20 July, 2019

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A Tribute To A True Legend

By Siva Thiagarajah –

Three months ago, Mr Vairamuttu Varadakumar, Executive Director of the Tamil Information Centre, U.K., based at Kingston, gave me the assignment to write a short account of the History and Culture of the Tamils of Lanka from the earliest times until the debacle at Mullivaikkal ten years ago, to be completed in just three months. When I objected that the time is short, he said: ‘you can do it’.

His long-time dream was to build an ‘Ilankai Tamilar Heritage Museum’ in England exhibiting the long history and heritage of the Tamils of Lanka for the benefit of the younger generation of the Tamil Diaspora. As a first step he wanted to organise a two-day exhibition on the 18th and 19th of May 2019, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the end of the Civil War on 19th May 2009 in the island. This was a period of immense trauma and violence; tens of thousands of civilians were killed. Many more were injured, displaced and detained in camps in the final months of the war and for years afterwards. He wanted a small book about the Cultural Heritage and History of the Tamils of Lanka to be presented to coincide with this exhibition.

Varadakumar

Unfortunately, Mr Varadakumar passed away on the 13th of May. The Tamil Community Centre, determined to carry on the work he has commenced, is arranging a two-day exhibition on the 18th and 19th of May in Kingston as planned. This will be a day of collective mourning, reflection and education. The name of this book, ‘The Tamils of Lanka – A Timeless Heritage’, intended to be launched at the exhibition, is the name given to the exhibition as well.

Mr Varadakumar hails from a well-known family from Manipay in Jaffna. His father, the Late Vairamuttu, has worked as a secretary to the Late Sir Oliver Goonatileka, a Governor of Ceylon. Mr Varadakumar, after his secondary schooling went to Madras for his higher education and graduated from the Madras Christian College at Thambaram.

Mr Varadakumar has been a legend in his own lifetime. Since his arrival in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s from Lanka, he has been continuously fighting the cause of the dispossessed, the poor and the refugee Tamils who sought asylum in the UK and in Europe. In 1981, along with the Late K. Kandasamy and Father Pathinathar he founded the Tamil Information Centre (TIC), which functioned from an office at number 11 Beulah road, Thornton Heath and later at Clapham with little or no funding and scarce personnel. This is an independent, non-profit organisation established to empower the Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka to improve the quality of their lives. The aim is to create a society where equality, diversity and respect for each other are maintained. A great emphasis is placed on human rights and self-determination for the Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka. In 1984, the TIC had offices in Chennai and Madurai as well. In 1987 the TIC was closed for a while with the intent of moving its head office to Lanka.

In 1987 he joined the Tamil Refugee Action Group, London, and was its first Coordinator of this organisation for a decade. This is a charity working with hundreds of refugees, fighting for lost causes in the UK High Court and lobbying Parliament members not only for refugees but for human rights and Women’s rights as well. In later years this became part of the functions of the TIC.

In 1991, after the death of his colleagues, he moved the TIC offices to East Ham, where there was a substantial Tamil population from Lanka. He was adept in bringing together all the various Tamil Diaspora groups in the UK, volunteers, as well as militant and non-militant service workers, in search of an equitable resolution to the Tamil struggle. He also had the knack of getting people together, collecting volunteers and organising funds. The TIC became a ‘Resource Centre’ for researching and collecting authentic documents which is now a ‘revered repository’.

The TIC offices moved to Kingston Upon Thames in 2003 and in 2005 underwent massive reorganisation under the guidance of Mr Varadakumar. The original organisation branched into (A). TIC Ltd., as a shareholding company and (B). Centre for Community Development, a registered Charity. The TIC continued to work for: 1. Human rights advocacy, 2. Liaison and Collaboration with other relevant organizations, 3. Human rights education, 4. Resource centre. 5. Information, Research, Publication and Policy work, and 6. Conflict resolution and peace-building.

On 19th November 2009, six months after the end of the civil war, Mr Varadakumar organised a conference in Switzerland, inviting all the Tamil organisations in Sri Lanka: Federal Party, TULF, PLOT, TELO, EPRLF, Pathmanabha EPRLF, EPDP, Up-Country Tamils and the Muslims, as well as political activists – to discuss frankly and freely and reach an amicable settlement to the Tamil Issue following the civil war.

