சனி, 10 டிசம்பர், 2011

SLA grabs 3,500 acres of land in Batticaloa for Sinhalicisation

SLA grabs 3,500 acres of land in Batticaloa for Sinhalicisation

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 December 2011, 17:28 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lanka Army in Batticaloa declared on Wednesday that it has taken over around 3500 acres of graze land located in Koa'ralaipttu South DS division in Batticaloa district for military purposes proclaiming the area as High Security Zone (HSZ). The SL Army has ordered the dairy farmers to remove their cattle immediately away from the lands. The said land was declared graze land by gazette notification in the year 1978. While the Batticaloa SLA Brigadier has said that the graze land area declared HSZ had been taken over by the SLA for military training purpose, Tamil farmers in the area complain say that the SLA move in declaring the area as HSZ was aimed at agricultural colonization by the Sinhalese with military protection.

Affected dairy farmers have complained to the District Government Agent, Divisional Secretary concerned and District Assistant Director of Agriculture for relief.

The SLA camped in Mathavanaikandam had directed that no one should enter the newly declared HSZ.

Cultivators and dairy farmers are now in a quandary to do with their cattle without graze land and had complained to Ravindran, a ‘coordinating secretary’ of the Deputy Resettlement Minister and paramilitary operative Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan. However, when Mr. Ravindran took contact with the SLA Brigadier in Batticaloa, he was told that the area was obtained for ‘training purposes’.

Maa-thava'naik-ka'ndam, Ma'n-thi'ndi, Mayilaththa-madu and Moazhil-va'lai are the names of the tracts of the lands that have been subjected to land grab by the SLA at Koa'ralaippattu South DS division.

The area has been maintained as graze land as notified in the gazette since the times of Kalkudaa MP Thevangayam n 1978.

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Abductions escalate in North, families urged to approach Co-Chair Ambassadors in Colombo

Abductions escalate in North, families urged to approach Co-Chair Ambassadors in Colombo

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 December 2011, 09:51 GMT]
21-year-old Tharsan Kannuchamy, who was earlier released after detention by the Sri Lanka Army following Vanni war, has been reported missing since Monday this week, according to a complaint lodged by his family with the SL Police in Chu'n'naakam in Jaffna. Mr. Tharsan was last seen leaving for work to a shop in Jaffna from Uduvil, where his family has recently settled after living in the nearby town of Chu'n'naakam. SL Police and Red Cross declining to take complaints, helpless human rights workers now advise family members of the abducted to report matters to the Ambassadors of the Co-Chair countries that are accountable to the war and post-war in the island.

In the meantime, another youth abducted from Mu'l'liyava'lai earlier this week on Tuesday, was taken to the Vanni headquarters of the occupying SL military, a police source in Vavuniyaa said. However, the military officials at the camp, formerly known as Joint Operations Security Forces Headquarters (JOSFH) camp declined to verify the custody of Mr. Rathan Ganeshamoorthy. The JOSFH camp has been a notorious place for abuses of political prisoners.

Catholic priests in Jaffna, frustrated with the lack of mechanism to safeguard the interests of the youth reunited with their families, have urged the families of persons being abducted or harassed to make complaints directly with the Co-Chair Ambassadors in Colombo, as these Ambassadors were in good terms with the occupying SL commanders in all the districts of the Tamil country.

Commenting on the suggestion by the priests, human rights activists pointed out to the statements made by the Co-Chair countries during the war, asking the people of Vanni to move into the hands of the SLA in Vavuniyaa.

Now, when people are abducted silently, one by one, and there is no presence of independent international monitoring agencies, the only parties who could can have any influence on the SL military seem to be the ambassadors of USA, Japan, Norway and EU, according to the priests in Jaffna.

Visiting Jaffna a few months ago, the US Asst. Secretary of State spoke against the 'grease devils' and the menace stopped. Recently, when a Jaffna University student was abducted, he was released at the intervention of some Western embassies in Colombo. USA and Britain had scheduled their delegations to visit the occupying SL commander in Jaffna during that week.

When exposed, genocidal Sri Lanka has expertise in withdrawing one atrocity and then bringing in ten new atrocities, observers watching the pattern said.

Many Eezham Tamils have now started thinking that the continued genocide throughout the country of Eezham Tamils is a premeditated affair agreed upon by the same forces that abetted Sri Lanka's genocidal war in Vanni.

In the meantime, ex-LTTE members are told by the SL military officials not to seek employment outside the island. If they get caught at the airport for trying to leave the country, their lives are not guaranteed, they were told.

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வெள்ளி, 9 டிசம்பர், 2011

Children of srilankai/srilanka/eezhamrefugees allowed to stay in the hotels : இலங்கை அகதிகளின் குழந்தைகள் அரசு விடுதிகளில் தங்க அனுமதி: முதல்வர் உத்தரவு

