“Declare Rajapakse a war criminal: Jayalalithaa tells Centre” was a banner headline on 13 Friday in the “Indian Express”, following AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa’s march to victory, at the Tamil Nadu assembly elections concluded last week. No analyst expected the DMK-Congress alliance in TN to be so unmercifully smothered, at this elections. Never has the DMK fallen to third place in assembly elections ever before. Not even after MGR created the AIADMK in 1972 and turned himself into a political demigod in Tamil Nadu politics.

Jayalalithaa and LTTE

MGR’s brightest co-star for long with a continuing run of box office hits and a popular playback singer too, Jayalalithaa Jayaram though qualified herself to lead the AIADMK, over riding MGR’s wife Janaki, after MGR’s demise in 1987 December, wasn’t beyond MGR in popularity. Yes, she took total control of the party as its revolutionary “Thalaivi”, but was never expected to drub “Kalaignar” Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the veteran and maestro in political manipulation, the way she did this assembly election.

Jayalalithaa, quite contrary to her mentor MGR, who had very close personal links with Prabhakaran, was a well known “anti Prabhakaran” politician in Tamil Nadu. She was quite open in her statements against the LTTE, having enjoyed a resounding victory in coalition with the Congress(I) in 1991 TN State assembly elections. She bagged 224 out of the 234 seats. That was a sympathy wave after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. Karunanidhi’s sympathy for the LTTE was then considered the fault line in DMK politics. This 2011 assembly elections was the first TN State assembly election that had no LTTE factor, but a Sri Lankan Tamil tragedy that carried its agony across the Palk Straits. An agony that for the first time in its history saw 02 self immolations, in solidarity with the SL Tamil people.

Karunanidhi and his family stakes

Was that Tamil sentiment, the aggrieved factor which brought Jayalalitha to power in TN this time ? Certainly not. That was not a decisive factor in TN politics during this assembly elections. It was family politics and mega corruption that decided TN politics this time. Tamil Nadu was Karunanidhi’s fiefdom. That was his treasure trove which allowed him to appease his friction ridden large family brood. “Karunanidhies” as an extended and branched out large family, had to have complete empires of their own. Karunanidhi’s tenure as Chief Minister of TN and his life as an octogenarian  could only compromise by giving his high appetite, power hungry large brood, adequate access to power in Delhi and Chennai Centres, to keep infighting at its lowest manageable level.

During the past 07 years, having an alliance with the Congress allowed the DMK Supremo to provide for his brood what they wanted but not what the TN middle class wanted as clean, decent, democratic life with development. The growing middle class in India was becoming more conscious of a decent, quality life. They were all educated, professionally employed and were open to the Western world than those previous generations under Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Theirs was a modern culture with new ethics and values in life. India was thus a growing and expanding contradiction. The neo liberal economy after 1979, allowed for massive growth in the corporate sector that created a thick periphery of middle class life, leaving a much larger, poor India, below that growth.

Rich India, corruption and DMK

This new rich India in the world’s largest democracy, is corrupt inside out and its influence trickles into Indian life, steady and sure. Two most recent scandals, the “Commonwealth Games 2010” and the “2G Spectrum Scam” alone speak out on that. This new rich India brought criminals into politics and dented systems in their favour. The Indian Lok Sabha by itself is proof with increased numbers of Lok Sabha members with criminal records in 2009, than in 2004. The National Election Watch (NEW) scanning official affidavits of 533 of the 541 MPs elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in May, 2009 says, 150 of them have criminal charges against them and 72 have serious charges amounting to murder, attempted murder and even extortion. The remaining 08 MPs whose affidavits have not been available for public scrutiny are all from Tamil Nadu (TN).

DMK family leadership hitched into this politically corrupt and criminalised Indian corporate world, while nursing the poor TN constituency with State funds. They doled out 16 million colour TV sets free, at a cost of 39,600 million Indian rupees for the State government, as an election promise in 2006. That election in 2006, the DMK promised free electricity, waiving off of co-operative loans given to farmers, free gas stoves to all women, that had a train load of 36 such State donations, if voted to power. This year, the DMK election manifesto had free laptops for school children and rice at a subsidised price of 02 Indian rupees along with other promises. And they launched a “cash for vote” project too, during elections.

