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"Vanangamann" ship is arrogant intrusion combined with provocation and diversionary intent

by Dayan Jayatilleka

Let me get this right. Two hundred and thirteen years since the first British colonial ships landed in Sri Lanka, a ship is setting sail from Britain, launched at an event with banners and posters (Vanangaman: “Mercy Mission to Wanni” ) bearing the map of Tamil Eelam, patronized by politicians and personalities of the former colonial occupier; a ship which hopes to enter the territorial waters of Sri Lanka without our permission and in violation of our sovereignty, at a time when our Navy is involved in the closing battles against a separatist terrorist army.

This is an arrogant intrusion combined with provocation and intertwined with diversionary intent.

While there is no doubt that what this Vanangamania deserves is the sort of treatment that Sir Francis Drake or Sir Walter Raleigh would have administered to any similar ship sailing for the British Isles, such a reaction would doubtless be an error (remember JRJ’s ’87 response to the Indian Red Cross boats?) and play into the hands of those who are mounting this diversionary raid so as to entrap us into a move that will trigger an external outcry which would interrupt our ongoing offensive against the encircled Tigers.

Absurd Analogies

One of the strangest features of the Sri Lankan conflict is that both sides, or more correctly, elements on both sides, see themselves as the Israelis or as an Israel, while neither has the qualifications to consider themselves so. The flip side of this fantasy is that each side tries to “Palestinianize” the other. The Tamil ultra-nationalists have long seen themselves as the Jews of South Asia, deserving of their version of Israel , an independent state for 80 million Tamils, not so much to inhabit as to identify with. An early, renowned gunfighter of the LTTE, Raghavan, now in exile on London, related to Ahilan Kadirgamar the seemingly strange combination of ideological roles models that inspired Velupillai Prabhakaran: Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf and on the other, the Zionist model.

Now this is an impossible contradiction only if one is unfamiliar with the history of Zionism, in which there were two broad tendencies, a social democratic, labor-movement based secular left, represented by the Haganah, Palmach and the Histradut, and a radical, terrorist Rightwing represented by the Irgun and the Stern gang. Jabotinsky, the leading figure of this latter tendency was known to have sympathies with European fascism and derived some inspiration from the Hitlerian movement. Thus it was with Prabhakaran. In this identification Prabhakaran is not alone. The veteran Marxist V. Karalasingham identified and criticized this pro-Zionist ideology in the Tamil federal party leadership decades ago.

The Tamil Eelam project continues to model itself on the founding of Israel . The recent World Tamil Forum meeting in London , organized by the British Tamil Forum and attended by many Western luminaries in and out of office, endorsed four resolutions, one of which designated the war conducted by the Sri Lankan state as genocidal and the Tigers as the authentic representatives of the Tamil people. This and other similar meetings are clearly an attempt to secure something along the lines of an updated version of the Balfour declaration. At the time of the Balfour Declaration, the Arabs were a majority in British mandate Palestine, but decades later, they were a dispossessed people on whose traditional lands a new state had been erected. As Sri Lanka ’s Secretary Defense has recently said, the LTTE’s captured documents and maps show that its plan was for a large Tamil Eelam. This was the thinking behind the ISGA and the PTOMS, which if they had taken shape on the ground would have been the same kind of intermediate steps used to turn the Arab Palestinians into a minority. We Sinhalese would have become like Palestinians. This project goes on unabated and must be resisted.

We must also resist the temptation and it must be said, the folly, of seeing ourselves as an Israel . Unlike the neighbors of Israel our neighbors are far more powerful than we are, and will simply not countenance the Palestinianisation of the Tamils of the North and east. This is the lesson that President Jayewardene and then National Security Minister Lalith Athulathmudali learned in the 1980s, when they surreptitiously introduced techniques of settler-colonization, tactics of massive retaliation, and West Bank model occupation. Our neighbor ratcheted up, covertly and by proxy, levels of pain upon the Sri Lankan state that were impossible to withstand, leading finally to overt intervention.

Mental Maps

As the conventional war approaches its climactic phase, Sri Lanka must plan for the morning after. Doubtless the extremists on both sides are, the Tamil Eelamists for a protracted struggle in which the emphasis initially shifts to the international battleground, and Sinhala chauvinists who plan for a hard and permanent occupation. Both sides see themselves as Zionists, though neither are, except perhaps in ideological terms.

The struggle is for the future is best illustrated by maps, both real and mental ones. The pro-Tiger Diaspora still dreams of the map of Tamil Eelam which is brandished at all demonstrations and will continue to be for a while. The Sinhala chauvinists fantasize a map in which the Tamil and Muslim majority areas are rediscovered to be ancient Sinhala or Buddhist sites, and renamed, reclaimed not just from the Tigers and the project of a separate state, but from the Tamils and Muslims.

The battle of the maps makes for a bitter peace, not a better place. Each of these maps, the one which represents division and dismemberment guarantees the brandishing of the one for coercive, hegemonic homogenization.

This reflects a larger and parallel process: the more that the so-called international community - actually the western liberal democracies - engage in contacts with Tiger arms dealers and proceed to justify such conduct on humanitarian grounds; the more that western capitals are the site of gatherings graced by western political personalities at which the Tigers are dubbed “the authentic representatives of the Tamil people” (as if Hitler were an inauthentic representative of the German people!); the more the West undermines the anti-Tiger Tamil political current; the more its own designated Tamil moderates boycott the political mainstream and prove themselves in thrall to the Tigers; the more that western double standards and hypocrisy are in evidence on their attitudes towards terrorism in South Asia; the more there appears to be a compact between Tamil secessionism and terrorism and the West; the more that memories of colonial discrimination and privilege are revived by such conduct; then the more difficult is to combat the growing stranglehold of “Sinhalese hard-line elements” that is bewailed in the quality Western press by those self-same Western diplomats and representatives.

What we need is a third map, cartographic and cognitive. That should not be too difficult at one level, because it is a map of the status quo, a map of Sri Lanka as it is. What has to change is our mentalities and attitudes, not the reality. Our mentalities have to change to reflect more accurately the reality of Sri Lanka . That reality is of a pluralist society; a country in which the narrowing Northern area and the top part of the East are preponderantly ethnic Tamil, while the Eastern province comprises almost equally of the three main ethnic groups while being preponderantly Tamil speaking in linguistic terms. Recognition of reality consists, in the first instance, not of radical reform but of the full adherence to our basic law, the Sri Lankan Constitution. Adherence assumes activation of the entirety of the Constitution of which the 13th amendment is a component

Fantasy vs. Vision

The fantasy of the pro-Tiger Tamil Diaspora cannot be defeated purely by the mobilization of Sinhala nationalism. Put at its crudest, 18 million people cannot match the reach of 80 million Tamils. The Tamil Zionist project can only be buried by a strategic move which cuts them off from India and the West, which in turn can be achieved only by the Sri Lankan side swiftly accommodating itself to the reform recommendations of those whose assistance we need to win the next stage of the struggle, namely our friends and neighbors. If rejected, ignored or frontally confronted the moderate international consensus will rapidly become “radicalized” to the point of considering a possible solution outside the borders of the Sri Lankan state formation. There is no guarantee that such a programme will be supported only by the west and not by India

What then are the contours of the moderate external consensus? A report in the Asian Tribune by M Rama Rao, India Editor, on the recent visit by the Indian PM’s Secretary Mr. Nair says: “Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, who met reporters Monday, confirmed the visit saying "With military operation against LTTE appearing to near an end, India has asked Sri Lanka to take steps towards ‘credible devolution’ of powers to Tamil-dominated northern region". He added that Nair in his talks with Sri Lankan officials stressed the need for taking steps which can be 'seen as the key step in meeting the needs of all minority communities, especially the Tamil community'. India believes that political package to the minority Tamil community is the ultimate solution to the ethnic conflict, the Indian Foreign Secretary said. PM’s emissary’s discussions also focused on ways by which India can help Sri Lanka in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the northern region, which is being freed from the control of LTTE. Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi appears to have been taken into confidence before mounting the Nair mission to Colombo ”. (March 31, 2009)

Meanwhile the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Hearings on Sri Lanka showed us what the American elite consensus on Sri Lanka is for the moment. Ex-ambassador Dr Jeff Lunstead’s testimony does not urge talks with the Tigers or a ceasefire or even federalism. Instead he says “Sri Lanka's political system, which centralizes power in Colombo , needs to be changed to devolve power to local areas. This will allow Tamils--and indeed all Sri Lankans--to have a greater say in how they are governed and how they lead their lives…” and reiterates the need to “engage seriously in political reform… genuine devolution of power…”

Any discourse with and about the Sri Lankan Tamils which is patronizingly integrationist but lacks any reference let alone commitment to devolution and the 13th amendment, falls outside the parameters of the international and regional consensus, and is akin to an Israeli or Palestinian discourse that fails to mention the two state solution. Such a discourse leaves open ideological and political space for the Tamil Diaspora to gather international support for its project.

(These are the strictly personal views of the writer).

54 Comments

Quote : That reality is of a pluralist society; a country in which the narrowing Northern area and the top part of the East are preponderantly ethnic Tamil, while the Eastern province comprises almost equally of the three main ethnic groups while being preponderantly Tamil speaking in linguistic terms.

This is called Traditional HOMELAND where some the demography has been changed with the help of State sponsored COLANIZATION.

