If Displaced Sinhalese and Muslims Were Resettled in Jaffna, UPFA Would Win Northern Provincial Election Defeating TNA
Posted on September 17th, 2013

Dilrook Kannangara

Iconic The Hindu newspaper launched its Tamil edition by the same name on 16 September, 2013. Though passed without many noticing it, the launch is part of an India-wide attempt to save the Indian Union from disintegration. By penetrating Tamil Nadu readers, asserting an all-India view of things, Indian authorities and media moguls (part of the Union governance mechanism) aim to rekindle unity and allegiance to the Indian Union and defeat raging separatism. The timing couldn-â„¢t have been better as just 40 kilometres away, it is a different story. In Sri Lanka, four years after a war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives from 1976 to 2009, war drums are beating again. Separatism is again on the cards and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) -” the political arm of the dreaded LTTE terrorist organisation -” is set to sweep the Northern Provincial Council election this weekend.
TNA has made it very clear that it is after Tamil self-rule, shared sovereignty and a separate Tamil national identity. These are the same ideals LTTE fought for and lost.
Government-â„¢s Military Victory, LTTE-â„¢s Political Victory
Every war has a political ideology battle driving it. The two sides at war had two different political ideologies. LTTE ideology was a Tamil-only state in the north and east of the island nation. Government-â„¢s political ideology was to retain the status of unity of the nation. Government troops scored a decisive military victory, completely and unconditionally defeating Tamil Tigers. However, LTTE won the political battle in the Northern Province.
Today the Northern Province is what the LTTE fought for -” it is Tamil-Only with no attempt whatsoever by the government to create Sinhala and Muslim settlements. Election or no election, LTTE has won its political battle already. The election will only formalise it and publish it for the world to see.
The costly military victory achieved by the sacrifices of 26,500 soldiers-â„¢ lives was wasted by politicians in their inability to grasp a political victory. Getting the government to maintain Northern Province demographic imbalance of Tamil-only nature is the biggest political victory of the LTTE/TNA.
Northern Provincial Council Election
First ever Northern provincial Council election in 2013 will be a watershed event in the Tamil (a South Indian ethnic group also found in smaller numbers in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and South Africa) struggle for nationhood. It started in Tamil Nadu, India at the turn of the 20th century. It grew to the powerful Dravidistan movement until it was cut down to size in 1962. Pushed into oblivion in India, it emerged in northern Sri Lanka where Tamils are the majority. Unfortunately the Northern Province has remained virtually Tamil-only. It has crippled coexistence and ethnic integration even after the defeat of the LTTE.
As the cauldron of Tamil racism, Northern Province is very likely to return LTTE proxies -” TNA -” into power with a landslide victory. Although it is not possible to accurately forecast the likely election outcome, the foregoing is an attempt based on recent election performance.
Jaffna District
2010 Presidential and Parliamentary elections saw TNA and aligned parties winning the Jaffna District with a vote percentage of 64% and 44% respectively. Going by this trend, TNA will end up getting 55% of the valid vote at the Northern Provincial Council election. UPFA recorded 25% and 32% at the 2010 Presidential and Parliamentary elections respectively. It is likely to obtain 33% of the valid vote in 2013. Assuming a total valid vote of 220,000 (it was 178,369 at the 2010 Parliamentary election), the gap of 22% between TNA and UPFA translates into 48,400 votes. Assuming Sinhala and Muslim voters-â„¢ turnout to be 75% (consistent with the voters-â„¢ turnout in Sinhala and Muslim majority districts), displaced Sinhala and Muslim voters would cast 48,654 votes (calculated below). None of it would go to TNA and most likely to UPFA. In other words UPFA would win the Jaffna District with an additional 254 votes had the government resettled displaced Sinhalese (displaced since 1971) and displaced Muslims (displaced since 1990). This calculation assumes all displaced Muslims from Jaffna are in Puttlam which is not the case. Tens of thousands live in Colombo as well. If they are added, UPFA victory margin would expand to a few thousand votes.
Unfortunately they are now registered in election registers in other districts and would not vote in the Northern Provincial Council election. A better outcome would have been achieved had the government resettled all Sinhalese and Muslims displaced from Jaffna and built new ethnic integration schemes by settling Sinhalese and Muslims from elsewhere in the north. In that event, TNA would not win the election as it cannot attract Sinhala and Muslim voters.
Vanni District
