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Are The Tamils And The Sinhalese, Same Or Different?

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Prof Ratnajeevan Hoole, quite gently responding to my article on “Some Ethnic Differences Observed by Robert Knox” has stated “I am particularly not sure about the following statement about Sinhalese light-skin.” To clarify my point of view, first I must say that I don’t believe that Sinhalese are light-skin or Tamils are dark-skin, but there are both light-skin and dark-skin people among both communities. How does this happen might be an intriguing question, explanations often going haywire, and anyway, light-skin or dark-skin does not represent any racial difference in my opinion or to authoritative views. This short rejoinder is a further explanation of my view on the issue, if I have not clarified it clearly enough.

I was commenting on a reference by Robert Knox in 1681 where he said “It is more probable, they came from the Malabars, their Country lying next, tho they do resemble them little or nothing. I know no nation in the world do so exactly resemble Chingulays as the people of Europe.”

I could have avoided Knox’s above observation given its sensitivity today, but as an academic, I am not in the habit of hiding issues and doing so to me is a dishonest exercise. My main purpose however was different. I made two explanations prefacing that “what the above shows is the apparent mix character of the Sinhalese as he had seen.” First was “Knox was mainly living in the Hill Country, where people were relatively fair-skinned due to the climatic conditions.” I also said that “Knox had not seen the Sinhalese people who were living in the coastal areas of the West and the South who would have mostly resembled what he called the Malabars,” which Hoole has not quoted because it is not very relevant to his point. But the second sentence put my point of view into a better perspective.

I do believe that climatic conditions do make a difference to the skin complexion, among other factors. Second I said, “…among the Sinhalese, it is also possible that there had been an ancestral mix of people who came from the Northern parts of India as well” (emphasis newly added). It is my view that when we discuss the ethnological issues, we should not completely disregard the possible play of ‘genetic’ or ‘hereditary’ factors. But we should not exaggerate them either. What are genes? To me or for my present purposes, genes are primarily the accumulation of environment, climate being one. Genes are specific to a person and not necessarily common to a community or ethnicity. There can be some and only some common genes running through at a given time and a given place. But those do not determine people’s psychological or ideological sphere but limited physical or physiological aspects.

I was referring to some ancestors (not all) of the Sinhalese coming from Northern parts of India where climatic conditions are again milder. When I said, “among the Sinhalese” I was referring to ‘Chingulays’ in Kandy and in the 17th century and not today. I also believe that some of the ancestral roots of low country Sinhalese people are from South India including my own! I do have some reasons to say so.

In support of my particular comment on Knox, let me quote the following from a UNESCO Statement on Race dated June 1951.

“Some of the physical differences between human groups are due to differences in hereditary constitution and some to differences in the environments in which they have been brought up. In many cases, both influences have been at work.” (Section 2).

I was referring to possible both factors. It should be emphasized, however, that the main purpose of the UNESCO Statement was to dispute arbitrary claims of race or racial superiority stating at the outset that “Scientists are generally agreed that all men living today belong to a single species, homo sapiens, and are derived from common stock, even though there is some disputes as to when and how different human groups diverged from this common stock.” There are four such statements by UNESCO (1950, 1951, 1964 and 1967) attested by over 50 prominent scientists and several other declarations. All are educational and can be accessed online. Those scientists state that if race can be if anything in terms of biology then there can only be three or five racial groups at best.

Prof Hoole also says that “However, Prof. Gananath Obeyasekere says there is no difference between us and I tend to agree with him.” I completely agree with the spirit of the argument. The purpose of the quoted article, as far as I understand, was to dispute the so-called Aryan Dravidian racial difference between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. However, there can be few things that I may have slightly different views or emphasis. Not to be unreasonable to the author of that article, let me talk in very general terms.