இலங்கை அகதிகளின் குழந்தைகள் அரசு விடுதிகளில் தங்க அனுமதி: முதல்வர் உத்தரவு

First Published : 09 Dec 2011 12:29:17 PM IST

சென்னை, டிச.9: இலங்கையில் இருந்து த்துக்கு அகதிகளாக வந்த தமிழர்களின் குடும்பங்களைச் சேர்ந்த குழந்தைகள் அரசு மாணவர், மாணவியர் விடுதிகளில் தங்கிப் பயில அனுமதி அளித்து முதல்வர் உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளார்.இதுகுறித்து அரசு வெளியிட்ட செய்திக்குறிப்பு: இலங்கையில் இருந்து த்திற்கு அகதிகளாக வந்து, இங்கு முகாம்களில் தங்கியிருக்கும் தமிழர்களின் நலனில் அக்கறை கொண்டுள்ள   முதல்வர்  ஜெயலலிதா, தமிழ்நாட்டில் செயல்படுத்தப்படும் அனைத்து நலத் திட்டங்களும் முகாம்களில் தங்கியுள்ள இலங்கைத் தமிழர்களுக்கும் நீட்டிக்கப்பட ஆணையிட்டுள்ளார். இதன் அடிப்படையில் பல்வேறு நலத் திட்டங்கள் இலங்கைத் தமிழர்களுக்காக செயல்படுத்தப்பட்டு வருகின்றன.  அந்த வகையில், அரசு மற்றும் அரசு உதவி பெறும் பள்ளிகள் மற்றும் கல்லூரிகளில் கல்வி பயிலும் 21,000 முகாம் வாழ் இலங்கைத் தமிழர் குடும்பங்களைச் சார்ந்த குழந்தைகள் பள்ளிகள் மற்றும் கல்லூரிகளுக்கு சென்று வர சிரமப்படுவதை அறிந்த   முதல்வர்  ஜெயலலிதா அவர்கள் த்திலுள்ள ஆதிதிராவிடர் மற்றும் பழங்குடியினர் நலத்துறை / பிற்படுத்தப்பட்டோர் மற்றும் மிகவும் பிற்படுத்தப்பட்டோர் மற்றும் சிறுபான்மையினர் நலத் துறை, ஆகிய துறைகளால் நிர்வகிக்கப்பட்டு வரும் அனைத்து மாணவர் / மாணவியர் விடுதிகளிலும்,   அவர்கள் தங்கி கல்வி பயில ஆணையிட்டுள்ளார்.  இதன்படி, த்தில் தற்போது இயங்கி வரும் 1,294 ஆதிதிராவிடர் மற்றும் பழங்குடியினர் மாணவர் / மாணவியர்களுக்கான விடுதிகளில், ஒவ்வொரு விடுதியிலும் தற்போது அனுமதித்துள்ள எண்ணிக்கைக்கு கூடுதலாக 5 இடங்கள் வீதம் மொத்தம்  6,470 கூடுதல் இடங்கள் உருவாக்கப்படும். இதனால்   அரசுக்கு     ஆண்டொன்றுக்கு     3 கோடியே 15 லட்சத்து 40 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் தொடரும் செலவினம் ஏற்படும்.  இதேபோன்று, த்தில் பிற்படுத்தப்பட்டோர், மிகவும் பிற்படுத்தப்பட்டோர், சிறுபான்மையினர் நலத்துறையின் கீழ் இயங்கி வரும் 1238 விடுதிகளில், ஒவ்வொரு விடுதியிலும் தற்போது அனுமதித்துள்ள எண்ணிக்கைக்கு கூடுதலாக 5 இடங்கள் வீதம் மொத்தம் 6,190 இடங்கள் உருவாக்கப்படும். இதனால் அரசுக்கு ஆண்டொன்றுக்கு 4 கோடியே 25 லட்சத்து 64 ஆயிரத்து 620 ரூபாய் தொடர் செலவினம் ஏற்படும்.   முதல்வர்  ஜெயலலிதா அவர்களின் இந்த நடவடிக்கைகள் மூலம், அகதிகள் முகாம்களில் தங்கியுள்ள இலங்கைத் தமிழர்களின்  12,660 குழந்தைகள் ஆதி திராவிடர், பழங்குடியினர் மற்றும் பிற்படுத்தப்பட்டோர் நல விடுதிகளில் தங்கி படிக்க வழி வகை செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது.   இது தவிர, இலங்கைத் தமிழர்கள் தங்கள் படிப்பினை இடையில் நிற்காமல் தொடர்ந்து படிப்பதினால், அவர்களின் வருங்கால வாழ்விலும்  வளம் ஏற்படும். இவ்வாறு அரசின் செய்திக்குறிப்பில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

முதல்வர் அம்மா அவர்களின் இந்த உதவியால் இலங்கைத் தமிழர்கள் தங்கள் படிப்பினை இடையில் நிற்காமல் தொடர்ந்து படித்து அவர்கள் வருங்கால வாழ்கையில் வளம் காணமுடியும். அம்மாவுக்கு இதயம் கனிந்த நன்றி. வாழ்க வளமுடன். வாய்ப்புக்கு நன்றி.
By கடலூர் சித்தன்.ஆர்
12/9/2011 1:29:00 PM
முதல்வரின் உத்தரவுக்கு நன்றி - பாராட்டுக்கள். அதேசமயம், "அகதிகள்" என்னும் வார்த்தை நெருடலாக இருக்கிறது. "புலம் பெயர்ந்த தமிழர்கள்" என்று கண்ணியமாக அழைக்கலாமே!!
By Abdul Rahman - Dubai

Translate political strength into solution: TNPF’s Kajendren

Translate political strength into solution: TNPF’s Kajendren

[TamilNet, Thursday, 08 December 2011, 15:46 GMT]
The LTTE left endowing us with enhanced political strength in the international arena. It will be a folly if we don’t know to effectively translate that into political solution addressing to our aspirations, said the Secretary General of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), Selvaraja Kajendren, while remembering the slain Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian, N. Raviraj on Wednesday in Jaffna. The present TNA tries to project an image that the Tamils are now weak and they should not demand anything as in the past. This is a wrong projection. It is the political strength and righteousness the LTTE left with us that now makes the IC to poke its nose with seeming sympathy. Their real interests are different, but the space has to be used with firmness and not with naivety on our part, Kajendren said.

The following are further observations of Mr. Kajendren:

Raviraj memorial event
Raviraj memorial event
The IC on its own is not going to give us any solution. But, the IC that has its own vested interests in entering into the island is now impelled to show a face sympathetic to Tamils.

They talk of war crimes accountability but they are not prepared to acknowledge genocide, because acknowledging genocide will be acknowledging the need for Eezham Tamil independence.

Yet, our political strength that impels the IC to put on a sympathetic face has to be grasped by us intelligently to achieve our aspirations.

In this respect the TNA cuts a pathetic figure by playing in the hands of Colombo government, Kajendren said.

The fourth anniversary of the assassination of the former TNA parliamentarian, Nadarajah Raviraj was observed at the office of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress in Jaffna on Wednesday.

Marking the occasion, 13 families that lost their members in the war were provided with assistance. Diaspora philanthropists have provided the funds needed for the assistance.

The memorial meeting was originally scheduled to take place at Chaavakach-cheari, the native town of Mr. Raviraj. But following SL military threats to the hall owners, the venue was changed to the party office in Jaffna.

None of the current TNA parliamentarians attended the memorial meeting. Many of the attendees were sad about present TNA showing forgetfulness to its slain parliamentarian.  

Abductions on rise in Vanni, Red Cross joins SL Police in refusing to register complaints

Abductions on rise in Vanni, Red Cross joins SL Police in refusing to register complaints

[TamilNet, Thursday, 08 December 2011, 07:47 GMT]
A 23-year-old Tamil youth was abducted Tuesday night by armed men who came in a white van while the youth, Ganeshamoorthy Rathan, was talking to his friends along roadside in Kaadduvinayaakar temple area of his native village, Mu'l'liyava'lai of Mullaiththeevu district. Mr. Rathan was brought to his house and instructed to park his bicycle at his house. When the mother of the victim suspected that her son was under pressure by unknown men who accompanied him, the men pulled out a gun and said they were from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the SL Police and instructed Mr. Rathan to get into the van. When the family members went to the SL Red Cross office situated in Mullaiththeevu, the officials at the office refused to accept the complaint and said they do not register such complaints.

The SL Police in Mu'l'liyava'lai was also resisting to register the complaint from the family till Wednesday. The police later allowed the family to file the complaint.

Ganeshamoorthy Rathan was not associated with the LTTE in the past, according to his family and relatives.

The abductions, again on increase in Vanni, have created an atmosphere of tension and fear among the Tamil people.

Informed paramilitary circles say that the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry in Colombo is behind an elite squad that carries out many of the abductions these days. The armed men who usually come in unregistered vehicles also seem to instruct the victims to park or hand over their bicycles or motorbikes to their family or relatives without evoking suspicion. During the abductions, the victims are attached wireless devices and are accompanied by men in civil who keep an eye on them, making a smooth appearance of the abduction.

