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Women in Mannar perturbed over setting up of new Army camp in Tharavankottai

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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Women from nine villages and housing schemes in Mannar are perturbed over plans to set up a new Army camp in Tharavankottai.

Representatives of Women’s rural development societies from the nine concerned villages met recently and drafted a petition in Tamil protesting the allocation of land along Tharavanlottai road for the purpose of constructiong a new Army camp.

It is learnt that the Mannar District secretary allocated the land on a specific directive issued by Northern Province Governor Gen. Chandrasiri.

The land allocated for setting up an army camp is adjacent to a canal and lake constructed by the United Nations Development Program(UNDP) to satisfy the “water” needs of people in the vicinity.

The UNDP constructed lake collects rain water flowing through a canal.The water collected is used by the people from nine villages and housing schemes for washing,bathing and also for drinking water.

The women in their petition have appealed to authorities concerned that work in progress should be suspended immediately and that land be allocated elsewhere for the setting up of a new Army camp.

The petition has 564 women signatories representing their families from the villages and housing schemes of Tharavankottai, Ezhuthoor, Keeri,Thottakkaadu, Jimbrown nagar,Selva nagar, Thaalvuppaadu, Pattithottam and Jeevapuram.

The women in their petition have expressed concern and anxiety about potential problems if the army camp is constructed as intended .They have pointed out the following facts in their apppeal

Most families in these villages are war – affected and living below the poverty line. In many instances the bread winners of the family are women.There exist many problems regarding living conditions for them.

When an acute shortage of land for building dwellings is prevalent in the area the decision by the Northern Governor to allocate lands for an army camp is unjust and unfair. Priority should be given to landless people in allocating land.

The people fear that the UNDP constructed lake may be utilized by the soldiers from the army camp thus depriving families from their primary repository of water.

Most of these villages experience heavy floods during rainy season. The flood waters of three villages recede slowly by flowing down to this lake mainly through the lands allocated for construction of the army camp

The construction of the army camp and consequent elevation of low –lying lands for this purpose will obstruct this waterflow resulting in villahes like Tharavankottai,Jumbrown nagar and Jeevapuram being waterlogged indefinitely.

The women in their petition have also raised concerns about possible inconveniences as a result of the army camp to women. There is a lack of toilets and many utilize the shrub jungle nearby. Much of the bathing is done at the lake.

Many of the dwellings are flimsy and quite open. The women feel their privacy will be intruded upon through movement by soldiers in the area.

Women and girls will feel insecure due to proximity of army camp. Past experience in other areas demonstrate that women will be unable to move about after nightfall. Likewise schoolgirls going for tuition before dawn will also find it cumbersome.

The use of heavy vehicles by the army in the area could pose a hazard to little children.

The Mannar women both Tamil and Muslim have appealed that construction of the army camp should be done elsewhere and not in the area as being planned now.

The petition has been sent to all authorities concerned including high govt officials, the Northern Governor and Members of Parliament

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59 Comments

  1. Sad to read about the predicament of Manar women.Thank you Mr.Jeyaraj for this you have done well in highlighting their grievance

  2. I am from Thalvupaadu in Mannar. y thanks to Mr.DBS for writing about the problems in Mannar. We are neglected people alwys. Full attention given to Jaffna, atti and Trinco by English papers. Manar and Vavuniya few care

  3. I heard about the problem and wanted to help but did not know how. But Thank you Jeyaraj annai for writing about it. I will now copy and send this to our Church people and embassies

    Raising your voice for small people like this is a very good thing Annai. May God bless you

  4. Mr. Gotabhaya, Defense Secretary,
    If you ever come to know of this at least from this website,please see that these poor villager’s grievances are looked in to & redressed.
    Army camp is needed & there is no doubt about that but it would be great if peoples reasonable demands too be taken care of, after all our heroic forces are there to protect all our people & innocent Illankei Thamils in particular from any new terrorist threats.
    If possible please see that the Army camp is located a few km away from this place.
    Thank you, God bless,
    A patriotic Sri Lankan.

