Sampanthan and TNA have got the votes, but they have not won the hearts of the people in Jaffna.
Posted on September 21st, 2011

By Charles.S.Perera

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Sampanthan and his vociferous acolytes of the TNA because they won the Local Government Elections think they have become the voice of the people in the North. But they are mistaken if they think they are the uncontested representatives of the Tamil people in Jaffna. They are certainly not that popular among at least the Jaffna intelligentsia as they seem to think.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ I have many friends in Jaffna who do not agree with Sampanthan and his TNA gang. One of them who had been living abroad for a long time and has come to live in Jaffna writes

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-After quite a long time it is only now we are free to talk. We thank all the good people who tirelessly worked to bring this fresh air of freedom to the people of Jaffna. Now it is time to improve interaction between the people of different communities in Sri Lanka. I notice in Jaffna even close relatives have failed to maintain cordial relationships among them. There is a distrust even among families. Lack of love is a major problem. Families are ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-pretendingƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ to be normal families.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-When there were terrorists they did not speak freely, because they were frightened of the terrorists. Even to-day they live with that fear and they pretend to like TNA as they are frightened of the TNA as they were frightened of the terrorists.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-There is suspicion and lack of sincerity. People are unfriendly and even families pretend unity and every body seems busy trying to do some thing, but there is unhappiness. Lack of real love and affection among the Tamil people seem to be a major problem. If there is no love and affection among the people in Jaffna how can they extend it to other Communities elsewhere in Sri Lanka ?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ My friend was born in the South of Sri Lanka, but came later to Jaffna. That may perhaps be why he does not look at the Sinhala with the same eye of the TNA MPs who brandish a separatist agenda and sows seeds of hatred towards Sinhala which begins to rebound on the Tamils themselves.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ My friend from Jaffna is a vegetarian. He says the religious concept is slowly changing. He has a poor opinion of the Jaffna version of Hinduism which he says is a cult. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- It is not helping the people to develop love. It is propagating subtle violenceƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. He adds, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- it may seem an exaggerated opinion but I tell you as you may understand or at least will be willing to consider this side of the truth.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

He says that, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- every home and every houses are full of problems and siblings are living with mutual suspicion or hatred.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

He questions, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- why do these people live with out any fine feeling about life? They are their own enemies . they have forgotten to laugh and smile. Our religion has taken away our freedom of thought, our thoughts are based on fear of God not of GodƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s divine love which we can share with our people. We talk like parrots of our dharma Karma or moksha, but seriously speaking these people have no idea of what they speak. They have become very materialistic in Jaffna, but they talk and talk about God. This is a pathetic situation and I truly believe this is the root cause of many other problems.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ My friend continues, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- I do not know what to do with our people. Life is more important, than any thing else but our people seem to have a low level of self esteem, therefore they are ready to follow this cause and the other living in a fools paradise. Very few people are changing.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In another e-mail he repeats what he had said before, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- I am really tired to see my fellow Tamils in Jaffna, specially the so called elite Community. These people are not friendly. Every one seems to be hostile to each other . I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t know what type of culture this is. The TNA politicians are hate mongers. Another biggest culprit in this respect is UTHAYAN Tamil Daily. The TNA and Uthayan are the two factors that poison the minds of the people in Jaffna.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ He continues, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I think Sri Lanka needs a law to make ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- hate ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- a crime and implement it strictly. Recently TNA had a meeting near my home they put loud speakers it was horrible. They still talk in the same old racist way. They are still not matured or civilized. Their children are abroad and they cannot even speak Tamil, but they insist that the Tamil population has to grow in the Talibanic way.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The good people are afraid to come to politics and bad people are everywhere. what to do? ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Basically Jaffna life is very boring for me. People are only interested in day to day matters or money making. They donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t read, they donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t sing, they donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t paint, they donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t study philosophy or any literature . Oh! its really sad to see that these people are so EMPTY. When ever I meet some people its really very very sad they donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t seem to know many things. Tamil politicians know this and they are exploiting these people easily.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ He says that the TNA MPs are making a big noise because they are so empty inside. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- They have no confidence in themselves, so they go to India to solve the problems they have in Sri Lanka. The Tamil people question why are TNA MPs always going to India to find solution for problems they have in Sri Lanka without trying to find solutions and settle matters here. But the ordinary Tamil people still remember what had been going on in the past, and being afraid they easily give in to TNA MPs.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-When ever I happen to be in gatherings people talk about money, land schools abroad , and scholarships. They talk about petty fights of siblings. They donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t enjoy their lives.

