18 September, 2020

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Central Government’s Hela Bojun & Tourism In Northern Province

By C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V. Wigneswaran

Let me start on a political note. We in the Northern Province wish to leave the stamp of our individuality on the Tourist Industry. We of the North not to forget the East, have something unique to contribute to the culture and wellbeing of the Sri Lankan state. We are different from the rest of the Country. We have a separate language, separate religions, culture, ethos, climate, topography, terrain and even geological differences. We like to maintain our individuality. We also want others to respect and recognize our individuality.

Recently the Government wanted to name a Restaurant built by our Provincial Council which was financed by the Central Government as Hela Bojun. I questioned the propriety of such an action. Hela is the Pali form of the Tamil word Eelam. I said I have no objection to the Restaurant being named Eela Unavakam in Tamil. Otherwise joining with the other Restaurants already named in the North as Ammachchi Restaurant this new establishment too could be called Ammachchi Restaurant. The Government reluctantly allowed the opening without a name being ascribed. This is a lesson for us.

Chief Guest’s Address – Grand Launching of Northern Province Tourism Association on 28/03/2018 at 5.30 pm at the Grand Green Palace Hall, Jaffna:

Guru Brahma…………..

Mr. Chairman, Acting Country Director WUSC, The Regional Team Leader for Northern Province, WUSC, The Secretary, NPTA, other Stakeholders of NPTA, Founder President of NPTA, Mr.T. Sunderesan, Professor T. Velnampy, District Secretaries of Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu, those representing the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) in the Northern Region, Dr.S. Sivesan, Senior Lecturer, and brothers and sisters.

Let me first congratulate the Northern Province Tourism Association for deciding upon this launch. I find, it is your expectation that this launching will be an easy access to develop new business trends in Tourism related activities and ensure the strengthening of existing relationships in a mutually beneficial manner. There could be possible collaboration with our Northern Provincial Council with interventions from World University Service of Canada. We too expect the launching of your publication would benefit the future growth of our Northern Tourist Industry.

Let me start on a political note. We in the Northern Province wish to leave the stamp of our individuality on the Tourist Industry. We of the North not to forget the East, have something unique to contribute to the culture and wellbeing of the Sri Lankan state. We are different from the rest of the Country. We have a separate language, separate religions, culture, ethos, climate, topography, terrain and even geological differences. We like to maintain our individuality. We also want others to respect and recognize our individuality.

Recently the Government wanted to name a Restaurant built by our Provincial Council which was financed by the Central Government as Hela Bojun. I questioned the propriety of such an action. Hela is the Pali form of the Tamil word Eelam. I said I have no objection to the Restaurant being named Eela Unavakam in Tamil. Otherwise joining with the other Restaurants already named in the North as Ammachchi Restaurant this new establishment too could be called Ammachchi Restaurant. The Government reluctantly allowed the opening without a name being ascribed. This is a lesson for us.

There appears to exist a controlling and domineering attitude on the part of all Central Governments. We are a community of people having characteristics that mark us as a Nation of people. Our individuality must be respected just as we respect the Veddahs for what they are. Thus Tourism while developing on a common international trajectory should make leeway for the idiosyncrasies of our individuality. Having said that let me come to the NPTA.

Your desire to bring all Tourism stakeholders in the Northern Province under one umbrella and take collective action is laudable. Fissiparous tendencies do doubt are to be avoided. In pursuing the hospitality and tourism sector your desire to complement the work of the Northern Provincial Council is welcomed. We could certainly together find solutions to our common problems.

You are aware that we have entered into Twinning Programs with Local Authorities in Canada. In our MoU we have identified private sector development as an important element. Many Tamil Professionals from the Canadian hospitality industry have expressed interest to contribute towards the development of the industry in NP. In fact, a Canadian Hotel professional has acquired land in Jaffna and has commenced activities to develop an international 5 star hotel. You intend developing the capacity of NPTA members regarding hospitality and tourism with the support of Canadian Volunteers. That is what we have in mind in respect of our staff members dealing with tourism related matters too. We need to study the possibilities of making the Northern Province a Tourism Destination by bringing in private investment, encouraging new product investment and integrating technology with Tourism.

We need to also discuss with Sri Lankan Tourism Authorities to get help regarding capacity building and may be marketing and promotion of NPTA aims and objectives. 

