21 August, 2019

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Do The Jaffna Tamils Have A Culture?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The Tamils have a great culture. One of the best. But that is not found in Jaffna – the so-called heartland of the indigenous Tamils. Though they crow about their culture loudly and interminably, there is no significant evidence of great cultural achievements in Jaffna because they have been, at all times, merely mediocre imitators of S. Indian culture. To find the great Tamil culture one has to go across the Palk Straits to Tamil Nadu – the one and only homeland of all Tamils. The original and rich treasures of Tamil history and culture were forged in the creative anvil of Tamil Nadu. The Jaffna Tamils lacked the innovative genius to make their history shine with the splendour of any remarkable cultural icons to get anywhere near the magnificent achievements of Tamil Nadu in the north, or the Sinhala-Buddhist culture in the south. Unable to produce anything great, they were quite content to bask in the reflected glory of S. Indian culture. Focusing on the failure of the Sri Lankan Tamils to establish a cultural identity of their own, Prof. Sinnappah Arasaratnam, the Tamil historian, wrote: “No original artistic tradition grew in Tamil Ceylon. Culturally, the Tamils looked upon their arts as part of the Dravidian tradition of south India. When any major work was to be undertaken, craftsmen would be brought from Tamil Nadu. Geographic proximity and political relations made this possible.” (p.115 – CEYLON, S. Arasaratnam, Prenctice Hall Inc., New Jersey, USA).

As the nearest outpost of Tamil Nadu – the motherland of all Tamils wherever they may be — the Sri Lankan Tamils continued to use Tamil Nadu as their spiritual, geographical and historical homeland. That is one advantages that the other Tamils spread out in far-flung domains do not have. To be next door to the motherland instilled in the Sri Lankans an affinity which was missing in, for instance, the Tamils of Malaysia, S. Africa or the Caribbean. Their nearness made accessibility so easy that they did not even feel the need to establish a permanent settlement in Sri Lanka. After all, in the pre-TV era, it was the common practice among the Velvettiturai Tamils, to dash across to the other shore, see a post-prandial Tamil film and come back to have a good night’s rest. There was no necessity for them to establish another homeland in Sri Lanka when they had the genuine and only homeland just next door. How many homelands do the Tamils need to prove that they are Tamils? Or that they are somebodies and not nobodies?

The northern coastal belt of Sri Lanka was only a temporary base for their fishing or trading expeditions, mainly. Though they claim to have been inhabiting the island before anyone else they evinced no interest in making Sri Lanka their permanent home. It was nothing more than a transit point in the Indian Ocean. It took a long time for them to settle down in Sri Lanka as their new home. It is true that they came as brides, priests, traders, mercenaries, craftsmen, fishermen, invaders and marauders but not as permanent settlers initially. It took a long while for them to settle down as permanent stake holders in Sri Lanka. “What we can say with certainty is that by 1325 the Tamil kingdom had come onto the historical scene,” says Prof. Sinnappah Arasaratnam, (p.104 – Ibid).

Unlike the Sinhalese they neither acquired nor developed a sense of belonging to the land. The Sinhalese severed their connections with India and went their own way to develop a new identity of their own. The Jaffna Tamils, on the contrary, never cut off their umbilical cord. They remained tied to S. India with the primordial urge to go back into the womb. Their comfort zone was S. India and not an alien patch which was divorced from their motherland. With Tamil Nadu near at hand, there was no necessity either for them to uproot themselves from their homeland and transplant themselves in some alien land. Without sending their roots deep into Sri Lankan soil, they opted to live on the surface, as it were, as they derived their cultural/spiritual sustenance from the rich sources in S. India. This is natural. They were justifiably proud of their Tamil culture and it was there for them to claim without having to work for it.

There is no evidence of the Tamil culture rising to great heights outside Tamil Nadu either. Besides, being overwhelmed by the greatness of the S. Indian Tamil culture anything that the Jaffna Tamil could produce would have a been nothing more than a second-rate imitation. So Jaffna, which was held aloft as the heartland of the Tamils, remained as a pale imitation of the S. Indian culture without any notable achievements. But with the typical Jaffna Tamil predisposition to pose as being superior to everyone else, they had the brass to claim that their culture was of a higher grade, and therefore, superior to that of even Tamil Nadu simply because “(S)ome archaic forms that are lost on the mainland have been retained in Jaffna.” (p. 115 – Ibid). Example : “Om” (yes) is used in Jaffna for “Aaam” (yes) in Tamil Nadu. And they take great pride in this speech pattern to claim superiority over the Tamil Nadu Tamil. Their pride reached the peak when the purists of Jaffna pleaded with Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, when she was Prime Minister, to ban the import of Tamil pop culture from Tamil Nadu, particularly its cheap magazines, to save the superior quality / purity of the Tamil language in Jaffna.

