Concerns Regarding the Proposed Changes to the Constitution
Posted on February 5th, 2016

Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement, London, United Kingdom

Hon. Maithripala Sirisena,

President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,

Presidential Secretariat,

Galle Face,

Colombo 1,

Sri Lanka

Dear Sir,

Concerns Regarding the Proposed Changes to the Constitution i.e. No to Any More Powers to Provincial Councils, No to Any War Crimes Tribunals, No to Reduction of HSZs and the Army from the North, the Signing of a CEPA Agreement with India, Patrolling of the IMBL and the Proposed Bridge and Tunnel Project between India and Sri Lanka

We hold grave concerns regarding the proposed changes to the constitution i.e. proposals to grant further powers to the provincial councils than at present. We are also extremely alarmed by statements made by the government regarding the proposing of the abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, bringing in amendments to the Mahajana Aarakshaka Panatha, bringing in new Acts to approve new Yudha Aparaadha Neethi, bringing in a new Act to allow evidence of anonymous witnesses in court and extremely alarmed by government statements indicating that possible war crimes tribunals may take place which should not happen under any circumstances.

There is also concern over reduction of the Army, Navy and the Air Force from the North and the East and handing over of HSZs lands when instead, alternative lands can be provided to those affected. A great concern is the plan to convert the extremely important Palali Air Force Base into a civilian airport.

We are also extremely concerned and alarmed by the proposed building of a bridge and tunnel between India and Sri Lanka which should be stopped immediately. We hold the view that there is a need to reinstate the naval cordon around the Northern Seas. We are of the very firm view that the proposed CEPA Agreement (or a similar agreement known by any other name such as ETCA) between India and Sri Lanka should not be signed under any circumstances.

Our concerns in details are provided below:

1.0 Concerns Regarding Changes to the Constitution

1.1 A Unitary State should be Guaranteed

The state should be a unitary state since Sri Lanka is a small country (smaller than the Republic of Ireland for example). Almost all small countries of the world are unitary for good reason. When considering the history of Sri Lanka, it has always been a unitary state. Rajarata (600BC – 1400AD) which encompassed the North Central, North Western, Northern and Eastern provinces was situated in the dry zone of the country (please refer to The National Atlas of Sri Lanka, 2007 printed by The Survey Department for a map of the thousands of irrigation tanks located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka encompassing the North Central, North Western, Northern and Eastern provinces which would give anyone an idea of Rajarata) The Kandyan Kingdom (1400AD – 1815AD) encompassed most of the island inclusive of the Eastern and 90% of the Northern province. So it is very clear that this island always was a unitary state. The present provincial boundaries were drawn by British colonialists for their own nefarious purposes of suppressing especially the rebellious Sinhala people who they did not like at all (1815-1818 and the 1848 rebellions made the British very vary of the Sinahalese). It is only reasonable and fair that the unitary nature of Sri Lanka from even over 30,000 years ago (since the earliest human remains of our own tribal ancestors, Vaddho, have been found which are around 30,000 years old) until even after the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom be preserved. A constitution should reflect the history of a country too and considering the above evidence of the unitary nature, the independence and freedom of the country for over 30,000 years, it is only right, just and fair that Sri Lanka remains a unitary state.

Only a unitary state will create an impression amongst all the ethnic, religious and linguistic groups living in this country that we are indeed living together in one country. If the country is in pieces (very powerful provincial councils for example will only break this small country apart considering the separatist nature of the Tamil National Alliance, for example) and will not do justice to the fact that as shown above that during the very long history of this island, it has always been unitary, independent and free. Therefore if provincial councils are provided further powers than at present, the unitary nature of Sri Lanka will collapse and Sri Lanka will fall apart especially since the separatist TNA and the like are likely to hold power in the North, for example.

1.2 No to Land, Police, Fiscal or any other Additional Powers to Provincial Councils

Land powers should not be handed over to the provincial councils under any circumstances. A small country has only a small amount of resources i.e. in Sri Lanka’s case land area, coastline or the exclusive economic zone or EEZ (the ocean around Sri Lanka which belongs to Sri Lanka) are all a small amount. If every citizen does not have a right to fully utilize these limited resources (for example, if the present provincial councils are given powers than they have at present, for example land powers, political parties such as the Tamil National Alliance who are clearly separatist in nature will deny all other ethnic, religious and linguistic groups in the country (apart from Tamils) from living in the North or even in the East (if they can)). This would then constitute a grave violation of a vast majority of citizens of this country to fully enjoy the right to live in or utilize effectively 28% land area of the country, over 66% of the coastline and almost 66% of the EEZ (since the North and the East constitute 28% land area of the country, over 66% of the coastline and almost 66% of the EEZ). Since over 87% of the citizens of the country live outside the North and the East, this will effectively deny over 87% of the population of the country the right to live in the North and the East and most especially this will affect the Sinhala people, who are over 74% of the population, the most. This is not acceptable under any circumstances. Therefore the fundamental right of all citizens right to live in any part of the island and the right to utilize the resources of the entire island should be guaranteed by the constitution without favouritism towards any particular ethnic, religious or linguistic group.

