30 November, 2020

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Building More Viharas In The North-East Will Negate Reconciliation Efforts

By Veluppillai Thangavelu

Veluppillai Thangavelu

Veluppillai Thangavelu

On August 23, 2016 the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) passed a resolution during the 56th sitting unanimously condemning the building of a Buddhist vihara by Sri Lankan troops on land belonging to a Hindu temple in Kilinochchi. The resolution was moved by NPC member Subramaniam Pasupathipillai.

“The Kanakambikai Amman Temple has historical importance,” said Mr Pasupathipillai “The military has occupied the house of the Gurukkal located inside the temple premises and approximately 4.5 acres of land. They are now constructing unlawfully a Buddhist vihara in the courtyard of the house.”

Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Sivagnanam Sritharan visited the area recently, which has barbed wire fences around its perimeter.

Mankulam Buddist temple

Mankulam

“This is a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing of Tamils from their traditional homeland,” Ceylon News quotes the MP as saying. “This is a concerted Buddhist supremacist offensive by the government in the north using the military force.”

The Tamil National People’s Front’s Selvarajah Kajendran also commented on the development, stating that the move was “unacceptable”.

Northern Provincial Council Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam has forwarded the said resolution to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. In his letter to the President and Prime Minister the Chairman of NPC explained that the construction of the Buddhist temple is on a 4.5 acres of land belonging to Kilinochchi Kanagambikai Amman temple administration board, but presently occupied by the armed forces. “This is a public encroachment of temple property and it is completely against the religious and national reconciliation.

Paranthan

Paranthan

He also pointed out that this is a public encroachment of the temple property and it is against the religious and national reconciliation striving to be achieved by the government. Hence the NPC requests His Excellency President and Hon. Prime Minister to take appropriate actions to stop the construction of the Buddhist temple and to hand over the land belonging to Kanagambikai temple to temple administration board.

On November 26, 2015 during the reign of President Mahinda Rajapaksa a newly constructed ‘Ata Visi Buddha Mandiraya’ at the 24 Gemunu Watch (GW) Headquarters under the Security Force Headquarters – Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) was opened by the army. Major General Amal Karunasekara, Commander, SFHQ-KLN placed the Buddha Statues at the ‘Ata Visi Buddha Mandiraya’ and conducted religious observances by consecrating the peace. Senior Officers and other ranks also attended the ceremony.

Troops from the Sri Lankan military orchestrated a religious ceremony and placed 28 Buddha statues in the newly constructed Buddhist vihara building in Kilinochchi.

Iranai Madu

Iranai Madu

Buddhist monks attended the ceremony and blessed the newly constructed ‘Ata Visi Buddha Mandiraya’ at the Sri Lankan Security Force Headquarters. Senior military officers and other ranks also attend the ceremony. Apparently, the armed forces consider the Northeast provinces as occupied territory, similar to Israeli occupied Palestinian (the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip) territory.

This is not the first instance where Buddhist viharas/statues have been erected by the Sri Lankan armed forces occupying the Northeast, but the pace and intensity has escalated since the defeat of the LTTE in May, 2009. It is part of the long-term conspiracy in the continued Sinhalization and Buddhistization of the Northeast since independence. The master-mind was Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake who under the guise of settling landless Sinhalese peasants launched massive colonization schemes like Gal Oya, Allai, and Kanthalai in the east. His successors opened up similar colonization schemes like Mudalikkulam (renamed Morawewa), Nochchikulam (re-named Nochiyagama), Periya Vilankulam (renamed Mahadielwewa) etc.

 Kokkulai

Kokkulai

The colonisation scheme was extended into the Northern province with the launching of the Manal Aru (renamed Weli Oya) colonization scheme by the Mahaweli Development Board in 1984. Though Manal Aru covered the districts of Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Anuradhapura administration was handled from the Sinhalese dominated Anuradhapura district.

A total of 13,288 Tamil families living in 42 villages for generations including Kokkulai Grama Sevakar Division (1516 Tamil families), Kokku –Thoduvai Grama Sevakar Division (3306 Tamil families), Vavuniya North Grama Sevakar Division (1342 Tamil families) and other Divisions of Mullaitivu District including Naiyaru and Kumulamunai (2011 Tamil families) were asked to vacate their homes and farmlands within 48 hours, on pain of eviction by force in case of default. This threat was issued by the army over the public address system. Simultaneously, land given to 14 Thamil entrepreneurs, including Kent Farm and Dollar Farm, on 99 years lease was also cancelled and taken over by the government under a gazette notification. Settlements in the Weli Oya began in 1984 as a dry zone farmer colony under the land Commission, but it was later acquired by the Mahaveli Economic Agency in 1988 and declared as the Mahaveli ‘L’ zone.

Vadduvagal

Vadduvagal

In fact colonization of Manal Aru colonization scheme commenced as early as 1984 and the Sinhalese army’s presence in the area dates back from the same year. The Sinhalese army did use force as promised and scores of Thamil villagers, some of them Hill country Thamil refugees, victims of earlier Sinhalese violence in 1983, were murdered and the rest fled in terror. The successive governments have used or abused the armed forces as an instrument of state terror against the Thamil people. This is true even today and the bulk of the army is deployed in the Northeast. Out of 20 army divisions, 14 of them (Jaffna – 51,52,53, Kilinochchi – 57,64,66, Mullaitheevu -59,64,68 and Vavuniya – 21,54, 56,61,62) are in the north and 3 (22,23, 30) in the eastern province. The highly politicised army is resisting release of thousands of acres of private lands owned by Thamils but falling within High Security Zones (HSZs) established by the army.

Kanagarayankukam (Tupa)

Kanagarayankukam (Tupa)

In 2014, after completion of Sinhalese colonization, Manal Aru area was re-attached to Mullaitheevu district. During the presidential election campaign in 2014, Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over title deeds to the land to 3,000 Sinhalese families at a ceremony held in Kilinochchi. A separate Sinhalese AGA division has been created for the area.

Since May, 2009 viharas/ statues have mushroomed in the Northeast, especially the north where there is heavy army presence. Here is a short list of districts where the army/navy has constructed Buddhist temples/statues though hardly there are Buddhist worshippers. The list is by no means complete.

(1) At Kanagarayankulam in Kilinochchi district a Buddha statue and a Stupa have been erected.

(2) At Mankulam in Vavuniya district a Buddhist vihara has been built. Electricity has been provided to this elaborate structure.

(3) At Iranaimadu in Mullaitheevu district a sculpture of a meditating Buddha has been installed under a peepul (Bo) tree.

(4) A Buddhist vihara has been constructed at Vadduvaakal in the Mullaitheevu district.

(5) A huge Buddhist vihara is under construction in Kokkulai in Mullaitheevu district after destroying the Hindu temple Karunaaddu Pillayar.

(6) A Buddhist vihara named Mahatota Raja Maha Vihara has come up within 50 meters of the famous Thirukethiswaram temple in Mannar district. The ancient name for Thirukethiswaram area was Mahathottam. The army planted a 1500 kilo metal Buddha statue on the shores of Palavi Theertham in the ancient temple. The fear is Thirukethiswaram may be converted to a Buddhist temple like Kathirkamam temple in the south.