Seven years of UPF rule at the centre with the DMK as an ally and 05 years of DMK rule in TN, saw the biggest financial scam ever in the history of India, now popularly talked of as the “2G Spectrum Scam”. The estimated fraud runs to around 39.2 billion US dollars, a sum equivalent to about 03 times Sri Lanka’s national annual budget. The “2G Spectrum Scam” has landed DMK Supremo’s Lok Sabha elect nominee A. Raja as Union Minister of  IT and Communication and his daughter Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi as main suspects along with corporate sector allies and bureaucrats. All except Kanimozhi whose bail plea remains to be announced on 20 May, are remanded for further investigations.

The 2G Spectrum Scam is all about DMK and the Karunanidhi family. Raja whose tenure as minister of IT and Communication put him in charge of Telecom and is investigated for the 2G Scam was again lobbied to be appointed as minister in charge of Telecom, after the 2009 May Lok Sabha elections. The lobby had included some members of the corporate world and implicates popular media personality Barka Dutt of NDTV, who is said to have assisted Niira Radia with political facilitation for lobbying. Karunanidhi family, high profiles in the corporate world and TN State government under DMK, have all been seeping in massive corruptions that ran right to the heart of TN life.

Anti-corruption and TN Middle class

This corruption was what stirred the TN voter this time. There were new civil society initiatives by middle class professionals, social activists and new youth organisations that came up to monitor election fraud. Most such civil society initiatives were urban middle class initiatives that challenged the integrity of the DMK leadership. Jayalalithaa’s strength and her main campaign plank against DMK and Karunanidhi was this anti corruption lobby. She pledged to remove all debris, after demolishing the DMK mansion of corruption. Her stand against corruption, despite she been accused of corruption with 09 cases against her when she was previously the CM in TN, gave the civil society campaign the political strength to take the DMK and its father figure, Karunanidhi to task.

Jayalalithaa and SL Tamils

While that campaign sealed off the results in TN assembly elections, Jayalalithaa the shrewd and seasoned politician she is, crowned her campaign by reaching out to the Tamil sentiments too. She demanded 02 well articulated interventions from the Congress-DMK alliance in the Centre. One, to positively respond to the UN Advisory Panel Report and support an investigation on accountability and crimes committed during the war and two, declare an aid embargo on SL, until the grievances of the Tamil people are fully met with. She knew quite well, the Central government of Congress-DMK partners can not meet such demands, having played a very covert role in supporting the Rajapaksa government’s war against the LTTE. Such turn around for the two is virtually impossible and thus gave Jayalalitha the throne and the crown both, in TN.

Her politics, whether she intended or not, has now given a new life to Tamil nationalist politics in TN. Her stand galvanised small Tamil groups across TN, into activism during the election time. Groups like “We Thamil” with celebrity names like Seiman on stage, who were cowed down by the TN CID and “Q Branch” sleuths under the DMK rule, would now surface with new vigour and with a binding on the new CM to honour her own demands. Its a common practice in TN that all major administrative positions including those in the police get a complete overhaul with every change of State governments. That would give, at least in the first year or two, a wider space for agitations, campaigns and lobbying in TN, on the SL issue. It won’t be easy for Jayalalithaa to leave them and go.

Delhi –  Colombo axis and convalescing DMK

With pressure building up in TN on the SL Tamil issue and Jayalalithaa compelled to maintain heat on the Delhi administration over the SL Tamil issue, more because that would have the Centre reaching out to her for compromise and in turn give her leverage to deal with the now mutilated and discredited DMK, Colombo would have to feel the heat. For the DMK, this election would leave Karunanidhi topping 87 years in June to seriously ponder on his final exit from active politics.

It would give heir apparent M.K. Stalin the space to take over the DMK, but family disputes would not make it that easy with especially M.K. Aligiri also wanting to enter State politics, a turf that was left for Stalin as Deputy Chief Minister. With Raja and Kanimozhi now in deep waters, Karunanidhi would still be wanting to intervene in soothing family disputes that had always been issues for DMK. While having family disputes, the DMK would still have to take a position on Jayalalithaa’s demands on the SL Tamil issue, that would once again emerge as a bargaining slot in Indian politics.