Younger generation wants to go abroad or to Colombo. Even older people now prefer to settle down somewhere abroad or in Colombo. Main reason for this exodus seems to be they want to run away from themselves, their problems. But they cannot get away from their karma.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- We are the only people who have come from living abroad to settle down here. We have not been accepted by the people here. Some of them even suggest that we get back. If things get worse and I do not find a means to help these people in some way , I may have to go back however much sad it would be.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In another e-mail after the Local Government Elections in Jaffna he writes, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦.this Sampanthan and his gangsters are just thieves. I am very much tired about whole TNA. I will never trust TNA, or FP or TULF, and I did not like leaders such as Chelvanayagam Amirthalingam and company. Only leader I respected and supported was late Mr Alfred Thangaraja Duraippa. The rest are the garbage. I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t read the TNA’s bunch of lies. For years and years these people repeat the same old stories. Its not a pleasure to waste my time reading these poisonous ramblings of third grade politicians.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- Every body knows Prabakaran was the biggest disgrace to the whole of mankind. Many of these politicians such as those of the TNA supported that fanatic and pushed the people to prostrate at his feet.

My Friend in Jaffna says, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦I think TNA MPs are the sole living war criminals and we have to file a case against these criminals. God will definitely punish them.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ He added, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ The present government is doing very well in almost every front of governance. Western world is very much in political nakedness. Whole world knew the Tigers were terrorist. Only country that completely eliminated terrorism is SRI LANKA.

I think the West still donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t want to believe that Sri Lanka is the only country which has that caliber. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-It is after a very long time I am telling my political opinion so strongly to someone .ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

When I wrote to ask my Tamil friend in Jaffna whether I could put together his e-mails in to an article , he said, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦.dear Charles, Thank you for considering my points of view. You can include my opinion. Please do not put my name because you know many mad people are around here. I hope they will not do me any harm but they will simply outcast me. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In the mean time, my other friend Thurai writes, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Dear Charles, Deep & dark side of LTTE have close contacts with Indian Hindu fundamentalist. They are dealing with large sum of Black money. Now both have contacts with BJP, through Rev. father EmmanuelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s World Tamil Forum.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ They use the Tamil & Sinhala Problem without considering the wealth or death of Sri Lankan

Tamils, to take financial benefits from Tamil Diaspora. They have close Businesses & Cinema dealings with South India. I found a Jaffna Boy who had arrived in Europe at 15 Years now he is 40year and is a Billionaire and has his a own firm.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Jaffna Tamils will never understand the truth unless someone exposes the truth of TNA (Mostly High Cast Tamils) and their supporters who have illegal dealings with India.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ You know Indian politicians are No. 1 in Black money savings in Swiss Bank

2nd are LTTE supporters. We have to work with Jaffna Tamils to make them understand the truth, by providing Employment and good prospectus and at the same time exposing the true face of TNA to the Tamils and the world.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This is the truth about TNA. The government should make them responsible for the terrorism in Sri Lanka and file action against them. If there were civilian deaths at the end of the military operations against terrorists, the TNA MPs are responsible more than the Army. Because the army was doing its duty to eliminate terrorism for the security of the people and the country, where as the TNA MPs were the proxi for the terrorists aiding and abetting standing in safety outside the heat of the war Zone.

46 Responses to “Sampanthan and TNA have got the votes, but they have not won the hearts of the people in Jaffna.”

  1. ranjith Says:

    Charles Perera,

    TNA won the recent election. Even the general election too they could win without any doubt.

    Northern Tamils are actually not racists. But unfortunately, the Tamil racial elements – from their political leaders to their media propagate anti-Sinhalese tone. This cannot be changeable in overnight. It takes a long time.

    Even though Minister Douglas worked hard for those people, giving employments for a vast majority, they didn’t vote for him. Instead they voted for TNA. It is really ungrateful and so pathetic.

    Nothern Tamils do not trust Sri Lankan dailies to read, unfortunately they prefer to read pro-separatists mentality related dailies, not only in Sri Lanka but also in outside Sri Lanka.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    I have to disagree with you Charles. I understand your noble aspirations but the reality is stacked again them.

    Your friends are the exception. There are many good people from those areas but they are the exception.

    For some strange reason Tamils in the north and the east turn into hardcore racists on the election day. And obviously they are the same on other days as well.

