Kanthar Balanathan, Australia
Accountability”, in general, is answerability, liability and an expectation of provision of description and explanation. In governance, the accountability of the governing body is to the public and legislative bodies, and not to overseas companies, organisations or para terrorist forums.
Below an excerpt from the US Department of State.
“Government accountability means that public officials – elected and un-elected – have an obligation to explain their decisions and actions to the citizens. Government accountability is achieved through the use of a variety of mechanisms – political, legal and administrative – designed to prevent corruption and ensure that public officials remain answerable and accessible to the people they serve. In the absence of such mechanisms, corruption may thrive.”
-U.S. Department of State
In the paradigm of SriLanka, Tamils, who have forgone their SriLankan citizenship in place of their domiciled country (west), and citizens of western nations, are stirring, complaining, bamboozling with serious false propaganda, with a view to avenge vengeance against GOSL, and destroy SL.
The question is; Are these Tamil organisations, congresses, Councils, and Forums have the right to question the Accountability of SriLanka Governance? LTTE members are within these forums advocating devastation to SL. They should demonstrate patriotism to their own domiciled country (West).
Accountability of Governance prior to 2005:
For almost 35 years Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) has been deluding and tricking GOSL, and GOSL failed in reporting accountability. In the name of peace talks, LTTE has been stockpiling to augment their armoury with heavy weapons, while the executive presidents and Prime Ministers turned a blind eye to the serious issues. During this period, SL faced with significant incidents of murder, assassinations, killing, slaughter of civilians, ministers, parliamentarians and heads of states, in addition to kidnapping of local and foreign nationals. The citizens of SriLanka lived in an open environment of fear, trepidation, terror, anxiety, and depression, irrespective whether in the North, East, West or South.
In a strong democracy, choice and freedom are the administration and public institutions that citizens trust. In this context GOSL prior to 2005 gave that choice and freedom to the terrorists and not the citizens. Was this instigated by external powers?
The Head of state, the Statesman, HE Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse (HEMR); since he knew the destructions prior to 2005, assessed the multi-billions of Rupees worth of assets destroyed by the LTTE, loss of lives, citizens in slavery, child soldiers life put to danger, took a wise decision to report his degree of accountability principles to the parliament and the citizens of SL. It is considered that the head of state is also accountable to his citizens irrespective of their ethnic group, but AS SriLankan.
Closure of the Mavil Aru (river) anicut sluice gates in Vanni by the LTTE affected the water supply to 15,000, families in non LTTE controlled areas. Failing all negotiations, and the fact that Tamils were suffering in the LTTE controlled areas, GOSL initiated the military operation in order to accomplish the re-opening of Mavil Aru’s sluice gates. Water is essentially a non-negotiable fundamental Human Right, and utilities cannot be used as a bargaining tool. (US policy is not to negotiate with terrorists**)
What has been accomplished by GOSL is improving the living standards of the people and remove the risk of loss of lives. We could realise that there has been no failure in the accountability of the president.
We visited SriLanka after 31+ years, and we were overwhelmed and astounded to see the magnitude of development, the chivalrous well-mannered culture of the SriLankans’, the peaceful environment, and the consciousness of the citizens to go about their day to day life; It is not only the physical structures; however, the quality of culture and skills of the people also has tremendously improved to a high standard.
Addressing the Tamil political parties; ITAK, TELO, EPRLF, PLOTE and TNA, it is of the view that they have failed in reporting their accountability. TNA joined hands with the LTTE and was not at all interested in the safety and well-being of the Tamils. Knowing LTTE did recruit child soldiers, TNA did not protest to any of the acts carried out by LTTE. If we carefully investigate it is certain that TNA and members of the TNA are formerly members of some terrorist group. E.g.; Mr. Suresh Premachandran, Sivajilingham, Siththathar, Selvam Adaikalanathan etc. As members of terrorist groups those people should be investigated and proper action should be taken, as per the 6th amendment section 157(A), as they are accountable to the people of SL.
I am a Tamil and have lived among Tamils. Being an educated one, I feel sorry for our Tamils as we are still primitive, believe that SUN is a GOD and not a globe of nuclear fusion. We do not believe that our planet (Earth) is moving at 69,000 miles per hour around the Sun. We want to be a segregated society, do not wish to integrate with anyone, but still greedy of everything, selfish and self-centred. Evidence is the living model of Tamils in the west.
HUMAN RIGHTS (HR) IN SRILANKA
SriLanka is a democratic country. We were trained by the British on technical, administrative, medical, and all matters before and after independence. Tamils, being a minority, received higher level education than the Sinhalese. After British took over SL, they taught us how to live, respect each other, eliminate discrimination & oppression, and foremost how to govern ourselves democratically. Well, British developed SL.
