Why a two third Majority, when according to Feizal Samath’s Article “Jaffna Tamils Decry Development Plan of Gov’t” -Part One.
Posted on May 2nd, 2010

By Charles.S.Perera

Why a two third majority ? If it is toƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  amend the constitution toƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  allow devolutionƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  of political power to the Tamils; it is far better to leave the constitution alone for the time being. It serves no purpose to accept the most undependable politician Rauf Hakeem,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the shameless opportunist ManoGaneshan,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  orƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the slaves of the terrorists Sampanthan and the rest into the government foldƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  merely to increase the numbers to have the two third majority.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The Tamils should engage themselves completely ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ with the government to participate in the Nation ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ building activities as a part of its citizenry.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  We should not give in either to the expatriate Tamils who live in their own worldƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  as third class citizens in foreign lands pushed from pillar to postƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  by the whites, and yet conspiring with them to divide Sri Lanka for an Eelam where they hope to be first class citizens, nor the dishonestWestern Governments.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Neither the expatriate Tamils nor the Western pseudo democracies, care or ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ feel for our people, nor understand our cultural difference nor our national interests.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ If the Tamils would like to remain apart, claiming an Eelam State it is better they set it up in Tamil Nadu, leaving Sri Lanka for the Sri Lankans.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  If they remain in this country they should learn to be a part and parcel of it accepting the fact of the Sinhala being the majority and that they are the minority. The Sinhala Governments have denied them nothing but had always come forward to help them in the worst of times, and they continued to be helped to come out of theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  misery into which their own people had pushed them.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ It was not the Sampanthan and his TNA that helped the Tamils to come out of theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  throes of suffering under ruthless terrorism. If not for the Government of Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sinhala Buddhist Armed Forces the Tamils would still be suffering, and living in continuous fear of death, their children being kidnapped, threats ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ and demand of ransom.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ There was an article ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- Jaffna Tamils Decry Developement Plan of GovƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- by Feizal Samath in IPS of the 26 April,2010.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  It is interesting to read ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ that article to fathom the extent to which the Jaffna Tamils wants to distance themselves from the Sinhala Community, and prefer to immigrate even to wash dishes in white homes and restaurants in Foreign lands.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  It is time that the Tamils in Sri Lanka change their attitudes, and at least now,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  begin to love their ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ motherland in which they were born, with its environment, and with its population of different communities.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The mentioned article begins with an incident, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- Two cyclists from the minority Tamil community are shooed away by government soldiers as they approach this northern Sri Lankan cityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s only Buddhist temple while President Mahinda Rajapaksa is paying a visit.

But when a family from the majority Sinhalese ambles toward the guards, they are treated more amiably.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

These twin incidents during RajapaksaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s rare visit to Jaffna on Apr. 1 illustrate the contrasting ways in which soldiers from an army made up largely of Sinhalese treat the majority and minority ethnic groups.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This also happened during the period of terrorism when Tamils residing in someƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  areas ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ in ColomboƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  were checked by the police, and a big hue and cry ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ was thenƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  made ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ calling it a discrimination ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ against the minority Tamils.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  But donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ these Tamils who cry to high heavens that they are still suspected, know that ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ it is they who have brought suspicion upon themselves, and why they are suspected andƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  barred from coming closer ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ to where the President had been ?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ There was a chance for the Tamils in Jaffna andƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the East to prove that they are honest citizens who love their motherland as much as the Sinhalese, if they had theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  gumption ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ to vote for the UPFAƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  to show that they at least now understand that the Sinhala people are not the enemies of Tamils they have so far thought, ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ but their friends. That would have removed the stigma of suspicion that unfortunately continues to be attached to Tamils.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ But the Tamils in Jaffna and the East,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  shamelessly voted for the TNA- the political Party whichƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  represented ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Prabhakaran and his terrorists, and not the Tamil people, during the 30 years of terrorism in Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Even today the TNA are the flag bearers ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ of PrabhakaranƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s doctrine of Eelam and a separate homeland ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ concept for the Tamils.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  YetƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the Tamils who had been saved ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ by the Government Forces, from the thirty years of misery, andƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the confiscation of their freedom by the ruthless terrorists, seem to ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ dream of PrabhakaranƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Eelam as their heritage.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ How can these Tamils now decry the difference of treatment meted out to them by the Military at check points ?ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Are they willing to be ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ accepted as the children of mother Lanka entirely without reservationsƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  ?ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ If they do not, and follow the ghastly ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-remnants of terrorismƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ the TNA, seeking self determination and a separate Eelam for Tamils, ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ they will always be suspect and treated differently from the Sinhala who are entirely the children of mother Lanka , ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ who had ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ all along accepted to live with a fraternal acceptance of their fellow compatriots , even if they seek to treat them differently.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Feizal SamathƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s article further reads, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦.Right through the late 1970s, Tamils claimed discrimination from the majority community. In 1977 Tamil parties swept the polls in the northern capital of Jaffna on the call for a separate homeland. A few years later, Tamil militancy emerged and led to almost three decades of civil war.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

Many fear the government still has a long way to go in winning the hearts and minds of the Tamil community, which dominates Jaffna.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

“There is nothing we can do,” explained a veteran Anglican priest, who declined to be named, when asked whether the government was bending backwards to win the support of the Tamils.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The Christian Church, in the North and East of Sri Lanka, ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ is a dominant obstacle to unity between the Tamils and the Sinhala Buddhists.

