“This [paper] war is not winnable.”
Posted on October 29th, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.

-It does not matter if there is or is not an after-world, but

It is better not to indulge in acts of sinful nature, because

Even if there is no after-world, non-sinful acts do no harm

But, if there is an after-world, sinners are sure to suffer in Hell.-

Subhasithaya

Wigneswaran: A young woman (Sinhala-Tamil Obama) or an old witch (Tamil Separatist)?

wije29‚ Starting with Anura B, Mrs. Chandrika and RanilW, a good percentage of Sri Lankan black-whites believed and propagated the slogan, -this war is not winnable- for a long time, before the song changed to -what is called Pettigala is only a jungle,- and -Any fool can fight wars if there is money.- ‚ Few people, such as Professor Nalin de Silva, and the Buddhist monks always believed that Prabakaran was only a paper tiger.‚  As revealed from the Wikileaks, Erik Solheim disclosed that -within the power circles, there was only one person, only one soul, one warm body, Gotabhaya R, who believed that the war was winnable.- But just like that America lost the Vietnam War in the streets of Washington, D.C., Gota, who won the Prabakaran war at the battle front, is not in a position to win the Wigneswaran war at the table. The signs are on the wall that the MahindaR-Wigneswaran honeymoon is about to be over, and lawyers will begin the paper war, not for separation, but for internal self-determination within a united Sri Lanka. The funny thing (or the death trap) is that nobody other than Dayan Jayatilleke (DJ) or Jehan Perera can tell the difference, the latter an FGO (foreign a.k.a NGO) mudalali.

The GOSL lobsters are in the cool water pot on the burner, and Dayan Jayatilleke (DJ) is at his best, trying to reduce the flame to as low as possible so that no lobsters can feel hot until the point of no return, the tipping point, is reached. ‚ ‚ While Wigneswaran (W) is willing to help rehabilitate army soldiers and find them UN Peace-keeping jobs, DJ says W should be used as a good-will ambassador to win over the foreign leaders to GOSL side! W says no more violence and conflict resolution only through negotiations, DJ says W should be endowed with powers within the constitution. The philosophical or the psychological framework within which this scheme will work is also explained by W. He said during the election campaign and at the NPC inaugural session that Prabakaran was a Tamil liberator comparable to Veera Keppetipola. He, then notes, that some people liked what he said about P and some did not. W says this is because –people view situations from different perspectives.- W-â„¢s and DJ-â„¢s mission rests on this foundation rock: between two (or even three) perspectives what will the international king makers group (politicians of the world rich) accept (side with)?

The formula is very simple. W does not want anything more than what MahindaR himself has promised to Ban Ki Moon, -power devolution building upon 13-A.- Now who is going to interpret this statement? UN Security Council, World Court, Geneva UNHRC, American ambassador Ms. Sisson, Canadian PM. Jayalalitha, Karnanidhi-â„¢s daughter or Manmohan Sing or Rahul Gandhi? Unfortunately GotabhayaR will not get a seat at the table crooked politicians take part in presenting their different perspectives as W has mentioned above.

With the NPC elections, what has happened was that the ultimate decision making power on 13-A is gone out of GOSL hands. Contrary to what so many in Sri Lanka want to believe, Sri Lankan Supreme Court no longer has the ultimate say on such matters. With the Shirani Bandaranayaka episode, where she was denied the right to defend her case (as a student of law I consider she is only one of the three guilty parties), at international forums, SL Supreme Court has lost its judicial respect, other than from the constitutional law expert‚  LJM Cooray living in Australia.‚  Courts can give decisions but there has to be a power behind them to enforce the decisions. So many orders of the American Supreme Court would have had no meaning if not for the gun power of federal troops or the national guards (state level).‚  So when a dispute arises between NPC and GOSL as to which side is constitutional or more constitutional than the other side which will be based on hair-splitting arguments, known to Buddhists as Atuva, Teeka and Tippini, the power now is not with GOSL because NPC represents the wish of the Tamil people in NPC. Take the following situations:

News item 1:‚  Sri Lanka Army Commander warns against attempts to separate country

Wed, Oct 16, 2013, 09:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. Oct 16, ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake today issued ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  a stern warning to any individuals or parties that try to divide the country again.

News item 2: The New Indo-US Military Axis: Could Sri Lanka Be Decapitated?

October 17, 2013 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph, Opinion | Posted by Dayan ‚  Jayatilleka.‚ The head of the island of Sri Lanka can be separated from the body of the island by overwhelming external force. Does such a force or combination of forces exist? Who, where and ‚ ‚  what are they? Does Sri Lanka have a credible capacity for deterrence or resistance?

Both are about decapitation: Daya R, the army commander, speaks of beheading the Tamil separatists, those who go against the local democratic legal framework. Dayan J, the father of the 13-A plus, responds with a new version of the old -this war is not winnable- song, arguing the possible beheading of the mother Lanka by way of the international democracy law of R2P, separating the merged NP and EP.

Then after the first meeting of the NPC, consider the following:

‚ News item 3:

‚ Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, clearly stated that maintaining law and order in ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  the Northern Province is the responsibility of the Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran, but ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  added that the Chief Minister has no power to issue orders to the police. He said the ‚ ‚ ‚  Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R. Sampanthan, has to establish peace and ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  unity instead of making meaningless statements. Rajapaksa made these comments when ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  he met the editors of Tamil newspapers at the Defence Ministry on Wednesday ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  (10/25/2013).

News item 4:

Northern Province Chief Minister, C. V. Wigneswaran, said police and land powers will ‚ ‚  come under the purview of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), in due time, in ‚  accordance with the Constitution.

It is the duty of the Central Government to extend the necessary support and assistance to the NPC, he said, asserting that though the Central Government expects the NPC to ‚ ‚ ‚  support it, it is not prepared to devolve powers to the NPC. He made this announcement ‚ ‚ ‚  while addressing a meeting attended by representatives of the NPC, at the Rikko Hotel in ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Jaffna, yesterday (24).

