21 September, 2020

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Attacking The Very Foundation Of The Sinhala Belief System

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran

A friend of mine asked; Are you not being stupid in attacking the very foundation of the Sinhala belief system by saying

  1. The Sinhala language came into use only in the 6th or 7th century after Christ
  2. There were no Sinhalese before that
  3. That the Tamils have been the original inhabitants of this Island from pre Buddhistic times
  4. That the Sinhalese have never occupied the North and East in large numbers ever
  5. You have also said that it were the Tamils who received Buddhism into the country.

Apart from being stupid it is a dangerous exercise by you. Why have you done so?

My answer was:I am indeed thankful to you for your concern. You have answered your question already by using the phrase “Sinhala belief system.” It is the erstwhile belief of the Sinhalese which have got piqued by what I am saying. The need to bring these historical facts out arose due to the wrong perception of our Sinhala leaders that this Country is Sinhala Buddhist and that we Tamils are unwanted immigrants of yester years.

Just look at our so called Sinhala leaders. They speak of Sri Lanka being a Sinhala Buddhist Country. It is based on the false beliefs that have been fed into the psyche of the so called Sinhalese Buddhists. Unless they are cleansed of their false beliefs they would not accommodate the indegenous Tamils as their equals. What started as a need to take over administration from the British around 1920 has later got metamorphosed into a need for Sinhala hegemony and such feelings of wanting preponderant influence in Sri Lanka has now got deeply entrenched in the minds of the Sinhalese as their birth right. It is high time the Sinhala Buddhists came face to face with the reality and Truth. 

It is like this. A child is adopted and bought up by the foster parents making the child believe that they are the natural parents of the child. He comes of age. Someone says he is not the son of his parents. He does a DNA test and finds that he is indeed not the child of his so called parents. He asks for the truth. Truth reveals his parents are some others but he had been adopted and bought up as the child of his foster parents.

In the matter under discussion regarding the Sinhala Buddhists we may have still not come to the stage of a full-fledged DNA test being done  though certain DNA tests so far done do reveal the Sinhalese to be Dravidians. But may be I am the outsider who tells the Truth about the Sinhalese Buddhists. These DNA tests need to be done by our Sinhala intellectuals to find out the Truth themselves.

Often those who try to criticize my statements which you have so well summarized in your question become vituperative and abusive. None so far have met the statements you have mentioned in your question scientifically and with historical data. I am waiting for a recognized Historian to give the lie to my statements. Could anyone deny that the Sinhala language came into vogue in the 6th or 7th century AD? The oldest Sinhala inscriptions date from the 6th or 7th century AD and were on pottery. Sinhala literary works date from the 9th century AD. 

That there was no Sinhalese language before the 6th century AD was my first statement. Are there any inscriptions, coins or other evidence of Sinhala language being used before 6th century AD?

If there was no Sinhala language before 6th or 7th centuries there could not have been Sinhalese living prior to the language being born, because the Sinhalese are those who speak the Sinhala language. There is an attempt to show Sinhalese language came from certain prakrit languages in use over 2000 years ago and therefore old Sinhala language prevailed then. That is not correct. My grandfather and grandmother gave birth to my father and my father and mother begot me. Can I say I am my grandfather? There was no contemplation even of a Wigneswaran at the time my grandparents lived. So called old Sinhala is like my grandfather. I am to be considered the present day Sinhala Language. But he was different and I am different. I am not my grandfather. But certainly I came from him. There are Tamil words about 40% which have come into Sinhala language. Does that mean modern Sinhala language is old Tamil language? What about the contribution of Pali in the development of the Sinhala language?

Tamils (Nagas) being the original inhabitants of this Island is well established now. Devanampiya Theesan was Tamil. There were no Sinhalese when Buddhism was introduced to this Island. 

That the Sinhalese never occupied the North and East in large numbers is brought out by the continued reference to Tamil village names throughout history of the lands in the North and East. The Sinhala names now coined for Tamil place names was the result of definite conspiracy within the last 50 or 60 years. I knew the energetic activities of Professor Malalasekera in bringing North Indian words from Delhi to enhance the Sinhalese Vocabulary. I was friendly with Chitrasena to know the effect of foreign Cultures and Music on Sinhala Fine Arts. Sinhalese as a language and Sinhala Culture have no doubt developed phenomenally within the last 60 years or so. But all that is recent. The words in Sinhala for North and East place names were coined recently. There is no evidence of Sinhala place names in the North and East before 6th Century AD.

Lastly my statement that it were the Tamils who received Buddhism is accepted historically. If Sinhalese language came in the 6th or 7th century after Christ how could have Sinhalese been there to receive Buddhism? 

The fundamental question here is when was Sinhala language born? If it were in the 6th or 7th century AD all what I said and ably referred to in your question, are true. Let some Historian who thinks otherwise clarify this, saying Sinhala language has been in existence for over 2500 years. The existence of Tamil language and Saivite culture 2500 years ago has been established decisively.

