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External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna arrives at the Kilinochchi District Hospital, Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photo: R.K.Radhakrishnan-courtesy: The Hindu

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As most of you are aware India’s minister of External Affairs SM Krishna is currently in Sri Lanka. Krishna is a Kannadiga and a former chief minister of the South Indian state of Karnataka.

A highlight of the Indian foreign ministers Lankan trip was his visit to the Northern Province where many Tamils reside. Krishna participated in many functions related to projects benefitting by India’s generous assistance and aid.

Krishna whose mother tongue Kannada like Thamizh belongs to the Dravidian school of Languages often tried to reach out to the audience by speaking in Tamil during his Northern trip.

The Indian External affairs minister made specific reference to the special relationship that exists between the people of South India and the people of Sri Lanka’s Northern province in general and those of Jaffna peninsula in particular.

The octogenarian senior minister made a conscious effort to win the hearts and minds of the Tamil people in the North.

I am reproducing three press communiqués issued by the Indian High Commission in Colombo where some of the remarks made by Mr.Krishna are publicized.

Here they are Friends-DBS Jeyaraj

INDIAN EXTERNAL MINISTER SM KRISHNA REACHES OUT TO PEOPLE OF NORTHERN SRI LANKA

Remarks by Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs of India, Mr. S.M. Krishna at the Ceremony for Distribution of bicycles and the Announcement of Completion of Wreck Removal in the Kankesanthurai(KKS) Port

January 18, 2012

I am extremely pleased to return to Jaffna. It also gives me immense pleasure to be part of this ceremony to mark the distribution of cycles to Internally Displaced Persons from all the five districts of the Northern Province.

I have just come from Ariyalai where I handed over the first lot of houses to beneficiaries under the Indian Housing project. This is truly the flagship project of India’s development assistance to Sri Lanka and, one of the largest grant assistance project undertaken by the Government of India in any part of the world. Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh made the offer to construct 50,000 houses in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka during the visit of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India in June 2010.

Yesterday, Minister Peiris and I signed an MOU to construct the remaining 49,000 houses under this Project involving a grant assistance of 260 million US Dollars from India. Both sides will follow the best practices in implementation of this Project, particularly in beneficiary selection and grievance handling.

We thank the Government of Sri Lanka, particularly the Government Agents of the five districts of Northern Province and their team for assistance with critical project requirements in the pilot phase of the Project. We look forward to more such support in the coming months.

The project to distribute 10,000 bicycles to the returning IDPs in the five districts of the Northern Province will enhance and anchor their return. I extend appreciation to Sri Lankan Government for its support as also to UNHCR, which has been associated by us as an implementation partner.

There exists a special relationship between the people of the Northern Province in general and Jaffna Peninsula in particular and those of southern India.

Today, I am happy to announce the completion of wreck removal work at the KKS Harbour at a cost of 19 million US Dollars. This is expected to facilitate marine trade in Jaffna peninsula and revive economic activity in Northern Province. We stand ready to provide further grant assistance for the next phase of the project. We are undertaking rehabilitation of Achuvely Industrial Zone to create employment opportunities in Northern Province and to provide a platform for industrial development of Jaffna.

We hope the Government of Sri Lanka will develop Palaly as a civilian airport and restore its connectivity with India and within Sri Lanka. This will give tremendous fillip to the local economies in our two countries.

To redevelop the sports infrastructure of Jaffna, we have undertaken renovation of Duraiyappah Stadium. We intend to build the Jaffna Cultural Centre next to the Public Library. Last evening, I was shown the design of the proposed Centre. I am confident that this Centre will emerge as a cultural icon and help rejuvenate such activities.

Sri Lanka has emerged from three decades of armed conflict. Now peace has dawned. It is our sincere hope that the vision and leadership that resulted in an end to the armed conflict will now be employed in the quest for a genuine political settlement based on devolution of power resulting in national reconciliation among all the communities of Sri Lanka.

We have noted the constructive recommendations contained in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and look forward to their implementation. It is also our hope that the process of dialogue presently underway will lead to a meaningful devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, which would create the necessary conditions for a lasting political settlement. India will do everything possible to assist in this process.

