2 December, 2021

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A Humble Plea To The EU Ambassador, HE Denis Chaibi, On Behalf Of Sri Lankans, Especially Tamils

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole

We will be meeting today at my home to inquire on how things are. This is my honest opinion on how things are: that things are terrible and that we live in a police/military state with no laws to protect us.

I should add that the US facilitated our anarchic environment and also is engaged in a game where the case could be made that they have allowed a person to be elected

President who is not qualified. That matter is before the Supreme Court in a case filed by Mr. Nagananda Kodituwakku. It is a case where the justices need to be strong to be independent, and he has asked for a bench of 5 to have strength in numbers. I hope the Chief Justice will allow this.

EU Ambassador Denis Chaibi, Jeevan Hoole, meeting at the residence of Jeevan Hoole in Nallur, 4.30 to 6.30 pm, 20 Oct. 2021

Before the presidential election, Mr. and now HE Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a candidate came to the Election Commission (where I was one of three members) and presented a document purportedly by the US Embassy in Colombo that declared that he had renounced his US citizenship. Under the constitution a dual citizen cannot be a candidate for president. I asked my contacts at the embassy and in answer the words used were “Unless it is true we would never issue such a letter.” I reported what I had been told and, I believe as a result, we decided that we would respond only to formal complaints by other candidates or political parties for which the venue was the Supreme Court. There were no complaints. Mr. Rajapaksa was elected President on 9 Nov. 2020. Now Mr. Kodituwakku has sent me a statement from Chief-Policy, Office of Law and Policy of the US Government’s National Security Division. It is reproduced here.

Assuming the document is honest, Mr. Rajapaksa’s renunciation of US citizenship had begun “but was not completed” on 9 Nov. 2019. His election was therefore not valid. The American letter of 11 Nov. 2019 asks those it is directed at in the US government services involved “to take all possible steps to prevent any further dissemination of relevant documents or information.”

That election, whether justified or not, has opened up our people to a renewed climate of fear. Although this American letter of 11 Nov. is in the hands of the press, few or none of the mainstream media have written of it. Journalists live in fear.

Climate of Fear

That climate of fear engulfs us Tamils who are a powerless minority under a Sinhalese government that is hostile to the Tamil people and to the concept of Tamil Homelands. Public lands are taken over by the state. Hindu Temples are taken over to be Buddhist temples. The police fail to serve stay orders by courts to save such endangered temples in border areas like Chemmalai. The Inspector General of Police does nothing when warned by the Election Commission of riotous behaviour by Buddhists. Police ignore complaints by the Commission and then suddenly act just before elections when they want something from the person complained against (e.g., Karuna Amman, Sri Ranga).

The Election Commission like the proverbial drop of urine that falls into the bucket of wholesome milk while the cow is milked, has communalists who work for nationalist interests. When government parties face complaints based on photographs, commission staff cover-up, even untruthfully putting up a Commission paper claiming that the police investigated and found no evidence for the comlaint. The Police break the law rather than uphold it. Archaeological remains are cleansed of any evidence of old Tamil-Buddhist presence. Sinhalese are infiltrated into traditional Tamil lands. The fear is such that in areas like Trincomalee where I work, when I speak to Tamil strangers, they reply to me in Sinhalese. Mr. R. Sampanthan, our leader, barely scraped through into parliament at the last elections. It is unlikely that the TNA will get any seat as the demographics are changed further in Trincomalee. We are being wiped off.

Jaffna, I think is the last and final Tamil bastion where the Sinhalasisation project is being worked on. With the scourge of COVID most of us are worried about jobs and putting food on the table. So a seeming normality is sensed as more and more authority is taken over by the military and police. Personally, I manage by taking my wife who speaks some Sinhalese along with me. When she wears western dress and speaks in Sinhalese whenever we are questioned, we get through. I have written about how we live under the armed forces – when the Jaffna Police OIC comes for petrol, we who are already in line must backout for him to be served, military vehicles are allowed to inconvenience customers by parking in front of Jaffna’s Cargills Food City on the orders of the Manager to the security Guards while we have to go to the Parking lot and walk from there. At the General Hospital pharmacy soldiers break the line while we stand in long queues.