The Centre for Community Development (CCD) was initiated with a constitution adopted on 22 August 2004, as amended on 23 February 2005, the governing document for the charity. The objectives of the charity as set out in the constitution are: 1. Advancement of Education, 2. Relief of sickness, suffering and distress, 3. Relief of Poverty, 4. To preserve and protect good health, 5. Promotion of peace and conflict resolution through non-violent means, 6. To provide or assist in the provision of recreation or leisure time activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the beneficiaries, and 7. Promotion of equality of opportunity and good race relations among people of different racial groups. The CCD also works closely with the National Association for Humanitarian Rehabilitation (NAHRO) in Kilinochchi District; ‘Kaviya’ in the Batticaloa District empowering women, supporting war widows, disabled people and destitute children; as well as other organisations in Lanka.

The Elders Empowerment Programme (EEP) began in April 2006 for the benefit of the ‘Tamil Speaking Elders’ living in Kingston and the adjacent areas. Conducted as a drop-in-centre it provides a place where the elder adults came together to advance their mutual interests and find services and activities designed to enhance their activities. This organisation continues to provide support to vulnerable older people in the Batticaloa District in Lanka.

The Tamil Women Development Forum (TWDF) empowers women of Lankan origin to achieve equality in in global policy as they support their families and communities. The Healthy Mind Programme initiated in 2016, continues to function at an ‘Activity Centre’ promoting mental health amongst those who are suffering from Anxiety, Stress and Depression. In 2015, as another branch of the TIC, he instituted the History and Heritage Unit. For the past three years there have been lectures and discussions during the summer on historical subjects.

The above are some of the community organisations in the UK pioneered and instituted by Mr Varadakumar. The wide range of activities are a testimony to his expansive vision. For almost forty years he has tirelessly worked for the welfare of his fellow men and society without expecting any rewards. Such men are a rare breed. He was indeed a legend living before our eyes.


A Tribute by Tamil Information Centre:

Mr Vairamuttu Varadakumar, 1949-2019

Mr Vairamuttu Varadakumar of the London-based Tamil Information Centre (TIC) died on 12 March 2019 in the Kingston, UK. His sudden exit from our midst has come as a shock to people who knew him and those who depended on his work.

Varadakumar – A man committed to the welfare of the people 

Varadakumar was born on 11 May 1949 in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, a year after the end of British rule. The middle of three brothers, he grew up in the Tamil north of the island at Manipai in Jaffna and went to school at Jaffna Hindu College. He later studied at Madras Christian College in Chennai, south India, before moving to London. There, he found his calling as a community organiser and human rights researcher, constantly putting a mischievous spanner in the engine of oppression. In London, he embodied international solidarity, working closely with groups like Campaign Against Arms Trade and Liberation (formerly the Movement for Colonial Freedom), sharing office space with activists from other countries involved in promotion of rights.

When the civil war finally ignited between Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese ethnic majority and the Tamil minority in July 1983, Varadakumar was already a key part of the nascent Tamil Information Centre (TIC). He was an important member of the team that established the TIC in London in 1981, with the aim of empowering the Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka to improve the quality of life through access to knowledge, information and a range of services, programmes and projects, with the object of creating a united, cohesive society without persecution, where the individual is respected, cared for and loved, and where human rights are respected, fostered and promoted. The TIC liaised with a wide variety of organizations and individuals to achieve its objectives both within Sri Lanka and outside involved the promotion and protection of human rights at the local level to international organizations involved in promoting peace, human rights, refugee protection, relief, rehabilitation and development. Varadakumar played a primary, enthusiastic and committed role in the TIC for more than 35 years which led to its success in the promotion of human rights and assisting people affected by the war in Sri Lanka.

Varadar’s commitment, the incredible amount of hours he put into his work, the tremendous stresses he underwent, the sacrifices he made of his life, would have had its toll on him. Yet, he went on relentlessly not caring for himself – all for the cause of the emancipation of the Tamil-speaking people of Sri Lanka so that they could live in peace, harmony, and most of all, with dignity and without political, social, cultural or economic subjugation. Varadakumar’s undaunted commitment, devotion and consistency to the cause of the Tamil-speaking people in particular, and Sri Lankan people in general were such that he would neither shed any of his heavy volume of work nor slow down his hectic speed; but continue to perform what he thought was right and proper, without any concern for his health. Whenever his health is mentioned by colleagues and friend he would just laugh it off.