Caste Discrimination of Tamils by Tamils
Majority of the Tamils were of lower class (LC) (caste). These Tamils were discriminated and oppressed by the Elite Tamils in the North and East for several centuries and are being treated low. This made some Tamils to move out of the N&E to the South where they lived happily. Evidence; I lived in the South, as my father was a police officer, and was told by many Tamils on this ploy by the Jaffna elites. British eliminated a few forms of discrimination. For example; prior to British rule; lower caste Tamils should not wear shirt, shoe, slippers, own land, draw water from a well, enter temples, wear anything to wrap around their body, but wear an underwear and even cannot walk on the same road as the elites. LC Tamils cannot have any functions. Lower caste Tamils were deprived of education. I refer all readers to a Tamil book written by a scholar: :Sathiyam; Iruppum Thakarppum” by Magarasan, published in 2007.
Although British changed this discriminatory act, Tamils in the North & East are deep rooted to think that discrimination and oppression through caste system is integrated with their culture, customs & rights. It was, and is, an Apartheid situation in the N&E. It is still practiced in the N&E, however, most immoral, unscrupulous and murky Tamils have exported this practice to overseas countries where they are domiciled. Tamils are keen in building their own empire overseas based on caste system.
An example is the members of the TGTE. Who are these people? Most of them are rich, from elite caste, built their monetary coffer over the years and/or siphoned funds from the coffers of LTTE or organisations, nothing else to do, cannot compete with Europeans on literacy, degree of perception, and expertise, got frustrated, and wanted to be somebody in politics. Hence cling onto floating bodies called TGTE, CNC, and ATC etc. to show their muscle over the lower caste people. What they do is brain wash those lower caste, labour class people domiciled overseas to siphon funds and hoodwink in the name of Tamil Elam”. I pity those illiterates and lower caste people for their foolishness and idiocy for being taken for a ride. Talking to a lower caste fellow from Scarborough, Canada, I observed that the person was incited and intoxicated by those CTC elites, on Elam. The misconception of those lower caste people is that they will be better off if the Elites govern them. Their failure: dissect and research into the past and identify the differential type of living standard of the elite Tamils overseas and in SL.
Why do the elites want more autonomy and power: They have realised that lower caste fellows are rising to their level, and if not restricted, they may override the elites, which they definitely do not want. People like Vigneswaran (CM) and Senathirajah are examples. The thoughtlessness, foolhardiness, and recklessness of MP Sritharan has dumped him below the elites.
On independence the SriLankan government was able to see the discrimination, and they continued to show sympathy towards all Tamils and made all equal in the country. Anyone can live anywhere, work anywhere, and start a business, study in any school/college. Well, GOSL made available all resources to everyone in the country irrespective of caste, creed, and colour. Evidence: International Organisations could see several hundreds of thousands of Tamil Doctors, PhDs, Engineers, Accountants, Attorneys, and graduates who received FREE education in SL floating around US, UK, Canada, Europe and the rest of the globe. V.Rudrakumaran is a typical example. Does this mean that SL practice HR violation?
During the Dutch rule, Tamils, with the help of the Dutch, introduced a legislature called, Desavalamai”, which is a draconian act. LC Tamils cannot buy land in elite areas. The elite Tamils were able to implement this draconian system by intimidation and terror.
During the LTTE period discrimination and oppression was practiced on different dimensions. No one was able to speak to a GOSL politician, travel freely, have any independent thought, enter university, virtually removing all independence and freedom from the Tamils.
I hereby state with strong emphasis that it is because of the Sinhalese people and GOSL that the lower caste Tamils were, and, are able to educate, employ and live cheerfully in SL.
Current Situation in SL
While in SL, I observed that Tamils in the North, and Colombo are quite happily carrying out their day to day activities.
In 1995, people from Jaffna were marched as human shield from Jaffna to Vanni. These people were stamped as indenture slave labour by the LTTE. Somehow some families escaped from the slave labour camp in Vanni.
Tamils who escaped in, after, or before 2009 are cheerful and thankful to their President, Statesman HEMR for having freed them from bondage.
Everyone was of the opinion that they are free to do anything, move about, do business, and there is nil HR violation practiced by GOSL, and that they are happy now than ever, however to live within the law of the country. Most people were blaming TNA for being so childlike, amateurish politicians.
Auto-drivers talk in Sinhalese, Tamil and English. The story was that they are living in a multicultural environment, and should know the languages in the country for social integration, and to do business and live.
I found out that the SriLankan had that civilized and commercial culture. When I say Commercial Culture and Commercial outlook”, I mean, the courtesy, civility, pleasantness, mannerism, listening skills, appeal, loveliness and, NOT THAT PROFITABILITY OR UNETHICAL. It has nothing to do with profitability or money making intent.
