26 August, 2019

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Black July, Mullivaikkaaal And The Mahavamsa Mindset Of The Sinhala Nation

By Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran

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Brothers and sisters, Thirty long years have passed since our hearts were burdened by the nightmares of Black July.

July 23, 1983 – the day the world came to know the horrors of Black July. It was during those days……
..when over 50 Tamil political prisoners were mercilessly tortured and beaten to death by Sinhala inmates of the infamous Welkade maximum security prison under the watchful eyes the prison authorities themselves.

..when Kuttimani, the detained Tamil freedom fighter, had his eyes gouged out and crushed on the ground in punishment for his pledge that he shall donate his eyes in order to see the dawn of a free Tamil Eelam even after his death.
It was during those days…..

..when, over 3,000 innocent Tamil civilians, including women, children and the elderly, were massacred in an orgy of blood-letting directed by the Sri Lankan State solely on account of their Tamil nationality.
It was during those days…..

..when Sinhala mobs set upon and burnt down Tamil homes, businesses and places of worship.They were the days that revealed to the world the ugly and diabolical grip of Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism on the long suffering Tamil People in Sri Lanka.

The ongoing of pogroms since those days in Black July continue to reinforce in us the fact that the Tamil Nation could not live together with the Sinhala Nation in peace and security. The imprinting of these painful experiences in the collective memory of the Tamil people continue to affirm their resolve that the creation of an independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam was the only way to guarantee them a life in peace, security and dignity.

Black July marked the first significant moment in the history of the armed struggle undertaken by the Tamil nation in its search for freedom. The heinous crimes committed by the Sinhala nation on those dark days did not crush the aspirations of the Tamil nation. Instead, Black July served to embolden the Tamil people to extend the scope of their struggle to every nook and corner of the Tamil Nation, and to the distant lands in which the Tamils lived.

The genocide of Mullivaikkaal too have been deeply etched in the collective memory of the Tamil nation, stoking the ever burning fire of freedom that the Tamils have sustained for decades. Mullivaikkaal genocide demonstrated yet again the need to take on the struggle in political and diplomatic ways to exercise their sovernity in remedial fashion.

In the same way as Black July furthered the Tamil Eelam freedom struggle in 1983, so does the Mullivaikkaal Genocide, continuing to bolster the struggle for freedom in yet another front.

None of these pogroms are spontaneous outbursts of anger, nor are they random acts of violence. They are expressions of a genocidal intent against the Tamils, institutionalized within the Mahavamsa mindset of the Sinhala nation. The architect of Black July, JR Jayewardene, and the brain behind Mullivaikkaaal, Mahinda Rajapaksa, both had the same doctrine to guide them, the doctrine of Tamil Genocide.

Let the memory of these dark days of Black July instill in us the conviction that the one and only means by which Tamils can reach a life of safety and dignity would be the creation of an independent State of Tamil Eelam.

With that same conviction, let us rededicate ourselves on this day to action, action that will transform the sacred responsibility of an absolute freedom for our people, into a reality that we can all celebrate someday soon!

The Thirst of Tamils Is Tamil Eelam.

*The 30th annual Black July Remembrance Day event held at Melbourne Hungarian Community centre on Saturday July 27th 2013. This event was organized by the Australian Tamil Solidarity –Victoria with participation of many organizations. This event commemorated the death of over 3,000 Tamils, who perished in cold blood by the Sri Lankan Government supported thugs during the communal riots. The TGTE Prime Minister, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran’s “Black July” speech was broadcasted at the event. The text above is the Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran’s Speech 

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    Grandiose titles for the financiers of death.

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      Why has this Rudrakumaran and his henchmen NOT done something useful and constructive instead of grandstanding? These diaspora buggers instead of talking big should file a war crimes case against Gota the Goon in the USA as Gota is subject to US jurisdiction as a citizen of that country..

      Gota the goon is building a DEEP STATE or State within a state that constitutes the Rajapassa Family military dictatorship with a FACADE OF DEMOCRACY. Gota the goon needs to be taken out before he and his brothers further destroys Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions and multicultural social fabric and the Buddhist religion in Lanka – through the Balu Sena, attacks on other religious communities, and militarization of Buddhism.

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      The Tamil diaspora have no role to play anymore. The Sri Lankan Tamil issue will remain significant for geopolitical reasons where the United States and India will neutralize Mahinda Rajapakse given the latter’s alliance with China. The Tamil diaspora in itself has done nothing except to finance destruction of the Tamil lands in Sri Lanka. We now have two good contenders for the Chief Ministerial post in the Northern Province – Wigneswaran, a former Supreme Court judge, and Swaminathan, an erudite lawyer in his own right. Wigneswaran will win although he needs to be careful of his life. We are back to the politics of substance and not rhetoric or grandstanding. This is a positive development.

      Lets not forget how Sarojini Devi Yogeswaran, the elected Mayor of Jaffna was killed by the LTTE. Her successor – Pon Sivapalan was also killed by the LTTE – two mayors in a row. Mr. Thangathurai, MP for Trincomalee was also killed by the LTTE. With these bomb blasts died Tamil architects linked to the UDA, municipal engineers linked to the Jaffna Secretariat and Trincomalee District, school principals (Mrs. Thanabalasngham) – all educated qualified Tamils who chose to remain in Sri Lanka unlike this dishonest diaspora that immigrated to North America for a better life.

      Enough is enough – Mr. Rudrakumaran. While you are better than Father S.J. Emmanuel – both of you have no role any more unless you contest the elections and win!

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    While Black July and other events were totally horrendous the 2009 Mulliwaikaal massacres resonsibiltiy rests solely on LTTE’s head its they who started the war in 2006 since 2002 CFA they were instigating the govt in power (UNF and UPFA) big time by killing police officers (remember jaffna SP in 2005 who was murdered needlesly),killing opponents,placing small bombs,ambushing army convoys (remember the incident in 2005 Deepavali shopping time ),that mad donkey Prabakaran thought he was superman and never ever thought of the good of the tamil population,some wont agree to this but thats the fact!