    TNA, TULF, ITAK and ACTC need not win hearts and minds of them. They are themselves! Brother, sisters, fathers and monthers of TNA racists. Only outsiders have to win hearts and minds.

    Democracy and Jaffna don’t go together as democracy and Islam don’t go together in Pakistan. If you mix the two it is disaster.

    Most of them want to get free education and go abroad without giving back anything in return or go to Colombo and spread their racism and mono ethnic racist enclaves. Soon TNA will win Colombo too!

    Mark my word.

  3. Raj Says:

    Just ignore Lorenzo’s and Ranjith’s comments. But I agree with Loerenzo’s ‘Democracy and Jaffna don’t go together,’ The solution is mixed marriages! and they will be balanced people. I wish they are all like our Telli.

  4. Kit Athul Says:

    How did they get all the VOTES? Did any one try to findout? NO. They threten the voters the same way Prabhakeran did. If we do not get elected we will come and harm your children. During the election campain there were no military presence. Only now we see that. Its time for Sinhala to think out side the BOX!

  5. ranjith Says:

    Hello Raj,

    Your mixed marriage policy is highly commendable.

    If you have daughters you can choose for their grooms from Jaffna Tamils.

    Remember, you will have to give them lot of dowries.

    If you don’t give high dowries, your daughters will get ill-treatment from your son-in-laws.

    Jaffna tamils are naturally dowry hungers!

  6. andylingam Says:

    Ref: They threten the voters the same way Prabhakeran did.
    Please do not live in kukuland !
    be prepare for next 2012 year NP election for TNA Chief Minster ! & 2013 EP election for TNA CM !

  7. ranjith Says:

    Yes, definitely TNA Chief Minister for North without Police and land powers.

    In the East, do not even dream for TNA Chief Minister.

    Tamils are minority in the East.

  8. andylingam Says:

    Police – not need in NP they have Army !
    Land powers – what is that – not need as no more HSS !

    EP – Tamil minority – not yet .
    predicted from last council election – Hon CM Pillayan is already packing up. so definitly TNA Mr Yogeswaran ( Pillayan’s Father’s brother) will be next EP CM.

  9. ranjith Says:


    Government is planning to dismantle Provincial governments. This is good for the country in order to save the money.

    So, there are no more Chief Ministers anywhere in the island in future.

  10. AnuD Says:

    Tamils can talk and act on their extremist sentiments. That is their rights.

    So, do muslims. They can kill animals, build mosque every where on ancient lands. That is their rights.

    If a monk act against those, or a some one talk against this they are Sinhala racists.

    Tell me that is not true ?

  11. andylingam Says:

    Ref:dismantle Provincial governments
    Ranjith, True but not very easy to dismantle as Our Big brother ( India) is waching us !

    We all know for us (small country SL) – provincil council system not work ( as former CM CBK said , she was a pion worker when she was CP CM).

    for sort term ( 20 years) this system is ok, but We need to find long term solution !
    My dream for long term solution !
    Mahalavi river should end at KKS ( KANKESAN THURAI) &
    Jaldevi train should start from KKS to Hambanddoda !
    NP & EP CM should be Well educated ( Oxford or Haverd ) a Sinhalase !
    SL Priminister should be a Tamil!

  12. Marco Says:

    It’s extraordinary that your “friend” had no opinions and/or comments on Douglas Devananda activities in Jaffna.


  13. Lorenzo Says:

    As I said before we have already given the solution in 2009.

    If you want it again we will reluctantly give it again. This is the danger in asking for a solution to a Tamil only problem disregarding others. But keep asking and we will keep giving.

  14. andylingam Says:

    Yes agreed , MR gave solution May 2009 for VP”s 33 years problm but not Tamil’s only problem !
    Tamil are not asking solution from any one ! as that is their rights in their mother lanka !

  15. andylingam Says:

    Ref:Douglas Devananda activities in Jaffna.
    Yes ,DD have vision for Tamil only problem (13 + step by step) but He has attitute problem as He was former EPRLF Jaffna commonder, He has his own group of ( white van) rauddies at head office in Nedundivu ( delft) island.