We have evolved since 1970, but have the mental attitude of Tamils evolved since then ?ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Apparently not.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Is it the Government that has to go a long way to win the hearts and minds of theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Tamil Community which dominates Jaffna ? Have the Tamils nothing to give to inspire the government to do more to help both the Tamils and Sinhala Communities ?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Why do the Tamils always expect the Government to do things for their welfare ? The Government is responsible for the wellbeing of the people of all communities.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  As it is the government, ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ since it eliminated terrorism , has undertaken and carried out more development projects in the North and East,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  than in the South.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ But what does the Government get in return for the yeoman service it is rendering to the Tamil population inƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Jaffna ? ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ More they are given more they want. TheirƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  demands are greater than their own contribution to the government and the rest of its peopleƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  for unity and development of Sri Lanka asƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  a Nation.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ They havenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t had ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ the simple gratitude to vote for the government by way of an assent for the Communal unity of Sri Lanka ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ breaking away from theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  rude concept of a separate Eelam.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  That was ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ no show of patriotism , but ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ a shameless show of utter racism of the Tamils towards the Sinhala Buddhists.

Feizal Samath wrote incorrectly , ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦..Tamils are the largest minority group in Sri Lanka, representing about 13 percent of the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s total population of 20 million. Many of them live in Jaffna, considered the seat of Tamil nationalism and the second most important city of Sri Lanka, next to ColomboƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦..ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ . It is incorrect, as he ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ failed to mention thatƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  of the 13 percent of the total population of Tamils, 55 percent live in the South with the Sinhala people.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Feizal Samath continuesƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  in his article ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦Nearly a year after the war ended, burnt out, shell-shocked buildings can be seen lying side by side with spanking new ones for banks or financial services as Colombo firms rush to grab a share of the new business opportunities in Jaffna.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

But youngsters and city elders clamor for a different kind of development. “We need to be able to own rather than be bystanders (to development),” said a city businessman, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisal.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-different kind of developmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ does not come overnight.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  It is onlyƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  about a year since the Government eliminated terrorism that hadƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  halted allƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  possibilities of development projects in the North and East.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Though the Tamil media and interested parties keepƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  harping that progressƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  has stillƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  not come to Sri Lanka, the Government of the President Mahinda Rajpakse has been able to develop the country in multifarious ways despite the war against terrorismƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  in which it was forced to be engaged .

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ButƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the fact is that the TamilsƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  coaxed by the Tamil media want progress to come to them immediately. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ They have no patience as if they expect the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-SinhalaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Government toƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  comeƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  with a magic wand to JaffnaƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  to solve all their problems.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ With the elimination of terrorism things have changed in Sri Lanka both for the Tamils and the Sinhala.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  The development in the North cannot be heralded with only the Tamils in mind, but all communities will have to share in the development of the North and East. And at the same time they have allƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the right to expect benefit from that development.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Therefore the Tamils in Jaffna should understand that they are no more alone in Jaffna.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Jaffna is as much a part of Sri Lanka ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ more than ever before, to the Sinhala and Muslims as much as Colombo is to the Tamils.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

8 Responses to “Why a two third Majority, when according to Feizal Samath’s Article “Jaffna Tamils Decry Development Plan of Gov’t” -Part One.”

  1. Claude1045 Says:

    Have faith in MR and he will dispense the correct solution for all communities. Remember his inaugural speech ..
    “there are only two types of people in Sri Lanka, those who love the country and those who don’t”. It is sad to
    note that the latter have displayed their ‘love’ for the country by associating with a party that had always advocated and supported terrorism. Some people are under the false notion that they can enjoy the same facilities given by the
    Brits in the past, who divided and ruled. It is hard for them eradicate these false beliefs that is ingrained into their memory.
    If Faizal Samath has indicated that …..the Jaffna Tamils wants to distance themselves from the Sinhala Community, and prefer to immigrate even to wash dishes in white homes and restaurants in Foreign lands…. well, we do not want to stop them from achieving their life-long dream to be shackled and be indentured slaves to the whites.

  2. M.S.MUdali Says:

    But no ruling party or opposition party politician tells “Tamil is an official language and Tamil people will/can have correspondence in Tamil Language with government”.