Ethnicity and race are two different phenomena. Ethnicity is primarily a sociological phenomenon but race is basically a biological or supposed to be a biological category. Tamils and Sinhalese are not two races or offspring of two races. This is same in the case of the Muslims. They are ethnic communities and in that sense there are recognizable differences.

Ethnicity by and large is defined by language, culture, religion, history and sometimes by claimed common ancestry. Ethnicity also overlaps, in some instances, with human groups which are influenced by hereditary or environmental factors. Nepal is a clear example. In the case of the Tamils (including South Indian) and the Sinhalese, at present time, these influences are more less the same. Even if there are differences, these differences are extremely marginal. Internal differentiations (also in ethnic terms) are great in the case of both communities.

Most important thing in life is not necessarily to deny differences, but recognize, respect and live in peace with justice and equality. What prevents peaceful living is nothing but obnoxious politics.

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    I don’t understand what this Dr is trying to say.Either he is crack or may be myself.Nevertheless i don’t have enough time at my disposal as this Dr character.Lucky guy eh!with all the time in the world!

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      and we are lucky that you don’t have time too, otherwise we would have to be reading nonsense from you ! I hope that you continue to be busy and let us read the articles

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        Of course i am busy.In the mean time you can keep yourself occupied in reading,writing and more importantly dreaming of Ealam!What a wasted life!

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          NO DIFFERENT TO DOGS; MANY BREEDS…& MAN CREATED DOG….WELL, THE MANY BREEDS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ26x8wU1ds).

          ARYA-DRVIDA IN AN AGE OF SO CALLED ‘WESTERN (White) CONSPIRACY’, THE CHORUS OF THE OFFSPRING OF THE TAMIL HATING, SINHALA-ONLY MAHA GOIA; NILAPERUMAL BANDARANAYAKES CULTURE.

          COMEDY OF ERRORS !!

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        Siva
        I agree with you fully”. These discussions are beyond Mr Max Silva’s comprehension. I suppose if he wants true entertainment, he should read the drivel put out by the Editor of the Ceylon Daily Noise!

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      I don’t understand what you are trying to say. Did you escape from mental asylam or are you an illitrate?

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      “.Either he is crack or may be myself.”

      Blistering Barnacles Thundering Typhoons GrandMa says: “If you have nothing to say don’t say it”
      Alternatively Think “To be or not to be”

      He says live with understanding – “Most important thing in life is not necessarily to deny differences, but recognize, respect and live in peace with justice and equality. What prevents peaceful living is nothing but obnoxious politics.”

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      Be honest to thy self,
      Not him,
      YOU ARE A CRACK case and sitting on your brain.
      and You have a cracked mentality too, as same as Jin Soththy.

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      Max Silva,

      Here is some help for your “Problem”, to get over the clutter. Enjoy!

      Speed reading is a technique used to improve one’s ability to read quickly. Speed reading methods include chunking and eliminating subvocalization. The many available speed reading training programs include books, videos, software, and seminars.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_reading

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      SINHALESE ARE FAIRER THAN TAMILS AS A PERCENTAGE AND STILL MAJORITY OF SINHALESE HAVE THE GENES OF THE INITIATORS OF SINHALESE WHO WERE NORTH-EAST INDIANS. THE GENETIC EVIDENCE IS THERE. THE LINGUISTIC EVIDENCE IS ALSO THERE OF SINHALA BEING AN INDO ARYAN LANGUAGE.

      HERE IS SOME GENETIC EVIDENCE REGARDING SKIN COLOUR OF TAMILS AND SINHALESE. PERCENTAGE OF DARK SKINNED TAMILS IS HIGHER THAN PERCENTAGE OF DARK SKINNED SINHALESE.

      In 2008 a study looked at SLC24A5 polymorphism which accounts for 25-40% of the skin complexion difference between Europeans and Africans[20] and up to 30% of skin colour variation in South Asians.[21][22] The study found that the rs1426654 SNP of SLC24A5, which is fixed in European populations[23] and found more commonly in light skinned individuals than dark skinned individuals (49% compared to 10%), has a frequency of 50-55% in the Sinhalese and 25-30% in Sri Lankan tamils.[22] This allele could have arisen in the Sinhalese due to strong North East Asian genetic admixture, further migration from North India or strong selection factors.