Finally you are telling ( accepting) the world ( with your French!) there exist a Homeland for the Tamils

Posted by: Nam | April 8, 2009 01:16 AM

Go home and give proper advice to mahainda modayas. At last you have some sensible thinking, any way long way to go. After all thease brutallity most tamils beleive separate home land better for them. Sinhalease cant think and without this problem thay cant run the country. Sinhala politicians keep on fooling their own people, we tamils dont want to be part of it.
Tamil ealam best for tamils and poor sinhalease.

Posted by: R.Veera | April 8, 2009 03:10 AM

The big Fantasy is that the means by which Sri Lanka has been geographically unified leaves any room for unification of the Tamil & Sinhala communities.

In the '80s Tamil society (represented by TULF) "outsourced" what should have been a civil rights movement to extremists in the belief that once they had achieved the key goals (physical security by restricting the army to barracks) they could then bring the militants under control & come to a political agreement within a united Sri Lanka - but they couldn't put the extremist genie back on the bottle.

Likewise, Sinhala society has held its nose and (having seen the success of the "victory at any cost" policy against the JVP) has outsourced solving the "Tamil problem" to a military using all the slogans & imagery of Sinhala Budddhist hegemony...they will not be able to put their genie back in the bottle either.

If there is one thing both Tamils & Sinhalese have failed to learn from Isreal, Yugoslavia, Kosovo, East Timor, South Africa is that the means, far from justifying the ends, can create barriers to the ends. The "end" of equality based on devolved powers has been blocked by the "means" of rapid, mass casualty (to both sides) warfare.

Right now the small but influential "extremist elements" of the Sinhalese are seen as the lesser of two evils compared to the LTTE. Once the LTTE are gone, and when the majority-"moderate" Sinhalese fail to devolve power, then a semi-independent/Indian protectorate Jaffna peninsular may become the lesser of two evils for the Indian govt & IC.

Posted by: alex | April 8, 2009 03:34 AM

Dayan has got his arithmetic wrong

'The fantasy of the pro-Tiger Tamil Diaspora cannot be defeated purely by the mobilization of Sinhala nationalism. Put at its crudest, 18 million people cannot match the reach of 80 million Tamils.'

18 Mn includes minorities plus moderate Sinhalese. Maybe 8 Mn if it includes only PA supporters or even less if its only the Sinhala Buddhist racist elements.Not everyone supports the GOSL actions.

Posted by: Sri Lankan | April 8, 2009 06:32 AM

The writer ignores the fact that this regime does not wish to implement tamil as an official languge, and implement the 13th and 17th amendments. This will never happen under one pretext or another, since this regime wishes to become entrenched like the zionist state, and the tamils will suffer the same fate as the arabs left behind in the zionist state. Absolute power has corrupted this regime absolutely, and people like the writer will happily go on serving it, while living in their own fantasy land of make beleive, pontificating on everything but the reality in the so called democratic socialist republic.

Posted by: Nathan | April 8, 2009 07:13 AM

An excellent analysis by DJ providing a his view of what is at stake for Sri Lanka at this point in time. The international pressure being mounted in various bastions of tamil diaspora all across the globe is a very clear indication of the propaganda clout the Tiger sympathizers have. Perhaps some of the demonstrators have legitimate grievances due to personal harm caused by the SLgovt during this conflict - this is unavoidable in any war. The tamil diaspora have invested heavily in the Tiger outfit, whether willingly or through extortion and forced recruitment of kin. Just ask ourselves if we had invested for 20 years in a certain company and suddenly the entire company got destroyed, how would we feel about it? We would ask the goverment/s to bail them out as they are too big to fail. If enough of us scream loud enough and in many places across the globe the governments(meaning eventually us!) will bail out the company. This is what seems to be happening with Vanangamman. Add to this the Brit craving to re-live its glory days! The sad part in all this is that there is hardly any effort by non-Tigers who wish well for SL to counter all this bullshit. I'd like to suggest that Sri Lankans all over start flying the SL flag in our cars and homes and when people (and local news media) ask what this is all about - just explain Tiger atrocities and the struggle for the very survival by a small country. Just be careful Tiger thugs may be living in your neighborhood.

Posted by: Chandra Jay | April 8, 2009 08:58 AM

Dear Dayan,

You are not in any way doing anything that will defuse the situation and reduce the rising tension despite the fact that you very correctly point out that "our mentalities have to change to reflect more accurately the reality of Sri Lanka".

The reality of Sri Lanka is that of a government that thinks nothing of killing thousands of its own citizens in pursuit of the "global war on terror" declared by former president of the United States of America, George Bush and his administration, which effectively compromised the ideals upon which the American People have built their state by indulging in torture and the killing of civilians. The government of Sri Lanka too has used terror, violence, torture, assassination and murder to remove the democratic space for discussion, dialogue and debate and to crush every last vestige of dissent effectively trampling upon the Buddhist principles of compassion towards and love for all beings. It has culminated its path to fascism by deliberate bombing knowing very well that such bombing would kill tens if not hundreds of thousands of civilians if permitted to continue. Most of our minds reflect this reality very well and we are in fact thrilled to bits to hear of Tamils being slaughtered at the rate of at least a hundred a day.

What kind of change does this reality demand of us who elected this government, eloquently defended its policies at the United Nations and all other fora, supported its every advance with jubilation and celebrations on the streets, joined its armed forces in droves and contributed to its military coffers by paying up our taxes and bearing inflated prices with no protest. Remorse Dayan. That would be the first stage of a change in mentality - remorse at what we have allowed to be done in our name.

Is this what you have in mind? I doubt it. The change in our mentality that you seem to recommend would be a strategic change. An act put on in the hope of preventing the consequences of this governments actions catching up with us all. It is an act that stands blatantly exposed by your very own words when you say that, in your mind at any rate "there is no doubt that what this Vanangamania deserves is the sort of treatment that Sir Francis Drake or Sir Walter Raleigh would have administered to any similar ship sailing for the British Isles". You sit well besides those beef and pork eating pirates as do Mahinda, Gothabhaya, Basil, Sarath, Keheliya, Mervyn, Champika and the rest of their fascist team.

A change of heart would mean that all of us, moved by remorse at what has been done in our name, join the Vangangaman in her mercy mission to Wanni. But all you are interested in is escaping from the hands of "those who are mounting this diversionary raid so as to entrap us into a move that will trigger an external outcry which would interrupt our ongoing offensive against the encircled Tigers" although you know very well that those encircled tigers stand amidst hundreds of thousands of Tamil Civilians for whose safety and well being you have shown absolutely no concern.

Whether a nation that is so easily willing to murder a few hundred thousand of its citizens in order to capture a few hundred LTTE fighters can ever have any claim to sovereignty is open to question. It is not Sinhala hard line elements we are dealing with here Dayan. Here we are dealing with fascists - people who love to terrify, torture and kill, even bomb hundreds of thousands to smithereens and as of now there is no one reluctantly going along with them because they are caught in some stranglehold. On the contrary all of us almost to the last man are cheering on these killers and making heros of these murderers, justifying their murderous actions and enjoying the slaughter of the hated Tamils.

You seem to be familiar with the project of the Tamil Diaspora and the international and regional consensus. Are you as familiar with the Sri Lankan consensus that currently prevails? I am sure that you are and I am certain that you know that its viciousness may well demand a widening of that international and regional consensus.

The LTTE with its kidnappings, extortions, torture, assassinations and terror is done for, never to rise again. Now it is you and the government whose policy framework you justify and defend that stand in the spotlight.

Posted by: Crazyoldmansl | April 8, 2009 10:21 AM

I do not know if the LTTE will be able to create Tamil Eelam, but I assure you, if your government continues with these rampant human rights violations, we the Tamils will not fail to bring Sri Lanka to its knees both economically and militarily in the near future.

Who do you think is in a more advantageous position to influence the future, an essentially bankrupt Sri Lankan state or the economically prosperous global Tamil community? The anser to this critical question will be the downfall of your failed state.

Posted by: Nitharshan | April 8, 2009 11:30 AM

.
It's too late DJ.
Two years ago, you were writing in favour of Sinhalese Military's use of terror tactics against Tamils in the East.
You never questioned killings of 5 students in Trinco.
You never questioned killings of 17 aid workers in Mutur.
You never questioned the murder of MP Joseph Para.
And today, you want people to be 'reality'.
Today's reality is Srilanka belongs to Sinhala Buddhists.
:-)

Posted by: aratai | April 8, 2009 05:42 PM

To be frank I do not trust Dayan because he never had any principled stand on the national issue prior to Indian peace accord and after. One may say he is learning and changing for the better. It may be only in paper. Is he a leader himself in the South who can make change or can he influence any strong Sinhalese leader to bring change and implement. If the Sinhalese leaders are genunine it does not matter whehter it is SL internal problem or not as long as it is resolved on a permanent basis through International bodies.
How SWRD changed his stand on federalism before Independnence and after Independnence. Mahinda regime will do the same after winning the war or they will not bring any solution saying that they need another 2 years, 3 years to flush out the Tigers, the war and army occupation will continue and in the mean time depopulate the NE to fulfill the wishes of JVP and JHU that the NE is historically belong to Sinhalese.

Dayan is still blaming the Tamil Struggle as terrorrism or extremism. But the editorial of the Island put the root cause in SL for the last 60 years in perspective in its editorial on 8th April 2009.

http://www.island.lk/2009/04/08/editorial.html
the essence in it " Wily political foxes of all hues survive by making goats of the public!" This what the learned Dr. Imtiyaz son of the soil too has been articulating in many of his articles on maximising the votes by saying that how their party will deny the minorities their freedom and independnence and will make the Sinhalese the masters of this Island. Sadly Don Mahindapala could not face the reality and gone into hybernation and waiting for the Mahinda regime ( led by sarath and Gotha )-JVP-JHU devour Tamil and other minorities' soeverignty that was given to the Sinhalese majority rule by the British.