Undoubtedly, one way of judging a culture is by the calibre of its icons. For instance, Shakespeare stands out as the unchallenged icon of the English culture/ language. He had the genius to borrow heavily from other sources and enrich his own culture. All cultures achieve their greatness by interacting with other. It is the openness of the Sinhala culture that let other cultures come in and mingle that made it great. The Jaffna Tamil culture was more like a billabong – a stagnant pond where no new waters flowed in. It was a closed society that was not open to fertilising forces from outside. Like the Aborigines of Australia, for instance, a closed society stagnates while an open society flourishes with the new and invigorating input of outsiders.

Consider, for instance, the great cultural icons of Jaffna. There are only two noteworthy figures recognised by the Tamils : Arumuka Navalar and C. W. Thamotherampillai. They are elevated to the highest rank because they are considered to be “revivalists” of the Tamil language. Note the word “revivalist”. It does not mean creative innovators. Both are known not for producing any original or classical works of art of their own but only for digging up the buried Tamil literature in S. India and reviving them. Thamotherampillai is known for going round houses in Madras, as it was known then, and virtually begging to get hold of the old texts buried in boxes. Arumuka Navalar brought the first printing press and introduced the text unknown to the wider Tamil public. This then is the extent of the great Tamil revivalist movement of Jaffna. None produced any original or outstanding works that could add to the glory of Tamil culture. The narrow field in which they worked too reveal the failure of the Jaffna to produce a worthy culture of their own.

The history of the Sinhalese and the Tamil began to diverge from the time the original settlers began to discover Sri Lanka. The critical point in the Sinhala settlers came when they severed the links to their land of origin. The tyranny of distance made sure that there was no going back to their homeland. Historical and geographical circumstances did not give the Sinhalese any option. They had either to make it in their new homeland or perish. Severing of the umbilical cord made all the difference. They had no fall back position like the Tamil settlers. Their was no neighbouring motherland to run to. This made all the difference to the two settlers. The Sinhalese were forced to toil on every grain of sand and channel every drop of water not only to survive but to turn it into a glorious civilisation. Above all, they fertilised the soil with their blood. This is why the bonds of the Sinhala people to the land are far more stronger than the latter-day claims to a homeland of the Tamils.

With or without the Mahavamsa the Sinhala-Buddhists had a rightful and historical claim to the land because it was they who made both the history and the land. History and the land belongs to those who make it and not to those who come to destroy it. The Mahavamsa is the literary embodiment of the spirit and the soul of the people who created the monumental history recorded in it. It has been a bonding agent, no doubt. It affirms that the destiny of the land and history is inextricably intertwined with that of the Sinhala-Buddhists who are its traditional and anointed caretakers. Eminent scholars read/study it with respect it deserves. Frustrated female canines who have no other way of letting off their pent up Freudian steam – and their male counterpart — bark at it like the way they bark at the moon that sheds benign light on all living beings. It records how the Sinhalese, driven by their creative energy, gave the world a new culture and a new civilisation.

On the contrary, the Tamils who migrated to the north were floating in an out of the island without a fixed permanent abode. The irony is that the Tamils whose claim to the land is based on the questionable assertion that they came here first never bothered to make it their home. If they came here first and if they were committed to make this their homeland why did they allow the Sinhalese to take over the island? They could have done it then quite easily without Chelvanayakam leading the Tamils to their death in Nandikadal! The tragedy is that each time they tried to take over it was not only late but beaten by the superior forces of the Sinhalese. This is not a triumphalist proclamation but only a simple clarification of known history.

Besides, what were their Mahalingams, Panchalingams, Pothalingams and all the others endowed with lingams doing to overcome the demographic dominance of the Sinhalese? Since they claim to have come first they had all the opportunities to flood the island with Tamils. But when the time came to go to bed they ran to S. India. It was quite late by the time they woke up to the fact that there was a land called Sri Lanka. “By the sixteenth century, the Tamils were established as a people of the island,” says Prof. Arasaratnam. “They had ceased looking to the original homeland except for cultural inspiration,” he added. (p.115 – Ibid). Clearly, they found it superfluous to create anything new of their own because everything that had to be made was already there in S. India. They were quite content to be second-rate imitators wearing the borrowed clothes handmade in S. India.

At one point Prof. Arasaratnam argues that the Tamils could not create a grand civilisation on the scale of the Sinhala-Buddhists because they lacked the natural resources gifted to the Sinhalese. But this is puerile argument for an historian. Had he not heard of the great Pharaohnic civilisation built on the burning sands of arid Sahara desert?

Influenced by third-rate imitators Jaffna bred a shallow Tamil psyche that took pride in illusions of grandeur and superiority. The Tamil Tiger flag is a typical product of the imitative and debased culture of Jaffna. Running parallel to the illusions of grandeur that haunt the Jaffna psyche (example: Radhika Coomaraswamy talks of Sir Muthu Coomaraswamy, one of her ancestors, parading as a prince of Ceylon in St. James Court in colonial London) is a more grim aspect to the Jaffna culture. It is a beastly culture that made Jaffna the darkest and bloodiest chapter in Sri Lankan history. Details can be read in the next article.