Fleeing Sri Lanka – Torrential Outflow

I will focus on some of the more egregious incidents that show how much we are under military rule, making youth flee the country. Although the years 2106-2020 saw many who had sought refuge abroad returning, and there was serious talk of refuges in India coming back, today there are many who are prepared to pay Rs. 3 million as fees for a terrible and dangerous journey to the West in comparison to the old fee of Rs. 1.4 to 1.5 million. Clearly, they see the dangers and the cost worth risking, given the life that Sri Lanka offers. Curious, I enquired how a fictitious relation might get smuggled. I was told two government-leaning MPs, both youthful and one a Tamil, were working with the branch of the armed forces involved in the Trincomalee killings. They work through third parties. A deposit of Rs. 6 lakhs needs to be paid first. The balance is due on reaching the West. I was urged not to write about this if I valued my life. Fleeing Sri Lanka is reaching torrential proportions:

1. In a typical year there are under 100,000 new applications for Sri Lankan passports. However, in the first 9 months of this year, there have been 160,158 applications for new passports. Today’s news says 15,000 passports were issued by 1-day service over the last 10 days.

2. Last August 69 persons fleeing Sri Lanka were arrested by the Indians and are being tried in Bangalore. A further number have gone to India but are hiding given the arrest of the others. An impetus to the exodus is the callousness of our government. After fighting for and getting Palaly as an International airport with Indian help, it is now closed on the pretext of Covid while dud Mattala and even Ratmalana are international airports. Such is the care the government has for Tamil citizens who briefly found foreign flights easy while Palaly was open. India seems to lack understanding over the beastly nature of the Sri Lankan government.

3. During the last government when petrol price was raised by Rs. 5, Mahinda Rajapaksa went on a bicycle to Parliament to make fuss. Now they have raised overnight the price of gas cylinders by Rs. 1258!

4. On 5 October or so, 83 persons sailing westward were rescued by US forces (believed to be from Diego Garcia) when they had engine trouble in or close to Maldivian territory and handed over to the Maldivians.

The ready route is from where they are to the Tamil Nadu Coast and thence to Bangalore and to the West. Reporters I trust tell me that people from Batticaloa and Amparai take the same route to Bangalore from where they are taken to Pakistan by high-speed multiday boats rather than the slow boats used for refugees, from where they return to Sri Lanka, and that the Sri Lankan and Indian governments know about it but are mum. The same sources claim that criminals from places like Africa come to New Delhi and Bangalore and then take multi-day boats westward. The reporters say they fear to even touch the subject.

5. On 13 October 2021, Trincomalee police arrested 63 persons who were in a rest house preparatory to being smuggled out by sea to the West. Note the nexus Trinco-Navy. The numbers keep growing.

6. The new oppression is sustained by instilling fear in media persons as already noted. Media persons are being watched. When there was an incident or disturbance, reporters photographing or filing stories were let alone. A husband-wife couple running what is called Youtube Thamil Channel (as reported in Uthayan in November) were arrested in Suthumalai in February and are yet to be produced in court. On 23 Sept 2021. behind the Nallur Temple when Member of Parliament Gajendran lit a light for LTTE’s Thileepan who starved himself to death on 26 Sept. 1987, the two reporters who reported on it in the Uthayan newspaper were arrested. A media studies girl at University of Jaffna and occasional writer who photographed it was arrested because she had no press pass and taken away but released without her camera.

Now my media friends tell me that they too are being detained when reporting and they think twice before reporting. They exercise self-censorship especially because they are watched. A usually loquacious reporter friend whom I spoke to, this time clammed up and came home on his motorbike to avoid talking over the phone. My children’s friends working for Dialog report to them that there are intelligence officers in their offices who read mail passing through. No wonder my reporter friends did not wish to speak on the phone.

7. Usually newspersons have a nose for anything suspicious. This year alone 5 so-called rehabilitated LTTE Cadres reportedly committed suicide. Some were university graduates and had high government appointments. One of them, Manikkam Jeyakumar (LTTE nickname Aathavan) was a Development Officer from Sandilipay. Suspicions are evoked by his going away 3 miles from home to commit suicide in a stranger’s well in Araly. Death by drowning said the post mortem report when the well had only 3 feet of water. This must be interpreted in light of Rajkumar, the Secretary of the “Association of those Disappeared in the Tamil Motherland,” announcing recently that many of the disappeared persons from the LTTE and other Tamil organizations are now converted to be Sinhalese and Buddhists. What fear is being exerted, if any, on former LTTE-ers? Five suicides in 10 months? Why are the suicides confined to a few areas like Sandilipay and Vadamaratchi East where the deaths were ruled suicides? Few reporters are showing an interest given the climate of fear.

