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Emerging Scenarios Of An Independent State Of Thamil Eelam; Lessons From East Timor

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

My intention here is to analyze a probable emerging scenario that could have the most consequential effects and decide our future for decades to come. This is in order to alert all concerned that unless serious and principled steps are taken to address and resolve the National Question on a democratic basis, we may be faced with some such eventuality as described here in the case of East Timor. It is to alert all concerned that if the government fails to act resolutely in all good faith, and if the chauvinist-fascist forces get command of the situation, such a scenario as in East Timor could very well be at our doorstep. The dynamics shall be different, and no doubt the case in Lanka is different from that of East Timor. But the lessons are there for those who care to learn. I personally do not favor separation and have consistently advocated a negotiated political settlement that would honor the dignity, equality, security, autonomy and democratic freedom of the Tamil nation- that is, the right of self-determination, within an undivided country. This is the only basis for a voluntary union that could withstand all obstacles and enemies-internal and external. The politics of division has always played into the hands of foreign powers. I do not wish for the Tamil nation to be played by foreign powers and become another puppet neo-colony. Nor certainly do I wish for the Tamil Nation to be held hostage to the geo-political strategic agendas of either the US, India, Britain, China, Russia, Japan, EU or any other foreign power to function as a military outpost. This is as much as I do not wish for the Land and the people of Lanka to become a hapless geo-strategic pawn in this deadly game of imperialist chess for world supremacy.self-determination-tamil

The Politics of Supremacy and Duplicity

I do not have much faith in the government to act accordingly to meet the national-democratic rights and aspirations of the Tamil people. That would require exceptional leadership and statesmanship, which no leader, ruling party or government has displayed in our sordid legacy of sheer duplicity and betrayal. The present government is an integral part of the feudal-colonial status quo, although now tempered with some new constitutional gimmickry to appease the UN and the US and stay afloat somehow. There is also so much diabolical wheeling and dealing going on between these rival fractions of the ruling class. Or else, how could Mahinda Rajapaksa, in cahoots with Basil Rajapaksa and Tiran Alles, who are alleged to have bribed Prabhakaran to the tune of some hundred million to have him demand the Tamil people to boycott the presidential election, not be prosecuted under the PTA? This was even obliquely referred to by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe at the recent UNP Convention. Is this not an act of ‘national betrayal’ by the self-appointed sole savior of the ‘Motherland’ and the sworn liberator of the Sinhala-Buddhist nation? Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka was simply and ingloriously hauled in jail for some relatively minor crime of corruption! How could Mahinda Rajapaksa not be prosecuted for plotting a coup to retain power when he had clearly lost the presidential election, and there is so much damning evidence and witnesses, including the Attorney General, Elections Commissioner, Chief Justice, Wimal Weerawansa and Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had arrived at the scene later? Are these not crimes of high treason? How could he not be prosecuted when there are so many well-grounded allegations of astronomical corruption and naked abuse of power? Is this the Rule of Law under the so-called government of ‘good governance’? What a travesty of justice and criminal reneging on the pledges made to the people! There is both contention and collusion between these rival fractions of the ruling class as they all cater to the chauvinist-supremacist aspirations of the masses in their respective electorates, which they have themselves whipped up! Nor do I have any faith that the chauvinist-fascist forces shall have any regard whatsoever for the unity and integrity of the people and the independence of the country, let alone for the national-democratic rights of the Tamil Nation, since they are driven by a supremacist political agenda simply to seize power, at whatever cost. This former regime had mortgaged the country to China and international lending agencies for endless generations. Such is the nature of their deceiving, diabolical ‘patriotism’. That despicable regime institutionalized graft and corruption throughout the length and breadth of the entire state apparatus, including the judiciary, bureaucracy and law enforcement agencies.

As always, it is the ideology and politics of chauvinist supremacy and hegemony practiced by the Lankan State and intensified by every successive government that have fuelled the separatist agenda – inasmuch as the politics of terror was parented by the State. If the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp, with saffron-robed goon squads at the head such as the BBS, persists in fuelling communal tensions and violence as a means of destabilizing the government and seizing state power, and if the government persists in its policy of opportunist vacillation and appeasement of the dominant status quo and betrays the Tamil nation once again, then the door may be wide open for external intervention.

It should be clear that the US took up the issue of human rights in the UN simply to get its fangs into the political lifelines of the country, in order to advance its geo-political strategic agenda. Why else should the No 01. nuclear super-power state in the world, with a horrendous record of genocide internally and throughout the world, be concerned about human rights? This strategically planned intervention could ultimately take the form of a UN sponsored referendum in the North-East, if things turn to their disadvantage. This is the core lesson from East Timor. Furthermore, the Lankan State shall be held internationally accountable for any reneging and invite such external intervention, since it had co-signed the US sponsored resolution at the UN, and the majority of the UN General Assembly may support it. If this results in an independent state of Thamil Eelam, all political parties that comprise the ruling class, including the government and its opposition that have played this dirty game of chauvinist supremacy and national betrayal, shall be held accountable and responsible to the people.. As for the Tamil nation, it is their right to seek independence by whatever means, if there is to be no acceptable democratic solution coming forth. No nation would remain politically subjugated, militarily occupied and physically degraded forever! This would be the ultimate price that would have to be paid for all the abominable crimes this State and its ruling class agents of all hues and shades have committed against the Land and people of Lanka, including the Tamil nation.

The Case of East Timor

I shall begin by providing a background section as noted in “East Timor: Political Dynamics, Development, and International Involvement; Rhoda Margesson Specialist in International Humanitarian Policy Bruce Vaughn Specialist in Asian Affairs June 17, 2009 Congressional Research Service. 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL33994”

“On May 20, 2002, the Democratic Republic of East Timor (Timor-Leste) gained its independence, and on September 27, it became the 191st member of the United Nations. With the help of the United Nations transitional administration, East Timor’s independence marked the end of three centuries of Portuguese rule and 24 years of Indonesian control.
Background

In the 1640s, the Portuguese began to assert control over East Timor. This colonial presence would last until 1975 when the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin) gained ascendancy over the Timorese Union Party, pushed them out of East Timor in a brief civil war, and declared independence on November 28, 1975. Indonesia invaded East Timor on December 7, 1975, and began a period of occupation during which an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 East Timorese died. Indonesia’s annexation of East Timor as its 27th province was not recognized by the United Nations. Under the supervision of the United Nations, a national referendum to decide on either autonomy within Indonesia or on independence from it was held, under U.N. supervision, in East Timor on August 30, 1999. Seventy-eight percent of the 98.6% of registered voters who voted opted for independence. This led to widespread retaliation and destruction by pro-integrationist militias backed by elements of the Indonesian military who were in favor of integration with Indonesia. More than 1,300 East Timorese were killed, and the displaced included more than 260,000 in West Timor and 200,000 in East Timor. Seventy percent of East Timor’s economic infrastructure (such as housing stock, public buildings, and utilities), eighty percent of the schools, and virtually all medical facilities were destroyed by the militias. To quell the violence and restore order, a U.N.-authorized peacekeeping mission International Force East Timor (INTERFET) was established (under Australian command) and deployed on September 20, 1999. Australia has continued to play a leading role both in U.N. operations and on a bilateral basis with East Timor since 1999”. (my emphasis)

