By H. L. D. Mahindapala –
Tamil Theology Upgraded Prabhakaran & Downgraded Jesus: V
Long after his death, the macabre shadow of Velupillai Prabhakaran continues to stalk the peninsula, darkening the neck of Jaffna with the coagulated blood of those Tamils who sacrificed their lives for a cause that failed. In the end, their sacrifices turned the North into one mass graveyard that buried practically everything cherished by the Tamils except their folly, arrogance, hate politics and myths glorifying Tamil greatness that is not found in the pages of recorded history. The post-independent history of Jaffna was essentially a movement to create,if possible, and actualise Tamil greatness which existed only in the minds of the deluded Tamils.
S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and Velupillai Prabhakaran are the two Tamil leaders who attempted to transform fictitious Tamil greatness into a historical fact by establishing a separate state. With typical Tamil arrogance that rejects peaceful co-existence in a multi-ethnic nation Chelvanayakam announced that “the Sinhalese were not big enough to rule the Tamils” (p. 128 – S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and the Crisis of Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism, 1947 – 1977, A Political Biography, Lake House Bookshop, 1993). His solution to bring down to earth the pie-in-the-sky Tamil greatness was to establish Eelam. That fitted into his sense of superiority. He dismissed with contempt those who refused to join his Jaffna-centric bandwagon. Like most of the upper-caste Vellahlas his universe began and ended with Jaffna. Factors outside the periphery of the Jaffna-centric culture were denigrated and rejected as inferior because they threatened their assumed sense of superiority. For instance, he had utter contempt for his rival G. G. Ponnambalam who opted to work with “the Sinhala governments”. He branded Ponnambalam as a “thief” (p.72 – Ibid). After his break-up in 1948 he dismissed Ponnambalam as an “opportunist.” (p.36 – Ibid). Ponnambalam was relegated to a corner of his mind where he remained as “an implacable foe” to the end of time.
With more than a touch of contempt he also labelled the Tamils of Batticoloa as “the trousered people of Batticoloa” ( p. 32 – Ibid) though one of his main political strategies was to get the Tamil-speaking Muslims, Indians estate workers and the Eastern Tamils under his umbrella of the iyakkum (movement) of Thamil Payasooom Makkal (Tamil-speaking people) as opposed to Thamil Makkal (Tamil people). But the Muslims and the Indian Tamils were not drawn to his Jaffna-centric political agenda of Jaffna-centric extremism.
Chelvanayakam’s attempt to spread his tentacles into the other two Tamil-speaking minorities failed. They were suspicious of his Jaffna-centric agenda, consisting mainly of a separate state and Vadukoddai violence. Both Chelvanayakam and Prabhakaran failed – and failed miserably – primarily because they refused to accept the opportunities that came their way to resolve differences like the other two Tamil-speaking community leaders through non-violent means. Indian and Muslim community leaders succeeded because they refused to accept his leadership and his Vadukoddai violence aimed primarily to glorify Tamil greatness. Both leaders directed their energies to establish Tamil greatness by carving out a separate state based on borders imagined by Tamil cartographers. Both Tamil leaders failed because of their intransigent and arrogant belief that violence could force the break-up of the nation.
First, S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the father of Tamil separatism, laid the ideological foundations to drive his campaign to attain Eelam. He officially launched his Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK, disguised in English as Federal Party) on December 18, 1949 at the Government Clerical Service Union in the Colombo suburb of Maradana. By 1976 when he discovered that he can never be a Jinnah, the father of Pakistan, (1947), or a Sheik Mujubir Rahman, the father of Bangladesh, (1972) he steered the Vadukoddai Resolution at the Vadukoddai Convention (1976) legitimising violence to attain his elusive Eelam. Second, out of the military solution legitimised in the Vadukoddai Resolution came the armed Vadukoddai children who turned their guns first on the fathers of the Vadukoddai Resolution. Chelvanayakam’s military solution was a futile exercise doomed from the start because Prabhakaran, the Tamil leader assigned to deliver Eelam, was more keen on killing Tamils than the non-Tamils. In the end the Vadukoddai Resolution ran out of Tamils to fight for the Vadukoddai Resolution – the high point of Tamil arrogance and imagined greatness.
Imagining Tamil greatness, which was never there in the first place, has been an obsession fixated in the Tamil psyche. Looking for the missing greatness has been like Chelvanayakam looking for his missing father. His father brought him from Ipoh. a town in Malaysia, and left him with his mother in Tellipallai in 1902 when he was four and the young boy never saw his father ever again, except once when his father was in his death bed in Malaysia. The void caused by the absence of a father warped his psyche. His biographer, Prof. A. J. Wilson, who knew him better than anyone else, wrote: “The absence of his father from home in his formative years was a key factor in his development. Living in a social ethos that was and still is male-centred, he witnessed the daily discomforts and petty humiliations suffered by the mother whom he revered. He could not compensate for this lack of a paternal presence; he could merely repress it by his own conscious will.” (p.viii – Ibid). Prof. Wilson cannot be challenged on this because of his intimate knowledge of Chelvanayakam and his politics. In analysing Chelvanayakam’s “career and character from within” he wrote: “… I knew him intimately and was privy to his innermost political thoughts between 1953 and 1977. ”(p.viii – Ibid). Besides, as his son-in-law he would have worked intimately with his father-in-law who would have been a gold mine to him as he was specialising in political science.
