Is Sri Lanka insane to proceed with a new Constitution when country is unstable and LTTE terrorism & separatism is alive?
Posted on February 14th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

The present government would well do to listen to the pulse of the people. 93% people polled do not wish to have a new constitution, moreover the proposals directly conflict with the status quo prevailing and will lead to dangerous ramifications none of which the committee have answers for. Why should we deal with problems after knowingly creating them? The proposals to weaken the centre and give virtual executive powers to the provinces going beyond general federal framework and departing from unitary status is inadvisable given the context of the political activism by those who are likely to lead two sensitive and volatile provinces. This island nation withstood invasions from South India and even colonial rulers, not to be divided by some committee who have no aim to protect the national history and heritage of our proud past. No new constitution can create identities or values completing disregarding and omitting the history of those who built the nation and the principles on which it was built.

The actions of the present government have been questionable and a list of faux pas is shocking.

  • Co-sponsoring the UN resolution thereby betraying the heroic men who sacrificed their lives to end LTTE terrorism and agreeing to only press war crimes charges against the soldiers by agreeing to have international judges and an international special court, completely ignoring the evidence at hand and ignoring that all of UN’s special courts have been utter failures.
  • Deproscribing banned LTTE fronts and individuals on the excuse of ‘reconciliation’
  • releasing without conditions hardcore LTTE cadres including the leader of the female sea tigers, while targeting military leaders and military personnel and charging them on frivolous non-bailable offences.
  • agreeing to compensate LTTE cadres without charging for crimes that include murdering innocent civilians.
  • Allocating lands without asserting whether those demanding lands even owned lands and can prove they owned lands. In short simply giving into and buckling to pressures.
  • tricking SLFP into forming ‘national government’ to enable ‘sole representatives of the Tamil people is LTTE’ claiming Sambanthan to become Opposition Leader
  • TNA storming army camps demanding documents!
  • Distancing Sri Lanka from historical friends China and Pakistan both countries who helped Sri Lanka end the conflict
  • Regular discovery of suicide jackets and bombs while quite strangely Sri Lanka’s ammunition factory explodes
  • All types of stunts have been pulled since May 2009 to demand removal of military from the North and closure of all military bases in the North.
  • A similar onslaught against Sinhalese claiming ‘colonization’ is also with covert attempt to remove all Sinhalese from the North and East and by default claim area as separate Tamil land. The new constitution is aiming to facilitate this overall objective.
  • Eastern Province Chief Minister to get accolades from the US envoy next to him abuses a naval officer in public and the naval officer gets transferred.
  • Open commemoration of LTTE inside state universities and even schools and nothing is done. Open commemoration of LTTE even by Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader’s own Party – even the national flag is burnt and torn and nothing is done.
  • Armed gangs are operating in the North on bicycles
  • GSP plus by EU on the assurance that Sri Lanka completely undermines its own national security and sovereignty. What kind of concessions are these forcing irreversible changes to trade deals that can easily be reversed or removed as EU has done in the past.
  • And the PM wants to build a highway connecting Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka !

Factors that cannot be ignored by the Government.

  • 93% public polled do not wish for a new constitution. This beckons to question exactly what MINORITY of people want a new constitution & why, are their claims relevant or are they only mouthpieces of parties that wish to continue to destabilize Sri Lanka.
  • LTTE foreign conspired plot to assassinate TNA MP Sumanthiran. This revelation shows that Sri Lanka’s security has been weakened, that LTTE cadres are now moving in and out of the country, that various parties have tapped into these trained militant killers and can make use of them for political assassinations. TID have arrested 4 LTTE cadres in Kilinochchi following investigations

http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2017/jan/29/four-ex-ltte-cadres-held-for-plotting-to-assassinate-tamil-mp-sumanthiran-1564747.html

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/01/27/overseas-ltte-backed-plot-to-assassinate-tna-mp-sumanthiran-in-jaffna-revealed/

  • December 2016 – Tamils for Obama request removal of LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization.
  • April 2016 – the Northern Provincial Council has boldly passed a resolution contravening its mandate claiming ‘Sinhalese colonization in the North – clear historical proof exists to show Sinhalese were very much living in the North and East far before Tamils arrived from South India. However, TNA and NPC chief minister are regularly organizing public demos demanding Sinhalese be removed from North while daily Tamils are colonizing South areas.