Veluppillai Prabhakaran’s Image

Veluppilai Prabhakaran’s image is completely banned. At the end of September three people were arrested at the checkpoint in Manipay. Of two of them travelling together, one had a photo of Prabhakaran that he claimed someone had WhatsApped him and when he opened it to see what it was, it got downloaded on his phone. He was arrested. His companion, an ambulance driver in Manipay, was arrested for accompanying a man with Prabhakaran’s photo!

Methagu (meaning His Excellency) is a 2021 movie. It is described in Wikipedia as “an Indian Tamil-language political thriller film based on the life of the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran with a budget of Indian Rs. 60 lakhs and released on 25 June.” Although commercially available, copies are in circulation in Jaffna. In Aug. 3 persons were arrested for being in possession of the movie; that is material from a banned organization.

I just returned on 18 Oct. from the US visiting my children and took the opportunity to watch the film. It is a cheap historically inaccurate film. There is no valid reason for banning the film – usually national security, controlling obscenity, protecting the vulnerable etc. in the film. Instead, these arrests are to suppress a vulnerable minority. And no democracy can survive without a free press.

Assistant Director Fisheries Suthahar

These are days when there are disputes between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen over fishing rights. As these disputes arise, reporters working on stories have the different Assistant Directors of Fisheries as their point of contact and they used to get answers. Now all of them decline comment. What happened?

The Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries, Mr. Suthahar, is explicit. He says they have been ordered by their minister to open their mouths only to eat rice, and that if they disobey, they will not have their positions.

Such is a dimension of the fear that has no place in a democracy.

Conclusion

Please help us. Turn every screw you can to make our government look after all citizens equally, abiding by our laws that are so good and yet so ignored. We badly need our provincial councils as a means of vocalizing our needs, fears, and aspirations. It is not wrong to encourage our government to honour its own treaties, laws and commitments solemnly enacted through our Supreme Parliament and declared to the world with accolades.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

*S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, D.Sc. (Eng.) Lond., Ph.D. Elect. Eng. Carnegie Mellon, IEEE Life Fellow. A Professor Dismissed from Sri Lankan University Service, living in fear in Jaffna in retirement 88 Chemmany Road, Nallur, Jaffna.

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    Aiyo this this rabble rouser s*******a again!
    Shameless b******* feeding on public fund.

    Soma

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      Soma,
      Have you got anything to say about any of the descriptions of the conduct of the public servants referred to by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole. What would you have done differently?

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      The ethnic problem beggar’s wound has only one cure – divide the island equitably into 3 mono ethnic nations and relocate people.

      This is the best form of empowerment and power sharing/devolution.

      Complete independence.

      Until then this beggar’s wound will be sold to extort things.

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        Gatam
        1)
        You don’t give sufficient emphasise on relocation and the nedessity to run an awareness campaign NOW.
        2)
        As far as Sinhalese are concerned Muslims are Tamils who practise Islam and therefore the division of Tamil Homeland into Hindu/ Christian and Islamic sectors are a matter among them.

        Soma

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      Relax Soma.
      You don’t need to take Hoole seriously. In fact, I don’t think many Tamils do.
      He sure must not be naive to believe all the issues he mentioned just popped up after regime change.
      All their hoOles were shut when yahapalanaya government was in power.

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    EU Ambassador
    Please see for yourself how this SOB is trying to create communal friction:
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ostracising-the-sri-lankan-police-redeeming-sinhalese-culture-from-its-brute-savagery/

    Soma

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      Soma,
      You might get a thank you note from the Hon. Ambassador’s Office. If he had any difficulty in making up his mind, your appeal certainly eases it.

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      soman

      “EU Ambassador
      Please see for yourself how this SOB is trying to create communal friction”

      You pathetic p**s poor, the quality, achievement, honesty, and their pattern of behaviour of functionaries, police, armed forces, politicians, saffron brigades, your fellow thugs are well known to EU Ambassadors.

      Why do you waste time defending the indefensible?

      Where is your partner the psychopath VP’s gold and cash kept in his தமிழீழ வைப்பகம் (BANK OF TAMILEELAM) in Vanni?

      I understand the total value of deposits and gold would have been more than enough to finance 5 years of national budget deficit.

      By the way EU spends many billions of Euros every year on espionage and security related expenses.
      Therefore EU does not need any SOBs to inform them, come to think of it go find out from Shavendra and Kamala Gunaratne about who informs the EU, USA, China, ……., double agents, …. among their own people who have access to FILES, and who has become very rich in the last few years, …..

