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Dr. EM Sudarsana Nachiyappan

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Ten Sri Lankan Tamil political parties may seek solace from agony for two days on August 23rd & 24th in the Indian capital of New Delhi

10 Tamil parties are invited to attend a conference named “Agony & Solace” to be held at New Delhi’s prestigious Constitutional club of India

Although titled”Agony and Solace” in English the conference is called “Thuyarum theervum”(sorrow and solution) in the Tamil language

The conference organised by India’s Parliamentarian Forum on Human Rights for Global Development (PFHRGD)will be held from 11am -5pm each day

The president of PFHRGD & convenor of the conference is Dr. EM Sudarsana Nachiyappan a Rajya Sabha MP from India’s southern Tamil Nadu state

The PFHRGD comprises 150 MP’s from both houses of the Indian parliament cutting across state,party,religion,caste & ethnic affiliations

The PFHRGD sponsored conference aims at evolving a unified political stance by the Lankan Tamil parties on problems facing Sri Lankan Tamils

The PFHRGD conclave intends to formulate a framework for resolving the problems &obtain a consensus from participating Lankan Tamil parties

If a Sri Lankan Tamil party consensus is reached at the forum the PFHRGD will follow that up by mobilising support for it among Indian MP’s

This move is expected to influence Indian policy makers leading to a possible shift in New Delhi’s approach towards the Lankan Tamil issue

2 representatives from each Tamil party at leadership level (President&secretary or their nominees) have been invited by PFHRGD to New Delhi

Though ten Tamil parties have been invited it is not clear as to whether all those invited will participate in the New Delhi conference

The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Douglas Devananda the only Sri Lankan Tamil cabinet minister has NOT been invited by PFHRGD

The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal(TMVP)led by Eastern chief minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan has also been invited

Instead of inviting the Tamil National Alliance as a single entity the four constituent parties of the TNA have been invited individually

TNA party invitees are-Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) TamilEelam Liberation Organization (TELO) & the EPRLF

Jaffna district MP & party genl secy Somasundaram “Mavai” Senathirajah & national list parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran will represent the ITAK

The Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) faction led by Kandiah Premachandran(Suresh) a member of the TNA has been invited

Likewise the Padmanabha EPRLF faction led by former North-Eastern chief minister Annamalai Varadharajapperumal has also been invited

Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF)led by V.Aanandasangaree&All Ceylon Tamil United Front(ACTUF)led by Dr. K. Vickneswaran are both invited

The Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) & its break away Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) are both invited

ENDLF led by Gnanasekaram aka Paranthan Rajan is based in Bengalooru in India&is assisting the PFHRGD in facilitating the Delhi Conference

No party representing Up Country Tamils and Muslims or Tamil & Muslim MP’s from “national”parties like UNP, UPFA or JVP have been invited

It seems very probable that the “Agony&solace” conference though organized ostensibly by the PFHRGD has the tacit support of the Indian govt

Sonia Gandhi loyalist Dr.Nachiyappan being the convener & involvement of the ENDLF linked to Indian intelligence indicate high level backing

Currently the ruling Congress is targeted by ultra-nationalists in Tamil Nadu who accuse the Indian govt of being pro-Colombo&anti-Tamil

Given the inter & intra-Tamil party differences the chances of the PFHRGD sponsored conference arriving at a Tamil consensus seems doubtful

It remains to be seen as to whether the New Delhi conference will help to find a solution to Tamil sorrow or provide solace to Tamil agony

This is a bundle of tweets posted on Twitter by DBS Jeyaraj

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125 Comments

  1. The ruling Congress party name is mud now in Tamilnadu. This is a ruse to regain some popularity in the state by fixing the Tamil problem in Shri Lanka. It wont work

  2. I am originally from Sivaganga constituency in Tamilnadu.This man Nachiyappan contested my constituency in 1999 from Congress and won beating P.Chidamparam who contested separately against Congress then

    Madam Sonia Gandhi came to speak at electon meeting for him.

    Nachiyappan bent low and touched her feet many times. He also kept her slippers in his hands for long time and then respectfully put them before her to put on

    I write this to show how obedient servant of madam Sonia this man is. So he wont be doing this conference on Sri Lanka Tamil problem without her permission

    Nachiappan is the puppet. Puppet strings are with madam Sonia

  3. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is a Tamil nationalist opposed to India. The Tamil congress wont come for this meeting

  4. When Srilanka Govt says they would speak all the Tamil parties TNA and supporters only TNA represent Tamils specially in North and East. Now India also does the same as Srilanka. No Grumbling from TNA and others.What about Mrs Maheswaran an MP elected by Jaffna people. She has not been invited, i understand. india wand ti do fishing in troubled waters.

  5. This is a good chance to tell the world “WHAT IS THE TAMIL PROBLEM”. That be the reason all the Tamil parties of North/East are invited except EPDP.

    I hope UPFA’s solution is going to take wings in this conference! Further India wants to find a “FINAL” solution to the so called TAMIL PROBLEM.

    I think President Rajapaksa and Douglas Devananda are confered through different channels because they are the FINAL decision makers whatever the outcome of this conference!

  6. It’s just another step to muddy the Sri Lanka waters and show Tamil Nadu that India is doing everything possible to solve the Tamil problem. I wish Tamil parties, including those in Tamil Nadu, take no notice of this latest ploy.

  7. I hope Tamil parties will reach a consensus in New Delhi and help influence Indian policy in favour of Tamil rights

  8. TNA election victory, Strong backing from Tamil Nadu to Srilankan Tamils cause, Indian dissatisfaction of TNA-GOSL talks, Chinese manoeuvre in Sri lanka, most importantly Congress loosing grounds in Tamil Nadu are the main factors forced congress party to arrange a conference of “Agony & Solace” with the blessing of Indian higher authorities however there are differences of opinion among tamil parties, I hope constituent parties to TNA will talk in one voice and non TNA parties except one or two also opined similar to TNA

  9. therefore a consensus can be reached however there are doubts about the motive and credibility of organizers persist, tamil parties should not fall in any traps if any, thats very important

  10. Can somebody explain what is the TAMIL PROBLEM IN SRI LANKA. Over 50% of the population in Colombo, the main city of Sri Lanka are Tamils.They all live in peace and harmony with all other races.So what are these TNA, a proxy of LTTE asking for?
    At any cost SRI LANKA CANNOT BE DIVIDED AS THE LTTE WANTED!!!

  11. Further why is India meddling with internal matters of Sri Lanka.All living in Sri Lankaare SRI LANKANS AND NOT INDIANS,so India better pl keep away from meddling with other soverign countries.

  12. Like I mentioned earlier srilanka tamils are a mare 8% of the srilanka population. The only solution is for the TNA and the other separatists and their ilk to abandon their antagonistic stance and to get alone with the other 92% of the srilankan population. You dont need a conference in New Delhi to figure out this truth. There is no way that the TNA is going to get self rule, exclusive rights and all other nonsense under the sun at the expense of over 92% of the srilanka population. The solution is already there it is called the 13th amendment to the constitution and provincil councils which were set up under it. Accept it and move on and also like I said the solution is obvious, it is to get alone in peace and harmony with the rest of the over 92% of the srilankan population. This is the solution to get alone with the other 92% of the srilankan population.

