27 November, 2020

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Combining Sri Lanka With Southern India: The PM’s ‘Game Changing’ 2017 Agenda

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

All political struggles in independent Ceylon/Sri Lanka has been over ‘which direction for the country?”. Today the political struggle is over “who will own the country?’ 2017 will be the decisive year in that struggle. It is the year in which the answer will be determined.

2017 will be driven by the contradiction between the Prime Minister’s game plan and the political, social and ideological resistance to it. The game plan is extremely ambitious. Emeritus editor N. Ram of The Hindu, a Sri Lankan watcher if ever there was one, sums it up well in his introduction to his long interview with the PM. It is a “complex game changing project in which the stakes are extremely high” that the PM is “the spearhead of”, observes Ram. (Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe interview with N. Ram, The Hindu, Dec 15, 2016)

Setting to rest any ambiguity on that score, the PM has reiterated his aim of abolishing the executive presidency. He has offered a choice of three options for a Prime Ministerial system. “We are giving three options for how the Prime Ministerial system should function…In all three options, the President would be a non-executive head of state.”

He has rolled out a scenario in which Mahinda Rajapaksa does not make a comeback because he cannot. In the PM’s assessment that is because of dynamics and demographics, if I may paraphrase him. The dynamic is that once society opts for a change, it does not change back, and if it wants change it opts for a new agency. The demographic is that Mahinda Rajapaksa has lost and is losing the youth vote.

The PM has also spelled out his economic vision. His explicit model is the EU and he is betting on an Asian version of it. Within this overall model he sees the Sri Lankan economic destiny as lying in integration with the South Indian states, starting with Tamil Nadu. He uses the terms “an economic union” and “combination”.

2017 will be a turbulent year because this complex game changing plan of the PM’s is seriously flawed and dangerously fraught. Let’s take each of his key propositions. The reiteration of the objective of abolition of the executive presidency has three drawbacks, two of which are apparent and the third which isn’t to the general public, but should be obvious to the PM. The fact that he is oblivious to the third factor says quite a bit about him, and none of it heartening.

The first issue is that abolition of the executive presidency brings the PM’s project into direct contradiction with the interests of the faction of the SLFP led by President Sirisena. The PM is obviously repeating the wording of his first draft of the 19th amendment which was blocked by the Supreme Court and heavily diluted by the SLFP. What makes him think that an effort which did not work in 2015-2016 can work in 2017? If he thinks he can count on the tacit support of Mahinda Rajapaksa he has it wrong because the arrogant authoritarianism the PM has displayed in and outside parliament towards the JO and its constituency has left no appetite for cooperation with him on the part of the latter.

More important is the drawback which is hidden from the general public but should be evident to the PM. This is the consequence to the economy of the abolition of the executive presidency. JR Jayewardene proposed the radical changeover from the Westminster model to the executive presidential system precisely because the former was dysfunctional for a sustained and rapid economic growth. The executive presidency was meant to be the linchpin of the open economy and high growth. The empirical evidence shows that he was correct. Not only did we maintain a 5% growth rate during a mid-intensity civil war of thirty years duration, we hit 7%-8% growth before and after that war, under the presidential system.

Furthermore, we have experienced relatively low growth with a weakened post-19th amendment executive presidency. Now the PM wants to abolish the Presidential system and restore an upgraded version of the model which JR Jayewardene identified as the main obstacle to sustained high growth because of its inherent flux and potential volatility. What we have to decide is whether we trust JRJ, Premadasa and Mahinda Rajapaksa in their developmental bet on the strong state/stable executive presidency model, or whether we prefer a leap into the unknown/leap back to the much earlier known with the PM’s perspective.

Next comes the politics and the balance of forces; the PM’s prognostication that Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot make a comeback because change is irreversible. The PM has obviously forgotten the lesson that his far more literate and intellectually sophisticated father learned after he successfully masterminded the unseating of Mrs. Bandaranaike’s coalition government in late 1964, paving the way for the return of the UNP in 1965. After a single term, the center-left was back, far more radical and broader (with the inclusion of the Communist party at Bogambara in 1968) than the one that was defeated in 1965, but under the very same leader, namely Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike who had been defeated in 1965.

What makes the PM’s political amnesia still less excusable is the fact that the UNP which his father helped bring back in 1965 was under the same leader who had resigned after the Hartal of August 1953, namely, Mr. Dudley Senanayake. What is funniest of all, is that Mr. Wickremesinghe himself is the best example that comebacks do happen and are eminently possible. If Ranil can do it, Mahinda Rajapaksa certainly can.

The PM also forgets that just as the UNP of 1988 had a new face, Premadasa, and the SLFP in 1994 put forward CBK and Mrs. Bandaranaike, and unlike the present day UNP which could not produce a winning presidential candidate for decades and had to outsource to a dissident SLFPer, the JO has a combination of continuity and change, of populism and modernization, to put forward in 2020: Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya.

The economic project of the PM as rolled out in the N. Ram interview reeks of retro-chic. His model of the EU is already in deep crisis. The US itself has turned away from economic arrangements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership. An Asian variant of the EU would come up against the asymmetries of India and the rest, bilateral issues such as Indo-Pak rivalry and of course the biggie, India-China competition.

Most grotesque is the idea of “the combination” (the PM’s term) of Sri Lanka and the Southern Indian states including Tamil Nadu. Southern India is, for the most part, the “Chola-Pandya-Chera” Greater Dravidistan /Greater Tamilian zone from which this island was repeatedly invaded. In our time Tamil Nadu was rear base for Tamil separatism and the recent memoirs by the former head of the Indian air-force (on air support for IPKF operations) says that new Delhi and the RAW stepped into patronize the Tamil insurgents because the Tamil Nadu state government was already giving them military training and that Delhi thought this would be seriously destabilizing to India itself. Tamil Nadu remains profoundly hostile to the Sinhalese. It is lunacy to give them any kind of stake in, still less handle over our economic future. It is as if Cuba integrated itself in a common economic space with Florida and gave a handle to the bitterly hostile Miami community. The PM’s economic vision of integration with Tamil Nadu, combined with ETCA, poses nothing less than an existential threat.

Therefore, the ‘complex game changing’ project of the PM, beginning with the new Constitution and ETCA, has to be defeated and dismantled before its implementation results in the dismantling of the country.

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    [Edited out] has once again come with his negative thoughts and anti-Ranil vendetta.

    Everyone knows DJ is MR whitewashed and therefore he cannot
    be expected to be neutral or fair in his comments. Again another waste if time reading same.

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      [Edited out]

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        DJ is acting.
        As usual.

        The very same sensitive diplomat not to react where it is necessary is beyond questions.

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          Dayan,

          You are just being stupid.

          Simply put, Ranil is not that smart.

          He is even less competent. Look what a mess he made with the “bond-issue.” Contrast that with how competently Cabral and the Rajapakses ran all the rackets in the Central Bank for years!

          Ranil may have plans but the only way he can end up doing any of what you are saying is, he has to bungle into them – not by design, and following through with a well executed plan.

          You must not get so upset for Ranil saying, Rajapakse is yesterday’s man.

          I feel, in 2017, at 60, the child in Dayan will finally give way to the adult.

          Better late than never.

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            Whether anyone likes it or not, Indian intervention in Srilanka is certain, only the time and extent are not decided. India does not want to rock the present government and bring back Mahinda. Even though they are not pleased with the way China being handled, they are watching patiently giving time to the present government, but will react positively if their interest is threatened to an unacceptable limit. Remember what happened when there was a talk about a military coup. India clearly conveyed to military top brass that if they dare to venture on it, they will step in to protect the present government, and now there is no such talk.

            Economically India has moved ahead of Srilanka, and any tie up with India will benefit Srilanka. Tamil Nadu is the leading state for automobile industry called Detroit of India. It is also in the top three states in soft ware industry. Agriculture methods practiced in Tamil Nadu has been incorporated in the curriculum of London School of Economics. Even in life stock breeding their methods have received international acclaim. Whether Sinhalese like it or not, deepening of Sethu Samudram for commercial and security purposes and building of a bridge between Tamil Nadu and Srilanka for transport are certain to happen in the near future.

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              All those who know it well will have to agree with you Mr. while others like extremists and their supports of DJ nature will stand on their way. It is the sad side to issue. Anyways, if majority folks would support, thing will change accordingly in this regards whoever would spread lies but lies to sabotage any good move from being passed between.

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      Real Siva Sankaran Sarma

      “You should visit Pandian southern Tamil Nadu and make connection with your relatives there.”

      Don’t forget he was doing some clandestine work in Tamil Nadu in the 1980s. He didn’t disclose who the master was.

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      Dyan the war monger types:

      “Today the political struggle is over “who will own the country?’”

      The political struggle should be over

      how to prevent the clan and crooks owning the island,

      how to deal with circle of political and other crooks,

      how to liberate Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhism,

      how to liberate Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhists (somaas, gunaratnam, …),

      how to democratize the state,

      how to restore democratic rights of the people,

      how to bring accountability

      ………

      …..

      ……

      The important question is how to educate the smart ass patriots?

      As they say “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

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      DJ,

      “It is as if Cuba integrated itself in a common economic space with Florida and gave a handle to the bitterly hostile Miami community.”

      Take note! Florida Cubans are vociferously anti-Castro lunatics. They are not in any way anti-Cuba.

      LOL!

      PS: My comment is not defense of PM’s arrogant, we know it all, neo-liberal policies, ironed-out in his living room by his Colombo 7, Royal College chums.

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      Dayan Jayatilleka

      RE:Combining Sri Lanka With Southern India: The PM’s ‘Game Changing’ 2017 Agenda

      “Today the political struggle is over “who will own the country?’ 2017 will be the decisive year in that struggle. It is the year in which the answer will be determined.”