Prof. Wilson makes it abundantly clear that there was nothing in Chelvanayakam’s life that “could compensate for this lack of paternal presence.” The emotional pressures would have left indelible mental scars. Prof. Wilson added: “Chelvanayakam’s separation from his father, growing up with only his mother and two brothers and sister, left its mark. The family system in Tellipalli placed a premium on the presence of a father in the home. In the extended Ceylon Tamil family system the nearest uncle fulfilled the paternal role, and Chelvanayakam’s maternal uncle, S. K. Ponnaiah, a minister of the then Church of England in Ceylon, attempted to act as his guide. However, despite fine qualities and many friends in the elite circles of Colombo, he could not fill the gap in the young man’s life.” (p 5. – Ibid).
The humiliations in his early life and his repressions would have been the factors that caused him to withdraw into his Tamilness as an internal defensive mechanism. A boy thrown into an alien, threatening milieu, without the comforting and confidence-building hand of a father protecting him, could only be bundle of insecure nerves. Not only young Chelvanayakam the entire family felt the absence of the father. “The Velupillai household lacked a vital element with the absence of the father, and Chelvanayakam’s mother felt diminished in the company of her sister and brothers and their spouses. In that world women needed to have husbands to make the family unit complete.” (p.1 – Ibid). Isolated as a repressed and humiliated youth Chelvanayakam found his comfort zone only in exclusive Tamil institutions and territory. Besides, growing up in Tellipallai, a village deep in the heart of Jaffna and nearest to Tamil Nadu, contributed to his being essentially a Tamil “village man”, a label which he was proud to claim even when he was moving in the highest circles in Colombo. Even though he was a Christian he made sure that he was not alienated from the Hindu society that dominated his world. “He therefore made the paradoxical claim that he was a Christian by religion and Hindu by culture”, says Prof. Wilson (ibid- p.4).
The Jaffna Tamil Christians were faced with the dilemma of being a Christian in a predominantly Hindu culture. Some of them like Fr. S. J. Emmanuel, the Vicar of Jaffna, openly declared that he was a Tamil first and a Christian second. To prove their worth to the Jaffnaites they also tried to hijack Christianity to serve the political agenda of Tamils. The first missionaries tried to convert Hindus into Christians. But the Christians of the 20th century went the other way about : their aim was to make Christianity serve the Tamil political agenda. However, the overweening factor that dominated their minds was just not Tamilness but the sense of being superior to all other ethnic groups that accompanied Tamilness. Chelvanayakam consoled his conscience by having one foot in each tabernacle. He got away by saying that he was a Christian by religion and Hindu by culture. Prof. Wilson says that “he was able to function as a convinced Christian while retaining in himself those aspects of Hinduism which he felt were quintessentially Tamil.” (p 4. – Ibid)
Besides, “(T)he cultural effects of his formative environments were strong…..” and he clung on to the Hindu culture which made him “quintessentially Tamil”. His sense of insecurity caused by “the lack of paternal presence” would have driven him to find security only by identifying his being with the larger community of Hindu Tamils. That feeling of being one with the Tamils made him feel great too. In short, Tamil communalism was his substitute for the missing father. Prof. Wilson confirms this when he states that he decided to play the role of the father for the Tamils because he had no father. From all available accounts there is no doubt that the intense impact of the lack of paternal protection played a key role in shaping his youth and political life.
His mind was buried deeply in Tamilness. He had nothing else to hang on to as an alternative to his father. His isolation was deepened by being a Christian in a Hindu world. In the political culture of Jaffna there was a stigma attached to it from the time the missionaries set foot in Jaffna. Arumuka Navalar, (1822 – 1879), the Pope of Vellahla casteism, ran this anti-Christian movement It did not impact on Chelvanayakam adversely because he identified himself with the Hindu culture in everything except religious rituals and the plethora of Hindu gods. But he aligned himself with Saivite Vellahla socio-economic hegemony of Jaffna to the extreme point of going along with the casteist politics of the Vellahlas.
Politically it would have been suicidal for him to be thrown out of the dominant Vellahla upper caste. No Tamil leader could risk that isolation. In peninsular politics where the ambition of every Tamil leader is to be the “sole representative of the Tamils” – and this is a trait that ran from Sankili to Prabhakaran — his biggest dread was to be isolated from his community. He refused to buy a house in Colombo fearing that its multi-cultural cosmopolitanism would pollute the purity of his children’s Tamil minds. Anything alien to his familiar Tamil culture was abhorrent to his closed mind. Even when it came to his Christian religion he jumped, at the first opportunity, from the Church of England, as it was known then in colonial times, to the Church of South India when it opened a place of worship in Colombo. (p.4 – Ibid). Chelvanayakam’s repressed personality is written all over in his dogged personality that hid behind Tamil communalism as the answer to his personal problems as well as that of the Tamils.
