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The Defence Secretary and Myself: KP speaks out – 4

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By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

(CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK)

QUESTION: Thank you for relating these details about these important events of the recent past. Your input provides fresh insight into these matters. But now I want to ask you about the present.

Let me start with your relationship with this government particularly the Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse. You have already told me about your arrest and your first meeting with the defence secretary. It’s obvious that both of you have established good rapport. But there are lots of allegations about this. Several opposition leaders and sections of the media have alleged that there is some kind of shady deal in between . What do you have to say?

Gotabhaya Rajapakse ~ pic courtesy: businesstoday.lk

ANSWER: My answer is just the truth. It really is a simple story…… There is no deal of any kind. There is only an understanding. A genuine understanding. Both of us have some common objectives. So we are working together to achieve those goals. That is our point of agreement. Nothing else.

Q: Could you elaborate further please? What exactly is this meeting point?

A: The war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) is now over. The Defence secretary Mr.Gotabhaya Rajapakse who coordinated and planned the war effort is now engaged in a different role. The Defence secretary has to maintain peace and prevent any possible eruption of violence again. Both he and the Govt of President Mahinda Rajapakse realise that much has to be done to resolve the problems caused by the war. There are a large number of former LTTE cadres in custody. The Internally displaced persons (IDP) being re-settled have to be rehabilitated and normalcy restored.The President and his brothers want to address these issues.

At the same time I am also concerned about these issues. I too want to see the boys and girls released as early as possible. I want them to be given a fresh start in life. I want the IDP returnees resettled and rehabilitated. So there is agreement between us in these matters. The Defence secretary has provided an opportunity for me to get involved in these matters to a certain extent and do what I can. This is our meeting point or area of agreement.

Q: But the question puzzling many is why you the former head of the re-structured LTTE is being given a chance to get involved in these matters?

A: I think the best person to answer this question is the Defence secretary himself or some responsible government minister or official. I can only answer from my perspective or what I think is behind the Government’s thinking…

Q: Please do. Tell me why you think you are being given this opportunity?

A: What I think is that they have a tricky dilemma. They want to release,rehabilitate and resettle detenues and IDP’s as soon as possible. The longer they delay the greater the international criticism.

But on the other side they are also cautious about the security angle. They don’t want these released and resettled people to be used by interested parties for anything in the future that could result in the separatist demand being raised again or an outbreak of political violence.

Because of this the government authorities are very careful. This has resulted in matters moving slowly. This slow pace also results in the govt getting criticised.

So the govt is looking out for ways to help them address these matters faster and also ensure security interests are met. It is here that I come in I think. They are giving me a chance to play a small role in these matters like the squirrel in the “Ramayana” who helped build a dam across the sea. This gives me an opportunity to do something meaningful in my life. So I am very happy and glad.

Q: But why you? Why not some NGO or group of NGO’s? Why not the Tamil parties aligned with the government?

A: You asked me about NGO’s and Tamil parties and why they are not being given a role. Again I can only say what I think from what I have heard.

What I feel is that the govt does not trust most NGO’s due to bad experiences in the past. This is why I think only limited access is given to many NGO’s.

They are also very disappointed with some Tamil parties who abused and misused the access given earlier.

The issue of thousands of ex-tiger rehabilitees is a highly sensitive matter with political and security implications. The govt does not want to take a risk in this even if it gets criticised. The impression I get about the defence secretary is that he would prefer to get criticised rather than risk a grave security breach by letting each and every organization interact with the ex-tiger cadres

In such a situation I am getting a chance to play a role. The govt is prepared to let me interact with ex-tiger rehabilitees and others to be of some service. They trust me and also have nothing to fear about me because after all I am in their custody too. As for me I welcome this chance to be of service to some of my people particularly the ex-tiger cadres.

Q: What is it that motivates you in this respect?

A: I am perhaps the most senior among former tiger leaders today. I feel very very guilty when I see the tragic plight of the Tamil people today. I feel extremely sad and bad when I see the fate of these young people. I cannot deny that many of these children were forcibly recruited against their will.

I also feel a lot of remorse when I see the civilians of the Wanni. They were prosperous once but are now in abject poverty due to the war. Because of this I want to do some penance at least by helping them as far as possible.

There is also another reason. I heard a story last year that Prabhakaran and the leadership were engaged in a discussion in mid-May when someone had asked “What happens to our people and cadres”? To this Prabhakaran had apparently replied. “KP is there.He will look after the people and cadres.”

Some months ago I got reliable confirmation that such an incident had really happened and that Prabhakaran had referred to me that way openly. This knowledge that the last task entrusted to me was to look after these people has strengthened my resolve in this respect.

This is why I am motivated and I formed the North-East Rehabilitation and Development Organization(NERDO). It was formally registered on July 6th 2010. We have also been given security clearance to move about the north and east and have access to resettled IDP’s and rehabilitees.

Q: Before we talk about NERDO, it does seem to me that you have got recognition as an NGO in a very short time. The NERDO has also got security clearance and access. This would not have been possible but for support at high levels. Was it with the blessings of the Defence secretary that NERDO got this approval and access?

A: Yes. We went through all the formalities and procedures and applied. But I don’t think we would have got such quick approval without the backing of the Defence secretary.

Q: If I may return to an earlier aspect. It does seem crystal clear that you are able to enjoy some freedom of action despite being a detenue only because of the special relationship you have with Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakse.As you told me earlier there was no “deal” of any kind and that your meeting point is the mutual desire to achieve certain related pro-people goals. Could you explain the circumstances under which this rapport evolved and continues to evolve?

A: Well I have already told you about how I was caught in Malaysia and brought to Colombo and how I met him for the first time. Thereafter at a subsequent meeting –the third one I believe- Mr. Gotabhaya asked me pointed questions about what I felt about the whole situation and what I wanted to do in the future.

I then told him very clearly that the war was over for me and that I fully realised that reviving an armed struggle for Eelam was out of the question. I told him that I feel very guilty about the plight of our people and that if given a chance I would like to help them in some small way at least as some form of penance.

Then the defence secretary said that he too wanted to ensure the speedy release and resettlement of IDP’s and rehabilitation of ex-tiger cadres. He said he required some reliable people to help expedite matters in this regard. He asked me whether I would like to help him in this process .I said yes.

Some days later the military intelligence chief Gen.Kapila Hendavitharane informed me that my request had been discussed in detail by him and the defence secretary and that a favourable decision was reached. Thereafter I was given some autonomy of action to participate in the process.

Q: You were a Consultant?

A: Nothing formal or official like that but yes I was consulted on some related matters. I was also allowed to interact with the cadres under detention and also people in the north

Q: In person?

A: No not directly only by telephone first. Then I was able to get delegations of parents of detenues from the North down to Colombo and meet them. It was at such a meeting that parents lamented about the situation of Jaffna university undergraduates being held under detention.

At that point I asked one of the officials present whether he could request the defence secretary to look into the matter and take positive action. This was done and I am happy to say the defence secretary immediately agreed in principle to release. Thereafter it was done in batches. Today no undergrad is in detention. Like that the rehabilitees are being released in batches according to specific categories

Q: What I understand from this is that you had no official position but you had a sort of unofficial special role assigned to you. Because of that you were able to associate and play a positive role in these matters?

A: Yes. This was before I formed the NERDO. Now I represent NERDO in matters of this type.

Q: So the government was basically in charge and took policy decisions and implemented them but you were able to play a supplementary role in an advisory capacity?

A: Exactly. It was the government that handled it. Matters concerning the ex-tiger cadre rehabilitees for instance came under the Bureau of the Commissioner –General of Rehabilitation. On that matter I must emphasise that the govt has appointed an appropriate person as commissioner-general. Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe is the ideal man for the job. He has lots of commitment and care for the welfare of the inmates at Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centres (PARC).

Q: So what did you do or what do you do in these matters?

A: Whenever I am asked for an idea or suggestion I submit proposals. Some have been accepted. I give my opinion when asked about some scheme being planned. When a problem or reasonable request is brought to my notice I get in touch with officers concerned directly or indirectly and convey it to them. I also take the initiative and submit proposals

I must say that almost all officers and officials involved in these matters are sincere persons with lots of sympathy for the plight of these unfortunate people. So they are most receptive to ideas or suggestions and getting things done is no big problem at all.

WE also help out with some projects implemented by the government. This is done more through NERDO

Q: But why is there such slow progress in releasing and rehabilitating? Why can’t it be done faster?

A: From what I see there is a genuine intention on the part of the government to resolve this issue efficiently and speedily. They have identified two wide categories. One is the hard core consisting of those suspected of being involved in some violence, some with years of experience in the LTTE and those who have taken the black tiger or suicide action oath. There are about 1400 in this category. Most of these people will be charged in courts.

Then there are the others or soft category. They are those with very little LTTE experience or recent conscripts or people involved in LTTE administration functions like the police or banks. These were numbering more than 11,000 but now are reduced to about 7- 8,000 because of regular releases.

The Govt is spending Rs 400 per day in looking after each of these persons. The govt will definitely like to release them soon and save the money being spent on them but for practical problems. As I said earlier the govt’s fear is that the released ex-cadres may be exploited by interested parties and encouraged to engage in violence again.

One way of preventing such a possibility is to ensure that no rehabilitee will be idle or unemployed. That is why there are training and vocational skills programs for them. Those who get such training are being released in batches. The govt thinks such people will get gainful employment in Sri Lanka or abroad. This is why there is slow progress.

Q: Still why cannot a time bound deadline be set for the release ?

A: Because of the problems I mentioned. But I must say that the Defence secretary recently stated that he hopes everybody in the “soft” category would be released within six to nine months. I think every effort will be made to meet this deadline

But I want to tell those in the Diaspora one thing about this issue. Instead of criticising the Tamil Diaspora must help financially and even invest. If they help financially to provide training and jobs for these rehabilitees then they can be released faster. Instead of simply criticising why dont members of the Tamil Diaspora help financially and ensure speedy releases if they are really concerned? From my experience I can strongly say that the Defence secretary wants to release these people as soon as possible. Why not try and help instead of simply blaming him?

Q: On that note let me ask you about the defence secretary and yourself.How often do you interact with him?

A: It’s like this.If I want to inform him of something I convey it through the officer who was assigned to liaise between us both. Likewise he does so too. Apart from this we have also met directly on some occasions to discuss issues relating to the IDP’s and rehabilitees. In recent times after we established NERDO the defence secretary takes a keen interest in that and checks on our progress every week. I am also able to contact officers under him if necessary

Q: Let us talk about the topic close to your heart now. Tell me about NERDO and how it came into being and what you hope to do through NERDO?

A: When we were discussing issues concerning the ex-tiger cadres and IDP’s in the Wanni I felt that a non –governmental, social service organization was necessary to address these issues . It could work independently of the government but associate with the overall efforts of the govt in this respect. I found the govt officials receptive to this idea

So we started making preparations but things did not start to move in a big way. One of the problems was adequate funding. Then came the week long trip by some Tamil expatriates in June this year….

Q: I am sorry to interject but how did that trip take place?

A: Well the idea was for some Tamil expatriates to visit Sri Lanka and see for themselves the actual situation. Originally we wanted the visit to coincide with the Mullivaaikkal battle anniversary in May. But due to some problems and the floods we had to put it off for June

In the first place we hoped to get more than 20 visitors. We arranged for 22 to visit. But later officials in Colombo felt a smaller number would be better due to logistical reasons. So it was whittled down to 12. But due to some last minute problems only 09 could come….

Q: Oh ! so tha’’s how it happened. Please go on about the NERDO?

A: Well the visit of the expatriates was a boost to our plans. The visitors had first hand experience of the situation and except for one person, all understood the realities. They appreciated the need for NERDO. Some donated funds .Though not huge the sum was enough to get things moving. The govt too was happy about the visit and acknowledged the fact that NERDO could be made a success.

So the paperwork was done quickly and thanks to Mr. Gota bhaya’s support we got NERDO registered on July 6th. The chairman is Mr. S.Thavaratnam the president of the Northern Fishermen’s Society Federation. I am the NERDO secretary.

Q: Why dont you give more details about NERDO? Address, telephones, bank accts etc?

A: Well our office is in Vavuniya. Our address is 10, 1st lane, Kathiresu Road, Vairavaputhiyankulam, Vavuniya.

Our telephone numbers are:

Tel.: +94 24 492 5438
Mob. : +94 75899 8034
Mob.: +94 77937 6919
Fax.: +94 24 222 1730.

Our E-mail is: info@nerdo.lk.

Our website is www.nerdo.lk

We have two bank accounts.

The official name is North–East Rehabilitation & Development organization.

In Colombo we have one acct at HSBC. The acct number is 012-160354-001.The code is HSBCLKLX.

In Vavuniya we have one at the Commercial Bank. The account number is 1610046482. The code is CCEYLKLX.

Q: Could you tell me more about the structure and function of NERDO?

A: Well we have just started and our resources at present are rather limited. We would really love donations from concerned people. Some funds are beginning to trickle in now.

Our office at Vavuniya is a modest one. We cant afford a big building or large staff. We have two officers there. One is from Jaffna and the other from the Up-country.

One handles the office work and the other is a field officer. They are paid salaries.We have also an internally displaced girl from the Wanni volunteering as a typist. She is paid an allowance.

We also have some volunteers helping out on a part –time basis without remuneration. Most of these persons are known to me personally like those from my village Myliddy or old classmates from Nadeswara college in Kanesanthurai and Mahajana College in Thellippalai. Some are fellow undergraduates from the Jaffna university.

Some of these persons are now school principals or government officers or bank employees. What is remarkable about this is that I did not maintain any contact with them after I went abroad in 1981. Since I was active in the LTTE and all these people were in Sri Lanka I avoided contact with them for their own safety.

Now they are all rallying around me and trying to do some service to the affected people. There are about 25 -30 people in this group. It will increase gradually I hope because we need efficient volunteers.

Q: What has NERDO done so far and what are your future plans?

A: Our first month progress is rather modest. NERDO gave Rs. 15,000 each to two schools in Kilinochchi to print question papers for term tests. They are the Vattakachchi Maha Vidyalayam and Ramanathapuram west Govt Tamil mixed school. There was also a disabled youth K.Puvaneswaran who was given 5,000 Rs to help him travel to sit for the GCE (AL) exams.

Apart from this NERDO also arranged for buns and tea to be given daily for a period of 28 days to 358 rehabilitees studying and sitting for the GCE AL exam and 119 rehabilitees studying for the GCE OL exam. The cost of supplying these buns and tea for 477 students and some teachers and officials was 450,000 Rupees. NERDO has paid up in full.

Q: But some media organs run by Diaspora Tamils are criticizing NERDO for this and saying that there was no need for you to do these and that the govt should have done it?

A: That is what these people will say but the reality is different on ground. Unlike these sections of the Diaspora we are not attacking the govt or pinpointing alleged faults. Unlike the Diaspora those of us working at ground level are in a partnership with the govt.

It is not an “us and them” thing with the govt. It is a case of “We” where the govt and we must do the best we can unitedly to help our people. The govt is also short of funds in some matters. Are we we to then blame the govt, sit back and do nothing about helping our people?

The people in the Diaspora who say things like this must understand that the govt could very well have forbidden the rehabilitees from sitting for the AL exam citing security concerns. They did not do so and despite the difficulties arranged for them to sit for exams and supplied food and provided transport and personnel.

An Australia based Tamil NGO helped with study materials and supplementary teacher expenses and stationery etc. We helped to make arrangements on ground for this. Then we at NERDO helped to provide buns and tea.

So it was a joint effort by three parties the govt, the Aussie NGO and NERDO to help our students sitting for the exam. The govt bore the major share of expenses and effort in this. The Diaspora must stop these stupid attacks.

Q: What are the future projects and plans for NERDO?

A: Oh! We have lots of ideas and are working towards implementation. We are planning to open two more offices in Kilinochchi town and Mullaitheevu town to cater to the needs of re-settled people in those districts

Some specific projects being planned is the setting up of an abode or home called “Anbu Illam” (Abode of Love) in Vavuniya on the Mannar road. We intend providing a haven for children orphaned by the war, persons who have lost limbs or eyesight due to war and very old people without anyone to look after them.

Already a Tamil Catholic nun from Colombo is running a shelter of this type for 40 people.Sinhala catholic nuns visit regularly in groups to help her. We are planning to tie up with this sister and expand her efforts with NERDO’s help by establishing “Anbu Illam”.

Another project is to set up a model farm in about 200 acres where we can teach and practice scientific agricultural methods for the ex-LTTE rehabilitees and even some of the IDP’s. Again I must say this proposal was a brainchild of the Defence secretary. We are in the process of selecting an appropriate area to set up this model farm in Vavuniya or Kilinochchi district

We have also identified a village about 25 miles away from Vavuniya town with a very high figure of those without limbs and widows and elderly destitutes. We are planning to transform this into a model village providing employment and care as a community project

Another project is to set up an ambulance service. A benefactor from London has agreed to finance one vehicle and we hope to station it in Kilinochchi

Q: Apart from these specific projects do you have ideas of implementing comprehensive development master plans on a wider basis?

A: Yes we have. A Tamil academic from Australia has prepared an intergrated development plan to revive and resurrect our fisheries sector. I think the fisheries sector has been drastically affected in the north and east due to the war.

On the basis of that plan NERDO has devised a short term project called coastal fisheries rehabilitation program costing 605 million rupees. This comprises refurbishing existing fishing vessels and providing fishing gear like nets .If implemented properly this will provide full employment to around 3300 fisher families.

There are also studies underway to revive the agriculture and dairy and livestock sectors. One academic is already engaged in estimating and devising a master plan for agriculture. Another academic will arrive shortly to formulate a dairy and livestock development plan.

Another project we hope to set up is a Training Institute to provide technical and vocational skill education. Initially we hope to conduct short term courses and certificates for the ex-tiger cadre rehabilitees. These courses would cover a number of fields from motor mechanism to plumbing ,from electronics to landscape designing etc.

We also hope to create facilities for those obtaining these short term certificates to find employment and also pursue higher studies if necessary. Ultimately we hope to develop this into a full fledged Technical college or polytechnic.

Another idea is to stage a series of cultural shows in Various parts of the Country. The performers will be those ex-LTTE cadres being rehabilitated.

The well-known Sinhala film star Anoja Weerasinghe is conducting a drama workshop for sixty rehabilitees. I am very impressed by her dedication. One of our well known singers Shanthan is also a detenue with his two sons. We are planning to pool their efforts to stage concerts in a bid to create a positive image about ex-tiger cadres and also spread the message of peace and goodwill.

Q: Where does the government fit into in these matters?

A: As I told you we will be working independently but in partnership with the government. The situation today is that no one can function in the north and east or any part of Sri Lanka without Government support or approval. In the north and east we also need the full cooperation of the armed forces. This being the reality we must work in harmony with the govt while retaining our independence.

The govt is quite comfortable with the NERDO and will lend assistance and grant access. For example the govt will provide lands for s to set up projects like a model farm. NERDO hopes to link up with Govt plans like the “Vadakkin Vasantham” (northern spring) and “Kizhakin Uthayam” (Eastern awakening) wherever possible and get assistance.

Q: Your plans are impressive but do you have the resources to implement them?

A: No, not yet but we are in an embryonic stage.

In the first place we must also be realistic enough to recognize that our people have gone back decades and decades in development. For instance our Railway line is not there in the north.

Our community was proud of our educational tradition. Today our schools are destroyed and students are squatting under trees for classes. A large number of children are not attending school due to poverty and lack of uniforms, footwear and text books. We are commissioning a survey of this situation.

But as our plans unfold and people get the message we hope to get lots of help and aid from our fellow Tamils from abroad. Already some qualified expatriates have agreed to come over and provide their academic and professional expertise on a voluntary basis. A few have promised financial assistance for special projects. I am confident that NERDO will gradually perform well with the help of our people.

Q: The problem is that a vociferous section of the Tamil Diaspora with great access to the media is conducting a vicious campaign against you and NERDO. They accuse you of being a govt stooge and that NERDO is a ruse to attract Tamil expatriate money from abroad and siphon it off to govt coffers. In such a hostile climate how do you hope to succeed?

A: Yes. You are right about the current climate but this will be a temporary situation I think. For one thing these sections unleashing a negative campaign are a minority but as you said they have a near monopoly on Tamil media abroad and therefore have an impact exceeding their actual strength. But still they are a minority and their campaign is based on lies and falsehood

What I am confident about and relying on is “sathiyam” (Truth).

Firstly we hope to publish all details about our projects and expenses and accounts of money received and spent on our website in addition to providing receipts. We will also answer all genuine queries. As more and more people see that we are open and transparent about these things the false propaganda wont be able to sustain itself.

Secondly we are also optimistic that the recipients of our aid and assistance will inform their friends and relatives abroad of the actual situation. When these people provide factual details about our genuine efforts those spreading false information will be exposed.

Thirdly we will encourage Diaspora members to visit Sri Lanka and see the situation themselves. We are ready to help them see things first-hand and arrive at their own conclusions. We have nothing to hide. NERDO is prepared to even assist people to travel to the north and east if they contact us. We are even thinking of stationing a NERDO representative at the Katunayake airport if necessary.

So gradually the truth will triumph and NERDO will succeed.

Q: I can see that you are an optimist. I saw a video clip of your meeting with some rehabilitees where you say “Nambikkai Thaan Vaalkkai” (Hope is life). I understand your mindset but do you think you can succeed against such formidable odds?

A: When I was given the task of overseas procurement (arms acquisition) by Prabhakaran in 1983 I was an utter novice. I came from a very common background. My father was politically conscious but was an ordinary fisherman.I did not study in elite schools. My English knowledge was weak. I had never travelled outside Sri Lanka and India. The LTTE was a fledgeling organization without any important contacts in the arms trade.

Yet I developed my department slowly and steadily. I expanded the LTTE’s power to a stage where we were acquiring arms from diverse sources on a worldwide basis and shipping them regularly to the north-east. As long as I was in charge of overseas purchasing the LTTE was able to prolong the war successfully because I was able to procure arms continuously

If I could succeed then in a task which caused death and destruction why cant I succeed in this new task where my objective is to help people and re-build lives instead of destroying people and lives as in the past?

Q: I don’t want to sound discouraging. I also do not dispute your ability and talent but the biggest difference here is that you are in custody and not a free man. Unlike earlier times you cannot move about freely to do things. Also you are older now and not in good health. Besides there is a fanatical lobby actively working against you. That is why I am doubtful.

A: You have a point but I do feel I will succeed. Yes it is frustrating to be detained and having to do attend to things by telephone, fax, skype and internet instead of being able to go to the places directly. I know that if I am on the spot I can get things done faster and better but then I have to face reality. I think to myself I may be under detention but at least I have this opportunity to do some thing worthwhile for people.

Let me tell you one thing from the bottom of my heart. This is my third big task and opportunity. The first task was when I was appointed by Prabhakaran to procure arms. I succeeded in that. The second task was when I re-joined the movement to bring about a ceasefire and save the leadership and movement. I failed in that task

Now this is my third big task. In this my mission and vision is to help people. I am neither trying to arm a movement or trying to save it. This time I am engaged in a noble, worthy task of helping people to re-build lives. So I will definitely succeed.

Q: Why not make a request that you be released so that you can engage without any restraints or constraints in your mission to help people?

A: I will not make such a request now due to two reasons. One is that I don’t want to be a free man when thousands of ex-LTTE cadres are not free yet. When the situation improves and the greater part of ex-cadres are released or brought to courts then I too can think of being free.

The other is that it may cause the govt some embarrassment to do so. Already the govt particularly the defence secretary is being criticized severely by the opposition on account of me. I don’t want to make it more complicated. I think the President who is the defence minister will take a policy decision in consultation with the defence secretary about the LTTE on the whole at the appropriate time. I don’t know what my fate will be. Until then I will do what I can under these circumstances

One positive thing is that a team of dedicated persons are slowly gathering around NERDO. So even if my mobility is restricted this team will work actively. But I have asked that I be re-located to Vavuniya if possible

Q: Some people say the govt is simply using you and will discard you later. What do you think?

A: I work in hope and trust and faith. I don’t think that will happen. But for argument’s sake let’s say it happens. Even then I would have succeeded in helping some people at least as I am doing now. That’s enough for me.

Q: On the other hand I know many Tamil politicians are worried about your entering politics. Any such idea?

A: No. I don’t want to enter politics even if possible. Let those elected by the Tamils do politics. All that I want to do is to look after the welfare of ex –tiger cadre rehabilitees and IDP’s. What our people need now are not politicians but humanitarians

Q: Will NERDO work for all the people of the North and East?

A: That is my long term goal but for now we will focus on the ex-LTTE cadres and IDP’s.

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Q: We have spoken for a long time. There are so many things to talk about. Maybe we can talk on another occasion. But before we conclude do you have any special message to Sri Lankans in general and the Tamil people in particular?

A: Thank you for conducting this conversation by telephone from far off Canada. We must do this again soon where I would be able to tell you of how much NERDO has achieved.

Yes I have two messages. The first is to my fellow Tamils. This is what I say. The war is over. Prabhakaran and other senior commanders are no more. Tamil Eelam is a lost cause. Please dont be deceived by irresponsible people into thinking that the armed struggle is not over. Please give up the confrontational attitude and help our broken people to re-build their lives. I appeal to members of the Tamil Diaspra and Tamil Nadu politicians to refrain from idle rhetoric and instead help Tamils in Sri Lanka to live in harmony and prosperity with others. We need reconciliation and co-operation not confrontation and friction

The second is to all my fellow Sri Lankans. We of the LTTE and other militant groups commenced an armed struggle to win back our lost rights. We thought Tamil Eelam was the answer and that the end will justify the means. In the course of our armed struggle we have caused much harm and misery to the people of Sri Lanka. We have violated all norms of civilized conduct at times. When I reflect on the past I am appalled by what has happened. As a senior leader or ex –leader of the LTTE I sincerely beg the forgiveness of all Sri Lankans for this. Please pardon us and help us to forge a bright future for all Sri Lankans.

Q: Thank you for this conversation. I wish you well in your well-meaning efforts. I also wish you success in your personal journey of redemption. I hope and pray you will reach your destination

A: Thank you again for this interview and your wishes. “Hope is life”.

DBS JEYARAJ ADDS:

There were two errors in the third part of this interview published last week.

The first error was about the cost of the abortive plan to rescue LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s family by helicopter. The estimated cost was stated erroneously as 1.5 million US dollars. The actual estimated cost was 3.5 million US dollars.

The second mistake was over a reference to a Tamil Nadu politician named Mahendran who was communicating with former LTTE political commissar Nadesan. The Mahendran referred to was C. Mahendran the Tamil Nadu state deputy –secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI). It was stated wrongly that the Mahendran in question was K. Mahendran the Tamil Nadu Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M)

Both errors are regretted.

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

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  1. What a lengthy interview but does any one care how long a peacock’s tail is. The longer it is the lovelier it is.

    Likewise this interview in four parts may be long but it is so full of facts and views that it makes engrossed reading

    DBS has accomplished a rare feat by this interview. I think it is one of his best features in his long journalistic career

    his interview will go down in Tamil political history as a great highlight

  2. Dear Mr.Jeyaraj

    As a Sinhalese long time avid reader of your writings I want to tell you that this is one of your most brilliant achievements

    You have been always one who tries to build bridges between communities and provides better understanding of one community to another

    In that sense this interview with KP is really great and timely

    I was able to understand a lot about the LTTE and the Tamil problem

    I am really touched by KP’s open admission of remorse and his open appeal to all Sri Lankans asking for pardon for the past

    Yes Mr.Pathmanathan, you have this 28 year old Sinhala woman’s pardon. I have lost two close relatives as a result of the war and I was just five years old and escaped death miraculously when a LTTE bomb went off in Pettah in April 1987

    But I forgive you and the LTTE for all that.

    At the same time I am also sorry for the harm and cruelty we the Sinhala people, govt and armed forces did to the Tamil people in the past

    Please pardon us Tamil brothers and sisters

    The worst is now over.Let us go forward together hand in hand

    May all beings be happy

  3. Dear Mr.Jeyaraj

    I have been reading you from my high school days when you were Colombo correspondent for Hindu and Frontline

    Let me congratulate you for this superb interview

    One reason for this interview being such a stupendous success is that Mr. KP has been very frank and forthcoming.

    Few people talk so freely and openly. His sincerity shines through and is a major reason why this interview has striking impact

    You both talk on telephone thousands of miles apart but there is great rapport and mutual understanding

    There is lots of empathy between both

    I think this is because both of you have genuine care and compassion for the suffering Tamil people of Sri Lanka

    As a girl from Chennai now living as a woman in Bengalooru I fervently hope and wish that the Sri Lankan Tamil people get the peace and justice they deserve

    I think this interview will help in this

    I wish Mr.KP well in his journey towards redemption as you aptly put it Jeyaraj

    I wish you too Jeyaraj and look forward to reading you in the future

  4. Dear DBSJ

    I see some hope from this interview. Both of you are very concerned about the current status of the people – the young, weak, old, all and sundry.

    But also I sense KP is a very clever man. Especially the part where Prabhakaran seem to have mentioned that KP is around to take care of LTTE Cadres and the People. Being a non-combatant he understands the importance of life and living.

    There is a lot of Transparency in functioning of KP. His work should not stop with NERDO or the rehabilitation of the people. More importantly he should teach them how to retain the fruits of prosperity – whenever it returns.

  5. DBSJ,
    Thankyou for the wonderful 4 part series on KP and his furture plans for the Sri Lankans. Hope he succeeds!!

