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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Sri Lankan navy seize explosives, detonators in Jaffna

August 16, 2005 18:35 IST

The navy has seized high explosives from a fishing boat along with eight detonators in northern Sri Lanka, as a Tamil teenager was fatally shot by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's east, the military said on Tuesday.

The explosives and detonators were uncovered in Jaffna on Monday by navy officers who were suspicious of the boat, said Brigadier Daya Ratnayake, the military spokesman. The three occupants of the boat were arrested.

Ratnayake said the explosives had the potential to 'cause substantial damage'.

In a separate incident on Monday night near eastern Batticaloa, three suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot and killed Madawaraja Pirav, 17, Ratnayake said.

Pirav was associated with the breakaway faction of the mainstream rebel group. The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for minority ethnic Tamils in the country's north and east, claiming discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

The conflict killed nearly 65,000 people before a 2002 cease-fire. The truce has held, but the peace process has stalled due to disagreements over the rebels' demands for wide autonomy. Also, scores of people have been killed in eastern Sri Lanka since a split in the rebel movement a year ago.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Sri Lanka and the big brother called India
Rasheeda Bhagat

The relationship with India can tend to be a love-hate one. When we perceive India to be not too involved, we decry India. But once it gets involved, there is this perception of the big brother syndrome. 

Colombo , Aug. 14

THE question mark against India and the kind of subservient role that Sri Lankans think India wants the small island country to play in South Asia continues to come in the way of the people in Sri Lanka wholeheartedly embracing India as a regional leader. A leader that can take up the cause of the entire South Asian region on global platforms.

In Colombo, there is undoubtedly admiration for the kind of strides the Indian economy has made in the last few years. Its emergence as a technology giant that is altering the global services scene, particularly on the IT front, is discussed and acknowledged too in Colombo.

But the problem comes in seeing the `India hand' when things do not go too well for Sri Lanka. For an Indian visitor it comes as a shock to find that for things as diverse as the rebellion by the LTTE leader Karuna in the East and something as crucial as the fall of the Ranil Wikremesinghe government, an `Indian hand' is seen here.

Voicing this suspicion Mr Jehan Perera, Media Director of the Colombo-based National Peace Council says that in the East there has been "continued murder of the LTTE cadres which the LTTE blames on the Sri Lankan military, but I don't think the Sri Lankan military could achieve all this unless there was some significant support from the Tamil people themselves."

He says the LTTE is placed in a difficult situation because it does not want to acknowledge there is something called the `Karuna group'. Ideologically, they cannot accept this reality because "their position is they represent all the Tamil people in the North and the East and there is no breakaway faction of the LTTE led by Karuna. The LTTE says the killings are done by the Sri Lankan Government and the paramilitary forces."

While this is the situation in the North and the East, in the South, most people believe that the Karuna group is supported by India, says Perera.

"Sri Lankans believe that the Indians had a hand in it and that Karuna wouldn't have broken away from the LTTE if he did not enjoy the support of... if not the Indian Government, at least that of the Indian intelligence. In Sri Lanka, if something happens that is bad for the country, many Sri Lankans think that India had a hand in it."

Perara points out that even in the fall of the UNP Government of Ranil Wickremesinghe last year, in some Sri Lankan circles the "suspicion was that India had a hand in it. But India has not featured in the public discourse for at least a year now. But when the Ranil government fell, those in the government and a section of the media were very critical of India. They felt India had helped to put together the coalition against the UNP by supporting and funding the JVP (the Sinhala hardliner Janata Vimukhti Peramuna that earlier this year withdrew support from the Chandrika government on the issue of joint administration of post-tsunami relief with the LTTE) and helped bring it and the SLFP together."

He adds that some people felt that India had given a false assurance to the then PM Wickremesinghe that the President Chandrika Kumaratunga would not dissolve Parliament.

"Now, this may not be true but there is a strong belief to this effect here and, that is why, there is a lot of hostility to this so-called Indian intervention.

"But I must add that, of late, there has been a strong and conscious attempt by the Indian embassy in Colombo to change that image. So now, such stories are not being heard in Colombo."

On the perception of India in Sri Lanka, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in Colombo, says the public opinion surveys carried out by the CPA clearly show a love-hate relationship with India.

"We find a general feeling that India must play a much more proactive role in the whole peace process. There is not only this feeling but also an across-the-board recognition and acknowledgement that if any international actor has a stake and legitimate interest in the resolution of this conflict in Sri Lanka, it is India. But the relationship with India can always tend to be a love-hate one in the sense that when we perceive India to be not too involved in the ways we'd like it to be, we decry India.

"But once it does get involved, there is this perception of the big brother syndrome because after all some of the people who are asking for India's involvement are also the people who have vociferously demonstrated against Indian involvement in the past."

But, adds Saranavanamuttu, there is a general consensus in Sri Lanka that "when we do move to serious consideration of political alternatives in the negotiation process with the LTTE, the Indian involvement will increase." But the feeling of suspicion refuses to go away. Perara adds that more recently he had come across "a general feeling that India wishes Sri Lanka to be subservient to India's interest and we have to learn what the Indian parameters are, how far we can go. We have to study more about India and India's thinking. But unfortunately that is not happening."

He feels the intellectuals in Sri Lanka need to study and learn more about India. "But unfortunately, we do not have any think-tanks or experts who study India and can explain India to our policy-makers. And that is a serious lacuna at our end."

Interestingly, there is no interest whatsoever in Sri Lanka on the progress made in the Indo-Pak peace process. Says Perera, "For one, we're caught up in our own civil war and that is the most important issue for us and our interest is devoted to resolving that issue.

"Also, we are a closed people and maybe our being an island has got something to do with it. We don't look outside!"

Tamil Tigers agree to peace talks
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have agreed to hold direct talks with the Colombo government.

<b>Sri Lankan military intelligence commander shot dead</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Unidentified attackers shot dead the head of a Sri Lankan army intelligence unit near his home in the capital Colombo on Sunday, police and army officials said.