In a small country such as Sri Lanka, all citizens should have the right to utilize land in any part of the country and such decisions should be decided by the central government only. There could otherwise be scenarios where for example the North and the East comprising 28% land area of the country, over 66% of the coastline and almost 66% of the EEZ (since the North and the East constitute 28% land area of the country, over 66% of the coastline and almost 66% of the EEZ) being utilized by any citizen living outside the North or the East being denied by provincial councils since the Northern provincial council is very likely to be governed by the TNA which is separatist in nature. The same goes for decisions regarding who can in the future be relocated to the North and the East. Surely the TNA will deny the above rights mentioned to the Sinhala people or to those of the Buddhist faith especially or anyone else who is not Tamil. This is a violation of the fundamental rights of citizens of this small island to live anywhere in the island which should be guaranteed by the constitution by ensuring that land powers remain with the central government.

Police powers should also only be with the central government and not with provincial councils. This is due to the fact that we cannot have nine different police forces in the country answerable to nine different provincial councils. In a small country such as Sri Lanka there should only be one police force, modernized and the police administrative system should be computerised and connected electronically too. The police force should be answerable to the entire public of the entire country via the system that is there at present. Since there is an independent police commission as well, as a counterbalance, there is no need to change the system that is there at present whatsoever. Considering the fact that for example the Northern provincial council which is very likely to be governed by the TNA which is separatist in nature, what would happen if a separate police force in the North answerable only to the chief minister of the North commence harassing for example Sinhala people or those of the Buddhist faith in the North?

All financial matters of the country should be decided and handled by the central government only. Under no circumstance should any aspects of finance be delegated to the provincial councils. Fiscal powers should not be handed over to the provincial councils. In a small country like Sri Lanka, fiscal matters should be centrally planned and executed by the central government which would be the only efficient thing to do and makes a lot of common sense. For example, what development loans the country should obtain for what and from where should be decided by the central government only.

1.3 No to Non-Existent (According to History) and Illegal ‘Homelands’

The clause which states in the 13th amendment that the Northern and Eastern provinces are the homelands of the Tamil speaking people is totally incorrect as attested by the history of the island as written above. For example Sinhala Prakrit writing written using the Brahmi script has been found all over the island inclusive of the North and the East, earliest being 600BC. Buddhist statues, relics, remains have been found all over the island, inclusive of the North and the East, dating back to earlier than 300BC. Other remains have been found all over the island dating back to earlier than 900BC. Even in 900BC Anuradhapura was a large village and expanded into a city by 600BC. Actually our tribal ancestors, Vaddho, have been living in the island since 30,000 years ago as earliest human remains found on the island date back 30,000 years. So it is very clear that all parts of the island is the homeland of all its citizens. This includes the North and the East. Therefore the clause which states that the Northern and Eastern provinces are the homelands of the Tamil speaking people is totally incorrect.

This should be replaced with a clause which states that the entire island is the homeland of all its citizens in total. This not only historically accurate but is only just and fair towards all the citizens of the country.

1.4 No to Merger between any Two Provinces

The 13th amendment allows for the merger of two provinces. Is this not a cynical ploy by the Indians to somehow merge the North and the East, two disparate and unrelated provinces, just to ensure that a large separate state is created? Therefore, for the sake of justice and fairplay by all citizens, the clause in the 13th amendment which states that two provinces can be merged should be deleted.

1.5 Sharing Power at the Centre

The provincial councils should only be bestowed with the powers they have been bestowed at present. In the present 13th amendment to the constitution, those subjects in the concurrent list which should not be there, should be taken back and placed in the national list. This is due to the fact that if provincial councils are provided further powers than at present, the unitary nature of Sri Lanka will collapse and Sri Lanka will fall apart especially since the separatist TNA and the like are likely to hold power in the North, for example.