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      The author has deliberately avoided the killing of Tamil, Singhala and Muslims by the LTTE. I do agree that our forces killed more civilians than the LTTE, but that’s what happens in a war situation, like during the JVP insurrection.
      Coming back to the July, I helped 2 of my Tamil colleagues to go as refugees to Canada and England as I saw their suffering due to JR’s inaction on the 24th of July. In fact, this helped the LTTE recruitment & training Campaign in South India. LTTE membership rose over 100 folds, from over 130,000 Sri Lankan Refugees fled to India. They are been sheltered by the Indians for nearly 30 years while Indian children go starving.
      As a Singhala Buddhist, I’m ashamed to say (i) that we have Not said “Thank You” to the Indians for Looking after Our Sri Lankan Refugees.
      (ii) We have Not invited our people to come home to their country even after 4 years since the Terrorists were vanquished. Shame on us.

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        Ellison

        How do you claim that our forces killed more civilians than the LTTE did. This is the most treacherous statement made by an ignorant.

        Our forces did not kill a single civilian where as LTTE terrorists such as Rudrakumaran killed over 50,000 including children, pregnant mothers and samanera bikkus even in religious places and schools. Total civilian deaths in 83 do not go beyond 450 and total deaths in 2009 is nearly 6000 in which LTTE fighters who were equally armed also included.

        Also our president has invited several times for the SL refugees in India to come back and we do not have to thank India for looking after them as India is the main sponsors of terrorism which all this deaths and refugee crises were resulted in SL.

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        Elison JayawardAne:

        You are a Tamil who is reluctant to appear in your TRUE nature. I understood that from your writing.

        Anyway, We don’t have to Thank F…king Indians because they did not do anything to support Sri Lanka but they looked after their end.

        LTTE. Who is that ?

        ” We have Not invited our people to come home to their country even after 4 years since the Terrorists were vanquished. Shame on us. “

        FUNNY. Instead, there are 1.6 million TAMILNADU – TAMILS had migrated to Sri Lanka during the WANNI – EELAM time.

        YOU TAMIL WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO COMMENT AS A TAMIL.

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    LTTE should take the blame for starting the 1983 July riots. Have you forgotten how they massacred 13 policemen? I’m 101% sure the LTTE’s intention was to provoke the Sinhalese by killing these law enforcement officers. The LTTE succeeded in doing just that and a number of those in the Sinhala community even went to the extent of forming mobs and attacking the Sri lankan Tamils in the many parts of the country. President Jayawardene and his administration should have handled the situation and protected the Sri Lankan Tamils and at the same time sent the military to finish off the LTTE. The question is why didn’t he? Why did he allow the LTTE to become such a strong terrorist organization?

    The State Minister for Defense Hon Ranjan Wijeratne’s plan was to finish off the LTTE once he took care of the JVP but unfortunately he was assassinated by these ruthless terrorists a.k.a the LTTE.

    Thank goodness the country was blessed with another (The Secretary of Defense Mr. Gotabaya Rajapakse) who completed what Hon Ranjan Wijeratne set out to do – to finish off the LTTE.

    Why has the writer not mentioned about the killing of Mr. Rajiv Ghandi by his ‘Tamil freedom fighters?’ Why has he not mentioned about the overwhelming number of killings his so called ‘Tamil freedom fighters’ were responsible for?

    ‘The Thirst of Tamils Is Tamil Eelam’ – Well I’ve got news for you, that will never happen. At least not on my watch.

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      How can you say that? Do you think the LTTE just formed on its own and decided to provoke innocent Sinhalese? (btw, it was an act of war not terrorism since the LTTE attacked Sri Lankan Army personnel not policeman or civil servants). Even before 1983 more than 50,000 Tamils had been killed by Sinhalese mobs. Don’t you know your own history?

      Since 1950’s Sinhalese mobs attacked and killed, looted, pillaged innocent Tamils across the country. For 30 YEARS Tamil politicians earnestly looked for peaceful solutions in the government, but the GoSL cheated them at every turn and pretended not to see anti-Tamil riots. When the LTTE formed in the 80’s it was just to say, “Enough is enough, why should the Tamils bear so much pain?” In the beginning they were protesting 30 years of violence with violence. And they didn’t start as terrorists, they were at war with the GoSL. It was only later they became a disgusting terrorist organization.

      Please don’t try so transparently to wash your hands of the guilt Sinhalese should have in starting the war. And certainly don’t blame the LTTE for ‘starting’ a war that existed since 1920’s when Anagarika Dharmapala said Sri Lanka needs a leader like Hitler to purify the island.

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        Northern,

        Why have you forgotten to mention about the rights and privileges many of the Tamils enjoyed during the British rule while the Sinhalese were deprived of many. Why did most areas where the majority were Tamils flourish while many places where the Sinhalese lived hardly did?

        Oh I sure remember the history of my country all right. The ‘divide and rule’ policy of the British which instigated this conflict. I wonder how much harassment the Sinhalese had to endure at the hands of many a Tamil during the period the British ruled. You do know there is only so much a human being is capable of bearing don’t you?

        It really must have been awful for many of the Tamils (who got a kick out of harassing the Sinhalese) when the British left.

        “And they didn’t start as terrorists,” – if only those words were true. But hey, you believe what you want Northern but remember this, Eelam will never become a reality.

        “And certainly don’t blame the LTTE for ‘starting’ a war that existed since 1920′s when Anagarika Dharmapala said Sri Lanka needs a leader like Hitler to purify the island.” – you sure Venerable Anagárika Dharmapála said such a thing?

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          “Why have you forgotten to mention about the rights and privileges many of the Tamils enjoyed during the British rule while the Sinhalese were deprived of many. Why did most areas where the majority were Tamils flourish while many places where the Sinhalese lived hardly did?”

          This you should ask British when they were in rule, not after they departed from scene. One generation’s actions cannot equate another generation , that’s how changes have evolved from monarchy to democracy. Let’s say, 4 years back sinhalese army killed many civilians, on hypothetical note, if TN is separated as separate country and wages war on singalese, IF TN army kills in the same way you children and grand children justifying that Sinhalese action’s in 2009 hence we are doing in 2029. Will that justify? . I will feel shame in those situations killing children, elderly and harassing women.If you dont feel , you should look at you in the mirror.