  16. Fran Diaz Says:

    We think it is the CASTE based culture of Jaffna that is ruining Jaffna society. The lower caste folk just blindly follow the diktats of the upper caste folk, out of sheer habit. The lower caste Tamil leaders are the same ….
    The Separatist fever in Jaffna comes from Tamil Nadu which state desired separation from India from a long time ago. This was put to an end when Indian PM Nehru brought in laws to stop separatism. The separatist call was transferred to Sri Lanka Tamils. Sri Lanka cannot solve ego problems of some Tamil Nadu leaders, and never will.
    A strongly multi-ethnic society in the North & East may be the answer. Also, all political parties with ethnic flavor should be banned. Environmental based parties should be encouraged in Sri Lanka.
    All human beings are basically good at Heart, and so are all Tamil people. It’s just that the leadership for Tamil people in Jaffna is not right in that they call for Separatism as their main goal. The word ‘Separatism’ and all tendencies toward that end should be outlawed from Sri Lanka politics.

  17. andylingam Says:

    Fran Diaz
    Yes agreed, Caste base culture & TN jockers are main players for this separation drama !
    We all know & agreed multi-ethnic society not only NP&EP whole lanka is the lasting solution .
    at Present We have 2/3 majority & power full president lets hope We can sort this problme for ever !

  18. Fran Diaz Says:

    Yes, Andylingam, multi-ethnicity all over. Isn’t it already so in the south ? Inter marriages are happening and will continue to happen. Genuine concern, affection & caring between human beings cannot be stopped by any narrow & negative minded political party – thank heavens !

  19. ranjith Says:

    Fran Diaz,

    Nobody can eradicate caste system among Tamils.

    Criminal Pirabha was a low caste Tamil.
    Whisky master Bala was a low caste. Tamilchelvan was a low caste.

    And all the outlawed Tamil terror leaders were/are low caste Tamils.

    The upper caste Tamils never joined in Tamil terror groups. Their aim is to rule N & E, under their leadership.

    And the Jaffna Vellalar upper caste discriminate Eastern Tamils who are, according to them, lower castes.

    ***It’s just that the leadership for Tamil people in Jaffna is not right in that they call for Separatism as their main goal. The word ‘Separatism’ and all tendencies toward that end should be outlawed from Sri Lanka politics.***

    We can start to outlaw the TNA outlaws.

  20. thurai Says:

    Dear Ranjith,

    I cann´t accept your statement that All the outlawed Tamil terror leader are low cast Tamil.
    Even Eprlf is so called Group of Law cast the leaders from upper cast. Uneducated low cast people
    were misused by well educated high cast people. So many diaspora Tamils without good education arrived
    in Western countries are good supporters to the LTTE.

    From Sir pon .Ramanathan,G.G.Ponnampalam,S.J.V.Chelvanayagam, Sampanathan, in Sri Lanka,
    and Late Balasingam, Uruthirakumar, Rev.Immanuel,and other Chief of Tamil Organaisations
    and LTTE cotrolled Hindu Temples are belongs to High Cast Tamils.

    Douglas Devannada who support SLG also has most supporters from low cast Tamils ,

    Your second statement // The upper caste Tamils never joined in Tamil terror groups. Their aim is to rule N & E, under their leadership.//

    The truth may be upper cast didn´t joined directly in the battle field. The low cast and poor Tamils
    had to take arms and faced untold difficulties during the war. The large sum of Blood money
    according to th UN report behind the HINDU Temples in Western Countries. Who belongs to those Temples?

    Without money there will be no voice for Eelam or LTTE or any Demontration in western countries.
    I think now we can understand who are responsible for the unnecessary violences in Srilanka.

  21. Charles Says:


    I asked my Jaffna friends what they think of the Minister Douglas Devananda:

    One says that, Devananda is considerate of the safety of the Tamil people. He also tries his best to unite the two main communities the Tamils and Sinhala even though he has problems with the Government and the TNA.

    The other says: “ I admire D.Douglas Devananda. Actually I am sad to see that many of the media have not given due respect to him. He is the real hero. He swims through rough seas. I think he is slowly but surely winning the race.

    Lot of people time and again try to tarnish his name. It is the same game they played against every good Tamil people like the late Alfred Duraiappa. It is sad that even some of the Tamils who are against TNA are trying to tarnish Devananda’s name.

    Whatever bad things happen in Jaffna, some people habitually put the blame on Douglas Devananda. But Devananda is a friend of the people and not a vote thief like the TNA MPs.”

  22. ranjith Says:


    ***The truth may be upper cast didn´t joined directly in the battle field.***

    Yes, I agree. The upper castes used the lower caste youths as cannon fodder, in order to achieve Eelam to rule themselves the entire Tamil community.