      The Chinese will own the country because Mahinda Rajapaksa, MaRa and cronies mismanaged the country for so long, got into debt, and contracts that will ultimately sell the country piece by piece to the Chinese to satisfy the debts incurred for the MaRa Ego projects like the Mattala Airport, Hambantota Harbor and the Colombo Port City.

      Can you talk about these and the corruption over the past 10 years?

      Do you know why Sirisena is protecting the Crooks, Killers MaRa and his cronies?

      “Santhosams” from the Stolen billions from the People?

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    I thought from my opinion this fellow is the expert,analyzer,think tank….but rely on some Ram from Hindu,

    Even my3 promised abolishing the executive power was in his propaganda.pls reveal it what are the 100 days pro they pledged.

    This guy wants his old king to come and dictate,rather than the Hindu Ram why couldn’t you elaborate Ranjan the deputy minister refuse to take his allowances,

    By that make a good change for future Lanka,we all knows but as a scholar like you not trying to bring harmony for mother Lanka.

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    What’s wrong with being a part of a United States of South Asia.
    At least there are much better intellectuals in India who will enlighten Sri Lankan on your childish talk about empiry aspirations of Pandaya- Chola -Chera being repeated.

    Please do grow up.

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      jinadasa waduge

      Thanks for your comment.

      “Please do grow up.”

      At least a few bards in Pre- Christian era Tamilaham were secular internationalists than parochial self proclaimed Pandithayas of this world.

      I came across a poetry a few years ago which I like to share with you:

      யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளிர்
      தீதும் நன்றும் பிறர்தர வாரா
      நோதலும் தணிதலும் அவற்றோ ரன்ன
      சாதலும் புதுவது அன்றே, வாழ்தல்
      இனிதென மகிழ்ந்தன்றும் இலமே முனிவின்
      இன்னா தென்றலும் இலமே, மின்னொடு
      வானம் தண்துளி தலைஇ யானாது
      கல் பொருது மிரங்கு மல்லல் பேரியாற்று
      நீர்வழிப் படூஉம் புணைபோல் ஆருயிர்
      முறை வழிப் படூஉம் என்பது திறவோர்
      காட்சியில் தெளிந்தனம் ஆகலின், மாட்சியின்
      பெரியோரை வியத்தலும் இலமே,
      சிறியோரை இகழ்தல் அதனினும் இலமே. (புறம்: 192)

      by Kaniyan Pungundranar

      Translation:

      To us all towns are one, all men our kin,
      Life’s good comes not from others’ gifts, nor ill,
      Man’s pains and pain’s relief are from within,
      Death’s no new thing, nor do our bosoms thrill
      When joyous life seems like a luscious draught.
      When grieved, we patient suffer; for, we deem
      This much-praised life of ours a fragile raft
      Borne down the waters of some mountain stream
      That o’er huge boulders roaring seeks the plain
      Tho’ storms with lightning’s flash from darkened skies.
      Descend, the raft goes on as fates ordain.
      Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !
      We marvel not at the greatness of the great;
      Still less despise we men of low estate.

      Kaniyan Poongundran, Purananuru – 192
      (Translated by G.U.Pope, 1906)

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        Thank You Native Vedda for sharing this piece.

        As I have always suspected you are no barbarian (as some might think).

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          Spring Koha

          Thanks a lot.

          I was just wondering as to why I was not taught this poem when I was student in the deep South.

          Had I known this poem much earlier I would have grown into much nicer person than I am.

          Just kidding.

          Would you consider replacing national anthem with this poem ?

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            Native Vedda

            Replacing our national anthem remains a minefield. Ananda Samarakoon who wrote the original words committed suicide when they changed his words.

            However, this is exactly the sort of poem that I would include in an anthology of poems that I would publish and distribute to our young. Would do wonders for understanding (and reconciliation).

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        Death’s no new thing, nor do our bosoms thrill
        When joyous life seems like a luscious draught

        Instead of using “nor”, I would use “but” to translate that line.

        Like this:
        Death’s no new thing, but do our bosoms thrill
        When joyous life seems like a luscious draught

        So let me it put in me English, what pope said: Though we fear no death, our chests do not fail to thrill by the sweet wine taste of blessing of continuity of the life.

        Any land is is our village (beyond geographical- including Metaphysical like good-bad, poor- Rich, Urban-rural, High castiel low castiel wards….) likewise everyone is our relative; the bad or good in our life are not something others around us enforced on us; so suffering comes from our deeds and satisfaction comes from our mind both are our own- Neither anybody forced on us; We know sooner or latter death is coming, just for that we do not rush to enjoy blindly and fail to sacrifice do important things or we fail to taste the sweetness of life worrying always about the death;

        Our Lives follow the flow of the fate, like the water of the rain which falls on the high mountain with the thunder and lightning, drift down through the rocky mountain’s boulders this way and that way. The fate is the intricacy of our beloved soul’s life’s path, understood by and explained by the learneds. So we don’t praise the great ones achivements, same as we do not laugh at the miserables’ failures.

        So don’t laugh at my interpretation too. But i did not feel comfortable Pope using “nor” that’s all. Let me hear from other on that too.

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          Mallaiyuran

          You are very brave!

          As I read, you have changed a statement into a question.

          Changing a translation is like walking through a minefield.

          Unfortunately I do not know your credentials as I do that of the legendary George Pope.

          Native Vedda has done us a great service by drawing our attention to this timeless poetry.

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            Spring Koha

            ” Yaathum Uurea” – To us all towns are one is far away. Poet did not use a word similar to “Enkumea” Or “Ellaaidamum” . He used “Yaathum”. Yaathum is anything to everything. He has certainly stayed beyond the geographical sense.

            “வாழ்தல்,
            இனிதென மகிழ்ந்தன்றும் இலமே”. The double negative of அஃதன்றும் இலமே” is difficult to bring out.

            “முனிவின்
            இன்னா தென்றலும் இலமே,” Here it appears “we do not insist that anything said is unacceptable”. I don’t see in his work anywhere how Pope managed that sentence.

            There is something murky….

            The wording in Tamils is not like Puhazhenthi’s Nalavenpa- Not lucid. A sangam style, real gobbledygook. Pope did a very very god job. Sangam times many were educated, Song were mainly for their consumption. So they used difficult language to compress their thought. In thervarakalam, they spent too much time in Ethukai-Maunai for language sophistication. Kampar, Pugazhenthi, Third Auwai used very lucid language. Those we can understand without interpretation.

            Thanks.

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    D.J. says:

    “Most grotesque is the idea of “the combination” (the PM’s term) of Sri Lanka and the Southern Indian states including Tamil Nadu. Southern India is, for the most part, the “Chola-Pandya-Chera” Greater Dravidistan /Greater Tamilian zone from which this island was repeatedly invaded.”
    What is so grotesque about this idea? Sri Lanka is next to South India, not China.We have tried “independence” for 68 years and got nowhere. Even T.Nadu’s economy is ahead of ours, and the Indian Rupee is worth twice ours. Is DJ prescribing another 68 years of the same?
    Whether Sri Lanka was invaded or not is not relevant. Neither India nor SL existed in their present form 250 years ago.
    If there were no invasions, Dayan himself would not be here, would he?

    “It is as if Cuba integrated itself in a common economic space with Florida and gave a handle to the bitterly hostile Miami community.”
    The unavoidable DJ comparison with Cuba again. Well, if Cuba went the same way as Mexico, wouldn’t it have been better off economically?
    It chose to integrate with the USSR instead , with predictable results.

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    ‘Tamilnadu remains profoundly hostile to the Singhalese’!Why dont you say the Singhalese are hostile to the whole of India??

    I thought you have gone away from racist politics?Looks like,We are back to square one.

    Please write articles to bring the Singhalese and Tamils to live together in mother Lanka.

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      Thamiian

      Racialy, Linguistically, culturally , and religiously Tamils live together with Tamilnadu – just one inseparable consciousnesses. For them living together with the Sinhalese is totally an alien concept.

      Soma

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        Sorry Soma.

        Except the written language (spoken language is also different), we have a lot in common culturally with the Singhalese than with the South Indian Tamils.

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          Thamilan

          “Except the written language (spoken language is also different), we have a lot in common culturally with the Singhalese than with the South Indian Tamils.”

          Not really, predominantly the caste system is another unifying characteristic among all of you. Another common factor is the gene.

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            Native Vedda:

            Even Singhalese have a caste system!

            During ‘Native Vedda’s period(10,000 years ago) we were all Dravidians and did not have any caste system?We all carry the Vedda gene!

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              Thamilan

              “During ‘Native Vedda’s period(10,000 years ago) we were all Dravidians and did not have any caste system?”

              There was never an Aryan Dravidian divide until Friedrich Max Müller discovered it.

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                Thamilan
                The Sinhalese have caste but not untouchability. Caste there means now a kind of clannishness which is weakening in the urban context.
                Tamils have a long way to go. They have carried all the burdens of the caste system with them wherever they went.

                NV
                But there has been a strong Varna divide in much of the sub-continent– and a class-based divide elsewhere merging to make caste systems unique to each region.
                As your comment implies, race as A v. D. is nonsense since there has been a lot of mixing among races and tribes over many centuries.

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                  But the Sinhalese DID have untouchability, unless I am very much mistaken. The Rodi people were outcast/untouchables, weren’t they?

                  A little book on this very subject will be published soon.

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                    Manel Fonseka

                    “A little book on this very subject will be published soon”

                    Thanks, please keep us informed.

                    Prof Kalinga Tudor Silva and others have published several article on castes. Some of the articles are available on net.