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    Max Silva

    “I don’t understand what this Dr is trying to say.Either he is crack or may be myself.”

    I think Dr is alluding to the fact that there are common features among Tamils and Sinhalese, their stupidity and their will to self destruct.

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      So whats the big deal?Anyway the Dr is entitled to waste his time so long as he has nothing else to do!This goes to you as well.A damn waste of time!

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        Max Silva

        “This goes to you as well.A damn waste of time!”

        Why the hell are you wasting your time responding to our comments. It appears that you have nothing better to do.

        You are a waste.

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    Tamils are blacks. Chingalams and Muslims are whites.

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      …and Fathima Fukushima is a 3 brain celled idiot. :-D

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    Well, the skin colour indicates the level of Melanoma or natural sun-screeen someone gets at birth. Climatic conditions do not make a person black or white. Its just that those are born with a higher levels of sunscreen survive and procreate in sunny conditions. Whereas white skinned ones are more likely to get cancer and die. Its the process of natural selection really.

    Natural selection works at biological level as well as spiritual level. For example those who are immoral, violent and diwitted lose and become extict. Buddhists call it “Vipaka” i.e. horrible things happen to bad beings. Its universal as Newton’s 3rd law. One reaps what one sows really isn’t it?

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      Vibhushana

      “For example those who are immoral, violent and diwitted lose and become extict.”

      Whom did you have in mind?

      “One reaps what one sows really isn’t it”

      So what do think the Clan will reap?

      I am curious as to how Newtonian laws applies to Mervn Silva?

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando,

    “Most important thing in life is not necessarily to deny differences, but recognize, respect and live in peace with justice and equality. What prevents peaceful living is nothing but obnoxious politics.”

    I agree with you 100%.

    Let each ethnic group preserve its identity, which they have done for thousands of years. If they want to inter-mingle, let it be mutual, not forced by the state as done in Tamil regions today: That is clear ethnic cleansing. Tamils or Muslims living among Sinhalese cannot affect the Sinhalese because they are the vast majority.

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    i tell you there is a world of difference between the two racial groups. para chingala turd skins are classifesd as primitive savage monkeys. the dialect they speak is also a backward primitive dialect. their faith imported from india is a load of rubbish. all in all an unwanted and undesireable race. one more thing they are called “modayas” by tamil people because they are as thick as two short planks.

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      Rama

      “para chingala turd skins are classifesd as primitive savage monkeys.”

      Do you mean the Sinhalese are the remnants of those Rama’s monkey brigades? The monkey brigades were recruited in South India, Thamilaham.

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    Good article.

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    As I replied to your previous article before.
    I must say the same thing.
    Human are Humans,
    Nothing is going to change within few centuries of their heritage , or other hooks like ethenic attachments.
    Irrespective of their Colours , Habits, Cultures, Foods.
    Only differences are their Beliefs.

    AND ALL THE HUMANS ARE GOING TO LIVE MAXIMUM 100 YEARS.

    FOR THAT SHORT PERIOD ,

    SEE WHAT WE ALL ARE DOING TO SEVIVE BYFORCE.

    using POWER/MONEY AS A leverage.

    Searching for identities, interpretations of ethnic differences, creating theories??????????????????.
    For what?.

    Do we want to fight each other for living on these short period on this planet?,
    amassing wealth and power to change hand to next of kins.

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    The tea pluckers and labourers mainly of indian origin who have lived for generations in nuwara eliya and suburbs still have their original skin colour.
    Progeny of dark coloured persons from africa transported to north america centuries earlier as ‘slaves’,and now living in temperate countries,even now retain their skin colour.
    If Knox made idiotic statements due to his lack of knowledge,there is no need to try to justify them.