As stated above, provincial councils should only be granted the powers they have at present only, in order to preserve the unitary nature of the country. The aim should be for the central government to be strong since in a small country such as Sri Lanka if provinces have too much powers, and with separatist tendencies being the dominant nature of political parties such as the TNA, the country will surely fall apart if any more powers are provided to the provincial councils. Almost all countries in this world which are small have strong central governments. This is since it allows for the planning of fiscal, development and all other matters in a panned and cohesive manner at the centre.

It is best as at present that power is shared at the centre i.e. successive governments of Sri Lanka have had ministers and cabinets which comprise people of all ethnic groups, religions and cultures. Therefore, this is the way forward rather than provincial councils being given more powers since this is only likely to pull the country apart rather than bring it together. Minorities should be encouraged to join major national parties and enter politics rather than take up membership of narrow ethnic or religiously oriented political parties which only sow seeds of separatism for their own selfish purposes.

1.6 The State Religion should be Buddhism

As stated in the present constitution, Buddhism should be safeguarded as the state religion. This is reconfirming the historic reality that since 300BC, Buddhism has indeed been the state religion whether it was during the Rajarata period (600BC – 1400AD) or during the Kandyan Kingdom period (1400AD – 1815AD). A constitution should reflect the history of a country too and give due respect to that history. Therefore it is only right and proper that Buddhism is provided a foremost place in the constitution and be safeguarded as the state religion.

Since Buddhism is the state religion, promoting, fostering and safeguarding of Buddhism will be a duty of the state. As such, Buddhism must be taught at school as a subject (those of other faiths should be taught their own religions) as at present. If this is not done, knowledge about Buddhism will disappear from the island altogether which cannot be accepted. It will also lead to deterioration of morals, values and ethics in society.

2.0 The National Anthem

There should only be one national anthem since only this will develop a feeling in every citizen that Sri Lanka is one country. A country should have one national anthem around which all citizens can gather around as one country so that every citizen develops an admiration for one’s country.

3.0 No to the Abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, No to Amendment of the Mahajana Aarakshaka Panatha, No to New Acts to Approve any New Yudha Aparaadha Neethi or Allowing of Evidence of Anonymous Witnesses and No to War Crimes Tribunals

3.1 No to the Abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act

The Prevention of Terrorism Act should not be abolished under any circumstances to fulfill the nefarious aspirations of the Tamil National Alliance or the US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden or India. If there are shortcomings to this Act, why not amend the Act?

Those who are jailed due to committing the gravest acts of terrorism against the Sri Lankan people in prison (or cases pending), and only around two hundred are left, should not be freed by abolishing this Act.

However this does not mean that compassion should not be shown towards even these individuals in the pursuit of peace. However their cases should go through a proper judicial procedure. Once convicted, they should follow whatever sentence is given to them. However, the government can place them on a special rehabilitation programme and if those running such a programme are satisfied at a future date with their rehabilitation, then they may be able to be released at a future date for the sake of peace.

However, under no circumstances should the Prevention of Terrorism Act be abolished but only amended, if that is necessary.

The government should realize that the LTTE committed grave acts of terrorism. Also those clamouring for abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act in Sri Lanka i.e. the US, UK, EU, India for example, have very strict Prevention of Terrorism Acts themselves in their own countries which they will never abolish and so there is no need to talk about how extremely hypocritical these countries are. They are only trying to fulfill their nefarious and selfish goals here in Sri Lanka and nothing else. They do not want real peace in Sri Lanka under any circumstances. They have shown by their many, many, many acts of war around the world what their agenda in the world is so there is no need to elaborate on that.

3.2 No to Amendment of the Mahajana Aarakshaka Panatha

Under no circumstances should the Mahajana Aarakshaka Panatha be amended. For example, if a provincial council acts out of line and acts over and above the political powers that they have as in the case of Varatharaja Perumal who as chief minister of the North East declared a Tamil Eelam in the eighties, the president has the right to dissolve the said provincial council and govern that province from the centre using the relevant clauses of the Mahajana Aarakshaka Panatha. Therefore the Mahajana Aarakshaka Panatha should not be amended under any circumstances. If these relevant clauses are abolished from this Act, then in the future if a provincial council acts out of line, the president will not be able to dissolve that provincial council and govern that province from the centre.

