Sri Lanka: Do we need racist Tamils like Wigneswaran and Sambanthan when Tamils don’t vote TNA?
Posted on July 28th, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

Anyone promoting reconciliation needs to understand that it is not a one-way street solution. You cannot have any peace when there are Tamil representatives who are racists and proud about it too. Moreover it is time that the world themselves realized that the TNA is not representative of the Tamils. Tamils have not been voting for the TNA. Results of votes is evidence. The best way they can hide this is to create public attention through their racism. The unbelievable factor is that the entire world chooses to be silent on Tamil racism while ever ready to point fingers at the Sinhalese.

Firstly, there are no mono-ethnic enclaves and Tamil leaders have no right to be claiming any part of the island territory as their own. Yet, the Northern Provincial Council passed a resolution to prevent ‘colonization’ of Sinhalese. Elementary rule is – You cannot ‘colonize’ your own country and there is and was never anything that can lay historical claim for a Tamil only area!

It is because these racist Tamil leaders cannot prove with historical evidence of a Tamil homeland that Wigneswaran has suggested that Sri Lanka’s history be re-written. It is a piece of cake to have foreign funds given to academics some of whom would agree to put their name against any wild theories for payment and career progress. That endeavor has commenced already.

What is annoying about Wigneswaran and his racist slanders is that he had been living all of his 70 plus years in Colombo among Sinhalese and went to live in the North only after becoming the Chief Minister in 2012. The irony is that while he says the Tamils must have their own leader, he ended up being parachuted from Colombo to the North to contest when it should have been a person living in the North who should have had the right to contest as Chief Minister. Wigneswaran became Chief Minister with much lobbying and assistance by TNA & India who ordered the voters to vote for him. Now would you call this democracy in action? Living in the North for just 4 years, how representative of the people of the North is he in reality??? This can be seen by his silence about the injustice to the Tamil fishermen at the hands of the Indian fishermen who are not only stealing the livelihood of his people but are also ruining the marine bed using internationally banned-bottom trawlers. If Wigneswaran stood for the rights of the Tamil people it is against the Indian fishermen that Wigneswaran should have stood his ground…

Wigneswaran has gone on to say Tamils cannot marry Sinhalese. We hope that the Tamil people know that both his sons are married to Sinhalese women and from politically connected Sinhala families too. So who is he really fooling?

Do Tamils really vote for TNA

According to population statistics the Tamil population stands at 2.2million. It is questionably whether this figure are truly physically living in Sri Lanka or whether they are simply registered. Giving the benefit of doubt, we can see from the results that the Tamil people have not been voting for the TNA.

1956 Tamils (SL & Indian) population 1,858,800
ITAK contested 13 districts 142,758 votes

Total Valid votes = 2,391,538

1960 Tamils (SL & Indian) population 1,858,800
ITAK contested 18 districts 176,444 votes

Total Valid votes = 3,041,420

1965 Tamils (SL & Indian) population 1,164,701
ITAK contested 20 districts 217,914 votes

Total Valid votes = 4,046,720

1970 Tamils (SL & Indian) population 2,598,587
ITAK contested 19 districts 245,727 votes

Total valid votes = 4,991,798

1977 Tamils (SL & Indian) population 2,598,587
TULF contested 23 districts 399,043 votes

Total valid votes = 6,243,573

Out of 2.5m Tamils TULF got less than 400,000 votes in 1977!

How representative of the Tamils was the TULF though it ended up getting 18 seats in Parliament!

Last census in 1981 – Tamil population was 2,705,528

1989 Tamils (SL & Indian) population 2,705,528
TULF contested 4 districts 188,594 votes
1994 Tamils (SL & Indian) population 2,705,528
TULF contested 2 districts 132,461 votes

If TULF was so popular among the Tamils why did they contest only 2 districts?