He was no different to the other Tamil who found confirmation of their greatness only by convincing themselves that they are superior to everyone else. The fact that the Tamil segment of history is bereft of any notable leaders or original achievements did not disturb their mythical beliefs in Tamil greatness. It must be emphasized that the native Tamils of their only homeland in Tamil Nadu achieved great cultural heights but not their carbon copies in Jaffna. But driven by their imagined sense of superiority they felt that they deserve a separate state. They felt it infra dig to play second fiddle in a state dominated by another non-Tamil ethnic community. The acquisition of a state by a stateless people naturally confers a sense of superiority though not security as seen under the leadership of the Tamil Pol Pot.
Chelvanayakam’s political ideology of separatism was linked to this claim of Tamil superiority – a claim which is also allied to his sense of insecurity which he acquired from his fatherless home in Tellipallai. That sense of superiority demands a separate existence from alien territory which is threatening their sense of superiority. It is obvious that only a community obsessed with their imagined greatness would contemplate writing a theology in praise of their glory derived from their special relationship with God. The insecurity caused by the absence of a father in the family was off set only by identifying himself with a collective gathering of Tamils – and that too only from Jaffna.
When the fragments of Chelvanayakam’s political personality are put together it can be seen that his inner compulsions had played a key role in determining his politics. He has been a complex character with a narrow vision driven by mono-ethnic extremism. By 1976 he had been many things to many people. He had been a Gandhian pacifist and also a Vadukoddian militant. He had been a Christian and also a Hindu who dared not to disturb his casteist universe. His ambition was to be a Jinnah or Sheik Mujubir Rahaman of Sri Lanka but he ended up as the Pied Piper of Jaffna who lured his people like the rats of Hamelin to their watery grave in Nandikadal. His notable political legacy was the Vadukoddai Resolution which he handed to his political children who ran amok with the violence he legitimised. His Gandhian pose deceived many of his followers.
My memory goes back to the day when I was climbing the stairs of the old Parliament after lunch. I caught up with Dr. E. M. V. Naganathan, a leading light of the Federal Party, who was labouring to climb the stairs. He put his hand on on my shoulder to prop himself up, every step of the way. On the way up he was chatting and what he told me about Chelvanayakam made me think. He said that Chelvanayakam is able to maintain his saintly Gandhian pose because of his Parkinsons disease. Then it struck me that It was indeed his feebleness that made him look like a quiet Gandhian, though in reality he was a tough Vadukoddian committed to the military solution – a solution which he knew would lead to the deaths of countless Tamils and, of course, non-Tamils. He was not averse to the brutal consequences of war as long as it brought him his Eelam. But he failed.
Taking an overview, it is not possible to escape the overwhelming question : Were the traumatised Sri Lankans – from Point Pedro to Dondra – tormented,persecuted and made to pay with their lives for 33 years because Chelvanayakam did not have a father?
*To be continued
Peace Lover / January 13, 2016
HLD Mahindapala the father of fanatical racism killed the good name of many Sinhalese while he himself enjoyed a Tamil wife ;-)
Leelawathie / January 14, 2016
FOr me the acronym HDLM is even worst STASI in Germany.
This man et al have been making every effort to paint it in favours of any ultra nationalsts. Actually Germanys nationalists are better. They would nto stand on your way – while the majority folks work on the amendements that will be benificial for all folks.
But in srilanka, it isthe other way around effect.
Every tiny amendements to get passed by Parliment would take OVER 6months or more.. the reason is even if Internet seems to be infected to growing fractions, no correct and balanced info are being discussed by village levels.
People s knowledge seem to be stagnated about many things. They are used to get all comes from any radical thought bearers like buruwanse et al easily. So that means people s mindsets are easily manipulative. Not even Ethiopians would behave the way lanken average would do
Native Vedda / January 13, 2016
V Kanthiya Annoy
Where are you?
Please say hello to your Donkey, Monkey, …….
Could you ask your donkey and monkey to say hello to a typical Lanky.
Anpu / January 13, 2016
Don’t lie and twist history.
A Tamil Nation in the Island of Ceylon
Prior to the arrival of Western powers in the 16th century, there were three kingdoms in the island of Ceylon, one of which in the North belonged to the Tamils. The Kandyan Kingdom in the central hills was the last to fall to the British in 1815. In 1833, the British unified the three kingdoms for administrative convenience and from then on Ceylon became one entity.