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    Dear Academic Dr. Laksiri Fernando,

    A very good article, but only a fraction of the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people really comprehend the facts. They are really lost and brainwashed by the Monk Mahanama Mahawamsa Myths( Vijays’s Lion grandfather), Nirvana, Nibbana, Samsara, Rebirth, Hell, Heaven, 330 million gods and cannot think outside this brainwashed myth box. I have summarized, the salient points, as 1, 2 and 3, and given citations to pursue. The modern data from the genographic project shows that all humans originated from East Africa about 70,000 years ago, about 2,000 generation ago. So, the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people can claim that they are related to the African and European ancestors of President Obama.

    Your Summary points:

    1. “In support of my particular comment on Knox, let me quote the following from a UNESCO Statement on Race dated June 1951.”

    2.“Scientists are generally agreed that all men living today belong to a single species, homo sapiens, and are derived from common stock, even though there is some disputes as to when and how different human groups diverged from this common stock.” There are four such statements by UNESCO (1950, 1951, 1964 and 1967) attested by over 50 prominent scientists and several other declarations.”

    3. “The purpose of the quoted article, as far as I understand, was to dispute the so-called Aryan Dravidian racial difference between the Sinhalese and the Tamils.”

    4. “Ethnicity and race are two different phenomena. Ethnicity is primarily a sociological phenomenon but race is basically a biological or supposed to be a biological category. Tamils and Sinhalese are not two races or offspring of two races. This is same in the case of the Muslims. They are ethnic communities and in that sense there are recognizable differences.”

    References and comments.

    Here are some facts and supporting data.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genographic_Project

    https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/

    Since its launch in 2005, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has used advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhalese_people

    Studies looking at the origin of the Sinhalese have been contradictory. Older studies suggest a predominantly Sri Lankan Tamil contribution followed by a significant Bengali contribution with no North Western Indian contribution,[47][48] while more modern studies point towards a predominantly Bengali contribution and a minor Tamil and North Western Indian (Gujarati & Punjabi) contribution.[49][50][51] Multiple studies have found no significant genetic difference between the Sinhalese and the three other major ethnic groups in Sri Lanka (Sri Lankan Tamil, Indian Tamil and Sri Lankan Moor).[48][52][53][54][55][56]

    It is debatable whether the Sri Lankan population have genetic links to Far East Asian populations however due to their close links to North East India, there is a likelihood of some traces of East Asian genes.[57][58]

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    Mr. laksiri

    I dont think what he meant by Chingulys resemble ppl in Europe is the fairness. Ppl in early SL were very dark (darker than now). I dont think it is the complexion he is talking abt that is more about culture and society.

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    Just to point out there is an interesting article in Wikipedia titled ‘Genetic studies on Sinhalese’

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_studies_on_Sri_Lankan_Tamils

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_studies_on_Sinhalese

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      Sanjai,

      Thanks for the link.

      There is no question the Sinhalese and Tamils are closely related.

      When I saw Champika Ranawaka, the Sinhala Racist Opportunist, aka Champika Pachawaka, I could see him as a Tamil. He can be in South India, all the Tamils will recognize him as a Tamil.

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    The Srilankan cricket players like Aravinda, Sanath, Kalu are all black. Therefore They are not Sinhalayas.

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    The Sinhalese consider themselves Aryan (invaders) of the island. They also love to propagate that they are light skinned unlike the dark-skinned Tamils. They want to be superior in color, race, castes, language, physical features etc. This is a characteristic of the low thinking or low mind set of the Sinhalese. World do not give the Sinhalese this superiority.

    Maha Kalu Sinhalaya, King Walagambahu was pitch black. So was Wimaladharmasooriya, so was Kavantissa aka Kakkavanna Tissa (crow-coloured Tissa), and many others. All these kings must be descending from South Indian Dravidians and not from those North Indian Aryans.