http://srilankaoneislandtwonations.tumblr.com/post/153024846146/tamil-fishermen-protest-in-mannar-against-sinhala

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=36521

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/sinhala-colonisation-a-great-worry-for-tamils/article6358994.ece

  • June 2015 – ruling UNP Tamil minister whose own husband was killed by the LTTE, claims people were safer under LTTE. The same Minister a few months later said that Prabakaran would have been the Prime Minister if Rajapakse’s had not killed him.

http://www.sinhala.lnwtoday.com/archives/285

  • In September 2015 the Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada issued a report that LTTE fronts were producing fabricated reports & documentaries to frame Sri Lanka. The report accused the 15 LTTE fronts banned by UNSC Resolution 1373 and the 424 individuals as using their accumulated funds earned through human smuggling, extortion and other illegal operations to influence the UNHRC. Referring to ‘Tainted-Freedom from Torture Report’ and video Sri Lanka-the Search for Justice” SLUNA has accused the report of being about former LTTE cadres who had escaped to the UK via LTTE fronts and that the scars on their bodies were done in the UK for payment to facilitate asylum claims. SLUNA also accuses the video as being the same as the C4 video appearing yearly before UNHRC sessions. A C4 director is married to Ms. Sabaratnam who is alleged to be linked to LTTE and is a producer in C4. Vany Kumar a star witness turns out to be a LTTE activist. http://www.asiantribune.com/node/87970

Destabalizing hand of India continues to prevail.

Sri Lanka CANNOT ever ignore that armed militancy was initiated by Indian Government in the 1970s. All Tamil armed groups were created with the assistance of Indian Government with training, money and even logistical assistance given. Therefore, every event & incident associated with Tamils invariably has a touch of Indian involvement for whatever reason and this has to be taken into cognizance by any government in power. Neither molly cuddling to India nor going gun-ho with India can solve matters. A diplomatic national policy specifically for India is a must.

Many of the current rise in mischief making groups are being attributed to the Indian operatives including the manner they are using Tamils and playing them against each other while also using them to make demands on an appeasing government all of which work towards Indian geopolitical advantage.

  • August 2016 – release of Journalist Neena Gopal’s book “The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi” confirms that Prabakaran’s deputy that Gopalaswamy Mahendrarajah alias Mahattaya was a Research and Analysis Wing mole. This means that every decision taken by the LTTE leader was passed to India and India was well aware of it. That Mahattaya was killed after Prabakaran found out also shows that Prabakaran a creation of India, wished to have no ties to India after he had established himself.
  • Regular discoveries of arms/ammunition etc reveal that clandestinely these are flowing from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka and is possibly the reason for vast numbers of Indian fishermen demanding rights to fish in Sri Lanka while Tamils are used to complain against the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to scare the government into confining them to barracks so a plethora of illicit and illegal activities can continue as before.

LTTE continues – Racism – Separatism thrives

  • December 2016 – LTTE Tamils in UK seeking to make a LTTE monument on a 24-acre land from Oxfordshire spending over 1.4 million Sterling Pounds
  • Suicide bombers celebrated by Jaffna & Eastern universities & in schools – Even ‘moderate’ MP Sumanthiran in Parliament declared “If you are serious about reconciliation it is important for you to allow memorialisation. The government has agreed that memorialisation will be allowed.” (Nov 2015).
  • LTTE cemeteries being rebuilt – completely ignoring the many lives (both non-Tamil and Tamil) extinguished by LTTE.
  • Racist rallies organized by the TNA and TNA NPC Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran

http://english.readsrilanka.com/north-chief-minister-leads-a-demonstration-in-jafna/

http://www.lankaimage.com/2017/02/tamil-makkal-peravai-launches-protest.html

  • Destruction of Buddhist sites in North and East

A court case has been filed following several incidents of Buddhist temples and Buddhist statues being destroyed

https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/investigate-vandalising-buddha-statutes-in-north-lawyer-files-fr/

  • Threats to Sinhalese living in North & East

TNA leaders chant ‘colonization’ and foreign sympathizers either ignorant of definition of colonization or simply towing the line have been posing threats to the Sinhalese who had been living in the North before independence and who were chased out of their homes by LTTE. No resettlement assistance has been given to them, very little foreign media exposure is given to their plight and their grievances never get even a one line mention in any UN or NGO reports.