Colvin's Tea boy Karalasingham never had any political impact either in Colombo or in the North. Why was Karalasingham like Kadirgamar never made to contest in Colombo or greater Colombo constituency because the South was not their homeland.

Posted by: M.Thiru | April 8, 2009 07:53 PM

It is all about the PROVOCATION. A well used term by the Sinhala mass and gocvernemt since 20th century.

People need to grow up to be man and woman not animals specially when they hold positions and not just position " responsible position.

Posted by: Nam | April 8, 2009 08:54 PM

It doesn't take a genius to beg weapons from half the planet, and (successfully) suppress 4000 or so militants with 50,000 soldiers. It is a job for beggars and second-rate minds - a job for which the jumbo cabinet, the Defense Ministry, and a tiny array of government lapdogs strategically positioned in Geneva (Dayan J, Rajiva) are well-suited for. But it does require intellectual thinking to create a first-rate economy or maintain some semblance of a fully functioning democracy (to be sure, the latter and the former are not entirely mutually exclusive). The price that the Sri Lankan nation will have to pay for this war - assuming it is carried to its desired conclusion - is the formation of a pariah state, run by vagabonds and dimwits. The irony, of course, is that not many others, besides vagabonds and dimwits, would trade a six year CFA and stellar economic growth in exchange for the votes of some marginally influential mythology salivating extremists. On the other hand, it is a fitting end for a fake State created by a bunch of colonialists high on the opium of Darwinism - that this fake State will forever be entrenched in turmoil due to the inherent fallacy of its very existence.

Posted by: Dinesh | April 9, 2009 12:13 AM

Sadly, the reality is that Tamil Eelam is occupied illegally by the South, which called itself Sri Lanka, incorporated by an unlawful and unilateral constititution passed by it in 1972.

If Rhodesia was illegal and criminal in 1965, so is SL now. That is international law and not politics.

What sovereignty are you talking of? Sovereignty is derived from the people of the area and not by any colonial master or by an autocrat.

The sovereignty of Tamil Eelam belongs to its people. They derived it in 1976 and confirmed by democratic popular vote in 1977.

Posted by: Justin | April 9, 2009 03:48 AM

As to be expected from a GOSL quisling who is an
under-cover white-van agent of MR & Co with his bombastic uttarances, as the above Comments make of him, is determined to make the last-stand before he joins the world of true justice.
The blood is on their hands, in the words of a
notorious GOSL Public Servant - GR

Posted by: ardneham | April 9, 2009 04:00 AM

Nitharshan, so its one silly dream after another, eh? you cannot bring anyone to their knees militarily. you took your best shot and lost. as for economics, look at the map. sri lanka is on asia, the fastest growing region in the world. your propserous Diaspora can do nothing economically, because a post war sri lanka will get its investment and tourists from the rest of asia, starting with china and india. don't forget that we have spent for the war, and won elections too...which Bush could not.

Crazyoldmansl, "remorse"? only about one thing. that we allowed ourselves to be suckered by the Tigers and their tamil friends for too long, and therefore lost a fine Presdent, premadasa, and many other leaders sinhala and tamil. what we are doing now is --more or less--what we should have been doing two decades ago. The only fascists on the island are the ones who are now trapped in the no fire zone. as for civilians, we must be as concerned about them as the great abraham lincoln was when his Union army marched across georgia to the sea, and the allies did while going into Berlin to finish off the nazi fascist beast.

R Veera, don't you think the "modayas" have done much better than your LTTE? perhaps you should give advice to them..They sem to need it more than the so-called modayas.

Alex, you are thinking and analysing things creatively and interestingly, though i am not sure i agree fully.

Posted by: Dayan Jayatilleka | April 9, 2009 06:31 AM

buddy dyan,

viz-a-viz 80 million tamil. whats coming out of TN is mostly election rhetoric. karunabhudi was/is on ltte payroll. (read k.t. rajashingham). the only one clean in tn politics is jayalaitha jayaram. every other politician in tamil nadu under monetary obligation to ltte. tamil nadu joe get excited because of spine chilling propaganda dished out by tro's (ltte front) christy working from a tent over at NFZ.

Posted by: Panhinda | April 9, 2009 11:23 AM

Why cannot the so called Tamil Diaspora who has been feeding Prabaharan and his men all these years, persuade Prabaharan to release the civilians.The matter ends there. If you are trying to help Prabahran and his men and wants them to fight for another 25 years, then you are all hyprocrites and not concered about the Tamil civilians living in Sri Lanka. You and your children are enjoying your life here because of Prabaharan. Where ever you go your attitude will not change.

Posted by: Sellam | April 9, 2009 12:57 PM

Dear Dayan
The first part of your article is pure fiction-israel Palestine, but you have graduated from not quoting from your traditional heroes like Che Guvera, Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung and Lenin..
Your heroes have now become zeroes in the greater tradition of Marxism.
You continue to talk about the constitutional provisions especially about the
13th Amendment,13th Amendment minus or 13th Amendment plus.

But Dr Dayan, I want to remind you about another path breaking Amendment,That was passed long ago but remains unimplemented due to unknown reasons or may be everyone including TNA had forgotten about it, The16th Amendment
I will give below the main features of this 16th Amendment.
“Sinhala and Tamil shall be the Language of administration throughout Sri Lanka and Sinhala shall be the language of administration and be used for the maintenance of public records and the transaction of all business by public institutions of all the provinces of Sri Lanka other than the Northern and Eastern Provinces where Tamil shall be used”
This means that Tamil is the Language of administration in the Eastern Province also.

But Dr Dayan Ampara and Trincomalee districts always have Sinhalese as Government Agents and the Language of Administration is Sinhala. Anybody going to these Kachcheries should go with a translator to transact business.

There is a saying that the government might grant even Eelam but never will allow a non Sinhala to be the Government Agents of either of these districts! .
So much for the commitment of the government in implementing even what is already included in the constitution.
But Dayan , constitution is after all only a piece of paper!

Posted by: Sri | April 9, 2009 01:05 PM

Dayan,
You are the first one wrote in lanka guardian abut our struggle- saying this is guerilla warfare not terrorism. In 80s, you came to Jaffna u & gave lecture on Nicaraguan Struggle. We published your book (translator was AJ -Not Sivaram-, publisher MMK) .
Why are you looking our struggle through LTTE glass now? I know your friends were killed by LTTE. i like to know your view about our struggle.
Ps I am not a LTTE sympathizer

Posted by: aakathY | April 9, 2009 01:57 PM

dear nitarsan and veera
nitarsan how do you intend to bring sri lanka to its knees? if the LTTE won the elam will you send your children to sri lanka? will you let them study in jaffna? will you move back to sri lanka ?
dont worry man b happy ,,,, by the way do your children speak tamil?
by the wat ltte is looking for brave boys like you,pack your gears and go to mulathiv,.

veera
thanks to sri lankan goverment you manage to go to europe.probbaly you come from colombo area and you did not even see the war.you guys are most welcome to sr lanka.
good luck with your dream

Posted by: sri lankan | April 9, 2009 03:12 PM

Oh,come off it DJ: All this allusions to imperialism and Walter Raleigh and Walter Drake is so dated.Get on with the times and try to be relevant.What you are doing is padding your tutorial with meaningless citations to impress someone.Read the essays of a certain Mervyn de Silva and cultivate an ironic detachment even when singing for your supper!
I must nevertheless admit that some of your arguments are quite sound with the following proviso:The contest in the Buddha-visited island is between Sinhala-Budhist zioniosm and Tamil zionism.An endless conflict?
Rajan Karalasingham

Posted by: rajan karalasingham | April 9, 2009 04:02 PM

Dayan Jayatilleka proves again that he doesn't let the facts interfere in his story and history-making.

Tamils do not want the "Promised Land", but the privilege to live in their traditional homeland. Tamils do not identify themselves with the Jewish government that kills 100s of Palestinians and hurts 100s, but with the Jewish people who were targetted, tortured and killed for being Jews. Basically, most of the Tamils sympathesise and identify with the Palestinians who have been made refugrees in their own land and regularly ill-treated. But, the Tamils dream to have the courage of the Jews people, who are single-minded (over all other interests) of Jews to have their own land. They can lobby the international governments, particularly the US government.

By the way, what is wrong with Dayan Jayatilleka? It is not uncommon to have evenbrothers to have different ideologies. Why should the writer relate Raghavan and Ahilan? IIRC, this writer was a member of the cabinet of Eelam People Revolutionary Liberation Front!

Posted by: Ranjo | April 9, 2009 07:55 PM

Dear Dayan,

Had the Sri-Lankan Government taken care the welfare of these IDP's the "Vananga Man" mercy mission wouldn't have occurred.

Your government favours the Majority Sinhalese and totally disregard the Tamil civilians. The relentless barrage of shells on the "No Fire Zone" is alone sufficient to prove it. It should have been called No Stopping Fire Zone!

Have you seen lately the unity among Sri-Lankan society? isn't it more like shattered society than United?

Treat Tamils with respect and Tamils will stop demand for separation.

Here is the latest HRW statement in case you haven't read it.

