Sri Lanka’s future & voter fault lines
Posted on August 3rd, 2015

Shenali D Waduge

Sri Lanka’s geopolitical positioning has been both a blessing and a curse. Despite 17 invasions from South India, 3 Christian Western colonial occupations over 410 years at no time did Sri Lanka fall except to be handed over to the enemy by local traitors – Alas the same appears to be unfolding exactly 200 years later. It is the lessons from these past histories that beckon citizens to be cautious of history not been repeated given that within the political establishment there are parties & politicians ever ready to divide the nation if it enables them to remain in power. If the voters vote thinking within the parameters of their personal needs overlooking the bigger ramifications for the country the entire nation is likely to suffer and fall. While we need to accept that there is no 100% perfect leader, policies must always be nationalistic and ensuring the sovereignty and national security of the country comes first. We do not elect people to office to advance the agendas of other countries and these aspects must be working on the minds of all voters.

Let us look at how the voters think:

The Tamil voters (Hindu, Christian/Catholic, High caste/class, low caste & poor)

  • Victims of Tamil politicians (some by choice some without choice) tapping into getting Tamils to vote for ‘our own people’ thus leading Tamils to self-alienate themselves from thinking nationally.
  • Self-alienation by such actions negates claims to want to live in peaceful co-existence when Tamils align with separatist political parties and do not take a stand
  • Apart from a small fraction the majority of Tamil voters do not think nationally, statistically proven by the manner they continue to vote for separatist political parties and give preferential votes to politicians promoting separatism.
  • Giving credibility to racist/extremist Tamil politicians by continuing to vote for them
  • Fixated by a mythical notion of a Tamil homeland propagated for political agendas without realizing that Tamils came from Tamil Nadu as migrants and settled down in Sri Lanka over different periods in time.
  • Majority of Tamils hold an emotional gratitude to LTTE for enabling them to settle in western climes using the ‘discrimination’ tag which continues to be used as a battering ram. Many will not understand that it is the desire to live in the West not so much any hatred for Sinhalese that makes Tamils seek asylum. Sinhalese discrimination is only used as a tool to get a foothold into the West and enable better living and education for their children – these realities are being manipulated by India, the West and Tamil politicians
  • It is suggested that Tamils come out of thinking themselves as the aggrieved party and become  a stakeholder to developing the country instead of eternally complaining about what they have not been given ignoring what they have got in just a handful of years when for 3 decades under LTTE they did not even get a paved road!
  • The nation cannot rise if a handful of people want to bring the country down because their aspirations are not realized. When constitutionally, legally, legislatively all people are treated equal before the law it is unfair to be promoting false notions.

Christian/Catholic voters (Sinhalese & Tamil)

  • Divided between putting religion or nation first since the headquarters of both religions are found and connected to Western imperialism and it was by converting Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus after 1505 that the spread of Christianity took place via colonial policies and rule creating a group of people who were aligned to and loyal to Western dogmas and values. This notion continues to be nurtured through various modus operandi orchestrated by the West.
  • The conversion of natives to Christianity remains part of divide & rule policy and associated with increasing Christian foot soldiers in Asia facilitated by Christian NGOs & faith organizations operating as aid workers & humanitarian assistance providers.
  • The links of certain church leaders throughout LTTE rule and even post-LTTE elimination questions the nature of the Church’s involvement with LTTE and LTTE fronts overseas.
  • The Sunday congregation has been often used to influence Church goers and determine who their allegiance should be with in particular during election times. This is subtly done.
  • It is only a handful of Christian/Catholic Sinhalese & Tamils who realize the global picture, the ramifications and foreign agendas and place country first understanding the gameplan to divide the country and the people.