The Resurgence of Tamil National Aspirations

Read the writing on the wall! The recent peaceful protest in Jaffna organized by the Tamil People’s Council which mobilized around 20,000 people from the North and East gave a resounding voice to the demand of the Tamil people for truth, justice, accountability and democratic freedom and for a political solution based on a federal framework. This protest was backed by powerful sections of the International Tamil Diaspora, which are fully equipped with the documentation and evidence to hold the State accountable and form the basis to claim the right to independence, if the government fails to deliver. Any attempt to denigrate or suppress this show of popular force or to counter it with chauvinist mobilization will be noted and exploited by the UN and the US. Any attempt to fan the flames of chauvinist violence shall justify and fuel the demand for independence, inasmuch as any all attempts to hoodwink the world by the government. The UN shall customarily play according to the tune of the US.

Global Politics and Game of Strategic Duplicity

Those who feel convinced that both India and the US will remain committed to an undivided country or to the unitary state, or for that matter remain loyal to the Sirisena-Ranil government, may be in for a rude and shocking surprise. The world is set ablaze by genocidal wars being waged through proxies by rival imperialist powers. The stage is being set for a re-division of the world through world war – as had happened in two world wars already! Both the US and India are locked into a deadly political rivalry with China to assert strategic dominance in the Asia Pacific-Indian Ocean Region. Control over the vital sea-lanes of the Indian Ocean is pivotal for gaining decisive strategic leverage for all these powers. This is why the declining US empire has declared ‘Pivot of Asia’ as its overriding strategic policy. This is its primary concern and both the US and India are upgrading and intensifying their strategic partnership for this purpose. The escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, which could end up in a tactical nuclear confrontation, is also fertile ground for further manipulation and penetration by these rival powers. The invasion, carnage and occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Yemen by the US and its allies have turned the entire Middle-East into a cauldron of genocidal violence. China is seeking dominance throughout the region aggressively, as in its open and brazen contention and militarization of the South China Sea. Intensifying tension between North and South Korea is yet another nuclear powder keg, ready to explode, involving rivalry and contention between US, Japan and China. These are the global strategic stakes being played out in the world.

In this escalating global context, if there is to be continuing destabilization of the Lankan state where the oppositional forces backed by China may return to power, or if there is be any decisive challenge to the prevailing strategic balance of power in the Region, then both the US and India may very well exercise their option to work in favor of an independent state of Thamil Eelam, to be gripped within their effective stranglehold – economically, politically, diplomatically, strategically and militarily. Indeed, the constitutional gimmickry and the proposed national referendum may fall flat on its feet, with the Tamil people boycotting it and the chauvinist-fascist forces on the rampage to subvert it. Indeed, this may end up in an explosive political crisis much worse that it sought to resolve and state power may go up for grabs. In this critical scenario, the US and India may opt for some form of a con-federal arrangement with Tamil Nadu that would favor India and lock the fate of the Tamil nation irrevocably to India’s strategic policy. This way, they would gain effective control – if not undeclared sovereignty – over Trincomalee and all the military-strategic facilities of the North-East in land, sea and air, and hold the Land and the people of Lanka as a bleeding hostage. All such military/strategic facilities in the whole country have already been given to the US under the “Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement” entered to by the ‘patriotic / anti-imperialist’ Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, and sovereignty over the Trincomalee oil tank farms snatched by India under the Indo-Lanka Accord. But a military / strategic outpost in the North-East through an independent state of Thamil Eelam would be that much more internationally sanctioned, legally secure and brought directly under control. Such an eventuality will be far more disastrous than all the destruction and devastation of nearly five centuries of direct colonial domination. Recall that the US backed Indonesia to the hilt until the tide turned when it decided to back the independence of East Timor. Recall that the CIA engineered the massacre of nearly one million communist forces in Indonesia in order to encircle China when it was a genuine Communist State led by Mao. The future of the nations, countries and peoples of the world shall be decided by the intensifying rivalry and contention between and among the various imperialist and regional powers out to gain strategic advantage and superiority, as a matter of their survival. The Land and the People of Lanka, whether Sinhala, Tamil or Moslem shall be no exception.

The Path to Liberation

We have but one chance and one path to achieve genuine national unity, independence and democratic freedom for the people of Lanka. This requires a clear strategic perspective guided by a scientific, internationalist and universally liberating ideology that transcends all narrow nationalist interests. This would require a political vision, line and program that could mobilize all progressive-democratic-revolutionary forces across divided and enforced borders to struggle for an independent people’s democratic state – a People’s Republic of Lanka. This will be a revolutionary State representing the invincible unity of all oppressed nationalities and people of Lanka that shall together stand against all reactionary-chauvinist forces internally and all foreign expansionist predator forces that are out to divide and conquer us. The time shall surely rise when such radical-revolutionary solutions become eminently feasible and justified and appear with force and fire upon the historical agenda, perhaps in the not too distant future. Is this not worth striving, living and dying for?

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    This article is too much to chew for the Sinhala Buddhist nationalists; they are fully consumed by the superiority complex. Mr Rupasinghe has beautifully analyzed the world dynamics that will come to play when Sri Lanka messes up yet again.

    I do not want Sri Lanka to implode; I want Sri Lanka to stay united and prosper but she needs visionary leaders who can think and act sagaciously. The Sinhala are still grappling with the concept of Secularism! The Sinhala cannot move away from their inherent chronic insecurity unfortunately!

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        Thiru

        “[Edited out]”

        Excellent

        Thanks for keeping it brief.

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      Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

      RE: Emerging Scenarios Of An Independent State Of Thamil Eelam; Lessons From East Timor

      “My intention here is to analyze a probable emerging scenario that could have the most consequential effects and decide our future for decades to come. “

      Thanks for the write up.This is Colombo 2016 after the 30-Year Civil War. It is not settled yet, because the The Para-Sihala “Buddhist”, will not accept that they are Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and that the Sinhala “Buddhism”, they practice is full of Myths, and is not related to Pristine Buddhism.

      The Para-Sinhala are like the French in 1919. See Below.

      Paris 1919 Full documentary

      The last shots had been fired in the First World War — but peace had yet to be made. Inspired by Margaret MacMillan’s acclaimed work of popular history, Paris 1919 takes us inside the most ambitious peace talks in history, revisiting the event with a vivid sense of narrative. Evoking a pivotal moment when peace seemed possible, director Paul Cowan reflects upon the hard-learned lessons of history.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZAwBI67-1Y

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        Amarey, you Gem.