Kilinochchi

Kilinochchi

Kathirkamam temple, the 2,500 years old Hindu shrine is now in the hands of Sinhalese. The Ohm sign above the entrance to the shrine has been removed. Those interested in projecting Kataragama as a Buddhist centre have capitalised on the colourful festival procession by introducing Buddhist rituals into it. On the day before the water-cutting ceremony, Lord Murugan goes to Kiri vihare to the Buddhists. Now, a `relic` is taken ceremoniously from the Buddhist temple (formerly Perumal Hindu Temple), to the Murugan temple, and then placed on a caparisoned elephant and made to lead the procession. Lord Murugan no more understands Thamil!

Sadly, but not surprisingly the Governor of the Northern province has strongly defended the building of Buddhist temples in the province saying that it is only part of a boom in the building of places of worship there.

“Big Hindu kovils are being built and many Christian denominations have come up with their buildings. But there are only 13 Buddhist temples in the entire Northern Province, we don’t object to the Hindu kovils and Christian churches coming up. We welcome them, I wonder why some should object if the Buddhists built their viharas” was his answer to a question put to him by a reporter at a press conference held in Colombo on 16th August, 2016. The reporter queried him why a Buddhist temple is being built on a person’s private property at Kokkulai in Mullaitivu district. A subject that has created tension among the local population.

Kanagarayankulam

Kanagarayankulam

Defending his stand, the Governor went on to say that the Buddhist temple had secured the permission of the local Pradesha Sabha and in a case against it; the court had upheld the construction. It also has the support of hundreds of Sinhalese families living there.

The Thamils see the construction of Buddhist temples as an extension of Sinhalese-Buddhist hegemony in the North after the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam (LTTE). Thamils wonder why Buddhist temples are being built and Buddha’s statutes are erected in areas where there are no Buddhist worshippers. What is more irritating is the fact most of them are constructed by the armed forces. The message is just a reminder telling the Thamils they are under the Sinhala – Buddhist regime run by colonial governors. They are second class citizens with inferior status compared to Sinhalese.

The Governor added insult to injury by claiming “if Hindu temples can be built in the south, why not Buddhist viharas in the Northern Province.” No doubt he is comparing oranges with apples.

If any Hindu temple is built in the south, it is on land purchased by the Hindus and cost of construction borne by them. This is a far cry from what is happening in the Northeast where Buddhist viharas are constructed by the army/navy out of public funds on lands mostly owned by Thamil citizens. Unlike viharas which are built in places where there are no Buddhist worshippers (the only Buddhists are the Sinhalese soldiers stationed in the Northeast) the Hindu temples, if any, is not built where there are no Hindus!

There is no doubt the Governor is wittingly fanning the flames of communalism and religious fanaticism by drawing a parallel between the Buddhist viharas in the north and Hindu temples in the south. In the process he gave ammunition to those extremists on the Thamil side to fire at the moderate TNA leadership by confirming their oft repeated charge that Sinhalese cannot be trusted! That Sirisena is another Rajapaksa and the difference between them is only in name. That Sinhala Buddhist nationalism is similar to the German nationalism of 1940s.

Thamil extremists never fail to cite historical incidents to back their claims. In 1920 Sinhalese leaders James Peiris, president of the Ceylon National Association and E J Samarawickreme, president of the Ceylon Reform League repudiated the written agreement to nominate Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam to the Colombo seat.

D.S. Senanayake who reneged on his solemn promise to the Thamil and other minority communities “no harm need you (non-Sinhalese) fear at our hands (Sinhalese) in a free Lanka.” He was speaking in the State Council in October 1945 when all the Thamil members had unanimously voted for the acceptance of the Soulbury constitution in a White Paper.

Later, the tearing of the B-C pact singed on 26 July, 1957, the abandonment of the D-C pact signed on 23, March 1965 in 1968 etc. They confidently predict the Thamils will once again be taken down the garden path when the new constitution now in making is finally adopted.

What is more, your pronouncements are sharply at variance with the policies of President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who are striving hard to bring about reconciliation between the Sinhalese and the Thamils. The present government wants to reverse the chauvinistic polices followed by the previous regime under Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In fact, you are in good company with Sinhalese hawks like Wimal Weerawansa, Uthaya Gammanpila, Nishantha Sri Warnasisnghe and some others who pose as Sinhalese nationalists.

Addressing a news conference at the JHU headquarters at Battaramulla, Propaganda Secretary Nishantha Sri Wanasinghe asked why Thamil politicians in the north are vehemently opposing the construction of temples and Buddha statues in the north. He said, Hindu temples had been built in all parts of the country and no one in the South had opposed them. He further asked why some Thamil politicians were averse to Buddhist temples and statues being built in the north.

He claimed that according to the Constitution every citizen had a right to live in any part of the country and practice of his or her religion. Warnasinghe was of the opinion that some northern politicians were behaving like tribal leaders. He said the JHU was confident that their separatist agenda would never be successful and their dream of a federal state would never be a reality.

The argument that according to the Constitution every citizen had a right to live in any part of the country and practice of his or her religion is fine in theory. But, in practice it is a cloak to colonize the northeast with Sinhalese at state expense. There is no history of Thamils getting settled by the successive governments in the south. Those Thamils driven out by the Sinhalese hoodlums during the riots of 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983 have not got their land and properties back. Or any compensation paid.

This tall claim that every citizen had a right to live in any part of the country is typical tongue in cheek talk by most Sinhalese politicians in the south. If all are free to practice of his or her religion why is the army/navy constructing viharas and erecting Buddha statues in the Northeast only? Why the constitution (Article 9) gives foremost place to Buddhism and duty of protection by the State? To protect and foster the Buddha Sasana? This provision which nullifies equality of citizens is an obstacle to the government’s reconciliation efforts. The Northeast remains under the jackboot of the armed forces (18 Divisions out of a total of 22) 7 years after the war. .

Refreshingly, not everyone agrees with Governor Reginald Cooray’s Sinhalese majoritarian and supremacist views. Government Spokesman and Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne has stated building Buddhist temples, placing Buddha statues under Bo-trees and at junctions by the security forces after defeating the LTTE in the North-East had not done any good other than to negate the government’s reconciliation efforts.

“On several occasions, I spoke to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on this matter. He accepted the negative impact of these actions but said it was not possible to stop armed forces personnel from doing so,” he said.

The Minister added that though places of religious observances had been erected at every opportunity, there were no Buddhist devotees to maintain them resulting in these places being abandoned.

As the saying goes ‘render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s, Governor Reginald Cooray should refrain from making explosive statements that negate reconciliation efforts by the government. As the executive Governor of the Northern province, he should concentrate to the economic, educational and social development of the war devastated province.

Thousands of IDPs are still awaiting re-settlement in their lands though the war ended 7 years ago. In Valikamam North only 1,934.3 (30%) acres of land had been released so far. The balance 4,447.2 acres (70%) of land has yet to be released. A total of 3,260 Valikamam North IDPs consisting of 936 families are still living in 32 welfare centres.

Also 79,000 war widows and 12,000 ex LTTE cadres are crying for sustainable economic development, livelihoods and job opportunities. Building more viharas and statues in the Northeast will worsen the long-simmering ethnic conflict between the Sinhalese and the Thamils and negate reconciliation efforts. This is the reality.

Though the LTTE has been defeated, the causes that led to the bloody conflict remain unresolved. Instead of stationing troops in their thousands in the Northeast, the government should win the hearts and minds of the Thamil people.

It is a fallacy to think national security could be achieved primarily through military might. One nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No power arrangement that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed.

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    How about the buddhist temples that existed before Tamils populated this area ?

    How about Sinhala buddhists moving to live here, should not they have places for them to worship ?

    Who are the people worried about this ?