The Central Government says the Provincial Council system, which is the basis for the ‚ ‚ ‚  devolution of power, should be abandoned, he pointed out, adding that the government ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  cannot escape from granting powers vested under the Constitution. “If the government is ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  taking that stance, it will be an index to the international community that the government ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  is not prepared to provide the opportunity to the minority races to progress.”

‚ Soft power path

So obviously, there is a dispute, irrespective of what the black-white advisors tell the GOSL. The dispute is not about how to get the River for Jaffna Project implemented or how to help war-widows. The dispute is about the item that should be the last in a long list of first looking after the Tamils in NP. Those -low caste- Tamils suffered for 500 years want toilets and access to water not police powers or war cemeteries. ‚ But Wigenswaran is trapped by his own mistake of using Prabakaran-â„¢s name as an election ploy so he is compelled to violate the usual way of using the -soft power- strategy: Get the target country/leader tamed first using law books (and R2P), and finish the job (for a separate country) when it/him is really cornered.‚  Or said in other words, let the cow move around until it reaches the end of the rope. Surprisingly, this was what SJVChelvanayagam preached; little now and more later. Ironically, Wigneswaran says he wants to complete the project SJVC began! As described at the end of this essay, paradoxically W has misunderstood the soft path that Dayan J has mastered so well.

Soft power is the use of democracy, the other side of democracy that destroyed Detroit (DDD), to achieve global politicians-â„¢ goals.‚  ‚ ‚ The American professor Joseph Nye promoted this strategy which is less costly than the hard power of using military means which can cost young American lives. ‚ After all the needed prerequisites are achieved by using soft power, may be some hard power have to be used as if removing a shaky tooth. Soft power is an ideal strategy when there are locals in support of the goal to be achieved by using it. For example, Dayan Jayatilleke has been a fan of this method, which he is realizing inch by inch with regard to his 13-A plus plan.‚  So he advices Wigneswaran to work with MahindaR, do not disturb the apple cart and be the tortoise in a race with a hare.‚  This is why Dayan is worried that Manmohan Singh-â„¢s boycotting of CHOGM is not a good idea in promoting the soft power path with regard to 13-A based NPC. He was writing in the Hindu newspaper thanking India for getting an election under 13-A in NPC and wants India to continue the soft power path. Already under this path India has an embassy in Jaffna. Earlier, in 1987 India got from JRJ, power over Trinco area thus overriding the sovereignty GOSL. It was in 1957 that SWRD removed British control over the Trinco harbor.

In is thus clear that this soft power is really not a soft power, but power with guns hidden as a final threat, if and when needed to achieve aims of the powerful countries in the world. In the case of Sri Lanka, in the past, this soft power idea took the form of a slogan, -this war is not winnable.- It was a psychological power to break the morale of the soldiers and the people supporting the war. Dayan J is using this same strategy now when he says that there is a northern foursome (uthuru satara) which can become fearsome four (uthuru saturu), (Ref. HLD Mahindapala), if MahindaR does not follow the path lay open under the soft power plan. The northern four are: Jaffnaƒ Tamil Nadƒ Indiaƒ UK-USA. Dayan warns India that there is a China-Pakistan twosome which can become a threesome with Sri Lanka, if India does not come to CHOGM and does not continue to follow the soft power path which is working so well so far, in getting MahindaR inside a tunnel.

Reasonableness doctrine

To do justice to Tamils there was no need for a 13-A. But the black-white politicians in Sri Lanka at least from the days of Dudely Senanayaka in the 1960s, Mrs. B in the 1970s this was no done. They did not act reasonably. ‚ After May 19, 2009, MahindaR did not use the power he had to abolish 13-A, because he did not want to get rid of the eight PCs in the south (If that was not the case, then we have to think that India forced him not to touch 13-A). These PCs have been a gold mine for southern politicians. It was the reverse of what JRJ did in 1987. JRJ thought he could derail Rajiv-Dixit N-E PC by creating seven other PCs. MahindaR thought by having a NPC election he can save the racket called the PC system. NPC has become a completely different kind of animal. It will be an albatross on the GOSL neck. The reason is, whether Wigneswaran-â„¢s demands are reasonable or not will be decided at a forum outside Sri Lanka.

At such a forum, unlike the previous Thimpu or Oslo meeting, Wigneswaran is sure to get India, USA and UK solidly behind him because of the fluidity of the reasonableness doctrine. Since Tamils in NP voted for his election manifesto his demands (1) police and land powers should be given to NPC (2) army should be removed from NP and (3) NP should have Tamil (not Tamil-speaking) policemen are well within the internal self-determination the entire world had been talking about since Lenin, Stalin and Roosevelt-â„¢s times. Vasudeva, Tissa Vitharana, Dew Gunasekera, Rajitha Senaratne, Dilan Perera and the UNP are also hundred percent behind it. Take for example, the local government unit at Chavakachcheri decided. It wants Prabakaran cemeteries restored. Since W says P is a Tamil liberator comparable to Veera Keppetipola how could GOSL oppose this? As W says it is the perspective: army says P is a cruel terrorist who killed more Tamils than the army. W and the Chavakachcheri local govt. unit say P is a martyr. What side the world forum will take if this dispute goes to it for a decision. Who will decide who is reasonable and what demand is reasonable? W or Dayan J could very well cite Tissa Vitharana-â„¢s APRC majority report (which had even a husband-wife team), which proposed a Tamil police man in each Sinhala village to protect Tamils in the south as justification for the third demand! And what if all NP local govt. units pass such resolutions? This is going to be a real tiger-â„¢s tail for the GOSL which will make Hasalaka Hero-â„¢s mother cry again.