                    Casteless or Caste-blind? Dynamics of Concealed
                    Caste Discrimination, Social Exclusion and Protest in Sri Lanka

                    Kumaran Book House
                    Colombo – Chennai 2009

                    Editors
                    Kalinga Tudor Silva
                    P.P. Sivapragasam
                    Paramsothy Thanges

                    Forgotten Communities in Sri Lankan Historiography: Reviewing the
                    Folklore of the Lower Caste Rodiyas

                    Ramesha Jayaneththi,
                    Department of History, University of Peradeniya

                    Cultural Anthropology of Rodiyas

                    M D Raghavan

                    Globalisation, Marginality and Cultural Challenges of
                    the Rodiya Communities in Sri Lanka

                    Kalinga Tudor Silva
                    in SAARC Culture Volume 2, 2011
                    Diminishing Cultures in South Asia

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                    Manel Fonseka

                    Another book on Rodiya available on net:

                    Aspects of Ethnicity and Gender Among the Rodi of Sri Lanka
                    by Nireka Weeratunge

                    http://noolaham.net/project/61/6013/6013.pdf

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                  sekara

                  “There was never an Aryan Dravidian divide until Friedrich Max Müller discovered it.”

                  You didn’t get my point did you.

                  There had never been Aryan/Dravidian divide in India. What I meant was Max and his western orientalists created one to justify their dominance directly or indirectly.

                  There is a paper by Prof Romila Thapar available on net which demolishes the myth of Aryan Invasion.

                  By the way, the public racist Anagarika Dharmapala (the homeless one) thought he and his fellow Sinhala people were from Aryan race and supported Hitler and did say so on the record.

                  The same sentiment was echoed in Parliament in the early 1980s when an MP cited JR’s nose as evidence of his Aryan ancestry.

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                    That was the biggest joke, as he was from a Salagamma or Durawe Catholic family, which means, he, like around 50% of the present day Sinhalese, is descended from indentured low caste Indian Tamil immigrants who were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch colonials and settled along the western and southern shores. Now calling Sinhalese Aryans. JR’s big nose was due to the fact like in the fairy tale Pinocchio he was constantly lying. So the nose got bigger. J R and Bandaranaicke the anti Tamils are both descended from Tamil immigrants who arrived in the island in the 17TH century. Banadaranaicke Ge names is very obvious. Neelaperumalge

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                  Sinhalese did have caste and untouchability. The Rodiya, were treated as untouchables and their women had to go topless, just like the low casted women in Kerala.

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                    That was under nayakkar king in kandyan kingdom but under sinhalese kings no records of such untouhability found.

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                Native Vedda.

                Dravidians were all over South Asia before Aryans( from Europe and Middle East) came with guns(recently) and chased us South. The one’s who ran fastest were the Veddas who ended up in Ceylon!!

                NB: We have forgotten the racist article by DJ and writing our history!

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                  Thamilan

                  “Dravidians were all over South Asia before Aryans( from Europe and Middle East) came with guns(recently) and chased us South. The one’s who ran fastest were the Veddas who ended up in Ceylon!!”

                  You are talking lot of bull.

                  By any chance, you are related to ranjith(sprrw)’s or his/her long lost twin brother/sister?

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        Racially, culturally and liguitically Sinhalese of Srilanka are different to Tamil speaking Muslims and Tamils of North East of Srilanka. It is not possible to within a unitary state where brutal Buddhist Fundamentalism wants to eliminate the existence of other ethnicities. So, only solution is separation of the island in to two parts.

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          I agree. One for ALL Tamil speaking people and the other for Sinhala speaking people. The intractable part of the Tamil ethnic problem is their desire to live among “brutal Buddhist fundamentalists who wants to eliminate the existence of other ethnicities.”

          (Given the option a Bangaldeshi will always chose to migrate to India in preference to Pakistan. A Muslim will never migrate to another Muslim country but to a non Muslim country.Similarly when the arrangements were made for the plantation Tamils to go back to the motherland when the British left NONE of them wanted to go back to Tamilnadu but to live that lowly life among “Buddhist fundamentalists who wants to eliminate the existence of other ethnicities”. The truth of the matter is like the West there is an inherent superiority in the society of Buddhist fundamentalists.)

          The day I observe any tendency among the Tamil majority to leave areas of
          “Buddhist fundamentalists who wants to eliminate the existence of other ethnicities.” and move North I will actively support a separate unit for the Tamils.

          Soma

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            To observe the tendency Tamils to move North and East without any blood and violence, I would welcome if Soma will actively start to move the all Sinhalese including the military out of North East as early as possible. Can he do it?

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            Tamils first started to settle in Sinhala areas because of civil service opportunities provided by the British centred in Colombo. This was before the Sinhala genocidal assaults and as a result the emergence of Tamil separatism. Tamils, especially the English educates elites of Colombo, had every incentive to favour a unitary state which they did at the time when Sinhala politicians were proposing federalism. These Tamils feared that a federal system would limit their vocational opportunities hence they rejected federalism without any foresight. Jaffna Tamils were educated in English because of the many schools opened there by Christian missionaries and these Tamils prioritised education because Jaffna soil was arid so they had to seek livelihood in different profession while Sinhala down south were content with being agriculture workers. This is why Jaffna Tamils came to dominate civil service jobs and not because of any favouritism or divide and rule policy of the British as alleged by Sinhala nationalists. After living in Colombo for generations Tamils built successful businesses there to the envy of poor slum-dwelling Sinhalese who looted and destroyed their livelihood in several anti-Tamil pogroms targeting the economic base of the Tamils. Tamils continued to move down South when the war was escalating as it was no longer possible to live in the North East war zones where Sinhala military was routinely and indiscriminately shelling civilians, schools, hospitals, temples, houses and markets.

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        Please go through the recent genetic studies. Ceylon Tamils are more genetically similar to Sinhalese than they to Indian Tamils. Also Sinhalese are more genetically similar to Indian Tamils than they to Ceylon Tamils. Only common thing between Ceylon Tamils and Indian Tamils is the language, that too there is a difference in the accent as well as usage of words. They say Ceylon Tamils speak Tamil like how Malayalees speak Tamil. The food habits of Ceylon Tamils and Sinhalese have more similarities than that between Ceylon Tamils and Indian Tamils. Ceylon Tamils eat more String Hoppers, Hoppers and Pittu than Idly and dosai eaten frequently by Tamils in India. However cultural patterns like music and dance are similar between Ceylon and Indian Tamils. Any Sinhalese who claim that they are a separate ethnic group from South Indians, must take the genetic test and prove it. First religion practiced in Srilanka was Saivaism. Vedhdhas worshiped gods like Murugan. The first king to be converted to Budhdhism was a saivaite and his father was Mootha Siva indicating that he was a Saivaite. First language to be spoken in Srilanka is Elu which is a Dravidian one. Five Siva temples in Srilanka are older than any Buddhist temple. Tamil was in use in Srilanka for more than 2000 years as evidenced by the stone inscriptions unearthed. The first time when Sinhala appeared in a stone inscription was in 7th century AD. Sinhala script is a copy of Malayalam script introduced by much later.

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          “Please go through the recent genetic studies. Ceylon Tamils are more genetically similar to Sinhalese than they to Indian Tamils.”

          By Indian Tamil do you mean up-country Tamils in Lanka? They are not the representative of whole of Tamil Nadu. They are of predominantly low caste background while Eela Tamils are more than 50% of higher caste background.
          It’d be interesting to see genetic comparison of higher caste Tamils in Eelam and TN.

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          Dr S S

          “Any Sinhalese who claim that they are a separate ethnic group from South Indians, must take the genetic test and prove it”

          Not me it is Sambandan Aiya who says: “Tamils must be recognized as a distinct ethnic entity”.

          Bertrand Russel said that those who claim all are children of one God always wanted to kill those who doubted it.

          Soma

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          in papua new gunia among near four million population 920 different languages evolved and practiced by different tribal population. can you tell me were there any restriction in south Asian regions in good old days locals lanken can speak only darvadian languages or its derivatives.please explain as very noble wise man.

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      Yes, the pattern of our relationships has to change. “Singhalese and Tamils to live together in mother Lanka” as Thamilan says. The crazy desire on the part of Sinhalese who have no insight in to “Western Culture” to migrate, especially to Australia is horrifying.

      They come to me for the IELTS exam, and imagine that they can be happy in white-dominated societies, oblivious of the messages being sent out by the Trump-election and Brexit. The husband is obsessed with “Band 7”; is the wife making any attempt to at least acquire the passive skill of listening to English so as to understand foreign accents? “No, she imagines that she can manage in Australia with only Sinhalese because she’ll stay in the home.” I say later, “Forget the exam and the band since you’ve achieved them. More challenges lie ahead; now focus on more of that easy-to-do listening, and finding out about culture and ethos. You don’t have to come to me, the Internet has plenty of stuff.” No, they are ONLY adding the points for this, and the points for that criterion.

      And then you have the Muslims wanting to assert their “Allahu akbar” separateness from the rest of Sri Lanka. Let us hope that those courageous ladies who wrote about MMDA recently get their act together and change the thinking within their community, and insist that they are not “baby producing machines”. Each issue confronting us demands a slightly different, but openly stated and intelligently formulated approach, taking in to account the need to respect the desires of minorities, but more importantly of individuals. So many choices belong solely to the individuals concerned.

      At the same time, however, for many economic purposes “a United States of South Asia” may be desirable, as well as a World-view that recognises that for certain issues like Global Warming, we must realise that all humans live together on one relatively small and fragile planet.

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    Dayan most of the Sinhalese are descended from these ancient Tamil Chera Chola and Pandians. Even your Salagama ancestors. It is the Sinhalese who are largely the by products and descendants of these Chera Chola Pandian invasions and immigrations and not the Sri Lankan Tamils.

    The Portuguese and later the Dutch imported lots of poor Chola Chera and Pandians to the island as indentured labour, and their descendants now make up 50% of the present Sinhalese population. It is because of this Chera Chola and Pandian migration that the Sinhalese population doubled and they became a 74% majority. May be future Chera Chola and Pandian connections will also benefit the Sinhalese. After all it was the Tamil Chola who built Polonaruwa and all its architectural wonders. Hindu and Buddhist not the Sinhalese and it was the Tamil Nayake kings who built the Kandy Lake.