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/04/09/sri-lanka-stop-shelling-no-fire-zone

Posted by: Amal Tissaweerasingham | April 9, 2009 11:03 PM

Even in the case of former Palastine producing two countries was not that good an idea.

TamilNadu and Diaspora will be there and they will continue to talk. So, IC and India may respond to it. At one point, LTTE was strong, GOSL was weak and everybody believed and was made to believe that only a Federal State would be the solution. Somehow, the present President proved that was not so.

One day, even after this president if a weak president is there or If the powers of the President is cut a similar would situation would arise. therefore, the best solution is to make certain that the President always will be a capable and a strong person who has powers.

In politics nothing stayed the same through out the history. But, look at new countries such USA and Australia appeared during the last few hundred years and how they plan to exist.

Otherwise, I don't agree with the hypothesis that we should make changes so that diaspora will be happy. That will not have an end. Instead we can make their lives difficult. So, they would not get into the business. Anyway, even at present, LTTE may be an international MAFIA run by professionals.

Posted by: Shrilankan | April 9, 2009 11:40 PM

Dayan,
Probably, we are witnessing a "repetition of history". It is a bloody fact. The world is shrinking and the boarders between countries are virtually disappearing.

It is longer possible to sweep the human right abuses under the carpet (country's sovereignty). What is countries sovereignty, any way?

This war in itself an arrogant war. The arrogance you talk about in this article will come no where near to this arrogant war. In fact, it is a result of softening of some ones heart. The human carnages we see in the images will simply soften any ones heart.

The people trapped in this so called 20 sqkm are from whole wanny region. This people have been kept moving due to the bombing and shelling of advancing military. They were terrified and never wanted to face the advancing army. In the end, they were cornered to this small plot of land. These people have been reduced to cattle and animals. Worse than animals, I should say. Because, no one will bomb or shell a place knowing that there are lives in that area.

They are talking of freeing these people. In fact, these people are falling from frying pan into the fire.

Posted by: Siva | April 10, 2009 12:50 AM

Dear Dayan J:

I like to inform you that the next batch of trigger-happy Tamil militants, if need be, will emerge from the detention camps set up none other than your Government. Your Government plans to detain these people for as long as it takes to colonize the Northern Tamil villages (99.9% of which are empty now). Whatever excesses are committed inside the camp, short of gas chambers, may be hidden to the outside world within varying limits; however, nothing will escape the knowledge of the inmates. Compounded with the fact of being confined to barbed wire and having to kneel before fully armed soldiers day after day - this will prove to be a viable recruiting base indeed. After all, was it not the constant presence of armed soldiers that gave the spark to Prabhakaran (says he in his interviews). Your police state has a long road ahead...

Posted by: Dinesh | April 10, 2009 10:29 AM

Dayan Jayatilleka, I commented that Tamil Eelam will be the consequence if human rights violations continue. I see that you have given up trying to falsely portray Sri Lanka an innocent victim and accepted the institutionalization of human rights violations. "We" could not bring anyone militarily to their knees? The LTTE brought the Sri Lankan state to the brink of destruction after the fall of Elephant Pass, did you forget that Pakistan, another failed state, bailed out the thousands of soldiers who were facing certain death? I'm no military expert, but the Sri Lankan military could not defeat the LTTE for over two decades. Not only does the military vastly outnumber and outgun the LTTE, they required the support of several nations, including military support from India, to bring the LTTE to its knees. Honestly, what are you proud of, 50 000 heavily armed soldiers defeating a few thousand guerrillas attempting positional warfare? Furthermore, I and very other rational human being can deduct that the defection of Karuna served to be the decisive factor in the LTTE's current state. If you had so much trouble with the LTTE, which did not have the full support of all Tamils, what makes you think the military can handle another LTTE with the full support of Tamil Nadu and the Diaspora due to continuing human rights violations? Continue with human rights violations, and we will show Sri Lanka "our best shot."

Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, location is not everything. Sri Lanka is in Asia yet it begs to the IMF for emergency loans to replenish its Foreign exchange reserves?

Post war Sri Lanka will get its investment and tourists from the rest of asia, starting with China and India? Now who is living in a dream world? If human rights violations continue then there will be another Tamil revolt, tourists will be a near-extinct species if there is no true peace. China will probably assist Sri Lanka, but to what extent? The Chinese will have their hands full for another one or two years battling the global recession, frankly China is no mood to throw generous amounts of money at Sri Lanka. India will have trouble supporting Sri Lanka if human rights continue to be violated, the absence of the LTTE will only make it easier for Tamil Nadu to influence the Central government. Do not expect aid from western powers either, because the Diaspora will see to it that if human rights violations continue in "post war Sri Lanka," there will be sanctions not just aid restrictions.

If the GOSL fails to uphold human rights for all its citizens, then I once again assure you there will be a second coming of the LTTE and it will be fatal to your failed state. Millions of Tamils around the world will see to that outcome you refer to as a dream; Tamil Eelam.

sri lankan, please refer to my explanation above, there will be no need for further bloodshed if Sri Lanka protects and promotes human rights. The LTTE is no longer an excuse. If the LTTE won Tamil Eelam, I would be cautious. I refuse to support a "North Korea-type" of state, I would oppose the LTTE if democracy is not delivered. Yes I would move back to develop the state, just as I would move back to Sri Lanka if it respected the human rights of all its citizens. "Pack your gears and go to mulathiv?" I do not support war, in fact, I stated that there will be war if human rights continue. So, I supporting war is contingent on Sri Lanka continuing to violate human rights. You on the other hand seem to enjoy the sight of innocent deaths, so I suggest you pack your gear to help your brave soldiers defeat an outnumbered group and attack civilians.

"Thanks to sri lankan goverment you manage to go to europe.probbaly you come from colombo area and you did not even see the war"

Have you even been to the North, I'm from the war zone not Colombo. Sri Lanka only served to kill my relatives for no apparent reason. That is the only gift I received from Sri Lanka. Yet I harbor no ill will towards Sri Lanka, I wish it would develop by respecting human rights but if the current trend continues not only I, but millions of Tamils will be resolved for the creation of a separate state. Whether Tamil Eelam is a dream or the future depends on the actions of Sri Lanka.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2009 11:55 AM

SL Navy Please SINK this Ship as it enters our Territorial Waters... the supplies on board will feed the Ocean and Reef Fauna and Flora on the East coast very nicely...

Thank you.

Posted by: Devinda Fernando | April 10, 2009 03:22 PM

Dear aakathY, That article appeared in 1981, when I was not yet 25 years old, and the Tigers had not murdered a single civilian or member of a "rival" group. In his book on Prabhakaran, MR Narayanswamy calls the period upto 1984, the "heroic phase" of the struggle, after which it rapidly degenerated. My speech was translated, as you say, by the MMK, the Marumalaarchik Kalagham - the Renaissance Society- and though the text was translated by AJ Kanagaratnam, it was translated while being delivered to the audience, by Sivaram (later Taraki). In that speech, delivered in late '82 or early '83, before July, I had already warned against every single mistake and crime the Tigers were to commit, and upheld the lessons of the Nicaraguan revolution, of the humane, ethical, "surgical" use of violence, as well as the need for unity among all tendencies of the liberation cause. I criticised the dismemeberment of a police constable by the Tigers and Sivaram nervously explaied to the audience that he was merely translating my words and that they were not his sentiments. The speech was prophetic. The text was finally published in 1987, and those who did that work were identified with the more "political" Mahattaya faction of the Tigers, which was later exterminated by Prabhakaran. In any case, if you are so familiar with my work you would know that my association was with the Tamil new Left, namely Padmanabha and the EPRLF, which began even before he founded the EPRLF in 1981. As Suresh Premachandran would confirm, Padmanabha's first meeting with me was in the late 1970s when he was still with the GUES. My position towards the LTTE changed totally in 1985 with their Anuradhapura massacre, and has remained consistently so since then.


Dear Rajan Karalasingham, Much as I admire and have been educated by Mervyn, I have never been tempted to attempt imitation. I celebrate Mervyn's "ironic detachment" as you so accurately term it. That quality part-informed, part-derived from his chosen field of literature and literary criticism, a field to which his temperament took him from his student youth. This in turn honed a sensibility which he carried over into journalism. I on the other hand am a political scientist and remain one through successive and sometimes simultaneous incarnations as political activist, advisor, academic, commentator and diplomat. Ironic detachment does not come with the territory. By the way you have completely missed the relevance of the referece to Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh. My point is that though the Sri Lankan people are justified in their desire to protect their sovereignty from instrusion, it may be best not to greet the intruder with one of our Bakhtar Shaheens or Red Arrows.

Dear Ranjo, the problem is not having different ideologies, as brothers sometimes do. The problem is when the followers of one organization are burnt alive for that crime, in braod daylight, as happened to the TELO at the hands of the Tigers on April 30th 1986, and when 60 EPRLF cadres were captured, incarcereated and murdered by the LTTE's Aruna who sprayed them with M16 gunfire in late 1986.

Dear Amal Tissaweerasingham, You forget that the No Fire Zone is our NFZ, meaning that the Sri lankn state unilaterally declared it and called it into existence. A No Fire Zone is NOT a Zone from which the Tigers can fire out of, at our troops, and fleeing civilians, and into, at dissenting Tamils.

Posted by: Dayan Jayatilleka | April 10, 2009 04:57 PM

It may be that Chandra Jay has put his money in the Golden Key credit card company of the Ceylinco Group. HA ha ha ha ...................