Those clamouring for the amendment of the Mahajana Aarakshaka Panatha in Sri Lanka i.e. the US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden, India, for example, have very strict Mahajana Aarakshaka Panath themselves in their own countries which they will never amend and so there is no need to talk about how extremely hypocritical these countries are. They are only trying to fulfill their nefarious and selfish goals here in Sri Lanka and nothing else. They do not want real peace in Sri Lanka under any circumstances. They have shown by their many, many, many acts of war around the world what their agenda around the world is so there is no need to elaborate on that.

Additionally, the Mahajana Aarakshaka Panatha was introduced during British rule and has served this country extremely well. So why amend it unless it is for nefarious reasons mentioned above?

3.3 No to Any New Acts to Approve any New Yudha Aparaadha Neethi or Allowing of Evidence of Anonymous Witnesses

The constitution should not allow any new Acts apart from those Acts that are already there to investigate so called ‘war crimes’ (as accused only by the separatist TNA and the likes of the US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden who have always been adversarial towards Sri Lanka for over three decades). The Sri Lankan forces, the police, the civil defense forces were acting under the laws which were prevalent at the time. So it is incredible that new laws called Yudha Aparaada Neethi and new laws which allow anonymous witnesses evidence to be allowed in court are to be brought in which were not around when the war was fought. If the Sri Lankan forces, the police and the civil defense forces committed any crimes (which they did not) it is only just and fair that any such crimes should be tried under the laws prevailing at the time of the war, not under these new Yudha Aparaadha Neethi which were not around at the time. It is a grave injustice to allow evidence of anonymous witnesses in court since this is a great injustice if a witness cannot be cross questioned by the defendant’s lawyer. This is not justice but a grave injustice. Sri Lankan law should not allow such grave injustices to take place.

3.4 No to Any War Crimes Tribunals

It is very clear that our Sri Lankan forces, the police, the civil defense forces did not commit any ‘war crimes’. However it is amply clear that the LTTE terrorists committed many war crimes by massacring over 68,000 persons (mainly Sri Lankan forces members) in 26 years of war (out of a total of around 115,000 in total who perished on both sides of the war) and permanently maiming at least 6,000 Sri Lankan Forces members alone. Who committed ethnic cleansing of the North of over 50,000 Sinhala and over 50,000 Muslim people? It is the LTTE. What about the Sinhala and Muslim people of the East, the North Central and a part of the North Western province and the capital Colombo living in fear of LTTE attacks during 26 years of war?

Besides two reports, one by Sir Desmond De Silva and the other headed by Justice Udalagama, both looked at this issue of the last phases of the war and both reports are of the firm view that the Sri Lankan Forces did not commit any war crimes. It is gravely clear that this ‘war crimes’ ploy is nothing but a tool of the US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden, India to control Sri Lanka or any government of Sri Lanka in order to fulfill their nefarious and selfish goals here in Sri Lanka. From their many, many, many wars waged across the world these countries have shown that they care not one little bit about war crimes. So let us not talk about these countries hypocrisy but safeguard our Sri Lankan forces, the police, the civil defense forces and do justice by the over 68,000 people massacred by the LTTE in 26 years of war (out of a total of around 115,000 in total who perished on both sides of the war) and permanently maiming at least 6,000 Sri Lankan forces members, by neither bringing in these new Acts to change our laws and by informing the UNHRC that we will not abide by their unjust resolutions which seem to endorse all the war crimes committed by the LTTE who massacred over 68,000 people (mainly Sri Lankan forces members) in over 26 years of war and permanently maiming at least 6,000 Sri Lankan forces members alone. Who committed ethnic cleansing of the North of over 50,000 Sinhala and over 50,000 Muslim people? It is the LTTE. What about the Sinhala and Muslim people of the East, the North Central and a part of the North Western province and the capital Colombo living in fear of LTTE attacks during 26 years of war?

A truth and reconciliation commission is a good idea just as the earlier LLRC was. This and this alone should be established here in Sri Lanka so that anyone can talk about their individual experiences. Since all sides suffered from this war unleashed by the LTTE terrorists, (as the figures show more people, over 68,000, died on the Sri Lankan government’s side, all massacred by the LTTE and over 6,000 members of the Sri Lanka forces alone were permanently maimed), then only a truth and reconciliation commission can bring a closure of a war of this nature. If we commence investigating all the war crimes committed by the LTTE terrorists and then investigate any omissions that were committed by individual members of the security forces, these investigations will go on forever and nothing good will happen except create huge rifts amongst the Sri Lankan people reliving all the painful experiences of the war again and again creating more rifts and hatred. What is needed is closure of this painful experience and to move forward as quickly as possible towards a brighter future. For this, only a truth and reconciliation commission should be established and even that is not needed in my opinion. What is really needed is for people to forget about this war and to move forward. However certain countries US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden, India cannot leave Sri Lanka alone and want hatred to continue in Sri Lanka in order to harass this country’s people. The constitution should not allow this to happen.