Danger lurks everywhere. The idea behind the Sinhala politician using the big stick against us is to silence us. The pogroms and riots staged by the Sinhalese Goordas were indeed to terrify us and silence us so that we will not come out with the Truth. Would you want me to keep my mouth shut knowing the Truth just because my life is in danger? You will die. I will die. We all will die. Why this pompousness on the part of the Sinhalese and their discrimination against us? 

*Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Ex- Chief Minister, Northern Province and Secretary General, Thamizh Makkal Kootanii and Co-Chairman, Thamizh Makkal Peravai

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    HOW can a Tamil Leader Archive ANYTHING with the reins in the hands of the Sinhalese’? That is why the Tamils should go back prior to 1833.

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      K Anaga,

      why not going back pre 12th century

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        Yes we could when your Karawa ancestors and the ancestors of the vast majority of the so called Sinhalese Aryans were living in some South Indian village in present day southern Tamil Nadu or in some part of Chera Nadu ( Kerala) either fishing or in the part reserved for Dalits and low castes. The remaining Sinhalese were few and far in between ruled by Tamil kings and aristocrats. Yes we should . Happy . Thanks the Portuguese, the Dutch for importing all these Tamil low castes and untouchables from the Coramandel and Malabar coasts , including your ancestors, in their hundreds of thousands as slave labour and settling them in the south and western coasts , that eventually doubled the Sinhalese population , a few centuries later. Thank the British for amalgamating the Tamil areas in the island, that had always been separate in 1833 with the Sinhalese south to create a new colony called Ceylon . Then giving large chunks of Tamil lands in the north central and north western parts to the Sinhalese , including the hapless Tamil peasants living there , many of them forced to assimilate as Sinhalese. Then in 1948 handing the entire island including the hapless Tamil population to the Sinhalese on a platter, with no protection for the Tamil minorities. when they had no right to have done this. They should have either divided the island as they found , a created a federal system with land and police rights for the Tamil areas and seen to it that the Sinhalese could not interfere with the Tamil areas. They divided India on religious basis , a division that never existed but in Ceylon they gave everything to the Sinhalese.

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma,

          They didn’t find a divided land in the first place buddy. That is why they kept the status quo. And as a matter of fact, I would rather kill my self than living like a Tamil.

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            Please do , it will be a great service to humanity. Other than those morons who avidly lap up your lies and distorted history in Lanka Lies , no one else will miss you.

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        ShenalModaya

        “why not going back pre 12th century”

        Why not going back pre 6 BC century.

        Please refer to
        The Coming of Brahmin Migrants: The Śudra Fate of an Indian Elite in Sri Lanka
        By Prof Gananath Obeyesekere

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    There is an excellent scholar named S. Pathmanathan who has issued a book called Tamil Inscriptions in Sri Lanka, Volume I, distributed by The Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs in 2019. There is amessage from the Minister of National Integration. Why not reading this before commenting on “who was first”?

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    Uppsala University has published four volumes on Buddhism among Tamils. Why not reading them?

    A Buddhist woman’s path to enlightenment : proceedings of a workshop on the Tamil narrative Maṇimēkalai, Uppsala University May 25-29, 1995. – Uppsala : Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 1997. – (Historia religionum ; 13)

    Buddhism among Tamils in Pre-Colonial Tamiḻakam and Īḻam, 2002. Part 1. Prologue. The Pre-Pallava and the Pallava period. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Historia Religionum 19. Uppsala: ACTA, 2002.

    Buddhism among Tamils in Pre-Colonial Tamiḻakam and Īḻam, 2002. Part 2. The Period of the Imperial Cōḻar. Tamiḻakam and Īḻam. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Historia Religionum 20. Uppsala: AUU, 2002.

    Buddhism among Tamils in Pre-Colonial Tamiḻakam and Īḻam, 2002. Part 3. Conclusions. AUU, Historia Religionum 33, 2013. This volume is also e-book.

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    Sinhala racist people and Sinhala racist politicians can beat their chest and cry or bury their heads in sand and not accept the truth…or as CVW says beat the Tamils in to submission and rewrite history, bury Sinhalese art effects in the NE and accidentally discover it and shout eureka!

    The fundamental truth is that Tamil is the oldest language in the world and the oldest civilization in the world. There is proof for this in all the continents

    some times its hard to accept truth

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    Ex CM Vellala Party TNA Wigneswaran has stirred a Hornets Nest by claiming our SriLanka as his first Homeland on planet Earth, where his great, great, great Grand daddys lived even before Buddha came.

    Wonder when their real Homeland Thamil Nadu came into existence?.

    One more thing ,
    Is that Minister Ehelepola who became a buddy of the British Commandos who were trying to capture our last Sinhala King Rajasinghe in Kandy, a relative of the UNP ex Minister Kiriella?.

    Because Minister Kiriella has done well by becoming best buddies with the British Borises , while the poor Ehelepola lost his missus and the two kiddies at the hands of the King Rajasinghe.

    Pity King Rajasinghe was not like Dr Rani Wickremasinghe and lead a UNP Kingdom.