Muslim voters

  • Unlike in the case of Sinhalese & Tamils who are subdivided as Sinhalese Buddhists/Christians and Tamil Hindus/Christians – Muslims follow Islam, a religion foreign to Sri Lanka and came with traders who were allowed to settle in Sri Lanka by the Sinhale kings.
  • The influence upon Muslims through the mosques is seen by the manner that Wahhabi Islam has penetrated into society raising alarm bells with a Muslim joining the Wahhabi ISIS movement and getting killed recently.
  • Though Muslims had been warned not to fall prey to the Wahhabi slogans of halal/Shariah banking/burka showcasing that these were not part of real Islam, Muslims took these warnings negatively and now in connecting the dots it is easy to understand that the Wilpattu, Kattankudy, attacks on Sufis all align to US-Saudi infiltration to slowly build another battlefront in Sri Lanka using Muslims in order for the West to secure the East of Sri Lanka. An endeavour the West can easily penetrate using the War on Terror against Jihadists! It is still not too late for the Muslims to disassociate themselves from these slogans pushed by Wahhabi mosques.
  • While numerous Muslim politicians prevail they generally align to political parties promoting only Muslim will and have nothing to offer nationally.
  • Muslims in voting for such ethno-religious parties statistically proven show that they too are not thinking nationally however much they claim to want to live in peaceful co-existence.
  • The party that majority of Muslims end up voting for at all elections end up crossing over for personal gains and destabalizing the country. The Muslims that vote for such political parties are knowingly contributing to the destabalizing of the country knowing the behaviour of these parties and in particular the politicians who have a record of crossing over for personal gains only.

Sinhalese Buddhist voters

  • The majority votebase in Sri Lanka are the Sinhala Buddhists and it is these voters that all political parties try to win over (but only during election time – after that they are generally forgotten until the next election)
  • The stability of the country is held together by the Sinhala Buddhist voters who look for how the trend is flowing and then use their votes to ensure the country is not compromised. Since ancient times the quest has been to break or divide the Sinhala Buddhists then only the country’s protective layer is exposed for those that wish to control or manipulate it. Therefore the strength and foundation of the country rests with the Sinhala Buddhists and their will to keep the nation together.
  • However, Sinhalese voters are divided by religion, by political party, by class, by those that look at safeguarding the nation whatever party comes to power and those that prefer foreign rule.
  • While the 2 main national political parties are not much separated in general ideologies the UNP leadership falling into the hands of one person for a distinct time period has projected the notion that the party stands for the rights of the minority totally ignoring the wrongs taking place to the majority. Moreover, allegiance to always running to the West for guidance and support has diminished the sovereign aspect of governance by natives. The SLFP while attempting to strike a balance has erred in not taking decisions when people have crossed boundaries and not communicating plans properly to the public. SLFP has also erred in siding with minority leaders who have being pushing for anti-national themes which is what has greatly contributed to the majority Buddhist voters feeling disappointed with the SLFP/UPFA policies. This area needs attention. Minority politicians representing ethnic-based political parties should not be given strategic portfolios (defense, education, economic, heritage – as they are funded to carry out different agendas and the damage done will only be seen years later).
  • The Sinhala Buddhist voters remain disgruntled in view of incursions to their heritage sites, cultural genocide unaddressed, poverty among Sinhala Buddhists unaddressed and the lack of any Sinhala politician to publicly claim he/she stands for the rights and grievances of the Sinhala Buddhists when Tamil and Muslim politicians openly do so. A lacuna has been created because even internationally there is no one to list out the grievances of the Sinhalese Buddhists for the world to understand the other side of the story.
  • Then we have the kolambian voters though statistically an unimportant number. Yet in view of their influence over business and social circles the notion they project about Sri Lanka affects the overall country’s image. Historically, the Kolambians have been aligned to a pro-Western liberal value system ignoring the ramifications for the history and heritage of Sri Lanka especially given the West’s agenda of changing the demography of continents (culturally, religiously. Note the Church’s orders to priests to increase flocks and Christianize Asia. This endeavour requires conversion and converting people by numerous covert means to Christianity/Catholicism). When these facts are pointed out the immediate response is to find fault with the messenger overlooking the dangers in the message! The targets for conversions are generally those who are poor and those who are stressed/mentally disturbed. Buddhists and Hindus do not have the wherewithal financially to compete with the billions the Church and Islam uses to convert people except to highlight the subtle ways continents are being changed and politicians are made to keep silent!

There is much that Sri Lankan voters need to think of far more than casting a vote because the price of petrol or gas is reduced or salaries are increased. The people need to ask who can provide stability to the nation while not undermining and compromising the country to foreign elements waiting to use Sri Lanka for their own geopolitical interests. As a sovereign country we must act as one. We do not vote politicians to advance the agendas of other nations. We must think always on the lines of how safe and secure the country is and which party will ensure the country is not divided or separated.