The bullet-riddled body of Major TM Meedin, 39, was found in a vehicle near his home in the Kiribathgoda suburb of Colombo, military officials said.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Civil war in the jungle: The demons that haunt Sri Lanka

The deserted beaches are littered with rubbish. The jungles are burning, torched by troops trying to flush out the Tamil Tigers. Eighteen months after the tsunami, Justin Huggler reports from Trincomalee on the disaster confronting a seeming paradise

Published: 03 May 2006

The guide books say the beach at Uppuveli is the finest on Sri Lanka's east coast. The setting is the stuff of tropical island paradise, a graceful curve of white sand with palm trees leaning over it, and emerald water as far as the eye can see. But today the beach is covered in discarded rubbish. The hotels and beach huts are empty and boarded up, no tourists come here any more. As evening falls menacing packs of dogs roam the empty beach.

It has nothing to do with the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka's beaches a year and a half ago. A different disaster is looming over Sri Lanka: a man-made disaster. The tourists are not coming here any more because Sri Lanka seems to be slipping inevitably back into civil war.

Tourists still flock to the other side of the islands, to the beaches of the south and west. You can still eat freshly grilled fish at a table on the water's edge, while the waves wash over your feet, or drink the water from a bright orange king coconut while you float in the Indian Ocean, or doze under a palm tree as the sun slowly sinks into the waves. The tsunami is a thing of the past, and paradise is back in business. But all the while there is an air of impending disaster.

If you drive through the jungle in the east, you can see herds of wild elephants crossing the road. Long-tailed monkeys watch you go by from the trees. At night, fireflies hang by the roadside, and green snakes are caught in the car's headlights as they slither across the tarmac. This is the unspoilt Sri Lanka tourists flock from around the world to see.

But these days even the elephants are on edge. They watch as Sri Lankan soldiers set fire to the foliage they feed on. The fires burn through the night and send blinding columns of smoke into the sky. The army is trying to clear the roads of hiding places for Tamil Tiger guerrillas, so they are burning the unspoiled jungles of Sri Lanka.

The tsunami on Boxing Day in 2004 was a defining moment. There was no compassion fatigue, the world shared in Sri Lanka's tragedy. The relief camp built for tsunami survivors just outside Sampoor village is full again. But this time it is sheltering people who fled air strikes on their village last week, more than 10,000 of them, using the makeshift lavatory facilities put up by international NGOs for those made homeless by the tsunami.

"I was in my house with my husband," says Nadaraja Parthipillai. "I heard a huge noise. My neighbour's house was hit, the Nahaiyas', and the whole family was killed, all 10 of them. Four of them were children. After we saw that we just started running and came here." Ms Parthipillai and her husband sleep in the open under the shelter of a palm tree. Like everyone else here, they say they are too scared to return home, afraid of more air strikes. At least 12 people died in the village last week. But Sampoor is not just any Sri lankan village. It lies inside territory controlled by the Tamil Tigers, right on the frontline.

At least 64,000 people died during the two-decade war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government forces, before an uneasy ceasefire was negotiated in 2002 by Norwegian mediators. That ceasefire has been slowly crumbling this year, until this week the European mission that monitors it admitted that while it is still technically in force, on the ground there is no longer a ceasefire.

The air strikes came after months of attacks on Sri Lankan security forces using remote-controlled mines and grenades, which culminated in the attempted assassination of the army chief by a female suicide bomber last week. The heavily pregnant woman entered the army headquarters in Colombo with explosives strapped to her body. Once inside, she detonated the bomb. At least eight people were killed, and the army chief is still in a serious condition.

Though they have strenuously denied responsibility, suicide bombing is the calling card of the Tamil Tigers. Long before Osama bin Laden or Hamas got in on the act, the Tamil Tigers were the militant group thatfirst used suicide bombers deep inside their target's territory.

The attack was just the biggest in a series of strikes on Sri Lankan security forces. Last month, two British tourists were injured during a mine attack on a navy bus. The driver of the bus was killed, and it veered out of control into the minibus in which the Britons were travelling.

Every time the violence has begun to calm, there has been a new attack. Sri Lanka called off air strikes on Sampoor last week under intense pressure from its giant neighbour, India. But within days there were new attacks. On Monday, a remote-controlled mine exploded in Trincomalee's city centre. The target was a naval patrol, but a tuk-tuk auto-rickshaw bore the brunt of the blast, and four civilians were killed, as well as one sailor. It seems someone wants the violence to keep intensifying.

The Tigers deny responsibility for the attacks, but everyone in the diplomatic and aid community in Sri Lanka is convinved they are behind them. The international community has been trying all year to bring the two sides together for talks. At one point, they met in Geneva, in the first serious peace talks for years. But the Tigers have been refusing to travel to a second round of talks, citing government restrictions on their commanders travelling to meetings.

Crossing from government-held territory to the Tiger areas is a tense affair. At the front lines, barbed wire snakes across dusty fields. There is a government checkpoint with nervous soldiers. Then a short no-man's land, and you are inside

Tiger territory.

There are only dirt roads inside the Tiger enclave at Sampoor, and there is little food - Sri Lankan journalists insist on loading up on biscuits before making the crossing. But the tiny enclave, only a few square miles, is fully administered by the Tigers - including a courthouse and government offices. And, amid the fields and bomb-damaged buildings, fighters in the tiger-stripe camouflage of one of the most effective guerrilla forces in the world. The Tigers have been fighting for more than two decades for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's Tamil minority in the north and east of the country, saying they are discriminated against by the Sinhalese majority. At its height during the civil war, the LTTE controlled large areas of Sri Lanka, including the cities of Jaffna and Batticaloa. That is now reduced to a portion of the north, plus small enclaves, such as this, in the east.