2000 Tamils (SL & Indian) population 2,705,528
TULF contested 4 districts – this was less than the figure they got when they contested 2 districts in 1994 106,033 votes
2001 Tamils (SL & Indian) population – taking last census population of 1981 2,705,528
TNA formed comprising TULF, TELO, ACTC, EPRLF contested 6 districts 348,164 votes
2004 Tamils (SL & Indian) population – taking last census population of 1981 2,705,528
TNA contested 5 districts  – 5000 LTTE ‘volunteers’ used to ensure TNA won 633,654 votes

Note: No sooner LTTE chose to use TNA as its political arm votes started to surge!

EU election observer mission head John Cushnahan in his EU report on 17 June 2004 clearly established LTTE-TNA link:

Firstly, the LTTE intended that no other rival Tamil party (or Tamil candidate from the mainstream political alliances) to the TNA would be able to claim to represent Tamil interests. A chilling message to this effect was sent early in the campaign when a UNP candidate and an EPDP activist were murdered. Incidents such as this seriously restricted the right of the parties other than the TNA to campaign freely in the Northern and Eastern districts. During the 2004 elections, the major incidents of violence was perpetrated by the LTTE, whereas at the earlier elections, the primary source of the violence (although not all), were the two largest political parties”

2010 Tamils (SL & Indian) population – taking last census population of 1981 2,705,528
TNA contested 5 districts – note how votes dropped after the defeat of the LTTE 233,190 votes

It is very clear from the above that there is a bogus campaign to make TNA the representative of the Tamil people in the same way the LTTE did but the voting patterns and results clearly show that Tamils have not been voting for the TNA.

The votes that the TNA have secured have been with a lot of Indian involvement and bogus promises made at personal levels to the voters.

What needs to be further highlighted is that these TNA leaders are from the elite Vellala caste where they are using divisive politics to remain feudal leaders of their people. You will not see a low-caste Tamil coming up the TNA ladder. While a handful of lowcaste Tamils are kept none of them can even dream of rising up the ladder to hold a meaningful role unless they function as lackeys. Let us note that it was against this rigid caste system that Prabakaran rose but given that to survive he needed to play the game he ended up taking his manpower and from the lowcaste and impoverished Tamils who constitute the majority in the Tamils. The same problem exists in Tamil Nadu political culture as well.

The latest racist ploy by Wigneswaran is his response to the attack by Tamil university students on Sinhala students for performing a kandyan dance act. This was a display of crude racism now coming into the open and without apologizing Wigneswaran’s response is that the Sinhala students were attacked for bringing external cultures into their area? What about the daily Vel ceremonies that Tamils are now free to hold in the rest of the country? Has Wigneswaran banned these because these Tamil events are external to the areas? Has Wigneswaran demanded Tamils leave these external areas where they are living and come to live with him in the North? Why does he not make such a request… he knows that the moment he says that they will in turn ask him where he was living all his 70 plus years and how if discrimination by Sinhalese persisted, he became a Supreme Court judge, and rose in his position.

The so-called international community must realize that TNA is a very irrelevant political party given grandeur only through propaganda. They do not have voter authenticity to claim to be Tamil representatives.

The men who have come forward to say we need homes not merger of the north and east need to be heard and it is people like them who are best equipped to live peacefully with all communities – not racists like Wigneswaran and Sambanthan.

A minority party such as the TNA saddled with a past linked to LTTE must be investigated first and not be given opportunity to steer Tamils towards dividing Sri Lanka.

It is welcome that the Tamils are coming out to question the TNA – Sumanthiran got his dues in Australia.


Shenali D Waduge

13 Responses to “Sri Lanka: Do we need racist Tamils like Wigneswaran and Sambanthan when Tamils don’t vote TNA?”

  1. AnuD Says:

    How About Anadasangaree, govt looking after and paying him for doing nothing.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    The comparison is misplaced. Indian Tamils could not vote for most of those elections so their numbers must be excluded. Children cannot vote and should be excluded. A good comparison is between available choice. Out of all Sri Lankan Tamil MPs elected, how many support separatism? I think almost all of them. If they didn’t support separatism, they wouldn’t be in parliament as no one would vote for them.