    You should visit Pandian southern Tamil Nadu and make connection with your relatives there.

    By the way the ancient Chera Tamil kingdom is modern day Kerala and not part of present day Tamil Nadu which comprises of the ancient Tamil kingdoms of Chola, Pandian and Pallava. The present day Tuluva based ( not native Chera Tamil) Namboothiri Nair, Menon and Nambiar Kerala elite who were instrumental in destroying the ancient Chera Tamil language of Keralam and introducing a new Sanskritised bastardised version of is called modern Malayalam with the help of their British masters in 18020 are the friends of the Sinhalese establishment and not of the Tamils. Remember Naryan, Shiv Shankar Menon, Romesh Nambiar in the UN, Nirupama Roa? Get your facts correct.

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      Who gives a **** of ancient history? Sinhalese linguistic Dravidian race now exists only in Sri Lanka. So they are approx 74% of the population. Even in TN people learn Hindi a bit. Tamils are the minority in SL; they need to learn and speak the language of the majority without talking about pandiyan stuff. Present is what matters not 2,500 of past or bragging about ancient civilizations or the Indian tamil coolies. TPP is dead; NAFTA is being renegotiated. Economics of scale will mean TN will overrun SL and they will not intermingle or intermarry. Germany dominates EU. Partnership with TN is good because they are now the 2nd fastest and largest growing state in India’s economy. How it is done is what will be critical to protect Sinhala ethnic groups and also not allow slum dogs into SL

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        NullAndVoid

        “amils are the minority in SL; they need to learn and speak the language of the majority without talking about pandiyan stuff.”

        Are you suggesting that the majority is so thick they can’t learn languages?

        I may reluctantly have to agree with you on that.

        “Economics of scale will mean TN will overrun SL and they will not intermingle or intermarry.”

        So you want your Mudalalis and politicians to enjoy super normal profits from monopoly in a captive market, by supplying low quality, low quantity, …. highly priced products and services.

        “How it is done is what will be critical to protect Sinhala ethnic groups and also not allow slum dogs into SL”

        So you don’t mind your women folks going to and dying in Medieval Middle East kingdoms so that you men could have a fine life style back in this island.

        The world doesn’t give a damn about whether you are Tamil Nadu slum dog or Sinhala Ghetto Nadu slum dog unless of course both are willing to adapt and change.

        Being a born stupid you would not learn nor understand many changes that have been taking place all around the world when you are determined to live in your Ghetto.

        When did your forefathers arrive on this island from South India?

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        Who gives a **** of ancient history” not me but Sinhalese racists like you and Dayan always quoting the Mahawamsa comic book that is part history with lots of fables, especially regarding the origin of the Sinhalese. If you quote or most times misquote history I will quote it back again to you to prove that you are wrong. Running down the ancient Chera Chola and Pandian Tamils when the Sinhalese are largely descended from them. In fact the so called Sinhalese dynasties were very friendly with the Pandians and originated from them.

        Your so called great Sinhalese king Prakramabahu was of Pandian origin. One of your ancient capital Panduwasnuwara means the city of the Pandians. Pandu Pandukabaya means the person is of Pandian origin. Every time there was some rivalry some so called Sinhalese Prince or king runs to South India largely to his Pandian Tamil grandfather and his Tamil first cousins to get help. Just like in the story of Kassyapa and Mugalan.

        Even according to your Mahavamsa fable your mythical Prince Vijaya went to the Tamil Pandian country to find Tamil Pandian women for him and his 500 companions whose descendants founded the Sinhalese people. If this fable prince Vijaya sailed all the way from north India why did he not go back to North India to get North Indian women but travelled to the Pandian country to get Tamil women? Haven’t you asked your self? Unless he was fluent in Tamil and from the Tamil country these Tamil women or the Pandian king would never have consented to send them. Especially his daughter.

        Most probably Prince Vijaya was not from the north of India but a Tamil Pandian prince who had got on a boat with his companions and travelled 25 miles down to find a new kingdom for him, as he may have been adventurous and a younger son who will not inherit a kingdom and badly wanted one. This is why after his hanky panky with Yakshini Kuveni, he just went back to his own people and found a royal bride and Pandian women for his companions and returned. No King will give his daughter or other women of high birth to a North Indian brigand and his rowdy companions who were banished for raping looting and killing. Especially if they cannot even speak their language. He was no rowdy but an adventurer in search of wealth and a kingdom found it and married a one his own people.

        This is the reason many of the ancient kings in the island had Tamil names. Mootha Sivan, Kakkai Vanna Theesan or Kaavan Theesan . Kaavan means in Tamil the one who guards or looks after for safety, from the Tamil word Kaaval.
        As in ” “Aa payan kundrum, ARUTHOZHILOR Nool Marappar,
        Kavalan Kaavan Enin…” in Thirukkural
        “Aruthozhilor” means Brahmins. In those days Brahmins were represented as owning six kinds of duties.”

        That Sinhalese evolved only in the southern parts of the country and is only spoken there is not the fault of the Tamil speakers. The North and East of the island had always been the land of the Tamils and the Tamil speaking Muslims. It is their land and no one has the right to demand that they speak or learn Sinhalese.

        Hindi is not forced down the throats of the people of Tamil Nadu or anywhere in South India. If people learn it only by choice. You cannot force a language down a peoples throat, they will resist. Tamil is also indigenous to the land and has a far older history than Sinhalese, Tamil has contributed heavily to the development of Sinhalese, whilst Sinhalese has not contributed anything to Tamil. If the Sinhalese will learn Tamil we will learn Sinhalese. You only became a majority in the whole island, thanks to the British who in 1833 joined the Tamil areas that other than brief periods in history, has always remained separate with the Sinhalese lands. Prior to this even until 1948 Sinhalese hardly lived or had a peep in the Tamil North or East.

        No one forces French Canadians to learn English or Non Hindi speaking South India to learn Hindi. Funny part is non Hindi speaking South India is far more developed and advanced than the Hindi speaking North and now they are flocking to the South In their millions. Very soon they will be forced to learn Tamil Malayalam Telugu or Kannada.

        You quote distorted versions of history or the Mahawamsa fable like the author of this article, when it suits you and to justify your genocidal agenda but howl and squeal in protest when some one replies to you quoting the real history of the island, as this breaks your Sinhalese Buddhist myth and genocidal agenda.

        You yourself have now admitted that the Sinhalese are Dravidian, which means they are of Tamil descent. Dravidian basically means Tamil

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          Real siva sankeran

          If Mahawamsa is a comic book why do you quote it for arrival of vijaya story.do you know when arahath Mahinda arrive with buddhism to lanka. it was year 260 BCE. why did his father send him to lanka instead of making him or persuading him to be crown prince to succeed him.it was because orthodoc hindu priests refusal to accept mahinda as crown prince and mahinda’s own desire to continua as buddhist monk.emporere Asoka feared that Hindu cleric might kill Mahinda as they killed Susima a son of asoka who embraced buddhism. do you think Asoka like emperor would have sent his own beloved elder son to hostile land if lanka was hindu land at that time for his safety.his own country hindu priest were planing to kill him and it is very foolishness to come to another hindu land for safety.

          do you know mahinda and party came here on full moon night day. festival day for locals. hunting animals for foods and celebrating on that festival day. do you know any such festivities day falls every months in your Hindu calendar.

          Tissa is not a tamil word. it is sanskrit or any other language name. it is meaning with chief or nayaka. even wedda community used to name their chieftain as Tisahamy. As such your imaginary history is bullshit.

          as per chronicles like dipawamsa and Mahawamsa and other historical records king mutasiva was cremated after his death. it was a natural death not in combatant.as such if he was a hindu tamil his body should have been cut off into peices before his cremation as per ancent tamil hindu rituals. no records of such occurrence can be seen any of historical records. as such your saying further proved bullshit. stop fabricating false rumors. we are sinhalese real owners of this land.

          when did your ancestors started speaking tamil if you all were indigenous lot here. obviously it should have come from tamilnadu where tamil language started speaking in third or fourth century BCE. before that nobody knows what language spoken by them. tamil is a language evolved from proto darvadian spoken by some people lived famous river valley in south India.

          If there was not language called sinhalese how come arahat mahinda translated tripitaka commentary to sinhala in 247 BCE and made it literary language.you fabricate false history like your politicians did to brainash tamil youths to take to arms and revolt against government.that was the start of LTTE terrorism in early seventies.

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            Mad person you were screeching and ranting around and abusing me for being Brahmin until a few told you to shut up there was no Sinhalese language until around 7-9 century AD and now you get someone translating something in a non existent language around 247BC. Arahat Mahinda translated Tripatika in Sinhalese must be in your wet dreams
            Theesan origin is Tamil and is used for men. Vedda language like semi Tamil Elu are simple Dravidian languages very close to Tamil in pronunciation.
            The rest of what you have posted is mad rambling not worth bothering to reply

            Theesan is still used by Tamils
            http://www.nameslist.org/indian/names-meaning/Theesan
            Keep on ranting nut case

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              shut up mad fellow

              do you know from where your language came. tell me first.mad monkey.what language you spoken before tamil came to you.at least we know our language evolved within this Island. you go and get your Elam from Iran. this is sinhalese country.it is not yours.liar.

              if Mahawamsa not there your language name might have some other name not damila. do you know that. I am talking about Tissa not your Theesan. prove Tissa is a Tamil word. you indicate you are expert on all languages and history of the world.

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                What an idiot, are you reading what you are posting? Full of garbage and this is where you belong.

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                ranjith(sprrw) scatter brain historian

                ” I am talking about Tissa not your Theesan. prove Tissa is a Tamil word. you indicate you are expert on all languages and history of the world.”

                Do you think Tissa is an original Sinhale name before the advent of Buddhism in this island?