Posted by: Deva | April 10, 2009 07:59 PM

Dear Dayan,

Yes remorse. Remorse for having allowed ourselves to get involved in this genocidal massacre of so many Sri Lankan Tamils. The fact that we have been brainwashed into believing that Tamils do not belong to Sri Lanka, that they are the remnants of invading armies and of various colonial enterprises and that they have to be deported or destroyed does not in any way excuse our complicity in this genocide.

We have come a long way since old Abe led his army across Georgia - or at any rate some of us have. We have come some distance from the way the axis and allies went at each other as well, and we have moved beyond the dynamics of the cold war too - at least some of us have. You have a very sharp mind and it is unfortunate that you have cluttered it up with a lot of rubbish - the fault of the education system no doubt - and I hope that your fascist leanings come not from choice but from an inability to perceive any alternative at the moment. I do believe this will change with time a you grow older. Potentially you are the only one I have encountered within this sick bunch that dominates Sri Lanka who has the potential to make the change. There were others before you, but they are now dead and gone and their works are largely ignored. I do believe that you will one day come to appreciate them and perhaps use them too.

As far as I can see neither old Abe and his army nor the allies were driven by hatred or by a coldly calculated destructiveness. They were driven by the ideal of personal freedom, tolerance and inclusiveness and they were fighting enemies who sought to deny them this freedom. I do not see that in the Sri Lankan government and I do not see that in the LTTE either. I would be killed by the LTTE for my beliefs and my lifestyle every bit as soon as I would by the government of Sri Lanka which is why I have to keep a healthy distance from both of them. Both the LTTE and the government of Sri Lanka are highly authoritarian ideology driven machines steeped in repressive cultural content. We can very well do without both of them. Let MIA for instance turn up in an LTTE ruled Thamileelam and I would like to see what becomes of her. It is only your love of killing that keeps you in the good books of the Rajapaksa's and the day your more liberal side begins to surface distorted as it may be, you will run afoul of them too. This of course will happen the day you learn what it is to love and find that it is a great deal more comfortable and rewarding than this perpetual urge to hate and this commitment to cynical strategic living - realpolitik as some like to call it.

I agree that we have all been suckered by the LTTE. They have ripped off our money, threatened us, bullied us, called us traitors and scared the living daylight out of us. I agree that we have lost too many leaders to them though I doubt very much that here can be anything called a god leader - an oxymoron if ever there was. I do not agree that what we are doing now is what we should have been doing two decades ago - it is just what we have been doing for over six decades. The only difference is that we are now doing it with a viciousness and intensity that we have never mustered before.

The fascism Dayan is in us as much as it is in them. We cannot use the campaigns of old Abe or the Allies to cover up what we are doing to the Sri Lankan Tamils. If you want to massacre those Tamils who remain then you will do so, and I must find a way to disassociate myself from this genocide because I see no reason why it should be done.


Posted by: Crazyoldmansl | April 10, 2009 09:31 PM

Hi Dayan,
Small correction- People who work on that publication were not "political" Mahattaya faction of the Tigers. Also not a single person was killed by VP.

Posted by: aakathY | April 11, 2009 12:12 AM

Dear Crazyoldmansl,

Talking about education, yours seems to be somewhat lacking. It wasn't me or any other bloodthisty Sinhalese who made the most convincing parallel between the Tigers and the Nazis. It was Prof Walter Lacquer, editor of the Penguin Readers Guide to Fascism, and Prof Emeritus at the Georgetown Centre for Strategic and International Studies, who in his The New Terrorism (1999) devoted several pages to the Tigers and concluded that the only parallel he could find was the European fascist movement of the 1920s and 30s.

Nor was it me who likened Prabhakaran to Pol Pot. It was Pulitzer prize winning New York times journalist John Burns who called him the Pol Pot of South Asia.

This isn't an old story. Just this january, former New York Times editorialist Barbara Crossette wrote in The Nation, one of the most liberal papers in the USA, that the LTTE is "the most lethal and totalitarian of all guerrilla movements in contemporary Asia'".

Now as political scientist, I am fully aware that History teaches of no other way to deal with Nazi fascism and Pol Potism than the way that the sri Lankn armed forces are attempting. Indeed both the allies ( especially the Red Army) and the Vietnamese forces of General Giap were even more decisive than the sri Lankan state forces have been.

As for armed secessionism, which is the character and content of the Tigers' struggle, History provides examples of state response ranging from the American Civil War to the Russian forces in Chechnya and the Turkish army in Kurdistan, through to the Indian army in Kashmir and Nagaland-Mizoram-Assam, and the Philippine armed forces in Mindanao. The Sri Lankan forces are doing no less and no more.

By the way, could you provide me with a single serious , recognised source ( say the Us State dept, a renowned academic, or even Human Rights Watch) that joins you in the silly practice of calling the Sri Lankan or, ok, the Sinhala state/side, "fascist"?

Posted by: Dayan Jayatilleka | April 11, 2009 04:12 AM

TO MR.M.THIRU:
I realize the neither depth of knowledge nor a comittment to acuuracy bothers fanatics but even then to call the late V.Karalasingham(not a realtive of mine)"Colvin's tea boy" is so completely idiotic that it cannot go unchallenged.V.K. was a fiery and committed revoltonary and principled politician who stood by his convictions all his life.If there was a fault in him,it was that he was his own master.He was nobody's toady.
Rajan

Posted by: rajan karalasingham | April 11, 2009 05:52 AM

Hi Dayan
Could u pls refresh my memories re this -"I criticised the dismemeberment of a police constable by the Tigers and Sivaram nervously explaied to the audience that he was merely translating my words and that they were not his sentiments."_
Which police constable???

Posted by: aakathY | April 11, 2009 06:38 AM


Dayan Jayatilleka, I commented that Tamil Eelam will be the consequence if human rights violations continue. I see that you have given up trying to falsely portray Sri Lanka an innocent victim and accepted the institutionalization of human rights violations. "We" could not bring anyone militarily to their knees? The LTTE brought the Sri Lankan state to the brink of destruction after the fall of Elephant Pass, did you forget that Pakistan, another failed state, bailed out the thousands of soldiers who were facing certain death? I'm no military expert, but the Sri Lankan military could not defeat the LTTE for over two decades. Not only does the military vastly outnumber and outgun the LTTE, they required the support of several nations, including military support from India, to bring the LTTE to its knees. Honestly, what are you proud of, 50 000 heavily armed soldiers defeating a few thousand guerrillas attempting positional warfare? Furthermore, I and very other rational human being can deduct that the defection of Karuna served to be the decisive factor in the LTTE's current state. If you had so much trouble with the LTTE, which did not have the full support of all Tamils, what makes you think the military can handle another LTTE with the full support of Tamil Nadu and the Diaspora due to continuing human rights violations? Continue with human rights violations, and we will show Sri Lanka "our best shot."

Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, location is not everything. Sri Lanka is in Asia yet it begs to the IMF for emergency loans to replenish its Foreign exchange reserves?

Post war Sri Lanka will get its investment and tourists from the rest of asia, starting with China and India? Now who is living in a dream world? If human rights violations continue then there will be another Tamil revolt, tourists will be a near-extinct species if there is no true peace. China will probably assist Sri Lanka, but to what extent? The Chinese will have their hands full for another one or two years battling the global recession, frankly China is no mood to throw generous amounts of money at Sri Lanka. India will have trouble supporting Sri Lanka if human rights continue to be violated, the absence of the LTTE will only make it easier for Tamil Nadu to influence the Central government. Do not expect aid from western powers either, because the Diaspora will see to it that if human rights violations continue in "post war Sri Lanka," there will be sanctions not just aid restrictions.

If the GOSL fails to uphold human rights for all its citizens, then I once again assure you there will be a second coming of the LTTE and it will be fatal to your failed state. Millions of Tamils around the world will see to that outcome you refer to as a dream; Tamil Eelam.

sri lankan, please refer to my explanation above, there will be no need for further bloodshed if Sri Lanka protects and promotes human rights. The LTTE is no longer an excuse. If the LTTE won Tamil Eelam, I would be cautious. I refuse to support a "North Korea-type" of state, I would oppose the LTTE if democracy is not delivered. Yes I would move back to develop the state, just as I would move back to Sri Lanka if it respected the human rights of all its citizens. "Pack your gears and go to mulathiv?" I do not support war, in fact, I stated that there will be war if human rights continue. So, I supporting war is contingent on Sri Lanka continuing to violate human rights. You on the other hand seem to enjoy the sight of innocent deaths, so I suggest you pack your gear to help your brave soldiers defeat an outnumbered group and attack civilians.

"Thanks to sri lankan goverment you manage to go to europe.probbaly you come from colombo area and you did not even see the war"

Have you even been to the North, I'm from the war zone not Colombo. Sri Lanka only served to kill my relatives for no apparent reason. That is the only gift I received from Sri Lanka. Yet I harbor no ill will towards Sri Lanka, I wish it would develop by respecting human rights but if the current trend continues not only I, but millions of Tamils will be resolved for the creation of a separate state. Whether Tamil Eelam is a dream or the future depends on the actions of Sri Lanka.