  6. I understand KP’s position. He is a captive and nothing more. Whether he is kept in an iron cage or a golden cage will matter little. He will invariably say things and do things, what he is told to do. That is not hard to understand.

    But what could one say …..of the nine or so fake ‘intellectuals’ from overseas who flocked to see him, who were willing to be taken along with him in a CONDUCTED TOUR, conducted by none other than members of the Sri Lanka armed forces to see the Tamils still in bondage and still in the concentration camps.

    The poor Tamil IDPs (captives too) were saying and doing things to please their, Prison Guards ….their Sinhalese Colonial masters .

    I was shocked that these ‘intellectuals’ watching the unfolding events with amusement?

    Some of these ‘intellectuals’ were full of praise to the members of the Sri Lanka armed forces (I suppose by way of expressing gratitude for the free air tickets to Sri Lanka and the ‘entertainment’ provided to ogle the Tamil IDPs in concentration camps like someone is visiting the zoo)

    And these ‘intellectuals’ are supposed to return to their lands of adoption to sing the glory of the mighty Sri Lankan armed forces of Sri Lanka to the gullible Diaspora!

  7. Thanks DBSJ.

    It looks to me KP is doing his best to serve to the people,

    I don’t agree with him on his views about VP. I agree with him on his “new task”.

    Wish him well and success in his new task.

    R Maran

  8. My initial reaction is that the interview started with as a damp squib and ended up with a big bang.

    I intend to post further comments later after assimilating part 4

  9. “Both of us have some common objectives.”

    Gota’s objective is to annihilate LTTE from the face of the earth.

    I wonder if that’s KP’s too!

  10. Thank you DBSJ for this insightful interview with KP.

    It must have taken a lot of courage in KP’s part to admit that “ . . children were forcibly recruited against their will” and that there are those who “were prosperous once but are now in abject poverty due to the war”.

    I wish KP all the best in his path to redemption.

    I hope NERDO will succeed.

  11. I think KP has attained Nirvana like Buddha…

    “I work in hope and trust and faith. I don’t think that will happen. But for argument’s sake let’s say it happens. Even then I would have succeeded in helping some people at least as I am doing now. That’s enough for me.”

  12. Dear Mr Jeyaraj,

    Thank you very much for this gripping series of interviews. Of course, there are many of us who hope that you would bring out a book on the long civil war and the many personalities whom you have written about in the various newspapers and on your blog someday. Until then, the service that you have provided through this free to read blog can only be hailed. Kudos to you, sir, and thank you very much for your work.

  13. When I was small I heard that young lads waiting outside “Rani Theatre” with sleeping mats to watch MGR’s movie at first show. Same thing I was waiting to read this part. Let’s see what readers say now. But I think whatever KP saying is plain truth with open heart. I know it is hard to believe. But I believe he is genuine.

    DBS, I think for your 2nd question, I think both KP and Kotta are very clever and genuine by heart that’s why they fall in love at first sight. I think their face simply fit each other. That’s all.I think this partnership will work forever. Good Luck KP!

  14. I think that this interview is an advertisement for http://www.nerdo.lk and KP is not so clever to answer to these questions. It shows obviously that DB ask the questions and write the answer.

    Why not write the answer and then ask the question?…………DBSJ

  15. Dear DBS

    Thanks for dwelling into the detailed “past, present, and future” of the militarily defeated LTTE. The views of KP was candid ( in spite of the circumstances under which he could have or would have replied) The questions though tough were not bullying. I am sure readers would appreciate the amount of research that would have gone into doing this interview.

    I wonder why certain important unanswered questions relating to the final phase of the war were not discussed with KP or was he reluctant to comment?

    Many, who follow your writings on Sri Lanka were expecting details in the final part of conversation with KP about the white flag issue during the very crucial and final stages of war and the missing of some senior cadres of the tigers about whom nothing authentic is known till date and other things like the whereabouts of the large cache of arms from the rebels.

    May be you should come out with a book on the unknown aspects of the LTTE including its world wide operation, arms purchase, its ability to build up an international network, unknown hero’s of the armed struggle etc., leaving out the run of the mill which many already know.

    The final part seems to be a publicity material for KP. Reciprocation of goodwill for his exhaustive interview DBS..?

    Apart from comments reaching a man in custody and getting info from him on certain vital issues needs an extraordinary effort…

    You have taken that effort to travel that extra mile…Well done.

  16. extract from KPs answer to the first question here
    …The Defence secretary has to maintain peace and prevent any possible eruption of violence again. Both he and the Govt of President Mahinda Rajapakse realise that much has to be done to ….resolve the problems caused by the war…….

    ———-
    resolve the problems caused by the war…
    what about the problems that caused the birth of LTTE and the eventual final war ?

    ahh the answer may lie here
    …The Defence secretary has to maintain peace and prevent any possible eruption of violence again…

  17. Dear DBSJ,

    I read this fourth part more closely than other three parts. As a Sinhala man, I am constrained to express my opinions. However, you will have an inkling of what I think. I don’t believe one bit of what KP is saying.

    Time will bring the real story out and I hope both you and all of us who read this interview will be still living on the face of this earth.

    Anyway, all credit to you for the compilation and the fact that KP’s “comments” could be archived for posterity.

  18. I wish KP good luck, but you need two hands to clap.
    Unless the other hand also show the remorse and offer apology(& act on it), your hand become a complicit to the future crimes against all citizens. I understand that you have no option but to do the the best under the the circumstances being a glorified captive.

  19. When VP said that KP will take care of the Tamils, he meant a FREE KP (not a captive KP directed by others).

  20. KP Anna

    We are with you. Try hard to do good. God is with you

    DBS Anna

    Thank you for this interview

    God bless you

  21. Dear DBS

    Thanks for dwelling into the detailed “past, present, and future” of the militarily defeated LTTE. The views of KP was candid ( in spite of the circumstances under which he could have or would have replied)

    The questions though tough were not bullying.

    I am sure readers would appreciate the amount of research that would have gone into doing this interview.

    I wonder why certain important unanswered questions relating to the final phase of the war were not discussed with KP or was he reluctant to comment?

    Many, who follow your writings on Sri Lanka were expecting details in the final part of conversation with KP about the white flag issue during the very crucial and final stages of war and the missing of some senior cadres of the tigers about whom nothing authentic is known till date and other things like the whereabouts of the large cache of arms from the rebels.

    May be you should come out with a book on the unknown aspects of the LTTE including its world wide operation, arms purchase, its ability to build up an international network, unknown hero’s of the armed struggle etc., leaving out the run of the mill which many already know.

    The final part seems to be a publicity material for KP. Reciprocation of goodwill for his exhaustive interview DBS..?

    Apart from comments reaching a man in custody and getting info from him on certain vital issues needs an extraordinary effort…

    You have taken that effort to travel that extra mile…Well done.

  22. So how the Tamils are going to win their lost rights now? sorry, speak louder, not clear, one more time please.

  23. #20 Selvam

    10 Mohotti
    I beg to differ
    it definitely started with a big bang

    May be big bang in Big banks, only time will tell.

  24. If it’s too good to be true, then probably it is. It all seems like a long fairy tale.

    I don’t care what future holds for , KP and his ability to hoodwink others, but I wish all the best for the suffering TAMIL PEOPLE of Vanni.

  25. Thanks for this. I read arguments for and against. “Captive KP talking Gota’s words.” etc. However apology by KP is very important as we all have suffered death and destruction. Same way we apologized for 1958 to 1983 LTTE should also apologize and it was delivered magnificently. Forget about Western agents, and media and others. We should get on with our lives and rebuild the unity help the needy and help each other to stand again.

  26. KP should be dealt by the judicial system, like Sarath Fonseka, instead of trying the forceful conscripts. Nation building should be given to Super Star Rajanikanth or Ranjan Ramanayake.

  27. Thank you DBS for this 4-part interview

    I hope KP can deliver

    The Tamil Diaspora must support him and NERDO

  28. Aney DBS. Why did you end it? I wanted to read and read , no? Anyway it was great. Thanks a lot

    Aney Nelum, What to do men?cant go on and on, no?………..DBSJ

  29. There’s a interesting quote,

    When you are educated (means your experience and knowledge about particular area), you’ll believe only half of what you hear.

    When you’re intelligent, you know which half.

    There’s also a saying about being “Too clever by half”…….DBSJ

  30. Excellent interview DBSJ

    It is particularly relevant and appropriate when the senior most LTTE cadre admits and apologizes for the aberrations during the arm struggle.

    KP “We have violated all norms of civilized conduct at times….. As a senior leader or ex –leader of the LTTE I sincerely beg the forgiveness of all Sri Lankans for this.”</i?

  31. My admiration for KP was quashed with the last statement, where he begged for forgiveness for the actions of the LTTE. Yes an apology is owed, but it should happen at the same time the Sinhala Community or GoSL apologizes for all the massacres and murders committed in the Tamil Homeland.

    I was thinking of supporting KP in his rehabilitation efforts as a volunteer, but this last statement killed my desire. We are not that cheap, the 30,000 + lives we sacrificed were for a noble cause. We will help our people with rehabilitation and reconstruct their lives, but not through you Mr. KP.

    “Nambikai thaan vazzkai”, a door will open for us to play a proactive role as well soon, like it opened for you. Thank you for your services, may you have a great retirement and find peace in meditation and yoga !

  32. DBS,
    You did ask the important questions. I was impressed by his answers. There was common sense in them. I don’t know how this story will turn out in the end, but I wish him all the best in what he is trying to do.

    I am curious about one question that you did not ask. What he thinks about the human rights aspect that the West appears to be very keen about.

    As for the apology at the end, I am glad that he said those words. I think as two communities we have a lot of apologizing to do to each other.

  33. This is a tragic storey of two innocent groups of people set against each other by the evil forces with vested interests.
    We Sinhalese and you Tamils were at each others throat in a dogfight while they were betting out of the ring.

    Fortunately the fight ended, but with enough wounds to both of us. However the most important thing is KP did apologise and Shyamalee #2 for all Sinhalese did accept it and reapologised to KP in particular and Tamils in general.
    We had to pay an astronomical price to come to this understanding, but anyway both of us in general have come to this understanding at the end.

    I trust KP. He does not make any attempt to hide his unconditional love and faithfullness towards VP. Yet he is pragmatic enough to admit the wrongdoings of LTTE and have the sense believes that the armoured struggle is over.

    Only way forward for us is through the mutual trust and understanding comming from the lessons learned from the previous blunders. Fortunately we have enough of them.

  34. KP did the right thing by rendering a clean apology for the crimes committed by LTTE. Coming from a senior LTTE member it is very meaningful.

    It is also very correct of him to not make any demands from the government that are difficult to meet at best.

    Given all the things that have happened and not happened in the recent past, its unreasonable to blame anyone should he or she not wish to take anything short of a done deal for granted when it comes to LTTE and politics. Hence its now time to experiment and see how things turn out for both sides.

    I’m convinced GR is sincere in his attempts. KP at this point can only hope for an opportunity and GR for his part has correctly given him that window. KP also seems to be content with his status. In the years to come, if things work out well, we can let bygones be bygones and he can become a free man once more.
    That time is not now and its not going to be next year or year after. In fact, there can be no time frame for it.

    I hope for the best. Reconciliation will take time. It will involve addressing real issues both on the ground and on the political field. Problems are problems and they cannot be solved by tricky politics or economic incentives though economic situation itself is one of the problems.

    If MR is not an honest man, I can only pray that he is intelligent enough to learn from the past.

    This interview has been narrated clear of the controversial issues. Those who want such questions to be brought up must realize what the final objective is.

  35. #49 Jude

    I think the apology from Sinhala side should come from Sarath F. as only the captives can be equals.
    SL Gov can easily arrange that for the sake of “reconciliation”

  36. saba,
    I always read you but refrain from commenting, since it’s a lost cause. The numbers speak for itself. 80 odd % sinhalese buddhist 12 odd % tamils that too scattered around Jaffna, Wanni, Batticaloa, Trinco and upcountry.
    Rest being Muslims and Burghers(hardly any). Out of the Tamils Jaffna person claims superiority among the rest. Avan mattakillappan, evan thottakattan etc. Out of the Jaffna Tamils I wld say approximately 60 odd % are abroad either in Canada.USA, UK, Scandinavian countries, France, Aussie etc. Would any one of this settlers go back to settle in SL? NO F…… WAY.

    Even after the total demise of LTTE yet there are elements trying to live on the skeletons.

    if not hundreds, tens of millions wld’ve passed handsfrom KP to Pakse bros.KP cldn’t hide from various intelligent agencies for a prolonged period of time.T4 he wld’ve struck a deal. Rest is drama.

  37. கே.பி அவர்கள் சர்வதேச அரசியல் மாற்றத்தினை குறிப்பாக 9 11 ன் பின்னர் புரிந்து வைத்திருப்பதனை பார்க்கும் போது த.வி.புலிகளின் தலைவர் பிரபாகரனும் சமாதான காலத்தில் ஒன்றிரண்டு வாரங்கள் வெளிநாடொன்றிற்கு சென்று வன்னி திரும்பியிருந்தால் முள்ளிவாய்க்கால் முடிவு தவிர்க்கப்பட்டிருக்லாமோ எனத் தோன்றுகின்றது.

    அது ஒரு புறமிருக்க அங்குள்ள மக்களிற்கு உதவி செய்து கொண்டிருப்பவர்களிற்கு கே.பி அவர்கள் தொடர்பான கருத்துகளை கூறுவதில் ஏதோ நியாயமிருக்கின்றது. ஆனால் மே 18 ற்கு பிற்பாடு அந்த மக்களிற்கோ சரணடைந்த விடுதலைப் புலிகளிற்கோ உதவி செய்யாது தொடர்ந்தும் குறிப்பாக மக்களிடம் சேகரித்த பணத்தினை வைத்துக் கொண்டு கே.பி அவர்களை விமர்சிக்க என்ன அருகதை உள்ளது.

    ஒளித்து கொண்டு வயிற்றுப் பிளைப்பிற்காக எழுதும் சேரமான்களை விட்டுவிடுங்கள். கே.பி அவர்கள் அரசின் கட்டுப்பாட்டிலிருந்து தன்னால் முடிந்ததை செய்யட்டும். அவர் என்ன அரசியலா செய்கின்றார். அங்குள்ள மக்களிற்கு தற்போது அரசியலை விட அரிசியியல் தான் தேவையானது. நிறைய விடயங்களை வெளிச்சத்திற்கு கொண்டு வந்த ஊடகவியலாளர் டி.பி.எஸ். அவர்களிற்கும்
    நன்றி.

  38. If it can be confirmed “todate no under-graduate (Tamil) is under custody” this certainly will increase Tamil confidence in the Govt’s efforts to win their goodwill and support.

    Without meaning to be negative, I share current Tamil thinking the Govt has its own funds and that of the willing donors to meet the rebuilding process. Besides, a Defence Budget of US2.2 billion is far too excessive in these times of peace. Much of this can be diverted to the Tamil rehabitational process.

    The Australian part of the diaspora, on which KP lays weight, is a much smaller portion than that in North America and Europe. KP apparently does not enjoy much support in the latter. This section of the diaspora needs to be convinced. Nediyawan, David Poobalapillai and party are a microscopic minority reportedly fattening themselves on LTTE left-over resources. Most Tamils in the diaspora wish to see the North East rising again. They are willing to help. But first, the government should establish its credentials far more convincingly. The Jaffna Central College Swimming Pool fiasco is a disappointment and an indication there are many fraudsters around trying to cash in. KPs role will be suspected to be one purely to extract the cash-rich diaspora funds under one disguise or the other until total confidence and trust is displayed by the Govt. One commentator in the diaspora claims the total annual Per Capita of the Tamil diaspora is in excess of the entire 21 million of Sri Lanka, which, if accurate, can be a pretty large resource base.

    Ex-LTTE cadres in the promotion of cultural activities in the South is a good idea but I fear it is far too early. The wounds in the South – like in the North – are still raw and have not healed sufficiently,

    KP offering to show accounts and receipts is tacit admission this was not done so earlier when he was in the LTTE ranks. This is one reason even at the height of the tiger power many Tamils refused to get involved although Souther propaganda made it look like all Tamils in the diaspora were giving the tigers thousands of dollars monthly. The only ones who did were those who were intimidated in the diaspora by those 15% Commission Agents – many of whom now land-lords in Canada, the USA, UK and the EU. Again this was something like $50 per family per month on the average. Incidentally, KPs call for $1 a day from the diaspora is a dangerous one because these despised Commission Agents will try to haunt again.

    KPs 2 closing part message is appreciated. As to the 2nd part KP omitted to mention the Tamil youth took to conventional-type armed insurrection only as a response to the excesses of the inordinately disproportionately excessive SLA strength – armed to the teeth at inflated costs. Or else the impression left is Tamil youth took to arms irresponsibly when this was not necessary.

    ISS

  39. Dear DBSJ

    There was a doubt raised by “Ananda Vikatan” which I saw few moments ago. The doubt pertains to the helicopter arrangement referred by KP for the escape of Prabhakaran. It adds that there will N number of people across the world who can arrange for helicopter for Prabhakaran and so why KP did not seek their cooperation.

    My opinion is, all such operations should be done in anonymous condition and STEALTH is the first attribute needed. If KP had the ‘regulars’ for arrangement of helicopter then reason would have been easily traced and the helicopter would have been shot down by the SL forces. Then someone may argue with me that money movement could have also been traced. Yes, I agree; but well before finding out the reason for money movement, KP may have moved Prabhakaran to safety…. I believe KP is sincere in rehabilitation but not necessarily honest in divulging details. But it hardly matters at this moment. Also if someone tells me the SL Govt(even the Indian or TN Govt) is sincere in rehabilitation of NE People, I would rather say that I am not thumb-sucking toddler to believe it.

    Again, my point is all the Tamils must be united and recognize each other’s roles. I recall my earlier comment. If there is an accident on the road where a person is hit by a speeding vehicle, one guy may immediately go to attend the injured person whereas the other guy may scream to catch the speeding vehicle. Both are needed in that situation. The situation KP is currently in is similar to attending the injured person. But here more than physical injury the mental trauma and agony is indefinable. When the entire world has washed off the SL Tamils problems this man KP under detention comes to attend the immediate problem and that should be appreciated.

    I think Ananda Vikatan or Kumudham or any other Tamil magazine should be responsible in recognizing such roles (and highlighting) of various individuals and may also appreciate; but at the least they should not depreciate the efforts of KP and thereby sowing seeds of disunity among the Tamils. I know they write about a lot of incidents of the other side and going on a case to case basis I believe many such incidents are also true and I get extremely angry. But please RECOGNIZE that there are two sides of a coin without which the coin does not exist.

  40. I saw him in 1988 in a Western Country where there was a discussion in an apartment . Some of my relatives lived in that block and took me there saying someone (with a diferent name) has come to discuss the current political climate in light of the battle witrh IPKF.

    KP was frank and forthright like this interview. He was not happy about fighting with IPKF and when asked admitted that the Tamils had to improve its relationships with the Muslims and Upcountry Tamils. (Later on I got an earfull from the organisers for asking questions and ever since I had never attended any of these meetings, protests or events).

    But the point is KP was not happy about fighting with IPKF and he should also now ask for pardon from the families of the 1500 odd IPKF soldiers who lost their lives in vain in Sri Lanka and for other murders committed in Indian soil. If VP had done that earlier, it would be a diffrent situation now.

  41. Hats off for kp. God will always with u.You will achive your goals. I hope like u one day our defence sec will apologize to Sri Lankans about the last daysof the war.That will bring our country more united then ever.Once agin thank u for the great answers .

  42. It seems that there are more Sinhalese who genuinely care about the Tamil people and are trying to help them out than there are diaspora Tamils who care about their own people! It’s pretty disgusting how these diaspora Tamils were so happy to fund the LTTE to the hilt but find it so difficult to provide a few pennies to help their brethren when war is over. I guess they can’t stand giving anything to these poor people who were “cannon fodder” for their racist dream of Tamil Eelam.

    Tamil Hindu society should have a good hard look at itself. Sacrificing young Tamil men and women at the alter of Prabhakaran, and sacrificing goats and chickens at the local Hindu temple are primitive and barbaric acts. It’s time to grow up.

  43. Often in your articles, you praise KP for his talents and to his contributions to LTTE. You fail to describe his true nature. He was always a businessman or we can very correctly call him a wheeler-dealer. He can not be compared with unselfish LTTE hardcore team, who were even happy to embrace death to oblige the leadership.

  44. There are some contradictions in the Govt policy as perceived by KP and what is happening on the ground. For instance the efforts to reconcile and rehabiltate seem to be on the back burner whilst construction of viharas, stupas, army cantonments proceed apace. There is the issue of the takeover of private lands etc. Govt has not given priority to solve these issues.

    Another is the issue of trust. Govt can trust KP but not others? Of course KP being in custody has no option but to tow the line. The main thrust of NEDRO seems to be to attract funds from the Diaspora. What prevents the Govt from obtaining aid from EU and other countries for NGO’s to implement specific projects? Do they not trust their own citizens? It seems KP can be used for the purposes of the Govt. What has happened to Karuna and Pillayan. They are very silent. Cant they be trusted?

    It is well an good that a little is being being done, but this hardly adequate given the scale of destruction and losses faced by the people. If the Govt cannot handle it they should permit other recognised NGO’s to step in. Time waits for no one.

  45. #7 Vishnu,
    So what do you propose? Keep in mind criticism is very easy, but doing something or even attempting to do something is very very difficult. Please let us know what you propose to these people in “concentration camps” (in your own words).
    #21 Max Headroom
    Why don’t you give the benefit of the doubt to KP, as there are no replays available.
    #49 Jude
    Have you read the comments, especially by #2 Shyamalee, She did not stop with accepting the apology, She went further and said “I am also sorry for the harm and cruelty we the Sinhala people, govt and armed forces did to the Tamil people in the past”
    Though I must say the harm to Tamils was not done by Majority of the Sinhalese.
    It is also easy for a person like KP to retire and go into meditation and yoga in prison, but he seems to have chosen to make a change, which has to be welcomed!
    This is not the first time I am hearing these kinds of comments from individuals. I heard these in the late eighties too like “why can’t he migrate and do security job, why he still does politics…”

  46. #61

    ISS,

    “…. Or else the impression left is Tamil youth took to arms irresponsibly when this was not necessary.”

    No one has ever succeeded in justifying the ruthless terror LTTE unleashed on both Tamils and Sinhalese ( pardon me Muslims too) so succinctly as in this beautiful sentence. Truly you can congratulate yourself of your intellect and eloquence. Once you brought up the same point in relation to the question why for 27 years there was no repeat ’83 by Sinhalese.

    -Soma

  47. I forgot to write this last time: There is not much of truth in KP’s words about Vaiko’s words that all the political parties that support LTTE will withdraw their support if LTTE agreed for a ceasefire. This is ridiculous; Vaiko would not have intended that statement. I don’t think anyone needs to probe Vaiko’s integrity to the SL Tamils cause. But I also believe he is not smart and also careless in political calibrations.

    On the other hand I have been writing in your blog that SL Tamils should seek the support of India Loving Tamils rather than Dravida Nadu loving Tamils. That is the surest way to neutralize the rogue mindset of SL Govt. It is not easy too but someone has to start it.

    There is another dimension to this. Union Government of India and all the Major Political parties like BJP or Congress think that Unity of India should/can be achieved only by nullifying the diversity! This is callous and utter stupidity. Unity of India can/should be achieved by recognizing and patronizing this diversity. The former is a dictatorial mindset; the latter is liberated mindset that would eject out regionalist tendencies from the Indians. India should move towards this and all the major political parties should move towards this. Only then the Problems faced by Indian Diaspora (especially the SL Tamils) would be solved. This is currently a tall order but not insurmountable!

  48. 65. Sentinel | August 27th, 2010 at 11:02 pm
    It seems that there are more Sinhalese who genuinely care about the Tamil people and are trying to help them out than there are diaspora Tamils who care about their own people
    ———–
    Many SL Tamil diaspora have taken up foreign country citizenship. They would be loyal to their new country.

    It is strange to note many SL citizens asking Tamil Diaspora’s help, now foreign nationals.

    Are srilankan citizens not responsible to help the suffering SL Tamil people?

  49. DBSJ

    Thanks for the detailed interview with KP .The need to the hour is for everyone ( Tamils in SL , Sinhalaese in SL , Diaspora Tamils , Diaspora Sinhalese , People from Tamil Nadu and Tamils world over ) to take part in the rehabilitation of NE part of SL . Just like KP has apologised to the Sinhala people , the Sinhala leadership must also apologise to the Tamils for their racial riots and racist programs that led to LTTE and other Tamil Groups taking the Gun .Winning over Tamil Territory is not enough .You need to win the hearts of Tamils . This is the best opportunity for the Sinhala leadership to heal the wounds of the Tamils .I do know that the wounds of more than 3 decades of war and violence will not heal so soon and that there is lot of suspicion and mistrust and that the Hawks on both sides want that hatred to remain intact because their political and economic survival depends on keeping the flame of hatred alive . I hope the hawks on both sides get sidelined soon and the moderates on both sides work actively together in promoting peace , prosperity and harmony on both the sides .

  50. # 71. Gbsganesan
    I don’t think anyone needs to probe Vaiko’s integrity to the SL Tamils cause. But I also believe he is not smart and also careless in political calibrations.

    —————-
    You are right. I fully agree..

    Vaiko even hurt his political career due to his total committement to the cause of SL Tamil’s. His integrity for SL Tamils cause is unquestionable.

  51. The impression i got is DBS has helped to promote the noble cause taken up KP.

    Any SL citizen not limited by race & religion can support KPs, effort.

    The sucess of KP’s mission should be evaluated by how much SL citizens have come forward to help suffering SL Tamils. GOSL also should share its finance o set an example.

    Many are looking forward to Dispora to help KP. In such case, It will make it appear as if KP’s mission is to get Diaspora’s money to SL.

  52. What a clear thinking. straight shooter this guy is?

    I wish our Sinhala Opposition leaders who claim to have big qualifications from London Universities can put in a performance like this.

    To borrow one of the the quotes from DBSJ here, even if you write down the answers and then ask the questions, there won;t be much chop in their performances..

    The ready response to KP’s call to Diaspora heavies ,22 for that matter is a good indication that there are people who think along the same lines as KP with respect to the plight of the Tamil people in Srilanka and how they can be assisted to get back their lives.

    It is a minority who are still pushing for the VP doctrine and further chaos.

    The politicians like Milliband should read at least the 4 instalment before he meets with the hard core elements on the 4 September to garner their votes for him.

    Although I am just a battler I will be coughing out some dough for the KP uond to help the poor Wannians.

    A capital A for mr DBSJ for this exhilarating interview

    .KP is the best thing for the Tamil people in Srilanka. An A + for him for his forthright attitude and his endeavors to help his people.

  53. It is an interesting interview. May be he is telling the truth. But, considering the VIP treatment he is receiving in Sri Lanka and the lack of India’s interest in getting him extradited to India or to even interview him about Rajiv Gandhi murder, some doubt lingers.
    1. In 2007, when there were reports about KP’s arrest in Thailand, coincidentally, Pranab Mukherjee was in Bangkok. We were also told that a Sri Lankan police team was on its way to interrogate him. Later, Thai authorities denied that he was ever arrested. In an article in September 2007, DBS wrote ” something here that just does not seem right”. The explanation given by KP in this interview does not sound logical. Thai authorities didn’t try to arrest him again just because the first attempt was not successful and the news was leaked in Sri Lanka?
    2. He had been relieved of his responsibilities in January 2003. He claims that he was out of the movement till December 2008. There were also allegations against KP and associates during that time. He was asked by Prabhakaran to visit Vanni and discuss things with him. But, KP didn’t go. KP himself admits that he was hurt about all this. It sounds more like Karuna’s story.
    3. In this interview he is trying to paint the sworn enemies of the Sri Lanka Government (Nediyavan, Vaiko, etc.) in a bad light.
    Considering the above, one cannot completely discount the theory that a deal was struck with KP in 2007.

  54. “Are srilankan citizens not responsible to help the suffering SL Tamil people?”

    Not really, because it was diaspora Tamil money that funded the violence. Diaspora Tamils were happy to use Tamils in Sri Lanka as cannon fodder for their cause, but find it difficult now in times of peace to help their own people.

  55. Comment 61,

    This guy always find fault with any one who tries to help the poor victims of the LTTE .

    Living a luxury life among the Sinhalese all along , now he is picking on the trivial issues of this magnanimous gesture of a reformed LTTE leader whose only aim is to help the ex cadres and the ex hostages.

    Give it a break matet

    You are only a handful whose are still dreaming the dream of “Homelands ” while living in Colombo or overseas.

  56. Whilst appreciating the true greatness of DBSJ and KP and all the good, bad and ugly comments in this 4 part series, may I suggest that anyone really interested for greater in insight, understanding and as what is to come try to get hold of the DVD entitled “Living With The Enemy” released by the Australian Special Broadcasting Service. This documentary gives much knowledge, insight and understanding as to how the 4 major allies UK, US, France and USSR who occupied post war Germany and people put-up and coped with each other in the post war situation with 11 million POW’s and a fairly prolonged DeNAZIfication process.

    What KP and DBSJ were trying in part (not losing sight of the pix) was to bring-out the De-LTTEisation process. Do bear in mind there were in the late 50’s and even recently a nascent rising of a neo-Nazism in Germany that were nipped in the bud. Then in country USA there are about 7,000 odd NAZI and Hitler sympathizers and “true blue believers” in the NAZI ideology even today, bringing up their children with the culture, of songs and salutes of that time splintered into about 30 odd groups. All these groups share 3 cardinal principles if one may even call it that or more appropriately beliefs namely the supremacy of the white race, the haltered of the Jews and the Reverence of Adolph Hitler. Can the Singhalese and Tamils be exceptions to this?