We have certain Tourism preferences preferring to develop certain special sectoral Tourist’ attraction such as Indigenous Medical Tourism based on our own Siddha medicine as foundation, Heritage sites’ Tourism, Religious Tourism, Eco friendly Tourism, Fauna and Flora Tourism, Nature Tourism, Island Tourism along Public Private Partnership lines. It is ideal to setup Health Fitness and Spa Centres based our own Siddha Medicine. Herbariums can be grown giving employment to our youth. Much needs to be done to bring about a renaissance in our own form of Indigenous Medicine.  Organic farming needs to be encouraged.  We like to keep our environment unpolluted and still earn our Dollars by laying emphasis on quality rather than quantity.

I find you have incorporated almost all subjects pertaining to Tourism development in your course of studies. On the whole you intend producing more and more skilled personnel of all categories for the development of the Tourism industry in the Northern Province. A welcome need to be fulfilled.

It might not be out of place if I mention for your information, that in order to foster sustainable tourism development and growth my Ministry has now in place a Tourism statute and we are in the process of creating a policy framework, structure and process, with professional input, to create an enabling environment to serve and assist the key stakeholders.

We are intending to incorporate certain UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and also World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) related policy-guidelines and practices with private sector input locally and overseas to lay the foundation for a sustainable tourism development trajectory for the next decade in the Northern Province.

May be you have to form committees relating to the sectors of the Industry such as hotel development, marketing and promotions, In bound Tourism Development with emphasis on special interest Tourism, development of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) segment and create an engagement group to explore business potential via Twinning Agreements including diaspora groups.   

We need to have a long term plan and policy framework regarding Tourism Development and growth for Northern Province. I am glad to say our Ministry has taken steps in this regard and we will engage with your association in due course. But it would not be appropriate to make us an appendage of the Centre in the National Plan. We have to cater to the needs of our Province and our People. The steps taken for Tourism Development must be in consonance with our indigenous ethos, culture, environment and aspirations. I would also recommend that your Association should develop an effective administrative network, programs in cooperation with key stakeholders in all 5 districts of Northern Province including building upon studies carried out on tourism potential in the respective districts to foster and promote sustainable tourism. We like to keep our villages and the village way of life intact. We are conscious of our need to conserve water within our arid areas. Our sources for water are Tanks and wells not Rivers. Therefore Home Stays need to be promoted rather than large scale skyscrapers as in other areas in this Island. Preservation of our environment, heritage sites, fauna and flora, the simple and innocent village way of life is a priority for us. Tourists too prefer to come to view and savour our unique background rather than wallow in concrete constructions.

May I finally say that Tourism Development is in its initial stage in our Province. However, a rapid increase in the arrival of Tourists both local and International is observed after the end of the war situation and this has created a demand for Tourism related development activities. And also Tourism due to its very nature, inter-sectoral linkages, grassroots-host community affinity and multiplier effect etc , has been identified as one of the important sectors for the achievement of Sustainable Socio – Economic Development of the Province which enhances the livelihood, development and standard of living of our people in the post war context.

We are rich in high Tourism potentials such as long beautiful beaches, ancient and famous religious places, historical and archaeological sites, nature attractions, Islands, Forest and Wild life, Birds’ Sanctuaries etc and we are really committed in identifying and developing them into Tourist attractions. Northern Provincial Council is very much interested and has already taken steps to utilize the available resources towards Tourism development of the Province with the meagre finances received.

We like to keep in touch our relationship in that we could be of mutual benefit to each other. Thank you

*Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister – Northern Province

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    Since this was financed by the government, the name “Hela Bojun” is inapporpriate. If it was a private venture then there is no issue but this is a governement venture in the northern province. You should use a name that is fits the language and culture of the area. How about just name “arumaiyilum cuvaiyaanum unnavu”. I am off-course assuming the food is good otherwise I’ll spary paint “malam” all over it.

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    The Ammachchi Restaurant in Kilinochchi is full of flies.

    The chief Minister should do something about it.

    Guru Brahma.

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    You are absolutely right Wicky. Right from early period till today, the Tamil Nadu Tamils called the Jaffna Tamils as Eela Tamils. Hela is the Pali word for the Tamil word Eela. It is the Eela people of Eelam that the Sinhalese call Hela people of heladiva (in Pali). They were all originally Tamil speaking Dravidians. Elu basa (Dravidian language) was known in Pali as Hela basa. Even Vidagama hamuduruvo used the term Elu for Hela basa in the Loveda sangarava (ebevin eluven kivat budu bana). Sinhala Language is mainly based on Sanskrit & Pali with lot of influence from Elu spoken by the Eela people of Eelam. Even their kings belonged to the Dravidian tribes Nagas, Moriyas, and Ilambakkannas.