  5. DBSJ,”….northern governor to allocate land for an army camp is unjustified and unfair. Priority should be given to landless allocating land..”

    .

    These kind of land can utilise by army to build up a camp because they have equipment, construction and engineering knowhow and the resources.And you should thank governor and the army for choosing a barren land like this for army camp. Don’t worry SL army build toilets or can provide whatever basic needs these poor people require.

  6. Please /// can some NGO/ GO / philanthropist look in to the need of toilets and proper housing?

    What are the local govnt authorities and the elected MPs doing?

    Can the GoSL cut down on housing allowances to its ministers & MP and make these poor women secure with locked doors and hygienic toilets?

  7. John

    Gotabhaya, Defense Secretary is in constant rage 24/7/52.

    Therefore he does not read, even if he reads the problems pointed out above won’t sink into his head, even if he understands he would not reverse the order, even if he reverses the order he will not stop building the army camp.

    All because he is constantly in rage (24/7/52).

    He is angry not with LTTE but with himself since he was born.

    People have to pay the price. You cannot stop it because Gota is angry(24/7/52).

    Remember without LTTE Gota wouldn’t have made it to top. He would still be a security guard at 7 Eleven in the much hated USA.

  8. In an interview with Artur Wamanan which was published in Transcurrents earlier, this what Minister Karuna one time LTTE terrorist had to say about land power:

    “”In the case of land, the powers are with a Divisional Secretary. No one can acquire land without the approval of the Divisional Secretary. Land power has been given. The problem is that people do not know how to utilise it.””

    Well the army knows how to utilise it.

    This is Sri Lanka for you.

  9. Had better lease it to Chinese. Mannar will be better off. sri lanka can become a better mix than mixing with hindians.

  10. Construction of an Army camp at this particular location is totally unwarranted. As mentioned in the article, apart from the risk of water pollution, flooding & other related issues, this will alienate the Armed forces from the general public & will lead to more problems in the future.

  11. Looks like Sri Lanka is only for the Rajapakses and the army people!!!Can some one bring this to the notice of the visiting Americans, who seem to be molly coddling this regimes. They should know that the Rajapkses need to be addressed in their “style” as they do not understand human decency!!How much land, man power and how much human suffering is needed to prop up one family!!!

  12. This is not a “woman” problem but women are used by men in this issue. Minister Rishad Badiudin and Tiger Bishop Rayappu have easy access to President. Why cannot they solve it?

  13. this is to our sinhala brothers,

    why build more army camps?

    build more houses for these poor people!

    show some humility and empathty towards these unfortunate victims!

    remember when you came to this world you came with nothing and when you go you go with nothing!

    if you antagonise a section of the community you are effectively planting the seed of hatred and revenge!

    piraphaharan might not be here anymore but 30 yrs he had us sinhalese on the run

    i remember many times running for my life from real and hoax calls of tigers attack in the south.

    please don’t do this in the name of good and reasonable sinhalese.

    we don’t want to rule or dominate the tamils we want to live in peace with dignity!

    enough is enough!let the people to get on with their lives!work towards building a happy multicultural

    country where everyone is equal and evryony reach their potential!

    you are dragging the country in to the drains by your actions.

    don’t make the tamils abroad work against the country. in the long term it’s going to affect all of us

    tamils and sinhalese alike big time!

    hope the 3*idits heed my advice!

  14. Issues like this are serious ones that need to be considered carefully by the main actors – the Govt in Cbo; the Governor of the Province; the CM; political and civil society leaders (including the clergy) of the immediate vicinity and above all the citizens of the area.
    The media must be given the fullest cooperation to keep abreast of matters in the interest of transparent and fairness.