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          “Why have you forgotten to mention about the rights and privileges many of the Tamils enjoyed during the British rule while the Sinhalese were deprived of many.”

          There were no special rights for Tamils under the British, Suranee. Whatever privileges the Tamils had were won by them due to the fact that they valued education — particularly in English — more than the Sinhalese did.This made the Tamils more suitable for high positions in the system. It was the same for the Burghers.

          Even if what you say were true (which it is not), do you believe that murdering Tamils and burning their homes is a justifiable act of vengeance? Are you suggesting that Black July was an act of revenge by the Sinhalese?

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            David Blacker

            “Are you suggesting that Black July was an act of revenge by the Sinhalese?”

            For the 450 years of colonial rule.

            Bottled up 450 years of anger being released on a regular basis.

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            David Blacker,

            “do you believe that murdering Tamils and burning their homes is a justifiable act of vengeance?” Justifiable act – no. Vengeance – yes.

            Are you suggesting that Black July was an act of revenge by the Sinhalese? Geez David, what do you think? They were provoked.

            “Whatever privileges the Tamils had were won by them due to the fact that they valued education — particularly in English — more than the Sinhalese did.” You sure the Sinhalese didn’t value education in English or were they just deprived of having access to it since many opposed being converted to Christianity?

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              “They were provoked.”

              You believe the legitimate ambush of a military patrol is adequate provocation for the murder of hundreds (if not thousands) of innocents?

              “You sure the Sinhalese didn’t value education in English or were they just deprived of having access to it since many opposed being converted to Christianity?”

              Conversion to Christianity wasn’t necessary for an English education under the British;you are confusing them with the Portuguese and Dutch who required it. Also, are you suggesting that no Hindus did well under British rule?

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            Hay Blacker, Do you know who started the first Tamil-Sinhala riot (Nawalapitiya) and why it had started? It was GG Ponnambalam and because he had a superior mentality and wanted to look down on Mahawamsa and Sinhalas. Also, do you know why Jaffna Tamils were better educated in English than Sinhalas? Because, for one, Jaffna had more English medium better schools than in Colombo at the time.

            It didn’t happen naturally. The colonial government and the Christian missionaries of the day that made it happen. British Raj never trusted Sinhalas for they have waged two wars against them, whereas Tamils waged no such rebellion against them. Moreover, on the advise of the missionaries the British Raj deprived funds to traditional schools meaning Pirivenas. These and more factors made Tamils English educated. In short it was a deliberate ploy by anti Sinhala gangs.

            If you wanted to know more details of this, read what history scholars like professor Jayathilake has researched and written about it.

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              Patriot,

              You have hit the nail at the right spot. Jaffna had more English medium schools than Colombo, Kandy or Galle. To go to those schools one had to convert to Christian faith. Jaffna has a large Christian population of almost 20%, larger % than Colombo. But educating the Christians has dragged Jaffna into hell.

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              “Do you know who started the first Tamil-Sinhala riot (Nawalapitiya) and why it had started? It was GG Ponnambalam and because he had a superior mentality and wanted to look down on Mahawamsa and Sinhalas.”

              Everyone’s free to have their own mentality, as long as it doesn’t translate into actual persecution. Do you believe GG’s mentality was adequate justification for murdering innocent Tamils?

              “Because, for one, Jaffna had more English medium better schools than in Colombo at the time.”

              For one, can you show us the statistics on that one?

              “British Raj never trusted Sinhalas for they have waged two wars against them, whereas Tamils waged no such rebellion against them.”

              Yes, the Sinhalese were more interested in rebellion than education. The Tamils were interested in education. What is your point?

              “Moreover, on the advise of the missionaries the British Raj deprived funds to traditional schools meaning Pirivenas.”

              Pirivenas would have carried out Sinhalese education, and Sinhalese was no more use to the Brits than Tamil was. They were only really promoting English education, and that’s understandable. Can you give examples of the Brits funding Tamil language education while neglecting Sinhalese? I think not. The Brits were funding education in English and the Tamils took that as an opportunity.

              ” In short it was a deliberate ploy by anti Sinhala gangs.”

              There’s no evidence of that. All indications point to the fact that English education was provided to those who were interested in it. The Sinhalese were largely uninterested. Whose fault is that?

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              “To go to those schools one had to convert to Christian faith.”

              Given the numbers of de Silvas, Fernandos, Pereras, Rodrigos, de Alwises, etc, it is pretty clear that a huge number of Sinhalese did in fact convert at one time, so how come they didn’t all receive English education, if what you say is true?

              “But educating the Christians has dragged Jaffna into hell.”

              No, it was the lack of education of the Sinhalese, their paranoia, and their larger population numbers that dragged Jaffna into hell. It is a lesson the Sinhalese haven’t yet learned, and now they are after the Muslims who they perceive as privileged.Instead of lifting themselves up, the Sinhalese are trying to drag everyone else down.

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          hi Suranee alias Leela are you still alive? Why are you lying left and right???? Still do your neighbor trouble you? what happened to your investigation under Gotar’s order. Did you get your justice???? Or Bullshit??

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      you have been a witness for the Sinhalese riot against innocent Tamils and witnessed many killings and must have heard of enough raping.

      I don’t expect you to jump and protect those riots saying that those everything happened because of Pirabaharan and everything happened after July 1983

      Pirabaharan was not even born in 1952 when Sinhalese killed hundreds of innocent Tamils when they didn’t ask a separate country.

      Pirabaharan was 4 years and not even wearing an underwear in 1958 when Sinhalese heroes killed thousand Tamils, most of them ,burnt alive proudly staged hundreds of raping with the blessing of Govt.

      Pirabaharan was only 13years in 1977 when your heros staged a great genocide against Tamils again killed thousands and committed the (Sinhalese cultural) rapes.

      You know well, if not you don’t want to understand, who forced Pirabaharan and other Tamil youths to take guns to protect Tamils.