    Christian Tamils or Hindu Tamils ?

    Recently, two buddhist statues are destroyed in Kilinochchi. Are those by christian Tamils ?

    One Malaysian buddhist monk (He is not Sinhala buddhist) was attacked by Tamils, there excuse is Mahinda Rajapakse visited Malasia ?. Why was that ?

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      The question here is why after this so called fake..borrowed..artificial history ..Modayas build buddhist temples in Tamil villages ??

      There were Tamil Buddhists lived in this country once We have 2000 years old tamil Buddhist literatures …written by a TamilBuddhist monk ..these people have built all these temples in North-East covering Pothuvil ..Bibile..Anuradhapura …etc., there should be a vertical archeological excavation of all buddhist temples in this country ..by international experts then we know the real history .

      Dont parade the sinhala only educated knowledge here.

      FYI the monk who was attacked in Kuala Lumpur is a Sinhala Monk probably he would have shouted thinking cardboard SL security forces will save him.

      BTW there are 40,000 Sinhala Malaysian citizens are in Malaysia and 1.5 million Malaysia citizen Tamils are there with 6 Tamil Dailies which exposed the visit of Murderpakse well advance.

      Cheers

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      Hi jim softy you wrote “Recently, two Buddhist statues are destroyed in Kilinochchi. Are those by Christian Tamils ? Why don’t you question your self? Came to understand that it was carried out by some Army personals to blame the Tamils and create an illusion that LTTE is getting revived, and that, their presence is very important for security of the Island. This is similar story that was spun a year ago with a fictitious name ‘Gobi’. He turned to be a LTTE rehabilitee who had been employed as their cook or rubbish-bin lorry driver was Shot and killed in Vanni by staging an ‘encounter style’ punishment. Then again by beginning of this year producing 10 years old suicide Jacket in Chavukacheri and had framed another rehabilitee. They the SL Army Intelligence is still working out a scapegoat for breaking those Buddha’s statues. In 2006 the war was initiated with the ‘Bus bombing in Anuradhapura’, manipulated by army intelligent presume ordered by Gota. Gota also shamed his own attack in 2006 and blamed LTTE. This came to light only recently; spoken out by Sarath Fonseka. Even Lassantha’s, Joseph Pararajasinhgam MP, Ravi Raj MP all were murdered by Army intelligence unit. The order came from High up possibly GR/MR. That time they had a ready scapegoats LTTE. Post war era they are playing with the Ghost of LTTE. Army has a very lucrative shares in running Hotels, Rest houses in the North and East. The rehabilitees as their servants. They have only to Eat Drink and have Merry fun, Why will they leave this part of the Island and hand over the lands and houses taken by them since 1990’s in the name of High Security Zones. Please Stop your Racial hatred or Phobia writings. Be a rationalist as You only live once, Don’t go to overload your KRAMA. Thanks

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      jim softy

      “How about the buddhist temples that existed before Tamils populated this area ?”

      You mean Buddhist temples that existed before the birth of Buddha. Good question I do not have an answer. Do you?

      “Recently, two buddhist statues are destroyed in Kilinochchi. Are those by christian Tamils ?”

      Find out whether Gota’s boys are active in Killinochi?

      “One Malaysian buddhist monk (He is not Sinhala buddhist) was attacked by Tamils, there excuse is Mahinda Rajapakse visited Malasia ?. Why was that ?”

      Are you saying Tamils are free to attack Sinhala/Buddhist monks?

      Were you also concerned about the attack on a foreign prime minister on this soil?

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    This is the solution by present government.
    What are these Buddhas doing at 100% Hindu areas ?

    30 years lesson is not enough ..still they have not learn.

    Kids in North-East are growing up asking where is my father..mother..sisters.brothers ? What happend to them ? and hundreds of eyewitness are there to tell what happened .

    Who cares we will dance for free liquor.

    Cheers

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      Kids in North-East are growing up asking where is my father..mother..sisters.brothers ? What happend to them ? and hundreds of eyewitness are there to tell what happened .

      You people should teaching them about the Sun God who was floating in Nanthi kadaal for the Fake struggle.

      Teach them what to do with the Cyanide capsule and how to make suicide jackets.

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        What we are going to tell these kids is not your problem..
        Bur one thing is sure next time no country will help cardboard sinhala security forces..
        Already many countries have warned if problem is not settled there will be a havoc..
        Cheers

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          What you are going to tell those kids IS our problem if we are Sri Lankans. However if you are LTTE then it is your problem.

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            @Taraki

            If your army raped your mother..wife..sisters and killed your father ..brother.. what you will do?
            Same stories will be described to these growing kids in North-East by eye witness

            Will you call them terrorists ?

            Full Stop

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              No, I’d call them criminals.

              Colon.

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          Cholam says:
          “Already many countries have warned if problem is not settled there will be a havoc..” Can you name those countries?
          Sri Lanka is primarily a Sinhala Buddhist country with minorities.
          Minorities need to undertand the majority cannot be dictated to by any minority group but, they should learn to get along. Another matter is that the North (Rajarata) was populated by Sinhalese until it was invaded by Tamils from South India who looted and destroyed Sinhalese settlements. Thamil coolies were also brought to Sri Lanka later by the Dutch and English. Buddhist temples now, next infrastructure and, Sinhala settlements will follow, to reclaim their land, Rajarata. Mr.Thagavelu will not be consullted in this regard.

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            lal loo

            “Sri Lanka is primarily a Sinhala Buddhist country with minorities.”

            For once could you define Sinhala Buddhist country.

            What does the brand name entail the people of this island?

            When exactly did this island become a Sinhala Buddhist country?

            One sided constitution does not make this island Sinhala nor does it become Buddhist.

            Think about it, come back and enlighten us. We can wait as long you want us to.

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        [Kids in North-East are growing up asking where is my father..mother..sisters.brothers ? What happend to them ? and hundreds of eyewitness are there to tell what happened . ]]

        your modaya army knows about it and should account for it.

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          Tell them their fathers were brainwashed by the racist likes of Ushi, Prabhakaran, Rudekumar, Ponnas, Chelva to become Terrorists to kill Sinhala people and had them sorted out by the Sri Lankan army.Those who want to take the lives of others must be prepared to forfeit their own. Simple lesson: for those children too! Or perhaps refer them to the aforesaid racist Tamils for an answer to their questions.

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            lal loo

            The answer lies in the past, find out as to how Banda and his fellow bigots mobilized the fascistic elements within the Sinhala/Buddhist (ghetto builders) lumpen proletariat, packaged as Pancha Maha Balavegya an exclusive racist grouping of activists, who helped the racist to capture political power and later were unleashed on unsuspecting captive minorities in the South 1956.

            Jog your memory you may remember as to what part you played in the 1956 riots. Were you leading the mob or following them?

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      cholan,

      “What are these Buddhas doing at 100% Hindu areas ?”

      Take a good look at the places where the Buddhas are before you claim that they are in 100 % Hindu areas. Ever heard of Christians and Muslims living in the North and East?

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        “”Ever heard of Christians and Muslims living in the North and East? “”

        converted lot: No difference 2 crusaders of the world who convert.
        buddha the converted.
        3 in one asslicking infected with assmosis and jaundiced- AJ typo.

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    Will Thagavelu ask the Vellala Leader Sambandan to apologize, or at least say sorry for his “LTTE boys” attack on an innocent civilian in the KL Airport?.

