was 11,696 comprising 594 children and 11,102 adults. The children consisted of 363 boys and 231 girls. The adults consisted of 9,078 men and 2024 women.

In their case a very welcome and praiseworthy decision was taken by President Rajapaksa. Instead of subjecting these people to legal proceedings a blanket amnesty was declared. They were to be released and re-integrated into society in a gradual, phased – out manner. They were not labelled as combatants but as people requiring rehabilitation. The idea was to rehabilitate them in every sense of the word.

This important function was entrusted to the Bureau of Commissioner – General of Rehabilitation. The Bureau was geared up to perform this task by the end of August 2009. Major – General Daya Ratnayake was appointed Commissioner –General. The minister in charge then was Justice and Law reforms minister Milinda Moragoda.

Eighteen places were set up to house these persons in Aug 2009. They were called Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centres (PARC). This number has come down to twelve now as thousands of people have been during the past months. Eight of these PARC ‘s are in Vavuniya, three in Batticaloa and one in Jaffna.

There was a change early this year when Maj-Gen Daya Ratnayake was appointed Chief of Staff in the Army. He was replaced by Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe of the Engineers regiment. Brig. Ranasinghe’s appointment was dated Jan 30th and he took up duties formally on February 9th 2010 after a brief multi- religious ceremony in which clergy of all four major religions participated.

There was another change in April when Parliamentary elections were concluded. Communist Party stalwart DEW Gunasekera became the minister in charge of rehabilitating the ex –LTTE personnel. Comrade DEW was appointed minister of rehabilitation and Prisons reform. His deputy minister was GV Vijayamuni Zoysa. When sworn in DEW Gunasekera had been instructed by President Rajapaksa to expedite the release of ex –LTTE members after rehabilitation.

Children of school going age were given a choice of continuing studies or learning vocational skills. 373 children opting to study were brought to Colombo Hindu College, Ratmalana initially. Afterwards they were transferred to Jaffna and Vavuniya. The others were taken to Ambepussa and given vocational training.

1170 of the surrendees were disabled persons having lost limbs in the war. They were released and allowed to be with their families. These included some hard core tigers and senior leaders. Likewise persons over the ages of 50 were also released.

Undergrads

148 among the surrendees were University students from Jaffna. Initially these undergrads were given leadership positions among the detenues and used to instil disciplinary norms. Later 51 female undergrads were released and allowed to resume studies in Jaffna. This was followed by 97 male undergrads. There are no undergrads being detained now.

Conditions in the preliminary stages left much to be desired. As time progressed conditions were better. Access was provided to family members. The wall of suspicion between the detenues and custodians went down gradually. The authorities were appalled when they heard of the atrocious manner in which many of these youths had been abducted by the LTTE. The surrendees began to perceive the authorities as sympathetic human beings rather than enemy agents as seen earlier. Currently the expenditure involved n maintaining these surrendees at PARC facilities is estimated at Rs 400 for each person per day.

Novel, worthwhile schemes and procedures have been initiated to enhance the process of rehabilitation. Chief among them is the scheme by which 600 girls are getting trained in Garment factories in the South. The girls are given free food and lodging and also paid 12 – 15,000 rupees per month as allowance. This money is actually a saving for them. There are plans to open new garment factories in Kilinochchi to absorb these girls later.

Mass marriage ceremony – Jun 2010 – pic: indi.ca

Another interesting development was the mass marriage ceremony where 106 men and women detainees were united in matrimony. Forty one among the Fifty three couples were Hindu, Eleven were Catholic and one was Protestant Christian. They were married according to their religious rites and order of worship. A village with 53 housing units were built in Pambaimadhu for the newly wed couples to reside. It was named “Saathaana Kiraamam” in Tamil and “Saama Gama” in Sinhala.

The Rehablitation Com –Gen , Brig, Ranasinghe when contacted over the telephone last week by this writer disclosed that the 11, 696 figure of August 2009 had come down to 7,948 now. This included 1101 females.

Brig.Sudantha Ranasinghe

Brig. Sudantha Ranasinghe said that once he cleared rehabilitees and awarded them their certificates of release they returned to their families and homes. The Police and other civil authorities in the respective areas were duly informed. Thereafter these rehabilitees need not report anywhere. They were free to lead normal lives without any restriction or monitoring.Brig. Ranasinghe said the released youths had his contact details and could communicate with him at any time.He said that people were being released every month.

The commissioner -general also spoke about the various schemes of training and education in process. He spoke of on the job training in the garment industry, imparting of vocational skills, training in Montessori teaching , advanced English Information technology and Drama therapy(conducted by Anoja Weerasinghe)

Brig. Sudantha Ranasinghe

He also spoke in glowing terms about 364 students sitting for the GCE (AL) exam this August and 174 for the GCE (OL) exam next December. Every effort is being done to coach and prepare them for the exams . A Tamil expatriate organization and Tamil NGO are helping with this.

“A good number of these youths will get through with three A’s at least. They have nothing else to but study. In fact some of these students are eligible for release but their parents want them to remain here until the exams are over because there are no proper facilities to study in the homes of these newly re-settled families” observed the Commissioner-general.

“The greatest gift I can give them is education or some form of professional training. That is what will help them to restore their lives in the future.” Said Brig. Ranasinghe

Brig. Ranasinghe was quite passionate about his mission and outlined in two telephone conversations , what had been done in the past and what is being done at present and what would be done in the future. Brig. Ranasinghe seemed slightly miffed at the lack of awareness about the rehabilitation program and about the unfair adverse propaganda abroad.

Apart from speaking to Brig. Ranasinghe this writer also spoke with four people who had visited these PARC facilities and had a first –hand impression of what was happening there. In addition to these people , this writer also communicated with seven released rehabilitees including three undergraduates. This writer also communicated with eleven close relatives of persons housed at these centres.

The information gathered by communicating with these people along with details provided by Brig. Sudantha Ranasinghe gave this writer a vivid insight into what was happening in this sphere. This writer intends continuing this topic with greater depth and detail in a forthcoming article.

Salient Points

There are however four salient points regarding this issue requiring elaboration and emphasis.

The first is to recognize that the bulk of these surrendees though ex –LTTE combatants are basically forcibly recruited youths with practically little or no fighting experience. They are not battle hardened fighters. From that perspective it must be said that the pace of rehabilitation and release is slow.

The efforts to educate them and/or train them in vocational skills is commendable but the period of being held in PARC facilities is quite prolonged. The govy must expedite the process in the next few months and ensure the release of all these “soft cadres”. In fact a mass release of these surrendees would be most welcome. The govt should set a clear time frame for release within this year and meet it.

The second point is that a very large number of Tamils are yet being held under emergency regulations and Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at Welikade, Kalutara, Negombo and Boosa. To put it mildly it does seem incongruous and inappropriate that such a large number of persons should be in custody despite the LTTE being demolished and the war ending in May last year. Instead of continuing to let matters drift indefinitely the govt should take a firm policy decision and award an amnesty to all these people and release them forthwith.

The third point is that an unknown number of LTTE surrendees or captured prisoners from the Wanni who have been co-opted into the security apparatus. These persons are being used by the intelligence services to provide information about LTTE structures and personnel particularly the intelligence network in the Island.

Among those involved in this exercise are former Jaffna political commissar Ilamparithy, Sports division chief Pappa, Administrative division head Thangan, prison warden Ranjith and Women division political head Thamilini. In addition to these better known persons there are a large number of ex –LTTE political and intelligence wing operatives who are working along with the state at present.

This again is a contradiction of sorts. On the one hand thousands of youths with minimal and involuntary involvement with the LTTE are being held for more than a year and subjected to an extended period of rehabilitation pending release. On the other hand senior members of the LTTE with conspicuous track records are enjoying greater freedom because they are collaborating with the state.

The fourth and most significant point is about the “disappearance” of several LTTE members who surrendered to the Armed forces. The exact number of LTTE cadres who surrendered to the armed forces at the frontlines is not known. What we have now are the figures tabulated after the surrendees were housed at detention facilities. Even here a number of persons were taken away for questioning by the military intelligence. Some did not return.

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Balakumaran and Yogi

Under these circumstances there is a group of surrendered LTTE cadres who are not accounted for. Among these are prominent tiger leaders like Balakumaran, Yogi, Thilakar, Para, Puthuvai Rathinadurai, Velavan etc. Information garnered from other surrendees point to the fact that these well – known senior tiger leaders had not been killed in battle and had surrendered. But their whereabouts are not known now and are regarded as “missing”.

Apart from these better known tiger leaders there are some others too who had surrendered and are now “disappeared”. Family members in Sri Lanka and abroad have received information from reliable sources that these persons had surrendered and not been killed.

In some instances there is information that they were seen in IDP camps. But when attempts were made to check the data bases about those in detention or undergoing rehabilitation there is no record of these people.The fate of these nondescript LTTE members is not known.Sadly it is a problem concerning mainly the immediate family

The “disappearance” of better known LTTE leaders however is a question receiving wider and greater attention. Former EROS leader KV Balakumaran is a leader of great stature. He was a senior member of the LTTE “shadow cabinet” and was featured prominently and regularly in the media. Balakumaran’s daughter was injured and had been transported to Trincomalee with her mother in an ICRC vessel some days before the Mullivaaikkaal debacle.

Balakumaran who himself had been injured a few weeks before had surrendered to the Army along with his nineteen year old son. He had reportedly identified himself to the army and had been treated with courtesy by army officers. People had seen an army officer shaking hands with Balakumaran. Father and son were put aboard a tractor –trailer vehicle with some others and driven away. Nothing has been heard of both since then

Yogaratnam Narendran alias Yogi was the political wing head of the LTTE in 1987 and was the person who handed over arms to the govt in terms of the Indo-Lanka accord in 1987. He was removed from his post and expelled from the movement in the aftermath of the Mahathaya crisis when the former LTTE deputy leader was charged with conspiring against Prabhakaran and executed after undergoing detention and interrogation.

Yogi re-joined the movement a few years ago and was apponhted in charge of the military history and military analysis division. Yogi’s wife and child had left the Wanni earlier along with other civilians earlier. Yogi himself had mingled with civilians and crossed over to the army through the Vattuvaagal causeway in the last days of the war. He had been held in an IDP camp and had access to a telephone . He had soken to several relatives and friends in the early days. Yogi was subsequently identified and taken away. He has not been heard of since

The spouses of both Balakumaran and Yogi are now in Jaffna. They had tried in various ways to find out about their husbands but had no success. There seems to be no official record of both. It would have been easy to assume that they were among those killed in battle but for the fact that there is information available that both had surrendered to the army. There were also reports in the Colombo newspapers last year that Balakumaran and Yogi had surrendered.

Recently Rehabilitation minister DEW Gunasekera told a newspaper that the widows of Balakumaran and Yogi had met him in Jaffna. He was then questioned by the BBC tamil service about the fate of Yogi and Balakumaran but had no answer. Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella was also asked about Yogi and Balakumaran and replied that he had no information.

This then is a crucial question. What has happened to Yogi and Balakumaran and others who had surrendered about whom there is no information available. While the govt is to be praised for rehabilitating and releasing thousands of ex –LTTE cadres who had surrendered it must also be queried about the fate of these tiger members who had surrendered and are now in the realm of the “disappeared”.

While the govt should be praised for its enlightened approach towards acknowledged surrendees it must also be asked to furnish answers to questions regarding these unaccounted surrendees. Accountability cannot be shirked by a responsible Government.

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

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  1. My nephew and niece (cousins) were among the surrendees. One was living in Mallavi& the other at Thaniyootru and had been forcibly recruited at different times

    The niece is now rehabilitated and issued a release certificate. She is back with her family which too has moved to Jaffna

    My nephew is yet to be released

    My siblings in Lanka related what had happened to both in the PARC facility. I also spoke to my niece.After some problems at the start matters improved considerably

    My niece tells me that her eight month stay was a good thing in her life. She calls the Brigadier a man like god (kadavul pole)

    What you have written tallies with what I heard DBS

  2. I am a doctor who has worked with the rehabilitees and attended to their medical needs

    As a Tamil I was really amazed at the way these youths are being treated. The food quality is very good. They are unhappy about being confined but are generally happy. Few complaints

    Whatever the reasons for doing it I think the govt is trying to do the right thing. For this praise is due

  3. Thankyou Mr dbs, where is yogi, balakumar and many more. do you beleive these blood suckers of tamils give any thing. All surrenedered murdered by budhas followers. they are evil people tamils not going get anything from these barbarians, keep on dreaming, we need a new prabakaran with diplomatic skills and military genious like old brilliant velu.

  4. I have absolutely no sympathy for LTTE and their ilk.

    Daniel, please dont be too harsh…….DBSJ

  5. Thank you so much DBS for this write -up. Once again you have written the truth about the exact situation.

    One of my friends has a cousin who was a Jaffna university student. Her parents were living in Kilinochi. She was forcibly recruited when she went home for holidays. Thank god she is now released and is back at the Jaffna varsity

    I went to Jaffna with my friend recently and had many talks with this girl. She told me a lot of things that were complimentary about rehabilitation process

    But when I told this to some of my Sinhala friens even some of them refused to believe. They hate Mahinda goct because of politics. So they dont want to listen o anything good about govt

    I too voted for General Sarath in both last elections . I strongly condemn what the govt is doing to him now. But in the case of tiger surrendees the govt is doing good

    We must accept that.You have also done that which is good

  6. The easiest thing would simply be to release all the ‘soft cadres’. You don’t rehabilitate people by keeping them locked up, and pretending you’re giving vocational training to Jaffna University students, by teaching them how to make artefacts out of coconut shells is plain stupid.

  7. DSB, Thank you very much for giving a fair picture of the EX-LTTE rehabilitaion process and it was really interesting to read.

  8. “Forcibly recruited youths and those who “volunteered” unwillingly do not make the best fighters. The motivation is not there.”
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    Same thing happened in the vietnam war. After conscription started the war was lost. Muhammed ali even decided to go to prison than fight.I suppose if the GOSL embarked on conscription and the LTTE did not, probably the GOSL would have lost. The problem with conscription is these forced recruits will lower the moral and stiffness to fight of the others.

    I don’t know how to explain world war 2 where america was dragged into the war and conscription letters were sent out. parents were dreading 2 letters, the first one asking to join and the next one saying he was dead. The americans initially fought terribly against the battle hardened germans but later on improved and hammered them. Conscription did not seem to affect their morale much.They were not reluctant to join and hiding from the authorities like in the vietnam war. So i think the commitment to the cause is more important than the conscription itself. Don the world war 2 expert might be able to explain this better. We italian pensioners are now going to argu e about this endlessly with our hands flailing up and down.

    So i think maybe the lack of commitment to Eelam may be the real cause of these youngsters not having the resolve to fight. they would have been pretty content with a federal setup like in tamilnadu where the tamils just manage their own affairs and live side by side with others with whom they have fought historically.
    They would have probably silently cursed prabhaharan for letting that opportunity go for his own selfish ends.

    The GOSL should release these unfortunates because handled properly they can become an asset to the country and the healing process.

  9. This is the inconvenient truth. Well done DB. I am suprised to see no one yet commented on the article, labelling you “someone”. You boldly ventured into the truth epolration.

    Also try to get some help from diaspora to help those detaineed to uplift their life.

    Good luck friend

  10. What you write is true.
    When I visited Jaffna some months back, the fire in many senior officers are now turned to rehabilitation, repair and rejunevate.
    I have seen them trying to help damaged churches to be restored. damaged parish houses too. At the same venue I met some Sisters looking after orphans.
    I cannot help but know that they would harbour some resentment of the oppressor now trying to be humane. But such is war and being weary of war. Nobody wants to be an aggressor continuously.
    Even Yassar Arafat became a statesman, What about Pillyan and Karuna. Some say they are scoundrels. No doubt they would have killed hundreds of singhalese cops and soldiers.
    If japan could become free of hatred towards Americans even after having two atom bombs droped on them I am sure that the Tamil civilians here in Sri Lanka would have a change of heart .
    Only time would tell.
    I only know that the Diaspora would continue to rave and rant for their selfish needs.
    I would like to know what the Diaspora is doing to help their bretheren in Sri Lanka OTHER than sending money to kith and kin. How many have helped in establishing training centres, institutions ect. I know that every week I get emails from collegues conducting various medical camps in the North.
    I am yet to come across Diaspora showing some active interest other than having vigils and demonstrations abroad.
    Please enlighten me if i have erred.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dilshan hi

    It would be a mistake to treat the Tamil Diaspora as a monolithic entity under the total control of tiger or pro-tiger elements. As is the case in situations of this type a vociferous minority continues to hog the megaphone in the name of the entire Tamil Diaspora

    The fact is that there is a very very large segment of the Diaspora that is anti – LTTE or Non -LTTE. There is another large segment that is non -political or apolitica as far as the Sri Lankan factor is concerned

    At the same time there are so many Diaspora Tamils who are helping in a very big way. Apart from helping relatives and friends on a personal basis they extend much assistance to other causes, charities and projects too

    Most of them shu publicity because that is the essence of doing good (the left hand must not know what the right hand gives). Also they do not want any trouble or hassle from tiger elements for this. Another point is some fear an avalanche of requests from sections seeking “help” once their philantropic potential is known

    But I do think I must write about this Diaspora contibution in detail one of these days

  11. This is very good. Beside all the bad propaganda in the West this article bring the otherside of the story.
    I couldn’t even imagine that SLA could do this for their one time enemy. I would say this is equal to the deed King Gemunu had done to King Elara after the war.