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    Pathetic; that is.

    English people have a culture irrespective of where they live: England, Britain, UK or Aussie, NZ, Canada, US and wherever they set up their colonies.

    Tamils have their own culture irrespective of where they live: India, SL, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe, North America and wherever they set up their colonies.

    The problem that the Sinhalese face now is created by Mahinda and his brothers. Tamils all over the world, nearly 100M, united emotionally against the Sinhalese of 10.5m which is very unfortunate. Sooner than later we will face it. The Tamils in Tamil Nadu, considered Tamils in Sri Lanka were a people of a separate country but no longer and this guy Mahidapala is confirming the same.

    With his violent way, VP made lots of educated Tamil people abroad to maintain a low profile and with his fall, all these powerful, wealthy, educated people came out and with their massive voting power, play politics in the western capitals. Sinhalese can’t much them and that is a danger.

    Sri Lanka is now under colonial rule again. But this is 21st century colonisation by which they don’t physically rule but make their people to be in government. Mahinda who was a darling of China realised this lately. That is the new way.

    As a Sinhalese, I think we can’t dilly dally the Tamils’ issue anymore any if we don’t act, Tamil will almost certain to get a referendum on self-determination and the result of which would be very obvious.

    So lets us wake up now, say no to racism and live as sibling in this country or go in our own ways separately.

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    Tamil Alphabet

    Nothing shows the inferiority of the Tamil literature than the Tamil alphabet. They had a head start of a couple of centuries on the Sinhalese on this but even now they are many laps behind us.

    The Tamil alphabet lacks ‘e’ as in ‘hell’, the ‘a’ ‘ as in cat, the ‘b’ as in ‘bat’ and the ‘g’ as in ‘Ganga’. There are many others missing too, but I will keep them for HDM’s next article as ammunition.

    As a result of this, ‘everything’ becomes ‘yeverything’. Sorry not everything literally. Tamils are stupid. But even their stupidity is not enough to make everything yeverything. I mean the word ‘everything’. ‘yeverything’ was not a good example. Shall we say eggs become yeggs. Yeah that is better because in UAE Tamil eggs become yeggs.

    The guys cannot even pronounce or spell the name of their God ‘Prabhakaran’. They call him ‘Pirapaharan’. What an insult. How will he feel if the epitaph on his grave starts with ‘Here lies Pirapaharan ….’? It is very close to the Sinhala word word ‘Paharanawa’, which means ‘shitting’. (e.g.) ‘Kapu Pathe Paharanava’ means ‘To shit on the plate one eats from.

    Egad! The name is quite appropriate for the man. This man and his followers fed, nay gorged, on the free food sent to the Tamil civilians of the North by the Sinhalese Govt. paid for by the tax money of the Sinhalese. If eating that is not a classic case of ‘Shitting on the Plate one eats from’ then I don’t know what is. He certainly was ‘Kapu Peerisiye Paharana’ Pirapaharan.

    No wonder the guy was full of shit.

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      Are you unemployed, Edward?

      You waste lots of time and energy here with out getting any penny.

      Or are you the author of this article in different name?

      Try to get a job and earn some money? State handout would not make you rich !!

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        I blame CT for continuing to publish his racist rubbish and encouraging him.
        Has CT lost it marbles?

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      Your name Edward Rodrigo suggests that you are either a Sinhalese speaking Tamil Paravan( Baratha) whose ancestors originated from the Tuticorin area in southern Tamil Nadu or a Sinhalese Karawa. Either way you are a recently Sinhalised low caste Indian Tamil immigrant now beating the anti Tamil drum. You find a lot of them posting and supporting the Sinhalese racist site Lankaweb

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      EDWIN RODRIGO!

      Tamil language is the most scientific language in the world. In all the other languages, a word is conventional.In Tamil language only there is a definite reason for a word to give meanings! Please study the Sutra “மொழிப்பொருட் காரணம் விழிப்பத் தோன்றா” of the Tamil grammar book ‘Tolkaapiyam’ and the Commentary written for it by the famous commentator ‘Senaavaraiyar.’ Read also Plato’s ‘Cratylus Dialogue’ for you to understand why a word gives meanings.

      You have spoken something about letters and pronunciation.

      EDWIN RODRIGO!

      The sound of a letter depends on the sound of a letter that follows and precedes.

      Say for example, take the Tamil word “அன்னை.” When அ is followed by ன், then automatically ‘அ“ will sound like ‘a’ in cat!

      Take the word ‘காகம்“ The second letter “க“ will automatically sound ‘ha'(ஹ).

      These occur naturally! So it is not necessary to create new letters for such sounds.

      But in some recent languages like Sanskrit, Sinhala etc. you find different letters for this type of different sounds!

      You have written: “The Tamil alphabet lacks ‘e’ as in ‘hell’ You are wrong. ‘e’ in Latin is denoted by ‘எ“ in Tamil. In French also. ‘e’ sounds like ‘எ“ of the Tamil letter.