    From another reader’s comments from the Tamilweek website, this is what Mr. S. Rajaratnam Singapore’s Senior Minister said a quarter century that that is applicable to both the Singhalese and Tamil politicians even today. “It is that the racial, linguistic, cultural or religious conflicts and violence are the consequence of crooked politics and cowardly leadership. The tragedy becomes inevitable when avaricious, ignorant, totally unprincipled politicians play on stupid prejudices and primitive emotions of a people who

  57. Pse delete previous comment due to some mistakes.

    Whilst appreciating the true greatness of DBSJ and KP and all the good, bad and ugly comments in this 4 part series, may I suggest that anyone really interested for greater insight, understanding and as what is to come try to get hold of the DVD entitled “Living With The Enemy” released by the Australian Special Broadcasting Service. This documentary gives much knowledge, insight and understanding as to how the 4 major allies UK, US, France and USSR who occupied post war Germany and people put-up and coped with each other in the post war situation with 11 million POW’s and a fairly prolonged DeNAZIfication process.

    What KP and DBSJ were trying in part (not losing sight of the big pix) was to bring-out the De-LTTEisation process. Do bear in mind there were in the late 50’s and even recently a nascent rising of a neo-Nazism in Germany that were nipped in the bud. Then in country USA there are about 7,000 odd NAZI and Hitler sympathizers and “true blue believers” in the NAZI ideology even today, bringing up their children with the culture, of songs and salutes of that time splintered into about 30 odd groups. All these groups share 3 cardinal principles if one may even call it that or more appropriately beliefs namely the supremacy of the white race, the haltered of the Jews and the Reverence of Adolph Hitler. Can the Singhalese and Tamils be exceptions to this?

    From another reader’s comments from the Tamilweek website, this is what Mr. S. Rajaratnam Singapore’s Senior Minister said a quarter century ago that is applicable to both the Singhalese and Tamil politicians even today. “It is that the racial, linguistic, cultural or religious conflicts and violence are the consequence of crooked politics and cowardly leadership. The tragedy becomes inevitable when avaricious, ignorant, totally unprincipled politicians play on stupid prejudices and primitive emotions of a people who allow themselves to be led to prediction by spurious messiahs.”

    “History repeats itself” because “We don’t learn from the lessons of history”. The only field where anyone with or without the least ability or qualifications may become a politician and/or a “so-called leader” is Democratic Politics that have later become horrible dictatorships.

  58. None the less good marketing for KP, NERDO and the Govt.
    I think at large you have done your part of promoting them!
    Good Job!

    Are you in Marketing?I am not……DBSJ

  59. My following comments are for Tamil brothers and sisters who were sad and desperate for the civilians that were caught in between and their suffering for 30 years. Please consider the final phases of the war in this context.

    In guerilla wars one party is required to abide by the international norms and the other can do anything at their will. Hence guerilla wars never end. This was the story in SL for last 30 years and also in many other parts of the world. Although those norms are ‘adhered’ to by the state actors many incidents of killings and raping of innocents happen. SL Govt adopted several guerilla tactics 2006-2009. (LRRP, Small boats to counter Sea tigers, hoodwinking the other side on the truce (leaf from LTTE book), shelling some non-military targets (another leaf from LTTE and CIA & US Army books), Wetting IDPs to identify the enemy etc. Some can argue GOSL was wrong (guilty of war crimes) and some from both sides of the divide look at the end result to see such actions are justified.

    If the final push was not pushed through in hurry there would have been a western forced ceased fire. If the truce conditioned were honored by GOSL the LTTE would have continued organizing, collecting funds to fight another day. What is the guarantee that if the either of those possibilities took place the violence would have ended? We have 1987, 1994, 2005 ceasefires and negotiations to go by and make up our mind. Had the conflict continued for another many years (like Afgan and Iraq wars that are ‘run according to norms’) we would have lost another 100,000 lives from both sides and ruined the education, development and peaceful living for 300,000 Tamil civilians in N & E.

    Doing the things out of the ordinary for a state, GOSL ensured that it put a full stop to the things been continuing. However there was a cost. One could argue that the cost was justified considering the bigger and larger scale cost of lives and sufferings that would have continued if that didn’t happen. So we have two options. Go on accusing the GOSL of the crimes or think of the future as those ‘crimes’ were in a way justified considering the end. To a business mind it was a cost to ensure that larger looses will not occur in the future. Then talk only of reconciling. KP and many people commented here from both sides are appears to be on that thinking. If we continue talking of the costs then we will only be wasting the sacrifices of lives, livelihoods, of many in all parts of the country for 30 years. The choice is ours.

    This does not mean that if any civilians were intentionally killed or women were raped by any one individually on their own can be justified and pardoned. This also does not mean that I am trying to justify the infringement of rights countywide after the war. I am only referring to strategies adopted by GOSL in the war between 2006-2009 and the civilian deaths in campaign and the final push.

  60. I belive KP s change of heart. He has got his part to play through his organisations. I also belive that he is a man in captivity and wont take all his words seriously. He cannot be the sole voice in the new agenda that the governement is propmoting. Look waht happened to Vinayagamoorthy. Just became a puppet of the regime.
    Thank DBS for the interview. totally gripped by all the parts of the unfolding interview. But have been dissapointed by the answers KP has given to you in the beginning part of the final interview. It made me think that he hasnt got the clout to pull it all off.
    But let him try his best.

  61. 78. Sentinel | August 28th, 2010 at 2:16 am
    “Are srilankan citizens not responsible to help the suffering SL Tamil people?
    ———-
    Not really

    ———–

    Then dont shed crocodile tears for the SL tamils.

  62. Dear mates,
    Thanks for all the comments and critisim. All is well. Good things earned by hard labour will last long.

    I would like to record one thing on this platform for both races, if anything good for tamils it will have to come through the south door meaning it’ll have to come from Sinhala nation. Many of you say moderate people is what we need in Sri Lanka…mates, we had so many moderate politicians post LTTE era but nothing was able to achieve.

    .
    #2, thank you and I apologize as a tamil as well. Only people like you can make a difference in SL but people like you tend to dissapear in no time in SL because you are moderate or racist regime tend to brand you as Sinhala Koti or Sinhala LTTE. But I thank you and I welcome that attitue, only with this attitue we can live in peace.

    LTTE is no more but intimidation, rape, murder, kindapping continues in Sri Lanka. Paramilitary operates with the help of Gota and regime and northern people still live in fear.

    Again, I would like to mention, if anything for tamils it has to come through Sri Lanka (south)…not through India.

    Tamil Nadu jokers, vaiko or whoever, tamils have to come to an understanding. VP is no more, LTTE is no more, diaspora must learn to accept the reality.

  63. What about all the bank accounts and all those dollars?? BTW how was KP supporting himself if he was with the LTTE for all these years??

    Good interview .

  64. Mr,DBS,

    What can i say after reading this. i am mesmerized .I am always your avid reader.i am from Tamilnadu.we need people like you in TN rather boot licking journalists like we have now.

    KP interview seems to defy one tamil proverb ‘Kathi or gun edutha vanukku kathi or gun ala than saavu’ i sincerely hope this is not case with KP as he looks more sincere .

    Hats off to you & keep continiuing the good work.

    regards

    Senthil Vel

  65. # 67. Safa
    Govt can trust KP but not others? Of course KP being in custody has no option but to tow the line. The main thrust of NEDRO seems to be to attract funds from the Diaspora. What prevents the Govt from obtaining aid from EU and other countries for NGO’s to implement specific projects? Do they not trust their own citizens? It seems KP can be used for the purposes of the Govt. What has happened to Karuna and Pillayan. They are very silent. Cant they be trusted?

    ————

    Your logic is correct.

    If GOSL is cautious and trust only KP then it is natural that Diaspora & others too will be cautious and suspect GOSL’s intentions.

  66. •66.# Ravichandran

    “Often in your articles, you praise KP for his talents and to his contributions to LTTE. You fail to describe his true nature. He was always a businessman or we can very correctly call him a wheeler-dealer. He can not be compared with unselfish LTTE hardcore team, who were even happy to embrace death to oblige the leadership.”
    Sir, what’s wrong in praising someone talents and contribution? DBS praised not only KP, but VP, Theepan…….etc for their talents in different articles. Also DBS clearly describe KP’s true nature throughout this series but you fail to understand, I guess. KP’s job was arms procurement that was assigned to him by his leader. He was good that job. He had to be a wheeler-dealer to do that task. I never heard LTTE had separate teams as ‘unselfish LTTE hardcore team’ and ‘selfish LTTE moderate team’. Everybody not only from LTTE but all other movements also joined with different movements with one objective and unselfish motive. They all happy to embrace death to achieve their object.(Well, that’s what I thought until Mulivaikal). I think you believe people worship the leader and sacrifice their life for him, are real heroes. People willing to help their own suffering people are traitors. I don’t insult any heroes but we should not encourage ‘death’ to oblige the leadership. That’s brain washed fanatic’s job. We should find the alternatives to achieve our objective. Without considering policy and objective, blindly worship leader, would bring pathetic end. That’s what we witnessed in the recent past.

  67. DBS,
    Thank you for this excellent interview. Your contribution to reconciliation in Lanka is commendable

    This interview will bring about reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

    It will change the thinking, one way or the other, of those who have read the interview here in this blogg and in the daily mirror publications

  68. Dear DBS,

    this thime there is a difference. why are you not replying to any of the extreme comments by the hardliners.instead you reply to nelum and mala. this is quite strange indeed… ashok.

    I wish people like Nelum and Mala comment frequently……..DBSJ

  69. Tamil IDP’s in North and East need immediate assistance and help and there is no argument about that.

    KP wants to address the issue and help them through his NERDO but because some of the overseas Tamils don’t believe him/trust him don’t want to join or contribute. Point taken.OK so we are not going to join any of his schemes. But without our help

    In that case what other alternative or plan do these critics have in helping the destitute Tamils other than criticising current schemes available.

    Can anyone give us an example and concrete evidence of what you have done in Sri Lanka to help the IDP’s or the name of an organisation or a scheme currently in place/based in North and East that’s doing the job. So we all can contribute in no time.

    Thanks

  70. #61 ISS

    “the total annual Per Capita of the Tamil Diaspora is in excess of the entire 21 million of Sri Lanka”
    It shows the mentality of some rich Tamil Diaspora. Even if you are living in the adopted country, you should still be proud of your motherland. It is shame on you to compare the monetary capacity of your motherland. The rich Tamil Diaspora has never extended their hand to poor Tamil people and not even to LTTE. Only ordinary Tamils living in Europe and Canada were forced to provide funds to LTTE.
    Additionally, the Srilanka Government should be commended as it is trying its best to look after all its citizen especially former LTTE cadres and war widows. In a recent interview Brigadier Susantha Ranasinghe has stated that he was very nervous during the wedding ceremony of former LTTE cadres rather than on his own wedding. He has organised the wedding according to Hindu and Christian customs. It shows how sincerely they trying to rehabilitate ordinary LTTE cadres.

  71. Dear DBSJ,
    in KP second message saying sorry for what has happened in past,then why not any sinhalesee even one single person didnot say to tamils after killed even more than 40,000 people last day the war. it means whole world knew that sinhalesse not humanbeing people who living moderate world,so whole community no need to respect them in world stage, because more then 89% uneducate sinhalesse in sri lanka.never correct themself,why they cannot take advise from KP. and you, for shake of argument, let him ask question? to you, then can see results,will be zero, we are not happy about your soft talk question. wasting time, you never learn Jeyraj ana, better learn from him.or War crime MR and CO, never satisfy their will one day they will realise in prison. then Still Dbsj have too busy with his phone from canada take interview.madness poor guy

  72. I’am glad that KP was man enough to apologise for the past. Sometimes the hardest word in the world is to say “sorry”. Let us try to move on from this sad chapter of our history and make Srilanka a better place to live in. Then our people also scattered all over the world can start trickling back and living in a paradise without foolishly leaving it. Recently i read about a house maid in saudi who had 22 nails hammered into her body. If we were a developed country what is the need for our people to leave and suffer like this. So the main goal should be to develop the country quickly.

  73. I hope future will be safe to all people who lives in this country. Ex Ltte leader is trying to do his best to make our dream to become a true, and a prominent Journalist is also trying to do his best to haave next generations future to be safe.

    Yes in practical it is difficult and takes time to achieve this ,
    Every one has to think and act towards a better future , what ever they can do even simple thing, must try to do,

    I read all most all articles publish in this site and the comments too. I can see people are with anger and still in the motive of geting revenge??

    I hope next generation, our children will not face to same fate of which we were facing for more than 30 years. But the GVT shoud adress these peoples needs gradullay and we anticipate a better futre as Sri Lankans

  74. 78. Sentinel

    “Are srilankan citizens not responsible to help the suffering SL Tamil people?”

    Not really, because it was diaspora Tamil money that funded the violence. Diaspora Tamils were happy to use Tamils in Sri Lanka as cannon fodder for their cause, but find it difficult now in times of peace to help their own people.

    ——————————————-

    Okay. If the Diaspora tamils funded the LTTE who funded the Govt’s war against it.

    Did you people not pay your taxes for your govt to buy planes and helicopters to kill unarmed innocent Tamil civilians.

    Was not the tax paid by you has been used to buy the MBRL’s to be used against the Tamil civilians.

    There has been wrong doing and excesses in both the sides.

    Neither the Govt side nor the LTTE side can talk that they walked in the path of Dharma always.

  75. I have no doubt about the author’s ability to conduct a very good interview. I also doubt this interview is a part of the propoganda of the government carry out by the interviewer (author) to please the government .

    Please understand me that I am not writing this on behalf of either government or LTTE, and I do not want to associate either of the in order to prevent my independent thinking.

    What KP says is really from his from heart, why not let him free and then let him talk to the media. There is more question.

    As George Bush mentioned, either you are with you or not. How can KP can go along with two different people whose philosophy are different from each other. I guess he just do the best for his own survival.

  76. Now war criminals and terrorist are together. It is a very dangerous. Either of them can scare ordinary people since confronting either of them can be dangerous for ordinary citizen. At this juncture, international community should take proper action from both in and out of Sri Lakna. I am not a Sri Lankan so my view is from 3rd perspective.

  77. First of all I would like to thank DBSJ for this detailed and informative interview…Thanks very much Sir..

    I would like wish KP on his latest journey.

    குறள் 482
    பருவத்தோ டொட்ட ஒழுகல் திருவினைத்
    தீராமை ஆர்க்குங் கயிறு

    விளக்கம்
    காலம் உணர்ந்து அதற்கேற்பச் செயல்படுதல், அந்த நற்செயலின் வெற்றியை நழுவவிடாமல் கட்டிப்பிணிக்கும் கயிறாக அமையும்

    Couplet 482
    The bond binds fortune fast is ordered effort made,
    Strictly observant still of favouring season’s aid

    Explanation
    Acting at the right season, is a cord that will immoveably bind success (to a king)

  78. Thank you DBS Anna for this thoughtful interview

    I am agreeable to what KP annan says

    I know more Tamils will follow his path in future

  79. It takes a lot of determination and fortitude to seek forgiveness and accept the fact that the armed struggle(without being judgemental), a cause KP dedicated his life for, is over. In contrast, Its easier to blow oneslef up as a suicide bomber without thinking about the consequences.

  80. The damage has done who ever is in the arena should respect the this environment. The solution and reconciliation is with the people who started the game. They should come out and come back and clear the facts. Most of the leaders are business men for their prosperity. With these situations is it possible to innocent victims to participate for new life. These victims are pull out to the war by rich wealthy radicals. Until they expose their views and clear their minds there is no solution. The government does not have to make effort to fix the problems. But the government can listen and cooperate. I respect the KP’s participation.

  81. KP is full of CRAP. The fact is that he he fell out with Thalaivar and now, like Karuna, conniving with GSL.

    Dear Diaspora Thamilar, do not get carried away by these ‘candid’ interviews. Let us unite and rise from the ashes.

    KP and his ‘good’ (subservient) intentions will come a cropper.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Wont it be easier to rise from the ashes and then unite instead of uniting in an ashen stage and then rising?

  82. Excellent DBSJ

    The 4th part of the interview is best. KP’s answers are very clear with no contradictions or confusion.

    This is a man who has taken the first few steps in personal redemption.

    He is very clear in his goals and objectives, and perhaps the slight confusion that were present in explaining his role in the past, is not present in his plans and goals for the future. Very clear thinking

    This is a noble endeavor that he is undertaking to help his people, and by default, all Sri Lankans and in his words a path that will not lead to destruction like before

    I hope the man succeeds and he should be given the support and encouragement by all – from both sides of the old hopefully soon, obsolete divide.

    On a personal level, his apology meant a lot, and has helped heal some wounds. The regret is also reciprocated

    He deserves a second chance. I wish him well.

    Thanks DBSJ – this is a massive bridge that you made with these 4 interviews.

  83. Jolly good show Mr. KP and Mr. DBSJ! Now that we have
    begun the task of rebuilding our hearth and homes, we must do our utmost to make this country a land in which we all have a chance, in which we all have a duty. And we must turn ourselves to fulfill our duty to our own countrymen with utmost vigor.

    Cheers!

  84. # 80 Godzilla

    ” This guy always find fault with any one who tries to help the poor victims of the LTTE . ”

    Sir, ISS 61 simply raised the credibility issue as a part of his comment which is not unfair.

    The denial of a shady deal by KP in the interview sounds unconvincing .

  85. Dear DBSJ
    A fabulous job,A great interview. Something good will definitely come out. After all the silent majority are not fanaticsor bigots.Let us all give peace a big chance
    Revi Unni

  86. My God what an end !.

    DBSJ you had this end and kept us all in suspense.

    Just confirms what I knew all the time there is Good in everyone.

    KP talks straight from the heart. Many would not like what he disclosed. This final will be disputed by many as a ‘Made Up’ story. There is more work to do, There will be those who will support KP.

    Ref to apologies, A minister has apologised for ’83 burning of the library. Whilst apologies are ‘Nice’ real action will relieve the suffering of many.

    I will write once again on the ‘many well to do people in the Vanni made completely destitute’. My young Tamil lady employee told me at the height of war that her uncle went to see the plight of a well to do family. He mentioned how sad he felt when the young son happily took a bun he had taken. All this ordeal for a well to do family. Vanni had many farming families with wealth.

    PK is crying out for what I mentioned in the previous interview . Economic recovery is crucial. Some were skeptical and said why help the govt. I mentioned that they need not. Well Folks here is a bank account details, Web page, contact nos, fax and email.

    Go help your brothers and sisters. We will also be with you. Be brave carry an open heart.

    May God bless all those lovely people who responded positively to this interview, May those who still suffer the pains of war gently heal. Yes you have a right to be angry, yes your have a right to be afraid an insecure. Only time will heal your pain.

    KP if you get the opportunity to read this comment – I admire you for your honesty, The arms you procured killed many innocent – it was fuel to a dirty war. Yet you are brave to correct and help your folks. I fear for your life. be safe. May you enjoy the company of your wife and daughter. I am sure the Defence minister will arrange for that. In Gotabhaya Rajapakse you have found a new VP. Both are the same in nature in achieving goals now there is only one. May you succeed in all your aspirations of NERDO

    DBSJ – what can i say – just had watery eyes on KP’s last messages. This would be the most Explosive interview I have ever read. – I can tell you that you have won an ‘EMMY’ in my heart.

  87. This is one of the most valuable interviews that has taken place in recent years. DBS you have done a great service to our country. This man is genuine. He is a very intelligent man who was used by a terrorist unfortunately in the past. I am sure he will be a great asset to the government. Thank you Gotabaya for doing the right thing.

  88. well, i must say thank you to all the partys who involved.lets belive this is true, nothing but true.lets forget the past for the sake of better future for all sri lankans.work together, because most us forget one day we all leave and take nothing, but during our life time we kill each other for what??????
    good luck kp.hope you will get help this time for good reason,as they help you for war
    take care

  89. My overall assessment of this 4 part series is-brilliant.
    The fourth and last part was the best, as shown by the splurge of comments.

  90. As KP said war is over. no one won we all lost.
    Our duty is to devolope the country, Tamil diaspora has to come forward and help the Tamil people in north. Also please dont forget, Diaspora money sent to LTTE has made north and east a living hell. i am a Sinhalease and dont care what KP,Gotta or MR say. We need to forget the past and work together for future of Sri Lanka so our children and grand childrens can live in harmony.

  91. DBS,
    Now that the interview is all published, do you plan to do an analysis of his answers? They speak for themselves, but it would be nice to get an interpretation from somebody knowledgeable, and that person is you.

    As for his apology at the end, I see a lot of comments on that, my feeling is that it will be accepted by most Sinhalese as sincere and will go a long way towards changing attitudes. The bigger question is will some prominent Sinhala politician reciprocate?

  92. Dear DBSJ,

    I have no words to express my admiration and thanks for this immense task your have completed. Well done.

    I fully agree with KP’s concluding message.

    Blessings

  93. DBSJ

    Your all articles on LTTE and GOSL are very impressive and they act as bridges to bring peace and harmony rather than creating hate, revenge etc. As you know in the past tamils and sinhalese were very closer friends and there were so many similarities in the cultures. Even now most tamils in southern areas and colombo goes to buddhist temples meanwhile sinhalese go to hindu temples to worship.Like wise there are so many similarities. Unfortunately due to the 30 years war they were seperated mentally and physically. no sinhalese could go to north and east and few tamils are allowed to come to south by LTTe and the army.

    Now it is a challengeable task to create sound situation to have peace and harmony but it can be achieved by dedication and deveotion as KP explained. rather than shouting and pinpointing each others mistakes, the best thing is to do whatever can. BDSJ your effort is very strong rather than a armed war. Go ahead. And Dear KP. In next few years do what ever you can as a human being. Forget all the bad history. Forget all alegations you gain from negative minded people. Do the best for the nation. Nation means all sri lankans including Sinhalaese,tamils,muslims……….etc. Good luck DBSJ anf KP

  94. Nambikkai Thaan Vaalkkai … so true.

    Here’s to Sri Lanka being Serendip again – the serene Jewel of the East.

    Thanks DBSJ … you are THE MAN! Does one have to come to Canada to have a drink with you?!

  95. Mr DBSJ..
    In context of “Premadasa syndrome”(KP was involved),comments by him on Vaiko and Nedumaran, Is that “So the paperwork was done quickly and thanks to Mr. Gota bhaya’s support we got NERDO registered on July 6th. The chairman is Mr. S.Thavaratnam the president of the Northern Fishermen’s Society Federation. I am the NERDO secretary.”…
    does’t mean ,”the starting of a proxy war” against Indian establishments(on Indian fishermen first), using the ex -LTTE cadres?.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    NO

    Please dont try to fish in troubled waters

  96. KPs response to each question souds like well scripted by the government.
    I’ts unbelievable that he could change so much after being with LTTE.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Nothing endures but change.

    There is nothing permanent except change.

    Nothing is permanent except change.
    The only constant is change.

    Change is the only constant.

    Change alone is unchanging.

    (From Lives of the Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius)

  97. 63. Palan

    Thanks for the additional information.
    I wonder what KP thinks about killing of Rajive,Tamil leaders like Amirthalingam, Neelan…………..
    What he thinks about killing TELO, PLOTE, EPRLF……….. VP is the greatest murderer/traitor in Tamils history who doesn’t deserve KP’s devotion.
    We Tamils suffered the most at the hand of LTTE than anyone else in SL. How many Tamils youths were conscripted and how many dead now?
    KP should apologise to Tamils for his leaders’ cruelty towards our people.

    R Maran

    Dont you think Tamils are not included in his public apology to ALL Sri Lankans?…………..DBSJ

  98. Comment # 81 is correct.

    Reconciliation has to happen from both sides.

    KP has admitted to many crimes against the Tamils as well as against the Singhalese.

    How about someone from the government side admitting to a few atrocities?

    May be we can start with . . . burning down of the Jaffna Library?

  99. CROCODILE TEARS!

    TAMIL DIASPORA CAN CRY FOR ELAM>>>>ELAM>>>ELAM. THOSE SOB’S CREATED THE MADNESS, APPA & AMMA, NANAGAI ENNAY NABIKARUDU!. YOU DISASPORA CREATED THE MESS & LEFT SRI LANKAI, LEAVING MANIAC PRABA TO KILL TAMUL PEOPLE. LETS WORK WITH THE GOVT. AND BRING PEACE & PEACE AMONG OUR PEOPLE.

  100. Thank you DBSJ for this long 4 parts interview.

    I wish KP all the best.

    Hope, GR will arrange his wife and daughter to join him very soon.

    # 2 Shyamalee – Excellent comment

    #61 ISS – You are wrong about CTC’s Mr. David Poopalapillai. He never raised funds for the LTTE.

    #117 Dilshan F – Always comes out with good comments and thanks for practising what you preach.

    # 65 Sentinel – Why do you always brings up the Hindus, Kovil etc. I am sure you can comment without dragging those two. Please leave the religion and worshipping places alone.

    FYI, sacrificing animals in Kovils is non existent unless someone does it clandestinely. It was prohibited quite a while ago.

    I somehow feels that eventually GR & MR, are going to do the right thing for the North and East people rather than trying to change the area’s demography through Sinhalese settlements.

    Also, hope the GOSL will do the right things so, everyone can be proud of their country of birth.

    Praying for peace and harmony to last forever in Sri-Lanka!

    Cheers.

    Thank You.I hope so too………..DBSJ

  101. Where you rank KP among the prominent Tamil leaders like Ramlingam, GG, Mahalingan, Thiruchelvam and Kathir?

    I dont rank KP there. He is not a politico………DBSJ

  102. Brilliantly written interview series DBSJ. Not Enough said about damage done by RAW through people like Nedumaran, Seeman and Vaiko

  103. Hey I appeal to Tamil canadians to shoot this anti- tiger dbsj and eliminate his web site from the faceof his earth.

    Appu Ithu Romba Thappu…….DBSJ

  104. May I add a rather dissenting note to the generally euphoric comments in this blog relating to KPs closing remarks.

    Re his “message to Tamils” – sorry it is not for people like me. We never wanted Elam nor did we ever subscribe to any form of violent action or reaction to State sponsored oppression-never ever. Today, when he talks about the diaspora he talks about only a segment of it….not every one. Not us.

    As affluent middle class Tamils we had a great life in Sri Lanka. And we don’t apologize for it. We/our parents/grand parents worked hard for it. Tamil extremist outfits mushrooming in the name of liberation and the SL defence forces destroyed it all. From a life of “had it all” in Sri Lanka we became vagabonds overnight….for no fault of our own. We are innocents caught in the cross fire of something over which we had no control or in which we had any role.

    Today, after years of hard work we have rebuilt our lives and established in the countries that gave us refuge. Here we do exactly the same thing we did in Sri Lanka – work hard. And it pays…it used to be the case in Sri Lanka as well.

    Let me reiterate, we had a great life in Sri Lanka. We have a great life now too…but there are differences. Our families were together in our towns. In those days the biggest journey anyone took was only to Colombo. We all went to the railways station to send him/her off. Today our families are scattered all over the world – this is not intended to be bombastic boasting but a underlining of sad reality where one does not talk to a sibling over a evening cup of tea in the sprawling house garden but in the e-world through skype (or if lucky may a once in a decade family reunion at some wedding in some far off country).

    Dignity-the very soul of our existence, was taken away from us in Sri Lanka. We regained it in the west. Is there any apology/message specifically for us from any one LTTE, GOSL….and we cannot be expected to apologize for others’ wrongdoings just because they happen to speak the same language as we do…or because they falsely claimed to have represented even us.

    Sorry I just had to let it out.

  105. Why on earth this guy apologised sinhala people, Ltte by product of Sinhala barbarism against tamil people of tamil ealam. Ltte created by sinhala barbaric politicians, who never going to accept our rights.
    From his interview only god know the truth. He is a prisoner, no matter what he says, I will never accept him even though his good intensions.
    Day will come we tamils achieve our goal and even more because no body can deny our own desitny.

  106. Whether we like it or not Tamils must live in harmony with Singalese in Sri Lanka. We have to reconcile for our own sake

    This is what DBS always say. Now KP is telling same too

  107. .
    This is regarding my comment #30.

    It is very unfortunate that (my) conspiracy theory details were deleted.

    🙂

    Quite fortunate for our readers…….DBSJ

  108. mad man Pirapakaran and LTTE running dogs have ruined the Tamils.

    Now DBS trying to salvage Tamils through KP

    Diaspora Tamil dogs wont understand what both DBSJ and KP trying to do

    Sensible Tamils must fund NERDO

    All the best.

  109. Wonderful interview. All Tamils will agree with what KP says. Kudos to DBSJ for publishing this in such detail

  110. After four weeks of thinking – I am really sad, Sad to call myself a Tamilan.

    DBSJ Pls cont. writing i don’t think anyone else in the Diaspora has the Power to be free like you can be in writings…….

    KP says.
    ” When I was given the task of overseas procurement (arms acquisition) by Prabhakaran in 1983 I was an utter novice. I came from a very common background. My father was politically conscious but was an ordinary fisherman.I did not study in elite schools. My English knowledge was weak. I had never travelled outside Sri Lanka and India. The LTTE was a fledgeling organization without any important contacts in the arms trade.