American girl about tamila agriculture: ஏக்கமாக உள்ளது


தமிழக வேளாண்மை பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில் முதுகலை உழவியல் படிக்க வந்திருக்கும் அமெரிக்க மாணவி மேகன்: அமெரிக்காவின் கடைக்கோடி கிராமம் ஒன்றில் வசிக்கும், சிறு விவசாயக் குடும்பம் என்னுடையது. விவசாயம் தான் என் வருங்காலத்திற்கான விருப்பமாக இருந்ததால், "கர்னல்' வேளாண்மைப் பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில் இளங்கலைப் படிப்பில் சேர்ந்தேன். தமிழக வேளாண்மைப் பல்கலைக்கழகத்துடன், "கர்னல்' பல்கலைக்கழகம் ஏற்படுத்திக் கொண்ட புரிந்துணர்வு ஒப்பந்தப்படி, இரண்டு பல்கலைக்கழகங்களில் இருந்தும், 50 மாணவர்கள், 15 நாள் கல்விப் பயணமாக இடம் மாறினோம். அப்படி, இங்கு வந்து சென்றவர்களில், நானும் ஒருத்தி. இங்குள்ள விவசாயிகள், நிலத்தை உணவு உற்பத்தி செய்யும் தொழிற்சாலையாகப் பார்க்காமல், மண்ணைத் தாயாக, கடவுளாக போற்றியதையும், நுணுக்கமான இந்திய விவசாய முறைகளையும் பார்த்த போதே, தமிழக வேளாண்மைப் பல்கலையில், முதுகலை சேர வேண்டும் என்று முடிவெடுத்தேன். இன்னும் இரண்டாண்டுகளுக்கு கோவையில் தான் படிப்பு. நடவு, களை, அறுவடை என, விவசாயத்தில் பெண்களின் பங்களிப்பு, ஆண்களுக்கு நிகராக உள்ளது. இந்தியாவின் பாரம்பரிய வேளாண்மை முறை, மனித குலத்திற்கு தீங்கு செய்யாததாக உள்ளது. அதன் சிறப்பான இயற்கை விவசாயம் குறித்து ஆராய்ச்சி செய்வது, என் அடுத்த திட்டம். உணவிற்குப் பதிலாக, வைட்டமின் மாத்திரைகளை சாப்பிடுவதற்கு இணையானது தான், ரசாயனத்தில் விளையும் உணவுகள் அனைத்தும். ஆனால், அதுதான் எங்கள் நாட்டில் கிடைக்கும். இறக்குமதி செய்த, பதப்படுத்தப்பட்ட உணவுப் பொருட்களை, பல நாட்கள் கழித்து வாங்கிச் சாப்பிடுவோம். காலையில், பறிக்கும் காய், கனிகளை மதிய உணவிற்குச் சமைத்துச் சாப்பிடும் உங்களைப் பார்க்கும் போது, ஏக்கமாக உள்ளது. இங்குள்ள இளைஞர்கள், அமெரிக்க கனவு காண்கின்றனர். ஆனால், எனக்கு இந்தியக் கனவு தான் உள்ளது.

மிக அருமையான தகவல்களைச் சொல்கிறார்கள் பகுதியில் தொகுத்துத் தருகிறீர்கள். ஆனால், எந்த இதழில்  வந்த செய்தி எனக் குறிக்கலாமே. முழுமையாகப் படிக்கும் ஆர்வம் உள்ளவர்கள் படிக்கும் வாய்ப்பு ஏற்படுமே. எனவே, நன்றி என்றாவது தரவு என்றாவது வேறு பெயரிலாவது செய்தியின் மூலததைக் குறிப்பிட வேண்டுகின்றேன். உங்கள் பண்பை வெளிப்படுத்தவும் எங்களுக்குப் பயன் நல்கவும் வாய்ப்பாக அமையும்.
அன்புடன் இலக்குவனார் திருவள்ளுவன் / தமிழே விழி! தமிழா விழி! எழுத்தைக் காப்போம்! மொழியைக் காப்போம்! இனத்தைக் காப்போம்! /


D.M.K e.c.meeting cartoon, dinamalar

வியாழன், 8 டிசம்பர், 2011

Tension prevails as SLA terrorizes Tamils confronting Sinhala thugs in Vanni

Tension prevails as SLA terrorizes Tamils confronting Sinhala thugs in Vanni

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 07 December 2011, 02:44 GMT]
Scores of Tamils, including women and children, were injured and terrorized by the occupying Sinhala army at Ira'naimadu junction in Ki'linochchi on Tuesday night between 8:00 and 10:30 p.m., following 4 Sinhala thugs were confronted by the local people. Four Sinhala men from South who came to a Tamil shop at Ira'naimadu junction on Tuesday night threatened the shopkeeper and attacked him. When the people of the locality retaliated, the Sinhala men escaped into an SL military camp. Around 30 Sinhala soldiers who came in support of the thugs indiscriminately attacked the people of the locality and all people passing by the junction. The attack continued for nearly two hours.

The SL police that came later chose to arrest some Tamil villagers and released them later with warning. However, the harassment continues as more than a hundred military intelligence personnel are deployed to ‘investigate’ the incident. Civilian movement was curbed to prevent the news reaching outside.

Similar incidents of SL military making Tamils to look upon the Sinhalese as ‘sacred cows’ has become a matter of routine in the country of Eezham Tamils.

Recently, when a small accident took place at Paranthan Junction between a bus that was coming from Mullaiththeevu with Tamil passengers and a bus that was taking Sinhala tourists visiting Puthumaaththa'lan, the SLA blamed the Tamil side and attacked all the passengers in the bus.

People in Vanni are enraged at the attitude and behaviour of the visiting relatives of the occupying Sinhala soldiers who flaunt an air of triumphalism.

Colombo’s colonial rule, TNA and diaspora frustrate people in the Tamil country

Colombo’s colonial rule, TNA and diaspora frustrate people in the Tamil country

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 07 December 2011, 00:07 GMT]
From allowing blatant burglary and fleecing businesses to harassing people and making money from fabricated petty offences, the Sinhala military, police and officials of occupying Sri Lanka aim to frustrate Tamils to make them leave their country, said a feature by S.M. Thiyagarajah appeared in Tamil media on Saturday. There are deeper political reasons in depriving Tamils of their self-respect and imbibing a feeling of insecurity in them, the article further said. Meanwhile, citing Prof. SK Sitrampalam speaking on Thursday, The Virakesari’s weekly editor V. Thevaraj wrote that Colombo-centric elements in the TNA and collaborative sections in the diaspora disappoint Tamils in the island. Tamils should be united against once again falling into traps by succumbing to collaboration and dearth of leadership, he further said.

Meanwhile, commenting on the feelings of the people in the North and East, a political observer in Trincomalee said, “Volumes have been written on the dangers and international injustice in leaving Eezham Tamils in the hands of the Sri Lankan state and its ethnically Sinhala military, the genocidal orientation of which is known to everybody except to the powers abetting Colombo in war and post-war.”

“Eezham Tamils increasingly realize today that war and post-war come from the same forces with the same aims, and whatever that take place, from colonisation and militarisation to grease devils and white vans, originate from the same puppet masters aiming for a ‘lasting solution’.

“Neither the paradigms of human rights joke, development-reconciliation deception and war crimes accountability left to leisure, nor behind-the-screen assurances that ‘we will look after everything, now agree to our nondescript agenda’, are going to be trusted by Eezham Tamils except by a few who dream of achieving sub-agency without doing any people’s politics,” the political observer said.