2010 Presidential and Parliamentary elections saw TNA and aligned parties winning the Vanni District with a vote percentage of 67% and 39% respectively. Going by this trend, TNA will end up getting 55% of the valid vote at the Northern Provincial Council election in Vanni. UPFA recorded 27% and 35% at the 2010 Presidential and Parliamentary elections respectively. It is likely to obtain 36% of the valid vote in 2013. Assuming a total valid vote of 125,000 (it was 105,252 at the 2010 Parliamentary election), the gap of 21% between TNA and UPFA translates into 23,750 votes. Assuming Sinhala and Muslim voters-â„¢ turnout to be 75% (consistent with the voters-â„¢ turnout in Sinhala and Muslim majority districts), displaced Sinhala and Muslim voters would cast 23,865 votes (calculated below) from Mannar electorate alone! Mulaitivu and Vavuniya also suffered displacement of Sinhalese and Muslims. If they are considered, the UPFA victory margin would be higher by a few more thousands.
None of their votes would go to TNA and most likely to UPFA. In other words UPFA would win the‚ Vanni District with an additional 115 votes had the government resettled displaced Sinhalese (displaced since 1983) and displaced Muslims (displaced since 1990). Unfortunately they are now registered in election registers in other districts and would not vote in the Northern Provincial Council election. A better outcome would have been achieved had the government resettled all Sinhalese and Muslims displaced from‚ Vanni and built new ethnic integration schemes settling Sinhalese and Muslims from elsewhere. In that event, TNA would not win the election as it cannot attract Sinhala and Muslim voters in Vanni after horrendous crimes against them by Tamils.
As the government deliberately failed to resettle Sinhalese and Muslims displaced from the Northern Province, UPFA has no chance of winning the Northern Provincial Council election. TNA will win 55% of vote in both Jaffna and Vanni districts. 55% is higher than any political party ever obtained at any parliamentary election, which gives an idea of how big the TNA victory will be.
Calculating the Number of Displaced Sinhalese and Muslims
No documented evidence exists of their number which is a discriminatory move by successive governments against these two ethnic groups. In wide contrast, the government maintained and published detailed information of displaced Tamils. In 1971, there were 20,402 ethnic Sinhalese living in Jaffna district. Assuming the national population growth of Sinhalese, their number today would be 33,903 which is 30,537 persons more than what it actually is today (only 3,366). Muslims displaced from Jaffna cannot be calculated as easily because by 1990 there was a large number of Muslims in Jaffna District than their natural population growth from 1981 would suggest. Instead the additional Muslim population growth in Puttlam gives a better estimation. Muslim population in Puttlam district was only 48,761 in 1981 which reached a staggering 146,820 in 2012 mainly due to displacement from Jaffna. Assuming average growth rate of Muslims from 1981 to 2012, it would be 87,089. However, it is 146,820 which means the remaining 59,731 are displaced Muslims.
Adding displaced Sinhalese (30,537) and displaced Muslims (59,731) gives their total for Jaffna District. Approximately 70% of the population are voters which gives 63,187. If 75% of them vote, it is 48,654 votes in Jaffna District.
Mannar District had 8,710 Sinhalese and 28,464 Muslims in 1981. If their natural growth was allowed, today their numbers would be 12,158 and 51,347 respectively. However, their actual numbers are a dismal 1,961 and 16,087. It means 10,197 Sinhalese and 35,260 Muslims from Mannar are still displaced. 70% of them are voters (31,820) and if 75% of them votes, that is 23,865 votes in Mannar alone adding to Vanni election results.
TNA Win Reverses Even the Little Gains in Ethnic Integration
‚ After the war, ethnic integration happened in the Northern Province in minuscule measure. A small number of Sinhalese and Muslims have settled in the Northern Province. However, with TNA winning Northern Province and Sinhala and Muslim councillors numbering less than 5, there is no hope for ethnic integration. In future, no Sinhalese or Muslim will be allowed to settle in the Northern Province by TNA leadership and voters.
However, Tamils continue to populate Colombo. Reciprocation is unknown to TNA and its voters who are only intent on expansion. What happened to Sinhalese in Northern Province will happen to‚ them again‚ in Colombo. Government must reassess resource allocation to the provinces to make it equitable and politically sensible.
Adopt the Indian Model of Language Use
Although Tamil is a national language of India, only Tamil Nadu functions in Tamil. Utter Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, etc. (essentially all other states) don-â„¢t function in Tamil. However, in Sri Lanka, Tamil is used as the sole language in the Northern Province while using it in every other province as well! Sri Lanka must follow the Indian model of language use. Tamil should be compulsory for everyone in Northern Province while Sinhala must be compulsory for everyone in Western province and other provinces (except Eastern Province). A choice of the two languages should be allowed in the Eastern Province. English must be promoted as a link language and business language.
If the Indian model of language use is acceptable to 72 million Tamils, 3 million Tamils in Sri Lanka must not have a problem with it. Such a move can safeguard the majority and their cultural identity which have been totally disregarded by the‚ insane minority-only complex.

