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Jeevan Thondaman under fire for inviting South Indian actresses amidst austerity, hardship

Asked to reveal who paid for their trips

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By Ranjith Rajapaksa - Hatton

Colombo, Jan -24 (Daily Mirror) - Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) General Secretary Minister Jeevan Thondaman is in the centre of controversy over the presence of South Indian actresses Aishwarya Rajesh, Aishwarya Dutta, Samyuktha Menon, and Meenakshi (Pinky Sarkar) in national Thai Pongal celebrations conducted in Hatton last Sunday.

He is under fire from his political opponents who question him whether these South artistes were sponsored using tax payers’ money despite the government having declared austerity measures

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Organizer for Passara Letchumanar Sanjay asks why Mr. Thondaman took steps to celebrate the national Pongal festival in such a luxurious manner at a time when people are suffering due to the soaring cost of living.

He said, “Student dropouts have increased in the Nuwara-Eliya District and many families are suffering from hunger. People gave more than 100,000 votes and sent them to Parliament to get the services done for them. But, Mr. Jeevan Thondaman is bringing South Indian actresses. Where did money for the visit come from? Jeevan Thondaman, as a representative of the people, should definitely answer for wasting people's money in this manner,” he said.

He also said, instead of inviting South Indian actresses, local artistes could have been encouraged to attend.


Pix by Ranjith Rajapaksa - Hatton


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  • Joshua Wednesday, 24 January 2024 06:34 AM

    The politicians life a different life to that of the people and seek our vote to be in power. We have enough gullible voters who vote for all these morons

    Bernard Jayatilake Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:02 AM

    He is following his late father's footsteps where the latter employed a South Indian lady as his secretary.

    Kick these imbeciles out Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:05 AM

    These scumbags will be out on the streets in eight months time.

    Spartacus Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:08 AM

    Thondamans are famous for tricking their own Tamil estate population and living off them. This is just one aspect of that. Jeewans father was a drunkard who famously drank JW Blue Label while representing one of the poorest sectors of Sri Lanka. It is not the fault of these Leaders, but the ignorance in population who vote them knowing all this.

    Jeanne Wednesday, 24 January 2024 12:17 PM

    Shortsightedness and bias at its very best. If you really want to talk about family bandyism and appalling nepotism let's start with the 1960s political family right up to the 2020s where we are still faced with it on a daily basis. Stop criticising the Tamils because they perform better than you. Character assassination is usually the result of jealousy and ignorance on the part of the attacker.

    Thondaman shouldn't be voted in unless his voters want more waste Saturday, 27 January 2024 08:06 PM

    Jeewan had an easy path to MP, but now many more much better upcountry Tamils than the Thondamans to represent for their needs.

    Punchi Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:29 AM

    Wouldn’t this be beneficial publicity to get Indian tourists to visit our paradise now that the Indians are boycotting Maldives. Don’t know how the Maldives is going to their preferred Chinese tourist considering that the Chinese stock market lost US3 trillion in the last 3 years and the construction and property sector is in the doldrums. Looks like Islamist Maldives is going to descend into poverty like big brother Islamist Pakistan

    Patriot Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:33 AM

    Mr.Minister.Govt. will not atleast remove you from yr cabinet are a big vote base to the Govt.This is just day to day news and will be forgotten tomorrow.have a nice time.

    Amaran Wednesday, 24 January 2024 01:13 PM

    India will intervene with CARROT and STICK APPROCH

    MirakRajBanda Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:36 AM

    Like grandfather and father. A corrupted bunch of cunts.

    Fact Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:48 AM

    What is the underlying reason, “ Every Man on this planet spends his life figuring out strategies to have sex with beautiful young women. And some men succeed but the majority fail”. In Western societies if some one make this factual statements , the White Men who are generally “ abnormally over sexed “ would hypocritically say “that is a vulgar statement”. But Asian men when they hear this statement , unlike the dishonest white men, would be more honest and they would laugh in embarrassment.

    Steve Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:49 AM

    The Thondamans have for decades exploited the poor plantation workers to enjoy a lavish lifestyle for themselves. These poor workers are helpless as the Govt also does very little for them.

    Gabriella Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:56 AM

    Clean suit, empty pocket, mutt, living off his fathers’ legacy. People need to “stand-u” to these clowns and pull their egos down a peg or two.

    Gabriella Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:56 AM

    Clean suit, empty pocket, mutt, living off his fathers’ legacy. People need to “stand-u” to these clowns and pull their egos down a peg or two.

