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by Mahinda Rajapaksa

(Text of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the nation, at the Armed Services Humanitarian Victory Parade, Galle Face, Colombo on May 19th 2012)

I need not state afresh that this day – the 19th of May – is now a great historic day in our country.

Today marks third celebration of victory of the nation under a single flag. It is the great victory that restored the honorable peace that our country had preserved through many centuries. Similarly, it is also the great victory that freed many lakhs of people in the North who were held hostage by the forces of terror and removed the fear of death that existed among all people.

Our heroes and veterans of war gave their feet for us to walk in freedom. They gave their lives to save all people from the throes of death. They gave their last breath to the winds to let us breathe in freedom. The nation will no doubt remember all that sacrifice with great honor.

We will not stop there. We have now given a new meaning to all the blood, sweat and tears shed by them on behalf of the nation.

We are now protecting the country that was won through this sacrifice and building a great country that is free, independent and not subject to any others. I recall how when we were strengthening our armed forces, police and civil defense corps the questions being raised as to how they could be maintained after the war is over.

Is this not a great wasteful expenditure, was the question asked. These questions were raised even before we could complete the task ahead. Today, I ask you to consider whether this criticism was just or reasonable.

When terrorism prevailed, the armed forces had a great responsibility. Once peace has been established, the heroes who brought us freedom have a similar responsibility. It is the task of rebuilding the country and adding to its beauty.

I state with great humility and justified pride that we have given dignity of life to the heroes of war who brought to us the dignity of peace. I believe the Ranaviru Housing Project is the largest housing project established in Sri Lanka. We have not only given your children entry to national schools but also built a separate War Heroes school, which is today among the best schools in the country. I see some of these children present here today. Similarly, we have well thought out programs to care for the disabled veterans, especially in places such as the Mihindu Seth Medura.

We also ensure that the veterans who retire from our forces are given necessary vocational training before they return to civilian life. The Rathna Lanka Security Service has been especially established for these veterans. We extend our love to the unborn children of our veterans. This is why we proposed in the last budget that the third child of a war hero’s family would receive a grant of Rs. 100, 000.

I do not know whether this is effectively used and invite you to do so. We have also given the opportunity for those with artistic talent among our veterans to bring their talents to the fore, enhance it, and give them recognition in the country. I do not think any other country in the word respects its heroes and veterans in such manner.

You will recall how terrorism compelled us all to live in the midst of much restrictions and obstructions, through 30 years. It is just three years since the war ended. Today, the country that faced such restrictions has returned to normal. We have systematically removed from our vocabulary the references of refugee camps, land mines and villages under threat. There is no State of Emergency today.

There are no high security zones. The check points and road blocks that we had through every two or three kilometers, and even on this Galle Road, are not there anymore.

It is no secret that through 30 years there were armed groups and militias operating, especially in the North and East. All such groups have now been disarmed. There were limits imposed on fishermen under which they could not go beyond a certain distance. These restrictions are also no more. The era of the underworld and drug racketeers is ending. Today Sri Lanka is a country free of restrictions and obstacles.

Although this is the actual situation in the country, there are some who have restrictions in their minds and thinking. Although the people feel today’s relief in their hearts, some are not ready to expect the reality of such relief.

We are aware that the armed forces do not participate in the administration of the North or East. These regions are administered by the public service and the police. Despite this there are many who shout that the security forces camps in these areas should be removed.

They ask us why they are not removed. But no one asks whether those who make such demands are not seeking to achieve what Prabhakaran failed to obtain through the use of ship loads of arms, aerial attacks, sea tiger and human suicide bomb attacks through 30 years of war of terror. Are they now not asking this through different means?

It is necessary to ask those who call for the removal of the armed forces from the North whether the ‘Diaspora’ and Eelamists have stopped their work although the country has returned to normal. It is no secret that those who conscripted children to war, and other war criminals who are leaders of the LTTE, are acting with freedom in foreign countries.