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      LOL..where has Sinhalese shown superiority complex? The only people who suffer from superiority complex are Sri Lankan tamils. Just read the comment section of CT. They think they are some superior people and ‘Sinhalese’ are too small to rule them.

      There will not be an eelam scenario. Because Tamils are unimaginably greedy people, they are greedy for the whole island.

      MAJORITY of tamils live outside NE, there is a Tamil community in central parts and a Tamil speaking Muslims all over the island. Eelam will be last thing the Tamils outside NE want.

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        sachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the very stupid I

        “MAJORITY of tamils live outside NE, there is a Tamil community in central parts and a Tamil speaking Muslims all over the island. Eelam will be last thing the Tamils outside NE want”

        Could you cite evidence with latest census estimates.

        Would you like to start fresh riots to send all those Tamil Speaking people back to their natural habitat? Are you betting on saffron clad thugs’ support?

        Let Jim Softy know your date of birth and address, I will persuade him to send you some flowers on your next birthday.

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          read it again idiot, read it again

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        sachoooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

        “where has Sinhalese shown superiority complex?”

        Who said they have shown superiority complex?

        Instead, the Sinhala/Buddhists suffer from minority complex, paranoia, complete irrationality and majoritarian complex.

        In your case, the medical experts are still trying their best to diagnose your problem, maybe mental, maybe not, maybe physical, maybe not, maybe an alien from 5th dimension has possessed you, maybe not.

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          NV

          Realising the truth is no ‘complex’.
          A small man realising his true strength trying to avoid fighting a big man is no complex, but hallucinating that he can beat the big man is a complex. Also to be afraid of another small man could again be a complex.

          Both parties here are big as well as small. It is a mutual hostage situation – the reason for the unending conflict.

          THERE IS NO SOLUTION TO THE TAMIL ETHNIC QUESTION IN SRI LANKA.

          Soma

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      Just give the north to Tamils. The rest for Singhalas and Muslims. Problem solved. This has no other solution.

      We all know this cannot be resolved any other way.

      Please give the north for all Tamils to live.

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    I think we need a lunatic fringe to keep us entertained.

    Speaking of East Timor, the Australians were very “helpful” towards East Timor. They played a pivotal role in East Timor creation.

    After East Timor was created the Australians quickly removed themselves from the UN court of border arbitration. Then they claimed to almost all oil fields within East Timor EEC.

    The Australians pillaged East Timor’s only ability to become economically sustainable. Now East Timor is screaming but no one is willing or able to help.

    This is a picture of the extent of the Australian claim.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CeQuaIQUUAIe9ys.jpg:large

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      If anyone is perfectly fit to be called a lunatic it is you Vibhushana the imbecile! It is in the interest of Sinhala Buddhist to make peace with the Tamils!

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        LOL BI,
        This is the exact thinking pattern the tamils hold and they have the nerve to say Sinhalese have superiority complex.

        it is in the interest of the BOTH. If not NE will struggle as a troublesome region which requires excessive army settlement. We will begin to think keeping NE under our rule with no trouble is the priority rather than normalising it. because it is in our national interest. If tamils keep on thinking Sinhalese will HAVE TO do that otherwise tamils will get eelam is just plain stupidity..we will just have a troublesome region much like Kashmir to India….and that does not serve for the people there

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      this is what you think silva
      there are enough and more to help the north and the east, you need not worry.

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    Thanks for your article.

    This should be translated in Sinhala and distributed among Sinhala media educated crowd who are believing the false Mahavamsa comic stories.

    East Timor got independence after the massacre of half of her population by Indonesian military with the support of US.

    After hearing Portugese government want to leave East Timor ..then US Foreign Secretary Henry Kissinger visited Indonesia and met President Gen.Suharto once Kissinger left Jakarta …Indonesian military invaded East Timor and started butchering and rapes.

    Same is happening in this land .

    This country will be divided by a super power sooner or later.

    The ex-UN chief of Brutes Brutes Ghali has already predicted that there will be more independent countries sooner or later.

    Empty threats and craps will not stop the division of this land.

    Cheers

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      it is a day dream. india will not support for a division.

      get loss

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        raj

        “it is a day dream. india will not support for a division. get loss “

        If you are so sure of Hindians’ intentions why are you typing about it in this forum?

        Don’t tell this to us who frequent this forum but educate the Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority.

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    SJRupasinghe

    Well written Piece , but the Peace the Tamils are striving is far and distant. As long as the Racists Elements of the likes of H DLM and others continue to pour oil into the cinders of Hate the Poverty ,The Struggle , Dissatisfaction most of all the Peace will remain unachievable.
    Never in my life or anyone’s life time.
    The country too will remain a third world country eventually , Begging for food like the African countries.
    The cause is the hate and Racism.
    No matter how anyone preaches one way traffic to destruction.
    Firstly SWRD destroyed the education system bringing in Swabasha medium , and instilled. HATE I MEAN HATE AMONG THE COMMUNITY, WHICH WORKED PROSPEROUSLY TOGETHER BEFORE THAT.

    He had forgotten the Independence from the Colony was achieved by Tamils , Muslims , and other minority too along with the Singhalas standing shoulder to shoulder and achieved.
    This land belongs to all , this had to be Educated to all the Uneducated Idiots .

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      The racist elements like HLDM , NoelNadesan , Izeth Hussain are indirectly working in the interest of their host country down under to replicate the East Timor scenario in SL.
      It is not in the interest of Lankan Tamils to come under the influence of Tamil Nadu because they will face discrimination and slight and will be treated as second class.
      They will be better off in their own home along with the other co-habitees in the island with whom they share a common bondage which is a historic fact that has seen many millennia in the past.
      For that to happen there must be more people like the author of this article among the majority community to prepare the ground and lead the the indigenous minorities to jell as a solid force with the majority and rid and expose the influence of the political charlatans within the majority community who use fascistic tactics to destroy the cohesiveness that ordinarilly exist between the different communities that populate the island.

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    A Superbly presented piece.
    Thanks and well done Surendra.

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    As I understand, the author’s intention is to convince the people to resolve the national question in a democratic manner. Given his ideological orientation, it is also partly understandable that he formulates this requirement in terms of right of self-determination. However, I don’t think he is correct in drawing a parallel between East Timor and a possible Eelam.

    Portugal invaded East Timor in 1520 and colonized. I remember what Jose Ramos-Horta said in 1996 when he was in Colombo, referring to East Timor’s history. He said on a lighter note that “you people failed to stop the Portuguese in 1505. Therefore, they also came to our country in 1520!”

    East Timor achieved independence after a struggle against the Portuguese in September 1975. But by December, Indonesia invaded the country and illegally occupied it. It is this independence that East Timor (now Timor-Leste) regained in May 2002 with the assistance of the UN and also through peace negotiations. Ramos-Horta played a major role in these negotiations. East Timor was not a proper part of Indonesia even before the Portuguese arrival. As Ramos-Horta said in his book ‘Funu’ (p.185) the prominent historian George Coedes never considered East Timor as part of Indonesia even in ancient times.