The Tigers have carefully nurtured their mystique. Every guerrilla fighter is issued with a cyanide suicide capsule the day he is accepted into the Tigers' military ranks - to take if he is ever captured alive. Suicide bombings, carried out by an elite unit known as the Black Tigers, have been at the heart of the Tigers' extraordinary effectiveness as guerrilla fighters.

Puli Kutty's ambition in life is to become a suicide bomber. Just 22 years old, he already wears the tiger-stripe uniform of the LTTE. He joined the Tiger ranks as a child soldier, at 14 - the Tigers say they do not recruit children any more, but international NGOs have accused them of continuing to do so. He says his three brothers were killed by Sri Lankan government forces. Puli Kutty is not his real name, it means Son of the Tiger. "I am ready for death," he says. "When I die I expect Tamil Eelam for our people one day." Tamil Eelam is the name the Tigers have given to the homeland they seek.

Talking to Puli Kutty is unsettling. There is none of the talk of a guaranteed place in heaven for martyrs you hear from Muslim suicide bombers. He says he is not religious and believes that there is nothing after death. "When I make a suicide attack, only one person can inflict major losses on the enemy," he says calmly. "If we fight conventionally, we will lose several people to inflict the same losses.

There is a sort of fanaticism to the young man, he is utterly devoted to the cause. The only proviso he makes is that he would not want children to die in any suicide bombing he carries out.

The head of the Tigers' political wing in Sampoor, S Elilam, does not shed any light on why Sri Lanka is lurching back towards civil war. He sticks to the official line: the Tigers have not been involved in any of the attacks. "We have not broken the ceasefire," he insists, "we are maintaining the ceasefire agreement. It was broken by the Sri Lankan government. One army commander was injured and the Sri Lankan government is targetting the entire Tamil people with these air strikes," he says. "The LTTE has a right to defend the lives of Tamils. The government is there to defend the Sinhalese, so who is going to defend the Tamils?" On the drive back from Sampoor, a huge tree is burning, the victim of a grenade attack only minutes before I passed by.

JehanPerera of the National Peace Council, a widely respected Sinhalese peace campaigner, says there is "absolutely no doubt" the Tigers are behind the attacks on the Sri Lankan military. "The slide back towards war is primarily because of the LTTE's loss of confidence that it can achieve its objective through peace talks," he says. "They say they have met six or seven times with the government but the talks have yielded nothing. So they have gone back to what brought them the best results: military strength." The Tigers have reduced their original demand for an independent homeland to autonomy within a federal Sri Lanka, but the government has refused to countenance it. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan President, was elected last year on a promise not give in to Tiger demands.

"What the LTTE is trying to achieve from the current violence is either to provoke a full-scale war, or to make the cost of a military campaign so high for the government that it will give in to their demands," says Dr Perera. In particular, the Tigers are demanding the government reins in the activities of a breakaway Tiger faction led by Colonel Karuna - it is an open secret in Sri Lanka that the government is supporting his renegade faction against the Tigers. Col Karuna, which is the nom de guerre for Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, is formerly the Tigers' most senior field commander and represents a real threat to Tiger security.

In a full-scale war, the Tigers may well believe they can win back the major towns they once controlled, Jaffna and Batticaloa.

"The present situation can't continue," says Dr Perera. "The only option the government has is to strike the LTTE at its roots, and that means war. I guess there is another option, for the international community to find some way to put pressure." With the violence intensifying by the day, the future looks bleak for paradise. The repercussions of the violence in the east are already being felt along the beach resorts of the south and west. As the sun sets and the tourists order another round of drinks, the party is still going on. But it may not be for much longer.

<b>Sri Lanka peace process: Japan invites India to join co-chairs</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The Japanese peace envoy, who would be in New Delhi for talks with the Indian leaders on Thursday, said that at the meeting of the co-chairs to be held in Tokyo at the end of May, procedural changes would be made to render participation "comfortable" for India.

Having banned the LTTE, following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, India cannot sit with the LTTE at the same table.

Bad idea.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Cutting edge of Hindu revivalism in Jaffna

COLOMBO DIARY | PK Balachandran

June 19, 2006

After about 300 years of  intense persecution under the Portuguese and the Dutch, the Hindus of Jaffna heaved a sigh of relief when the British took over at the fag end of the 18th century.

The era of forcible conversions to Catholicism (under the Portuguese) and to Protestantism (under the Dutch) was over.

In the liberal atmosphere created by the British, most converts reverted to their traditional religion, namely, Hinduism.

Daniel Poor, a pioneer of the American Ceylon Mission (ACM)  noted that with the Dutch yoke off their shoulders, the Hindus of Jaffna returned to "sweet idolatory" and temple building was resumed  at a frenetic pace.

As Dr Murugar Gunasingam says in his book, Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism: A Study of its Origins (MV Publications, Sydney 1999), there were as many as 329 Hindu temples in Jaffna in 1814. Many had come up in the first few years of British rule.

Earlier, the Portuguese had destroyed as many as 500 temples. In Dutch times, temples were in disuse, as the Brahmin priests had been chased out.

Threat from a new quarter

But British rule did not turn out to be an unmixed blessing.

It had created  a new danger, the danger of conversion through education and systematic propaganda through the use of the new print medium.

The new political and economic order established by the British was creating employment opportunities for the Hindus of Jaffna, which necessitated an education.

And the Hindu Tamil youth of Jaffna were eager to seize these opportunities and acquire an English education for that purpose.

Seeing a potential in this for gaining converts, the new Protestant missions which followed the British flag, set up schools and boarding houses, including some for  girls.

Printing presses were established to churn out easily accessible Christian literature on a large scale.

The new British rulers handed over government-run schools to the missionaries, and gave grants-in-aid to non-government  schools. The latter was a great help to missionary-run schools.

The missionary-run schools and medical missions, with their dedicated and selfless staff, presented a very new and beguiling face to the people of Jaffna, who, under Portuguese and Dutch rule earlier, had been dragooned into accepting Christianity and economically exploited thereafter by the state-backed missionaries.

