Stephane Dion in Sri Lanka-Your readers have read the TRUTH on Sri Lanka’s ‘reconciliation’ issue, now let them read the FACTS
Posted on August 8th, 2016

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

8 August 2016

The Editor (Letters)

THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Mike Blanchfield’s report ‘Sri Lankan Diaspora backs Liberal reconciliation push – Tamils hopeful minority rights will be promoted’ has stymied me pretty badly.  Can the Tamil Diaspora tell us Canadians what are the minority rights that they have been denied, other than wanting their mono-ethnic, racist Tamil state, Eelam,  carved out of one-third of the island bordered by 66% of the coast line that they have been agitating for since the 1930s.

If it is education that they are griping about, they got it.  When the riots happened in July 1983, Jaffna Educational District was well supported and qualitatively superior in comparison with the situation elsewhere in the island.   They had 555 Government Schools for a Tamil student population of 207,524, where as the capital Colombo had only 251 such schools for 231,690  multi-ethnic students.  Then the Tamils enjoyed a literacy rate of 88.3% compared to 86.5% for the majority Sinhalese.  The Jaffna District  schools had 41% of approved science laboratories compared to the all island average of 19.6%.

The Tamils had their own University in Jaffna, which they sanitized the student undergraduate population to be only Tamils when they stoned and chased 400 Sinhalese lecturers and undergraduates out of campus on 13th August 1977, who were brought South in buses escorted by the Army and Police, while the Tamil students enjoyed the privilege of studying in the southern Universities, untouched.  On July 18, 2016, the Tamil undergraduates at the Jaffna campus brutally attacked the Sinhalese undergraduates and 10 were hospitalized. The Sinhalese undergraduates went home and are refusing to return to campus. So what is the problem the Tamils are griping to the Liberals when they are denying the right for the Sinhalese to be educated?

Was it employment that they feel denied as their minority right?

When the riots happened on July 1983, the Tamils were holding the senior positions in most Government Departments.  The Supreme Court Chief Justice was a Tamil as is now.  The Inspector General of Police was a Tamil and so was the Auditor General a Tamil.  Senior diplomats posted to Missions abroad, like London, UK,  were Tamils too.  So what are they griping about And I could go on. But here is the situation of the Tamils in Sri Lanka today.

While the majority Sinhalese cannot own one-square-inch of land on the Jaffna peninsula, the Tamils own 75%  of prime real estate in Wellawatte, a rich suburb of Colombo, which is Colombo’s Rothwell Heights.  And these Tamils refuse to rent an annex to the majority Sinhalese in Wellawatte, Such calculated actions are poison for harmony and a precursor for ethnic trouble.

Forty percent of the population in the capital Colombo are Tamils, Inter-marrying with the Sinhalese and living happily ever after.

What have they got to reconcile about?   They have already reconciled through their vows of marriage.  Fifty-four percent of Tamils live in the South of the island, and they have harmonized their relationships with the majority Sinhalese.  And they are happy with themselves.

And what is most important to note is that along the mile long strip of shops along Main Street, Pettah in Colombo, every third shop is owned by the Tamils and patronized by the majority Sinhalese.

They do not need any ‘reconciliation’ as they have already reconciled that they are partners of  a multi-ethnic society,

I think Canada should stop meddling with Sri Lanka’s domestic politics as we have hurt them too much by aiding and abetting surreptitiously the Tamil Eelam war. Canada let the Tamil Diaspora collect two million dollars a month for 13-long years during the former Liberal Governments of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin to stuff the Tamil Tiger war-chest to purchase war weapons to keep fighting the Tamil cause of separation.

“He (Dion) also encouraged the Sri Lankan embrace “peaceful pluralism”, the news item reported.  This is nothing knew for the Sri Lankans.  They enjoyed “peaceful pluralism” for scores of decades, until the Tamil politicians spoilt it for them with their 1977 Vadukkodai Resolution wanting their Eelam for the Tamils even if they had to take up arms.