Posted by: Nitharshan | April 11, 2009 09:02 AM

Dear Dinesh and Anonymous,

The Tigers were founded in 1976, though Prabhakaran took up arms in 1972. that's, what, 33 years or 37. Let's take the lower case, 33. in 33 years, Prabhakaran could not liberate the north and east of a small country, while in less time mao liberated the world's most populous society, the Vietnamese kicked out the Japanese, French and Americans. In one-fifteenth of the time that Prabhakaran has been fighting, Fidel liberated Cuba. Today's Hezbollah beat the Israeli army twice, the last in 2006. The Sri Lankn army was about to beat Prabhakaran in 1987, let us recall, when india intervened. Prabhakaran could not even retain jaffna in 1995 nor regain it in 2000. Now he is in a small strip with his back to the sea. Ok, so the Sri Lankans/ Sinhalese don't fit your "genius" or 'first rate intellect" category, Dinesh, but what can one say about a truly pathetic comparative performance such as this, distinguished only by its world record in sheer terrorism such as the murder of rajiv gandhi? And what kind of genius or first rate intellect could refuse de-facto control of the North and east in 1987 september, to wind up in that tiny zone today? What kind of collective intellect can cheer this barbaric failure on, while the Nepali maoists have shot, talked, legislated and voted their way into power? With this track record, go ahead, give it your best shot, we poor dumb sinhalese, who resisted the Tigers and survived the Indian intervention, will manage...yet again.

Posted by: Dayan Jayatilleka | April 11, 2009 03:05 PM

Dear aakathY,
It was some PC who had been killed by the Tigers, dismemebered and his body parts used to decorate a junction. I said ironically that unless it was intended as a protest against standardization by someone who wanted to get into medical college to become a surgeon but couldn't, ( that was the part Sivaram was reluctant to translate, because Kundan was in the audience) i cannot comprehend such acts, and went on to say how humanely the Nicaraguan FSLN treated their enemy, even though the Somocista National Guard used to apply lard to the genitals of revolutionary prisoners and set trained alsatian dogs on the genitals. I also related how Commandante Tomas Borge returned after the victory to the prison which held the man who tortured him and killed his wife. He said "I told you I would come for my revenge, and so i have. My revenge is this: i forgive you". I upheld that as the standard of conduct for liberation fighters. we can now see how far the Tigers were from these norms, which is also why the Sandinistas won their revolution, lost elections but have now been re-elected to office under the same leader, while Prabhakaran is trapped without an exit in the NFZ.

Posted by: Dayan Jayatilleka | April 12, 2009 09:43 AM

Dear Dayan,

I do not need the State department of the USA or any of the illustrious names you quote to do my thinking for me. That's what I meant by education having messed up your mind.

I wish that my calling the Sri Lankan government a fascist one was just silliness on my part. Unfortunately whatever your professors and the US state department may tell you or not tell you, the reality that prevails is just that.

1. The president of Sri Lanka has absolute power, can use the administrative apparatus, and the armed forces to do exactly what he pleases.

2. In this he is not going to meet any opposition because he has positioned firm proponents of the virulently aggressive Sinhala Buddhist nationalism with which the citizenry have been brainwashed for several decades in strategic positions of power.

3. The president is forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism in a very systematic manner using violent intimidation, torture and murder.

4. The regimentation of industry is just beginning at operation level as the government finds itself forced to face an economic crisis that is global and which has been exacerbated by the governments own brand of economic policy at local level. It began at the strategic level with the kidnapping of several leading businessmen and extorting very large sums as ransom setting the stage for the government to dictate what business could and could not do.

5. There is a distinct racial component in the Sinhala Buddhist National Ideology.

6. There is the white van syndrome and the Mervyn squad.

7. There are the presidential threats of murder.

8. Most of all there is the pervasive atmosphere of fear and intimidation that prevails and which effectively prevents the articulation of dissent and criticism.

9. Oh and the government media is propaganda and the private media is cowed down in fear because of the continuing murder and torture of journalists.

Now this may not satisfy the criteria demanded by your professors and the US state department to describe the Sri Lankan government as fascist and you seem to be comfortable enough working with this government. But this is quite enough for me.

To me anyone who likes killing people however they may justify this love of killing is a fascist, and when a government does this then it is a fascist government.

So Dayan, as far as I am concerned this is a fascist government and this fascism is getting sharper and more and more differentiated and defined. It will very soon begin to link up with similar ideological tendencies at global level and leverage its geo political situation to become something like the headquarters for global fascism of various flavors. It will not be long before we see an international gathering of fascists in Sri Lanka sponsored by this government. This gathering will be presented as some sort of religious or spiritual event and will receive a large amount of funding and support from the Indian Diaspora. That's about all I care to say on this for the moment. I may have more to say about it later as things take shape if I am able to last a while more. You may not see what's coming but when you do I think you will get up and run - especially if by then you have realized that thinking has nothing to do with all that professorial stuff you have stuffed your mind with.

As for the LTTE I know they are fascist too. You do not have to convince me of that. I have had first hand experience of them and though they have always been extremely polite to me at personal level and though they are indeed fighting for a solution to a very real problem, I have always been informed of the deep distaste they had towards my perspectives and I have always been aware of what they were engaged in, how they perceived the people they supposedly represented, how they treated these people and the massive propaganda blitz they generated and sustained. It is a pity that so many young people fell victim to this machine. Their idealism, energy, and dedication could well have been used for something much more creative and liberative than this. But they made their choices and they are gone. The government of Sri Lanka on the other hand is very much around and growing stronger day by day. Its murder of the 250,000 persons who form what you derisively call the "Wanni Bikini" of the LTTE - some 12.5% or so of the Sri Lankan Tamil Community or more(?) is just the beginning.

Posted by: Crazyoldmansl | April 12, 2009 11:10 AM

Dear Dayan.
You are very weak in either arithmetic or history or both.
The Japanese were not defeated by Giap but were driven out from all occupied territories in Asia including Vietnam by the closing days of Second World War.
Giap defeated French at Dien Bien Phu during Geneva talks in 1954.This was the period of anti colonialism after the Second World War and all the western countries were leaving the colonies voluntarily or involuntarily.
As a result French left in terms of Geneva talks.

Then when Kennedy was President, USA gradually got involved in Vietnam in support of South Vietnam as part of the American strategy at that time to fight against communism. Vietnam adopted a blended strategy –Guerrilla war with Vietcong in south Vietnam, conventional war in the North with the support of soviet union, China and other socialist and non aligned countries and the massive antiwar protest throughout the west including USA and Vietnam succeeded in unifying and getting rid of foreign intervention by 1975.
How many years Dayan?
China and Cuba- it was not liberation but capturing power as in a democracy by a political party but permanantly by violance means and without elections..
Hizbulla never defeated Israel, but a few small battle victories not war victories.
Finally Dayan , the civilized settlement is a negotiated settlement between equal partners
Not an imposed solution!

Posted by: Sri | April 12, 2009 12:34 PM

DAYAN SAYS:
"By the way, could you provide me with a single serious , recognised source ( say the Us State dept, a renowned academic, or even Human Rights Watch) that joins you in the silly practice of calling the Sri Lankan or, ok, the Sinhala state/side, "fascist"?"
This statement fron DJ represents the entire pathology of the debate on the current crisis conducted in these pages and in that strong bastion of enlightened journalism The Island:Score cheap debating points while the country--both of the Sinhalese and the Tamils.the Muslims and the Christians --is burning.Do we realy need some American or Europeian scholars to proclaim that Sri Lanka is at least drifting towards a repressive fascist state?Just read the newspapers!
A political scientist like MR DJ should be able at least see that even through his myopic eye sight.But I suppose it is too much ask of someone whose one eye was sharp enough to see the zionist elements in tigerism but not see it in the Sinhala Budhist ideology.He should re-study Anagarika Dharmapla and the various scribes in the Island -- the naked racism of Nalin de Silva,the more gloved work of the Seneviratnes, the crude diatribes of Mahindapala in the Island and the words of certain ministers,not to speak of the words of the robed ones.. This Sinhala Buddhist zionism preceded tigerism by decades and in fact is the effective cause for the emergence of tigerism.
It is often overlooked that in 1952 elections SJVChelvanayagam lost his seat and the only separatist candidate who won in the peninsula won his seat only with a majority of 200 odd words.The FP ended with only two seats,the other one in Trincomalle.Who deafeated them?SJVC,astonishingly, lost to a UNP candidate Natesapillai,an immigrant from Tamil nadu! Another UNP allied candidate won in Vaddukoddai.The other seats were won by Tamil Congress candidates who were allied with the UNP The Tamil people had abandoned the ideas of a separate dispensation for themselves represented by "Fift-fifty" and federalism and were prepared to follow the leadership of C.Suntherlingam and the re-born G.G.Ponnambalam, who was to become a minister in the UNP government under the principle of "responsive cooperation".All this was squandered away by the emergent idea of racist supremacism -- a quasi-fascism?
It behooves political scientists and the various scurrilous journalists -- no need to mention names here -- to remember this history.On the other hand,perhaps there is no point to ask them to remember this: they are after different fish --the construction of a Sinhala supremacist state --and would not be bothered either by facts or logic.
And I may add that the Tamil boasts of higher military or tactical superiority and the Sinhala counter boasts--even by DJ --smacks of an alarming and, under the circumstancesc nauseating, childishness.This is not a cricket match,you know,between two colleges Royal-Thomian
Jaffna Central College/St. Johns!!

