Lanka powerless to block LTTE satellite link

  • 10 Aug 2005 00:41:07 GMT

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  • 10 Aug 2005 02:04:15 GMT

    In deed it is no need to block the transmission. It is freedom of speech as well as freedom to Information.

    Besides, no need to give that Power to SL Govt.

    Brothers! But don?t think for a moment it was another VISIONARY thinking of the Rani(l) and it was his vision of Media Freedom that he gave it duty free. Or his vision of Ethnic Harmony.

    If you do, you would be deceived one day.

  • 10 Aug 2005 02:16:04 GMT

    If LTTE could bring shiploads of arms and ammunitions for their so called warfare against the Sri lanka government;

    why didn`t they smuggle these equipment by ship as they do with other stuff?

    This is a deliberate propaganda to inform all sri lankans that they have a telecast offered with sweet and sour news for us to consume.

    This is another way to read the mind of sri lankans everywhere.



    Good chance to direct our anger at the enemy face to face.

    Thanks to the latest technology. It was LEGAL when it came into the country.

  • 10 Aug 2005 02:46:35 GMT





  • 10 Aug 2005 03:48:29 GMT

    What else are they capable of?

  • 10 Aug 2005 04:21:46 GMT

    This is sowing the capacity of the Tamils of the world and Diaspora. Only way Again I hear Sinhalese voices expecting other countries to stop these. Other countries have their own works to do. I never see any country expecting Sri Lanka to do their work. Sinhalese Diaspora is not showing any interest to run TV. Sinhalese can answer this only by making Robavahini international. There is one problem in it. They have to make that Shihalese chanell a Sri Lankan channel. Or it will only help to justify LTTE?s claims in the international arena.

  • 10 Aug 2005 04:47:12 GMT

    The stupid statement of Shamindra Ferdinando can not be applicable in a democratic world. If Sri Lanka wants really block this Tamil or LTTE satellite link it can be posssible only on anti-Tamil and racist policy.

    This LTTE satellite link to Europe will bring information about sri Lanka in all over the world and this could also help Sri lanka to attract more tourists and the southern part of sri lanka can benefit more than the Northeast due to this historical satellite link.

    So let us be little intellegent before uttering nonsense.

  • 10 Aug 2005 05:57:11 GMT

    Enjoy the channel pro LTTEers...cos we have already given the contract to Mr.Karuna(the naughty boy) to deal with this untill then enjoy...

    by the way if suddenly if the signals do not reaching know what has happened..means Mr.Karuna has done it again...


  • 10 Aug 2005 05:59:04 GMT


  • 10 Aug 2005 06:05:57 GMT

    REMEMBERING A FIGHTER-Ranjan Padmanabha

    Col R Hariharan (Retd.)

    Nineteenth of June always reminds me of two fighters one alive, the other dead. On this day this year, the icon of Myanmar ?s struggle for democracy Aung San Suu Kyi turned sixty. Incarcerated in some form of imprisonment or other for nearly ten years now, she continues her struggle in the Gandhian way the only way she believes in.

    But the other one was a fighter, not so well known and all most but forgotten by his own comrades of his party in the quest for power. ?Ranjan? Padmanabha, the soft-spoken, strong willed Secretary General of Eelam Peoples Liberation Front (EPRLF), was gunned down by LTTE along with 14 of his key colleagues on June 19th in Chennai 15 years ago.

    Those of us, who had known him personally, appreciated (despite our reservations) his strong commitment to his Marxist ideology. Three things distinguished him from other leaders among the large number of militant leaders (including those of LTTE) we had met and interacted. First was the total absence of arrogance; this was in sharp contrast to leaders who had surrounded themselves with sycophants, visibly showing their contempt for lesser mortals. He never raised his voice even when criticised for the lapses of his cadres. Second was his simplicity. This went with his first quality of absence of arrogance. He was strong but not ruthless. By nature an introvert, he kept a low profile. He listened to others and deliberated before he spoke. For a guerrilla fighter trained by the Palestinians, he lacked flamboyancy. In the scenario of that time, probably that was construed as his weakness. When asked why he should not be the chief minister of northeast provincial council, he simply smiled and said that government was not his cup of tea. His third quality, which I found rare among many of the militant leaders of not only Sri Lanka but among at least a dozen insurgent groups of all hues, was integrity. This was not merely in his dealings, but on the question of Marxist ideology failing to help the Tamil struggle in a big way. He agreed with me that Marxism by itself had not been able to find a solution to the ethnic issue. He had no hesitation in admitting that the Tamil militants had lost the goodwill they enjoyed in Tamil Nadu early in 1983 by their wayward conduct and this was detrimental to the struggle. He had no fear of death. Once he told me that the day he took up arms he knew he was dead. As a soldier who had participated in military operations, I told him that was defeatist talk. ?You die only once; can?t die too many times. So where is the fear of death?? he replied in disagreement.

    He firmly believed that India had a lot of goodwill that should be canalised to further the Tamil cause. And when Indo-Sri Lanka Accord was signed in 1987 he extended his full support and the EPRLF gave up its arms. He was behind the whole-hearted participation of his party in the efforts of India to make the Accord work. This grated the nerves of LTTE and President Premadasa in Sri Lanka , who became fair-weather friends to undo the benefits of the Accord. LTTE?s elephantine memory never forgave Padmanabha and his colleagues. It caught up with them when they went into exile in Chennai, after Indian troops pulled out leaving the field free for LTTE. It is an everlasting shame that the Tamilnadu government of the times never took its job seriously to investigate and bring the culprits to the book after the cold-blooded slaughter in the heart of the city. Whispers of local political connivance in the killings will continue as long as the ?true facts? an oxymoron that emphasizes the distinct nature of truth - do not come out on the killings.

    Even in 1990, killings were no novelty to Tamils in Sri Lanka . Padmanabha was not the first to be killed. But they were all done to death in Sri Lanka . Before him, the list of those gunned down there, read like a roll of honour of the political, intellectual and military leaders that make a nation rich. And the killings in Sri Lanka are by all sides - not necessarily LTTE only. Undoubtedly, the Tamils had borne the brunt of organised killings that had started with the sectarian violence of 1983. Since then they have been seeing the killings continue, in a meaningless cycle of violence to settle scores, bereft of ideology. These killings are perhaps perpetrated in the belief that each killing furthers a cause. If this were true, the lives of 60,000 dead in Sri Lanka so far, had been meaningless because the cause of peace had not been served yet. There cannot be a greater cause than peace and security, and prosperity and development that comes in their wake after nearly three decades of violence.

    And there is no sign the killings would stop now, nor the cause furthered by anymore of them. In fact every killing deprives the people and the nation of a human resource that could be employed more productively, than being wiped out. Now we are a seeing a whole generation growing up in an ambience of hatred and violence, criminality that breed corruption. So there are fewer tears being shed for the dead. The danger is that people are getting inured to violence and killing. No wonder true revolutionaries have gone out of fashion. And that is a sad thing, because unlike Padmanabha said, you not only die once but ?you also live only once?.