It is those Tamils who are part and package of the TNA, complain about HR violation etc. Historically Tamils are power hunger people. We have a high level of avidity for power.
· We Tamils have negative pattern of thinking, or have sorting out integrating difficulties.
- We need cognitive behaviour therapy, to correct negative ways we think.
- We need interpersonal therapy to improve relationship in a multi-cultural environment.
Most Tamils still are primitive and they hate any language other than Tamil. This is an indication of a severe shortfall in their perception.
We should get rid of
- psychological depression of racial thoughts,
- Mindset in megalomania and superiority complex.
- Rid of xenophobic attitude, and train in interaction management.
Rule of Law
The 6th amendment specifically states that no person, political party, shall, directly or indirectly advocate a separate state within or outside the territory of SL. However, Tamil political parties were, and, are, still championing for a separate state. If GOSL wanted they could charge those politicians under Rule of Law”. GOSL is so lenient to allow those Tamil politicians to float around the country and carry on their day to day life. Well, the head of state of a country has every right to practice Rule of Law” and maintain Law and Order.
While the Tamil politicians have earned their ongoing salary, and pension, for their high standard of living, lower caste people get frustrated and flood foreign countries, not purely because of fear, but for greener pasture. They cannot speak any other language other than Tamil, but want to live in an English speaking country. Why? We should give serious thoughts and analyse the root cause.
The hidden agenda by Tamils here is, they look for greener pasture, at the same time they fall into the hands of the LTTE rumps, to help them campaign against SL. A family can live on the interest of Rs8.9 million in SL. Not only illegal means of travel has been used by rumps all over the world to enter Australia, however, they damage their country’s image, propagate lies, and help their people to flood the host country for greener pasture. They claim it is their right to enter illegally, and that the host country should look after them with free supplies.
Well, illiterates want Australia to be a Refugee Social Welfare Camp”, and destroy Australia’s culture, integrity, honesty, justice system, safety, and democracy.
The current trend in Australia by an organisation is that if refugees come forward to supply evidence of HR violations, torture and killing in SL before the 30th October 2014, the evidence could, not only be submitted to UNHRC, but also could be used as an instrument to obtain permanent residence from the Australian Government. One could observe the fraudulent method here.
The Australian government cannot be deceived through fraudulent practices.
Some people address Sydney as the Thamizhaham” in Australia. What a hypocrisy and madness?
LTTE Associates – in governance
There are number of ex LTTE cadres now been rehabilitated and engaged in politics and governance. Typical example is Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias, Karuna, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillaiyan and several others.
In the civic community, GOSL has setup several groups in the N&E to help needy people. There are small scale industries setup to help young educated girls in Kilinochi. Girls who work in the factories are those affected by the war.
In Jaffna. Corner to corner, young members of the business community have set up internet surfing business for the young and elders. Also there are mobile and sim card business everywhere in the North. Well, Tamils in the North are not starving, but are healthy and fit for longer life. Business is flowing in the North. Hundreds of coaches ply the road from Jaffna to Colombo and vice-versa. Why do these coaches ply the roads from Jaffna to Colombo? Ask the questions to yourself?
As Tamils are culturally strong and focussed in religion, Temples are been constructed in every nook and corner. Tamils spend several hundreds of thousands Rupees every year for temple festive. Most of Tamils whom I met live with NO fear.
Well, the time I was in Jaffna, I did not see any single military or police personnel on the road. Does this not mean that law and order prevails among Tamils than prior to 2009 apart from some rowdies?
Freedom of the press and movement of people has been brought absolutely to full scale by the GOSL. A typical example is the Tamil politicians flying to Australia, US, Canada and Europe for discussions with Tamil Diaspora. Ananthi Sasitharan, a member of the Northern Provincial Council, a former LTTE fanatic’s wife flies to Geneva to meet UN staff.
However, Tamils are not at all grateful, and patriotic to SL. They hold onto that racial slogan with greed for power. Every Tamil politician feels that he should become the President/ Prime Minister, Minister. They are not at all prepared to live and work as citizens of a country. Most Tamil from elite cast do a Law degree, and on obtaining a law degree move into politics with their father, mother, uncle or anti. However, the avidity for power and wealth does not diminish, which generates the hatred on other races, and lower castes of their own race.
I have listened to Mavai Senathirajah, Sumanthiran, and Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam’s interview over the radio in Sydney, Australia. The discussions were purely racial, separatist and irrational.
During our visit to SL in July 2014, both in Colombo and Jaffna, we felt quite safe, happy and saw the people practicing democracy in a multi ethnic, multi religious, multi lingual society. The economic development is huge and colossal with high quality urban development. Job opportunities and social integration was on the rise.
Well, Sri Lanka is marching towards “Wonder of Asia’, which some countries do not like because of competition.