Varadakumar’s commitment to work was such that he neglected his personal life. He lived a very frugal life with just the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. He spent most of the time of the day attending to the work of the TIC. He would be either be working in the premises of the TIC or attending meetings related to the people of Sri Lanka – Tamils of the North-East region, Tamils of the hill-country, Muslims or the Sinhalese. His vision, aspirations, and commitment were to a wider society. Shunning any possibilities of a lucrative professional life, he chose to work for the rights and liberation of the Tamil-speaking people from his early life, associating himself with the TIC. Deftly avoiding political pressures and other constraints, he stuck to his conviction and commitment that ‘human rights’ and ‘humanism’ is the impregnable rock – the foundation – on which any society, community or a nation should be built.

Varadar was also of the view that political, social, cultural and economic subjugation and lack of progress of Sri Lanka as a country, is mainly due to ‘majoritarianism’ and chauvinism trampling on the aspirations of the minorities in one form or another and should be best confronted not only as one against the Tamils but also as against all the minority communities and sections of Sri Lanka. He believed that only when all communities in Sri Lanka are genuinely granted their due rights can there be a durable peace, progress and prosperity in the country. He tried to bring about a consensus and constructive link not only among the various Diaspora Tamil organisations and those in them but also those in the political and social structures in Sri Lanka. He saw the inevitable need of the civil societies in Sri Lanka to bring about the transformation for the good of all the communities of Sri Lanka and forged contacts with many of them.

During discussions and meetings, he had expressed his frustration at the intransigence of the Sri Lankan governments, the disunity amongst the Tamil community both in Sri Lanka and in the shores that they have chosen to settle, their short-sightedness, and lack of proper perspectives. He was concerned of the different and conflicting directions that the Tamil Diaspora organisations and the Tamil leadership in Sri Lanka are taking either because of personal prestige and self-aggrandisement, and often not based on clear and objective analysis and evaluation of the reality but according to their whims and fancies –all eventually to the detriment of the long-term interest of the Tamils. His frustration was also that despite the fact that there are many qualified, able and well- to-do among the Sri Lankan community in the UK, except from a very few, there has been a lack of involvement and support. He undertook many projects that would help and accelerate the achievements and the aspirations of the Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka.

The TIC continued uninterrupted since its formation in the early 1980s because of Varadar’s unabated and undaunted personal commitment and dedication despite set-backs. He organised the volunteers, encouraged them, guided them and maintained regular contact with the activists of all other Tamil organisations, not only in the UK but also in other countries. Varadakumar was also instrumental in the formation of Centre for Community Development (CCD) and ably guided it to function successfully meeting its social objectives. He would be at the TIC at all hours greeting the volunteers of both TIC and CCD and giving them guidance.

We will very much miss you in our midst. Fare thee well Varadar; when comes such another as you, Varadar?

The details of his last rites and funeral are as follows:

Last rites

Sunday 24 March 2019 between 7.00 am and 10.00 am at,
Richard Challoner School Manor Drive North
New Malden KT3 5PE
UK

Funeral

Sunday 24 March 2019 from 10.45 am at,
Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium Stag Lane
Wimbledon
London SW15 3DZ
UK

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    “The Tamils of Lanka – A Timeless Heritage”
    There are no Tamils in Sri Lanka. There were Dravidians who came to Sinhale as invaders. Sinhalayo called them Demalu. Later, Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial parasites brought Dravidians as slaves. Most of them were from Malabar. Therefore, British called them ‘Malabaris’ until a guy called Ponnambalam Arunachalam who prepared the Census Report in 1911 change the term ‘Malabari’ to ‘Ceylon Tamils’. Using a customary law of Malabar called ‘Thesawalamei’ by Demalu in Yapanaya confirms that they are from Malabar.

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      I have not read the article. This response from Mahindapala is disgusting. Can’t he let the dead (I presume that the subject of this write-up is dead) Rest in Peace.
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      Apologies to the family of the dead man on behalf of all Sinhalese, who are mostly decent people.

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        Sinhala_Man,

        Where did you get the idea that Eagle Eye = HLD Mahindapala?
        Eagle Eye simply repeats what Nalin de Silva, Susantha Goonatilake and other racists have been saying all along, but doesn’t have the fluid style of HLDM. Moreover, the latter doesn’t hesitate to use his own name while frothing at the mouth with anti-Tamil venom.

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          Agnos, you’re probably right. Someone else said it, and I adopted the idea without thinking seriously.
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          Yes, HLD Mahindapala had an enviable command of English, even if he used it for base purposes.