    Do you agree that all the black suicide cadres are lower caste youths? Not even a single cadre from upper caste.

    The names you have mentioned are not only the upper castes, but also the real racists in their political arena.

    I do not think that the Whisky Bala was from upper caste. His father was a barber.

    Correct me If I am wrong?

  23. thurai Says:


    I am not sure about the cast of Suicide cadres. But not childrens of Tamil politicians or LTTE officers.
    Many low cast Tamils wanted to learn Sinhala and live in the south with sinhalese as Government servants
    than live in the North. In 1970 many Low cast Tamils changed as Buddhist. There was no forces
    against such activities in the North.

    The voice of Tamil politicians and Arms of LTTE Changed the situation. Even a Hindu Temple not
    belongs to a low cast Tamils around the world. How is it possible to part take a administrative
    position in a Tamileelam? Because under SLG they have no chance to discriminate the low cast as in South india.

    A group of Tamils who are against Low cast Tamils,and Muslims are aginst Sinhala Government, Because they have
    no chance to discriminate their own people. Because of the war ,Diaspora Tamils and foreign intervention
    the real problem of Tamils unknown to the world.

  24. Fran Diaz Says:

    Tamil leaders are trying to solve their internal historically divisive problems such as Caste/Poverty on the backs of the Sinhale. External foreign forces are trying to solve their various problems on the backs of both Sinhale & Tamil ?

  25. thurai Says:

    Dear Franz Diaz,

    As you said “Tamil leaders are trying to solve their internal historically divisive problems such as Caste/Poverty on the backs of the Sinhale“If it is true ,TNA has no chance to win in the Election.

    Under controll and Assisatnce of SLG and wealthy life of Tamil Diaspora in western countries,there is no cast and ecomic problems among them. If they get Tamil Eelam they will destroy themself . Like Western countries
    start a war with a lie. The Tamil politicians started war with assistance of Tamilnadu against SLG.
    There are murders and cast dicrimination in Tamilnadu but all Tamil media talk about SLG.

  26. Fran Diaz Says:

    Thurai: I agree with most of what you have had to say on this website over these past months. However, how TULF & now TNA has got almost all Tamils to vote for them was after the 1983 Riots.
    I still do not know how astute politician JRJ fell for the 1983 trap. Can anyone enlighten us ?

  27. Fran Diaz Says:

    PS: I know the TULF was in the main Opposition when JRJ was in power, but that was due to Mrs Sirimavo B. being out of politics, as we all know.

  28. Lorenzo Says:



    Look at the 1977 election. TULF won it landslide on the Vadakunddi resolution!

    It was 6 years before 1983.

    Look at all the election results before that.

    1983 riot was carried out by JRJ through his ministers, trade union and party activists. It was a foolish thing to do but he thought he could intimidate Tamils into silence the way he intimidated the SLFP in 1979, 1980 striking people, Jaffna intellectuals by burning the library in 1981, etc. because USA was on his side. But he was wrong. USA lost in 1970 in the Bangladesh war, in 1971 war in Pakistan. India and Soviet Union were more powerful in the region. India screwed him until he and his nephew Ranil were at the feet of Rajiv Gandhi and Anton Balasingham. But JRJ was partly correct in his assumption. USA never pushed for investigations of MASSIVE human rights violations and war crimes.

    Actually TULF and other racist parties were relatively weakened during and after the war!

    TNA is only a collection of same old Tamil racist parties. It is nothing new.

  29. Lorenzo Says:


    Wrong again, my friend.

    TULF became the main opposition following the 1977 election and Mrs B was there!

    TULF got many more seats (more than double) than SLFP in 1977. So TULF was the opposition. Mrs. B lost her civic rights long AFTER the 1977 election.

  30. ranjith Says:


    ///1983 riot was carried out by JRJ through his ministers, trade union and party activists.///

    JRJ, his ministers, trade union, party activist or Sinhala masses have no involvement in 1983 riot.

    This was carried out by only Sinhalese thugs.

  31. thurai Says:

    Dear Lorenz,Rajith,and Dias,

    The question is how the racist TNA get more votes from Tamils. During the war Tamils settled in the south
    with sinhalese. The racist needs violence to get support from their own community. The politic of Tamils in Srilanka
    like as Cinema style. There is nothing between their voice and action. Tamils are cheated and misguided.
    look at Diaspora they take LTTE flags and go to Demontration and block the streets. They pay money to LTTE
    by getting loan from Bank , LTTE found firms without any loan or own capital. The foreigners are
    angry with Tamils because of their activities noone understand this problem. imagine ,when the Tamils
    act as mad in the developed countries how can they change their mind in SL easily.