      So dear, learn more about the languages and write something!!

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        Apimanasigham, So poor Prabha was shot like a pig for no fault of the Tamil language? And that lowly private killed Prabha and lied through his teeth to escape responsibility?

        By the way just look around for a missing ‘n’. Oh sorry, you are too proud to admit that your great great grandma also was screwed by lion?

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          Tamils all over the world should eternally be faithful to the glorious leader Velupillai Pirabaharan.The only saint of Tamil is lord Pirabaharan.

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            Patriotic Eelam Tamil

            “Tamils all over the world should eternally be faithful to the glorious leader Velupillai Pirabaharan.The only saint of Tamil is lord Pirabaharan. “

            No its the Sinhala/Buddhist racist lead by MR who should be eternally grateful to VP for winning the war and two elections. Probably MR has a VP shrine in his bedroom. Who knows?

            karava.org celebrate him as

            “Karava Revolutionary Velupillai Prabhakaran the founder leader of the LTTE”

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        There are people have hard time to understand what a language is also writing a lot about Tamil. Basically, whether Sinhala or much older Sanskrit, they all are developed on the Tamil framework, the grammar. The grammar gets into a language in two ways. An original language, which started as few words and grew up into a big tree usually, develops its grammar. Those types of languages’ grammar are highly mathematical or logical in their accent (style). Then the languages grow out of other languages. This is not mutational growth, where the new mutated language also keeps the original language’s grammar. Sanskrit is a classic example of these. We know most of the modern European languages also fall in this category. Sanskrit came to India as an infant, crude language. Some of people’s opinion is it was never a spoken language. It was, at start, used by the rulers, who imitated the old Sangam customs of fostering languages. So that Languages grow very well into the literacy area. To this growth it needed grammar and words. They were picked up by it from the existed Dravidian language, the Tamil. The famous word of Tamil “oorr”(ஊர்) is pronounced in Sanskrit in an awkward from as “pura”, a classic example of words borrowing. The famous Tamil lady, the greatest mother, the goddess “Uma” and “oorr”, Ulaham all are establishing the Tamil-Sumerian connections. These still used with the same sound and meaning in Middle East. So the artificially developed Sanskrit is different from Sinhala, which started as only a mutation from Tamil until it was recognized as a separate language like Malayalam. The recognizable quantity of Pali infusion into the Eelam’s native spoken language took place when the Buddhism started to inflow from Tamil Nadu. The influence of Pali is visible in Tamil Nadu as late as Thirunavu Kara Nayanar’s official Name or tile a “Dharmasena”. So there is a mountainous difference between the way Sanskrit started and Sinhala originated. Sanskrit is artificially created for the need of literacy. Sinhala is a mutated Tamil Language, infused with Sanskrit, Pali and modern Portuguese, English.

        Some learned of Tamil or copy catting others writing confusing that Tamil has not that sound or this sound. An original Language like Tamil comes from the natural sounds the human spice can make under normal circumstances. Further the words of Tamil or the original sounds of it have been created about 5000 years ago, but, the first attempt to write it was done only 2500 after that. So in the writing they control unnatural consonants sounds like “ha, Sha, ga, fa…..” and additional vowels stem from “a” like in “Hyena”. The appearance of these sounds in a language is an indication that language is not original Language. In other words these sound, most of the time introduced into a language only after writing invented. Like in “Khoofuhtam” where repeated consonants appear as ” ’ko’ ‘pu ‘ta’m”, the consonants, as naturally the tongue cannot pronounce all, go softened. This technique, while keeping the Tamil as a perfectly phonetic language, is keeping the alphabets remarkably limited so the stone carvers and the leaf writers were able to manage with it.

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    In Honour of Pirapaharan

    Q: What did Karuna Amman say when he saw Pirapaharan’ s body with 11 bullet wounds?
    A: Worst case of suicide he had ever seen.

    Q: What did Prabha’s Doctor say when he saw Pirapaharan’ s head opened up with a mammoty?
    A: Worst case of brain surgery he had ever seen.

    Q: What did Gota say when journalists asked him why the Army opened up Prabha’s brain?
    A: What brain?

    An Army marches on its belly (Sun Yat Sen)
    Prabha,s belly marched with his Army.

    Q: Why was the war crimes case against Mahinda Rajapakse dismissed by Hague?
    A: The accused did not exist. The Tamils cited Mahinda Rajapagse as the accused.

    An Army marches on its belly (Sun Yat Sen)
    Praba’s Army rolled on his belly.

    The following is an excerpt from the SL Army’s inquiry in to Prabha’s death.
    Inquirer: Why did you shoot him when he had indicated that he had surrendered.
    Soldier: I did not know he had surrendered.
    Inquirer: Don’t lie before this court. We know as a fact that he was begging for mercy saying: “Andawane. Aiya Samy. Meeta Pashshe Shingala Muniya Maranne Ne.” (I will not kill Sinhalese from now on).
    Soldier: Deiyane! Is that what he said. I though he was saying “Shingala Muniya inne Maranne Ne”. (The Sinhalese are there to be killed).