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      KA sumana

      YOU sound a mentally retarded person when you keep repeating the world VEllala ad nauseum like your friend HLD OLD Mahinda fool Pala. You seemed to have an anal fixation with the word Vellala why ?

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    We were sive hala since Ravana and used bramis characters for writing , it transformed slowly to present Sinhala language, Sive hela people were there but language was developd with pali after buddisam that’s is why before buddisam present sinhala language was not there, therefore don try to give different meaning because of language.

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      According to Geological (scientific) evidence, Sri Lanka separated from South India only 7 thousand years ago. The archaeological record dates the very first human habitation (immigrants from Africa) in this (South India-Sri Lanka) region to around 125,000 to 75,000 BCE. Bundala-lena in the Deep South, Fa Hien-lena near Bulathsinhala, Batadomba-lena near Kuruwita (the Balangoda man), Beli-lena at Kitulgala, Alu-lena at Attanagoda and so on were discovered in Sri Lanka. There would have been many ancient tribes and civilizations in the South Asian region (India and Sri Lanka) very similar to other countries where the pre-historic settlement took place by the immigrants from Africa but most of them disappeared over time. The last of them in Sri Lanka are the Vedda people, most probably the descendants of the above pre-historic man in Sri Lanka. The people during the early period who occupied South India and Sri Lanka were of the same stock. These very ancient lost civilizations have nothing to do with the present day Sinhalese or Tamils. In other words, the present day Sinhalese and Tamils are NOT the offsprings of the pre-historic generation of Sri Lanka. The present day population (Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims) are migrants and their ancestry is in India (the latest genetic study on Sri Lankan population proves it). Only the Veddas are the original natives of Sri Lanka who descend from the pre-historic people of Sri Lanka. Through a comparison with the mtDNA it was found that both Tamil and Sinhala clusters were affiliated with the Indian Sub-continent whereas only Vedda people are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka. Please refer:
      https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311415947_PRE_HISTORIC_HUMAN_REMAINS_OF_SRI_LANKA_Sinhala_Edition

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        Absolutely correct, this stupid wigneswaren is a Tamil phobic racist for his political advantage. If this racist is so passionate about rabid Tamilian culture, why would he let his children marry into Sinhalese families. This man is the god father of Tiger terrorists Piraharan. It’s so sad that this psychotic monster does not realize the suffering and the loss endured by people of Srilanka whether it be Tamil or Sinhalese and to this day healings has not done fully – why, then this monster keep lightning the flame of hatred to keep him politically alive at the expense of suffering.

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          Ascot Dexter
          “Why would he let his children marry into Sinhalese families, this man is the god father of Tiger terrorists Piraharan”
          What kind of weed are you smoking? How would a Tiger terrorist Piraharan’s God father let his children marry the Sinhalese???
          Wigneswaran whom Mahinda Rajapakshe once referred to as a non-racist always comes in and utter some racist rubbish (play the communal card) whenever the elections are close. He being the in-law of Minister Vasudeva Nanayakara, they playing a joint game with a hidden agenda. This looks like a big drama played by the government using Vasudeva’s in-law Wigneswaran. Now the question is, who is fooling whom?
          Both Sinhalese and Tamils get carried away by these stupid utterances and responses making matters worse. The Sinhala and Tamil people should be cautious not to get carried away by this Wigneswaran’s stupid utterances.

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        Native Thambapanni,
        “The present day population (Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims) are migrants and their ancestry is in India (the latest genetic study on Sri Lankan population proves it).”

        Did you take tuition from Amarasiri?
        Can you give reference to this ‘latest genetic study on Sri Lankan population’?

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          Blind Eye,

          What is the point of giving reference to you? You never read.
          You are a bloody liar.

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          Eagle Eye:-
          ““The present day population (Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims) are migrants and their ancestry is in India (the latest genetic study on Sri Lankan population proves it).””
          Why stop at India? All Humans originated in Africa, and spread to the rest of the earth!
          The New Corona Virus proves it!
          It does not recognise Human Divisions!
          Let us be like the Corona Virus 19!

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          Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

          “Did you take tuition from Amarasiri?

          Did you?

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      Some Sinhalese have created a new story that the four ancient tribes of Sri Lanka were known as Siv-Hela (meaning four Hela known as Yaksha, Naga, Raksha and Deva) and Siv-Hela became Sinhala (Siv + Hela = Sinhala).

      If one search on the net about Yaksha, Naga, Raksha and Deva, one would find some hilarious myths;

      Yaksha:
      In Hindu myth, Yakshas are chthonic semi-divine beings, half god and half demon. They live under the earth in the Himalayas where they guard the wealth of the earth. They are led by Kubera, the god of wealth. Like their leader, they have all fat bellies and plump legs. They have no special characteristics, are not violent, and are therefore called punyajana (‘good beings’).

      Naga:
      In Hindu myth, Nagas are a primeval race of divine serpent-people that play an important part in religion. They are half human and half snake, and are still worshipped as the bringers of fertility. Nagas are believed to live in palaces (Patala) in the underground city Bhogavati. They are considered the protectors of springs, wells and rivers. They bring rain, and thus fertility, but are also thought to bring disasters such as floods and drought. Their ruler is Sesha. Some of the nagas are: Ananta (symbol of eternity), Vasuki, Manasa (fertility goddess and protector against snake-bites), and Mucilinda.