    Yet I developed my department slowly and steadily. I expanded the LTTE’s power to a stage where we were acquiring arms from diverse sources on a worldwide basis and shipping them regularly to the north-east. As long as I was in charge of overseas purchasing the LTTE was able to prolong the war successfully because I was able to procure arms continuously

    If I could succeed then in a task which caused death and destruction why cant I succeed in this new task where my objective is to help people and re-build lives instead of destroying people and lives as in the past?”

    THAT SUMS IT UP. BEST OF LUCK TO HIM & YOU.

  111. 137. Rajiv

    You have said it so well. I think I hear your frustrations and sadness in your writing.

    As for KP’s parting words, don’t take them as an apology from the Tamil community, take them as from a person of importance who was partly responsible for what happened. No more, no less.

    As for others expecting you to apologize for the actions of someone else, that is not on. You are responsible for your actions only and don’t believe in collective guilt.

  112. KP is useful only in rehabilating / releasing ex-LTTE members. That is his real motive too. It is hard to believe a personality change on sudden.
    There will be a time gap for next Tamil’s activity in Srilanka. It is totally depends on GOSL hands. If they sing the same song ,then Tamil will perform the same dance. This is the first time an open interview by a overseas jounalist over the phone from “A terrosit who is under custody” .
    If anyone read this all four parts will understand you, KP and Srilankan governments and their motives.
    Your are good interviewer (No analysis in this column) .
    I hope those who are behid bar will be released this effort!
    Good Luck

  113. 123. Chris Fernando | August 28th, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    As KP said war is over. no one won we all lost.
    Our duty is to devolope the country, Tamil diaspora has to come forward and help the Tamil people in north. Also please dont forget, Diaspora money sent to LTTE has made north and east a living hell

    ——-

    I think GOSL is also responsible for the prevailing conditions in North east. They have eliminated Diaspora supported LTTE at the cost of destruction in North East.

    As LTTE is no more, Now GOSL is responsible to build North East.

  114. #137 Rajiv,

    You are right. There is no need for an apology from you or other tamil people innocently caught in the crossfire.There is no need for an apology from the majority Sinhalese too right?
    I didnt contribute to ’83 . It saddened me much that our people who call themselves Sinhalese resorted to looting burning and murder of innocent. hence there is some sort of collective responsibility that befalls us all Sinhalese or Tamils. What many here feel in their heart is that by our inaction many have suffered. We cannot hide our heads in sand and say – Sorry thats not us.
    Its true one cannot fight against guns and marauding politicians. I truly understand your point of view.

    Your loss and my loss was when Good men kept quiet.

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  116. To all the LTTE TAMIL Diaspora – get real, Your great leader and almost all his merry fighting men are at another war at another place!

    The remaining so called “LTTE leaders” or scums are enjoying your hard earned money in the west.

    Please be kind to DBSJ for providing us with these interviews with Kp and not fault one or the other, very professionally conducted. Whether you believe KP is not important karma will be not kind to the LTTE and KP if he is not sincere!

    Now is the time to either try and help your fellow Tamils in SL or your fellow beings whereever and try and live a noble life.

  117. #131 Gnanam

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/post_545.html

    Senior Govt Minister and Secretary of Jathika Hela urumaya did apologise for the burning of Jaffna Library.

    I quote’
    “It is unfortunate that the attack came from identified UNP elements belonging to our community. The attack was launched by a handful of people and the Sinhala community as a whole did not condone it. Many openly condemned it. Similarly the LTTE went on the rampage against the Sinhala people and launched attacks on the Sri Maha Bodhi and the Dalada Maligawa. Such attacks were not condoned by the average Tamil citizens,” Mr. Ranawaka said. “We are committed to preserving Buddhism in this country and this means we cannot harm those belonging to other communities. There is space for everybody to co-exist,” Mr. Ranawaka said.’ unquote.

  118. #98 Shankar

    If we were a developed country what is the need for our people to leave and suffer like this. So the main goal should be to develop the country quickly.

    ————-

    There is no quickfix.

    If Ethnic harmony is set in Srilanka, it will take another 30-40 years ( or 1-2 generation) to come out of the third world nations.

    Till such time, Srilankan maids & labourers will be all over the world.

    Let us hope realistically by end of our life time, Ethnic Harmony is established in Srilanka.

  119. DBS

    you are a person who uses his wisdom and knowledge to work for your people to have peace and prosperity.
    I salute you

  120. Weldone DBSJ my heartiest congratulations! I was wondering if not for medium of internet and English language how on earth that KP’s feelings as of now would have been communicated to the restof the world by DBSJ’s in his articualted fashon.

    Anger Hope and Action was the dictum which motivated a “sucide bomber” to sacrifice his or her life. Unfortunately there is no body to speak about the human rights of SUICIDE bombers.

    SO KP knows very well the power of HOPE. All Sri Lankans we cannot undo the past; yet we can now re do the future. VP has hope on VIP’s like KP in the LTTE team. That demonstrates the leadership. But many politicians in Lanka are Leaders for themselves.

    DBSJ you did a wonderful job to bridge the gap between the two communities to build up Hope. Sri Lankans future depends on how they are willing to SHARE and CARE with all those who becam vicitims of war

    Jayasri

    Thank you but KP was very forthcoming……….DBSJ

  121. This is the biggest interview I ever read. 4 parts about 20,000 words.I just could not stop reading some of the best answers of KP

  122. This interview with DBS contradict with his last year Channel 4 interview. However, I believe he used VP’s name in Channel 4 interview to strengthen his announcement or convince SL govt. and international players to accelerate the peace initiative.

  123. I have read most of the 4 interview comments. Some or the other it reminded me of an old in fact 1957 movie “12 Angry men”. How each and every jurors first give a guilty verdict and then accept that their personal experiences and prejudice was the cause of the verdict and change their verdict to not guilty.
    Has anyone observed that the comments in the 4th part are more logical than emotional?
    Thank you DBS for this interview…
    We as news readers will not know, what is said is true or a lie………
    Assuming it is a lie, are the Tamils going to sacrifice the IDP’s and young boys and girls life which collectively we have destroyed…(Both sides, GOSL, Sinhalese extremist, LTTE, and Tamil hardliners).
    How many widows, orphans, parents who lost their children… Does this need to continue………
    OR
    Assuming it is true, hasn’t the Tamil moderate politicians went for talks and accords with the GOSL and worked with the Govt. repeatedly for years and years prior to LTTE era? Why not give peace another chance keeping in mind both races and above all the citizens of the beautiful island nation have gone through hell over the past 30 years. What will any Srilankan loose by giving peace another chance???
    Please whenever you do anything, it is what people in Srilanka want and how we can help them achieve it. Not in any other way.

  124. KP you have my full support and blessings to do the work through NERDO which requires lot of courage and diplomacy to negotiate with the govt of SL. Your ability to get the release of all the under graduates from detention shows that you have already made those families of students a bright future. The negative publicity by a few must not let you down and I can say that a large number of diaspora would want to wish you well and come forward to contribute to your efforts in the near future.
    Dear DBS can you please pass this message to KP. Thanks

    I am sure KP will be reading this……DBSJ

  125. 137  Rajiv:- You remind me of my many loved Tamil friends who always never thought they were Tamils and I was Singhalese. Today after many many years, our relationships are still the same. This is why I strongly advocate that Tamils must live with Singhalese and vice versa and once the people understand each other and fall in love etc all this BS about Tamils being different to Singhalese etc will vanish. I am glad that some of my professional Singhalese friends in the west want to go to vanni and help the people in their retirement. Some people writing to this blog have never closely associated with the other race and therefore they have anger and hatred in their minds. They are misguided.

  126. Good Job, DBSJ! You have made a good contribution to our nation’s healing.

    Even murderous terrorists, like KP, should have an opportunity to redeem themselves. I hope KP can and will serve as a model for former Eelamists to follow in the years ahead. But, a very smart canary in a tight cage will sing any tune to take flight to freedom; so we must HOPE FOR THE BEST while PREPARING FOR THE WORST.

    However, I am worried about his comment about the need to regain the “Lost Rights of Tamils”. That is a bad omen that augurs ill for Sri Lanka, because Tamils had equal rights in Sri Lanka before all this began, and they messed it up by becoming communal and demanding more. We see this disease afflicting Tamil Nadu now.

    May his NERDO organization succeed in helping the ex-tiger cadre and IDPs in need, with the help of all of us Sri Lankans.

    Let us HOPE for the BEST, but as Ronald Reagan said, we should TRUST but VERIFY every step along the way!

    Our fellow Tamil citizens need have no fear; they will have EQUAL RIGHTS in the years that lie ahead, as they had at the outset, together with the EQUAL RESPONSIBILITY to love and protect our shared motherland. If they start talking about “lost rights” all over again, we will quickly descend back to square one.

    ONE Nation INDIVISIBLE, ONE People INDIVISIBLE, ONE Destiny INDIVISIBLE should be our GOAL, without separation by communal attributes!

  127. 145. Mathan | August 28th, 2010 at 7:50 pm
    This is the first time an open interview by a overseas jounalist over the phone from “A terrosit who is under custody” .
    ———————–

    In the eyes of GOSL Is KP still a Terrorist ?

    What does the Srilankan law consider KP and his past crimes?

    I hope there is an unconditional pardon offered to KP.

  128. I read all four parts of the interview. It is revealing.
    KP may have genuine remorse and want to do help the IDPs and former LTTE cadres, however, I really wanted to look at this from different angle.
    The way KP is treated by the SL government and the people who are critical of the government tells us that SL is run by individuals not by rule of law.
    For a democracy to work and flourish rule of law has to be uphold. Every person including the government must be treated equality with no bias.
    For a true reconciliation and integration of Tamils into larger Sri Lankan nation, we need to be able to count on the rule of law that will protect the rights of all Sri Lankans not just some powerful people or ethnic group. I think this is the only way we can truly become Sri Lankan.
    Casablanca is of course one of the all time great movies. This movie clearly portray that when there is no rule of law individuals with connection, power and money can do anything they want. People with no connection, money or power need mercy from the powerful to even survive.
    Individuals will come and go todays traitor will become tomorrows’ hero and vice versa. It is not important whether GR and KP are genuine in their effort to resettle the IDPs. Can these IDPs live in their resettled places after GR and KP are long gone. The answer is no because Sri Lanka is run by individual not by the rule of law.

  129. #137. Rajiv | August 28th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Now that Mr. Rajiv has proclaimed that he does not have to be apologetic or suffer a guilt feeling for crimes he did not participate in or condone and many other Tamil gentlemen have approved that line of thinking, could someone enlighten me as to how as a Sinhalese I should feel about 1983. I wish I had come across Mr Rajiv two and a half decades ago – i would been relieved of intense sorrow, guilt and shame I suffered up to now.

    -Soma

  130. Thanks DBS for letting us in on your exhaustive interview with KP. I think KP is on the level when he speaks about his organization’s past misdeeds and atrocities. Sinhalese are known to pardon very easily whoever has wronged them.

  131. Dear DBS,
    You are doing a great job by interviewing KP. Now everyone knows the LTTE activities and their actions.

  132. Thanks DBSJ for the lengthy interview.

    Just wondering how much it cost in Canadian Dollars ?

    For obvious reasons KP doesnt want to be released- , If he is released he may be playing harp with King David upstairs ??

    but what about his family in Thailand, Doesn’t he want to see them or bring them to SL ??

  133. Great interviews DBSJ.

    Keep up the good work in creating unity among Sri Lankans, because, that unity and reconciliation’s are always under threat from external sources who are looking to fish on trouble waters.

    You will agree that some Tamilnadu JOKERS still muse about a ‘Tamil National Question’, ‘Political Solution’, ’13th amendment’ and similar BULLSH*T, which the folks in the North reject outright, but some politicians want to escalate.

    Here I see a role in you to embark on a broader, more responsible, respectful mission to confront these JOKERS in Tamilnadu, in telling them to drop their agenda to divide Sri Lankans. They must be faced, and journalism is good armour. Will you grab the opportunity?

    True Sri Lankans will thank you for that.

  134. I have known Tamils in Sri Lanka and abroad, and I wish to keep the friendliness that we shared for long years. Now that the war is over, and it is time to reconcile, everyone should get up and do it together.

    If I remember correctly, the Tamils were a divided ethnicity, where the high-class people, never gave an inch to the so-called lower-class people, and Prabakaran was born, meaning the low-class person wanted to eradicate the high-handedness of the high-class Tamils, and as all so-called high-class (or moneyed) are usually lazy, the low-caste Prabakaran became powerful.

    I have seen this syndrome in Sri Lanka and abroad, even in Canada, where the high-class Tamil will not speak to the low-caste Tamil, even if the low-caste is rich…I have seen how Tamil students were sidelined by other Tamils, who thought they were high-caste.

    Even now, it is happening in Sri Lanka, where there is a massive divide between the Tamils themselves.

    So, first of all, I believe that the Tamils should start reconciling among each other, and try to respect each other, and help out. Even though Prabakaran was a madman, he had brought in the feeling of Tamilness, so I hope the Tamils help each other before trying to get help from other ethnicities.

    Colombo Tamils don’t really give a damn for the rural Tamils, which I had noticed in Wellawatta.

    You may of course differ, but I think it is time for Tamils to throw away the caste system, before everything, otherwise, some low-caste Tamil will rise again against the Tamils, just like Prabakaran did. He killed of practically all Tamil intellectuals, who were high-caste.

  135. Dear DBSJ, Why did nt u ask a single question related to his involvement with Rajiv Gandhi’s assasination?

    How do you know KP was involved with the assassination?……….DBSJ

  136. In regards to the development of North-East, Tamilnet Jeyachandran has stated that North and East do not need to be developed at this stage, as Tamil need to win their rights first.
    What an irresponsible statement from Tamilnet. It shows that Tamilnet is not in touch with grassroots Tamils. They are playing politics with innocent Tamils.

  137. why are you hiding in canada? come to sri lanka and become a true journalist like lasantha.

    My friend is dead. Dont use his name in vain…………DBSJ

  138. Thanks DBS for the interview. You have asked him very pointed questions, and brought out several things that werent known to the public. Have you asked him about Rajiv’s murder, and why exactly Piraba went ahead with it, who were the LTTE people kept in the loop while the plans were underway.. etc.,

    KP should have been aware of this plan (might have been in the ‘loop’ when planning was done).

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I dont think KP was in the “Loop” on this.That was not how the LTTE worked

    Anyway the Rajiv Gandhi assassination is a closed chapter now except for those in jail still.

    New Delhi has extracted retributive justice for the assassination by facilitating the destruction of the entire LTTE leadership in the Wanni

    Is this not enough?

  139. One day a little Tamil girl died burnt alive with her mother.

    She was only 5 years old an dthe only “crime” she committed to be burnt alive was accepting a present from her grandfather.

    Her grandfather, who was working as a servant for a rich Tamil, bought a pair of sandals for his granddaughter, and she wanted “walk” in them home, but never reached home…
    One cowardly LTTEr pushed a button from some hiding place and a car bomb went off, killing the Tamil child and her Tamil mother burning them to death.

    This cowardly LTTEr was trying to kill another Tamil, who was a Minister at that time. If this coward succeeded, he would have killed few grown up Tamils, but he or she succeeded in burning to death one little 5 year old Tamil girl with her Tamil mother, the only 2 victims of this car bomb.

    Was there a Tamil liberation movement?

  140. 167. BunkerRat
    You will agree that some Tamilnadu JOKERS still muse about a ‘Tamil National Question’, ‘Political Solution’, ‘13th amendment’ and similar BULLSH*T, which the folks in the North reject outright
    ————-

    Folks in North do not aspire for equal rights and previleges. If they make both ends meet and have a shelter they would be satisfied.

    Even freedom of speech may not be a critical issue, as they have lived under LTTE rule for 30 years.

    It is the Tamil political groups or Jokers 🙂 who demand for rights and previlges for the people.

  141. Dear DBS,Like many I have been one your keen readers for the last many years.Iam not an admiror of tamil ealam demand or a supporter of the traditional Tamil political parties.But I have a great sympathy for misguided youths and the displaced.I was also displaced in 90s in Jaffna.It s very unfortunate we dont have real good journalists in the Tamil community.It is a very simple logic that the former LTTE caders must be rehablitated and released as useful citizens.Sri Lankan apparatus has good knowledge and experience in this because the former JVP cadres of 1971 insurgency were rehablitated successfully by the madam Bandaranike government.One of them was Mr.Susil Siriwardene who became Janasaviya commissioner under president Premadasa.There were many like that.KP is the propetr person to play an intergral role because LTTE was responsible for the damage and a leader of the LTTE coming forward for to protect the unfotunate young people is very appropriate.From the interview it seem that KP is very genuine.

  142. DBSJ,
    Good stuff as usual. So what do you think is the morale of the interview for the Tamil Diaspora readers:
    A. Yes, we as Tamils are accepting defeat: (Some Diaspora (more extreme) would take this view based on the interview and would still be siding the likes of Vaiko, Nediyavan)
    B. We the Tamils have no choice but to work with the hegemonic & nepotistic government seeking a third term for the sake of our Tamil brothers in Sri Lanka (I take this view).

  143. Mr DBSJ,
    I am wondering what is your intention to interview KP.

    I don’t think so your article achieve the purpoese as others thinking bring a mutula understanding between government and KP or bring a solution for the Tamils struggle.

    This interview clearly pointed out you intention of writing is make dispute among the Tamil community.

    For you its seems to be LTTE full of corruption, but i learned from by Global Citizenship course at my college that for social problem assasination also a solution and its is not delivered by a Tamil professor deliverd by native Canadin born professor, so on that point some of the assasination LTTE did is correct but not the ones like Rajani Thiranagama and my school loved principal Anandaraja, except i am totally agree with the Oxford scholor Laxmun, Neelan Thiruchelvam and Rajiv Ghnadi.

    If any one read the broken palmyraah they will agree with the assasination of Rajive. Rest will continue..I hope you won’t delete my comment

  144. dear jey,
    job well done yet again .i was really impressed by your probing questions and certainly your interview has created ripples in tamilnadu though everyone says that kp is not speaking truth.i wish you had asked him about his role in rajiv gandhis assasination and what has really happened to ltte leaders like yogi,balachandran,puduvai rathinathurai are they alive?becoz contradicting reports are coming about them.i personally feel yogi to be a leadership material may be he can participate in the democratic process if he is alive and released.there is a lot of misconception about vaiko and nedumaran.vaiko is one of the sincere politico guys around unfortunately he is not a force to reckon that shows the state of tamilnadu affairs.he is very unselfish and very committed to srilankan tamil cause unselfishly if he cried in private when news was delivered about praba it shows how genuine he was unlike karunanidhi or thirumavalavan who shed only crocodile tears for srilankan tamils.nedumaran is another selfless man he still lives in a rented house one would be surprised to note that he was the person who protected when indira gandhi was attacked in madurai by goons she escaped with injuries unfortunately the people who attacked her are having alliance with congress lol.i am telling this only becoz both have been villified by some crowd for supporting tamil extremism may be they supported or continue to support but they dont gain anything personally from it.lets hope positive picture emerges of them in future.

  145. Today is the 5 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that destroyed most of New Orleans. I was watching a CBC new report this morning which reports that some parts of the city is still not rebuilt and more than a thousand families are still living in temporary housing. So this how effective the mosts powerful and richest nation has performed in recovering from a major natural disaster.

    I wish people who are questioning GOSL as to why the NE are not back to normal and why there are still IDPs who are not resettled will remember this. I, as most of the people want these matters resolved right away, but we have to remember that these things take time. It is not easy to tell a family waiting in a camp that they have to be patient but that is the sad reality.

  146. KP’s Quote: So the paperwork was done quickly and thanks to Mr. Gota bhaya’s support we got NERDO registered on July 6th. The chairman is Mr. S.Thavaratnam the president of the Northern Fishermen’s Society Federation. I am the NERDO secretary.

    sunday Leader Quote :
    Meanwhile, KP on Saturday (28) had said that Thavaratnam was president of his North Eastern Rehabilitation and Development Organisation (NERDO) and that he himself was its secretary.

    But, Thavaratnam has told Express that this was not so, and that he was working with NERDO only on issues.
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/08/29/no-visa-for-kps-cousin/

    who is telling the truth ?

    Have you written to “The Sunday Leader” and “Express” about this?……DBSJ

  147. 163. Soma | August 29th, 2010 at 2:00 am
    #137. Rajiv | August 28th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Now that Mr. Rajiv has proclaimed that he does not have to be apologetic or suffer a guilt feeling for crimes he did not participate in or condone
    ————————————————————
    I felt terribly ashamed when the LTTE went on a killing spree in the east butchering babies too. First it came as a shock that tamils can be capable of such acts, then the shame. when i met my sinhalese friends and they start to lament about the LTTE acts i never apologised. I asked them why are the armed forces not doing their job and wiping out these buggers. The sinhalese said it is easy for you to talk from here, but do you know how many casualties there wiil be among the armed forces if they go all out against the LTTE. I told them if you don’t do it now then later the armed forces are going to lose much more. Now the job is done but at what cost 26000 dead and 84000 wounded. In the eighties this could have been done with ten per cent of that if the government really wanted to, but then what would happen to the profits made from war and also whom to blame for the economy once the war is over.

    The LTTE took power through the barrel of a gun. There are enough tamils killed by them, let alone sinhalese. They were not on another planet, but here in srilanka, and the government could have eradicated them if they wanted to.So it is upto a tamil to apologise for that if he wants to. If a tamil does not apologise i don’t think you could find fault with him. At the same time the fact that the LTTE also were tamils makes it a very difficult decision. After careful thought i feel i should apologise for the acts of the LTTE because they are my race. My decision is based on the fact that it was not one off incident but the atrocities went on and on over a long period, so it is difficult to not say sorry.

  148. well finally the interview came to an end…but i truly wished that it would have gone for another segment…but neverthless…..

    it is indeed ironic that KP was saved make that public apology and not VP for no one would have accepted it……history is funny sometimes…..

    DBSJ this forum brought many sinhalese like myself and tamils together…to wash out the differences…

    I am so shaken when I read KP’s apology as well as when he so fankly stated that if he can succeed destruction why not can he succeed healing ..Indeed indeed…Good things one does always pays irrespective of what religion we follow….and I am so glad that many of our tamil brothers ofcourse not forgetting sisters…begin to think differently of gotabaya…the Man who made all this possible for us …if not for him KP wouldn’t have come out with this…He would have collected more bad “Karma’…but he was forgiven..and made use….I am trying to understand the psychology of this simple man call gotabaya……

    thank you KP for your…frank account of thoughts and we wish you well and for your work to continue….ofcourse there may be Pit Falls,back stabbling along the way….don’t fall pray..be mindful…and get the job done…..always speak the truth…always…for it can take a long way……….

    YES FORGIVEN……not for sinhalese or for tamils but for all the chidren..mothers and pregnent women who lost their lives for war…and for MEN from both sides..I just don’t care…MEN are the root cause of trobule in this this world today…..(sorry DBS)

    The Bible says the love of money is the root of all evil……..DBSJ

  149. 130. R Maran

    Thanks and yes VP was responsible for making a genuine struggle of the Tamils into a killing machinery.
    What was a most loved minority in 1983 has become a most dreaded community around the world due to this.
    If KP has anything to do with this, he should apologize for that too.

  150. To DBSJ and to all the readers and # 65 Sentinel.

    I was wrong when i wrote on my comment # 133 that the animal sacrifice was long banned and outlawed.

    When I read Today’s (August 29, 2010) I was dismayed and embarassed to find out the Chilaw-Munneswaram Kali Kovil’s slaughter.

    This is correctly called as “Barberic” and “Primitive” by # 65 Sentinel. I am with you!

    I still doubt that this was the work of the “Hindu devotees”, nevertheless, apologies to all.

  151. Good Job. DBSJ .
    Everybody ,foget and forgive, move on to the better future. ex-LTTE carders rehabilitation is the most important issue. We don’t want another armed uprise. Several millions of Sri Lankan live in rich countries around the world. If they adopt one war effected family back in SL, the problm is solved. Then government able to forcus on infrastructure development in NE. God bless my country and my people.

  152. 178. mathwizard:

    For you its seems to be LTTE full of corruption, but i learned from by Global Citizenship course at my college that for social problem assasination also a solution and its is not delivered by a Tamil professor deliverd by native Canadin born professor, so on that point some of the assasination LTTE did is correct but not the ones like Rajani Thiranagama and my school loved principal Anandaraja, except i am totally agree with the Oxford scholor Laxmun, Neelan Thiruchelvam and Rajiv Ghnadi.

    So, LK, Neelan and Rajiv all deserve to die?

    Could you please tell us the name of this esteemed Canadian professor who lectured you?

    I’m sure David Milband too must have taken his class for he to believes in this day and age that terrorism is justified under some circumstances where “some” is decided by him.

  153. 137 Rajiv:

    As a Sinhalese I don’t expect you to apologize for crimes of LTTE. However, I do expect, you to not support such crimes by word and deed.

  154. 137:

    Rajiv, as a Sinhalese I do not expect an apology from you for crimes committed by LTTE. I do not associate you with LTTE though you may be a Tamil. However, I do expect you to condemn them by word and deed. There are many who lament about how the attempted escape of a terrorist failed and who is responsible for scuttling the endeavor whilst lamenting about his crimes. I do not understand such people.

  155. DBSJ, I think you reached the peak in your journalistic career so far. Well done.

    KP is very diplomatic. He was most able and loyal kaluthai (donkey) of Pirapakaran. if he could win the heart of him, he could surely win the hearts of Gotabaya.
    Gota has the ears of Mahinda.

    I do not see much difference between Gota and Pirapa, though. KP can thrive with both of their dictatorial mindset.

    KP has a noble cause now and he will definitely succeed, I believe, since he has the support of the government.

    It looks Gota hardly trusts our dear tamil and muslim politicians to entrust the rehabilitation of North and East people. He guess he found a loyal, able and genuine person to rehabilitate the North. he rightly chose to rehabilitate the ex-LTTE and IDPs from Wanni.

    I wish him succeed.

    BTW, KP’s interview was very passionate, reliving the past passionately also. I am sure it is his character of getting along with even the most difficult ones for a cause. He is in fact a leader who can inspire the people to rally behind a cause taking the backsheet as he did before.

    I have to acknowledge his current chosen cause is not different from the one that he had when he succeeded LTTE leadership.

    He is the uniter not a diviser. He will becomes most admired person by both Sinhalese and Tamil in the years to come. It is good that the Government garnessed his support.

  156. Deshapriya,
    come on man stop your bull shit. Tamils changed lot, present generation dont give a damnn about this high low diferences. I myself come from this stupid vellala caste, so many love marriages happening in our communinity.

    I will tell you tamils no matter low or high their achievement in western universities mind boggling. some of the low caste tamils kids becoming doctors, engineers and investment bankers, which they dream about in srilanka.

  157. 192 J.muthu

    I will tell you tamils no matter low or high their achievement in western universities mind boggling. some of the low caste tamils kids becoming doctors, engineers and investment bankers, which they dream about in srilanka.
    ————————————————————————–

    One of the primary reasons that low cast Tamil kids could not become doctors, engineers, etc. was simply because the discrimination and repression that high class Jaffna Tamils dealt to their low caste brethren. Let alone an education, the low caste Tamils are not even allowed to enter a Temple in Jaffna. You may say otherwise, but has that situation changed in the Diaspora Tamil communities? Not really.

    The low caste Tamils kids are getting a chance to go to Universities in the West simply because the repressive caste system that exists in Jaffna could not be enforced in these societies. Let one of those low caste University qualified Tamil professional try to marry a high caste Tamil, then you really see sparks flying. Does not matter if they live in a Western society, in Colombo or in Jaffna.

    I have many Tamil friends in Toronto, who has told me point blank, that they prefer to see their kids marry a Sinhalese/Westerner rather than a Tamil kid originally from a hill country estate.

  158. No group or individual need to apologize, but demand justice. No SL Gov. delivered justice but injustice & created cycle of violence. When they appear to have delivered justice, in fact they committed mass injustice………& it goes on.
    Unfortunately, good men or women have much say or will or
    misunderstood the delivery of justice.
    Choice for them, be quiet or write in the blogs or vote with their feet out of the country.

  159. No group or individual need to apologize, but demand justice. No SL Gov. delivered justice but injustice & created cycle of violence. When they appear to have delivered justice, in fact they committed mass injustice………& it goes on.
    Unfortunately, good men or women do not have any say or will or misunderstood the delivery of justice.
    Choice for them, be quiet or write in the blogs or vote with their feet out of the country.

  160. An enthralling interview Mr.Jeyaraj

    I am from Chennai.I became aware of this interview after I read in Indian media about Mr. Vaiko issuing denial about Mr. KP accusation against him

    I googled and found your website. I got so attracted by it that I read all four parts of this interview and some other posts too

    They made very good reading. Informative and nteresting

  161. Dear Diaspora Tamils..
    Most of you willingly or unwillingly supported putting your SL counterparts in utter hell by funding LTTE to run their killing machine.
    Now you have a RESPONSIBILITY to save those families, men and women who were torn to pieces in their LIVES, thanks to your ILL SUPPORT.
    The very people you funded LTTE to kill – Sinhalese and muslims are already burdened up by the task to save those who tried to kill them via govt efforts.
    So, it’s you FIRST & FOREMOST responsibility to carry atleast a part of the cost of relieving your own actions.
    For you to Kill and destroy only and for us to save and restore may not necessarily work together in long term..

  162. # 193 Ranjan

    I fully agree with your comments.
    In Jaffna, low caste people were deprived to get equal education as high caste Tamils. Low caste people can’t even into elite schools like St Johns, Chundukuli etc. One of the reasons for joining low caste youths with various movements is for their displeasure with the society. Tamilchelvan who was from a barber family has privately told his friends that he would teach a lesson to high caste Tamils. Unfortunately he is not anymore.