Shenali D Waduge

11 Responses to “Sri Lanka’s future & voter fault lines”

  1. Christie Says:

    Whether in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) or Fiji, Malaysia, Guyana, Mauritius, South Africa, Uganda, US, UK the Indian colonial parasites vote as a block. They fund political parties as a block. Indians started this game in 1951 with funding of Banda.

  2. Fran Diaz Says:

    We thank Shenali for her untiring efforts to bring out the truth and dangers faced by Lankans, especially to the unitary status of the island home.

    The Nari Agenda seems to be to confuse the Voter, do various atrocious acts to anger the masses, have Rioting/looting/killing as in July 1983, and lead to form a separate State.

    The masses of Lanka should now be wiser to the games planned. They should stand firm, not give way to anger. VOTE out the scroundrels and establish law & order and progress for all.

    Question: Why should Lanka be sliced up to cover up Tamil Nadu Caste/poverty problems plus suit foreigners ?

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    Thank you Shenali for telling the TRUTH as it is, without MINCING WORDS!

    The Sinhala Buddhist of Sri Lanka is the PROTECTIVE SHIELD under which the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka rests in SAFETY.

    If the Sinhala Buddhists are divided, that shield becomes weak and that RESIST the sword thrusts of Sri Lanka’s enemies continually attempting the penetrate its DEFENSES.

    On that DAY OF INFAMY, January 8, 2015, the Sinhala Buddhists GOT CONFUSED at to where their DUTY lies; that day MUST NEVER BE REPEATED! NEVER AGAIN!

    Today, Our Motherland’s enemies, both internal and external, are ATTACKING AGAIN at the electoral gates to deliver the COUP-DE-GRACE to our fallen heroes on August 17, 2015.

    INSTEAD, let the EVER PATRIOTIC Sinhala Buddhists of Heladiva RISE AGAIN, and cut off the HEADS of these Anti-National TRAITORS, and RESTORE the Mother Lanka’s CROWN to her hallowed head!

    Untold GENERATIONS of our DESCENDENTS depend on what we do on August 17, 2015 to PROTECT and DEFEND our Motherland for them as our ancestors did for us.

    CAST YOUR VOTE for President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance on August 17, 2015, and REGAIN our LOST NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY!

    ………………………

    To the ALWAYS FAITHFUL Patriots,

    A Heartfelt Tribute in Gratitude!

    Semper Fidelis, Patriots of Lanka

    By Ananda-USA

    Our Motherland, resplendent Sri Lanka,
    Hallowed be thy name!
    Thy children flock today to vote,
    To preserve thy immortal flame!

    The Lion Flag flutters proudly aloft,
    To remind us this freedom’s day!
    Our duty to keep thee, safe and strong,
    As our forefathers did yesterday!

    A Mahinda Rajapaksa by deed and word,
    Strode forth boldly to eternal fame!
    To lead his people to a safer world,
    When all others retreated in shame!

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    CORRECTED VERSION:

    Thank you Shenali for telling the TRUTH as it is, without MINCING WORDS!

    The Sinhala Buddhist of Sri Lanka is the PROTECTIVE SHIELD under which the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka SAFELY rests.

    If the Sinhala Buddhists are divided, that shield becomes TOO WEAK RESIST the sword thrusts of Sri Lanka’s enemies continually attempting the penetrate our DEFENSES.

    On that DAY OF INFAMY, January 8, 2015, 200 years after that PREVIOUS DAY OF INFAMY on March 14, 1815 when Sri Lanka lost her CROWN, the Sinhala Buddhist GOT CONFUSED at to where HIS DUTY LAY; that day MUST NEVER BE REPEATED! NEVER AGAIN!

    Today, Our Motherland’s enemies, both internal and external, are AGAIN ASSAULTING the electoral gates to deliver the COUP-DE-GRACE to our heroes who fell on that DAY OF INFAMY on January 8, 2015.

    INSTEAD, let the EVER PATRIOTIC Sinhala Buddhists of Heladiva RISE AGAIN, asipatha held aloft, and cut off the HEADS of these Anti-National TRAITORS, RESTORING Mother Lanka’s CROWN to her hallowed head!

    Untold GENERATIONS of our DESCENDENTS will ask us what we did on August 17, 2015 to PROTECT and DEFEND our Motherland for them, as our ancestors did for us.