  12. Well compiled article, DBS. Thanks.
    Overall, the government’s efforts in rehabilitating the ex-combatants are praiseworthy. But as I see it, there is one area that needs further attention which the detractors of GOSL are prone to toy with. The pace at which the rehabilitation work is proceeding has to be further quickened. According to your figures in the article, only 3748 persons have been rehabilitated in a one year period (from Aug 09 to end July 10). Whilst being appreciative of the work done under difficult conditions, I implore the GOSL to expedite the process of rehabilitation work still further with the introduction of more resources.

  13. This analysis gives broad information about the fate of the surrendered LTTERs. The conduct of military in rehabilitating them and the commitment of the government in providing vocational training to these youngsters is commendable. The confidence building measures among the both communities could begin from here. However, there is no information about Balakumaran, Yogi, Puthuvai, Elilan and Ilamparithi. What happen to them.

  14. [An important cause for this large-scale surrender was the conscription factor. Most of those who surrendered were youths who had been forcibly recruited by the LTTE. Some were “unwilling volunteers”.]

    But the propaganda machines of the Tamil Terrorist Diaspora (TTD) screamed for 30 years that these are volunteer ‘freedom fighters’!

    HUH!

    Thanks DBSJ for unearthing the facts, which were of course, known to Sri Lankans throughout but the gullible West succumbed and allowed funds to be raised for terrorism.

    There was never a ‘Tamil cause’… but Looting Tamil Terrorists Everywhere (LTTE) made sure that their top leaders mission to create power and Swiss Bank accounts was on course.

    Sri Lankans must never forgive the remaining TTD members who funded terrorism in Sri Lanka and now shamefully hiding in the West. We must slowly but surely target to hunt down and kill each one of these rats.

    There is no shortage of motivation to do that, because the wailings of the loved ones who wept for the victims never fail to ring on a daily basis in the ears of true Sri Lankans.

  15. Majority of Ex LTTE cadres have been treated reasonably well. All apprciation goes to GOSL.

    Can safely ignore the critics who make mountain out of a mole.

  16. I have seen the current essay. I am not posting any comment on this. I have a different perspective that can be discussed later. May be, you may get it while I am continuing with my thought process:

    1. You can not change the core bad. We are all between the extremely bad and extremely good. Am I good? Yes, because I can empathise with bad too. I am aware bad CAN NOT be destroyed. I know I am good and bad is also in me. So, I have to negotiate and engage with the bad.

    2. You can not engage with core bad. It will kill you. There are some fence sitters looking out searching for escape root! Focus on them. Send feelers. Do not cry like a baby as if it sees a ‘Godzilla’ movie!

    3. There are no 100% good. Because I am good as well as bad. So you are. If you are waiting for 100% fool proof good, you will not get because they already reached nirvana!

    4. You will not talk about the dead. You said many times. I differ from you. But I will not only talk about dead and blast them too! Break your icons. Their souls are haunting those who live! I am a rationalist. I am searching. I am exploring the middle path. I am not Buddha. Who is he? Break your icons.

    5. I have seen some of the mails. The bullet and bullet made stupas are the outcome of the hard core bad. You have to engage with the idea of hard core- which has won. How many stupas will you demolish? In the same way, the outcome the defeated hard core is expressed in weeping poetry. You will have to address the weeping Tamil poertry. Hard boiled tamil poets can not be changed. But the fence sitters can be changed. How?

    6. Though I do not have any problem with the dead people whom I can demolish, I will engage with the living people. After all life is for the living! Not for the dead! Why do you chase the dead?

    7. I think good are suspicious of each other and wearing masks. Am I right? Probably right, May be because, the good in SL were brutally hit and those in far off place are relatively safe. Is it right?

    8. I information technology, if a system is corrupted, they will isolate the available data for retrieval in to a separate server. So the good are to be separated. Are we on separate server?

  17. Thank you for the information.

    This is what every one should know.

    You are doing a great job with your skills.

    Appriciate what is done positively then highlight the shortcomings…way forward.

    Welldone DBSJ.

  18. DBSJ

    Thanks for this excellent write up . The mystery of what happened to Yogaratnam Yogi and EROS Balakumar still continues .If SL army had executed them then it would have been a very grave mistake as these 2 people could have helped very much in rehabilitation of NE part of SL along with KP and they represented the softer face of LTTE .If Yogi had spoken with his wife /relative over phone then definitely he must have mentioned as to which camp he was held .
    By the way is there any chance of ex-LTTE Cadres ( those with good battle experience ) being absorbed in to the SL Army ? Has this been considered by the SL Govt and SL Army ?

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  20. Thank u for the write up.DBS
    I have met 400 ex Ltte female cadres and parents . Not a single one said negative thing about their treatment . It is true every one wants to go home soon as they can.my credit goes to Ttri -Star Apprreal in helping girls in learning new skills.
    I was happy to see young girls were able to wear make up which was denied for long time.
    Sudantha Ranasinghe is real good man for the job

  21. Thank you Dr Noel Nadesan and all others who wrote the truth of our SriLankan government treating ex-LTTE Cadres well. You all are true SriLankan children of mother Lanka. We are all in one family this is our home land. We must appreciate all the hard work done by our government with SL Army forces to maintain PEACE and forgive the ex-LTTE Cadres and change them into good people. GOD BLESS SRILANKA

  22. Yogi & I were in the soccer team of the Jaffna Hindu College. He was a brilliant sportsman and extremely popular in the college.

    I tried many times since 2007 to talk to him to explain that VP was leading them into a major disaster but I could not get through to him.

    I deeply distressed to hear there is no information about him.

  23. # 19. Krishna

    It is too early to think of Ex LTTE cadres absorbed in Srilanka Army.

    It is quite possible, due to their past criminal records, they may not get any government or private company job.

  24. I hate LTTE which I was a member prior. I ask pardon from the communtiy for the atoricities committed by me only that I know of

  25. 8. shankar:- Conscription did not seem to affect the US soldiers morale much. They were not reluctant to join and hiding from the authorities like in the Vietnam war.
    ————————————————————————–

    US Joined WW2 because Pearl Harbour was attacked and after that the Americans’ were itching for a fight. Especially because the way Japs attacked Pearl Harbor without any formal declaration of war. Therefore there was no reason for the American boys to refuse joining up. They were happy to do so & as US was rich, the military facilities provided were very good.

    In Vietnam War the story was different. From the start, many in US were skeptical and as this idea got snow balled, the youth refused to join and the horror stories of how US servicemen were getting killed after falling into booby traps with sharpened spikes started circulating, the situation got worse. There was also a ground swell of US people constantly demonstrating against the US fighting in a foreign country on another person’s war. US demonstrators thought Vietnamese must be left alone to fight their own differences and US had no business to be there. But US Govt was convinced the domino theory would work which was that if Vietnam falls to communists, then Cambodia and then Laos and then the Thailand would fall to communists. Therefore Vietnam should be defended. But finally history proved that this thinking was wrong after nearly 400,000 people from all sides were killed! This is American logic! What about the war crimes US committed in Vietnam? Do we want to hear that? But now they say the GOSL is the biggest war criminal!!

  26. 1.I like to thank DBS for this article. This is the pure truth and not the spin. Those who have their ear to the ground in SL and talk to the common people know DBS has stated the facts.

    2.Meanwhile, 90,000 pages of highly classified info has been leaked onto Wilkleaks by a US intelligence operative. These documents incriminate US and UK of war crimes in Afghanistan. But UK/USA point the finger at SL on war crimes!

    3. In postwar Germany, the Allied Powers clamped down on former Nazis both as a means of preventing the Nazi Party’s survival after the war and as a means of retribution against the world’s most hated political group. Regardless of their education or skill, the only legal jobs former Nazi Party members could have in Europe were manual labor jobs. The two highest (out of four) classes of offenders were also banned from voting and running for public office. American general George Patton was fired from his postwar position in Germany because of his opposition to this system. He argued that most Nazi Party members had not committed war crimes and were the most, if not the only, Germans qualified to work in government positions. This was only one aspect of a collective punishment system where the Allies blamed all Germans for the war and the Holocaust. Nazi literature, symbols, and other objects reminding Germans of the Nazi Party were also destroyed in an attempt to totally erase Nazism from German society.

    Luckily, Sri Lanka has not adopted such a hardliner’s stance on reconstruction. Unlike Germany after World War Two. Many will argue that both sides committed war crimes, leaving only political perspective to decide who, if anyone, was fighting on the side of righteousness. The result will be that a great many Tamils will be proud of their LTTE heritage and will continue to support the ideals they fought for, even if Tamil Eelam will never come to pass. Will Sri Lanka deny voting rights to a huge portion of Sri Lankan Tamils because of this? I do not think so. Will these same Tamils be limited by the government to the least prestigious jobs in the country? Fortunately, the liberation of The East proved GOSL’s willingness to include former enemies in the government. The once ludicrous idea of Colonel Karuna, the rebel leader who led the final assault on Elephant Pass, becoming a member of the Sri Lankan government is now a reality. Successful elections in North and East further provides hope that Reconstruction in the North & East will be a successful exercise in democracy.

  27. Thanks DBSJ for your reply. Perhaps I was too harsh in labelling all tamils living abroad into one category. My apologies.
    For those who wrote about ‘releasing everybody’

    I can tell you what one Army Seniors in charge told me. he said I have 400 hardcore LTTE members ranging in years 14-40. He said that they are being ‘rehabilitated’ – the word re-habilitate does not mean brain wash or some other. But finding them skills other than shooting so that they can fend for themselves and others.

    I can vouch for the softness in these very soldiers who considered LTTE their mortal enemy. In fact my star tamil employee and my favourite supported the LTTE, It just didnt make any different to me. I dont think she contributed money as her land was forcibly taken away by the LTTE, but even if she did it would not have mattered. What I am trying to say is that surrendered LTTE detainees when living with the SLA just understand each other. nobody is taking away their heritage or culture but just treating them as fellow travelers in time.

    I watched a video clip on the net of a young tamil girl sobbing uncontrollably as her father lay in front of her bunker dead. I hope and pray that she is well and recovered from her trauma though I know that none of us can replace her father. At the end of the day it does not matter whether you are LTTE or SLA, Singhalese or Tamils, just who you are inside.

    We have a long road ahead for the people affected from the war both Singhalese and Tamils

  28. DBSJ

    I was wondering when you will write something of postwar ground situation. It was long overdue. People would have been wondering about the mess and what is happening there. Good that you brought up this well written article. Tamils as well as sinhalese will thank you for it.

    I think that when the GOSL does something good the tamils should reciprocate in some way. Then only the government will feel appreciated. To bridge the divide between the 2 communities there should be a give and take policy, not take and take only. I hope sampanthan and other tamil leaders reciprocrate in some manner. Please advise them to. This time you don’t need to worry about some goons breaking your head and leg thanking you for the advice.

    With regard to tristar garments i wonder whether Dion Gomez is still there? He is a man who is capable of such initiatives.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Shankar

    Breaking my leg &head did not prevent me from writing and will not. Stopping my Tamil paper in Toronto through violence only made me revert to English writing again. Apart from the sentimental loss I feel in not being able to write in my mother tongue I think going back to English was a good thing that happened.

    As for “advising” nowadays I feel that it is a waste of time as far as “my” Tamil people are concerned. For years and years I admonished and “advised” our self – styled sole representatives to correct their course in the interests of the Tamil people.All the mistakes I pointed out were the ones that cumulatively contributed to the lTTE decline and fall

    Now all what I feared and warned of has come true. The LTTE has gone after causing irredeemable harm to the Tamil people.

    The reality today is that Tamils are a shattered battered people. The need of the hour is restoration of what we have lost. If we are to rise from the ground after this great (what could have been avoided)fall we can only grasp the hands of the Sinhalese, India and International community to do so. A bitter truth

    WE must defend and protect what we have while striving to regain and consolidate what we have lost

    There is really no room for confrontational politics and provocative rhetoric. Whatever the problems we can only engage in cooperative politics while maintaining our dignity and self – respect

    While most people living in Lanka are adopting a realistic attitude the so called “ultra-nationalistic” Daspora elements continue to indulge in vociferous abrasive politics. The Tamil media too follows suit

    As for the TNA it is still dilly-dallying trying to please the Diaspora at times without firmly chartering a course

    Under these circumstances I feel there is really no point in wasting time in trying to advise. I get the feeling again and again to focus on many non -political topics that are dear to my heart instead of writing on Tamil politics. I feel the dog’s tail will never get straight

    You’ve praised this article. Thanks. So too have many others. But you should know that I’ve been receiving many stupid mails from false email addresses from my “Tamil co-ethnics” attacking me viciously & saying I am sucking up to Rajapaksa. They maintain that the ex-LTTE cadres are being subjected to all sorts of abuse. I also got comments in filthy language which I’ve deleted.

    Intimidation has never stopped me and never will. But after 33 years of journalism I do begin to wonder whether it’s all worth it. At 56 years of age with deteriorating health I do think often why should I continue to tell the truth as I see it and keep on getting abused by an unappreciative mob that uses words like “traitor” so abundantly

    Instead of advising I should write on films, wildlife, etc and let the great Eelam Tamil Diaspora go its own way

  29. The UTHR-J said the same thing about Balakumaran et.al.’s surrender in its report after the end of the war last year. If they are indeed ‘disappeared,’ it would be a clear war crime.

    Just because many people in the South were tolerating –maybe even applauding — the murder of Rohana Wijeweera in custody, civilized society cannot tolerate extrajudicial killings of people after their surrender. This is true especially of Tamils who talk about reconciliation and Sinhalese who cheer them. From my perspective, given that the stench of war crimes still permeates the air, the second part should go first and the first part speaking about some positive aspects of rehabilitation should come second.

  30. All the persons who vanished in to the thin air are persons who were found not capable of being rehabilitated. I don’t know what rehabilitation in the Sri Lankan style mean.

    Why waste time on them. Why try them if a change can be brought against them. Why waste money on these exercises. The Government found an easy way to rid of them. You have missed Karikalan and his wife in your list.There is reliable information circulating among the Batticaloa tamils that Karuna amman met him before he was exterminated.

    Mr. Devananda, Mr. Muralitharan, Mr. Chandrakanthan and Pathmanathan and like were in the eyes of the Government repentant ?? and were consequently not only pardoned but also showered with perks.

    It is a very deplorable state of affairs for the Tamil. They do not have even the loin cloth. They are reduced to position that they cannot fight for their reasonable aspirations let alone express their aspiration. “Pitchai Venaam Nayai pudi”

    Stanislaus

  31. Thanks DBS,
    You have confirmed what I have been hearing through the “grape vine” from Sri Lanka about how the GOSL is dealing with the ex-fighters from LTTE. Nothing is perfect of course, but on the whole, the government’s intentions are clear. This will take time, but these people will be given a chance to find their way in to a normal way of life.

  32. THESE THINGS ARE GOOD. NO DOUBT. BUT THE CORE ISSUE IS SOME THING ELSE. YOU HAVE TO ALSO ADDRESS THAT.

    WITHOUT JUSTICE THE ENTIRE EDIFICE WILL COME DOWN.

    I DON’T WANT ANOTHER STUPA TO BE BUILT.

    BY THE WAY WHO IS THAT NUMSKULL WHO GOT THAT IDEA OF BUILDING A STUPA OUT OF CARTRIDGES.

  33. Sir, your writing in this vein is in itself a part of Rehabilitation

    of our suffering brother and sister Tamils. You will definitely

    write a follow-up in due course, to gauge all our present

    judgments based on your weighted findings.

    Yes, the diaspora is doing a lot of good money-wise for

    the down-trodden. Some clergymen have divinely stepped

    into connect selected diaspora with burdened widows under

    their care and rehabilitation. Such numbers have yet to

    be written about – by you, Sir.

  34. Thanks DBSJ.

    Diaspora largely ignored the plight of these 10,000 Tamils youths while talking about “giving voice to voiceless people”. KP is trying his best by working with the government.

    Once again thanks for highlighting plight of our Tamils youths.