      Raksha:
      The Rakshas are led by Ravana, their king, and are the eternal enemies of Vishnu, one of the foremost divinities of the Hindu pantheon. They usually appear in the shape of a dog or a bird with a fat body, or as a skeleton.

      Deva:
      Deva in Hinduism and Buddhism, are exalted beings of various types. The term ‘deva’ in Sanskrit means ‘shining one.’ Hinduism recognizes three types of devas: mortals living on a higher realm than other mortals, enlightened people who have realized God, and Brahman in the form of a personal God.

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    Hello Vijaya Lekamge,
    Your suggestion is what all Sri Lankans (avoid the labels Tamils, Sinhalese or Muslims) living in North should follow.
    Develop North and East and create jobs for all – Sri Lanka is a wonderful place.

    Discussions on the origins of Tamils or Sinhalese do not improve the country – we are one. Present proposals for development and NOT articles that instigate unending derogatory comments.
    We have to change our mind set (politicians have a lot to answer for our emotional tribal associations, which are accentuated and exploited to achieve their political aims) and move on to build the country the next generation can be proud of. It is a shame (as one commentator used in a derogatory response) that our women work as domestics in the Middle East to send money to support their families.

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      Yes yes we know what you mean by common Sri Lankan identity , which is Sinhalese identity by stealth nothing else. We also know of the so called development of the Tamil North and East and jobs for all , meaning large employment and settlement of Sinhalese in the name of development, whilst the local Tamils and Muslim Tamils remain marginalised and unemployed or work as menials for their new Sinhalese masters , who are now occupying their lands. Everything is tribal when Tamils asserts themselves for their rights and state the truth but patriotic when Sinhalese ,speak about Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and their Mahavamsa myths. It is only a shame when someone states about the Sinhalese but patriotic when they deride the Tamils. You sit on the side and watch the fun but come here and cry foul, when your so called Sinhalese pride is hurt.

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        Hello Siva Shankaran Sharma,
        Thanks for your response.
        There are capitalist masters all over the world and they can be Tamls, Muslims, Sinhalese or any other ethnic people. We all work for them, which is a different subject for another discussion.

        Do we allow the kind of discussions we now have to cascade down to future generations? OR do we move on?

        I can never understand how discussions on the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka contribute to harmony, although the converse is true where communities are torn apart.

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    According to Mahavamsa prior to the conversion of Devanampiya Theesan those who ruled, including the legendary Vijaya were Hindus. The statements of renowned historian Paul E. Peiris are relevant in this respect. (Nagadipa and Buddhist remains in Jaffna 1917 JRA Journal No. 70 P 12-18)

    “I suggest that the north of Ceylon was a flourishing settlement before Vijaya was born”. Long before the arrival of Vijaya, there were in Lanka five recognized Iswarams of Siva, which claimed and received the adoration of all India. These were Thiru Keteeswaram, Munneswaram, Tondeswaram, Thirukoneswaram and Naguleswaram in the North.”

    Devanampiya Theesan’s father king Mutha Sivan was a Hindu as his name suggests. He is not a Tamil but belongs to the dominant Naga dynasty. Devanampiya Theesan’s brother Mahanama was the founder of Ruhuna kingdom down south. His (Mahanama) grandson was Dutttu Gemenu who defeated the Tamil king Ellara. He is said to have gone to worship the Hindu deity ‘Murugan’ at Kataragama, before proceeding to battle Elara.
    The predominant clan that ruled Ceylon was the Nagas as can be deduced from their names. Example Ila Naga, Sri Naga 1, Maha Naga, Kunji Naga, Kuhanagan, Abhaya Naga etc. The suffix Theesan (Tissa) also denotes they are Nagas.

    So what happened to the Nagas? The Buddist Nagas slowly took the identity of Sinhalese about the 6th century. The Hindu Nagas were assimilated by Hindu Nagas. This is evident by place and personal names like Naga Theevu, Naga Nadu, Naganathan, Nagamma, Nageswary etc,