I would like to reiterate that the Government and people of India will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Government of Sri Lanka and the people of the Northern Province all possible assistance in their reconstruction efforts.

Remarks by Hon’ble EAM, India at a ceremony for distribution of bicycles in Jaffna

January 18, 2012

I am extremely pleased to return to Jaffna. It also gives me immense pleasure to be part of this ceremony to mark the distribution of cycles to Internally Displaced Persons from all the five districts of the Northern Province.

I have just come from Ariyalai where I handed over the first lot of houses to beneficiaries under the Indian Housing project. This is truly the flagship project of India’s development assistance to Sri Lanka and, one of the largest grant assistance project undertaken by the Government of India in any part of the world. Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh made the offer to construct 50,000 houses in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka during the visit of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India in June 2010.

Yesterday, Minister Peiris and I signed an MOU to construct the remaining 49,000 houses under this Project involving a grant assistance of 260 million US Dollars from India. Both sides will follow the best practices in implementation of this Project, particularly in beneficiary selection and grievance handling.

We thank the Government of Sri Lanka, particularly the Government Agents of the five districts of Northern Province and their team for assistance with critical project requirements in the pilot phase of the Project. We look forward to more such support in the coming months.

The project to distribute 10,000 bicycles to the returning IDPs in the five districts of the Northern Province will enhance and anchor their return. I extend appreciation to Sri Lankan Government for its support as also to UNHCR, which has been associated by us as an implementation partner.

There exists a special relationship between the people of the Northern Province in general and Jaffna Peninsula in particular and those of southern India.

Today, I am happy to announce the completion of wreck removal work at the KKS Harbour at a cost of 19 million US Dollars. This is expected to facilitate marine trade in Jaffna peninsula and revive economic activity in Northern Province. We stand ready to provide further grant assistance for the next phase of the project. We are undertaking rehabilitation of Achuvely Industrial Zone to create employment opportunities in Northern Province and to provide a platform for industrial development of Jaffna.

We hope the Government of Sri Lanka will develop Palaly as a civilian airport and restore its connectivity with India and within Sri Lanka.

This will give tremendous fillip to the local economies in our two countries.

To redevelop the sports infrastructure of Jaffna, we have undertaken renovation of Duraiyappah Stadium. We intend to build the Jaffna Cultural Centre next to the Public Library. Last evening, I was shown the design of the proposed Centre. I am confident that this Centre will emerge as a cultural icon and help rejuvenate such activities.

Sri Lanka has emerged from three decades of armed conflict. Now peace has dawned. It is our sincere hope that the vision and leadership that resulted in an end to the armed conflict will now be employed in the quest for a genuine political settlement based on devolution of power resulting in national reconciliation among all the communities of Sri Lanka.

We have noted the constructive recommendations contained in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and look forward to their implementation. It is also our hope that the process of dialogue presently underway will lead to a meaningful devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, which would create the necessary conditions for a lasting political settlement. India will do everything possible to assist in this process.

I would like to reiterate that the Government and people of India will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Government of Sri Lanka and the people of the Northern Province all possible assistance in their reconstruction efforts.

Remarks by Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs of India Mr. S. M. Krishna at the Handing Over of Renovated School and Completed Houses at Ariyalai Nagar I (Kilinochchi)

January 18, 2012

Hon’ble Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development,
Hon’ble G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs,
Hon’ble Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development,
Hon’ble Governor of Northern Province
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen.

It gives me great pleasure to participate in this event marking the handing over of the first school under our project for repairs of 79 war-damaged schools in the three districts of Kilinochchi, Mulaittivu and Vavuniya in Northern Province.

The project was conceived with the objective of assisting early restoration of educational activities for children of resettled IDPs and to deliver a facelift to basic educational infrastructure of the region. I am happy to note that as a result of this intervention families will be able to send their children to schools, and students will have a decent learning environment offering them a better future.