      In 50 years or in 100 years or in 500 years the world and Srilanka will forget who was Chandrika, who was Premadasa,or who was Mahinda,

      But even after many thousands of years later Pirabaharan’s name will be remembered by the world and by millions of Tamils living all over the world.

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      Black July???
      What do you call over 300 terror attacks killing close to 100,000 SL citizens by the LTTE?
      Tamil terrorist are responsible for what happened in July. Civilian deaths are unavoidable when these cowardly terror group attack SL forces in civilian attire. If you live by the sword you die by the sword, Case closed.

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        Eusense

        “What do you call over 300 terror attacks killing close to 100,000 SL citizens by the LTTE?”

        Where did you get the figure?

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          Probably the same place the TGTE or TGIF got their own 100,000 figure ;)

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      It is JR who should take the responsibility for the 30/26 year War, Suranee.
      As You say, If JR had declared Emergency on the 24th July and sent Our Army, Navy and the Air force, we could have dislodged the entire LTTE within Weeks or Months.
      I believe, the strength of the LTTE on the 14th of July 1983 was between 100 – 150, though bigger than the other splinter groups, they were a few in numbers.
      It was JR who Provoked the Sinhalese
      After Our Refugees landed in India the strength swelled to several thousands, there after been trained in India which caused us this 26 year war.
      It was JR who Planned and Provoked the Sinhalese Thugs to Loot, Arson, Rape and murder our fellow Sri Lankans.
      The moment Tens of Thousands of Sri Lankan Refugees Landed on the Indian Soil, JR has Internationalised Our Internal Issue.
      This gave India, every Right to Intervene into Our INTERNAL AFFAIRS.
      Hence, It is JR; WHO IS AT FAULT, Suranee.
      I still remember my visit to the Refugee Camp at Ratmalana, exactly TODAY. It was HELL Suranee, It was HELL. It was Entirely JR’s Fault, though I voted for him in the 80s.

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        Ellison Jayawardene,

        President Jayawardene should be blamed for not sending the military to finish off the LTTE when they were in such small numbers and also for allowing the Tamil Diaspora to become such a powerful organization since its through their money the LTTE was able to kill so many Sri Lankans.

        You claim President Jayawardene ‘Planned and Provoked the Sinhalese Thugs to Loot, Arson, Rape and murder our fellow Sri Lankans.’ If that’s what you believe then let it be so.

        But please do remember, the Sinhalese who were responsible for these atrocities didn’t decide to suddenly go on a rampage and attack these Tamils. This was a conflict which was fueling for centuries when the Sinhalese were deprived of many a right by those who gave preference to the Tamils and ignored the plight of the Sinhalese.

        How would you feel having your land invaded by a foreign country and watch as another ethnic group is treated better than that of your own? That’s pretty much what happened to the Sinhalese.

        The Tamils embraced Christianity willingly when these foreign invaders forced them to but many a Sinhalese didn’t. I strongly feel that’s one reason why the Sinhalese were not treated equally.

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          Typical mindset of a Sri Lankan. This imbedded thoughts will never change and wil continue for thousands of years.So the conflicts.

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          Suranee,Thanks for your comment, though Not relevant to Black July or the lessons learned, I as a True Sri Lankan have to address a few allegations you’ve made.
          Suranee,My ammah is from Nuwara, tharthi is from Galle, worked as a GA and we lived in 5 provinces till I ended up in Royal.
          I’ve never heard of the Crimes and the injustice you mentioned , done to the Sinhalese by the British or the Tamils.
          Ceylon was the envy of the South East Asian region in 1948 and much later the First Prime Minister of Singapore wanted to develop Singapore like Ceylon. The British Built Schools, Hospitals, Roads, Bridges, Railway, the Best Administrative system in the world, Infra-structure, Tea, Rubber, Coconut, exports etc. It was much later in the 50s the Sinhala Nationalists started Blaming the British for all our Ills and you seem to have believed them, Suranee.
          The Jaffna Tamils (only 9% – 3% (Eastern) = 6%) occupied 45% of the top administrative Posts in Ceylon in 1948. Jaffna where land is barren, concentrated on “Government Jobs” through education. In 1952, there were 125 A – Grade Schools (Matriculation, HSC and University entrance) in Ceylon out of which 62 were in NP, nil in East, Subragamuva, Putalam provinces and the rest 63 A – Grade schools were in the remaining 5 Provinces in the South. The Ceylon Hindu Society invested heavily on building schools in Jaffna during the British Rule like our Buddhists in the South.
          The British built about equal number of schools in the then 5 Provinces. Further, there are much more Sinhala Christians (including my wife and MR’s wife) than Tamil Christians.
          Hence Suranee, most of your accusations are unfounded but picked up from Our Illiterate Politicians.
          You can confirm this on Google search on Ceylon History. It will also show you that the last 3 kings of Kandy and the Kandyan household were South Indians and Not Arians as we were taught.

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            Elison,

            You are welcome. Thank you for the brief introduction into your family background.

            Yes, the British did a lot to develop our nation but it did come at a price.

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              If anyone thinks European colonials sailed across the world with the aim of developing the would be colonized or subjugated countries, either he or she doesn’t know the history or is absolutely mad. Only ass lickers of the British would say, the British are better than Portuguese, Spanish or the Dutch. Their intentions were nothing but to corrupt the subjugated population and rob the wealth of entire nations.

              The winner of the 1997 Golden Rooster and 1998 Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Picture, the Chinese historical epic film, ‘The Opium War’ directed by Xie Jin in 1997 tells the story of the Opium War between China in the waning days of the Qing Dynasty and the work of the marauding British Empire.

              What more to say than at the time of the first opium war in 1839, the importation of Opium was illegal within Britain itself, and yet they fought a one-sided war with China to gain rights to sell Opium to Chinese when trading opium in China was illegal.

              China’s military defeats at Opium wars forced its rulers to open many ports to foreign trade. Thereafter, restrictions imposed on Opium became a regular item of trade. As opium flooded into China, its price dropped, local consumption increased rapidly, and the drug penetrated all levels of society. And the British Empire became the world’s leading drug trafficker in the 19th century.

