23 September, 2019

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Batakotte (Vadukoddai) Resolution Written By Jaffna Pinocchios

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Starting from the Dutch period to modern times, the Jaffna Tamil leadership, which consisted exclusively of the Vellalas, relied entirely on two fundamental ideologies to retain their power and privileges in the peninsula. Both ruling ideologies were defined in two separate documents. First was the Tesawalamai codified by Class Isaacksz, Dissawe of Jaffna, on January 30, 1707, for the guidance of Dutch rulers. Second was the Batakotte (Tamilised as Vadukoddai) Resolution (1976) written by the Vellalas for the preservation and glory of the Vellalas.

The Tamil translation of the Tesawalamai was vetted and endorsed by the twelve Jaffna mudliyars (all of whom were Vellalas) as the primary laws and customs of the land. In essence, it legitimised and consolidated the power of the ruling elite, the Vellahlas. Like most laws it represented the social, economic and political interests of the ruling Vellalas. It confirmed the hierarchical status of the Vellalas which included the right to own and rule over the low-castes and the slaves imported from S. India. The oppressed low-castes were legally condemned as human beings unfit for Vellala society. The low-castes remained as slaves and outcasts. They neither had the organisational power nor a leadership (example: Dr. Ambedkar of India) to challenge the oppressive might of the ruling Vellalas. The Dutch and the British accepted Tesawalamai as the legal norm and they turned a blind eye to Vellala oppression, as long as the Vellalas played their subservient role to the colonial masters.

The Batakotte Resolution, on the other hand, defined the ultimate political ambitions of the Vellalas to retain their political supremacy which was under siege by the invasions of modernity in the dying days of the British raj and post-independent era. On May 14, 1976 the creme de la creme of the Tamil elite met at Batakotte to present their political manifesto to establish a separate state – the last refuge of Vellalas to retain their power, prestige and privileges. In the feudal and colonial periods they legitimised their oppressive rule on the casteist ideology derived from Hinduism. In the post-independent era they switched to Tamil nationalism because the divine rights guaranteed in Hinduism could no longer justify their supremacy over the restless non-Vellala population rising against Vellala oppressors.

The Batakotte Resolution produced the alternative ideology of “Tamil nationalism” to replace anachronistic Hindu casteism. It now stands as the political Bible of the Tamils which contains the essential arguments for the establishment of Tamil Eelam – arguments derived from their version of history. It also outlined their means / strategies to achieve Eelam. It is necessary to examine this document even at this late stage because there isn’t a greater declaration of the Tamils justifying Tamil separatist politics and Tamil violence that went along with it. After the Batakotte Resolution a whole new industry began to justify Tamil separatism and violence.

Among those who drafted it are S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the Father of Tamil separatism, Appapillai Amirthalingam, Dr. E. M. V. Naganathan, joined by the elitist Vellalas. The authors of the Batakotte Resolution scoured the nooks and corners of history to produce a plausible justification for the creation of a separate state. Every word in it was written to pave the path for Eelam. They never expected it to end in Nandikadal.

Like all politics of Jaffna in British and post-independent times, it was drafted by the English-speaking, Saivite, Jaffna Vellala elite for the power and glory of their caste. It is the ultimate political manifesto of the Tamils which laid down the central arguments for (1) the declaration of war against the rest by the Tamil leadership, (2) on the promise of creating a separate state for the Tamils of the North. What is examined here is not their tragic political miscalculations which led the Tamils into the arms of fascist tyrant, Prabhakaran, and through him to Nandikadal. The focus here is on one of the central arguments of the Batakotte Resolution which is stated in the opening paragraphs of the Resolution. This is how it is worded in the second paragraph:

Whereas, the Tamil Kingdom was overthrown in war and conquered by the Portuguese in 1619, and from them by the Dutch and the British in turn, independent of the Sinhalese Kingdoms; And,

Whereas, the British Colonists, who ruled the territories of the Sinhalese and Tamil Kingdoms separately, joined under compulsion the territories of the Sinhalese and the Tamil Kingdoms for purposes of administrative convenience on the recommendation of the Colebrooke Commission in 1833; And,

Whereas, the Tamil Leaders were in the forefront of the Freedom movement to rid Ceylon of colonial bondage which ultimately led to the grant of independence to Ceylon in 1948; And,

Whereas, the foregoing facts of history were completely overlooked, and power over the entire country was transferred to the Sinhalese nation on the basis of a numerical majority, thereby reducing the amil nation to the position of subject people;”

Error 1 : The Tamils blame the British for overlooking the facts of history and handing over power to the Sinhalese nation on the basis of numerical majority. In saying this the Battakottians contradict their own claim that they joined hands with the majority to win independence. According to the argument of the Tamils, independence was granted because the majority and the minority joined hands together to live together as one nation. If they “were in the forefront of the Freedom movement to rid Ceylon of colonial bondage” and if they fought together for the birth of one nation how could the British transfer power to the Tamils who never asked for a separate state? So why should the British be blamed for the miscalculated afterthoughts of the Tamils? The Battakotte argument that the Tamils joined hands with majority disprove their claim that power was transferred “on the basis of numerical majority.”

Error 2 : According to the Batakotte argument, power was transferred by the Tamil king (Sankili II) in 1619 to the Portuguese, who handed it over to the Dutch who handed it over to the British and, at independence, according to Tamil logic, the British should have transferred power back to the Tamils who transferred power initially to the Portuguese. This argument stands out as the central argument argument for the creation of a separate state. They argue that the British should have recognised the sequence of historical events and transferred power back to the Tamils who initially handed their power to the Portuguese.

The bankruptcy of Tamil politics is revealed in this Resolution. It confirms that the best of Tamil leadership had no better argument than this unsustainable assertion drawn from their version of history. In the first place, there are no credible records in history to justify this argument. More of this later. But on the surface of it alone, this is argument reveals the failure of the Jaffna Tamil leadership to justify their claim even with a modicum of commonsensical reasoning. In examining this argument closely it is clear that it verges on the edge of irrational absurdity.

The implication of this argument is that the British had a moral, political and legal obligation to hand over power to the Tamils in 1948 because the Sankili II handed over power to the Portuguese in 1619. If this argument is valid then the British should have handed over the territories / kingdoms they acquired from the maharajas of India to their descendants and not to Nehru or Jinnah. Where would India be today if the Batakotte argument was raised to break-up the sub-continent into separate states?

The argument that the British should have handed over the territory they held under colonial rule to extinct regional powers who held it once upon a time is not justifiable because both India and Sri Lanka fought for freedom not on a regional basis but on a common national front. This is conceded by the Tamils in the Battakotte Resolution. If, as stated in the Batakotte Resolution, the Tamils were “in the forefront of the independent movement of Ceylon”, there was no necessity for the British to recognise regional borders. More so, because the Tamils never asked for a separate state in 1948. That began on December 18, 1949 when S. J. V. Chelvanayakam launched his Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachci at the GCSU Hall in Maradana. Mark you, not in Jaffna – the so-called “homeland” of the Tamils!

Nor did the Nallur Convention (1619) contain a clause to prove that the Portuguese, or their colonial successors, undertook to hand over Jaffna to the descendants of Sankili II at the time of leaving the shores of Sri Lanka. The plain historical fact is that they captured Sankili II, took him to Goa and hanged him. End of story. So on what basis did the Tamil legal eagles who assembled at Batakotte conclude that the British should have handed over Jaffna to the Tamils? In any case, the successive colonial masters (the Dutch and the British) had no contractual agreement with each other or with the Tamils to hand over power to the descendants of Sankili II. If this argument is valid then the British should have handed over power in 1948 to the Kandyans which is the only state with whom they concluded a treaty of accession. There is no tenable theory to prove that the regional borders of feudal times should remain valid in mid-twentieth century. The fact that there was a separate kingdom in feudal times does not necessarily mean that the colonial masters had to restore in 1948 the bygone borders of 1619.

Besides, why stop at the borders of 1619? Why not go beyond that to the time when the Sinhalese borders circled the entire island. The British, in fact, did nothing wrong. They transferred power to the nation as a whole, based on the original borders established by Dutugemunu and Parakramabahu who, among others, were the sole sovereigns from coast to coast without any regional borders obstructing their supremacy. Their claim supersedes that of latter-day feudatories of Tamil rulers, who invariably paid tributes to the Sinhala kings. Fr. Queroz states that Jaffna was one of the fifteen kinglets that paid tribute to the Sinhala kings. The British, restored the historical borders of the Sinhala sovereigns that ruled the nation before the itinerant Tamil migrants established, for the first time, a permanent settlement in the 13th century.Tamil historians dates the Tamil kingdom from 1215 – 1619. The British, therefore, rightfully transferred power to the Sinhala sovereigns who ruled Jaffna before 1215 without any borders..