Just as much as their work their demands also remain the same; they seek the same ends through different means. Therefore, we must ask if we in a position to remove the armed forces camps in the North and reduce our attention national security. That is not possible. Armed services camps are not found in the North alone. They are seen throughout the country. They are in Colombo and Giruvapattu in the South. These are found in our country. Not in any foreign country.

We are a country that is a member of the United Nations, working with friendship with all countries and sit with equality with all its members. We are a non-aligned country. We have the strength to resolve our own problems and issues. After 30 years we now see the dawn that will take us to a golden age of the future. We are a country with a free and independent policy aligned to peace.

I need not repeat that it is a difficult task to build a country with huge development in keeping with international levels of growth. Yet, we have now begun to raise our head as a nation. What we seek is to bring to the world a modern developed county. We have not forgotten the help and assistance given to us by our neighbors and other countries of the international community to defeat terrorism. Similarly, what we expect from them today is cooperation in our moves for rapid development of the country.

We appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) with great expectations of bringing about reconciliation among communities. We are already carrying out what we can agree to and can implement among the recommendations of the LLRC. This is not due to any pressure from anyone. We will not abandon our responsibilities.

I believe the countries of the world should understand this when they see the service we have done in three years to the Tamil people of the North, whose freedom we have restored. Therefore, we cannot allow this report of the commission appointed to bring about reconciliation among people to be used to create divisions among people.

It is evident to you all that the narrow thinking of the past does not exist among our communities today.

We can now observe the present experiences of marriages between those of the North and the South. Today the youth, both men and women, of the North and East who once took to arms have abandon weapons and are ready to join Police and the Armed Forces. National political parties are today able to work and function freely in the North in absence of fear. Having defeated terrorism we should now fully use this opportunity for freedom afforded by peace. This is not an opportunity gained by or for Ealamists. You, our heroic forces have prevented that.

We must have the patience to save the victory we have won. This cannot be done in haste or through fear. We cannot take rush into decisions on such matters, as they will not last long. We must act with foresight and a good understanding of the future of our country. Let us join hands and work together having abandoned narrow expectations.

Let us build a great, developed and peaceful country where everyone can live without fear and mistrust that we can proudly bequeath to our children and unborn generations. That is the challenge of victory. Achieving it is greatest victory.

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40 Comments

  1. The Tamil Hindu extremists should be quite happy. To be honest after the end of the war I think Mahinda tried genuinely to reach out to the Tamil people by learning the Tamil, speaking Tamil even at the United Nations and visiting Jaffna. In return what did he get? Abuse and attacks from Tamil Hindu extremists in the diaspora. Tamil chauvinists crowed about “chasing him out of Britain” when Mahinda went there, again, to reach out to the Tamil diaspora. What happened in London caused a change in Mahinda. The stupid Tamil Hindu extremists have done this before – they reacted with violence and terror by killing Rajiv Gandhi, insulting his wife Sonia Gandhi in the process. Many years later it came back to bite them in the buttocks. You scorn someone like that and they will remember it for their life. If only the idiots in the diaspora had left behind their Tamil Hindu bigotry and silly notions of “Tamil pride” and tried to win the president’s confidence I think things would have been different. Again, the Tamils shoot themselves in the foot and then cry victim.

  2. Dear Sir ,

    Never never never pull out troops from the North. It won’t take long for the tamil extremists like Premachandran to start an insurgency with the diaspora. Army Presence in the North is a must. There are a few areas from where the illegal immigrants from Tamil Nadu come(I belive through manner) to Sri Lanka. A permanent Navy Base should be established there.

    Political solution is a different matter ( the extent of devolution is a matter for debating)

  3. It is sad that a Sinkala buddhist extremist talking nonsence about a dictator who was responsible for killing over 40,000 innocent tamils and suffocating millions of tamils. You cannot cheat the people by speaking tamil or visiting hindu temples. Most of the tamil leaders can speak Sinhala and visits the Buddhist temples. What tamils from you extremist Sinhala was cluster bombers and hungry and open prison.