    We all can see, even Sinhalese come in dark black like any dark skinned Tamil and white like any fair skinned Tamil. If the Sinhalese were Aryans, then all those black skinned Sinhalese must have been once Tamils (Sinhala converts).

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      SINHALESE ARE MORE FAIR SKINNED AS A PERCENTAGE THAN TAMILS AND ARE GENETICALLY DIFFERENT. THE PERCENTAGE OF DARK SKINNED SINHALESE IS FAR LESS THAN THE PERCENTAGE OF DARK SKINNED TAMILS. SINHALESE STILL HAVE THE NORTH INDIAN GENES OF THE THE INITIATORS OF SINHALA FROM NORTH-EAST INDIA. THERE IS GENETIC EVIDENCE.

      WANT GENETIC EVIDENCE ? HERE YOU GO.

      In 2008 a study looked at SLC24A5 polymorphism which accounts for 25-40% of the skin complexion difference between Europeans and Africans[20] and up to 30% of skin colour variation in South Asians.[21][22] The study found that the rs1426654 SNP of SLC24A5, which is fixed in European populations[23] and found more commonly in light skinned individuals than dark skinned individuals (49% compared to 10%), has a frequency of 50-55% in the Sinhalese and 25-30% in Sri Lankan tamils.[22] This allele could have arisen in the Sinhalese due to strong North East Asian genetic admixture, further migration from North India or strong selection factors.

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        Walking genes,

        Why don’t you refer to more recent mitochondrial RNA based genetic studies (eg: Ranawana et.al 2014), which indicate much genetic resemblance between the Sri Lanjan Tamil and Sinhala communities. The white/fiat color only indicates the degree to which we corpulated with our colonial masters. Donot forget there are a large number of Sinhalese, paricularly in the South, who have negroid features, color and very curly hair. Such morphology is not found among the Tamils.

        Dr.RN

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    dr Laksiri Fernando

    thanks for this nice article ,as you mention above in your article
    (I also believe that some of the ancestral roots of low country Sinhalese people are from South India including my own! I do have some reasons to say so.)

    until 1983 Valvettithurai and Myliddy – Karaiyar caste on the Jaffna coast had the marital relationship with the singala karava (Karaiyar) caste ,they both have the common physical or physiological aspects.
    Prabhakaran belongs to Karaiyar and General Sarath Fonseka also belongs to Karave cast
    in this world only brothers kill his own brother

    1) jews vs muslims

    2)tamils vs sinhalese( according the above article)

    3)tamil karaiyar vs sinhala karava ( prabaharan vs fonseka)

    4)tamil pure dravidian vs sinhala pure dravidians( as a soldiers)

    5)tamil vellalar +goviyar vs sinhala govigama ( as a political leaders)

    only brothers kill his own brother from the beginning of cain vs abel

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    Nothing is more laughable than the theory that the Sinhalese are fair skinned and the Tamils dark. Dutugemunu’s father is Kavan Tissa, meaning Tissa, the Crow Coloured. Another king is referred to in a folk story as Maha Kalu Sinhalaya, the Great Black Sinhalese. Dr Fernando’s statement that the light skin of the Sinhalese is a result of their north Indian connection applies equally to the Tamils. That the Kandyans are light skinned is a myth. Indigenous Kandyans are as dark as any can be in Sri Lanka. The reputed fair skin of Kandyans is more related to the presence of Europeans in Kandy going back to the Portuguese times. The bottom line is, the Sinhalese are a south Indian people, which means we, the Sinhalese, are a variety of Tamils. In more recent times, during Dutch rule, South Indian labour was imported, and these people, inhabiting the south western seaboard, became Sinhala and Buddhist, eventually becoming rabid with their identity as Sinhala Buddhists. Most of us know Sinhalese who have become Tamil and vice versa due to changing social contexts and affiliations. Our people, Sinhalese and Tamil, have got on well with each other, exchanging goods and services, intermarrying, and worshipping each other’s gods. It’s only those who want to profit by raking up ethnic differences, usually politicians that include our hero kings, that keep re-itering the differences, and covering up what is common.

