Jehan Perera is a Sri Lanka NGO who without a sense of shame writes to bring disrepute to
He knows that
Sri Lanka is being falsely accused by the
and its allies for no other reasons than for the elimination of a ruthless group of Tamil
terrorists. These false allegations as
Jehan Perera knows, are to please the
expatriate Tamils living in the West who funded the terrorists in USA Sri Lanka, and who are now an important vote bank, and financial
contributors for election campaign of USA President, and Labour and Conservative Governments
of UK and . Canada
Jehan Perera is contributing to justify these false accusations of the
and its allies, by twisting facts to implicate . In his article “ Why international pressure
has become necessary” published in the Sri Lanka Island
news paper on the 22 January,2014, Jehan Perera puts
into the mouth of the President of Sri Lanka words he has never pronounced or
sentiments he has never expressed.
The President Mahinda Rajapakse has not used the word “ethnic” in his speeches, which is a word bandied by the Tamil politicians, anti-Sri Lanka Tamils of the diaspora, Izeth Hussain a retired diplomat, the Western media and anti-Sri Lanka countries of the West. Even the Sinhala writers or politicians rarely use the word, because there is no such thing as an ethnic problem in
, though the Tamils refuse
to accept it. Sri Lanka
However, Jehan Perera writes in his article, “ Shortly after the end of the war in 2009, President Rajapaksa declared that in
there would no longer be an ethnic
majority or ethnic minorities but only a majority who loved the nation and a
minority who were traitors.” Sri
This is utterly false, deliberately twisted to please his “paymasters” to give them an additional handle to pin Sri Lanka as a country discriminating against the minority Tamil Community of Sri Lanka treating them as traitors.
What the President Mahinda Rajapaksa actually said on the 19 of May, 2009 at the occasion of the Ceremonial opening of the Parliament in Sri Jayawardhanapura, Kotte was,
We have removed the word minorities from our vocabulary three years ago. No longer are the Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and any others minorities. There are only two peoples in this country. One is the people that love this country. The other comprises the small groups that have no love for the land of their birth. Those who do not love the country are now a lesser group………..”
Jehan Perera then goes on to explain the false statement he pretends to have been made by the President. He says,
“ Apart from the warning inherent in this statement to those who were political dissenters, there was also the implication that a political solution based on the notion of ethnicities and majorities and minorities based upon them would be unnecessary after the defeat of the LTTE. The logic of this position is that a political solution was only discussed because of the pressure of the LTTE, and now with its destruction there was no need to take that discussion forward.”
That is far from what has to be understood from the President’s speech. Jehan Perera is of course applying his lopsided “logical” conclusions to his own statement which he attributes to the President.
There is no warning, as Jehan Perera says, in the statement made by the President. It was a sincere statement by the President heralding a new era after three decades of shedding blood and tears. In that beginning of the new era the Tamil people have no reason to continue the separatist ideology of the terrorists which had just been brought to an end. The three Communities the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim have now to act as one people loving the country of their birth as the one and only motherland of every one of them.
But the President at the same occasion addressing the Parliament in Tamil said,
“Friends, (In Tamil)
|Ceremonial opening of Parliament on 19 May,2009, after elimination of Terrorism on 18 May,2009|
Protecting the Tamil speaking people of this country is my responsibility. That is my duty. All the people of this country should live in safety without fear and suspicion.
All should live with equal rights. That is my aim. Let us all get together and build up this nation (Tamil ends)
Jehan Perera says: “In keeping with the President’s immediate post-war policy statement and despite the passage of nearly five years since the end of the war there has been no fundamental shift in the government’s approach to the ethnic conflict.”
How can we now speak of an ethnic conflict, if the President says that there are no more minorities in
? Sri Lanka
The President says that there are only two peoples in the country, that is those who love the country and those who do not. Therefore if the Tamils love the country , as much as the peoples of other Communities, then all these peoples are entitled to share in every aspect of economic , social and cultural life of Sri Lanka without restriction. Language wise Tamil is now in par with Sinhala, and English. Development wise no part of the country is neglected. Education and employment is open to every one from what ever part of the country they come, and what ever community they belong.