              Opium is highly addictive. It induces passivity into the smoker. Addicts seldom lived past age fifty. Heavy smokers had a life expectancy of only five years. The British were well aware of these destructive nature of opium, but used returns of opium sales to pay for tea, which had created a drain of silver from England to China.

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      Suranee,

      it is not Gotabaya Rajapaksa who did the war agaist LTTE. it was done by GOSL and the Army chief was Sarath Fonseka who work hard to finish this war. Gota fleed from the county in 1990’s to USA to secure his life. He was working in a Petrol pump until MR call him back to SL when he become a President. GOTA has done nothing on this war….he was just a pupped as Defense Secretary.

      Ranjan wijerathna has not done anything on this war…it was worked by Densil Kibbegaduwa who was the master minded plans and Senior officer of Sarath Foseka and Gota.

      Don’t forget people who are the real heroes. And please don’t change the history according to your wish.

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        Alan,

        I haven’t forgotten ‘who are the real heroes’ and ‘I am not changing history according to my wish.’

        I don’t care what type of job the Secretary of Defense did while he was in the USA. What matters is he came back and helped get rid of the LTTE.

        Say what you want about the late State Minister for Defense Hon Ranjan Wijeratne and the Secretary of Defense Mr. Gotabaya Rajapakse, but you are not going to change my mind.

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          Suranee,

          True…but you should not forget the real heroes who has really scarified for the war. Go had a blood proof BMW and full of security he has never scarified. The war won because of Sarath fonseka and who worked under him, not because of Gota the whole world know that. You may be supporting to Gota but the real history can not be changed according to your wish.

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            Alan,

            ‘You may be supporting to Gota’ -yes, I do support him for bringing an end to the LTTE and for also taking the time to help me when I was faced with a problem. He could not personally reply back to me when I wrote to him but yet he send a team to investigate the problem. How many Secretary of Defenses in this world would do so? I bet not many. He values the citizens of this country and I wish people would just give him a chance.

            As for Mr. Sarath Fonseka, did I mention anywhere in my response he did not help win the war? And again, I am not trying to change the real history according to my wish.

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              Suranee,

              Yes Gota is doing only for Buddhist people. Because of he helped you for your problem so you support him. I have no problem with Gota, MR. But you should think about the country and people who live there. Not for your personal gain. They have done war it’s good. But country is not is peace even after the war. They brought Sri Lanka in to the dangerous countries list where people live. Economically we are very much struggling. People suffer day by day for food in rural areas. As medical council report says 20% children are malnutrition in Sri Lanka.

              So,i understood…..because of he helped your problem you support him……So, i don’t wanna write comment any more with you. thank you.

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      Suranee,

      It is obvious that the LTTE and some Tamil polical parties were behind the provocations of violent acts in July 1983. It is also possible Tamil terrorist groups participated in the killings knowing they can swell their bank balances and terrorist recruits as that would increase the hatred many Tamils have had for the Sinhalese. It is all history, the reality now is country is free again, due to our forces and determined leadership. Now we must create a prosperous nation. There are likes of this ape leading the racist TGTE, (as did Chelva, Ponna, Sunda) who will do their best to provoke Tamils to harm the nation. Sri Lanka today is better equiped to deal with such provocations swiftly and efficiently. Why else do these tough talking, washed out racist terrorists live abroad? Cowards.

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        Lal,

        “Sri Lanka today is better equiped to deal with such provocations swiftly and efficiently.” I sure hope so for the sake of our children and the future generations.

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    Excellent speech. Well done HE Rudra. This is the way forward.

    I am a Muslim by birth in Jaffna. I have lots of Tamil friends during those good old days of 70’s. The Tamil mothers of my friends treated me and welcomed me as their own child and fed me also. We are same in culture and tradition and only difference is we follow different religion. That’s fine for everybody. Now is the time to unite forgetting old wounds.
    Let’s go forward. During the forthcoming election let us join hands with TNA and vote for them and lets Justice Vigneswarn become Chief Minister. And let us proclaim to the world
    that we can rule the Northern Province honestly and successfully without any corruption. nepotism and violence. This will be the staging post for all Tamils and Muslims for our dreamland of Tamil Eelam.

    My dear Eastern Brothers, you have missed the chance to join Sampanthan Ayya’s request to join hands with TNA, instead you have joined hand with SL Muslim Congress and what happened at the end, the Chief Minister of EP is a Poodle from SLFP. None of them save you from The Halal issue, Mosque attacks and insult to our ladies of their head scarfs. Do not trust these opportunist politician.

    Lastly, I would like to say to Southern Muslim brothers and sisters including our so called Colombo Elites !!! You always made remarks and disrespectful to Northern and Eastern Muslims in silence and sometime in public.
    Your mother tongue was Tamil and will be always Tamil. In any Sri Lanka mosque the Friday sermon is always in Tamil and normal speech is always Tamil. Why? Most of the religious and Islamic books are always in Tamil. And you always try to hide your Tamil identity by speaking in Sinhala and English in public. Why? Are you ashamed to speak in Tamil?

    Think Now. What is happening to you in the south? Who is going to save you from BBS, Hela urumaya, Ravaya and racist ect.,etc. They are stopping you from eating your staple food Beef. What about Halal issue and your ladies headscarfs. Recently, in Kolonnawa, the religious leaders ask Muslims to stay indoors and not to wear caps in public. Nobody knows what is going to happen to Muslims in the south.

    Dear all, Wake up. Forget the past.

    Let’s join hand with your fellow Muslim in the Eastern and Northern and we all collectively support TNA and proclaim in the future, our dreamland of Tamil Eelam for Tamil speaking people.

    VAALHA TAMIL, VALARHA TAMIL, MALARHA EELAM !!!!!!!

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!!!

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      Did your Tamil friends give you a packed lunch before chasing you out of your dreamland? :-)

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        Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

        “Did your Tamil friends give you a packed lunch before chasing you out of your dreamland?”

        No, your former friends in LTTE grabbed their cash, jewelries and other valuables before they were ethnically cleansed.