Constitutional safeguards at independence
At the time of independence from colonial rule in 1948, the colonial government enacted a unitary type constitution with simple majoritarian rule. This included a prohibition on the passage of legislation making persons of any community or religion liable to any disabilities or restrictions which did not apply to persons of other communities or religions, or from conferring on persons of any community or religion any privilege or advantage which was not conferred on persons of other communities or religions. [S 29 (2) of the Constitution granting Independence]
The call for a Federal Constitution
In 1949, a sizeable number of Tamils of recent Indian origin were disenfranchised and in 1956, Sinhala was made the only official language of the country, although this was what the prohibition in Section 29(2) sought to avoid. This was also contrary to the policy that prevailed prior to Independence. During this time, the State also aggressively pursued a policy of state-sponsored Sinhala colonisation (the Eastern Province in particular), to radically change the demographic composition of preponderantly Tamil-speaking territory. In this background in April 1951, the lankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) articulated its claim that the Tamil People in Ceylon were a distinct nation from that of the Sinhalese by every test of nationhood and therefore, entitled to the right to self-determination.
As a necessary corollary to the exercise of this right, we demanded a federal arrangement in the North and the East, where the Tamil Speaking Peoples are a predominant majority. Various peaceful agitations were organized between this time and the late 1960s by the ITAK to win back the right to self-determination that was lost first through foreign conquests, and later due to a system government not accepted by the Tamil People that reinforced majoritarian hegemony.
The ‘Banda-Chelva’ Pact
After the passage of the Official Language Act, an agreement was entered into between the then prime minister of Ceylon, S.W.R.D Bandaranaike and S.J.V Chelvanayagam, the leader of the Tamil People in 1957. This agreement envisaged the creation of regional councils by which governmental power was to be devolved with exclusive power over state land. Bandaranaike, however, did not implement this, ostensibly because there was opposition to it from the majority community.
The Dudley-Chelva pact
Later in 1965 a similar agreement for autonomy, including provisions ensuring that the policies relating to the alienation of state land would not alter the existing demographic compositions of the North and the East, was signed between S J V Chelvanayagam, the Tamil leader and prime minister, Dudley Senanayake. The ITAK joined the government in 1965 upon the faith of this agreement but resigned three years later because no progress was shown in the implementation of the agreement pertaining to the granting of autonomy.
The systematic state-sponsored colonisation carried out since independence in 1948 with a view to changing the demographic pattern of the North and the East gravely agitated the Tamil People, who consider this their ‘traditional homeland’ with the right to exercise self-determination. Colonisation schemes in the Eastern Province between 1940 and 1980 along with policies designed to alienate state land changed the composition of the Sinhala population from 9% in the Eastern Province at the time of independence to 25% in 1981, which is the last available census for the North and East. Between 1947 and 1981, while the national increase in the Sinhala population was 238%, the Sinhala population in the Eastern Province increased by 883%. This agenda of changing the demography of the North and the East has continued actively to date. In addition, apart from the irrigation schemes for cultivation, which largely benefited the new colonists who were not Tamil Speaking People, no other significant developmental work was undertaken in the North and East for the last 60 years and our People and our Land were totally neglected by successive Sinhala governments in the post-independence era.
Standardization of University Admissions
A standardization scheme for University admissions was introduced, resulting in Sinhala students with lower marks entering Universities, while Tamil students with higher marks were being left out, effectively ending the hope of higher education for Tamils and exacerbating the frustration of Tamil youth. In the 1970s, through emergency powers, over 40 Tamil youth who participated in peaceful protests were arrested and detained for some years without trial.
Tamil people’s non-participation in republican constitution making
In 1970 a Constituent Assembly was formed to enact an autochthonous constitution. ITAK also participated in this exercise and asked for certain principles to be agreed upon. That proposal was defeated by a majority vote and the Members of the ITAK left the Constituent Assembly. Similarly, we did not grant our consent to the enactment of the 1978 Constitution. The first and second republican constitutions entrenched the idea of a unitary state, continued with Sinhala as the only official language, and gave Buddhism the foremost place. They also left out Section 29(2) prohibition found in the Soulbury Constitution. The 1972 and 1978 constitutions were enacted without the consent of the Tamil people.
The call to restore lost sovereignty
The ITAK and the other Tamil parties came together under a banner called Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), and in 1976 passed a resolution calling for a restoration of our lost sovereignty in the background of the continued denial of the right of the Tamil People to self-determination by ignoring their democratic verdict at every election since 1956. Agreements signed by the Sinhala Governments with Tamil Leaders were not honoured, while oppression and discrimination of the Tamil People continued unabated. The TULF asked the Tamil People for a mandate to work towards regaining lost sovereignty at the general elections held in July 1977 and won in all but one of the predominant Tamil constituencies in the North and East.
Negotiations with the LTTE
While no progress was being made on the political front to solve this pressing national issue, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continued its armed struggle. Though initially there were several military outfits, from 1987 the LTTE emerged as the sole military outfit fighting for a separate homeland for the Tamils. Successive governments entered into negotiations with the LTTE and in 2002 the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka signed a ceasefire agreement. Later both parties agreed on a set of principles called the Oslo Communiqué, which is as follows: “[T]o explore a solution founded on the principle of internal self-determination in areas of historical habitation of the Tamil-speaking Peoples, based on a federal structure within a united Sri Lanka.”