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Posted by: rajan karalasingham | April 12, 2009 12:43 PM

Posted by: rajan karalasingham | April 12, 2009 01:25 PM

Dayan J:

It is not merely my contention that Prabhakaran is a military genius. It is the view of everyone from Jane's Defense Weekly to RAW to Time Magazine. As to why why Prabhakaran has not achieved his military objectives in 33 years, there is no simple explanation. However, your comparisons to other conflicts ignore one of the primary dictates of guerilla warfare: the guerilla group rarely "wins", in the conventional military sense. They win by wearing the enemy out. The Americans did not "lose" the Vietnam War; they simply left due to violent protests back home. The Afghan's did not defeat the Soviet's; the Soviet's left. The KLA (Kosovar Liberation Army) did not defeat Milosevich's troops on any battlefield; the Serbs left. Other examples are the Korean War and the Israeli conflict with Hamas. Castro's "victory" had as much to do with luck than anything; it is a wonder he was not executed for treason upon being captured the first time. The arms embargo enforced on Cuba by the United States also proved advantageous. Mao? Mao had a 100,000 soldiers and the vast geographical expanse of China at his fingertips.

Yes, Prabhakaran is now with his "back to the sea." Unfortunately there is no Laos and Cambodia for him to escape to (as was the case in the Vietnam War); no 5000 ft high mountains to escape to (Afghanistan, Chechnya, Cuba). There is no USSR war machine lending him weapons to fight American dominance (Korean War, Vietnam War). Let's cut to the chase: if Hezbollah or the KLA or North Vietnamese Army, or Chechyen rebels were confined to a small island surrounded by the sea, they would likely face a similar fate. If the Sri Lankan island were continuous with the landmass of a neighboring nation, then indeed, the LTTE would fare quite well. Despite the lack of such, it has still fared quite well, and that makes the achievements of Prabhakaran all the more remarkable. And no, the Sri Lankan Army was not about to defeat the LTTE in 1987. This is a myth. Prabhakaran's safehouse, hidden behind a mango grove, was raided; he, however, had escaped 3 hours earlier.

Posted by: Dinesh | April 12, 2009 05:01 PM

I have noticed that Mr. Dayan Jayatilleka does not respond to arguments with counter-arguments, rather he states things out of context in a self-defeating attempt to marginalize the merit of opposing views. Probably he cannot corrupt these views because inside, he knows the truth or present reality; Sri Lanka is a failed state.

Posted by: Nitharshan | April 12, 2009 11:41 PM

He said "I told you I would come for my revenge, and so i have. My revenge is this: i forgive you". I upheld that as the standard of conduct for liberation fighters. we can now see how far the Tigers were from these norms, which is also why the Sandinistas won their revolution, lost elections but have now been re-elected to office under the same leader, while Prabhakaran is trapped without an exit in the NFZ.

Wonderful Dayan!

Hats off to you on having taken on the LTTE in that way.

I know you have it in you somewhere. If the Sinhala Buddhist Nationalist Ideology had based itself on this and other truly Buddhist principles the LTTE would never have been able to emerge. Even if it had it would have been overwhelmed by the tide of loving compassion showered on the Sri Lankan Tamil Community by your Sinhala Buddhist Compatriots. No separatist force can every stand against the binding unity of compassionate love.

Now get on with it and start work on transforming Mahinda Chinthana into something along these truly liberative and humanistic lines. For starters get all that viciousness about killing Piraphakaran and destroying the LTTE and blasting the Wanni Bikini, out of your own mind. Then work on the minds of Mahinda, Gothabhaya, Basil, Sarath, Keheliya, Mervyn and Champika. You can take on the Sinhala Buddhist Intelligentsia later.

If there is anyone who can get this task done it is you. So go on and do it and I for one will be with you all the way.

Cheers man! I wish you well. Go for it now.

Posted by: Crazyoldmansl | April 13, 2009 02:44 AM

Here we go again:VP is a military genius?I quote a headline:" 'Sri Lanka
conflict: 'Two of us fled. 75 other women killed themselves with
grenades,' says Tamil Tiger'.
Women mind you ,women in the prime of life!This cult of suicde has gone from a code for the cadres to a whole community...A good tactician even without a claim to being a genius would have instructed them to surrender and to work undeground to destabilize the state.
The first task of a military leader- even one who is not genius -- is to take care of his own troops, not instruct them to commit suicide.
The aim of a leader of a military conflict is not to demonstrate what a genius one is but to lead the army towards a viable political goal for the people on whose behalf the conflict is being waged.The events of the last few years prove beyond doubt that the tiger leadership is indeed marked by genius!!Are you tigers totally incapable of reflection and analysis and capable only of childish and irrelevant boasts?I mentioned earler of cricket matches.Perhaps one should mention here that these tiger boasts are probably based on an overdose of MGR movies.Remember chidren,they were only movies...
To Crazyolmansl; keep up the good work, keep up your
stylish and sober and evenhanded commentaries.
Rajan Karalasingham

Posted by: rajan karalasingham | April 13, 2009 06:17 AM

Dear Dinesh and Sri,

Prabhakaran should have figured that sri lanka was an island before he took on the sri lankan state just one time too many. So guerrillas win because the enemy tires and withdraws. cool. But any fool should figure that what is true of a foreign enemy who is not motivated to fight thousands of miles from home, is very different from that of the sri lankan armed forces. please give me the quotes ftrom yours sources TIME, Jane's, RAW , to the effect that prabhakaran is a "military genius". Don't bluff.

Dear Crazyoldmansl and Rajan Karalasingham,

c'mon guys, so much scholarly , journalistic, and INGO documentation about sri Lanka which is hyper critical of the state and GOSL, and you can't provide a single quote to the effect that we are dealing with a fascist state/govt, while I can quote respected authorities who define the Tigers as fascist/Pol Potist? Your descriptions amount at best or should I say worst, to a picture of an authoritarian state, and sitting here at the Human Rights Council, it sounds like the HRW or AI reports on so many places ranging from Russia to Colombia, Ethiopia to Mexico, none of which are fascist.

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Posted by: Dayan Jayatilleka | April 13, 2009 06:56 PM

Dear Dayan,


What you seem to be saying is that fascism is not fascism unless some authority whom you respect defines it as fascism. That would mean that you have no way of knowing what fascism is even if it was growing up right in front of you, unless some authority respected by you informed you that what you are dealing with is fascism. While you sit around waiting for the green light from such an authority I will certainly do what I can to alert all those who are interested, to what is going on in Sri Lanka. Perhaps at some point of time one of your favorite authorities will wake up to what's going on and tell you that its fascism. That's when you will get moving I guess - unless at that point you decide to begin questioning the authority of this authority.


There is no way that Russia, Colombia, Ethiopia or Mexico can be like Sri Lanka because they are not and whether they are fascist states or not is something that only those who are its citizens and who are members of those states and who live or have lived under the jurisdiction of those states can tell me. From what I know none of those states have anything evenly remotely resembling the kind of fascist ideology that has been drilled into the minds of Sri Lankans for centuries.

Thanks for the wishes and I wish you the same too.

If Mahinda does go ahead and issue 150 Billion SLR worth of treasury bills, those wishes will surely come true.

Posted by: Crazyoldmansl | April 14, 2009 01:37 AM

Dayan:

You are missing the forest for the trees. The geographical argument I put forth simply shows why Prabhakaran's fight cannot be compared to most other guerilla conflicts (at least such a comparison cannot be made in the context you stipulated). The two reasons why the LTTE has reached its present impasse is this: (1) defection of Karuna, and (2) overwhelming Indian support for Sri Lankan military operations. The fact that Mahinda is a devoted fascist and has surrounded himself with similiar fascists who eat, drink, and sleep war means absolutely nothing. THE SRI LANKAN ARMY COULD NEVER TAKE ON THE LTTE WITHOUT OUTSIDE HELP. You and I both know that at this very moment there are INDIAN soldiers in Mullaitivu. INDIAN technology, which has improved drastically since IPKF times, is providing valuable real-time air and ground intelligence. It is an open secret that Indian radar operators were imported after Sri Lankan soldiers failed to shoot down LTTE planes on several occasions. The Sri Lankan Army itself has not changed; there is little improvement as far as quality goes. That is why your Government took pains to chase Iqbal Athas out of the country for war reporting; that is why it appointed an ex-military general to be head of Rupavahini Broadcasting Station. To cover up all the deficiencies (including human rights violations) of this army, a draconian press-censorship was, and still is, rigidly enforced. Despite the 72 hour and 48 hour ultimatums issued by your much vaunted ministers, we Tamils are aware of the heavy battlefield casualties suffered by your Government's troops. Now regarding the other point; the defection of Karuna was simply a lucky break for GOSL. Although, to be fair, one must give some credit to Ranil for engineering such a deal. The loss of the East has allowed the Sri Lankan Government (and whatever foreign mercenaries it brought in) to concentrate a heavy troop buildup on a very tiny strip of land. Naturally, an Eastern LTTE presence would have spread out those troops, creating major logistics problems for the latter, leading to more Elephant Pass type debacles.

So Dayan, let me summarize WHY you're Government is where it is today on the battlefield:

(1) Luck
(2) India
(3) More luck

Of course, the problem with this is what to do when all the luck runs out, because the 109-man circus, busy draining the country of resources, has no backup plan, so to speak. When Congress loses the Indian Election, the BJP will have little inclination to support Rajapakse and Gang. If this isn't enough, Sri Lanka is yet to feel the full brunt of the economic recession. Nivaard Cabraal cannot print out much more money, as per the IMF deal. Now Mahinda is in Libya holding out the begging bowl. We'll see what happens. Good luck, anyway.

www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/sentinel/sent000904_6_n.shtml - 26k - Cached - Similar pages -

www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1193862,00.html

Posted by: Dinesh | April 14, 2009 12:54 PM

Dear Rajan Karalasingham:

-- Here we go again:VP is a military genius? --

I suppose you are one of those Colombo Tamils "who grew up among Sinhalese." Soon you will inform us of how your compassionate Sinhalese friends took great pains to hide you in their basement on 83', while their "less" compassionate countrymen were burning Tamils alive across the street.