    CAST YOUR VOTE for President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance on August 17, 2015, and REGAIN our LOST NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY!

    STAND FAST with YOUR PEOPLE! NEVER YIELD! NEVER ABANDON THEM

    ………………………

    To the ALWAYS FAITHFUL Patriots,

    A Heartfelt Tribute in Gratitude!

    Semper Fidelis, Patriots of Lanka

    By Ananda-USA

    Our Motherland, resplendent Sri Lanka,
    Hallowed be thy name!
    Thy children flock today to vote,
    To preserve thy immortal flame!

    The Lion Flag flutters proudly aloft,
    To remind us this freedom’s day!
    Our duty to keep thee, safe and strong,
    As our forefathers did yesterday!

    A Mahinda Rajapaksa by deed and word,
    Strode forth boldly to eternal fame!
    To lead his people to a safer world,
    When all others retreated in shame!

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    ELECTION GUNDU by the SLMC: No talks, No merger!

    But what the SLMC does tomorrow depends only on what bribes come their way! For sale to the HIGHEST BIDDER …. AS ALWAYS!

    ……………………
    SLMC tells TNA: No talks, no merger

    by P. Krishnaswamy

    General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and State Minister of Health M.T. Hasan Ali said plans by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to unilaterally propose a North-East unification would be rejected outright by the Muslims, unless there was consultation and consensus.

    Responding to the TNA’ call for the merger of the North and the East – based on Tamil leaders’ persistent call for a federal system of governance within a unified North-Eastern Province – Hasan Ali said the Eastern Muslims will continue to agitate for the creation of a separate unit of devolution consisting of all non-contiguous geographical areas where Muslims are settled, modelled on India’s Pondicherry Union Territory.

    “For this purpose, the SLMC intends holding discussions with the TNA and the right-thinking Sinhala leaders,” he said.

    Under the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Agreement of July 1987, the Northern and Eastern Provinces were temporarily unified, as one single unit of devolution, with the requirement of a referendum for their permanent merger.

    Ali said the temporary merge was opposed by the founder of the SLMC, M. H. M. Ashraff, on the ground that there was no consultation with the Muslims.

    “There were other high-handed acts as well, including the holding of elections for the North-Eastern Provincial Council with the armed presence of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) while preventing the SLMC from filing nominations in Jaffna,” he added.

    Tamil members were elected unanimously due to absence of Muslim contenders in the North but in the East, 17 Muslims were elected including himself, Hasan Ali said. “When the Council decided to ‘unilaterally declare Tamil Eelam,’ only the seven members of the SLMC present lodged their strong opposition,” he added.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    AND HERE COMES the Catholic Bishops, RIGHT on CUE with their advice in CODE to their FLOCK.

    YAMAPALANAYA CLUE #1: “The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which has given additional powers to the Elections Commissioner, there seems to be an atmosphere conducive to a free and fair election.”

    WE KNOW, that this is not IMPARTIAL advice for ALL citizens of Sri Lanka, but a CODED MESSAGE directed at the Catholics to remind them what has been preached from the PULPIT and to HIDE the CODED message from others:

    “Do not VOTE for the UNWORTHY in the UPFA … or else you RISK EXCOMMUNICATION!” Your IMMORTAL SOUL is in OUR HANDS …. DO NOT CROSS US!

    Bah! The Catholic Bishops of Sri Lanka have NEVER TAKEN a PATRIOTIC STAND …. EVER!

    ……………………….
    Catholic Bishops urges Sri Lankans to choose worthy candidates

    Aug 01, Colombo: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka has urged all citizens to do their utmost in choosing worthy candidates for parliament in the forthcoming general elections.

    In a statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka noted that through this, the public can get the government it deserves.

    The Catholic Bishops Conference in Sri Lanka also urged the citizens to think of the country and the present and future generations and act with great responsibility in ensuring that they elect the representatives with great care, and thereby ensure that the country has a government genuinely interested in the development of the mother land.

    “Catholic Church has always upheld the importance of electing worthy candidates to the legislature as the people’s representatives and adds that educational background, general culture, integrity and honesty, respect to the rule of law are qualities that should characterize those who are aspiring to political leadership,” it said.

    “The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which has given additional powers to the Elections Commissioner, there seems to be an atmosphere conducive to a free and fair election.”

