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by B. Raman

1.We have seen how the human rights violation issue is often used by terrorist and insurgent organisations and their supporters to demoralise the security forces.

2. We had seen how after the Khalistani terrorism was defeated in Punjab, dozens of police officers were sought to be harassed in Punjab on the ground that they had allegedly violated the human rights of the people while putting down terrorism. A senior Indian Police Service officer, who was harassed by human rights activists, even committed suicide. He was unable to bear the humiliation and the mental harassment.

3. We had also seen how India was sought to be reprimanded before the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva in 1994 for allegedly violating the human rights of the Kashmiris. Pakistan, which spearheaded the campaign against India, failed to have India rebuked due to lack of support from Iran and other countries.

4. We should keep our past experience in mind while taking a decision on what should be our stand on the resolution which is proposed to be moved by the US and some other countries in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva against Sri Lanka for alleged violations of the human rights of the Tamils by the Sri Lankan Army while putting down the terrorism and insurgency of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009.

5. Certain issues need to be underlined. Firstly, the Sri Lankan Army had every right and obligation to crush the LTTE, which had carried out innumerable acts of horrendous terrorism in Sri Lankan and Indian territory, including the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, our former Prime Minister, in May 1991.

6. Secondly, there were serious violations of the human rights of Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan Army during its anti-LTTE operations. These violations were partly due to the disproportionate use of force by the Sri Lankan Army and partly due to the deliberate use of civilians by the LTTE in order to protect itself.

7. Thirdly, disproportionate use of force during counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations had taken place in Iraq and Afghanistan too, but they were not considered as amounting to war crimes. It will be absurd and unfair to treat the violations in Sri Lanka as amounting to war crimes, as demanded by the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora which has been in the forefront of the campaign against the Sri Lankan Government.

8. Fourthly, the fact that the LTTE had indulged in horrible acts of terrorism against the civilian population is not an excuse for the violations of the human rights of the Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces. These violations call for a full-fledged enquiry and follow-up action against those responsible. Instead of doing so, the Sri Lankan Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been conducting itself in an unsophisticated and crude manner while evading its responsibility for holding enquiries that would carry conviction to the Tamils living in Sri Lanka, whose conviction is more important than that of the Tamil diaspora.

9. Fifthly, the credibility of the Rajapaksa Government has been further undermined by its wriggling out of the commitments to India and other States of the international community for finding a satisfactory political solution to meet the aspirations of the Tamils. After having crushed the LTTE, it has been trying to impose a dictated political solution on the Tamils and has disregarded all the promises that it had made to India in this regard.

10. Sixthly, the Government of India finds itself in a dilemma as a result of the duplicity of the Rajapaksa Government after it succeeded against the LTTE.

11. Despite India’s justified dissatisfaction against the Rajapaksa Government, it would be counter-productive for it to join the US and other countries in having Sri Lanka condemned before the UN HRC. It is totally incorrect and unwise on the part of the Tamil Nadu political parties to exercise undue pressure on an increasingly weakening Manmohan Singh Government to join the US and others in having Sri Lanka condemned.

12. While standing against the condemnation of Sri Lanka by the UNHRC, India should use all means of political and economic pressure at its disposal to make the Rajapaksa Government hold credible enquiries into the human rights violations with follow-up action against those responsible and to meet its commitments to the Tamil people.

13. India should not hesitate to use the big stick against the Rajapaksa Government due to fears that it might drive it into the arms of China and Pakistan. Indian unhappiness can hurt Sri Lanka and it should be made clear that we would not hesitate to hurt it if it continues to follow its present policy of duplicity.

14. Our present dilemma in Sri Lanka is due to our inability and unwillingness to talk and act tough when the time for it has come. The time to use the big stick has come.

(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate of the Chennai Centre For China Studies.This paper appears in the SAAG portal)

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  1. “It will be absurd and unfair to treat the violations in Sri Lanka as amounting to war crimes,” By Raman

    Sitting in a room , Think Tanks of India can say any thing . Without understand feelings of affected persons ,they are thinking about will SL go into hands of China ,Pakistan or not ? . It made me to think whether these people are actually thinking about human right violation which is the centre point of the debate in geneva. May be think tank will think without thinking about the problems of ordinary citizens .

    You need courage to be integrity . May be india didnt have both.

  2. Krishna,s , ramans,hari,s and other avatars of the south blocks, your game is over. There will be new players joining the game.. You lot have failed, and undermined the whole security of India. Not to mention the risk of resurgence of nationalism in Tamil nadu. Your thirst for revenge of the ‘boys’ have let to this situation.

  3. I agree with most of B.Raman’s points, except the emphasis on the ‘Disproportionate use of force against civilians’ and need to use the ‘Big stick’.

    I have spoken for long hours with a very astute and capable Tamil journalist who was with the exodus from Kilinochchi to Nanthikadal. He had seen everything with a critical eye, despite the unfortunate circumstances. He was at one time working for the LTTE TV. He told me how the LTTE located itself and its heavy weaponary amongst the people in the ‘Safety zones’ and fired at the armed forces. The armed forces retaliated with small arms fire for a while and thereafter resorted to heavy artillary fire. When this happened, its objective served, the LTTE ceased fire and withdrew. This was typical LTTE modus operandi (Those who were with the IPKF would testify to this ploy). I had heard this also from the IDPs at Chettikulam. There may be individuals within the armed forces who had acted in a grossly unacceptable manner, but the entire body cannot be tarred with the same brush.

    The LTTE shot civilaians who were trying to escape in large numbers. The LTTE burnt its food stocks while retreating from various areas. The LTTE confiscated food sent for the civilians. The LTTE cadres were hawking ‘Horlicks’at thousands of rupees per bottle to desperate civilians. The LTTE cadres who had sneaked into the IDP camps were in sleek condition. They were identifiable easily by their physical condition. The LTTE made girls in early stages of pregnancy, whom they had conscripted, jump from trees in order to Induce abortions. There are many sordid details of what the LTTE did that are being brushed under the carpet by vested interests.

    The goverment of Sri Lanka failed miserably in not recording the narratives of the IDPs soon after the war, through an objective and acceptable exercise. Further, its attempt to tailor the political developments in the north and east through its proxies to meet its short sighted objectives, has compounded suspicions of its intentions. The slogan of ‘Humanitarian war’- which a war can never be- has added to its woes. It was an all-out brutal war fought to the bitter end by both sides. If the armed forces are accused of resorting to excessive violence, the LTTE should stand accused of creating the conditions for it and also doing the same. It was a war between a ‘state -in-law’ and another ‘state-in-appearance’. The government objective was to finish the war once-and-for-all. It was helped in this endeavour by many countries, including India. The LTTE wanted to also win the war hook or by crook. It failed and the government succeeded. We should not lose sight of these facts in the face of the charade in Geneva.

    Further, India weilding the big stick will be counter-productive. Rightly or wrongly, India is identified with Tamils in many Sinhala minds. The mainly ‘Çhola’invasions of the past and IPKF positioning in recent times, have created a sense of insecurity and mistrust about India in Sinhala minds and Sinhala politicians are not second to their counterparts in Tamil Nadu, in grandstanding and rabble rousing. India should pursue the line it has pursued in recent times- being a friend of Sri Lanka through thick and thin. This will enhance its already considerable influence and make a positive difference to all the people who live on this island, including the Tamils.

    Finally, the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka cannot ever be addressed and resolved on the basis of group rights, despite the TNA’s 14 page booklet. This is a lesson of history that has not been learned and will cost the Tamils much. The TNA booklet should at least teach this lesson now. The issue can be addressed only in terms of individual rights as citizens of Sri Lanka and human beings. The issue then becomes framed in a larger context, without group, communal and other flavours. This will be a win-win situation for all the peoples of Sri Lanka. The situation in Sri Lanka is unlike any other. It is unique in many ways and history is one of its big burdens. This should be understood by the Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka first, India second and lastly, the world-at-large.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  4. Is the writer argues what shown in Channel 4 video and UNSG panel report not amount to crime against humanity ? His justification goes like U.S did in Afghanistan, Russia did in Chechniya, China in Tinanmen square, India in Kashmir, no resolutions came up to condemn these countries, Then why against Sri lanka

    I fear how many of you going to buy this argument use terrorism to defeat terrorism disregarding right of a human to live for the purpose of crushing terrorism, Are we going to encourage Bashaar Al Assad to go on with his killing field ? Had Sudan President Omar Al Bashir all rights to crush south sudan (former terrorist), How a domestic inquiry can takes place when top guns in government are said to be directly involved. Then he goes on to say India Should not hesitate to use its BIG STICK ??? has India got any . Fighting terrorism is justified when the noble principles of human society is re stored. After 3 years of war the cause gave birth to evil terrorism remains at large and could breed some time later again an other form of violence.

    Writer knows very well that Sri lankan government shown its back to india and the current government or any future government wont give a s*** to india therefore by standing against resolution india can secure some access to Sri lanka otherwise indian sea very quickly a china sea, However in the long run it would be a mistake to align with Sri lanka to counter china than with the west

    If india could have talked tough with sri lankan counter part the necessity to pass this resolution requesting sri lanka to implement its own findings unlike the writer says condemning for human rights violation wouldn’t have arised.

  5. 7thly, Mr Raman, what stick are you talking about? India does not have a big stick. You know the theory of two lines (iru kodukal)? China has the biggest stick making the Indian stick look pathetically small. With the absence of a bigger stick, India could use the stick offered by the USA and that is what the Tamil Nadu politicians are asking in your ‘sticky’ terms 😀

  6. This poor guy, Raman is not analysing but lisitng his wishlist in the light of so called ‘our’ syndrom.

  7. 13. India should not hesitate to use the big stick against the Rajapaksa Government due to fears that it might drive it into the arms of China and Pakistan. Indian unhappiness can hurt Sri Lanka and it should be made clear that we would not hesitate to hurt it if it continues to follow its present policy of duplicity.

    14. Our present dilemma in Sri Lanka is due to our inability and unwillingness to talk and act tough when the time for it has come. The time to use the big stick has come.