    Certainly, in the background of recent history, the security of the State takes priority and that can be guaranteed by a reasonable-sized army contingent. After all, the Police are there always. But what is of utmost importance – in the light of re-settlement, the plight of widows and war victims – is the welfare of the people. If the UN helped to provide water then the benefit of that must go to the poor people for which it was meant in the first place. This presence of water should be also be used to build livelihoods for them so that they can gradually become self-sufficient. After, the area is perennially short of water. In view of recent happenings, the army should be as far away as possible from the women and civilians. As far as possible, most of them should be within Camp and come out only if at all the Police are faced with some form of a crisis situation.

    This matter has to he handled with compassion tempered with justice. Politics should come way down the list. If this matter is handled the well the regime will be placed in good light of the people of the area.

    ISS

  15. It is Sad indeed the state want trample on the weak and vulnerable.

    Cant understand how the decision makers sleep at night. Cold calous B****rds.

    Next thing the soldiers do will build a budhist vihara next to the UN funded pond and invite the Rajapakshas to open it.

    My blood boils. If I one of the sons of the ladies affected, I will more than happy to blow myself up as a suicide bomber.

    This is not a good direction for our country to take. Not the way to build harmoney and prosperity for future generations.

    DBSJ thanks for highlighting their plight.

    Selvan

  16. It is encouraging in recent times to see many like reader Hugo Perera are looking at the National Question in a different and correct perspective. Well done. I am sure many Tamils will be equal to the task in joining hands in the rebuilding and reconciliation process – an area in which the Govt and the Buddhist higher clergy must lead.

    ISS

  17. Such stories of male Chauvinist policies annoys the hell out of the women of the 21st century.

    What a load of idiotic policies & practices by the leaders of the so called United Sri Lanka!!!

    If the country wants progression surely this is certainly not the way to go about spoiling the good name of the country if at all earned only during “Ceylon”times.

    What are the leading ladies of the chauvinistic governance doing???? Sitting by and watching tv soaps
    while the policies unfold or focused on painting their nails and looking pretty for their supreme heroes make gruesome policies, while the muscle flexing matcho men go after the vulnerable women & bread winners who barely survive. These single parent families are with out guard or guidance to bring up their families
    let them live with common decency.

    HOW MANY WOMEN SOLDIERS IN THE SRI LANKAN MILITARY FORCE????? What have they done about recruiting and training females in the armed forces? At least after hearing the wretched experiences of the war victims
    and seeing their behaviour all over the internet.

    WOMEN OF SRI LANKA SHOULD STAND UP FOR JUSTICE AGAINST SUCH SHORT SIGHTED DECISIONS. ALLOCATE LANDS
    FOR MILITARY NEXT TO WOMEN UN FUNDED REFUGEE CAMPS should be a definite NO NO and only the caring women can make such a move not possible even when overwhelmingly voted by the male chauvinists.

  18. M.Sivananthan says:

    “Minister Rishad Badiudin and Tiger Bishop Rayappu have easy access to President. Why cannot they solve it?”

    Mahinda has other international problems to sort out such as Maldive,Iran, Palestinian, world credit crunch, reforming International Institutions, rewriting international human rights law, making deals with India and China, visiting overseas to advise them on how to ignore war crimes……………..

    He should not be burdened with trivial matters such as land issues.

    Didn’t Gota know about the new army camp? Is the governor law onto himself? Why does the army need more camps given that the LTTE had been wiped out from the face of the world?

    Why does the Sri Lankan state create problems in the first place and then solve it?

    It seems a five year old child whom I met recently is far more intelligent and rational than you are.

  19. Hugo
    couldyou guarrantee the safety of the Tamils in a multicutural society of Sri Lanka?
    Can you prevent pogrums like of 1958, 1961, 1977, 1983,…? Can you deliver an honest promise there will not be any massacres of Tamils like that has been done on Tamils.? Can you prevent ransom from Tamils? Can you make possible walking alone without fear in the midnight? Can you stop insulting the Tamils in the common places and in the work places? Can you stop the murders of Tamils by Se forces. Can you stop creating people like Karuna and Doug?