    I have said this before. East Timor cannot be cited as an example for the possibility of a new state emerging (Eelam) through the national self-determination of a ‘nation’ (Tamils) within an existing and a UN recognized country (Sri Lanka). This is misleading and giving some dead ropes to Tamil radicals by some Sinhala and other Marxists. We have already seen thousands dying for a misguided cause. Indonesia and Sri Lanka are no parallels. UN never recognized East Timor as part of Indonesia. But Sri Lanka has been recognized with its territorial integrity by the UN since 1955 or even in 1945. East Timor is not one nation. Even there are several languages. East Timor is and was a country like Sri Lanka. There are and should be other ways of addressing the grievances and even ‘aspirations’ of the Tamil communities in Sri Lanka without drawing wrong parallels and giving dead-ropes.

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      Dr Laksiri Fernando

      ” But Sri Lanka has been recognized with its territorial integrity by the UN since 1955 or even in 1945.”

      So was Pakistan.

      However, Hindians divided the country and campaigned for recognition of Bangladesh. By end of 1975, 40 odd countries had already recognised it as a sovereign state all the Pakistan’s all-weather friend China did its best.

      One ought to know there are alternative parallels one can draw from the history of the UN.

      History of Sikkim is another example.

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        Native,

        Then the lesson is from Bangladesh not from East Timor, India being the key factor. This opportunity is gone, for what reason is history. The creation of Pakistan itself was catastrophic compared to the creation of Bangladesh.

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          Dr Laksiri Fernando

          “Then the lesson is from Bangladesh not from East Timor, India being the key factor.”

          India is the only factor.

          Therefore the Sinhala/Buddhist should be taught to stop scare mongering.

          I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that you are no longer interested in democratising the state, making it more responsive, representative and accountable to the people, instead you seem to argue for the preservation of it with some cosmetic changes.

          It appears you oppose war crimes accountability issues, Northern protests, collective identity of minorities, their exclusive habitat, and multiple identities of a person, …. which make me wonder whether you still believe in liberalism, unity in diversity and secularism.

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          Let us take the Eritrean Conflict,

          After being under colonial rule, first by the Italians and later by British, after the decolonization process, the people of Eritrea decided to break away from the Ethiopian federation. The armed struggle of the Eritrean people, using arms captured from the Ethiopian occupying forces, although at first suppressed by the help provided by the Soviet Union to Ethiopian forces, succeeded in establishing military control of the region. Later, through facilitation provided by the US government, Eritreans voted in overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in 1993 in an UN-monitored, free and fair referendum. The Eritrean authorities declared Eritrea an independent state on April 27, 1993. The government was reorganized and, after a national, freely contested election, the National Assembly, chose Isaias as President of the Provisional Government of Eritrea. A new Eritrean constitution was ratified in 1996.

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          Let us take the Sudanese conflict

          After a civil war for more than 21 years in Sudan, the government of Sudan in the North and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the South signed a permanent peace accord on January 9, 2005. This is a final comprehensive peace agreement. It is the culmination of a more than two years of intensive negotiations. The regional Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), led by retired Kenyan General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, mediated the peace talks. However, a united diplomatic front to achieve peace was also led by the United Kingdom, Norway, Kenya, and the United States, with significant involvement from the U.S. Special Envoy, Ambassador John Danforth, during the last two years of the effort.

          The peace accord was signed in Nairobi by General John Garang on behalf of the SPLA and Sudanese First Vice President Ali Osman Taha on behalf of the government of Sudan. Dignitaries attended the event from all over the world. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell attended and signed as a witness on behalf of the United States.

          This accord provides for a federal system, with a two-chamber central government and a regional government for Southern Sudan, which will have substantial powers. This structure will stay in effect for six years, after which South Sudan may choose to become independent through a referendum vote. During this interim period, a government of national unity will administer the country on a national basis. The agreement provides for an internationally monitored cease-fire with UN peace monitors. Two separate armed forces with a joint coordinating mechanism will be maintained in the North and South during the six-year transitional period. The agreement also provides that Sharia law, which is applied in the predominantly Muslim North, will not apply in the predominantly Christian South or in the capital, Khartoum, – a major sticking point.

          What should be noted here is that the IC has recognized the South Sudanese People’s right to their self-determination for full independence. The IC has also recognized and recommended two separate armed forces with a joint coordinating mechanism to be operative in the North and South during the six-year transitional period.

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          Let us take the Bougainville conflict

          After resisting the Papua New Guinea occupation forces for decades, the Bougainville factions first met to discuss a peaceful settlement of the conflict in July 1997. In October 1997 they agreed to an immediate truce. The New Zealand-led Truce Monitoring Group (TMG) was deployed in December 1997 and, at one point in time, included up to 250 truce monitors from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Vanuatu. The parties agreed on a permanent cease-fire agreement on 30 April 1998. The Australian-led Peace Monitoring Group (PMG) was then deployed to replace the TMG. This was followed at the end of July 1998 by the deployment of the United Nations Observer Mission on Bougainville (UNOMB).

          A comprehensive Bougainville Peace Agreement was signed in Arawa on 30 August 2001. The Agreement included a weapon disposal plan and provided for elections for the establishment of autonomous government on Bougainville. It also provided for a referendum, in 10 to 15 years, on the question of Bougainvillean independence.

          On 21 December 2004, an agreed Constitution for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville was gazetted by the PNG Government, paving the way for elections for the establishment of autonomous government. In May 2005, UNOMB declared the weapons disposal program complete and verified the situation on Bougainville as being conducive to holding elections. The election, which took place from 20 May to 2 June 2005, resulted in the first Bougainville President, Joseph Kabui, and 39 members of the Autonomous Bougainville Government being sworn into office on 15 June 2005 in a ceremony in Buka.

          What should be noted here is that the IC has sanctioned and provided the option for the People of Bougainville to exercise their right to self-determination for full independence in 10-15 years if they are not happy with the Autonomous Bougainville Government they are enjoying now.

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          Considering the political history of the two Nations in Sri Lanka and the nature of the conflict to establish the self-determination of the Tamil people, the Tamils’ struggle for their right to self-determination is no different from that of the Eritreans, East Timorese, Bougainvilleans and Southern Sudanese.

          It is time for the IC to accept the ground reality in Sri Lanka and act in a similar way to the manner in which they have responded to end the conflict in Eritrea, East Timor, Bougaineville and Sudan. The sooner the IC responds the way international principles require, the sooner they will help put an end to the misery of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

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      Dr Laksiri:

      It is gentlemen like you who were the obvious cause(s) for the bloodshed and the dire suffering of the Tamils. This talk of one country, one nation has brought so much misery to the Tamils that the country continues on simply life support. Isn’t 68 years history and the horrific bad blood and too many broken promises enough to show where this is all heading to? There is no magnanimity from the Sinhalese majority and there is not let-up by the Tamils. Successive Sinhalese regimes have pointed the gun to subdue the Tamils. Pray tell me what is exactly happening with the more than 200,000 soldiers in the North, short of pointing their guns at the lives of the people there and grabbing their lands and business. Enough Dr. Laksiri, how long do you think this charade should continue and neither race actually “lives”?