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    I fully accept your views. Your previous views become more acceptable when read with the item numbers 13 and 14, which I had copied and pasted.

    The time has come to call off the duplicity of the MR, and by this send an unmistakable message to all the stake holders in Sri Lanka that now is the pay back time and they have to honor all their commitments to their friends all over the world for having stood by them in defeating the LTTE.

    The fact that India has not done it so far is the reason for the underlying anger in India and else where.

  8. .. finding a satisfactory political solution to meet the aspirations of the Tamils.

    Political solution is for everyone in Sri Lanka to vote in our democracy according to their conscience. In Sri Lanka, everyone has the same aspirations. To live in a just society. We don’t need the UN to tell us how to do get there. We will find our own way. A sincere thanks to all the UN members who help us.

  9. Beginning of the end for Rajapakse Goons…India is behind this U.S resolution and they are giving an impression as if not.. They are likely to abstain in the vote as it is certain that this will pass through, as U.S has the numbers.

  10. This is the truth. Human rights for all..

    Finally, the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka cannot ever be addressed and resolved on the basis of group rights, despite the TNA’s 14 page booklet. This is a lesson of history that has not been learned and will cost the Tamils much. The TNA booklet should at least teach this lesson now. The issue can be addressed only in terms of individual rights as citizens of Sri Lanka and human beings. The issue then becomes framed in a larger context, without group, communal and other flavours. This will be a win-win situation for all the peoples of Sri Lanka. The situation in Sri Lanka is unlike any other. It is unique in many ways and history is one of its big burdens. This should be understood by the Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka first, India second and lastly, the world-at-large.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  11. Whatever the country’s stick size, it is not a matter in future for sl because they will get a befitting reply in future with higher interest as much as they did in the field.

  12. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    India has known the methods of the LTTE, first hand and nobody remind us about that.

    We know first hand. Not only the LTTE but all the terrorist organizations the world over are like that only.

    That doesn’t absolve the responsibility of your govt.

    India and the other world powers supported the GOSL mainly because that it assured that a political solution will be found for this conflict, which it has miserably failed to do so.

    Now the Sri Lanka is openly flaunting the China and the Pakistan card and making a mockery of India.

    The Gosl does not have any real intention to solve this politically.

    If the India and the other world powers just accept this violation of the words of the MR they also become complicit to the omission and the commisions of the GOSL.

    You say that the average Sinhala views India in the light of the many Chola invasions in the island and they rightly or wrongly see the tAmils as representatives of the India.

    Your average Sinhalese has many an hallucination having fed with the stuff from Mahavamsa and also is suffering from a minority and insecurity complex.

    May be you mean to say that he doesn’t understand that the world has changed much from the Chola days.

    It is his problem and certainly not India’s.

    We have tried our level best to accomodate his concerns but he is repeatedly going back on his words, first to his own Tamil brethren and now to other countries in the world.

    In my opinion enough is enough. India should at least from now start to look into the concerns of the Tamils there in the island.

    It should talk tough to the Gosl and say that now is the pay back time and it should honor all its commitments it had given regarding the political solution.

    WE CANNOT BE SEEN AS APPEASING A PERSON ENDLESSLY, HERE THE SINHALESE IN GENERAL AND THE GOSL IN PARTICULAR.

  13. Channel 4, David Miliband,UNHRC,US, Rboert Blake,Whatshisname,Bernard Khushner,UK,EU Norway,India,civil society et al did NOTHING to STOP the Tigers and their financiers and supporters in the West when the going was good for the Tigers.The West closed it’e eyes, did the minimum syndical and watched us die a slow death.
    Sadly it lasted 30 long years.
    For 30 long years we didn’t hear this much of noise about human suffering happening in Sri lanka!!
    How many films C4 made about Srilankan conflict WHEN IT WAS RAGING??????
    Why now??
    We Sri lankans are not going to buy this B.S from the so called do gooders of the West and wound licking Tiger rump now.It only shows it’s nakedness and partisanship.This is more about Geopolitics than genuine concern.

    The White Sahibs who shot at the peaceful protesters in India and killed hundreds if not thousands in one go, less than 70years ago, are giving us lectures about human rights!!

    If you above mentioned people want to help us, really help us , this is what we Srilankans need now;
    We Srilankans,Sinhalease, Tamil, muslim & Burghers all of us need true help, divine help (if possible)to get our country back from the Rajapaksa dictatorship.
    Rajapaksa siblings are our real problem today and god , help us to get back our country,to live decently, to give Tamils their due,to get the rest of us the our due and LIVE IN PEACE.
    If UN and our so called friends are genuinely interested of our well being, please persuade Rajapaksa siblings to get lost.
    Ah… Please don’t forget to Thank them on behalf all Srilankans (minus LTTE rump)for getting rid of the Sun God, Mr V. Prabhakan.

  14. Dr. Naren

    Sri lanka is not US or Canada to talk about individual rights and politics by definition is collective rights of a group, we have seen how Burghers and malays almost vanquished from our census, Individually i have no problem in singing national anthem in sinhala or celebrating vesak with my sinhala friends but as a tamil man and son of the soil i should sung in tamil, no compulsion on me as you know the mind set of sinhala society individual right in other words sri lankan right is none other than right of sinhala, soon we can see further degradation of tamil society in terms of their socio-economic and political rights.

    After the end of 3 years of war

    Is migration reduced ?
    Victims of war compensated?
    Are noble principle of governence re stored?
    Are the thugs and paramilitary run around with guns and do crime disappeared ?
    Is tamil man received the peace dividends ?

    What we see is development circus

    No internal conflicts or civil war never resolved peace fully with out accountability, wall street journal writes looking at 11 civil conflicts since 1957 that ended with such a reconciliation process. In two-thirds of the cases there was no further fighting.

    In conflicts that had no reconciliation events, only 9% saw a cessation in violence.

    We as a whole having responsibility to see no return of violence, short sighted decision some time later will take rest of us for an other killing field. This writer from india trying to secure his interest in our problem with little interest of recociliation and a solution to the tamil issue and that is the case with all players of geo-politics irrespective of camps for the motion or against the motion. we have to fit with in this context what is best suited for us

  15. Mr. B. Raman says,”Our present dilemma in Sri Lanka is due to our inability and unwillingness to talk and act tough when the time for it has come. The time to use the big stick has come.”

    As you are well aware, history tells us that ‘ military conflict’ in Sri Lanka spanned the better part of 25 years( with brief periods of cease-fire in order to re-arm, re-build & re-launch operations).It was only in May 2009 that military confrontations between the govt. forces and the LTTE ended.So, it’s not even 3 full years yet, and Mr. B. Raman feels that it’s time that India uses the big stick. Mr. Raman, why do you feel that the time has come? Is it reasonable for you to expect a final constitutional solution to such complex issues within 3 years of ending hostilities?Why do you have this indecent hurry to implement a political solution (especially since people are no longer killing themselves), when people in the north urgently require solutions for their daily living. They need food, housing/ shelter, health care, education and jobs etc. before all else.Once you have provided these, then you can ‘feed’ them a political solution.

    In addition, for any solution to be effective, there is a considerable amount of ‘ground work’ which needs to be done like electing the local political representatives of the people in those areas, re-building the minimum of infrastructure for local administration to function,demining all areas of the north & east, softening the ‘hardline’ mindsets of all people whether they are ordinary tamils, sinhalese, muslims or burghurs, providing the affected individuals with time & space to heal not only their hearts & minds but also the physical scars of conflict. Mr. Raman, it takes time to heal certain scars and get people to find middle ground. There has to be a structured, systematic & effective method towards finding a lasting solution to our peoples problems.

    Solutions to such complex issues cannot be found by waving ‘big sticks’at us.It has not worked in the past and I guarantee, it will not work in the future as well.Please tell me again why the time has come for India to use the ‘big stick’.

  16. Raman,

    Whether it is big stick or big d–k, India is an ” important and infertile partner” in the crime against Humanity now have lost control of its partner’s ability of infidelity and flirting with its own enemies namely China.

    Only option left for the Congress I goverment is not participating and remain neutral in the voting.

  17. In all the discussions above one thing that is conspicuous by its absence is the genuine concern for the war affected people, (ie) Sri Lankan Tamils. We were told that LTTE is not the whole savior of Tamils in Srilanka. We were told LTTE derives its support only out of fear and terror. We were told, once the menace of Prabhakaran is ended, everything will be milk and honey for tamils. So whole world, almost, helped Srilanka to dissolve LTTE and its leaders. That was the time Srilanka needed everybody, especially the counter terrorism gang. Now it is three years since the LTTE menace has been eliminated. Did you see any other Tamil leader emerge in Sri Lanka? Or will they ever be allowed to emerge? When the world has woken up after three years to the atrocities committed by Sinhalese majority, now Sri Lankan is crying foul against the same people who helped them. It is relying on help from China and Pakistan, who have thier own axe to grind against India. Only way to make Sri Lanka agree to resettle Tamils in a respectful way with equal rights and privelegs as thier Sinhalese counterparts, is by the strong actions against them on human rights violations committed by them.

  18. This man is contradicting himself and me thinks his common sense is in conflict with his loyalty to the Indian state.

    Both India, Sri Lanka and the LTTE have committed war crimes. Only difference is that a nation state should be held accountable to higher standards. We do not live in a moral world, almost every state is guilty of serious human rights abuses and war crimes. Perhaps its best to address the prime question; what moral right does the southern majority have to impose its will on the north? What right does the corrupt political elite in Colombo have to impose their lunacy on the other Sri Lankan regions?

  19. Among the Think Tank B.Raman always stays in the middle. In the NDTV interview even G.Parthasarathi has supported the view of the Subramaiyaswamy justifing the indiscreminate attacks made on the people caught in the North-East war zone by the Sri Lankan government. According to them just because Pirapakaran killed Rajiv Gandi Sri Lanka could kill all the people in Tamil areas until Pirapakaran die.