    Johan Wednesday, 24 January 2024 08:06 AM

    Thondamans are another Rajapakses they want to keep estate workers as their slaves, for their Personal well being

    johan Wednesday, 24 January 2024 12:39 PM

    Ranil just to attract the Upcountry votes he will say yes for every proposal to put forward by this small fellow.This is why we criticize RW's Govt. for his exorbitant unnecessary expenses which are collected from Rs.75000 to 100000 as VAT from one poor family

    Baskar Wednesday, 24 January 2024 08:18 AM

    shit show for the poorest of the poor on tax payer funds!

    Terrence K Wednesday, 24 January 2024 09:08 AM

    Jeevan has some taste to bring these Indian beauties who have brought colour to this function otherwise the function would have been a cloudy day with the local beauties only participating which would not have drawn the crowds for this function. Adverse Comments should not be made to a deprived segment of society as they have been the bedrock of our Tea Industry whilst in Colombo they bring different stars from different countries to all the 5 Star Hotels. Give this segment of society a Break!!!!!!

    chris Wednesday, 24 January 2024 12:35 PM

    Your point may be correct when referring to the disadvantaged estate workers, but Thondaman extravagantly spending taxpayers money in the present dire state is a disgrace

    Sundar Wednesday, 24 January 2024 09:10 AM

    file a RTI application to find out who and how much was paid to each of the actress

    Jeanne Thursday, 25 January 2024 12:58 PM

    @Sundar - that's a fair call. But first let's file an application to find out who and how much was spent on the party at the Colombo Port.

    Gamini Wednesday, 24 January 2024 09:13 AM

    while this act of Thondaman is absolutely deplorable, what moral right do the SJB have while they are spending Rs.10M to organize a protest on 30 Jan. Why don't they use this money for the welfare of the downtrodden

    Nimal Wednesday, 24 January 2024 09:21 AM

    These scoundrels together with their allies from pohottuwa and the elephant should be chased away at the next elections. They are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living on the sweat and toil of the workers of this nation.

    Ton-Da Wednesday, 24 January 2024 09:28 AM

    What did he do with 4 actresses?

    Citizen k Wednesday, 24 January 2024 09:59 AM

    Mr Thondaman ,wasteful days are gone when big spending was the norm.

    L.A. Buddhadasa Wednesday, 24 January 2024 10:13 AM

    Would North Indian actresses be preferable then?

    june macapagal Wednesday, 24 January 2024 10:21 AM

    This stupid Minster does not care for the Estate workers. He is enjoying life at the expense of the people and putting up shows. Does he qualify to be a Minister. He is wasting the peoples money and enjoying life with his South Indian women.

    Christo255 Wednesday, 24 January 2024 10:48 AM

    Like father like son.

    S.H.Moulana Wednesday, 24 January 2024 11:28 AM

    Some politicians travel limitlessly this is a rare case bringing a film star to the home country. Let the fi;lmgoers enjoy the occasion.

    Kandiah Balendran Wednesday, 24 January 2024 12:27 PM

    Fooling the Tamils with song and dance.

    Punchi Wednesday, 24 January 2024 01:12 PM

    In my younger days in Hatton for some purpose I visited an Estate workers Union office or accompanied someone visiting the office. At that young age I was shocked how the chap on the other side of the desk rudely and dismissively talked to a person who had come in soliciting some assistance or may have been progress on an issue.

    UAli Wednesday, 24 January 2024 01:37 PM

    Quality of Life of up country Tamils have gone bad to worst but Thondamans are flourishing ,what ever the government is, it’s good people if, people of upcountry now think to decide without sticking to ‘our man’ policy

    Tamil worrier Wednesday, 24 January 2024 01:38 PM

    They are Indians who are living in Sri Lanka. spend local tax for their own benefits

    James Wednesday, 24 January 2024 01:45 PM

    Jealousy of the masses. Still cheaper than Mahinda's boat party. I don't see anything wrong with this event - An excellent way to promote tourism

    Jeanne Thursday, 25 January 2024 04:31 PM

    @James: Well said. This is all about jealousy. It's ok for the "Sinhalese" ministers and MPs to party using tax payers money but if a "Tamil" minster or MP dares to throw a celebration to celebrate a day of Tamil significance, then all the knives are out. Jealousy and narrow mindedness. Two characteristics that will keep this country sinking deeper and deeper into the mud.

    Observer from the UK Wednesday, 24 January 2024 02:19 PM

    Those who criticise are due to sheer jealousy. The Central province Indian origin estate workers and others worship the South Indian bollywoods. Rest of Sri Lankan majority will not understand it. Ignore Thondamans. The people enjoyed the Tamil Thai Pongal. Well done Thondaman. Keep up the spirits of these people who are the backbones for Sri Lankan economy. They don’t sit in AC rooms and criticise others.