Before coming here, in a ceremony at District General Hospital, Kilinochchi, I handed over critical medical equipment to improve the standard of medical care and obviate the need to refer cases for treatment to Jaffna or Colombo via ambulances. Similar equipment has also been provided to the Mullaitivu District General Hospital.

We have supported other projects in the area of health-care, like providing emergency medical relief and organizing artificial limbs refitment camps immediately after the end of the war as also by donating medical equipment to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. The Government of India has also recently approved the proposal for construction of 200 bed ward complex at the District General Hospital, Vavunia. India has been supporting other projects for rehabilitation, resettlement and well-being of displaced persons in the Northern Province.

The houses that you see across the school compound have been constructed in the pilot phase for 1,000 houses under our Housing Project which was launched during my visit in November 2010. I am happy to hand over these houses to beneficiaries of Ariviyal Nagar here and at Ariyalai in Jaffna later in the day. I am sure that the lessons learnt from this pilot phase will be useful in the implementation of the next phase of the project for 49,000 houses for which Minister Peiris and I signed an MOU yesterday on behalf of our two governments to ensure smooth execution.

I would like to convey our gratitude to various agencies of the Government of Sri Lanka and other local partners who have extended necessary assistance in execution of all our projects. We look forward to their continued support.

India remains fully committed towards the rehabilitation, resettlement and well-being of displaced persons in the Northern Province. We stand ready to do more.

Thank you

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50 Comments

  1. Very positive statements by Mr.Krishna and my thanks to you Mr.Jeyaraj for posting them. I think the Tamils of Sri Lanka must grasp the extended hand of friendship firmly

  2. if a country’s administrations is most corrupted, anyone who grow up in that country may have corrupted behavior. According media, India is one of the corrupted countries in the world. Kirishna is coming from a country that is corrupted in many ways. How can anyone believe that there is a connects between his words and his heart?

  3. What only 1 out of the 50,000 houses delivered so far and to whom? Probably to one of Duggie’s supporters. I honestly want to know as to who is trying fool whom!

  4. When India gave full support to the Rajapaksa regime to defeat the LTTE at all costs (some say India initiated this), they would have done so knowing that no real political solution would be forthcoming from the regime, given the regime’s power base, the history of the Sri Lankan state and the political history of Rajapaksa himself. So all the talk about devolution and political solution is just pretence and acting. The Rajapaksas know it, the GoI knows it and the Tamils know it too.

    With India firmly backing the Rajapaksa regime politically, India is following a model similar to the one the west has in place in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Buy off the Tamils with aid and charity while providing unrestrained support and protection to the regime. Despite all niceties displayed towards the Tamils by Krishna, the core Indian policy will not change. Tamils turning to India for political support is about as effective as Palestinians doing the same with Americans. India will not budge. So, lets not get fooled by Krishna’s “reaching out”.

  5. “President Rajapaksa has promised visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna the government will deliver on its promise to fully implement the 13th Amendment plus”

    Mahinda Rajapaksa has become an expert in fooling India. Not only S.M. Krishna but the entire Indian government is being taken for a ride by the Rajapaksas. During Rajiv – JR period, everybody said JR was a cunning fox who tried to fool Rajiv but MR is a much bigger cunning fox than JR. He is fooling the Indians left, right and centre.

    Today he is telling India that he will keep his promises but tommorrow he will tell them, the Sinhala extrimists are against it and I cannot become unpopular among the majority.

    The foolish Indian government has no option but to shut up, otherwise the Chinese presence in Sri Lanka will further improve.

  6. The visit of Krishna and him giving away houses to Tamil War Victims with BR and speech by GR…

    Hmmmmmm…..

    Those two events seem to be complete opposite in policy directions for GoSL

  7. USD 19 Million to rectify the damage from the LTTE Sea Tigers bravest act.

    That is additional 4000 Houses that could have been provided to the captives.

    Had Mr Duraappa reached a natural death, the Stadium would have been the 2nd or 3rd Test Avenue today.

    Mr Krishna has again delivered a speech that gives hope to the inhabitants of the Island .