The allegations brought forward by TNA and Tamil Diaspora are baseless and fact less.
SriLankan business ventures are on the rise. India is investing in SL. With the commercial culture, commercial outlook of the citizens nurtured excellent, and rising to that of the west, and with political stability, countries like Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, China and South Korea should seriously contemplate to invest their trade in SL. They should address investing in Industries, heavy and light. For example Microsoft could address investing in one of the towns like Colombo suburban, Matara, Anuradhapura and/or Jaffna. The East and west should study the operability and profitability of investments in SL.
Mainstreaming Human Rights in Development Policies and Programming.
While appreciating the steps on problem analysis, it is considered that the following should be addressed:
- a) Identify immediate, underlying and root causes of development challenges.
- Identify population groups those are particularly affected.
-Terrorism, separatism, caste issues
-lower caste Tamils
- Identify state institutions and other actors who have a responsibility to act.
-TNA, elite and lower caste Tamils
- Identify key capacities that those responsible and those affected need in order to bring about change.
-TNA. (Tamil Diaspora should mind their own business)
Have we observed a healthy environment (political & economic) in the groups and actors affected that is conducive for us to make a judgement?
Making a judgement without affirming those environmental conditions, would be biased a decision for the end result to be catastrophic failure of the group and actors.
We are all aware of the conditions that prevailed prior to, and since end of war. Although the conditions were not conducive to SL, however, SL has proved its credibility with an excellent record of rehabilitation, reconciliation, development in the context of systematic, conscious, and concrete integration of values and standards into plans, policies, priorities, programmes, processes, outputs and outcomes.
The guerrilla war had significant impact on development in the N&E and in SriLanka (SL) in general.
I have lived in most parts of SriLanka, North, East, and South & West. From my experience the Sinhalese people are much friendlier, helpful, courteous, knowledge of understanding of, Acculturation, cultural assimilation, cultural diversity, and that collective consciousness binds individuals together and creates social integration.
However, as far as social integration is concerned, Elite Tamils of SriLanka have a mindset that only elite Tamils should exist, govern, rule, educate and be bosses in organisations. They think that a lower caste Tamil or Sinhala person has no say. For example; Elites think that Tamils can live and build Temples in any parts of SriLanka, however, Sinhalese people should not enter the North & East.
Current situation depicts the truth. SriLanka is marching towards social integration. However, TNA, and Tamils who are stooges of those, are mindset to launch attacks on GOSL and bring various nit-picking protest. Tamil fanatics and TNA, fabricate stories; if a soldier farts on the road, then it is HR violation. I strongly feel that Tamil Diaspora should be patriotic to the country of domicile, and the Tamil politicians in SL should join hands with GOSL to work further on Social Integration”.
In conclusion, I throw a challenge to CM-Vigneswaran, Sambanthar, Sumanthiran, Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran in particular, and all Tamil parliamentarians:
- You, in the name of democracy, right from SJV Chelvanayaka down to…, have hoodwinked Tamils and have become MPs/NPC Councillors.
- Have you got the pluck and willpower to come onto a common platform and propagate, take an oath to abolish the caste system?
- Have you got the guts to call on the Tamils all over the world to abolish the caste system and be ordinary equal humans?
- Have you got the guts to call on the Tamil Diaspora to mind their own business, as you guys are the governing forum in SL.? Not the mushroom Diaspora organisations.
- Will you take an oath of allegiance and sign a pledge, that all Tamil parliamentarians shall never ever demand a separate state, and a federal system and comply with the 6th amendment, section 157(A).
- Are you prepared to call on all Tamils, to obey the law of the land, and study all three languages, and invest in commercial ventures, rather expecting government jobs? May be we want to be assets rather liabilities.
Talking to Tamil Diaspora engineers on water supply/storage/conservation, for irrigation in the North, no one was keen to involve themselves in designing a solution. CM Mr. Vigneswaran need not ask them to provide one, but they should come forward to provide one. Does not this indicate their loyalty to their homeland? However, everyone is interested in talking politics on Elam, becoming Presidents of organisations.
Kings who ruled Anuradhapura and Vanni were wise enough to build infrastructure and dams for water storage and distribution for irrigation. Our SJV Chelvanayaka, Mavai Senathirajah, ITAK and Co were only interested in grabbing power. What a hypocrisy?
Mr. Vigneswaran: your top priority should be designing a solution for water supply in the North, NOT Land and Police Power. Believe me: It is your responsibility and not anyone else.
You should be aware by now that Tamil Diaspora will never, ever, invest any industries in the N&E or in any part, but rather build temples in their domiciled overseas countries because of the high return.
If you are not prepared to act on this, then what veracity, truthfulness and sincerity have you got to be parliamentarians. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. You all should resign and allow those who are prepared to be equal, to be parliamentarians.