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        Ye, KiriBath, you fool. Did you read the article properly? Did I say “Now is the time to unite forgetting old wounds”.
        Don,t keep the same wound and rot. If you are srilankan, learn from the past. If not, if you are our neighbour, keep away from us, and we have enough from your trait.

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      You bloody minority Muslim, keep your bloody mouth shut or go to a place where you are welcome. We don’t need you in our Sinhalese Buddhist country

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        Me sinhala apage ratai

        “We don’t need you in our Sinhalese Buddhist country”

        We don’t need you Sinhala/Buddhist in this Veddah Land. Please go back to your mother country Bihar in India.

        How soon can you go?

        When you go take your Tamil brethren with you.

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        You stupid ‘Moda Minusa’. What have you done to your country to call your ‘Sinhalese Buddhist country’. You idiots do not do or develop the country yourself OR let others develop. This is what you have been saying for the last 100 years and you will say for another 100 years. Come to reality. Before you realise it, you are going to loose everything, and we will welcome you as the lost brethern to our Dreamland. hahaha. LOL.

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        What kind of idiot you should be to leave this kind of comments. NO doubt your offsprings would bear the same view about the Muslim srilankens.

        Hope your kind of people are the tiny minority in our population. We the peace loving srilankens (be them Sinhala, Muslim, Tamils or Burgher) would wish your group of people be changed your attitude allowing us all a peaceful future.

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    There are two main differences between July 83 and May 2009. The first difference is the role of the state. In July 83, although there were rumors of GOSL participation in the killings, there was never any concrete proof of this. The parties involved were Tamil civilians and Sinhalese civilians. On the other hand, in May 2009, there is no dispute that the GOSL (through one of the organs of the state – the SLA) was an active belligerent in the conflict. Unlike with July 83, May 2009 provides a clear legal path to separation, on the basis that the State committed genocide on innocent Tamil civilians.
    The second difference has to do with the geopolitical nature of the world when each of these events took place. In July 83, India was the pre-eminent power in the Indian ocean. Therefore it was India that took on the leadership role to sort out affairs on the Island and four years after July 83, unilaterally sent the IPKF to the island. In 2009, because of its bases in Diego Garcia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the US is now the superpower of the Indian ocean. It has already signaled its intent to unilaterally intervene on the island by passing UNHRC resolutions against the wishes of the GOSL. If July 83 is anything to go by, we can expect the US sponsored peacekeepers (probably some sort of “UN protection force”) to arrive in SL by 2014-2015.
    This speech by Rudrakumaran is a clear challenge to the belief that is still pedaled by the likes of Dayan Jayathileke – that the GOSL won the war in 2009. …into a reality that we can all celebrate someday soon! These are not the words of a man who has lost all hope of seeing his lifelong dream come true. These are the words of a man who knows he has won.

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    Why doesn’t this jackass shut up about the tamil nation while the tamil population of the north and east are being vacated like cattle by Sinhala colonization.

    stick to preaching in the temple as a Brahmin priest, mr rudra

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    Endia plans to DIVIDE Tamil Nadu into 3 parts – Tamil Nadu, Kongu Nadu and Tondai Nadu.

    EXCELLENT!! Divide them and rule them.

    LTTE Seeman and Ramadoss have already praised the idea.

    A divided Tamil Nadu will be weak and we can manage it better.

    Endia has realized the DANGER power devolution to LARGE units. Yesterday Endia created Telagana out of Andra Pradesh breaking the big state into 2 smaller states.

    Endia plans to create 22 NEW small states to DIVIVE AND RULE.

    So Endia IS BREAKING UP and they are doing something about it.

    SL should divide northern province into 3 parts – Jaffna, Vanni -west and Vanni – east.

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      There is no such demand from any part of TN whereas Telengana has been requested since 1956. Stupid, you dont know anything yet you vomit all over CT.

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    Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran

    “The Thirst of Tamils Is Tamil Eelam.”

    Are you being serious?

    You are kidding, aren’t you?

    Even after killing so many unarmed innocent people, the amount of blood spilled by them was not enough for you to quench your thirst.

    Are you planning another round of blood letting which might or might not help you help quench your thirst.

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    Ah so the man from some utopian .in the sky nation called Eelaam is writing now… and CT is giving full publicity… shows where CT is going too…

    what does this jackass have to say …. we know the drill and its getting to be a wee bit boring now… even goebbles has limits…

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    Mr Rudrakumaran cannot speak for “the Tamil People”. He is speaking for the Tamil expatriates who live comfortably in the west, and funded the megalomanic Prabhakaran’s dictatorship. The sons and daughters of these expatriate Tamils were safe in western democracies, and being educated for lucrative jobs while their parents were sending funds to Prabhakaran to forcibly recruit the children of the real “Tamil people” for the establishment of the expatriate fantasy of Tamil Eelam. I am no defender of the corrupt and inept Sinhala state, but Rudrakumaran cannot deny the fact that attempts were made by the Chandrika government to devolve power effectively to the Tamil people. Unlike Rudrakumaran and his fellow expatriates “the Tamil people” are not obsessed with the dreamland of Eelam just as the real Sinhala people are not obsessed with a Sinhala Buddhist hegemonic state. The real people, Sinhala, Tamil and other, all want a better life for themselves and their children, not the paranoid grandeur of a Sinhala hegemonic state or an exclusive Tamil Disneyland. Rudrakumaran also must remember that Prabhakaran’s dictats against voting for Ranil Wickremasinhe elected the present despicable dictator Rajapaksa to office. Rudrakumaran’s present exercises will only continue to dampen the efforts of the real Tamil people to work out an arrangement for equal citizenship, however hard that process is. There are intelligent, educated, humane Tamil leaders in the country who are quite capable of gaining equal rights of citizenship to the real Tamil people who live in the country. The acid test is, is Mr Rudrakumaran and his fellow expatriates willing to go to Sri Lanka and become part of the real Tamil people, and help them in their struggle to gain their rights?

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    lmao the tamil nation is good at adding zeros,,

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    bugger off Rudra and let the remaining tamils fight for their rights in sri lanka. stop giving fodder to the bbs with your damn Jaffna squeaky voice.

    at least wigneswaran knows Sinhala and can even persuade the Sinhala modayas about pluralism and minority rights better.