Besides, this there is a more telling historical argument which debunks their claim of Tamil power being transferred by the last King of Jaffna to the Portuguese. The Batakotte argument assumes that power was transferred to the Portuguese by the last Tamil King of Jaffna, Sankili II. If this claim is historically accurate then there is the possibility of mounting an argument on the grounds that power was transferred by Sankili II, however flimsy it may be. But history records a different story. The last battle for Jaffna was not fought by Sankili II but by the King of Kandy, Senarat in 1629. This makes him the last king of Jaffna and power finally flowed from him to the Portuguese. So this knocks the bottom out of the Batakotte argument that power was transferred by the Sankili in 1619.

In 1629, King Senarat of Kandy, whose two sons had married princesses of Jaffna, sent his kinsman, Mudliyar Atapattu to rescue Jaffna from the tyrannical grip of the Portuguese who were persecuting the people of Jaffna. Mudliyar Attapattu swept through Jaffna, virtually unopposed with the backing of the oppressed Tamils. For a short while Mudliyar Atapattu was the master of Jaffna, as stated by Queroz, until Constantine de Saa sent his forces from the south to defeat him.

History records that the last battle for Jaffna was fought by the Sinhalese. And power flowed from Sinhala-Buddhist king to the Portuguese. This negates the basic argument in the Batakotte Resolution that power was transferred by the Tamil king to the Portuguese.

In an earlier article (see : The last king of Jaffna was a Sinhala-BuddhistColombo Telegraph) I cited the Portuguese historians who confirmed that it was the Sinhalese who waged the last battle to save Jaffna from the Portuguese oppressors. Mahinda Rajapakse repeated that history when he fought the final battle to save Jaffna from the fascist oppression of Velupillai Prabhakaran – the first born child of the Batakotte Resolution. Ironically, it was the children of the Batakotte Resolution that turned the guns on the Fathers who legitimised their brutal violence.

It seems that history has a way of making those who distort its sacred contents pay dearly for their inexcusable sins.

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  • 17
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    Takes one Pinocchio to know another!

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      The last world this rabble rouser would shed shortly before his death would surely be “vellala”. Get a life man.

      Hatred and segregation will not take us anywhere. You together with your spinn doctor DJ have done enough in the line of dividing nation. So I dont think you need much more to do in that line.

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        Independent movement of Ceylon?
        What bloody “Independent movement” did Ceylon have??

        The Sri Lankans did not fight with British as a nation would fight against a colonial power for independence. Neither did any Sri Lankan movement organize any Gandhian style protests for independence.

        Unlike the Indians (Mahatma Gandhi, Jawalhal Nehru, Mohd Ali Ginna, Subash Chandra Bose, and others) who suffered for their Independence, the Sinhalese whom Anagarika Dhammapala termed as ‘Kalu Suddho’ collaborated with the British, who gave us Independence on a platter (without shedding a single drop of tears, sweat or blood) and made them leaders to rule the entire country.

        The Indian leaders Mohandas Gandhi along with Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohamad Ali Jinna fought for it peacefully, Subash Chandra Bose fought for it violently, and Sri Lanka got it free on a platter without spilling any blood, sweat or tears.

        When the British gave independence to India, they found that it is time to leave this region and it is pointless keeping a tiny country like Sri Lanka. In 1948, we got it free on a platter, thanks to Gandhi and the Indians. Go and listen to Nanda Malini’s song ‘Nidahas baila’, it is very well composed with the facts.

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          Kumar

          When did it occur to you that you would one day have educated a liar, a public racist, who has no new idea apart from spewing hatred towards “other” people, justifies all forms of crimes against them.

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            “Error 1: The Tamils blame the British for overlooking the facts of history and handing over power to the Sinhalese nation on the basis of numerical majority. In saying this the Tamils contradict their own claim that they joined hands with the majority to win independence. So why the British should be blamed?”

            Here I partly agree with HLDM.

            The Tamils can blame the British for unifying the separate Tamil federal Kingdom with the Sinhala state in 1833. Right from after the fall of Jaffna Kingdom in 1624 to the Portuguese, and then to the Dutch, and the British, the Tamil speaking territory remained as a federal state up to 1833. Only after 1833, the British integrated all the federal states and made them into one unitary state.

            However, as HLDM points out, the Tamil leaders foolishly trusted/believed the Sinhalese leaders and joined hands with them to win independence whereas in India, even though Mohd Ali Ginna was a close friend of Gandhi and Nehru, he did not want the Muslims to be ruled by Hindu India and asked for separation (Pakistan) at independence. At independence, our Tamil leaders should have at least asked for federalism. The Tamils should not blame anyone for our own mistakes.

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              Remember Tamils asked for 50-50 and even British were disgusted with that.
              The Vellalas wanted to keep Vellala hegemony and continue with the minority rule over majority..

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              “Tamils leaders should have at least asked for federalism at the point of independence”.
              Well said Kumar.
              In fact I have a cartoon by Colette depicting that indecision of the different community minority leaders of SL at that period of time

            • 0
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              A big ‘:-D’ goes to Kumar’s day dreams with regard to “Jaffna Kingdom existed prior to 1624”!

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                Max; good to see you though after a long time.

                I thought your bosses (Rajapakshe peretha thatuwa) had punished you for not having done enough to protect their bums.

                Anyways, how many more months they would be able to hire you and the licking folks is the question.

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                me too, I thought, Max may have drowned inthe flowing toilet pits of Rajapakshe.

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              this so called kingdom had only small porion of northern penisula, When did you attach eastern district to that?

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                srinathan gunaratnan

                “When did you attach eastern district to that”

                About 200 million years ago.

                Geologically the East has always been attached to the North.

                The plate tectonic theory suggests that the rocks of these areas and rocks forming most of south India were part of a single southern landmass called Gondwanaland.

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            why should we read the klind of articles if we know they can only widen the gap between groups in the society?

            xxxxxxwhy the men in their retirement age cant yet grasp the impact of the kind of articles ?

            Why our people stay talking the kind of deficiencies than making every effort to see it forward ?

            I have the feeing CT should also bear some responsibility when allowing the kind of racial men to publish their articles on this platoform ?

            In Germany even after 70 years gone since the WW II – there are still some taboos in the society, … they dont talk them open as they can.. even the foot ball coach greared up th enation in 2006 (soccer world champion) awakening the folks ” we can now flag our national flag again in such occassions, if not when )… until then the folks were like stood still not even holding a national flag in public…. that is all because their black history, but our lankens, as ones wantto hurt the wounds further to add the kind of articles again and again… hurt majority folks.

            These men should belong to prisoners, if their real motives are to hang on with their devious thoughts.

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              Sinhalese need to return the favor

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          Kumar,
          There was an Independence Movement.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_independence_movement#The_Youth_Leagues_and_the_struggle_for_independence

          Please read the references too.

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        Why is CT even giving space for this dumb idiot to spread hatred.

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          What you Fart Burt suggest is CT gives space only to one-sided idiots like you?

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            max moron

            Its you again!!!

            Good to hear from you again.

            You have a good point though unclear what you suggest is that you expect CT to give space not only to Burt but also to all the public racists.

            I have no objection to your suggestion as free speeches exposes the stupid, morons, bigots, racists, crooks, smart ass patriots, ….

            Thanks for your uncompromising stand on free speech. Long live max. Down with max moron and his bigoted views and friends.

    • 17
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      Vattukottai or Battakotte?

      If you happen to go to the Kannyakumari beach in Tamil Nadu, you will find another Vattakottai, a circular fort standing surrounding the wide seaside. Looks like the Sinhala-Buddhists have built another Sinhala ‘Battakotte’ in Tamil Nadu as well. The meaning of Vatta or Vattu in Tamil is round or circular and the meaning of Kottai is Fort. If you see the Portuguese records, they have miss-spelled most of the Sri Lankan names. Calling Vattakottai as Battakotte is not a big mistake when compared to many others. What the Dutch did was, they simply followed what the Portuguese did in misquoting and mis-spelling. The Sinhala-Buddhists are trying to take the maximum advantage from those mis-spellings and coming up with huge assumptions and definite conclusions.

      To understand why the Portuguese misspelled these words, one must analyze the 16th century Portuguese language before coming to such controversial assumptions and conclusions. One reason for this may be that the 16th century Portuguese language did not have the proper phonemes to denote the voiced grapheme of Tamil/Sinhala languages.

      The Tamil word Vaddukoddai has a very clear and logical meaning. Vattukottai or Vaddukoddai is a circular (Vadda/vaddu) masonry structure or fort (Koddai) for defence. What H. L. D. Mahindapala should remember is that he can fool the Sinhalese by calling the Tamil Vattukottai as Sinhala Battakotte but not the Tamils.

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        Kumar

        A friend of mine insists that the place name Battaramulla should be changed to its ancient Tamil form, Paththar Moolai.

        Paththar – Goldsmith.
        Moolai – Corner

        Paththar Moolai – Goldsmith Corner

        Would you agree with her?