Military onslaught and its aftermath
However, the ceasefire did not last and hostilities broke out between the government forces and the LTTE with the military confrontation ending on 19th May 2009. The 30-year-old war has ravaged the Tamil homeland and left our people destitute. Around one million Tamil people have fled to other countries for safety and another half a million have been displaced within the country. Over one hundred and fifty thousand Tamil people have been killed over the years of conflict and it is estimated that over 30,000 civilians were killed in the last stages of the military onslaught. Many more have been maimed and grievously injured and suffer from traumatic disorders. In addition, in the Vanni, over 300,000 Tamil people were rendered homeless and were later interned in detention camps against all civilized and international norms. A large number of them are still languishing in those camps. An equal number of People were displaced in the East consequent to military action. Over 11,000 persons have been detained for alleged involvement with the LTTE. Others who were ‘released’ have not been granted any relief measures or any kind of livelihood. Many even lack basic shelter. The planned resettlement and rehabilitation of these people and the reconstruction of our homeland has become the prime need of the hour. Several Tamil places of worship, both Hindu and Christian, have also been defiled and destroyed. Complaints made to government at the highest levels have not resulted in appropriate action.
Amarasiri / January 13, 2016
“Prior to the arrival of Western powers in the 16th century, there were three kingdoms in the island of Ceylon, one of which in the North belonged to the Tamils. “
There was caste discrimination among the Tamils.
The Brahmin and Vellala were on top, all others below them.
Even now, 500 years later, Brahmin and Vellala are on top, all others below them.
paul / January 13, 2016
“Prior to the arrival of Western powers in the 16th century, there were three kingdoms in the island of Ceylon, one of which in the North belonged to the Tamils. ”
And that was the case throughout history was it? Always three kingdoms, one of which belonged to the Tamils?
Native Vedda / January 13, 2016
“And that was the case throughout history was it? Always three kingdoms, one of which belonged to the Tamils?”
What was your point if you had one?
Rohan / January 14, 2016
//There was caste discrimination among the Tamils. The Brahmin and Vellala were on top, all others below them. Even now, 500 years later, Brahmin and Vellala are on top, all others below them. Cheers! //
Brahmins were never on top. They were given a place, but not anywhere near the top.
Amarasiri / January 14, 2016
“Brahmins were never on top. They were given a place, but not anywhere near the top.”
Thanks, for the clarification. Does it mean that only the Vellala were and are on top now?
Paul / January 14, 2016
Unlike in India the Brahmins were only ritually the highest caste in the Sri Lankan Tamil society but not economically politically or socially. In India they were in every sphere and had a stranglehold until the Dravidian movement put a stop to it in Tamil Nadu. In places like Kerala until the early 50s it was the customer of the younger sons of the Namboothiri Brahmin families, who were not allowed marry, to have sexual liaisons with Nair women. This was socially accepted and was called Sambhandam in Malayalam. The children from these unions were not accepted by the Namboothiris but were accepted by the Nairs as theirs. This is how most Nairs/Menons became very fair with an almost white skin. Even the Trivandrum royal family practised this. This practised was only banned in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
paul / January 14, 2016
There is caste and regional discrimination amongst the Sinhalese too. Even now most Kandyan Sinhalese consider most low country Sinhalese inferior and not really Sinhalese. The Kandyan Radalla and upper castes consider everyone inferior. They and the Govigamma ( both low country and Kandyan) have been op top of the rest of the Sinhalese and even now are on top of them. To be a leader of the Sinhalese you have to be 1) A Govigamma 2) A Buddhist even if you are Govigamma. All Christians Govigamma like the Bandaranaicke Jayawardene and the rest had to convert to Buddhism. No one below the Govigamma caste is accepted as a leader of the Sinhalese. Premadasa was an aberration and the Govigamma mafia, killed him and conveniently blamed this on the LTTE. Tamils on the other hand will accept a non Vellala/Brahmin as their leader like Pirapakaran. You also don’t have to be a Hindu or forced to convert to Hinduism to lead the Tamils. Chelvanayagam was a Christian. Shows the Tamils are less feudal, cast conscious and more democratic than the Sinhalese. To them a persons ability to lead matters not his or her caste or religion. People who live in glasss houses should not throw stones.
Issues of caste/class religion are all common throughout the world not just the Tamils, even in the so called democratic western lands. Do not us this fake excuse to justify the discrimination and genocide of the Tamils. As the Sinhalese are as caste conscious as the Tamils
Pinthuappu / January 14, 2016
but caste and creed discrimination among sinahalese is much less than what I noticed in your tamil community- even while being in Germany, there are tamils behave as if they just came from the wanni forest WHILE second generations of them marching forward. However, tamil srilankens stay like ABORIGINE folks in ghetoo – that is their nature regardless of the geographical locations they are.