“Canada is strong not despite but because of its diversity, which is a source of openness, acceptance, progress and prosperity.  Why should it not become true for Sri Lanka,” Stephan Dion asked.

The answer is simple.  Remember, Canada had its  worrying days too with Quebec wanting to separate,  In Sri Lanka’s case, ask the Tamil separatist politicians to come down  from their high-horses and give up their wanting to win  their mono-ethnic racist cause  wanting their  mythical Tamil Eelam.  That is  indeed the manthra for Tamil and Sinhalese harmony.

Asoka Weerasinghe

5 Responses to “Stephane Dion in Sri Lanka-Your readers have read the TRUTH on Sri Lanka’s ‘reconciliation’ issue, now let them read the FACTS”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. plumblossom Says:

    When looking at Sri Lanka’s history, it is extremely obvious that from 600BC to around 1400AD there were three kingdoms, all Sinhala Buddhist, Ruhuna, Pihiti or Rajarata and Maya or Malayarata. Rajarata encompassed today’s North Central, North Western, Northern and even the Central Province. Ruhunu rata encompassed today’s Uva, Eastern and Southern Provinces. The Kandyan Kingdom from 1400AD encompassed most of the island inclusive of today’s Northern and the Eastern Provinces except for the Jaffna Peninsula. Even the Jaffna Peninsula was invaded and occupied by force by Aryachakravarthi (Pandyan) and actually did belong to Rajarata earlier and later the Kandyan Kingdom.

    Today’s provincial boundaries were drawn up by the British colonialists as per their divide and rule policy and the Sinhala people were not consulted when drawing up these provincial boundaries. In the meantime, most Sri Lankan Tamils of today were actually brought over during Dutch and British times to the Jaffna Peninsula and elsewhere to work on tobacco and indigo plantations which were planted extensively in all the colonies since they were much sought after and made a lot of money for the colonialists. Therefore they are recent arrivals and cannot claim homelands or separate states whatsoever.

    The usual practice when a colonial power hands over their former colonies is to hand it over to its original owners. Therefore the British colonialists should hand over the Kandyan Kingdom to the Kandyan Sinhalese from whom they took it by force. Since the Kandyan Kingdom encompassed the North and the East, these provinces too should be handed over to the Kandyan Sinhalese who are its rightful owners. Even the Jaffna Peninsula should be handed over to the Kandyan Sinhalese since it was part of Rajarata and was forcefully occupied by Aryachakravarthi (Pandyan).

    Since this has now been done already, the TNA and other separatist terrorists or the US, UK EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India cannot demand that present day Northern or even the Eastern provinces be provided any more powers or be made into federal states since this is totally going against the history and archaeology of the island and totally going against the rights of the Sinhala people who also have fundamental rights to claim the entire island inclusive of the North and the East as their homeland first and foremost. Therefore, the TNA , the separatist terrorists, the US, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India has to respect the history and archaeology of the island and accept that the present day provincial councils are more than sufficient to run the affairs of the provinces. Sri Lanka must be a unitary state and no more powers should be provided to the provincial councils. In fact, when talking about the 13th amendment, the concurrent list subjects must be included in the national list. The provision where two provinces can merge should be deleted. The bogus claim of the North and the East being the homeland of the Tamil speaking people should be deleted. The entire island should be declared the homeland of all its peoples.

    Sinhala people should be resettled in the North in quite a large number if there is to be peace and harmony within the island since Sinhala people have every historical right to live in the North as well as the East. It is only due to ethnic cleansing of the North of Sinhala people by the LTTE and the other separatists that Sinhala people are not at present living in the North. Many thousands of landless elsewhere in the island especially Sinhala people should be provided land in the North since most of the vacant land in the country is in the North and in the East since both these provinces encompass over 28% of the land area of the island. Then only will there be peace since when people mix, there is more harmony. This is the only way towards peace and development in the island.

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