The coming clash on Wigneswaran (W) and IGP can be compared to the clash between Sir D. B. Jayatilleke as Home Minister and the then IGP in the 1940s.‚  It was a domestic clash settled domestically.‚  The present clash is domestic but will be settled internationally, may be even by the white members of CHOGM.‚  Why W is impatiently creating a police issue, violating the order that soft path agents normally follow, can be explained from the paragraphs below from an essay I wrote in June 2009:

Tamil Nad police and IPKF (Island 22/6/2009)

Quoted below is a rare example of how a hostile provincial police can sabotage a larger ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  national plan, whether the plan is reasonable or not. One can imagine how grave the ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  situation will become in the case of Sri Lanka considering the fact that there will always ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  be separatist-minded Tamil elements in Colombo, Killinochchi, and Tamil Nadu, helped ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  with the money from the LTTE government in exile. There will also be a set of white politicians from the UK, the EU, Norway, Canada and the US helping them separately, ‚ ‚ ‚  jointly or using UN agencies as a veil. These politicians are not Mother Theresas ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  overflowing with humanitarian love for the Tamil IDPs but scheming persons who want to ‚  tap the Tamil block vote to win their local elections. Humiliation they are now suffering at ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  the hands of the Sri Lankan government by way of deportation etc. would therefore not ‚ ‚  stop their political behaviour.

“-¦The decision to wage a war against the LTTE was not an easy one for Rajiv Gandhi. Nor ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  was he oblivious to the cruel irony in being forced to crush the very elements he and ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Indira had nurtured with care and money-¦Rajiv could abandon neither the Tamils nor ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  could he support its chief representative, i. e. the LTTE-¦

-¦Confrontation with the LTTE had followed from the need to maintain relational control ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  and to restore balance of forces between the various actors in Indo-Lanka relations. That ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  the balance was in danger is clear from the account of the IPKF operations by Field ‚ ‚ ‚  Commander Sardeshpande:

-ËœWe gathered credible intelligence through smugglers, boatmen-¦ about exact bungalows, ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  lanes, hospitals, beds, towns, cities and helpers of the LTTE cadres, convalescing Tigers, ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  gunrunners and manufacturers of explosive devices and grenades and gave it to the Tamil ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Nadu police, only to be told that there were no such individuals and no such activities! ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  We told them that the LTTE cadres after enjoying India-â„¢s shelter and medical treatment ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  were returning to Sri Lanka and killing IPKF soldiers-¦ All this made no impression on the ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Tamil Nadu government and the police-¦.This was the tragicomedy played out on our own ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  country.-â„¢

-¦Facing an impasse in Tamil Nadu and fearing its deleterious impact on the IPKF role in ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Sri Lanka, the Central Government on January 1988 imposed President-â„¢s Rule in the ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  state.”

From Ethnicity, security and separatism in India by Maya Chadda, 1997, p. 169

Follow the advice given in the Subhasithaya

Wigneswaran is on record in telling that the Northern Spring of Minister Basil was just a show using foreign donations. He did not give any recognition to the welfare work done by the army. Therefore, inviting W to a cabinet meeting on a monthly basis will not be like using a tame elephant to catch or trap a wild one. The other plan of appointing District ministers will be an international disaster with regard to the virginity of the 13-A. Instead of the Divi Neguma Law, a bureaucratic monster, GOSL should have extended the highly successful Gami Diriya program to NP, EP and to the entire country. The Gami Diriya removed the politician and the officer from decision-making by people at village level.‚  If this was introduced to the Jaffna or Kilinochchi Tamils they would have felt empowered as recommended by the LLRC report. Instead a false start of a Jana Sabha idea came and gone with a new Jana Sabha director general-â„¢s office in Colombo.

Sri Lanka does not have a Tamil racial problem. Sri Lanka has a spatial inequity problem. Not just Tamils, but all ethnic groups have socio-economic issues due to unequal distribution of resources and opportunities. Only about 10% of the people are enjoying the benefits of JRJ-â„¢s economic liberalization and the Mahinda Chinthanaya. Tamils in Sri Lanka has more rights than Tamils in Tamil Nadu or any other part in the world. ‚ After all the corrections/adjustments made, if complaints are continuing that means a group of Tamils who fight for a separate Tamil country on the world map thinks that Sri Lanka with its useless Sinhala politicians is an easy target for their plan. It is funny that in the Tamil source region, Tamil Nadu political jokers cannot talk about a separate Tamil country in India and they want to begin it first in Sri Lanka.

It is clear that a Vessantara path of putting all the eggs in the Wigneswaran basket with repeated presidential photo opportunities (with W attending a monthly cabinet meeting in Colombo) will not work. By putting the (police) cart before the horse W has provided a golden opportunity for ManindaR to not become a modern Siri Sanagabo. If W-â„¢s aim is a genuine Sinhala-Tamil marriage just like his two sons did he would not have begun what the Sinhala villagers say, pudana kotama kaapi yakaa (the devil swallowed the offering before the offering was even complete) path of confrontation. May be he thought to get it settled via CHOGM and therefore, ignored DayanJ advice of slow and slower inching, not what Dayan-â„¢s friend Vartharaja Perumal did. The soft path is such a cheating strategy, but by haste, W now stands as bad or as good as Vartharaja.

This is why MahindaR needs to consider, ignoring his black-white advisors, the demarcation of GSN units on hydrology-ecology-geography basis and create seven river basin regions in Sri Lanka. All over the -developed- world, due to environmental degradation that took place because of -development,- countries use natural boundary lines to demarcate their civil -administrative units. In New Zealand all local government units are based on river basin boundaries. Under seven river basins plan, each region will have a sea front. The nine-province division is an anachronism, a colonial device that began in 1832 to control the power of Kandyan chieftains after the 1818 Rebellion.‚  Ecological, environmental and geographical reasons require creating civil administration units to meet with the challenges of global warming and environmental degradation.