  163. Collecting methods of honey from bee colonies are depending on where they are located. How the morons collect honey in forest is subduing bee colonies with smoke and then totally destroy the nest.

    It’s up to the escaped bees to decide building the next colonies at the same location or moves to a safer location. What the trapped or weaker bees could do is to produce much stronger bees in future to protect the colonies from morons and getting help from the stronger or escaped bees to defend the territory.

    Here a trapped bee is trying to help some wild bees to build back a nest. All the trapped bees could hope is the honey hunter is kind enough to let them live and what escaped bees are trying is to make sure that morons don’t collect honey without permit.

  164. #175-sjoseph

    Folks in North do not aspire for equal rights and previleges. If they make both ends meet and have a shelter they would be satisfied.
    —————————————————————–
    I don’t think you can do mind reading from tamilnadu. The environment in the last 60 years in tamilnadu and srilanka is quite different. While nehru gave the maximum devolution to the tamils of tamilnadu, our leaders went in the opposite direction. So what you say about just having basic needs might apply to tamilnadu because tamil nationalism there was doused by nehru.In srilanka the opposite direction taken by sinhalese leaders fanned the flames of tamil nationalism and it grew and grew culminating in armed conflict.

    Only through elections we will get an idea of the mindset of the tamil people. The north and east has been starved of genuine elections for 25 years. Only the last presidential and general elections we got some sort of feel of the situation. Even that is not enough because the elections came soon after the end of the war, and people are more concerned about rebuilding their lives than elections. The TNA won seats based on a manifesto of federalism. Though it is not conclusive because compared to sinhalese areas the voter turnout was poor, we can assume that people who voted for them wanted more than just basic needs such as shelter that you mention. The UPFA also did reasonably well at the elections making inroads, so as you mention there are tamils who may be giving precedence to development over devolution. Against this the dismal showing of mahinda at the presidential election shows that he is only the president for the rest of the country outside the north east.

    From the long overdue northern provincial elections we will get a better idea of the mindset of the people in the north. If as you claim they only want to make ends meet and are not interested in their rights, then this time the TNA will have to modify their manifesto and chuck out the federalism element.
    So don’t jump the gun and do mind reading of people because the human mind is one of the most complex things in the world, and some of us cannot predict our own one let alone other peoples.

  165. DBSJ

    I hope you don’t have a good long rest now after your tiring 4 part series. How about one on wildlife which is i believe one of your passions. You can do it with a tinge of politics by describing the wild life in our parliament.

    Speaking of parliament i spoke to a singaporean yesterday and out of curiosity asked him, in his opinion what was the single most contributing factor to singapore’s sucess story. His answer was the government and its leadership.

  166. NAVIN

    So, LK, Neelan and Rajiv all deserve to die?

    Could you please tell us the name of this esteemed Canadian professor who lectured you?

    I’m sure David Milband too must have taken his class for he to believes in this day and age that terrorism is justified under some circumstances where “some” is decided by him.

    ———–
    The professor’s name is James Harrison, graduated from University of Toronto and holds a master degree in communication and he is a part time professor at Centennial College

  167. Dear DBSJ,

    Thank you for giving some oxygen to breath and come back to life. Time is the best medicine for those who have wounded in their heart. Let it heal our people and their feelings.
    I believe KP has revealed the truth and will follow what he has said regarding the captives under SL gov.
    Please encourage him to proceed with good motive and hope towards their future.
    It is better to do good to them who did evil to us!
    Forget the past and think positive.

    Thanks DBSJ for your precious time and effort on this interview. There will be no vain in doing good.

    God Bless you.

  168. Can provide answers for the following?
    1. How are the indian tamils living in kandy treated by the other tamils
    2. Are there any connections between other tamils and kandy tamils like inter marriages or relationships etc?
    3. Are the kandy tamils treated as equals by other tamils??

  169. 201. shankar | August 29th, 2010 at 9:41 pm
    #175-sjoseph

    Folks in North do not aspire for equal rights and previleges. If they make both ends meet and have a shelter they would be satisfied.

    i must clarify to add a word that “at present juncture”… possibly for next couple of years.

  170. This is a bold and courageous step in the right direction. It takes leadership to support the cause he is now espousing whilst accepting the mistakes made in the past. KP has locked the door, thrown away the keys and moved on from the past. However, there are still a few trouble makers who live in that past of hatred and vindictiveness. There are some who exploit the past to live in the present and the future at the expense of innocent Tamils and other communities in Sri Lanka. They are the ones who comment by attacking DBSJ and KP. Because they know, any change of the status quo would divest their power to control and exploit any perceived or real dissension between the Tamils and the Sinhalese communities. They will most certainly try to devalue the credibility of the statements made by KP on the basis that they are statements made by a captive. Most of them do have a vested interest and an ulterior motive in perpetuating the past. I believe the North and the East can be developed way beyond anyone’s expectations. In this context, KP’s new job is to procure technologically advanced machinery instead of multi barreled rocket launches, to procure tools instead of M16s or T56s, to give an opportunity to the innocent Tamil victims of war to enjoy the luxury of peace and to wage a war against ressurecting another war and against the craftily coined words of disunity and dissension such as Eelam. As long as seeds of dissension and disunity prevail third party countries and others with vested interests will be able to act successfully according to their secret agendas. Hence, there will be many who will be sponsored to oppose KP’s new project. If the North and the East become economically successful that would be a springboard to win rights and to fight discrimination, if any. It is my view, an economically successful environment will not be a breeding ground for dissension and large scale hatred. It is unfortunate that the differences of Tamils and Sinhalese were exploited by a few vultures, political or otherwise. I hope, with better understanding of the human needs of the relevant communities, this could be overcome. But the first step that should be taken now is visiting the website http://www.nerdo.lk and transferring a small sum of $ 10 to begin with. It is not a large sum of money for the diaspora when you take into account the expenses that are incurred overseas on a daily basis. That $10 could go a long way to alleviate the pain of some and to contribute to a better future for some. Just do it. Well done KP. May you be blessed with all the funds and the resources to pull this project off and most importantly may you be blessed with good health.

    My observation of Gotabaya is that he has the knack for selecting the right people for the right job, hence the success that he has achieved todate.

  171. 202 Shanker,

    The Government and the Leadership is exactly what we have now in Srilanka to be even or better than Singapore.

    Thanks for your contribution.

  172. There is common chemistry between KP and Gota,

    The former was the best Military Logistics manager in the LTTE and Gota proved his mettle in the SL Army.

    Both are not politicians which is the most important attribute.

    Between the two they can be a formidable duo in delivering the prosperity the Nation is yearning for.

    The biggest hindrance to the current development phase is the Under World and their political buddies.

    Gota’s recent actions indicate that he is focusing on this aspect now.

    The paralyzed opposition now have little chance to stir the potr under the pretext of human rights.

    KP with his extensive knowledge can be a real asset to Gota in this regard.

  173. The article is good, but there are a lot of holes in it.

    One also gets the impression that this NGO NERDO is starting from scratch. What happened to the ships, the numerous bank accounts etc.

  174. DBSJ,
    Dear sir,
    I suspect we have sparred as different avatars in a different lifetime.heh,heh,heh
    Just to let you know that Taymoli speakers and Siyabasa speakers are all brothers to me.

    Very interesting set of articles on KP. I have glimpsed his soul and that is thanks to your brilliant interview technique.

    I think the phrase “like the squirrel in the “Ramayana”” was perhaps the most intriguing yet revealing statement by him. He appears a super-intelligent guy. (Not that the MOD aya would understand it).

    Indeed the “intelligent” Tamils here appear to have got the message.
    It is always good to see beyond the words to deeper meaning.

    In the meantime, guys like I will be watching and waiting…..

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    That is what Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha also did- Watched and waited. But you are no Siddhartha,While you watch,wait & comment caustically from the sidelines others with a social conscience would be trying to do something positive. As for you continue to chortle as Billy Bunter-Heh,heh,heh

    As Billy Bunter would say heh,heh,heh………DBSJ

  175. Thank you DBSJ. Hope diaspora help KP rebuild the lives
    of IDPs, Ex-LTTE detainees and the ordinary Tamils.
    KP is right by saying that the war is over. MR and Co. are smart. It is no point harming KP. They are gaining more by keeping him in good health and on their side rather than a dead KP.

    May be they (Gota and KP) had a deal done even befoe he was arrested in Malaysia, but who cares now, because this man is genuinly trying to help those unfortunate people. He sounds like a saint now.

    Good luck KP.

  176. 210. Godzilla | August 30th, 2010 at 4:07 am
    202 Shanker,

    The Government and the Leadership is exactly what we have now in Srilanka to be even or better than Singapore.

    ————-

    Sweet dreams are made of this.
    Who am i to disagree?

  177. If you go through full interview he doesn’t have any plane about Eastern Provence only he mention the name north-east in is NGO and also he has to get approval from government better we help direct to effected people for example Batticaloa war effected people are still suffering with out any relief but government got lots of donation for development but it’s spend for army camps and new shinghala villagers Karuna and pillayan doesn’t have an back born at least KP has is in his mind to help the North People we have to appreciates that but Please remove the east from your form or at least open a office in east .

  178. #137. Rajiv | August 28th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Rajiv. Great post. Not only Tamils but from both communities and from low, middle and upper classes many families have got scattered in many distant parts of the world thanks to this 30 year menace. Having travelled and lived in many parts of the world and having dear friends in both communities, I know of many mothers and children of Tamils and Sinhalese crying over a phone or Skype for not been able to hug a dear one on a birthday. I have heard the sigh and seen tears ones for not having leave or enough cash to attend a wedding, sickness or a funeral of a dear one. I have seen cries of children and parents having to leave dear ones after a short holiday.

    Whatever the apologies, reconciliations and developments these distances will not heal in this generation. BUT this is not a reason for not attempting reconciliation and development because it is the ONLY way that we can stop many more future instances of such tears and heartaches.

    Like you didn’t condone the massacre of Sinhalese villagers, I didn’t in any way condone the killings of innocent Tamils in 1983 or after. As a young person I walked many miles to go see and console my Tamil friends who were displaced in 1983 in Colombo. Dear Rajiv and all moderate Tamils I am sure we Sinhalese moderates and you guys can work together and make chauvinists from both sides the minority. If the extremists or opportunists of any side try another bout violence I am sure you will support us to put an end to that one.

    Very encouraging comments from many. I am sure much larger number read the interview and agreed but did not post comments. DBSJ in my view this series interviews have done more work for reconciliation than million dollar funded peace secretariats and peace talks of last 20 years.

  179. Jeyaraj

    Kudos for conducting this lengthy interview with KP. KP sounds genuine throughout. This is definitely one of your most important interviews in your journalstic career. Since it was a phone interview, I am sure you would have recorded this. Please put a podcast of this interview on your blog; that will be a yeoman service to your readers

    Regards

    Vijayaraghavan

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    This interview was obtained for “Daily Mirror” of Colombo and was serialised in four parts. It was also re-produced on my blog simultaneously.

    That is the “yeoman service” I have done for my readers.An interview obtained for the print media is for reading only. And I’ve done that for readers.

  180. I have read all four parts of the interview together with the article on KP .

    If you take an analogy to cricket, DBSJ’s blog is the cricket grounds.

    A high scoring innings by KP.

  181. It is not a secret that KP is not a free man. Even an uneducated person knows that whatever KP says are just to make the Goverment happy. DBSJ, why you wasting all of our valuable time?

    You could have stopped reading anytime……….DBSJ

  182. I re-read all four parts together on Sunday& also the translations in Tamil

    It read like effortlessly and smoothly. What a lot of information was packed into it. How many questions from different angles were asked and how they were answered without attempts to evade

    Great pleasure to read and digest

  183. # 219 – V.C.Vijayaraghavan

    Wondering about the ‘sarcasm’ and what not – some here belief the diaspora has all what it takes spin the wheel when it comes to media and also funds to help – that is the ones who boast that they will do things only when the times comes….keep “boasting” and “posting”.

    It is a tireless and long running effort an covering all aspects of Sri Lanka that no other has done, with thorough thoughtfulness, yet in simplest of terms. Only DBSJ has done this. Thank you!!!

  184. Placing “diaspora Tamil” and ” RESPONSIBILITY” in the same sentence is an oxymoron. Diaspora Tamils are one of the more depraved groups of people in the world. Their self-absorption and desire for violence, hatred and revenge is unparalled.

  185. 192 Ranjan
    I agree caste system among Tamils is cruel and barbaric. Let me tell you among your Sinhala community also suffering this backward system. You cannot deny this.
    Forget all; problem is not a caste, You Sinhala racist hijacking everything.
    Tamil started fight for their rights peacefully, Praba by product of Sinhala barbarism. If praba took proper advice, he could achieve his and our dream. Again, Prabas stubbornness destroyed our genuine struggle. Go and look your self in Tamil areas, what your Sinhala government and their terrorist forces doing.
    I will tell you Tamils are happy now because no bombing or shelling. Do not thing they are happy and free. If your government solve the problem politically day will come Tamil people look for another Prbakaran. Soon honey moon between Sinhala people and Mahinda will be come to and end then only you will realise.

  186. Incisive interview. Revealed inner working of LTTE to great extent. Good work Jeyaraj

    May god bless and protect KP in his new lease of life

  187. This interview is so important for ordinary Sinhalese and Muslims in Sri lanka . I wish someone could translate this with DBSJ approval and publish.KP’s image is already softened by Govt media here. Karuna and Pillyan almost made lily white.
    KP Karuna and Pillyan are very senior LTTE that are now with the Govt. Any parallels in History folks?
    My argument is not about the Govt being good or bad but simply on the fact that once warring factions becoming allies even though each would know of many close friends and associates being gunned down by the other.
    Are Fighters memories short?

    No puns intended here but just curious to know the human mind.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dilshan

    Three parts have already been translated into Sinhala and published in the daily Lankadeepa. The fourth part will appear this week. As you know the Lankadeeepa is a sister publication of Daily Mirror in which this interview appeared in English.

    The Tamil website attached to Daily Mirror is Tamil Mirror. The “Tamil Mirror”has already translated and posted all four parts in Tamil

    As for fighters memories being short just look at our politicians and the alliances they have made and unmade

    Also look at our military top brass memory. The generals and their somersaults after the Fonseka fiasco

  188. 200. shankar | August 29th, 2010 at 9:41 pm
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    I don’t think you can do mind reading from tamilnadu

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    May i know how you read my mind that iam mind reading.
    You also guess that i mind read from Tamilnadu.

  189. hei dbsj…………….. i think you are one of the sinhalese mother fucker proxy, that i command to all my tamil diaspora comrades to stone you tii die…..

    Ennammaa Kannu Soukkiyamaa?……..DBSJ

  190. J.Muthu #226:

    Dream On!

    There will be no “Tamil areas” in the future. Nor will there be Sinhala areas, or Muslim areas.There will be only Sri Lankan areas where Sri Lankan citizens of all ethnicities can settle and live, at will.

    That was what this war against terror was all about. This “war” against communal demagoguery will continue undiminished in Sri Lanka until the day when communal attributes will play no part in its politics, and the most able people based on their intrinsic merit are elected as leaders irrespective of community.

    There will be no “Tamil” parties, nor “Jathika Hela Urumaya” parties. Communal parties will simply be declared illegal .. as in Singapore. Stirring up communal discord in the country will be declared illegal, outlawed, and yield a fast ticket to a life term in prison.

    The nonsense that was tolerated in Sri Lanka for 30 long years until terror ruled and impoverished us will never be allowed to raise its ugly head again. Those who threaten the peace and incite violence again arousing communal passions, as you clearly hope, should leave the country with their NGO buddies. I recommend fleeing to Canada before Canada wakes up to the looming danger and shuts its doors.

    We Sri Lankans have had ENOUGH! Never Again!

  191. KP has apologized on behalf of the Tamils and the Tigers. What about the atrocities done by the Sinhalese and their Govt. Who will apologize for that.

  192. Dear DBS,
    A journalistic scoop again. Your blog never fails to astound, thank you so much for keeping the flame alive.

    Glad you are publishing the likes of #230 Kannu as well – we all need to be reminded that extremists are everywhere.

    Be safe.

  193. #229Sjoseph

    May i know how you read my mind that iam mind reading.
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    maybe i read between the lines.

  194. DBS Anna,

    It was great reading these interviews. I am so sad to hear about how infighting and jealousy affected the LTTE in last days

    I agree with KP that Tamilnadu politicos are grinding chilly on our heads

  195. Very long interview .

    Obviously there are flaws in the interview with a lot of conflicts. But never mind, they are not important. The intention seems genuine, no going back to violence!!!

    “Hope is life”.

    Hope the hope of KP and Pakse brothers is not the diaspora money but the welfare of those badly in need !!!

  196. 226. J.Muthu
    Yes, there are caste divisions among Sinhalese, but nowhere even close, in discrimination and repression like the system that is practiced by the Tamils. We do not prevent access to education and restrict freedom to go into a temple based on our caste. We have no practice that if I am touched by a “low” caste person, I have to take a bath immediately and clean myself. We have no tradition among us that we can not eat food cooked by a ‘low” caste person.

    You call us racist. Admittedly we did lot of mistakes, but to blame everything on Sinhalese just show your ignorance and state of the mind that has been brainwashed by years of racist propaganda. You don’t even realise it, but a part of the ethnic problems stems from the desperate attempt by your high caste Tamil politicians of the 50s and 60s who fearing erosion of their exalted position in Jaffna society, somehow manage to blame everything on “racist Sinhalese”.

    Do you remember? Or were you even alive, when Jaffna politicians talked openly at election meetings about chasing Sinhalese from the peninsular and boasted how they were going to make drums and slippers from Sinhala skins?

  197. DBS

    I think you must have had lots of hits for he interview series.

    In Bambalapitiya at the shop where I buy my newspaper the Daily Mirror was sold out each Saturday. When I asked why the shopkeeper told me because of KP interview

  198. #231 Ananda
    There will be only Sri Lankan areas where Sri Lankan citizens of all ethnicities can settle and live, at will.
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    There has always been one Sri Lankan area. At the same time there has always been cultural diversity, religious and language and ethnic diversity

  199. Change is permanent One can’t stop the change (evolution)
    In Srilanka (Ceylon) The plight of Tamils has not changed.
    Ramanathan brothers tried to change failed
    GG Ponnambalam tried to change and failed
    SJV Chelvanayagam tried to change and failed and given the task to the Gods.

    Appapillai Amirthalingam tried to change and failed also.

    Velupillal Pirabaharan tried to change in his own different way and failed.
    Now Kumaran Pathmanathan, and Visuvanathan Ruthrakumaran are with DBSJ ‘s help are trying to change.

    Will they succeed????????? The constant and unchangeable seems Mahavamsa Supremacist Mindset of Srilankan majority and ruling elite.

    Diaspora, Idps, TNA, Douglas,Karuna, Pillian,and other minians( including India, China, IC ) have no roll in this other than illusion or deception.

    Change (evolution) is happening within diasporas (Tamil & Sinhala) in education, finance, influence, diversity, political maturity will this change in future strong enough to change the unchangeable in Srilanka ???

  200. DBS

    you’ve done great thing by this long interview of KP. We got to know lot of things.

    KP you are like Angulimala. Hope you will succeed in your mission

  201. #231 Ananda-USA
    There will be no “Tamil areas” in the future. Nor will there be Sinhala areas, or Muslim areas.There will be only Sri Lankan areas where Sri Lankan citizens of all ethnicities can settle and live, at will.
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    except when it comes to development, there will be differential.

    The finance for the development of the South is obtained from China, India,Iran etc.

    The diaspora have to finance for the development of the North.

    KPs NERDO will do the development.

  202. Comment 230 KANNUNU

    The comrades who took the fight up to the Sinhalese all all dead.

    They are ones who really mattered.

    You and your overseas comrades are now just like flatulence,

    Why don’t you go back to Srilanka and fight the” M F” there instead of picking on a journalist

  203. Very nice series of interviews Jeyaraj. I read all of them again at one go. Fantastic information

    I hope to support NEDRO projects when they proceed beyond conceptual stage

  204. 231  Ananda-usa Yea dream will come true, the way your Sinhala terrorist behaving in my land. Yes, Mr Ananda you can preach any thing from US. Why you living in US, go and live in your country. If you want to follow Singapore, follow properly do not choose what ever suits you. Do not put Tamil parties and Jhu same pot. If you want to ban communal parties then you have to start from UNP and SLFP.  Route cause of the crisis still there, what you going say about this?   Sinhala barbarism created LTTE. Not Tamils created LTTE. Yes, we Tamils ready to live peacefully, not under Sinhala domination. We want to live in our land as a free people, not prisoners. We do not care living with Sinhalese but they have to respect our way of lives. Law must be equal for every one. Which is not possible in Srilanka?Please do not say Tamils living in south peacefully with Sinhalese. We know how they live…   

  205. DBSJ,

    “That is what Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha also did- Watched and waited. But you are no Siddhartha,While you watch,wait & comment caustically from the sidelines others with a social conscience would be trying to do something positive. As for you continue to chortle as Billy Bunter-Heh,heh,heh

    As Billy Bunter would say heh,heh,heh………DBSJ”

    Yes I read the novel Siddhartha and watched the movie. Hindi actresses had fantastic beauty even then. Siddhartha you are referring to is basically a “Christianised Character”, not one who has seen/glimpsed the truth.

    e.g.
    You would have to acknowledge that dravidianist-racists among those in the “Taymoli” speakers’ struggle developed the Sinhala-Tamil divide for their own purposes (you may not; that’s your prerogative). The fact is that all people of Sri Lanka have suffered under various regimes and if the hand of brotherhood had been extended instead of “demonising” the Sinhalas, then history would have been broadly different. I would dare add that if this was the case, then the white-van disappeared would have been not just the Taymoli speakers but many more Siyabasa speakers as well. Demonising them and terrorising them had kept the Siyabasa speakers from joining a common fold in a struggle for democracy. Actually, let’s just say that the White-Van is just the tip of a technology that has been perfected since 1987-89….

    Whether you intended or not, you have revealed how alarmingly clever KP is and what he is capable of doing to the people of Vanni and the North.

    Billy Bunter?… I don’t read comics any more.

    Haaa haaa haaa

    But I do like to laugh. When I start to dance…. well as the Taymoli speakers would know… then you had better watch out. That time may yet be coming to Sri Lanka….

    In the meantime hopefully she is blessed by my sons….

    Hik Hik Hik

    Sorry Billy Bunter is not a “Comic”…..DBSJ

  206. Egads, why do all these overseas LTTE supporters hate peace so much? Isn’t 30 years of bloodshed enough to satisfy your thirst for innocent Sri Lankan blood? KP having realized the folly in supporting a cause which espoused freedom for a group of people while violently depriving another group of people freedom (freedom to live) has now embarked upon a journey to make amends the best way he can. Let me propose a deal to fellows throwing stones at KP and DBSJ here. Why don’t you make a contribution to NEDRO and in return you will be offered the same rehabilitation course offered to Ex-LTTE cadres including KP himself. This what Yanks call a win-win proposition.

    Cheers!

  207. 230 at KANNU — beautiful Tamil culture on display there. Typical mentality of diaspora Tamils, filled with hatred and ill will towards others. This is the sort of attitude that needs to be eliminated if Tamils are to advance as a people.

  208. 249. Sentinel | August 31st, 2010 at 7:57 pm
    230 at KANNU — beautiful Tamil culture on display there. Typical mentality of diaspora Tamils, filled with hatred and ill will towards others. This is the sort of attitude that needs to be eliminated if Tamils are to advance as a people
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    Tamil Culture in Display?
    Typical mentality of Tamil Diaspora?

    Does your remarks display your culture & mentality.

  209. 251. Deduni Perera  |  August 31st, 2010 at 10:21 pmWhere is Janes Thenuwara alias Mangala Premarathne
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    he got trampled by jayalalitha. Unable to sit and type.Will come back when he is better in about a month.

  210. 234. shankar | August 31st, 2010 at 9:29 am
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    maybe i read between the lines.

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    Thats how your mind reads.

  211. #230 Kannu

    //Ennammaa Kannu Soukkiyamaa?……..DBSJ//

    Reply from Kannu:

    ” No…DBSJ …I am not “Soukkiyam” …

    I am currently locked up in a psychiatric facilities… “

  212. #238 Ranjan-Toranto

    ” when Jaffna politicians talked openly at election meetings about chasing Sinhalese from the peninsular and boasted how they were going to make drums and slippers from Sinhala skins?”

    Ranjan,
    Even though I am not a supporter of TULF, TNA or LTTE, I can definitely say that not a single Tamil politician has stated that. Where did you find this story? From Sinhalanet?

  213. Kulasingham #231

    [There has always been one Sri Lankan area. At the same time there has always been cultural diversity, religious and language and ethnic diversity]

    Oh, come on .. you know what I meant!

    I meant that different regions of the country will not be allowed to be run for the benefit of one particular ethnic community, and people of other communities banished/ ethnically cleansed from it … as the LTTE did .. and the Eelamists wanted to attain within an apartheid system in the North and East.

    Yes, there has always been, and will always be, cultural diversity, hopefully merging and differences diluting as people interact .. but in its proper sphere .. primarily inside people’s homes and cultural c enters in their PRIVATE lives .. where it belongs.

    Not in the work place, not in government, not in politics, not in determining the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

    Let us confine ethnic and cultural diversity to our private lives, become ONE Sri Lankan nation in our public lives

    That is THE ONLY WAY to assure harmony and equity; all other paths will lead to conflict, slicing, dicing and segmenting people into disparate warring groups.

  214. J. Muthu #246

    [ the way your Sinhala terrorist behaving in my land. ]

    You got it all wrong .. AGAIN. I see what your problem is now.

    You see, it is NOT YOUR LAND, has NEVER BEEN .. it is OUR LAND … that is, it belongs in common to All of Us Sri Lankans, not just Tamil people.

    This is the DISEASE that you have to overcome in your own mind, my friend. If you don’t … you will be one very unhappy lost soul forever wailing the recent demise of APARTHIED in Sri Lanka.

    [Yes, Mr Ananda you can preach any thing from US. Why you living in US, go and live in your country.]

    Well, actually I am very fortunate to be able to do just that .. at least 3-4 months of every year, helping Sri Lanka grow! You see, I only inherited gray cells from my parents, and had to work for a living a part of my life in the US to learn the skills, and make money to be able to help others in SL as I am now doing. You should try it yourself .. very invigorating and fulfilling .. I assure you.

    [Do not put Tamil parties and Jhu same pot. ]

    You are quite right, JHU is so much better than the “Tamil” parties.

    Have you noticed that only Tamil parties use the ethnic label “Tamil” in their party names: TULF, TNA, PLOTE … the list goes on. Very communal don’t you think? This is a disease .. that has now taken root in Canada too .. with the Canadian Tamil Congress!

    [If you want to ban communal parties then you have to start from UNP and SLFP.]

    Please explain why,; Now, Why should the UNP and the SLFP be called communal parties? Do they not have enough representatives from the Tamil and Muslim communities in their leadership, even greater than the proportion of those minorities in Sri Lanka as a whole?
    On the other hand, how many Sinhalese are there in those “Tamil” parties? Answer: NOT ONE. Why is that?

    Here is my suggestion, Tamil parties should eliminate the words “Tamil” and “Liberation” from their party names and become truly national parties with non-discriminatory platforms. If they work hard, maybe someday they will have Sinhala party leaders and Sinhala people voting them into power.

    [Sinhala barbarism created LTTE. Not Tamils created LTTE. ]

    Ah, yes! ; here is the “Sinhala Barbarism” argument .. it always boils down to that .. does it not? 1983 … 1983 .. 1983! If you have been reading closely to what DBSJ has written at this blog, you will have come to the conclusion that when it came to barbarism Tamil Eelamists stand alone .. at the head of the class. In a paricularly horrific story DBSJ recounts how VP’s enemy was beaten to pulp while caged in a gunny sack hanging from a tree.

    Let me fondly ask:

    1. How many innocent people were blown to bits in buses, in trains, in office buildings by the heroic victims of the Tamil Eelamists? … thousands.

    2. How many innocent Sinhala and Moslem villagers were chopped to pieces, and ethnically cleansed from entire villages by the Tamil Eelamists? … thousands.

    3. How many innocent Tamil intellectuals, administrators, teachers, and high-caste Tamils were shot, strung up from lamp posts by the Tamil Eelamists? .. thousands.

    4. How many dissidents were tortured in the barbed-wire torture chambers of their Wanni gulag by the Tamil Eelamists? … thousands.

    5. How many captured Sinhala policement/soldiers were summarily executed after the fall of Mullaitivu to the LTTE? … thousands.

    6. How many children were kidnapped by the Eelamists, trained for war and as walking suicide bombs by the Eelamists? .. thousands.

    7. How many Buddhist priests were shot down in cold blood by LTTE terrorists .. hundreds.

    8. How many high-caste Vellala people were chased out from Jaffna and their property confiscated by the Eelamists … thousands.

    9. How many soldiers, policemen and government officials .. Sinhala and Tamil .. were killed by Eelamist terrorists BEFORE THE 1983 RIOTS? … hundreds.

    10. For purely political purposes … to orchestrate and create an international outcry that would allow them to escape the impending annihilation, the Tamil Eelamists drove the entire population of the Wanni in front of them towards their rear areas, hoping to use them as human shields and recruits for waging the war. That was not the first time they had engineered mass evacuations: They emptied Jaffna of its citizens into the Wanni earlier, and engineered the mass exodus of economic refugees from Sri Lanka to unsuspecting Western countries to create a captive tax base for themselves.