    He has reiterated again that there is no partisan politics from his Leaders.

    All they are interested is a peaceful and prosperous Srilanka as a close ally and parter in their march towards a world Economic power.

    Anti Govt elements who were bragging about Mr Krishna coming over to read the riot act, must be reaching for the Prozac.

  8. the houses will never reach the needy ones. receipient has to give the land and need money to complete the house.

  9. .
    Looks like Krishna is so thankfull to SL Govt. (and LLRC) for not making an issue of IPKF’s crimes.

    Anyway suffered people getting few houses and bicyles.

    What did China and Pakistan gave to these people?

    🙂

  10. True Kalu, an excellent way of provoking thoughts to all people concerned. But then look at how much destroyed during each pogrom. How many fled the country as a result of these. The buildings offcourse we can rebuild by doing either of the following: pawning all of us to foreign powers or beg them. The loss lives cannot be recovered even a billion ₤₤ pumped by any country, for that matter. The damge it did for our country. If you take a hard look of these pogroms, the one in 83 in particular, you would understand the impetus of the Tamils militancy, and every things else that followed, including the LTTE terrorism which gave a respite for all the excesses that GoSLs did before. If you take a holistic view of this problem with open mind, including recalling all the somersaults our Sinhala leaders did, time after time on promises, agreements, pacts, treaties, etc, I hope such balancing act would bring some peace to your mind which seems to be agonising over these losses. Recognising we, the Sinhalese, too have to be credited for all these deeds that you have been comfortably hurling at LTTE to take responsible for is another way to find solace to your mind. It is hardly surprising that while accommodating Duraiappa stadium in your list of things you have been moaning about, you forgot the library that was burnt by LTTE. Go and see yourself the hospitals and schools that had been bombed by LTTE from the air in north east in these 30years. Not that I am saying what LTTE did right, but on the issue of destroying things in NE their main focus was erasing the military installations or things that posed their mobility, the army camps like the one at elephant pass, police stations, etc. In the other parts, yes their picks were different: central bank, airport, etc.

    A good thing to note here is India’s preparedness in helping to rebuild this area, although they were not open about it, they knew where these all have started. It is commendable if the feeling of guilt and betrayal is something that drives this generosity. I hope it is not China’s presence in the island that drives them crazy.

  11. Kalu Albert, why don’t you tell the readers of this blog, how Jaffna would have prospered if the Library was not burnt by the Sinhalese TERRORIST STATE along with the Jaffna bazaar!!! How the People in Jaffna would have prospered if the schools, houses and temples were not bombed and several of their bright young men and women are not held without charges for years and years up to now!!!

    By the way you can also tell them PROUDLY that perhaps Sri Lanka is the only country in the whole world that bombs and kills a section of its civilians for the fault of not speaking the same languages and not following the same religion as the majority!!

    Tell them about the white van abductions going around when Sri Lanka proudly says that Sri Lanka is peaceful!!!

  12. of course Mahinda says Sri Lanka is now one country except in reality it is not

    Its more like a farcial visit to Promised 50,000 has not materialised only a few and all the infrastructure investment goes to the Sinhala South

  13. Chaps, it looks like Minister S.M. Krishna has seen the real situation of NE Sri Lanka and made an honest assessment. What to do? Believe the gospel truth coming from LTTE rump that has not set foot in these parts since end of the Humanitarian operation, or his lying eyes? Jolly good show, Minister Krishna!

    [Seeking to strike an emotional chord with the ethnic Tamils in Jaffna, Krishna also spoke in Tamil for a few minutes during which he expressed his happiness over agriculture flourishing in the war-torn areas and asserted that India “stands ready” to do more for the relief and rehabilitation of the civilians.

    “I am very happy to see the fields so green. It was not so when I last came here in November, 2010. I am very happy to see you people again. There were no roads then and now you have almost everything,” Krishna, who was accompanied by his counterpart G L Pieris and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, said in his speech that had a mix of Tamil and Kannada, his mother tongue.]

    Cheers!