                Let me see some evidence.

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                  I said Tissa is not tamil word it is either sanskrit or any other language word.why should I provide you evidences for what I believe is correct. who are you idiot.this is a forum not a class room. principles are not needed. you express your views I express mine.get lost man. you seems to be back licking dalit of so called Brahmin. Brahamin are parasites doing nothing but feeding on poor mass.creators and promoters of feudalism. their survival depend on continuation of feudalism. they were the murders of millions of poor so called dalits in the name of gods.still fabricating myths for survival.that should be in their genes.those so called brahmins should be defeated and send to wilderness for the shake of future generation. for so called brahmins all others are dalits but not ladies of dalits. lunatics

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                    ranjith(sprrw) the scatter brain historian

                    “I said Tissa is not tamil word it is either sanskrit or any other language word.why should I provide you evidences for what I believe is correct.”

                    You are free to believe in any damn thing, provided you know your inability to grasp facts.

                    If you are sure about the word Tissa you believe it not to be Tamil, any rational person should know why? The only way to argue the case is to find the exact language(s) in which Tissa is mentioned.

                    ” I express mine.get lost man.”

                    You vomit yours and I express mine with evidence.

                    “who are you idiot.this is a forum not a class room. principles are not needed.”

                    Forum

                    – a situation or meeting in which people can talk about a problem or matter especially of public interest.

                    dictionary.cambridge.org

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                      Very wise man.why do you not try for next noble price.you seem to be knowing every thing.anyway first try to learn your own language well. history of it and talk on others languages.

                      Yes you like it or not Tissa is an old sinhalese word.you tamils do not have to worry about our language. you look after yours. first look after your own people. build some toilet in street of Chennai.if you can. you may be next CM there.try this. better option. you can live like kind sleeper or karuna nidi with big team of paramours or concubines.

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                      Ignore him this nasty Sinhalese extremist deliberately comes and attacks you viciously, so that it will deter you further from posting. This was one of the tactics that was adopted during the Rajapakse regime, to deliberately and viciously attack journalists seeking answers, that they will back off. This mad without any logic is doing the same. He will later say that the Sinhalese words for mother and father older sister younger brother and older brother. Amma.Thattha or Appachchit, Ayya ,Nangi and Akka were not derived from Tamil but pure Sinalese words and the much older and ancient Tamil borrowed these words from Sinhalese. Just like Tissa and Theesan

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                      Real Siva Sankaran Sarma

                      Forget the minor irritant scatter brain historian ranjith(sprrw).

                      Regarding the Name Tissa, a Pali name popular during and after Buddha’s life time:

                      I give you two examples:

                      Tissa

                      A monk. When the Buddha declared that in four months he would pass away, many monks were greatly excited, collecting in groups, not knowing what to do. But Tissa remained aloof, determined to win arahantship before the Buddha’s death. The others, misunderstanding him, reported to the Buddha that Tissa had no love for him, but the Buddha, having questioned him, praised his earnestness. DhA.iii.267f.

                      Tissa Thera

                      An arahant. He belonged to a brahmin family of Rājagaha and, having attained great proficiency in the Vedas, became a teacher of five hundred young men. When the Buddha visited Rājagaha, Tissa was so struck by his majesty that he joined the Order, later winning arahantship. The Theragāthā contains verses uttered by him regarding certain monks who were jealous of his great renown.
                      In the time of Piyadassī Buddha, Tissa was an ascetic. Seeing the Buddha in samādhi in a forest-grove, he built over him an arbour of silo flowers and for seven days paid him homage. (Thag.vv.153-4; ThagA.i.272f). He is evidently identical with Sālamandapiya of the Apadāna (ii.431f).

                      http://www.palikanon.com/
                      english/pali_names/t/tissa.htm

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                      Tissa may be Pali but Saivite Tamil Naga king now called Devanambiyatissa would not have had a Buddhist Pali name Tissa but the Hindu Tamil Name Theesan. As prior to conversion he was just Tissa in reality it would have been Theesan. Pali only arrived in the island after Buddhism, so a Saivite Tamil Naga king would never have been called Tissa but Theesan. After conversion the title Devanambiya was added meaning the one whom God trusts. The word Deva is of Sanskrit/Prakrit origin but also commonly used in Tamil. Nambiya is a pure Tamil word derived from Nambikai meaning trust.

                      Remember just like Sanskrit/Prakrit(Pali is one ) words are found in Dravidian languages so are many Dravidian/Tamil origin words are found Sanskrit/Prakrit and other Indo Aryan languages, as many of these current Indo Aryan speaker were originally Dravidian speakers and would have incorporated many Dravidian words into their Indo Aryan speech. What happened was language replacement basically words, however the syntax lexicon remained the same. This is the reason the way a sentence is formed in any Indo Aryan language is the same as in Tamil and not like other Indo European languages. Tamil Theesan may have become Pali Tissa. Prior to the arrival of Buddhism there was no influence of Pali and hardly Sanskrit in the island.

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                    you tamil first you learn history of your on language before talking on others languages.Tissa is an old sinhala word. e can look after our language you look after your language like origin of it.yes it was not used in writing graffiti while shitting in street like your brothers and sisters do in your streets of Chennai your capital city. you should know that.first civilized before putting fingers into others languages. we never treated or treat AMBAPALIS like your chief minister JAYALALITHA as heroes.idiots

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                      ranjith(sprrw) scatter brain historian

                      “Tissa is an old sinhala word.”

                      How old was the language from which you found Tissa. How ancient was this name Tissa?

                      ” build some toilet in street of Chennai.if you can. you may be next CM there.try this. better option.”

                      Are you another watcher of Tamil Nadu bumps? You have a fellow bump watcher, he is sirinath.gunaratnam.

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      Siva Sankaran
      You are one of the scheduled caste Dalits who cries foul all the time.Grow up old man and try to remember that you can think as a Brahmin but can never become one.

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        They were your ancestors who converted to Islam , The Scheduled castes that is why you are so obsessed with them. Sorry to disappoint you. I am not very old in my mid 50s. Not considered old in Australia.

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        I hasten to make the clarification that I am not the above “Izzeth H” who declares that Sankaran is a Dalit. I suggest that misleading nom de plumes are best avoided. – IH

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          Thanks Izeth. I knew it was not you but still replied to him. Most probably he is a Sinhalese troll using a Muslim name to create friction

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      Dayan,
      What you are going to achieve through your Fundamentalist option? Genocide of Tamils?

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    “Southern India is, for the most part, the “Chola-Pandya-Chera” Greater Dravidistan /Greater Tamilian zone from which this island was repeatedly invaded.”
    Is DJ serious?
    Major invasions were under the Cholas; and on most occasions the Sinhala rulers used friendly South Indian forces and mercenaries to do their fighting. The habit lasted well into the colonial era and involved colonial powers. The “Chola-Pandya-Chera” rulers were never an alliance. At best they briefly tolerated each other. Mostly they were at each other’s throat.

    The races of this island are predominantly immigrants from different parts of India, mostly Southern (not just Tamils).

    It is not quite Marxist to mix the affairs of ancient feudal states with those of the modern post-capitalist nation state and states of mostly mixed ethnicity which evolved from colonies and semi-colonies to become neocolonial client states mostly subservient to imperialism.

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      [Major invasions were under the Cholas; and on most occasions the Sinhala rulers used friendly South Indian forces and mercenaries to do their fighting. ]

      At that time there was no help from Pakistan, China, Rest of India, Malaysia, US, etc to help Sinhala Rulers encroaching Vedda’s land after deported from Bengal Forest hybridization.

      Ferocious lion is feeble after hybridization. so sad.

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        chinese helps was always there.even in the BCEs.

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      sekara

      How dare you say

      “It is not quite Marxist to mix the affairs of ancient feudal states with those of the modern post-capitalist nation state”

      He is the Marx before Marx.
      He is the Castro before Castro.
      He is the Che before Che
      He is the Bolivar before Bolivar.
      He is the Lenin before Lenin.

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        NV
        Thanks, but you forgot Stalin.
        He will not forgive you now.

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    Tamil Nadu is not hostile to Sinhalese as stated by the author. It exits in Dayan’s figment of imagination. Whereas Tamil Nadu is very unhappy with the Srilankan governments because of the way in which Tamils were treated in Sri Lanka. Has the author conveniently forgotten many discriminatory policies pursued by successive governments in Sri Lanka including the despicable media wise standardization system for university admission. Further the Tamils in Srilanka were subjected to well orchestrated riots and pogroms, not once but few since 1956. Which country will approve this behaviour let alone India. Before you simply blame others, find out what you have done to earn the displeasure of your friends.

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      VP Singam

      Please note the war monger Dayan was hiding in Tamilnadu from JR and his killing machine (once typed he was doing clandestine work) in the mid 1980s. So were the public racist Somawansa Amarasinghe and his followers in the late 1980/early 1990s.

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      The guy used to be a real leftist and sympathise with Tamils and even supported the LTTE in the 80s. Now he became an ethnic tribalist.

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    This is probably the worst write of Thero de Silva. Many times, after reading his efficient venom infusion, there is a feeling to rush to neutralist it. Probably any longer that is not need. He by going to extreme pole in his last few essays, brought his early death.

    In T.R. Bandulu’s Karnan movie there is song has few words to Thero:
    “Thaaikku Nee Maganillai – You Are not a child for your beloved mother, the queen.
    Thambikku Annanillai – You’re not an elder-brother for the famous Pandavas
    Oor Pazhi Aetraayadaa – You ended only taking the curse of the world (without any address for you).
    ……….
    ………..
    Senchottru Kadan Theerkka – To show the faith for the crumbs you ate from their plate
    Saeraatha Idam Sernthu – You associated yourself with the crowd whom nobody should have been with

    Vanjathil Veezhnthaayada Karnaa – Now you hve lived only a revenge seeking hellish life”

    There is nowhere any political analysis is here. Not any single point is worth to pick and elaborate. It is such an empty article even a third grade child would do better. To that an extent of degradation, his elderly age may be causing some biological damage to his brain. He should see a physician to have it evaluated.