“For over 60 years the Sinhala state was deceiving Tamils. But, now the powers abetting Colombo have started openly deceiving Tamils. The unfolding reality is that both the USA and India have lost the credibility in engaging the minds of Eezham Tamils unless they openly acknowledge the need to recognize the sovereignty of Eezham Tamils suffering from genocide,” he further commented.

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S.M Thiyagaraja’s feature on Saturday has brought out glimpses of the secondary stage of Sri Lanka’s colonialism in the Tamil country: from the primary stage of military occupation and terrorisation to the secondary stage of making day-to-day life a misery and bereft of self-respect.

Last week, 40 odd Sinhala officials of the Electricity Board who have come from Colombo joined the Sinhala police in Jaffna in a striking check up of electricity metres and have arrested over 140 people, including the elderly at home. Many of them were women over 70-years-old. Some of the houses were particularly targeted to humiliate people voicing for Tamil cause and rights.

None of the officials were speaking Tamil. They entered into houses and estimated the electricity consumption by seeing the appliances. Some houses were just storing the appliances of other people who have gone abroad.

Some of them were arrested saying their electricity metres were not running properly. Most of the houses in Jaffna have old metres. New ones were not supplied even to people applied for them.

The arrested were taken to police stations and were kept for a day. When produced in the court in the evening, they preferred to ‘accept’ the offences and paid heavy penalties, in order to escape remand prison and long litigations.

SL police enters into houses, arrest people and levy penalties under dengue prevention pretext, if they could cite seeing water in a coconut shell.

Sinhala price-control officials who come with the SL police routinely threaten small businesses.

Recently a business company from the South openly advertised that driving licence is not needed for its 49cc mopeds, and marketed more than 2000 vehicles in a short time. Now the SL police have confiscated them demanding licence and insurance.

SL police fleecing money from moped/ motorbike riders and SL military and police entering into houses on some pretext are common sights to see nowadays.

On Thursday and Friday, 13 shops, groceries and business enterprises around the heavily military occupied University of Jaffna locality were burgled.

The feature says that the whole orchestration is aimed at fleecing money from Tamils similar to large amount of gold and money were taken from Vanni after the war and it is aimed at chasing Tamils from their country in the island by making life miserable.

The feature accused the Tamil parliamentarians for their naivety, SL minister Douglas Devananda for his anti-people tirades, the local media for not realising the dangers in the total picture of what takes place, and the international community for allowing the situation.

The political observer in Jaffna commented that the so-called international community would rather appreciate an oppressive system developing to protect the corporate interests in the ‘conquered’ territory than caring for who rules over whom or to what extent it is genocidal.

Many of the former critics of the LTTE in the Tamil country have now started openly telling that they miss it.

A serious handicap Eezham Tamils face today in the island is that they do not know what is happening in another part of their country. What is happening in Vanni, or Batticaloa, or even in the island of Delft is not known in Jaffna and vice versa.

Like the Vanni war without witnesses, the occupying military with the assent of powers is silently conducting a war of structural genocide.

It will be a folly if any serious politicians among Eezham Tamils continue to think of the ‘virtues’ of ‘internal self-determination’ anymore. That was the model the late Mr. Balasingham agreed to try from the point of LTTE’s military strength, despite knowing that the IC’s deception begins from there. But the IC could not materialise even that. The current realities demand an externally guaranteed solution based on full self-determination of Eezham Tamils. They do not want to see any more confusions from their political leadership in voicing what their hearts want, the political observer in Jaffna said.

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Speaking to Virakesari on Thursday, Professor S.K. Sitrampalam was blaming Colombo-centric thinking in Tamil politics for many of the failures of Tamils in the past and for the current confusions.

It was Vanniyasingham (Koappaay MP in the 50s and 60s) who firmly contributed to the cause even in the time of SJV Chelvanayakam. The Banda-Chelva pact [1956] and Dudly-Chelva pact [1965] were actually drafted by Vanniyasingham.

Only after his death, the Colombo-centric elements started influencing the Tamil polity. Since 1980s, Professor Wilson and Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam played a leading role in this. The Colombo Tamil leadership was responsible for making Amirthalingam to compromise with independence polity and to accept District Councils in 1981, said Prof Sitrampalam, a veteran member of the mainstream political party ITAK and its current vice president.

The Colombo Tamil polity was responsible for placing the entire Tamil nation into a trap from which the Tamils are unable to come out yet. Whether we are once again in such a predicament is the fear of the grassroot, Sitrampalam said.

Adding on the issue, Mr. Thevaraj said that in this regard, the diaspora too disappoints Tamils in the island.

After the Mu’l’livaaykkaal war, the Tamil nation in the entire island looked upon the diaspora as the lighthouse [of bearing, hope and guidance]. But now Tamils in the island are disillusioned.

During the war, the majoritarian chauvinism in Sri Lanka was panicked to see the struggle waged by the diaspora. But the current developments indicate that a section of the diaspora is bought over to compromise. If the trend continues, this section of Tamils is going to contribute another victory to majoritarian chauvinism in the island, Thevaraj said.

The LTTE might have had its strengths and weaknesses. But those who back collaborative or compromising polity should answer whether their polity could ever find solution to Tamils other than making majoritarian chauvinism happy.

Diaspora should understand that even if the LTTE is not there, people in the North and East are united in their commitment to the cause and they have demonstrated that in the elections by voting for the TNA, Thevaraj said while sharing the concerns of Prof Sitrampalam about deviation of TNA leadership leading Tamils into a trap.

Stand united for the cause and tell it loudly to Sri Lanka and to the world, he concluded.

* * *

Welcoming the Virakesari opinion coming from the island, a diaspora political analyst said that it should be an eye-opener to those who say that the diaspora is overplaying the aspirations of Eezham Tamils in the island. On the contrary, the diaspora is not doing enough in justifying the political aspirations, needs and realities of its kith and kin in the island.

The following are observations of the political analyst in the diaspora:

Why the diaspora is not showing the political mobilisation it was able to muster during the war is a pertinent question.

The main problem is that the diaspora is not focussing on translating the favourable changes in the world public opinion to its political advantage of targeting real impediments and tapping the right resources.

Rains may pour, but people get drinking water depending only on the mouth-size of the vessels they carry. People who take bottles virtually get nothing. It is the leadership that decides the tapping capacity of a nation. But leadership comes only from the quality of the society.

The problem Prof SK Sitrampalam pointed out as existing in the island has its diaspora versions too, operating for a long time even within the LTTE.

The Norwegian report and Mr Erik Solheim’s speech at its release show how a shade of polity similar to that of the Colombo Tamil polity pointed out by Prof. Sitrampalam was cultivated and promoted in the diaspora and within the LTTE too, by the West to trap the cause of Eezham Tamils.

The successful continuity of the deception, through various foundations, professional PR facilitations and individual cultivation of elite within the diaspora, is largely responsible for blunting the struggling spirit of the diaspora mentioned by Mr. Thevarajah.