    Before demanding the removal of Buddhist Stupas in the North…

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      Will Thagavelu ask the Vellala Leader Sambandan to apologize, or at least say sorry for his “LTTE boys” attack on an innocent civilian in the KL Airport?.

      Will KA Sumanasekera ask the Hybrid SIN-Hell-a supremos to apologize, or at least say sorry for his “morons” attack on an innocent civilian in the NFZ?.

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “Will Thagavelu ask the Vellala Leader Sambandan to apologize, or at least say sorry for his “LTTE boys” attack on an innocent civilian in the KL Airport?.”

      By the way, did Sajin Vass, Gota, GLP, MR, ….. render an apologies to Nonis?

      Read what Sam told the Parliament:

      Malaysian envoy attackers should be tried in Sri Lanka, says Sampanthan
      on: September 06, 2016

      http://www.ceylonews.com/2016/09/

      Will you please stop sitting on your brain?

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    Oh! Lord Buddha!,
    When did you become so greedy of Land? We only know that you liberate people but when did you become a symbol of oppression and supression? Lord Buddha we would like to have you with us but we don’t like to you as a brutal murderers weapon. We don’t want to be a witness of brutal rapists and criminals.

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      Yes why were you so greedy to try and take 30% of the land and 66% of the coast. Then the up-country, Badulla…and live in peace in the rest of the nation too. Thats what you call greed.

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        you hybrid invaders have encroached the Native Veddas land.

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        30%of the land and 65% of the coast had always been ours not yours. It is only thanks the British that Sinhalese devils like you now have your nasty greedy genocidal claws on these lands and are now trying to claim it with a fake history,
        Oh by the way Taraki or Tarakai is a pure Tamil word. Shameless woman using a Tamil name and identity to post her racist venom

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          Real Siva Sankaran Sarma

          “Oh by the way Taraki or Tarakai is a pure Tamil word.”

          Taraki sounds like a Ghilzai Pashtun name from Afghanistan.

          Sheri Khan Tarakai is an ancient settlement in Pakistan.

          तारका tArakA f. is a star in Sanskrit and Tarakai is also star in Tamil.

          I don’t think everything comes from Tamil.

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            Tarakai means star in Tamil and it is a pure Tamil word, Every word common to Sanskrit and Tamil does not have a Sanskrit origin. Sanskrit also borrowed many Tamil/Dravidian and Munda words. Around 30% of Sanskrit’s vocabulary is of Dravidian/Munda origin. Sanskrit also borrowed the Dravidian grammar lexicon and syntax. Dravidian means basically Tamil. Languages borrowing words is no big deal but a language borrowing another languages grammar lexicon and syntax is a big deal, as it shows how much the other language influenced the said language. This is what Tamil/Dravidian did to Sanskrit. Unlike Tamil Telugu Kannada and Malayalam may have been flooded with Sanskrit words but even they were not borrowing Sanskrit’s grammar lexicon of syntax. Indo Aryan is the only branch within the Indo European family with the Dravidian retroflexes.
            The ancient Vedda dialect was not influenced by Sanskrit it was a semi Tamil Dravidian dialect and it used the word Taraki or Tarakai for star. Also remember there were ancient Dravidian settlements and the Indus valley civilisation reached upto southern Afghanistan and the Pashtun DNA is 20% Dravidian. This is the reason many Pashtuns still have the subcontinental look.

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            One of the old Tamil words seen in Sanskrit is

            Astra : Sudar meaning Shine/Glitter in Tamil. Sangam poems use sudar to refer the planetary bodies, This also could be the origin of English word “Star.

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        Taraki

        “Yes why were you so greedy to try and take 30% of the land and 66% of the coast.”

        If you find these percentages unacceptable, what are you offering to Ajith ?

        Are you agreeable to (25% 55%), (20% 50%), (15% 45%), (10% 40%), (5% 35%)
        (1% 30%), (0% 0%), (100% 0%), (0% 100%), (50% 50%) ….

        Make your choice let see whether Ajith is agreeable to your offer.

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          Not offering anything. All the land belongs to all the people.

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            Taraki

            “Not offering anything. All the land belongs to all the people.”

            Since when?

            I thought this island belongs exclusively to Sinhala/Buddhists, because they are the majority and the constitution is supposed to protect just Buddhism.

            You surprised me.

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              No, it has never belonged to Sinhala Buddhists exclusively, but they are a majority and it is the only land they have. They will not give it away to Wahabis, LTTEs or Evangelists despite all the efforts of our accursed leaders.

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                Taraki,

                “” it is the only land they have. “”

                squatter law is obsolete even in the UK.

                come settler bare it all??

                aren’t you sitting on a tennis ball?? phew!

                rulers who rule by the vote come and go but the rightful owners are there till they sell free willingly.

                try the maithuna.

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                Taraki

                “No, it has never belonged to Sinhala Buddhists exclusively,”

                When did the Sinhala speaking people become Sinhala Buddhists and the Buddhists become Sinhala Buddhists?

                “but they are a majority and it is the only land they have”

                Does it mean Sinhala/Buddhists have more stupid people than the minorities?

                Does that give them monopoly right over political power, resources, land, job opportunities, places in the armed forces, history, corruption, murder, war crimes, ….. ?

                “They will not give it away to Wahabis, LTTEs or Evangelists despite all the efforts of our accursed leaders.”

                Good idea, make sure you don’t give it away to the Sinhala/Buddhists either.

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        Taraki,
        I am not talking about the land distribution of North_EASt province. I talk about the land that was built by Military in Kilinochi. This land belongs to Hindu Temple. It is British who brought up-country Tamils from India. You have sorted out that matter with India.You are talikng about the land where Tamils lived tarditionally before Portugese coming.

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          mr. ajit
          Why are you so much attached to history arguing who was where, when and there?? That is not going to change a darn anything. If you say SL was 100% Tamil historically I will accept that. If you say 0% Tamil I will accept that too, No argument! Who cares????
          But What really matter is who is there now! Sinhalese 85% Tamils 10% right?
          Just don’t waste your time and others too.

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            Nuisance the stupid I

            “But What really matter is who is there now! Sinhalese 85% Tamils 10% right?”

            Total population estimate in 2011 20,359,439

            Sinhalese population 85% 17,305,490

            Census 2011 Sinhalese population 15,250,081

            Difference between your and actual 2,155,409

            Could you explain discrepancies in your estimate and Census figure.

            Tamil population as per your 10% 2,035,943

            Actual per census 2011 3,108,770

            Difference between yours and Census 1,072,827

            A million and more Tamils are missing. What have you done to them? It looks like a real genocide has been committed by you single handedly.

            It also looks like more Kallathonies have arrived on this island all 2,155,409 have now assimilated into Sinhalese. Where did they come from Erivirar Pattinam?

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    So, go and make more kovils in the south. Man you are looking for some cantankerous reasons to cause more problems. We have enough problems with people not having enough to eat or to improve their health and domestic hygiene. Focus on real issues and shut your bellyaching.

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    English and Tamils have one thing in common. English occupied northern part of Ireland and claim that Northern Ireland is a part of United Kingdom. Indian Tamils occupied the northern part of Sri Lanka which was the centre of Sinhala Kingdoms and claim that it is Tamil Eelam (extension of Tamil Nadu). English settled Protestant people in Northern Ireland which was predominantly Catholic. Indian Tamils settled Hindus in the northern part of Sri Lanka which was predominantly Buddhist.