    The soldier was discharged on the grounds that it was not his fault. The fault was in the Tamil language, there being no ne but only a ne.

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    More In Honour of Prabha

    Q: Why was it so difficult for the SL Armed Forces to locate Prabha?
    A: Because he had the power to be in two places at the same time. Him in one place and his belly in another.

    Q: Why did Prabha march backwards when his Army marched forward.
    A: Because his belly would not be covered by the advance scouts if he marched forward.

    Q: Why did Prabha honour the suicide bombers by having dinner with them.
    A: Because that was a pretty good excuse he could give his wife for having a extra 2nd dinner before his 3rd.

    Q: Why did he waste food on a person who is going to be dead in a few hours?
    A: That was a ruse to double his second dinner. He ate what the poor guy could not eat, which was quite a lot. How do you expect a condemned man to have any appetite?

    Q: Why does Prabha look so short?
    A: That is an optical illusion because he is broader than he is tall.

    Q: Some say Prabha does not have neck.
    A: Again an illusion. It a hidden no man’s land between his shoulders and his head.

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      Poor Edwin, Prabha is still haunting hm

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    Innocent Tamil Jokes

    Q: Do Tamils eat Easter Eggs?
    Tamil Man: No we eat Yeaster Yeggs

    Linguist: I understand that 4000 of the Sinhalese words have come from Tamil.
    Sinhala Man: Actually it is much more than that. All Sinhala words not containing vowels e, a and consonants ka, ba have come from Tamil.

    Q: Why don’t Tamils understand Buddhism?
    A: Because it talks a lot about the Yeight Fold Path.

    Q: What was the favorite food of Prabha?
    A: Chicken Curry
    Q: What was the special food he ate with the Suicide Bombers?
    A: Chickkken Curry

    Q: In what ways did his family members of Prabha take part in the activities of his Army.
    A: Running, Hiding, Eating and Sleeping with the Army.

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      Edwin R

      Q. How do Sinhala men sexually arouse Sinhala women.
      A. Take them to the Zoo and show them the lions

      Q.How do Sinhala men arouse their women, if zoo is far away.
      A.They wear lion out fit in this bed room and then apply lion shit all over them

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    Sinhalese at the butt end

    1) Q: How do Sinhalese men excite women?
    Wrong question. Right question should be: How do Tamil women excite Sinhalese men?
    A) The same way Seetha excited Ravana.

    2) Gaban my grandfather and the creator of the Universe, was floating in the sky over a certain Devale somewhere around Vavuniya, while suspending me by his finger. This was a holy place which drew faithful from both communities.

    There were two long lines of people in front of the Devale one consisting of Sinhalese men exclusively, who carried pine apple Pooja Vattis and wanted the pregnancies of their wives’ to be terminated. The other was of married Tamil women exclusively who wanted to become pregnant. They were waiting for their turn at the Holy Siva Linga with coconuts and the white stuff I mentioned before. The Poosari was doing very good business.

    Gaban Atha surveyed the scene and said, this Poosari is a fake and a cheater. Just ask the men to throw the pine apple away and go in to the jungle and wait there. Ask the women to kick the Siva Linga and do the same.

    Do I have to tell you what happened next? I don’t think so!
    US$ 100 for the right answer. Money will be forwarded through Editor CT. I feel generous today.

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      Edwin Rodrigo
      You don’t seem to know that you are very SICK. Turn off your computer and see a psychiatrist.

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        You don’t seem yo know you are a big coward. Read my reply below.

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        Ruwan;

        Can’t you see that ‘Edwin Rodrigo’ IS Mahindapala, trying to justify his Essay!

        He Really does need the Services of a Psychiatrist! Poor Man!

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    It is not the Tamils, Tamil culture or Hinduism that bothers Sinhalese. Also, it is a waste of time discussing history and culture of Tamils and Sinhalese to show one’s superiority. History is gone and no one can bring it back.It is a minority of Tamils resorting to terrorism that bothers the Sinhalese. However, Tamils have the right to raise arms against the SL gov. and its citizens, but they need to be aware of the consequences of such actions.

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      Agreed Eusense.

      Isn’t it time that we stopped arguing about the Mythical Past, and start doing something Positive about the Future?

      Does it matter, whether the ‘Egg or the Chicken came First’; or whether the Egg or the Chicken is Superior?

      They are both here together, and we have to do something Constructive, before they destroy each other!
      Let us start by bringing back English as the Common Language.

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    Dear friends!

    Most of you have spoken about “Mahavamsa” and what have been said in it.

    In Mahavamsa, periods of different kings have been based on the year of Death of Buddha as 543 B.C.

    In Tamil tradition only, the year of Death of Buddha is fixed as 543 B.C. Even Paranavithana has accepted it!

    The European calculation is different.