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      Professor Seneviratne,

      I never said “Sinhalese are fair skinned and the Tamils dark.” I gave an explanation to what Robert Knox’s said in the 17th century based on two possible factors (1) environment (2) ancestral mix. I was not going by the names like “Sudu Manika”! I may be wrong and learned anthropologists like you should give a plausible answer. I have been to Kolli Malai in Tamil Nadu and my impression was the people were fairer than those who live in the low country or coastal areas.

      You are an anthropologist. My question to you is that how do you explain Knox’s statement? I am asking this question because you have questioned my explanation without giving your counter explanation.

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    I do not intend ‘throwing more straw to the burning fire’ but can’t resist put on record what I read some time back, Leonard Woolf’s observation, GROWING p 32-33 (Woolf too is not an authority on not ethnography or anthropology)”It is inhabited (referring to Jaffna)by Tamils, who are Hindus and generally darker and dourer than the Sinhalese…..” Please note that this is not my view or I endorse it but just to bring it to your forum.

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    Dr Fernando,

    When I mentioned the “Sinhalese are fair skinned and the Tamils dark” theory, I neither said nor implied that you subscribed to it. On the contrary, I thought your article tried to weigh the evidence carefully and objectively. I do not think there is any disagreement between us. What I meant as laughable is the belief, held by substantial sections of the Sinhalese, that they are Aryans, and fair skinned, and the Tamils are dark and belong to an entirely different stock.

    I did mean to point out that the Tamils are part of the same “ancestral mix of people who came from the Northern parts of India” as the Sinhalese. As you noticed in your travels in Tamil Nadu we find different shades of skin colour in South India That’s the same as we find in Lanka.

    In my view, many more people came to Lanka from the southern regions of India than from the north.

    My intention in joining this discussion is to contribute to a climate of better mutual understanding of what the Sinhalaese and the Tamils share as opposed to highlighting the differences.

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      Professor Seneviratne,

      I appreciate your clarification. I always thought that we hold similar views. Yes, climate for better mutual understanding is necessary. We also should be open for discussion of relevant issues and place a balanced view on both sides. The best possible knowledge on all relevant issues is important.

      Laksiri

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    You are wrong about climate changing physical differences to that extent. You cannot compare someone that looks like Hrithik Roshan bollywood actor with sharp nose, brown eyes, skull shape to that of a black skinned Tamil or a “browner Tamil”. Climate cannot change those differences to such an extent. There are hot places like Indonesia, Central america, the people are not black but steady brown and darker brown but their facial and skull, eye socket, nose structure largely match.

    Also people who live in the same hot climate have 2 skin-facial features that obviously cannot be done by climate, but by genetics.

    Latest DNA research has shown that much of South Asia is a mix between ANI ancestral north Indian gene whose relations is with Central Asian and Middle Eastern + ASI (ancestral south Indian gene) that are unique to indigenous India and found in its purest form among the Andaman Island tribes that are totally black. North Indians have 80% ANI Gene, and South Indians have 80% ASI gene, those with the highest ASI gene is black.

    That DOES NOT make them one race, rather a mixed race people carrying genetic markers in different proportion. Haplogroup marking is another genetic thing that can show the difference clearly as there are distinct people who came.

    Tamils and Sinhalese are different by and large, but both also have mix of dravidian in them. Language, culture, lineage all make a huge difference.

    You refered to Tamils having “lighter skinned Tamils” among them. They are not “tamils” but “assimiliated outsiders” who adopted Tamil. Do not forget many north Indians came and intermarried with Tamil warrior clans in Tamil nadu, so you have people with ANI gene who came to Tamils. The large bulk of tamils are close to the indigenous original inhabitants of the Indian subcvontinent before Iranian and Afghan blooded people came.