  20. B.RAMAN (all Capitol, BIG for b) says “Time to use the big stick has come” …
    These superiority complexed Indians should read the today’s Sydney Morning Herald article “Why India is not a super power” by Amrit Dhillon (freelance journalist based in New Delhi) to flush out their flamboyent ultra ego thinking. She says
    “…. The poor still do not have homes, basic sanitation, decent schools or nutritious food. As a young girl in American author Katherine Boo’s much-acclaimed new book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, about life in a Mumbai slum, says: “We try so many things but the world doesn’t move in our favour.”
    Middle-class Indians need to read Boo’s book about life in a rat-infested hovel, near a sewage lake, with rampant dengue fever, malaria and tuberculosis, with scraps for meals, a single toilet for 100 families and then try claiming that India is becoming a superpower. There are many criteria for defining a superpower, but for India an extra one should be added. Let no one utter the world ”superpower” till every Indian family has a toilet in their home.”

  21. What justification Mr Raman and his musicians here would come out for the injustices , atrocities committed against Tamils before 1976 the birth of LTTE or even TULF ?

    in honest analysis identifying the cause and causation is more important than seeing the effects.
    then only One can come to educated conclusion . All other ways of analysis will only lead to fool the authors mind although author believes he has tactfully cheated others which is not true. The author NOT only self defeat and get defeated.

    lets assume .
    LTTE committed varies crimes.
    What caused their existence.
    injustices committed by …
    who and what are they ?
    can we remedy it ….

  22. Many Tamils and Indians do not realize the fact, SL tamil issue is an internal affair of Srilanka. They (sinhalese and Tamils) will resolve the issues amicably and quickly, if external pressure is not applied.

    The whole world is aware there were violations during the armed conflict. ( Was IPKF operations perfect?). How Rajapakse Govt would compensate and reconcile with the victims shall be on compassionate grounds, considering them as a fellow srilankan citizen, not because the rest of the world enforce it on the SL Govt.

  23. Well said Dr. Narendran. The details of what the LTTE did are being brushed under the carpet. And I fully agree with you on India. India’s use of stick on Sri Lanka is going to be counter productive and will not help Tamils in the long run. India should actively engaged with Sri Lanka in a more positive manner.

  24. As an Indian I am ashame of you Mr Raman
    You are a disgrace for My Beloved Mother India

    You behave like Hitler. Not sure you are born as Hitler after the mad man died

    What happened to Thamilians in Lanka is a crime against humanity. Thousands and Thousands and Thousands of Men women children were killed raped and tortured
    Western world is asking for accountability and India is quiet because my country is ruled by Italian Born Indian Sonia Gandhi and Family
    You are an Anti Thamil fellow
    You will betray Thamilians at any cost like your cousin Subramania Swamy

  25. You should be sent to Hague also if you gave advise to the King of Lanka Rajapakshe during the last stage of War
    We will find out
    I have a feeling you might have involved with this War Crimes also because you used to have Tea with the King of Ravanas

  26. Mr. Joesphu,

    Is 60 years is not enough ? or Three years after war ended is not enough ? or what is a hurry to have 18th amendment and if the GoSL has that 2/3 majority, any sensible thinking person will take the ” internal affair” the priory to pass another amendment. So to speak, have you seen the somersault of Mahinda Aya when the Indian Krishna was here. 13 Plus then 13 minus and at the end Zero. ” I never promised anything to these Indian Modayas”

  27. “These violations were partly due to the disproportionate use of force by the Sri Lankan Army and partly due to the deliberate use of civilians by the LTTE in order to protect itself.”

    This is just an opinion from a member of the Indian establishment not a fact. The human right violations against Tamils by the Sri Lankan state started way back in the late 1950s and continues to this date. The disproportionate use of force against Tamils is intentional!! so, stop making excuses for the war criminals in SL.

    This article is nothing but a list of excuses to justify India’s impotence on Sri Lanka.

  28. Mahesh,

    You say,
    “India and the other world powers supported the GOSL mainly because that it assured that a political solution will be found for this conflict, which it has miserably failed to do so”.

    Would the ‘War Crimes’ Sri Lanka is alleged to have committed, become acceptable, if the yet rather nebulous concept of a ‘political solution’ had materialized subsequently?

    The war had to be won by the Sri Lankan government and any chances for it to linger had to be eliminated. This is the logic of war. This was the logic and was accepted by many countries and India. However sorry I may be for the loss of life, I am glad the war came to a decisive end. Most Tamils here are too!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  29. Mr Raman, You should have included one more clause ie
    IPKF which had carried out innumerable acts of horrendous terrorism in Jaffna, Sri Lanka,
    We personally experinced and still remember the horrendous scene of IPKF’s Attack on our Jaffna Hospital,You can forget that scene Mr Raman but we couldnt,
    How Many doctors,Nurses and Patients were killed by IPKF,
    IPKF entered our Jaffna Hospital and made indiscriminate shooting and killed Doctors,Nurses and even patients.
    It is also War crime and terrorism Mr Raman. who is accountable for this, where is the justice for that
    we still go to bed with that pain and we have to carry this pain untill we go to our graveyard,
    World may not know IPKF’s terrorism but i hope you will recall this

  30. Narendran,

    Geneva may be a charade, but it has become crystal clear, with abductions, murders and big lies by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa still continuing 3 years after the war, there can be no reconciliation in Sri Lanka until the murderous regime is destroyed one way or another. It is the GoSL’s claims of talks with the TNA that is the real charade.

    Granted that countries like the US, UK and India have their own interests in mind, tacitly supported the GoSL’s war against the LTTE, and are not out to help the Tamil people, but Tamils still need to play along with the game of the big powers and take strategic advantage of it. The steady pressure in Geneva against the regime is welcome for many reasons.
    What do you make of the grave crimes of white van abductions and disappearances? What do you tell the wife and child of the Tamil businessman in Wellawatte abducted by the Rajapaksas?

    These abducted and disappeared people are gradually forgotten even by human rights activists. I no longer hear anything about the Eastern University VC, Prof. Raveendranath.

    J.S.Tissainayagam mentioned that international pressure helped with his release. Even though I personally don’t know him, I contacted the daughter of the Indian PM through some mutual friends, and explained why President Obama himself mentioned Tissainayagam in his speech. I don’t know if that helped with his release in any way, but we in the Diaspora try to do our bit when we can. We also help destitute families in the Vanni financially so that they may in time find some means to stand on their own. But I would still argue that the war crimes issue needs to be pursued to its logical conclusion even as parallel efforts at helping the IDPs get back to normal life should remain a priority. The issue of war crimes shouldn’t be dismissed the way you are doing it. A regime change, even if it cannot happen immediately, is possible if there is continuing steady pressure internationally.

  31. Mr. Raman’s third point about “disproportionate use of force during counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations” is a load of rubbish, contradicting his own past assertions about how India handles its own internal counter insurgency.

    The wars that he mentions are external wars, not against a country’s own citizens. And Raman conveniently forgets that India underhandedly armed Tamil militants, and saddled the Tamil people with a militancy that was beyond their control, and therefore subsequent Indian support to the GoSL , despite clear evidence of war crimes, makes India complicit in the war crimes.

    Mr. Raman and his ilk, reflecting the thinking of India’s dastardly foreign policy establishment, can hardly be expected to recognize war crimes in Sri Lanka, given their own complicity. But the dilemmas India currently faces are its own doing. India lost its way after the IPKF fiasco, and the Indian establishment deluded by its economic progress, imagined itself as a super power that is above getting involved in the “little ethnic fracas” in Sri Lanka. Today India’s sins have antagonized both Tamils and Sinhalese, and in its obsessions with playing games with Pakistan and China.—about which, judging by his past articles, Raman himself is overly paranoid—India is turning itself into an utterly unethical, despicable country that doesn’t know how to use its power.

  32. Jay,
    Answers to your questions:
    1.Is migration reduced ? No. It would have if the principle reason for the migration was due to. The migration now is in pursuit of dollars, Pounds and Euros. Most Sinhalese 9including soldiers), Muslims and others , would grab at any opportunity to leave because of the lure lucre.

    2. Victims of war compensated? The lives of the victims of war are returning-albeit- slowly and steadily to normalcy due to the efforts of the government and the assistance it has mobilized from other countries. What has been achieved in three years is considerable. What sort of compensation are you expecting? Who will pay compensation on behalf of the LTTE for the damage it did to the people and the infra-structure?

    3. Are noble principle of governence restored? No. What was dismantled over several decades cannot be restored in three years. However, once again, there is a slow and steady movement in the right direction. All the peoples in Sri Lanka are burdened by this problem.

    4.Are the thugs and paramilitary run around with guns and do crime disappeared ? No. The paramilitaries are there and it is a curse. This was the government’s main post-war mistake and the fact that it is yet not doing anything about this is a shame. Despite the tremendous and very visible efforts and investment the government has made to develop the north and east and restore normalcy, the antics of these paramilitaries, are casting doubts on the government bonafides. Crimes are happening all over the Island, because value systems have broken down as a result of the JVP insurgencies and LTTE-led war.

    5.Is tamil man received the peace dividends ? Yes. The Tamil man is building his life and society back from the ashes. The greatest post-war progress is in this aspect. There are yet the lingering after-effects of the war on social and cultural norms. These are being highlighted and the people are aware of these. I am sure in a few years we will overcome these issues too.

    Finally, my experience here and those holding senior positions in the public services, is that the will of the government to get things done fast in the north and east is being sabotaged by Tamil public servants in the lower ranks- deliberately or through sheer ineptness. There is also rampant corruption at this level. The public service in the north and east need a new infusion of dedicated personnel, if we are to move at a fast pace.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  33. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    All the govts supported the gosl believing it will deliver on the political solution. It gave words to that effect. But has gone back.

    You say

    Would the ‘War Crimes’ Sri Lanka is alleged to have committed, become acceptable, if the yet rather nebulous concept of a ‘political solution’ had materialized subsequently?

    It might not be accepted but the heat would have been far less if a political soln had been pursued in earnest.

    You say the tamils and the sinhalese are both happy that the war ended. but without the political soln. will it not rear its ugly head in the future.