Missions fail to make headway

However, despite possessing all the necessary tools for mass conversion, the Protestant missionaries did not make much headway.

According to Dr Gunasingam determined evangelisation by the American Ceylon Mission (ACM) from 1816 to 1839 had yielded only 492 converts.

Success eluded the Wesleyan Mission and the Church Missionary Society (CMS) also.

Gunasingam says that conversion was low because, unlike the Portuguese or the Dutch, the British did not make conversion a necessity for obtaining government jobs or state patronage.

The British had also declared that they would not allow forcible conversions.

Missionaries create insecurity

But many Jaffna Hindu Tamils, mainly of the elite Vellala, Chettiar and Brahmin castes, felt that the power of the missionaries was insidious.

They feared that if the Hindus, mainly Saivite, were not careful, they could be overwhelmed by the missionaries armed with all the tools of modern propaganda then available, namely, a virtual monopoly over the educational system and the printed word.

The liberal education, which the mission schools  provided, had created awareness among the Saivites and sharpened their critical faculties.

While the missionaries hoped that education would make the young Saivites see the truth of Christianity and the falsehood of Saivism, it had the opposite impact, notes Gunasingam.

Often, education made the student critical of Christianity and see the danger that it posed to his own indigenous religion.

But this, by itself, did not make the Saivites take measures to assert their faith and oppose the proselytising activities of the missionaries.

What triggered active resistance was the stepping up of vile anti-Saivite propaganda by the missionaries.

According to Gunasingam, the missionaries started attacking Saivisim and Saivite practices viciously because they were frustrated with the poor rate of conversion.

In his article entitled Arumuga Navalar and the Hindu Renaissance  Among the Tamils in the book "Religious Controversy in British India" edited by Kenneth W Jones, D Dennis Hudson gives a particularly telling example of the missionary view of Saivism.

He quotes the Protestant periodical Morning Star as saying: "There is nothing in the peculiar doctrines and precepts of the Saiva religion that is adapted to improve a man's moral character or fit him to be useful to his fellow men".

"If the world were to be converted to the Saiva faith, no one would expect any improvement  in the morals or the happiness of men."

"Everyone might be a great liar and cheat, as great an adulterer, as oppressive of the poor, as covetous, as proud, as he was before without the purity of faith."

The "Skandapuranam" one of the most sacred texts of Saivism, was denounced as a set of "extravagant fictions many of which are of immoral tendency."

The Morning Star and other publications were also making disparaging remarks against the famous Kandaswamy temple in Nallur, saying that it was a den vice.

The attacks on this temple, which was the nerve centre of Saivisim in the Jaffna peninsula, was seen as a frontal assault on Tamil culture and Tamil pride.

Rise of Hindu protest

The first to protest against such characterisations and write against Christianity was Muthukumara Kavirajar (1780-1851).

His works, which  were printed later, became an important weapon in the armoury of the Saivites. 

The first collective action on the part of the Saivites of Jaffna was a meeting held by a group drawn from the elite Vellala, Brahmin and Chettiar communities, at the Siva temple at Vannarpannai in September 1842.

Among the leading lights present were Sathasiva Pillai, Swaminatha Iyar, Viswanatha Iyar, Arumuga Pillai, Kandaswamy Pillai and Arumuga Chettiar.

The group decided to set up a "Veda-Agama" School to teach children the Vedas, the Agamas (temple worship) and the elements of Saivisim.

The plan was to discourage parents from sending their children to Christian mission schools.

It was also decided to purchase a printing press to counter the media war unleashed by the missionaries.

Though the purchase of a printing press took time, the Veda Agama school started functioning in 1842.

Enter Arumuga Navalar

It was at this time that Arumugam Pillai (1822-1879) entered the scene with a bang.

As Arumuga Navalar or simply as Navalar, he was to become Sri Lanka's foremost Saivite or Hindu revivalist; the harbinger of Tamil nationalism; and the cutting edge of the long, and successful campaign against Christian proselytising.

Navalar was unique among the campaigners for Saivism in Jaffna in as much as he was into it full time.

He had stubbornly remained unmarried to retain his independence.

Having been a student of, and a teacher in, the Wesleyan School, where he was the favourite of the Missionary cum Principal, Peter Percival, Navalar, came with a good grounding in Christianity. This helped him argue against it authoritatively.

He took to Christian methods of preaching which had been effective. Like the Christian pastors, he preached in the places of worship.

On December 18, 1847, Navalar set the ball rolling with a lecture at the Vaideeswara temple in Vannarpannai. He lectured there every Friday.

And he went from place to place together with his devoted colleague and assistant, Kartikeya Aiyar of Nallur.

Taking the cue from the Christian missionaries, Navalar made his religion relevant to real life. In his lectures, he would stress, apart from the theological and liturgical aspects of Saivism, the evils of adultery and drunkenness; the virtue of non-killing; the need to treat women with respect; the importance of giving alms; and the need to protect the cow.

Navalar gave a new interpretation to Saivisim which instilled in his audiences  pride in their traditional faith. Simultaneously, he sought reform of Hindu society.

His endeavours helped blunt the Christian missionaries' criticism of Hinduism and Hindu practices.

Drew similarities between Saivism and Christianity

Hudson notes that Navalar took a very novel approach to Saivism and and Christianity.

He drew similarities between them and used them  to argue that the Christian missionaries had no right to criticise Saivism and paint it in lurid colours.

Navalar noticed striking parallels between the liturgies of the temple in Jerusalem and the temples of Siva in Sri Lanka and India.

He pointed out that the Israelites, who were chosen by God as his own children, believed that the Lord dwelt in the ark made of wood and lived between the cherubim. And He had bestowed grace upon them.

Likewise, the Saivites believed that God dwelt in the idol of Siva and  bestowed grace on them.