    R Maran

  35. Yet another fine article, flies in the face of section of media that have been always reporting only the negativity of GoSL. This is the kind of gestures expected of victors-treating the POW with respect. To do what has been done in these PARC requires political leadership and its backing all along.

    Looks like Brig Sudantha is the right person for the job, helps improve the GoSL’s standing on IC. Likewise, to mute critics among Diaspora’s communities, a road map to find a speedy political solution for Tamils’ problem should be developed and resolved as quickly as possible. MR has the stuff what it takes to resolve the problem but does he have the will, if he has the will of course there is a way.

    Also, publishing a list of names that are in the detentions is overdue. For the next kith and kin, living with uncertainties without knowing the whereabouts of their loved ones is dreadful.

  36. Thank you sir
    Great article
    I am a tamil living in NJ USA . I know there are lot of sinhalese who are vey kind people
    Hope and pray We all can live together like brothers and sisters in Lanka

  37. Superb stuff. I am particularly glad you mentioned some of your sources, and your methods of research, because I could already hear your critics saying things like: “he probably just talked to one person, and is drawing unwarranted conclusions” or “he received access to government officials, so now must write approvingly of them”. The best way to shut down these responses is to point out how many people you talked to from different walks of life. The fact that this was your strategy is evident in your tone. Good work!

  38. My request to so called peaceful Tamil Diaspora is to support the government in power regardless of the party, in order to develop the lives of the folks affected.

    Be reminded that Sri Lankans of all walks of life have been footing the bill to rehabilitating the misguided Tamil youth and IDP to the best of our ability. The youth involved were forcibly recruited by the late Fat Pig and his deputies and shown the bogus map of a mythical Tamil homeland to conquer.

    Be realistic and hit the ground, and accept that Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans aren’t going anywhere. So let’s unite.

    It’s your move, partner!

  39. #30 Expatriate

    How about all the soldiers and policemen shot by the LTTE after surrendering. How many POW’s did LTTE have at the end (after 30 years of war)? The SLA soldiers don’t commit suicide so what happened to all soldiers who surrendered?

    Why didn’t expatriate (and diaspora) speak against this. Why was there no war crimes investigation.

    Maybe we need a war crimes investigation. But the LTTE supporting (and people who gave money to LTTE) diaspora has no moral right to talk about that.

  40. DBS J

    Please don’t give up.

    your response #29 was lengthy . Don’t evergive up on your mission.

    ‘let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching’ Hebrews 10: 25

    May the good Lord be on your side.

  41. Re #29

    Please don’t give up. Unless you don’t write, nobody knows really what is happning to those ex -Lttes. There will be mad pepople stll sending you threats. Those are the people who believed LTTE’s past propaganda. They will change in the future when the truth come out. I repeat # 41.

    ‘let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching’

    Long live to you DBSJ.

    Bala

  42. Response to comment #10 Dilshan:

    DBSJ has responded to your comment so it is not really worthwhile elaborating on it. However, as a member of the diaspora, I felt pain at your comment.

    I am involved personally, as a family and as part of a charity org in helping children, women and the disabled in the North of Sri Lanka.

    Other than the reasons mentioned by DBSJ there is also another angle. We do not want certain elements of the Government of Sri Lanka to find out what we do. We also have been warned by certain paramilitary groups telling us that we could only help people through them.
    This is another reason why people like Dilshan will never find out what is really happening.

    Talk to people like Capt Elmo Jayawardene of Candleaid in SL. He will tell you more about the the diaspora Tamils helping in Education, Health and many more areas and not just helping relatives.

    Having read the article, I am happy that there is a brave soldier out there with a genuine desire to rehabilitate those ex-ltters. I will now try and find a way to contact him and see how best we can help. In the mean time, we will not always publish everything that we do.

  43. Ambalangoda Man,

    The state to which owe your allegiance and the regime you probably supported, went on to annihilate the LTTE, citing the many crimes the LTTE had committed, including the ones you quote. So if you have evidence of war crimes committed by the LTTE, you can take that up with Velupillai Pirapharan’s ghost. You can also take that up with the current SLFP Deputy President, the erstwhile “Col” Karuna, who was accused of murdering 600 surrendered Sinhalese policemen.

    However, the top leaders of the regime are not ghosts, they live in flesh and blood and continue to enjoy the highest power in the land of Sri Lanka. Since there is plenty of evidence to show that these people committed war crimes, justice has to happen one way or another. If normal channels of justice are denied to their victims, if you fail to hold war criminals accountable for their crimes, someone may act as the judge and jury and do to the regime what was done to the LTTE. It might appear that there is no way that can be done, given the “absolute” power that the Rajapaksa clan exercises, but I wouldn’t be so sure. Times change. Popularity and power are ephemeral. Sri Lanka’s own history is full of examples–Ranjan Wijeratna, Lalith Athulathmudali, Premadasa, and VP himself all felt they were too powerful and nothing would happen to them.

    By the way, your comparison of the LTTE supporters to the current regime is seriously off. You can compare the supporters of this war criminal regime, such as yourself, to the pro-LTTE Diaspora. But the LTTE should be compared to the current regime. The latter, acting under the guise of being ‘democratically elected,’ ought to be held to a higher standard. You cannot tell the Tamil people they must be part of the Sri Lankan nation and then turn around and ask them to support a regime that is no different from a terrorist group in the depths of its criminality and depravity.

    Moreover, if the Diaspora’s support to the LTTE makes them complicit in the LTTE’s crimes, those who elected the current regime are equally complicit in the regime'[s war crimes. If that balances out, that still leaves the crimes of this regime as an outstanding matter that needs to be settled. Comprende? In other words, you cannot use Diaspora’s support to the LTTE as an excuse not to hold the current regime responsible for its crimes. The comparison, if you insist on making it, is entirely at a different level: The criminal SL regime vs the LTTE; pro-regime SL voters vs pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora.

  44. “This then is a crucial question. What has happened to Yogi and Balakumaran and others who had surrendered about whom there is no information available”
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    No point in cracking your head about them. With cut and dried no nonsense types like gota if they are not dried then they have died.

  45. DBS:- Your response at 26. to Shankar. Can you write in Tamil as good as in English? If that is the case, that is great because I only know of journo’s who are skilled in one language. Secondly, you say at 56 you are in failing health. What the hell??

    You are currently at the peak of your performance. People at 50+ are like old wine. They get better by the day & the thinking horizon and understanding diversifies. The important thing in your writing is that you dig out things others cant find.

    Until I read you from a year back, I thought investigative journalism is dead. I can remember reading your column “under the kajan fence” in SL and I thought this is the only guy who is giving the other side of the picture.

    Credit to you. However I like to see you ticking for another 10yrs at least.

    So take it easy. You are too valuable to see angle Gabriel right now. I am also proud you have not forgotten STC. By the way are you in contact with some of our STC Tamil teachers who have settled down in Canada?

  46. dbs
    You have done a good job as usual. But, when will the majority Sinhalese accept the Tamils as equals ? Who is going to enlighten them? When will the Tamils live in peace in their homeland ? Peace does not mean to be second to any other community.
    Let God help the minorities in SL.
    Thamilan

  47. Refer to post #29.

    It is important that you continue to write on these matters (you may also diversify in to other topics like wild life) at least from two perspectives.

    1. It provides people like us who are generally on the “other side” of the fence (ethnically speaking at least), a rare window of a diffenet point of view or a mind set, which sometimes challenges our perceptions & notions. While we sympathise with feelings of hate or may deal with them if it becomes a threat, we would like to continue to listen to reason.

    2. It provides an opportunity for many others to participate in a constructive dialog as can be seen in many responses.

    Therefore I would like to urge you to continue.

  48. Refer #44.

    Expatriate,

    There is a problem in this whole “war crimes” issue that your desires may not be allowed to take place.

    The problem is with the judge & the jury when it comes to SL as a defendant.

    the countries & individuals who clamour for “justice” themselves represent forces who are tainted and even presently actively engage in war crimes (just read vikileaks for the latest). Or else they (such as diaspora) are the ones who funded crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. None of them has any right to probe anything in SL.

    Diaspora funded a dirty war & they lost. They should accept the reality of defeat and move on.

    The criminal judges and the jury will not be allowed to try SL govt.

  49. DBS

    Timely and very useful article. One up for GOSL for treating the LTTE cadres with compassion.

    I am particularly worried about Yogi ever since we heard that he has surrendered from the IDP camp. Please share with us if you have any further information about him.

  50. No killing after may 31st in srilanka. Thank god. government also did war crime. If you do inquiry , both, government and LTTE should get capital punishment. Do you like more killings or not. if judge gives capital punishment then that is not killing but others give punishment it will. May be right , in this case both should get capital punishment. so leave this topic and think now how can we make this people think consturctively about our nations future. Lets talk future.

  51. At Mahesh

    “I DON’T WANT ANOTHER STUPA TO BE BUILT.”

    It doesn’t matter what you want.

    Tamils from India do not get to dictate anything to Sri Lanka.

    Buddhist temples WILL be built in the north of Sri Lanka just as Hindu temples are builty in the south of Sri Lanka.

    There is nothing that extremist Tamils like you can do about it.

  52. LTTE is blamed for mishandling and spilling the Tamil’s cause, rather than the unrealistic Tamil homeland demand.

    It is beneficial if SL tamils work with GOSL, give up Tamil Homeland demands, and take care of the living.

    Let the dead take care of the dead.

  53. 44. Expatriate

    While it is true that the Diaspora as a whole can not be held accountable for the crimes of LTTE, what about someone like Adellee Balasingham? There are videos of her handing out cyanide capsules to underage kids at their “graduation ceremonies” from LTTE death squad training. Recruiting child solders is a UN designated crime against humanity, even when the children comes forward to fight voluntarily. So why is Mrs. Balasingham allowed to live quietly in UK without any persecution while West based INGOs scream for the current GOSL leadership’s blood on the same charges? If they are so serious about justice, why are they not asking that LTTE leaders who are living comfortably in the west be arrested and charged? Not all LTTE leaders are in their ghostly form yet.

    Would you call that double standard?

  54. Very interesting to see the humane face of GoSL. Thanks for the detailed analysis. I urge strongly that you continue writing about SL politics. One of the few sane voices left.

    Speaking of writing politcal issues, have you previously written about the legendary Anton Balasingham?

    Thanks

  55. 54. Raja

    My writing was

    I DON’T WANT ANOTHER STUPA TO BE BUILT.

    BY THE WAY WHO IS THAT NUMSKULL WHO GOT THAT IDEA OF BUILDING A STUPA OUT OF CARTRIDGES.

    You probably didn’t read it in full or you pretended you read it in full.

    My reference was the stupa built of empty cartridges in Bodh Gaya.

    ========================

    There is nothing that extremist Tamils like you can do about it.

    ——–

    You call me an extremist. Well done. If telling that one should not build a stupa of skulls is extremism you can call me an extremist.

    If you don’t get the drift then dig the previous posts.

    Without knowing anything in proper sense don’t pass nasty tasteless comments.

    I don’t call you a Numskull for that.

  56. # 56
    So why is Mrs. Balasingham allowed to live quietly in UK without any persecution while West based INGOs scream for the current GOSL leadership’s blood on the same charges


    Barking dog does not bite. West, Human rights, Diaspora charges are political.

    Danger lies internally, among the war affected IDPS. They are potential silent volcano, will erupt any time, if let to suffer.

    Win-Win strategy:
    Dont dig both LTTE crimes, and GOSL war crimes.

  57. dear jey,
    this is in response to dons comment on war crimes.while americans and british have been fighting in afghanistan and iraq.americans fought in vietnam there is no denial about their bombings which has resulted in killing of innocent civvies war in srilanka that was fought which culminated in death of prabakaran and other ltte leaders was different.there is no denial about the fact that ltte was also complicit in killing innocent civillians who tried to cross over to the governmnent side there is no ltte nor its leadership to hold them responsible hence srilankan or sinhalese government which was responsible for bombing its own civillians has to be held responsible for its crime of bombing its own civillians .gernerally war crimes tribunals are set up for prosecution of political leadership for killing its own civillians that has been the case of sudan,rwanda,yugoslavia.there have been reports of chemical weapons being used at the final stages of war this also needs to be probed.don two weeks back i had commented that if jayawardane had been prosecuted there would not have been a rajapakshe like if you let the present leadership to go scot free tomorrow the sinhalese leadership will kill its own people for political end.hence don dont compare what happened in wanni and what is happenning in afghanistan or iraq it is like comparing apple with oranges.

  58. dear jey,.
    I have learnt a lot by reading your blog and i think i need to know more 56 is not an age when u need to give up come on jey people live till the age of 80 very normally lol i expect you in another four years in thirukadaiyur for your 60th year birthday in tamil nadu.as far as your article is concerned it is heartening to note all the good work that is being done by gosl one hopes that tamils get rehabilitated after enduring somuch of ordeal at the hands of both ltte and gosl.one of the agonising aspect of prabakarans leadership has been lack of genuine political leadership what we have is a rump which is based in colombo and rather scared of these rajapakshes.this void can be filled up by people like yogi,balakumar who have the experience of leading the organisations.balakumar headed eros which was considered one of genuine outfits articulating tamil aspirations.unfortunately i dont know how true it is i have been reading many articles about sinhalese colonisation of north particularly kilinochi is being inundated with sinhalese and tamil women are selling their bodies to feed their children do u have any news about these happenings.one only hopes that north and east are merged to preserve the tamil identity.

  59. #jcnars

    Speaking of writing politcal issues, have you previously written about the legendary Anton Balasingham?
    ————————————————————
    Can you tell me what the legend achieved. Itemise it in point form please if the list is not too long.

  60. #54-Raja

    Tamils from India do not get to dictate anything to Sri Lanka.

    Buddhist temples WILL be built in the north of Sri Lanka just as Hindu temples are builty in the south of Sri Lanka.
    ——————————————————
    There is only one tamil race regardless of where they are. From Where did your ancestors come to srilanka from? China? So don’t refer to tamils like this in future based on where they are currently living.

    As for the temples i agree with you that bhuddhist temples should be built in the north and east and sinhalese settled in the same proportion as tamils in the south. You can’t live and worship in another ethnic groups historical habitat and say please do not do the same in ours.

  61. ”If japan could become free of hatred towards Americans even after having two atom bombs droped on them I am sure that the Tamil civilians here in Sri Lanka would have a change of heart .”

    But the Americans didn’t prevent aid agents helping the battered or occupy Japan like

  62. ”If japan could become free of hatred towards Americans even after having two atom bombs droped on them I am sure that the Tamil civilians here in Sri Lanka would have a change of heart .”

    But the Americans didn’t prevent aid agents helping the battered or occupy Japan like:

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/vanni_northern_sri_lanka_where.html#more
    Vanni, northern Sri Lanka, where war has never ended, 1 June 2010:
    ”The area is still actually in the hands of the military, which allowed the return of the population but force them to live in absolute poverty. The military blocks any attempts to improve their lives, but does not stop abuse and violence.”

  63. Hey Jagan:

    [unfortunately i dont know how true it is i have been reading many articles about sinhalese colonisation of north particularly kilinochi is being inundated with sinhalese and tamil women are selling their bodies to feed their children do u have any news about these happenings.one only hopes that north and east are merged to preserve the tamil identity.]

    Seems like you continue to read the WRONG BOOK… getting confused about what’s going on the ground, muse about a ‘tamil identity’ but it’s comforting to see your addition ‘i dont know how true it is.’

    Let me re-confirm to you the whole truth…that, there’s no room for any ‘Tamil identity’ in Sri Lanka but “Sri Lankan Identity” which must be accepted and respected. Or take a hike to Tamilnadu and embrace that “all ‘what you can eat’ Tamil identity, if you crave for it.

    Whatever the identities we have ASSUMED (Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim et al), they all END at arms’ length, in order to give full room to the irrevocable, undisputable and humongous Sri Lankan identity, which wins all the time.

    So throw away that wrong book.

  64. Dear DBSJ,

    Thank you again for a very informative, truthful article.

    If you remember the story about Sodom and Gomorrah, when Abraham pleads with God not to destroy if there were ten righteous people in them. Similarly, I can see there are more than ten people appreciating your writing here, therefore I am pleading with you not to stop writing on Thamil politics, PLEASE.

    Also if you write on wildlife or films, I will definitely read them.

    May God bless you and grant you health, strength and wisdom.

    Ps; previously my email address was wrong, hope this didn’t cause any problems.

  65. HI Jaya Thanks, well don. If not you we will never know what is happening . take care. mark martian

  66. Dear Mr.DBS

    Thank you very much for bringing up the Sri lankan Government’s war crimes to the surface ie Yogi and Balakumaran are not accounted for.