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      Thanga
      The Northern part of Sri Lanka in ancient times was known as Nagadipa. The Nagas were an old Dravidian tribe from South India (Nagapattinam, Nagakovil, etc). In an inscription dated eleventh Century A.D, at Mamallai-Puram, by the Chola king Udiyayar Sri Rajendra Deva (1040-1069), who defeated the Chalukya king at the battle of Koppa, a copy of a deed by which a piece of land was granted to a temple at Mamallai-Puram is found. It was signed by Nagas including Indupuravan Sanga-Nagan, Uchan-Kilavan Muguli Nagan and many others amongst the high officers of the Chola Kingdom.
      A Tamil poet of the Sangam age, describing a tribe of Nagas, refers to them as ‘chivalrous and intrepid warriors, fierce as tigers in the battle field’ (Mathurai-Kanchi 140-144, A Tamil Sangam work).
      Kanagasabhai in his ‘Tamils Eighteen Hundred Years Ago’, has pointed out that-judging from Ptolemy’s account at Uraiyur (Mc. Crindles Ptolemy, p. 185; Kanagasabhai, ibid. p. 44.), the Chola capital, the Cholas had been displaced by the Sore (Sora) Nagas who were evidently the descendants of the Chola and Naga families who had intermarried. About this period the Nagas, probably as feudatories of the Chola Kings of South India, appear to have been placed as petty kings in various parts of Sri Lanka (ibid. p. 44).
      Note the following names of some of the early Sri Lankan ‘kings:
      Khallata Naga …… 109 B.C. (son of Sada Tissa, the brother of Duttugamunu)
      Cora Naga …… 63 B.C. (son of Valgamba)
      Ila Naga …… 36 A.D. (nephew of Sivali)
      Mahallaka Naga …… 136 A.D. (grandson of Vasabha)
      Kuhunna Naga ….. 186 A.D. (brother of Batiya Tissa)
      Kudda or Kunca Naga …… 188 A.D. (Kutti/Kunchu means small in Tamil)
      Siri Naga I …… 189 A.D. (son of Batiya Tissa)
      Abhaya Naga …… 231 A.D. (brother of Vera Tissa)
      (It is apparent that the Tissa in the list of early kings of Sri Lanka belonged to the Naga tribe).
      Contd…

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        The Nagas who lived in Sri Lanka before the ‘Vijaya invasion’ of Southern Sri Lanka seem to have spoken the Tamil language. This old Tamil mixed with the speech of the Yakkas and with the Sanskrit/Pali of the Buddhist Monks of later centuries developed into the dialect known as Elu, spoken by the people of Ilam, the ancient name by which the Island was called by Tamils. In the CEYLON HISTORICAL QUARTERLY, Vol. I, No. 3, pp. 172-173, we are told the ‘Nagas for certain, living along a belt of country extending from Kelaniya as far as Nagadipa must have migrated from South India long before the Vijaya invasion’.
        There were other early Sri Lankan poets such as Mudagagayar, Ila Nagar, Nilakanthaer referred as having had associations with the Tamil Sangam poets. (‘TAMILAN ANTIQUARY’, Vol. II, No. I, p. 93).
        It is thus clear that the Nagas and Dravidians are one and the same people. It is natural to ask why the term Dravidian has come to be restricted to the people of South India if they are really Nagas. If the Dravidians and Nagas are the same people, why the name Nagas not used to designate people of South India also. This is no doubt a puzzle but it can be solved if certain facts are borne in mind. The word Dravida is not an original word. It is the Sanskritized form of the word Tamil. The original word Tamil when imported into Sanskrit became Damila that later became Dravida. The special application of the use of the word Dravida for the people of South India must not therefore obscure the fact that the Nagas and Dravidas are one and the same people. They are only two different names for the same people. Nagas was a racial or cultural name and Dravida was their linguistic name” concluded Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.

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          Wigneswaran says, Tamils (Nagas) being the original inhabitants of this Island is well established now.
          Dr B.R. Ambedkar says the Nagas and the Dravidians were the same. He says, “The mention of the Nagas in the Rig Veda shows that the Nagas were a very ancient people.” Ambedkar believed that “Dravidians as Nagas occupied not merely southern India but that they occupied the whole of India – South as well as North.” He further says, what is important here is that ‘Dravida’ is not an original word. It is the Sanskritized form of the word ‘Tamil’. The original word ‘Tamil’, when imported into Sanskrit, became ‘Damilla’ and later on Damilla became Dravida. The word ‘Dravida’ is the name of the language of the people and does not denote the race of the people. Tamil or Dravida was not merely the language of South India but before the Aryans came, it was the language of the whole of India and was spoken from Kashmir to Cape Comorin. In fact, it was the language of the Nagas throughout India. The Nagas in North India gave up Tamil, which was their mother tongue and adopted Sanskrit in its place. The Nagas in South India retained Tamil as their mother tongue and did not adopt Sanskrit, the language of the Aryans. If this difference is borne in mind it will help to explain why the name Dravida came to be applied only for the people of South India. The necessity for the application of the name Dravida to the Nagas of northern India had ceased because they had ceased to speak the Dravida language.
          Refer: https://www.forwardpress.in/2017/09/dr-ambedkar-on-asuras/#_edn8

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            The Nagas (“Naga” literally means “snake” or “serpent” in Sanskrit, Pali and Tamil) were believed to be ancient people who once inhabited the Indian sub-continent (including Sri Lanka). They were also known as original inhabitant of this sub-continent. The Sanskrit text (Mahabharata epic) begins with the history of Nagas. Nagas are also mentioned in the Ramayana and Rig Veda. The Jaffna Peninsula was mentioned in Tamil literature (the twin epics of ancient Tamils Silappatikaram and Manimekalai) as Naga Nadu and in the Pali literature (Deepavamsa and Mahavamsa) as Nagadeepa. Naga Nadu, or the whole island was also known as Serantheevu, derived from Dravidian words Seran (meaning Naga) and theevu (meaning island). Cognates of the word Naga include Nayār, Nair, Naynār and Nāyakar, which are names of various communities in South India. Nagas had been Dravidians and the Tamils are descendants of them. The Nagas were also known by the Dravidian term Seran.