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    EU Ambassador
    Please help to create a SEPARATE Tamil Homeland so that +50% of Tamils presently living scattered in Sinhala majority provinces will have a place to live as equal citizens.
    .
    [Tamils: All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival (some Tamils are as ancient as the Sinhalese, some arrived during the Dutch , others during the British, some practise Hinduism as their religion, some Christianity and others Islam)]

    Soma

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      Thumb downs are Sinhala racists who want to keep Tamils under their boot forever.

      Soma

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      Fully agree with Soma.

      I cannot understand why some Tamils and Muslims oppose this idea. Over 140,000 people (mostly Tamil speaking people) died fighting for a Tamil nation. Did they die for fun?

      Let’s create Tamil Elam, Muslim Elam and Sinhala Elam.

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    Soma,

    Try to address the current issues with people living in fear, under constant and oppressive surveillance and censorship by the state, raised by Dr. Hoole. We can see through your habitual subterfuge.

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      I didn’t even read what this s*******a is saying.

      Soma

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      Agony, plaster solutions do not work.

      The only lasting solution is to respect Tamil right of self determination and create Tamil Elam where all Tamil people in the island shall live. There shall also be Muslim Elam and Sinhala Only Elam.

      The one-island-one-nation attempted solution failed and keep failing miserably. Why do the same thing again and again.

      The ethnic problem beggar’s wound must be healed by creating 3 nations in the island.

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    Jeevan, please add this shockingly brutal clip to the litany of misdeeds that everyone needs to know about:
    https://t.co/eX9ApSsNBH
    https://twitter.com/ShanakiyanR/status/1451548892701495298?s=20

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      Scott did you know that the LTTE were well known for filming their own massacres and claiming they were the work of the army? The Western media couldn’t get enough of these sensational videos. A similar policy is used by the racist Tamil diaspora today.

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    soman

    Today Ceylon today reported that Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera warned that if the President and the Government did not get their act together, he will personally would take the lead in toppling it, before the end of the term of this regime. He said, currently, there was not a single responsible official within the Government to highlight the burning issues of the masses other than the President.

    How serious is Saffron Elle Gunawansa’s threat?

    If Sajith desperately, made such claims do you think Sinhala/Buddhists …..

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      Naive Vedda,

      Those are just drama! Elle is a Rajapaksa fan.

      You agree that all successive Sinhala governments kept Tamils and Muslims under the jackboot of Sinhala chauvinism.

      Only solution is 3 independent nations within the island for each ethnic group.
      I certainly do not want to share the same nation with you and the like (nothing against you – just being practical).
      Why can’t we peacefully part ways and have 3 nations?

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    What did this Professor do to stop Tamil terrorists massacring Sinhala Buddhist men, women, children and killed even the fetus of pregnant Sinhala women for three decades using suicide bombers, land mines, claymore bombs, chemical weapons, swords and machetes ?

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      EE,

      Stop it!

      Please stop this blame game. Learn to live and let live. Please.

      What is the use of blaming each other? Haven’t we done that since 1948? Where has it taken SL?

      If you think this person is such and such, why on earth do you want to still share the same nation with people like him? Makes no sense.

      Let them have their own nation and you have your own nation.
      The SL achcharu or rather the melting toilet pot has nothing worthwhile. Just imagine if your dinner table was as diverse as your toilet hole, would you eat it?

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        🤣
        Wish the site administrators could add a laughter emoji button next to the like/dislike.

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        GATAM tell that to the racist Tamils Pandi Kutti, Siva Sankaran Sharma, Maillayuran etc.

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    Prof. Hoole should first look at what is happening in his own backyard where Tamils are ill-treating and violating human rights of fellow Tamils.
    —-
    It is the height of hypocrisy to point out a minor flaw (sin) in another when your sins are much worse.

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    Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole,
    Didn’t you write that “the belief of the many Tamils (is that) unless one is a Saivite, he is not a Tamil and unless one is a Vellala, he is nothing.” (NETHRA, Vol 2. No.1. Oct-Dec. 1997, p. 28 – a quarterly journal edited by Regi Siriwardena). The situation changed somewhat when AK47 wielding Dalits were roaming in the North but after LTTE was defeated the situation has gone back to square one.
    This explains the pathetic situation of Tamils in Yapanaya.