    Mr.DBS what happening for those 1285 persons separated form others,? How many are not accounted for to date ?

    Could you please find out

  67. 58 AT MAHESH

    I’m sorry but it is none of your business if Buddhist pilgrims build a stupa out of empty cartridges. Why don’t you worry about your Hindu temples instead of interfering in what Buddhists do. It is none other than your Tamil extremism coming into play.

    Unfortunately for you Bodh Gaya is in the hands of North Indians and it is far from Tamil Nadu. Unlike Tamils like you North Indians are tolerant people and welcome pilgrims from all over the world. Sri Lankan Buddhists will continue to visit North India in large numbers and build Buddhist temples and stupas there. This has happened for more than 2 millenia.

    Tamil extremists like you can scream and shout all you like but even many Tamils from Tamil Nadu (especially from the depressed classes) are converting to Buddhism. Just remember that the Tamil Hindu temples built by Tamil invaders who destroyed Buddhist temples are still standing in Anuradhapura to this day. If the Sinhalese wanted to they could have destroyed every little crumb of these Tamil Hindu kovils.

  68. This was story of the film by the National Dairy Development Board Annad, India to depict the struggle in forming the Dairy Development co-operatives against the private milk collectors. The Dairy development workers go to a remote village and form a co-operative, initially people are doubtful of the Development workers later they support and form a co-operative. The private collector in the village is very much worried about his income and plot to destroy the co-operative. He through some of his villagers of confidence set fire to the village houses. In Annad the houses in a village are situated close to each other. Most of the houses in the village are burnt down. The private collector now provides cloths, food and shelter to the villagers. People praise about the Private Collector. Only one man runs to the burnt co-operative building and hug the sign board of the co-operative, with that the film ends, raising the question whether the formation of the co-operative is a futile exercise. NDDB Annad is the Dairy Development Board which brought white revolution in India and ousted Private Dairy companies like Nestle.
    Reports from Srilankan and international media do not provide good picture about the resettlement of displaced people while a good account of treatment of ex-LTTE carders appear which made me to relate the above story which has some similarities and to have different point of view.

  69. 63 AT SHANKAR

    —-
    “There is only one tamil race regardless of where they are. From Where did your ancestors come to srilanka from? China? So don’t refer to tamils like this in future based on where they are currently living.”
    —-

    No I’m sorry I will refer to Tamils as Indian Tamils and Sri Lankan Tamils, Singapore Tamils etc if I wish. This is a political reality and if you do not wish to accept it then that is your problem and not mine. Tamils from India are not Sri Lankan citizens and do not get to dictate anything to Sri Lanka. They can scream and shout and jump about and set themselves on fire as much as they want in Tamil Nadu but their position in Sri Lanka is a big fat ZERO.

    Sri Lankan Tamils themselves are divided into Jaffna Tamils, Colombo Tamils and Eastern Tamils. Then there are the Indian-origin Tamils of central Sri Lanka. Let’s not even go into the caste and religious differences!

    If Tamils are ‘one and the same’ why are you Indian Tamils locking up Sri Lankan Tamils in appalling refugee camps in Tamil Nadu? Do you consider yourselves superior to Sri Lankan Tamils?

    —-
    As for the temples i agree with you that bhuddhist temples should be built in the north and east and sinhalese settled in the same proportion as tamils in the south. You can’t live and worship in another ethnic groups historical habitat and say please do not do the same in ours.
    —-

    If Tamils do not want any Buddhist temples in the north of Sri Lanka, they must remove every single Tamil Hindu kovil built in the south of the country over the last 25+ years. Tamil Hindu kovils have mushroomed all over the south over the years while Tamils maintained their policy of ethnic cleansing in the north keeping it “free” of Sinhalese and Muslims. It’s a new reality that Tamils will have to get used to. The north of Sri Lanka must be as multi-religious and multi-cultural as the rest of the Sri Lanka.

    Extremist Tamils like Mahesh et al can eat their hearts out.

  70. Expatriate

    I am not a supporter of the current regime. But I am very happy the LTTE was defeated. At some point you need to stand up to pure evil. However, I am not sure if the SLA did the right thing if so many innocent Tamils were killed in 2009. I can understand where Amnesty International, ICG are coming from. I am happy with the end result but not sure if the end justified the means.

    My point is the LTTE diaspora cannot suddenly become human rights champions when the LTTE is defeated. People who did not utter a word against the LTTE when it slit the throats of children from poor villages now are suddenly become human rights advocates. This is pure hypocrisy.

  71. dear jey,
    this is for bunker rat and raja .first for bunker rat no one will buy this arguement that there are no tamils or sinhalese only srilankans this statement was famously made by yet to be honoured by academy for lifetime achievement award mahinda rajapakshe.if that is the case why only budhist can become president of srilanka.buddhism is the state religion is it part of the srilankan identiy please clarify.srilanka has not reached the stage where it can shelve its cultural identiy of tamil and sinhalese.let us be honest even singapore with all the development it has achieved still has mandarin,english,malay and tamil as a nation al language.wake up bunker rat or rather come out of bunker war is over no more bombings.as far as raja is concerned budhism is a noble religion it was founded by a person who renounced wealth and it was founded with an intent to serve as an antidote to brahminism which was dominating the cultural scene then had gauthama buddha thought even for a second that it will be used by sinhalese in this manner he would have dropped that idea.no true buddhist can tolerate riot after riot ,discrimination in every sphere of life,intolerance,lack of freedom ,killing of innnocent civilians this is what is the state of affairs in srilanka come on wake up raja dont feign as if everything is rosy in srilanka.as far tamils going back to india it is not an option on the contrary who knows in future srilanka may become part of the indian economic union.

  72. My family just returned from Jaffna after a month vacation. They totally agree with your assessment. Many ex-LTTE-cadres are now working in the construction industry, English tuition is very much in vague again, and my wife said that it is refreshing to see Tamil kids playing cricket with Muslim kids. Parents are now less concerned when their kids don’t show up on time after dark. Not a single house my wife visited had an LTTE calendar – an unforgivable offence only a couple of years ago.

    My sister-in-law works at a government department in Jaffna. To thank all the workers in her office (for having to put up with unbearable working conditions over the past many years) the Ministry sent them all on a week vacation to the South. A trip she and her husband totally enjoyed.

    The situation is far from perfect. Robbery is common in Jaffna. The police are yet to earn the trust of the locals.

    However our relatives, after so many years of living in fear for one reason or another, are now beginning to have some sense of normality. Although there is a sense of shared pain some old wounds are yet to be healed.

    The Government, with all its shortcomings, seems to be doing its best.

  73. I love my people. I wish them to be the best people in the world like Jews. Whenever I see a Tamil in top position in Canada, I feel so happy. I appreciate DBSJ’s point of view. He loves Tamil people, too.
    Ex-LTTE cadres should be rehabilitated appropriately. They are our future generation. They should be allowed to rejoin the society. Most of them are capable enough to start a normal life. They have helped the LTTE to build a conventional like army. They are good heavy vehicle drivers, boat builders, navigators, writers, radio announcers, TV cameramen, web designers, police officers, teachers, child care givers, sportsmen and women, video film makers, tailors, cooks, carpenters, deep sea fishermen, etc. Their skills and abilities have been wasted by the LTTE for nothing. Now, the Sinhala and Tamil people should tap their talents as LTTE used them. It will be, for sure, a huge human resource. It will help to rebuild the ruined social, economical, and cultural life.

  74. 70. Raja

    I’m sorry but it is none of your business if Buddhist pilgrims build a stupa out of empty cartridges. Why don’t you worry about your Hindu temples instead of interfering in what Buddhists do.

    —————————–

    This world is interconnected one and why not tell UN and other countries to mind their own business. It is none of their business how you treat your ethnic and religious minorities.

    You should refer to the article about Intermestic problems posted by DBSJ some time back.

    This world is connected. You pollute your waters and it affects us.

    You are living in an island. But are you living in exclusio? Whatever anybody does affects everybody.

    There are Tamils all over the world.

    They may belong to different nationalities. But they are Tamils.

    If this ethnic issue is entirely your own thing and India has got no locus standi in this then why did you sign an accord with India in 1987.

    Why did PV Narasimha Rao come over there in 1983 and why did G. Parthasarathy come over there.

    You could have stopped them.

    You people sully the image of Budha an historical figure of India.

    He lived, attained to realization, preached and breathed his last here.

    In the guise of being Budhist you cannot bring disrepute to his name. You have no right to do that.

    ————————

    Unfortunately for you Bodh Gaya is in the hands of North Indians and it is far from Tamil Nadu. Unlike Tamils like you North Indians are tolerant people and welcome pilgrims from all over the world

    ———–

    Don’t try to divide us Indians as North Indian and South Indian. It will not work out.

    Amitabh was a North Indian. He didn’t visit Sri Lanka. Shah Rudh Khan was a North Indian he also didn’t visit Sri Lanka.

    As for your statement that North Indians are tolerant I will tell you friend that Indians on the whole are tolerant and large hear ted.

    We find Unity in Diversity.

    There are many Biharis in Tamil Nadu and other places. They have come here seeking a livelihood. They live here happily.

    If they come to know about this stupa business they will themselves be up against this stupa.

    ——————————————–

    Sri Lankan Buddhists will continue to visit North India in large numbers and build Buddhist temples and stupas there. This has happened for more than 2 millenia.

    ———-

    Come to India. Learn from us how to live Unitedly. Build stupas as you want.

    If you want to build a stupa out of skulls try that also.

    ———————————————-

    Tamil extremists like you can scream and shout all you like but even many Tamils from Tamil Nadu (especially from the depressed classes) are converting to Buddhism

    ————

    Statistics is not in your side Sir. Budhist presence is very negligible in India and especially in Tamil Nadu.

    If you will call a one, not to build a stupa out of empty cartridges and also a stupa out of human skulls is extremism then you may call me an extremist.

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    72. Raja

    Extremist Tamils like Mahesh et al can eat their hearts out.

    ———–

    I can call you a Genocidal Sinhala racist Raja, but I will not call you like that. Bye for now.

  75. Truth shall always prevail.
    No matter how you were abused you never failed to tell the truth about both sides of this conflict.
    Long live DBSJ.May almighty bless you with even more courage to fight against all odds.
    There are many who admire your writing and candidness.
    You are a living legend.
    Your place in history of SL journalism is unasailable.
    Thanks again for telling ground realities with out fear.

  76. “if that is the case why only budhist can become president of srilanka.”

    Is this what the Tamil propaganda machine has taught you? Are Tamils this ignorant, misinformed and stupid? Who knew!

    There is no constitutional bar for any Sri Lankan citizen to become president. However you need to be able to convince the majority of Sri Lankan citizens to vote for you. The vast majority of Sri Lankans happen to be Buddhists.

  77. 65. eureka

    America and the Allies occupied Germany and Japan for many years after the war. In fact US has military bases in Japan and Germany even now, more than 50 years after the war. The pretext that was given was that they needed to be there against the Soviet Union and China but now more than 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, US Army is still in Germany.

  78. # 77 Mahesh & # 70 Raja

    I’m sorry but it is none of your business if Buddhist pilgrims build a stupa out of empty cartridges.
    ————————————————-

    Mahesh, there was a news report that during the last visit of President Mahinda Rajpakshe to New Delhi he brought with him the constitution of Sri Lanka to Delhi for some sort of business.

    Mahesh please ask Mr. Raja for what business the President took the constitution with him to India ?

  79. hela , Ranjan,

    You and many others like you are under the mistaken impression that it is the West that is asking for war crimes investigations. Is the UTHR-J a part of the West? Is Kumar David, a man who married a Sinhalese and who, I assume, lives in SL? Many, many SL citizens are asking for investigations. Why should they, or the victims, care about alleged double standards of the West? When they get support from anyone, including the West, they will accept it, as long as people like you seek to sheild the regime from such scrutiny.

    If you are arraigned in a court for, say incest or rape, will not an argument that someone else, somewhere else, escaped unpunished for his crimes, be dismissed with contempt? I have to dismiss your arguments with the same contempt.

    Moreover, you fail to comprehend the import of the examples I gave –when someone else acts as judge and jury, he/she won’t be asking you permission to conduct an investigation.

    Ambalangoda Man,

    I agree many in the Diaspora did not publicly condemn LTTE’s attacks against civilians, but they did so privately and argued with hardcore LTTE supporters; the reason they did not do so publicly was twofold:
    1. Fear of the LTTE.
    2- They had seen similar atrocities by SL forces in their own villages and considered the GoSL/ SLA equally– if not more– brutal than the LTTE. With that history, they feared public condemnation of the LTTE’s attacks against Sinhalese civilians would only strengthen the hands of the oppressive State. That the State was oppressive was almost universally accepted–even among anti-LTTE Tamils, even though many Sinhalese predictably deny any oppression.

    Anyway, as I told others above, it is not just the pro-LTTE Diaspora that is asking for justice. I don’t see anyone here showing that there were no war crimes committed by the GoSL; all that you and others are doing is to question the motivations and the principles of people who raise the issue. That is like a rapist arguing that others committed similar crimes and went scot-free. The victim and the judge will simply dismiss such arguments with contempt; indeed, it only reinforces the fact that many grave crimes were committed against Tamil civilians and efforts will have to be redoubled to ensure justice.

  80. 77 AT MAHESH

    You Tamils have no say over what happens at Bodh Gaya. So your ranting and raving has no effect. You may lead a group of self-immolators in Chennai if your wish. Whether you like it or not, Sri Lankan Buddhist pilgrims will visit Buddhist sacred sites and continue to build temples, monasteries and pilgrims rests there.

    If anything it is you Tamil hindus who have sullied the great religion of Hinduism. Your people have given more suicide bombers to the world than the more than 1 billion Muslims. Not one other Hindu group is as violent and chauvinistic as your own. Why not stop killing your baby girls, stop beating up and killing members of other castes, stop slaughtering animals to propriate your gods instead of trying to stick your fingers into the affairs of others?

    No one needs to divide North Indians and South Indians, the divide is there and plain for all too see. Actually the divide seems to be between North Indians and Tamils as all other South Indian groups are well integrated and have accepted Hindi to some degree. Bihar is far from Tamil Nadu and you Indian Tamils have no say in that state. You may rule roost in your Tamil Nadu but not elsewhere.

    So keep shouting and screaming about stupas being built Mahesh – they are being built everyday and will continue to be built. More and more Tamils are becoming Buddhist and the Sri Lankan affiliated Mahabodhi Society is quite active in Tamil Nadu. Rest assured that Buddhist temples are being in the Vanni and other parts of Northern Sri Lanka as we speak. What are you going to do about them?

  81. Expatriate

    “That is like a rapist arguing that others committed similar crimes and went scot-free”

    The correct analogy would be a rapist rapes many women with out getting caught. But when his daughter/wife get raped he demands justice.

    I am happy to hear that you condemned the LTTE in private at least. If the diaspora had the guts to condemn in public when the LTTE was alive it would have had a lot more credibility.

    The diaspora has no fear to condemn the SL government opposed to being scared of the LTTE.

  82. Comment 75 Ghanam,

    This man’s comments are a must read for those who are arguing and carrying on here about totally irrelevant points and causing further anguish and animosity for people on both sides.

  83. #43 Diaspora,
    Thank you for your reply. I apologise if i have caused you any pain. I know Capt Elmo very well and I know of his work. It worries me when you say you dont publish what you do.
    Please correct me if i am wrong on this.
    We believe – that is southern Sinhalese that all the bombs that were made, All suicide kits and other murderous items with which the LTTE carried out mayhem in the south was funded by the Diaspora. I has confirmation from an ordinary Indian taxi driver in Norway that most Tamils will contribute to the LTTE and if not their relations will be ‘punished’. Quite openly fund raising was carried out for the cause. And you say now that the Diaspora is funding ‘Secretly’ .
    Are you still scared of the violent sector in your society? When will you stand up for a peaceful co-existence?
    Wont you send a wrong message to the governments in your countries of residence – Protest openly about IDP and yet fund only secretly? Will they call you a traitor if you help tamils recover here? Does this mean that Diaspora would like to show that the tamils are living in hell here in Sri Lanka?

    I laud you for helping your fellow citizens here. What worries me is that fear of the paramilitary that you mention. It is and was the same fear that killed all tamil politicians of repute like Amirthalingam to Kadirgama to Neelan.

    Has the Diaspora ever thought about helping a family of a brutally massacred sinhala village – or am i asking for too much here.

  84. #81-nostradamus

    (Mahesh please ask Mr. Raja for what business the President took the constitution with him to India ?)
    ——————————————————
    No need. I will tell you. It was to make it a homosapien constitution. All references to sinhalese, tamils and muslims and burghers, malays deleted and srilanka will become the first country in the world with homosapiens as its citizens. Singh felt that this was good idea but was not for any penalties such as being killed on the pavement if people refer to their ethnicity. He also advised that it would be better if some places are reserved just like the dalits of india for homoerectus(chinese anthropologists claim east asians are not homosapiens, but the species 200 million years earlier) and some places for homosexuals.