What more “fundamental shift in the government’s approach to the ethnic conflict ” is expected ?
What more do the Tamil people want, inorder to eliminate the notion of “ethnic difference” from their minds ?
Is it their claim for a separate State that is lacking or is it the demand that North and East should be left entirely for the Tamil people ?
If what they still want is, a separate
, or a separate
Province in the North and East exclusively for the Tamil community, then the
Tamils fall into the second category of
peoples who do not love their land of birth.
If any groups of people wants to divide Sri Lanka, or separate a part of
it entirely for the use of one Community then those groups of people become a
minority, and an evil to the whole of
Sri Lanka, disrupting its peace and progress. Eelam
Jehan Perera says, “ Nearly all public intellectuals from the Sinhalese community who support the government, which is the politically dominant voice in society, appear to have also taken the cue from the President that there is no ethnic conflict to resolve. But Tamil minority voters have repeatedly challenged this assumption. ”
That is how the Tamil Community led by TNA is challenging the expressed view of the President, by creating and perpetrating the “ ethnic problem.” What is the reason for this inane desire of the Tamil Community to perpetrate a notion of “an ethnic problem” ?
We have to make a deep search to find the reason why the Tamils led by the TNA do not subscribe to “ no minority” issue as spelt out by the President of Sri Lanka.
All animals as much as human beings have an instinct that goes beyond ancestral past. This instinct may be stronger than the memory, and ties one to its natural environment from which it sprang. This is what creates a deep sense of belonging, and an attachment to a motherland together with all human, animal and material wealth it contains. For us Sri Lankans, that belonging and attachment extend to the length and breadth of Sri Lanka- from Dondra to Point Pedro, and from Batticaloa to Colombo.
This is true with the Sinhala people who have nothing against Tamil or Muslim Communities, and accept them as nature has a way of accepting any foreign matter thrown into it covering it up with lichen, roots, plants and earth. But that foreign matter thrown into the nature will remain the same without absorbing itself into the nature. Like a bottle in the sea.
That may explain why Tamils remain aloof, like the foreign matter thrown into the nature, with their Tamilness, without absorbing into a Nation of communities. Muslims too with their spiritual allegiance to
Mecca will remain without completely accepting a
motherland, and the Catholics who have
their spiritual allegiance to the Holy See in
will not honestly and sincerely accept a motherland concept. Rome
The Sinhala with their all embracing Buddhist culture will accept any one into their fold, like the nature that accepts any foreign matter and makes it a part of it. But yet the Sinhala will reject terrorists who had terrorised the people in the past , and those who will terrorise the people in the future, and will also reject those who demanded in the past , and those who demand now or in future a territorial separation.
The Tamil people do not seem to have this sense of belonging, ferociously seeking a Communal separation. Even the retired Tamil judge Wigneswaran who has his sons married to Sinhala women and have grand children of mixed blood, still seeks separation from the Sinhala to be in an exclusively Tamil environment. They all remain unchanged like any foreign matter thrown into the nature.
Strangely, the Tamils are the ones, including the retired judge Wigneswaran ,who are more concerned about Mahavansa , seeking to write a new history of
proving that there were Tamil settlements in North
and East even before the arrival of the Sinhala. Sri Lanka
What is the necessity to write a new history ? Is it to prove to themselves that they are a separate entity ?
The answer becomes apparent when we look into the past history of the Tamil Community in
. Their ancestors came from South India as marauders and
plunderers until Elara set up a Kingdom
and brought along with him Tamil mercenaries. Anuradhapura
Hence the Tamils in
Sri Lanka today are the descendents of those Dravidian marauders and mercenaries who settled
down in .