That basically gives Jayalalithaa a free hand, but, Delhi can not afford to allow TN to be totally controlled by Jayalalithaa and her AIADMK. They would have to carve out space for Congress(I) in gaining a political foot hold in TN. Whether Rahul who blundered very much in Kerala assembly elections this time, but still has his say in State politics, would ditch DMK to compromise with Jayalalithaa is one that needs to be watched.

What can the Rajapaksas in Colombo do in such hostile situation ? One, it could compromise with Delhi and live on its mercy. But what compromise Delhi would have with Jayalalitha is also uncertain, except for the single consolation that Delhi can not give into Jayalalitha, lock stock and barrel, on the SL war issue. It has many war porns that would be too lewd for others to see. But a more safer and a firmer terrain for SL regime to tread is to compromise with the TNA as a pragmatic leadership. To negotiate with the TNA on Tamil political issues with a more democratic and sincere agenda and perhaps agree to have the APRC final report out for discussion, as the TNA was no party to that.

The Rajapaksas need to know that DMK and Karunanidhi were at one time the all powerful family dynasty, the  kleptomaniacs in Tamil Nadu life. It took only a single slogan to leave them battered and bruised like a limbless Gulliver. Politics and repressive power over a deceived people, have always been temporary and pretty dangerous at the end.

  • Shiva

    Excellent analysis. Rajapakses’ thinking that they can terrorize the Tamils and the Sinhala all the time.

    When the time comes, it will ber very ugly and dirty.

    Everyday delay in taking a strong action by India or the International Community to prevent or end the Rajapakse menace is harmful to the civilized world.

  • Velu Balendran

    After congratulating, Sonia has (specially) invited Jayalalithaa for tea next month. Tea parties can’t be for arms twisting …. or could they be?

    • Shiva

      Sonia cannot be compared with Jeyalalitha who is popular and has immense support of Tamils all over the world, a Dravidian race.

      Jeyalalitha has the ability and the qualities to become the Prime Minister of India but Sonia does not have exceptshe married to Rajiv Gandhi and also lied on her education.

      Jeyalalitha should challenge Sonia on the war crimes in Sri Lanka as the Indian regime alleged to have collaborated in war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

  • wijayapala

    There’s one more thing to consider. JJ isn’t taking on the Sri Lanka issue because she cares about the Tamils or human rights. She simply needs an issue to set her against Congress, which is her arch-rival DMK’s ally. The minute she makes an alliance with Congress, she will dump the SL Tamils like every other TN politician has done.

  • veedhur

    The author makes a good point – why not present the final report of the APRC as the starting piece for negotiations with TNA? Since that report benefitted from involved deliberations between a whole range of parties and arrived at some conclusions it could form a basis for negotiating with TNA who were not part of that process.

  • jansee


    “The minute she makes an alliance with Congress, she will dump the SL Tamils like every other TN politician has done.”

    Probably what you tell is true, not only of JJ but of ALL politicians. Such is the nature of politics and, as they say, there are neither permanent friends nor permanent enemies in politics. However, the Tamils are convinced that, and based on her turmoil history with MR, she has an axe to grind against MR. Even when she was the CM, she refused to MR when he visited India. I believe she can MR’s worst nightmare. Drama politics of Muthuvel Karunanidhi (MK) aside, MK has lost the trust of the Tamils worldwide some time ago and, in fact, he is considered a traitor and while the SL factor may not have attributed to his downfall, nevertheless it did contribute to the overall minus factors.