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        The only people who caused bloodshed in this country are Tamil Vellalas for their political ends

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          sachooooooooooooooooooooooo the very stupid II

          “The only people who caused bloodshed in this country are Tamil Vellalas for their political ends”

          I take it that Weerawansa, Somawansa, ……………. Svendra Silva, Jegath Dias, ….. Gota, Fonseka, Janaka Perera, ……. MR, ….. VP were/are Vellalas.

          It proves Sinhalese and Tamils have their origin in South India.

          Do you trace your lineage to Vijaya, whose family enjoyed parricide, bestiality and incest relation?

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          sach:

          So, who caused the bloodshed of 70,000 odd Sinhalese?

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        Jansee,

        Yes, this acrimony should stop from both sides, particularly from the Sinhala side. Otherwise, both communities are doomed. I understand the bitterness from the Tamil side, however saner vision should prevail. If reconciliation is not possible, the Tamils should at least opt for co-existence and not separatism again.

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          Dr Laksiri:

          The circles that the Rajapakse regime were drawing after the war was understandable. Here was a compulsive murderer with his whole family blood immersed in power.

          What stands in the way right now? The Rajapakse regime has been pushed back. What excuse is there for the govt to keep on telling stories but very little coming in the way of achieving lasting peace? The answer is simple actually. May be the PM and the even the President may want to “move on” but that may prove to be disastrous in garnering votes from the Sinhalese. There are more than enough politicians who are ever ready to fish for votes on this backdrop by pulling down those who wish to resolve the enmity. It is this enmity fire that had helped Sinhala politicians build thriving careers. Who knows, when you are there you would behave in the same way. That’s what politicians do and expecting anything else will be foolhardy. And the fact of the matter is, everyone knows this.

          If the current “lull” period offers nothing much, then what hope is there if another goon like Rajapaksa walks in? How long do you want international arbitrators, such as the UN, to mediate as if Sri Lanka has no shame at all that it cannot or has not been able to settle its problems with the Tamils for over half a century? With a little bit here and a little bit there, the govt is playing hide-and-seek and literally expecting the Tamils to be beggars. How more shameful can it become? Look at how Ranil and Maithiri simply somersaulted and how this would have affected the psyche of Tamils?

          Quite frankly, there are no more games to play? It is all being done through gun diplomacy now. The only choice left for the Tamils is to completely abandon any pretext and stop talking to the govt and make this issue more and more international. Is there any other choice for the Tamils?

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            Jenesse

            Is there any other choice for the Tamils?

            What stands in the way of a solution is the fact that +50% of Tamil speaking people live outside North and East. Tamil leadership should make a concerted effort to encourage Tamils in the south to move north. A separate Tamil enclave will automatically be created and Sinhalese will be totally powerless to prevent separation. Tamils should give up their desire to live among the Sinhalese in the south.

            Soma

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando, Sir

      In most matters of public debate, you take the side of the right. Here you take the side of narrow Sinhala chauvinism. Granting, the Timor-Leste analogy is not the most ideal, do you deny Tamils of this island have been in the current NEP for as long as any other – with their own language, religion, culture, rulers/ruling systems etc., until the British Colonialists were the last of the 3 colonisers to “unite the whole island – for administrative convenience”?? Tamils joined in the effort to build a single Nation of Ceylon in 1947/48. Since some Sinhala leaders showed signs of reneging on several agreements Tamil leaders lost faith in the “marriage” From the 1960s there has been agitation on the part of Tamils on language and other disputes. The Kodeeswaran Case established the Entrenched Clause guaranteeing Minority Rights under the Jennings Constitution was deliberately violated. Thus, once more, the protection of the Courts was denied to the Tamils. To overcome 29C of the Jennings Constitution, inter alia, the 1972 Republican Constitution was imposed. It was ratified without the due participation of the elected representatives of the Tamil Nation. Therefore, the Tamils are entitled to take a different path.
      Yet, they have given up the Separatist path with the hope the Sinhalese will, at least now, concede due internal rule as given all other PC’s – within an undivided island. Indefinite suspense due to a stalemate within the Sinhala politicians is not the alternative should be clear.

      I appreciate Ajith Rupasinghe is trying to look at matters afresh and open a new path. His ideas can only succeed with the support of broad and enlightened Sinhala opinion such as the one you have often expressed in many issues.

      Backlash

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      This is what happened in East Timor

      East Timor Conflict After colonial occupation for 3 centuries, in 1974, Portugal as a decolonisation process sought to establish a provisional government and a popular assembly that would determine the status of East Timor. Civil war broke out between those who favoured independence and those who advocated integration with Indonesia. Unable to control the situation, Portugal withdrew. Indonesia intervened militarily with the approval of the US administration under President Ford and integrated East Timor as its 27th province in 1976. The United Nations never recognised this integration and both the Security Council and the General Assembly called for Indonesia’s withdrawal. Armed resistance began within East Timor and was put down by the Indonesian occupation forces, and leaders like Xannana Gusmao were imprisoned in Jakarta.

      Beginning in 1982, at the request of the General Assembly, successive Secretaries-General held regular talks with Indonesia and Portugal aimed at resolving the status of the territory. In June 1998, Indonesia proposed limited autonomy for East Timor within Indonesia. In light of this proposal, the talks made rapid progress and resulted in a set of agreements between Indonesia and Portugal, signed in New York on 5 May 1999. The two Governments entrusted the Secretary-General with organising and conducting a “Popular Consultation” in order to ascertain whether the East Timorese people accepted or rejected a special autonomy for East Timor within the unitary Republic of Indonesia. 98 per cent of registered voters who went to the polls decided by a margin of 94,388 (21.5 per cent) to 344,580 (78.5 per cent) to reject the proposed autonomy and begin a process of transition towards independence. After more bloodshed caused by the Indonesian occupational forces, the UN intervened with the help of a multinational force headed by Australia and brought normalcy to East Timor.

      On 30 August 2001, two years after the “Popular Consultation,” more than 91 per cent of East Timor’s eligible voters went to the polls again; this time to elect an 88-member Constituent Assembly tasked with writing and adopting a new Constitution and establishing the framework for future elections and a transition to full independence. East Timor’s Constituent Assembly signed into force the Territory’s first Constitution on 22 March 2002 and, following presidential elections on 14 April, Xanana Gusmao was appointed president of East Timor. The Constituent Assembly transformed itself into the country’s parliament on 20 May 2002.