  20. Can’t see even a tiny hut or a single stray cattle in the bacground of these photos.

    Yet the propsed camp has brought out potential suicide cadres even to the fore.

    Hope these are not inhabitants,for obvious reasons.

    An Ombudsman type set up is needed to address the concerns of the Villagers and the need for an Army Camp.

    Both are important issues. . On one side is the Living conditions, and Privacy concerns of a group of inhabitants.

    The other side is the all important issue of security not only for the region, but the whole Nation.

    A compromise therfore will be a Win Win for all.

  21. Kalu Albert says:

    “A compromise therfore will be a Win Win for all.”

    The minorities expected to compromise but the state continues its business as usual.

    For a change why don’t you ask the Armed forces to compromise and let the people do whatever they want to do with piece of land.

    Why does the army desperately need the land in the first place?

    Perhaps Sinhala/Buddhists don’t want the war criminals in their mid.

  22. Hi All,
    War is over, tamils suffering still going. Please any one this world tell me what tamils must do satisfy?…..why this sinhala budhist barbarians every nuke and corner in our beloved land… mad Praba gone, why we have to suffer…please enlighten me…and ….

  23. Not a single person to be seen in the picture. But all of a sudden Army is going to come and rape the Tamil women. You guys are pathetic!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    The picture is of the site on which the army camp is to be built.The camera focuses on the sign.The valid concerns and anticipated fears of the women organizations are clearly stated in the petition.

    Any normal sensible person will understand all this easily

    Yet the arrogance of your ignorance is such that you post a “comment”like this under a stupid pseudonym.

    I know you cannot help being a racist moron but do you really have to expose yourself so blatantly like this and in the process waste my time too?

    pathetic!!!

  24. In most of the projects that I get involved in there is always inevitable protest or concern by the neighbourhood. Either it will be Fishermen or Boundary issues or some issue that people always seem to comu up with.

    However in this case the concerns expressed are twofold.

    A – Issues pertaining to the land, flooding and drinking water
    B – Issues concerning a foreign occupation with expected rape and molestation

    A is genuine reasons that need to be addressed and resolved to the satisfaction of all. However B is an issue that is exploited by seperatist, racist organisations who seem to think that though there are hundreds of military establishments dotted all over the island with no issues with the neighbouring women and girls, that military camps in the north and east tend to focus on rape and molestation.

    Mixing up issues A and B will always bring in the rabble rousers and even genuine reasons as A will not be met as it would seem giving into seperatists and racists. Even in Japan there are instances of American rape of japanese women and this is common fear when men with guns roost close to your home.

    In conclusion I would agree with the mannar women who have said to have the camp but somewhere else. Which is a nicer way of putting forward a genuine request.

  25. Dilshanf seems to have a short memory and thinks that every one is like him.

    Has he forgotten that Sri Lankan soldiers were sent back from Haiti because of sexual offences with under aged girls? How about Shavendra Silva accused of molesting Keheliya Rabbukwela’s daughter in New York? There are several stories, which SL government never even cares to find out, or investigate involving Tamil civilians and the security forces!!! Sri Lankan soldiers are noted for rape, murder, robbery, drug peddling etc. (There may be few exceptions, majority are CRIMINALS, that is their ONLY qualification)

    Tamil people have not forgotten what happened to Krishanthi Kumarasamy and her relatives!! There are several other cases, Which does not bother people like dilshanf, because the victims are Tamils and the perpetrators are Sinhalese!!!

    What Channel 4 exposed is only a fraction of the crimes done by the Sinhalese soldiers!!!