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka emphasizes that the traditional affiliation and loyalty to one’s own political party should not be the sole criterion in the exercise of franchise.

  7. charithsls Says:

    Shenali I was just responding to an article by Prof Rajiva in that MR’s success is going depend on how good is the publicity campaign specially in the social media by journalists like you. I do not know where you take these marvellous pieces of information other than here but these need to go to National papers wherever you have influence on. Are you communicating with MR’s campaign to give as much publicity as possible to these heart rendering stuff to the masses, if not ,please do asap.

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    MASSIVE increase in internet users. Maru Sira’s brother is the SLT boss. UNP goons are checking on anti-UNP web activists. ISPs are giving data to UNP govt. goons. Have to go through a PROXY for safety.

    BOMBARDING propaganda in SOCIAL MEDIA is NOT useful. People PICK AND CHOOSE what they see.

    It is NOT like TV or radio.

    You have to first CREATE DEMAND for the UPFA . Then only people will SEEK pro-UPFA facebook, website, etc, clips.

    Otherwise it is USELESS. No one will ACCESS pro-UPFA stuff. It is EASIER to block or AVOID pro-UPFA propaganda in web space than in RADIO or TV. UPFA leaders have NOT created a DEMAND (like popular “yahapalanaya” scam in January) for youth to SEEK their political advertisements. So young people are not getting the message in web space.

    MOST POPULAR google search term in SL is “sex”. Pro-UNP websites mix it with politics to GET TO youth voters!! Get rich quick scams are also popular. UNP websites use them too to get to youth. DECENT people cannot do this. So we are missing out.

  9. Cerberus Says:

    Hi Ananda USA, Great stuff you are writing. You need to write full length articles instead of always commenting. Please keep it up. May the triple gem bless and keep our land and all of us who fight for it in our small ways safe. I agree with Chrithsls that Shenali needs to get her articles translated and send to the masses in Sinhalese. Only a few Colombians and expats read the English. She is like a one woman army. The Sinhalese are very fortunate to have her fighting for us.

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    I travelled throughout SL. EVERY district.

    MR is HUGELY popular. People simply LOVE him.

    Karupiah using his UNDERWORLD to kill people to get sympathy votes. KUDU PRINCE is his main activist. Talk is that he is planning to harm popular UPFA politicians and put the blame on UPFA factions.

    TNA, UNP and CFD are fighting an INTENSE battle to win Jaffna votes. TNA, UNP and CFD are each showing to Tamil people they are WORSE TAMIL RACISTS than the other. But CFD is actually promoting TNA against UNP. As you know Tamils vote for the WORST TAMIL RACIST party. Jaffna is like ANOTHER COUNTRY. People in Jaffna think they are living in a different country. NOT a single Singhala or Muslim person to be seen in Jaffna. EPDP will win their 1 seat. Sexual violence against women and children in Jaffna is MASSIVE. Police is not doing anything. Police is actually taking orders from the PROVINCIAL COUNCIL!! Police minister JOHN MARATUNGA is ALLOWING it. Batticaloa looks exactly like a South Endian coastal district. MANY Endians in SL. Some are going to SL to steal KIDNEYS from poor people!!

    STRANGELY UNP is POPULAR in “border villages”. People there tell me MR forgot them after the war. UNP is using these people AND Muslims (many Muslims live around these areas) to win votes. Looks like TNA MIGHT win Trinco district!! UPFA is actually HELPING UNP win Trinco district!! WRONG MOVE. TNA=UNP but reducing UNP seats as much as possible should be the strategy.

    Thonda is with MR. Singhala voters in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Monaragala, Ratnapura, Kegalle are confused. Thonda’s thugs attack Singhala people.

    WW, DG and UG are not that popular this time. SUMATHIPALA has many supporters.

    UPFA has NO GIANT in GAMPAHA DISTRICT this time. Ranatungas are divided. Bandaranaikes support ARJUNA and UNP. Rathupaswala SHOOTING by the army is STILL creating HATE in parts of the district. IF UPFA loses GAMPAHA DISTRICT then they CANNOT win.

    Southern districts also have NO UPFA GIANTS. Sajith is extremely popular in Hambantota. MORE popular than ALL UPFA candidates. He gives free sewing machines, water filters to people NOT cricket stadiums!! Clever bastard. IF we think southern people will AUTOMATICALLY vote for UPFA, we are WRONG.