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          Bro what he meant battekotte, his old shit balls…ass i believe his wifi tamil sickie….suffering mental disorder….

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            That is how Vadukkodai is mentioned in early maps.

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            Jamis Muthu Banda the Tamil Speaking Sinhalam

            The same friend is also of the opinion that Vattukkottai was originally spelt Vadduk – kottai, derived from Vaddukan Kottai, meaning Northerner’s B**l.

            Vadukka – northerner or foreigner

            Kottai – balls or seeds.

            People in ancient times would have noticed nude South Indian Traders drying their Amude – Kovanam on trees and bushes. The women were banned from that area. The Thesawalamai of ancient times specifically stipulated the girls/woman were banned from Vaddukan Kottai area.

            Senarath Paranavithana had read an Tamil Brahmi inscription unearthed somewhere near Vaddukan Kottai found that it was about banning of Vaddukan Kottai area for Tamil girls/women.

            Do you have any idea?

        • 2
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          ha ha got hurt so much?

          Battaramulla was a jungle back in my parents days..so where did you pick up that Panthar Moolai? what are his sources? Did your friend get that idea when contemplating in the toilet?

          Idiot the problem is Tamil’s fancy claims are NOT supported by any sources, evidence while Sinhalese are overwhelmed with evidence.

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        The term Batakotte is not something Mahindapala invented. Even in maps as early as 1905 shows so called Vadukkodai as Batakotte. Dutch and British maps give a lot of information.

        Just look at how Wallawatta has become Wellawattai and how names in Nuwaraeliya are being tamilised. One can imagine what happened in north.

        As in every case, without proving their historical claims invent words

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          Please read what Kumar has written, how it was misquoted in the Portuguese/Dutch maps/records:

          If you see the Portuguese records, they have miss-spelled most of the Sri Lankan names. Calling Vattakottai as Battakotte is not a big mistake when compared to many others. What the Dutch did was, they simply followed what the Portuguese did in misquoting and mis-spelling.

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            What Kumar has mentioned is the writer had termed the Tamil as Sinhalese. ( i do not know how accurate that statement is)
            There is no early record of Vadukkodai other than Batakotte. And Sinhala origin of place names in north have many sources. This book is only one among many.

            Even the yalpana Vaipava malai which is considered the so called history manual by tamils mention it was Sinhalese who inhabited Jaffna and most of them were chased away by the Sankili,

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              Dumb

              Please read what Kumar has written above (Vattukottai or Battakotte?), how the Portuguese/Dutch misquoted in maps/record.

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      For this poor HLDM, the Portuguese writer Fernão de Queiros book ‘Temporal and Spiritual conquest of Ceylon’ has turned into a gospel. In fact the Portuguese writer Queiros is the one and only source for most of what HLDM is trying to say. It only shows his incomplete knowledge seeking methods.

      Prof. Tikiri Abeysinghe is one of the very few who has done extensive research on Portuguese archives and Goa archives by living in those countries. In his book ‘Jaffna under the Portuguese’, Tikiri Abeyasinghe, who was Professor of Modern History in the University of Colombo till 1985 says that the Franciscan monk Fernāo de Queiros who chronicled Jaffna during Portuguese period calls the Tamil speaking people of Jaffna (Jaffnese) as ‘Chingalaz’ (Sinhalese).

      -Chapter 6, Jaffna under the Portuguese-

      Coming back to the Franciscan monk Fernāo de Queiros who chronicled Jaffna during Portuguese, he was a person who took the Brahmi script of the Ceylon inscriptions to be Greek (Temporal and Spiritual conquest of Ceylon, book 1, page60). However, when he writes ‘These terms (written) in the Portuguese and the Chingala languages, were signed and authenticated’, he is not utilizing his linguistic deciphering skills; but rather describing the event (the pact) in ‘our language-their language’ terms, and their language had been set to Chingala by default, because that was Queiros’ perception.

      Some of Prof. Tikiri Abeysinghe’s books includes the following:
      1. History as polemics and propaganda: some aspects of Fernäo de Queirós conquista by T. B. H. Abeyasinghe

      2. Portuguese rule in Ceylon : 1594-1612 / Tikiri Abeyasinghe.

      3. A study of Portuguese regimentos on Sri Lanka : at the Goa archives / ed. and translated by Tikiri Abeyasinghe.

      4. Jaffna under the Portuguese, by Tikiri Abeyasinghe, first published in 1986.

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        yes Kumar and the good professor, Tikiri Abeysinghe has also stated jaffna was inhabited by Sinhalese and most of the place names have sinhala origins. For Kayts he uses the word Urathota which was the ancient Sinhala name.

        If you read Tikiri Abeysinghe’s Jaffna under Portuguese, you should have figured that also.

        And recommend that book to many uneducated Tamils here who talk about history without doing any research.

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          “Tikiri Abeysinghe has also stated jaffna was inhabited by Sinhalese”

          He NEVER said jaffna was inhabited by Sinhalese, he very clearly says the Portuguese writer Fernāo de Queiros was wrong in calling the Tamil people of Jaffna as Sinhalese.

          Prof. Tikiri Abeysinghe says on page 371 of ‘Temporal and Spiritual conquest of Ceylon’ as an error on Queiros’ part.
          It is in pages 24, 25, 26, 27 of his book that Prof Abeyasinghe categorizes the frequent references in Queiros’ work to Chingalas in Jaffna as errors. (Which they must be because the way Queiros tells it, there are Chingalas under every bush and in every culvert in 16th Century Jaffna, which simply could not have been.)

          And in a footnote Prof. Tikiri Abeyasinghe says;
          “Such misintelligence was not confined to Lisbon. The Count of Vidigueira, after serving as viceroy at Goa for 7 years (in two terms) and after a term as President of the India Council in Lisbon, still believed in 1626 that the inhabitants of Jaffna were Sinhalese. ANTT Doc. Rem. Livro 24 doc 18. Even Fernão de Queiros’ work was not free from this error. (See pp. 357, 361, 366, 371 etc.)”

          He says, Queiros uses the word Chingalaz almost as a substitute for Jaffnese; that is even when the word demanded by the context obviously is ‘Jaffnese’, he uses ‘Chingalaz’.

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            What he says is during the period of Portugese invasion the people who lived in Jaffna were Tamils. The Sinhalese were the ones who inhabited Jaffna before Portugese arrival. I wonder why the engineer cannot grasp this. He is referring to the period of Portugese arrival and I am referring to a period before portugese arrival when it was Sinhalese who inhabited.
            The whole para you have written says the same thing.

            Tell me prof, did not Tikiri Abeysinghe use the name ‘Urathota’ for Kayts in the book which is the Sinhala name for Kayts?

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            What he says is during the period of Portugese invasion the people who lived in Jaffna were Tamils. The Sinhalese were the ones who inhabited Jaffna before Portugese arrival. I wonder why the engineer cannot grasp this. He is referring to the period of Portugese arrival and I am referring to a period before portugese arrival when it was Sinhalese who inhabited.
            The whole para you have written says the same thing.
            Tell me prof, did not Tikiri Abeysinghe use the name ‘Urathota’ for Kayts in the book?

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              “What he says is during the period of Portugese invasion the people who lived in Jaffna were Tamils. The Sinhalese were the ones who inhabited Jaffna before Portugese arrival.”

              Ha,ha,ha…LOL! I thought sach is only a top class idiot but he is also a top class joker.

              Look at his above statement.

              “When the Portuguese arrived the people of Jaffna were Tamils. Before the Portuguese arrived the people of Jaffna were Sinhalese.” LOL!

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      Cont…
      -Chapter 2, Jaffna under the Portuguese-

      “The relative passivity with which Jaffna accepted foreign rule stands in strong contrast to the strength and frequency of resistance movements in the south. Jaffna rose against the Portuguese on three occasions, two of them within the first two years of their occupation. On each occasion, it was the arrival of foreign troops from Tanjore or from Kandy- that acted as a catalyst for rebellion. After 1629, for thirty years, Jaffna accepted foreign rule without demur”

      The above quotation shows that the Chingalaz in Jaffna (Jaffnese/Tamils) was different to the Chingalaz of the rest of the country.

      The inscription in Kotagama in Kegalla District, which ‘is almost its (Jaffna Kingdom’s) only surviving relic’ (Chapter 5, Codrington’s Short history of Ceylon) is in Tamil.

      In the book ‘A History of Sri Lanka’ by K.M. de Silva quotes,

      “Inscriptional evidence provides some interesting details on these incursions and their consequences. The Kotagama and Lahugala inscriptions refer to one Ariyan of Singai Nagar who invaded the Four Korales and that rather than confront the invader, Parakramabahu of Dedigama fled.”

      HLDM should read more books on history before writing such controversial articles based purely on one foreign writer.

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      After reading HLDM’s statements it is clear that he himself has not read Queroz, I am sure he must have picked up this from some half-baked pseudo-scholar without even cross checking the facts.