  26. DBSJ when he wrirtes a story he writes comprehensively licidly and fairly.I am one of his avid readers. Howevr in this concerned issue, it is apparant this protest particularly by women in Mannar is the first part of a shameless, despicable concocted scheme of the TNA, to slowly move the entire Army and the Poice from the Jaffna Peninsular, so that the TNA can safly manupulate its revamping militant activities. When LAn and Police powers arals vested with them,they will get for what poor Prabahakaapaid dealy at Nandikadal. The Women particularly are well aware appreciatively what asistance and protection the Forces provided them during the post war period. Dont there be any Males in the 9 povinces, to put forward only the Women,who will command more sympathy and attention. TNA is experimentng a sucidal scheme.When Sinhalese in the South are now more with the Tamils of the North, Sambandan & Co,wants a completet 380 degree
    reversal.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    This is an independent initiative by grass roots womens organizations from the nine affected villages.They are not calling for the removal of an existing camp but only trying to protect themselves from suffering potential problems caused by the presence of an army camp in their midst. They are not against the establishment of an army camp but only concerned that their neighourhood should be preserved.I got to know of their predicament from a womens rughts activist and not any politicia. I also know that copies of the appeal have been sent to TNA MP’s from the area.

    So stop your paranoid ranting and raving and view humanitarian issues from a humane perspective.

    Also the military is there to serve the people. The people are not there to serve the military

    my suggestion to you is to go to annar and find an alternative site for locating the army camp. THat would be a great service

  27. The Army is the foremost in any country, especially for our beloved mother Lanka. They do their utmost to protect the country from the evils and need to be given first priorty in all matters, including the Land allocation, afterall, they are Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is them.

  28. Minorities are expected to compromise—- Native Vedda,

    Ask Doughie, Karuna, PK, the two Masters,and even Sangaree.

    It is the Politicians , elected by a minority of the Minority who were the puppets of the LTTE and now being propped up by you lot, who steadfastly refuse even to disscuss,let alone compromise.

  29. Vedda:
    Who told you that Tigers are wiped out completely? If you get advice from five years olds, you will get this kind of conclusions.

    Who are the people now crying about “Human Rights” and War crimes. Only the Tigers and nobody else!

  30. Come on DBSJ,

    Stop wailing about little things, and focus on the main issue of how to prevent a recurrence of separatist terrorism in Sri Lanka that could complete the job the SunGod started.

    The murderous LTTE terrorist organization was only recently eradicated from the North and the East. No country that had fought what amounts to a Civil War has ever abandoned its military presence in the affected areas hoping that all is well, and that the resentful defeated party will join law-abiding citizens overnight. This will not be the case among the Tamils in LTTE areas who were enslaved, held hostage, and brainwashed from childhood, and still fear a return by their tormentors, many of whom are walking around Scot-free among them. Even today, they feel threatened by those they see around them.

    Today, former LTTE combatants are being released after “rehabilitation” without any meaningful guarantee of their “good” behaviour in the future. Only an omnipresent police and defence forces presence can ensure it.

    Meanwhile, the unrepentant separatists of the TNA are demanding pretty much the same Eelam that the late unlamented SunGod wanted. After all, during those 30 years, let us not forget the TNA enthusiastically served as his mouthpieces in Colombo. The TNA is now working hand-in-glove with the Eelamist Tamil Diaspora to bring foreign pressure to bear on Sri Lanka to achieve that Eelam. Instead of learning from the past, they are persisting in the same old racist divisive goals and tactics.

    Eelamist supporters in Tamil Nadu are continuing to feed the fire, and to all intents and purposes are gearing up to revive the violent struggle in Sri Lanka again. The smuggling of various LTTE/Eelamist operatives between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka has resumed. Robberies in the North and East, and manufactured agitations like the “Grease Yakka” phenomenon, seem to represent a few of their initial moves, but radicalizing Tamil Nadu itself is the greater threat to both India and Sri Lanka.