While the esoteric ruling forces in the Establishments of the powers in the West never view the cause of Eezham Tamils either in a civil way or as a matter of importance to human civilisation, and while they treat it as an issue of military importance to their geopolitics and ‘counterinsurgency’, a campaign was made among the diaspora Tamil elite that they should lead the diaspora to speak a ‘soft’ language to find ‘acceptance’.

The ‘carrot’ shown by the US Asst. Secretary of State Robert Blake was his talk about the US expectation to see ‘acceptable’ leadership emerging from Tamils to ‘devolve’ power to the north and east. There was also the ‘stick’ of branding opinion not falling in line as of extremism and ‘terrorism’.

So we find a genre of mushrooming diaspora leadership that is either busy in hijacking the cause or simply sitting on any uprising of people.

The same question Thevarajah asks in the island that ‘what have you achieved through collaboration or what is that you think of achieving’, has to be asked in the diaspora too.

If the current forces we encounter have confirmed insensitivity to the modes of approaches then the best option is the Gandhian option of non-cooperation, the diaspora political analyst said. He cited the growing appreciation for the political stand of Gajendrakumar Ponnampalam in the island.

The analyst recollected a Sinhala folk story he heard from a friend: All the nations in the world sent their representatives to the God to request fulfilment of their wishes. One by one, they went in front of the God and spelt out their wishes and the God granted them. When the turn of the person from our island came, the God asked him what’s the matter and in the typical way of the islanders, not telling anything directly, the person said in an apologising way, “No, no, nothing, I just came.” Then the God said: “If you have just come then you just go.”

Firmly spelling out what we want, and what we are righteously entitled of, to the Sinhala nation and to the world, without worrying about anything, is the utmost need of the time as well as our duty to the posterity, the analyst said.

புதன், 7 டிசம்பர், 2011

UK lobbyists wrote Rajapakse's UN Civil war speech - paper

UK lobbyists wrote Rajapakse's UN Civil war speech - paper

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 06 December 2011, 01:05 GMT]
During a special undercover investigation by UK-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, executives from Public Relations firm, Bell Pottinger, were caught on camera boasting of employing 'dark arts' to burnish reputations of countries accused of human rights violations, and were accused of "reputation laundering" using contacts in high levels of the British Government. The Independent newspaper reporting on the investigation also revealed that Bell Pottinger wrote the UN's speech for Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse, and quoted a senior executive saying that "[the speech] went a long way taking the country [accused of rights violations] where it needed to go."

David Wilson, chairman of Bell Pottinger's Public Relations, when asked what they have done to Sri Lanka, told the undercover reporters:
David Wilson of Bell Pottinger
David Wilson of Bell Pottinger
    "We had a team working in the President's office, we wrote the President's speech to the UN last year, which was very well received. We were writing a speech at the same time as [President Rajapaksa] was asking his foreign office to write a speech as well, and he chose to use our speech despite several attempts by the foreign office to change the tune. And it went a long way to taking the country where it needed to go. Fundamentally, though, they've set up something called the Peace and Reconciliation Commission, which has got one fundamental flaw in its remit in investigating what has gone on in the past, to try to bury the past, and unfortunately because that is the case, media like Channel 4 and The Times find the whole Peace and Reconciliation Commission is flawed. And it's not flawed but it doesn't go that extra step that it needs to go to fully embrace Western opinion or Western concern about the entire situation."
Bill Pottinger executives also attend Tamil function to collect information to support Pottinger's campaign in assisting Colombo to whitewash its war-crimes image, according to a British Tamil Forum (BTF) representative. The BTF claims Bell Pottinger representatives also attended a Tamil Remembrance event at London’s Excel Centre on November 27, 2010. The firm has not confirmed this, according to the report.

The firm sub-contracted its work in the US to the firm Qorvis, which placed an op-ed by President Rajapaksa in the Philadelphia Inquirer in December 2009 entitled ‘How Sri Lnka Defeated Terrorism’. In the piece the president suggested Sri Lanka had provided a ‘workable model’ for defeating terrorism, from which the international community could gain ‘valuable insight’, the paper said.

A few months later in February 2010, the Wall Street Journal published a piece that discussed the ‘peaceful’ election which returned Rajapaksa to power, and prompted several letters complaining of government violence against its critics, the report added.

On the firm being able to manipulate internet search engines to bury unfavorable facts on the clients appearing at the top of search lists, Mr Collins, a senior executive, said, "[w]e've got all sorts of dark arts," adding "I told him [David Wilson] he couldn't put them in the written presentation because it's embarrassing if it gets out."

Firm also provides assistance to "create and maintain third-party blogs" – blogs that appeared to be independent. These would contain positive content and popular key words that would rank highly in Google searches, the paper quoted executives as saying.

Wilson and Collins also explained how the firm enables government videos and articles to move to the top of internet searches, while less favourable stories can move down the rankings.

Reporters from the Bureau posed as agents for the government of Uzbekistan – a brutal dictatorship responsible for killings, human rights violations and child labour – and representatives of its cotton industry in a bid to discover what promises British lobbying and public relations firms were prepared to make when pitching to clients, what techniques they use, and how much of their work is open to public scrutiny, the paper said.

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BI: We wrote Sri Lanka President’s civil war speech, say lobbyists

SL Police backed robbery group exposed in Mannaar

SL Police backed robbery group exposed in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 06 December 2011, 23:01 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police in the city of Mannaar has been backing a 10-member gang to fuel communal hatred among the sections of Tamil speaking people in Mannaar, legal sources in the city told TamilNet Tuesday. The ploy has come to light after the gang leader with Muslim name, allegedly a convert from Hindu background, has been caught following a number of criminal acts in the city. Known by one name, Rahman, has been harassing Tamil women and has been allegedly behind a number of robberies while sharing the ‘income’ with senior SL police personnel in Mannaar police station, sources in the city said.

People in the city have been living in fear as the robbery and theft allegedly carried out by the gang led by Rahman was on the increase in recent months.

The gang leader was arrested after he went to a house with another person named Vimes and severely assaulted three youths of a same family at gunpoint on 29 November. The injured were admitted to the Mannaar base hospital. One of the victims is still warded in the hospital.

Mannaar Magistrate ordered one week remand for Rahuman and Vimes and directed the police to hold further inquiry.

More than ten complaints of sexual assaults and robbery have been registered against ‘Rahman’, who has also been named as a key operative in running narcotics.

The gang members have been involved in violent acts that seek to create divisions among the Tamil speaking people in the city.

Maathakal protests Sri Lanka’s Naval base

Maathakal protests Sri Lanka’s Naval base

[TamilNet, Monday, 05 December 2011, 23:22 GMT]
A major coastal village Maathakal in Jaffna staged a protest on Monday against occupying Sri Lanka building an extensive naval base there by confiscating private lands of Eezham Tamils. Maathakal is the closest point of Jaffna to Point Calimere (Koadikkarai) in the Tamil Nadu coast across the Palk Strait. The base is a security threat not only to Eezham Tamils but also to Tamil Nadu as well as to India, but New Delhi and Colombo seem to think Tamils on either side of the Palk Strait as ‘common enemies’, commented a geopolitical analyst in Jaffna. In recent times, occupying SL is silently expanding its naval bases in other points of the Palk Bay too, at Kaarainakar, Kayts, Ma’ndaitheevu, Delft and Oora’ni by confiscating private lands. Meanwhile Sri Lanka that has no claim over Bay of Bengal without the country of Eezham Tamils it occupies, is entertained in Indian dominated BIMSTEC.