    In this he is clearly showing that he as the last morning voice of the dead communism. He is predicting that the passing of Fidel or that Feudal has left Communist Cuba in the unescapable hands of America.

    He is simply seeing Ranil as an unstoppable cannon ball to the Old Kings bare hand. He is vainly citing some petty comebacks, appears to be he even may be dreaming his Old Royal God Stalin may take rebirth to spread his communist terror. But Old King is too scared to lead even Denesh and Wimal party so he put the clown GL as the leader. Thero knows well when Old King got the superior crook, GL only he kicked the Thero on the butt and showed him the door. GL was Thero boss for sometime on the crook-ism of Aappa Diplomacy.

    His revenge seeking mentality has been forcing him to write many articles in the end 2014, advising Ranil how to defeat his boss, the Old King That was, in nature an internal traitor’s job. Neither Ranil nor anybody cared about them. So then, after his boss losing the election, Thero went back to Old King. In Narahenpita there was a get-together he and few of his clan had. He read a note for his master. He did not get full admission, though allowed to peek through the door, couple of times. For some time he preached against Old Brother Prince. But, in this article, he starting back to lick Old Brother Prince feet back again hoping for a full admission. His communism is also in limbo when his mind is secretly supporting Trump’s policies.

    Thero has very unique mind which like only to see destructions of any achievement of anybody. It is not limited not political- economic- health- science-.. but anything, When the destruction he long wished is taking place then his mind starts to dream how to destroy even that – unfortunately not for good side but for the worse, further destruction.

    He is lonely now , left alone with his revenge seeking inventions. No party or clan to feel part of it or associate him with it. No JVP- No EPRLF, No Old Royals, No Fidel, No communism, No UN Job, Nothing of his nature is left any more. (It may that desperation that he has written something supporting Trump too)… He burned his own house. Then to hide that shameless act from his neighbours, he pulled off his cloths and covered it. Now nothing left with him. Shamelessly, he went UNHRC and told his masters did zero causality Genocide.

    “Vanjagan Kannanadaa – Sorry Karna it is my hands kept you in that low life(you can not claim credit even for that low life you led)
    Karna, Mannithu Arulvaayadaa _ Sorry for your disappointments in you endeavors, for that here Krishna stands pledging his apology to you!

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      Mallaiyuran . I agree. It’s a pathetic article.

      Doesn’t deserve any comments

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    It is wrong for Dayan to say that Tamil Nadu is hostile towards Sri Lankans. It is just his imagination and one of those anti minority
    propaganda,he loves to indulge in.There is a Sri Lanka Embassy/legation
    there and there are few Buddhist Vihares as some Tamils are Buddhists there and airlines operating Colombo/Chennai flights carry full loads of Sinhala tourists, either on pilgrimage or on shopping spree, buying
    “Kanjipuram silk sarees”.Tamil. Nadu’s population is around 65 million people and apart from isolated small incidents, due to riots & pogroms taking place against the Tamils, in Sri Lanka, Singhalese people move freely in Chennai & other towns in Tamil Nadu, despite the language difficulties.
    It is the same situation in Tamil Nadu like in Sri Lanka ,as the Politicians, who create the communal feelings and not the people. In
    Sri Lankan rural areas, the Tamils are treated better than in Cities, where the influence of the politicians is greater.The people in these areas get anti minority propaganda material in plenty,while the people in rural areas,Pollanaruwa as an example, are busy in their fields and have no time to listen to such low level propagandas.

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    Dayan
    For the last 60 years the Siinhala governments and the Southern voters are trying to drive the Tamils into the hands of Tamil Nadu. You are one of those who encouraged it, Your leaders have disenfranchised over a million Tamils whereas Burghers,Malays etc were allowed to stay here.
    Official Language Act made thousands of Tamils lose their jobs.
    You even passed legislation through Badiudin Mahmud to increase the marks required for University admission for Tamil students. Whereas Sinhalese and Muslims could qualify with less marks.
    Your Prime Minister JR ,allowed an Anti-Tamil program to go on for 3 days without declaring Emergency. The police and the army just watched the carnage while innocent Tamils were butchered by Sinhala masses led by Buddhist monks and politicial leaders such as Cyril Mathews.

    Now tell me why are you surprised that Tamils demanded Eelam and Tamil youth took up to arms.

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      Easy Mohan, I visualise much foaming and frothing at the mouth. Calm down.

      Much of what you say is right. But let me correct you on the small matter of the Burghers. Yes, they did well, naturally, in Colonial times. But they did see the dark clouds on the horizon and smartly jumped before they were pushed. I remember well the fifties and the small weekly exodus from the QE jetty in the harbour. Burgher families saying their goodbye with their plaintive parting anthem ‘Now is the hour, when we must say goodbye, soon we’ll be sailing, far across the sea…….’. They left in droves. Now there are hardly 38 thousand remaining; not enough to even fill the Khettarama stadium.

      It was in those times too when we watched the unwarranted backlash against innocent Tamils fuelled by evil opportunistic politicians fighting for the soul of the Sinhalese voter. I remember many asking ‘how long before the Tamils retaliate?’. The rest is all well covered in our miserable history of recent times.

      Now, apropos what the ever-fertile DJ has written. Ranil is in the last chance saloon, and turning every which way to break loose. His future lies in getting back to playing marbles with his old playmate (CBK) from long ago days. The real fun starts with the battle for the vacuum in the party of uncles and nephews.
      But the best cards are those in the hands of Gota the Enforcer. He has friends in high (and low) places. None of the mud thrown at his Great Liberator brother has stuck to him. He could well be OUR answer to Donald Trump. Gota could be our own ‘turumpe’. He may promise to ‘make Sri Lanka great again’. Who could resist taking a chance on him. Did he not clean up Colombo against all odds?

      One things for sure; interesting times lie ahead.

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      Mohan – fantastic question and let Dayan answer. he will dare not.
      You may have to make some corrections in your article as the Police
      and the Army did take part in the carnage in civilian clothing while
      the JRJ played his violin for 3 days until Indian foreign minister knocked at his door and by then the damage was done. Cyril Mathews
      was on the field, directing operations code worded ‘Tamil massacre’
      No3 and I was a victim.

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      It is the competition for scarce recources that caused this conflict, that’s why food fights break out at refugee camps and not at restaturants. When everyone is rich enough to get the basics, they won’t fight and they wont discrimminate.

      JR cannot be defended for his inaction which in the end caused more chaos.

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    I didn’t find6S.Indian tamils hostile to Sinhalese until 1983 act of UNP state sponsored attacks on innocent Tamils. It became a political issue as well as a refugee issue for TN. I used to travel via Madras often until after 1983. Was afraid of LTTE rather than simple, polite Tamil Indians. Not sure why SL can’t launch a,major diplomatic initiative to woo TN Investors and encourage Sri lankan firms to invest in TN as well. The earth is flatter now. Sure people are becoming more nationalist across the horizon and xenophobia is the order of the day in USA or in Brexiters but that is partly because they fear being overrun by refugees from Arab nations who are not a,cultural fit in secular nations. Sri lanka and TN and Kerala all have very close cultural links.

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    “Traditionally Tamil and South Indian immigration was a well-known phenomenon; powerful caste groups like the karava and salagama came from the Tamil country and Kerla. But they were eventually assimilated into the Sinhala social structure.”- Buddhism Transformed: Religious Change in Sri Lanka, p. 186

    According to Princeton anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere although “the first colonizers of Sri Lanka were probably north Indians . . . even the first [Sinhalese] king and his followers married women from south India . . . Thereafter the patterns of royal marriage and mass immigration were wholly from south India, initially from the Tamil country and later, since the thirteenth century, from Kerala.”
    This, according to Obeyesekere, makes the Tamils “not only kinfolk but also cofounders of the nation”.

    Disanayaka argues that “Sinhala occupies a unique position among the languages of South Asia because of its close affinities with two of the major linguistic families of the Indian Subcontinent, Indo-Aryan and Dravidian”. Tamil, the oldest of the Dravidian languages and Sinhala have coexisted for generations interacting with each other, thus bearing an impact on the phonology, morphology and syntax of Sinhala.

    Susantha Goonatilake observed:
    The megalithic evidence points to an important fact that the economy
    and technology of Sri Lanka in the early phase was not different from the
    South Indian one. This fact is also collaborated by present evidence of
    the kinship system which is largely of the South-Indian type. The kinship
    system it should be noted has an intimate association with production
    system and is conditioned by.
    He finally concluded by saying:
    [T]he existence of a South Indian economy and technological pattern
    immediately raises the major paradox of early Sri Lankan history namely
    the presence of an economy and technology common to South India
    but a language and religion of North Indian origin. In Marxist terminology
    as if it were a South Indian infrastructure with a North Indian
    superstructure.
    While emphasizing the Dravidian character of the Sinhalese kinship
    system, Bechert (1963) observed, ‘It is unmistakable that this whole
    terminological system is only to be understood in relation to the old
    system of the Sinhalese, which was characterized by mother right and
    cross cousin marriage.’ This is clearly known from the common base
    of the Sinhalese and Tamil caste structure where caste is divided into
    agriculturists and non-agriculturalists with agriculturalists at the top
    of society (Bechert 1960). Moreover, the earliest Brahmi inscriptions
    further show no evidence for the presence of North Indian caste structure
    in eariy Sri Lankan society (Karunatilaka 1986). Finally, folk religion
    of the Sinhalese exhibits a close link with the religion of the Sangam
    period of Thamilakam, thereby indicating that they were originally
    Hindus before they embraced Buddhism (Bechert 1973).