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        Sinhala_Man

        I completely agree with you.
        Imagine if these bigots realise their goal of turning this island into a fascist state,
        first they will come for …………….
        Then they will come for the
        ……
        ……

        If we do not challenge these bigots now and here
        they come for you and me—and there will be no one left to speak for you and me.

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        Thank you Sinhala_Man. I agree with you 100%. If we had people like you Sri Lanka would be real paradise. Instead Mahindapala kind of people took control and made the country a killing field.

        I have exchanged emails with Mr varathakumar. He worked hard for justice. He is the one who introduced me to Dr Thiagarajah another nice man. I have read books written by Dr Thiagarajah. Looking forward to read the latest.

        Thank you Dr Thiagarajah for this piece.
        RIP Mr Varadakumar

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      Eagle with Blind Eye and birds brain

      “There are no Tamils in Sri Lanka. There were Dravidians who came to Sinhale as invaders. Sinhalayo called them Demalu.”

      Let´s start at the very beginning
      A very good place to start
      When you read you begin with A-be-see
      When you sing you begin with do-re-mi
      Do-re-mi, do-re-mi
      The first three notes just happen to be
      Do-re-mi, do-re-mi
      Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti
      Let´s see if I can make it easy

      lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
      in
      Sound of Music

      Please define the following Tamils, Sri Lanka, Dravidians, Sinhale, Sinhalayo, Malabar, Thesawalamei, Demalu, Yapanaya, ……………. then explain each in your words.

      If you have no clue don’t bother.

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      Despair engulfs me when I come across people like you who have no idea of human evolution and community formation.
      Do you realise the stupidity of what you have written?
      Humans in Srilanka have established their presence 50,000 years ago and the Sinhala language came in to being only 1100 years back in 900AD. Whereas Tamil language is at least 3000 years old with written forms still available from 400BC. Some authorities consider it as the oldest living language in the world.
      Do you realise that there are records of established Royal house hold in Srilanka since 300BC, that’s 2300 years ago, long before Sinhala language was ever conceived. Which means the community spoke and wrote a totally different language for their administration of the land.
      What other developed language that was there for their daily use 2300 years back?
      Obviously it was Tamil!
      If you doubt this logic eagle eye, just go scientific for a moment and get your DNA mapped!
      I bet you will find in your own blood at least 25-30% Tamil genes! There is no one in Srilanka without Tamil genes!
      This is why the politicians are dead scared to check their DNA!
      In fact by scientific research it had been proved that 60-70% of all ethnicities of Srilanka had the same mother 80000 years ago!
      Now please don’t vomit your crap without logic or knowledge!

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    In about 8 sentences Eagle Eye has compiled the History of Tamils in Eelam/Ceylon/Srilanka!
    Perhaps he would compile the History of the Sinhalese on the back of a Ten Rupee Stamp!.

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      Deat Colombo Telegraph,
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      I can well understand the problems that you have with trolls, but many readers may now find that reference to Eagle Eye by Pygmalion a bit disconcerting.
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      The explanation is that Eagle Eye had made a nasty comment about this Mr Varadakumar; or perhaps it was just a meaningless diatribe about all Tamils. I haven’t yet read this article; nor do I intend reading it. However, noticing the mismatch between article and the comment, I tole off this Eagle guy as effectively as I could. Now both my comment, and Eagel Eye’s are off – as is power!

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        Mr Sinhala_Man,
        thank you.
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        We all agree with you. Not just about the aforementioned issue, Eagle Eye has been abusing his language continuing to use ” demala” on and on. I have no doubt out tamil brothers and sister would not mislead thinking that we whole lot of people are still against them. But as an octagenarian, Mahindapala Aka Egle Eye should finally grasp, his hatreds should be under his control. At the end of the day, hatreds cant bring us anywhere,

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          Dear MsPittubambuwa,
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          As I’ve already said, I’m getting and absent-minded. Another problem is that I’ve been very concerned about Nagananda Kodituwakku. I almost typed “poor Nagananda”. No, he’s not poor. His family is in England, a country which I have never visited.
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          No, but then he has to be careful. There are some barbarians who have made this country unsafe for any decent human being.
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          Cogitating upon all this, I forgot to thank you and many other Sinhalese for your decent comments. I must apologise for saying something like “most Sinhalese are racists.” No, these comments clearly demonstrate that a majority of Sinhalese regard other human beings with a sense of equanimity. After all the majority of them are Buddhists.
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          The Buddha taught equanimity and loving kindness. Let us ignore the Barbarians.