Therefore their sense of belonging is to
where their Dravidian ancestors came from . But now that they cannot claim the land from
where their ancestors came from as their motherland, they seek separation from the Sinhala , to live
together in an area exclusively for the
Tamil people. Sri Lanka
The Tamils of Sri Lanka haven’t got that sense of belonging to a motherland vis à vis Sri Lanka the same way the Sinhala people feel for Sri Lanka to the extent that they are willing to sacrifice their lives to keep their motherland intact with all Communities united, which is not Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism, as those who do not understand it as the natural consequence of a sense of belonging, accuse. The Tamils on the other hand want a territorial separation or a Tamil only Provincial Administration, which is racism.
Therefore when Jehan Perera says, “ So long as there are unresolved ethnic grievances the electorate will tend to vote along ethnic lines. The government’s policy of formulating and promising policies of economic development as an alternative to political reform have been repeatedly rebuffed by the ethnic minority electorate. ”, it has to be seen in the light of the absence of the sense of belonging of the Tamils who are seeking a separate identity. It is a loss for the Tamils.
The ethnic problem is therefore in the minds of the Tamil people. If they can change their mind set the problem could be solved, but this will not happen as long as TNA politicians are in control of the North with the International community making use of them for their own political benefit to keep the North of Sri Lanka out of reach of
China and . Russia
Only a few Tamils were able to clear their minds of this negative sense of being different, to accept the Sinhala as their own people. They are Ponnambalam Ramanathan, Lakshman Kadirgamar, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Douglas Devananda, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, Nalliah Thayabharan, Thuraisingam Bhagawathsing, Manohar Radhamano and a handful of others.
and its allies have understood this, ( USA
being Communities in a foreign land),
and are profiting from this to precipitate a territorial separation or Tamil
only Province in the North for their own strategic benefit. They have no love for the coloured Tamil people, having no kindred relationship- the fact
which should be seriously taken into consideration by the Tamils included those in the TNA. There is now no minority in Canada means
that there is no “ethnic problem”. Sri Lanka
Ananthi Sasitharan who has still not shed her terrorist garb, thrilled in the company of Michelle Sison and Stephen J Rapp standing at St.Anthony’s ground would have to make herself seem important, and the contact more interesting recounted a horror story perhaps with tears in her eyes of how the Sri Lanka Army Soldiers shot Tamil families gathered at that ground. That was fodder for Stephen J Rapp who seized the story to note it down as evidence of violation of human rights and war crimes recounted by an eye witness against the Sri Lanka Armed forces.
A Government cannot continue to govern the country continually moving to escape from the threat of anti anti Sri Lanka Western Countries seeking to accuse it for violation of human rights for what happened five years ago in the elimination, in the greater interest of the country and its people, of a ruthless group of terrorist.
The accusations are false , but the anti Sri Lanka Western powers lead by USA are not prepared to accept their accusations as such, and continue to gather evidence when there are none getting individuals to make statements and adduce them as true evidence against the Government and its Armed Forces without an iota of truth in those statements made by the selected individuals. Even false evidence repeated over and over again leaves a dirty scar. People like Jehan Perera only support the West in their blind acceptance of what ever false evidence that falls in to their hand.
In Law evidence has to be verified in cross examination of the witnesses. Similarly the evidence
USA is preparing to present against Sri Lanka should be allowed to be cross examined by , the party
accused of those allegations. It should be the normal procedure without which it amounts to contempt
of international good relations, and making questionable the honesty and
respectability of Sri Lanka . USA
This is what the
at Large Stephen J.Rapp did on his recent visit. The terrorism was eliminated five years ago
and the USA USA and its allies
are still collecting evidence of violation of human rights and war crimes by
the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka, not allowing the right of access to such
witnesses to . Sri Lanka
After five years have the memories got a new lease of life and those witnesses see more clearly what happened five years ago now than immediately after, or are they inventing new stories more damning and horrific ?