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      [English and Tamils have one thing in common. English occupied northern part of Ireland and claim that Northern Ireland is a part of United Kingdom. Indian Tamils occupied the northern part of Sri Lanka which was the centre of Sinhala Kingdoms and claim that it is Tamil Eelam (extension of Tamil Nadu). English settled Protestant people in Northern Ireland which was predominantly Catholic. Indian Tamils settled Hindus in the northern part of Sri Lanka which was predominantly Buddhist.]

      Chinese and Sinhalese have one thing in common. Chinese occupied southern part – Tibet and claim that Tibet is a part of China. Indian Sinhalese occupied the southern part of Sri Lanka which was the centre of Vedda land and claim that it is Sinhala only country. Chinese Buddhists settled in most parts of Tibet which was predominantly Tibetan Buddhism. Indian hybridized Sinhalese settled in the Southern part of Sri Lanka which was predominantly aboriginal Hinduism including Pattini deyyo Kannagi, kataragama murugan worships.

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    No Buddha statue (for that matter any religious structure) should be allowed to be constructed anywhere in the island without consent of the neighbors.

    Soma

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      soma,

      Please do not shed crocodile tears! This is the form of equality the Sinhala Buddhists will deliver! You know this too and will give your tacit support overtime!

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      Kapilavastu is still in Nepal a Hindu country. Gaya is in India, a secular country.

      Indian and Nepali Buddhists are not morons and not greedy and also looking for building viharas.

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      somaaasss

      “No Buddha statue (for that matter any religious structure) should be allowed to be constructed anywhere in the island without consent of the neighbors.”

      Try building it on your neighbours back garden and please come back and let us know the consequences.

      Or indeed on your back garden and let us know how your partner (if you have one) treated you since.

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    This shows how far and wide the tentacles of militarization unleashed by Gota Rajappaksas has spread.Clearly now you have an opposing and very powerful force( the armed forces) that is working contrary to the reconciliation efforts of the government.So you have 2 initiatives both from the South ,whose policies are cancelling out one another.The consequences of such cancellation will impact adversely unless quickly addressed.

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    ” Though the LTTE has been defeated, the causes that led to the bloody conflict remain unresolved”

    Sorry mate, until Tamil political masters acknowledge the existing reality of demographic distribution of Tamil speaking people across the island there will not be any solution to the Tamil ethnic question.
    All Tamil speaking people should forgo their differences in caste, region,religion and date of arrival to form one common front and propose a suitable devolution model which can satisfy at least 95% of them.

    This cunning strategy of “North AND East for us AND the rest for all of us” is the main cause of the problem. There is NO solution to that demand.

    Soma

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      Soma,

      If you and your politicians think building buddhists temples and colonizing Sinhalese in North-East they must examine their head also you.

      Why the hell these buddhist temples are appearing every nook and corner in non-buddhist areas is the question if you can’t reply shut up.

      It seemsnow Ayotullahs of Malwatta and Asgiriya are running this country .

      If you all are ready to suicide even buddha can’t save you.

      Cheers

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        Yanne koheda? Malle pol.

        Soma

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      soma,

      “All Tamil speaking people should forgo their differences in caste, region,religion and date of arrival to form one common front…..”

      It is very noble of you to utter such a statement! Can you advocate this to your Sinhala people to set examples by eschewing the foremost place given to buddhism in the constitution? can you also ask the state not to exclusively colonise with the Sinhala folks in the north and east? Can you also ask the state not to push your language down the throat of the Tamils?

      Such a condescending and lofty comment from a downright chauvinist! By the way, as to a solution to the Tamil question, it is slowly slipping sway from your hands; it will be eventually forced on you; you will have no choice! My advise to you is for you to give generously to the Tamils as their demand is a workable governing structure. As to where people choose to live will depend on progressive outlook of the central government! So come out of your fettered existence and face the world in keeping with modern times!

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    Mr.Thangavelu
    It is a noteworthy information as to how the Sinhalese are implementing their plan to colonise the Sinhalese in the North and East by establishing Buddhist Viharas initially by using the strength of the armed forces.
    Please forward copies of this article to Sambanthan Trio (Sumanthiran and Senathirajah).
    It is an idiotic decision by Mr Sivagnanam to write to the President and Prime minister because they are the architects of this plan. The Sirisena Ranil’s plan is to grab more lands and build Buddhist Viharas initially using the armed forces before colonising the Sinhalese. The Tamil people should not depend on their elected representatives but take direct action on their own. Remove the TNA parliamentarians first , join hands with the elected provincial council representatives and go into action.

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    Does Velu know how many Kovils have come up in the Colombo and suburbs during the time of the Eelam wars? Instead of building Kovils in their so called “traditional homelands” the Tamils Kovils have mushroomed, several of them even specializ in
    blessing those whose have got Visas to immigrate to Canada!

    Muslims and Buddhists must built an equal number of our houses of worship in the North. According to captain Percival’s account of Jaffna in 1815 there were moree Moors (Mulsims) than Malabars (Tamils) in Jaffna.

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      “”Muslims and Buddhists must built an equal number of our houses of worship in the North.””

      That is the crusade being carried out once Madras Presidency handed over administration in 1948.

      Mulla Bodin the spat (son of a bitch) on Barack Hussein has already started at ASEA- he shied away like Passa.

      1,033,080,000 Hindus (15%), the overwhelming majority (94%) of which live in India.
      1,598,510,000 Muslims (23%), of which 87-90% are Sunnis, 10-13% Shia.

      you do not have technology to destroy- the supreme just dancer.

      Come november election and Trump, lets have fun.

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    The only country where army builds Buddhist temples and grab lands to cultivate crops and sell them in competition with locals, is SRILANKA. They do these when they are not abducting,murdering or raping the citizens of their occupied territory.

    It is funny that government thinks there can be reconciliation. It is even funnier that some foreign countries believe that reconciliation is possible . The racist actions and atrocities that the government forces are obvious to the leaders of Srilanka and the world. The “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”will eventually drown in the sea of Intolerance,bigotry and Buddhist chauvinism.

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    Wow 56th sittings… What are the good among the 55 and what are the benefits and how graciousness are people among the people towards NPC.

    Look at the reality how these English medium schools and the swamijies are mushromming among Tamils,either in home or abroad.

    As we Hindu we also give Holly for arasa,(bo) tree.under the bo tree with Buddha statue and villaku(,lamp) may bring more spiritual I believe.can feel it at kathirgamam.

    Is this is the need of an hour.I would like to know where this writer lives now.I assume in canda with both govnt hand outs.can’t be from killinochi ground reality I’d different.

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      So you are still the ancient tree hugger/worshiper. Well there is a place for you at Lumbini all excavated and readied by UNESCO and Japan.

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    THE ONLY solution to this unfolding drama is to setup:

    2 regions in Sri Lanka.

    One called = tamil omeland.
    second called = Sinhala homeland (Sinhale).

    Unfortunately, there are significant number of these Tamils and Tamil speakers in Sinhale. And plenty of devalas , kovils , mosques and churches.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK the Sinhala Buddhists should do to these ?

    Fine , you have problem with Buddhist Objects in North and Eastern Provinces.

    So WHAT IF we have similar problems with your religious constructions. ????

    Sinhale SHOULD BE UNDER SINHALA – BUDDHIST CONTROL.

    YOUR TAMIL Eelam can be under your control NO PROBLEM….