  3. mario_perera Says:

    ”Out of all Sri Lankan Tamil MPs elected, how many support separatism? I think almost all of them.”-Dilrook

    If no Sinhala person, whoever it may be, does not see this truth, he is a traitor to the Sinhala cause.

    All this nonsense about reconciliation is pure EYE WASH.A Tamil is a Tamil. Like charcoal, they will never be anything else than what they are. Viggie, Samba, Sumanthiran and the entire wretched breed form the same bunch. It is sheer madness to expect a conversion of heart from them.

    Make no mistake. Violence is brewing. The latest manifestation was the clash at the Jaffna Uni. The leaders played it down: hid the truth under the carpet. There was condemnation but nothing further.

    Provocations will multiply and so will condemnations. They will hit and the Sinhala will say ‘this must not happen again’. Their blows as against our words, just sterile expulsions of air from lungs.

    The Sinhala are a divided race, and divided they are falling.The Sinhala have learned nothing from the lessons of history, and history is repeating itself.

    Mario Perera

  4. S.Gonsal Says:

    To add to Mario’s statement take, for example, the case of a good Tamil Murali and read what his father said to Australian media.
    Murali senior is waiting for Aussies to destroy SriLanka. He has to wait more. Also he will watch Sinahla Sandakan bowling soon.
    Well done son to Kusal Mendis!

  5. Ananda-USA Says:


    I agree with you completely that ALL Tamils support SEPARATISM. I know that even my closest Tamil friends, support SEPARATISM out of earshot! They are Sri Lankan citiuzens in Colombo, but EELAM citizens in Jaffna.

    I am REALLY SAD to HAVE TO SAY that, but that is the UNDENIABLE TRUTH! We cannot depend on them to act as Patriotic Sri Lankan citizens who want to live as equal citizens in one country without demanding things unavailable to all other citizens.

    Their POLICY is to have a separate EELAM only for themselves, and enjoy an EQUAL SHARE in the REST OF Sri Lanka too!

    It is up to the Sinhala Buddhists to RECOGNIZE and UNDERSTAND this REALITY, and to IGNORE their SEPARATIST demands, and to keep CONTROL of and RULE the Nation as a Sinhala Buddhist country, giving all minorities EQUAL BENEFITS as a Sri Lankan citizen, but NOT ONE IOTA MORE. nor ONE IOTA LESS!

  6. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Racists bigots are after only one thing. Their drealam. That’s how these foreigners pay us back while enjoying
    all the privileges more than the native Sinhalese. Rxx sambanthan and Pig neshwaran no different. The low
    lives want Colombo as well of course. That’s why they are slowly expanding drealam along the coastal belts,
    Chilaw, Negambo etc.

    Catholic-run UNPatriotic party divides the Sinhalese and makes minorities king makers. So these racist bigots
    know, ask whatever they like, they get it. Look at the perks they enjoy. Live anywhere they like, go to any
    university they like, write in their own language, mark up by their own, go to university of your choice.
    Get FREE education, start contributing to kill Sinhalese and support drealam project. What Sinhalese has to
    do is get these racist bigots to behave is settling down more Sinhalese in the north and east. That’s the only
    way. Otherwise these racist bigots will multiply and multiply and take over our country. If the racist bigots
    can’t be happy in Sri Lanka they should go back to tn where their heart and loyalty is and where they came from.
    Of course they can’t be since they
    too racist,
    too greedy,
    never grateful,
    never a good word,
    never loyal,
    can never have enough.
    Is there any wonder then?