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  86. and Nostradamus, to continue after my quick meeting with my mentor Mr.B.O.Gunaratne where we disposed of some vexed issues, mahinda was also advised by Singh to refer to the veddhas as the original inhabitants of the country and a plebiscite to be held to see whether the word ‘sorry’ could be said to them by the president on behalf of the homosapiens of srilanka.

    When mahinda went back i heard that he was not comfortable with Singh’s advice. his jungle senses were tingling as to why he singh was concerned for the chinese, and whether the 2 asian giants were having a backroom deal to carve up the country between them.

    He also thought that the advice with regard to homosexuals was to empower arch enemies like ranil and mangala. As for the veddhas it is a definite no, because medemulama is the last part of the 600 acres of yak veddah territory that his ancestor got from the british for services rendered, and he felt that ‘sorry’ could result in compensation claims in the future. He also felt that singh was trying to undermine the homosapiens by claiming that the country never belonged to them, so that he can one day gobble up the north and east.

  87. Expatriates , regardless of ethnic back ground, would sponsor each and every Ex- LTTE cadres’ rehabilitation and job training. We need honest organization to make a direct connection between ex- cadres and expatriates.

  88. 82. Expatriate:

    From the perspective of victims of LTTE atrocities, what the diaspora did in their private chats is immaterial. For us it makes no difference between whether they condemned these acts in private or whether they did nothing at all.

    What is obvious is that diaspora was not motivated to launch the kind of campaigns they did when LTTE was been attacked good by GOSL when LTTE was massacring Sinhalese at will. Hence diaspora is guilty of not taking “comparative” action. You cannot absolve yourself of that accusation by saying you chatted in private. That’s a lame excuse.

    At least in 1983, the Sinhalese protected the Tamils when mobs were attacking them. They didn’t chat inside their houses discussing what madness this was on part of their government or do nothing in fear of mobs attacking them. This is not to say Sinhalese are more humane than Tamils. It shows the different between ordinary masses and the elite be they Sinhalese or Tamil.

    If you cannot speak against LTTE from London or New York, from where can you speak against LTTE? Moon?

    Whatever be the reason diaspora was not helpful in stopping LTTE crimes for 30 years. So when GOSL stepped in to crush LTTE, there is a limit to how far you can dictate to GOSL on how it should conduct its war.

    About war crimes, if you believe that there have been excessive deaths of Tamil civilians due to negligence or misconduct on part of SLA during the war you should first take those to GOSL and get it to carry out its own investigation. It is true that gota has ruled out such investigation already but these are things that can be negotiated provided the terms are right.

    The problem is what is it that you expect from such an investigation? If your objective is to get revenge from GOSL for annihilating LTTE leadership, then of course there is no point in asking GOSL to investigate these crimes or asking Sinhalese to support your case. However, if your objective is justice for the civilians who died because of negligence or misconduct on part of one or more people at SLA, then GOSL is very much capable of delivering you the goods– provided you ask in the right manner and give it the correct amount of motivation. No one will oppose you for that.

    However, from the point of view of Sinhalese what transpires based on the wild charges been made like genocide and the kind of people that you lobby and actions you people are taking like hurting the country’s economy which affects all people, you are more interested in revenge than justice.

    It is of course for you to decide what you want to do. Yet, before taking revenge from GOSL you should think what you plan to do after that or how the Tamils in SL are going to live with the Sinhalese after the diaspora have had their day in court. You should not forget that this government has the backing of anything between 70-80 % of Sinhalese. Even those who are UNP, back the government on war against LTTE.

    Even after falling on rock bottom, I wonder whether Tamils of Sri Lankan origin realize the importance of their relationship with the majority community for their own survival. IMHO, no minority should try to take on the government on its own.

  89. # 83. Raja
    Looks like you are desperate to invite eternal trouble from Tamilnadu.
    Indian tamils would gladly accept your invitation.

  90. Dear DBS
    The following is the very great statement
    “The right to life is the greatest of all human rights and there was nothing wrong in these tigers too opting to surrender in order to save their lives”
    It is interesting to note that Tamil Diaspora is not commenting on this statement. Majority of Tamil Diaspora wants their Tamil brothers and sisters to continue the struggle and sacrifice their life.

  91. Why is it that newer and newer restrictions are growing against NGOs helping the returnees. That’s why one mother asked her child to be kept with the rehabilitation camp DBS is speaking about:

    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Vanni,-northern-Sri-Lanka,-where-war-has-never-ended-18558.html

    Vanni, northern Sri Lanka, where war has never ended, 1 June 2010:

    ”…. One of them is Rukshan Fernando, human rights activist and director of the Justice, Law & Society Trust, Colombo. Returning from a trip to Vanni, he tells AsiaNews that the situation is far from peaceful. ….

    What is the situation of freedom of association?

    The government is also trying to restrict any peaceful mobilization, collective action of empowerment of people in the Vanni. The Presidential Task Force headed by the President’s brother Basil Rajapakse had granted permission to some NGOs to launch some projects to assist people in need of assistance. One head of an NGO based in Mannar told me “permission has been granted only to build houses and infrastructure and start income generating activities. Permission has been rejected for counselling, capacity building and empowerment activities. So we are restricted in what we can do”.

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/vanni_northern_sri_lanka_where.html#more
    Vanni, northern Sri Lanka, where war has never ended, 1 June 2010:
    ”The area is still actually in the hands of the military, which allowed the return of the population but force them to live in absolute poverty. The military blocks any attempts to improve their lives, but does not stop abuse and violence.”

  92. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Vanni,-northern-Sri-Lanka,-where-war-has-never-ended-18558.html
    Vanni, northern Sri Lanka, where war has never ended, 1 June 2010:
    ”…. One of them is Rukshan Fernando, human rights activist and director of the Justice, Law & Society Trust, Colombo. Returning from a trip to Vanni, he tells AsiaNews that the situation is far from peaceful. ….
    What is the situation of freedom of association?
    The government is also trying to restrict any peaceful mobilization, collective action of empowerment of people in the Vanni. The Presidential Task Force headed by the President’s brother Basil Rajapakse had granted permission to some NGOs to launch some projects to assist people in need of assistance. One head of an NGO based in Mannar told me “permission has been granted only to build houses and infrastructure and start income generating activities. Permission has been rejected for counselling, capacity building and empowerment activities. So we are restricted in what we can do”.

  93. Thank you for the article DBS, and you should cease all thoughts of ending your cause… your words carry great weight and carry further than you may think.. there are many of us who read and appreciate but do not comment.. but maybe it’s time you gave thought to coming back home, where you will be appreciated

  94. Once again I am forced to respond to the racist Navin. In his comments he is threatening the Tamil people for welcoming international probes into allleged war crimes and crimes against humanity

    Navin is warning Tamils to think of the situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka if international inquiries are held

    What he is saying indirectly is that if adverse findings against Sri Lanka are recorded Navin and those of his low quality will unleash violence against innocent Tamils like in July 1983.

    I am ashamed of this racist and condemn his incitement to violence

  95. Again on Navin

    This racist Navin is trying to blackmail the UN by saying violence will be unleashed against Tamils if the panel goes ahead

    This is like Weerawansa trying to frighten the UN with his death fast farce and devil dance flames

    Shame on you Navin

  96. Great and very balanced article..! Først praise for the good process and then taking up the issues. Well done..!

    I realle hope that people who are responsible in the goverment would respond and react.

  97. Or take a hike to Tamilnadu and embrace that “all ‘what you can eat’ Tamil identity, if you crave for it.

    Are you going to tell all the Sinhalese to take a hike to Bengal?

  98. # 99 & 100. Hiranthi
    Do you read between the lines?
    I dont see your interpretation in Navin’s comments.

    perhaps a mind reader..
    There is a Tamil saying ” paambin kall paambariyum”.
    ( Snake knows the tricks of snake) 🙂

  99. Dilshan,

    No you are not asking for too much. There are a whole heap of people that I know who help in various capacities. For obvious reasons I will not spell out details. I mentioned about Candleaid and I am sure you would know what I am talking about.

    Education is for everyone. North or South. Being a Tamil, I would naturally try and help the northerners first. Especially when they have come out of a protracted war situation. I will go one step further and say that some School Libraries in the south have also been sponsored by expat Tamils.

    About your comment on publicly supporting a peaceful co-existence, I am still not convinced that the GOSL is a trustworthy outfit. They have still not won my confidence. Brig Sudantha Ranasinghe seems to be an exception to the norm. Remember we have also seen mass killings by reputed Generals.

    Well, I do not want to dwell on the past. I am not afraid of standing up. Then or now. Can I also ask how much the Sinhala diaspora has done to alleviate the sufferings of the northerners?…Has anybody even acknowledged that many innocent lives were lost during the war, among the sinhalese politicians?…MR has said that nobody other than combatants died. What say you? Are you afraid to stand up and say that the GOSL killed many civilians indiscriminately? Would you stand up and say that we harassed Tamils in 58, 77,83 and so on?….Or is it too much to ask?….

    This is just for argument sake. WE can chase the tail all we like. Tamils or Sinhalese, we were never like what we are today. It is a real pity. So lets do what we can the way we see fit.

  100. #103 -Joseph

    You are really a foolish man who thinks he is smart. You ask Hiranthi about her comment on Navin & ask her where Navin has written this. Look at the paras I have excerpted from Navins comment

    ——————-

    It is of course for you to decide what you want to do. Yet, before taking revenge from GOSL you should think what you plan to do after that or how the Tamils in SL are going to live with the Sinhalese after the diaspora have had their day in court. You should not forget that this government has the backing of anything between 70-80 % of Sinhalese. Even those who are UNP, back the government on war against LTTE.

    Even after falling on rock bottom, I wonder whether Tamils of Sri Lankan origin realize the importance of their relationship with the majority community for their own survival. IMHO, no minority should try to take on the government on its own.

    ————–

    If you dont recognize the veiled threat in these lines you really are stupid

    Good for you Hiranthi in pinpointing the intimidation of Navin who I think is a real racist

  101. Well it looks like everyone’s eyes/mouths hv opened to praise the govt when they see the truth… Probably now they even understood why the SL govt acted in certain ways in the past and reserved certain type of information without letting them all available in ‘sunday fair’.

    Because it is unimaginable for civilians like us to judge on a govt’s intentions which has better resources to deal with the ‘complex problem’ it knows more than everyone, let’s shut up and allow the govt to complete the supreme duty undertaken with no more mud slingings..

    This article contains lots of positive/good news that unfortunately many cannot see due to coloured glasses they’re wearing…. or cannot digest due to already poisoned stomach refusing healthy foods…

  102. #93-Navin

    Even after falling on rock bottom
    ——————————————–
    Hmmm. I wonder. DBSJ also says this. The demise of VP opens up a range of other options for the tamils other than eelam. Because of his intransigence and inflexibility his use by date was over long ago really, as also some diaspora leaders now who will hopefully fade away and new leadership willing to consider different options for tamils emerges. It reminds me of the strong oak tree fallen while the wispy willow survives. The strong oak was only one tamil. If it hit rock bottom it does not mean all the trees have fallen.

    You are right when you say minorities should not try to take on governments on their own. They have to

    1. Work with the government of the day to improve their lot, but not grovel before them. Draw the line in the sand and say don’t try to take our dignity away like what you do to your own people, if so we will move away and not have anything to do with you and get closer and closer to others.

    2. Should not take sides and get involved with the bitter feuds among the majority. Tamil leaders should tell their people to vote for any candidate they want to and if they don’t like the two major paties or the two main candidates not to vote at all. A non voting protest is better than just voting for a third candidate or party, that has no chance at all of winning and entering parliament.

    3. Tamil leaders should also be sensitive to the feelings of the sinhalese people and keep their antenna working feeling the pulse of the sinhalese. One mistake they make is feeling the pulse of their own people only, not realising it requires 2 hands to clap. Tamils who had lived with sinhalese would have been a great help in this regard if they had been amagamated into the leadership instead of being shunned as colombo tamils who can’t even speak the lingo properly. What is wrong with being trilingual, even if you are not perfect,three is better than two. The more we communicate with more people the better. Communication is the key to solving many problems.

    As for the UN war crimes probe i wonder whether tamils have any say in this at all now. It is now like a car driven by others with the diaspora going on the ride as passengers, or sometimes not even in the car. You forget that the UN has a wider role to play not only in srilanka but the whole world. Many other hot spots are also watching how this is played out before they make their moves. The UN will be inundated with refugees and civil wars one day if they do not do their job and they maybe even be wound up as an irrelevant organisation and something fresh might be started up.

    Anyway it is no big drama because you can charge a person, you can convict him and sentence him, but there is no international police force to go and arrest him. The sudanese president must be laughing at the UN and the international courts that wasted so much money and time on him. Recently a cambodian got sentenced to 35 years for killing thousands. He looks so old and frail now he will probably die within 2 years of serving his sentence. By the time the UN finishes with mahinda and gota they would have entered the pearly gates, as someone mentioned on this blog once.

  103. #72 Raja
    If Tamils are ‘one and the same’ why are you Indian Tamils locking up Sri Lankan Tamils in appalling refugee camps in Tamil Nadu? Do you consider yourselves superior to Sri Lankan Tamils?


    SL Tamils are neither superior. Refugees are treated with freedom and fairness, i guess.

    Mind it, SL Tamils are Srilankan citizens.

    Shame on you, they are in India as refugees, due to the harassments in Srilanka.

  104. 77 Mahesh

    Amitabh was a North Indian. He didn’t visit Sri Lanka. Shah Rudh Khan was a North Indian he also didn’t visit Sri Lanka.
    —————————————————————————-
    You conveniently forgot that Amitabh came to Colombo and very proudly announced the event. So did he suddenly have a conversion of his conscience on the way back to Mumbai from Colombo?

    They did not come because of the intimidation from Tamil Nadu. Unfortunately these great Indian screen heroes who fight for justice and truth on the screen have no guts to stand up say what they believe in.

    Did they say that they are not coming to SL because of the political situation and as a protest over the treatment of Tamils? If that was the case, they should have said that instead of giving laughable excuses like “I am too busy” or “I never planned to be there anyway”

    They have truly lived up to the name “cardboard heroes”. They are an insult to the true “stars” who proudly state what they believe in and fight for the fellow human beings in places like Dafur, and Haiti

    A good lesson for Sri Lankans to not go and pander to these false idols.

  105. 83. Raja

    I never asked you not to come to India. Come to India. Pray here. If possible learn to live Unitedly from us Indians.

    Also build stupas. Build stupas out of cartridges or skulls. I will not die immolating. I will wait and watch the tamasha.

    I will laugh at your understanding of religion. Why me the whole world will laugh at you. I can also join them.

    Another tamasha is your telling that the ranks of Budhism is swelling all over India. Read facts friend. Then blog.

    —————————–

    If anything it is you Tamil hindus who have sullied the great religion of Hinduism. Your people have given more suicide bombers to the world than the more than 1 billion Muslims. Not one other Hindu group is as violent and chauvinistic as your own. Why not stop killing your baby girls, stop beating up and killing members of other castes, stop slaughtering animals to propriate your gods instead of trying to stick your fingers into the affairs of others?

    ———

    A person takes to suicide only because he doesn’t find any avenue to live.

    Sinhalese like you have driven them to that extent. Then you are blaming Tamils.

    Tamils are very peace loving people. Whether you accept it or not this is the fact.

    At least we people kill animals. You people kill Tamils.

    —————————————————————-

    No one needs to divide North Indians and South Indians, the divide is there and plain for all too see. Actually the divide seems to be between North Indians and Tamils as all other South Indian groups are well integrated and have accepted Hindi to some degree. Bihar is far from Tamil Nadu and you Indian Tamils have no say in that state. You may rule roost in your Tamil Nadu but not elsewhere.

    ————–

    I don’t see any divide. Only you see the divide. Bihar may be far from Tamil Nadu. But they will be up against this stupa if they are properly enlightened.

    Mind you there are many Biharis, Oriyas and also people from UP in Tamil Nadu.

    ——————————————————————–

    So keep shouting and screaming about stupas being built Mahesh – they are being built everyday and will continue to be built. More and more Tamils are becoming Buddhist and the Sri Lankan affiliated Mahabodhi Society is quite active in Tamil Nadu.

    ————–

    Do you have any statistics about the number of Tamils becoming Budhists.

    Nobody knows in Tamil Nadu the address or the location of the Mahabodhi Soceity.

    But I know its location. I have also visited that place once. And have also obtained some Budhist literature from there. I have read them.