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            Dear Sinhala Man,
            just because their IDs contain them being buddhists mean not necessarily they are buddhists.
            Most I got to know are buddhists by birth only. They just follow the other. If their negibourers would do, they too worship the temples and give a BODHI puja asking lifeless BO TREE to their dreams come true. This has been joke to my eye, but I let it go, just because, our culture is as such that we have to keep quiet and respect the elders.
            I know a whole lot of lanken buddhists would bear the thoughts the way I do about the practising buddhism. How can we the lay people know much about pali and sanskrit the way some learnt monks do. Even many among the sanga today, they obvioulsy lack of the proper knowledge on the buddhist languages. Most of them are seen as SUPER START -BANA preachers. When digging info only you get to know who are behind these so called bana preaching monks. One good example is that UDUWE Dhamma loka whose name was repeated to have given a shelter to an elephant calf at his temple. Latter was revealed to be an illegal act, irrespective of the nice and cute stories about the calf. However, if those monks would not behave exemplary, how can we ever respect them and expect lay people to behave so. That is the stand of soceity is fallen to today.
            .
            TBC

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              It should be SUPER STAR like BANA preachers.
              :
              Superstars and their songs are the hits for EUROPEAN and ASIAN music industries today. Like wise, LANKEN so called MONKS and their BANA have become a competition on that podium.

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    It will be a fitting Tribute to Christchurch, if they are kind enough to put at least a few Photos of Kaththakaddy, when that Hissory Museum is built….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera.

      It is good of you to care for the victims of Christchurch and Kattankudy. In the meantime let others remember and memorialise the people who lost their life and properties through no fault of their own but due to racism, fascism, state terrorism, ………………. bigotry, greed, ………. including the ones who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991.

      I suggest this proposed Museum to have a section exclusively devoted to the victims of 1971 and between 1987 and 1991.

      By the way can you kindly get copies of the gruesome photographs Dr Mahinda took with him when he went to Geneva to vilify the “democratically elected government” of Premadasa so that the curators of this proposed museum could also display the true nature of the people, their suffering, their government, their various death squads, …………… on a permanent basis?

      Hope you will get in touch with Tamil Information Centre or Colombo Telegraph once you have gathered all those photographs and other evidences which vividly portray the dark ages.

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        Dear Native,

        Not sure whether intentional or not,but you have directed us to a very important aspect of the current Yahapalanaya.

        25 Thousand in 1971and 45 Thousand in 1988- 1991, all our Sinhala Boys and Girls from the poor families in the Village who did not even posses a Catapault were dispatched.

        More than the dispatch itself ,Most horrifying is the way the respective Governments,then in power dispatched them. .

        To digress a bit , the first Lot was dispatched by the Mother and Uncles of one of the founder members of the current Yahapalanaya.

        The Second Lot were dispatched by the Government of the current Yahapalana Prime Minister and his Deputy who is in charge of the Sinhalayas of the UNP……

        The mot significant is it is this Deputy’s dear darling Dadda who carried out the second Dispatch , aided by then Minister and now the Yahapalana Prime Minster..

        No Apologies No Sorries No Compensation. And No Western Powers to ask for them, let alone building Museums and Exhibitions.

        These two incidents must be the biggest blotches of our Mahavamsa History when it comes to Human Cruelty..

        Putting sharpened HH Pensils into the Ear Drums and pushing it after obtaining Confessions , beat even King , Sri Wickremasinghe forcing Ehelepola’s poor Missus to pound her infant child in the Mortar and Pestle in the the King’s Kitchen..

        What piss me off is not having any Museums or Exhibitions.
        But it is the fact that those Dogs who came to Kotte on the back of thousands of those innocent lives are now the Protectors of the Yahapalana Prime Mister and his Deputy in Magamapura,

        Add insult to the injury, it is for a lousy LKR 25 Lakhs payment to the JVP Leader..
        With all the wages and bonuses that he has collected after receiving that payment, He should at least consider donating something to build a Memorial for Batalanda as my mate NV has suggested….