[Satellite Image Courtesy: NASA, Visible Earth. Details & Legend: TamilNet]

Maathakal residents picketing at Piratheasa Chapai (PS) office at Maanippaay
Maathakal residents picketing at Piratheasa Chapai (PS) office at Maanippaay
People of Maathakal on Monday gathered at the civic body headquarters in Maanippaay to stage a protest against confiscation of their lands for the SL Naval base.

The SL military and police tried to prevent them from coming to Maanippaay, but people managed in various ways in coming and staging the protest. Later, the SL military surrounded the venue of the protest, but people didn’t care.

People demanded the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led civic body of the division to intervene into the matter saying that the right to intervene in matters related to their lands is vested with the civic body.

Since 1992, the SL military has occupied many parts of the Maathakal village and private lands of Tamils. Recently there was an announcement that people would be permitted to resettle. Excuses were said that demining was yet to be completed.

Now all of a sudden SL Navy has taken a decision to forcefully take over the lands without handing them back to the Tamil owners. SL Navy has started issuing forms to the owners to say in writing that they hand over the lands.

It is at this point people of Maathakal stage the protest.

Hundreds of men and women of the village said that they would never allow SL Naval base to annihilate their village. They demanded their resettlement in their traditional lands.

Earlier they made appeals to the Sri Lanka Government Agent in Jaffna and to the occupying military too, without any success.

Commenting on SL navy silently expanding naval bases by confiscating private lands of Tamils in Jaffna, the president of the confederation of fishermen associations in Jaffna, Mr Thavaratnam said that the act only demonstrates Sri Lanka’s ‘no trust’ approach towards Tamils.

The talk of resettlement is a deception, Mr. Thavaratnam further said.

He cited the example of Oora’ni in the northern coast of Jaffna, near Mayiliddi. Two months back, it was promised that there would be resettlement. But no action has so far taken place. In the meantime, even the remaining houses in the Mayiliddy village are being demolished by the occupying military, hinting that the village is going to be taken over by the Navy.

Earlier it became known that the coastal tract from Thiruvadi Nilai to KKS harbour has been given to a Malaysian corporate of Chinese connections to build windmills and solar panels to produce electricity. But now it is said that the tract is extended further up to Mayiliddi, which means that almost the entire northern coast is gone from the people.

Never to allow Tamils to have their coastline is the policy of occupying genocidal Sri Lanka, news sources in Jaffna said.

Close to Maathakal, colonial Sri Lanka has recently developed a Buddhist pilgrim cum tourist centre, claiming that it was the place where the first Buddhist emissaries sent by Mauryan emperor Asoka landed in the 3rd century BCE.

The name of the place, according to even the Pali chronicles is ‘Ko’la Patana’ a Tamil name Kozhu Paddinam which means the harbour at the tip. But genocidal Colombo today has made it into a Sinhala-Buddhist centre.

* * *

Without the country of Eezham Tamils, Sri Lanka has no claim over the Bay of Bengal.

Bay of Bengal part of the island’s coast technically begins from Mannaar and ends at the tip of Point Pedro. The entire Bay of Bengal coast in the island falls under the territory of Eezham Tamils.

But occupying Sri Lanka claims that it is a Bay of Bengal country. It has got membership in BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), a regional alliance of countries around the Bay of Bengal, dominated by India.

The Indian interest is to keep the alliance to check the inroads of China or the USA.

At the cost of the sovereignty of Eezham Tamils, India is entertaining Sri Lanka in the BIMSTEC.

The alliance of the Establishments, including rogue states like Sri Lanka and Myanmar, operates against the interests of the peoples who actually own the Bay of Bengal.

The case of Eezham Tamils and the militarisation as well as the Sinhala colonisation now taking place in their coastline is a classic example.

Peoples of the Bay of Bengal, including the fishermen communities of Tamil Nadu, should realise the danger and should think of forging an alternative alliance of peoples along the Bay of Bengal coast to face the onslaught of the Establishments, commented coastal community activists in Tamil Nadu.

The fishermen issue in Tamil Nadu, hither to studied and projected only by the agents of New Delhi and their institutions operating in Tamil Nadu, need a thorough re-cast from the people’s point of view, as focus on the coasts gains new perspectives, the activists further said.

Sri Lanka’s war crimes accused Defence Secretary and presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has already announced on a programme to expand the Sinhala Navy. One of the presidential progeny also has recently joined the Navy.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
SL Presidential sibling and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at Galle Dialogue 2011, elucidating on maritime plans of Sri Lanka [Photo courtesy: defence.lk]
Acting like pirates against Eezham Tamils, but citing Somali pirates and international maritime cooperation to justify its naval expansion, genocidal Sri Lanka’s entire focus is actually on sealing off Eezham Tamils and on training guns on Tamil Nadu.

But whether New Delhi and Colombo, guilty of the genocide of Eezham Tamils, have decided on a long-term policy of treating Tamils on either side of the Palk Bay as their ‘common enemies’ is the question looming large.

Everyone is now eyeing only on Sri Lanka’s bloated military for their geopolitical games, whether the military is genocidal or not. Gotabhaya understood it and that’s why he is confident of his survival. No one will care for the peoples unless the 70 million Tamils on either side of the Palk Bay, who have no military, prove their peoples' strength in a concerted way in a language understood by the powers.

Coastal military establishments in North
Sri Lanka's large military establishments that choke Jaffna peninsula and threaten Indian security. Sinhala colonisation is carried out in places no 11, 13, 14, and 16. The locations: 1. High Security Zone, Valikaamam North, 2. Kaarainakar naval base, 3. Vallan, Pungkudutheevu, 4. Periyathu'rai and Saamiththoadda-munai, Delft (Key location for Kachchatheevu and Rameswaram), 5. Kunthavadi, Delft, 6. Thalai-mannaar, 7. Mannaar Fort, 8. Tha'l'laadi, 9. Poonakari Fort, 10. Elephant Pass, 11. Vettilaikkea'ni, 12. Naakarkoayil, 13. Ariyaalai East and the opposite sandbar Ma'n'niththalai, 14. Naavatkuzhi, 15. Ma'ndaitheevu and 16. Jaffna city. The innumerable small military posts and the newly planned cantonments in Vanni are not shown in the map. [Satellite Image courtesy: NASA, Visible Earth. Legend by TamilNet]

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செவ்வாய், 6 டிசம்பர், 2011

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unnatural dog

விகாரமான, விசித்திர நாய் : படங்கள் இணைப்பு

December 5, 2011, 1:05 pm[views: 1652]     

இயற்கையின் படைப்பில் என்னதான் ஒரு விந்தை. நினைத்து பார்க்கமுடியாத அளவு சில விடயங்கள் அமைந்து விடும்.