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    Wth? Tamil nation? There’s only one nation and that is the Sri Lankan nation. This man’s writing is creating divisiveness by referring to a Tamil nation. Enough that the forefathers fought to unite the country under one flag, and send back the marauding Chola people back to where they came from. It is most unfortunate that through the centuries the marauding Cholas and Dravidians opted to stay back in Lanka. Now, the Sinhalese have to bend over backwards to accommodate this minority group. If our forefathers had the foresight to send back every single Chola and Dravidian back to where they came from, Sri Lanka would not have all these issues. Through the kindness and the generosity of the Sinhalese people some of these marauders were allowed to stay back, and look what it has done to the country. Give a dog an inch and it will take a mile. That’s what the marauders have done.

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      @ Sita

      Ancient people of this country were Tamils …after all today South India which is just stone throwing distance would have connected by land mass 2000 years ago.

      There should be a vertical archeological excavation by international experts all over this land to expose the truth ..ex-racist archeological commissioner Paranawitharana dynamited many many Tamil evidences ..and made a comic by discovering ashes of Dutte Gemunu…knowing very well any crap will be believed by Modayas

      If you believe the comic book Mahavamsa and crap stories it is your fault ..you all so called Sinhalese today came from todays South Indian area …

      he he he do you know so called Kandyan Sinhalese are really decedents of Manawadus of South Indian kingdom ?

      BTW where were you till 2009 May hiding under bed hugging your hubby coward.

      Cheers

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      Sita

      I am not well versed in Veda’s nor in history, therefore please bear with me.

      I agree with you that the Demela’s came from South India.

      Could you tell us where did the Sinhalese and Sinhala/Buddhism come from?

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        Native Vedda and Sita,

        “Could you tell us where did the Sinhalese and Sinhala/Buddhism come from? “

        the Para-Sinhala, just like the Para-Tamils, Para-Demala, came from India, Bharat, Damba-Diva.

        The myths of the Para-Sinhala and Para-Demala , such as Buddhism and Hinduism also came from India, Bharat, Damba-Diva, and should be referred correctly as Para-Buddhism and Para-Hinduism.

        Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

        Journal of Human Genetics (2014) 59, 28–36; doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112; published online 7 November 2013

        Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

        http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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        Stupid Vedda,
        Who cares who came from where and when? What is important now is who is the majority. Tamils have to learn to live as a minority similar to other minorities living in almost every other country in this world. That is how democracies work. Sri lanka has given all rights to Tamils by law which the Sinhalese have. If Tamils are not happy the doors are open for them to move to Tamil Nadu or where ever they came from historically.

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          Nuisance

          Where is your spittoon?

          Ask your carer to find it. Go spit/vomit in the paddikkam.

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            vedda
            My spittoon is your brainless head.

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          Due to foolishness, the Sinhalese is the ONLY race in this entire world that believes that the majority race in a country is the sole owner of that country and all others (minorities) are aliens.

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            Modaya
            Do you know what a democracy is? Come back with your stupid comment when Tamils are more than 50% of the population. Then you can “own” Sri Lanka!

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              Wooow Hold up there ( Eusense)

              So you’re telling me Tamils have the same rights and equal access to opportunities like the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. So thats why their lands are being taken away by major anti- tamil corporation? That’s why even after a decade after the world many people are being displaced. That’s why the death of independent media reporters who do not support the LTTE or Sihala army is not investigated by the government.

              And you wanna teach people about how democratic sri lanka is. In order for democracy to exist both the majority and minority population have to be in the same level of the platform, with both the populations being well represented. Another key component is that majority regardless of the decisions should still respect the viewpoints of the minority not annihilate the minority for it. Or that will be a dictatorship.

              Lasty the size of a ethnic population doesn’t determine democracy values, because belonging to a majority shouldn’t make you agree with all their decision cuz that’s f***** up.

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      Sita, so you dropped from the sky??

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      Sita,

      Starting from your name, you should take the trouble to learn the history of this country from the time Buddhism was brought here from present day India. You will then learn all Sinhalese, their language, culture, agricultural sciences, dress styles, cuisine etc. came from India – over different periods of time. This is what our visiting leaders to Delhi, from all political parties, tell the Indians privately. Are you aware, that brilliant lawyer-historian, political leader Dr. Colvin R. de Silva once said “we all came from there. The only difference is from where and when” So what are you so excited about!!!

      If you feel so bitter about Indians why do people, even today, name their babies – boys and girls – with Indian names???? Why now get back to Somapala, Sirisena, Ukkung, Geederis, Jossie, Manappuwa and and.. Trouble is, even they have heavy traces of Indianism.

      Kettikaran

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      Sita

      If your so called ‘forefathers’ had the foresight to send back every single Chola and Dravidian back to where they came from, today you, your parents and grandparents will not be in Sri Lanka anymore. They would have sent you back to India.

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    [ Enough that the forefathers fought to unite the country under one flag, and send back the marauding Chola people back to where they came from.]

    Hello, first you Hybrid Bengalis should go back to where they deported from

    [Give a dog an inch and it will take a mile.]

    It is very sad that hybrid creatures are preaching.

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      Ravi-Telugu,

      Cholas left their Royal Dynasty behind to rule our island.
      King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghan was one of several Cholas.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chola_rule_in_Sri_Lanka

      There are NO “Hybrid Bengalis” now – only descendants of Cholas, now called Tamils.

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        justice

        I don’t believe you.

        You are not justice to Kamalika Pieris popular writer whose fictions are written in the historic settings.

        I thought you Tamils traced your heritage to Harrapa, now Kamalika says the Sinalese share Mohanjodaro- Harappan culture as well as Aryan one. She says the South Indian tradition originated somewhere near the Mediterranean Sea.

        Could Sinhalese and Tamils make up their mind.

        Please read this:

        North India, South India and ancient Sri Lanka
        by Kamalika Pieris

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          Justice

          North India, South India and ancient Sri Lanka
          by Kamalika Pieris

          http://www.island.lk/
          2006/09/02/satmag3.html

          North India, South India and ancient Sri Lanka
          Continued from 02.09.2006
          by Kamalika Pieris

          http://www.island.lk/
          2006/09/23/satmag5.html

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      why did Jayalalitha banned telugu education in TN? why dont telegus have their mother tounge as a state langauge in TN? Telegus have a history in TN since 15AD..same like Tamils in SL. ….go and look for yourself..

      Yes we are hybrid…Sinhala people absorbed all the migrants who came to SL..unlike you ugly Telegus

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        Jayalalitha did not ban the education of Telugu or any other language in Tamil Nadu. Unlike you she is not a moron or the people of Tamil Nadu racist. They are very tolerant. Tamil Nadu is the only state in India where linguistic and religious minorities are given a lot of rights. Telugus have a long history in Tamil Nadu nut they are not native to Tamil Nadu. Telugu like all other Dravidian languages, evolved from old Tamil. Telugus are not black and ugly. Why is being dark or black associated with ugliness, when most Sinhalese are also black? This means Sinhalese are also ugly. Not my words but yours. Most of the Telugu middle and upper castes are light skinned and quite good looking. Just go and look at all your Kandyan Radala. All descended largely from the Tamil speaking Telugu origin Naickers from Madurai and Thanjavur.