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    Instead of boasting about the Tamil Canadian Hotel professional who is building a Five-Star hotel, the Chief Minister might as well take a cue from Gampaha on how to promote tourism.

    Gampaha? Yes, that’s right.

    A top NGO human rights consultant has now opened the British Centre in Gampaha which employs Keira Knightley as a teacher. Thousands of teenage boys and young men are now flocking to the British Centre in Gampaha to study under Keira Knightley. Indeed, enrollment at the British Centre is so high that they no longer have places.

    Please look up their website and click on the panel of teachers tab to see their glorious panel of teachers!

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    Why not ‘Restaurant North’ in English, ‘Unavakam Vadakku’ in Tamil and literal translation in Sinhalese.

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    There is not much ‘Jaffna food’ on offer in the eateries of Jaffna. Wheat (breads and koththu) dominate.
    Shouldn’t something be done to restore good eating habits in the North. It matters for the health of the local population. (Tourism is no answer to our social or economic problems.)

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    “We are different from the rest of the Country. We have a separate language, separate religions, culture, ethos, climate, topography, terrain and even geological differences. We like to maintain our individuality. We also want others to respect and recognize our individuality.”
    Sinhale was a different country. Sinhale has a separate language not found anywhere else in the world, separate religion, culture, ethos, climate, topography, terrain and even geological differences. South Indian invaders (Demalu) came and changed that unique place. The area that you claim as Demala area was once inhabited by Sinhala Buddhists. All the archeological evidences support that. The present Demalu are the descendants of South Indian invaders, Demala slaves brought by Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial parasites and ‘Kallathonis’ who entered when the country did not have immigration control. We Sinhalese would like to maintain our individuality. Demalu can have all kinds of business enterprises with Demala names everywhere in the country but you do not want a restaurant in the north with a Sinhala name. Demalu can have Kovils in any place in the country but you do not want temples and Buddha statues in the North. Sinhalayo also want others to respect and recognize our individuality. So please get lost to the place from where your ancestors came if Demalu do not want to respect and recognize the individuality of Sinhalayo. Wasting tax payers’ money for a thing called ‘Sanhidiyawa’ is an utter waste of money while this kind of guys promoting racism.

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      That is why they are called tamils.

      And we are called sinhalese.

      If every country with communities owning their own lanaguages and culture would have been searching for separate coutnries in their own habitats, the world would have been in a mess.
      That they the tamil extremists should be well aware of .

      The country should not be partitioned, this belong to all of us regardless of our race, regligion or what ever other barriers.

      Malaysians and other folks would not search for autonomies as this CM would do. He has practised his job as a Justice but behave like no other to tamil extremists. This has been a betrayal to TAMIL community in the country.
      So long WIGGIE behaves this way, there will be no peace or development in that part of the island.
      He should see it in a larger picture.
      The kind of men from nothern areas and southerna areas create stale mate situation to wards the development of the country. The should rather start thinking in favour of the poor of the poor in this country. Then only we can achieve our common goal – peace and progress..

      Wish you all a happy easter ! I am buddhist but living in Europe and I respect almost every religion and every race as mine. I am just an another human being who would respect all other human being without differences.

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        You want Wiggle to keep quiet whenracist gov’t wants to name everything in Jaffna in Sinaloa language

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        When the Sinhala racists and their government are trying to hijack/grab everything Sri Lanka to themselves (including the Tamil heritage), fortunately we have Wigneswaran and only Wigneswaran who is bold enough to spell out the facts to their face.

        Hats off to you Sir…

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      Potta Eagle,

      “Sinhale was a different country.”
      There was Nothing in this world called Sinhale. The Sinhala tribe (originally Indian invaders/kallathoni Vijay and his men) was created in the 5th CE by some South Indian Buddhist monks to protect Buddhism.
      South Indian invaders (Demalu) have nothing to do with the Eela Tamils of Eelam. The Eela Tamils of Eelam are today living in the North and East.
      There is not even one archaeological evidence to prove Eelam (N&E) was occupied by Sinhala Buddhists. All Buddhist structures in the North and East were Tamil Buddhist, not Sinhala.

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        Motta Mahasiva,

        Before colonial parasites came Sri Lanka was known as Sinhale. In the treaty British signed in 1815, this country was named as Sinhale. British signed the treaty with Sinhalayo. They did not sign a treaty with a Demala king. There was no Demal kingdom in Yapanaya. He was just a war load, remnant of South Indian invaders.