11 Responses to “If Displaced Sinhalese and Muslims Were Resettled in Jaffna, UPFA Would Win Northern Provincial Election Defeating TNA”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    November 21, 2013 will be a DAY OF INFAMY, comparable to that infamous day of March 14, 1815, when a junta of treacherous gullible chiefs of Sri Lanka handed over Sri Lanka’s hallowed Crown to the Perfidious Albion!

    On November 21, 2013, the very UPFA GOSL, that WAGED and WON a WAR of National Liberation and Reunification of Sri Lanka will ABJECTLY CAPITULATE and hand over in PEACE control of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province to the political PROXY of the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This capitulation to the LTTE, militarily crushed in battle at great cost in blood and treasure, to comply with a Constitutional Amendment RAMMED DOWN Sri Lanka’s protesting throat by India … the very power responsible for inciting and fostering Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, boggles my mind.

    On November 21, 2013 the Tiger Nominated Agents of the TNA will take control of the Northern Province and begin its incremental campaign to create the Separatist State of Eelam, that will inexorably seek UNION with Tamil Nadu in India.

    This unbelievable TURN OF EVENTS, breathed new life on this Day of Infamy, November 21, 2013, will spawn the Eelam War V, for the PATRIOTS of Sri Lanka will NEVER ACCEPT the Division of Sri Lanka into a patchwork quilt of Communal States.

    Those leaders of Sri Lanka who stood by and allowed this tragedy to occur will be Swept Away and Consumed in the ensuing maelstrom, for they who seed the wind shall reap the whirlwind!

    It is NOT the SURVIVAL of LEADERS that is at stake here, but the SURVIVAL of the NATION & ALL of its PEOPLE.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Now it is TOO LATE to settle Sinhalese.

    Tamils will not allow that now.

  3. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    LORENZO !! Absolutely. !!!

    Coming events are casting their eerie shadows.

    I cannot believe that the “hoping to be Chief Minister, Card-board Sandow ” has been a Judge of the Supreme Court.

  4. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    I have already addressed why the TNA will not be able to create Eelam in my comment in the article titled “Vigneswaran former Supreme Court Judge seems to have lost his head, OR is he being made a cat’s paw ?” Though the Sinhalese to date are not present in the northern province the military is present no matter how hard the TNA have tried to remove that obstacle.