    I can go on forever reciting the “truly barbaric” acts of the self-declared “absolutely innocent wailing victims” of the Tamil Eelamists.

    However, let me move onto some incomprehensible things that the “babaric Sinhalese” have done, that saner but less compassionate people would say compromised their ability to bring the Eelam conflict to a quick conclusion:

    1. Throughout the 30 year period of the Eelam conflict, FOOD was never used as a weapon of war by the “babaric Sinhalese”. Instead, at all times they sent lorry loads of food to the North and East, knowing full well that the LTTE monopolized the bulk of that for their own military uses, while charging the people exorbitant sums for the food doled out to them.

    Contrast this with William Tecumseh Sherman’s march through Georgia from Atlanta to the Sea destroying all means of livelihood of Confederate supporters .. to “demolish the will of the enemy to make war” as Abraham Lincoln’s behest. In WW II, denying food to Britain was the purpose of the submarine warfare of the highly civilized people of Germany, and the carpet bombing of factories, food processing plants, granaries and reservoirs by the Allied British and US airforces. That is how the West wages war .. but not the “barbaric Sinhalese”. So much so, that dear old Bill Clinton mocked Sri Lanka once for its peculiar soft ways in feeding the enemy in the midst of a war. Barabaric Sinhalese, indeed!

    2. Throughout the 30 year Eelam conflict, Tamils who could escape the clutches of the LTTE were allowed to come and settle in the non-Eelamist South by the “babaric Sinhalese”.. creating local Tamil majorities in Colombo, Colpetty, Wellawatta, Dehiwala and elsewhere. The “babaric Sinhalese” evidently understood that if the Govt cannot assure their safety in the North and East, at least they have a duty to accommodate them as citizens in the safer South under Govt control.

    3. The “babaric Sinhala” Govt of Sri Lanka finally launched a humanitarian operation to rescue its Tamil citizens held captive by the LTTE. During that process, instead of allowing the Tamil residents living in the areas lost by the LTTE to remain in their homes and be assisted by the GOSL, they drove them like cattle ahead of them.The tin roofing, the electrical wiring, the furniture, everything of value was ripped out and transported into the rear, bank deposits were emptied, completely impoverishing their own people under the threat of guns.

    Is this how the “true saviors” of a people act? To pile people into vast camps in open air while they themselves site weapons among the people and fire at the enemy? Who was really babaric, my friend? All of this to save the hides of a bunch of murderous criminals who had brainwashed a captive people and drove them mercilessly to their deaths? Rarely have such things been recorded in human history.

    It was also the “babaric Sinhala” Govt and the vast sacrifices of the Patriotic Armed Forces of Sri Lanka that rescued these unfortunate people, from the Mullaitiv pocket at the end of the war, while the LTTE was cowering among the women and children holding them prisoner at gun point.

    4. It is the “babaric Sinhala” Government that created vast encampments for over 300,000 rescued Tamil, captives, healed their wounds, fed them, protected them from former terrorists hiding in their midst, and gave them funds and essential materials to recreate their lives. It is the largely the “barabaric Sinhala” people who bore, and are bearing, the tax burden of this caring assistance to their own unfortunate citizens, even today.

    As a student of world history and conflicts all over the world, I know not of one Government and people who helped war affected people in a liberated enemy territory in this way. Certainly not an abjectly poor third world country such as Sri Lanka.

    “Babaric Sinhalese” … MY BLOODY FOOT!

    [Yes, we Tamils ready to live peacefully, not under Sinhala domination.We want to live in our land as a free people, not prisoners. We do not care living with Sinhalese but they have to respect our way of lives. Law must be equal for every one. Which is not possible in Srilanka?Please do not say Tamils living in south peacefully with Sinhalese. We know how they live… ]

    Who says it is not possible for Tamils and Sinhalese to live amicably in Sri Lanka? We were living amicably, and in great friendship, before Tamil racists started to divide the country on the basis of ethnicity; to demand an apartheid Tamil only nation in Sri Lanka.

    Which community ethnically cleansed another community in Sri Lanka .. was it the Sinhalese? No .. it was the Eelamist Tamils. On the other hand, if you want to live in a country populated only with Tamils, please relocate to Tamil Nadu with our choicest blessings .. but be prepared to cope with discrimination and inequity several orders of magnitude greater than anything you can imagine in Sri Lanka. They don’t even recognize Sri Lankan Brahmins as true Brahmins .. Good Luck to you!

    The most peculiar thing is that Eelamist Tamils refuse to accept equal citizenship in Sri Lanka as living among non-Tamils is so disgusting, unacceptable, to them. Yet, they flood into Western countries as bogus refugees in search of greener pastures, fully accepting that they will have to live among people with totally different cultural values as an insignificant minority. Does this tell us, that this “Tamilness” that is hoisted as a flag in Sri Lanka is for sale if the price is right .. and that the price is indeed right in any Western country offering a luctrative life? Shall we place a dollar value on that Tamil-Identity product that is clearly for sale?

    Why did the Eelamists launch this struggle in Sri Lanka? Because as a numerical minority they could not, indeed would not, accept .. that someday the country would be controlled by the dominant majority. That is the way it is in ANY DEMOCRACY based on ONE-PERSON ONE-VOTE..

    On the other hand, if communal considerations are excluded from public life, and merit alone becomes the criterion for government leadership, some day there very well could be a Tamil Obama as President of Sri Lanka. I know that Kadirgarmar could have a “Tamil Obama” who could have help realize that level of trust\ .. but he was a threat to the Eelamists and was killed.
    Nevertheless, as a SMALL MINORITY in Sri Lanka, Tamils will never hold the dominant share of power in Sri Lanka … that is the nature of a DEMOCRACY based on one-person one-vote.

    Why then would Eelamist Tamils even dream that they would be able to engineer the breakup of Sri Lanka? We all know why .. it is the presence of 65 million Tamils across the Palk Strait, and the covert and overt assistance they hope to get from Tamil Nadu. It is that which makes them dream that impossible dream. Indeed, they would have a MUCH GREATER CHANCE of engineering the secession of Tamil Nadu from India .. because they are the majority community in Tamil Nadu. We now see renewed agitation in TN towards this end, led by the that incurable demagogue Vaiko.

    But, in Sri Lanka .. that will NEVER SUCCEED.

    Let me tell you, that as long as the flame of PATRIOTISM burns, and endures etched deep, within the hearts and minds of Mother Lanka’s sons and daughters, that will NEVER HAPPEN. We WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN.

    We are committed to EQUAL RIGHTS and EQUAL RESPONSIBILITIES within ONE Indivisible Nation, as ONE Indivisible People, with ONE Indivisible Destiny. We will NEVER ACCEPT anything less.

  215. # 257. Ananda-USA
    Yes, there has always been, and will always be, cultural diversity, hopefully merging and differences diluting as people interact

    ————-

    I thought Srilanka was “one nation” atleast for the first 30 years. British gave independence to “one Nation” Ceylon.

    The first 30 years of “One Nation” has createded LTTE and for the next 30 years of divided “srilanka”.

  216. #192 Ranjan

    …that is why SL Tamils are today in this state. These Jaffna Tamils are the root cause of erosion of SL Tamil cause in Tamil Nadu. There is some support still left in TN, but these boisterous Jaffna Tamils during their stay in TN, enroute to Developed Nations in mid-1980s, bad mouthed a lot and lost the common man support from TN. VP added fuel further by waging a war against our Army.

    #159 Ananda – USA

    In which part of the Universe are you living to think that people in TN are communal and such a disease is affecting…. Perhaps 25% plus of the people in TN are non-tamils. For many of them Tamil is the Native Tongue, for example – Vaiko, Vijayakanth, Rajinikanth, … the list is endless.

    Some rubbish ideas like ONE PEOPLE is the root cause of all evils, especially communal tension. There is no way the world will see one people. There are differences among people and it should be acknowledged and accepted. This is not just the nature of human beings but all living beings.

    Tall talks such as “one people” won’t work. Every country by their constitution should accept being multi-cultured and appreciate it if not patronize.

    USA is one nation. But they are multi-cultured. Their Constitution is Unique. They don’t call themselves as ONE PEOPLE; But as ONE Great Nation. That is the true Human Spirit.

  217. 231. Ananda-USA

    There will be no “Tamil” parties, nor “Jathika Hela Urumaya” parties. Communal parties will simply be declared illegal .. as in Singapore. Stirring up communal discord in the country will be declared illegal, outlawed, and yield a fast ticket to a life term in prison.

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    I am happy to hear that jhu like parties will be banned. Please go ahead with it.

    The monks place is in the monastery not in the politics.

    You said it right.

    The monks are one of the root causes of the conflict in the island.

  218. Dear DBS

    What a lovely series of interviews. I usually dont buy the Saturday Daily Mirror as I read the paper on the net.

    But this time I was so enchanted by the first instalment that I wanted to read the paper in my hands . So I got my servant boy to rush to the Borella junction and buy one copy. Later I bought all the others on following weeks

    I have also ordered the Daily Mirror for home delivery on Saturdays from September only because I want to read your column while holding paper in my hands

    So please ,please dont disappoint me dear DBS

    Thank you. I’ll do my best not to disappoint…………DBSJ

  219. It takes a lot of courage to say sorry and only real men have that and KP you have all the qualities to negotiate with the govt of SL to find some solace for our people.
    God bless you.

  220. I add to Deduni’s query (#251) We had some interesting interventions from Marleen Van Tweest, N2 and many others earlier – now missing. Devinda does make his appearances now and then but appears to have lost his marbles on some of the counter-fire from readers who could not digest his atavastic
    comments.

    ISS

  221. God save the Tamil people as once said by Thanthai Chelva. There is some hope in this as well mates!

    Kathiravan

  222. Brother DBS

    Excellent interview. Interesting to read

    I have a request.

    Can you write about the Muslim Congress crisis at present in your next article?

    I will like to know more about the background to this situation where Mr.Hakim says SLMC will vote for 18th amendment to Constitution.

    I am working in a gulf state and only read the internet to find out news about Sri Lanka

    You are one of few journalists I trust and will appreciate if you write in detail about SLMC

  223. DBSJ

    This interview was very interesting but I have doubts whether Tiger diaspora will allow KP to succeed in NERDO project

  224. 256. Kumar

    During the 1977 elections, from election platforms.

    I was a university stident then, and was visiting Jaffna with a Tamil friend of mine. we went to an election meeting and my friend was translating for me what was being said. All of a sudden he stopped translating and appeared upset. I did not know it then, but many months later, he tald me what the speaker was saying.

    I am sure that in the past similar things have been said by our own “enlightened” Sinhala politicians also. What I was trying to say to jmuthu was that don’t put the total blame on us Sinhalese, your guys were also partly responsible for this mess.

    I hope that collectively, we both Sinhalese and Tamils say “never again” and get on with the more important things, such as rebuilt the NE, make sure that the IDPs are give necessacities, and most importnatly, that they be given their dignity back.

  225. Give all the detainees in the response of temples and churches committees. To my knowledge they are ready to take that punniya karma they have at least enough money to feed them, and many people are ready to help through those holy entities. And those war damaged temples also very much needed man power for their reconstruction works. The beneficiaries can get vocational training in many fields including Mason work , wood work, plumping, wiring etc based on the Ghandigi’s education concept.
    Naga raja rajeswary

  226. Alright ………I think so far we discussed SL issues in great details in different occasions. I think most of us agree that war is over but the root cause of the war not addressed properly and the fundamental problem not resolved . I think most of us agree that the conflict has to be resolved by political process. But the question is “HOW”. Why we cannot resolve this conflict? How can we resolve this conflict? What is the workable model of constitution we should adopt?

    DBS, If you don’t mind and if you have time, could you please write an article about conflict resolution in SL and please leave to the readers to discuss. Politicians are reluctant to touch this subject, let see how ordinary citizens view here. You have lot of readers from all over the world and they can take part and express their view. May be you can out-line the SL politics before and after independence for younger readers. I’m sure our voices will be heard in SL and make great impact.

    Thanks for suggestion.I’ll try and do that soon but I dont know when……..DBSJ

  227. THESE ARE PAPER TIGERS WHO HAVE DESTROYED EVEN THE FEDERAL CONCEPT FOR TAMILS AND BETRAYED THE TAMILS AND THEIR SELF RESPECT ,KP SHOULD HAVE WORN A CYNIDE CAPSULE AND KILLED HIMSELF AS PER PRABAHARANS POLICY INSTEAD OF TELLING TAMILS WHAT TO DO. THIS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A COMMUNITY IS LED BY ILLITERATES. I AM SURE VP WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME IF HE WAS TAKEN TO CUSTODY

  228. #221 Mayu,
    Please stay………. Sorry DBS………..
    Am I a fighter, yes… am I a terrorist supporter, I don’t know…. Did I do anything …No. DID I support LTTE ever? ..Never!, infact I am one (may be most) of those Tamil individuals affected by the LTTEl. But..
    The root causes of the problems remains.
    As far as I am concerned, The tamil’s rights were taken away by GOSL….. NEVER BLAMED THE SINHALEASE AND NEVER WILL!
    Is KP trying to do correct the wrongs…….. I think yes!
    The Big question is can the GOSL do the right thing that led us to this 30 years of suffering for both communities! I thing yes!
    As KP gives back the dignity to the IDP’s……. GOSL should address the minority rights!
    Please, leave the “punishment” to GOD and move forward……….. This is all I ask…. “Let my people go free”. Not as Moses asked. but as “give them the equal rights and meaningfull life…. Only the GOSL can do this.
    Sorry to be so emotional…….

  229. All I can say to Ananda-USA is History is not your forte . Any thing else will aggravate the wounds and I will not be the one to do it!

  230. Once Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor. War escalated and in return US dropped atom bomb. This was in 40s. But think if Japanese were trying to make another bomb over the last 50 years and planning to bomb US again. That did not happen. There is an important thing no one realizes. That is the time factor. We cannot keep on a deadly war and destruct us and others. This has to be end in a time and we should move on. That’s what Japan did and came as the second largest economy in the world, next to USA. They now have a good relationship, even Japan financial institutions were able to acquire some of the bankrupted firms of USA during this recession.

    Now this is the reality. Time is over. We should some or how build our self back. You know, we have not only lost lives in the past war. We have lost almost every thing, including the Srilankan tamil culture. Just think about it. We are now severely damaged. We are nothing now.

    It’s better to stop passing our pains to the children of future. Let us stop that. It is obvious that GoSL is trying to place Singhalese people in our places. They are going to do that, we cannot avoid. But by supporting the rehabilitation and development, we can make them put some descent Singhalese than thugs. If GoSL fears that militancy and separatism might start again, they are just going to put Army families and Singhalese thugs around us.

    What we need now is a piece of bread, not a rich cake.

  231. # 262 by Dilini

    “My servant boy… our servant girl”.. Go to hell ma’amme.. this is 21st century. What made you interested in DBSJ articles which are about healing suffering people’s problems while you are referring here to your own garbage..???

  232. I add my voice to brother Imtiaz.

    We will be greatful if DBS will write on the crisis facing Muslim Congress. Will DBS kindly oblige?

  233. Hi DBS,
    The four parts were quite interesting reading! Some of the answers from KP may fit into a good Movie!
    He says he was so moved and started weeping to see the peoples been detained behind camps but was he weeping when 1000’s were killed through his uninterupted supply of arms to SL where so many innocent people got killed either way to work or returning.
    He says the government has no trust in any of the NGO’s but he has won the trust of the government in other words the government is willing to trust a known terrorist rather than some honourable people trying to help people against all odds!! What’s the catch there??
    Sorry to say the government is using this man to getover the White Flag issue and war criminal charges. Spending a bit of money on him is worth so much to the government to get out of their major issues.
    He is confident about his “sathiyam”! The whole of Sri Lanka know about that, once he is inside four walls similar statements uttered by so many people before has been of good use for one side only.
    Although I am not a tamil I feel sorry for all those detained in camps as they are now been used as pawns in this game of power politics.

  234. #243 Varman,

    Please do not comment if you do not know facts..
    Specially on creating tension as saying or even implying that the SL Govt will only develop the south and not the east.. People like you are the ones that caused all the problems then and now.
    The North is developed with Assistance from India, and China.. As I mentioned before many miles of ‘SUPER’ roads are contracted out. A Ten thousand unit housing is now started by the Indian Govt. The Indian Goevt and the CHinese are re building the shattered railway. The Govt bravely did upto a certain point. Please get facts before creating disharmony and stating that KP and Diaspora would develop the north. Alreadt its too late for the diaspora. Kp will be remembered by all as he is a ‘Doer’ and not talkers like us.

  235. #246 J Muthu.
    ‘Please do not say Tamils living in south peacefully with Sinhalese. We know how they live… ‘

    Can you tell how they live please?
    I know very well two ordinary families and one ‘Upper class’. Well the upper class behaved just like the upper class in any country. Went for parties with the majority – who incidentally at the ‘Upper class’ behave like westerners!. No pottu, or Sarongs or any Sinhalese or Tamil cultural influences. If there were sarongs they were ‘ Designer ones’ !.
    The middle class – well they sent their children to school just like the others, They got checked and so did we. They have their social issues like jobs, so do the rest of the country. Didi they have fear?
    Yes they did. Every time a LTTE bomb went off I am sure that they would have had fear of being arrested and questioned. SO did WE!!!!!!!!!!

    We couldnt go out without fear as the bombs were amongst ordinary people.

    So dont rattle sabres,

    The whole country is looking forward to a peaceful way of life and we – ALL of us – enjoy living in Sri Lanka now. So stay abroad wherever you are and prosper and live according to the law of the land of your choice. Do not create disharmony here.

  236. Correct quote is:

    “If you say you are neutral, you are a liar for you have already taken sides with the powerful”- Desmund Tutu

  237. 261. Mahesh

    The total number of votes that JHU received in the last elections was minuscule. I don’t know why everyone gets so hung up on them. They are not a mainstream party in Sri Lanka.

  238. #247 Shiva,

    Caution my friend when you take on DBSJ.
    Your comment was lovely and serious except for one flaw.
    ‘Billy Bunter’ being a comic. – ooops.
    Thats like one wrong turn on the body and DBSJ gave you a knockout punch.

    I would like to correct you on one statement you made on DBSJ.
    I quote ‘ While you watch,wait & comment caustically from the sidelines others with a social conscience would be trying to do something positive’ unquote.

    I dont know ,much about earlier work of DBSJ but earlier on ‘Behind the Cadjan Curtain’ and his journalistic work brought him much misery from LTTE as well as the SL Govt. While a lot of others kept their mouths shut BDSJ bravely ‘wrote on’. thats what he does best.

    He is also very loyal to the tamil language and community where he belongs. He does not view ‘ALL’ Sinhalese as Barbarians but is not afraid to tell the truth where it matters.

    So I think you are dead wrong in your personal assumption of DBSJ. He is a true Tamil, and we as Sinhalese and others as Tamils and Indians love reading his Articles which are written with fact.

    DBSJ is not a philanthropist nor a volunteer social worker. he is a Journalist and a damn good one.

    I hope I got that right DBSJ.

  239. I want to ask you, the members of the Sri Lankan diaspora wallowing in the bitterness of past conflicts, do you not feel the love all of us patriots have for our beloved Lanka? The ancient land steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. The sacred land where our forefathers are buried and where our descendants will live forever. Land so ancient that every rock, every boulder, every river, and every mountain speaks to us and reminds us of our ancestors and touches our inner soul. This is something a foreigner cannot grasp or understand. I ask you, my dear fellows, if you have ever gotten this feeling when you were treading our sacred soil, to join us patriots of every ethnic background, good Lankan patriots all, to rebuild this country and take it to new heights, to make it a shining beacon of hope in Asia, so all of us can look back when we are drawing our last breath with pride and fondness upon what we have contributed to our beloved Lanka.

    Cheers!

  240. #256 Kumar,

    ” when Jaffna politicians talked openly at election meetings about chasing Sinhalese from the peninsular and boasted how they were going to make drums and slippers from Sinhala skins?”—

    This was stated by Mr Amirthalingam’s Wife.
    He was shot dead by the ‘Boys’ he raised together with Indira Gandhi. Her son Rajiv too was killed.

    I am aware of the racial disharmony created by the TULF – whether it was in responce to Govt inaction or not I cannot comment as I do not have facts.

    But yes the statement was made on stage.

    It was also well published in all newspapers. !! – Such was the calibre of politicians we had and still have. Though racial comments are less now.

  241. #262 Chintaka,
    Dont be harsh on Dilini. ‘ Servant Boy ‘ is an older term for a ‘Man friday’ or butler. they are paid well and looked after well by many. Its just a reference and should not cause you alarm.
    Many Sri Lankan Indian Indonesian and Philipino work in Dubai as Maids. – another name for servant girl.
    Times are different here. Maids and ‘Boys’ have mobile phones. They have their day off and require private living quarters with toilets with seats and fans and TV.
    Paid ERs 10,000 – 15,000 all meals paid. They eat the same food.
    So dont be harsh – yes its a old fashioned word. But she was speaking from her heart.

  242. DBSJ,

    Please write what next.

    I think the “Transnational Government” would be the last chance for Tamil people, if they really want to live a peaceful life.

    Tamils are very good is finding reason to be divided rather than united.

    It was a very good lesson taught by SL government how the unity helped them to win the war. Not only Sinhalese but also Muslims and back boneless Tamils.

    This is the Sinhalese motto to destroy Tamil.

    USE TAMILS TO DESTROY TAMILS.

    Enough is enough. Support Transnational Government

    Thanks

  243. It is the ‘thinking outside of the box’ that helped GR to erradicate the LTTE. GR brought his experience when he was living away from SL to the table and called LTTE’s bluff!!! And we all know the results.

    Likewise, KP also brought his experience to plate during the last stages of war to help LTTE. He was also living outside of SL and was able to see the world is changing and also able to ‘think outside of the box’. He staged the first protest and it was a significant success. LTTE’s overseas administration screwed things up in subsequent protests. And we all know the results.

    The these two individuals joining forces is understandable!!

    It is that – thinking outside the box that can help to re build not only the Tamils but Sri Lanka itself.

    Thanks for the interview DBSJ.

    You may be called a lot of names among the Tamil Diaspora for what you are trying to do. But please keep it up.

  244. 284. Ranjan, Toronto

    Whether they command good number of votes or not, whether they are mainstream party or not, Religion and politics should not be mixed. It is a dangerous cocktail. Let them devote entirely to their achieving Nirvana. That is their duty. It is also good for the entire world…not this hobnobbing with politics.

  245. DBSJ has done a masterful job with this interview.Thank you! One might dismiss this conversation as a self-serving charade by KP but he does seem genuinely remorseful for what he wrought. Perhaps the finest endorsement of KP’s motives is the vitriol being spewed by the rabid dogs of the maximalist diaspora, a gang that can afford to evacuate all this poison because they do not have to live the hardships of Sri Lanka’s people. The RACISM being displayed by these no-hoper Tamils is truly sickening. As Ananda states, post-conflict Sri Lanka has no time for racists and me-firsters. Sri Lanka belongs to all her people, the Tamils occupying prime real estate in Wellawatte, the Sinhalese trader who wants to set up shop in Kilinochchi, the Muslims who live in the south. I was recently in Sri Lanka and was astonished and delighted by the optimism abroad there. Reading DBSJ’s inrterview, I think KP has been swept up in that, too. And he has seen through the racist myths encouraged and perpetuated by most elite Tamil politicians over the years. A new age dawns. The racist rejectionists (David Poops of the Canadian Tamil Congress, come on down!) will be tossed into the dustbin of history.unceremoniously in the dustbin of history.

  246. #287. Dilshan F | September 1st, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    This was stated by Mr. Amirthalingam’s Wife.
    He was shot dead by the ‘Boys’ he raised together with Indira Gandhi. Her son Rajiv too was killed.
    —————————————

    I have read that too. This is something ordinary people throughout the world fall for EXPLOITATION OF POLITICIANS.

    Mr. Amirathalingam (AA) and the team wanted to win seats in the north over UNP & SLFP candidates in the 1977 election. Hence he hired people like VP who were basically a thug of AA, to eliminate and intimidate the political enemies (Like Sotthi Upali of Premadasa or Baddagane Sanjeewa of CBK.)

    Not only that. Mr. & Mrs. AA copied SWRD in 1956 and used the communal card to win the seats. Hence the speech by Mrs. AA was to get the votes than to create seperatism. Before getting there he used VP to murder Mr. Doraiappah the SLFP mayor as he was very popular and would have won Jaffna for SLFP in 1977.

    It is ironic that AA was killed by VP and his cohorts. Obviously the ‘thug genes’ and ‘politician genes’ (greed for power and money) were very much in VP. Therefore in a way creation and existance of LTTE and its destruction is the result of few opportunistic politicians such as SWRD, Sirimavo, Dudley, AA, and obviously VP.

    Unfortunately political opportunism will never end in SL or anywhere in the world. MR, SF, JVP and the likes also abused ‘patriotism’ in 2005 & 2010 elections and all other elections. Voters everywhere are Stupid. ONLY politicians know that. For me VP was the master politician until the emeregence MR.

    The day people see beyond politicians is yet to come. Hence I am a firm believer of the saying ‘people deserve the politicians they get’.

  247. Gbsganesan #260

    said the following regarding my advocacy of ONE Sri Lankan PEOPLE…

    [Some rubbish ideas like ONE PEOPLE is the root cause of all evils, especially communal tension. There is no way the world will see one people. There are differences among people and it should be acknowledged and accepted. This is not just the nature of human beings but all living beings.

    Tall talks such as “one people” won’t work. Every country by their constitution should accept being multi-cultured and appreciate it if not patronize.

    USA is one nation. But they are multi-cultured. Their Constitution is Unique. They don’t call themselves as ONE PEOPLE; But as ONE Great Nation. That is the true Human Spirit.]

    No one contests that the US is ONE NATION and is multicultural, but they are ONE PEOPLE through the Preamble to the US Constitution, and generally accepted interpretation of the US Constituition by the US Supreme court.

    Your understanding of the constitutional organization of the United States is completely wrong.

    Here are the details: The Preamble to the US Constitution states:

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    The accepted legal interpretation of the phrase “We the People of the United States” by the Supreme Court of the United States is the following:

    “The phrase “People of the United States” has sometimes been understood to mean “citizens.” This approach reasons that, if the political community speaking for itself in the Preamble (“We the People”) includes only citizens, by negative implication it specifically excludes non-citizens in some fashion.[47] It has also been construed to mean something like “all under the sovereign jurisdiction and authority of the United States.”[48] The phrase has been construed as affirming that the national government created by the Constitution derives its sovereignty from the people,[49] as well as confirming that the government under the Constitution was intended to govern and protect “the people” directly, as one society, instead of governing only the states as political units.[50] The Court has also understood this language to mean that the sovereignty of the government under the U.S. Constitution is superior to that of the States.[51] Stated in negative terms, the Preamble has been interpreted as meaning that the Constitution was not the act of sovereign and independent states.[52] In short, although in some ways the meaning and implications of the Preamble may be contested, at the least it can be said that the Preamble demonstrates that the federal government of the United States was not created as an agreement between or coalition of the states. Instead, it was the product of “the People” with the power to govern the People directly, unlike the government under the Articles of Confederation, which only governed the People indirectly through rules imposed on the states.”

    From the above it is clear that the US derives its sovereignty not from its constituent states, but directly from “The People”. Since it does not refer to the individual groups of people resident in the different states, but collectively to all of the people resident in all of the states, there is, in fact, only ONE PEOPLE, the People of the United States, the federal confederation composed of the collection of states notwithstanding.

    It is in this very same sense that I used the term ONE PEOPLE in my previous post to refer to ALL of The People of Sri Lanka.

    That ONE PEOPLE of Sri Lanka is certainly composed of people of various ethnicities with different cultural attributes as in the US, but belongs to ONE multicultural society .. the Sri Lankan Society, in the ONE NATION of Sri Lanka as they belong to one society the United States Society in the US.

    Furthermore, if that ONE NATION and its ONE PEOPLE are governed by a ONE government, then they will share ONE NATIONAL DESTINY.

    It is in this sense that I used the statement ONE NATION INDIVISIBLE, ONE PEOPLE INDIVISIBLE, ONE DESTINY INDIVISIBLE to describe the patriotic GOAL for Sri Lanka.

    Quad Erat Demonstrandum.

    Therefore, it is NOT RUBBISH as you termed it, but is founded on a firm foundation of knowledge of the constitutional law of several major democracies.

    Perhaps, it is you who has several decades of intensive reading and learning to undertake. Shooting from then hip with little knowledge is always a bad idea!

  248. #280 Dilshan F

    I sincerely hope that what you imply is true. If those in power treat everyone and every area equally and worked for the betterment of the country as a whole then certainly we are looking towards a bright future. I know of several people in my hometown Batticaloa who worked hard and prospered even during those dark years. Peace can only make things better.

    Re your note in #287. Just a comment. The only Tamil politician IMHO who tried to deliver for his/her constituents was late Mr. K. W Dewanayagam. A former MP for Kalkudah also minister for justice and, later, home in the JRJ cabinet. JR had a soft corner for him and he used that to help/develop Batticaloa. He was mocked by his TULF contemporaries. I remember someone thundering in a political meeting “if you have a dog name it dewaNAAYagam” (NAAY means dog in Tamil).