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          Potta Eagle,

          Before Kallathoni Vijay and parasites came Sri Lanka was known as Eelam and the people were known as Eela (Tamils). In the treaty British signed in 1815, only Kandy kingdom was named as Sinhale (not the whole country). British signed the treaty with Kandyan aristocrats who were Nayaka (or Vaduga) from South India (they were not Singala). They signed the treaty in Demala (not Singala).

          Singala became a majority after the Portuguese arrived. The Portuguese and the Dutch colonized hundreds of thousands of South Indian Dalit in Sri Lanka as menial labourers/coolies for growing/peeling cinnamon, coconut planting/plucking and toddy tapping and so on. These South Indian Dalit converted to Buddhism and eventually got naturalized as Singala. Today they got educated because the British established schools. Otherwise, today Sri Lanka will be known as Eelam.

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      Eagle (Blind) eye

      Elam belongs to the Tamils. It is because Sinhala is not found anywhere else in the world it does not become indigenous to Elam. Sinhala is not a root language it is a Dravidian language primarily Tamil mixed with Pali. Pali most certainly is not indigenous to Elam so does Sinhalese which is only about 800 years old.

      you are well come to go back to South India or Orissa ( both Dravidian territories )

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    ” We need chairs, more and more chairs, not policies. “This is what Sumanthiran and Mavai of TNA aimed and achieved by joining with EPDP UNP SLFP and EPRLF at the recent formation of local bodies in North. Let us wait and see how this “gang of five ” will behave in their Orumiththa Nadu. Against this background CM’s speech gives some relief. Thank you sir!

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    “Kallu Kottil” would be an authentic name

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    Identity politics is the bane of Sri Lanka!

    Tamil/Sinhala/Muslim etc etc.

    I hope Guru Brahma would agree that human-ness is supreme and as the Buddha challenged the Brahmins, all humans are equal.

    So artificial arguments about who is the egg and who the chicken, defies the conundrum of which came first!

    And the fact that this argument comes from a former supreme court judge is laughable. It shows that extreme nationalism is not just a crutch for the weak-minded.

    For heaven’s sake Wiggie, pour water instead of gasoline in the burning embers of racism!

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    “However, a rapid increase in the arrival of Tourists both local and International is observed after the end of the war situation and this has created a demand for Tourism related development activities.”

    You guys should be eternally grateful to President Rajapakse and Sri Lankan Armed forces for ending LTTE terrorism so that you can promote tourism.

    All you can do as religious tourism is to show Sinhala Buddhist archaeological sites. As usual Demala tourist guides will distort the facts and tell that they are Tamil Buddhist archaeological sites. In Pakistan they have started using Buddhist archaeological sites to promote tourism. Demalu can do the same.

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      Potta Eagle,

      Buddha was not a Singala. Buddhist archaeological sites in Pakistan are not Singala. Buddhist archaeological sites in the North & East are not Singala, they are Tamil.

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    K Pillai

    Agreed, keep it simple as they say.

    Who would remember the spelling of Eela Unavakam or Ammachchi Restaurant.

    North Restaurant, or better Jaffna Restaurant.
    Plenty of North Restaurants all over the world (do a search).

    Eela Restaurant would be fine/unique though a political hot potato.

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    Sinhalese Buddhist

    Wiggie is not pouring gasoline, it is salty water you find in Jaffna which you are not used to it.

    In fact take my advice and pour gasoline set fire and destroy racist weeds spread deeply among politicians journalists and monks in south. It will be a difficult job but don’t give up.

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    Tamils say they were in Sri lanka since times unknown. Tamils say that Sinhala people are former low caste Tamils. So, if Tamils say HELA BOJUN is not Tamil, what Sinhala people have to say is Tamils are using sinhala peoples money which comes from the sinhala govt to promote Tamilnaddu and Kerala or Malayali foods. We know Even wigneswaran go and say “Guru Brahma”. We know we don’t have a Brahma here in sri lanka. I think, the govt should withdraw the funds as they are promoting South Indian Foods instead Hela bojun.

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      Dumb Sothy,

      “We know Even wigneswaran go and say “Guru Brahma”.”

      We know even Singala-Buddhist leaders such as Mahinda Rajapakse, Ranil Wickremesinghe and many others always make it a point to visit the Hindu shrines in South India to hold pooja and say “Guru Brahma”.

      “promoting South Indian Foods instead Hela bojun”
      All the Singala food is nothing but South Indian Malayali food.