  34. Correction to my reply to Jay:
    1. — due to the communal conflict.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  35. NAM says:
    Is 60 years is not enough ? or Three years after war ended is not enough ?

    —–

    You have been suffering for 60 years. Can’t you wait six more years?

    Only China can influence Srilanka, no one else at the moment. If china becomes sympathetic to SL Tamils, then, things may change.

    If you stop looking for help from western world, USA and India, china may help to negotiate a solution.

  36. How dare the author arbitrarily claim that the alleged violations are not considered as war crimes without any basis to support it? It is highly offensive and insensitive for the victims and their families? On the contrary, UNSG POE report states that there is credible evidence of war crimes by both warring parties. Besides, numerous documentaries and reports provide credible evidence that war crimes were committed. Are these countries that are concerned about the war crimes and are asking for investigation wrong? This is highly irresponsible and biased statement that appears to be beneath his former responsible positions in the government.

    The author might be still living in the last century mindset and he may be in denial mode as it may be difficult for him to accept that Indian military and police might have indeed committed human rights violations and perhaps war crimes according to the contemporary laws and standards.

  37. This is pretty long response for B Raman’s passing comment on Rajiv assasination.

    I don’t think there was any serious effort in knowing the culprits behind Rajiv assasination. KP is an accused in that case and India never requested his extradition. Similarly, MDMA assigned with the task of fiding the conspiracy/reason for Rajiv assasination has done nothing in the last 10 years. The jain and varma commisions have mentioned that Subramian Swami and Chandra swami must be interrogated (their activities were suspicious), but India never did it. If India wanted to kill Prabhakaran for his involvement in Rajiv assasination, they should hold the same standard and kill Douglas Devananda who killed a dalit man in india. But, Indian PM meets and had dinner with Douglas!

    DBSJ has high regards for Dr. Rajashingam Narendran, hence I too have the same respect. However, Dr. Narendran’s comment on the SL firing in No Fire Zone contradicts the australian (UN worker) in the no fire zone. The UN worker didn’t mention the presence of LTTE artilleries or any weapon in the no fire zone. However, he has mentioned the firing from SL government. The UN worker was in the NFZ, Dr. Narendran was closer but we are far away. For sure, we rely on information from many sources, analyse and arrive at a conclusion.

  38. I have a question. If the LTTE was firing at the SL army near Tamil civilians and If the SL army fired back, Is it a war crime? I am not arguing if it was morally right or wrong. I think in most cases the SL army used artillery only when the LTTE fired at them from the no fire zone. I believe the SL soldiers have every right to defend their lives according the international law. Although Channel 4 and the west accuse the SL army of using heavy weapons no one talks about the fact the LTTE was using heavy weapons against the army from the no fire zone.

  39. Naren,

    No war does not mean peace exist.

    Read lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=12768

    lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=12758

  40. Krishna,

    ” The UN worker didn’t mention the presence of LTTE artilleries or any weapon in the no fire zone.”

    This is the problem. The ones who are coming forward to relate their version of events now, obviously have an agenda. This is not what I heard from the Tamil civilians and the journalist (I mentioned earlier) who were in these safety zones. I will rather believe them than the UN and Red Cross workers, who had either developed sympathies for the LTTE cause or were unable to communicate with the people- the victims. To me, they are idealistic young men/women, seeking a cause to promote and a place to serve humanity, but without the maturity, training or capacity to be witnnesses to history enacted in a battle field. Some now have the chance to be also known. Was he amongst the civilians in the no-fire zone? Where was he located with regard to the ‘No-fire zone’- front, middle, sides or back? Where were the armed forces with respect to his location? Where was the LTTE with reference to his location? I am sure there were many others on the scene and they should have been interviews to corraborate the UN worker’s version. Evidence has to be corraborated, if it has to have any validity.

    A UNHCR worker- Black American?- spoke to me at the Gamini Vidyalaya IDP reception camp in Vavuniya in March-April’2009 and said pointing to the tents that had been erected to accomodate the thousands who were arriving from the war zone that these tents were unsuitable in terms of the climate and the GOSL should be blamed for this. He said that the chicken pox outbreak was because of these tents. The tents had been provided by the UNHCR and had the alphabets UNHCR printed in large font on them! He probably thought I was an idiot or a gullible, who will swallow his profound opinion.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  41. Most of Mr.Ramans observations makes sense but not all.The notion that India knows best what Sri lanka needs to do because India is mightier than sri Lanka is down right silly. Big stick or small stick Sri lanka is not India’s child.
    I am amazed at what Dr.Narendran says and his persistance with all the insulting and contradicting from the diaspora he continues to educate them on the ground realities. It amazes me more by the refusal of the die hard diapora to accept or come and see for themselves the reality pointed by Dr.Narendran. May be they are afraid to lose their slogans so easily. Sensible tamils who really care about tamils on the ground should listen to Dr.Narendran and join him in making the lives of the tamil people better. Divisions and develusions will only strengthen a few politician who has not given a damn about the poor down trodden people in past and does’nt appear to do so even now.We will all prosper as one people of Sri Lanka with equal rights or will eternally be at each others throats divided. We must not be fooled by appearences. Not India,not US or UN or any other in the international community has our best interests at heart. They have their own interests and we are being used to achieve them.

  42. The Us never came to the rescue of tamil people when JRJs thugs were massacring them and never spoke aword when the IPKF turned agaist the tamil people.How come all of sudden they have now become the champions of tamil peoples rights?

  43. Those who clamour for justice must not forget justice is not a one way path.It works the other way too and the hunter might end up the hunted.

  44. India has given into the blackmails of the Lankan Gvt tactics using China to frighten India!!! India should be stronger in condemning out right murders committed by the Lankan Gvt against its own Tamil population. Two years gone not even any sign of political solution with the Tamil politicians. All these days they talked about LTTE being the difficult paty with whom gvts could not do business. But now what. War crimes are proven beyond doubt. India and the rest of the world know this too well!!!

  45. Agnos, its Dr.Narendran. you seem to have quite a good idea about the I’nal community but dont seem to know much about present day Sri Lanka. We have a huge underworld problem here. Illeagal drug trade taking the lead. These drug mafiosis can not be contained with general law. They even operate from the prisons ordering murders and kidnappings for ransom etc. apart from the drugs. There is no use putting them in a prison and elimination seems to be the only answer. That too is not very effective as there are ten to take the place of the eliminated. But ultimately elimination will be achieved and there may be few innocent victims too. That is the price we have to pay to rid the society of this scum so that our children can be free of fear of this menace. This same process is taking place in Mexico. There the people have given up the body count but no one makes a big noise about it because it has the US’s blessing.

  46. India is absolutely correct in looking at the bigger picture and its assertions as strategically it simply can’t afford to lose its hold in Sri Lanka at the whims and fancies of parts of its Southern block. (Trade opportunities, prospect of oil explorations and business interests of Indian companies). India did support the war effort in crushing the LTTE as it was guilty of nurturing them initially, and ultimately it bit the hand which fed them.

    The US has lost its steam and the west in shaking with massive economic upheavals and its debt (US is controlled by China, and the Chinese has massive investments in Sri Lanka. The bankrupt western nations supported the LTTE and tried their level best to save them while showing to the world that they were against terrorism. They have lost their strategic presence in Sri Lanka and bent on revenge on the leadership. It’s quite amusing and hilarious as no amount of resolutions can bring about any regime change as the majority of the people love their leaders and it has been endorsed by massive electoral victories and any undue pressure will bound to swell that popularity further

    No leader in Sri Lanka can go against the wishes of the majority, to do so would be political suicide. One can understand the pain of mind of the defeated LTTE sympathizers and their Western backers.

    But the naked truth is no leader in Sri Lanka, representing any political party can go against the will of the majority and concede anything to minorities, which are beyond what is enjoyed by them. The minorities should be respected and must enjoy all the rights the majority enjoy. The principle of equality should be respected, but not anything beyond it to any race. This should be clearly borne in mind by anybody commenting about Sri Lanka. This is the ground reality

  47. The issue here is that Rajiv Gandhi’s ghost is still haunting India and the leader of the congress.

  48. Dr. Naren

    I differ in follwing

    Obsession with dollar is a global phenomena and that is a wider debate, Its not correct put a blanket explanation for migration in our community, memmbers of our community migrated and continue to migrate in large numbers leaving their jobs here in home and knowing very well what are they going to do in western countries probably a low graded odd job, they do migrate for a good reason that is for their generation to come, almost all the tamils certain that their future is very bleak in Sri Lanka, no one feel a sense of security and belonging in own birth place and sri lankan Government never going create such conditions and their message is clear that is Sri lanka a Sinhala state you can be part of that and you can live freely on our wishes. I can give you hundreds or even thousands of names they left the country very sadly for similar reasons.

    LTTE was a brutal terrorist organization and their atrocities, HR violations cannot be used as a tool to escape for the heinous crime committed by sri lankan state.

    In Other answers I see you are very positive and hopeful and you are convinced that Sri lanka managed to mobilize some funds to do rehabilitation but the reality is they didn’t create the condition the funds can freely flow in,we could have achived a remarkable return by this 3 years if the conditions are set, ask indians. Many of us are not optimist in relation to demilitarization, return of civil service, cultural promotion, sustainable development and nation building.

  49. Dear Dr. Narendran,

    Interesting comment. What is mote interesting is your comment has 713 words in which you mention LTTE 13 times. In the 3rd paragraph itself you have used LTTE 7 times giving it an hypnotic effect to give a picture that it was LTTE and nobody else to blame.

    The International Community is not only blaming the GOSL, it blames LTTE as well equally. If, ever, there is an international investigation into what happened, people like KP, white washed Karuna, and LTTE cadres now in custody, also will be tried along with the Government.

    Safety Zone was not declared by LTTE, or LTTE & GOSL. It was solely declared by GOSL. Everyone knows it was the modus operandi of LTTE ( or for that matter any rebel organizations) to securely place themselves and their weaponry amongst people and fire at the armed forces to get them retaliate. What should have been the reaction of the army? They know very well it was a safety zone declared by them, and they know very well that innocent people young and old, men and women, with their babies and kids took refuge in that safety zone in the hope they will be spared, they can escape from death. LTTE also was there with the people, and among the people.