    Budha is not alien to us Hindus. We like him. We adore him. But converting to Budhism in large numbers, well, I don’t want to comment on that.

    Even if that happens I will feel happy. Nothing to feel sorry about it. After all Budha is from our soil. And if you sinhalese want to spread his message through Mahabodhi soceity then that is a good work.

    Why should I break my head on that count.

    ——————————————————————–

    Rest assured that Buddhist temples are being in the Vanni and other parts of Northern Sri Lanka as we speak. What are you going to do about them?

    ———-

    What do you expect me to do?

  106. 88. shankar

    Shankar. Dear Shankar.

    Are you a relative of Muthiah Muralidharan.

    That you bowl me out quite often.

    I love you for your humour.

    It begets laughter at any hour.

  107. 90. shankar

    I love you for your sarcasm.

    I love you for your wits.

    I love you for your repartee

    I love you for your …your … your ..well I love you in toto.

    Your spouse is the lukiest one.

  108. # 29. shankar | July 31st, 2010 at 8:38 am

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Intimidation has never stopped me and never will. But after 33 years of journalism I do begin to wonder whether it’s all worth it. At 56 years of age with deteriorating health I do think often why should I continue to tell the truth as I see it and keep on getting abused by an unappreciative mob that uses words like “traitor” so abundantly

    Instead of advising I should write on films, wildlife, etc and let the great Eelam Tamil Diaspora go its own way

    A Book Project ,/b>
    Dear Jeyaraj,

    I have been reading your columns since I was in grade 10 and you were writing ‘Behind the Cadjan Curtain’. There are three people I always made a point to read – DBSJ, Taraki, Dayan Jayatilleka and learned a great deal from.

    Therefore, do not despair. You are not just another information peddler. The seeds you saw are ‘ ideas‘ and the grow into understanding and actions.

    I always thought if there were one can write an in-depth book on armed phase of Tamil nationalism, it would one of the three above including yourself.

    Unfortunately, Taraki is no more. Dayan has an excellent perspective from a Sinhalese and you are the best person who can write from Tamil perspective.

    Please do this book before time and frailty prevents from doing so.

    Best regards.

  109. 105 Diaspora,

    There are not many people that feel the Tamils were treated unfairly THOUGH I DONT. What is wrong is wrong whether by LTTE or GOSL. If I have to stand up I will stand up only for this. People from all walks of life were simply destroyed by hacking, bombing, shooting and by other means. The responsibility for which the LTTE and the GOSL and the Goons will have to bear.

    But there is Light – As much as Capt Elmo J Association for lighting a candle AFLAC. ( incidently he is related to me through his wife ) and others like a feloow Thomian Bertal Pinto Jayawardene, mustered courage immediately at the end of hostilities to start a pre school in the IDP camps. I remember how books, pencils and other studd was packed into 1000 packs to be delivered PERSONALLY to a pre school run by the Methodist Church or the NCC . Now I have pictures of Eye camps and other assistance provided.

    Diaspora , These guys do not depend on the GOSL neither do I, Just go ahead and assist. Tell your brothers and sisters what is required now is urgent assistance. The SLA was asking us to help in painting churches. Yesterdays news said a part of the high security zone is dismantled. My children learn tamil in school. I see a positive futre for all communities. I like you as you say we cannot dwell in the past.

    Thank you for responding to my comments. You can be assured that I will stand up and be counted if anything like the ’83 were to happen again.

  110. KV Balakumaran and others were intercepted by the army. Army’s cordiality was unexpected at that time. Army told that they would help the people to reach the camp. At this time Balakumaran introduced himself as Ltte top cadre. Well trained soldiers took advantage of this opportunity and shook hands with bala and asked him to join in the jeep for a better ride to the camp. Bala was highly taken up with this false gesture and told the officers that his son was also in the crowd. Immediately son was called up and they all got into the jeep and disappeared.

    The rest of the crowd was very upset that they had been let down by Bala. But they all survived later.

    Was Bala a good seasoned politician or an opportunist? When there were so many other young boys why only his son needed a jeep ride?

    The lesson here is that there is no good person in the Ltte. All were rotten palmyrahs.

  111. Those who complain endlessly about “colonization of Tamil areas by Singhalese and Muslims should read this article, part of which I reproduce below.

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=3447

    “ “I therefore like to respond to these racist utterances by warmly welcoming all Sinhalese and Muslim visitors to Jaffna and at the same time demanding that the Jaffna Municipal Council and the Government provide decent hotels, accommodation and improved infrastructure facilities in Jaffna”.

    I grew up in Jaffna, moved to Mannar and then to Hatton. Finally, after marrying an “Indian estate Tamil women”, I moved to Colombo. I have seen in my young days at school, the utter impossibility of being a socially disadvantaged caste person and having a modicum of dignity. Christian baptism provided some softening of the harshness of the discrimination that many of such castes had to face. However, it was only when I moved to the Sinhalese areas in the central hills and in Colombo that I learnt that there was a much more just and equitable society in Ceylon.

    The alleged “discrimination of Tamils by the Sinhalese” was nothing compared to the discrimination of the Tamils by the upper castes of the Tamils themselves. It was even after Vaddukkodaai (1976) that Mr. Shanmugathasan of the Communist Party challenged Chelvanyagam to clarify his caste policy in Mavattipuram.”

  112. # 119

    May be Balakumar must hv thought he’ll get a salute from the soldiers and would be given an equal position in SL armed forces considering his the high ranks held in LTTE.

    Not very often we get to hear comedy stories too.. Thanks for that.

  113. # 115. Mahesh

    I love you for your …your … your ..well I love you in toto.
    Your spouse is the lukiest one.
    ———

    Seems crazy..
    Mahesh a pseudo name?/

  114. Regarding:120. Ranjan, Toronto | August 2nd, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Ranjans comments about CAste excesses in some HIndu circles is true. But to bring it up when demanding greater rights for Tamils is justyfying Tamil subjugation.
    He sounds like the people when demanding an end to US imperialism in Iraq instead talk about the lack of womens rights in Islam.
    Just because there is one set f injustices in one community it doenst mean they cant demandrights for their community

  115. Balakumar is the only person who could have had the depth of political understanding to lead the masses of any ethnic origin in SL for a better and free society of ethnic and social parity. He was really physically weak. But more than that we was already resigned to the fact that LTTE arms struggle was contributing to the Genocide and we must save lives. Finally he stayed away from LTTE decision making team in the last months unable to reason out with them.
    The boy he surrendered with was not his biological son. The boy he fathered stood by him through thick and thin and met the same fate as him. The faithfulness and affection may not be understood by #119 during this time of trial.
    I cannot still believe Balakumar can meet violent death because he overflows with such affection that even he can befriend an executioner naturally.
    For the rest of the leadership clan was mainly in the convent camp in Vavuniya and there are witnesses who had treated them, fed them and met them. It would be a crime against humanity and answerable in the court of law. TAG must take note of this war crime.
    Why not the relatives take up Habeus corpus in the court of law in Sri Lanka? Has the Tamil human rights NGOs have lost the moral responsibility or colluding with the GoSL? Let us not be complacent any longer.

    DBS, please dont give up. SL needs you.

  116. Dear DBSJ
    Well come to our club of
    FUTURE OF TAMIL INTELLIGENCE(Futaint)
    as i was request u to sent or join world wide reconise institution like TMS of England to serve our tamil community. can pls sent your article direct to them for
    our people situation nature in sri lanka. because of lots of propangada.like always all lournalist defend on sri lanka governement news and got caught by Big news paper Sun & Daily Mail. it will definatley work then whole world will know about fact what has happening in sri lanka , but one condition you have to neutral i was notice that criticising LTTE all the times, come out of circle.we all know about them by tigher, therefore lots of asian (foreigon)journalist will give up defend the news get from GOSL, if you not that means your are working for GOSL and proof,donot say i am independent i cannot, we all asking you on behalf of young generation who living abroad,our invitation may if not imprees you.unfortnately our tamil will going loss one oldie jagur. always oldie is goldie.May we pray good answer from you. we are gurantee that your article will publish may every other week ion TMS London news the big soceity help fight with GOSL all propangada.you thing Why this blady youngester interest on me because,our group who studying university very much interest about our country asking what is your contribution. answer you.

  117. #29. shankar | July 31st, 2010 at 8:38 am

    //But you should know that I’ve been receiving many stupid mails from false email addresses from my “Tamil co-ethnics” attacking me viciously & saying I am sucking up to Rajapaksa. They maintain that the ex-LTTE cadres are being subjected to all sorts of abuse. I also got comments in filthy language which I’ve deleted.
    Intimidation has never stopped me and never will…//

    Hi DBSJ,

    I agree with your comments and I also understand your feeling/frustration about these “Tamil co-ethnics” as I experienced the same where I live.

    There are better civilised ways/treatments in this world to release their stress but they choose in this fashion to express their view.

    Unfortunately these people have been in the driving seat for nearly two decades or more as a result our race gradually becoming extinct in this world

    But one thing…

    One day (could be tomorrow or many years from now) they will realize or the history will tell them that people with uncivilised, selfish,Aragon/narrow minded attitude just like theirs (no diplomacy) have been the first enemy of our freedom struggle ever since it started.

    They are the first

  118. 29. shankar | July 31st, 2010 at 8:38 am

    //But you should know that I’ve been receiving many stupid mails from false email addresses from my “Tamil co-ethnics” attacking me viciously & saying I am sucking up to Rajapaksa. They maintain that the ex-LTTE cadres are being subjected to all sorts of abuse. I also got comments in filthy language which I’ve deleted.
    Intimidation has never stopped me and never will…//

    Hi DBSJ,

    I agree with your comments and I also understand your feeling/frustration about these “Tamil co-ethnics” as I experienced the same where I live.

    There are better civilised ways/treatments in this world to release their stress but they choose in this fashion to express their view.

    Unfortunately these people have been in the driving seat for nearly two decades or more as a result our race gradually becoming extinct in this world

    But one thing…

    One day (could be tomorrow or many years from now) they will realize or the history will tell them that people with uncivilised, selfish,Aragon/narrow minded attitude just like theirs (no diplomacy) have been the first enemy of our freedom struggle ever since it started.

    They are the first enemy for our freedom struggle.

    In case if VP’s ghost wants to take revenge it should hunt these “Tamil co-ethnics” first.

    We as a Tamil community have already lost great leaders/intellectuals like you for “these people”.

    Please keep writing…actually we have no choice other than begging you.

  119. Hi David,
    This is an other fine article thank you.
    As a tamil diaspora I appreciate the government efforts to rehabilitate our people. But how we can contribute to this process is a big question. still the Government and Majority of the Sinhalese people believe that most of the tamil Diaspora are LTTE supporters. I personally don’t want to get involve to this at this stage. I am happy to continue to help my relatives over there. I left the country because I could not continue to live with LTTE’s rule in Jaffna. but now I don’t want to go back because the sinhalese labeled us as LTTE.
    I know Balakumar’s wife very well. Balakumar and Para are good fellows. but I am not sure why they went and joined with LTTE.

  120. Hiranthi & Expatriate,

    It is the current regime that stopped the violence. There’s no more killings from any side. If the regime was genocidal, it wouldn’t have rescued 300,000 civilians or arrested more than 10,000 LTTE activists/fighters. Larger number of deaths occurred due to the human shield of the cowards.

    Many who were behind LTTE violence have realised the futility of continuation of the conflict and the need to work with the regime. Read the interviews of one of your dear leaders, KP.

    The regime also is taking many measures on creating normality as evidenced by many.

    The motivations behind the call for investigations is not justice. It is either revenge for the loss the terrorist backers sufferred or geo political interests spear headed by the West. There is a campaign & a conspiracy for regime change.

    However, the majority of Sri Lankans have correctly identified this threat and have supported & protected the regime to date. Not because they accept all the policies or the actions of the regime. But they know where the greater threat to the country & it’s people lies.

    The UN investigation is not legitimate. It doesn’t have the authority of it’s members either through the general assembly, or the security council or any other organ such as the human rights council. The investigative panel is a unilateral creation of the UNSG who is blamed for corruption by the outgoing head of UN’s anti corruption body herself.

    The more you press for punitive measures the more the people rally around the regime to protect it.

    Good luck with your campaign.

  121. 122. sjoseph

    I wanted to fill up the fourth line, so that it may sound like a poem.

    Well I am not a good poet. During college days I used to write poems about some interesting/inspiring subjects. Long past those days.

    So it is difficult to get into a poetic mood again.

    I stumbled there and had to somehow fill up the line. That is why it was like that.

    I apologize for my attempts at writing a poem.

    I really like the way the persona Shankar is posting some of the entries here.

    If it sounded too crazy, now I know that.

    But I can’t guarantee you that I will not be posting such comments here.

    Some times Shankar is irresistible.

  122. 123. Anbu

    Bringing up divisions within Tamil community has nothing to do with subjugation. Over the years you Tamils have portrayed the problems in SL as a straight case of Singhalese discrimination and genocide against the Tamil minority.

    It is important to show the discrimination that exist within the Tamil community as the writer of that letter pointed out, the cause some of the problems can also be attributed to the Tamil political leadership who were the high-cast Jaffna Tamils who went to great lengths to preserve their exhaled position in the Jaffna society by suppressing the rights of the low cast Tamils.

    So it is imperative that the rest of the world, especially the Indian Tamils of Tamil Nadu understands the cast divisions and the discriminations that exist within Jaffna. You may want to hid these and portray a minority community under attack by the majority community where as the truth is that a section of that minority community is under the suppression based on the cast by the members of the same community.

    Read the writers own words “However, it was only when I moved to the Sinhalese areas in the central hills and in Colombo that I learnt that there was a much more just and equitable society in Ceylon.” That might be something of an eye-opener to countless Indian Tamils who are fed a daily dose of propaganda by the various interested parties who want to keep the racial conflict in SL burning.

  123. 131. Ranjan,Toronto

    Why are you taking up the caste divisions now. You seem to think that caste is there only among Indians and particularly only in Tamils.

    Does not the Sinhalese community have any caste division in it.

    I don’t understand it at all.

    Are you trying to equate caste and genocide?

    Okay there is caste division with the Tamils, then what does it have to do with the abrogation of the bc and dc pact. What does it have to do with the Jaffna library burning?

    Wherever there are humans there the castes are.

    Caste is there in Africa. It is there in Japan, Korea. It is there wherever the human race is quite old.

    For your reference I will give the link below.

    Don’t think I support any caste discrimination.

    This is only an objective analysis.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste#In_Hawai.CA.BBi

    I basically believe in the equality of the human beings, irrespective of the caste in which they are born.

  124. 93. Navin

    What is obvious is that diaspora was not motivated to launch the kind of campaigns they did when LTTE was been attacked good by GOSL when LTTE was massacring Sinhalese at will. Hence diaspora is guilty of not taking “comparative” action.

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    What did the Sinhalese do when your govt was using Air Force to bomb the LTTE.

    In effect those bombs would have landed in the civilian areas only predominantly.

    No civilized country uses air power against its own citizens.

    Why didn’t you open your mouth then. Are you not guilty for that.

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    Whatever be the reason diaspora was not helpful in stopping LTTE crimes for 30 years

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    Were the Sinhalese helpful in stopping the atrocities against the Tamils.

    Why did the Jaffna library burn. Why did you abrogate the bc dc treaty?

    You people talk only about the atrocities committed for the past 30 years.

    Why do you not see beyond the 30 years.

    Even before that the Tamils were suffering there.

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    Yet, before taking revenge from GOSL you should think what you plan to do after that or how the Tamils in SL are going to live with the Sinhalese after the diaspora have had their day in court.

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    What do you imply by this. Do you mean to threaten the minority people by this?

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    Even after falling on rock bottom, I wonder whether Tamils of Sri Lankan origin realize the importance of their relationship with the majority community for their own survival.

    ==========================================

    Just a few months back your President said that there is nobody like a minority or a majority in Sri Lanka.

    There are only two set of people. Either the one likes Sri Lanka or the one who does not like Sri Lanka.

    What do you have to say about this?

  125. Here is what the elders and the intellectuals of the world believe today .

    “A group of global statesmen, founded by Nelson Mandela, Tuesday criticised the Sri Lankan government for failing to build on peace brought to the island by the end of the civil war last year.”

  126. Can someone explain about the dead and mutilated bodies of sexually abused Tamil women pictures which were released a month ago.

  127. At Mahesh # 132

    Caste devision is the first and foremost reason for most low/middle caste tamils to feel inferior… That inferiority made them offended and tamils in high castes were tricky enough to turn that hatred towards sinhalese, as sinhalese too by their own mistakes taken for a ride to discriminate low caste tamils looking what their own kind do to them.