    All of this Eelamist activity gives sufficient reason for any prudent government of Sri Lanka to believe that the Eelamist threat is far from over, and the presence of the Defense Forces on the ground, in every community, cannot be relaxed for the foreseeable future. On the contrary, every indication is that it must be INCREASED to forestall the growth of terrorism again to avoid the mistakes that successive Sri Lankan governments made in the last 30 years. After all, if Eelamist terrorism had been scotched by early allocation of sufficient resources, increasing size and capabilities of the defence forces, and stationing them in the affected areas to PROTECT law-abiding citizens of all stripes, the calamities that befell the Tamil community, and Sri Lankan citizens in general, could have been avoided. Of course, this does not factor in the disruptive interference of the Indian government in favour of their client terrorists, that to a great extent prevented firm action by the government of Sri Lanka to secure its sovereign territory.

    Never again should any segment of the Sri Lankan citizenry be left undefended and open to threats and violence by armed groups.

    That is why MORE Army Camps and other defense establishments, should be opened not only in Mannar but all over the North and the East. It is important to garrison and heavily patrol Mannar, in particular, as the location closest to Tamil Nadu.

    Why you cite this litany of lame excuses to prevent the PROTECTION of not only the Tamil people, but also all citizens of Sri Lanka baffles me, because I well know how much you abhor the terrorist violence that practically destroyed the Tamil community you love so much. As one who has great many Tamil friends, neighbors, classmates, etc that I love very much, I don’t want to see a resurgence of Eelamist activity either. There is too much to be done to repair the ravage of the past three decades, and to finally usher in a new golden age to our country.

    Heavy presence of the security forces is the only thing that can maintain peace and harmony in Sri Lanka until we can rebuild our society free of communal divisions. No amount of wishful reliance on the good sense of people can replace it. I wish you would support it for all of our sakes.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please dont lecture to me about merits of militarization. I have only written about an appeal made by women’s organizations from nine villages. They have voiced their concerns in a petition signed by 564 women. They are not objecting to an army camp being set up but only to it being located in their vicinity. So the prudent thing is to find an alternative site instead of engaging in pro-miitarization propaganda

    By the way even a tyro knows that such excessive militarization of the North and East is not sustainable in the long run. Down sizing of the army and de-militarization of the North and East is inevitable at some point of time

  31. DBS

    Dont get riled by racist morons like Simahalan.Guys like that are incurable and irrational. If I were you I’ll simply black out their stupid coments

  32. Sri Lankan army/forces can station themselves anywhere in the country. This is a good move, staying ready for any terrorism. A good decession by the army.

  33. DBSJ,

    I don’t know how people can be protected, and terrorist activities monitored, by locating the police and defence facilities far away from the places where people live. After all, we are trying to protect the people, not police wild animals in jungles.

    Usually, these kinds of “petitions” are conjured up by “concerned citizens” seemingly without political connections. That is a time-honored tactic developed and refined into a fine art by the Eelamists. The objective is to get rid of the defense facilities to leave the path open to those who want to engage in terrorist activities, and threaten and regain control over the people, under the guise of a genuine civil protest to solve a “practical problem” affecting people’s lives. The most practical problem faced by residents of the North and East is to remain beyond the grasp of the Tamil Saviours of the LTTE who enslaved and murdered them at will.

    All of these “protests” are “orchestrated” by the Eelamists and the TNA to achieve their separatist goals; I don’t buy them as genuine at all. We will see more and more of these kinds of activities in the future, but mindful of all the mistakes we have made in the past, the government should not be dissuaded from doing what is need to ensure security and enable law-abiding people to survive and prosper.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Looks like you have a problem in understanding simple matters. So here are some verses you may be able to understand

    You are most welcome to sing them aloud

    O dear, what can the matter be?
    O dear, what can the matter be?
    O dear, what can the matter be?
    Johnny’s so long at the fair.

    He promised he’d bring me a bunch of blue ribbons.
    He promised he’d bring me a bunch of blue ribbons.
    He promised he’d bring me a bunch of blue ribbons.
    To tie up my bonny brown hair.

    He promised he’d buy me a basket of posies
    A garland of lilies, a garland of roses;
    A little straw hat to set off the blue ribbons
    That tie up my bonny brown hair, and now

    Oh, dear, what can the matter be,
    Seven old ladies were locked in the lava’try,
    They were there from Monday till Saturday,
    And nobody knew they were there.