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              Nagadevan your Arguments are just ‘Words, Words, Words’!
              When we have New Developments in Science and Knowledge, why go back to Mythology to prove Our Origins?

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    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok and Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University, PraChan, Bangkok
    Published a paper in Journal of Human Genetics (2014). Title of the paper is Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations
    Their conclusions are summarised below. mtDNA is what you inherit from your mother.
    ‘This study demonstrates the mtDNA genetic relationships among five main recognized ethnic groups on the island of Sri Lanka, as well as their affiliations with several ethnic people of the Greater Indian subcontinent. All the island populations, except some subgroups of the Vedda, form close genetic affiliations among themselves and with majority of the groups from the mainland suggesting the origin of the majority of the island population on the Indian mainland. No definite association of the Sinhalese with any specific ethnic or linguistic groups of India was, however, detected in this study; thus, their exact immediate origin on the mainland remains yet to be confirmed.
    There is no clear genetic separation based on the PCA map between Sinhalese and Tamils, and between Up- and Low-country Sinhalese of Sri Lanka. The latter phenomenon suggests a recent division of the Sinhalese into Up- and Low-country, the fact confirmed on historical grounds……..
    For the groups represented in this study, majority of the up- country Sinhalese formed closer association among themselves than did their Low-country ethnic counterparts. This is to a certain degree explicable in a light of the isolation-by-distance; ………The genetic distinctiveness of the Vedda people on the island of Sri Lanka as reported in this study confirm previous analyses of nuclear markers’

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      Shan…

      Nice try. “Marainthirunthe Parkum Marmamenna”

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    There is no proof beyond doubt when the Jaffna kingdom commenced. A serious conjecture is that Kalinga Maha who had strong connection to Rameshvaram brought an army of mainly Tamils and Malayalies and defeated the reigning king of Polannaruwa, Parakrama Pandian and ruled for 21 years. Chulavamsa describes Kalinga Maha as Demala warrior from Kalinga. After his defeat in 1236 by by Vijayabahu III, he may have moved to Jaffna and ruled from there. The Telugu connection only commenced after vijayanagara empire occupied Madurai in 1378. In 1450 Chenbahaperumal( Sapumal Kumaraiya) defeated the Jaffna king and ruled from there. He went back to Kote in 1467. Kanakasuriya Singaiariyan retook the Jaffna Kingdom from Kote. He seems to have received help from Vijayanagara kings in this endeavour. To the best of my knowledge the Telugu connection seriously started when the Nayakars became rulers of the Kandyan kingdom

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      Descendants of Dravida slaves are wasting time to create a history for themselves. Before the arrival of Portuguese only a small number of Demalu lived in Sinhale. Portuguese, Dutch and British brought millions of Dravida slaves from Dravida Nadu and dumped them in Sinhale. 98% of Demalu in Sinhale are descendants of Dravida slaves. Remaining 2% are descendants of Dravida invaders who invaded Sinhale 52 times and ‘Kallathonis’ who came from Hindusthan and settled in Tirikunamale and Madakalapuwa.

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        And in the same time, born Bps of your nature makes every effort to put us the sinhalaya above. I really dont know – now regardless of our race, religion or whatever other parameters, corona could infect to anyone, …. right that means, that alone proves, we are all srilankens. At least today, you BP please let that go through your head. Leave your ultra racism aside and try to breath in well. You are the most abusive man, to represent our race. We are all not such opinion holders as you guys are inherited.

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        You are an ignorant liar blind eye.

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    very enlightening to read all these. but what does it matter in the end if we could live in peace without any show of superiority. haven’t we seen the fate of those who came before our times. all this talk of racial issues will never take us anywhere.

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    Items like this should not be presented for reading to the general public as it contains baseless and falsely presented pseudo facts based on conjecture as it could spark off racial amd ethnic animosities..
    The is nothing by way of relevant authenticity in any of the information attesting to the Tamil issue relating to complete or partial occupation of Sri Lanka where it is a well known fact that there are elements within and without the Nation who regularly albeit falsely propagate the theme of Tamil occupation in ancient times without a smidgen of evidence solely for their own agendas.