கியூபெக் நகரில் விசித்திரமான நாய் ஒன்று பிறந்துள்ளது.

அதாவது இயற்கைக்கு மாறாக நாயின் உடல் முழுவதும் தேவையற்ற தோலினை கொண்டுள்ளது (மரத் துகள்கள் வடிவில்). இதன் மூலம் குறித்த நாய் அகோரமாக காட்சியளித்தது.

இதனை அறிந்த கியூபெக் விலங்குகள் பாதுகாப்பு சங்கள் குறித்த நாய்க்கு சத்திர சிச்சை மூலம் குணப்படுத்த உத்தரவிட்டது. அதற்கமைய வைத்தியர்களின் முயற்சியின் பயனால், தேவையற்ற கழிவுப் பொருட்கள் நீக்கப்பட்டு நாயினை குணப்படுத்தியுள்ளனர்.

தற்போது குறித்த நாய் மிகவும் அழகுடன் ஆரோக்கியமாகவும் இருப்பதாக தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

Strategic Batticaloa borderland appropriated for colonisation

Strategic Batticaloa borderland appropriated for colonisation

[TamilNet, Sunday, 04 December 2011, 22:44 GMT]
2,500 acres of lands in Mangka'la Aaru, located along Chengkaladi-Badulla A-5 road, a border village of Batticaloa district, are to be sold to Sinhala businessmen and to foreign investors, informed sources in Paduvaankarai told TamilNet. SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Colombo government has recently taken steps to survey the lands through its deputy minister and paramilitary operative Vinyagamoorthy Muralitharan. A team of SL government officials from Colombo are on the ground conducting surveying and demarcating the lands in question for the last one week, the villagers said.

The strategic location of Mangka'la Aa'ru has been given a new name, “Mangala-gama”, by the occupying SL military the villagers told TamilNet.

Earlier, before the Paduvaankarai area fell, Jeyanthan Brigade of the LTTE had a military base in the lands that are now being appropriated by the SL state in Mangka'la Aa'ru.

Meanwhile, pasture lands in Thevulaa'la Ku'lam in Paddippazhai DS division are encroached by Sinhalese, the villagers complain.

These encroachers frequently fire at cattle left in these lands. Encroachers are also stealing the cattle, according to Tamil dairy farmers.

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War crime litigations reach crucial phase in US courts

War crime litigations reach

crucial phase in US courts

[TamilNet, Sunday, 04 December 2011, 20:19 GMT]
Civil cases against Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse and Shavendra Silva, an ex-army commander and currently Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) are waiting next round of decisions from the District Court of District of Columbia and District Court of Southern District of New York respectively, legal sources monitoring the progress of the cases said. The Rajapakse case awaits decision if the court can "force" Rajapakse to answer and engage with the Court. Shavendra case awaits decision from the SDNY judge on Silva's Motion to dismiss.

A third case in US court (SDNY) is against Mahinda Rajapakse, by attorney Rudrakumaran, and this case has not proceeded further than filing according to court records.

Attorney to the DC case, Bruce Fein, acting for three Tamil plaintiffs, in the case K. Manoharan et al. v. Mahinda Rajapakse, told TamilNet that he is optimistic about a favorable decision from Judge Kotelly, a judge with experience in Federal Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA). Fein added that if the Judge agrees that plaintiffs have satisfied the attempts at Service of Process having acted according to the latest order, Rajapakse will risk a default judgment against him if he continues to ignore court order. Fein said he is also contemplating to advice his clients to include, Sri Lanka's President's brother Gothabaya Rajapakse as a co-defendant in the DC case.

The process to add another defendant will not be a complicated procedure as we have surmounted the service of process hurdles and that since the additional defendant is a US citizen, the plaintiff and the court will have less complex mechanisms at hand to effect service of process, Fein said.

Ali Beydoun, lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Shavendra Silva case, said he is hopeful that the SDNY judge will likely not rule before scheduling a hearing for oral arguments from the attorneys. However, if the judge considers the legal argument in the motion from the defendant convincing on the issue of diplomatic immunity, the Judge may dismiss the case without a hearing.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Tamils Against Genocide (TAG), a US-based activist group, told TamilNet that two legal efforts are currently in progress, one involving post-surrender mass-rape of Tamil women, and the other involving complicity of Colombo in white-van abductions, torture, and incarceration. A legal document that will serve to press charges against a serving Sri Lanka diplomat in Europe for culpability in mass-rape is under preparation for filing with the prosecutor of the relevant EU state. The document is reported to include detailed graphics on where and how the crime occurred during March 2009 when the refugees were trickling out from the demarcated No Fire Zone and surrendered to the SLA, spokesperson added.


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Law to take over private lands in Tamil Homeland

Law to take over private lands in Tamil Homeland

[TamilNet, Monday, 05 December 2011, 12:09 GMT]
Whilst the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has been in the past taking over lands in the Tamil Homeland under the guise of High security Zones (HSZ) they have now surreptitiously introduced a Bill in the Parliament to amend the ‘Town and Country Planning Ordinance’ in an effort to take over even private lands belonging to Tamils in Tamil dominated areas under various religious and historical pretexts, writes a legal practitioner and human rights activist in the Eastern Province.

Out of 18,800 square km of land in the Northeast, the occupying Army is said to have already taken over 7,000 square kilometres of land after May 2009.

In Champoor in Trincomaalee District 10,000 acres of land has been declared as High Security Zone (HSZ), citing the construction of a Coal powered Electricity Plant with the collaboration of India, which in fact does not need more than 500 acres at the most.

This HSZ is going to affect the livelihood of almost 10,000 Tamil-speaking people of the area who are primarily Paddy cultivators and fishermen. In addition, the hazardous nature of the coal plant with environmental pollution will affect not only the immediate vicinity but also a larger area.

3000 acres of land has been acquired by GOSL for a Buddhist Vihara in Thiriyaay, a traditional Tamil village in Trincomalee District.

Large extents of land have been acquired in Vanni, said to be for developmental projects but are being actually occupied by the Army.

The present effort to amend the ‘Town and country planning Ordinance’ is the ploy most probably of Gotabhaya Rajapakse, the Defence Secretary as Urban Development now comes under the Defence Ministry.

Having exhausted all the avenues to take over lands of Tamils this would seem to be a process to make inroads into Tamil owned areas in the towns which they could not do otherwise.

The circular issued by the Land Commissioner General recently to register private lands in the Northeast is perhaps another ploy in this direction.

The step taken by the Supreme Court not to give a decision on this new Bill is a correct one. The three member Bench comprising of the CJ Shiranee Bandaranaike, S.S.Pavan J and Chandra Ekanayake J, have said that it was in violation of Section 154G of the Constitution as the subject of land comes under the Provincial list and hence the Bill should have been referred to every Provincial council after having been gazetted for their consent before it is placed on the Order Paper of Parliament. If not it cannot become a law.

Irrespective of the inadequacy of the 13th Amendment it shows the mindset of the GOSL in that knowing pretty well that the Eastern Provincial Council will not consent to such amendment they wanted to do it otherwise.

That GOSL modes operandi also clearly shows that unless Eezham Tamils are vested with sovereignty of the land of their nation, such a colonial-minded land grab and annihilation of their nation could never be stopped.