Go to Switzerland, there you will see the highest tamil srilanken density. Most indegineous swiss people are shocked by looking at the manner some have become the city druggies and alcoholics. This is the same for some living in Germany s Dortmund and other big cities. All in all, those the majority that moved out of country were not that educated folks.. curse go lanken politicians.
The swiss in general believe that tamils srilankens woudl never change their attitudes as it is the case with the australias aborigines.
Guys, go and check it out, when you stop in Basel/Switzerland – there is a underground kiosk there, tamil srilankens run a srilanken food serviing place. There, all the druggies and addicted men of the city come and go. SHame on my mother lanka, even if i dont care the origin I am born to but these men should have adjusted a bit not giving the kind of image to the motherland.
cholan / January 13, 2016
When Kandy (later colonized by Tamil speaking Hindu Manawadus form South India ) and Colombo were jungles ..Thampalakaamam …and Trinco …also Thirukkkovil all in the East were well developed cities even with regular shipping…service..
Kathiravelai in Batticaloa still with archeological evidences of the Tamils lived here 2,000 years ago…
He He He the joke is in 100% Hindu Tamil areas in North-eastr Buddhist statues are being erected on daily basis..
There should be an independent archeological survey in all ancient buddhist temples in all over this curse island…it is clear all planted or forcefully erected in the past…over Hindu temples.
Anpu / January 13, 2016
Listen to Mr Sumanthiran speech in parliament
Samarawickrama / January 13, 2016
what is your intention if not to divide all folks again ? At a crtical juncture that the entire peace loving long awaiting people work diehard for the consitutional changes getting passed `?
What do you really expect from your kind of articles ?
Can you sleep well at the end of the day looking back the way you the [Edited out]
Rohan / January 14, 2016
You are giving too much of weight for this man’s ability to shape anyone’s opinion. Just ignore and move on Samarawickrama.
Sinchuappu / January 14, 2016
thanks. why not you guys focus on the like articles. These men are born to stand on any good move. Now with so called Mahanayakes trying to opposse the amendments being made on control of violent monks such as RABID dog – Ghanasara -, how can we move an inch for the betterment of the country/Nation.
This modapala and Dayan Rajaakshe have been doing their kind of spread for creation of new problems have a greater influence on the gullible folks dominated lanka.
General knoweldge of the lanken average is far low comparable to those of pakistanies even if our literacy rates are the highest in the region. Last election clarrified it that voters would not move an inch even if their lovely ones would have been aducted, tortured, and raped by Rajapakshe penises. So what more proofs you need to make statements abou tthe nation.
Native Vedda / January 14, 2016
“Now with so called Mahanayakes trying to opposse the amendments being made on control of violent monks such as RABID dog – Ghanasara”
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!
Wait until the draft constitution comes up for debate at the parliament, Sangha will pop their heads “with guns blazing”. And the President Maithripala Sirisena promised the Sangha that he would not govern the country without the advice and guidance of the Maha Sanga.
Where was the Maha Sangha when the people needed them most to protect them from state and its rulers of course since 1948?
If President thinks the Sangha has authority on all matters of this island probably he forgets that it also has responsibilities towards all people, which it never honored.
cholan / January 13, 2016
The biggest mistake of S.J V is that he thought that Sinhalese …will understand the non-violence struggle …
S.J.V has lit the fire which is still burning…don’t worry….
Kids in North-East are growing asking many questions about what happened to their loved ones …..
If you alive you will see the power of Tsunami….
Till then take a whisky and write rubbish….
Mallaiyuran / January 14, 2016
Us of those who paid faith to SJV, time for us to self-criticism or realize what we did wrong during SJV’s time. Of cause SJV was too late to initiate the Vaddukkodai. We did not go there (to Vaddukkoai Convention). Enemy planned well and when the time was fully ripe for him, he drove us there to carry out the final phase of the destruction. Without realizing, we got trapped there. Enemy made sure we will not have escape route. So no point in saying SJV initiated the Vaddukkodai Convention. We were look at sky and dreaming until one by one the enemy removing all of our options.
1948 Indian Pakistani voting bill came. This practically declared only who lived in upcountry Tamils to lose the voting right. The conditions to allow Tamils to keep the votes designed in that way. The rural area, the coastal Tamils who came from Tamil Nadu, the Fernando Pillaies were allowed to keep it but only after lowering their caste. The reason is they had started to speak Sinhala. Kanthappus in Colombo were not denied voting. They had businesses.
Tamils should have understood this of how Appe Anduwa divide and rule. This is what they did to LTTE yesterday; this is what they are doing to TNA and TPC, right now. Solheim, the Norwegian previous minister has said Kathirgamar was wrong in obtaining ban against Leader Pirapharan. He has said, instead if banning LTTE, facilitation to negotiation with it were provided, the Tamil’s problem might have reached a negotiated settlement. Up to that Mr. Solheim is right. But Tamils have to put the rest together that happened in Lankawe in perspective to that.