        Tamils in Sri Lanka have even a far longer history in the island and are indigenous and native to the island. The north and east is theirs not Sinhalese. Trying to settle Sinhalese on a large scale in the north and east in the past 60 years to deliberately change the demography in the north and east will not work.

        It is from the Tamils that most of the present day Sinhalese are largely evolved from. Most of the modern day Sinhalese are largely descended from indigenous and Indian Tamils who converted to Buddhism and Catholicism. Around 70% of the Sinhalese DNA is shared with Tamils and not with North Indians or any other people. In fact around 50% of the present day so called Sinhalese are purely descended from low caste Indian Tamil slave labour who were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch.

        It is also from the Tamil language that Sinhalese had evolved from. Not from Sanskrit or Pali. Sinhalese has a very strong Dravidian foundation on which a Indo Aryan super structure has been built. Around 40% of the present day Sinhalese vocabulary is derived from Tamil. Take all the Tamil origin words from Sinhalese there will be no Sinhalese. What is left is just Plain Pali and Sanskrit. The Sinhalese grammar lexicon syntax and alphabet is purely derived from Tamil. Not from Pali or Sanskrit. I am not stating this many renown Sinhalese historians and linguists have stated this. No Tamil no Sinhalese.

        The ancient indigenous dialect was Elu. This is a semi Tamil simple Dravidian dialect. Just like the Vedda dialect and old Sinhalese that was far closer to its Tamil mother in pronunciation than modern Sinhalese. Elu mixed with Prakrit became Hela. Hela mixed with proper Tamil, Sanskrit and Pali gradually evolved to modern day Sinhalese by the 9AD. Other than Elu/Tamil that belongs to the region. Pali Prakrit and Sanskrit all belong to India and to the north and central Indian plains. SO how can the people who now speak Sinhalese, call themselves indigenous and call the Tamils who belong to the region that they are not? Your mind boggles with this strange form of reasoning that has come from the Mahavmasa comic book.

        The ancient Tamil name for the island Eelam or Eezham. Meaning he land of metal or toddy and the land of the semi Tamil Elu speakers. Another ancient Tamil name for the island was Chingkalam meaning the land of red or copper. The ancient semi Tamil ELu speaking Dravidian Naga and Yakka tribes were called either Eelavar or Eezhava or Chingkalavar. The word Singhale has nothing to do with a lion, it is the Pali version of the ancient Tamil word Chingkalam, just like Eelam became Hela in Pali and Elu became Hela Bhasha once it got mixed with Prakrit.

        Later the Buddhist monks concocted the Prince Vijaya lion story to justify the word Sinhala. They could not tell the truth that is just the Pali version of the ancient Tamil word for the island Chingkalam meaning the land of red or copper coloured soil in Tamil. Chepu( copper) or Chem or Chikappu ( red) + Alam ( meaning a sliver of land in Tamil) became Chingkalam and later to Sinhala. Just like Keralam or Cheralam in India or Puttalam in the north west coast. Even now the indigenous Tamils are the only people who still use this ancient Tamil word. Chingkalam and Chingkalavar to describe their ethnic cousins down south who converted to Buddhism and corrupted their ancient Tamil dialect and evolved as Sinhalese.

        Funny two ancient Tamil words for the island to describe the entire island and its Dravidian semi Tamil Elu speaking Naga Yakka and other people, Eelam/Eezham ( the land of toddy or metal) the people Eelavar or Eezhava or Chingkalam ( the red coloured land or the land of copper) and its people called Chingkalavar, Chingkalavan for a male or Chingkalathi for a female, from the ancient Tamil words Alavan for a male and alathi for a female. Is now being separately used for the two people who evolved from these ancient semi Tamil Elu speaking Naga and Yaksha. Eelam for the Eelam Tamils and Chingkalam or it Pali version Sinhala for the Sinhalese down south.

        Lastly Telugu Kannada Malayalam Tulu and Sinhalese are all daughters of old Tamil/proto Dravidian. Even modern Tamil is one of its daughters but it has retained most of old Tamil/proto Dravidian and is almost a carbon copy of the original language. They all broke of from old Tamil at various times in history Kannada the first almost 3000 years ago. The Telugu. The last to break of from the Tamil mother was Malayalam only a few centuries ago. This is why it is to close to its Tamil mother, whilst Telugu and Kannda broke of thousands of years ago and have diverged a lot but old Telegu and Kannda or Hale Kannada are very similar to Tamil. Just like Hela or old Sinhalese was, after all Elu was just a Tamil dialect.

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    East Timor was born because of the influence of the Pope (Catholic religion).
    Sri Lankan Tamils dont have such influence globally.

    The Tamil diaspora only makes it more difficult for the politicians in Sri Lanka.This diaspora is getting old (including me) and their children have no interest in returning to and living in Sri Lanka.

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      @Thamilan

      Where was your Pope when half of the East Timor population was butchered and raped ?

      Geo political changes also can divide countries do you know ?

      Cheers

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      thamilan
      Agreed. This is a never ending, no winner, unproductive, waste of time process. It is better for the Tamils who wants to live in SL to learn Sinhalese move south to find better employment opportunities and improve their lives. I am sure you as a diaspora living as a minority in another country, the main objective was a better life for you and your offspring. This is true for SL Sinhalese diaspora too. I feel this is the same scenario for Tamils living in SL but the power hungry diaspora won’t let them live peacefully!

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        Nuisance

        You have lost your spittoon again.

        Get the carer to find it for you.

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        @ Eusense

        Diaspora is a minority in the west .

        But if they started to invest in North-East Sinhalese will be in queue to work do you know.

        Well like 500,000 Malaysians cross to Singapore daily one day Sinhalese can go to Eelam and make good money..till then wait.

        The biggest consumers in the country today are Tamils .he he he

        Cheers

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          Cholan
          This is what I have been saying for years!
          Tamils should takeover SL using the economy not terrorism. This way SL will prosper and be peaceful. Please encourage the diaspora to invest in any region in SL.

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            euse,

            “Tamils should takeover SL using the economy not terrorism.”

            I am not advocating terrorism in any shape or form. But if the history is anything to go by, that any Tamil economic success and taking over the economy will lead to another pogrom in the scale of July 1983. This is written on the cards! Please euse you do not even know your own community!

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              BI
              I know my community more than you. If you resort to terrorism people will react. What triggered 1983? Are you saying the Sinhalese attacked Tamils for no reason??
              Did your terrorist leaders think that there will be no repercussions on their killings? What a group of fools were they??

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    He has written with a view to keeping Sri Lanka intact, and as an appeal and awakening message especially to the soberly thinking leaders of majority people, but we have politicians and lack statesmen.

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    A piece well written.

    The power makers in Colombo and Hambantota are well aware of the situation.

    Tissaranee G, has already forewarned us and now Surendra AR has done the same. The former went on to tell us, our inaction will lead to a N and East managed by India and the South by China while the folks in Kandy will be caught in between the two warring factions.