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    This is very foolish of everyone to commemorate this unfortunate event,for which many shd bear responsibility,especially India (Tamil Nadu and Raw) which trained, armed and financed the terrorists, and the Singhalese, Tamil and Muslim mobs all of whom joined in a foray of destruction and looting.This is an event that should be forgotten and not resurrected.Look at a country like Spain where millions died in the Civil War. Do they recall that event? There is a monument raised to the dead. People go only in silent prayer there nothing more.Everyone who writes on this subject is directly or indirectly supporting ‘Eelam’.

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    Even in USA or UK demalage gathiya yawanna be. koodella mette thiyannath be. This kind of bastard prevent the tamil speaking people to getting opartunity to be a president in this Island.

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      What do you want to say by your ludicrous comments ?

      a) Even in USA or UK demalage gathiya yawanna be. koodella mette thiyannath be
      THIS IS COMMON WITH SINHALESE TOO. YOU DONT NEED TO FALL TO THAT LEVEL TO DISGRACE TAMIL SRILANKENS IN THIS WAY. THE WORLD IS CLEAR TO THIS DATE, THAT RACIAL ILK OF YOUR SORT WERE THE ROOT COURSE FOR OUR PROBLEMS IN SRILANKA. I THINK WE THE SINAHLESE SHOULD LEARN TO RESPECT OUR PEOPLE FIRST IF WE WANT TO SEE PEACE AMONG THE ALL COMMUNITIES IN THE ISLAND.

      b) This kind of bastard prevent the tamil speaking people to getting opartunity to be a president in this Island.

      COME ON, THEY THE MINORITIES SHOULD HAVE ACHIEVED LOT MORE BEFORE GOING TO THIS LEVELS, BUT I BELIEVE CANDIDATES LIKE SUMANTHIRAN HAVE ALL QUALITIES TO BECOME COUNTRY^S LEADER ONEDAY.

      I AGRRE WITH YOU PARTLY BECAUSE I MYSELF MET SOME SINHALAYAS IN EUROPE THAT ARE JUST OVERWELMINGLY PROUD JUST BELONGING TO SINHALA RACE. THIS THEY HAVE LEARNT FROM THEIR HOUSEHOLDS – THIS I SEE AS SOME KIND OF COMPLEX WITHIN THEM. YUGANTHAYA FILM WAS ONE GOOD FILM THAT I THINK AVERAGE TO WATCH AND SEE WHERE THEY HAVE GONE WRONG. OUR SINHALA PEOPLE DISCRIMINATE THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES – EXAMPLE: THIS I STRONGLY BELIEVE LOOKING AT THE MANNER SOME TREATING THEIR SERVANTS.

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        Why can’t you talk about Sri lankan people. You people talk about only Tamil’s right… Under Rajapassa rule All sri lankan r suffering lot of problems. Yesterday School children died and several injured at Weliweriya Gampaha because of Water problem.There were no any majority and minority problem. only their basic rights. You bloody Demala under-estimating urself and try to rruin the country with $ earning. Ponna sinhalaya and sakkili demala doesnt have own personality as a great sri lankan. We can face any challange and lead the world if we united as an one nation. Exxample Barak obama. That y i mentioned ‘koodella mette thiyanna be’

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      Dear Kalaweddage Malli,

      Firstly, I hope you will be able to understand, that it is exactly the type of ‘Kalaweddas’ like you, are the problem in this country.
      What makes you think you have to, or have the Right to “demalage gathiya yawanna” ? What do you propose to do after that ? Give the “kalaweddage gathiya” to the “demala” ?

      Secondly, Tamil speaking people (who are not Buddhist), do NOT want to be President of this country, even if they can. Reason: This is morally illogical for them to do so, because as President of this country, they would have to ‘Give the foremost place to Buddhism……and protect and foster the Buddha Sasana’.

      The only option this country so far has given them, is to become a ‘Sinhala-Buddhist Kalawedda’ (I assume you are a Sinhala-Buddhist) like you, and that’s not an appealing option for any intelligent life-form.

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        Rationalist

        “Firstly, I hope you will be able to understand, that it is exactly the type of ‘Kalaweddas’ like you, are the problem in this country.”

        What did you mean by ‘Kalaweddas’?

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    This guy is the Prime Minister and the undisputed Leader of the World Tamil Eelaam.

    He has 600,000 loyal subjects directly under him and paying taxes too.

    And the numbers are growing even further with hudreds of boats heading to Manus.

    Then he has millions of loyal followers in Tamil Nadu who will eventually join the greater Eelaam,perhaps during Mr Rudrakumaran’s PMship..

    To top it all, Mr Rudrakumaran will soon have a loyal CM in the North who will do his best to fullfil the Diaspora dreams.

    Aren’t these positive outcomes?.

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    PM/TGTE, together with his advisors, must do a study of what happened
    in that sad week as he says “…when over 50 Tamil political prisoners were mercilessly tortured and beaten to death by Sinhala inmates of the infamous Welikade maximum security prison under the watchful eyes the prison authorities themselves…” It is much more than that. The carnage took place on two consecutive days. The regime of the day permitted (or better still – encouraged) terrible criminals with murder records and notorious IRC’s from outside to arrive in Army vehicles and gain entry despite a well-functioning Security System. These outsiders did most of the killing joined by that Airplane hijacker inmate Sepala Ekanayake. They were helped by violently anti-Tamil jail employees whose names and roles appear to be well known. Fortunately, a conscientious Jail Superintendent, medical professinals and some army officers – all Sinhalese – protested the crimes, refused to be part of the illegal killings and refused to cooperate. Naturally, they lost their positions in their respectived services but will remain gentlemen and heroes.

    Senguttuvan

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      SENGUTTUWAN:

      You can not forget you Tamilness.

      For us, Sinhala people, there were good Tamils. Remember those who died hanging on to Lamp Posts ?

      PM-TGTE —– He is another Velupillai Pabakaran who is using Tamils for his own advantage. I say, he should have been in Mullaivaikaal and should have disappeared with Nadesan and Pulidevan in order to give a better life for INNOCENT Tamils in Northern Sri Lanka.