  13. Good opportunity for Tamil parties to reach a consensus which will have the backing of India. As long as Tamils remain divided a solution is hard to come by. Also Indias backing is a key factor. Both can be achieved if the Tamils approach with a open heart free of past divisions and antagonisms.

  14. Well Look’s like India allready solve problems with Pakistan about Kashmieer. Now in serch of new situvation.Sri Lanka is a seperate country.The only connection That country has with India, During British Empire,British import Tamils from Southern India to work in their Tea Eastate’s (Sri Lankans refuse to work ? Cheap Labour).After Independence British left those colonies as is. Now these Colonies fighting for “who got what” in India. Sri Lanka has the same problem,About the Tamils.But Tamils were not treated less than Sinhaleese people in Sri Lanka. Any where in the world “A smart person will be successfull,Border line smart has a up hill battle” That is the real story. No one trying to help any one they trying to make money by telling people “WE going to help such and such”. Kindly think for a moment for all the money collect for somany good courses! Name one that fully funded up and running. Every fund need more money.

  15. Dear sirs,

    kindly request / ask questions from ms sonia that if sonia madam goverment help / kept silence while the sri lankan goverment to fight with the tamil tiger or tamil people that you want to support to end the war ok it is good but why ms sonia can not support for the problem solving of the tamils in sri lanka it is mean she dosn’t like whole tamils humanities thats the true.

    Dear ms sonia i knew which type of ruling you arre following what you want from the tamil humanity, I hope that you will attend the conference and speak about the tamils problem to solve by both goverments. i know that if the indian goverment not support nver sri lankan army to win from the LTTE because that they stronger then the goverment army do you know why Goverment armies are working for money but the tamil LTTE is are die for the freedom and for their entire soil.

    Now a days the island people civilians are touture more than the war period by metally & pyshically by the sinhalies visit the sri lanka you will come to know.

    i am praying for you understanding of tamil problem & give very small support to peacce you partner name to / pray all aroud the world by you action.

    hope that god is great to give you good & forgiving heart for the possitive result to the innocent human been

  16. I am horrified and feel nauseated to learn of this behaviour by Nachiyappan. Earlier some tamil nadu MPs too behaved similarly with Jayalalitha.
    But Sonia and Jeyalalitha allowed it – this shows that they liked it.
    Some are willing to lose their self respect to succed in politics.
    I think that they will all agree to disagree.

  17. I am a Mukkulathon like Sudharsana Nachiyappan.I know him very well. He is a proud Thevar who will never ever have touched feet of Sonia or carried her slippers. You are a liar. If I get hold of you I will use my veechukkambu on you

  18. Pillaiyan is getting popular and good to see he has been invited. Rajapakse will soon see the result of this meeting.

  19. Ideal circumstances for the Congress party to make some political inroads into the lost TN constituencies. Without doubt the stemming of the tide must be the main reason for this. But we shall watch with scepticism whether any good will come for Eezham Tamils.

  20. This is a repeat of Indira Gandhi’s gentle reminder to the JRJ Govt Lankan Tamils should be provided with the much denied justice and enabling conditions to run their own offairs – denied since 1956. She followed this up with that limited action of providing small arms to a few militant groups. I susupoect she had no regime-change or
    division of the country in mind. Sri Lanka matters little in Delhi’s calculation. She is no more than one of her small States. She only wanted Cbo to take away a further minor head-ache from Delhi who generally have their plate full with regular internal political volcanoes. Sri Lanka willingly allowing itself to be drawn into a relationship of dependence with China and Hambantota, given its proximity to India’s Nuclear facilities in nearby Tamilnadu, someday providing space for a Chinese naval and PRC armed forces presence, cannot be an endearing feeling there.

    This effort for a meeting at Delhi is a further reminder to Colombo to take the Tamil issue out of Delhi’s hands and peacefully and satisfactorily settle it soon. Will Colombo have the wisdom and required savvy to understand the signals.

    ISS

  21. The timing of meeting and the people invited all indicating that this is a ploy to diffuse the upcoming Indian Parlimentary discussion about War crimes and Genocide by the GOSL.

    Like US govenrment said after 9/11, one should trace the money trail for the sponorship of this meeting, then we may have many answers.

    India avoided inviting EPDP mainly because it’s leader has an arrest warrent in India for a murder charges and TN government is actively pursuing this charges now.

  22. This is a good chance for TNA to publicity the ruling UPFA’s ploy of dragging the problem by talking in various tongue and appointing committees without giving any written proposal as TNA insisted.

  23. Is it a Sri Lankan Problem or Indian Problem? WOW! they all trying to get elected using poor Sri Lankan Tamils!
    Can you all stop this and mind your own business. Your people are dying on streets. People are treated like animals
    if they are low cast in Tamil nadu. What a shit! these as…0ls are tryng to discuss what is good for Sri Lanka.!!!
    MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!!

  24. The only problem the Tamils are having is interference from politically bankrupt Tamil Nadu politicians who are totally incompetent in solving their own problems and are trying their very best to divert attention from their own domestic problems by interfering in its neighbor’s internal affairs. Sri Lanka’s Tamil speaking people are Sri Lanka’s people – just like its own Sinhala speaking and English speaking people. Sri Lanka doesn’t discriminate any person speaking any language and consider all persons as Sri Lankans – who have the right to settle down and live in any area in that country irrespective of the language they speak. So please take your filthy hands off Sri Lanka and find solutions to your own domestic issues – especially the millions of homeless and shanty dwellers, the millions of beggars, millions who use the roadside, beaches and railways as their toilets, the millions of lepers who are living in miserable conditions, the discrimination of so-called low castes – and many more problems. Sri Lanka does not have a TAMIL problem – it only has a problem with TAMIL NADU!

  25. Indian Government has told the Sri lankan Government unequivocally that resettlement, and power sharing by the Tamils have to be implemented soon. Why do the Indian parliamentarians want a conference with the Sri lankan Tamil Parties. Why should it be called as “sorrow and Solution”. Is it not rubbishing the Tamils of Sri Lanka to make them more sorrowful and then suggest them a solution for their sorrow. What the Tamils want now is the removal of the Emergency regulations and remove the army administration to a civil one. Immediate resettlement of those who are displaced. Remove the high security zones in the North and allow the people to go to their lands.I am yet to understand what is “reconcilliation” means. If it is a reconcilliation betweem the Sinhalese and the Tamil communities, the ball rests in the government’s court.

  26. Peace in any form is better than no peace at all. But what about the freedom to Tamils? No country has ever benefited from a discrminatory political apparatus. USSR failed because there is little freedom, British empire survived beacuse it responded to the people. Tamils will do good in the future, but not as the “Pannam Koddais” and “Dosais”, but as a modern community. Justs give us 10 years and watch the progress.

  27. God sends sinners to hell to suffer for their sins; The Devil sends the worst of those sinners to Tamil Nadu for further punishment! (Its a contract between the Devil and Vaiko.