  4. The above comment from Lankapura is very true.

    During the rule of President Kumaratunga, when the then prime minister the present president Mahinda Rajapaksa went to Jaffna with Wimal Weerawansa and a few others to meet the politicos and various leaders of the north they were violently chased away. Some members of his group were beaten and were injured. President Rajapaksa would not and should not forget that.

    So long as the entire diaspora community, the various voicy and noisy separatist groups, the rabble rousers and the jokers in Tamil Nadu do not accept Sri Lanka as a wholesome state the military must remain in the north and the east.

    How can army camps and the peaceful present administration of the North and the East be removed when there remain threats from outside and inside Sri Lanka for the hard won peace in these areas. Of course there will be the Diaspora who are blackmailing the greedy politicos in Europe with the tamil votebank which will be of no significance, but good to sell newspapers among the tamils.

    JP/USA

  5. One has to commend Rajapaksa for trying to better himself in every way possible. He has now moved from lieing in private meetings to lieing in public – good for him, another milestone achieved. It seems those opposed to him like the Tamil Diaspora really don’t need to do much – he is doing an excellent job himself of nailing his own coffin. His timing of the comments in this speech with respect to Clinton’s remarks were impeccable – the tamil diaspora could not have hoped for better. Quacks such as those who have commented here like Lankapura and Jay, etc. can only help, so more of these morons are always a blessing in disguise.

  6. It is absurd to think that after a 30 years of vicious and violent war, one would think that GOSL will just like that dismantle the military presence in the North and East. What ever the political solution that the government will arrive at with the representative of the Tamil speaking people, the military presence will stay in the North and should stay in the North. That does not mean that the North and the East has to be militarized or ruled by the military.

    People who forgets history will repeat it.

  7. Lankapura ,

    Does it make any difference that Mahinda speak Tamil or Arabic to oppressed society? Anyone can understand your intention by saying”Tamil Hindu extremists”. In reality not only Hindu Tamils but also Christian Tamils (like Mannar Ayar) and Muslims Tamils (like Dambulla) all of us
    against Sinhal Buddhist extremist and their power hungry representative want to run the country and oppress all others.

    Don’t bullshit , this ‘Making to believe’ liar came with good result to reach out Diaspora. War criminal who killed over 40,000 tamils according to UN got the right ‘welcome’ that he deserved.Keep your stupidity with you, please do not write like in this respectable blogs.

  8. Lankapura:
    Are you telling Tamil Hindus are the only LTTE terrorists? What about the Tamil Catholics and other Tamil Christians? Are you telling Catholic or Christian Tamils support Mahinda Rajapakse?

    Remember England is harbouring all LTTE terrorists like Adele Balasingam. Did SL High Commission or Mahinda Rajapakse ever raise any voice against UK? Sinhalese and Tamils feel it is a pride to work for WHITES even they kick your ass!

  9. “We extend our love to the unborn children of our veterans. This is why we proposed in the last budget that the third child of a war hero’s family would receive a grant of Rs. 100, 000.”

    How much you have allocated in the budget to extend your love to the born childrens brutaly killed in the final & un-equal war MR? http://my.telegraph.co.uk/richarddixons/

    Did you said there is no high secruity zone in the country and military not interfear Tamil civilians life or occupying their land now? Get the facts right from your subordinate MR President? http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=34969

    As Native Tamils we have same rights as you have in this country , from the independence what we seing is instituted
    home grown ‘dictatorship’ over our life,culture,language and land by militarly and politicaly.Freedom and Democracy refused to us in the ground by name of “National Security”.Rather giving remedy with consulting our wishes to empower North&East ,you are leading the same home grown ‘dictatorship’ is the only reason what we all see you as MR Warcrime President.

  10. Well, Mr President you have a responsibility to implement the 13th Amendment to the consitution which you swore to uphold twice! Your failure to do so, despite the recommendations of the your own commission (the LLRC) has resulted in the country’s image being tarnished in the international arena for violations of human rights. Of course, you want to keep the Northern civil administration under military control in order to eliminate any form of political expression independent of your stooges like Douglas Devananda.