  249. Ref to comment # by Shyamalee
    I am so moved to read the comment by Shyamalee and I am so proud to read the comment by a lady who is half my age and who is like my daughter. Shyamalee I really appreciate your openness.
    Unfortunately the politicians in Sri Lanka from both sides Tamils and Sinhalelese has instilled one thing in the minds of innocent people of Sri Lanka that is how to hate each other. I am still awaiting to see a politician who has told the citizen of Sri Lanka to love each other. Every faith in this world say only one thing ” LOVE ALL” Its high time we learn to trust each other and discuss matters openly. We should try not to cast a doubt on people and move forward with a positive vision forgetting the past.
    DBSJ – I am not sure whether you realise how much of great service you are doing to bring peace and harmony in this world. May the lord grant you everything to continue your noble mission

  250. Dilshan F#287

    Yes. You are right. That was stated by Mankaitkarasi Amirthalingam. But the same lady paid curtsey visit recently to the Sinhala bodyguard who killed the LTTE man who killed her husband. Also she publically thanked to the president MR for ending the war which was created by her husband. Amazing, things are changing front of us. Isn’t it? Mrs Amir herself was very popular by sang a song ‘Paddini kidanthu pasiyal melinthu……….” composed by Kasiannanthan and that song also motivated many young boys adopted to the extreme path. I think Mrs Amir has learned some lesson and understood the reality. if so, she should say sorry openly for her racial comment she made.

  251. I am a sinhalese who had a high regard for KP even when he was active in LTTE mainly for his efficiency in doing what he was doing then. Again he has shown his colours how efficient & genuine he is in his responsibilities. If we have 100 people lime him in Sri Lanka we can make this country a heaven to live. unfortunately we have politicians like Ranil who is again trying to create a split between the two races by blaming GOSL for not punishing KP. Where do we go from here with these rotten eggs at the helm of our politics.

  252. The truth is Thamil Eelam exists even today and it was the forgone conclusion of the Tamil people in the Island of Sri Lanka that its status will need to be restored for Tamil people to live with their identity intact and with dignity and in security. It was the genocidal war waged against the Tamils that led to the armed resistance as a mode of struggle to achieve this objective.

  253. #287 Dilshan F
    The The Sansoni Commission Report talks about how police officers spread rumers regardin in Jaffan Tamils raping Sinhala women and nailing them to the wall, and how it was on the State Sinhala Radio during 1977 Riots. How in Anuradhapura the Sinhala office worker who protected the Tamil workers were asked to give them up by Police and murdered! … I guess enough said.
    If you want the truth just google it!

  254. I might assure Konappu Bandara (#286) and friends the entire or even the larger portion of the diaspora do not share one single thought-frame – against the coming together of one Sri Lankan nation in the future – as many of you seem to imagine.
    Mr Bandara has eloquently and poetically described the Island, which many Tamils in the diaspora want to share and be part of. For example, Mr Jeyaraj of this blog is as Lankan as anyone else and has throughout preached and worked for all of us coming together. There are multiple thousandsd like that I have met in many countries and within Sri Lanka. Yes! There are a few hardcore – remnants of former militant organissations or even “Collectors/Extortionists” who want nothing but a separate Eelam but they are a very small minority. That, without the fear of contradiction, I suggest is the feeling of most Tamils outside – many of them slowly streaming towards Sri Lanka. There will be more, if not for the fear in the airport, the check-points and the Police where, poverty more than anything else, has turned the officials concerned to become brutal extortionists. Remember the case of the Police recently arresting a 3-man “CID” team sweeping in and “arresting” Tamils in a train at Ragama. Tamils, according to the same report, are regulalyr robbed of their cash and jewellery. Inspite of the fact there is a Railway Security service they are harrassed in Ragama, Veyangoda, Polgahawela, Anuradhapura. Even in Colombo Fort Railway Station and Vavuniya per the same report. These are all indications of a society that has collapsed. The entire Sinhala people cannot be held responsible for this barbarity. Despite deep and painful means most Sinhalese and Tamils want to live together – is the take I get now.

    ISS
    .

  255. Comment 297,

    KP’s apology is enough for what the country suffered for the last three decades.

    In addition, KP’s magnanimous gesture to join hands with the Defense Secretary to liberate his ex followers and their families from economic malaise is commendable.

    Similarly Mrs A’s recent gestures indicate that she is also keen to move on , and let her people get their lives back.

    So it is best left at that without trying to pick the old wounds.

  256. I do not believe a single posting here.All of them are posted by DBSJ himself under pseudo names.

    Are you my “pseudo” too?…….DBSJ

  257. My request to DBS also is that he should write and explain the political crisis in SLMC in his next article for Daily Mirror

  258. #304 Kalu Albert
    …In addition, KP’s magnanimous gesture to join hands with the Defense Secretary to liberate his ex followers and their families from economic malaise is commendable.
    ————-
    Obviously the gesture was from Gota… KP should has been history?

  259. there is so much here about reconciliation, and lets live like brothers, and apologies from Sinhalease and Tamils for the past violence and crimes etc etc

    I am sorry guys the educated lot is a minority in Sri Lanka. It is the politicians,monks and rural voters who matters.

    It is somewhat like India and China from the economic sense. They are going to be the worlds leading economies but it is not going to improve the life of the majority of the Chinese and Indians

  260. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan, my dear chap, I can indeed attest to your observations (comment #303) regarding Sri Lankan diaspora of all ethnic backgrounds. The super majority of them are indeed feeling that great tug of the motherland and are heading back there, either temporarily or permanently, to help rebuild the country. Anybody who does not have that overwhelming patriotic love for our beloved Lanka is a foreigner by default. We wish those people best of luck in their new country. But they will always be outside observers watching the great mass of patriots feverishly rebuilding their country and taking it to new heights. My hope in writing that comment here was to reach any patriots who may harbor bitterness dues to past conflicts and ask them to join the rest of us in this great endeavor. You do not have to just support KP and his NEDRO project. If that does not suit you, there are many such efforts by large number of organizations and the government. Just do your part to support the overall rebuilding effort is all I ask.

    The best days are still ahead for beloved Lanka!

    Cheers!

  261. #294-Ananda-USA

    Since you are such a fan of the US constitution, how about going the whole hog and adopting for srilanka its federal constitution. As you are aware the US had bloody civil war between north and south just like us. By adopting a federal constitution the way they did they healed the wounds of war and even politicians from the south like bill clinton became the president and even monica lewinsky from the north got an opportunity to……….The US of course did not want to make it look like a north south divide and brought in 50 states. We too who had 5 warring kingdoms at one time, can have a federal constitution with 5 states namely north, south, east, west and central. Srilanka has always been a complex country just like India which had also many warring kingdoms which got threaded together by federalism.

    There is no other way to solve this problem once and for all. We are a divided people actually historically and it is spilling over now. The govigama’s of the kandyan kingdom who are numerically superior to the Karawe will always have the political power. The karawe will not accept this because they feel they are on par or greater than the govi in caste and ability. Same for the vellala and karaiyar, because before the british bumped up the vellala and put on a higher plane the karaiyar were the higher caste dominating the military and navy and the nobles while the vellala were the farmers.

    So however much we holler about one people it will never happen until the govi and vellala relinquish power to the Karawe and karaiyar, which will never happen according to our present political system. So we have to change the constitution and devolve powers so that the people in those regions north, south, east, west and central can manage their own affairs with minimum interference from the central government. That is the only way they will be satisfied that their culture and diversity which is based on 2000 years of history is being acknowledged and respected.

    So no point in hollering one people, one people without being generous in power sharing. One people with govi ruling the country and vellala dominating the tamils?

  262. #297

    I am surprised to know that this racial statement was made by Mankaiakarasi Amirtalingam. If so, this lady deserves no respect or sympathy from descent Srilankans. Probably what she reaped, what she sowed.
    Regarding Kasianandan, this guy has some responsibility for the deaths of so many Tamil youths. I understand that this guy is now living comfortably in India with his family.

  263. #302 ATL,

    That response of mine was for a gentleman who said he couldn’t believe that something to the nature of ‘Making Drums of Sinhala’s ‘ was said. I personally don’t believe that any community we have in Sri Lanka would do something like that. But because politicians talk and they get recorded we have these utterances cropping up now and then. If you ask me whether Sinhalese politicians were saints – MOST CERTAINLY NOT !!!. Dont worry we are aware of bad mouthing by politicians. Thats why there was a great anger against Mervyn Silva – the present thug in the govt, for tying a chap to a tree. Due to public outrage he was stripped of his ministerial post. Even though it would be for a while the Unions were prepared to take on the Govt.

    So let these utterances stay in the past. We have to move on. Right now the matter at hand is not allowing anything like what happened in the last 30 – 50 years not happen again.

    I know somebody will reply a post to this and talk about torture and rape and say it did happen. that will bring a barrage of replies about the LTTE atrocities. SO friends dont reply to this post on that line we are moving forward not backwards.

  264. Comment 303

    “Tamils, according to the same report, are regulalyr robbed of their cash and jewellery. Inspite of the fact there is a Railway Security service they are harrassed in Ragama, Veyangoda, Polgahawela, Anuradhapura. Even in Colombo Fort Railway Station and Vavuniya”—– ISS

    The anti government media such as the Tamilnet and Lankaenews would have gone to town if the above incidents took place.

    So I am puzzled to understand where this poster got these “reports” from?

    I have read a few articles by foreign based Tamil people who have visited the North recently and most their comments point to improvementst of the lives of the people in these areas since the demise of the LTTE..

    Srilanka is a poor country. it will take a long time to alleviate the poverty even with the commendable performance of the Rajapaksa regime so far in comparison to the mediocre regimes we had in the past.

    To denigrate the Police and the other Public officials with unsubstantiated and generalised allegations of corruption is rather pathetic because the motive behind this is purely political point scoring against the Government to the benefit of the anti Srilankan elements within and outside the country.

    Whether the diaspora wants to help their people still in Srilanka is entirely their proragative.

    Srilan under Rajapaksa does not have to go behind them for favors .By the same token the assistance of good people will be most welcome. .

  265. It is my humble opinion that we move forward with the lessons learned from the past.
    Let us move forward, LOOKING FORWARD, If we try moving forward looking backwards, we are going to crash and fail, for there will be a lot of obstacles which we have to avoid moving forward. (as an exercise please try walking backwards).
    Pointing fingers is not going to get us anywhere.

    This is an ideal stage given to us by DBS. Let us prepare it for “that someone” who will lead us to the Promised Land. I do not thing it is one of us, but when that inevitable event happens lets’ be ready to support it.
    Let us prepare ourselves and the stage for the day to move as one Sri Lankan Nation where Tamils, Sinhalese and the other minorities can walk hand in hand without fear and as equals!
    There is a saying “If you change yourself the world will change on its own”.

  266. How come Mrs. A’s brother is married to a Sinhala woman and lived in the next house to Mrs. A for many years? (Till LTTE took control of Mr. A’s house)
    How come when this Sinhala girl had to leave her house, in late 70’s Mrs. A’s Son accompanied her to the Jaffna village?
    How come Mr. A spoke with his colleague in Parliament and the girl’s family accepted a Tamil Son-in-law?
    How come no slippers were made out of the sister-in-law, and she was not thrown into the sea?
    I Wonder………….
    FYI
    They are happily married and live in Sri Lanka.

  267. Great job DBS. As much as I enjoyed your article, also was touched by Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala’s testimony to the commission of lessons learnt. A pity that he didn’t get the Sec. Gen nomination at the UN. Hope he gets it next time around.

  268. shankar #310 said ..

    [Since you are such a fan of the US constitution, how about going the whole hog and adopting for srilanka its federal constitution.]

    Did I say I am “such a fan of the US Constitution”? I was merely correcting the erroneous interpretation of a previous poster who ridiculed my espousal of ONE Sri Lankan People as RUBBISH by comparing Sri Lanka to the status of The People in the United States.

    On the other hand, I am a fan of the US Constituition in so far as it is applied to the governance of a vast far-flung nation such as the United States. The federal form of government is a ponderous inefficient elephant that very small nations such as Sri Lanka need not adopt. In fact, a federal system .. such as the one in the US, and in India are rather weak forms of government when it comes to ensuring the stability and security of the nation in times of war. But, for such vast countries, there is no way around some level of decentralization.

    But, for minute Sri Lanka, comparable in size to the State of West Virginia .. it is asinine to impose a multi-level federal form of government proliferating bureaucracy at many levels. Here is a small analogy. Small US companies are usually partnerships, limited liability companies, or sub-Chapter ‘S’ corporations to reduce the administrative and tax-filing burdens. They never adopt the ponderous highly-regulated C-corporation form. By adopting a steamlined they decrease their costs and increase their effectiveness.

    In fact, the Provincial Councils of Sri Lanka are alsoconstitute too much government, placing barriers between the people of each region and the central government in the form of tax supported blood-sucking satrapies for political favorites. I favour eliminating the Provincial Councils altogether, and empowering the peoples representatives elected to parliament to serve those functions in a more streamlined way. What useful function do these elected representatives perform now? Nothing .. except to pontificate in parliament and rubber stamp executive decisions. Instead, let them DO SOME REAL WORK for their salaries.

    By empowering the MPs by giving them an executive role in their constituencies , we would bring government closer to the people .. sweeping away layers of unnecessary tax supported bureaucracies now living off the sweat of the working people. That would be much finer-grained more-effective representation directly serving the people of each constituency. Let us have executive Committees in Parliament (and in Senate if one is recreated) to prepare consolidated proposals each year and present them to the President and his Cabinet for his review, modification, approval and implementation.

    Yet another benefit of doing away with Provincial Councils is that it would eliminate large regional administrative units that could form the bases for separatist movements in the future .. like in the North and East. Of course, Tamil Eelamists would oppose such a proposal vociferously, for a weak central government that can be more easily undermined, destabilized, and overturned is what they want … and dismantling of the PC system SPIKES that SEPARATIST plan right in the GUT.

    [As you are aware the US had bloody civil war between north and south just like us. By adopting a federal constitution the way they did they healed the wounds of war]

    On the contrary, my dear shankar, the federal system of government PRECEDED the bloody US civil war, and WAS NOT ADOPTED by the US as a remedy for separatist secession. In fact, the secession of the Confederate states from the Union was made easier as a result of the provisions of the federal form of government in the US. For example, each state was empowered under the Federal System to maintain its own militia. In fact, when the war began, the Southern States (which initiated the war by firing on Fort Sumter) were better equipped and more prepared than the Northern States to mobilize their state militias.

    I might add here in passing, that altough India preaches to Sri Lanka as if their federal system is a model for Sri Lanka to adopt, NOTHING IS WORSE for Sri Lanka. You see, India has the same problem as the US .. it is too big to be governed by a single government at the center, so some form of a devolution of power is essential for India. On the other hand, it is a very weak form of government for confronting terrorist and secessionist movements. For example, the central government in India is not empowered to intervenewithin the States to control Naxalite/Maoist terrorism. It has to be INVITED to do so b y the state governments. If the state government, for whatever reason … such as ideological alignment with the rebels, or reluctance to relinquish any power even temporarily to the center losing political influence with the electorate. , does not want to invite the Federal Government in, short of suspending the state government and taking over the entire state, the federal govt cannot act. Right now, we see this snafu in action all across India, especially in the broad band of States stretching across India from Maharashtra to its Northeast border that is affected by Maoist terror. They are STILL DEBATING who has the authority while India burns.

    Given the Eelamist Separatism we have just eradicated with superhuman effort after a largely mismanaged battle stretching over 30 years, why do we want to compound Sri Lanka’s misery by adopting a weaker federal form of Government for a nation that is far too small to require that ponderous apparatus? To serve the intersrests of the SEPARATISTS, all over again?LoL!

    [So however much we holler about one people it will never happen until the govi and vellala relinquish power to the Karawe and karaiyar, which will never happen according to our present political system.]

    Who says so? It will happen … and soon .. with the Sri Lanka’s Patriotic People and its Courageous Government leading the way.

    There is no way we will enable SEPARATISM and the rise of apartheid systems by DEVOLVING power to LARGE REGIONS on the basis of ETHNICITY, or ANY OTHER COMMUNAL ATTRIBUTES.

    Instead, we will implement a program of NATIONAL INTEGRATION that will bring all people of all races, castes, religions, and languages together into ONE PEOPLE with the GOAL of achieving a uniform demographic distribution throughout the land to give our long suffering people the opportunity to live in safety and proper to their hearts content. It will not be business as usual in this land.

    Those pusillanimous pundits who pontificated that the LTTE cannot be defeated by war and we should negotiate with mass murders happily committing mass murder, that Kilinochchi will be Sri Lanka Army’s Stalingrad, that Sri Lanka’s Economy will sink through the floor if we confront the West .. were ALL WRONG.

    They will be wrong again in the coming years as this Resplendent Isle, Our Motherland, marches forward to its Day in the Sun, with belief in our ability to guide our own national destiny, with an iron-willed determination to treat all of our people with justice and fairness, whatever the nattering naysayers of yesteryear may say.

  269. Comment 307

    Got your point.

    Either way it is magnanimous for the beneficiaries are the hostages of the LTTE for 30 years.

  270. 297. Mavady | September 2nd, 2010 at 6:34 am
    Dilshan F#287

    Yes. You are right. That was stated by Mankaitkarasi Amirthalingam. But the same lady paid curtsey visit recently to the Sinhala bodyguard who killed the LTTE man who killed her husband. Also she publically thanked to the president MR for ending the war which was created by her husband
    ————————————————
    She also pointed to her feet and said she was wearing BATA slippers.

  271. //311. Kumar  |  September 2nd, 2010 at 8:54 pm#297I am surprised to know that this racial statement was made by Mankaiakarasi Amirtalingam. If so, this lady deserves no respect or //

    Yes it is true..she siad that just before the 83 riots.
    She is also one of the reason for 83 riots.

    She along with kasianandan and Mageson “Suthnthiran” paper editor are the real culprits of this mess that we are in today.

  272. Comments 310 & 318

    Federal systems in the USA and even Australia work well because,

    * There are no “Homelands” with Mexicans. Afro Americans, Indians or Aboriginals.

    * No body can claim any land until the Bank gives the money.

    Even then the Bank owns the Land until the occupier reaches a good ripe age unless a successful claim is made for a work related back injury..

    * There is only one Language and one religion when it comes to the business end of government.

    * The constitution is based on one religion and one language

    * No race based politics

    * No Mexican Liberation Party or an Aboriginal National Party.

    * Minor religions , languages and cultures are only of symbolic value as far the Government is concerned.

    * Most people have a car , a mortgage, a few kiddies at school and 12 hour shits at least for one partner,

    * No time to listen to the Bull crap of the Politicians let alone getting sucked into demonstrations.

    If Srilankan can fulfill the above criteria then it is not a problem.

  273. Very good work Jeyaraj

    Need more like this to bridge the mistrust among Sinhalese and Tamils

    My best wishes to KP

  274. 246 J Muthu

    You call Sinhala people as Barbaric. Well, may be we are not barbaric enjough and that is why the war dragged on for 30 years. If we were really barbaric, we could have finished the war sooner.

    Ananda from USA. Where were you hiding all this time ?.
    You are doing a great job mate. You are speaking for lot of us.

    Kalu Albert eat your heart out.
    Can you match Ananda ?.

    Cheers all.

  275. Ananada from USA talks of the constitution but in current SL this is not the medicine. Of course we can all get to the moral high horse but it will not feed the starving masses. Some say an apology is wanted. Did the Americans apologise to Japs for killing or maiming 2 million civilians using the atom bombs? But the US built their country after war. This is exactly what is wanted in SL. MR seems to be doing that. But the jury is still out. Look forward not back wards. Some jokers say Singhalese must apologise to Tamils and vice versa. What a lot of rot. People should just work for the future reconciliation. BS apologies are only symbolic. Both Singhalese and Tamils must realise that they can live happily and should not allow BS politicians to whip passions so that their ulterior motives are fulfilled. If the people do not realise this, then no amount of apologies would suffice. This is the root cause of the problem. I personally know in the 70’s and 80’s Tamil federal party was sowing seeds of discontent among SL Tamils against the Singhalese but their own children and families were doing well abroad!
    The Tamil poet kasi ananda is a great example. He lured many Tamil boys to join the LTTE but got his own children educated abroad and they became doctors!! You get such hypocrites among Singhalese also.
    As a Singhalese whose best friends are Tamils my advice to the dissatisfied Tamils is to leave SL and find greener pastures because Tamils are resourceful and clever people. They are not dumb. If they opt to live in SL, then make up your mind to live with the others with ups and downs. Because 65% of Tamils in SL live outside their traditional area’s and live with contentment with others. But any Tamil or Singhalese who have had a close association with the other race will tell you that nothing is wrong with the others. That is why I cannot forget pongal, deevali festivals in my young days and my Tamil friends telling Singhalese girls are better endowed upstairs than Tamil girls because Singhalese eat a lot of kiri kos!

  276. Kalu Albert (#314) is yet another of those who stalks me – for reasons I know not. My comments are based on a report by Supun Dias of the Daily Mirror (Aug 01, 2010) as well in other sections of the media. I suggest KA kindly check this and come back to these columns and make his comments to establish he has character and decency within his system – since his accompanying comments against me were acerbic and calculated to create hatred against me. Let me hasten to add any responsible writer or commentator on public issues is expected to display responsibility – particularly while engaging in comments on contentious issue. I do.

    Robbery, using force particularly against Tamils, drugging passengers,and organised thuggery in trains in the more frequented routes is common knowledge. The railway security service or the Police in the area do not take much action – because they are part of the “business” I hope public spirited men, of which I trust Mr Kalu Albert can be one, will come ot to help put a stop to this menac that has worried commuters of all communities in the much-used railway service..

    ISS

  277. very well done.

    appriciate the humility of KP to appologise to the Sri Lankan citizens. yes we needed to hear that.

    For all the tamilians who questioned why not a appology from the sinhalese , i personally have done this several times in this blog and many respondents too .

    For the politicians CBK had done it before. but for the final war with in 2009 I’m not sure if any politician in the present regime will appologise as they go to every extent to justify the war, may be in the future this will come…. it took KP 30yrs and imprisonment to do this… but never too late.

    DBSJ brilliant work… u need to interview him in another 6 months to c the progress…

  278. “The situation today is that no one can function in the north and east or any part of Sri Lanka without Government support or approval.”
    ——————————————————–
    KP ,
    Your crying resembles a Fox cry, while carried away by flood that “the entire globe is going to be drowned”.
    Independent Eelam is not your decision and history tells your duplicity towards that. Now Eelam is a declared independent country .If you and DBSJ find difficult to digest it better take some Ginger. History can’t be erased. Advice Srilanka”No independent country can function in the globe without UN support or approval”. And encourage them to accept the UN panel on war crime without any confrontation or friction.”
    My country Eelam is waiting for the UN approval.
    Agnikunchu

  279. THE TRUTH IS SINHALESE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TAMILIAN’S MONEY ONLY…NOT TAMILIANS. Sri lanka is begging all over the world and now, it started begging to overseas tamilians in the name of poor tamilians and ex-tiger cadres. SOONER, THEY HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR THE WAR CRIME…..ALL THESE DRAMAS ARE ARRANGED JUST TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE ARE GOOD TO TAMILS WHICH IS NOT TRUE…..DBS JEYARAJ, YOU ARE SUCH A BRILLIANT PERSON. YOU KNOW THE TRUTH. SO PLEASE DON’T TRY TO SAVE SINHALESE GOVERNMENT. PLEASE FIGHT FOR OUR OWN BLOOD TAMILIANS NOT BY TAKING A GUN BUT BY YOUR PEN.

  280. #316 Mohan,

    You are right. All this talk is senseless and only for political gain. Its more bark than Bite. However when spoken from a political stage it causes untold damage.

  281. Vide comment 83

    The 4 part series “Living with the Enemy” concluded on Aus SBS TV on Friday 3rd September 2010. This SBS released DVD is available for sale at “Dymocks” and “JB HiFi”. There are many similarities and differences and much is to be learnt from watching this apparently “Doco-Drama” with real footage interwoven with re-enactments of post WW-11 Europe.

    Whatever we all may say to educate each other, enlighten and write to let off steam, it’s going to be “Quay Sera Sera” Whatever will be will be and the future is not our’s to see. There is a Latin expression “Primus inter pares” meaning first among equals but some of us want to be just us and only us and that’s where much of our problems lie.

    As long as the LTTE (like Nazi’s) and the G’sOSL (like allies) want to claim to be “the sole representatives of their respective (partisan) people” through Dictatorships of the oppressed and lower castes not unlike the original JVP in the south and the flawed and corrupted Democracy that continues to be whittled and watered-down ever since our so-called independence from British rule without true equality before the “Rule Of Law” through constitutional changes, that move away from a secular state to a more theocratic state from the day’s of SWRD only with a democratic façade there will be very little hope for all be it in SL or the world at large for similar and yet different reasons, as the space-ship earth is being over-populated and over-polluted and its taking its toll.

    Have any of us through all these outpourings over the many years been able effect any tangible change in SriLankan Politics to-date? Ultimately nature will reign supreme and take its course whatever we may say for our own self-satisfaction and out of our own vanity which is like “water on a duck’s back”.

  282. #318-Ananda-usa

    The federal form of government is a ponderous inefficient elephant that very small nations such as Sri Lanka need not adopt.
    ————————————————————
    Switzerland and Austria have adopted it and are doing very well from it. In fact they have a higher per capita income than the larger nations of europe. The United Arab Emirates is also another small country that has adopted it.If these countries had not adopted a federal constitution they would have probably broken up into even smaller countries as what has happened to the former yugoslavia which is now about 10 countries. Milosevic tried to dismantle what Josep Broz Tito had done and the consequences were that he got a bucket load of shit on his head.This is what will happen to Srilanka too It is heading towards Kosovo. My advice was in the best interests of Srilanka, my country which i love very much.

  283. I don’t understand why people are commenting on Ananda-USA’s comments.
    He is a literate (I would not say educated), with selective memory or his memory started functioning after 1983.
    He manipulates events and facts to suit his predetermined concepts……… I think some of us are wasting time and energy.
    You can wake a sleeping man but not the one pretending to be asleep!

  284. #331 Chrisy Pandian,
    I can understand your emotions. Can you suggest an alternative way of giving the IDP’s the dignity back, and save the young girls and boys who were forced to fight!
    At this time Penance is done not only by KP but by India too. The same are protecting the GOSL from being charged for war crimes too. India’s penance might not stop with building houses for the IDP. And possibly extend to a political solution in the unified Sri Lanka! This is acceptable to all communities in Sri Lanka.
    Let us leave the punishment to God! It will be much more severe than any sentence by IC.

  285. #CHRISSY PANDIAN 331
    Most of the tamil diaspora speak from the warm comfort of their lounge rooms in the newly adopted countries. You all seem to have totally forgotten the poor brothers and sisters in srilanka who are suffering for a day’s meal. They have no decent clothes to wear, no proper toilets leave alone bed rooms. Let us forget all our pride and see what best we can do to those poor people. They are struggling there because they dont have anyone to help them. Let us talk about our rights later on but first let us be responsible.

  286. # 331 Chrisy Pandian

    If Tamilians have money, why don’t they help their fellow Tamils who are at home. GOSL does not need tamilian’s money.
    In fact, India is going to provide 50,000 homes for IDPs. If Diaspora Tamilians have money, why can’t they provide at leat 1000 new homes to fellow Tamil. Good luck Christy.

  287. ATL #335

    Bravo, ATL! Finally, something learned and erudite from you!

    Obviously, in your own entirely enlightened estimate, you are a literate and educated blogger here with total recall. Congratulations, I am happy for you!

    To make you even happier, let me agree right away that I am a totally illiterate uneducated man suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease!

    Can the bloggers now return to debating issues instead of hurling insults?

  288. 198 Bee
    Here the particular Moron become innovative and found the Queen bee and kept it at the lower case of his hive incapable to escape and allows other bees to bring the Honey to the hive. Some bees from other colonies also visited to the hive. If more bees come to this site bee culturist will get more honey. He will protect that queen Bee until it is productive. No harm. Be aware of other morons.
    Flori

  289. 208. Surane
    “My observation of Gotabaya is that he has the knack for selecting the right people for the right job, hence the success that he has achieved todate.”
    —————————-
    And he will give the right place after finishing his job. For eg. Sarath Fonsega
    Thiruarangan

  290. #340 Ananda-USA

    It is better to bluntly point out to an individual what is wrong with him than let him know the history/facts which is repetitive and will aggravate the healing wounds of both communities in Sri Lanka.

    [………I am a totally illiterate uneducated man suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease!]

    On the contrary It does not make me happy!
    I hear people have gone bankrupt in US, due the healthcare system there…
    You should strongly consider migrating to Canada and get free medical attention! During your stay you can learn more about the minority rights in the constitution of Canada and co existence of Francophone and Anglophone communities … Here is starting point
    http://www.law.ualberta.ca/centres/ccs/issues/minoritylanguage.php

  291. Comment 327,

    Mr ISS in his comment in the “Transcurrent. Com” Sept 2008, advised the Sinhalese not to be fools and accept the kind offer of Mr Nadesan and do a deal with Mr Prabakaran.

    He went further to say that Mr Gotabaya’s statements that Prabakaran would not be making any more speeches”has bitten the dust”.

    He also pointed out that the 20,000 loyal Diasporians lining up to hear their beloved leader’s speech from the “Bunker” relayed live to London in real time is a strong message to the Government not to delay a” deal”.

    To use a “Hypothetical” I wonder what the scenario today would have been if the Sinhalese took up this advice with out being fools,?

    Now Mr ISS is accusing the same foolish Sinhalese of “Drugging” robbing and even mass thuggery on innocent Tamil people in Trains and buses with the help of the Police and the Rail Security from Minuwangoda to Veyangoda.