    If or when the TNA wins and demands a separate nation legal action can now be taken to deal with this treasonous act and those in the party face the “full ferocity of the law” (a legal term) for an act of betrayal. Depending on Sri Lanka’s laws on dealing with traitors they could be facing Capital punishment including a lawsuit that would strip these politicians of all that they own including banks assets, intangible and tangible assets in Sri Lanka and abroad and the complete dismemberment of the party. Those Tamils willing to raise arms against the nation will face similar criminal charges and Lawsuits that would take from them things too dear to lose.

    It would finally address the issue of moving Singhalese soldiers and their families into those areas in the Northern and Eastern provinces where by the nature of being a soldier or former soldier can defend their right to live where they please. Greater numbers then can be phased in. If the current chief Minster Jayalalithaa or Karunanidhi engage in the division of Sri Lanka a second time use any legal methods to bring charges against them and if none are available then simply assassinate them. The last method becomes “a necessary evil” in order to keep the integrity of Sri Lanka and in times of war is permissible act. Target the entire DMK and the AIDMK if that is what is needed for them to mind their business in Tamil Nadu and not fan the flames of separatism in Sri Lanka. second comment next.

  5. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    Regarding India. The root causes for the separatist movements in that country have not been solved. They have hardly been addressed. In the North east Assam, Nagaland, Manipure to Mizoram are demanding separation because New Delhi refuses to address the growing threat of (Muslim) Bangladeshi from entering their states. According to a study the illegal migration of Bangladeshi Muslims into predominantly Hindu states is one of the largest in the world and to date the problem is only growing. Myanmar is dealing with this in a brutal manner as she is driving out the Muslims who originated from Bangladesh out of their country using force. This is one of the problems created when Indira Gandhi divided Pakistan.

    The Indian state of Nagaland has been demanding autonomy far back as the time of the British Empire for the Naga people do not see themselves as part of the Indian populace. Kashmir is another problem that was partly created by New Delhi. When the Laksar e Taiba a terrorist outfit now literally running the state purged Kashmir of the Kashmiri Hindus who now are refugees within India, New Delhi has never addressed that issue. Each and every time the voice of separatism supported by Pakistan, is given voice, New Delhi enters into talks that exclude the Kashmiri Hindus and by that paving the way for a Muslim dominated Kashmir to eventually gain Independence for as an independent state Kashmir will share borders with Russia, China, India and Pakistan making Kashmir a strategically important nation. Add to that the rivers that flow from Kashmir to the Gangetic plain where “water wars” have already erupted between Indian states and Kashmir will have that much more negotiating power.

    The new rise of Khalistan in the Punjab is a Pakistani creation. The Punjab is a fully developed Indian nation but suffers from the wounds of partition when Pakistan was formed. In the 19th century Maharajah Ranjit Singh the “lion of the Punjab” created the Punjab empire or nation. which when partition came cut that nation of the Sikhs in half. That wound has never healed even though current day Punjab has little to complain. Simply going by the doctrine of “Self Determination” any entity can demand autonomy based on this doctrine formulated by the American President Woodrow Wilson during the Versailles Treaty.

    Finally “the biggest threat to India” spoken by Prime Minister Singh was not the separatist demands of these states but the rise of the Maoists. Due to the entrenched poverty in India where it is estimated that 104 million Indian will be living in slums by the year 2016 gave rise to a militant group from the village of Naxalbari.

    Once called the Naxals they changed names to the Maoists. In the “Asia Times” one article stated the growing presence of the Maoists now encompasses over eleven states and annually they extort from Indian mining companies roughly 300 million US dollars worth of currency. Now signs show they are getting foreign support. Most likely from China. Their main issue is the same fire that has caused the French and Russian revolution: poverty. India’s poverty comes from 400 million Indian where a family live on a dollar per day and the entrenched caste system that damns the life of tens of millions more. Under the conditions I have stated it is a wonder that India has not degenerated in a revolution or into balkanization. I fear India will definitely face the latter and may face the former in the not too distant future

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    From the interview of Hindustan Times with the President.