The Israelites made a sanctuary for the worship of God. The Saivites built temples.The Isrealites worshiped the cherubim and the bronze serpent. The Saivites worshiped images made of gold and silver.

The Israelites displayed bread and wine in their temples. The Saivites kept fruits as prasadam. Both Israelites and Saivites burnt incense.

The Israelites burnt the heifer (cow) and took its ashes for use. The Saivites used the ashes from the dung of the heifer as "Tiruneer" or "Vibhuti".

Navalar wondered why the missionaries  approved what the Israelites did, and disapproved a similar thing done by the Saivites.

If they could justify the Israelite rituals as a means to absorb the thoughts of God, the Saivities could justify their rituals too, he argued.

Navalar pointed out that Christ and the early Christians followed the rites and ceremonies of the temple.

The bible had said that it was the duty of every Christian to observe them. How then could the missionaries now abandon them, he asked.

In Navalar's view, the proselytizing Christians were a blessing in disguise, because he believed that Lord Siva was using the Christian missionaries to awaken Saivites to the truths of Saivism as contained in the Agamas.

Need for comprehensive written scripture

Navalar's familiarity with Christianity led him to feel that Saivism required a written and revealed set of scriptures that would parallel the Bible's comprehensive authority.

And he believed that the Agama scriptures would serve the purpose because they eliminated the unsavory practices in popular Saivism, even as they gave a sophisticated justification of temple worship.

Writing on Navalar's view of the Agama scriptures, Husdson writes: "On the one hand, the Agama scriptures eliminated some of the popular Shaiva culture, such as animal sacrifices and the worship of malevolent deities and demons, that the missionaries attacked ceaselessly and that had no scriptural basis".

"On the other hand, they provided a sophisticated and profound theological interpretation of temple worship and of the Puranic stories of the gods that  nullified the sneers of the missionaries."

"Arumuga Navalar believed that the Sanskrit and Tamil scriptures of Agamic Shaivism purified popular and Puranic religion, elevated the ignorant, and inspired the literati."

Changes character of Hindu schools

With the aid  of wealthy persons in both Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu ( with which he was in close touch), Navalar started many schools.

These schools taught Saivism as well as modern subjects to make them relevant to the needs of the modernising world.

He discouraged learning by rote, which had been the traditional method in schools, especially religious schools.

He put difficult Saivite poems and commentaries into easily understandable prose, which would also be as elegant and thought provoking as the original. He designed a graded Saivite curriculum.

The other most important contribution of his was the establishment of a Saivite press with a machine he brought at Madras.

The press, which started functioning in 1850, churned out Saivite literature and commentaries,  and Navalar's own writings in a big way.

According to Hudson, the most dramatic use of the press was the publication of anti-Christian literature between 1852 and 1854. In 1954, came a booklet for effectively countering Christian propaganda, entitled "Abolition of the Abuse of Saivism."

Commenting on this booklet, a missionary wrote in Morning Star that Navalar had shown an "intimate and astonishing" acquaintance with the Holy Bible and that he had "cunningly" defended the rituals, practices and lingam worship of the Saivas "on the authority of our own writings!"

The missionary then concluded that it could not be denied that the booklet had "great effect" in favour of Saivisim and against Christianity.

Navalar's tireless work, which included ceaseless traveling, writing, and speaking, had a telling impact on Tamil society in Jaffna.

It revived pride in the traditional religion, reinforced ties with Hindu India, reined in the marauding state-backed missionaries, and sowed the seeds of Tamil nationalism.

Bishop Sabhapathi Kulendran had no option but to admit that it was largely due to Navalar that Christian conversions in Jaffna did not live up to the promise they showed in the early part of the 19th century.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->If India can pardon Sikhs and RSS why not us, asks LTTE

The LTTE said on Thursday that India should let bygones be bygones and have normal relations with it, just as she had done in the case of the Sikh community and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), from whose ranks came the killers of Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi.

"Indira Gandhi was killed by two Sikhs, and yet today, a Sikh is India's Prime Minister," pointed out Thaya Master, the outfit's media spokesman, in a telephone interview to Hindustan Times.

"The man who killed Mahatma Gandhi was linked to the RSS, and yet, the RSS is a major organisation in India today," he added.

"Likewise, in the case of the LTTE too, India should let bygones be bygones and have a normal relationship," he said.

Thaya Master was reacting to Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma's statement that there was no question of forgiving the LTTE for assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The LTTE's spokesman said that the Sri Lankan Tamils believed that Colombo would never meet the just demands of the Tamils, and because of this, they expected India to become pro-active and begin putting pressure on the Sri Lankan government.

"This means that India should talk to the LTTE. And to enable this, the ban on it must be lifted," Thaya Master said.

India has been having a ban on the LTTE since 1992.

"India must not give any weapons to the Sri Lankan government because these would be used against the Tamils. And this includes radars," Thaya Master said.

India recently gave radars to detect low-flying aircraft, which the LTTE is believed to have acquired for possible use in suicide missions a la 9/11.

Thaya Master denied that chief negotiator Anton Balasingham ever said in his interview to NDTV that the LTTE was apologising for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

"He only said that we regret the assassination and that it was a tragedy," the media spokesman clarified.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The LTTE's spokesman said that the Sri Lankan Tamils believed that Colombo would never meet the just demands of the Tamils, and because of this, they expected India to become pro-active and begin putting pressure on the Sri Lankan government.

"This means that India should talk to the LTTE. And to enable this, the ban on it must be lifted," Thaya Master said.
India should not get involved with LTTE. They are not trust worthy. What they have done to IPKF was not only disgusting but cruel.
No sympathy for terrorist.
<b>An insult to India: Swamy</b> <!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><i>Says LTTE is part of the strife in Sri Lanka, never a part of the solution
Assassination "an open challenge to the sovereignty and self-respect of India"
"Send commando unit to bring Prabakaran, aides to trial in India" </i>

Indian Tamil political leaders<b>," Dr. Swamy claimed that even now, the LTTE maintained a hit-list of all those who refused to bow to its "murderous dictates." </b>

Dr. Swamy said the time had come to recognise that <b>"the LTTE is part of the problem of the strife in Sri Lanka and can never be a part of the solution." In a plural polity and democracy, terrorist organisations such as the LTTE had no place. The assassination was not a tragedy but a "dastardly murder and an open challenge to the sovereignty and self-respect of India," </b>he added.