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        You need to read Tikiri Abeysinghe’s book again

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      why should we read the klind of articles if we know they can only widen the gap between groups in the society?

      why the men in their retirement age cant yet grasp the impact of the kind of articles ?

      Why our people stay talking the kind of deficiencies than making every effort to see it forward ?

      I have the feeing CT should also bear some responsibility when allowing the kind of racial men to publish their articles on this platoform ?

      In Germany even after 70 years gone since the WW II – there are still some taboos in the society, … they dont talk them open as they can.. even the foot ball coach greared up th enation in 2006 (soccer world champion) awakening the folks ” we can now flag our national flag again in such occassions, if not when )… until then the folks were like stood still not even holding a national flag in public…. that is all because their black history, but our lankens, as ones wantto hurt the wounds further to add the kind of articles again and again… hurt majority folks.

      These men should belong to prisoners, if their real motives are to hang on with their devious thoughts.

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        why should we read the klind of articles if we know they can only widen the gap between groups in the society?///

        CT forum is constantly used to attack Sinhala people, their culture, their beliefs. When a Sinhalese returned the favor it is very difficult neda?

        remember we too can play the game….

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    If you look at the names of the first chieftains in Yapanaya, as per so called Tamil royal family, they all are Arya chakrawarthis and how come Aryans become Tamil ?

    Secondly, they use tamilized words such as Para – Rajasekara which later becomes Para- rajasekaran and the tamilized singhala word Singhai by adding I.

    Even todate, Tamils don’t like using the para in front of the word Demala. Yet, they have used Para in front of their first king.

    Lastly, Those king’s name become tamil-like such as varothaya and Marathanda – only later.

    Some names like Kulathunga should be sinhala.

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      Foolish jim sothy,

      Everybody in this forum knows very well that you are a dimwit, nobody takes your comments for a fart but you being a totally ignorant complete idiot, I felt I should give you a little bit of knowledge (still not sure if your pea brain can comprehend).

      If you know how to google, check the old names of the early Kings of Tamil Nadu. You will see, Kulothunga Chola, Vikrma Chola, Aditya Chola, Rajendra Deva Pandya, Kula Sekara Pandya, Chandra Sekara Pandya, Vira Wickrama Pandya, Parakrama Pandya, Sundara Pandya, and so on.

      According to your logic, all these early Kings of Tamil Nadu must have been Sinhalese?

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      Tamils add para? Sinhalese add ‘Ji’ like Hindi. In Hindi, tey say BabuJI, that Ji this Ji. Even yu added Ji to your name to make it Jim into an English ‘Im.’ Sinhalese you came from Bangaladesh, still add Ji. You are the fine example.

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      Cant comment on the Para (dont know that much Tamil).

      The Arya Chakaravartis “claimed” descent for Sinhabahu.
      The last guy had a son called Sinhabahu.

      See Image below
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jaffna_Royal_family.jpeg
      Linked from
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryacakravarti_dynasty

      Does it really matter.
      The Eastern part of India including Chandra Gupta Mayura (and Asoka) were according to Brahmins Low Outcastes.

      Yes, it does matter. One needs to reject Brahmin Law (Laws of Manu).

      We in Sri Lanka are of a common Identity.

      Probably a large portion of Ancestral South Indian (I am 55%), what guys like Brahamin Sankar Sarma call Low castes or Adi Dravida.

      The beauty is this country (Sri Lanka) has developed a society that is very equal (egalitarian).
      The necessity
      a) to cooperate on maintaining small scale tanks/reservoirs
      b) Cooperate on water flows to paddy fields.

      Seen it first hand.
      Live in a mixed village, Muslim, Sinhalese and Tamil.
      The paddy fields are 5-10 acres with each owner having 0.5-2 acres in the paddy field tract.
      Paddy field plots next to each other (adjacent), can be Muslim, Tamil or Sinhalese.

      They all work together.

      If you ask them on a one to one (individually) they will say bad about the other.
      A little more chats and you find that they are all married to each other.

      Any different from NYC?. A little digging finds the Black/Jew/White disliker (hater is a strong word) is married, has family from the disliked group.

      A classist ref:
      Ms Marple: What you see in the village, you see in the whole world.

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        Arya Chakravartis are NOT Tamils. They have their origins in Gujarat. These Tamils claim they are Dravidian but ruled by ‘Arya’. Not only that the founders of Chola dynasty has north indian origins much like Pallavas.

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      Arya Chakravartis was NOT tamil. He has origins in Gujarat. sbarrkum’s point in calling one of his sons Sinhabahu needs much research. I think these Gujaratis tried to claim throne to Sinhala nation trying to use the Vijaya origin story.

      From yalpana Vaipava malai it is pretty clear the people in Jaffna and the catholic fathers knew Vijaya origin story as well.

      Founders of Chola dynasty are from North India. The Tamil identity is a 19th century construct.

      And before the Tamil fake historians come barking at me, remember language, script and identity are three vastly different things.

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        The Aryan tag of the Sinhala race is more a work of the British who saw Sri Lanka as a jewel in their colonial possessions and who by seeking a kinship with the majority Sinhalese by identifying them as Aryans hoped for their permanent stay as rulers of Sri Lanka. In reality it was the Tamil Kingdom of Jaffna that carried the tag Aryan historically, as Arya Chakaravarthy and Sinhgai Aryan due to the Kalinga origin of its Royalty.

        Late Prof. R. A. L. H. (Leslie) Gunawardana, a historian/archeologist at the Peradeniya University in his publication `The People of the Lion: The Sinhala Identity and Ideology in History and Historiography` says, “Sinhala was a name adopted by a ruling linage group for whose origin the lion myth had been created.”

        He further says, contrary to popular belief, in ancient times the Sinhala identity was associated primarily with the dynasty which ruled Anuradapura. He goes even further by saying that the Sinhala ethnic identity (race) in Sri Lanka emerged only after the advent of colonizers. Before that, there never was a Sinhala race or a Sinhala Kingdom, but only a Sinhala royal family (dynasty).

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          Kumar

          “Late Prof. R. A. L. H. (Leslie) Gunawardana, a historian/archeologist at the Peradeniya University “

          He was a well respected Pali scholar and historian but he was never an archaeologist.

          “He goes even further by saying that the Sinhala ethnic identity (race) in Sri Lanka emerged only after the advent of colonizers.”

          Please cite reference with page number.

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            Dont know about RALH, but if you check historical records in Kotte one will realise the Sinhala identity has already been constructed. That is different to the Tamil identity in TN which is a post 19 AD construct.

            Apart from that the word Sinhala and Sinhala language is referred to in Mahavamsa and Buddhagosha monks works.

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          I am not talking about an Aryan tag with Sinhalese, in fact Sinhalese do not care Aryan dravidian things. Aryan tag was in India and we can comfortably say Tamils never used Aryan tag. The reason Arya Chakravarthis used the work Arya is because they were not Tamil.

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          He goes even further by saying that the Sinhala ethnic identity (race) in Sri Lanka emerged only after the advent of colonizers. Before that, there never was a Sinhala race or a Sinhala Kingdom, but only a Sinhala royal family (dynasty). ///

          The name Sinhala is mentioned in Mahavamsa and even in writings in Buddhagosha.

          Even in Kotte kingdom, the Sinhala identity has been fully developed. Check records.

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            The name Sinhala is mentioned in Mahavamsa

            Really, check the Mahavamsa its online.
            Better still show me the verse that says Arya Sinhala in the Mahavamsa.

            http://mahavamsa.org/

            Sach you have a logic problem

            a) Arya Chakravartis “claimed” descent from Magha of Kalinga.
            b) Nissanka Malla was a Kalinga and “claimed” descent from Sinhabahu

            Where is the Gujarat connection.

            Vijaya had children only from Kuveni.
            His nephew Pandvasdeva became king
            The great king Vijaya, being in the last year (of his life), bethought him: `I am old and there lives no son of mine. The kingdom peopled with (such great) difficulty may come to naught after my death; therefore would I fain have my brother Sumitta brought here (that I may give) the government (into his hands)

            In Sihapura, after the death of king Sihabahu, his son Sumitta was king; he had three Sons by the daughter of the Madda[1] king. The messengers coming to Sihapura handed the letter to the king. When he had heard the letter the king spoke thus to his three sons: `I am old, dear ones; one of you must depart for the greatly favoured and beauteous Lañkä belonging to my brother, and there, after his death, assume, (the sovereignty of) that fair kingdom.’

            The king’s youngest son, the prince PANDUVASUDEVA, thought: `I will go thither.’ And when he had assured himself of the success of his journey[2] and empowered by his father, he took with him thirty-two sons of ministers and embarked (with them) in the disguise of mendicant monks.

            (1)-Madda = Skt. Madra, now Madras. [^]

            So PANDUVASUDEVA was half Tamil (at the least).