    The first old lady was ‘Lizabeth Porter,
    She was the deacon of Dorchester’s daughter,
    Went there to relieve a slight pressure of water,
    And nobody knew she was there.

    The second old lady was Abigail Splatter.
    She went there ’cause something was definitely the matter.
    But when she got there, it was only her bladder,
    And nobody knew she was there.

  34. Hi DBSJ

    The picture gives a beautiful idea to an architect to design a small amity township for all communities. You may be feeling that the article published with good intentions has taken a different turn with a few adverse comments. The obvious outcome is the TNA/Tamil Diaspora making sinister moves to revive the dead LTTE atrocities in a subtle manner any Sinhalese would look at things through the set prism. Nothern or Southern whereever security forces are stationed its natural that the concerns you raised could affect the women folk and that has to be addressed because all innocents are helpless whether its Tamil or Sinhalese. So write down another column as to how the imbroglio could be by passed with cooperation.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you. There is really no need for another article. The solution is obious. Find another site for army camp! The Govt must adhere to basic principles enunciated in the LLRC report recommendations about removal of high security zones.When the emphasis is on downscaling security installations there is no need to construct a new camp amidst civilian habitat and turn the area into another high security zone

  35. Silly boy, DBSJ … have fun … its your blog!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Bulls eye!I knew you’ll get it only by playing “silly”……….”Oh dear,what can the matter be,oh dear………..

  36. Hean Singho (or is it Han Chino ?)

    # Had better lease it to Chinese. Mannar will be better off. sri lanka can become a better mix than mixing with hindians. #

    Chinese do not beleive in general mixing, like the indians do. They like out right takeover, like tibet and mixing as per thier requirement.

  37. hope says:
    February 16, 2012 at 9:46 am
    Looks like Sri Lanka is only for the Rajapakses and the army people!!!Can some one bring this to the notice of the visiting Americans, who seem to be molly coddling this regimes. They should know that the Rajapkses need to be addressed in their “style” as they do not understand human decency!!How much land, man power and how much human suffering is needed to prop up one family!!!

    The american style !i.e Thier involvment in Afganistan (Go back in history by alteast 40 years) , thier involment in Iraq, in Pakistan etc etc etc.

    Americac (USA) has supported dictators, communists, terrorists, even mafia, wherever it has suited thier interets.

    Dear Hope , your only hope is your ballott.

  38. Rana says:
    February 16, 2012 at 3:22 am
    These kind of land can utilise by army to build up a camp because they have equipment, construction and engineering knowhow and the resources.And you should thank governor and the army for choosing a barren land like this for army camp. Don’t worry SL army build toilets or can provide whatever basic needs these poor people require.

    Army having enginners, equipment and ofcourse money (paid by people as tax), is ‘precisly ‘ the reason why thier camp should be away from the people settlements.

    In India , any new militory camp,comes up,is comfortably awaya from the people settlements and generally , hardly faces any people resistance.

  39. ##In conclusion I would agree with the mannar women who have said to ‘have the camp but somewhere else’. Which is a nicer way of putting forward a genuine request.##

    It appears , the women of Mannar are more Srilankan than the 3 idiots, racist chuvenistic pigs, suicide bomber donkeys,…….etc …etc…etc…

  40. This is a game played by Fonseka loyalist Chandrasiri to cause friction between people and Mahinda govt. He purposely did this to provoke. lots of trouble in orth due to Chandrasiri

  41. IF MILTERY CAMPS CAN BE ESTABLISH IN SOUTH WHY NOT IN NORTH. IS IT SEPERATE COUNTRY.

    Army should have liberate to building their camps because security reason is the top priority.

    One reason of the women’s protest is they would preventing from open toilet. At any cost open toilet facilities must be prohibited in the country. It is partaining in Indian culture.

    samarasekara

  42. .
    After reading all these comments I think it’s time for the ‘moderates’ to take charge.