From what one hears on a daily basis of the inefficient and ineffective handling of basic daily affairs of people-”garbage disposal, water pollution, air pollution, forest removal, landslides, flooding, drought, farmers unable to sell produce, kidney failure, no schools, schools without toilets or water well, Dengue, prison congestion, road accidents, tuition mania, polluted fruits and vegetables, treasure hunting, sex crimes and other crimes, the big fish eating the small fish mentality-”it is very clear that the present model of governance that JRJ created is not working and a Sri Lankan Panchayathi system needs to be introduced sooner than later. Politicians ruined Sri Lanka and a GSN-level peoples committees, elected on non-political party basis should be empowered to handle most of the issues mentioned above.

If at least the nine-province system is removed and Tamil and Sinhala made a mandatory subject for school children then MahindaR will be following the Subahsithya advice and thus prove that the Sinhala Buddhist voters dowry he received from the late Ven Gangodavila Soma was not like the dowry Esmond Wickremasinghe received from the late D. R. Wijewardena or the dowry JRJ received from his wife which helped in his siblings education. Otherwise, we will have Wigneswaran with his beggar-â„¢s wound (of deceiving Jaffna Tamils of their socio-economic progress) that he cannot deliver because he has no police powers and GOSL with the old beggar-â„¢s wound in a new dress as W is a either a victim of the Tamil diaspora or an agent of the West.

If what has happened in Sri Lanka with Sinhala politicians had happened in any other place in the world, that place would have been shattered in to pieces. Sri Lanka has divine protection. Prabakaran could have got his Eelam if not for the fact that those gods who protect Sri Lanka made him go lunatic. On human scale, it is also clear that despite all the stupid things done by JRJ he saved Sri Lanka from breaking.‚  By accepting a race care-driving boy PM-â„¢s dictates he prevented Indian occupation of N-E provinces and creating the background for a Kosovo plan. He was like a bamboo tree bending and thus avoided uprooting by a cyclone. Similarly, MahindaR is trying an Indian Damanaya holding NPC elections and taking photos with W, giving a chance for W to be a Sri Lankan leader and not another Vartharaja.‚  Whatever role W is going to play, by implementing an ecology-based division of Sri Lanka MahindaR is in a position to do justice to Tamils in NP and to the Sinhalese in the south by removing their fears of a monster called Tamil separatism.

Seven River Basins

  1. Yalpanam
  2. Raja Rata
  3. Dambadeni
  4. Mahaveli
  5. Deegavaapi
  6. Kelani
  7. Ruhunu

 

(Compare this map with the nine-province

map which cuts all major rivers into artificial

pieces).

‚ wije292

 

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24 Responses to ““This [paper] war is not winnable.””

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    No. Lets not look how else we can split the country for whatever purpose. No need.

    Just let it be a unitary country. No imaginary boundaries anymore. These imaginary boundaries become REAL for some people after a while.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    I agree with Lorenzo, Our problem is not river basin related; it is political. No need to redraw boundaries to empower another set of parasites.

    DISMANTLE all Sub-National Political boundaries, revert to Districts administered by Government Agents as in the Colonial era, supplemented by Municipal and Village councils to ease administration of population centers.

    One National Government Bureaucracy is ENOUGH for TINY Sri Lanka. DO NOT IMPOSE Multiple Layers of Parasitic Separation-Prone Bureaucracies to BURDEN our long suffering people barely able to keep body and soul together.

    It is not by accident that 26% of Sri Lankan workers slave in foreign countries to support their families in Sri Lanka. They cannot earn enough in Sri Lanka to support multiple layers of bureaucratic parasites. Let us not BURDEN these harassed citizens with more useless parasites, or SRi Lanka will become a wasteland without citizens!

  3. jayasiri Says:

    Dear Dr. Wijeyawikrama…….With your legal expertise & very analytucal paper, IS HE RAJAPAKSHA a man who can be CONVINCED & driven in your direction.

    That is the most important question HOW TO CONVINCE MR to start dismantling 13, 13-A or whatever so that SUCH awful nightmares could NOT happen to our Motherland. We all have good intentions, BUT without COHESIVE action by the citizenery, our leaders will NOT LISTEN or ACT.

    Whether Vasudeva Nanyakara likes or not, WE MUST get rid of 13 amendment in its all forms. More we talk, but do not act, is ONE WAY of giving our power to others, be it Tamils, Mulims or to Foreign powers.

    So I feel learned people like you must gather other experts, thinkers of your calibre and INSIST UPON HE Rajapakshe to act. For CHOGM to happen MR did so many things, sometimes unpallatable to most Sri Lankans, BUT most expect something good will come out of this gathering. AT LEAST it will show foregn participants, that LTTE & TAMIL DIASPORA are propgating lies, to get more benfits for a mere 4.5% of Tamils in Lanka.

    If a Tamil emigrating France, Germany or anyother non- english speaking country,TAMILS have to learn that language. WHY NOT ISIST UPON TAMILS TO Learn Sinhales and be part of the society. IF NOT they should go to TN where ther own kith & kin live.

    AS such no sooner the CHOGM is over, it is time to get HE Rajapaksha to act. Never worry about India or other internationals say or do. THIS IS OUR COUNTRY NOT THEIRS…I hope you would do your utmost to start the ball rolling to get this amendment abolished.

    Thank you all…….as usual babbling away from far.. Hoping somone will listen……J

  4. Nanda Says:

    Agree with Lorenzo.
    DO NOT THINK ON THE LINE OF EVEN RUHUNU- MAYA- PIHITY let alone 7 provinces. Nonsense !
    Too many political bandits(ministers) ! It is like “Kleisa Maara Sena” (forces of defilements) !

    Wijeya Ayya got it wrong anyway , this time, but I agree with his basic wisdom at least recognising dangerous trends.

    Firstly, before Subhashitaya, you quote is from the greatest Indian every , the Gautham Buddha. Buddha said this in reply to a question from someone.