      Jim softy has received a Sri Lankan tax payer funded education but serves the white man as a slave in another country. If Jim softy can read this comment he can do so only because his untouchable (low caste) South Indian great grandparents who came to Sri Lanka as coolies for toddy tapping and cinnamon peeling got converted to Singala Buddhists and took advantage of the Sri Lankan tax payer funded education.

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        Dumb Tamils are Dumb. Mahinda Rajapakse, Ranil wickramsinghe and Maithripala sirisena do not have to go to Thirupathi Koyil and offer kilo grams of gold. I heard, there are so many gods there, but the priests pray only to one god. On the other hand you can pray to the same gods, if you go to Nakuleswaran, Nallur or Venkatheswara or I think Koneswar temples. Where ever you go the god you pray to is Maha vishnu or Vaishvana I suppose. All shiva, ISwar and Vishnu are one and the same. YOu people divide the God into castes. Even Hameediya or muslims pray to the same god and goddesses. Then it is the same christian god, suddha athmaya, mavym kaarayanan vanse or ammoghty. TRY and see.

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      Why you don’t like “Unlundu Vadai”? I am going to go grab a few this evening.

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    Anything to promote bio diversity is appreciated. This requires all the provinces to work together and have a common policy such they complement each other in a small island called Sri Lanka. Think it should be independent of the politics/Tourism but a collective work of all the environmental sections of the respective provinces under the “Ministry of Environment”??
    Solid waste management is critical for the well being of all of us in the entire nation as this affects air/water tables/land/bio diversity etc……..once more is a collective event as to how best to manage this in our small island……..yes we could try excellent technologies around the world for recycling/organic waste management/non recyclable waste management/toxic & industrial waste management………….sanitised landfills to be managed through out their full life cycle effectively applying best of science and technology available………..once more it is a collective event need to be taken seriously as we are all choking in our waste already……..then the sea around this island requires careful management for pollution from the island as well as pollution from maritime traffic/other countries…….are we equipped to do this please…..so can we all get together and start talking “mindfully” on issues that matters to our nation please… while we address outstanding issues through common sense/respect for each other as people please……some of the comments we exchange that worries me as to what our children will learn from us the adults. We need to remove politics from “nation building” activity where we should share knowledge……..I keep my politics to myself as I feel is very counterproductive/and has no relevance to the subject matter raised by the Chief Minister. I fully appreciate everyone read what they want to see/take out of any information presented. Respect……time for change please. Youtube is full of excellent environmental management documentaries we could all watch and start talking to each other please.

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    We know, there are many different Brahmas. They all and gods knelt infront of Lord buddha.

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      Dear JS, I am trying to work out the relevance of your statement/contribution to the article……given I am also someone who do not agree to the politics of the NPC but then again we all have to work with the democratically elected representatives….who in principle has to serve all of us??
      Then we ask who elected the representatices we have in our country as a whole in all kinds of elections (we seem to be adding never ending list of elections to the unruly “everything” in our country?? ….LG/Provincial/Parliamentary/Presidential juts to run a tiny nation “6 million in 1940’s…..21 million and growing in 2018” but with ever so decreasing land mass due to sea erosion and the loss of fertile land due to soil degradation/erosion……..no flood management/water catchment etc. We are miserably failing to do the land/resource managemnet too. Shear lack of discussion on Mother Nature and the loss of inherited native knowledge and the lack application of science and technology to remedy matters urgently overlooked by us all. Anyone who do not understands nature/religion/heritage ……spend time discussing what happened per say 2500 years ago is pathetic correct….. when we do not even know what happened yesterday or will happen tomorrow??…..because everything now is controlled by someone else…..so if we can apply some common sense we could recover/make do until such time the human/religious relationship kick into “active mode” to understand reliogious message….not pray/kneel but to practice what was preached…”walk the talk” for the non believers like me too…….then we have to ask what is the “tourist” want from visiting such land in return for their dollars…..I think the Honourable Chief Minister spelled it out comprehensively………the diversity we have today is what matters……then are we looking at Mother Lanka from that prospective??

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    Stop the funding for Tribalist programs of Tamils. then they will shut up. Ask Army to open a fast food outlet and a restaurent with the help of tamils who are not castiest. IT will have lot of business.

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    There may be another reason for the need of more Hela Bojun Restaurents in the North. Lot of widowed – Tamil women say we eat Sinhala food and our children are Sinhala. Other than that they ask for Schools, and health centers for them. This can be proved with the statistics which shows that Sri lankan Tamil birth rate has gone up when you consider the statsitics from 1910 – 2010. their only problem is not having financial expenses to live. So, the govt has to be active and help those villages. I think, during and after the war soldiers and sailors were active in those areas. Muthusivalingam, MP, also says the same thing. It is more active than they can expect. Even though his name looks tamil he works very much like a sinhala Man.