  7. plumblossom Says:

    Mangala must be replaced by a patriotic foreign minister. Actually Ranil, Sirisena, CBK traitors must be replaced too. However Mangala must be replaced as soon as possible. A country’s government should first and foremost look after the country’s security. sovereignty, territorial integrity and in the case of a small country such as Sri Lanka its unitary status. Mangala has betrayed Sri Lanka by accepting the UNHRC resolution which no country with any integrity will accept. Mangala must realise that those LTTE terrorists who massacred the citizens of this country for over 26 years simply because they wanted a large chunk of this island for themselves, illegally, that they should be dealt with in a very careful manner without betraying the security. sovereignty, territorial integrity and in the case of a small country such as Sri Lanka its unitary status, even if extremely powerful forces such as the US,UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India are behind the LTTE terrorists. In addition, we must place forth the argument that those who settled in the island quite recently only during the past few hundred years i.e. the Sri Lankan Tamils who are only but 11.2% of the population do not have any rights whatsoever to demand over 28% of the land area, 66% of the coastline and 66% of the vast ocean resources which belong to Sri Lanka. This message should be conveyed to the TNA, the separatist terrorists and those who support them i.e. the US,UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India as soon as possible so that they understand our position. This is the task of a foreign minister. Mangala therefore has betrayed Sri Lanka and must go. Sri Lanka cannot afford large self ruling entities which are illegal anyway since this island as a whole belong to all its people in total. It is the foreign minister’s task to covey this message to everyone concerned.

  8. plumblossom Says:

    The missing persons commission, the name is a misnomer. it should be called ‘those combatants on all sides who died in the war i.e. Sri Lankan Forces, Police Force. Civil Defence Forces, IPKF, Tamil Armed Groups against the LTTE and the LTTE terrorists themselves and whose bodies have not be found’. Therefore the name itself is wrong and invented by the UNHRC to tarnish the image of the armed forces of Sri Lanka.

    The missing persons commission to date has receive 24,000 complaints from 1983-2009 period. Of this number over 5,000 are regarding missing Sri Lankan Forces members, whereabouts unknown, almost certainly executed by the LTTE terrorists. Over 12,000 complaints are against the LTTE itself recruiting young persons by coercion. Therefore over 70% of complaints are against the LTTE itself which amounts to over 17,000 complaints. The rest of the complaints are I am sure about the whereabouts of LTTE combatants or terrorists who died while fighting but whose bodies have not been found.

    My question is, why cannot the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India accept that Sri Lankan Forces, Police Force, Civil Defence Forces, IPKF, Tamil Armed Groups against the LTTE and the LTTE terrorists themselves died fighting in this war and leave it at that. What is the point in looking for these combatants now? Why is it that the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India never ever talk about the over 35,000 Sri Lankan Forces, Police Force, civil Defence Force members who died in the war? or the 1,200 IPKF members or the over 2,000 Tamils Armed Groups against the LTTE members who died in the war? or the over 6,000-7,000 Sinhala civilians and even Muslims civilians who were massacred by the LTTE? or the around (my estimate) over 3,000 Tamil civilians massacred by the LTTE?

    Why is it that the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India is not concerned about the over 10,000 Sri Lankan Forces members permanently disabled by the war, or the over 23,000 Sri Lankan Forces members both temporarily and permanently disabled by the war? or the over 136,000 Sri Lankan Forces members who were injured due to the war?

    Why is it that the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India not concerned about the over 65,000 Sinhala people and over 75,000 muslims ethnically cleansed from the North?

    Why is it that the only the around 35,000 LTTE terrorists who died inclusive of Prabhakaran are the concern of the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India? Perhaps this missing persons commission should answer that question first.

  9. plumblossom Says:

    Even if the constitution will be changed since this idiotic government follows whatever instructions the US, UK, EU, Norway, Canada, Sweden, India, the TNA and the separatist terrorists tell it to do, we must ensure that the unitary status of the country is not compromised in any way whatsoever. The clause in the 13th amendment which says that ‘the North and the East is the homeland of the Tamil speaking people’ must be deleted since it is totally false when looking at the history of the island. This clause must be replaced with the clause ‘the entire island is the homeland of all its peoples’. The provision which allows for the merger between two provinces should be deleted. As much subjects from the concurrent list should be included in the national list. Under no circumstances should land, police or fiscal powers be given to provincial councils. All of us need to ensure that the above happens since if the system reverts back to a parliamentary system and the presidential system is scrapped, the only way to ensure the unitary status of the country is the make sure that the provincial councils do not get any more powers than they have at present. The Public Security Ordinance should not be amended in anyway as well. If any provincial councils acts out of line, the head of government should dissolved such a provincial council and direct rule by the head of government should be enforced under those circumstances.

