Dr Jehan Perera (Obidient Servant to Colonial Masters) on the anti-Tamil riots of July 1983





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Dr. Jehan Perera, an obidient servant to his Colonial masters is giving his views on anti-Tamil riots of July 1983. Anti-Tamil riots were reactions of Sinhalese against the killings of 13 Sinhalese soldiers by LTTE in 1983. Dr. Jehan is more sympthetic towards Tamils on anti-Tamil riots than the killings of 13 Sinhalese soldiers in North by LTTE. I wonder if he has same sympathy over massacres of Sinhalese by LTTE.

The killing of 13 Sinhalese soldiers was the start of Elam war in Sri Lanka.

1.Why did LTTE killed 13 soldiers in the first instance?
2.Didnt they know Sinhalese would be provocated and harrass Tamils in the South?
3.What would Tamils do in North if Sinahlese had killed 13 Taml soldiers in South in 1983?
4.Will Dr Jehan speak with same sympathy?
5.How can we avoid such a tragedy in the future?

13th Amendment by Dr. Jehan

Dr. Jehan, An obidient servant to his Colonial masters!

Article: Implications of the Northern election verdict- by Jehan Perera
"It is worth noting that the governments poor performance in Vavuniya occurred in the context of nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians being incarcerated in welfare camps behind barbed wire fences that are guarded by the Sri Lankan army. The contrast between the governments electoral performance in the North and South is also instructive. In the Uva Provincial Council election held on the same day, the government secured a massive victory and obtained over 70 percent of the vote from a predominantly Sinhalese electorate. Therefore it can be seen that the ethnically different electorates in the North and South have responded in a contrary manner to the government."

"Those who believe in the power of economic development and legislation to ban the use of ethnic and religious party names to overcome ethnic sentiments may be making a mistake. When an entire ethnic community feels itself to be unfairly treated, no amount of economic development is going to diminish their sense of nationalism. The message from the northern elections is that victory in war, and economic development after the war, is not sufficient to politically unite the country. Neither is legislation or empty rhetoric that does away with minority labels going to make a difference. There needs to be a political solution, and the Tamil position reflected in the outcome of the Northern elections is that there should be the devolution of power."

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