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        Jim,

        All Tamils throughout the world look at their Tamilness with great pride and will do all they can to preserve it. So must you
        in preserving your ancient Sinhalaness – and others theirs.

        Perhaps you are piqued at my reference to PM/TGTE. I should have
        placed it in asterisks. My thoughts so far is this path is the one
        that, perhaps, should be considered only after exhausting all others. This was the same path that visionary political leader
        S. Thondaman counselled to his more educated colleagues – GGP and SJVC – in 1976 in Vaddukottai. History proves him right. I see today Shimon Peres, President of Israel, interviewed by his old friend Lyce Doucet of the BBC – on the occasion of his 90th birthday – and his language is likewise in that political landscape not far too different from us – is the same.

        As Nareshwar Dayal, a very popular and one time IHC in Sri Lanka,
        told me many times “both Sinhalese and Tamils are fated to live together” It is the challenge of both leaderships to realise this despite the huge blood-shed, pain and prejudice of the past
        many decades.

        Senguttuvan

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          Senguttuvan

          “So must you, in preserving your ancient Sinhalaness – and others theirs.”

          I don’t see any difference between Tamiliness and Sinhaleseness.

          Mostly both eat the same stuff, think alike, both periodically self destruct, wear almost similar clothes, practitioners of caste culture, rage on a 24/7/52 basis, pray to same gods, both originated mostly from South India, in the absence of natural disaster both create their own ones, share the same stupid DNA, both are greedy and corrupt, both share a common history of never learning from history, ,………………….

          I see both these people as one single stupid people.

          Please now tell me what are the differences between these two people?

          What is their single greatest contribution to common humanity?

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            I will leave the Sinhala side to lay their claims. As to the Tamils, what comes to my mind presently are – the great classical epics that have survived time, the religious features and the pantheon of dieties, the tank-irrigation system, the dances and songs, temple arts and associated cultural work, the sculpture-architecture of the area and nearby Ajantha-Ellora regions, pottery and other village-based handiwork and agricultural equipment, the dress styles and headgear of men and women. These appear to have found acceptance and duplication in regions around the Tamil-occupied lands is historical fact.

            Experts in their fields can speak of much more.

            Senguttuvan

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              Senguttuvan

              Thanks for your summary of South Indian achievements.

              When I posed my question what was their single most contribution to common humanity, I was referring to the Tamils of this island and their brethren the Sinhalese.

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            Dear Native,

            Veddas are our Abos, You know the same as in your neck of the woods.

            And we are the decendents of our Balangoda dude,although our gene pool got a bit messed up with the visitors from the North,first, and then all sorts from far away lands as well.

            We got the goods to prove it,

            Look at the marvels from the past such as King size “samudras” and mind boggling architecture.

            Of course a few invaders from the South pilffered most , but thankfully didn’t do any Taliban engineering.

            If you have any family feuds with Sengutuan about you ancestry , what can we do about it?.

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              K.A Sumana sekera

              My elders think that its time they educated the stupid Sinhalese and their stupid Tamil brethren and point out the following:

              Please go check your DNA which could scientifically prove your ancestors gene pool was mostly provided by the stupid South Indians. The South Indian DNA was also contaminated by the Bengali gene.

              Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism which were practiced in India mostly came from South India, a reason for most of the problem in this land today.

              The story of Vijaya and his thugs arriving in this island first does not hold water as Historiography has time and again indisputably proved that these stories were Mahanama’s fantasies, including incestuous relations, parricides, bestiality.

              As to the building of Samudras R A L H Gunawardana and other eminent scholars have through their research authoritatively confirmed most irrigation technology came from South India. Some trace brutality of the present state to irrigation bureaucracy.

              Anuradhapura research also confirmed the existence of irrigation systems and settled life in this island prior to the arrival of Kallathonies from North or South India.

              Pomparippu and Yanoya mortuary archaeology confirms common megalithic civilisation with Arikamedu, Adichanallur, and other areas in South India.

              Don’t forget the arrival of Vellaikkarar to protect your temples and Tamil (feudal) capitalist traders from South India. By the way the Sinhalese versus Sinhalese wars were mostly fought with imported mercenaries from South India.

              The origin of Sinhala Brahmi has been traced back to Tamil Brahmi.

              Basically South Indian descendants of Kallathonies are trapped in Sinhala/Buddhist names.

              My elders suggested a few names to look out:

              Vimla Begley
              K Rajan
              Iravatham Mahadevan
              Gananath Obeysekere
              S U Deraniyagala
              R A L H Gunawardana
              Osmund Bopearachchi
              S Pathmanathan
              Sudharsan seneviratne
              K Indrapala
              Y Subarayalu
              R Champakalaxmi
              Amaradasa Liyanagamage

              PS: I have not made any effort to learn what these eminent people have to say about Sinhala/Tamil stupidity. But it is obvious.

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              K.A Sumana sekera

              “Veddas are our Abos”

              I take exception to your above claim.

              This is the ultimate insult to my people and I don’t take this lightly.

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              K.A Sumana sekera

              “If you have any family feuds with Sengutuan about you ancestry , what can we do about it?.”

              The only property dispute I have had with Senguttuvan is over my ancestral land which he thinks, should be shared by Tamils and Sinhalese. In this regard I will continue to put our first claim over our ancestral island. Senguttuvan and I can settle this matter in a gentlemanly manner taking all contestable issues into account. I am prepared to consider long lease of this island while retaining the title deed.

              As to your ancestry Manisekaran Thangavelu of South India might be able to help trace your genealogy back to your first ancestors who first took the boat to this island.

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      Surprise, Surprise, Sengutuan hasn’t attached this to Rajapaksa’s CV.

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        Sumane,

        Please spare me from the interesting verbal duel between you and
        the very readable Native Veddah, who clearly has done admirable
        research as to who the Sinhalayo are and where they came from.
        As to your own articulate role as Night Watchman for the clueless regime in these pages, well done – ole chap.

        Senguttuvan

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    Suranee

    Simple words for you YOU ARE A JACKASS.

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