  28. Jawahar and Suhasini, Well said
    It is clearly a ruse and a ploy to hoodwink the international opinion at a crustal time

  29. Hi Baskar,
    You may be right, but Sutharsina Nachiyappan is the only one who genuvinly want to help the Tamils than any congress MPs in Tamilnadu. In the Indian cabinet, only Foreign Minister M.S.Krishna is honest in helping the Sri Lankan Tamils but he cannot alone do anything while the rest in the cabinet are anti Tamils. Even though the rest of the Tamilnadu members didn’t took her slippers he deserve more respect by the Sri Lankan Tamils for the interest he is showing towards us. Chithamparam knows the matter very well, he came to Sri Lanka, studied the matter and gave a proposal called “Chithamparam’s Proposal” but he is not at all interested in helping the Sri Lakan Tamils. Indian government helped out of the way to Sri Lanka not only to win the war also used their UN officers to protect the foreign intervention. In the last visit by Menon and high ranking officers they were clearly told by the Gov.of SL that the Police power or Land power will not be devolved to the North and East. Once the decision is told what they are going to do after this conference while they are not even ready to impose an economic sanction. Still the Indian officers in the UN are working against the Tamils, says the recent guardian article. So what India is trying to do is just by keeping the Tamils behind them, they want to protect the other western countries interfering in this matter.

  30. I don’t get the Tamil parties of the North and somewhat the of the East (NE). Thier entire strategy in the post war period is not going to achieve much for themselves or the constituents. Particularly if they bring back a consensus from India and ask the MR SLFP govt to make changes according to that consensus. MR will not give up vots to the JVP or UNP by abiding by requests made by Tamil parties that convened in India. Seriously do the Tamil parties know how many votes MR is going to lose in terms of votes from the Sinhala majority, therefore he will reject any requests made to him when those requests are made in such a fashion.

    As a political party of a minority, if you are not in a kingmaker position then the strategy you must take must suit the political landscape of the time. This Tamil parties of the NE need to open minds and take a good political lesson from old man Mr. Thondaman and more recently his sons, and also the Muslim parties. I can understand very much the concerns of the Tamil parties of NE, over militarisation, lack of Tamil speaking govenment officials, need for employment of Tamils in local businesses, sexual harrasment faced by war widows, corruption from Devananda and the list goes on and on, not mention police and land powers as a part of devolution.

    MR though many Tamils see him a warmonger, a buffon, an idiot, a man that cannot speak with much charisma whereas is in reality a somewhat decent administrator and much more than anything else a very very cunning politician. That is one of his main skills and advantages. He is a man of massive croynism, ego boosting projects but also a man of intelligence. He is actually not a racist or willing to use racism as a political tool, although many in the Tamil community of the North and Diaspora may see him in this way. So race card wise he is not like JR or old Mrs B.

    As an aside my opinion is that the Eelam war post 2006 for the country was a neccesity for the country even though it cost a tragic amount of Tamil lives. The JVP war in the early 90s was similarly necessary even though it also tragically had a huge cost in the amount of lives lost. A whole generation of young men in the south was basically wiped out. If Tamil people don’t understand that if they challenge the government with violence the GOSL will come down on them very very hard.

    What I am saying here I have not exaggerated to win an arguement, but a fact. I have an uncle that was in the defence forces in the early 70s during Mrs. B’s time. As a junior officer he was called in by central command of all 3 defence forces (army, navy, airforce). They were as a whole (the entire forces) to scour the country for JVP rebels. My uncle was to lead a 2 platoons and given a certain area of jungle to investigate. The order given by the heads of the military at that time was to quote “take no prisoners”. My uncle was an honourable and kind man and was vehemenantly opposed to such orders as was his friends in the forces. He said thankfully that they did not come across any JVP in the time he lead the platoons but if he did he was adamant that he gave orders to take anyone they came across into custody or if they shot upon that they were to shoot back without hesitation. Uncle said on the other hand there were colonels and other officers as he put it sadly took on the orders with glee. They would line whomever the found and shoot them in the back of the head or line them up at banks of a river or on a bridge over a creek or river and shoot them in the head and watch the bodies wall into the water. That was how the JVP insurrections were dealt with by Mrs. B back in the 70s. Uncle left the forces in the 80s to emigrate. However what he was told by colleagues about the early 90s about the JVP was that it was a more brutal war than the one in the 90s. Remember those killed were all Sinhalese. A more talked about figure about deaths in the 90s JVP war was about 70000-80000 deaths (of young men largely). If a group through violent means challenges the govt they are really walking to their deaths. In that way, the actual rehabilitation and amnesty given to the Tiger cadre by MR after the is much more lenient that what occurred in the past and perhaps shows some magnamity and modern humane thinking from MR. Or perhaps he could not due what past govts had done to terrorits and rebels due international pressure, people currently in the defence forces or current govt would have a better idea.

    Apologies for getting side tracked. MR will never give police or land powers in devolution, that is massive political loss for him and a great gain for those idiots the JVP. Additionally due to no great economic management from MR but purely due to the end of the war the economy has improved tremoundously and will continue at a healthy rate for some period to come. It is purely demagraphical statistics. SL has similary demographic statistics compared to Thialand and Malaysia except in the GDP per capita statistic. The Malaysian govt is also highly corrupt and rampant with cronysim but they are also highly efficient. Mahathir was in power for 30 years and not longer only because the man himself stepped down. Lee in Singapore which is by no means a democracy in his time was basically a dictator.

    This is the political landscape facing the Tamil parties of the NE. Mahinda will win the next presidential election and looking at the parlous state of the UNP probably the government elections will go to the SLFP. IF after the next presidential elections the economy continues to grow MR will get re-elected again, and again and again just like Mahathir.

    MR is probably the most efficient President or Prime Minister in SL’s history at getting politicians from opposing parties to join his party. The Tamil parties of the NE need to realise use and use it to their favour. Should they behind closed doors try to work with MR or ally with MR with a view to ousting Devananda as the current govts chief Tamil ally in the North they will get many many more concessions, developmental work and control over government resource and departments than what their current strategy has got them. Then if they bide their time and MR wcrews up the economy they will be in a position to kingmakers and extract more of what they want. Of course this kind of strategy is not going to win support in Tamil Nadu or the diaspora but ironically will get their current constituents who actually voted for them much more benefits.

    Please criticise what I have written. I would like to know any thoughts people may have.

  31. I appreciate your honesty in your ‘advice’. Most of the spin ‘doctors’ in this this forum advocate the same indirectly. In a nut shell, Tamils have to collaborate with a regime which comprised of war criminals, terrorists
    budhist fundamentalists, Sinhala ultra nationalists, Psudo leftists and grease devils,to be assimilated by the sinhala majority. Democracy is a curse for Sri-Lanka. In your words Mahinda will not do the right thing so that he will not lose the sinhala vote bank. You are exactly right, That is what VP thought 30 years ago. They say history repeats. The regime won the war, but yet to win the peace. The methods of struggle may change but the struggle will continue until a reason for that exists. It is extreamly difficult to change the collective mahavamsa mind set of an entire community who boasts an animal is their fore father. I was asked, ‘why you guys have a dangerous animal and a weapon in your national flag’ I said to them ‘I have no idea,

    kanian

  32. This looks like another Thimpu talk. The Indian (congress) government is trying to fool Tamil Nadu. I think India also has joined hands with Sri Lanka to drag the issue without any outcome (simply talk, talk and talk)to make Tamil Nadu happy. There is no point in talking, India has to tell Sri Lanka to fully implemment the 13th amendment, it is simple as that. Why all these talks, is the Indian government and the Sri Lankan government going to get together and force something much less then the 13th amendment down the Tamil throats???