  14. dear raja,
    i am an indian and a tamilian residing in tamil nadu.corruption is there everywhere because of the fact that rule of law has not been enforced and this is the case everywhere in developing country.any developing country economically and society which is coming out of its tribal or feudal roots are bound to face such problems.india is no exception but i am a hidebound optimist that india will successfully evolved into a developed country with equal opportunities for all irrespective of their social background.we dont expect bouquets and as a tamil personally i have difference of opinion with my government for not doing enough for tamils of srilanka at the need of the hour but one cant belittle the contribution that is being made now by india in north and east particularly for tamils. let us be optimistic and any constructive criticism is welcome.

  15. it is really heartening to see indian external affairs minister shri.s.m.krishna an old hand who is a kannadiga but i guess knows tamil well since he has been in bangalore for a long time though it is not his native place.one fact though not important i would say his grand daughter divya spandana has acted in tamil movies and she is popularly known as kuthu ramya because she acted in a movie called kuthu i guess featuring simbu and herself.it was really entertaining i should say.as far as north and east srilanka it has geography on its side.its low cost labour and if infrastructure is built ie palali is rebuilt and kankesanthurai is modernised we have a very good chance of indian companies setting up their manufacturing bases in this part.reason being low cost and easy transportability of goods to whole of south india.i dont know whether my dream is far fetched but it is realistic .dream is indian companies setting up manufacturing bases and indian software companies setting up development centres to capitalise on cost differentials and availability of man power which is skilled.may be 25 yrs down the lines who knows india and srilanka may get integrated economically though not politically because srilanka companies may get access to indias huge market.i hope srilankan politicians realise this and try to promote ties with india which is their closes neighboursss.in fact i would suggest a bridge can be built between talaimannar and dhanushkodi which are separated only by 18 miles this can result in more tourist arriving from india.i realise that i am going amok hope that all these dreams are realised.
    ps dabur indian fmcg major is going to set up a plant in northern srilanka.virtusa a srilankan promoted software company has a sdc in colombo similar to its facility in chennai.

  16. You right 1,000 houses in 1 year.
    50,000 houses in 50 long years?
    If Mahindha finally agreed 13th plus ,
    then why wasting time in PSC just
    Implement from tomorrow that’s constitutional
    amendment already there. Delaying tactics
    will cost more to Mahindha even India wouldn’t
    help in the future. ‘Krishna’ draw the Dead-line.
    Crossing the line always danger to Srilanka.

  17. India helped to Destroy the Killinochi Hospital and all other medical infrastructure. IPKF killed medical staff and patients in Jaffna Hosptial. Staged RAw mediated murders inside the Jaffna Hospital Canteen. Killed Dr Sivapathasundaram inside the hospital horidor in the brought day light while the hospital was under the control of IPKF. In Total they eradicated Tamil medical services, and now bringing Indian medical culture which may lack medical ethics. First of all India shuold accept all its’ ills and wrongs done to Tamils before giving houses and hospital. untill then we can not have faith on Indian medical services. all indian actions in Eelam have snister motives, If they want a reconcilliation with Tamils. China Is building hospitals in many countries without any expectations in return. If tamils are left alone they will re build up their health services. They can do it in Eelam also.In earlylate 60’s and 70’s Tamil areas had the lowest maternal death and infant mortality rates. Its social parameters too were excellent.

  18. The intention of the Govt of India is Genuine.

    Yes there was a plan for 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka. for this there was allocated a sum of money. The budget for each house was done in india and when the Indian contractors who was given the task came to Sri Lanka to find sub contractor to build at the price committed they couldnt find as the costs in Sri Lanka were higher.

    Hence there was a delay in this project getting off the ground.
    Your allegation that Mahinda Govt sabotage and delay is biased and without any knowledge of facts.

    I am happy to correct this statement of your because I was one who was asked to quote to build such houses.

    Please retract you statement about Mahinda Govt delaying because you are sowing seeds of racial tension.

    Its people like you who talk without knowing facts that are the worst scum in society.