    I suppose , Stanley Ayya’s approach is the best – ignore the fool “dogs bark mountains do not shake”. Instead of one governor , give him 2 govenors ( i.e. 1 district bandit + Chandrasiri)

  5. mario_perera Says:

    “No. Lets not look how else we can split the country for whatever purpose. No need. Just let it be a unitary country. No imaginary boundaries anymore.”

    This is the top line and the bottom line as well as all the lines that come in between.

    It is said that no work is done until the paper work is over. The work was done when the war ended and the secessionist dream was shattered and sundered on the battle field. The paper work must only be the confirmation and ratification of what was achieved on the battle-field with enough blood shed to drench the land for ever. The country was unified through blood. It is contradictory to state that the war was winnable on the battle-field and not on paper.

    The paper work should not, nay CANNOT go over and beyond the determination of the battle field. The battle-field victory cut the rope of the secessionist endeavour and that rope has to stay cut. It cannot be mended with paper work.

    Enough has been said and enough has been written on the issue. The chewing of the cud cannot go on for ever. It all broils down to the hesitancy of the man at the top. Let us face the fact: the man at the top is AFRAID. It is feat that rules his thoughts, it is fear that rules his actions.

    Look here Man, if you are afraid and cannot ratify the war victory with a stroke of your pen (it is all about 13A), then leave your seat and hand it to one who can.

    Mario Perera
    Kadawata

  6. Nanda Says:

    “Let us face the fact: the man at the top is AFRAID. It is feat that rules his thoughts, it is fear that rules his actions.”

    FEAR is a defilement. Root of fear is Thanha or greed. This man’s greed never ends.

    Look Man, you earned a good name , an enormous wealth and the best job in the country. You are going to die after another 10 years. Don’t die like JR died or Premadasa died. Go against the greed NOW. Do some important work for the country. Scrap 13A, stop PAGA forever , sack all PCs and RUN THE COUNTRY NOW !
    IT IS NOW OR NEVER ! Death approaching fast. BE a MAN and show the world the FEARLESNESS OF THE SINHAL BUDDHIST.

  7. aloy Says:

    The number of people (tamil) against Sinhalas may be only 4.5% of total population of the country. Look at the number of anti Sinhala papers published in our country!. I reach LankaWeb through another website called “infolanka” It says it is the gateway to SL. Open it up and go to newsroom. The number of anti Sinhala articles starting fro DBS collums is about 90%. Why do we have even to look at the tittles of these trash. Will this happen in any other country. The people who write these are mostly NGO kakkas. Shouldn’t they send the actual white vans after them so that we can live peacefully.
    As for the terrorism whether it is tamil or something else, given the backing our forces will finish them anytime. What is needed is the good leader shipin the army. SF was one who could do it. (I do not know what happened to him to go against the main stream). Let any other commander also act like him in the battle field.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Mr Wijewickrema’s well analyzed article begs the question : Just what is Mr Wigneswaran after, if it is not setting the stage for Separatism ? At present, he needs funds & other forms of support from the GoSL, to strengthen the North. He is playing to both sides at present. Can’t help but feel that he is really running with Tamil nationhood via Lanka. That was the old ‘dream theme’ of Tamil Nadu leaders, stamped out by PM Nehru with anti-Separatist laws in India (1962).

    There are a few points, if implemented, can better serve Lanka’s present day needs. They are :

    * As Ananda-USA emphasizes here, let us have the DISTRICT as our unit of governance, with a Govt. Agent in each district. I add that the grass roots movements of each District for daily needs of People, should be further empowered and answerable to the GA.

    * Re Language : In Sri Lanka, Sinhela must be the main language, with English as a LINK language. None of the states in India adjoining Tamil Nadu (Kerala, Karnataka & Andrapradesh) give the Tamil language any significant place in their use of language. This is a defense action by these states. Sri Lanka must do the same, as we are unfortunately close to Tamil Nadu. Language will only link Sri Lanka more and more to backward Tamil Nadu. TN does not offer a single job for any Tamil speaking person of Lanka. In fact, they are just waiting to off load poor caste ridden Tamils from TN into Lanka.

    TN may get nuclear energy, but will still have 11 Million Tamils classified under the Scheduled Caste category, plus 95,000 ‘night soil carriers’ designated by Caste. Lanka is asking for trouble if Tamil language is enhanced here. We have enough trouble with TN “Kallathonis” who just follow the orders of the TNA types. Sri Lanka is not the stepping stone for Tamil “Kallathonis” to lose caste.

    The language issue should be sorted out once and for all in Lanka. The Tamil Language enhancement will only tie up Sri Lanka with socially backward Tamil Nadu (Lanka will be a mere appendage of TN), with re-imposition of the Caste system in the North and spread to rest of Lanka. Watch it, Lanka leaders that are “lobsters in the pot of yet cool water” !

    * Due to above reasons, remove the 13-A and also promote a National Govt.

    * An Oath of Allegiance to Lanka taken by one and all, will help.

  9. Indrajith Says:

    Today’s Daily Mirror reported that NPC CM Vigneswaran developed a heart pain immediately after having a meeting with US ambassador M.S. in Jaffna and admitted to hospital for a checkup.

    See, they’ve already started work! Coming colour is not good!!!

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    I wrote this in response to a Fran Diaz, elsewhere in LankaWeb.com:

    ……………………………

    1. As long as learning ALL Three Languages (Sinhala, Tamil and English) is Compulsory … it is fair and will lend itself to INTEGRATING the TWO major language groups in Sri Lanka.

    Knowledge of Tamil will make it easier for Sinhala people to keep tabs on the Eelamsts and settle and live in the North and East. On the other hand, Tamils will be forced to learn Sinhalese … and prove proficiency for example through National exams (GCE O/L) …. so it will breakdown the insularity and isolation of the Northern Tamils that is the cause of much continuing Eelamist sentiment. But, if Sinhala people are forced to learn Tamil, we must force Tamil people to learn Sinhala as well … what is good for the goose, must be good for the gander as well.