    Could any learned people who have written comments here explain me how the year of Death of Buddha is arrived at as 543 B.C. by the Tamils?

    If you consider the fall of Jaffna kingdom (1457 AD). most important historical event of Lanka, happened in the Buddhist year 2000 only, the year of death of Buddha will become 543 B.C.

    Then in what year ‘Mahavamsa’ would have been composed? 1457 AD?

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      Offer a worth while prize like me and I will give you the answer. You guys steal our vowels and then to top that attack us saying we stole 4000 silly Tamil words from you. Now you want information free? No way – Hosey!

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    Saturday Jokes

    1) Q: If 4000 of the words of the Sinhalese language came from Tamil does it not mean that the majority of the words are Tamil?
    A: Yes you are right.
    Q: Then how come the two communities don’t understand each other?
    A: The Sinhalese don’t understand because most of the words of the are Tamil, a language they have no idea about.
    Q: What about the Tamils?
    A: The Tamils do not understand because they are stupid and don’t know their own language.

    2) Q: Do you know that Tamil is a minority language in Canada?
    A: Minority language my foot! It is just a minor language!

    3) Tamil Pandithaya: More than 4000 words have come from Tamil.
    Poda Singho: Okay Okay. You can have them back. We don’t want the ruddy things anyway. But give us back our 5 vowels okay. By the way you guys missed ඇ ඈ and poor VP had to pay the price.

    4) Q: Why were the SL Army snipers unable to take out Prabha after getting him in their sights several times.
    A: Snipers are professionals. They aim for the head or heart to ensure a definite kill. In the case of Pirapaharan, they could not make out whether he was standing up, standing on his head, Lying down flat or squatting and doing u no what… because he was a perfect sphere with no identifiable body parts.

    5) Q: If 4000 of the words of the Sinhalese language came from Tamil does it not mean that the majority of the words are Tamil?
    A: Yes you are right.
    Q: Then how come the two communities don’t understand each other?
    A: The Sinhalese don’t understand because most of the words of the are Tamil, a language they have no idea about.
    Q: What about the Tamils?
    A: The Tamils do not understand because they are stupid and don’t know their own language.

    6) Sinhala Man1 : Do you know that there is a TT town in Toronto?
    Sinhala Man2 : Oh really? What does it stand for? Table Tennis?
    Sinhala Man1 : No. Thala Thel? It was earlier known as Scarborough.

    7)Podi Singho: This Thala Thel Town, is it like China Town?
    Punchi Singho : No. No one but Thalayas can go there?
    Podi Singho:: Why not?
    Punchi Singho : Stinks.

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    Do you know what I realised today?

    Edwin Rodrigo is none other than Mahindapala himself, trying to get his Comment Score up to a non-overtakeable level!

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    Prabha’s last moments

    It is funny how a seemingly insignificant event can sometimes change the course of the history of the world. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria triggered World War I, which raged for many years and caused the death of 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians.

    Closer at home, we have the theft (they call it borrowing but we know what it is) of vowels from Sinhala. With the long version, the Sinhala alphabet has 14 vowels (අආ ඇඈ ඉඊ උඌ එඒඓ ඔඕඖ). When they were ‘borrowed’ by the Tamils they somehow missed ඇඈ. Some say it happened due to the stupidity of Tamils. But in my opinion, it was an act of the Sathara Varam Devas who protect Lanka and Buddhism.

    When Prabha was cornered in the Nanthikadal by a lowly young Private of SL Army, he started to beg for his life. It was so pathetic that even now it moves me to tears. So I will skip the ‘Andawane, Aiyo Sami, Pullair Samy, mage sudu kollo’ and whatever other rubbish Tamils say when they are cornered, and go to the important phrase. ශි°ගල මුනිය මරන්නෙ නෑ became ශි°ගල මුනිය ඉන්නෙ මරන්න නේ. You see how the missing vowel නෑ and its substitution by නේ was so crucial? Actually Prabha emphasized it by using the long long නේ…….. නේ.

    Picture Prabha the God of Tamils, kneeling and kissing the boots of our lowly Private and saying those pathetic things! It’s so sad – It’s so sad – It’s sad situation – as the song goes. Anyway the Private, the boorish Sinhala he is, was not moved by pathetic pleadings and shot him over and over again like a pig or a dog but not as a human being and definitely not as a God.

    So ended the life of a highly unusual Tamilian man with a high unusual radar cross section signature.

    P.S. I forgot the vowels ඓ ඖ . They did not steal them because they were too complicated for the Tamil tongue.

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    Ruwan, Horan and other Horas, Ha now you know what fighting is! You insult the Sinhalese in the lowest possible manner and want to us to switch off our computers when we return the barrage?

    Only one way to stop me. Apologize for all the insults and we can have an intelligent debate.

    I hope you do not do that because I just started enjoying this. I love mud as pigs do. And I am wallowing in it.

    Better things are to come. Honda Honda Sellam Elivena Jameta lu.

    And Ruwan stop using Sinhala names. It does not give you the respectability you hope for. A Demala is a Demala whatever name he uses.