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      Contrary to what the Tamils say, Srilankan Tamil growth rate is much higher than the Sinhalese growth rate. At independence the Tamils were 11.1% and they are now the same i.e 11.15%. This is after half of the SL-Tamil population estimated by Tamils themselves at 1-1.2 million have moved to greener pastures in the west. Simple maths say that Tamils have over 1.5 times the growth rate of the Not bad for an ethnic group that claim that they have been “genocided” after independence since they lost the protection of their British colonial masters.
       
      Since half of the Tamils have gone on asylum shopping to the west, the Tamils must be half the percentage of what they were at independence i.e 5.5% of the population and if their allegations of genocide is to be true, how much should be the percentage of Tamils be? Much lesser than 5.5%!! If we estimate taking the false allegation of 40,000 – 80,000 to 300,000 Tamils supposedly killed by the Sinhalese, how much would be the percentage of Tamils in Sri Lanka? Much. much lesser than the 11.15% the latest census show.
       
      Really I hope that the people, especially Tamils who read this comment understand that the numbers speak for themselves, and people realize the magnitude of the lies, the false allegations and accusations leveled against the innocent Sinhalese people by the Tamils.

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        Dear Punchi Brain

        Take this message very seriously from me as I come from near Nanthikkadal I live in London but travel to my home Land since the war had ended regularly. I have met a number of victims of the war, it is my educated opinion from the facts and figures I have gathered that about 80000 Tamil civilians were massacred by the Sinhala army during the last days of the war excluding the 15000 LTTE combatants who surrendered to the Sinhala army who are now unaccounted for.

        Ranil recently confirmed in London that the Srilankan army never took any one alive confirming that all the POW’s have now been butchered

        If I were you I will not urinate on the dead Tamil civilians graves as you are doing by disputing the figures I have quoted above. I personally lost 29 of my relatives some are listed as missing. We need closure to this most heinous of crimes in the 21 st century. I replied to the so called ” Lord ” Neasby for his Tamil holocaust denial but the mad old dog has not replied to my challenge yet.
        Give respect to the departed souls and don’t play politics with them.THe curse of the dead souls will destroy you in this birth and in the life here after.

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    Hela is as much a Pali word as Tamil indigeneity and history is in this island.
     
    http://dsalsrv02.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/search3advanced?dbname=pali&query=Hela&matchtype=exact&display=utf8
     
    By the way ஈழம் = சிங்கள தேசம் (Ref. All Sangam literature and all the Tamil lexicons). Eelam has never ever been associated with the Tamils in anyway. Look at all the Chola inscriptions. Eelam simply means the country of the Sinhalese.
     
    Therefore Eelam in any form, Pali or Sinhala or Sanskrit or whatever other form Eelam takes it simply means the country of the Sinhalese. Ancient Tamils called anything pertaining to the Sinhalese people as “eela” and the country of the Sinhalese, namely this island as “Eelam”, long before the Tamils came here to make permanent settlements in the 13th century. So whatever word name Wigneshwaran chooses, whether Eela Unavakam or Hela Bojun, it simply means Sinhalese food. If he wants to have a Tamil shop, then he should use the word Tamil, and not Eela. Its even more idiotic than adding Tamil in front of Eelam and wanting 40% of the Sinhalese island to carve out a Tamil country.

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    For those who are still confused and do not follow the message from the Honourable Chief Minister of the NPC the following article educate/prioritise the “check list” we should all “get it into our heads” for the “minimal requirement/qualification” & “Patriotic Citizenship” purposes….please consider this as suppose to “hate” and “derogative/sick/criminal” exchange of thoughts betraying our “children any more” please. We are currently passing a bill to control such criminal/treasonable/treachery acts in the web/social media too undermining our nations survivability for a better tomorrow…CT should consider banning/having and evaluation process such baseless comments creating disharmony in Mother Lanka does not make to our children………..we need a GOSL appointed focus group to implement series of web adverts in social media that celebrate “diversity” in “One Mother Lanka” such our next generation will be free of all our deeds and projudices.

    Good Men & Women Of Society: Poor & Marginalized Need Your Voice Of Advocacy

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/good-men-women-of-society-poor-marginalized-need-your-voice-of-advocacy/comment-page-1/#comment-2175655

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