    ALL media support UNP. Rubavahini is promoting JVP AGAINST UPFA. Maru Sira is like a “PAMPAYA” (SCARE CROW). He is not doing anything to help UPFA. But picking up a fight with him is DISASTROUS. MR and team NEVER criticise Maru Sira. They actually PRAISE him now!!

    PATRIOTISM does NOT sell in SL this time (except parts of Colombo district).

    I get the feeling EXPATS at lankaweb have MORE patriotism than SL voters!!! The message has NOT reached the masses.

    Thonda, Gonason, some SLMC guys in UPFA has confused voters. They feel BOTH UNP and UPFA are going after MINORITY VOTES forgetting the majority. So they see LITTLE difference between the 2. Very dangerous thinking. I don’t blame them. That is the message everyone gets in SL.

    We can’t FEEL the atmosphere in SL from abroad. You MUST go to SL to get a FEEL. TV news, ads, posters, rumors, newspapers, people talking in buses, shops, etc., cost of living, political rallies, politicians’ cars, daily grind traveling 15 miles taking 1.5 hours, the sweat, the smoke, the dust, the poverty, the cough, the spitting, the begging, the pushing for public transport, etc. ALL these have an impact on how people vote. We live thousands of miles away and call people MODAYAS for voting for IDIOTS with BLEACHED faces like Hirunika, Ranjan, Dumbinda, etc.

  11. Ananda-USA Says:

    The TULF wants a FEDERAL system based on AS WEAK A CENTRAL GOVERNMENT (aka the Indian Model) as they can GET NOW, so they can secede EASILY and JOIN Tamil Nadu LATER!

    EQUAL RIGHTS don’t require a FEDERAL FORM of Government …. they have EQUAL RIGHTS now under our current UNITARY FORM of Government.

    This DEMAND is a SIMPLY A DEVIOUS SUBTERFUGE to GET SPECIAL RIGHTS that other citizens don’t have in their proto-Eelam now, and set the STAGE for OUTRIGHT SECESSION later!

    Look at the NAME of this TREASONOUS outfit! Tamil United LIBERATION Front!

    LIBERATION from whom? From Sri Lanka of course!

    They have DECLARED their AGENDA in the NAME of their PARTY, like Hitler DECLARED his Nazi AGENDA for the world and for non-Germans in the MEIN KAMPF he wrote in Spandau Prison after the failed beer hall Putsch in Munich in 1923!

    DO WE NEED ANYMORE WARNING of what the TULF WANTS? Or are WE DEAF, DUMB and BLIND to BOOT?

    NEVER, EVER, BUY INTO these DEVIOUS DEMANDS for FEDERALISM; it will SOUND THE DEATH KNELL for Sri Lanka as ONE UNDIVIDED SOVEREIGN Nation!

    …………………………………….
    TULF wants resolution on Indian model

    Kelum Bandara
    DailyMirror.lk
    August 03, 2015

    The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), which is contesting the general election in the northern and eastern provinces except in the Digamadulla district, has advocated a political solution to the national question based on the Indian model of power devolution.

    The TULF led by V. Anandasangari in its manifesto states states that all the ethnic groups should forget their differences and live in peace and harmony based on equal rights.

    It states that a solution based on the Indian model has been welcomed by both the Government and the Opposition.

    The TULF manifesto states that the political proposals of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga can be acclaimed as the best solution ever offered and welcomed by many.

    “According to former Judge R. T. Vicknaraja this proposal was welcomed even by LTTE political advisor Anton Balasingam at the opening of the Kilinochchi Courts in 2002,” the TULF states.

    Meanwhile it said it did not support South Africa being assigned the role of facilitator in the evolution of a political solution. Instead, it looks to India to play a meaningful role.

    “From the time of Indira Gandhi up to the time of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Government had intervened in efforts at resolving the Sri Lankan ethnic issue. It is the Indian Government which rushed helped Sri Lanka with medical teams and other assistance in the event of national disasters like Tsunami, etc. The TULF with all respects to South Africa will insist on India continuing its efforts to resolve the ethnic issue. If not India also will lose nterest,” the manifesto states. (Kelum Bandara)

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