    What the army should have done? It’s a narrow strip of land, rebel fighters along with their boss, cooped up there. Army could have very effectively sieged the area for weeks or months (after all they won the war) without retaliating. The rebels would have finally in an attempt to escape would come out, and that was the time to engage.

    This was an option they had, but they never used it. They wanted to finish it off as quickly as possible. The only way to finish it off quickly was heavy artillery fire into the safety zone. Why did they want to finish it quickly without a scant regard for the human cost? Just to satisfy India? Is Indian election? Is that why current Indian government is hell bent on protecting Sri Lanka to cover up their ……

    Why Sri Lankan government gave number of people in the No Fire Zone as 70000?

    Firing into Safety zone could not have been done unilaterally, orders could have been come from the top, and I believe the accusers have very strong witnesses to testify.

    Why VP’s son, that handsome 12 year old boy was killed? Just because he was the son of VP? Given the Sri Lankans soldiers’ nature, what else they could have done on this young boy? No one knows? Was he killed after sexually molested by vultures in the army, so that truth won’t come out as to what they did to that boy from the boy’s mouth?

    Truth should come out Dr. Narendran, that is the only way affected people could get back on life, live a normal life and think about reconciliation. South Africa’s reconciliation experience could help Sri Lankan. If my son or daughter, my siblings, my parents who were innocent, killed in this brutal manner, I will never every live in peace until the truth come out and perpetrators punished. Otherwise, I will live with revenge in my mind my entire life.

    Though I have Jaffna root, I am not a Jaffanese, I am a Colombo Tamil. None of my relatives was affected by this war. And I want to stress the point that I am not a LTTE supporter or sympathizer, neither I am a supporter of TNA. I am a strong UNP supporter then and now. But this is not about party affiliations, or my ethnicity, this is about human tragedy. If this happened to Sinhalese I will be strongly and equally vocal about it.

    And this not, my relatives were killed story. This had happened to Sinhalese as well. Unfortunately, the world was not advanced then as now. This should never ever happen to any Sri Lankans or anyone in the world. One way to ensure that is to bring the truth out. LTTE or SLG is not going to tell the truth. Sri Lankan Army’s court, or commission is not going to tell the truth. Of course they will prosecute few lowest level soldiers, find them guilty and sentence them to 10 or 20 years in prison with an understanding that they can leave the prison at night everyday to spend with their family, and when everything is settled down after few years out? of prison.

    Independent inquiry, and if necessary prosecution by a third party is necessary if justice is to be served. Unfortunately, India, who has the legitimate right to inquire this, has lost its legitimacy and power by conniving with the culprits.

    Sri Lankan Government thinks with China card they can play around with mighty India. It is true the south block of India currently has advisors without backbone ( is it because of aiding and abetting) and they are not moving in the right direction. I don’t think it is because of China card, it is because of their own guilt they let SLG manipulate them. That truth also will come to light one day.

    Mr. B. Raman talks about using “Big Stick” against Sri Lanka and you are begging it should not be used. What big stick they have now. Only Big Stick they had was VP, they broke that big stick. If they had that stick no China talk, no butta talk. Sri Lankan Government fed India lies after lies, made that Indian establishment eat the rubbish, made Narayanan and Menon xxxxxxxx and got their wish fulfilled. If they support US now at least again they will get a Big stick to teach SLG.

    SLG is playing ping pong with India showing China, but you don’t know how it will turn around. Because of their stupidity one day Sri Lanka might even become a state of India.

    By the way, Dr. Narendran did you read, “Long trail of broken promises by Sri Lankan govt on political solution” by TNA. I read it, and my observation is “Facts nothing but facts, truth nothing but truth.”

  50. Dear Dr. Narendran

    Interesting comment. What is mote interesting is your comment has 713 words in which you mention LTTE 13 times. In the 3rd paragraph itself you have used LTTE 7 times giving it an hypnotic effect to give a picture that it was LTTE and nobody else to blame.

    The International Community is not only blaming the GOSL, it blames LTTE as well equally. If, ever, there is an international investigation into what happened, people like KP, white washed Karuna, and LTTE cadres now in custody, also will be tried along with the Government.

    Safety Zone was not declared by LTTE, or LTTE & GOSL. It was solely declared by GOSL. Everyone knows it was the modus operandi of LTTE ( or for that matter any rebel organizations) to securely place themselves and their weaponry amongst people and fire at the armed forces to get them retaliate. What should have been the reaction of the army?

    They knew very well it was a safety zone declared by them, and they knew very well that innocent people young and old, men and women, with their babies and kids took refuge in that safety zone in the hope they will be spared, they can escape from death. LTTE also was there with the people, and among the people.

    What the army should have done? It’s a narrow strip of land, rebel fighters along with their boss, cooped up there. Army could have very effectively sieged the area for weeks or months (after all they won the war) without retaliating. The rebels would have finally in an attempt to escape would come out, and that was the time to engage.

    This was an option they had, but they never used it. They wanted to finish it off as quickly as possible. The only way to finish it off quickly was heavy artillery fire into the safety zone. Why did they want to finish it quickly without a scant regard for the human cost?

    Just to satisfy India? Is Indian election? Is that why current Indian government is hell bent on protecting Sri Lanka to cover up their ……

    Why Sri Lankan government gave number of people in the No Fire Zone as 70000?

    Firing into Safety zone could not have been done unilaterally, orders could have been come from the top, and I believe the accusers have very strong witnesses to testify.

    Why VP’s son, that handsome 12 year old boy was killed? Just because he was the son of VP? Given the Sri Lankans soldiers’ nature, what else they could have done on this young boy beofe he wss killed? No one knows? Was he killed after sexually molested by vultures in the army, so that truth won’t come out as to what they did to that boy from the boy’s mouth?

    Truth should come out Dr. Narendran, that is the only way affected people could get back on life, live a normal life and think about reconciliation. South Africa’s reconciliation experience could help Sri Lankan. If my son or daughter, my siblings, my parents who were innocent, killed in this brutal manner, I will never every live in peace until the truth come out and perpetrators punished. Otherwise, I will live with revenge in my mind my entire life.

    Though I have Jaffna root, I am not a Jaffanese, I am a Colombo Tamil. None of my relatives was affected by this war. And I want to stress the point that I am not a LTTE supporter or sympathizer, neither I am a supporter of TNA. I am a strong UNP supporter then and now. But this is not about party affiliations, or my ethnicity, this is about human tragedy. If this happened to Sinhalese I will be strongly and equally vocal about it.

    And this not, my relatives were killed story. This had happened to Sinhalese as well. Unfortunately, the world was not advanced then as now. This should never ever happen to any Sri Lankans or anyone in the world. One way to ensure that is to bring the truth out.

    LTTE or SLG is not going to tell the truth. Sri Lankan Army’s court, or commission is not going to tell the truth. Of course they will prosecute few lowest and mid level soldiers, find them guilty and sentence them to 10 or 20 years in prison with an understanding that they can leave the prison at night everyday to spend with their family, and when everything is settled down after few years out? of prison.

    Independent inquiry, and if necessary prosecution by a third party is necessary if justice is to be served. Unfortunately, India, who has the legitimate right to inquire this, has lost its legitimacy and power by conniving with the culprits.

    Sri Lankan Government thinks with China card they can play around with mighty India. It is true the south block of India currently has advisors without backbone ( is it because of aiding and abetting) and they are not moving in the right direction. I don’t think it is because of China card, it is because of their own guilt they let SLG manipulate them. That truth also will come to light one day.

    Mr. B. Raman talks about using “Big Stick” against Sri Lanka and you are begging it should not be used. What big stick they have now. Only Big Stick they had was VP, they broke that big stick. If they had that stick no China talk, no butta talk. Sri Lankan Government fed India lies after lies, made that Indian establishment eat the rubbish, made Narayanan and Menon xxxxxxxx and got their wish fulfilled. If they support US now at least again they will get a Big stick to teach SLG and be a leader in South Asia.

    SLG is playing ping pong with mighty India showing China, but you don’t know how it will turn around. Because of their stupidity one day Sri Lanka might even become a state of India.

    By the way, Dr. Narendran did you read, “Long trail of broken promises by Sri Lankan govt on political solution” by TNA. I read it, and my observation is “Facts nothing but facts, truth nothing but truth.”

    Here is the link: http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/9522

  51. Sri Lanka a tiny country is taking India the so called regional superpower as a joke.
    When Krishna visited Sri Lanka , the Sri Lanka president conducted Tamil/Hindu festival Pongal for him and told him we will implement not only the 13th amendment but 13plus.
    As soon Krishna caught the flight back Rajapakse was seen joking and laughing with his fellow cabinet members how he can easily fool these guys.

    The problem with India is that Rajiv Gandhi’s ghost is still haunting them and Sri Lanka is cleverly playing the “LTTE Killed Rajiv” card as well as the China card.

    Its time for Sonia Gandhi and the Congress to accept the VP and LTTE is no more and press on with dealing with Sri Lanka in a heavy handed manner

  52. Chatura is right. These people who talks in favor of Human rights do not actually want to Help Sri Lankan Tamils or all Sri Lankans collectively. They want to help Westerners to destablize Sri Lanka. Then the Westerners have a better access to monitor and find a way to destablize the great India. Tamuil nadu political idiots help the Westerners thinking that westerners actually are sympathizing with Tamils. If westernwers want to help Sri Lankans, help us to get rid of dirty politics first and then to develop the country.

  53. India does not hold the big stick any more. They had this stick in 1983, but not now. This is because of failed foreign policy makers of India. Funny the author’s eyes are still hood winked! They have not realized the grave mistake they made, They want to continue in the same path.

    They were in a position to bring peace to the island by using that big stick and thereby secure their southern borders. But they resorted to get their means by creating the chaos in the island. They were the main cause for the agony Tamil people are now undergoing. Now neither Sinhalese nor the Tamils are their friends. Instead China is in their backyard.