    For example Tamils in Jaffna or Vavuniya need a Translator to make a complaint at police.

    Where is the constitutional rights of the Tamils? Laws must be implemented and not to sleep in the books.

    Many Sinhalese too run away from Sri Lanka to become Dish Washers for Whites. So, it is better to stop the FALSE propaganda of degrading Tamils. Many Sri Lankans prefer to do any LOW class jobes outside of Sri lanka. Look at Middle East. How are our Sri Lankan women treated? Think why do we have these situations!

  3. De Costa Says:

    Tamils in Malaysia communicate in Malay and Tamils in Singapore in English ( and some in Mandarin). Tamils in France communicate in French. What is the problem with Sir Lankan Tamis ? If they cannot communicate in Sinhala communicate with an interpreter. It is better than having no communication at all or communicating with bombs.

  4. M.S.MUdali Says:

    You are a fool and know nothing. In Singapore Tamils correspond in Tamil and get the reply in Tamil.

    Are the Sinhalese get replies in Sinhala in malaysia or Singapore?

    Further you better try to know the laws of the land!

  5. De Costa Says:

    Dear Miss MUdali,
    I am proud to be a fool than a terrorist supporter.
    When you enter Singapore you will be given a card in English only. Not sure whether you could request a Tamil version.
    If you are unable to speak English ( very unlikely for a Tamil Singaporean) you will be given a “Indian” speaking official, if available. Mind you they call Tamil “Indian”. You must be proud of it.
    In SriLanka you will be given an interpreter. As you peole have terrorised chased out all Sinhala speaking humans from Northern SriLanka, it may well be difficult to find interpreters now.
    Tel me a name of a single school in Singapore which has Tamil (Indian) medium teaching. There a Malay schools, Chinese schools but no Indian schools. If you speak Tamil only, you had better live near Serangoon Road and you cannot sit Cambridge O/L of A/L and you will be cleaing toilets for living. That is all right ( better than communicating in bad words and supporting Tamil terrorists), I guess, since you do not make an effort to learn English.
    Charles Perera is a very reasonable writer. You should worship hm instead of a dead bandit.

  6. M.S.MUdali Says:

    I am not a Catholic or a UNPer to support LTTE.

    Further In Malaysia and Singapore Indian language is TAMIL.

    Tamil is an official Langauge in Singapore and that clause is implemented by the governemnt but Sri lankan government tells “Tamil is also an official language but Tamils cannot get any service in Tamil”. That is the difference of Sri Lanka and Singapore.

    De Costa better dig your ancestry. You never endup in any Sinhala or Portuguese but in Malayala Kerala!

    You are an idiot and do not know tha names of Tamil Presidents of Singapore!

  7. Lanka Peiris Says:

    Ms. Mudali,

    The official language of a country is always dictated by the majority. Give the name of one country in the world that this is not the case. In the UK (England/Wales/Scotland/N.ireland) though comprising of four groups of people the naional language is English. Tamils seeking asylum abroad learn the language of the country they seek refuge. They teach their offspring to learn these languages. A sinhala person of the majority community does not need to learn Tamil to live and work in Sri Lanka. If they learn English/French (international languages) they can manage to communicate with the international community. Tamil language is not a necessity and wont make an iota of difference.

    Even after having 60 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu, the Official language of India is Hindi. Why should the non-essentia language of a minority be a national language? It is a necessity for Tamil people to accept this reality and learn Sinhala. Another joke is why Muslims and Malays speak in Tamil! They too must learn the language of the majority. However most Muslims and Malays know the Sinhala Language but for the past 20/30 years they have been siiting on the fence due to the conflict. It is time they too changed their attitude and learn and teach the National Language Sinhala to their children, to make the dream of integration greater in Sri lanka.

    The propotion of Tamils in Singapore and Malaysia is not the same as in as in Sri lanka and you can get anything done in Singapore without knowing Tamil…….!

  8. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Hello Portugeuse Peiris!
    Muslims are converted Hindus and Tamils. That is why they speak Tamil.

    Further Majority cannot dictate. Your attitude created the trouble. Canada, Belgium, Swizerland, Singapore and some otehr countries are bi-lingual or tri-lingual. A Sinhala person cannot get a reply in Sinhala in Singapore but a Tamil person will get a reply in Singapore.

    Majority Langauge is official language when the country has many language groups like India or China but they always have a LINK language. English is the LINK language of India. In Sri lanka only TWO languages are spoken. So one Language group cannot discriminate other.

    If murders and mayhems are the results of Language, you have to find a solution. That is why Tamil too became an Official language in Sri lanka. So, the law is there. So, better shutup and follow the law of the land!

    A Sinhala person cannot live without learning Tamil in Jaffan or in other parts of North and East.

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