  19. India has gone out of its way to help Lankan Tamils in many ways. Many of us acknowledge this.
    But there are still some of us who continue their old prejudice against India. Certainly, some Tamils suffered in the General Hospital carnage (1987) by fidgety and inexperienced Indian jawans. The LTTE precipitated matters by firing at the jawans from within the hospital – and this lead to the massacre. They (LTTE) gained their propaganda but many patients/doctors lost their lives. That was at a time of intense war is something we must remind ourselves. We cannot go forward clinging on to those dreadful memories. India lost over a 1,000 men – including several officers is something that cannot be denied.

    It Is clear India is doing now and, hopefully, will in future much to brighten the lives of the people in Jaffna – Housing, development work etc., We must show our appreciation to India for this. After all, it is she who comes to our rescue whenever we are in some form of danger. I realize there are some of us, deeply political, who blame India and hold a grudge against her for not letting some have their way of dividing the country. As DBSJ and many others have pointed out, it is they who have harmed Tamils the most. As far as I know, most Tamils continue to have warm feelings towards India.

    We should be thankful to the Hon’ble Shri S.M. Krish – senior Indian Cabinet Minister – for this further visit and hope such visits from Indian VIPs will continue. they come here only to ensure our welfare.

    I am not oblivious to the fact there is a certain degree of India’s security involved too in view of the geographical and geopolitical ground realities. As a growing super-power India can, in any case, take care of her. It is we who must make sure we retain India’s goodwill.

    India’s special connection to Sri Lanka in general and to Tamils in particular must remain warm and friendly.

    ISS

  20. Further to my comment on your allegations.

    India granted 260 million USD to build 49000 or 50000 houses. Read respective web based info on this.
    Now divide 260 million by 49000 and you will get USD 5300 per house.
    This is in Sri Lanka RS 583,000/- including internal roads ect. Even if the land development were to be done by the Govt of Sri Lanka still a basic house would be 2 rooms of 120 Sq.ft = 240 Sq.ft, One hall at a min 120 Sq.ft One Kitchen and toiet another 100 Sq.ft total of 360 SQ.ft with walls maybe 450 Sq.ft.
    This is at Sri Lanka Rs 1200 per Sq.ft Can you build it here at this rate?

    I am aware that the Indian Govt has now changed the gift to include self help and rebuild damged houses and also use owners materials to develop the 50,000 dwellings. Indian Govt is a big machine and requires changes to go through Indian Parliament.

    So while the gesture of 50,000 dwellings was magnamious there was practical difficulty which has been overcome. Do not blame the Govt of india or Srilanka for your lack of understanding.

  21. Better tell how your LTTE backstabbed India and joined the UNP Sinhalese to destroy the 13th Amendment.

    Did LTTE rumps ever get the pardon from the Tamils and other Sri lankans for their criminal behaviour which costed thousands of lives of Tamils?

    LTTE fired at IPKF from the hospital. The same thing they did from the NFZ (no Fire Zone) in Mullaitheevu.

    In Sri Lanka all the hospitals and health services are run by Government of Sri Lanka and not by any Tamil moron! But LTTE goons ran away with all medical supplies and equipments when they were chased out by Gen.Janaka Perera.

    When LTTE-UNP-TAMIL love affair comes all the Tamil champions pull their heads back like turtles. India is the only country care about Tamils in real terms after the Sri lankan government. Remember that! If you are inteligent, get a pardon from India first!

  22. LTTE’s TRO said they were going to build 100,000 houses to Tamils. But they built bunkers only and not a single house to any ordinary Tamil person!

    Tamils proved that they are incapable of running any thing of public interest. In Canada Tamils are the only community without a Community Hall. They are clever and declare bankruptcy of any Government funded organizations.

  23. theepan

    ‘Krishna’ draw the Dead-line.
    Crossing the line always danger to Srilanka.
    ————————————–
    krishna nearly dead.80th birthday this May.No danger to srilanka on crossing the line,only have to drag it a bit longer with PSC etc and he will be replaced by another eighty year old.Only danger is that he might mistake srilanka for some other country in the world and make some decision affecting us before he dies.In the UN security council he was reading the english translation that was given to him of the portuguse delegate’s speech.He was welcoming all the portuguese speaking countries in the world such as brazil and saying how happy he was to see them at the council.Good that he did not read the libyan or venezuelan guys speech.