    If one is to write a book on MR, the most apt description of him would be a slime. Professor Vitharana, I believe in all sincerity, worked very hard to come up with the APRC report. I doubt anyone else could have done such a wonderful job, considering the many dissensions but it was just a “slap” on his face when he realised that this was one of those dramas of MR. Remember the proclamation that he had invited the Scotland Yard to help in the investigation of the murder or Raviraj? Remember the hu ha he made on the murder of Lasantha? Remember the grand posturing on the appointment of the Eminent Persons panel, of which the UN Panel Chairman, Marzuki Darusman was a member? Remember the promise of MR and BR that immediately after the war that the 13th Amendment plus would be implemented. Today, SL is facing a crisis of major proportions, although MR would make us believe that it is not, not just because of the war – MR has lost ALL credibility. In short, no one trusts him anymore. That the UN Panel Report has cornered to an extent is noteworthy, otherwise TNA or the Tamils are just pawns in a grand scheme of treachery. The Sinhalese majority would find this sooner than later.

  • Good analysis Kusaliah, It was 18 young boys who committed self immolation not 2, even last month after reading the UN report an youngster committed suicide. It is Seeman ( you have spelt it as Seiman). e too played a key role in the defeat of the venemous combine that destroyed the Tamils (in TN and SL).

  • Shiva

    Despite the UN reports on alleged war crimes committed by the Rajapakse regime, it is very sad that the International Community is still delaying to take a forceful action against the regime to end the ethnic cleansing of Tamils.

    This is barbaric and Apartheid regime that systematically committing ethnic cleansing of Tamils and the right time Amma Jeyalalitha is about to take over power in Tamil Nadu.

    The North Indian regime that collaborated in war crimes remains in silence to the UN report as they are in shame and shambles.

    Time will teach a lesson to the dirty North Indian politicians’ mentality and barbarianism.

    • Burning_Issue

      “This is barbaric and Apartheid regime that systematically committing ethnic cleansing of Tamils and the right time Amma Jeyalalitha is about to take over power in Tamil Nadu.”

      It was very unfortunate that we as Tamils stood by and watched when the LTTE cleansing of Muslims from the North!

      • Shiva

        Tamils are against any form of terrorism, violence, torture, rape and murder as they believe that no one has the right to take another’s life.

        The LTTE although may have committed crimes, they have detained several Sinhala armed forces and released through the International Red Cross.

        Tamils are demanding for an International Investigation of all Human Rights abuses, crimes against Humanity, War crimes and genocide.

        When tamils were fighting for equality, freedom, human rights there were Tamil and Muslim elements collaborating with the Successive Sinhala regimes and its armed forces. Let the International Community investigate crimes against Muslims as well.

      • Shiva

        Tamil Diaspora is united in calling for an International war Crimes, genocide and Human Rights investigation in Sri Lanka.

        In support of the Apartheid Sinhala Rajapakse regime, the Indian Congress led Central regime under Italian Sonia Gandhi has voted against the UN Human Rights Investigation in Geneva. This provides a clear message and signal that the Indian regime has collaborated in war crimes, genocide and human rights abuses of mostly Hindu Tamils in Eelam.

        Jeyalalithaa is absolutely correct to demand to declare the Rajapakse as a war criminal by the Indian Central government and to take Rajapakse to the International Criminal Court in order to deliver Justice to the victims.

        Now the ball in the Indian Central government’s court and Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi’s time to play it. The world is simply watching the India’s action.

      • Burning_Issue

        Would you still call for such investigations if the LTTE leaders are still alive and in captivity?

      • yapa

        Dear Shiva;

        I think you are stoning the same woman you have abused.


      • Off the Cuff


        You say on May 16, 2011 • 5:01 pm

        “Tamils are against any form of terrorism, violence, torture, rape and murder as they believe that no one has the right to take another’s life”

        Definitely some Tamils can be described as above.
        But Tiger Tamils and those Tamils of the Diaspora who overtly and covertly supported the LTTE Terror, fall outside that description.

        Judging from the sea of Tiger flag waving demonstrators and the quantum of financial support given to the Tiger Terror Organisation which used it as a license, to use Vanni Tamils as cannon fodder, that kind of Humane Tamils would have been a minority within the Diaspora.

        Mr. S. Kanagaratnam a former TNA Member of Parliament said that he was with the people throughout in the Vanni. He said he represented the Vanni electoral district and as the hostility campaign started he was with the people looking after their interest. He said he has seen the horrors of the war and seen people – innocent Tamils, who were treated as stray dogs, shot and killed mercilessly by the LTTE gunmen. …. “I can still remember an incident. The Education Officer of the Mullaitivu District, I think it is one Mr. Thiagarajah and his children were shot and killed – a total of five members in that family are no more. I think his wife has survived and many others were mercilessly shot and killed by the LTTE.”
        This TNA MP does not seem to agree with you.