    However sinhalese never discriminated tamils to the extent they got discriminated by their own elite society… Instead Tamil high caste’s indifferent ‘putting down attitude’ towards even general sinhalese, made them further offended on whole tamil race without knowing the complxity around the problem. Part of the reasons behind 1983 riots was that.

    I’m not trying to put one race down here.. but Sinhalese never were the kind of people who didn’t give a glass of water to a different/low caste people, like some Jaffna elites used to do to their own kind.

  128. Ambalangoda Man,

    “The correct analogy would be a rapist rapes many women with out getting caught. But when his daughter/wife get raped he demands justice.”

    This viewpoint is common among many Sinhalese but has no basis in fact and I believe comes from a warped sense of victimhood. It tries to equate the entire Tamil people with the LTTE. Collective punishment is clearly defined as a war crime, as the Gladstone report on the Israeli attack on Gaza makes clear.

    The LTTE was always a group being hunted, for long shunned and blacklisted by many countries as a terrorist group. Despite its pretensions to have a statelet in the Vanni, it was always on the defensive, confined to the hinterlands and depending on supplies via highly patrolled seas, while the GoSL controlled all major cities and enjoyed power over the seas and air. Your analogy overstates the LTTE’s power, as well as the Diaspora’s role.

    Navin, You make it sound like Sinhalese took to the streets demanding justice for Tamils or protested atrocities by SL forces against Tamil civilians. There were countless such atrocities documented, but except for a few progressives, the Sinhalese polity largely downplayed or denied such atrocities took place.

    How many in the South demanded justice for the ACF17 or the Trinco5? Or the Mannar family that had been raped and disemboweled by SL forces? Or the very subject of this discussion –the killing of a massive number of Tamil civilians during the last stages of the war? Here you are, trying to gloss it over or minimize the murder of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians, arguing that the LTTE’s demise justified it, and yet you question the morality of the West and the Diaspora! Wasn’t this same ‘end justifies the means’ approach at the very core of LTTE’s atrocities against Sinhalese civilians?

    Moreover, you conveniently overlook many asymmetries–Sinhalese victims of the LTTE had at least the State apparatus and a large supportive population to fall back-on and look after their interests, whereas Tamil victims of State atrocities had no one to speak for them; only the Diaspora voiced its support. The State was, and remains, largely hostile to Tamil people’s rights. I don’t want to waste any more time making these points for the umpteenth time.

  129. 132. Mahesh

    The cast issue is important because for years Jaffna Tamils leadership have complained about discrimination by Sinhalese towards Tamils while very conveniently hiding from the world the severely discriminatory attitudes that they themselves have against the low-cast Tamils and the Indian Tamils from the up-country estates.

    Yes we do have our cast system which is mainly a factor in arranged marriages. However, we Sinhalese do not prevent our “low” cast Sinhalese from entering our temples. A high cast Sinhalese does not wash his hands or body just because he was in close proximity to people who are considered to be from a “low” cast. Or a high cast Sinhalese household is not a “no go zone” for any one from a different cast.

    The discrimination that stems from the cast system of the Jaffna Hindu society is much more worse that any discrimination that Sinhalese may have had towards Tamils. In fact it is a form of apartheid that has been very conveniently hidden from the world.

    Read my reply to 123 Anub.

  130. 137. Expatriate
    The LTTE was always a group being hunted, for long shunned and blacklisted by many countries as a terrorist group. Despite its pretensions to have a statelet in the Vanni, it was always on the defensive, confined to the hinterlands
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    That does not jive with the fact that LTTE controlled or claimed 1/3 of the land mass of the country and 2/3 of the coast line of the island.

    It does not jive with the fact that Chandrika offered VP the right to rule the LTTE controlled area for 10 years, if taken up, would have created a separate sate.

    It does not jive with the fact that LTTE was handed a de facto separate state on two occasions with guarantees and finances offered by the India and the International Donor Group on Sri Lanka.

  131. Hello DBS,
    More than your article, your comments cause concern to us, people who are operessed but the will to find a solution (Not like the final solution of Hitler) for the people still in SriLanka. I empherzise ” still in Srilanka”
    My Uncle used to say only the tree that bears fruit gets hit by stones……… Do you expect otherwise DBS.
    Take good care of your health…. The truth has always won….. You shall overcome for the greater good of the future of SRILANKA….
    We need you and we want you to continue your journerlism…………..

  132. 130 Mahesh

    How hard it is to say ” I love you Shanker for your looks”

    Isn’t that the only attribute that you missed in your unlimited and bountiful love of Shanker.?

    Isn’t that the most important among the others that you attribute to the “Luck” of Shanker’s partner?

    Sorry I said partner because I don’t want to get Shanker’s gender wrong.

    By the way it was good that you didn’ t become a poet for a living.

  133. Re #29 we know you are not chicken hearted and the monkey does’nt come down because its sixty?What I would like to see is for you to come down and see for yourself and write what you see. Don’t mind the dogs that bark they only know that.
    wish you all the best.

  134. There could be some of the missing people from IDP camps on ships full of refugees floating around. There were many news articles about people from IDP camps being smuggled out for large sums of money, they are also included in vanished from the camps category.

  135. 141. Shakepeare

    I wonder how a dud of a person like me could also be influenced by Shakespeare.

    That was the genius of the Shakespeare.

    I also carefully said ‘persona’ of the person Shankar, because I did not want to get the gender wrong.

    When I was introduced to Macbeth in the college by my Professor, I fell in love with Shakespeare.

    After college days I read some of the works of the Shakespeare on my own like Romeo Juliet, Julius Ceasar, Midsummer Night’s dream, Othello etc.

    Of all the characters I have studied, created by Shakespeare, his Desdemona and Iago characters from Othello stand out.

    Julius Ceasar is fine, particularly the Antony’s Oration. I have read and re read them.

    I love Shakespeare. I also love Kalidas.

    Kalidas was more towards the love (Shringar).

    Shakespeare was a versatile genius.

    Kalidas’s Raghuvamsa, I have here and there. Of course I have read in full some of his works like Ruthusamhara Kavyam, Kumarasambhavam etc.

    After reading all this and also by getting some inspiration in life at that impressionable age I also wanted to write some poem.

    So writing poem is not entirely my fault. Even Shakespeare and Kalidas had some role in that and also my object of desire.

    BTW it is also good at being admonished by a namesake of Shakespeare.

    I don’t know whether it is real name of pseudonym, but I am happy to be admonished by that namesake Shakespeare.

  136. Very informative. Many Thanks

    Whether its KP , Asin, Govt or Ranasinghe – I am happy that the affected people are being looked after – particularly the innocent ones who were right in the middle of the battle.

    For your comment ;
    “Instead of advising I should write on films, wildlife, etc and let the great Eelam Tamil Diaspora go its own way”

    1.Dont give up, but balance with all the articles. you are a good writer on films but yet to see a wild life article.

    2.In every community there is percentage of population are always different. Thats why we have some idioms/sayings such as ” naai valai nimirtha mudiyathu or thaan piditha muyalukku moonru kaal.

    3. Do you know that there is a silent majority who suppot your way of thinking ??

  137. Few corrections.

    Yogi’s real name is Naren & not Narendran. Yogi rejoined LTTE (or taken back) in 1995.He was giving political classes before taking charge of the military history and military analysis division. Thanks

  138. DBSJ

    talking of ill heath at 56,when did you have a holiday in asia last? i think you need to get out of the western world and into asia to get your batteries recharged. Once an asian, always an asian.
    if you don’t want to holiday in Srilanka because of white vans then there is India and another little known jewel bhutan for some absolute peace and quiet and away from the hustle and bustle.
    As for nasty emails when you write something bad about the GOSL there will come many accusing you of being an Eelamist.You knew this when you went into this profession. Journalism must be one of the hardest jobs in the world.

  139. # 138 Ranjan, Toronto

    As one who cannot even spell the word ” Caste ” correctly, you are writing too much about the subject. First of all learn the correct spelling.

    Shankar I am sorry. I have to teach English now and then.

  140. 148. Nostradamus

    Anything to evade the issue right? Isn’t this what you guys have done through out when ever the caste divisions among you Tamils come up?

  141. # 149. Ranjan,Toronto

    Be happy it is SL Tamil caste divisions that keep a united Srilanka.

    Dont teach the Eelamist the key to victory 🙂

  142. I do not know how true is that the government is treating all the surrendees with respect and treat them nicely.

    My male cousin who is married, has a wife and 2 young children, arrested and taken away after arriving to the camps. He got on 3 days training with LTTE. He suffer from ashma, he was taken to Batti or Trinco or somewhere far away, his mothe told us that the army is forcing them to do a lot of manual work such as cutting trees, clearing up forests etc.

    He has been kept for more than a year, not been released yet! Once his mother went and met him, he told his mother not to come as he doesn’t want his mother to see his sufferring. God only knows how many thousands of are being tortured and sufferring like him.

  143. # 149 Ranjan, Toronto

    Why should you be troubled about the caste divisions within the Tamil community ? It has no bearing whatsoever on the ethnic problem in the county which calls for an urgent political settlement by way of devolution.

    You are exploiting the inherent caste issue that exists in the Tamil community and taking potshots at this weakness to malign the Tamils.

    Evasion, diversionary tactics and spinning are your forte, not mine.

  144. Comment 147,

    In the neck of the wood where Mr David Jeyaraj is, Asians mean the yellow skinned of Chinese inheritance.

    The rest are Indians or Blacks, So it will be hard for us to pass as Asians.

    India is a place for young and adventurous and the super rich, unless David belongs to the latter.

    Bhutan , I am not sure mainly because of their cuisine.Also high altitude is not not good unless you are young and strong…

    The White Van Brigade disappeared with demise of the LTTE .David probably knows more than me what the reason is for this disappearance.

    Srilanka is be the best holiday destination for Srilankans who have settled overseas.The hundreds of thousand Indians flocking there is good testimony.

    A holiday in Srilanka for David will be ideal. not only to recharge the batteries , but also it is a treasure trove to write a few beauties about the present and the future of Srilanka, specially the Tamil community living there.

    I am sure his connections there will look after him well.

  145. #148-nostradamus

    Shankar I am sorry. I have to teach English now and then
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    nostradamus, i have some good news for you, but keep it secret until it is official. You know our srilankans, how they drag you back into the pit when you try to get out instead of trying to get out themselves.

    Now the good news is HRH Queen Elizabeth has decided to grant you 600 acres at mullaivaikal with vintage nanthikadal lake views. This is for you and your descendents to enjoy for eternity.

    Now to the bad news. This is conditional upon you doing a small service for her though your English tutoring of the locals has been greatly appreciated by her majesty.There seems to be a troublemaker in that region called gota or somebody, and you are supposed to tie him up in chains and barefoot send him to HRH Queen Elizabeth to dispose of according to her wishes.

  146. Are we to construe that Narayan and Balakumar may well have embraced the fate of that befell the poor souls of that horror execution video of Channel 4? We all know that local investigations are out of the question. But, are international HR and war crimes investigators yet to get interested in such blatant cases of ‘disappearances’?

  147. 153. Kalu Alberty

    In Toronto we East Indians are “Brown”.

    If you want proof, go to YouTube and search for Russel Peters and watch a few clips. You will understand.

  148. 152. Nostradamus
    I am not trying to cure your community’s caste hang ups. I am just trying to point out the hypocrisy that exists in your community. Scream to the world about Sinhalese discrimination while standing on the necks of your own “low caste” Tamil brethren. Thats all.

    150. sjoseph: You may have a point. But then again I don’t think the caste biases in the Tamil community are going to disappear like that.

  149. # 157. Ranjan, Toronto
    150. sjoseph: You may have a point. But then again I don’t think the caste biases in the Tamil community are going to disappear like that
    —–

    SL Tamil community may achieve Eelam if they give up Caste biases, not vice versa.

    My suggestion is: “Do not reveal the secret to them”.

  150. # 153. Kalu Alberty
    A holiday in Srilanka for David will be ideal
    ————
    Can some one assure DBS will not be summoned to the fourth floor of CID (Criminal Investigation Department) headquarters.

    DBS may have to assure that he will never write some “TRUTHS” about Rajapakse & Gota brothers. :- (

  151. # 151. Vani

    Please avoid sharing details of your cousin. He may not come alive. (God forbid ).

    Iam serious.

  152. 156, sjoseph,

    You needn’t worry my son,

    DBS will be well looked after. .Gotta got a good knack of picking winners.

    Look at how old KP and Gotta getting on like a couple of long lost cousins.

    DBS fired a few shots in the spur of the moment, when the Sunday Leader Editor was killed.
    All the good work he is doing now to impart some sense into the not so sensible, is a noble deed for the sake of the long suffering Tamil people living in the North East.
    This won’t go unnoticed in Srilanka.

    By the way I thought the TNA friendly UNP are the culprits who summoned Mr Jeyaraj to the 4th floor.
    Please do correct me if my assumption is incorrect.

    Yes KA. It was in Oct 1987 when UNP govt of JR was inpower. I was not summoned but arrested and then detained at the 4th floor……..DBSJ

  153. #161-kalu Albert

    DBS will be well looked after. .Gotta got a good knack of picking winners.

    Look at how old KP and Gotta getting on like a couple of long lost cousins
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    As long as he does not shake too many hands and get into transport provided, thinking he is going to hilton.

  154. # 161.

    By the way I thought the TNA friendly UNP are the culprits who summoned Mr Jeyaraj to the 4th floor.
    Please do correct me if my assumption is incorrect
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    Does it imply, if UNP comes to power in future , no assurance may given for DBSJ?

    In politics, today friend is tomorrow enemy.

    Anyway, It is for DBSJ to take care.

  155. Any idea in the mind remains as an idea unless the person who fosters the idea gives it the life energy to mobilize it. What is today not possible may prove possible and in simple terms a reality tomorrow if we learn the disciplines of pushing the barriers we have erected for ourselves. We all live under the same sky, but our horizon is different.

    There is a possibility that the UN independent inquiry into the final stages of Sri Lankan war on unarmed and innocent Tamils could pave the way for the UN referendum to the birth of a piece of land with sovereignty for Sri Lankan Tamils.

    If it is not possible today, it may not be impossible tomorrow.

    The UN independent inquiry should be initiated without any further delay. The findings in the inquiry should bring the hardcore criminals in power today in Sri Lankan politics before the Independent War Crime Court to face charges. The verdict on Sri Lanka should be deterrence to state terrorism in other war monger nations.

    Human life is very precious and the tenets of its holiness are enshrined in the way it is lived through.

  156. // A large number of senior tiger leaders including the Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran along with a sizeable number of fighters fought to the very end.//

    The above mentioned sentences tell me that you have collected complete info on the Final stand.

  157. 164, Good call Joe,

    Isn’t the current Leader, the old leader’ nephew?

    And the ex General, the Leaders best buddy at least for a couple of months?

  158. The bottomline is tamil community in SL never got sidelined by the majority – sinhalese, to the extent they got sidelined at the hands of their own superior castes.

    Sinhalese might have just followed the trend having misdirected by this caste issues and the wrong ways of teaching of history.

    I strongly believe the way that Dutugemunu-Elara history being taught to us in our childhood is completely wrong and it only aroused anti-tamil feelings within us without giving much credit to the peaceful citizenhood that both races were enjoying then.

    Also, that time was too less-civilised, less-informed the part of the world that SL was in to realise the value of harmony between the two races living in the country equally for centuries. Should they had that refined thinking SL would never have had the bloody armed struggle by being devided to two races that hardly the modern world would do.

    Also, LTTE’s keeping N/E tamil community seperated from all the positive trends taking place in the world led to fuel the racial based thinking, leaving GOSL to compel for a solution via militory.

    We should never forget while sinhalese soon learnt a lot about some unjust happened with or without their hands to the tamils, tamils continued to got themselves confined to race centred negativity. LTTE should be blamed for that whether most tamils like it or not.

  159. 168. Chinthaka

    I am going to be very unpopular with most of my fellow Sinhalese for saying this, but the way I see it Dutugamunu – Elara conflict was just a battle between two local strongmen for power and control. Saving Buddhism was just a vehicle for Dutugamunu to gain the popular support. By all accounts, Elara was a just ruler and Buddhism was never in any danger of being suppressed or discriminated by him. So there was no need for Dutugamunu to fight a war and “save” Buddhism.

    And we Sinhalese also very conveniently forget that the final dual between Elara and Dutugamunu, if it ever took place, would have between a 64 year old Elara and the 20s something Gamini. So was it a fair fight? Don’t think so.

    We really need to examine our history with a critical eye.

  160. I think all non LTTE supporting Sri Lankans Tamils should go back to Sri Lanka have a look for them self. Especially the young Tamils who were born in the west. The Sinhalese are not blood sucking vampires as your parents may teach you. You can have a lot of fun.
    Recently in Colombo I heard a group of Tamil boys and girls laughing and joking in Tamil without a care in the world. This was music to my ears.