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    U K , Tamils thinks that they( UKTamils) only the people who are the people behind Sri Lankan Tamils, bullshit, why this people brought land for ( MAVEAR, ) the Nov-26th, celebrations, fools, they can buy land in Srilanka and help Old ( MAVEAR, Families) , but I help people ( Sinhala / Tamils/ Muslims) but no different, all are Srilankan, Those days There were different Groups in UK, but now they all in one, because people( Tamils) not interest in this groups,
    This year in Genf, Swiss , very less people had come to , Genf, because how many days watting for this mad people comment, this year, starting Ex – Gouverneur ( Küre) was in Europa an€ he was taking in Tamil and he done his work, most of the Swiss people not interesting Srilankan propaganda.

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      Anan

      Please try typing in Tamil, Sinhala or Esperando.

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    Late Dr Varadakumar was hardcore member of ruthless Tamil separatist an advocated for Extremist of anti-establishment politics with that frame of democracy. By name of “Tamil liberation” misusing by of cause that covered operating so-called misled British citizens; and earn millions of UK pounds. This is nothing else that adding and abetting of Tamil Terrorism in UK?
    Meanwhile UK and their global interest parties provided living him UK soil.
    That given him to all round had been grant of all round way be UK soil by divided Island Lanka
    For Tamil ruthless regime in North of Island ! @ $$$$.
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      Samantaha Malanayake

      Thank you for your typing.
      However I would be grateful if you could tell us what you have attempted to prat about above.
      I would like to have a translation or a summary of your rambling in English, Tamil, Sinhala or Esperando.

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      Mr Malanayake,

      Where is this “nayake” came from?
      “separatist”
      From a really educated person
      “The LTTE did not come into being or grow into a world-class terror outfit in a vacuum. Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group.”

      GROWUP

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    Tamil origin is Tamilnadu. Should go back there.

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      Jerome Schokman

      “Tamil origin is Tamilnadu. Should go back there.”

      Sure, when are you going?

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      ..Jerome Schokman
      Brilliant!
      Sinhaleyo’s origin is Bengal,Orissa,,Gujerat,Kerala and Taminad which are in all in door sub- continent India about 20 miles distant.
      When they go there, Tamils will be there automatically.
      Then you can go to Netherlands.

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        I hope that all readers will read this article about what Schokman’s ancestors did in Africa.
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        The link was sent to me by a person who occasionally makes comments on CT. A wonderfully courageous woman. I was once upbraided by her for referring to her as a “lady”. That ought to give you some idea of her standing in society.
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        Anyway, I think that this is a “must read” for all caring people.

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      Jerome Schokman,
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      You sound Dutch or is it Dutch+ Portuguese?
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      It is bad enough when I find that most of my “Sinhalese” compatriots are racists. But now, you also have joined the bandwagon.
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      Why don’t you also go back to where-ever your nasty ancestors came from and leave this island to the Veddas, or perhaps, to the “wander-oo” monkeys that were the first primates here? The sole motivation for Europeans coming here was robbing and pillaging. If I remember rightly, “wanderoo” was the spelling that John Still used in his “The Jungle Tide”. Even those old colonialists were more decent and respectful of us than you guys.
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      I have made no attempt to read the actual article; it’s just that last night there were no comments on this as indicated on the “Home Page”; this morning I noticed one listed by “Eagle Eye” who is as obnoxious as you now show yourself to be. I told the racist guy off, and my comment appeared a little later. But now. both have disappeared. I’m not blaming the Editorial Team; they have a near impossible task on their hands.
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      I don’t know any Tamil at all, but I speak fluent Sinhalese and English, and I write quite a bit of English, although I’m a villager. Even I’m getting racist now, and must tell you that I like white scum like you less every day. I’m pretty dark, so I’m convinced that I’m “ethnically Dravidian” – whatever that may be.
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      I’d like to see you vamooshing from my country.

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        @Sinhala_Man, I truly respect your comment my friend. There is nothing wrong in being a decent Sinhalese like you. Be proud of being a Sinhalese and I respect that. You are more of a human first than anything else. It is good to have an identity, being Sinhalese or Tamil is a good thing. But when some of these scum bags try to be funny is when I get annoyed. You see my friend, we had everything in Jaffna but there was no certainty of life, hence we moved to Canada after losing everything, but my safety in Canada is protected by the Charter of Rights, something similar to the constitution in SL. Former PM of Canada said, we have Charter of Rights not for the majority but for the minority. It is there to protect the minority from the majority. If you have a chance to move to Canada my friend, just do it. You will get away from all this carnage. Anyway, be safe and remain a decent man and be proud you have an identity, that you are Sinhalese!