    “HT: The Geneva Convention applies to warring states but not to non-state actors like the LTTE. Given that there are civil war and sectarian wars all over the world and from the point of view of a human rights lawyer, do you think there ought to be amendments to those laws?”

    This is a HUGE opportunity for people.

    Pro-SL people should set up a rebel group = NON-STATE ACTOR. And start getting rid of THREATS to the nation.

    As Geneva Convention does NOT apply to them, NO war crimes!!

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Let us WAIT & SEE whether the Supreme Court that spawned the likes of Supreme Court Justice C.V. Wigneswaran and Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake will DEFEND & PROTECT the Motherland … or is still a DEFENDER & PROTECTOR of its anti-national enemies.

    So far … the Supreme Court has been a FOX minding the HEN House … a USELESS ENTITY presiding over the dissolution of our beloved Motherland … and populated by a bunch of tax-payer supported hidden traitors!

    …………………………..
    Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court issues notice to Tamil party over election manifesto

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Sept 18, Colombo: The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today issued notice on the leaders of the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to appear before the court on 2nd October to show cause regarding the constitutionality of the TNA election manifesto.

    The apex court issued the notice when a petition filed by President of the Patriotic National Movement Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera against the TNA election manifesto was taken up for hearing.

    The Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the petition but did not deliver an injunction order suspending the Northern Provincial Council election as demanded by the petitioner.

    The tri-member bench hearing the petitions comprised Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Justices K. Sripavan and Rohini Marasinghe.

    Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera filed a petition in the Supreme Court on September 17 appealing to declare the election manifesto of the TNA is against the constitution.

    The petitioner cited in his petition that the TNA election manifesto has been unscrupulously targeted to establish a separate state in the unitary Sri Lanka.

    The petitioner further demanded to deliver an injunction suspending the Northern Provincial Council election until the examination of the petition is concluded.

    The petition requested the Court to ascertain whether the TNA manifesto is in contravention to the Sri Lanka Constitution as it has suggested forming a separate state in Sri Lankan soil.

    Petitioner has further cited in the petition that the manifesto is in line with the hidden agenda of the LTTE. In its election manifesto, the TNA, once considered as a proxy for the terrorist group LTTE during the war, has called for establishing power sharing arrangements in a unit of a merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a Federal structure. TNA secretary Mavai Senathirajah, leader R. Sampanthan and Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya have been mentioned as the respondents of the petition.

    Four more petitions have been filed in the court by Sinhala organizations requesting the court to suspend the Northern Provincial Council elections over the charge that the TNA manifesto violated the Constitution.

    The petitioners claim that the TNA manifesto violates the sixth amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution which says that no political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

    Under the Constitution, the Supreme Court has power to proscribe any political party or other association or organization found guilty of having the objective to establish a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

    TNA leaders have vehemently rejected the allegation that its election manifesto demanded a separate state of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.

    However, comments made by the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Province, former Supreme Court judge C. Vigneswaran glorifying the slain terrorist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran as a hero not a terrorist, has fueled fears in the southern polity that the party is attempting to revive the arms struggle to achieve the separate state goal.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    While the Elamist Racists undermine SRi Lanka politically, the People od Sri Lanka, buffeted by newly inclement weather patters, are running short of food! It was only recently that the GOSL was balleyhooing that self-sufficiency in FOOD has been attained.

    If this report is TRUE, then Sri Lanka still teeters on the cusp of famine without a sufficiently large BUFFER in the volume of FOOD PRODUCTION.

    Let there be NO MISTAKE, as the world’s population continues to double, and double again, FOOD will become the most PRECIOUS of National Resources. EVen NOW, even in the United States, the inflation adjusted price of food has increased several fold, and people are spending an increasing fraction of their incomes to feed themselves.

    The MESSAGE is CLEAR: Increasing demand and decreasing supplies, affected by changing weather patterns, are threatening the wold’s food supply.