        Principal of Kopay Christian College Nadarajah Sivakadacham was killed by the terrorists in front of his home in Kopay North. A day earlier, principal of Jaffna Central College, K. Rajadurai, was murdered near the Jaffna library.  Both principals were strong critic of LTTE child conscription.
        Leader of the EPRLF political party, Thambirajah Subathiran was murdered in the city of Jaffna by an LTTE sniper. Mr.  Subathiran has been critical of the way LTTE have been harrasing the tamil population in Jaffna.

        Velayutham Dayanithi alias Daya Master, former media coordinator of LTTE, and George, official interpreter of top leader, says “‘Viduthalai Puligal’ (LTTE cadres) have killed a number of people in Sudanthirapuram area when they tried to flee from them. More than 200 people lost their lives at the hands of LTTE in that one area,”

        These incidents are just a drop in the ocean, What do you have to say?

        You say “The LTTE although may have committed crimes, they have detained several Sinhala armed forces and released through the International Red Cross”

        So you are still not sure that the Tigers’ committed cold blooded murder not just of NonTamils but of Tamils themselves?

        You say “Tamils are demanding for an International Investigation of all Human Rights abuses, crimes against Humanity, War crimes and genocide”

        Good, hopefully this will eliminate once and for all the Tiger Scourge within the Diaspora too.
        Such investigations will include the Tiger Machinery still existing overseas (Funding, Human Smuggling, Extortion, Drug peddling, Murder etc)

        You need to make sure that your hands are clean as you may be investigated as well.

        You say “When tamils were fighting for equality, freedom, human rights there were Tamil and Muslim elements collaborating with the Successive Sinhala regimes and its armed forces”

        Do you mean that anyone who did not agree with Tiger Terror Ideology was a Collaborator?
        Out of the following 50 only 1 was a Sinhalese.
        The other 49 were murdered because they were collaborators?

        A T Duraiyappah SLFP Mayor for Jaffna
        A Thiagarajah Ex ACTC MP for Vadokoddai who later joined the UNP
        K T Pulendran UNP Organiser for Vavunia
        A J Rajasooriar UNP Organiser in Jaffna
        Mala Ramachandran UNP MMC for Baticaloa
        Gnanachandiram Ex District Judge, Point Pedro & Govt Agent, Mullativu
        C E Anandarajah Principal, St Jones College, Jaffna
        B K Thambipillai President, Citizens Committee
        V Dharmalingam Ex TULF MP for Manipay and Father of
        D Siddharthan, Leader of PLOTE
        Alakasunderam Ex TULF MP for Kopay
        P Kirubakaran Primary Court Judge
        Kathiramalai Sarvodaya Leader
        Vignarajah Assistant Government Agent, Samanturai
        Anthonimuttu Government Agent, Baticaloa
        S S Jeganathan Assistant Government Agent, Baticaloa
        Sinnadurai Assistant Government Agent, Trincomalee
        M E Kandasamy Principal, Palugamam Maha Vidyalaya
        S Siththamparanathan Principal, Vigneswara Vidyalaya, Trincomalee
        S Wijayanadan Distric Secretary, Ceylon Communist Party
        Velmurugu Master TULF Organiser and Citizens Committee Member, Kalmunai
        Rev. Father Chandra Fernando President, Citizens Committee, Batticaloa
        Rajjshankar President, Citizens Committee, Tennamarachchi
        S Sambandamoorthy Ex TULF Chairman, Dist Dev Council, Batticaloa
        V M Panchalingam Government Agent, Jaffna
        K Pulendran Assistant Government Agent, Kopay
        A Amirthalingam TULF Leader and National List MP
        V Yogeshwaran Ex TULF MP for Jaffna
        Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy, Jaffna University
        Ganeshalingam Ex EPRLF Provincial Minister for North and East
        Sam Thambimuttu EPRLF MP
        Mrs Thambimuttu Wife of EPRLF MP
        V Yogasangari EPRLF MP in Madras
        A Thangadurai TULF MP for Trincomalee
        Mrs Sarojini Yogeshwaran TULF Mayoress for Jaffna
        Pon Sivapalan TULF Mayor of Jaffna
        Canagasabai Rajathurai EPDF Member for Jaffna
        Veerahaththy Gunaratnam PLOTE member of the Pachchilaipalli P.S, Jaffna
        Razick, Supremo of the EPRLF s armed wing
        Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF
        N. Manickathasan Vice President of PLOTE
        Kumar Ponnambalam President of All Ceylon Tamil Congress
        Vadivelu Vijeyaratnam Point Pedro Urban Council Chairman
        Anton Sivalingam EPDP’s Municipal Council members in Jaffna
        Kanapathipillai Navaratnarajah TELO member of Arayampathi, Batticaloa
        Rajan Sathiyamoorthy Tamil National Alliance parliamentary candidate
        Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar (Foreign Minister in Sri Lanka)
        Kethishwaran Loganathan (54) Deputy Secretary General of Sri Lanka Peace Secratariat, SCOOP
        T Maheshwaran Former Minister shot dead on 01 January 2008
        Sivanesan TNA MP ,
        Jeyaraj Fernanopulli Roads Minister