  11. It is my oinion that the tamil population of the north feel comfortable without bodychecks and military administration.
    With more and more ravings of the overseas tamils hell bent yet on creating a seperate state and with South indian politico’s making Sri Lanka one of their election propaganda issues the camps would have to stay.
    What is required is the acceptance of the camps by the tamils and ensuring that those with guns do not abuse the status.
    There is a heavy militarisation of colombo if you have a look at it. soldiers and guys in uniform running nelum pokuna and other UDA properties.

    The emphasis for the leaders is to ensure that the Tamil population is made to feel confortable.

  12. The incapacity of the nation’s leaders to define and articulate solutions in terms of progressions is at least part of the problem. In most situations there appears to be a knee-jerk response and a binary mindset, yes or no: militarize/or de-militarize, police-powers/or no police-powers etc. Yet the hard reality is there are no overnight solutions to 100 years old conflicts – and the only ones that work are well thought-out progressive ones. In the case of the militarization issue, the north-east should absolutely be de-militarized, but not overnight, but progressively and proportional to the progressive escalation of political solutions. It is the complimentary dual process that has any chance of rebuilding mutual trust which is at the core of the entire ethnic problem. Here I am not merely theorizing but sharing an experience over 40 years in the transformation of the American society from one of racial bigotry to significant tolerance (the success of it as proven by the election of a Black president.) @Ranjan, Toronto’s contention that it is “absurd to expect the military to be dismantled” is as equally credible as @Native Tamil’s demand, “…we have same rights as you have in this country”. To maintain a military presence absent a genuine effort at advancing democratic solutions is not only absurd but simply, unjust. It took 3 years to wipe-out the Tigers, and 3 years after there is hardly any traction in political reconciliation. Whose failure is that? How much more time does the government need to control the NE militarily, until it evolves replacement civilian (political) solution? 2, 4, 6 , 10 or more years? Is that fair?

    The onus is on GoSL to define, articulate and present political solutions escalation and military de-escalation plans – which Dr. GL Peiris certainly did not last week in Washington. The government has abdicated its responsibilities, and the US State department has been forced to take upon it.

  13. Military bases are protecting against an obsolete enemy, but trust will have to be built slowly and steadily.

  14. A9 Highway which was out of bounds to inhabitants in the North as well as the South for thirty years , is a now a major route for Buses, Trucks , Vans and Cars, carrying thousands of people and tonnes of Goods daily in both directions.

    Army Camps along the Highway ensure the safety of these men and machines

    Not a single incident of .muggings, car,van jackings or highway robberries along this road for three years now.

    Army Camps not only provide security, but also acts as a boost to local economic activity.

    Ordinary people who are going about their normal daily lives, and their kids attending school in a safe and peaceful environment have no qualms about the presence of Security around them.

    On the otherhand who are the people who demand dismantling?.

    Diaspora and their GFTs, TNGTEs and other factions lead by well know LTTE supporters and activists.

    Then there are the NOGs and their local agents who parade under various Human Rights Shields.

    To top it all our ancestral neibour pollies.

    It is worth noting the recent announcement of Mr Karunanidhi, that he has made a vow to create a Tamil Eelaam in Srilanka.

    Just imagine how much trouble he can make for us if he becomes the CM again, now that Indiaian Govt has taken his side.by joining forces with the US and the IC.

    Under these circumstances , can the great majority of inhabitants feel secure if the Forces are dismantled and the North is allowed to go back to its old ways.?.

  15. lanka pura, Ravi Ranjan MR is playing to the gallery and you three guys and some more guys kALU Albert Leela Etal will praise the King Meanwhile the cost of living shoots through the roof this is a smoke and mirrors to gullible people like you
    .
    The West got an assurance after the war a political solution will be implemented as some have proposed more discussion thinking they can a fool all the people all the time just shows how wrong they are

    Wait till next march and see what happens history is being made in Hague Ratko Miadic 70 years old is being prosecuted for war crimes in spite of the fact he had three strokes and a heart attack Justice is a slow process sitting presidents have been indicted there is no immunity for anybody

    The clock is ticking and you guys want debate what bull ?