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      At least we know that you and the ancestors of half the present day Sinhalese only arrived from the South Indian Dalit or fishing villages from what is present day Tamil Nadu and then Tamil Kerala , after the Portuguese and Dutch arrived in the island. Then for convenience gradually took on a Sinhalese identity and largely Portuguese sur names , to hide your low caste South Indian Tamil names. Just like yours , which means Pear Tree in Portuguese. All these recently Sinhalised. Tamil South Indian origin low castes and high castes , are now the biggest anti Tamils and supporters of the Sinhalese Aryan myth , going around beating the anti Tamil drum like, to hide their recent South Indian immigrant origin. Even your Mahavamsa myth by trying to portray the Tamils as outsiders , only confirmed their ancient presence in the island and their kingdoms in the north and east . it also confirms that the king who converted to Buddhism had a Tamil father called king Mootha Sivan meaning the great or venerated Lord Siva in pure Tamil and the so called Sinhalese hero Dutta Gamini ( how can he be Sinhalese when 2300 years ago there were no Sinhalese people or language) also had a Tamil Daddy , as his name or title was Kaavan Thissan or Kakkai Vanna Thissan all pure Tamil names or titles. For the Mahavamsa fable any Tamil who did not convert to Buddhism and take on the evolving Sinhalese identity , was an outsider and alien. Just like in Medieval Christian Europe all people practising the ancient religions were called by all sorts of names and were treated as outsiders and killed. Funny for Mahavama Tamil Pandians and Chera were insiders, as they were the allies of the Sinhalese and most of the so called Sinhalese kings were of Pandians. However Tamil Cholas , who were the allies of the native Tamils were outsiders and enemies.

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    Hi Wiggy

    Attacking The Very Foundation Of The Sinhala Belief System.

    *** It is now Shiv Sena -v- BBS. Let us see who has better memory power and fire power.

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    Native, of course you’re correct to remind us of
    Paranavitana’s interlinear fiasco, but I dont think he lost ALL credibility as a result. And I dont recall that any of his Sigiri graffiti readings were accused of resulting from “hallucinations” as James Rutnam (would that he were still with us) suggested produced the interlinear apparitions.

    If only my archaeologist partner of over 50 years were still around to consult about this. I’m forgetting so much of what I learnt from him.

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    Let’s look at what the present situation is :

    1. Are there ANY Sinhala/Sinhalese in India other than those that have gone originally from Sri Lanka. ???

    2.Why is the Tamil culture (music, food,marriage,habits) so similar to Tamil Nadu people ???

    3.If the Tamils were the original people why did they NOT take over the WHOLE country and unify as Tamil or develop closer alliances against South Indian invasion littered throughout the history of Sri Lanka……

    4. Why did the Soli of invade Sri Lanka in the time of Duttugamunu and 100 years later during the time of Walagambahu..the great grandson of Dutugamunu…..(Who I think by the way the greatest Sri Lanka king …..)

    5. Australia, Canada, Americas have native population they don’t have one language in those respective countries DOES that mean they , those peoples’ don’t exist as an ethnic group…????

    6. The MOST fundamental things of human existence have a SINHALA word that is COMPLETELY different to TAMIL…..Say abdominal area…sinhala (Bada) ..what is Tamil word…Elephant (Aliya)….peacock (Monara)…..Hand Atha…legs ..Kakul/paya…
    ………The Tamil words are used for complex task description ….and for the use of commercial tasks and functions…because Natives in Sri Lanka like the indigenous people in ALL countries prior to colonisation were not sophisticated….THEY WERE TRIBAL……Those that invaded Sri Lanka time and again in the past were advanced that is why they dominated the locals….

    BUT locals ALWAY ALWAYS resisted this domination and came back and took what they recognise as theirs…..this is the STORY OF THE SINHALE, SINHALESE AND SINHALA……THOSE WHO ARE ROOTED IN SRI LANKA AND BECAME PART OF THIS ISLAND TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHER BECAME SINHALA/SINHALESE……

    IF YOU DON’T LIKE THIS SORRY….WHAT ABOUT DIVEHI LANGUAGE OF MALDIVES..CLOSEST RELATIVE OF SINHAL

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      Chingkalla voiceless , everything about the Chingkallams reflects the Thamizh people. Culture ,Food , Language , Dress, Customs, Festivals. Even the Hindu gods they worship. Pattini , Ayanayake( Ayanar) and Thamizh god Lord Murugan is their war god. Chingkalla DNA is 70% or more Thamizh. Half the present day Chingkallams are descended from Thamizh low caste slave labour that was imported into the island during the Portuguese and Dutch era. Even the other half have lots of Thamizh blood , especially Pandian, Chera and Naicker. Yes many Chingalla words are different from Thamizh as they have borrowed lots of words from Pali , when Buddhism arrived. and now Samaskirutham to prove that they are Aryan , especially from 1948. Deliberately started to Sanskritize Chingkallam. Change music dance to north Indian but still Chingkalla dances , music , all very similar to dances and music from Kerala , that was ancient Tjamizh Chera Nadu and to Southern Thamizh Nadu. Chingkalla Bera is Thamizh Parai ( the Para Melam) , Chingkalla Udaki is the Thamizh drum Udukai. All devil and thovil dances very similar to Keralam and Southern Thamizh Nadu. Nothing North Indian or Aryan. However despite all these antics 40% of Chingkalla vocabulary is from its Thamizh Amma , Like Chingkalla word for mother is Thamizh Amma , Father Thatha or Appachchi . Thamizh again. Elder sister Akka, younger sister Nangi surprise all from Thamizh , Stone Gal from Thamizh Kal. I can go on . 100% of Chingkalla grammar, syntax, lexicon and the alphabet all from Thamizh Amma. Chingkallam only has a Indo Aryan super structure but its foundation is strongly Thamizh . Proving that the people who now speak Chingkallam originally spoke Thamizh or a semi Thamizh dialect. This is why 40% of the vocabulary , lexicon , syntax and alphabet all from Thamizh Ammi.