        You seem to be hell bent on white washing the Tamil Tigers, are you one of them?

  • The factual and truthful UN report on Sri Lanka(SL) is explicit about the war crimes against the Tamils and crime against humanity but is not expilicit and assertive about the existing political repression of Tamils that caused these crimes.

    The governments of SL, the Sinhala mass media and the “Buddhist clergy” were instrumental in creating the repression of Tamils; abusing the legislature to pass anti-Tamil and emergency laws for the past 39 years. This caused torture, disappearances and civilian killings.

    Any sensible person who knows the events in SL since 1972 wiill acknowledge that the Tamil nation can never ever live with safety and security under the Sinhala nation.

    The Tamil nation will therefore always cry for their legitimate right for independence, started at Vaddukoddai in 1976; after the unilateral declaration of independence, only by the Sinhala nation, with a Sinhala Buddhist constitution in 1972.

    If asking for independence is asking for “separation”, Mahatma Gandhi was leading a “separatist movement” and not an independence movement and all the hisorians are wrong.

    A cry for freedom is not a cry for “separation”. A cry of a nation against oppression, genocide and military occupation is a cry for freedom.

    A cry for self rule and self governance to protect against oppression is a democratic request for survival as a nation.

    But the government of SL(GOSL) brands all these cries as illegal expressions of “separatism” and it is political repression.

    Obviously, the defiant policy of “Unitary state” of the GOSL is a “wolf in sheep’s clothes” strategy to control, subjugate and exterminate Tamils.

    The UN has an obligation to protect the Tamil nation from such an extermination.

    • yapa

      “The factual and truthful UN report on Sri Lanka(SL) is explicit about the war crimes against the Tamils and crime against humanity but is not expilicit and assertive about the existing political repression of Tamils that caused these crimes.”

      Awada, Aibo!


  • Off the Cuff

    Jayalalitha seems to be belching.

    The first thing she should do is to convince New Delhi to become a State Party to the Rome Statute of the ICC.

    The righteous woman that she is, she might well do that

  • ravana


    “This is barbaric and Apartheid regime that systematically committing ethnic cleansing of Tamils and the right time Amma Jeyalalitha is about to take over power in Tamil Nadu.”

    Don’t hold your breath while Amma does the work for you. When you talk about “Apartheid (Sinhala) Regime” , it is like pot calling the kettle black. Racism of the Tamil/Dravidianist variety has done much harm to the capacity of moderate Taymoli and Siyabasa speakers to come together against the common enemy which is the Sri Lankan state.

    Didn’t you hear that Dravidanism is just as fake as the “Aryan Invasion” theory? And just as fake as the cardboard “Arya Sinhala” race invented in the 19th century and subsequently nurtured by the likes of Dhramapala?

    I can understand your grief over a lost opportunity to achieve mythical Eelam, but please ventilate your frustration with a therapist.