It is not Kathirgamar alone did it. He was used to do it by Chandrika, who launched the “War for Peace”. At the start of this Yahapalanaya government, Mangala gave a full description of how their diplomatic maneuverings destroyed the LTTE’s name in EU and made them to ban it. One of Ranil’s longtime claims is also how he had the LTTE banned. He is single handedly responsible Leader Pirapakaran and Karuna’s split and Sampanthar’s-CV’s drift.
Now Sampanthar is under 6th amendment. No point of expecting a lot from him. If Tamils are ready to realize, we all can learn a lesson from our mistake during SJV’s time, that is the Vadukkodai Convention was initiated too late and it up to JR in 1983 to make Tamils to launch a real armed struggle. So we need to guide Sampanthar to go back to districts or electorates and consult Tamils if they are willing to give up the Vaddukkoddai Convention and TNA’s election manifest which called for internal self –determination. Until that Sampanthar cannot accept the current constitution making process.
Janz / January 17, 2016
Autonomous lunatic Mallaiyuran’s nonsense again on Indian Pakistani voting bill-etc.
CHolan / January 13, 2016
..and your great grand father..grand father..father and you all have killed more Tamils since 1948……
then L T T E was born…
BTW you were also one who was running out of Colombo when there was a rumor that LTTE is coming towards to attack Colombo during 1983 July?
Coward till May 2009 you were hiding under bed hugging your Tamil wife …now write rubbish…
Can you slap Karuna in the daylight who is walking freely ?..he also a Tamil
Spring Koha / January 13, 2016
BeJesus, it’s the withering sage of the antipodes back to brighten the boring hours of our day with his little episode of ‘horrible histories’.
Peth’thap’pu…when will your ink run dry?
Lankan / January 13, 2016
Native Vedda / January 13, 2016
“Peth’thap’pu…when will your ink run dry?”
When he can get it up and put it to use.
Siva Sankaran Sarma / January 14, 2016
Hahaha good question dear.Don’t think the chap’s cawing will ever stop….not even six feet down under. Pity the situation since old Spring is pretty close to going there But good question nevertheless bro D
Spring Koha / January 14, 2016
‘Sho’mala’maadaawae’ as they say down the beach in old Negombo! SSS, I maybe old, but I ‘aint cold, and any rumours of my imminent departure are, god willing, exaggerated. There is life in the old dog yet, so any sudden departure (if that be god’s will) is going to be involuntary.
May I wish, SSS, Native, Lankan, and all people of goodwill out there a long and fruitful life.
Native Vedda / January 14, 2016
Old chap never ever think of kicking the bucket, not yet anyway. You got a lot to comment about the current and future state of the state. Hold on until we let you go.
“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
Anpu / January 13, 2016
Had we honoured Banda-Chelva pact, country would have been different: President Jan 10, 20160
President Maithripala Sirisena has lamented that if the country had honoured the program initiated by SWRD Bandaranaike had implemented, upon discussions with Dudley Senanayake and S.J.V. Chelvanayagam, there would not have been the possibility to create a ‘Prabhakaran’. Therefore we as Sri Lankans must strive to create the constitution that would strengthen national reconciliation,” the President stressed.
He made this observation addressing the House yesterday. He added that Sri Lanka must also take note of the beneficial factors included in the constitutions of powerful countries in the world such as India.
The President requested all parties not to create fear in the country about the new constitution and not to misinterpret the constitution that is being made.
Amarasiri / January 13, 2016
H. L. D. Mahindapala
RE: Chelvanayakam – Father Of Vadukoddai Resolution That Killed The Tamils
RE: Tamil Theology Upgraded Prabhakaran & Downgraded Jesus: V
The Satan descended on the Tamil People and asked them to follow Velupillai Prabakaran, so that they could be destroyed along with Eelam.
Similarly, the Satan, Iblis, Devil, has descended onto Arabia and turning into Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and destroying the Arabs as well as other non-Arab Muslims, by getting them to follow the Satan’s Agent and disciple Wahhab, Wahhabi Clones and followers.
The Devil is in the Details.
Was Chelvanayakam – Father Of Vadukoddai Resolution, an agent of the Satan, Devil as well?
Paul / January 14, 2016
Satan would not have descended upon the Tamils if the Sinhalese were not doing their Devil Dance from the time of independence and chasing killing and murdering the Tamils and then finally Satan arrived it was not Chelvanayagam or Pirpakaran but the Grease Yakka Rajapakse and Mahindapala
Non PhD / January 13, 2016
If SJVC was such a low level Tamil Ceylonese Leader as portrayed by you , why then the father of ” Pancha Maha Bala Vegaye ” SWRD called him and signed the BC Pact which was later aborted by SWRD himself ?
Who was the first terrorist in Sri Lanka who killed the father of ” Pancha Maha Bala Vegaya ” ?