He urged the Congress-led Central Government to send a commando unit to hunt for LTTE leader Prabakaran and his associates and bring them to trial in India.<b> "If Balasingham wants to do something constructive, let him advise Prabakaran and Pottu Amman in the larger interest of Tamils to surrender before the Indian embassy in Colombo. If they do, India will be obliged to protect the Tamils in the Island." </b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->68 people killed in Sri Lanka, Pakistani envoy targeted

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi/ Colombo/ Islamabad, Aug 14: Sri Lanka's bloody conflict took another gory turn Monday when 61 Tamil schoolgirls were killed in strikes by air force jets in the island's rebel-held north while a bomb detonated by the Tamil Tigers and apparently aimed at the Pakistani envoy killed seven people in Colombo.

Officials in New Delhi warned of "catastrophe" as news came in of the mass killing in Mullaitivu town, 360 km northeast of Colombo, and the bombing in the heart of the Sri Lankan capital that narrowly missed Pakistan's outgoing high commissioner Bashir Wali Mohammed.

Mohammed, the first foreign diplomat to be targeted in the dragging Tamil separatist conflict, escaped unhurt but a car with Sri Lankan commandos following him took the full brunt of the deafening blast, killing four of the security personnel and three civilians and seriously wounding 17.

Pakistan is a key supplier of weapons to Sri Lanka in its battle against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). News reports, including international news agencies, said the bomb was concealed in a parked auto-rickshaw.

Sri Lankan officials quickly discounted speculation that the explosion was meant for President Mahinda Rajapakse, whose official residence "Temple Trees" is not far away, or the Indian cricket team staying at Taj Samudra, an Indian-owned luxury hotel facing the Galle Face promenade.

In Islamabad, the Pakistan government condemned the attack on its diplomat.

"We strongly condemn it. We also regret the loss of precious lives," foreign ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said. "The attack was on our high commissioner who is safe but his car is damaged."

She added that Mohammed was returning from a flag-raising ceremony for Pakistan's independence day when he was attacked.

The Colombo bombing, at 1.15 p.m., took place five hours after four Sri Lankan Kfir jets dropped 16 bombs on the compound of 'Chencholai', an orphanage the LTTE runs at Vallipunam on the Paranthan-Mullaitivu road, killing 61 schoolgirls and wounding 129, many seriously, the pro-rebel website TamilNet reported.

The LTTE pays a lot of attention on the upkeep of the children at the orphanage. Indian officials said the air bombing could prove to be a "turning point" in the current round of violence in Sri Lanka that has already killed hundreds.

Military officials in Colombo admitted to the Mullaitivu air strike but denied knowledge of schoolgirls getting killed. One official told a journalist in Colombo that the LTTE "uses children in its army".

"The situation is very, very bad," an informed source in New Delhi told IANS. "If the two parties do not pull back immediately, there will be catastrophe." Another source said the orphanage bombing would be construed as breaching the threshold of tolerance in an armed conflict.

TamilNet said the girls were attending a two-day residential course on first aid when the jets struck without notice. Mullaitivu district, besides Kilinochchi, is totally controlled by the LTTE.

It said ambulances rushed the wounded, many bleeding badly, to hospitals. Thirty-three bodies were taken to a hospital while others were being identified. TamilNet photographs showed the bodies lined in two rows, mostly wrapped in clothes, and LTTE officials looking at them.

Officials of the LTTE Peace Secretariat called the attack "a horrible act of terror" by the Sri Lankan armed forces. One of them described it as "deliberate, cold-blooded and inhumane".

The LTTE urged Unicef and international truce monitors to visit the scene of the carnage.

The latest flare-up in fighting has forced Sri Lanka's co-chairs (the US, Japan, the European Union and Norway) to call for an immediate end to the bloodshed, which they warned was "seriously unravelling" the 2002 ceasefire agreement.

Violence has escalated sharply in Sri Lanka since December last year, and particularly after the collapse of the peace talks between the government and the LTTE in Geneva in February.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Monday, 14 August 2006
<b>Fight for heartland</b>
Colombo - Tamil Tiger rebels mounted a fierce offensive to retake Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula, heartland of the island's Tamil minority, the military and rebels said, amid the heaviest fighting since the two sides signed a 2002 ceasefire.

Thousands of civilians were reported to be trapped by fighting, much of it focused around the village of Muhamalai, a dividing line between territories controlled by the Government and the rebels - and a strategic spot along the only highway that heads into the core of the peninsula.

More than 200 rebels and 27 Government soldiers were killed on Saturday, military spokesman Brigadier Athula Jayawardana said. Eighty more soldiers were injured, he said.

A senior peace co-ordinating official in Sri Lanka's Government was shot dead in his home in a suburb of Colombo, police said.
Ketheesh Loganathan, was deputy head of the Government's Peace Secretariat, which has co-ordinated a Norway-brokered peace process between the sides since 2002.

The Jaffna Peninsula is considered the traditional home of Sri Lanka's 3.2 million <i>ethnic</i> Tamils.
- AP<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->The final statement is wrong, it should be:
The Jaffna Peninsula is considered the traditional home of Sri Lanka's <b>Hindus</b>.
And in the past, Jaffna had no problem with Buddhism in its region, as Buddhist schools and temples were allowed, just like Hindu schools and temples were allowed in Buddhist-dominated regions of Sri Lanka.
I hope the <i>Hindus</i> get Jaffna again and that they form lasting peace with the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and fight the LTTE together.