    They better Co-operate with the Western powers and save their backs! And for heaven’s sake the whole South Asian region!

  54. “Tamil Psycho” always anti-Indian. They use “Brahman” issues or anything of the DMK propaganda of Arya-Dravida.. When IPKF lost more than 1000 soldiers and left, the LTTE diaspora barked that they defeated the “fourth” biggest army without knowing the mandate of the IPKF.

    Sofar these TAMIL/LTTE supporters never explain why LTTE joined the SINHALA UNP and forgot “EELAM”. LTTE killed thousands of India supporters in Sri Lanka.

    Now why are these LTTE supporters crying to save their butt by India? India never support this “TAMIL” issue in Sri Lanka because it is always anti-Indian.

    M.Karunanithy barked they are going to withdraw the support to the centre but now withdrew their statements.

  55. Krishna:
    You talk about the murder of a dalit by Douglas. What about the killers of the whole EPRLF leadership + two Indian Tamils at Choolai Medu? Those suspects were helped to escape from the prison by then DMK government.

    LTTE killed TWO Indian Tamils, Douglas killed one who were a tool of the LTTE to instigate troubles against EPRLF.

    Now look at the Seeman gang! They attack Sri lankan Tamils because they are related to Rajapakshe or anti-LTTE. Prabhakaran was not only a killer of Rajiv but thousands of SL Tamils. He deserved to be killed by India/Sri Lanka!

    We know very well that LTTE moved into the NFZ and fired at army positions. LTTE chased and caught children in the NFZ. The parents who refused to hand over the children were simply killed by LTTE.

    Former TNA MP S.Kanagaratnam, brother of Sellakili, was in the NFZ and reported LTTE killed so many parents and fleeing Tamils.

    The so called Australian UN worker was dismissed by Ban Ki Moon for his inaccurate statements!

    I think you have no idea of engagement of war. Fire will be returned at the direction of enemy fire.

  56. Hello DBSJ I would like you to write a blog “Sri Lankan Tamils is a self destructing race.”
    and invite Tamils to discuss and press the button of self destruction

  57. Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

    Was he amongst the civilians in the no-fire zone? Where was he located with regard to the ‘No-fire zone’- front, middle, sides or back? Where were the armed forces with respect to his location? Where was the LTTE with reference to his location? I am sure there were many others on the scene and they should have been interviews to corraborate the UN worker’s version. Evidence has to be corraborated, if it has to have any validity.

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

    Why not go for an International investigation into these matters and find out facts,

  58. Anonymous,

    Would it be not easier to ask these questions from the Australian national cited by C4 and from the civilians who were in the safety zones. I am sure the latter can be easily interviewed by local journalists of repute.

    I am sure DBSJ has the contacts to find the right information too, as he has demonstrated many times before.

    Further, you can ‘anonymously’ go to the the Vanni and find out yourself!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  59. Nak,

    I heard from a reliable source that the LTTE paid in ‘Drugs’for the vehicles and other material smuggled into the Vanni from the south. The ploy was similar to the one deployed by the European powers of the day to make China a nation of opium addicts. The drug culture, you refer assumed the scale it did because of this LTTE input. We are paying a price for this now in Sri Lanka, the north and east included.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

  60. Sri Lankan & Maran ( a case of twin identity!),

    I have read what you refer to. It was not new to me. Please read my original comment which refers to this lesson.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  61. DR Rajasingham Narendran
    Finally, my experience here and those holding senior positions in the public services, is that the will of the government to get things done fast in the north and east is being sabotaged by Tamil public servants in the lower ranks- deliberately or through sheer ineptness. There is also rampant corruption at this level. The public service in the north and east need a new infusion of dedicated personnel, if we are to move at a fast pace
    ———————
    What a load of rubbish now pointing the fingers at Tamil Public servants.

  62. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    Would it be not easier to ask these questions from the Australian national cited by C4 and from the civilians who were in the safety zones. I am sure the latter can be easily interviewed by local journalists of repute.

    ————————

    The Australian has said his side of the story. If the Govt denies that then we have to hear only THEIR side.

    The opponent has to cross examine the witness.

    In this case the State of Sri Lanka.

    This can only happen in an International court.

    Further you had asked who will give compensation to the victims of the LTTE.

    Very valid point.

    So citing this the State terrorist of Sri Lanka need not give any compensation to the victims who were bombarded from the air, by the shells, artillery guns etc.

    YOU HOLD THE SAME STANDARD FOR THE TERRORIST AND YOUR STATE. SO DO YOU ACCEPT THAT YOUR STATE IS A STATE TERRORIST?

    There are also allegations about the use of banned chemical weapons. In the Anandapuram battle field it is said the Sri Lanka used the chemical weapons.

    Also there are allegations that cluster bombs were used.

    Why not investigate them.

    IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE THEN WHY YOU CANNOT FACE THESE ALLEGATIONS AND COME CLEAN.

    Many tales of horrors have been recited by the people of North and East before the LLRC. LLRC has just ignored it or just not given them due weightage.

    We can have a full investigation of all the atrocities the Sinhalese state, people and the clergy have done to the Tamils from 1948 on wards, in this international inquiry.

    Why are you ducking the question of International inquiry if you have nothing to hide.

  63. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    You wrote: The ploy was similar to the one deployed by the European powers of the day to make China a nation of opium addicts.

    The reference you make here to opium, China and European powers is indeed an extraordinary observation. Fair to say you have extensive and exhaustive historical knowledge that provides you with exceptional prowess to advance accusations in order to buttress your viewpoint. Could you please hold your fire!

    I am sure you know it was the Chinese who invented gunpowder. Europeans of the day acquired the explosive technology from the Chinese which in practice became the weapon of mass destruction of that bygone era that still continues today in its virulent forms. Can you say the explosive tech invented by the Chinese killed less people than opium?

    You would be tempted to label me as a crook, but you may encounter difficulty discouraging critical thinking!

  64. “India should not hesitate to use the big stick against the Rajapaksa Government due to fears that it might drive it into the arms of China and Pakistan. Indian unhappiness can hurt Sri Lanka and it should be made clear that we would not hesitate to hurt it if it continues to follow its present policy of duplicity”

    Very well said!

  65. NAK: “…Illeagal drug trade taking the lead. These drug mafiosis can not be contained with general law. They even operate from the prisons ordering murders and kidnappings for ransom etc. apart from the drugs.”

    You want us to swallow this drivel when the Rajapaksas embrace Duminda Silva and Meryn Silva, condone the killing of their own cabinet minister by Duminda Silva and protect him, when the abductions, disappearances and ransom have been directed solely against those who have crticized the regime in some way, and largely those from the Tamil community?
    There has been absolutely no evidence that the white van abductions are carried out by drug smugglers; there is plenty of evidence that white vans are operated by the military, fully controlled by Gotabhaya.

    In the face of all that evidence that Gotabhaya is fully in control, pointing to the drug smugglers to protect the ruling Rajapaksa family mafia from criticism is a sick joke; that you indulge in it shows you are a Rajapaksa apologist who should be dismissed with contempt.

  66. I have seen the “warcrime-unpunished” Channel-4 with my grandchilds. none of my grand child could not stand the full cast as they said it is terrible and never seen like this before, They also said that it is shame to identify as the ceylonist. Well I was sitting without talking full of document as I have seen the previous document as well.

    In my understanding US have not taken any new resolution, as it is completely agreeing the internal (Sri Lnakan government appointed ) document demanding the government to implement the recommendations. So What happened to the UN panel report? Have they forgotten?

    Dear Raman, I don’t think that India can use big stick against Sri Lanka, better watchfull the stick would be taken from the Island.

    Regards,
    Ratnam.

  67. Sukumar,

    Have you read about the ‘Opium wars’in China? If not, please read and learn.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  68. RajasH,

    Where do you live? Come to Jaffna and talk to the people. Go to the Vanni and talk to the people? You should do this before calling what I have said ‘Rubbish’. This same attitude encouraged the LTTE to become what it ultimately became. I have seen and heard enough to standby what I have said.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  69. Mahesh,

    With all due respect to you, I have to conclude you are blowing a lot of hot air. I respect you for your human feelings about the carnage during the war. I have seen the living victims of these carnage- without limbs and gaping wounds! However, please do not be partisan. I have also seen rotting bodies of my mother and brother murdered by the IPKF. I have not yet been able to cry for them, although they are in my thoughts daily. I know the LTTE killed them because of LTTE provocation! I however expected better from the Indian army!

    The LTTE was equally responsible for what happened during the last war. The LTTE fought as a state. Do not try to hide this fact. In my view they are more liable than the GOSL, because they claimed they were fighting for the Tamils. It was a terrible war and not a game of cricket! The living victims are not asking for any international inquiries. They know what happened. They may not know where their kith and kin are or whether they are dead or alive. This will be an ethernal question for many? Many surviving victims of the Tsunami are yet asking the same questions! However, the here and know, about day to day survival and revival are more important to them now. Revenge for the defeat of the LTTE, is not on their agenda.