    WRT discrimination in Sri Lanka by the majoritarian “Sinhala Buddhist” sectarian racists against all minorities including “sinhalas” who oppose them, the strategy of the “minorities” has been juvenile to say the least. Did not the major minority groups ever think that voting for Racial Parties while providing very short term benefits (if any) would only buy into the tactics of the racist Sinhala [Edited out]?

    Let be give some free advice to the 30% of Sri Lankas who are non sinhala-buddhists:

    Never ever vote for racists parties:

    e.g. Any party which has Tamil, Muslim or Hela in it. But most of all never ever vote for the party of the Ultra Nationalists and closet racists the SLFP or its hangers on. Remember, only 30% of the Sri Lankan population actually vote for them. It is best for you to start building bridges with the so-called sinhalas outside of this group.

    Of this 40% of the voting public, it is evident that a majority probably do not vote. However, what is clear is that those who do vote, do not vote for the SLFP.

    Basically, if you give up racists politics (the sinhala racists will never do this; they are on to a good thing) then the choices are few:

    (I exclude the old left principally because they have no credibility left).

    This basically falls along probable socioeconomic lines. The more wealthy among both the majority and minorities would understandably vote for the UNP, except when one considers the 1980’s history of the UNP (criminal acts against both Sinhala and Tamil youth- wow! a party which non-discriminating in the crimes they commit against the population!) There may yet be some wealthy people in Sri Lanka with a conscience who may instead choose the DNA as an alternative as this party so far does not profess a particular ideology other than an end to corruption and increasing efficiency (oh! also dignity of women appear to be on their agenda).

    Then we come to JVP, which is an ideologically bound party which is much maligned because of the path they took twice in bearing arms (second time with the intention of defending themselves). They have had the courage to purge their ranks of those who are corrupt, criminals and racists despite the cost to the party. No other party appears to have done that. The “Sinhala” impoverished classes already vote for this party (although the racists amongst them and wealthy racists may be recently beating a different UPFA drum).

    The impoverished Taymoli speakers and Muslims, if they do not vote for JVP, are cutting their noses despite their faces.

    If the minorities joined the moderates in the Majority group in a voting pattern such as above, neither of the two parties which have committed unspeakable crimes against the Sri Lankan citizens would ever, come to power.

    Do you all have the courage to do what is right, instead of looking for short term gain?
    Revenge is a dish best served cold, mate.

    Leave the attack on the Sinhala concept to those of us who bear that label. It is much more effective coming from us!

    • Burning_Issue

      “Leave the attack on the Sinhala concept to those of us who bear that label. It is much more effective coming from us!”

      I concur completely, but not enough of you about! Even you do not reveal your real name means that your attack has no meaning!

    • Shiva

      Tamils have suffered under successive Sinhala Buddhist chauvinistic regimes including the Rajapakses who fooled, acted and pretended well and finally got caught at the end for his criminal intentions and mindset [Edited out]

      That’s why the UN report is all about.

      Now the Tamil Diaspora and the Jeyalalithaa factor will change the landscape of Sri Lankan politics.

      First and foremost thing is to bring the Rajapakses’ to International Criminal Court and fulfill accountability and justice for the victims.
      If the Rajapakses continue to terrorize Tamils and evading from responsibility, accountability and deliver justice to the victims, the Democratic countries have to forcefully take action, invade, investigate and bring the Rajapakses to accountability like the attack on Serbia and Iraq.

      No criminal can escape from accountability.

  • bandara

    Why does Jayalaitha worry about Sri LAnkan Tamils?
    Jaffna Tamils live a much better life than common tamilnadu tamils.
    She should try to use her new powers to uplift lives of the poor tamils of tamilnadu .

    If she has any genuine concern for Jaffna tamils she should stop the encroaching tamilnadu fishermen from entering sri lankan waters to steal Sri Lankan marine resources.Thuosands of Jaffna fishing families are in trouble because of encroching by tamilnadu tamils.

  • sabbe laban

    “Sabbe Laban!”

    • ravana

      aka “Sundara lingam!” ; )

      • yapa

        aka “Shiva Lingum”