    Nathen

  16. Lankapura, who cares about Mahninda speaks Tamil or Greek? Tamil does not depend on a war criminals to survive!!! How many MPs, journalist, political opponents, innocent civilians have your President killed? You many sweep his crime under the carpet, but do not expect the victims to do the same!!!

    According to Sinhala extremist who comment here, only sinhalses are made of flesh and blood and that only they feel the pain!! Tamils have been systematically killed, raped, burnt alive, bombed shelled, disappeared, property and livelihood destroyed since the 1950s and you guys expect them to forgive and forget and fall at the killers feet!!!

    What about the sinhala criminal who almost killed Rajiv Gandhi in Colombo, that also in a state function, in fornt of television which was broadcast-ed all over the world? Was he punished for the crime? By not punishing the criminals and supporting them, you guys are breeding monsters in the society!!

    You guys think that telling lies over and over again becomes the truth!!!

  17. I will write a project and send it to DBSJ.The prjojct is vey generic and my research told me why our
    country went wrong. Anyway it is up to DBSJ to publish it.

  18. The President has re-iterated that he represents only Sinhalese!!! There is not a word about the thousands of innocent civilians killed!!!Does he know the meaning of peace or development?

    He is lying when he says that there are no refugee camps, no land mines, and there is no state emergency today and that all armed groups have been disarmed!!!

    Development is only to make money for the “royal family” Army is there to check on the private life of every Tamil citizen in the country.

    He says that the armed forces does not interfere in the lives of the people!!! what a lie!!! They have the habit of barging into temple functions, weddings, private meetings and in the habit of beating up and killing, torturing, raping, disspaering the civilians at their will. wims and fancies

  19. Tamil Nadu LTTE flag carrier Mr Vaiko has cracked it, because the Indian PM is sending the”Kapilavastu Relics” to Srilanka.

    This exposition will enable millions of Lankan inhabitants to worship and pay respect to this most valuable relics of Lord Buddha.

    He reckons it is a shame and the PM must stop it immedeately.

    If the Srilanka does not have the current level of peace ,security and harmony, could the Indian Govt send this most valuable relics of Lord Buddha?.

  20. M.Sivanathan
    Sinhalese and Tamils feel it is a pride to work for WHITES even they kick your ass!
    ——————
    you get your ass kicked by the WHITES? what a sorry state you are in …but that’s your choice

  21. M. Sivanathan
    Sinhalese and Tamils feel it is a pride to work for WHITES even they kick your ass!
    —————-
    you get your ass kicked by the WHITES? what a sorry state you are in ….but that’s your choice

  22. All these time, Rajapakse was playing chicken with India regarding his famous 13 A +, AND 13A-. It does not work with one and only Super Power. Evidence was March 2012 at Geneva, and current release of Sarah Fonseka.

    Now, he can only play chicken with Sinhala Buddhist extremists. Even Indians have realized that they were taken for a ride.

    Understandably, he would make some noise similar to the above heading to keep his Sinhala Buddhist extremists cool, but slowly reduce Sinhala army presence in the North and East of Eelam.

    He had already agreed to implement LLRC recommendation with USA. One of the important recommendations is to reduce or withdraw Sinhala army from North and East.

  23. What is the use of worshiping the “Kapilavastu Relics” after reducing thousands of innocent civilians into “relics”, several thousands made to disappear without their kith and kin knowing whether they are dead or alive!!!

    What is practiced in Sri Lanka is a far cry from Budhism. Sri Lankans must be ashamed to call themselves Budhists. You cannot become a Budhist by erecting statues in every nook and corner and planting bo-tree in every junction!!Budha never wanted him or his relics to be worshiped!!!Budha must be turning in his grave to see the murder and mayhem happening in Sri Lanka in his name!!!