    I THINK THIS IS THE SOLUTION YOU ARE ASKING FOR……

    YOU MAY DO what ever you desire with the sites……

    For Sinhala Politicans who are betraying the Sinhala people by acting like SRI LANKAN POLITICANS for their own FAMILY benefits we should reject them and denounce them to SAFE GUARD THE SINHALA HOMELAND======

    THE SINHALE;;;;;;;;;LONG LIVE THE SINHALE

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      @Sinhala Voice

      There are many Hindu temples in south built over 200 years during European rule and Kataragama is historical …Tamils legally bought lands and built these temples.They never colonized forcefully and built hindu temples with state fund.

      Why the hell today Sinhala government is building Buddhist temples small and big in 100% Hindu areas ..this is the question.?What is the agenda behind this ?do you want Tamils should shut their mouth and watch.

      Cheers

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      I am also promoting this idea of two regions, one for all Tamil speaking people and the other for all Sinhala speaking people.

      Soma

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        somaaassss

        “I am also promoting this idea of two regions, one for all Tamil speaking people and the other for all Sinhala speaking people.”

        I am sorry, when did you acquire a taste for luxury, two linguistic nations in one country?

        By the way who gave you the authority to say so, have you spoken to Sangha, Hindians, and the noisy Sinhala/Buddhist bigots, have you had a good discussion with yourself?

        Come on have you thought through the modality, issues, consequences, losses and benefits to each of the two nations, merger and de-merger, … and how do you propose to bring yourself back into mainstream Sinhala nation from where you are now (ghetto), ….

        Are you angling for something else?

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      Sinhala voice

      Stop that fake Sinhala voice

      Sri Lanka, the one & only homeland of Sri Lankans.

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        sr

        “Sri Lanka, the one & only homeland of Sri Lankans.”

        Could you define Sri Lankans.

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      “”THE SINHALE;;;;;;;;;LONG LIVE THE SINHALE “

      long live the plo geddi and Mara bithtere- adi da london town.

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    The statutes are not Buddhist temples. They are small places
    for use of Buddhist members of the armed forces for their
    daily religious observances.

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      It is just jealosy by christian Tamils.

      they built churches and kovils every where. Do do they have talked about those.

      they complain about building buddhist statues.

      they don’t talk about no of thebuddhists temples they wiped out in the north.

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      No problem if your Rapist and murdering army want to worship Buddha let them do in a make sift temple inside the camp …why the hell under Bo trees and junction.

      If Buddha visit this cursed land today he will commit suicide after hearing what happened in May 2009.

      Buddhism is nota religion but a philosophy encouraging blood bath .

      Cheers

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        “”Buddhism is nota religion but a philosophy encouraging blood bath .””

        Lankawe Puddhism is not a religion……

        Buddhism’s 4th Gem or 7th path has a place in the hearts and minds of humans. Lanka tatte’s are sitting on the 4th Gem.- Mindfulness.

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          All buddhist countries in Asia is bleeding then and now :
          Myanmar..Cambodia..Vietnam..Laos and Kiri Lanka where they burn Tamils alive and military burned Tamil with Chemical weapons supplied by poverty India …this shit India has got Asoka emblem disgrace .
          Blood ..Murder nothing else .
          Anyone watched the video of Gangarama Batticlao Buddhist Monks shouted police in vulgar language ..the same monk attacked a Tamil police officer
          No action against these buddhist Ayotullahs …are above the law in the Kiri Lanka .
          Cheers

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            “this shit India has got Asoka emblem disgrace .”

            that was yankee partition- they arranged everything as winners of WW2. It should have been Chandragupta maurya the man he exposed 2 stand alone classical languages- greek and sanskrit. Modi is trying.

            487,540,000 Buddhists (7%), of which half live in China.
            They don’t even touch money unlike Lankan commission kakka tatte.
            It’s the fault of the voter who settled for free substandard education and rice from the moon.
            BTF/GTF brought MR2 to power or by now Monkey Moon won’t be smiling and singing Bodhi Gatha with Bodhisira.

            It’s important to see our mistakes- if you forget the lesson of experience the purpose of life is lost- gita yoga of renunciation.

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            Cholan
            I agree with your sentiments.Budfist shrines or temple should not be placed against the will of the local population.This is creating unnecessary
            Tension.What kind of respect one can expect for Lord Buddha when they see him as a symbol of enemy triumphalism.
            Idiotic tactics by short sighted stupid Sinhalese politicians.If they helped to build destroyed Hindu temples instead they could have won the hearts of Tamil people for sure which is much needed in deed,

            However what I have always observed in these forums is Tamils will never say anything critical of what Tigers did during the height of their prowess.
            Please be open and transparent when calling some one murderes and rapists.When you point one finger at them another is pointed at you even without your realisation .Unless you are ready to accept the barbarism unleashed by the boys of tiger stripes no fruitful reconciliation can be achieved .This was not a battle between a group of saints on one side and and a another of murderes on the other side for god sake.Blood stains are visible on either sides and we should be humble enough to accept that .

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              take a lesson in value judgement theory and find a golden mean.

              what you said is wrath by side of pol gaha- like tikiri tikri liya.

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    Building viharas is a land grabbing strategy of the SL military widely practiced in the time of Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

    Later this land will belong to Gota or Basil..This has happened not only in the north east of Sri Lanka but also in Colombo 7 on Wijerama Mawatha, where small Tamil and Muslim shops were displaced and Buddha statues and bo trees planted.

    This is part of the strategy of ethnic cleansing and the ABUSE OF BUDDHISM by the Sri Lanka armed forces under Gotabaya.

    The Rajapaksa brothers have destroyed Buddhism in Lanka. Today Sri Lankan Buddhism which is highly politicized and militarized is an insult to What the Buddha Taught.

    Buddhism should be rescued from the greedy and corrupt and criminal Sri Lanka politicians and military.

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    Silly attempt by the government.

    Intention seems to be taking Sinhalese closer to Tamils in the North but it should not be done forcefully.

    It is a common sight in Sri Lanka that Buddhist temples and Hindu kovils co-exist.

    Why is it bad for North?

    Take the ground support first, keep military aside letting civilians to do that.
    After understanding that majority Sinhalese are very good set of people the ordinary Tamils will clamor to be with them & ask for more temples.

    They’ll come to South with more Hindu temples to strengthen the spirit of co-existence

    It’s important to understand that we have to co-exist, North is is no exception; part of Sri Lanka.

    The whole island is traditional homeland of Sri Lankans.

    Only terrorists and war mongers oppose for it.

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      sr

      “It is a common sight in Sri Lanka that Buddhist temples and Hindu kovils co-exist. Why is it bad for North?”

      Why do the Hindus and Buddhists want more places of worship built when the number of devotees attending temple/Vihara is dwindling .

      The politicians and armed forces want these ceremonial centres built for the sole purpose of legitimising their hegemony. There are plenty of Temples, Viharas, Mosques and churches already exist in this country. Why do the crooks and war criminals want more places of worship build? Is it because too many crooks looking for places to hide, and there aren’t enough?

      Public common areas should remain public, as we do not want more objects/buildings of eye-sore.

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    Traditional home land of tamils are in tamilnadu… Period.
    All others are “kallathonis”

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      Vijay Kallothoni
      Bandaranayake for fathers kallathoni
      JR forfathers Kallathoni

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        Anpu

        “Vijay kallathoni”

        So do Americans, Australians and many more; you Tamils are very fond of.

        Vijay neither invaded nor he came illegally, his fate took him here.

        So he isn’t kallathoni.

        Natives welcomed him and made the king.

        Sad about Kuveni’s fate. Vijay should not have done it, at least she should have been made member of his harem.