Remarkable how the international media changes the issue. This is not really <i>ethnic</i> strife, though they and the LTTE would like to make it that. It's not Tamil Hindus versus Sinhala Buddhists either - as many Tamil Hindus in Sri Lanka have no problem with the Sinhala Buddhists.
This is a war between terrorists (lovingly dubbed as 'rebels', probably to make them sound more acceptable) and the legitimate government of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a Buddhist majority, it does not have a history of oppression or of hostility to the Hindus, and vice-versa. The terrorists identify themselves as 'Tamils' not as Hindus. They probably have more sympathies with the 'Dravidian' movement of Tamil Nadu than with any Hindu Tamil-speakers in the world.

The Sri Lankan issue is taken out of context every time it is presented to the international audience. <i>And why does no one in the media ever focus on the Christian angle:</i>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Wednesday June 28, 2006
<b>Tamil Tiger apology for Gandhi assassination</b>
In an unexpected move, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels today apologised for the assassination of the former Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, in 1991.
It was <b>the first time the Tigers have directly admitted responsibility for the death of Gandhi</b>, who was killed by a suicide bomber.

"I would say it is <b>a great tragedy, a monumental historical tragedy for which we deeply regret," the Tigers' chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham</b>, said in an interview with India's NDTV.

<b>"We call upon the government of India and people of India to be magnanimous to put the past behind." </b>The apology comes at a time when Sri Lanka is on the brink of a return to civil war between government forces and the Tamil Tigers.

<b>It also comes as India is actively engaging in Sri Lanka for the first time in many years.</b>

Gandhi was killed by a female suicide bomber who rushed up to him, ostensibly to greet him, as he was campaigning for elections in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
(1) Why does no one mention that the terrorist outfit <b>LTTE's suicide bomber who assassinated Rajiv Gandhi was a <i>Christian</i></b>?
(2) It was a planned operation, they wanted Rajiv executed. Why did it take the LTTE 15 years to finally admit to the murder let alone apologise for what they now see as a "great tragedy, a monumental historic tragedy"? Terrorists always speak like this. They only see the 'error' of their past ways when it doesn't suit their immediate (or near-future) politics. Until then, there's not even an admission of guilt.
(3) "We call upon the government of India and people of India to be magnanimous to put the past behind" - No, terrorist Christian <i>Anton</i> Balasingham, as an Indian I will not forgive you for your Christian terrorist activities in India (nor for the fact that because of Rajiv's murder, we're stuck with Sonia-"Yes, Pope"-Gandhi). As a Hindu I will not forgive you for your terror against Sri Lankan Hindus and Buddhists.
Why should they ask us to put the past behind? So we can forget they're terrorists?
Fat chance. I think I'll keep reminding everyone about what the LTTE exactly is: a terrorist organisation that has got even Buddhists fighting back and that is despised by all the Sri Lankan Hindus I know (all Tamil). Now <i>that</i> summarises everything.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Tuesday August 15, 2006
<b>Air strike on Sri Lanka orphanage kills 61 schoolgirls</b>
The Sri Lankan military insisted it had targeted a Tiger training camp and killed between 50 and 60 guerrillas.

It posted a photograph on its website which it claimed showed girls receiving military training at Tiger camps.

Within hours, a group regarded as a Tiger front threatened to target civilians in retaliatory attacks.
...<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->It's terrible that children were murdered. But why is it when the LTTE 'Tamil ra ra' murder Tamil Hindu children, not a single condemnation is heard from the international community? Why doesn't that same community, nor its every watchful media, ever condemn the use of Tamil children as militants? Why doesn't the international media clearly state that the LTTE is a terrorist organisation, when it so obviously is one: often using children for its dirty work no less? Instead, it speaks of the 'ethnic strife between the LTTE rebels and the Sri Lankan Government' as if to put both on equal moral footing.
If those children were indeed terrorists-in-training (as many others there have been), then those responsible for their murder are not the Sri Lankan government and army, but the LTTE. Another one of those times when I wish I was omnipotent and could wipe the real evildoers off the face of the planet.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Thursday August 17, 2006
<b>Sri Lanka says killed children legitimate targets</b>
COLOMBO - The Sri Lankan Government says it considers children killed in an air strike to be combatants and legitimate targets.

<b>"If the children are terrorists, what can we do?" </b>said military spokesman Brigadier Athula Jayawardana, defying growing international condemnation. The Government claims children killed and injured in the bombing on Monday are <b>child soldiers conscripted by the Tamil Tiger rebels.</b>

United Nations children's organisation Unicef condemned the air strike as "shocking". Unicef's head, Ann Veneman, said: "These children are innocent victims of violence."<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Comments:
(1) I agree with the UN that these children are indeed innocent victims of violence. The brainwashing of the LTTE that was leading them into a life of hatred and murder (as it has countless of other Tamil children in Sri Lanka) makes my blood boil.
I'd have preferred the Sri Lankan government to have captured the children and started deprogramming camps to un-brainwash them. But this of course, is not feasible at present.
(2) <b>It is no secret at all that children are (often kidnapped and) made to become terrorist soldiers for the LTTE.</b> Why does the UN not condemn this along with the strike? Is it OK for the LTTE to make murderers out of innocent children?
And is it impossible to imagine that people will still die when guns are fired or bombs are set off - just because the perpetrators are children? Is it alright when those children target non-LTTE Hindu and Buddhist children of Sri Lanka?