    We have to work hard , peoples from all communities in Sri Lanka to find a solution for our better future.

  32. Lorenzo Says:


    SL governments too are partly responsible for this.

    For instance JRJ (Junius Riot Jayawardena) and his ministers (including his nephew) burnt the Jaffna library and then they went on to do the 1983 riot. Not to mention his disruptive acts in 1958 that led to another riot. I can understand how Tamils would or SHOULD feel following those barbaric acts.

    However, Tamils voted for racist parties since 1947 if you look at election results.

    TNA contest as ITAK at elections. Not as TNA. ITAK has been winning seats since 1952. TNA is just a new BS to cover up the same old racist crap.

    It is very difficult (actually impossible) to change this voting pattern. I honestly don’t know how to change this voting pattern. It will never change.

    Mark my word, in a few years TNA will win a few seats from Colombo as well. They have the numbers. That will compensate for the reduction of seats in Jaffna district.

    After that TNA will use bribes, targeted violence, international pressure, Tamil Nadu support, etc. to lure the upcountry Tamils too. Already Mano Gonason is doing it.

  33. Fran Diaz Says:

    Lorenzo : You are right about the historical voting patterns, and the Vaddukkodai Resolution (VR) being the turning point to leading of Tamils to violence by their leadership. In fact, I myself have written to the Asian Tribune about this latter fact. But, I would reiterate that Caste/poverty within the Tamil community were the spawning grounds for separatism in Lanka. The VR is just an offspring of the real reasons.

    Who is encouraging ethnic conflict ? It is mainly the Tamil leadership, is it not ? Identify the common ground for Tamil leaders. It is Separatism. The GoSL has to understand this and ask that the Vaddukkodai Resolution be removed before any further talks with the TNA. Also, the Caste Issue among Tamil people must be analysed quite openly in all our media, through factual articles by scholars, stories & tv films, theatre, etc. Also, the understanding of what Democracy means in Lanka is rather weak. That it requires historical knowledge of the country and the world in general, and it is about striving for a better society through the Vote and not violence seems not yet properly known.

    None of us are perfect. We are all striving for betterness. As Thurai always says, let us work together for this goal.
    However, there must come a turning point for the better re so called ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka as too many facts are out in the open for separation through violence. What the Tamil people are voting for is not more Violence but for a better, peaceful and healthy future. That Violence is not the answer must now be apparent to the TNA. It is time for us all to ask that that the Vaddukkodai Resolution be removed by public statement by the TNA in return for continued development of not only the N&E, but the whole of Lanka.

  34. ranjith Says:


    ///It is very difficult (actually impossible) to change this voting pattern. I honestly don’t know how to change this voting pattern. It will never change.///

    Sinhalese as well as Muslims too should be settled as much as we can in the North as in the East.

    Within a decade or earlier than that, we could see the voting pattern of the people.

    Only the vigorous settlements will help eradicate the separation motives from the Tamil masses.

    If we don’t do that, definitely we have to make power sharing with land and police powers.

  35. thurai Says:

    Now the situation is not easier than before 30 years. Organisations of Diaspora Tamils , Tamilnadu and Western Countries are trying to benefit from own problem. All of them are expecting a racial violence killings and Deaths
    of Tamils. Now the time is to win the heart of the people who suffered for the last 30 years, Without giving any chance to the enimies of Sri Lanka.

  36. Lorenzo Says:

    Fran and Thurai,

    Agree that it’s the leaders who sowed racism/separatism.

    BUT voters still had the choice and their choice was WORST racism at any given election.

    That’s point number #2 I want to make.

    In 1947 ACTC was the only racist party. Then in 1949 another competitor came. They fought to be the WORST racist party. ITAK won easily. And they won more votes. Then ACTC increased its racism to remain attractive to voters.

    With VR they all jumped to the next level of racism and voters rewarded them (TULF).

    But that was not the end.

    TNA beat TULF in racism. Today TNA is more racist than TULF. And gets more votes!

    Point #3 is this SAME pattern is happening in Tamil Nadu too. Dravida racist parties are winning votes and national parties don’t have any control there.

    “Now the situation is not easier than before 30 years.”