    There is definitely an agenda for regime change in Sri Lanka. Please read the statement by a former UN official in transcurrents. It was first attempted through Sarath Fonseka- a well known Tamil baiter and the last person I would want elected the president of Sri Lanka. Now it is being attempted through other means. It is for the people of Sri Lanka to decide on a regime change when the time comes the next time around.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  70. Sukumar,

    “Opium Wars
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Date 1839–1842, 1856–1860
    Location China
    Result Victory of the Western powers over China, resulting in the Treaty of Nanking and the Treaties of Tientsin
    Territorial changes Hong Kong Island and southern Kowloon ceded to the United Kingdom
    Belligerents
    United Kingdom British Empire
    France French Empire (1856–1860)
    United States United States (1856 and 1859)
    Russia Russian Empire (1856–1859)
    Qing Dynasty

    The Opium Wars, also known as the Anglo-Chinese Wars, divided into the First Opium War from 1839 to 1842 and the Second Opium War from 1856 to 1860, were the climax of disputes over trade and diplomatic relations between China under the Qing Dynasty and the British Empire. After the inauguration of the Canton System in 1756, which restricted trade to one port and did not allow foreign entrance to China, the British East India Company faced a trade imbalance in favour of China and invested heavily in opium production to redress the balance. British and United States merchants brought opium from the British East India Company’s factories in Patna and Benares,[1] in the Bengal Presidency of British India, to the coast of China, where they sold it to Chinese smugglers who distributed the drug in defiance of Chinese laws. Aware both of the drain of silver and the growing numbers of addicts, the Daoguang Emperor demanded action. Officials at the court, who advocated legalization of the trade in order to tax it were defeated by those who advocated suppression. In 1838, the Emperor sent Lin Zexu to Guangzhou where he quickly arrested Chinese opium dealers and summarily demanded that foreign firms turn over their stocks. When they refused, Lin stopped trade altogether and placed the foreign residents under virtual siege, eventually forcing the merchants to surrender their opium to be destroyed. In response, the British government sent expeditionary forces from India which ravaged the Chinese coast and dictated the terms of settlement. The Treaty of Nanking not only opened the way for further opium trade, but ceded territory including Hong Kong, unilaterally fixed Chinese tariffs at a low rate, granted extraterritorial rights to foreigners in China which were not offered to Chinese abroad, a most favored nation clause, as well as diplomatic representation. When the court still refused to accept foreign ambassadors and obstructed the trade clauses of the treaties, disputes over the treatment of British merchants in Chinese ports and on the seas led to the Second Opium War and the Treaty of Tientsin.[2]”

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  71. Mahesh,

    A correction:

    “I know the LTTE killed them because of LTTE provocation!”

    Should read, “I know the IPKF killed them because of LTTE provocation”.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  72. I do feel sorry for what happened to your family and also to many others during the IPKF operations.

    For all their acts of barbarity the Tamil Nadu leaders on that day didn’t even receive them. The Tamil leaders at that time were against them.

    Any body or any country has to show some course correction.

    India learnt from that experience and it maintained a distance from your island’s affairs afterwards.

    We can keep on saying that IPKF is right or wrong the accord is right or wrong etc.

    I believe that the accord was the right one.

    Only thing is that we should have stationed two to three brigade level of troops in Colombo apart from the deployment in Jaffna.

    Sir, I am at loss of words when you equate the disappearances in the war and the disappearances due to tsunami.

    One was the act of man and the other was the act of God.

    The people who had lost their loved ones due to tsunami at least will have the feeling it is all due to the act of the God.

    The same cannot be said of the disappearances due to man.

    Your kind of equation is sickening.

    I am not asking for the revenge. If you think so then you are mistaken Sir.

    I only seek that these things will not occur afterwards.

    The MR had repeatedly said that he will give military solution to the LTTE and the political solution to the tamils.

    Military solution he has given. What about the political solution?

    He has lied through his teeth.

    I don’t think political solution is anywhere in the agenda of the Sinhalese govt.

    They want to close this chapter without giving political solution, which people like you may also accept.

    But I feel this issue will come back again and again and haunt the island. It may drink more blood, the blood of the Tamils and also the Sinhalese and it may not be quenched when it is left to the care of the Sri Lankan’s themselves.

    To prevent that from happening we have to do whatever it takes.

    You say that the people in the North and the East do not think about all these now. They want to forget it and proceed.

    How do we know that unless some polling is done among the Tamils to ascertain their views in this matter.

    Their elected representatives are asking for investigations and political solutions. we have to take their words now in the absence of the views of the people obtained through polling.

    You say the LTTE is more responsible than the govt. Do you hold an elected govt and a terrorist as equals.

    So do you say that the Sri Lankan state is a state terrorist?

  73. DR Rajasingham Narendran

    Rajash – Where do you live? Come to Jaffna and talk to the people. Go to the Vanni and talk to the people? You should do this before calling what I have said ‘Rubbish’. This same attitude encouraged the LTTE to become what it ultimately became. I have seen and heard enough to standby what I have said.
    —————————————-
    corruption is new ? you just discovered it?and that is the cause of the plights of Tamils today?

    Did I say anything about LTTE in my posting?
    As Human Rights watch said don’t link anti government opinion to LTTE similarly do you have to equate everyone that challenge your postings to LTTE?

  74. For the attention of Dr Rajashingam Narendran

    extract from an article by MarketWatch

    getting cleaner by the year

    It’s impossible to know whether Sri Lanka is more or less corrupt under Rajapaksa’s government than previous ones. But Sri Lanka did move up a couple notches on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index last year, from 91st place to 86th place. That put it a bit behind Thailand and China but ahead of neighboring India, along with Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Russia. The U.S. checks in at No. 24.

    So Sri Lanka is getting better in turns of corruption

    You can Google and read the entire article

  75. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    From the arrests made in the Indian side in the 90s of the last century, there were reasonable grounds to believe the existence of a modern opium route somewhat similar to the old silk route with Colombo as the springboard on the Asian side. I leave it to your conscience to put the blame squarely on the LTTE.

    The terrible personal loss you suffered at the hands of IPKF disadvantages me to disagree with you in specific instances of difference of opinion.

  76. RajasH,

    There is corruption in the south . However, is corruption, insensitivity and ineptness acceptable from Tamil public servants serving in the north and east? Are you ready to defend it. Further, you have a problem in comprehending what I had said referring to the LTTE. I did not link you with the LTTE. Please read what I had said carefully.

    Dr.rajasingham Narendran.

  77. Sukumar,

    Please do not let the incident in my life, stop you from pursuing that discussion. I mentioned it to only explain my stand with regard to the LTTE and the loss of near and dear ones in a war. I however appreciate your empathy.

    Further, the main point in my referring to the öpium wars’ was with reference to the LTTE paying the criminals from the south with ‘drugs’ for their services. No one has disputed this.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  78. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    The need of the hour is sensible persons like you ( who have seen all shades of Terror in this conflict – Sinhala State /LTTE/IPKF etc ) to educate people about how to move forward . Today I saw on a TV Channel in Chennai , LTTE Supporter and Naam Tamiligam founder Seeman spitting venom on the Indian Establishment , Congress Leadership , Sinhala leadership for their so called betrayal of Tamils in the last stage of war . He was openly saying that he is out on a revenge mission .All regional parties DMK,AIADMK ,MDMK ,PMK etc in Tamil Nadu are once again using this Eelam tragedy for their electoral benefits and the only way of doing that is raise passions and spit venom . Just like George Bush Jr after 9/11 had an opinion that “Either you are with us or with them ( i.e Terrorists )” , the LTTE supporters say here that either u are us (i.e Tamils ) or you are with our enemy ( i.e Sinhala State ) and you have to decide which one of us you want . This trend is dangerous .
    There is no space for moderate voice here in Tamil Nadu and I suppose the same is the case in Diaspora .

  79. Dr.rajasingham Narendran.

    There is corruption in the south . However, is corruption, insensitivity and ineptness acceptable from Tamil public servants serving in the north and east? Are you ready to defend it. Further, you have a problem in comprehending what I had said referring to the LTTE. I did not link you with the LTTE. Please read what I had said carefully.

    ———————
    petty corruption by Tamil Public Servants is the least of the problems currently facing the Tamils in the NE.
    and you failed to answer my question whether you just discovered this so called corruption?
    corruption is intertwined in Sri Lanka public service North, East, West South for a long time since independence if not before

  80. Mahesh says:
    March 18, 2012 at 4:09 am
    MAHESH,

    The MR had repeatedly said that he will give military solution to the LTTE and the political solution to the tamils.

    Military solution he has given. What about the political solution?

    He has lied through his teeth.

    I don’t think political solution is anywhere in the agenda of the Sinhalese govt.

    They want to close this chapter without giving political solution, which people like you may also accept.

    But I feel this issue will come back again and again and haunt the island. It may drink more blood, the blood of the Tamils and also the Sinhalese and it may not be quenched when it is left to the care of the Sri Lankan’s themselves.
    —————-
    Dear friend, Mahesh,

    You always quoting political solution is necessary.
    What sort of political solution is in your mind?

    SAMARASEKARA

  81. Mr Raman,

    You and other Indian Pandit’s and the US/EU moral police are all for HR as longs as there is absolutely no possibility of Indian being held to the same standards.

    I’m all for HR investigation on Srilanka as longs as the other nations are willing to allow same scrutiniy on their dubious actions.

    1. China – Tibet/Mongolia
    2. India – Kashmir, masacres of Muslims in Jammu, Massacr of naxlites etc etc
    3. US – Afghanistan, Iraq, Nicaraguaga, Iran, Support for oppression of Egyptians
    4. Israel – Intifidah 1,2,3.
    5. UK – Iraq
    6. Turkey – Armenia, Kurds,
    7. Russia – Chchynya, Georgia.

    If you have one ounce of intelectual honstey you will examines India’s role in brutally crushing opposition over the last thirty years and accept that it would be prime candidate for a examination of HR violations (possibly ongoing in the case of Kashmir).

    But these so called analysts who cry the loudest are alos the ones who would be the first defend their own country aganist and such self examination – that my friend is why India wont support such a reslution the risk of the lens of HR being turned on itself is too great !

    The EU/UK on the other hand is happy living in dreamworls where they are above these standards when it comes to them vailed by the cover of veto rights and deep pockets required to swing any resolution against them if required.

    the message everyone should take away from this episode is – HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS ONLY APPLY TO THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES, THE WEST IS ABOVE THEM !

  82. RajasH,

    You say,
    “petty corruption by Tamil Public Servants is the least of the problems currently facing the Tamils in the NE.
    and you failed to answer my question whether you just discovered this so called corruption?
    corruption is intertwined in Sri Lanka public service North, East, West South for a long time since independence if not before.”

    I did not just discover corruption, but what I discovered was that Tamil public servants could be so corrupt,inept and insensitive in the post-war environment in the north and east. When the government has to work with and through through these public servants, what results can one expect? Are these men and women a special breed who have not been touched by the tragedy around them? Have they not changed because of what they have experienced and witnessed during and after the wars? If you call this the least of the problems the Tamils face, you are living in cuckoo’s land! This is ‘THE’ major problem the Tamils face now. This is the a moral crusade we have to take into every government office in the north and east, as citizens.