    The ludricrous nature of this whole issue is that a 80% Sinhala-speaking majority is having to accord the same status to an at most 20% Tamil-speaking minority (Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils and Moslem Tamil speakers), just to preserve the peace and integrity of Sri Lanka, due to a conflict created by at most 3% of the Tamil speakers!

    If it were not for the fact that Sinhala people must be able to effectively confront Tamil Nadu for ETERNITY, I would rather learn to speak HINDI …. linguistically related to Sinhala … that is the National Language of India. If there is any other language I would want Sinhalese to learn well … it is CHINESE … the Global Language of the future.

    The downside of requiring Sinhala people to learn Tamil is that … will they forget and lose Sinhala proficiency given the veritable flood of Tamil films and other media ….. streaming in from Tamil Nadu?

    2. On the subject of using Districts as administrative units, it is ESSENTIAL that their administrations are NOT LOCALLY ELECTED, but are DIRECTLY administered by the ELECTED National Government through APPOINTED Governments Agents, because the National Government represents the will of ALL citizens of Sri Lanka, while an Elected District Administration would represent the will only of its local constituency. If Local Elections are allowed to determine the administration …. we would again be back to SQUARE ONE … separatism by collaboration of some of the Elected District Administrations.

    Election of Members of Parliament to the National Government is a NECESSARY & SUFFICIENT means of allowing people to exercise their Universal Franchise as citizens through Elections conducted in the Nation as a whole, and not part by part in large regional units.

    It may be a good thing to pass a new law assigning some limited power to each these Members of Parliament so that can bring benefits to their communities from their participation in the National Parliament, rather than merely through supporting their parties in the Parliament. Currently, they are lobbyists and lotus eaters paid by the tax payer. It would not be a bad thing thing to actually put these buggers to work, and deliver a benefit to the people of their constituencies in return for paying their salaries.

    Recently, the GOSL under MR’s leadership, has already taken some steps to implement a District based System of Governance presumably as an ALTERNATIVE to the Provincial Council System. The problem is that Provinces are much bigger administrative units than Districts, and their control by anti-national elements presents a threat to the TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY of the Nation, and ADMINISTRATIVECONTROL by the National Government.

    Among these steps, is the appointment of a “District Minister” to each District. The term “Minister” sounds grander than “Government Agent” but by definition it is the same thing in that he is NOT DIRECTLY ELECTED by the People, but is APPOINTED by the ELECTED National Government.

    All of this may augur GOOD NEWS for us Patriots now incurably unhappy about the 13th Amendment and the rise of an Eelamist Controlled Northern Provincial Government that every day acquires more of the trappings of the recently defeated “LTTE Government” in the Wanni.

    It may, in fact, signal the REVOCATION of the 13th Amendment and the DISMANTLING of the Provincial Council System in the near future, and its REPLACEMENT by a GOSL controlled District System of Governance. Let us HOPE & PRAY that becomes a REALITY very soon!

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ananda – USA,

    Apart from the Sinhela language as a must, any language, including Tamil could be learnt by those who want to do so. It should never be compulsory to learn Tamil. As Sri Lanka is a small country, we could get inundated with Tamil literature and culture if Tamil is made compulsory here. Tamil language will bring with it all the cultural baggage of Caste and the pantheon of mini-gods. Where will this lead Sri Lanka – perhaps back to the 2 century BC .

    The onus is on Tamil people to integrate into mainstream life in Lanka. the onus is NOT on the majority of people Sinhela and others to integrate with Tamil language and culture. Tamil folk have lived with us for many centuries and educated themselves free of charge without the Sinhela folk learning Tamil. Tamils themselves will prefer to learn English, and so will the Sinhela folk. They can communicate in English. Those in charge of intel work in Lanka can learn Tamil too, or whatever job necessitates learning of Tamil. We are sliding down a slippery slope here if we do not watch it, as with Tamil illegal migrants. It is always the Sinhela people who lose out in their own country.

    When we go abroad, the onus is on us to communicate in the languages of those countries. Tamils abroad learn the languages of those countries they live in now. All the facts show that Tamils of Lanka have to integrate into mainstream life here.

    People of Gt Britain faced invasions by France continuously, but did they end up learning French ? No. It is the same in Sri Lanka – we do not need to learn Tamil. We need to learn English.

    I agree with you that the District Minister (who ought to be an SLAS qualified person), must be an appointee of the GoSL.

  12. Fran Diaz Says:

    Tamils do not integrate at present due to :

    (1) They may be illegal migrants and do not want to be found out.

    (2) They feel a sense of guilt for having brought dissent and war into Lanka and do not wish to convey this guilt.

    (3) Tamil leaders keep ordinary Tamils separated from mainstream life.

    (4) The Caste structure though not recognized at administrative levels in Lanka, also keeps them in tighter groups than
    groups in other communities.

    Given time they will integrate into mainstream life here. Let us not make more mistakes trying to hasten the process.

  13. Nanda Says:

    “Apart from the Sinhela language as a must, any language, …………………………..Where will this lead Sri Lanka – perhaps back to the 2 century BC .”

    A golden statement !
    Be practical , furthermore, it is not a pleasant language to listen to a human ear of any race except Tamil !

    However, there is no necessity to get integrated ! Look at Wellawatte ! People who go to Wellawatte have to get integrated to the culture there ! Same in Jaffna, Same in Passekuda !

    This is why it is imperative to enforce the majority rule in every corner !

    You go to Serangoon Road ( Little Endia) in Singapore you can eat Thosai every day , but you cannot keep jay walking like an Endian , you will get caught and fined $1000 one day !

  14. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    NANDA !!!

    Re- your input starting with ” Let us face the fact ” YOU HAVE PUT ALL OUR THOUGHTS, INTO A NUT-SHELL.