  24. Sri Lankans have not forgotten that there was a time when the Sinhalese in the border villages were hacked to death and had to hide in the jungle at night . Remove troops? You’ve got to be kidding ! People ! this is not the yellow submarine and the Psychadelic 60s. Get real ! As long as the Diaspora and the Tamil Nadu political scream Ealam, as long as the little grey cells are working in the minds of Sri Lankans , the troops will and should stay in the North and East.

  25. Happy Bithday DBSJ sir/anna/aiya. I hope you had blasting time with your loved ones.
    Shocked by your decision to suspend the comments session, not sure how to react but definitely I can understand. The comments here gave me an idea of where we are all standing as Sri Lankans but I guess the abusive nature brought an end to it.

    Best wishes!
    B

  26. DBS J

    Happy birthday to you.

    Why is this kollai very to shut down Transcurrents and comment section on dbsjeyaraj.com? At 58 are you planning to retire? If so you must be joking.

    We take out our own frustrations on each other in these forums. Comment section is a vital part, which provides us with free therapy “money can’t buy”.

    What are we going to do without it? I checked my health this morning after having read your unexpected birthday message, I think I am already suffering from withdrawal syndrome.

    The only person who would be happy to hear the closing down of Transcurrents and comment section is my wife.

    The comment section is the yard stick by which we can measure how much stupider both people have become. I am going to miss all the Stupid Tamils and Stupid Sinhalese and their very stupid comments.

    I hope you would reconsider your decision to shut down both Transurrents and comments section.

    Thanks for your service to humanity.

  27. sjoseph says:

    “The prjojct is vey generic and my research told me why our country went wrong.”

    The simple reason is that both Tamils and Sinhalese are stupid people, I don’t think you need projects to know this simple truth.

  28. Native Tamil says:

    “As Native Tamils we have same rights as you have in this country”

    I am sorry you are not native to the island nor are the Sinhalese. Both migrants may have equal rights not because both of you are natives but because it is the humane thing to do.

    In our memories both Sinhalese and Tamil people will remain as Kallathonies.

  29. @Lanka puthra

    I dont think Mahinda learning to speak in tamil will help to solve the ethnic problem in SL. what is needed to be done is to help the tamil civilians to get back to normal life and make tamil a part of sri lankan identity. Tamils are a part of Sl that is a fact but they are not represented by our SLn identity that is a problem and Gov should try to find answers for that. but instead gov is doing what it must not do. For example scrapping the tamil medium national anthem. that is totally unnecessary, stupid and racist. There is a section in the gov who think sinhalese learning tamil and tamils learning sinhalese would solve the problem, these people have not understood the ethnic problem we face.

    How the tamil diaspora treats Mahinda is a different matter. They are no longer people (or any diaspora) of this country. We are the people of this country and it is up to us to solve our problems. Reconciliation, good governance are our needs that is why we should attend to them. what u are saying is like, hey tamils abroad treat mahinda badly so we are not going to solve our problems…dont u think that is extremely stupid?

    How tamil diaspora treats the Ghandhis is not our concern.

    the diaspora do not feel the heat in internal conflicts in Sl. They are not targetted and ther are not affected by what happen in SL. It is us who pay for the stupid acts of the so called leaders. After all what is wrong in Tamil pride? A tamil can be proud of his/her culture,language, we dont need to care. That is up to them to be proud or not. And it is definitely not a reason for Mahinda to postpone devolution. what we need is trust. that is what we should develop. I too accept there is a part to be done by the tamil parties. especially TNA. However gov has not done good enough.

    You say “the Tamils shoot themselves in the foot and then cry victim.”….so do the sinhalese.

    Remember this very well. We should go for a reconciliation because we NEED it. We should go for a power devolution not because tamils ask for it, not because international parties pressurises for it but because SRI LANKA NEEDS it. The blind allegance that most of the sinhala people have for mahinda has given him a chance to change our judiciary system according to his ways and to take our democratic rights away. A proper power devolution should come along with good governance, media freedom and freedom of speech.