    Mumbai Wednesday, 24 January 2024 02:31 PM

    Fever the SI flavour already..?

    Gerald Paldano Wednesday, 24 January 2024 02:48 PM

    Happy ending for Jeewan...

    Jeanne Thursday, 25 January 2024 01:03 PM

    Don't judge others by your own perverted standards.

    Selva Raja Wednesday, 24 January 2024 03:13 PM

    He does not care about POOR and NEEDY..! Because he has No Brain to be a Politician..!

    Estate workers kept poor while Thonda enjoys overseas dancers Wednesday, 24 January 2024 03:32 PM

    Estate workers must never vote for Jeevan again. His father would never stoop to getting young women from overseas for these celebrations. Local woman is fine, but Jeevan has eye for overseas just like Murlitheran the cricketer.

    Shanker Nadarajah Wednesday, 24 January 2024 04:05 PM

    Typical Indian like politics involves rallying behind entertainers, the entertainers have no real understanding of the people they are entertaining. This approach makes people addicted to entertainment and forget their hardships, while these corrupt politicians exploit their innocence.

    Citizen Wednesday, 24 January 2024 05:15 PM

    Beautiful actresses Indeed. It's a pleasure to see how decently they are attired.

    Gune Wednesday, 24 January 2024 06:28 PM

    What do you expect when join the Ranil Rajapakse government?

    NV Jen Wednesday, 24 January 2024 06:45 PM

    CWC collects subscription fee from the meagre salary of the estate workers and Thondamans enrich themselves while getting ministerial perks under every government.

    Ismail Marzook Wednesday, 24 January 2024 08:26 PM

    For him, estate women are not white enough, but colour does not make any difference, he will realize the fact soon.

    Banda Wednesday, 24 January 2024 10:49 PM

    Hey, Jeanne, it's not biased. That's the absolute truth about them. You cannot justify anyone's wrongdoing by comparing them to someone else. What is not justifiable or correct is always wrong. There are many things to say about his father, the late Rathnasiri Wickramanayake. But I am not going to reveal everything here. They are not character assanization. That is the disgusting truth about Thondaman's family behavior. I can see why Vidura Wickramanayake and Jeevan Thondaman are up to (Lol)

    Sinna Thursday, 25 January 2024 07:01 AM

    His intention is not the welfare of people but rock them in illusory cradle,till they forget their woos and thinking of other options, ,Thondas clan is not genuine leaders to lead upcountry Tamils to individual success or as a community

    Devar Gunanayagam - Retired CWC Accountant Thursday, 25 January 2024 10:11 AM

    15.9 million wasted for this Pongal Celebration by Jeevan Thondaman, all these are Estate Union Fee from CWC Union Subscription from workers.

    Jeanne Thursday, 25 January 2024 04:38 PM

    @Banda: Try to understand my comment before you counter-comment. This was not about justification but rather, about the bias of perception. Everyone is looking for a scapegoat to take out their political disappointments and frustrations and the nasty and vicious comments here are clear evidence of that. Thursday, 25 January 2024 08:15 PM

    He is just a puppet of India

    Jeanne Friday, 26 January 2024 02:38 AM

    And Sri Lanka are the puppets of China, Russia, India and the US. Get real.

    Mayuran Thursday, 25 January 2024 10:52 PM

    It's time Sri Lanka came out of nepotism. Enough is enough. People are becoming poorer while a few individuals are getting richer day by day. It's time to focus on educating the estate sector. The three generations of Thondaman’s did nothing substantial for the people.

    Tamil Lawyer Thursday, 25 January 2024 11:08 PM

    India should support upcoming new leaders from the estate and not these spoiled kids. India's role in the estate Tamil community truly matters. The more India supports individuals like this, the more innocent people in the estate are going to suffer.

    Banda Friday, 26 January 2024 05:40 PM

    Perceptions! Lol. We can see that. I don't think there are different perceptions about corrupt politicians.These thugs are cancerous to that particular community and to the nation.  

    Sambo Friday, 26 January 2024 07:13 PM

    So what. If the president can spend billions on foreign trips what if he spends just a little of it.

    A Sri Lankan settled abroad Saturday, 27 January 2024 10:06 PM

    It’s pure jealousy over the excellent ‘ Thai Pongal’ festival in the hill country. Well done Hon. Thondaman.You gave the hard working estate workers a day to remember. I hope you will organise the DEEPAVALI festival in a bigger manner for people to enjoy. Please ignore the morons who criticise you due to jealousy.

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