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    Mohan

    “Now tell me why are you surprised that Tamils demanded Eelam and Tamil youth took up to arms.”

    Dayan was the greatest supporter of Eelam until Preadasa adopted him once he was made a political orphan by ever changing ground reality.

    He was a close associate of Pathmanabha (EPRLF)and fought for EPRLF brand of socialist Eelam.

    He was appointed by V Perumal as the transport minister in the defunct NE provincial council.

    He was an active Eelamista too. However he does’t want to talk about it now.

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    Mohan:

    Now tell me why are you surprised that Tamils demanded Eelam and Tamil youth took up to arms.

    Why Tamils did not move to Tamilnadu and instead took up arms. They have their culture, people and everything there. They refused their motherland for some one else’s land ?

    Why Sinhala people are not moving to Tamilnadu ?

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      jim softy dimwit

      “Why Sinhala people are not moving to Tamilnadu ?”

      The apt question is why Sinhala/Buddhist kallathonies are not relocating to Tamil Nadu, given that they had Simhala settlements in parts of old Tamilaham?

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    As for the article’s author recount of the past with regard to the political comeback of Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Dudley Senanayake, the author has forgotten or overlooked the fact that the two leaders’ return happened when Sri Lanka was under the parliamentary type of government and the first past the post system of elections.
    As for his description of Ranil Wickremesinghe as “the best example” for the return to power, one should not forget that the UNP, either in 2001 or in 2015 (under the present election method of proportional representation), did not get an outright majority in the parliamentary polls. Mr Wickremesinghe could become Prime Minister due to political circumstances of the given periods.

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    Very good article. very timely one. it is true and historical fact that Tamils are traditional historical foes of Sinhalese. just like Arab and Jewish conflict. Chola, chera pandyan and pallawas invaded and destroyed Sinhalese civilization whenever progress is made.Always those south Indian dynasties recognized Sinhalese progress here in Lanka is a big threat to their survival.As such destruction and elimination of Sinhalese from planet of earth was tamilians main aim.
    that may be the reason in our folklore it is mentioned Tamil as Sanniya or incurable decease like kolara diarrhea or high fever Malaria.ultimately those dynasties had to submit that simhalese lanken population war like people and can not be defeated easily.

    If early lankens were saivite I wonder why siva linga was erected in Indian soil after defeat of ravana by rama as victory celebration.it could have been erected in lanka. that could have given big moral booster to ravana’s successor Vibhishana allies of Rama. Ramayanaya obviously for promotion and marketing of Hinduism. as such writer could have mentioned those facts if locals were saivites at that time.

    if Sinhalese are descendants of Tamils of south Indians I wonder why they avoid gobbling and street shitting unique feature or rubber stamp of Tamils while embracing all other rituals and traditions.

    regarding genetic affinity surveys which some quoted here I must say nobody done any comprehensive genetic affinity survey among people live in south regions. only one survey attempted was Harappa project. but was utter failure due to lack of support from respective governments. people did some surveys for their higher studies certifications but failed to fulfilled criteria of such surveys. as such those quotes can be rejected as bullshits. but Archaeological findings gives different pictures in this regards.

    Tamil as separate language evolved from proto darvadian language spoken by early settlers of famous south Indian river valley in third or fourth centuries BCE. but ELU early language lankens spoken existed here even in ninth century BCE as per historian and famous linguist gelder British scholar.

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      Is sad you could not pick up the writers and commentators points. You need a little spoon feed.

      “but ELU early language lankens spoken existed here even in ninth century BCE as per historian and famous linguist gelder British scholar.”

      This is what all are writing about. The language spoken here in Lankawe is not brought by Vijeya. Vijeya came long after the Eelam civilization was established. At the time you are pointing out, even Begal would not have Bengali. Proto Bengali was born around 6th century(CE). Before that they were speaking a Sanskrit mixed language. That is providing with 100% evident The refugees from Bengal during Kaliga were not massive. They did not give any impact on Languages. The Pali & the Sanskrit contents is pure learned part of Sinhalese when the Monks came from Tamil Nadu, during 6th century religious riots. Any Language in Eelam around 9th BCE is directly connected to TN. There is no denial on that.

      If early lankens were saivite I wonder why siva linga was erected in Indian soil after defeat of ravana by rama as victory celebration.it could have been erected in lanka. that could have given big moral booster to ravana’s successor Vibhishana allies of Rama. Ramayanaya obviously for promotion and marketing of Hinduism. as such writer could have mentioned those facts if locals were saivites at that time.

      Ramayana(Valmiki) is not claiming Rama as a god. Rama prayed Siva Lingam. Ravana is the most celebrated Siva Bhaktha in Hindu mythology. Siva Lingam, as recently established, the Pasupathi representation of the Indus Valley. Eelam’s Pancha Iswaras directly connected to Indus Valley. Rama, after winning Ravana, did not change anything in Eelam. As per Ramayana, he crowned Vibhusha, restored the Eelam legacy & Dynasty, left back to Ayodhya. That was the ethics of those days. If a king is not taking over a won kingdom, he will restore the dynasty before he departs. The otherwise is started only after Northern Muslim invasions. They just wiped out the Royal families, plundered the country and left.

      if Sinhalese are descendants of Tamils of south Indians I wonder why they avoid gobbling and street shitting unique feature or rubber stamp of Tamils while embracing all other rituals and traditions If you noticed your writing you have not said Eelam Tamils are “gobbling and street shitting”. With that you should get the point. In fact, in its hay day, Jaffna was described as most beautiful town in South Asia. Bengals do not follow Tamil culture, but “gobbling and street shitting”. That indicates, apparently you are not from or around Bengal. Indus Valley is the civilization invented drainage system. It is the Invaded Muslims and white are the reason for Chennai’s current condition. Calcutta & Dakka many times worse than Chennai. “gobbling and street shitting” are rampant in the area from where you claim you are coming. Your poor knowledge of the that makes you to write like that.

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        if elam civilization existed here before vijaya’s arrival( though I do not believe that story at all),people here should have spoken tamil or proto darvadian.when buddhism arrived here it should be the same.as you tamils claim your languages are very classical and very literaly language. tell me wht buddhist monks chosen pali language for their activities.to preach Bana Arahath Mahinda could have learnt tamil or darvadian language existed here and could have written dhamma shermons in those languages. (forget about Elu old form of parkrite as per childer) but that was not the case. you please explain why. you seems to be very wise or noble man.please enlighten me on this please as I am having very poor knowledge as per you.

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          Two important period literatures helped to decide the classical status of Tamil. Sangam and Thevara Kalam. In between some Neethi (ethics) Nools were released. These are either pushed up to Sangam or down to Thevara Kalam, when time was not an issue. The Sangam literature was the important one. Thevara Kalam included some Sanskrit works and not 100% pure Tamil. Thevara Kalama was started by Thirunavukkarasar. His official Name is Dharma Senan. This is a Tamilised Pali.

          1.In Sri Lankawe Sinhala Only is the practical offical language. It is irrelevant how advanced the Tamil is. The winner’s language prevails. When Buddhism and Jainism were imposed in Kalapriya time in Tamil Nadu, Sangam was wound down by them. So, after ruling kings’ court for 5000 years, no Tamil Sangam existed after that in Tamils’ History. In that dark period there were three famous poets were converted to Jainism or Buddhism. Ilango is the start of difficult time. Valluvar was in the time when the foreign religions were in full control. Many books written in this period vanished because they did not stand for the newly enforced religious standards. Thirukural survived because it concentrated on ethics, Unlike sangam books, which focused on family matters. So they were either abandoned or destroyed then & there by the ruling monks. After 300 years of vacuum in writing, the Thevara Kalam burst out. The Third poet is Thirunavukkarasar. They all three appear have lived at the end as Saivites. The first two of this new period Thirunavukkarasar and Thirugnana Samthar alone wrote around million poems.

          2. The Kandyan Accord is signed in Tamil. But no question the primary citizens were Sinhalese.

          3. If you’re read in CT, Muslim commentators using lot of Arabic wordings. But it is accepted that Tamil is older and deeper classical Language than Arabic. They prefer their religious words to Tamil or English

          Rulers Language is the carry that period messages. The imposed religions of Jainism and Buddhism carried Sanskrit and Pali. That is why Sinhala Language is carrying so much of Pali and Sanskrit.

          You will understand If Vijeya spoke Pali, Sinhala might have evolved from Pali. You should expect minimal Sanskrit words. But it has almost same amount of Sanskrit words. It only could have come from Pali or Sanskrit- why it has equal amount of those word. Because Buddhism books treats them equal and they are in both Languages and the monks taught the common both Languages, like now Muslims Mullahs teach Arabic words to Muslims.

          It has evolved from Tamil, because grammar is Tamil. Think like this: Grammar is the car, words are the gas. You can put any brand gas or any grade gas to the car, that does not change the car- It remains as Ford or Toyota until it is junked. But by the performance of the car you can say what gas it is using at time.

          When Tamil Nadu lost Tamil Kings in Kalapriya time, contacts with Ceylon in Tamil was minimized. There was no Tamil influence was coming through. Only Buddhism was coming. That gave the freedom for Ceylon to evolve into a new Language. If Tamils have had Kings in TN at the time the ceylon language started to evolve, Sinhala may not have evolved like this. It might have remained as Dravidian Family Language like Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam. The TN shut off situation let it to evolve into a unique language – An Aryanic Dravidian! The current situation of it makes you think it is an Aryan Language. The letters are Dravidian; the Grammar is Dravidian and 1/3 of the words are Dravidian. How can Pali or Sanskrit claim Sinhala as one of their own? After all they each have only 1/3 of words in Sinhala.