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        Oh, dear, I wanted to post a link. I wrote all sorts of other things but tragically forgot the link.
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        Why have I used as strong a word as that about my absent-mindedness? Because that’s how good this article is.
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        http://dailynews.lk/2019/03/25/features/181177/slaves-built-galle-fort
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        Unfortunately, some will seize on this as proof that I’m in my dotage!

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      Then we sinhalese too should go back to our bengali areas ?

      Agree ? BPs of your nature only cause worsening our wounds.

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      Jerome Schokman
      This might help you to broaden your knowledge (if you have one) Peoples and Cultures of Early Sri Lanka
      https://sangam.org/2012/05/Early_SriLanka.php?uid=4726

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        Thanks, Anpu,
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        So it looks as though there have been two persons who would normally be considered “Sinhalese” who were actually speakers there.
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        PROFESSOR SUCHARITA GAMLATH PhD is an experienced academic proficient in classical Indian languages and the Sinhala language. In 1975 he began working as a Professor of Sinhala language and literature at the Jaffna Campus of the University of Sri Lanka as well as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. In 1977 he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the Colombo Unit of the Jaffna Campus. He became the Dean of the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka in 1979. He is now retired.
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        UVINDU KURUKULASURIYA is an award-winning journalist and freedom of expression activist with more than twenty years’ experience. He won an award for investigative journalism from the Editors Guild Sri Lanka and became the finalist on two occasions for the South Asian Tolerance Prize, awarded by the International Federation of Journalists. He was also the Convenor of the Free Media Movement, Co-convenor of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence, Director of the Sri Lanka Press Institute and the Press Complaints Commission Sri Lanka. He now lives in exile in the UK from where he acts as the Editor-in-Chief of the online Colombo Telegraph. He is also a weekly columnist for the Sunday Leader, Colombo. He is a visiting fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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        The entire long article appears to be very interesting. I will have a little more to say about the two gentlemen referred to above.
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        I really must read the entire article when I have the time. I wonder if this Dutch fellow, Shockman can read English. I’d like to have his views.

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          Dear All,
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          How much good people suffer!
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          Apart from the two people mentioned in the above comment, in the article that Anpu has referred us to, I have seen a Dr. P Ragupathy, an Archeologist, towards the end of the article. We were good friends in the Maldives for two years, but I have lost track of him.
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          He taught London A. Level History in the Science Education Centre, in Male, Maldives, for about five years. I taught Cambridge Proficiency English, inclusive of the Literature optional paper which is done in very few places in the world, in two years, 1993 and 1994, which his years there overlapped. Now, how could we have done that in a Science place?
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          It was a smallish place with an excellently stocked library. At that time it was the place in the Maldives where the most advanced work in the country was done. Today there is a University in Male. There were only about two hundred students in SEC, with classroom accommodation for a hundred and fifty. During the free periods, the students were supposed to work either in the spacious library, or in the computer room (Windows 3.11 computers which we thought then were marvelous), or they could ride to their homes or their boarding places on their still ubiquitous push cycles. The cars which now clog the island, had only just begun to appear.
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          Ragupathi was there because the Tigers wanted to kill him. They wanted him to proclaim that the Tamils were in Sri Lanka before the Sinhalese. He refused to do that, saying that the concepts of race, nationalities, and states were then unknown. Humans were just people. After 2009, he had returned to Jaffna University, as so many Tamils did. Now he has moved away again, since our governments have not turned Jaffna into a stayable place.

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    Comment of native Veddha
    The crux of issue is that Dr Varadakumar ……. of being hard core political carder of ruthless Tamil Terrorist had been not that accepts by right thinking of People of World.
    While that including all democratic citizens of Sri Lankan.
    But Tamil Home Land is more or less Tamil Nadu India, not that Island of Sri Lanka…or do NOT that claim by UK also not that Tamil- mother land by even mishaps!
    Teaching English also welcome..$
    The right Self- determination of Tamil-People in Tamil Nadu-India which that also welcome by majority Sri Lankan

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      Samantaha Malanayake

      I still would like to have a translation or a summary of your rambling in English, Tamil, Sinhala or Esperando.

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    A Tamil Tribalist has died. He also did not accomplish their eternally failing dream.