Even after the experience of the abortion of BC pact what made the DC pact to become a miscarriage ?
What do you know about fatherhood, motherhood, abortion, miscarriage in the context of post independence Sri Lankan politics ?
Are you a quack doctor who practices plastic surgery and cheat the majority of the majority in SL ?
Analyst / January 13, 2016
Oooops !! A Quack doctor?? I thought he used to be the Moda court jester of the LK Dailynews?? Now the Apologist of the plunderer. He will throw anything against his Tamil Wife’ s direction.
For him the truth hurts him badly. Everyday we see some progress with some of the mass looting happened during the last decade the time of his master blaster thief.
Soul friends like him , DJ and GL will continue to hold the candle for the dead Regime awaiting to be resurrected.
These people will only drown SL in the ocean no doubt. How much are we in DEBT Mr President?? Please
Tell the Modayas , they should be made to pay back some of the loot too.
Lanka Liar / January 15, 2016
“If SJVC was such a low level Tamil Ceylonese Leader ” what level of a Jurno is HMLD.
He is attacking the Tamils and Tamil leaders so that he will be accepted among the Sinhalese. Poor fellow he has no where to go.
Kailainathan / January 13, 2016
It is because of Srilankan leaders communal policy who ruled us from the indipendence !! Like land grab n settlement !! Language !! Education !! Employment !! And development !!
Rajash / January 13, 2016
here he goes again…..
R K Raghavan / January 13, 2016
here you goes again…..
Rajash / January 14, 2016
long time no see ; how are you?
yes HLDM makes every one go!
I bet Izeth will soon follow to compete with HLDM
R K Raghavan / January 14, 2016
What is long time? where were you?
I am here, live and kicking.
My buddy is sick after heavy G & T bath during the festive season.Mother Gin has put her down and she is slowly but surely recovering.
Lion kings are Lion Kings and I am doing everything to revitalise her. I am eager to see her back in these columns. She is very inspiring.
Rajash / January 14, 2016
you mean your double act Nirmala N
R K Raghavan / January 14, 2016
Rajash / January 14, 2016
Rajash / January 13, 2016
HLDM…Long after his death, the macabre shadow of Velupillai Prabhakaran continues to stalk the peninsula,
not sure of his macabre shadow…but his ghost is certainly haunting HLDM.
HLDM do you sleep peacefully at night or do you wake up sweating seeing VP’s ghost?
R K Raghavan / January 13, 2016
BBS Rep / January 14, 2016
[Edited out] is at it again – trying to cause division among the people. [Edited out]
ravivararo / January 14, 2016
[Tamil Theology Upgraded Prabhakaran & Downgraded Jesus:]
Next time, you (singular)should write Sinhala Modayology upgraded MARA and downgraded Buddha.
Saro / January 14, 2016
This man, the author that I refer to, does not know not only the history of Sri Lankan Tamils (Eelam Tamils) but also does not seem to know that SJV Chelvanayagam stood for Federalism as his first option and was opposed to separation. Only when his efforts to set up at least a Regional Council as outlined in the Banda-Chlva Agreement was sabotaged and used to instigate Tamil pogrom by yellow robed skinheads that he was convinced as his contemporary politician C Sunthalingam has always advocated that only separation is the only answer to liberate Tamil speaking citizens from the tyranny of Sinhala colonialism. For Federaion both communities must agree and the majority Sinhala community had violently demonstrated that unitary system with Sinhala Only was the only solution that they would impose on all communities. That led a peace loving Gandhian follower to adopt the Vaddukkoddai Resolution.
Mallaiyuran / January 14, 2016
Mahindapala does not have the capacity to read and understand a book from a big man like professor Wilson. [Edited out]
Unaware of the pathetic situation of his mind, he trying to analyse SJV,s mind. A person so poor in intelligence to make him understand medical or scientific notions of human mind. He is a man never met SJV. He is a man rarely understood a page out the book. By the confusion of his hybrid birth and marriage, spewing a river of inferiority complex. He has not brought any witnesses for his theory other than him. He openly creating a lie about E.M.V. Naganathan too.
His puny mind, unable to understand the power of the superior minds, is trying to stereotyping SJV with the environment he grow up. Some of the greatest leaders have been born in that of circumstances. Even Churchill’s father died when he was a boy. Obama did not see much of his father’s role when he was a boy. Lincoln was in the same circumstances. What Wilson was trying to tell is that the circumstances woke up the hero that was residing in his heart. Thankfully, it did not create a Mahindapala syndrome or the Hybrid Patriotism in SJV, that emerges out of the hybrid births in Wildlife Santuary, Lankawe.
Mahindapala who was beaten by Izeth Hussain, looking for hiding places to lick his wounds.
Plato. / January 14, 2016
Mahindapala is going on an Ego trip,imagining himself to be a reincarnation of Sigmund Freud!
Funlover / January 15, 2016
HLD [Edited out]