4.0 No to Reducing the HSZs the Army, Navy and the Air Force from the North and No to Converting the Palali Air Force Base into a Civilian Airport

There is extreme concern over reduction of the Army, Navy and the Air Force from the North and the East. In the other seven provinces, no one has demanded the reduction of the Army, Navy or Air Force. So why should then there be a reduction of the Army, Navy or Air Force from the North and the East only? It is unacceptable. It is up to the Army, Navy or Air Force to decide whether there should be a reduction of the Army, Navy or Air Force from the North and the East or anywhere else and not the separatist TNA, the US, UK, EU, Norway, Canada, Sweden or India.

The handing over of HSZs to their original owners need not happen since alternative lands can be provided to them. This is because according to Sri Lankan law, the government can acquire land for national purposes provided due compensation or alternative lands are provided to the affected persons. This is what should happen not handing over of HSZs as the separatist TNA, the US, UK, EU, Norway, Canada, Norway, Sweden or India wants.

There is also extreme concern over plans to convert the Palali Air Force Base into a civilian airport. Why is this necessary? Considering the vast size of the Northern Province, there should be an Air Force Base at this location. It is up to the Air Force to decide whether there should be an Air Force Base at Palali. The status of this Air Force Base must not change according to what the separatist TNA, the US, UK, EU, Norway, Canada, Sweden or India wants.

5.0 No to the Proposed Bridge and Tunnel between India and Sri Lanka, Need to Reinstate the Naval Cordon around the Northern Seas and No to Signing of the CEPA Agreement

5.1 No to the Bridge and Tunnel between India and Sri Lanka

A security matter of great concern for the vast majority of Sri Lankan people is the building of a bridge and tunnel between India and Sri Lanka. If India and Sri Lanka had similar socio economic circumstances, this would not be an issue. However as we know there is a huge disparity between the socio economic condition of the Sri Lankan people which is vastly better than the socio economic situation of the Indian people. So when this bridge and tunnel are built, would Sri Lanka not get flooded by all those who are desperate to improve their socio economic situation, from India? This is a totally unacceptable situation. Therefore the building of this bridge and tunnel by India should be stopped immediately if Sri Lanka wants to exist even. If this bridge is built drastic demographic changes will for sure happen which means Sri Lanka will end up becoming the thirty first state of India in the future. This project must be stopped for the sake of sanity, unless we here in Sri Lanka are totally insane, since it is insane to commence such a project which will jeopardise the existence of Sri Lanka even, in the future. India must be told that they should spend the US dollars 5.2 billion meant to be spent on this project to improve the socio economic conditions of its people not nefariously try to make Sri Lanka their thirty first state. Since this is a security issue, this issue should be discussed with India and this project cancelled immediately. Sri Lanka should discuss this issue with India immediately and stop this project as I am sure this is unconstitutional and affects the public security of this country.

5.2 Reinstate the Naval Cordon around the Northern Seas

A security matter of great concern is that the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between India and Sri Lanka is not patrolled by the Sri Lankan Navy. There is smuggling of all kinds between the maritime borders inclusive of illegal fishing affecting our marine life very adversely inclusive of use of illegal fishing methods. Sri Lanka should discuss this issue with India immediately and stop these illegal activities as I am sure this is unconstitutional and affects the public security of this country.

5.3 The CEPA Agreement should not be Signed with India

Another matter which will affect public security in a drastic way is the proposed signing of the CEPA agreement (or a similar agreement known by any other name such as ETCA) with India. This again will create a situation where Sri Lanka will be flooded with labourers and professionals from India which has a huge unemployment problem and their families too seeking a better life here in Sri Lanka since they work for smaller salaries than labourers and professionals in Sri Lanka. This will surely change the demographics of this country drastically, effectively making Sri Lanka the thirty first state of India. Therefore, this CEPA agreement (or a similar agreement known by any other name such as ETCA) should not be signed under any circumstances for the sake of sanity unless we here in Sri Lanka are totally insane. The agreements signed so far with India are surely sufficient for commercial purposes. What need is there for further agreements with this adversarial country India which had always tried to harass Sri Lanka.

We hope that your good office will take our above concerns outlined into account and ensure that Sri Lanka’s unitary status, integrity, sovereignty, independence and freedom are not compromised in anyway under any circumstances.