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        Sach

        The reference to Vijaya and children

        http://mahavamsa.org/mahavamsa/original-version/08-consecrating-panduvasudeva/

        Remember language, script and identity are three vastly different things.

        As is DNA.

        i.e Language, script Identity and DNA can be different.

        Specially Identity and DNA

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    Vellala oppression may have begun as hostilities of dutch brought – Tobacco farming – Malayali Tamils were indifferent to fishermen folks mostly from other areas of South India settled earlier in coastal lines of Yapanaya. Because, every colonial master brought low caste Tamils from South India and never brought higher castes.

    Another point is human migration in south india – Northern Sri lanka region is unidirectional and no one hear that Sinhala people are migrating to South India and every time, it is Tamils that had settled in Yapanaya and since the beginning of the eelam war more Tamils have moved even to the Deep South of Sri lanka where Sinhala people are assumed to be most hostile. So, more Tamils are living among Sinhala people than among those Tribalist Tamils of Yapanaya.

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    Another question is if Tamils had a Homeland in Yapanaya, so there should be an established Tamil community, if so, why dutch had to establish thesawalamei in order to make Tamils settle into the lands in Yapanaya.

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      HAHA ignorance at its best. The dutch brought slaves from Cape Town to Jaffna. They changed the law to in Jaffna to favour the settlement of the slaves. If you go to Cape Town museum, there is one rood dedicated to Sri Lanka. The wall on the entire room is written i old Tamil only explaining why thesawalamei was introduced in Jaffna by the Dutch.

      Another classical example of ignorance at its best.

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        AJ

        “Another classical example of ignorance at its best.”

        Please refer to “The Laws and Customs of The Tamils of Jaffna By H W Tambiah” if you need to learn about Thesawalamai. Please click the link below for the book:

        http://noolaham.net/project/11/1082/1082.pdf

        Please do not allow the stupid to direct/lead/set ground rules for keeping the arguments in your favour, as Mark Twain said

        “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

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      Jim,

      I must hand it to you that you are one hell of a fellow! You make up things as you go along without even butting an eyelid.

      These days, you do a quick google search before typing but you do not do that because you do not give a damn about the truth!

      Why don’t you resort to plagiarise like you have been doing for a while? You are a waste of a space!

      You and such make a good pair!

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    Mahindapala kotte article

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    Another entertaining long distance cobble of history by our own Mr Mischief.

    Luckily nothing here matters to those grappling with the today challenges in our blessed isle.

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      Dear Spring Koha,

      I assume Mahinda Pala is in the same age group of former president Mahidna Jarapakshe.

      Neverthess him to relinquish caste related gossips and the efforts being to divide the nation further has obviously been a very difficult thing.

      Why the bugger and DJ behave so is my question. Would these men live forever ?
      Or they grew up in like – frogs in a water well. … I have thosuands of questions about their mind sets. Born idiots and stay and live further as idiots. How come, even the uneducated change with the time, but these men would never… is that a consequence of a mutation ?

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        Dear Seelawathie Jayasinghe

        HLD and DrDJ are yesterdays men. Sadly, they (and some others too) have not noticed that the country changed in late 2014/ early 2015. It dawned on a growing majority of our good Sinhalese people that the Great Liberator was not that great after all. The Great Liberator thought he could walk on water. His henchman ransacked the country, and he was in hock to them. It is unlikely that the people will return to him (but don’t rule out his brother who is keeping his nose clean, quietly working behind the scenes, and waiting in the wings).

        HLD Liyanapala can only give us more twice-boiled cabbages.

        DJ has a reputation for ‘fiery’ oration. That’s it! He trots withered old dogma, and tries to impress his audience with tales of failed ‘leaders’ long dead and gone.
        Kind people tolerate HLD, DJ and ilk as entertainers.

        They will continue to amuse us, but the caravan is moving on.

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    Batakotte is wrong. It should be “Wadugoda”, There are many sinhala place names in Jaffna peninsula now in Tamilised form. Tamil Manipay – Sinhala Minipe, Tamil Mallakam -.Sinhala Mallagama. Tamil Kantharodei – Sinhala Kadurugoda, Tamil Punguduthivu – Sinhala Puwangu Divaina, Tamil Nainathivu – Sinhala Nagadeepa,

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      Batakotte is mentioned in maps

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      Yes Ahilaperumal / Ilyaperumal
      Your claim will be given consideration

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        Yes,Yes my name is definitely with a Tamil origin. But it does not mean I am a Tamil. There are many Sinhalese and Tamil people in this country with names of Portuguese, Dutch or English origins. But they are not Portuguese, Dutch or English

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    Ilapperuma

    Thanks for your attempt to educate rest of us.

    Could you cite original source for all your name change, not the “Traditional Sinhala place names in Sri Lanka and their Tamilized forms.” uploaded on dh-web.org.

    Hope you have done some research on this subject matter before you started typing.

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      Native

      The fact that HLDM, Ilapperuma etc are painstakingly inventing Sinhala sounding names for Tamil places is proof that they are desperate.

      I am not a fan of President Trump but his theory of Fake news have some credibility. HLDM and others are proof for that

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        Rajash

        “HLDM and others are proof for that”

        The fake news culture started much much earlier with Ramayana, Mahabarath, Puranas of all kinds, Hatana Poems, ……

        Recently he was seen a The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka fibbing about the last king of Jaffna. Here is the link:

        http://www.archaeology.lk/5246

        Please note the lady who is sitting next to him, poor soul.

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        Sorry dear, i can understand your pain…

        But these name places have evidence to prove.

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          Yes , it’s like Donald Trump’s evidence on illegal voting, telephone tapping ….they never materialise.

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      What about starting with his name Illapperuma meaning the lord of Eelam in Tamil. Eelam+ Perumal= EelaPerumal. Now Sinhalised to Illaperuma. What an idiot. Just like our twinkling star Taraki.

      According to these idiots ancient Tamil place names like Allepey in Kerala are all Sinhalese! Sinhalese word Gamma is derived from the Tamil word Kammam meaning a place of agriculture ( village). The Sinhalese word Goda ( mound) is derived from the classical Tamil word Koadu( Mound) like Kazarkhode in Kerala. Sinhalese word Oya is derived from the Tamil word Oyaval or odai meaning a rivulet. These people have very little knowledge of history of language and jump to conclusions, listening to extremists. 40% of the modern Sinhalese vocabulary is derived from Tamil. Which means almost half of Sinhalese words, therefore there will be many words that are common.
      Please use your brains Eelathu Perumal now calling himself Illaperuma

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      There is so much research done even by tamils.

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      It is my observation. Please read “Nam-potha and Magul Lakuna” (a kandyan era book) for sinhala place names in Jaffna. Anyone can observe this. Do you know how Yapanaya has changed to Jaffna. In Dutch language letter J is pronounce as English Y. (eg. Jesus – Yesus, John – Yohan etc.). So Dutch people pronounced Jaffna as Yaffna (or slightly changed form of Yapanaya – Not Yalpanam). British and present Sri Lankans pronounce it as Jaffna.

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    HLDM,
    You are again beating the “Vellala” drum.
    Caste differences are more among Sinhalese than among Tamis.
    The Maha Sangha itself is split on caste lines.
    The Goigamas hold themselves superior to the Salagamas and Karawas.
    The rodiyas, coconut pluckers, toddy tappers, kitul jiggery makers, pottery makers mask makers, the Veddhas, carpenters, masons, tea pluckers, dancers, drummers, mahouts, fishermen, etc., are held to be at the bottom of the “social ladder”.

    Can you name one person among these, who became a lawmaker, governor, head of branches of armed services, government agents, secretaries to ministers etc.?

    What is your “caste”?

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      he is tying to use the Bata slippers to beat them

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    HLMD,

    If you dig into history, we(Singhalese, Tamils, etc) all originated as Dravidians)!

    Jaffna Tamils were also called PANAGKOTTE.ie: Palmyrah Nuts.

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      Thamilan

      “Jaffna Tamils were also called PANAGKOTTE.ie: Palmyrah Nuts.”

      Is it because they are uncvilised, unsophisticated, uncultured, uneducated, outdated, …… and particularly from Jaffna?

      Do you thing its an apt description?

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      Dravidian or not..we Sinhalese do not care whether we are dravidian or aryan. Actually such a classification looks stupid to us. The fact is Sinhala is the civilisation that was born out of the womb of mother lanka and mother lanka’s legitimate child needs his place.

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    Sri Lankan government should invest more in Tamils’ history education. The vellalas have destroyed the Tamil shudras’ minds

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    Kumar,

    “Independent movement of Ceylon? What bloody “Independent movement” did Ceylon have??”