    All of us deliberating about what is happening in the beautiful Sri Lanka, leads to the crux of the matter expressed by you.
    Please let me be very open. ~~THE MAN AT THE TOP IS AFRAID. Yes, The man at the top is HE The President, MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE. Here is a man who had tremendous International Clout, a man who saved the Sri Lanka Nation~~~Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all other communities, from a Murderous Tamil Maniac, whom the Tamil Bearded Scoundrel of the North, calls a HERO.

    Root of the FEAR is THANHA or GREED. Absolutely. ” This mans (Presidents) Greed Never ends ” Absolutely.
    Now, let us express openly, why “THIS MAN” did not SCRAP the 13th Ammendment. It constitutes the Provincial Councils. The people who run the PCs are all his friends, relations, his wife’s friends, relations, his sons’ friends, relations, and their friends and relations. There is also a motley crowd of criminals, thugs, rapists, who have benefited from the aforesaid people mentioned. This is why he did not scrap the 13th A. He actually caught the TIGERS TAIL, and he cannot let it go. We are in a dream world, if we think that HE will scrap the 13A or the Provincial Councils. HE, WILL NEVER SCRAP THE PROVINCIAL COUNCILS, PERIOD.

    “THIS MAN” HE, can be equated to the Nero who is fiddling, while Rome is burning. If HE, does not take that little advice you have given in those few lines, believe me, HE, will ruin the the Sinhalese Buddhist Sri Lankan Nation within a short period of time.

    THIS MANS FEAR, to act without fear or fervor, brought a Deadly Black Mamba to his door step. His inaction, gave the Tamil LTTE Proxy, TNA to now dictate to him how to run the Administration of the Country, and it is a matter of time that the Black (bearded) Mamba will lovingly give him the KISS OF DEATH.

    Iam very sad for the Sinhalese Buddhists, of the Tri Forces, and the Police who sacrificed Life and limb, to give THIS MAN the stepping stone, to dash their hopes of a PEACEFUL SRI LANKA.
    No malice, but this is the truth.

  15. Nanda Says:

    Susantha,
    “Let us face the fact: the man at the top is AFRAID. It is feat that rules his thoughts, it is fear that rules his actions.”
    is not my statement, I was quoting it from Mario and endorsing it !

  16. Nanda Says:

    Susantha,
    Personally, I am not too worried about TNA and Tamils. They are everywhere in the world ( look at the map) and do they make a difference ?
    big NOOOO.
    It is our country, our nation, our heritage that we should protect ! We too are in fact all over the world now but we are making big changes in the western world ! What difference ? See the way the ordinary westerners embrace Buddhist values gradually.

    It is Mahinda’s duty to clean our land! Even now he can do it ! Just cut- off the big “Humbaha”( snake house ) where snakes are hiding !
    Sri Lanka did not survive being friendly with Evil- Endia . We survived fighting them ! Buddha fought the whole Endia and won !
    One simple statement is enough.
    Restore law and order in my country. Cannot do it being friendly with Endia. Scrap 13A as the 1st step.

  17. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    NANDA ! Thanks for the correction. Sorry I did not see that it was Marios. Nevertheless, Mario needs a Bravo, for shooting it out, fearlessly.

  18. Lorenzo Says:

    Fran,

    “Given time they will integrate into mainstream life here.”

    This is a very NAIVE assumption. It will NOT happen. The OPPOSITTE is happening.

    In Colombo Tamils instead of integrating have put up TAMIL ONLY GHETTOS!!

    This is the future of SL.

    If SL REALLY wants to integrate Tamils, make Sinhala the ONLY language (plus English)

    Otherwise FORGET about integration.

    As long as Tamil remains a national language, there will ALWAYS be a PARALLEL nationhood of Tamils.

    Learn from USA, Malaysia, UK, Australia, France, Russia, Japan, China, VERY VERY stable countries when it comes to seperatism.

    IF Sinhala is the ONLY national langauge Tamils in SL will become DIFFERENT to Tamil Madu Tamils!! Soon they will NOT recognize each other!! Tamil Nadu Tamils will DROP SL Tamils for speaking in Sinhala.

    Since TN Tamils can’t speak Sinhala they will not illegally migrate to SL.

    This is the way to go.

    Lets not fall into the trap of “hitha honda gaani emathaama budding” AGAIN AND AGAIN. Do the RIGHT thing NOT the GOOD thing.

  19. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    NANDA !! Yes, “Restore Law and Order in my country ” I fully agree with you, but how ?

    The Police is not clean. They have to be untouchables to effect the Law. Politicians, thugs, are treating the Police as their servants. People assault Police Officers There are Police Officers who salute thugs. there are Police Higher ups making subordinates kneel, like PS Chairman making Principal or Teacher kneel. Ministers siblings intimidate the Police Higher ups, and the Police are servile to them. So it is the Head of the Country that has to give a start. He cannot do it because it is his own people who are the villains. So, where do we start.

    PRESIDENT has to make a solemn proclamation in public, and gazette it, that no one in this country, will ever interfere with the Police, including all politicians, Ministers, his friends siblings and relations. The Police Force should be equally warned that any Police Officer acting out of the POLICE CODE, if found guilty will be sent home without any rights to any pensions. The IGP has to be clearly instructed. There has to be grit in the proclamation.

    Can this be made to happen ? I DOUBT IT.

  20. Fran Diaz Says:

    Folks, easier said than done.

    Progress slowly and carefully, one step at a time. Events are unfolding. The Universe moves with/toward Truth, and ‘Truth wins’ says the Indian flag.

  21. Nanda Says:

    Indian flag ! Are you sure “Truth Wins” ? It should be “Rape Wins”.

    I believe just 1 proper MAN can do it. Yes it could be slow initially but when the top is steady, it can happen.

    At the moment “TOP” is drunk.