    Fully agree. This is the problem. Its getting worse. GOSL CANNOT win hearts of northern voters unless UPFA beats TNA in Tamil racism!!


    Now political racism has spread to some Muslims too with the SLMC getting most Muslim votes. Like TNA, SLMC is a racist party. Expect the same thing. Soon SLMC will split into two and compete against each other to be the WORST RACIST of the two.

  37. ranjith Says:


    You are making vague criticisms against all the minority parties which were/are racist parties.

    True or false is the different matter.

    But you are reluctant to elaborate the Hela Urumaya, Sinhala Heritage, JVP, etc are racist parties.

    Is it inconceivable to you, to be called the above mentioned, as Sinhala racist parties?

    I beg your pardon, If I hurt your feelings!

  38. Muhammad FS Says:

    I agree with Lorenzo.

    But most educated Muslims are not swayed by tactics of SLMC. They are still with UNP and SLFP.

    I hope SLMC will continue to collapse as did at the last election. Muslims want inclusive politics not racism.

    As with TNA and other ethnic parties, I concur. Singhalese don’t vote for their ethnic parties. They have gone bankrupt as most of them vote for SLFP, UNP, etc. But TNA has most Tamil MPs than any other party. SLMC has most Muslim MPs than any other party. That is open racism.

    I think government should directly reach out to Tamil and Muslim people without going through agents. That can win hearts and minds. Agents are corrupt and want their “cut”. There are enough reasons to support the government’s good plans and I don’t see why ethnic parties choose not to.

  39. thurai Says:

    Muhammad FS //I think government should directly reach out to Tamil and Muslim people without going through agents. That can win hearts and minds//

    well said, If the miniority communities realize that the SLG treat them equal as Majority community and they
    start belive and vote Majority parties there will be no chance to the racism in SL.

  40. ranjith Says:

    ///If the miniority communities realize that the SLG treat them equal as Majority community and they
    start belive and vote Majority parties there will be no chance to the racism in SL.///

    Thurai, It’s only a mirage.

    Definitely, Muslims will vote for national parties. But the N & E Tamils never and ever vote for UNP or SLFP.

    This is reality.

    Banning all the racist parties is the best option.

  41. Lorenzo Says:


    Allow me to disagree with just one point.

    Governments tried going directly but it didn’t work.

    All governments had to go through agents (EPDP, TMVP) because of that. If the governments didn’t go through agents, UPFA would not have won even the number of seats they won. Same with UNP when they were in power.

    It is all nice on paper but sadly it DIDN’T work.

    Agree with the rest.


    A very small correction.

    Ethnic communities CANNOT have equal rights. Only individuals have equal rights. You, I and MFS can individually have equal rights.

  42. ranjith Says:


    ***Ethnic communities CANNOT have equal rights. Only individuals have equal rights.***

    Of course, ethnic communities cannot have equal rights to a certain extent.

    Are all the individuals receive equal rights in Sri Lanka?

    Do all the Sri Lankan IDPs get equal treatment from the government apart from religion, ethnicity, etc.?

  43. thurai Says:

    ranjith -//Banning all the racist parties is the best option.//

    If the Government ban the racist parties there will be a political earthquake in Sri Lanka.
    All parties who are against the SLG ,Terrorist who reached Luxus life after the 30 years war and Diaspora
    Elements against SLG will work together. racist destroy with words and Terrorist destroy with arms.

  44. Fran Diaz Says:

    Some elements of Tribal consciousness and responsibilities toward one’s ethnic group will be there. How do other multi-cultural societies manage ? Study that first. For an instance, in UK, it is a Caucasian/Christian only government. In USA, the English language is given top place and in an unspoken way, the Christian religion. In Norway, a person has to be a Lutheran to contest any govt. post, and so and so forth. These moves are not contested by anyone. If the majority in a country are feeling secure & satisfied, then the country on the whole is satisfied.
    For us in Lanka, Tamil Nadu Caste/poverty issues impinge on us via the Tamils & even Muslims, as some Tamils convert to Islam.

  45. Lorenzo Says:

    “If the majority in a country are feeling secure & satisfied, then the country on the whole is satisfied.”


    You cannot satisfy everyone. That will NEVER happen. But if the majority is satisfied, then the problem is resolved. That is called democracy. Not the ideal system but obviously the BEST system around.

  46. Lorenzo Says:

    Majority means the political majority, not ethnic.

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