    Independence we got in 1948 may look like something handed over on a platter as you suggest. Although there was no spilling of blood in 40s, there were agitations demanding independence mainly led by leftist politicians. Dr. N.M. Perera and few others were put behind bars for their role in these agitations. Wellala politicians jumped in to the band wagon when they realized that British will give independence. They joined to get 50:50 but got disappointed.

    To say that we did not shed blood fighting for independence is incorrect. Even Nanda Malini got it wrong. Such a statement is an insult to Sinhala heroes like Puran Appu, Gongalegoda Banda who led uprisings against the British. Thousands of Sinhalese sacrificed their lives. British crushed these uprisings in a ruthless manner. In Wellassa, British killed all the able bodied men and burnt the paddy, cut down all fruit bearing trees so that people starve to death. Recently, President Sirisena changed the status of several Sinhala fighters who were branded as traitors by British. Tamils or Moors did not shed blood fighting against British rule. In fact they collaborated with British to suppress uprisings by Sinhalese. Throughout history, Sinhalese fought many battles against foreign invaders and sacrificed their lives. Most of these battles were fought against South Indian invaders and never allowed them to have a foothold in Sri Lanka for a long period of time. If it is not for Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial rule, Sinhala Kings would have chased away even Arya Chakrawarti who exercised his control as a war lord in some parts of Jaffna.

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      Kumari,

      Monarawila Keppetipola in 1818, Puran Appu in 1848, Mayadunne, Gongalegoda Banda, Kudapola Rahula thero, Wariyapola Sumangala and a few others were rebels who fought at different periods (long before independence) for different issues/reasons, it had nothing to do with the Independence. They were easily crushed and were executed very long before Sri Lanka obtained independence.

      Neither D. S. Senanayaka and the Congress nor Keppitipola, Puran Appu, Gongalegoda Banda, Anagarika Dharmapala and numerous Bhikkus and lay people fought for the independence? The Sri Lankans did not fight with British as a nation would fight against a colonial power for independence. Puran Appu and/or Gongalegoda Banda did not fight a national struggle (a brief uprising limited for few days, as a direct response to the introduction of new tax by the then Governor Torrington), Keppetipola fought for personal reasons and so were the others.

      Very similar to some of the Sinhala rebellion against the British rule even the Tamils have rebelled. The Tamil chief of Vanni, Pandara Vanniyan or Kulasegaram Vairamuthu Pandaravanniyan (1785 – 1803) was known as one of last native Tamil chiefs to rebel against the British rule.

      Did anybody fight and succeed in sending the Brits out of the country? None of their struggle contributed to the Independence of Sri Lanka, it was granted in 1948, only after the British were forced to leave the region due to Gandhi’s struggle in India.

      The Sinhalese “Colonial Lackies” such as the Senanayakes, Jayawardanes, Bandaranayakes, Wijayawardenas, Kothalawelas and many others were not only collaborating with the British but they were also bending into different postures and licking their feet. Due to that they earned the name ‘KALU SUDDHAS’ from their own fellow Sinhalese.

      Sri Lankans should be thankful to Sir Ponnampalam Ramanathan for the service rendered at that time. On his return from London, some of the top families of Sinhalese aristocracy had no qualms about drawing his carriage through the streets of Colombo virtually carrying him on their backs and the Sinhala leaders took turns to pull his carriage. Anagarika Dharmapala called Ramanathan a ‘Hero’, D S Senanayake called him ‘the greatest Ceylonese of all times’, Sir Baron Jayatilaka referred to him as ‘the greatest man Ceylon has produced during the past 50 years’.

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        Mahathma Gandhi’s movement would have contributed to a certain extent but the main reason why British left India was by 1940’s India was a loss making enterprise. The income from India was not enough to meet the expenditure. Same with Sri Lanka.

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          Kumari

          “Mahathma Gandhi’s movement would have contributed to a certain extent but the main reason why British left India was by 1940’s India was a loss making enterprise. The income from India was not enough to meet the expenditure. Same with Sri Lanka.”

          My next door neighbour’s daughter is writing a MA thesis on ‘South Asian History, lost in translation’. She needs some good points outside already established norms.

          Could you cite your reference for your above typing. The articles, original source, …… please.

          Please note authors/publishers to avoid:

          Malinda Seneviratne, Dharshini Ratnawalle, Kamalika Pieris, ……… Udhaya Gammanpilla, Champika Ranawake, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Shiv Sena,

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        Even for India, so many hindians proested with violence. their names are not remembered by hindians. but, finally, It is the Kalusudda fellow living South Africa was chosen by the British – Gandhi finished it to the satisfaction of British.

        In Sri lanka, once sinhala people fought resisitance, finally Ramanathan like people, TB Jayah, DS Senanayake people came to finish it because they were appeaking to the british.

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          is there a point to your verbal vomit? just pure vomit of cum..

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      [Edited out]

      Sinhala people washing Sri lanka with theri own blood in order to get Sri lanka bad. British brough even Malays because, Malays were so brutal. Even with British gund, they could not capture the up country, It is Sinhala obideicne to a womanizing Tamil King which changed the things and Ehelepola had to pay alligience to British and hand over the Tamil king because he destroyed his family.

      Tamil king left behind fat Tamil queens and was going behind beautiful wives of disawes, besides, his started to mistreat tempels because of his Tamil relatves, later appointees to the cabinet, who were against buddhists.

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      Kumari

      “Wellala politicians jumped in to the band wagon when they realized that British will give independence. They joined to get 50:50 but got disappointed.”

      When exactly did the Wellala politicians jump in to the band wagon?

      “Such a statement is an insult to Sinhala heroes like Puran Appu, Gongalegoda Banda who led uprisings against the British.”

      Was it uprising? Bloody terrorism against European planters.

      “Thousands of Sinhalese sacrificed their lives.”

      Betrayed by the Sinhalese, monks and Buddhists, helped the aliens to capture many parts of this island. What are you talking about? Converted to alien religion in order to appease the alien rulers, who in return rewarded them land, jobs, …..

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      Kumari,
      ” Although there was no spilling of blood in 40s, there were agitations demanding independence mainly led by leftist politicians. Dr. N.M. Perera and few others were put behind bars for their role in these agitations”
      The leftist’s agitation (Sooriya mal etc”) had more to do with Stalin’s pact with Hitler. They opposed the war on principle, and were locked up. When Stalin was attacked by Germany, he changed his tune, and so did the local leftists.

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    Tamils go nuts if the word “Caste” is reminded.

    Anyway, there is an ancient continent underneath the Mauritius sea and it extends beyond New Zealnd. That should be the Tamilhomeland that they lost. NOw, Tamils are claiming other countries as their homalned.

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      Prabakaran was from low caste. He tried to eradicate the caste system. He shot anybody mentioned caste i Jaffna. Sinhalese have so many caste within their two main Kandyan and Galle castes.. so many, similar to North India. But Sinhalese politicians never tried to eliminate he caste system.

      sinhalses like to point out Tamils have the caste system. they never realize what is in their backward: pure rubbish. Sinhalese are the worst hypocrite in the world.

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      Sinhalese go nuts when you list their caste tiers:

      Bathgama
      Berava (people)
      Bodhivansha caste
      C
      Caste system in Sri Lanka
      Ceylonese Mudaliyars
      D
      Demalagattara
      Durava
      G
      Govigama
      K
      Karava
      Karava heraldry
      Kinnaraya
      Konda Karavas
      Koon Karavas
      L
      List of Govigama people
      M
      Marakkalage
      P
      Pamunu
      Patti caste
      Porowakara
      R
      Radala
      Rajaka
      Rodiya
      S
      Salagama

      W
      Wahumpura

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        LOL

        Tamils and castes…what a combination..cant stop with their own castes so go into digging others. Any way thanks for the list. I never know we had such a list

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          That is exactly my point.. Sinhalese dont know you have a list, but fellow sinhalese want to criticize others. thanks for proving my point.

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            Do you know why we dont know? Because we dont give a sh1t abt it

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              haha you just proved that you dont even know your own customs, and admitted your ignorannce. but you claimed to know the customs of Tamils’s caste, but dotn know your own kind? haha. Tamils dont give a shit about caste.

              only sinhalese make a big deal about tamil caste, because they are ignorant hypocrites. . but sinhalese are worse when it comes to discriminating based on caste in the villagers.

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      Jim Softly “Tamils are claiming other countries as their homeland”

      you are right. watch the following videos.

      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=video+top+ten+oldest+languages
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3epa83tBDk

      There is no need for Tamils to invent fictitious evidence

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        Rajash

        “There is no need for Tamils to invent fictitious evidence”

        You are blown away by the girl who presented the clip not because of what she said but by her beauty.

        Lets come back to Tamil. The oldest written form is traced to 500 BC.

        There is no direct evidence to link Tamil to 3000 BC.

        There have been research on the primitive link between Dravidian and Sumerian languages.

        Iravatham Mahadevan has traced the link between old Tamil and Indus script.