    We have seen so many such Thimpu talks, please do not try to hoodwink all the time, people cannot be fooled all the time.

  33. Dr. Naachiappan

    It is toooo late… you have put the celebrated Rip Van Winkle to shame … the agenda as per this report has neither any foresight nor seems to have any goals. Atleast state a Goal and follow-up; for example, a clear Task of de-militarization of NE within few weeks; if this is not demanded during the conference and implemented no point in holding this meeting. First thing is to bring the entire NE under civilian rule and without which nothing would happen. Also where is Mr.DR.Karthigeyan? has he been invited to share his knowledge and will he be given a role in setting the directions for the future??

    There is a sense of disillusionment and dissension within Tamil Nadu; though it may not immediately lead to insubordination looks like New Delhi is begging such a turnaround from Tamils in Tamil nadu going by the recent statements by the PM.

    Atleast ensure things would turn better now than to feel sorry later.

  34. This is what I was telling all the time. For any talk with the Sri Lankan government, the Tamil parties should involve India. India should act as the mediator.

  35. Kanian,

    I think Aus Lankan has beautifully and clearly articulated the real situation in Sri Lanka. I believe that it is a very accurate analysis and the majority of Sinhalese (I believe over 90%) will agree with that. Kanian, you can keep on repeating the words like buddhist fundamentalists, Sinhala ultra nationalists etc etc as much as you like if it gives you some satisfaction but the reality is that Sinhala nationlist parties (eg. Sinhala Urumaya) in their best times cannot even get 10% of the votes in Sri Lanka. So majority of Sinhalese will not give much attention to this type of talk. But, as I said earlier, by continually repeating those words you may get some satisfaction but it will not help to understand the reality or solve any problem. Whether we like it or not democratic system is considered to be the best form of governance and Sri Lanka is still a functioning democracy, even with its shortcomings. So in a democracy, Rajapakse or any one else has no choice but to listen to the majority if they wants to be in politics. Tamils can fight for equal rights and majority of Sinhalese have not and will not object to it. However, if Tamils fight for ‘more rights’ than Sinhalese no politician can sell that to the people in the south. For example giving police and land powers of 30% of the country to 8% of the population is ‘giving too much’ in the eyes of the Sinhalese. I don’t know whether you are calling it ‘mahavansa mind set’ or ‘buddhist fundamentalisms’ but for me it is how a democratic system works. Can you give me a single example in the democratic world where a minority has won more powers and previleges than the majority?

    The actions of TNA, Tamilnadu politicians and Tamil diaspora have reinforced the view of the sinhalese that Tamils can’t be trusted in the current environment and it is very risky to give them more powers.After all Tamilnadu is only 20 miles away! Also a significant proportion of them are working against Sri lanka though there are many exeptions such as DBS, and Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

    I can see that you are not going to agree with me. So according to you the fight will continue. But what have you achieved after 60 years of peaceful and armed fighting? In my opinion if you continue to fight for ‘more rights’ than sinhalese another large number of tamils will be able to seek asylum in western countries and the Tamil vote base will further reduced to be insignificant in Sri Lankan political landscape. During the last 30 years the number of parliamentary seats in the Nothern province has reduced from 13 to 6 and the tamils have lost the ‘king maker’ status once Amirthalingham enjoyed for ever. If you keep on fighting Tamil population will be further reduced and in fact has the potential to solve the ‘Tamil problem’ in Sri lanka for ever by making north-east tamils 3rd largest minority in Sri lanka behind muslims.

    In my opinion Sinhalese are not against tamils and have no issues with tamils enjoying equal rights in Sri lanka. However, they are against giving them control over a land area disproportionately higher than their population.

  36. several ex tamil M pea nuts who are in agony since they were rejected (bcoz of their extremist ideologies) by real victims of war in SL goes to seek solace in delhi.
    this is an open conspiracy.

  37. Your observations are right. A sinister mindset exists among Tamil politicians. They always trust UNP which is the worst party of Sri Lankan politics and did many wrongs to the Tamils than SLFP. Tamil politicians dont care about the Tamil population except their votes.

    Both UNP and Tamil parties still feel some unknown/known white country will come and salvage them!

    If Tamil people get killed. those deaths become political capital for Tamil parties. Sofar Tamil parties never ask UNP why they did not prosecute any criminal involved in the 1983 riots.

    Now they cry against Mahinda who destroy the LTTE terrorists and saved thousands of Tamils. These Tamil politicians simply forget that LTTE killed their leaders like A.Amirthalingam or Neelan but cry to prosecute Mahinda for destroying those killers.

    Further this kind of mentality of self-destruction bring Tamils as the 3rd minority as you said!

  38. non violent strugle, vaddukotai resolution,referandom for independant Eelam,violent strugle, TESO conferance organised by DMK( all political parties attended the conferance except ADMK)no parties in India were against the independant Eelam.3 rd party involvement in to the crisis,Indo- lanka agreement,Eelam declaration by democratically elected NEPC.Norway’s facilitation,UN advisory pannel report on possible war crime by GOSL and LTTE,no one has the right to grind the chillies on Eelam citizens head.Big or small UN will protect all.
    An Eelam citizen

  39. Eelam is so Democratic.appreciate the value of dissent.Big or small UN will protect all.
    An Eelam citizen

  40. This type of touching feet of the politicians is unique to Tamil Nadu only. I do not see this in Sri Lanka. Why they are doing this?

  41. My dear monkey,
    Tamil population was 14% last year, 12 early this year, 10 last month and today you say 8%. at this rate if you wait for few more months, even 13th amendment is not necessary.
    We all know it is difficult to get anything from monkey’s hands.

  42. in TESO( Tamil Eelam Supportes Organisation) conferance conducted by DMK all political parties of india attended except ADMK! are there any concurrents?
    blinds can’t guide other blinds!Final solution is now in the UN’s hand. Big or small UN will protect all.
    An Eelam citizen

  43. Is this not another round of Thimpu Talks and do you hope Nachchyappan is not Bandari?.I am sure this time thease participants wont take their hands from their mouth and back.
    An Eelam citizen

  44. to make the conferance a genuin one other parties can clarify the True nature of Mr nachchyappan.
    An Eelam Citizen

  45. I totally agree with you. This was what GG said in 1948 to SJV when he defected TC and formed Federal Party. GG worked with the govt and did yeoman service to the Tamil areas which no other Tamil politicians did as of TODAY.
    Tamil nationalism was born not because of any real need to the people but for the political survival of FP and to defeat Tamil Congress. Slowly the Tamils unknowingly became addicted to this unwanted ‘separatist’ feeling. It was FP stalwarts who invented the word ‘Thamil Thurohi’ and GG was first victim of it.
    Therefore with persons like Mavai, Suresh Premachandran Tamils cannot work with any Colombo governments. SJV, and not VP, shall take full responsibility for this mess today.