        You say Bandaranaike and JR’s forefathers are kallathoni,

        Offensive statement but proves that adultery has a history.

        Even you & I may be ridiculed like that.

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          stupid rudy,

          “”You say Bandaranaike and JR’s forefathers are kallathoni, Offensive statement but proves that adultery has a history.”2

          Banda and ratwatte were ferried across by the portuguese from spice island of nutmeg Banda island. So SriMao stops genealogy 300 years ago to Dutch entry and nutmeg. Check old Codger his is very conversant with sinhalese names and places.

          your knowledge is limited to jaffnese because you are like the colombo chetty changing like the weather.

          Your kotchi pals may be making tea with froth.

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          “”Vijay neither invaded nor he came illegally, his fate took him here. So he isn’t kallathoni. Natives welcomed him and made the king. Sad about Kuveni’s fate. Vijay should not have done it, at least she should have been made member of his harem.””

          it’s a bedtime story of a runaway bandit with a swollen head like Hegel. even today they have horse riding bandits.
          subash Chandra Bose frequently hid at andaman while even today at bombay bandits hide in the islands nearby- TriMurthi.

          Today Most Billionaires live in yachts and do their business.

          you are too old fashioned when it comes to relating the old with new.

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      Real Kallathonies are the ancestors of Sinhalese from todays Kerala …and Kandy Manawadus from other part of South India.All were Tamils at that time.

      Even comic book Mahavamsa proudly tell deported criminal Vijaya came with 700 Kallathonies.

      Full stop .

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      Traditional homeland of the indigenous Eelam Tamils is the north east and north west coast of the island. However the traditional homeland of Sinhalese is only Tamil Nadu as most of them(70%) are descended from immigrants from Tamil Nadu. Many of their Indian Tamil ancestors arrived only a few centuries ago. The rest from Bengal Orissa, Kerala and Andhra. Sinhalese DNA proves this.
      Basically the Sinhalese masses, are largely Tamil low castes who converted to Buddhism and Catholicism ruled by a largely imported Indian Tamil and some Telugu upper castes who now call themselves the Sinhalese upper castes and aristocracy. GO and trace the ancestry of every so called ruling Sinhalese family and they all lead to Tamil Nadu.

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        So you dumb Tamils killed former Tamils now turned Sinhala and destroy their worshipping places.

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          jim softy the Dimwit

          “So you dumb Tamils killed former Tamils now turned Sinhala and destroy their worshipping places”

          Dimwit read what Buddhism has to say about Impermanence. If you have a problem understanding Buddhist tenets please feel free to ask us.

          The Buddhist Concept of Impermanence

          Early Buddhism dealt with the problem of impermanence in a very rationale manner. This concept is known as anicca in Buddhism, according to which, impermanence is an undeniable and inescapable fact of human existence from which nothing that belongs to this earth is ever free.

          Buddhism declares that there are five processes on which no human being has control and which none can ever change. These five processes are namely, the process of growing old, of not falling sick, of dying, of decay of things that are perishable and of the passing away of that which is liable to pass. Buddhism however suggests that escape from these is possible and it’s through Nirvana.

          Hinduism also believes in the impermanent nature of life. But it deals with this problem differently. According to Hinduism, impermanence can be overcome by locating and uniting with the center of permanence that exists within oneself. This center is the Soul or the self that is immortal, permanent and ever stable.

          According to Hinduism, Atman is the fundamental truth that exists in every being, while at the microcosmic level it is Brahman who is the fundamental and supreme truth of all existence. He who realizes Atman verily becomes Brahman and attains immortality.

          The Buddha differed radically with this most fundamental concept of Hinduism and in line with his preaching the early Buddhists did not believe in the existence of a permanent and fixed reality which could be referred to as either God or soul. According to them what was apparent and verifiable about our existence was the continuous change it undergoes.

          Thus early Buddhism declares that in this world there is nothing that is fixed and permanent. Every thing is subject to change and alteration. “Decay is inherent in all component things,” declared the Buddha and his followers accepted that existence was a flux, and a continuous becoming.

          According to the teachings of the Buddha, life is comparable to a river. It is a progressive moment, a successive series of different moments, joining together to give the impression of one continuous flow. It moves from cause to cause, effect to effect, one point to another, one state of existence to another, giving an outward impression that it is one continuous and unified movement, where as in reality it is not. The river of yesterday is not the same as the river of today. The river of this moment is not going to be the same as the river of the next moment. So does life. It changes continuously, becomes something or the other from moment to moment.

          Take for example the life of an individual. It is a fallacy to believe that a person would remain the same person during his entire life time. He changes every moment. He actually lives and dies but for a moment, or lives and dies moment by moment, as each moment leads to the next. A person is what he is in the context of the time in which he exists. It is an illusion to believe that the person you have seen just now is the same as the person you are just now seeing or the person whom you are seeing now will be the same as the person you will see after a few moments.

          Even from a scientific point of view this is true. We know cell divisions take place in each living being continuously. Old cells in our bodies die and yield place continuously to the new ones that are forming. Like the waves in a sea, every moment, many thoughts arise and die in each individual . Psychologically and physically he is never the same all the time. Technically speaking, no individual is ever composed of the same amount of energy. Mental stuff and cellular material all the time. He is subject to change and the change is a continuous movement.

          Impermanence and change are thus the undeniable truths of our existence. What is real is the existing moment, the present that is a product of the past, or a result of the previous causes and actions. Because of ignorance, an ordinary mind conceives them all to be part of one continuous reality. But in truth they are not.

          The various stages in the life of a man, the childhood, the adulthood, the old age are not the same at any given time. The child is not the same when he grows up and becomes a young man, nor when the latter turns into an old man. The seed is not the tree, though it produces the tree, and the fruit is also not the tree, though it is produced by the tree.

          The concept of impermanence and continuous becoming is central to early Buddhist teachings. It is by becoming aware of it, by observing it and by understanding it, one can find a suitable remedy for the sorrow of human life and achieve liberation from the process of anicca or impermanence.

          from – http://www.hinduwebsite.com

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    Reliable field data obtained by BTF indicates that the land currently occupied by the Sri Lankan security forces in the North is 67,427 acres as of 01st of March 2016.

    Under the previous government of Mahintha Rajapakse 69,992 acres of land was under occupation. Only 2, 565.5 acres of land has been released since January 2015 by the new Sri Lankan regime. This constitutes only 3.6% of the total land currently occupied by the Sri Lankan military.

    Above clearly shows the manipulation of data and deception on the part of the current Sri Lankan government, which came on a promise of change, in releasing the land occupied by its military. Several promises with specific deadlines by the current Sri Lankan president to release all unauthorised land acquisition by the military remains unfulfilled.

    Apart from such land acquisition Sri Lankan military has been building Buddhist statues and temples illegally on private and government lands without any permission. This cultural genocide has not stopped even after the change of government. Sri Lankan military is carrying out its genocidal demographic change in the Tamil traditional homeland even under the present government. The current Sri Lankan regime has not stopped such activities and it is hood winking the international community with empty promises.

    Following online research based on google street maps and satellites images reveal the extent of land occupation and cultural colonisation in the Tamil homeland.
    http://tinyurl.com/z6e95vo

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    ‘12,000 ex LTTE cadres are crying for sustainable economic development, livelihoods and job opportunities’

    Really? What do you think the unemployed Sinhala villager is crying out for? Should the Government give prefernce to people who brought so much bloodshed?

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    ‘Reliable field data obtained by BTF’ an oxymoron by a moron.