Yours faithfully,

Chairman,

Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement

 

Sri Lanka Freedom Party – UK Branch

Jathika Nidahas Peramuna -UK Branch

Sinhala Welfare Association, UK

Ipswich Sri Lankika Ekamuthuwa

Videshagatha Sri Lankikayo Mawbima Wenuwen

 

cc:       Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Prime Minister

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksha, MP

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, MP

Hon. Wimal Weerawansa, MP

Hon. Udaya Gammanpila, MP

Hon. Vasudewa Nanayakkara MP

Civil Society Organisations and the Media

 

5 Responses to “Concerns Regarding the Proposed Changes to the Constitution”

  1. Ben Silva Says:

    UNHRC is dominated by Western nations and they dictate the policy. Western nations have no moral authority. Western nations are responsible for killing millions pf native Americans and robbing their land, killing millions of Africans and stealing their land, introducing agent orange to Viet nam, nuclear bombing Japan, fire bombing Dresden and recently killing millions in Iraq, destabilising the Middle East and so on. Funding for LTTE TERRORISM was raised in Western countries by bogus refugees. Indians have no business in Lanka as well, after they TRAINED AND FUNDED LTTE terrorists, after sending the invasion force, Innocent People Killing Force (IPKF). Sri Lanka experienced European invasions for over 500 years and many Tamil invasions that destroyed the cities and irrigation systems. Yet strangely, the Sinhalese have not learnt lessons and they have no voice. It is time for the Sinhalese to wake up or get wiped out like the native Americans.

  2. Charles Says:

    The volumnous UNHC Zeid’s report is not his. It is the work coming down from Louise Arbour and patiently made into a damning document against Sri Lanka Armed Forces by Navi Pillai, and prepared by none other than Rupert Colville-the Present Spokesman for the UNHRC. Colville is the visious individual who had been acting behind scene to prepare the document that condemns Sri Lanka Armed Forces to a hybrid court etc.

    Zeid came recently and he knows nothing of the situation…but Collville is the store house of information. In fact the Prince Zeid himself showed his “disapproval” in saying the uniqueness of the report when presenting it. But he cannot reject it but go along with the report that had been prepared by the UN High Commissioner’s Office headed by Rupert Colville. I even remember having written to Colville long time ago, which he never replied.

  3. SA Kumar Says:

    There should only be one national anthem – We Mother Lanka have only one anthem like other country.
    We sing in Tamil & Sinhala so people can understand what they are singing !!!

    Eg:Rehabilitated LTTE Cadres Sing National Anthem In Sinhalese at a National Day function at Paranthan in Kilinochchi District.- look at their face , have they understand what they have sung ? NO ( Sadly I can see their hatred)

    If they have sung in Tamil I am sure We all would have judged their feeling about their Mother Land from their face !!!!

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    Kumar,

    In a small country like Sri Lanka, it would make sense for all Tamil folk here to learn some Sinhala.

    Tamil folk feel more connected to Tamil Nadu if they speak only Tamil. Is that what they want ? How can they think of MOTHER LANKA when they know Tamil only ? I fail to understand the logic here.

    If I travel abroad west without the knowledge of English, I would feel very lost and a stranger in those countries. Speak the language of the land. That is the smart thing to do.

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Navi Pillai, when she was head of the UNHRC, said that there was ‘Institutionalised Discrimination’ (ID) in Sri Lanka. Ms Pillai is of South Indian origin, and later from South Africa. ID is in Tamil Nadu where there are over 15 Million Tamils of Dalit origin with that Caste stamped on their birth certificates. In Sri Lanka, there is no Caste on birth certificates for anyone. Was Ms Pillai thoroughly mixed up here, or was she part of the Agenda to split up Lanka via language ?

    The trumped up War Crimes charge against Lanka MR govt & the Armed Forces is a false charge ! Shame on the UN – their ‘slip is showing’ in all this. Theirs is an Agenda to divide Lanka through the language issue. The Brit ‘divide & rule’ game is quite obvious to us.

    If the aim is to upgrade Tamils of Dalit origin now in Lanka, then say so and get on with it. Do NOT divide Lanka and pretend to upgrade Tamils of Dalit origin.

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    Kumar,

    The LTTE cadre you refer to NEVER smiled. It has nothing to do with the Sinhala language. Even if they sang in Tamil, they would look the same. It has everything to do with the LTTE training of hatred & unhappiness, killing and murder, cheat and deceit.

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