  46. Big like India or small like moldives UN protects all. so India pl keep away from meddling with other soverign countries.
    An Eelam citizen

  47. India mind your own troubles.there is no military solution to this conflict.Big or small UN protects all.your country has bigger problems than Eelam.
    An Eelam citizen

  48. there are thouands for military solution but not UN.Big or small UN protects all.
    An Eelam citizen

  49. Sri Lanka’s Tamil speaking people are Sri Lanka’s people – just like its own Sinhala speaking and English speaking people. Sri Lanka doesn’t discriminate any person speaking any language and consider all persons as Sri Lankans – who have the right to settle down and live in any area in that country irrespective of the language they speak.

    So please take your filthy hands off Sri Lanka and find solutions to your own domestic issues – especially the millions of homeless and shanty dwellers, the millions of beggars, millions who use the roadside, beaches and railways as their toilets, the millions of lepers who are living in miserable conditions, the discrimination of so-called low castes – and many more problems.

  50. I do agree with most of your observations. If Delhi is enacting a drama as you suspect the invited parties will detect the bluff in no time. On the other hand if Delhi is honest in its intention to help find an acceptable political solution, the effort cannot be faulted. In view of the colossal blunders Delhi made in the past in the handling of the Sri Lankan issue, one hopes Delhi learned the right lessons and therefore it could be expected to get it right this time.

    In good faith, I believe Delhi is apparently sending an unmistakable signal to Cbo to get its act together.

  51. In Tamil NAdu, many Mukkulathons like minister Pannerselvam
    Touch the feet of Jayalalitha. It is a known fact. It is not surprising that Sudarsana Natchiappan lick the feet of Sonia Gandhi.

  52. Sri Lanka does not have a TAMIL problem – it only has a problem with TAMIL NADU!
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    Srilanka has a problem with Tamilnadu. That is why India interferes.

  53. Haris

    “Sri Lanka is still a functioning democracy, even with its shortcomings”.

    In your dreams SL may be a functioning democracy. After seeing the picture of the injured Editor of Uthayan, Gnanasundaram Kuganathan, I would without hestitation call what you have is a totalitarian regime. Freedom of the Press is an essential feature of a democracy.

    At best, what SL has is a dysfunctional democracy. Not a functioning democracy by any standards.

  54. The fate of India, in DBSJ’s phrase, ‘inextricably intertwined’ with that of Tamil Nadu. Sooner or later New Delhi will have to make a choice from two options 1. a united Sri-Lanka and a devided India 2. a devided Sri-Lanka and united India. Hopefully, the oldmen in southern block (external affairs) in New Delhi will come to terms with the paradox and choose the second option.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I have written and will continue to write that the destiny of the Sri Lankan Tamils is inextricably inter-twined with that of the Sinhalese

    Please dont twist what I wrote

  55. Tamil Canuck:

    Easily said than done! This is opportunity to get divided and fall prey to the tactics of gonicidal Sinhalese.

  56. [Given the inter & intra-Tamil party differences the chances of the PFHRGD sponsored conference arriving at a Tamil consensus seems doubtful]

    Above sums up the whole story.

    So sad.

  57. I remember Nachyappan in the DMK’s Tamilnadu delegation which went to Lanka in the invitation of Rajabaksa after the war and endorsed the Rajabaksa’s stand. Their visit and Rajabaksa’s lunch giving was used by Rajabksa’s as approval by Tamilnadu and India for his brutal handling of Tamil affairs.

    I think this may be another ploy to deter the united effort of Tamil’s international movement gathering pace. TNA should be very careful on this matter.

  58. while any initiative to help tamils in srilanka is welcome.i am quite skeptical when it comes to congress it has never helped tamils not only belonging to srilanka but also to tamilnadu.hence we can find congress in tatters in tamilnadu.while no doubt congress is a party with a pan india prescence it cant spearhead an ethnic campaign.but what congress did and is doing to srilankan tamils is causing irreparable harm.in the name of keeping out chinese it is supporting rajapakshe government though this has not stopped china from maintaining its stranglehold on the island.what i read about the ground situation is even more alarming.i happened to read two tamizh literary magazines which carried the article of a writer who is based in killinoch .writer depicts vividly how srilankan army is building buddhist viharas and statues trying to change the cultural character of the north east.he also tells how srilankan army threw biscuits to tamil refugees after the war was over.the reality in north east calls for an international effort to stop the ongoing sinhalisaton which has the backing of srilankan government.let us not believe the crap that there is no sinhala or tamil identity.there is only a srilankan identity.problem cant be solved by refusing to believe the reality.reality is there is a tamil identity and sinhala identity we have to take efforts to co exist peacefully.let us help srilankan tamils who are sufferring from dont have basic necessities if we dont help them now we cant help them at any future date.

  59. Not only the Singhalese and Tamils, the world has become such small, the entire globe is inextricably inter-twined with each other. This applies to the emerging super power China and the US as both of them cannot progress wothout each other.

  60. Excuse me, the inception of all the problems was by none other than SWRD who swept to power on an exclusieve racist ideology (elected by the so called moderate majority community) which was continued and bolsted by every government and the opposition.

  61. Your points are very much valid and only to the majority community. You have touched the very root cause of all these troubles in the longgggggggggggg statement of yours which is an opportunity for all the citizens to take part in the governance of the country. I concur with you that the old man Thondaman survived but I could give you much longer list with many names such as Douglas, JVP, Karuna etc. All of them have just accepted the status quo and personally flourishing. Lasantha could have also saved his life by giving up his impartial journalism. Majority of the people in dictatorships such as Libya, Iran, Iraq, Syria are also surviving by giving into the regimes. What we are calling is that we need a political system that would give equal opportunity to every citizen in running the affairs of the country and cherish their cultures.

  62. Hinduism is not a religion as you think. Rajah is correct. It is a synthesis of various culture that existed in various parts of Indian suncontinent. You say that Hindu marriages are same everywhere. You contradict your own statement that marriage habits of TN Tamils and SL Tamils are different. Then whether SL Tamils are non-Hindus or TN Tamils are non-Hindus? You are always in a fools paradise. Fool, you know that marriage habits of different castes of Hinduism differ. Marriage habits of different linguistic groups differ. Some times marriage habits of the same caste group in different districts differ.

    Unity in Diversity. That is the power of Hinduism. Hinduism not an eccentric religion as you think. It assimilates different cultures, habits and customs. Hinduism is the binding force in India since it permits diversity. If it becomes a monolithic one according to the whims and fancies of few elites it can no longer be the binding force.

    You are fooled by surname to include me in the list of Karayars of Eazham. If you are intelligent enough try to correlate my surname to the correct caste name.

  63. Mokkai Sivanantha! Hinduism is not a religion as you think. Rajah is correct. It is a synthesis of various culture that existed in the various parts of Indian suncontinent. You say that Hindu marriages are same everywhere. You contradict your own statement that marriage habits of TN Tamils and SL Tamils are different. Then whether SL Tamils are non-Hindus or TN Tamils are non Hindus? You are always in a fools paradise. Fool, you know that marriage habits of different castes of Hinduism differ. Marriage habits of different linguistic groups differ. Some times marriage habits of the same caste group in different districts differ.

    Unity in Diversity. That is the power of Hinduism. Hinduism not an eccentric religion as you think. It assimilates different cultures, habits and customs. Hinduism is the binding force in India since it permits diversity. If it becomes a monolithic one according to the whims and fancies of few elites it can no longer be the binding force.