Why this one-sided reporting? Why this one-sided condemnation? (Same with media on Israel: we're supposed to accept that Israeli soldiers are baddies for shooting Palestinian gun-toting boys and bomb-laden girls who were on their way to blowing up a building with civilians. I am furious about the death of the Palestinian children too, but I blame their parents who goaded them into becoming shaheeds and the ultimate blame fo that rests on the Islamic religion of 'peace'.)
Couple of reason why this part of world is ignored.
1) No oil.
2) Nobody trusts LTTE or Srilankan Govt.
No negotiation will work with them. They are working towards complete destruction of inhabitant of once beautiful island. Now DMK is in power LTTE will get support. Already refuges have started marching towards India.
3) Both are using inhumane tactics to suppress other.
4) LTTE is a criminal syndicate; they are as bad as or worse than Islamic terrorist.
5) LTTE leaders are using own population to serve or save leaders behind.
6) International body should shut there finances and Srilanka Govt.
7) There is no grave international pressure to settle issue.
8) LTTE is no more "Hindu Tamil" operation.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->"If the children are terrorists, what can we do?"<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
I believe him, I have no sympathy for LTTE or Srilankan Govt..
My very close and dear friends were brutally killed by LTTE (female teenagers)during IPKF operation.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--> I blame their parents who goaded them into becoming shaheeds <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Majority of kids in camps have no clue about their parents. They are killing machine. Senseless killers. I don't think these kids will ever reach age 20.
They use kids for spotting, diverting or as free labor.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->(2) It is no secret at all that children are (often kidnapped and) made to become terrorist soldiers for the LTTE<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Lot are from orphange, kidnapped from India or kids of slaved tamil population of Srilanka. They encourage mass reproduction.
<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Aug 17 2006, 09:29 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Aug 17 2006, 09:29 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->"If the children are terrorists, what can we do?"<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
I believe him, I have no sympathy for LTTE or Srilankan Govt..
My very close and dear friends were brutally killed by LTTE (female teenagers)during IPKF operation.[right][snapback]55756[/snapback][/right]
<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->Don't know what to say. I've only heard horror stories of LTTE terror narrated to me by Sri Lankan Tamils settled here. To think how before that, I had allowed the media to convince me that the LTTE was in any way representative of the Lankan Tamil (Hindu) population. Shudder.
From what I can gather, the Lankan Hindus don't have a problem with the country's Buddhists. Don't really know much about the Sri Lankan government though, so I should not have mentioned them.

<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Aug 17 2006, 09:29 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Aug 17 2006, 09:29 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--> I blame their parents who goaded them into becoming shaheeds <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Majority of kids in camps have no clue about their parents. They are killing machine. Senseless killers. I don't think these kids will ever reach age 20.
They use kids for spotting, diverting or as free labor.[right][snapback]55756[/snapback][/right]<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->I wasn't all too clear, but in that particular statement I meant Palestinian children who became shaheeds (I've now corrected my post to state this explicitly). Does your explanation relate to children victimised by the LTTE or those by Islam in Palestine? Either way, what's happening is despicable. And the media predictably devotes the usual deafening silence to both cases.

<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Aug 17 2006, 09:29 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Aug 17 2006, 09:29 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->(2) It is no secret at all that children are (often kidnapped and) made to become terrorist soldiers for the LTTE<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Lot are from orphange, kidnapped from India or kids of slaved tamil population of Srilanka. They encourage mass reproduction.
[right][snapback]55756[/snapback][/right]<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd--> <!--emo&:furious--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/furious.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='furious.gif' /><!--endemo--> Just indescribable.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Does your explanation relate to children victimised by the LTTE or those by Islam in Palestine<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
I mean LTTE.
<b>RETIRED PAF OFFICER TO ASSIST IN ANTI-LTTE OPERATIONS </b>INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR <!--emo&:cool--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/specool.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='specool.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The "Dawn" of Karachi has reported on August 17,2006, that Col. (retd) Bashir Wali,  who escaped an attempt allegedly by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to assassinate him on August 14,2006, would be returning to Pakistan next week and is expected to be succeeded by Air Vice-Marshal Shehzad Chaudhry as the new Pakistani High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

11. Under the influence of the Pakistani advisers, the Sri Lankan Government's counter-insurgency operations are becoming increasingly ruthless. There have been many instances of targeted killing of innocent civilians through actions on the ground as well as from the air. This will only drive more Tamils into the arms of the LTTE.
LTTE and Pakistan are made for each other.
This marriage will give excellent result. <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Well Husky that's all fine but what about the anti Tamil discrimination, like for example the anti Tamil riots in Colombo in 1983 or the burning down of Jaffna library, a lot of Tamils still resent that, the one's I talked to are xtian Tamils but I still see a picture on the walls of many Hindu Tamil stores here of some war memorial thing (persumably to commemorate the LTTE cadres that died), if we want to take out the LTTE then we have to take responsibility to protect Tamils after we do that from Sinhalese atrocities (which may come as retribution), also we have Muslim jihadis springing up in Srilanka now due to Paki involvement (obviously there is a lot of hate between Tamils and Muslims due to past conflicts including the expulsion of Muslims from Jaffna by LTTE), let's face it, if we want LTTE out then we have to be prepared to get involved full scale, if we don't want to get involved then we might as well use LTTE against Paki enroachment (if not then we will have ISI infested countries on all sides of our borders), they targeted that Paki ambassador for just a few days ago, so far we have been watching passively issueing condemnations here and there, I don't see us doing anything to prevent ISI from getting a foothold in Lanka.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->I don't see us doing anything to prevent ISI from getting a foothold in Lanka. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
India is a country with foolish defensive policy. Pakis are smart. They know how to use others to do their job. Both countries are from same gene pool.

I want to see outcome of newly love relationship between Singhalese and Pukes.
Inshallah, worth to watch!!!! <!--emo&:eager--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/lmaosmiley.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='lmaosmiley.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>LTTE Supporters break US Anti Terrorism Laws</b>
By holding Illegal Fund Raising Event in New York City.
Aug 1, 2006.

The Arts and Cultural branch of the <b>World Tamil Organization</b> in New York held its Ninth annual children's sports festival at the Jamaica High School sports facilities in Jamaica New York Saturday July 31. WTO is a front organisation for the LTTE which is banned as a terrorist Organization in the USA.
link - Singhala news
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