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    Surely it should be possible to write a more dignified history for the Tamils than these grotesque stories about Sinhalese kings being Tamils and language transformations where Tamils got mutated into Sinhalese due to the use of Pali the liturgical language of Buddhism. Besides being unattainable these nonsensical theories are constituted of extreme hate-speech against Sinhalese and are nothing but attempts at creating a history for the Tamils by negating and appropriating Sinhalese history. In the process cherished Sinhalese kings are made into Tamils, Sinhalese are pushed out from important events in Sinhalese history like the coming of Buddhism and Tamils are placed in the place of Sinhalese. Even the language of the thousands of Sinhala-Brahmi inscriptions is supposed to be something called “the Prakrit language” or Tamil, and it is claimed that the Sinhala language did not exist at that time. Sinhalese legends and myths are either ridiculed or appropriated and made into Tamil ones or Tamil myths are imported directly from Tamilnadu and placed in important Sinhalese places; example – the Tamil myth of Valli-Murugan has been imported and grafted into our Kataragama and then the Tamils claim that the Sinhalese God Kataragama is their Tamil God Murugan. Even the Vaeddas are not spared in the Tamils’ predatory hunt for making a history for themselves. In the Valli-Murugan myth Valli is claimed by the Tamils to be a Vaedda girl while the original myth from Tamilnadu happens in Vallimalai in Tontainadu. The name Kataragama itself is Tamilized into the unrecognisable Tamil form Kathirkamam. Tamilizing Kataragama has been important for Tamils to lay claims on the territory down south too and is a good example where Tamils through nonsensical theories and cunning myth making have tried to appropriate Sinhalese history.
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      All these bogus historical claims Tamils are making started only in the last years of the 19th century. Prior to that the Tamils were quite happy and proud to be from Tamilnadu and they were true to their identity. The prevailing idea Tamils had about their history in 18th century is narrated in the Yaalpana Vaipava Malai, which clearly describes the Tamils as immigrants coming from Tamilnadu. Let alone king Devanampiyatissa, Tamils had not heard of Elara even. The question which arises is, why is it that Tamils are so obsessed with claiming an indigenous history now? Isn’t it more dignified to be proud of the real Tamil history? What we must all know is that we cannot change history, but we can change what history means. Just because a people are an immigrant community or a diaspora it does not mean that they have lesser rights in a country. In Srilanka too Sinhalese have never deprived Tamils of any citizens’ rights, but the Tamils keep claiming that they are being discriminated and do not have equal rights. But the real issue as it is very evident from the comments here is not about rights, its about Tamils wanting to get equal with the Sinhalese when it comes to everything, including history. This is because of Tamil nationalism, which is an unnatural intrusion and as such it does not have any space in this small island. Tamils must ask the question, is it the fault of the Sinhalese that the Tamil history is in Tamilnadu? History in this region is very well documented and according to Tamil history too the Tamil country was in Tamilakam and this island according to ancient Tamils is the country of the Sinhalese.

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        When Wigneshwaran asks “Why this pompousness on the part of the Sinhalese and their discrimination against us?” he should know that it is not the Sinhalese that are saying that Tamils outside Tamilakam are immigrants but Tamil history itself says it. Sinhalese forever will look at the Tamils as immigrants from Tamilnadu, no amount of books or bogus theories and etymologies are going to change that. What can be changed is how the Sinhalese look at Tamils and change the present environment of hostile perceptions of the Tamils into a loving brotherly one. For that Tamils must change their behaviour and attitudes and stop this confrontational approach to everything, the Sinhalese will automatically react with a positive perception of the Tamils. This is only natural, as every good and kind action will produce more good and kindness. Politicians like Wigneshwaran should stop anti-Sinhalese propaganda and attacks on Sinhalese identity and history. Sinhalese identity and history in this island is not something that can be erased without erasing everything that this island has ever produced. Wigneshwaran should also know that his attacks on the Sinhalese and his grotesque theories, insults, denigration of the Sinhala people and the wholesale appropriation of Sinhalese cultural and historical heritage is a criminal act according to international laws. Tamils must understand that there is nothing that makes the Sinhalese more upset at the Tamils than these outrageous historical distortions and most importantly Tamils must know that the Tamils can make the same political demands standing firmly and proudly on the real Tamil history. Tamils do not need these grotesque nonsensical theories, which not only attempt to change the history of this island, but they also change the character and the identity of the Tamils themselves.
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    Pandi Kutti:-
    The Corona Virus seems to be the only organism that does not recognise differences among Humans!
    How intelligent of it!
    All these Man-Made differences that you list in the Above Comment, show the limited extent of your Intellect!

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