    Let the cards fall as they may. It is our destiny.

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    Regard to SL the reality is China will prevail over US & India . Further China will make sure either Mahinda or Gotha become the SL leader by hook or by crook. Either through riots or through coup by armed forces it will happen.

    Sumanadasa Abeygunarwardne’s ambition to become presidential palace astrloger again will come through.

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    Mr. Rupasinghe

    You have very plainly put the correct position of the Sri Lankan Tamils of the North and East with comparison to East Timor. Thank you for that. Take Switzerland for example which is also a small Federal Republic. There are 26 cantons which are member states of the Swiss Confederation. It is a peaceful country with people speaking different languages and with different identities.
    The Tamil people of the North and East wants to have self rule within a United Sri Lanka. They are fighting for the last 70 years and have paid a very heavy price for it. If the majority government do not still understand the feelings of the Tamil race, then god help them. The fight will go on for ever. If the Government of Sri lanka do not pay any heed to voices of the Tamil people, what is happening in Scotland now will happen in Sri lanka.

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    Once again Ajit Surendra Rupasinghe enlightens us with a scholarly analysis on what is often called the National Question. In these times when intellectual honesty is made subservient to naked ultra-communalism under the veneer of Sinhala Nationalism – lead by a combination of utterly disorderly politically active Buddhist priests in the streets, the new danger of politicised rogue elements in the armed forces and the new Sinhala business-mudalali class to realise there are men and women in the Sinhala community willing to look at the National Question from an unbiased and neutral perspective is encouraging.

    The fact the LTTE in their earlier strength is no more is not to say the weakened Tamil Nation can be forced and intimidated into submission by the imposition of a disproportionately high but unwelcome armed presence. That old strategy of DSS to bring the Tamils under control by reducing them to “manageable proportions” continues through increased force and State patronage. Different forms of terror are unleashed tp gradually alter the demographic reality. That the Tamils are now virtually in a minority in the Eastern Province serves as much encouragement to Sinhala extremism to the extent the policy is extended to the Tamil North. Liberal Tamil leaders like Sampanthan, Vigneswaren, Sumanthiran are all portrayed in the South as dangerous divisionists all out to break the island into two.

    The recent and emerging voice of reason and political wisdom from the powerful Buddhist clergy, the once anti-Tamil Ven. Sobitha Thero is no more. That void should not be allowed to be filled by power hungry mad men in robes of the BBS and Sinhala Ravaya variety. The hope for national unity, reconciliation and an economically encouraging future that began in January 08, 2015 is proved hollow by recent events by shenanigans in the Yahapaalanaya leadership. Some of them are more bent on protecting their ill-gotten billions than saving the true democratic traditions of the country they were voted in to protect and promote. The Tamil Nation might not have the appetite to wait indefinitely until the Sinhalese come to their senses. 30 years and rivers of Tamil blood spilled in the search of fairplay is long enough suffering.

    There is a new struggle to define the world into a fresh sphere of influences. China asserts its right both as a regional and global leader and has already put in place its strategy of the String of Pearls – targetting Afro-Asia. The fate of East Timor the Writer points out can well soon be that of Sri Lanka if our leaders play regional politics of the infantile Rajapakse-Sirisena variety. The “chauvinistic-fascist forces” that the Writer fears is already here with the advent of the Rajapakse years and continue to influence the political landscape from the sidelines despite their loss of Parliamentary numbers. The coming of Indian forces to our shores in 1987 is to be repeated it may not be for reasons of territorial gains. But more to ensure Sri Lanka does not fall into the hands of “forces inimical to India’s security and well-being” (Panikkar 1947/48) The world and the UN might not intervene. They did not when Pakistan was bisected into two.

    Sri Lanka’s Buddhist clerical, civil and political leadership must take cognisance of the fact we are in the threshold of an emerging and unprecedented battle between much larger forces in the region for spheres of influence. There is little room for Non-Alignment here. It is in the interest of the country’s territorial integrity and future peace to settle the National Question on the basis of justice and reason without any further delay. A weak, divided and bleeding Sri Lanka is not the answer to overcome such a vast challenge.

    Pandaranayagam

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    Mr.Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe, and all Participants,
    Please understand we humans have belief, faith, and truth. What we believe in depends on how we were brought up and educated. We are guided by faith we put in religion and teachers. We try our best to do and say things towards truth and love.
    What really happens in our world is moving away from our basic belief, faith, and truth.
    This is because we get used to some power we get through some education making us feel superior to others, or we get friendly with some Country that is wielding well recognized superiority over many other Countries, making us feel superior too.
    But we don’t understand many things that are beyond our reach. Because we don’t understand or we have some need to deviate from basics, we begin to show superiority by bullying that can explode with violence too. You all have seen violence is always associated with superiority.
    Once violence is committed, you are too late to go back to basics. There is a reason some superior powers after committing violence go to the victims and do the needful to get them back to their basics. Though late, the conscience of the superior makes it feel the repercussion for the violence will be reduced.
    When the superior feels overwhelmed with his violence and uses violence again and again thinking he is becoming more and more superior, then the unexpected happens. This superior cannot see and understand because his power is called a blind power.
    There are real examples for this kind of blind powers gone without a trace on this planet. Until this happens the blind superior will find some excuse to repeat showing his superiority.

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    I can understand how much Tamils hate Tamilnadu.

    If Tamils here that they are going to eelam they are like flies.

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      jim softy the dimwit

      “If Tamils here that they are going to eelam they are like flies.”

      Make up your mind, either type or play with your willy. You can’t do both at the same time.

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      @ Jim Softy

      If Tamil Naadu police urinate at a time it will wash entire Sinhala race from this cursed land .

      Cheers

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      Jiminy (as Idi Amin pronounced),

      Who on earth told you Tamils hate Tamilnadu!!! Then, now and hereafter they will not. Every single soul in Sri Lanka today, including the Muslims, came from there. We gratefully acknowledge that. That includes Sinhalese as well. Don’t forget some of the Kandyan Chiefs signed the Kandyan Convention in Tamil – not too long ago. Your Bandaranaikes, the essence of the present Sinhala generation, are of Tamil origin, if you care to accept the truth. Let me add, the Tamil Nation of the NEP also acknowledge they share the same gene pool with the Sinhala Nation whatever differences we now and then have.

      Pandaranayagam

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    Our problem is some Buddhists do not practice what Lord Buddha preached. Daily they repeat the five precepts but won’t follow them. Lord Buddha through samsara for ages [SARASANKA KALPALAKSHAYAK]sacrificed everything from eyes head flesh blood and went to the extent of giving away his wife children for the benefit of others shedding all defilements in his quest for nibbana and achieved it. Tamils are asking for land and the so called Buddhists are refusing. This is not what Lord Buddha preached. Its a shame to hear some Buddhists say killing is alright to save the motherland. None of these extreme Buddhists will attain nibbana.

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