  22. Ananda-USA Says:

    Fran Diaz,

    You made many good comments in response to my post on the Tri-Lingual Policy, and they are worthy of serious consideration. I have the SOME OF THE SAME fears you expressed, to wit:

    1. “As Sri Lanka is a small country, we could get inundated with Tamil literature and culture if Tamil is made compulsory here. Tamil language will bring with it all the cultural baggage of Caste and the pantheon of mini-gods.”

    Indeed, the TOLERANT Sinhala-Buddhist culture has led to the elimination of many inequities related to Caste, Sex, Race, Religion, and Wealth as a significant factor in the eyes of the law in Sri Lanka in strak contradt to the situation in INdia which gained independence one year BEFORE SRi Lanka. To this day, equity in India is FAR BELOW that enjoyed by ALL Sri Lankan citizens.

    It is the Sinhala-Buddhist culture that is responsible for the social progress in Sri Lanka compared to India. IN the past, I have written EXTENSIVELY about this in the past, and I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY with your statements.

    In Sri Lanka, this has led to compulsory education of ALL citizens to a literacy comparable to that of many Western nations, unhindered access to places of worship, advancement of women in the workplace and in the home with rights equal to those of men, labor laws that are a model for the developing world, basic healthcare for all, widespread land ownership with fairs laws that protect both the tenants and the landlords with limitations placed on the amount of land that can be owned and monopolized by rich individuals, equal unhindered access to public resources such as water, land, beaches, and public parks, and equal availability of transportation, electricity and employment without regard to social class. ALL of these arise from the Sinhala Buddhist mindset … devoid of discriminatory attitudes embedded deep in the caste-ridden Tamil Hindu culture which is fighting very hard rear guard action in India in general, and Tamil Nadu in particular … to preserve the privileges of casye and social class.

    So, I agree with you that the Sinhala-Buddhist culture of Sri Lanka, that has led to this RAPID social progress since independence, MUST BE PRESERVED and not allowed to be diluted and undermined by any Caste-Ridden Intolerant minority cultures.

    My support for the Tri-Lingual Policy arose from the BELIEF that the tolerance of the Sinhala-Buddhist culture would, in time, remain dominant, and rub-off on the Tamil people of the North, especially if Sinhala people also settle in the North, and get them to accept the benefits of tolerant non-communal behavior, just as most old Colombo Tamils had done in the past, before the massive migration of Northern Tamils to Colombo took place in the war years.

    Most Tamils I had associated with during my youth in Sri Lanka, among them, personal friends, fellow students, close neighbors, local businessmen and professionals, were no different from the Sinhalese in their tolerant outlook.

    On the other hand, I admit that many Tamils from the North I got to know at Peradeniya Campus were not so friendly and remained largely separate and isolated, while Colombo Tamils mixed with us freely. I really don’t know what the war years had done to the psyche and outlook of both isolated Northerners brainwashed by the LTTE, those Northern Tamils who found fled the Tamil Saviours and sought refuge in the South, and the old Colombo Tamils who were our friends.

    Perhaps, ALL Tamils have changed for the worse to different degrees, but I know that when I meet my old Tamil friends, nothing seems to have changed.

    In a sense, it is like using tame elephants to train captured wild elephants … the risk of tame elephants being gored by the wild elephants is always there. If the belief … in the judgement of most People and Leaders of Sri Lanka … that the TRi-Lingual Policy is UNWORKABLE & FRAUGHT with UNACCEPTABLE level of Danger for Sri Lanka, then the Tri-Lingual Policy should be ABANDONED.

    2. “The onus is on Tamil people to integrate into mainstream life in Lanka. the onus is NOT on the majority of people Sinhela and others to integrate with Tamil language and culture. ”

    ” When we go abroad, the onus is on us to communicate in the languages of those countries. Tamils abroad learn the languages of those countries they live in now. All the facts show that Tamils of Lanka have to integrate into mainstream life here. ”

    This is also CLEARLY true. Small minorities MUST ADAPT to the society as determined by the majority community, largely ADOPTING the rules of the larger society. In any other Western country if they were to make the demands they make in Sri Lanka, they would soon be either deported, imprisoned or killed.

    Long ago non-Romans obeyed the dictum “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” in recognition of the REALITY that for any minority to win acceptance and survive, they must adapt to and adopt the customs of the larger society, or they will never succeed. That WAS COMMON SENSE THEN, and IS COMMON SENSE NOW.

    So, we might ask, why if Sri Lankan Tamils in Diaspora can adapt to the culture of these countries hosting them, why they cannot adapt to life in Sinhala-Buddhist majority Sri Lanka?

    CLEARLY the REASON is quite simple: The presence of 60 million+ racist vociferous militant Tamils across the Palk Strait encourages them to believe that they can carve out a state of their own in Sri Lanka in which they can be the majority, and UNITE with Tamil Nadu at some future date, and that Sri Lanka can be somehow terrorized and cowed into accepting it.

    That is the CENTRAL REALITY of the Eelamist Mindset and BELIEF that we have to CONFRONT HEAD ON leaving NO HOPE that it can EVER BE ACHIEVED. As Lorenzo intones …. LEAVE THEM HOPELESS!

    That is why the 13th Amendment should be REVOKED, the Provincial Council System DISMANTLED, and every attempt to carve out a Racist Apartheid Tamils-only Region or Local Government within Sri Lanka should be CONFRONTED head-on, and PREVENTED from ever becoming a reality.

    If such a Tamil-dominated regional administration is EVER created in Sri Lanka, it will be a DEATH sentence for the Sinhalese as a Sovereign People.

    Then, ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS; IT TOLLS FOR US!

  23. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dear Nanda,

    ‘Truth wins’ however long it takes. Look at WW II. Hitler was winning every war and expanding. Even remote Japan thought he was winning and paid dearly for thinking so. It is the same every country, not only with Indian problems. It may take long, but Truth wins.

    ———-

    What did the Buddha mean when he said : “Truth is WITHIN YOU” ?

  24. Fran Diaz Says:

    read as ‘It is the same with every country …”

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