    The GOSL should take HEED, and ALLOCATE sufficient funds to ENSURE that Sri Lanka becomes not only SELF-SUFFICIENT in food, but also a LARGE SCALE EXPORTER of High Quality Food to the world, including sea food grown in intelligently managed, and actively protected, marine resources surrounding our Island homeland, that may become Sri Lanka’s largest foreign exchange earner in the not too distant future.

    ……………………………..
    Concerns growing over worsening food security in Sri Lanka

    By Amantha Perera
    Reuters
    September 18, 2013

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Long-term interventions are essential to stem deteriorating food security among victims of frequent extreme weather events in Sri Lanka, experts warn.

    In the last 20 months, parts of Sri Lanka have been hit by a severe drought and two bouts of floods that experts at the World Food Programme (WFP) and the government say have worsened the food security of victims.

    In the last five years, according to UN estimates, between 3.5 million and 4 million people out of a population of little over 20 million have been affected by natural disasters in Sri Lanka.

    Ismail Omer, the WFP country head for Sri Lanka, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that his organisation fears that in some parts of the country, food security has fallen to the levels seen in 2011, when the country had just begun to recover from a decades-long civil conflict that ended only in May 2009.

    Overall the WFP estimates that at least 1.2 million people in the country are in need of food aid.

    In 2011, WFP and other agencies estimated that at least 60 percent of the population in the country’s north and east were food insecure and in need of food assistance. This was the region where the conflict was most intense.

    By the middle of last year, according to WFP estimates, just 40 percent of people in that region still needed help. But subsequent drought and the floods have destroyed harvests in Sri Lanka’s northern, eastern, north western, north central and southern regions.

    “Just within the last twelve months, approximately half a million people were first affected by drought resulting in reduced harvest yields in September-October 2012, then a cyclone before Christmas 2012 followed by severe flooding in the beginning of 2013 affecting harvest yields,” Omer said.

    In some parts of the island’s eastern and northwestern regions – both vital areas for production of rice, the national staple – harvest losses were estimated to be around 30 percent.

    This year, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organsiation, the paddy rice harvest is expected to recover and yield more than 4.1 million metric tonnes for the first time in about five years.

    SMALL-SCALE FARMERS STRUGGLING

    However according to Liyanapathirana Rupasena, a director at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agararian Research Institute (HARTI), many small-scale farmers are yet to recover.

    “These are farmers who hold one hectare or less. More often than not they fund each crop with loans. When harvests fail, one after the other, they find it hard to recover,” he said.

    According to a study by the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 70 percent of the estimated two million rice farmers in Sri Lanka own one hectare or less.

    One is Wijerathane Thenakoon, a 47-year-old rice farmer from North Central Anuradhapura District, who has been planting a one-acre (0.4 hectare) plot of rice for the last 30 years. His farming income, which has been dwindling year by year, is the sold source of support for his family of five, including three school going children.

    “Honestly, I don’t think I can recover from the losses of the last two years. If this harvest does not give me a good income, I will sell off the plot,” said Thenakoon, who owes debts of around Rs 200,000 ($1,400). His annual income from his paddy harvest is around Rs 175,000 ($1,200), he said.

    He received emergency relief after the floods in December but nothing thereafter.

    Experts like Rupasena warn that when incomes dwindle, farmers like Thenakoon will cut down on expenditure that they feel is non-essential. “Education and health expenses are right on top of this list. Many feel they can defer these,” said W.L. Sumathipala, the former head of the government’s Climate Change Unit.

    A survey conducted by the WFP and HARTI in 10 of the worst-affected districts hit by floods in January this year found that 41 percent of those surveyed were eating less preferred foods, skipping meals and incurring debt.

    Just as worrying, “a review of the reported natural disaster impacts during the past eight years indicates a trend of increasing frequency of events,” said a U.N. Humanitarian Bulletin on the first half of this year.