  24. “Your allegation that Mahinda Govt sabotage and delay is biased and without any knowledge of facts.”

    DilshanF leave India, Well known international fact is over 40,000 innocent civilian killed in Vanni, UN reveled that,So, when GOSL going to compensate this victims? Is it not sabotage and delay? Where are the billions dollars
    Mahinda got it from China? Can you grant the details? These are billion dollars question to you.

  25. Konnapu Bandara

    My dear cheerful old chap

    You quote:

    “I am very happy to see the fields so green. It was not so when I last came here in November, 2010”

    Yeah, It was blood stained soil. Now the crime scene has been wiped clean.

    There is no such thing as perfect crime.

  26. Hi Sankar,

    ‘Krihnas’ can be changed but India will remain , So do you think Mahinada will live forever?

    The Message is;
    Rama Vijayam distroyed Lankan kingdom.
    Krishna Vijayam construct United(Lankan)kingdom.

    Don’t kill the Messanger.

  27. This octogenarian post LTTE FM of India seems to have softened up even ever green Eelamists like Mr Sengutuan.

    Messrs Sambandan and Premachandran should have waited until the FM finished his tour to push for their exclusive Homelands.

    Their preemptive strike seems to have failed , as no mention of any endorements of the TNA demands by this FM.

    Is it why , even Mr Sengutuan is coming hard on “the Politicians who have a grudge against India for not letting them have their own way of dividing the Country”?.

  28. Reaching ou to the Northern People is more appropriate. India is never interested in Tamils. This is an eye wash visit with headline grabbing announcements. He may visit in another 6 months to hand over another 50 mud huts.

  29. Do you have amnesia? When are you going to compensate the innocent border villagers killed by the LTTE? When will you have a commision of inquiry to find out who gave orders to murder citizens in broad daylight in Anuradhapura. DO you think that VP acted alone without assistance from the west? Did you not give funds for this mayhem?

    My response was for a statement regarding India building houses.
    The paragraph above is for you to digest. Dont have sudden amnesia for all the crimes committed during a 30 yr period.

  30. OK now How many houses have the very influential and rich Tamil Dispora or the committed TNA or the LTTE built for the desperate Tamils in the North ?

  31. puma

    This is even better.hilarious.He is reading the the english translation given to him of the portuguese delegate’s speech.he had gone well passed all the pleasantries and gone into the nitty gritty stuff of what portugal’s needs and its contribution to the world before someone points out the error.While he was reading he was thinking what to do about that courtcase back home.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwBPYLzJEoQ

  32. If Sri Kishna’s visit and the India’s policy is the atonement of its sins, then have the sinhalese atoned for the sins they had committed since 1948.

    My only regret will be that India could have done lot more sins by stationing two brigades at colombo and now could have atoned for all of that.

  33. Better explain why LTTE and Jaffna Tamils overseas bark at India and why LTTE joined UNP shamelessly(usual love affair of Tamils and UNP) to oppose India?

    Are you telling here that LTTE was following orders from Sinhalese?

  34. He was so passionate in his speech, its interesting to note his reaction when Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri(is he the same who worked in Sri Lanka during Indo-lanka Agreement 1987)comes and shows him the correct page.

    It is not a good show when India is pressing so hard to gain a permanent seat in the Security Council. India had many efficient Foreign ministers during vital periods like Swaran Singh,Y.B.Chawan,P.V.Narasinha Rao and many Prime Ministers held that position simultaneously considering its importance.
    The FM/MEA is reportedly have spent around 45 minutes with President Rajapakse, and we can surmise their discussion as follows:
    5 min – pleasantries
    5 min – thanking for the pongal sweet rice, agreeing reallocation of cycles and houses
    5 min – asking MR to introduce 13(whatever it is)
    10 min- MR explains that 13th amendment is already there and all what the Tamils enjoy
    4 min – shifting through papers and asking for 13+(whatever it is)
    1 min – MR promising it
    15 min- asking for Sri Lankas’ help in SAARC, NAM and Commonwealth for India’s admission to Permanent Security Council and MR promises that and assuring he would put a good word to his pal China provided India ignores Tamil question/human right the same way they treat Dalai Lama/Tibet in order to please China, the only member who can veto India’s admission.