    I hope if KP orany other contributor here who may have some pull with the Mr Gotabaya alert him to these serious accusations.

    It will be a shame if we allow innocent people to be subjected to this sort of barbarism especially by the authorities in the new era of peace.

  292. Reply to comment 343 – Thirurangan

    [And he will give the right place after finishing his job. For eg. Sarath Fonsega]

    Yes…anything is possible in politics.

  293. ATL #345

    Perhaps my intense sarcasm was insufficient to drive home the point that you are way-off base on all counts.

    Since we are condemned to be “blunt”, lets us begin with your post ATL #335:

    [ with selective memory or his memory started functioning after 1983.]

    Where is the evidence for this in my posts? The only thing I said was a reference to the Tamil Eelamist habit of yelling “1983!” every time they want to demonize the Sinhala people.

    If you want to go beyond 1983, let us do that also, by going a wee bit further into the past. Let us then point out that the Eelamists undertook a 4-year campaign of violence .. killing many people .. to incite and induce that event in 1983 against their own Tamil people. They succeeded beyond their wildest expectations in provoking that terrible, unpardonable reaction , drving a wedge between Tamil and Sinhala people as they intended.

    We should remember that such riots WERE NOT REPEATED in the ensuing years, despite the deliberate killing of over 100,000 innocents in Sri Lanka by the Tamil Eelamists. That provocation did not succeed in inciting more communal violence.

    If you are student of communal strife in other areas of the world, especially the recurring Hindu-Moslem tit-for-tat killings in Gujerat, India and elsewhere in India, you would know that the level of restraint shown by the Sri Lankan people in the face of those repeated Eelamist provocations goes far beyond any restraint shown in India and other countries.

    It is a TRULY REMARKABLE record of restraint spanning 25 years of murder and mayhem. It is a testament that the Sinhala people are NOT THE BARBARIANS that J. Muthu paints them to be. I

    If you want to discuss history further into the past, let us do that as well. Why don’t you write a learned, erudite, post on that subject displaying your grasp of the facts, weaving your concepts around those facts, and displaying your exquisitely non-selective memory, and let us comment on it?

    [He manipulates events and facts to suit his predetermined concepts]

    Who among us does not select from the evidence available to support his case? If the evidence is factual, and the argument logical and true .. let us accept it; if not let us contest it. If my concepts are predetermined by me, of course, and by your admission supported by some facts and events, at least it shows that I have thought about the subject in some depth long enough to develop a cohesive argument. Let us now hear your arguments.

    Do you have a problem with any of the “predetermined concepts” I advanced? If you do, please identify them, and present a cogently argued case refuting them. Don’t just let loose broad-based unsupported indictments, criticizing the assumed attributes of the blogger but not his argument, without a counter argument of your own supported by facts to refute it.

    [You can wake a sleeping man but not the one pretending to be asleep!]

    Who is pretending to be asleep? Me or you? Perhaps we can also say that “there are none so blind as those who refuse to see”!

    [the history/facts which is repetitive and will aggravate the healing wounds of both communities in Sri Lanka]

    This is a cop out. The history/facts are being contested and refuted by Eelamists here at this blog, continuing to demonize the Sinhala community as they did in the past, in order to whitewash the murderous history of a diabolical movement, and to gain in peace the aparthieid Tamil-only country they failed to win by murderous war.

    Wounds are not healed by hiding our collective head in the sand while one-sided denials of the outright murders by the Eelamists are swept under the carpet. Failure to REFUTE those lies only gains them acceptance are truths in the eyes of the world. We will no longer allow that to happen by default.

    Yes, we MUST FORGIVE, and prevent these things from happening AGAIN, but we must NEVER FORGET what , how and why they happened, or we will be condemned to repeat them.

  294. ATL #335, #340

    Clearly the subtlety of sarcasm is lost on you; so let me resort to your blunt instrument.

    [He manipulates events and facts to suit his predetermined concepts……… I think some of us are wasting time and energy.]

    Your criticisms above are just non-specific and broad-based; why don’t you identify just where I manipulated events and facts and how they are incorrect? Concepts pre-determined in what way? If the concepts are fashioned to fit the evidence well, is that not better than concepts that ignore the facts and events in their totality? It not the congruence between facts, events and concepts an indicator that the concepts may be valid? As you acknowledge, at least I present facts, events and concepts; you did not.

    Why don’t you present your own in a learned and erudite post, bereft of such manipulations with total recall, so we can discuss them at length? What you should NOT do, is to cast aspersions on a blogger, without refuting his arguments. Wailing that it is a waste of time and energy to comment is just a bare-faced cop out!

    The con artists of the Tamil Eelamists are the one who used half truths and outright lies, every scam in the book, to demonize Sri Lankans, hoodwink the unwary world to cast themselves as wailing victims of discrimination while they engaged in wholesale murder and crimes of every sort in Sri Lanka. For example, they yell 1983! every time to demonize the Sinhala people, blithely ignoring the violent attacks and murders on govt officials and Sinhala people in the preceding 4 years that finally boiled over in the 1983 riot. Far less provocation would be needed in other countries, such as in India (e.g., the tit-for-tat killings in Gujerat between Hindus and Moslems). to precipitate such events. The purpose of that program of violence by the Tamil Eelamists was to incite and precipitate such an event, throwing their own people to the wolves, so they could cry “genocide” to the whole world! Yet, in the ensuing 27 years, while they murdered over 100,000 people in Sri Lanka, there were NO COMMUNAL RIOTS; a record of REMARKABLE restraint by the Sinhala people unmatched by any other country so affected. The Sinhala people REFUSED to let the Eelamists egg them on. This is just ONE EXAMPLE of the SELECTIVE MANIPULATION of facts and events that the Eelamists have practiced. So PLEASE don’t get on a high horse and accuse other who are refuting those activities of Eelamist sympathizers at this blog.

    We, the patriots of Sri Lanka, will not allow Tamil Eelamists to broadcast lies and untruth on the world stage without being corrected and opposed. We intend to be right beside them everywhere to refute their statements and expose their nakedness. Never again will they be allowed free reign to cast themselves as victims and hide their true nature as murderous wolves preying on the sheep of a gullible world.

    [You should strongly consider migrating to Canada and get free medical attention! During your stay you can learn more about the minority rights]

    Nah, I’ll pass on that. Canada is a country that is totally unable to enforce its own immigration laws while scam artists bring shiploads of terrorists under the guise of “refugees” most of whom return to the country they fled within a year to collect their remaining valuables and have a cheap vacation! But, there is hope for Canada yet .. the Govt and law-abiding people of Canada are now waking up to the fact that they are being duped by these con artists, just as other countries like Australia, New Zealand, Germany etc have woken up and are shutting the doors in their faces.

    You can fool some people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time!

    The real victims of the Eelamists, are the People of Sri Lanka, and the many decent, honest, and respectable Tamils in the Diaspora, our friends, who have nothing to do with these Eelamist criminals, but yet are lumped together and unfairly tainted by their antics.

    Those decent Tamil people should stand up, in their hundreds of thousands, and reject the claim of these criminal Eelamists to be their SOLE REPRESENTATIVES. They should recover control of their community, and recoup their tarnished image and standing in the world. If they do not act, they will be condemned to be painted with the same brush as the Eelamists, and viewed with suspicion all over the world. It is their choice.

  295. 342 Flori;

    This particular queen bee already passed her prime. All she did in her life like her keeper was destroying bee colonies. Only task left for her now is to help those wild bees. She won’t bring more honey or stronger bees from far away colonies. Keeper needs her help just for the self-protection.

    In a weird way, bees should be thankful to morns. Because of their actions, bees now have established safer colonies all over the world wherever good nectars are available.

  296. Kalu Albert (#346) shows the twisted mentality of the street politician in the South and, having no argument to offer, pleads that the White van or the unmarked Defender be sent to “take care of me” Well! What happened to the more effective “Unit eka” of the Army that took care of Lasantha, Raviraj and others in the Cbo area is now far too plain to see. What about the private armies of Mervyn, Duminda,
    Thilanga and other goons the Sinhala supremacist cabal has been encouraged by governments in power to be let loose against the Tamil people? Very soon they will be set up against the JVP that is resisting on behalf of the people. What happened at Galle is only a sample. More in a bigger form will follow – to your applause. Families of those who allegedly ran the unit-eka are now pleading to the public to “save them”- is something you cannot deny.

    Dear Mr Alber,t killing more Tamils is not going to answer the many problems you have created for yourselves from the mid-1950s and more specifically in recent years. . GR and company are more worried about how to de-shackle them from what has happened in the past,

    It was not just I alone who was asking the regime to negotiate with the LTTE – the UN from NYC, via many visitors there, senior leaders from the UK, EU, Japan, India were all asking for a negotiated settlement then – not to save VP and their leaders – but to save a very large number of innocent civilians whose gory death, blood and stories will haunt those who “finished them off like flies”- for a long time.
    Are they LTTE and terrorists to you – like you accuse me with? You probably don’t know even the higher levels of
    Govt too were conducting some talks in this regard. Have you forgotten it was Mahinda, Mangala and Tiran Alles
    who came to an agreement with VP and the Tigers only a few years ago? What is your “solution” to them?
    I don’t think the world is going to remain quiet when hundreds of thousands are massacred with the world kept in the dark.

    Sir John Holmes just before he left his UN job recently spoke of the “ACF massacre” and that description has much significance- if you know what I mean. As to the train incidents, robbery, drugging you accuse me of ” concocting” I have provided solid evidence, you moron. Diplomats from foreign countries and others are noting down details of all incidents of the collapse of society here – as is to be expected – and your calling for all these people to be killed, your natural instinct, is not going to help.

    You are both a disgrace and a danger to any decent society.
    May I recommend you go to Bihar-Orissa as soon as possible and learn the calming effects of a decent religion there – Buddhism – unsullied by hatred and the thoughts of blood.

    ISS

  297. 352. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan
    I am not sure if the incidences of crime (example the ones on the railway that you wrote about) are solely directed at Tamils. Sri Lanka has a very serious crime problem and it is directed at everyone, regardless of which community that one is from.

    It would not do anyone any good to say that every time a crime is committed against a Tamil person, that there is a organized campaign to rob the Tamil community. This is one area that one could say that there is no discrimination in Sri Lanka. Criminals hate to discriminate and they are very happy to dish it out without any regard to the ethnic basis of the victim! Go read any daily newspaper and see how many victims are there.

  298. All this public propaganda to make some of these fringe players (in the grand scheme of things) to look good will one day stop. Some day the U.N will wrap up their inquiry after eye-washing the public with its sincere effort to bring to justice those that transgressed – because of the whitewashed interviews that are being published, the U.N will let up soon and the Govt Goons will be free to roam.

    Good luck to all.

  299. Comment 352,

    The comments of ISS raise a few pertinent points that need to be addressed.

    Why didn’t the friends of ISS, such as the UK , US, Norway , Canada and the UN ,force the lTTE to do a deal when several administrations offered an “Olive Branch”?

    Why couldn’t the US and the UK governments force a Terrorist Leader who was holding a country of 20 Million hostage for the longest insurrection of the history of any country, to lay down the arms and participate in what they preach for everyone else.

    Was the LTTE leader more” legit” for the West than the other leaders like Saddam who were forced out by force for alleged Terrorism?

    Why couldn’t they force the hand of the LTTE leader even at the last stages when he was holding his own people as hostages for ransom?

    Douglas Devananda gave evidence in Tamil for three hours at the” Learning Commission”. In fact he intervened several timeseven to help the translator.

    The President speaks good Tamil when addressing public gatherings.

    Even the 2IC of the LTTE is backing the reconciliation.

    Red Onions and dried Katta are flooding the market. Jaffn a farmers haven’t had it this good for a couple of decades.

    So where is this alleged “mass murder” coming from?

    Don’t the Western friends in the HCs and Embassies have more important tasks to attend to rather than documenting the alleged muggings in the Yalpanam Train?

    Besides there are enough muggings,robberies and assaults on migrants in the Under Ground in London, Paris and Melbourne if they want to document real crime.

    After the demise of the LTTE, the biggest threat to our civil society is the recalcitrant JVP.

    If the good people of Galle” belted the crap “out of them ,I am l be one the many who would not shed any tears unlike Mr ISS.

    I hope the good people in other parts of the country would follow the example set myby friends in the South and fix the trouble makers, especially the ones who perpetrate crime in our Universities.

    By the way, I don’t mind if ISS refers to me as” Morgon” , although I prefer to be called Kalu.

  300. #348 & 350 Ananda – USA

    The minority issue dates back to 1948……“Ceylon Citizenship Act, No 18 resulted in over 700,000 Indian plantation workers becoming stateless persons”
    “In the 1956 parliamentary elections, the SLFP campaigned on largely nationalist policies, and made the one of their key election promises. The result was electoral victory for the SLFP, and “The Ceylon (Constitution) Order in Council” or “Sinhala Only Bill” was quickly enacted after the election. The bill was passed with the SLFP and the UNP supporting it, with the leftist LSSP and Communist Party (Ceylon) as well as the Tamil Nationalist Parties opposing it.”
    “The passage of the law was met with demonstrations from Tamils, which were repressed, the most prominent by Tamil MPs on “Galle Face Green” in the centre of Colombo.”
    Ever heard of “honorable wounds of war…..” speech in parliament by SWRDB?
    I will leave the rest of the Nationalist political prty history and how they came to power to the readers of these “exchanges”.
    —————————————————————————
    […..while they (Tamil Eelamist) murdered over 100,000 people in Sri Lanka, there were NO COMMUNAL RIOTS…]
    100,000 Sri Lankans killed from the eighties were not by LTTE alone. I agree there were no communal riots. But armed forces were murdering people in N & E. There were many disappearances, including priests, social workers, young girls and boys. This was similar to the disappearance of Sinhalese youth during Premadasa’s presidency, and MR was a human rights activist and lawyer at that time.
    —————————————————————————
    [……Wounds are not healed by hiding our collective head in the sand while one-sided denials of the outright murders by the Eelamists are swept under the carpet.]
    Though I agree with the first part, the denials of outright murders were not only committed by LTTE, by GOSL too including mass murders. If not, why then International war crime investigation request is being denied? Is UN also one of the Eelamists?
    ————————————————————————-
    [Yes, we MUST FORGIVE, and prevent these things from happening AGAIN, but we must NEVER FORGET what , how and why they happened, or we will be condemned to repeat them.]
    Something we both agree on!!!
    ———————————————————————-
    [As you acknowledge, at least I present facts, events and concepts.]
    Yes, but they are all partial and not complete. The presentation of complete facts will not support most of your accusations and theories.
    ————————————————————————–
    [Canada is a country that is totally unable to enforce its own immigration laws while scam artists bring shiploads of terrorists under the guise of “refugees” most of whom return to the country they fled within a year to collect their remaining valuables and have a cheap vacation!]
    Yes the refugees do return home, not as a Sri Lankan citizen but as Canadians to see their loved ones left behind. If a Sri Lankan citizen disappears it is statistics, not if a Canadian citizen disappears in Sri Lanka! That is one of the rights of a Canadian citizen. By the way it is after 3 years.
    [You can fool some people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time!]
    You took the words out of my mouth…
    ——————————————————————–
    #349 Marusira,
    [Play the ball, not the man.]
    Sorry, but sometimes “Zidane Head Butt” is asked and received in the game!

  301. Ranjan (#354) The incidence where the 3-man “CID” officers were arrested by the Police is where they went to a Tamil couple and asked them for identity papers – and, thereafter, asked them to get down in the next Station. This, I understand, is the normal pattern.
    You do not go and ask Sinhala people for identity papers in front of others is something that needs little explanation.

    Kalu Albert (#356) You are off-target again. The whole of your senseless rigmaroll here is as accurate as your comment “the President speaks good Tamil” He does not. Even the few words he writes and then speaks – are usually double Dutch. Ask anyone who knows him well and at close quarters. But I appreciate the effort he makes to talk in Tamil – nonetheless, which,of course, is another matter.

    ISS

  302. #353. Godzilla,
    It is not who rules, but how they rule. Majority always rule a country. They can be arrogant as to say my way or the highway, or as in Canada, in every province the minority French speaking people are given equal rights as the English speaking.

  303. 375 ALT:
    Yes the refugees do return home, not as a Sri Lankan citizen but as Canadians to see their loved ones left behind. If a Sri Lankan citizen disappears it is statistics, not if a Canadian citizen disappears in Sri Lanka! That is one of the rights of a Canadian citizen. By the way it is after 3 years
    —————————————–
    You speak to refugees from any other country – take for instance Russia during the cold war, or China or Cuba even today, and ask them if they could return, as a Canadian citizen, with a Canadian passport to see the loved ones.

    Don’t say that every Tamil person who goes back, travel on a Canadian passport. There are many Tamils who travel back on Sri Lankan passports.

    Sri Lanka must be the only country in the world where refugees who fled complaining of genocide goes back after a few years. Imagine the Jews who fled Germany going back to see loved ones during 1930s. One good thing, at least you guys keep Sri Lankan Airlines in business.

    Sri Lanka also must be the only country which pays pensions to the retired people who fled the country claiming genocide.

    Then again, Sri Lanka was the only country in the world that kept a 100% Tamil University fully functional, paying all the expenses including the salaries of the teaching staff, throughout a 30 year war during which the university was virtually under the control of the rebels. A rather strange way of going about cultural genocide of Tamils.

  304. 359 ATL

    Don’t the Tamil and Muslim people speak and even study in Tamil ?

    Don’t they work in every field of employment including Medicine Engineering ,Law and Corporate as everyone else?

    Aren’t there many High Court Judges, top Legal Eagles and even Government ministers in the Federal Parliament who come from these minorities?

    What about the Inuits, The Srilankans, Greeks, Italians and the Vietnamese minorities in Canada.?

    How many of these are on the Bench or in Federal Parliament?

    Why then all this Hullabaloo?

  305. 360 Ranjan,Toronto.

    Sri Lanka is the only country which fed the terrorists while the war was going on, but we are called as barbaric by people like ATL.

    Some gratitude.

  306. The BBC last night reported that small groups of 600 odd neo Nazi’s (criminally oriented) have re-emerged in Germany and elsewhere for the 3rd or 4th time since the end of WW11. Though there is also an antidote group to De-Nazify called HGR or some similar abbreviation.

    LTTE and JVP too will do like-wise in pockets at different times in different places unless the underlying fundamental causes (within limits) that gave rise to their emergence is not addressed or redressed by the powers that be.

    When similar fertile conditions arise with more powers to the executive through the 18th amendment with another nascent Adolph Hitler in the wings there is always hope for a counterbalance Rohana Wijeyaweera led neo-JVP or VP like led neo-LTTE even if there were to a be permanent 5th spy-column multilingual versatile force like in Israel.

  307. Dear Mr.DBSJ,

    Thanks for the excellent interview. It helps everybody who are concerned about the plight of the Tamil people in N & E provinces and especially in vanni to know the truth and the happenings in sri lanka. As a tamilian and as a journalist you have done a wonderful job. Please continue to work in the same line.

    I am very happy to know that both tamilians and siinhalese have rendered mutual apology for the tragedy that had happened in the past. I hope peace will blossom in sri lanka. Any way from the perspective of an Indian tamil I want to express some views.

    At the time of independence indian tamils preferred either the tamil identity or the dravidian identity rather than Indian identity. Most of the eazham tamils preferred the sri lankan identity rather than tamil identity. But after 2 or 3 decades the scenario got reversed. Sri lankan tamils lost their faith in sri lankan identity and realized themselves as tamils. Indian tamils are proud with their indian identity and often ignore the tamil identity. This is an example for the success of fedaralism in India and the failure of the majoritarianism in sri lanka.

    Majority sinhalese should realize this and give way for a successful federal government in sri lanka. Still many sinhalese beleive that the tamils have to live at their mercy. No body with self respect will accept this attitude. No meaning for life if we live as just symbols of the past as sinhalese hardliners and extremists expect.

    Happenings at sri lanka and eazham demand were never initiated by the tamiladu tamils. Tamilnadu tamils were not even consulted while giving armed training to the eazham militant groups. It was because of the sinhalese majoritarianism and the exploitation of the racial issue in SL by the indian government (mostly north indiam prime ministers). India exploited the problem to its advantage and even now it continues to exploit. Other indians never cared about the tamil nadu tamils when they decided to annihilate LTTE.

    Tamil nadu ploiticians may do politics based on eazham issue. But many of them have emotional attachment with sri lankan tamils. Even though Vaikko’s mother tongue is not tamil (telugu) his commitment for the eazham issue is total and he does not change his colour like other oppurtunistic politicians of tamil nadu. I am very sorry to know that KP has commented Vaikko as a joker just like sarath fonseka. Let KP forget about India and Tamil Nadu. Let KP work for the betterment of N & E provinces. If sinhalese and tamils live happily together in sri lanka that gives the maximum happiness to the tamil nadu tamils. But when an armed struggle takes place in the neighboring island by the fellow tamilians, tamilians of the main land can’t remain silent. When vanni was under seige the tamil nadu press (except Hindu, Dinamalar and few others) created a mass opinion of the tamil nadu tamils in favour of LTTE inspite of of rajiv’s assasination.

    Let KP ensure that the ethnic problem does not get solved by the process of complete sinhalization of the tamil community as it happened in W & NW provinces. Especially that happens with the christian tamils who live in W & NW provinces.

    Yogesh Karayalar

  308. #364. Yogesh Karayalar

    Yogesh,

    Like your response except on Vaikko.

    For yours and all others information – VAIKKO is not a joker – he is an opportunist!!!

    What KP c;aimed of him is just confirmation of the motives of Vaikko’s interest at the time.

    It is LTTE’s stupidity to trust politicians like him to save them.

    Tamil Nadu public may have soft spot for Sri Lankan Tamils but definitely not the politicians.

    They are like the monkeys on the trees – jumping from one branch to another if and when the eed arises.

  309. Comment 364.

    ———“Still many sinhalese beleive that the tamils have to live at their mercy”———-

    This assertion by Mr Karayalar is incorrect.

    Sinhalese people never wanted the Tamil people live at their mercy.
    The Tamils in Srilanka had better standard living than the Sinhalese up until Prabakaran and the LTTE took charge of them.
    In fact the living standards they enjoyed were far better than the Tamils had in Tamil Nadu.

    Even today the Tamils in Colombo live far more comfortable lives than the average Sinhalese.
    How can this be possible if the Tamils were at the mercy of the Sinhalese?

    Of course there were issues that affected Tamil people with respect to Education and Public service jobs.But the opportunistic politicians took advantage of these issues and exploited it in a way that lead to the birth of the LTTE.

    The old Federal demand gradually transformed into Separation.So going back to Federal demand will lead the Tamils back to square one.

    I am surprised at Mr Karayalar’r staunch defense of a communalist trouble maker like Vaiko. If he does not speak Tamil as his mother tongue how can he call himself a Tamil ?

    I am not sure what he implies by the Christian Tamils being Sinhalized in the W and the NW.

  310. What is happening with the kp’s NGO?????
    Please don’t let the sinhala government exploit the tamil peoples hard earned money.

  311. This is ridicules.

    Is this really KP.

    I think you have interviewed either Gotta or Basil.

    KP has back stabbed Praba and his commitment nicely.

    Whatever the differences Praba had a vision, guts and comitment.

  312. Dear DBS,
    The deaths of Mathivathani and the daughter are not clearly explained.
    Anita Pratab wrote (guessed but logically explained) about Charles Antony’s final days which is different.
    Why Balakumar and Yogi were dead in custody while KP managed to work with the govt.?
    These are un-answered questions.
    Just for clarification, did you try Nediyavan for an interview?

    Anyway good job bringing KP’s situation to the world Tamils.

    Regards,
    Je

  313. It is good that he acknowledges the mistakes that the LTTE has done. Sri Lankan people have always lived in harmony with our Tamil brothers. We never wanted war. I grew up with war. My child can now grow up in a peaceful Sri lanka.

  314. From magazines and web sites I learn that sinhalization (which includes settling sinhalese people, giving sinhalese names to tamil names, construction of buddha temples, forcing tamils to learn sinhalese) takes place in N & E provinces at a large scale. Is it true? Is it possible for tamils to get peace and wealth without losing their tamil identity and culture? KP is too optimistic. What is the reality?

  315. The biggest loser in this whole affair is India. As an Indian, I feel a sense of loss that we lost a golden opportunity to boost our influence in the Indian ocean by not supporting Prabhakaran. If only India had looked beyond Rajeev Gandhi and got Prabhakaran his EELAM, with the express understanding that India would control two huge naval bases in the East and North of Sri Lanka, we wouldn’t have the Chinese noose around our necks today. This will go down in history as the biggest blunder India made in it’s defence strategy.
    But for the Chinese and their Pakistani executors, Sri Lanka would never have defeated the LTTE whatever Gotabaya Rajapaksa may say. India shoud be ashamed it played a big role in choking the LTTE.

  316. 370 Indira,

    The” best “comment I have ever seen from anyone here.

    This is the essence of reconciliation..

    This intelligent woman’s comment puts to shame most of the egoistic commentators who have nothing to do with the real Life In Srilanka.

    Thank you dear and hope the best for you and your daughter.

  317. @373. John | September 17th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    /The biggest loser in this whole affair is India. As an Indian, I feel a sense of loss that we lost a golden opportunity to boost our influence in the Indian ocean by not supporting Prabhakaran. If only India had looked beyond Rajeev Gandhi and got Prabhakaran his EELAM, with the express understanding that India would control two huge naval bases in the East and North of Sri Lanka, we wouldn’t have the Chinese noose around our necks today. This will go down in history as the biggest blunder India made in it’s defence strategy./

    Absolutely, Right. India is the looser, not Tamils of Eelam.

  318. 375 Vani,

    Still not too late Buddy,
    Help Vaiko to get the Eelam in Tamil Nadu.
    Then use the ” Nadu Eelam” to fight Srilanka and get the whole thing Stock , Lock and Barrel.
    You will then have the Hambantota and Colombo harbors as well.

  319. Hi Anonymous! Do you remember what your historical king Duta Gemunu said to his father, when his father asked him why he was not sleeping straight in a comfortable position? He replied ” How i could sleep peacefully in a comfortable position, while, in the north there are Tamils and in the south there is a large ocean, I am very much afraid my father”. Even though the political order of the world has changed the demography has not changed. Still there is a large ocean is in your south and there are nearly 80 million Tamils to your north. Therefore, do not be too happy about y our cheating war victory. Like the way Gemunu killed the king Ellalan when Ellalan’s elephant slipped and felled, you people won over the LTTE because of your over-whelming air-power and the fire-power and not because of your bravery. Politics never had a fixed wave. So, Indian politics can change any time. Tamil-Nadu is always blood related to Srilankan Tamils. Also, do not take comfort with the few Tamil writers writings, calling the Tamil Nadu politicians jokers. That is simply those writers knowledge and their view. It is South’s brain which rules India. Do you know, though Mr Manmohan Singh is a decent and educated man he could not have handled a cunning Mahinda in a rightful way because he is still a Singh. Though Sonia handles the congress in a clever way, she could not have handled the Mahinda in a rightful way because she was still a western brought-up woman. It is the same Chidamparam who helped you to win the war, you people must fear, if the congress still in power, because he is still has Tamil blood running in his body. There in no need for an Eelam in Tamil Nadu because there is no lawful discrimination in India unlike Srilanka. It is the Srilankan Tamils need a Tamil Ealam. There is no way Tamils will bow their heads to Sinhalees. We have learnt lessons in this lost war. The next war will bring us victory.

  320. Dear Mr. DBSJ,

    I had read your four-part interview with Mr.KP. I should say it is one of the scintillating journalistic works I have come across in years. [By the way, I myself was a journalist in the past]. Your interview is breath-taking in its sweep and at the same time sharp in its focus. An amazing piece by all accounts. Perhaps this interview of your should be used as a case study in all schools of journalism.

    I have been a long time admirer of your writing. In fact, given my extraordinary interest in the Lankan Tamil issue, I was closely following your pieces in The Hindu newspaper in the 1980s and 1990s. They epitomised journalistic clarity as well as integrity. In fact, I learnt a lot from them – how to be objective even one is caught in the eddy of events.

    My salutes to you. Carry on your great work for journalism needs you.

    Regards.

    Ramachandran K

    Thank you. Why did you give up on Journalism?………….DBSJ

  321. Dear Mr. DBSJ,

    Thanks for your swift reaction.

    I was with The Hindu Business Line newspaper writing on Banking/Finance. But one morning I walked out of the paper when I could not stomach a HR decision. And now I am on my own offering training programmes for corporates.

    Warm Regards.

    Ramachandran K

    Thanks again. Wish you all the best………DBSJ

  322. DBJ ,
    small suggestion..Please call Nediyavan for an interview,
    it can help provide a more complete picture of the conflict Between KP gang & Nediyavan gang

    Apply, Apply no Reply……….DBSJ

  323. DBSJ, you are well informed i have been a avid reader of you both when front line quotes you or your website. I have a question or a clarification.

    WE cought people in Bosnia and Sarajevo and in Irag and in 9/11. i feel these were heinous crimes and the people responsible in this or the main people were put to a war crime tribunal and many were executed. and the Un took the case. why is there a partiality with KP. he did not surrender , he was nabbed and now they are telling he will play a important role and all?

  324. WE cought people in Bosnia and Sarajevo and in Irag and in 9/11. i feel these were heinous crimes and the people responsible in this or the main people were put to a war crime tribunal and many were executed. and the Un took the case.

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