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    The Cowards

    Come on [Edited out] Tamils, where are those chandiya? Hiding under the reeds like your God Peerisiye Paharan did?

    I just lifted off and am in the cruise mode now. Do not disappoint me by slinking away like cowards. Come on Guys. Come on. I am full of fight.

    Either you fight or you apologize.

    Where is that Hora, Rohan? I gave you a challenge and what happened? You slunk away lke a mouse. Are you ball-less? All of you are like your Pirisiye Paharan. The one who ate food donated by us and then attacked us strengthened by the calories it provided.

    You guys make me sick.

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    Edwin seems to be a lonely man, living and working some where in the Middle East. It seems he has no friends at work or out side work.
    He may well be doing some non demanding admin or clerical work with access to an office computer and internet.this explains why he has all the time and the means to deposit all this shit on CT.
    Based on the anti Tamil venom and racist remarks , his boss may well be a Tamil.
    He may also be an ex serviceman and may have worked in a similar clerical/admin role in some remote army base in the NE. He may have some mental scar or physical scar from an LTTE ambush.

    CT please trace this Edwin Rodrigo, he needs help and counselling urgently.

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      The Infamous Kaatankudy Mosque Masscacre

      Hey buddy. CT who knows who I am and what I do. Thanks anyway. You are one of those idiots who has perhaps a few dozen more brain cells than your other [Edited out]. But you are not such a bad chap. But tell me, why do all of you guys sing the same song when your ideas are being opposed? I don’t care because it does not matter to me. Just curious. A genetic anomaly?

      By the way, man, I do a great service to this country as well as Sri Lanka by keeping out SL Tamils from being employed here. Thanks to that there are no SL Tamils working in this huge organization employing around 5,000 people. Believe me ZERO. I made sure that even the SL Tamils who were here when I came in leave.

      Recently, another SL Tamil guy tried to sneak in past me using an Indian Tamil. You know what I did? I showed a photo of the Kattankudy Mosque massacre, where 1,500 Muslims were gunned down by LTTE, while they were praying. It had the desired effect. In fact he over reacted. He warned all never to even dream of bringing in Tamils again.

      It is not what you stupid [Edited out] think that matter to me. It is what my boss thinks. And you know what. He thinks exactly the way I want him to.

      Sorry, I have to go. I hear my boss laughing uncontrollably. He must have read the draft of the jokes that I am going to send next.

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        I think you are indeed doing a great service to Sri Lanka Byblos stopping the Tamil brain drain.
        The Sinhala govt doesn’t mind Sinhala [Edited out] brain drain.
        I cam also understand why you don’t want any Tamils working in your organisation, you are indeed worried about your promotional prospects, you are safe employing Sinhala [Edited out].

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          …..and if your boss is laughing uncontrollably at your jokes….that is a reflection of the sort of organisation you work for…..no wonder you ended up where you belong.

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            Rajash,

            Why not visit me here and see for yourself. This is the 2nd time I invite you.

            Of course you will not be allowed to enter my office because there is a board outside saying “Dogs and Tamils Not Allowed”. Arabs hate dogs.

            But you are free to roam elsewhere.

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              Edwin
              You are a coward. You have to run all the way to an Arab country and find a dirty Arab office to put up
              ” No Tamils Allowed” sign.

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                I would give anything to live in a Thala Thel free environment.

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                Problem not Oil

                Rajash. I felt sorry for you and told my boss, ‘let him come. I will ensure he has a good bath first’. And you know what he said? “Your problem may be the Tamil part. My problem is the Dog part.”

                I left it at that and slunk away. I don’t want to loose my job. Who is going to employ me at this age?

                Sorry ah.

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    [Edited out]

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    Rajash:-

    Read my comment above on the Identity of Edwin Rodrigo.
    Surely there couldn’t be Two People so Equally Sick in the Head!

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    Pirapaharan’s RCSS

    I am on board USN Vincenne an Aegis Class Cruiser belonging to the Gulf CSG (Carrier Strike Group). My pal of the US Navy, Robert is reading my last post in CT.

    Robert: Why was the RCS Signature of Prabhakaran unusual?
    Me: Because it was a circle.
    Robert: Why?
    Me: Because the man was spherical. Ha! Ha!

    P.S. RCS (Radar Cross Section Signature) is the telltale image an object produces on the Radar screen. The Aegis Command & Control System automatically identifies the object based on its RCSS and takes action. The circular RCSS is something neither we nor the Aegis C & C had ever encountered. If we did we would have classified as a UFO. What we get normally are air craft and airborne missiles.

    Robert: Why was this guy like a sphere?
    Edwin: Eating too much.
    Robert: How come a Guerilla leader was eating too much?
    Edwin: Our Government sent truckloads of food every month to the Tamil civilians and he grabbed it and gobbled up a good part of it.
    Robert: How can your government be so stupid? Starving the enemy is what Sun Yat Sen recommends.