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திங்கள், 5 டிசம்பர், 2011

homage to Bastien : வலிகள் சுமந்தபடி

ரோஜாக்களோடு வலிகள் சுமந்தபடி...

December 5, 2011, 1:40 am[views: 328]     

கடந்த 25 நவம்பர் அன்று தந்தையினால் துணி துவைக்கும் இயந்திரத்தினுள் வைத்துக் கொல்லப்பட்ட Bastien எனும் 3வதுச் சிறுவனுக்காக அவனது பாடசாலை மாணவர்களும் அயலவர்களுமாகச் சேர்ந்து ஒரு அமைதி நடைப்பயணத்தை மேற்கொண்டுள்ளனர்.
 200 பேர்களுக்கு மேல் கலந்து கொண்ட இந்த அமைதி நடையும் ஒன்றுகூடலும் Bastien படித்த சிறுவர் பாடசாலையின் பெற்றோர் சங்கத்தினால் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டிருந்தது.
கைகளில் ரோஜாக்களோடும் நெஞ்சங்களில் வலிகளோடும் அந்தக் கூட்டம் வீதியில் வலம் வந்தது. « உன்னை நாங்கள் இழந்து தவிக்கின்றோம் », « உன்னை நாம் மிகவும் விரும்பினோம் », « உன் இழப்பில் நாம் துயரடைகின்றோம் » போன்ற வரிகளைத் தாங்கியபடி அமைதியாக நடந்தனர். அவர்கள் அணிந்திருந்த வெள்ளை உடைகளில் Bastien படம் அச்சிடப்பட்டிருந்தது.

Germigny-l'Evêque  கிராமத்து மக்கள் நடைபயணத்தின் முடிவில் வெள்ளை ரோஜாக்களையும் தமது கவலைகளின் வெளிப்பாட்டையும் Bastien இன் வீட்டின் முன் உள்ள கம்பி மதிலின் மேல் வைத்தனர். அதில் Bastien இன் பெரிய படமும் வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது.
அயலவர்களும் சிறுவர்களும் கண்ணீர் வடித்தபடி கொடுமைகளுக்கு  உள்ளாகிக் கொல்லப்பட்ட அந்தச் சிறுவனுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தினர். கொல்லப்பட்ட சிறுவனின் தாயும் தந்தையும் கைது செய்யப்பட்டுச் சிறையிலடைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளனர்.

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Norway funds Sri Lanka ministry

Norway funds Sri Lanka ministry

[TamilNet, Sunday, 04 December 2011, 10:52 GMT]
The Norwegian embassy in Colombo has contributed 18.5 million Rupees to Sri Lanka’s Child Development and Women’s Affairs ministry to improve mobility of Women Development Officers and to display billboards in prominent places, a press release from the Norwegian embassy in Colombo said on Friday. Norway at times had to “buy peace” through aid, observed Norway’s assessment report of the failed peace process released last month, cautioning “Aid may play a supportive role in peace process, but cannot short-circuit complex political processes.” Aid cannot be a substitute for politics, the report further said. But the Norwegian government is now interested in buying inroads into ‘Victor’s Sri Lanka’, forgetting its responsibilities to the victims of its peace process, diaspora political observers said.

According to Norwegian embassy press release, the money will be used to purchase 120 motorbikes for the Women Development Officers, whose “work up till now has been restricted due to hardships in transportation.”

Whatever foreign aid given to Sri Lankan state in any of the field of development, being invariably used directly and indirectly in subordinating the Tamil nation to the SL military, civil service, businesses and clergy, is what practically experienced in the island.

This is why Eezham Tamils oppose any foreign aid going to Sri Lanka without political solution to the national question as such aids only contribute further to the ongoing structural genocide, Tamil political observers in the diaspora said.

“Norway’s aid should directly reach the women and children victimized by its failed peace process, in order to politically empower them to come out of the structural genocide. This is the ‘lesson’ Norway should learn and is the least compensation Norway could do, rather than placing the victims at the ‘generosity’ of their adversaries who have never shown any ‘generosity’ in their entire history.”

“Unfortunately Norway is entertaining wrong shades of elements in the island and in the diaspora, as politicians who failed but continue to steer aid coupling it with foreign policy in Norway are inherently incapable in their political outlook to engage with the right shades,” the political observers further said.

* * *

During the peace process, Norway’s aid amounted to 2500 million NOK, of which only 100 million was spent on facilitating the peace process and the bulk went to Sri Lankan state, besides foundations of Sinhala individuals like Milinda Moragoda getting single largest aid, amounting to 60 million NOK, Norway’s peace process report pointed out.

Speaking at the report releasing function and answering questions, Dr. Milinda Moragoda said that the audience might not believe, but there was a lot of improvement in ‘reconciliation’ in the island. He knows better as he comes from the island and is working on it, he claimed.

On the contrary, the diaspora could righteously believe only what its kith and kin in the island feel about the situation, and not what Milinda Moragoda says.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Erik Solheim, the former peace facilitator of Norway and currently the minister for international development, simultaneously handling Sri Lanka for the foreign ministry too, said that he and Milinda Moragoda were responsible for drafting the provisions of the failed peace communiqué in 2002.

Many Eezham Tamils today believe that the provisions without contingency plans, inherent in their aim to blunt the national cause of Eezham Tamils and to trap them, contributed to the genocidal end. Some of the concerns are endorsed by Norway’s assessment report too.

* * *

After the war, last year alone, as a part of its 170 million NOK aid, Norway gave a substantial amount to a Sinhala NGO connected to the chauvinistic SL political party Jatika Hela Urumaya (JHU) to work in the Tamil country, especially in Vanni.

Norwegian agencies were long connected to this NGO and last year they wanted the diaspora Tamils in Norway to work in collaboration with this NGO. There were veiled intimidations that reluctance to comply would result in no funds at all to Tamil groups that wanted direct funding.

Speaking at the South Asia Policy Research Institute in Colombo two weeks ago, the former SL president Chandrika Kumaratunga said that in her time the JHU and other extremists had tried to convince her that the solution to the ethnic question was to settle Sinhalese on the borders of Jaffna.

The JHU had planted Buddha statues in several 100 per cent Tamil and Muslim villages in the East and burned 100 odd churches during her time, she said, adding that she had to arrest 60 odd members of the JHU.

However, the Norwegian Minister for International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim, thinks in a different way.

Speaking last month at the report release function, he said: “I am very clear, that we should have done more to reach out to, that is the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka, the Mahanayakes in Kandy and others. They were important spiritual leaders in Sri Lanka.”

“We were clearly advised by Chandrika Kumaratunga and others to not to spend too much time on the Buddhist clergy. It is not our idea that we should not do it. We wanted to do it. But, we were told not to do [by Chandrika saying] – stick to yourself, don't intervene in this. Leave that to us. But, still I think with the hindsight today we should have done more to reach out to the Buddhist clergy, because their role on this Sinhalese side was so important,” Solheim said.

That explains what is in the mind of Norway’s ‘development’ pundits – appeasement for their inroads at the further cost of the victims of their failure.

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