    I was told recently in Kilinochchi that the LTTE threatened to summarily execute public servants who were corrupt and iefficient. Even the long period of service under death threat has not taught these men and women a lesson. I am sure they found a ‘I will scratch your back and I will scratch your’s’ mechanism to survive even under the LTTE and short change the people.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  83. Dear Dr Narendran
    The corruption is there from the highest level of the government to the lowest level and they are all in the game.
    The new rule of the game is not I scratch your back you scratch my back. It is you scratch my back or have a ride in the white van

  84. A correction:

    ‘I will scratch your back and I will scratch your’s’ mechanism to survive even under the LTTE and short change the people.

    Should read, ‘I will scratch your bacl and you scratch mine’ mechanism to survive even under the LTTE and short change the people.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  85. samarasekara

    Not only me, your own President has said political solution should be given to the tamils. What has he done.

  86. Yes Dr. Narendran. I have two identities. I am a Sri Lankan and I am a Thamilan (Maran). And I am proud of both, and in fact when I see foreigners I introduce myself as Sri Lankan, until the second question pops up. Lately I am questioning myself which is important to me? Which should come first? Because I feel, seeing things what is happening around, I am alienated and I am better off identifying myself as Thamizan. That is the reason I used my real name also in the comment after a second thought.

    Anyway, did you notice something Dr. Narendran, that most comments are aimed at you not at Mr. B. Raman? Interesting eh!

    I was always wondering why you are so inimical to LTTE and when I learnt here the tragedy in your family, I felt so sorry, and really feel for you. You have every reason to hate LTTE, like others who lost kith and kin to the LTTE monster. However, what justifies your support for SLG when other who lost their dear ones to SLG monster, cry for justice.

    The problem for Tamils will continue to be there forever until a God fearing, Sri Lankan Statesman is born in the form of a Dictator, and with iron fist set things right and retire as Mahatma.

    VP built his little kingdom with the bricks manufactured in the extremists’ factory. He was sure there wouldn’t be any shortage for those special bricks and solely based on that assumption or rather conviction he started building his kingdom, until Osama Bin Laden became a key player in the terrorism field and earned terrorist tag for all the terrorists in the world.

    VP is gone but the manufacturing plant of the Sinhalese extremists is not ceased and it is operating with full vigor, and is in full function. There are enough bricks now to build a little Tamil kingdom again.

    The right action by the International community will close down the factory, and will encourage reconciliation, and pave the way for a strong Sri Lankan nation of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and other citizens.

  87. Mahesh says:
    March 19, 2012 at 6:45 am
    samarasekara

    Not only me, your own President has said political solution should be given to the tamils. What has he done.
    ——————–
    I do repeat my question.

    WHAT IS IN YOUR MIND FOR POLITICAL SOLUTION?

    If not rather than aiming us to what to do or not to do, better to focus your mind to improveing toilets facilitise in India. Do you know recent survey revealled more tahn 52% of Indians don’t have toilets.

    samarasekara

  88. Maran/ Sri lankan,

    I am taking a strong stand against the LTTE (that was dessimated), not because of my personal tragedy (thousands of others experienced this in greater measure), but because what the LTTE achieved. The LTTE has brought us to our knees as a people. It has left us worse worse off than we were at their advent. I have seen and heard of what they did to the people they claimed to be liberating! I am also against those who are calling for revenge under various guises, without understanding the plight of the Tamils now and the fact that only the GOSL and the Sinhala people can help us now. The Tamil Diaspora that has not come forward to help in the hour of our greatest need, will not help us once the hour has passed. Some elements in the Diaspora are blowing a lot of hot air, disproportionate to their numbers. It lacks substance and is not founded in truth. A lie will not succeed.

    I am convinced we have to work with the GOSL- whatever hue it is- to solve the life, death and survival issues confronting the Tamils ”NOW’. The ‘Rights’ the TNA and its ilk talk of are outdated in terms of the post-war realities here. The problems relating to failure of democracy, affect all the peoples in Sri Lanka. These have to be addressed in relation to the whole country. The JRJ constitution has founded a system of an ‘Élected Monarchy’ in Sri Lanka. We elect a person as president, whose governance can be only be as good as he is. As JRJ claimed, it gives the president all powers except the one to change gender! The elected monarchy, has no constitutional constraints with any muscle. The result is a benevolent dictatorship. The Sri Lankan constitution is designed for ‘A man/ woman’ to have all the power possible as president. It can be only as good as the reigning president! All the peoples are paying the price for this, from the days of JRJ. This is a national problem. We should as citizens collectively agitate to rewrite our constitution with mechanisms to control political misrule and corruption.

    I also think the present government, irrespective of a style of governace bestowed on it by the constitution, has done right by:

    1. defeating the LTTE
    2. investing in the recovery of the people and the land in the north and east.
    3. pursuing the goal of unity within diversity
    4. developing the infra-structure in the country, with a futuristic vision.
    5. investing in agricultural development and hence food security.

    I think the government has made a big mistake in trying to foist a leadership of its choice on the Tamils, using their present circumstances. This has backfired badly and the government is turning a blind eye to what is glaringly visible. The Tamils may be enfeabled, but they are not fools. This should be recognized by the GOSL.

    I think that we are making a big mistake in assuming that the consequences of the war can be reversed within three years. What was undone over six decades and three decades of war, will take a at least a couple of decades to reverse. Further, the fact that the GOSL will not permit a recurrence of the JVP and the LTTE phenomenon again has to be recognised. The GOSL has proved that it can be determined, brutal and ruthless, when it comes to defending the state, irrespective of whether the threat comes from the Sinhalese or Tamils.

    The alleged corruption, has been an escalating phenomenon over several decades and has tainted many governments before the present one. It is not unique to Sri Lanka. However, what I resent is the corruption among Tamil government servants and politicians in the north and east- areas that have been devastated by war and left in its wake a human tragedy. If this does not change them, what will? They are slowing and obstructing the recovery. A crime that cannot be overlooked.

    The break down of law and order are the consequences of the ‘Wars’ precipitated by the JVP and LTTE. Values that anchor any society have been destroyed to a very large extent. However, these values that are crucial for any country or society to survive, will revive with time, because there is a need and demand for them.

    I also feel as I have stated earlier, the ‘Tamil problem’ should be framed differently in an inclusive and larger context, that will carry the other peoples with us. Our problems are their- other Sri Lankans- problems. Their problems are our problems. After, six decades of independence, we have reached a common base as citizens of this country, despite the terrible trauma we have suffered. Let us recognise this and use this base to achieve our essential objectives.

    We cannot hope to be King-makers in Sri Lanka ever again. However, we should work with the elected Kings/Queens and the other peoples in Sri Lanka to achieve our goals as individuals and citizens- safety, security, equal opportunities, equal rights and human rights. A unitary Sri Lanka is something we have to live with for a very long time. This a paradigm that has to be accepted as a reality we have to live with now. We have to find solutions within the perimeters of this reality. To attempt otherwise is foolhardy, in the face of what history has taught us. Further, no one outside can mitigate our misery and set us on a course to recovery as a people, except our fellow citizens and close cousins- the Sinhalese.

    We ourselves have to keep our heritage alive, thriving and growing. This has nothing to with the government or holding land. The whole of Sri lanka is ours and the north and east are where we have lived for thousands of years. Let us work as a people to keep the north and east reflecting our cultural heritage. We have to do this in our homes, villages and towns, as individuals and groups of individuals. No law, individual or government can stop us doing this, if we are determined. We have kept our culture alive in the south despite many adverse circumstances! However, let us and let others, respect this aspect of all our lives. We can of course become once again a people with influence in Sri Lanka, because we have what it takes to become an educated, hard working, frugal and successful people.

    Let us start looking forwards and store the old baggage- history and concepts- securely locked up. Let us elect better leaders and demand visionary and dedicated leadership from those we have already elected. Let us be wise to benefit from current circumstances and formulate a new vision and a new strategy.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran.

  89. Maran/Sri Lankan,

    Further, to what I have said above, what took place and is yet unfolding is part of a great ‘Divine drama’as in the Kurukshetra war (Mahabaratha). The lesson from that war was the gem -Bhagawat Gita. It is not how many died at Kurukshetra that counts now, but what caused it and why. The Mahabharatha and the Gita are with us now as a lesson. We have to learn our lessons from what we have been through and what this nation has been through. Hopefully there will be one amongst us to write our Mahabharatha and Gita, as a lesson for future generations. We are a people of the eastern tradition- principally Indian. We have to look at events and experiences differently-more philosophically- from that of the west.

    We are also principally Saivites/Hindus. Many of us sacrifice specially fattened cockerals and male goats, to propitiate our God’s and seek their blessings ( I am against this yet prevailing practice). We have now made the ultimate human sacrifice, whether it is four, forty, four hundred, four thousand, forty thousand or four hundred thousand, in terms of numbers! Irrespective of numbers, it is a very high price in terms of lives- Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim. We have shed our blood, not those of animals! I hope our Gods will look favourably on us as peoples now and give us the wisdom to deal with the present and the future in a more sensible, rational and ethical way. This is also another way of looking at events and results.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  90. Dr. Narendran

    You are an odd person, who is writing, the truthful presentation of ground realities and maladies, affecting the North and East, Tamil community and prescribing anti dotes and medicines. Who will take it. Most of the people are with various agendas of their own. Tamil community and the people, down trodden, victims of war , weaker section of the society is forgotten in the minds and actions of do gooders , or persons , in seats of power . No one is interested in learning or reflecting on Mahabaratha , and Ramayana , and the likes. Only Karma and its cycle will have act and cleanse the heaps of karmic rubbish that is on the community and the country.

    Let us pray for the kindly Light to Dawn.

    Old Yarlppanathan

  91. [ The time to use the big stick has come.]

    If you use the big stick,we will,we will….grrr….grrr….

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