    Edwin: We are Buddhists and we cannot do such things. It was a tactic too. They knew that the man loved food and hoped that the extra food would make him expand causing something like a supernova explosion one day. That was Plan B. But Plan A worked and the supernova explosion was avoided.

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    A Great Joke

    CT, surely the last one for the day.

    Robert is looking intently at a photo I gave him.

    Me: This is the Monkey God who rides a Donkey. There 330 million such Gods that Tamils worship.
    Robert: Okay I see a Monkey and a Bull. Where is the Donkey?
    Me: The Guy who is worshipping the Monkey.

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    Count the number of Edwin Rodrigo posts and u will see its HLD Mahindapala.Check the style of sentence construction and it has HLDM all over.And we have a bunch of idiots here providing HLDM the opportunity .Just ignore him and that would do the trick.Cant u see the poor man is sick?

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    Spot on Tuan !!CT readers please take the advice. After all, father knows son best.

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    Rdwin = Mahindapala?

    To all those who think Edwin is the same as Mahindapala,

    Look guys, don’t do this to yourselves. We are not even look alikes. If I found out that I looked like Mahindapala I would have killed myself.

    So don’t worry, keep on commenting.

    Your comments inspire me, whatever their contents may be.

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      How can u kill yourself when Edwin R and HLDM are one and the same?That would be sucide! What would happen to old Meenachi? CT readers ignore Edwin.Thats the best medicine.

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        I swear by my God Gaban Atha that I am not H D Mahindapala.

        So all of you guys, gals, try to earn the prize of US$ 100.

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        To whom it may concern,

        I HDM hereby swear, by all that is sacred to me, that I am not Edwin Rodrigo. I would kill myself if my humour was distasteful as his.

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        HDM (Common Enemy)

        People, you know who is gaining from all this fighting? Our common enemy HLD Mahindapala. He must be so happy to be mistaken as Edwin Rodrigo.

        It is the same thing as Eatin Singho being mistaken as Salman Khan.

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    Guys, guys, gals, please,

    EDWIN RODRIGO is a funny old fellow with a big sense of humor. He is not at all serious, a tongue in cheek guy simply enjoying at the expense of those who bash him. I really enjoy his comedy, please appreciate his creativity in picking up the old jokes and changing them into new ones like ‘Dogs & Tamils’ sign board, etc. I loved his su-su envy joke. We need such people to entertain us after engaging in some serious debate. Please do not take what he is saying personally, just enjoy his humor.

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      Edwin Rodrigo

      Suresh, “EDWIN RODRIGO is a funny old fellow with a big sense of humor.”

      Cut the ‘old’ and it is nearer to the truth.

      True I change the old jokes. But I make my own jokes too. I like the one above on the ‘donkey’. Completely original.

      But you are right on one thing. We should all have a sense of humour.

      P.S.: The Su Su envy may be a joke for us but not for the Philippinas. I am lucky that my maid does not read CT. Otherwise I would have been banned from her Su Su department, with a board like “Monkeys and Mr. Edwin not allowed.”

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    Good Sirs,
    Me Silvestra from Philippines. I see my boss Mr. Edwin read Colombo Tribune. Ysetarday I try and wallah I find bad thing he write about me. This not polite sirs. If my frend see not good for me. He say me not have sus su. That my privat thing no sirs. Not his business. He say me his live in housemaid. Me good Catholic girl. I come here work bcoz look after my children. Husband leave. No money. Me not bad girl. I not spend night in house with man only. Me not that kind sir. Me only part time. I go many home sir. That my job. This man say he nearly 70. Pooh. Him 73 boss. Old man. I put kichen knif in him if him be funny. Soory to truble you sir.

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    Sory Sirs, I type wrong. Colombo Telegraph.

    Thank u sirs for help. You are too much nice people.

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    Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, was occupied by the Gentiles, the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British for more than five hundred years prior to 1948. During this period, the population of the island evolved through the inter-mixing of people who had settled there from countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, as well as from European countries. The consequence of such an evolution over a period of five hundred years was not only a much greater variation in the appearance and complexion of those now living in Sri Lanka, whom we refer to as the native population of the island nation, but it also resulted in the evolution of language, the transformation of religious practices and the development of social institutions (Thambynayagam, Agnes 2009)

    The culture of people in India and Sri Lanka resulted mainly from Roman Dutch laws that were placed mainly in Jaffna and coastal areas by the Roman Empire (Rome) – Portuguese rule from 1505-1658 and Dutch rule from 1658-1795. The complexion changed to darker skin when Europeans settled in the equator zone. The descendants of the Dutch & the North Europeans who settled in Jaffna and became Tamils are very hard working people. The culture also differs amongst different caste groups and from location to location.

    Agnes Thambynayagam’s book, ‘The Gentiles, A History of Sri Lanka 1498-1833’ is available from:

    http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000246857/The-Gentiles-A-History-of-Sri-Lanka-14981833.aspx

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    How correct Mahindapala is!

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