    You are fooled by surname to include me in the list of Karayars of Eazham. If you are intelligent enough try to correlate my surname to the correct caste name.

  64. 3d,

    The very fundamental requirement of a functioning democracy is giving people the opportunity to elect their own representatives to parliament, local governments etc. In the case of Sri Lanka, though it has not been always ‘free & fair’, the election outcomes in the recent history have represented true verdict of the people. That is why I said Sri lanka is a functioning democracy, even with its short comings.

    .

  65. Jay Ranaweera, good question.
    Present TAMIL PROBLEM IN SRI LANKA is indeed the rapid proliferation of dumbos like you darling!

  66. I totally agree with what Cayman says on August 21st.

    DBSJ has said: The destiny of the Sri Lankan Tamils is inextricably inter-twined with that of the Sinhalese.

    I totally agree with this also but there are very few who can understand the wisdom of all these words.

    If singalese and Tamils are so much different , how can they get married and have very successful unions?

    This shows there is nothing different between the races but politicians have made this difference for their gravy train and the idots dont realise!!

  67. Congress government helped the SL Tamils by helping the Rajapaksha government to destroy the USA/UK backed LTTE terrorists. USA/UK is always allied with Pakistan and against India all the time. India destroyed another anti-Indian terror from the South. If you are really a patriotic Indian, you better support Congress!

    SL Tamils will decide whether they want to be Tamils or Sinhalese. TN Tamils have no business here.

  68. Aus Lankan/Haris
    Why do you look at this whole issue in a racial line? Think on a provincial basis and provide such powers in dispute to all provinces. To alleviate the fear of the majority, the northeast has been split now so what is the problem. The necessary constitutional frame work already exists but GoSL does not want to implement, it has been the problem. To justify your point of view and make it look good, you compare land mass and population of the NE to that of the island. The percentage comparision is a non issue if you start think in terms of provinces.

    What is there in devolution if those two powers are kept at centre? Dealing with DD or stopping widows being raped?. You would be familiar with power sharing arrangement in countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, India, etc. between the States and the Centre. If such arrangement is proven to be working in those countries, why do you think it will not work in nine provinces in SL.? Because of these two provinces, other 7 provinces are also denied their own constituents managing their own affairs in their own regions. This addresses the issue the youth of South was also facing and rebel against time and again. Whoever killed in SL they are all SriLankan. They fought for a couse, may be the method adopted to achieve it was wrong but what is not deniable though is they have had an issue.

    The problem SL faces largely is a making of a majority with a minority complex, and the two parties that governed the country alternatively; demagogues used this racial tension rousing the majority to their maximum benefit at the expenses of a minority, which has been suppressed of its basic rights by successive governments, and then by LTTE. And, now this Govt claimed that it performed a humanitarian operation rescuing people from LTTE, but then keeping Army for ever, to rescue people from whom. Are you happy to see soldiers running around your home and to lead a life with a feeling that you have been continuously watched by someone?

    My point is finding a solution to this problem that is fair to all is crucial and it should be worked out fairly quickly. The people affected are rebuilding their lives despite the losses they suffered, thinking a solution acceptable to moderates would be found. This is the reason that they voted in TNA, rather than going after “give aways” promised by other parties. I found you quoting Thonda and his son corporation with Governments is bit mischief. Do you believe plight of an estate worker has improved remarkably after receiving all the concessions you mentioned as they received? Not involving with VP; they become bilingual, etc. good things, but that does not mean their standard of living rose nor did the working conditions, at least in par with other folks, given their contributions in earning the US$$. Your suggestion to get equal rights through concession has flaws. Fostering that kind of attitude at the centre is not good for the country let alone ethnic harmony; undoubtedly it will only promote corruption, nepotism and cronyisms. Tamils have had history of concession seekers worked with Governments in the past, besides Thonda but what all they did were filling their own pockets or, bashing their own people more severe than a Sinhalese does, just to prove their loyalty to the boss.

  69. After butchering thousands of Tamils, anything from Sonia is stronger than cyanide to Tamils. Not sure what is Sonia’s hidden agenda through Dr. MSN. Personally it is hard to forgive not just Sonia but her offspring for the horrible inhumane revenge she took for her husband. India (especially Indian congress, including Indra/Rajiv/RAW/DMK/ADMK) is one of the main cause for the creation of multiple Tamil groups in Sri Lanka. Of course, we cannot blame others for our weakness and loss. I hope this meeting is not going to create another ENDLF to further split the Tamils. Not sure the exact reason behind this meeting, for sure evil Sonia (sorry!) doesn’t bother with Tamil issues, may be in a need to send a message to keep MR and company under control or keep away from Chinna, or calm TN, or just some bs to fools Tamils and UN…

    I wish Indian government (Official Indian government, not congress or any particular political party);
    1) Openly call all SL Tamil political parties drop or give-up their groups, if not join TNA at least come under one common umbrella. India should send a strong message that if they are not going to unit, Indian not going to deal with any Tamil political parties. Period!
    2) Openly call GOSL to fully implement 13 amendments immediately or strongly advocate for federal solution.
    3) Openly state India’s stand on CH4/Headline or even UN report on Sri Lanka.

  70. SL Hindus learn Hinduism at schools. In TN nothing. So, you have no idea of Hindus or Hindu religion.

  71. [Sonia Gandhi loyalist Dr.Nachiyappan being the convener & involvement of the ENDLF linked to Indian intelligence indicate high level backing]

    That does not bode too well for the tamils. If he is a sonia loyalist,forget about anything worthwile for the tamils coming out of this.

    Tamils have to understand simple realities.This congress regime led by sonia is pro rajapakshe and anti tamil.If they can’t get that into their thick skulls they are still going on the ride. The tamil parties should have asked jayalaitha whether they should attend. I don’t think they did that?Stick to jaya and give the congress government and anything organised by their henchmen like this Dr.nahiyappan a good wide berth,because it will not be in the tamil’s interest.This conference is merely to show that sonia has the support of the tamil parties in srilanka.The tamil parties should not have attended it, to clearly show to india that they do not trust sonia anymore.

    By the way this nachiappan looks like M.R.Radha .Taking into consideration M.R.Radha shot MGR,must be a dangerous and eccentric like him.Anyway whenever someone has a doctorate i would give them a wide berth because they are not practical types and mostly eccentrics good for research and other jobs that require introverted types.

  72. The Tamils should remember that even the worst-run democracy like the Sri Lankan government is more just, and more peaceful than the best-run dictatorship like the LTTE. They should also realize that violent militancy has failed to deliver; instead it only devastated the North and East and stalked the Tamils with displacement and death.

    TNA has two options,

    If they really want to develop the North and East, then they have to be like the CWC (Thondaman), always support the winning side of the Sri Lankan government and get the maximum help from the South.

    On the other hand, if they really insist of devolution of power that the Sinhalese are not willing to give, then they have to confront the Sri Lankan government. After all, it is for the Tamil people in the North and East to decide how they wish to settle the Tamil question.

    After six months of talk with the present Sri Lankan government on devolution, due to no constructive outcome, it is believed that the TNA is thinking of alternative ways such as a civil struggle by mobilizing the Tamil masses. As an alternative, the TNA can adopt the Non-Violent Direct Action exemplified several decades ago by the Civil Rights Movement under Martin Luther King in the USA, and then by the Falun Gong Movement in China, which are very practical alternative techniques. We also see such uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Such alternatives provide a less unethical, less immoral and certainly less mortal route and it is open to every Tamil.