  10. plumblossom Says:

    I would please urge any person who has any influence whatsoever with Ranil, Mangala, Sirisena, CBK to let them know that these Western Countries i.e. the US,UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India will only back off if Sri Lanka takes a very firm stance and refuses to carry out this unjust UNHRC resolution. Sri Lanka must do this without any fear since I am sure if Sri Lanka takes a very firm stance and refuses to carry out this unjust resolution the UNHRC, the US,UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India will back off. I can guarantee that will happen. So it is up to Sri Lanka or rather Ranil, Mangala, Sirisena, CBK whether they are going to place our Sri Lankan armed forces in jeopardy for crimes they did not commit or whether they are going to defend the country’s armed forces and the country’s sovereignty, independence, freedom, integrity, unitary status etc. by refusing to carry out this unjust UNHRC resolution which no country on this planet earth with any integrity will carry out. However, if they keep complying with whatever unjust demands are made by the US,UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India, they will have to keep complying with those unjust demands at the expense of Sri Lanka breaking up into pieces and placing the Sri Lankan people’s security in jeopardy. Sri Lanka will end up being partitioned too.

  11. anura seneviratna Says:

    Shenali got this wrong, very old stats. Now no Tamil votes for no one else except racist invasive Tamil parties or those who support it.

  12. Fran Diaz Says:

    Tamil Leaders saw to it that Tamil Separatism is well and alive, otherwise Tamil Leaders would be out of a job ! They have tied it to Cold War type politics and the Brit ‘Divide & Rule’ to carve out Eelam.

    The 1983 trumped up Riots saw mass migration of Tamils to the west – the only way to enter the west was as Refugees, so the Riots were trumped up for that purpose. J.N. Dixit, Indian Envoy, saw to it that the Riots did happen under the ultra west JRJ govt ! That is how the Tamil Diaspora was formed to lobby in the west.

    Tamil Leaders see Eelam formation as a means to unify the Tamil people of all Castes and win the admiration of Tamil Nadu as well. So the ‘cloaking device’ of Hinduthva has started with the Thiruval statues etc. – cultural ties to Tamil Nadu where exists some 20 Million Tamil Dalits.

    The Sinhala leaders lack the cunning of the Tamils. Sinhala leaders (Buddhists) out of kindness for the Tamil Caste bound people gave the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act (1957 – SWRD), to enable low Caste Tamil children of the North to enter class rooms to study. Where is the gratitude from Tamil folk for this magnanimous kindness ?

    * The best thing to do is for all Others in Lanka to unify and remove the ILLEGAL 13-A.
    * Also insist that the Vadukoddai Resoln of 1976 (Eelam through Violence) is revoked officially by Tamil leaders.

    Other ideas welcome.
    Be Smart. Think clearly, dear Patriots of Lanka. Keep the country intact.

  13. Fran Diaz Says:

    Or else INDIA has plans to neo-Colonise Lanka. Waiting in the wings, with ‘love’ from INDIA ! :

    – ETCA
    – Sea Tunnel to Tamil Nadu
    – 5,000 acre lots on 99 yr leases to foreigners
    – New Constitution (what might that bring ??)

    LETS MOVE, ALL Patriots of Lanka !

    The Slogans on the placards should be :
    “Remove the ILLEGAL 13-A”
    “Revoke the Vadukoddai Resolution of 1976”
    “Keep Lanka intact”

    Have the Slogans in all 3 languages.

    Keep it SIMPLE !!

    It can be done.
    If there is a Will, there is a Way !

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