    There are tamil moderates and tamil extremists.
    There are sinhala moderates and sinhala extremists.

    The tamil extremists (Ltte) are done, only their ‘rump’ is alive.

    But unfortunately, the whole sinhala extremists are still alive.

    Someone has to get rid of them…. then only both moderates can find a solution.

    🙂

  43. samarasekara says:

    “IF MILTERY CAMPS CAN BE ESTABLISH IN SOUTH WHY NOT IN NORTH. IS IT SEPERATE COUNTRY.”

    Why do you need countrywide military camps if the island is governed by democratically elected good people? Is the Mahinda clan expecting a countrywide uprising?

    If there is rule of law and accountability the rulers need not to resort to armed violence for their own safety and their throne. During the Sinhala JVP terrorism I did not see fully fledged sprawling army camps in the South although I witnessed many Tyre Burning ceremonies conducted by faceless little people.

    You say:

    “One reason of the women’s protest is they would preventing from open toilet. At any cost open toilet facilities must be prohibited in the country. It is partaining in Indian culture.”

    So the army is building camps for the women to use toilets.

    What a great idea.

    Are the women in the South using army camps as their toilets?

    If so it is also a great idea.

    This can only happen in Sri Lanka.

  44. Dear Truth or can I call you False,

    Which part of my responce that you dont understand??????

    Read it again and note what I have said that the fear of a military camp closeby is justified. That fear is not unique to Srilanka but in Japan as well. I dont look at this as a Sinhalese and Tamil problem but rather a genuine one raised by the women in Mannar.

    So dear False read again.

  45. Army should build public toilet for people & when people use waterways for living, must not intrude privacy.
    For that matter, Colonel of the area & Commanding officer, other officers of the intended camp should discuss matters with community leaders / seniors of the village & come to an understanding, unless camp site is relocated.
    Best is to relocate keeping the dignity, goodwill of all.

  46. aratai says:

    “There are tamil moderates and tamil extremists.
    There are sinhala moderates and sinhala extremists”.

    Extremism thrives on ignorance. As long as the Sinhallese and Tamils remain stupid you will continue to see destruction all over the island.

    The Sinhalese and Tamils complement each other perfectly well with their stupidity where there is stupidity gap.

  47. In a situation such as this any government worthy to be called a people’s democracy
    should respond. They must relocate the army camp, to an acceptable size, elsewhere
    and far from this village. The Govt is for the people and not vice versa.

    ISS

  48. [The people fear that the UNDP constructed lake may be utilized by the soldiers from the army camp thus depriving families from their primary repository of water.

    Most of these villages experience heavy floods during rainy season. The flood waters of three villages recede slowly by flowing down to this lake mainly through the lands allocated for construction of the army camp

    The construction of the army camp and consequent elevation of low –lying lands for this purpose will obstruct this waterflow resulting in villahes like Tharavankottai,Jumbrown nagar and Jeevapuram being waterlogged indefinitely.

    The women in their petition have also raised concerns about possible inconveniences as a result of the army camp to women. There is a lack of toilets and many utilize the shrub jungle nearby. Much of the bathing is done at the lake.

    Many of the dwellings are flimsy and quite open. The women feel their privacy will be intruded upon through movement by soldiers in the area.

    Women and girls will feel insecure due to proximity of army camp. Past experience in other areas demonstrate that women will be unable to move about after nightfall. Likewise schoolgirls going for tuition before dawn will also find it cumbersome.

    The use of heavy vehicles by the army in the area could pose a hazard to little children.]

    The problems in having this army camp here is too numerous and genuine.I hope unlike previous governments after independence that arrogantly and foolishly treated tamils like as if they did not exist,this government will not also behave in an insensitive manner.If it does go ahead with this army camp,it will mean that the sinhalese people have learnt nothing from all this mess created by their previous generation,and their current decisions are going to create unnecessary problems for their future generations.

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