Formerly it was the
USA Ambassador in Sri Lanka Robert O’Blake who
was openly maintaining friendly contacts
with the terrorist leadership who was making accusations and demanding
accountability from for
the elimination of terrorists. Now it is
Michel J.Sison the new Sri Lanka USA Ambassador
who has commenced a devil dance with an
appropriate facial mask to bring back the terrorist phantoms to life. Sri Lanka
Jehan Perera writes a long article all about the “ethnic problem” , and spectrum of events initiated by the government, which according to him are in view of the forthcoming UNHRC Sessions. Jehan Perera has to write to earn his living. It cannot be Prabhath Sahabandu who is paying him. It had been said that Pakiasothy Saravanamutta and Jehan Perera were the informants on Sri Lankan Affairs to USA State Department. It was reported that they were once taken by the CID and questioned on their arrival in
Sri Lanka after a junket in . USA
The elections to the Western and Southern provincial councils, Jehan Perera says is to , “….negate the impact on the people of
of a negative resolution that seeks to penalize the government and its
leadership. The government will make maximum use of international
pressure for domestic political gain ”. Sri Lanka
The mass of the people of
Sri Lanka outside
are not really concerned with the UNHRCouncil Sessions. The elections will however be decided on what
the Government has done for the development of the country, and in the absence
of a comparatively competent and a more popular political leader to oust the present President
and his government. Colombo
In order to counter a single party (TNA) administration in the Northern provincial council promoting a separatist agenda, Tamil political leaders are in the process of forming a new Tamil Coalition Political party. Their object is to take the Northern provincial council forward awakening the Tamil people to the necessity of a break away from the narrow racialist communal political system to which the TNA had bound them, and open themselves to a honest reconciliation with the rest of the Communities of the country for their own progress and development.
With regard to this initiative of the Tamil political parties, Jehan Perera’s friend Pakiasothy Saravanamutta has said, “…… the credibility of the new coalition is questionable, since its composition is mainly of Government political parties…………the policies of the new coalition; with reference to reconciliation, conflict resolution and rebuilding; need to be taken into consideration in order to assess whether the party is going to make any difference to the politics in the North.”
The fact that the new Tamil coalition is government friendly is no reason to scorn it as a possible means to break away from the political dominance of the north by the TNA , and to make the Northern Provincial Council cooperate with the government and the rest of the Communities to bring progress and development to the people of the North.
Finally Jehan Perera says, “The ethnic conflict is the problem that gave rise to three decades of war. The answer to the conflict has to be a just sharing of power between ethnic majority and minorities. It is in the context of failure to evolve an internal answer that the answer to the government’s failure has come to be seen as international pressure.”
It has to be repeated ad infinitum that there may be a communal problem in
, but not an ethnic problem. The ethnic problem if there was one, ended
with the elimination of the terrorists and the President of Sri Lanka in
Parliament declaring that there is no more minorities in Sri Lanka. But this “ethnic problem” is kept alive by
the TNA, the anti-Sri Lanka Tamil expatriates, the anti-Sri Lanka West, and
writers like Jehan Perera twisting facts and putting unspoken words as said
by the President. Sri Lanka
If there are no more minority and majority communities, it means that the political power is equally shared by all the peoples- Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and all others. The solution to the problem is for the TNA to realise that the Tamils have to live with the rest of the communities as the citizens of
sharing in its prosperity or in its poverty.
This could happen if the International Community instead of seeking to accuse the Government of Sri Lanka advice the TNA and the Tamil people to cooperate with the government and live in harmony with other communities.
in the mean time should not use its Embassy in to interfere in the
internal matters of the country. Sri Lanka
More resolutions by the
USA and its allies against Sri Lanka every year calling for accountability for
a struggle which had been brought to an end
five years ago will only prolong
the reconciliation of the Communities in . Sri Lanka
Therefore Jehan Perera should write articles to inform the west that
should be left alone to bring progress, peace and security to the country at
its own pace, without becoming a stumbling block to ’s efforts at reconciliation, progress and
development. Sri Lanka