  35. They may give money happily to kill nd maim but not to recover and prosper…Shame on those diaspora Tamils.

    They dont help and bark at those who try to do.

  36. you should also know that mr.s.m. krishna in UN read portugal government policy paper only after 5 minites he realised his mistake and read indias.he is absent minded also remember what pakistan external affairs minister sais about him.

  37. mr.krishnea is absent minded.in UN he read portugals policy paper after 5 minites only he realised it.also know what pakistans external minster comments about him.another he kannadiga where his people commited atrosities againt tamil.

  38. tamil,what atrocities are you talking about?Don’t make a mountains out of molehills and try to paint a picture of bad blood between kannadiga and tamil people.Go and see the amount of tamils living in bangalore.bangalore people are some of the most tolerant people of other ethnic groups and are outnumbered by them in bangalore.That is why now bangalore has become a world reknowned city and everyone knows about it.Tolerance of others is very important if you want to become great.

    When i look at foreign minister krishna the immediate impression i get is of a very decent and cultured man,though he is old and prone to make some gaffes,he is well liked in the rest of the world.See the photo of him with obama and how obama is showing all his 32 teeth and krishna is tickling michelle’s breast with his shoulder slightly angling himself to the camera,and she is enjoying it so much.You can see from the body language that obama and michelle are delighted to have his company.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:S_M_Krishna_with_Obamas.jpg

  39. To my friends Tamil and Shankar:

    The State of Tamilnadu has some unfinished matters with Karnataka, Kerala and Andhdra Pradesh – the States around her. But the warmth, respect and friendliness of the people and polity remains strong and these differences will gradually recede. They are all joined in the conviction they are part of the strongly growing Indian Union. In all 4 States people of the other live peacefully and happily in large numbers and for many generations. Occasional minor eruptions there are and will be – but the governments concerned take prompt steps to quell them instantly under the watchful eyes of Delhi. This is a lesson we have to learn from the Indians – particularly in the background of 7/83 when the Armyh/Police here joined the animals in the carnage, the destruction and stealing. This has not stopped to this day. All that the Govt of the day did was to condone the crime – and for this the C-in-C then and the regime and the people then earned the permanent condemnation of history and the world.

    ISS

  40. Dear DBSJ,

    Your interview to the BBCTamil was worth listening. Your comments about TNA and Indian govt involvement in Sri Lanka are very true. But my question to you is, Can Tamils believe India for their political aspirations? One of my friend says India has hidden agenda to occupy Sri Lanka in future. How for it is true?

  41. Anpu says:
    January 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    HE MR must have got the pardon from India http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs8KHEpTuR8&feature=related
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    Anpu,Thanks for that.Now i can understand mahinda’s mentality. What a hypocrite for saying that governments should not act like terrorists.This was the guy who was going around at one time fighting for the human rights of people who took up the gun.

    Also see how anti india he was in this video.Now he says indians are our relatives and will be given first priority in everything.Then he runs to china and has secret talks with them.From the india phobia he was suffering from which is clearly shown in this video,no need to use any imagination to know what the talks with the chinese are.

    From what i can see he is like a chameleon that can change colours and blend into the environment.Prabha was the opposite and paid the penalty.At least with gota you know where you exactly stand with him because he is frank and staightforward,but with mahinda the medamulana machiavelli as DBSJ aptly named him,we can never tell what’s going on in his mind actually while his mouth is spewing something out.

    Ps.DBSJ,i could not find a way to reply to anbu because no reply button so i copy and pasted his comment.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Yes,Shankar,We’ve removed reply option temporarily as an experiment.Lets see how it works

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