Forbidding Tamils to marry Sinhalese

http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2016/feb/24/Wigneswaran-Opposes-Tamil-Sinhalese-Marriages-896427.html

Tamil politicians spreading racism and hatred – Vanni protest against violent Sinhala colonists

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=38222

  • Attacks on Sinhala students studying at the Jaffna university

Tamil academia racism and separatism – May 2016, Jaffna university commemorated dead LTTE cadres.

http://www.redspark.nu/en/national-liberation-struggle/university-of-jaffna-commemorates-tamil-eelam-heroes/ (these photos of Tamil academics praying for murderers is shocking)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/jaffna-varsity-teachers-assert-right-to-mourn/article6006123.ece (Jaffna teachers want to mourn LTTE cadres)

http://www.sinhalanet.net/ranil-and-sirisena-allowed-to-commemorate-ltte-black-tigers-terrorist-in-jaffna

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/10/02/will-india-allow-wigneswaran-jaffna-university-to-commemorate-ltte-dhanu-for-assassinating-rajiv-gandhi/

Jaffna university students attack Sinhala students – July 2016

Sinhalese students were attacked just because they had prepared a traditional Kandyan dance to receive the freshers at the university. One student had injuries to head and had to be operated.

http://www.sinhalanet.net/global-sri-lankans-condemned-the-attack-on-sinhala-students-by-racist-tamils-in-jaffna-university

TNA links to terror & separatism uninvestigated

TNA raid army camps

December 2015 – TNA NPC Chief Minister forms Tamil Makkal Peravai or Tamil Peoples’ Assembly (TPA) also known as the TPC – a sign of splitting TNA. Though claiming to be non-political party, the TPC is demanding an international war crimes inquiry – http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/TPC-wants-Int-l-probe-on-war-crimes-allegations-123658.html?fbrefresh=refresh

  • NPC Chief Minister has been flouting protocols and even violating the Constitution. Signing MOUs with foreign entities, continuous claims of ‘militarization’ hysteria giving a totally false notion to the external world completely ignoring that it was the military that he is accusing who saved 300000 Tamil civilians, built them homes with their own hands, helped them set up schools, renovated damaged kovils and other sites, helped them with their farming etc all while the Chief Minister himself was living comfortably in Colombo as were other TNA MPs.

http://www.ceylonews.com/2016/10/wigneswaran-in-london-highlights-militarisation-of-north-video/

  • In September 2016, the SLFP condemned NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s Eluga Thamil” Rise up Tamils” campaign organized by the Tamil People’s Council headed by the CM was also supported by EPRLF and PLOTE (former armed militant groups)  Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva sked TNA to take disciplinary action against him. Nimal Siripala de Silva is on record this political drama being enacted by Wigneswaran to collect a few points and satisfy LTTE sympathizers goes against the governments reconciliation efforts”

http://www.dailymirror.lk/116572/SLFP-asks-Wigneswaran-to-withdraw-statements?fbrefresh=refresh#sthash.EBbWYE6y.VhDpRZCq.dpuf

http://asiantribune.com/node/89514

TNA demanded singing of National Anthem in Tamil. Violating the constitution it was done but now TNA CM is making Tamils sing a totally different anthem.

Also one of the proposals by the committee is to change the national flag. However, what difference is that going to make when the original flag did not even represent Tamils and Muslims and two stripes were introduced to accommodate both minorities, but this is the gratitude shown in respecting the national flag. How much needs to be given to those that have no gratitude and show no respect and have no limit to the demands made until they possess a separate land.

LTTE foreign network alive & thriving

Following the removal of several LTTE diaspora groups and individuals from the UNSC Resolution 1373 ban, these entities lost no time in once more pressurizing UN and foreign governments to press war crimes charges against the soldiers.