    Sumathipala said one of the biggest obstacles to bringing change was lack of funding. Funding constraints have already hampered relief work targeting those affected by the latest disasters. Due to lack of funding, the WFP did not proceed with a $2.6 million programme to provide assistance to 60,000 of the half million people affected by floods in January this year, officials said.

    Rupasena said that due to the growing frequency of weather disasters – currently there are fears that a moderate drought has again begun in Sri Lanka’s northwestern regions – plans should be put in place to maintain buffer stocks and emergency supplies or funding to assist in such emergencies.

    More effort also should be put into trying to better predict future disasters, he said.

    Constant monitoring of food security levels in disaster-affected communities and long-term investment in flood mitigation prgrammes, such as renovating irrigation canals and rehabilitating damaged water networks, also could help, WFP official said.

    Floods are most common natural disaster in Sri Lanka, accounting for 41 percent of all people affected by disasters.

    Amantha Perera is a freelance writer based in Sri Lanka.

  9. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ho! Ho! Ho! Looks like the UNP does not like any criticism of the TNA or the LTTE!

    SHAME! Oh, how LOW this Grand Old Party of PATRIOTS that led Sri Lanka to Independence has fallen! Now it has descended into the PIT of ANTI-NATIONAL VIPERS!

    Isn’t there ANYBODY in this Grand Old Party that can RESCUE IT and LEAD IT in a PATRIOTIC DIRECTION?

    Hellooo … Anyone LISTENING at Siri Kotha? ANYONE?

    How about Rohan Senanayake … my dear old classmate? Can he EMULATE his PATRIOTIC ancestors?

    ……………………….
    Opposition demands Sri Lanka Election Commissioner to probe ex-LTTE leader’s media brief

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Sept 19, Colombo: Tissa Attanayake, the General Secretary of Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has demanded the Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to probe the media statement given by the former international wing leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.

    Addressing a press conference in Kilinochchi on Wednesday (18) former LTTE Chief Arms Procurer slammed the leadership of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which is campaigning for the Northern Provincial Council election.

    Pathmanathan claimed that the TNA’s election manifesto for the Provincial Council elections is worse than the Vaddukoddai Resolution in 1976 and the Oslo Declaration of 2002, only with “code words to cheat the people.”

    He urged the Tamil people not listen to “old TNA lies” and to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    UNP General Secretary in his letter to the Election Commissioner said KP’s press briefing violated the election laws.

    The opposition further accused that public property was also used in this press briefing in which the parties contesting the election were heavily criticized.

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    TNA only 55%? What nonsense. Please look at the election results. AT least 75%.

    Non-Tamils don’t know HOW RACIST Tamils are.

    Trust them at your own risk. Don’t put the nation at risk.

    No offence meant but don’t EVER underestimate how racist Tamils are.

    Look at ALL the elections Tamils have voted. ALWAYS they voted for Tamil racism.

    e.g. 1947, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1977, 1982, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

    UNLESS we accept northern Tamils are racists we cannot find solutions to this problem of dividing the country.

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    The Language Policy must be clarified in Sri Lanka. If Tamil Only applies to the North, then that is wrong. Sinhela is the language of the country and English should be made the strong link language. Reasonable use of Tamil for official purposes could be allowed.

    It is pointless for all school children to learn Tamil. Tamil is a useless language for the rest of Lanka as there is absolutely no gain from it. Does Tamil Nadu offer jobs to Lankans ? NO. Does Tamil Nadu teach Sinhala language in return ? NO. Do Tamils living outside of T’Nadu learn the languages of those countries ? YES – so why not in Sri Lanka.

    Let us not get bullied by TNA false issues, Caste, Language, etc. where those conflicts lead to more serious events engulfing all of Lanka as in the past. Tamil leaders will have to conform to Development of those areas, and drop useless issues such as caving out Separate states and keeping the Northern Tamils in a state of conflict/enmity with the rest of Sri Lanka. If the TNA continues to do so, they are breaking the Law of the Land and ought to be punished according to the 6-A.

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