  30. @Ravi
    I have noticed ur racist and extremely insensitive comments in this blog very often and ure definitely NOT doing any help to your race. Tell me are we going to keep troops in the north forever? I understand there are security concerns but having security forces in the north wont help us in finding a solution. there is no doubt that presence of troops impedes the normal civilian lifestyle in the north. The only way we can emerge victorious is by making the tamil civilans feel that they too are a part of us. and by making the military victory their victory too. If they have to lead the life constantly under the security watch it will not help reconciliation. the governmnt must win the hearts of the tamil civilians there. security personal present in the north should be diplomatic when dealing with the people there.

    After all if we have to keep troops even after three years doesnt it tell that we havent achieved our goal yet?

    The troops should be pulled out gradually and Tamil people should be recruited to security forces.

    You are saying Tamils from india illegally come to settle in SL? Given the economy in SL I highly doubt that. Our economy is in very bad shape and i dont think Ind Tamils will think of coming here to settle. Even our people are searching ways to migrate into other countries.

    “Political solution is a different matter ( the extent of devolution is a matter for debating”

    For 60 years we have been debating whther we need a devolution or not and we still are. How long are we going to debate the extent of devolution?

  31. I see nothing wrong in having govt.security forces wherever strategically deemed necessary provided that the government is ruling the country is ‘just and fair’ to all the people irrespective race, caste, groups and treat every citizen of the country as equal before the law. The reality is is manifested by the actions of the strong arms of the ruler and what they are doing in these areas.I only feel sorry for the people who have strong arms in administering the so called rule of law!

  32. Sach,

    I agree with all the comments you made here, it’s high time people come out of their primitive thinking and open their minds to the reality.

    All the ethnic communities have suffered because of this and it’s high time the politicians realize that they are elected to do a job, not to feel supremos and abuse the entire nation.

  33. resplendant says:
    May 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm
    Sri Lankans have not forgotten that there was a time when the Sinhalese in the border villages were hacked to death and had to hide in the jungle at night .

    Did you have to run like those innocent people, the answer most likely to be, NO.

    Listen to me who ran from those LTTE killers and hid in the jungle and also saw the atrocities of all the stakeholders now,

    We lived in harmony with all the people alike until the politicians and their thugs came to our villages and terrorize us all for their petty gains- Power, money etc.

    People in general don’t go around and hack others, it’s only a minority who do that and that minority have their own agenda, which is remain in power. for that they need chaos and they’ll do that at the expense of the nation.

    In our case it was a minority sinhalese and minority tamils who did that and the entire village suffered.

    In my opinion the troops should stay, but not more than they exist in other areas of the country and we need to move forward mate not backwards. When are we going to get together and live like one nation, accepting the values of each other and respecting each other.

    I remember a time we used to roam around the village on bicycles on Thaipongal , Deepavali, and Ramadan days and eat those delicious food they served us.

    All I can say now is ” Ane api Kawadaka Pihinamuda ae gange” Nandamalani

    UK

  34. Dias,

    Very good analysis and I enjoy your comments all the time we need more people like you to come forward and express their thoughts.

    UK

  35. DBSJ,
    Happy birth day to you and take care yourself to challenge on coming sessions.

    //Native Vedda says:
    May 22, 2012 at 2:20 am
    DBS J

    Happy birthday to you.

    Why is this kollai very to shut down Transcurrents and comment section on dbsjeyaraj.com? At 58 are you planning to retire? If so you must be joking.

    We take out our own frustrations on each other in these forums. Comment section is a vital part, which provides us with free therapy “money can’t buy”.

    What are we going to do without it? I checked my health this morning after having read your unexpected birthday message, I think I am already suffering from withdrawal syndrome.

    The only person who would be happy to hear the closing down of Transcurrents and comment section is my wife.

    The comment section is the yard stick by which we can measure how much stupider both people have become. I am going to miss all the Stupid Tamils and Stupid Sinhalese and their very stupid comments.