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      EE,
      “Didn’t you write that “the belief of the many Tamils (is that) unless one is a Saivite, he is not a Tamil and unless one is a Vellala, he is nothing.””
      EE,
      “Didn’t you write that “the belief of the many Tamils (is that) unless one is a Saivite, he is not a Tamil and unless one is a Vellala, he is nothing.””
      That is terrible to say the least, very offensive indeed!
      Crazy and Mad to say the least!!
      I have a question, though it is very sensitive.
      Please do not feel compelled to answer, if you do not feel comfortable with it, please ignore it. No misgivings at all.
      Is this “attitude and culture” that unnerved your conscience and made you focus and crystallise thoughts on decision as to leaving the shores of Sri Lanka?
      They should not be doing so, with or without the LTTE.
      Antiquated thinking to say the least!!!

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    Discussing the situation in Yapanaya, Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole wrote “The Vellalas dominate intellectual life. They control what is taught in schools. ….. The Vellala dominance of Tamil society is complete. ….. When Vellalas dominate intellectual life, it is natural for them to twist history. It is the human condition to not accept anything negative about ourselves….” (Heritage Histories, A Reassessment of Arumuga Navalar, a.k.a. Candar Arumuganavan, Thesam Publications, UK, 2020: P. 45-46)

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      EE,

      That is none of your business.

      How many bad things happen in Sinhala society?
      Do you know why you cannot fix the problems affecting the Sinhala society? That is because you try to fix everyone’s problems.

      Just help divide the island into 3 mono ethnic independent nations. People of the same ethnicity are more than capable of resolving their problems in their own terms (emphasis).

      India’s birth certificate has the caste in it. That’s India. They have their sovereign right. Not our problem. Same with Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam when created.

      Don’t think your Sinhala values are superior or inferior to others. They are not. They are for the Sinhala Only nation (to be created in part of the island).

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    Professor Hoole has made a reference to the way airports are administered and I should say that he is right in calling the Mattala Airport a Dud. Valiant attempts of the government to boost traffic at the Mattala airport amount to simply flogging a dead horse. That vanity project airport will never, ever take off.
    In contrast, the Palaly Airport has so much potential but the government adamantly refuses to give it a chance for fear it will outshine the Mattala Airport, and draw unfavourable comparison. It is also done to punish the Northern Tamils by making internal and international travel more inconvenient for them.

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    EU Ambassador should give serious consideration to the grievances put forward by Prof. Hoole because two countries belong to EU, Portugal and The Netherlands are responsible for the presence of large number of Tamils in Yapanaya. Those two countries that used Tamils to make money neglected their responsibilities when they abandoned them in Sinhale.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Those two countries that used Tamils to make money neglected their responsibilities when they abandoned them in Sinhale.”

      You are partially right.
      However those foreigners should have expatriated all those descendants back to their ancestral homeland, South India or Europe, including your ancestors, their friends, their kith and kin, their mistresses, ……. That mercy mission would have rescued you from grieving now.

      By the way, Sinhale = Sinha -le = Lion blood.

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    Is one serious when one asks the EU Ambassador to put pressure on the government?
    The poorly focussed essay flies at a tangent most of the time.
    *
    BTW, the author says
    “These are days when there are disputes between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen over fishing rights.”
    Is the dispute about “fishing rights” or about wanton destruction of the livelihood of northern fishermen and of Sri Lankan marine resources by Indian bandits?
    Leave alone a government officer, why are the TNA politicians silent?
    The northern fishermen have seen through their game of running with the hare and chasing with the hound.

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      SJ,
      Marxists were supposed to be internationalists. At one time “Workers of the world unite” was the rallying popular slogan .
      Now a full “U” turn?
      What is the difference between Northern fishers, Southern fishers and Tamil Nadu fishers?
      Does the national boundary or ethnic label divide them?
      Poor Mrxists!

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        We are talking about daylight robbery and depriving people of their livelihood by unlawful means including violence.
        Only a diehard dogmatist will offer such daft interpretation of any “ism” as in the post above.

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    Mr. Hoole, if you have a political problem seek solutions for that, but keep the hate speech, ethnic jealousy, historical revisionism and baseless accusations OUT.
     
    Sinhalese do not need any archaeological evidence to live anywhere in this island, their very existence as a people unique to this island bears all the evidence that needs. Its you Tamils who have a problem with evidence, since you are a relatively recent immigrant community from Tamilnadu, and have all your history there, so you don’T have any archaeological or other evidence that you imagine and desperately wish here. Since the early 1800’s, the British did numerous archaeological excavations for over 100 years, but they never found anything ancient Tamil here.
     