        Dravidian Proof of the Indus Script via the Rig Veda: A Case Study
        By Iravatham Mahadevan

        http://45.113.136.87/
        wp-content/uploads/2014/
        Bulletin4%20IRC-RMRL.pdf

        Bulletin of the Indus Research Centre

        Read, think and let us know the summary. Also prepare yourself to be insulted by vagrants.

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          Ntaive “You are blown away by the girl who presented the clip not because of what she said but by her beauty. “

          yes blown away by the beauty of what she said.

          Thanks for the link. it’s fascinating. I will get back to you.

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    Lankan politicians created the language/religion divide, got rich and are living happily. HLD M is living off the spill.

    When the bags of Basmathi rice is about to run low, HLD M utters the magic word “Vellala” to setup the supply for the next few weeks – he needs 25kg/week.

    If his invention “Battakotte” is known and accepted, why the hell does he have to add in brackets “Vaddukottai”?

    The Vaddukottai resolution came about because of the “1956 Sinhala Only” and the 1958 pogrom. It takes a shallow IQ to realize this but HLD M’s IQ is shallower than the lowest.

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    kotte, kotte what is it. a name for fortress or something else. kotte or kotu means very linear branches of a trees or composite of shrub like bata panduru or kurudu panduru.where such shrubs available in plenty called kotte. jayaardanapura kotte got that name as it was situated among plenty of shrubs called kurundu or cinnamon.batakotte got that name in jaffna as it was situated among plenty of shrubs called bata.

    in our old society no big caste system existed like in hindu societies. cast system existed within hinduism but our old society no such cast system existed.there were few lots who were expelled from main societies like rodiya due to unsocial activities and nontraditional activities like eating beef.rape and robbing of public wealth.they were expelled or banished from the main society were made to beg for their livelihoods. likewise another lot existed those who were expelled or banished from main wedda society due to nontraditional behavior like not complying with worshipping of dead. killing animals by nontraditional ways.they were allowed only to hunt small animals like lizards, rat snakes and birds , small fishes like diya maccas for their livelihoods. they too were made to beg for food items as such lived nearby sinhalese villages. other than that no caste system like hindu society existed here. kings accepted basic human rights like easy access to foods and shelter. as such crown lands was allowed to be utilised for agriculture or any other purposes. some form of education systems like gaining technical know how was existed/ that was went down father to son like that. it was confined to within family circles. for all that facilities general public had to pay taxes in the form of sharing yield or participating in public services or donating family member or members for king;s army. but in hindu society separate, separate jobs were entrusted,

    proto dravidian came first to india from south iran elam region and started cultivation in godavari river basin. it came down to further down along the river krishna through andhra pradesh, karnataka. telugu and kannada is real proto dravidian words but demala or demada is prakrit name. they met people of austra asian in now place called tamilnadu. categorized them as low class people and used them for.services discriminated them like vellala do in jaffna.allowed only to speak dialect of proto dravidian. still that dialect spoken by some austra asian tribes in tamilnadu. that is why tamil still say elu language evolved here among Island population as dialect of tamil.high caste mindset. they think they are blessed ones but hinduism is the composite of cultures. you may find lots of discrepancies if you learn hinduism. it varies region to region. deity to deity.

    tamils are like parasites always claim for others inventions and heritages. that is their type.

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      ranjith(sprrw) scatter brain pseudo proto historian

      Could you translate the above typing into English.

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        Tamil has retained almost 85% of the vocabulary of what is considered Proto Dravidian. The other Dravidian languages have not.
        The Proto Dravidian, according to the modern linguistics should be somewhat near to Tamil, but should have the archaisms preserved in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.
        That’s almost close to Proto Tamil, with preservation of archaisms of Telugu branch.
        Though one might think that since Northern branch was the first to leave, and hence should be more archaic as per linguistics, in fact, the northern branches were highly influenced by the surrounding Indo Aryan dialects, causing many innovations rather than preservation of archaisms. Hence, they are not of much importance in Proto Tamil or Proto Dravidian concepts.
        The word Dravida is a Prakrit word that many think originated from Tamil. Tamil> Tamila> Damila> Dramila> Dravida basically meaning the languages of Tamil or the family of languages belonging to Tamil.
        Telugu and Kannada are ancient and rich languages, in fact most of Carnatic music is in Telugu, as Telugu words like Italian always end in a vowel and it is a beautiful mellifluous language. However their literature is not as rich old and varied like Tamil and is not original. Highly influenced by Sanskrit literature. Tamil is the only Indian language that has developed rich literature without the influence of Sanskrit and can still exist without Sanskrit.
        Take out Sanskrit words from Tamil and what remains is pure or high Tamil, that is still rich powerful and vibrant. On the contrary take out the Sanskrit words from Kannada and Telugu and what remains is not Kannada or Telugu but some form of Tamil.
        Hale Kannada or old Kannada is almost Tamil. These languages developed due to migrations and invasions, where the local Tamil dialects got highly influenced and mixed up with the language of the invaders and new settlers. Just like what started to happen in Kerala when Nambbothiris and Nairs started to migrate into the Tamil Chera country and the local Tamil ruling classes like the Pillais etc started to loose power.
        The arrival of the Portuguese and the British sounded the death knell for Tamil that still existed in Kerala. Even until the 1820s the vast majority of the indigenous population(90%), were still speaking their local Tamil dialect called Malayalama that was written in the Tamil script. The British in the 1820s at the behest of their Nair and Nambbothiri allies banned the use of this language and made the highly Sanskritised dialect of the Namboothiris that until then was only spoken by 10% of the population, written in their Tulu based script, as the official language of Kerala.
        Even now you will see these immigrant communities in Kerala like the Nairs Namboothiris want to destroy Tamil. Look at all the Malayalees who overtly and covertly supported Sri Lanka during the Eelam Tamil war. Narayan, Shiv Shankar Menon, Nirupama Rao( nee Mennon), Nambiar.

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        NAtive vedda

        names and words I typed here is my native language names and words that I spoken around thirty five years ago when in my native village. as you tamils claim that language is a dialect of your proto dravidian. you should be able to understand it very easily.

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          ranjith(sprrw) scatter brain linguist

          “as you tamils claim that language is a dialect of your proto dravidian.”

          When did I claim I was a Tamil?

          Now you are attempting to write my biography as well.

          Since you come from a family of magicians, were you able to wave your hand and convert me to a Tamil in your perception?

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      tamils are like parasites always claim for others inventions and heritages. that is their type.

      Tamils are grand in Sinhale because, in their mind, Mahavamsa Mindset is very forgetful, lazy and not aggressive like them, not dog-eats dog style for wealth as they are, Sinhala buddhists are too liad back and so easy to manipulate, exploui and are easy to push around.

      On ther other hand Politically motivated Sinhala buddhists are bad because they make their aspirations difficult.

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        parasites are far more evolved according to Darwin.You just proved Tamils are far more evolved. I kept telling you for the past year that your stage of evolution is far behind those tamils. now you agree to it

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          AJ

          parasites are far more evolved according to Darwin.You just proved Tamils are far more evolved.

          So, parasites talking a primitive language. That is theire binding factor. Otherwise, different tribes (castes) talking the same language. they lost their continent (Kumarikandam ?) which is under Mauritius and now they want to bully Sinhala people claim PArt of Sri lanka.

          I write your history for you..

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            did you lose your train of thought? Can you even understand what you are saying? what does a mythical continent has to do with anything we are talking about.

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          AJ

          Have you tasted bata leeye kaju or gaju as you pronounce, baked cashew nuts. it is the place where surrounded by big species of bata or bamboo.if it is surrounded by tiny species it might have been called bata kotte kaju or gaju you may call it.

          parasite far more evolved. is it the reason for killing pregnant ladies while sleeping in the night.by cutting her belly and taking baby out.it is not maturity but cruelty I suppose.far more evolution means terrorism, do you agree.

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        Dear Mr.Jim,
        “tamils are like parasites always claim for others inventions and heritages. that is their type.”
        Why is it that the CEO’s of Pepsico and Google are both Tamils and not Sinhala?

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          May be they have mastered the art of back licking best?
          More you go up, more you lick!

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            srinathan gunaratnam

            “More you go up, more you lick!”

            Yet you haven’t made it. You couldn’t make it. You will never make it. You know why?

            You are focusing on others and failed to master the art of back licking yourself.

            Do you think without any exceptional skills (including back licking) the Multinationals going to appoint you as their CEO.

            May be you would get a job in this island with your basic skill in back licking without any qualification, experience or hard work.

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              Looks like srinath gunaratne is a good licker but unfortunately he has still not come to the top, he is still at the very bottom.

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          romani

          How many Tamil CEOs/CFOs are in jail for investment fraud ?

          Just wait and see.