          It is a myth that “one day sage Mahinda walked into his court converted Devanampiya Theesan” as Buddisht. You know Mahavamsa confused on the Buddha’s flight and preaching direct to Jakka by black mailing them. Because converting a King is not that easy job even for Buddha. In Mahavamsa, Sangamitta seems to got to be mixed up with Manimekala too. I have not heard Mahavamsa talking about her. Because she is Tamil it hated her. But the Epic Manimekalai is openly telling her works on Buddhism in Ceylon. Further Epic Manimekalai, which was written in 1st century, talks about 1st century Ceylon Buddhism as it was that time, Mahavamsa was written in 6th century talking about 1000 ago history. That is why Mahavamsa has so many concoctions unlike Epic Manimekalai,which relatively has very few. It too says Manimekala used to fly to Ceylon. But it leaves evidences to see she really sailed. Epic Manimekalai has said the Buddhist’s beliefs of flying 400 years before Mahanama wrote it. Unlike Mahavamsa, which was written by the Monks chased out Tamil Nadu in religious riots, Epic Manimekalai is not spewing divisions or hates. But it is clearly portraying the struggle religions give within family. Manimekala’s grandma was a professional Devadasi(Hindu). She wanted hers well taught, super artistic dancer daughter to become one like her and bring down all the wealthiest to her feet. But daughter simply fell in love with a wealthy man and was cheated by him. Using this disappointment, mother stepped up her pressure to push her to prostitution. She had got some women Buddhist monks as her friends. She ran away them with her child, Manimekala. She wanted to end her family’s job with her mother. So she made Manimekala to become a (Buddhist) Monk too. When Manimekala grow learned, intelligent and influential Buddhist monk, she again left her mother on Grandmother’s mercy and she started Pilgrims to Ceylon and other places. Even after her Granddaughter had become famous Buddhist Nun, it appears Grandma was in her business and kept pushing her daughter to get into that too. Grandma was deprived that she had lost Manimekala from her family job completely by her daughter’s action. The Daughter’s problem seems to be, though she had Buddhist friends and Manimekala was a famous Buddhist nun, she never gave up her Hindu culture. Probably this was the hope the Grandma had kept trying to push her into prostitution. She remained as Hindu, did not change her religion to Buddhism to escape from Grandma’s nagging nuisance, but she made Manimekala to change religion to stay from family job. This is not religious riot period of Mahanama’s 6th century. This was the 1st century, when all poets have been respecting all three (Saivism, Jainism and Buddhism) equally. But in 6th Century, Thirugnana Sambanthar had written against both Buddhist and Jains, but not in the fashion of Mahanama:”Kundihhai Kaikalaroodu Shakiyar Koodammum Kooda”- He is saying the best ammunition to fight with Jains and Buddhist is the Holy Ash, so he wants Saivites to honor The Holy Ash and wear it.

          Tamil Nadu is showing a blackout in how Hinduism was wiped, but substantial writing showing how it was revived. Thirunavukkarasar and Thirugnana sampanthar were working over 80 years to convert Pallava and Pandya Kings to back to Hinduism. Pandiya’s wife, Mangayarkarasi was a famous Saiva activist when Pandian was practicing foreign religion. Thirugnana Sampanthar almost lost his life on the process of converting Pandya; Mangayarkarasi seems to have keep excreting her influences to save him. As per legends, she even did not want him to do that and wanted to leave the palace as she though his death would be for sure. Yet eventually he was set fire in his wedding Panthal with the attendees and bride. Even worse nightmares Thirunavukkarasar faced with converting Pallava King. He was repeatedly toured to death. But legends says God used miracle to bring back him on each time. Just about 300 years of New religions have had installed that rigidity. Remember, there were ample citizens were practicing Hinduism at that time too. Still it has been such a big nightmare to have the King converted to their ancestral religion. So Sage Mindha came a short visit to Ceylon and converted Ceylon to Buddhism is only Myth.

          Devanampiya Theesan could have been a Buddhist already. He might have received Arahat Mahinda to respect him. That’s all. Arahat Mahinda need not to know Tamil and it unlikely. Further it is said nowhere he did know. Devanampiya Thesan is not just Tamil Name. It is Tamilised Pali name. You remember the name Dharma Senan? But his father’s name is pure Tamil- No mix Muttusivan. This is telling Muttusivan have already had the influence of Sanskrit and Pali to name Devanampiya Thesan that way. They both might have studied Sanskrit and Pali or they would have had interpreters. The important matter is Neither Devanampiya Thesan nor Arahat Manidha needed to converse directly with each as the the conversion did not take during that time. if the Name Devanampiya Thesan was given to him by his father, it is 110% certain he had already become a Buddhist. Arahat or Sage mahinda did not play any role in converting him.

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      Ranjith,
      “if Sinhalese are descendants of Tamils of south Indians I wonder why they avoid gobbling and street shitting unique feature or rubber stamp of Tamils while embracing all other rituals and traditions.”

      Obviously you have not lived in Sri Lanka earlier than 1970’s.
      Well, I have, and I can tell you that I have seen shit in the streets of Colombo in the early mornings of those days. This new-fangled toilet training of Sri Lankans (not only Sinhalese ) is of recent origin.
      Before independence, most rural people did their job outdoors or on the beach. Toilets if any were holes in the ground. The fancy ones had a wall around them.
      So pleease do not display borrowed feathers (if you know what I mean).

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        old codger

        The public racist Anagarika Dharmapala (the homeles one) four rules for potty training.

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    “Now tell me why are you surprised that Tamils demanded Eelam and Tamil youth took up to arms”

    Who is surprised? Unquenchable Tamil ambition is to join with Tamilnadu, create one greater Tamil state and separate from India. (Racialy, linguistically, culturally , and religiously Tamils in both countries are just one inseparable consciousnesses.)

    Ever heard of “Vadukkodai resolution”?

    Forgot that LTTE was formed BEFORE 1983?

    Soma

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      You keep on answering the same question again and again despite the answer given to you by many in this forum a thousand times. You are either very dumb or suffering from early dementia or a racist that deliberately keeps on asking the same thing again and again , with the hope of a different answer or that your dumb questions will become the truth, thinking that a lie often repeated becomes a truth.
      You case like you can take a horse to the water but never make it drink. You know the answers to your questions and the truth but do not want to accept this, as you are an extremist dreaming of a pure Sinhalese Buddhist land, therefor do not want any other people to have any form of claim to the island.

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      somaaassss

      “Ever heard of “Vadukkodai resolution”?”

      It was dead on arrival minutes after it was passed on 14 May 1976.

      Ever heard of 1956 Sinhala Only Language act and the riots that ensued after 1956?

      “Forgot that LTTE was formed BEFORE 1983?”

      LTTE was dead by 1989, ever heard of Premadasa reviving its fortunes?

      Were you living in a bunker hiding from IPKF or JVP?

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      Nice article, apparently a President can lead the country better than a Prime Minister and avoid costly government changes. Look at Italy: a new government every 3 years or so, sometimes 1 year. So Presidents are good for growth.

      Of course we could ban elections for 5 years each time, that way we will have a change only every 5 years, very stable.

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      Soma
      Ever heard of 1958 genocide? Ever heard of Buctcherism of 1977? ever heard of 1983 Genocide? ever heard of burning of wmomen and children in the Colombo streets? ever heard of burning of Jaffna Library?

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    DAYAN JAY must write about the days he worked along with Varadaraja Perumal in the EPRLF

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    Yeah build tunnel joining the tamil nadu and ask them shit into it instead in the street,
    And dumb asses in sri lanka can eat it everyday.

    Out all the countries in the world we need TN!
    What brillant, accomplished and proven brain is Ranil.

    I have just been to SL, It is going down guys, It will never be a developed country for thousand years, because its people does not have a developing mind set.
    Too ignorent.

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      srinath gunaratnam

      “Yeah build tunnel joining the tamil nadu and ask them shit into it instead in the street,”

      At last we have a Tamil Nadu bump watching expert.

      When did you first become a serious bump watcher?

      Why do you do it, is it out of interest, as a profession or voction, or as your past time activity just like train spotting, bird watching, ….

      Can you give us brief summary of your mission and vision?

      Are you part of a professional group of bump watchers or just an amateur?

      Have you ever thought of selling your expert services to other who lack patience, skill, the right frame of mind, analytical skills, ….?

      How many hours do you put in a week?

      What takes one to be a serious bump watcher?

      How do you describe a good day?

      What was the most memorable day since you started watching bumps?

      Any national or international accolade bestowed on you?

      I have another 1001 question for you, however this is sufficient for now.

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        Hygiene is a cultural thing, It is ok you can shit in the streets as long as you are in TN.
        You seem to defend street shitters, Is that your past time too?
        Take a boat and fly home buddy.

        By the way how come you have only qustions but no answers.

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          srinath.gunaratnam

          “Hygiene is a cultural thing,”

          Is that why the public racist Anagarika Dharmapala (the homeless one) wrote “The Daily Code for the Laity”?

          In which he wrote 200 rules under 22 heads, including How to use lavatory (4 rules).

          Didn’t Olcott teach him cleanliness and personal hygiene to Dharmapala? If it was a cultural thing why would the public racist write 4 rules for using lavatory?

          ” It is ok you can shit in the streets as long as you are in TN. You seem to defend street shitters, Is that your past time too?”

          How do you know they s**t in the street unless you live in TN and you are one of them?

          “By the way how come you have only qustions but no answers.”

          Is it an interesting question?

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    Hi Soma

    I am a Tamil from Vanni i have no roots any where other than in Vanni at least for 2000 years. My Family traces its roots to senda and kuttika, our ethnic identity is Lanka Demala. i have nothing to do with Tamil nadu as Pirabakaran said we are Elavar which means WE BELONG TO Elam ( ceylon) and not to Tamilnadu or anywhere else.

    We are fiercely more independent from India or the so called Barath, let me tell you that we belong in the island known as Serandip where our forbare Ravanan ruled ,you fools think that you sinhalese are Aryans but you are no Aryans but pure blooded Dravidians like us Lanka demala.

    I rest my case.

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