    As you know very well there are no ancient Tamil Buddhist remains here or in Tamilnadu – as Peter Schalk, who is also viciously anti-Sinhalese, has shown – the earliest evidence of Buddhism in Tamilnadu is from 4th century AD. Buddhism was never ever a significant religion among Tamils. Whatever that is, the Buddhist remains in Jaffna and other areas of this island presently occupied by Tamils are Sinhalese, as proven by then numerous Sinhala Brahmi inscriptions.

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      Its a joke to claim that Tamils were Buddhist only when you see an ancient Buddhist ruin – there should be some kind of cultural continuity and evidence to support it. Tamils have always been hostile towards Buddhism.
       
      This is the relationship Tamils have with Buddhism, narrated in the Tamil document Yalpana-Vaipava-Malai and corroborated by Portuguese documents:
       
      “After the massacre of the Christians Sankili’s insane fury longed for more victims and he fell upon the Buddhists of Jaffna who were all Sinhalese. He expelled them beyond the limits of the country and destroyed their numerous places of worship. Most of them betook themselves to the Vannis and the Kandyan territories”.

       
      Why weren’t there any Tamil Buddhists when the Tamil ruler ethnic cleansed the Buddhists from Jaffna? What were the numerous Buddhist places of worship Tamils destroyed, when they ethnic cleansed the Sinhalese from Jaffna?
      Kadurugoda, Vælipura, Nagadipa, Dambakola patuna etc., today all these and many more places with Buddhist remains are Tamilized into unrecognizable Tamil names and the Buddhist remains left behind by the Sinhalese when they were ethnic cleansed by the Tamils, are claimed to be Tamil.

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        Keep on lying and then get caught out Sinhalese racist

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_ancient_Tamilakam

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          Do you really mean that anybody should take that article seriously? Sangam age is from 600 BC?! You must be crazy. Your article is written by Tamil fundamentalists, wanting to make everything Tamil, and then make Tamil the oldest and best of everything, as if no other people ever existed.
           
          This is what, the German man, Peter Schalk, the crowned king of anti-Sinhalese propaganda says, in his third volume of “Buddhism among Tamils”:
           
          “A special group of sources are artefacts from Tamilakam which can be dated and so can confirm that there is no Buddhist artefact older than the 4th century. The influence of artefacts from Āntiram in the formative period of Buddhism in Tamilakam has been studied by Ramachandran Nagaswamy. He has also studied coins and was not able to find any unambiguous trace of Buddhism in the pre-Pallava period. I have checked all scholarly references to Buddhism in Tamilakam during the pre-Pallava period and found no convincing statement. This does not exclude the existence of a non-institutional movement in Tamilakam by Buddhist merchants and pilgrims in the pre-Pallava period. They have, however, left no traces”. page 26

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            “ The Pallava period started ca 400 and ended in about 850. The rulers did not promote Buddhism and the Buddhist institutions were in a state of decay caused by a massive attack by the patti-movement…… I refer to the establishment of the Pautta vikāram in Kāvirippūmpaṭṭiṉam from the 4th–5th century. Its original name is unknown. This establishment is the oldest preserved Buddhist institution in Tamilakam. The influence from Āntiram (Andhra) is visible in the artefacts and the place was well-known in Īlam in the Sīhalavatthuppakaraṇa as a passage for pilgrims to Northern India. ”. pp.28-29
             
            So, even to identify/date the presumed Buddhist remains in Kavirippumpattinam, Tamils and their lackeys have only Sinhalese literary works to rely on and use as reference, but they keep scolding and insulting the Sinhalese.
             
            However, Peter Schalk is misusing Sīhalavatthuppakaraṇa and lying, because Sīhalavatthuppakaraṇa does not say anything about Buddhism in Kaviripattinam, but just states a story about some Sinhalese monks disembarking at Kaviripattinam, on their way to pilgrimage of northern India and getting lost in a forest outside the town of Kaviripattinam.

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            The so-called Buddhist institution, Schalk is referring to is a small square structure, which was unearthed at Melaiyur (Pallavaneswaram), in Kaveripatinam. It had a small Buddha statue and a Buddapada, and as Schalk states they show influence from Andhra – probably this small Buddhist structure was setup by Andhra Buddhist traders, in the port city of Kaviripattinam. There are a few more Buddha statutes discovered in the area, dated to 7-8th centuries.
             
            Your Wikipedia article falsely states that a Burmese historical text mentions says king Ashoka built a Buddhist Vihara in Nākappaṭṭinam in the 3rd century BCE. This is utter rubbish. There are no such Burmese historical documents from 3rd century BCE. Burma is falsely mixed up by the Tamils to avoid mentioning that the actual text is Sihalavatthuppakarana, as mentioned by Schalk, and its at Kaveripattinam not Nakappattinam.
             