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            Mr. Jim,
            Smarting, are we?
            Yes, one Raj Rajaratnam is in jail, but what has that got to do with it? Have you never heard of of that great Sinhala businessman cum English teacher Sakvithi? Also that chief monk of London Buddhist Vihara who was arrested for molesting a small girl? Mr.Jim, I challenge you to explain why the Sri Lankan presenters on the BBC are mostly Tamils?
            You have to admit that Tamils get to the top given an equal chance. Sinhalese in UK cant speak English properly.

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          Present Google CEO Sundar Pichai is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Consistently featuring in Forbes ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list in the last decade and the CEO of Pepsico Indra Nooyi Krishnamurthy is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Tamils have produced many such CEOs around the world. They are definitely much advanced than the Sinhalese. The only thing that the lazy, violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited Sinhalese can do is, send their women as slaves to the mid-east, drink and rape their own daughters.

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    Mr. Mahindapla,

    Thank you for the great article. Hopefully this article will enlighten the Tamils who live a lie. Thank you again for the great article. Keep writing !!!

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      Johnny boy

      “Thank you for the great article.”

      Why are you thanking him and why is the article great? Haven’t you had the opportunity to read any great article? If your expectations below par any rotten article would appear great. If you are too stupid anything would appear great.

      “Hopefully this article will enlighten the Tamils who live a lie.”

      Is this public racist going to enlighten people? Is he your Buddha?
      You really have serious problems with yourself and Buddha, the awakened one. Why are you degrading yourself just because you hate others?

      “Thank you again for the great article.”
      Why?

      “Keep writing !!”

      What for? Have you run out of toilet rolls?

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      John “Hopefully this article will enlighten the Tamils who live a lie”

      hopefully?…that says it all

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    This article seem to be sending chills up the spines of the Tamil Terrorist Diaspora, now engaged in spreading lies about our proud MotherLanka… to justify for a all Tamil, racist Tamil Pastureland. . Ha ha ha.

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    Waddukkodai in Sinhala was known as Wattakkaa Kotuwa. It is the land where Ravana` Secretary Arishon Ahubudu`s ancestors cultivated Wattakka for the consumption of Pure & Original Helayas of Sri Lanka!

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      Diogenes

      Look like typical Tamil – IQ.

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    Dear Kumari,Kumar and others

    Why go to the past. Recent history tells us who really fought for Independence? Who shed blood to free their country?

    What happened when India intervened in Sri Lanka with ‘pariupu” drops? Sri Lankan air force, Navy and the army surrendered without firing a shot

    All Political parties kept mum. JVP started to kill our own people.

    The Sinhalese shivered with fear.

    Cowardice was the norm.

    President Premadasa was pleading with India to leave our territory. sending petitions after patetions!

    The same behavior was exhibited to gain our independence from the British?.

    Petitions, pleading, no stomach to fight! always begging on the knees.

    Your strategy is to support Pandians against Cholas, Dutch against Portuguese. British against the Dutch
    .
    On the contrary what was the behavior of the Tamils?

    The sole representatives of Tamils at that time-LTTE relentlessly fought against the IPKP till the last invaders had lef our shore.

    Thousands of young boys and girls of LTTE were killed.From the present same we visualize the past?

    Look at the issue from different perspectives!

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    Think of the grade of this news website when they publish this kind of article??

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      Yan

      “Think of the grade of this news website when they publish this kind of article??”

      Where else would we have free fun?

      On the other hand being a masochist HLD M loves insult, humiliation, whipping, bronco branding, ……. an alternative therapy for his lost libido, which some say he never had.

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    I fully agree with Mr. Mahindapala in naming S.J.V. Chelvayakam as the father of separatism in Sri Lanka. In fact, the separatist seed was not planted after 1956 or at the adoption of the Vadukoddai Resolution in 1976 or with the birth of the LTTE in 1975: It was Chelvanayakam who declared in September 1947, five months before Ceylon gained Independence, in parliament during the Throne Speech debate when he said “If Ceylon can secede from Britain, Tamil Homeland also could secede from Ceylon.” This was the time that the Tamils had plum positions in education and employment, and there was no ‘Sinhala Only’ or discrimination against the Tamils by the state or the Sinhalese.

    I have extensively dealt this issue in my recent (AMAZON published) book TAMIL TIGERS’ DEBT TO AMERICA and how Washington created a conducive global atmosphere to pave the way for Tamil Diaspora operatives, who were sustaining the LTTE for decades, to be a powerful global diplomatic movement to bifurcate Sri Lanka – a project the LTTE failed because of its military defeat – using war crimes and accountability issues in de-legitimizing the Sri Lankan state.

    I, who constantly read Mr. Mahindapala’s contributions on these issues, am delighted to read this issue once again. – Daya Gamage

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      Daya Gamage

      “I, who constantly read Mr. Mahindapala’s contributions on these issues, am delighted to read this issue once again.”

      No wonder why flies are attracted to animal feces in dumpsters, garbage,
      compost piles, dead animals, meat scraps, buried animals, pigeon droppings, …..

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        Dumb Native Veddo:

        Are you talking about your own kind ?

        Why Tamils die for a piece of land when their Homeland in just 16 KM away ?

        Any specific reasons that Tamils like to discuss ?

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    Tamilisation and distortion of of Sinhala place names still happens. The best example is Thambalagamuwa in Trincomalee district. Tamils cannot pronounce and write Thambalagamuwa correctly. They pronounce it as Thampalakamam. Anyone can go and see name boards of Thambalagamuwa railway station and divisional secretariat office. British period maps mention name of this village as Thambalagamuwa correctly. (I have a map). But latest road map of Sri Lanka mentions it as Thampalakamam. The same happens to other places. So called homeland theorist can interpret Thampalakamam as they like.

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      Mr. Ileperuma,
      Yes, we must change all place names back to what they were in 17th century.
      For example , in the Dutch map, Panadura is Panathure, Kalutara is Kalture, and Matara is Mature. Gintota is Ginture. Let us bring back all these Tamil names and change the names in Jaffna to Sinhala .Everybody will be happy, no?

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        Dutch and other foreign people wrote and pronounced Sinhalese names in their own way. (eg. Kolamba as Colombo, Mumbai as Bombay, Galla as Galle,Sinhala-dweepa as Serendib, Robert Knox (English prisoner in Mahanuara kingdom) writes Uva as Oovah). 15th century Sinhala “sandesa kavyas”and other sources mention Panadura, Kalutara, Gintota and other place names as we pronounce them today. Yes of course, distorted names should be corrected.

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      Mr. Ileperuma,
      Have a look at this map from 1914. It says Thampalakamam. So who changed it to Thambalagamuwa?

      http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/baedeker_indien_1914/txu-pclmaps-ceylon_1914.jpg

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        Dear Romani you provide facts to prove my argument.Yes in this map Thambalagamuwa is mentioned as Thampalakamam. It is the Tamilised form of Thambalagamuwa. It is because the man who prepared this map or surveyed this area was a Tamil. As I mentioned earlier Tamils cannot write or pronounce Thambalagamuwa so they pronounce and write it as Thampalakamam. My Tamil friends write Maharagama as Maharakama, Gomarankadawala as Gomarangadawala, Nugelanda as Nugelantha etc.

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          Dear Ileperuma.
          “It is because the man who prepared this map or surveyed this area was a Tamil”
          Really? In 1914? Then the Tamils are much more advanced than I thought. Please read the title first. It was prepared by a German company called Baedeker. I suppose you will say that the Dutch map which has “Paneture”, “Kalture” etc. was also prepared by a Tamil Dutchman.
          There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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    (1) Survey Dept. of Sri Lanka was established on 2nd August 1800 by colonial rulers. Then why did Germans come here, survey the island and prepared maps? On the other hand the 1st world war originating in Europe lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Germany was the enemy of Britain then. So who can believe the then British rulers in our country allowed Germans to come here for preparing maps. Nonsense.

    (2) Actually during the British colonial period Tamils were much more advanced than Sinhalese and Muslims. Majority of the public servants were Tamils during that period.

    (3) As I said earlier foreigners pronounced place names of this country with some distortion. Kolamba is Colombo for foreigners. Galla is Galle for them. Yapanaya is Jaffna. That is the reason for “Paneture”, “Kalture” etc.

    (4) The problem in Tamil language is lack of some vowels and consonants. They don’t have vowels equivalent to Sinhala ඇ and ඈ. For Sinhala consonants ක, ග හ they have one consonant (kawanna). For Sinhala consonants ච, ස ජ they have chana. For Sinhala consonants ත, ද they have thaana only. For Sinhala consonants ට, ඩ they have one consonant. Same is for ප, බ. No nasal sounds (ඳ, ඟ, ඬ, etc.) and high sounds (ධ, ඨ, ථ, ඛ etc.) in Tamil at all. So distortions always occur. Some examples are as follows. Sanskrit “Bhagya” is “Pakyam” for Tamils. “Dhanapala” is pronounced as “Thanabalan”, “Raja” is “Rasa” in Tamil.

    (5) Yes exactly “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.

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