    Sri Lanka also had traders from middle east, Iran coming in. Some even adopted local names to blend in as they settled.

    The end thing is to accept DIFFERENCES as it is and learning to live with it, rather than eroding differences to build some “artificial united racial identity” to bring peace.

    There is no proof that even if Sri lanka was only Sinhalese, there would be peace, people will still fight each other. At the end of the day, Race does not cause conflicts, ideology and cultural incompatibility causes conflicts, those things have to be addressed in how to co-exist.

    Accept Sri Lanka as a multi-racial nation rather than a mono-racial nation.

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      Yeah well, then the same can be said about Sinhalese. Only the darkies are ‘real’ Sinhalese.

      Ever seen Brahmin Tamils?

      You Sinhalese still feel the need to hide a huge inferiority complex. Pathetic aren’t you? :D

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        Yes. I have seen Brahmin Tamils. And they are on average comparable to similar complexioned unmixed middle class sinhalese from regions like Matale and other central regions with unmixed Sinhalese populations.

        And the darkies among Sinhalese are the Sinhalese who are more mixed with Tamils and adivasi Veddoids. Pure or more unmixed Sinhalese are more closer to Bengalis who are north indians. This is why Sinhalese speak and Indo-Aryan language and are closer to West Bengalis. 72% of Sinhalese are genetically Bengalis with dominant Bengali genetic contribution.

        And Tamils being more dark skinned than Sinhalese is a true and acceptable observation which has been proven even by genetic research. If evidence is required for that statement you may read the extract provided below.

        In 2008 a study looked at SLC24A5 polymorphism which accounts for 25-40% of the skin complexion difference between Europeans and Africans[20] and up to 30% of skin colour variation in South Asians.[21][22] The study found that the rs1426654 SNP of SLC24A5, which is fixed in European populations[23] and found more commonly in light skinned individuals than dark skinned individuals (49% compared to 10%), has a frequency of 50-55% in the Sinhalese and 25-30% in Sri Lankan tamils.[22] This allele could have arisen in the Sinhalese due to strong North East Asian genetic admixture, further migration from North India or strong selection factors.

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        The reality “Just me” , is that you Tamils have this underlying need to claim everyone as “Tamil”, When you people are so ashamed of your African heritage. You are basically the descendants of Kenyans and Tanzanians or Somalis that went adrift via a southern land corridor (your mythical kumari kandam continent) or via the Sea route. You are basically related to the Australian Aborginals.

        The “light” skinned version among you are basically mixed breed with some Aryan blood infusion due to some Tamil maids getting raped or engaging in prostitution. The Brahmin Tamils are “Tamilized” descendants of North Indian migrants. Most of you are jet black, with broad nose, thick lips, you are obviously an Aborginal people. Nothing wrong in it, just accept it and live with it. Sinhalese are a mix. Some have tamil blood, some don’t. They are anyway very different in culture, language and history from Tamils.

        I am not a Sinhalese nor a Tamil. Suffice to say but from Western India(Maharashtra). I admire the Sinhalese people, they are the last custodians of Buddhism, that once we had in India.

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      I agree with Stephen.

      Even genetic testing has showed that Sinhalese have more lighter skinned individuals than Tamils when compared to Tamils.

      In 2008 a study looked at SLC24A5 polymorphism which accounts for 25-40% of the skin complexion difference between Europeans and Africans[20] and up to 30% of skin colour variation in South Asians.[21][22] The study found that the rs1426654 SNP of SLC24A5, which is fixed in European populations[23] and found more commonly in light skinned individuals than dark skinned individuals (49% compared to 10%), has a frequency of 50-55% in the Sinhalese and 25-30% in Sri Lankan tamils.[22] This allele could have arisen in the Sinhalese due to strong North East Asian genetic admixture, further migration from North India or strong selection factors.

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