            Also, Sīhalavatthuppakaraṇa is not a Burmese but a Sinhalese literary work, considered to be one of the oldest Sinhalese literary works. The original written in Sinhalese is dated to 2nd century BC by the French translator, Jacqueline Ver Eecke (“Le Sihalavatthuppakarana”, 1980, Introduction), while others date it to 2-4th century AD.

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            The first 50 stories of Sīhalavatthuppakaraṇa had been written in 2nd century BC and the last 32 in the 2nd-4th century AD.
             
            Modern scholars came to know of Sīhalavatthuppakaraṇa, when a manuscript was found in Burma, written in Burmese script, which was a rendering of the original manuscript in Sinhalese script. There is a Burmese inscription dated to 1442 AD which lists Sīhalavatthuppakaraṇa among manuscripts gifted by a governor/king.
            https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.53140/page/n431/mode/2up?q=Sihalavatthu
             
            As already said there’s no mention of a Buddhist temple in Kaveripattinam at all in the Sīhalavatthuppakaraṇa nor is there any Burmese Buddhist document from 3rd century BC mentioning anything about king Asoka building a vihara at Nagapattinam. Also such a Burmese Buddhist document cannot exist since the first evidences of Buddhism in Burma is around 3-4th AD. Schalk too has made the Sinhalese disembarking at the Kaveripattinam port, to look as if there was a Buddhist vihara at Kaveripattinam, well known to the Sinhalese, which is not true. So, its all of you who are lying, not me. Multitude of lies told by Tamils, to claim something that never was, because Buddhism was never anything else than a marginal religion among Tamils.

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    Why not Indian ambassador?
    Not easy to fool, eh?

    Soma

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      Soma.

      Rajapakse Srilanka went towards China since it was not easy to fool India any longer.
      But its going to be a lot more difficult to fool China…………
      Rest assured; Eventually, the Sinhalese and Tamils would not be around to fight another day……….

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      soman

      “Why not Indian ambassador? Not easy to fool, eh?”

      Hindians are very busy grooming the smart ass patriotic, bigoted Sinhala/Buddhists racists (Udhaya, Weerawansa, ……………………………..) to adapt Hindian (Akhand Bharat) Agenda.

      The Hindians think they know what they are doing, please read: (https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/rss-akhand-bharat/)

      Please stop being a smart ass patriot.
      People are expecting a riots against the minorities.
      Are you ready to deliver one?

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        NV
        Does Tamil Nadu know about the genocide 20km down?

        Soma

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          soman

          “Does Tamil Nadu know about the genocide 20km down?”

          What are you talking about?
          The entire Universe knew except the hoodlums as to what had happened to innocent people in Sri Lanka since the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala started his work on how to motivate the stupid Sinhalese to dance to his Sanni yakuma exorcism.

          …..

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            Worshipers of Sun God and Wahabi followers hate Anagarika Dharmapala if not for whom the entire cake would have been theirs.

            Soma

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              soman

              “Worshipers of Sun God and Wahabi followers hate Anagarika Dharmapala if not for whom the entire cake would have been theirs.”

              If not for the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala people from all section of society could have got together and baked a larger cake , divided among all communities each getting much larger piece than they been getting since 1948 and avoided all the riots, wars, destruction, ……. people would have learned to earn a living, rather than living on entitlements.

              This country is being owned and run by thieves, murderers, rapists, …. ruined by the saffron brigade.

              The first ever post independence assassination was carried out by a saffron thug for and on behalf of another saffron greedy thug.

              I suggest you stop sleep typing.

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      I am surprised at your faith in Indian diplomats.

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        SJ
        What you say about TNA’s faith?

        Soma

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          The TNA will have faith in anything but the Tamil people, whom it cheats and cheats and cheats to no end to win seats in parliament and provincial councils.
          It beseeches the Tamil people to place their faith in foreigners who have repeatedly let them down.

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        SJ types:

        “I am surprised at your faith in Indian diplomats.”

        True, however keep faith in Chinese Diplomats.

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    Eagle Blind Eye

    “Those two countries that used Tamils to make money neglected their responsibilities when they abandoned them in Sinhale.”

    You are partially right.
    However those foreigners should have expatriated all those descendants back to their ancestral homeland, South India or Europe, including your ancestors, their friends, their kith and kin, their mistresses, ……. That mercy mission would have rescued you from grieving now.

    By the way, Sinhale = Sinha -le = Lion blood.