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      Dear JD,
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      I haven’t read the article; just been reading the comments.
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      Obviously, some man has died; I find it difficult to cry for every person who departs this life. I’m old, and I must soon die.
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      This country has been plagued with far too many deaths, as Thomas Nashe says in this poem about the period of the First Queen Elizabeth of England.
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      http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/nashe01.html
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      Nashe was a slightly younger man than William Shakespeare.
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      A Barbaric Tribalist like you is unlikely to have heard of any of these people. Even I, find it difficult to cry for every person who dies. I wonder if that is because I, too, being a Sinhalese am a barbarian? However, this much I can tell you. As a result of being made to read all of this in school and University, I can at least understand what John Donne has said here:
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      https://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/john-donne/no-man-is-an-island/
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      It is unlikely that poor, literate but uneducated barbarians like Gotabaya R., Eagle Eye, and you can understand such things.

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        Stupid Sinhala-Man:So many people die. One has died here too. but, when he is a Tribalsit and when other living Tribalists are making something out of that.

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    We still have few bigots who find the dedication of Varathakumar to work voluntarily for the forcibly displaced Eelam Tamil community, anathematic.

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    Native Veddha…
    Hope Tamils are still raciest, while an earliest that roots has goes to that connected to certain group Tribalism.
    Well unscreened fact revealed that name of Native Vedda derived from Tamil decedents!.
    That is Undoudeatly, nothing else is Tamil chauvinism nexus to an extremism of Tamil Racism .

    TNA and LTTE was /is base of politics are ruthless Tamil political Terrorism.
    Therefor what ever they talk has no friendly relationship with democracy mode of Sri Lankan.
    Late Dr Verdakumar was an unrepentant LTTE hard core member of that Tamil Terrorist .

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      Samantaha Malanayake

      Thanks for your typing,
      What are you trying to tell us those who frequent this forum to learn truth behind every story, exchange views, ……………………………

      “What are you doing here?”

      “What is your life’s purpose?”

      “What’s the point of it all?”

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    We know what happens at funerals.
    People do not attend funerals to pay their respects but to gossip and quarrel.
    This page unwittingly makes a pretty good satire of our funerals.

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      Dear SJ,
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      There is truth in what you say. I have made so many comments without so much as reading the article.
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      Do you hold me responsible? I know that the damning statement above is a terrible indictment of the English Department of Pera University. Yes, your Engineering Faculty had more credibility in my time.
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      But you lost so much credibility over that Sam Thiagalingam affair. Oh, well, we are Sri Lankans.

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        Mr Sinhala Man,
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        I am shocked being unble to tolerate as to why EGALE EYE go on using the term ” demala” to the notherners!. “. Today too, I have found few comments posted by him containing hateful terms towards our NOTHERN srilankens. He as a journalist should have learnt to respect people. That he seems to have missed in his life. Either he may be suffering from Demencia or the kind of pathological problems. But that cant be considered as an excuse to CT readership any more.
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        His comments are hurting the wounds.
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        I KINDLY request, my DEAR NOTHERN BROTHERS and SISTERs to ignore the old man.
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        His USER NAME is – Eagle Eye (By name he is HLP Mahindapala, a srilanken living in Australia, we believe he is in his early 80ties). I have no doubt, that the man as a sinhalaya has been creating NEW forms of racial wavers, ironically calling himself a SINHALA buddhist:

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    However many books Tamils write about history you cannot negate the fact that the Tamils in this island are a relatively recent diaspora of Tamilnadu. The Tamil history you seek simply does not exist. The very fact that you have to write books on end to try to prove an ancient existence goes to prove that you simply do not have an authentic history in this island, but that you are trying to create an imaginary history. If one looks at the many hundreds of books written on the subject by Tamils of diverse and sometimes dubious reputation and background, including your own, what do these books consist of? They consist mainly of pages upon pages of attacks on the Sinhalese people and our identity and then why our history actually belong to the Tamils and our kings and cities, including us, are actually Tamils. Most of these books are completely silent about how the Tamils occupying a thin strip of land without any natural barriers from the rest of the island, from Jaffna to Batticaloa ended up speaking the exact same language as in Tamilnadu 50+ miles off the coast across the ocean at the shortest two points, while your language show absolutely no borrowings from the Sinhalese nor the Vaedda language, with whom are supposed have co-existed in this small island from time immemorial.
    To make a long post short, its obvious that the Tamils have no ancient history here and that you are trying to create one without much luck. Simply put – if you have a real history here, then you don’t need any books or exhibitions, your presence itself will speak and spell out your history and antiquity, with everything that follows from being an ancient indigenous people, like the Sinhalese or the Vaeddas.

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