    It is true that the peaceful struggle tried for many years in the fifties and sixties by the federal party was beaten up by the police and government hired thugs, but the times have completely changed now. Today the Tamil problem is internationalized and the entire world is watching us. Even if one Tamil gets killed by the government during such peaceful protest, it will be a big issue at international level.

    This government or any other Sinhala majority government is never ever going to devolve power to the Tamils. Only a non-violent mass struggle with the support of India and the International community will put pressure on the Sri Lankan government to atleast implement the 13th amendment in full.

  73. Tamils dont have any trust on democracy. If they have, they never support LTTE so long! Diaspora Tamils live in democratic countries but they still back a criminal and undemocratic LTTE. Tamils think they can intimidate and achive their goals. They forget the Sinhalese are 70% and Tamils are 8%.

    Democratically or undemocratically Tamils cannot get anything at the moment. No foreign masters of the Tamil hooligans come in public to support the foolish Tamil ideas!

  74. PIMP culture is really introduced by LTTE and no others. You just vomit American propaganda against DD.

  75. I Quote…….

    “””The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader”””

    Max De Pree, in Leadership Is an Art (1989), p. 9

  76. Being tamils or Sinhalees is an agreement with God. but being an Indian or Italian or chineese is agreement with people!Now UN system is reviewing why UN failed to prevent war crime?so in the near future people come agreement with Eelam.tamils always obey the god’s agreement
    A Eelam Vaasi

  77. the problem is written constitition is not enough for them they can’t function without external assistance.many 3rd parties come for help. first India then liam box,follwed by Norway. and up to now they had the choice to change the expertice help like changing their cricket coaches. now Srlankans assigned the world best expert (UN).As UN has the power even to set up a seperate government smoothly running in democratic way with minimum external supervision in the close proximity of Srilanka as a role modal. Eelam citizens also feel comport with this powerfull 3rd party.
    An Eelam citizen

  78. #D,
    Sri Lanka is a functioning democrasy. You use the example of the Uthayan Editor, so How do you explain the killings in Norway and the recent Riots in Great… sorry NOt so Great Britain.
    I endorse Haris statement repeated below.
    ‘The very fundamental requirement of a functioning democracy is giving people the opportunity to elect their own representatives to parliament, local governments etc. In the case of Sri Lanka, though it has not been always ‘free & fair’, the election outcomes in the recent history have represented true verdict of the people. That is why I said Sri lanka is a functioning democracy, even with its short comings.’
    We have it the tamils have it and the muslims have it. face it we have democratic systems.

  79. Simply, the purpose of this conference is to blow up the divisions. Every corner of the world has many political parties. What is big deal about it? It is not for a solution to be found. In the last local elections, TNA swept most of the NE. The others are worthless talking. The Nachiappan and his masters are playing with the Tamils again. They will have their lessons learned, one day.

  80. Dilshanf

    Personally I would define Sri Lanka as a malfunctioning democracy with a tendency to neo-patrimonialism, or if you prefer, a neo-patrimonial democracy.

  81. Je

    Simply, the purpose of this conference is to blow up the divisions.
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    I think you are right. The invitations were given not to the TNA,but to the individual parties constituting it.The divide and rule policy again,as when india supported PLOTE and TELO and sidelined the LTTE in the 1980’s resulting in butchery among the tamil youth. India is starting its stunts again.When they come to the conference india will try to entice some to break away from the TNA.

  82. Very valid point, as 8% has not much of a political clout they had to globalise thru terror to lure the like minded for the cause therefore 1st have to identify what is Tamil problem in current context? India has to be cautious whether this will lead to sever the southern India from the rest.
    China’s stand is different not to interfere with internal affairs of any country.

  83. Monkey

    The solution is already there it is called the 13th amendment to the constitution and provincil councils which were set up under it. Accept it and move on and also like I said the solution is obvious,
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    As i told you once before and you did not reply,why doesn’t the government implement the 13th amendment fully. You keep on talking about the 13th amendment and blaming the tamils for not accepting it.It is already there in the constitution but the government is not implementing it.The 13th amendment envisages the merger of the northeast and the granting of police and land powers to the provincial councils,all which the government does not want to implement.So ask your own government why it is keeping this amendment in limbo even after 24 years,as the indo lanka accord was signed in 1987.earlier the excuse was the war and LTTE,now both are ended more than 2 years ago.Now what is the excuse?

  84. Yogesh Karayalar is not off the mark when he observes Hinduism is not a religion.
    In a strict sense this view can be maintained even in a discussion among Hindu scholars. I subscribe to the theory those who fall within the category of Hindus today are those submitting to the Sanatana Dharma philosophy. This is being widely recognised among the learned in India – more in recent times. I have noted several references to this by the learned – albeit controversial – Dr. Subramaniam Swamy.

    ISS

  85. Homosapiens sapiens is one Human spp.if a mongoloid marry a nicroid they can give viable offsprings. like that if a cocasian marry a mongolian they can give viable offspring.mongoloids, nicroids,cocosoids and australoids are pure lines belong to the same human spp. If a donkey marry a horse they can give birth a dole! but that is unproductive.we sinhalees, tamils are not pure lines.but Srilanka and Eelam are seperate nations. after lightenig strike thunder strike might be get delayed.but arrival of UN indicate birth of a new nation. please don’t mix all like politicians.
    A Eelam Vaasi

  86. Devananda has more power and voice over the decision making process in the “Tamil Problem” than stupid TN politicians or Jayalalitha!

  87. What is wrong? An opportunity to kiss the fair and lovely feet of Queen Sonia Gandhi or the pretty dainty feet of Madam Jayalalithaa is the best blessing any man from your caste can get

    If I a proud Sinhalaya from Sri Lanka can lick their feet and suck their toes why cat you dar and dirty people do it?

  88. Sad that the no party representing the Central Tamizhs and no party representing the Southern Tamizhs have been invited. Don’t they also deserve an Indian holiday tamasha? Afterall the Central, Southern and Eastern Tamizhs out number the Northern tamizhs 5 to 1.

  89. shanky sinhalese let it be mahinda or chandrika or ranil will never implement 13th amendment becoz they want this war hysteria to continue.sinhalese always like the environment of paranoia like what israelis do by not solving palastenian problems.if 13th amendment is implemented and desired powers are given rulers in colombo will feel as if they are puppets and not master of srilankans destiny.chandrika tried ranil obstructed it.now ranil wants it but mahinda gives some excuse or other.suddenly he is saying not only 13th amendment will be given but 13 plus will be given.this reminds me of tamizh saying kura eri kozhi pudikatheriyathavan vanam eri vaikundam poranam.international communitys twin objective should be to implement war crime tribunal and implement 13th amendment with police and land powers there should be no compromise on this.come what may

  90. i guess kira can write some good comedy dialogues for sinhalese movies.when did tamils enjoy equal rights.if they had been given those rights tiger phenomenan would not have been there.instead of pontificating to tamils and indians kira better you advise your fellow sinhalese to treat other ethnic communities equally.today tamils are victims of sinhalese chauvinism tomorrow it can be muslims.