  • September 2016 – Sri Lankan envoy to Malaysia was attacked by pro-LTTE Indians inside the Malaysian international airport
  • July 2015 – Tamil Nadu police arrest member of LTTE who had in his possession 75 cyanide capsules, 300 gm cyanide, a GPS device and a few mobile phones

http://www.ndtv.com/tamil-nadu-news/person-suspected-to-have-links-to-ltte-detained-in-tamil-nadu-783521

  • LTTE diaspora was recently protesting outside Sri Lanka high commission in the UK

What country proceeds to make a constitution when the proposals that have so far being made fall well in line with the demands made proceeding to a separate state. Lets remind all that the ITAK constitution itself continues to be challenged for its confederal aims though Tamil politicians decry demand for a federal constitution. Why should parties & individuals uninvestigated for links to terrorists have any rights to make demands to what should and should not be included into a new constitution? Why should a state accommodate these demands knowing what the end objective is?

The LTTE diaspora banned in 2014 and now deproscribed are again chanting the same separatist slogans, Tamil politicians are doing the same – so where is this reconciliation heading?

It is time common sense prevailed. No nation can change its destination to the whims of separatists and people who playing no role in building the nation or have afforded any service to the nation.

When 93% people say they do not wish to have a new constitution – it is that view that the government needs to uphold not the whims of a handful of eternal whiners.

Shenali D Waduge

12 Responses to “Is Sri Lanka insane to proceed with a new Constitution when country is unstable and LTTE terrorism & separatism is alive?”

  1. Charles Says:

    Shenali,

    Even though there is a growing number of Sri Lankans beginning to dislike the Maithri-Ranil-Chandrika trio’s government, who is there to stop them from continuing to destroy what remains of Sri Lanka ?
    They are on the other hand hailed by the west for what they have done to Sri Lanka, Government of Australia has even celeberated this destructive ignoble man ruining our country with a Doctorate.

    If Hillary Clinton had won the USA Presidency this same bank thief and Batalanda Criminal would have been invited to the White house to attend a dinner organised in his honour.

    And our English speaking intelligentsia will continue to applaud democracy, freedom of speech, and absence of white van culture since Yahapalanaya and condemn the Dictatorship of a “corrupt” Mahinda Rajapakse. We will have only to helplessly stand by while Sri Lanka with its 2500 years old Buddhist culture sinks into oblivion.

  2. charithsls Says:

    In the grand scheme of things by the US & the West Honours, Doctorates are being offered to the gullible PM RW ( & others) in Australia etc to tie him & the government to these changes. Selling the country for a pittance!

  3. Dilrook Says:

    Interesting to see how many in the Joint Opposition will actually oppose the new constitution in parliament.

    Anyone can say anything to the media. What matters is their conduct in parliament. Going by past conduct, I expect a number of key JO MPs to go missing when important matters are taken up in parliament. There are gullible fools to believe their excuses. Their leaders know this.

    If the new constitution is passed, then those who supposedly oppose it must promise to remove the new constitution. If they fail (and give excuses) people should not trust them.

  4. Hiranthe Says:

    Thank you Shenali for the well supported and researched article.

    We are in a grave situation!! Only the natural forces can save us. The more we get corrupted as a nation, more we move deep into the ditch of disaster.

    I have a strong feeling that Mother Lanka will be protected from this calamity.. People like Sarath Weerasekara, Govindu Kumarathunga and many other patriots are working day and night to save her apart from the opposition politicians in JO. In addition there are a large section of Maha Sanga are opposed to a new constitution..

    My fear is that there will be a big blood bath… the Police and other forces in action are Yamapalanaya supporters and they see the protesters as enemy’s of theirs…

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Only solution is a MILITARY-SANGHA takeover.

    IF anyone has a better workable solution I LOVE to hear it.

    (Bringing MR back is NOT a solution. It is a POLITICAL victory for MR.)

    Hiranthe,

    Sira will NOT allow killing anyone. Whatever problems he may have you have to give him CREDIT for it.

    Sira narrowly escaped death in 1971. He will not allow it.

  6. Hiranthe Says:

    Lorenzo,

    Military action – Not possible.. because Gonseka has placed all his supporters in key positions

    Navy commander… we have seen in Hambantota.. so rule out Navy,

    Air Force – I don’t know the current set up..Commander must be a Run-nil supporter

    Police – can not trust them… they only worship money.