    I hope you would reconsider your decision to shut down both Transurrents and comments section.

    Thanks for your service to humanity.
    //

    Native Vedda,
    This is a free forum to anybody who can express thier views decently. The bloggers who happened to Tamils, Sinhalese, or others write in English with so many words/Phrases from thier own language to explain thier views as much they can.

    Similar way, Why can’t you write in English or use a word or phrase in your own native language instead borrowing Tamils words “Kollai very” to show your reactions towards DBSJ’s decision on closing comments?

  36. [We extend our love to the unborn children of our veterans. This is why we proposed in the last budget that the third child of a war hero’s family would receive a grant of Rs. 100, 000.]
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    If you love unborn children of veterans,why discriminate the first and second born with the third born.If today a war veteran has his first or second child,by denying him the rupees 100000 are you saying that you don’t love them.

    Have you selected the third born,because you know that they won’t have a third child just for your measly rs.100000,which will evaporate in no time with the cost of living soaring as it is,whereas the upkeep of the child will not evaporate for 20 years?

    It is the turn of the armed forces to also be taken for the ride by the politicians while they bust up more than rs.800 million to bid for the commonwealth games,which money could have been given for the first and 2nd born.In fact if the loss of 13 billion rupees by mihin lanka airlines since it incorporation in 2007 was avoided that money could have been given to child maintenance of every child,past and present of the war veterans till they attain the age of 20.

    Have a nice day and a nice time,politicians.You can keep the rs.100000 that you will never have to pay,roll it up and shove it up your you know what.

  37. This is why we proposed in the last budget that the third child of a war hero’s family would receive a grant of Rs. 100, 000.

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    Shankar. For a population to sustain and thrive the fertility rate should be 2.1

    That is the reason the President is giving the award for the third child.

    So that the number of Sinhalas are increased and win this number game.

    Meanwhile the numbers of the Tamils will be reduced through various means, if it is not dwindled already. Kill their men and marry their women is also one policy by which their numbers could be brought down and colonization.

    Station the army in the North and East and give them incentives to beget more children.

    That is colonization in another sense.

  38. Mahesh,you say,quote”Station the army in the North and East and give them incentives to beget more children”,unquote.If mahinda indeed wants to do that it will fail for the following reasons

    1.RS.100000 is not enough of an incentive to have a third child.He will at least have to triple it and see whether there are any takers.Probably he may have to pay about rs.500000.Then he cannot take his entourage of at least 100 when he goes on foreign visits,because he will have to find the money from somewhere.

    2.Armed forces may get demoralised if they are to permanently be stationed in the north and east.Already some of them are shooting each other.As long as you are fighting,you won’t feel it.Prabhaharan also made the mistake of a temporary ceasefire and after that the rot started with the cadres missing their family and going back to them.

    3.The LLRC has recommended that the north and east is to be demilitarised.The UN has tabled a resolution that the LLRC recommendations must be implemented.So the question is not really whether the armed forces can stay in the north and east permanently,but when they are going to go back to the south.It is out of mahinda’s hands now.That is what happens when you try to be too smart and arrogant,you lose your crown little by little,like what happened to prabha.Mahinda and gota followed in his footsteps after the war,arrogantly taking on the world including india.

    As for your contention that fertility rate should be 2.1 to thrive,instead of thriving i think we will one day destroy this planet and ourselves with it if we breed like this.Thank god women don’t give birth like animals 3 or 4 at a time.Just imagine what would have happened?Thats why god made it one at a time after nine months and also gave hard labour pains to discourage any more.

  39. Displaced Tamils protest for access to land;Say government must reclassify ‘high security zone’ so families can return to their homes http://www.ucanews.com/2012/06/20/displaced-tamils-protest-for-access-to-land
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=35310

    sovereignty belongs to people who live in the land, not Government.Armed Forces & their camps cannot interfere with Native
    Tamils land by occupying and settling Sinhales or building Buddhist temples in government sponsor which is Systematic Genocide.

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