  91. Dear DBSJ,

    I am new to this issue. I am trying to read several articles here and understand the complexity of the situation. I want to ask your personal view on this issue – what do you think is the solution for the ethnic problem of SL?

    I know that many right thinking and moderate intellectuals of your country would have asked the same question in their hearts and had there been a simple answer, this issue would not have blown up like this. But still I am asking this question in the hope that there are simple answers to humanity’s myriad problems. May be I am stupid, may be I am an eternal optimist… but if you have an answer, please reply.

    If you are wary of replying here, you can send a personal mail.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The answer my friend is blowin in the wind
    The answer is blowing in the wind

    -Bob Dylan

  92. jagan

    international communitys twin objective should be to implement war crime tribunal and implement 13th amendment with police and land powers there should be no compromise on this.come what may
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    What about a compromise as follows

    a)If the sinhalese are really stubborn about merger of north and east ,then ask them to give a federal state to the north only.

    b)Instead of a war crimes tribunal have a truth and reconciliation commission as in south africa.

    Iam just exploring all options so that we can move on without unnecessarily colliding with the sinhalese.When you see 2 vehicles coming at each other someone has to swerve no?What do you think jagan?i want to know what indians think?After all we are one people no?

  93. haris

    In my opinion Sinhalese are not against tamils and have no issues with tamils enjoying equal rights in Sri lanka. However, they are against giving them control over a land area disproportionately higher than their population.
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    Okay then give back the tamils the jaffna kingdom comprising of the north only. Tamils will be satisfied with that as the newest country in the UN like south sudan.Then we don’t need to talk about your statistics and percentages of people and land etc,don’t we? Don’t take another persons land and talk of percentages etc.Asking for the east as a contigoues unit of the north by amalgamation and devolution of powers such as land and police powers were a compromise to having a seperate country of the north srilanka which was already there in existence for 403 years before the portuguese robbed it from the tamils. If the sinhalese keep talking about percentages and the tamils drop the demand for the east and devolution and get back to basics and ask for their jaffna kingdom back and it takes hold firmly with them and the international community because there is irrefutable proof that it existed for 403 years, then the sinhalese will not have a leg to stand on and will be up the gum tree.The stubborn and arrogant sinhalese can be thankful that the greedy tamils want the east too and that is why they have escaped losing the north.If the sinhalese continue to use percentages the tamils will just drop the east and and get back to basics which is the north and you will have to put your percentages up your arse. So either take the compromise offered or one day lose the north permanently.When you lose the north you lose control of the palk strait too and as you mentioned 20 miles away is 72 million tamils bursting at the seams for land and water.The tamils of srilanka have been historically a buffer between these people and you and have safeguarded the north for you. Now you want to make them into enemies,when they were at one time your allies and protecting you, and you want to become the buffer instead,best of luck for your future generations with the 100 million that will be one day in tamilnadu.

    The best way for the sinhalese is to go back to our wise kings policies and get the tamils in srilanka on their side,create a srilankan identity and unite the country with devolution,otherwise both the sinhalese and tamils in srilanka will be the losers one day and the teeming humanity across the palk starit will be the ultimate winners.

  94. DBSJ

    Good that you are keeping a vigilant eye on the comments,otherwise with the crafty characters your name reputation will be ruined. Suggest that when people behave like that they are sanctioned and their goods boycotted.

    How was your holiday? While you were eating berries in the forest were you attacked by a bear?Did you show that indomitable tamil spirit and fight back?After all you are from udupiddy.One half of my ancestry also from there.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I had a nice time Shankar.Thanks. No encounters with bears though there have been sightings in the region.

    By the way I am NOT from Udupiddy.

    My paternal grandfather was from Thinnevely and grandmother from Araly.

    My maternal grandfather was from Kaddaively (thunnalai South,karaveddy) and grandmother from Theduthanai (karaveddy)

    I have no links with Thinnevely or Araly and regard Kaddaively/Thunnalai south as my”ancestral” village

    My “clan” is known as “Sooriyavangadam” and our area “kiraavalai”.

  95. sorry DBSJ

    I was misled by this wikipedia article.I wonder whether you can change it?I was thrilled when it stated udupiddy,because if my memory is correct,when in school i remember my mum saying her grandparents came from there. It stuck in my mind because when someone asked me in school where my ancestral village was from and i said udupiddy,they were rolling and laughing and poking fun at me saying there were suruttu smoking women there.Is that true?Don’t know whether my women ancestors were smoking cigars. If they were living now probably they will puff straight into mahinda hambantota’s face.His women ancestors probably would have been smoking ganja.If the grease yakka had tried his stunts with my women ancestors probably he would have got the suruttu up his arse.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I think some women (not all) in many parts of Jaffna smoked cigars not only Udupiddy

  96. I am trying to understand your answer. If I don’t understand, ‘I will blow in the wind’. It seems that the world has adopted this as of now.

    After asking several questions within myself and after examining from various view points, only one thing seems to be feasible now – recognizing the tamils’ need for a homeland. This recognition may not mean much since dislodging GoSL from the traditional tamil territories may be a distant dream. No country would be ready to interfere on behalf of the tamils in GoSL as of now. But, countries can recognize the trans national government as a mark of protest against the terrible action (i am wary of calling it as ‘war’) by GoSL and its adamant attitude in recognizing the genuine grievances of the sons of the soil (of north and east).

    The struggle for equality, homeland doesn’t necessary mean dividing SL. All these can be granted within a united SL, this is my understanding.

  97. INDIA HAS URGENT PROBLEMS TO SOLVE THAN FOCUSING INTO SRI LANKA.

    after spending 14 days in India, and spending $ 500 dollers I just returned in Sri lanka. Through out the country I travelled more than 7000 kilo meters. Therefore I am thinking that I qualified to male a coment in this regard. Due to the jurney I used sir condition transport mode,but I am not prevented from decies,still I am suffering from fevear.

    I realised I relised two things,
    from the children to elderrary people are habitually begging money,sopes ect.
    The other thing is lack of sanitory facilities. Irrespective of man and weman they are using open toilets. Human wates are in every coner in India. In the morning and everning weman too come to the roads for passing uring and ect.

  98. INDIA HAS URGENT PROBLEMS TO SOLVE THAN FOCUSING INTO SRI LANKA.

    after spending 14 days in India, and spending $ 500 dollers I just returned in Sri lanka. Through out the country I travelled more than 7000 kilo meters. Therefore I am thinking that I qualified to male a coment in this regard. Due to the jurney I used sir condition transport mode,but I am not prevented from decies,still I am suffering from fevear.

    I realised I relised two things,
    from the children to elderrary people are habitually begging money,sopes ect.
    The other thing is lack of sanitory facilities. Irrespective of man and weman they are using open toilets. Human wates are in every coner in India. In the morning and everning weman too come to the roads for passing uring and ect. What an auful country.

    Some parts of Dillieh is ok but you will find the hell in rest of the parts . Capital in Lowkno has a soficisticate enviornment plan. It is just like New Zealand where I I spent one year in last year.
    My arguement is why not other provinces trying to follow Loknow’s management system.

    My humble pointing out is insted of critising Sri lanka India should have focuse in these poroblem.

    samarasekara

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