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    It seems like the fools are rushing to where angels fear to tread…

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      Meditating in a Tiger infested jungle..

      Soma

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        soman

        “Meditating in a Tiger infested jungle..”

        You must be a stupid to have put yourself in that position in the first place.

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    ” I asked my contacts at the embassy and in answer the words used were “Unless it is true we would never issue such a letter.” I reported what I had been told and, I believe as a result, we decided…. “
    Is this how the Election Commission conducted its business?
    “contacts at the embassy”?
    Is there no protocol or procedure to follow.
    I suspect that the author had strong reason to suspect that there was something irregular but found an easy way out via “contacts at the embassy”.
    People here were less forgiving of the Chairman EC.

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    NV
    “the quality, achievement, honesty, and their pattern of behaviour of functionaries, police, armed forces, politicians, saffron brigades, your fellow thugs are well known to EU Ambassadors.”
    .
    And also how the Sun God worshippers created the most brutal, inhuman terror outfit the world has ever known. Their activities in their hay day is legend. And that crafty racists like Hoole and Native Vedda are bidding time for the right moment to strike – they know how to find out tigers under sheep skin.
    .
    They are concious that relocation of Tamils will cost them dearly. If they don’t do it in time tackling Rohingyas will be a bigger problem.
    .
    They KNOW that this appeal from S******a is just their usual tactic to open a window of migration to the West.
    And they also know the most important thing:
    there is no way , ABSOLUTELY NO WAY , to punish the Sinhalese without Tamils facing a thousand times severe reaction – even if they drop an atom bomb on Colombo more Tamils will die than the Sinhalese. If they impose trade sanctions Tamils will too will starve.
    In short they know that Sri Lanka is an island.

    Soma

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      soman

      “there is no way , ABSOLUTELY NO WAY , to punish the Sinhalese without Tamils facing a thousand times severe reaction “

      That was what Duuta Gamani thought in 1983.

      ” even if they drop an atom bomb on Colombo more Tamils will die than the Sinhalese. If they impose trade sanctions Tamils will too will starve.”

      If you want to get out of the pit first stop digging.

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    Gatam
    1)
    You don’t give sufficient emphasise on relocation and the nedessity to run an awareness campaign NOW.
    2)
    As far as Sinhalese are concerned Muslims are Tamils who practise Islam and therefore the division of Tamil Homeland into Hindu/ Christian and Islamic sectors are a matter among them.

    Soma

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    I’m tired.
    .
    Professor hoole wrote about all this soon after Gota was elected:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/was-the-presidential-election-free-and-fair-when-colombo-returning-officer-called-sajith-premadasa-the-son-of-a-donkey-asks-prof-hoole/
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    He has done more than could have been expected of him. The politicians didn’t respond then.
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    I myself believe that there were problems of some sort at that time. The world has let us down by not acting on what should have been obvious to any intelligent person.
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    Yes, at least now, the World should act.
    .
    As for the Provincial Councils; whilst it is true that they have never served much purpose, since adherence to laws says that they must be held, they ought to be held. It will not suit the government, but that ought not to be allowed what is done – so they must be held.
    .
    If a new Constitution is enacted, there must be a referendum.

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    “Archaeological remains are cleansed of any evidence of old Tamil Buddhist presence. ”
    Really!? How exactly is this cleansing done? Could you please give us some examples?
    For the kind of lies you say, you should be tried in a court of law and asked for evidence.
    Funny thing is that you have trouble convincing anyone that Tamils have been here from such ancient times as you claim. What religion Tamils followed is quite uninteresting and irrelevant, when all known history of this island, and the history of Tamils show that there were no permanent Tamil settlements here in ancient times. There have been numerous Tamil invasions and Tamils coming here as traders, soldiers etc. But they went back after their business here was done and didn’t make permanent settlements, until after the fall of the Pandyan kingdom in 1310 AD. All your history, even the Yaalpana Vaipava Malai, narrates the migration and colonization of Sinhalese land by Tamils in that period, and you are laying claims to Sinhalese Buddhist remains from centuries prior to Tamil colonization of the north.

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      Mr. Hoole, if all the Buddhist remains in Jaffna are Tamil, where are the Buddhist remains the Sinhalese left behind, when the Sinhalese Buddhists were ethnic cleansed from Jaffna by the Tamil invader/ruler Sankili in 1544 AD? And why are these Buddhist sites just remains and in ruins, with beheaded Buddha statues and flattened and damaged dagaebas? Why aren’t they in use and in functioning order?

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