    Only Maha Sanga remains… But no single point leadership.. they are going every where…

    Bringing MR is not enough… it will be the same story as he will not get rid of the PC system…

    We need Fresh leadership with similar views of Sarath Weerasekara for the country.

    Gota might be the best choice… but where is he?? Yamapalanaya has broken his will or what??

  7. vichara2 Says:

    I have elsewhere suggested that there should be re demarcation of the Provinces to save Trinco Port becoming an Indian enclave and the total Tamlization of the District by amalgamating the Trinco District with the NCP.
    The loss of territory of EP can be compensated by joining Polonnaruwa District with the EP. This will also bring a balance in the ethnic composition of the EP .

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Our grateful thanks to Shenali for pointing out the truth.

    ————

    We think that this is EVERY PATRIOTIC CITIZENS fight ! Direct and insist that the GoSL does the right thing by the People of Lanka. Democracy is being tested here – do not give into ugly Fascism !

    Suggestions :

    * If the GoSL wants to bring down numbers, then offer FREE birth control material and run many ad campaigns for long periods such as ‘Punchi Pawla Ratharang’ billboard campaign (in Tamil & Sinhala languages) during JRJ’s time.

    * Thwarting the People through a Yahap Fascist/Sadist style govt (RW’s speciality !), will only bring insecurity and misery, and will be counter to the peaceful Ports/Trade objective in Lanka desired by the earlier Obama govt. in the USA.

    * Never allow illegal migrants into Lanka. Not even Refugees. Tamil Nadu will have to do their desalination plants/flood control methods (they have the Engineers & funds) and take care of their own land and people.

    * Give the People proper direction to achieve the worthy goals such as Clean Air, Water & Food; Education that is meaningful, Job creation, etc.

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    Hiranthe,

    NO.

    Very few SF men are in top positions now. Some are good people like JAGATH DIAS who ended VP’s terror. He was ridiculed and NOT given a promotion by the previous govt. He was sent to our embassy in Germany with a VERY LOW GRADE job – defence attaché. Others got Ambassador jobs!

    There are plenty of army top commanders angry with what is going on.

    The navy commander has NO CONTROL of the navy. That is why he HIMSELF went there are attacked people.

    Police and AF just do what they are TOLD.

    This was the same thing many people said about the army in 2005. They are CORRUPT. politicized, weak, etc. But look what happened.

    Sangha may be weak but they ACT when needed.

    No one in the MILITARY can resist when SANGHA is involved and NO ONE among the Sangha can resist when the MILITARY is going to SAVE the country from FEDERALISM and POLITICAL THUGS.

    I agree with GR.

    But when GR takes over in 2020 there won’t be a country!!

  10. Dilrook Says:

    @vichara2

    That cannot be done as the Constitution (13A) lays down the provinces. The constitution must be amended to do it.

    A limited reallocation can be done on villages in the border where it is not very clear which side they should fall.

  11. Ananda-USA Says:

    Katussa (Lorenzo) is a LTTE mole burrowing into LankaWeb!

    Katussa (Lorenzo) is no Mahattaya, but neverthe less he is serving his EELAMIST masters at LankaWeb, sowing maximum confusion in the interest of their EELAMIST goals!

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    USA,

    IF I were an Elamist, I will MERRILY go along ELAMIST politicians who support 13 amendment and LLRC (=LTTE) and sleep with KP (the LTTE leader after VP).

    IF you think the MILITARY and the SANGHA create maximum chaos you have NO IDEA about the parliament!!!

    In parliament the CHAOS includes calling each other “pa*aya, booruwa, hora, balla, ura, mukatiya, kalawedda, ammata *******, etc. with occasional violence, regular sexual encounters among them and with outsiders, ROBBERIES, kasippu and heroin dealers, terrorists, separatists, corruption, MASS MURDERERS, astrologers, perethayas, idiots, lunatics, etc.

    Have you EVER seen that in the MILITARY or the SANGHA?

    “I want to know if you are blind Jo’anna
    If you wanna hear the sound of drums
    Can’t you see that the tide is turning
    Hoooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Don’t make me wait till the morning come!
    Gimme hope, Jo’anna Hope
    Gimme hope, Jo’anna Hope
    ‘fore the morning comes”

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