    The nightclubs and restaurants in Colombo, the beaches and hotels are great. If you have any Sinhalese friends try and party with them. We know how to party.

    Even Karuna has realized that singing baila with our minsters is more fun then fighting and killing our self’s.

  161. # 169 Ranjan
    What I’m saying is no point of so much analysing into history, as history is history and the circumstance led those battles to take place have no validity to get worked up in this 21st century other than sentimental values about one’s culture.

    History has mostly a sentimental value, so defining nowdays things by history will end up we all becoming psycho’s like Mervin Silva who thinks ‘Raja kaale’ must be reinstated now.

    Sri Lankans effectively have nothing to be proud about other than BS’ing about history; as a result we’re going downward as we all see whether don’t admit or not.

    Today those who hardly goes to a temple to worship are ready to fight and even to die for religion… those who knew nothing about history are ready to ridicule another culture and take up fights… What BS are these poeple actually doing..??? Fight against LTTE was not a fight to protect buddhism… It was a just an internal matter that got out of the way and needed an ‘acid solution’… Other than that there was nothing for maha sangha or owners of so-called ‘thun sinhale’ to play within… It was a concern of an elected govt and the majority of peace loving people..

    Wrong intepretations about the great internal war fought by the armed forces of SL socialist democratic republic is going to create more problems for us… My request to the fellow public is learn about history.. read about history… and be proud about history, but please don’t drag the b… history to make fights within fellow human beings.

  162. # 170. Ambalangoda Man

    The Sinhalese are not blood sucking vampires as your parents may teach you

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    What a Strange advise to children against the parents.

    Children living in west know the reasons why they live outside Srilanka.

    You may try this to the Tamil children residing in Srilanka and whose parents were killed in 1983 riots and SL Army shelling.

    Perhaps they may believe!

  163. Dear DBS
    I am so happy that you are thinking of joining wildlifers
    instead of the scrouge of biodiversity “homo sapiens ”
    Welcome to an exclusive club which will be greatly enriched by people of your talent
    Revi Unni

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  165. 169. Ranjan, Toronto

    I agree with you in this.

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    We really need to examine our history with a critical eye.

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    You are right. One should examine history with a critical eye because when you don’t learn from history, history repeats itself.

  166. So Dutugamunu is the aggressor and Elara who was not the even rightful ruler is the victim? You are nuts.

  167. 169 Rajan from Toronto

    You are right. Tamils or Hindus were never a threat to Budhism and were not threatened by Budhism then.

    Infact when the secred tooth was in Anuradhapura, they were protected by the Chola tamil warriers called ‘Velakkarapadai’ who take vow to protect the people or property entrusted to them until death.

    There were tamil budhists in South India and Ilankai/Lanka, but that is another topic.

  168. 178. Palan:

    You are right. Tamils or Hindus were never a threat to Budhism and were not threatened by Budhism then.

    Then who was “Maga”? I suppose you would also say that it was Sinhalese themselves that bombed Daladga Maligawa.

  169. Most of those who are helping to arrest theri former colleques, are persons who have committed several acts against humanity.
    Ilamparithy, when he was called Anchaneyar, was responsible along with Karikalan, for the inhuman actions against the Jaffna Muslims.
    Papa was responsible for several tortures, recruitments and monetary demands during the ceasefire period. his name also came up on the Charles Wijewardena murder and recruitment of police informer Laksman Cooray, who was involved with Jeyaraj Fernandoputte assasination and the attempt on the President.
    Thamilini, like Adele Balasingam was responsible for brainwashing and recruiting several undergae girls as suicide cadres.
    Now they changed their stripesand working with another accused inorder to save themselves from being taken to International Court for their acts against humanity.

  170. 179. Navin
    Who attacked Daladga Maligawa..who was “Maga?

    If I am not mistaken, it was done by the same person/s

    1 Who murdered t Alfred Duraiappah,Mayor,ex MP in Ponnalai Varatharajar temple in 1975.
    2. who robbed the Jewellery from Tellippalai Durgai amman temple and killed one of the eye witness.
    3. who murdered hundreds inside Kaluvanchikudi & other Mosques.
    4, who murdered Batticaloa Mayoress’ father Rajan Sathiyamoorthy,prospective MP, on his prayer.
    5. whose trainees killed Joseph Pararajasingam,MP inside the batticaloa church during a mass.
    6 who fired indiscriminately and killed several devotees at Mamangeswarar temple festival.
    7. who estorted over forty millions from Nagapooshani amman temple.
    8 who murdered Santhiveli Pillayar temple Priest in the recaptured East because he garlanded Mahinda.
    9. who nurdered Maheswaran, MP on new year inside Ponnamblaneswarar temple, Kochikade in 2008.
    10. who sent an unborne child with no religion on a suicide mission on 25th April 2006.

    But I wonder how many of these victims were compensated by the Government.

    By ‘Maga” I presume you are referring to King Maghavama(301-328) who received the tooth relic from the Kalinga King Guhasiva through his children, and enshrined it in Meghagiri Vihara(present day isurumuniya) in Anuradhapura.
    i agree the history is full of contradictions. The Portuguese document that they had burnt & destroyed the tooth in 1603 when they invaded Kandy but others claim it was carried to Meda Mahanuwara in Dumbara
    and saved..
    As 172. Chinthaka says
    “My request to the fellow public is learn about history.. read about history… and be proud about history, but please don’t drag the b… history to make fights within fellow human beings”.

  171. 181. Palan:

    Polonnaruwa period ends with Maga invasion. He destroyed Sinhala-Buddhist civilization in the N like never before. Maga was a Chola king and it is wrong to say Buddhism was not under threat by Hindu-Tamil culture. Some of the Tamil soldiers you mention that served under Sinhalese kings double crossed whenever there were invasions from Tamil Nadu. At the same time Sinhalese kings got brides from Tamil Nadu. So there were good times, bad times and worst times.

    Though Maga was later defeated, neither Anuradhapura nor Polonnaruwa was ever chosen as the capital again due to threat from Tamil Nadu among other things. Yet, until this incident, the area was habited by Sinhalese for 1000s of years and even thereafter writ of the Sinhalese king remained over N & E– sometimes more and sometimes less. Hence the Sinhalese have rights to N & E as much as Tamils and fallacy of Tamil claim for exclusive rights to N & E or preservation of current post-Maga demography _verbatim_. No areas were set aside for Tamils in this country historically and there is no reason to do that now.

    There is nothing wrong in been proud of one’s ancestry. What is wrong is to look down upon that of others or do nothing else but be proud of what your ancestors did. Today, there are many people trying to interpret Sinhalese history in rather mischievous ways to try to get them to compromise on their rights to N & E. This is a crime. Hence my dislike when people question the motives of Dutugamunu’s conduct. There is most certainly no reason for Sinhalese to feel guilty of Dutugamunu’s defeat of Elara or to question his motives.

    Having said that, I do not think I need to elaborate my views on those who try to draw parallels between themselves and Dutugamunu.

  172. #182-navin

    Maga was a Chola king
    Though Maga was later defeated
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    magha was not a tamil. please,please,please don’t say that thug who was probably related to your ancestors Vijaya because he came from that region of orissa was a tamil. We are still grappling with the only tamil who brought dishonour to our race, the one and only VP. Trying to make him a malayalee didn’t work with the malayalees on this blog such as Revi Unni throwing him back on us. One is more than enough. Learn your history properly then you will know who was magha and where he came from. As for why he came all the way there is insufficient information. Because he was known as kalingha magha, and orissa was known as kalingha at that time and vijaya also came from there, my guess is he had some sort of claim to the throne.Unlike the tamils who respected bhudhism, this chap seemed to be obsessed with destroying it, so there is also a possibility that he was sent by the kalingha king to wipe it out.
    As for him being defeated there are no records of how he died.. The mahavamsa which was full of magha when he was living is strangely silent about his death.He was never defeated and never a part of a Chola invasion.

    You are probably confusing him with rajendra chola, who in the 10th century sacked anurathapura and made pollonnaruwa the capital. Magha came very much later after the decline of the Chola Dynasty. At the height of their power with raja raja chola, they had spread their wings even to indonesia with their fleet and their army upto the deccan in india. To take Srilanka and destroy bhudhism would have been possible for them, if they had just concentrated their forces on Srilanka without building up a vast empire elsewhere. You are doing a disservice to them, because they were only interested in the north and the pearls in puttalam, not like the thug magha, your own relative maybe.

    I hope when they teach sinhalese kids history, they teach it properly otherwise they will just perpetuate the hate in young minds. If indeed tamils and sinhalese were warring all the time one of the races would have been entirely annihilated or absorbed by the other in the course of 2000 years. Common sense says there was mutual respect and a live and let live policy for both to survive for so long.

  173. 183. shankar:

    Yes, Maga is _not_ Chola. I’m sorry for the error. However, the forces Maga used to invade comprised of Kalinga and _Tamil_ mercenaries/soldiers. Maga was eventually defeated by Parakramabahu II from Dhabadeniya. I was _not_ referring to Chola invasions of Anuradhapura.

  174. #183 Shankar/184. Navin

    The point here is Maga had the support of Tamils like VP too had the support of Tamils.

    whether the support is voluntary or forced is arguable.

  175. 185. sjoseph | August 8th, 2010 at 9:00 pm
    #183 Shankar/184. Navin

    The point here is Maga had the support of Tamils like VP too had the support of Tamils.
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    magha did not have the support of the tamils. He was just a foreign invader like the british, trying to fill up the vacuum left by the Chola dynasty demise. He came from orissa with an army all the way overland picking up merceneries as he came. Seems to be a man of means to afford an army. What do the tamils gain by supporting a foreign invader. It was just a case of magha and his mercenary army and the sinhala kings army bashing each other. The mahavamsa does not state anything about the tamil population supporting magha , but does refer to some tamil mercenery soldiers in his brutal army.

    VP’s case was bit different. You are right. Initially because of july 83 there was a lot of support for him. The tamils felt that they have to have a army of their own, but as time went on support started dwindling little by little for Prabha and was the root cause of his ulltimate demise. He should have read Mao’s little red book which said the guerillas are like the fish and the people are the water. As the water little by little left them the fish died.

  176. Invasion of Tamils and Restoration of the Saasana by King Dutthagaamani…

    Twenty years after the death of Uttiya foreign usurpers from South India seized Anuraadhapura. Two of them, Sena and Guttika, reigned together for twenty-two years and another Tamil usurper, Elaara, reigned for forty-four years. The lack of interest of these Tamil rulers in the Buddhist faith and the vandalism of their supporters evidently retarded the progress of the religion. Furthermore, the Sinhalese rulers were not free to work for the religion during these periods of political unrest. Nevertheless, the people held strongly to their new religion and showed no signs of laxity.

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/perera/wheel100.html#sect-15

  177. 187. Navin

    An historian records history. May be his prejudice also would come into that. Mahavamsa could be source of some pieces of history like our puranas.

    In our purana Lord Budha is even referred to as Gayasura.

    Does it mean Lord Budha was an Asura.

    We cannot be taking them to be authentic in entirety.

    May be Elara came from somewhere out but should we not move on.

    Tamils as a race have traded with Greek, Rome etc from the age old days.

    It is unbelivable to think that they would not have established an hinterland in Sri Lanka.

    To tell them that we came first and you came after us based upon only one source may not be historically adequate.

    Even if you take it to be true the Tamils came they conquered and ruled in their hour of glory. They didn’t run back. They lived in sri lanka.

    Should this not qualify for their being treated with honour and dignity.

    I can’t comment you on Mahavansa. Because i have not studied that.

    Whatever that unites the people is good for the country and should be taken up and whatever that causes disunity amongst them should be discarded just like a poison.

    I will tell you one thing. Generally the people of Tamil Nadu were against LTTE after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

    That is the reason there was not a hue and cry in May 2009.

    If there had been a hue cry over that then our govt would have been forced to intervene or its hands would have been tied down.

    But the triumphalism displayed after the war many of the people were not able to stomach.

    Also there is no political solution in sight. These things take time to seep in. But when the common people think that there is no space for the political solution with the Sri Lankan govt. then who can say the views of the people regarding LTTE may not change.

  178. #184-navin

    Maga was eventually defeated by Parakramabahu II from Dhabadeniya.
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    When i said magha was never defeated, what i meant was he was still there ruling the rajarata though as you rightly pointed out, he was driven out of mayarata. He was driven out by Vijayabahu3. His son parakramabahu 2 who you refer to had nothing to do with magha who was dead or deposed by that time. No records in mahawamsa of what really happened to him. Also no mention of magha being involved in the wars between parakramabahu2 and kalingha.

  179. Re: 10. Dilshan’s remark:

    I am Tamil-Canadian. I provide aid through MSF and Canadian NGO Global Medic. I encouraged others to do so as well since these NGO’s allow you to indicate what country your donation should be directed towards. They of course do not allow you to indicate what ethnicity you want your aid to go to and I would find it disgusting if they did. I’m sure that would be illegal as well. During the Haiti earthquake period I just gave ‘blind’ donations and trusted the NGO to do what’s best.

    I feel no obligation to help Sri Lanka rebuild since I did not make the mess or provide support to those who did make the mess. Listening to my parents conversations with their friends, I came to the conclusion that SL govt was capable of feeding Tamils with one hand and beating them to death with the other. The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) serves to conceal that other hand.

    As far as Sinhalese making hateful or contemptuous comment about the Diaspora, why would that surprise me? It was such attitudes that caused my parents to depart from SL in the first place. What goes around comes around and often bystanders get splattered in the face as well. I often post antipathetic comments about the SL govt on news sites and will continue to do so until I see credible evidence that northern SL is free of its police state atmosphere. As long as Sinhalese support the govts efforts to dilute the Tamil character of SL, there will be antipathy.

  180. #92 Navin,
    I haven’t finished reading all the comments. So, please forgive me if this is a repetition.
    1. Many Tamils living abroad did condemn the activities of LTTE. But they were not given publicity by “pro LTTE” media. – The same thing happened to those who condemn the attack on the Jaffna Public Library. Until Premadasa Vs Gamini & Lalith issue started, no one openly said who touched the library.
    2. I was in Jaffna when Anuradhapura Massacre happened. People were condemning, But people unless they are organized, have no say. If I am right, on the next day SL Navy killed almost all the travellers of a public boat service – known as Kumudini Massacre. I have not heard of any protest from Sinhalese. Knowing Sinhalese, They would have protested in private. If there was a public protest, it wouldn’t have received any publicity.
    When I was in Jaffna, I couldn’t do anything other than sadly watching the Muslim people being chased. I later talked to many people explaining that as a wrong thing. But LTTE propaganda was so powerful and I couldn’t win.
    No I come to the core question: Do we need an inquiry on war crimes?
    We all must accept that war crimes are committed by both parties against each other. But there is another side, WAR CRIMES – not killing during cross fire- committed against people too. If this is manhandled, can move to the next state. We have given the power to some officers to kill anyone and no one can question them.
    Under the cover of war People like Lasantha were killed. Don’t we want an inquiry to that?
    I heard news that SLA too has used human shields, when they were advancing certain areas.It can be true or a lie. But we need an inquiry to know the truth.
    Hope you know what happened to (No more General) Sarath Fonseka immediately after the elections. He was charged by govt media that he was planning to take over the govt by force. Now there is no talk on that.
    Dont we need an inquiry on that?
    It is needed to restore democracy back in SL.

  181. I am glad that DBSJ is always “in” Sri Lanka and doesn’t lose the feeling, but I have noticed from many Tamils comments that they are living out of the country and are living in the past.

    Actually, when a person goes abroad to live and one has to become tuned to the “away” life, all one remembers is what one had remembered at the last “leaving”. After that it is only remembrance and nothing else. So, if a person had lived abroad for few years, his reality of his ex-country not that “real”, so the old memories hurt or make him feel happy.

    Most Tamils have “hurt” memories, so they don’t want to change. I have met Tamils in Canada, who actually praise the situation they “fell in” in 1983 and now are in Canada! In their own words, they had no chance of immigrating anywhere, because their English (or lack of it) and education didn’t give them the opportunity, and the July 1983 helped them. Interestingly, these Tamils don’t “hate” their former motherland at all, and even keep Sri Lankan flag in their homes!

    They were simply hidden by their Sinhala neighbors and transported to the Canadian Embassy! They move around in good jeeps in Canada, and if nothing happened, they would have been some labourers to some rich Tamil businessmen.
    Actually, how many rich Tamil businessmen had applied for Canadian citizenship?

    What for? They have their Canada in Sri Lanka, and their fleet of jeeps!

    Aren’t there 2-3 different Tamils in Sri Lanka, and the rich never went out???

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