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    Foreign and local Christian NGOs have been building churches in Buddhist villages for years and the Government does nothing.

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    This seems to be a forum for racist morons with nothing better to do than cultivating their hate.

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      It is not about the race. It is about the caste.

      In South India, Tamils kill Tamils in the university because of the caste.

      Tamils are very primitive.

      Animals are more advanced.

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        jim softy Dimwit

        “Animals are more advanced”

        I haven’t seen any improvement in you over many years. What has happened to you?

        I never heard that animals too suffer from arrested development.

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    Mr Vellupillai Thangavelu
    They Have Guns , Tanks and Cannons.They speake and do. Yo don’t have them. Your word in CT will not do anything. Ask your thamillians drop in the sea.

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    @ Devil

    When Colombo and Anuradapura airports were attacked your card board army also had guns ..tanks .and canons …why couldn’t stop this ?
    According to foreign tourists Sinhala card board forces at Colombo airport were running like headless chickens ..HE HE HE
    So your Buddha taught you to build temple for him with the support of Guns..Tanks and Cannons?

    Cheers

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    oh let them build all the viharas they want and waste their money.Tamils should not fall into the trap set like idiots.The stupid jaffna university students also fell into the trap set for them and we had 5 tamil students hospitalised in peradeniya in retaliation for the 5 sinhalese students hospitalised.

    Dumb tamils should not again and again fall into the traps set by some sinhalese who want to keep the fires stoked as long as possible hoping for something drastic to take place between tamils and sinhalese and reconciliation to end.

    young tamils have to start thinking different from their elders who have so far only brought misery on the community without achieving anything.

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    Mr. Vellupillai;

    You have quoted;
    “Government Spokesman and Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne has stated building Buddhist temples, placing Buddha statues under Bo-trees and at junctions by the security forces after defeating the LTTE in the North-East had not done any good other than to negate the government’s reconciliation efforts”

    The irony is, you have paid too much attention to what an AETHIEST has said about Buddhist shrines. Yes as an AETHIEST this man will say anything to enjoy a BIG-MEAL ticket. Just ignore him.

    I, with great respect to Hinduism quote the following from Swami Vivekananda;

    “Buddha was a great Vedantist (for Buddhism was really only an offshoot of Vedanta), and Shankara is often called a “hidden Buddhist.” Buddha made the analysis, Shankara made the synthesis out of it. Buddha never bowed down to anything—neither Veda, nor caste, nor priest, nor custom. He fearlessly reasoned so far as reason could take him. Such a fearless search for truth and such love for every living thing the world has never seen. Buddha was the Washington of the religious world; he conquered a throne only to give it to the world, as Washington did to the American people. He sought nothing for himself.”
    “Look at Buddha’s heart! Ever ready to give his own life to save the life of even a kid—what to speak of “bahujana hitāya bhahujana sukhāya—for the welfare of the many, for the happiness of the many”! See, what a large-heartedness—what a compassion! … What was there in this country before Buddha’s advent? Only a number of religious principles recorded on bundles of palm leaves—and those too known only to a few.
    It was Lord Buddha who brought them down to the practical field and showed how to apply them in the everyday life of the people. In a sense, he was the living embodiment of true Vedanta.”

    I do not know your religious background, but the poisonous words that inflame bigotry cannot be that of a practicing Hindu. You are a lowly beast of provincially insignificant individual driven by bigotry and ignorance.

    Hon. Narendra Modhi, Prime Minister of India, is not only a great Hindu Statesman; he is one of the highly regarded democratic politicians on this earth. A born Hindu; He united Hindus in India to defeat the corrupt anti democratic and divisive politics in India. He also worships Lord Buddha and he has proudly launched large scale projects to renovate and construct Buddhist Shrines and Temples in India. WHO you are, WHO you are and WHO are you, you are not a Hindu.

    Mr. John Kerry, the 68th United States Secretary of State, visited Kelani Maha Vihara (Kelaniya Buddhist Temple) and received blessings from the Triple Gem. Yes; guys like you may argue he is a politician, therefore it has no relevance. But I will tell you, he is a great man, intelligent and believe in how much Buddhism has contributed the world peace.

    Once again, you are the messenger for lowly insignificant Tamil Bigots occupying NPC, sworn to scuttle the peace enjoyed by the Tamils in the north. The conflict between various ethnic groups and the misery of Tamils sustain their lifelines.

    Firstly, you do not understand the meaning of “ETHNIC CLEANSING”

    Secondly, you have made vague attempt to portray Buddhism as an enemy of Tamil people.

    Your campaign against Buddhism isolates the Tamils in the North from the democratic world. If Buddhists do not have any issue with thousands of Hindu Temples in every City, Town, and Hamlet in Sri Lanka, my question is why Tamil can’t afford the same courtesy in the North for Buddhist Temples.

    You and some your colleagues are the obstacles for reconciliation but not Buddhism. We must use our religions to unite our people but not to divide them.

    Oh by the way, may I remind you every inch of land in Sri Lanka belongs to the Government of Sri Lanka including YOURS and MINE. The title/deeds given to us are temporary licenses; they can be revoked by the government at any time.

    Ranbandu C

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      Ranbandu you are quoting Swami Vivekananda. But Swami Vivekananda was referring to the Buddhism that he came across in India.

      He was not referring to the bastardised version of Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhism

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        “He was not referring to the bastardised version of Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhism”

        You are sadly mistaken fellow, I believe you are referring to the Bastard Politicians, pretending to be Buddhists and hide Behind the Lord Buddha’s doctrine to win elections by hoodwinking Sinhala-Buddhists. SWRDB , JRJ and their followers fall into that category.
        But you can’t be proud either. All Tamil Bastard Politicians like Wiggy and most of the NPC politicians have done the same thing using Hinduism and Islam. Both groups are having fun and Tamashas you are blaming Buddhism. You are not alone.

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      Ranbandu,

      Such a long comment, yet so out of context (sigh)

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    Veluppillai Thangavelu,

    Thank you for the information and the article.

    The question of Buddhas in new places is very important and should be solved to avoid further conflicts.

    Do you know that the Muslim prayer room at Jaffna University was again attacked yesterday?

    “Defending his stand, the Governor went on to say that the Buddhist temple had secured the permission of the local Pradesha Sabha”

    Why has the TNA dominated PS given permission to build it? Do the other Buddhas etc also have permits from the PS? My impression is that all new places of worship need a permit.

    “The Northeast remains under the jackboot of the armed forces (18 Divisions out of a total of 22) 7 years after the war.”

    Fact or fiction? Please provide a reliable source.

    “A total of 3,260 Valikamam North IDPs consisting of 936 families are still living in 32 welfare centres.”

    Providing land and livelihood for these landless low caste families should be the priority of the NPC and the Government. How difficult can it be to buy land for 936 families from absent landlords who have no need for their land?

    “Also 79,000 war widows and 12,000 ex LTTE cadres are crying for sustainable economic development, livelihoods and job opportunities.”

    I totally agree with you but would like to know what has the NPC done to help them?

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    If you use this argument that there should be no Buddhist temples in north and east. Does it extend to there will be no Sinhalese living in the north and east ? So then it is only fair that no Hindu temples or Tamils should live in rest of the nation!!! A very logical conclusion. If we go on this path. There will be no reconciliation but there will be a bloody partition as in India.

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      anotherbuddhist(so called),

      are you deliberately acting like a simpleton to infuriate others, or really
      see any sense in your own empty utterances?

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