Anyway, if you cannot accept that VP is a military genius, the fault lies with you, and not me. A genius is not defined on the basis of good or evil, rather, ability. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Sinhalese have bought tooth and nail into this "terrorist" hysteria, and so cannot accept the accomplishments of VP. Perhaps the reason also had to do with the fact that since "Independence" (e.g. birth of the fake State), the Sinhalese South (all Presidents since Independence have been Southern Sinhala Buddhists) has failed to elect any capable leader that has had a platform which genuinely encompassed the needs of the masses. In some respects, even many of the nationalist policies put forth by consecutive Sinhalese leaders - such as Sinhala Only Language Act, and standardization - have actually been harmful to the majority community. Can a Sinhala-Only language policy, for example, produce a capable class of technical workers? The irony of Sinhalese fascism is that it ends with the begging bowl... this is why it is never a danger to anyone outside of the island. Such fascists as Wimal Weerawansa, Champika R, Mervyn Silva, Sarath Fonseka, etc. could not survive outside of SL. Many Sinhalese nationalists hail Gothabaya as a "great" military strategist; let us keep in mind that while in the USA, this man was nothing more than a petrol pump attendant. None of the 109 clowns in the Jumbo Cabinet cannot remotely match the organizing capabilities of VP. On the battlefield, the fact that the Sri Lankan Army needs 50,000 soldiers and also Indian mercenary soldiers, in addition to weapons begged from half the planet, to even begin to take on just this man, is a testament to his prowess. As I said, if the Sinhalese cannot produce leaders of such a caliber, that is their fault and theirs alone. Launching a genocidal war on Tamils only shows how morbidly afraid they are of the Jaffna Tamils. That is why they are desperate to colonize the North as they did with the East, in an attempt to reduce the Tamils to mere nodding minions. Unfortunately, they have underestimated the might of the Tamil Diaspora, who are gaining increasingly more lobbying power on a daily basis. We can keep this conflict going for as long as we want, and that is exactly what we intend to do.

Posted by: Dinesh | April 14, 2009 06:38 PM

Dear Dinesh,

If Indian soldiers are the secret behind the success of the sri lankn then how come 70,000 Indian troops could not succeed against the LTTE, but a secret handful whom no one can spot, do so? secondly if there is Indian help, shouldn't you ask yourself why a secular semi-fedral state with 60 million tamils within it is helping sri lanka? what does that say about sri lanka, and about the tigers, and the tamils who support it?

Posted by: Dayan jayatilleka | April 15, 2009 05:16 PM

-- If Indian soldiers are the secret behind the success of the sri lankn then how come 70,000 Indian troops could not succeed against the LTTE, but a secret handful whom no one can spot, do so? --

As I said earlier, Indian technology has improved by leaps and bounds since IPKF times. Better technology results in less dependence on manpower. One can see other examples of this: USA destroying Saddam's army using just airpower. I don't know if the numbers of Indian soldiers on the island amount to just a "handful" (I am sure you know the answer, though for obvious reasons you cannot divulge that info); but just as important as this are the weapons and intelligence that India is providing to the Sri Lankan forces. One can easily surmise that the LTTE arms carriers (some of which were well beyond SL territorial waters) were destroyed by the Sri Lankan Navy thanks to Indian intelligence. Secondly, As CrazyOldMan said, this war is Sonia Gandhi's personal vendetta - she is surely as fascist as the Sinhala Nationalists in their resolve to wipe out the LTTE.

-- secondly if there is Indian help, shouldn't you ask yourself why a secular semi-fedral state with 60 million tamils within it is helping sri lanka? what does that say about sri lanka, and about the tigers, and the tamils who support it? --

Tamil Nadu is not supporting Sri Lanka. This has little to do even with India - what this is is Sonia Gandhi's personal war. I do not think that India, under normal circumstances, would keep quiet. Unfortunately, it is the Gandhi family that is controlling Congress right now (one Indian politician recently called Congress the "party of dolls"), and by extension, heavily influence the policies of the Indian Government. I hardly think that Manmohan Singh, the rationale, mild-mannered former economist, would have any reason to support such a genocide. In fact, given the nature of the Sikh uprising, he would most likely side with the Eelam Tamils in their separatist cause. Who else could possibly have a stake, such a vested interest in genocide of Eelam Tamils? Everything points back to Sonia Gandhi, and possibly her children (Priyanka Gandhi said not too long ago: "we (Gandhi's) are not afraid of the LTTE."

Posted by: Dinesh | April 15, 2009 10:24 PM

dinesh,
sonia control congress. VP control LTTE.
VPs personal revenge (Rajive was not killed for IPKF action. VP was kept hose arrest by rajive) & Sonia's personal war Tamils are getting killed.
Most of the leaders(VP, Sonia) are not care about the innocent people...

Posted by: Appu | April 16, 2009 01:26 PM

the basic question is can Tamils and Sinhalese live together? given the political history below.

do you agree Creation of Tamil Eelam if it was not by LTTE?

· As per Ceylon government publication (http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 14 , Sinhala queen VIHARAMAHADEVI had a peculiar cravings, including …….urge to drink the water used to wash a sword that had cleaved the head of a TAMIL warrior , whilst standing on that same head, the soothsayers at Kings court, who predicted that 'The queen's son, when he has vanquished the Tamils would built up a united kingdom of Lanka ,
• As per Ceylon government publication( link http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 27 When the two sons were ten and twelve years old the king, who would fain put them to the test, when it was said to them: `Never will we fight with the Tamils; with such thoughts eat ye this portion here,' Tissa dashed the food away with his hand, but Gemini who had (in like manner) flung away the morsel of rice, went to his bed, and drawing in his hands and feet he lay upon his bed. The queen came, and caressing Gemini spoke thus: `Why dost thou not lie easily upon thy bed with limbs stretched out, my son?' `Over there beyond the Ganga are the Tamils, here on this side is the Gotha-ocean, how can I lie with outstretched limbs?' he answered. When the king heard his thoughts he remained silent.
The above is from THE MAHAVAMSA sacred book and bible of Srilankan thereavada Buddhist. This book was translated into English by Mr Wilhelm Geiger in 1912. chapters 1 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25 28, and 33 openly spreads hatred against Tamils.
· It is on the above background last Tamil kin Elara was killed by King Duttugamini. Duttugamini first implemented SWORD CARRYING LION FLAG IN LANKA. Gotabahaya was one of his military commanders. Current secretary of defence also a Gothabhaya.
· In 1815 British empire concur Srilanka , abolishes sword carrying lion flag. Sword carrying lion flag abolished taken to London , UK.
· IN 1948 during independence of then CEYLON, current presidents father Rajapakse claimed back the SWORD carrying lion flag back from British and proclaim AS NATIONAL FLAG. The flag was designed such a way that sword being pointing at the bands representing minorities. This makes one to wonder whether it is the start of post independence war against Tamils?
Important legislations of Srilanka.
· 1948 citizenship act, millions of Tamils loose citizenship.
· 1956 Sinhala only act, Sinhala becomes only official language. Tamil workers forced learn Sinhala or loose employment rights and all government communications made in Sinhala only.
· 1971 a system of standardisation of marks was introduced for admissions to the universities, obviously directed against Tamil-medium students
· 1972 Bhudism declared as religion of the state.
· 1979 prevention of terrorism act pave way to arrest and torture of Tamils for indefinite time and without charge.
Important racial riots
Srilankan Tamils also victims of riots 1915 , 1956 , 1958, 1977 , 1983 , 2001 , mid 2006 , oct 2006 during which TAMILS WERE killed, maimed, robbed and rendered homeless are no longer isolated episodes. Many temples, burnt down also Jaffna Library was burnt down. Destroying 100000 books . At many occasions it was organised and assisted by sinhala political parties and sinhala military.
Peace talks and negotiations.( unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government)
Following peace talks AND PROPOSALS within parliamentary democracy were unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government . many believe it is because of majoritarian and MAHAVAMSA political pressure.
1956 Banda –Chelva pact , 1965 Dudly –Chelva pact , 1970 fp proposal , 1979 presidential commission report , 1983 all party conference , 1985 thimpu talk , 1985 thimpu proposal , 1986 Indian proposal , 1987 indo lanka accord , 1989-1990 president Premadasa talks , 1992 parliamentary select committee reports , 1995 devolution package , 2003 ISGA PROPOSAL , 2005 POST TSUNAMI ptoms , 2007 ALL PARTY REPORT.
CURRENT PRESIDENTS FAMILLY
Current presidents Father Rajapakse GAVE historical names to his children. One child being named as Mahinda name of Buddhist monk who wanted to make Srilanka as Buddhist only country, the son mahinda introduces “Mahinda thoughts” being implemented currently . Other child WAS named as Gotabhaya, name of military leader who first carried sword carrying lion flag ( in around) 600 BC to kill Tamils and invaded Tamils home land killing last Tamil king Elara. Now in 2009 new born Gotabhaya carrying out same killings of Tamils and sword carrying Lion flag being carried around in Tamil home land and all over the world to celebrate victory over Tamils

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